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Moving House – Change of Address Checklist

October 1, 2014
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Moving house or apartment can be a  stressful time with so many things to organise . If you are moving house in Ireland there are several places you need to inform of  your change of address. Re-directing post: An Post – the Irish Post Office – offers a postal re-direction service, which will ensure...
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Metered Water Charges – How Much Are They?

September 30, 2014
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The final figures for the metered and unmetered water charges have been published by the CER – (30th sept 2014) It is important to note that it is also confirmed that all metered household water bills will be capped for the first 9 months at the “assessed charge” based on the number of adults...
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Irish Water Charges – Confirmed

September 30, 2014
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The rates for the Water Charges have been agreed by the regulator  – just 1 day before charges begin. Water charges kick in from 1st October 2014 (first bill Jan 2015) – and the majority of water meters are l still not installed .  Until homes are metered (and some never will be)  they...
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Inheritance Tax in Ireland

January 8, 2014
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Inheritance Tax in Ireland (Also known as Gift Tax – Capital acquisitions tax CAT) –  All figures are Valid for 2014 The rate of Inheritance or Capital Acquisition Tax in Ireland  is  33% in respect of gifts or inheritances made from midnight on 4 Dec 2012  (The rate was formerly 30% .) This rate...
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Dyson Spare Parts Ireland

September 13, 2013
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Where to buy Dyson Spare Parts in Ireland You can find all the Dyson spares you will ever need online at Currys Partmaster – with delivery to Ireland. They stock all the Dyson parts and accessories – such as  Dyson Filters ,  Dyson Motors, Dyson Brushes, Dyson  Belts, Dyson Hoses , switches, catches, lids,...
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Septic Tank Inspections Starting 2013

June 29, 2013
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Anyone in Ireland with a Domestic Waste Water Treatment System  may be inspected by their local authority. (This includes septic tanks, packaged plants, tertiary treatment units and associated discharge or infiltration areas .) Inspections will be concentrated in high risk areas.  i.e. more inspections will be done where risk to health and the environment...
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Solar Thermal Systems – are they any Good ?

April 1, 2013
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In the UK the  Energy Saving Trust (EST)  have been doing a  long-running trial of 88 solar hot water systems, also known as solar thermal systems. Solar thermal panels use the sun to heat water in homes, rather than generate power, as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels do. The UK trial shows that things like...
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Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector

October 31, 2012
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Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector

From today Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland.  The new law also requires that an alarm be fitted whenever a boiler or solid fuel stove is upgraded or replaced. You can buy this carbon monoxide digital display alarm here – online from Amazon . They...
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Electricity and Gas Price Increases

October 3, 2012
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All the gas and electricity suppliers have increased prices this month – this is a summary of the increases. Electric Ireland:   Electricity 5.9% increase  and  8.5% for Gas from October 1st Airtricity:  Electricity increase 4.7% / Up 8.5% for Gas increase 8.5% both from October 15th Bord Gáis  :  Gas  – 8.5%  increase from...
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House Price Database

October 3, 2012
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This week saw the belated launch of the Property Price Register in Ireland. It is a searchable online database of all the houses sold in Ireland – but only those sold since January 2010. I’s a fairly basic website – and there are a few mistakes on it – but it’s all we have...
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Flooding – Insurance Claims and Prevention

July 25, 2012
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2012 was another bad year for flooding in some parts of the country – and  but many households are still counting the cost of recent floods and will need to make an insurance claim. The problem with insurance claims after flooding is that   documents or proof of possessions may  have been washed away or...
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Save Money with Low Energy LED GU10 Lightbulbs

July 18, 2012
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Those nice looking halogen downlighters in your home could be costing you hundreds of euros a year in elecricity. You could reduce your electricity usage by replacing the halogen bulbs with low energy LED bulbs. The most common fitting for those spotlight type recessed downlights are GU10 fittings. Most halogen Gu10 bulbs are 50...
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Septic Tank Registration and Inspection

June 26, 2012
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Septic Tank and Waste Treatment systems in Ireland  have to be registered from June 26th onwards . The registration fee will be just €5 for the first 3 months – but anyone registering from Sept 28th onwards will have to pay a €50 charge. The registration is required by law – and inspections will...
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How to Pass the Septic Tank Inspection

May 9, 2012
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Inspections of septic tanks and all other on site waste treatment systems will begin in 2013 in Ireland.  Registration of septic tanks and all other waste treatment systems began on June 26th .   More Details Here . Owners of properties that are not connected to a public sewerage system will have to register their...
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Checklist – Problems to Look For When Buying a House

May 7, 2012
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Buying a house is usually the most expensive purchase anyone makes – but do we check out the house enough before buying or making an offer ? Here are some simple  problems  you can look for  when viewing a potential house purchase . It is probably best to get a qualified surveyor to do...
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