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Steps You Should Take When Your Home Seems To Be Falling Apart

When you look at your property, do you feel like it’s falling apart? Do you want to fix it, but you genuinely have no idea how your home got into such disrepair in the first place? In this guide, we’re going to talk about the steps you should start taking when you feel like your home is falling apart. Read on so you can tackle your home and make it look better for longer, all while saving time and money.

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Make A To Do List

Start by making a to do list of things you know you need to sort out but you’ve been putting off. A to do list will help to get everything out of your head and onto paper so you can focus on what needs to get done. To do lists can be very beneficial!

 

Prioritize

Now you need to prioritize your list. If something has been put off for longer than other repairs, or even if it could be dangerous not to get it fixed, you need to prioritize it and make sure it is fixed first. Your roof, for example, is one of the most important things on your home and if you have issues with it that you don’t fix, you could end up spending a lot more in the long run. Not to mention running into some serious issues!

 

Start Small And Work Your Way Up

Start with small repairs and jobs and work your way up. You might look at your list and see a huge repair bill staring back at you, as well as a lot of time and disruption attempting to get things done, but if you start small and just keep on working at it, eventually your home will be in good condition again.

 

Get Help If You Need It

Chances are, you might be able to DIY a few things, but that doesn’t mean you should do absolutely everything. Get help if you need it. Taking on a DIY project is often less than sensible if you have no idea what you’re doing and you will spend more time and money in the long run trying to fix the mess that you’ve made. There are lots of companies out there that can help you, whether you need help with appliance repair, grouting, guttering, or something really serious.

 

Create A Rota For Maintenance

One of the best ways to stop your home from falling apart in the first place is to create a rota for maintenance. Properly maintaining your home will make all the difference and ensure that you’re not spending too much time and money in the long run keeping it up and running. Creating a rota will ensure you have no excuse not to stick to the recommended schedule and that you know exactly what you need to do. There are even apps that you can use for this these days.

 

Take these steps when your home seems to be falling apart and you’ll sort it out fast!

 

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A Quick Guide To Curb Appeal For First-Time Home Sellers

Once you decide that you are going to sell your home, you will probably end up very busy trying to sort out its interiors. We all know that the best way to sell a home is to ensure that it is as smart as it can be and that all repairs and maintenance have been taken care of. But you shouldn’t just limit this work to the inside of your home. The exteriors could do with TLC too.

 

This is what is known as “curb appeal”. It’s all about how well the outside of your home sells the rest of the property. After all, if the exteriors aren’t as good as they should be, then not many people will want to look inside to see the interiors.

 

Need some improved curb appeal for your property? Here’s a quick guide.

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Create Off-Street Parking

 

If you have quite a large front garden, you might want to consider using some of it to create off-street parking. This will be a huge selling point. Lots of buyers won’t buy a property if it only has street parking these days as they know that having a driveway on their property will ensure their vehicle is a lot securer. So, even though it could be a lot of work and fairly pricey to create a new drive, it will be worth it as it could increase the value and saleability of your home by quite a bit.

 

Freshen Up Any Woodwork

 

Any woodwork that is on the exterior of your property will have been painted or stained with something that can protect the wood from the weather. If you can’t remember the last time you repainted this, now is a good time to do so. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy getting your ladder out to do it all; you might want to call a firm like Refined Exteriors who can take care of it for you. After a repaint, all of the woodwork will look as good as new and protected from the elements for a few more years to come.

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Trim Back Trees

 

If you have some trees in your front garden that are quite close to the property, it could be necessary to trim back the branches. Not only will this help tidy them up and make the garden look a bit neater overall, but it actually has a more important purpose. It could be safer for your home. That’s because there’s little chance of the long branches smashing windows during storms and windy periods.

 

Maintain The Front Path

 

How is the front path to your main door looking? If it looks like it needs a bit of attention, you should attend to it before anyone comes to view the home. If it is a pebble path, you might just need to add a few more pebbles to it. Paved paths need to be regularly weeded otherwise you will have weeds growing up through it.

 

Hopefully, all of these tips will help you improve your home’s curb appeal and achieve a quick sale!

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Homes Through The Ages: Which Type Is Right For You?

As you age, the home you live in should change. This is important for personal, financial and even physical needs. The wrong home at a certain age will impact your health while choosing the wrong type of property at another age could cripple you financially. So, let’s look at where you should be living at age stage in your life and why this is the best and brightest decision.

 

Twenty To Thirty: Living A Friends Kind Of Life

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Ideally, you should be looking to live in an apartment between twenty and thirty. There are various reasons for this but let’s start with the financial benefits. Living in an apartment will ensure that you have a better chance to afford it. It’s far easier to pay off a fifty thousand apartment compared with a 200K home. This means that you are less likely to end up in a debt trap because you bought that three bedroom house far too early when your paycheck simply couldn’t cover the cost.

 

Don’t forget that tax and energy bills are also incredibly expensive for a house, at least in comparison to an apartment. For instance, you buy an apartment on a middle floor, you won’t need the heating on in your flat as much because heat will be rising from the properties below you.

 

There’s another financial benefit too. With this type of property, you can avoid issues with repairs, particularly if you are renting. Once you buy a home, you will have to pay for any repairs that you complete. The beauty of buying an apartment is that the building owner will be responsible for at least some of the repairs and need to pay a certain amount of the cost. Particularly, if the issue was caused by a fault in the building.

 

As well as this, you can consider renting and dodge repair costs completely. There’s another reason why renting an apartment is a smart choice at this age though and that brings us to personal benefits.

 

When you rent an apartment, you’re not tied down at all. You’ll be able to move on whenever you want which is great because job security at this age is rare. You need to be able to move for a job without having to worry about selling your property first.

 

On top of that, there are other personal perks. Young people won’t often be living in houses because they can’t afford them. Instead, you’ll find them in apartments. So, if you want to live close to people in your age group an apartment really is the best possibility. And hey, if the elevator breaks down, at least you’ll squeeze your morning work out in for the day.

 

Thirty To Sixty: A Comfortable Middle Age

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As you get older, you’ll be looking for a place to settle down. This is when you want to think about purchasing your first home. You can move to a larger place after a couple of years because hopefully during this time, your income will be rising so you’ll be able to afford it. You’ll also be building up your savings making that deposit more manageable and you should be keeping a check on your credit score. Buying now is the right time because it gives you the stability that you need and you will probably be in the position where you can afford it. This is also the time where you’ll have settled with a partner typically, once again making the cost more manageable.

 

You won’t be moving around anymore either. Once you reach this age, it’s likely that you’ll be fairly set on where you want to be and what you want to do for a career. This won’t be true for everyone but for the majority, at this point you will have chosen your path so it makes sense to put down roots.

 

You might also be thinking about having kids. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you have enough space for them to grow and play comfortably in an area that you feel comfortable they’ll be safe. New build plans in fresh developments are perfect for this with the large gardens that new couples and small families will love.

 

The other benefit of buying a home is that it gives you finance power to upsize when you want to. You’ll be able to buy a bigger home with even more space, potentially for a growing family. You should probably start looking at this around forty or forty-five and that’s the place where you’ll spend most of your life. This will be your final family home and it will probably be in the suburbs or even a rural area.

 

Sixty Onwards: An Easy Retirement

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Finally, when you hit sixty, you’ll be reaching the stage where, if you had kids, they’ll be moving out and onto their life. If you didn’t have kids, it’s still time to make another move. This time, you should be looking for a bungalow and this can be a move after retirement or before it. The key factor to consider is that you need to be in good enough health to handle the move.

 

Don’t forget, moving home can be quite stressful and you don’t want to put this off until too late. Anytime around sixty is the right point for this type of change. The main reason for a bungalow is health purposes. It’s about making sure that you don’t risk slipping or falling down the stairs. Once you get to this age the body takes longer to heal and you are more at risk of complications.

 

As well as this, your income will be more limited so it makes sense to downsize to somewhere a little smaller that is more affordable and comfortable. You might even consider returning to an apartment, particularly if your keen to get an extra level of security that a shared building provides. Moving back to the city can also ensure that you remain sociable even as you age.

 

We hope these stages of homes help you choose the right type for you, regardless of your current point in life.

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Keeping Your House in Shipshape

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness – this is definitely an idiom that you should apply to your life, especially your home. Have you ever noticed that you feel a whole lot more content and comfortable when your home has just been cleaned? Well, this isn’t just coincidental. Various psychological studies have found that there’s genuine logic between health and cleanliness that goes beyond hygiene alone. Your mental health can actually improve by being in a clean environment that is free of clutter and dirt! So, if you want peace of mind and to be able to kick back in a haven of home at the end of the day, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get the Marigolds on! Here are a few different areas of your home that you might want to focus on!

 

Windows

 

Windows are a much-neglected part of any home’s cleaning routine. Sure, you might run a cloth across your windows from the inside of your property, but what use is cleaning just one half of something that is transparent? No matter how well you might scrub the interiors of your windows, your view out will be just as obscured by whatever dirt might be lying on the outside. Even if you don’t have a direct mark or stain on the outside, it will still become dull and smeared from rain and dirt blew onto it by the wind. So hire a Window Cleaning professional who will have all of the necessary equipment to reach all of the spots of your windows, both ground level and above.

 

Floors

 

Floors in your home build up so much more dirt than you may initially realise. Think about it – they are constantly coming into contact with feet and any dust or dirt that goes up must come down, eventually settling on the floor. Darker coloured flooring can disguise all sorts of muck and mess, but just because you might not be able to see something distinctly, doesn’t mean you should ignore it. So, aim to clean all floors in your home at least once a week. Use a high-quality vacuum cleaner for carpets and use a specialist carpet cleaner to scrub any spills or stains out as soon as they hit the ground. If you have wooden floors, use a clean mop and hot water mixed with disinfectant.

 

Bedding

 

Your bedding should be changed at least once every two weeks. Once a week is ideal, but you may not necessarily have time to achieve this. Just make sure that you never go longer than two weeks, as a surprising amount of dirt and bacteria will establish themselves from day to day use. Wash your sheets on a hot wash and leave them to air dry before putting them back on.

 

While maintaining a spotless home will take a few more steps than mentioned above, these basics should get you started on the right foot. So, incorporate them into your cleaning routine and keep on top of them. Your home will be a haven in next to no time!

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Millennial Home Upgrades Everyone Needs

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During the last five years, design has turned on its head, and we have suddenly reached a place where minimalism and contemporary design dominate homes all over the world. If you are looking for ways to bring your home into the 21st century and ways to upgrade your home for better efficiency and security, here are some of the essentials that every millennial home should have.

 

Energy-Efficient Items

 

Saving the planet is becoming a mission which is more important than ever. With the rise of greenhouse gases and our climate, we need to start thinking of ways to make our homes for energy efficient and eco-friendly. You can change your lights and then them into energy efficient bulbs, look at extra insulation in the home to reduce your need for heating, and even buy better appliances for your kitchen. Energy efficiency is really important, and bringing elements into your home will not only save you money but also help to save the planet.

 

Entertainment

 

There can be no better way to spend a cozy evening at home than with a few snacks, drinks and a movie on your TV. Bringing entertainment into your home is a very millennial trait, and it can be anything from a TV, subwoofer, soundbar, speakers or a gaming system. Bringing entertainment into your home makes it much easier for you to host friends, and it makes your quiet nights in even more fun.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detector

 

Every home should have a smoke alarm, and when you buy a home you will most likely find that there is one already installed. However, another item you should bring into your home is a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which has no color and no smell, therefore will go completely undetected until it severely poisons you. Make sure you have these alarms in prominent places of the home and make sure that you regularly check them.

 

Home Security System

 

When you live in a home which has many precious and expensive items inside, it is incredibly important for you to install Home CCTV Systems to make sure your home is secure. Think about bringing cameras around the perimeter of the home, install an alarm system inside, and also make it harder for burglars to climb into your windows by planting thorny bushes directly underneath. All of these things combined should deter a robber from even trying to break into your home.

 

Plants

If you want to add an element of millennial flair to your home this year, you can bring one of the biggest trends in your home. Plants are a feature in most modern homes because they add a splash of color and texture to a zen space. They also breathe a sense of life and calm into the home and have a big impact on the atmosphere in the home. You can install a terrarium, hang air plants, make a herb garden for the kitchen or stick to cacti if you aren’t green fingered. Plants are ideal for any space and will bring a wonderful element to the design.

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