8 things to consider when buying a house

8 things to consider when buying a house

You’ve done it. You’ve decided to buy a new house. This is big. What if it goes wrong? I just have one thing to tell any homebuyer and it’s “take your time”, I don’t mean dilly-dally around, I mean really check out the property you’re interested in purchasing and take in mind these 8 things to consider when buying a house:

  1. Land

If you’ve got a good plot of land, then you can do a great deal with it. I spoke to a builders Birmingham expert over at Dougherty Construction and he said that getting an extension can be cheaper than you’d imagine so if you want to upgrade your house in the future then make sure you’ve got the land to build on.

  1. Are the rooms the right size?

When I was younger and I moved house, my dad walked in and looked at the ceiling and I had no idea why, but after the viewing he told me that people are often distracted by the furniture in a room and the layout can sometimes be deceiving… but a ceiling doesn’t lie.

Now, I don’t know if you usually look at your ceiling for a good gage of room size, but maybe you should start… Or take a tape measure. The estate agent may tell you that a room has a certain amount of square foot space but is it useful to you if some of that is in a nook you can’t put anything in?

  1. Window size, placement, and the amount of natural light

You can modify windows so the style shouldn’t matter too much, but it isn’t exactly cheap so look for a house which has plenty of natural light and well-placed windows. If you’ve got a window which is facing a wall… is that what you want?

  1. Driveway width and length

If you don’t own a car, then you may want to skip over this point but if you own one or are considering getting one at any point in the future then just imagine it not fitting on your driveway.

If you’ve got a narrow driveway and your car won’t fit, then what’s the point in having it?

  1. Street parking

The same thing goes for this point. If you’ve not got a car, then head on over to point 5. If you do have a car, and you’re looking at a house which doesn’t have a driveway. Where are you going to park? Street parking isn’t usually an issue on the outskirts of towns but some places have strange rules so look in to it and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  1. How steep is the staircase?

You may have no problem getting up a steep staircase while you’re young and agile, but my grandma always tells me that when you get older and your hips and knees start to give way, steep stairs are a nightmare.

  1. Good bones

I’m not talking about your body, but the bones of the house. Having a home with architectural details like exposed beams are a great way to add personality to a house.

  1. Heating

Britain doesn’t usually have one of the warmest climates, and don’t forget that if you’re viewing a house in the summer. If the heating doesn’t work then take that in mind because it can cost a fair amount to get a good heating system installed.

We hope that next time you’re on the hunt for the perfect home that our little list of points saves you time, money and a few grey hairs! :-)




Advise on UK planning permission – https://www.gov.uk/browse/housing-local-services/planning-permission

Common Roof Problems in Manchester

Common Roof Problems in Manchester

If you are currently battling problems with your roofing in Manchester, you’re bound to feel a little frustrated. Roofing repairs and restorations can be costly, but they are also just a weight on the mind. This isn’t like staining a carpet or accidentally flattening a flower bed; if a high quality repair for a problem roof is not found, the consequences can be serious.

This is why it’s important to choose your contractor very carefully. In fact, the best way to approach roofing repairs and solutions is to pick a provider which has lots of experience dealing with your specific issue. In order to do this, of course, you first need to identify the issue. This can be tricky if you have no knowledge of roofing.

We here at Ifyouski property have enlisted the help of industrial roofing Manchester expert Walter of Acorn Bespoke Roofing & Building to help us put together a guide to some of the most common roofing problems that homeowners will face in Manchester will help you start looking in the right places.

Leaks and Moisture

It doesn’t matter what type of roof you have, leaks always spell trouble. Moisture, in general, is bad for buildings. It allows mould to gain a foothold and it weakens structural integrity. Built up roofing in Manchester is at a great risk of leaks, particularly if flashing components haven’t been constructed in a rigorous manner. Also, problems can develop if the right moisture protection is not installed beneath coping caps on parapet walls.

Poor Maintenance

This is, perhaps, the most common cause of roofing problems across the country. It is very important that property owners do not disregard the need for maintenance when it comes to the roof. Not only is a lack of care bound to lead to costly problems, it can also put the safety and security of the roof at risk. To keep a roof in tip top condition routine checks need to be carried out. This means inspecting for pooled water, slipped base flashing, and unfilled pitched pockets that could cause issues later.

Pooling Water

To stay with the idea of pooling water; this is another common frustration among property owners. It is more of a problem for flat roofs, but it can develop on any roof with flat sections (even if they are fairly small). Sometimes, it simply can’t be avoided, but the water must not be allowed to just collect on the top of the roof. When combined with pools of standing water, the heat and light from the sun can start to degrade BUR and asphalt based mod bit roofing.

Inefficient Repairs

You should never cut corners when it comes to roofing repairs. While it might seem like a great idea in the short term, eventually, it will come back to haunt you. Using materials that are not suitable for a task can end up leading to permanent damage. This is a common problem on buildings with metal roofs. To save money and make repairs faster, people settle for things like caulking and plastic roof cement, even though they are not compatible with metal materials. Ultimately, a shoddy repair job will only lead to a bigger problem further down the line, so don’t do it.

These are just some of the more common problems associated with both domestic and commercial roofs across the North West. As you an probably tell prevention is better than cure and working with a good quality local roofer is always the best way to go when looking to get work done. We hope you’ve found our guide helpful don’t forget to call this weeks roofing expert Walter from Acorn Bespoke Roofing & Building in Manchester.




Construction Work Place Safety

Construction Work Place Safety

Workplace safety maintenance is an important consideration for every company. If a company wants to build a sound reputation in the market and wants to attract diverse workforce then it has to take some initiatives toward this issue. The company which failed in maintaining the appropriate safety environment for its workers not only keeps its reputation on stake but also finds it difficult to hire the new workers.  The workers always desire to apply in a company that not only provides them reasonable compensation but also offers the safe and sound working environment for work.

The workplace injury is rising day by day. Such accidents disturb the lives of worker and their family members; the companies have to bear the cost of their accidents in the form of fine, insurance fees, medical fee. A company can easily avoid the cost associated with such issue but for this it has to do some efforts or provide compensation to employees. Here are some tips to follow through which a company can easily maintain the safety environment in its workplace and thereby can reduce its cost and improve the reputation.

A construction worker or foreman at a construction site observing the progress of construction job or project, with copy space

Workplace Safety manuals:

Normally, the cause behind the workplace injury is the lack of information and awareness of workers about the certain things like use of machine, some material etc. Therefore, there should be a manual inside the workplace which is clearly demonstrating the working environment , handling of different equipments , machinery knowledge and it should enclosed all the information that deemed to be elaborated.  A company should first ascertain what things can create problems and cause injury to their workers and then prepare the manual. The manual includes all kinds of precautions and safety measures. The working environment of one company differs from another one so the safety measures also varied accordingly. If the company finds it difficult to create a manual for its employees it can take help from the manual of other companies, the working environment of which is exactly similar to its workplace. After making some changes and necessary amendments, the company can place this manual for the knowledge and guidance of its workers.

Training of workers:

It is another thing which the company can adopt for creating the awareness about the workplace hazards and problems in its workers and employees. Some companies are offering on site training which is very effective as compared to off site training. The basic aim behind the training session is to inform and guide the workers about the different practices; how to handle new machinery, what to do with new equipment, what precautions can save him, how to avoid an uncertain issue etc.

Hire a Safety manager or trainer:


Sometimes companies permanently or temporality hire the safety manager. The reasonability of this person is to train the workers and takes some steps for the maintenance of overall health and safety of the workers.

Follow the regulation of workplace safety:

In each country there is a special institution that is working for maintaining the safety in the workplace. A company should modify its working environment based on the guidelines and regulation mentioned by such regulatory authorities; this is a great way to avoid the cases of worker’s injury in the workplace.