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Is There Really Such A Thing As A Dream Home?


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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Four Reasons To Renovate The Bathroom


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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Time to Grow


When your house is feeling cramped and even the smartest design tricks aren’t easing the sense of being hemmed in then it might just be time to think about adding an extension to your property.

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Increase The Value Of Your Home Before You Sell


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. Read the full story

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