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Best Time to Buy a House in Ireland

February 12, 2012
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Is it a Good Time to Buy a House in Ireland ? There is no simple formula that will answer for everyone when you  should buy a house. You have to consider variables, such as your income and expenses, the mortgage you can get, rental costs, your attitude to risk and your ability to handle stress....
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Property Taxes in Ireland

January 3, 2012
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Property Tax is not something that Irish home-owners are familiar with – but from 2012 onwards they will have to get used to it. Home owners who have properties that they don’t live in themselves – are already liable for the NPPR which was introduced in 2009.  This Non Principal Private Residential Tax is...
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Grants for Insulation

October 4, 2011
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Better Energy Scheme In Ireland – there have been grants available for a while now for homeowners who install insulation in their house A new scheme called Better Energy was launched in May 2011 as part of the new governments jobs initiative. Under the new scheme Irish householders can get a grants of up...
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Best Home Phone and Broadband Package

September 4, 2011
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When you are moving into a new house – or getting one built – one important thing to remember is to sort out the telephone connection. Eircom is the  company in charge of the telephone system in Ireland . You can choose another provider eventually – but you have to go through Eircom first ...
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Is your Auctioneer or Estate Agent Qualified?

August 3, 2011
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In Ireland entry into the practices of auctioneering and estate agency is currently governed by the Auctioneers and House Agents Acts of 1947, 1967 and 1973. The legislation provides for the licensing of auctioneers and for a fine of up to just €635 for any person convicted of representing himself as an auctioneer without...
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Electricity from Solar Panels

August 1, 2011
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The new BBC Dragons Den had the investors all queuing up to give money to a company called PloughCroft Solar that installs solar panels to generate electricity. In the UK – the Government pays householders to feed electricity generated into the national grid.The rate is 43.3p per unit of electricity  – this  Feed-in Tariff...
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Selling a house without an Estate Agent

June 18, 2011
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Estate Agents and Auctioneers can charge as much as 2% commission in Ireland – plus advertising expenses.  Many of them have a minimum fee . Using an  agent  to sell your house could leave you with a bill for four or five thousand euro. Do you really need an estate agent to sell a...
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Cavity Wall Insulation and Damp

June 18, 2011
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With grants available and lots of publicity – there are many companies offering  cavity wall insulation . But – it may not be suitable for all properties because it can cause dampness inside the home incertain conditions. Damp could occur in properties as a result of cavity wall insulation if there is a combination...
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Working From Home

June 5, 2011
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An Office in Your Garden If you are thinking of  Working from Home – you will need some space to work from. Working from the kitchen or bedroom just won’t work if you are serious about working  from home or running a business from home. You will be disturbed by noises , be tempted...
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Water Meter Installation Ireland

June 1, 2011
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The Irish Government announced as part of The National Recovery Plan  that water meters will be in place by 2014 and water charges will  be introduced. This will probably provide opportunities for utility companies and trained water meter installers.  There will be about 1.2 million homes that will require meters installing. Up to 6,000...
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Best type Of Sound Insulation

March 23, 2011
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One type of sound insulation is the wall lining  system which uses an independent steel or timber stud system with, Quilt (wool)and Acoustic Plasterboard. The quilt of insulation is placed in the sections of timber,a layer of plaster is then placed on top.This method is useful for  for non – Loadbearing separating wall applications, for new build or to upgrade existing masonry walls...
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Sky Satellite Installation

March 21, 2011
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With Saorview on the way in 2012 – all the analogue TV channels will eventually be switched off. If you currently only have a TV ariel – you will not be able to see any TV channels in 2012 unless you buy a  Saorview box or a Saorview TV. Now might be a good...
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Solar Energy Ireland

March 11, 2011
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Solar energy is the ultimate renwable energy source.There are three methods used in Ireland to get the benifts of the suns heat and energy. Passive solar energy homes is a way in which homes are bulit to maximise solar gains in the home by avoidin g heat loss thorugh the buling and ensuring a...
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How The Central Heating System Works

March 10, 2011
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Hot water from the boiler is fed into each radiator by one pipe and the cooler water coming from each radiator  leaves through another pipe and returned to the boiler to be heated again.That is why its called the two pipe system. Depending on the length of the circuit every radiator receives water at the same temperature.This allows greater control of each radiator and provides a quicker warm up time.This is the...
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Direct Cold Water Supply In Irish Homes

March 9, 2011
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Water from the cold water sevice pipes feeds all the cold water outlets .This sytem is found in old Irsh homes. Disadvangtages of this system are that there is no reseve in failure.And during peak times pressure may be low. Advantages of the system are that less pipe work is required and drinking water is available from all outlets.
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