The past year has been challenging for kids, so let’s make them feel special on National Children’s Day (NCD) on Sunday 16 May.
The lockdowns of the last year hit children particularly hard. While little ones often say they want to skip school, the reality is many find its structure reassuring. (Sadly, some also feel safer at school than they do at home.)
Not only did lockdown mean children couldn’t be with their friends, for many, it also meant less exercise and … Continue Reading…
Unless your name is Elon Musk, selling your home will probably be the biggest transaction you make in your lifetime. So, who will you entrust to get you the best deal?
Option 1: You go for the agent with the lowest fee. This agent is a doppelgänger for Del Boy, but you love the idea of saving yourself a few hundred quid in fees.
Option 2: You go for an agent who makes properties look and sound A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The fee is a … Continue Reading…
Having a rental property can be a great way to earn some extra income. Like anything, there are a variety of things that can go wrong. We break down five of the most common ones.
The wrong property
Being a landlord means running a business. You’re not buying a property for you to live in. Tenants often have very different expectations when looking for a rental property. Don’t turn down a great opportunity because you wouldn’t like to live in it.
The wrong … Continue Reading…
As it’s International Nurses Day next week, we thought we’d share this brilliant quote with you: “Save one life, and you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, and you’re a nurse.”
International Nurses Day is on 12 May (the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing). It’s a chance to thank a profession that has given so much during the pandemic.
Nurses have served on the Covid-19 frontline for more than a year, delivering high-quality professional care along with unstinting compassion and … Continue Reading…
With demand currently outstripping supply in the housing market, sellers are in the driver’s seat, but there is still one hazard that could derail a sale: the flaky buyer.
In a hot market, it’s not uncommon for panicky buyers to make an impulsive offer or go beyond their financial limits.
A buyer might do this because they fear that prices are rising and the market is getting away from them. Or perhaps they’ve been outbid in the past and don’t want to … Continue Reading…
As we emerge out of lockdown, there’s one thing you can do to help Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden recover from the pandemic – and that’s to shop local.
Independent traders are the lifeblood of communities, generating interest and footfall in our high streets and providing local jobs. But after an incredibly challenging year, small businesses need help to stay afloat.
The good news is that many of us discovered the benefits of shopping locally during the pandemic.
Figures show that 53% of us have … Continue Reading…
When it comes to outside space, size doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with it that counts. According to a recent survey, gardens took the top spot on wish lists for both buyers and renters (source: Rightmove). Here are some tips for making the most of your outside space.
Light it up
Twinkling fairy lights can make even the most modest of spaces look magical. But to really put your garden in the spotlight, why not add some statement pendants or … Continue Reading…
First impressions are important. That’s why your home must have great kerb appeal when you’re selling. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see. It can help them decide whether or not they’d like to view the inside as well. Here are some questions about kerb appeal that we frequently get, and what you need to know to make your home stand out.
What is kerb appeal?
“Kerb appeal” is a phrase often associated with real … Continue Reading…
Yesterday was World Earth Day. People across the globe were encouraged to be more mindful about the impact we all have on the planet.
But doing our bit for Mother Earth is a process and not an event as this article explains.
In our own homes in and around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden, we can continue to do things to help the Earth. Here are some ideas.
The supermarkets are undeniably convenient. If you can though, frequent farmers’ markets. You’ll be reducing … Continue Reading…