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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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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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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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5 Budget Garden Projects That Will Make Your Garden Feel Brand New

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Do you feel like your garden is starting to look a little lacklustre and in need of a bit of TLC?

Often, gardening is one of those jobs that keeps getting pushed to the back of people’s minds – but there really is no time like the present to start working on any garden projects you’ve had planned, especially with the warmer weather creeping in.

Whilst most people feel you need to hire an expensive landscaper or professional gardener, however, that isn’t always the case. Lots of different garden renovations can be done by you, and on a budget.

There are plenty of simple updates that can be achieved without having to break the bank, all of which can make a huge difference to the appearance of your outdoor space.

Whether you have a small backyard, a massive patio space or a balcony garden, here are 5 budget garden projects that will help make your garden feel brand new again:

  • Lay A Wooden or Stone Path Throughout Your Garden

This is one of the more affordable changes you can make to your garden, but it instantly makes a massive difference to the look and feel of your outdoor space. Head to your local garden centre to pick up some supportive wooden panels (or stepping stones if you prefer) and create a beautiful walkway throughout your entire garden. Not only does it save people walking across your grass, but it stops people getting muddy shoes too!

  • Upcycle Old Furniture To Use As Storage

If you have any old cupboards lying around in your home, try upcycling them so that they can be used as outdoor storage. Grab some paint and a waterproof top coat and get to work making your old furniture look brand new. Before you know it, they’ll be perfect for storing any gardening equipment and toys you may have lying around outside.

  • Create A Rustic Barbeque Set Up For Family Get Togethers

If you find you’re regularly hosting guests but don’t have a nice outdoor space to host them in, an outdoor barbeque set up could be the perfect solution. Using lots of old bricks and a barbeque, you can create a space that looks rustic and a really small budget.

If you’re carrying out a project like this it’s important to check your patio and surrouning areas to make sure you’r enot covering up any manhole forms, or anything else that may be important.

  • Hang Fairy Lights To Create A Magical Garden Effect

If you have an area in your garden where there are lots of trees or woodland, you can easily make a magical space for children by hanging up some colorful fairy lights. For ideas and inspiration, you can visit this website here.

  • Create A Cosy Firepit For Toasting Marshmallows

This is such a simple and affordable project and once finished, you’ll be able to enjoy toasted marshmallows all year round! Create a simple firepit and surround with cosy chairs and you’ll have all your friends wanting to come around in no time!

Have you ever renovated your garden? Let us know your favourite budget garden projects in the comment section below.

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Redecorating? Use The French as Inspiration

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Sprucing up your home is usually a lot of fun, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. This is especially true if you’re trying to decorate a new home entirely from scratch; when you’ve never really had a theme to lean on, it’s almost impossible to get it right from the start.

A lot of interior and exterior design nuts prefer to find a popular design from different cultures and allow it to become the red line of their home. It’s not just to appear more worldly and sophisticated, though, even if this might have something to do with it – by borrowing elements from another culture, you’ll be able to use it as the cornerstones of your design.

That way, you won’t end up with a result that clashes completely and you still have a solid foundation in case you should continue your interior design adventure later on. Here is a handful of great design ideas from France so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Classic French? Use these elements

It doesn’t matter if you’re into the French fashion or not – interior design borrowed from France will either lean on the modern Parisian homes of the 17th, 18th, and 19th-century buildings – or it will be a part of the cosy French countryside design.

The Parisian homes of this era were, undoubtedly, a mix of fancy monarchy design and a rather eclectic and playful approach to design. It might be difficult to grasp, to begin with, but just try to picture a home in Paris of this era or have a look at some pictures around the web before we go through the different elements.

First of all, the history of the French interior design should be respected historically. This means that there will be elements of grandeur, naturally, with fancy furniture, tall doors, and rosettes in the ceiling.

The French fashion was, in general, very popular back then and the elements you associate with grand will definitely also be a part of this design.

Eccentric French?

Another part to keep in mind that makes this interior design a bit different from the rest is the approach to anti-decor. The decoration might look like it hasn’t been thought through properly, the elements may, to begin with, look like they don’t work together – and that is precisely why they end up working.

You need to be playful while decorating the rooms and try to think a bit outside the box. Keep in mind that those with money during the 17th century would quite often be rather eccentric and definitely a part of those leading the fashion of the day – so, of course, their homes will reflect this personality.

This is perhaps the elements that make the French interior design so popular as it is both eye-catching and easy to recognise. A living room styled in this fashion, with quirky decoration and surprising splashes of blue that actually end up looking natural is easy enough for most interior design freaks to recognise as French.

It is, after all, the effortlessly chic that tends to attract us when it comes to this type of design and you should try to achieve the same with your home. Be a bit playful and add some decoration that you wouldn’t normally have thought about – and try to think about your outside area the same way.

While it is difficult to style your entire home as well as its outside the way you want, you should at least try to think about how you can make those doors work in your favour. Have a look at this panel lift garage door, for example, as you’ll be able to customise them to the design you prefer and remember to find an entrance door that works with its design.

That way, your entire home will fit seamlessly together when you’re done with the project.

Keep it functional

Another point to keep in mind about the French interior design is that is should be functional and practical. The American style, for example, is way more thought-through and perfect, so to speak, than the French style.

The latter would cherish a family heirloom even if it doesn’t look that great and perhaps even keep that torn leather chair rather than throwing it out. As a result, the French living room will look as if it’s been lived in way more than the American style – and you should try to keep this in mind while decorating.

It means that you can go for that shabby-chic leather chair and it will still look great even if the other elements don’t quite match. It will be recognisable as a French style as well, by the way, or at least to the trained eye.

To others, it may look like a fun, elegant, and kind of eccentric home that anyone would love to throw a party in.

Remember to mix

Finally, a part of what makes the French style so much fun to work with when decorating a home is that it is a fan of mixing contemporary and more old-fashioned design.

You should totally do the same with your style and remember to keep in mind that, the more contemporary you make it, the less it will look like a classic French living room.

Let that worn and comfortable leather couch sit together with a bright yellow armchair, for example, and place a more modern floor lamp next to it to draw everything together.

An 18th-century dresser will, of course, be a fantastic addition to this living room and any French socialite from this era would be proud to pop a bottle of champagne in your home. The trick is, in other words, to mix and match and don’t be afraid to have fun with the decoration.

Your home will be both quirky and elegant at the same time and we could, after all, not have wanted anything more than this.

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All Summer Long: Keeping Your House Cool

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The better weather is coming your way, and even if you’ve been experiencing some pretty drab winter and then spring weather, the BBQs and flip flops won’t be far away from making an appearance. But how do you plan on keeping cool over the summer? In many instances, the natural go-to is the air conditioning. But that, along with fans dotted around the house, can all be pretty energy consuming, costing you a lot of money in the long term. So the good news is that there are alternatives. These are some of the things that you could try instead, or at least in between the air-con and the use of fans. Keep cool and keep your energy bills down.

Use Your Windows in the Right Way

It can be a natural choice to open your windows as wide as they will go to let in a bit of a breeze. But this isn’t always be a good decision, depending on where in the house you are opening the windows. To really help your home to keep cool, it is all about keeping the hot air from even coming in. So if you’ve got south facing windows, for example, keeping them closed and covered with blinds or curtains during the day can really help the home to stay cooler. When the sun has moved or gone down, then you can open them to give them a good airing.

If you really feel the need for a breeze, as let’s face it, air moving is going to be much cooler than air in the home that is just staying still, then make sure you do so in the way that will encourage a breeze. Open windows on opposite sides of the house, and it can it can help a breeze to travel through.

Insulation

Insulation is normally associated with keeping warm. Because let’s face it, it can give you an extra ‘layer’ in your home and will help with keeping the heat in. But what it also can help with is keeping the heat out of your home as well. So don’t underestimate the power of some insulated panels for wall partitions in your home, for instance. It can help you then in summer when you want to keep heat from coming in, and in winter when you want to keep the heat in the home and stop it from going out.

Switch It Off

It can be quite surprising just how much heat many appliances in our homes generate. If you’ve ever used a computer for a long time, for instance, you will know what I’m talking about. So switch things off fully when not using them; don’t just put them on standby. It is a good idea to make sure that fridges and freezers have plenty of room around them to vent (rather than being squashed against a wall), as these are some of the appliances that can generate a lot of heat (but of course, don’t switch these ones off). Just give them plenty of room to ventilate.

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Property Investment Ideas When You’re Feeling Creative

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If you’re a busy parent, you’ll already understand how hard it can be to find the time for anything other than organising the family household, and ensuring that everyone (including yourself) is happy, comfortable, and cared for. However, if you’re naturally creative, especially when it comes to the environment around you; you’ll ensure that your surroundings are considered, and always look great. If you love your family home and love nothing more than trawling through Pinterest and picking up interior and property inspiration; why not put it to great use, and begin putting your ideas into action. Having fun with interior design and property renovation can be as simple as a small project in your own home, or you could take it to a new level, and invest your time and skills into an investment property, to sell on or rent out.

A little (or large) side project could be just what you need this year, and you can turn your attention and focus towards something other than the never-ending list of things to do regarding your family’s wellbeing. If you’re ready for an interior and creative project all of your own; you’ll need to start by deciding just how big you want this project to be. Perhaps there’s a room or area of your home that you feel needs improving, and you can’t wait to get the paint and fabric swatches out and fill the space with the latest home interior trends. Or, maybe you’ve reached a point with your family home where you’re happy with the hard work and effort that’s gone into it, and you’re ready to take on a challenge elsewhere.

Although investing in another property is a big commitment; there are a variety of options that will suit an array of budgets and lifestyles, so it’s not something you should rule out. The following is some information and advice for creative minds who want to get their teeth stuck into property this year, for an exciting, and potentially lucrative future ahead.

A Project At Home

If investing in property seems a bit much, and you’d rather spend your time and money focusing on your family home; you can still find something creatively exciting to get stuck into. You’ll always come up with the best interior ideas in your household because you use and utilise the space every single day. Therefore, it could be time to focus on those neglected areas of your home or the ones that are frequently used but need vast improvement. Working on your own house will also allow you to be far more creative with your personal ideas and tastes in design, as you’ll only have to appeal to yourself. Therefore, it’s your chance for some serious time on the internet to look through the plethora of design inspiration that’s available.

You can also pick up or subscribe to interior magazines, and pull out what you like the look of. If you know a space is about to be renovated or decorated; don’t be afraid to put paint swatches up on the wall and keep playing around with layout and design features. Be brave and bold with your choices, especially when it comes to wallpaper, paint, and fabric options; these are surface decor which can easily be changed when you change your mind. If you’re investing in more expensive items like fixtures, fittings, and furniture; you might want to take more time thinking about how they’ll last into the future and work with an array of potential colours, styles, and even layouts.

As long as you’ve done enough research, you’ll understand everything to do with the form and function of your design project. From davey pumps to keep your kitchen and bathroom running smoothly, to circuit breakers to light the way and keep everything running smoothly; it’s worth knowing when to get the professionals in, in contrast to you doing it yourself. It’s your project, and more importantly, your home, so choose the things you love and will enjoy; there’s no harm in getting the family’s opinion on everything, and get those creative ideas flowing for your perfect family interior space.

A Project Elsewhere

There are an array of ways to get your creative teeth stuck into a home or a property elsewhere. As long as you keep in mind that you’ll need to appeal to as many people on the market as possible; investing in another property could be the project for you. As someone who understands how a family utilises their living space, you’ll already have a head start when you’re heading into your challenge. You’ll be able to change and improve the layout of a building, or individual rooms so that they are most appealing to that area of the market. Your interior design skills will stretch further than colour palettes and textures (although, these are also very important); you’ll be able to understand how a space flows, and where the furniture and storage will work best in a room.

If you’re planning to buy a home to renovate and then sell for a profit; you’ll be able to use your knowledge and skills to make the most of the interior environment. The challenge will lie in how much you can save in regards to the cost of materials and services, like builders, decorators, electricians and plumbers. You’ll also need to get plenty of design inspiration online and in real life so that you can make sure that you’re not just creating somewhere that you’d like to live, but an abode that will appeal to the masses. Period properties will always provide you with more style scope, because you can be sympathetic to the era, and sourcing particular fixtures and fittings will be an enjoyable part of the process.

You’ll be able to hone your skills when you do get to choose the colours and hues of the interior of the property; they must complement each other, and allow buyers to picture their own furniture and items within= the space with ease. When it comes to selling your property; it’s important to dress each room so that potential investors can understand and picture what each space is best used for, and they can mentally start moving in before they’ve even thought about making an offer. The problem-solving and logistical side of things will prove to be a creative part of your property process and could end up being your favourite aspect of your investment.

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating Your Home

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Planning some home improvements? Here are five mistakes to avoid to ensure that your renovation project is a success.

Not having a strict budget

Getting into lots of debt could cause you to regret your renovation project rather than being proud of it. Try to keep to a tight budget – if you take out a loan, make sure that it’s something you’ve planned for in advance. Having a budget will also urge you to find ways to cut costs such as shopping around for contractors and materials, rather than accepting the first quote you get.

Not hiring professionals

There are a lot of jobs that can be DIYed, but it’s important to know your limits to avoid doing something potentially dangerous. Electrics and gas plumbing are two jobs generally best left in the hands of professionals. Similarly, you may want to get professionals to carry out jobs such as installing windows and knocking down interior walls. Hiring professionals can be more expensive, but it can ensure that the job is done properly.

Not getting planning permission

Planning permission isn’t required for all improvements, however if you’re hoping to build outwards such adding an extension or raising the roof it could be wise to check. If you don’t get planning permission and decide to go ahead anyway, your local planning committee may order you to revert your home back to how it was if they find out. You will have to pay to get it reverted back on top of the costs that you paid to install it in the first place, making it a huge waste of money.

Not considering the neighbours

On top of getting planning permission, you may also want to consider how your neighbours may feel about the project. It’s good manner to warn them, just in case of the noise. It’s possible that you may be able to use less noisy alternatives such as non-destructive excavation as opposed to regular excavation. On top of the noise, you’ll want to ensure that your renovation project doesn’t invade on their privacy or block out the sun to their garden as is common with some extensions.

Not considering the ROI

It’s worth also considering the ROI (return on investment). Many renovations can add value to a home – for example, converting your attic into a bedroom could help to add value by giving your home an extra bedroom. Other renovations however may deduct value from your home such as painting your walls a controversial colours like pink or getting rid of a bedroom. It’s important to the ROI if you plan to sell up in the future. As well as the impact on your home’s value, you may also want to consider the impact your renovation has on your home’s energy efficiency. Adding insulation could help to cut your home’s energy bills, potentially making you future savings.

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Parts Of The House That Might Need Replacing

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It’s something that’s not often talked about, but if you’re a homeowner, especially a first time buyer, there’s going to be some parts of the house you’re going to have to replace. Maybe not at first, and maybe not all at once, but you’re definitely going to need to take a look at some areas of the new building you’ve bought to make sure they’re up to scratch. It’s going to be very important for the health of your family and the longevity of the house – not to mention the amount of money you’ll have to shill out if any of these areas break down on you!

So without further ado, here’s a few of the parts of your house that might just need replacing, and at least deserve a clean up from you.

The Window Panes

Window panes can take a real hammering, both in and outside the house you live in. They can get dusty, they can easily grow mold, they can have some faulty insulation installed on them, and they can be neglected in the yearly spring cleaning you’re proud to carry out at the start of each year!

First of all, you’re going to want to think about the seal, and whether it’s able to hold up against the weather. Maybe the window is a bit foggy or carries a lot of condensation on it. Maybe the whole room smells of damp – these are both good signs something is wrong with your pane job, and might need fixing.

The Garage Door

The garage door is probably one of the ways in and out of your house, and because of this, it can be a real security issue if it’s faulty or doesn’t hang right off of your garage. Maybe it doesn’t open all the way, maybe it opens up on its own, or maybe it doesn’t open at all – no matter what’s wrong with it, it’s time to replace your garage door!

Garage sensors can go bad, fixers can become loose, the house may even be subsiding a little and thus what was a perfect finish last year is one that doesn’t fit at all this year. Sure, you can try and troubleshoot the problems yourself, but this could really rack up the costs and make the fairly simple and considerably cheaper job of buying new garage doors a lot more expensive!

The Roof

The roof of your house protects you and your family and all of your contents from the outside elements, and can be considered the most important part of the household. And because of this, you’re going to want to keep an eye on it. Moss can grow on the tiles and displace them, rainwater can beat the tiles right off the roof, and the roof might be poorly insulated overall. Make some annual checks to see how it’s holding up.

Your house might need some more tender loving care.

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Are You Prepared To Build Your Own Home?

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For a lot of people, owning their own home can feel like one of their main goals in life. For previous generations, the idea of buying a home was practically an expectation, but rising house prices mean that for many young people, buying a house is closer to an impossible fantasy than anything else. With more and more people renting or living with parents later and later in life, a lot of people are looking for alternatives to the buying a home. Luckily there are some alternatives out there for those who want to try something different. One of the most interesting, and something that is becoming more and more popular is the idea of building your own home rather than buying it. But is building your home really better than buying it? Here are a few reasons both for and against building a home.

You have much more freedom

One of the biggest issues that people deal with when looking for a home to buy is that they have to choose from a selection of homes on the market. Not only does this means that you’re much more likely to have to make compromises in terms of things like size and style, but you’re also at the mercy of what the sellers are doing. If they’re waiting to buy a home as well, then they can’t sell their home to you until their purchase has gone through. This means that you could end up waiting for a long time and even end up losing out on the property altogether.

Costs could spiral out of control

One of the most desirable things about building your own home is that you actually have a lot more control over how much you’re going to be spending than you would if you were buying one. That being said, that only works if you’re incredibly careful with your budget. If you’re not, the costs can end up spiralling further and further out of control to the point where you end up running out of money. Remember that everything from site investigation, cladding, concrete, roofing, tools, and labour, all cost money, and if you can’t create a clear budget as early as possible, then you’re going to end up in some serious trouble. Knowing exactly what you want and calculating a detailed budget right at the start is the best way to avoid ending up out of pocket.

It can create your forever home

When you’re buying a house, it’s easy to have an idea in your head that no property can ever really live up to. However, if you’re building it yourself, then you and the architect can actually plan the property to your exact specifications. As long as you have the time and money to make it happen, you really do have the chance to create your ideal home that you can enjoy for the rest of your life instead of hopping from home to home trying to find one that you can finally settle down in.

Of course, it’s important to remember that building a house does always come with a lot of it’s own challenges. Make sure that you do as much research as possible before diving into something that can become such a significant commitment.

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3 Things You Need To Build A Successful Construction Company

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The construction industry is an incredibly lucrative and fairly safe industry to get into. Even in tough economic times, there are usually opportunities for construction companies and if you can expand enough to start landing those big contracts, you stand to make a lot of money. But starting a successful construction company is easier said than done, especially when there is so much competition out there. It’s going to cost a lot of money to start your own construction company so if you get it wrong and the business ends up failing, you could land yourself in some serious financial trouble. To stop that from happening, here are some of the main things you need to consider when you’re starting your own construction company.

Safety

Health and safety is a concern in any business and it’s up to you as the boss to make sure that you’re creating a safe work environment. That’s not too difficult in an office setting, for example. But on a construction site, it’s a lot harder. You’ve got all sorts of dangerous equipment lifting incredibly heavy loads. There is a lot of hazardous chemicals to deal with as well so there is a huge list of health and safety regulations you’ve got to stick to. When you’re first starting out, it’s best to get some help in this area. There are some great companies like Ranger that offer good safety equipment and they’ll also be able to carry out inspections to make sure that everything is in good working order and you’re not breaking any health and safety rules. If somebody gets injured and it’s a result of poor safety on your part, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble.

Sustainable Materials

There is a huge focus on sustainability as people are more concerned about their impact on the planet. That’s why sustainability is important in all businesses, but particularly construction. A lot of public projects also have very strict guidelines about their impact on the local environment. You need to focus on using sustainable materials and building methods in all of your work. If you don’t, you’re going to get overlooked in favour of other companies that have a stronger focus on sustainability.

Core Customers

The best way to build a construction business that works is to focus on a core group of customers to start with. Word of mouth is one of your best marketing tools, especially when you’re first starting out. That means you need to offer a great service and, most importantly, get the work done in a good time frame. If you keep taking on loads of jobs and you don’t have the manpower to get them done in a reasonable time, your customers aren’t going to be happy. They’re not going to recommend you to their friends and they certainly won’t use you again in the future.

Remember these 3 key things when you’re trying to start your own construction company and you’ll be a lot more successful.

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What Does The Ideal Home Look Like To You?

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Trying to choose your perfect home can be tough. Sure, we all want to be able to build a forever home with our families. Or have the perfect pad for our youth. Or find somewhere that feels like home – somewhere we can grow old in. But do you honestly, truly know what that is? Or do you find yourself looking at places to live based on what others have or what other people want for your life? Before you sell your house and put a down payment on something that everyone else has, why not think about what the best possible property really is for you? What is best for your needs and your lifestyle? Let’s consider some options for you right here.

A Pied-A-Terre

So first of all, maybe what you really want is a sweet little city pad? Maybe you love the city life and having somewhere to explore all of that from is ideal for you? If this is the case, you need to forget about that conveyer belt lifestyle and see what kind of city locations will work out for you. Because that’s often the hardest part, actually choosing which city you want to live in!

Country Life

Maybe for you, the country life is the good life? Maybe you want to be in the best possible location with stunning views? If you want that glorious, crisp country air around you, it’s time to research. Look into options, like Wyndham Ridge real estate, near to you. Or find developments and classic countryside locations that can offer you the standard of life and the style of home that you know you really want.

Suburban Community

Or is it the classic suburban life that you want? Are you dreaming of the white picket fence, the puppies and the 2.4 children? If you do, there’s absolutely no shame in that. But you are going to want to work out which suburbs you actually want to live in. Because that’s always the first step. You can then make your choice of property from there.

Brand New Build

Maybe for you, the idea of having a brand new house is exactly what you want? Maybe you don’t overly mind where it is, but you know you want something new that you can move right into? There are a ton of modern houses all over the country, so this shouldn’t be all that difficult for you to actually do.

Something You Design Yourself

But then also, you might actually want to design your own dream home? When you’ve found an area of the country that you love, what could be better than creating the perfect home to go there? Sure, a self-build project could be a lot of work to take on, but it’s also the best way to make sure that you actually do get your ideal home. So why not look out for land and start to think about what the dream looks like?

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Sold! What To Do When You’ve Had An Offer Accepted On Your House

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You have had an offer accepted on your house… great news! You are probably feeling incredibly excited about exchanging the keys and moving onto your new property. However, once the offer has been accepted, there is still a lot of hard work to be done. With that being said, read on to discover what happens once the offer has been accepted.

Offer accepted, now what?

Once you have accepted an offer, you will then be asked to take your property off the market. You don’t need to do this but if you are serious about selling the property to the person whose offer you have accepted, it is good to make sure you do. Otherwise, the buyer may feel like you are going to cut them off and take a different deal, and so they may continue to look for another house themselves.

You should also start moving fast. Make sure you start the process of getting all of the legal work carried out. Also, inform the buyer that if they are having a professional survey completed and such like that you would it to be done as soon as possible.

Putting the wheels in motion: Moving out

You do not only need to concern yourself with the legal side of things but you also need to start thinking about how you are going to move out of the property. This is especially important if you are moving a long distance away or if you have awkward or delicate items that need to be moved.

Look into interstate removalists so you can get the ball rolling. You will need to get quotes from various providers to ensure you are getting a good deal. Make sure you read reviews as well because you do not want to fall victim to a removal firm with a bad reputation.

Aside from this, take the time to get in touch with your bank and any other providers and suppliers you use. You will need to inform them about your change in address and when this is taking place. Moreover, it is a good idea to take advantage of a postal redirect service for your first month or two in a new property. It can take businesses a couple of weeks to update your contact details on their system and you do not want to run the risk of your mail getting in the wrong hands.

As you can see, there are a number of different steps you need to take once an offer has been accepted on your home. You also need to make sure that you start putting the wheels in motion in terms of moving your belongings to your new property and so on. Hopefully, the advice that has been presented in this blog post will help you to take the right course of action.

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3 Top Concerns When Buying A Home

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It’s a situation that hopefully all of us will be in at some point in our lives, and it’s something that you want to get right when you are in that situation. Buying a home can however be extremely complex, and it is no wonder that so many people worry about it when it comes to actually doing it. Buying a home requires that you have a good understanding of a number of things and we are going to look into what those things are in this article. As long as you know about the following, you will be able to go through the process of buying a home much more easily and with a much easier way, and the results should be favourably improved. Consider the following in order to do that.

The Mortgage

You of course want to make sure that you are going to find the right mortgage when you are buying a home, as without that it is unlikely you will be able to buy one at all. But a lot of people struggle with finding a mortgage that’s right for them, and much of that is down to a lack of understanding of some of the ins and outs. For a start, make sure that you are fully aware of the differences between types of interest, where one allows for change after a time and another is quite fixed for its duration. Also ensure that you are actually going to be able to give back the amount you borrow. If not, you could land yourself in deep debt trouble, which could include your home being repossessed – unless you manage to make a deal under the mortgage forgiveness debt relief act first.

The Location

You need to of course make sure that you are also happy with the location of the home, and that is something which can be surprisingly difficult to get right. You might think you know what location you want, and then once you look for homes there you decide against it – or it might be that you are still open on where to actually go looking in the first place. Getting the location right is going to be important if you are to enjoy the new home and be truly happy with it, so make sure that you put a considerable amount of effort into this first and foremost.

The Interior

If you are not happy with the interior of the home, you need to keep looking. It really is that simple, yet, it can be hard to make sure that you are really happy with it, especially as the chances are good that you will be altering it in some way once you move in anyway. Still, you want to make sure that you are pleased with the basic layout and foundation of the home, and that you feel it has the potential for improvement in the way that you would hope. As long as that is the case, it should be a home you could consider buying.

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Easy Home Staging Tips For Sellers

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Before selling your home, you need to ensure it is staged in a manner that encourages buyers to want to purchase it. You need to make sure they can see themselves living there. With that being said, read on for some helpful tips.

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Six home staging DON’TS!

 When you are staging your home for a viewing there are some things you just don’t do!

  • DON’T let your pets mingle with the viewers – You may be proud of your lovely little pup, but there is every chance that the buyer will not like dogs. They distract from the house viewing and they don’t smell great either!
  • DON’T answer the door in your slippers – You are a representation of your home. Make an effort to look nice without going over-the-top.
  • DON’T leave unfinished DIY jobs for the potential buyer – Not only does this mean they will have work to contend with upon purchasing the house, but it gives the impression that your property is in bad condition.
  • DON’T leave all of your personal items on show – You may wish to display your niece’s wedding photographs, your child’s baby photos and all the sports awards you have won. However, they stop the viewer from connecting with your property! They need to be out of sight. Use storage units until you move if you have too many items to hide. You can keep your personal items here rather than having them hinder your chances of a sale.
  • DON’T go overboard with smells – Creating a welcoming atmosphere with smell is recommended, but only subtly! Don’t make your house smell like a perfume store or a cherry orchard.
  • DON’T leave things lying around – From your laundry to the phone bill; don’t leave odd bits and pieces lying around the home.

Great tips for creating the right atmosphere to sell your home

Creating the right atmosphere is a must when trying to sell your home! You want the viewers to feel relaxed and at ease, so they feel comfortable enough to take their time browsing your property. It is all about creating that ambience that makes people think ‘I could see myself living here’. Here are two top tips for achieving that feel…

A great way of creating a homely and welcoming vibe is through the use of scented candles. As mentioned above, don’t go overboard. A few carefully placed candles achieve the perfect vibe. Or, you could purchase fragrance sachets. The key is to be subtle with your fragrance selection. You don’t want your viewers to start coughing the moment they walk through your front door.

Another tried and tested way to put someone in the mood for buying is with music. Music helps to put people at ease and it can also make an emotional connection with the viewers. Don’t just play any old song! It must fit in with the style of your home and the individuals that are viewing it. Play the music at a low volume and ensure it is down-tempo. Don’t go for anything too risqué! Keep your selection neutral.

Follow the tips above to stage your home successfully!

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