The Ultimate 12-point property buying checklist

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Teknos interior paints provide "better indoor air quality"

Dezeen promotion: Finnish paint brand Teknos has released a range of paints designed to improve resident’s wellbeing by purifying indoor air.

Named Biora Air, the paints absorb and neutralise aldehyde pollutants such as formaldehydes from interior spaces.

According to Teknos, air contaminants are odourless, which makes them difficult for residents to detect before noticing health effects, such as irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and skin.

Depending on the concentration of aldehydes and the size of the space, surfaces painted with Biora Air paints can purify air for “five to 10 years”.

“Indoor air is polluted by many sources, such as the outside air, building materials and furniture,” said Teknos. “Impurities that can be found include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), small particles or harmful microbes such as mould.”

A wall painted in a cool toned mauve Teknos paint with a white desk, red desk lamp, pink diary and a jar of flowers
Biora Air paints have a matt finish and a purifying technology that helps reduce the amount of aldehydes in the air

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House insurance for flood-risk areas – your options explained

A flood can cause tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to your home and its contents, causing misery and inconvenience. Meaning it’s essential to make sure you have suitable house insurance for flood-risk areas in place.

An estimated one in five homes in the UK is at risk of flooding according to JBA Risk Management, which assesses flood risk. That number is sure to rise as we expect there to be more flooding in the future, as winter rainfall increases and sea levels rise due to climate change.

Insurer Aviva has seen this first hand with a major spike in home insurance claims for flood damage to homes in 2019 and 2020.

The Environment Agency estimated that flooding in the UK in 2019/20 caused £78 million worth of damage but this would have been £2.2 billion if improvements had not been made to flood defences.

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A Glamorous 1970s Holgar & Holgar Home Hits The Market

A Glamorous 1970s Holgar & Holgar Home Hits The Market

On The Market

by Amelia Barnes

Architects Holgar & Holgar, founded by husband and wife John and Helen Holgar, were responsible for some of Melbourne’s most glamorous mid-to-late 20th century Australian homes – one of which is on the market! Photo – Arc Studio Ink

The home contains four bedrooms and three bathrooms over two-storeys, before a north-facing backyard. Photo – Arc Studio Ink

The purpose-built music studio. Photo – Arc Studio Ink

The floor plan has easily adapted to the current owners’ ever-changing family needs. Photo – Arc Studio Ink

The ultimate family (or party) house! Photo – Arc Studio Ink

The property has a fully self-contained guest apartment, in addition to the main house. Photo – Arc Studio Ink

A  classic Holgar & Holgar home by architects John Holgar (1922-2006) and Helen Holgar (1923-2012) is ‘palatial

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An unemployment rate below 4% is possible. But for how long?

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