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70% of Bank-Holiday DIYers end up injured

Seven out of ten DIY enthusiasts will return to work after the long weekend suffering from an injury – sustained whilst carrying out home improvements. A study carried out among 2,000 adults found around eight in ten Brits got stuck into DIY jobs around the house this weekend, with painting and decorating the most common tasks [...]


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8 DIY ‘little jobs’ left undone in the average home

A staggering 208 million ‘little jobs’ currently need attention in Britain’s homes, a study has found. Research revealed Brits are putting off an incredible array of tasks, including cleaning stained walls and carpets and repairing cracked tiles and broken loo seats. Squeaky floorboards and broken garden sheds are also on the average to-do list, according [...]


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Brits are clueless about gardening – three quarters can’t pick out a geranium from a pansy

Brits are clueless about gardening – because it’s too much of a chore and they’d rather let their parents do it, it new research has shown. Over half the 2,000 garden-owning Brits studied had no idea on the difference between a shrub and a weed, while three quarters couldn’t pick out a geranium from a pansy. [...]


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Spring clean is swept under the carpet – as we’re too busy

The traditional spring clean is dead and buried – because we are simply too busy, a study has revealed. Researchers found instead of doing the once a year blitz on their home, Brits are now more likely to adopt a ‘Clean As You Go’ approach where they keep on top of their cleaning all year [...]


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Two thirds of women tidy the house – after other half has already ‘cleaned’

Men only do ‘half a job’ when tackling household chores, the nation’s women revealed. Research, carried out among 2,000 females, found around two thirds regularly have to go round and clean or tidy up AFTER their husbands have already ‘done it’. The study also found around six in ten women wish their partner wouldn’t bother [...]


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One in three women ‘nervous’ when partner tackles DIY

One in three women admit they are ‘nervous’ when their other half tackles home improvements, a study has found. The detailed research found whilst the majority of men feel ‘comfortable’ getting to grips with everyday tasks around the home, their other halves are the complete opposite. In fact, one in five women said they wouldn’t [...]


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Community spirit – small talk with neighbours does make us happier

Speaking to our neighbours officially makes us happier, a study has revealed. Research carried out among 2,000 adults found that despite small talk with neighbours not coming naturally for almost half, two-thirds admitted it makes them feel happier. Seven in ten also claim that a simple conversation with a neighbour makes them feel more in [...]


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Only four in ten home improvement jobs are ‘successful’

Only four in ten home improvement jobs carried out around the house can be hailed a ‘complete success’, a new study has shown. Researchers, who carried out a detailed study among 2,000 adults, found while millions of us happily wade into home improvement tasks, very few turn out the way we planned. Paintwork with visible [...]


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John, Louise, David and Katy – Britain’s nicest neighbours

Britain’s kindest and most considerate neighbours are likely to be called John, Louise, Alan and Helen, a study has found. The light-hearted study of 2,000 people found the best neighbours – those who house-sit, put the bins out, and are extra cheerful – often bear these monikers. But those living next-door to people named Nathan, [...]


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Three quarters of home decor chosen by women

Nearly three quarters of items in the average British home were picked out by the lady of the house, new research has shown. Experts who carried out a detailed study into equipment, furnishings, styles and colours in 2,000 modern homes found that a dominating 71% is chosen by the woman of the house. The study, [...]


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