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  • 5 Reasons Why Freestanding Baths Are the King of Bathroom Suites

    Open plan and ‘free flowing’ living has become the quintessential option for many people looking to renovate their homes. Everyone has heard of open plan living rooms and kitchens – but now it’s time for freestanding baths to take a bow in the interior design …

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  • 2017 Building Warrant Fees – Scotland

    At the start of July 2017 the Scottish Government introduced new building warrant application fees. The cost of a building warrant is determined by the value of the works you are carrying out. The new fees are as follows. £0 – £5000 Fee £150 £5001 …

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  • Keep calm and relax: What to do when your home is damaged

    If your home is damaged, it can be heart wrenching on the emotions as well as the bank balance but if you’ve got the right insurance cover, there’s nothing to worry about. If the damage is an emergency and you don’t have hot water, electricity …

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  • Planning Permission or Building Warrant before purchasing a property

    You’ve found the ideal location but the property needs updating or you need to add an extension, loft conversion or conservatory to make it your perfect home. Buying a new home can be a long drawn out process by the time all the important legal …

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  • Converting Conservatory Roofs – Do I Need Permission?

    You’ve had a conservatory built or bought a property with an existing conservatory and discovered that with the UK’s unpredictable weather you never use it as its too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. There is an increasing trend and various …

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  • Don’t Overlook These Key Things When Renovating Your House

    Don’t Overlook These Key Things When Renovating Your House Renovating a property can be one of the most exciting things to do when you’re a homeowner. It’s a chance for you to really put your stamp on the place, doing it up to precisely your …

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  • Are your properties up to standard? How to keep within the law

    If you’re a landlord or invest heavily in the property market like First Urban, you’ll know that it is a legal duty to make sure that any property let out to tenants complies with a number of safety regulations. It is important that you keep …

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  • Dealing with Damp When Renovating a Property

    If you have a house to renovate or own a portfolio of properties to improve, damp is likely to be an issue that rears its ugly head at some point. It can be a serious problem for homeowners and investors alike; untreated, it can lead …

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  • How to keep your home safe from carbon monoxide poisoning

    Everyone wants to keep their home safe. We install burglar alarms to deter intruders and smoke alarms to alert us to fires; we fit child-proof locks on the windows and stairs, and we keep sandbags in storage in case of a flood. But a shocking …

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  • 2014 Planning Fee Increase (Scotland)

    An amendment to “The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Application (Scotland))” was laid before parliament on the 1st August 2014. From the 1st of November 2014 new fees for planning applications come into effect across Scotland. The effect of the amendment …

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  • New Scottish Planning Application Fees 2013

    With the new Scottish planning application fees coming into effect on the 6th April 2013 Do I Need Permissions information pages have now been updated to shown fees from the 6th of April 2013. Generally for home improvements fees have increased by £32 from £160 …

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  • New Scottish Planning Fees

    From the 6th April 2013 new planning application fees will be introduced for Scottish planning applications. New fees can be summarised as, Construction of buildings, structures or erections for use as residential accommodation – £382 The erection of buildings – Where no floor space created …

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  • New Planning Application Fees for 2013 (Scotland)

    !! NEWS FLASH – PLANNING APPLICATION FEE INCREASE!! The draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amended Regulations 2013 will be laid in parliament on February 1, 2013. If approved by parliament these regulations will come into force 6 April …

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  • Choosing The Right Tradesman

    There are thousands of highly professional, skilled and genuine tradesmen across the UK – here’s a simple guide to help find a good one. Ask friends and family A recommendation from a friend or relative is the ideal way to find a trustworthy tradesman. Many …

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  • Switch on to Big Savings with LED Lights

    UK households could be saving a huge 90% on their lighting bills by simply replacing their traditional light bulbs with eco-friendly LED alternatives. By making the switch, people will not only make staggering savings, they will also cut their energy use and carbon emissions – …

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  • Planning for 2013

    Are you planning an extension, garage conversion or home improvements in 2013? Start planning now! With planning permission and building warrants taking between 4-8 weeks to gain approval and preparation of an application taking anything from 1-4 weeks think about starting the process now. By …

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