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August 2017

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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

As summer turns to autumn, it’s time to spend a few days getting your home into the best shape possible for the winter.

  1. Check the boiler

Get your boiler serviced by a qualified engineer. Looking after your boiler all year round can save you a lot of money and prevent any unwanted breakdowns during the winter. If you need a boiler service or any advice, contact our partners Yorkshire Boilers.

  1. Check door and window seals

Check seals around all doors and windows and fill any gaps. Check for any signs of damp as this could indicate that the sealant on the outside is failing. You can always call our window doctor to check them over for you

  1. Prevent draughts

If you have draughty windows, you could consider replacing your glass in your windows. If you are considering replacing your windows then check out our energy efficient windows.

  1. Change your duvets

Turn over mattresses and replace summer duvets with winter ones, or maybe add an extra blanket.

  1. Clean windows

Clean windows inside and out, to maximise light during the cold, gloomy winter months.

  1. Check alarm batteries

Replace batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  1. Check insulation

Conserve energy by checking attic insulation and padding any exposed pipes.

  1. Check your pipes

Make sure that water tanks and pipes are insulated and replace any insulation that has slipped over time. Locate the mains water stop cock (usually under the kitchen sink) and make sure it can be turned on and off easily – if a pipe burst in the house, this would probably be the first thing to turn off.

These are just a few good tips to prepared for the winter. It’s never too early to prepare and it could save you money over the winter months.

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Energy efficient glazing helps reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.

What are the benefits of energy efficient windows?

• More comfortable home: energy efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows

• Peace and quiet: as well as keeping the heat in, energy efficient windows insulate your home against external noise.

How does energy efficient glazing work?

Double glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually about 16mm, to create an insulating barrier that keeps heat in. This is sometimes filled with gas. Triple glazed windows have three sheets of glass. Both offer excellent energy efficiency and security but the triple glazed window is slightly more superior.

What are windows made from?

Energy efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles. Our windows come in UPVC or Aluminium and in a range of designs from Modern White or Grey Aluminium to Traditional Rosewood or Timber Effect.

Frame materials

All our frames and are windows are available in all energy ratings with A-rated glass options.

• uPVC frames last a long time and may be recycled.

• Wooden frames can have a lower environmental impact, but require maintenance. They are often used in conservation areas where the original windows had timber frames.

• Aluminium or steel frames are slim and long-lasting, and may be recycled.

• Composite frames have an inner timber frame covered with aluminium or plastic. This reduces the need for maintenance and keeps the frame weather-proof.

When you are investing in new windows it’s important to discuss with an expert the best options for your home and decide what are the most effective windows for you within your budget. Our experts will give you the information you need to get the absolute most from your investment.

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SELLING your house can be hard work

SELLING your house can be hard work, particularly if you don’t know what potential buyers are looking for.

Some interesting facts about potential buyers.

The most off-putting things of a property – those likely to discourage homebuyers from making an offer – are single glazed windows, mould issues and an untidy garden.

The team at online windows blinds provider www.web-blinds.com quizzed 2,928 Britons for the study, all of whom had either purchased a new home within the past twelve months, or were currently in the process of looking for a property.

Each participant taking part was asked a series of questions relating to their experiences of house viewings.

All participants were given an extensive list and asked to state (up to a maximum of five) what would most dissuade them from wanting to buy the home.

The top 10 answers emerged as follows:

  1. Dirty rooms/poor hygiene – 53 per cent
  2. Single-glazed windows – 47 per cent
  3. If someone passed away in the property – 41 per cent
  4. Evidence of dog ownership – 40 per cent
  5. Mould issues – 38 per cent
  6. Cluttered/messy rooms – 29 per cent
  7. Untidy/overgrown gardens – 25 per cent
  8. Old fashioned carpets – 22 per cent
  9. Undesirable/strange current owners – 20 per cent
  10. No central heating – 17 per cent

Source: express.co.uk

Do a checklist first and look at ways to improve your chances of selling your home plus getting the price you want for it too. Somethings may not be doable but try and make sure you don’t fall into all of the above categories!

Want to replace you all windows or looking for a new door – request a quote, download  a brochure or call into one of our showrooms in Wakefield, Leeds, Penistone, Sheffield, Doncaster, Chesterfield & Nottingham.

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