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  • Turning From A Sole Trader To A Limited Company

    Most entrepreneurial businesses will start out as sole traders. A sole trader cannot separate themselves from their business in terms of legalities or financial matters. For these reasons, and the fact that turning a sole trader business into a limited company can have tax advantages, at a certain stage in the development of your business you may wish to consider making this change. This is a quick guide as to when it may be best to make such a change, and the pros and cons of a limited company as opposed to a sole trader business. Continue reading

  • Is Laminate Flooring Waterproof?

    Laminate flooring is a great alternative to wooden floors and works well in any room. Cheaper than real hardwood, it's simple to install and it's durable. Not only that, the variety of colours and finishes to choose from means it's an affordable and versatile flooring option that will make your room look fashionable and elegant. Continue reading

  • How To Stop Your Home From Flooding

    In Christmas 2015, some of the worst floods on record plunged the North of England in to utter chaos, damaging homes, cars, business property and flood defences. Continue reading

  • Top 10 Flood Defence Products

    Sadly, its become common knowledge that floods can cause major damage to homes across the country. Especially in light of the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

    Year after year, thousands of individuals lives are turned upside down when torrential rain ruins household goods, electricals and décor.   Continue reading

  • How To Keep Yourself Safe From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Have you got a faulty gas appliance? If so, you may be at severe risk without knowing it.

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most lethal causes of accidental poisoning across the UK and hundreds die every year as a result, so this type of gas exposure should not be taken lightly. Continue reading

  • How To Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger

    It’s time to make a big splash in your petite bathroom and we are going to show you exactly how!

    Small bathrooms are a great way to test your design skills as trying to make everything fit in the space available is like doing a giant crossword puzzle! Common challenges when designing a small bathroom are; configuring the toilet and sink, allowing enough clearance for a shower and, most frustratingly, where to put the towel rails and toilet roll holder.

    We’ve put together some great tips to help you make the most of your small bathroom; from niche storage solutions to clever colour schemes we’ve got it sorted.

    Cabinet sink vanities visually weigh down small spaces, we recommend keeping things light and airy without having to compromise on the all important storage. This unit boasts small drawers that are perfect for housing toiletries and cosmetics, whilst the undersink area provides plentiful storage options – we particularly like the idea of using baskets as these provide different textures and interest.

  • Make Sure That You Add Value With Your Home Improvements

    If you're looking to carry out improvements on your property, then it's nice to think that you're also adding value. Even if you're not thinking about moving straight away, you'll know that you're improving the opportunities when you do want to sell. Continue reading

  • 9 Ways to protect and fight against DAMP!

    Damp is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many home owners. Damp can damage your home and also lead to health problems for its inhabitants. But it isn’t a single problem; dampness can arise from many sources, and it’s important to understand the different types if you want to protect your home effectively. Here are some tips to help.

    1. Spotting it early. Damp can do a lot of damage, and if you can spot it early you can get it fixed before it goes too far. Signs to look for are mould growth on internal walls and ceilings, salts or watermarks towards the bottom of walls and moss on external walls.

    2. Rising damp. This is the one that people worry about most, but it’s actually the rarest form of damp. It’s usually found in older houses where there is no damp-proof course or in newer properties where the DPC is not performing effectively.

    3. Penetrating damp. This is caused by water getting into the house from the outside walls. Often it’s caused by something simple such as a cracked or leaking gutter. It may also be caused by damaged rendering or brickwork or badly applied cavity insulation. So one of the things you can do is keep up with the simple repairs to avoid hassle in the future.

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    4. Condensation. Condensation is often mistaken for dampness. It’s caused by everyday activities such as washing and cooking and by drying laundry indoors. The easiest way to prevent it is to ensure proper ventilation, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

    5. Check your damp-proof course. Most houses built since the 1930s will have a damp-proof course (DPC). This should be about 150mm above ground level. In older houses it may be slate, and in newer ones it will be plastic or a bitumen felt. You should be able to see it on the outside wall. Make sure that it isn’t covered by soil or patio paving.

    6. Chemical DPCs. In older properties or where the original DPC has failed, the usual solution is to drill holes in the wall and inject a chemical damp-proof solution. BE CAREFUL you should really check with a heritage building expert as using modern materials on old properties is often a bad idea.

    7. Keep it heated. In colder weather it’s a good idea to keep your house heated to a fairly constant temperature. This reduces the chance of condensation forming when your house heats up and cools down. Remember that condensation can be happening where you can’t see it - inside the roof space, for example - if things are allowed to get too cold.

    8. Portable dehumidifiers. If you have a particular problem with dampness from condensation, a portable dehumidifier will help take moisture out of the air and keep things at the right level. This is especially useful if, for example, you’ve had new building work done, as it can help the plaster to dry out evenly.

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    9. Get a survey. If you think you may have a damp problem, it’s important to get it looked at by a professional surveyor, who will be able to advise on what to do next.

  • How to Keep All Your Apendages!

    Workwear Safety Explained

    When you are working in areas where there are potential hazards, it’s vital that you wear the correct type of safety clothing. These have been designed to protect you from injury and enable you to carry out your role safely and in comfort. The different types of safety workwear each have their own benefits, depending on the work you’re involved in. Continue reading

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