Certass Survey Results: Product Quality Most Important to Homeowners

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Feb
2020
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According to Certass’s most recent member survey, 96% of UK homeowners felt product quality was either extremely or very important. As you can infer, this means that almost all homeowners would rather pay more for top-notch products rather than save a few quid.

Are you interested in hearing more about the results of this survey? Then read on. We’ll discuss what Certass is and the other results of this member survey so you know what it means for you as a consumer.

What Is Certass?

Certass is a certification scheme or Competent Person Scheme (CPS) that’s UKAS-approved. This organisation checks both contractors and home improvement companies for competence.

How do they do this? Through set standards in the industry.

This certification scheme allows both contractors and companies to self-certify their work. This eliminates the inconvenience of either having to submit a building notice or using a local authority inspector for projects.

Members Survey

So you know that 96% of UK homeowners value product quality as the most important thing when it comes to home improvement services. But what else?

Well, apparently 94% felt finish of work was next important, and 91% felt courteousness was the third-most important factor.

What does the weight of these 3 factors mean? It means consumers are more than happy to turn from using large retailers and support smaller businesses instead.

The survey also indicated that window installers are starting to expand their services to better cater to their customers. 38% have taken on extension work and 34% have taken on roofing work.

This means that as time goes on, consumers will find more and more home improvement companies providing all-encompassing services. As a result, they won’t have to hop from contractor to contractor (or company to company). Instead, they can get all their home renovation needs taken care of by one entity, which will provide a world of difference in convenience for consumers.

Cosyhomes Windows Provides Quality Products

Chances are, you’re one of those British homeowners who’d rather pay a little more to get products that’ll withstand the tests of time.

Here at Cosyhomes Windows, we have always believed you get what you pay for so longevity and durability of a product is of utmost importance to us. Certainly, we may not offer the cheapest prices around when compared with other home improvement specialists but our work, reputation and product portfolio outstrips others.

In fact, we offer 10-year insurance-backed guarantee on PVCu and Aluminium windows, doors and conservatories, as well as a 10-year guarantee glass. That’s how much faith we have in not only our workmanship but also the quality of the products we offer you.

So the next time you do home renovations, keep Cosyhomes Windows in mind. We’re sure to have what you need, without you having to pay exorbitant prices.

Plus, our finish of work is fantastic and we’re always courteous! As far as the Certass member survey goes, we’ve hit the trifecta.

Need high-quality products for your home improvement project? Then get in touch with us now.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020

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Dec
2019
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We can’t believe how quickly 2019 arrived and in a blink of an eye, has nearly gone. It seems like only yesterday that we were sitting here writing last months Christmas blog article.

2019 has been one of our best years yet, and in traditional style, we would like to take this time to review the highlights and wish our customers a very happy and healthy 2020.

Christmas 2019 Opening Times

First off, we would like all our customers to know that we will be closing the Cosyhomes Windows office from Tuesday 24th December and reopening on Friday 3rd January.

Welcome Emma To The Team

We are proud to announce that Emma joined the Cosyhomes Windows team in May of this year and hit the ground running, learning the Cosyhomes ropes! She has tons of administration experience, is local and has proven excellent with our customers.

As you can see below, Emma has been getting in the Christmas spirit recently, extending a warm festive welcome to all those that pop through our doors!

Passing With Flying Colours

We continue to be highly vetted members of Certass and the Thermal Rating Register (TRR), passing all our inspections with no quibbles.

We’re pleased to continue our outstanding track record this year with ratings and reviews – it’s 5 stars nearly all the way! Have you checked them out yet or better still, have you left us your review? If not, leave your review here.

Most Popular Product

One of our most popular products this year was the triple-track slider which overtook bi-folding doors.

The triple-track system offers a wider opening than your standard patio door. They can come with two or four sliding sashes which stack neatly behind each other. The end result is an open-house feel with much smaller frame size.

For more information on these doors, which could make a great addition to your home in 2020, give us a call on 020 8397 4040.

And, just to finish things off, our most unusual installation was a pool room enclosure in Stoke D’Abernon. We hope to undertake more jobs like this in 2020.

A Big Thanks From Us To You

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, suppliers and partners and wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2020! We look forward to working with you all in the New Year!

Christmas Entertainment: What’s Going On This Christmas In Surrey?

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Dec
2019
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Snow dustings, hot chocolate, bright lights, and holiday cheer—no wonder it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Especially in Surrey.

Surrey and the surrounding areas have made a name for themselves when it comes to hosting a wide variety of Christmas celebrations for the whole family year after year. So, it only makes sense to start planning your 2019 Christmas entertainment journey now, hitting up one event after another.

Here’s a rundown on some of the top Christmas celebration events taking place in the Surrey area this Christmas.

Let’s jump in!

Legoland Windsor

Legoland, the popular LEGO-themed park, will feature twinkling lights along with pine trees that are snow-dusted this Christmas season.

You and your family can even visit the Christmas Kingdom and spend some time with Father Christmas and his amusing elves.

This event will take place on the 30th November and on several days in December, including December 1st, 6-8th, 13-15th, and 20-24th. You can check out Legoland’s website to purchase tickets.

Chessington Winter’s Tail

This Christmas, you can meet Santa at his enchanting grotto at this theme park. The Gruffalo will also be there to celebrate the holidays with you.

You’ll go on an exciting riverboat journey in the dark woods with Mouse. In addition, you’ll have a chance to decorate holiday treats at the Gruffalo’s kitchen.

Also, you can see a wide variety of SEA LIFE Centre and Chessington Zoo animals at the park.

These events will take place on November 23rd-30th, December 1st, 7-8th, 13-24th, 27th-31st, and January 1st-5th. Tickets can be found at Chessington World of Adventures website.

Hever Castle Christmas in Edenbridge

At this magical castle, you and your loved ones can embark on an enchanting journey into Alice in Wonderland’s world.

You’ll come across decorative castle rooms as well as sparkling Christmas trees and warming log fires. You’ll also be able to journey on an interactive trail, where you’ll wander through illuminated gardens before the sun sets.

The bonus? You’ll have an opportunity to see Father Christmas plus do some Christmas shopping while there.

This event will take place on Wednesday to Sunday starting November 23rd. Then, from December 9-24th, it will take place each day.

You can call 01732 865224 to get your tickets to Hever Castle this Christmas season.

How We Can Help with Both Christmas Entertainment & Home Improvement

In addition to pointing you in the right direction for your Christmas entertainment this year, we can help you to gift yourself with a new home improvement project this Christmas.

At Cosyhomes Windows, we offer various home improvement services, including window repair and the installation of new, energy-efficient windows.

We can also install patio doors, custom-build porches, and even install a large conservatory for your home. Our conservatories are designed to keep noise out and warmth in.

Get in touch with us to learn more about our many home improvement services and start upgrading your home today!

Local Firework Displays You Must Visit This November

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Oct
2019
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Remember, remember! The fifth of November!

Bonfire Night 2019 is quickly approaching. The night itself may fall on a Tuesday.

That said, there will be plenty of fantastic firework displays all across Surrey starting as early as this month and running well past Bonefire Night, that you and your friends and family will be able to enjoy.

Here are a few of the best local firework displays you should check out before the fifth of November.

Newdigate Bonfire & Fireworks

When: Friday 25th October. Gates open 6 PM, bonfire lit at 6:30 PM, firework display 7:45 PM
Where: The Brocus, Surrey
Entry: £5 per adult £2 per child £10 per family

The Newdigate Bonfire and Fireworks Display will feature a funfair, delicious BBQ, and fun for the whole family. All profits from the event will go to support charities in the area.

For more information and to book, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/336222230587969/.

Ripley Bonfire 2019

When: Saturday 26th October. The lighting of the bonfire 7:30 PM, fireworks display 8 PM
Where: Ripley
Entry: Free

This event begins with the precession lead by the Bonfire Queen and will feature plenty of exciting events and tasty food stalls.

The Ripley Bonfire will also feature a bar that boasts a perfect view of the bonfire and the fireworks display.

For more information and to book, visit: http://www.ripleybonfire.co.uk/.

Kempton Park’s Magical Fireworks Spectacular

When: Saturday 2nd November. Gates open 5 PM, fireworks display 7 PM
Where: Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey
Entry: £7.00 per adult in advance or £10 on the day, free for children 4-years of age or under

This annual display is called magical for a reason! Apart from the fireworks, this display will also feature fantastic live performers and a DJ.

For more information and to book, visit: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/kempton/events-tickets/fireworks/.

Epsom Fireworks Display 2019

When: Saturday 2nd November. Gate opens 5:30 PM, children’s fireworks display 6:30 PM, main fireworks display 7:30 PM
Where: Hook Heath Arena, Surrey
Entry: £8.00 in advance or £10.00 on the day, free for children under the age of five

The annual Epsom Fireworks Display is considered one of the best in the south of England. This year’s event features a special low-noise display at 6:30 PM, before the main display, that is perfect for younger children.

Many of the proceeds from this event go to support local charities.

For more information and to book, visit: http://www.epsomfireworks.com/.

Chiddingfold Bonfire and Fireworks 2019

When: Saturday 2nd November. Bonfire lighting 7:15 PM, fireworks display 8 PM
Where: Chiddingfold
Entry: Free

One of the most historic firework displays in the area, the Chiddingfold Bonfire and Fireworks is a classic Bonfire Night celebration and guaranteed to be a good time for the whole family.

For more information and to book, visit: https://chiddingfoldbonfire.org.uk/.

Funfair and Fireworks Bonanza

When: Saturday 3rd November. Gate opens 5:00 PM, fireworks display 7:30 PM
Where: The Mytchett Community Centre, Surrey
Entry: £4 per adult, £2 per child, free for children under the age of five

There’s no better way to celebrate Bonfire Night than with a classic funfair and fireworks show. Tickets for this display are only available at the door.

For information and to book, visit: https://themytchettcentre.co.uk/firework-extravaganza-saturday-nov-5th-2017.

Planning on Staying In?

If the crowds and loud-noises that come with a Bonfire Night celebration aren’t quite your scene, you can always stay home and watch the beautiful firework displays through your windows.

With so many displays going on this year, odds are you’ll be able to see quite a few!

Need some beautiful new windows to watch fireworks through? We’ve got you covered! Contact us for more information about our selection today!

National Security Month 2019

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Oct
2019
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Home security is a topic that many homeowners overlook, but they shouldn’t. With more than 1.4 million burglaries in the UK in 2018, it’s something that all homeowners should be taking more seriously.

National Home Security Month (NHSM)

This year, National Home Security Month (NHSM) will be holding its seventh annual event, raising awareness of home security issues.

The event, to be held throughout October, will offer homeowners tips, advice and information on how to keep their homes secure. It will span five weeks, each with a specific theme designed to raise awareness and help homeowners with practical, actionable support to keep their families safe.

Week 1: Myths & Misconceptions

NHSM kicks off in week one with a focus on myths and misconceptions associated with home security.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there that’s confusing homeowners and leading many of them to take unnecessary risks with their belongings and safety.

Data from the NHSM suggests that more than 28 per cent of adults in the UK don’t take any precautions to protect their property.

Week 2: Front Door Security

Week two is all about front door security. During this week, representatives from the NHSM will speak about how criminals use the front door as a means to breach home security.

It’s a sobering fact that more than one in twenty burglaries takes place because of an unlocked front door. The NHSM will provide recommendations on how to remember to lock your door and offer advice on security cameras to cover entry points.

Week 3: Outsmarting Techniques

Week three focuses on techniques that homeowners can use to outsmart today’s burglars. With a combination of deterrents, community and smart technology, savvy homeowners can usually repel even the most determined of burglars.

NHSM wants to enable people to get to the stage where they feel secure in their surroundings.

Week 4: New Digital Home Security

The fourth week will concentrate on the emergence of new digital home security technologies and how they’re helping to make people’s houses more secure.

The organisers will separate the gimmicks from the innovations that make a difference. Participants will learn about the power of smart doorbells and app-controlled locks and how these security features have come down in price considerably.

Week 5: Risk Of Winter Burglaries

Week five – the final week of National Home Security Month – will focus on the growing risks of burglaries as the days get shorter towards the winter.

Opportunistic burglars often take advantage of the nights drawing in to steal. The timing of the event, therefore, couldn’t be better. By the end of October, daylight saving will be well and truly in the rearview mirror and burglary season upon us.

Find Out More

If you’re worried about the security of your home, or even if you haven’t thought about it before, NHSM can be a real eye-opener. It teaches you about the kinds of threats that your home faces, the tactics that criminals use, and the ways that they can tell you’re an easy target.

The organisers of NHSM know that fighting criminality is a matter of educating the public. The better informed that homeowners are, the easier it is for them to combat the threat of burglary in their communities and homes. Will you take part in the NHSM?

For more information, visit their official website https://www.homesecuritymonth.com/.

Merry Christmas And A Happy 2019

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Dec
2018
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Well, it is that time of year again and everyone here at Cosyhomes Windows cannot believe that we are almost into 2019!

2018 has been one of our most successful and enjoyable years, with almost 250 installations completed – this is almost an increase of 50 installations compared to last year. In fact, 2018 was our busiest year-to-date and we cannot wait to see what is around the corner in 2019.

A Big Welcome To New Faces

This year we welcomed Ben, our new fitters ‘mate’, who joined our team. We are now pleased to say that Ben is a permanent member of our staff and we are so privileged to have him on-board.

New Year, New Signage

Those of you who follow us on Facebook have probably seen our new signage, which we are incredibly proud of. Those of you who haven’t, check out some of the photos below:

New Signage

It was an emotional day for us, especially when the original signage was revealed underneath that brought back a lot of memories of ‘the good old days’.

Rehau & Certass

Rehau had a bit of a ‘tidy up’ this year, whittling down their list of authorised partners and we are pleased to say that we are still on their list. This supports the fact that we only use the highest quality products for our installations, ensuring nothing short of the best.

Our team also meets the Minimum Technical Competency (MTC) as required by CERTASS and the Department for Communities and Local Governments. Our company is fully set up under the CE Marking regulations – information is available at our Chessington showroom.

A Big Thank You To You

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, suppliers and partners and wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2019! Cosyhomes Windows look forward to working with you all in the New Year!

We will be closed from midday on Friday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

National Security Month 2018

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Sep
2018
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National Security Month 2018

How often do you think about the security of your home? When your home is your castle, you want to be able to feel safe there. However, not everyone gives a lot of thought to how to keep their home as secure as possible.

Many can find that there are vulnerabilities in their home, leaving it at risk of break-ins and vandalism. This is what National Home Security Month hopes to combat. It has been designed to promote the importance of home security so that everyone understands the necessity of staying safe in their own home.

The National Security Month takes place in October 2018 but aims to encourage people to pay attention to their home security all year.

The 4 Week Focus

National Home Security Month is sponsored by Yale and has a different focus each week of October:

Week 1: The first week will be focusing on home alarms and the benefits that they can offer your home.

Week 2: The second week looks at security standards, with particular attention paid to locks and windows.

Week 3: Week three is about getting your home secure for winter and the dark nights and mornings that it brings.

Week 4: The fourth week is focused on smart security, while the last few days of October are dedicated to the buildup to Halloween and Bonfire Night when burglaries are more frequent.

Where To Get More Information

The official National Home Security Month website is a great resource for advice to secure your home. It includes materials such as a leaflet for the 2018 campaign with useful statistics and advice, a home security checklist, an explanation of security standards, and a jargon buster.

There’s also a blog with useful posts from previous years’ National Home Security Months and additional material to help you make your home more secure.

You can find out more about the event by visiting the website: https://www.homesecuritymonth.com.

Support From Cosyhomes Windows

At Cosyhomes Windows, we are supporting National Home Security Month in October. Our windows and doors help to secure your home and protect it so that you can feel safe.

All of our windows have multi-point, espagnolette or shoot-bolt locking handles. We reinforce our PVCu windows with steel, and they’re also internally glazed, making them more secure because the glass cannot be removed from outside.

We can also fit fire escape hinges if needed, which helps to ensure that your home is secure but also maintains its safety for those inside.

Our doors also all feature multi-point locking systems to keep your home secure. They’re reinforced with steel and fully welded, as well as internally glazed, just like our windows. As well as internal glazing, we also use toughened glass to lower the risk of break-ins. Our windows and doors are all fabricated in the UK to ensure security too.

Get on-board with National Home Security Month 2018 and start thinking about how to improve the security of your home. The aim of the month is to help you make your home secure all year. You should benefit from plenty of advice throughout the month to make your home more secure.

Moving House Checklist

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Aug
2018
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Moving house can be seriously stressful. While you might be excited that you’re moving into the house of your dreams with your family, there’s a lot to remember. Forgetting something or not sorting it out properly could mean a big spanner in the works, especially if you’re moving far away.

Here we have a moving house checklist with some of the most important things to do and remember when moving included. Read on and make sure you don’t forget anything important!

  • Collect As Many Boxes As Possible – you’re going to want to collect lots of high-quality boxes that you can use to pack your things. Some stores might give you old boxes that they have in the back, and in some cases, your moving company may even provide you with some. If all else fails, make sure you purchase some!
  • Hire A Moving Company – securing your moving date is essential, so make sure you hire a reliable, experienced moving company a few months in advance. Do your research to ensure they have a great track record and that your belongings will be in great hands.
  • Pack Up Your Belongings And Double Check Rooms – start early so you can gradually start packing up rooms and things that you don’t use, such as the attic. Before you leave on the day of your move, give the whole house one last look over to ensure you haven’t left anything behind.
  • Label Your Boxes – make large labels for your boxes and include everything inside, as well as the room it belongs in. This will help you to find what you’re looking for quickly.
  • Enlist Help From Loved Ones – don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for help with the move, whether that’s as a babysitter or assistant packer.
  • Find A Baby/Pet Sitter For The Day – if you have kids/pets, having to take care of them while you get everything sorted on the big day can be a struggle. If it makes sense to do so, find a baby/pet sitter.
  • Setup A Postal Redirect – one of the most vital things to do is to setup a postal redirect from the day that you move out of your previous property. This will ensure any post that still gets sent to your old address will still reach you. This can be done easily online via the Post Office Redirection service.
  • Inform Your Utility Providers And Other Companies – inform them as soon as you can so your mail can get forwarded to the correct address. Don’t forget to inform your insurance company and make the switch.
  • Confirm Your Appointment With The Moving Company – in the weeks leading up to your move, give the movers a call to double check. Give your movers several copies of emergency contact details and directions to your new house, too.
  • Find Storage Facilities, If Required – look for reliable storage facilities if you have anything you need to store.
  • Leave All Sets of Keys – many people forget about gate keys and even window keys. Leave every set!
  • Start Using Up Freezer Foods And Perishables – don’t let any of your food go to waste by using it up as soon as you can.
  • Put Important Items and Documents in Sturdy Boxes for Safe Keeping – passports, driving licenses, house deeds, wills, insurance papers, jewellery and cash should all be kept in a safe place.
  • Prepare a Moving Day Survival Kit – make sure your kit contains everything you need to get you through the day comfortably, including a portable charger, tea bags, a toothbrush, etc. You may want to pack a separate kit for each family member.

Summer 2018 In Surrey

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Jun
2018
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When summertime arrives, you need things to do – and quickly. It’s a great opportunity to spend time as a family, but you also need to keep the kids entertained. Even though they can entertain themselves a lot of the time, it’s a good idea to have some days out planned so you can all have fun together. Residents of Surrey can find some brilliant things to do this summer for some valuable family time. Take a look at these things to do in summer in Surrey for 2018.

Nature and Wildlife Events

If you have children who love exploring nature and wildlife, you can choose from some great events this summer.

Jurassic Discovery at RHS Wisley – July 21st to September 2nd

Running all summer, this even is fantastic for any little dinosaur lovers. The event gives everyone a chance to explore Jurassic plants and insects, and even dinosaur footprints. There are activities every day, including a trail to follow, fossils to look for. Children under 5 (and RHS members) get in free.

Birdworld 50 Days of Summer – July 16th to September 3rd

This series of events running all summer at Birdworld includes a trail around the park, plus lots of daily things to do. There are arts and crafts sessions, feeding sessions and flying displays, animal encounters and Punch and Judy shows too.

Speedy Things

If you’re a family that loves watching things go super fast, try one of these events.

Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Aerodrome – August 25th-26th

This bank holiday weekend event is your chance to see flying displays from the Red Arrows and more. There are some great vehicles on the ground too, with a 2-hour motoring show, a couple of fun parades – and even a monster truck offering rides.

Brooklands Motorcycle Show – July 1st

If motorcycles are more your thing, head to the Brooklands Museum to admire some of the best specimens. Watch pre-war bikes take on modern machines as they tackle Test Hill.

Fetes and Festivals

Joining in with a fun gathering is always a good way to spend a summer day. Check out these fetes and festivals in Surrey this summer.

Guildford Summer Festival – June 8th to August 12th

Guildford summer festival runs all summer, and there’s plenty to do. From cycle races to theatre and the crafts fair, there’s something for all the family. Just turn up on a day that suits you.

GoFest South, Guildford – July 21st and 22nd

This event at Surrey Sports Park features 50 activities related to sports dance and fitness, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. It’s an inclusive event, so suitable for all the family, regardless of age or ability. Go along to have a go or just to watch.

Mini Monster Fest – August 5th

This miniature music festival for kids is a first for Surrey. But even though it’s a new event, there are some classic things to do. Enjoy the face painting, bouncy castles, raffles, and lots of fun and games.

There’s plenty to do with the family in Surrey this summer. Just pick something that suits you.

Merry Christmas From Cosyhomes!

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Cosyhomes Windows will be officially closing our doors for Christmas at 3pm on Friday 23rd December and re-opening again on Tuesday 3rd January.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful customers for their valued business over the past year and wish you all the very best for a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year for 2017.