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Guides

As life unfolds and memories are made, Yorkshire Building Society are here to support you

Guidance and support to help you through life

For over 150 years we’ve been helping people find a home, save for the future and plan for those special moments in life. Today, millions of our members trust us to provide real help in managing their finances.

To make things a bit easier and provide some guidance for our members, we’ve produced a series of guides to help you manage your way around your finances. You can use our Homebuyers guides to find out more about mortgages and the best way forward when buying a home. Or, if you already have a home, read our Homeowners section for practical advice on increasing your property's value, keeping on top of home improvements and how to protect the things that matter to you.

For savers and investors, we’ve got a number of My Money guides to help with making your money work for you and our Life Moments articles for advice on saving for those important moments and some of the smaller ones too!

All guides

Money saving tips this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be worrying about one of the most expensive times of the year. In fact, according to the Money Advice Service the average UK family was planning to spend over £800 on Christmas last year!

Is it time to make a move?

Read our guide to selling your home for advice and handy tips on making your house move smoother.

Our guide to online security and fraud

Advances in security and verification mean you can now sign into your personal accounts on your mobiles and tablets by simply using just your fingerprint or a short handy security code.

Getting into the savings habit

Start a good habit and find ways to save money, build up your reserves and make sure you have something put away for a rainy day.

Ideas to have fun this summer without breaking the bank

We all know that the sun might not shine that often, so it’s important to make the most of it when it does (or even when it doesn’t)!

Plan ahead for summer

It’s never too late to start saving for a summer holiday. Beat those winter blues and start saving for something to look forward to in the summer.

Portability (Move Home with your Mortgage)

The word portability in the dictionary is defined as ‘to be easily carried or moved’. When referring to your mortgage (and often also called ‘porting’), it is simply where you are able to take your mortgage product/rate with you when you move home.

Home security this winter

What are your home security habits?
The best way to reduce your risk of being burgled is to follow some simple security guidelines.

Student Insurance

You might be tempted to overlook getting insurance; after all, you have so many other expenses to think about at the beginning of term. Is it worth it?

UK Home Affordability

Our new affordability map shows some major differences in housing affordability across Britain since the start of the economic downturn.

Our mortgage application tips

We all know that buying yourself a home will probably be the biggest purchase you will ever make. Just like any big decision, it pays to put some preparation in before making your first move.

Time to think about remortgaging

If your current deal is coming to an end soon, perhaps it’s time to think about remortgaging.

Later life planning

Thinking about what may happen in the event of your own death isn’t a topic most of us like to dwell on.

Adding value to your home

When it comes to our home we all want to add value, especially if we’re thinking about putting it up for sale

Our top tips for saving money on holiday

Is a holiday high on your agenda at the moment? Can’t get those sunny beaches or bright city lights off your mind? If you’re thinking of booking a getaway but have a modest budget to...

Paying off a mortgage with savings

If you’re paying off a mortgage each month but have some savings earning a low rate of interest, you might think that using this money to pay off your mortgage sooner is the right thing to do.

Making an offer

So you’ve found a property you’d like to buy, hooray! Now comes the potentially tricky part – making an offer and getting it accepted.

Budgeting made simple

If you’re struggling to save any money at the moment and you could use a little budgeting advice then you’re definitely not alone.

Home maintenance tips

It’s unlikely that home maintenance is top of your priority list of must do things this weekend. But along with the daily...

Top 10 unexpected wedding costs

Planning for your big day? You've probably started thinking about how much you'll need to save, but weddings are notoriously...

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