Properties in Glastonbury

With the sun returning for most at the weekend after the latest excessive downpour, it’s a good time to get our gardens looking less bedraggled (Unsplash)

A long, wet, Winter followed by a long, wet Spring means millions of British gardens are suffering from the catastrophic effects of waterlogging, damaged plants, and bug infestations.

According to data from, the reliable way to hire tradespeople, nearly a fifth (17 per cent) of UK residents said their lawns were ruined, while 15 per cent said their plants and trees had been damaged. According to government statistics, the 18-month period starting in November 2022 and ending in April 2024, has been the wettest on record (since 1871).

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Chard in Somerset (Photo: Chard Town Council)

Chard in Somerset has been identified as the leading property hotspot in the UK, with an impressive 123% increase in house prices from 2023.

The town's average house price now stands at £245,202, according to Rightmove. This significant rise places Chard at the forefront of Rightmove's list, ahead of Hilton in Derbyshire and Padgate in Cheshire, which both saw an increase of 112%.

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Seven home improvements to boost your house price this Spring

After a period of falling house prices, it seems the new year has seen a positive upturn in the property market. Reports are suggesting that prices are set to rise again in 2024, thanks to easing inflation and a confidence boost from a General Election which is likely to have property as a key agenda item. 

So if you've had your house sale on pause over the past couple of years, now could be a good time to list your home for sale. 

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In 2023, buyers of new Barratt and David Wilson Homes moved a median distance of 5.97 miles

The long dark drive back to family homes for Christmas is a December tradition. This year though, that drive will be a little bit longer for recent home movers. 

New research by the country's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has found that people are moving further afield to find their dream home since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Boxing Day: Is it the best time to sell your home?

Deciding when you want to sell your house can be a difficult decision. Every homeowner is asking themselves the same question - is it better to sell now or wait?

The property experts at Martin & Co advise that you should list your home for sale when the maximum number of buyers are actively looking. Over the last five years, Google searches for "selling your home" have peaked by an average of 56% between mid December and January, showing that typically there is a surge of interest around Boxing Day.

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Searches for home renovations have tripled this year, as a cheaper alternative to homebuying

Home Improvements: Avoid a £50,000 Fine with Expert Advice

Searches for home renovations have tripled this year, as a cheaper alternative to homebuying. Beware! Simple home modifications can potentially land you with fines up to £50,000. This isn't just about major renovations; even something as seemingly straightforward as a loft conversion can be fraught with legal pitfalls warns Every Investor expert, Bert Hofhuis.

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