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B&Q To Use It's Own Distribution Centre

The distribution arm of B&Q may be shedding more than 1000 jobs after the company announced it will be pulling out of centres run by third parties such as DHL and Wincanton.

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B&Q's Website Viewing Figures Increase.

B&Q have enjoyed an increase in viewing figures on their website in the last few months thanks to their “Ask and Answer” section.

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Bargains Expected at New DIY Store

DIY retailer, Wickes is due to open a new store in Reading this weekend. They currently operate from a store in Welsdale Street, but will relocate across town to Oxford Road in a move which will provide 45 new jobs.

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Bathrooms Top Area Of Interest For DIYers In 2010

Speaking at the DIY Show at the NEC in Birmingham, retail analyst Matthew Piner from Verdict Research commented that bathrooms are to be one of the top areas of interest for DIYers in 2010. He said that 2009 was the year for the new fitted kitchen and that bathrooms were an area which still had plenty of untapped potential for retailers.

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Beware DIY Work When Buying a House

Those looking to buy a new home need to be very careful if they spot any signs of DIY work having been done. The advice given by especially applies to any heating, gas or electrical equipment which might have been installed.

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Beware Doorstep Sellers

Sutton residents are being warned this week to take care when approached by a door step seller. The local council has launched Your Doorstep, Your Decision;

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Billy the Electrician Raising Money

Electrician Billy Byrne from BBC One's DIY SOS is to trek across India as part of Keech Hospice Care's Trek India 2010.

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Boiler Scrappage Scheme

The Government appears to be concentrating on encouraging green lifestyles and is also expected to offer a scrappage scheme for central heating boilers, to encourage people to buy more energy efficient new boilers and to support the UK's manufacturing industry.

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British Gas Winter Tips

British Gas have produced a great video explaining some of the things home owners can do to get the most out of central heating systems and boilers. The video gives top tips for keeping your house warm in winter.

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Brits Enjoy a Spot of DIY

A survey released by Bosch has revealed that 78% of Brits enjoy a spot of DIY and of those 71% are in the 26-35 age range. However 48% of people still feel that they suffer from a lack of confidence with home improvements and avoid jobs which might go wrong.

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Building Regulations for Conservatories

Proposed new buildings regulations for 2010 look like they may include conservatories, which are currently not covered by building regulations unless they are not separated from the house by doors.

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Half of UK Homeowners Admit Their Property Is In Disrepair

Half of UK Homeowners Admit Their Property Is In Disrepair

Nearly half of homeowners in the UK admit that their properties are in need of repairs that they have yet to carry out.

It’s long been thought the UK is a nation of DIY enthusiasts who are never happier than when they’re up a ladder painting a ceiling or filling in a crack. However, it appears our reputation as a society of make do and menders is on the wane, as new research has revealed homeowners across the country are letting their properties fall into disrepair.

Homes in need of repair

A study by mortgage and secured loan broker has revealed that just less than half of Britain’s homeowners have admitted their property would benefit from repairs. However, of these, 54% said they could not afford to get the work done.

Yet some of the repairs that homeowners listed might not break the bank to carry out. For instance, damp or mould was a problem more than a quarter of homeowners said they had. This doesn’t cost a fortune to sort out – providing you catch it early. There are products available that can be sprayed on mildew to remove it within an hour. However, leaving the problem to fester is not only bad for your house – it’s also bad for your health.

A job that certainly shouldn’t cost a lot to tackle is that of the overgrown garden, which more than one in five people admitted to having. It might be a task that takes up more than one weekend, but in most cases it is possible to do it without stretching yourself financially – all you need is a little elbow grease. However, by not sorting out a messy garden, you will not only risk annoying your neighbours, but you could also devalue your property.

It isn’t just the cost that’s putting people off fixing their homes, though. One in four revealed they simply hadn’t got around to carrying out the necessary repairs, and just short of a quarter claimed they needed to find someone else to do the job.

Call in the professionals

Other repair jobs noted by those surveyed included damaged roofing (13%), leaking pipes or roof (11%) and rewiring (11%). These are all tasks that homeowners may prefer to leave up to professionals, which can be expensive. However, again the price of getting the repairs done is likely to be far cheaper than the cost of leaving them to wreak further damage. Faulty electrics are a fire hazard, and damaged or leaking roofs and pipes can lead to parts of the structure collapsing.

Rather than being a society who just make do, it appears UK homeowners need to start doing some mending too.