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Unlock new business after lockdown

There’s no denying that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on businesses across the world. Billions of people are in lockdown around the world. It’s no surprise that production lines have come to a halt, businesses have been forced to shut their doors to the public for the first time in years,…

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Vinyl kitchen floor ideas to transform the look of your space

With so many different styles, materials and finishes to choose from, finding the perfect flooring for your kitchen can be tricky. It’s important to select something hard-wearing and durable, that also provides style and comfort at the same time. Vinyl flooring has been a popular flooring choice for many years. Thanks to its versatility and…

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Sell your home in 14 days for maximum return

Homes could lose thousands in value after weeks on the market Homes sold at 14 days typically achieve close to asking price The speed of a house sale can make (or cost) sellers thousands Homes sold after 1 month achieve 98% of asking price, dropping to 91% after two months – costing homeowners £20,000 off...

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Don’t do it yourself: Nervous Brits duck DIY for fear of fluffing it up

In 2019, 85% of people hired tradespeople for jobs as small as hanging a frame or putting up a shelf Skills shortages and ‘crisis of confidence’ blamed, with Brits unsure they can do a good enough job Homeowners abandoning DIY for ‘Do It For Me’ could benefit small businesses and trade experts The UK’s can-do...

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January is the best time to sell your house for a quick sale

Ready to put your plans for a house move into action? Then here’s a good reason to start marketing this month. Analysis of data over the last five years shows January is the best time to sell your house for a speedy sale. Data from our estate agent comparison tool estateagent4me offers insight into the...

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Guide to creating your smart home

Guide to creating your smart home Whether you’re keeping an eye on your carbon footprint or seeking the latest smart home solutions, having the ultimate smart home is easier than you think. There are a variety of options to suit every budget, from downloading a smart home app to a full smart home lighting system....

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Double storey extensions could be allowed without planning permission

The government has announced plans to allow homeowners to undertake a double-storey extension without planning permission. We have asked the experts at the property advice website the HomeOwners Alliance to explain all. According to our 2019 HomeOwners Survey, one of the biggest barriers to undertaking home improvement projects is problems related to planning permission, which...

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How to sell your home before Christmas

If you want to sell your home before Christmas, there is still time – just. Prospective home-sellers will need to have their property on the market by Monday 21st October in order to sell their home before Christmas, according to a new study. Data from estate agent comparison website estateagent4me offers insight into the time...

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Real Homes Show Episode 13

Real Homes Show episode 13 is here. Laura Crombie’s invites you into her home to explain how to renovate and create an open plan kitchen to a budget. Checking It Out share some unusual cleaning hacks using baking soda, Join Anna Morley style editor who will be revealing how to bring a splash of mint...

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5 tips for renovating your leasehold flat

As the nights draw in and summer holiday memories fade, we’re spending more time indoors. And it’s at times like this we start hatching plans for home improvement projects, fuelled by the new series of Grand Designs and BBC2s Great Interiors Design Challenge. But if you’re living in a leasehold flat or leasehold property, then...

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Real Homes Show Episode 12

Real Homes Show episode 12 is here. Real Homes small space squad head to South Birmingham to advise on how to proceed with a two-storey extension. Checking It Out have some fantastic ideas on how you can make the best of your outdoor garden space. The Hub catch-up with Verity Burns to discuss how smart...

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Home improvement projects to add 50k in only 7 days

Most homeowners have a long list of projects they’d like to do to their home. But time and money often stand in the way. How do you decide what job to do first, if at all? Here at the HomeOwners Alliance, we have all the tips, tools and advice you need to help you decide....

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Real Homes Show Episode 10

The Real Homes Show episode 10 is here. This weeks episode the smart space squad head to Derby to design an upstairs bathroom and open plan downstairs kitchen, Laura Crombie puts the most popular worktops to the test to find out how durable they are, Anna Morley style editor explains how to introduce Coral into...

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Real Homes Episode 9

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Real Homes Show Episode 9

The Real Homes Show episode 9 is here. In this weeks episode, there is advice on how to create an open plan kitchen diner without extending, smart home security cameras, how to get rid of pet hair, how to decorate with black and much much more! Watch it here now! Was this Helpful? YesNo

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