Category Archives: Personal

first home
06 Jun

Top tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home is one of life’s milestones, and it’s exciting and stressful in equal measure. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of getting onto the property ladder as smoothly as possible. Know what you can afford Before you even start looking at houses, it’s important to understand

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MOT
20 May

2019 MOT checklist

When your car reaches the age of three, you’ll need to make sure it goes for its annual MOT. The test isn’t expensive (it should cost no more than £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes), but it’s a legal requirement. While a fail isn’t the end of the world, as it’s usually just a

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road tax
14 May

2019 UK car road tax bands: what you need to know

Old-fashioned paper road tax discs on the car windscreen may now be a thing of the past, but paying your car tax definitely isn’t! So how is it calculated, and how much will it add to the running costs of that new car you’ve got your eye on? Let’s take a look at how road

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keyless car theft
24 Apr

Keyless car theft: how to avoid becoming a victim

You don’t need a key to steal a car; anyone who’s ever watched a Hollywood film could tell you that. But, in an age when cars are increasingly locked not with an old-fashioned key but with a keyless entry system, things are a little different from the hot-wiring scenes we’re used to seeing in films.

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buy-to-let
05 Apr

Where are the best places to buy to let in the UK?

Investing in property is a great way to make some extra income, but with rental yields varying so much from one part of the country to another, where are the best places to buy to let for maximum return? If you’re serious about property investment, you’ll want to know the areas where property prices are

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28 Mar

Helping to reduce plastics in our oceans

Over the last few years, there has been a movement from businesses, organisations and charities coming together to carry out ‘clean up’ projects across our inland and coastal waters in a bid to reverse the damage caused by the dumping of plastics. At A-Plan, our specialist marine insurance team has a particularly keen understanding of

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motoring myths
26 Mar

Top 10 motoring myths

There are many rules, laws and regulations which affect motorists in the UK. These change frequently and it can be hard to keep track of those that could get you into trouble with the law. Even more so, there are a whole raft of myths which add to the confusion. In this week’s blog, we

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21 Mar

What to do if you discover subsidence

When it comes to problems with your house, subsidence is high up on the list of things you really don’t want happening. But what is it and what should you do if you discover it? What is subsidence? Subsidence is when part or parts of the ground under your home start to sink. It’s a

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thatched roof
04 Mar

Thatched roof: how to protect your property

There’s no more quintessentially English sight than a chocolate box thatched roof cottage, but owning one of these romantic properties isn’t without its challenges. Today we’re looking at what you can do to look after your thatched roof to prolong its life and reduce the risk of fire. Maintaining a thatched roof Although having your

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