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Minimising Flood Damage

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have warned home-owners that their properties may be at greater risk of flooding than ever.

Nick Starling the director of insurance from the ABI has said that many new homes have been built in areas where the risk of flooding is greater and this, added to the greater risk which comes from climate change, means that more homes than ever could be affected.

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DIY Interest Rises After Warm Summer

The National Home Improvement Council (NHBC) has suggested that home-owners are likely to become more interested in home improvements once the warm summer months are over.

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DIY Funerals from EvansAbove

A woman from Preston has set up a business which allows people to perform their own DIY burials for their loved ones. Maggie Evans set up her company EvansAbove in response to the call for different types of burials and cremations and after a lifelong interest in death and graveyards.

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Single Households on the Increase

Latest news from Debenhams has indicated that more people than ever are living in single households rather than in family groups or house-shares. In fact they say that their sales of single serve products are up by an amazing 140% since last year.

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Online Versus in Store for DIY Products

With most DIY chains offering an online and a high street presence, researchers have been finding out which of the two shoppers prefer. A poll conducted by Avail Intelligence has discovered that 35% of people in the UK would buy more often online if they could get better customer service. The survey also found that 30% of the 2107 adults questioned still prefer to shop on the high street. The main reasons for this choice appears to be the customer care, advice and support which they can receive in a face to face transaction.

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Loft Conversions More Popular

Figures from the Halifax have shown that loft conversions have increased in popularity in recent months. Their research shows that 50% of home-owners spent around £6000 on their homes last year and those who chose to convert their lofts spent just over £7000. Those who chose to do full loft conversions rather than simply creating storage space spent much more than this.

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Rogue Traders on the Increase

The Office of Fair trading (OFT) is warning people that the warm weather is likely to cause an increase in the numbers of rogue traders roaming our streets. Last year Consumer Direct reported receiving more than 5300 complaints about this type of door step trader, which was a 16% increase on the previous year. Complaints peaked during June and July, with 28% coming from bogus roofers and 23% offering tarmacing services.

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B&Q Sales Fall

It appears the B&Q have had yet another difficult quarter with like for like sales in UK stores falling by 4.3% in the last ten weeks. Sales of building products were also down, showing that customers are less likely to be considering large DIY jobs and home improvements.

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Early Signs of Subsidence

Home insurance provider M&S Money is warning their customers about the dangers of subsidence following one of the driest weather periods in more than 80 years. The Met Office has said that average rainfall since January has been just 356mm, which is the lowest reading since 1929.

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Extra Tax on Energy Inefficient Homes

Plans being considered by the government may see home-owners paying more for their stamp duty if their homes are not energy efficient. The plans could be introduced as part of the Green Deal which will offer home-owners green makeovers from DIY stores, councils and energy companies. The money spent on these makeovers could be gained back from lower energy bills, it is claimed.

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Mystery Renovation Man Unmasked

A former soldier has been unmasked as the man who has been renovating run down play areas and park benches across the Oldham area. Stephen Rimmer is thought to have completed 18 projects in three months, including repairing benches, fixing fences and adding splashes of colour to otherwise run-down areas.

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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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