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Kicking off our cracking walks for autumn is the Three Castles walk, which links the three Norman Castles of Skenfrith, White Castle
and Grosmont. If you're looking for an all day walk, the three castles walk offers beautiful scenery as well as fascinating history!
Route credits and further details on Visit Monmouthshire.
We will be continuing to share some of the teams favourite autumn walks through the coming months, so stay tuned!
According to industry figures, approximately 900,000 British homes have solar panels installed.
Owning a house with solar panels can come with many benefits. You can look forward to lower electricity bills since you will be using free solar power generated by the property and therefore be protected against future rises in energy prices. The reduced environmental impact will deliver a better energy efficiency rating (EPC) for the property, and you may benefit from an extra income stream for the surplus power sold back to the grid.
However, while the advantages in terms of free electricity and a lower carbon footprint are undeniable, all may not be as straightforward as it seems. The Guild of Property Professionals have put together some key questions you should be asking before buying a house with an existing solar array. Read more here.
 
 

The Welsh Parliament’s Local Government and Housing Committee recently invited views on what the priorities of the committee should be during the Sixth Senedd with emphasis on priority areas to be addressed. The Local Government and Housing Committee looks at policy and legislation as well as holding the Welsh Government to account on local government, communities, and housing.

Propertymark highlighted four key housing issues they believe should be explored by the committee:

  • strengthening data for housing and policy making
  • supporting the private rented sector after Covid-19
  • maximising use of existing supply
  • investigating the merits of a Housing Court or Tribunal for Wales

Read the full article, detailing why Propertymark believes these issues need to be addressed, here.

 

Despite being small, kids (and all their things) can soon fill a property, leaving parents feeling they have outgrown their homes. Self-storage company, Space Station, polled 1,000 parents to discover how much space in the home their children take over and how soon after becoming a parent they feel they have outgrown their homes and shares their tips for reclaiming more space in kids' bedrooms and playrooms. Whilst, on average, parents will outgrow their home by the time their child reaches five years old, almost a third of parents (31%) said they felt the squeeze before their child turned two years old. Families are longing for more space with almost three quarters (74%) of parents wishing they had more space in their home, with kids claiming over a third (36%) of the space as their own.

For parents who aren’t yet ready to upsize, or just want to keep the clutter to a minimum, here are some top storage hacks to help you make efficient use of space in your home:

Folding clothes

The most effective way to maximise storage space is using a Marie Kondo inspired folding technique for clothes. This fool-proof technique will ensure you can store clothes in smaller spaces. By folding the legs and arms in towards each other before folding in half, they can be tucked together in an upright position. This will take up less space and can be organised by colour or style.

Maximise your door space

We often forget about key spaces that could be used for storage. The back of the door can be well utilised by hanging a shoe organiser. This makes an unused part of the room useful and can divide items up, creating a well-organised system. Higher-level storage is also key for nappies, muslins and other items that need to be kept out of reach of little ones.

School cubbies

To make the school run more efficiently, you can set up cubbies or a form of school station. Here you can keep bags, books, shoes and even uniform neatly organised in one place and separated for each child. For children of all ages, this can be done using either hooks and shoe racks, or a vertical shelving unit.

Lazy Susans

A great way to stores toiletries such as creams or medicines is on a Lazy Susan! The rotating tray contains everything you need in one space and makes it easy to access from all sides, meaning you can store them up high away from children. These can be used in bathrooms, the bedroom, or even the kitchen cupboards to store snacks.

Stackable storage

Kids quickly accumulate an uncontrollable number of toys. Keep them contained in decorative baskets or even better, stackable containers. Giving toys a designated space will ensure the floors are kept clean and tidy whilst helping the kids learn to clear up after themselves. Storage boxes stacked on top of each other are discreet and can be pushed away into a cupboard or the corner of a room.

Double up hangers

An excellent trick for those with minimal wardrobe space is a DIY hack using aluminium cans. Remove the tab from the top of the can and file any sharp areas so it’s safe and won’t cause any scratches. Loop the tab over your clothes hanger and then you can attach another hanger through the other hole in the tab. This makes clothes hang closer together so you can fit more on the rail, as well as being able to pair up outfits for ease when dressing.

Library shelves

Bookcases can be big and clunky, taking up unnecessary space in the home. Instead, install shelves on unused walls and display books front-facing. Not only is this an attractive way to store children’s books, but it can be used to create a cute reading nook to keep the space functional and well organised.

Source: https://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/at-home/the-best-space-saving-hacks-around-the-home-for-parents.html

When it comes to adding value to a property, you may be inclined to give your walls a fresh coat of paint or spruce up the garden. But while these may add kerb appeal to your home, one change that you may not have considered, but which has the power to improve the look and value of a property, is Home Automation.  Read more here about what home automation is, why it's important and the features which should be on your list of things to do when you want to increase property value in this blog post by The Guild of Property Professionals.

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