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Our quick guide and top tips to keep your home protected this winter

Winter officially started on 1st December! Have you checked that your property is protected against anything that winter can throw at it? It’s not too late to take care of some of the simple things yourself but for peace of mind IQ Service & Maintenance will step in and take care of the essentials that will ensure your property is winter proofed and protected through the worst months of the year.

Protect Indoor Pipes: Should a pipe burst, up to 30 gallons of water can escape in just two minutes. Find your stopcock and make sure it works so you can turn your water off as quickly as possible if you have a burst pipe.

Service your Boiler: Avoid a breakdown with no heating or water just when the family are arriving! Our engineers are Gas Safe Registered.

Insulate Your Loft Space: Even if you have insulation we will check its up to standard and compliant.

Service your gas fire: We are always surprised when clients tell us they have never serviced their gas fires, stoves and other appliances – this is a requirement to keep you safe as well as warm.

Keep your heating on a timer: If you’re going away leave it on a constant low temperature to avoid your pipes freezing.

Bleed your radiators: Use a radiator key to release trapped air and get them running efficiently if your radiators are not warming up properly.

Guttering and Chimneys: Clean and inspect for any loose external guttering and down pipes. Sweep the chimney and check for any damage to the external brick for stonework.

Trees: Do you have any overhanging trees that can cause damage in a storm and might not be covered by your home insurance?

Roof tiles: Let the experts check for any loose or broken tiles that are vulnerable to high winds and extreme weather.

Check for draughts: Cold winds will find a way through any gaps, so blocking them will keep you warm and could even cut your heating bills.

Counter winter weather and its potentially devastating effect on your home. We have a truly comprehensive portfolio of services to cover every aspect of managing and maintaining residential or commercial properties to keep them running at optimum performance.

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Is your AC unit winter ready?

Now that winter does seem to be upon us it’s time to check your units and change the mode from cold to warm heater.

Another service provided by IQ Service & Maintenance as part of our extensive range of property maintenance and management solutions.

There is also a distinct air conditioning theme to the enquiries coming into the office over the past few weeks. With referrals and recommendations from clients for whom we installed units during the outstandingly hot summer!

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Quite an alarming few weeks at IQ Security!

A high percentage of our recently won contracts have come as referrals following the successful design and installation of a variety of security systems at our residential and commercial clients’ premises.

Our Director Toby Ford has worked in the security industry since 1996 gathering a wealth of experience and knowledge across every type of environment. This gives us the ability to provide security consultancy, design and installation, as well as service and maintenance solutions for all types of properties, no matter the size or complexity.

Whether its an upgrade to the latest technology or a completely new installation we will be pleased to share our expertise with you.

When you make an appointment for us to come out we would be pleased at the same time to review the complete operational aspects of your building and talk to you about our Property Management packages.

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Completed security installations at Louis Vuitton Bond Street


We are delighted to announce the completion of our security installations at high fashion brand Louis Vuitton at one of their flagship stores in Bond Street. The attached photo shows the discreet cameras in the ceiling.

We also give full training to staff and teams operating the cameras on site – more on this to follow.

The LV project is a tremendous accolade for the business and is testament to our expertise and knowledge of the security sector. Furthermore it has resulted in two new enquiries for CCTV and intruder alarms installations. Both are from businesses with completely different challenges to a high street retailer – one is a farm and the other a residential home. We look forward to bringing you more news on our solutions for these businesses and their security challenges.

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IQ Property Services networking at Dartford Business Club

Director Toby Ford attended a packed meeting on 23rd August with over 60 other member companies represented. The August meeting we were told is usually quiet but not so this year it seems. Toby met many organisations that are perfect for partnering opportunities to support the IQPS service offers. He is looking forward to attending the next meeting on 25th September to meet more businesses and will be presenting soon in a more formal way date tba. Good to be out there networking and spreading the word about our expertise!

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Want to save energy this winter?

As the nights start drawing in more rapidly and the weather forecasters warn us that the heat we have been enjoying for months is actually becoming a thing of the past, our thoughts turn to the need to pop the heating on and to how we might control costs for the winter season ahead.

IQ Property Services has a range of energy and cost saving options for homes and businesses. Installing automation using smart technology is not only good for the environment but WILL reduce your energy bill.

Did you know that smart technology saves on average 19% on heating and 13% on electricity in houses. In commercial buildings, the savings amount to 60% and 30% respectively. Setting your thermostat 1°C lower will deliver a 6% saving!

We have a track record of installing smart systems that do all of the above and also make your property more secure. We can arrange an energy audit and advise you accordingly. Contact me for more information. https://bit.ly/2vwwNCv

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Our CEO Tony Cheeseman achieves full membership status of APM

We are delighted to announce that Tony has been awarded full membership status of The Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project profession.

Having performed the role of Construction Project Manager for over 30 years this endorses the skills and expertise he has built up and is able to offer clients of IQ Consultants. The APM is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism which make interesting reading and equate well with standards across IQ Property Services: https://bit.ly/2wg0Oqw

In 2017, APM was awarded a Royal Charter as part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession. The receipt of a Royal Charter marks a significant achievement in the evolution of project management.

Commenting Tony said: “I feel privileged to be part of this award-winning association which has over 26,000 individual members and 500 organisations participating in the Corporate Partnership Programme making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. Apparently I can now add some letters after my name – Tony Cheeseman MAPM – to promote this status!”

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Heating System and Boiler Maintenance – we’ve got it covered!

IQ Service & Maintenance maintains residential and commercial heating systems for a range of clients. We take care of the routine servicing aspects as well as new installations and upgrades – so you don’t have to. Our contractors are Gas Safe registered engineers and work to a pre agreed set of guidelines to maintain the high standards of working practices that characterise our business and our customer service.

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4K HD CCTV installation completed in London

This week IQ Security completed the upgrading of a High Definition 4K CCTV and Intercom System for our retained client Frog Capital located in Kings Cross, London. We used our expertise to specify the security solution and then to oversee and manage the installation. If you are looking for security system and access control advice call us for an exploratory chat. https://bit.ly/2naQI69

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Comprehensive Building Maintenance Packages from IQ Service & Maintenance

As Autumn approaches we are taking the opportunity to start showcasing the full range of services offered by our IQ Service & Maintenance Division – if it’s anything to do with the management of residential or commercial properties, we support homeowners and businesses with a full range of maintenance services. Whether we take over the full management of your home or business premises or simply provide for the service and maintenance of a single element, such as the heating system, the IQ team is happy to support you! We organise everything you need and take the stress out of property maintenance and management via our teams of skilled trades and experts. We recommend working with you on a contractual basis which means we prioritise your work and you know that your essential maintenance is being take care of. It’s a perfect time to call us in and let us assess your needs and how best we can support you.

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