Author Archives: Chris Marston

Rural fuel choices

If you are fortunate enough to live out in the countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet that village life can bring but are overburdened with ever increasing fuel bills because your community does not have natural gas then there are now real energy choices available. If your only energy source of fuel is electricity…

Improving energy efficiency via the Green Deal

The Green Deal Many people are still blissfully unaware of the government’s initiative to improve the level of energy efficiency in our homes. This program, which is designed to improve the housing stock in this country, is the largest scheme since the war. Green Deal Regulations The Green Deal regulations went through parliament last week….

Property extensions – adding value to your property?

Extending your property? One of the frequent reasons given for wanting to achieve a higher sale price than a similar neighbouring  property is an extension or significant upgrade. Usually the vendor expects not only to recoup the cost of the development but a mark-up as well. In reality it’s a bit like buying a ten…

Quick online property sale

Sometimes I get to hear of a property that just won’t sell. I then wonder what the vendor must be thinking and how they must be feeling. Some vendors are quite relaxed about the fact they haven’t sold their house even after two years or more. Others I’ve spoken to can’t even remember the sale…

Clear the clutter to make an impression

You may have recently seen Phil Spencer’s new series Secret Agent about successfully marketing your house. In which case you will have been surprised at the way some people present their homes to prospective purchasers and the vendors then appear surprised when the visit isn’t followed up and their home appears unsold for a long…

What makes your dream home?

We all have a secret desire to own that dream house, the house that is not just £50,000 more than our budget allows, but is possibly a few million pounds or much more than we could ever afford. This is what makes it a dream. Do you and your partner agree on what makes a…

Flood warning – save water

If you are fortunate enough to be living in the North West, and certainly those of us living in Rossendale, Lancashire are, then you will know only too well that this winter has tended to follow the pattern of recent years with lots of rain.  Indeed it can make you feel quite appreciative when you…

The Real Green Deal

The Green Deal The Green Deal is the government’s principal driver behind its claim to be the greenest government ever.  The Green Deal aims to revolutionise the way we insulate our homes and improve the energy efficiency of our properties.  This is a new approach, designed to impact on the majority of homes. At a…

Is your property insulated?

Property insulation Insulated the loft? So what next? This can be really difficult for some house holders, especially if you have solid brick or stone walls. Most homes have cavity walls so the answer is simple – insulate the cavity. But if your home has solid walls the answer can be more complex and therefore more…

Insulation, Insulation, Insulation

Can you remember back to 1997 when Tony Blair became Prime Minister? He had Education, Education, Education as his mantra. As the initial changes to the EPBD regulations begin to impact on us all prior to the full implementation of the Green Deal in October our mantra as householders and consumers should be insulation, insulation,…