Homes & Gardens

How to DIY a bathroom upgrade

A bathroom is an area of the house where many DIYers might hesitate. While you might be comfortable with architrave, painting, and decorative stuff, messing around with tiling and plumbing might seem like a step too far. After all, we don’t want water spraying everywhere, or chipped tiling....

Ed Barker

Ed Barker



Working from home has led to a rise in extra bins collections

People working from home are paying out extra for bin collections

Authored by James Carter

As working from home becomes the new normal, homeowners are struggling to keep their bins in order. Which has led to a rise in extra home bins collections.

The latest ONS (Office of national statistics) data on home working reveals, of the 32.6 million in employment, around 8.7 million people said that they have worked from home.

Mark Hall from waste collections company...

Housing asking prices are at their highest in years

The property postcodes where you can buy 20 homes for the price of a London flat

Authored by Jennifer Jackson

The latest research by property portal, OpenBrix, has highlighted the most affordable property postcodes in England and Wales and how you can buy more than 20 houses there for the prices of a flat in Kensington and Chelsea.

The housing market is booming, and the latest house price index from Rightmove has revealed asking prices are at their highest in years as sellers look to take...

The most common industrial design styles explained

Authored by Penny South

Adopting an interior design style is a great way to improve both the look and feel of your home and give it a professionally designed aesthetic, but with so many different styles and terms thrown around it can sometimes be hard to know what the main designs are and which would work in your home. With this in mind, here is a closer look at a few of the key interior design styles that are...

Priorities change for property

Authored by Penny South

The huge impact of the COVID-19 pandemic dampened home movers aspirations for a number of months during lockdown but as soon as the doors were back open, the market raced ahead. Property sellers had never had it so good as the pent up demand was released – as one agent put it, “like a Champagne cork coming off.”

We expect that quite a bit of the fizzy stuff has been consumed by...

Beware of dangers to your pets in Autumn

Charity warns pet owners to beware of autumn dangers

Authored by Claire Roberts

Blue Cross pet charity is warning dog owners to be vigilant around conkers and acorns which can poison them if eaten. Some owners may throw conkers for pets to catch without realising the activity is potentially fatal. Dogs can easily swallow conkers which can become lodged in their throat or intestines and dogs with blockages, or suspected blockages, could need surgery to remove them. Dogs...

The ultimate guide to finances for first-time buyers

Authored by Penny South

Have you decided to make some changes? If so, you’re not alone. During lockdown, many of us were working from home and this led a lot of us to realise that we need to move house.

If you’re one of those people who feel ready for a change and you’re thinking of buying your first home, it’s worth having an idea of the finances involved. Whether you’re buying a flat or a house, by...

Seasonal Flowers to Boost Morale and Mental Wellbeing

Authored by Laura Bolick

There is no doubt that this year has been harder than most, full of uncertainty, anxiety and tricky times. Today, more than ever we need to be with people we care about and yet that is the very thing that we are not allowed to do. Social connection is vital for mental and physical health and if there is anything this pandemic has taught us, is it that we need to find new ways to regain this...

Stamp Duty savings

Stamp duty holiday has already saved homebuyers £108m

Authored by James Carter

The latest research from lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves , has revealed the huge number of homebuyers that have already benefited from the current stamp duty saving and the money they’ve saved.

Benham and Reeves analysed sold price records across England from the Land Registry between the launch of the stamp duty holiday on 8th July and August 31st (latest available data...

Spiders coming into the house

Cities most likely to have their home invaded

Authored by Laura Bond

It’s that time of year again. A time when eight-legged creatures venture into our homes seeking out warm and dry places to survive.

Following the recent news giant house spiders ‘the size of your hand’ will be invading homes across the UK this autumn, and in the build-up to Halloween , wanted to look into the spiders and their allies (chernes, ticks…etc.) that could...

koi carp

Where should you look for Koi carp?

Authored by Penny South

When you search online for the best company that offers Koi Carp for sale , the screen of your PC or laptop is suddenly bombarded with innumerable sites claiming to provide their fine quality Koi besides other benefits.

Which website should you trust? And why should you trust them? Thinking the same? Well, we know that! That’s why we recommend you our genuine platform -- Keruto Koi,...