Problems with attic Water Tanks

Problems with attic Water Tanks

Water tanks are rarely, if ever installed correctly. In fact as far as I can recall no house I have ever inspected has ever had all of the following in place: A tight fitting lid on the water tank. A fully insulated tank with the base exposed to a part of the attic floor which has been left un-insulated to allow the heat from the house below to keep the tank from freezing in the winter. Fully lagged pipe-work, again to stop it freezing in winter...

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How to avoid burst pipes in the cold weather

How to avoid burst pipes in the cold weather

The risk of burst pipes rises dramatically when a home is left unattended for a long period in cold weather. Claims costs can top €100,000 if an entire house becomes sodden. Adrian Hassett, GM of Property Caretakers, says: ‘A leaking pipe can spill about 2,200 gallons of water a day if left unchecked. While the cost of burst pipe claims is huge, the emotional impact and inconvenience to homeowners is far worse.’ Part of the problem...

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Group calls for social housing plan

Group calls for social housing plan

Isn’t it ironic that there are houses and apartments lying empty around the country, yet there are more than 90,000 people on waiting lists for social housing? Or is the problem more complicated than that? This question will be asked at a conference organised by the Respond! housing organisation today and tomorrow. The conference, at the Maldron hotel in Tallaght, will call for a comprehensive national housing plan that would address the needs...

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Be Wary of Property Bargains

Be Wary of Property Bargains

This Friday, a ghost estate in Castlemaine, Co Kerry, goes up for grabs at Allsop Space’s Irish auction with a reserve price of €50,000. The estate, Annagh Banks, includes 14 unfinished houses. If you’re holidaying around Ireland this summer, check the window of the local estate agent and chances are you will find properties for sale for a fraction of what they sold for five years ago. You’re also likely to come across...

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Negative Equity Problem, maybe there is a solution

Negative Equity Problem, maybe there is a solution

Negative equity mortgages are are going to be introduce by a number of bank shortly provided the central bank approve The idea is to allow property owners who are trapped in small properties to trade up, while carrying the negative equity portion of their mortgage with them. There are a number of important points that you should note: 1. Any new mortgage will be on a fixed or variable basis so those with tracker will lose them. 2. You must have...

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Government confirms that homeowners will pay for water meters

Government confirms that homeowners will pay for water meters

The Goverment has confirmed that homeowners will have to pay for their own water meters. The cost of this has yet to be decided by the regulators. In addition they’re will also be a charge for installation. Mr Kenny said there would be a cost for the meter itself, which he said would be “multi-functional”. It has been reported in the local Irish broadsheet that the cost of a water meter could amount to around €300, however Mr...

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