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Consumer Watch

Get set for spring with handy home improvements, says Hayley Gilbert

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Home security specialist Response Electronics has launched a wireless, self-monitoring home alarm called the miGuard G5 Smartphone Alarm. Priced £179.99 from Maplin, it comes with a free iOS and Android Apps enabling system remote control and monitoring 24/7. Once a SIM card has been installed, it will also call five phone numbers of your choosing if the alarm is activated, and won’t stop until one picks up.


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After several months of grumbling from under a blanket, spring is traditionally the time we roll up our sleeves and resolve to get organised (maybe after just one more cup of tea). If you’re not feeling fully fired up yet, our savvy storage solutions on page 92 will help you get the ball rolling, including three key looks to suit every style. And if that doesn’t do the trick, dive straight into our collection of the very best hacks for every room, starting on page 63. With ideas for saving money, time and effort, your life will never be the same again – and you won’t be looking back! For those yet to purchase your dream home, never fear. Hayley Gilbert is on hand to break down the headache-inducing process of finding a mortgage into bitesize chunks on page 82. Already settled with a few little ones to keep entertained? Ashlyn Gibson has stepped in with imaginative ideas to transform your spaces into magical (yet practical) playgrounds on page 98. And last but not least, don’t miss our special bonus magazine – free with this issue – which is just brimming with inspiration and simple ideas for showing your kitchen and bathroom some love. From key accessories to boost the space, to a mirror that morphs into a telly at the end of your bath, there’s something for all tastes and bank balances. Enjoy.