Government urged to review Stamp Duty holiday deadline Posted On 30 October 2020

Industry chiefs warn “holiday” needs to be extended or economy could take £4bn hit   Property industry leaders are pressuring the Government to extend the Stamp Duty holiday because increased pressure on service providers is causing huge delays for buyers and sellers. A joint letter – sent to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and signed by …

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Solihull town centre plans revealed Posted On 30 October 2020

Radical plans to revamp Solihull town centre were released earlier this week including 1,100 new homes and a brand-new multi-storey car park…   Earlier this week, the council released a document showing the plans to revamp Solihull town centre. The introduction of the document started by saying, “it intends for Solihull to continue as a …

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Green solutions to break up interior monotony Posted On 28 October 2020

Tall, elegant houseplants can add a vivid flourish to today’s clean and clinical home. And, surprisingly, some do more than just look good Back in the day, when lava lamps and Hostess tea trolleys were all the rage, no self-respecting home was without a rubber plant; an ungainly, spindly, temperamental thing with large, glossy green …

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Halloween Party at Home Posted On 26 October 2020

Halloween will, like most of 2020, be a different experience this year, however, we have a great guide to make it special at home…   Halloween has always been about Trick-or-Treat, pumpkins and decorating your house, however, this year, with Trick-or-Treating all but off the schedule, we thought we would look at the ways to …

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School Expansion plans announced Posted On 23 October 2020

Cheswick Green Primary school to double in size to meet growing demand due to the Blythe Valley Park housing development.   The council has announced proposals to expand Cheswick Green Primary school to 420 places, up from 210 at present, as the best option to meet the growing demand of the population in and around …

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Spooky places to visit in the UK this Halloween Posted On 23 October 2020

It’s that time of year where we are all looking for a good scare and where better to start than some of the most terrifying places around the UK…   On the build-up to Halloween, some of us get comfy on the sofa with a good horror film, while others are more adventurous. If you …

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Kit out your kitchen Posted On 21 October 2020

With the kitchen one of the hubs of the home, it’s key to ensure that you have everything you need to make it fully functional Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs the right tools. Having these to hand will ensure you cook up a storm in no time. But fear not, we tell you …

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Rare royal portraits dazzle the nation Posted On 19 October 2020

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a rare and beautiful official portrait, which was captured last year at Windsor Castle by royal photographer Chris Jackson, and which has recently been released to the nation. The portrait shows Her Majesty, 94 years old, wearing blue sapphire jewellery and a matching tiara, along with a couple of pieces …

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Pension Schemes Bill passes latest stage Posted On 16 October 2020

“The role of bricks and mortar in later life is changing”, says the Chairman of the Equity Release Council, as hopes of housing wealth being included in the pensions dashboard improve!   At its second reading last Wednesday, The Pension Schemes Bill has been passed in the House of Commons after some debate between MPs. …

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Streets in Solihull set for flooding action plans Posted On 16 October 2020

74 properties in Solihull which have been devastated by flooding are set to get defences built under new proposals.   Homeowners in New Road and Park Avenue, close to Malvern Park, were left with terrible damage after flooding this August, and further back in September 2015. The River Cole, which runs through Shirley and Solihull …

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Final garden prep before winter Posted On 14 October 2020

We are grasping onto the last ounces of sunny, warm(ish) weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter   With the hot summer we have had this year, and the surprise second-budding of your flowers, your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is …

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How to carve a pumpkin this Halloween Posted On 12 October 2020

With Halloween coming up, there is nothing that symbolizes this holiday better than a carved pumpkin…   Whether you want to create a simple jack-o-lantern or something a little more artistic, here are some hints and tips that will help you out, as anyone who has ever carved a pumpkin already knows, it can be …

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15,00 new homes planned for Solihull Posted On 09 October 2020

Council has approved plans, for resident’s final say, on no fewer than 18 sites in Solihull for thousands of new homes…   Solihull Council has calculated the need to build more than 900 houses a year, over the next 16 years, to keep on top of growing demand. All but two of the allocated 18 …

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Autumn half-term days out Posted On 09 October 2020

With half-term already approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the awesome family days out available this year…    Legoland Treat the little-ones this half term, especially after starting school and the craziest of the past 6-months, with a day out at Legoland, Windsor. Legoland is the ultimate experience for kids of …

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Going Green has Never Felt so Rewarding Posted On 07 October 2020

If you’ve ever considered taking measures to make your home more eco-friendly, then there’s no better excuse to ‘go green’ than right now.   The government has recently announced the Green Homes Grant, which could subsidize your home-improvement costs, whilst you’re simultaneously doing your bit to combat climate change.   What is the Green Homes …

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Creating the perfect home office space Posted On 05 October 2020

With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right   With an ever-growing number of Brits now working from home each week, especially those whom after Covid-19 may not be going back to the office, it is important to create the right working environment. With the benefits from homeworking …

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Stylish Wallpaper Ideas and Trends Posted On 02 October 2020

Looking at decorating a living room, home office or bedroom at the end of this year? Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends!   Stylish and trendy wallpapers have never been more popular. A few years ago, the trend was for neutral shades of paint etc, however, times have changed and, as …

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