22 February 2012

Time Saving Alternatives to Grass

Growing grass in your holiday property requires time, patience and money. If you do not take care of it, through regular maintenance it can be filled with weeds and grow tall degrading your property. The task of cutting the grass can become very tedious especially if you are not living in the property for the entire year.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to grass that help save time and are easy to maintain. Below we have listed some of the best solutions for your lawn;

At first glance, clover may look like it’s a type of weed that will only make your lawn look bad. But to an experienced landscaper, clover could be easily integrated or mixed with grass and the look of the lawn remains the same. It’s a perfect alternative especially when you don’t plan to step on the lawn as clover can beautifully cover your ground.

Artificial Grass
Forget about cutting your lawn frequently and instead install artificial grass in your holiday home. Placing the material is relatively simple and it requires very little maintenance. Because of advances in technology, the look of artificial grass has greatly improved in the past few years.

Patio Xeriscape
This is one of the most popular alternatives to grass. Instead of focusing your efforts in planting grass, you can create a patio that takes full advantage of stones. It requires a little bit creativity but with proper design, you can easily create a beautiful patio xeriscape that requires very little maintenance.

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02 February 2012

Purchase a New Property before Stamp Duty Change in March

Everybody pays taxes and they are very important because they ensure that public services run as expected. Without taxes, the government would not be able to provide the country with free services and assistance. For this reason, most people do not complain on the taxes they have to pay regularly.

Fortunately, the government provides some leeway for individuals and families looking for opportunities to save on taxes. The perfect example for families to save on taxes is the stamp duty holiday which is set to expire on the 24th of March this year. This offer is a stamp duty exemption for individuals and families purchasing properties for the first time. The stamp duty holiday is only valid for properties valued less than £250,000. This is a very rare opportunity for first time buyers because they get to enjoy a well-priced property without paying thousands more on stamp duty.
Aside from the stamp duty holiday, homebuilders are also providing additional perks for first time home buyers. There are companies that offer some type of return if part of the payment came from families and friends. More often than not, first time homebuyers also enjoy lower mortgage rate.
The perks and benefits coming from the government and private real estate companies set the perfect stage for first time homebuyers. With the savings they could enjoy through stamp duty holiday and the lower mortgage rate, owning property has never been more attractive.