House Rendering Explained

Rendering is a process to cover the exterior wall surface with either a mineral, silicone or acrylic coating. This gives the house protection against weathering and erosion. In the case of brick-faced homes, the bricks are manufactured with a form of glaze to offer some protection however when under constant attack from the weather after a few years the brick face can become eroded. The mortar joints between the bricks can also start to fail, these together can result in expensive repairs.  The cost to have your house rendered is going to be influenced by the size of the wall area, the current condition of the wall, access, and timescale to name but a few. According to Checkatrade.com, the cost is between £30-£60 per square metre.  It’s also worth considering... Read More »

Is the plumbing trade booming?

It’s well documented that experienced plumbers get paid a very good salary in the UK. In fact, the average plumber earns around £40,000 per year. But what about those who are just starting out in the trade? Are they doing as well as their more experienced counterparts? It seems that the answer is yes. According to a recent survey, the average salary for a newly qualified plumber is around £25,000 per year. This is a very good wage, especially when you consider that the median salary for all workers in the UK is just over £22,000. So, it seems that if you’re thinking about becoming a plumber, you can expect to earn a very good wage. And with the demand for skilled tradespeople continuing to grow, there’s no reason why... Read More »

How can an awning transform your garden?

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably think of your backyard as an extension of your living space. Maybe you use it to relax in the sun, have a picnic or just hang out with friends and family. But what if you could do more with your backyard? What if you could use it to increase your home’s value and make it more comfortable and attractive? You can, with the help of an awning. Elegance An awning can add a touch of elegance and class to your home, no matter what style it is. If you have a modern home, a sleek and simple awning can complement its lines. If your home is more traditional, you can choose an awning with more ornate details. Either way, an awning can give... Read More »

Breaking down the Buying Process

Whether a first-time buyer, looking to move up the ladder or downsizing, buying a house can seem an overwhelming task. Breaking it down into smaller steps can make it more manageable and help to feel you are really making progress towards your end goal. As a first-time buyer, it is most important to consider how you will finance your purchase. You should first look at how much capital you can initially raise for a deposit. How much do you have in savings? How much can you save each month? Do you have any large monthly outgoings such as car finance or loans? These are all things to consider before approaching a mortgage advisor or provider and will give you a good estimate of what you can afford. A good target... Read More »

House Valuations

When you decide it’s time to move or wish to remortgage to extend your current property, it can be crucial to get a high valuation. A large portion of the value of your property is based upon its location, there are some things you can do to have a positive impact on your home’s value. Before anyone comes to value your property, ensure that your home is clean and tidy, as this gives a positive feel. De-clutter the house to appear more spacious is inexpensive and straightforward. Give the garden some TLC and mow the lawn to provide the valuer with an excellent first impression. If you are looking to move, it may be a good idea to give your home a lick of paint, both inside and out. Neutral... Read More »

The advantages of Electric Powered Pallet Trucks

When it comes to working in a warehouse, there are few tools that people will find as useful as a pallet truck. These little lifesaving vehicles are capable of carrying immense loads, and are one of the best tools that you can have at your disposal in fulfilment centres, and other factories that manage small goods and products on mass. First of all, a short description of a pallet truck. These are small vehicles that are usually designed with space for one inhabitant in mind. They are generally pretty slow vehicles, both because the distances they are travelling are typically very short, and because the operator is often unable to see what is in front of them when they are actively using it due to its load. This can turn... Read More »

5 Things you can do to Improve the Front of your Home

Getting started with improving your home can be an intimidating process to start, but the joy it can bring is hard to resist. Whether you’re interior decorating, or renovating the exterior of your home, making some changes can have a remarkable impact on how you experience your home, how other people view it, and how real estate agents will value it for sale or refinancing. When it comes to going through with a redecoration, there is a massive number of things that you can do that are all great options, but some options are better than others. One of the areas that is sure to get you the most bang for your buck is with improving the external face of your house, so here are five ways that you can... Read More »

Is renovating my old house worth it?

Old houses tend to cost a lot less to buy than new houses which is understandable but then comes the age-old question; is my old home worth renovating? If you are renovating yourself, you can save money in the long run and end up with a great investment. An old house can be quite unique in the sense of light fittings and woodwork but there are ways in which you can keep these details in the home whilst also bringing it up to date. On the other hand, the cost of renovating an old home could be quite high. Replacing the roof, electrics or plumbing comes up top of the list when renovations occur. It can also take time depending on how many unexpected surprises might pop up. This makes... Read More »

Will a conservatory roof replacement add to the resale value of your home?

A conservatory roof replacement will undoubtedly make your house more desirable to buyers, especially if your existing roof is not energy efficient, structurally sound, or easy on the eye. A survey of recent homebuyers has been compiled by a UK insurance company, and it showed that a conservatory roof replacement increases the resale value of homes. Most first-time buyers would look favourably on a house with a conservatory as opposed to a regular house (with no extension or conservatory). Those who have already had experience in selling homes know that having an extra room will increase the value of your property as well as its overall appearance. Replacing your old, worn-out conservatory roof with newer, better quality materials is one exciting project you can work on today to achieve those... Read More »

Is copper still used in plumbing?

This is a question we’ve been asked at least once or twice a year, so here are our thoughts on whether copper is still a crucial material in the world of plumbing. Firstly let’s address the initial questions. Yes, it is still widely used in today’s market. If you’re from a plumbing family or know someone who specialises in plumbing, chances are you have had heard about the benefits of using PEX tubing over copper for home water supply lines. However, if you haven’t heard or given much thought to this subject, you may be surprised to find out that piping for both gas and water continues to be made of copper in many homes across the UK and Europe. Not only does it function perfectly well, but its physical... Read More »

Why is cladding so common in the UK?

In the refurbishment and building industry, cladding can provide a cost-effective way to transform a property’s external appearance. It provides insulation against sound and weather, allowing beauty to be maintained without compromising function. As such, it is often viewed by homeowners as an integral part of their property. Cladding has also been used extensively in major regeneration projects to help kick-start development and encourage new investment into areas that could potentially turn into blighted urban landscapes due to poor maintenance and high levels of dereliction. When carefully selected and designed appropriately for its surrounding area, cladding can play an important role in encouraging growth and regeneration within towns and cities across Great Britain. Mechanical strength The main reason for the prevalence of cladding is due to its ease, speed and... Read More »

Tips for viewing a property

Buying a new home can be exciting but are you making the most of your time viewing a property?  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your tour. Make sure the majority of your time at a property is looking around the inside of the house.  We recommend 20 to 30 minutes to allow you to get a good feel for the place.  Walk around the outside of the house, checking for any cracks, loose roof tiles, problems with the guttering etc., that may cost you a lot to get fixed. A smell can be an important indicator of a home as well as what you see. Is there a musty smell?  This could indicate dampness or a smell of fresh paint like they may be... Read More »