With Christmas just over a week away, it’s time to add the final festive touches to your home.
House prices continuing to rise
Despite being released several weeks after other house price reports, the UK House Price Index provides a definitive last word on market trends. In association with Registers of Scotland, its analysis of September’s housing sector was released last week containing a number of positive indicators.
It’s that time of year where you can join us on Facebook for a festive competition for a chance to win prizes every week in the lead up to Christmas. To keep you on your toes we have different games each day of the week so keep an eye out on Facebook for more details.
The internet has become an essential aspect of our everyday lives, and it’s going to become even more enmeshed in our daily activities with every passing year. From fridges to toothbrushes, more and more appliances and gadgets are being sold with internet connectivity. This is a phenomenon known as the Internet of Things, whereby previously offline hardware can now upload data on everything from our weight and fitness to air quality and home security.
Named after the wife of its Georgian founder, Helensburgh is one of Scotland’s iconic waterfront towns. Situated along the River Clyde’s northern bank as it enters the Gare Loch, this was one of Britain’s wealthiest population centres as the 19th century began. Unlike many of its contemporaries, Helensburgh has retained its architectural grandeur and refinement over the intervening period. It is now the largest town within Argyll & Bute – itself Scotland’s second-largest local authority by geographic size.
Scottish winters can be harsh on the great outdoors, but effective choice of plants and materials can go a long way to creating an enjoyable habitat all year round.
Gardens always look their best in summer and their worst in winter. That’s a fairly inarguable fact, although many people fail to effectively prepare their outdoor spaces for the dark months ahead. Fire pits and pansies are fair-weather friends, whose subsequent absence can accentuate the sense of gardens becoming abandoned spaces with an unwelcoming ambience.
Domestic technology has progressed in leaps and bounds since the millennium dawned, and today’s homes are havens of IT sophistication compared to just sixteen years ago. It’s already possible to control room lights from overseas, cook dinner using magnetism and hide appliances away at the touch of a button. Given this breakneck pace, what will a typical home look like in the next decade?
Restoring or upgrading an old property can often raise an interesting dilemma about the optimal choice of windows. From restored sash-and-case units to cutting edge triple glazing, these considerations can help you to make the right decision…
Choosing a new bathroom can be a daunting process. Apart from maximising available floor space and identifying essential requirements like non-slip shower trays or grab handles, there are numerous decisions to make about heating and plumbing. Then there’s the huge variety of finishes – tiles or vinyl underfoot, chrome or brass taps, radiator designs and so forth – not to mention the choice of suite… Selecting a suite should represent the starting point for all
In the three months since the EU Referendum, the property market in west central Scotland has remained stable despite the uncertainty, according to the latest house price report from GSPC which analyses property market data over the last three months. The average selling price of properties sold across west central Scotland through GSPC between July and September 2016 has risen by 2.0% compared with the same three-month period last year, while average selling prices