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My garden in January

Garden expert Hilary Oakley from Oakley Landscapes joins HouseFixer.co.uk for her monthly column on all things green and gorgeous.

Even in winter gardens are full of wildlife.

My garden in December

Garden expert Hilary Oakley from Oakley Landscapes joins HouseFixer.co.uk for her monthly column on all things green and gorgeous.

When the weather gets cold, rogue traders become even more of a danger. Image:Thinkstock

Leave Rogue Traders Out In The Cold: Top Five Tips

We've spoken to Checkatrade.com boss Kevin Byrne, who provides advice on protecting your home from rogue traders.

Artex used to be a very popular finish. Image:Jupiter Images

Ask the expert: How to plaster over Artex

A regular column from online trades vetting company Checkatrade’s panel of experts.

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My garden in November

Garden expert Hilary Oakley from Oakley Landscape joins HouseFixer.co.uk for her monthly column on all things green and gorgeous.

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Ask the expert: How to paint a ceiling

A regular column from online trades vetting company Checkatrade’s panel of experts.

StepMac is a safe and sturdy work platform

The Decorating Dean reviews the StepMac

Each month our expert, the Decorating Dean, reviews a new tool or material. This time he tests out the StepMac. Read on for your chance to win one!

Give your front garden some extra character

First impressions are everything in any walk of life. It doesn't matter whether you are going for a job interview, purchasing a new car or even going on a date people only ever get one first impression.

My garden in October

Garden expert Hilary Oakley from Oakley Landscape joins HouseFixer.co.uk for her monthly column on all things green and gorgeous.

Ask the expert: How to use a circular saw

A regular column from online trades vetting company Checkatrade’s panel of experts.

Top tips for designing your own home

While it may be an exciting prospect for homeowners to design and style their own abode from scratch, there are a number of things they must consider first. Above all, it is crucial that people take their time and don't make hasty decisions - and if necessary, discuss any plans with a professional. Read on for our top tips.

Choosing the right kitchen sink: a guide

The kitchen is the heart of the home and, as such, you'll be spending a lot of time in the area, so it's worth making sure all the elements are both functional and to your taste; the sink you select will need to be easy to use but also fit in with the style you want to create.

My garden in September

Garden expert Hilary Oakley from Oakley Landscape joins HouseFixer.co.uk for her monthly column on all things green and gorgeous.

The Decorating Dean reviews the Mirka Handy

Each month our expert, the Decorating Dean, reviews a new tool or material. This time he tests out the Mirka Handy. Read on for your chance to win one!

Ask the expert: How to build a pond

A regular column from online trades vetting company Checkatrade’s panel of experts.



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Natural tones spring trend

Plain is in for spring.

Forget bright and bold when redecorating your home as pale tones make a furnishings comeback. It seems spring may bring out colours in the garden but many home furnishing companies are offering a range of paler tones for customers.

How to make your home more energy efficient

Installing loft insulation will save you money on heating.

Taking action to improve your home’s energy efficiency will save you money and lead to a better lifestyle. With some simple changes your home will require less heating, cooling and have a better climate for day-to-day life. We show you how.