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Focusing on bathroom improvements could help sell your home

As Phil Spencer accurately highlights in his television series, Phil Spencer: Secret Agent, there is much more involved in selling your home than simply putting it on the market. The bathroom is a key focal point within any home and can be the pivotal tipping point to a property being sold. Furthermore, a new bathroom could add as much as £13,000 to the overall selling price of your property. So if you’re s ...

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Moving home security checklist

The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, and the clocks are springing forward. This signals the time of year when many of us think about moving home. Moving is a big step and there’s a lot to think about, which means security can sometimes become an after-thought. With this in mind, the security specialists at Yale have put together some key advice to help anyone thinking of moving home this s ...

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What you can and can’t do to your home if you’re renting

Check out this video for tips and advice for people living in rented accommodation on how to ‘make it yours’ with Sophie Robinson – Interior Designer and TV presenter. Last year home ownership fell to its lowest level for twenty-five years, while numbers of those living in rented accommodation increased. New research of a thousand renters by Heart of House at Argos has revealed that a third of tenants have ...

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Why you should consider using a landscape designer

Whether you're building a new home or renovating, don’t forget to consider and plan for the external works in conjunction with the house build. Appointing a landscape designer prior to the build will be beneficial in maximising your budget due to the holistic and systematic approach taken. All projects are different but soil levels will always be crucial to any build. Earth (spoil) is created when excavatin ...

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Protect your heart, and your home

Photographs, family heirlooms, children’s drawings - these things may not cost the earth, but we know that they often mean the most.   According a recent survey, 74% of homeowners said their most expensive possession is not the most valuable to them*. The survey revealed that, although computers and jewellery are the most expensive items owned, people’s most precious and sentimental items include photograph ...

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Protecting your heating system

Protecting your system with water softeners, filters, chemicals and general maintenance are a major factor in the warranty of the major component of a heating system the boiler. Protecting the water in the system is important to stop corrosion and then the magnetite going into the boilers heat exchanger. Filters are used for this like the Fernox TF1 Filter which uses magnets and debris separators to filter ...

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What’s in your vice box?

Brits urged to stow away their temptations for Lent through on-demand storage. On-demand storage service Boxman launches service to help people avoid temptations over Lent. Following the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Dechox’ campaign – intended to help Brits kick their chocolate addiction for Lent – on-demand storage service, Boxman, has launched ‘Vice Box’, a new service to remove temptation from British hou ...

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Controls and timers: the pros and cons

There is a large choice of controls on the market today as there is an increased demand to make heating and hot water systems more cost effective and efficient so using less gas or energy. The ideal scenario is to control your heating circuit by temperature and have a constant temperature rather than a fluctuating one. It is better to keep the temperature at an average of 17-18*C and touch it up if required ...

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Choosing an installer: what to look for and what to expect

Getting the installer to turn up is your first problem but often word of mouth or recommendations from your local independent merchant is the best option. Here at Mr.Central Heating we have over 18,000 tradesmen who regularly buy our products so we are well placed to offer a good local recommendation. Installers that work on gas appliances need to be Gas Safe Registered and this can easily be checked on the ...

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Five last minute things to think about when moving house

Whether you’re moving into a newly rented apartment or a home that you’ve saved up for yourself, you’ll have to deal with one stressful certainty: moving day. It creeps up on you with unnerving stealth, and it makes a forgetful so-and-so of everyone involved. Checklists are invaluable on occasions like this, especially when they list up all of those last-minute bits and pieces that you’re otherwise bound to ...

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Choosing a pump for your heating system

Heating systems that require external pumps are often existing or new where there is a conventional boiler. System and combination boilers do not in general require a pump. Domestic circulators are required when you need to push the water around the radiator circuit. The size of pump is determined by the system size, distance and volume. The most standard pump is a 6m head pump and the most popular range is ...

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Electric systems: overview of components and typical applications

Electric boilers can be nearly 100% efficient as they directly heat the hot water. Often used in properties or applications where there is no gas or oil, they are a very clean option as there is no emissions. The best way to for fill a whole house central heating system with an electric boilers is to use a wet system on the heating side and a direct hot water cylinder which is independent fuel sourced rathe ...

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A guide to central heating systems

There are three main central heating systems that are available to consumers today. Combination boilers - These are instantaneous water heaters that also offer central heating in one compact boiler. They come in a variety of outputs from 24KW(80,000 BTU) to 40KW(125,000 BTU). These are the most popular boiler on the market and when 80% of the 1.5 million boilers sold in the UK being combination boilers it i ...

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Protect your heart, and your home

Photographs, family heirlooms, children’s drawings… these things may not cost the earth, but we know that they often mean the most. According a recent survey*, 74% of homeowners said their most expensive possession is not the most valuable to them. The survey revealed that, although computers and jewellery are the most expensive items owned, people’s most precious and sentimental items include photographs, ...

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A quick guide to buying your first home

Buying your first home can be a daunting prospect, it’s likely to be the biggest purchase you will ever make – and for first time buyers it can seem scary. If you are looking to buy your first home then here are the 12 key stages – from getting a mortgage to getting your keys! 1. Firstly you need to talk to a mortgage advisor to find out whether you can get a mortgage (including a Help to Buy Mortgage) and ...

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Adding style to your nursery

Sourcing original pieces for your child’s bedroom or playroom can often prove challenging. Many interiors experts are now turning to handmade or personalised products that combine attractive design and practicality to bring a unique sense of style to the nursery space. Here are a few things you can try to achieve a fun and functional space for your little ones. 1 - Find a bespoke toy chest A great hideaway ...

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Looking after your home during the cold and wet months

Over the past 5 years we have seen varying types of winter and spring months. In 2012 we had the ‘Big Freeze’ and in 2013/2014 we had the ‘Big Floods’. With this in mind, it can be difficult to making sure that your home is prepared for all eventualities. Below are 10 ways which can help you do this: Make sure all exposed pipes in the attic, basement and outside are lagged to prevent freezing. Maintain the ...

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Keep out more than the weather with pest prevention

As the climate takes a turn for the worse and only the hardiest amongst us continues to venture outside, it’s little wonder we find ourselves joined in our homes by more than just members of our own family. Mice, spiders and ants, although often associated with a summer infestation, will seek the warmth of the indoors in order to survive the harsher months of the year. The start of a New Year is a less than ...

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How to declutter your home

1 - If something comes in, take something out If you’ve found yourself with a couple of adult onesies and two copies of ‘Fifty Shades’ then why not donate the duplicates to a local charity shop? Think realistically if the gift is something you want or need, or if somebody else would enjoy it more. Balancing out what’s come in the house by removing something else will free up precious space. Creating this pa ...

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Gas systems: a basic guide to components and typical applications

There are two types of gas boilers, LPG and natural gas or piped gas. The former is often found where the property is of mains. Natural gas is a far more affordable option due the nature of its supply and manufacturers have the largest ranges available in this fuel type. All gas boilers need to vent the emissions to the outside and this is done by a flue kit. All flues are now powered and push the emissions ...

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