Category Archives: Home Related

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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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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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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home contents insurance
23 Oct

October is National Home Security Month

With the pressures of modern life, home security is often overlooked. However, it’s estimated that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK, with 40% occurring when a house is empty. National Home Security Month (NHSM), which officially takes part in October every year, aims to raise awareness of the importance of home security

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25 Sep

Don’t put that heating on yet!

The weather is definitely turning colder and temperatures dipped as low as 3 degrees last week with ground frost in places. With energy prices high, many of us are reluctant to turn on the central heating just yet! Here are 10 small adjustments that you can make in your home to keep that moment at

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