What to tell cold callers

In Britain, we’re subjected to 4,200 cold calls and text every minute. That’s 2.2 billion cold calls in the last year alone, says research reported by The Times. And the vast majority of these calls are simply a scam.

It’s no wonder then that 57% of people in the UK say that cold calls and nuisance messages are the worst part of owning a phone. So, to help you get rid of cold callers, we’re working with True Solicitors LLP so you can know what to tell cold callers to get them to leave you alone.

Common cold calls

Firstly, let’s explore the most common types of cold call.

With 6 million calls and messages from PPI (payment protection insurance), pension, and insurance cold calls every day, these make up the most common types of cold call according to studies.

Calls and texts from companies claiming to be experts in holiday sickness claims or injury claims totalled 895 million calls and texts. Don’t accept these calls; if you need one, seek a proper accident at work solicitor! Those over the age of 65 found themselves experiencing the majority of the calls — posing the question: are companies like this preying on older people who are likely to be more vulnerable? Here are a few tricks you can use to combat cold-calling…

Waste their time instead!

With strict time averages to hit, salespeople hate it when a customer wastes their time. They call to get you instantly on board with some product or service that they’re selling, but telling them you’re not interested at the start of the call won’t achieve anything. They will first mention the product that they are selling and you must act interested at the start, they’ll start their sales patter and after they’ve put the effort into doing that — just admit that you’re not really interested and admit that you were just wasting their time. Remember that they have targets — they’ll not want to ring your number again!

Calls may be recorded from both sides

Here’s a useful script to keep handy next time you get a cold call. Say something along the lines of: “Hello, just to let you know that I will be recording this phone call as you’re not complying with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations of 2003. This legislation has been put in place to help restrict marketing methods through cold-calling, unsolicited texts, emails, and faxes”. The good thing about this trick is that they’ve probably ended the call after the first sentence. Don’t be afraid to try this one!


The goal of every cold call is to get your money. Tell them that you’re an undischarged bankrupt and they will put the phone done quicker than you could imagine. By saying this, you’re telling them that you are unable to obtain credit beyond a certain limit without informing the creditor of your status. Of course, this does not exist in your case — but they don’t know that.

Inform them that you’re a criminal

This is a good one for different reasons. If the scammer is telling you you’ve won a free holiday, tell them you’ve got a travel injunction and your passport has been revoked. Or, tell them you’re awaiting your trial and plan to plead guilty.

Speak a different language entirely

Chances are, the cold caller is expecting to hear English. Don’t conform to what they want! If you can speak another language, try doing that, and as they won’t be able to understand what you’re saying, they will hang up. If you don’t know another language, make it up and this will leave them even more confused than what they originally were.

Enjoy a home free of cold calls! It’s also a good decision to block their phone number, however as they change frequently — this not be a viable option. Some phones have the ability to put callers through an answer machine first, where they have to notify the person they are ringing who they are and then press several buttons. Cold-callers will not want to go through this much effort.

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Why you should switch to LED lighting

As busy households, we’re all trying to save a little money here and there. It can also feel a little difficult to both save money but look good whilst doing it! Have you heard about LED lighting? LED lighting is quickly becoming the lighting of choice for new build properties and for families trying to save a little for a rainy day.

Here you’ll find 4 reasons why you should be switching to LED lighting.

It WILL save you money

The long and short of it is, that LED’s require less energy to function – around 80% less than their incandescent bulb counterparts, which means that they cost YOU less money. Most LED bulbs pay for themselves from about five months onwards. And with free delivery on all orders from LED Hut, you can save even more without even trying!

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They last much longer

If your kitchen is full of halogen lightbulbs, then you’ll know the frustration at having one or two of them blow out every couple of weeks. Once you change two or three – then the rest will soon follow. With many households avoiding this irritating this task until they’re cooking by one halogen bulb! The good news? LED lights last around 20 times longer than traditional bulbs – meaning that your step ladder can stay in the garage for a little longer!

The colours

The lighting that traditional bulbs emit is something we’ve all grown up with and have gotten used to over the years. But did you know that with LED lights, you can fill your home with any colour from the colour temperature chart?  So, not only can you recreate the warmth and comforting glow of your traditional bulbs, but you can also change things up a little with a sunrise/sunset glow, a bolder candle flame tone or play with cool blue tones like a clear blue sky.

They’re better for the environment

We’re all becoming more and more conscious of the choices we’re making in regards to our effect on the environment. Whether it’s swapping our plastic straws for metal ones, investing in reusable coffee cups, water bottles and reusable cutlery – everyone is trying to their bit to help the environment and the planet. So, how can LED bulbs help?

Well, as mentioned above, LED bulbs use less energy, meaning less power is used in the first instance. If the use and effect of LED bulbs on the environment was more common knowledge, then the difference it would make to the environment would certainly be a positive one. Also, as mentioned above, LEDs don’t need to be changed as often, which means that there is less waste for the planet to contend with.

But, when LEDs do, inevitably head to landfill, there is a difference. LED bulbs themselves can be recycled, and there are no nasty chemicals, or toxins inside an LED bulb, which means that anything left behind will not harm the environment, unlike old style bulbs which contain mercury.

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Impress your hubby with the Jigtech range from Ironmongery Experts

The Jigtech range is now available at Ironmongery Experts, providing you with the very best in smart and creative door hardware. With a catalogue of brand new products on offer, there has never been a better time to delve into some DIY in order to improve your home and really impress your husband.

Jigtech has been the leading innovator within their industry for over 25-years. Using their cutting edge technology, they have revolutionised the way people are able to install and operate both door handles and latches.

Here is our run down on some of the items available with Jigtech at Ironmongery Experts.

Jigtech Polished Chrome Solar Lever on Rose

This door handle radiates simplicity and style with its polished chrome finish. The contemporary design along with its curved handle makes it suitable for any household. This particular model is appropriate for doors with a thickness of 35mm – 44mm and has the option of being converted to a privacy function with the addition of tubular latches.

Jigtech Polished Chrome Round Bathroom Snib Turn & Release

This product provides a simple method of locking bathroom facilities. A fast fitting is assured since the item will have been factory assembled prior to purchase. As with all Jigtech products, this bathroom snib can be installed within just five-minutes and will improve both efficiency and accuracy for door handle and latch installation.

Jigtech Polished Chrome Square Bathroom Snib Turn & Release

As with the previous product, this bathroom snib will ensure you can lock bathrooms. This design has instead been manufactured with a square shaped body. Longevity is the key when it comes to these particular models as they form an integral part for any bathroom door.

Jigtech Pro Installation Kit

If you want to fit the perfect door handle every time in a proficient and timely manner, then this installation kit has everything you need. The kit includes all the required tools and materials such as spade bits, keep locators and latch tappers. You will be able to complete jobs with ease using these time-saving products which have been designed by industrial innovators within the UK. This kit will guarantee that every consideration can be made for the upmost level of accuracy.  

Jigtech Satin Nickel 57mm Privacy Magnetic Latch

This privacy magnetic latch allows you to achieve privacy with the push of a button. The design uses a soft strike mechanism for noise reduction and uses rubber buffers to reduce any sound when the door strikes the frame.

Joe Fisher, handyman at the Handy Squad, is full of praise for the Jigtech range, he said: “we highly recommend using Jigtech equipment from Ironmongery Experts to quickly and easily install door handles and latches.”

Ironmongery Experts supply much more than just the Jigtech range. Since 1992, this family run business has been supplying the ironmongery industry with their trademark personal touch. They have all the handles and latches suitable for Jigtech products as well as a multitude of other industry proven designs such as; door stops, cylinders, signs, window furniture and sundry items.

This article was written by DIY enthusiast David Newman. David is the Managing Director of Magento Web Design Agency Ad Lab.


What You Need To Do When Moving House

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I’ve moved house a few times in my life and it has been quite a stressful time. Each time, our finances didn’t allow hiring a removals company to help us as it was cheaper to just use a friends van. We plan on moving at least once more in the UK and hope to eventually move to Canada so will definitely be utilising those movers Toronto has to offer.

Moving house can take a lot out of you so here’s what you need to do:

  • Set up a mail redirect. With so many things requiring addresses nowadays, there is no way you will be able to remember to change everything before you move. You need to set it up in advance of your moving day and 6-12 months is usually sufficient, giving you plenty of time to let those companies know that you have moved.
  • Tell financial companies about the move. This needs to be done straight away so that your insurance covers you for your new house and so your banking is registered to the right place.
  • Take some final meter readings. You want to make sure that you’re only paying for what you owe in the old house and take meter readings in the new house so you don’t end up paying for the previous owner or tenants use.
  • Use up your freezer food. Your freezer is bound to be unplugged for quite a while so to save on throwing it out when you get to your new house, take steps to use it up before then!
  • Start packing long in advance. Sitting down and doing nothing? Pack a box. Take it room by room if you like, leaving only the essentials out like beds, sofas and the appliances you will definitely need. If you use the kettle and toaster everyday, keep them out. If your blender is only used once in a blue moon, pop it away in a box.
  • Clean out cupboards as you go. Same as the freezer, use things up. Don’t take up valuable packing space with food items that can be used up.
  • Clear out outside spaces first. It is very unlikely that you are using the stuff in the garage or shed that regularly so why not get them packed away ready for the move?
  • Got kids or pets? Arrange some care for the day. You don’t want the stress of trying to keep an eye on your offspring or your furry friends so see if someone can look after them for you, whether it is a friend or family member or a professional that you hire.
  • Cancel or reschedule deliveries. Do you have a paper delivered or milk? Either cancel or let them know where you are moving to and when you’re moving so they can start delivering again when you are there.

These are just a few things you need to do when you are moving house – I am sure I have probably forgot so many of them! What things do you swear by when moving house? Is there anything in particular that you always do anytime you move?

As I said, we are hoping to move in the near future if finances allow so I will definitely have to take on my own tips. It has been six and a half years since I last moved house so I just know I will have far more stuff than I have ever had before – this is why we are decluttering as much as possible on the way. We seem to own so much stuff and I don’t want to be taking all of this with us when we move – it is just too much! Car boot sales, eBay and Facebook sales are what I am planning on doing – the less we have to move, the better!

If you are moving in the near future, good luck and I hope these tips help you – let me know how you get on!


Updating Our Bedrooms On An Affordable Budget

I’ve made no secret of the fact that we plan to move soon. We currently live in a tiny two bed end of terrace house and still have Olivia in our room. We would put her in Jack’s room if we could but we just don’t have the space – his bedroom is tiny!

We are looking to move into a local three or four bed property and have so much we want to do when moving into somewhere new. We’ve already said we have a lot of stuff we want to update – a lot of our furniture and kitchen appliances have been with us for years and it would be nice to update those. One such thing is beds.

Jack has had the most recent change of bed – we bought him his very own single bed when we found out we were having Olivia as he was still using the toddler bed his cot converted into. With Olivia moving from cot to bed in a few months time (she is already trying to escape constantly from her cot), hoping to have a spare room for people to stay and also potentially adding more to our family, we are in definite need of new beds.

However these can get super expensive, don’t you find? When we first moved in here, we brought our cheap shoddy quality bed from our old house and it broke fairly quickly. We then forked out a lot more for a new bed and whilst it is good quality, I am not prepared to pay that much money again in the future, just for somewhere to lay my head at night. I want to be comfy and cosy but not at a complete premium when there are alternatives on offer.

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As I will be buying quite a few beds at once, I want them to be cheap but still good quality. People often say the two don’t go hand in hand but I disagree. Companies are realising that sometimes having lower prices works much better in their favour without compromising on quality – they can sell more and make more when lower in price than perhaps their rival can with their products at a premium. It all depends on the customers and their bank balance – and with so many of us now tightening the purse strings, we are more likely to avoid the extortionate and opt for the cheaper option as they’re both exactly the same, quality wise.

With companies such as DivanBedsCentre claiming to be cheap on price but not quality, you’d be a fool to pay extreme prices for something you could get for much less. I am always looking to save money when I am buying things and with so many other things to pay for, I will be aiming to get the most for my money. I think most of us mums are the same, don’t you?

I must admit I am considering getting everyone ottoman storage beds – after living here with such a lack of storage for so long, I am all for decent storage options. If the storage option doubles up as a bed then fabulous – two things for the price of one, don’t you agree?

I actually can’t wait to update my bedroom – although I barely spend any time in there, it is meant to be a haven and I’d love to actually have a bedroom that feels like one. Here’s hoping I get it soon.