UK Homes

Why Every Home Really Does Need Smart Meters

Jackie Gallego | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Imagine being offered something that won’t cost you a penny to install, that’s simple to use and that can help you to save money. With those sort ...

Back In Blighty - Shoes On Or Off?

Toni Hargis | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

I repatriated to the U.K. three weeks ago, after more than two decades in the United States. I'd been lucky enough to come back at least once a year for most of that time, so it's not exactly like landing on the moon, but there are a few things that are making me scratch my head. I'm not sure whether it's changed since I've been gone, or I just didn't notice it all those years ago.

Revealed: The Weirdest Things Guests Have Done In Other People's Homes

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When you have guests over, it’s expected they’ll behave themselves. Unfortunately, in some cases, that just doesn’t happen. Now, Redditors have ...

The Consequences Of The Bank Of Mum And Dad Are Far Reaching And Long Term

Gerald Koessl | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Gerald Koessl

An increased reliance on the Bank of Mum and Dad is just one symptom of a broken housing market that will create deep societal divides for years to come. That is why housing must stay high on the agenda throughout this election, and why housing associations stand ready to work with the next Government to build the affordable homes the nation needs both to rent and to buy.

Government Needs To Revisit Shared Ownership To Address Housing Crisis

Giles Mackay | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Giles Mackay

Problems in the housing market have risen to the top of the political agenda. Simply put, there is a lack of housing for an ever-growing population and even more acutely a lack of affordable homes.

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

7 Ways To Make Your Sex Life More Hygge

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

With candles and knitwear slowly taking over our homes, it seems a natural progression that hygge - the Danish concept of living well - should nuzzle ...

Property Taxes Are Killing The Golden Goose

Jeremy Raj | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Jeremy Raj

The property industry has just been warned by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to "keep an eye out" for changes to real estate taxation in this year'...

14 Tweets That Accurately Sum Up Your Feelings Towards Estate Agents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you don’t plan on living in your parents’ box room for the rest of your life, you will have to put on your adult hat and deal with estate agent...

14 Tweets That Sum Up The Emotional Pain Of Renting In London

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

With extortionate prices, unscrupulous landlords and mouldy bathrooms to contend with, London’s generation rent really have drawn the short straw. T...

Are The Generations Really Worlds Apart?

Claire Turner | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK
Claire Turner

Above all else, encouraging everyday interactions between different generations is critical. This is what most of us grandparents, parents, uncles and aunties, son and daughters and grandchildren have been doing for years without giving it a second thought.

Home Improvements That Don’t Add Value – And Five Alternatives

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Forget stocks and shares – it looks like home improvements are where we’re looking to put our cash. According to a poll carried out by the Consume...

Super-Fast Fixes for Common DIY Problems

Lucy Searle | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Searle

Annoyed by a dripping tap? Unsightly cracks in walls? Lukewarm radiators? Squeaky doors? There are tons of DIY jobs you can easily - and speedily - sort out yourself with a little know-how, saving you cash in the process. This guide steers you through just a few of the most common, irritating and easiest-to-fix DIY problems...

How To Solve Common Interior Design Issues Like The Professionals

Anna Tobin | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tobin

You don't need to employ an interior designer to make your home function and look at its best. Keep these few simple rules in mind and your home will always work well and look beautiful.

Better Understanding of Home Adaptations Can Help Improve Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Dixon

Adaptations to people's homes can have numerous benefits - enabling people to manage activities of daily living, to remain mobile and active, reducing falls, and consequently reducing the costs of health and care.

Getting the Interiors Right in Your New Home

Oliver Heath | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Heath

Good considered interior design is all about combing the practical issues with the aesthetic and finding your style - ultimately to create a home that is warm, comfortable, practical and nurturing. So start by getting some of the practical issues out the way...

Sale of Land Registry Is Risk to Every Homeowner and Business

Jeremy Raj | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK
Jeremy Raj

While there is always scope for improvements or modernisation, the introduction of new owners whose primary focus must be profit, is unlikely to result in a system better able to guarantee title to land, or indeed to materially improve efficiency or value for money in the long term.

Homes and Neighbourhoods Key to Building Good Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

Last week on leap day I joined Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) for their conference on 'Later Life Matters'. I was on stage with Alison Holt, who s...

How To Stay Toasty At Home This Winter (Without Cranking Up The Heating)

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Winter is all about hunkering down and enjoying cosy nights in. But before you reach for the heating thermostat, there are plenty of other cheap and e...

This Is How Top Interior Designers Create Perfect Rooms

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you’re changing to a warmer colour scheme, having a post-summer de-clutter or investing in a new sofa for all those cosy nights in front of ...

10 Easy Updates For Your Home That Won't Blow Your Budget

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While the copper-clad, two-storey extension with infinity pool you've always dreamed of might be out of the question for now, there are plenty of ways...

These Small Projects Will Boost The Value Of your Home

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Whether it’s putting your personal stamp on a place you’ve just bought or giving your neglected space a fresh new makeover to bring it up to date,...

We've Listened to Your Ideas, Now Listen to Ours, Say Housing Associations

David Orr | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Politics
David Orr

Housing associations are ready and willing to do more. We offer a partnership to agree objectives and produce a genuinely strategic response. What the current generation, and their children's generation, need is a government and housing sector that work together to help them into the homes they need. This isn't about generating headlines, it's about building homes and meeting families' aspirations and the need to work together to achieve that.

Is the Market Calling Time on Office to Residential Conversions in Central London?

Jonathan Glanz | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Glanz

With some reports suggesting house prices in central London have cooled dramatically and increasing demand for commercial space in the Capital will th...

What To Look For When Choosing The Best Remortgage Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK

The mortgage market looks like an inviting place at the moment. Rates are at their lowest point for more than five years – and around half what they...