A FRONT garden can add considerable value to your home if it’s made into off-street parking, especially in expensive urban areas.
Planning permission is sometimes required for this, or there may be planning restrictions on things like its size and the materials used – gravel or permeable paving, for example. With or without off-street parking, you can create an attractive, low-maintenance front garden with gravel, pebbles or slate chips combined with plants. 3WONDERFUL
WOODWORK TATTY woodwork at the front of your home looks awful, so spruce up wooden windows and doors with exterior wood filler and paint. You can also, of course, paint metal windows and even UPVC ones.
Changing the windows can make a massive difference to the frontage, but it’s not cheap. And be careful not to decrease the value of your home – replacing original wooden sash windows with modern UPVC windows will devalue a property in some areas, for example. the look of your front door is to change the door furniture – chrome or satin nickel is more fashionable than brass and gives a smart, contemporary look, suited to both period and modern doors.
Get metal door numbers to match, or consider frosted-film numbers if you have a glazed or
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partially glazed door or porch. They can be fiddly to fit, but look great. WE paid off our mortgage last year but never received the title deeds and the bank says it doesn’t have them. We’ve discovered that the house isn’t registered at the Land Registry so we do need the deeds, but we’re at a loss where to try next. YOU should discuss this with the solicitors who did the conveyancing work to buy your house. But if you switched mortgage lender at any time and your deeds were not passed on to the new lender they may be lost forever, in which case you will have to establish your ownership of the property through a Land Registry procedure. This involves a statutory declaration and evidence of ownership in