How to untangle Japanese knotweed from your house move

Japanese knotweed

There’s no doubt about it, moving home is stressful. There’s the mad dash to find your perfect home, the worry of getting a mortgage, the mountain of increasingly puzzling paperwork, and the nightmare of packing years of accumulated junk into a tiny van. The last thing you need while all this is going on is to discover that one little plant could call a halt to the proceedings. What is Japanese Knotweed? Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant species which unsurprisingly came from Japan. The plant was brought to Europe in 1850’s as a curiosity and from there made its way […]

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Home buyers beware: Things to look out for in your new home

Buying a house is one of the most expensive and stressful things you can do but on those days when your solicitor is ignoring your calls and your completion date is slipping off into the sunset, you can at least console yourself that once the keys are in your hand everything will be plane sailing. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. It doesn’t matter how new your house is, how experienced a buyer you are, or how carefully you inspected your new home, there will always be snags and nasty surprises. When Grumpy Dad and I moved into our […]

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Co-habiting, a cautionary tale

Co-habiting, a cautionary tale

Recently I’ve spoken a lot about our new house and how we are slowly turning it into a family home, but this has also made me think about my previous attempts to build a home with ex-partners. It won’t surprise you to know that these attempts failed, but what might surprise you is just how spectacularly they went wrong. Twice I have lived with ex-partners under different circumstances and both times I failed to protect myself out of naivety and a belief that all would be fine. Hopefully my errors, which have cost me a great deal financially, will help […]

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