With the rise in Smart Devices - is your home truly private?
When replacing a bulb, it is common sense to switch off the light – and, if you are working with a lamp, unplug it from the wall. But what about bigger jobs? Is it safe to replace a plug socket without switching off at the fuse box first?
Not to be confused with an earth home, earthing your house is necessary to keep you and your family safe
Air source heat pumps are a greener way to heat your home and can also cut your energy bills
When moving house, refurbishing or building an extension, there always seems to be a plug point issue. How many should you have and where should they be? There is no rule that says you must have or must not have a certain number, but here are some top tips to steer you through the conundrum.
Electrical safety in the home is vitally important; faulty wiring can cause electric shocks and fires. But is an electrical safety certificate, necessary to sell a house or flat?
It’s an eco-friendly system that uses pipes buried in the garden to harness heat in the ground. This heat is then transferred into the home to provide heat and hot water all year round.
The number of homeowners choosing to improve their existing home rather than move is on the increase. Here are some safety tips to help prevent DIYers ending up in casualty.
From answering the front door to switching off the lights, the gadgets that turn a dumb home into a smart hub are increasingly popular
Here’s a handy jargon buster for some common electrical terms.
More than half of accidental fires in UK homes are caused by electricity. How fireproof is your home?
Home charge points let you recharge an electric car quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home. No more queuing at petrol stations!
What are the changes to the Wiring Regulations and how do they affect you?
Transport chiefs unveil plans to make it easier to recharge electric cars
What is a smart meter, how will it cut my energy bills and what happens if I switch supplier?
Solar panels cost thousands but can cut your electricity bills and make you money too. Is it worth fitting them?
Rewiring a home can be a major job and expense. But because of the safety hazards of damaged or deteriorated wiring, it may be essential. So how do you know when rewiring is necessary?
There is no legal requirement to obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report but they are recommended for a number of reasons. Landlords are advised to get rental properties inspected and tested every five years or at the change of tenancy. An EICR may also be suggested for prospective purchasers.
Faulty and old wiring is a major cause of house fires in the UK. Keep an eye out for these warning signs and always seek professional help from registered electricians.
Landlords have a legal obligation and duty of care to tenants to ensure that the electrical system, such as sockets and light fittings, and all appliances supplied are safe.
David Ware - Fire Risk Consultancy Ltd
An overview of the Lakanal House fire in 2006
Find suppliers who can help you with improving your home
Find professionals to help manage commercial property
Things to consider before renting a property.
GRAHAM WOODALL LLB. MSc. FRICS. FCIOB. FCInstCES
The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad outline of the way in which the insurance industry operates, highlighting the personalities and types of insurance that are of particular interest to those professionals primarily engaged in the construction industry
Things to consider when buying a house.
Things to consider when selling your home.