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How to choose the right windows for your home

Five important things to consider when buying new windows and doors. Long Term Investment Your windows and doors should last for many years, and will, if they are high quality and maintained properly. They can add value to your home, save on fuel bills, reduce condensation, lower noise and reduce the time you have to spend on maintenance. Wood windows can last a lifetime. Rationel Windows are members of the ...

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Top three home trends for spring

Quickly revamp your rooms and stay in style with this easy guide. From beautiful bugs to cheeky comic book art, find out why these latest trends are certain to perk up your home.
 1) Bugs and Beasts Inspired by the natural world, Bugs and Beasts is a trend that continues to excite. Four legged, feathered, mighty and miniscule, all kinds of creatures have crept, crawled or fluttered on to wallpapers, fabrics ...

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Top five crafting trends

If the weather isn’t quite as warm and sunny as you had hoped, why not spend some quality time indoors with some upcoming trends to bring a bit of inspiration to your crafting. Botanicals – Chintz is back! Fabulous frilly flowers and beautiful bright blooms bring a bit of a vintage twist to your card making and scrapbooking. Lacy doilies and nostalgic floral scents combine well with traditional rose designs ...

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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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