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Exterior of The Apprentice house 2015

Nov
23

Inside The Apprentice House 2015

Originally written and published by sellmyhome.co.uk The Apprentice is back with a bang as another 18 contestants aim to win the opportunity to go into business with Lord Sugar. With luxurious accommodation, the candidates are surely living in style, but where exactly is The Apprentice house this year? Here’s the lowdown on one of the hottest properties on TV. The location Situated on John Street, Holborn, North London, this six bedroom house is a 6500sq ft. Georgian property boasting original period features, such as cornicing and dado rails. With refurbished contemporary interiors, the 54ft garden is ideal for private relaxation

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50 Cheap and Easy Ways to Boost the Saleability of Your Home

Oct
23

50 Cheap and Easy Ways to Boost the Saleability of Your Home

Want to sell your home quickly? We’ve got some good news for you – chances are, you don’t need to invest in costly and time-consuming renovation projects, or chop the price of your home in half. Often, all it takes to boost the saleability of your home are a few quick, simple, and more importantly – cheap fixes – like painting the walls, clearing away the clutter, and giving it a really, really good clean.

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Beneficial Bugs

Mar
11

The Importance of Insects: An Illustrated Guide to Beneficial Bugs In Your Garden

Many of us think of bugs as something to at best, avoid, and at worst, destroy. However as much of a nuisance as they can be, a world without those scary creepy crawlies might not be as pleasant as you think. Many insects help to pollinate plants, and without them, those plants wouldn’t be able to reproduce. Without these vital pollinators, many important plants and vital food sources would perish. In fact, without bees, we would lose more than 90 species of plants that we rely on for food. And it’s not just mankind that would be affected by plant sources lost by

Most Secure Homes

Feb
16

The World’s Most Secure Homes

One of the many difficulties faced by billionaires is the likelihood that someone might break into their luxury home – unfortunately, as fantastic as being rich might be, it does make you a target for crime. However many of the world’s richest know this and take steps to ensure their homes are as safe and secure as possible. What follows is a snapshot of the most secure properties in the world.   The above stunning property lies in the heart of Miami’s Indian Creek – a bay side village which has acquired a reputation as a haunt for the absurdly wealthy.  The property

Victims of Burglary

Jan
12

The Impact of Burglary On Victims

Burglary is classed as a ‘property crime’, however the impact of burglary on victims tends to be far greater than other crimes of the same classification, such as shoplifting or vandalism. Burglary invades the privacy and sanctity of the home, leaving many victims feeling vulnerable in the place they should feel safest. According to a study by psychiatrist Billie Corder: “The majority of victims say they will never have the same feeling of security and inviolability that they had in the past.” Unfortunately, its classification as a property crime means those who commit burglary often receive light sentences, and the

12 Months at Gardening

Dec
2

When to Plant and Harvest Vegetables: An Interactive Guide

So you’ve decided you want to grow your own fruit and vegetables and you’re ready to start? Stormclad have created this easy to follow interactive guide to some of the best vegetables you can grow throughout the year. We’ve included information on the best times to sow and harvest as well some tips on how to give your vegetables the best start possible! Before you know it you’ll be growing, harvesting and eating your own fresh and tasty produce! Click here to get started, or click the image below! With the rise of healthy and organic eating, there has been an

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Window with condensation

Oct
15

Condensation: Say Goodbye to It

The Problem with Condensation Condensation on windows, and the damage it does to paintwork, curtains, wall coverings and window fittings, are problems frequently encountered in all types of building. Increasing incidences of condensation in today’s buildings is the direct result of changes in modern living conditions, which have led to warmer and more comfortable rooms. Some of the triggers include: Traditional open fires being replaced by sophisticated heating systems Draughts from ill-fitting doors and window frames being blocked with draught excluders Carpeted floors Lower ceilings Loft insulation These modern aids to home comfort have created rooms which are warmer but

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Jul
28

How to Keep a Conservatory Cool in Summer

The last few years have seen Britain enjoy some spectacular summers, so it’s easy to understand why so many homeowners are opting to invest in conservatories, or to de-clutter the conservatories that they already have and turn them into relaxing summer living rooms. Spending a warm summer evening relaxing in your conservatory and taking in a beautiful view of your garden is almost like going away on a mini holiday. The only downside to conservatories is that during the day they can get rather warm. The good news is that this is easy enough to fix, and you don’t have

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Jul
21

Home Insurance and Conservatories

One home improvement issue that confuses a lot of people is that of insurance for conservatories. If you move in to a building that has a conservatory already attached to it, then any new policy that you take out will include the conservatory, however adding a conservatory to an existing policy is a little more confusing. Getting an Existing Conservatory Insured In most cases, existing conservatories are covered under standard home contents and buildings insurance, provided that the conservatory is a permanent structure that is properly constructed. Most insurance companies will treat such a structure as a part of the

Crystal_Palace

May
19

Conservatory Styles Through The Ages

A Brief History of Conservatories The first conservatories were built in the 17th century and were used to preserve tender plants during the winter. The earliest conservatories were made of wooden panels, rather than glass, and simply offered basic protection from the elements.  Most early conservatories were used to protect delicate potted plants, but in Northern Europe more sophisticated conservatories were created to preserve orange trees. These conservatories, called Orangeries, were large brick or stone structures with tall vertical windows.  Orangeries kept the delicate orange plant warm and dry, and allowed Europeans to grow their own oranges, leading to the

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