Tips and advice

Five tips for preventing escape of water disasters

Ensuring that pipes are properly lagged and setting the heating to come on when you are away may not sound like a priority, but at this time of year escaped water can be as much of a threat to your home as fire or theft

How to weather-proof your home

With storms lashing out across the UK this winter, we find out what measures can be taken to help our homes stand firm without compromising their design.

Do I need planning permission?

As a homeowner, it is natural to want to build and develop your property – whether that’s by building an extension, converting unused space, or putting up a fence. While many works fall under ‘permitted development’ there are rules and exceptions. Underwriter, Tim Slattery, answers some of the commonly asked questions about planning permission.

Five ways to winter-proof your home

Your home may be your castle, but even the sturdiest stronghold needs a spot of groundwork. We explore five ways in which you can winter-proof your home.

How to cycle on the roads with confidence

Don’t let fear undermine your experience of taking to the open road. Cycle specialist Richard Peace explains how practice, planning and the right kit are key to the perfect ride