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Are We Facing a Housing Crisis?

So RICS has just announced that house price inflation is likely to hit 6% this year, revised from 3%, and it’s all down to the lack of available properties. It’s a double whammy for anyone trying to get on the property ladder or wanting to move, especially when you factor in the average price of a house currently just over £200,000.

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The Rise and Rise of Generation Rent

In other countries it’s the norm to rent. In the UK, we seem to have an inherent desire to own our homes and being a home owner says something about one’s social status, however consciously or subconsciously. For the under-40s who are becoming Generation Rent it is an unfortunate and frustrating time.

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Obtaining Estimates for Works

In our previous article about finding contractors we mentioned the importance of getting quotations. Just as it’s important to avoid working with cowboy traders we cannot stress enough the importance of knowing what you are expected to pay for a job – and making sure that you are sufficiently well protected. Always ask for a written…

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Finding a Reputable Contractor

Whether you need a good plasterer, builder or gas engineer, finding one that you can trust to do a good job can be a minefield – the amount of primetime television that is dedicated to real life disaster stories is testament to this. However, a little homework and simple common sense should mean that you…

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Why a Building Survey is so Important

At Home-Approved we’ve seen the good, the bad and the more challenging side of buying properties. Plenty of our property surveys have provided clients with that all-important green light to exchange and complete, but we’ve also carried out building surveys that have shown a property to be in poor condition. Some clients have decided to not…

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