• Posted by Steve Playle Friday Sep 16, 2016

Beware of carpet cleaners that spin you a yarn about moths!

For this week’s blog, I decided to turn my attention to carpets and wondered how well the carpet retail sector was currently doing. In my home, I switched from carpet to laminate flooring a long time ago and I have to say that it still looks as good as new, with the exception of a few dents and scratches.

  • Posted by Simon Ayers Friday Sep 09, 2016

Are you safely equipped to deal with home safety?

Earlier this year, TrustMark announced it had partnered with CFOA BlueWatch, the UK’s leading home safety scheme, to improve and promote home safety for domestic and commercial properties. Having previously helped set up BlueWatch before starting here at TrustMark 2 years ago, I have a strong passion for this industry and think everyone needs to be made aware of the importance of home safety.

  • Posted by Reg Harris Monday Sep 05, 2016

TrustMark Registered Tree Surgeons’ Urban Forestry Ltd demonstrate commitment to customer service

My business partner and I set up Urban Forestry in 1992 to undertake landscaping operations and tree surgery spanning across East Anglia, the Midlands and the North West. The team currently sits at 50-strong, and I can speak for every member of my team when I say that they are truly nice people who will do their very best to deliver, no matter how challenging some projects can be!

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Aug 26, 2016

Will history spark you into fire safety mode?

You may not be aware but there was a significant and historic event that took place three hundred and fifty years ago on the second of September. Every day as I make my way to the office, I actually walk right past the spot in Pudding Lane where this event started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner. The Great Fire of London spread rapidly west across the City of London and by the time it had finished a few days later, 13,000 homes and 87 churches were destroyed, along with the old St Paul’s Cathedral.

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Aug 12, 2016

Quality finish to a gold medal standard

It may be that the time has come to spruce up your tired living room with a lick of paint. Or maybe your home is in need of an entire makeover before you place it on the market to sell.

  • Posted by Louise Cook Monday Aug 08, 2016

Could The Bank of England’s move to cut interest rates help you make your big move?

Last Thursday The Bank of England cut official interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25%. As by far one of the biggest debts you are ever likely to sign up to, the fluctuations in how easy this debt will be to pay back will inevitably have a significant effect on your property choices.

  • Posted by Steve Playle Monday Aug 01, 2016

Scams Awareness Month finishes on the doorstep

July was designated as Scams Awareness Month in a joint campaign run by Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. The main objective has been to try and continue to promote the educational messages to consumers in order to make us all think twice before falling for the ever-growing number of scams that are out there. I actually don’t like the use of the word ‘scam’ – what we are really talking about is fraud which is a serious criminal offence and which is spiraling out of control as fraudsters get more and more sophisticated

  • Posted by Louise Cook Friday Jul 22, 2016

Support for Mortgage interest – the broader implications

As cautious beings in an uncertain economic environment it’s considered common practice to take out home insurance, car insurance and other cover on our prized physical possessions. But what about our health

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  • Posted by Steve Playle Monday Jul 18, 2016

Letting Agents under the Microscope

With property prices continuing to soar, more and more people are turning to property rental rather than taking out a mortgage and investing in bricks and mortar. Although there may be some short term correction in property prices following the recent Brexit decision, business is booming for letting agents and Trading Standards is finding that a rogue element has been attracted in.

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  • Posted by Greg O'Donoghue Friday Jul 08, 2016

Just Windows and Doors: by TrustMark’s side since the beginning

I set up Just Windows and Doors over 30 years ago, and it has since evolved to cover the Middlesex, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire areas. We’ve been with TrustMark since it was set up ten years ago, through our affiliation with the Glass and Glazing Federation.

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TrustMark's blog features tips, advice and inspiration for homeowners on all repair and home improvement issues and showcases some of the best projects our registered tradespeople have worked on.

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