Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

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Home Security Tips – Dummy Security Camera

April 27, 2012
Home Security Tips

Home Security Tips

It’s Friday evening, the working week is drawing to a close and we’re all looking forward to a nice chilled weekend.

We hope you’ve all taken something from our home security tips over the last few days and your more security conscious.

With break-ins an unfortunately regular occurrence as of late here at HomeWise.ie we’ve been brainstorming different ways of guarding your “gaff”.

Naturally the most obvious and most effective method is a home alarm system but these can be costly to install from scratch.

Why not invest in a motion sensor to scare off potential thief’s or If you have the room a dog can be a great way of keeping your house safe and you’ll save a fortune on gym memberships.

If that doesn’t do it for you why not get one of our “dummy” replica CCTV cameras to keep the burglars at bay? Check them out here for just 33 euro.

Have a great weekend

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Home Security Tips – Being Security Conscious

April 25, 2012
Home Security Tips

Home Security Tips

Today’s post is all about being security conscious and while many of these security tips may seem quite obvious many people don’t use them.

Thieves look for an easy target and will avoid any premises that may involve alerting the owner or people in surrounding homes.

The following are our 7 tips for being security conscious;

  • This should go without saying but never leave a spare key under a flower pot.
  • Always lock windows and doors if you’re leaving the house.
  • Never leave car keys within view of the front/back door or windows.
  • If a salesperson calls ask to see ID never let one in your home without it!
  • Keep trees and plants near windows pruned as these will allow a thief to have cover while breaking in
  • Be careful about what you post on social media sites as you never know who’s watching to see when you’l be away
  • When you move into a new home have all the locks changed. It’s better to be safe than sorry
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Home Security Tips – Day 2

April 24, 2012

Hey guys,

We hope you found yesterday’s post useful. Today we’re going to focus on home security systems that you can use to protect your home.

While these can be costly they can can scare off a lot of potential thieves who won’t risk getting caught in the act.

Here are some alarming figures for crime in Ireland;

  • 4.12% increase taking place between July 2010 and June 2011.
  • Dublin ranks highest for break-ins accounting for 42% of the overall figure.
Home Security Tips

Home Security Tips

The following are three ways in which you can scare off a burglar from coming near your home.

Motion Sensors – Motion sensors are a great way of scaring off potential thieves and can be purchased and installed cheaply. You can have these put up at your front/back door or both and are highly effective.

Guard Dog – A dog can be a brilliant way of scaring off thieves but make sure you have the time to take care of it. Stick up a “beware of dog” sign on a side gate to give prior warning to anyone looking to break in.

Alarm System – A good alarm system can be dear to have fitted but it’s probably the second most effective method of home security. Ring a number of different providers to avail of the best quote.

The most effective method of home security is being security conscious which is what we’ll focus on in tomorrow’s post

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How to Sand a Wooden Floor

April 11, 2012
Wooden Floor

Wooden Floor

Wooden floors are great! They look great, hold less germs than a carpet and are easy to clean. What’s not to like? Many of us have wooden floors in our homes and encounter the same problem – dullness.

To get rid of this dullness you can sand it down and re-varnish to finish it off. Sounds pretty easy right? Well it is. Obviously we’re not going to recommend you get down on your hands and knees with a handfull of sandpaper.

I mean you could but that’d take an awuful lot of time an effort to say the least. Rent an electrical floor sander or hire a specialist to come in and do it for you it won’t cost an arm and a leg and the return on investment will be well worth it.

Here’s our top tips for sanding a wooden floor for great results;

  1. Close the door! when sanding dust will naturally travel and if your not careful will end up everywhere.
  2. Keep an eye out for any stray nails in the flooring as this will damage the sander
  3. Once the sander is on and ready to go start at the entrance to the room and gently sand the floor about 2-3 foot around you
  4. For areas around walls and fireplaces use sandpaper and some elbow grease in order to avoid any damage
  5. Once you’re finished use a hoover to thouroughly get rid of any dust from the sanding process
  6. Carfully use white spirit to wipe the floor and leave to dry off
  7. Once it’s dry use a varnish brush to apply varnish. This will seal the wood

And that’s it. Sanding can take some time depending on the age of the floor or the dullness that has set in so play it by eye. Happy sanding!

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The Household Tax Ireland – Updated 29/03/2012

March 29, 2012
Irish Property Tax

Irish Property Tax

Hey guys,

Updating for the day on the Irish Household Tax and new developments in the ever changing media coverage. As of 12 today a total of 453,796 households out of 1.6 million have registered for the Irish Household Tax.

For those who are unaware D-Day for payment is March the 31st which is in two days time. The Department of the Environment has stated that it has received €45,379,600 out of the estimated €160 million overall revenue generated by the Household Tax Ireland.

The fines to be put in place for people who don’t register by March 31st are as follows;

  • Tax payments made between April 1st and June 30th – 10% i.e. ten euro.
  • Tax payments made between Juy 1st and December 31st 20% i.e. twenty euro.
  • Tax payments made after January 1st 2013 will receive a 30% fine i.e. thirty euro 
  • Late payment of 1% per month i.e. one euro per month

 

The Household Tax legislation states that anyone who doesn’t register their liability or pay the charge by 31st March 2012 will be guilty of an offence. If convicted – they will be liable to a maximum fine of €2500.

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How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

March 27, 2012

Hey guys,

We decided it may be beneficial for many people if we gave a step by step guide to how you pay the Irish household tax.

Step 1: Go to

How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

 

Step 2: Click on whichever of the two boxes applies. Left if you have ALREADY registered and right if you HAVEN’T

Irish Household Tax

Irish Household Tax

 

Step 3: If you are registering which many of you will be click into create account and click which ever option is applicable

Household Tax 2012

Household Tax 2012

 

Step 4: Enter a valid email address that will be used to send a conformation email to

Household Tax Ireland Registering

Household Tax Ireland Registering

 

Step 4: Enter a secure password that you’ll remember as this will be required for future log ins 

 

Household Tax 2012

Household Tax 2012

 

Step 5: This is the last step before payment and involves entering your details such as name, address and PPS number

 

Irish Home Tax

Irish Home Tax

 

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Who Has to Pay the Irish Household Tax

March 27, 2012
Household Tax Ireland

Household Tax Ireland

While the majority of the country are rightly against paying the Irish household tax a number of people have paid and are in the process of doing so. The easiest way of registering is online at Householdcharge.ie or if you don’t have access to a computer you can get registration forms from your  local authority.

The most significant thing to note is that no bills will be issued, your’e expected to register for the charge yourself. But who has to pay the Irish household tax? Everyone including;

  • Pensioners 
  • lone parents 
  • People with a disability
  • The unemployed

The only people exempt from paying the Irish household tax are people getting  a mortgage interest supplement. Something else to note is that if you have put your house up for sale and it has not been sold as of January 1st 2012 you are liable to pay.