Improvements

Are solar panels a good investment?

Thursday, 07 March 2013 | Article

Energy minister Greg Barker caused a storm when he suggested people would be better off installing solar panels on their roofs than investing in a pension.

Planning rules relaxed

Thursday, 06 September 2012 | News

Homeowners will be allowed to make improvements and extensions to their properties without planning consent, under a new government scheme.
 

Can DIY add value to your home? Our top five dos and don'ts

Monday, 28 May 2012 | Article

We are a nation of DIY lovers, and more than half of us have plans to spend weekends doing projects around the home and garden.

How to add value to your home

Thursday, 10 May 2012 | TV /Video

If you've outgrown your home but can't afford to move, why not add space instead? Get it right and it should boost your property's value. Let's start at the top with loft conversions.

DIYers: Don't neglect the outside of your home

Thursday, 05 April 2012 | Article

Some 9.5 million people will embark on a DIY project this weekend, but most of us concentrate on our home's interior and pay no attention to the costly problems that could be developing outside.

The most common DIY disasters

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 | Article

One in six of us will attempt some form of home improvement, according to Santander Insurance, and 75% of those people will do so without any form of expert help.

How much can home improvements add to your property?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | News

More than half of UK homeowners have plans to spend the upcoming bank holiday weekends doing DIY projects but they could be doing little to increase the value of their homes.

Top 20 burglary hotspots revealed

Friday, 03 February 2012 | News

Homeowners in London and Bradford are the most likely in the UK to make a claim for theft or burglary on their home insurance.

Flood-prone homes may become uninsurable

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 | News

If the government doesn't act soon to sort out the country's flood defences there is a chance people in flood-prone areas will no longer be able to insure their homes, warns AA Insurance.

Quarter of UK homes too small for occupants

Monday, 30 January 2012 | News

High property prices are forcing families to stay put in homes that are too small for them, according to research from findaproperty.com.