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We’re nearing the end of April now but since it was National Home Improvement Month we’re sure that there are many of you out there who have really gone all out with your interior design and renovation projects.
And we’re equally sure that there are just as many - if not more - of you out there who are keen to keep the momentum up and carry on improving your properties in May and well beyond.
If you’re thinking about having extensions done to your Liverpool property over the next few weeks and months, and you have a shared property boundary (known as a party wall) with a neighbour, what you absolutely must do is tell them if you want to carry out any building work near it or on it.Read more
Fans of Winnie The Pooh will be familiar with the character’s creator AA Milne, and could be interested in purchasing the home near where he wrote the legendary books based on the honey-loving bear.
However, they would need a cool £2.85 million to buy Hartfield Hall, located by the stream the Cambridge graduate frequently wrote about during the 1920s, the Daily Mail reported.
The five-bedroom country residence is situated in Sussex’s Ashdown Forest, a beautiful woodland area the author called Five Hundred Acre Wood in his books.Read more
With sun finally shining after months of cold weather and dark afternoons it's not surprising this has rejuvenated an interest in gardening for many Brits keen on adding some colour to their outdoor spaces.
With the recent batch of cold weather due to come to an end just in time for the Easter weekend, there are plenty of beautiful flowers that can be planted in your conservatory, giving you that warm summer feeling even when it is miserable and grey outside.Read more
If you’re thinking of carrying out some DIY work on your property this year, you may want to keep one eye on what can improve the value of your home.
Mortgage Introducer recently shared the findings of a survey by Post Office Money, which revealed that making certain changes to a property can boost its value by around £40,000.
This is based on its survey of homeowners who made improvements to their properties last year. The average starting value for the homes was £210,000, which climbed to £250,000 once the renovations were completed.Read more
Property values in the UK are in decline, with values having dropped by 0.8 per cent between December 2018 and January 2019.
According to the latest House Price Index from the Land Registry, the average property value in the UK stood at £228,147 earlier this year.
In England, it was £244,567, which is just over £3,000 more than it was in January 2018. This marginal 1.5 per cent annual growth rate is low compared with previous years’ and could be enough to motivate homeowners to make changes to their property.Read more
As any homeowner worth their salt will know, you certainly never rush to judgement when it comes to making a significant investment in windows and doors for your Liverpool house and other such products, you need to take your time, review as many different products as you can and go and see them in real life before you make a decision about what’s right for you and your property, otherwise you could find yourself wasting lots of money on something you don’t even like.
That’s why we’re so pleased to let you all know that you can come down to our open showroom in Knotty Ash in Liverpool to have a look at what we’ve got to offer our discerning customers.Read more
There are a number of reasons to consider adding a conservatory to your property. They can be a great way to extend your living space, as well as allowing you to enjoy your garden throughout the year.
But a recent article for Estate Agent News also noted that they can be one of the best ways to add value to your home, whether you’re planning to sell it or even rent it out.
The extra living space good-quality conservatories in Liverpool offer is one of the big plus points, so you need to ensure you don’t skimp and that you make sure this space is properly insulated to ensure heat doesn’t escape in the winter, as well as preventing it from getting too hot in the summer.Read more
Every couple argues, whether they’ve been together for six months or for most of their lives… but sometimes the sources of these arguments can, upon reflection, seem really rather trivial, wouldn’t you agree? Do you really want to spend your days fighting with your other half over the replacement roof for your Liverpool home, after all?
Interestingly, however, it seems that home improvements – and specifically, DIY – is a big source of contention for couples above a certain age. New research from SunLife Direct has just revealed that for couples over the age of 50, DIY, money and cleaning are the main sources of tension, followed by taking up too much room in bed and being lazy.
Of those asked, one in six couples admitted that the biggest issues they argue about were DIY and home improvements, with non-life products director at the company Simon Stanney saying that it’s perhaps unsurprising that DIY is so contentious, given that it takes time and money.Read more
Having the perfect home isn’t just about building an extension at your Liverpool property and sitting back to let it look after yourself – you’ve really got to make an ongoing effort to ensure that your home remains your castle. And because we lead such busy lives these days, this can sometimes become a little bit overwhelming and be a little on the tricky side to fit everything in.
Which is why you might want to check out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, a series of inspiring home makeovers by the tidying expert herself which aims to help you ditch the clutter at home and embrace joy at the same time. Best-selling author Ms Kondo actually launched her tidying consultancy when she was just a 19-year-old university student living in Tokyo. And now she’s world renowned, helping people all over the globe transform their cluttered little houses to create spaces of inspiration and serenity.Read more
If you’re planning to make your conservatory a more usable and pleasant space next year by investing in new conservatory roofs in Liverpool, you may also want to update some of the other design features.
Country Living recently shared the top garden design trends for 2019, as identified by the Society of Garden Designers, and a number of them will work well in conservatories as well as our outdoor spaces.
Among them is a desire for what Joe Perkins describes as “sculptural” plants. These are houseplants that add some drama and structure to a space.Read more
While you may be considering extensions for your Liverpool home, for some homeownership alone is enough of a challenge. However, City Mayor Joe Anderson has launched a new scheme which he hopes will help more of Liverpool’s residents get on the housing ladder.
According to LBN Daily, the ‘ethical’ housing project, called Foundations, will aim to provide rent to buy housing options for low-income families. The scheme aims to create 10,000 new homes across Liverpool in the next decade with investment worth at least £1 billion.
The rent-to-buy scheme will mean that approved tenants will pay a reduced rate, allowing them to save up the money for a deposit to buy the property which they are renting.Read more
We all know that there are some interior design trends that we’d like to see consigned to the history books and never reinstated, and a new survey has revealed which things Brits most want to get rid of when it comes to home decor.
At the top of the list, probably unsurprisingly, is woodchip wallpaper. This was named as the worst interior trend by 30 per cent of those surveyed by Terry’s Fabrics, Ideal Home reported.
Not far behind were artex ceilings or walls, with 24 per cent of the vote, and carpeted bathrooms, which 23 per cent would like to banish.Read more
Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but even more so if you’re scrambling to have home improve-ments, such as an extension, added to your Liverpool home to enjoy during the festivities. It’s a com-mon thought to have to ensure your home becomes ready to welcome family and friends over Christ-mas, and according to research from AA Financial Services, this year has seen a particular boom.
The Property Reporter explained how homeowners are changing the habit of waiting until the summer months to get large renovation projects done, with over 49 per cent planning a home improvement project to some degree.
While the majority of homeowners will be going for a smaller makeover, such as 41 per cent giving a room a lick of new paint, many had made plans to extend or renovate their kitchen. In fact, 12 per cent said they were looking to get their kitchen in shape by Christmas 2018.Read more
Is there anything more exciting than taking the decision to have new extensions added to your Liverpool home? Any renovation project is a fun undertaking, particularly when the construction and building is finished and you get to have the fun of designing it yourself and really putting your stamp on it.
With a new year just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to take a look to see what interior design trends are likely to pop up in 2019 so you can make sure that all that lovely extra space at home is on trend, stylish and fashionable.
Luckily for us all, Refinery29 has taken it upon itself to have a quick chat with four interior experts to find out what they think will be big news in the world of home décor over the coming 12 months… and you’re sure to find a bit of inspiration in there somewhere.Read more
If you’re thinking of making some home improvements this autumn, you could do worse than to invest in new sash windows in Liverpool. Boosting your home security is always a good idea, but especially at this time of the year.
A recent article for About Manchester explained why installing modern windows will make it less likely that your home will be targeted by thieves.
It focused particularly on sash windows, noting that new sash windows offer a number of security benefits over their older counterparts, without compromising on style. For example, traditional sash windows can often have mechanical failures.
This can make them easier to open, as well as difficult to close, both of which can pose a security risk. Because they are typically single glazed, it is also much easier for a burglar to gain access to a property by smashing them.Read more
For most of us, upgrading our windows might involve a bit of upheaval, but generally, the work is complete within a few days and life can go back to normal. However, the same is not true if you are a member of the royal family.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to renovate their Kensington Palace apartment by replacing windows and repairing its roof, the newlyweds had to delay moving into the palatial apartment for several months.
The Daily Mail reported how the £1.4 million upgrade on Apartment 1 has come to an end, which means the couple can finally move into their marital home, after having tied the knot in May earlier this year.Read more
One in ten people move house after being burgled, new research has found. Property Reporter shared the findings of a survey by insurer Policy Expert, which revealed that many people feel unsafe in their home after being burgled.
The survey revealed that 12 per cent of those whose homes are targeted by thieves feel as though they can no longer stay there, while eight per cent did not feel as though they could be alone in the property any more.
What’s more, 32 per cent of those questioned suffered sleepless nights following a burglary. The findings show that burglary can have a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing, far beyond the monetary value of any items that are stolen.Read more
Conservatories are typically reserved for summer use, allowing the sunlight of the summer months to flood through the room, brightening it up and warming up the space. However, it seems like such a waste to shut off an entire room for winter every year, when there are many ways you can still the make the most of your conservatory when the weather turns cold.
Of course, one of the most common reasons for avoiding the conservatory during winter is because they get incredibly cold, not being connected to the main central heating system.
However, there are a few simple ways you can heat it up that will make it a cosy, homely space all year round.Read more
Many property owners are daunted by the prospect of replacing all the windows of their house, but sometimes installing new windows in their Liverpool home is necessary.
Here is a simple guide to help you work out when it is time to repair your windows and when you should take the jump and replace them all.Read more
Ofgem has taken action against some of the UK’s biggest energy suppliers over their complaints procedures, claiming they are leaving customers extremely unsatisfied.
The energy regulator has four compliance cases open regarding complaint handling by First Utility, Ovo Energy, ScottishPower and Utilita. What’s more, in response to Ofgem’s recent complaints handling survey, it has demanded 11 of the major energy providers improve their customer complaints’ process.
Its findings showed only 32 per cent of domestic customers are satisfied with how their grievance was dealt with.Read more
Whatever kind of home improvement project you’re undertaking, whether it’s fitting aluminium windows in Liverpool or having a loft conversion carried out, you need to ensure that you have all the right paperwork.
Although this might not seem important to you, when you come to sell your property it could be.
Property Reporter recently highlighted some of the pitfalls homeowners fall into when it comes to making home improvements, and struggling to recoup the money they’ve spent when they sell and move on.Read more
Make no mistake – deciding to have an extension added to your Liverpool home is a very big decision and not one to be entered into lightly. There’s an awful lot of research you need to do first so that you know you’re getting exactly what you want for your new conservatory or similar kind of building – so here are a few words of wisdom for us here at Vision Home Improvements to help you get off on the right foot.
First of all, you need to work out what you want to use this extra space for. Figure out exactly how much space you’ll actually have to play around with and come up with a basic design, deciding what your main priorities are for using the room. This will help you figure out certain styles and design additions, whether you want something with lots of period features or would prefer a more contemporary aesthetic.
Once this step has been completed, you should start getting in touch with professional builders and contractors and get a series of quotes – at least three or four – so that you can figure out how much certain work will cost and so you know you’re not going to get ripped off. While recommendations from friends are a good place to start, don’t forget to check out reviews online so you don’t find yourself caught out later down the line.Read more
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to provide more help for landlords who want to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
According to the organisation, there is far more that could be done to incentivise landlords to make changes that will boost the energy efficiency of their properties, thereby leading to lower bills for their tenants.
One of the things they’re calling for is for more energy efficiency improvements to be tax deductible. They argue that any improvements recommended on a property’s energy performance certificate (EPC) should be tax deductible.Read more
When you think about getting new windows for your Liverpool home, you’re probably focusing on the aesthetics and energy efficiency more than on how this kind of change could improve your health.
However, new research has found that making some simple upgrades to your property could have a significant impact on your overall health, particularly among older people.
Writing for the Independent, Sarah Rodgers, a professor in epidemiology at Swansea University who was involved in the research project, explained that their aim was to explore the link between hospital admissions and the state of people’s properties.Read more
New windows for your Liverpool home could prove to be an effective cost-saving measure, as well as a profitable one.
Recent research has shown that a new boiler and central heating are the most profitable improvements that can be made to homes in the UK. Other changes that could improve the energy efficiency of a home were also popular, the survey showed.
Double glazing was one of the most popular projects, with 29 per cent of people saying they were considering installing it, while 28 per cent saying they were thinking of a new boiler or plumbing.Read more
This time of year is certainly a delightful one, with bright sunshine and warm sunny days welcoming us each time we leave the house. But as wonderful as the summer months are, they can also be a little bit on the noisier side when compared to winter, as people spend more time outside… and if you live in a busy residential area, you could soon start to feel as though your peace and quiet has all but disappeared.
But the good news is that you don’t have to carry on living like this and if you feel that it’s got to the point where the noise is starting to have an impact on your health and wellbeing, it’s definitely time to take action.
So what can you do to help reduce outside noise at home? Creating a barrier is a good idea as this will help to block out noise. Consider installing a solid fence or something like a masonry wall to truly deaden sound, although if you’d prefer something a bit more aesthetically pleasing trees or some hedgerow might be the way to go. Going for something evergreen if you want to go down the tree route is wise because this will provide you with noise protection all year round.Read more
Big, beautiful bi-fold doors in your Liverpool home will probably be something you both agree on that you love - but if only all decisions were so easy when it comes to renovating! Every little detail needs to be chosen, and this isn’t so easy when both parties involved have strong opinions about different elements of the plan, whether that be the type of windows, or the overall plan down to something as tiny as the skirting board colour.
According to a new study carried out by Independent Network, home improvements are the cause of millions of fallouts between couples. Across the UK, 2,000 men and women were questioned for the research, with one in six of them admitting to having fallen out with their partner over home renovations and DIY.
Of the respondents, almost half of people asked said that carrying out improvements on their home was an extremely stressful time. One in five even said that either one or the other had not been happy or agreed to carry out work in the first place, with 16 per cent saying one of the main subjects of conflict was not agreeing on a budget to carry out the work.Read more
It can be easy to get complacent about your home security, but it’s important that you regularly review it to make sure that your property is always safe when you’re out and about.
The Lancashire Evening Post recently spoke to Anthony Neary, managing director of safe.co.uk, about what steps you can take to make sure your home is as secure and safe as possible.
One thing you should consider is replacing any old doors with newer, more secure options. Fitting Rockdoors in Liverpool, which are particularly hard wearing and secure, is just one thing to consider.Read more
Making a house a home is a big undertaking and there are all sorts of decorating and design ideas that you’ll need to think about in order to achieve your dream castle… but with so many products out there on the market, making decisions can be incredibly difficult – and it’s always worth researching everything properly so you know you’re getting exactly what you want and you won’t be wasting any money on something you won’t like in a few months’ time.
Your front door is certainly something you should think long and hard about before spending any money, particularly if you want to up sticks and move on in the near future. It’s all about making a good first impression and, apart from your front yard, the front door will be the first impression that anyone has of your home – and you want it to be a good one!Read more
If you’re about to embark on a big home improvement project like having new conservatories installed at your Liverpool home, you’re sure to want to get out of the house to escape the noise and dust, and to stop yourself from getting under the feet of your contractor as they try to sort out your property extension.
Should this sound like a familiar story, then you’re certainly in luck this month – the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 is coming back to Liverpool once again in May, with the magnificent fleet sailing from the city to Dublin and then on to Bordeaux in France in a seriously exciting race that takes the able seamen through the Irish and Celtic seas, as well as the Bay of Biscay...