• 5 Ways To Put A Stamp On Your New Home
    Posted on 26 October 2022

    5 Ways To Put A Stamp On Your New Home

    1. Find Your Style

    Before you start to decorate your home or buy new furniture, it’s crucial to find out what your style is. If you don’t, your home will feel mismatched and furniture may feel lost in the home.

    The easiest way to do this is to take some time and flick through interior magazines or use apps like Pinterest and start collecting images of homes that you love. You will soon get an idea of what types of styles you are drawn to and you can go from there.

    2. Choose Furniture That You Love

    When shopping for furniture, consider style as well as function. Your new sofa needs to be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish too.

    Avoid buying matching furniture sets out of ease, and instead take the time to look for a few unusual pieces to add to your home and make the space feel unique to you. Think about the layout of the room and where the furniture will sit, from there you can hunt around for the perfect pieces of furniture that meet your needs.

    3. Carefully Curated Art

    Art can be one of the best ways to add a touch of individuality to your home, art is subjective after all!

    If you have a plain wall, it can be the quickest way to add some personality but you can also add to your art collection over the years. Think about reframing the artwork to fit with the interior of your home, so that the collection flows. Or why not create a gallery wall? You can mix and match typography prints, artwork and pictures of loved ones to show off your personality.

    4. Add Layers With Textiles

    Textiles can add warmth and depth to a space, once rugs, cushions and throws are added to a room then it can instantly make the space feel more cosy and welcoming.

    When choosing textiles, think about the colour tones of that room and pick one or two different hues that will work well together. Adding different types of fabrics and patterns can make the room feel more luxurious.

    5. Finishing Touches

    Add trinkets and ornaments to add some personality to your room, or why not a bookcase filled with your favourite novels which not only shows off your individuality but it is also functional?

    Carefully placed pieces of home decor can instantly make a room feel homely, but don’t overdo it. Sometimes less is more, you want to avoid your home feeling cluttered.

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  • How to Avoid Common Buying Mistakes
    Posted on 24 October 2022

    How to Avoid Common Buying Mistakes

    1. Not checking your Credit Score

    It is crucial to check that your credit is in good shape before applying for a mortgage. Lenders will want to ensure that you have managed your debt responsibly in the past, so if your credit score is poor, look at ways to improve this before applying for a mortgage or speak to a specialist lender about your options.

    There may be some mistakes on your credit report that you want to resolve, it is important to regularly check your credit report for any discrepancies. There are plenty of free tools to help you, such as Clearscore and Experian.

    2. Not applying for a Mortgage in Principle first

    Before you start booking viewings, it’s a good idea to get a mortgage in principle first, sometimes known as a ‘mortgage promise’, and it will give you an idea of what the lenders are willing to loan to you. This certification is usually valid for up to three months and many estate agents will ask if you have this if you decide to put an offer in on a property.

    Be aware that this is not a mortgage agreement or guarantee that the lender will loan that amount of money to you. It will reassure estate agents that you are able to lend up to that amount of money, and you will know what type of homes you can afford.

    3. Going Over Budget

    It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of looking at houses, and you start to look at more and more expensive homes. Always consider the other costs that come with owning a home too, such as council tax payments, bills and insurance. Ensure that you can afford your home if mortgage payments or bills rise, so you don’t head into trouble in a few years' time.

    4. Not Shopping Around For a Mortgage Deal

    Mortgage rates are on the rise, so it is important to shop around for the best deal possible. You do not have to simply turn to the lender that you usually do your banking with, especially if you can find a cheaper deal elsewhere.

    If you are unsure about mortgages and what you need to apply, chat to our friendly and experienced team on 028 9065 3333.

    5. Failing to Factor in Buying Costs

    You have found the house of your dreams and the bank has said yes to the full borrowing amount that you require, but what about the other costs when it comes to buying a home? Make sure you factor in other costs, like stamp duty, solicitors fees, survey costs and how much it will cost you to move your furniture in.

    If you are unsure about the new stamp duty fees, check out our handy guide to see how it affects you.

    6. Not Checking Out the Local Area

    If you have found a home that you love, it is worth visiting the area at different times of the day and week. The street that the property is on may seem quiet on a Tuesday morning, but it could feel like a different world on a Saturday evening. On the other hand, you may have a house viewing in the evening, but during the day the streets are extremely busy with backed-up traffic.

    Think about more than just the property itself, what else do you require around your home? Would you like parks within walking distance? Or perhaps an outstanding school if you have a young family, or considering starting one. If you don’t drive, you may wish to have a home with great public transport links. The neighbourhood that you live in has a big impact on the way that you feel about your home, so take these things into consideration when you start looking at the areas that you would like to live in.

    7. Ignoring Things that Lenders Hate

    You may have found a property that you love, but there are things that can stop a lender from being reluctant to offer you a mortgage. These can include:
    • A property not having a bathroom or kitchen
    • A property with a short lease
    • Homes made of non-standard materials, such as concrete
    • Derelict properties
    • A property that has structural issues
    These factors do not make buying a home impossible, but it may make it harder to be granted a mortgage and you may have to seek out a specialist lender.

    8. Forgetting to Ask the Right Questions

    Purchasing a home is usually one of the biggest financial decisions that you will have to make, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may want to draw up a list of questions ahead of the viewing so you don’t forget them.

    Even if something seems obvious, don’t let embarrassment stop you from asking questions. It’s better to ask questions early on than issues causing hassle down the line. It’s not just the property owners that you should ask questions of, ask the conveyancer and estate agents questions too or for them to clarify information.

    What’s Next?

    If you still have questions, get in touch with the team on 028 9065 3333. If you are ready to start searching for your next property, take a look at our website at the current listings.
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  • John Minnis Estate Agents Has Been Shortlisted for Three Awards!
    Posted on 20 October 2022

    John Minnis Estate Agents Has Been Shortlisted for Three Awards!

    John Minnis has been shortlisted for the Residential Agency of the Year (multi-branch), Best Property Marketing Campaign and Lettings Agency of the Year (multi-branch) awards. Those who entered the awards were scrutinised by a panel of judges, who are experts in this field, so it is a huge achievement to be a finalist for three awards.

    The PropertyPal Awards celebrate the achievement and work of property professionals across Northern Ireland. Taking place on November 10th, the event will showcase industry excellence across the property sector. The awards ceremony will be hosted by local comedian Shane Todd, and is sure to be a night to remember!

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    Jordan Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer at PropertyPal, has said about the event, “We’re absolutely delighted to announce the finalists for the first-ever PropertyPal Awards. The standard of submissions was beyond excellent, and the judges all commented on the high calibre of entries across every category.

    “The property industry in Northern Ireland is as resilient as ever, and the quality of the finalists just goes to show that the focus here, as always, has been on professionalism, dedication and a passion for the industry in which we all work in.”

    For more information on the event and how to get tickets, head to the PropertyPal website for the most up-to-date information.
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  • How much value does an extra bedroom add to a home?
    Posted on 10 October 2022

    How much value does an extra bedroom add to a home?

    What value will your home increase by?

    It varies from property to property, but an extra bedroom is said to instantly increase the value of your home by 15%. So if your home is worth £200,000 then the value of your house could be boosted by a huge £30,000.

    How much will it cost to add an extra bedroom to your home?

    The cost of adding an extra bedroom to your home can vary due to the size of the project and the type of conversion or extension you will be adding to your home. Creating an extra bedroom can cost anywhere between £15,000 and £45,000.

    Different ways to add a bedroom will incur varying costs, some add more floor space to your home and others will convert the space that you already have.

    Loft Conversion

    A loft conversion is an extremely popular way of adding an extra bedroom to your home without having to extend the property. Converting your loft into an extra bedroom could potentially add 15% value to your property, especially if it has an en-suite bathroom.

    The most straightforward and budget-friendly way to convert your loft is to turn it into a double bedroom and add a roof light. It could push your budget up to £40k if you decide to add dormer windows and an en-suite, but this in turn could increase the value of your property.

    Garage Conversion

    Converting a garage into a bedroom is one of the cheapest ways to add an extra bedroom to your property, and can cost around £6300 in total.

    If you have an integral garage, the cost of the conversion could be relatively cheap and be undertaken by yourself if you are an experienced DIYer. If you don’t fancy the challenge, enlist the help of a builder to do the work, where it may take as little as two week to complete.

    If the garage is detached, or there is structural work that needs to be done, it could bump up the cost of the project and take longer to complete.

    Partition Wall

    If you have large bedrooms, it may be possible to simply put up a stud wall to partition the room into two. Doing this will create privacy, whilst also being the quickest and cost effective way to create an extra bedroom.


    If converting your existing space into an extra bedroom is not a viable option, why not look into expanding the floorspace of your home by adding an extension to the property.

    If you also crave extra living space, you could have a double-storey extension priced up and create more downstairs space and an extra bedroom on the first floor.

    However, as of 2022, the cost for an extension is roughly £1,350-£1,750/m² but it can vary for many reasons depending on the quality and type of fittings.

    What Are Your Other Options?

    If none of the options are suitable for you and you are looking for extra space, moving home may be a better option. With the changes in Stamp Duty recently announced, a larger home may be more affordable now. Why not chat with our friendly and experienced team on 028 9065 3333 or take a look at the properties currently available on our website.
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  • Can You Buy a House Without a Deposit?
    Posted on 28 September 2022

    Can You Buy a House Without a Deposit?

    Is it possible to buy a property without a deposit?

    When looking for a mortgage, you typically need at least a 5% deposit, but there are 100% mortgages out there. In addition to this, there are ways to put down a deposit without having to save up the cash yourself. Be aware though, that you will still need funds for stamp duty, solicitors fees and surveying fees.

    Landlord Gifted Deposit

    If you are renting and you want to buy the property you are living in, it may be possible to buy it from your landlord without saving for a deposit. A Landlord gifted deposit is where a buyer purchases the property at a discounted price and the discount can then be used as a deposit. If you are considering this option, speak to a specialist mortgage advisor about your options as it is not offered by all banks as standard.

    Shared Ownership Mortgages

    This scheme can help first-time buyers get on the property ladder or those on a lower income wanting to buy a larger property. Typically you will own between 25% and 75% of the property, and rent the remaining. You will likely require a far smaller deposit on these properties as you are only purchasing a percentage of the property, but there are 100% mortgages out there too.

    Family Gifted Deposit

    A family gifted deposit is a sum of money that is given by a family member to contribute to or pay the full deposit. This usually comes from parents or grandparents, as many first-time buyers turn to family for help getting on the property ladder. The buyers will need written confirmation from the family member to state that the money is gifted and the giftee is under no obligation to repay the money. Speak to a mortgage specialist if you are considering this route, as not all banks accept this as a form of a deposit.

    Guarantor Mortgages

    If your family is keen to help you get on to the property ladder, you can secure a loan against a family member's savings or property, this is called a guarantor mortgage. The lender may ask your guarantor to place savings into an account which they cannot access for a specific period of time. They will have their name as a guarantor on the mortgage, and will be eligible to cover payments if they are missed.

    New-Build Developer Loans

    Property developers will sometimes give you the opportunity to borrow money from them to use as a deposit on a property that they have built. This is then paid back within an agreed timescale, but be aware that this is on top of your mortgage payments so it needs to be affordable. If you are interested in buying a new build, then chat with property developers to see if this is an option.

    What are the disadvantages of buying a home without a deposit?

    Although saving for a deposit is hard, if you can try to gather a 5% deposit then it will give you more options and greater security when it comes to buying a property. Unless you are being given a deposit that does not have to be repaid, there will be extra costs on top of your mortgage that you have to consider.

    Ready to buy?

    Check out the homes that we have for sale here, or why not speak to our friendly and experienced team on 028 9065 3333.
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  • When is Stamp Duty Payable and What are the New Rates?
    Posted on 23 September 2022

    When is Stamp Duty Payable and What are the New Rates?

    What is Stamp Duty and What Does it Pay For?

    Stamp Duty Land Tax is paid to the Government in return for a Certificate of Land Ownership that is issued by the HM Revenue & Customs. This states that the land on which your new property sits is legally owned by you. If you are liable to pay stamp duty, then this is something that needs to be factored in when purchasing your property.

    When Does Stamp Duty Need to be Paid, and How Do I Pay it?

    If you are eligible to pay stamp duty, then this must be paid within 30 days from the date of completion on your home. Usually, your solicitor will arrange the payment for you, but it is your legal responsibility to ensure that stamp duty is paid.
    If your stamp duty is not paid within 30 days of completion, you may be fined and charged interest on the outstanding cost so it is within your best interest to pay promptly.

    How Much Stamp Duty Will I Pay?

    In England and Northern Ireland, no stamp duty is payable on the first £250,000 of the property price. After that, the rate applies to that portion of the property price above £250,000. If you are a first-time buyer, you will not pay any stamp duty on the first £425,000 of the purchase price. Keep reading to find out how much stamp duty you will be required to pay.
    The following rates apply if this will be the only residential property that you own and you are not a first-time buyer.

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    Check out this stamp duty calculator if you are unsure of the exact amount of stamp duty that you will have to pay.

    How Much Stamp Duty Does a First-Time Buyer Pay?

    If you are a first-time buyer, you may be able to claim relief on stamp duty. However, all parties must be first time buyers to be eligible for the discount. The following applies:

    • No stamp duty payable on properties up to £425,000.
    • 5% stamp duty payable on properties on the portion from £425,001 to £625,000.
    • No discount or relief on properties £625,001 or over.

    How Much Stamp Duty Will I Pay on a Second Home?

    Any additional properties will incur an additional 3% charge on top of the standard rates of stamp duty. The increased rate applies to properties that are £40,000 or more, but it does not apply to caravans, mobile homes or houseboats.

    Does Stamp Duty Apply to New-Build Homes?

    If you are buying a new build then the same requirements apply when it comes to paying stamp duty. However, some property developers may offer incentives to cover the cost of stamp duty, or pay towards it. For further information, enquire with property developers in your area to see what incentives they have to offer.

    Can I Add Stamp Duty to my Mortgage?

    It is not possible to add the cost of stamp duty on to your mortgage amount, and this must be paid separately. When choosing your new property, stamp duty is something that needs to be included in your budget and affordability.

    Ready to buy?

    Check out the homes that we have for sale here, or why not speak to our friendly and experienced team on 028 9065 3333.
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  • Move or Improve your Home, Which Option Should You Choose?
    Posted on 1 September 2022

    Move or Improve your Home, Which Option Should You Choose?


    The first thing to consider is how much money you’d ideally like to spend, both options are going to require a budget.

    When moving home, costs to take into account are stamp duty, conveyancing fees, solicitors fees, valuation costs and how much deposit you will need for the new property. Other costs involved are estate agent fees, moving costs and storage if you need it.

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    Renovation costs widely depend on the scale of work taking place, and if you are planning on extending your property. According to Homebuilding & Renovating, the average cost of a house extension is £1350 to £2250 per square metre of new internal space. This means that a 30m² kitchen can cost anywhere between £40500 to £67500, plus VAT.

    The cost of the project can depend on several factors, such as how many storeys will be built, the size and shape of the extension, whether you are installing a new kitchen or bathroom and the standard of the work that will be carried out.

    If you are looking for an extra bedroom, you may consider converting your loft space, or if you would prefer a ground-floor bedroom then you could convert the garage space instead of extending which can lower the budget.

    Renovation Ideas

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    If you love the area that you live in, you might be considering renovating your home instead of moving. Here are some options that can help you improve your home:

    • Loft Conversion - If you’re looking for an extra bedroom or a home office, the loft area could be the perfect space. Depending on the size of your loft, you could add an en-suite and you may choose to add a dormer to add more head-height space. Depending on the work being undertaken, you may not need planning permission as a loft conversion can fall under the Rights of Permitted Development, but always check with your local council beforehand.
    • Extension - The type of extension that you choose depends on what your budget is, the layout of your home and the space available around your property. Whether you need a single or a double storey extension, this is a great way to add space to your property but it can be costly.
    • Update the Kitchen - This could range from a lick of paint on the cupboard doors, or a complete new kitchen design and fitting. Even with your existing kitchen in place, it can feel brand new with new worktops, tiles and flooring.
    • Update the Bathroom - If your bathroom is feeling tired or dated, you might consider upgrading your bathroom suite. New bathrooms usually cost much less than a new kitchen, and it can upgrade the look of your home!
    • En-suite or WC - Are the family fighting over time in the bathroom every morning? It could be worth adding an en-suite bathroom or additional WC if you have the space and budget for it. Many people add in a small WC under the stairs or in their utility room, and it’s great for guests so they don’t need to go upstairs to use the bathroom.
    • Conservatory - A conservatory is a great option for adding space downstairs, and it can cost less than an extension. If you have a growing family, it is an extra space for the family to relax in and it can be a fantastic sanctuary in summer months.
    • Garden Landscaping - This is one of the most affordable options on the list, and it can be done even on the tightest budgets. If you are feeling up to the challenge, this is something that you could take on in your spare time, or enlist the help of professionals.
    Adding an outbuilding, such as a summer house, home office or a personal gym can bump up the cost, but it can also add value to the property.

    Moving House

    If you are leaning towards moving home, you might be wondering what your options are and if you can afford a larger property or one in a different location.

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    In Northern Ireland, the average property price is £165k which is 41% lower than the average price of £281k in the rest of the UK.

    With house prices rising across the board, you may be able to sell your home for a higher price than you originally thought.

    Why not get in touch with our friendly and experienced team to value your property, or check out some of the properties we have for sale right now?
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  • How to Boost the Kerb Appeal of your Home
    Posted on 30 August 2022

    How to Boost the Kerb Appeal of your Home

    Make an Entrance

    As your front door is such a focal point for the exterior of your home, you’ll want to ensure it looks its best.

    You may decide to replace your door completely when you put your home up on the market if it is dated or damaged. If you have a plastic or composite door, consider cleaning them with specialist products. Wooden doors can be freshened up with a lick of paint, or why not change the colour of your front door completely.

    Check your doorbell is in working condition if you have one, as it doesn’t give the best first impression if it is broken. Polish up hardwares, and why not add a new knocker or letterbox to give the outside of your property a facelift?
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    Plant Some Life

    Adding an array of beautiful flowers and plants can really enhance the look of your property. You could add hanging baskets to the entrance way, or potted flowers on the front doorstep.

    If you have a grass lawn, keep it neat and tidy along with any bushes or shrubbery. Keeping on top of your garden will instantly show prospective buyers how much you love living in the property.
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    Clean, Clean, Clean

    Have your local window cleaning service keep on top of your windows so they are looking their best, and try to keep on top of the inside of your windows too by giving them a regular clean.

    Dirt can build up around the window frames too, so if you can, give them a wash to remove any grime. By keeping your windows clean, your property will let more light in and brighten up the rooms in your home.
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    Hide the Bins

    Wheelie bins lined up outside your home are never going to look appealing, especially if they are damaged. You can ask your local council to replace them, or consider adding a bin storage to the outside of your home.

    If you have the space, consider moving the wheelie bins to the side of your home where they won’t draw as much attention.
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    Sweep Away the Debris

    Leaves and debris can build up outside the home, especially if you have a lot of plants and trees nearby.

    Before any viewings, try to take the time to sweep the outside of your home and pick up any rubbish that may have blown into your garden. When a viewing is booked in, it can be easy to forget the outside of the house, but it may be the first thing that catches their attention.
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    Drives and Paths

    Depending on what type of driveway and paths you have, depends on how much upkeep they will need.
    If the outside of your home is mostly gravel, try to pull out any weeds that have appeared and sweep up any loose pieces. If you have a paved or concrete driveway, it will make a huge difference if you can spray the area with a powerful jet wash. Any patios or decking will benefit from being scrubbed down to remove moss and dirt.
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    For more tips and tricks, head to our other blog articles or get in touch with our friendly and experienced staff here.

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  • How To Find Your Dream Home
    Posted on 26 August 2022

    How To Find Your Dream Home

    1. Check Out the Local Area

    We’ve all heard of the saying “location, location, location”, and it’s popular for a reason. You can’t change the location of your home, but you can always make changes to the home that you are in.
    If you are moving to a new area that you aren’t very familiar with, try to visit the area at different times of the day. Visit the high street, local pubs, parks and take a walk around the area. When you’re visiting these places, try to chat to people as much as possible to gain some insight into what it’s like to live and work there.
    It is also worth finding out what the upcoming plans are for the area, it could be that there are a lot of improvements being made and the location will only go from strength to strength.
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    2. Chat with a Local Estate Agent

    This is the best way to find the home of your dreams, it's important to find an estate agent who knows the area well. Let the estate agent know what your budget is, what type of home you are looking for and what your situation is. If you are a young family looking for your next home, finding a house in the right location for the best schools will be a vital requirement. Whereas, if you are retired and looking to downsize, you might prefer a bungalow with easy access to scenic walks.
    A good estate agent will be able to help you choose the right property and guide you on the local areas with fantastic inside knowledge.
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    3. Market Research

    If you have found some properties that you are interested in, it might be worth finding similar properties in the area that have sold over the last few years.
    You may find a house that you have fallen in love with, but needs a full renovation. By checking out similar properties that have sold in the last couple of years that have been at a high standard, you can get an idea of what that home will be worth once the work has been completed.
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    4. Waiting List

    By registering with a local estate agency and advising them on the types of property you are looking for and the range of your budget, they can often advise you on upcoming properties before they are listed on the market.
    By doing this, you are more likely to find the home of your dreams because as soon as a property comes available that fits your criteria, the estate agent can book a viewing appointment.
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    5. Check Out Upcoming Changes to the Area

    Unfortunately, you can’t own a view so if you have found a property that has an amazing sea view that you are willing to pay for, you will want to know if there are planned works to obstruct this.
    To avoid any nasty surprises, check out planning permissions made in the local area. This way you can make an informed decision and won’t be taken by surprise if there are building developments taking place around the area you live in.
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    6. View at Different Times of the Day

    It’s much easier to view a property in daylight, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a drive around the area at different times of the day.
    If the property is located near a school and you are viewing the property late morning, you might not be aware of the cars lined up down the street at school pick up and drop off times. Or perhaps your property is in the bustling town centre with a great nightlife, the location may be handy but if you can hear music playing from the local bar until the early hours of the morning, you may have second thoughts about the property.
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    7. Consider the Resale Desirability

    Unless this is your ‘forever home’, consider how easy or difficult it will be to sell your home when you decide to move.
    You may love everything about the property, but if the property has been on the market for some time, it is worth trying to work out why. Having this knowledge will ensure that you are more equipped when you decide to put your future home on the market, and between that time you can make the choice to make the house more marketable.
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    8. Stay Motivated

    It can be frustrating when you fall in love with a house and your offer is not accepted, but don’t let it get you down. Follow these tips and keep looking, as one day soon you’ll have an offer accepted on the home of your dreams.
    If you’d like any more tips or information on buying your next home, why not get in touch with our friendly staff on 028 9065 3333, or get in touch here.

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  • 10 Interior Home Trends That Are Dominating 2022
    Posted on 18 August 2022

    10 Interior Home Trends That Are Dominating 2022

    1. Art Deco Details

    Embrace this popular trend with glamorous and sleek decor that will transport you back to the roaring twenties. Why not add a gold and mirrored home bar to your living area to create a hub for entertaining? Or how about adding luxe taps and fittings to your bathroom?

    Art Deco is often described as the pursuit of beauty, so this style reflects carefully selected homewares that adds decadence to your home.

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    2. Sustainable Swaps

    We have seen a change in consumer buying behaviour in the last few years, with customers opting for more sustainable materials and responsible manufacturing, and this shows no signs of slowing in 2022. In addition to this, buyers are also opting for second-hand furniture, or reusing items they own already in a different way.

    With a focus on conscious buying, we are seeing more reclaimed wood and recycled glass and metals in the interior design industry, with less meaningless furniture. A lot of buyers are opting to buy less, but buying higher quality products that will last.

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    3. Create Curves

    In 2022, we’re seeing a lot more furniture with curved edges, smoother lines and architectural details. By replacing sharp-edged furniture it can make a space feel more fluid.

    Adding a curved sofa or table to your space can instantly elevate the room and make it feel more luxurious. This style of furniture works great in modern homes and can add to the contemporary look of the room.

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    4. Mix Vintage and Modern

    Trends aside, your home should be a mixture of things that you love, so it makes sense to have a mix of modern and vintage decor in your home. It can be hard to strike the right balance in rooms when you are mixing new and reloved furniture, but by sticking to a colour palette you can make your pieces work harmoniously.

    Keeping similar shades of wood together, and mixing them with metals can create an industrial and modern look to your home. Whereas, if you are looking to create a cosier, traditional vibe to your home, combining painted wood furniture with plush sofas can work really well together.

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    5. Shades of Green

    After spending much of two years stuck indoors, our connection to nature and the world around us has only become more important. This can be seen in home decor trends as Pinterest has seen a rise of 80% in searches for green interior inspiration.

    The home trend brings the outdoors inside, but if you don’t fancy taking the plunge and painting your walls green, why not add touches of rich-toned greens through cushions and prints? By adding pops of green to your home and the addition of plants, you can add earthy tones to your decor without committing to redecorating.

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    6. Layering Textures

    2022 is the year of cosy layers of different textures, whether that is soft furnishings or even adding textures to your walls. We are seeing a lot of soft textures mixed with materials that have fringing or a decorative trim.

    Texture treatments are being applied to walls by using applications that mimic plaster finishes or by lime-washing walls. Whereas in furniture, we are seeing a variety of materials used in the same room such as natural stone, metal and wood layered with highly textured fabrics.

    An image of a bed with soft furnishings (Image Credit: Dunelm)

    7. Cottagecore

    If you haven’t heard of Cottagecore yet, it’s one of the fastest-growing trends to emerge in 2021 and there are no signs of slowing down. With one of the highest search volumes of design trends on Google, Cottagecore owes its popularity to the idyllic content shared on Instagram and TikTok.

    Cottagecore, at its essence, is about living slowly and getting back in touch with nature, bringing the outdoors in at every opportunity. Inspiration is taken from wildlife and meadows, and you can add this look to your home by incorporating chalk-painted furniture and florals into your home.

    An image of a wooden table with bench and chairs(Image Credit: Wayfair)

    8. DIY & Upcycling

    This trend has grown in popularity in recent years, and 2022 has continued to see a surge in DIY projects. Homeowners are becoming more confident in taking on tasks themselves, and it can be a way to cut costs when you are updating your home on a budget.

    Whether it is upcycling wooden pallets into garden furniture, painting an old piece of furniture or building a new desk, this is a trend that is dominating 2022.

    An image of a couple getting ready to decorate

    9. Colourful Kitchens

    Over recent years, we have seen bolder kitchen designs become more popular with many opting for darker hues of blues and greens rather than sticking to a neutral palette.

    In 2022, we are starting to see more pops of colour in this space, with colourful aga’s, painted walls, tiles, splashbacks and small appliances. This trend has extended to modern, retro and traditional designed kitchens showing that there's room for colour in all types of kitchens.

    An image of a colourful kitchen(Image Credit: Country Living)

    10. Natural Elements

    Although more colour is starting to trend, there is still room for natural elements and tones, and this is continuing to grow in 2022. Browns, blues, greens and warm beiges provide a calming presence in homes, and we are seeing a lot of this at the moment.

    Paired with light, natural wood keeps spaces looking fresh and is in-keeping with the Scandinavian style. Pops of black home accessories add a modern touch to the home and can elevate the interior style.

    An image of a vase with a plant on a table
    (Image Credit: Dunelm)
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