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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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Extra bedroom adds most value to your home

House worker

If you want to boost your home’s value, adding a bedroom or enlarging your kitchen is the best option, say experts. Would you rather improve than move?

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Blog: Is Britain a nation of hoarders?

Garage full of clutter

The rise of self-storage businesses has been driven by our love of shopping and our inability to throw things away. Is Britain a nation of hoarders?

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Rude street names knock £84,000 off property price

Fanny Street sign

Names like Fanny Street and Slag Lane may make us laugh but rude street names can knock thousands of pounds off the value of your home, finds new research.

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Finances force 21% of couples to cohabit

Young couple having just moved in

Money – or the lack of it – is causing couples to fast-forward relationships, as 21% admit finances caused them to move in together sooner than planned.

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Warning over sales of flood-damaged homes

Flooded street

If you need to move out of a flood-damaged property, a quick-sale company may be able to help. But be warned: the cost could be higher than you expect. 

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74% underestimate full homebuying costs

Sold sign outside house

From solicitors' bills to removal fees, 74% of homeowners underestimate the full cost of buying a home, finds new research by the government-backed Money Advice Service. We look at what it really costs.

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Floods set to cause home insurance price rise

A badly flooded UK street

Insurers are still weighing up the impact of this winter's awful weather. But a surge in flood-related claims is likely to raise everyone's premiums. 

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Annual mortgage statements explained

A calculator and paperwork

Don't ignore your annual mortgage statement as being clued up about your borrowing makes it easier to switch to a better deal when the chance comes. We explain all.

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Blog: Would you rent out your spare room?

A rental agreement

Renting out a spare room can help pay bills and cover your mortgage. But would you feel comfortable letting someone move into your home to earn some extra cash?

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