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One-Fix Wonders That Could Transform Your Home

Home improvements are expensive, and when you’ve got a family to feed and bills to pay – making those upgrades to your home can slip to the bottom of your priorities list.

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If your home is looking a bit tired and in need of a facelift, there are some things you can do that will improve the appearance of your home without breaking the back.

 

Check out these one-fix wonders that could transform your home.

Add a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for your home, making things look new and fresh without having to make any major improvements. While you could stick to your existing color, you might want to think about doing something new  – and this year’s top paint trends could provide you with the inspiration you need. If you’re stuck, neutrals and white with an accent wall is a popular choice to help you bring a dash of color into your home.

Replace your flooring

Replacing your flooring might seem like an expensive option, but there are ways you can make it more affordable. Carrying out the work yourself or installing vinyl flooring is a good way to cut the costs while still giving you a great new floor for your home. Check out Yeager Flooring for some affordable options that will give your home a lift. If you’ve got children or pets at home, this could be your chance to invest in some durable flooring that will be easy to maintain – saving you money in the long run.

Decorate your walls

Some homes can lack character or personality, particularly if you haven’t been there for very long. Invest in some affordable photo frames and fill them with family photos or artwork to make your house feel more homely. There are even some fantastic ways you can reuse picture frames within your home to make the most of items that you already have lying around.

Declutter

If your home has too much clutter, it can feel scruffy and unattractive, while also making spaces look smaller than they really are. A good decluttering session could help you to refresh your home and ensure that everything has its own place. Go through each room and be ruthless over what should stay and what you should keep – making sure that the things you keep are all put away. Your home will feel brand new with all the new space you have, and it will be much easier to keep clean and tidy now that everything has its own home.

 

Home improvements don’t have to cost the earth to be effective. Get creative by thinking of simple ideas that will make a huge difference without having to call in builders or invest in some expensive items. Pinterest is a great place to find new ideas, and many home improvements can be made using things you already have in your home. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can make the most difference, so have fun thinking of your own one-fix wonders to transform your home.

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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, http://womackpestcontrol.com/ 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.  

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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.

 

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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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Pests

 

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.

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The Trendiest Home On The Block: New Season Looks For Every Room

Do you spend a decent portion of the day poring over Instagram or Pinterest snaps of impossibly cool interiors? If so, you’re definitely not alone. If you’ve got a flair for design or you’re keen to channel your creativity to ensure your home is always the trendiest pad on the block, here are some new season looks to inspire and enthrall you.

The living room

The living room is an excellent place to start. This is the room where we lounge, loiter and chill out at the end of a busy day. The beauty of interior design trends is the eclectic range of looks that are ticking boxes at any given time. This season, you can choose from stark Scandi vibes, romantic blush pink or a nod to Mother Nature.

Scandinavian minimalism is all about being effortless and adopting a laid-back attitude to styling. This trend is the option for you if you’re not overly concerned with straightening cushions and refolding throws to ensure the edges are perfectly aligned. It’s also an ideal choice for those on a budget, as less is definitely more. Blush could be the trend for you if you like the romantic, vintage vibe, but it can also work well in contemporary homes. Stick to accessories if you’re pushed for space and don’t be afraid to embrace this trend by opting for a single standout piece, such as a head-turning chair. Finally, the natural look. Natural interiors are perfect for spring/summer, and it’s very easy to recreate the stunning images you see in glossy magazines at home. Scatter plants around the room, swap fur rugs for bamboo and stick to wooden furniture. Keep the walls fresh and clean and add subtle botanical prints using cushion covers or patterned candle holders.

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The bedrooms

Your bedroom should be a haven of peace and tranquility. Of course, if you have kids or even a pet, this is not always the case, but you can but try. For achingly cool children’s rooms, opt for functional, modern modular pieces like those from Oliver Furniture matched with neutral walls and accessories that introduce patterns and color. Keeping things simple will increase space and light and you can use a basic template to switch things up as the season’s age and your child gets older. Moving to your room, the sanctuary you long to escape to as night falls, there’s a host of options available. This season, hot designer trends include opulent boutique hotel vibes and minimalist chic. The minimalist look is perfect for bijou bedrooms, and it’s very easy to achieve brilliant results on a budget. Keep your palette clean and simple, maximize natural light and use accessories sparingly. If you’re going for the more lavish look, make your bed the focal point, add flashes of expensive looking jewel tones and mix luxurious materials like satin and velvet.

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The kitchen

If your kitchen is the heart of the home, it makes sense to make it look phenomenal. White has long been the colcolor choice, but this season, it’s all about being a little more audacious and playing around with color. You don’t have to go crazy and invest in yellow units or paint the walls bright blue, but if that kind of eccentricity floats your boat, this is the time to unleash your inner risk-taker. If you don’t want to go the whole hog with bright shades, adopt a more subtle approach and let your accessories do the talking.

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The bathroom

Most people consider the kitchen the most important room in the house, but this is usually closely followed by the bathroom. If your bathroom could do with a makeover, there are some fabulous looks around for spring/summer. Mosaic tiles are all the rage, and there’s also a nod to the return of the his ‘n’ hers bathroom. Tiles are great because you have free reign to choose a style that suits the room and your individual taste, while a his ‘n’ hers setup adds a luxe touch to even the most understated en-suite. If you’re keen to add colour, opt for earthy tones like grey, blue and green.

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Are you planning a mini makeover at home or are you eager to ensure your residence moves with the times and ticks off the trends? If you’re looking for inspiration for the new season or you feel like your interiors could do with a new lease of life, hopefully, these ideas have got you thinking. Experiment with colour, don’t be afraid to try new things and opt for styles, shades and pieces that reflect your personality.

 

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