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Top tips for Home Improvement Month

Top tips for Home Improvement Month

The month of April is nationally recognised as ‘Home Improvement Month’, and a recent survey shows that two thirds of the UK are coming home to unfinished improvements every day. If you’re in that category of people with unfinished business, or if you want to begin a home improvement project, then never fear, Big Yellow is here to help. Every day our Twitter feed is updated with tips & tricks to inspire and assist. So to help kick off your home improvement project, here’s a selection of our favourite #HomeImprovement tweets. Converting up & down If you’re thinking big this April, think up or down. There is huge potential in loft and basement conversions to not only improve your home and quality of living, but also adding value to your home when you come to sell. Depending on the layout […]

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Top Tips: Spring Cleaning Week

Top Tips: Spring Cleaning Week

Hold on to your squeegees everybody, its National Spring Cleaning Week. That means there is no excuse not to get your hands dirty and clean up your home. Wash the windows, sparkle your chrome, dust your lightbulbs – a proper spring clean is a great way to feel as though you’ve accomplished something with your day. This month on our Big Yellow Twitter account, we’ve been sharing top tips on how to make the most out of your spring clean. Here’s a few of our favourites to get you inspired. Streak-free and squeaky clean windows An easy way to achieve sparkling windows is to use newspaper to buff after a wash. A splash of white wine vinegar in warm water with a sponge will do the trick in the first instance. Following this, the newspaper absorbs the remaining water and […]

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Top tips: A helping hand with DIY hacks

Top tips: A helping hand with DIY hacks

You don’t have to be completely alone while ‘doing it yourself’. At Big Yellow, we offer daily tips and tricks to help you with your projects on our Twitter feed. We’ve pulled out some of our favourites to give you a helping hand. Safety first Using a fine comb to hold the nail in place as you hammer away will prevent bruised fingers, and sandpapering the end of the hammer will help grip the nails. Only have a stripped screw? Put an elastic band over the top while you fasten it, making it useable. Organising your nuts & bolts Two hands is never enough when you’re handling tools and hardware. If you glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer, you’ll have a place to hold the nails without having to put them in your mouth. Keep fittings such […]

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Top Tips: Ingenious storage solutions for creating space around the home

Top Tips: Ingenious storage solutions for creating space around the home

Space is quickly becoming a luxury, and people are having to become more inventive with the way they create space around the home. Creative storage solutions allow you to keep tidy in a stylish way. Our Twitter feed offers daily tips on how to make the most out of space; here’s our top five favourite tips from our feed… A ‘crate’ way to make more space There’s a million ways you can use crates for storage, from stacking them to making shelves, or sticking them to the wall to act as a shoe rack. For a similar feel, pallets can also be put to good use around the house, for example, this ingenious wine rack. Stairway to space heaven Depending on the size and design of your staircase, there’s a huge amount you can do, from big transformations to simply […]

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Renovate to add value to your home

A spruce of your home here and there can go a long way in terms of adding value, or if you just fancy a change. We’ve come up with a selection of helpful tips to make renovating your home as pain free as booking your storage with Big Yellow… The power of planning Leave sufficient time for planning and building, setting a realistic budget. There’s a lot to consider – workmen’s time, painting, decorations, and don’t forget a place to store your belongings while the work is going on. Big Yellow can help you with storage without blowing your budget – you can store from as little as seven days, and with prices starting at £2.85 a week, you can’t go wrong. Peace of mind Sometimes you could do with a little help for the larger jobs, so outsourcing support […]

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De-clutter your home to bump up the sale price say estate agents

The UK is in the grip of a housing squeeze with the smallest homes in Western Europe, earning us the title ‘rabbit hutch Britain.’ It’s little wonder then that space is increasingly desirable for home buyers. Big Yellow research has discovered that almost a fifth of buyers (22%) wouldn’t make an offer on a property because it was too cluttered, so it’s important to maximise the space in your home to clinch that sale. We surveyed estate agents across the country to reveal how de-cluttering your home can help it sell for more. In some cases, de-cluttering by removing bulky items to maximise space pushed the sale price up by as much as 11%. In fact, each square foot of floor space freed up is estimated to be worth an average of £238. A huge 95% of estate agents say […]

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Top tips for packing your holiday suitcase

You haven’t slept because you’re too busy thinking about it, and you’ve spent all day dreaming of it. Soon, you’ll be on your way to sunnier shores with sun cream and sunglasses in hand. But before you go, read our top tips to make sure you depart without the kitchen sink and touchdown in style. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for takeoff. Try your shoes for size What they really meant to say about people with big feet is that they have more room in their suitcase. Stuff your socks and underwear in your shoes when you pack, it’s a great way to create more space and holds the shape of your shoes too. When in doubt, roll Rolling clothes and towels is not only a great way to avoid creases but it is far neater, meaning that you […]

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Five easy fixes to help keep your things safe

Five easy fixes to help keep your things safe

Your bags are packed and you’ve triple checked that you’ve got your passport. The dog’s been taken care of and now all that’s left to do is leave. Before you do, read our five quick and easy tips to ensure you come home to the same house you left behind. The light’s on so someone is home A well lit home is far less likely to be broken into. Illuminate your exterior with motion sensor lighting and consider installing plug socket timers for your lamps in order to give the impression someone is in while you’re away. De-fence Unlike you, burglars won’t just let themselves in through the front door. Most of the time they will try the back. Use fencing to keep out unwanted visitors but don’t stop there, add some trellis to the top. It is more difficult […]

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Nine reasons to love boxes

Nine reasons to love boxes

In our opinion, boxes are underestimated. They help make space, they keep things safe and help you to stay organised. But there are other things a box can do. Boxes are also fun. Why not let your imagination run wild and create objects and games from those old boxes you’ve got lying around? Here are seven ideas to get you started. Headspace Cardboard Kingdom Thinking space Box car racer Space: the final frontier Space wars Tyrannosaurus Box Packbot 3000 Need we say more? Find out how Big Yellow can help put your boxes to use here whether you need them for fun or practical reasons.

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Top tips for summer wine

Top tips for summer wine

The sun’s out and you’ve made it through another week at work. There’s only one thing for it: friends, food and a good time. But before you send the invite or prep the food, quench your thirst with our tips for summer drinking. 1) Add sparkle to your chicken Did you know that sparkling wine has the same palate-cleansing effect as the more traditional choice of BBQ beverage, beer? Not only that, it goes perfectly with chicken. 2) Opposites attract Pair strong BBQ flavours with a sweet rosé to create a balance of flavours. Impress your friends by telling them the wine has been specially selected to neutralise the palette and they’ll go home impressed. We guarantee they’ll use the same line next time they host. 3) Light food, light wine Low alcohol wine is becoming a popular choice with […]

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