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09-09-2020, 19:41   #571
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Hey, we managed to snatch the last remaining house I think.

I found all posts here very informative.

Could anyone recommend good flooring, blinds and bathroom people.

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Brooks for floors. Be wary of all the sales people who target new estates. A blind company from swords Samrod I think, pushed their way into my house one day and wouldn’t leave. Gave me a fright.
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10-09-2020, 09:38   #572
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Brooks for floors. Be wary of all the sales people who target new estates. A blind company from swords Samrod I think, pushed their way into my house one day and wouldn’t leave. Gave me a fright.
I agree. Was kind of mentioned before at some point, but Samrod kinda did the same with us. Not in a frightening way, but very pushy and went to huge lengths to point out the extra things they have/do that others don't.
Turns out the others - that we looked into - did do these and for a LOT cheaper, at the same quality. We ended up with East Cost Blinds, no complaints and was definitely a few hundred cheaper.

For floors we went with Des Kelly, which we only found out after was a big no no for most people. So we were very worried and agonised about their apparent 'shoddy installations', but we really had no issues. Maybe we were just lucky, but it was a lot of unnecessary worry in the lead up.
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We went with Hamptons floor store, really recommend them. Their fitters were great.

We went with shutters rather than blinds. The company was Sienna shutters. Really happy with them, but lead time is 12 weeks
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Did you have to get the skirting boards taken off to put down the floors?
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11-09-2020, 07:45   #575
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Did you have to get the skirting boards taken off to put down the floors?
To do it properly yes ?

Most companies will leave the skirting boards and put a beading around the edges.
There is a good chance the skirting will split when you take it off and have to be replaced.
However seeing as its a fairly long lasting job personally I would replace the skirting if required
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To do it properly yes ?

Most companies will leave the skirting boards and put a beading around the edges.
There is a good chance the skirting will split when you take it off and have to be replaced.
However seeing as its a fairly long lasting job personally I would replace the skirting if required
Yep, and it looks better with skirting off and then put back on over it. Its not that hard to do yourself with a crowbar, just be careful not to damage the wall over it. Or a handyman could do it. Fitter might do it, but will charge.

We were told the boards were just 'tacked on' and they come off easily, needless to say we found they were hammered in tight with loads of nails.
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Did you have to get the skirting boards taken off to put down the floors?
Hamptons took off the skirting for the flooring
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Just some information for all the people who are just moving in now.

(I know this has been said before but I really wasn’t paying attention to everything about broadband at the time.)

Make sure you get a plug socket put in the hallway for your broadband connection and bring the cable in beside it. Otherwise cable will run around the front of the house and you don’t want to be drilling holes in your house, plus it doesn’t look great to have cable running overground.

We noticed the ducting for the cable stops short of where the cable is pulled into the Eir box on the side of the house. We are going to seal that up otherwise mice/rats can crawl up from the manhole and get into the cavity of the house and no one wants that !

If you haven’t snagged yet you should get the builders to do this properly.
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Thanks Sorcha! Any tips are greatly appreciated. We have already snagged but will look into this for sure. Hopefully going to move in within the next month all going well
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Wondering has anyone got out door plugs and if they could recommend anyone to do them - thanks
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Hey guys, bit of a weird question but what did people do when they were waiting for their blinds/curtains to be put up? Im trying to find some sort of temporary window covering solution.
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Hey guys, bit of a weird question but what did people do when they were waiting for their blinds/curtains to be put up? Im trying to find some sort of temporary window covering solution.
IKEA have temporary blinds that we used, they did the job.

https://www.ikea.com/ie/en/p/schotti...grey-90369507/
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Anyone find the houses colder with those open plastic vents in the walls? Is it safe to cover them or replace them with adjustable vents.
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Anyone find the houses colder with those open plastic vents in the walls? Is it safe to cover them or replace them with adjustable vents.
Yep, I'm thinking of putting cowling on the outside (like these: https://www.screwfix.ie/p/manrose-co...&gclsrc=aw.ds) and adjustable vents inside
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