Friday, 17 February 2017

Under House Arrest: Safety Measures for Your Home

The security of our family is paramount. Whether disaster strikes or we are looking to keep our valuables safe, we need to make sure that we’re prepared rather than regretful when we are making the call to the home insurance company to make a claim. While the amount of crime is increasing wherever we live, even in small neighborhoods, it has made us more vigilant as people and less trusting individuals. Protecting our family from any problem needs to be a priority, and it’s amazing how many people aren’t schooled in the basics. So here are some fundamentals to protecting your home.

Signs Are Great Deterrents

The amount of thieves that don’t bother trying to break into a property when they see a “Beware of the dog” sign is, surprisingly, a lot! The very fact that you have a sign there is enough to put off a potential robbery. Even if you don’t have a dog, it’s worth putting one up. But it can be possible to be overzealous with our signs. Putting up signs everywhere makes it look like you are overcompensating for something. So be simple with your signage.

Having The Right Policies In Place

Home insurance is essential when you own your own home, but do you have contents insurance, and do you have insurance that covers you for disasters like floods? A lot of people will struggle to make a claim if they live in an area that is prone to flooding, but they do not have the right cover. If you do live in an area like this, it is always worth having an extra layer of protection, like a flood shield. These are easy to maneuver if a disaster strikes and is easily storable. By having the appropriate methods of protection in place, it will make it easier for you to claim on your insurance policy if you have the right ones in place!

Security is Everything

You can be clever with security measures if you don’t have enough money to afford a state of the art security system. You should, at least, have in place an alarm system. But a good method to deter thieves when you are out at night is to set the house lights on a timer. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and it works wonders. Once every couple of weeks set a light pattern for one room to have its lights come on and for others to go off gives off a good impression of people being at home. This will bring extra peace of mind if you are on vacation too! Other security measures include securing your doors with double-bolted locks and increasing your layers of glass. If you only have single glazing, upgrading to UPVC will help make your house less impenetrable. And if you have a lot of valuables, it is definitely worth investing in a security box that is either locked by key or keypad, and they are generally affordable if you are looking for a small one, but the larger the box, the higher the price.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Sofa, So Good: Furniture Buying Tips for Your Home

Your furniture takes up a large part of your home and at some substantial cost. You’ll also be using it an awful lot, whether it’s sitting down in front of the TV after work or getting some sleep to prepare you for another day. Altogether, this means that buying furniture represents one of the most important decisions you’re ever likely to make.

If you’re looking for some help before making one of these crucial decision then keep reading.

Make sure you have space for it

It takes a lot of effort to transport a piece of furniture from wherever you purchased it to your home, so the last thing you want is to have to return it. In order to avoid this, make sure you have measured the area where your piece of furniture is going to go, as well as the piece of furniture itself, carefully.

Also, try to envisage where the item of furniture is going to placed and attempt to foresee not only if it will fit, but if it makes sense for it to be placed there. If it’s a bed, for example, is there room for small table next to it? If you’re buying new chairs, will they fit under the table you have? Practical consideration are important when buying furniture and your tape measure will be a useful tool.

Keep it cheap, but don’t get cheated

A single item of furniture should last you a number of years, which is why finding the right balance between a good deal and one that’s too good to be true is vital. If you end up buying a half-price sofa but it only lasts you a quarter of the length of time that a more premium one would, then you’re buying into a false economy. Look for quality pieces, preferably with some kind of guarantee should anything go wrong.

Try going second-hand

Just because you are looking for quality, doesn’t mean you should rule out second-hand furniture. Buying used furniture can result in you getting a great deal, plus, it’s great for the environment and may enable you to give money to charity outlets.

However, if you are buying second-hand furniture then make sure that you check it thoroughly for any unwanted creepy crawlies. Bed bugs bite and you don’t want to bring an infestation home with you alongside your new soda.

Does it suit your home’s style?

Another important consideration when buying furniture is whether it is going to pair well with the rest of your home’s interior style. This can be difficult to visualise if you’ve just moved into an empty home, but try to determine whether you’re looking for something modern, minimalist, quirky or traditional. At least if you have that in mind, then your furniture buys will adhere to some sort of theme.

Unlike your wallpaper or family ornaments, your furniture fulfills both an aesthetic and practical purpose. As one of the most important features of your home, make sure you put a lot of time and effort into every purchase you make.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Terrific Tech: Home Additions that Deserve Your Love

Our love for technology is undeniably at an all time high, and the various companies have been quick to capitalize. That rings especially true when dealing with the home, and the market is now packed with gadgets and luxury products.

Deep down, we all know that the vast majority aren’t worth the time or investment. On the other hand, the best tech features genuinely have the ability to enrich daily life. Separating the good from the bad can be difficult, but I’ve done the hard work for you.

Add these four items to your home in 2017, and you will reap the rewards immediately.

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Suitable HVAC

We all have a desire to own the big TV or the luxury garden hot tub. However, those grand gestures are futile if the basic essentials aren’t in place. And there’s nothing more essential than maintaining a suitable temperature throughout the year.

First and foremost, you should invest in the right roof insulation and windows. Nevertheless, combining a good heating system with a great A/C unit will give you the ultimate climate control. You might not fully appreciate the benefits when things are working. But you’ll certainly miss them when they aren’t.

A Dishwasher

OK, so it’s not the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make. But the time you’ll save by adding this little beauty to your kitchen will allow you to fill your time in a far more entertaining way.

Nobody can truly say they enjoy doing the dishes by hand, especially after a hard day of work. While you don’t necessarily have to break the bank on this purchase, it’s important to buy from a reliable brand like Samsung. After all, the last thing you want is to see it break just months after buying it.

As far as I’m concerned, anything that prevents the need for getting half-eaten food all over your hands is a huge bonus too.

Electric Garage Doors

Most households blessed with a garage fail to make the most of this wonderful space. For the vast majority of homeowners, that wasted opportunity boils down to pure laziness.

Getting in and out of a manual garage door can feel a bit of hassle, especially when it’s cold. Experts like PJ Garage Doors can install a remote controlled solution to remove that problem forever. It might not feel like the most significant upgrade, but it could be the key to regaining a whole new part of the home. The impact could be huge.

Light Dimmers

The lighting situation plays an important role in setting a room’s vibe. So when the natural light isn’t available, the significance of your electrical lights cannot be emphasized enough. With this in mind, adding a dimmer switch is one of the smartest moves you’ll ever make.

Having a dimmer switch adds so much versatility to the room. If you aren’t in a position to change the main outlets, floor lamps with those facilities can provide an equally satisfying finish. Make the switch to LED bulbs too, and you’ll save money in the process.

If it allows you to gain more enjoyment from your time in the living room and bedroom, the minor investment can be priceless. 

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