Information and Advice on Housing and Living

With the essentials costing more and more each year, it is no longer good enough just to buy fuel and home furnishings without any thought. Here is some information and advice we have collected on owning, renting, selling and housekeeping through the years.


Buying a house

There are many issues surrounding the decision on how, or even whether, to buy a house. 

Selling a house

We twice put ourselves in the position of DIY conveyancers.  There are distinct advantages to being 'in charge' of everything, but preparation is everything!  You also might like some pointers on how to sell a house privately.

It's sometimes much more convenient and suitable to rent a place, but you need to be careful! 

Running a washing machine

Want to know how much it costs to run a washing machine? This javascript application may help: Washing Machine Costs

DIY

B & Q Have you thought about having the great DIY superstore deliver your goods? Read on first...

Further Reading

Shining up old coins

15 Aug 2014

Hey it works! And it's as easy as it looks. I now have shiny new pennies (left) that used to be Old brown pennies (right). New ones are ...

Opt-out of unaddressed mail

01 Jan 2014

It is possible to get rid of the non addressed junk that is delivered by various companies, including Royal Mail. Royal Mail Email your ...

Avoid big bills with Oil Fuel Poverty Solutions

23 Nov 2013

Do you know anyone who struggles to find a large sum of money when their heating oil tank runs low? Maybe it's you. If so, that's not a surprise ...

Dyson repaired, just inside warranty!

17 Sep 2013

Our Dyson DC-07 upright vacuum cleaner worked faultlessly for four years and ten months, and suddenly suffered a motor failure. The noise ...

Dishwasher powder in salt compartment

17 Aug 2013

If you, too, have had a numpty moment.... What to do? 1. Don't panic. 2. Don't leave it or run the machine, either. The detergent can ...

How to Sell on Ebay

17 Aug 2013

Tips for Intermediate level selling on Ebay UK.
There are plenty of starter guides to selling on Ebay, I don't want to repeat all that ...

Car Boot Sales in North Norfolk

11 Aug 2013

Here's a seller's guide on how to maximise your profits at car boots, and minimise wasted effort. 1. Don't expect to just turn up and sell ...

SOLVED: How to remove a stuck Oral-B toothbrush head

13 Jul 2013

Braun Oral-B electric toothbrushes are great for keeping your teeth clean, but what happens if you can't pull the head off to replace it? ...

Brand Match: Price fixing by another name?

28 Jun 2013

Supermarket shoppers are becoming increasingly familiar with "brand match" coupons that they receive after paying for their shopping. These ...

When the frame starts to rot on a door

20 Jun 2013

Our 20-year-old kitchen back door is made of hardwood, and has a hardwood frame too. The door is holding up well, although it needs some TLC ...

New Chainsaw - Bosch AKE 35S

19 May 2013

I've just bought this chainsaw - Bosch AKE 35S - from North Walsham Garden Centre, which cost me £88 after a 10% discount. It has a ...

Cheap ways to clear outside drains

11 May 2013

Background WARNING: This is gross, I mean revolting disgusting horrible. Do not read if squeamish. John was a wee bit alarmed to notice ...

How does £1 a litre suit you?

02 Apr 2013

The video below is of a phone conversation between a heating oil customer and a national supplier. The supplier is quoting 97 pence per litre ...

Getting an opening: remove an internal wall!

01 Mar 2013

Knocking down an internal wall can be a great way to make your living space seem a lot larger. Making that decision needs to be taken only ...

Giving up Caffeine

29 Dec 2012

Day 76: 10 March 2013 Breaking news, I've resorted to buying decaf tea bags (Yorkshire). They don't taste right, somehow, but I'm strangely ...