Property retirement advice: How to make money from your home trick | Property | Life & Style

Property can become a tricky issue once you enter retirement, with many of us scratching our heads over the best option.  Eliot Castle, CEO and founder of We Buy Any Home, has outlined his advice on how you can make a substantial sum of money through being clever with your property choices. His advice includes a clever trick of downsizing quickly by using a private home buying company, which can see you sell your property in as little as a week. However, he outlined a number of alternative options too.…

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Conservatories remain as popular as ever with a range of designs | Property | Life & Style

But there’s been a big shift in fashion when it comes to their design. Those with big budgets will still opt for traditional styles but others may consider the new trend for “glass box” rooms with sliding doors. “Well-constructed attractive wooden orangeries or slate roofed sunrooms appear on the wish list of the majority of our clients,” says Carol Peett “They add value as they are far more flexible and useable year-round.” Carol adds that some conventional uPVC conservatories can actually put off buyers. “This is a major change from…

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Property news: Gazumping crackdown reassures couple who lost dream home | Property | Life & Style

Senior technical specialist Maria, 33, and Kieron, 30, a manager at a pharmaceutical firm, had an offer accepted on a three-bed semi in the Aigburth area of south Liverpool. The owners had conducted the viewing and the two couples got on well – having similar careers. The £325,000 offer was accepted. “It was the home we’d been searching for for months,” said Maria. “As soon as the agent called to say it was a yes we began making plans.” However, within two weeks their dreams were dashed when the agent…

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World War 2 bunker transformed into swanky holiday home – would YOU buy it? | Property | Life & Style

While it may not look like much from the outside, the unusual property may just be the most luxurious underground bolt hole in Britain. The beautiful six-bed property which lies in a Cornish meadow just ten minutes drive from Land’s End, is so well camouflaged by its grass-covered roof it looks like a mound in the middle of field. Far from what would be expected inside a bunker, the gorgeous holiday home features a large open-plan living room that effortlessly straddles the line between modern and traditional. The space is…

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Property news: How to make a room look bigger in 10 seconds | Property | Life & Style

How do you make a room look bigger? Many of us would like more space in our homes. But even if you can’t afford a bigger property, you can easily create the illusion of more space through clever tricks. Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud explains that one simple trick could make your rooms look more spacious in just 30 seconds. The trick involves the clever use of lighting to create an optical illusion. “More light equals a sense of space,” Kevin told Express.co.uk. “If you have a table lamp or a…

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The Ideal Home Show make a smart technology property move | Property | Life & Style

EXPRESS Visitors of the The Innovation Home at the Ideal Home Show can play with tech on a mobile app It features devices such as security cameras, window and door sensors that alert you to break-ins, as well as plugs and lightbulbs that switch themselves on.  But while this may look like the future to many of us, these innovations are all available at DIY and department stores for you fit yourself if you have wifi and a smartphone to download the necessary app.  John Lewis even has dedicated smart…

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