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A Shed Load of Money

A Shed Load of Money

Recent research carried out by Cash Converters has discovered that people in the UK have more than £2.5 billion of unwanted goods in their homes and lofts which could be earning them money.

The survey discovered that 75% of UK households have these items in their homes despite many people complaining that they are having trouble making ends meet. Many of these items such as old mobile phones, DVD's and console games could be sold to unlock their value.

David Patrick from Cash Converters has pointed out that 13 million homes have admitted that they keep hold of unused items and many are surprised to find out what their store will buy from them. In addition he says that the items do not even need to be permanently sold, they can be bought back anytime before 28 days after the sale.

Many of these items may be stored in the homeowners shed and another company is celebrating the humble garden shed by looking for the owner of the National Shed of the Year.

Cuprinol will give £1,000 and a range of their products to the shed which is voted the best in the country. Previous entries have included a Greek Temple shed and a Pirate themed shed. Plenty of backyard pubs have also been entered.

The competition is being judged by TV's Sarah Beeny among others and the shortlisted entries can be viewed at www.readersheds.co.uk.

A Spot Of DIY On Google Street View

Google Maps Street View now covers 95% of the UK allowing people to see some pretty strange sights. The oddest of which appears to be the largest ever pair of hands doing a spot of DIY.

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A Watford Man Dies While Carrying Out Some DIY

A Watford man has died from head injuries after he fell from his car-port roof while carrying out some DIY.
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AA To The Rescue Of Home-owners

The AA is to come to the rescue of home-owners, as it already does for drivers, by helping out with home emergencies and DIY tasks.

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Abolishing Stamp Duty Could Revive Housing Market

An economist from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has suggested that the UK should abolish stamp duty in a bid to revive the flagging housing market. Asa Johanssen has said that removing the stamp duty would reduce the barriers which first time buyers in particular have getting into the market.

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Acute Housing Shortage

The Home Builders Federation have this week announced that the UK is suffering an acute housing shortage. According to their election manifesto, more than 5m people are on the waiting list for a council house while 1.6m children live in overcrowded or unsuitable conditions.

Chairman Steward Baseley commented that despite this shortfall, the industry is building less now than at any time since World War II.

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Advice for Home Owners Hit by Floods

The Federation of Master Builders is warning home-owners hit by the recent floods to take care when employing a builder to carry out any repair work. The FMB say that unscrupulous builders may prey on people during times of stress and may take advantage of the fact that people need their homes repaired as quickly as possible.

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Advice on Asbestos from BLF

The British Lung Foundation have released the results of a survey which shows that 45% of home-owners have no idea that asbestos was used as a building material. This is despite the material being used throughout the 20th century in floor tiles, ceiling coatings and as the liner of boiler cupboards.

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Affordable Quality Garden Furniture

Focus DIY has a fantastic range of affordable, quality garden furniture and outdoor buildings for summer 2011. The new products are available in local stores and online and are perfect for entertaining family and friends and for keeping the little ones occupied all summer long.

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Alan Titchmarsh and B&Q Join Forces

Alan Titchmarsh and B&Q have joined forces to announce their “Get Britain Gardening” campaign. The retailer has the largest chain of garden centres and they are hoping for continued growth by revamping 78 of it's top garden centres.

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Allotments and Gardening Lead To Sense of Wellbeing

A study conducted by a university in the Netherlands has discovered that those aged over 60 who had high levels of activity gained from working on an allotment were more likely to feel a sense of wellbeing.

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Alternative Tools of the Trade

The recent 2010 Focus DIY “Tools of the Nation” report has revealed that 84% of DIYers have used an item of kitchen cutlery to complete a DIY job. 43% will use their fingernails and 24% use pennies. The rest of us use nail files, shoes and even oven gloves in the place of the correct tool for the job.

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