Moving home can be an incredibly exciting but overwhelming time, with so much to think about. And, one of the most important things to consider on arrival is the condition and safety of your boiler. Here, Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie from All England Gas shares her top tips for checking the boiler at your new property.

Japanese Knotweed is a quick growing invasive weed which if left untreated can have disastrous consequences for the structural integrity of a property. The plant grows at a phenomenal rate of 10cm per day and it is this relentless growth which makes it capable of growing through into the tiniest cracks in masonry and concrete. As banks and building societies have been known to refuse mortgages on properties with Japanese Knotweed without a treatment programme in place, it is important not to ignore any suspect plants on or anywhere near your property. 

Flat owners –  are you thinking of extending your lease?

Long leaseholds are typically 99 years, 125 years or 999 years. If you have a 99 year or 125 year lease it may be time to seriously start thinking about a lease extension. A lease provides the right to occupy a flat (or house) for a fixed term as a Leaseholder. The Freeholder retains ownership of the building and typically you’ll pay them an annual ground rent, the amount of which is laid down in your lease. This has a drawback in that the fewer the number of years that remain on the lease the less valuable the flat becomes. The law recognises this fact and gives the leaseholder the right to extend their lease by an additional 90 years once they have owned it for two years.

Kitchen dreams

Creating a kitchen space that's perfect for you

Whether you're in your forever home, or you want your property to sparkle when it goes on the market, having that perfect kitchen is important. Kitchens can be a social space, a homework place and a hive of cooking activity, so great design is really important.

Japanese Knotweed


While Japanese Knotweed is actually quite an attractive looking plant, it is important not to be fooled by its beauty as this destructive plant costs Britain an estimated £165 million every year. It has even been listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the worst invasive species in the world. Due to the fact that it can squeeze through masonry and concrete, it can drastically reduce the value of your property. 

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