How to Hygge

As the dark nights draw in it’s time to embrace the cosy Danish concept of Hygge.

Scandinavians consistently top the polls as the happiest people in the world and the concept lifestyle of hygge is widely attributed to this.

Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ the word is associated with well-being and has been developed into a way of living. The concept is adopted all year round but winter is when it really comes alive with warm firesides, hot baths with scented candles, hot drinks and a feeling of cosiness and togetherness.

Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, Hygge is the art of creating intimacy for social occasions or alone to experience frienship, warmth and contentment.

So as the nights draw in here are some tips to Hygge your home this winter.

Candles – Whether scented or unscented a candle creates a warming glow.

Add texture – Create warm and warming interiors with soft textures such as chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy woolen rugs.

Remember the simple things – treat yourself to your favourite coffee, hot chocolate, bubble baths and scents.

Update your loungewear – Get comfy after a day at work in your favourite loungewear. Loungewear can be as relaxed or luxurious as you desire and is an essential cpomponent of hygge.

Time with friends – Hygge is best enjoyed with friends. Invite family and friends around and get baking and cooking !

Enjoy new hobbies – Curl up and read a book or enjoy trying a new hobby or outdoor walks.

Don’t rush – Life is busy but slow down and take it all in. Take time to enjoy a warming brew, extra time in the bath or in bed to make sure the daily stresses  have melted away. Savour a slice of cake or some home baking.

So whatever you plan to do , take time to enjoy the moments that make you smile.2 Roseberry Road, Roseberry Newhouse-16.jpgiStock_000010769345Large.jpg

Selling in Autumn

A decision to sell your property in Autumn can be a smart move. John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse discusses how to maximise sale opportunities at this time of year.

For many buyers, the summer holidays are over and children are back at school, which frees them up to concentrate on the property market.  In addition to marketing the property at the right price there are other ways to maximise your chance of a sale in Autumn.

If this is the first time you’re putting the property on the market, all of the basic preparations need to be undertaken. Focus on decluttering, both inside and outside. Store outdoor summer games and furniture. Be ruthless when it comes to clearing personal items. While you might enjoy having the family photos lined up on the mantelpiece and covering the fridge door, they detract from the sense of space. Buyers need to envision themselves in a property and depersonalising an area makes it easier for them to see how they will make the space their own.

The focus in summer is often on outdoor space, but in Autumn it changes to the indoor area. Don’t neglect the outdoor area, though. The garden still needs to be tidy, with spent flowers removed, roses pruned and autumn leaves cleared. It is still possible to add some colour in garden beds by planting winter pansies. For instant effect and additional colour, position pots of chrysanthemums that are sold in full flower.

The days are getting shorter and duller, so consider how you can lighten and brighten your property. Turning lights on just before a viewing can make a difference. Position lamps to brighten darker corners and open all of the blinds and curtains. Make sure the windows are clean to ensure maximum natural light. If the property needs a fresh coat of paint, use lighter neutrals and add autumn colour and texture to create warmth through accessories, such as cushions, throws and mats.

Having carpets and mats professionally cleaned can make a big impact visually and help the property to smell fresh. As the days cool, we tend to close the windows to keep warm. It’s also a time when we tend to dry washing inside, which creates extra moisture in the air. Before any viewings, open some windows to let fresh air in, especially if the property has been empty. Equally important is making sure the property is warm. Before your home goes on the market, check radiators for leaks and fix any heating problems. Turn heaters on at least half an hour before a viewing to create a warm inviting atmosphere.

Finally, make sure you get prepare your property for market as early as possible; moving at Christmas time is not appealing for most buyers.

For advice on selling or buying property, please contact John Newhouse on

07590 949809 or visit Roseberry Road, Roseberry Newhouse-16.jpg

How to upgrade your home

It doesn’t have to take a whole lot of effort to transform your home. All you need is the time to tackle your home improvement projects – and what better time than a bank holiday weekend? Here is my guide to what can be accomplished over a long weekend.

iStock_000022276595LargeYou can turn your property into the home of your dreams with a few quick fixes. Some property additions can even add value to your home. Take a look at our best tips to upgrade your home for less.

Paint your kitchen cabinets

If you’re looking for an easy way to update the look of your home, paint your cabinets. Freshly painted cabinets give your home the update it needs without the cost of a full kitchen renovation. Choose light colours to brighten up your space, but don’t be afraid of colour: light blue or pale green both look fantastic in a kitchen.

Update your fixtures

New cabinet door handles or knobs on the sink can make a surprising difference in any room in your house. Choose modern door handles to update your kitchen, and you can even consider painting your sink knobs to give them a much-needed facelift.

Add mirrors

Mirrors can make any space seem larger and are an easy way to ‘open up’ a room without knocking down a wall. Hang a large mirror on an open wall, or consider a gallery wall of smaller mirrors for a room that’s tricky to decorate.

Invest in landscaping

Kerb appeal is king, so be sure that the outside of your home is attractive. The entrance to your home should be neat and tidy, and consider adding some landscaping to the front of your property. A tree or two works well in a more rural environment, and never underestimate the power of a few potted plants in an urban home.

Add visible storage

Adding storage is a great way to add value to your property, and visible storage is an extremely easy way to make use of the more awkward spaces in your home. Look for spaces like nooks in corridors, eaves, spaces under stairs, space above sinks, and wall space for mounted cupboards. Adding visible storage in these places is a great way to showcase your personality as well as cut the clutter.

Add wooden floors

Wall-to-wall carpet is no longer a popular choice, as homeowners now prefer wooden floors that they can choose to put a rug on. Many types of wooden flooring are available on a budget, so consider vinyl flooring in a wooden pattern or get reclaimed wooden floors for less.

Freshen up your front door

First impressions count, and there’s nothing less appealing than a front door with peeling paint. You can stay classic and choose a front door in a neutral glossy shade, or pick a brighter colour with some personality.


Second Home Ownership

Whether you’re looking for a weekend hideaway, a second income, or a renovation project, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of purchasing a second home. I would like to offer some guidance on what to think about in regards to a second property.

The idea of purchasing a second home can be an exciting one, but it can also be daunting. Naturally, there are benefits. A second home can provide rental income, act as a money-making renovation project, or be a place to escape on weekends and holidays.

The first step is to have a clear idea of why you are re-entering the market, as this will ensure your new purchase is fit for purpose.

If you are buying as an investment, think clearly about your timeline. Buy-to-let properties tend to reap benefits as longer-term investments, while renovation projects are ideally shorter term. Long-term second home investments will generally accumulate value over time, depending on trends in property prices, and can generate a rental income in the interim. A short-term second home investment depends largely on your ability to spot a good-value property and make significant improvements to raise the value. The risk is greater with a short-term investment, as property prices tend to rise slowly over time, so clever renovation and commitment to completion is vital.

For UK properties, remember the Stamp Duty surcharge that has been in place since April 2016. Second homes are subject to a surcharge of three to 15 percent, depending on the value of the property.  It’s worth inputting the figures into a stamp duty calculator when you’re looking at your finances.

Financing your property is a key consideration. For a second property, it may be a cash purchase using savings, a new mortgage, or remortgaging.  Your lender will take into account your reasons for purchasing a second property and your repayment feasibility, so discuss the options with them before you start looking. Our Financial Services Department can offer independent advice.

Regardless of why you are considering a second home, or where you hope to invest, the process should be just as thorough as when you bought your first home. Think about your reasons for investing, get your finance in place, research potential locations thoroughly, and find an agent who knows the areas you’re considering, or with international reach if owning overseas is your goal.

For advice please contact me directly John 1.jpg


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The area is traditionally known for its heavy industry and chemicals and now attracts high tech business’s and investment. Teesport is based on the River Tees and is currently the third largest port in the United Kingdom, and amongst the ten biggest in Western Europe. The area has one of the countries top Universities, Teesside University, and two major hospitals, Teesside Retail Park. Transport connections from Durham Tees Valley Airport, Darlington Railway Station and a Grand Central service from Middlesbrough to London. Access to the North Yorkshire Moors and the beautiful coastline are all within easy reach.image