Broken window

Maybe you’ve had someone break-in. Maybe the kids who live down the street kicked a wayward ball straight through your picture window. Or maybe even you just closed your window too hard and broke it yourself. Whatever the case, you’ve got yourself a broken window or door, complete with jagged shards hanging from it and chunks of razor-sharp glass on the floor.

What do you do next? You call an emergency glass repair company. But before you do, take a few moments and gather some of the following information which will help speed up getting it repaired, hopefully on the very same day.

What is the size of your broken window?

A major factor in asame-day window repair is the size and quality of the glass. A glass company employee won’t expect you to give them exact measurements over the phone, but will certainly ask you for a pretty accurateestimate. Find a tape measure if you have one and (taking appropriate care, of course) measure both the height and the width. Measure only the glass surface that you see (it’s what’s known as “daylight” in the emergency glass repair business). Don’t have a tape measure or simply can’t seem to find one when you need one? Use a sheet of normal copying paper – most are approximately eleven inches long.

Knowing the rough size of the glass that needs to be repaired will help avoid the glazier from having to return to their shop for a larger pane.

Is the window asingle or a double-pane?

Single-pane windows can oftenbe repairedon the very same day, often on the spot. Double-pane (also referred to as thermal or insulated windows) are a different story altogether. This type of window often has to be custom-made and will usually have to be ordered separately by your glass company from their manufacturer. This can take anywhere from 5 to 12 working days.

Determining whether or not you have a single or double-pane window is often a fairly simplyendeavor regardless of how little knowledge you have of windows that you have or how badly broken it is. At the edge of the glass pane, wherever it meets up withthe frame, look for a silver aluminum spacer anywhere from a 1/4 inch thick to 3/4 inch thick. The presence of this silver spacer almost certainly indicates a double-pane window.

If it is a double-pane window, are both panes broken or just one?

If both panes of a double-pane window are broken it will have to be boarded. If, however, only one pane is broken it can often be left in place without having to board it. Be sure to let the glass company know in advance if it’s just one pane that’s broken or both.

Is the broken glass in a door?

If so, it will have to be replaced with either tempered or laminated safety glass, even if there is ordinary plate glass in it now. Tempered safety glass must be ordered and typically takes a week or two to get, but laminated safety glass can be cut to size the same day.

Is the broken glass tinted or textured in any way?

If you want the glass repair done that same day, consider getting it replaced with clear flat glass. Bear in mind, custom ordered specialty glass can be expensive.

Is the window arched or rounded in any way?

Windows such as these must be made from a template and are often time-consuming.

Is the window located on the first or second floor?

Some windows (especially older wooden ones) can be glazed from the outside only, making second floor installations significantly more difficult.

If the broken window is the result of a break-in, have the police been there yet?

In such cases the glass repair company is often required to wait until the fingerprint technician has completed his or her work.


What’s Physical Health and How do I take Care of It?

You might have a general idea of what physical health is or means but you might not actually know what it connects to or all of its components. Physical health is the generalized term used to refer to all of you, a good physical health is stablished by tending to all of its aspects. If one aspect of your health is at risk, all other aspects are at risk as well, almost like a domino effect. Physical health doesn’t just referrers to the exterior body and it’s not limited to your body and its organs.

Physical health is composed of your body or medical history, your mind and emotional well-being, your diet, your daily activity, and your drug or substance use.

Keeping your body in check is crucial to be on top of what needs to be treated and what needs to be improved. Going to the doctor regularly for routine checks is a good thing to do. Make sure to get blood tests and a regular check done every 3-6 months. Also, get to know your medical and family history, many conditions are related to your genes and the history of that disease in your family.

Being emotionally stable is important for a good physical health because your mood can affect your body physically and it will also affect the decisions and choices you make. Going to a psychologist or practicing activities that help you let go of stress and feel mentally relaxed are necessary to keep your mind healthy.

Your diet is the way you give your body what it needs, make sure that you’re receiving the nutrients your body needs and that you’re taking the necessary vitamins and supplements that are recommended. Taking multivitamins is a great practice but also make sure to include foods and drinks that help provide the necessary nutrients to stay healthy.

Your drug or substance abuse can either be good for you or damage you terribly. Some drugs you’re taking because they’re medicines or prescriptions but there’s also drugs that you can do without. If you’re struggling with addiction or have a tendency to load up on antibiotics and such pills, begin to lower your intake and seek help. You’ll do your liver a favor. Same applies of alcohol which with moderation can be enjoyed but with excess will destroy your body.

So to make yourself feel better about yourself, do a positive thing and have your teeth whitened, its a great idea and does wonders for your whole well being, I use these guys.

Keep all these aspects of your health in check and you will have general good physical health.


Moving house the last bit

Cancel the contents, and house and dwellings insurance on your old house and put insurance in place on your new home.

Contact your local tax office of your change of address. Do the same for any credit cards, rentals or hire purchase.

Don’t forget your pension companies plus any health or life assurance companies you have policies with.

If you have savings or bonds they need to be notified of the change of address.

Then there are the utilities; water, electricity and gas. Your council tax needs to be terminated at your old property and started at your new home.

Let  the council know you are moving as you might lose the right to vote.

Some mobile phone companies need a month’s notice or you might get charged. If you have a landline you will need an up to date bill for your moving date. The same applies for cable companies and you may have to return equipment.

Then there are your motor vehicles. You need to change your vehicle registration, vehicle insurance and inform the DVLA to change the address on your driving license. Don’t forget your vehicle breakdown membership.

You know all those loyalty points you get when shopping, they need to know your new address as well.

You’ll need to register with a new doctor at your new address. If you get the opportunity to visit the area you are moving to, it is well worth seeking out the local doctor’s surgery, a dentist, the local hospital plus checking there is an optician in the area.

Take your library books back before you move. Cancel any gym subscriptions, tennis/golf clubs fees, cancel the milkman and the newspapers.

Re-direct mail. This is vital in case important documents go astray. Also it lowers the risk of becoming an identity fraud victim. This can be done at the post office.

Junk mail. If you want to stop receiving all addressed direct mail from companies or charities that you have not dealt with before, you can register your details free of charge with the Mailing Preference Service. by doing this you can remove your name from up to 95% of direct mail lists in the uk. To request a registration form, phone 08457034599 or register online at

Then there are the day to day things to deal with.

  1. Defrost the fridge freezer
  2. Do a last minute wash
  3. Flush the dishwasher

I would advise you have valuable personal possessions in hand I.e. passport and jewellery.

Decide whether to clean the house or arrange for a professional cleaner to come in. I decided to get a house cleaner in. it was great emptying cupboards and drawers knowing they would be left clean.

Make arrangements for your pets. Make sure you have proper carriers for cats or small dogs and small pets. They can find it quite distressing travelling.

Move pets into kennels or a cattery, give your pet’s details to a local vet in your new area.

Get clear directions to your new property. Arrange with neighbours to leave parking spaces on the day of your move

Dig out keys for locks, doors and windows.

Make up a box for the day with a kettle, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, munchies, scissors. Make a small kit of loo roll, toothpaste, deodorant.

Keep some cash to hand. Light bulbs, torch, lighter, pen and paper are all handy when you get to your new house. Also take a corkscrew, a bottle of wine or champagne, some champagne glasses a few basic plates and cutlery in case you fancy a takeaway.

Keep in a special place the following, car keys, first aid kit, cat/dog food and favourite toys.

Book overnight accommodation if you need to in plenty of time. Also remember your TV license doesn’t move with you.

Take a deep breath. The big day has arrived!

The removal van pulled up, and it was indeed the size of a double decker bus. Bit of a problem parking the van but we managed to move a couple of cars around and eventually it was parked right outside our front door.

The removal firm were brilliant. The workforce seemed highly trained and handled our belongings with utmost care. The supervisor told us they we all employed directly with the company, not agency hired and they were all CRB checked.

The gas and electricity suppliers required meter reading on the day of moving.

Henry had a the time of his life helping his dad and the removal men, and didn’t seem to get in the way. When the van was packed up we were filthy and exhausted. We had arranged to stay with relatives for the night and start the drive up to Sunderland the next day. Our van drove off to storage for the night. We felt quite bereft and lost. The next day we got up at dawn and started our drive up to Sunderland. This really did feel like an adventure. There was no turning back now. We went to the estate agents to pick up the keys to our new home and we knew we were going to love living there.

The removal van arrived. Having the packing service really helped. My favourite thing was wheeling all our clothes straight into the house under dust covers and then straight into the wardrobes. Again the removal men were so careful and helpful. We didn’t have one breakage or damage to anything.

That evening we had our furniture moved in. We had gas and electric and water. We didn’t have internet access yet but we opened our bottle of champagne and had Henry’s favourite take away, Indian.

We have been in our new home almost a year and looking back the move seemed quite straightforward. Maybe we were lucky. Maybe having a spreadsheet helped! Having the proper services to help us move was fantastic. I would advise anyone to hire a professional removal company; take advantage of a housecleaning service, and definitely have the packing service.  House moving needn’t be daunting. Make it an adventure!

Moving house part in the middle

Henry and I also had a couple of trips up to Sunderland to meet his new class teacher and head master and he was also able to sit in with his new class one afternoon. We also drove to the coast which has some stunning scenery. We sought out a karate club, the local swimming pool and spent hours in computer game shops in the city.

The next item on the list was me. I applied to local salons, hotels and spas in the Sunderland area for work as a beautician but no luck. I decided my best opportunity would be to set myself up as a mobile beautician from my new home, Then I had a stroke of luck. I had previously worked as a legal secretary before Henry was born and I saw an advert for a part time legal secretary in Sunderland. I pursued this opportunity and landed myself a part time job.  I could start as soon as we moved in. This would also give me time to generate some custom in the area for my beauty and healthcare business. Things were looking good. I could relax now. Henry was going to be happy at his new school, Dom had a job and I had part time work.

Back to the list. The list could be endless. In fact that’s how it felt at the start, but gradually some order started  to appear and I managed to find my way through it.

Important things first. Removal services. I filled in a form on and got five quotes via email. You could put special notes detailing specific  pieces of furniture and valuables. You can also specify awkward access and limited parking. You have to give a few details. E.g. estimated moving date, new property post code, estate agents. I also tried which works in a similar way. I really didn’t know which removal firm to select, so I read a lot of testimonials and decided on Hampshire Removals.

Packing. I decided to take the packing service the removal firm offered. I just used it for chinaware, ornamental stuff and kitchen ware. It was brilliant!

If you are packing yourself start as soon as you can, certainly no later than two weeks to go, the trend lately is to exchange and complete in the same week. This means if you do wait until you exchange before starting to pack you may leave yourself with a mountain to climb.

I know that until you do exchange you cannot be certain the move will go ahead, so what about clearing out the attic? Packing up your summer or winter clothes? In the kitchen pack up the items you hardly use. The toasted sandwich maker, fondue set, soda stream, remember them? It’s probably right at the back of your cupboard. Even books and videos, how often do you watch them or read them? This will give you the chance, to go through your possessions and have a good clear out.

I then had the dilemma do I keep or throw out. Some stuff I packed into black bags and took to the charity shop. I had enough stuff to hold a boot sale but decided to put the most valuable items on eBay. Doing all this at least 4 weeks in advance of the move will ease the stress when you get the call to say they want you to complete in a few days.

I thought it would be a good idea to have the cars serviced as we were driving a long way to our new home and some of the drive is quite remote.

Let the council know you are moving and ask them to remove any parking restrictions on your moving day. A removal van is as big as a double decker bus and needs extra space to be manoeuvred into position. For optimum loading and unloading it needs to be directly outside your front door. And if your house is on a hill like our new house,  it needs to be facing downhill. If in doubt about the size of the removal vehicle your removal company is sending, contact them and they will let you know how much space they require.

I also used the wardrobe packing service. Your clothes all remain hanging and are transported in dust covers on wheeled trolleys. This was brilliant for me as I really didn’t want my clothes packed for days, creasing or damaging them.

Then there is the endless list of people you need to inform of your move. Friends can all be notified quite easily via email or Facebook but paperwork and phone calls are still required for most other things.

Appoint a solicitor for the conveyancing. Don’t try and do it yourself. There may be snags. As bad as solicitors are it’s still he better option. Just keep on their backs. They go quiet and don’t tell you anything. Don’t rely on estate agents to liaise with solicitors for you either. Make the estate agent earn his money. The least they can do is try to keep you up to date with how things are progressing but more often than not they don’t.

Contact your bank and any building societies of your change of address. You may even want to change branches to one nearer your new home.

Moving house part 1

My move from Portsmouth to Sunderland.

A tale of events by Stephanie Stewart.

This is my recollection of how we managed to move from Portsmouth to Sunderland, without losing our sanity and with only a few tears being shed.

The we is my husband Dom and our 8 year old Henry. We had been living in our terraced Victorian house, complete with cellar, for 10 years, and we loved it. This was a home on which we lavished a lot of love and time. Henry grew up here and I thought, as a family, we were settled.

Then the proverbial rug was pulled out from under our somewhat comfortable feet. With the downturn in the economy Dom’s job was suddenly no more. After 14 years of working at Portsmouth dockyard Dom was faced with finding another job. Fortunately he specialises in weapons software and managed to find a job fairly quickly with another defence and aerospace company. Great news! Yes, but the job is in Sunderland.

Where’s Sunderland I asked myself. Yes I knew it was up north but where up north?! Actually Sunderland is in the North East of England, in an area called Tyne and Wear. What’s there? Is it bleak and full of factory chimneys? I had no idea about the place I was now having to up sticks for; uproot my family and leave a house I had grown to love, and settle in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

I also had to think how I was going to find work. I am a beautician and work at a large hairdressing and beauty salon in Portsmouth. I was moving to a city I knew nothing about. My job would allow me to work from home, but how was I going to build a new client base in an unfamiliar area?

More importantly Henry had to leave his school and friends. How difficult was it going to be for him to start at a new school and make new friends? It all seemed so daunting and negative at first.

We were just going through the motions of talking about Sunderland and not doing much to find out about the place. Dom had been up and down a few times for interviews and meetings with his new colleagues but Henry and I had no notion of what it would be like.

Then one dreary Saturday morning we decided to get in the car and drive up to Sunderland for the weekend. We got in the car and Henry boldly announced that we were all going on an adventure. He was right! We were. Aren’t kids great? From that moment we were on our adventure to move from Portsmouth to Sunderland, and we loved every minute of it.

Sunderland is a city with a difference. A modern, vibrant, bustling city that is balanced with a relaxing green environment. The coastal scenery is stunning!

Next we had to look for a house, or least find an area we wanted to live. Plus we had to sell our house in Portsmouth.

We decided on an area called Whitburn. We were still close to the coast and the place had a good feel about it. We looked at Victorian houses, probably trying to keep hold of something of our house in Portsmouth, but one day we looked at a new house and fell in love with it. A beautiful ultra modern open plan house on a hill. Firstly though, we had to get a buyer for our house in Portsmouth.

Suddenly things didn’t seem quite so bad. Henry was really excited when we visited the local school. Good news, there was no waiting list at the school and they could take him as soon as we moved in. We found some lovely people, they were from California and made an instant friendship, which was very nice indeed, they had a home in California, in Santa Barbara which they told us was beautiful. And a home in the UK, he ran a local pest control company .

Dom took up his new position and travelled home for the weekends. Not ideal but things started to move quickly. Our house was on the market for 3 weeks and we got the price we were asking for. Happy days! Property is cheaper in Sunderland than Portsmouth and we were feeling a lot of eager anticipation about our new home. The vendors  accepted our offer on the house on the hill. We had a buyer and we had an offer accepted on the house we wanted to buy. I wanted to start planning interiors and gardens for our new home, but first we had to get the move underway.

I started making lists of things to do, then this grew into post-its all over the place and was finally consolidated into a spreadsheet. I would advise anyone moving to start with a list and then progress onto a spreadsheet. I couldn’t have managed without it. Dom was up in Sunderland, I had Henry to look after, and I had to ensure he didn’t get anxious or miserable about leaving his school and his friends, plus I had to deal with packing up the house and getting us up to Sunderland. I’m not complaining, I just had to find a way of managing everything at the Portsmouth end, along with working full time.

First item on the list. Henry. Henry and I planned that he would have a leaving party for all his school friends and their mums. He was very excited about this and did a lot of the planning. He decided on a day out in London to tour the WB studios and see behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films. Kids and mums alike we had a fab time!