Toolstation win a van competition

https://www.toolstation.com/content/competition

Enter every day apparently! Ends 13/1/20

I’d love a van!

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Useful site

https://app.nimbusmaps.co.uk/Lookup needs you to register to start using it but this initial level is free. It’s one of those sites that you’ll love if you’re nosey.
In it’s free format it allows you to see the land by titles. It gives the area of the parcel of land, Most useful is the title number which allows you to get documents from the land registry about ownership. Land registry costs you £3 and this site will get the reports for you but they charge more than the land registry.

The Land Registry search can be found here https://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/eservices/FindAProperty/view/QuickEnquiryInit.do

But you need a house number and postcode, which isn’t always easy if you’re just mooching – and on the site I found the Nimbus link was recommending it for using for finding the owners of land to ask for permissions for metal detecting! So Nimbus is good for less easy to find properties – to track down that all important title number.

Nimbus also gives information about unregistered properties –

Unregistered Land :Registration became compulsory in the 1980/90s. Unregistered properties have not changed hands since then.

A red outline or red pin shows freehold titles.A green pin shows leases granted and registered with the Land Registry (term of 7 years or more). Numerous leases in a location are clustered together into a green spot with a number. Source of this data is the Land Registry,

Planning Marker

These icons show the planning history of a postcode when planning is displayed. Specific properties with a planning history will be highlighted yellow in addition (switched on through the filters). Source: 427 council planning

In conclusion this site is great for nosey people, for those looking at the rightmove listings and wondering how which land is included with properties (Because strangely million plus houses don’t always show themselves off nicely on rightmove!)

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Crash map

Wondering how safe somewhere is?

I’m watching the planning meeting of my local council on youtube and they’re talking about a development and problems potentially with road accidents –
Which reminded me of this web site https://www.crashmap.co.uk/Search

It’s not cheery reading, but might be of interest to you if you’ve ever wondered how safe the roads are near you.

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Tackling Anti-social behaviour – Govt leaflet

Not everywhere is lovely and quiet! Some places have anti-social behaviour problems.
There’s a government leaflet to help offer you advice on how to deal with this

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tackling-anti-social-behaviour

 

One of the things they suggest is reporting via Crimestoppers.

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Advert: Amazon Business

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ADVERT: Another ring product! Ring Stick Up Cam

The Ring Stick Up Cam 

  • Monitors indoor or outdoor areas at home in 1080p HD video with a slim design that mounts almost anywhere.
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or PC.
  • You’ll get a notification as soon as movement is detected.
  • Lets you check on your home any time with Live View, real-time video. Comes with an easy to recharge battery.
  • Works with select Alexa devices to launch real-time video with your voice.
  • Connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  • Easy to install it yourself, with all the accessories you need included.
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ADVERT: Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell pro is available at amazon.

  • Works with select Alexa devices to launch real-time video with your voice.
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC.
  • You’ll get a notification when movement is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell.
  • Requires hardwired installation to existing doorbell wires.
  • Monitors your home in 1080p HD video with infrared night vision.
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I know lots of people locally have had one of these installed. It has caught loads of people on camera checking car doors and acting suspiciously. These video clips have been shared on social media as well as been passed to the police to try to ID the people breaking into cars.

It’s such a simple idea. Answer the door when you’re not actually able to get to the front door.  So when you’re in the garden you can see who has turned up at the front of the house and tell them to come round to the back! Or avoid people you don’t want to see by having a look before you answer the door!

The video quality seems very good from the sample clips I’ve seen on my local area on NextDoor.co.uk

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ADVERT: Garden tidy and pruning AND Kerb appeal

Garden Tidy & Pruning
Now that summer is coming to a close, having an autumn tidy up will help to ensure that your plants are healthy and able to thrive next year; that your soil is filled with nutrients come the spring and that the whole area looks its best over winter. Here at Harrod Horticultural we have some great tools to help with your Garden Tidy Up.

Tidying up your garden is important if you are trying to sell your house. The above links will take you to a wonderful gardening shop where they sell lots of tools and equipment to help you tidy your garden up. If you purchase through the link within so many days then I will receive a tiny amount of commission. This will help keep the site running and enable me to do more posts about lovely houses we’d all love to buy.

KERB APPEAL

Kerb appeal sounds so obvious when you say it, but you are so used to seeing the front of your home that you might miss something obvious.

One lady I knew was selling her home and had ruthlessly decluttered and made it lovely inside, with exposed floorboards and nicely decorated lounge room and dining area but she’d missed the outside front garden completely.

It had rusty railings along the front and was a bit wild looking. Her husband set to re-doing the railings and she weeded the front. It looked so much better after a weekend’s work! She got the estate agent to retake the front photo and the house got more viewings and quickly sold after that.

 

If you’d like some help and suggestions on how to improve your house’s kerb appeal then add a comment below.

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Reporting Japanese Knotweed

https://www.planttracker.org.uk/ is a website where once you’ve registered you can report Japanese knotweed.

The Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have joined forces to help combat the spread of the UK’s most problematic invasive, non-native plant species.

It’s easy to register on the site. You do need a photo of the knotweed you’re reporting too.

I’d recommend you report any you find near you as it will encourage councils to take action where it’s on their land and reduce it’s spread.

I know there’s some on the brook near me and I will go and take a photo of it in the next few days and then report it! I had taken a photo when I’d originally seen it but it’s not very good so I’ll have another go.

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Sold prices map on Rightmove

I suspect this is a fairly new feature, but I haven’t spent a lot of time recently looking at sold prices.
The colour code relates to price.
It’s a nice feature, which in some areas will perhaps really highlight cheap streets! House  prices is in the top menu option on the rightmove site. You can use a specific postcode, or a more generic part postcode.
You can increase the radius, narrow down years sold in, and the type and tenure (freehold or leasehold)

sold prices map Rightmove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do people look at sold prices? To give them an idea of what it might cost them on roads where a house might not be currently available, to find out what their neighbours paid for their house and for finding out the differences a road can make!

Of course there’s lots of reasons why houses sell at different prices. A beautifully presented house might go for a good bit more than a shabby one; houses with bigger outside space might also sell for more than others on the same street. It’s a guide not a guarantee! Some people think estate agent valuations are really a promise of what you’ll get. However the housing market is incredibly fickle and if credit dries up and prevents people borrowing houses then prices drop. If a house has Japanese knotweed near it then it’ll also  perhaps sell for less if the buyers realise, or the mortgage company is aware.

 

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