How Home Improvement Companies may be Benefiting your Health

Written by   |  Published December 5, 2016  |  Posted in: Advice & Tips, Damp Proofing, Flooring, Home Improvement, Insulation, Windows  |  Tags:

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We bet you didn’t think that home improvement companies could improve your health, did you? According to senior NHS managers, calling on them to help with your home could keep you healthy.

But how exactly does that work? Well, the NHS thinks that if your home is in a better state of repair, it’s less likely to damage your health. Find out the home improvements ‘the doctors’ are ordering for you.

Damp proofing

Research shows that cold and damp homes cost the NHS £2.5 billion every year. That’s because damp can increase the risk of respiratory problems.

So if you’ve got damp in your home, it’s time to investigate getting some damp proofing. It could be that your damp proof course (DPC) has failed, or you may have never had one.

Damp proofing companies will be able to tell you whether you have a DPC or if it has failed. They will be able to offer solutions to your damp problems that fit into your budget.

General work to prevent hazards

If you’re elderly, hazards in the home can increase the likelihood of you falling. So if you can see anything that could cause you to trip, get it sorted out.

Whether it’s a loose floorboard or a door that’s coming off its hinges, consider calling some home improvement companies to get a quote.
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Insulation

We all know that being cold can cause problems with our health. One way to keep more heat in your home is to get it insulated.

There are many types of insulation, including cavity wall, solid wall and loft. Some people qualify for free insulation, but check with your local authority and online to see whether you are eligible.

Draught-proofing is another cheap and effective way of keeping warm. Not only will you feel warmer, but you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down, saving you money on your heating bills.

Double glazing

If you’ve not got double glazing already, it’s worth upgrading to keep warm.

Double glazing works by having two panes of glass set apart from each other, with the space in between filled with gas. This helps to trap heat in your home and stop cold air from passing through from outside.

If you’ve got very old double glazing, it’s also a good idea to see if you should upgrade it.
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Energy efficient boilers

An old boiler can not only cost you hundreds in heating bills every year, but it can also be a serious risk to your health.

A faulty boiler can emit poisonous carbon monoxide gas, which can cause headaches and other flu-like symptoms, and can even lead to death.

Upgrading your boiler will help reduce your bills, keep you safe from CO poisoning and keep you warmer at lower temperatures. It should use the heat it produces more efficiently, and you won’t get left in the cold from a boiler breakdown.

So there we have it. 5 ways that home improvement companies could benefit your health by offering their services to you. If your home needs some upgrading, fill in the form below to get in touch with up to 4 tradespeople.

Electrical Fire Safety Week: 3 Causes of Electrical Fires

Written by   |  Published November 21, 2016  |  Posted in: Advice & Tips, Electricians, Kitchens  |  Tags: ,

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This week is Electrical Fire Safety Week, the week where Electrical Safety First works with the Government’s Fire Kills Campaign to promote fire safety in the home.

Did you know that over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity? A huge 90% of these electrical fires are caused by electrical products.

We’ll go through 3 causes of electrical fires and how you can prevent them from happening.
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Gas Safety Week: Signs your Boiler Needs Servicing

Written by   |  Published September 19, 2016  |  Posted in: Boilers, Efficient Boilers  |  Tags: ,

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It’s Gas Safety Week between 19th and 25th September, which is run by the Gas Safety Register.

It aims to raise awareness of the importance of being gas safe in your home and making sure you employ Gas Safe registered engineers to carry out work on your appliances.

One of the most significant gas appliances in your home is your boiler, and you should make sure that it is cared for properly for you and your family’s safety and comfort.
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6 Ways to Improve your Home without Spending a Thing

Written by   |  Published August 15, 2016  |  Posted in: Advice & Tips, DIY, Painting & Decorating  |  Tags: ,

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It’s really easy to get bored with the decor your home. If you’ve not got the budget to completely redecorate a room, try our 6 tips to improve your home.

1. Keep it tidy

Yes, we know it’s difficult when you’ve got kids or you’re just not a very tidy person. But you’ll really appreciate your home if it’s tidy.

Consider taking a weekend to sort out your cupboards and other storage spaces. You’ll find that once you’ve de-cluttered you’ll find it much easier to keep on top of your mess.
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The Quotatis Guide to Buying your First Home

Written by   |  Published July 25, 2016  |  Posted in: Advice & Tips, Removals, Surveyors  |  Tags:

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Buying your first home is a fantastic experience, but it can be daunting and sometimes pretty stressful.

That’s why we’ve put together our own guide to buying your first home so you can make the process as easy as possible.

Use our guide as a starting point to each step. After you’ve read it, go away and do your research.

That way you’ll make sure you get the best deals you can, and you’ll be so clued up you’ll be ready for anything the process throws at you.
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Air Conditioning: Do You Need It?

Written by   |  Published July 4, 2016  |  Posted in: Advice & Tips, Air Conditioning, Windows  |  Tags: ,

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For most of the year, the temperatures in the UK are so mild that there’s no point in us even thinking about getting air conditioning.

But there are some days in the summer (we’re praying they start coming soon) where it’s so hot that all we wished we had was some cool air blowing over us.

Is there any point in us getting air conditioning in our homes? After all, we’ll only have to use it for a tiny portion of the year. On the other hand, we’re all used to having it in our cars.

So should we think about investing in air con? We examine the pros and cons and some solutions.
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4 Ways to Upgrade your Home for Less

Written by   |  Published June 27, 2016  |  Posted in: Home Renovation, Painting & Decorating  |  

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If you are looking to upgrade your home, you might be put off by the thought of a huge budget. But what if we were to tell you that you could renovate your home on a budget? It is possible.

One of the best ways to upgrade your home for less is to do it bit by bit. That way, you only have to put aside small sums of money rather that a huge lump that will take you a long time to save up for.

Here are some ideas to help you save money when you’re renovating your home.
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5 Ways to Enjoy National Unplugging Day

Written by   |  Published June 26, 2016  |  Posted in: Energy Saving, Renewable Energy  |  Tags:

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It’s National Unplugging Day, the day when parents around the UK pledge to spend the entire day without technology. Whilst the aim of this day is to allow families to increase their emotional and physical wellbeing by tackling technology overuse, it’s also a great way to help the environment.

The thousands of different gadgets available now all need electricity to power on or charge up. That means that many of us have seen our bills rise in the past decade or so. Simply cutting down on how often you use technology can make a huge difference.

So what can you do to enjoy National Unplugging Day? We’ve put together a few ideas.
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