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Central Heating

Best boilers for central heating

While there are several boilers on the market, finding the best boiler for your home can be difficult. Nowadays, there are three main types of domestic boilers; combi boilers, system boilers and conventional boilers. However, as new government regulations require at least 92% efficiency, most new boiler installations are combi-boilers. In this blog, we look…

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Plumbing

Common washing machine repair issues

Washing machines are an invaluable addition to any modern home and having the ability to wash your clothes quickly and effortlessly is something we often take for granted. In fact, we only seem to realise just how much we rely on them when something goes wrong. Is it time to hire a professional washing machine…

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5 tips for renovating your leasehold flat

As the nights draw in and summer holiday memories fade, we’re spending more time indoors. And it’s at times like this we start hatching plans for home improvement projects, fuelled by the new series of Grand Designs and BBC2s Great Interiors Design Challenge. But if you’re living in a leasehold flat or leasehold property, then...

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Real Homes Show Episode 12

Real Homes Show episode 12 is here. Real Homes small space squad head to South Birmingham to advise on how to proceed with a two-storey extension. Checking It Out have some fantastic ideas on how you can make the best of your outdoor garden space. The Hub catch-up with Verity Burns to discuss how smart...

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Home improvement projects to add 50k in only 7 days

Most homeowners have a long list of projects they’d like to do to their home. But time and money often stand in the way. How do you decide what job to do first, if at all? Here at the HomeOwners Alliance, we have all the tips, tools and advice you need to help you decide....

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Real Homes Show Episode 10

The Real Homes Show episode 10 is here. This weeks episode the smart space squad head to Derby to design an upstairs bathroom and open plan downstairs kitchen, Laura Crombie puts the most popular worktops to the test to find out how durable they are, Anna Morley style editor explains how to introduce Coral into...

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Real Homes Show Episode 9

The Real Homes Show episode 9 is here. In this weeks episode, there is advice on how to create an open plan kitchen diner without extending, smart home security cameras, how to get rid of pet hair, how to decorate with black and much much more! Watch it here now! Was this Helpful? YesNo

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Real Homes Show Episode 8

The Real Homes Show episode 8 is here. In this weeks episode, the Small Space Squad renovations experts show how you can transform a dated conservatory into an open plan kitchen. Laura Crombie shares her top three bathroom storage ideas. Tech expert Verity Burns puts robot vacuum cleaners to the test. Renovation expert Jason Orme...

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Hit a brick wall with your home improvements?

We look at latest research which reveals the 3 biggest obstacles homeowners face and what you can do to avoid them. A study by our partners, the consumer advice website HomeOwners Alliance, has highlighted the main obstacles facing consumers when it comes to undertaking building work on their home. According to their Homeowners Survey 2019,...

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Real Homes Show Episode 2

We are thrilled to bring you episode 2 of The Real Homes Show. This episode shares advice on how to find the right carpenter for your project, decorating with forest greens and lots of other tips helping you transform your home, whatever the budget. Watch it here now! Was this Helpful? YesNo

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Checkatrade are delighted to be sponsoring Real Homes TV

Real Homes TV offers great, impartial, practical advice to people looking to transform their homes no matter the size of the project. It is a brand new series of 7 episodes that will air from 4th April 2019. It will be available on www.realhomes.com We are always looking at the best ways to help customers...

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Everything you need to know about the Gas Boiler Ban

Gas heating systems will no longer be allowed in new homes from 2025 under new regulations unveiled by Philip Hammond. So, the question is, what can you do to be ready for this new regulation?

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