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Things to consider before renting out the family home [AD]

Selling the family home is always a huge decision. Often it’s the right thing to do because you need more space as the family grows. Or less space when children fly the nest. Sometimes though, it’s not the only option. One example is if you are leaving the area. For us, travelling for a few months to a year has always been a consideration. If we end up doing so, we don’t really want to sell up. However, we also don’t want to be paying the whole mortgage on a house we’re not living in, so renting out the house…

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Planning an extension [AD]

Being stuck in the house during lockdown provides plenty of opportunity to think about home improvements. For us, it has been something we’ve been discussing for a few years. Over the past few months, we’ve been decorating the bedrooms bit by bit. First Lia’s, because the girls had decided they no longer wanted to share. Next had to be Libby’s, because Lia’s room had turned out so beautifully that we wanted Libby to have an equally nice environment. That’s still a work in progress, but we’ve started thinking about the next steps. Moving or extending About 15 years ago, I…

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A garden renovation project

For many years, our garden has been a source of frustration. It’s not huge, but there is plenty of space. The problem was, we weren’t making the most of it. It was disjointed, with the front garden separate from the back and side garden. There was no fence between the front garden and the pavement. Strangely though, there was a huge hedge between the front and back gardens. Removing the hedge To reclaim our front garden, the first task was to remove the conifer hedge. This seemed like a mammoth task. Knowing when to do it was difficult too. Whilst…

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Redecorating on a budget

A few months back, my two girls decided that they didn’t want to share a bedroom anymore. Having shared since they were tiny, it was time for a change. This meant that I’d lose my office, which needed a complete overhaul ready to become a bedroom. We were on a budget for decorating. I didn’t have loads of time but couldn’t afford to pay someone to do it for us. Of course, as soon as I got started I realised it was a much bigger job than anticipated. How we saved money Preparing the walls and skirting boards ended up…

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Making full use of a garden [AD]

We’re slowly doing our house up bit by bit and when the spring comes, I want to do the garden as well. The problem with our garden at the moment is that we don’t make best use of the space. The area at the back of the house used to be on a steep hill, so my dad and husband decked it about five years ago. Now, it’s a nice large, smooth area where the children can play, ride their bikes and have the trampoline. Since then though, we haven’t done much more. Fencing the front garden when I bought…

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