The UK has adopted America’s tradition for Black Friday sales, with shops across the UK offering goods at discount prices after Thanksgiving Day.
It has become the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA and, in recent years, retailers across the UK have benefited significantly from the event.
Last year, shoppers spent an average of £295.67 each, with 39 per cent of the public making the most of the sales. While this is lower than the proportion who went out shopping the year before, collectively Brits spent nearly £6 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, online sales after the weekend, goods.
Finder forecasts a third of the public will purchase deals this weekend, typically spending £275 each, totalling £4.76 billion.
While online shopping has become more popular over the years, 14 per cent of women and 16 per cent of men say they will get their discounts in store only. However, 40 per cent of males and 42 per cent of females will do a combination of online shopping and buying online.
This could help revive the high street, after the British Retail Consortium recently revealed sales in October were lower than the year before. UK retail sales dropped 0.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis from October 2020.
: UK head of retail at KPMG Paul Martin said sales last month were a "modest boost for the high street" in comparison with last year.
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The Daily Record reports that over a dozen shop windows in Paisley feature illuminated window displays, highlighting various environmental issues and what people can do to help save the planet. Renfrewshire Leisure is collaborating with the Paisley First group to create the Paisley Windows on COP26 trail.
Three artists - Jane McInally, Jennie Bates and Rebecca Johnstone - were commissioned by Renfrewshire Leisure to work in partnership with local shop owners and design and create striking visuals that match the ethos of their business.
The illuminated shop windows display event takes place from 5 November to 12 November each evening between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Neon artwork from Jessica Ramm will be showcased, with an ‘Electricity Will Make Angels of Us All’ neon sign on one window, and a ‘Fate and Fortune Lumia’ sign seen under the bridge in Gauze Street.
Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure said that the trail aims to be eye-catching, fun and entertaining, but also educational.
"Hopefully it will be a catalyst for discussion among families about the current perilous state of our environment and highlight why we need to adapt to climate change, take action and make changes in our lives to help the crisis," he said.
He added that he hopes the trail will encourage people to recognise that even small actions can make a big difference.
"Although the big decisions will be made for all of us at COP26, this project gives local people a voice at the same time."
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However, whilst most businesses with a retail footprint use visual merchandising best practices to showcase their beautiful products in the best possible light, sometimes it takes some thinking outside of the box to truly stand out.
Here are some unique ways stores have managed to stand out.
Create A Retail Social Space As innately social creatures, we tend to gravitate towards places that already have people in them, and creating a temporary or permanent place for people to spend time in and around your store helps to create an organic form of visual merchandising, even if you do not display a single product.
It creates a sense of community, peace and comfort, and is something you can encourage by offering water, tea or coffee, a signifier that they are welcome to stay a while.
Use An Interactive Display There is a theory in advertising that there are two types of people who will see your advert; passive viewers will simply observe, but active viewers will engage more and have a stronger experience and opinion of an advert.
With a shop front, an interactive display can provide a way to draw people in, and do not need to consist of expensive technology.
An interactive display made up of some of your product lines can be incredibly effective and create extra traffic that engages directly with your store.
Simple games made with dinnerware, mascots, games and anything interactive works great here, and through clever use of hashtags and encouraging social media posts, can boost engagement with a web store as well.
Upcycle Taking a creative approach to displaying products will immediately cause you to stand out compared to competitors, and a way to do this is to take vintage, refurbished equipment and use it as part of a display.
Wheelbarrows can be used as buckets to hold flower seeds, record players can become music shelves and so on.
One of the biggest advances that has allowed for such bright, versatile shop fronts is the development of toughened safety glass, which is glass that is held in place by a protective layer when it is broken and will crack into a "spider web" rather than shatter into pieces.
What people may not know is that the development of safety glass began with an accident.
The French chemist Édouard Bénédictus invented the concept largely by accident in 1903 he inadvertently coated a glass flask he was using with the plastic cellulose nitrate, a film primarily known for its use in photography and early film.
When he dropped it by accident, the glass cracked and shattered but held in place, not breaking into pieces.
Initially, he did not think too much, until six years later when he heard about a car accident where the glass windscreen shattered and badly injured two women.
At the time, windscreens on cars were only used to block dirt and flies and crashing through them was so common that the resulting injuries received the nickname "glass necklace".
Mr Bénédictus filed a patent and got to work founding the first-ever safety glass company, Société du Verre Triplex, who created glass that was designed to break without shattering.
As it was expensive, it was not initially used for cars but instead became used in the eyeglass for gas masks during the First World War.
As glass technology evolved and allowed the creation of larger sheets, toughened glass was used not only in more elaborate windscreens but bigger and brighter shop fronts as well.
. Great as it may be to see a normal autumn after all the restrictions of last year, shopkeepers will be very aware of the problems they may face during the season. This is one of those times when there is a frequent need to provide emergency shop front glazing in Brighton.
. Weather can be one cause. While extreme storms like the notorious Great Storm of 1987 - the one when weatherman Michael Fish famously said there wasn’t a hurricane on the way - are very rare, the fact is that any big autumn storms will tend to sweep in across the Atlantic and hit the south coast first.
. While a well-fitted window will not be blown in by wind alone, there is always the risk that airborne debris can hit it, causing serious damage.
. A second threat is of vandalism. Sadly, for some October 31st is not about a bit of ‘trick or treat’, but trick without the treat. That can mean all sorts of criminal damage, with shop fronts not being immune.
. Bonfire Night also brings its own looming issues as another form of antisocial behaviour is the misuse of fireworks through October and even after November 5th, which can also lead to damage to shop fronts. Although the law now prohibits the sale of fireworks to under 18s, such misbehaviour still goes on.
. Of course, Brighton is not alone in sometimes suffering such antisocial behaviour in autumn, as it happens everywhere. The same applies to burglaries, as thieves will look to take advantage of the darker evenings and lower numbers of people on the streets when it is cold to escape detection and break into shops and homes.
. While shopkeepers may face such perils, the good news is that with our speedy services, we can ensure your shopfront glazing is replace swiftly, helping you get back to business fast.
The Mirror reports that up for grabs in the competition is a year’s free subscription to Down Your High Street with no commission on sales through its online marketplace for a year to help boost your business, and a bespoke Christmas advertising campaign created by the newspaper’s parent publishing company to go in your local newspaper.
Reach PLC, which owns the Mirror, also owns over 110 regional titles and 80 online brands, giving it the largest audience of any commercial, national, and regional newspaper, giving the lucky winner unrivalled attention.
The bespoke Christmas advert will appear in Birmingham Live if you’re a Birmingham-based retailer, or if you’re in Liverpool, then it could be featured in the Liverpool Echo.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the 10 prizes, you need to be an independent high street retailer and sign up for a retailer package on Down Your High Street by 31 October 2021. See the website for terms and conditions.
Down Your High Street is an online marketplace exclusively for independent small retailers with a brick and mortar presence. It was created to support the rejuvenation of the British high street. It has a huge and diverse customer base that is committed to supporting the high street and caters for every taste.
The rise of online shopping has impacted some of our unique and independent high street shops, but Down Your High Street provides a means for independents to increase their online presence alongside their physical shops.
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Hailing Brighton as a town that’s "never short on fun", the article reviews a growing clutch of cool boutique hotels, saying how these new trendy places to stay are helping to shift the city’s longstanding holiday image of being cheap and cheerful.
Even better, compared to other cities across the UK, the room rates are more reasonable, meaning that you can plan chic weekend trips to the buzzy seaside resort of Brighton on a budget. Here are three of The Times’ favourite Brighton hotels:
1. The Grand With unbeatable sea views from a third of its bedrooms, and a recent revamp resulting in pleasingly muted art deco-style glamour, The Grand is true to its name. Make sure you enjoy afternoon tea in the Victoria Terrace and cocktails in the bustle of the hotel bar.
2. Drakes One of the region’s most elegant boutique hotels, Drakes spans two Georgian townhouses in Kemp Town, featuring traditional blond-wood panelling, Poirot-style detailing, and fabulous bathrooms.
3. Brighton Harbour Hotel Another sea-facing beauty here: Brighton Harbour Hotel is popular for its nautical-themed bedrooms that include complimentary vintage decanters of gin and sherry, as well as the hotel’s secret grotto-themed spa with pools, whirlpools, steam rooms, sauna and Espa treatments.
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Garden rooms also make excellent art or craft studios, and are just great chill out spaces for relaxing or pursuing hobbies. They are easy to install, and in most cases, they don’t require planning permission. Whatever the purpose of a garden room, one of the most important elements to get right is the glazing.
You will want plenty of natural light, which will make it feel airy and spacious, and be more beneficial to your mental wellbeing too. To ensure comfortable year-round use, double glazing will be essential.
Full-sized bi-fold doors, or sliding doors, are a very popular choice to maximise the use of natural light. They also help to create that flexible boundary between the indoors and the outdoors, helping us to feel close to nature all the year round.
If you want to maximise the view, floor to ceiling glazing with no bars to interrupt the visual line is a common option. This style of glazing is fixed, so you may want to include a casement window elsewhere that you can pop open when you need some fresh air.
To take things a step further, you could even go for wrap-around glazing, where the glass extends around two, or even three, sides of the structure. This could be in the form of floor to ceiling glazed panels, or desk-height glazing, which gives you the option of positioning office furniture to give you the feeling that you are working en plein air!
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With shop fronts in Brighton known for their mix of vibrant design and traditional features, owners need to do even more to make their brick and mortar store stand out from the rest.
Here are some top tips to make passers-by take notice and take stock.
Tell A Story The best shop fronts tell a story with their display, rather than simply display a line of products in the window.
Clothing stores will often create a look with several different complementing styles that match the feel of the season. Toy stores, especially more traditional ones, will create a world through dioramas, play-sets and imagined worlds.
Take a look at shop fronts both in your particular retail field and more generally to get a feel for the kinds of stories being told with their inventory and how they make just window shopping an amazing experience.
Eye Level Is Buy Level One of the most simple principles of stocking shelves should also be at the core of your shop front displays.
Show off your newest, best or most popular products at eye level, with smaller items lower and in the foreground, with larger ones making up the background.
Once you have that basic setup laid out, you can start telling your marketing story as described above.
Trendsurf In online marketing, particularly on social media, trend surfing is a core element of campaigns to keep them relevant and engaging. This principle should be applied to shop fronts as well.
Regularly switch out your inventory and keep an eye out for the next major theme or event you can design around, whether it be a seasonal change, festive occasion or current event.
Sandwiched between the sea with a fine shingle beach on one side and the lofty, air hills and greenery of the South Downs on the other, enjoying more warmth and sunshine than most British cities due to its southerly location and yet within commuting distance of London, there is certainly far more good news than bad about the place.
However, being by the sea does bring potential problems when the weather turns bad, with seafront properties facing wind and waves and no natural barriers against the full force of any storms that might hit.
This is a problem the south is often affected more by when late summer and autumn bring storms, such as the vast tree loss caused by the Great Storm of October 1987. Because such weather events come from the Atlantic, it is nearly always southern and western regions that get hit first.
While there may not be anything of that magnitude heading our way this year, there is still a chance that we may be on the receiving end of some nasty weather in the next few months. Demand for broken window glass repairs in Brighton could rise significantly as a result.
The Met Office data on storms shows the kind of pattern that the UK faces, listing the named storms it has recorded since this practice came in. The list for the last year shows there were three named storms in October 2020, compared with none in November and one each in December, January and February. The next - and most recent - storm, named Evert, did not occur until July 20th.
It may not be another 1987, which will please weather presenters seeking to avoid Michael Fish’s famous line that there wasn’t a hurricane on the way. But the next storm may yet require some window repair work as nature does its worst.
Whether it is keeping them wide open during the daytime to get a bit more airflow through the house, or making sure they are well covered to avoid being woken too early by the morning sun, householders will certainly not be leaving them alone.
All this is a reminder of how important it is to have windows that can be opened, rather than opaque floor-to-ceiling panes that can leave a room short of ventilation.
After all, being able to open windows isn’t just about keeping the house cool in hot summer weather; it’s also about freshening it up when there are unpleasant smells, or a lot of smoke about from cigarettes or a kitchen mishap, especially when the smoke alarm is going crazy.
However, while it may be nice to enjoy long days of sunshine in minimal clothing, the reality nobody wants to think of is that the nights are already getting shorter and, a few months from now, the role your windows will play in keeping your house insulated against winter cold will be crucial.
That’s why now may be a good time to fit double glazing, if you only have secondary glazing at the moment. Secondary glazing tends to be between four and six inches thick, but it only has average levels of insulating properties.
By contrast, double glazing offers something much more effective, because the gap between the two panes can trap air, which provides a better layer of insulation. This works in the same way that having multiple layers of thin clothing works better than one thick layer.
Of course, nobody is thinking about multiple clothing layers just yet, but with the right new windows you won’t need to when you’re indoors this winter either, while also being able to keep the house cool when the warm weather returns next summer.
The Eastern Daily Press reports that children's clothing store Coccolino in Norwich is one of the thirteen shops chosen to have their windows transformed with designs that were created to showcase each unique business story.
The displays are digitally shoppable, using a unique QR code to take prospective customers to Facebook and Instagram, where they can browse, shop and support local stores online.
As well as Coccolino, the other stores in the project are Healthier Without in Streatham, Humbugs Coffee and Crafts in Dudley, Head in the Clouds and Tinkers Treasures in Bishop Auckland, Oceanic Beauty Salon in Stockbridge, and Revive Interiors in Doncaster, all in England.
In Wales, there are Just Into Crafts in Llanelli, and Angie's Baby Cwtch in Llanelli, representing Northern Ireland is Crumtons and Curious Candy in Bangor, and in Scotland, Little Shop Of Heroes and Sew Yarn Crafty in Dunfermline.
Steve Hatch, vice-president for Northern Europe, at Facebook, said: "The past 16 months have been tough for small firms and many had to pivot to digital shops quickly so they could reach customers locally and further afield.
"These stunning window creations celebrate strong and resilient bricks-and-mortar shops who have used our technology to build their community."
He added that the tech giant hopes that these window transformations encourage people across the UK to continue to shop at and support local businesses as the pandemic restrictions are lifted and the world slowly returns to normal.
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If you’re considering adding bi-fold doors to your home or kitchen extension, then we wanted to help make up your mind with five reasons why bi-fold doors of the right choice for you and your property.
1. Additional natural light One of the more noticeable advantages of bifold doors is the extra light they allow into your home. The floor to ceiling design of bi-fold doors maximises the amount of daylight into your home, no matter whether they are open or closed.
2. Bi-fold doors are compact Bi-fold doors are ideal for spaces where there is not a lot of room. Unlike sliding patio doors, bi-fold doors completely concertina back on themselves, allowing you to fully open up a wall.
3.Enhanced door security Bi-fold doors offer a significant level of security to homeowners. With a locking system spread over multiple points of the sliding track, double glazing, and high-security tracks, bi-fold doors keep your house safe during the day and the night.
4. Energy efficiency Bi-fold doors are specifically designed and manufactured with energy efficiency in mind. This means that their design and double or triple glazing is designed to keep heat in your home for longer, reducing your energy bill and saving you money.
5. Bring you closer to nature Bi-fold doors are a great way of bringing the outside in, allowing you easy access to your garden and create a flow between the inside of your home and the outdoors. And even when the weather’s bad, you can still enjoy your outdoor space from the comfort of inside your home.
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Having a stylish, comfortable outdoor space is set to be more important than ever, with many house hunters now putting quality outdoor space as a priority on their home wish lists. From adding an extension or conservatory to repainting the exterior walls, we have a look at some garden features that can help boost the value of your home
1. Add a hot tub
Adding a hot tub or jacuzzi makes the top of the list of outdoor investments. According to Post Office Money, a hot tub will cost around £6,000 but can add an average of 27 per cent to your home.
2. Add a conservatory
Conservatories are a beloved staple of UK homes, and adding one will not only add around 10 per cent to the value of your home but will be something you will enjoy using too while you still live there.
3. Replace windows with bi-folding doors
This may require more remodelling and restructuring, depending on how your home is built. It may mean removing a wall or replacing a number of windows, but bi-folding doors are an attractive feature for home buyers, and when they are fully open, the. Allow the indoor and outdoor areas of your home to flow, increasing the feeling of space, and can add 5 to 10 per cent to your home.
4. Repaint the outside of your home
First impressions count, and the outside of your home is the first thing visitors and potential buyers see. Painting the exteriors of your home can offer a significant return-on-investment of up to 5 per cent.
5. Add a garden building
You can increase your home’s value by at least 5 per cent by adding a small building or structure in your garden. This could be a beautiful enclosed gazebo, a wooden room that can double as a garden office or even a shed or storage place.
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According to a study by Goodmove, 48 per cent of Britons have got the DIY bug since the pandemic started, spending £1,640 each on average. This will have included everything from extensions to new bathrooms and kitchens, not to mention windows.
There will be many living in Sussex by the sea who may wish to join in. After all, why spend money on a foreign holiday to one of the tiny number of ‘green list’ destinations when the sea is on the doorstep and a staycation this year can free up cash for other things before overseas travel resumes in safer times?
A good thing about fitting double glazing in Brighton is that it is not so major a work that it needs planning permission, except in Grade I Listed buildings.
This is worth noting because research by Metals4U has shown that Brighton and Hove is not one of the easiest council areas in which to gain planning permission for home improvements.
According to the study, the council area most likely to grant planning permission is Copeland in west Cumbria, while nearby Carlisle is sixth. Copeland was one of two councils, along with the Scilly Isles, to grant planning permission for home improvement in 100 per cent of cases. The City of London and Bolsover in Derbyshire had a 98 per cent approval rate.
Thankfully, Brighton was not the worst for agreeing applications either. In stark contrast to the two most central London councils, Dagenham and Redbridge was worst with an approval rate of only 52 per cent, with the next worst being Redbridge and Hounslow. In all, 11 of the 15 lowest approval rates were in London boroughs.
A report by Shoppercentric looking into consumer trends found that on average, a shopper visits 5.5 stores per month, which is more than one more on average than the average person visited in January 2020.
Given that the same report notes that more people are making a single main shop rather than topping up as and when they need to, this has changed how retailers need to attract and keep their customers.
The primary factors affecting this have been age, financial impact and anxiety level, but they have changed shopper behaviour in somewhat unique ways.
It is somewhat expected that younger shoppers are more willing to hunt for value in a variety of locations, with 18-34-year-olds visiting an average of 6.5 shops in a month.
However, the biggest factor affecting store loyalty is anxiety level, with people who identified as extremely anxious visiting 6.8 shops in a month. As well as this, people who have affected financially, in either planned or unplanned ways shopped in more stores.
The reasons for this may be interconnected. The last year has been particularly challenging for young people, leading to a connection between the three different factors and shopper choice.
Ultimately, availability and price are the most critical factors, and people tend to be loyal to any store they can get a delivery slot from or can safely shop in.
If you are looking for emergency shop front glazing in Brighton ready in time for your reopening, get in touch today.
On The Wight reports that Ryde has installed an art exhibition into the shop fronts of three empty properties that intend to highlight the heritage of the seaside town.
The exhibition is part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project where artists Teresa Grimaldi and Sarah Vardy have created bespoke heritage-themed installations in High Street shop windows, in collaboration with Shademakers UK, the New Carnival Company and Network Ryde.
The displays showcase the origins of Ryde Carnival and the rich carnival heritage of the town, as well as the ‘exciting’ plans for the former Elizabeth Pack building.
Harrogate’s BID (Business Improvement District) is using its empty shop fronts to showcase the Yorkshire town’s connection to famous visitors over the years, including The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, and Sir Winston Churchill.
Composer Elgar often visited the town, staying at both the Crown Hotel and Majestic Hotel, whilst the Beatles and jazz trumpeter Armstrong played at the Royal Hall.
Meanwhile, in Cornwall, an exhibition called Street View Falmouth will include the work of over 100 local artists, which will be displayed in both shop fronts and homes around the south coast town.
Organisers and artists Lily-Peach Forster, Rebecca Kent and Chloe Rylander said: "The aim of our Street View exhibition is to spread joy and bring the community together over lockdown.
"In times when people have felt so isolated, we believe that it's important to give people something positive to work towards, as well as encouraging everyone to go outside (for their daily exercise!)."
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Whether you use store-bought window cleaning solutions, or go for the tried and tested method of using vinegar and newspaper, we have a look at why the time of day you clean your windows can make a difference.
Before you get started, sweep dirt from the window frame with a brush or vacuum it up with your machine's dusting attachment. This will prevent dirt from turning into a muddy mess when mixed with a cleaner.
To clean your windows, use warm, soapy water with a splash of vinegar to wash the windows, then use old newspaper to buff them up to a pristine shine. Some many different methods and solutions that can be used, with people recommending Windolene, Astonish window cleaner, Mr Muscle glass cleaner, black tea and Dettol antibacterial spray.
Some even recommend not using any products at all but just water and a cloth.
But whichever is your preferred method, avoid cleaning your windows when the sun is out and shining, as your cleaning solution will dry too quickly, leaving smears and streaks that look even more apparent when the sun shines on your windows.
Set to the task either when it is a more overcast day, or when the sun isn’t directly shining on your windows.
You only need to clean your windows once or twice a year, but it's even easier if you divide the job up and do it room by room.
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However, one couple in Wales has gone one further by constructing an elevated, high-end, luxury treehouse wrapped around a majestic tree on their land that would not look out of place in the pages of a glossy magazine, reports Wales Online.
It took John and Laura Lewis six months to build the Prince Llywelyn Treehouse, which features a hot tub on the veranda in the perfect place to stargaze while having a soak, a free-standing brass bath indoors, a fully fitted kitchen diner, a floor-suspended hammock, and even a slide.
One of the most striking features of the treehouse, which is big enough to accommodate five people, is a huge glazed wall that provides views over the couple’s land and for many miles to the Radnor Forest on the horizon.
The huge glazed front of the treehouse looks over the spacious veranda, which has an outdoor dining area and a hot tub. The treehouse is made primarily from wood, with a steel foundation holding it 13 meters in the air, and has metallic accents, soft textile textures, and on-trend colours that make it such a desirable place to stay.
The couple used reclaimed and up-cycled materials wherever possible, such as a wall made out of old doors, and recycled plastic slates for the roof. Sustainably sourced materials were important for the couple.
Carpenter John said: "The front section is made from reclaimed oak beams which could be 200 years old. I actually bought them a couple of years ago thinking we might build a treehouse - so it's amazing to finally see it come to fruition.
"The cladding we used is also made of leftover bits of board which are about 30 years old, but we repurposed."
For more information about the Lewis' treehouses, find them on Instagram at @squirrelsnest__ or via website thewanderlist.uk.
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The best way to take advantage of this, particularly if you have one of the many vibrant shopfronts in Brighton which is already full of character is to take full advantage of what is there and help it to shape the look of your brand.
Here are some top tips for effectively using your shop front to draw customers in.
Ensure Your Shopfront Fits The Area
There is an important balance to make if you have a more traditional building or even a listed building between ensuring your shop reflects the modern nature of your business and respecting the existing heritage and surroundings.
Beyond legal requirements in some areas and for certain buildings, taking advantage of the historic nature of your building gives your business a history, presence and sense of belonging in the area which can help draw customers in.
Clear Signage And Displays Avoid clutter in your signage and your shop windows. Your display must be easy to read from across the road, clear and purposeful. It is better to highlight a few products effectively than everything you sell badly.
Light It Up Your lighting is an effective tool to showcase your business and important information, even when it is closed.
It is important to keep a balance between being bright enough to highlight your products and services, but not so bright as to be intrusive and bothersome to pedestrians and neighbouring tenants.
Research shows that customers across all generations have become far more comfortable and accepting of online shopping during the pandemic, for both essential and luxury items. Will people still remain cautious about venturing outside to potentially crowded spaces, or will there be a pent-up demand for the traditional browsing experience?
Jewellery brand Goldsmiths are anticipating a changed retail environment, and its major stores will be redesigned for a "relaxed, inclusive and experiential" concept, according to Business Live. This includes the use of VIP rooms, luxury bar and refreshment areas, more open layouts, and digital browsing tools.
Stores are recognising that they will have to offer that "extra something" to tempt people out from the comfort of their living rooms. Adding personal touches and making shops less functional and more of a "destination" is an attempt to keep the high street relevant in the future.
Goldsmiths chief executive Brian Duffy commented: "Our ambition is for customers to have a memorable luxury experience that stays with them and their families long after they’ve made their purchase."
"We believe the repositioning and new store concept will transform not just the Goldsmiths profile and customer experience, but also bring fresh life to high streets in major towns and cities around the country following an extremely challenging period for in-person retail caused by the global coronavirus pandemic."
With the closure of big-name brands such as Debenhams and Topshop, there will be some sadness and concern for the future of the high street. However, there is also confidence that stores will evolve, or maybe even adapt to different purposes entirely, such as housing, sports and leisure, and office space.
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As The Metro noted, non-essential retailers in England are set to be allowed to welcome customers no earlier than 12 April. It’s not only retailers that will be allowed to reopen on this date, but also hairdressers and beauty salons.
This is step two of the government’s phased reopening of the country’s economy and society in general. In his announcement, Boris Johnson said that this phase will begin five weeks after step one, which is the reopening of schools on 8 March.
However, he also cautioned that if the data suggests that the dates of the reopening need to be pushed back, then the government will do so.
The timeline for non-essential retail reopening in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be determined by the devolved governments and is therefore likely to be different to the proposals for England.
Mr Johnson added that an announcement about the proposed relaxation of restrictions as part of step two will be made seven days in advance to give businesses time to prepare or alter their reopening plans if needed.
If your shop has been closed for months, you may find that you need help with emergency shop front glazing in Brighton or wherever you’re based if there has been any vandalism or damage caused by the winter weather.
It is certainly worth assessing your premises for such issues sooner rather than later to allow you to get them fixed in preparation for reopening in April.
Sharecast reported that retail analyst Springboard is expecting to see footfall at England’s retailers increase significantly once they are allowed to open their doors again. The organisation is predicting a 47.9 per cent uptick in footfall week-on-week from 12 April should stores reopen as currently hoped.
A beautiful new shower, perhaps with multiple shower heads, and frameless glass shower screens and doors can transform the look and feel of the bathroom. If you are selling your home, it could sweeten the deal for potential buyers, and if you aren’t, then you have your own spa-like bathroom experience.
As with all home improvement projects, much of the design, size, and materials used will depend on your budget. If you are aiming for a hotel spa-style bathroom, then undoubtedly, you will need to have a much larger budget than simply updating the showerhead.
Soaking tub used to be the wow factor for a bathroom, however, now it's a walk-in shower that will impress potential buyers, friends, and guests. Spacious and spa-like, they are as beautiful to bathe in as they are accessible.
This is particularly important for buyers with limited mobility, as well as homeowners who wish to age in place and will appreciate the accessibility a walk-in shower offers.
A full bathroom renovation is both a pricey proposition and a time-consuming task, and will also mean you will not have access to the room until it is complete. But a shower remodel, whether on its own or part of a larger bathroom makeover, could be the key to getting better offers for your property.
If you’re looking for glass shower screens in East Sussex, visit our website today.
Business Matters Magazine recently offered some advice about how you could improve your bookkeeping as we move into the new year, so if you set resolutions for your business maybe you could add one of these to your list?
The first tip is to find software that can do some of the heavy lifting for you. There are many systems available for small businesses that can make bookkeeping quicker and easier. Speak to Xero accountants in Bourne Endfor advice on how to set the software up and make it work for you.
Another recommendation is to be aware of some of the most common mistakes small business owners make in relation to their bookkeeping, such as missing important tax deadlines or failing to claim all of their expenses.
By making yourself aware of these mistakes, you can seek to avoid them and introduce systems and reminders to keep you on track.
Also on the list is to get help from professional bookkeepers or accountants if you feel out of your depth when it comes to your finances.
As we noted last month, outsourcing your bookkeeping could even improve your efficiency, as not having to worry about keeping on top of the day-to-day of your business finances will free up your time to enable you to concentrate on your core business activities.
Indeed, it may be that glazing services in East become very busy as boarded up hostelries and closed B&B establishments are revived as the summer of 2021 approaches.
This week saw the Caravan and Motorhome Club predicting that demand for UK holidays would emerge like "a cork popping from a bottle" in the months ahead, the BBC reports.
A combination of better weather, the rollout of the vaccines to suppress the virus and the potential problems of travelling overseas are all reasons the club and other organisations believe staycation demand will soar.
However, while caravans, campsites and glamping may be the kind of domestic holiday some will opt for, others may prefer hotels and B&Bs.
Some hoteliers may decide 2021 is a good time to enhance their facilities, including better glazing, as they prepare to take in new guests. Some of these may be people who would normally holiday abroad, but who might discover attractions closer to home that will nurture a habit of taking more staycations in the future.
International travel will be hard to undertake because of restrictions in both directions. Some have banned travel from the UK because of the new fast-spreading Covid variant that emerged in Kent, while Britain has taken similar action to prevent imports of other mutant strains from Brazil and South Africa.
Another issue may be the rate at which countries are managing to vaccinate their populations. While the UK has made very good progress so far and will soon be able to rely on a new vaccines manufacturing facility for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, many European countries have made slow starts to their programmes.
Some countries may also struggle to innoculate enough people because of widespread vaccine scepticism, with France being one such country.
It might just be that for many Britons, staying on the other side of the Channel in Sussex by the sea could be the best option this year.
The Swindon Advertiser recently revealed that a survey by property developers Barratt and David Wilson Homes found that just under half of those questioned said they were concerned about the additional expense that working from home could bring.
In addition, more than one-quarter of respondents said that they wear additional layers of clothing during the day to keep them warm and prevent them from needing to put the heating on earlier in the day.
The property developers offered a range of advice to help people better manage their heating requirements at home, including recommending that they heat rooms to a constant temperature, rather than heating them up and allowing them to cool before putting the heating back on again.
They also recommended small changes, such as tucking curtains behind radiators, avoiding putting furniture in front of radiators and using draft excluders around doors and windows if necessary.
Of course, you might decide that it’s time to install new bi fold doors in East Sussex if you find that certain areas are consistently letting drafts in.
As well as keeping you more comfortable during the day, having more energy efficient glazing and doors could also reduce your heating bills.
The Telegraph & Argus recently reported that Bradford Council is among the organisations to have endorsed the Construction Leadership Council’s national retrofit strategy, which involves working to make existing homes more energy efficient by taking a "whole house" approach.
That might involve installing insulation or new double glazing, among other measures, the newspaper noted.
Sky News reported that many were unphased about returning to the country’s high streets, with predictions that the country would spend £1.5 billion collectively on the first Saturday that the shops were open again.
It seems that some shoppers were also taking advantage of the significant sales at retailers like Debenhams, as well as those under the Arcadia Group, which both went into administration recently.
The news provider also shared figures from the British Retail Consortium, which showed that footfall on England’s high streets was up by an impressive 150 per cent when lockdown lifted, compared to a week before when only essential retailers were allowed to open their doors.
With the news that big retailers such as Debenhams, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins would be disappearing from high streets in the near future, there has been speculation about what will happen to their many stores.
Writing for The Stage recently, Richard Jordan suggested that empty shop fronts could provide an opportunity for those in the theatre and creative industry. He pointed to Chicago in the US, where artists have been turning empty stores into pop-up venues for entertainment.
If you’re looking for ways to revamp shop fronts in Brighton, make sure that the glazing at the store is secure and up to standard. As a landlord who could be looking for new tenants in 2021, it’s worth making sure that aspects like this are taken care of.
The Guardian The toughest restrictions are in Tier 3, which includes Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, and Sheffield, and pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve takeaways.
In Tier 2, which includes London and Liverpool, the government guidance says that pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants, and alcohol can only be served with a ‘substantial meal’.
These venues and restaurants must operate table service only, and no food orders should be taken after 10 pm, but the hospitality curfew has been extended from 10 pm to 11 pm. However, businesses can still sell food and drink for consumption - organised through a delivery service or click-and-collect/drive-thru, after 10 pm.
Face covering rules still apply. Everyone must wear a face shield unless they are exempt.
In Scotland, non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants in high-risk areas - known as Tier 4 - remain shut until December 11. In Level 3 areas, hospitality businesses are banned from selling alcohol and must close by 6 pm.
In Wales, you can go to a pub or restaurant with up to three other people from different households, excluding children aged under 11, who do not live with you. This is subject to face coverings and a 10 pm curfew on alcohol sales.
In Northern Ireland, pubs and restaurants remain closed until December 10.
If you’ve been forced to close your business, and need 24-hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton, contact us today.
But while you’re dressing up your living room and dining room, don’t forget about your entrance hall. Smaller interior spaces can often get overlooked, but decorating your hallway should be top of the list, as it gives you that Christmas glow as soon as you step through the front door.
So let’s deck the halls with boughs of holly—and other design ideas to give your hallway some serious Christmas sparkle…
Showcase some miniature trees Don’t let your main Christmas tree get all the attention. Mini trees are perfect for injecting Christmas cheer into smaller spaces and dark corners, such as your hallway or under the stairs.
Hang wreaths from your staircase Wreaths don’t have to just be for the front door. Spruce up simple rattan or wooden hoops (such as those used for embroidery), get creative with sprigs of spruce, fir or ivy, and hang them from your staircase or interior doors.
Pile up the presents Presents aren’t just for opening. If you get on your gift-wrapping game they double up as some dreamy décor, too. Opt for pretty papers and luxurious ribbons to make a real statement by the staircase in your entrance hall.
If you’re looking for bi-fold doors in Brighton, check out our website today.
This is especially true in areas where retail establishments have been forced to close by law, and so the store cannot be used normally.
Shopfronts in Brighton are not quite as affected, as the medium local Covid alert level there means that businesses can operate within social distancing guidelines.
However, for stores in Wales, the firebreak lockdown has meant that non-essential shops have had to close completely.
During this time, the focus of your shop front should be as much to raise awareness of your brand and be a central part of a multi-channel shopping experience than necessarily be focused on increasing footfall.
Retail Stores And Brand Identity Retail stores are a vital part of the brand identities of many businesses. Especially for local businesses which trade on their community spirit, the store itself is a big part of that identity.
That can continue even with a shift to more online shopping. Having that physical presence has a comforting effect to many shoppers, who know that help is not far away.
The key to taking full advantage of your shopfront is to ensure your website shows it front and centre. Even if you cannot necessarily open as a store, make sure the shopfront looks appealing and take some high-quality pictures to use on your website.
If you have primarily treated your website as a signpost for your store, do the opposite. Make sure your website and product lines are advertised.
Having QR codes in your shop windows and advertising to directly link to certain product pages can help to convert an interested eye into a customer.
The Independent shared the findings of the poll conducted by online letting agent Mashrooms, which also found that 49 per cent of renters in this demographic want their landlord to spruce up their homes.
In addition, almost one-third revealed that their landlord had already splashed out for home improvements on the property they rent in 2020.
Of course, with winter just around the corner, some of the improvements people want to see could be essential as the wetter and colder weather arrives, such as installing new double glazing in Brighton.
CEO of Mashroom Stephan Dobrovolskiy told the newspaper that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted both renters and landlords this year.
"Both tenants and landlords are feeling the strain, uncertainty of what’s to come is quickly changing many tenants’ views on moving and are undermining future plans, whilst many landlords are struggling to come to terms with the rapidly changing market," he stated.
An article for East Midlands Business Link recently highlighted some of the top home improvements people can make to ensure their home is a nicer space to work and relax in.
Top of the list is making alterations to outdoor spaces to make them more hospitable for hosting friends and family, especially as the weather gets colder. The publication also suggested replacing patio doors with bifold doors to make it easier to connect the home with the garden when the weather allows.
However, a new, fitted and insulated front door can also helpkeep your house warm and stop heat escaping , which is better for the environment, and your utility bills as winter approaches and we are spending much more time at home these days.
We wanted to look at some things to consider when choosing a new front door.
Budget As with any house-related upgrade, purchase, or refurb, it’s important to know your budget. A well made and fitted front door is a solid investment for the overall property, and it is worth getting it professionally fitted to ensure security and insulation, as well as making sure it compliments the look of your home.
Materials There are so many different doors available, the material is it made from can be an important consideration. Traditional options, such as solid timber doors can look aesthetically pleasing, but may not provide the insulation and security that uPVC and composite doors can offer.
Wooden doors will need much more maintenance in the long run, as they will depreciate in harsh weather conditions, and will need painting and varnishing. uPVC doors are much lower maintenance and easily cleaned.
Colour As the focal point of your home, the colour of your door needs to be chosen carefully. It needs to compliment the exterior of your home. Most companies and professional fitters will be able to advise you to help get the look you want to achieve.
Energy efficiency The heat retention of a home is very important as you want comfort and efficiency when it comes to your energy bills. A high-quality well-fitted front door can contribute greatly to energy efficiency, stopping draughts that can leak through the sides and glazing if poor quality materials have been used and inadequate installation has taken place.
If you’re looking for uPVC or composite doors in Brighton, visit our website today
The research also found that 56 per cent of homeowners are adding jobs like lagging pipes, clearing out gutters and securing roof tiles to their list of maintenance tasks to complete ahead of winter for the first time.
This is good news for those looking to protect their properties from adverse weather, the insurer noted, pointing out that some 23 per cent of UK residents have experienced property damage as a result of extreme weather.
It also highlighted the top weather-related property issues, noting that damaged or removed roof tiles were the top issue caused by extreme weather.
Damaged or fallen fences, damage to garden plants and outhouses/garages, as well as flooding were named as some of the other issues homeowners faced. In addition, some ten per cent of claims involved a broken window.
UK claims director, Global General Insurance, Aviva Andrew Morrish commented: "For anyone who hasn’t already examined their home to make sure it’s winter ready, now is the perfect time."
It could also be worth exploring who you can contact for broken window glass repairs in Brighton if you need to.
As well as thinking about how well protected your home is from adverse weather, it’s also important to consider overall home security as the nights draw in.
Property Reporter recently shared the findings of a survey by safe.co.uk, which found that many of us aren’t taking basic home security precautions, with 68 per cent of those questioned not even having a standard burglar alarm fitted at their home.
Whether you plan to tackle some DIY jobs yourself. or get the professionals in, there are some mistakes that anyone can easily make. We have a look at a few of them here.
1. When planning the renovation, do not forget some of the simple basics. For example, you need to ensure that you can reach the toilet paper from a seated position, and the towel rail needs to be within arms reach of the bath or shower.
2. You will need a well-illuminated mirror, whether it’s for shaving, applying makeup, or putting in contact lenses. If possible, place the washbasin away from under a window, and install an illuminated mirror above it.
3. You must include adequate storage in the bathroom to ensure towels, bath and shower creams and shampoos, razors, shavers, hair care equipment does not end up cluttering your brand new designer bathroom.
4. If you are going for a freestanding bath, then carefully consider the placement. If it is too close to a wall, it may be difficult to clean behind it, and you may want to include storage so you are not struggling to balance shampoo bottles on the rim.
5. Showers can be difficult to keep clean, so avoid any enclosures with an intricate framework, and choose large format tiles to minimise mould and algae problems, and avoid using cheap grout. A good ventilation system will help eliminate some cleaning issues.
6. finally, don’t be tempted to do it all yourself. Such elements as wiring and plumbing really do need the expert touch of a professional. It will be cheaper than needing a professional at a later date to rip out fixtures to locate leaks caused by DIY plumbing, for example.
If you need glass shower screens in Brighton for your new bathroom, get in touch today.
There are many ways to see if you can reduce your bills and expenditures, but when it comes to reducing bills and making your home much more eco-friendly, there’s little better than ensuring you have modern double glazing throughout your home.
We have a look at some of the benefits of double glazing in Brighton.
1. Better Insulation Double glazing was developed to provide far better insulation than traditional glazing. The layer of inert gas between the planes of glass acts as an insulating barrier, significantly reducing the amount of heat transfer from your home to the cooler temperatures of outdoors, helping your home retain heat. In Summer, it keeps your house cooler by restricting the heat from outside. This will vastly reduce your energy bills in the long term, making double glazing a good investment, as well as raising the value of your home.
2. Noise Reduction Double glazing also works as an insulator from noise, which is particularly relief for those living in noisy neighbourhoods, or near busy roads or airports, especially if you have made the move to work from home, providing you with fewer distractions.
3. Increased Security Modern double glazing is much harder to break compared to single glazed windows, and the frames are very difficult to force open from the outside. You can also improve on that level of security with laminated or toughened glass.
4. Reduced Interior damage Double glazing will also filter out a lot of the harmful UV radiation from sunlight that slowly bleaches the colour of your soft furnishings.
Increased insulation, decreased noise pollution, and lower bills, not only making your home cosier and safer, but you will also be making a difference to the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
If you need expert double glazing contractors in East Sussex, get in touch today!
The government recently announced that it was changing the rules for planning permissions when building new houses and hospitals, and the emphasis is strongly on eco-friendly homes, so we look at six of the features of these.
Improving the thermal efficiency of your home will not only reduce your energy bills but your carbon emissions too. Replace traditional insulating materials with renewable, non-toxic, and biodegradable options.
A water butt can help to collect rainwater that is ideal for watering the garden, washing the car, and even for toilets, potentially saving gallons of water. Low-flow taps and showers, as well as water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines, will also save water without you even realising.
Many energy suppliers now have green or greener tariffs, and we can also help with installing solar panels, biomass boilers, and heat pumps to reduce reliance on the national grid. These eco-technologies may be expensive, but they pay for themselves over time.
Energy Star appliances
An Energy Star label on an appliance means it's been rated as energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These products can help you save energy without having to sacrifice features or functionality.
Natural lighting and ventilation
It’s vital to make the most of natural lighting and ventilation in your home to create a healthier and more efficient indoor environment. Choosing thermally efficient glazing in East Sussex is a way to conserve heat in the home and reduce your impact on the environment too.
Using reclaimed timber within your build helps to preserve our forests and prevent over-forestation. Wood reclaimed from old buildings and furniture is often from more mature trees, making it stronger, more durable and less prone to warping than newer, virgin wood.
Get in touch today if you want to find out more benefits of double glazing in Brighton.
Research conducted by Zopa revealed that 43 per cent of Brits carried out home improvements during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, while 44 per cent intend to embark on a home improvement project before 2020 is out.
In fact, the survey revealed that 43 per cent of households spent an average of £3,169 on home improvements during the lockdown earlier this year.
The most popular area to spend money on was gardening, with 77 per cent splashing out here. Many (64 per cent) also spent time and money upgrading their outdoor space in other ways, while a similar number opted to repaint their walls and 12 per cent spent money upgrading their home working space.
Clare Gambardella, chief customer officer at Zopa, commented: "Although lockdown is easing, many people believe it will have an impact on our socialising and working habits for some time to come, so it’s no surprise that people plan to continue improving their homes."
Being able to make best use of your outdoor areas is likely to be a priority for many. Fitting bi fold doors in East Sussexcould be a great way to allow you to create a seamless living space between your garden and other areas of your home.
As Prima recently reported, figures from Rightmove show that gardens have become a more important feature for many house hunters. The number of buyers on the platform who stated that having a garden is a must for their next property doubled between June this year and June in 2019.
That means anything you can do to make the most of your outdoor space will not only mean you can enjoy it more, but could also make it more appealing to any prospective buyers if you are thinking of moving.
With home improvements, it’s often about the quick wins and you can make your house feel like new just by switching up the door handles on all the doors or giving rooms a new coat of paint.
But sometimes, the bigger jobs will need doing too and you can add serious value to your property if you invest in the likes of double glazing, loft conversions, new kitchens and bathrooms, and so on.
To help with eco-friendly home improvements, the government has just announced its Green Home Grant, with vouchers worth up to £5,000 issued to homeowners around England to make energy-efficient changes to their properties, a scheme that will launch this September.
These vouchers will be worth around two-thirds of the cost of these improvements. The Treasury calculates that if a homeowner installs cavity wall and floor insulation costing £4,000, they would only pay around £1,320, with the remaining £2,680 coming from the government.
People on lower incomes would receive more, with the government covering the full cost of the eco-friendly improvements and the vouchers potentially worth up to £10,000 per household.
Double glazing can help protect the environment by reducing heat loss through the windows, so your heating is on less and your energy bills fall as a result. You’ll also find your home feels less draughty and you may well see that you have less condensation build-up on your windows.
For help with flat glazing in East Sussex, get in touch with us today.
According to the latest Halifax House Price Index, average property values dropped by 0.2 per cent between April and May 2020.
They also declined by 0.5 per cent over the last quarter between March and May compared with the preceding three-month period.
Russell Galley, managing director for Halifax, said this is the result of the "full impact of lockdown measures taking a firm grip on the UK property market by May".
He stated the statistics, which represent the third consecutive monthly fall in house prices, reflects "a continued loss of momentum following what was a strong start to the year".
While property values are still 2.6 per cent higher than they were in May last year, this annual increase is below the 4.1 per cent growth experienced between January 2019 and 2020.
After lockdown was introduced on March 23rd, estate agents were among the businesses that were forced to close, meaning homebuyers were unable to view new properties. Furthermore, surveyors were unable to carry out their inspections; lawyers could not proceed with transactions; and home removal companies could not move belongings from one house to another.
As a result, the property market came to a standstill, with very few homes being put up for sale. This has had a big impact on sales, although Mr Galley noted "with a limited number of transactions available, calculating average house prices remains challenging".
Homeowners who want to boost their property value should consider upgrading their asset with bi-fold doors in Brighton.
More than 2,150 homes were added to RightMove in England, Wales and Scotland in just 24 hours following the announcement that homebuyers could now begin to look for their dream property.
Nearly half a million buyers and renters have been stuck in limbo since March 23rd, as they have been unable to pursue their property purchasing plans thanks to a ban on house moves.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick stated: "Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals."
Now prospective buyers will be able to attend viewings, as long as they wear face masks and gloves and the vendors are happy to let them into their homes. While physical viewings are permitted, so long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to, many estate agents will conduct virtual viewings instead.
What’s more, surveyors, removal companies and tradespeople are allowed to begin working again, helping to kickstart the property market and enable buyers to progress with their purchase through to completion and the big move.
Homeowners who have been waiting to finish upgrades to their property, such as installing double glazing in Brighton, will now be able to do so. This will mean they can make their house more attractive before putting it on the market to help them earn as much as possible from the sale.
Mr Jenrick added: "This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so."
The Argus reported on the crime, with the owner of the deli Michaela Myers telling the newspaper that she believes the graffiti is the work of hardline vegan activists.
"This is the second time our shop has been targeted by militant vegans, whose ignorance never ceases to amaze me," she said.
Ms Myers said that it was shop manager Sam Gilbert who first saw the graffiti. He has been going into work during the Covid-19 pandemic to help the community by delivering boxes of groceries and other essentials to people who are self-isolating.
She added: "It’s really upsetting that people feel the need to do something like this. We’re just trying to make a living, help the community and get through this difficult time." Ms Myers also said that targeting her shop was "ill-informed", explaining that all the dairy products they stock come from local farmers with small herds of cattle who take animal welfare very seriously.
This isn’t the only instance of graffiti that’s been seen in the area recently. The Argus also reported earlier this month about anti-lockdown graffiti that has appeared in various places around the seaside town of Hove.
Councillor for Wish ward Robert Nemeth described the graffiti as "nonsensical" and told the newspaper that, while he understood some people would want to question the need to curtail freedoms, graffiti of this type is not the way to do it.
If you need help with get in touch with us today as a result of graffiti or other criminal damage, get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.
An article for Real Homes recently explained some of the main things to think about when you’re designing or revamping a conservatory.
In terms of glazing, there are more options than you might imagine. What you’re looking for in this part of your home is glass that’s able to block excess solar gain on sunny days (as much as possible) but keep the space warm when it’s colder outdoors.
The news provider cited low-e glass, which has an argon-filled cavity, as one of the top options for conservatories because it reflects heat thanks to its thin low-emissivity coating while argon significantly reduces that transfer of heat.
There are also insulated glazing products on the market that are designed to prevent a space like a conservatory from getting too hot or cold, the publication added.
Another thing to consider is self-cleaning glass, which is designed to gather dirt in such a way that it is washed off whenever it rains. However, the news provider noted that this typically has a slight tint to it, which is worth bearing in mind before investing in it for your conservatories in East Sussex.
About My Area recently pointed out that a conservatory can be a good investment in your home as well. The news provider noted that it can add up to five per cent to the value of homes outside of London, not to mention expanding your living space.
Some 2,700 businesses look set to benefit from this move, with direct debits cancelled and all eligible firms contacted to make sure that they know they don’t have to pay rates for the coming 12 months.
The local council is also prioritising the distribution of small business grants from the government, with £21.4 million in payments made to 1,300 businesses. Eligible companies are now being urged to get in touch via a secure portal if the council doesn’t have their bank details so that payments can be made as soon as possible.
Nancy Platts, council leader, said: "I want to thank businesses in the city for the way they are responding to this unprecedented situation and the many actions they are taking to support communities.
"We have a large number of small businesses in Brighton & Hove and I know how worried business owners are about their financial situation. This financial support is a lifeline for our small businesses which is why we are making grant payments and retail relief a priority."
There are two business grant schemes you could benefit from - the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund. It has been made available to help small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality firms with their business costs as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic.
If you need emergency glazing in East Sussex, Channel Glazing a call toda.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed HM Land Registry’s UK House Price Index for January 2020, which showed property values increased by 1.3 per cent over the preceding 12 months.
While prices increased by nearly £3,000 between January 2019 and 2020, taking the average value to £231,185, this is lower than the growth experienced in the year leading to December 2019.
During this period, house prices in the UK rose by 1.7 per cent.
A spokesperson for the ONS confirmed there has been a decline in UK house price growth over the last three years, which it states has been "driven mainly by a slowdown in the south and east of England".
In fact, the east of England experienced the lowest annual growth out of the whole of the UK, with prices dropping by 0.6 per cent over the year to January 2020. Values in this region even declined by as much as 2.2 per cent since December 2019.
The south-east was not far behind, with values declining by 0.5 per cent over the 12 months and by 1.8 per cent from December 2019 to January 2020.
As a result, more homeowners are likely to be inclined to stay put in their properties and wait till the market improves before moving to a new house. In this case, they might consider fitting bi-fold doors in Brighton to help boost the value of their home.
This is because Halifax recently reported doing so could add more than £5,000 to the asking price of a house.
That’s according to the latest survey conducted by estate agent Jackson-Stops, which also revealed that nearly half would be happy to take on a major renovation project, Property Reporter revealed.
Interestingly, almost three-quarters of those questioned said that they’d rather move to a new, larger property than extend their existing home. This rose to 79 per cent among those in the 18 to 34 year old group.
Among the most desirable features in homes were high-speed broadband, a dedicated parking space, energy efficiency and period features, the news provider revealed.
If you’re moving into a home that needs renovation work, make sure you check the condition of your windows. Installing new double glazing in Brighton could be a good way to make it not only a more comfortable place to live, but also a more energy efficient one.
A recent article for the Irish Independent explained the differences between UPVC, timber and Aluclad framed windows, noting that all have their pros and cons. It noted that Aluclad requires low maintenance, like UPVC, but has a timber finish internally. Timber can be painted in a variety of ways, but it does require more maintenance than the other options.
If you do move into a home that requires renovations you’ll have to decide how best to carry those out within your budget and to ensure that they’re in-keeping with the style of the property. Balancing the energy efficiency of your home is another consideration, and a reason why it’s worth taking the time to think carefully about what type of glazing you’ll install.
The Guardian reports that repairs are going to cost £360m, but for those who weren't affected by the onslaught of wind and rain can affect properties in many other ways, so it is essential to undertake maintenance checks to protect your property against future storms.
After such a huge onslaught of rain, check your gutters and drains, they play a vital part in your home’s defences. Look for any holes or cracks which could have occurred during the storms and replace them as soon as possible. A leaking gutter that lets water drip down your walls can create structural damage to your property.
Look around the property for any hazards that could present a threat, for example, are there are any overhanging trees with branches which could damage windows, roof tiles or even people underneath them in a storm? Take note of any work that can be done now, because you don’t know when the next storms will come.
Not only will good quality double or triple glazed windows a sound investment for your home, but if they have been closed all winter, dirty locks and hinges could potentially seize. It’s advised to inspect them and apply a little oil to all moving parts. The same applies to your conservatory windows and doors, often only used in Summer and ignored all winter.
This will take minutes to do, but will vastly extend the life of your windows and doors.
If you have any old wooden doors and windows that got battered in the storms, get them repaired, repainted or replaced as soon as you can. Should there be further storms, these are your first defence against inclement weather.
If you need 24-hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton, get in touch today.
Letting Agent Today recently shared the findings of a survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas, which found that improved energy efficiency is something that those renting houses are willing to pay more for.
This was one of three features that tenants in houses identified as something they’d be prepared to pay higher rents for, with a newly refurbished bathroom and kitchen at the top of the list and a garage in third place.
Spending money on new bi fold doors in East Sussex, or wherever your house is, as well as double glazing if this needs replacing, could therefore be a worthwhile investment as it will more than likely attract more tenants and allow you to charge higher rent for your property.
There are a number of ways in which you can help your tenants reduce their energy bills, however, and many don’t require much effort or expense on the part of the landlord.
Earlier this month, the Express shared some advice from the experts at boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch, which pointed out that ensuring the thermostat for the central heating can be programmed is one of the easiest things to do.
Allowing tenants to tailor their heating to suit their lifestyle is one of the easiest ways for them to take control of their energy bills, the news provider noted.
Having radiators that can be turned off in individual rooms can also be helpful, as it means people don’t have to heat spaces they’re not using.
Heavy rain and 90mph winds knocked out power to homes in some areas. While the north of the UK bared the worst of the storm, with many areas flooded, Storm Ciara still brought devastation to Sussex.
Footage has been released of a tower crane in Worthing spinning in the high winds, while another crane was left "bent over like spaghetti" in London. The video showed the crane near Worthing seafront, above a 141-home development, spinning around in the 41mph gales. Sussex Police said they received "a number of reports" about the crane but reassured the public there was no cause for concern. "Sussex Police have been in contact with the developers and the cranes' safety mechanism is designed to let it move in the wind," they said in a tweet.
Another twitter user in London posted a photo of a crane that was bent in half, totally folded over "like it’s made of spaghetti".
Members of the public have been warned away from the fire-damaged Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne as a safety precaution to Storm Ciara. Eastbourne Borough Council tweeted advising people to keep away from the damaged building, "Due to the amber wind warning, please avoid the immediate area of the Claremont Hotel as there could be falling debris. We are on-site and monitoring the situation."
They have updated the warning on Tuesday 11 February on twitter "… there was a further collapse of the hotel facade last night. Our team continue to work closely with hotel representatives and their demolition contractor to ensure the safest procedure for dealing with the remainder of the building."
This is where gangs of criminals are flown over to the UK to go on a crime spree, targeting affluent areas like London and the Home Counties. High profile people are certainly not immune from this either, with Marcus Wareing recently targeted in this way, with criminals recently flying in from South America to target his home, with the value of the stolen items and damage to his property amounting to £33,711.
According to the London Evening Standard, the restaurateur’s £5 million property in Wimbledon was targeted while he and his wife were away, with a gold Rolex, two Omega watches, some Christian Louboutin shoes and jewellery including earrings, bracelets and gold chains all taken.
Thieves of this ilk are recruited in their home countries and then put on a plane to the UK, where they meet up with a contact who gives them phones and a car. Properties in wealthy areas have already been selected and the prospective burglars given instructions on how to get round security, where to enter the houses and which valuables to look for.
In 2018, the Times reported that Scotland Yard had discovered a criminal network where burglars are flown to the UK from Chile to raid upmarket houses, with 75 Chilean nationals arrested since the start of Operation Genie in 2017.
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It is important to consider security for your shop more than ever, as a recent survey has shown that over 21,000 shop workers a year are attacked at work. That is 115 a day.
The British Retail Consortium carried out the survey and has highlighted the Government’s failure to do anything to address the problem.
Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium said in a statement: "Violence against shop workers is a critical issue and any delays to tackling it will serve only to create more victims. No one should ever go to work in fear for simply carrying out their job. Retail workers are at the core of our communities across the country and these horrific crimes impact these skilled, passionate and determined individuals that make the industry what it is."
The Consortium has highlighted that shop workers are more in danger than ever despite the sector paying out over £1 billion for security, and has called on the Government to ensure that there is some pay off for this layout by the industry.
As a result of this damning survey the British Retail Consortium, Usdaw and the Association of Convenience Stores are calling for much tougher sentences for people who attack shop workers as well as an increase in police numbers to help protect people at work.
They have called on Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP to respond to the results.
One of the first things to look at is your windows, and whether your double glazing is still doing its job.
Which? recently offered homeowners advice about how to select the right double glazing to help you keep your home warmer this winter. The first thing the organisation recommends is checking whether you need new windows at all, or whether your existing glazing could be repaired.
Another thing to consider is secondary glazing, which sees a separate, internal window fitted inside the existing one.
If you do decide that you need complete new double glazed windows, make sure you do your research. Read up on the materials used in the frames, and make sure you think about energy efficiency and new technology too.
This could be a chance to install windows with additional safety features, for instance, or opt for something like solar-controlled glass.
When you’re choosing a company to install your double glazing, make sure you look at reviews from previous customers and the company’s overall history. It’s also advisable to find an installer who is registered with Fensa or Certass, which are competent person schemes in the field of fenestration.
Flux Magazine recently named installing double glazing at your home as one of the top ways to save on your heating bills in the winter months. Other suggestions included insulating your pipes and having your boiler serviced.
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But, as we all know, there is a dark side to the holiday season, which is the increased risk of home break-ins.
Every year, police issue warnings to homeowners to be extra vigilant and take care to ensure the security of their homes, whether they are out enjoying Christmas parties, or travelling further afield for the holidays.
Some forces have even gone as far to advise people not to place presents under their trees, or to put out "fake presents" if you’re concerned about potential burglars.
Obviously, it’s important to make sure your home is secure, and properly fitted double glazed windows are your first line of defence.
Additionally, the outside of your house should be well-lit and kept free from bushes, or other places where a burglar could hide and scope out your home.
CCTV cameras are also an excellent deterrent, because they let would-be intruders know that they are under surveillance and have an increased chance of getting caught if they attempt to break in.
Homeowners are advised not to leave keys near doors, as they can be fished out through the letterbox, and also to avoid leave keys hidden outside the property.
Other best practices include waiting until collection day to throw out packaging, as boxes for smartphones, tablets, and other high-value items are signals that can tempt potential thieves.
It’s also important to avoid the temptation to post your whereabouts on social media, whether you are out at a party or travelling.
Following these steps will keep your home safe and avoid the need for emergency double glazing in Brighton this Christmas !
Instead, make sure you keep your home as secure as possible this Christmas so that you don’t have to face up to burglaries over the festive season.
It is thought that nearly 450 burglaries a day take place in the weeks either side of Christmas. It is thought this happens for a number of reasons, such as people vacating their homes over the Christmas and New Year period to visit friends and family and the darker days and nights meaning burglars can do more under cover of darkness.
Here are some tips to help you avoid a burglary this Christmas:
Install a burglar alarm If you already have one make sure it works and is maintained.
Keep gifts out of view After all, Father Christmas doesn’t drop them off until you have the blinds shut on Christmas Eve does he?
Don’t overshare on social media Don’t make it clear if you are out of the house. You don’t know who is watching your local Facebook group after all.
Keep windows and doors locked This is imperative not only to keep burglars out, but also to ensure your insurance pays out if you are unfortunate enough to be burgled.
Dispose of packaging Don’t give burglars a heads up that there are expensive, new items in your home. And whatever you do don’t leave receipts around which will make items even more attractive to criminals.
According to figures from Co-op Insurance, 41 per cent of UK adults have faced a home burglary in the past, with 38 per cent admitting to having been victims of neighbourhood crime.
These findings could encourage more people to consider new double-glazing windows in Brighton to provide better security for their house, as these panes of glass are harder to break into than single-glazed windows.
The insurance provider also reminds homeowners to make sure their windows and doors are all locked properly, particularly as the evenings are getting darker earlier.
According to the report, more burglaries occur during the winter months, with the number of theft claims increasing by 35 per cent after the clocks go back.
"Our claims data shows that darker nights lead to more burglaries. As the nights draw in, we’re urging people to be vigilant when it comes to their personal safety, as well as the safety of their home," Colin Butler, head of insurance at Co-op Insurance, stated.
The findings revealed the majority of burglaries occurred at night (28 per cent), while almost as many happened in the afternoon (24 per cent), and one-fifth took place in the evening.
Fridays were also found to be the most popular days for burglars to attack, so homeowners should take extra precautions then.
While older generations might have relied on neighbours to look out for any suspicious activity around their homes, this is unlikely to happen these days, as Co-op Insurance also reported that just 18 per cent of Brits say they know everyone who lives near them on their street.
In a world where convenience is at customers’ fingertips, it is more essential than ever to make sure that your shop front stands out from the crowd in order to attract clientele.
Not only that, but shop owners must also contend with competition from their neighbours to appeal to passing trade.
So, how can you make your shop front stand out from the crowd? Follow our tips for a welcoming and unique shop front that your customers will love.
1. Clear branding and signage First impressions are important, so you want it to be clear what you offer, even from a distance. Keep it simple and uncluttered, and if in doubt – less is usually more.
2. Respecting surroundings Consider adapting your brand logo and colours to the surroundings. An ultra-modernist look may stick out like a sore thumb in The Lanes, and many famous brands have been required to tone it down in more traditional surroundings.
3. Illumination Good lighting will make your shop front appear friendly and inviting, and is more likely to draw in passers-by, while poor illumination or badly-placed lights could leave people in the dark about what you offer! Conversely, excessive illumination may annoy neighbours and be off-putting to punters.
4. Accessibility Making sure your shop front is accessible is essential, and businesses are legally required to ensure equal access for everyone. A step-free entrance is recommended, but if this is not possible try installing a ramp instead.
5. Originality Eye-catching displays will help your shop front stand out from the crowd. The more original it is, the more likely it will stay in your customers’ memories, improving chances of a repeat visit.
While it can be easy to think it won’t happen to you, it’s much better to be safe than sorry and follow some of the advice that’s out there about how to make your home more secure. You’ll wish you had when you’re having to arrange for broken window glass repairs in Brighton after someone broke into your property.
This Is Money recently reported that insurance reports of thefts increase by 34 per cent in the winter months, according to figures from Co-Op Insurance.
The news provider also offered some advice on how to burglar proof your property. Having heavy duty locks not only on your front door, but also your windows and any external gates is essential.
Another tip is to install motion-sensing lights around the exterior of your property as this acts as a deterrent to burglars.
The Express also shared advice on home security recently. Adam Beckett, product director for Aviva UK, General Insurance, talked about the steps homeowners can take. Among them is making sure that your valuables aren’t left in sight of windows.
Security marking your property is also advisable, as this can help the police to return it to you should it be found after a burglary.
When you’re choosing new doors for your home, you may also want to steer clear of those with large glass panels, or make sure the doors you choose have laminated glass or are double glazed to make it difficult for thieves to break them.
House Beautiful recently shared the findings of the Home Essentials survey carried out by GoCompare. The annual research asks people the top features they look for in a home. Double glazing is second on the list, with only central heating ranked higher.
Some 76 per cent of people said that they want double glazing in a property. In third place, with 71 per cent, was secure windows and doors. So it seems that it’s not only the energy efficiency of glazing that’s important.
Completing the top five were a garden (also with 71 per cent) and a good, reliable broadband signal (61 per cent).
Other things that prospective buyers or renters are looking for are a good mobile phone signal (in sixth spot with 58 per cent), as well as access to local shops and amenities and a good energy efficiency rating.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) recently released some advice on how landlords can ensure any of their rental properties are secure as we come into National Home Security Month.
Among the top tips are ensuring that appropriate locks are fitted to all external doors, as well as to patio doors, and installing door chains. Given that security is an important consideration for people looking for a new home, this could also help landlords find tenants for their properties more easily.
Research by Leisure, a Range cooker specialist, and shared by Property Reporter revealed that 23 per cent of homeowners had replaced their double glazing in the past ten years. This makes it the fifth most popular home improvement project.
At the top of the list was replacing the bathroom, with nearly two-thirds of homeowners having updated this room in their home. Just over half (52 per cent) revealed they had also tackled their kitchen.
Installing a new boiler or central heating was the third most popular project, while redesigning the garden was in at fourth place. It just goes to show that while large-scale projects, such as adding an extension, might seem like a good option, they’re far from the only way to improve a home and add value.
Director of James Anderson Estate Agents Peter Davey told the news provider that there are some projects that will always boost a property’s value. "To help maximise the value of your property open-plan living, kitchen renovations and luxury bathrooms are the best improvements to make," he stated.
If you’re revamping your kitchen - or your garden - you could explore adding bi fold doors in Brighton. This can allow you to bring the outside in when the weather is warm, giving you additional space for entertaining in the summer months.
Earlier this month, Real Homes highlighted some of the areas you should focus on if you’re hoping to sell your property. At the top of the list is the windows. 71 per cent of home buyers said that they paid attention to the condition of the glazing, so it’s important that your windows are well looked after if you’re hoping for a quick sale.
The Gazette reported how burglars broke into the shop in Paisley Road, Renfrew, near Glasgow on Thursday (September 19th) at 01:00.
Sergeant Barry McNaught from Renfrewshire community policing team told the newspaper: "They made off with quite a lot of stuff, including around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and other items."
This criminal offence serves as a reminder to store owners to make sure their shop windows are of good quality and are hard to break into. However, these particular thieves entered the premises in an unusual way, as the police believe they gained entry through the roof.
Mr McNaught seemed positive the offenders will be caught, saying: "A lot of the incident was caught on CCTV but we are keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage or who may have been around at the time."
This is not the only Spar shop in Scotland to be targeted by thieves recently, as there was an attempted break-in at a similar store in Fort William in July.
According to the Press and Journal, the incident occurred at the Spar store on Grange Road on July 23rd. Thieves failed to gain access to the building or steal any goods, but they did damage the external door.
Constable Scott Williamson urged anyone to come forward who may have seen three people in dark clothing hanging around the store at 23:10 on that date, or any suspicious activity in the area.
According to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the vacancy rate in July was 10.3 per cent, up from the 10.2 per cent recorded in the previous quarter.
Footfall in the high street also declined by 2.7 per cent in July, compared to the same month last year. Overall, retail footfall was down by an average of 1.9 per cent, with shopping centre footfall also declining while retail park footfall was the only one to experience an increase in July.
Chief executive of the BRC Helen Dickinson OBE called on the government to introduce measures, such as a freeze on business rates, to help businesses on the UK’s high streets.
"High streets and town centres play an important part in our local communities, and we should be concerned by the rise in empty store fronts," she asserted.
Ms Dickinson pointed out that the country’s retail sector accounts for five per cent of the UK’s economy, but is responsible for paying 10 per cent of all business costs and 25 per cent of all business taxes. "The rising vacancy figure shows this is simply not sustainable," she added.
Earlier this month, businesses in Brighton were warned to increase their security after a series of break-ins. Local police were increasing their patrols overnight and holding meetings with local partners in the city to try and tackle the issue.
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Superintendent Ed De La Rue confirmed that the force have been working on tackling this issue head on, with specific patrols in place throughout the night, which is when the majority of the break-ins have occurred. It’s thought that some of them may have been carried out by the same people and a link between the incidents is now being looked into, the Brighton & Hove Independent reports.
Supt De La Rue went on to say that four people have now been arrested in connection with burglaries around the city centre, with local police now holding regular meetings with partners in the area to tackle the issue head on.
Thus far, two people have been charged in relation to shop break-ins in Hove, while four others have been arrested over burglaries in Brighton.
There are different types of retail burglary to be aware of if you run a business. Smash and grab, for example, involves the use of some kind of heavy object to break the window or tools to cut padlocks or grilles off. Goods from the window and the shop floor are both taken in this instance.
Opportunistic burglaries see perpetrators enter through a vulnerable point in the building, such as an insecure door, a window or a rooflight, typically only taking what can easily be carried away. More sophisticated burglaries include the cutting of an alarm system or setting off an alarm repeatedly so police stop responding, which means burglars have more time to act.
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Earlier this week, Theresa May was taken over by Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK, with the new PM promising to deliver a clean-cut Brexit by the deadline of October 31st.
While the political reshuffle will unsettle government in the short-term, those in the property industry believe it could be good news for the housing market.
Speaking with Property Wire, Lisa Simon, head of residential at Carter Jonas, said having Brexit looming over homeowners and buyers for the last three years has been "something of a grey cloud".
Therefore, by being able to finally negotiate a deal with Brexit, this will help to create stability I the market again.
In addition to this, Ms Simon said Johnson’s tax relief promises could be "a potentially positive move for the market". However, it all depends on whether he can get this passed and if he can even win the next general election with a public vote.
Camilla Dell, managing director at Black Brick, also emphasised the importance for the new PM to reverse stamp duty increases.
"There is now clear evidence that the stamp duty increases have started to dent the tax take," she stated, adding the three per cent surcharge and one per cent additional fee for foreign buyers "has had the effect of pouring glue into the market and resulting in a dramatic fall in the number of transactions happening on an annual basis".
Homeowners who cannot wait for legislation changes or the finalisation of Brexit plans to put their house on the market could consider getting new double-glazing in East Sussex to boost the value of their property and make it more appealing to potential buyers.
Saxophones UK on Farningham Road, Crowborough, was broken into between the hours of 2330 on Saturday July 13th and 0345 on Sunday July 14th, Sussex Police has confirmed.
The intruders managed to get into the warehouse and walked away with the high-value items worth several thousands of pounds.
Sergeant Amy Mason of Wealden Police said in a statement: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard suspicious activity on the night of the crime, or recalls seeing anything [unusual] in the area in the days leading up to it."
Anyone who might have some information for the police have been asked to phone 101, quoting serial 248 of 14/07.
There is a possibility the burglars have targeted the store previously, as earlier thefts have also resulted in thousands of pounds’ worth of instruments being stolen.
This comes after silverware worth £100,000 was stolen from the University of Sussex’s sacristy.
The burglar broke into the premises at Falmer, near Brighton, on Friday December 7th between 1350 and 1420.
Police are looking for a man in his 30s of mixed race, who is thought to be six-foot tall, bald with some facial stubble, and of a medium build.
Having not being able to locate the thief over the last few months, the university is now offering a £10,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the case.
If you’ve been broken into, our emergency shop front glazing in East Sussex can secure your property as quickly as possible.
Zoopla recently reported, the average time it takes for homeowners to purchase a new property is 20.8 years, which is considerably greater than the 8.33-year turnover during the 1980s.
Laura Howard, a spokeswoman for Zoopla, said: "These results contradict a common assumption that UK neighbourhoods are becoming more transient."
Those living in Kensington and Chelsea are less interested in moving home than anywhere else in the UK, with 35.5 years being the average time homeowners stay in their properties.
However, homes in Dartford and south Derbyshire typically see new owners every 15 years – five years less than the UK average.
Ms Howard noted that Brits might be remaining in their houses for longer as it is becoming harder for them to buy a bigger residence due to increasing property prices.
"Many people are unwilling or unable to take on the cost of the ‘next rung up’," she said.
Of course, those who do plan on making their house a ‘forever home’ need to make sure they look after it well so it does not depreciate in value when they do come to sell.
One of the best ways to do this is by installing double-glazing in Brighton, as this will trap in heat, block out noise, and make the home look up-to-date.
Double-glazed windows tend to last around 20 years, according to the Centre for Sustainable Energy, so if they have not been replaced recently and you plan on staying in your residence for a couple of decades, it is worth getting them updated.
Britain was set to leave the EU on March 29th; however, due to being unable to agree on an exit strategy, this date was moved till October 31st to give politicians more time to establish a Brexit plan.
Since then, property values have risen, growing by 0.7 per cent between March and April 2019, according to the latest UK House Price Index.
HM Land Registry’s latest figures showed the average cost of a home in England rose to £245,128 by April 2019 thanks to this small increase.
These figures were particularly supported by a 2.4 per cent boost in London’s property prices during the course of the month, taking the average price of a residence in the capital to £471,504.
A house price increase in the city came as a surprise to property experts, as values had been consistently falling here. Indeed, the report found London to have experienced the largest annual price fall in the country, declining by 1.2 per cent between April 2018 and 2019.
An article in The Teleraph recently suggested the property ‘slump’ in the capital might be coming to an end, after buyers were previously deterred by changes in taxation, high prices, and uncertainty over Brexit.
However, she stated: "As the cost of buying in the capital realigns with average salaries, experts predict that demand will bounce back."
One way to boost property values is by installing double-glazing in Brighton, as energy-efficient home improvement measures will be attractive to prospective buyers who might be tempted to spend more.
It can take weeks and even months for the project to be completed, so what you should decide first is whether or not this is the right time for you and your family to face serious upheaval for your home and garden.
Planning it out properly will help minimise the potential stress and bother, however, so if you’re determined to go ahead make sure you know exactly what you’re in for. Always seek out at least three quotes from different firms so you can be assured that you’re getting a fair price for the work - and it could also help with negotiations if you have this information to hand.
You’ll also need to be very clear what you plan to use the conservatory for as this will inform all sorts of design decisions. It pays to be as flexible as you can with the different forms, materials and styles, however, as this can help to keep costs down.
Typically, you won’t need to have planning permission for a conservatory but check to make sure if you live in a conservation area or national park, if the new extension won’t be at ground level or if your house is terraced or has already been extended before.
Check out the Homebuilding & Renovating website to find 20 extra ways to add value to your home!
But it can be difficult to make the most of this space, especially if you haven’t rearranged your furniture and had a play around with the layout in a while.
A recent article for Real Homes offered some advice on how to make the most out of your living room layout.
The first tip is to find the focal point of the room. In some homes that might be the fireplace, or you may want to make your TV the focus of the space. Decide this before you start arranging furniture and other items.
Next you need to think about whether you want to have an open-plan, broken-plan or living room only space. If you’re thinking about the broken-plan option, you need to consider how you’ll divide the space to give different areas different purposes.
Sliding or double doors can help with this if you want to have the option of shutting off certain spaces sometimes, but opening them up at others. If you have access to your garden from your living room, fit bi fold doors in Brighton to allow you to bring the outdoors in during the warmer months of the year.
If you want some inspiration of how to make an open-plan living space work in your home, take a look at how one couple transformed their 1960s property. The Daily Mail highlighted the renovation project carried out by a family in Wiltshire who removed almost all the interior walls and fitted wrap around windows to let more light into the space.
A recent report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) stressed that it’s possible for the country to meet this target politicians act now and make some bold changes.
One of the areas that needs to be addressed is the condition of the country’s building stock, with the CCC noting that energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heating technology will need to be introduced across the UK’s building stock if it is to hit this target.
"Serious plans are needed to clean up the UK’s heating systems, to deliver infrastructure for carbon capture and storage technology and to drive transformational change in how we use our land," the report stated.
As well as addressing issues with heating systems, Environment Journal pointed out that replacing inefficient windows and installing insulation are other steps that will be needed if the country’s homes are to play their part in delivering net zero carbon emissions.
If you’re looking for new bi fold doors in Brighton, pick the most efficient model you can find. This will not only mean you’re doing your part to help meet the environmental challenges we’re facing but will also save you money on your heating bills and make your home a more comfortable environment to live in.
A recent survey by Swinton Insurance has revealed what people look for in their forever home, with Property Wire reporting on the findings. The specialist insurer found that the average person who’s just getting on the property ladder intends to live in a three-bedroom home for most of their lives.
However, when they’re buying for the first time, they typically purchase a two-bedroom semi-detached house.
Interestingly, people view what makes a forever home differently. 53 per cent believe this is down to its location, while two in five said that the memories made there are what determine whether it’s a forever home or not.
On average, it’s estimated that people will have owned three properties by the time they turn 65. The research also found that people tend to spend around five years in their first property before moving on.
Interestingly, those under the age of 45 revealed that they’re more likely to prioritise getting their wifi access working than sorting out their home security when they move in somewhere new.
However, it also seems that we’re not averse to splashing out on DIY, with research from NAEA Propertymark recently revealing that UK homeowners spent an average of £8,000 each doing up their homes over the last five years.
Among the home improvements recommended by the organisation are installing double glazing and replacing your front door.
If you’re looking for double glazing in Brighton, contact us today to get a quote for the work at your property.
Kent Online reported how the 30-year-old from Hurst Green, East Sussex, was tracked by a police dog with regards to a break-in at a SPAR in Staplehurst last week (March 12th).
The attempted burglary of the store resulted in a car smashing through the front window at 01:00.
While the thieves left empty-handed, they caused severe damage to the convenience store.
After the incident, a Land Rover Discovery, which had been reported as stolen, was found nearby in Jaggard Way. It had been set on fire, which the emergency services put out.
Following a detailed search of the area, police found and arrested the suspected criminal. However, since his arrest, the man has been released pending further investigation.
Kent Police are currently asking the public for more information on the incident, or who might have CCTV or dashcam footage that could help with their inquiry.
This comes after a West Sussex store was broken into at the end of last month. The Sayers Common Shop was smashed into at 04:30 on February 26th.
Sussex Police has released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the burglary, which resulted in a loss of £300 worth of cigarettes, revealed Mid Sussex Times.
It is also thought the break-in caused £500 worth of damage, as the culprit used a hammer to make his way into the premises.
Shop owners who face break-ins need to make sure they repair their broken glass as quickly as possible to avoid other thefts from occurring while their store is unsecure.
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Environmental benefits of this kind of building strategy include improving air and water quality, protecting natural resources and enhancing benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity.
So what can be done to help make buildings already in existence greener? Here are a few ideas you might like to consider if you want to retrofit your home this year.
Double glazing is a great way of making your house more eco-friendly because it’s amazing for cutting heat loss, keeping it in during the winter so you can have the heating on less.
Solar electricity is another good option because it’s renewable and won’t release any harmful emissions. You can have photovoltaic panels fitted on the roof of your house to convert sunlight into electricity.
Cavity wall insulation
Insulating your walls effectively will prevent heat loss so energy isn’t wasted. Older properties will likely have solid walls, but these can also be insulated either from the inside or the outside, so don’t worry if you’ve got a period home or similar.
Use smart technology
You can easily track your gas and electricity usage using a smart meter so you can see what’s being wasted where, which will help you enact a few changes where necessary.
An article for Cycling Industry News recently explored what bike shops can do to improve their security, but some of the advice is valid regardless of what products you sell.
One option that’s proved to be particularly effective is a DNA intruder spray system. These work by coating an intruder in a spray that’s unique to each store. They’re not visible until you’re placed under UV light, when it shows up.
What’s more, the spray can stay on skin or clothes for weeks or even months, so it allows police to put a criminal at the scene of a break in if they get them in custody. The news provider noted that Manchester police started using the system last year and in nine months saw crime in the city fall by 24 per cent.
None of the retailers that participated in the scheme were targeted by thieves in the 12 months following its introduction either.
One tip that’s specifically for bike stores is to make sure that they register all of their stock with BikeRegister. This national scheme allows people to check if bikes have been stolen before buying them and gives retailers a way to trace stolen stock that people are trying to move on.
If the worst does happen and your store suffers a break in, make sure you know who to call to carry out broken window glass repairs in East Sussex.
And it’s not just physical threats that retailers have to worry about. Last month, an article for IT Pro Portal revealed that retailers boosted their spending on cyber security more in December than at any other time of the year.
According to comparethemarket.com’s latest research, the amount Brits overpay is not insignificant either, totalling £1.4 billion.
This is due to those who are unaware about when their fixed energy tariff expires and are then rolled on to the standard variable energy tariff, which is often much more expensive.
Indeed, ten per cent of UK homeowners do not know which tariff they are on, and 33 per cent of those on fixed deals do not know when this is set to come to an end, Money Pages reported.
Head of energy at the price comparison site Peter Earl stated that while Brits like to watch what they are spending, "when it comes to energy, many people have no idea where to begin".
He noted that several households are losing touch of their energy bills because the market is becoming too complex for them.
"This leads to significant, but totally avoidable, rise in the cost of energy for millions of homes," Mr Earl commented.
As well as using comparethemarket.com’s new EnergyCheck service, which alerts customers to potential savings and when their tariff is set to expire, Brits can make their homes as energy-efficient as possible to cut their heating bills.
For a long-term solution, homeowners might be tempted to upgrade their double glazing windows in East Sussex. By having good-quality windows that block out the cold and trap heat inside, households could see a dramatic reduction in the amount of money they spend on energy.
The organisation announced this month that it intends to make changes that will benefit people living in 1,000 areas around the country that are affected by noise pollution as a result of busy main roads near their homes.
While many of the measures will involve the agency installing noise barriers and laying new, quieter road surfaces, it will also be providing new double glazing to some homes, free of charge to homeowners.
The money comes from a £39 million fund that will help it carry out this work by spring of 2020. So far, over 600 homes have benefited from new double glazing since the scheme began in 2015.
Principal noise adviser at Highways England Ian Holmes commented: "Our roads also have an impact on the people who live near them and I’m pleased we’ve been able to reduce traffic noise levels for over 40,000 roadside residents since 2015 as part of our noise reduction schemes."
Even if you don’t qualify for new double glazing in Brighton as part of Highways England’s scheme, you may want to make the change in your home anyway.
Last year, the Guardian reported that long-term exposure to road traffic noise can have a negative impact on our health, and can be particularly bad for our cardiovascular system.
That was the finding of research conducted by Dr Yutong Samuel Cai, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, who analysed the health data of 356,000 people in Britain and Norway. He concluded that there is evidence noise pollution from traffic can lead to heart attacks
Local leaders are being invited to apply for money from the fund to help revitalise their town centres.
Initially, £55 million will be spent on restoring heritage town centres, helping to bring historical buildings back into use, such as by converting them into new work spaces or cultural venues.
Jake Berry, MP and high streets minister, said that it’s important to acknowledge that the UK’s high streets are changing. However, he stressed that it’s vital to make them community hubs rather than focusing on them as retail destinations.
"We have to support investment in infrastructure, boosting local economies and ensuring people are able to get the most out of their local high streets," he asserted.
The government will also create a High Street Task Force in 2019 to help the towns bidding for funding to make the most of the cash they’re awarded.
It’s clear that the UK’s high streets need some support, after a report from the Centre for Retail Research predicted that a further 10,000 stores will close in 2019 across the UK.
Professor Joshua Bamfield, from the centre, told the Express that smaller, independent retailers are likely to be hit hardest because they’ll "have to pay high rates and wages while not getting as much business".
Research conducted recently by Anglian Home Improvements and shared by Property Reporter revealed that windows are among the top parts of a property that leak heat. Doors, chimneys and roofs were also identified by the company as areas that lose heat.
So, if you’re looking for ways to keep your heating bills down but still want to ensure your home is nice and warm, what can you do?
Things like drawing your curtains in the evenings, and even replacing curtains with ones made of heavier fabric, can help to keep the heat in, but won’t address the root cause of the problem.
If it’s been a while since you had new windows fitted, this could be a good place to start. Installing new double glazing in Brighton could make more of a difference than you may think. According to the news provider, if your glazing is rated B or below for energy efficiency, it will be losing more heat each year than it generates.
That means swapping to A-rated double glazing will make a big difference to the temperature of your home. Don’t forget about your doors either. If you’ve got old doors that let drafts in around the frames it could be time to get them replaced. Also consider smaller fixes, like covers for keyholes and letter boxes.
A recent blog for the Energy Saving Trust suggested that looking at your heating settings could also help you save money at this time of year. For instance, your room thermostat should be set at a comfortable temperature - between 18 and 21 degrees C. Don’t be tempted to turn it up when it gets colder, or in an attempt to get the room to heat up more quickly.
The Met Office has warned Brits that much of the UK will experience a drop in temperatures thanks to cold air from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The east will be first affected as the blast travels across the North Sea, while those on higher ground have already seen snow settle.
Business owners who have not yet invested in fixing their broken glass windows in Brighton are likely to be urgently trying to do so in order to stay as warm as possible during this winter chill.
Speaking with the Express, the Met Office’s Aidan McGivern stated: "We’re likely to see sleet and snow over the South Downs, North Downs, the Welsh Mountains, the Pennines, the Grampians and maybe over some of the lumps and bumps of Northern Ireland."
He added that sleet and rain will result in icy conditions even on lower ground throughout the country, and the news provider reported how Croydon in London has already been hit by slushy snow.
Although temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits across most of the country, it could feel much colder due to the icy winds with speeds of up to 50mph.
Last year’s Beast from the East saw temperatures drop to -15C due to another cold blast from Europe that lasted until the end of March.
Having double-glazed windows will certainly help, they keep the cold air locked out and the heat in, meaning commercial buildings can stay warm and owners can save money on heating bills.
The regulator has revealed it will enforce a limit on what energy providers can charge from January 1st 2019, which it hopes will protect around 11 million customers in the UK.
The cap will cut consumers’ bills by £1 billion, saving each household around £76 a year on average.
Chief executive of Ofgem Dermot Olan said: "The price cap will ensure that whether energy costs rise or fall suppliers are not feathering their nest and changes in energy prices will reflect the underlying costs to heat and light our homes."
He went on to say those who want to reduce their bills even more should take other steps to do so, such as by shopping around for better deals.
According to Citizens Advice, homeowners could also improve their home’s energy efficiency, which will limit the amount of heat lost and reduce their dependency on central heating to stay warm.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of the organisation, stated: "Simple steps, such as better insulation or heating controls, are a good place to start."
Installing cap will cut consumers’ bills by £1 billion, for instance, is a great way to cut down on costs, as these windows trap heat within the house and prevent cold air from getting in.
The regulator has revealed it will enforce a limit on what energy providers can charge from January 1st 2019, which it hopes will protect around 11 million customers in the UK.
The cap will cut consumers’ bills by £1 billion, saving each household around £76 a year on average.
Chief executive of Ofgem Dermot Olan said: "The price cap will ensure that whether energy costs rise or fall suppliers are not feathering their nest and changes in energy prices will reflect the underlying costs to heat and light our homes." He went on to say those who want to reduce their bills even more should take other steps to do so, such as by shopping around for better deals.
According to Citizens Advice, homeowners could also improve their home’s energy efficiency, which will limit the amount of heat lost and reduce their dependency on central heating to stay warm.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of the organisation, stated: "Simple steps, such as better insulation or heating controls, are a good place to start."
Installing double-glazing in your Brighton home, for instance, is a great way to cut down on costs, as these windows trap heat within the house and prevent cold air from getting in.
The Irish Times recently offered some advice on the top things to do to winter-proof your home this year.
One thing to watch out for is draughty windows, with Ruth Kennelly of RK Designs suggesting that investing in curtains with a fleece lining will "make a huge difference to the warmth of rooms".
If you have the money available to spend on new double glazing in East Sussex, it could be well worth the expense and hassle if you can get it fitted in the coming weeks before the coldest of the winter weather arrives.
Ted Laverty, managing director of onlinetradesman.ie, told the news provider that now is also the time to inspect your insulation, particularly around pipes. Making sure they’re properly insulated can prevent them from freezing and bursting as the weather gets colder, he explained.
For a few homey touches, you should think about layering throws and rugs within your home to create a cosy atmosphere, Lisa Marconi, co-owner of Dust Interiors recommended.
Funding large-scale home improvement projects, like installing new energy efficient windows, can be expensive and may not be something you can do this winter. But by next year you could find that you’re able to get help to finance this work through a new green mortgage being offered by E.ON and BNP Paribas.
These financial products are designed to give people a way of funding green home improvements, making their properties more energy efficient.
According to Business Matters Magazine, 71 per cent of the UK’s housing stock, which equates to around 19 million homes, fall below an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of C.
That means there’s a lot of work to do to improve the energy efficiency of the country’s housing stock. However, homeowners are often faced with large financial costs when they try to make improvements to their properties, and this is creating a barrier to the adoption of more energy efficient products.
Upgrades could involve anything from new double glazing in Brighton to fitting loft insulation. Chief executive at E.ON UK Michael Lewis commented: "We need to find ways to radically increase interest and action on energy efficient homes, but property owners often face a significant financing barrier when wishing to do so."
The green mortgages will be available to first-time buyers, movers and remortagers who want to use some of the money to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The funding for the improvement loan will come from BNP Paribas, while E.ON will help homeowners determine the best measures to implement and provide a managed service to install them.
If you’re not quite ready for large-scale home renovations, take a look at some of the tips on how to become more energy efficient offered by The Sun earlier this month. The newspaper suggested simple things like insulating pipes and replacing standard light bulbs with energy efficient models, noting that these can make a bigger difference than you might think.
This is according to a new report compiled by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Nottingham Trent University.
The organisation noted that carrying out a deep retrofit of existing housing involves adding solar panels and local micro generation, as well as insulation, ventilation and sustainable heating systems. But this is necessary because 80 per cent of the properties we’ll inhabit in 2050 have already been constructed.
IET built environment lead Rick Hartwig said that the government needs to establish a national retrofit programme, because meeting the 2050 targets set by the Climate Change Act relies on the UK’s housing having zero carbon emissions from space and water heating, and space cooling.
Among the barriers to achieving this are currently low customer demand, the expense of such retrofits and a lack of the initial financing required to start such a national programme.
If you live in an older property it’s certainly worth exploring whether new double glazing in East Sussex could help reduce your home’s carbon footprint. This would also improve the energy efficiency of your property, making it cheaper to heat in the winter and also a healthier place to live.
It’s not only homeowners who could benefit from more energy efficient homes. Last month Business Matters suggested that retailers could experience the equivalent of a five per cent boost in sales by introducing energy efficiency measures to cut store heating bills by one-third.
However, if you think carefully about the energy efficiency measures you have in place, you could save a considerable amount of money. In fact, Business Matters recently suggested that cutting your store heating bills by one-third is the equivalent to achieving a five per cent boost in sales.
As well as ensuring that you’re using energy efficient glazing for your shop fronts in Brighton , there are a few other things you can try to cut your heating bills.
One is to install blinds over your windows, which can be closed in the early evening, helping to retain the heat in your store overnight.
In terms of your thermostat, the news provider noted that reducing your store’s temperature by just one degree C can reduce your energy consumption by eight per cent. And customers may welcome this too.
When it’s cold outside they’ll typically be wearing thick clothing and lots of layers, so you need to ensure your shop isn’t uncomfortably hot for them when they step through the door. Another top tip is to make sure your staff have practical uniforms, so that they can stay warm in a slightly cooler environment.
But heating isn’t the only place where retailers could make a saving. Business Matters noted in another article that choosing the right energy efficient lighting technology could save up to 15 per cent on a business’ energy costs.
By installing insulation onto all pipes that carry hot water and around your wa-ter tank you can help to prevent lost heat. Insulation can be picked up cheaply and you’ll be able to cut it to size and fit it yourself. Research by MoneySu-perMarket has also shown that by carrying out energy saving changes to your home you could potentially be adding around £25,000 to its value when it comes to re-sale.
If you’re planning on staying in your property for a long time then it can be worth investing in cavity wall insulation. It’s great for keeping heat inside your home and can also help to combat condensation build up. Costs for installa-tion will vary upon the size of the property its being installed into.
Energy efficiency in a property is measured by EPC which stands for energy performance certificate, which is graded from letters A-G with A being the most energy efficient.
According to the latest Halifax House Price Index, the quarter leading to August 2018 saw a greater rise in property values than the previous three-month period when they grew by 3.3 per cent.
This also represents a monthly growth of 0.1 per cent from July this year, and an increase of 1.9 per cent from the preceding quarter of March to May 2018.
Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said: "While the pace of employment growth has recently slowed, a low unemployment rate and a gradual pickup in wage growth are helping to support household finances."
He noted that "historically low" interest rates, as well as a limited supply of new houses coming on to the market, are helping to maintain property prices.
This will come as good news to those who already own a home of their own, as they can watch their house or flat increase in value over time, enabling them to earn a greater profit when they come to sell.
Other ways they could bolster the value of their property is by taking on renovation projects and improving the structure and aesthetics of the house so it is more appealing to prospective buyers in the future.
However, according to Which?, homeowners need to be careful not to overspend on their redecoration plans, which almost a quarter tend to do.
One improvement you should not scrimp on quality though is when hiring double-glazing services in Brighton, so you can be confident you get the best new windows in your property that will keep the cold and noise out and improve your energy efficiency.
This is particularly important if you think you’ll be moving within a few years. Property Reporter recently highlighted a survey by Hitachi Personal Finance, which looked at some of the home renovations that can end up costing you money.
Among the examples was knocking down walls to make larger spaces, and in particular reducing the number of bedrooms your home has.
While this might be a great way to give one bedroom some extra space, you’ll find that a three-bedroom home will always go on the market for less than a four-bedroom home in the same area.
Bola Ranson, founder of commercial property estate agency Ranson, told the news provider that sometimes over-personalisation can hurt your chances of making a quick house sale. He cited the example of a couple who’d decorated their living space in a very gothic style, but then struggled to find a buyer as a result.
If you do want to do some work to improve your property and boost its value, a top tip is to look at how you can get a better Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
Research published recently by BLP insurance found that 78 per cent of Brits would look at the energy efficiency of a property when looking for a new home.
Investing in new windows in Brighton could therefore be a good option to reduce your heating bills this winter and help sell your home in the future.
A survey conducted by Which? found that almost one-quarter of homeowners who carried out renovations had spent more than they initially planned on their projects.
The works most likely to break the bank were double-height extensions, creating open-plan spaces and constructing a single-storey extension. Completing the top five were loft conversions and garage conversions.
All of these projects involve many elements, so it’s easy to see why so many people go over budget. Taking the time to get multiple quotes for the project, as well as checking whether there are cheaper options for any of the elements of your renovation is advisable.
You may want to find glazing services in Brighton yourself, for instance, if you’re building an extension, rather than simply relying on the contractor suggested by your builder.
Whatever home improvement project you’re planning, Which? recommends having an extra ten per cent of the cost set aside to allow for a little overrun in the cost. That means you’ve got some spare cash should you need it for something unforeseen, or if you don’t need it for that you could upgrade some of the fixtures and fittings instead.
Given that almost half of homeowners surveyed recently by Sellhousefast.uk stated that video doorbells and smart home security systems are on their list of things to buy, you could even put any excess cash from your home renovation project towards improving your home security.
But it seems that security is where many households see the greatest value in this technology. Showhouse recently highlighted research conducted by Sellhousefast.uk, which revealed that video doorbells and security systems are the pieces of technology people are most likely to invest in over the next one to two years.
In fact, 47 per cent of those surveyed said that these items were on their list of things to buy and install at their homes. Next on the list was smart lighting, with 45 per cent of respondents stating that they plan to fit this sort of system to their home.
Both of these things can help boost home security. The smart security system has obvious benefits, while the smart lighting system will allow you to control your home’s lights even when you’re not in.
However, smart devices are great but you still need to take care of the physical security of your home to ensure that you deter would-be thieves when you’re not there. Investing in new UPVC doors in East Sussex could be just one thing to do to ensure your property is as difficult as possible to break into.
One security expert has recently offered advice to readers of the Express about how to make sure their homes are protected. He advises investing in security cameras as well as a home alarm system.
Don Aviv told the newspaper that one of the best ways to protect your home is to make friends with your neighbours though. Investing in strong windows, doors and locks is another recommendation, with Mr Aviv stating that you’ll "do a tremendous amount to protect your home" if you spend money on these things.
The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard recently highlighted research carried out by BLP Insurance, which found that 78 per cent of Brits think that environmental credentials are important when choosing a new home.
In fact, energy efficiency was one of the main advantages seen in new-build homes, as opposed to older properties.
The organisation found that energy efficient hot water and central heatings were a top priority for buyers, followed by double glazing and solar panels.
If you have an older property that you’re planning to put on the market you may want to fit new double glazing in East Sussex to help boost its appeal to prospective buyers.
Chief executive officer at BLP Insurance Kim Vernau said that this is a trend that’s likely to grow because more and more people are concerned about environmental issues.
"Initiatives such as the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) will help finance an increase in sustainable homes by incentivising building owners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties," he stated.
Last month, Environmental Protection offered some advice on how to make your home more energy efficient. Among the top tips were investing in curtains or energy-efficient blinds for windows, or even a window film to make the glazing more energy efficient.
But this can be an invitation to thieves, and one police force has been reminding people about basic home security during the heatwave.
The Bury Free Press reported on the advice from Suffolk Police, which shared some top tips on how to keep your home cool without compromising its security.
It’s easy to see why you’d want to have your windows open to let in some air, but one of the top pieces of advice is to use window limiters. This means that they can be open to let a draft in, but can’t be fully opened - and therefore can’t be used to gain access to your home.
The police force pointed out that you should use these even when you’re in your property. Making sure that you close and lock all your windows when you go out is also essential.
Hiding your valuables so that they’re not in view from any of your windows is another top tip, as is keeping your spare keys somewhere secure, not just hidden under the doormat or a plant pot.
Of course, some burglars will go to extreme lengths to access a property if they think it’s worth their while. If your home is damaged during a break in, don’t delay broken window glass repairs in East Sussex.
This comes as the latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics show that burglaries across the UK were up by six per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to a year earlier.
The Independent shared an article written by Sarah Rodgers, a professor of epidemiology at the university, explaining that their research found an improvement in people’s health when their homes were improved to be less damp.
Installing new windows and doors, replacing old central heating systems and fitting loft and wall insulation were all cited as home improvements that can make a difference to people’s health.
The survey started by assessing the health of those aged 60 and over who were living in council houses, some of which had recently had improvements to meet the quality standard, and others that had not.
They recorded a 39 per cent decrease in emergency hospital admissions for cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, in addition to lower rates of admissions for falls and burns, for those who were living in homes that had recently had improvements made.
Ms Rodgers added that although the research only looked at major hospital admissions, "in the long term their reduction is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg in terms of saving the NHS money and resources".
Another good reason to upgrade your windows is to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your energy bills.
Earlier this year, the Welsh government announced that it would be offering applicants for the help-to-buy scheme in the country bigger loans if they purchased an energy-efficient property.
If you’re looking for new glazing in Brighton, contact us to find out what we can offer.
The survey by Independent Network quizzed 2,000 people, with a range of reasons given for any arguments caused by a home renovation project.
The main bone of contention was the amount being spent, although some respondents admitted they’d argued over whether they should even be having the work done at all.
Home improvement projects can cover anything from redecorating to fitting a new bathroom or kitchen. Of course, there is some work that you may need to get done whether you like it or not, such as calling in professionals to replace broken glass in Brighton.
Although it was women who were more likely to suggest a home improvement project, it’s men who are generally expected to source quotes.
70 per cent of the men questioned said they had been left to contact companies and trades people. But it’s worth putting in the effort at this stage, as 53 per cent of those surveyed said that they regretted not getting more quotes and taking a bit longer to shop around.
Having a new bathroom installed was found to be the most popular home improvement project, with fitting new central heating or a boiler, as well as new double glazing, also in the top five.
Last month, research from GoCompare named a new central heating system and new double glazing among the top features that home buyers look for when viewing a property.
The Northern Echo recently offered some advice to DIY newbies after speaking to buying manager and DIY champion at Robert Dyas Andrew Georgiou.
First on the list is to plan everything. That means working out not only what you’re going to do, but what tools and other supplies you need to complete the job.
This is also a useful point to consider whether you’re up to the task - if you think the DIY job you’ve picked looks a bit beyond you at this stage, consider a smaller project or call in some help.
If you’re going to be drilling holes, it’s vital that you use the right kind of drill bit for the task in hand. You’ll need a harder drill bit if you’re going to be putting holes in a wall compared to a wooden door, for instance. If you find that you’re having to press on the drill to make a hole, that probably means you’re not using the right bit.
You don’t need to make everything brand new either - sometimes sprucing up can be just as effective as replacing (and a fraction of the cost). Look into all your options before you rush to buy and fit new fixtures or appliances in your home.
But if you’re ever in doubt - or you know a project involves more than DIY, like attic conversions in Derby - it’s best to call in a professional . According to the news provider, professionals correct an estimated £3.3 million-worth of DIY botched jobs every year.
Recent research by the Federation of Master Builders found that many young people are more confident in their DIY abilities than you may think. In fact, over half have carried out basic DIY tasks such as hanging a picture or painting walls.
According to The Argus, the street is having issues with open drug-dealing and use, as well as homelessness, antisocial behaviour and litter. The area which sits in Kempshott, just before Brighton’s shopping attraction The Lanes, has been described by local traders as "lawless".
New Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney has heard many complaints about the area, especially in terms of a lack of visaible policing on the streets. While she is looking for long-term fixes to the homeless problem in the area, she has said that any aggressive begging or open-drug dealing in the area will be dealt with swiftly.
Lloyd Russell Moyle, MP For Kempshott, has said that a clear strategy with policing is needed: "Community policing in the form of PCSOs who really know the area and are on patrol at crucial times, such as Friday and Saturday nights, would make a big difference," he said. He implores that the area has a dedicated team, rather than a "revolving door" of officers.
The MP recalls the success of campaigns such as Operation Blitz in Peacehaven, which has seen a 30 per cent decrease in crimes over the last 10 months, however he has concerns over simply moving this from one area to another.
Litter, in the meantime, has been blamed on budget cuts for street cleaners, as well as the homelessness problem.
But now the Welsh government has taken the lead by offering help-to-buy applicants a bigger loan if they purchase an energy efficient property.
The logic behind offering bigger mortgages to those with greener homes is that their energy bills will be lower, thereby giving them more disposable income and more money each month to pay back their loan.
Wales minister for housing and regeneration Rebecca Evans explained that the government is hoping lenders will follow their lead with the scheme.
"We know that energy spending can be a major household outgoing, which is why we want to make energy efficiency part of the consideration when people look to buy a home in Wales," she stated.
For homeowners, it could therefore be worth investing in new double glazing in Brighton to make a property easier to sell, not to mention reducing your own energy costs in the meantime. If you this scheme is rolled out more widely, it could also mean you’re able to borrow more should you decide to remortgage your home.
According to research published recently by Sainsbury’s Bank Home Insurance, 14 per cent, or one in seven, of UK adults admitted to having a DIY mishap in the last three years.
The most common problem was causing damage to flooring with tools or other equipment, or spilling paint. Five per cent of those surveyed said that they’d experienced such issues as a result of their DIY efforts.
Other issues cited by homeowners included damaging internal walls and hammering a nail into a pipe which led to flood damage in their property.
Of course, when you’re using power tools or just maneuvering heavy materials, there are a host of things that could go wrong if you have a momentary lapse in concentration or misjudge something.
You may even need to contact experts for help with broken window glass repairs in Brighton if you’re really unlucky.
Although this may be putting you off the idea of carrying out any home improvements, there are a number of very good reasons to make alterations to your abode. The Bristol Post recently highlighted research from Canopies UK, which picked out the projects that can add the greatest value to your home.
Loft conversions and extensions were among the top options, adding an average of 14 per cent to the price of a property, but installing a conservatory also adds an average of 12 per cent.
City AM highlighted the findings of the latest Gocompare Home Insurance home buyer survey, which put double glazing as the second most sought-after feature, after central heating. In fact, 80 per cent of those questioned said that they’d want double glazing in a property they were considering buying.
In at third place was secure doors and windows, which means that replacing any old entry ways with new uPVC doors in East Sussex could be a good move if you’re hoping to sell your home any time in the future. Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of buyers said they’d be looking at the security of a property.
Completing the top five were a garden (69 per cent) and a reliable broadband connection that was good enough to stream TV and movies (59 per cent).
Spokesperson for the firm Ben Wilson commented: "Connectivity and energy efficiency are two massive factors for anyone thinking about a move at the moment, while the number of electrical sockets is now more important than access to local amenities."
If you’re on the other side of the transaction and are a first-time seller, it’s worth bearing in mind what buyers are looking for and doing your best to make sure you offer them the features they’re seeking.
About Manchester recently offered some top tips to anyone who’s selling a property for the first time, suggesting that making small changes like repainting the walls and replacing things like curtains and rugs, can help a home make a better first impression.
About Manchester recently offered some advice for anyone who’s hoping to move up the housing ladder for the first time.
Among the recommendations is to renew your fixtures and fittings. This doesn’t have to be expensive, with the website noting that small touches like replacing old curtains, buying a new rug or two, and putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can all make a bigger difference than you may imagine.
Boosting the kerb appeal of your home is another important thing to do, which means taking an objective look at the outside of your property and working out how you can improve it.
Cleaning your windows and repainting your front door can be easy options, although you may want to consider investing in new glazing in Brighton if yours has seen better days and is in need of replacing.
Sprucing up the exterior with window boxes, especially if you don’t have a garden, can be a great way to introduce some colour to your home too.
Last month Homes and Property recommended scented plants for window boxes, noting that the likes of lavender and garden herbs can work particularly well. Fragrant and colourful spring flowers can also be a good choice at this time of year.
The Guardian reported that a leaked Home Office document reveals that cuts to police services have "likely contributed" to the rise in violent crime rates in the city, as the reduction in the number of police officers on the beat has led to more criminals taking a chance to offend without the authorities close at hand to catch them.
Rising crime rates may be encouraging you to look at the safety of your shop, which is why it is important to have secure glass shop fronts for your East Sussex business, along with all the necessary security measures in place to protect your workers, customers and money.
The leaked document shows that since the year 2012-2013, "weighted crime demand on the police has risen, largely due to growth in recorded sex offences".
Over this timeframe, the number of officers has fallen by five per cent since 2014.
"So resources dedicated to serious violence have come under pressure and charge rates have dropped. This may have encouraged offenders," the report stated.
This revelation follows news Home Secretary Amber Rudd is due to launch a new strategy to tackle violent crime, after it was revealed there have been more than 50 murders in the capital city this year already.
The Home Office has not commented on the leaked document, but shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has said that if true, this information is damaging to the government, which has always claimed its cuts have not had a negative impact on people’s lives.
With a view of the street or the garden, this relatively large space can be transformed into a library where books, lamps and other decorative objects will be installed to give this space the air of a place of relaxation. To customize this area consider placing a tall chair and potted plants or a few fine branches that will emphasize the space with style and elegance. This idea is simple to realise, the good idea lies in the choice of vases, graphics and trend.
Looking to the future, all kinds of exciting developments in decorative objects are made possible through 3D printing as outlined in Interiorzine. Contemporary 3D creations can be formed from sustainable bio-plastic; or from recycled domestic plastic waste. Either way, they show that contemporary decorative items can also be respectful towards the planet.
To develop an ultra-delicate garden in your window, consider ‘aerial’ plants. Randomly aligned, mismatched, in pots of different shapes and colours, suspended in height, plants have several ways to decorate the window. Thus, instead of simply aligning the flower pots on the window sill, a flower pot is placed in front of each tile. The result is an ultra-decorative, structured space that ensures a soft and relaxing atmosphere on a daily basis. This will bring linearity and a touch of greenery to the interior.
If your windowsill is small or narrow, succulents and cacti to green up the area without taking up too much space. These plants are not accompanied by abundant foliage, and will not be damaged by the sun if your window is facing south. Alternatively, consider new ‘Aquatic’ plants as proposed in a recent article by Apartment Therapy. These are a great alternative to traditional potted plants, and can live as underwater gardens in beautiful glass jars and containers.
Windowsill edges are often painted white to provide uniformity. The great tip to boost the whole area is to continue strongly motif wallpaper into the corner of the window. For example, this corner where the tropical motif takes place to accentuate the natural luminosity coming from outside. For a lively and energetic decoration, we think to match the accessories of decoration with this invigorating ground. Greenery, and the botanical trend is set to continue as dominant themes in wallpapers over 2018.
If you are considering a home renovation, and in particular replacing windows and bi-fold doors, contact Channel Glazing today for further information on our 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton for domestic projects.
While it’s good practice to have some savings to cover home maintenance issues, it can be a challenge to build up a pot to cover substantial expenses. Luckily, there are other ways that you can cover such costs.
An article for Money for the Masses recently suggested some of the ways in which you can fund large home improvement projects.
For something like a set of new windows, which is likely to cost a few thousand pounds at least, one option worth considering is a home improvement loan. This is similar to a standard personal loan but is designed to cover the expense of home improvements.
What’s more, the website revealed that there are currently interest rates as low as three per cent APR available on these products. To get the most attractive rates, you typically need to borrow between £5,000 and £25,000, the site notes.
For smaller amounts, a standard personal loan or even a credit card might is another way to go. You need to be careful that you don’t get stung by high interest rates if you do go down this route though. Seeking professional financial advice before taking out any loan is always advisable.
If you’re looking for new windows, it’s worth considering the benefits of uPVC glazing. Not only is this very energy efficient, but these windows are designed to last for around 20 years and all their components can be recycled when they’re replaced.
You can get double glazed windows in a variety of different materials including metal, wood and composite windows, though uPVC is one of the most popular options. You may be wondering why this is?
1. Energy efficient uPVC insulates well and is almost as insulating as a call. This is compared to metal which conducts heat (and the cold) though from the outside into the home, meaning that the energy saving nature of your double glazed windows is negated.
Getting uPVC windows means you will be getting the most energy efficient option for your home.
2. Recyclable Did you know you can recycle uPVC windows? Double glazing should last around 20 years, but when the time is up then you should be able to recycle all parts of the window which reduces its environmental impact.
3. Lots of different styles Due to the versatility of plastics you can get uPVC windows in a wide range of styles to suit your tastes.
4. Rot resistant You may be getting double glazing to replace the wooden sash windows you had in your home before. As you will know these can rot and creating increase draughts in your home. This will not happen with uPVC.
5. Low maintenance uPVC windows are incredibly easy to clean and don’t require any specific cleaning products. They have a smooth surface which makes them very easy to clean.
This is according to the Halifax Affordability Review, which found households spent 29 per cent of their disposable income on their mortgage during the fourth quarter last year. This is less than the 48 per cent they had to shell out on their property repayments in the third quarter of 2007.
Andy Bickers, mortgage director at Halifax, said this news is a "real boost" for property buyers and owners alike.
"Improved mortgage affordability has been a key factor supporting housing demand and helping to stimulate the modest recovery that we are currently seeing," he stated.
Mr Bickers stated that lower mortgage payments will provide households with "more choice and opportunity".
The most affordable area of the UK is Copeland in Cumbria, as mortgage costs here are only 15 per cent of average earnings. Comparatively, the least affordable locations to live are Brent and Haringey, with house loans accounting for 61 per cent of disposable income.
Homeowners – particularly those living in the north of England where the ten most affordable areas for mortgage payments were found – could use their spare cash to make improvements on their property.
One thing that is well worth doing, whether you live in Manchester or East Sussex, is double-glazing. This will not only reduce your heating bills and fuel consumption but can also boost the value of your property in the long run
If you are choosing double glazed windows then you may be confused by the rating system which is used to describe the effectiveness of the double glazing. Up to 40 per cent of people who buy double glazing do so for this reason, so it is important to get a good idea of how much it will help.
The Window Energy Rating System has been developed to explain how much energy they retain. This is based on thermal transmittance, solar factor and air leakage. The scale runs from A through to G, though it is a basic building regulation that all new windows fulfil grade C.
To give you a rough idea of the difference that they will make to you bills, Which? has come up with the following comparison: "If you were to replace all of the single-glazed windows in a three-bedroom, semi-detached house, the Energy Saving Trust says that you'd save between £75 and £100 per year with B-rated glass and £85-£110 per year with A-rated glass."
The cost of going up a grade can cost as much as 15 per cent, so it is important to consider what you can save from getting double glazing. Of course, different homes have different needs so do get in touch with us to find out what we can do for you.
However, this might not be the best way to heat your home while saving energy, with Good Housekeeping recently highlighting some energy-saving tips that not only work, but that will result in you having a warmer home too.
One thing to be aware of is the natural draughts in your home - in fact, the publication states that there’s nothing wrong with having a few draughts in your home as they can be useful for ventilation. However, you need to ensure that these are blocked up when it’s cold.
Chimneys, external doors and even your letter box are all places that you should look at to ensure you don’t have anywhere that cold air can get - and hot air can get out.
Of course, if there’s any damage to any of your windows, you should make sure you arrange for broken window glass repairs in Brighton as soon as possible.
Another way to save on your heating bill is to keep your curtains open during the day to allow sunlight to warm a room. This can have more of an effect than you might think at this time of year, according to the newspaper.
Just make sure you always close your curtains at night to prevent heat from escaping once the temperature outside drops.
Last month, the Sun highlighted some of the misconceptions surrounding home heating, including the idea that if you leave your heating on at a low level all day you’ll save money. According to the newspaper, you’ll cut your spending on heating bills if you only have it on when you’re actually at home and need it.
The organisation has a special £39 million fund, which will be used in a number of ways to make sure that the country’s busiest roads don’t impact too negatively on those who live closest to them.
Among the measures that Highways England will be paying for are new double glazing for those living in close proximity to some of the noisiest stretches of motorway and A-road in the nation. The owners of 3,000 properties will be contacted in the coming months to advise them that they’re eligible for these home improvements.
Principal noise advisor at Highways England Ian Holmes commented: "Motorways are vital for connecting the country and supporting the economy but, at a local level, noise from the vehicles using them can affect people’s health and wellbeing."
A couple in Cheshire, who live near the M56, have been the first to benefit from the scheme. In addition to supplying new double glazing, which also covers bi-fold and patio doors, Highways England will also be using the funding to pay for noise barriers and low-noise road surfaces.
The Guardian recently highlighted the fact that several pieces of research have found a link between cardiovascular disease and noise pollution - and offered some advice on how best to reduce its impact.
Among the recommendations is to purchase double glazed windows, as well as to consider installing noise-reducing layers in walls or under carpets.
You may also want to consider moving your bedroom to the back of the house - away from the source of the noise - to ensure it doesn’t disturb your sleep.
If you’re in need of broken glass repairs in East Sussex, contact us today.
The newspaper spoke to the Energy Saving Trust about some common myths relating to heating your home and whether they can make a difference.
One piece of advice that’s often handed out is to leave your heating on at a low level all day, but the organisation points out that you will save energy as well as money if you only have your heating on when you need it.
Make use of the timer on your thermostat to ensure your heating comes on shortly before you’re due to get home from work, for example, so that you come home to a warm house without having wasted energy and money heating it all day.
Another myth the newspaper banished is that using an electric heater for a few hours each day is cheaper than using central heating. This is not the case, as electric heaters are one of the most expensive ways to heat your home.
Next up was wrapping windows in clingfilm to help cut heating bills. While the Sun states that this works in theory, it adds: "Blocking any gaps around your windows will stop drafts, but you will not see much, if any, saving."
A far better approach is to invest in new double glazing for your property in Brighton, as this will deliver energy efficiency savings.
Comparethemarket.com recently suggested that this could be of particular benefit to older people, as new double glazing will substantially reduce their heating bills.
Cold winds from Northern Europe and Canada have seen temperatures across the UK plummet in the last few days, with many parts of the country expecting snow, hail and sleet, according to the Met Office.
Chief forecaster Frank Saunders predicted temperatures could drop to as low as -11C, adding: "There are a number of national severe weather warnings in place."
This is particularly bad news for old people who already face difficulties with their steep bills, head of energy at comparethemarket.com Peter Earl commented.
He stated that more than one in ten old people cannot afford an increase in their fuel bills, especially as fees have risen by 14 per cent since last year already.
"Their decision to limit their energy use comes despite the fact that a staggering 88 per cent believe that the cost of energy presents a real health threat to older people living in the UK," Mr Earl said.
Those worried about their increasing energy bills could instead invest in double glazing in East Sussex, which provides extra insulation and prevents heat from escaping through the windows . This will lower energy bills, as less heat is wasted.
People over the age of 65 face higher bills as well, as research from Comparethemarket.com found nearly a fifth of this age group are on standard variable rate tariffs, which are more expensive than other packages.
This amounts to two million people over 65 in the UK who are paying too much for their heating, or risking their health during cold snaps like this one by trying to keep costs down.
According to the Office For National Statistics, there has been a year-on-year downward trend in burglaries, with just 650,000 reported in 2017, however Guildford still receives above average burglaries.
MoneySupermarket, BT Home reports, looked at millions of home insurance quotes over the past two years and found the postal district GU3 in Guildford to be the most prone to burglaries, with 52.3 claims per 1,000 quotes.
Cambridge came in second, with 51.43 claims per 1,000 quotes, while districts in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham took third, fourth and fifth on the list.
If burglary concerns you, it might be wise to explore where you can get safety glass supplied and fitted in Brighton for peace of mind.
"This year’s claims analysis suggests burglaries fall into two main categories: crimes committed in wealthy suburbs, where thieves expect rich pickings and a degree of seclusion, and busy urban areas, where strangers attract little attention and burglars hope to make speedy getaways," said Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySupermarket.
Sussex Police figures recently revealed that over 3,000 theft crimes were reported in Brighton between June 2016 and May 2017.
Antisocial behaviour remains the highest sort of crime for the East Sussex city, with a total of 9,490 crimes of this nature reported, representing 29 per cent of total crime reported in the region, while there were 2,562 cases of criminal damage and arson reported.
Theft is the third most common crime in Brighton, according to figures from Sussex Police.
Over 3,000 crimes of this type were reported between June 2016 and May 2017, which makes up 10 per cent of the total crimes committed in the area.
After that criminal damage and arson is the fourth most common crime in Brighton with 2,562 crimes reported, making up eight per cent of total crime.
Antisocial behaviour, however makes up the highest number of crimes with a total of 9,490 crimes reported for that period, representing 29 per cent of total crime.
Much of the crime seems to be in the touristy areas, unsurprising as in 2015/6 it received over 7.5 million day visitors and 4.9 million overnight visitors.
Regency and St John’s and North Laine top the charts as the wards with the most crimes recorded in them, and both are in the city centre. The safest area of Brighton is North Portslade.
Despite these incidences, Brighton’s crime rate is about average for a small town. Crime fell significantly for 10 years until 2013, but has since then been rising, or at least ‘fluctuating’ according to Brighton police. This follows a national trend that saw crime rates slashed, only for them to start rising again in cities and towns a couple of years ago.
According to the Argus, there were 1,382 violent crimes reported in January 2013… but in November 2017, the number of reports reached 3,039.
Chairman of the Police Federation Matt Webbs explained that police cutbacks are a big factor in this increase. The organisation told home secretary Theresa May around four years ago that such cuts would push crime up but she dismissed these concerns as scaremongering.
"Significant cuts to budgets have been seen across the public sector, including the police service. Sussex Police has seen more than 20 per cent cut from its central government funding stream, meaning we have already reduced expenditure by £76 million and still have further cuts to make," Mr Webbs observed.
Given this, it would certainly be a good idea to prioritise security at work and at home if you do live in Sussex. These days, there is an awful lot of technology at our disposal to help with this, from outdoor security lights and siren padlocks to smart security systems, dummy cameras, barking dog alarms and more.
Have a look around to see if there are any improvements you could make at your place of business to really make it more secure. The more measures you have in place, the less likely it is you’ll be targeted.
For emergency shop front glazing in East Sussex, get in touch with us today.
Across Surrey, Police have been setting ‘Home Alone’ style traps for burglars this Christmas, kitting out trap houses with hidden surveillance cameras and filling them with devices which have trackers in them.
Their message? "If you target one of these houses you could end up with more than you’ve bargained for."
The scheme works twofold - one by removing burglars from the streets by capturing the act in a controlled environment, and two by acting as a deterrent to local burglars who might fear stumbling into a trap house.
Burglary offences across the county have spiked in recent months, so the police are employing both covert and overt operations to ensure offenders are caught.
Detective Superintendent Pete Fulton said: "We are not prepared to tolerate this type of offending and over the next few months we will be using a range of tactics to not only prevent burglary happening in the first place but also to catch those responsible and lock them up."
He also says homeowners have a part to play in ensuring their property is not appealing to burglars by taking a series of simple steps, which you can read in the Herald report.
The Stroud News and Journal recently shared advice issued by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) on how to keep your property safe in December and at the start of the new year.
Firstly, you need to carefully consider how you’re powering any external Christmas lights - and avoid the temptation to run a wire through a partially open window. According to the organisation, 26 per cent of burglaries occur through unlocked or open windows.
Taking care about what you post on social media is also advised, with the MLA recommending that you don’t share your whereabouts on sites like Facebook or Instagram, as you could be telling potential thieves exactly when you won’t be home.
Regularly reviewing your home security is also advised, so it might be a good time to look into fitting new UPVC doors in Brighton if yours have seen better days.
As well as looking at the doors and windows themselves, it can also be sensible to get an MLA approved locksmith to visit your home and test all the window and door locks to ensure they’re working as they should.
Last month, a number of home security experts offered advice to readers of the Express. This included reversing your car into your driveway when you’re returning with Christmas shopping to ensure you can unload it without people seeing what you’ve bought; and making sure you don’t leave presents under the tree where they could be visible from outside your property.
The top improvements include the likes of fitting stair lifts, adding a downstairs bathroom and making their gardens more manageable.
However, nearly one in five of those questioned told the company that they are considering investing in new double or even triple glazing, with a similar number looking to upgrade their central heating system.
The firm’s research found that, on average, people in this age group are spending £10,400 making improvements to their properties. And while 29 per cent of those aged 55 to 64 have already made changes, there is a further 39 per cent in this age group who are planning to do so but have yet to start.
Dean Mirfin, chief product officer for Key Retirement, stressed the need to plan ahead because of the costs involved, but acknowledged that "circumstances change rapidly and you may need to take action quickly, which can be difficult".
Contacting glazing services in Brighton could therefore be on your list of things to do in the new year if your windows need some attention.
Aside from making your home more secure, new double glazing can also make a property much more energy efficient. Research published earlier this year by Direct Line found that Brits collectively waste £2.2 billion on heating bills by warming their home while they’re out.
If you have home and contents insurance, you may think you’ll be covered for these items if they’re stolen, but one company has urged homeowners to check the details of their policy.
Your Mortgage reported on the advice from Buzzmove, which pointed out that while some insurers increase contents cover by ten per cent during the festive season, this isn’t always the case.
Becky Downing, founder and CEO of the company, told the news provider that it isn’t just about presents either, with many families using this time of year as a good excuse to buy new furniture or pieces of technology.
Making sure that all of your possessions are covered in the event of not only a burglary, but also a fire or flooding, is essential. That may mean contacting your insurer to increase the value of your cover.
Of course, all homeowners should be doing all they can to protect against burglary in the winter, when the longer hours of darkness can provide cover for thieves. Value Penguin recently offered some advice to homeowners on how to make their properties more secure.
The organisation stressed the importance of locking all doors and windows every time you leave your home, as well as keeping gifts out of sight, closing curtains and blinds in the evenings and when you’re not in, and leaving lights on when you go out to make it look like someone’s home.
If the worst does happen and you need 24 hour glazing and boarding up services in Brighton, contact us when you need assistance.
Facilities Management World highlighted the forthcoming change in law, which has been introduced in the UK to help cut carbon emissions.
The publication noted that 12 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from non-domestic buildings.
Managing director of Inprova Energy Michael Dent told the news provider that this might be more of a challenge than you might think.
"It’s estimated that up to 20 per cent of all commercial buildings in England and Wales could have the least efficient F or G EPC ratings and that 19 per cent have an E rating," he revealed.
Given the money and time required to implement energy efficiency measures, it could be sensible to check your building sooner rather than later, so you can start planning to install new shop fronts in Brighton, or make other changes to improve the energy efficiency of your property.
Mr Dent pointed out that landlords will still be able to market their building for rent after April next year, but that they will need to agree a raft of energy efficiency improvements with the tenant before they sign a lease.
According to the Carbon Trust there are a number of areas retailers should target to improve their energy efficiency. These include lighting, which accounts for 25 per cent of an organisation’s energy usage on average, and refrigeration, which can be as much as 50 per cent of energy costs at some companies.
However, it pays to think about home security at this time of the year, as opportunistic thieves know that there is likely to be a stash of goodies for them to grab if they break into homes in the run up to Christmas.
The Express noted that there are a number of factors that can make homes a target at this time of the year, not least of all the darker evenings and mornings making it easier for burglars to gain access to properties unobserved.
If you’re planning a break at this time of the year, it definitely pays to do some forward planning when it comes to home security to ensure you don’t come home to any nasty surprises, the newspaper points out.
Will Butler, from ERA Home Security, told the publication that people can often do things that compromise their home security. Among them is running leads to external Christmas lights out through open windows.
"This creates an easy way for burglars to enter the home," he explained. You should also think about how to give the impression that someone is home, even if you’re not, in the evenings. Using lamps on timers is one simple solution.
Given that crime rates were reported to be on the rise in England and Wales last month, it pays to think about these things sooner rather than later.
If the worst does happen though, make sure you know who to call for broken glass window repairs in East Sussex, so that you can make your home secure again quickly and with the minimum fuss.
Yahoo News reported on the weather phenomenon this week as temperatures plunged to as low as -6 degrees Celsius on the morning after the coldest night of the autumn thus far - and more freezing temperatures are in-bound.
Luckily for motorists, there is no sign of snow just yet but the chilly air will still be forcing many of us to tamper with the central heating knobs in our offices and homes - but a well-sealed window is essential if we are to feel the benefit.
Forecaster for the Met Office Luke Miall was quoted by the news outlet as saying: "Today is dry and bright in the south-east of the UK, skies are clouding over the west, rain and stronger winds are pushing into the north-west, particularly for Scotland and Northern Ireland."
Meaning 'little girl' in Spanish, La Niña is a weather event that occurs when the surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean drop to below-average levels.
According to Accuweather, the cooling of this area of water has a global impact, resulting in very cold winters in the UK.
La Niña tends to follow El Niño, or 'little boy' in Spanish, which results in hotter-than-average temperatures and results in unusual weather events around the world
Draughty single glazing and rotting frames can be a recipe for a very uncomfortable winter, so be sure to get in touch with Channel Glazing , who will advise you on how best to renew your windows for a cosy, draught-free home or office.
An eight per cent rise was seen in the murder rate, with big increases also seen for violent offences such as knife crime, violence against a person and sexual offences. However, a nine per cent drop in overall crime was seen, the Guardian reports.
The ONS’s John Flatley was quoted by the news source as saying: "Today’s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime. While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime, particularly in some of the low-incidence but more harmful categories."
Earlier this year, further ONS data showed that there was also a rise in burglary rates in England and wales for the period between April 2016 and March this year. Apparently, the total number of such crimes reported to police was up ten per cent during this timeframe.
As such, you’d certainly be wise to take a look at your security measures and beef them up if required. And, if the worst does happen, make sure you know who to call for broken window class repairs in east Sussex. Channel Glazing can help make your premises more secure immediately after an incident has taken place.
The Milton Keynes Citizen reported on the warning, which refers to a specific type of pane of glass sold between 1997 and 2003. These particular windows have been found to spontaneously break, and this could result in glass fragments falling.
If this does happen and you need help with broken glass in Brighton, it is advisable to call in a professional glazer to assess your window and help you board it up until you can install a replacement.
Velux has asked any customers who have experienced one of its windows breaking, or who are concerned about their windows, to get in touch with them and provide them with details about the age and size of the window concerned.
The company has explained that cold weather could be a contributing factor to the panes breaking, and as such are advising people not to open their windows if it is particularly cold outside.
Even if your Velux window isn’t one of the ones affected by this defect, you may still want to consider replacing it with more modern glazing if it’s quite old.
An article for Heating, Ventilating and Plumbing Magazine recently suggested that upgrading to double or even triple glazing could save households a considerable amount of energy over the winter. If you have rooflights in your home, you should check their U-value before deciding whether or not to replace them.
The general rule of thumb is that the lower the U value, the better insulated the windows are.
New research from Direct Line Home Insurance has just revealed that more than £2.2 billion is wasted each year on heating our homes when it’s not needed. Some 18 per cent of people even admitted to warming their properties unnecessarily for ten hours or more each week!
Have a think – do you leave the heating on when you’re not at home and won’t be coming back for a while? More than half of us (51 per cent) admit that they do this… which certainly does seem a little wasteful and expensive to us.
Head of connected homes at Direct Line Jenny Trueman commented on the findings, saying: "Wasted energy doesn’t just cause financial strain but also has an environmental impact, so we all have a responsibility to make sure that we use resources responsibly. We encourage householders to consider the home technologies available to manage their homes more efficiently."
Smart thermostats can be a great investment, especially if you’re worried about how much energy you’re using and potentially wasting. The Nest Learning Thermostat, for example, allows you to set up an automatic schedule and it’ll then programme itself based on your habits. You can control the hot water tank separately and you can integrate it with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, while also operating it remotely using a smartphone app.
Looking for glazing services in Brighton? Give us a call today.
One of the best ways of reducing your energy bills and your carbon footprint is with East Sussex double glazing. According to the Energy Saving Trust, energy-efficient glazing could save you £110 a year if you have a detached house and install double glazing throughout.
The Citizens Advice study found that in the last year all six of the biggest energy companies hiked the prices of their standard variable tariffs . And it’s often disabled people and poorer pensioners, as well as families on low incomes, who are the worst hit by these price hikes, spending 11.1 per cent of their income on gas and electricity, compared to 5.2 per cent among other households.
Director of energy with the organisation Victoria MacGregor said: "Gas and electricity bills have skyrocketed for loyal customers over the last year. One large energy supplier after another has hiked up the prices of already expensive default tariffs - putting huge additional pressure on people who are struggling to meet everyday costs."
These days, energy-efficient windows come in all sorts of different styles and frame materials so you’re sure to find one set that suits all your needs at home. The most efficient type for double glazing is Low-E glass, which often comes with a coating of metal oxide that lets both heat and light in, but cuts the amount of heat that is lost through the glass.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety has been a growing concern nationwide. Fire-resistant glass is a type of laminated safety glass that provides protection from heat, smoke and fire, as well as affording enhanced building security.
Safety glass is particularly popular in commercial setups, providing protection for buildings, contents, workers and customers. When broken, safety glass does not shatter, ensuring a lower risk of injury and enhanced property security when compared with traditional types of glass. Last month, a specialist company claimed that the type of glass chosen for shop fronts is an important consideration, impacting on the security of a building in the event that a window is broken.
Glass manufacturer Tufwell Glass told GlassonWeb that there are a number of projects that always require laminated glass - one of which is fitting shop windows or external glass doors.
According to the company, glass that sits either fully or partially below an 800mm threshold - or below 1500mm in or around doorways - should be of the safety varieties. In properties that tend to be unoccupied overnight, such as shops or offices, laminated glass is also a good option for any external windows or doors with glass below the specified thresholds.
Opting for laminated glass in these areas will help ensure that should a window be broken, the glass will remain in the glazing system and the building will still be secure until the glass is replaced.
For safety glass supplied and fitted in Brighton and East Sussex, get in touch with Channel Glazing today
Together Mutual Insurance carried out the research, and found that as well as a large proportion of British homes being uninsured, many of those with buildings insurance believe their contents are also covered, which is incorrect.
In fact, 51 per cent of those questioned incorrectly believe that their household contents are covered by buildings insurance, Property Reporternoted.
Whether you are the victim of a burglary or your home is damaged by flooding or another extreme weather event, you could find that you are left out of pocket if you need to replace valuables and other items from your home if they are stolen or left unusable.
Jon Craven, CEO at the insurer, commented: "There seems to be confusion around different types of home insurance and as a result, thousands of pounds worth of goods are sitting in British homes unprotected."
While contents insurance will protect your possessions, your buildings insurance is what pays out in the event of damage to your actual property. This could include paying to replace broken glass in East Sussex, or repairing a roof after it’s damaged in a storm.
Given that figures published in July showed that burglaries are increasing around the UK, it is sensible to review your insurance products and to make sure that you’re covered for every eventuality, as well as ensuring you’re protecting both your house and what you keep in it.
Thousands of homes were left without electricity, with many more having their morning commutes disrupted when Storm Aileen hit the UK on September 12th.
The Met Office reported that winds of between 55 and 65 mph swept the country with England and Wales bearing the brunt of the weather event.
The very apex of the storm was felt by those living at The Needles on the Isle of Wight, which recorded blasting winds of 83 mph while Mumbles in Wales recorded top speeds of 74 mph.
In the north-west, 1,067 homes lost power overnight, while 250 homes in Buxton, Leigh and Macclesfield were without electricity into the next day.
Speaking to the Express, Met Office Forecaster Oli Claydon said: "[The weekend]... will then become wet and windy as a couple of low pressure systems move across the country. Winds will pick up on Saturday morning and on Sunday the whole of the country will turn windy with gusts of more than 50 knots (57mph) possible across Wales and the southwest.
"It is a generally wet and windy picture into the start of next week."
If the worst should happen and storm debris damages your shop front, the team at Channel Glazing will be able to help.
However, Towergate Insurance has recently put together a handy online tool that allows you to get a rough idea of the return on your investment in your property.
The Telegraph highlighted the tool, which allows you to put in the current value of your property, as well as select a rough budget for your home improvement project. It will then show you a range of options that fall into this cost bracket, giving an average cost of the work, as well as an estimate on how much value you could add to your home.
For example, if your current home is worth £215,000 and you have a budget of up to £15,000 for renovation work, the top option is to invest in energy-saving measures. According to the insurer, this includes things like double glazing and cavity insulation to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
The estimated renovation cost is £10,720, but this kind of work could add £30,100 to the value of your property - a 14 per cent increase.
Another option is to add a conservatory, which costs an average of £7,000 but will add approximately five per cent to the value of your home.
Improving your home security may also be a priority - and one that new bi fold doors in Brighton could help with - given that the BBC recently reported on figures showing that burglaries are on the up in the UK.
Carried out by Direct Line, the study found that the number of reports of cats being stolen has risen by 40 per cent since 2014, with the most attractive breeds to burglars emerging as the Bengal and domestic shorthair.
However, it would seem that not everyone knows they’re able to report cat thefts to the police. And part of the problem certainly seems to be that because cats are free-roaming animals it can be hard to tell if they’ve just gone missing or if they have indeed been pinched.
Head of pet insurance with Direct Line Prit Powar commented: "If an owner believes their cat is missing, they should first check the immediate vicinity such as in neighbouring gardens or garages as well as asking local people if they have seen it. If their cat is still missing, owners should contact their local animal warden."
Last year, charity Cats Protection issued a call for the government to make it a legal requirement for cat owners to have their pets microchipped in the same way that it is now compulsory for dogs. Vets charity PDSA figures show that around two in every five cats aren’t microchipped – which makes it very hard to relocate a lost pet.
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Similarly, a loft conversion that creates a new room can add extra value to a property, providing up to a 70 per cent return on investment. A loft conversion usually costs in the region of £17,000, or slightly more if dormer windows are added, but can provide a value uplift of £30,000 on the sale value.
Painting and decorating
A lick of paint could be all it takes to add substantial value to your property. Painting and decorating is a popular way to renovate properties and also one of the most cost-effective, in addition to providing a return on investment of up to 62 per cent.
New doors and windows
According to the latest Home Improvement Index from Zopa, replacing old doors and windows can add significant value to a property. Replacing old wooden doors with composite versions and investing in double glazing can make a property more secure, attractive and provide a 23 per cent return on investment.
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Research from Lloyds Bank Home Insurance has found that there was a 31 per cent hike in the value of claims for this kind of burglary between summer and winter last year, with a lot of these thefts actually taking place while people were in.
Tim Downes, senior claims manager with the company, said: "While summer is all about enjoying the warm weather and longer days, people should still remain alert when it comes to their homes.
"If homeowners aren’t careful, burglars can easily reach in through open windows and doors for small items such as jewellery, smartphones, and car keys. Taking a few simple steps will take the sting out of summer meaning sun-worshippers can enjoy soaking up the rays."
When at home, make sure you shut the windows if you’re leaving a room and there’s no one else there to keep an eye on it. And you should always go around the house and check that windows and doors are shut and locked when going out if the property is going to be empty.
And you should also treat your garden in the same way as you would your house, putting any expensive or valuable items away at the end of the day. It’s easy to neglect your outside areas but doing so could mean you have to make an insurance claim in the future.
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The BBC revealed that the total number of crimes reported to police climbed by ten per cent in that period, pointing out that burglary, theft and violent offences all appear to be on the rise.
According to the news provider, this is the first "sustained and genuine increase in crime since police overhauled their recording practices 15 years ago".
It’s never a bad idea to think about your home security and whether there’s anything you can do to improve it.
In fact, home security is something that a lot of us worry about, according to a survey conducted by Bosch UK last month. Reporting on the findings, the Mirror noted that the average person returns home to check their front door is correctly locked at least once a week.
The survey also found that one-fifth of Brits forget to close their windows when they go out, with the same number also forgetting to turn off the lights.
In addition, two-thirds of holidaymakers worry about the security of their home while they’re away, with 13 per cent admitting that they’ve cut a break short because they are too preoccupied thinking about whether their home is safe.
Making sure you have high quality composite doors in Brighton, with good quality locks, could go someway towards easing your worries about how safe your home is when you’re not there.
Luckily for homeowners, there are a few things you can do to reduce the expense associated with carrying out changes to your home - many of which are quite simple. Which? recently offered some advice to people about how to carry out some of the most common home improvement projects and stay on budget.
When it comes to renovating rooms like the bathroom or kitchen, which were found to be the most popular home improvement projects in the last five years in a survey from GoCompare Home Insurance, the organisation revealed the best way to save money is to find your own fitter rather than going with the one suggested by the bathroom brand you’re buying from.
Another top tip is to source your own components online, rather than buying everything through a single retailer.
The GoCompare research found that fitting new double glazing was the fifth most popular home improvement project among Brits. Which? suggested that sticking with simple window frames and finishes could save you a considerable amount.
UPVC framed windows are cheaper than wood framed glazing, with the organisation pointing out that you can now buy wood-effect UPVC if you really want that look.
Meanwhile, research published recently by MoneySuperMarket found that home improvement loans peak at the age of 39, which indicates families would rather improve than move.
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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.
Home alarm system
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.