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Simple Steps That Will Keep Your Home as Safe as Possible

Simple Steps That Will Keep Your Home as Safe as Possible

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Over the past few months, many of us have spent much more time in our homes. The coronavirus pandemic has seen us following lockdown measures to slow the spread of the virus, staying indoors and minimising contact with others. This has given us an opportunity to realise just how important these spaces are to us. Chances are, you want to make sure your home is as safe as possible while spending increasing amounts of time in it. To achieve this, there are various home maintenance checks that you need to carry out. These will help you to ensure that your property is as safe as can be at any given time. Here are a few that you should take into consideration!

Remove Anything Potentially Harmful

There are aspects of your home that may have been fine by building regulations when the property was built, but may be banned now. Asbestos is a prime example of this. At one point, it was a common building material. But nowadays, we are aware that it can potentially cause cancer. If your home has asbestos in it, it’s essential that you don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, use professional Asbestos Removal services.

Check Smoke Alarms

This next check is simple but can quite literally save your life. Checking your smoke alarms on a regular basis will ensure that they’re always in working condition and that the batteries are working. This can prevent fires, as you will be alerted as soon as any smoke is detected and you can tackle the issue right away. Checking your alarms regularly really is essential, so add it into your routine.

Repair Any Faults Immediately

Everyone’s home will face some sort of fault at some point or another. Things wear down and need repairing or replacing and it’s important that you actually face up to these issues, rather than attempting to just sweep them under the carpet. Issues don’t tend to rectify themselves. Instead, they worsen, becoming more costly to fix and eventually causing major damage to your property that will be much more difficult and expensive to rectify in the long run. A good example is a leaking tap. Many of us will ignore this and become used to the dripping noise for months or even years. At some point, however, the leak could become much more severe and cause flooding or water damage. Then, rather than paying for a small repair of a leaky tap, you’ll have to call out an emergency plumber to stem the flow and then further services to repair the water damage to your home too!

These, of course, are just a few different areas you might want to focus on when it comes to home repair. Hopefully, our advice can come in pretty useful to you at some point or another. Remember, prevention is better than cure! Tackling something when it first establishes itself is much easier and much more cost effective than tackling a major issue that results from it!

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Ready to Change Your Car? Here’s How to Add Up the Costs

Ready to Change Your Car? Here’s How to Add Up the Costs

In case you decided it is time for new wheels, and would like to make sure that you are changing for the better, you might have compared various models and designs before. There is one thing you probably didn’t check, though; the cost of buying the car and maintaining its condition, or keeping it on the road. Most of us only look at the price, but there are some hidden costs that can have surprises for you. Find out more below.

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Purchase Price

Of course, you will have to compare the different deals and offers, and ensure that they are giving you the best value for your money. It is hard to compare the deals like-for-like, as every dealership has some kind of special offer that will be appealing to different buyers. Some will offer interest-free credit, others will throw in extras, but – most of the time – this is included in the final price, and is just a marketing trick.

Credit Cost

You might think that the car will only cost you $7,000, but after you have paid the fees for the broker, the interest for 3-5 years, you might end up paying much more. That is why you will have to learn how to compare the different car finance deals before you sign the dotted line. After all, you don’t want to buy the vehicle for more than it is worth, and that is what you do if you are taking on expensive credit.

Depreciation

If there is one hidden expense, it is the negative equity of your car. Once you drive a new car out of the salon, you have instantly lost hundreds. Before you choose your make and model, it is important that you check what is the depreciation rate of the car, so you can find out how much you can get for it when you finally decide to change it.

Insurance and Tax

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If you are buying a used car, you will have to check the insurance and tax rate before you make your final decision. You will have to pay out of your pocket to keep your vehicle on the road. Older and less energy efficient models will cost more to tax, but their insurance cost might be lower, due to their value. Make sure that you opt for safety features, as this can reduce your insurance premium.

Maintenance

To get the best value out of your car, when you drive it, and when you sell it on, you will have to keep it maintained. There are several comparison blogs that will tell you which makes and models are the cheapest to service. If you are looking for a reliable German car, you can check out the prices on Mercedes Benz mechanic services before you commit to buy.  

Changing your car is a financial decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Add up all the above costs to ensure you are getting the best value for your money.

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Give Your Body an ‘MOT’ To Keep It Running Well!

Give Your Body an ‘MOT’ To Keep It Running Well!

You take your car for an MOT and service every year to pick up on an existing and potential faults, why not do the same for your body? You only get one, so to live a happy and healthy life it makes sense that you will do some maintenance on it every now and again. Go to see professionals that can ensure everything is working well, and spot developing issues before they turn into larger ones. Here are a few ways you can go about it!

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Eyes

As they say, eyes are windows to the soul. However they’re also windows to our health, and having a checkup at the optician can do more than just make sure your vision is up to scratch. Various health conditions can cause changes in the eye long before you have any other symptoms meaning some illnesses can be picked up in the earlier stages. Opticians can spot everything from diabetes to HIV. On top of this, an optician will make sure your vision is up to scratch for things like driving. It’s normal for our sight to deteriorate slightly as we age, so it could be a case of needing glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery to put things right.

Ears

Our hearing is another very important sense, and something none of us would want to go wrong. Again, hearing can decline as we age but conditions like tinnitus can also cause issues. If you’re experiencing frequent ear infections, having a specialist treat this or go in for an ear cleaning could be a wise move. They will also be able to advise you on the source of the problem so you’re able to put it right.

Teeth

Nice teeth are something that make us look and feel good- a beautiful smile is always going to be an attractive asset. But of course, our teeth need to be healthy to be functional too. Weak, worn or loose teeth can break or come out entirely when you’re eating and can cause a significant amount of pain too. Visit a dentist to make sure everything is in order. They will be able to spot plaque, decay and other problems in the early stages when it’s easy to put right. Left further you could end up with abscesses, tooth loss and all kinds of problems so it pays to keep on top of it

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can lead to all kinds of health problems, so it makes sense to keep an eye on this. If you’re generally in good health, just having it done once a year to make sure it’s in the normal range should be fine. High blood pressure can be a result of stress, high salt diet and excess body weight, so if yours is higher than it should be then it’s time to make some lifestyle changes. If it’s very high, it may have to be controlled with medication to prevent damage to your body.

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