30 Nov 2013

Q. Is it true it costs more to switch lights off and then on again, than it does just to leave them switched on?



A. It's a myth that it costs more to switch your lights on and off than to leave them running.

Old-fashioned incandescent bulbs - the kind with a filament i...

30 Nov 2013

1 Go for a loft conversion


The easiest way to get an extra bedroom and bathroom. Not particularly disruptive, either, as most of the work can be done from outside. The key thing is to make sure access to the loft is easy and that the conversion fits the rest of the hou...

30 Nov 2013

Paint inside and out


Painting the inside or outside of your home is one of the most low cost home improvements you can make. According to the Halifax Home Improvement Survey, painting or decorating can add around £2,000 to the value of your home. Painting can refresh o...

30 Nov 2013

Tip 1: Finding your Stopcock

If the worst happens and a pipe bursts you need to make sure you know exactly where your stopcock is so you can switch off the water supply as quickly as possible. Stopcocks can be located both inside and outside of properties so find out w...

30 Nov 2013

1. Making a connection outside an electrical box


Wires should never be connected outside of an electrical box. A junction box is designed to protect connected wires from getting damaged by accident and keep any heat or sparks caused by a lose connection contained.


2. C...

30 Nov 2013

Top Tips for choosing the right Bedroom Colour


According to the philosophy of Chromatherapy, the colours you choose to decorate your home with can have a significant effect on your mood. Take a look at these tips to find out what different colours can do for you and fi...

30 Nov 2013

Revive your wicker


Cane furniture can be a challenge to clean. But that’s no reason to pay a professional to do it. Stephen Berne, an antique chair restorer, offers these insider tips:


Use a vacuum cleaner - Use the brush attachment to lift dust, dirt and lint from wit...

30 Nov 2013



Have your gutters cleared annually, or twice a year if your home is in a leafy environment.


This can stop blockages in downpipes, rainwater over-spill and joints freezing and becoming faulty, all of which cause damp. Leaf guards alone won't prevent all proble...

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