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Chinese New Year 2014: Riding The Year Of The Horse

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we've invited Dr Michael Oon to explain what the year of the horse could have in store for us in 2014: The year of the Wood Horse rides into 2014 bringing the energy of a wild horse on fire galloping at speed that can be out of control if not subdued. This is fuelled by the...

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Protecting your Home from Flooding - Part 2

In our last blog we looked at some of the more basic measures to help protect against flooding.  But those at risk of higher flood waters, or regular deluge may want to consider more advanced measures.  Here we explore some of the Environmental Agency's recommendations and tips on flooding protections: Moderate Measures During floods, it’s not unusual for sewerage pipes to...

Protecting Your Home From Flooding

How to Protect your Property from Flooding – Part 1

The high demand for more homes means increasing numbers are being built on territories susceptible to flooding.   While surveys commissioned prior to the purchase of a property should highlight the level of risk your property may be at from flooding, it’s important to take this information and flood alerts in the weather forecasts seriously and explore what steps can be...

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Things to Consider when Buying a Property

Christmas traditionally interrupts the house hunting process, but now the New Year has arrived, your thoughts may well be returning to where you want to live in 2014.  But before you get started on your search, take a moment to review these key tips. Establishing Your Budget Before you do anything else, it’s crucial to learn what your budget is. ...

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A Few Home Comforts

At this time of year, home furnishings can really add to a cosy, inviting atmosphere.  In this final post before Christmas, we share a few mood-lifting tips to help get your home ready for visitors. Seasonal Decorations Your tree may well have gone up by now, however there is still time to add a sprinkling of finishing touches to set...

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Interior Trends: Beautiful Blue

Interior designers are tipping blue to be one of 2014’s key trends.  With its wide spectrum of shades from cool ice blue to dramatic turquoise, or rich regal shades of royal blue, it is easy to find one that suits the mood you are looking to create in your home. So, where to begin? Any decoration project requires some pre-planning. ...