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How to protect and maintain your laminate flooring

Whether you already have laminate flooring or are considering it for your home, you should try to keep the upkeep in mind. Laminate flooring can increase the value of your home, which is handy if you're thinking of selling, but it will require regular maintenance. Here, the experts at Fixation Repairs share their top tips on keeping your floors looking fresh... Day-to-day wear and tear Consider using cloth ...

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How to grow indoor and outdoor plants successfully

Mistakes or misconceptions around watering are the most common causes of houseplant deaths. No plant can grow properly if it receives too much or too little water over prolonged periods. Balcony and outdoor potted plants need to be watered regularly, especially when they are exposed to intense sunlight, but at the same time, a pot can quickly become waterlogged during heavy rainfall. Lechuza planters are eq ...

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How to utilise the loft space in your home

People with health issues or with restricted movement, find that by having a Skylark™ Electric Stairs, they can once again use their loft space as they were able to before. Many have become accustomed to the loft (attic) as a very necessary space for all manner of uses. As you grow older, a trip to the loft can be much more laborious, and also more and more dangerous. Skylark™ Electric Stairs take away any ...

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How to solve your pets’ boredom blues

Enrichment is defined as the manipulation of a pet’s environment, to increase activity and behaviour, that satisfies the animal's physical and psychological needs. It improves health by increasing a pet's perception of control over their environment. Enrichment techniques fall into five categories: food-based, sensory (sight, smell, touch, hear, taste), new objects, social and positive training. All domesti ...

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How to create the purrfect home for you and your cat

As the nights draw in there is nothing better than getting home, closing the curtains and snuggling up on the sofa by the fire with a good book. You feel safe and secure and you have everything you need to relax and unwind. But do your cats feel the same way?  These are just a few things that you can do to turn your home into a purrfect paradise for your cats. Somewhere to hide away We all have our favourit ...

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How to heat your home efficiently this winter

Despite the Indian summer, there’s no denying that colder weather is on the way, so now is the time to ensure your heating system is ready for the big ‘switch-on’. While your boiler has continued to supply hot water throughout the summer months, it has been lying relatively dormant in comparison to the strain it is put under during the winter. This increased pressure also increases the risk of system breakd ...

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How to choose the best retirement home for you

If you want to maintain your independence as you get older and are thinking about downsizing into specialist retirement property, there is a key choice that you have to make. Do you want to move to a retirement property with only limited on-site services or support, or would a development offering additional services, including care when and if you might need it, suit you better? Many retirement development ...

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How to prevent subsidence at home

If you’ve heard the number of horror stories about subsidence down the years, you’ll know that it is something you never want to go through. Insurance policies usually rise and it can result in a particularly expensive and time consuming remediation process. Unfortunately, the biggest problem is that many cases are naturally occurring, due to the soils and moisture levels that foundations are built upon. Th ...

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How to tell if your home is affected by subsidence

Subsidence is by no means a new problem, but it is now something that people know much more about. Knowing if your home may be under threat from this nuisance can help you deal with it sooner and ultimately mitigate any extensive, and potentially expensive, damage. Common signs and signals of subsidence You may have a problem if you find any of the following subsidence indications cropping up around your ho ...

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How to make sure your renovation or extension projects runs smoothly

You’ve decided to extend or renovate your home, and you’re researching contractors to undertake all or part of the work – what do you need to know to protect your interests? Your home insurance won’t cover the work – you need separate insurance The majority of household policies exclude contract works – some insurers will take you off cover immediately if they know you’re having work done. Cover extensions ...

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How to create a bespoke Door-Stop door online

Would you have your home decorated the same way as everyone else? We thought not! When it comes to expressing yourself through the design of your home, start with the outside to add a touch of kerb appeal through a distinctively bespoke front door. Door-Stop, the manufacturer of high quality composite doors and internal fire doors, provides homeowners with thousands of options to create a one of a kind fron ...

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