Category Archives: Personal

23 Apr

Van ownership: to lease or to buy?

As a sole trader or small business relying on a van (or fleet of vans) for your livelihood, a major decision you’ll need to make is whether to buy a van or lease one. Let’s look at the arguments on each side. Buying a van When you buy a van, the biggest advantage is that

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MOT test
16 Apr

Understanding your car MOT test

If your car is over three years old, you’ll already know that it must be taken for an MOT test each year. But what do testers look for during an MOT, and what are the most common reasons for failing one? Read on to find out. What is an MOT? ‘MOT’ stands for ‘Ministry of

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12 Apr

Campervan Safety Tips

Whether you are living in a campervan or travelling in it you are still at risk of being target of thieves or potential safety hazards so it’s good to minimise risk where possible. So here are just a few things you can do to make you feel more safe and secure whilst travelling in your

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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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03 Apr

Checklist for Buying a Car

With a bewildering array of makes and models, it’s little wonder that many people find the idea of buying a car a little daunting. But with a methodical approach, it needn’t be. Assuming you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, use this checklist when you view the car to be sure you’re making the right

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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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classic car insurance
21 Mar

Classic Car Insurance: FAQs

What is classic car insurance? Classic car insurance is specialist insurance designed for vehicles generally over 20 years old and driven as a second vehicle (although we can do modern classics depending on the model and mileage), these cars are usually treasured by their owners and are collectible. Classic vehicle insurance differs from normal insurance

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15 Mar

Tips on servicing and maintaining your car

To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, it is recommended that your car receives a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes sooner. Here are some tips to help: How much does a car service cost? The average cost of a basic car service is around £125. But,

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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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22 Feb

Spring clean – A time to cleanse

Spring time is often a catalyst for getting the house decluttered and spruced up for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your spring clean: Be realistic: don’t try to tackle the whole house in a day. Make a list of the areas you want to concentrate on and the cleaning products you’ll

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