Here Comes the Sun! Get Your Garden Summer-Ready

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After a long cold winter and the beginnings of spring have passed, you may now be starting to turn your attention to summer – a time when you can enjoy your garden. But after so many months not in use, there are one or two jobs that you will need to complete to make sure that it is totally ready for the weeks and months ahead. Do these and you will have an outdoor space that will be the envy of your neighbours and one that will be celebrated by your friends and family. So, here are a few summer jobs that you can complete to get your garden back to its best for the warm weather ahead.

Give Your Lawn a Bit of TLC

There is nothing like a neatly mowed lawn to form the foundation of your outdoor space, and you should make sure that yours is able to thrive after enduring the winter. You will need to start by resowing any dry patches, aerating it to encourage the growth of roots, and raking it thoroughly to allow light and water to reach the soil comfortably. You will also need to remove any unwanted weeds which have sprouted up over the past few months. When you are mowing your lawn, you should restrict the amount that you take off the top to around 1cm. If you cut it too short, it simply won’t look healthy, luscious and thriving. Finally, you can finish off the job by using a strimmer to tidy up the edges.

Get Rid of Weeds

We mentioned this job briefly in the last section, but now, we are going to go into more detail about it. It may feel like the job of taking care of weeds never ends, but if you are going to introduce any plants into your garden space (particularly woody ones), you should make sure that you check them carefully so that you are not introducing any parasites into your garden. If you find that you have left it too late and weeds are overrunning your garden, you could always invest in a specifically-designed weed-control product.

Clear Out the Shed

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Since you have probably already been spring cleaning the rest of your house, it makes sense that you do the same to your shed. Otherwise, you are going to find it impossible to get the things that you need. To start off with, you could remove everything from your shed. This way, you can clearly see which items are worth keeping and which ones have seen better days and it is time to throw them away. If you have acquired a lot of stuff over the years, you are going to need to be ruthless in your approach. Since the shed is empty, this provides you with the ideal opportunity to clean it out, before putting everything back in an organised fashion that allows you to locate it all easily.

Start Any Big Projects

If you have any big projects planned for the summer, it is better to start them sooner rather than later. For example, you may be wanting to add a patio or some decking to your garden, and you need to give yourself the time to complete the job well. Think about whether you are going to handle the majority of the job yourself or if you are going to call in the experts like http://www.stylemasterpatios.com.au/. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the big project and you are much more likely to end up with a finished product of which you can be truly proud.

Clean Out the Barbecue

If you are planning to have some outdoor parties during the summer months, odds are that you will want to get out the barbecue. Depending on what type of model you have, some of them can be extremely difficult to clean out properly – especially if it has been affected by harsh winter conditions. When it comes to masonry barbecues, it is unlikely that you will have all that much to do, but you may have to scrape off any rust which has built up if the weather has been particularly wet. If you are lucky, it may just be the case of giving your barbecue a little spring clean and dusting down. However, if the job is going to be more intensive, it is worth finding out about it now – so don’t delay another second!

Sort Out the Garden Furniture

Another key component involved in entertaining is the garden furniture, and you also need to ensure that this is all in good condition. Hopefully, you have stored them away during the winter months – or at least the cushions! If not, you will probably need to put in some more work in ensuring that they are brought back to a good condition. Give the frames of the furniture a good inspection in case any of the wood has rotted away, which could then lead to a nasty fall.

Paint and Treat Your Garden Fence

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The winter months may not have been all that kind to your garden fence, which is why it is so important that you get it back into tip-top condition as soon as you can. So, this may be the time to give it a lick of paint. Instead of the standard brown and beige colors, you could go with something which is a little more out there to impress your guests. To make sure that it is protected as best it can be, use a treatment like creosote.

Provide Some Shade for Your Guests

For the days when the sun becomes overbearing, you need to think about the ways that you are going to offer some shade to your guests. There are a number of different ways of doing this including investing in awnings or a garden parasol. If you are looking for a solution which is going to stand the test of time, you could always look into building a pergola with some train climbers going up it. Essentially, it is worth looking into some creative solutions to the issue of keeping the sun at bay.

Let There Be Light (and Heat)

When the sun goes down and you don’t want the party to stop just yet, you need to think closely about the twin issues of light and heat. If you are looking for a natural solution to warming up your guests, you could always look into creating a cosy fire pit area. Otherwise, plenty of advancements have been made in the past few years in the world of outdoor heaters, so check out what is on the market. As for lighting, there are plenty of different options including lanterns, fairy lights, and standing lamps. However, if you are looking for an eco-friendly solution, you could look into getting some solar panel lights.

Create a Living Room Environment

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When you are creating an entertaining area where your guests can relax, you should think about styling it on a living room so that they can enjoy maximum comfort. This doesn’t have to be an effect which is too complicated to create – you could simply invest in some scatter cushions and rugs for the area. Make sure that you have some sort of shelter so that your guests are protected if the skies do happen to open.

Add Some Color and Scent

Colour is one of the first things that you notice when you step outside to admire a garden area. If you find it difficult to grow and maintain plants, you could always look into getting some container plants and hanging baskets. When it comes to the flowers around your entertaining area, you should choose some which give off fine fragrances like roses and jasmine. Instantly, you will create the effect of being in paradise.

Introduce Some Personality into the Landscape

The final piece of advice that we are going to discuss in more detail is bringing some personality into the landscape. As well as the natural plants and flowers that you introduce, there are also plenty of ways of doing this with the water features, statues, benches, wind chimes, lighting – the possibilities are endless. You don’t have to introduce everything all at once. Simply adding a feature or two on semi regular basis will add interest to your garden and ensure that you don’t become bored with the space.

Of course, the quality of your garden space really depends on how much time and money that you have to spare, but these are just a few ideas to spark off your imagination. Even though we are still a couple of months away from summer, it makes sense that you start early so that your garden is all ready to go when the warmer months roll around. Create a garden that you love, and you will want to spend as much time out there as you can.

 

     

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Disneynature’s PENGUINS Earth Day 2019

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As a huge animal lover, I just love the Disneynature movies. I learn so much from watching them and the animals are always so adorable. I can’t wait for the newest one. Disneynature’s all-new feature film PENGUINS is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind BEARS and CHIMPANZEE, Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Disneynature's all-new feature film "Penguins" is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.  None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind "Bears" and "Chimpanzee," Disneynature's "Penguins" opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

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Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 Trailer

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incredibles 2 posterLess than 2 months until the Incredibles arrive back in theaters. I think I’m most excited to see Jack-Jack. Who is your favorite character?

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – In the midst of battling the Underminer villain, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her most super force fields yet. Featuring Sarah Vowell as the voice of Violet, Holly Hunter as the voice of Helen, Craig T. Nelson as the voice of Bob and Huck Milner as the voice of Dash, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – In the midst of battling the Underminer villain, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her most super force fields yet. Featuring Sarah Vowell as the voice of Violet, Holly Hunter as the voice of Helen, Craig T. Nelson as the voice of Bob and Huck Milner as the voice of Dash, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

TAKING THE WHEEL -- In "Incredibles 2," Helen aka Elastigirl is called on to help bring Supers back. Her mission comes with a brand-new Elasticycle, a state-of-the-art cycle that is designed just for her. Meanwhile, Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life at home. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson, Disney•Pixar's "Incredibles 2" busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

TAKING THE WHEEL — In “Incredibles 2,” Helen aka Elastigirl is called on to help bring Supers back. Her mission comes with a brand-new Elasticycle, a state-of-the-art cycle that is designed just for her. Meanwhile, Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Creating a Wedding Gift Registry for All Budgets

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When creating your wedding gift registry, there are a variety of factors that you will need to consider beforehand. Knowing the type of gifts you want to receive will help your friends and family know what to buy.

Type of Gift Lists

Before you decide on your wedding gift registry, you will need to take time to make a plan that can give you a better indication of how you want your wedding gift list to look. There are a variety of different wedding list companies online with each company offering specific types of services and rules. So, make sure you do as much research as you can, so you can select the right one for you.

Getting Advice

Before creating your gift registry list, it could be worth speaking to a recently married couple who will be able to give you a firsthand insight into what route they went down and how they went about creating their list. Getting useful tips and ideas will enable you to implement them in your own list and ensure you have a list that is suitable and relevant for all guests.

Knowing Budgets

For your gift registry to be as fair as possible, you will need to take the time to analyze your guest’s budgets. There is no point only selecting expensive items if your guests cannot afford them. A wedding should be a fun and exciting experience for everyone attending, so try not to put too much pressure on your guests as they may feel obliged to spend more money than they have. Having a wide choice of gifts will give your guests more options.

Be Realistic

If you decide to put an extensive number of gifts on your list, it is important that you stay realistic and know that you may not get every gift you want. It can be easy to get carried away and put anything and everything on your list so be aware that your guests may not be able to financially afford every gift you desire. It is important to bear in mind that each guest will have different circumstances so try and be appreciative of whatever you receive.

Leave Enough Time

It is recommended to create your gift registry list at least six months before the big day. Starting your list well in advance will give your guests plenty of time to pick and choose a gift for you. The longer you leave setting up a list, the more of a risk you face of gifts being out of stock or guests not having enough time to pick the right gift. Also, choosing who to host your gift list can take time so make sure you begin as early as possible to avoid any problems. Websites like Ourwishingwell.Com can help you get started.

Always make sure to consider every guest who is coming to your wedding. This way, you can get more of an idea of the types of gifts that will be relevant and suitable for your friends and family to buy.

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A Closer Bond With Your Kids In Just 24 Hours? Here’s How

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What could you change in just one day? Many of us accept the various status quo in our lives because we don’t feel that we have the time, energy to change them. But that approach couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, many things can completely change in the space of 24 hours, and we have the ability to affect positive changes in our lives even in such a small amount of time. One of the things a lot of people wish to improve is their relationship with their children – and even this is possible in a short space of time. Modern families tend to have fast-paced schedules, with jobs, school commitments and children’s hobbies leaving little space for simple togetherness. Focusing on reconnecting is hugely important amid all this rush –  and the good news is it doesn’t need a pricey vacation. It needs you, your child and 24 hours.

Get Involved in Their Games

Often, we rush through our lives ticking of chores, mealtimes, bath and bedtime like some robot. And while routines and consistency are hugely important for a child’s emotional development, so too is allowing time for unstructured play. Often, we are guilty of dismissing this as unimportant or inconsequential, but the truth is far from that. Creative play allows children to discover more about the world, work through their feelings and develop their thoughts. So next time your child begins a game of imaginative play, why not simply join in? Surrender to the moment and create some bonding time.

Take Them On A Day Out

Days out are one of the fondest childhood memories many of us have, so it’s only right to prioritise them using vacation time or weekends. A day out can range from a simple trip to the ice-cream parlour, or taking a picnic to the beach, to a theatre show or event. Use The Ticket Merchant to alert you to deals on exciting events coming up in your area, or think about ways to make the every day memorable. You don’t have to spend lots of cash – simply going on a bug safari or a trip to the library can be special if you make it.

Talk About Their Feelings

Helping our children to work through and talk about their emotions is a valuable gift, and can do a lot to make them feel closer to you. Many of us don’t feel comfortable talking about these topics, but we owe it to our kids to find out how to get comfortable with talking about emotions. They need our guidance to successfully navigate complex situations that they may not have words for. It will help them to feel understood, heard and supported and let them know that they can always come to you with any problems. Use easy-to-understand, age-appropriate examples from your own life to show them how to resolve their challenges.

Get Them Involved

If you do have urgent chores that can be put off, make sure you get the kids involved. Instead of being something you have to ignore them to get done, include them in for a shared sense of accomplishment and purpose. Give them a small, supervised part of the task to do themselves. It may end with taking a little longer, but it means you’re spending time together working towards a goal – and you get to tick a job off your list while spending time with them too.

 

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Why Parents MUST Fork Out For School Trips

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“Mom, mom, I need $50 to take to school tomorrow. We’re going on a school trip!”

The kids are always unbelievably excited to attend field days out of the classroom. Parents can never decide whether they are interested in the subject or whether they want a day off. Regardless, moms and dads are never as enthusiastic. Behind the mask are the questions that never seem to go away. Can we afford it? Is it expensive? Can they afford to miss it?

Sadly, looking after a family is expensive work and there is never enough to go around. Saying that below are four reasons to get their butts on the bus.

It’s Fun

There are educational and social factors to think about, and this post will get into them later. But, let’s face it – life as an adult is tough. There is a responsibility to burden, bills to pay, and small human beings to protect. So, kids should enjoy their time as cute little monsters while they still have the chance. Children deserve the opportunity to have fun, and days in the field ten to fit the bill. This is true of school trips by NST and specialist companies that work in the industry. Anyway, school is getting tougher and tougher, and it comes with its pressures. A tour is a way to blow off steam, too.

And Educational

Please, don’t see it as a day where they will play pranks with their friends and slack off. Those things may happen, but there’s a good chance that the kids will get involved. Great field trips are interesting and grab the imagination of the audience, and this only serves to aid learning. Think of the days in museums searching the premises for clues and answers to the questions on the sheet. When education and enjoyment come together, it teaches kids about the thirst for knowledge.

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Bypasses Budget Cuts

As strange as it sounds, a day out is a fantastic way to overcome school restrictions. With budget cuts at an all-time high, the one-on-one time for students is getting lower. Even worse, there isn’t enough time or personnel to cover the syllabus, leaving gaps in their knowledge. A successful field day helps to conquer these issues by housing all the resources they need under one roof. Museums and art galleries and colleges are places of higher learning that aren’t subject to a shoestring budget. As a result, they have the tools to teach a large amount of info in one day.

Appeases Son/Daughter

Okay, parents shouldn’t do things solely for the love of their kids. As guardians, it’s up to us to make tough decisions which are for their own good. Still, everyone knows children hold grudges. They’re like an elephant with temper issues! And, they will happily let us know about for the rest of our lives, give or take. Sure, it isn’t the best reason to fork out, but seeing the look on their face is priceless. What’s the point of being a parent if we can’t make them happy once in a while?

Will you grant or deny their next request to go on a field trip?

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WAYS TO LIVE LONGER

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Despite what we sing along to pop and rock lyrics about wanting to die young, we all want to live longer than that and probably into our sunset years. It is safe to say a good number of us want longevity.

Health and genetics play a big role in our how long you live and how well you age. For instance, coming for a lineage where most people live into their 80s puts you in good stead live longer since your genes have proven to be resistant to diseases. Of course, you can’t just rely on genetics alone, you have to eat and live healthy.

Here are tips to help you live longer.

Take it easy with the alcohol

As the debate rages on whether alcohol is actually beneficial to health or not, with a recent study suggesting that even one drink a day could short your life expectancy, one thing is for sure: excessive alcohol consumption is a health risk.

Excessive drinking puts you at risk of developing hypertension and a host of other cardiovascular conditions, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis and sexual impotence.

Quit smoking

Smoking shortens your lifespan and has been linked with several cancers include lung and throat cancers. Worse still, smokers are at a much higher risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes than non-smokers and developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is often fatal.

Exercise

Exercise is beneficial to both your mental and physical health.

Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain and alleviates stress to keep your brain healthy and mental diseases like memory loss at bay. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, commonly known as the feel-good hormone, which elevates a person’s moods and reduces stress and helps you sleep better at night.

The benefits of exercise to the body are numerous: exercise improves metabolism which is needed to maintain a healthy body weight and improve digestion.

Exercise burns fat and stimulates the production of HDL (High-density lipoprotein), the good cholesterol, which is important in keeping the heart healthy. Physical activity also strengthens muscles and bones and wards off arthritis and osteoporosis.

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Eat healthy

A balanced diet is important if you want to add years to your life. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water if you want to live longer.

Avoid junk food which have little nutritional value but pack a lot of calories and fats which might clog your arteries and put you at risk of suffering a heart attack.

Avoid processed foods, many of which have preservatives that have been linked to cancer.

Ensure your meals have the essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy and keep the effects of aging at bay.

Have friends

Have a strong social network is essential in living a fulfilling life as well as living longer. Having friends to share your good and bad days with reduces stress and chances of developing depressions. Feeling loved and cared for improves immunity and prevents one from engaging in risky behavior.

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7 Great Ways Stay-At-Home Moms (And Dads) Can Make Extra Money

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There is nothing easy about being a full-time parent. In fact, it’s a full-time job, just without the full-time paycheck to match. When one parent has to stay at home to take care of the baby, it can put a financial strain on the family, because there’s only one income for the entire household. Thankfully, there are loads of ways for you to make some extra money, even if you can’t leave your house to go to work. If your family is struggling, or you just want to give yourself more of a financial cushion, then here are seven ways for you to make money while still taking care of your children.

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Become A Mommy (Or Daddy) Blogger

Blogging is a fun and creative way to earn some extra cash for you and your family. Of course, you won’t start making money right away, but once you’ve published a few posts and have started to build your audience, you could receive a fair wage each month. If parenting advice isn’t a passion of yours, then write about something that is. There are millions of blogs out there, so be as unique as you can if you want to get noticed.

Take Online Surveys

If you’re searching for a quick and easy way to earn a few extra bucks, then you should consider taking online surveys. Each online survey website is slightly different, but most generally reward you with points for completing surveys, which usually take between five and thirty minutes to complete. Then, once you’ve collected enough points, you can exchange them, for gift vouchers that can be used at different retailers.

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Look After Other Children

If you’ve got any friends or family members that need child care throughout the week, why not offer to look after their children while you’re at home with your own. They’ll probably be grateful to have someone they know and trust looking after their child, and this way your child will have someone besides you to play with all day, while you also have a bit more money to play with. Just make sure that you stick to two or three extra children at most, or you might not be able to cope.

Cater For Parties

If you love baking and cooking, then why not offer your catering services to your family and friends. Depending on how much time you have on your hands, and your skill set, you could make anything from a single birthday cake to an entire buffet, and will earn a decent amount of money while you’re doing it. Just make sure that you don’t take on too many orders at once, or it’ll quickly turn into a full-time job, which is something you probably don’t have time for.

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Sell Your Baby Clothes

First-time parents tend to stock up on adorable outfits, and although these are incredibly cute, there is one big problem – Babies grow fast. Most babies grow out of clothes before you have the chance to blink, so you’ve probably got a whole pile of baby grows that have barely been used. Rather than waste these outfits, sell them online, along with any shoes, books, and toys you no longer need or use.

Make Your Own Jewelry

If you’re particularly creative, why not create your own metal stamped jewelry and sell it online, on websites like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon. You’ll need to buy the necessary tools to do this, as well as the blank bracelets and necklaces, but you can get all of this from ImpressArt at CraftDirect. Once you’ve got what you need, you can start making a few simple designs, to begin with, and slowly get more creative and extravagant.

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Tutor Struggling Students

If you have experience in teaching and have a few hours spare each week, there’s no reason why having a child should stop you from helping students. You can find struggling students through you own children’s school, in local newspapers, and through online ads, who can come to your home and be taught there. You could also tutor students via webcam, using one of the many online tutoring websites that pay you by the hour.

You may have to stay at home and look after your children, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t support your family financially too. There are lots of ways for you to make some extra money from home, so if none of these takes your fancy, you can do some more research and find something that does.

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Make First Impressions Count On Your Next House Viewing

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In life, we’re told not to judge books by their covers. After all, first impressions are often based on personal bias. As such, they’re rarely a reflection on what’s in front of us. But, when you’re buying a house, first impressions are more crucial than you realize. In fact, the majority of homeowners refuse to put an offer in without that ‘gut feeling’ a house is the one. And, guess what? The gut feeling they speak about is often nothing more than a favorable first impression.

As such, it’s worth considering this when you view your next house. While you may know by now what to look for when viewing properties, it’s less likely you’re aware of things to look out for from a first impression standpoint. Which is why we’re going to consider the three main pointers here.

The neighborhood

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Your first impressions should start before you even set eyes on the house. The neighborhood you choose to live in will have more of an impact on your quality of life than you could imagine. As such, pay attention to what’s outside as you drive to your viewing. Are there local amenities? Are there kids playing in the street? These and more are signifiers of whether an area is suited to your needs. It might even be worth driving around before arriving and getting the best feel for the place. Take some time, too, to stroll around the local park and get a feel for the people. All this can add towards your overall impression of the property.

The roof

The exterior appearance of a property is the most notable thing when it comes to a first impression. But, what you might not realize is that the roof is also worth appraisal. So, as you drive up to that property, get into the habit of looking up. More properties than you realize have roofing problems, and that could be a major-no go. Missing shingles can cause leaks which do untold damage. Instead, look out for ship-shape roofs, or options which use architectural shingles. You can head to sites like Wildwood Roofing to read more about the benefits of options like these. Needless to say; it doesn’t get much better in the first impression roofing stakes.

The entrance hall

And, the game isn’t up once you enter the property, either. The entrance hall is an area far too often neglected on house viewings. After all, you want to see what the rest of the property has to offer. As such, many of us fall into the habit of skipping this essential factor. But, slow it down and consider your first impression of the space. Of course, you can change decor and such, so try to look past that. Instead, pay attention to the general feeling you get. Is the area dark or light? Does it feel welcoming or claustrophobic? Given that this is the first room any guest will see in your house, it’s essential you spend time considering this.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Atmosphere in Your House

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Your house may look good on the outside and it may also be well-furnished inside, but how does it make you feel when you step in? What’s the atmosphere in your home like? If the first couple of things that come to your mind are the words ‘stressed’ and ‘tired’, then you need to fix the atmosphere of your house straight away. Here are some easy ways to do it.

  1. Install a water fountain. Installing an indoor fountain can do wonders for the atmosphere of your home. It’s beautiful, it’s relaxing to see and hear, and it can serve as an air purifier and humidifier. There’s also the fact that your guests and visitors will not be able to stop themselves from being bowled over by its impressive look, especially if you go for a particularly fancy wall fountain model, where the fountain itself is integrated into one of the walls of your house. This type of fountain saves space and appears as an art piece rather than a simple humidifier or air purifier.
  2. Use scented candles and scent diffusers. Improving the atmosphere of your house can also be as simple as giving it a new and refreshing scent, one that’s light enough to be pleasant but also strong enough to mask any mustiness that any house usually gets. One great way to do this is by keeping a couple of scented candles or scent diffusers in key places inside your house, such as the living room and some bedrooms. This will keep the scent circulating in your house without it being too overpowering. Scents that are perfect for improving moods and masking stuffiness and mustiness include citrus and subtle floral scents. For your safety, never leave burning candles unattended.
  3. Control or modulate your lighting. Bright overhead lighting can help employees focus in an office setting, but it’s terrible at setting a relaxing atmosphere in your home. Either set up your indoor lighting so that you can adjust its brightness, or replace your harsh fluorescent bulbs with those that can output softer, warmer light. You can also look at light diffusing fixtures if you want to keep your existing lamps and bulbs.
  4. Eradicate dust. Houses naturally gather dust over time, especially if they have a lot of belongings and furnishings that clutter up the place. Excessive dust not only affects people with dust allergies, but it also drastically lowers the air quality inside a house. There’s also the fact that keeping your home interior dusty makes you look lazy and neglectful. To resolve this, dedicate a day every week to dusting surface tops and cleaning your home. You can also set aside an entire weekend to de-clutter your house. Having less clutter means having less things to dust! Finally, if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, replace it with wood, cork or tile; these are not only easier to clean but they don’t harbor dust the same way that carpets do.
  5. Open your windows. Sometimes, all it takes to get some good air inside your house is to open your windows and let the air circulate. Not only does this ensure that fresh air will always be flowing into your house, but it also prevents your home from having that hot, stuffy feeling that houses tend to have when air has no way of escaping from it. Your lungs will thank you, just as your family and guests will!

Improving the atmosphere in your house may seem like a tricky and expensive project, but with these 5 ways to help you get started, you should be well on your way to making your house feel like a home again.

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