Cold weather can play havoc with your property, so it's worth protecting your home to prevent any major damage. Read our top tips here.
Winter is a peak time for home burglaries, as thieves use the dark nights as cover for their criminal activities. According to Crimestoppers, burglary rates increase by 11% on average during January, which means home-owners need to be extra-vigilant when securing their houses at this time of year. Take a look at our handy tips below.
When the temperature drops, it’s time to get your woollies out, crank up the heating and get cosy – but have you spared a thought for your garden? Your precious plants need a little TLC at this time of year to keep them in tip-top condition ready for spring and it’s advisable to take some precautionary steps to keep your garden protected.
Plants are known for processing carbon dioxide, through photosynthesis, and releasing oxygen, but scientists discovered that certain plants are better at absorbing other gases and toxins found in the air. We share a selection of attractive plants that are known to be efficient at removing impurities from the air which will grow in your home.
Winds strong enough to cause damage to property are fairly rare in the UK. If a severe weather warning is issued in your area it is a good idea to take some precautions. Read on to find out our top tips for preparing for a storm.
Summer's all about making the most of the good weather, enjoying the garden and escaping on holiday, unfortunately it's also a peak time for burglaries. Thieves take advantage of open windows and can spot the tell-tale signs of an absent house, so follow these top tips to keep your home secure.
Damp is caused by a sudden increase in the amount of moisture infiltrating a building. It usually appears without warning and it can also disappear just as quickly. Damp is usually easy to spot, as it is concentrated and often causes discoloration. We’ve put together some information on how to check for the early signs of damp around your house.
Our study into the cost of running an average-sized three bedroom home found almost half our monthly income is being spent on keeping a roof over our heads and paying the bills. We've broken down all the costs to show you where your money is going every month plus how these costs vary across the UK.
You already use toothpaste twice a day in your bathroom but did you know that it can be used for more than just cleaning your teeth? There are lots of everyday products around the house that can be used for deep cleaning tasks. Read our ten tips below to help you make your house so clean it sparkles!
Moving house is an exciting moment for the whole family but it could be stressful for your pet. A big change like a house move could lead to behavioural or anxiety problems. However, with a little preparation and consideration you can make things much easier for your dog or cat to keep them calm and happy in their new surroundings.
Flooding has unfortunately become an all too regular part of many British people’s lives. If you live in a flood risk area, it’s important to be prepared for the worst and know what to do if you’re affected by flooding. Read on to find out our top tips for preparing for flooding.
Managing building work in your home can be very stressful and often disruptive to your home-life because rooms can’t be used. If a project is not managed properly it can result in disputes and financial headaches. Read our top tips for managing the process from start to finish and what to do if things go wrong.
Moving house is one of the most stressful things we’ll do in our lives. Whether your family needs have changed, or you just have itchy feet, it can be a long journey from finding the home of your dreams to moving day. Be prepared, and read our top ten house-buying tips to help make the process a little easier.
Avoiding fire isn’t just about being careful with matches. In fact, household blazes are most often caused by the most common household activities, meaning regular checks and repairs are vital to staying safe. Here are our top tips for preventing a fire at home.
You've exchanged contracts, picked up the keys and you’re finally ready to move into your new home. But between packing, unpacking and removal vans it can all become very stressful. Here are some simple tips and ideas to help take the strain out of moving.
These days, it’s unusual not to have at least one gadget on us at any one time and we rely on these personal devices to stay connected. Looking back, it’s difficult to imagine how we coped without them. We share our top tips for protecting your digital devices and the personal data they store.
Pouring fat down the sink might seem to some an innocent method of disposal but it can easily turn into a wider problem – and not just through clogging up your own piping.
We all crave the comfort of a warm home and a hot bath or shower but the rising costs of having central heating are becoming a difficult pill to swallow for the essentials of central heating and hot water.
How can we make sure our homes are prepared for adverse weather conditions? A huge 20% of home insurance claims are roof-related, so here’s some help to prevent it happening to you.
Have you ever considered reducing your carbon footprint and making your home more efficient? It’s not only kinder to the environment, but if you have some money to invest short term, there can be long term financial gains to be made as well. You can also make a positive impact on your purse and your conscience by saving water. Here we outline some of the options.
‘Escape of water’ is one of the most common home claims and even the smallest leak can cause significant damage in the home, so it pays to be prepared and know what hazards to look out for.
Signed all the paperwork and picked your moving date? Congratulations, you’re officially moving house! Packing up your life can be stressful, so stay ahead of the game by following our checklist.
It’s all very well spending hours watching Grand Designs and wishing we had the funds to create an amazing space for ourselves, or salivating over the latest room trends on Pinterest. But realistically, the only way most of us will achieve our ‘dream’ home is by years of hard work climbing the property ladder.
Smoke alarms are our first defence against a household fire, saving thousands of lives every year. Despite this, they often go untested or aren't maintained by UK homeowners.
Flames, heat, smoke and water: it’s a destructive mix, and one that can cause major damage to your home. But it is possible to considerably limit the harm that a fire does to your belongings and home. Here are our tips.
Not all house fires are caused by accidents in the kitchen or carelessness with candles. We’ve picked out some of the more unexpected fire hazards that you should be aware of, from decorative fairy lights to a build-up of crumbs in the toaster.
Despite most kids and adults enjoying Halloween and Bonfire Night safely, every year there are reports of accidents and injuries involving stray fireworks and burns from candles or bonfires. Read our top tips below for staying safe in your home and while you’re out and about.
Imagine you could turn your house upside down and give it a good shake, how much would all of the stuff cost that falls out? Now what if something happened to all of that stuff, do you have enough insurance to cover the cost of replacing those things?
Christmas has arrived early with our latest Helping Hands video. We let you in on some great tips so you can have a stress free Christmas, instead of a Christ-mess...
Christmas is a time when many of us make valuable gift purchases for loved ones (and ourselves). Sadly it's also a time when opportunistic burglaries take place, and our research shows that electronics, cash and jewellery are the most attractive swag for thieves. Here are some steps you can take to help keep your property safe over the festive season.