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7 things you can do to freshen up your home

Posted: 19 June 2016 by Higgins Homes

Does your home need a spring clean? Follow our top home hacks here:

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Understanding Help to Buy

Posted: 12 May 2016 by Higgins Homes

Thinking of using the Help to buy scheme? You might want to read this...

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The house hunters guide to London

Posted: 28 April 2016 by Higgins Homes

Are you on the hunt for a new home in London?

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Area Spotlight: Clissold Quarter

Posted: 8 April 2016 by Higgins Homes

Clissold Quarter is positioned in one of London’s most exciting residential areas: Stoke Newington. Renowned for its local population of artists, professionals and young families, there is a lively community here with a bit more personality that many other areas of the Capital that have been given the ‘hipster’ tag.

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Decluttering tips for busy families

Posted: 14 February 2016 by Higgins Homes

‘Decluttering’ is a word that is often met with an eye roll of the ‘as if I have time for that’ variety. However, rather than adding another thing to your To Do list, decluttering can be easily incorporated into your daily routines and can have a great impact...

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Florals in February - Flowers for your home.

Posted: 1 February 2016 by Higgins Homes

Flowers are the ultimate interiors accessory – available in an enormously broad range of colours, shapes and themes and changing with the seasons.

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Christmas Home Accessory Wish List

Posted: 7 December 2015 by Higgins Homes

Decking the halls comes once a year, so make sure you tick off all these Christmas accessory must haves!

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What's on in London until 2016

Posted: 28 November 2015 by Higgins Homes

The festive season has begun and the calendar of events now on in London will take us joyfully through right to the start of 2016.

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What’s on in London this Autumn

Posted: 2 October 2015 by Higgins Homes

The leaves are turning and the nights are drawing in. Autumn is on its way along with a whole host of things to see and do around the nation’s capital...

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7 Unique Home Office Solution Ideas

Posted: 19 August 2015 by Higgins Homes

Looking to convert a room into an office? Take a look at our top tips for a unique working space.

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How to Make the Most Out of a Spare Room

Posted: 7 August 2015 by Higgins Homes

A spare room can host many opportunities, but which one is right for you?

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Top Home Accessories - The Summer Edition

Posted: 31 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Maybe it's time to add a few summer touches to your home

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Popular Kitchen Styles of 2015

Posted: 24 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Thinking of revamping your kitchen? Find out which styles are in trend for 2015

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Big City or Outer Suburb – Which is right for you?

Posted: 17 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Unsure if you should be living in the heart of it all or in the relaxed suburbs?

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Posted: 10 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Moving house can be stressful, make sure you follow our ultimate moving guide!

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5 Signs You’re Ready To Move Home

Posted: 6 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Moving home

Wondering if it's the right time to move house? Take a look at our top tips to help you decide...

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What’s on in London this summer?

Posted: 30 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Summer London

Whether you're new to the city or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, we've got your summer fun covered!

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How To Transform Your Small Outdoor Space For Summer

Posted: 24 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Outdoor space

Small spaces don't have to feel claustrophobic. Make the most of your outdoor space with our top tips!

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7 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Brighter And Lighter

Posted: 19 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Brightening

Why waste a beautiful space with dull tones? Here's seven ways to make your home feel brighter and lighter

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Guide to Islington

Posted: 3 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Islington

Thinking about moving to Islington? Check out our guide to the area...

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Energy Saving Tips

Posted: 1 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Saving energy

With the cost of living on the up, here's some quick and easy ways to save money on your energy outgoings.

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Understanding Home Equity

Posted: 29 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

equity

Home equity is something that people seem to find confusing but it’s actually very simple. Basically, the equity is the part of your home that you own. So this is the amount of your deposit and the extent of the mortgage that you have paid off.

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The Spring Cleaning Guide

Posted: 22 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

spring cleaning

The sun is out, the sky is blue – there’s still a little bit of a chill in the air but there’s no questioning the fact that spring has definitely sprung. At this time of year it’s traditional to give your home a good spring clean, to clear out all the dust and darkness of winter and throw open the windows to the (hopefully) warmer weather.

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A Guide To Art For Your Home

Posted: 3 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

art for home

As many of us discover year after year, interior design is actually not as easy as it looks. One of the most difficult elements to get right is the art you choose for your walls – you might intend it to be a striking feature but so often it can feel out of place or just ‘not right’.

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Summer Decoration Tips

Posted: 30 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Summer decoration

Summer is just around the corner now – the days are longer and brighter and you can feel the warmth in the air. That means a spring clean of your home and perhaps of your décor too. If you want to give your interiors a lift for summer then here are a few tips on how to do it...

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Creating Features In Your Home

Posted: 17 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Aqua Vista II living room

There has been a big trend for neutral colours and minimal design in recent times – which can be helpful if you’re looking to sell your house or you want a change from previously bold décor – but it feels like many of us have forgotten the value of the feature.

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10 Steps To Moving Out

Posted: 26 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Real estate agents

No matter how much you want to avoid it, moving day always tends to be a bit of a rush with a million things happening at once and two processes to consider moving out of one property and moving into another. In order to help you keep track of everything we've got 10 steps you can follow to help keep your move out on track

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5 Steps To Moving In

Posted: 22 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Steps to move in

So, you've completed the move out process but now, before you can really start to settle into your new place, you've got to get through the moving in too.

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House Buying Explained

Posted: 18 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

house buying

The house buying process can be something of a mystery to those who are new to it - and even if you've done it before it's often such a rush that you may not be able to remember what's involved. To help you navigate the sometimes choppy waters of buying a home in the UK, here is a quick guide to the process.

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Packing Essentials When Moving Home

Posted: 14 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Packing tips

When you have an entire home to move from one property to another, packing can feel like a momentous task. We've listed below the basics for getting your packing spot on, as well as a few expert tips to save you time and stress.

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Tips For Getting On The Property Ladder In 2015

Posted: 10 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

property ladder

As we're now well into 2015, if this is the year that you've decided you want to become a home owner, then we have some fantastic tips for helping you to get to grips with the UK property market this year.

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Garden Tips: Preparing for Spring

Posted: 3 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

spring garden

There's no doubt about it, the days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and there have even been a few days recently when there has been a definite sense of warmth in the air.

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Tips for Young Buyers

Posted: 29 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

new homes

With the recession finally beginning to ease off a little and banks lending again, the time is ripe for young buyers to part with their hard-earned deposit in exchange for their first abode.

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Maintaining Your Garden Through Winter

Posted: 24 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

winter

Gardens are wonderful things to have and offer beauty all year round, just so long as they are taken care of. Winter may seem harsh but it has its benefits and is a great opportunity to clear away the remnants of autumn and create sanctuaries for wildlife. Here are a few ways to ensure your personal green space is well maintained throughout the winter months and ready to blossom again come spring.

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Property Glossary - A-Z of property terminology

Posted: 21 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

Real estate

Here's our alphabet of property terminology

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Stamp Duty: What it means and what to expect

Posted: 13 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

stamps

Perhaps the biggest recent change to the UK property market has been the stamp duty reform that took place in December last year.

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Winter Warmers: Keeping cosy through Winter

Posted: 9 December 2014 by Higgins Homes

winter warmers

It might have been an unseasonably warm autumn but winter is finally here and that means the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. For most of us there’s a temptation to crank up the heating and face high fuel bills as a result. However, it doesn’t have to be like this.

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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home's Interior

Posted: 3 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Oval quarter bedroom

Read through our quick and easy tips to improving your homes interior.

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Exterior Upgrades Improving Your Curb Appeal

Posted: 29 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

curb appeal

While there is truth in the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover', there is also a lot to be said for first impressions. Which is why taking good care of your home's exterior is just as important as its interior. Here are some simple ways to improve your curb appeal aesthetically, financially and practically.

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Getting Your Head Around Mortgages

Posted: 18 August 2014 by Higgins Homes

mortgages

When it comes to obtaining a mortgage, particularly if you haven't gone through the process before, it can be intimidating and confusing. There are so many different mortgages to consider, as well as numerous variables from your deposit amount to your credit score that it's hard to get a clear idea of what steps to take next. With that in mind, below are some good, solid tips on getting a mortgage and making sure that it's the right one for you.

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What to look for when buying your home

Posted: 12 August 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish interior

There's a whole world of detail to get your head around when you're buying a home, whether it's your first, second - or fifth! From the area, to the property itself there's so much to remember that you might feel like you're drowning in a sea of variables after a while.

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DIY Dos and DIY Don'ts

Posted: 28 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

DIY

Overly ambitious DIY has been the cause of many an argument sometimes we just can't see past the desire to 'fix stuff' and identify our own limits. To give you a few hints (without bruising any egos), here are a few of the challenges many homes face, as well as our take on whether you should get out your hammer or call in the professionals.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Selling Your Home

Posted: 24 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

Selling your home

Selling your home is a huge commitment and so can often seem like a daunting prospect. However, as with many things in life, a little preparation and organisation can go a long way into making the whole thing more manageable and far less stressful.

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Get Your Home Sold In Time For Summer!

Posted: 23 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

summer

The best time to sell a home is obviously the period in which there are the most buyers undertaking a property search in the UK. However, this is often difficult to ascertain and so, in general, most property experts will confirm that, in terms of seasons, the period between spring and early summer beats just about every other time of year.

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To Renovate or Buy a New Build?

Posted: 29 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

higgins construction

When you're in the midst of a property search in the UK the options are usually split into two you can either invest in a renovation project that you have to finish off yourself or buy a new build that you can move straight into.

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How to Save For Your Deposit: The Plight of the First-Time Buyer

Posted: 14 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

saving pennies

It is no secret that first-time buyers have been hit hard by a recession that stopped banks from lending and companies from hiring. As house prices fell, the cost of the deposits went up and the fight for getting a decent mortgage on a first property has proved near on impossible. There are however, many ways in which buyers can save up that all-important deposit, without being on a generous salary or asking the parents to help out.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Posted: 2 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

real estate agents

When the time comes to put your home on the market, there are a few things worth taking into consideration before you end up making mistakes that are all-too common and easily avoided. Selling your home is a commitment, and one that should be taken seriously since it involves a lot of money changing hands as well as a few emotional decisions.

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What to Look for in a Family Home

Posted: 17 January 2014 by Higgins Homes

Fitzroy terrace

Everyone has their own tick-list of what they want their ideal home to have, but when you are buying a new property specifically so you can expand your family, certain things once regarded as luxuries quickly become necessities. Likewise, the contrary is also true.

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When is the Best Time to Move House?

Posted: 22 December 2013 by Higgins Homes

When is the best time to move

It is a universally understood fact that moving house is stressful at the best of times. There are however, ways to make this process an easier one, including choosing the right time to do it. In short, there is no simple answer as to when you should move everyone's circumstances are different. But a little common sense can go a long way into helping you decide on a date.

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Prepare Your Home for the Future

Posted: 24 October 2013 by Higgins Homes

future proof

The greatest issue with the future is that it cannot be predicted. We can however, make educated guesses as to which elements are more subject to change than others, and in what way. Accounting for probable changes when designing and building a home can only ever be a good thing, as prevention is no doubt better than cure in any circumstance.

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Down Time at Home the Perfect Alternative to a Holiday

Posted: 5 September 2013 by Higgins Homes

staycation

Days off are a precious commodity to say the least. Yet after working so many hours week after week, our usual response to the word 'holiday' is to get as far away from home as possible. But what if you were to use that time to actually enjoy the space you worked so hard to have?

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 2

Posted: 26 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Buy to let is an exciting place to be right now and for those with the funds to finance a property purchase like this, it's a great time to do it. In Part 1 of this blog we looked at the basic considerations for taking those first steps into buy to let. In Part 2 we're getting down to the details

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 1

Posted: 19 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Whilst it may not have the same explosive allure as during the original boom, buy to let remains a great investment for those who are in a position to put together a deposit and obtain a mortgage.

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How to be a good neighbour

Posted: 18 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

neighbour

With the UK's cities becoming increasingly overcrowded we are all living in closer quarters than we used to. But have you ever thought about the way you come across to those who live on the other side of your four walls?

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Moving in with a partner?

Posted: 12 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

moving in with a partner

Moving in with the one you love is a time for great celebration, but it's also one of those steps that can be fraught with potential issues. So how do you make sure that once you move in together you don't end up moving out separately?

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The Benefits of Buying A New Build House

Posted: 18 March 2013 by Higgins Homes

new house benefits

The housing market is not an easy place to be at the moment and above and beyond the difficulties many people are having getting a mortgage or raising a deposit, there are all sorts of pitfalls out there awaiting the unwary buyer, from subsidence, to crumbling walls and bad plumbing.

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How First Time Buyers Can Get On The Ladder

Posted: 20 February 2013 by Higgins Homes

NewBuy

With house prices at eye wateringly high levels and mortgages hard to come by, it's not the best time to be a first-time buyer. Getting a foot on a rung of the property ladder is tough for those without the spare income to save for a deposit, or the family help that many have in funding the first property purchase. However, all is not lost as the Government has made a commitment to helping first-time buyers get started in the form of the NewBuy scheme.

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How to eliminate stress when moving house

Posted: 27 November 2012 by Higgins Homes

no stress moving house

Moving house can be a very demanding time for anyone. In order to minimise stress it will help you to plan ahead. Here are some helpful tips to try and make the whole process easier.

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Moving to a new area - how to feel at home right away

Posted: 23 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

new area

Part-exchange is a concept that's been around for decades but experience has it that not many prospective buyers are sure of how this arrangement could work for them. Quite simply, part-exchange is a nifty agreement between Higgins Homes and you that could secure you a hassle-free sale to get you into one of our fabulous new developments.

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Why should I buy a new home?

Posted: 1 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

ludus

House-hunting is a minefield of a journey, especially for first-time buyers, with so many factors to take into consideration before making the final decision. Choosing the right property for you is more than just pre-planning the wallpaper and the wrong choice could leave you spending more rather than less, a no-no for those wanting to stay within their budget.

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