Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Hi, I'm Zac! I've set up Loftera with a simple mission in mind. To offer the best and free home improvement advice. This section is where the best of our work is published. Producing great content wouldn't be possible without my wife, Aiko which you can see smiling next to me. She is a frequent contributor to the site and shares a lot of her knowledge here at Loftera. Together we have over 20 years of knowledge in the home improvement industry and use this very blog to share our skills with you.

Boiler Not Registered With Gas Safe
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Boiler Not Registered With Gas Safe? Here’s What To Do

When was the last time you checked your boiler’s Gas Safe certificate? If it’s been longer than a year then it’s already been too long. All boilers in the UK need to be checked and approved by the Gas Safe Register (GSR) (1) and you are required by law to have your system checked every

how long does a boiler service take
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How Long Does a Boiler Service Take? What Does It Include?

Did you know that your boiler should be serviced every 12 months, yet hundreds of households across the UK leave it years before actually getting it checked? Failure to get a boiler service will actually void the warranty, meaning that if it does break down, you’ll be left to pick up the costs of fixing

How To Flush A Central Heating System Combi Boiler
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How To Flush A Central Heating System Combi Boiler?

So, you want to know how to drain a combi boiler? You’re not alone. It is a question asked by thousands of homeowners every year. The reasons for flushing your boiler system can vary. One of the main reasons why people choose to drain a combi boiler is to remove any unwanted residue in their

When Can I Switch Energy Supplier Without Penalty?
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When Can I Switch Energy Supplier Without Penalty?

If you’ve managed your own home for long enough, you’ve definitely wondered “when can I leave my energy supplier?” at some point or another. Whether you’ve pulled the trigger yet or not, you’d be surprised how many people don’t realise that sometime you will have to pay energy suppliers exit fees. It all depends on

cost of extension over garage
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Cost of Extension Over Garage – How Much Is It?

Get An Extension Quote Today Save up to 27% by comparing quotes from trusted builders. Click To Get Quotes If you are sick of not having enough room or space in your home, then what about getting an extension over your garage? It’s actually one of the most popular home improvements in the UK, which

oak framed extension cost
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Oak Framed Extension Cost – How Much Is It? Prices Compared

Oak Framed Extension Quotes Save up to 37% by comparing quotes from trusted builders. Click To Get Quotes One of the more popular choices of extensions in recent years has been that of an oak frame. The main reason for this surge in popularity is due to their aesthetic appeal. They look great! They also

fitted wardrobes cost
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How Much Do Fitted Wardrobes Cost?

Table of Contents Did you know that having fitted wardrobes in your house can actually increase the value of your home when it comes to selling? In fact, the best quality options often add so much value to your house that they more than cover the cost of installation, which not only makes them a

burglar alarm cost
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Burglar Alarm Cost – How Much Is It? Installation Prices

Get Your Alarm Today Save up to 40% by comparing quotes from security companies Click To Get Quotes If you’re reading this Loftera blog, then you are more than likely in the process of deciding on whether to have a burglar alarm system fitted in your home. If that is the case, well done to

Can You Include Renovation Costs In A Mortgage
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Can a Mortgage Include Renovation Costs? UK Homeowners Guide

Despite a difficult 2020 for the financial industry, the demand for mortgages in the UK rose to a 13 year high as the number of people wanting home loans continued to boom. Bank of England figures (1) proved that there we close to 100,000 loans approved by lenders in October 2020 alone, and the figures