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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

Garden renovations to help sell your home

If you are looking to raise ‘kerb appeal’ making your gardens look nice quickly and easily doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to maintain.

Getting your home ready to sell

When you've decided the time is right to move, what are the most effective ways to make your home appealing to prospective buyers? Our guide of top tips can help you get the best out of your home.

Budgeting for garden renovations

Whether you’ve just moved in to your home and want to make it your own or you’ve been in your home a while and fancy a change of scenery the garden is a great place to start.

Sharedealing in a digital age

It’s not surprising that, in the current low savings rate climate, many people are investing in shares rather than saving in more traditional ways...

Remortgaging - What you need to know

Whether it's the first time you're remortgaging or you're an experienced mortgage switcher, we know it can still be difficult to know how the process works for different mortgage providers.

Fixed Rate Mortgages

Emma Lunn, a freelance personal finance journalist, tell us her views on fixed rate mortgages.

Don't need life insurance? Are you sure?

Should you think about buying life insurance? A life insurance policy is there to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones should the worst happen. Our guide can help you work out if life insurance is something you could consider.

Wrap-up your home this winter

The long hot summer is just a distant memory now as the cold weather approaches. You’ll soon find yourself reaching for a chunky knit jumper and scarf - but don’t forget to wrap-up your home too.

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.

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