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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.

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Securing your home while you’re away

When you're away, your home is especially vulnerable to thieves. Your home and its contents are valuable to you, so you want to make sure you look after them as well as you can. We explore measures you can take to help give you peace of mind.
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How to knock down a wall

If you've never knocked down a wall before, it's important to know it can be quite a complex task and can require some heavy duty equipment. It's a skilled task, so before you get your sledge hammer out, find out what to take into consideration.
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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.
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A guide to green homes

It's more important than ever to think about the environment. We can't just flick a switch and improve things overnight, but we can do our part at home to make things a little better.
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Add value to your home with an extension

An extension or loft conversion could add to a property's value. If you're on the property ladder, it could be your way up to the next rung.
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What's Japanese knotweed and how do you defeat it?

Japanese Knotweed can strike fear into the hearts of even the most experienced gardeners, as it's extremely difficult to control, can choke other plants and regenerates from the smallest fragment. If you spot it in your garden, don't panic - find out the best ways to tackle it.
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How to prevent your bike from being stolen

Thousands of cyclists in the UK have their bikes stolen each year by opportunistic thieves. With even basic bicycles worth considerable money, bike theft is a big business. To keep your bike secure, read our advice and help stop theft happening to you.
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Resolving disputes and arguments with neighbours

Falling out with neighbours can be awkward, especially as there's nothing you can do to escape them other than moving house. Most arguments are caused by similar things and can be easily resolved. Find out how to amicably settle disputes and when it's best to seek further advice.
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Top 5 things to know about buying a listed property

The house of your dreams is listed. Should that put you off? With around 500,000 listed buildings in the UK, it's worth getting informed. From permissions to insurance, we go through the things you need to know about buying a listed property.
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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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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.