Managing a property you wish to rent or being a landlord can be a difficult job, especially if this is your first time. A major problem most people face is the legalRead More…
Now is the time to declutter and get your spring cleaning done for the summer months! Here we have some basic spring cleaning tips to help you declutter ready for summer!Read More…
Here are some of my favourite bathrooms… Wouldn’t you just love one of these?
Thanks to the team at Choice Furniture Superstore for this great infographic:
Does your new home need a makeover but you have no budget left after moving house with all the associated costs and solicitor’s fees? Never fear there are hundreds of cheap and easy ways to quickly improve you home without breaking the bank.
Here are 25 of our favourites but if you have other ideas why not send them to us and we will add them to the list.
Thanks to the guys at FLEXiSPACE for a new infographic on decluttering which should really help us all start working towards a clutter-free home. I am one of those people who have a 2 car garage but don’t park anything in it because it is so full of other “stuff”. It’s not too late to make decluttering your home your New Year’s resolution…because conquering your clutter will declutter your mind and that has to be a good thing.
I love colour in the home – from my bright red rug that welcomes guests into the hallway to my purple sofas and colourful artwork on the walls. But I seem to be in a minority. That’s not to say that my home is a blinding clash of colours – it is a relaxing space with neutral walls (French Grey and Slaked Lime from Little Greene are my favourites) and a mix of contemporary oak floors and large white porcelain tiles that provide a calming background to my pops of colour.
Staging your home is one of the best ways of achieving a quick sale and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Of course, we all know that selling a home is stressful but the stress can really mount up if you have few viewings and no offers as the weeks go by so avoid that prospect by staging your home before it goes on the market. If you want some inspiration take a look at one of my latest favourite home shows Buying & Selling with twins Jonathan and Drew Scott. They turn up with impeccable staging ideas, a self storage unit to hide away the clutter and a sledgehammer; and within 2 weeks they completely transform a home – and then sell it for way more more than it cost to do the work.
Some home owners feel that buyers will either want their home or not and that nothing much they can do will change their mind; but this really isn’t true. Just think of the time and money that goes into show homes for new developments and you will realise that how a home is presented is important to help buyers visualise living there themselves. In fact, once you’re done watching Jonathan and Drew go and view some local show homes for tips on presentation. Before you know it you will be moving house to your dream place.
A third of the entire planet’s High Net Worth Individuals (the very rich basically) reside in the UK so it is no surprise that there are some very, very wealthy parts of the UK. London of course is the main place rich people reside. Throughout history the most affluent members of society lived in London, but there are other areas where you will find high levels of wealth dotted across the UK, even in some cases, small towns.
The way wealth is determined statistically usually takes a person’s entire worth, including money in the bank and business assets less any outstanding mortgage amounts or other different types of loans. However, sometimes it is judged on the disposable income a person has. For example, West London is the richest part of the UK overall because the average amount of disposable income per person is over £35,000 a year. This is no surprise really as Kensington and Chelsea are in this area.
I’m sure we all dream of acres of space to spread out and relax – spare rooms for when guests come to stay and private dens for when we want to getRead More…
I hate to think that I might be part of Generation Rent but I’m quickly heading that way and wonder whether I will ever be able to buy my own home. Living in the South East means that property prices are so high as to be almost out of my reach and yet I am paying more in rent than I would on a mortgage – if only I could get a mortgage I would actually have more spare cash at the end of each month than I do now paying rent. The mortgage lending criteria are so stringent now though that I stand little chance of getting a home loan unless I can come up with a large deposit and that looks unlikely unless I win the lottery or inherit some money from some long-lost auntie I didn’t know I had. Or maybe guarantor loans are the way to go to raise the deposit – if only I could persuade my parents to act as guarantor.
Roller shutters are fast becoming essential security devices for house, garage and commercial premises because of the increasing rate of burglaries, vandalism and theft. You can install alarms and CCTV in yourRead More…
If you have unused items at home or in your storage unit, why not upcycle them to create beautiful Christmas presents. Here are some great ideas to get you started. ChristmasRead More…
Are you passionate about interior design? Are you constantly updating the look of your rooms to keep up with the latest trends in the UK home improvement market? If so you might find yourself falling into the trap of getting carried away with the amount of money you spend on the interior whilst paying little or no regard to the appearance of the exterior of the property, yet it is just as important to enhance the exterior of your home.
Imagine your ideal home. What do you want it to look like? Do you prefer having a minimal design than a lavishly decorated home? Or perhaps, you want your home to be a reflection of your personality? Regardless of your preferences, there is no secret when designing your home and doing some DIY home decorating projects will help make it your own.
Conservatory construction really took off in the 70s, and during that time, the glass-panelled wonder quickly established itself as the best way to add value to a home. Unfortunately, conservatories are a notoriously difficult room to work with. They are sweltering hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter, and as a result, they often become a neglected part of the home. The first sign of damp often leads many homeowners to pull out all of the furniture, and suddenly the conservatory is little more than an ornate garden shed. If you want to avoid this fate for your conservatory space, there are a few steps you need to take before this often neglected room can become an idyllic space throughout the year.
It is not uncommon for people with the budget to do so to spend a significant proportion of the cost of their home on having it updated by a professional interior designer. But not all of us have that kind of budget or want to spend it on an interior design scheme. Many expensive interiors have a certain “over-designed” look reminiscent of a smart hotel, which can look fantastic but don’t create the cosy and unique look that can be achieved by using personal mementos (whether they fit the style and colour scheme or not), unique contemporary art or modern art and a more eclectic choice of furnishings and fittings.
But whether you crave a highly-designed look or a more original look for your home there are some basic tips that you can steal from the professional interior designers about home interiors and decor that are simple and relatively inexpensive to implement. These tips can transform your home without requiring a second mortgage to pay for them and if you are keen on DIY then you might even be able to do some of the work yourself and save even more money.
Natural stone floor tiles, by their very nature, are each formed from unique pieces of natural rock. It is important, therefore, to be fully aware of their characteristics when choosing such tilesRead More…
Many reports indicate that moving, just like other major life events such as divorce, illness, or job loss, causes a lot of people to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Even if you planRead More…
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have been involved in a long-running campaign to bring to the public’s attention the lack of adequate space for everyday living in new homes being built in the UK today. A RIBA/IPSOS Mori report entitled “The Way We Live Now: What People Need and Expect from their Homes” revealed that a substantial proportion of new homes in the UK do not have adequate storage space for the basic requirements of a family, including food storage and household appliances.