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By OLT on Friday, January 17, 2014

According to the Industry Federation (CIF) construction and tradesmen jobs are set to grow by more than €1 billion in 2014. This would be a welcome development to the sector - bringing it to a combined net worth of €11 billion in 2014.

By OLT on Thursday, December 19, 2013, Ireland's largest service to connect Irish property owners to qualified trade professionals, today announced that it has processed over 500,000 home improvement projects from Irish property owners since its launch in 2005. It estimates the combined worth of these jobs to be in excess of € 3Bn to Irish Tradesmen and Builders.

By OLT on Friday, November 15, 2013
·         22% Increase in home improvement jobs since introduction of Budget 2014
·         Significant increase in Refits, Insulation and Decorating Projects.
By OLT on Friday, November 01, 2013
Do you have any quick tips for keeping winter out of my home?

One of the biggest culprits for heat loss in your home are the front and back doors.  Here’s a quick tip to find out if your exterior doors are well insulated. Once it’s dark, stand outside your front door and shine a torch around the edges of the door. Someone standing on the inside of the door should see any light seeping in. That's where a cold breeze can enter. 
By OLT on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • New home renovation tax incentive scheme launched by Minister Noonan
  • Applicable to qualifying home improvement projects between €5,000 - €30,000 in value
  • Applicable to home extensions, plumbing, tiling and other areas
  • Rebate paid out to home owners over 2 year period from 2014 -2015


By OLT on Friday, October 11, 2013

Tips for insulating your home.

With fuel costs rising and another cold winter forecast, it makes sense for homeowners to improve the insulation in their home. A number of grant schemes and incentives are available for eligible homeowners to improve the energy quality of their homes. You can check out your eligibility with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

By OLT on Friday, September 13, 2013

 Q. I am thinking about converting the attic of our 3-bed semi detached house in Galway City. Before making any decision however, I would like to get an idea of the project requirements, the suitability of our attic space for such a conversion, the duration of such a project and what effect such a conversion would add to the re-sale value of the house. Can you please help?

By OLT on Friday, August 16, 2013

First off you should limit your search to PSA (Public Service Authority) licensed installers to setup your alarm system. This will ensure that the company that you contract has passed relevant security checks and is properly certified to operate within this sector. This should buy you peace of mind and you can access these contractors on You are then left with choosing the right alarm system for your requirements. 

By OLT on Friday, July 19, 2013


Q. The grout around my bath is unsightly, is it difficult to replace?

A. Bath and shower tiles get a lot abuse. Whenever you shower or take a bath, they get eroded with water as well as soap. Afterwards you use bleach and other chemicals to clean the same tiles. All of this abuse will cause the grout between and around bath tiles to become discoloured and worn. When grout becomes worn, it dries and cracks. When grout is damaged, it needs to be replaced with new grout. It is not a difficult one but it is slow and tedious. You can hire a qualified professional at or you can tackle the job yourself.

By OLT on Thursday, July 11, 2013
Q: With the recent good weather we have been out on our small garden deck most evenings. I have noticed that it is beginning to show signs of wear and tear – with some rotten planks and discoloured areas appearing. Can you give me some advice on how to maintain decking and to prevent this in the future? Thanks, Chris, Galway.
A: As I write from the confines of my office on the warmest day of the year so far, I am filled with envy at the thought of you out relaxing outdoors on your sunny garden deck! No doubt many families across the country are realising the very same benefits that decking provides at the moment – and long may it continue!