If you are looking for tradesmen or contractors on the internet, with a view to finding one or two to come around to your house to price up some jobs, it is certainly worth choosing the right person to take on the job. However, dear consumer I have a secret to tell you: It’s a...Continue reading
Quite apart from the undeniable fact that DIY has a better sound to it than YDIFM, recent studies have shown that DIY is on the decline, so we thought to find out exactly why. I was brought up in the 1970’s and as far as I can recall, my father was ALWAYS doing something DIY...Continue reading
Your home is under attack!! No, don’t worry, there’s no need to call the police (!), you need to call us instead! Why? Because right now, the weather is preparing to attack the exterior walls of your house, so if you don’t have a weatherproof wall coating on the walls, watch out! So what’s the...Continue reading
So we voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd, and many people tell us a bright future awaits. UPDATED: WE NOW LEAVE (APPARENTLY) ON OCTOBER 31ST 2019 so says Boris Johnson. WE SHALL SEE… Eurosceptics like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, or even Nigel Farage can’t sort the skills shortage, or even begin to...Continue reading
The Victorian era heralded great changes throughout not only our own country, but also in the then British Empire, much of which can be seen today in our streets in the form of industrial buildings, churches, bridges and of course, houses. The Victorians knew how to build stuff to last, and if you live in...Continue reading
Need a bit more space? A recent study by RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) found that most new build homes in the UK are at least one whole room smaller in square metres, than older houses, in fact they go on to suggest that this is detrimental to our health, but why?
Hey buddy! (Good afternoon old chap!) Home improvements remain similar in nature in both the UK & America but words used by contractors vary wildly between the 2 countries, which side of the pond are you on? Do you know your siding from your cladding? Is it a bucket or a pail? Let’s do a...Continue reading
In the UK, and many other countries, there exists a set of enforceable rules and regulations that govern the built environment, which aim to ensure that buildings are constructed, altered or improved in a sympathetic and safe manner. There are various common home improvements, usually the more “major” types, that require permission from your local...Continue reading
There is nothing worse than moving into a new house, only to find that it stinks of stale cigarette smoke from the previous owners. We are going to share with you our top tips on how to properly clean your home and banish stale air, nicotine stained ceilings and the pungent whiff of cigarettes.
This article will show you how to make getting a quote, (a fixed costing), or an estimate, (an educated guess), of what it would cost to have a tradesperson carry out improvement work to your home this year. We write this “how to…” article for the British market, however this should be just as relevant...Continue reading
We have written many articles on home improvements over the years but this time we are going to tell you about home UN-improvements. That is the removal from a building of misguided features or unsuitable home “improvements” added during previous renovations.
WARNING! There are people out there who want to relieve you of your money! Continuing our consumer advice theme, we advise you what and who to watch out for, so you don’t get ripped off when purchasing home improvements and building work on your home and we offer some handy home improvements advice.