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Six in Ten Embarrassed About Their Home

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NEWS COPY Six in ten Brits admit to being embarrassed about the state of their home, a study has revealed. Dated décor, unfinished DIY, mess and even the small size of people’s homes mean millions are left cringing when they have visitors over. Red-faced home owners even admitted to keeping guests out of certain rooms [...]


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First Straw Houses go on the Open Market

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NEWS COPY – WITH PICTURES – by Izzy Ferris Houses made of STRAW went on the open market for the first time yesterday (Mon) after being made eligible for mortgages. Until now the eco-homes have been the preserve of bespoke building projects and financed through specialist lenders. But a row of seven straw houses in Bristol have now become [...]


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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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Posted by Ben Harrow

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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MOT’ing the car and renewing passports top most hated ‘life-admin’ jobs

The average adult spends the equivalent of one week every year carrying out life admin tasks, research has revealed. Experts calculated the typical adult dedicates three hours a week to sorting family admin such as renewing insurances, paying credit card bills, switching utility companies and renewing passports. The study revealed MOT’ing the car was named [...]


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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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Grating vegetables into food and hanging clothes to save ironing – mum’s list of clever ‘cheats’

The average mum relies on a string of clever ‘cheats’ to get by – including passing off bought cakes as their own, spraying furniture polish when visitors are on their way and bribing the kids to get ready for school, it has been revealed. Other common cheats include freezing food for later use, grating vegetables [...]


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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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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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