Getting your home ready for winter

  • Posted by Steve Playle Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
It isn’t long now until the clocks go back and that means winter is almost here. I had a real taste of winter last week on a fascinating trip to Iceland where it continually rained for five days and the temperature peaked at ten degrees centigrade during the day. So, at this time of year, you really need to make sure that your home is ready and you are properly prepared for the next few months.

Back to basics in learning how to complain properly

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Oct 07, 2016
Trading Standards Officers across the UK deal with thousands and thousands of complaints and enquiries every year on a massive range of subjects. It could be a problem with counterfeit goods, unsafe electrical products, goods that break down too quickly or the inevitable problems with rogue traders.

TrustMark praises the return of Gas Safety week

  • Posted by Louise Cook Monday Sep 19, 2016
Today we see the return of Gas Safety week, a national campaign driving awareness of Gas safety measures to reduce injuries and deaths caused by faulty gas equipment. The campaign is running from 19-25th September and sees the sixth consecutive year of raising awareness of gas safety and driving home safety.

Beware of carpet cleaners that spin you a yarn about moths!

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Sep 16, 2016
For this week’s blog, I decided to turn my attention to carpets and wondered how well the carpet retail sector was currently doing. In my home, I switched from carpet to laminate flooring a long time ago and I have to say that it still looks as good as new, with the exception of a few dents and scratches.

Are you safely equipped to deal with home safety?

  • Posted by Simon Ayers Friday Sep 09, 2016
Earlier this year, TrustMark announced it had partnered with CFOA BlueWatch, the UK’s leading home safety scheme, to improve and promote home safety for domestic and commercial properties. Having previously helped set up BlueWatch before starting here at TrustMark 2 years ago, I have a strong passion for this industry and think everyone needs to be made aware of the importance of home safety.

TrustMark Registered Tree Surgeons’ Urban Forestry Ltd demonstrate commitment to customer service

  • Posted by Reg Harris Monday Sep 05, 2016
My business partner and I set up Urban Forestry in 1992 to undertake landscaping operations and tree surgery spanning across East Anglia, the Midlands and the North West. The team currently sits at 50-strong, and I can speak for every member of my team when I say that they are truly nice people who will do their very best to deliver, no matter how challenging some projects can be!

Will history spark you into fire safety mode?

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Aug 26, 2016
You may not be aware but there was a significant and historic event that took place three hundred and fifty years ago on the second of September. Every day as I make my way to the office, I actually walk right past the spot in Pudding Lane where this event started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner. The Great Fire of London spread rapidly west across the City of London and by the time it had finished a few days later, 13,000 homes and 87 churches were destroyed, along with the old St Paul’s Cathedral.

Quality finish to a gold medal standard

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Aug 12, 2016
It may be that the time has come to spruce up your tired living room with a lick of paint. Or maybe your home is in need of an entire makeover before you place it on the market to sell.

Could The Bank of England’s move to cut interest rates help you make your big move?

  • Posted by Louise Cook Monday Aug 08, 2016
Last Thursday The Bank of England cut official interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25%. As by far one of the biggest debts you are ever likely to sign up to, the fluctuations in how easy this debt will be to pay back will inevitably have a significant effect on your property choices.

Scams Awareness Month finishes on the doorstep

  • Posted by Steve Playle Monday Aug 01, 2016
July was designated as Scams Awareness Month in a joint campaign run by Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. The main objective has been to try and continue to promote the educational messages to consumers in order to make us all think twice before falling for the ever-growing number of scams that are out there. I actually don’t like the use of the word ‘scam’ – what we are really talking about is fraud which is a serious criminal offence and which is spiraling out of control as fraudsters get more and more sophisticated





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TrustMark's blog features tips, advice and inspiration for homeowners on all repair and home improvement issues and showcases some of the best projects our registered tradespeople have worked on.

With insight from our expert contributors, including Trading Standards expert Steve Playle, we hope you enjoy our blog and are able to take away helpful information and be inspired to do work on your homes.