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The window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France, Ireland, and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax some houses from this period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces. In was introduced in England and Wales in 1696 and was over-ruled in 1851, 156 years after first being introduced. France (established 1798, over-ruled 1926) and Scotland both had window taxes for similar reasons.

 

When the window tax was introduced, it consisted of two parts: a flat-rate house tax of 2 shillings per house, equivalent to £12.51 in 2015, and a variable tax for the number of windows above ten windows in the house. Properties with between ten and twenty windows paid an extra four shillings, equivalent to £25.03 in 2015 and those above twenty windows paid an extra eight shillings, equivalent to £50.06 in 2015.

 

The bigger the house, the more windows it was likely to have, and the more tax the occupants would pay. Nevertheless, the tax was unpopular, because it was seen by some as a tax on “light and air”. A similar tax existed in France from 1798 to 1926.

 

There was a strong agitation in England in favour of the abolition of the tax during the winter of 1850–51, and it was accordingly over-ruled on 24 July 1851, and a tax on inhabited houses substituted. The Scottish window tax was also abolished at the same time.

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When it comes to pets, the rent market is usually split in two between landlords – usual pet ‘haters’, and tenants – whom can be quite fond of their pets. One of the most difficult situations is the one when the two have to get along. It is just a joke, of course, but there have been conflicts and prices going up for houses of apartments to let because of the appearance of pets into the discussion.

But, when you are the owner, the problem is easily solved. A pet lover – depending on the degree, of course, can even make changes to the house to accommodate the animal companion.

Here are a couple of things to do to improve your home and make it pet-friendly:

  1. Choose a durable and easy to clean flooring. You will then be assured that the dog will not dig in to bury a treasure in the dinning, and that the cat will not leave paw marks on the freshly washed kitchen floor.
  2. Use slip-proof rugs for the ‘playing’ area. The slipping rugs are a problem for children usually, but the other runner in the house might find them just as troubling.
  3. Make a drawer with easy-to-clean solutions. Use specific products that are pet friendly and that eliminate both stains and odours.

You will find a lot of good advice in the following article both for cats and dog lovers.

Decorating Ideas: Making a Pet-Friendly Home

 

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To continue the baby-themed posts lately, here are some name suggestions based on design accessories for the interior of the house.

20 WALLPAPERS THAT COULD TOTALLY DOUBLE AS BABY NAMES

Based on the article on Elle Decor, you can choose an interesting baby name ranging from Olana to Storm, Paisley, Narina or Otomi. Not only will it sound exotic when you’re going to call him or her in the park, but you’ll actually have the opportunity to show your inspiration on the walls of the baby room.

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Preparing to be a parent? Prepare yourself mentally, but remember to prepare your house too, because the impact is going to be major.

Preparing the home for a child is very helpful for parents because it takes them one step closer to the real thing. It takes a lot of imagination to create the perfect child-ready house, but your effort is going to be well rewarded when the baby comes.

First step is to think like a curious baby! Imagining life from the baby point of view is going to make you more aware of the dangers that it might encounter inside the house. For examples, cabinets with cleaning products should be carefully locked before the baby starts moving.

For the kitchen, we suggest you keep only the essentials for you and make some ‘room’ for the baby-food maker or for a bottle rack.

The baby room is a must, but most parent prioritize decorating it for the baby. Instead, you should be focusing on making it friendly – and by ‘friendly’ we mean efficient – for you as a parent. Organize the room properly to easily find diapers, clean ‘outfits’, baby toys etc.

You will find more inspiration on what to do first when preparing your home for a baby in the following articles:

9 Things to Do to Get Your House in Order Before Baby Comes

12 Ways to prepare your home for your new baby

For toddlers you can find some ideas on how to make their life more fun and frustration-free in this article:

7 Ways to Make Your Home Kid Friendly

After you have all these in order you can go ‘over the top’ with these fun ideas to entertain children inside your home:

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Houses

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Trying to find a style that fits all types of people can be very hard to do when it comes to furnishing the property about to be let. Landlords have to know very well their target tenant and make him/ her comfortable inside the house a long time before letting.

A real trap is to make the house or the apartment personal. It is not about you, it is about the future tenant. Make sure you know the type of tenant moves in the area you are letting and things will be quite easy.

Property Division made a list with top tips for landlords in the Buy-to-Let industry. It is very useful to have a guideline like this when preparing a space for somebody else to live in.

Go through it carefully and try to apply it to the property you are letting.

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Education is the most important criteria even when it comes to choosing an area to live in.

Latest studies state that one in four parents move to be near a school they find suitable for their children.

Usual buyers might have a lot of criteria when searching for a home, but families tend to prioritize depending on the schools in the neighborhood. Moreover, parents are actually willing to pay more for a house in their focus area. And the extra money is not to neglect: the average plus 12% the studies show to be paid extra equals about £26,800 to the average property price.

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Traffic is an important criteria when choosing a place to live. Spending lots of time in the car or other means of transport will cause a lot of frustration for the inhabitants. 

Latest studies upon the traffic in some of the worlds metropolises show that people have to face a lot of hustle to travel from one place to another.

A top was made by the mapping company TomTom with the worst cities to live in because of the traffic. Two entries of the 13 cities that ranked in this top are from England. London and Manchester are the places with the worst traffic in the UK.

The entire top was detailed and explained in this article on Business Insider:

The 13 European cities with the worst traffic

However, some big cities municipalities invested in programs for eliminating traffic jams and hot-spots and it seems to be working out. One example is actually London that made some improvements from one year to another.

Ranking number one in what stressful traffic is Bucharest, Romania – one of the smallest cities on the list, actually.

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The difficult part of choosing to relocate is the decision itself. After you’ve decided you just have to visualize the entire process and take baby steps.

You have to be aware the process will not be easy. Leaving your friends behind or the house you invested in will be hard to do. Just pack inside you a lot of courage, patience, and openness. Taking one step at a time will get you there, as long as the steps are powerful enough.

We came across a good and insightful guide for all of you making a location change in your life. Just remember it is all for the best!

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Imagine living in an apartment the size of an Underground tube carriage. It has all the utilities of an apartment. It is just smaller. And cheaper.

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Micro-homes are a solution for those wanting to live by themselves, but without necessarily having a big budget to let or buy a home.

More than 8,000 micro-homes were built in 2016 and it was a record until now. The demand was high enough to convince developers to keep on creating micro-homes in the UK.

However, more and more voices are starting to talk more about the downs of these types of properties. One of the biggest problem is their value that will surely not grow once with time. More aspects about micro-homes to take into consideration have been discussed by specialists in this article on Property Reporter.

Also, keep in mind that London already has some of the smallest sized properties in Europe.

Consumer group highlights down side of new trend in micro homes

What do you think? Would you choose a micro-home for your own use?

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London is known to be an intense tech market considering the big-named companies based here and professionals from the domain living in the city. 

Despite this, a recent comparative study between the best known cities for their tech hubs showed that London is not one of the most affordable places for people working in the domain. The article on Property Reporter shows that in the top are: Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool. London only ranks on the 19th spot.

The study used criteria like the average property price and the job offer market in the digital tech domain.

However, the main concern is that the lacking of affordable properties and the high costs of digital business in London can cause an exodus of specialists to better placed cities on the tech hub top.

Details upon the study in the article on Property Reporter.

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