Significant Changes in Stamp Duty

 Tony Lynch of Lynch Sales & Lettings, takes a look at the agreeable change in stamp duty brought about in the Autumn Statement.

Few people like taxation. Most understand that we have to have taxes. But when they are as unfair as our stamp duty was then taxation seems to be doubly disagreeable.

The Dangers Of Tree And Plant Roots


Many homeowners with foliage-filled gardens are blissfully unaware of the damage tree and plant roots can cause if planted too close to their home.

When buying a house, or planting a tree, it is important to be aware of the proximity of trees to the property and any outbuildings. This is especially true of species such as willow and poplar.

Improvements You Can Take With You

Stained Glass Window - Home Improvement Ideas

Stained Glass Window – Home Improvement Ideas

We all know that home improvements often increase the value or saleability of your home, but whilst most improvements enhance a property, they generally stay with it when it is sold. However, there are improvements you can make that will not only maximize the presentation of your home, but which you can also take with you when you move. Here are some suggestions:


  1. Use rugs as a flexible way of improving a floor without going to the permanent expense of fitted carpets.
  2. How about using freestanding new or antique wardrobes and cupboards that you can take with you when you move, rather than installing permanent fitted cupboards? Freestanding kitchen units can also look fantastic.
  3. How about a concertina screen instead of curtains? Alternatively, a window with a miserable view can become a dramatic feature if you hang a stained glass design in front of it.
  4. In the garden, stone garden furniture and small water features can give a sense of permanence, but can be easily removed, so can solar-powered outdoor lights.
  5. If you work from home or need a playroom, a high quality timber structure in the garden is an instant, low-cost, alternative to an extension.
  6. Plants and shrubs in flower beds prefer to stay there, but planted in pots and troughs, not only can they go with you, they will also provide instant effect in your new home.


Remember you are offering buyers a home – not just a house. But do make sure that everyone is quite clear about what you intend to take with you when you move. Just avoid the phrase “that’s going”. Going with the house, or going with you?!


For more helpful information on moving home or improvements that will add value to your home, contact Tony Lynch of Lynch Sales & Lettings of Woking on 01483 751000 or visit our Facebook page @