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Landlords, Homeowners, Agents, Take Note, EPCs Have Changed

Everyone likes a little makeover once in a while, which is why we’re pleased to let you know about the changes to the energy performance certificate (EPC). From the 20th September 2020, the government launched a new design with a more modern layout and special features exclusive to the digital version.

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5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Save Energy in the Home

If you’re looking to save money and do your bit for the environment at the same time, consider making some quick and cost-efficient changes in your home. In this blog we show you five easy ways to save energy (and money!) with some low-cost kit that you can easily find at your local hardware store or online – search around and they can be found for under £20.

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Spring Cleaning: How to Clear Your Home of Clutter

It’s that time of year already: spring. The trees are starting to come into leaf, falling blossom has replaced snow and everything feels green and fresh again. It’s also the perfect time to spring clean your home — clearing out the clutter and cleaning your living spaces to make way for brighter, sunnier days when you won’t want to be inside tidying up.

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Why You Should Consider Dusk Photography

Though the nights are (finally) getting lighter, the early sunsets make the start of the year ideal for dusk photography. The low winter light creates a beautifully ethereal quality and the pre-5pm sunset means convenient shooting times for both clients and photographers.

With so many properties on the market and professional photography now commonplace, it’s a job to make listings stand out – this is the perfect example of when dusk and night photography can be beneficial.

We asked some of our photography experts in the office to answer some questions about this service: Tom Hancock, our Head of Creative, and John Williams, our Head of Photography.

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Are You Compliant With MEES?

Whether you’re a landlord or perhaps a managing agent, it’s likely that you’ll be aware of the rules around the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which are set to come into force on 1st April 2020.

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How To Improve Your Property Listings With Drone Photography

Aerial photography has come a long way since the early days of a man with a camera in a hot air balloon. The very first camera took to the skies all the way back in 1858, when an enterprising Frenchman took shots of Paris during a hot air balloon flight. It’s amazing to think that this was just a few decades after the first ever photograph was taken in 1826, also in France.

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5 Of The Best…Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Improving the energy efficiency of your home not only helps to conserve the world’s natural resources but also saves you money too. From quick wins to improve your efficiency in a flash to long-term projects that reap huge rewards, we’ve rounded up the five best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

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Iconic Chair Design – How Many Of These Interiors Trends Are On Your Wish List

As property professionals, we have the privilege of visiting beautiful homes in our work. Many of which, the interiors showcase iconic furniture, and design classic seating. With such a trend for interior styling in the home; many timeless designs are being used in the modern, everyday setting.

Do you know your Eames’ from your Wegner’s or indeed the history behind such design classics associated with them?

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Sustainability, Design and Travel Series: Copenhagen

We’re starting our series with Copenhagen, the Danish capital and one of Scandinavia’s — and indeed, Europe’s — coolest conurbations. With its extensive bike networks, commitment to renewable energy and green-friendly hotels, it’s a city with sustainability at its heart. Add to this some pretty impressive architecture, striking design credentials and a truly impressive culinary landscape, it’s no wonder it receives the title of a ‘modern-day fairy tale’.

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Mental Health First Aid: Fourwalls Breaks Down the Stigma

The long-standing stigma around mental health means that many people have a limited understanding of what mental health is and how it can be affected. Mental health issues are not uncommon: in any one year approximately one in four people experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue, and it’s just as important to safeguard our mental wellbeing as it is to take care of our physical selves. While it is a legal requirement to have a physical first aider in every workplace, we are still a long way off seeing mental health treated in the same way.

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Zero Carbon Communities and the Push to Save the Planet

In recent years the motivation to reduce our impact on the planet has rapidly accelerated, with groups like Extinction Rebellion making international news and long-time climate change activists calling for immediate action. We already know that the way we currently live causes irreparable damage to the planet, and that something must be done to reduce carbon emissions, the use of plastics and other non-recyclable materials in everyday life and to conserve a better way of living to protect the Earth from further harm.

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