• Homes

    Central Heating

    I was so excited to be moving to my house. It’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. There were however a few things I needed to arrange before I moved, or for soon after I moved in. One of these was a boiler and central heating system check. When I finally moved into the house I knew it had been vacant for at least 6 months (as it was already empty when I viewed it for the first time in May). It might of course have been much longer than that. I therefore knew that the system had been out of use for quite some time. As…

  • Garden

    Garden dreams

    As you have probably figured out by now, I LOVE my little house! Just last night I was going up the stairs to bed and was thinking how blessed and fortunate I am. After twelve years of living in a ground floor flat, it’s something I had not been doing and wasn’t used to. Something else I wasn’t used to was having my own garden. Yes there was some communal outdoor space but I shared it with the other residents and it was “looked after” (I use the term loosely) by the property managing agents. I couldn’t do what I wanted with the space and I couldn’t enjoy it by…

  • Homes

    Where do I start with new windows?

    I love my little house. I still can’t quite believe I have a house – with an upstairs and everything! For those of you who are new to the site, I lived in a 1 bedroom ground floor flat for over 12 years and I am still very much in the honeymoon period after moving to my house. The longer I live there – the more “quirks” I have found. That is a polite way of saying “bodged” stuff. None of these are taking away anything from my lovely new house, but adding to the character. For example, the outside garden light is on the same switch in the kitchen…

  • Moving

    How to find the best removal company for you

    I don’t know about you, but when I was moving house, I had a to do list a mile long. From meter readings and mail forwarding, through to sorting out finding a removal company. I’m not saying I had it any harder than anyone else, but as I was relocating over 100 miles, it wasn’t quite as straight forward as finding someone who could help me move down the road. The added distance was adding cost and complexity to the move. I’d spent months living out of boxes, as alledgedly my move was “imminent” for a very long time, however in the end, although I wanted two weeks between exchange…

  • Garden

    Looking after your lawn year round

    I’m so grateful for the rain that came this weekend – I think all of us needed it, as did out plants and lawns. How the heatwave is over, it’s time to start bring those gorgeous lawns back to life again. I managed to get some great lawn care tips from Radmore & Tucker and I’m delighted to be able to share them with you today! When should I cut my lawn? For the first cut of the year, a mower with sharpened blades should be used to ensure that the grass is cut cleanly. Ideally, don’t cut more than one third of the blade of grass as this will…

  • Pets & Animals

    Indoor or outdoor cats

    My two cats spend the first two and half years of their lives living in a one bedroom flat. There was no way for them to get out, and even if they could, I wouldn’t have let them as I lived on a very busy road. Now I live in a 3 bedroom house in a much quieter location and yet I still keep them inside. I know people who think this is crazy, but I personally think those that let their cats out are crazy-but I’m not judging, and I won’t. It is a very individual choice. Having never been outside, my cats have no street smarts. They are…

  • Homes

    Why I will never buy a leasehold property ever again

    I spent 12 years in my wonderful little flat. It was my first home and I love the vast majority of the time there. Unfortunately however, being leasehold, there was a lot I didn’t love. The freeholders were frankly thieves. They were connected to the property management agents who for years robbed us blind. When any of the owners would tell other people what we were paying – they were shocked. It was a ridiculous amount of money, even if the works were being done which they never were. Eventually enough years and owners down the line, something snapped and we got together and started the legal process of “Right…

  • Garden

    To shed or not to shed

    This question might be very simple. You might have bought a property which came with a shed. You might have one that doesn’t have a garage and you need somewhere to store your garden furniture or tools. Some people don’t like the look of them though. My shed is incredibly battered, and rotting in some places – it is how it was when I bought the house. I am planning on either doing it up or replacing it but I wouldn’t be without the space. The only reason I’ve not done it yet as once I started looking in to getting it repaired or replace, I immediately felt overwhelmed! Who…

  • House

    Filling your new home

    I moved from a one bedroom flat, to a three bedroom house – I therefore have many many times more space. Much as I didn’t want to fill it completely, I needed more items to fill some of the rooms I had never had before (like my study and a guest room). I had budgeted to make my purchases but I really don’t like spending money on things if I don’t have to. Here are some of my top bargains and where I got them from. I hope it will give you ideas about filling your new home! My desk – I had chosen a desk from Ikea that new…

  • House

    Home is where the heart (and cat) is

    I viewed the property I now call home for one reason and one reason only. It was the only detached property in my budget and in my search area. I had very low expectations and was only seeing it to compare the space to a end of terrace or semi-detached. I walked in and my heart leaped. There was something about the house. The layout, the features, the fact it was empty (so I could picture my stuff in there). It just felt perfect. It felt like “my” home there and then. I went back later that day for a second viewing (as I was relocating so it was a…