Claire James

Buying vs Building Your First Home

Buying vs Building Your First Home

The average house price peaked at £235,000 in August, as the summer market continued to move at its fastest pace in five years. This represented overall price growth of 6.1% year-on-year, highlighting the challenges facing aspiring home buyers on these shores...

Buying a second Home Abroad? Why not Consider Madeira

Buying a second Home Abroad? Why not Consider Madeira

Most people buy a second home for one of two reasons: as a bolt hole, or as a source of income, or maybe as a combination of the two. The big question is where? Climate is likely to be high on the list of criteria, as is proximity to a transport hub. For those...

Should You Add an Annexe to Your Home?

Should You Add an Annexe to Your Home?

When you buy a property, you often don’t think about how you are going to grow and potentially outgrow a space. Many reach a point where they need a little extra space, but don’t want to move to a new home entirely. A good solution can often be to build an annexe....

4 mistakes to avoid during a loft conversion

4 mistakes to avoid during a loft conversion

Renovating your loft is a smart way of converting a rarely used part of your home into a fully functional room. Almost all lofts are suitable for conversion, and whether you’re creating a guest bedroom, a new bathroom or a home office, you’re sure to enjoy a huge...

4 tips to conquer a tiny bedroom

4 tips to conquer a tiny bedroom

Kitchens and bathrooms often grab the headlines, but one should not forget the power of a master bedroom. Put simply, this can have huge pulling power for a home. It's the room in which most of us spend most of our time in (after all, if we stick to the medical...

Things to Consider When Designing Your Dream Home in 2021

Things to Consider When Designing Your Dream Home in 2021

When going through any project in life, numerous components need to be taken into consideration. None more so than when designing your dream home. If you have decided that this is something you would like to do in 2021, then you are most probably making good progress...

HP OfficeJet 6960 Printer Features and Advantages

HP OfficeJet 6960 Printer Features and Advantages

Are you considering a new HP Officejet 6960 but can’t decide whether it is worth spending your money on or not? We’re here with all the information you need so that you can make an informed decision before parting with your cash – read on to find out more. All-in-One...

How To Start Making A New Build House Feel Like A Home

How To Start Making A New Build House Feel Like A Home

It’s easy to see why so many people are opting for new build homes these days. They are built to the latest energy specifications so you won’t be paying a fortune in bills, they are often out of town so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and you don’t...

3 Tips When Starting Your Indoor Grow Tent

3 Tips When Starting Your Indoor Grow Tent

The unpredictable weather conditions can prevent your plants from growing to their full potential. However, did you know that the weather isn't the only factor that affects the growth of your plants? You also have to consider pests and outdoor animals that can wander...

When Is Moving House The Right Thing For Your Family?

When Is Moving House The Right Thing For Your Family?

The decision to move house is a big one, bringing a rare concoction of nerves and anxieties along with it. Those feelings are intensified when you’re not only deciding for yourself, but for your family members also. Still, it’s worth reminding yourself that moving...

A Guide to Finding the Right Tenants – 4 Simple Steps

A Guide to Finding the Right Tenants – 4 Simple Steps

Finding the right tenants for your rental property can be a difficult task. As a property owner, the tenant you choose will play a role in defining your success as a landlord. As a landlord, it’s important to understand how to find the right tenants for your rental...

Interior Design Features Every Home Needs

Interior Design Features Every Home Needs

It doesn’t matter what decorative style or aesthetic you want to capture within your home, there are key interior design features that every home should have regardless of the overall style. The following key features are the ingredients to a strong, homely core that...

What to Do with Your Furniture When You Get New Flooring

What to Do with Your Furniture When You Get New Flooring

Taking the plunge to get new flooring for your home can be exciting, especially if the new material is an upgrade and something you have always wanted. It can be even more satisfying if the existing floors are in poor condition. However, replacing all of the flooring...

The First Group Scoops Five Arabian Property Awards

The First Group Scoops Five Arabian Property Awards

The First Group, Dubai’s leading developer, celebrated another strong performance at the 2020-2021 Arabian Property Awards. Two of the company’s upcoming projects – The One Hotel at Business Bay and The One at Jumeirah Village Circle – claimed five major awards. The...

4 Considerations When Building a Tiny House

4 Considerations When Building a Tiny House

With more people wanting to reduce their personal imprint upon the environment, a variety of revolutionary strategies have emerged. From energy-efficient appliances to alternative forms of living, it seems that everybody can now take one or more direct actions to...

How To Organise Your Cables (And Why It Matters)

How To Organise Your Cables (And Why It Matters)

Cable management is the achilles heel of many modern households. Even if you and your spouse are certified geeks with an unimpeachable understanding of consumer electronics, you are not immune from the problems that errant cable can cause. But managing your cables...