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LOCAL ANSWER

DIY & Home Improvements

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n keeping with the new look ‘Eye’ we are keen to develop certain themes for the benefit of our readers and one of the most important of those is ways to improve your home. We will therefore be giving you some great ideas in future editions. The first – and most important part of home improvements, though, is actually having a home in the first place so we’ve decided to begin by giving you top tips on moving into your home in the first place. Despite the current problems in the housing market caused by the economic downturn many are still lucky enough to be able to move into the house of their dreams. It’s often said, however, that while moving home is usually an exciting undertaking it can also be one of the most stressful things you can do. And regardless of the reasons for doing it the move can be traumatic. Here are some great tips to make the move go smoothly. Packing Use moving house as an opportunity to sort out your possessions. Throw away your rubbish and separate items that can be given to friends or charity shops. Get boxes well in advance from local shops or supermarkets, and save newspapers for wrapping breakables.

DIY removals If you're moving your belongings yourself, start by hiring the right van - too small and you may need to make a few journeys, too big and you may have problems parking. It's often cheaper to book vans on weekdays. But if you move at the weekends you may be able to make the most of special two-day hire rates. Professional removal companies Unless you have very few possessions, call in the professionals to help you move house. It will relieve some of the stress of the big move. You can arrange for it all to be done for you, and pay for the privilege, or you can do the packing yourself but leave the heavy stuff to the experts.

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