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.
  • Lets you check-in on your property at anytime with Live View, real-time video.
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  • Standard features such as instant notification, live view and two-way talk are available out of the box and for free on all Ring devices. A Ring Protect subscription is required to activate video recording on your device. Ring Protect is an optional subscription that allows you to record, review and share the moments you missed, at any time. You can enjoy a free trial of Ring Protect for 30 days. At the end of the free trial, you can choose to continue with your Ring Protect Plan by subscribing for only £2.50 a month at ring.com.

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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Video Resolution 720p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
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Dimensions 12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm Outdoors: 9.73 cm x 4.70 x 1.93 cm Indoors: 12.2 x 5.74 x 2.95 cm 12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm 11.43 x 4.67 x 2.03 cm
Wi-Fi Connectivity 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz
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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.

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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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Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/kirstie-and-phils-Ilove-it-or-list-it

I’ve watched a few of these episodes and they’re nice easy viewing.  Can you believe it that they’re on series 4 of this show?

It sounds like it’s almost a game show but it’s not. Channel four describe it as: Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp go head to head as they battle it out to convince homeowners to either sell their home or refurbish it

It does give Kirstie a chance to give people a sledge hammer. I do like the way that houses are remodeled to give people a better idea of how to use their space and what knocking down a few walls and moving doors can do. When you live in a house you might have it so fixed in your mind that you can’t see – sometimes quite radical – solutions to how to use the space better.

As more people have children staying at home for longer, it’ll be more important to create spaces within homes for people to enjoy living space without getting on top of each other.  The episode I watched recently – series 4 episode 10 – Royal Wooton Bassett revisit – deals with this problem and they transform a four doored lounge into a much more usable space.  The couple end up moving to Wales though in the revisit bit of the program!

 

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Versace 4 Wallpaper

Versace 4 was created in 1992 initially as a textile collection, which soon became a complete home collection.

Fast forward to today and Versace Home takes the iconic Fashion House’s glamour and luxury into everyday living by presenting the new wallpaper collection.

Wallpaper Direct offering Versace 4 which was created in 1992 initially as a textile collection, which soon became a complete home collection..

Versace 4 Wallpaper Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an absolutely lovely range of papers. You could do a feature wall of it in your lounge or bedroom!

 

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