Is Your Home Making You Sick?

For most of us, our home is a haven. But what if it is making you ill? Mould and damp Mould and damp are caused by excess moisture in the home – perhaps due to leaking pipes, roof damage, or condensation build-up. They can cause respiratory issues, nausea and vomiting, and general illness, so it’s…

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Low-Carbon Living from around the World

With the interest raised by the COP26 summit highlighting the desperate need to cut carbon emissions, housing sustainability has become a hot topic. In the UK, there’s been lots of talk about using new technology to help reduce our carbon footprint. Given the average UK household emits 2.7 tonnes of CO2 a year from heating…

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How to Keep Pets Calm This Fireworks Weekend

At Martin & Co, we love pets. And we get to meet plenty of our clients’ furry friends during our daily work across Chelmsford. According to a 2018 survey by builders, McCarthy Stone, pets made people a lot happier about their everyday lives. 45% of the people they polled said their pet is the main…

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How to Make Money from Your Clutter

Let’s face it, as a nation, we like a lot of stuff. Whether we’re panic buying loo rolls or ordering fashion bargains online, sometimes all the ‘stuff’ can take up valuable space in our homes. With Chrimbo within touching distance, there’s no better time to declutter and make space for all those gifts. Plus, by…

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Seven Ways to Prepare Your Rental Property for Winter

With winter officially only a few weeks away, the time is now ideal for landlords to take steps to ensure their properties are prepared for whatever December to February serves up. By putting a winter property maintenance plan in place, you’re setting yourself and your tenants up for a trouble-free winter period. Begin with boilers…

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Things to Do Before Buying a Run-Down Property

Got your eye on a property that needs some major TLC? Whether a rental investment or a new home, there’s lots to consider when buying a run-down property. Finances First things first, is the property mortgageable? Or is it so run-down that no one will lend you money? If it’s the latter, you may have…

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Will You Rise to the Movember Challenge?

Some run marathons for charity. Others row single-handedly across the Atlantic to support good causes. And a growing band of men are ditching the razors, sitting back, and letting nature do its thing to grow moustaches next month. All in the name of raising money for men’s health charities. Movember started as a group of…

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Mortgage Fees: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to finding the best mortgage deal, there’s one question savvy home buyers should ask themselves. And it’s not: “Which deal is offering the lowest interest rate?”. While interest rates are obviously important, mortgage hunters should ask: “Which deal represents the best value overall?”. That’s because many of the ultra-low interest rate deals…

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