Friday, 6 October 2017

Home Security Errors

If there’s one issue that all homeowners should pay attention to, it’s Thankfully, this is unlikely to be a lesson that you need hammering home to you -- if you’ll excuse the almost-pun. Given the amount it cost to buy your home, and the extra costs you have incurred to maintain it, it’s unlikely you have left that investment unsecured. Most homeowners will have taken the time to invest in home security -- a wise choice.

However, there is still room for error, and those errors are more common than you might think. Below are some of the bad habits that homeowners fall into; even those who think they have their home security needs all wrapped up. Why not browse through and check you’re not guilty of these?

Error #1: Having A Security System… But Never Using It

So you’ve done the homework. You looked through, considered all your options, then chose an all-singing-all-dancing security system that you felt you could rely on. Your house is safe and secure -- job done!

Of course, the job isn’t done -- but too many homeowners feel like that when they have had security systems installed. A security system is only as good as you let it be. If you disconnect it because the cat keeps triggering it or just outright forget to program the alarm before you leave the house, that security system isn’t going to be able to protect you the way it should. If you invest in such a system, then make sure that you actually use it.

Error #2: Relying Too Much On Electronic Security

Electronic security is incredibly useful, but it can also make us all a little bit… lazy. After all, when we’ve got a state-of-the-art security system, why do we need to worry about little details? The electronics can manage it!

No, they can’t; so it’s important to try and remain vigilant no matter how good your electronic system is. You always need to ensure you’re closing windows, locking doors, and doing the basics of good home security.

Error #3: Not Thinking Like A Burglar

Burglars think in very specific ways, all of which is focused on finding weakness where a normal person wouldn’t see it. It’s important to take the time to learn how to think like a burglar so you can identify issues with your home. By changing the way you view your home, you can be sure you spot the weaknesses before any opportunistic burglar has the opportunity. It can take awhile to get used to this kind of thinking, but if you manage it, it could have a huge influence on the security choices you make in future -- and how to make the most of the ones you already have.

If you have read through the above and are 100 percent confident that you are not guilty of any of these issues, then well done you -- you’re in the minority. If you have identified a few ways in which your home security attitude has been lax, then consider this is a gentle wakeup call, and put measures into place that will keep your home secure for the sake of you and your family.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A Few Pieces of Indispensable Advice: It's on the House!

Whether you’re moving into your first home or moving home for the first time in years, getting from A to B can be pretty intimidating. After all, you have to deal with the ordeal of house hunting, bartering and nights of restless sleep while you wait to find out whether you have a deal or not. Then, once that stress is over, you don’t even get a chance to kick back and relax for a bit before you have to pack your whole life up into boxes and get settled into a strange new environment. It’s not surprising that so many people put this experience off, sticking where they are rather than taking on the stress. However, it’s so important to remember the light at the end of the tunnel! Though moving home may be chaotic, there is a method to the madness, as once you’ve got everything done and out of the way, you’ll have the perfect home for many years to come. Remember that there are a few ways to make things easier for yourself. So, if you’re looking for some words of wisdom on the moving process, you’re in the right place. Stick with us as we guide you through every step.

Knowing When It’s Time to Move

First things first, how do you know that the time has come to move? Well, your current home will start to feel a little less than homely. As soon as your home begins to feel uncomfortable, or you yearn for more, this is the time to start considering a change. Here are a few common reasons that cause people to up and move.

Growing Up

Many of us start out by moving out of our parents or carers’ houses and moving in with friends in shared accommodation. This is a great way to ease into a more independent mode of living. You have more independence and freedom, but don’t have to live alone. However, as years go by, you’re likely to start considering moving into your own space. So, say goodbye to cleaning rotas and noisy housemates and start considering a place of your own!

Shifting from Renting to Buying

A second reason that people tend to consider a move is because they want to shift from renting from a landlord to buying a property of their own. This is completely understandable. Renting is great if you’re likely to move often and are still exploring the world. But if you want to settle down, you might as well be putting your money into something of your own.


As years go by, the number of people living in your home or the amount of belongings that you accumulate are likely to change. Perhaps you gain a partner, kids or pets. You’re likely to need to upgrade to a bigger place where there’s more room for everyone to live comfortably. Maybe you have managed to purchase more furniture and appliances and could do with a little more space to arrange them in. It’s time to size up again! Alternatively, you might have moved into a space that is too big, and you don’t have the time or effort to clean every room thoroughly or simply have too much disused space. In this case, you’d do well to move into a smaller property.

Changes in Income

Generally, people’s income will grow as the years go by. They will want to spend their cash on a larger or more lavish property. Especially if they can afford larger repayments on a mortgage or a larger housing loan. On the other hand, some people decide that they want to work less and opt for fewer hours, seeing a significant drop in their income. In this case, they are likely to want to move to a cheaper home that costs less to maintain.


As people age, they may not be as mobile as they used to be. For this reason, a lot of the older generation switch from a house or apartment with stairs into a bungalow. The same goes for individuals with certain disabilities. This allows more ease of movement and easier access to all rooms in the building.

Knowing Where to Move

So, if you’ve decided it’s time for a change of scenery, for whatever reason, you’re going to need to start considering where you’d like to move to. Deciding where to move is a huge task in and of itself, so it’s always useful to have a little checklist to go through to whittle down your options.

Proximity to Family, Friends and Work

Location is everything. Early on in the process, it’s best to decide on an area that you can see yourself living in for a long time. Ideally, you’re going to find somewhere as close to your loved ones and your job as possible. Either that or you should have a new job at a different location at the ready and be comfortable with seeing a little less of your loved ones.


You should check out the local amenities in the area you’re considering. This can include entertainment, health and sports facilities, transport links, schools [if you have little ones] and shopping. If you like to engage in certain activities regularly, it’s best to opt for a home where they are extremely nearby. This will save you the time, effort and cost of travelling regularly.


Check out the criminal record for any area before browsing the properties. You want somewhere as safe as possible. Obviously, this will alter according to your budget. But there are certain areas with affordable housing and extremely low crime rates. Your safety should be key at all times.

House Hunting

Once you’ve decided the whereabouts of the place you’d like to live, it’s time to start house hunting. There are a few different ways to go about this. Perhaps the simplest and most convenient is to use an estate agent or realtor. Individuals who are selling or renting their home are likely to use these to advertise so you can find the widest range of properties on their site or in their books. You will have to pay a fee for their services, but they will lift the weight of the moving world from your shoulders, so more often than not it’s worth the expense. So, once you’ve found a few estate agents operating in your area of interest, here are a few things to discuss.


We can not emphasise enough the importance of viewing a property in real life before setting your heart on it. Remember that while estate agents are there to help you, they are also there with the motive of selling and letting properties as quickly as possible for maximum profit. So it’s not all too surprising that they will almost always use the most flattering angles, lighting and descriptions possible. These can often be deceiving, so it’s always best to actually visit a property before taking any further steps. If your chosen area is far from your current location, book a few viewings in for one weekend and make the trip to take a look around. This will cost you less and allow you to get all of your viewings out of the way in one sitting.

Engaging Directly with Landlords

If you are planning on renting, you will want to engage directly with the landlord before signing any contracts or making any deals. After all, this is the person who’s going to be responsible for maintaining the property while you live in it. You want to ensure that they are easy to communicate with, vigilant and fair. Suggest a phone call or face to face meeting so you can get an idea of their characteristics and traits.

Sticking to these pieces of advice will drastically improve your chances of landing the property of your dreams sooner rather than later. So, get out there and start searching!

The Worst Bedroom Decorating Mistakes You Can Make

When it comes to decorating, the bedroom is one of the most important ones in the house. You’ll spend the beginning and end of every day in there and if you don’t like it, every single day will start badly and you won’t get a good night’s sleep. It only takes one tiny mistake to mess the whole thing up, even if everything else is just right. When the time comes to redecorate your bedroom, avoid these mistakes at all costs.

Badly Sized Rugs

A rug is a great decor tool that you can use to change up a room and make it feel more homely. They’re particularly good in rooms with wooden flooring which can be a little uninviting in winter. Putting a rug down can give you some of the benefits of a carpet without losing the great aesthetic of a nice wooden floor, but it can go wrong if you choose badly. The size is the easiest thing to get wrong. If you go too big, it’ll just look like you’ve attempted to cover the entire floor and failed. The balance will be all wrong and it’ll look odd. The same goes for a rug that’s too small, it’ll just end up looking like you’ve taken a mat from the bathroom and stuck it in a corner. You need to find a rug that covers around a third to half of the floor space and place it fairly centrally. When it comes to color, pick something that goes with the rest of the furnishings and bed linens. If you’ve got a slate grey theme running through the room, throwing a bright red rug in the mix is going to completely dismantle that coherent color scheme and make it look like you didn’t put any thought into the room at all.

The Wrong Bed

The bed is obviously the most important part of the bedroom and if you get it wrong, it doesn’t matter what you do with the rest of the room. Getting the mattress right is step one, otherwise, you’ll have constant back pain and you’ll never sleep properly. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re all pretty similar, but they aren’t. There are so many different types and the price ranges massively. Sites like ChooseMattress can help you navigate all of the different terms and what they mean. In general, steer clear of the very cheapest ones because they aren’t going to be good. Having said that, you don’t need to bother with the super expensive ones because a mid range mattress will give you everything you need.

Once you’ve got a good mattress you need to choose a bed frame for it. This is the most important decision that you’ll make when it comes to decorating your bedroom because it forms the focal point of the room. All other decisions about the style of decor that you go for will be informed by the bed frame. So, if you want to go for a rustic look, go for a simple wooden headboard. Alternatively, if you want a modern look, go for something sleek and metal. Mixing the two styles will look awkward.

Unframed Posters

You’re always going to want some kind of decoration on the walls but unframed posters scream teenagers bedroom. It’s amazing how putting a frame on it can change it so much. An old poster of your favorite band without a frame says, clinging on to the past. The very same poster with a frame around it says, cool retro look. Anything that goes up on the walls should have some kind of a frame around it, they’re cheap to buy and they make the whole room look a little more sophisticated.

Power Cords

You can spend ages making every single inch of your bedroom look great. Perfecting every tiny detail until they all come together into an elegant and clean looking bedroom. But that will all be undone in an instant when you see that mess of power cords and wires poking out from behind the bedside table. It’s difficult to avoid them completely because you need all of that stuff but you should try to hide them as far as possible. Put away anything that you don’t use on a regular basis to cut down as much as possible. Then use plants and other decoration to hide them behind or if you can’t avoid having them on show change the cords into something that looks a little better.

Making even one of these simple mistakes will turn your carefully crafted bedroom decor into a disaster.

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