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Whether you are buying, selling or improving, our helpful articles are packed full of ideas that will add value to your home.

Starting out

Most building projects fall into four main categories, some of which will require planning permission and/or a Party Wall Agreement with your neighbours.

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Calculating Building  Costs

Maintaining and improving the outside of your home is well worth the investment and will always make it more marketable.

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Jargon Buster

If you don't know your purling from your pointing, our jargon-busting glossary of builders' terms should help.

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Choosing the right builder

Do your research. A building firm could be in your home for several weeks, so it is important that you trust them.

What to do if..

..anything goes wrong.
Be realistic - Builders aren't mind readers, so if your project is not going to plan you must spell it out and explain what you do want.

Seasonal checklist

A stitch in time. . .

Top 10 "Tips for Success"

Having builders in ranks as one of the most stressful times of your life.

Preparing for winter

Keep cool, keep talking and keep it friendly.

Spotting & avoiding a Cowboy

With builders in your home and amongst your family and possessions, it is inevitable that stress levels will be high.

Working with your builder

Once you have chosen a builder, put your agreement in writing, so both parties have a clear understanding of the scope and cost of the work.

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Improve or Move?

A well-planned home improvement project will add to the sales potential of your property whether you sell immediately or a few years down the line.

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Before You Buy

Phil Spencer presenter of Channel 4's Location, Location and MD of Garrington Home Finders explains how to get organised.

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