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3 Things To Do Instead Of Moving House

It can be so easy to get disillusioned with your current home. You can spend hours upon hours staring at the same walls, and after awhile you start to get itchy feet. You spend time browsing on property search websites and daydreaming about living elsewhere. The problem comes when you look into financing it, when you think about the hassle and costs of a house move or when you remember that you actually quite like the location that you are in. You are absolutely not alone as many of us want to change things up at home, without the hassle of completely selling up and relocating. Which is why today we want to share with you 3 things to do instead of moving house, suggestions that should see you happy in your home once more. 

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Redesign and redecorate your home

 

You are free to take this one as far as you want to go. You might find that simply by redesigning your main living space, by adding new colors, changing the flooring and moving the furniture around or buying a few new pieces, you feel like you are living in a fresh new home. This could be all that you need to fall back in love with it once more.

 

It might be that you go all in and plan to redecorate the majority of your house, and if this has not been done for some time, then it might well need the update. This can be done on a budget if you choose to buy second hand and from thrift stores, opt for paint over wallpaper and are prepared to take on most of the work yourself.

 

It can be a labor of love to redecorate your home, and throughout the process, you will no doubt learn to enjoy being there again. 

 

Extend your home

 

Extending your home is the next step up from redesigning it, and this one will cost more and involve a lot more construction and disarray. However, it will also give you a very different space once the work is complete and can be great for making room for a growing family.

 

You might want to push outwards into your yard, creating a large family dining kitchen area, or perhaps adding a snug or home office space. You could add another storey or perhaps convert your attic into an additional bedroom and bathroom. 

 

Extending is a great option if you feel the need for more space but love the neighborhood that you are in. It is also often a more cost effective option than moving to a larger home. 

 

Get yourself a second home 

 

This option can add a whole new dimension for you. You get to keep all of those things that you love in your existing home, and then have somewhere new and completely different to escape to at the weekend or over the summer. 

 

You might want to look into wigwam luxury condos for sale or perhaps you have always dreamed of buying a motorhome and driving across the country or further afield. A second home gives you a sense of freedom and a different way of living, without sacrificing what you currently have. 

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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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Your Home Throwing Money Down the Drain? It’s Time to Get Savvy!

The cost of running a household never ceases to amaze you. From the monthly utility bills to the weekly grocery shop, there is a never ending list of expenses to fork out. Whether you’re moving to a new home and want to save some money or you want to revamp your current lifestyle, you might be able to cut back on costs in more ways than you think. When you make a few minor adjustments to your home, you would be surprised at the positive impact it can have on your finances. Check out some of the following ideas that will prevent you from throwing money down the drain!

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Switch Your Energy Supplier

 

From the moment you moved into your house, you always assumed your energy bills would be accurate and honest. You might have believed that energy rates are the same across the board, but suppliers can be cheeky about the way they portray the costs to you. Look into Reliant Energy and you will be surprised at how much you can save on your monthly electricity bills. Every household will have completely different needs so make sure you find a deal that works for you.

 

Don’t Be Wasteful With Water

 

All of us can be guilty of taking our water supply for granted, you just turn on the tap and it’s there to be used freely right? The truth is, you could be saving a tonne of money on a monthly basis by being more conscious of your water usage. You can do things such as install five minute shower timers and use a flushing device in the back of your toilet to reduce the amount of waste. These simple adjustments are by no means life changing, but they will stop you from throwing money away unnecessarily.

 

Get Smarter With Shopping

 

How much do you spend every month on your food shopping? It’s normal for your bills to fluctuate depending on your circumstances, but you might be paying more than you should. Lowering your grocery bill doesn’t need to be difficult; all you need to do is a little extra planning and preparation so you aren’t wasting food. If your fridge is full to the brim of out of date salads, fruits and vegetables then why not shop for fresh produce less frequently? Create a weekly menu and only buy the ingredients that are absolutely necessary. This will save you money in the long run and reduce your waste. Vegetables, grains, beans and rice are super cheap at the supermarket, so fill your diet with these healthy and protein rich ingredients.

 

Whether you’re cutting down on your energy bills or reducing the amount of water you use, there are so many ways to make your home cheaper to run. You shouldn’t have to experience sky high bills and overwhelming costs in your day to day life. As long as you are willing to make a few small changes, your bank balance will be grateful in the long run!

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Protecting Your Money And Sanity When Moving To A New Home

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You probably know that moving home is going to cost a lot of money. Buying a new house is a huge investment in itself, but there are other expenses to consider on top of that. Moreover, it’s not just a financially-straining process; it’s a mentally-straining process. If you want to make your move cost-effective and relatively stress-free, then it might be time to start planning well ahead. Let’s talk about how you can protect your money and sanity when moving to a new home.

 

Increase the value of the property you’re selling.

You need all the money you can get when it comes to moving. That’s why you shouldn’t take the sale of your old house lightly. This is a huge part of the process. If you want to cover your expenses more easily, then you should aim to increase the value of the property you’re selling. That means you’ll get better offers and make more money to put towards other aspects of the moving process (and setting up your new home after you’ve moved). Do a bit of landscaping to boost your property’s curb appeal; some colourful flowers and a repainted front door could do wonders for your old home. Giving a makeover to important rooms such as the kitchen could go a long way too. Put some effort into sprucing up your property to make a bigger profit.

 

Get a quote from a moving company.

Whilst you might be able to move some of your belongings by yourself and you might have even put some things in storage ready for the big move, you’ll probably want to hire experts to help you transport the majority of your possessions safely. You should do some research to find movers who offer high-quality services. You could get professional help to move your precious belongings in a secure manner. If you want to make sure that you get a fair quote from a moving company, then you should definitely aim to declutter your belongings. The fewer things there are to move, the less you’ll have to pay to hire a team to help you. It’ll also ensure that your brand new home is spacious and free of clutter.

 

Set up your new services.

You’re probably excited to finally move into your new house and actually settle in, but people often find this part of the moving process difficult because it takes time to sort out everything and really make the place feel like home. Something that’ll certainly make the entire process easier is setting up your new services in advance. In other words, don’t wait until moving day to contact an internet service provider and book an appointment for them to come and set it all up. You’ll be waiting for a few weeks for them to arrive. Make it easier for you and your family to get settled in your new home by setting up your new services weeks (or even months) before actually moving in. Do some research to find the best water and electricity providers, for example; you want the best value for your money, and you want it to be sorted out before you actually move in.

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Signs The Rain Has Broken Into Your Home

Breaking and entering is a serious crime and one that many homeowners fear they will be a victim of. But they shouldn’t just look outward to see who is trying to do this, they should look up. The rain might seem like a harmless albeit irritating part of the weather and natural cycle. However it’s something that the roof of our home has to battle. Everytime it rains, your roof is keeping the water droplets and the cold away from all of those that are inside. It’s the unsung hero of the home that doesn’t get enough love and attention. It deserves to be updated and upgraded when you can. However the rain will always be there to fight a new battle and it’s always waiting for you to lapse in concentration. So keep your eyes peeled and look out for these signs of rain damage in your home.

 

A cold breeze

 

When you’re walking up the stairs to the first floor, you should be met with warmer air. This is because hotter air always rises upward. This is why so many roofs are being insulated because the warm is escaping through the top of our homes. However if you’re met with a cool breeze then you should be worried. Make sure all the windows are shut properly so no other airflow is managing to get in. If the first floor is in fact colder than the ground floor, then you have some kind of gap and therefore leak in your roof. It’s wise to climb into the attic to try and sense where it could be. Look for damp patches and trickle lines of water.


Ceiling looks bloated

 

Those that have ever had a water pipe leak in their house will know that the first sign will be an inflated wallpaper or paint. This is because water has dripped down from the ceiling and it has dried on the surface or sometimes under the surface. This air evaporating often pushes outward, creating a bubble effect on the walls and ceiling. If your ceiling looks bloated with these bubbles or perhaps just one or two large bubbles call for a Water Damage Cleanup service. They are on standby 24-hours and able to go out to emergency calls at anytime. They will also work to restore the area. Rather than replace a wall or wallpaper which can be expensive, they will use methods and equipment to get the affected area back to normal again.

 

Small puddles forming

 

Small puddles forming on window sills is a very common sight for when you have rain damage or leaks in the window frame. This happens overtime or it can be a design fault that has to be rectified using other methods. However a good window sealant is a cheap fix which can be used by anyone. The best kind is made from silicone but there are also sealant tapes which you can use.

 

Rain damage is a very serious thing to be concerned about. You need to catch the problem before it spirals out of control so be on the lookout for these signs in your home.

 

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