The Definitive List of 50 Must-Read DIY Blogs

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For many people, DIY in the home is all about inspiration.

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And, often, inspiration can come from being influenced by others. And that’s why our definitive list of the 50 very best (or, Ultimate, if you like) and “Must-Read” DIY and Home Improvement blogs is a necessity if you’re looking to evoke your creativity and put those DIY skills to practice.

For each of the blogs featured (in no particular order, we must add), there is a small blurb along with one post of theirs that we really recommend taking a look at. Enjoy the list and, if you find it useful, it would be awesome if you could help us share it! Continue reading

10 Simple yet Powerful New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

january-new-yearWe’re all pretty familiar with New Year’s resolutions, usually due to the fact that by the middle of January most of us have completely given up on them.

But how about this year you make a few pledges when it comes to your home?

Losing weight, getting fit or looking for a new job might make you feel better about yourself, but a few simple changes around the home can make a massive difference and even save you money.

So here are 10  domestic resolutions you might want to sign-up to in 2015, and it’s entirely up to you if you embrace all of them or just a few – you’re only cheating yourself!

1. Secure Your Home

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If you’re planning to make home security a priority in the new year, don’t wait any longer. Do it now. Think about installing double glazing or uPVC windows and make sure your smoke detector is working. And if you don’t have a carbon dioxide detector, get one ASAP!

 


2. Add Some Greenery

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Bring life into your home by introducing a little foliage. Having plants or flowers around the house instantly brightens a room, as well your mood. Plus, certain plants have air cleaning qualities, which is an added bonus.

 

 

 

3. Insulate Well

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A few simple insulating techniques can go a long way when it comes to saving energy and ultimately money. So make sure your loft is sufficiently snug by using wool insulation and cover any hot water pips while you’re at it. You can also fit simple additions such as draught excluders under your doors and even specialist balloons to eliminate chilly breezes from unused chimneys.

 

4. Become More Energy Efficient

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Replacing light bulbs, unplugging appliances, and turning off lights are all things you can do to be more energy efficient. But you can go that little bit further by choosing more efficient appliances or updating your gas and electricity supplier, which could save energy as well as money.

 

 

5. Reduce Clutter

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Rather than wondering what to do with all the stuff you seem to have amassed over the last 12 months, how about you just get rid of it all together? Those toys that the children have grown out of can be taken to the charity shop. Or maybe that coffee table you no longer use could make a few quid on ebay?

 

 

6. Make a ‘To Do’ List

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If things got a little un-organised at the end of last year, then this is the time to do something about it. Don’t tackle all those jobs that need doing around the house at once, create a ‘to do’ list, which you can then break down into bite sized chunks. Go room-by-room, writing down everything you want to change about that part of the home. This way you can approach everything head-on, but without burning yourself out in the process.

7. Replenish Your Supplies

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It’s difficult to keep a home tidy when you don’t have the right utensils. So start off the year as you mean to go on and stock-up on cleaning products, polish, bleach, brushes, cloths, pretty much all the things you need to maintain a clean and hygienic living space.

 

 

8. Designate a Cleaning Day

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There are some chores that just can’t wait, like washing the dishes. But designating one day a week for those little jobs like doing the laundry or cleaning the kitchen floor can mean that things don’t mount up and get on top of you.

 

 

9. Deep Clean Your Kitchen

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If there’s one room that seems to need constant attention when keeping a tidy home it’s the kitchen. And cleaning a little at a time will only go so far. So give your kitchen cabinets, cooker, hob, floor and pretty much every surface a thorough clean to begin the year, and this way it will be easier to maintain over the coming months.

 

 

10. Save Water

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Yes we all know about turning off the tap when we’re brushing our teeth, but how about a few other ways of saving water? Things like only filling the kettle to the minimum, waiting until the dishwasher or washing machine is full before putting on a cycle, and even fitting water saving shower heads or a dual system toilet flush can all make a huge difference.

 

Finsa Host Annual Convention at Inglewood Manor

This month, Finsa UK and Finsa Home hosted the annual Finsa Group International Convention at Inglewood Manor on the Wirral.

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Finsa, which has its UK headquarters in Birkenhead, welcomed its top management from Spain, which included Tito Garcia, Finsa’s CEO, as well as delegates comprising of business clients, staff and overseas management and key local business figures.

The event was supported and assisted by the Wirral Chamber of Commerce. Patsy Crocker, of the Wirral Chamber, gave delegates an update about initiatives and business support available, and the way in which Wirral will be developing as a location business over the coming years.

“Wirral Chamber of Commerce was delighted to be invited to play a role in this important event,” she said.

“I feel that through Wirral Chamber working in partnership with companies, such as Finsa UK and Finsa Home, we can positively promote the excellence of Wirral as a place where businesses can locate and thrive.”

Also taking part was Olympian high jump medalist Steve Smith who is now recognised as one of the country’s leading motivational speakers who gave a presentation – Raise the Bar – which related to business his dedication and motivation in achieving success.

“It was wonderful to be part of this excellent Finsa global event, the opportunity for me to welcome their customers and overseas staff to our region was a proud moment,” said Steve.

“What was very clear is that Finsa is an organisation committed in focusing on developing winning behaviours and embracing change enabling it to deliver product excellence.”

Also announced during the event was a partnership developed between Finsa and Wirral Metropolitan College which will see four new apprentices starting their work journey with the company in areas such as retail, warehouse and marketing.

Staff from Liverpool John Moores University School of Architecture also attended and from this there are now plans to hold a second student design competition between the University and Finsa UK during 2015. This is following on from the success of its first competition, Organisation for Students Ideas, which was held in 2011.

Tito Garcia, Finsa CEO, summarised the success of the event, he said: “My congratulations to all involved, this event was a great achievement for Finsa and I am very pleased to say that it was positively received and enjoyed by everyone.

“I was delighted to meet with so many people, from our staff, clients and members of our local business community and to see first hand how successfully the area is developing. ”

Top Finsa product recieves Architecture Expo award

 

ExpoDublin was home to the Architecture Expo last month, an event for the construction and architecture industry across Ireland.

And this year’s show, which was held on the 12th and 13th of October, was so popular it even managed to double its size since from when it was first held two years ago.

One event of note was Compacmel Plus, a wood solution especially designed for highly humid indoor environments or applications that require high strength, being awarded the prize for the best construction material for indoor use.

Compacmel Plus is a wood solution we at FINSA use in many of our products and to find out more about this product, just click here.

6 Things You Should Know About Advertising Property Online

IMG-20141025-01951Having recently attended the Merseyside Landlord Show, Finsa was able to take advantage of the presentation and advice on show from Upad – a self-service letting agency.

Within their presentation, Upad highlighted the key areas to look out for when advertising a property online and how to find the right tenant for your home.

Having attained this information, we have contributed a guest blog to Upad titled “6 Things You Should Know About Advertising Property Online”.

You can check out this post by clicking the following link; http://www.upad.co.uk/blog/2014/10/guest-post-6-things-you-should-know-about-advertising-property-online/

Finsa star at Merseyside Landlord Show

Echo ArenaThe Merseyside Landlord’s Show took place last Saturday with hundreds of property owners and investors visiting the exhibition at the  Liverpool Echo Arena on a beautiful sunny day on the banks of the river Mersey.

Landlords had the opportunity to attend seminars on topics such as: ‘Advertising your property on-line’, ‘Evicting problematic tenants’, ‘How to raise additional finance to grow your property portfolio’, and ‘Energy Efficiency.’

At the event Finsahome showcased their extensive range of kitchens with all the exclusive trade benefits available to kitchen fitters and landlords.

The 18mm thick Finsa kitchen carcasses with 6mm backs and solid tops were much celebrated as they add real quality to most competitors proposals on the same price range.
Landlord ShowThe Chamonix and Cervino doorswere also praised for their contemporary look at the most attractive price tag of £450 for a 9-unit kitchen with a Finsahome Trade Account.

Also on display was the extended range of laminate flooring. The new thicker 12mm FINFloor 12 and the new wider plank FINfloor Supreme are now available in-Store and will soon be available On-Line at www.finsahome.co.uk/flooring

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Winter warmers on display at Grand Designs show

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Finsa UK recently visited the Grand Designs Live Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham as followers of the popular TV show looked for a little inspiration when it came to their own big design ideas.

During the event, the show’s host host Kevin McCloud (pictured below) introduced Peter and Chard Berkin to talk about their very special circular wooden house in Milton Keynes that they managed to build for under £400,000.

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At the exhibition itself darker colour schemes took centre stage, including Walnut and Aubergine from our Finsahome Kitchens Collection.

And when it came to Flooring, colours such Siddhartha Walnut or Cassandra Oak were on display - creating a cosy and homely feel among  for the months ahead.

Finsa charity golf day a HOLE load of fun for everyone!

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FINSAHOME is proud to have been the main sponsor of a golf day, which raised over £4,000 for a local charity.

On September 22nd, Wirral Ladies’ Golf Club hosted the event in aid of the Catholic Children’s Society and it’s safe to say a great day was had by all those that attended.

The tournament was an outstanding success with fierce competition from the 19 teams and 76 players involved, and the charity was quick to acknowledge the contribution made by the local community, especially thanking FINSAHOME for their efforts.

Mary Kilcoyne from the Catholic Children’s Society said: “Many thanks from all of us for the sterling work Finsahome have done on our behalf. Funds raised from the golf tournament have exceeded our expectations and currently stand at over £4,000.”

Customers and business partners of Finsahome and Finsa UK were among the participants and both companies thank the many kind contributors to this noble event, while also celebrating the huge amount raised for the Catholic Children’s Society.

Well done to everyone who took part!

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New Finsa range on show at Landlord and Property Show

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If you’re visiting the Landlord and Property Show on the 25th of October at the BT Convention Centre next to the Liverpool Echo Arena, be sure to come over and visit our stall. 

The not to be missed event for all landlords and property developers in the Merseyside area offers a complete programme of seminars to update local landlords on the latest regulatory changes.   

And Finsahome will be showcasing our new ranges of laminate flooring, such as Finfloor 12 and Finfloor Supreme, as well as thicker and wider plank floors with the most contemporary wood effect designs. 

So come and see us and discover our great discounts available to trade customers and landlords.

We can’t wait to see you! 

FINSA family fun day a huge success for young and old

A great time was had by all at the FINSA Family Fun Day last Saturday at our new store in Birmingham.

Customers and local residents stopped by to take part in the fun, with a bouncy castle, games face painting and of course ice cream – which was appreciated by all on such a warm day!

The Birmingham store at Lichfield Road Business Park opened in the spring and is FINSA’s second in the UK, along with their existing outlet in Birkenhead on Merseyside.

And It wasn’t just the youngsters enjoying themselves on the day. Adults were able to make some real savings, such as flooring from £2.99 per square metre and even free underlay on all purchases.

Take a look at some of our pictures of the day below.

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