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Recent posts

  • How to avoid disputes with your builder

    Using a Master Builder gives you the unique opportunity to contact the Federation of Master Builder’s Disputes Service in the unfortunate event that you need to raise a claim against your builder.
  • Are you ready to deal with these common Christmas household disasters?

    Christmas is a costly time of year and the last thing homeowners want to spend their money on is emergency home improvement work. Yet, the festive period is a busy time for builders. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) carried out some research and regarding the most common problems homeowners have over Christmas are.
  • What would you spend your Airbnb earnings on?

    Are you tempted to become an Airbnb landlord? Between July 2016 and July 2017, over £650 million was earned byprivate householders renting out their properties in the UK. Breaking that down, the typical British host earns £3,000 by renting their home for 36 nights per year. That’s serious money – and you can earn extra cash tax-free up to £7,500. The FMB has looked into what ‘Airbnb-style’ landlords spend their new-found cash on.
  • Easy ways to make a house a home

    When you first move into a new place, it can be hard to make it feel like your own. Unless you have built your dream home, it’s probable that the colour scheme, finishes and fixtures were chosen according to the previous owner’s taste and don’t match your own. Here are some simple ways to express your personality and make your new home feel like your home. These are also great ideas for people who are renting and don’t want to invest money in renovating someone else’s property.
  • How handy at DIY are you?

    Perhaps you’re a dab hand at DIY projects, or maybe you’re absolutely useless around the home. Recent research from the FMB allows you to compare your DIY skills to thousands of others across the nation – you can find out where your DIY skills rank!
  • Why not build your own home?

    When people think of building their own home, they tend to imagine it's going to be excruciatingly expensive. However, self-build is usually a lot cheaper than you'd think. When you throw in the amount of money people normally spend on bringing an existing home up to scratch, custom or self-build can prove to be a surprisingly economical choice (though the cost of land – which we aren’t able to include in our breakdown – varies from region to region). Below, we've showcased some of our winners from the 2017 Master Builder Awards. You may be surprised how much bang for your buck you can get going it alone... and if you fancy giving building your own home a go why not find a Master Builder to help?

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