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  • Summer home improvement projects

    Whether you’re an experienced DIY-er or whether you’ll need to hire a professional to help out, the summer is the ideal time to assess, repair and make upgrades to your home. With wind, snow, rain and ice out of the picture, it is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all year.
  • Easy DIY jobs for first timers

    We asked 2,000 home owners from right across the UK what jobs they had done around the home. Almost 80% of us have painted a wall and over 70% of us have put together flat-pack furniture.
  • Six natural ways to cool your house down in a heatwave

    The UK is due a heatwave this week, with temperatures expected to hit 30°C in many parts of the country. In these warmer conditions, it’s tempting to plant yourself in front of a fan or perhaps even turn your air conditioning on, if you’re lucky enough to have it. However, there are many other ways to fend off the hot weather without landing yourself with a hefty electricity bill. We have looked at six easy hacks to keep your home comfortably cool.
  • Should I add an extra bathroom in my home?

    Perhaps you have a cupboard under the stairs that doesn’t get much use and you’re tempted to install a downstairs toilet? Perhaps you have an especially large master bedroom and you fancy an ensuite bathroom? If this sounds familiar, read on!
  • Seven interior design styles

    With so many different interior design styles out there, the choice of what style to choose can sometimes be overwhelming. We have rounded up seven of our favourites to help inspire your home’s makeover.
  • How to make a property stand out to tenants

    Whether you’ve invested in a buy-to-let property or are planning to rent out your own home for a period of time, it will pay to make your home stand out to prospective tenants. In some parts of the UK, there are lots of choices out there for tenants. In the most part, it only takes a few tweaks to make a home much more rentable – these top tips will help your home stand out.
  • Are you too afraid to hire a builder? You’re not alone!

    Hiring a builder and taking the plunge to start a home improvement project can be an incredibly daunting process. The horror stories we hear about in the media give the impression that if you hire a builder, your home may will be left in turmoil while a cowboy builder gallops into the sunset with all your money.
  • Updating a period property

    Older houses are typically full of character and charm but if you live in a period property there may be certain things that need updating. You’ll want to strike the right balance between making your home more comfortable with modern tweaks, and keeping the character that made you want to live in an older property in the first place.
  • Technological advancements in the home

    As technology advances, so do our homes. Modern technology and appliances have advanced to the point that they can help us with our cleaning and chores, and we can now operate our lighting, televisions and thermostats from our smartphones. With so many technology advancements ever year, we have picked out the top six devices you’ll soon find you can’t live without.
  • What jobs add value to a home in a matter of days?

    Whether you’d rather improve than move, or whether you’re hoping to add value to your home just before selling, we’ve joined forces with the HomeOwners Alliance to see what home improvement projects can be carried out in a matter of days and add serious value to your home.

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