Here’s How To Turn Your New House into a Home

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Now that Spring is here, we’re going to see a lot of properties being bought and sold, meaning a lot of people will be faced with the prospect of leaving the sense of security and familiarity they’ve had for a number of years in their old home and face the daunting task of turning their new house into a home.


See, there’s a huge difference between buying a house and creating a home.  A house is a physical commodity that can simply be purchased, whereas a home is something you must nurture and create.  In many ways, home is a feeling that is contained within the physicality of your house and a sense of belonging that transcends the value of the bricks and mortar.


One of the greatest tips with regard to turning your new house into a new home is the power of taking immediate action and building momentum.  


Think of this analogy; consider how much effort and fuel it takes to launch an airplane into the sky, yet once it has launched into the sky it benefits from momentum meaning it can cruise along with significantly less effort.  The best time to get started, is straight away, as the longer you leave things cluttered in boxes – the more overwhelmed you will feel.


A good way to get started is to chunk things down, as an example, rather than having 15 boxes to get through in one room; separate them out into three piles of five boxes.  Then, use the power of short burst activity to quickly blast through those five boxes – which tackles the feeling of overwhelm, and the momentum you create will mean you get through them in no time.


We’ll now look at two principles for turning your new house into a home tips, but before you get started on those, it’s important to consider maintenance issues – as an example if you’re purchasing a property with a swimming pool, people often ask the question “do I need to have a swimming pool service in the winter?” and if the pool has been left for a few months, what is the best course of action.


There are many practical considerations such as these but let’s now get onto two principles that can help you feel more at home in your new house in a matter of hours rather than days, or weeks… or even months, if you’re particularly disorganized.



It’s important that your house feels like it belongs to you.  There’s a strong chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and preferences in terms of its style.  The house might be stripped back to the basics but there’s still likely to be a feeling of it belonging to someone else. This is why you need to make your mark.  Similar to how a dog will mark his territory, you need to mark your territory in your new home in order to feel a secure sense of belonging.



Learning How To Budget Your Life



If you want to take control of your money this year, the first skill you are going to have to master is the art of budgeting. Budgeting essentially is the skill of dividing your expenses up into categories, deciding how much you will spend in each and then make sure you don’t go over your limit. It is a simple concept but one which many young adults struggle with at first.


If you want to budget successfully you will want to follow a rule which is called the 50/20/30 rule. The idea of this is that for all of the money you have in the home each month: you should be spending 50% on essential payments, 20% on priorities and 30% on your lifestyle. It is a simple concept and one which will turn you into a budgeting boss if you learn it correctly. Once you have mastered this simple concept you can manage your money with ease.


  1. Essential Spending


The first type of expense you need to understand is your essential expenses. This means that you need to take a closer look at your spending throughout the month and pinpoint the vital spendings you take. This doesn’t mean Val’s Cleaning Maids, that coffee you have every morning or your online shopping. Essential spending is the bills you pay in your home, your mortgage, your car insurance and your taxes. These are the costs you have to pay out every month no matter what.

  1. Financial Priorities

The 20% which you spend on financial priorities means that you are paying for things that will be of use in the future. This sort of thing will include any payments you make for your retirement, any life insurance you pay off and any debt payments you are currently paying. These are all things which are important, but should not take up too much of your monthly income.


  1. Lifestyle


The most simple of the three types of spending; this included anything you spend which is not necessarily essential. This will be your payment for the gym, your mobile phone, WiFi, food at restaurants, days out, new clothes and lots more. This should take up around 30% if your monthly spend and will be what allows you to live the type of life you want. Out of this 30% you will also ideally want to save a little money and put it aside for emergencies.


The key to being able to budget successfully is to be able to balance all of these different types of spending. If you ever notice that the percentage of one of these is rising too high, you need to work to reduce it. For example if your bills and essential income becomes too high you may need to start looking into different energy companies or even a way to remortgage your home. This will free up money which you need for other parts of your life. Once you have mastered this you will be able to stay afloat with your finances with no effort.

Clean and Pristine: The Ultimate Spring Overhaul For Your Home

The sun is starting to peep through the clouds and you’re beginning to look forward to spring gatherings and evening get-togethers at your home. The flowers are starting to blossom in your glamorous garden and you’re ready to dust off the grill and enjoy the outdoors a little more. The inside and outside of your home could do with a mega makeover, but your budget is slightly tight at the moment. There are many ways that you can change up your home seamlessly and give it the spring clean it deserves, using minimal money and effort. Take note and you will soon feel prepared for the warm weather.

Bye Bye Bugs

Warmer weather means a higher chance of unwanted visitors appearing in your home or garden. Pests and vermin from mice to bed bugs increase in hotter climates, because bacteria are operating at the optimum level to reproduce and attract pesky bugs. Look online for websites such as this, to get your pest worries sorted straight away. Even if you are only slightly suspicious that your home is being invaded by some sort of insect you should get it checked out by the experts. Once you know you are living in a pest-free zone, you will be able to start your spring clean with a fresh home and settled mind.

Declutter Duties

You won’t be able to completely freshen up the interior of your home without a good old-fashioned clear out. I bet you have drawers stuffed with nonsensical items and cupboards overflowing with junk, if so you need to go through them all right now. You might find things which are worth a lot of money that you can sell online or you might just realize that you’ve been holding onto unnecessary trash for years. Giving your closets, cupboards and drawers a complete clear out will give you the freedom to rearrange furniture and start deep cleaning every aspect of your home.  



Painted and Perfected

Now that your cupboards are clear and the potential pests are under control you can start to clean every nook and cranny of your house. Use natural, non-toxic cleaning products to revitalize your floors, tiles, and surfaces; use a professional carpet cleaner to steam your rugs, so that you know every area has been deeply blitzed. Invest in some new paint to give your walls a brighter and fresher feel: from the door frames to the skirting boards every single peeled and chipped area will be all sorted. Not only will your whole house feel completely renewed, but on a relatively small budget you can make it look completely transformed.

Now that your home is positively pristine you will soon be ready to invite your friends and family round for springtime fun and frolics. Your home will be free from pesky pests and your cupboards will be clearer than ever. Some of these jobs might seem a little tedious at first, but it will put you one step closer to achieving the immaculate home of your dreams.


What Lies Beneath: The Hidden Dangers In Your Home

When most of us think about home improvement, we tend to consider making things look pretty, stylish and comfortable. But is our desire for making cosmetic changes overriding the need to take a closer look at more important things?


Unfortunately, there are many different areas of your home that could be causing you grief – yet are invisible to all but the trained eye. And when it comes to home improvement, it’s these particular areas that are important to fix, rather than the pattern or shade of your drapes.


Let’s take a look at the hidden dangers that could be lurking in your home.

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As the old saying goes, you’re never less than a few yards away from a rat. But rodents aren’t your only problem – woodworm, termites and all kinds of other pests could be damaging your home without you realizing.


Let’s take termites as the perfect example. They can burrow deep into your walls and timber unnoticed, and spend years eating their way out from the inside. There are a few signs to watch out for, but the reality is that by the time you notice a lot of damage will already be done.


With this in mind, make sure you get a pest inspection performed on your home every once in a while – once a year if you live in an old home. And always get an inspection before selling or buying any home.


Foundation Disrepair


Your foundations are buried deep beneath a few hundred tons of granite, and impossible to see with your eyes. And the first you will know of any foundational issues in your home is when your basement walls start to crack or your home starts to shift and sag.


Let’s be clear – the longer you leave foundational problems, the more expensive they are going to be to get fixed. Your best bet is to get a professional home inspector in to check your foundations once every few years or so. You should also do this before selling your home as if there are any problems it’s going to be hard to sell your home to anyone at anything less than a knockdown price.


Roof Damage


Few of us really know what’s going on above our heads, as roofs are inaccessible and impossible to see from street level. And even if you make occasional visual checks from your attic space, it can be incredibly difficult to spot problems.


Damaged shingles, broken tiles, and warped or rotting beams could be letting in small amounts of water that are hard to see and cause big trouble further down the line. Again, it’s important to get a check every once in a while, to spot trouble before it begins to develop into something more serious.


Everyone loves to make their homes look beautiful, of course. But the most important home improvements you can make are actually hidden from plain view. It’s vital that you are aware of what can go wrong and take steps to prevent minor issues turning into enormous – and expensive – problems.

Glamorous Garden With Little Effort



Sitting in your garden as the warm evening sun plays patterns over your skin, is the best way to end any day. It’s relaxing and relieves any of that built up stress that you may have been carrying around with you earlier at work. The only thing is, what if you don’t have the kind of garden that you see in the movies. A preconceived idea is that you either have a pretty backyard, or you don’t, but that isn’t the case at all. You need to work for it in order to maintain it’s good looks. If you start to get lazy and let it do what it wants, it will become an overgrown mess that looks more like a swamp than any secret sanctuary.


But what if you just don’t have the time? Not all of us are able to spend a good few hours every week pruning and snipping and pulling. So how do we still get our glamours garden?

Well, the key is to focus on additions that don’t need constant care and attention.


Here are a couple of examples.



A lot of people will think that getting a tree will not only be extremely expensive, but a lot of work too, but this isn’t always the case. There are many different varieties that need very little in order to grow and flourish. As long as they have direct access to the sun and a little bit of water here and there, they will be absolutely fine. Take flowering pear trees, for example, these come with a stunning array of flowers that change colour as the season moves, and they barely need any looking after. They are even very resilient to different weather and even fire, so if you live in an area where it overheats a lot and is prone to fires, you won’t need to worry about this catching.



Water is the perfect way to bring different elements together. Get swimming pool out of your head though, and think more about a bird bath or a water feature. The size you decide on going all depends on how much room you have to play with. You could choose a big extravagant waterfall feature to flow right in the center, or just a small place for the birds to come and wash themselves, while other wildlife appears too, like dragonflies and butterflies. In terms of making sure its clean, all you need to do it refill it with a water here and there. And if you have a feature that moves, it will already have a built-in filter that cleans the water as it goes.

So as you can see, these are only two examples, but they are highly effective and can change the total look of a garden within a matter of seconds, as well as improving the environment because it gives animals a place to come to find shelter, food, and comfort. And that alone is playing a big part in living a green and friendly life.

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