- Patricia Power, Chartered Quantity Surveyor

“I’ve always been passionate about investing in the main structure of a home. This is where you can improve the thermal comfort value and warmth of your home and these improvements will pay for themselves for years to come.”

- Patricia Power, Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Introducing Patricia Power

Introducing Patricia Power

Quantity Surveyor of RTE's Room to Improve fame!

Patricia Power is one of Ireland's most renowned Quantity Surveyors, most known for her time on the much-loved TV Show RTE's Room to Improve

Patricia is passionate about investing efficiently in the overall comfort levels of our homes. Having worked as a quantity surveyor for over two decades, she has first-hand experience of how to achieve this in a smart, cost-efficient way that adds value to your home while increasing your comfort and living experience.

As Global Home Improvements' Construction Expert, Patricia will be imparting a wealth of knowledge and top tips to help set you on the right path to improvement.

You can follow Patricia on Instagram and check back here often as she'll be a regular contributor to Global's blog with lots of professional tips you can use to improve the overall comfort levels of your home from sustainability to security and much more.

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How to Choose the Right Company

"Choose the right company. You’ll save yourself pain, headaches and money!"

We caught up with Patricia Power to chat about her tips for homeowners when considering which company to undertake your home improvement project and put together a checklist with Patricia’s expert advice that will set you on the right path to transforming your home. The key areas to investigate include:

  1. Check their Credentials
  2. Ask if they use Sub-Contractors
  3. Understand the Guarantees
  4. Assess their Safety Certification

This is a must-read guide before you decide on which company is suitably qualified to undertake your home improvement project. Your due diligence before choosing the home improvement company to successfully transform your home will pay dividends for years to come.

Patricia Power strongly advises to “spend time and effort at the start in getting the right company and product, and it will save you time and money in the long run. Have no regrets: do it once and do it right!”

Read the full blog post here.

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Patricia Power's Top Tips for improving home comfort

Let's explore the first of our Top Tips series!

1. Focus on the main structure of your home. Energy prices are high and rising, but reducing your energy bills is just one benefit. Triple glazed windows and doors, wall insulation, and efficient heating systems, for instance, are the things that improve the thermal comfort value and warmth of your home. Done correctly, these improvements will pay for themselves over and over.

2. Replacing windows and doors will not only reduce your energy bills and save you money in the long-term, it will also improve energy-efficiency, reduce noise and increase security. Replacing these also allows you the opportunity to change the look of your home.

3. Be careful! Choose wisely in relation to the company you appoint to do these works – if you disregard the differences between companies, it could end in tears. Remember you get what you pay for so making the smart choice can ultimately save you in the long run.

4. So, check how long they have been in business. Do they have independent quality certification, for instance? Ask for references and check customer reviews.

5. Safety is crucial. They will be working in your home, so it is important that you check their credentials – ask for their insurance certs. Do they have recognised health and safety certification? Are their staff trained? As you are the homeowner, you are obligated to check all of this in the unfortunate event of something happening.

Welcoming Patricia Power

Welcoming Patricia Power

A note from Barry Shevlin, MD Global Home Improvements

"The team at Global Home Improvements and I are delighted to bring Patricia Power's knowledge and advice on all the important home improvement topics to our valued customer base and Irish homeowners in general. 

As one of Ireland's most renowned Quantity Surveyors who is passionate about elevating the overall comfort levels of our homes, Patricia is well placed as Global's Construction Expert. We look forward to sharing her professional insights and tips with you on a regular basis." - Barry Shevlin, MD Global Home Improvements