Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Get Your Garage Ready for Winter

If you suffer from cold winters where you live, you will know that the freezing temperatures and water can cause a lot of problems to your home. That is why it is so important to make sure your home is ready for the winter each year. However, do you also make sure your garage is also winter proof? There can be as much damage to your garage as your home, and it can cost a lot to fix.

Protecting from Cold Air

Although having somewhere cold can be a good thing when you need to keep your vegetables or your beer cold, you won’t want it to be that cold in the winter, or you will start to find things in your garage getting damaged. One way that you can prevent this is to seal the windows, doors and of course the garage door from drafts. You can do this by adding draft proof strips to the edges of the windows and doors. There are also strips that you can attach to the bottom of the door. They allow the door to open while keeping the draft out.


Your home is usually well insulated against cold temperatures. However, the same might not be true about your garage. Whether your garage is attached to your home or not, it is still important that you add adequate insulation to the walls and roof areas. The options you have depend on the way your garage is constructed. If you have brick construction, then an insulated plasterboard is adequate to keep the temperature up. If you have a metal garage, then you may also need an additional layer of insulation material in between the plasterboard and walls. The garage door will be strong enough to keep people out, but it won’t be able to keep out the cold. You can buy garage doors that are double lined; they help to insulate the garage door and prevent frost.

Water Damage

One thing you certainly don't want is your nice new car from Eastern Mini getting damaged by water that has passed through contaminants such as asbestos roof tiles while it’s in the garage. For that reason, you need to make sure that there are no holes in the roof or walls that can let the rain or snow come in. If you do find any holes, you can try to patch them up with expanding spray foam, or you can repair them if there is time before winter. You should also check to see if the seal at the bottom of the garage door is still in good condition. In windy weather, you can get water blown under the door and into the garage. You can usually replace the seal on the garage door to make it watertight again.

Having your car safe and protected from the elements helps to ensure that it won’t get damaged by the weather. Having a weatherproof garage also allows you to keep other things in your garage if you need to do so. 

5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Home Decoration

The effect of the human population is proving to be nothing short of disastrous for the environment and since we all live on the same planet, it only makes sense for each of us to do as much as we can to reverse or at least minimize that damage. Besides, these five tips on eco-friendly home decoration will also make for some financial savings, as well as ensure the health of you and your family.

Second-hand Materials

In spite of what it may sound like, secondhand does not always mean inferior. For example, reclaimed wood and bricks can be used without any issues if they are in good condition. The idea is to use reclaimed materials for building the non-essential, aesthetic sections as that would save you a lot of money, and you won’t have to worry about safety concerns that may or may not arise from using reclaimed materials.

Milk Paint

No other form of paint is more eco-friendly and natural than the paint made from milk. The non-toxic nature of organic milk paint makes it perfectly safe for children and even small pets. The best part is that in spite of being 100 percent eco-friendly, milk paint leaves a smooth finish that looks great on walls. Check out Real Milk Paint for original milk paint in various beautiful colors and shades.

Energy Savings

If you are planning to live in a modern home, you will need to use electrical appliances, but that doesn’t mean you cannot still maximize energy usage and minimize wastage. Take note of the following points to know how you can do both.

👍 Only buy electrical appliances with maximum energy savings ratings
👌 Use at least a few solar appliances when you can
☝ Think about incorporating a solar panel system if you can

These steps may cost you more money initially, but they do add up in the long run and will help you save money by cutting down your power bills.

Green Roofing

Green roofing looks fantastic and it provides insulation [which in turn saves energy and money]. It’s a completely different feeling to walk on soft grass that’s growing on your own roof! However, do make sure that the irrigation, waterproofing, and other necessary groundwork is done well. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose to make the whole roof green or leave certain sections out.

Gardens and Landscaping

Even a few nice flower pots with choice plants in the drawing room will do, but if you really want to decorate your home with greenery, consider gardening and landscaping ideas. Not only is intelligent gardening good for the environment, it’s a rewarding experience to grow your own food and see your efforts flower.

Whether you are decorating or redecorating, these five ideas should be able to help you make the project greener and safer, but they are not the only ones. So, feel free to add in some of your own to this list if you want to.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

How to Make the Most Money Out of Selling Your Home

If you’ve decided it’s time to sell your home, regardless of whether you are moving into a larger place or downsizing, you’ll want to maximize the amount of cash you receive. Follow these simple tips to make sure you squeeze every last penny out of the sale.

Keep it clean and tidy

In most cases, there is little point in going overboard with decorating in the lead up to selling your house, but it should look as clean and tidy as possible. Stick to neutral colors as much as possible, and remove as much furniture and clutter as you can. If the carpets are looking a little tired, consider having them professionally cleaned before you start showing people around.

Ideally, you want the home to look as though you still live there, but at the same time you also want potential buyers to be able to picture their own furniture and decorations inside. You also want your home to appear as spacious as possible so you might want to consider temporarily storing some of your furniture in a storage unit while the home is being shown.

Little touches like cleaning the baseboards, removing scuff marks from walls and peeling paint from wooden surfaces will all add to the impression that this is a home that has been well looked after and is therefore worth paying the price you are asking.

Choose the right agent

An increasing number of home buyers find their properties online so look for a real estate agent that has a significant online presence so you are exposed to as many potential purchasers as possible. You'll also want to ensure your agent prices your home correctly so that it doesn't sit around unsold for too long. The best agents are those who have lived in your local area for a decent length of time as they will have a greater level of understanding about the prevailing market conditions. The easier it is to sell your home, the more you may be able to negotiate with the agent over his or her commission.

See things from a buyer’s point of view

If your home is being marketed to developers or an individual who intends to rip out the interior and start over, you don't need to worry about fixing every little problem, but if your home is ideal for first time buyers, you'll want to ensure they can move right in without having to carry out any major repairs or renovations. First time buyers are likely to be in a more restrictive position finically, and will be put off the idea of taking on a money pit.

If your home is perfect for a young family, think about the timing of when you put it on the market. Houses generally sell more quickly in the spring and summer months as families like the idea of being settled into their new place before the start of the new school year. If such a home has been on the market for some time and is still there by Labor Day, you might want to wait until the following year. The number of ideal buyers will be far smaller during the fall, and you may find yourself selling for less than you originally planned.

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