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Small Changes to Add Tranquility to Your Home

We all think that it is necessary to invest a lot of money in our homes to feel happier, and we have to increase our home improvement budget to feel happier in our own space. However, some small changes will help you make a big difference, too. So don’t worry if you have a limited budget; you can always implement the below tips and make your home feel more like a happy and tranquil place.

Natural Flooring

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Changing your flooring might seem like hard work, but a professional can complete the job in just a few hours. You should get rid of the easy-to-stain carpet and invest some natural wood or other sustainable materials. They will make you feel connected with the Earth and nature, and give your living area the sophisticated look it needs. Natural flooring can make a huge difference in your life and in your living environment, too.

Plants

Of course, green is known to make us feel more connected, healthier, and happier. If you have been skipping buying indoor plants, due to the lack of space or your fear of killing them, it might be time to visit one of the local garden centers where you can get plants that are impossible to kill. Utilize your corner space by adding either a ladder plant shelf or a few corner floating shelves and improve your indoor air quality without having to invest in an expensive air purifier.

Water Features

To achieve the mental health benefits of the sound of water without meditating, you can add a smart water feature to your living room, too. There are plenty of homemade and ready to use solutions available, depending on the room you have available, and your taste. If you are planning on designing your own water feature, you might need to shop around for a grundfos cr pump that will power your waterfall or feature.  

Mood Lighting

Artificial light can hurt our eyes, so you need to get the lighting and shading in your home right. You can have a mood lighting feature in your reception room, so you will enjoy a different atmosphere when you are reading a book, entertaining friends, or chilling at night. Mood lighting is a great way of transforming your home without making big changes.

Happy Colors

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The colors you surround yourself will influence your health, wealth, and wellbeing. Identify your happy colors that make you smile and add them to your home decor. No matter if it is your feature wall you are using the color, or different decorative items, you will be able to turn your house into your own sanctuary and feel better setting foot in your rooms.

 

There are several different ways you can improve the look and feel of your home without starting a huge renovation project. Implement one of the above features to feel more connected, happier, and better supported and improve your mood when you are staying home. Surrounding yourself with things you love will help you make the most out of your time spent in your house.

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How To Ensure Your Home Is Kept Warm During Cold Weather

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Whilst for some the cold weather may be months away, certain places of the world are experiencing one of their coldest winters yet. As the temperature continues to drop it’s important to ensure your home is a safe and hospitable environment for all the family. Whether it’s ensuring your boiler is in good condition or making sure everyone wraps up warm during the night, staying warm during winter is vital if you want to stay healthy and well.

 

With that in mind, here are 6 ways to ensure your home is kept warm during cold weather:

 

 

  • Ensure Your Heating Comes On Using A Timer

 

 

If you don’t want to have your heating on 24/7 there is a function that allows you to set your boiler so that it comes on and off using a timer. Most people tend to set theirs so that it comes on early in the morning and goes off late at night, avoiding having it on overnight. Whilst this is the most energy efficient way to use your heating, others prefer to use their heating throughout the night when they’re home rather than during the day when they’re at work. Make sure you find out what works best for you.

 

 

  • Fix Any Areas That May Be Causing A Draft

 

 

If you find that in certain rooms you can feel a draft it’s important that you get them fixed as soon as possible. Not only will it mean you’re wasting money on heating, but it also means that you’ll find it home to heat your house to its full potential.

 

 

  • Invest In Some Decent Insulation

 

 

Most new builds will be fully insulated, however, if your house is more than 10-20 years old it may be worth checking with a contractor whether or not you have the correct insulation. If not, consider investing in it to help keep the heat in during the colder months.

 

 

  • Wrap Up Warm And Make The Most Of Your Blankets

 

 

Although the heating may be more than enough, sometimes it helps to make sure everyone at home is wrapping up warm and making use of your blankets. Getting cosy during cold weather is one of the best things about winter, especially if you have some good snacks and great movies to watch!

 

 

  • Keep Windows And Doors Closed Where Possible

 

 

Obviously, you will need to open doors when you leave the house, but keeping them closed at all other times will ensure the heat stays in. This will save money, and avoid any cold spells throughout the house.

 

 

  • Ensure Your Boiler Is Serviced And In Good Condition

 

 

Ensuring your boiler is in good condition is the best way to avoid any disasters during the colder months. Being left without heating and hot water during winter can be damaging to both you and your families health, so making sure your boiler has had its yearly service is vital. Ensure you have everything you need to keep you warm, including the correct water pressure booster system for larger houses.

 

Do you have any top tips to ensure your home is kept warm during winter? Let me know in the comment section below.

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New Year, New Home, New You

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Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions yet? It won’t be long until the clock strikes, and we’re there, in 2019 – the year you promised yourself would be different, you would be different. Before you know it, you’re back in work, January’s over and the year is in full swing, and nothing has changed. So to make sure you achieve those 2019 goals, be sure to prepare beforehand. Going into the new year ahead of the game with a clean house, all your jobs are done, you’ll feel ready to take on whatever 2019 has to throw at you.

 

Start as you mean to go on, so with just a few weeks left make a list of those things you need to do and have been putting off and see if you can get them done before Christmas arrives.

 

If you have everything sorted in your home, then the chance are you’ll be able to achieve everything you want to outside the house too. If you’re feeling good and satisfied at home and you don’t feel like you have an endless list of things to do there, then your mind can concentrate on other things, you’ll be able to focus and achieve so much more.

 

It’s the niggly bits, the things you think won’t take too long so you can do them any time, the appliance repairs, putting things away in the loft, putting those pictures on the wall, all those bits and bobs that you’ve just got used not to do them! You’ll feel so much better for it, and then 2019’s jobs can start piling up. If it seems too overwhelming at the moment, make a list, prioritize and break it up into smaller chunks. It’s all do-able, and if you have to get a few people in to help you, it’s no big deal and worth the investment.

 

Not only that but you’ll want to close 2018 off and feel like you finished anything you needed to, ready to jump into the new year with two feet. It’s a good idea to reflect on the year you’ve had, what you have achieved and then it’s easier to look forward and see what you want from the next year.

 

After you’ve sorted out the house, think about what else you want to achieve in the new year or where you want to go. Get something booked, get the ball rolling. Start telling people about what you want to do and make it real.

 

If it’s the weight you want to lose, start now, don’t wait until after the holiday. If it’s a class, you want to take or a trip, get it booked in, so it happens. Write everything down somewhere where you can look at it and remind yourself what you want. Tie up any loose ends and then get on with it! Good Luck!

 

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How To Turn Your Property Into A Smart Home

With so much technology now available to us, it’s no wonder homeowners are looking at ways of making their home more smarter to make daily life a little easier and less of a hassle. Here are a few ways that you can turn your property into a smart home.

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CCTV Security System

CCTV is something to get in your home as an extra layer of security. It gives you that ease of mind that your property is being watched if you’re ever away from the home. There are now CCTV systems that you can link up to your mobile device and gives you a live stream of your home right there and then. This is great if you don’t have anyone who can check your property while you’re away. Should anything suspicious be occurring, you’ll see it and simply phone the authorities.

 

Install USB Plug Sockets

You may have seen them pop up in cafes or restaurants, but these USB friendly plug sockets are great for charging multiple devices, particularly ones that don’t come with a plug. They’ll prove most useful if you’ve got lots of guests coming over and it’ll avoid any of them having to fight over a plug socket.

 

Get A Smart Speaker

Smart speakers are great for those with a passion for music. You can have it in the main living area, or if you love music that much, you can install a whole sound system that can all be linked up. So whenever you want a little music in the background over dinner or a sing-a-long in the shower, you pair your phone with the speaker, and away you go.

 

Some will even be Alexa compatible, which is great for some mid-shower inspiration. Next Level Audio Video is also becoming popular for it’s vast technological expertise for both residential and commercial properties.

 

Lighting Is Very Popular

When it comes to a smart home, smart lights are the most popular feature. These light bulbs may cost a little more than normal ones, but you’re able to tailor the light to suit your mood. Fancy a little red hue for a date night in? Or maybe go with a spooky green as the perfect accompaniment for watching a horror movie. These bulbs can all be programmed from your phone too, so no longer do you have to get up to dim or turn off the lights!

 

Be Smart With Your Heating

Your utilities can be a costly expense each month, so investing in a smart thermostat can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. This would replace your current thermostat, and then you can program it to your phone so you can make the necessary settings for your liking. As you use it more, the system learns your behaviour and then adapts it to make it more eco-friendly while cutting down on the cost.

 

With so many ways to transform your home to make it more efficient, technology is certainly paving the way for an easier way of living. Now, all we need is a smart robot to cook for us!

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Winter Home Upgrades You Need for the Perfect Holiday Season

If you are looking forward to the holidays and cannot wait to have your outside Christmas lights installed, it is important that you pay attention to the condition of your home to stay safe and protected during the days off and when you are entertaining your friends and family members in your house. Below you will find a few upgrades you might want to consider before you fully embrace the holiday spirit and get ready for your guests.

Roofing

When it is cold, wet, and windy outside, you will need to make sure that you are able to stay warm and dry inside. If you haven’t yet called the local roofing company to check your tiles and look for leaks, it is not too late. You don’t want to deal with water dripping from the ceiling when you are trying to enjoy time with your family. Not to mention the cost of repair during the holiday season and the emergency callout charges.

Guttering

Another thing that can go wrong when the weather turns cold and wet is your guttering. You need to inspect it for leaks and drips, or your car, your driveway, or even your walls might get soaked and it will be hard to repair the damage once the problem has escalated. Even if you are just using an extra insulation to keep the water inside the gutter, or clear it from dry leaves and debris, you can make a huge difference.

Driveway

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Your driveway is likely to be used more when you have guests visiting, so you will have to improve the curb appeal of your home. If you have grass growing between the slabs, it might be the right time to get rid of them while they are not growing fast. In case you have puddles or uneven surface, you can still get in touch with a paving company that can fix this issue, so you don’t have to be embarrassed when your family members turn up. Get rid of the clutter and rubbish, and decorate your front yard.

Insulation

We all consume more energy in our homes during the Christmas period. It makes sense, as we spend more time at home, and we have guests using our home and our electricity. This is the reason why you might want to improve your insulation and keep as much of the heat inside as possible. Even if you are only opting for temporary solutions, such as secondary glazing or thermal curtains, it will make a huge difference when it comes to your comfort level.

Heating

If you would like to improve your home for the winter, it is crucial that you pay attention to the condition of your heating and air conditioning system. If your furnace is older than a couple of years, it might be time to arrange a checkup, so you can save money on heating and make sure that no home disasters are going to ruin your family Christmas. Get your fans cleaned, as dirty ones can reduce the energy efficiency of your home and increase your bills.

Security

In case you are planning on spending a couple of days away from home, visiting friends, family members, or taking a short city break, you will need to upgrade your security, Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to home security. Install timers and get flood lights, as well as other home monitoring systems. You can find more info on some of the security websites.  

Energy Monitoring

You will also have to monitor your home’s energy use, so you can make improvements and change your habits to save money. Having a smart meter and thermostat will help you keep the temperature at the right level, without overheating your home. If you can control your thermostat from your phone, last minute changes in your schedule will not make you heat an empty home. You can get smart home features that will tell you exactly how much it costs you to run each appliance in your house.

Mood Lighting

To create a welcoming atmosphere for the holidays in your home, you might consider installing some mood lighting. There are a few ways you can use this; applied in your kitchen, you can make your parties the one to remember. In case you are the person who loves to soak in the bath after a hard day, you can add mood lighting to your bathroom. Finally, you could get appliances that can be controlled and dimmed using your voice, so you don’t have to leave the comfortable sofa.

Shading

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During the winter days, we all feel like it is too dark inside, just as it is outside, due to the lack of sunshine. You can, however, make your home look brighter in the winter if you use smart shading solutions. Using Day and Night blinds, for example, will help you control how much light you want to let in every time, and prevent people seeing inside your house. The same applies to net curtains that are made of very thin materials; you can see outside, but people walking past will not be able to spy on you, even if you have your lights on.

Soft Furnishing

If you want to make your home more comfortable and create that cozy atmosphere that reminds you of Christmases when you were small, you might want to improve your soft furnishing. Add drapes and heavy curtains to match your interior design. Change your cushion covers, and create stunning Christmas themed sofa throws. Add a rug or two to create that warm feeling in your living room.

 

There are several things that remind us of Christmas at its best. Improve your living space, your atmosphere, pay attention to the hidden dangers and prevent disasters by maintaining your home. Add mood lighting and take care of the security features, and you will have a holiday season to remember for many years to come.

 

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