Category Archives: DIY

Treating Mildew

Treating mildew can be a bit of a pain, If you notice that you have mildew on the walls in your home, then you should act quickly as left untreated, you may well have a health issue on your hands.
It is quite common to see mildew on interior walls. It is a fungus which is a greeny/brown colour, and will generally be in the corner of a wall near the ceiling in a small bathroom and can even grow in a room that gets a […]

Radiator – Basic maintenance

A huge 84% of UK households have gas central heating, making radiator maintenance an essential job for most of us. But while it’s simple enough to carry out, it’s a task we often overlook.
Knowing how to bleed a radiator can make your heating more energy efficient, keep your boiler in peak condition and it will save you money on gas heating costs. And a bit of basic know-how can prevent all kinds of problems; from inefficient heating to rust, leaks and dreaded boiler damage.
In this […]

condensation and how to stop it

What causes condensation and how to stop it
Condensation is one of the most common seasonal issues facing British homeowners, with one in five British homes experiencing condensation related problems during the winter months. What’s more, it’s estimated that around 70% of damp problems can be attributed to condensation.
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a listed building or a newly built apartment – condensation can have a big impact. It might have small beginnings, but if you don’t deal with condensation right away it can […]

clean your guttering

Why it is important to clean your guttering regularly
 
Even though they’re “out of sight and out of mind” for the majority of the time, your gutters actually play a huge role in the structural integrity of your house, and keeping them clean is a great way to avoid the potentially costly expense of gutter repairs.
Gutters have one job: to guide rainwater off your roof and straight down the drain. Despite their importance, though, it can be all too easy to forget about them until something […]

Get rid of mould – for good

How to get rid of mould… For good!
How to get rid of mould... For good!

Mould and mildew are a nightmare for any homeowner. They’re an eye-sore, a health hazard, and can spread like wildfire.
Whether you’ve spotted a small patch of mildew in the bathroom or a larger chunk on an external wall, getting rid of it should be your first priority. The next step is to find out what’s causing it, so you stop it from happening again.
Mould is often a sign of a […]

A mantel makes a fire light up

As a child I remember the family huddled around the fireplace on a cold night, and if it got really cold, my father would even light the fire. For thousands of years the fireplace has been an important part of the house. Early versions of a fireplace would see it located in the centre of a room, but as time moved on, so did the fireplace, to where we find it today, up against a wall. With central heating now warming homes, the fireplace is […]

Try a Green Barbecue

We have just had the hottest weekend of the year and up and down the country barbecues will have been taken from sheds and garages, dusted down and prepared for cooking all kinds of meat. Barbecues have moved on in recent years and you can pay a lot of money for a top of the range one. With this in mind, ensure your household insurance covers theft from the garden, as you are outside more at this time of year.  It is also easy to […]

Super fast broadband plan brought forward

In what should prove to be great news for homeowners across the UK, British Telecom (BT) has announced that it plans to bring forward the date when the majority of homes in the country have access to super fast broadband.
Online shopping experience will improve
The plan to bring forward access to fast broadband will help households across the country in many ways, not least for those looking to save money and time. Super fast broadband […]

Sunny Side Up – Go Solar with HomeQuoteDirect


With the cost of solar panels dropping by almost 60% in the last three years, sustainable energy in the guise of solar photovoltaic panels are now becoming an affordable option for homeowners and householders in the UK.
Buying an option for the comfortably well off
There are two distinct ways properties can benefit from solar heating. The first option is to pay for the system yourself and benefit from the Feed in Tariff (FIT) set by […]

Energy companies misleading customers on cheapest deals

At a time when clarity in costing and pricing is becoming all important to the UK’s beleaguered homeowners, the tactics of Britain’s largest energy companies are being called into question.
Consumer experts catch companies out
There is little doubt that the cost of energy, fuel, household insurance and food is responsible for a big slice of the inflation cake that is currently rising on the back burner of the UK economy. While financiers and politicians warn […]