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Install and control your home security the ‘smart’ way

Install and control your home security the ‘smart’ way

We’re now well and truly in the run up to Christmas, and odds are you’re planning a trip away and more nights out at festive parties. 

With the ONS reporting a rise in burglary related offences to over 666,000 this year, it’s incredibly important that you’re also thinking about how to keep your home safe while you’re out enjoying the festive period. 

Thousands Use Help To Buy In Bedfordshire To Buy New Homes

Bedfordshire Help To Buy New Homes

A government initiative is helping thousands of families in Bedfordshire to get on to the housing ladder. New figures released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) reveal that a total of 4,707 homebuyers in the county used the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched five years ago.

Within the county, the districts which made the best use of the scheme were Bedford (2,000) and Central Bedfordshire (2,419). 

Central Heating – Controlled Properly Can Save You Money and Improve Your Health 

Cat lying on a central heating controlled radiator

It’s that time of year again. The months are getting considerably colder as we plough through autumn and winter is just around the corner. Candles and warm lighting are no longer fooling us into believing it’s warmer than it is, meaning that more and more of us are reaching towards the thermostat to indulge in a bath of warm air. However, we ought to be careful how soon and how often we’re reaching for our heating systems. Indeed, professionals advise the general public to be restrictive with their heating to prevent inflicting health related issues on themselves and costly energy bills.

Think you’ll never afford that house deposit?

Using a piggy bank to save for a house deposit

Think you’ll never afford that house deposit? A side hustle doesn’t need to be part-time job 

The average house deposit in 2017, for first-time buyers outside of London, was £26,2241. This is up 108% in comparison to ten years ago1. With the average income of first-time buyers having only increased by almost 17% over the same period, it can often feel like an uphill struggle to save enough for a dream home in today’s world. So it’s not a surprise the average age of first-time buyers has increased too, giving longer to piggy bank those extra pounds.  But it is do-able, even if you aren’t an extreme saver like these three:

How to Save Energy in Your Home This Winter

Energy saving homes

British Gas recently announced they’re increasing their prices by 4%, and with winter fast approaching, homes across the UK will soon be turning on their heating to battle the cold.  While this increase in gas and electricity usage leads to larger bills in the winter, there are ways in which you can save energy (and in turn, money). Here, home experts Birlea outline 10 small ways you can save energy in your home this winter, which will help to reduce those dreaded bills.

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Brits will be more careful than ever with their heating this winter

Brits warm home

Over five million Brits will wait until the temperature dips to zero degrees or lower before switching on their heating this winter, according to new research.  

Anglian Home Improvements carried out the research alongside the launch of its new Hot Property campaign, which is aimed at helping homeowners identify where the heat in their home may escape from. The home improvements company partnered with a thermographer-qualified drone specialist to take heat sensitive images of six different properties ranging from Grade II listed homes to new build properties. The images illustrate the most common areas residents lose heat from in their homes, which tend to be windows, doors, chimneys and roofs.

Getting On The Property Ladder Prioritised Above Having Children

Alexandra Gorn Furniture - Getting On The Property Ladder

Bucket list favourites including buying a house, travelling and getting married are now more of a priority to British couples than starting a family, a new study has found. In a survey of 1,003 British adults, carried out by etailer Furniture123.co.uk, 67% said that getting onto the property ladder was their number one priority for adult life and that they wanted a place to call their own before planning to start a family.

63% or respondents said they wanted to see more of the world before committing to children.

Buckinghamshire homebuyers given 20% off selected homes in Milton Keynes

The Faversham Special at Centurion Place in Milton keynes

Milton Keynes homebuyers are set to benefit from a low cost housing scheme at the Centurion Place development in the popular Broughton district of Milton Keynes. 

Leading developer Barratt Homes is offering two bedroom apartments for 20% less than market value for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Buyers who live, work or have family connections in the Borough of Milton Keynes, who have a household income of no more than £66,000 can take advantage of their initiative and buy their new home at a discounted cost. They must also confirm that this is the only property they own and they intend to use the property as their own residence.

Designer Tips for Getting Your Home Guest-Ready This Christmas

Home Decorated For Christmas

Aside from furiously fluffing pillows, hunting for the guest-towels and making sure the house hound has had his monthly bath, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be found in adding design touches to your home ahead of the festive period. ‘Tis the season of hospitality, and although it’s almost a full twelve months since last Christmas, there’s hardly a moment left to prepare your home for the most wonderful time of the year. Not this year. This year we’re getting prepared. From the guest-bedroom to the bathroom to the all important kitchen and dining spaces, there are lots of designer-inspired ways to create the warm welcome every weary festive traveller deserves.

Deck the hall…

Anglian Opens The Door To The Future Of Smart Living

Anglian Homes Smart doorbell

Anglian Home Improvements is introducing new and improved smart living to UK homeowners with the addition of the Nest Hello video doorbell to its product portfolio. Nest Hello sends an alert when someone presses the doorbell – so you never miss a visitor or a parcel.

The perfect product for tech-savvy trendsetters or those who want to future-proof their home, Nest Hello lets you check who is at the door using the Nest app. The app allows homeowners to have clear conversations with visitors at the door, whilst the camera captures a wide angle picture, so you can see a person from head to toe or a parcel on the ground in crystal-clear detail, day or night.