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Easy Ways To Modernise Your Home

Bought a house that hasn’t been decorated since the 1970s? Inherited a home from an elderly relative that needs some serious modernising? It can be difficult to know where to start with modernising an old fashioned home, but there are some easy tricks to help pull your home into today.

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Freshen Up The Kitchen

An old-fashioned kitchen can instantly make your home look dated, but ripping out and replacing the whole kitchen is a time-consuming and expensive fix. There are ways to spruce up the kitchen with a more modern look without having to start from scratch.

 

Leave the carcass of the cabinets in place and instead, replace the cabinet doors with something more modern. If that’s still out of your budget, you could also just repaint cabinet in a fresh, modern colour. Replace cabinet and drawer handles with an on trend style and the kitchen will look much fresher.

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Modernise The Bathroom

You don’t need a new bathroom suite to give the bathroom a new lease of life. Give tiles and fixtures a deep clean to brighten them up. If you can’t replace an old-fashioned suite, add more modern touches to the bathroom decor with new shower curtains, towels and even a new toilet seat.

 

Give the walls a fresh coat of paint to lighten things up. You could even try painting the tiles with a tile safe paint if they’re truly terrible.

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Light It Up

A dark, dingy home will always feel more dated than a light, bright one. Swap out bulbs for brighter ones, and invest in some more lamps to bring more light to dark corners. Create different moods in different spaces with the shades of light you choose. Go for bright white bulbs in the kitchen, but pick warmer tones for cosy living rooms or bedrooms.

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Dress Up Your Windows

Your windows can be a quick win to modernise the home. Ditch any grandma style lace or net curtains, and get rid of anything tired and faded looking.

 

You could swap curtains for blinds or roman shades in some rooms for a more modern look. Blinds create a more streamlined look, which will modernise any window.

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Repaint

Dingy paint won’t do your home any favours. Repaint the walls in your home in a fresher, lighter colour to make the house feel airier and newer. Paler hues make the rooms feel larger, as do larger prints on wallpapers.

 

Freshen up paint on doors too throughout the home too to bring more lightness, and change door handles for something more on trend. If you have wood floors, sand and refinish them to bring back their former glory.

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Create Space

Older homes often have the advantage of high ceilings, but can have smaller rooms than homes built more recently. Create the illusion of more space by choosing furniture wisely. Lose any large, bulky pieces like heavy wardrobes or dressers, and instead choose more slim-line pieces in lighter woods.

 

Experiment with different furniture layouts to see what helps create the most open space and ease of moving around the rooms. Add mirrors to create the illusion of more space.

 

Embrace the high ceilings and draw the eye upwards to show off the height. Pull the eye to a higher point in the room by hanging curtain rails a little higher above the window, choosing a dramatic lighting fixture or hanging artwork a little higher on the wall.

 

Think about how you’re likely to use rooms. Give yourself more space by making the most of the rooms you have and turn them into spaces you’ll actually use. Ditch the dining room in favour of a man cave, or switch a spare bedroom for a study.

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Use House Staging Tricks

Take some tips from the pros and use tricks used by real estate agents for staging houses for sale.

 

Hang modern artwork, but hang it correctly. Choose a piece that is the right size for the wall, and hang it at the right height. Higher ceilings can take higher art, but in general stay at eye level, and fill the space to avoid the art looking lost on the wall.

 

Avoid rugs that float in the room. Lay a large rug in the lounge with a funky pattern, or in a bright colour and make sure it’s anchored under the feet under the furniture. At minimum, the front two feet of the sofa should be on the rug. This creates a space that feels cosy, and the rug doesn’t look lost.

 

The easiest trick? Declutter and keep the house clean and tidy for an instant fresher feel.

 

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Ten Important Things You Must Do Before Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is a completely life-changing experience, and something most keen travelers think about at least a few times throughout their life. While vacations are certainly enjoyable, they never give you enough time to explore and truly appreciate where you are. Unfortunately, planning such as huge undertaking is much more complicated and costly than your average break away. There are so many things that must be done, and, if you forget even one of them, it could spell disaster. With that in mind, here are ten important things you must do before moving.

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Research Your Chosen Destination

Adjusting to a new home is never easy, but it will be so much harder if the place is completely unknown to you. As soon as you know where you’re moving to, therefore, you should start reading about it. Completely immerse yourself in information, learning about the language, job market, culture, climate, and laws. You should also research the cost of living, as well as schools if you have children. The more knowledge you have the better prepared you will be.

 

Take A Mini Break

As much information is online, it’s impossible to truly get to know a place unless you go there. While plenty of people move abroad just fine without visiting the country, it is better to plan a short break first. This would give you some idea of what would be in store if you were to move there. If you can’t go on vacation before moving, then speak to others who have visited the country, or better yet, the area. You don’t want to find out you don’t like it too late, after all.

 

Check The Visa Requirements

Before you get too excited about moving, you must ensure that you can legally live in the country that you’ve chosen. In most cases, you’ll have to apply for a visa to live long-term and work abroad. Whatever you do, you can’t leave it until the last minute to apply for this document. It can sometimes take weeks or even months for an application to be approved, which simply might be too late. You must check your passport also and renew it beforehand if it’s about to expire.

 

Save Up The Money

The process of moving house is far from cheap, but you can guarantee that moving abroad will be a lot more costly. You’ll need to book flights, apply for visas and passports, and might also need to pay for accommodation, as well as cover the cost of shipping your belongings overseas. You’ll also need some money spare in case of unexpected expenses. With that in mind, you should start saving up as soon as you can. Cutting costs around the house will make this easier.

 

Ask For Professional Help

There are some tasks that you can easily do alone. Moving abroad, however, is not one of them. Because of this, you will have to find international removalists to handle the process for you. They can pack and unpack your belongings, store them until you need them, and then take them where they need to go. Rather than choose the first moving company you find, you should research a few and pick the best one. Ensure you book with them early for the best price.

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Let The Kids Know

Once you know for sure that you’re moving away, you will need to let your children know. After all, the move affects them just as much as it does you. Some parents put off this talk until just before moving day in an attempt to spare their kids any unnecessary stress. However, dropping a change as huge as this one on them last minute isn’t going to do them any good. You should tell them as soon as you can and be prepared to answer any questions that they might have.

 

Sort Out Your Accounts

While you will still be able to use some of your accounts abroad, a lot of them you will have to cancel. Most people have many accounts for different services, including banks, credit cards, gyms, phones, and other utilities. For this reason, you should start the process of closing them quite early. Around a month before you leave should be plenty of time. For the account that you intend to keep open, you must contact the companies and let them know of your plans to move.

 

Visit The Doctor’s Office

Getting sick is never fun, but many of the illnesses found abroad can be particularly troublesome. This is why many countries won’t allow you in unless you have certain vaccinations and medications. A few months before you leave, therefore, you should visit the doctor’s office and inform them of your moving plans. While you’re there, they can give you any medicines that you might need, as well as conduct a physical to make sure that you’re in good health.

 

Clear Out The House

You should never move house with all of your belongings, but this is especially true when moving abroad. The more things that you decide to take, the more stressful the move will be, and the more that you’ll have to spend. For this reason, you should start clearing out your home as early as you can. You can sell some of the things that you don’t need for a little extra cash and donate, recycle, or throw away the rest. The less stuff you take with you, the easier moving will be.

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Spend Time With Family

The hardest part about moving somewhere new is having to leave many of those you love behind. Since it’s difficult to know when you’ll next see your friends and family, you should try to spend as much time with them as you can before you leave. Although you will be pretty busy with the move, you’ll regret it if you don’t. You might also want to throw a going away party. This gives you an opportunity to see everyone you love in one room one the last time for a while.

 

Moving abroad is rewarding, but it requires a lot of work. Although it won’t be easy, following the advice above can make the process a little more straightforward.

 

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Preparing To Move Across The Country

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Deciding to make a big change to your lifestyle is a difficult thing for you to do at any age. Being an adult and making the decision to move away from your home town to pursue a new chapter in life can be hard and it won’t come without its sacrifices. However moving somewhere new can also be the reason you are able to start fresh and grow as an individual. It can give you the means to be who you were meant to be and this can be a big confidence booster. Today we are going to look at how you can prepare to move across the country to somewhere new.

 

Get preparing now

 

When you want to move house, the main thing you will be worrying about is packing everything up and hiring cross country moving companies to come and take it away to your new home for you. The best thing you can do if you are moving home is to start packing right away. As soon as you know that you will be going you can start to sort through your possessions, think about quitting your job and making preparations for starting a new one.

 

Get family involved

 

When you are looking to move far away from your family this can always be hard and it is something which will hurt not only you but the people around you. This is why it can be great for you to get your family involved in the steps you take to move. It will give you some chance to spend time with your loved ones and this can be exactly what you need when you want to start a new chapter in your life.

 

Look for local facilities

 

Before you choose the area you are going to live in, it is important for you to do some research and make sure that you have access to everything you need when you move. For example if you have a chronic illness such as asthma this will require you to often visit the doctors for your medicine, so having a surgery near to your new home is handy. Think shot supermarkets and other things which are nearby to make sure that you can live comfortably in your new town.

 

Pack a survival bag

 

On the day you move away this will be the one thing which keeps you going. There will be a huge rush on the day you move and you will likely end up being totally overrun with bags and boxes in the car. Finding anything can be a nightmare which is why you should pack an extra bag with all the essentials in it. This will make life so much easier and it will allow you to move into your new home knowing that you have things like food, drinks and a phone charger at hand.

 

Take a week off

 

When you move house and you move to a whole new part of the country, it is never a good idea for you to start working the next day at your new job. Make sure that you have a week or two between moving and starting your new job to give you the chance to get to know your new home and your new area. You can find the local hotspots and enjoy some time getting to know the locals before you get back to the grindstone.

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Simple Ways to Refresh Your Bathroom

People say that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. So if yours is looking and feeling like it’s past its best, it’s probably time you made some positive changes to it. This is much easier to do than you might think and there are lots of small ways to refresh your bathroom, even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on the project. Those are the kinds of changes we’re going to be looking at today, so read on to find out more.

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Replace the Faucets

 

It’s amazing how much of a difference can be made by simply replacing the faucets on your sink and bathtub. If you can’t afford to replace the whale bathroom suite, this is the ideal alternative idea. It makes your bathroom suite look new and fresh, even if it’s actually quite old. It’s a very cheap change to make and anyone can do it without much knowledge of plumbing or anything like that.

 

Add a Feature Wall

 

Having a feature wall in your bathroom can definitely make a lot of sense, so that’s something for you to consider if you’re wanting to revamp the space and make it feel new and fresh again. It could have wallpaper on it or a painted pattern that makes it jump out in comparison to all of the other walls in the bathroom. It adds something unique and that’s never a bad thing.

 

Reglaze Your Old Bathtub

 

If the inside of your bathtub has seen better days but you don’t have the time or money to replace it, you should consider reglazing your bathtub instead. If this is carried out by professionals who know what they’re doing, it can actually be a really good way to make your bathroom feel fresh and new again, which is just what you want and need.

 

Introduce Some Plants

 

Adding a natural touch to your bathroom can definitely improve it a lot as well. If you add some plants to the space, it can make more of a difference than you realise. It instantly makes the bathroom feel more natural and fresher, and that’s never a bad thing. You could get creative and play around with different plants and other options if you want to.

 

Refresh Your Towels

 

Simply replacing your towels can make a difference to how fresh the room feels. If you haven’t replaced your towels in a long time, they might be a little crusty and unappealing, and that’s probably not what you want at all. So it makes sense to refresh them and replace them. Choose high-quality options like Egyptian cotton towels. It’s a great investment to make.

 

Refreshing your bathroom and making it feel new again is definitely worth doing. And all of the ideas above should prove to you that you don’t need to rip things out and start again or spend a lot of money to refresh your bathroom and making it feel modern and able to meet your needs.

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Saving Money on Your Energy Bill This Winter

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With winter now just around the corner, this article offers six ways to save money on your energy bill this winter, which is a topic of great importance for many people on a budget, and those that are environmentally conscious.

 

  1. TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT

When you feel cold, your instinct is often to turn up the thermostat to a very high setting, which means you get used to this temperature as a ‘norm’, but this norm is not what is necessary to keep you warm – it’s what you’ve become acclimated to.

 

For this reason, consider turning down the thermostat a few degrees and keeping your home at a constant comfortable temperature rather than turning it up and down in response to coming on from the cold.

 

  1. MAKE USE OF A TIMER

The majority of modern thermostats come with the option to programme a timer – meaning the heating doesn’t need to be on all day, it can come on just before you get home, perhaps go off at night (when you’re snuggled up in bed) and kick in just before you wake to ensure the house feels nice and warm for when you get up.

 

  1. LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ROOMS YOU HEAT

If there are a couple of rooms that you don’t tend to use very often, you want to shut the door, and keep these as rooms that you don’t heat.  This way, by only heating the rooms you use, you are going to save a lot of energy on heating rooms unnecessarily. This is particularly true if you live in a large house.

 

  1. PUT DOWN WELL INSULATED CARPET

We all know that insulation is everything when it comes to saving money on your energy bills.  You might want to head to carpettogo.com/carpet-bellevue-wa/ in order to get some thick and plush carpet with decent insulation that protects the heat from escaping through the floorboards.

 

  1. CLOSE RANGE HEAT

The idea of taking a hot water bottle to bed might feel like something only children do, but it provides a source of heat that is very energy efficient and serves a purpose in terms of providing a close range source of heat to keep you warm as you get into bed.

 

The downside of a hot water bottle, however, is that it loses heat throughout the night – whereas a more modern electric blanket keeps you warm throughout the night.  Furthermore, some electric blankets have the function to track your sleep and body temperature to vary how much heat it exudes, whilst many, are now dual zoned electric blankets in that each person sharing a double bed can control how much heat is exuded from their side.

 

  1.  WEAR MORE CLOTHES

Whilst it is a very obvious solution, it’s one that’s often overlooked, but wearing more clothes in winter when you’re at home is the most environmentally friendly and cost friendly way to save money on your energy bills.  The thing is, we often heat our homes but then walk around in shorts and t-shirt; as if it were summer. If you simply add a few layers of clothing it can save a lot of money.

 

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