Boost your home security with our Smart Video Doorbell competition

Boost your home security in our Smart Video Doorbell competition

Ever considered boosting your home security? Homefocus has a Smart Video Doorbell to give away to one lucky reader, worth £89.99, thanks to Swann security products. Swann’s Smart Video Doorbell lets you answer your door from anywhere. All you need is a smartphone and the Smart Video Doorbell to ensure you always know what’s going on at home, no matter where you are.

Your front door in your pocket

The Swann Smart Video Doorbell connects wirelessly to your phone, so through the free app you can watch a live feed from your front door at any time. With handy push notifications, you will be notified whenever a visitor presses the doorbell.

WIN the Climate Control sleeping range from Slumberdown!

The Climate Control sleeping pillows

Today is your chance to WIN the Climate Control sleeping range from Slumberdown!

Slumberdown’s Climate Control range is perfect for warmer weather as it regulates body temperature, helping to prevent overheating.

The unique fibres within the filling are specially formulated to carry excess heat and moisture away from the head and body, leading to a cool and comfy night’s sleep.

The range is machine washable and suitable for tumble drying. RRP: 4.5 tog duvet from £17.99, pillow pair £13.99. Stockist: Amazon

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Exploring Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes

Photo of new home example of available on shared ownership scheme or help to buy schemes in UK

Have you ever heard the words “shared ownership”, or “Help to Buy” but always wondered exactly what people were talking about?

The world of affordable home ownership might seem like a complex one, particularly for first-time buyers, but here at HomeFocus we strive to cut through the jargon and tell you exactly what you need to know.

Thanks to the sky-high prices of homes and houses nationwide, people right across the country are being priced out of the open market, and add that to the extortionate cost of renting, it’s no wonder that people are struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

However, there are affordable home ownership schemes in place to help you buy your own home - and the key word there is affordable.

Last Chance To Buy At Great Denham Park

Living room interior at Denham Park

With just a few properties remaining at David Wilson Homes’ coveted Great Denham Park development, homebuyers are being encouraged to act quickly as these homes are guaranteed to be snapped up fast. 

Situated on King Alfred Way in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, the development currently has one, two, three and five bedroom homes available, starting at £189,995. Great Denham is coming to the end of its final phase of expansion – so this will be property-seekers last chance to secure their dream David Wilson home.

The range of homes on offer has helped the development blossom into a vibrant and friendly community perfect for first-time buyers and families.

Exclusive look at new development in Towcester

Burcote Park - new development in Towcester

A local housebuilder is inviting homebuyers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of its Towcester development.

Prospective house buyers will be able to have an exclusive look at Redrow Homes South Midlands’ Burcote Park development, on Burcote Road, from 10am-5.30pm on Saturday 21 September, as part of its ‘behind-the-scenes’ weekend.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a guided tour of the 196-home development, and see areas of the site that are not normally open to the public. This will give prospective homebuyers the perfect opportunity to see the great location of the homes first-hand.

The team will also be on hand to talk through the two, three and four-bedroom homes that are currently being constructed.

5 Ways to Make your Kitchen a Social Family Space

family space in the kitchen

The kitchen is a beloved part of the family house, a social family space – it’s a room for parties, meetings, dinners and dancing, and according to a recent survey by British cooking appliance brand Belling, 70% of Brits see it as the heart of the home. We reportedly spend an average of three hours a day in the kitchen, so making it a warm, welcoming space can go a long way in helping nurture happy family life. Here are five ways you can make your kitchen a perfect social family space.

Wiggle room

Britons are charging over £1,000 extra to sell a home with a well equipped kitchen

Sell A Home With A Well Equipped Kitchen

New research has found how much extra Britons are charging for furnishings in the sale of a home by room, well equipped kitchen (£1,080), bedroom goods (£965) and living room goods (£840), found to cost buyers the most. What’s more, one in seven homeowners have found rubbish when moving into a property, and one fifth have moved into a home they described as ‘dirty’. 

The top reason given for selling a home with furniture included was found to be to ‘increase the value of the property’, whilst selling without was due to wanting to ‘avoid buying new furniture’ themselves. 

Luxurious new homes unveiled at Cavanna Homes’ prestigious Cavanna Wolborough Hill 

Ribbon cutting at Wolborough Hill Cavanna Homes

A ribbon cutting ceremony has marked the opening of Cavanna Homes’ most prestigious development to date, Cavanna @ Wolborough Hill in Newton Abbot.
The town’s Mayor, Councillor Richard Jenks was joined by Cavanna Homes’ Head of Sales Paul Furner and Sales Advisor Bernadette Wheeler for the opening of the luxurious new show home, set in the extensive grounds of the former Bishop Dunstan School.
The development will feature 26 executive new homes set alongside parkland and a private tennis court, with stunning views over Newton Abbot, the surrounding countryside and towards Dartmoor.

OXO kitchen products review

OXO kitchen products review - reusable lids

Here, our editor Victoria Galligan tests products from the OXO kitchen range…

For some help in the kitchen and to make your life easier, try the product range from OXO who have come up with some handy gadgets to take the stress out of preparing and storing food. 

From vegetable peelers to corn on the cob holders (how difficult is that task normally?!) there are a range of goodies in the new OXO catalogue which you’ll want in your kitchen ASAP.

Punctual Egg Timer With Piercer (£20)

 

Part Exchange At Willow Grove

Willow Grove Home Interior

Existing homeowners searching to upgrade their current property for a brand new David Wilson home in Bedfordshire are being encouraged to enquire about the Part exchange scheme available at Willow Grove. 

Homebuyers, Neville and Jane Styles recently took advantage of the bespoke scheme that helps your move to be as smooth and stress free as possible.

Neville said: “We used the David Wilson homes’ Part Exchange scheme when buying our home at Willow Grove and our whole experience was excellent.

“The staff in the marketing suite could not have been more helpful throughout the process, the updates from them, including the weekly progress photos of our property, were spot on.”

Barratt Homes Trumps The Rest For Bedfordshire Sales Adviser

Sanjay, sales advisor at Barratt Homes in Bedfordshire

A Sales Adviser has returned to work for Barratt Homes after pursuing other opportunities, thanks to its unparalleled work ethic.

Sanjay Paul (38), from Islington, left the company in 2018 to seek new challenges elsewhere but has recently returned after realising what a fantastic employer Barratt Homes is to work for.

Sanjay has worked for multiple developments since starting his career with Barratt Homes in 2013, but is currently working at Barratt Homes’ Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard.

Sanjay said, “I missed my role as a Sales Adviser in the time that I was away. It became apparent to me what a great company Barratt Homes is to work for and I’m really glad to be back on the team.

Inflation Nation: Online Tool Compares The Rise In Property Prices Against Smaller Purchases

Inflation Nation

A new online tool has launched today that Britons can use to see how the price of their home has increased, taking into account inflation, when compared to items such as a pint of beer, Freddos, petrol and even Glastonbury Tickets, leading to an inflation nation.

House prices continue to increase year on year making it difficult for younger generations to get their foot on the property ladder. Corresponding with this, whilst smaller purchases have fluctuated over the last 40 years, they too have generally increased meaning Britons are having to spend more money than ever before.

Help To Buy Explained at Great Denham Park This Weekend

help to buy apartments at Great Denham Park

Leading developer Barratt Homes is encouraging homebuyers to attend its Help to Buy event this Saturday (August 10th) at Great Denham Park in Bedfordshire.

Located on Greenkeepers Road, Great Denham Park currently has a range of two, three and four bedroom homes available to reserve, perfect for first time buyers. 

The event aims to give Bedfordshire house hunters expert advice and information on how the government-backed scheme works. 

Be the first to secure a contemporary apartment at Neon, Burnt Oak 

Dusk shot of Neon, Burnt Oak Shared Ownership Apartments

On Saturday 10th August, Catalyst Homes is launching its latest collection of one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments at Neon in the North West suburb of Burnt Oak, Edgware. 

The apartments at Neon will feature a contemporary fully fitted kitchen with stylish work tops and a selection of integrated appliances as well as flooring throughout. They will also each benefit from a private balcony with breath-taking views across London and communal landscaped gardens on a south facing podium situated on the first floor.  

All Homes Sold At Marston Park

Marston Park Housing Estate

BEDFORDSHIRE DEVELOPER CELEBRATES SUCCESS WITH ALL HOMES SOLD AT MARSTON PARK

The Marston Moretaine development offered a range of homes suitable for a number of customers including first time buyers and families.

The delightful development includes many green open spaces with three different play areas for the little ones and a neighbouring cricket pitch for all residents to enjoy.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “Marston Park has been an amazing development to be a part of and the quality of Barratt Homes’ properties and developments is reflected in our sales success here. 

“With fantastic commuter links and an abundance of local amenities nearby the popularity of this development is no surprise.

Top Tips For A Stress Free Move For Pets

Hilary & David with their pets in their new home

Barratt Homes has teamed up with the UK’s leading animal charity the RSPCA to provide pet owners with advice on making moving home as stress-free as possible for their animals.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “Moving to a new home can be a worrying experience for pets, who often get overlooked during this busy time. 

“We want our customers’ moves to be as stress-free as possible, and that includes keeping their pets happy! That’s why we’ve teamed up with the RSPCA to ensure a happy move all round.”

The RSPCA, which has a branch in Northamptonshire, is encouraging buyers to plan in advance and minimise the impact on pets.

Get Mortgage-Fit With Barratt Homes; Tips For First Time Buyers

Barratt Homes Typical Street Scene

Purchasing your first home is an exciting time for many and with plenty of options out there to help you apply for your mortgage, leading developer Barratt Homes has revealed a few handy tips to put buyers on the right track.

Bedfordshire house hunters looking to buy for the first time may find it difficult to know where to start when it comes to understanding the homebuying process, but with the leading developer’s tips for first time buyers, they’ll be mortgage-fit in no time.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said: “Finding the home that is right for you when you are new to the property ladder can make it difficult to narrow down what is the most suitable. 

Dream home and easy move for new family at Alfred’s Gate in Newton Poppleford

Homeowners outside their new home in Alfred's Gate

When Joy Petley and her husband Alan decided they wanted to move into a new build home after visiting their friends’ new home on New Year’s Eve, they didn’t need to look any further than Cavanna Homes’ Alfred’s Gate development in Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth.

“We didn’t look at any other homes, our minds were made up and we reserved our dream home! It was like it was meant to be” said Joy, a Fundraising Manager who has moved into a Yarner style property with Alan, a Finance Manager, their 7 month old son Toby and their two cats, Panda and Paddington.

Portobello Square’s dramatic and eye catching show apartments unveiled 

Portobello Square apartments - interior living room

Catalyst Homes has worked with innovative Interior Design House, BlOCC Interiors to create two stunning and dramatic show apartments at its prestigious development, Bond Mansions at Portobello Square, London, W10. 

Dawn Kitchener, Managing Director of BLOCC Interiors explains the concepts behind each of the designs. “The location of Portobello Square is really special so we wanted to create two designs that were completely different but reflected and embraced the vibe of the area.” 

The one bedroom Bohemian apartment 

Electrocuting Themselves, Breaking Doors And Drilling Through Water Pipes: Britons’ Worst DIY Mistakes

Worst DIY mistakes

New research undertaken in the UK has found the most common worst DIY mistakes made by Britons, such as electrocuting themselves and breaking doors & door frames. What’s more, one-third of British homeowners admitted to having had to visit A&E due to attempting jobs around the house themselves that went wrong.

The team at professional service marketplace www.bidvine.com polled over 2,200 British home-owners, all of whom were over the age of 18, to find out more about attitudes towards DIY in the UK.

8 Ways on how to Keep Your House Cool During This Week’s Heatwave

how to keep your house cool

The UK is famously underprepared when it comes to hot weather, and another heatwave is with us this week. Being sweaty and sticky during a sweltering heatwave is nobody’s idea of fun, and it is particularly worse when it is in your own home. In order to make sure that you’re prepared, the team at interiors specialist www.Hillarys.co.uk have put some tips together how to keep your house cool this week:

The very best in town and country living at Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

A kitchen in Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

First time buyers looking for the perfect blend of town and country living are flocking to Catalyst Homes’ latest development Aborfield Green, in the historic market town of Wokingham in Berkshire. 

The development, which forms part of the newest Garden Village, offers a stylish collection of one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments set within this vibrant new community. 

TOGTIPS – expert advice on choosing the right duvet

Choosing the right duvet

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to think about changing your bedding and choosing the right duvet.

An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night and the thicker winter duvets that you enjoy in the colder months provide a completely different experience to lighter summer duvets. 

If you need help choosing the right filling, cover or Tog for the season, Angela Moran, Product Strategy Director at Silentnight, provides 10 ‘TogTips’ to help choosing the right duvet a bit easier.

1) Know what a Tog is.

Rebel against moving stress - Move into Tipi!

Lucy & Charlie moving into a Tipi Apartment

Research by energy company E.ON has found that 61% of people find moving house to be more stressful than a relationship breakdown, a divorce or starting a new job, with the stress of the move lasting over three months.

Lifestyle-led rental homes provider Tipi believes it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the rental rebel's latest Wembley Park building, Alameda, has made moving in even easier with its innovative design features.

Become one of the first to own a new Shared Ownership home at ARRO

Shared Ownership home at ARRO

Catalyst Homes is giving first time buyers the chance to get on the property ladder at one of London’s most significant regeneration projects. 

ARRO features 66 studio, one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments and forms part of Southall Waterside, which when completed, will create a whole new neighbourhood of 3,750 homes offering great connectivity with an extensive leisure and retail offering, a new primary school, a community hub, piazzas and parks.