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2011 Migration Monitor report released by reallymoving.com

Following a detailed analysis of over 60,000 home movers in the UK throughout 2011, reallymoving.com has released its annual Migration Monitor. The study highlights postcode regions that retain their residents, as well as those that lose people to other areas of the country.

One of the UK’s leading home moving service providers, reallymoving.com indicates that the leading moving trend throughout the last 12 months is residents choosing to move away from London and the South East, with many of its regions showing significantly lower numbers moving in than out.

In stark contrast the South West proved the most desirable destination for home movers. reallymoving.com received ‘from’ and ‘to’ postcodes of over 60,000 home movers and the quintessential seaside town of Torquay ranked as the most popular UK destination for home movers last year, as well as Truro and Exeter.

Rosemary Rogers, director of reallymoving.com, said: “Our research shows that during 2011 the South West claimed the highest percentage of movers into the region. Torquay, Truro and Exeter all appear in the top five results.

“Cities which retain their residents make a healthy mix across the UK: Sheffield, Belfast, Chester and Newcastle all lead the way for residents staying within their postcode regions, which is a great reflection on the success of those cities.”

Residents in the Oxford area are the biggest movers according to the report, with 69% more moves per head of population than the national average. Commuter towns such as Reading and St. Albans also rank highly in terms of population mobility.

The survey also shows areas where residents were happier to sit tight in their current properties. Belfast and Kilmarnock held onto the top spots as the least active moving markets last year in the UK by a significant margin.

The annual 2011 Migration Monitor report is available on the reallymoving.com website. It is also downloadable and printable in PDF format.

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American Verified Home Inspections Help Make That Buying Property a Solid Investment

American Verified Home Inspections, a team of experienced and dedicate cincinnati home inspector professionals are continuing their mission to help every home buyer make the right decision, by stressing the importance of a thorough and effective pre-purchase home inspection.

The company claims that, when buying a home, choosing the right home inspector is just as vital as choosing the right financial planner.

That’s why the company carry out only the most thorough of inspections and provide each client with a detailed report of their findings.

Their experience covers all aspects of home inspections, allowing them to advise both buyers on any type of property – whether new or old.

As the company preach, a thorough home inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, and safeguard their investment:

“I recognize that the home buyer of today is more knowledgeable and demands the best in professional Home Inspectors. The time worn techniques employed by Home Inspectors in the past have become outdated in the age of the informed consumer. As a Professional Home Inspector I take pride in every property inspection and perform in and every Inspection report on” says the company owner.

The company’s services are certainly far reaching and valuable, making the prospect of hiring a home inspector attractive to even the most discerning of buyers.

To find out more about their services, and to book your home inspection today, please visit: http://www.americanverified.com/.

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Rent Builtin Appliances for FHA Appraisals

Guaranteed Home Inspections inspects homes in all counties in Southern California – Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Rent Builtin Appliances for FHA Appraisals

Many homes that are inspected are missing builtin appliances. FHA lenders are now requiring that homes that originally had builtin appliances MUST have them operational at the time of the appraisal. If they are not in place and working the appraisal cannot be completed.

GHI is now offering to install builtin range tops in kitchen counters and builtin ovens in kitchen cabinets to facilitate appraisals. These can be installed within a few days notice and can be left in place through the close of escrow to comply with the lender’s expectation.

The cost is $100 for clients who choose GHI to inspect the house. If the inspection cannot be included, the cost is $200 which includes the labor to install and the labor to remove after close of escrow. This price includes both a counter top range and a cabinet mounted oven. Due to the cost of labor to install and remove, discounts cannot be given for rental of just one of the two. These appliances are not new and are not expected to be the buyer’s choice for life. In fact, in kitchens with double oven cabinets, only one rental oven is installed because that is all that is required by FHA lenders and appraisers. Open space above or below is closed off by a temporary but presentable cabinet face.

Authority to install and right to remove must be obtained from the seller or the seller’s listing agent. Payment may be made by either the selling party or the buying party. Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card or PayPal and is due in full at time of installation.

For more information see the Guaranteed Home Inspections web site, http://www.ifimissitifixit.com/rentbuiltinappliances

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LocalQuoter.net Releases The Latest In Damp Proof Membrane Technology

Online home improvement price comparison site LocalQuoter.net has responded to customer demand and the UK weather with the launch of a value for money damp proof membrane for their online customers. Offering essential home improvement products like this damp proof membrane is the next logical step for Local Quoter, who already provide customers with competitive quotes for home improvement needs from hundreds of suppliers.

LocalQuoter.net Releases The Latest In Damp Proof Membrane Technology

“We have already established ourselves as a leader in supply and fit price comparison online and demand from our new and existing customer base is now also for value for money home improvement products – hence the launch of this damp proof membrane”, says Les Yates of Local Quoter.

Damp proof membrane is used to form a horizontal barrier within a wall to prevent damp rising from the ground up through the structure. UK householders whose properties have not already got damp proof membrane installed are recommended to do so to keep their homes safe from the threat of rising damp. Rising damp is a particular problem in the UK due to the high rainfall levels and resulting ground water.

Local Quoter offers competitive prices on supply and fit needs by comparing quotes from hundreds of suppliers and can now also offer customers the best value for money on essential home improvement products such as the damp proof membrane.

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Don’t Be Caught Cold By Another Freezing Spell

When the country found itself in the icy grip of winter last month, many people reached for their central heating thermostats to turn them up. And while that might have warded off the immediate chill, home services comparison website LocalQuoter.net says many householders will soon be paying the price for keeping themselves warm as the next energy bills land on the doormat.

Don't Be Caught Cold By Another Freezing Spell

It’s at times like these, too, when lots of good intentions regarding using less energy to help cut down our CO2 emissions go out of the window. So next time we feel an icy blast, everyone can be better prepared – and will reduce their carbon footprint – by having the latest, most energy-efficient windows and doors fitted.

“Having windows and doors manufactured to the most up-to-date standards fitted in the home is an investment which pays off immediately in helping cut energy use, and reducing heating bills,” says Les Yates of LocalQuoter. “Modern, state-of-the-art windows are made from glass which contains an invisible metal coating between the panes. This reflects the heat back into the home, and keeps it warmer in winter and cooler in the summer,” he adds.

LocalQuoter helps householders find the best company to supply and install the latest double-glazed windows and doors and passes cheap double glazing quotes on to the customer. It chooses companies based on personal recommendation, so if a firm uses the latest materials, and customers see the savings, then they are likely to be rewarded by gaining more recommendations.

And the benefits for homeowners in having the most efficient windows fitted are both short and long term. “Upgrading windows and doors has double benefits, in bringing cost savings, and making a home look much more attractive, which will help substantially in increasing its value,” Les Yates added.

Getting old windows replaced with double glazing at any time is a sensible idea. But getting it done before the cold weather bites again not only makes sense – it will make people better off in the long run.

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LocalQuoter, The UK-Based Price Comparison Specialist, Is Looking To Make Inroads Into The American Home Improvement Market

LocalQuoter, the UK-based price comparison specialist, is looking to make inroads into the American home improvement market in 2010 by establishing itself in Florida.

LocalQuoter, The UK-Based Price Comparison Specialist, Is Looking To Make Inroads Into The American Home Improvement Market

The company, which was set up in England in 2008, has just expanded to serve the whole of America, and intends to build on its reputation for finding the best deals for customers wanting sunrooms, conservatories, sidings, pergolas and replacement windows and doors.

Through an extensive network of suppliers and fitters across the US, the company puts customers in touch with the best tradespeople, whatever the job. LocalQuoter America has access to over 4,000 companies specialising in windows and doors and allows people to choose between 1,500 conservatory experts.

LocalQuoter’s presence in America will also allow customers access to more than 2,500 firms involved in building sunrooms. Having a sunroom adds a new dimension to your home visually, provides a great living space where you can relax all-year-round, and can significantly add to the value of your property when the time comes to sell up.

Another benefit of using an online comparison service is that once one quote form has been filled out, no more work is required on the part of the customer. They can simply sit back and let LocalQuoter do the hard work and find the best company to carry out the project such as sunroom quotes, windows and Pergolas as well.

Les Yates, boss of LocalQuoter America, said by going through the company’s brand new US website www.localquoter.net/us people can obtain no obligation quotes from reputable companies who have been accepted onto an approved suppliers list.

He said: “We’re delighted to have been able to expand our business to serve the whole of America and are confident of being able to replicate the success of LocalQuoter in the UK.

“Often when homeowners are looking to have work carried out on their properties they worry about ending up with a rogue trader. The beauty of a service like LocalQuoter is that every single one of our suppliers is vetted and has to conform to a certain set of criteria.

“We believe there is a gap in the market and people across the United States will welcome the arrival of a company that can act as a reliable and trustworthy source, providing them with honest, local tradespeople who don’t charge the earth.

“Our massive database of contacts across America’s home improvement industry allows us to ensure our customers get to choose from the best deals available and we can’t wait to help people start saving.”

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The National Stone Restoration Alliance Is Ready To Put Radon In Granite Accusations To Rest With Live Webcam Testing

As you are probably very aware, there have been on-going accusations that have been consistently made against natural granite products having the ability to cause cancer, because of the high levels of radon that they have been said to produce. These accusations have been going on for quite a while, and it is time to put them to rest.

Who better to accomplish this, than professionals who strive to ensure the safety, as well as the satisfaction of all customers? The National Stone Restoration Alliance is ready to put accusations to rest. Josveek Huligar, a proud member of the NSRA is willing to conduct a very important test in his own home. This is a test that can ultimately change the world of granite, as we know it.

Huligar plans to have the very slab of granite, which was said to be ‘hot’ and to have contained radon, installed in his own home. The entire process will be on camera no less, for the entire world to see. Before the slab of granite is to be installed, samples will be taken, and the air will be tested in the home, as described by the EPA, and then sent to be evaluated by AirChek ( www.radon.com ), to check for traces of radon and radiation. When this test is complete, the granite will be installed, and then his home will be tested once again to check the levels of radon and radiation. You can monitor this entire process yourself on a public web cam at www.nsraweb.com

The slab being used for this test has been provided by Mr. Tim Scarlata of Atlantic Granite & Marble ( www.atlanticgranite.com ), located in Rochester N.Y. After searching extensively to find the perfect slab for the test, Scarlata was able to locate two slabs of granite that did in fact produce higher than normal readings of radiation. Atlantic Granite & Marble will also be fabricating and installing the counter top while on video for the public to view.

There have been some individuals who have spent large amounts of money on not only the installation of natural granite in their homes, but then they have turned right around and paid tons more money in having the granite removed because of the scare that has been put on society with the radon issues. Huligar, being in the business of ensuring customer satisfaction and quality, also takes this issue very seriously, because the health and well being of his customers are at stake. He plans to do everything possible to ensure the continued safety and reliability of NSRA customers.

You could certainly be seriously hurt, or even killed if granite were to fall on top of you, but at this time, this is the only way that has been proven to cause harm to anyone.

It is the believed that the radon scare is nothing more than marketing strategies, and it has done exactly what it was intended to do, and that is cause fear of using granite in the general public. Huligar and associates of NSRA do not believe this to be true. However, he knows how important it is for the public to see that he stands behind the good name of The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance and their objective to supply clients with the natural beauty of stone, and that every effort will always be taken to do so in a safe manner. To further put the publics mind at rest, solutions to any unfavorable characteristics have already been found.

This test is vital to the natural stone industry, and Huligar is ready to stand up to the test to prove that granite is not harmful to the general public. People need to be able to see these accusations called upon.

The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance (NSRA) has already done their own research, and released their information that looked at both past and present studies, as well as the marketing strategies used by manufacturers that birthed the scare of radon in the home. The findings of this research are quite simply that levels of radon have no significant difference when granite has been installed in a home.

Do not let yourself fall into the trap of letting unproven fears cost you hundreds of dollars, find out the truth yourself by watching the web cam at Natural Stone Restoration Alliance | Home, and let this door be closed once and for all. Viewers can also comment on the research that is being performed at http://www.nsraweb.com/forums/news-5/live-testing-kitchen-radon-before-granite-9010.html

The set up and testing of the hot slabs starts 9/6/2008 at 10am.

The test will be ending September 8, 2008 @ 6:15

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