Monday, 22 May 2017

The Ultimate Moving Home Checklist

We all know that moving home can come with its fair share of headaches. We’ve all been through it before and we know what a mountainous challenge it can feel like if not planned out properly. Once we’ve done it a couple of times we start to notice however that a smooth move is a well organised move, so with that in mind here are our top tips for creating the ultimate moving home checklist.

Organise Insurance

Organising insurance is really important to make sure that you are covered for every potential eventuality. Contents and household insurance is one of the most important insurance policies that we can invest in and that is never more true than when we are moving house. So if you don’t already have this insurance make sure you get it in time for your big move so your belongings are covered.

Always Call In The Pros

Learning from our past mistakes we all know that there really is no point in trying to do it all ourselves. Trying to take on every detail of our move only results in high levels of stress and the odd popped back disk so calling in the professional removalists is essential to make sure it all goes without a hitch.

Finalise Utilities

You need to be contacting all your electricity, water and gas suppliers to let them know that you are moving. Make sure you are on top of final meter readings and that your suppliers are provided with your new address so that the transition from home to home is as smooth as possible.

Redirect Post

It’s incredibly frustrating to have to deal with missing post so make sure you have all of this organised in good time before you move to ensure you don’t lose any important mail.

Prepare An Inventory

Creating an inventory of everything you own means that you can keep on top of your belongings in the move. You want to be working your way through your home and making lists of all your belongings, to make sure that everything is accounted for.

Organised Packing

Once your inventory is in place you can then start planning your packing schedule. Making sure you are organising your packing in a highly methodical and structured way. You want to start packing the smaller items of your home, that are not in everyday use, well in advance of the movie weekend. You want to try and leave as little as possible to be packed on the actual day itself whilst also making sure that you retain access to all your essential items. So think strategically and start putting away all the items that you will not need, with well labelled boxes. All the material for packing up the larger and more essential items such as beds and sofas should be all ready and good to go for the day of the move itself. So preparation and organisation is key.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Could Your Home Be Earning You Some Extra Money on the Side?

We all feel like we could do with a bit of extra money to make life that little bit more comfortable than it currently is. But how can you get your hands on that cash? Well, it is possible; you just need to think carefully and make the most of your home. THis is the biggest and most expensive asset most people have, so why not make the most of it? Here are some great ideas to help you earn more money with the help of your home.

Rent Out a Spare Room

It might seem a little strange and daunting to let a stranger into your home. But by taking on a lodger and renting your spare room to them, you can make a lot of money. And there are numerous ways to go about doing this. For a start, you could think about renting out the room on a permanent basis. You would then be the the lodger’s live-in landlord. Or you could rent out a room via a platform such as Airbnb. This allows you to rent to different people for short amounts of time. It’s up to you which route you take.

Charge People to Park on Your Land

If you have plenty of space on your land, you could charge people to park on it. This is something that is perfect for people who live close to a commuter station, a city centre or a sports stadium. In other words, in any place where low-cost parking spaces are in short supply, you can make some money if you take the right approach. You could even invest in a pre-engineered metal building and use that as a parking area if you have the space to make it happen. It will at least allow you to bring in a small sum of extra cash each month, so there is no reason not to try it.

Give People the Use of Your Garage for a Price

You could also let people use your garage if you are not using it. This could be used as a parking space, but there might be better ways to make use of your garage space when renting it out. Many people need to make use of storage space. Maybe they’ve moved to a smaller home and they don’t have a place to put all of their possessions. If you rent out your garage to someone in that situation, you could make a lot of money. Garages tend to have plenty of room for storage, and you can probably offer a better rate than some of the big storage companies too.

Turn Your House Into a Set

Finally, you could rent your home out to people who want to film in it. You could still live in the property during the filming, but you would earn plenty of money from it. Of course, you have to be willing to allow a lot of strangers into your home, and it can be quite intrusive. But filming sets are always in demand, so it could be a good option to consider.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Kerb Appeal: Make Your Exterior Extra Special

How much do you spend on decorating each year? Maybe a few hundred dollars, or if you’ve got a big project on, probably a few thousand but the chances are it’s all for indoors as we often neglect our exteriors leaving them looking tired, run down and a bit worse for wear. However, it’s super easy to boost your property’s kerb appeal again so your home’s outside looks just as good as inside.

Get Out Into The Garden

The chances are your lawn’s probably not looking its best right now simply because we tend to leave the bulk of our landscaping till spring, or even fall. Now’s the time to get your gardening gloves on, spruce up those patio steps, power wash the decking and start planting new trees and shrubs while it’s still relatively cool and the soil’s not at risk of becoming dry and cracked due to the heat. Make sure your lawn’s free of weeds, including dandelions and the grass has been cut recently as it may be a simple thing to do but don't underestimate the appeal of a clean, freshly cut lawn.

If you’ve  got some brown patches, you can buy reseeding fertilizer, but if that’s not worked, you could be looking at having to re-turf the whole lawn which can become very costly. Of course, you don't have to returf the entire space; you could add in gravel paths, a water feature or even Buy a Conservatory to put on the south facing side of the garden where you’ll catch the most of the sunshine. Plus it’ll give you a fantastic entertaining space to boot.


Touch It Up

You’ve probably spent thousands on paint colors for your living room, dining room and bedroom over the years but when was the last time you touched up your exterior paintwork? Luckily, high-quality exterior paint should last around fifteen years, but if you live in an area that’s prone to wind and rain, it’s going to start to chip and peel.

Having said that, all it takes to restore your home’s outside to its former glory is some sandpaper, primer, outdoor emulsion and a couple of willing helpers. Painting is something you can get done in a single afternoon, although you should do the walls first and then look at repainting any window ledges or outdoor shutters. However, not everyone is a dab hand with the paintbrush or may not have the time to keep running up and down a step ladder. If this is the case, consider calling in a firm of exterior painters and pressure wash walls to remove any dirt or grime.

Roofing And Gutters

Whatever you do don’t neglect these as gutters and shingles that are blocked, missing or sagging will make your home look much more decrepit than it is on the inside. Do a spot check noting any overflowing water, blocked debris or mulch build up and consider having a roofing pro come do an inspection to rule out any more serious problems. Broken gutters can go from being a mild annoyance to a major headache as rainwater will run down into the foundations and could encourage damp to spread. 

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