Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Is Your Home Party-Ready?

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or just a Halloween get-together, hosting a party at your home can be one of the most exciting things to do in it. But many homes are not often in a good state of repair for such events, and it can be tricky making them so. When you are due to throw a party at relatively short notice, it can be stressful trying to get everything sorted for it just in time. Fortunately, there are always ways to do just that, and generally all it takes is a little forward thinking and patience. In this post, we are going to look at some of the things you can do to make your home party-ready as quickly as possible.


Make Room

One of the most vital elements of all this is to ensure that your home actually has the space to accommodate the people that you are going to be inviting. Of course, for that you will need to try and be as certain as possible on the numbers, otherwise you can’t really be sure one way or the other. Then it is just a matter of doing whatever you can to create space in the home. This might include throwing a number of things into the waste disposal, or it could just mean tidying up as best as you can. If the former, you might benefit from using a service like They will be able to dispose of any rubbish as fast as possible, meaning that you can get on with preparing for your party. Make room, and you can move on to the next step.

Make Safe

You need to think at least a little about how safe or not your home is before you have your party. This is in the interests of both your guests, and the home itself. It is always worth going round the home and seeing if you can find anything that you might need to put away for the duration of the party - either because it might cause some damage, or because it is itself precious and you don’t want to see it come to any harm. Doing this will ensure that you feel much more confident that everything will be okay - and it will mean that you can enjoy your party much more.

Make Easy

You need to think about your guests too, and remember that they don’t know your home as well as you do. Before the party, it is a good idea to mark out anything that might be useful or of interest to your guests. For example, if you have a bathroom that is hard to find, you could make up signs in order to make it easier for them to find their way around the home. This will be of benefit to both them and your home as well, as it will mean less damage is likely to be caused. See for more on making your home ready.

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!

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