Haunting images of ‘time capsule’ home abandoned by owner 20 YEARS ago

Tea cups and crockery are still on display on the welsh dresser and the cupboards are stocked with rusty old tins of food. Dusty books were left opened on the page last read and clothes, now covered in cobwebs, still hang from coat hangers. No one in the area knows what happened to the owner, but everyone agrees he left after his wife died. The house, near Penzance, Cornwall, and all it’s contents will be going to a new owner as it is set to go under the hammer next…

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Property: How to prevent your home getting burgled with £4.16 trick

Burglary risk is something property owners all need to be vigilant about, as break-ins are costly and inconvenient.  The most popular month for burglaries during summer is August, according to the experts at MoneySuperMarket. This is because of property owners leaving doors and windows open to cool the house down – but doing so could invalidate your home insurance policy. This is due to a clause called “contributory negligence” which means your home isn’t covered under insurance if you leave it insecure. “The summer months offer a unique window of…

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Property for sale? House prices plummet thank to this one home mistake

A property for sale could be seriously handicapped in terms of its value thanks to one major mistake a home owner can make. While home owners might think they are adding value to their property, they might actually be making it far less appealing. Elliot Castle, Property Expert at home buying company WeBuyAnyHome said: “Buying a property is the biggest investment many of us will make, yet some are still unaware of the changes or details that can potentially decrease the value of their home. “There are many things that…

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Key to your dream home | Property | Life & Style

“You can have a huge amount of fun putting in the features that work for you. It can get your heart singing,” says Tim Lawson, MD of Property Pathfinders (01285 653190; propertypathfinder.com), which specialises in surveys and project management. “It is much more cost-certain to build from new than refurbishing a property,” he adds, although he says there is much pleasure to be had from buying a doer-upper, too: “One of the great things about historic buildings is the craftsmanship and skills you come across.” There is an enormous “but”,…

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Selling your home: The top UK cities for selling a £1 million property fast | Property | Life & Style

With taxes, stamp duty, uncertain buyers and agency fees, it can be difficult to sell your home, especially when it falls into the price bracket of £1 million or more. A recent report by Rightmove has revealed the top places in the UK for shifting homes quickly on the market for £1 million. The Office of National Statistics reported that the average selling price of a home in the UK is £224,000, a much lower amount than those with a £1 million asking price. These homes sell in an average…

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Fleas: How to get rid of fleas in your home this super-flea packed summer | Property | Life & Style

Known for their uncomfortable and unsightly bites, having fleas in the home can be unsanitary, distressing and dangerous for your pet’s health. Infestations can take weeks or months to control, and when fleas infiltrate the home, they seek out warmth by burying into bedding and carpets. According to reports, the UK is set for an invasion of billions of “super fleas”, down to recent weather conditions. They coined their name due to their reported large penises – twice as long as their bodies. Fleas thrive in warm and humid conditions,…

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