Choosing the Right Style of Home for Your Family

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While many of you looking to purchase a house to make it into a home, may already know what style you have in mind, there are so many different styles available in the market, that it makes sense to understand them before you take the final step of purchasing one. While shopping for a house, you need to narrow down your choices to only those styles that are most suitable for your family.

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How to Add Value to Your Property When the Housing Market is Flat

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Despite estate agents, the government and construction companies "talking up" the housing market, anyone who has tried to sell a home outside of London in the last 3 or 4 years knows the market is flat. House prices have either fallen or remained stagnant (depending on the area you live in).

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Home and Garden Review: HireJungle.co.uk

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With the prolonged downturn in the economy (5 years and counting in the UK), people are still reluctant to spend on DIY related items - even though they have lots of plans for their home (dreaming up plans are free, fulfilling them, sadly not! ). But business wouldn't be business if it wasn't about answering a need. Hiring items - instead of buying them - is a much more viable option for cash-strapped home improvers.

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Interior Design Courses: Job and Passion

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Becoming an interior designer (somebody who deals with the home furnishings) requires a lot of passion and dedication. It is also needed a knowledge and a competence which are not common, that must be put at the customers" service the interior designer acquires them thanks to years of experience and attending training courses. In order to be an interior designer it is also indispensable to be endowed with a natural and marked aesthetic sense which allows the creative and original professionist to associate interior glass doors with resistant parquet, wide and spacious windows with curtains that don't make them heavy, colours and original furniture which create all together environments with an impeccable taste, capable of satisfying the client's requests. So, personal inclinations that must be associated with an appropriate formation: for this aim, there are many courses ideated for the emergence of interior designers who are able to design and organise spaces in a rational but still harmonious way.

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Getting Inspiration from Local Trades Shops

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It can be hard to know what to do with your home in terms of DIY. You can look through the glossy brochures, and the ideas laid out before you on glossy print all look fabulous.

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Add Some Fire to Your Life

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With energy bills constantly on the rise and people finding it harder to make ends meet, the home is often now more a thing of function rather than beauty. There are many things which make a house a home, those little quirky touches that make it individual and special.

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How to Affordably Say Goodbye to Inferior Interior

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Everyone wants to update their home, but not everyone can afford to make it as luxurious and fancy as they would like it to be. This is a sad realisation that people have to accept, especially given the growing cost of living in regards to mortgages,utilities, vehicles, gas, and etc. Thankfully, there are some very easy ways that you can go about changing out your interior design without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. To take advantage of these, you must be willing to think outside of the norm.

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A Look at Task Lighting, Background Lighting and Ambient Lighting

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There's more to lighting than merely illuminating a room. Lighting should serve a specific purpose - perhaps to add to ambience to a room, or just add some background level light, or a task-orientated light - perhaps a spotlight on a desk for reading.

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Five Top Tips For Buying Tiles Online

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Nowadays so much of our shopping is done online. After all, it's so much quicker and easier, and quite often cheaper. However, there are certain things which a lot of people would much rather buy in person so that they can get a better idea of the quality of the product which they're buying. Tiles are a product which would probably fall into this category, however, we're here to give you five top tips for buying tiles online so that you get a great deal, and more importantly get the tiles that are right for you. Understand the product and your rightsOne of the fears that some people have when buying tiles is that they'll turn up on your doorstep and be completely wrong, or not what you were expecting.

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Hard Water Can Give Your Home and Health a Hard Time

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Hard water - water which contains a high mineral content, with high levels of calcium and magnesium carbonate - can produce negative effects - to your pipes, electrical appliances, clothes and even your health. This article will look at the various consequences of hard water, and ways in which it can be softened.

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Guide to Refrigerated Wine Cabinets

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Refrigerated wine cabinets are a viable alternative to wine racks they allow you to store your wine collection in a cooled space. They provide the ideal conditions as a short- or long-term solution.

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Simple Ways To Increase Your Home's Security

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The security of our home is definitely highly important and we do need to do all that we can in order to keep ourselves, our valuables and our loved ones safe. Working with home security specialists is always a great idea but this does not mean there are no things that you can do alone.

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How to Declutter Your Home and Give it a Minimal Look

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There's no doubt that a cluttered house just makes you feel like your life is disorganized. You go home, and there's just so much stuff everywhere - you run out of shelf space just trying to store it all.

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The Benefits of Fire Doors, Beyond The Obvious!

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I think we can all agree that Firedoors are lifesavers. They are designed to prevent the spreading of fires throughout a building to allow an easy and safe exit.

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Top Tips For Clearing Blocked Drains

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There are few things that are as unpleasant as the experience of blocked drains. Whether it is the nuisance of slowly emptying sinks, unpleasant smells or worse, drains backing up and returning their contents to the kitchen or bathroom, blocked drains are horrible.

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Steps to Selecting a Quick House Sale Firm

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When selecting a quick house sale company, you must ensure that you make an informed decision. Here are some quick tips to help you choose a quick house sale company:Do an independent valuation - Get three estate agent to give you independent valuations of your property after which you can compare with what the quick house sale company is offering. Take your time - While it is true that you may need to sell off your property quickly, do not rush to make a decision.

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Vacuum Cleaner Bags: a Common Issue

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It's not always as simple as this of course, but more often than not, a problem will have a simple solution. I know, it would help if we could define simple really wouldn't it? Well, as sweeping a statement as the opening line of this article includes, there is a lot to be said for looking at a problem in depth as you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that what appeared to be a complete disaster at first glance is actually not that big a deal when you focus in on the individual issues.

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Bring Spring Into Your Home With Some Flowers

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Well as I write this, the sun is shining down on me in the UK, and that's quite remarkable considering the washout we had in April (the wettest on record). The only thing I miss about my current home is that we don't have much of a garden to speak of.

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On Giving My House a Complete Overhaul

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I inherited my house from my parents, and most of the furniture harks back to the 60s and 70s. It's a testiment to the craftsmanship back then in regards to how they've weathered they years.

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Spring Home Improvements

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Sometimes the annual spring cleanjust is not enough. The season of transformation may inspire some homeowners to go one step further and make some real changes about the house – both internally and externally.

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A Recent Trip to Japan Inspired me To Get Some Sliding Wardrobe Doors

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Nowhere is space at such a premium like it is in Japan. And because of this, the Japanese have become masters at saving space when and where they can - you have futons that can be easily folded away to create space (instead of traditional beds), and sliding doors where traditional doors would be.

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Home Improvement For The Hard Of Hearing

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9 million of the UK's estimated 65 million strong population are thought to be hard of hearing. The overwhelming cause is age related (presbycusis), a natural process that diminishes one's ability to hear.

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How to Make Homemade Coasters to Match Your Décor!

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We are always looking for new ways to spruce up our homes. We try big redecorations and moving furniture.

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An Important Piece Of Furniture

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On average we spend at least 25-30% of our time in our home on one piece of furniture more than any other - our bed. It provides us with pleasure, comfort, a feeling of well being, and of course the necessary sleep for a healthy lifestyle.

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Older Homes

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Many of the homes built in this country before the 1930's were usually constructed of brick and/or stone and have the benefit of good sized gardens. They also often have lots of character and charm unlike much of the housing built since.

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UK Homes

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Most of the homes in the Uk fall into just four categories - detached, semi-detached, terraced, and flat/apartment. Located in cities, towns, villages, and scattered small hamlets they offer a secure base from which we run our daily lives.

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Houses Today

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Modern HomesThese days homes in the UK are mainly built of brick under a tiled roof. Long before these modern building materials came into use homes were constructed of wood or blocks of turf.

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10 Tips for Sustainable Homes

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There are many reasons for going green in the home. For some, it may be a concern for the environment and a desire to reduce one's carbon footprint.

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Sheer, Room Darkening, or Blackout Curtains: The Pros and Cons

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Do you have plans to redecorate a room in your home? There are many decisions to be made, such as how much you can afford to spend, whatcolor palette you'll stick to, whether to buy new or upcycle, and more. If your room has windows, you may also have to decide what type of curtains to hang.

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Thinking Bespoke Feature Wall? We Answer Your Wallpaper Questions!

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Spring is only just upon us but perhaps you're already thinking about that new look for your home. A new you, fresh room, a change of theme or style. You're thinking options, change, what's new, what's different; what's possible. Thinking about decor? Colours and paints, curtains and rugs, possibly wallpaper ideas for that living room or bedroom feature wall.

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How Designer Radiators Can Add Value to Your Home

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The typical household radiator can be a bit of an eye-sore. I'm perhaps being unkind since it does a good job of keeping the room it is in warm.

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The Advantages of Vertical Blinds

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Finding right window dressings is an essential when contemplating a new interior design. Made to measure vertical blinds provide complete heat and light control and are perfect for large window areas like bi-fold doors, sliding doors or areas where you may have minimal clearance.

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Choosing the Right Material for your Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds come in a variety of different materials, including PVC, aluminium, and wood. Each one has different qualities, so before you place your order for made to measure Venetian blinds remember to consider the conditions where you will be putting them, to ensure that you choose the most appropriate material.

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How to Install Roller Blinds

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Roller blinds offer an inexpensive way to keep out the sun and to increase the privacy of your home. Not only that, with the fantastic choice of roller blinds online you can transform your room with the colour or design of your choice.

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The Most Common Places to Find Asbestos in the Home and Garden

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The use of Asbestos in the construction industry was banned in 1999 but the United Kingdom is still left with a legacy of Asbestos riddled buildings in every corner of the country. Some eye opening facts:1. 5 million commercial buildings that still contain Asbestos in the UK. At least 75% of schools and universities contain Asbestos. 50% of homes constructed before 1998 contained Asbestos at some point. The latency period, the time before you notice any symptoms, is between 10 and 40 years. Each year 2500 people die from Asbestos related diseases. Only 50% of those diagnosed with Mesothelioma will live more than one year. The Most Common Places to Find Asbestos Products in Your HomeSoffit BoardsThese are part of the roofline and are located underneath the fascia boards. They were very popular as they never rot, can be painted and were cheaper than timber.

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6 Reasons To Choose Floor Tiles For Gym

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With the booming health industry in full swing, more and more people are looking to improve their own fitness through active exercise. With the UK's health and fitness industry now worth a staggering £3. 2 billion (according to the European Health & Fitness Association), There has also been a resurgence in home gyms.

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Reasons to Hire a Moving Service

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Those who've moved before can confirm that relocating is a tiresome task. This is the main reason they consult a professional mover to move them.

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Why You Need Professional End of Lease Cleaner

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When you move out of your property, it's always smarter to hire End of Lease Cleaners to do your cleaning work. That's because it saves your time, energy and money when you hire professional cleaners.

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Leave the Fixes to the Experts

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As a tradesperson with many years of experience, it's interesting to see new trends come and go in the industry. Lately - in the last few years - I'm noticing more and more home owners attempt to tackle plumbing and drainage problems themselves.

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Combining Spring Cleaning with Home Improvements

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With Spring on the way, more and more people are starting to look around their homes and wonderhow they can improve it. Spring cleaning alone isn't enough anymore - people are looking for a freshstart to the warmer months by combining their annual big clean with some minor homeimprovements.

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Why Property Surveys Are So Improtant

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There's no doubt that house prices have outpaced wages over many years, requiring house buyers to borrow more and more money. And of course, with the need to borrow more and more money, buyers are put under an ever more intense spotlight in regards to their ability to pay back the loan.

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10 Tips on How to Protect your Home from Burglary

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With various security methods now available to us, keeping your home and it's belongings safe these days is a lot easier than it used to be; this being said however, criminals are always adapting and finding new ways to break into your home. Here are just 10 easy steps you can take which could make the difference to being burgled or not. 1.

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Less is More When it Comes to Home Decor

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It's pretty much become a cliche that in many cases, less is more. Despite its reputation for being well coined, the phrase certainly applies to home decor.

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Reimagine Your Home With Cove Lighting

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Lighting is, and always has been, one of the most important features in any home. Finding the right kind of lighting in each room has always been a problem, and if the lights you settle on are too bright or too dull, it can really impact how you enjoy spending time in your home.

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Five Helpful Tools and Tips to Use When Setting Up a Catering Business from Home

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It seems as though the workforce has gone through a very real movement and change over the past couple of years, and that change is the rise of telecommuting and home businesses. According to a recent Gallup survey, there are more employees working from home than ever before, and they are doing it for longer time periods.

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Why I Always Recommend a Professional Removal Company Over a Man and Van Service

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I remember my 20s - it seemed like every year I moved from one flat to another. And everytime, I'd hire a "man and van" or even just do it myself.

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Resin Flooring Has Made My Life Easier as a Landlord

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As a landlord, one of the key lessons I learned (the hard way) was to install resin flooring to my rental properties to replace wooden flooring and carpeting. This wasn't just for my benefit, but for the benefit of my tenants.

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Types Of Locks For Your External Doors

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Choosing the right lock for your home is a big deal, there are so many different choices out there its hard to decide which is the best option for you. Hopefully these few tips will make that decision a little easier and will help find the right lock.

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Advantages Of Resin Drives For Your Property

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If you are looking for a new driveway there are many options to choose from. Whether it's tarmac, concrete or even loose stones or brick.

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10 Top Speedy Tips To A Clean House

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Everyone loves a nice clean home. The only problem with this is that we don't all get the time to clean as much as we think we should.

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10 Services a Property Refurbishment Company Carries Out

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Renovating or refurbishing a property is a great way to increase its value. It will in fact decrease what you then have to spend on maintaining the property in the future.

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The Importance of a Home Inspection

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Buying a home is the biggest investment we will ever make. The process of purchasing a home very exciting but incredibly daunting.

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How to Choose the Perfect Housewarming Gift

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It's a rite of passage when moving into a new place to invite plenty of friends and family to warm it and turn it from a house or an apartment into a home. A housewarming party is about filling a space with warmth and cheer, and that's quite easily done with some good people.

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Flooring to Keep You Cool in Summer

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The combination of warm - and sometimes hot - summers and cold winters can make it hard to choose the best flooring for your home to keep it comfortable all year round. Standing on an unheated tiled floor in the depths of winter is not a pleasant experience, but then neither is wading through thick, luxurious carpet in the middle of a heatwave.

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Solar Manufacturers in Australia

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At present, there are many movements that uphold environmental consciousness. Several non-profit organisations like DarkSky. org are emerging in the international scene in an active effort to reduce pollution and keep the skies clear at night.

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Our Top Guide to Saving on Bills & Replacing Your Boiler

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When it comes to having a boiler that is no longer working as well as it's supposed to, it can lead to a host of different issues down the line. As a matter of fact, not having hot water whenever you or your family wants it is probably the least of your worries when it comes to a faulty boiler.

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On the Benefits of Knowing Your Neighbours

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Unfortunately these days it seems that more and more people simply don't know their neighbours. We lead busier lives, and we're moving house a lot more than we used to.

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The Effect Light Has in Our Homes

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Light - both natural and unnatural - has a huge effect on the atmosphere and aesthetics of each room. Let's look at both types of lighting and see how we might improve our homes using light. Daytime - Natural LightNatural light can really flatter a room and make it much more pleasant to be in.

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Top Benefits of Central Heating Systems

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One way to efficiently warm up your home and give yourself or your family a comfortable space is by choosing central heating systems. This type of heating provides a warmth that is propelled through sealed air ducts and released through vents for an even and widespread heating experience.

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Five Decoration Hacks to Help Improve Your Home

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If your apartment or house does not look totally fabulous, perhaps you should read the following advice on giving your space a makeover that will change your life. Your style. You should make your home a reflection of who you are.

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Gas or Electric: Which is the Best Fire for Your Home?

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If you are planning ahead for autumn and winter and are thinking about replacing your fire this year, you might be struggling to decide between gas and electric models. While many people ultimately go with the easiest option, which is generally simply replacing the current fire with a similar one, it is always a good idea to look at the pros and cons of each type of fire before making any decisions.

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Enhance Your Property Appeal

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Kerbside appeal is a phrase often used by property developers, one that is designed to improve the aesthetic and thus financial value of a property. First impressions matter, so having that kerbside appeal and making the right impression is at the front of many property developers minds.

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Advantages Of Replacing Your Current Heating System With Infrared Heating

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Even with today's increasingly conscious market that constantly seeks for safe and cost-effective alternatives, most homeowners in the UK still utilise conventional heating systems such as boilers, electric space heaters and radiators. If you are one of the many who still does so and is now looking for a 'greener," more inexpensive option, why not consider opting for an infrared heating system instead? In the past, infrared heaters failed to give consumers a 'wow factor" and have always been deemed to be not too beneficial because of its uncontrollable heat and unsafe surfaces.

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Your Dream House Should Be Within Your Budget

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House buying is an experience, which - after going through some hard work and pain - eventually lets you become an expert opinion maker on house buying. The rule of thumb of buying a house is to keep your ground work ready in terms of the loans available to you, and the locality you would like to live in. Once you decide the budget range, you also need to find out how much cash you have to shell out as these days (post 2008 crash) you will get roughly an 80% to 85% loan and the remaining 15-20% needs to be oaid as a cash instalment.

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Colours Play An Important Role In The Look Of A House

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The house I live in is designed and planned by an interior designer and an architect. It has unique, elaborate stair parts and glass balustrades.

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Learn From My Mistakes: Tips On Moving To A New Home

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To me, moving to a new home is just below going to the dentist and just above having my limbs broken. I hate it - primarily because I don't prepare adequately before the move.

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The Benefits Of Rubber Paving And Wet Pour Rubber In Commercial Settings

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Wet pour rubber and rubber paving provides a safe and durable surface for many uses. One of these uses are for the commercial settings it could be used in.

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