What To Do In A Home Crisis

What To Do In A Home Crisis

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We live in a time where pretty much all of us are blessed to say we have a fully functioning home that can keep us sheltered and safe. With the way the builders, electricians, plumbers and other highly-skilled workers have been grafting away at homes, we tend to forget that they are just materials formed together to make a big hut!

They’re not impenetrable, and they’re not unbreakable, however. We don’t often have overly distressing problems with our homes, but they certainly can happen. Perhaps it’s a tiny, little mistake you’ve made that can lead to a huge issue. They don’t even have to be man-made problems – the earth is a crazy place and can rustle up something disastrous out of nowhere. If some kind of crisis rears its ugly face, then you’ll probably be a little overwhelmed. Let’s take a little look at things you can do to limit any stresses and strains you may have. Continue reading

4 Things That Can Ruin Your Home’s Curb Appeal

4 Things That Can Ruin Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Do your neighbors regularly point and tut when looking in the direction of your home? That might well be the case if what we say in this article is true to your home. You see, first impressions matter, so no matter how nice the inside of your home looks, if the exterior is unkempt and shabby, you could be single-handedly responsible for lowering the house prices in your area! Okay, so we are exaggerating a little, but in any case, if you don’t want to incur the wrath of the local neighborhood association, and if you would rather add value to your home than reduce it, consider the following things that can ruin your home’s curb appeal.

#1: Clutter


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Is there litter spilling out on your drive from your waste bins? Are your children’s toys littering your garden and walkway? Is last year’s Christmas tree still perched against the wall? To improve your home’s curb appeal, you need to get on top of the mess outside your home. Buy bigger waste bins, recycle anything that you don’t want to keep, and form good habits within your family to ensure the outside of your home stays clean. Your neighbors will thank you for it!

#2: A neglected lawn

Do you remember those posters you put up asking people to look for your missing cat? You could take them down, as chances are, if you haven’t mown your lawn for months, she may well be hiding in the increasingly long grass. Get the mower out if so, but be careful of poor moggy as you go. And you might want to cut down the bushes and tree branches that are intruding on next door’s home too, or if they are too chaotic for you to manage, you might consider hiring a tree doctor to do it for you. Get your garden sorted, and not only will you stop the grumblings of your neighbors, but you might also get to enjoy it once the summer months kick in.

#3: Contrasting colors

Does the mailman shield his eyes every time he walks up your driveway? Have you painted much of your exterior, from your garden fences to the garage doorway in every color of the spectrum? Then beware, you may have reduced your home’s curb appeal. While it’s perfectly okay to add color to your home’s exterior, you should focus on understated colors from within the same color family to make a better first impression. For an exploration of these and other suggestions, check out these useful tips to better decorate the outside of your home.

#4: Chipped and peeling paint

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And on the subject of paint, check for any areas that have become worn with age. Not only does chipped and peeling paint look unsightly, but it could also be symptomatic of other issues, such as spots of damp around your home’s exterior. So, call out the relevant person to conduct any repairs on your home if need be, and then get to work with your paintbrush, remembering our last point by choosing a color combo that is pleasing and not horribly blinding to the naked eye.

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So, take a walk around your home’s exterior today. If you notice anything that we have said today, from issues with your curb appeal to the withering stares of your neighbors, get to work and improve your home surroundings. House prices will go up, your neighbors will retreat indoors, and you will have a more pleasant home to return to each day!

 

 

 

Looking To Add Value To Your Home? These Tips Might Help

Looking To Add Value To Your Home? These Tips Might Help

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When it comes to adding value to your home, there are actually so many ways you can do this that are far easier than you perhaps thought. Although bigger renovations can definitely cost a bit upfront, if you’re looking to increase the value so that you can sell up in a few years or you don’t want to wait for the markets to turn in your favor, then you should be looking at this as an investment, and it definitely is and investment – and one that will truly pay off.

In this post, we’re going to share with you some tips on how you can add value to your home through some simple, but highly effective methods.

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Keep Your Home Ruthlessly Clean

Keep Your Home Ruthlessly Clean

Whether you have recently moved into a new home, or you are just keen to try and keep your current home as clean as possible, this is something which you will always need to keep on top of. It can often be surprising just how hard it is to keep a home completely clean at all times, and if you are like most people you will occasionally find it a little stressful trying to do so too. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the things which you might want to consider doing in order to make sure that you can keep your home as clean as possible at all times. By focusing on that, you will be able to keep it much cleaner, and enjoy living in it much more, and you will be glad that you did.

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What’s At The Top Of Your Dream Home Renovation To-Do List?

What’s At The Top Of Your Dream Home Renovation To-Do List?

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For most of us, the idea of renovating our homes is the dream. Sure, home improvements can be a lot of work. Sometimes, we will dread doing them as soon as we get started. But for a lot of people, the idea of pulling the dream home together is just unbeatable. When you feel as if you’re not really living in a home that you love, you get excited to renovate. Because all of a sudden, you will find that the place you were not all that fond of becomes the dream family home. And not only that, you may find that you want to buy a home that needs a lot of work doing to it. It can seem overwhelming at first, but when you break it all down and look to make things your own, it’s always worth it. To help you, let’s take a look at some of the things that could be on your dream renovation to-do list.

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Padding Out Your Old, Lofty Walls For The Winter

Padding Out Your Old, Lofty Walls For The Winter

Is the weather something you’re typically aware of, when you’re snug at home with the TV and a comfy sofa?

The winter is well on its way, and because of this, there’s a lot of warm and cosy preparation you’re going to have to do – especially if you’ve got thin walls and were constantly feeling the heat throughout the summer as well! So here’s to padding out the four walls around you, and making sure your house truly does feel like a home for the rest of this year.

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How Much Waste Does Your Home Produce?

How Much Waste Does Your Home Produce?

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If you stop and think about it, you might be surprised to discover just how much waste your home actually produces. Probably you will find it is hard to really estimate it or work it out fully, but it should be clear that you produce plenty and that it could also be reduced significantly too. The truth is that most homes could produce less waste, and it is in our interests to make sure that we are pursuing that goal as best as we can in our homes. Not only does it help us live happily and healthily, but it ensures that the environment is in a better position as well, and that is something that also affects all of us. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the ways in which you can expect to keep waste to a minimum in your home. Follow these tips, and you will find that it makes a huge difference to the production of waste in your home.

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Four Options For Creative Home Expansion

Four Options For Creative Home Expansion

There is a worry among modern homeowners that there just isn’t enough space. There is a huge issue with negative equity due to the drop in housing value. Negative equity stops homeowners from being able to pay off their previous mortgages with the use of a sale, so whether they have outgrown the space they’re living in or not, there’s no way to buy a bigger house.

It’s all rather sad, really. People work hard and they want to be able to have more space and yet they can’t sell to have the money to do it. The choice that these homeowners make is between putting up with the little space that they do have, or expand on it instead. There is the option to continue to look for homes for sale, too. No one has to put up with feeling cramped and hemmed in if they don’t want to, you just have to be willing to get a little creative! So, with that in mind, the following tips can help you to realise your options for expansion, so while you’re not making a palace from a bijou apartment, you’re able to pull the extra square footage out of your home.

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Are These Little Issues Ruining Your Home Aesthetic?

Are These Little Issues Ruining Your Home Aesthetic?

We all want a stunning and remarkable home that looks stylish and fabulous. We want to love walking around our property and to impress guests whenever they come over. What’s stopping you from achieving this? You might have spent a fortune correcting problems around your property and renovating rooms. You might have even bought fancy new furniture for each area of your property. But as is often the case, it’s all about the smaller details that you might have missed. So, let’s deal with some of these little problems that could have a large impact on how your home is perceived.

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Transform Your Outbuildings into Something Special

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Transform Your Outbuildings into Something Special

Many homes have an outbuilding that does not get much use. It could be a shed, a garage, or if your home is a farm, a barn.  Often things just get put in there because it is convenient, but that outbuilding could be put to much better use as an additional room.

Here are some of the best ways to renovate your farmhouse’s outbuildings. See if any appeal to you and make your property even better:

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