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How to Get Rid of DIY Waste

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Although this is the time of year when many of us start thinking about redecorating, redoing the kitchen, or reinvigorating the garden, DIY appears to be a dying art. Fewer people are doing their own repairs and renovations at home, and this has led to the decline of many DIY stores, such as Homebase and B&Q, which have been closing down many of their stores in recent months.

Doing your own home improvements can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you haven’t got much DIY experience, but most of us are more than capable of putting up a new shelf or painting a few walls. With a little expert advice from a handy friend or relative, or a few good tips off the internet, you can quickly learn how to complete most basic DIY jobs. Your first attempts might not be perfect, but they will be yours.

However, you can end up with a lot of old paint cans, broken-down plasterboard, and other odds and ends after a good DIY job. A lot of this apparent waste can be reused in other projects if you’ve been bitten by the DIY job, donated to charity, or sold on to someone else, but even so, there is often a lot of rubbish you will need to get rid of somehow. It is important to dispose of this waste safely, so make sure you check the labels or seek the advice of your local waste disposal centre if you aren’t sure how to get rid of a particular item safely. For example, paint needs to be taken to a disposal centre, not tipped down the drain or thrown in with your other rubbish.

Safer waste can be taken away with your usual rubbish or recycling, as long as it will fit in your bin, and larger items can be taken to your local household waste disposal site, but there are limits on how much you can dump there. If you have more than a boot full of waste, then you will need to hire a skip or to get a rubbish removals service to come and take your waste away for you.


How Do People Afford to Become Homeowners?

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Financial planningIf you are in the process of planning removals or applying for a mortgage to buy a new home, then you will probably have put a great deal of thought into the financial implications of buying property. It doesn’t matter whether you are a current homeowner looking for a new place, or a tenant hoping to buy for the first time, working out how to afford your new home will be an important part of the process.

A new survey conducted with renters who were registered users of the Your Move or Reeds Rains websites has revealed just how common these financial worries are, particularly for first time buyers. According to the study, 93% of respondents, who were currently living in rented accommodation, would like to become homeowners at some point in the future, but many felt that their finances would stand in the way. Only 17% of the tenants believed that they would be able to buy a home in the next year, while 14% believed that they would never be able to buy property.

Among those of us who do make it onto the property ladder, there are a variety of different sources of financial support that can help us to make the switch from tenants to homeowners. The Your Move survey found that 45% of first time buyers managed to finance their purchase entirely by themselves. Government schemes such as Help to Buy were used by other, but only 4% of those surveyed received this form of support. The rest turned to family, with 39% using money from their parents or other family members to help with the purchase, and 7% using money from an inheritance.

Although the cost of the property itself is the major cause of these financial worries, the other costs associated with removals can also cause problems, particularly if we fail to include them in our moving budgets. Support from friends and family members can also help to reduce some of these costs, by helping with redecorating and DIY tasks, or providing childcare during removals, which can also help to keep our stress levels down.