House Network Advice Centre

Helpful guides, tips and advice on selling, letting and buying a property

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Selling Your House Privately - What you Need to Know

POSTED 10 December 2018 General

There is an increasing desire for greater control over the home selling process. There are various ...Read more

160

Selling your House on PrimeLocation

POSTED 07 December 2018 General

What is PrimeLocation? Primelocation is a property portal based in the UK and was founded in 2001 b...Read more

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What is a Local Authority Search?

POSTED 26 November 2018 General

A local authority search is a key part of a home purchase that can return important information abou...Read more

155

Help to Buy ISA vs Lifetime ISA

POSTED 21 November 2018 General

The Lifetime ISA was launched in April 2017, creating a second government backed saving scheme for f...Read more

151

Broadband and Moving House

POSTED 15 November 2018 General

With so much going on during a house move it’s easy to leave your broadband service to the last minu...Read more

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What are Restrictive Covenants?

POSTED 31 October 2018 General

When you rent a property, you will receive a contract with a list of agreements between you and the ...Read more

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What are Conveyancing Disbursements?

POSTED 30 October 2018 General

Conveyancing disbursements are payments that you make through your solicitor or licensed conveyor to...Read more

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What is an HMO (House in Multiple Occupancy)?

POSTED 30 October 2018 General

What is an HMO?A house in multiple occupancy, or an HMO, refers to a property that is shared by thr...Read more

142

What House Survey Should I Have?

POSTED 23 October 2018 General

You are under no obligation to have a survey carried out on a property, however, it can help a home...Read more

141

What does 'Guide Price' mean?

POSTED 23 October 2018 General

What is a guide price? A guide price indicates to a buyer how much a seller is looking to recei...Read more

137

How To Sell Your House through Auction

POSTED 16 October 2018 General

A property auction presents the opportunity to secure a quick sale on a house. But it’s important t...Read more

136

How to Make a Good Offer on a House

POSTED 12 October 2018 General

Making a good offer on a house is all about striking a balance between securing your preferred prope...Read more

135

Exchange of Contracts - Process and Completion

POSTED 12 October 2018 General

The exchange of contracts is perhaps the most pivotal point of a house purchase or sale. But why is ...Read more

131

Sole agency agreement - Is it a problem?

POSTED 28 September 2018 General

What is a sole agency agreement? When you sign a sole agency agreement with an estate agent, you gi...Read more

130

Boundary and Garden Fence Laws

POSTED 28 September 2018 General

It’s a very common sight to see gardens separated by fences – in fact, the idea of a garden without ...Read more

127

Subsidence - What are the Signs and Procedures?

POSTED 27 September 2018 General

What is subsidence? Subsidence occurs when a house subsides, meaning it is sinking into the ground...Read more

126

Conveyancing Process Explained - Stages and Costs

POSTED 21 September 2018 General

Buying a home – it all begins when an offer on a home has been accepted, and ends when the buyer for...Read more

123

Do I Need An Electrical Certificate to Sell My House?

POSTED 20 September 2018 General

In the UK, there are around 30 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually involving electrics. So electrica...Read more

118

Does A Property's Aroma Alter A Potential Buyers Perception?

POSTED 22 August 2018 General

Baking bread or brewing fresh coffee used to be the top-tip when selling your home but according to...Read more

110

Housing World Cup fans in Russia

POSTED 02 July 2018 General

With the 2018 World Cup now in full swing, teams are competing for those elusive quarter and semi-fi...Read more

109

Gazumping and Gazundering - What is it?

POSTED 28 June 2018 General

What is Gazumping and Gazundering? They might sound like the sort of thing Roald Dahl’s BFG would do...Read more

108

Advertising with Rightmove (Property Index - September)

POSTED 25 June 2018 General

Who is Rightmove? Rightmove is the largest property listing and aggregator portal in the UK, boa...Read more

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Advertising your home with Zoopla

POSTED 25 June 2018 General

Who is Zoopla? Zoopla is the second largest property listing and aggregator portals in the UK, as...Read more

106

Football Ground or Residential Premises ?

POSTED 20 June 2018 General

Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a trend in football clubs relocating premises to accommodate large...Read more

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Top 6 Most Expensive World Cup Star Homes

POSTED 14 June 2018 General

With world cup fever sweeping the nation, here at House Network we thought it was only right to take...Read more

103

Selling a House in Space (infographic)

POSTED 05 June 2018 General

Ever wondered what it would be like to purchase a house in space? If our missions to Mars and other ...Read more

102

Housing Through the Ages (infographic)

POSTED 04 June 2018 General

Since the beginning of time and early man, the requirement of shelter has always been a staple neces...Read more

101

The Different Types of Properties - Pros and Cons

POSTED 30 May 2018 General

Buying a house involves a lot of choices, some fun and some intimidating; a good first step is to de...Read more

100

Capital Gains Tax - What is it and How is it Calculated ?

POSTED 29 May 2018 General

Tax. We’re not here to tell you it’s fun, but if you’ve just looked up ‘What percentage is Capital G...Read more

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Compulsory Purchase Order - Compensation (Part 2)

POSTED 21 May 2018 General

So you’re affected by a Compulsory Service Order? If so you’re not alone; this legal procedure allow...Read more

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Compulsory Purchase Order - Process and Rights (Part 1)

POSTED 21 May 2018 General

Search ‘compulsory purchase order’ online and you’ll immediately read that they permit land to be ta...Read more

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The Difference between Double and Triple Glazing

POSTED 16 May 2018 General

Windows are literally big news. Gone is the 18th century window tax which saw folk bricking them up ...Read more

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The Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

POSTED 13 March 2018 General

You’ve had an offer accepted on your first dream home and you can’t contain yourself! We totally get...Read more

4

What is a Party Wall Agreement - Do I Need It?

POSTED 02 March 2018 General

The unfortunately named ‘Party Wall’ is the wall you share with your neighbours, most commonly in se...Read more

6

What is a Semi-Detached House?

POSTED 28 February 2018 General

The first ‘semis’ were built by 17th century landowners, wanting inexpensive homes for their workers...Read more

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Land Registry Fees Explained

POSTED 08 June 2016 General

When you’re looking to buy a house, you’ll probably already understand that you may well face severa...Read more

23

Flat, Studio Flat or Apartment - Whats the difference?

POSTED 08 June 2016 General

If you’re in the market for a flat, apartment, or a studio flat, we’ve put together this handy guide...Read more

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Top 5 Places to Research Property Prices Online

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

At House Network, we know that you’ll want to make sure you get the best possible valuation for your...Read more

30

Should I Rent or Sell My House?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

When moving house there are many different personal situations and financial considerations to take ...Read more

34

Coal Mining Searches – Do I Need One?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

What is a coal-mining search? In many areas of the country, past or current coal mining activity c...Read more

35

Water & Drainage Searches – Do I Need One?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

When selling a property, it can be really beneficial to have a comprehensive water and drainage sear...Read more

36

Disney House Prices - Infographic

POSTED 27 April 2016 General

Snow White never complains about having to pay the mortgage, Aladdin isn’t seen stressing over wheth...Read more

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UK Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (or SDLT) is a charge that anyone buying a property over the value of £...Read more

41

Help to Buy ISA Scheme Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

The government’s Help to Buy scheme has been launched in order to help first-time buyers save up a d...Read more

43

Energy Performance Certificates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

If you’re looking to buy or rent a property, then one of your largest outgoings after rent or mortga...Read more

45

How to Sell your House Online

POSTED 04 April 2016 General

How can you market your property? Once you’ve decided that you want to sell your home, then you nee...Read more

47

Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy? An assured shorthold tenancy (also known as an AST) is the mo...Read more

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Tips and Advice for Selling Your Flat Quickly

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

If you’re looking at selling a flat, you’ll probably want to ensure you make the sale process as smo...Read more

51

Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates Explained

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

Providing your tenants with a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate is highly recommended as a resp...Read more

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Difference between Leasehold and Freehold Property

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

There are two ways of owning a property: freehold and leasehold. These terms may seem like technical...Read more

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How to Negotiate House Price

POSTED 05 February 2016 General

Buying a new home will probably be the most expensive purchase you ever make. While it is unlikely y...Read more

61

Buying and Selling Flood Risk Property

POSTED 28 January 2016 General

Thousands of homes were flooded across the UK at the very end of 2015, with some areas experiencing ...Read more

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What Are the Costs of Selling a House

POSTED 22 December 2015 General

If you’re thinking of selling your house or flat, then whether you’re selling for the first time or ...Read more

66

12 Neighbourly Complaints of Christmas

POSTED 16 December 2015 General

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for many of us it seems our festive cheer doesn’t extend to our nei...Read more

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'Worst' Places to Live in the UK (2018 Update)

POSTED 13 December 2015 General

In a survey by iLivehere UK the “top ten worst places to live in the UK” were named, but are they re...Read more

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Tips for Moving House: How to Prepare for Moving

POSTED 04 December 2015 General

Make moving home less stressful by being organised. There are some things that you cannot control, l...Read more

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What is the Average Number of House Viewings?

POSTED 19 November 2015 General

Research has shown us that the average house that has been put up for sale is viewed around 12-15 ti...Read more

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First-Time Buyers - What you need to Know

POSTED 18 October 2015 General

Buying your first home is a daunting process, and one that it’s incredibly hard to prepare for. From...Read more

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