Posted: 9 December 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 18 November 2014 by Higgins Homes
Christmas is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home. If you’re stuck in a bit of a decorating rut or you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration this year then here are some Christmas decorating ideas to help get your home super festive and ready for the holiday season.
Posted: 10 November 2014 by Higgins Homes
According to recent research (Aviva Insurance), home buyers in the past year spent on average over half an hour looking round a property before choosing to buy. In addition, every year as many as 40,000 people buy properties without viewing them at all. One such couple that followed suit with purchasing their home off plan, was first time buyers Samantha Birch, 25, and partner Charlie McCarthy, 26.
Posted: 5 November 2014 by Higgins Homes
Spanning a total of 1,338 sq mi the county of Essex is far larger than many people realise. It borders with Cambridge to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames and London to the southwest. The result is a fantastically diverse offering of geography and heritage.
Posted: 3 November 2014 by Higgins Homes
Read through our quick and easy tips to improving your homes interior.
Posted: 29 October 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 28 October 2014 by Higgins Homes
Higgins Homes, has beaten tough competition to scoop three accolades at the prestigious UK Property Awards, part of The International Property Awards. The announcement was made at a gala ceremony on Friday 24th October, held at the London Marriott Grosvenor House.
Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes
Following last week’s prestigious gala and presentation dinner, Oval Quarter Developments Ltd is delighted to have achieved two awards at this year’s UK Property Awards. The landmark development, Oval Quarter, won Best Residential Development in London and received highly commended for Best Apartment in London.
Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes
According to recent research from Savills UK1, homebuyers value factors such as neighbourhood, safety, greenery and access to amenities more so than the aesthetics of a new home. For married couple, Mabs Alam, 38, and Shamsun Nahar, 35, this was certainly the case. Eager to find the perfect home for their new family, the couple opted to buy off plan with a three bedroom terraced house at Higgins Homes’ Arboretum development in Epping.
Posted: 29 September 2014 by Higgins Homes
Do you need home interiors inspiration? We've got a whole alphabet of ideas for your living spaces in 2014/2015.
Posted: 25 September 2014 by Higgins Homes
If you're not looking to move house and you want to make your home a smarter place to be - or you do want to sell and you want to impress potential buyers - then upgrading certain features of your home is a very easy way to do it. Below are a few suggestions for essential upgrades that aren't too disruptive to do:
Posted: 17 September 2014 by Higgins Homes
LONDON September 2014 – Higgins Homes has been has been informed it is among the winners in the UK regional stage of the International Property Awards 2014-15 sponsored by Gaggenau and in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The company might even have the chance to represent the UK in the latter stages of the Awards and compete for the coveted crown of World’s Best.
Posted: 18 August 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 12 August 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 28 July 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 24 July 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 17 July 2014 by Higgins Homes
The concept of the family home has seen some startling changes and developments over time. It has run in parallel with whatever financial, social and technological progressions have occurred, whilst for the most part always staying true to its most basic functions to give shelter from the elements and provide privacy for its occupants.
Posted: 23 June 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 9 June 2014 by Higgins Homes
According to Halifax's latest house price report, property prices have seen their largest month-on-month rise since 2002 which may prove challenging to buyers. However by not pre-launching overseas Arboretum has gone against the odds and seen strong sales in the developments first month.
Posted: 6 June 2014 by Higgins Homes
Recently smeared by a West End department store as a 'risky' postcode, here are 10 reasons why you should buy at Oval Quarter.
Posted: 23 May 2014 by Higgins Homes
This week, Higgins Homes celebrated their outstanding award win at the annual Evening Standard New Homes Awards. The private developer walked away with a win for their collection of bespoke family homes at The Cavendish Collection in Chigwell in the category of Best Family Houses valued in excess of £1.5 million.
Posted: 8 May 2014 by Higgins Homes
Research by property intelligence group Hometrack has indicted that current property market conditions have resulted in buyers paying the highest proportion of the asking price of a property than has been the case for more than a decade. For example, in April of this year the average buyer was paying 96.7% of a property asking price. The main reason for this is fairly simple: demand.
Posted: 29 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 23 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
This is an area renowned for its green spaces it's officially London's largest open space covering around 6,000 acres overall, which is the equivalent of 3,300 football pitches. The forest itself reaches from Manor Park to just north of Epping and provides the perfect spot for anyone looking for the ease of being closely connected to London with one of the city's best green spaces right on the doorstep.
Posted: 14 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 2 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.
Posted: 1 April 2014 by Higgins Homes
An award winning entrepreneur has found the perfect place to combine the convenience of city living, with the relaxed pace of country life.
Posted: 24 March 2014 by Higgins Homes
Just 17 miles from central London and surrounded by its historical forest, Epping has long been a hot spot for commuters and villagers alike. Epping Forest's most convenient station, Chingford, is only 35-40 minutes from Liverpool St. Station. The town itself is a market town and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of the highly sort-after County of Essex.
Posted: 19 March 2014 by Higgins Homes
Bernard Poppy has spent many days over the last 50 years walking past a building on Vicarage Lane, lately wondering why it had become deserted and what other use it could possibly have. It was only very recently when the builders moved in, did Mr Poppy find out that this Victorian coach house was to be converted into a contemporary three-bedroom home.
Posted: 10 March 2014 by Higgins Homes
For the discerning golfer, Essex has no shortage of courses to choose from, over 90 in fact. Whatever your style or desired landscape you can be sure to find somewhere to tee-off and practice your swing, or take on new challenges in different surroundings. Here are just a few courses that we have picked out to get you started.
Posted: 27 February 2014 by Higgins Homes
Gerald and Ginty Stecker believed that their beloved Victorian mansion in Loughton would be where they would spend their retirement years, happily enjoying the rich character of the building with features such as high ceilings and typical Victorian architecture. But it was the stunning forest views that gave the couple reason to feel that they would never find anything else to match their home.
Posted: 28 January 2014 by Higgins Homes
When it comes to interior design, the options have become well and truly endless. So much so that choosing a fresh new look for your home can be somewhat overwhelming. Which is why Higgins Homes has decided to plant the seed by taking a look at what some of the top designers and bloggers are forecasting to become this year's biggest trends.
Posted: 17 January 2014 by Higgins Homes
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.