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FRESHEN UP THE HOUSE READY FOR XMAS
December is just around the corner! Guaranteed to be full of festivities, parties, presents and of course lots of guests. There’s no better feeling than welcoming these guests to a home you’re proud of, ensuring that you can all celebrate the right way this festive period.
R3 DIRECT: WHO ARE WE?
If you’ve not been lucky enough to use R3 Direct before or you’ve just come across us on your search for a trusty tradesman, it might be a good idea to introduce ourselves!
OUR AWESOME AUTUMN CHECKLIST
As the nights draw in and the leaves turn orange, a new challenge is on the horizon – getting your homes ready for Autumn. For many, a new season is embraced, keeping us on our toes by offering a different perspective of our surroundings and feelings. Despite this, it’s crucial to make sure our homes aren’t caught out by these changes and just like us, they can enjoy the new season too.
The Top 3 Home Renovation Trends in 2023
For many, when it comes to our homes there is no better place to be; it’s a place for comfort, family, friends and ultimately a place where memories are made. A home offers a chance to express yourself making it exactly how you want it to be. With everybody spending more time at home, it is becoming ever more popular to take up new home renovations and jazz up our spaces.
TOP 4 QUICK & AFFORDABLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS
It’s the little things that go a long way whilst working on improving your home. As we’re now in possibly the most troubling cost of living crisis of our time, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make your home, your home. With bills blowing through the roof, you may feel it’s necessary to put pricey renovations and upgrades on the back burner for now and start off with some smaller and more affordable additions.
COMBATTING THE COST OF LIVING DURING THE COLD MONTHS
As the snow begins to fall and the temperature begins to drop, there’s no better feeling than returning to a toasty home after a chilly day and sitting back to relax with your feet up by the blistering fire. As we’re currently experiencing the harshest cost of living crisis of our time, an overwhelming majority of homeowners have been forced between a rock and a hard place, craving the warmth of central heating and electric fireplaces, but unable to afford soaring energy costs. If you’re in desperate need of some cost-effective temperature tailoring tricks or simply want to increase the efficiency of your home, keep on reading!
HOW TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME
Are you ready to make some improvements to your humble abode? Nothing is more imperative than making changes that are to your own liking but taking long-term valuation aspects into consideration can make or break the barrier to bring in some extra cash when the time comes to sell!
HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AT HOME
“It’s far too hot!” has surprisingly become a common phrase in Scotland, after recently experiencing the hottest recorded temperatures in our history, reaching up to a whopping 34.8°C, according to the Met Office. This news came to no surprise to the many people who have been struggling to stay cool at home, with many desperately searching for ways to beat the heat.
LUXURY LEVEL ACCESS SHOWER ROOM – DONE & DUSTED
Our client approached R3 Direct in October 2021 to request a free initial quotation for the removal of their existing bathroom and fitting a new Level Access Shower, wash hand basin and WC, flooring, lighting, and redecoration using high-quality materials fully supplied and guaranteed by R3 Direct.
GET YOUR HOME GUEST-READY FOR SUMMER
It’s time to prepare your home for the most anticipated season of the year… Summer is a firm favourite for most, and rightly so, providing the perfect conditions to call the family and friends around, get the grill going and enjoy the good vibes. However, it goes without saying, that we all like to make sure our homes are properly prepared to ensure our guests feel welcome and be the best host we can be.
4 GREAT WAYS TO GO GREEN AT HOME
Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly important; both in terms of increasing energy costs and the environment. There’s plenty of impactful ways however to go green and play your part in the movement for a healthier environment. Going paperless, recycling, and sharing are all great practices to make the next step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle, but have you ever considered the energy efficiency of your home?
STAY SAFE AFTER THE STORM
We have been pretty busy recently doing our bit to help clear up after Storm Arwen. Winter probably isn’t finished with us yet, so it’s vital that you have a trusted team of tradesman to rely on, avoiding the possibilities of being left without support. R3 Direct is here to help.
New Home Visit Requirements for R3 Direct
The Scottish Government has announced a new requirement for all householders to do a lateral flow test when anyone visits their home to do work, effective immediately. This includes visits from our R3 operatives, who are already fully complying with all new requirements and taking daily tests to ensure we continue work safely when we visit you in your home.
SAY GOODBYE TO THE IRRITATING ISSUES IN YOUR HOME
We’ve all got those little leaks, creaks and cracks in our homes that tend to touch a nerve when they start to become bothersome. The problem is that these issues are typically overlooked, as this miniscule job is more often the least of your concerns. Not to worry, as our trusted and talented team of tradesmen are here to spring life back into your home!
THE R3LIABLE R3DIRECT
We know how important it is to our customers that they can trust our services will be delivered efficiently and professionally. We’re always considerate of the fact that it’s your home, it’s your place of safety and where you feel most comfortable; which is why we want to reassure you that you’re in good hands and a reliable, trustworthy service is guaranteed with R3 Direct. But don’t take our word for it; check out some of the recent work from our trusted tradesmen…
SPRUCE UP YOUR SUMMER GARDEN
It’s time to relax, feel the heat and have a few drinks, could it get any better? With R3 Direct’s range of outdoor improvements, of course it can! Spruce up your garden with some stylish decking, a brand-new brick BBQ or maybe even a fitted patio for your sunbeds to sit on as you catch those glorious summer rays, we’ve all been craving.
R3TURN TO INDOOR WORKING
The long-awaited return to normality is here, which means only one thing; the team at R3 Direct are back to business as usual and that includes indoor working in your home. After a year of weaving in and out of testing lockdowns, we’ve all had an opportunity to be only too close to the projects in our home that require urgent attention.
DIY vs R3 Direct
We’ve all witnessed some ‘Do It Yourself (DIY)’ disasters during the lockdown period. Whether you’re guilty of a DIY crime or not, it’s time to ask the all-important question as the lockdown exit plan is underway: “Should I put the toolbox in the shed and call R3 Direct instead?”
BEAT THE RUSH WITH R3DIRECT
The race is on for that perfect “Summer Ready” home you’ve been dreaming of. However, you can’t help but worry about the aftermath of unattended repairs that have been building up over the winter period too. Wondering if your home will be fixed and ready for those Summer rays? No need to fear, R3 Direct’s trusted team of tradesmen are here!
WE AR3 STILL OPEN
Yes, Scotland is in lockdown, however R3 Direct is still operational, through lockdown and beyond. In these uncertain months, one thing we know for sure, is that the team at R3 Direct will be available for outdoor works and are able to respond to urgent and emergency works for our blue members before what we hope will be a steady recovery to normality. So, now is a better time than ever to become a member! However, it’s clear that there’s still a fair way to go; until then, we will continue to follow the current government guidance.
Working Against Water Damage
The importance of water is undeniable. From fresh drinking water to washing your clothes, water is in daily use in all of our homes. Unfortunately, water can also cause some serious issues in the home, if proper care and attention is not paid to household appliances and fixtures and fittings. That’s right, the refreshing and resourceful commodity the world needs isn’t always on your side!
PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE WINTER
Preparing your home for the cold months is rather like Winter checks on a car; fix the small things before they turn into big things! After all, a house is typically your biggest investment and deserves a bit of tlc before Winter 2020 takes hold. Take a look at some of our recommendations to ensure your home is prepared to fight the winter weather before it’s too late.
RATINGS AND R3VIEWS
R3 Direct’s customer experience is our top priority; from fabulous flooring to safe electricals in your home; your complete satisfaction is vitally important.
R3 Direct: What are the benefits?
Why use R3 Direct? Why would I not use my usual tradesman? These are questions we have often heard when promoting our all-trades service around Edinburgh, Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Our response is simple: it’s time to give us a try!
When We Visit You
A short video explaining what we will ask and do when you need a repair
Ready to….Respond, Repair and Rebuild….
As we move into the next stage of recovery from Coronavirus, the R3 Direct team is delighted to have returned to normal service; Responding, Repairing and Rebuilding across East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.
R3 Direct – Keeping you informed
An update on R3 Direct's working guidelines and support measures in the light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions.
Top 3 Home Maintenance Tips for the New Year
It's the middle of winter, and you can't keep up with your home maintenance issues, what do you do?