The ten police forces in the UK with the highest number of dogs reported stolen in 2016 was the Metropolitan Police, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Kent, South Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Staffordshire, Devon and Cornwall, and Warwickshire and West Mercia.
Even if you don’t live in these areas, however, remaining vigilant where home security is concerned should always be a top priority – especially if you have a dog at home that someone might be interested in stealing.
If you’re concerned, there are some easy fixes you can do to make your home more secure. You could, for example, install double glazing in East Sussex as two panes of glass makes it much harder for someone to smash their way in. They’ll also make a lot more noise than they would if there was one pane of glass, so it’s more likely that someone will hear them and alert you or the police.
Head of pet insurance at Direct Line Prit Powar commented: "Having your dog stolen is extremely distressing, especially when it happens from within your own home. Simple measures like locking doors and keeping the property secured will help deter thieves."
Other options include making sure your dog is microchipped, making sure the garden at home is properly secure and not allowing your dog out in the garden unsupervised.
And now new research from MoneySuperMarket has revealed that the average borrower will owe £309,000 over the course of their lifetime. The ripe old age of 39 is when home improvement loans were found to peak, with families increasingly looking to extend their houses rather than move thanks to climbing house prices and the rollout of new stamp duty tariffs.
Over their lifetimes, the average Brit will accrue £111,000 in interest, if they purchase a house at the average price, have credit card debt for ten years, take out personal loans for a holiday overseas or a new car, and have a student loan.
Unless you do have substantial savings behind you, it can be really tricky to fund your home improvement ideas. And even if you do have savings, it might not be entirely wise to spend them all on doing up the house. An unsecured personal loan is one route to paying for them, but make sure you can afford this before you sign up for it as interest payments will be included.
Another option could be equity release, which might be more appropriate for you and your situation.
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Energy Live News reported on the figures released by the Office for National Statistics, which noted that until the end of March this year, 2.1 million ECO measures had been installed.
These can range from cavity wall insulation and boiler upgrades to draft proofing and replacing single glazing with double glazing.
Among low income and vulnerable households who fall into the ‘affordable warmth’ category, nearly 700,000 ECO measures have been installed, which deliver estimated savings of £8.25 billion.
Even if you don’t qualify for upgrades under the ECO scheme, it is clearly still worth looking into what you could do to your property to make it more energy efficient given the savings you can realise by taking simple steps like upgrading to double glazing in Brighton.
Another very good reason to invest in double glazing is that it’s among the features that homebuyers are looking for when searching for a new abode. A recent survey by Gocompare.com found that energy efficiency features were among the top priorities for buyers.
In fact, double glazing came second on the list with 68 per cent of buyers saying they’d want this in a property. Only central heating ranked higher, with 69 per cent of those questioned saying this was a must.
Secure doors and windows, meanwhile, came in at number four, with 61 per cent of prospective buyers concerned about these features.
There are different window alarms on the market that can either alert you if a window is opened when it shouldn’t be, or ones that contain motion detectors around the windows to alert you before a window is opened or broken. Different alarms can be attached to different windows around the house, so don’t feel tied down to one kind.
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You can add to the overall effectiveness of your window alarm system by installing a home alarm system, which can also detect movement around windows.
These should be strong and visible, to act as a deterrent to burglars. You can install strong deadbolts which are highly effective.
Safety glass isn’t just for indoor use, it is also useful for deterring people trying to break into your house as smashing it would be much noisier than smashing normal glass, as to break through an intruder would need to strike it repeatedly in the same place. This is one of the least expensive options for improving the security of your windows, and though there are other options (such as bullet proof glass) these offer little benefit over safety glass, to a normal family home.
Our double glazing and safety glass is more secure than standard glass windows. Get in touch with us to discuss the best options for your needs.
New research from comparethemarket.com has just revealed that if you do roll over onto a standard tariff, you could see your bills climb on average by £333 a year. Some 70 fixed price tariffs will be ending in the second quarter of the year, so sitting down for a few minutes to see if you could save yourself some money might be worth it.
The majority of the tariffs coming to an end are from smaller providers, with just 23 from the Big Six, but this still makes up nearly 200,000 customers.
Head of energy with the price comparison site Peter Earl said: "The cost of not actively monitoring your energy bills is clearer than ever, with energy companies potentially enjoying close to a £200 million inertia windfall from customers who don’t choose to switch. A £333 increase in annual energy bills could be devastating to so many families across the UK."
This comes as the Conservatives pledge to set a cap on standard variable tariffs, which could result in £100 being knocked off annual energy bills for 70 per cent of the market. However, while this sounds good in theory, it could mean that a lot of the cheapest fixed rate deals are now longer available.
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Speaking to the Maidenhead Advertiser, Thames Valley Police has highlighted the fact that burglars take advantage of open doors and windows during the summer, and urged people to consider security in warmer weather.
Detective Inspector Jason Kew added that now is the perfect time to give your home a once-over and check for any potentially weak areas in your home security.
Key things to look at are your windows and doors. He recommends checking not just the doors and locks, but their frames too. If the frames are damaged or aren’t securely fixed to the walls, then your locks won’t be effective.
Looking at the thickness of your doors is also advised. You’ll need a door to be at least 44mm thick to be able to fit a five-lever mortice lock.
Making sure your windows are in good condition after the winter is also important. Examine them from inside and out to ensure the frames and glass are fit for purpose.
And if you’re moving into a new home, don’t bump home security down your list of priorities. Earlier this year, a survey by Yale found that home security was just the 43rd most important thing for those looking at a new property, below worries over whether there’s space for a dishwasher and whether the garden is big enough for a dog.
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The latest to do so is EDF, which has just rolled out its second price hike of the year, a move that will no doubt affect millions of people in the UK. It was found that those living in the east of England will suffer the most, with bills for people on standard variable tariffs typically reaching £1,263 – the highest of anywhere in the entire country.
Energy expert at the price comparison Stephen Murray said: "The message is loud and clear for the millions of people hit by Big Six price rises: shop around if you’re on a standard variable tariff, or if you’re on a fixed deal that’s coming to an end. Collectively, customers could save £7.4 billion by standing up to price rises and shopping around - that’s well worth the seven minutes it takes to switch deals."
As well as switching deals and suppliers, you can reduce your bills by making your home more energy efficient – and one of the best ways of doing this is by upgrading your windows so they’re all double and triple glazed. This will help keep the house colder in summer and warmer in winter, as well as reducing any noise pollution you might experience from time to time.
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Some people often find themselves living in excessively cold houses – Norwich council, for example, has just revealed that 1,700 private homes in the city are so cold that people’s health is being put at risk – and it can be difficult to ensure the landlord fixes certain issues within a timely fashion.
All rented properties have to meet certain standards to make sure they’re fit to live in, with local authorities using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System to assess these standards and see if there are any hazards that could risk your health.
If this assessment proves that your house isn’t safe, then your council can take action against your landlord. It may well be the case that your council can actually do the work itself and then recoup the costs from your landlord after the fact.
Common health hazards are excessive coldness, damp, mould, overcrowding, fire risks, faulty gas boilers and dangerous electrics. Your council will decide what action needs to be taken against your landlord if essential works must be carried out to improve health and safety in your house. They will also likely give you advice on any problems that you’re able to deal with yourself, without involving your landlord.
Emergency remedial action can be taken by the council where they do the work and then charge the landlord. Or an improvement notice can be issued that tells your landlord to carry out improvements and repairs, with a time limit included for the work to be completed by. Get in touch with Channel Glazing for 24 hour callout glazing in East Sussex.
One thing you shouldn’t neglect is your windows - especially if you’re a business as dirty and streaky glass can send the wrong impression to your customers.
However, one lifestyle expert has recently advised people not to neglect other parts of their windows in their spring cleaning efforts, namely the window sills, casings and runners.
Speaking to USA Today, Becky Rapinchuk, founder of Clean Mama, explained that keeping these areas clean is key to tackling mold and mildew.
She suggested starting by getting the vacuum cleaner out to get rid of the worst of the dust. Then using a soap and water solution to clean around the windows should do the trick. She added that cotton buds can be a handy item to have around in case there are any hard-to-reach areas.
You don’t even need to buy special glass cleaner to give your windows a shine, either. According to Ms Rapinchuk, a solution of 1.5 cups of water, 1.5 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 1.5 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and three drops of essential oils will do the trick.
Simply mix the solution in a spray bottle and you can get to work. Of course, it’s also worth having some newspaper handy for a streak-free finish. This old tip works wonders and in most shops or business there’s a newspaper or two lying around.
Given that energy prices are predicted to rise for homes and businesses, a spring clean of your windows is also a good opportunity to check for drafts or any damage to the seals. If your windows aren’t in top condition, you may want to call in glazing services in Brighton to take a look and suggest how to make improvements.
In a poll of 2,000 adults by security company Yale, whether the new home’s security was up to scratch came 43rd in the list of the top 50 things people consider when buying a new property.
At the top of the list was whether parking outside would be easy, while the council tax, total cost, noisy neighbours and how new the boiler is were the other concerns cited in the top five.
Energy efficiency of the new property came in at number 13, after the likes of broadband speed and where the local supermarket is.
Managing director of Yale Nigel Fisher said that while the company hadn’t expected home security to be top of the list, it featured much further down people’s priorities than they had anticipated.
He offered some tips for homeowners who want to have an idea of how safe their potential new neighbourhood is.
"We would always advise checking out the local neighbourhood for signs of well-maintained buildings," Mr Fisher suggested.
When it comes to the property itself, he added that potential buyers should check doors and windows for any signs of break-ins, while also finding out if the locks are up to insurance standards.
Although home security featured near the bottom of the list, local crime statistics were a top ten concern. Earlier this year, Moneysupermarket highlighted the country’s burglary hotspots, pointing out that many of them are in London.
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The regulations will come into force for all non-exempt domestic rental properties by April 1st 2020, including all pre-existing tenancies, and it will be unlawful for landlords to renew tenancies or agree new lets for houses with an energy performance certificate rating below E (unless it’s been registered as being exempt).
Legal expert from Kirwans law firm Danielle Hughes is now calling on landlords around the country to make sure their EPC ratings are above an E now to sidestep any issues come 2018.
Commenting on the fact that at least one in six private rental properties look set to be below the required standard, Ms Hughes said: "Some properties may only need a couple of inexpensive tweaks to bring them in line with the new regulatory requirements, while others may require substantial works, which come at a cost.
"Landlords have to balance this work against the risk of them being in breach of the legislation and facing a criminal conviction and penalty fine. As long as the rating is at a minimum of E, it is up to them which methods they chose to improve the property."
The Country Landowners Association has also suggested that thousands of rural privately rented homes could be failed by the new government energy policy by giving homeowners false information relating to the energy efficiency of their houses, as well as encouraging potentially damaging retrofits on properties built before 1919.
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With that deadline now only just over a year away, it’s worthwhile for landlords to make sure any houses they currently rent out are up to standard.
Although Chris Stonock of Your Move points out that it has yet to be made into full legislation, it’s definitely still on the table under the current government.
He recommends that landlords get an energy performance certificate (EPC) to assess the current state of their property. Only once you know how close - or far away - from band E a home is can you take appropriate action.
In many cases, there will be little or nothing to do. But if you have a number of older properties in your rental portfolio, it’s worth making sure and rectifying any simple issues. Installing new double glazing and bi fold doors might be necessary to prevent too much heat from escaping from the home.
Mr Stonock added that the current understanding is that there won’t be specific requirements in terms of what energy efficiency measures are taken, which means that "a combination of relatively inexpensive work may well raise the standard to the required level".
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The news comes after Npower announced it would be increasing its prices on its standard tariff, with electricity prices climbing by 15 per cent from the beginning of March, and gas prices rising by 4.8 per cent at the same time.
This will add over £100 to the average dual fuel bill for its customers, and could affect up to 1.4 million households.
A spokesperson for prime minister Theresa May said that the government was "concerned" by the rising energy charges announced this month, adding: "We expect energy companies to treat their customers fairly, and are being clear that where markets aren’t working we are prepared to act."
But while there may be some political wrangling going on over energy bills, what can you do in the meantime to try and keep your costs down, even if companies start charging more?
One option is to assess your existing energy expenditure and energy efficiency and see if there is anywhere you can make improvements. Contacting a double glazing specialist in Brighton, or wherever you live, could be advisable as they will be able to tell you about the latest windows that can prevent heat loss from your home.
To get the most efficient new windows, the Energy Saving Trust recommends choosing low emissivity glass, as well as double glazing that uses so-called ‘warm spacers’ and that uses gases such as argon, xenon and krypton between the panes.
The research by Moneysupermarket compared data from nearly two million quotes run through the website and calculated how many claims are recorded for every 1,000 quotes in any given postcode.
Top of the list was Redbridge in north-east London, with 16 of the top 20 burglary claim areas in the UK’s capital. Redbridge recorded 54.7 claims for every 1,000 quotes.
Although Brighton didn’t feature on the list of regions where burglary is more likely, it never hurts to examine your home security.
Moneysupermarket advised homeowners to take a look at their properties to ensure they aren’t one of the people making a claim in the next year.
Among the suggestions are to have stronger locks fitted on doors and windows, and in particular to have a five-lever mortice deadlock on your front door.
Ensuring you keep any shrubbery or hedges around your property cut back and in good condition could also help, as it will prevent people from being able to hide in them, or using bushes to shield what they’re doing from the street.
Earlier this month, development director at the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) Dr Steffan George told the South Yorkshire Times that visible signs of disrepair to doors or windows can make a home a target for thieves, as they think it will be easy to break in.
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According to a new report by Utilitywise, retailers are wasting £300 million worth of energy per year, the Retail Gazette reported.
The publication pointed out that, for the majority of businesses, a 20 per cent reduction in the cost of energy is the same as a five per cent increase in sales, meaning many UK retailers are failing to tap into a valuable source of savings.
Simple measures, like ensuring shop doors are closed once people enter or leave a store, can help retailers make significant savings. The news provider cited findings from University of Cambridge research, which revealed energy usage can be reduced by up to 50 per cent in winter simply by closing shop doors.
Retailers may also want to make sure they have energy efficient glazing in their shop fronts in East Essex and are not losing further energy as a result of inefficient windows or shop fronts that let in drafts.
Another recommendation to come out of the report is to monitor energy usage closely, because you cannot fix or improve the situation if you do not know what areas are costing you the most when it comes to energy use.
While room and water heating is the most significant outlay for most retailers, lighting is also a costly expense.
At the end of last year, an article for GreenBiz highlighted the importance of sustainability for retailers, noting that clean energy is already providing financial benefits for retailers, while sustainability as a concept is something that a growing number of consumers are concerned with.
One expert from the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) thinks so. Speaking to the South Yorkshire Times , Dr Steffan George, development director at the MLA, said that home security is about more than locking up when you go out.
He explained that many burglars will target homes that look like they are in a poor state of repair, as they are typically easier to break into. As a result, he advises homeowners to stay on top of maintenance work, but particularly where windows and doors are concerned.
"Any kind of visible disrepair like broken windows, rusted locks and chains, cracked panes of glass and rotten frames act as red flags to thieves," Dr George revealed.
It is therefore worth taking a good look at the exterior of your home and, if necessary, investing in new bi-fold doors in Brighton to make your home more secure.
While you are looking at the outside of your home, don’t forget to check your garden, as Dr George points out that unkempt and overgrown bushes and trees can make good hiding places for thieves. Cutting the foliage back will make your garden, and therefore home, a less appealing target.
And with Co-Op Insurance revealing last year that break-ins are more likely to occur on a Friday than any other day of the week, you would be wise to be especially vigilant as we move into the weekend.
According to data obtained by Metro, in the last three years about one in ten burglary reports have actually led to a charge or summons, with some forces around the UK seeing just one in 20 cases ending with a prosecution.
Director of charity Victim Support Lucy Hastings told the news source that such statistics could well prove to be undermining where public confidence in the police is concerned.
"Burglary not only robs victims of their physical possessions – it can rob people of their sense of security at home as well, a place where everyone should feel most safe. This crime can also leave many people feeling vulnerable, frightened and distressed," she said.
With winter in full swing now, you’d be wise to prioritise home security as burglars often take advantage of the longer nights. Recent research from the Co-op Insurance found that home thefts actually climb by 36 per cent at this time of year, so now’s the time to be careful and make sure your doors and windows lock properly, and that you use your burglar alarm whenever you’re going out.
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Carrying out a home energy audit is a good way to find any issues your property may have - and then correct them.
Energy.gov offers a number of tips for homeowners who want to carry out their own energy audit, rather than paying for a professional auditor.
One of the first things the organisation recommends that you look for are drafts. These could be coming from windows, doors, or even gaps between the walls of your home and ceilings or floors. Drafts can be a considerable loss of heat, so it definitely pays to correct these.
If you find drafts around your windows, you should consider whether it’s time to install new windows at your home, particularly if what you currently have isn’t double glazing. Alternatively, you may be able to seal the draft yourself by applying an appropriate material - like silicon - on the offending area.
Making sure your heating (and cooling if you have any) equipment has been regularly serviced and is working efficiently is another important part of an energy audit.
And with a survey released in the autumn showing that a small number of Brits (12 per cent of those questioned) would rather go without heating for a week than lose the internet from their homes, this could be a way for them to ensure they can afford both.
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One of the most common ways to improve your property’s insulation is by having double glazing installed, if you don’t already have it. Or it may be that your double glazing is in need of an upgrade, either way it pays to know how to find the best deal.
Luckily, Which? have stepped up and produced guidance to help you find the most suitable double glazing in Brighton at the right price.
The organisation’s top piece of advice is to do your research. There are many types of double glazing on the market nowadays, and understanding the difference between them, as well as which will be most suitable for your home, is vital.
Which? also recommends getting at least three quotes before settling on a double glazing company, and making sure the quotes you receive include as much specific detail about the product and service as possible, to enable you to effectively compare them.
You should look at things like the energy rating of the windows you’ll be installing, as well as the guarantee that accompanies them, when you’re comparing products.
In terms of the companies, you should look for one that is registered with FENSA an organisation that ensures all the firms registered with it carry out work that complies with building regulations.
If you don’t use a FENSA-registered firm, you’ll need to get full Local Authority Building Council approval before you can begin the installation.
Homeowners looking for glazing services in East Sussex can come to Channel Glazing with complete confidence, as we’re experienced and FENSA registered.
One of the most common problems caused by frosty conditions is having frozen and burst pipes, which is why the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has released advice on ways you can avoid this.
Laura Hughes, ABI’s policy adviser of general insurance, said: "Every winter, damage caused by burst pipes is widespread and expensive. Prevention is better than cure and a few simple steps can reduce the risk of facing the trauma of frozen or bust pipes during the winter."
The ABI suggests keeping heating on at regular times, which also means setting a timer if you plan on going away. This will prevent the temperature of the water in the pipes from dropping and, subsequently, freezing.
It also recommends insulating water pipes and tanks in the loft with good-quality lagging; locating the stopcock and making sure it works, so you can turn off the water supply if needed; and repairing any taps that are dripping to stop water from freezing.
Those who are unfortunate to have to face frozen pipes this winter have been advised to turn their supply off at the main stopcock immediately and wait until it warms up. Alternatively, you could try to warm the pipes with a hot water bottle.
In the circumstance where a pipe has burst, homeowners should turn off water at the stopcock, switch the central heating off and open all the taps to drain the system.
Following this, they need to contact their home insurance provider so they arrange repairs to be done as soon as possible.
Ms Hughes added that while home cover will protect against the cost of burst pipes, "it cannot compensate for the misery and inconvenience that they bring".
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According to the organisation, the price of properties coming onto the market fell by just 1.1% in November, a smaller seasonal drop than the average 1.8% recorded over the past six years.
With property prices remaining strong, homeowners may decide that it’s better to improve rather than move in the new year, and installing new double glazing is just one of the options when it comes to home improvement.
But while the majority of properties in the UK saw their values fall, albeit marginally, over the past month, homes of two bedrooms or fewer are the only category that saw an increase, which is bad news for first-time buyers.
Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, explained that helping people buy their first home should be a priority for the government, because it can stimulate the rest of the market.
"Short-term options that might be top of a first-time buyer’s list would be a stamp duty holiday exclusive to them," he suggested.
Last month, the Halifax House Price Index revealed that the value of UK properties climbed by 5.8% between September 2015 and September 2016.
Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, pointed to low mortgage rates and a shortage of properties coming onto the market as reasons why prices had remained stable and were likely to stay strong over the coming months.
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However, despite temperatures expected to plummet over the next few months, there are some Brits who would prioritise their broadband over heating the house.
According to Gocompare.com Broadband, 12 per cent of people said they would rather go without heating for a week than lose the internet for seven days, and as much as eight per cent said they would swap the two for up to a month.
The study showed 76 per cent of Brits regard broadband as an essential, and a third said they would not be able to live without it.
Gocompare.com’s Ben Wilson stated: "With the growth of online-based services, such as banking, grocery shopping, TV, tax and utilities, it’s understandable that consumers are beginning to feel more reliant on the internet than ever before."
Findings revealed those aged between 18 and 24 were more willing to feel the chill than give up their broadband (24 per cent). However, perhaps more surprisingly, as many as four-fifths of those over 65 said they thought the internet was an essential utility.
Of course, it is likely that Brits’ use of the internet, as well as their heating, escalates during the winter, as 59 per cent of people said they preferred to stay at home during the colder months than go outside.
Gocompare.com Life Insurance’s Hiber-Nation survey revealed 46 per cent watch more TV, 40 per cent go out less, and 21 per cent do less exercise over winter.
Those who are going to stay indoors should ensure their property is as warm as possible by installing good-quality double-glazing windows, which traps the heat in and reduces the amount you have to spend on energy bills – which means more money to go on broadband fees.
You’d also be especially prudent to take extra care at the weekend, as the study found that winter thefts are at their most prevalent on a Friday . Burglars are able to take cover as the nights grow longer and it’s easier for them to break in unseen, so make sure you take all necessary precautions to protect you and your family, or your business at this time of year.
Tips from the Co-op to help you in this regard include not leaving valuables on display, keeping doors and windows locked, setting your burglar alarm when going out, not posting your location on social media sites and investing in a CCTV system if possible.
"We actually spoke to a number of reformed burglars last year and they said that motion activated security lights are most likely to put would-be burglars off with 26 per cent steering clear of homes with these installed, so this could be a good investment if you don’t have one already," head of claims Jonathan Guy said.
To avoid requiring the services of 24 hour glazing and boarding up services east sussex , you could also keep all your hedges and trees well trimmed so there’s nowhere for burglars to hide and even consider putting down crunchy gravel so you can hear anyone approaching..
The average temperature for October in the UK is 9.5 C. However, Scotland and the north will experience much colder conditions over the next few days, particularly at night time when close to freezing figures could be recorded.
As a result of this, snow and sleet are expected, putting an end to the long warm summer of heatwaves.
According to James Madden from Exacta Weather, the latter part of the week will be unsettled.
He noted there will be "some chilly easterly and north-easterly winds potentially bringing wintry showers across higher grounds in parts of the north at times this weekend and into next week".
Many Brits may already be beginning to feel the chill, swapping their sunglasses and light jackets for warm coats, gloves and hats over the last few days.
Homeowners, in particular, need to pay close attention to the weather, as those without double glazing in Brighton will certainly feel the cold temperatures sooner rather than later.
Indeed, according to Gocompare.com, this Sunday (October 16th) is when most people in the UK will turn on their central heating.
However, nearly a third (29 per cent) of people will put off turning on their boiler, as they will want to save money on their heating bills. One of the best ways to do this is to make your house more energy-efficient with the use of double-glazed windows.
Halifax’s House Price Index for September 2016 revealed homes typically set househunters back £214,024 last month, which is 0.1 per cent more than during August.
While house prices are continuing to rise, the growth is slower than usual. For instance, the annual value increase was 6.9 per cent in August, after reaching a peak of ten per cent in March.
September’s figures show the lowest yearly growth rate since August 2013 when costs increased by 5.4 per cent.
Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis said: "The housing market has followed a steady downward trend over the past six months with clear evidence of both a softening in activity levels and an easing in house price inflation."
He went on to say this is likely to be the result of property values having been rising faster than earnings for a long time, which has meant fewer people can afford to buy and this has restricted demand for houses for sale.
Despite this, Mr Ellis noted that very low mortgage rates together with a shortage of supply will "support price levels over the coming months".
One way homebuyers could cut down on how much they spend on a property is by looking for a home that needs a lot of work doing, AOL revealed.
According to Zoopla, 70 per cent of househunters search for a ‘project’ that needs new double glazing in Brighton, a bigger kitchen or a new bathroom as a way of adding value to the home.
Today (September 13th) is actually thought to be hotter than the likes of Los Angeles, Madrid and Bangkok, so you’d be wise to throw your windows open and let some cool air flow through your house if you can!
In fact, this isn’t bad advice for the entire month as a whole. Weather forecasters are suggesting that this could in fact be the hottest September we’ve had for a hundred years, so be prepared for that… although don’t go out without your umbrella or coat just yet, since soaring temperatures and sunny spells are expected to be interspersed with storms and rain. Obviously. This is Great Britain, after all.
"To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day. Once the sun is off windows, open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too," Public Health England’s Dr Thomas Waite was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
Of course, it won’t stay balmy forever so now’s the time to winter-proof your house if you haven’t done so already. Beat the cold temperatures ahead of time by having glazing services in Brighton come out to sort out your double glazing. Call us here at Channel Glazing for further advice and help.
According to data published by Ofgem, 1.6 million domestic customers changed their gas suppliers and 2.2 million updated their electricity providers in the first half of the year, with one million more switching companies than during the same period in 2015.
Another way people can help cut their energy costs is by installing double glazing in East Sussex, reducing the amount of heat lost through the window and, therefore, keeping the house warmer.
When it comes to finding low-cost electricity and gas tariffs, Rachel Fletchers, Ofgem senior partner, Consumers and Competition, said: "Great deals are there for the taking. There are very competitive offers and many more suppliers to choose from, and that’s why more consumers are switching."
There are now more than 40 energy suppliers and customers can save more than £300 by looking for a cheaper deal instead of staying on their standard variable tariff.
Despite there being such a varied choice for customers, 66 per cent of homeowners continue to be on expensive standard variable deals.
Ms Fletcher advised people to start looking for new offers, as the colder weather is on its way and homeowners will want to stay warm during the winter without seeing their energy bills soar.
Switching to a cheaper supplier could help stop the 63 per cent of homeowners who put on extra layers to beat off the cold from doing so.
According to Santander Current Accounts research, two-thirds of residents slip on gloves, coats, hats and jumpers to avoid turning the temperature up on their thermostat.
However, you need to be particularly cautious at this time of year and make sure that you shut all doors and windows when going out or leaving a room, or you could find yourself the victim of an opportunistic burglary.
Figures from Lloyds Bank show that there was a 14 per cent hike in unforced burglaries last year during the summer when compared to the winter, which should be all you need to know in order to start being more security conscious at home.
Tim Downes, senior claims manager, said: "Small items left on windowsills such as jewellery, wallets and smartphones are particularly at risk along with car keys, as opportunist burglars reach in through open doors and windows to grab whatever they can. We are reminding people to be aware of this type of theft and take steps to prevent themselves becoming an easy target."
Recent research from the Home Office showed that one in three burglars opt to enter a property through a window, with almost 80 per cent of break-ins occurring when there's no one at home. As such, it's vital that you exercise caution when you're in but certainly when you're off on holiday, or even just popping to the shops.
If you are unlucky enough to return home to a smashed window and a ransacked home, call us here at Channel Glazing for 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton and east Sussex. We'll be able to make your house secure once again.
They could consider calling upon the help of double-glazing Brighton specialists to replace all their windows for added protection against heavy rainfall. They might also want to buy floodgates, airbrick covers, and non-return valves for the bathroom to stop sewage returning through the pipes after a flood.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has issued this advice after revealing 93 per cent of claims made in the wake of the winter floods have been fully or partly settled after six months.
While this is a positive sign, claiming on your home insurance can be a lengthy process, which can be very traumatic to homeowners who want their properties back to the way they were.
Laura Hughes, property policy adviser at the ABI, said: "There are now many different ways that can help make properties more likely to survive a flood without serious damage being done."
She went on to say anything that can help prevent water coming in and damaging the property and within it will "reduce the time it takes to get that home or business back to normal".
The ABI has published a guide to advise people with properties in flood-risk areas on what they can do to protect their houses.
For instance, owners could move electrical sockets higher up their walls, use waterproof plaster, fit concrete or floor tiles, remove carpets and choose a stainless steel kitchen.
Recent Home Office figures, featured by This is Money, revealed that nearly 80 per cent of break-ins take place when no one is home, so if you are planning on going on holiday this year, make sure you take all the necessary precautions.
If you have an alarm, make sure you turn it on – even if you’re only going to be out for an hour. Your home insurance policy is likely to invalidated if you do not put the alarm on and your house is broken into. Modern alarms will actually let you know via your phone if they’re set off so you can head home to investigate if need be.
To deter people from breaking in via a window, you can buy small alarms that fit onto the pane of glass itself and which will go off if motion is detected. They make an awfully loud noise so will alert your neighbours – but try not to set them off if you’re at home as they really will make you jump!
Of course, even with all the precautions in the world if someone is determined to break into your house they will do so if they can. If the worst does happen and you find you need 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in East Sussex, call us here at Channel Glazing to see how we can help make your property instantly more secure.
Laurence Taylor, Assistant Chief Constable with Sussex Police, said the PCSOs will now be helping to prevent crimes such as burglary, completing tasks in ways that have been proven to be successful in reducing crime and keeping the general public safe, the Brighton & Hove Independent reports.
"The PCSO role has evolved since it was introduced 13 years ago with the specific aim to be visible in the community and they will continue to conduct patrols. However, these patrols will be targeted to areas where they know they can make a difference," he said.
Those involved will make use of technology like smartphones so that they can work as and when they're required, logging on remotely as well as working from shared and police premises.
While this is great news and is sure to be reassuring to the many people living in and around Brighton and Hove, it's still possible that you will still be the victim of a break-in or burglary at some point in your lives. If this does happen, the first thing is not to panic. Do not touch anything in your house or business premises, do not enter the site and call the police immediately.
You may also need someone to come and help you with broken window glass repairs in Brighton, in which case you can call us here at Channel Glazing and we'll come out straightaway to help you make your property secure once again.
For 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton, call us here at Channel Glazing to find out more.
According to the Britain at Home report by Lloyds Bank Insurance, 55 per cent of property owners live with unattractive features in their neighbourhoods, including untidy gardens, overflowing bins, abandoned objects and buildings falling into disrepair.
Taking care of properties, such as installing bi-fold doors in your Brighton home and new double-glazed windows could help encourage other neighbours to take better care of the outside of their homes as well.
Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "It is disturbing to see how many people are unable to love where they live, and that many homeowners are so affected by their neighbours that they are considering a permanent move."
She added that most people want to live in a "pleasant environment" but for many this is not possible.
The research showed people are not investing as much money in their outdoor spaces as necessary, spending just £714 a year, compared with £3,579 on their interiors.
Despite this, Gocompare.com recently revealed garden makeovers, installing solar panels and installing double glazing are some of the most popular DIY projects for homeowners, with as many as 14 per cent of homeowners currently considering a home improvement task.
Lloyds Bank Insurance’s research showed homeowners are so concerned about the appearance of their neighbourhood that a third think vandalism, rubbish and overturned bins are dragging their area down, and 12 per cent are worried the value of their property will decline as a result.
Indeed, as many as 20 per cent of people are considering moving property as the problem is so serious.
If you’re in need of 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team here at Channel Glazing today. We’re looking forward to your call.
The study by property website Zoopla found that 70 per cent of buyers were looking for a project, rather than a house in perfect condition to try and beat a market with rising property prices.
On average, the respondents to the survey said they were looking at almost £18,000 set aside for home improvements for a house that needed a bit of work, but it seems that buyers in East Sussex and the rest of the East of England and London were happiest to spend a little bit more, saving from £20,000 to £22,000 for making their new house into a home.
A spokesman from Zoopla said: "Buying a property that needs work can be an excellent way of both adding value and improving the living space of a home," according to AOL Money.
However, there’s another motivation behind those buyers choosing to improve a property – re-sale value, with 61 per cent of those surveyed saying they try to work out the value any work done would add to the property.
A killer kitchen, new bathroom, light loft conversion or wow factor conservatory were all seen to be the best return for the homeowner’s money.
Forecasters are now predicting that Great Britain could see its hottest summer for well over 100 years – and the good news is that the fantastic weather will be arriving on our shores in just ten short days. What could possibly be better?
Now’s the time to start preparing your homes for the heat, however. If there’s a lovely breeze outside, by all means open your windows to bring some of the cool air in but if it’s hotter outside than it is in, you could find it actually helps to cool your home by leaving the windows shut. Instead, open your windows at night when it’s cooler to bring your interior temperatures down.
Stay in the coolest rooms of the house wherever possible. You can also help to keep your rooms colder by closing pale curtains. If you have metal blinds or dark curtains, keep them open as you could turn your rooms into ovens if they’re shut.
As for your conservatory, too much heat can really damage your plants so if you don’t yet have blinds installed on your windows, perhaps do this now ahead of the hot weather. These will help keep harmful rays from the sun at bay, but you should also know that you’ll probably have to do a lot more watering of your plants in any case this summer!
And, interestingly, double glazing features prominently in the top ten rundown of most popular projects. Others featured include new kitchens, extensions, new bathrooms, garden makeovers, attic conversions, new boilers and central heating systems, knocking through rooms to create an open plan space, adding in an extra bedroom and installing solar panels.
"While it can be cheaper to improve rather than move, major renovation projects can still run into tens of thousands of pounds. So unless they have built-up substantial savings, most homeowners will need to consider either taking out a loan or remortgaging their home to fund their projects," Matt Sanders - money spokesman for Gocompare.com - said.
It's wise to call out Brighton double glazing services if you want to have this installed as you could damage your home if you try to do it yourself.
You should also make sure that you check your home insurance policy to check what you're covered for and what you're not. Typically, policies will not cover you for structural alterations, poor workmanship, faulty materials or renovations. Unless you're fully qualified to carry out work on your home, it's best not to do so just to be on the safe side.
Always call out professional double glazing installers and other tradesmen to carry out the work.
Whether you live on a main road, near a train line or just have noisy neighbours, it is a great idea to install double glazing to improve your peace of mind at home.
Double glazing is extremely effective at reducing noise due to the air gap, but you can increase the effectiveness of this if you use toughened glass in your windows.
The glass you need to look at is called acoustic glass and works by reducing the energy in a sound wave. You can find out how much the glass reduces the sound by looking at the R value. So an acoustic glass with a R value of 10 will reduce outside noise from 60 decibels (dB) to 5dB.
Acoustic glass is glass sandwiched between two or more sheets of glass that have been bonded together using acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) layers. These are what weakens the energy of the sound wave as it travels through the glass, creating quieter conditions for you.
You can further reduce the noise that makes it through your windows by increasing the cavity between panes of glass, differing the thickness of the two glass panes used and making them thicker, use a sound insulating window frame and of course, use specially laminated acoustic glass.
Lots of new build properties now come with triple glazing as standard and it’s not hard to see why such windows are increasing in popularity.
First of all, having triple-glazed windows means that your house will be better at keeping the heat in during the winter, eliminating any cold spots or draughts in your property. Just watch as your heating bills shrink and take pleasure in the fact that you’ll have reduced your carbon footprint as well!
You’ll also boost your home security exponentially if you opt for triple glazing over single, or even over double. If you live by yourself, you can’t put a price on that, that’s for sure. It’s much harder for potential burglars to smash their way through three panes of glass instead of one – and they’ll make a lot of noise doing so, which means they’ll be put off from targeting your home if they see you have triple glazing installed.
And don’t forget about the added peace and quiet you’ll be able to enjoy once your triple glazing is in place. Urbanites will no doubt know just how noisy city living can be, but double and triple glazing are perfect mufflers so if you haven’t had either installed as yet, now’s the time to do so.
It published its House Price Index for March 2016, showing the average property value reached £189,901. This is despite a decline in prices of 0.5 per cent between February and March this year.
This annual increase could be the result of more property owners renovating their homes by making changes such as fitting bi-fold doors in East Sussex , installing a new kitchen or adding an extension.
Indeed, recent research from Gocompare revealed the top 20 things that put homebuyers off purchasing a property, and they include the home being in a state of disrepair, unfinished building work, damp patches, an outdated kitchen or bathroom, and old wooden windows.
Therefore, property owners hoping to earn more for their homes may have taken the opportunity to do some DIY and boost the value of their houses themselves.
According to the late government statistics, the cost of flats or maisonettes rose the most between March 2015 and 2016, increasing by 7.5 per cent. This was followed by detached properties (7.3 per cent), while terraced homes increased in value by 6.2 per cent and semi-detached prices grew by 6.1 per cent.
Unsurprisingly, the area with the greatest annual price index was London, rising by 13.9 per cent. This took properties in the capital to £534,785, making it the most expensive place in the country to buy a home.
Flats and houses in the east of the country experienced the second highest increase at 10.7 per cent, taking homes to £220,989 on average.
The only area to experience a decline in value over the year was the north-east, where properties are the cheapest at just £97,581.
If the broken window is down to a burglary, you must make sure that the first thing you do is call the police and file a report so the incident is on record – which you’ll need to do in order for your insurance claim to go through.
If you’re not on the premises when you discover that the break-in has occurred, do not enter the property as the intruders may still be present. You should also be careful not to touch anything inside the building as this could hinder the police in their investigation.
Once the police are on site, you’ll need to make a list of everything that’s been taken, including a good description and the value of each item. It might help to include pictures or drawings, as well as mentioning any identifying marks. Provide your insurance company with a copy and make sure that you write down any information you have on the perpetrators, if you saw them leave the property.
If you have CCTV cameras in place, make sure you give the footage to the police as it will certainly help them with their inquiries.
Research from the company has found that the main barriers to relocating or buying are high property prices in their chosen area, getting enough of a deposit together and the costs of buying and moving. Other obstacles to moving home also included lack of availability where the type of property required is concerned, as well as job insecurity and the costs of running a home, such as council tax, bills and mortgage repayments.
Spokesman Matt Sanders observed that house prices are going to continue to rise because of a lack of supply and an increase in demand, with the average UK house price now at £288,000, which will make it harder for potential homeowners to save for the deposit.
He did add, however, that "there is some good news. Recently, there has been a resurgence in the number of lenders offering low-deposit mortgages. Most lenders now have a mortgage product aimed at homebuyers with a deposit of ten per cent of the purchase price of their property and, subject to stricter eligibility criteria, some lenders offer five per cent deposit mortgages".
You also need to factor in the idea that you'll want to redecorate your home or even renovate parts of it with sliding glass doors, glass balustrades, conservatories and more, so make sure this is included in your budget for your new home.
Figures from Confused.com show that homeowners who have bought a renovation property were able to save themselves £44,371 on average as a result.
The study found that 19 per cent of people who have opted for this kind of house have also been able to turn a profit of between £25,000 and £50,000 after the renovations were completed.
Head of home insurance at Confused.com Gareth Lane said that it seems as though an increasing number of people are buying properties in need of renovation because of house price rises.
"You should always tell your home insurer about major works that are being done to your property or if it is not in a good state of repair. Your home insurer also needs to know about home renovations that add value, such as a loft conversion, for example," he reminded people.
You may well find that installing bi fold doors on your property could add serious value to your home. They really help to open up your home, can create a seamless flow of energy in the property and have the added benefit of making your indoor and outdoor spaces seem more as one. They're very desirable additions to a property so if you are planning on selling and want to increase the resale value of your house, consider having bi fold doors installed.
Figures from Santander Current Accounts show that three million people actually choose to spend more time in the office because it’s warmer there than at their house, while 84 per cent of households – almost 23 million of them – have taken steps to make bills more affordable.
These include drinking more hot drinks, going to bed instead of sitting on the sofa, using the oven to warm up and blocking off parts of the house. In the next 12 months, 62 per cent of households plan to make lifestyle changes in order to pay their energy bills, whether this is taking on a second job, sacrificing holidays or cancelling TV subscriptions.
Director of banking at Santander Matt Hall said: "There are a multitude of methods to help manage and reduce bills. Households should check they have the best deal by comparing energy providers, look to take advantage of cashback and loyalty offers, and it’s often cheaper to pay by direct debit."
Investing in double glazing could benefit East Sussex homeowners and others by allowing them to be more energy efficient, thus cutting back on their bills – and reducing their carbon footprint! Double glazing works by trapping air between the panes of glass. This trapped air helps to reduce the rate of heat loss through your windows, so your house will feel warmer as soon as you have double glazing installed.
Homeowners are increasingly seeing these doors as a viable option for their houses and you can really do a lot to create a seamless and natural flow between the indoors and the outdoors if you invest in a set of panoramic aluminium bi fold doors for your house.
These will open out in a sort of concertina so that you can step through a wide space from your house into the garden, really opening up your home and making it feel that much more spacious and luxurious.
Going for floor-to-ceiling glass bi fold doors will instantly make your property seem a lot more contemporary, which is sure to attract buyers when it comes time to sell up and move on. When the sun shines, you can fling open the doors and relax in the garden – even if you’re still sat in your living room or kitchen!
When it comes to entertaining, there’s no better way to prepare your house than with a set of bi fold doors. That way, if everyone is outside enjoying the sun or splashing about in your pool, you don’t feel left out of the action if you’re inside preparing food and drinks.
The large panes of glass will also flood your home with lots of natural light, whether they’re open or closed, so if you want your space to feel as airy as possible, bi fold doors are the best option for you.
MoneySuperMarket's annual Burglary Claims Tracker revealed that 16 out of the top 20 postcodes were all in London, with SE21 coming top of the list. The top four was made up of Clayhall, Redbridge and Gants Hill, while North Kensington, New Southgate, Cockfosters and Whetstone were also included.
However, London wasn't the only city to have been featured in the rundown and Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester, Hawksworth and Kirkstall in Leeds, and West Bromwich all also put in an appearance in the list.
"The best way to avoid the emotional turmoil and financial distress associated with a burglary is to be vigilant, make a concerted effort to secure your home and put in place the safety net of appropriate contents insurance in case the worst should happen," Kevin Pratt, MoneySuperMarket's consumer affairs expert, said.
Making sure your doors and windows are of good quality is of the utmost importance when it comes to preventing burglaries. A strong aluminium front or back door can do a lot to stop people from gaining access to your property. The more noise they have to make to break in the better! Get in touch with us at Channel Glazing to see how we can help you beef security up this year.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the couple confirmed that they were able to achieve such low bills by installing solar photovoltaic cells on the roof of their house, harvesting rainwater from the sloping roofs, using a water heating device to supply hot water and through the installation of ultra-efficient glazing, which means additional heating is not really required.
Mr Bidmead said: "We haven’t yet turned on the heating even once as the house is practically airtight."
However, you should be aware that investing in an eco-property such as this will mean the asking price is higher at the outset, even if you do make savings later on. Mr Bidmead added: "We definitely paid a premium. It’s a three-bed terrace and quite expensive for the north of England."
It might be a better idea to consider upgrading your current house to make it more environmentally friendly than seeking out a new property with similar benefits.
If you’re interested in East Sussex flat glazing and want to find out more about how you could slash your energy bills through new windows at home, get in touch with us at Channel Glazing. We’d be more than happy to advise you on any matters such as this.
Research from M&S Bank shows that 77 per cent of homeowners understand that, where their home insurance policies are concerned, it is their responsibility to make sure that their houses are kept in good repair. Despite this however, 15 per cent have not taken any basic maintenance measures in the last year.
"Regularly carrying out maintenance on the home, even basic tasks such as checking for things like loose tiles, cleaning chimneys and clearing gutters, can help prevent damage from occurring, and should the worst happen, ensure a claim is valid," head of products with the bank Paul Stokes said. He went on to advise people to check the roof for loose tiles, keep gutters clear of leaves, prune back any trees close to the house, remove attached hosepipes, isolate the outdoor taps and check that any plants growing up the side of the property have not grown into the brickwork.
With all the storms and bad weather now being forecast, it's likely that you might need East Sussex 24 hour callout glazing specialists at some point. If so, make sure you give us here at Channel Glazing a call if you need help in an emergency. We'd be more than happy to come out and lend a hand if your home has sustained damage of some kind in a storm.
Today (December 11th), The Weather Channel is saying that there will be cloud and light rain in the south, but heavier showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Thunder and snow are also forecast, so if your windows aren't double glazed you might want to consider getting them done to help keep the heat in at home.
Heavy rain is expected on Saturday for central parts of the UK, so those people who have been affected by Storm Desmond may want to take extra precautions to ensure they remain safe - and to make sure their homes are prepared enough to withstand more rain.
On Sunday, Scotland will see a cold and frosty start, while the central part of the UK will still see rain. Going into next week, the weather is still looking unsettled but milder, with some wet and windy spells to come.
If you do live in an area that is prone to flooding, make sure you've got sandbags at the ready and listen to advice from your local authority so that if you are ordered to evacuate you do so quickly and efficiently. Move belongings high up in the house wherever possible and ensure that whatever room you're in, you have an escape route to the outside.
Should you decide you want double glazing or you need your windows fixed, get in touch with us here at Channel Glazing.
The quickest and easiest way of doing this is to take the bath out and replace it with a highly contemporary walk-in shower. Having a shower over the bath does mean that you get the best of both worlds and can bathe rather than shower if the mood strikes, but if you are keen to really modernise this part of the house, having a power shower installed instead is definitely a wise choice.
People often say that having a bath and a shower can increase the value of your home but this isn’t always the case, particularly if the bathroom is on the small side. Having a high end power shower that comes with Brighton glass shower screens fitted can make your bathroom look incredible – and there’s nothing to suggest that this will have an impact on the resale value of your house.
Having floor-to-ceiling shower screens can really open up the room as you’ll be able to see it in its entirety, with nothing hidden or masked. Other ways you can make your smaller bathroom seem bigger include using a monochromatic colour scheme, using smaller fixtures and installing adjustable lighting to help create a bit of atmosphere. Dimmer switches are inexpensive and easy to install – you could do it yourself this weekend with no trouble at all.
Head of products at Swinton Insurance Mark Hallam has come up with a few tips to help homeowners weather the storm this weekend, including closing and fastening all doors and windows since high winds can easily damage panels and frames.
Other words of wisdom include securely fastening or storing fixtures and loose objects away properly so they don't fly about in the wind, as well as clearing drainpipes and gutters of debris and leaves so that water can drain away easily.
If you can, park your car in a garage so it won't be damaged by flying objects and, if you live in an area prone to flooding, consider blocking entry points like garden gates and doors with sandbags. These can be obtained from your local council, although you may need to pay.
Winds of up to 100mph are expected to batter the UK today and into tomorrow, so just exercise an extra level of caution both at home and if you have to go to work. If you have to drive, make sure you do so carefully and leave in plenty of time so you don't have to rush about if there's lots of rain. Check your tyre depth is correct and that you have fresh wiper blades in place as well.
Sainsbury's Bank Home Insurance figures show that of the estate agents questioned, 57 per cent believe doing up the kitchen is the best decision, followed by new bathrooms (33 per cent), loft extensions (31 per cent), single storey extensions (29 per cent) and double storey extensions (24 per cent).
The bank's Scott Gorman said: "It’s important to tell your home insurer about any renovations to ensure the additional value of your property and contents are covered by your policy. Make sure you’re also covered for any mishaps by notifying them before the work is carried out."
He went on to advise that homeowners make sure they check their policies if they're going to have to move out of the house while renovations are going on, as some providers specify how long you can leave a property vacant for.
You can do a lot to improve the aspect of your kitchen by investing in Brighton conservatories. These can really add value to a property and make your home seem so much bigger. If you have the outdoor space, consider converting some of it into a conservatory - you may be surprised at the difference it makes to your home.
However, Amber Rudd, energy and climate change secretary, did say that a new approach is now being considered by the government, consumer groups and the building industry in order to provide better value for money while also supporting the target of insulating one million more properties in the next five years.
An independent review has just been commissioned by the government, led by Peter Bonfield, to assess consumer protection, standards and the enforcement of energy efficiency initiatives.
"We are on the side of hardworking families and businesses – which is why we cannot continue to fund the Green Deal. It’s now time for the building industry and consumer groups to work with us to make new policy and build a system that works," Ms Rudd said.
This comes as the government also announced that measures to manage a predicted over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies are to be introduced so as to best provide control over spending and make sure that the taxpayer receives the best deal possible as the country increasingly shifts towards a low-carbon economy.
These measures include the removal of the guaranteed level of subside for biomass conversions, as well as a consultation on the control of subsidies for solar PV of 5MW and below, and another on changes to the Feed-in Tariff's preliminary accreditation rules.
With this in mind, it's certainly time to start looking around your house to see if there are any improvements that can be made to help keep the heat in and the cold out. Hire someone to have a look at your roof to make sure that there are no loose tiles that could fly off in bad storms and cause leaks inside, for example. And if you're really keen to ensure that your homes stay warm and well protected during the winter, give your windows the once over to see if there are any draughts.
Double glazing is perfect for keeping your homes toasty and the cold weather at bay so if you've yet to have this installed, now could be the perfect time. You'll find that your energy bills decrease as a result, because these types of window can really improve the energy efficiency of your home - just what you need in winter as you work to keep warm without breaking the bank.
If you'd like to talk about your double glazing installation options, give us here at Channel Glazing a call. We'll be more than happy to help with all your needs.
Think-tank ResPublica is recommending that Whitehall take such steps in its first report since the government revealed that the Green Deal funding would be cut. It also suggests that those people who do make energy-efficient home improvements before they sell their properties should pay less in stamp duty.
Other recommendations include designated Warm Home Zones so that areas can be targeted where there are fewer energy-efficient properties and poor health outcomes, as well as allowing cities to retain any revenue generated by stamp duty and a minimum standard for energy efficiency for all homes that are either being sold or let.
Phillip Blond, director of the organisation, said: "Consumers need help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This report outlines workable ways to help homeowners take control of improving the energy efficiency of their homes."
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund would be cut, alongside funding for the Green Deal Finance Company, with the government worried about a low rate of adoption and industry standards. Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd did confirm, however, that the government is now looking into a new approach in order to help hit the target of insulating one million extra properties in the next five years while also providing better value for money.
Swimming pools, tennis courts, home gyms, home spas, land, a home cinema, stables, a luxury kitchen, a wine cellar and secure parking were all seen to be popular for prospective homeowners looking for a certain type of property. "As staying in continues to be the new going out, we are seeing more homeowners embrace their favourite pastimes in the comfort of their own properties, including golf greens, squash courts and fully equipped gyms," head of SELECT Premier Insurance Nick Brabham said. Whatever changes you end up making to your property, be aware of how it might affect your next door neighbours.
Previous Direct Line research found that 3.7 million people have sustained damage to their homes because of their neighbours’ renovations – yet just a third of those neighbours actually accepted responsibility for the damage that had been done. The most common types of damage included that to fencing, windows, garden features, gates and roofs, as well as plumbing, contents, plants, exterior walls and driveways. If you are contemplating building work, make sure you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and those next door.
But what do you do if you are worried that composite doors are not secure enough?
There are a number of options open to you, including choosing more secure glass and better locks, here we will talk you through those options.
The Avantis Lock is a lock designed specifically for composite doors and features the strongest and largest hook and bolt system available in the UK. It utilises a 25mm triangulated dead bolt which means that a closed door is more secure as there is greater compression in the lock.
It also has more standard features to improve security, such as a deadlock which is activated by lifting the handled instead of just a key turn. It passes PAS 24 for security, which means that the lock can sustain a manual attack for three minutes.
You may have considered double glazing in your composite door, but have you considered triple glazing? This is much more secure and doesn’t cost much more. You can also include the attractive glass designs in these triple glazed windows that many people choose these doors for.
In this process the design glass is placed in the centre, between two clear sheets of glass, creating a triple glazed structure. The clear glass used is often a glass known as tempered glass, which is very tough.
This not only makes them more secure but they also have greater soundproofing meaning you can enjoy your home in peace.
When buying double glazing, always make sure you get at least three quotes from different companies (in fact, this is a good rule of thumb to abide by when having any work done on your property) and make sure that you don’t sign a contract immediately.
Be wary of any company that asks for a deposit up front and ensure that each firm you contact gives you prices for the same materials and products, so you can compare them all easily.
Do your research first, as having an idea of what you need to have done before you get a quote will make sure your prices are more appropriate from the get go - and ensure that all hardware used is included in the ten-year warranty.
It would also be advisable to talk to your choice of company and ask to see examples of any recent work they’ve carried out near your home. Talk to the residents as well if you can to find out how the job went and if it was successful. Reading online reviews is also a great way of finding out if this is the company that you want to work with. If the firm is certified by Fensa, then more the better as well.
However, it would seem that lots of people out there are quite keen to try and do rather big jobs by themselves because they have access to countless videos on YouTube showing them how to do it.
According to new research from Towergate Insurance, 23 per cent of people under the age of 24 head to YouTube for DIY assistance, yet this is having an impact on their back pocket with 22 per cent having to call in an experienced tradesman to have their DIY disasters fixed.
Jobs like bathroom refitting, flooring installations, roofing, house extensions and electrical and plumbing work are all being attempted by people, despite the fact that they lack any proper training or any real experience.
"With the emergence of YouTube as a key educational resource, it’s understandable that people are naturally turning to video tutorials for guidance on DIY work. However, as our research shows, undertaking ambitious projects with little to no formal training can have serious repercussions financially," the insurance company’s Drew Wotherspoon remarked.
When finding a double glazing supplier and fitter, make sure that your choice of company is reputable and experienced and choose someone in your local area so that you can meet them in person and build up a real relationship with them.