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The heat of the moment: Cast Iron Radiators

Whether you are sprucing up your interiors in preparation to sell or refurbishing a room that’s looking shabby, it's well worth installing new radiators for an instant makeover. Radiators have long been seen as an ugly inconvenience and a waste of wall space. For years we've been hiding them away under clumsy boxes or camouflaging them with cunning colour schemes. But we're currently seeing something of a r ...

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How to get rid of those ceiling cracks

A ceiling always works and moves, so it's no surprise that you can see cracks in your ceiling after a few years, and it's guaranteed you will get them. After analysing the different options to get rid of those infamous ceiling cracks, we have found several alternatives. 1) The simple option is to fill in those cracks with any filler available in DIY shops. It is quite quick, anyone (almost) could do it, but ...

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The problem with damp

Damp can affect any property, large or small. It may not be immediately obvious and could take several years before visible signs begin to appear. There are many reasons for damp developing in a property, for example lack of maintenance, deterioration of the building fabric or poor build quality. Most damp problems will be linked to one of three main issues: Rising Damp – here ground water is drawn upwards ...

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Sarah Beeny’s top tips to renovate your house

Has the start of 2014 given you itchy feet? If you’ve decided you want to sell your home or renovate certain areas, take inspiration from Sarah Beeny’s simple tips. whether moving house or staying put, you’ll reap the renovation rewards More and more homeowners are looking to improve what they have rather than move. And often it’s the smaller, cheaper and easier improvements that are more cost-effective tha ...

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14 tips for selling your home in winter

Winter probably isn't the ideal season in which to sell a property in the UK. It’s bitterly cold, wet and the fact that it gets dark at around 4 o’clock doesn’t help. That said, not everyone can afford to wait around for the traditional spring or summer house-buying season and whilst it’s true that there will be less buyers on the market, it can also be argued that there is less competition as well. This me ...

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Affordable winter beauty tips

Winter can wreak havoc with your skincare regime - battle the effects of the cold and maintain a healthy, glossy appearance with our five thrifty winter beauty tips… Property queen, TV presenter and our resident celebrity guest editor, Sarah Beeny, 41, recently revealed her love for Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream – a scented cream with rose oil and wild rose hip extract designed to 'envelop the skin with a pr ...

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Getting the most from your garden

This is an exciting time for the green-fingered. As summer reaches its peak, there’s lots you can be doing to eke that last bit of life from your garden, as well as getting prepared for the cooler and frostier weather ahead. And with water shortages rife in the UK, getting the most from your garden using as little water as possible during this frequently dry month is going to be crucial. Harvesting Now’s th ...

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Would you kiss on the first date?

Dating can be a horrific experience for some. Along with first date nerves comes the uncertainty of whether you should wear a skirt or trousers, order the spaghetti or the salad, and repeatedly going over exciting topics in your head, just in case your conversation dries out. But have you ever thought about what you'd do once the date is over? A recent survey by online dating website MySingleFriend.com to c ...

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Looking for a unique property? Four unusual homes…

Looking for a unique property? Check out these unusual abodes 1. Victorian water tower This 130-year-old Grade II-listed Victorian stone water tower has recently been renovated by one of Britain’s leading architects to create a 5,500ft multi-award-winning contemporary home. The wrap-around extension follows the shape of the octagonal tower. Various spaces are arranged relating to their function; to follow t ...

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Damaged Roof? Be Prepared…

When was the last time you checked your roof for cracks, broken tiles or gutter damage? With April showers inevitable, be prepared. Maintenance is key to ensuring that nothing goes wrong with your roof when the weather gets a bit lively. And it’s not just protection your roof provides – it can help save you money on those energy bills, too. Get to know it If this is the first time you’ve even thought about ...

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