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How To Gain The Advantage When Selling Your House

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According to the latest report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, property values are set to fall for the next four years – which could be the longest period of falling house

How To Get The Best Results When Looking for a Flat/House/Room To Rent

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There is nothing more frustrating or depressing than trying to find a flat or room to rent, especially when cash is limited and area important.

How to Clean Glass

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Cleaning glass is a fiddly occupation if you want that nice spear free finish.

How to take advantage of the rent a room scheme

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You can rent out a room in your house to a lodger and get up to £4250 in rent tax free each year in what is known as the rent a room scheme.

How to Clean Up Your Kettle

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Limescale often builds up on kettles making them fur up inside and if you have a metal kettle looking dull on the outside. Here are some tips to help get them back to being shiny and clean.

How to Remove Limescale From Your Toilet Without Expensive Cleaning Fluids

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If you live in an area with water that leaves a build-up of limescale it can be a full on battle to keep your toilet looking shiny white without resorting to expensive cleaning fluids.

How to Clean Up Old Wood

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Cleaning up old furniture and nourishing the wood can be very useful when tidying up that old family heirloom that has been stashed in a garage for years, or when kitting out a new home on a budget wi

How To Beat the Drought in the Garden

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After long periods of low rainfall, one of the first areas where ordinary people are affected is in the ban on hosepipes and a shortage of water for gardening.

How To Grow Potatoes on the Patio

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Did you know that the UK imports 350,000 tons of potatoes a year? And that many of them have been in storage for up to six months?

How To Grow Early Sweet Peas

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Sweet peas are one of the nation’s favourite flowers and they are easy to grow.

How To Grow Salad and Vegetables on the Patio

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Did you know that 75% of all tomatoes consumed in Britain are imports from Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Canary Islands and Morocco?

How To Make Use of Time and Space

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One person’s clutter is another person’s treasure but from time to time we all need to have a good clear out and improve the general appearance of the home.

How To Grow Herbs in Containers

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Planting a variety of herbs in containers is both a practical and decorative way of displaying favourite plants, especially if your ‘garden’ is confined to a balcony or small patio.

How To Get The Most Out Of A Toilet Roll

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In these days of tightening our purse strings, a few pence can be saved each week by the economic use of the humble toilet roll.

How To Prevent ‘Piddle Patches’ On The Lawn

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Owners of female dogs (bitches) are only too aware of the presence of ‘piddle patches’ or urine scalds in the middle of the lawn.

How To Create A Herb Window Box

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If you want to grow herbs in a window box, remember that they need full sun and constant watering.

How To Grow Herbs on the Kitchen Window Sill

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The kitchen window sill usually provides the best mini-greenhouse for growing pot-herbs for culinary use.

How To ‘Age’ Garden Ornaments

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If you want to get rid of that ‘straight from the garden centre’ look about your pots, tubs, containers and statuary, there is a simple way to age them – naturally!

How To Prepare An Emergency Box For Moving Home

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While all the packing and sorting out is going on in preparation for your long distance house move, take the trouble to pack an emergency box, which will prevent you from tearing your hair out should

How To Prepare A House Viewing Checklist

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No single property is going to offer everything we require in a family home, so before starting to look for a new house, sit the whole family down together and decide what the priorities are.

How to grow potatoes in a bag

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There's a certain satisfaction to growing your own vegetables and serving them for dinner.

How to seed your own tomatoes

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Every little helps when it comes to saving on the shopping bills, and if you get some enjoyment out of it too, all the better!

How to Paint a Ceiling

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This is a guide that will take you through the process of re-painting a flat plastered ceiling with matt white emulsion paint to achieve a professional result.

How To Have Double Glazed Windows That Last For Life

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PVC-U windows are made to last a lifetime...but very many don't. Here's how to make sure they do.

How To Declutter Your House

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Decluttering is the perfect way to give your house a free face lift. It will help you restore order and reduce the stress caused by chaos.

How to create a living green roof

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A green roof on a shed is a fantastic way to encourage wildlife into your garden and to prolong the life of the waterproofing.

How to stop mice and rats getting into your home

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Rats and mice are always trying to get into our homes, especially in winter. You can’t blame them wanting warmth, a nice supply of food and plenty of interesting things to chew.

How to revive a sheepskin rug

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If you have a sheepskin rug that's gone a little shabby, don't despair. It can be revived to almost new condition with a quick wash and a bit of elbow grease.

How to Cut the Cost of Grocery Shopping

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Grocery shopping is a big expense for most people and an area where it is all too easy to overspend.

How To Back A Book

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We used to have to do this with our school books, years ago and it's useful to know how to do it in case one of your favourite hardback books loses it's dustjacket and you want to keep it lo

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