Interesting Properties for Sale in the UK

If you love property as much as we do, then you probably thoroughly enjoy having a look at homes of all shapes and sizes. It’s fun to fantasise about your dream home, and no matter what your taste, there’s bound to be a property out there that suits you in every aspect from the location to the colour of the walls. Often, of course, these homes are a little out of our reach financially!

In the spirit of this property rubbernecking, we’d like to share with our readers the Telegraph’s list of 15 unusual buildings currently on sale in Britain. Unfortunately, the majority of these homes are indeed out of the reach of most, with some prices in the millions. Worth mentioning, though, is the former Cornish seaside fort – situated right on the beach and complete with battlements – which has been converted into studio flats. One of these flats is on the market; a bargain at £162,000.

Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more conventional, you won’t be very interested in naval fortifications or converted factories. In that case, you’d do well to check out our property search feature. Just put in a postcode or town name and you’re away. You can even filter by purchase price or number of bedrooms.

For an even more flexible and interactive house hunting experience, try out our Pinpoint service. This feature allows you to draw the area you’d like to search on an interactive map, allowing you to expand or limit the search quickly and easily and allowing you to search multiple adjacent towns.

We can’t necessarily promise you properties that are quite as interesting as those listed by the Telegraph. What we can offer is a wide range of homes on the market from a wide range of estate agents in towns and cities all over the UK.

Keeping a home safe while on a break

It is no surprise to hear that the overwhelming majority of burglaries and break-ins take place while nobody is in the home, and there is no time that a house is left unoccupied for longer than when the family goes on holiday. Criminals tend to look out for the tell-tale signs of homes that have been left vacant, but there are many ways in which homeowners can deter potential thieves by taking small and inexpensive steps.

Of course, the best way to safeguard a home is to install a home security system. A professional security company will be able to do this itself, and even something as simple as timed exterior lights can put off an intruder. Joining a neighbourhood watch scheme and displaying a relevant sticker in the window is also a deterrent to thieves. To discourage a house from being targeted in the first place, however, some small steps can be taken to give the home a ‘lived-in’ look and feel, and many of them will not cost a penny.

Avoid post piling up

One of the main giveaways of an uninhabited house is a pile of post accumulating beneath the letterbox. To avoid this, it is worth asking a friend, family member or trustworthy neighbour to go round and collect all mail every couple of days. Better still, holidaying homeowners can ask the postal service to withhold their post for up to two months while they are away. If someone is making occasional visits to the house, it is a good idea to ask them to occasionally switch on lights to make it look like people are going in and out of rooms. Timers that do this automatically can also be bought.

Look after the locks

As simple as it sounds, many people simply forget to lock doors and windows securely before going away. A burglar will not be able to believe their luck if a door simply swings open in front of them. Unfortunately, people who regularly leave windows open for pets to go in or out, or who do not bother to bolt doors closed, are often the victims of house crime.

Keep things in shape

Being house-proud is a fine trait, but it can be a sure sign of being on holiday if a usually spick and span front lawn begins to look unkempt and overgrown. To give the house a fresh and looked-after appearance, it may be worth considering hiring a gardener or landscaper to carry out some work and avoid the sort of messy grass and windswept flowerbeds that can give away the fact that nobody is looking after the house.

Steer clear of social media

Social media and online communication is very popular and an easy way to communicate, but posting holiday snaps on Facebook or blogging about the weather in Spain can act as a public broadcast that a house is being left unguarded. It is therefore advisable to stay away from the computer and enjoy the climate firsthand, rather than ‘tweet’ about it.

By taking these simple and cost-effective steps, holidaymakers can go a long way towards ensuring that, upon their return, their home is just the way they left it.

Bio:

Ian works for DMI Security Group Ltd – a London based designer, manufacturer and installer of high-quality security products. Catering for both the commercial and domestic markets, it calls upon its expertise and highly qualified, experienced installers to provide an efficient and ultra-professional service to suit all security needs. Specialising in such crime prevention accessories as roller shutters, retractable grilles, alarms and security fencing, more information about DMI’s products and services can be found at http://securityshuttersolutions.co.uk