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Should I Sell My House?

Sunday, 13 February 2011 15:57

“Should I sell my house?” is a question that pops up in the minds of home owners at time of turbulent economic conditions.  In a changing economic environment, the financial situation of individuals and organizations also undergo a lot of change.  There are cost cutting measures, downsizing and offloading in today’s economic meltdown.  Thousands are losing jobs resulting on thousands of home foreclosures.

Millions of people every year are faced with the decision as to what to do with their properties that they might have moved out of or paid off. The options usually are either to sell the property and try to make as much as you can from it, or to rent it out and make it into a secondary stream of income. There are good and bad points about both sides, and the final decision should be researched before either course of action is actually taken.

The question “Should I sell my house?” should be discussed against the backdrop of the present economic conditions in the region. Currently we are in a severe cash crunch due to the markets crashing almost in all sectors, especially in the housing sector.  Similarly individuals and families who have lost their jobs with low or no other source of income need some financial help to overcome the grim situation.  The equity they have built over the years comes in handy in these situations as they can use the home equity for temporary relief from bankruptcy or for mere survival till they make alternative arrangements for a regular income.  If you are lucky enough to have a job and comfortable income there is no need to sell your house as long as you live in it.

When home prices start sliding it is a matter of concern for the existing home owners. They get caught up in the dilemma of “Should I sell my house? Or keep it as an investment”.  It depends on your financial situation and various other factors such as the demand for similar properties in your area, the availability of such properties and the prevailing prices and the cost of selling and so on.

 
Work your butt campaign with Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:20

How well do you ‘Work Your Butt’?

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Jennifer Lopez is famous (amongst other things) for her shapely and well-worked butt, but unfortunately our garden water butts don’t gain quite the same amount of attention. According to a recent WWT survey(i), nearly two thirds of those surveyed said they had a water butt, but only 1 in 10 make good use of the water it collected, while the rest allowed the overflow to go down the drain.

‘Work Your Butt’ is a fun, cheeky awareness campaign being launched this spring by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) with a serious message. WWT is calling on the nation’s garden owners to use their water butts to wash the car, water the plants or even top up their pond, and is highlighting the benefits that less reliance on mains water has on the environment and their pockets!

Butts come in all shapes and sizes (water butts that is) so there’s something to suit everybody’s needs. WWT is launching the Work Your Butt awareness campaign on 21 March, during its month long Festival of Gardening at centres and to coincide with the start of Climate Week.

 
Festival of Gardening at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Thursday, 10 February 2011 09:52

1-31 March 2011

“A garden without wildlife…

is like a kiss without a squeeze.”


 

Celebrity gardener, Alan Titchmarsh

speaking at the opening of the RBC Rain Garden at WWT London Wetland Centre, September 2010

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is devoting an entire month to celebrating gardening for wildlife by organising a host of green-fingered events and activities at its nine visitor centres across the UK, offering advice on how to attract wildlife to your garden, as well as showing you how to use water wisely! 

 
Historic Gardens Around Knutsford Talks and Exhibition
Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:45

From Tuesday March 1st to Saturday 2nd April Knutsford Heritage Centre will be holding a Historic Gardens around Knutsford exhibition.

Featuring displays and information from some of Cheshire’s oldest country houses and estates including; Tatton Park, Arley Hall, Peover Hall, Tabley House, Quarry Bank Mill and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

The free exhibition is a must for anyone with an interest in gardens and gardening, both in the past and present day.

As well as the free exhibition, three varied and interesting talks from gardening experts with a vast range of knowledge and experience are taking place.

 
A waletless society - is it possible?
Thursday, 27 January 2011 02:37

Paying for a sandwich will soon be possible via mobile phones as network operator Everything Everywhere rolls out what it claims is the UK's first mobile payments service.

The service, due for launch in summer 2011, sees the mobile phone operator partnering with Barclaycard.

Businesses that have contactless technology include Pret a Manger, Little Chef and the National Trust.

More services are expected to roll out in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

The London games is seen as an epicentre for contactless payments, with sponsors such as Visa and Transport for London heavily involved in so-called Near Field Communication (NFC), the short range wireless technology that underpins many wireless payment systems.

 
Nearly 1.5 million Brits Underinsure Their Property
Monday, 24 January 2011 03:29

Do you have both buildings and contents insurance? Hopefully, you’ve answered that question with the answer “Of course I have”, but if you didn’t, you’re part of a worrying number of people who are missing some form of insurance on their home – One homeowner in 16 is underprotected when it comes to their home – the most expensive thing you’re ever likely to buy.

 
The Unexpected Gardener receives Fully Deserved Recognition
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:56

House & Garden Magazine has named Kent based Garden Designer, Jo Thompson as one of the 10 rising stars of Garden Design in 2011. The celebrated glossy lifestyle magazine has selected ten people who they believe will make an impact in the world of Gardening.

Jo, a late comer to the world of Garden Design has excelled in a relatively short time and was recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society with a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower show in 2010. The gold medal achievement followed a silver gilt medal in 2009 at the same show.

 
How to prepare for tradespeople in your home!
Thursday, 18 November 2010 15:12

How to prepare for tradespeople in your home.

Your relationships with builders and tradespeople are pivotal to your accomplishing a successful, timely and stress free renovation. You need to learn their language. To ensure healthy interaction, remember some dos and don’ts:

 
How to select Bathroom Lighting
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 05:30

When it comes to bathroom decor, the brightest ideas depend on light, or more appropriately, lights. Today, a well-lit bathroom depends on a savvy lighting mix.

Think of lighting the bathroom the same way as creating the perfect ensemble. "You want everything to coordinate so that anyone walking in views the room as a whole. Everything should work together as opposed to supporting one astonishing fixture."

Good lighting is essential for people to see themselves in a complimentary light. Whether we are putting on makeup or combing our hair, we want a positive view of ourselves, which can only be accomplished by using the right light source.

 
Britains are growing their own food
Monday, 08 November 2010 14:33

Growing your ownIn Britain, there has been a surge in the number of people over the past years growing their own fruit and vegetables, which according to the news editor derives them sense of satisfaction.

Marc Rosenberg, who is the News Editor at Amateur Gardening Magazine, says that people feel it good, when they grow their food on their own and they feel contented with its taste.

 
Keen gardener grows gigantic cabbage weighing 5 STONE!
Monday, 18 October 2010 14:52

Now have you eaten your greens today?

Graham Tranter will have a near lifetime's supply of vegetable soup - after growing this gigantic cabbage weighing five stone.

The monster vegetable, grown by Graham, 66, is 50 times heavier than average and would be enough for 300 servings of cabbage soup.

 
Kirsty Allsopp’s Launches own range of Home Interior Products
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 02:22

Kirsty Allsopp launched her new Home Living range yesterday and I went along to check it out. Kirsty’s new collection of bedlinen was unveiled in the stunning location (location, location) of Searcy’s in Knightsbridge. While waiting for Kirsty to come down the sweeping staircase and officially launch her range (much like waiting for a bride to come down the stairs at her wedding) I devoured the gorgeous afternoon tea that was being served (as civilised as I could when greeted by a mountain of mini chocolate profiteroles).

So, anyway, the new range features four patterns named Miranda, Camille, Sabrina and Lydia (inspiration for a new TV show perhaps? Sex In The Country).

*Pictured above: Kirsty Allsopp at Searcy’s yesterday in front of her new Miranda range of bedlinen from the Home Living collection.

 
The interior of a home can often say as much about a person as the clothes they wear.
Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:03

The interior of a home can often say as much about a person as the clothes they wear.

The passion for interior design is growing. Many households are taking more care about the pieces of furniture they buy, the look they want to achieve and maybe experimenting with colours, textures and design styles.

There may be many factures that have resulted in us spending more money and time on our home interiors. Firstly, the vast number of home decorating, makeover and interior design television programmes. Not everyone has an eye for design or just naturally a passion for interior design. The home makeover shows have given inspiration to the masses.

The internet is another huge factor. Before being able to buy online, we could only gain inspiration and buy furnishings and accessories from local home stores or by stumbling across a mail order catalogue. The choice, basically, was very limited unless you lived in a large city.

 
The Queen takes in Chelsea Flower Show 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 11:49

The Queen has taken a preview tour of the displays on offer at the Chelsea Flower Show ahead of its official public opening on Tuesday.

Around 600 exhibitors are taking part, with a garden created by prison inmates vying for top honours.

More than 150,000 people are expected to visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London for the five-day event.

Concerns that flowers might be in short supply after the coldest winter in more than 30 years have proved unfounded.

Princess Alexandra, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester are also due to visit on Monday.

 

 
GARDEN OFFICE POD TO BE UNVEILED AT GRAND DESIGNS LIVE LONDON 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 05:27

Introducing the Archipod: the latest in garden room office design and a contemporary alternative to office overheads or that dismal commute to work. The Archipod will be unveiled to consumers for the first time at this year's Grand Designs Live London.

With advances in computer and networking technology, increasing travel costs and road congestion, working from home is becoming an increasingly feasible alternative to the everyday office commute for many professionals.

Designed around the notion that a garden building should be functional yet also part of the garden landscape, the UK-designed Archipod represents the latest solution to the present working from home dilemma, containing all of the modern comforts of a compact office.

Archipod's 'pod' office is unique in that it consists of a 3m diameter sphere rather than the conventional square box that sits in the corner of the garden. It offers an aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable and practical alternative to a traditional garden office.

Designed by founding members Chris Sneesby and Rebecca Thompson and manufactured near York by Archipod Ltd, the 'pod' is constructed predominantly from timber, the world's most replenish-able construction material. It is insulated to a standard exceeding that of current Building Regulations. The structure is prefabricated in sections that are sized to allow all parts to be carried through a house. Alternatively, if the site does have easy access for lifting equipment, the whole structure can be craned into position on site. So, no matter where you live, you will be able to get the 'pod' into your back garden.

 
Getting a Portable Hot Tub is a Great Idea
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 04:16

Why should you buy a hot tub?

Hot tubs are seen as an item that only wealthy people can really afford, people who have money coming out of there ears. But I feel it is no longer like that, anyone these days can grab themselves a portable hot tub. Yes portable hot tubs now exist in a wide variety of forms and they are just as good as the ones that are fixed into the ground. In my opinion they are actually better, the reason for saying this is because of the fact that many of the hot tubs run on batteries which actually do last for quite awhile. So a great benefit is that if you were to go on a weekly trip or a camping trip you would be able to bring your tub and just relax because they are not heavy at all. Most of them these days are usually made out of polypropylene foam which is very versatile and lightweight, causing the hot tub to only weigh around 80 pounds so the average weight would be around the same as a person.

 
How To Choose Furniture For Your Bedroom
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:25

Every bedroom needs a few important pieces. Fill your room with quality dressers and nightstands, a beautiful bed, and other furniture that suits your personal needs and style.  It doesn’t matter how you decorate your bedroom, if you don’t have great furniture, the room will look old and outdated.

Choosing the Right Bed

The bed is the most important piece of furniture in any bedroom because it creates a natural focal point.  Buy platform beds to take up less space if your room is small.  King size platform beds give you plenty of room to spread out at night, without taking up a lot of space within your room.  When you buy platform beds, look for a style you like that coordinates with dressers and nightstands in the room.  You can find these special beds in all sizes, especially if you order online.  Platform queen beds are the best choice if you are single and want to preserve space.  When you shop online and order platform beds, free shipping is often included, so they aren’t as expensive as you might think.

 
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