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17 home DIY fails

A bent drill head

From shoddy cardboard furniture to wonky handmade sheds, here are some delightful decorating disasters to make you feel better about your own craftsmanship.

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Fixed-rate mortgages creeping up

  •  09 Apr, 2014
Estate agents' signs

Borrowers searching for a fixed-rate mortgage deal will find that some lenders' rates have started to edge up, experts have warned.

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House-hunters list top 10 turn-offs

  •  04 Apr, 2014
Hand painting wall red

Prospective home buyers have named their top 10 biggest decorative turn-offs in a new survey.

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£1.9bn cost of poor tradespeople

  •  04 Apr, 2014
A handyman's toolbelt

UK homeowners have lost an estimated £1.9 billion over the past year thanks to incompetent tradesmen.

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Blog: Smelly car solutions

Air freshener

If you own a malodorous motor, then don't worry: there are lots of cheap and easy solutions to your problem, as motoring journalist Maria McCarthy explains.

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Blog: Why it pays to keep your car clean

Blue car being washed by hand

Spring begins on 20 March this year. Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy looks at the financial - and even romantic - advantages of sprucing up your motor.

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The cost of 221B Baker Street

The cost of 221B Baker street teaser

Sherlock Holmes has a swish London lifestyle, but how much does it cost to live in 221B Baker Street? This infographic looks at the cost of being Sherlock.

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Do you own an embarrassing home?

Messy bedroom

Nearly half of Brits are so embarrassed by how their home looks that they avoid inviting people over, a new study claims.

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DIY car disasters 'cost £300m a year'

  •  18 Oct, 2013
Car service

The British public is shelling out an estimated £300 million a year in getting professionals to put right botched DIY jobs, it is claimed.

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Changing a flat tyre: DIY or call a mechanic?

Man changing a car tyre

When you get a flat tyre is your first reaction to roll up your sleeves and change the wheel yourself - or would you call a breakdown service or mechanic to do it for you?

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