The pandemic saw many shifts in how we wish to live and work, and  this re-evaluation, in a way, began a change of era. There was an increase in families selling to buy a larger property so generations could live together rather than miles apart. On the flip side, many realised that size wasn’t everything and creating memories and having experiences needed to become a priority and were seduced by the idea of downsizing.

There was a time when buying a property felt quite straightforward, but what the last few years have demonstrated is that things are certainly a bit more tricky. The housing market today is a very different animal with challenges at every stage, from finding a home to securing a decent mortgage to surviving the sales process with all its up and downs. To succeed in such a market requires a particular mindset; therefore, if you are looking for a property, we have put together a list of high effective habits used by today’s homebuyers.

Your new property has been found, the plan is in motion, and within a matter of weeks you will be moving home. It is a time that strains your emotions, and at some point you may feel frustrated and stressed. It is a huge upheaval for you and your family, and it can also take a big toll on the canine members of your family too!  According to figures released this year by the PDSA, an estimated 10.2 million of us own a dog, with the Kennel Club stating that dog ownership soared by eight per cent in 2021. With this is mind, at Deakin-White we want to make the process of moving less stressful for every member of your household, and that includes your little dog too.

Not everyone has an Instagram-worthy bedroom every minute of every day. Our lives are busy, and there are, no doubt, spells where your bedrooms are perfect and others where they are a nightmare. We are all human, and often we keep things that we should have got rid of years ago, especially when it comes to our wardrobes. When it comes to preparing your home for sale, it is essential to think about home staging. Did you know that staging your property can often add between 5% and 8% to the sale price! Our team at Deakin-White have come together to create the top bedroom staging mistakes we have witnessed so potential buyers only have sweet dreams about your home.

We have had a wet few days, so you may be sick of the sight of water.  The restorative benefits of nature has been wildly spoken about, even your local GP has the option to prescribe spending time in the outdoors to support patient well-being. This is nothing new: the Victorians used to take the sea air as a treatment for melancholy, and for centuries, the French spent time in natural springs to treat ailments. Spending time near green spaces is commonly known to be beneficial for your mental health; now, new studies highlight that living near water could be the secret to happiness.

Who can believe we are already in November? These autumn days are filled with luscious colours: reds, oranges and yellows dominate our countryside, yet the season itself can really influence how we are feeling. This is because the lack of sunlight reduces our production of serotonin, which is the hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep. Design can have a positive affect on mental health; at Deakin-White we have put together some ideas on how your home can improve your well-being.

According to new research by the probate lending experts at Tower Street Finance, 58% of UK adults say that they expect to inherit at least one residential property during their lifetime. Inheriting a property happens whilst you are in the midst of a grieving process when emotions are high. Often there are other members of the family that will be part of the decision making and thus it comes with many questions, and it is understandable that you will not know where to start. There are legalities, taxes and other associated costs; therefore, if you will be inheriting a property in the future, we hope this article answers some of your questions.

The festive season is here, and as such, many of us will be welcoming family and friends for parties with stays for the day and even overnight. From cousins to grannies, in-laws to old friends and new, you may find at times that you all feel on top of each other. Every year you probably tell yourself you are going to be more organised than previous years, so maybe this is the year that you actually win. As much as you can’t wait to have everyone under the same roof, there are bound to be times where things become a little stressful, and this is where a bit of planning can help to ease that guest stress this festive season.

Key information for how to Apply for Planning Permission:

  • The average cost of a planning application is £2,000
  • Architects and planning consultants can give you a better chance of success
  • Any revisions you make will lead to more costs

Understanding planning permission is a crucial part of any building project. But getting to grips with all the required documentation and how much it’s going to cost can be a finicky process.

In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know to make a successful planning permission application and get your project off the ground.

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