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Rainbow Carpets on Westbourne Grove

Rainbow Carpets on Westbourne Grove

When I needed two new carpets I decided to try a local carpet shop rather than using one of the big chains. I visited Rainbow Carpets (which also trades as AA Flooring) on Westbourne Grove in Bayswater. On my first visit I asked some questions about their service. Here is a summary. Measuring – free. Delivery – free. [...]

Removing carpet grippers from floor boards

Removing carpet grippers from floor boards

If you are completely re-doing the flooring of a room (to go from carpet to wood flooring, or to lay sound proofing for example) you might need to remove the old carpet grippers. Here is how I removed the carpet grippers in one room. I used: A chisel with a fine sharp end that could get under the carpet gripper Another item to use as [...]

Extending a leasehold, Section 42 and the LVT

Extending a leasehold, Section 42 and the LVT

I recently completed a leasehold extension which involved issuing a Section 42 notice and applying to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. It was a long process but now that it is over I can share an account of what happened. If you have bought a property in the UK there is a high chance that you have bought a leasehold. A leasehold is like a [...]

Estimate the value of your house or flat with a graph

Estimate the value of your house or flat with a graph

If you want to know what the current value of your house, flat or property is (useful if you are buying, selling, or extending the leasehold for example) you can go for the easy option of asking an estate agent to do a valuation, or use a tool such as Nationwide’s house price calculator. Both have their disadvantages; the estate agent will [...]

How to get an ordinary power of attorney

How to get an ordinary power of attorney

There are two types of power of attorney (PoA) in England. There is a lasting power of attorney (which replaced the enduring power of attorney), and the ordinary power of attorney. The lasting power of attorney can be used to grant someone the power to handle your financial, property and health affairs if you are no longer able to deal [...]

Tips and advice for buying windows

After recently buying some windows myself here are some tips that I have put together. This advice is aimed at people living in Britain but much of it applies for where ever you may live. 1. If you can, inspect windows previously installed by the company. The window company may be able to provide addresses of people whose windows you can view. [...]