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Garden decking – 5 reasons you should choose composite!

Posted by Admin on March 19th, 2015

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Extra-long warranty

One of the best things about buying composite from reliable suppliers is that they’ll sell you products with excellent warranties. Take Fiberon garden decking for example – it comes with an unbelievable 20 year stain and fade performance warranty, protecting your investment for two decades.

Weather resistant

Composite is protected from the weather. It doesn’t expand or shrink like wood does with the changing seasons and it’s much safer underfoot when wet.

Environmentally friendly

Unlike wood, which relies heavily on deforestation and harming the environment, wood-plastic composite is actually good for the environment because it’s made using materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. If you’re environmentally conscious and want to do your bit, composite decking is an excellent choice.

Low maintenance

Do you ever get tired of painting and staining your decking? You don’t have to worry about that when you choose composite as it’s very low maintenance and requires little in the way of upkeep. Washing it occasionally with soapy water will ensure it stays in tip top condition and looks great all year round for decades to come.

Available in many different styles

There are lots of different styles available. Fiberon offers a number of popular ranges in various finishes which means that no matter what your preference, you’ll find something to perfectly match your home or compliment your business premises.

Where to buy?

If this sounds like a garden decking that you want to learn more about, we suggest heading over to the Fiberon Decking website. They’re one of the world’s best known composite decking experts and have a wide range of beautiful and competitively priced products on offer.

The kids will be alright

Posted by Admin on March 19th, 2015

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Moving house is always a stressful and demanding time for anybody, what with the packing, the legalities and paperwork, and trying to work out how to fit a self-assemble double bed down the stairs and through the door without having to dismantle it. But with everything else going on, have you considered how moving house will you affect your children?

The potential reaction

Some children find an adventure in moving house, especially if they are used to moving – such as with army parents – or if you are only moving within your town, as opposed to moving cities. But some children will be sad and potentially scared at losing their friends, and moving out of an environment they are familiar with into unknown territory.

How to combat the panic

Many parents will put off telling their children about the move until the last minute, believing this will give them less time to worry. However it is actually much less stressful for them if they know well in advance that the move is coming, so they have time to get used to the idea.

It is also a good idea if your child is feeling particularly anxious, give them back some control and start to get them thinking about how they would like their new room to be decorate. Rather than them focussing on the negatives of leaving behind their beloved room and their best friends, find the positive side to each of their worries, including pointing out how they will get the chance to make some brand new friends and explore a new and exciting environment.

Taking your children to your new house a few times to get them used to the place and emphasise the reality of the move, and to an exciting cafe or park close-by so they will have things to look forward to after the move has been completed.

Be prepared for every eventuality – your child may be very upset by the news, but just because your child doesn’t have a break-down in front of your does not mean they are secretly terrified inside; however do continue to encourage them to voice any questions or concerns, in order to show them they are allowed to be curious or concerned.

If you are due to move home soon and are looking for reputable house removals in London, contact Top Removals today on 08000467877 for help and advice on your move.

Add Luxury to Your Life with Luxury House Hire

Posted by Admin on February 13th, 2015

The Beautiful House Company

An event or holiday is often remembered by the location. Too often venues for business events are in sterile buildings, providing little joy for those visiting, despite the intentions of the day itself. A luxury property hire can make all the difference, and the UK has a multitude of locations available to bring the best out of an event.

Locations of Luxury

Luxury houses for hire are suitable for groups and parties of all sizes, and are sure to make lasting memories. A wedding at a castle will turn heads, and a countryside weekend away will show that a holiday in England needn’t be at a Butlins or rundown hotel.

A luxury house takes you away from the day to day grind of work and cityscapes, offering an almost dreamlike location to see a side of the UK rarely seen. The locations may even have been featured in a film or TV show, due to how ideal classic buildings can be for period dramas or historical features. The best in luxury properties are traditional, not artificial recreations, allowing many to walk through history while enjoying new experiences.

For the best selection of luxury homes in the UK, The Beautiful House Company is the company to contact, offering mansions, houses and castles for rent across the whole of the UK.

House Hire with The Beautiful House Company

The Beautiful House Company is a leading luxury house hire company in the UK, with properties available in England, Wales and Scotland. The properties are suitable for all manner of occasions, from weekend breaks to wedding parties and business events, and the type of property ranges from extravagant homes to castle built centuries ago. The houses are widely renowned, even featured on the ITV television show, ‘Holiday Home Sweet Home’, meaning you can book with confidence.

To view the full range of houses available through The Beautiful House Company, visit the company’s website today, and contact a member of the team to bring some luxury to your weekend or upcoming event!

The Advantages of Driveway Block Paving

Posted by Admin on January 30th, 2015

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Deciding on the right driveway for your home needs careful consideration but if you want something that will add a unique touch to your home and is easy to install then block paving could be the way to go. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering natural stone.

Installation

Installing natural stone paving for a driveway is really easy. It can be done and dusted (literally!) in less than a couple of days. This is perfect as it means you won’t be inconvenienced for long.

Appearance

Paving gives a much more upmarket and more pleasant look than gravel, concrete or tarmac alternatives, enhancing any property.

Durability

Stone will last a lot longer than most other materials and it requires very little in the way of maintenance to remain both sturdy and attractive.

Variety

There are so many different types of stone out there that you’ll never bore of the excellent choices on offer. Textures, colours, finishes – you name it, stone has it all. From blue black slate to kota brown, there’s something to complement any garden/house. Because there’s so much to choose from and all stone types have natural variations, there will be no driveway quite like yours.

Value

Value is something you need to keep in mind when updating any part of your house, especially if you have plans to sell in the immediate future. The question is, will block paving for your driveway add to or hurt the value of your home? The answer is that your house value will rise, especially if you’re buying quality natural stone from one of the country’s established sellers.

Finding the right supplier

If you’ve decided that natural stone is right for you – and let’s face it, it is the best option available – then all that’s left to do now is to find a local stone supplier. Our recommendation would be to get in touch with London Stone. Their prices are fair and they have a great selection, and they’re based in London – don’t worry, they also deliver throughout the UK!

Commercial properties in Bradford and beyond

Posted by Admin on November 17th, 2014

 

Wharfedale Property

It’s not always easy to find a great property in a prime location, especially if you’re looking for something in the heart of the city. You’ll already know this to be true if you’re searching for a unit in Bradford city centre. But look hard enough and you’ll soon be rewarded for your troubles. That’s certainly the case if you visit the Wharfedale Property website because they currently offer a number of great options in Bradford, including Skipton Chambers, which is right in the heart of the city and could be the perfect property for your business.

Located at North Parade, near Oastler Shopping Centre, the property is multi-tenanted and measures 7,186 ft2. It features two ground floor units and also has part let offices located on the upper floors. Passing rent is very reasonable at £20,381 per annum. There’s also a lot of potential for rental income growth, making it a great option for those looking to add to their profits.

It has an ashlar stone frontage with a Dutch gabled slate roof and is a five storey building that was created in the twentieth century. Grade II Listed with 160 part-tenanted suites spread over two upper floors, it has a fully functioning lift and every floor comes with its own toilet. The ground floor in contrast features a set of shop units. Presently, there are 2 shop units and 3 office suites to let; 5 of the offices are vacant.

Viewing the property is easy, you simply need contact Hanson Chartered Surveyors, Mark Hanson, Phil Deakin or Abigail Hanson. You can find out more about Skipton Chambers and a number of old and new industrial units in Yorkshire by visiting the Wharfedale Property website.

Wharfedale Property have decades of experience and a number of properties to let in Bradford and the wider Yorkshire region. If you’re searching for industrial units, leisure units, office, compounds or developments, they can help. Contact them now for more information.

Rent a luxury house for the weekend from The Beautiful House Company

Posted by Admin on June 25th, 2014

 

Wharfedale Property

The Beautiful House Company specialises in large houses, mansions and castles. They rent their properties out for holidays, events, TV and film production and more. Their houses can hold from 6-53 people depending on which property takes your fancy. They have luxury accommodation options in several different areas, including East England, The Midlands, North England, Scotland, South East England, South West England and Wales.

With castles, mansions and large country houses all included in their portfolio of properties, finding an unbelievable accommodation that dreams are made of is easy when using The Beautiful House Company.

When you book with them you will benefit from their full support and advice before, during and after your stay. They are always available to answer any questions that you may have. They offer a comprehensive and personal service which is available seven days a week. They can help you with any special requests or requirements regarding your booking, making sure that you enjoy your stay to the maximum.

They have pictures for each house on their website as well as a wealth of information, ensuring that you choose the perfect property for your dream weekend break. They clean all beds and rooms, keeping properties in immaculate condition ready for your arrival. Lavish living is what The Beautiful House Company is about and it’s something that you could have if only for a short while with their choice of luxury properties.

Their large country houses to rent will provide you with many activity options, such swimming pools, tennis courts, pool tables, music studios and more. Each of their properties has ample space indoors and out, allowing you to escape from your town house and enjoy the countryside if you’re feeling adventurous. All of the activities are complementary with the house and of no extra charge. These venues are perfect for weddings or that special night away or weekend break.

Mortgage Broker Reviews

Posted by Admin on February 24th, 2014

We have plenty of advice regarding mortgage brokers so why not check it out at – www.mortgage-broker-review.co.uk.

Home And Garden

Posted by Admin on February 21st, 2014

We have some great reviews for the home and garden so come visit us here at – www.homeandgardenreview.co.uk.

How to create curb appeal

Posted by Admin on March 12th, 2013

There is no doubt that it is a buyer`s market at the moment. But vendors need not despair; there is much you can do to enhance the appeal of your property and a few minor home improvements could see droves of buyers queuing up to make an offer.

There are three factors that combine to sell a house: location, price and condition. Two of these are easy to change.

Before you decide to embark upon major work, it would be wise to ask your estate agent what the maximum potential value of your property is. Splashing out thousands for home improvements is pointless if it is not going to reap rewards when it comes to selling your property. Even small changes can add value.

First impressions count
First impressions are everything, before a buyer steps foot into a house; they will already have formed an impression. A freshly mown lawn, trimmed hedges and flower beds that are free of weeds will add instant curb appeal, while a newly painted front door is particularly welcoming.

Don`t tell yourself that buyers won`t notice small things, they will. It`s all too easy to become blind to small imperfections such as scuff marks, peeling paint and faded wallpaper. Give tired looking walls a lick of paint, tackle those minor DIY jobs and spring clean your home from top to bottom. Bear in mind that most people still prefer neutrals so save the extravagant colours for your new home.

De-Clutter
Give the house a good de-clutter, children`s toys can be stashed away and other personal objects such as photographs and ornaments taken down. Removing clutter allows buyers to imagine their own belongings in a room.

Kitchens and bathrooms can be spruced up on a budget. Changing the doors and handles can be a cheaper alternative to completely replacing the units. Nothing dates your bathroom more than coloured suites and carpets – which are best left for bedrooms. White suites can be purchased and installed fairly cheaply and carpets can be pulled up and replaced with modern bathroom flooring.

Stage every room for a purpose, PC and desk in the study, dining table in the dining room and so on. Buyers like to see the function of each room.

On viewing days
Long gone are the days when a few candles and a quick tidy up would suffice when buyers came to view a property. These days competition is hot and sellers need to be extra clever in order to ensure their homes stand out from the competition.

Make your home look appealing with potted plants or fresh flowers. Avoid cooking smells, although the smell of freshly-baked bread or fresh coffee is usually a winner. Banish pets from the house and put their food bowls out of sight.

If you want to sell your home, it need not cost the earth to give it a fresh new look. Even minor changes can make a difference. The addition of funky accessories such as plain rugs, lampshades or new cushions could brighten up your home and give it instant appeal.

Preparing your house for sale

Posted by Admin on February 25th, 2013

With spring almost upon us, this is traditionally a time when more homeowners look to put their property on the market. If you`re thinking of selling your home or it`s been on the market for a while, here are our top five tips for preparing your house.

First Impressions Count
Many potential buyers will drive past a house before they arrange a viewing; if they don`t like what they see from the outside, then they`re unlikely to call the estate agent. Have a general tidy up in the garden: dig out any weeds, cut the grass and add a few seasonal flowers. Take a step back and see if any woodwork needs a fresh coat of paint. Make sure the guttering is clear and have the windows and frames washed. All toys and tools should have a home, so tidy up anything that`s been left outside and try and store it away in packing boxes or out of site in the shed or garage. If possible, don`t have your bins right outside the front of the house. Try and hide them round the back if you have the space and access.

Forget the Personal Touch
We all love to add the finishing touches to our home, but this can have a negative effect when you`re trying to sell. You need to let viewers imagine living in your house and they can`t do that with reminders of your family life everywhere. Before any viewings you should take down all the family holiday snaps and children`s paintings. When it comes to redecorating avoid any bright colours. Instead opt for more neutral colour schemes. These will not only make your rooms appear bigger and brighter, but they`ll also mean that buyers won`t have to decorate as soon as they move in.

De-clutter
No matter how tidy we try to be, we all accumulate bits and pieces throughout our lives. When you`re preparing to sell your home it`s the perfect time to get rid of some of these. Throw away or donate anything that you`ve not used for ages or don`t need. Items that you want to keep should be put away, including DVDs, books and ornaments. You might be aiming at the family market, but toys can immediately make a room look messy, so try and find storage solutions for these.

Spring Clean
Before your house goes on the market you need to give it a proper clean, getting into all those corners that you normally miss. Then before every viewing you should give everything a once over. This includes cleaning the cooker hobs and oven, mopping the floors, scrubbing the bath and sinks, going round the skirting borders and washing the inside of the windows. To make everything fresh before viewings open the windows for a bit and place clean towels in the bathroom and fresh linen on the beds.

Repairs
We are all guilty of putting essential repairs to one side during our busy lives. However, cracks in the wall or chipped paintwork will be noticed by fussy viewers, so make sure everything is sorted beforehand. This includes replacing broken light bulbs, fixing leaky taps and sprucing up kitchen cupboards.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to give your house a fresh look. You could brighten a room up simply by adding a rug. If you`re not sure what needs doing, then maybe invite a trusted friend round to give you an honest opinion.

 

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