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About Double Glazing

Provides independent advice to people thinking about buying double glazing for their homes.

About Underfloor Heating

Offers independent information and advice for people considering fitting underfloor heating for their homes.

Basement Information Centre

Resource for those considering converting or building a basement, with case studies, galleries, ask an expert feature and directory of services and suppliers.

Bricks and Brass

Provides lots of information about understanding, renovating, caring for and decorating period homes.

British Fenestration Rating Council

Operates the UK's national rating system for the thermal performance of fenestration products. Provides a directory of window suppliers with window energy ratings.

Buildernet

A portal for the UK's home improvement and building industry, with a business directory.

Building Sheriff

Provides a guide to realistic daily rates for builders and tradesmen, intended to help consumers ensure they are not being ripped off, plus price guides for many large and small jobs.

Community RePaint

Collects unwanted, surplus paint and re-distributes it to indivduals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.

Conservatory Web

Offers free, independent, unbiased information and advice for people thinking about improving their home by adding a conservatory.

Extension Costs

Features an extension building price comparison engine, using building contractors in the user's local area.

FENSA

Offers information for the householder about the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme for windows and doors. Includes an installer directory, trading standards information and testimonials.

Find a Builder

Presents a database of builders who are members of the Federation of Master Builders.

Find a Fitter

Maintains a database of accredited kitchen and bathroom fitters in the UK.

Foundations

National body for home improvement agencies in England. Offers information on how these agencies help older and vulnerable people with home improvement, and also provides news and event listings.

Home Improvement Ideas

Providing inspiration for a a range of home improvement projects from decorating and gardening and interior design.

Home Improvement Trust

Non profit organisation which helps the elderly homeowner and long-term leaseholder gain access to safe equity release loans specifically to fund repairs, improvements and adaptations to their home.

HomePro

Provides a user star rated database of builders and other tradesmen across the UK, searchable by postcode.

House Extension

Providing case studies, advice and a discussion forum to help homeowners make decisions about home extensions.

Ideal Home Show

Features home improvement ideas and inspiration, plus details of the annual show held at Earls Court. Also presents a timeline detailing one hundred years of the show's history.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Provides exhibitor news, timetables and visitor information for this annual festive home show, held each November at Earls Court.

Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers

Aims to support professional installers and to provide guidance to the public, so that they can make an informed choice.

MyHammer

A searchable online directory of qualified tradesmen within all areas of the UK listed by category.

National Home Improvement Council

Encourages high standards in the home improvement industry and provides advice and links to trade associations for consumers undertaking home improvements.

OecoGardenRooms.co.uk

Manufacturer of insulated garden rooms and offices. Site features information on pricing, products and the company.

Period Property UK

Provides a discussion forum and knowledge base for owners of period property, including sections on DIY, buying, selling and insuring.

Planning Portal

Government site offering consumers advice on the planning and building regulations applying to England and Wales. Includes FAQs, calculators and tools, plus access to local planning information.

Planning Service

Government portal for the planning service in Northern Ireland. Includes details of when planning permission is required plus online forms and advice.

Rated People

Free online service which allows the user to post information about a job they need doing and then matches local tradespeople willing to take it on; each tradesman is rated by prior customers. Also includes extensive DIY guides and advice.

Roman Blinds

Buyer's guide for Roman blinds, including made-to-measure as well as advice for do-it-yourself projects.

Scottish Home Improvement and Self Build Show

Highlights the attractions and programmes of this annual home improvement show and offers information for exhibitors and a suppliers list.

Service Magic: Home Improvement Cost and Price Guides

Cost and price information for various home improvement projects in the UK. http://www.facebook.com/servicemagicuk servicemagicuk

Servicemagic.co.uk

Offering a useful range of cheap home improvement tips including how to revamp your windows, lay a driveway and insulate your home.

ServiceMagic: Tips & Advice

Provides advice for home improvement and repair projects in the UK. https://www.facebook.com/servicemagicuk servicemagicuk

Thatched Owners Group

Provides a range of services and information for owners of thatched houses, cottages, and other properties; with details of membership, a library of useful articles, and contacts.

Tiling Forum

Provides free and unbiased advice for tiling including guidance about related products and manufacturers.

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