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April Aspirations

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What are you hoping that April will bring? For me April will be filled with aspirations, the main one being finding a new house. I’ve never been involved in buying a house before, so any tips you can pass on would be gratefully accepted. What to do, what not to do – that sort of thing? Anything you can tell me that you’ve learned would be fantastic.
Marverine and AustenThere’s so much to navigate through and understand. It’s the strangest process to go through – daunting because it’s the biggest financial commitment that the majority of us make in our lifetimes, but also exciting at the same time. Of course, that said someone’s also got to fall in love with our apartment yet, so that we can buy that dream house. We saw something and kind of set our hearts on it, only to find it sold just the day before we called the Estate Agents to view it! I have a feeling it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a month.

What are you doing for Easter? I’ll be bringing you some amazing jewellery this Good Friday. I love Diamonique and I am crazy about loveRocks, so it’s a good job I’ve got two shows on that day! Make sure you tune in for some tempting pieces.

I’ve been chatting to the lovely Keeley from Elemis on Facebook lately. We’re both Brummie girls and I wanted to drop in the video Will’s done with her about the forthcoming TSV. It’s got a hint at the price too (!) I am a fan of the Pro-Collagen, so if you love this and the Frangipani Monoi too then… hold on tight! :)

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I wanted to say thanks so much to all of you who often Tweet and Facebook me during my shows on QVC. It is so much fun to read them out and also it really truly does make my shows much more dynamic and ‘real’ (if that makes sense) so please do get in touch on this blog as well – I promise I’ll answer any questions you might have about me or life at QVC. This pic of me in this James Lakeland ribbon print dress got over 40 comments the other week!

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I’m super-proud to say I’m going to be hosting an event in Birmingham which will celebrate the achievements of women in the West Midlands. It’s going to be over High Tea at the very posh Hyatt Hotel, and organised by my incredible friend Justice Williams, who is an MBE in her own right: a woman who’s helped countless young entrepreneurs start up their own new businesses.

I really think it’s so important that women are sisterly, by that I mean try and support one another. In fact I get very angry at seeing the glut of TV programmes that see women being constantly catty to one another, or being pitted against each other for entertainment on shows like The Real Housewives, which almost backs up the stereotypes that people have about women overall – that we’re not to be trusted and that we’re manipulators who are all out for themselves.

I can truthfully say that’s NOT true of my lovely fellow female presenters at QVC. I’ve never experienced such a family feeling anywhere else that I’ve worked. That’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy working at QVC. OK, so I’ll stop gushing now. Lolz! So keep an eye on my Facebook page for more details of the awards!

Plus don’t forget to give me any tips you might have on Mortgages and house-hunting, I’d really appreciate them. And let me know what aspirations you have for the month of April?
See you soon!

So here’s where you can find me over the coming weeks…

Good Friday 3rd April
12pm – Diamonique
1pm – loveRocks

Saturday 4th April
2pm – In the Kitchen with KitchenAid TSV
5pm – Kitchen Appliances with KitchenAid

Wednesday 8th April
3pm – Household Helpers (with Miele TSV)
6pm – Miele

Friday 10th April – Summer Fashion Day
9am – Attitudes by Renee
10am – Holster Footwear
12pm – Attitudes by Renee

 

Don’t forget to stay in touch, Tweet me (@TVMarv) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TVMarv) me.

10 Comments

  1. s k preddy March 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Marv. re…moving house. I have done it four times in my life and my daughter is going through it for the second time. All I can say is follow your heart about a property. Visualise yourself in a property. If you cant visualise, then dont buy it. Having said that though always, always keep your sensible head on :) It is a big commitment but you will know when I place is the one for you :)

  2. Marverine Cole April 2, 2015 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Sarah, wow FOUR TIME, that is incredible. Not sure I could cope with that stress. Did it get any easier each time you did it OR was it just the same? So much PAPERWORK

  3. Marverine Cole April 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sarah, cheers for your reply. I replied once but it seems to have disappeared from the page! I was asking if after each time you moved did it get any better or easier? How did you find the process? We fell in love with one and it went, so we’re trying to stay rational, and not let our heads rule this time!!

  4. mary howarth April 4, 2015 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Hello my love. I wish you and your husband well in your house search. Here are a few lessons I have learned during the process of moving 14 times:-
    Try and view a house during the day and evening – it’s surprising how an area can change at night.
    Look at the back of a property – see if it’s as well kept as the front.
    If it has central heating check the boiler etc, has been maintained regularly, perhaps on a service contract.
    ALWAYS HAVE A FULL STRUCTURAL FULL SURVEY DONE AS PART OF THE PURCHASING PROCESS
    make sure that this is done and and en sure the results of this survey will be subject to the price you are prepared to pay.
    These points are given as a result of how much I have learned over the years so I hope they will
    help..
    In the meantime have a lovely enjoyable life.

  5. Susanne April 4, 2015 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Marv – as a builder’s daughter, I have a few tips I can offer you.
    1. Don’t buy a house at the end of a cul-de-sac. All the local kids will play football there and your car and house windows will constantly be bashed by the ball
    2. Try and get a house with some semblance of a fence and/or wall around it to stop people cycling across your lawn or garden
    3. In terms of investment, get an end terrace (if this is what you are looking at) or the end of a row. They retain their value better than a house in the middle and you can more easily ‘add on’ (ie extension, conservatory) as you’ll have more space
    4. Try and get a house with a very narrow (preferably no) ‘pathway’ outside to prevent people coming out of pubs at night gathering outside your house and keeping you awake ’til the early hours
    5. When you find a property you like, visit AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY/NIGHT/WEEKEND so you get a true picture of what goes on there. Don’t rely on what you are told – check things out for yourselves
    6. IMPORTANT – check there is no debt on the property. People always think that the debt is with the person: it’s not. The debt is often attached to the PROPERTY so ensure your solicitor does the necessary checks
    7. Trust your instinct: if something doesn’t feel right, it often isn’t
    8. Buy the biggest house you can afford – it will save you finding you need or want more space. Best to get it right first time
    9. Make sure the house has plenty of storage (or potential for it). You’ll be surprised how much you will amass and it’s awful if you’ve nowhere to store your ‘stuff’
    10. Car parking – vital to have your own drive where car will be relatively safe
    11. Fit a burglar alarm to make you feel safe and offer some element of protection
    12. Don’t buy a house where there is a road opposite. Cars coming down that road at night will shine their headlights into your lounge/bedroom all through the night, making sleep impossible. (In feng shui terms, it’s also bad luck)
    13. Get to know the neighbours before you move in – I’ll leave that there!
    14. Get a FULL survey – vital. It’s expensive, yes, but you’ll pay the price if you don’t and something goes drastically wrong

    I hope that helps. If I think of anything else important, I’ll let you know.

  6. christine Brown April 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv – so exciting looking for a house my daughter and son in law are house hunting at the moment their first house together. I have moved so many times for different reasons all I would say is you will know when you find the right place.. it may not be as you would want it yourself but you will see the potential and enjoy putting your own mark on it. just wanted to say I love watching you (being a girl from the midlands myself) would like to see more of you presenting. Happy house hunting.

  7. Marverine Cole April 11, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Mary – thanks for your well wishes and wow – what brilliant tips. Never thought to view a house at day and night. Guess at night you can tell if there any undesirables hanging around nearby.
    And Susanne – you echo that too in your comprehensive tips. Can I hire you as a House Moving Adviser? Have you done it many times before. I hear you about the survey – it all does cost but it’s essential to ensure that the place won’t fall down around you, I guess? Points 8 and 9 are very valid too – we’ve been weighing up smaller houses which cost less, versus bigger houses which are closer to the top end of our budget and seeing what feels right. You are correct about space because the smaller ones, although lower, don’t have a fat lot of storage! Oh there’s so much to think about – it’s making our heads spin. Will keep you posted on the next blog.
    thanks to you both for your advice!!

  8. Marverine Cole April 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine, fab to hear from you, Midlands Lady! What a happy coincidence that your daughter and hubby are searching for their 1st home together too. Austen and I have been married for a few years now, but it’s also our first purchase as a couple! So from what you’re saying, you do need to allow some element of emotion into the decision – to ‘feel’ the house, and imagine how you could make it your own? It’s striking that fine balance, isn’t it? We do have our eye on somewhere, it’s hard not to get carried away. Thanks for taking the time to add your advice, and for your lovely comments about me on QVC. It means a lot. Stay in contact, won’t you? Join my Facebook page if you haven’t already too :-) http://www.facebook.com/TVMarv
    Best wishes

  9. Karen April 19, 2015 at 3:17 am -  Reply

    Re: Dont get too stressed if you don’t get the place
    you want or your offer is not accepted. Trust that it
    is not meant for you and the right property for you/meant for you will
    eventually turn up.

  10. Marverine Cole April 20, 2015 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Karen, thanks a lot for that. I understand what you’re saying in that you have to be realistic and not too caught up in the whirl of it all. ‘Que sera, sera’? I guess the point is you have to see potential in what you buy so that, even if it isn’t the finished article when you purchase it, you can work to make it the home you want!!

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