Articles by Esther Shaw

Selling up? Don’t let knotweed ruin your chances

Friday, 31 May 2019 | Article

It’s all very well cleaning the windows and painting the walls, but if you have Japanese knotweed in your garden, you’ll find buyers could run a mile. Here’s how to beat this fast-growing weed

10 slip-ups that could void your home insurance

Friday, 22 March 2019 | Article

From failing to clear the gutters to taking a long holiday, we reveal the things that could backfire if you have to make a claim

Turn your car into a money-spinner

Friday, 01 February 2019 | Article

Unless you use your car all the time, it could earn you some extra cash – and even pay for itself. We hear from three drivers who find different ways to maximise money from their motors

On the trail of a family half-term ski trip for £2,000

Friday, 30 November 2018 | Article

Who says skiing holidays are only for those with a huge bank balance? Read our tips on how to bag a bargain break in 2019

Financial check-up: the rising cost of pet insurance

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 | Article

Dreading the vet’s bill? We sniff out ways to cut costs and keep your favourite animals in rude health

Make money by opening your home to guests this summer

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | Article

Enterprising homeowners can earn hundreds of pounds a week by letting a room – or their whole home – to guests during a major cultural or sporting event such as Henley Royal Regatta or the Edinburgh Festival

Water bills: don’t splash the cash

Friday, 25 May 2018 | Article

If you pay for your water supply, then you may want to consider having a meter installed. It could boost your household finances

It’s never too late to start again: Find a job in later life

Monday, 11 December 2017 | Article

We speak to five people who have managed to find employment in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Plus we find out the support that’s on offer for older workers.

Would an offset mortgage suit you?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 | Article

It may be tempting to overpay your home loan while interest rates are low, but we look at whether there are scenarios where borrowers would be better off with an offset mortgage.

How to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney... while you can

Monday, 12 December 2016 | Article

We explain how to ensure that someone else can look after your affairs if you are unable to do so in the future. Plus how your attorneys can make sure it works for them.