While painted floorboards aren’t generally as practical as stained or varnished boards, they are a great look, especially if you love shabby chic. JULIA GRAY shares five of her top tips
them only goes so far – wipe them over after vacuuming, ideally with methylated spirits (or turps or white spirit), to remove any remaining sanding dust.
Cleaning the boards between coats of paint may also be necessary. To clean out the gaps between the boards, run a knitting needle, butter knife or screwdriver down them. agreement before you sign up! parties but concentrate on whoever they think is most likely to be able to pay. If your daughter has no money the bank or building society may be prepared to accept a reduced amount from you to clear her obligations, but be aware that she will not necessarily only owe ‘her half’, as legally they are both liable for the full amount that remains outstanding.
HOUSE SALE PUZZLE
MY cousin, a spinster aged 97, died three years ago. She is supposed to have left a will, and her property was sold in 2014, but when I contacted the Probate Registry to obtain a copy of the will it appears that probate has not been granted. What are the conditions relating to probate: is there a time limit? IT’S inconceivable that your cousin’s executors will have been able to sell her house without first obtaining probate, since probate gives them the legal authority to deal with her estate. Probate would only be unnecessary if your cousin’s assets were owned with someone else jointly or were minimal. Perhaps she gave her house away before she died? You can check who currently owns the house, and who they bought it from, by looking at the property registration documents at the Land Registry. You can do this online for a small fee. There is no time limit otherwise for applying for probate. OUR neighbour owns a caravan which he parks on the road in front of his house. We live in a cul-de-sac and it not only blocks our view but it’s a hazard for children from the nearby primary school who can’t be seen by motorists when they cross the road near the caravan. I suggest you discuss the matter with your local councillor or contact the planning department. If the caravan really is causing an obstruction the police could ask the owner to move it, or if it was an eyesore the council might become involved. If you live on an estate there may well be a covenant in your title deeds governing parking in the cul-de-sac.
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