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Baby, it’s cold outside! – Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Get your home ready for winter

How many times have you said ‘It’s freezing outside’ lately? Winter is well and truly here and unfortunately, it’s not leaving anytime soon. So now is the time for getting your home ready for winter!

It’s time to put the heating up, turn the fire on and get all cosy under the blankets. But before you get too comfortable, make sure that everything is set for those cold winter evenings.

Just like Santa, there’s nothing wrong with checking a list twice. And if you’re not sure what to do, we’ve put our top tips together for you. So keep on reading to ensure that the cold doesn’t bother you anyway as we get your home ready for winter 2019 and beyond!

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Christmas Fairs in Central Scotland: Get Into the Festive Spirit!

Christmas Markets in Central Scotland 2019

‘Tis the season to be crafty, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Feeling festive? Wonderful… Why don’t you throw caution to the wind… go and stick that oh-so-glamorous Santa hat on and visit some of Scotland’s finest Christmas craft fairs!

Below is a list of local events that you will not want to miss, so get those diaries out as we all know, Christmas just isn’t Christmas unless you have wandered around various craft stalls, sampled that famous mulled wine and freaked out as you have forgotten that special gift for your loved one that actually made the nice list this year.

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Our Favourite Light Displays in Scotland

Our Favourite Light Displays in Scotland

Want to enjoy the true beauty of Scotland in winter? Stunning light displays, story-telling journeys and festive refreshments make these illumination evenings an impressive adventure for all to enjoy. Make sure to get them in your diary!

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Santa’s Coming to Town: The Best Christmas Events in Central Scotland

Best Christmas Events in central Scotland

Not long now, Christmas is quickly approaching! So why not make it the most special time for you and your family and add these festive favourites to your diary?

Here are a few of the best festive events in central Scotland that you can all enjoy, no matter what age:
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The Best Family Events for Bonfire Night in Central Scotland

Bonfire Night Fireworks Events Central Scotland

Get your winter gear on, because it’s that magical time of year again… that’s right, its Bonfire Night!

If you’re still looking for an event to enjoy the fireworks in central Scotland, check out these events that will be lighting up the evening skies this November:

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5 common problems you should check in your loft during snagging

Soil stack pipe venting to loft leaves disgusting mark on loft wall

If your new home is covered by an NHBC warranty then you will be familiar with the two-year snagging period which begins when you move in. We’re all pretty good at reporting the issues we see in our living areas and gardens – but how many of us are looking in the loft with the same critical eye?

Here’s a handy list of the things you really need to look out for. It doesn’t take much effort but could save you from serious problems in years to come. Once your two years is up then most of these issues are no longer covered. For the complete legal documentation of what is covered by your NHBC Warranty and what is not, see your relevant NHBC Buildmark policy booklet here.

So borrow or buy a step ladder, grab a torch and take 5 minutes to spot these usual suspects:

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WeDo Scotland Business Awards 2019 Finalists Announced… And We’re Through!

I’m super excited to share the news that Loft Boarding Scotland has made it through to the Finals for the WeDo Scotland Business Awards 2019!

As the founder and business owner, I’ve been placed in the Rising Star category. This award is for an “Entrepreneur with a business which demonstrates real potential and is on track to become a trailblazer of the future.”

See the complete list of finalists across the 8 award categories here:

This week the finalists and I will be interviewed by the panel of highly esteemed judges, and the winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the 24th May.

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We’re in the Semi-Finals of the WeDO Scotland Business Awards 2019!

WeDo Scotland Business Awards Semi-Finalist

Excited to share that Loft Boarding Scotland have made it through to the semi-finals at the WeDO Scotland Business awards 2019. Recognised by Business Gateway as one of the most highly respected awards for the Entrepreneurial and Business communities in Scotland, the WeDo Scotland awards is now in its 9th year and celebrates the successes of Scottish entrepreneurs and companies.

Loft Boarding Scotland founder, Andrew Johnstone, was nominated by the Executive Team at the start of the year in two categories, and has now reached the semi-finals for the New Start Business of the Year award. This award is open to businesses that have been trading for 3 years or less, making it ideal for Loft Boarding Scotland.

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Loft flooring to access solar PV inverters

The rise of renewables

Government targets are causing developers to incorporate renewables such as solar PV in their developments on an increasing scale. However, in the new-build homes we survey we almost never see adequate access platforms installed by developers to access this maintainable equipment. More often than not, developers are not providing any platform at all.

This can present a big problem for the homeowner. When a tradesman visits to access the equipment they may refuse to enter the loft on the grounds of health and safety. We have experienced this first hand, and have installed access platforms for customers after they have had a Gas or Solar technician visit them and refuse to enter the loft.

According to Which? magazine, nearly a quarter (23%) of solar panel owners have had a problem with their system, and problems with the inverter are the most common (40%).

Solar panels on roof
Source: Which.co.uk

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