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Moving house ‘must dos’ to help prevent stress and avoid fines

A couple Moving house

Brits are moving house every 23 years on average and, with UK life expectancy now at 79 for males and 83 for females, a Briton can expect to move at least three times in their lifetime.

The cost of moving house is not easily avoided as experts are often required to support and even just the physical element is estimated to cost £1192.67. Moving house is often described as more stressful than the death of a family member or divorce it's important to take steps to try to reduce that stress or hopefully even avoid it altogether.

Eight ways to make your home look more expensive

Bi folding doors fited to a house to create an expensive look

The dream home is often described as classic, luxurious or timeless, but to create an expensive look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start.

There are hacks for each unique style that you can incorporate into your home until you find the right balance.

If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

OXO kitchen products review

OXO kitchen products review - reusable lids

Here, our editor Victoria Galligan tests products from the OXO kitchen range…

For some help in the kitchen and to make your life easier, try the product range from OXO who have come up with some handy gadgets to take the stress out of preparing and storing food. 

From vegetable peelers to corn on the cob holders (how difficult is that task normally?!) there are a range of goodies in the new OXO catalogue which you’ll want in your kitchen ASAP.

Punctual Egg Timer With Piercer (£20)

 

Electrocuting Themselves, Breaking Doors And Drilling Through Water Pipes: Britons’ Worst DIY Mistakes

Worst DIY mistakes

New research undertaken in the UK has found the most common worst DIY mistakes made by Britons, such as electrocuting themselves and breaking doors & door frames. What’s more, one-third of British homeowners admitted to having had to visit A&E due to attempting jobs around the house themselves that went wrong.

The team at professional service marketplace www.bidvine.com polled over 2,200 British home-owners, all of whom were over the age of 18, to find out more about attitudes towards DIY in the UK.

TOGTIPS – expert advice on choosing the right duvet

Choosing the right duvet

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to think about changing your bedding and choosing the right duvet.

An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night and the thicker winter duvets that you enjoy in the colder months provide a completely different experience to lighter summer duvets. 

If you need help choosing the right filling, cover or Tog for the season, Angela Moran, Product Strategy Director at Silentnight, provides 10 ‘TogTips’ to help choosing the right duvet a bit easier.

1) Know what a Tog is.

How to ensure your garden stays well-presented all year round

Garden care – snapdragons

Britain’s radically changing seasons can cause chaos to your outdoor space. In the summer, gardens can fall foul to too much sunshine, while frost causes issues in the winter, meaning it’s hard to keep your garden looking in top condition throughout the year. Here, with suppliers of garden equipment, Dobies, we will take a look at the plants which are best suited to the varying seasons and how you can keep your patch looking top notch.

The eco-friendly devices every home needs

The eco-friendly devices every home needs - plastic rubbish for recycling

Aldous Hicks, CEO and Co-founder of ReCircle Recycling Ltd, discusses some of the top eco-friendly devices every home will have within the next 10 years…

We have a major problem with our recycling at the moment. 5.25 TRILLION plastic items have ended up in the sea and we continue to add to this. In addition, 50% of what we put into recycling bins isn’t recycled.

Part of the problem is that so much of our plastic waste is contaminated and cannot be recycled. This is no surprise as people, even when they want to recycle and try hard to get it right, find the whole process very confusing.  What we need is to do is make the process easier and take, for example plastic, and recycle it into a pure product that can be reused.

What to do if you encounter one of these 4 common boiler problems

boiler problems - a radiator

Boilers are essential to heat our homes, but sometimes things can go wrong. Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie, Director of All England Gas, told us what to do if we encounter some of the most common boiler problems. 

Buying your first home is exciting, but knowing how everything works can be daunting, and it’s even worse when something fails. We rely on our boilers to heat our homes and water, but do you know what to do when things go wrong? I’ll be giving you my expert advice on how you can deal with the most common boiler problems.

Homeowners waste over £100 on help for small DIY jobs

woman doing small DIY jobs

●     Two thirds (66%) of young homeowners (18-34 year olds) are planning a home improvement project this year

●     Three quarters (75%) don’t feel confident enough to put up curtain poles, blinds and light fixtures themselves

●     Younger homeowners are spending over £100 on getting a professional for a small DIY job they could do themselves

 

Younger homeowners are wasting over £100 on professionals for each small DIY jobs that they could do themselves.

Two thirds (66%) of 18-34-year-old homeowners are planning on completing a home improvement project this year, but new research has revealed the significant sums of money they are wasting by getting a professional in to do minor jobs.