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A step-by-step guide to external wall insulation

External wall insulation (EWI) systems are designed to upgrade the thermal performance of solid wall properties as heat loss from this kind of construction is double that of cavity walls. Many houses and buildings built prior to 1920 will have solid walls but EWI is also suited to framed or non-traditional construction types. To address the problem, a layer of insulation is applied to the exterior walls – t ...

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Top tips for buyers moving to London.

During my two years as a property writer for a national newspaper, my inbox was always crammed with questions from people on the brink of buying a home (and not just from first-timers). Often, they would ask the 'basic' questions that I just assumed everyone knew the answers to (it turns out they don't!) That's what prompted me to write by book – Property Uncovered. It's not a book for seasoned landlords or ...

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Green Home Improvements That Will Save You Money

They say your home is your castle and it may well feel like you're living in one which is draughty and difficult to heat. It doesn't make sense to keep on throwing money away to heat your home. Wouldn't it be better to invest in some green home improvements now and reap the savings for years if not decades to come? Heat and power First, look at how your main source of heat and power is supplied. Check that ...

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Choosing the right mortgage for you

First-time buyer?  For first-time buyers, choosing a mortgage may seem like a confusing process. Which is the best first-time buyer mortgage to go for? How much can you borrow? What deposit will you need? With so many questions, when you are buying your first home, the most important thing you can do is to seek professional advice. Buying a house will be one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. ...

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National Home Security Month Is Back To Bust Winter Burglaries.

As the clocks go back the criminals come out, with statistics showing a 20%* increase in home burglaries during the darker months, and the average cost of a winter burglary weighing in at a hefty £1,746. With this in mind, October 1 marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), a nationwide initiative, supported by Yale, which runs throughout the month and is designed to create awareness around th ...

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A good night’s sleep – tips for choosing the perfect mattress!

We all come in different shapes and sizes, with different preferences and expectations. So when choosing a mattress take the time to consider the following: Your weight and height – the higher the weight/size the firmer the mattress required to give adequate support. Ideally look for initial softness with the appropriate amount of firmness to ensure your back is fully supported. Weight distribution and gend ...

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Sash window repair made easy

There are an estimated 40 million box sash windows installed in the British Isles. Most of them do not work well, even though the wood is still in reasonable condition. Many suffer from broken sash cords or rusted pulleys, they rattle in the wind, let through drafts or are so over painted they cannot be properly opened or closed. The first reaction is to recommend replacing them with modern equivalents.  Th ...

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What glass worktops can offer you

Deciding on the right material for your worktop and splashback can be daunting; there are so many options on the market. It should be known that glass has quickly moved to the forefront of the buyer’s choice for worktops and splashbacks and here are just a few reasons why. Glass is extremely easy to clean, very hard to stain and chips and scratches can be relatively inexpensively and easily repaired. While ...

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How you can benefit from the renewable heat incentive

In recent years, it’s true to say that homeowners are becoming more environmentally and energy-saving savvy. It is generally understood that by switching off unused plugs and lights you may have just earned yourself a shopping-trip that month, or by comparing electricity and gas prices you could save enough for a summer holiday. But, how much do you know when it comes to Government grants and the financial ...

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Unique buys for book-lovers.

Below are 6 unique hand picked products that are ideal for the avid reader who couldn't think of anything better than getting their head stuck in a good book. Whether you are treating yourself or in need of the perfect yet unoriginal gift for someone, these products are definitely out of the ordinary and will transform any home or office into a personalised literature haven.  Literary paper rose - Bookish E ...

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