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    Can't afford an interior designer? Don't worry - follow our guide to getting home decor advice for free

    Want your home to look as if you've forked out for the services of an interior designer? Here's how to do it without digging deep into your wallet. Help is at hand: There are lots of ways to gain inspiration for your home without spending a fortuneIDEAS GALORE Ignite inspiration by gathering fabric samples, photographs and colour charts. The image-sharing site Pinterest is a good place to start and the home design Houzz website also has an ...

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    They might cost a bit more but these arty, crafty pieces will last a lifetime

    There's truth in the old adage 'buy cheap, buy twice'. So when it comes to furnishing our homes, it makes sense to buy once and buy for life. Choose beautifully crafted homewares and you can do just that and save in the long run. Here is our pick of the best. Nice threads: Woven artwork and interior textiles by Whitstable based weaver Margo Selby IN THE FRAME A cherished piece of artwork can bring an interiors scheme to life and form part ...

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    Peak District market town Belper is named as property hotspot of the year so far, but where else are house prices rising fastest?

    The historic Peak District town of Belper has been named as Britain's property hotspot of the year so far, by a new report.The Derbyshire town on the River Derwent has seen house prices rise by 7.43 per cent since the beginning of the year, according to property website Zoopla.It is followed by the coastal town of Hove, in East Sussex, where values have risen by 7.07 per cent, and the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, which has seen increases of 6.66 per cent. [media_photo id="877143" height="422" width="634" alt="The town of Belper in Derbyshire has been named ...

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    How to get a kitchen that will sell your home: Why a dream cooking, eating and living space attracts buyers

    It's not just parties that end up in the kitchen. Many of us spend a substantial part of our lives in the room that's often cited as the 'heart of the home'.Above serving its primary purpose as a place to prepare food, the kitchen is a multi-functional space for many households. It's where families convene first thing in the morning, as well as a social hub for dinner parties and entertaining.It can also be the most expensive room in the house. Once you add up all the costs associated with counter tops, cabinets, appliances, and lighting, it's easy to see ...

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    As the Lake District wins UNESCO World Heritage site status, we look at five Cumbrian property hotspots

    Three cheers for the Lake District, the latest UK region to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site.This 912-square-mile mountainous stretch of north-west England joins the Jurassic Coast, Hadrian s Wall and Bath, which all have the same designation. Now buyers and sellers are wondering whether house values will rise in response. Beauty spot: The Lake District is the latest UK region to ...

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    PROPERTY CLINIC: Do I have to pay the extra 940 a month service charge the council is demanding for roof repairs to my flat's block?

    I own a leasehold flat and received a letter out of the blue from our freeholder Hounslow Council about a planned re-roofing with estimated costs of 11,300 for each leaseholder.The costs are being added to our service charge, producing a 941.67 increase each month for a year, starting from April 2017. We're unable to get clear answers to our questions about the extra costs. Can we appeal? What can leaseholders do if they want to challenge expensive roof repairs proposed ...

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    Welcome to the neighbourhood. What it's like to live in the sought-after village where YouTube star Zoella has bought a 1.8m house

    They are the golden couple of YouTube who invite people into their home every day filming content for their hugely popular channels on YouTube.And now their combined 26 million YouTube subscribers can view their new multi-million pound home in an affluent village in West Sussex, which comes with wonderful views of the South Downs.Zoe Sugg - known as Zoella to her fans - and her boyfriend Alfie Deyes moved into the seven bedroom detached house last month after buying it in February. [media_photo id="860096" height="387" width="634" alt="Zoe Sugg (known as Zoella to her fans) and her boyfriend Alfie Deyes have ...

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    The world's most expensive homes for sale revealed: The houses with the highest price tags on each continent, including an Italian villa for 120m

    Imagine having an unlimited budget to buy a property anywhere in the world. What house would you pick? Perhaps a seven-bedroom townhouse in the heart of London's fashionable Chelsea, or a private mansion in Australia with views of the Great Barrier Reef.Below we reveal a potential property on every continent, if money really was no object, thanks to some exclusive research from property website Rightmove, which identified the most expensive homes for sale - with price tags that reach up to 120million. [media_photo id="852076" height="422" width="634" alt="Just right for the super-rich lifestyle: This Thai property is the most expensive home ...

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    Divided Britain: How renting in London costs 45% more than a decade ago, but LESS in the North West and North East

    The North South divide is not just restricted to house prices - a stark gap has emerged in rents too over the past decade, a new report reveals.While rents in London have soared in the last decade, the same trend has not materialised in northern parts of the country.In the capital, rental costs have surged 45 per cent since 2007 to reach 1,609 a month, according to data by analysts Hometrack. However, in two areas - the North West and North East - rents have actually fallen, seven per cent and four per cent respectively. [media_photo id="836638" height="664" width="634" alt="Divide: ...

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    It's not just first-time buyers! One in three 'second-steppers' rely on 20k average handouts from family to move up the property ladder

    Handouts from family members to buy a home are often considered the preserve of first-time buyers, who struggle to get on the property ladder amid rising prices and slow wage growth. But a new study suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is expanding its product range and helping out those that have already bought their own home and are now looking to make the next step up the property ladder.That comes as house prices continue to rise far more quickly than wages, with the latest official ONS figures showing the average increased by 1,000 a month over the past ...

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    It's the property we aspire to, a quarter of us own them, and one will set you back almost 400k today, we delve into the detached home

    A detached house has long been the property that most Britons aspire to. After all, who wouldn't be tempted by a home attached to no-one else's, with a bit of land all round it, and at least a hint of an Englishman's home is his castle sentiment.And one in four us have attained a taste of that dream, although doing so today comes at a cost.A quarter of homes in England and Wales are detached, according to exclusive research delving into these properties for MailOnline by estate agents Savills, and if you want to buy one now, it would cost ...

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    How you could net a profit like the Wimbledon set: What should you do if you have a home near a sporting venue?

    The start of Wimbledon will mark the opening volley in the great British summer of sport next week.But for some, it s also the beginning of a lucrative period of letting out their homes to the players, officials and VIPs attending our iconic annual events.Organising the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, The Open at Royal Birkdale or the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire, involves thousands of people working behind the scenes for months in the run-up. Tennis lets: A row of cottages in Wimbledon VillageThen there are ...

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    First-time buyers face the highest prices in history and massive disparity between the most and least affordable regions

    First-time buyers are paying the highest amount on record to step on to the property ladder, it has been revealed.Those buying their first home can expect to pay 207,693 on average across the UK, according to a report by Halifax. And those living in London are paying almost double that at nearly 410,000.The new figures may be particularly difficult to swallow for those first-time buyers who have delayed their house purchase, perhaps to save up for a deposit. Revealed: The average house ...

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    What's it like to live in York? Why this charming city set within castle walls has become hot property

    With its city centre set within historic castle walls, and the River Ouse running through it, it is no wonder that this North of England location is a much sought-after location.Its popularity has helped to push prices up by 25 per cent since the beginning of the credit crisis a decade ago - more than double the rate of the wider area.The lure of the cathedral city's old-fashioned charm, bustling shops and restaurants and thriving university means the average home costs 237,517, according to exclusive research for MailOnline by estate agents Hamptons International. [media_photo id="817857" height="389" width="634" alt="York city includes ...

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    Would you pay 9k for coffee on tap? We review the latest high-tech machine - and find two cheaper alternatives

    Fancy coffee machines are often identified by their whizzy features and flashing lights and buttons to create your perfect cup of coffee.But the latest high-tech coffee machine resembles a simple water tap - with not a single button in sight. The equipment costs a massive 8,995, looks unassuming - yet it produces the perfect macchiato at a touch of a button on an ipad.The new series of The Joy of Techs on the TV channel Dave sees comedian Marcus Brigstocke and actor Alexis Conran check out gadgets for a living.In last night's version at 8pm, the two men reviewed a ...

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