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Halifax: House prices hit £200,000 record

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The average cost of properties in the UK has exceeded £200,000 for the first time, according to the Halifax and this is why we at Four Corners Properties are so kind to advice our customers about improving their homes. The market undoubtedly makes its part in the game, but if a property is improved then you are doing a great top up to its current value.

Halifax said house prices jumped by 1.7% in June compared with the previous month, marking their fourth consecutive monthly rise.
Annual price inflation also rose significantly, from 8.6% in May to 9.6% in June.
It brings the average price of a UK house or flat to £200,280, the highest amount recorded by the Halifax measure.
However the figures are in stark contrast to those produced by rival lender, Nationwide.
Last week it said that house price inflation had fallen to 3.3% a year, bringing the average price to £195,055.
Halifax said the rise was being driven by tight supply with the number of homes for sale now at a record low.
Halifax’s housing economist Martin Ellis said there were now signs of a recent “modest pick up in demand”.
“Economic growth, higher employment, increasing real earnings growth and very low mortgage rates are all supporting housing demand,” he added.
The lender, which uses data from its own mortgage lending, said average house prices per square metre had risen by 18% since 2010, with prices in Greater London seeing the fastest growth.

Source: BBC News

House Extensions

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

House extensions are proving to be a more financially rewarding solution for most people now that house prices keep increasing. They provide you with more space and you can design it how you want it. This is always a good way to have a bigger house if you don’t want the hassle of moving house or are happy in the area you are currently living in. These are just a few of the many reasons why you might want to extend your house. We at Four Corners Properties are happy to provide advice and guidance as well as giving quotes for any building work you might want done. We have many years of experience and have completed many house extensions in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown and surround areas in Dorset and Hampshire.

We would advise anyone who is thinking of building an extension to consider a few key things first. You should always seek advice about what renovations are popular in your area as if you are looking for a future return the style will have to be up to the same standard. Looking at what other houses in the area sold for and if they had extensions and the size of the houses will give you a good idea of how much it will add to your property value. We can advise you with this if you are unsure. If you are wanting an extension to create space and are not worried about how much value it will add then this won’t really effect you but you still need to be mindful of your budget and what materials to use, you want your house to stand out but still fit in to the area and not look too out of place. With smart and effective planning we know that you can add more value than the amount spent.

The design that you choose for an extension depends on what your house, the surrounding houses in the area and what design you want. Most people are still happy to change the structure of a building and do something a bit more dramatic, but purity is a big trend, and using lots of different materials is less fashionable than it has been. Instead, we advise that you opt for something more refined. This could be something like pure white-rendered extensions work well on period houses, or choose a design clad entirely in timber or modern coloured cladding. Others choose that they something simpler, light and airy spaces which are a blank canvas they can decorate and personalise. The use of natural materials to create modern extensions can give the extension a warm and functional look to suit your home.

The planning of what will go where is also another important issue to address. With extensions you want the rooms to flow to make the house more organised. This may mean moving current rooms around if you wanted to create a big living room or dining room at the back of the house of maybe adding a spare room and an office. These are ideas we have come across and are something we advise you think about as sometimes is it more effective to build to what will create the biggest benefit even if it means redecorating an existing room.

With the recent call for companies and the general public to be more eco friendly, it is not surprising that a lot of building and extensions are using more environmentally sound materials. Materials such as bamboo, which is affordable, durable and eco friendly, are very popular, and people are also requesting low-VOC paints. Houses are also using the use of heat source pumps and solar panels which are proven to reduce bills and save you money in the long run. Something we cover in another article on our blog. These are all services we offer as we help to move forward with the world and provide a sustainable future through technological advances.

The design of an extension is very important to make the best use of space and to ensure you get exactly what you want. That is why we use our expert architects to make sure you get the best design possible. By us working with our own architects we aim to save you money as independent architects can be very pricey indeed. It is important you use experienced architects as badly designed extensions can actually lose value to the property. This also helps you to have detailed plans of what you are getting build to there will be no surprises down the road. Our architects can also allow you to have input to decide what you want and where leading them to guide you to a design that is structurally safe and gives you what you want and more. We can provide many detailed drawings of previous customer designs on request.
The next stage to consider is the budget. Depending on what you are willing to spend will decide on what you get. For example some materials cost more than others while some designs and builds will be more than others. By looking at what you have to spend a compromise can be found to give you the best design and build for the price you are willing to spend. Of course if money was no object everyone would ask for the best but we know this is not the case with most people. At Four Corners Properties we will give you a detailed breakdown of every part of the job and the materials so you can always chop and change bits to save you money or if you wanted to spend more in certain parts a job. This helps give you an idea of where your money is going and how you are spending it. We feel our detailed plans separate us from the competition as you can work with us to adjust prices to your liking.
The latest ground-level extensions are seamlessly integrated inside, but also blur the boundaries between inside and out. The flow of the structure finishes and materials such as the flooring can work with the outside space to make them feel like the same entity. Full-height doors can help to connect the interior to the garden, and even in the winter when the doors are closed it can still give the impression that it is one large space. Extensions to the back or side of a house are just one way to increase the space in a house, but other thoughts to be considered are loft and basement extensions. Depending on what you are trying to achieve with an extension you might find these are better suited to your house. Either way you need to plan and think about what would be best for your home. But remember, we are here if you need any advice, plans or quotes.

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