Advice and inspiration

Buying a new home can sometimes be a daunting task whether you’re a first time buyer, looking to invest, or move home again. At Barratt London, we understand how stressful it can be, so we’ve created some useful guides, infographics and more, full of information to help you understand the property market and help you through the home buying process.

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How to choose the right removals company

It’s essential to choose the right removals company when you are moving out.  Here are a few tips to help you do just that. 

 

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8 things they don't tell you about moving

Moving day doesn't necessarily have to be stressful, but there are a few things you need to be prepared for. Check out our 8 tips which will help you to avoid any mistakes.

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9 deposit saving tips for buying your first London property

Thinking of buying your first property and considering ways to get money for your deposit? Take a look at these tips which will help you get the ideas together.

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8 apps to make your home move easier

Check out these 8 apps which will make your homebuying and moving process much easier than expected.

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How to budget once you've moved in

Buying your first home is all about saving, but the budgeting doesn't stop even when you move in. Take a look at some of our best tips which will help you to keep on top of your budget.

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What to do if you can’t find an apartment you like

Sometimes hunting for a flat or apartment can be frustrating, especially if you are struggling to find the perfect one. Here’s what you should be doing when it seems to be getting tough. 

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7 apartment hunting mistakes to avoid

With so many different apartments in London, finding the perfect one is not an easy task. That is why, we have listed for you seven apartment hunting mistakes to avoid in your apartment search. 

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How to choose the right area of London to live in

Searching for houses or apartments in London can be hard. Here are a few tips to help plan your search and find the perfect location.

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How to find your dream London home

Looking for your dream apartment in London? Click here to find out how to do it step by step.

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First time buyers - new home expenses you need to budget for

A first time buyer's guide to all the expenses you may not have thought about.

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6 housewarming party tips

If you are planning a housewarming party, here are a few pieces of advice to make it the best it can be.

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5 considerations for choosing the right floor finishes

Whether considering wall and floor tiles to match, carpet throughout or a traditional stone floor, it’s important to run through these 5 considerations.

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3 wedding list ideas for newly married couples

Whether you’d like electrical appliances, some money towards your honeymoon, or the perfect items to complete the look of your home, here are a few ideas to get you started.

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7 tips to choose the right kitchen furnishings

Whether you need help choosing kitchen tiles, getting the layout right, or staying within your budget, here are the essential tips.

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7 tips for choosing bathroom furnishings

If you plan on decorating your bathroom, you should start your planning early. Here are 7 tips to kick things off.

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7 ways to pack your clothes more effectively

To help you box your clothing for the move , here are 7 essential tips for packing clothes.

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Couples saving advice - tips to help you get on the property ladder together

When planning on buying a home with your partner and moving in together, you’ll need to have the right finances in place.

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A guide to choosing the right area of London for you

If you’re moving to the capital, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is your chosen area.

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A step-by-step guide to the completion process

Here we take you through the most important steps and give you an idea of what to expect.

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8 reasons you're ready to move in together

Moving in with together with your other half could be the best decision you could make but how do you know it is the right time? Here are 8 reasons to tell when you're ready.

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11 pieces of London house hunting advice

London is a vast city with so many different options catering to any number of lifestyle choices. We’ve collated a list of 11 essential pieces of advice to help you on your journey.

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9 reasons why its time to move to London

If it’s a move you’re considering, or have always wanted to do so, there’s no time like the present. Here are 9 reasons why now is the time to move to London.

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A house or apartment? 6 ways to know which is right for you

If you're struggling to decide, click here for the tips on deciding whether a house or an apartment is right for you at this time.

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A guide to London city living

City living in London is like nowhere else in the UK. If you're thinking about moving, we’ve created a guide to city living in London and what it could mean for you.

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5 independent hardware stores in London for your homeware essentials

If you’re new to the area, or have some DIY that needs seeing too quickly, here are some of the best independent hardware shops in the capital that’ll have everything you need.   

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Interior design TV shows you might have forgotten about

Whether you’re looking for some interior design tips or just fancy a few moments reminiscing, take a look at our favourite TV makeover shows from the past. 

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4 questions to ask before bringing a dog into your new home

Whether you live in a flat, terrace or a detached home, it's important to ask questions to decide if your property is right for that particular breed or if it’s suitable for a dog at all.  

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Your complete guide to buying an off-plan property

While buying off-plan used to be seen as a risky strategy, it’s now increasingly common. Here's the full guide on how it can work for you.

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How London Help to Buy could help to buy your new home

The London Help to Buy Equity Loan could be a practical solution to help you buy your new home in the capital. Follow Barratt London to guide you through this process. 

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How to get a help to buy ISA

A Help to Buy ISA is designed to boost your savings pot but there’s a few things you need to know first.

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A guide to couple's finances and why you need a cohabitation agreement

Buying your first home together means dreaming of happy times ahead. But it’s also the time to be serious. What would happen to that home and everything you own, should you decide to go your separate ways?

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Key questions to ask your solicitor or conveyancer

To help you make the right choice, here are seven essential questions to ask.

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A step-by-step guide to conveyancing for buyers

To help you understand what to expect and when, this helpful guide will show you every step along the way.

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4 top tips for getting the most out of property viewings

Here are our top tips for viewing properties, whether that’s in London, or further afield!

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Advice for choosing the right off-plan property

When it comes to purchasing a new build home off plan, you ideally want to get in early so that you can take your pick from the plots available.

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Advice for buying a home in your 50s

If you are thinking of buying a home and are in your 50s, here is our guide which will help you through all the important decisions.

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Advice for buying a home in your 40s

Moving home in your 40s is easier than ever and whether it's your first, second, third move or more, you're in great hands with Barratt London.

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Advice for buying your first home in your 30s

Being in your 30s is the perfect time to look for your first home and here's Barratt London's advice for doing so. 

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Advice for buying your first home in your 20s

If you’d love to own your own home rather than renting or living with your parents, you’re not alone. After all, your 20s are a good age to buy a property.

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9 ways to boost your credit history before applying for a mortgage

Having a positive credit score is vital for being accepted for your ideal mortgage. This guide follows the best way to improve your chances.

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How long does the mortgage process take?

If you’re going to be applying for a mortgage, you’ll want to know how long it will take to be approved. 

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Stamp Duty explained

If you’re buying a new home, you’ll have heard of Stamp Duty. But what is it exactly, and will you need to pay it? 

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Understanding different types of mortgage

Whether you’re buying your first home or you’re familiar with the purchase process, it always helps to have a refresher on the different types of mortgage available.

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Calculating the cost of buying a new home

If you’re buying a new home, you’ll want to know exactly how much it will cost. To give you an idea of what you will need to consider, here’s a quick overview of how to calculate the cost of a buying a new home. 

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Who to tell when you move home

While sorting the big move it’s still important to set aside some time to inform people and organisations of your new address.

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Clever ideas for 4 different types of garden

Whether you have a balcony or a garden, have a tight budget or more to spend, we’ve got some great ideas that will help you spruce up your outdoor area so you can start making the most of it.

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Setting expectations when searching for a new home

When faced with the challenges that come with buying a new home, it's important to consider all the factors including setting expectations for the budget.

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What style of home is right for you?

This guide will help you narrow down the search to the find the perfect home for you.

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A guide to decorating, colour schemes & furniture

When moving into a new home, it's important to make it feel your own. So here's a handy guide to making your house look just right.

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5 new home essentials you'll need

If you're unsure what you'll need when moving into your new home then this guide offers the top five essentials for making your house a home.

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6 tips for helping your child move schools

If you're moving house with a young family, this list provides helpful advice to ensure your child moves school with as much ease as possible.

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Essential advice for moving home

Here are some tips to help the moving process run as smoothly as possible.

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A step-by-step guide to the house buying process

The must read guide for first time buyers when in the process of buying a house.

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Spring cleaning advice for your new home

Before you start unpacking your boxes, you’ll need to give your new home a bit of TLC to ensure it’s ready to live in.

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London borough information

Get to know your community, as we discover the best bits of some of London’s neighbourhoods.

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Buying property in London

We take a look at some useful information on what to expect when buying and investing in property throughout the Capital. 

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What does the Referendum mean when investing in property?

The Referendum provided plenty of speculation around the property market in the Capital, how has this affected market growth and demand in London?

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Why property is still a solid investment in today’s economy

Following the Brexit vote, there has been some uncertainty in the property market which may have left some investors wondering whether it is the right time to invest in bricks and mortar to determine strong returns.

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Bank of Mum & Dad

The Bank of Mum and Dad could help you get on the property ladder. Discover how in the competitively priced market of London, you could get moving.

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The Night Tube

London TfL's Night Tube service has been rolled out, with services on the Central and Victoria lines every Friday and Saturday.

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Creating the ideal home office

Our working lives are busier than ever and many people find they’re putting in extra hours at home. If this is something you can relate to, perhaps now is the time to think about converting an unused bedroom into an office. 

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Investment area guides

Our London Investment Area Guides are designed to help you pick a suitable and attractive destination to buy property, no matter who your rental target market is. With new property development all over the city, browse through our guides that put the spotlight on all four corners of the bustling capital.

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