Monthly Archives: August 2013

What You Need to Know About Skip Permits

Skips and hippobags are useful and convenient items that can be used on private land with no restrictions. If placing them outside your house, however, you will need to follow certain rules. They cannot be placed on the pavement under any circumstances. In order to place skips or hippobags in the road, a skip permit is required. The method of obtaining a skip permit varies around the country, as local councils have different rules. In some areas, the skip hire company will obtain the skip permit for customers, while in other areas they must apply directly to the local council. Some local authorities have additional requirements, incurring fines of up to £1,000 for non-compliance. These include the placement of traffic cones and night-time safety lamps, clearly displaying the skip hire company name and telephone number on the skip and having reflective markings.

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Make the most of the hot weather with garden renovations


The English summer can be appreciated even more with a few tweaks to your garden’s design.

A waterfeature can aid relaxation and its introduction to a garden can also help the environment, becoming a habitat for fish, amphibians and plants. A garden can also be enhanced by the introduction of more light, which, with breezeway concrete patterned blocks, can be achieved without compromising privacy. The blocks will also create shady effects when the sun streams through.

A way of helping your garden look great in the summer, and allow you to relax without security concerns, is to add fencing and to decorate it with flowers. Wrought iron gates can also be introduced to improve security, and to add a touch of class to your garden.

Great Home Renovation Tips


Home renovation is a great way to increase your standard of living and build equity in your property. Here are some fantastic tips for easy home renovation:

  • Extension – Adding an extension is a great way to increase your house’s value and add some additional living space
  • Loft Conversion – Convert your loft to an additional room for guests and increase your property’s value at the same time
  • Redo the bathroom – A nice bathroom is an easy way to improve your home and increase its value. If you can, make an en-suite bathroom.
  • Exterior renovation – Your house’s exterior is the first impression people have so it’s important that it’s a good one. A well-kept garden and driveway can really boost the asking price of your house

Stick to these renovation tips and watch your property soar in value!

Home renovation on a budget


When renovating your home on a budget, the key tips are to re-use and recycle.

Use items you already have in your home and give them a new coat of paint. Use websites such as Freecycle to see what others are throwing away and visit salvage yards for old kitchen and bathroom ware. Look out for a skip on the road full of goodies, but ask for permission before diving in.

Ebay has many bargains for larger household items as they are advertised for collection only which attracts few bidders. Visit boot sales to pick up tools you may need as well as soft furnishings that just need a wash and personalisation.

Changing your home is as much about being creative with the resources you have or can discover out and about as it is being canny with the pennies, but you’ll soon have a place you can call unique.