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Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare tenants are those that turn up on television tabloid news shows, usually running away from the camera. They are the ones you DON’T want renting your property. These days, lots of people are investing in property and it can make sense. One of the most popular ways to make a healthy turnover from property investment is to rent it out to either long-term or short-term tenants. Whether you go for long-term or short-term tenants is up to you. People who live in tourist hotspots often prepare to rent out their property as a holiday let. However, those who don’t…

Strip Back Layers And Find A New Interior Design Approach

Strip Back Layers And Find A New Interior Design Approach

Strip back and lay bare the bones of your home. It just might be the interior design approach you need. When we turn our hands to interior design, we often add things to our homes. We stock up on new furniture, lay new carpet, and add yet another layer of paint. What we invariably don’t do is strip back. So if you often feel the need to pile on extra layers, it might be worth considering a different method. Next time you redecorate, why not strip back instead? It may seem extreme, but this may be what you need to…

Beat Winter Blues With These Home Improvements

Beat Winter Blues With These Home Improvements

Beat winter blues with four surprisingly easy home improvement ideas that will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. Everyone tries their hardest to prepare their home for upcoming seasons. To beat winter blues, most people will have heating units and radiators cleaned and refreshed to prevent them from getting blocked. Others will have their insulation inspected and perhaps replaced. Are you one of the fortunate ones considering replacing your central heating with a completely new system? Then when the glow of summer arrives you may find yourself installing window film to keep the solar rays out. Others…

Call An Expert: Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

Call An Expert: Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

‘Call an Expert’ should be the catchcry of DDIY – Don’t Do It Yourself. Because there are four important jobs that the unqualified mustn’t attempt. It’s good to know how to do things around the house, especially if you’re a homeowner. The ability to fix minor repairs before they become major issues can save you money and increase the longevity of your house. Whilst many painting jobs can be done yourself for others you should call an expert! You can teach yourself some DIY that you must know, such as unblocking the sinks or repairing light fixtures. However, if you…

5 Real Estate Tips for Purchasing The Right House

5 Real Estate Tips for Purchasing The Right House

Real estate tips are usually given by agents when you decide to buy a home. However, you probably need to understand the top 5 real estate tips BEFORE you engage an agent. First time homeowners may struggle with the realities of real estate which can be comprehensive. In addition to all the financial implications of purchasing a property, there are also other considerations such as your children, the size of the home, local amenities, location, and even the weather. This is where following some real estate tips becomes very handy. Buying a home is, after all, a hefty investment that…

Home Budget: Spend A Little To Save a Lot

Home Budget: Spend A Little To Save a Lot

Is your home budget balanced? Would you like to learn about some simple little ways to actually save while you spend? To save some money you sometimes have to spend a little money. This may sound like a complete oxymoron but just think about it for a minute. The word ‘bargain’ alludes to value. We all read reviews before we buy a product because we don’t want to buy something cheap that is going to break and thus see us have to buy it again. That totally breaks the home budget. We want something that is good value, and that…

Planning To Move House? Plan To Move Your Car!

Planning To Move House? Plan To Move Your Car!

When you’re planning to move house there are a million things to do and remember. Well, here’s one more. It’s a stressful and difficult time when it comes to planning to move house. This sort of job gets even worse when you start thinking about moving to another country. A lot of people think they’ll sell their car and buy another one in their new city. Is this the right move? Buying and then selling a car can make the overall move much more stressful. And, it often leaves you without a car during a time you need one the…

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Increased home protection is something with which many people keep up-to-date primarily to keep loved ones safe not necessarily possessions; although both may be considered important. There is no argument that protecting your home and family is very important. Whether you want to focus on protecting them from thieves, natural disasters, accidents, or something else, you don’t want to compromise on your style to do so. You still want a house that looks beautiful, helping to keep you and your loved ones safe at the same time. With that in mind, here are seven pretty things you can do for…

Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Options

Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Options

Environmentally friendly building supplies, decor, and appliances are increasing in popularity as each year passes. Most home lovers actively seek high energy ratings, sustainable building products, and environmentally friendly devices. There are various environmentally friendly benefits to a properly realized personal environment. The first thing you should consider is the way your interior design makes you feel. Too much clutter and a busy overall theme that doesn’t match your personal taste are not going to resonate well with you. Apart from decorating your home the way you find pleasing and soothing, you should also keep the sustainability of your home…

Hidden Home Renovation Costs: Don’t Get Caught

Hidden Home Renovation Costs: Don’t Get Caught

Hidden home renovation costs are those sneaky expenses that blow out the budget. That’s why you should add 25% to your budget for blow-out costs. However, if you can plan ahead of time you will save yourself thousands. Most people, when they plan to renovate and redecorate, will put sums down on paper, research the costs and secure financing. Homeowners are keen to ask around for estimates or quotes and weigh up the pros and cons of each architect, building firm, and interior designer to try and find the perfect balance between quotes, speed of completion, and reputation. And, most…

Home Security Solutions for A Safe Home

Home Security Solutions for A Safe Home

Home security solutions seem to get more complicated as time goes on. Of course, you want your family to be safe and your home investment protected. But could it be a bit simpler? Home is where the heart is and that’s where we spend a lot of our time. It’s why we undertake DIY projects and create the decor and lifestyle we desire. But we also strive for home security to feel secure both in the garden and inside the home. While no-one wants to experience a break-in there are people around ready to take your valuables if you let…

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage home redecorating is now a real trend, not simply a necessity from being unable to afford a new home. And don’t we vintage fiends love that. Buying an older house may be the ideal investment for your property portfolio. Or it could be the type of house you want to make your home. If you have time, energy and some DIY skills then vintage home redecorating may become your new obsession. With 17 modern ideas, create your unique stamp on a home that you’ll love for years to come. Vintage Home Redecorating. Love It! Strip It! Many vintage homes…

House Warming Hacks To Help You Settle In To A New Home

House Warming Hacks To Help You Settle In To A New Home

House warming hacks are simply useful tips to help you settle into a new home. Once the excitement has subsided, you have to get down to the business of living your life. No matter how excited you are about moving house, your first few weeks in a new home are always going to feel a little weird. Christmases, birthdays, and memorable nights with friends can all wash away that awkward new home feeling, but obviously, you may not want to wait that long. Here, I’ve listed some of the best ways to make the new place feel like home. House…

Design-Build Tip: Spend Time Not Money for The Best Results

Design-Build Tip: Spend Time Not Money for The Best Results

There is one major design-build tip that most experts will tell you. If you’ve done some homework on the trials and tribulations of self-builds, you’ll know it can take years to complete a house build project. This obviously costs a great deal of money. While the property is in development, it’s not worth anything, yet you’re spending money to push the project along. Still, building your own home can save you money and be an investment if you spend wisely. Pushing through without full consideration can wind up costing you much more down the track. Hence, the one design-build tip…

Preparing Property for Sale With Market Mastery

Preparing Property for Sale With Market Mastery

Preparing property for sale and home staging have both been added to the ‘must-do’ list when you are selling your home. With more people now involved with property investment, the different aspects of preparing property for sale have gained importance. When you invest in property, you generally have three options; buy a house to rent out, buy a house to sell for a profit, or buy your ‘forever home’. If your option is to buy and sell for a profit, then this post is for you. I’ll be going through five areas for preparing property for sale and selling in…