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.

ONE of the eas­i­est ways to up­date

LLP So­lic­i­tors 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 a claim on the house: a solic­i­tor will ad­vise you about the like­li­hood of suc­cess depend­ing on a num­ber of fac­tors – whether chil­dren are in­volved, your re­spec­tive earn­ing ca­pac­i­ties now and in the fu­ture, your re­spec­tive needs, obligations and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the length of the mar­riage, and the con­tri­bu­tions you have made both to the prop­erty and the mar­riage, and so on. 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

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.

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