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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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Festive Interiors: Prepare for Christmas

Posted: 18 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

festive interiors

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.

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Buying A Home Off Plan

Posted: 10 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Samantha Birch and Charlie McCarthy

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.

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Moving to Essex

Posted: 5 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Epping essex

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.

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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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Three Major Award Wins for Arboretum

Posted: 28 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

arboretum wins big at UK property award

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.

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Oval Quarter Recognised at the 2014 UK Property Awards

Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

oval quarter wins at uk property awards

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.

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A new family - A new home at Arboretum

Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

Mabs Alam and Shamsun Nahar

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.

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The A-Z of home interiors

Posted: 29 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish interior

Do you need home interiors inspiration? We've got a whole alphabet of ideas for your living spaces in 2014/2015.

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Essential Home Upgrades

Posted: 25 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

Arboretum interior features

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:

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Arboretum Wins a Prestigious UK Property Award

Posted: 17 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

arboretum oak houses

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.

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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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The Evolution of the British Family Home

Posted: 17 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

british family home

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.

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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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Cream of the Crop Proves a Big Hit with Buyers at Arboretum

Posted: 9 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

Arboretum

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.

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Top 10 Reasons to "Bag" a New Home at Oval Quarter

Posted: 6 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

oval quarter

Recently smeared by a West End department store as a 'risky' postcode, here are 10 reasons why you should buy at Oval Quarter.

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The Cavendish Collection receives award win at the 2014 London Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Posted: 23 May 2014 by Higgins Homes

award win at Evening standard awards

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.

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Home Buyers Paying Highest Proportion Of Asking Price For A Decade

Posted: 8 May 2014 by Higgins Homes

house price rise

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.

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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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Fantastic Epping Forest

Posted: 23 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

deer epping forest

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.

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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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Country views with City convenience

Posted: 1 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

Adam Ludwin

An award winning entrepreneur has found the perfect place to combine the convenience of city living, with the relaxed pace of country life.

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Spotlight on Epping

Posted: 24 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

epping forest

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.

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50 Year Wait for Dream Home for Essex's couple in Chigwell

Posted: 19 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish coachhouse

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.

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Golf Courses in Essex

Posted: 10 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

golf course

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.

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A Room with a Priceless View

Posted: 27 February 2014 by Higgins Homes

Gerald and Ginty Stecker

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.

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Interior Design Trends for 2014

Posted: 28 January 2014 by Higgins Homes

Cavendish interior

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.

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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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