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


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

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