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Living in a Condo: Is It For You?

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If you are thinking about buying a home, there are many reasons why you may be considering a condo over a standard house or apartment. Condos have never been more popular, particularly with the Boomer population, who are growing older, starting to downsize and move to homes that are easier to look after. As a result, condos are in high demand.

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How to Enjoy Summer In Your Yard

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Life can’t always be fun, but it’s important that we put ourselves in positions to enjoy the food times when they’re presented to us. Take spring and summer, for example. While there are a few downsides that we have to contend with during the season, there’s also much to love — and does it get any better than spending a warm evening out in your yard, with your loved ones? Not in our book. Of course, if you’re going to enjoy these moments to the fullest, then you’ll need to have a backyard that makes it possible to do so. Below, take a look at a few tried and tested tips for making this happen. 

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How to Spot the Ideal Family Home

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Finding the perfect family home, that both has enough space for all of the family, and which makes family life as easy as it can possibly be, is no mean feat, but it can be done.

If you’re looking for your next family home and you want to ensure that you get it absolutely right, here are some tips to help you spot a good thing when you see it:

Check the Floorplan

If you want to find a home that works for you, it’s always a good idea to check out the floor plan. The way a house is laid out can make life really easy or really hard, so it’s of paramount importance that you take this seriously, For example, if the kitchen is three floors down from the bedroom and you have a baby who you need to make bottle for in the night, the thought of slogging up all those steps when you’re already dog tired probably isn’t a good one, or if you have kids who love having the space to run around, a house with a floorplan that isn’t open probably wouldn’t work out too well. Know what you need and bear that in mind when looking at the floorplan.

There’s Scope to Make Changes

Choosing a family home that has space to extend is always a plus because then you can make it what you want and change it to suit your family’s growing needs. Alternatively, you may want to look at the affordability of the house and land package homes in your area because that way you can have a great deal of input into what your house will be like right from the off., The more scope there is to put your family’s stamp on your new home, the better it will be for you all.

Outdoor Space

If you have a young family, outdoor space is vital. It will give the kids the chance to blow off some steam and allow you to spend some quiet relaxation time out in nature, Of course, outdoor space can be expensive, so if you cannot afford a home with a decent sized garden, look for properties that are close to the beach or parkland that you can all make use of instead. If there are lots of places to spend time outdoors, it’s a sure sign you’ve spotted a great family home.

Plenty of Bathrooms

One of the most annoying things about family life is the ques for the bathroom in the morning. Try to find a property where there are two or more bathrooms, or at least the ability to add more in the future, and family life will get a whole lot better.

Low Maintenance

Family life is busy, so if you spot a home that is in really good condition, and which is unlikely to need much maintenance, make an offer! Oh, and low maintenance doesn’t just mean it’s structurally sound, things like tiles or hardwood floors instead of carpet can make a huge difference too!

Good luck finding your perfect family home!

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A Dream Home?

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Ah, that fabled ‘dream home.’ So many of us want to live in one, but so very few of us do. 

Why? Well, perhaps its because we are a fickle bunch of people, always imagining the grass is greener is on the other side of the fence (or the neighbourhood). We’re never happy with what we have, and continue to long for more. 

Or perhaps its because we don’t have the finances to afford a dream home. We look adoringly at summer cottages and luxury apartments online, but decide to buy something second-best instead because we think we can’t afford anything else. 

And even if we do get the opportunity to move into a ‘dream home,’ we might still feel unhappy. The bills might be higher than we would like. The neighbours could be hellish. And as our families grow, we might resent the lack of space at our disposal. In short, we feel as if we are living in a proverbial nightmare rather than a dream.

So, is there really such a thing as a dream home? Or is it a fabled myth? 

Well, we think the answer is yes, but you need to take the following into consideration.

#1: Remember that perfection is hard to achieve

If you’re looking to move into the perfect home, then you are going to be looking for a long time. There will always be something to tarnish the dream image, be it a bathroom that is a little too small, a neighbour who is both noisy and nosey, or a garden that is regularly upended by moles and other wildlife. If you’re looking to move into the ‘dream home’ then, you might need to alter your expectations a little and remove the idea of perfection from your mind. As long as most of your dream home checklist has been achieved, you might find joy and pleasure in your home, despite the imperfections. In short then, be happy with what you have and not what you haven’t!

#2: Remember that any home can become a dream home

You don’t have to move into a dream home right away! If you find something that ticks all of your boxes, then fine. But if you don’t, remember that you can work on your ‘second-best home’ in the months and years to come. So, renovate your bathroom if it’s too small and fit it out with all of the fixtures that you might have longed for at the beginning. Do the same with any other rooms in your home too, perhaps by decorating them in the styles you love. And get on top of any nuisance problems, be they repair jobs, garden intrusions, nosey neighbours, or anything else, and research ways to manage them. By taking active steps to improve your property, you might soon be living in the home of your dreams. 

#3: Remember to curb your enthusiasm

Before buying what looks like a dream home, rein yourself in a little. Figure out your finances to ensure you can afford both the upfront and ongoing costs. Hire a professional to inspect the property you are looking at for any maintenance problems. And ask investigative questions to the seller before agreeing to buy, as you will then have the ability to make an educated decision. By taking such steps, there is less chance of your dream home becoming a nightmare property after you have moved in. 

Is there really such a thing as a dream home? Probably, but take the above into consideration. By doing so, you should have the opportunity to live in a house that ticks most (or perhaps all) of your boxes. 

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Aspects Of Moving Home To Plan Meticulously

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Donald Trump’s True Motivation Behind That Drone Strike

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If you’re anything like a huge number of US citizens, you’re probably wondering what goes on in Donald Trump’s head. He seems to say what he thinks online and in person without giving much thought to how it really sounds, and this can seem bizarre in itself. But what about the recent U.S. drone strike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top military leaders?

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What The Client Needs To Know About Building Regulations

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Builders come in all shapes and sizes and cover a multitude of types of projects, domestic or commercial. If you’re worried about your responsibilities under the Building Regulations on a particular building project, it really does pay to choose the right builder. This will help make sure you don’t fall foul of the local planning department. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know.

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Four Reasons To Renovate The Bathroom

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Home renovations are a big deal, as they’re your shot at upgrading and redoing the areas of your home that you’re not so proud of having. It can seem like a costly and time-consuming task, and sometimes it can be, but there are so many more reasons to renovate than there is not to do it! You are going to live through a little bit of upheaval, but with the right planning, you can make your bathroom upgrade one that is worth it.

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Buying A Home: How To Know It’s Perfect For You

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Simple House Buying Tips

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When you are ready to buy your first home, there are a lot of big decisions to make. It can be a nerve-racking period, with a lot of unknowns going on. However, these tips might just make the process a little bit easier for you. 

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5 Ways To Improve Your Home Security This Christmas

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Our homes are an extension of ourselves, making a break-in or theft from our property a personal blow. At this time of year as we gear up for Christmas, we start to fill our homes with the latest gadgets, toys and items, making them even more attractive to opportunistic thieves and criminals. To keep yourself, your belongings and your property safe, here are 5 ways in which you can improve your security over the Christmas period. 

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Preparing For Hefty Outdoor Or Industrial Work

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There are many people out there who work hard jobs, but find a real sense of satisfaction in doing so. For example, a tree surgeon must apply his or her best judgement when it comes to felling or restoring trees. The pressure on them is great, as bad judgement could mean property damage or even risk to life. They have to work in hard physical conditions, with dangerous equipment, and at all hours of the day.

That being said, they also get to remain outside for most of the day, apply real change to a landscape, care for the wilderness and prevent rot or other maladies from spreading. As such, we can never say that a job is bad simply because it’s slightly hard or dangerous. It’s all down to the individual. That being said, these jobs require a sense of preparation to stay active and healthy within said role. To that end, we have some advice to help you prepare for heft outdoor or industrial work effectively. Applied well, this can give you safety and job satisfaction like never before. Please, consider:

Wearing Excellent Protective Gear

No matter how prepared and skilled you may be at your job, it’s important to note that you are never too good for adequate protective gear and safety. This is where stylish, comfortable, yet also practical and protective clothing offered by Fritz Wear can come in so handy. Having your own items that will enable you to transition from workplace to workplace with a reliable, personally-maintained set of protections can help you stand firm despite the insufficiencies perhaps given to you by a new contracting agency.

Self-Care Before & After The Job

It’s important to rely on yourself to stay safe in this environment. For example, operating heavy machinery is not something you should do hungover or very tired, and other work that may put yourself in jeapardy should never be undertaken while under certain medications. It’s essential to disclose this, because not only might you injure yourself through being inattentive, but you may really hurt someone else. None of this is acceptable in the least, and so this is the singular most important thing to consider when working a tough job.

Reading Safety Protocols Thoroughly

No matter how thoroughly and carefully you know your safety protocols expected of you, it’s important to read them semi-regularly to have them memorized. Additionally, transitioning to a new job, even if identical in nature, may have slight differences in how the work is presented to you and how you should follow up on it. This can help you ensure that no matter what work you are conducting, you can always apply yourself to this process in the most measured perspective. That makes a true difference day after day, and you’re sure to notice this as you progress.

With this advice, you’re certain to correctly prepare for hefty outdoor or industrial work.

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Eight Reasons To Build Your Own Home

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Building your own home can be very exciting, allowing you to design the perfect home for you and your family. If you’ve found the right plot of land, you can get to work planning the perfect house. Here the best reasons to consider building your own home.

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4 Easy Ways To Save Water Around The Home

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We’re all trying to make more of an effort to be environmentally friendly and preserve the planet. There are a lot of simple lifestyle changes that you can make and a lot of them start in the home. Things like switching the lights off when you’re not in a room and walking instead of driving will make a difference over time. But one thing that people don’t think about as often is how much water they’re using. Water shortages are already a big problem in a lot of places and in the next few decades, they’re likely to start affecting most countries unless we find ways to cut our usage. The other major benefit of using less water is that you’ll save yourself money on utility bills so there’s no reason not to do it, and it’s not that hard either. These are some of the easiest ways to cut water usage around the home.  Continue Reading

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Making Your Business More Eco-Friendly

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Businesses are stepping up to the mark when it comes to making themselves more eco-friendly. They have a slightly bigger responsibility, especially when they begin to grow bigger as a company. If your business is looking to make a few changes this year in favour of the environment, here are some tips to make it more eco-friendly. Continue Reading

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Increase The Value Of Your Home Before You Sell

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Everyone wants to make sure that they are increasing the value of their home, and this is the case even more so when it comes to selling. When it’s time to get your property ready for sale, it’s important that you spend money on projects that are going to increase the value of your home. Just be careful not to put too much of yourself in a project, otherwise, you’re alienating some potential buyers. Continue Reading

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How To Improve Your Home Without Tearing Your Hair Out

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The moment we want to improve our homes, millions of questions seem to spring from the ether. Which room should you start first? What’s your budget? What’s your deadline? Should you really be improving this room when that one hasn’t been completed? What about that upcoming vacation, can you really fit it in before then? How do you find a good contractor after your last bad experience? The building is getting pretty old, are you sure that new work won’t override the rustic character that helps this home stay unique? Continue Reading

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Top Tips For Moving House

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Moving house can be a stressful one, but with the right knowledge, the process can be a lot easier and a more enjoyable one. Depending on your new location, you may need to consider different factors depending on the distance of your move from the old property to the new one. So whether this is your first time or you’ve done it before, here are some top tips for moving house to use for your next move.  Continue Reading

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Making Money From Property: Whether You Rent or Own

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Whilst making money from property, as a tenant is a much more contentious issue than if you own the property yourself, as many tenancy agreements include a strict clause pertaining to subletting and making an income from the property… today, in the world of AirBnB many tenants are making extra income from hosting people via AirBnB for instance.

This is a particularly good option if you live in a prestigious property in a good location, such as those by Meriton.  Yet, today, there are all sorts of ways to make money from property whether you are an owner or a tenant.

  1. GET A LODGER

If you have a spare room, then getting a lodger can be a great way to make a consistent and reliable monthly income from your property.  Of course, if you rent, you must be a little careful in terms of violating the terms of your tenancy agreement – and similarly, if you own the house, you must be careful in terms of what is considered a “commercial arrangement” versus merely renting a room out, as a “normal” person.

Renting a spare room often provides a more reliable monthly income than concepts such as AirBnB that are more sporadic in nature, yet of course, monthly rent will be capped in terms of the amount you can make – whereas AirBnB has potential to make a lot more money.

  1. HOST AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Something that pays quite a lot of money is to host an international student; this often requires you to provide two meals a day in addition to a little tutoring when it comes to learning English, along with providing a room, but the amount you can make from this is substantial.

  1. AirBNB

AirBnB offers a more profitable alternative, at least in terms of the amount you can charge each night, than the idea of getting a full-time lodger.  It’s also much more flexible in the sense that you can decide when people stay or when you want your house to yourself – by simply blocking out time on your availability calendar.

There are pros and cons to both AirBnB and having a long term lodger, so it depends on what you’re looking for, but if you live by a major airport or venue, AirBnB might make a lot more sense as you can sell your room at a premium due to the economics of supply and demand.

  1. RENT OUT YOUR GARAGE

Many people don’t want someone else living in their space, but are happy to rent out their garage as storage space in order to make some easy money.

  1. RENT OUT YOUR DRIVEWAY

If you live in a busy town and are centrally located, or near a transport hub, such as a train station you might want to consider renting out your driveway as a parking space.  If you work office hours yourself this could be particularly useful, as during the day, when the driveway would otherwise be empty you can make money whilst adding to the security of your home due to it looking like someone is in.

 

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The Best Ways to Seek Inspiration for a Home Renovation

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If you’ve lived in your home for a relatively long period of time then you’ve likely thought about a renovation. No one wants to live surrounded by the same few walls for the rest of their life which is why drastic changes are sometimes required in order to make your home feel more comfortable again. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, new shelves or even a home extension, there are plenty of different home renovations that you could perform.

Sadly, there’s so much choice that it can be difficult to know what type of renovation would be best for your circumstances, so in this article, we’re going to show you a couple of excellent ways in which you can gather inspiration for your next big home renovation.

  1. Speak to friends and family members

You’re probably not alone when it comes to wanting a renovation so it’s a good idea to speak with friends and family members to see what kind of renovations they would personally like to see in their own homes. You can get many great ideas just by asking others for their opinions, and this could lead to combinations of ideas or completely new possibilities that you didn’t consider in the past.

  1. Read lifestyle and home blogs

There are many home blogs such as Unhumid and our blog that can give you plenty of excellent ideas for renovations. Whether it’s pictures, showcases or blog posts such as this one, you’ll find a lot of inspiration by simply reading someone else’s opinion or report. This is a brilliant way to get inspiration but you’ll need to bookmark blog posts and save pictures in order to keep a scrapbook of ideas that you can reference.

  1. Look at Pinterest

Pinterest is the go-to website for inspiration no matter what you’re doing. Simply type in “home renovation ideas” and you’ll get thousands of pictures that you can save to an online Pinterest board (essentially a scrapbook) and you’ll be able to look back at these ideas when you’re speaking to a designer or contractor.

  1. Speak to a designer or contractor

Another excellent way to get inspiration is to speak to a designer or contractor that specializes in the renovations that you are interested in. They’ll be able to offer expert advice that is not only relevant to your property, but they can also explain what’s possible with your property and your budget.

  1. Consider what your personal needs are

Lastly, think about what you personally want to see changed in your home. Don’t like your kitchen? Search up or look for kitchen renovation ideas to get a good idea of what your kitchen could become. Want to make use of your garden? Look at possibilities like a garden room, flowerbeds or even a pagoda. You typically only look at renovation opportunities when you want something changed in your home, so why not use that as a starting point to look for new and unique ideas?

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