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Plans for a home extension
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Your guide to building a home extension

As moving house can be expensive, many of us opt to improve our existing homes rather than buying somewhere else. But extending your house to create extra space has its challenges. We've put together a few tips to help smooth the process.
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The true cost of running your home

Do you want to reduce the cost of running your home? Mortgage payments, energy costs, council tax, home insurance, water charges - the costs can seem never-ending. So, it's good to cut back where you can. Check out our handy tips to discover what you can do to lower your bills.
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What to consider before buying or renting with someone

Whether it's your partner, a friend or even an acquaintance, buying or renting a property with someone else is increasingly common. It's worth understanding the financial and legal implications of sharing a home, as well some of the ground rules you'll need to set.

A couple look over some bills
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The true cost of running your home

Do you want to reduce the cost of running your home? Mortgage payments, energy costs, council tax, home insurance, water charges - the costs can seem never-ending. So, it's good to cut back where you can. Check out our handy tips to discover what you can do to lower your bills.
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The true cost of water insurance claims

Nearly 1 in 5 claims made on buildings and contents insurance are for damage caused by leaks. When water cascades into a home, the damage can run into hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. Discover the true costs of water claims and what to do if there's a leak in your home.
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How to fix a leaky tap

Dripping taps leak a surprising amount of water, costing you money. Quite literally, it's money going down the drain. Luckily, fixing the problem can be straightforward.
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Personal Possessions cover

Home contents insurance doesn't cover items away from home if they're lost, damaged or stolen. This includes phones left in taxis or rings and jewellery that slip off in the sea. But with Direct Line's Personal Possessions cover, you can insure against these things.
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Reduce your power bills with renewable energy

Could you cut your energy bills by saying goodbye to the electrical grid? Read on to see how you can embrace renewable energy.
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How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is dangerous, as it's odourless, tasteless, invisible, and can kill quickly. If you have gas appliances in the home, carbon monoxide poisoning is a risk. That's why you need to have a carbon monoxide detector and know the signs to watch out for.
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Top 10 tips on renting out a room

Got a spare bedroom sitting empty? Put it to work and bring in extra cash by taking in a lodger. If you're new to renting out spare rooms, here's how to make the most of it.
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Six reasons to review your home insurance

Don't just stick your home insurance policy in a drawer and forget about it. It's important to regularly check your home insurance policy, especially if things change in your home, such as building work.
Homes are flooded.
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How to minimise flood damage in your home

Do you live somewhere that's prone to flooding? It's time to get informed about the risks and how you can prepare. Our guide will help you be ready, react and recover should a flood hit your area - including how to limit the damage it causes to your home.
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Accidental damage cover

Carpets ruined by red wine? Coffee spilt on your laptop? Football through a window? Accidental damage cover can provide you with additional cover for any mishaps or DIY disasters.
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Dealing with pests in the home

Mice, moths, wasps, bees or ants - there are plenty of common unwanted pests that take up residence in our properties. They can cause disruption and often destruction too. We explore what you can do to deter them, and how you can get rid of them.
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How to choose a good plumber

Choosing a trustworthy tradesman isn't easy. When searching for a plumber, begin by making sure they have a trade association membership and positive customer reviews online. Check out the rest of our tips to make sure you choose a good plumber and not a fly-by-night cowboy.
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Who's responsible for drain repairs?

Blocked or damaged drains can cause a lot of issues for your home. Find out how you save yourself money, who's responsible for repairing them and how you can report a blocked drain.
Keeping your shed and garden safe
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Keeping your garden and shed safe

Whether it's equipment stored in your shed, expensive garden ornaments or even outdoor furniture, many of us fail to protect the valuables we have in our gardens and sheds. Read our suggestions on how to protect your garden valuables from theft.
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Prepare your property for winter

During the autumn and winter months, property disasters like burst pipes, malfunctioning boilers, flooding and storm damage are more likely. Start the preparation and planning before the temperatures drop, and you'll protect your property.