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Ten out of ten for health and safety sees SARH set for prestigious President's Award

RoSPA

The area's leading provider of affordable homes is to be handed the prestigious RoSPA President's Award after winning the organisation's Gold Medal for the TENTH year in a row.

The internationally renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

It receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

SARH will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at ExCeL, London, today (Tuesday 19th June). 

Live the high life in the Moorecroft with David Wilson homes’ top floor top tips

Moorecroft style homes

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is offering Northamptonshire homeowners some fresh inspiration on how to utilise the extra space in their three storey Moorecroft style homes.

With the five bedroom properties currently available at the exclusive development The Wickets in Earls Barton, now is a fantastic time to ‘live the high life’ in a stunning townhouse.

Jackie Day, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said:

Are current gas safety checks in the UK good enough?

Landlord Licence Scheme

The UK has around five million privately rented properties under the Landlord Licence Scheme. Unfortunately, according to some people, this has led to gas safety becoming a ‘postcode lottery’, despite the government having set requirements.

It’s not just property owners who are in the firing line, either. More than 20% of small business energy users aren’t aware that failing to have a yearly gas safety check can invalidate their insurance.

Gas safety monitoring requires expertise. Fuel leaks, fires and even explosions, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning can occur because of poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances. As a result, landlords who fail to comply with gas safety regulations can face tens of thousands of pounds in fines.

Prince Evans Solicitors - Home Ownership Lawyers

Prince Evans Solicitors - Home Ownership Lawyers

Prince Evans Solicitors dedicated New Build Homes Team has a long history and excellent track record in affordable home ownership and new build homes.  We act for a number of Housing Associations, Developers and private individuals in shared ownership sales and purchases,  new build sales and purchases, staircasing (the purchase of additional shares of a shared ownership property), shared equity schemes (such as help to buy), right to buy,  remortgages, lease extensions and all other aspects of conveyancing.

Our specialist and expert team is managed by Partner, Adam Crawford, who recently joined Prince Evans Solicitors from city firm, Winckworth Sherwood, where he built his reputation over 10 years working with some of the UK’s  largest Housing Associations.

Ravenheat shares advice on how to talk to customers about keeping their boilers healthy

Ravenheat

Domestic boilers are a fundamental part of homes across the UK, providing households with heating and hot water. As a manufacturer of domestic gas boilers, Ravenheat are keen to encourage customers to take care of their boilers by ensuring they have an annual service to extend the operational life, therefore saving homeowners money. But the topic of servicing and boiler health can be difficult to explain, so here’s a few suggestions.

 

Explain the benefits of servicing

Housing developer unveils showhomes at Banbury development

Housing developer unveils showhomes at Banbury development

Following the launch of Bloxham Vale housing development earlier this year, a local housebuilder is inviting the public to celebrate the opening of its brand new showhomes.

Redrow Homes South Midlands is unveiling the Cambridge, Harrogate and Grantham showhomes on Saturday 2 June, with guests invited to enjoy canapes and cocktails from 11am-2.30pm.

Visitors are invited to find out more about the beauty and practicality of the four-bedroom homes, which offer a superb balance between family life and personal space. 

Barratt homes plants its feet firmly in wildlife gardening

Barratt Homes

Barratt Homes has teamed up with the RSPB to give its customers five top tips this season on how they can give nature a home while the warmer weather is kicking in.

The tips and tricks on what to do as the seasons change are fun for all of the family and have been carefully selected by Barratt Homes to fit around a small budget and a time frame of less than two hours.

So if you want to do a little bit to help preserve Britain’s wildlife or you want to transform your garden for all of nature to enjoy this season, Barratt Homes and the RSPB have got you covered.

1. Create nature highways and byways

A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A young teacher has been able to take that all important first step onto the property ladder by applying for Shared Ownership with Hightown Homes. 

After signing up to Hightown’s shared ownership scheme, 27-year-old primary school teacher Lizzie Battams was able to move out of her parent’s home, and now owns a 50% stake in a one-bedroom maisonette in Hemel Hempstead.  She rents the remaining share at a subsidised rate and can increase her stake in the property over time.  

Lizzie says:

“When I found out that my offer was accepted, and I was finally going to be a homeowner I felt elated!  It’s hard to find somewhere affordable, especially in Hertfordshire so it all felt too good to be true! 

Mother and step-daughter decide to further careers together at David Wilson Homes

Bertone Manor

A mother and step-daughter from Northamptonshire have decided to further their careers in housebuilding together by joining David Wilson Homes South Midlands for the new Bertone Manor development.

Deborah Brown (57) and step-daughter Jenni Brown (30) both joined the Northampton based division recently and are already settling into their new roles.

Deborah, who previously worked as a Sales Adviser at a smaller housebuilder, has taken on a similar role at the division’s Bertone Manor development in Barton Seagrave. Jennie, who was working in various sales roles for developers before, now works at the divisional head office as a Sales Progressor.

Deborah, who lives in Raunds, said:

How to protect your home when renovating

Renovation

Renovation is becoming more popular than ever. People are moving house half as many times in their lives and twice as many Brits are now planning to extend their home rather than move house. Renovation, big or small, normally means making structural changes to your home, so it’s important to think carefully about how to protect your home when work is underway. A recent report reveals that the most popular insurance claim for home renovations and extensions is theft of building materials, closely followed by escape of water.

Matt Poll, CEO at Neos, the UK’s first smart home insurance provider, shares his top tips for making your renovation plans are a success.

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