Month: January 2010

More household charges: VAT on local authority services

More household charges: VAT on local authority services

More household charges:VAT to be added to Local Authority ServicesWhile we may have a year to prepare before a property tax and water charges are introduced and in full swing by the end of 2011, 2010 is not immune and householders will not escape the brunt of more charges.

The Revenue Commissioners have asked all local authorities for a list of all goods and …

Property Barometer: Outlook for the market in 2010?

Property Barometer: Outlook for the market in 2010?

MyHome Property Barometer Q4 2009

The Latest MyHome.ie Property Barometer shows that in 2009 asking prices fell by 14.6% nationally and by 18% in Dublin. This year I do not expect asking prices to fall to the same extent and believe that overall 2010 will prove to be a better year for the market compared to last, although asking prices will still be down 10% on …

Garden & Outdoors
Water Butt: Handy 'gadget' to conserve rain water

Water Butt: Handy 'gadget' to conserve rain water

Water Butt

A pretty nifty and handy “gadget” to have especially in the current water shortage is a water butt. What is it? It is a barrel-like tank that can collect rainwater from your roof’s drainpipes after rain. This rainwater can then be used for watering plants in your garden, for washing you car and at times, like now when water pressure is low it might …

Household water charges the cure to the water crisis?

Household water charges the cure to the water crisis?

Household water charges the cure to the water crisis?As water supplies across the country remain at critically low levels, authorities last night warned that water supplies in some parts of the country may not be back to normal for several months.

It”s no secret that Ireland has one of the highest water availability rates in Europe and according to Met eireann annual rainfall …

MyHome.ie: The shop window of  property

MyHome.ie: The shop window of property

MyHome.ie: The shop window of  property President of the IAVI Aine Myler and MyHome.ie Paul Murgatroyd discussed whether we are at the bottom of the property price market on TV3s Morning Ireland.

A recent IAVI survey reported that residential property values had fallen by 20% on average in 2009. It also suggested that the market has bottomed out …

Draught excluders for the cold whether

Draught excluders for the cold whether

Draught excluders for the cold whether

Why get one? Draught excluders are a quick, easy and a cost effective method to reduce heat loss and help to retain heat in the rooms of your house. They stop the cold air from the outside creeping in and a help prevent those draughts circulating.

Draught excluders can also be considered …

Garden & Outdoors
Recycle your Christmas tree!

Recycle your Christmas tree!

Recycle your Christmas tree!By now the Christmas decorations should be packed away back into their boxes but if you didn”t manage to get out of the house last week with all the snow, problem now is what to do with your old Christmas tree? Although it just might be a bit too big to fit in your green bin, Christmas Trees can be recycled and …

The New Year Snow: Who should be clearing the way?

The New Year Snow: Who should be clearing the way?

The New Year Snow: Who should be clearing the way?

Many reports have surfaced that taxis and buses will not travel into certain residential areas, estates or driveways due to the snow and icy conditions which make for unsafe driving; and who would blame them? No one wants to risk or endanger lives or their vehicle.

But surely it doesn’t take much to clear the …

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