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Bickering Over Household Rules

Bickering Over Household Rules

When it comes to the home it seems we are a nation of rule-enforcers, but this could be at the expense of a harmonious household, according to new research. The survey of 1,067 UK and Irish adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil revealed how more than half (53%) have fallen out with a household member over rules in the home.

In fact, 1 in 3 (33%) of adults questioned wished they lived on their own because co-habitants don’t follow rules in the home.

When quizzed on the rules in the home, the most common rule was revealed as no shoes on the furniture (62%).

Meanwhile, no phones at the dinner table came in second place, with 46% admitting to implementing this rule.

An emerging interior design trend for displaying rugs on walls is elevating the humble rug to an ‘objet d'art’.

The Rug Seller

Daniel Prendergast, Design Director of The Rug Seller, explains more about the 2018 ‘rugs as wall art’ trend and highlights statement rugs to ‘get the look’

Homeowners are taking a different approach to rugs in home décor; more of our customers are searching for hand-crafted/ statement designs and even replacing ‘art’ by hanging rugs in the vertical space.

This new outlook is reflected in the fact that Pinterest searches for statement rugs have rocketed by 236% in 2018 (YOY).

Tips to sleep in the heat

Tips to sleep in the heat

When Britain’s temperatures soar it results in thousands of people feeling exhausted, restless and downright cranky as they struggle to get a good night’s sleep against stuffy bedroom temperatures. 

While most homeowners are prepared with blackout blinds to combat light entering a room in the battle for summertime sleep, it’s actually unusually high temperatures that Brits are most unequipped for. 

As experts in creating the optimum sleep environment, The Fine Bedding Company has looked at all of the key factors that can affect a quality night’s sleep – temperature being the main one.

Helen Johnson from The Fine Bedding Company offers this advice for sleeping in the heat.

Room temperature

The future’s bright – thank goodness for Apollo’s NEW blackout blinds

The future’s bright – thank goodness for Apollo’s NEW blackout blinds

One of the most popular practical features of a window blind, especially during the summer months, is its ability to darken a room and Apollo Blinds has added a new range of blackout blinds to its made-to-measure blinds collection - the BlocOut™ Blind that can achieve higher levels of darkness than ever before.

So why are blackout blinds a must-have for the home?

Mike Stephen from Apollo Blinds highlights how the UK is getting lighter, how darkness aids sleep and the benefits of new BlocOut™ blinds now available at Apollo Blinds.

THE PROBLEM WITH LIGHT - The UK is Getting Lighter And It’s Bad For Our Health

Generation Z Stepping Onto The Property Ladder

Generation Z Stepping Onto The Property Ladder

With a recent survey* by Countryside revealing two thirds of Generation Z renters are already saving for a home deposit, Telford couple Aimee and Ryan have secured their first home at age 23 thanks to Help to Buy.

The couple, who have been together for six years, were the first residents to move into Countryside’s new Silkin Green development in Telford, having picked up the keys to their New Stamford home last month.

Aimee, who works as a Sales Coordinator, commented: “We’ve both always been in the habit of building up our individual savings, so we’d actually been saving for a while before we decided to buy a house. We weren’t looking for very long - we started house hunting one Saturday in October, last year, and then reserved our home the very next day!

Couple use help to buy scheme to secure dream family home in Langford

Help to Buy scheme

Making effective use of the Help to Buy scheme, a Bedfordshire couple has been able to upsize to the perfect family home at David Wilson Homes’ Kingsley Manor development in Langford.

Alan Endersby and Cheryl Oswick-Endersby chose to move from a three bedroom mid-terraced property in Clifton to their new four bedroom detached Bradgate style home at the leading developer’s Station Road development.

The couple, a Chartered Accountant and a Pre-School Assistant, thoughtfully selected Kingsley Manor as the ideal location to raise their 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son.

Alan said:

Speed Up The Buying Process & Move Home In Just A Few Weeks Using Part Exchange

Speed Up The Buying Process & Move Home In Just A Few Weeks Using Part Exchange

Warwickshire second steppers who are looking to move to a larger home but need to sell their existing property are being advised that they can to speed up their buying process and minimise stress with David Wilson Homes’ popular Part Exchange scheme.

The scheme has helped hundreds of buyers in the county so far and is ideal for those who want to cut out the hassle of selling the property independently and move into their dream new home quickly.

David Wilson Homes’ development Poets Meadow, located on Harbury Lane, currently has a selection of properties available to reserve with the scheme. 

Jason Hearn, Sales Director for David Wilson Homes East Midlands is urging existing homebuyers to consider the many benefits of the scheme

David Wilson homes invests in its commercial team with new appointments and promotions

David Wilson Homes

David Wilson Homes South Midlands is investing in its commercial team with promotions and new appointments as the demand for quality new homes across the South Midlands continues to rise.

Two employees within the department have been promoted within the Northampton-based company’s head office and the division has also recently welcomed four new staff members to the team.

Daniel McDonald (27), from Kettering, is now a Quantity Surveyor, after working as an Assistant Surveyor for just over a year. His responsibilities include the cost management of four large developments within the division.

Homeowners urged to ‘Look for the Badge’ during Scam Awareness Month

Homeowners urged to ‘Look for the Badge’ during Scam Awareness Month

With nearly 40% of adults in Ireland concerned about scams in their everyday lives, OFTEC, representing the domestic oil and solid fuel heating industry, is calling for homeowners to protect themselves and their homes during Scam Awareness Month taking place this June.

Joining the Citizen’s Advice scam awareness campaign, OFTEC is urging householders to be aware of potential fraud and over-pricing tricks carried out by some dishonest doorstep callers.

Research from FraudSMART has revealed that 58% of people in Ireland feel more vulnerable to fraud now than they did in 2015. 

Do you still call parents for help with basic DIY?

DIY advice from Emma Gannon - Credit Holly McGlynn.

When it comes to keeping homes in tip-top condition, new research(1) by E.ON reveals a third of Brits struggle to tackle home maintenance tasks (34%). Some 15% of people say they can’t change a light bulb without help and almost a third need help mowing the lawn (29%). To relieve the pressure on parents, and help fill the knowledge gap, E.ON has partnered with author, podcaster and digital expert Emma Gannon for DIY advice.

Energy-related tasks are the area people feel least comfortable tackling. Two thirds of people are unable to re-pressurise their boiler without help (65%), 40% don’t know how to bleed a radiator, and a similar number struggle to set the timer on their heating (41%). And almost one in five struggle to read their energy meter (19%).