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Unique Outdoor Home Ideas

When we move into a new home, it’s usually a blank slate that we’re working with. There are sometimes renovations to do, and that’s often a big task for anybody, let alone those of us with full-time jobs and children to look after. But to avoid looking the same as everyone else in the street, here are some ideas to make your home stand out from the crowd and make sure your home looks as individual as you do. 

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One of the ways that you can make your home stand out is by creating an unusual outside of the property, such as a unique front door with a distinctive color, new siding installation to match outside decor. How else are we able to improve the look of our home without looking the same as everyone else? Here are some ideas for you.

 

Lighting

Being able to light up your home when the sun goes down and uniquely do this is something that will really help your home stand out. There are some novel ideas when it comes to lighting. Such as multicolored fairy lights, lampposts (in a traditional style) and lanterns that you may not have considered before. The beauty with a lot of outdoor lighting used at night time is that we can now purchase solar light, that will save energy, cut down on your bills, and reduce the amount of energy used, ultimately saving the environment. And a bonus to this is if you entertain guests in your garden then you will also have sources of light available.

 

Painting the house

So most people paint their homes a lovely neutral color such as an oat or beige, but there’s really nothing stopping you from decorating your house whatever color you like, if you match your front door with a contrasting color, you will end up with an amazing and unusual home. Not many people choose to brighten up their homes in this way, so you can really stand out from the crowd with a few tins of paint and a paintbrush. Painting is also very therapeutic, so you will find some relaxation too.

 

Garden plants

Who is to say that you just need to have one rose bush in the middle of your lawn and a few flowers around the edge? This is all very pretty, but nothing is stopping you from cutting some hedges into some weird and beautiful shapes, many people cat evergreens into heart shapes, and you can find some designs online to follow and give your garden and unusual and entertaining theme.

 

If none of these ideas are up your street, then do a quick search online and find some more unique ideas for your home. You can purchase some ornaments and have plenty of fun designing the outside of your home. So don’t think you have to follow the crowd you can do what you like with your own home. As long as it doesn’t bother your neighbors, then brighten up your space in any way you want.

 

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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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