5 Tips for Saving Up for Your House Deposit Quickly

Saving up for a house takes a lot of time and dedication, especially if you want to become a homeowner as soon as possible. Depending on the type of mortgage that you’re going to apply for, and whether you’re going to be buying through a shared ownership scheme or not, your deposit could anything from as small as £5k to a much larger amount. And the bigger the deposit you put down, the smaller your mortgage amount is going to be.

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3 Tips For Adding Value To Your House

Wooden house next to stacks of coins

**This is a collaborative post

There are many reasons why people choose to make changes to their home. In some cases, it can be to accommodate a growing family that has increased in size beyond the point where your starter home can really contain them. In other cases, as we’ve seen, it’s a good idea to make a home fit for the future by adding smart tech and making it a little greener. Both of these are excellent reasons, and another is one that we’ll deal with here; adding value to a property you may wish to sell in the future.

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5 ways to future-proof your home

Bathroom after makeover - complete bathroom renovation

**This is a collaborative post in association with Age UK Mobility

We might only be in our 40s and have young children but as we continue renovations on our house we are always looking to the future. It’s important to think about how the changes we are making now will work when we, and the boys, are older. Below are 5 ideas that will help if you want to future-proof your home too.

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Planning our home improvements (and how we’re going to pay for them)

Our house that looks like a bungalow from the front

**This is a collaborative post

It’s now over two years since we moved from Scotland to our new house here in Lancashire. I’ve written a few times before about the work we have already done and some of our plans for the future. We are planning on staying in this house for the long term so although we are interested in adding value to the property we are more concerned with making it the house we want to live in. Read more

Night & Day themed kids’ bedroom

Space prints

OK, so I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time – we decorated the boys’ bedroom in a night and day theme as soon as we got the keys and before we even moved into our house…and that was two years ago! Up until recently Toby has been in a single bed and Gabe still in his cot, but a few weeks ago we got them bunk beds and the room has had a bit of an update so I decided it was about time I got round to writing about it. Read more