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New gas safety rules give landlords greater flexibility on checks

May 19, 2018

The new Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 2018 came into effect last month, including important changes to landlord gas safety checks. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the changes offer “flexibility to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks” because landlords can now “carry out the check in the two months before […]

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7 viewing tips to help you find the perfect home

May 2, 2018

Buying a house is a big decision; it’s usually the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so here’s how to make the most of every viewing to help you decide which property is right for you. 1. Visit the property before you view it First impressions are important, so drive or walk by the house before […]

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The importance of the garden when selling your house

April 29, 2018

House hunters take just 10 seconds to decide if they like a property based on its exterior* – so it’s important to think about how your garden looks when selling your house. For National Gardening Week, we’re looking at ways to improve your garden and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. First, tidy up! […]

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5 home improvements to increase the value of your property

April 15, 2018

It’s National Home Improvement Month, so we’re looking at ways to add value to your property. First, set a realistic budget so that you don’t spend more on home improvements than you could recoup when you sell your home; every home has a “ceiling price”, which is the most you can expect to sell it […]

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Which ISA is best for first-time buyers – the Help to Buy ISA or the Lifetime ISA?

March 27, 2018

If you’re a first-time buyer, you may have heard about two Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) which could help you save up to buy your first home – the Help to Buy ISA and the Lifetime ISA. Although both ISAs offer tax-free savings and a 25% bonus from the government on the amount you pay in, […]

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How to get “market ready”

March 13, 2018

Are you planning on putting your house up for sale? Read our tips on how to prepare your property for the market to get the best possible valuation and sale price. Choosing an estate agent Choosing the right estate agent to sell your property is an important decision, so it’s worth doing your research. Looking […]

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The average Brit moves home around 8 times in their lifetime

February 20, 2018

Homeowners change address for all kinds of reasons – to move closer to family, to switch jobs, or to take their first step on to the property ladder. A recent study, carried out by Zoopla indicated that the average Brit moves home around 8 times in their lifetime. Of course, some people move every few […]

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How to Make moving into a new home happen this year

February 8, 2018

Here we are at the beginning of a New Year and yet already one month in and all those promises and resolutions we made are falling away. One of the things many of us think about doing at the beginning of a new year is moving home and yet as the year goes on we […]

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How Will the Change to the Base Rate Affect Your Mortgage?

January 16, 2018

At the beginning of November the UK base rate increased from 0.25% to 0.5%. This is the first rise in a decade but it may not stop there. Although this seems a very small increase it is important to understand how the base rate affects mortgages, loans and savings. So what is the base rate? […]

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The Stamp Duty Change Will Benefit Thousands of People in Greater Manchester

January 2, 2018

In the Autumn Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that Stamp Duty would be abolished for first time buyers on homes costing £300,000 or less or on the first £300,000 of purchases up to £500,000. This could potentially unlock the housing market for the so-called ‘Generation Rent’, and is great news for Greater Manchester buyers. According […]