When it comes to gross mortgage lending, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has estimated that the total increased to £11.6 billion last month.
According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, in November there was a 6 percent increase in the number of loans taken out for the purpose of purchasing a property. This has been attributed to greater activity in the first time buyer and home movers sectors.
With UK temperatures predicted to plummet this month, Lloyds TSB is advising householders to take action now to help prevent burst and leaking pipes, which could in turn cause significant damage to properties – from electrical faults to structural problems.
With a cold snap on the cards, RIAS is advising consumers to protect their properties in readiness for the freezing temperatures to come. The over 50s insurance provider has offered the following advice for keeping homes warm during cold spells of weather:
With stormy weather and flooding currently affecting much of the UK, and with predictions of further rain and gales to come during the course of the weekend, Aviva is advising homeowners to take ‘basic precautions’ for their own protection and to protect their property.
With freezing temperatures and a ‘harsh winter’ predicted, Lloyds TSB Home Insurance is currently recommending that householders give their properties a ‘winter health check’ in order to minimise the chance of damage.
With Bonfire Night just around the corner, MoneySupermarket.com is advising people to ensure that their home insurance policy is inclusive of adequate personal liability protection in case any accidents occur. The comparison site is recommending that the small print of home insurance policies is checked.
National Energy Action is currently urging all households to look into whether they are entitled to free help to improve their heating and insulation this winter. The fuel poverty charity is doing so in light of rising energy bills and falling temperatures.
According to Aviva, the worst day of the year for burglaries is Bonfire Night. The insurer has revealed that on November 5th there are 25 percent more burglaries than on an average day, with burglars primarily targeting gold and jewellery. In fact, on Bonfire Night there is reportedly a 33 percent increase in gold and jewellery claims compared to the average in September and October.
Whilst certain regions of the UK are encountering severe weather conditions, Lloyds TSB Insurance is offering advice to homeowners to assist with minimising damage to their properties.
According to new research commissioned by Lloyds TSB, when UK students leave their family home to attend university this month, they will be leaving their parents with possessions to the collective value of £300 million.
According to Post Office Mortgages, 47 percent of would-be first time buyers anticipate that it will take them at least ten years to save for a property deposit.
With the Government’s ‘new relaxed planning laws’ reportedly being announced today, Nationwide has revealed that the value of a property could be increased by almost a quarter by adding an extension or an attic conversion.
According to research commissioned by Quidco, ‘Brits are choosing to make do and mend’ as opposed to moving house in the current economic climate.
According to Aviva’s latest Family Finances Report, 73 percent of those over the age of 18 have resided with their extended family into adulthood. This reportedly equates to approximately 36 million people, with the majority stating that the reason behind this is the opportunity to save money.
According to research commissioned by MoneySupermarket.com, 26 percent of UK respondents would not inform their insurance provider if they made structural changes to their property, such as converting their attic or building an extension.
According to a study commissioned by LV=, more than 4.4 million UK adults are receiving financial support from their parents.
According to an online survey commissioned by Nationwide Building Society, 47 percent of homeowners have decided to improve their homes in the next twelve months. In contrast, just 8 percent of respondents are reportedly planning to move.
According to MORE TH>N Home Insurance, there is a ‘new wave of plant theft sweeping the nation’. In fact, their research has revealed that in the last twelve months, 20 percent of UK gardens have been pilfered, with 23 percent of respondents claiming that the problem is worsening each year.
According to research commissioned by Post Office Mortgages, 36 percent of young men are intending to purchase a property in the not-too-distant future. In comparison, 32 percent of young women are reportedly planning to do so.
According to research commissioned by AA Home Emergency Response, 18 percent of respondents aspire to own a two to three bed, semi-detached property. This is reportedly the most popular type of house, whilst a rural village is the most popular location at 28 percent.
Following the recent heavy rainfall, Aviva has offered some advice to those who have either suffered flood damage or have concerns about flooding.
According to new research commissioned by Legal & General, 16 percent of the 2,061 UK adults surveyed believe that their home insurance policy covers home maintenance. Furthermore, it was also found that 94 percent of respondents are not aware of the importance of home maintenance.
According to research commissioned by Santander Insurance, 12 percent of respondents – equivalent to nearly six million Brits – are planning to throw a party or have a celebration at home for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Findings have shown that a total sum of £424 million is expected to be spent on things such as food, drink and decorations.
According to the Office for National Statistics, last year nearly three million adults between 20 and 34 years of age were living with a parent or parents. This reportedly marks a 20 percent increase since 1997 when the number of people within this age bracket was predominantly the same.
According to Aviva, analysis of their claims data for last year’s four day Royal Wedding weekend and the four day Queen’s Golden Jubilee weekend a decade ago has revealed that on both occasions the number of fire claims was five times greater than the average. Furthermore, it was found that the number of accidental damage claims increased by 10 percent during these extended weekends.
According to new research commissioned by Gocompare.com, 51 percent of the UK householders surveyed are worried about the possibility of their home being burgled. What’s more, the research uncovered that 23 percent of respondents keep a weapon or heavy object nearby in case they are faced with an intruder.
According to Saga Home Insurance, 44 percent of respondents over the age of 50 feel that gardens are one of the most important features of a property.
According to HSBC, their annual Gardens Survey has revealed that households will each spend an average sum of £185 on their gardens in 2012.
According to HSBC’s Home Improvement Survey, ‘many homeowners have misconceptions regarding factors which may help them to sell their property’.
According to National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), prospective first time buyers who are finding it difficult to raise a substantial deposit or secure financial backing from ‘reluctant banks’ could consider purchasing a property with their friends or family. This is thought to be a potential means of spreading the cost of getting on the property ladder and subsequently maintaining that property.
According to the Post Office, their research has revealed that 12 percent of respondents are hoping to get on the property ladder in the next five years. Of this group, 14 percent are reportedly hoping to purchase their first property in 2012, whilst 22 percent are expecting to get on the property ladder in 2013.
According to first direct, the hose pipe ban and reduced rainfall experienced in certain parts of the country could lead to ‘unnecessary insurance claims’.
According to Yorkshire Bank, their research has revealed a distinct difference in the average age of first time buyers across the country – from 28 to 36.
According to the AA’s Home Emergency Response Service, women are catching up with men when it comes to DIY proficiency. In fact, it has been revealed that young men are less than half as likely to have the knowledge to perform certain tasks as their fathers and grandfathers, with their partners often showing them up.
Research commissioned by Confused.com has revealed that 69 percent of respondents could be putting their home at risk by giving spare keys to others, which could invalidate their home insurance. The comparison site is warning people about the ‘potential danger’ involved and is advising the nation to read the small print of their home insurance policy.
According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Wales, there was a 4 percent increase in lending to Welsh first time buyers last year from 8,100 in 2010 to 8,400. Meanwhile, there was reportedly a nationwide decrease of 4 percent.
According to the AA’s Home Emergency Response Services, 39 percent of homeowners have either postponed home repairs or maintenance in the last year, or have attempted to fix things themselves in a bid to save money.
According to Santander Mortgages, their new analysis has revealed that the two year stamp duty holiday has saved first time buyers an estimated sum of £319 million.
With concerns that many homeowners may not be prepared for the current cold snap, the AA is urging people to think back to last winter when the weather caused £3.1 billion worth of damage in more than seven million homes.
As the country braces itself for arctic temperatures, MORE TH>N insurance is warning that thousands of small businesses and homes are at risk of ‘significant damage’ due to burst water tanks and pipes. Vacant properties are reportedly most susceptible to burst pipes.
According to new research by Santander Insurance, 25 percent of Brits are concerned about adverse weather conditions damaging their property.
The Royal Bank of Scotland’s new quarterly Ability to Buy Index reportedly ‘paints a mixed picture’ for first time buyers in the UK.
According to Consumer Focus and Energy UK, ‘millions of people are missing out on easy ways to make big savings for little or no cost’. Therefore, consumers are being urged to investigate how much they could save on their energy bills via better home insulation and by checking that their tariff and payment method is the best for them.
According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), there tends to be a decline in the number of active homebuyers during the winter. However, with the economic climate the way it is at present, the number of properties on the market and the number of agreed sales reportedly remains relatively stable throughout the year, regardless of the season.
According to Nationwide, there was a 0.4 percent rise in UK property prices in November. As a result, the annual rate of growth now reportedly stands at 1.6 percent – up from 0.8 percent in October. It has been revealed that a typical home is now priced at £165,798.
As Christmas rapidly approaches, MoneySupermarket.com is advising consumers to check that their home contents policy covers gifts and valuables. The comparison site has revealed that during the festive period, the majority of providers apply a free, automatic uplift to the amount of home contents cover. However, it has been highlighted that policies will vary between providers, so it is important for consumers to find out exactly what they are covered for.
According to unbiased.co.uk, searches for first-time mortgage advice reached a 16 month high in August 2011, accounting for 41 percent of searches – an increase of 3 percent from July. When it comes to ‘advice drivers’ for consumers who are seeking whole of market mortgage advice, first-time buying enquiries have reportedly remained at number one.
According to new research from Allianz Insurance, 61 percent of Brits believe that in the next two years burglary levels will increase. With 60 percent reportedly feeling that their homes are not entirely secure, households are being urged to become more security conscious.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 66 percent of people in England and Wales were under the impression that the rise in crime between 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 was at the national level. However, in actual fact, it has been reported that the estimated number of crimes had fallen from 10.4 million to 9.5 million.
According to moneysupermarket.com, ‘first time buyers and borrowers with smaller deposits are enjoying the first signs of recovery in the UK mortgage market’. Findings have shown that those who have a ten percent deposit now have access to the greatest number of mortgage products since November 2008.
According to new research from RICS, an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to improve their properties rather than moving. It has been revealed by 48 percent of chartered surveyor estate agents that the slow sales market is prompting people to go down this route.
According to Sainsbury’s Finance, an analysis of their loans data has indicated that UK homeowners are spending a greater sum on home improvements and investing more in their property – ‘despite continued reports of challenging economic conditions’.
New research by Lloyds TSB has shown that total DIY expenditure by UK households has dropped to its lowest level since 1998. Findings have shown that in 2010, the total sum of household spending on DIY stood at £9.5 billion, which is equivalent to £352 per household. In real terms, this reportedly represented a 13 percent reduction from the £10.9 billion outlay in 2009.
According to new research commissioned by Gocompare.com, ‘cash-strapped homeowners’ are delaying home maintenance projects in order to save money. In fact, 32 percent of those surveyed reportedly admitted that they are putting off home maintenance and decorating jobs to make savings. Meanwhile, it was found that fitting a new kitchen and bathroom suite had also been delayed by 22 percent and 17 percent respectively.
According to RICS, an increased amount of green space in towns and cities could reduce the impact of urban climate change by as much as 2.5 degrees Celsius.
According to new research from Santander Mortgages, during the last 12 years the average deposit paid by first time buyers has been 17 percent of the overall property value. This is reportedly 2 percent more than the current average, and has been taking first time buyers an average 29 months to save up.
According to the latest RICS UK Housing Market survey, April saw an increase in the supply of property as ‘sellers returned to test the spring housing market’.
According to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, the cost of getting on the UK property ladder can vary by more than £150,000 depending on whereabouts you live.
According to new research from Santander Mortgages, 23 percent of prospective first time buyers expect it to take ‘at least five years’ to save up enough money for a deposit.
According to HSBC’s Home Improvement Survey, 40 percent of ‘house proud Brits’ are planning to embark upon home improvements over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekends.
According to moneysupermarket.com, ‘Britain’s passion for home and garden improvements always increases over a Bank Holiday period’. In fact, it has been revealed that 16 percent of the price comparison site’s users will be spending money on home improvements over the two forthcoming Bank Holiday weekends.
According to new research by Halifax, renting a property is typically 14 percent more expensive than buying a home in the UK. In March of this year, the average monthly cost associated with buying a three bedroom house in the UK reportedly stood at £608 – £98 less than the average monthly rent paid on a property of the same type. In contrast, it has been pointed out that the average cost of buying a property was 43 percent more than the typical rent paid three years ago.
According to SHIP, the trade body for equity release, ‘the children of baby-boomers will have to pay seven times the price their parents did to get on the housing ladder’.
Now that the warmer weather and lighter evenings have arrived, moneysupermarket.com is advising ‘all those thinking of dusting off the barbeque set and sprucing up their gardens to ensure their outdoor items are adequately protected’.
According to Lloyds TSB’s property sales report, which tracks home sales movements across England and Wales, property sales have significantly dropped since 2007 ‘amid a widening North-South housing divide’.
According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, new figures have revealed a slight increase in mortgage lending in February, following a ‘particularly downbeat January’.
According to HSBC, it would appear that ‘hundreds of thousands’ of prospective first time buyers (FTBs) are unable to get on the property ladder. With approximately 200,000 FTBs per annum, this is reportedly less than half the number recorded in ‘more typical market conditions’.
According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), there was a rise in the number of people putting their house up for sale on the UK housing market in February.
According to Aviva, in addition to the many people who are looking forward to lighter evenings when British Summer Time begins on Sunday 27th March, opportunistic thieves are also anticipating this period.
According to Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell, a new Government scheme will enable homeowners and tenants to receive ‘tailored advice’ about how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save money.
According to estate agents, it is possible for homeowners to make savings by taking ‘small steps to green their home’. Therefore, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is encouraging homeowners to make efficiencies in their properties by taking advantage of the ‘simple solutions currently on the market’.
According to first direct, if parents used their adult children’s board money to make overpayments of £160 per month, they could save more than £10,000 in 5 years on their mortgage.
According to Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks, their new research has revealed that 30 percent of people in the UK are intending to move home this year. This is reportedly more than three times the level recorded at the height of the recession, and the ‘biggest single increase’ since October 2008 when only 9 percent of people were planning to move.
According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), January saw house-hunters return to the UK housing market – pushing demand figures up to a six-month high.
According to new figures released by Nationwide, there was a 0.1 percent reduction in property prices in January. This slight fall has reportedly left house prices at 1.1 percent lower than they were in January of last year.
According to new research from Direct Line, the equivalent of 4.9 million Brits have had a ‘free-loading house guest’ staying with them in the last twelve months. It was found that these ‘space invaders’, who overstayed their welcome on a rent-free basis, resided with their friends and family for an average period of eight weeks last year.
According to moneysupermarket.com, homeowners use approximately 40 percent of their annual energy consumption in the winter. It has therefore been reported that those on standard tariffs, paying an average sum of £1,093 per annum via quarterly cash or cheque payments, could be faced with a hefty bill of £437 next month.
According to new research conducted by Lake Market Research on behalf of online insurer swiftcover.com, the equivalent of 59 percent of people in the UK are planning to make ‘further savings’ this year.
According to Santander Mortgages, Britons are opting for hand-me-downs and second-hand bargains as opposed to brand new home furnishings. New research, amongst over 2,000 adults, has reportedly revealed that the equivalent of millions of homeowners are going down this route in a bid to ‘embrace the age of austerity’ following Christmas expenditure and the imminent VAT increase.
As the cold snap continues to grip the nation, Aviva is advising homeowners to be ‘extra careful’ if they are intending to go away this Christmas.
As the UK is gripped by freezing temperatures, Confused.com has offered top tips on how the vulnerable can keep costs down.
As we head into the winter months, Direct Line has offered some tips to protect your home during cold weather.
According to new research commissioned by Gocompare.com, which involved surveying 3,000 UK adults, 52 percent of UK households will be displaying outdoor Christmas decorations this year. However, it was also found that 85 percent of people ‘have no idea how much fairy lights, inflatable Santas and flying reindeer will add to their winter electricity bill’.
According to a new report, published by Friends Provident in conjunction with Future Foundation, as people get older their desire to remain in their own home is continuing to increase whilst plans to downsize are decreasing. Findings show that 42 percent of those between 34 and 44 years of age, and 77 percent of those over 65 years of age, want to stay in their own home when they retire.
According to Post Office Mortgages’ Property Fads and Fashions Report, design fads from decades gone by still ‘haunt the homes of the UK’. It would seem that what was previously considered to be tasteful is today striking a ‘sour note’ among many homebuyers.
According to uSwitch.com, 61 percent of households are concerned about the cost of their energy bills as we head into the winter months. This comes following a survey of 5,070 UK energy customers, conducted by YouGov online on behalf of the independent price comparison and switching service. The research also revealed that 20 percent of households are ‘already struggling’ to meet the cost of their energy bills. What’s more, it was found that 73 percent have either already decreased the amount of energy utilised or they intend to do so in a bid to lower their bills.
According to Sainsbury’s Finance, 20 percent of all personal loans were taken out to fund home improvements in the first half of the year. The supermarket bank has also revealed that there has been virtually no decline since 2007 when the figure stood at 20.7 percent. However, between 2007 and 2009, the number of people using their loans solely for home improvement purposes reportedly increased by 47 percent.
Research conducted by Halifax has provided an insight into the types of properties that UK homeowners aspire to live in.
According to the latest figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, there was a 20 percent increase in approvals for first time buyer mortgages in June.
According to figures released by Nationwide, June saw a 0.1 percent increase in the value of a typical UK property. Furthermore, it has been reported that the annual rate of house price inflation has fallen from 9.8 percent to 8.7 percent.
According to the Met Office, the UK has experienced the driest first half of any year since 1929. In fact, it is has been revealed that the average rainfall from January to June stood at 356.8mm, which makes it the second driest period for a century. The driest first half of a year was reportedly experienced in 1929 when 275.7mm of rain was recorded.
According to the Land Registry, May data from their House Price Index has revealed an annual price increase of 8.2 percent. This marks the seventh consecutive month of positive annual figures, which has taken the average property price to £165,314 in England and Wales. Since March 2009, this is reportedly the first time that there has not been an increase in the annual change figure from the month before.
According to NFU Mutual, nearly 400 bicycles are reported stolen every day. As a result, the UK’s leading rural insurer is advising cyclists to check whether or not their bicycles are covered by their home insurance policy.
According to a survey conducted by YouGov for M&S Money, 64 percent of British adults are more likely to tackle jobs themselves as opposed to hiring skilled tradesmen.
According to new research conducted by LV=, many UK homeowners are taking on complicated home improvement projects themselves in an attempt to add value to their property.
According to new research conducted by ICM on behalf of Sainsbury's Home Insurance, tradesmen cause up to £590 million worth of damage each year.
According to Santander Insurance UK, 39 percent of Britons are intending to embark upon home improvements in the next year.
According to an analysis conducted by moneysupermaket.com, the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers who are purchasing a property under £250,000 has ‘provided a welcome kick start to the housing market’.
According to a new CBI report, containing ‘recommendations to pave the way for the development of low-carbon cars and homes’, transport emissions could be reduced and motorists could save money by making energy-efficient driving a compulsory part of the driving test.
According to a survey conducted by Confused.com, 76 percent of Brits claim that the freezing weather conditions have increased their awareness of energy usage.
According to statistics from AXA, the freezing temperatures over the past couple of months have led to an increased number of claims for ‘escape of water’ as a result of burst pipes.
With spring just around the corner, M&S Pet Insurance is urging green-fingered dog owners to carefully consider the plants, vegetables and fruit that they have in their gardens.
According to a new survey conducted by Which? Switch, the recent cold snap has caused many consumers to be concerned about paying their energy bills.
Following weeks of freezing temperatures LV= home insurance has offered advice to assist homeowners in preventing damage to their property during the ‘big thaw’.
According to moneysupermarket.com, bill payers in the UK will utilise approximately 40 percent of their annual energy consumption throughout these cold winter months.
With recent spells of wintry weather causing many employed Brits to stay at home due to road and school closures, RSA has revealed that a day of ‘severe snow’ could cost the economy £690 million.
According to uSwitch.com, households could see their winter fuel bills rise by £60 if low temperatures continue into next month.
As the UK experiences an extreme cold snap, Halifax is advising homeowners to protect their properties from the elements.
Despite the recent freezing temperatures, Shelter has revealed that one in four people have had to reduce their heating bills as a result of the high cost of housing.
According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UK Climate Change Act 2008 outlines ‘some of the world’s most aggressive national targets’.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, up to 125,000 households with ‘G-rated’ boilers in England can now apply through the Energy Savings Trust for a voucher that will entitle them to a £400 discount on a new ‘A-rated boiler.
According to Halifax Home Insurance, approximately 3.5 million people living in rural areas are failing to make life difficult for burglars by ‘leaving their doors unlocked most days’.
With the festive period behind us, many people may now be planning a New Year break.
According to uSwitch.com the average household now faces annual energy bills that are 36 percent greater than they were at the start of 2008.
As the country experiences plummeting temperatures, esure home insurance is advising homeowners to ‘leave the heating ticking over but to turn the stop-cock off’ in the event of them going away.
As temperatures plummet across the UK, MORE TH>N Home insurance is warning householders about the potential for burst water pipes and tanks, which could cause significant damage to properties.
According to Saga Motor Insurance, plummeting temperatures and the subsequent deterioration of driving conditions will cause serious concerns for 48 percent of UK motorists.
As temperatures begin to drop across the UK, Confused.com has offered advice on how to keep homes warm this Christmas.
As the weather takes a turn for the worse, Direct Line has offered some advice to householders who may be affected by floods.
In a bid to assist people in protecting themselves from ‘distraction burglars’ a national campaign has been launched. The campaign is primarily targeted at older generations and students.
According to Sainsbury’s Finance, the thirteen percent drop in claims for theft, may reveal a possible under insurance problem. This comes at the same time as an increase in burglaries and thefts.
A month ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, a survey conducted by YouGov for National Ethical Investment Week has found that 70 percent of people in Britain believe that their ‘outlook and lifestyle’ is either ‘very green’ or ‘fairly green’ and ethical.
In the lead up to Bonfire Night, The Co-operative Insurance encouraged people to take the necessary measures which would prevent needless claims on the 5th November.
Now that the clocks have been put back and we are experiencing darker evenings, Confused.com has offered homeowners some advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of opportunistic thefts.
According to new research from esure home insurance, which involved 3,000 homeowners, the average life of a sofa is 8 years.
According to Saga Group, some homeowners might find Halloween to be the night from hell.
The Autumn half term break is almost at an end. Prior to the start of the break Post Office Travel Services carried out research which found that 4.8 million people were planning to go abroad during the time off school.
Halifax Home Insurance is advising homeowners to take steps in order to reduce the risk of burglary.
According to new research by Energy Saving Trust, the British public has more knowledge of climate change than the French, Spanish or Germans.
According to research conducted by The Children’s Mutual, there has been a rise in the number of fathers staying at home to look after their children, as opposed to going out to work.
According to Land Registry data for August, the monthly house price change was recorded at minus 0.1 percent.
According to new Halifax research, 31 percent of home buyers did not have to pay stamp duty between September 2008 and June 2009.
In research conducted prior to the last bank holiday, LV= reported that ‘Staycations’ – trips away within the UK - were planned by almost seven million UK adults.
According to Saga Home Insurance, 31 percent of parents over 50 years of age have seen their adult children return to the family home.
According to a new study conducted by esure pet insurance, 18 percent of Britons have fallen out with their neighbours over their pets.
As A-Level students prepare to collect their results this week, and as many people plan to commence university courses in the Autumn, Saga Group Ltd is highlighting the importance of crime prevention measures.
According to new research conducted by Direct Line Home insurance, householders are failing to make life difficult for burglars.
Comparison site Gocompare.com recently conducted a survey into ‘Brits abroad’ and their travel habits.
The August bank holiday is rapidly approaching, and many Brits will use the long weekend as a chance to get away.
Recent research from Abbey Mortgages has revealed that there are currently 981,000 lodgers in the UK.
Halifax Home Insurance recently reminded homeowners that they should be cautious about leaving their windows and doors open.
Which? recently reported that all main energy suppliers had cut their prices in recent months.
According to new research conducted by Tesco Pet Insurance, pets are at the forefront of Brits’ minds as they plan their holidays.
According to the results of a survey conducted by Legal and General, in which over 4,000 Brits were questioned about their approach to managing their household budgets, more women than men are cutting back on expenditure to get through the recession. For example, it was found that 20 percent of women have cut out the cost of trips to the hairdresser compared to 9 percent of men.
According to moneysupermarket.com many of us will be taking advantage of our gardens as we get into this year’s summer.
Halifax recently reported on their own research which indicated that simple, straightforward home improvements are the ones which can offer the highest return.
According to a survey conducted by Legal and General, the total value of the tasks taken on by fathers around the home stands at £23,296. This is virtually twice the 2005 figure of £12,738.
In light of the fact that the Met Office has predicted a warmer than average summer, and rainfall at virtually average or below, moneysupermarket.com is advising homeowners to ensure that they are adequately insured for subsidence.
According to Diamond, a quarter of women in the UK would like to arrive at their ‘dream wedding’ in a classic Rolls Royce.
According to the annual Halifax Home Improvement Survey, 55 percent of homeowners have embarked upon home improvements in the past 12 months.
According to research conducted by Unbiased.co.uk, virtually 5 million homeowners have toyed with the idea of becoming ‘reluctant landlords’.
According to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance, an estimated 65 percent of British adults have embarked upon DIY in the past 12 months to avoid paying for professionals.
According to Sheila’s Wheels Home Insurance, beauty products and related equipment were to blame for £900 million worth of damage in UK homes last year. This equates to an average of £153 per household.
According to Halifax Home Insurance, the onset of the recession has left 14 percent of householders feeling more exposed to the threat of burglary.
According to research from uSwitch.com, the recession has resulted in an increasing number of energy efficient households, thus positively affecting the environment.
With summer just around the corner, the time for weddings has also arrived. While a wedding is a happy time not only for the bride and groom but also for family and friends, rural insurer NFU Mutual is reminding newlyweds to review their home contents cover following the big day.
According to new research conducted by Halifax Home Insurance, 34 percent of UK householders are set to embark upon some DIY during the forthcoming Easter break. However, 43 percent admit to not being as skilled in this field as their parents.
According to research carried out by first direct, over four million homeowners are currently keeping an eye on the housing market in preparation for taking advantage of reduced house prices. Their intention is to move up the property ladder before prices begin to rise.
According to M&S Money, 28 percent of households will be staying in this Easter weekend to revitalise their properties during the course of the break.
Further to a new UK study conducted by AA Personal Loans, the company has revealed that a quarter of homes look set to become larger prior to the end of the recession.
With the Easter and summer holidays approaching, Moneynet.co.uk has offered a word of warning about the cost of debit card transactions whilst out of the country. Using a debit card in the UK is free of charge, though this is not the case elsewhere – a fact that is often overlooked by holidaymakers.
According to Birmingham Midshires, the number of people saving towards a house deposit in the UK has increased by 29 percent. This has been revealed further to the company’s ‘Saving Britain’ campaign in which more than 2,000 adults were asked about their saving habits.
According to moneysupermarket.com, 43 percent of people in the UK will be unable to embark upon home improvements this Easter due to not having the funds required to do so.
As cold weather conditions continue to threaten many households across England and Wales, Halifax Home Insurance is advising people to take precautions to protect their properties from damage.
According to uSwitch.com, 30 percent of energy customers do not check that they are billed for the right amount of gas and electricity.
According to Sainsbury’s Finance, the current property market is resulting in an increased level of spending on home improvements.
According to Gocompare.com, drivers suffering the effects of the credit crunch are putting potential cost savings ahead of safety.
According to Switch with Which?, their survey of over 6,000 Which? members revealed that only 15 percent have switched energy supplier during the course of the past year.
According to AA Home Insurance, there has been a 50 percent rise in the number of home floods due to frozen pipes. It was revealed that homeowners nationwide have made claims in excess of £15 million for this reason.
Research conducted by Halifax has revealed some interesting statistics with regards to population movements throughout the UK during the course of the past decade.
Halifax’s First-Time Buyer (FTB) Affordability Review tracks the affordability of housing within 406 local authorities (LAs) across Britain, inclusive of 32 London boroughs.
After a quiet and frosty start to 2009, the Met Office are now forecasting a mixture of windy, wintry weather for the coming weekend.
The Norwich Union recently reported key diary dates for the year ahead. The dates target homes and cars and are based on claims data from 1998 – 2007.
Over the past twelve months, new research by Halifax has shown that there has been an increase in the number of people carrying out home improvements to update and modernise their properties.
According to findings by Legal & General the external appearance of a neighbour’s property could be the deciding factor for potential buyers.
A study conducted by AA Home Insurance reveals that British homeowners have spent more than £90billion converting unused space into living space.
Abbey Home Insurance has recently found through its research that over half a million homeowners suffer damage caused by their neighbours every year.
New research from Halifax Home Insurance has found that over one million British holidaymakers return from a holiday to find that their house is not as they left it.
Moneyextra, commenting on the housing market in April, reported that the housing market continues to mark time, the average house price is increased by 0.82% on the previous month of March. This amount is still below the prices seen at the end of 2006. The average property value of £222,117 is up merely 3.4% on last year.
According to a survey conducted by esure home insurance, this summer the majority of homeowners who have gardens, that is 92% of Brits, will be looking to spend £56 million over the next three months.
Research conducted by Abbey Mortgages has shown that the average Brit moves home between 3 or 4 times in a lifetime.
Prudential Home Insurance has revealed through new research that nearly half of men in the UK are more comfortable cooking a meal than carrying out basic home improvements.
In preparation of thousands of Brits dedicating another Bank Holiday Monday to DIY, Lloyds TSB Insurance predicted a 60% surge in calls as a result of not taking care with saws and step ladders.
According to Alliance & Leicester Mortgages, one in ten landlords have sold a letting property in the last two years and a quarter have made over 30% returns on their letting property.
With the imminent introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs) in December, the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) believes that they could reduce the impact of stress considerably for both the consumer and the economy.
Figures released by The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have shown that the housing market is currently in a state of calm.
Homeowners have recently been urged by Nationwide Building Society to ensure that they are protected against thieves this Bank Holiday weekend by making sure that they have adequate cover for loss of garden contents under their home insurance plan.
The recent Cost of Moving Survey conducted by Woolwich has shown that many house sellers are saving on the cost of moving despite an increase in property prices by 11.1% over the last year. As a result of Home Information Packs (HIPs) becoming compulsory from June this year, savings are likely to be cancelled out.
Halifax Credit Cards recently revealed new figures on Britain’s home furnishings spending.
In anticipation of the launch date for the Home Information Pack (HIP) on December 31, Zurich Building Guarantee, Zurich’s direct new home warranties arm has launched the first online homeowner Log Book.
Research conducted by AA Legal Services has found that many homebuyers are failing to protect themselves from property nightmares.
As another Easter Bank Holiday passes us by, home improvements seem to be the one thing on everyone’s minds.
News from Alliance & Leicester Personal Loans has revealed that a loft conversion can add around £100,000 to a home’s value.
According to news from Direct Line, trips to DIY stores and garden centres are seen to be as much a part of the Easter bank holiday weekend as traffic jams and chocolate eggs.
According to recent research from Halifax Estate Agents, UK homeowners are moving on average 6 times during their life.
A recent study from Nationwide Building Society has revealed that most UK home buyers prefer properties with environmentally friendly features. When choosing between two properties of a similar size and value, 82% of respondents said that a home with solar panels would have more influence on their decision to purchase than a home with an attic room.
Recent news from Yorkshire bank has revealed that 1 in 3 homeowners plan to splash out on sprucing up their homes before they sell.
A recent study conducted by Direct Line has shown that one in six, (that is 17%) of British homeowners have had some home improvement work carried out in the last 2 years by an unqualified or improperly trained tradesperson.
As the peak season for home improvements is nigh, Brits have revealed that their love for DIY may finally be fading.
Recent research from Halifax Estate Agents shows that the greatest UK house prices in the last 10 years have been in terraced properties.
A recent study from Halifax Home Insurance reports that 11 million households have ideas for grand designs which could cost a total of £153 billion to complete.
Recent news from Abbey stated that storms could cause around £324 million of damage to homes this year.
Recent research conducted by Tesco Business Credit Card reveals that becoming a mum is likely to be the most common incentive for women to start up their own businesses. Juggling the demands of working for an employer while still being a good mum inspire many women to go it alone.
Homeowners have been warned that they should prepare for this weeks’ big freeze following reports of the increasing risk of cold and wintry conditions.
Recent news from Halifax tells would be parents that when expecting a baby, life will never be the same again.
Following the stormy weather last week, people are being encouraged to repair the damage to their homes as quickly as possible.
Employing trades people to work on homes cost homeowners an average of £1,509 according to recent research by MoneyExpert.com.
A surprising number of homeowners, a reported 9 million, are planning on making improvements to their properties in the coming months according to research conducted by The MarketPlace at Bradford & Bingley.
In 2006, The Children’s Mutual looked at the true cost of how much tuition would cost to gain qualifications in five professions; doctor, architect, solicitor, engineer, and nurse.
Recent news from Nationwide shows that house prices rose by 1.2% in December, bringing the 2006 annual rate up to 10.5%.
Research carried out by NOP, on behalf of Bradford & Bingley, has shown that over 9 million households are set to carry out home improvements this year.
Bank holidays have had a long standing tradition of being a day for DIY jobs, and with the coming bank holidays, they are no exception.
Research conducted by Halifax Home Insurance show that 63% of Brits have asked their parents to help out with their home improvements.
Research conducted by the Sainsbury’s Bank Home Improvement Index show that women will spend over £29 billion on home improvements, which works out to be £1.76 billion more than men.
As Easter weekend approaches once more, it has been revealed by research conducted by Alliance & Leicester Personal Loan, that one in three people will be doing some DIY improvements.
The state of Britain’s houses has been highlighted by the Halifax Press Office.
With relatives and friends likely to pay a visit during the festive season, it seems people are getting ready to show off their properties.
This coming bank holiday, many home improvers are turning away from DIY in favour of GSI or getting someone in.
As the bank holiday weekend approaches many of us will be using the extra days off work to do a bit of DIY around our homes.
As bank holidays approach, the nation usually turns to DIY. A survey conducted by the Halifax in 2005 reveals that spending on home maintenance and repair has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
Research conducted by Abbey has shown that some peoples’ home improvements are becoming a little out of the ordinary.
Research from Halifax published in April this year shows a 76% increase in spending on DIY. In real terms, spend has increased from £6.4bn to £11.3bn.
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With more and more home improvement programmes on television an increasing number of homeowners are switching off the box and springing into action improving their own homes.
New research shows that an increasing number of money conscious Britons are staying in rather than going out.
As the price of property and moving house continues to grow, it might make sense for home movers to stay where they are.
This time of year often sees many UK homeowners choosing to go ahead with home improvement jobs they have been planning for months, yet the traditional do it yourself (DIY) projects seem to be declining.
Property prices in the UK have risen again last month, according to the latest housing market value index.
A recent survey by Alliance and Leicester has shown that one in three homeowners were ready to spring into action over the last Easter bank holiday weekend.
A recent research survey on the housing market conducted by Nationwide, has revealed which home improvements can really add value to your property.
Proud homeowners are spending a huge amount of money on garden makeovers, new figures have revealed, particularly as the warm summer months are approaching.
Britons wishing to add value to their properties can do so through a garden makeover, it has been claimed.
The amount spent by Britons on DIY in the last ten years has soared, a new study has revealed, with many homeowners hoping to increase the value of their property.
UK homeowners are increasingly opting for simple, smaller home improvements which increase the value of their home with the least amount of cost and effort, according to new research.