HUNDREDS of fridges and freezers are still on sale even though they're a fire risk, a Which? report claims. Tests found that appliances with plastic backing can be extremely flammable - so it's worth checking to see if yours is safe using a free online tool. Tests by the consumer magazine found that plastic backing used on some fridges and freezers can help a fire spread. Unlike metal or aluminium backs, plastic ones can pose a fire risk, according to the London Fire Brigade and Electrical Safety First. The Grenfell Tower inquiry report also found that plastic casing is combustible and will help a fire spread. But retailers including Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and AO.com continue to sell appliances with plastic backing. On January 21, when the investigation was carried out, AO.com’s website had 173 plastic-backed models on sale - more than any other retailer. Argos listed 137 plastic-backed products, Currys PC World had 56 and John Lewis & Partners had three. All four … [Read more...] about New Which? tool reveals hundreds of potentially unsafe fridge and freezer models still on sale – is yours on the list?
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If you’re looking for a way to drastically improve your home – but don’t have a huge amount of money or time to dedicate to the cause – replacing your windows may just be the key. Windows are something that people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about from day to day – but their impact can be significant. If you’ve been living with single glazing, or poor quality double-glazing, you might have accepted poor comfort and high energy bills, without realising how a relatively modest investment could improve so much. Here are the top five reasons why replacing your windows could be your best home improvement choice, according to Glevum Windows, Doors and Conservatories. Increased comfort It’s getting to that time of year when even the most reluctant reach for the thermostat. But did you know that as much as 40 percent of that heat could be being lost through your windows and doors? If you’re seeing condensation build-up on the … [Read more...] about Five reasons why new windows should be your new year’s resolution
Taking that all-important first step on to the property ladder can sometimes feel more like a leap of faith. Mortgages, home reports, and financial paperwork can all seem daunting for first-time buyers – but getting the right advice is key to ensuring a smooth move. Here, we speak to Anne Ross, sales director at Barratt Homes East Scotland, to get the inside track on making the big flit. Q: What should prospective buyers think about before they buy their first home? A: The most obvious thing is to make sure you’re happy with the location – I’d recommend walking around and visiting local shops and restaurants to be confident the area is somewhere you can really picture yourself living. For families with children, the priority might also be the quality of local schools and the range of child- friendly parks and activities on the doorstep. Housebuilders’ websites and the sales advisers at each site will have all of this information to hand, so it’s … [Read more...] about Ensure your move is flit for purpose – Barratt Homes share advice for new buyers
What's the difference between a Lada and a golf ball? You can drive a golf ball 200 metres. That's just one of a number of jokes made about the Russian car brand over the years thanks to a range of models that became the butt of much ridicule from motorists who regularly referred to them as 'skips on wheels'. But they might not be laughing when they see that a 40-year-old Lada Niva is set to sell for a staggering £75,000 at one of the most acclaimed auctions of the year. The £75k Lada: This Niva 4x4 - despite its rickety state - is set to be sold at one of the UK's most prestigious auctions of the year Collectors are set to battle it out for this rickety looking off-roader next month at the RM Sotheby's London sale in Battersea. It will be sold alongside a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT that featured in The Wrong Arm of the Law starring Peter Sellars and Rod Stewart's former 1971 Lamborghini Miura - both of which are estimated to reach seven-figure sums - at one of the … [Read more...] about How much? 40-year-old Lada is estimated to sell for £75,000 at auction
Buying a new home can seem like the least stressful option as a first time buyer, with the opportunity to move straight in, as well as the chance to use Help to Buy, provided the property costs £600,000 or less. However, new builds aren't for everyone and you should weigh up the pros and cons carefully to decide what factors are most important to you when deciding where to live. For starters, it is likely you'll pay a premium for that box-fresh feeling. Here are the main pros and cons to consider before you start your home hunt. PROS OF A NEW BUILD PROPERTY Read more The top ten ways to pay less when buying a home As stress-free a buy as you’re likely to find. You won’t get gazumped or gazundered, you won’t need a structural survey and your home should be covered by a 10-year warranty. You’ll be able to walk straight into a bright, modern property and start enjoying it. You might get residents’ facilities on site — from rooftop … [Read more...] about should you buy a new-build home?