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Home improvements

Trader cold-calling at an old lady's door

52% of people have been cold called by someone claiming to be a trader

More than half of the 1,645 people we spoke to have been cold called by a trader. Discover what common tactics rogue traders use to reel you in, and read our advice on how to find a reliable trader in your area.

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Woman on phone to trader about ceiling leak

The worst DIY disasters revealed by Which? Trusted Traders

When we surveyed Which? Trusted traders, 78% of them said they had been called in to rectify a botched DIY job. Find out what you should - and shouldn't - do yourself.

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Dangerous smoke alarms fail to sound in Which? tests

Smoke alarms bought for just £1 from Ebay have repeatedly failed to detect smoke in recent Which? tests. The alarms failed to sound in more than 80% of the fire...

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Extension being built

The five home improvements most likely to blow your budget

Which? reveals the top five home improvement projects likely to take you over your budget and explains how you can save money on your home renovation.

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Conservatory

Common new conservatory problems and how to avoid them

We've asked conservatory owners what problems they have experienced - read on to find out the top three most common issues, as well as Which? expert advice on how to deal with faults and avoid mistakes in the first place.

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Homebase store

What do Homebase customers think of it?

Homebase is closing 42 of its UK stores, but what do its customers really think? Which? surveys compare Homebase with stores such as B&Q and Wickes.

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Two women talking in a kitchen

Which? awards new Best Buys to three fitted kitchen companies

Three fitted kitchen brands scored highly enough to be awarded Best Buy status for their kitchen units when we assessed them in our expert lab tests

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Couple talking in their kitchen

Which? reveals the top kitchen delivery and installation issues

33% of our survey respondents had issues with the delivery of their kitchen and 35% had kitchen installation problems. Find out which companies to avoid, and read our top tips for choosing an installer.

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The lethal carbon monoxide alarms we found on Amazon and Ebay

Carbon monoxide alarms bought from Amazon and Ebay have repeatedly failed to detect the killer gas in recent Which? lab tests and would be potentially lethal in your home if...

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Builders and roofers the most mistrusted tradespeople, say Which? members

More than a third of people do not feel that they can trust roofers and builders when employing them for the first time, according to our most recent survey of...

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