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%).

The eagles have landed at homebuilder’s new development in Milton Keynes

Eagles Rest

In celebration of three new show homes opening at its Eagles Rest development in Milton Keynes, David Wilson Homes South Midlands recently hosted an exclusive Birds of Prey show to welcome eager homebuyers and local residents.

Birds of different species were at the Fen Street development last weekend (Saturday 26th May), entertaining visitors with a static display to showcase their predatory prowess.

Make no Mi-steak when hosting the perfect summer barbecue

National Barbecue Week

With the summer sunshine and National Barbecue Week (May 28th to June 3rd) on the horizon, Barratt Homes Northampton and David Wilson Homes South Midlands have cooked up some creative ideas on how Bedfordshire homebuyers can host the best barbecue party in their brand new property.

The hottest part of the year is fast approaching which is ideal for homebuyers wanting to welcome their friends and family to their new home, and there’s no better way to get together than with some ice cold drinks and freshly grilled food in the garden.

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

'Help to Buy focuses on helping families to secure their dream home'

House Crowd Frazer Fearnhead on Help to Buy

Frazer Fearnhead, CEO and co-founder of peer-to-peer lending property platform The House Crowd, talks to HomeFocus about Help to Buy…

What are the benefits of the Help to Buy market for buyers?

To buy a property, you need to have enough money saved to put down a deposit. The problem with this is that many people simply can’t afford the deposit outright. This is especially true for first-time homeowners who want to get a foot on the property ladder, but just don’t have the means. People moving to a new house also feel the pinch when trying to take a step up to a larger or more expensive property. Help to Buy increases affordability for both groups of buyers by setting the deposit at 5% – much lower than a typical mortgage option.

Manchester housing provider opens two new developments

Equity Housing Group

This week, Equity Housing Group, a social housing provider based in Manchester, has opened two new housing developments in High Peak.

The Derbyshire based developments comprise of Surrey Street in Glossop, a 51-property portfolio owned by Equity Housing Group, and 14 two and three-bedroom properties at Forge Manor in Chinley, acquired via Section 106. The developments, built by Westleigh Homes and Wainhomes respectively, will address the lack of affordable housing within the area.

Create a fresh, welcoming home this spring with Zoflora

Create a fresh, welcoming home this spring with Zoflora

Zoflora has been proudly producing concentrated disinfectant in Yorkshire for almost 100 years. 

For a simple spring clean, try Zoflora’s helpful top tips:


Cleaning your oven can seem like a labour intensive task, but not for much longer! Try mixing bicarbonate of soda with water and spraying the solution onto the surfaces of your oven – making sure to avoid the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day.


Put The Spare Room To Good Use - Barratt Homes

Put The Spare Room To Good Use - Barratt Homes


Leading homebuilder Barratt Homes is offering homeowners in Northamptonshire some fresh inspiration on putting their spare room to good use with their Chesham Special style home at Saxon Rise in Brixworth.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton said, “For those who don’t require the extra bedroom in their new home, they have the freedom to use the room however they wish and transform it to their own liking.

“Social media has been abound with hot tips on home organisation so we’ve gathered together some of the best examples of innovative ways to use a spare bedroom.”

Barratt Homes’ top spare room suggestions for the Chesham Special are:

Homebuyers Invited Show Home Launch With Birds Of Prey Show

Homebuyers Invited Show Home Launch With Birds Of Prey Show


David Wilson Homes South Midlands is inviting Buckinghamshire house hunters and Milton Keynes residents to its Eagles’ Rest development this weekend, where a special Birds of Prey show will be taking place to mark the opening of three brand new show homes.

On Saturday 26th May, an extensive range of feathered friends will be welcoming visitors to the Fen Street development from 1pm during a static and flying display that is not to be missed.

This exclusive event is to celebrate the leading developer opening the doors to three of its new show homes at Eagles’ Rest, providing keen homebuyers with an opportunity to view the desirable properties.

Moving Events This May At Fairfields, Milton Keynes

Moving Events This May At Fairfields, Milton Keynes

Exclusive events are set to be hosted by leading developers’ Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes Northampton this bank holiday weekend; 26th & 27th May 2018. These events will provide keen homebuyers with expert advice on making a move to their Fairfields development in Milton Keynes.

Fairfields Barratt Homes will be hosting a Help to Buy Event and Fairfields David Wilson will be hosting a Stamp Duty Event.  Both Sales Centres will be open between 10am – 5.30pm all weekend.

Visitors attending the events will be given the opportunity to speak to the onsite Sales Advisers for professional guidance on how to make a swift and affordable move to a brand new home.