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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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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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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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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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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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Passive Solar Design House

February 16, 2011
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Your home’s windows, walls, and floors can be designed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and  reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design or climatic design. Unlike active solar heating systems, passive solar design doesn’t involve the use of mechanical and...
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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes – Some Advice

November 30, 2010
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The recent extreme cold weather can cause major problems if water pipes in the  home freeze. Any exposed pipes, inside or outside your home, may be at risk from freezing and splitting in cold weather. Preventing frozen pipes Insulate external pipes and any internal ones that are exposed to freezing, paying attention to corners...
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Buying Tools and DIY Equipment Online in Ireland

June 14, 2010
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These days – with many more people out of work – more homeowners are doing the little jobs around the house themselves. If you know what you are doing – and use good tools – DIY can save you hundreds of Euro as well as keeping you busy. To get good priced tools and...
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iPhone available on Vodafone Ireland

March 2, 2010
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At last – Vodafone mobile customers can get an iPhone. You will have to sign  up for an 18 month contract – same as O2 . It will be available from 25th March 2010. You can pre register and pre order online NOW. Available on pre-pay too as well as monthly contracts. See More...
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Curtain Twitchers or Private Investigators?

November 14, 2007
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Irish house buyers are now employing private investigators and specialist agencies to investigate their future new neighbours . The prospective buyers can have things checked out like –  whether they have criminal records to whether they are fond of throwing late-night parties. The managing director of a company which offers the vetting service says...
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Lower Irish House Prices in August 2007

October 4, 2007
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House prices fell again in Ireland during August 2007 –  to bring the rate of decline to 3.3 per cent since the start of the year, according to the latest Permanent Tsb/ESRI house price index.  The index shows house prices nationally fell 0.3 per cent in August following on from a 0.4 per cent...
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