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Ways to Make Your Leicester Home a Cosy Retreat

In this two-minute read, we look at ways to make your Leicester home a warm, welcoming retreat.

 

As the nights draw in and the mercury drops, it’s time to take a little inspiration from our Nordic neighbours.

 

The stylish Danes have mastered the art of dealing with long, dark winters by embracing what they call hygge (pronounced hoo-gah).

 

Hygge is a sense of cosy contentment brought about by enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Imagine yourself, warm drink in hand, sitting in a comfy chair in front of a crackling fire, and you’re on the right track.

 

The idea of hygge is to create a comforting nest (it can be indoors or outside) and to enjoy it with family and friends.

 

As we’re all likely to be spending a lot of time at home over the next few months, here are a few ways to bring a little hygge into your life.

 

Lighting – Nothing is less relaxing than mortuary-style clinical blue/white lighting. Create a subdued, laid back vibe by opting for light fittings with warmer tones. Candles, tealights and lanterns are also great, but (get ready for a very British health and safety warning) always be careful, especially if little ones are around.

 

Soft furnishings and furniture – Comfort is key so go for faux fur cushions, fluffy blankets and hand-dyed fabrics preferably in muted or natural tones. When it comes to furniture, natural products such as wood, are a must.

 

Indoor plants – Indoor pot plants promote better air quality in the home, a must when you’ve got the windows closed to keep the warmth in and the cold out.

 

Comfort food and drink – Hygge’s not just about interiors and furnishings, it’s also about food and drink. Think hearty stews, tasty soups and cinnamon rolls. If you don’t fancy cooking, try sipping glogg (wine heated with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg) or smorgasbord eggnog, a blend of cream, sugar, brandy, rum and whipped egg. If you’re after a non-alcoholic beverage, indulge in a decadent hot chocolate (some people sum up hygge as “cocoa by candlelight”).

 

Spend time outdoors – Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up. Wrap up in warm clothing – it’s no fun shivering in the cold – and spend time in a welcoming outdoor space. Outdoor heaters, heater-barbeques, fire pits and chimineas mean it’s possible to enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Add touches like fairy lights and lanterns to create even more atmosphere.

 

Turn off the screens – Switch off from the outside world – for a short time at least. Many of us spend our waking hours plugged in (especially if we work from home) but spending too much time in front of a screen can impact our sleep, posture, and vision.

 

If you think you’ve mastered the art of hygge, share a few of your stylish snaps with us on social media. Thanks for reading.

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October Jobs: How to prepare your home and garden for autumn

A rare warm breeze is a playful reminder that we are now into autumn, the summer months having passed us by.

Blue skies peppered with clouds will seemingly quickly turn to rain. Mornings start with wet ground underfoot, while the nights are already drawing in and the streetlights in and around Leicester will be glowing earlier. Children are collecting conkers, and while some of us relish the walks through the fallen golden leaves, others might be looking forward to snuggling down at home in the warmth.

It’s the perfect time to get our homes and gardens in order, ready for the rest of autumn, the slow onset of winter and the cold, snowy weather it often brings.

So, we’ve put together six things you should be doing right now to prepare your home and garden for the weeks ahead.

Store your garden furniture

You may already have been prepared and put all your summer items away, but some of us just haven’t got around to it yet, reluctant to say goodbye to the slim chance of just one more warm and sunny day! It’s a job that must be done though, so make sure that your patio furniture is stored away in a garage or a shed, or at least has a protective sheet over it. Chances are, you will have spent a few pounds on the furniture so you should look after it.

Top Tip: Give your garden furniture a good scrub before storing, as not only will it mean things are clean, it means you won’t have to spend time doing it when you bring your furniture out of hibernation in spring next year.

Don’t leaf it too late! (Sorry! We couldn’t resist!)

Many trees and plants have now shed their leaves, and you might love the look and sound of those crunchy piles as they mount up against a wall or fence, but it’s best to sweep all the fallen debris up before it begins to rot and leaves an unsightly mess in your garden. Similarly, ensure your gutters are free from mud, leaves and twigs.

Top Tip: Invest in a composter. That way, you have somewhere nearby to put garden clippings and leaves in, and, if managed carefully, you’ll have the beginnings of great compost.

Check your pipes and drains

As the days become colder, it makes perfect sense to make sure that you don’t get any headaches from broken pipes or blocked drains. With drains, ensure that they are not blocked by leaves or soil. With pipes, it’s best to ensure that they are well insulated. It’s also recommended that you keep your heating at set temperatures, even if you are away from home so that pipes don’t keep contracting and expanding, making them prone to damage.

Top Tip: Landlords who let out properties have a duty by law to have gas safety checks and boiler checks, but it’s easy for homeowners to skip an annual service. It makes sense to us here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents & Valuers for every homeowner to make sure their heating and boilers are in good working condition. It’s safer and more efficient, saving the pennies.

Ensure insurance is in place

No matter what you do, sometimes things go wrong, and it can prove costly. Through no fault of your own, harsh weather conditions in winter can mean leaks, breaks and cracks can happen. Check that your insurance is in place and that it covers you for everything you need.

Top Tip: As you’re checking your insurance cover, take the time to do an audit of other bits and bobs of paperwork too. Perhaps your car insurance needs looking at, or you need to renew policies or update your will. Seriously, spending time doing essential paperwork can save you money and heartache.

Sound the alarm

With the coming cold weather, chances are you’ll be spending more time indoors – the kettle is on, the fire is roaring, candles are lit, the heating’s on. While you’re indoors, you need to know you are safe, and that if anything should happen, you will be quite literally alarmed. Get a smoke alarm fitted, and a carbon monoxide alarm too. A few pounds spent could save your life.

Top Tip: If you’ve got your alarms sorted, do you have a plan of what happens if one sounds? Make sure you and your family know what they should do in the event of a fire or other emergency, including escape routes.

Seal up for winter

No matter how new your house may be, a little gap here and there can let in drafts – and allow heat to get out. Make sure your insulation is good and do any work to make sure doors close properly, or gaps in window frames are sealed. It’ll keep you warm and save you money.

Top Tip: A nice draft excluder by the front door can actually add to your decor. If you’ve got children, perhaps they would like to make a draught excluder out of old clothes and textiles as a fun project!

These are just a few tips to help you prepare your home and garden for autumn and winter. If you would like any more advice, we will be more than happy to help. Call a member of our team at Knightsbridge Estate Agents & Valuers on 07917 899 495 or email luke.stclair@knightsbridge-estates.co.uk.

 
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Embracing the Future – We’ve gone 3D

Embracing the Future – We’ve gone 3D

Like many people, we learned a lot during the lockdown.

When the property market went on hold for the best part of six weeks, we had time to look at how we did things and to explore new ideas.

Top of our to-do list was to look at ways we could improve what we do for our clients.

The need for social distancing and reducing the risks linked to Covid-19 led us to invest in virtual technology which now allows us to sell and let homes more safely and successfully.

We’ve introduced a 3D, 360-degree camera and mapping software which allows people to take a virtual tour of your home. It’s a very fancy piece of kit, but we see virtual tours as being a ‘must-have’ in the future as buyers and tenants become more tech-savvy.

Here’s how it works:

We visit your property and using the special camera and computer software we map out the home with a video tour which you can access and control from your device, be that a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

Why it works:

Creating a video tour which the viewer controls from the comfort of their own home means you reduce the number of in-person viewings.  At first glance, that sentence might seem odd as to achieve the best possible price you need the maximum amount of people viewing a property to create interest and demand.

But the number of online viewings increase dramatically because a virtual tour tells a much more detailed property story than a slideshow of photos.

If people are really interested in your property, they’ll then request a second viewing.

Seeing is Believing

Words don’t do our new technology justice, so, if you want to see how one of our virtual tours looks email us at Luke.stclair@knightsbridge-estates.co.uk and we’ll send you a link to a featured property.

Thanks for reading.

PS: Find out how much your home is worth with a free, no-obligation, valuation. Call us now on 0116 271 3333

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What Will You Be Drawing on this Month in Leicester?

In this 90-second speed read, we discover how something so simple to do can have such big positive effects.

This month sees the world’s biggest drawing festival take place.

Throughout October, there are activities taking place across the globe to encourage people to pick up a pencil and pen and start getting creative.

Due to Covid-19, many of these are now taking place online. And at the end of this article, we share a link where you can access more information.

The Big Draw attracts millions of people of all ages and highlights the benefits of getting arty.

These include:

Reducing stress – drawing takes your mind off things, and let’s face it, plenty is happening in the world right now that we might want to forget about.

Building relationships – sitting down to draw with your kids or friends creates a sense of shared experience and builds bonds.

Engaging creativity – merely grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil can kickstart the creative parts of your brain and has been shown to improve your memory.

The benefits of it are incredibly powerful among kids, and it can help to build self-esteem, motor skills, and get them away from gadgets.

The Big Draw’s theme this year is ‘A Climate of Change’ and is encouraging people to draw their thoughts and ideas on how we can live more harmoniously with our natural environments.

A Picture-Perfect Home

At Knightsbridge Estate Agents, we know what draws people to property.

Based on our 22 years of experience locally, we also know what people look for in their dream homes.

So, what does an ideal home in Leicester most commonly look like?

Well, we’d sketch out a spacious place, with access to outdoor areas, good neighbours, and a short distance away from shops, schools, and transport links.

We’d love to see what you create this month, so please feel free to share your drawings with us.

To find out more about The Big Draw visit: https://thebigdraw.org/

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How to Stay Healthy this Autumn

As if we didn’t have enough to contend with already this year, autumn has arrived, and that means cold and flu season is underway. For some, weeks of sniffling, sneezing and generally feeling a little under par lie ahead.

So, what can you do to protect yourself from unwanted germs, and if you do succumb to the dreaded lurgy, how can you get back to full health as quickly as possible?

5 Ways to Avoid Catching a Cold

1. Don’t neglect your general health

We all know that a healthy diet and exercise will help keep your immune system strong, but just how good is your nutrition, and how active are you?

You should make sure you eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and take 30 minutes of exercise to help keep your body in good condition.

Cutting out smoking and reducing your alcohol intake is also sensible.

  • If you don’t like fruit and vegetables, consider new ways to ensure you don’t deprive your body.
  • Blend up a smoothie: It’s not as nutritious as eating an actual piece of fruit but is better than nothing!

Make a vegetable soup: Warming and tasty, this is a superb way of getting your five a day in one sitting. Choose delicious veggies such as butternut squash, parsnip and broccoli and add spices to keep recipes interesting.

2. Get enough sleep

You may think you can function on just five or six hours of sleep per night. Still, the reality is that those who get less than six hours sleep are on average four times more likely to get a cold than those who sleep for seven hours or more, according to research from the University of California.

Sleep is critical for health, so if you’re a night owl, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night over five days. You’ll gain an extra hour and 15 minutes sleep overall and will barely notice your earlier bedtime!

If you find it difficult to drop-off once your head hits the pillow, try the following tricks to help you:

  • Spray a little lavender on your pillow and bedsheets. It’s soothing, calming and can help induce sleep.
  • Make the final hour before you go to bed a ‘device-free zone’. Switch off your phone, avoid your computer and the TV and instead read a book or magazine. Doing so takes you away from the blue light, which is emitted from smartphones and computers and may inhibit your sleep.
3. Wash your hands

This has been drilled into us all recently, but it shouldn’t take a pandemic to make us reconsider our personal hygiene.

Anything you can do to avoid exposing yourself to a cold virus will reduce your chances of catching it. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water, and carrying sanitizer with you, means you won’t pick up germs or transfer them to others so easily.

  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with dirty hands.
  • Cover your mouth if you do cough or sneeze.
4. Avoid children – if you can!

This is a tough one and virtually impossible for most people; however, children do tend to get several colds a year only because their immune systems are still developing so are perfect cold and flu carriers! They then pass the cold on very easily to those who come into contact with them. Parents of young children are the highest risk; however, contact obviously cannot be avoided altogether.

  • Teach your child to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze
  • Make sure your child washes their hands regularly to minimize the risk of passing on germs! 

Easier said than done – we know!

5. Be mindful of others

Often it’s challenging to make the decision to take a sick day away from work or other commitments, but if you are a ball of germs, the sensible option is to have a duvet day. This is not only in the interest of those around you, but you’ll also recover more quickly with some rest, allowing your body time to heal.

If you do succumb to a cold this autumn here’s what you can do to speed up your recovery:
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water, juice, or a hot lemon drink with some added honey. This helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.
  • Take the recommended pain relief dosage for an adult or child, such as a decongestant, painkiller or antihistamine.
  • Rest your body to allow it to heal.
  • Gargle salt-water if you have a sore throat. Use a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8ozs of warm water. This is not recommended for children.
  • Speak with your pharmacist and try an over the counter cough or cold remedy.

Your immune system is a remarkable thing and is highly efficient at dealing with most colds and viruses, so remember, however annoying and frustrating it is, you will likely recover from a cold in a few days.

Our team at Knightsbridge Estate Agents & Valuers are fit, healthy and strong and ready to advise you on your next home move.

Call us on 07917 899 495 or email luke.stclair@knightsbridge-estates.co.uk and we will be delighted to help you.

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What the Latest Housing Forecast Means for Buyers in Leicester

Thinking about Moving? Here’s what’s on the Horizon in the Leicester Housing Market

In this three-minute read, we look at the long-term forecasts for the housing market and what they mean if you’re thinking about moving in Leicester.

After one of the most unusual years on record for the housing industry, the latest market predictions from a major property chain make for interesting reading.

Think back to March, when the housing industry screeched to a halt for more than seven weeks during what is typically a busy time of year for property sales.

Then jump ahead to May and June when the UK’s market re-opened – and demand rocketed. A month later, the Stamp Duty holiday was announced, leading to feverish activity from June to August.

After so much fluctuation, it’s understandable that people mulling over whether to sell up or stay put might ask: ‘what’s next?’

Looking Ahead

According to a report from Hamptons International, the outlook over the next four years is for steady growth.

It forecasts house prices in the UK to rise by 2% this year and by 8% over the next four years.

HMRC is also forecasting improvement, predicting a steady rise in completions, year on year over the next four years, in line with economic recovery.

Market Confidence

Many industry insiders have been surprised by the resilience the market has shown in 2020 (let’s face it, it’s been one helluva year). Looking ahead, Hamptons notes that growth is expected to rebound to 8.7% in 2021 (assuming there is an EU trade deal).

Incomes are also expected to rise, by a smidgeon this year (just 0.2%, but every bit counts, right?) and 2.7% in 2022.

What Does All This Mean for Those Contemplating Moving?

For those weighing up their options, but who aren’t ready to make a move just yet, these market forecasts, along with the fact interest rates are low, will most likely prove reassuring.

Even if people are not in a position to take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday (which ends on March 31) if their priorities or circumstances change, there will still be plenty of good reasons to act.

Consider too that most of us move for lifestyle reasons. Families grow, people retire, relationships blossom (or end) and employment opportunities change.

Major life events don’t necessarily mirror property trends. For most of us, moving is a big decision and we don’t do it on a whim. We weigh up the pros and cons and ponder our next move in our own time.

A Positive Outlook

This has, so far, been a year of famine and feast for the property industry, of low activity followed by hyperactivity. But remember, most years aren’t quite so dramatic.

The most recent forecasts should give potential-movers in Leicester the confidence to make decisions on their own terms for the mid to long term.

If you’ve got any questions about the property market or would like to get advice specific to your situation, get in touch with us here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents. We’re here to help.

 

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Breaking News – Big boost for first-time buyers in Leicester

Is this breaking news the answer to Leicester first-time buyers’ prayers?

A two-minute read.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this afternoon that he would make the dream of buying a first home a more achievable reality for first-time buyers.

The news came in a speech to the virtual Conservative conference.

The PM claimed his Government would introduce fixed-rate long term mortgages which would see as many as 2 million first time buyers being able to borrow 95% of the value of the property they want to buy.

The move is intended to help younger buyers afford a home of their own as large deposits of up to 10-15 % are often the stumbling block to their home-owning ambitions.

Addressing the issue of a generation of young people who feel as though homeownership may have passed them by, he said: “For most people, it is still true the overwhelming instinct is to buy.

“But many of them simply can’t, not because they can’t afford the mortgage but because they can’t pull together the deposit.

“The disgraceful truth is homeownership levels in this country have plummeted, and many are forced to pay through the nose to rent a home they can’t truly love or make their own.

“This policy will create two million more owner-occupiers – the biggest expansion since the 1980s of homeownership, to every part of the country.”

We await more details on the announcement, but at first glance, it looks like good news, not just for young buyers but for the whole property market in Leicester if this plan is put into action.

First-time buyers are vital components in healthy property chains. If this idea is intelligently implemented, it could change things for the better for younger buyers and keep the market buzzing along nicely.

If you are a first-time buyer who wants to be kept updated with suitable new properties as they come onto the market, please contact us.

We can also answer any questions you have about the home buying process.

Thanks for reading.

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Nine enjoyable things to try in Leicester this October

In this three-minute read, we look at ways to keep your body and mind active in October.

1 Plant some bulbs

Bulbs are easy to plant, can go in either the ground or pots, require virtually no looking after and pack a colourful punch. What’s not to like? Plant daffodils, tulips and hyacinths for spring blooms and alliums and lilies for summer flowers.

2 Play conkers

Every October, thousands of people flock to the village of Southwick in Northamptonshire to partake in that most British of pastimes: the thwacking of horse chestnuts. We are, of course, talking about the World Conker Championships which, due to Covid-19, have been cancelled this year. Nevermind, use your time wisely and get training for next year’s event.

3 Find a new nature trail

It’s eight months since the word ‘coronavirus’ entered our lexicon so no wonder we all feel a touch frazzled. Thankfully, walking in nature can have a restorative effect on our mental health and reduce anxiety and depression. There are some lovely parks and woodlands near Leicester. Go for a walk in one of these beauty spots and feel reinvigorated.

4 Get drawing

The world’s largest drawing event, The Big Draw, takes place throughout October. It’s an initiative designed to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the simplicity of putting pencil (or pen, crayon or pastel) to paper. The theme this year is ‘A Climate of Change’. Let your imagination run free.

5 Start a nature journal

There’s a pretty little corner of the internet dedicated to nature journalling; the process of regularly drawing and writing about what you see in your natural surroundings. It’s a great way (especially for kids) to slow down and observe the changing world around us. Check out this guide from the Natural History Museum on starting a nature journal.

6 Move in a new way

If you spend your days sitting at a desk (or kitchen table) hunched over a laptop, then it’s time to get some of those neglected muscles moving. Discover the joys of doing a downward dog (yoga), mastering table top (Pilates) or getting better acquainted with your yin and yang (Tai Chi). Your body, mind and soul will say namaste (that’s thanks in yoga speak BTW).

7 Wine tasting online

Apparently, some of us have been (ahem) drinking more at home in recent months. If you veer towards the vino, then why not learn more about what it is you’re imbibing. A host of companies now offer online wine tasting sessions. They deliver a few bottles to your door, and then in a Zoom session a wine expert talks you through the finer details of the Cab Sav, or Sav Blanc, that you’re drinking.

8 Bake something from GBBO

Try to execute one of the really tough challenges that Paul and Prue gleefully set for Great British Bake Off contestants. Step out of your kitchen comfort zone and get rough with the puff, tinker with a tarte au citron or attempt to blitz a Schichttorte.

9 Learn a language

Perhaps you learnt a language at secondary school and haven’t used it since. Or maybe you have plans to hotfoot it to an exotic location when we are (eventually) done with Covid-19. Either way, why not use one of the many apps available (most with a free version) to brush up on your language skills.

Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents we know 2020 has been an unusual year, but we’re determined to keep calm, keep active and keep people moving homes successfully.

 

 

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Ten Ways People in Leicester can Avoid Cringeworthy Property Photos

In this three-minute read, we look at the dos and don’ts of photography when it comes to marketing a property.

When selling or letting a property, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting the imagery right.

As most buyers and renters spend hours scrolling through property portals before arranging viewings, first impressions are crucial.

So why then do so many people get it wrong? Such is the volume of bad estate agency photos out there, that there are entire websites dedicated to mocking dodgy property pics (check out Terrible Estate Agency Photos).

To avoid becoming an object of ridicule, here is a list of what NOT to include in your marketing photos.

  • Grandpa, grandma or any other family member. Property photos that include people always look a bit creepy. It’s never okay, even if the person is sitting in the background or giving a friendly wave.

  • Boarded up windows and doors. If windows and doors are badly damaged or boarded up, replace them – or at the very least don’t photograph them.

  • Doll collections. Whenever we see lots of dolls in a room (and yes, we have seen this in property photos) we immediately think of Chucky from Child’s Play (he still gives us nightmares). Dolls, along with mannequins and skeletons, belong on horror film sets only.

  • Bathrooms covered in mould. Always give your home a good scrub before it goes on the market. People don’t want to view a property that comes with a health warning.

 

  • Outdoor items left indoors. Lawn mowers, quad bikes and trampolines all belong outside. If for some reason you keep them inside, understand that this is not normal. Remove them from the premises before taking marketing photographs.

  • Animals. All creatures great and small should be left out of property photos. They only serve as a distraction and make people wonder if the house smells.

  • Badly photoshopped images. Don’t be tempted to digitally add a dining table or a sofa to a photo of an unfurnished room. It never looks convincing; the furniture always looks like it is levitating ever so slightly off the floor. Other no-nos include adding sunsets or wildlife to images of the back garden.

  • Mirror images. When taking pictures of a room that has a mirror, a photographer can inadvertently capture their own reflection. This is too Alfred Hitchcock for our liking. Photographers should always position themselves carefully to avoid making a cameo appearance in the photo.

  • Intimate portraits of your lover/husband/wife. So, you’ve been to life drawing classes and are rather proud of that racy charcoal sketch you did of your beloved. We love your creativity but please keep such personal items out of sight.

  • Broken furniture piled high. People will be put off by the thought of having to fork out for a skip (or two) to remove your junk.

 

These are the most extreme examples of property photo fails, but the principle stands for all property marketing imagery. Make sure every room is clutter-free and clean and plan the shots.

Ideally get a professional to take the photographs for you. They’ll understand how to make the best use of light and to make rooms look spacious and airy.

Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents we get the picture. We’re experts at showing homes at their best and always use professional property photos.

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Plant Life: The Top 5 Best Indoor Plants for Your Home

Interior design trends come and go with the seasons, but there are few trends that stick around long enough to be considered staples in home decorating. Houseplants are one of those evergreen (no pun intended) trends. 

Not only do they give a breath of fresh air into your home by bringing the outdoors in, but they also make it look like you’re ‘adulting’ the same way a fully stocked bookshelf does. It shows some level of care and responsibility more than other decor does, which can actually add to the feel of the whole room. Think about your friends’ places who have plants and how you feel when you visit their homes. You’re a bit more impressed and oddly relaxed, right? 

Why not recreate that feeling in your own home and take advantage of the other benefits houseplants can offer? A plant is more than just a piece of decor – it’s a living thing that requires care, and in turn, makes you feel more relaxed, along with other mental health benefits one gets from taking care of a living thing. 

If you aren’t a plant expert though, this may sound like hard work. Bringing something into your home that requires effort and caring for may just be too much trouble. Therefore, this list is here to help you find the perfect plants for even the most minimal amount of work needed to help them thrive and look great in your home. 

Here are the top five indoor plants for your home, regardless of your gardening expertise. 

Zamioculas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)

The Zamiculas Zamiifolia or ZZ plant is the perfect plant for anyone who usually (and unintentionally), kills any plant they bring home! These plants are easy to care for as they require such a minimal amount of commitment that you could practically ignore this plant and it would be just as happy. You have probably seen them in places like offices that have low natural light – a good sign this plant can take some neglect. 

ZZ plants are well known as the Zanzibar Gem because of how shiny their emerald green leaves are. There’s also a variegation of the ZZ plant that has black leaves called the raven ZZ plant, so if you want a more dramatic plant, you could opt for that version. Both variegations require indirect sun but can tolerate low light, so they are great options for areas of the home that don’t have a lot of natural light like a bathroom or tucked away in a corner. The less light this plant gets, the slower it will grow, but it’ll hang on as-is regardless. 

They also don’t need a lot of water since they store moisture in their bulbous roots. If it’s sitting in a spot with indirect sun, you can probably get away with watering it thoroughly once a month and letting it completely dry out between waterings. If it’s sitting in a spot with very little light, it needs even less water. 

Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

One of the most recognisable plants, monsteras are super trendy right now and so easy to keep happy. This plant isn’t for anyone with a tight space, however. The split leaves can grow pretty quickly and seem to double in size whenever a new one pops out. If you’ve got the space for it, it can take over and be a focal point of the room, turning your room into an indoor jungle. 

Sanseveria (Snake Plant)

This plant is practically invincible and much like the ZZ plant, it can grow in almost any condition and only needs minimal water. There are different varieties of snake plants (dwarf, sword, striped, twisted sister, cylindrical, Kenya hyacinth, golden bird’s nest, etc.), so potentially you could just have a massive collection of them and not have the same two types. 

Sanseveria plants are also perfect to fit into smaller spaces since, unlike other houseplants, they grow upwards and not outwards. You won’t need to worry about trimming them back because they also grow incredibly slowly.

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Peace lilies are another easy to care for plant that doesn’t need too much light to thrive, although the more light you can give it, the faster it will grow and bloom those gorgeous white flowers they’re known for. They can grow relatively quickly in medium or low light as well, making them ideal for any room with minimal light. The best part about peace lilies is their tendency to let you know when they need a good drink of water. Their leaves will wilt and flop over, making it look like it’s dying, but if you give it a healthy amount of water, in a few hours the leaves will perk right back up again. 

Epipremnum Aureum (Pothos Vine)

For anyone who wants a fast-growing plant that takes up whatever amount of space you give it, a pothos vine is the way to go. They’re easy to care for in the sense that they won’t put up a fuss if neglected for a little while but do require intermittent watering and a medium amount of indirect sun. They work best as hanging plants because their vines grow quite quickly, so giving them room to trail down makes any space look like an indoor garden.

With this in mind, if your property is on the market in Leicester, consider the addition of one of these top five houseplants to help transform your rooms in an instant, by bringing your space to life.