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For £1k a month, which of these homes on Zoopla would you choose to rent?

The average rent in Britain has edged closer to £1,000 a month, the highest level in 13 years.

They now stand at £969 a month, rising 8.3 per cent in a year to December 2021 amid a shortage of supply, according to Zoopla.

But there are huge regional differences in rental prices and what type of property that amount of monthly rent will secure for a tenant.

As part of our Property Battle series, we take a look at two rental properties in different parts of the country that share the same rental price of £1,000 a month and ask which one would you choose?

Which of these two rental properties - each costing £1,000 a month - would you choose to live in?

Which of these two rental properties – each costing £1,000 a month – would you choose to live in?

The first is a studio to rent in South East London’s Crystal Palace with a large balcony, providing some sought-after private outdoor space in the capital.

The second is a six-bedroom end of terrace house in Tuebrook, a north-east area of Liverpool.

London estate agent Jeremy Leaf said: ‘How far you are prepared to go from the capital affects how much bang you get for your buck. 

‘There is a trade-off between size and location – it could be that if you need to get to work in London you would be prepared to move as far as say Northampton but you wouldn’t be able to make Liverpool work. 

‘That would be a shame in this case as the appealing six-bed rental in Liverpool has a lot going for it when compared with the London studio.’

Much also depends on the market. At the moment it is very much a landlord’s market, with very little rental property available for tenants.

Jeremy Leaf – estate agent 

He added: ‘If you picked up the Liverpool house and put it anywhere in and around London it would cost you millions of pounds, even in the suburbs.

‘What we are finding is that people are shying away from houses that need work because of the cost of labour and materials. 

‘You can’t with any certainty price things or know when you can get the work done. 

‘This is is even more the case if you are renting – you ideally want the property done to a high standard. Renting is about convenience; tenants don’t want to be doing properties up unless it is a long-term let.

‘Much also depends on the market. At the moment it is very much a landlord’s market, with very little rental property available for tenants. 

‘Sometimes landlords can get away with showing something that is not in great condition because there is so little available.’

This studio flat is in South East London's Crystal Palace, less than half a mile from both Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill train stations

This studio flat is in South East London’s Crystal Palace, less than half a mile from both Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill train stations

1. Studio, London, £1k a month rent

This studio flat is in South East London’s Crystal Palace and boasts its own private outdoor space.

The large balcony is brightly coloured with decking stretching along the length of the floor, with sufficient space for an outdoor dining area.

It also has a separate triangle-shaped bathroom and has good access to local transport. It is less than half a mile from both Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill train stations.

The spacious studio has room for a double bed, as well as a separate sofa and a dining area

The spacious studio has room for a double bed, as well as a separate sofa and a dining area

The London studio boasts its own private outdoor area that has some brightly coloured walls and sufficient space for an outdoor dining area

The London studio boasts its own private outdoor area that has some brightly coloured walls and sufficient space for an outdoor dining area

There is a separate shower room with white and grey tiles and sloping roofline

There is a separate shower room with white and grey tiles and sloping roofline

It is available to rent unfurnished or furnished for £1,000 via letting agents Martin & Co

It is available to rent unfurnished or furnished for £1,000 via letting agents Martin & Co

It is available to rent unfurnished or furnished for £1,000 via letting agents Martin & Co.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ”This studio – complete with a small balcony in the heart of the bustling Crystal Palace triangle – may be compact, but it is perfectly placed for everything South East London has to offer. 

‘Opposite a cinema and a few minute’s stroll from the huge Crystal Palace Park, this rented studio is ideal for someone looking to make the most of the prime location.’ 

This end of terrace property to rent is in Tuebrook, a north-east area of Liverpool

This end of terrace property to rent is in Tuebrook, a north-east area of Liverpool

2. Six-bed house, Liverpool, £1k a month

By looking at areas outside of the capital, it is possible to make your rental cash stretch further.

This end of terrace property to rent in Tuebrook, a north-east area of Liverpool, has six double bedrooms and two bathrooms.

There is also a kitchen with space for an eating area and a living room with a corner sofa.

There is also a good-sized kitchen with enough space for a dining table and chairs

There is also a good-sized kitchen with enough space for a dining table and chairs 

The living room currently has a large corner sofa lining two walls and facing the window

The living room currently has a large corner sofa lining two walls and facing the window

The property helps make your £1,000 a month rent stretch further as it has six double bedrooms

The property helps make your £1,000 a month rent stretch further as it has six double bedrooms 

There are two bathrooms, including this well-presented one with a modern white bathroom suite

There are two bathrooms, including this well-presented one with a modern white bathroom suite

The Liverpool property is available to rent furnished for £1,000 a month via Northwood lettings agents

The Liverpool property is available to rent furnished for £1,000 a month via Northwood lettings agents

It is available to rent furnished for £1,000 a month via Northwood lettings agents

Local transport links include Wavertree Technology Park and Edge Hill train stations that are both around 1.5 miles from the property.

Mr Copley added: ‘If it’s space you’re after, this six-bedroom end of terrace house in Liverpool could provide ample space for a family thanks to the large bedrooms and plenty of natural light. 

‘Available furnished, close to local schools and with outdoor space, there’s simply everything a large family might need already under one roof’.

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Is DIY on your list this Bank Holiday weekend? Big Brother winner Craig Phillips gives his five tips for getting the job done

Here, Craig give his top tips for DIY jobs this Bank Holiday weekend…

1. Garden furniture

This time of the year when the weather is starting to change, a lot of people are looking to see what they can revamp in their gardens to bring them back to life.

Throughout the winter the garden furniture has been exposed to all sorts, but it’s easy enough to give them a little makeover with some paint.

Craig give his top tips for DIY jobs this Bank Holiday weekend

Craig give his top tips for DIY jobs this Bank Holiday weekend

If anyone has metal or wooden garden furniture, it might have got a bit rusty or flaky, but you can remove this by jet washing it down and then bringing it indoors to let it dry out.

After it’s completely dry, think about adding any wood treatment on the bare wood to make things last that little bit longer.

Then I would consider using a natural mineral paint, that’s good for the environment and quite inexpensive. They have some great colours.

I really like a daffodil yellow to brighten up the garden. If you have metal furniture, it’s pretty much the same process, but you don’t need to add the wood treatment.

2. Loft space 

Converting your loft space doesn’t always have to be to gain an additional habitat room in your house, you may just need that vital extra storage space.

We find that most of us tend to hold on to too much stuff that we don’t often use or may never really use again.

My wife Laura is still holding onto her wedding dress seven years later which takes up so much space when hanging in our cupboards, she’s probably never going to wear it again however she’s got no plans to get rid of it.

Then you’ve got things like the Christmas tree and decorations, holiday suitcases, old family photo albums that you certainly don’t want to part with that need to be stored somewhere safe and dry – and the loft is the perfect place.

Installing raised loft boards means that you can upgrade the insulation in your loft

Installing raised loft boards means that you can upgrade the insulation in your loft

3. Energy improvements

Additional benefits of installing raised loft boards goes beyond just storage space, it allows you to upgrade your loft insulation to the correct regulations which is going to save on your energy consumption, which is better for the environment as well as savings on your utility bills, a win/win situation for us all.

It can also help when selling your home as an EPC certificate will be required, and having the correct level of loft insulation installed improves your EPC rating.

Having your loft space well insulated will benefit the bedrooms below from unwanted draughts and sound coming from the loft area.

We often have water tanks up there that can be noisy, or sounds coming in from outside.

People don’t often know that many loud sounds from outside can work their way into your home from the loft space. Often our house walls are two courses of brick or blocks thick and will stop air bound noise travelling through.

However, our roof structure may only be felt, batten and have tiles on the surface and have a single layer of plaster boards between the loft and the bedrooms.

This is where the additional loft insulation and raised floor boards will help to absorb and dampen sound traveling though into the bedrooms and hallways.

4. Draught proofing

Adding additional draught proofing around doors and windows frames also make your home more energy efficient and comfortable to be in.

These DIY tasks are very quick and easy to complete yourself and don’t cost much money.

The draught excluders can be fitted with minimal tools and are achieved in just hours.  

I always ask people to go home and place their hands around the inside of your door and window frames, letter boxes, cat or dog flaps to see if they can feel any cold draft entering into their house.

If you can feel the cold air coming in, then you’re also allowing hot air that’s generated from your heating system to escape.

Again, this is costly to both your bank balance and the environment.

5. Energy savings

Bleeding your radiators, changing, and upgrading the thermostat on each radiator and applying an insulated reflective foil to the rear of your radiators can all make great savings to your energy consumption.

Again, these kind of DIY tasks are achievable on a budget and can be done by with little experience.

If you’re attempting to change your own radiator thermostats yourself, it’s certainly worth watching online video demonstrations to follow the step-by-step stages to ensure you are doing correctly and safely.

With the ongoing energy crisis and cost of living increase in the UK, now more than ever, people are looking to save energy in every way possible.

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We need to replace our uPVC double-glazing – should we opt for grey?

Our double-glazing needs replacing in our three-bedroom semi-detached home due to its age. 

We’ve had two quotes for uPVC windows, and have been offered the option of grey anthracite.

On both quotes, grey comes out at around 15 per cent more expensive.

However, I’ve noticed in our local area that many people seem to have gone grey in recent years, rather than the typical white.

Going grey: A This is Money reader wants to know about the pros and cons of grey windows

Going grey: A This is Money reader wants to know about the pros and cons of grey windows 

I do wonder if there is any benefit to going grey, other than them not showing up dirt as much?

Would it add extra value to our home when we come to sell? Or is it simply just an aesthetic choice? 

Jane Denton replies: The ‘greyification’ of home interiors, cars and now windows has been hard to miss in the last few years. 

New-build homes with grey windows can be found springing up all over Britain. 

Plus, buyers purchasing homes which need a fair amount of work doing to them are, in ever growing numbers, opting for grey windows. Some people view grey as chic and contemporary. 

Send us your property question 

We’d love to hear from you if you have a property question and want to find out what the experts have to say on the matter. 

Whether you have neighbour woes, are looking to update or move home, or perhaps you can’t decide how to sort out an extension or make a room look bigger, we want to hear from you.

If you are a prospective first-time buyer or already on the housing ladder and have a property quandary, get in touch.

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As you suggest, your decision will boil down to personal choice and key factors like price, durability and aesthetics. 

While grey can hide dirt better than white, grey can sometimes look somewhat dull. 

Perhaps it’s also worth considering is grey is just a passing fad and will look dated in a decade or so – though that won’t bother you if you have moved house by that point.

Grey windows still aren’t the norm, meaning they are generally more expensive than white ones. 

The same goes, for example, for black or sage green windows. 

The exact costs involved will vary depending on the supplier used, the material you go for, the size of window required and whether the windows are double or triple glazed. 

Depending what you plump for, you could expect to pay around 10 to 20 per cent more for grey windows than conventional white uPVC ones. 

Timber and aluminum options can be pricier. 

In most circumstances, you wouldn’t need planning permission to change the windows in the manner you suggest. 

Permitted development rights are likely to apply. However, for a listed building, planning permission would be required.

In terms of what it means for property price and whether they are worth the investment in general, I turned to a property expert.  

Alex Harvey, managing director of Alex Harvey Estate Agents, said: I have seen various trends in windows come and go, however the ones that have always stood out from the crowd are the coloured and textured varieties. 

They seem to add an additional dimension to the look and feel of a property. uPVC windows of any colour can be a good low-maintenance choice. 

Grey windows can also be very practical. They do not show the dirt as much and make more of a statement than conventional white windows. 

It is not just the windows themselves you need to consider. 

Estate agency boss Alex Harvey believes grey windows can add value to a property

Estate agency boss Alex Harvey believes grey windows can add value to a property

It’s essential to have the right furniture and handles on them to compliment the age and style of the property. 

An example of this is where people have chosen black wrought iron monkey tail handles, in place of the usual chrome or even white plastic in an older style property.

In newer style homes, anthracite works really well to frame the windows and tie them into the structure of the home, while using chrome handles to help the rest of the framing stand out.

Windows are not just a way to bring natural light into a home these days, they are an opportunity to frame the view from inside the property by having a textured and coloured surround. 

However, there are mistakes that can occur, the main one can being that there can be too much beading in the window itself, which can take away from the view.

We tell clients considering coming to market about the importance of having their windows free of blown panes or any broken elements. 

Buyers notice these things when looking out of windows to understand the views and the surroundings of the property. 

In terms of whether grey windows add value to a property, it all depends on the quality of the windows and doors and the warranty that’s offered. 

We have had clients who have invested more for windows and doors that have had longer warranties for both their peace of mind and as a selling feature for future owners. 

Without doubt, newly installed windows and doors will improve an Energy Performance Certificate rating and will therefore appeal to a wider range of buyers.

It is not easy to assign an uplift value, over what the windows would cost to install. 

However, I can certainly say that for properties that urgently require new windows and doors to be replaced, buyers often have an understanding of the investment required and can be put off from buying a property that requires this level of improvement.

My gut feel would be a circa 10 per cent uplift if the windows and doors have a good balance of the above, based on the initial investment of the installation.

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Five climb the property ladder! Famous Five-style 17th century manor house with secret room, spyhole and fascinating history goes up for sale for £3.2m

A Famous Five-style manor house with a secret 17th Century ‘panic room’ and tiny spy-hole built into the staircase has gone on sale for £3.2million.

The historic seven-bedroom house started life as a coaching inn just after the English Civil War, but has also been visited by royalty and appeared in a children’s novel.

Among its quirkier features is a secret hiding space dating from more than 300 years ago, which can be accessed via a hidden panel under the stairs, leading to a tiny room beneath. 

Owners could monitor who came to their front door through a tiny spy-hole built into the staircase.

The property at Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, has four reception rooms, more than three acres of wraparound gardens and paddocks and is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A Famous Five-style manor house at Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, with a secret 17th Century 'panic room' and spyhole in the staircase has gone on sale for £3.2million

A Famous Five-style manor house at Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, with a secret 17th Century ‘panic room’ and spyhole in the staircase has gone on sale for £3.2million

One of two dining rooms in the property, which was visited in the early 1900s by the future King Edward VII and his wife, Queen Alexandra

One of two dining rooms in the property, which was visited in the early 1900s by the future King Edward VII and his wife, Queen Alexandra

During the early 1900s it was visited by the future King Edward VII with his wife, Queen Alexandra, when they were the Prince and Princess of Wales

The then owner was a lady-in-waiting to the royal family.

It also featured in The White Witch, a 1958 novel by acclaimed children’s writer Elizabeth Goudge. 

In it she describes her character looking out of the house’s south and east windows saying ‘she could see far over the fields to the sunrise’.

The new owners will still have stunning views, which take in local countryside, as well as the village cricket pitch.

Inside, the house is filled with original features, including wooden panelling in the entrance hall, beamed ceilings, flint walls and leaded light windows.

The property has an entrance hall, kitchen, two dining rooms, family room, lounge, utility and laundry room and boot room on the ground floor with a cellar below.

Upstairs is an open-plan study area, seven bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Outside, the property has around 3.2 acres of wraparound gardens and paddocks and a triple garage with courtyard parking area and a gravel drive.

The owner said: ‘The house itself is steeped in history as it originally dates back to 1688, just a few decades after the Civil War, and interestingly it has a 17th century panic room hidden behind a section of the original wood panelling.

‘There are stories of visits from royalty – it was owned by a lady-in-waiting in the early years of the 20th century – and it featured heavily in a historical novel called The White Witch, written by Elizabeth Goudge who, many years ago, lived on the other side of the common.

A secret 'panic' room dating back more than 300 years has a tiny spy-hole built into the staircase of the historic property

A secret ‘panic’ room dating back more than 300 years has a tiny spy-hole built into the staircase of the historic property

The property has four reception rooms, more than three acres of wraparound gardens and paddocks and is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The property has four reception rooms, more than three acres of wraparound gardens and paddocks and is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

‘However, for us it was simply a lovely family home, very spacious and bright, and hugely characterful. 

‘My parents made a number of improvements to it over the years, but there’s definitely lots of scope for the new owners to come in and put their own stamp on it.’

Robert Cable, from Fine & Country, who is handling the sale, said the property belonged to a family of five who had bought it 50 years ago.

He said: ‘They have loved living here and raising their family in this house, it is filled with happy memories, but it’s time for them to move on and pass it to new custodians who will appreciate it as much as they have.

‘It would be perfect for a family that wanted their children to grow up in idyllic rural surroundings.

‘Outside there is so much beautiful space to enjoy, or even keep a pony; inside there is so much space and so many nooks and crannies for children to hide, along with the secret room – it’s like something from the Famous Five novels.’

Inside, the house is filled with original features, including wooden panelling in the entrance hall, beamed ceilings, flint walls and leaded light windows

Inside, the house is filled with original features, including wooden panelling in the entrance hall, beamed ceilings, flint walls and leaded light windows

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