Category Archives: Home Related

holiday home insurance
26 Sep

Protect your holiday home in winter

As the holiday season comes to an end, prudent holiday homeowners should be preparing their second homes for the winter. Make sure you think about the following: Maintenance Tasks • Turn off the utilities: Turn off the water and gas, and unplug all electronic devices. If your home has an electric heater, set the temperature to at

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student contents insurance
21 Sep

Going to university – what you need to know

Freshers’ week is in full swing in universities all over the country and undoubtedly serious matters are far from students’ minds. However, without scaremongering too much, figures suggest that one in three students will be a victim of crime at some point during their college or university careers (NUS study). Here are some tips to

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home security summer holiday
15 Aug

Home security – don’t take chances this summer

The last thing you want to come home to after 2 weeks in the sun is a break-in, and then having to deal with the ensuing insurance claim. Here are our tips for home security to prevent this happening while you are away: 1. Tell a member of your family, local friend or trusted neighbour that

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20 Jun

Q&A on buying home insurance

1. What is the best way to ensure my possessions are valued accurately? Get some advice – getting the right advice is very important. At A-Plan, we guide our clients through this process, in person or on the phone, to make sure that they are able to build a comprehensive picture of their home contents sum

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10 May

Guide to making a home insurance claim

It is reassuring to know what to do if something does go wrong and you have to make a claim on your house insurance. This short guide aims to help and inform so that the process of making a claim is as smooth and swift for you as we can possibly make it. So that

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24 Mar

Spring gardening – top 10 tips

Spring is here, which means it’s time to get your garden ready! Here are our top 10 tips: 1. Check Your Supplies Before you can get your garden ready for spring, do you have the supplies you need to prepare the ground and plan? Some supplies you might find helpful to have on hand includes a

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02 Feb

Declutter your home

Spring seems a long way off and the weather has been dreadful. Why not spend some time decluttering your home now before the nicer weather comes? There may be some added benefits too – you will have more space, less to clean, less to organise and you can earn money by selling your unwanted possessions

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27 Jan

Protect your family from Carbon Monoxide poisoning

During the winter, most of us become concerned with insulating our homes in order to reduce heating bills and protect ourselves from the cold outdoors. However, with our homes tightly sealed and the heating blazing away, there can be a risk of carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide gas can’t be seen, tasted or smelt but

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roof collapse snow
04 Dec

Preparing and maintaining your house during winter

The following are five key home maintenance categories to focus on for winter. 1. Your heating system Have your boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year, preferably before the heating season begins. Have your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year. Have your

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home safe
03 Dec

Keep safe during the Christmas period

The UK’s leading accident prevention charity, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), has some useful home safety tips for the festive season, particularly to protect against fire. In December 2013, there were around 2,700 accidental fires in the home in England – more than any other month of the year. Candles were the

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