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For many people, buying a dream home in the country means falling in love with the classic picture postcard look. Timber-framed thatched cottages may epitomise the quintessential English countryside home – but these types of homes don't come without challenges. If you have your heart set on one of these historic beauties, you need your head to be equally engaged.

Do your homework so you understand what these period properties are all about, and make sure you take specialist advice to help you find a good one. There’s nothing worse than investing your hard-earned cash into your dream home, only to find that you’ve bought a money pit. Here are four key questions you should be asking before you sign on the dotted line:

Can having a pet impact your chances of selling your property? In a word – yes. With the often cold and wet weather in the UK, most homeowners allow their pets to live inside their homes as a furry family member. While a pet can make a welcomed addition to a family and one’s emotional wellbeing, they can put some buyers off when your home is on the market.

That said, while selling a property with pets can be a little more challenging, it isn’t impossible and there are things that homeowners can do to get the best possible result from the sale by being prepared. Here are a few tips that could assist with selling a home with pets:

Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? It can be difficult to know exactly when you should sell your home. However, there are times and seasons when selling your home is almost certainly the right thing for you. Whether you need more outdoor space, a designated home office, or if there is a burst of activity in your local property market, we’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property. 

When it comes to selling a house, ‘staging’ is of the utmost importance. You might spend hours upon hours dusting ceiling corners, scrubbing at the kitchen floor or rearranging the furniture. However, there are other changes you could make which you might not have thought of.

Whether you live in a city flat, a suburban semi, or a country cottage, your home is your castle. It’s your base camp and your sanctuary, the one place where you and your family feel safe and secure. But in order to keep it that way, it’s worth keeping your wits about you. Did you know that nearly half of all break-ins are unplanned and take place in the spur of the moment?

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