7 Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home This Winter

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It’s that time of the year when we spend most our time indoors, whether it be school, office, public transport or any other closed spaces with old heating systems and questionable cleaning schedules.

That is a perfect breeding ground for various bacteria and viruses, but it is also a convenient “grocery store” for allergies, as well.

In the text below we will try to show you how to battle this pesky nuisance which carries symptoms like a runny nose or itchy eyes and can cause serious illness like asthma or bronchitis.

Here are some pretty common but always useful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself:

Schedule routine heating system maintenance

This is probably the most important preventive measure and is essentially obligatory. Heating systems can be a host to numerous bacteria and viruses and if they are not cleaned regularly, at least once a year.

The risk of inhaling all those dangerous particles when the new heating season starts and we just fire up the systems after a couple of months is pretty big. You can learn more about heating system maintenance here: https://hughesairco.com/heating-service-scottsdale-az/

Clean your air ducts

Same rules apply to air ducts. Cleaning them regularly will prevent all the unwanted bacteria, dirt, dust, and microbes from entering your home.

Regular maintenance and cleaning will eliminate those risks. There are other tools that can help maintain a healthy environment in your home. Humidifiers, for example, keep the humidity levels just right for you.

Lack of humidity will leave your body open for infections and too much of humidity will help speed up development of mold, dust mites and mildew.

Do not smoke indoors and avoid smoke-filled areas

Both active and passive smoking has a strong effect on your health directly and especially during the winter while we keep the windows closed to keep the heat in.

This causes the air to be stagnant and more favorable for the development of respiratory diseases. It also makes your immune system more vulnerable to allergies.

Keep your floors clean and vacuumed

This part is also very important as you bring in as much dirt and contaminants on your shoes when you step in from the outside as a faulty heating system might. The filth will just keep piling on if you do not vacuum your floors and carpets on a regular basis. This is especially true if you have a pet that also goes outside and comes back home all dirty and muddy.

Bedding needs to be clean

People usually disregard this because they think that their beds cannot get dirty as much as some other parts of the home, but that actually is not true. You need to wash your sheets and pillows regularly in warm water in order to kill bacteria and parasites and to prevent allergens from hurting you.

Keep the windows open

This one is a bit tricky because you need to sacrifice heat for fresh air. However, doing this is critical because heating systems use the same air and just cycle it. Opening windows in short bursts will make a great difference and will help protect your health. Of course, it is not recommended to keep them open at night because you might catch a cold.

Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom

These are pretty common in most households. They keep unnecessary smells, moisture, cleaning chemical odors and allergens from spreading all-over your home, especially during the winter when you keep your windows shut most of the time. That’s why you should make sure the exhaust fans are clean so they can perform their task effectively.

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5 Simple Ways to Spruce Up your Living Room

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The living room is the first place that your guests see when they visit your home. You may share meals in the kitchen, but your family spends hours in the living room. If you have had the same design for years, revamping the living room may seem a hard task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five simple ways to give your living room a new lease of life.

1. Use Different Textures

One of the easiest ways to give any space a fresh look is to redecorate. Play around with different textures and materials. For instance, if you have the same texture for your walls, you can change the texture of one or two walls. Another idea is to add new pieces with different materials. Mix decorating pieces made of textiles, wood, leather, metal, and glass, depending on your budget and space.

2. Simplify your Design and Style

Homeowners try too hard to make their spaces stand out until the design looks complicated. Inspect your space and remove all unnecessary items. An over-accessorized space looks cluttered even when the accessories are outstanding. You can place some items in other spaces in your house or use them to revamp your outdoors.

3. Create a New Focal Point

Explore different ideas of a focal point and then get one that works for your space. You can choose a historic wall hanging, a large mirror, art piece, or a free standing electric fireplace. If you have had the same focal point for years, consider replacing it with a new idea. For instance, you can get a new art piece to replace an old wall hanging. The good thing about accessories is that you can use them in other spaces in your home.

4. Rethink the Furniture

One common mistake in many homes is excess furniture in the living room. You anticipate large birthday celebrations and visitors every weekend and hence buy more seats and tables for them. Such an approach is not realistic. The living room should only be functional for your family and probably a few regular visitors. Remove excess furniture in your space to make it more functional. You can also replace the furniture with new pieces that take up less space.

5. Add Optical Illusions

You can make any small room to appear bigger with optical illusions. For instance, you can use vertically striped wallpaper, tall lamps, or long curtains. A classical way of making small spaces bigger is mounting a mirror on one or two walls. Mirrors reflect light and make rooms appear brighter, which makes other pieces in the room visible. Another way of creating optical illusions is to use resin floors, which reflect light to all parts of the room.

Conclusion

You have multiple ideas to create a new look in your living room. You can have a different look every season or year on a low budget if you creatively use decorating pieces. Avoid cluttering the space with too many pieces or mixing different color themes. The living must remain enjoyable and easy to use for your family as you add or remove new pieces.

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Spruce up the Outside of Your Home

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Our homes are our so very important to us. We raise our children in them, and use the space to express our personalities, our hobbies and interests. Our homes are an extension of ourselves in these respects. However, we often concentrate our homemaking efforts to the inside of our homes, after all, that is where we spend most of our time, but we need to also apply that love and care and attention to the external areas too. Here are 5 ways to take care of the outside spaces.

Stucco and Cladding

Depending on the design of your home, the most visible areas are the walls and the roof, and using stucco or cladding is one way to make a big difference. You can disguise unattractive brickwork or mismatched brickwork from previous renovations, or even just to add interest to the external walls of your home. By applying stucco or adding cladding to your walls will also provide another layer of external insulation to your home and protect them from the elements.

  • Stucco

A new coating of stucco will tie the whole house together and give it a polished finish. New stucco needs to be applied over a firm layer, so ensure that you rectify any area of loose or damaged materials. You also need to ensure that the new stucco allows your home to breathe to lessen the risk of damp developing in your home. You should use a recommended and professional builder to do the work for you; you do not want to invest in your home and see the stucco cracking after a short period of time. Choose a pigmented stucco so that maintenance requirements are kept to a minimum.

  • Cladding

You can choose from a variety of techniques to clad your home, and you need to consider the pros and cons of each, but pay particular attention to the maintenance required for each one. For example, natural timber cladding is very popular, but you will be required to oil it to maintain its color and protect its durability. There are collections of stone cladding, composite timber cladding, and even fiber cement products to choose from.

You do not need to clad your whole house, you can just wall texture to add interest to an aspect or area to create the look that you want. Rendering and cladding work well together to update the outside of your home.

Porch

The addition of a porch to your house can immediately give great character to an otherwise uninspired and featureless façade. Your porch’s design should complement the design of your house and be sympathetic to its architecture and proportion. Complement does not necessarily mean mirror; you can add a porch with a contrasting design, but it must be able to add aesthetic value to your home and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your house.

You need to consider how the porch will affect the natural light that currently flows through your front door, a well-designed porch may even allow for more. When thinking about the design of your porch, you must consider its functionality, whether it’s to provide protection to visitors from the weather, a space for you to relax in, or even just a place for to store your gumboots and wet coats.

Knock Knock

Your front door is the entrance to your home, and yet, we often find that we neglect its upkeep. Entry doors see a lot more traffic than internal doors, and they are open to the elements and any airborne pollution. You need to check what your door needs to have done to it to restore it to its former glory, for example, a wooden door will require more regular maintenance than metallic doors or those made of synthetic fibers. Your door may be outdated, need treating with a wood preservative and a lick of paint, or simply just need a good clean.

If you are repainting your door, use this as an opportunity to replace the hardware that adorns it. Changing your front door’s hardware is an inexpensive way to update your door. Before you purchase and install your door accessories, make sure that you have a good think about whether your choice of hardware is appropriate to the era of your home. Wrought iron door accessories are lovely, but do they really suit the style of your mid-century house?

Windows

When you are looking to improve the exterior of your home, great care needs to be taken, especially if you are hoping to enhance and retain the character of your home. Your windows are a key feature of your home’s exterior, and as such, they require regular maintenance.

Windows have to withstand a lot of abuse from the elements: ice cold temperatures in winter, and scorching sun and rising temperatures in summer. Over time, the weather will take its toll on the windows, and you need to check that they are still fit for the job. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently apply pressure to the wood. If it is soft, it is a sign of decay. You need to also keep an eye out for termite infestation damage (termite trails include powdery digested wood, feces, and eggs), so that you can treat the wood before any permanent damage to the structure of your house is caused. If your windows are damaged beyond repair, you will need to replace them. Damaged windows can lead to water being able to access wall cavities and even the foundations of your home, so it is a false economy to patch them with remedial works.

The first step towards your window replacements is to consider the needs of the window. Do they need to match existing windows elsewhere in the property? Do they need to be made from a particular material? You also need to consider the budget that you have to replace them as purchasing new windows is a big commitment, and one that you need to get right first time. Replacing the windows can dramatically improve the external appearance of your house, and provide you with the added benefit of making your home more energy efficient too!

Landscaping

Tending to your garden can take up a lot of time. If your current garden design requires more maintenance than you have time to give, consider what you can do to lessen the burden. Perhaps you have flower beds that constantly need weeding, or a pond that lies stagnant and is more of a breeding ground for mosquitos than a feature that you are proud of.

Create outdoor living space that you can use to entertain, a deck or patio provides a low maintenance solution to reducing grassy areas, but not at the expense of being able to enjoy the outdoors. You can keep your area green with pots of plants, and introduce screens with climbing plants to add further interest and give you privacy.

Introduce beds of mulch to your garden rather than turf grass. It will be one of the best investments that you make: the mulch breaks down and fertilizes your plants and prevents weeds from growing. Mulch is an inexpensive addition to your family; it requires no mowing or watering, and only needs topping up in spring.

Think about the plants that you have growing in your garden. Roses, for example, are high maintenance, and need year-round care. You can dig up these energy and time draining plants and replace them with less demanding options such as Lavender, Achillea, and Astilbe. You do not have to have a flowerless garden to be low maintenance, just selective with what you choose to grow.

Spruce up your fences and sheds by applying a treatment that has a stain that will enhance the rest of your garden. There are many options available on the market that can really add to your garden’s and property’s appeal. Choose a color that is best for your home’s design; a colonial or cottage style house would suit a crisp white, while a rustic home would benefit from an oak colored stain. Think about how the color will blend in with your neighborhood, your neighbors may consider that a bright yellow fence is more suited to a daycare center rather than a standard brown. If your garden is full of lush foliage, a green or neutral color will help your fence blend in with the surroundings.

By taking as much care of the outside of your home as you do the inside, you can add real value to your property. The value of increasing your home’s curb appeal does not have to be exclusively for prospective house buyers, you can benefit too from having a house that you are proud of from the minute you pull up your car on the driveway. You may not be wanting to sell it anytime soon, but by making the best of what you have, you will feel like you are coming home to a new house in any case.

 

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‘Tis The Season To Be Toasty: Hacks For Your Home

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Winter is looming, and many of us are braced for the arrival of frosty mornings and chilly nights. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than being warm and cozy indoors. If your home is draughty, you’ve got heating problems, or you don’t want to spend a fortune on energy bills, there are ways of staying warm without breaking the bank. Here are some helpful hacks to keep you toasty this winter.

Insulating your home

Are you spending too much on central heating? Do you dread the gas and electricity bills arriving in the mail? If so, taking steps to insulate your home is a great place to start saving money and making your home warmer and cozier. If you’ve got the heating on, you want to retain that warmth for as long as possible. If heat is escaping through holes and cracks, you’re going to spend more without enjoying the benefits. There are various things you can do to improve your home’s insulation. Firstly, it’s a good idea to check if you are eligible for grants or financial assistance towards the cost of loft or cavity wall insulation. Secondly, have a walk around the house and keep your eyes peeled for gaps that could be contributing to heat loss. Often, plugging holes or fitting a brush on the bottom of the door can make a massive difference to heat retention. If you don’t have double glazing, it’s worth getting some quotes. Alternatively, you could buy inexpensive secondary glazing sheets, which you stick onto the window frame to provide an extra layer of insulation.

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Checking your heating system

It’s going to get colder over the next few weeks, so now is a good time to arrange a boiler check or hire trained plumbing technicians to give your heating system the once-over. If your radiators aren’t working properly or you have an ancient furnace, it’s worth seeking professional advice. Sometimes, you can save a lot of money and improve the efficiency of the system by replacing old water heaters with newer, more eco-friendly and energy-efficient units. Even if you have a modern boiler, it’s advisable to schedule annual maintenance checks, as this will reduce the risk of problems and save you money in the long-run.

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Making your home cozier

Even when you have the heating on, harsh winter conditions can make it difficult to get warm at home. If it’s snowing outside, and you’re chilly, invest in some extra throws and blankets and light the fire. If you don’t already have a fire at home, there are loads of options you could consider. You could go for a basic, rustic open fire, add some traditional charm with a log burner or opt for a modern, wall-mounted plasma screen fire. Take a look around and look out for flash sales in the run-up to the holiday period. Portable heaters are another option, but bear in mind that they are expensive to run. Keep heat in by closing internal doors and swap light cotton curtains for heavier materials.

If you’re worried about spending a fortune on energy bills, try and limit the number of rooms you use. If you never go in the guest room or you don’t use the dining room much, turn the radiators off and focus on heating the rooms you do use on a daily basis. Make sure you keep the doors closed to prevent heat from escaping.

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Setting a thermostat

If you have a thermostat, this can cut bills and enable you to stay toasty at the same time. When you use a thermostat, you can set a temperature, and the heating system will only fire up when the temperature falls below this figure. This means that your home will always be warm, but you won’t be paying for the radiators to be on permanently. In the winter, most people set their thermostat at around 20-23 degrees.

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There’s a chill in the air and the nights are drawing in. Winter is most definitely on its way. If you’re keen to create a cozy atmosphere at home this winter and you don’t want to worry about trying to keep warm on a budget, hopefully, this guide has provided you with some helpful hacks. Plug any holes and gaps to prevent heat loss and find out more about home insulation. Book a boiler check or seek professional advice if your heating system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be. Set a thermostat and add some cozy touches to your home. Layer cushions, blankets and throws on couches and beds, keep the doors closed, and light the fire.

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Five Things to Check Before Buying a New Home

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Buying a new home is a trying business. You are excited to start fresh, move in to your new home, and begin your life. You also worry about making the right decision, financing, and more. When you are house searching, take your time. Rushing into something because you are tired of looking won’t bring you satisfaction. Similarly, don’t get too excited when you think you’ve found the perfect home – there could be underlying problems that could cost you thousands of dollars to rectify. To help you, here are five things for you to check before you buy a new house:

  1. Make Sure Everything Works

When you view a home, ask for permission to ensure everything works. This means everything from making sure doors open easily to facets turn on and toilets flush. If something doesn’t work, it could be a sign that the house has been neglected or a greater, underlying issue that could cost more than the house is worth.

  1. Check the Plumbing

It’s time to get down on your knees and check the plumbing wherever it is visible. Leaks and mold are bad signs. Mold can be particularly harmful to young children, seniors, and those with asthma, so it’s best to check. Working, new, and clean pipes are what you want in your new home.

  1. Insulation Quality

In many cases, you will be able to judge insulation quality just by sight. Single-pane windows and drafty doors are easy to spot and are a sure-fire sign that the rest of the house isn’t insulated well either. In colder climates, houses require a a greater standard of insulation than homes in warm climates – but if your air-conditioned cold air escapes from your home, you’re still looking at high energy costs. You might be able to negotiate a lower property price if the insulation is not up to standard.

  1. There are No Infestations

Before you buy a home, you should have Reynolds Pest Control check for infestations in a Wood Destroying Organism Report (WDO). Termite infestations can weaken the structure of your home and leave you with hefty damages and health concerns. In warmer states, termite inspections should be done regularly, as the climate is perfect for termite colonies to thrive.

  1. It’s Up to Code

If the house has thus far made it through your own inspection checks, it is time to get the professionals involved. You should never buy a house without getting a home inspection done. Most problems they will uncover will be fixable, while others won’t be. It is always better to know beforehand. In some cases, you can even use the home inspection results to help you lower the cost of the house.

When you enter what might seem like your dream house, inspect it. If the house passes your preliminary inspections it is then time to bring in the professionals to thoroughly evaluate the property. A dream house that is on its last legs isn’t a good investment. Be thorough and patient – your dream home is out there and you will find it.

 

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Who Cleans The Cleaner?

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Thanks to lots of modern appliances and devices, we now don’t have to spend quite so much time dedicated to cleaning and housework. Our washing machines, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaner can take care of all of the awful cleaning jobs that not many people want to do. But do you ever wonder how these cleaners stay clean? Well, unfortunately, they don’t. Someone still needs to clean the cleaner!

In fact, a wide range of your household appliances will need to be regularly cleaned and maintained, not just the ones that we use for cleaning. Here are some useful cleaning tips that can help you keep all of your oft-used appliances in perfect condition.

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The Dishwasher

Hopefully, you are already cleaning your dishwasher every month. If you aren’t doing so, this is something that you need to start now. Otherwise, a lot of grime and dirt will build up in its system. Eventually, this will get into the water and your dishes will be cleaned in dirty water. To ensure that this never happens, you will need to clear out the drain. Most dishwashers have a release that you can pull to release any water that is stagnant in the drain. It’s also a good idea to give your machine a quick vinegar wash, as this will remove any oil, grime, and dirt from the whole system. Simply place a cup of white vinegar into the top shelf of the washer, and then start its hottest cycle. Vinegar is a really effective cleaning substance, and will also remove any obnoxious fragrances.

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The Tumble Dryer

One of the main things to watch out for when it comes to your tumble dryer is that it doesn’t get too clogged up from all the fabric that can come off our clothes. There is a filter, often located just underneath the dryer’s door, that you should regularly take out and clean. It can often get covered in fluff and fabric, and you just need to remove all of this material so that it doesn’t get too blocked. It is also worth contacting a firm like Capitol Chimney who specialize in cleaning out the vents in these kinds of machines. They can clean inside the vent and remove the buildup of detergent and fabric softener that can sometimes block them and cause toxins to get into the drum of the machine.

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The Microwave

Another important appliance that needs regular cleaning and maintenance is the microwave. As this is used to prepare food, it can get quite greasy and grimey very quickly but it is often one of the most neglected appliances when it comes to cleaning. First of all, when you come to clean your microwave, you should give it a quick wipe down to remove any excess liquids and grease. Next, you need to fill a large, microwavable cup full of water, vinegar, and chopped up lemon into the microwave. Turn it one for a minute or two. The liquid will boil and the microwave window will eventually steam up. When you open the door, the microwave will smell a lot fresher thanks to the lemon. The vinegar will have cut through any remaining grease and oil, making it much easier to wipe away.

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The Vacuum Cleaner

Think it is time you gave your vacuum cleaner a bit of a spring clean? It’s actually very easy to do! First up, you just need to empty out its bag. Next, take apart any bits that will come away from the main body, and then give these a quick wash with some soapy water. You should also take a pair of scissors and use them to cut away any hairs or fabrics that have become extremely tangled in the foot of the vacuum. You can clean the foot even further by wetting a cotton wool pad with some rubbing alcohol and wiping it with this. This can remove any dirt that has built up on the base of the foot. Remember to thoroughly dry all the parts of the vacuum cleaner before you put it all back together again.

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The Washing Machine

In actual fact, your washing machine doesn’t need too much attention. The main thing is cleaning out the filter, like with the tumble dryer. It’s also a good idea to place a small cup of bleach into the drawer where you normally place a cup of washing powder. Turn your machine onto its hottest setting, and press start. This should help to clean out the entire system.

So, now you can clean all your appliances!

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Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Property

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When you’re buying a new house, you don’t want to settle for just OK- you want to buy the perfect place, the one you’ve always dreamed about. You might think that doing that is just a dream, but it really is possible to find, and purchase, the perfect property. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Know Exactly What You Want

Before you call in a realtor to help you with your search, sit down with the whole family and discuss everything you’d love in a dream house. Obviously, you won’t be able to accommodate every wish realistically, but you will get a better idea of what will make your new home special for the whole family, and you can focus on finding a property that covers most of the common ground.

Play the Long Game

The most important thing you can do, if you want to maximize your chances of finding the perfect property, is to play the long game. Chances are you won’t find that dream home on your first, second, or even sixth attempt, so you have to be willing to hold out until something truly amazing comes along. Waiting to move also has the added benefit of enabling you to save more money, so that you can better afford that perfect property when it does come along.

Be a Little Flexible

Although you’re looking for the perfect placer, chances are no property will meet your every need, so it does pay to be a little flexible. For example, if you want a pool, but none of the properties you’re being shown has one, try looking for a property with scope to build one instead, or if you love a property, but it doesn’t have that huge big kitchen you dream off, look into the possibility of extending instead of dismissing it out of hand.

Think About the Future

The property you buy now, if you’re planning to buy your dream home; a home you’ll plan to spend many years in, at least, needs to be able to grow and change with you as you have kids, get a dog, retire and start up a side business etc., if it can’t-do that, then it isn’t really your dream home, so bear this in mind when looking for your perfect place.

Check Out the Surroundings

Your dream home can so easily become a nightmare if you have noisy neighbors or you discover that the surroundings aren’t exactly safe, so always check out the surroundings before you buy!

Build it Yourself

If all else fails, and you simply cannot find the property that is right for you, no matter how hard you look or how flexible you’re willing to be, there’s always the option of hiring a custom home builder to turn your dreams into reality. Obviously, you’ll have to wait longer to move your dream home, but what’s a few months when you get to live in the property you’ve always dreamed off?

The bottom line: Knowing exactly what you want, being flexible and actually taking the time to check out the finer details are the keys to finding the perfect property. Do this, and you’ll be setting up home in your dream house in no time at all.

 

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Redesigning Your Home

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Have you ever sat in your home and thought, I don’t like this any more? There’s so many things that need sprucing up that it might seem like an impossible task. Some people get to this stage and decide the want to move. But this is such an expensive option. This is the house you’ve made a home. There are so many things you can do to go it a new lease of life, without having to spend too much money. There’s also a few things you can do where you may need to dip your hand in your pocket a little more. All however, will leave your home looking, and feeling brand new.

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Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used part of the house. All the family is constantly flowing in and out of it for whatever they need. Over time, it is obvious that it needs some TLC. The first step is to give it a deep clean. Take all items such as chairs, food in the cupboards, tables etc. out of the kitchen. Start from the top and work your way up. Clean above all the cupboards with a mild bleach solution. Then move down into the cupboards, and really go to town in there. Over so many years, little spillages will have built up, along with natural aging, to create a rather nasty smell and look. Scrub away, and leave the cupboards wet whilst you clean the rest of the kitchen. Deeps clean the oven and the hob with any shop bought solutions. Spray the windows with window cleaner to get them looking brand new. Finally, mop the floor and your kitchen should be looking sparkling new. Then, take yourself shopping and redesign your kitchen. Buy different colours to change the theme, and even purchase a picture to create a feature wall.

Garden

The garden can be a little more expensive. To begin with, you need to get it looking pretty. Mow the lawn to keep it looking short and fresh. If you already have plants, dig them all up so you can start fresh. Buy any colourful fall growing plants from the shop, and begin to replant them for a brighter looking garden. Blossoming flowers always completely change the feel of a garden. If you’re looking to create more space, look to use your garden place a garage. Contact companies such as Armstrong Steel The size can be your choice, but you can convert it into whatever you’d like. A storage unit, or even just another place to escape the noise of the house.

Kids Bedroom

How many of you can say your 10 year old is sleeping in a room decorated when they were 5? It’s time to give the room a new lease of life according to age. Strip the wallpaper, or sand away the paint, and look to create a more mature room. Still focus on using brighter more exciting colours, but add things such as shelves for them to place school books on. Buy some new bedding, preferably still action themed, or girly as they are still young at heart.

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Steps to Buying Your First Home

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Buying your first home can seem like a daunting task. When you don’t know the steps to take, you can start your house hunting ill-prepared. There is a lot of preparation and research to be done before you buy a home, and doing this preparation can mean the difference between buying your home with an agreeable interest rate, or not buying one at all. All first-time home buyers should follow this guide to help them through the process:

  1. Improve Your Credit Rating

Before you think about house hunting, you need to make sure that your credit score is up to snuff. Keep up with credit card payments and don’t have too many lines of credit open. A poor credit rating can mean you get a loan with a high-interest rate or don’t get one at all. Improve your credit score before you start house hunting.

  1. Check Your Budget

Know how you spend, and know what you can afford. You want to know and be sure that you can make the mortgage repayments, instead of just assuming you can. Knowing your budget will also help you save for your down payment.

  1. Have a Down Payment Saved

If your parents or another guardian are paying for your down payment, ensure that the money is in your account for a long time before you search for a loan. If you have saved for the loan yourself, the bank statements will be apparent. Further, you should save, not only for the down payment, but for the closing costs as well.

  1. Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

Pre-qualifying for a mortgage loan can help you immensely when you are house hunting. You don’t want to go over your budget for any reason, and this includes being caught in a bidding war. Having a pre-approved loan can also help you negotiate.

  1. Choose A New House

There are many things to consider when buying a new house. Start with the neighborhood, then work your way from there. You need to make sure that the house you choose is both within your budget and suits your needs. Once you think you’ve found the one, get it inspected. You can use this inspection to help negotiate a fairer price.

  1. Get Homeowner’s Insurance

Finding insurance that works for both your needs and budget requires some shopping around. Like buying a new home, you want to know your options, and you want to get the best deal.

  1. Move In

The last step is the best one. You are a new homeowner! The house is yours to transform how you wish. If you are on a budget, keep upgrades small and do them over the course of your life. You can have the house of your dreams, you just need to have vision, savings, and time.

Buying a house is stressful for everyone. There is a lot of planning to be taken care of before you can even start house hunting, and finding the right place for you can take a lot of time. Be patient, do your work beforehand – you want to be sure of your choice and your ability to afford it.

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Vacationing Abroad? Don’t Forget Your Home

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Summer might be over, but September is still holiday season. After all, it’s cheaper, the kids aren’t in school, and the weather’s still warm. But, while your focus might be on hotels and plane tickets, there is one thing you should never forget. Your home will still be standing when you get back, but it might be empty. At least, this could be the case for those of you who don’t take security seriously. When you are a vacation, it is a perfect time for burglars to strike. To put them off, here are the things homeowners need to know.

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Make It Look Occupied

The best method to prevent a break in is to go under the radar. If a burglar doesn’t think it’s a viable option, they won’t waste their energy. They are opportunists and grab chances when they occur. With this in mind, try and make the house look as busy and in-use as possible. Get a friend to open and close the curtains, put a timer on the exterior lights, and leave the car in the driveway. Donnafreedman.com even says that house sitting is an excellent way to keep thieves at bay. Remember that the livelier, the better.

Install A Security System

An alarm is a no-brainer because it’s cheap and efficient. To take your system to a new level, though, a CCTV camera is in order. The reason confused.com reports it to be a deterrent is down to the amount of risk for a thief. Because cameras use quality software, the possibility of getting caught is much bigger. And, with homesecuritysystem.co, you can choose a system which fits your needs perfectly. In fact, a CCTV camera works so well that a dummy method is useful too. Thieves don’t know if they work or not and can’t take a gamble as a result.

Don’t Tell Everyone

Once you book a vacation, it’s tempting to inform the neighborhood. After all, you want the neighbors to know that you can afford a good time. The issue with this is that the news travels fast. Before you know it, the info is common knowledge and every man and his dog are aware. From a show off perspective, it’s great, but from a security standpoint, it’s unsafe. Although it’s tempting, try not to blab and only tell the people who need to know.

Check Insurance Policy

Not to be cynical, but a break in is hard to stop when you’re thousands of miles away. Sometimes, the security features don’t work and burglars win. Therefore, it’s a savvy move to check the terms of your insurance policy before boarding the plane. At the least, the company should pick up the tab and reimburse you for the damage. However, this will only happen if you are not liable for the theft. By researching the fine print, you can figure out what this entails. It goes without saying, but a homeowner policy is essential if you don’t have one already.

Before you leave, make sure the property is safe and secure.

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