With some Brits sitting in a big pile of cash that is their home….it’s the topic of conversation at dinner parties all across the land: how much is your property worth?
We are, it’s fair to say, a nation obsessed with property value, so I decided to share this news with you, as I must admit I do check up! It’s hardly surprising, considering we’re one of the few European countries where being a homeowner – and aspiring to it – is more common than being a renter. And what with property values tending to go up (largely – recessions aside), we Brits see our homes as our nest egg, as well as just our nest.
Estate agents Keatons surveyed 2,000 home owners in the UK to find out how clued-up we are about property …
While I religiously recycle in the kitchen, all my good intentions go to pot in the bathroom. So I decided to get recycling upstairs too. Only issue is who has space for a recycling bin in the bathroom – you know one of those metal two or three bucket bin in the bathroom? And frankly, they look rather unattractive too. Now in the kitchen I had my three compartment recycling bin and my normal bin, and this was overkill, so I changed to two of the same bin and we recycle in one and rest of the waste goes in the other. I wanted to replicate this upstairs by buying two of the same bin, this time in white or perspex. Specifically I wanted square bins to leave no gaps like round, oval…Read more
Those looking to spruce up their home this Spring need look no further thanks to Aldi’s brand new selection of stylish Spring Home pieces. From furniture and soft furnishings to lamps and ornaments, you’ll find bits and pieces to give your home a fresh new look – available to pre-order online at www.aldi.co.uk from 9th February and to buy in stores on 16th February.
Aldi’s Beechwood Dining Table (£59.99) is the good addition to any kitchen or dining room. It features a white finish table top and lacquered beechwood legs for a clean, modern look. Adjustable feet make it easy to counterbalance uneven floors. Pair with the Beechwood Pair of Dining Chairs (£39.99) with a matching design to complete the classic beechwood theme.
I especially like …
So can’t afford a wall as a room divider, try a curtain. Double glazing out of your reach for a drafty front door, think curtain.
People usually see curtains as a traditional window covering, often used to add warmth and texture to a room. However, curtain fabrics can be used across your home to serve a variety of other decorating needs, adding a special touch to unique spaces.
Casey Ho, decorating expert, at Curtains.com has shared with me her top five fabric tips for alternative decorating, and I liked them so much, I am sharing them with you.
“A princess bed is every little girl’s dream. Canopy beds not only create imaginative spaces for children, and private dens for teens but can also transform traditional master bedrooms. Net curtains can serve as elegant …
The Domu sale is on. With hundreds of stylish and functional kitchen, garden and homeware appliances, the website is worth a look, especially with prices cut on a number of items that can save you money, for example slow cookers for batch cooking!
The sale is on right now across the company’s VonShef and VonHaus brands. If you haven’t heard about Domu, they are a home and lifestyle brand and I think some of their sale products would be of interest to bargain hunters like you and me, such as the VonShef 8-in-1 multi cooker which has 8 different cooking functions including roasting, searing and slow cooking and is perfect for cooking batch meals for the week (or more) – it’s down to £49.99 from £74.99. It really is value for money, as it has …
Online estate agents seem to be all the rage these days. On the one hand they’re a fraction of the cost of traditional, brick-and-mortar agents, whilst on the other they purport to offer almost all of the same services.
If you’re thinking about choosing an online estate agent then we hope this guide will be of use. We’ve got answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, as well as a table outlining who the most popular online estate agents are, their prices, as well as the services that they offer.
Why should you use an online estate agent?
In a nutshell… to save money! Traditional estate agents can charge anywhere from 0.75% to 3% of the total selling price of a property. This means that if you’re selling a property for £250,000, an …
It’s cold outside, so head over to Aldi for some snuggly warm ranges for your home, including faux fur throws, nordic knitted custions and shaggy rugs. Here are the highlights of the range (IMHO), and there are in store now, so hurry as you know that once they are gone, they are gone!
Photo Print Sherpa Fleece (£14.99)
Aldi’s stylish Photo Print Sherpa Fleece (£14.99) comes in four designs including polar bear, rabbit, deer or snow landscape, offering a striking finishing touch to any room, and is great if you have animal loving kids. My boys loved the antler bedding they had earlier this year, so this fleece is a gorgeous addition. Pair with Aldi’s great-value Photo Print Cushions (£3.99 each) for that cosy winter feel.
Luxury Shaggy Rug (£29.99) / Faux Fur Cushion (£8.99) …
Recently, we’ve had a spate of attempted burglaries nearby and decided that we wanted to bolster our defences. Lights are always a powerful tool, whether as a deterrent or to light up the dark passage down the side of your house or your front door.
However, wiring in lights is a nuisance and then the energy that they use may be pennies but it soon mounts up. So I decided to look at some solar security lights and a light switch timer to save money while being green, and here is my feedback.
The Curve Solar Motion LightThe Curve Solar Motion Light was by far our favourite light. It was easy to install, looks good and the light is strong (50 Watt equivalent) and diffuses quite far. We put it near to our white…
So I went to Aldi at the weekend and picked up my mum’s shopping, and picked up a couple of things for Halloween too. Wicked witches, ghoulish ghosts and scary skeletons really need look no further than Aldi this Halloween.
They‘ve got some creepy costumes, including a Children’s Dressing Up Set (£4.99) available in a witch, bat or scary skeleton design. Adults can also join in the fun, with an Adults’ Halloween Costume, a devilishly good steal at just £7.99 making it easy to transform into a Witch, Vampire or Skeleton. The outfits don’t come for larger peeps, so if you’re an 18 women, you’ll have to wear something else but go big on the Spooky Face Paint Kit (£3.99).
The Children’s Halloween Boppers Spectacles (£1.79) are for I’d say children younger than …
If you’re thinking about selling your home, the chances are that you’ll wait till January now. It’s the most popular time of the year to sell, probably because Christmas is out the way and people are full of fresh New Year optimism.
So before Christmas takes over entirely, if you’ve got sale boards on your mind, have a think about getting a free valuation with an alternative estate agent like Purplebricks, because they promise to save you thousands when you sell – an average of £3,035 outside London and £6,267 inside London – that’s a nice pot towards redecorating your new home, or those unforeseen expenses that come with moving.
When I asked how the firm saves people money, they said it’s because they don’t have expensive offices or cars. Everything is included in …