21 September 2016




Selling your home is a doodle at the moment. In London there are between 7 and 10 buyers after every home. However, there are farther flung parts of the country where it’s far from a sellers’ market. Here are our tips on how to sell your house in 24 hours.


Light, make-up, action

Your house must be treated like the star of the show. Unless it looks appealing in the photographs, you won’t find an audience. William Tellwright, manager of John D. Wood, has a sales service that specialises in pre-photo shoot spruce-ups. “Our photographers will plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and de-clutter work surfaces,” he says.


Be ready to scramble

Research shows that sales brochures without spelling mistakes sell homes three times more quickly than those that contain errors. Try and check the agent’s particulars. What is the best day of the week to go public with a listing? Friday, because that’s the day house-hunters plan their weekend viewing schedule. You want your house to be near the top of the property search engines. “A vendor who is prepared to have viewings at short notice, and to keep their home in a suitable state is definitely preferable,” says Geri Moore, director of Hunters


Don’t always go for the highest valuation

Think twice before going with the agent who says your house is worth £20,000 more than a rival firm suggests. “It’s always tempting to go for the highest price, but if the market changes and your property is still sitting around six months later, it has cost you money,” says Will Watson of Middleton Advisors.


Sell in a conservation area

Buying in a conservation area is almost a cast-iron guarantee that the value isn’t going to drop. Witness the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment in the St Leonards area of Exeter, which was sold within 24 hours by Wilkinson Grant, for £145,000. The same agents sold another three-bedroom, listed property in Exeter in 48 hours, without the buyers’ even viewing it.


Provide extra rooms

Strategically place a boot room, perfect if potential buyers have muddy children or dogs. If you’re selling in the winter, make sure you light up a log burner, with piles of freshly-chopped wood beside it and don’t forget outdoors, because an unkempt garden will put people off in the first impression.


Play hard to get

When north London agents Aston Chase wanted to sell a prime property in Hampstead, they advertised in the newspapers, and turned down all requests from buyers for a viewing. It was let slip that the owner wanted to make pre-sale improvements. This generated what Aston Chase’s director Mark Pollack calls a “fever-pitch level of interest”. It worked. The plan resulted in “a virtually instantaneous sale at a very substantial record price for the area”.


Start packing before you’ve even sold

People won’t see your family snaps as charming bric-a-brac, but as house-shrinking clutter. “Try to look through the eyes of an incoming purchaser,” urges Matthew Abernethy of Kay & Co. “It’s your home, but they are viewing it as their future home.”


On the case

Send emails every couple days to everyone involved: estate agents, your solicitors, their solicitors and surveyors. Whether you are in the white heat of London or the more sedate markets elsewhere, it makes sense to approach selling your house as you would any business deal. Be professional, punctual and to the point, then watch your house fly off the shelf.


Discount Insurance can offer you Home Insurance at great prices, allowing you to find the right cover to meet your needs. Give us a call at 0800 294 4522 today!


Image source: Gradnja 

Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, September 21, 2016



Selling your home is a doodle at the moment. In London there are between 7 and 10 buyers after every home. However, there are farther flung parts of the country where it’s far from a sellers’ market. Here are our tips on how to sell your house in 24 hours.


Light, make-up, action

Your house must be treated like the star of the show. Unless it looks appealing in the photographs, you won’t find an audience. William Tellwright, manager of John D. Wood, has a sales service that specialises in pre-photo shoot spruce-ups. “Our photographers will plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and de-clutter work surfaces,” he says.


Be ready to scramble

Research shows that sales brochures without spelling mistakes sell homes three times more quickly than those that contain errors. Try and check the agent’s particulars. What is the best day of the week to go public with a listing? Friday, because that’s the day house-hunters plan their weekend viewing schedule. You want your house to be near the top of the property search engines. “A vendor who is prepared to have viewings at short notice, and to keep their home in a suitable state is definitely preferable,” says Geri Moore, director of Hunters


Don’t always go for the highest valuation

Think twice before going with the agent who says your house is worth £20,000 more than a rival firm suggests. “It’s always tempting to go for the highest price, but if the market changes and your property is still sitting around six months later, it has cost you money,” says Will Watson of Middleton Advisors.


Sell in a conservation area

Buying in a conservation area is almost a cast-iron guarantee that the value isn’t going to drop. Witness the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment in the St Leonards area of Exeter, which was sold within 24 hours by Wilkinson Grant, for £145,000. The same agents sold another three-bedroom, listed property in Exeter in 48 hours, without the buyers’ even viewing it.


Provide extra rooms

Strategically place a boot room, perfect if potential buyers have muddy children or dogs. If you’re selling in the winter, make sure you light up a log burner, with piles of freshly-chopped wood beside it and don’t forget outdoors, because an unkempt garden will put people off in the first impression.


Play hard to get

When north London agents Aston Chase wanted to sell a prime property in Hampstead, they advertised in the newspapers, and turned down all requests from buyers for a viewing. It was let slip that the owner wanted to make pre-sale improvements. This generated what Aston Chase’s director Mark Pollack calls a “fever-pitch level of interest”. It worked. The plan resulted in “a virtually instantaneous sale at a very substantial record price for the area”.


Start packing before you’ve even sold

People won’t see your family snaps as charming bric-a-brac, but as house-shrinking clutter. “Try to look through the eyes of an incoming purchaser,” urges Matthew Abernethy of Kay & Co. “It’s your home, but they are viewing it as their future home.”


On the case

Send emails every couple days to everyone involved: estate agents, your solicitors, their solicitors and surveyors. Whether you are in the white heat of London or the more sedate markets elsewhere, it makes sense to approach selling your house as you would any business deal. Be professional, punctual and to the point, then watch your house fly off the shelf.


Discount Insurance can offer you Home Insurance at great prices, allowing you to find the right cover to meet your needs. Give us a call at 0800 294 4522 today!


Image source: Gradnja 

Anethe Carvalho

14 September 2016



From leaping llamas to overgrown lapdogs, the 62nd Guinness World Record winners have been announced, and this year’s band of bizarre achievements and wonderfully inspiring feats do not disappoint.

Pets around the world competed for the title of the biggest in their category. The longest tail on a dog, the longest pet cat and a llama who has made the highest jump are just a few entries to make this year’s record book.

Ludo is the world’s longest cat, at 3ft 10.6in. He is three times the size of a domestic cat. At 37.96 inches tall, a female Great Dane named Lizzy takes the tittle for the tallest in her category.



Bernd Schmidt, 47, of Wendlingen, Germany, can open his mouth 3.46in wide. To win the title, he placed metal rods between his upper and lower incisors. The record was ratified by a dentist, who simply instructed: “Open wide!”



Florida pensioners Charlotte Guttenberg and Chuck Helmke are the most tattooed senior citizens – male and female – in the world. Ms Guttenberg, 67 has covered 91.5% of her body with tattoos since first being inked just 10 years ago.

Mr Helmke, 76, who sat beside her in the tattoo parlour to help ease her nerves as she had her first tattoo, has 93.5% of his body covered in tattoos. All of this work was done in the last 16 years apart from one army tattoo.



Britons also didn’t shy away from having a few records of their own. Ian O Brien has the world’s biggest collection of memorabilia from the hit TV series ‘Doctor Who’. O Brien from Manchester, UK, says he first caught the Whovian bug after watching Planet of the Daleks – an episode from 1974 and recalls being captivated watching the Daleks trying to bash down a barricade. He currently has more than 1,573 items.



24-year-old catwalk model Harnaam Kaur from Slough, who has six-inch long facial hair, was given the title of the youngest woman with a full beard.

Ms Kaur said the record was “absolutely humbling” as the beard has been part of her quest to overcome years of bullying.



The Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday says: “There’s something in here for everyone, from space travel, planetary science and the animal kingdom to remarkable human bodies, spectacular pets and superlative highlights from the past year in sports.”

To see all of these amazing people and many more grab a copy of the Guinness World Records 2017 on sale this month, priced £20. 

At Discount Insurance we believe in protecting all that’s valuable to you so get a Quote by calling 0800 294 4522 today on our diverse range of policies, from Home Insurance to Pet Insurance.


Picture source: Daily Mail/Evening Standard

Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


From leaping llamas to overgrown lapdogs, the 62nd Guinness World Record winners have been announced, and this year’s band of bizarre achievements and wonderfully inspiring feats do not disappoint.

Pets around the world competed for the title of the biggest in their category. The longest tail on a dog, the longest pet cat and a llama who has made the highest jump are just a few entries to make this year’s record book.

Ludo is the world’s longest cat, at 3ft 10.6in. He is three times the size of a domestic cat. At 37.96 inches tall, a female Great Dane named Lizzy takes the tittle for the tallest in her category.



Bernd Schmidt, 47, of Wendlingen, Germany, can open his mouth 3.46in wide. To win the title, he placed metal rods between his upper and lower incisors. The record was ratified by a dentist, who simply instructed: “Open wide!”



Florida pensioners Charlotte Guttenberg and Chuck Helmke are the most tattooed senior citizens – male and female – in the world. Ms Guttenberg, 67 has covered 91.5% of her body with tattoos since first being inked just 10 years ago.

Mr Helmke, 76, who sat beside her in the tattoo parlour to help ease her nerves as she had her first tattoo, has 93.5% of his body covered in tattoos. All of this work was done in the last 16 years apart from one army tattoo.



Britons also didn’t shy away from having a few records of their own. Ian O Brien has the world’s biggest collection of memorabilia from the hit TV series ‘Doctor Who’. O Brien from Manchester, UK, says he first caught the Whovian bug after watching Planet of the Daleks – an episode from 1974 and recalls being captivated watching the Daleks trying to bash down a barricade. He currently has more than 1,573 items.



24-year-old catwalk model Harnaam Kaur from Slough, who has six-inch long facial hair, was given the title of the youngest woman with a full beard.

Ms Kaur said the record was “absolutely humbling” as the beard has been part of her quest to overcome years of bullying.



The Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday says: “There’s something in here for everyone, from space travel, planetary science and the animal kingdom to remarkable human bodies, spectacular pets and superlative highlights from the past year in sports.”

To see all of these amazing people and many more grab a copy of the Guinness World Records 2017 on sale this month, priced £20. 

At Discount Insurance we believe in protecting all that’s valuable to you so get a Quote by calling 0800 294 4522 today on our diverse range of policies, from Home Insurance to Pet Insurance.


Picture source: Daily Mail/Evening Standard

Anethe Carvalho

07 September 2016




Who hasn’t dreamed of living full-time in a lavish hotel with decadent feather pillows, 24-hour room service and attentive staff?

For some lucky animals that dream is a reality, with dogs, cats, peacocks and even a water buffalo kept as pets by hotel staff around the world.

Animal lovers on holiday can look forward being greeted in reception by some of their favourite pets, making the following hotels their perfect vacation stay.


Camber Sands

Brock the Norfolk terrier belongs to Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant, a hotel and restaurant opposite Camber sands.

Nearby day trips include the Romney salt marshes, Dungeness, the quintessentially English town of Rye and the Kentish Weald villages.


Hampshire

Oliver Beckington is one of the most loved members of the team at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Oliver, a black Labrador, often greets guests on arrival and is typically to be found pottering around the reception area, taking long walks across the Estate or enjoying a well-deserved snooze on his beanbag in front of the fireplace.

Beckington also enjoys sharing countryside walks across the Estate with his four-legged friends and showing them around his favourite spots on the Estate.


Vauxhall

Waggers a miniature chocolate labradoodle lives at Staybridge Suites London, a 93-suite hotel located in the Albert Embankment.

The team depends on Waggers to help welcome and check in guests on arrival and he has even had one-to-one training for the role.


Phuket, Thailand

The newly-opened Keemala, a luxury hotel in the coastal town of Phuket in Thailand, has two resident water buffaloes who help to keep the lawns trim.

The animals were rescued and have been staying with staff ever since.


Warwick castle

Warwick castle, where guests can stay overnight in a tower suite, a glamping lodge or medieval tent, is home to 40 pet peacocks.

Over the summer a brood of peacocks have been born at the Castle.

Four times each day the peacock family enjoy a feast of mealworms, with the occasional salad leaf as a treat.


Paris

Nearly four years ago, luxury five star hotel the Castille Paris decided to adopt a Chartreux called Heliot to watch over the property.

Always happy to be cuddled all day, Heliot often climbs on the reception desk to say hello to the clients.


California

Boon the dog, now 12 years old, inspired the name of the Boon Hotel & Spa in California.

According to staff, Boon spends his days lying by the poolside, rolling in the grass, greeting guests and leading them to reception.

At Discount Insurance we know you love your pets regardless of their employment status, so call us today at 0800 294 4522 and get a quote to make sure they receive the best possible care!


Image source: Daily Mail 

Anethe Carvalho


Wednesday, September 07, 2016



Who hasn’t dreamed of living full-time in a lavish hotel with decadent feather pillows, 24-hour room service and attentive staff?

For some lucky animals that dream is a reality, with dogs, cats, peacocks and even a water buffalo kept as pets by hotel staff around the world.

Animal lovers on holiday can look forward being greeted in reception by some of their favourite pets, making the following hotels their perfect vacation stay.


Camber Sands

Brock the Norfolk terrier belongs to Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant, a hotel and restaurant opposite Camber sands.

Nearby day trips include the Romney salt marshes, Dungeness, the quintessentially English town of Rye and the Kentish Weald villages.


Hampshire

Oliver Beckington is one of the most loved members of the team at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Oliver, a black Labrador, often greets guests on arrival and is typically to be found pottering around the reception area, taking long walks across the Estate or enjoying a well-deserved snooze on his beanbag in front of the fireplace.

Beckington also enjoys sharing countryside walks across the Estate with his four-legged friends and showing them around his favourite spots on the Estate.


Vauxhall

Waggers a miniature chocolate labradoodle lives at Staybridge Suites London, a 93-suite hotel located in the Albert Embankment.

The team depends on Waggers to help welcome and check in guests on arrival and he has even had one-to-one training for the role.


Phuket, Thailand

The newly-opened Keemala, a luxury hotel in the coastal town of Phuket in Thailand, has two resident water buffaloes who help to keep the lawns trim.

The animals were rescued and have been staying with staff ever since.


Warwick castle

Warwick castle, where guests can stay overnight in a tower suite, a glamping lodge or medieval tent, is home to 40 pet peacocks.

Over the summer a brood of peacocks have been born at the Castle.

Four times each day the peacock family enjoy a feast of mealworms, with the occasional salad leaf as a treat.


Paris

Nearly four years ago, luxury five star hotel the Castille Paris decided to adopt a Chartreux called Heliot to watch over the property.

Always happy to be cuddled all day, Heliot often climbs on the reception desk to say hello to the clients.


California

Boon the dog, now 12 years old, inspired the name of the Boon Hotel & Spa in California.

According to staff, Boon spends his days lying by the poolside, rolling in the grass, greeting guests and leading them to reception.

At Discount Insurance we know you love your pets regardless of their employment status, so call us today at 0800 294 4522 and get a quote to make sure they receive the best possible care!


Image source: Daily Mail 

Anethe Carvalho


17 August 2016


Solo Travel

The idea of exploring the world alone may be intimidating to some, but research shows that travelling solo is becoming increasingly popular.

Analysis of 100,000 holiday bookings by travel inspiration website 101 Holidays shows that holiday companies which run group tours in the UK and abroad are reporting that 35% of their clients are single travellers.

101 Holidays has launched a new website, 101 Single Holidays, as a result of the predicted surge.

Solo travelling is most popular with women, as 58.3% of single travellers were reported to be female. When broke down by holiday types those figures rise for more active trips including walking holidays (64%) and African safaris (60%).

“Travelling solo has lost much of the lonely hearts stigma it once carried. Not everyone holidaying alone is single, with more women leaving husbands and partners at home as they tick items off their bucket lists,” says Winston.

To meet the demand for solo holidays, holiday companies are now offering incentives to attract single travellers, including dedicated solo travel holidays and the scrapping of the single supplement, a premium charged to people who take a room alone.

Here are a few of our top tips to stay safe when travelling solo:

1.      Leave all valuable possessions at home. Flashy watches and sparkly chains are not needed while catching a bus in Thailand or even sunbathing by the pool in Tuscany. Keep them in your jewellery box at home.

2.      Always keep a small emergency stash of currency (dollars are best as they can be exchanged easily) somewhere that no one will find. If you do lose your wallet / purse you’ll have something to get you by.

3.      Avoid arriving somewhere late at night. If you don’t know the place, get there during daylight hours. Being able to see your surroundings will make you feel safer.

4.      Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel insurance with people at home and carry your embassy and insurance company’s number with you. If you lose your passport or insurance details, you have back up.

5.      Keep a checklist of the important stuff – money, passport, camera, keys, ticket, etc. And every time you leave a room, bus or plane you can tick them off.

Whether you are planning on vacationing solo or with someone else don’t forget to choose insurance that will allow you to enjoy your holidays without making a dent in your spending.

Discount Insurance policies offers a wide range of different travel insurance options. Get a quick Quote today! 


Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Solo Travel

The idea of exploring the world alone may be intimidating to some, but research shows that travelling solo is becoming increasingly popular.

Analysis of 100,000 holiday bookings by travel inspiration website 101 Holidays shows that holiday companies which run group tours in the UK and abroad are reporting that 35% of their clients are single travellers.

101 Holidays has launched a new website, 101 Single Holidays, as a result of the predicted surge.

Solo travelling is most popular with women, as 58.3% of single travellers were reported to be female. When broke down by holiday types those figures rise for more active trips including walking holidays (64%) and African safaris (60%).

“Travelling solo has lost much of the lonely hearts stigma it once carried. Not everyone holidaying alone is single, with more women leaving husbands and partners at home as they tick items off their bucket lists,” says Winston.

To meet the demand for solo holidays, holiday companies are now offering incentives to attract single travellers, including dedicated solo travel holidays and the scrapping of the single supplement, a premium charged to people who take a room alone.

Here are a few of our top tips to stay safe when travelling solo:

1.      Leave all valuable possessions at home. Flashy watches and sparkly chains are not needed while catching a bus in Thailand or even sunbathing by the pool in Tuscany. Keep them in your jewellery box at home.

2.      Always keep a small emergency stash of currency (dollars are best as they can be exchanged easily) somewhere that no one will find. If you do lose your wallet / purse you’ll have something to get you by.

3.      Avoid arriving somewhere late at night. If you don’t know the place, get there during daylight hours. Being able to see your surroundings will make you feel safer.

4.      Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel insurance with people at home and carry your embassy and insurance company’s number with you. If you lose your passport or insurance details, you have back up.

5.      Keep a checklist of the important stuff – money, passport, camera, keys, ticket, etc. And every time you leave a room, bus or plane you can tick them off.

Whether you are planning on vacationing solo or with someone else don’t forget to choose insurance that will allow you to enjoy your holidays without making a dent in your spending.

Discount Insurance policies offers a wide range of different travel insurance options. Get a quick Quote today! 


Anethe Carvalho

20 July 2016



Virtual house hunting from the comfort of your sofa might be a reality sooner than we expected.

In the near future house-hunting could be less time-consuming because of virtual reality technology.

Agents now have a new tool to help them market a property as buyers will be able to simply strap on a head mounted display (HMD) and take a virtual reality tour. 

If the project is successful, homebuyers will be able to tour properties via smartphones or computers, only visiting the ones they decide to shortlist.

To make it work a property is filmed using a mixture of laser scanning and 360 degree capturing equipment.

The images go through a post-production process and are delivered via HMD which tracks the user’s head movements and shows each eye a slightly different image, giving the illusion of being a 3D space.


Soundscaping is then added in certain points of the tour for an additional sense of presence. The user is then able to see each room and the garden via a number of hotspots.

This technology is being explored by multiple real estate providers in order to make the customer experience better and quicker.

"With this approach, potential buyers could get more of a feel for properties and choose ones to visit that really suit their requirements. It could make the whole process more time efficient for buyers, agents and vendors," says Rightmove’s head of innovation, Hannes Buhrmann.

The virtual videos can be seen on YouTube and alternatively, for a totally immersive experience, you can use a virtual reality headset such as Google’s Cardboard viewer, available online for around £3.

Discount Insurance can offer home insurance policies from a range of leading UK underwriters, allowing you find the right cover for your needs.

Give us a call today on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote!

Picture source: James Deardley/Google/Youtube

Anethe Carvalho

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Virtual house hunting from the comfort of your sofa might be a reality sooner than we expected.

In the near future house-hunting could be less time-consuming because of virtual reality technology.

Agents now have a new tool to help them market a property as buyers will be able to simply strap on a head mounted display (HMD) and take a virtual reality tour. 

If the project is successful, homebuyers will be able to tour properties via smartphones or computers, only visiting the ones they decide to shortlist.

To make it work a property is filmed using a mixture of laser scanning and 360 degree capturing equipment.

The images go through a post-production process and are delivered via HMD which tracks the user’s head movements and shows each eye a slightly different image, giving the illusion of being a 3D space.


Soundscaping is then added in certain points of the tour for an additional sense of presence. The user is then able to see each room and the garden via a number of hotspots.

This technology is being explored by multiple real estate providers in order to make the customer experience better and quicker.

"With this approach, potential buyers could get more of a feel for properties and choose ones to visit that really suit their requirements. It could make the whole process more time efficient for buyers, agents and vendors," says Rightmove’s head of innovation, Hannes Buhrmann.

The virtual videos can be seen on YouTube and alternatively, for a totally immersive experience, you can use a virtual reality headset such as Google’s Cardboard viewer, available online for around £3.

Discount Insurance can offer home insurance policies from a range of leading UK underwriters, allowing you find the right cover for your needs.

Give us a call today on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote!

Picture source: James Deardley/Google/Youtube

Anethe Carvalho

13 July 2016



Council houses don’t always have to be boring; in Britain some people have made the best out of the spaces given to them by the government and are now proud owners of unique properties.

A new channel 4 documentary featured council house tenants like Robert Burns, a former decorator who made his three-bedroom Brighton terrace home into a replica of the Sistine Chapel.

Robert has spent 12 years transforming his humble abode into a homage to one of the most iconic artworks of all time, Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgement fresco.

He recreated the frescos on the wall of the chapel but replaced the paintings showcasing the lives of the saints and important religious events with modern stars like Wayne Rooney, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Nigella Lawson and Simon Cowell.




Baked Beans museum

In Port Talbot, south Wales, a baked bean fan Barry Kirk, 61, made his flat into a museum dedicated to the savoury treat which he claims has cost him £10,000 over the years.

Mr Kirk who enjoys dressing up as a superhero Captain Beany, says:

“I've got a beautiful collection of baked bean memorabilia. I love living in a council flat because I made it for my own purpose. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a visual concept. I'm very pleased.”




Gaudi in Preston

Jam Imani Rad, 65, converted his council flat in Preston into a stunning home, complete with mosaics inspired by Gaudi. The retired teacher spent £6,000 of his own money and around 11 years to finish the lavish interior decorations.

“It's the love I put in this house. You can see every corner of it reflects how I felt at that time I created it.”

The Chelsea council flat might be competition to the millionaire houses on the southwest side of London.


Socialite Pad

Molly Parkin, 84, moved into her council flat after declaring bankruptcy 12 years ago. The former teacher used to live in some of Chelsea’s most sought-after addresses with one of her former homes now being worth £5 million.

Molly was one of the original “it girls”, describing herself as a TV personality, erotic novelist, painter, fashion editor and general party girl.

At the age of 70 she went bankrupt and while battling alcoholism, she moved into a council house in the World’s End Estate in Notting Hill, London. The art work on the walls depicts events from her past such as orgies.


Discount Insurance provides you with great Tenant Content insurance in case you decide to also give your home a makeover.  

Pictures: Solent News

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Council houses don’t always have to be boring; in Britain some people have made the best out of the spaces given to them by the government and are now proud owners of unique properties.

A new channel 4 documentary featured council house tenants like Robert Burns, a former decorator who made his three-bedroom Brighton terrace home into a replica of the Sistine Chapel.

Robert has spent 12 years transforming his humble abode into a homage to one of the most iconic artworks of all time, Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgement fresco.

He recreated the frescos on the wall of the chapel but replaced the paintings showcasing the lives of the saints and important religious events with modern stars like Wayne Rooney, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Nigella Lawson and Simon Cowell.




Baked Beans museum

In Port Talbot, south Wales, a baked bean fan Barry Kirk, 61, made his flat into a museum dedicated to the savoury treat which he claims has cost him £10,000 over the years.

Mr Kirk who enjoys dressing up as a superhero Captain Beany, says:

“I've got a beautiful collection of baked bean memorabilia. I love living in a council flat because I made it for my own purpose. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a visual concept. I'm very pleased.”




Gaudi in Preston

Jam Imani Rad, 65, converted his council flat in Preston into a stunning home, complete with mosaics inspired by Gaudi. The retired teacher spent £6,000 of his own money and around 11 years to finish the lavish interior decorations.

“It's the love I put in this house. You can see every corner of it reflects how I felt at that time I created it.”

The Chelsea council flat might be competition to the millionaire houses on the southwest side of London.


Socialite Pad

Molly Parkin, 84, moved into her council flat after declaring bankruptcy 12 years ago. The former teacher used to live in some of Chelsea’s most sought-after addresses with one of her former homes now being worth £5 million.

Molly was one of the original “it girls”, describing herself as a TV personality, erotic novelist, painter, fashion editor and general party girl.

At the age of 70 she went bankrupt and while battling alcoholism, she moved into a council house in the World’s End Estate in Notting Hill, London. The art work on the walls depicts events from her past such as orgies.


Discount Insurance provides you with great Tenant Content insurance in case you decide to also give your home a makeover.  

Pictures: Solent News