Dirtiest item in your kitchen – kitchen sponge has most germs | Property | Life & Style

The dirtiest item in your kitchen is not one you may currently suspect. While homeowners endeavour to keep their homes clean, many are making a big mistake. This is because an item commonly used to clean dishes – the kitchen sponge – is actually a hotbed for germs. The kitchen sponge is the most unhygienic item in the whole room, according to a study by Mattress Online. It may contain more bacteria than a toilet seat, according to the investigation. These common kitchen cleaning items have been found to harbour…

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Key to your dream home | Property | Life & Style

“You can have a huge amount of fun putting in the features that work for you. It can get your heart singing,” says Tim Lawson, MD of Property Pathfinders (01285 653190; propertypathfinder.com), which specialises in surveys and project management. “It is much more cost-certain to build from new than refurbishing a property,” he adds, although he says there is much pleasure to be had from buying a doer-upper, too: “One of the great things about historic buildings is the craftsmanship and skills you come across.” There is an enormous “but”,…

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Reach your goals at the heart of city life | Property | Life & Style

They might be planning to watch the games on the large TVs in the ground-floor shared lounges found in all three Tipi apartment developments – Montana, Dakota and Alto – or celebrating on Alto’s communal roof terrace. Perhaps they might end up cooking together in the shared Kitchen and chill-out room at Alto – even though they’ve all got their own kitchens – because the well-equipped communal room has superfast wifi, gorgeous furniture and like all the other community spaces is free to use. The Tipi apartments are being built…

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Flies: How to get rid of house flies – use this £1.99 solution | Property | Life & Style

House flies can be a problem during the summer months, as the weather outside gets hotter. The reason there are more of them at this time of year is because it’s when they reproduce. They will fly into your house to look for food and places to lay their eggs. This can in turn bring disease into your home like salmonella and E. coli. This means you will be keen to find out how to get rid of them. Thankfully a £1.99 solution will help you to get rid of…

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House prices UK: Do you have to pay the asking price? How much below it can you offer?  | Property | Life & Style

GETTY The market stagnates due to a battle of wills between ambitious sellers, and buyers haggling harder However, the gulf in activity between the North and South continues, with topline figures masking the complexity of what’s really happening on a regional basis.  According to the report, the average asking price has now hit £309,439 which is a marginal increase of 0.4 per cent on May’s figure of £308,075 and up by 1.7 per cent on May 2017 and is the third consecutive month that asking prices have increased. The numbers…

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Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer reveal smart meters can save Britons £560 million a year | Property | Life & Style

According to television duo Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, Smart Meters are the way forward when it comes to tracking spending and saving money on your energy bills. The duo appeared on Sky News this morning to announce their tour, which will focus on the national rollout of smart meters. The Smart Energy tour will visit 10 cities in the UK to encourage homeowners to use smart meters. According to the duo, smart meters can save Briton’s £560 million a year as a nation. Savings per household can differ, but on average…

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