Feed in Tariff, still a good investment?

Feed in Tariff As we all know by now the government has decided to go ahead and reduce the feed in tariff (FIT) for photovoltaic cells. The original rate was  43.2  pence per kilowatt hour (KwH) generated.  The new rate from April 1st is being reduced to 21p per KwH. generated. So is it best…

How would you spend £2000?

If you were going to spend £2000 on your house what would you choose to do?  Would you spend it all on a big project or a number of smaller jobs around the house? Would you spend it on external work or on giving a room that wow factor? Most people spend money on the…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 8

The sun is shining again, the nights are starting to draw out. Climbers that cling on to the fences are putting out shoots. So now is the time for action on two fronts. Firstly, now is a good time to prune back any dead wood from last year’s growth. Secondly, carry out a basic survey…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 7

Now that the weather is improving and it’s beginning to feel like spring might really be round the corner, it’s time to get outside and assess all the external timber on and around your property. Many properties, especially in and around Rossendale, have replaced their timber framed windows with modern PVCu, and no longer need…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 6

It’s easy to forget about your chimney stack, especially if you don’t have an open fire or stove. However, in most cases, the chimney stack is as old as the property and, like the external walls, needs regular maintenance. On the next nice day why not go outside and take a look at the condition…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – Part 5

As of April 2012, Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) will need to collect data on the effectiveness of the property’s draught proofing when carrying out an energy inspection for the creation of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This is because the effectiveness of your external door and window seals make a significant difference to the amount…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 4

No-one said that maintaining your property would be easy. Or pleasant. But if you want to avoid those nasty surprises turning up unexpectedly, then it is essential. The drainage chambers that lie on your property should be inspected periodically.  It is easy to ignore them until you start having problems but by then you have…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 3

How long is it since you went into the roof space of your property? And not just to stick the Christmas decorations back up there but to have  a proper look at the roof structure.  Hopefully the worst of the winter is now behind us and it’s now a good time to check all is…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 2

Whilst the weather is still cold, it may be wise to focus on some of your indoor jobs that you’ve been putting off. Many of the insurance claims we attend are for escapes of water which have resulted in damage to the ceiling of the room below.  Further inspection often reveals that this “escape of…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition

All properties need maintenance. It’s a fact. But some jobs are bigger than others. Spring is only just around the corner so start with some of the little jobs now in preparation for those hard to face bigger jobs. It only needs a bracket replacing A trip to your local DIY store for a replacement…