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Help! My Tenant won’t let me onto the Property

If you need to gain access to your rented property for any given reason, for example to do a gas certificate or to show potential new tenants the property, but your tenant does not grant you permission to enter, you first need to get permission from the tenant and until given you are not legally […]

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What to do if Tenants Damage your Property

Normally you will request a deposit before your tenant moves in to cover damage to any part of your property. This could include damage through negligence such as burns on the carpets or painting the walls bright colours and then not restoring them to their original colour before they leave. However, your tenants are not […]

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What to do if your Tenants won’t Pay the Rent

When you buy to let, the benefits seem obvious: the rental income will pay off the mortgage and after a given time frame you will receive a healthy supplement to your income from your additional property or properties. However, letting out a property can equally be a nightmarish experience which results in you losing money […]

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How to Complain about your Letting Agent

Letting agents can be heaven-sent – arranging all rentals on your behalf and dealing with your tenant’s complaints, or from the other side of the same coin, liaising with the landlord on your behalf. However, a bad letting agent can be far worse than managing your rental property or properties yourself. If you have had […]

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Best Boilers to Buy

Did you know that an A-rated boiler (rated for fuel and energy efficiency) is around £230 per year cheaper to run than an old G-rated boiler? It’s a good thing, then, that UK regulations now stipulate that all new boilers must have an A-rating. Important considerations before you buy a boiler Energy efficiency is not […]

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Will your Insurance pay for Storm Damage to your Roof?

Storm damage has been a regular topic in the news in the UK over the past few months, particularly in the south of England. As a result insurance claims have been multiplying, mostly through water damage. However although it’s been mostly the foundations of homes and furniture that’s been damaged by the storms that cause […]

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Cheapest Home Electricity Providers

Home electricity and gas prices have been a contentious subject in the UK in recent years since they seem to rise every quarter; and by pretty hefty amounts at that. In this article we’re looking at just electricity – rather than a combination of electricity and gas – providers and have researched the cheapest we […]

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Central Heating Apps, Control From your Smart Phone

It’s one of the fastest growing app markets – software for controlling our energy use. Apple’s got in on the act via a former employee while huge energy providers such as British Gas also want a share of the pie. Here are four of the best central heating apps out now: Hive British Gas is […]

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Guide to the Most Common Central Heating Problems (& Solutions)

It’s not unusual for central heating systems to get a little out of synch every now and then. Often, the problems aren’t very serious and just need a slight adjustment or a little tinker to solve. But sometimes the problems are more serious and calling in professional assistance is inevitable. We look at some of […]

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How to Deal with Common Drainage Problems

Anyone who manages a home has had to deal with troublesome drainage problems. Some drainage problems like toilets not working or overflowing storage tanks are easy to fix. However, problems like sewage smells or broken pipes may require extensive efforts to fix. Here are the four most common drainage problems and fixes: Blocked drains Clogged […]

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How To Identify Roof Damage To Your Home

Most of us have little time to notice the roofs of our homes, not until we see a problem such as a leaking roof or fungus growing on the walls. It is important that you proactively inspect your roof at least twice a year. Detecting roof damages timely will save you the cost of expensive […]

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3 Reasons Why Your Home Electrics May Be Tripping

All modern homes have a circuit breaker fuse system, located near the electricity meter or at the entrance. In case of an electrical fault, the switch trips, and the circuit is broken. Three of the most common reasons why this may happen are: Too many electrical appliances are in use together, which overloads the circuit […]

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Considering A Home Electrical Automation System?

What is a home electrical automation system? A home automation system allows you to operate any electrically operated device in your home, through a single easy to use touch panel. This means that sitting in your bedroom, you could do any of the following: Control the heating and air-conditioning Remotely change the channel on your […]

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9 Tips to Save Money on Your Home Electricity Bills

These days, everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption. This has as much to do with saving money as to do with saving the planet. However, we are creatures of comfort and the less comfort we have to give up (and the less effort we have to make) while we’re on our energy saving mission the better.

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Does Central Heating Affect Asthma?

There is conflicting evidence that suggests central heating systems both improve and aggravate asthma. This is obviously confusing, not to mention unsettling, especially for parents who want to ensure their children remain healthy. Should they or shouldn’t they rely on central heating to keep their homes at an even temperature and their kids out of […]

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6 Common Central Heating Pump Breakdowns

Indicators of central heating pump problem If your central heating system displays any of the problem signs listed below, it is likely that the central heating pump in your boiler is not working as effectively as it should. Poor heating performance – central heating system taking longer than usual to heat or not heating as […]

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4 Important Benefits of Having Your Boiler Serviced Regularly

The boiler is one of the most expensive and essential items in your home. To keep the boiler working safely all year round, it is important that you have it serviced regularly. Here are four key benefits of regularly servicing your boiler Safety: While gas leaks are rare, regular maintenance will help avert any such […]

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Lower Energy Bills with an Energy-Efficient Boiler

According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the boiler contributes almost 60% of the average household energy consumption. Therefore, the energy efficiency rating of a boiler is an important consideration. Simply put, the better the energy efficiency, the lower the energy consumption (be it electricity or gas) and the lower your monthly expenses of running […]

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6 Reasons Why Your Laptop Keeps Turning Off

6 Reasons Why Your Laptop Keeps Turning Itself Off Having your laptop turn off while being used is a real bother as you risk losing valuable data. If your laptop keeps shutting down on its own, it could be due to any one of the following reasons. 1. Overheating If you often use the laptop […]

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10 Troubleshooting Tips for iPad Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

The iPad is an extremely convenient device for checking your email and social networking accounts, as well as for catching up on your daily reading. This is why it is frustrating when your iPad does not connect to the home Wi-Fi network, or when you experience inordinately slow internet speeds on the iPad. If you […]

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10 Tips for iPhones not Showing in iTunes

iTunes is an important way to sync and back up your iPhone data. Therefore, your iPhone not showing up in iTunes can be a real problem. If your iPhone is not being recognised in iTunes, try the following troubleshooting steps: Ensure that your iPhone is properly connected to your computer. Check for the battery charge […]

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How to Fix a Frozen iPhone

A troubleshooting guide for resolving a frozen iPhone Having your iPhone get stuck or frozen can be frustrating. Try these simple troubleshooting tips to fix the problem. Restart the phone: Press the on/off button for 10 seconds until the red slider appears. Slide the screen for the phone to switch it off. Restart the phone […]

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