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Brexit: 10% of people now more likely to make home improvements

24 July 2016

Home improvements can seem more attractive than selling your home

Following the Brexit vote, one in 10 homeowners are now more likely to consider home improvements instead of selling, with 12% of homeowners less likely to move in the next three years, according to a survey by Plentific.

Younger people aged 18 to 34 are the most likely to carry out home improvements, with 25% saying they are considering refurbishing instead of relocating. If you’re considering a ‘wait and see’ approach, our home improvements1 section has advice on a range of home renovations, from small DIY jobs to bigger projects. It also includes reviews of the best drills, sanders and jigsaws.

Could home improvements increase the value of your home?

A second survey by Plentific found that 35% of homeowners expect to make a profit from decorating, extensions and renovations with a 50,000 investment. Liz Ransome, Which? home improvements expert, says: ‘If you’re planning on making home improvements to increase the value of your home, think carefully first – not all improvements will boost the price of your house in line with what you’ve spent.

‘Adding more space, say with an extra bedroom or reception room, is likely to add more value to your property than cosmetic changes that will cost a lot of money, such as installing an entirely new bathroom or kitchen. If you’re worried about a current room looking tired, a low-cost spruce up would be more cost-effective.

Whatever you decide to do, speak to an estate agent before you make any improvements to check how much value it could add to your property based on the current market and your area. Not all improvements will boost the price of your house in line with what you’ve spent.

Liz Ransome, Which? home improvement expert

Loft conversions and conservatories

A loft conversion or conservatory will add extra space to your home, but they’re not cheap, running into thousands. We’ve spoken to hundreds of homeowners who have added a conservatory or had their loft converted to find out what tricks they’ve used to cut costs. We’ve also asked industry experts with years of experience in the business, as well as homeowners who’ve had conversions, to share their insider tips and help you avoid common mistakes.

Find out what you can expect to pay in our guide to conservatory prices2, and start planning your loft with our guide to loft conversion costs3.

Fitted kitchens and bathrooms

If you’ve decided that you’re not moving for quite some time and that you want the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams, our guides to the best kitchen and bathroom brands will help you pick one that’s rated highly by owners. We’ve asked more than 2,595 kitchen buyers about kitchens from all the big companies including Ikea, John Lewis and Magnet, and found there was a difference of almost 20% between the top and bottom brands. Find out which kitchen brand came top, and which is down at the bottom, in our guide to the best and worst kitchen brands4

We’ve also asked more than 2,000 bathroom owners about the customer service, quality of products and finish and value for money of big bathroom brands, including Homebase, Wickes, Victoria Plumb and Bathstore.

Find out how the major bathroom companies we’re rated in our guide to the best and worst bathroom brands5.

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References

  1. ^ home improvements (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ conservatory prices (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ loft conversion costs (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ best and worst kitchen brands (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ best and worst bathroom brands (www.which.co.uk)

Julie Bishop caught using her mobile phone while DRIVING campaign car in Perth

  • Julie Bishop has been caught using her mobile phone while driving
  • Foreign Minister was driving in central Perth in Liberal campaign car
  • Another motorist took a picture of Ms Bishop on her phone on Thursday
  • Using a phone while driving brings with it a ?400 fine In Western Australia

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Julie Bishop has been caught using her mobile phone while driving her campaign car. The Foreign Minister was driving in Perth with partner David Panton in the passenger seat when another motorist took a picture of her on her phone, the Sydney Morning Herald1 reports. Pictures reveal Ms Bishop texting just before 5pm on Thursday. Using a phone while driving brings with it a ?400 fine In Western Australia and the loss of three demerit points.

Julie Bishop has been caught using her mobile phone while driving in Perth on Thursday

‘To progress this investigation, police would need to speak to the person who took the photographs to obtain further details on this matter,’ a Western Australia Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia. In a brief statement Ms Bishop admitted she had done the wrong thing and would make sure the lapse didn’t happen again.

‘Everyone should comply with the law and I will ensure this does not happen again,’ she said. The witness in the other vehicle was driving along the Great Eastern Highway in Perth when he noticed Ms Bishop’s campaign car driving along the road.

The Foreign Minister was pictured by another motorist who was driving alongside her

Ms Bishop admitted she had done the wrong thing and would make sure the lapse didn’t happen again

The other motorist keeps Ms Bishop’s car in his sights as he travels along the road

‘I thought it was funny to see a Toyota Yaris with Julie Bishop’s face on the side. Then it was even funnier when I realised it was actually Julie Bishop driving the Julie Bishop car,’ he said.

‘Then it wasn’t so funny when I realised she was using her phone as she drove. It was clear that she was holding the phone and using her thumb to swipe. I don’t know if she was texting or checking Facebook or something.’

It was claimed by the other motorist that Ms Bishop used her phone for around two minutes during traffic that had slowed down and both cars were sitting parallel to each other at two sets of red lights. The other driver admitted he was in the wrong too to take out his mobile phone and take the pictures, but he wanted evidence to prove that a senior minister had broken the law. Ms Bishop’s lapse comes six months after Labor leader Bill Shorten was fined ?443 by Victorian Police for texting as he drove his 4WD in Melbourne.

Ms Bishop was in the car with her partner David Panton when she was photographed

Six months previously Labor leader Bill Shorten was fined ?443 by Victorian Police for texting as he drove his 4WD in Melbourne

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  1. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (www.smh.com.au)

Police search for Salt Creek backpacker attack victim’s Samsung mobile phone

  • Two backpackers allegedly assaulted at Salt Creek, south-east of Adelaide
  • Women were camping when a man allegedly sexually assaulted them
  • Police are now searching for one woman’s black Samsung mobile phone
  • Man was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and attempted murder

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Police are scouring sand dunes in search of a mobile phone that belonged to one of two backpackers who were allegedly sexually assaulted while camping at a remote beach in South Australia. The two women, aged in their 20s, were allegedly attacked at Salt Creek, south-east of Adelaide, on February 9 by a 59-year-old man they had only recently met. One of the women suffered a serious head trauma and remains in hospital, but she returned to the area with police on Tuesday to provide detectives with further information.

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The two women, aged in their 20s, were allegedly attacked at a remote camping spot at Salt Creek, south-east of Adelaide, on February 9 by a 59-year-old man they had only recently met

As a result of her help, her friend’s black Samsung mobile phone became a key target for police as they continue to investigate the alleged sex attack. Inspector Trent Cox says police are looking for anything of interest but are particularly keen to locate a black Samsung phone belonging to one of the two women allegedly attacked.

‘The scene here is large and challenging to search, so this has meant police and volunteer searchers have returned several times to target particular locations,’ Insp Cox said.

‘Investigators ask that should any member of the public locate this phone they should immediately contact their local police station, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 so that the phone can be seized and analysed.’

The women, who cannot be named, had joined the 59-year-old on a road trip to Melbourne.

One of the women suffered a serious head trauma and remains in hospital, but she returned to the campsite area with police on Tuesday to provide detectives with further information

Inspector Trent Cox says police are looking for anything of interest but are particularly keen to locate a black Samsung phone belonging to one of the two women allegedly attacked

About 30 searchers converged on the Coorong National Park on Thursday morning to widen the area previously checked by crime-scene specialists

One of the women ran from a camp site between sand dunes naked and bleeding in an attempt to escape the man s alleged attack. She raised the alarm with nearby fisherman and they phoned authorities – who then recovered the second woman.

About 30 searchers converged on the Coorong National Park on Thursday morning to widen the area previously checked by crime-scene specialists. Mounted police were deployed and metal detectors are being used as members of the special Coorong task force, elite STAR Group officers and State Emergency Service volunteers scour the area. The 59-year-old man, whose identity has been suppressed, has been charged with a string of offences including unlawful sexual intercourse and attempted murder.

He faced court on February 10 and will return in April.

The 59-year-old man, whose identity has been suppressed, has been charged with a string of offences including unlawful sexual intercourse and attempted murder

Police are scouring sand dunes in search of a mobile phone that belonged to one of two backpackers who were sexually assaulted while camping at a remote beach in South Australia on February 9

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