The Checkatrade Foundation and Spirit FM have teamed up again and are promoting their annual charity jailbreak challenge on Sunday, 7 May which is launching today! They are encouraging teams of four to enter and raise money for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. So why not get some friends, family or colleagues together and have some fun while raising money!
The event starts at Fontwell Racecourse near Chichester whereby teams will be asked to dress to impress and will be handcuffed together before boarding a Richardson’s coach to take them to prison. Last year, we had fairies, jailbird chicks, golfers, safari gear, traffic cones, sailors, neon ravers and more!
Teams will then ‘escape’ and be dropped off at a secret and unknown location. You then have to make your way to the ‘hideout’ back at the studios without spending any money or using their mobile phone. The distance is challenging if walking so teams will need to use their wit and powers of persuasion to blag some free transport. Previously, teams travelled back on buses, trains, a boat, quad bikes, motorbikes, classic cars, police & fire vehicles to name a few. Some walked more than others but they all did so well.
All prisoners will also be given a swag bag to help them on their way which will include hints and tips on how to get to the hideout.
Spirit FM will also be presenting live throughout the day, following teams and finding out about your progress. Listeners will be encouraged to give teams some help and phone in when the spot them too! Teams are also advised to use social media too #jailbreak.
The winners will be the first ones back to the ‘hideout’ and prizes are also on offer; Best Route Back, Best Dressed Team, Fastest Team Back and one for the Last Team Back!
It’s just £20 to register and then you are asked to raise £200 per team with all proceeds going to the Checkatrade Foundation which was founded to help those in need, in particular children whether they are abroad, based nationally or closer to home. The Sussex Snowdrop Trusts is a fantastic cause, based locally that provide care at home for children with life threatening illnesses providing nurses and financial help for their families.
Di Levantine, Co-Founder of Snowdrop said ‘we were so delighted to receive so much last year from Checkatrade and it made a huge difference to local families. We were able to take 57 of the families we support out for a family day out to a theme park, which made some wonderful memories. These days are unforgettable for the children, their parents and siblings who also have to cope with so much. It’s the chance to all be together and have fun, something they all really look forward to doing.’
What does a new boiler cost & how can you get best value for money?
We are WPJ Heating, a boiler installation company based in London and proud members of Checkatrade.
We have been installing boilers for over 15 years and would like to share some of our tips and recommendations with you.
There are many boiler manufacturers and boiler prices can vary depending on the boiler type, size, performance, quality and guarantee. Typically the price for a new boiler ranges from £800 – £2000. It is a long term investment so it’s important to find out which is the right boiler for your home. Prices can also vary on who you choose to install your boiler.
We choose to work with Worcester Bosch and Valliant as our main suppliers because of the quality of their products and commitment that both companies have demonstrated over the years. A new Worcester Bosch or Vaillant boiler with installation ranges from £1800- £3000.
Top Tip: Always get 2-3 quotes from different boiler installation companies in your area as the prices can vary drastically.
New Boiler Savings
Your current boiler may be costing you money!
The Energy Saving Trust tells us that a modern, condensing boiler can save you up to £350 every year. Investing in a quality boiler can pay off in the long run. See the table below for approximate numbers.
We always recommend choosing boilers with a guarantee longer than 7 years. These boilers might be a bit more expensive at first, but in the long run these boilers will workout a better investment as high quality boilers will save you money on your gas bill and will last you at least a decade.
Different installers give different guarantees on the same boiler
It’s important to note that it’s not only the choice of boiler that determines the length of your guarantee. It also depends on who installs your boiler.
Leading manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch and Valliant go through a process of vetting and accrediting installers with different grades and that affects how long certain heating companies can guarantee your boiler for.
For example, we are top level Diamond members of the WAI Scheme (Worcester Accredited Installers) which means that Worcester Bosch trusts us to do an exceptional job with their products. We can therefore give the longest guarantee on their boilers, 8-10 years depending on the type of boiler. If you would choose an installer that’s not a Diamond member, you would get a lower guarantee on the same new boiler.
Three top tips when getting a new boiler
- Always get at least 2-3 boiler quotes from local boiler installer companies. Price, diagnosis and quality of workmanship can vary drastically.
- Always check the guarantee on your new boiler. Guarantee on a boiler often depends on the installer, not only on the boiler manufacturer or type of boiler. Compare installers in your area and their accreditations to get the longest guarantee.
- Always check the company’s review. Reviews don’t lie and it’s the one tool you as a customer have to asses if the company is reliable. Companies with bad or no reviews are more likely to give a disappointing service than companies with good reviews. We all operate in different ways and have different standards.
You can get a quote for a new boiler installation on our website, we will e-mail it to you immediately.
Watch out for our next installment of Boiler Tips soon on the Checkatrade blog.
Following the postponement of the Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final fixture between Oxford United and Bradford City last week, the competition sponsors Checkatrade have organised free coach travel for fans to go back to the Kassam Stadium this week (Tuesday 31st January).
The game was postponed due to a frozen pitch with the Bantam’s travelling support already in the stadium. The title sponsors of the competition, Checkatrade, have subsequently worked with the club to organise free coach travel for fans who made the 350-mile round journey.
Holders of the postponed match day tickets can contact Shipley Bantams Travel to secure their free place on 07974757730 or alternatively email the travel group at [email protected]. The free places are limited, as a result these are available on a first come first served basis.*
Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO of Checkatrade, said: “The reason why we sponsored the tournament was to support lower league football clubs and their fans. We saw the dedicated fans that made the mammoth journey down to Oxford United earlier this week and we felt their loyalty and support deserved to be recognised, so putting on the coaches is the least we can do. I hope they all enjoy the game, whatever the result.”
James Mason, Chief Operating Officer at Bradford City, added: “It’s a wonderful gesture by Checkatrade and the EFL to provide the free coach. A really nice touch.
“Hopefully many fans will still be able to go and take advantage of this. The more fans we have at Oxford to cheer the team on the better. Our fans have been brilliant all season travelling long distances to support their team, so this is a much-appreciated offer.”
*Supporters are reminded this is a none alcohol service. Supporters club membership numbers are required on booking.
Please see the below information that was sent in to us by ‘Action Fraud’;
Payment diversion alert
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.
- Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
- For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
- Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
- Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
You might remember that in September, some of our brilliant team from our Head and Nottingham Office set off to climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
We were delighted to welcome Alison from Chestnut Tree House to our Checkatrade Head Office in Selsey this week and thanks to the teams efforts, we were able to hand over a cheque for £1033 which will be used to support the fantastic work the children’s hospice does to help local families.
Well done to all involved!
You’ll also notice our Christmas Tree in the background. We are selling decorations in aid of Chestnut Tree House too so no doubt we’ll be handing over another cheque again soon…
The Checkatrade Foundation have launched their Christmas Appeal at their head office in Selsey and are supporting local cause, Safe in Sussex this year. They provide domestic abuse awareness and also have two refuges in the county providing accommodation for women and children.
Every women and child who arrives at the refuge receives a welcome pack and we’d love Checkatrade to help make up as many of these as possible! Items needed include:
– Shower gel
– Shampoo and conditioner (for both adults and children)
– Toothbrushes and toothpaste (for both adults and children)
– Liquid soap
– Children’s Book
– Cuddly Toy (new)
If you would like to get involved and help us too then please drop off your donations at;
5-6 Sherrington Mews
Or email [email protected]
The last date for donations is Friday 16th December
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We were recently nominated for two awards as part of the National Payroll Giving Awards in London. This is all due to our awesome Checkatrade staff who donate to so many worthy causes through their salary.
Two of our Charity Champions, Amber and Becca went along and we won both which is the first time we have done so and we were delighted!
We won Most Innovative and Most Sustained Campaign. A huge thank you to all our fabulous Checkatrade staff! Here at Checkatrade we strive to make a difference and in the past 5 years, due to our generous employees we have donated over £33,000 from payroll giving!
Many of you have never heard of the Burn Test, however this is why It is beneficial to book a Professional Cleaning company like ourselves http://premiumclean.co.uk/carpet-cleaning-london/ , We are fully Qualified and Registered giving you peace of mind knowing that we know exactly what we’re doing. The Burn Test is very important to us and we will complete this test before we begin to clean your Carpets. This test is carried out by our Fully Trained and Skilled carpet cleaners, they know all the safety checks and how to complete them to ensure that the correct cleaning materials and cleaning products are used to clean safely, and not cause any damage to the surface area. To remove carpet stains and so on sometimes it requires the use of our professional cleaning products and some of these products are just simply not suitable for certain carpet types. We believe that it isn’t worth the risk of just guessing so this is why we need to know what kind of carpets you have in the property.
For the test we will need to cut a piece of your carpet loose, don’t worry we will take it from a inconspicuous place such as a closet, behind a pipe, usually toward the edge where it will go unnoticed. We will then burn the fibre that we have removed to watch and see what reaction we get with the flame. We have helpfully listed the types of reaction to expect from all the different types of carpets available.
So the results to expect are as follows, we have begun with some of the more common types of fibres that are found in your homes:
Polyester Carpets: The flame on polyester carpets will burn rapidly and will also melt. you will get a orange flame that will sputter and the smoke given off will be black and it will leave a hard black bead that is round and shiny once it has been put out.
Cotton Carpets:This will produce a smell like burning paper and will create a orange/yellow flame, it will create grey ash and will crumble when touched easily.
Nylon Carpet: This fibre will melt and eventually extinguish itself, it gives off a scent that resembles sealing wax. It will also produce a brightly coloured orange tipped flame with a blue base.
Acrylic Carpet: The smoke that this fibre will give off will be black and it will give off an odour that smells of burning meat. The flame itself will give a splutter as it burns down and the ash will be black and more solid than the other fibres. The flame will be white/orange.
Wool Carpet: This fibre gives off no smoke at all, it will burn considerable slower than the others and it will not melt. The ash it leaves will be black and will crumble easily. It will give off a strong smell of burning hair.
The following fibres are rarer but can still be found in some carpets:
Silk Carpets:This one will also give off an odour similar to burning hair but unlike the wool carpet will leave little or even no ash at all, the flame will be steady.
Olefin Carpet:This fibre will burn rapidly and give off a strong scent of asphalt or tar, it will melt as it burns and leave behind a smooth beady ash. The flame will be orange tipped with a blue base.
Rayon Carpet: This fibre will also like the Olefin carpet burn very rapidly but it won’t leave any ash and will smell more like burning paper
After completing these burn tests we will be able to tell exactly what carpets that you have in your property. This means we know exactly what cleaning products can be used and not cause any further damage to the carpets. We want to come and improve your carpets not make them worse.
Kiril Natov (Premium Clean Ltd. Director)
One of our members was recently called upon by the BBC to take part in their new series ‘Garden Rescue’ with Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers.
The series will help people who have the money put aside for their dream garden but no idea where to start. TV favourite, Charlie Dimmock, and the stars of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show, The Rich Brothers, will both pitch their designs to the customer who will then pick their favourite and hand over their money.
Red Terrain Landscaping was completing a job in Surrey Heath when he was approached by the programme’s project manager who has been aware of the company for some time and asked them to work on the show as a landscaper.
They arrived at the job on 16th October and were given two days to complete the garden with the teams help. The weather was against them on the first day but they soldiered on and even with a patio, decking and fencing to complete, they managed to finish by the deadline and as you can imagine, the customer was thrilled with the results and their new garden.
Alan from Red Terrain said “Working with Charlie Dimmock and the crew was a pleasure and I’m looking forward to next year with more builds with them.”
Keep an eye out for the show in the New Year and let us know what you think of the gardens.
Everyone at Checkatrade would like to say a massive well done to Alan and his team, it’s great to see our trade’s getting the recognition they deserve!
If you’d like to find out more about Red Terrain Landscaping, visit their page at www.checkatrade.com/RedTerrainLandscaping/
It’s terrible for any homeowner to see their carpet stained. First comes the panic, then mixed feelings of anger and helplessness.
In most cases, you’ll grab the first product you see and start to bitterly scrub the area. Sometimes this has an effect…. sometimes, even when you try your best, not quite.
When traces of chewing gum or rust appear, you might think that everything is lost because we think there’s no way to tackle them.
That’s where you’re wrong!
There are different ways to handle these problems and you can learn these from Cleaner Cleaner’s carpet cleaning specialists. Anyone can do it with our easy methods and you won’t require any special products or preparation.
Chewing gum is the substance which can cause the most damage on the carpet, especially if you try to remove it the wrong way. Even if you are unable to remove any sticky particles, it is very easy to get lint from the carpet together with the gum and break the integrity of the rug.
There is also a risk that the stain will remain. Therefore, specially for you, we have selected the most efficient methods for dealing with it.
Cleaning by freezing
You will need a few ice cubes, a plastic bag and a spoon or knife with which to scrape the gum from the carpet. Put the ice cubes in the plastic bag and place it on the contaminated area. Wait a few minutes until the gum has solidified then take the spoon and carefully remove it. If necessary, repeat several times to complete removal of the stain from the carpet.
Cleaning with a hairdryer
This method is the exact reverse of freezing the gum. Using the warm setting on a hair dryer, heat the gum. Be careful not to overheat the carpet surface and to avoid damage to the fibers. After the gum is soft and smooth enough, pull it out of the carpet. Use nylon or rubber gloves so your hands stay clean. Remove as much as possible of the gum.
To help remove the remaining residue, check our advice below.
Cleaning of chewing gum residue on the carpet
Even though it sounds strange, residue can be removed with peanut butter or muscle pain relief cream. Both have lubricating properties and that’s just what you need. Apply the cream on the affected area and rub it in with your fingers. With the help of a soft cloth, remove any residue of chewing gum from the fibers of the carpet. It may be necessary to use your nails.
Then it will be necessary to remove the traces of the selected cleaner. However be careful and match the product with the particularities of your carpet.
You can also use a DIY product. For it, you will need to make a solution of water and dishwashing product. Apply it on the area and rub with a moist cloth.
The rinsing can be done by absorbing with a clean cloth. If you want it to dry faster,use a very dry cloth to remove any remaining water.
The spots of the chewing gum on the carpet may be removed with the aid of warm vinegar. Heat a small quantity of it and apply it on the desired area. Let it act for about 15 minutes and then remove the gum with a cloth. It is best to use white vinegar, especially if the color of the carpet is light. Don’t worry about the strong smell – it will ease when the liquid has evaporated.
Cleaning the stains from rust may prove to be a difficult task. They are stubborn and annoying and emerge from the various metal items that are present in the interior of your home.
At first glance, this contamination on a carpet appears to be hopeless for stain removal. The spots of rust are a true challenge, but there is a remedy for them. Although it‘s difficult, their removal is not impossible and there are methods with which to solve this problem.
Put the carpet on suitable surface. Soak the stain with lemon juice directly put on the affected area. Do not wet the carpet in advance to achieve the desired effect.
Let the acid stand for 24 hours then wash the spot and there won’t be a trace of the stain.
Before you start to treat your carpet with lemon juice, test to see how will the fabric react to it on a spare or harder to see piece of carpet. This will prevent possible fading of colors.
The DIY carpet cleaning method with lemon juice can be more succes sful if you add baking soda. The catch here is that the soda has very strong bleach action, so only use this option for bright carpets.