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The extreme weather conditions have led home owners to take extra precautions with their properties this winter according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK’s largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen.

Whilst in previous years many home owners have decided against protecting their house from cold weather, the recent conditions have led record numbers of homeowners to make changes to their property. In the past many households have chosen to neglect home improvements such as draught proofing and loft insulation, however the extreme weather conditions of late have led to more and more home owners recruiting the help of tradesmen to ensure properties have protection from the elements.

The DIY market is not the only area to have been effected by the harsh weather currently, with Halfords announcing health profits following an influx of car accessory sales to help motorists in the cold weather. In contrast, Mothercare suffered from shoppers’ inability to reach stores on the high street due to dangerous driving and walking conditions.

With the weather showing little sign of relenting, a number of home owners have chosen to go online to recruit help from plumbing and heating engineers to ensure their boilers run efficiently. By using websites such as Ratedpeople.com, which match them with locally recommended tradesmen, home owners can make an informed decision by reviewing past customer comments.

Carrying out home improvements such as additional insulation or double-glazing installation is highly effective and beneficial to home owners in the long term, reducing heating costs whilst also adding value. Other helpful measures home owners can carry out to successfully winter-proof a property include carrying out an energy audit. This should identify areas where heat may be escaping, such as doors, fireplaces and windows.

Andrew Skipwith, Founder and CEO of Ratedpeople.com, said: “The recent flurries of heavy snowfall have led to home owners recruiting tradesmen such as heating engineers and window specialists. We have also seen a huge rise in visitors to Ratedpeople.com, with many home owners searching for help and advice on how to prepare and protect their home from the effects of the freezing weather.”

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as window specialists, loft conversion specialists or a local heating engineer.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over £30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK’s largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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