22nd of June

Benefits of Installing Window Blinds at Your Home


As a homeowner, the visual appeal of your home must matter to you a lot. There various ways thorough which you can improve the beauty of your home. Unfortunately, not all of them are affordable. You must not lost heart since there are methods that enable you to beautify your home without having to spend a lot. Installing window blinds is one of the easiest ways to enhance the visual appeal of your home. However, this feature is not installed solely for this purpose. Installing this feature can bring you a great number of economic and aesthetic benefits. The following are some such advantages that you need to be aware about.

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20th of April

Important Steps Before Selling a House


Prior to listing a residential property for sale on the market, attention is required to be provided on the homes presentation as per experts within the real estate business. Agents involved in the selling process are able to provide adequate information and insight into improvement areas that would ensure the best pricing options are received to at the time sale.

Various aspects extracted and detailed below are focused on the avenues to ensure the highest pricing obtainable for residences planned to be listed for the purpose of selling in the future.

  • Exterior – Defects on the exterior tend to create a poor initial impression on buyers prior to inspecting the interior. Attending to visible aspects  such as the front door, broken screens, poorly maintained garden, external lighting features are initial basic detail require immediate attention. Installing colourful perennials in attracting attention from the outside with the doormat replaced and doorbell and shingles fixed create a welcoming feeling in attracting potential buyers. The backyard often missed out during the initial cleanup session requires be inspecting and cleaning up. All items that are unsightly require be disposing or storing in a garage unit or storage locker.
  • Interior – A cleanup process is recommended with walls and floors especially within bathroom and kitchen areas where scrutiny is considered high. Painting walls and fixing floor tiles is required to create a fresh and clean appearance of the home prior to inviting potential buyers. Fresh coats of paint with white or beige colours applied properly or choices of neutral colours as taupe or subtle grey are considered the best options to use during the timeline.

Ensuring rugs and carpets are cleaned thoroughly in eliminating odour through assistance of professional cleaning services are advised in creating a sparkling look. Usage of home renovations expertise in completing a thorough end to end process is recommended if personal attention to detail is stressful. Clutter within houses listed for sale creates limited space for exploration and tend to make spaces look smaller. Storing and moving items such as furniture, personal effects and items enable the process of clearing in preparation for inspection and rectification.

While the process of repairs, painting a moving is being completed, some furniture and personal effects are required to be left within to showcase a neat and homely picture to potential buyers. Having fresh flowers in a vase during the buyer inspection sessions within kitchen or dining room is considered a neat look.

With a complete overhaul on the space or partial being completed focused on the key aspect of attracting buyers, costs incurred to change the look of the house is guaranteed to be earned back with completion of the sale as the number of interested parties are bound to exceed expectations.


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19th of March

Ways to Keep your Home Safe


Keeping your home safe will likely be your top priority. Therefore it is vital that you ensure that you do everything that you can in order to make your home safe and secure for you to live in.

A Locksmith

Hiring and efficient and trustworthy locksmith is important as ensuring the locks to your doors are secure is vital. You should make sure the locksmith that you hire is efficient and knows what he is doing. You should also make sure that the individual is trustworthy.

A Spare Key

It is a good idea to have a spare key to your home however you should ensure that you find a good and secure place to keep the spare key without many people knowing of its location. It is important for the people living in the house to have easy access to the spare key therefore you should make sure that everyone in the house is informed of the whereabouts of the spare key. However, you should also make sure not to leave the key in an area where it will be visible to anyone and everyone.

A Burglar Alarm

Installing a burglar alarm in your home will be beneficial as this will let you know if someone has broken into your home. Especially when you go away for a few days or weeks it will be a good idea to install a burglar alarm as this will allow you to keep track of the safety of your home. Installing a security camera is also beneficial as this will allow you to note any activity that is occurring around your premises. It will also allow you to know who is at the front door before you open it.

Be Mindful

Being mindful will also go a long way in helping you keep your home safe. For example, during the day you may open your windows and doors. However, at the end of the day you should make sure that any open windows & doors are closed and locked.

The Garbage

You should also be mindful of the fact that it is not only human beings that can break into your home. Animals and rodents can also find their way in therefore you need to make sure that you do not make it easy for them to do so. For instance, if you do not take out the garbage this could attract rodents. Having rodents such as rats in your home can even result in animal droppings being left around the house. This can be very dangerous as animal droppings can sometimes carry infections and diseases. Therefore, you should ensure that you do not leave anything lying around that would attract unwanted animals into your home.

Lights

Especially if you have a big garden, you should make sure that the garden is well lit. This is important as it will allow you to see the activity that is going on in your garden even when the sun goes down.

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12th of March

Expand your house for increasing demand for space


It is not a surprise to see that you need more and more space in your house. It could be your family is expanding or you are startingnew activities such as drawing or kids asking for play rooms. Expanding a house is not an inventive action that was found recently in the construction business. However, there are newer methods found to do it in a cost-effective way rather than spending a lot of money on it.

Building up

Rather than building horizontally covering more area on the ground, it is space-effective as well as cost-effective in the long run to build vertically. Increasing the single story area of your house will mean you are covering any open ground which could be used as a lawn, garden or parking area. There are several storied parking in commercial businesses but that is not a feasible step for live-in houses. Hence if you spend a bit more for construction initially to build an upper floor or adding more to the already built second story, it will pay out later. It will add more square foot to the house if you want to sell it or rent it. In the case of you selling the house to move away or buy a new one, more area in square feet will rationalize a higher price.

Kitchen refinishing

A kitchen is important than you think. Some may consider the kitchen as the least significant of a house, however, in my view it is the most important. Most of the time we come home after working or school, tired and ready for dinner or supper. There is no time to “lay the table” on a weekday when the mother is also after work, quite fed up after a hectic work day. Most families tend to eat in the kitchen itself, on the kitchen table. Unless you have a dining area right next to the kitchen, it will pay to improve that area when you are rooting for home extensions.  If the space within the pantry or if it is a kitchenette you have, replacing old gadgets or refinishing the pantry cupboards isn’t going to help a lot.

Floor renovation

Another matter you might have to consider is refinishing the floor. Floor material should match the different rooms. Kitchen cannot have a slippery material for the floor and the living room can have somewhat shiny tiles. But if your living room design is to have carpeting, then an expensive floor finishing might be a waste. Outside the house, porches and corridors must also have rougher floors. If you have pets in the house, be careful how the renovations are going to affect them as well. Don’t forget to install a cat door in your kitchen.

A bigger house is not always better. Weigh the pros and cons carefully before you make a decision to go ahead with a renovation project.


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25th of February

Common Problems of Old Houses and How to Fix Them


People buy old houses for different reasons. First it is way cheaper than brand new structures, second is that most old properties have bigger lot areas and third is that most old houses are more appealing than the latest models maybe because of its rich history. But of course aside from its advantages, old houses also come with a number of downsides.

So in this article we have prepared a list of the most common problems and how to Learn more about how to fix them .

Plumbing issues

As the house ages then its also normal for it to have plumbing problems due to over usage or poor maintenance. So before deciding to but the property check out if there are any underlying issues such as poor drainage, water output from the faucet, does the pipes have leaks or cracks at all? You have to think about the possible problems that you might encounter before deciding to purchase the property. Because plumbing repairs can cause you a lot of money than what you normally expect.

Weak structure

If an old house has not undergone proper maintenance then there is a big possibility the the structure or foundation may weaken overtime. In reality, houses with poor foundation poses as a safety hazard because it can be at risk of collapsing in the event of a strong earthquake or hurricanes. You should learn more about the real condition of the property and assess on how much you will actually be spending just on repairs and renovations alone. If you think that it is not worth the investment then put a halt on the deal and try looking for other properties.

Electric wiring

Old and exposed electrical wiring can cause accidents and fires. Most homeowners fail to pay attention to this particular problem because most of the wires are hidden beneath the walls or ceilings. One of the main case of exposed wires are rodents so if there are rats around the property then you need to probably have the wiring’s checked by a professional electrician. Aside from that old electrical systems usually has lower voltage capacity because people used a lot less electricity 20-30 years ago as compared to present time.

However if you have set your sights into acquiring an old property as your soon to be home it is better to also set or manage your expectations to avoid disappointments in the future. You also would need to spend more money for repairs and major renovations which is quite acceptable at this point in time.

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