Category Archives: Home Related

first-time home
10 Apr

First-time home buyers’ checklist

Being a first-time home buyer is one of the most exciting milestones of adult life, but with so many things to consider, it can also be one of the most stressful. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist to help first-time home buyers make the most of the time they spend viewing houses. General As

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escape of water
26 Mar

Preventing Escape of Water Claims

Escape of water is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims and can cause a huge inconvenience to tenants and home owners. According to the Association of British Insurers, one in five home insurance claims are as a result of escape of water, with insurers paying out £483 million to help customers in

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06 Mar

2017 Saw Home Burglaries Rise by a Third

There were an estimated 261,965 domestic burglaries last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is an increase of 32 per cent over 2016 and highlights the continued importance of home security. To ensure that your home is adequately protected, follow these six tips: Invest in stronger locks fitted on your windows and

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24 Jan

Stamp duty and first time buyers

If buying a house is on your wish list for 2018, the revised stamp duty fee could affect your purchase. Following the budget announcement in Autumn 2017, first time buyers can enjoy a saving of up to £5,000 on stamp duty on first time purchases up to a value of £300,000 which will help first

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16 Jan

Don’t Risk Being Under-insured

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, you might want to think about whether the value of your home contents has increased with any gifts that you have received. Electronic goods, in particular, can soon mount up. • Did you know that an estimated 80% of people in the UK are under-insured? • Typically, an

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home
02 Jan

New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

The decorations are down, the house is looking bare and we’re busy planning how to make 2018 our sparkliest year yet. And whilst we mostly focus on being healthier and happier, what we do in our homes can make an enormous difference to our overall well-being. Follow our timely tips for getting your house into

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roof collapse snow
27 Dec

How to Prevent Roof Collapse Caused by Heavy Snow.

Nothing says festive like a tablecloth of snow draped over roofs and tree-tops. Yet, despite its magical and fluffy appearance, snow, in particular its weight, poses a serious hazard to our homes, cars and businesses. But how many of us seriously consider the possibility of roof collapse when we awake to several feet of snow

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gas safety
04 Dec

Christmas Day – Most Dangerous Day for Gas Safety

Christmas Gas Safety Tips   Did you know most gas related house fires occur on Christmas Day? According to the Gas Safe Register,  only 5% of adults put a gas safety check on their to-do list in the run up to Christmas, making the festive season the most dangerous time of the year when it

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home contents insurance
30 Nov

Home Contents Insurance: Renters – Are you Covered?

If you rent don’t assume your landlord will cover your home contents insurance. A recent report commissioned by the Financial Inclusion Commission stated that “nearly 16 million adults living in rented or owner occupied accommodation in the UK have no home contents insurance cover for their possessions…60% of those on £15,000pa or less have no

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Christmas
06 Nov

Christmas Safety Advice

Now that Halloween and Bonfire night are behind us, the festive season is about to hit us and it won’t be long till homes across the UK are twinkling with fairy lights and Christmas cheer! But are you taking dangerous risks with your safety during the holidays? We’ve highlighted some common activities that may be

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