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Pandemic Life: Tips to Make Your Living Space Healthier

Living space

As the world enters its third winter with COVID-19, it’s time to make a few more changes to your London home. No matter the size, a couple of strategic improvements can make your living space healthier and keep you and your family happier during downtimes at the homestead.

A Fresh Coat of Paint to Brighten Things Up

If you haven’t already, paint your walls with colours that make you happy. A few home decorating experts agree white is the way to go, as it’s a clean colour that reflects light. Additionally, it clears visual clutter and can help you feel more relaxed, something that’s vital during the pandemic.

But don’t be afraid to go bold and add pops of colour. For example, reds, yellows, or oranges can add a festive touch. You may consider complementary colours such as blue and yellow to create high contrast, which will help your rooms feel bigger.

Replace Your Living Room Furniture

If you’re feeling a little cramped in your living room, it might be time to replace the old furniture with something new. Do you have a large family? Consider a sectional couch that can keep everyone comfortable on movie night. 

If you prefer something quieter, such as spending a chilly Friday night curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace, go for accent chairs instead. 

Prepare an Outdoor Escape for the Spring

Start planning a garden or other outside area where you can enjoy nature and relax in London’s summer sun. You might want to hire a landscaper to help you make the outdoor space even better. 

Customize your outside space to fit your lifestyle. Do you enjoy entertaining? If so, consider an outdoor kitchen with a grill and seating area, so you don’t have to leave your guests while preparing food. It can be complex planning this on your own, so choosing landscape design services that use 3D rendering software might make it easier to visualize the space and make a final decision.

Create the Perfect Indoor Reading Nook

You’re going to need some downtime. Fortunately, there are many ways to spend time inside your home. The key is thinking outside the box and not just watching movies or playing video games all day long. Instead, create a cosy reading nook where you can curl up with a new book.

Place comfortable chairs in the corner of your living room, preferably near windows, so you can read and also enjoy your view. Use decorative pillows to create a sense of cosiness, and add some throws if it gets chilly at night or on one of London’s notorious rainy days. 

Add a Fitness Area to Your Home

Lastly, don’t forget to add a place in the house where everyone can exercise. Some exercise equipment, such as elliptical machines and treadmills, can keep your family healthy during downtime, and they’re also stylish additions that fit into any home.

Make Your Home Cosier This Winter

You can improve your living space with changes from simple DIY options, such as painting your walls and replacing furniture, to adding a fitness area. For help, contact Designed to Sell Homestaging to create a happy home for you and your family.

Article kindly written by Sharon Wagner of seniorfriendly.info

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Everybody saves money

Everybody saves

With Everybody Saves, Utility Warehouse guarantee customers will pay less with UW than with their current suppliers. 

How does it work?

Everybody Saves’ means that Utility Warehouse guarantee that everybody who signs up will save time and money on their home services. Any customer who switches their energy, broadband and mobile to UW will pay less in their first year with us, than what they would have paid with their current suppliers.

If a customer doesn’t save just by switching, then you simply send in your previous suppliers’ bills and any price increase notifications. Utility Warehouse will then review and apply credits to your bills to ensure you save in your first year. The minimum saving will be £50.

How are the savings calculated?

The savings calculation is based on a comparison between what you are projected to pay over the next twelve months if you stay with your existing suppliers, and the estimated annual price quoted by UW. If UW estimated annual price isn’t already £50 cheaper, they will then credit you the difference.

The estimated savings and associated credit are based on:

  • Energy: A comparison between what you are projected to need to pay to your existing supplier over the next twelve months (based on annual price projection, including any price notifications) and the estimated annual price quoted by UW.
  • Broadband: A comparison between the monthly tariff from your existing supplier and the annual price quoted by UW. This does not include calls or features.
  • Mobile: A comparison between the monthly tariff from your existing supplier and the annual price quoted by UW. This does not include handsets or out of bundle usage.

To claim, new customers need to send copies of their previous bills to UW (via everybodysaves@uw.co.uk), which we’ll review and validate, before confirming the savings amount with you via email.

How are the savings applied?

Savings are applied automatically to a customer’s bill as a monthly credit, spread evenly over their first year with UW.

What happens after the first year?

After 12 months, customers will move onto UW Double Gold pricing and enjoy the benefits that they offer to those who have all their services with UW, such as the cashback card, one single monthly bill, and a dedicated, UK-based customer support team. If a customer decides to switch any of their services away from UW after 12 months, they’ll move onto our standard or Gold pricing, depending on the services they keep.

Everybody saves
Everybody saves

For more details, or to see how much you could save call Jackie on 07726 270 850email or fill out the contact form. Or you can visit the website for more details.

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Are you worried about the energy crisis?

Energy crisis

With furlough ending, skyrocketing energy prices and more companies going under every week, more people than ever are worried about paying their energy bills.

However, Utility Warehouse can help

They are well-positioned to weather this storm and this means that as a UW customer, your service will continue. They can state this with real confidence for three key reasons: 

  • Firstly, the structure of Utility Warehouse’s wholesale energy agreement means that the cost of the energy they buy is protected against pricing volatility, both today and in the future.
  • Secondly, UW are more than just an energy provider. They have a unique multiservice offer that also spans broadband, mobile and insurance. This generates a number of different revenue streams and means they are not solely reliant on energy.
  • And finally, UW has always taken a long-term approach to pricing while still offering competitive tariffs to all customers. They have spent the last 25 years building a stable and sustainable business, and plan to be around for many years to come.
Andrew Lindsay, Utility Warehouse Open Letter

For more details, or to see how much you could save call Jackie on 07726 270 850email or fill out the contact form. Or you can visit the website for more details.

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Stay or Sell: Making a Decision on Your Property

stay or sell

Article written by Jim Vogel

Elderaction.org

jim@elderaction.org

As the housing market continues to surge, you may be looking at your property and considering whether to stay or sell. Either of these decisions comes with a host of merits and setbacks. You will want to review all of them to ensure your next move is the right one.

Improving

The term ‘home improvement’ can refer to a couple of new flowerpots or a complete household restructure. However major your intended changes, as long as they improve the property, they should also improve its selling price. There are many conversions that are almost guaranteed to add value. A cellar-turned-living space can add 30% to the price, for example.

If you are making upgrades to improve value, it is worth speaking to a Designed to Sell consultant. Experts will usually have insider knowledge of contracts, construction costs, and market trends. Their advice can help you make and execute a smart decision.

Walls often escape our consideration when home renovating, but they can be the key to unlocking or dividing property. If you’re struggling for space, knocking one wall down can create new, breathable open-plan areas. Just remember when doing this to take cautious measures. Seek advice, and work methodically so as not to damage yourself or any other structures.

Alternatively, dividing up a house with walls may offer new potential for renting. Especially in two-tier houses, you can split a property into units to be used by tenants. Again, this is a big commitment and can cost upwards of £25,000 for even a simple living conversion.

When deciding whether to improve your home, the most important question should be ‘do I want to continue living here?’ Home improvements, however drastic, can’t change the area you’re living in, and may further entrench you in it.

Selling

Contrary to common belief, selling a house these days can be relatively stress-free. In terms of preparation, sometimes a declutter and deep clean will be all you need. When dressed properly, a house can fetch 10% above its previous sale price. To discuss the viability of selling and the costs of getting everything ready, again, you’ll want to consult with an expert. These reviews can now be done virtually, so you won’t need to worry about pandemic restrictions. Just an hour’s conversation will give you an idea as to how much work is required before you’re ready to list.

As well as the work required to sell, you’ll probably be thinking about profitability. How much you can make from selling will depend on the state of the market, your local area, and the specifications of the property itself. All of these variables are subject to change. Keeping a finger on the pulse of investment trends, changes to stamp duty, and supply and demand is key to ensuring you sell at the best price possible.

Remember, the housing market is aligned with society at large — that means it responds to stimuli like the wider economy or the pandemic. Garden properties, for example, are in hot demand since the start of COVID.

If you’re unsure of the financial feasibility of a move, our advice is to use a mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments and check whether a new loan is viable. Oftentimes, with some financial gymnastics, you’ll find there were more options than you originally thought.

Whether you decide to sell or stay, you’ll want to bring your property to its best potential, but getting it there is hard on your own. For the best outcome, it’s crucial that you seek advice from experts and use the services that are available to you.

Designed to Sell is a home staging company, operating in the Essex area. Speak with us today and see how we can improve the interior of your home.

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Government agree with lenders to end EWS1 form requirement for below 18 metres

EWS1

So glad some common sense has prevailed and now people in flats under 18m will be able to sell their properties. I know this regulation has trapped millions in their homes – devaluing them dramatically – causing stress and worry for owners who were potentially looking at paying for thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary work.

Lets hope the mortgage companies will all now start lending again to those in flats under 18m, and get the market moving.