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Green with envy – 40% of gardens are ‘inspired’ by the neighbours

Experts have unveiled the secret inspiration behind Britain’s gardens – a peep over next door’s fence. A study of 2,000 homeowners found a large percentage of us admit jealousy over a neighbour’s well-manicured lawns and flowerbeds. Results also show the envy regularly spills over and ends up with a trip to the garden centre to [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

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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DI-WHY? £45,000 spent on home improvements over a lifetime

The average Brit will shell out a staggering £45,000 over their lifetime – on home improvements, according to a study. Researchers found the astronomical bill for making our home perfect includes everything from renovations and repair to general decorating. The study found we spend £5,420.40 on the living room alone and another £14,925.80 collectively on [...]


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Bump in the night? Millions of men send their other half to check for danger

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One in five men would happily send their wife to check out a strange noise downstairs in the middle of the night, it has been revealed. The worryingly high stat emerged from a study of 2,000 adults which also found most blokes would rather stay in bed than get up and check the house isn’t [...]


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The sea, shopping and the local pub- the perfect home?

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The perfect property is two miles from a supermarket, ten miles from the coast and within walking distance of a pub where the landlord knows your name, research has revealed. It would also have good neighbours on both sides, be close to the countryside and a newsagent and contain at least two televisions. On top [...]


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House-hunting- A quiet street and ample parking top list of property priorities

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Peace and quiet is top of the list for Brits when it comes to finding a new home, research has revealed. A survey carried out among 2,000 adults who have moved in the last two years or who are currently house hunting revealed a string of plus points and no-no’s for those hoping to sell [...]


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Red door neighbours are best

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People who live behind a red door make the best neighbours, a study revealed yesterday. Researchers found that those with a red front door consider themselves to be among the best neighbours, with nine in ten claiming they are a great person to live next door to. And another 90 per cent are on first-name [...]


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Posted by James Coleman

Marooned at home with mum and dad

One in five wannabe homeowners are marooned at home with mum and dad – because they can’t afford to get a foot on the property ladder, it emerged yesterday. A study of 1,000 potential first time buyers found many will be ten years behind schedule by the time they finally pick up the keys to [...]


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Hotel bed test bonanza

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Bubbly Natalie Thomas goes to work every day with a spring in her step – thanks to her job as a hotel bed tester. Strawberry blonde Natalie, 39, heads up a team of ten ‘bouncers’ whose job it is to ensure the quality of 46,000 beds for budget chain Premier Inn. The thousands of mattresses [...]


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Posted by Dan Drage

Neighbours become good friends

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The average Brit counts four neighbours amongst their friends, a report revealed yesterday. Researchers who studied modern friendships, based on face-to-face relationships rather than online acquaintances, found we typically have 26 close friends. And almost one in five of those are people who live in or close to our street, close or cul-de-sac. The study [...]


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