PAINT­ING the door a dif­fer­ent colour can also make a big dif­fer­ence.

Ide­ally, the colour should go with the build­ing’s brick­work, paint­work the form of coun­cil tax bills and the like. If you’re not plan­ning to sell the house in the near fu­ture los­ing your ti­tle deeds isn’t the end of the world, but you should prob­a­bly sort it out sooner rather than later. WE are in our 70s, and own our home jointly. If one of us has to go into a home, would we have to sell the house to pay for it? IF only one of you goes into a care home, the value of the house will not be taken into ac­count when an as­sess­ment is made of their abil­ity to pay for it. They will be asked to pay in full if they have more than £23,250 in other as­sets cur­rently. This will in­crease to £118,000 next year, and or other ex­te­rior fin­ish, and suit its age and style of ar­chi­tec­ture.

While some of the clas­sic colours are al­ways popular for front doors, in­clud­ing red, black and stately dark blue, there are also colour trends – greys and duck-egg blues and greens have be­come popular in re­cent years. fees will be capped at a max­i­mum of £72,000. The dan­ger comes if the sec­ond spouse also goes into a home, at which point the value of the house will be in­cluded in the as­sess­ment. You can re­duce the risk of the whole house be­ing avail­able for care home fees by di­vid­ing your own­er­ship of the prop­erty and mak­ing a will leav­ing your half to some­one else.

MY garage has been in a bad state of re­pair for years but I can’t rebuild one of the walls be­cause it means go­ing into my neigh­bour’s gar­den to do it. He’s com­pletely un­ap­proach­able and won’t let me on to his land. IF the wall is on the bound­ary you may be able to go to court un­der the Ac­cess to Neigh­bour­ing Land Act 1992 for per­mis­sion to get the work done. You have to give your neigh­bour rea­son­able no­tice of the

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