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Winter Chores To Tick Off The To Do List Today

Winter Chores To Tick Off The To Do List Today

Winter seems to be a time of year where we just want to hibernate and only do what is necessary, and no one blames you for having that mentality. It is cold, grim, and a time of the year that you feel the financial stress as well as the burden of daily life. However, winter can also be the time of year that you get yourself organised, in your life and your home, so here are some of the winter chores that you can tick off your to do list today.

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Book your car in for a service and winter check

One of the things we can forget about when winter strikes is our cars. But yet we expect them to work on those cold mornings, to navigate icy streets when the snow comes, and to still get us from one place to the next. It might be time to book your car for a service and a winter check. Websites like www.eliteautomotive.vegas could be a good place to start to find out what is involved and costing. The mechanics will probably check your tyres to ensure there is enough tread, the levels in your engine and also things like brakes and general wear and tear to ensure your car is in good working order. It is worth it to ensure that you won’t get caught out when you need your car the most.

Clear out those gutters and drains

When it comes to our homes, and more specifically, the outside of homes and the gardens, it is fair to say we probably avoid it at all costs. The weather is too cold for that. But, this is the ideal time to get rid of any debris in your garden, and specifically clear away those gutters and drains. On a cold icy day, this job will be easier to do, and will help you avoid problems when the rain kicks in again as the temperatures begin to rise before spring. There are plenty of tips online to help you do it, and it could certainly be a great chore to tick off your list. It will also help your home to look a little more presentable in time for the spring season ahead.

Declutter your home and embrace tidiness

Clutter can really add up during the winter months. We tend to want one in hibernation mode, and so avoid tasks that means decluttering or deep cleaning. But, at this time of the year it is the perfect time to start decluttering your home and making some changes. There are things you can consider doing such as embracing tidiness. Marie Kondo with her Konmari method has taken the world by storm thanks to the recent Netflix series, and it could have you looking for all of the items that spark joy. If you don’t want to go to that extreme, simply declutter a room at a time. Don’t forget any unwanted items could be donated or sold online to boost your income.

Let’s hope this has you inspired to tick off some of these winter chores.

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Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.

By Tia Cristy

Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.

 

 

When it’s cold outside, you want to stay warm. Well, so do the rodents and other pests.

Most people will say there’s not enough room in their home for both their families and pests.

If you want an organic remedy to keep mice and other creatures away from the house try putting cotton balls soaked in uncut peppermint oil along the foundation, inside crawl spaces, basements, and attics. The long-lasting smell will keep unwanted visitors out.

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Forget Interior Design! Think About The Exterior Design Of Your Home

Forget Interior Design! Think About The Exterior Design Of Your Home

It’s all too easy to consider the interior design of our homes, at the detriment of the exterior. When thinking about renovations, we consider knocking through the kitchen and the dining room to create an open plan living space, we choose to replace the avocado bathroom suite, or we consider redecorating the living room. Very rarely do our minds go to our driveway, our garden or the frontage of our dwellings. However, we should be giving our humble abodes the curb appeal that they deserve.

There’s nothing worse than having the most creative, incredible and imaginative interior and having a crummy driveway up to the front door. This doesn’t match up. You need to coif the outside of your home in the same way as you do the inside of your pad. Take a look at these simple ways that you can bring the exterior of your home up to scratch.

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Frontage

The frontage of our homes should look clean at the very least. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a condo by the beach, a townhouse or a bungalow, your home should look smart. Any flaky masonry paint, dodgy flashing or cracked window fascias can look undesirable and messy. It’s time to consider how you want your home to look.

Depending on your budget you may choose to replace your windows. Think about whether you’d like wood or uPVC fascias depending on the sort of look you want for your property. Wood looks fantastic if you have an oak front door or if you live in an older property. uPVC fascias are perfect for the more modern home. Either is energy efficient so long as you ensure you are installing double glazing to keep the heat in.

If you have pebble dash on your exterior walls and the beige hues are getting to you, just paint them white. Masonry paint is weatherproof and can actually protect the exterior of your home. The brightness you can achieve from white paint over your pebble dash will lift your home and revolutionise its look, bringing it into the twenty first century. People crave light, bright and aspirational homes. Make yours one of them.

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Gardens

If you are blessed with a large rear garden, it’s time to tackle the jungle that has somehow emerged. Cut back shrubbery, and don’t be scared to deadhead and strip right back. Starting from scratch is vital. Foliage and flowers are very resilient and will appreciate the cutting back to enable new growth.

If you have a grass area, make sure you mow the lawn. By cutting this back once a week during the warmer months, you are creating the perfect environment for healthy growth. Sprinkle some lawn-meal if needed and water your grass if you have any brown patches. Grass is resilient and will come back from the most severe of droughts, so don’t worry. You will never have to rip up a lawn and start again.

Having an area outside that can be utilized for al fresco dining is wonderful. If your ground is a tad wonky, needs leveling out, and could do with a revamp, why not consider employing patio builders to custom design a deck or patio. With a personalised approach, you can have the patio or decking of your dreams. Hardwood, composite designs or brickwork patterns can add another level of creativity to your backyard. Explore your options and enjoy using your imagination just as you would with the interior of your home.

No matter how small or large your back garden is, try and create two or three zones. This way, you have a clear purpose for your garden and can use it as a other room of your home. Have an area for dining and barbecues, an area for growing pot plants, a veggie patch, a rockery, a water feature or some lawn. You don’t have to create tens of zones, just a couple will do. Think of renovating your garden in the same way as redecorating your bedroom. By adding visual interest to your outside areas, you are bringing new life to your entire pad.

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Driveway

Some people live directly on the road with very little drive to speak of. However, most people have a small section of land to the front of their property that often gets overlooked. Weeds can grow between the crevices of brickwork, lawn can become overgrown and the hanging baskets we carefully adorn our frontages with, soon die and simply get left to hang for all eternity.

Instead of leaving everything to wallow, take some time once a month to take care of the upkeep of your driveway. Spray some weedkiller, mow the lawn and hide the bins behind your wall so that the whole world can’t see your garbage. Your driveway is the route that your visitors, friends and family take to your home, so make sure it generates a super first impression. Cleanliness and tidiness are essential. If this is spot on, then your home will harness curb appeal.

If you want to enhance the driveway to your home even further, consider installing some lighting to highlight the accompanying gardens or simply to light up the driveway in the dark. You don’t need to be spending a fortune of electronics with solar powered lights offering up an excellent energy saving alternative. Under brick lighting, pole lighting and traditional lamp lighting can lift your exterior and give that much needed curb appeal.

It’s only right that you want the interior of your home to be where you place most of your creative energy. The kitchen is the hub of your home, you spend most of your time in the evenings watching the TV in the living room with your brood, and you adore making your bedroom a haven of relaxation. However, don’t neglect the exterior of your property, as this also helps your home stand out from the crowd. Give it some much needed curb appeal and bask in your newfound and revolutionized pad.

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Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

Incorporating a Little More Nature Into Your Interior Design

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Interior design takes a whole lot of thought and consideration to get right. You may have to trial and error a few different concepts before landing on the right one to suit you, your personality, and your lifestyle. But generally speaking, you want to get things right as early on in the process as possible – this will help you to save money and avoid wasting your hard earned cash on concepts or items that simply don’t fit and have to be reworked! An aesthetic that tends to be taking the world of interior design by storm, and which generally works first time round, is a minimalist, natural look. This is neat and tidy, has a clean finish, and leaves spaces feeling open and fresh. But how can you achieve this? Well, a simple method is to simply incorporate more nature into your home. Bring the outdoors indoors! Here are a few steps that you can take to get started in the right direction!

Natural Light

Let’s start with one of the basics – natural light. Sure, we can light our properties artificially if they are looking a little dark and gloomy during the days. But nothing quite compares to natural light. Not only does it benefit your home’s aesthetic by flooding open spaces with a cool and fresh look, but it’s good for you too! Natural light regulates your body’s circadian rhythms, which ultimately determine your sleep-wake cycle. Making sure that you are exposed to sufficient natural light during the day will help to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and wake the following morning feeling bright, well rested, and ready to go! You can boost natural light in your property by carrying out simple tasks, such as ensuring that blinds are pulled up properly, curtains are drawn properly, and that windows aren’t blocked. If you want to take extra steps, consider having skylights fitted, French or glass sliding doors fitted, or extra windows professionally built in.

Wooden Surfaces

Next, you should opt for more natural materials within your home. Sure, manmade materials are generally cheaper and more easily accessible. But it’s worth going the extra mile for your home design. Wood is a great option and, in aid of reducing deforestation and habitat destruction, you should consider using reclaimed wood like Manomin Resawn Timbers. This will also have a rustic or vintage feel, which works really well! A nice sustainable alternative could also prove to be bamboo!

Houseplants

Add a little greenery to your interiors! Houseplants are aesthetically pleasing and actively improve the air quality in your home. They take in negative substances from the air and leave you breathing easy. Just make sure that any
plants you invest in are non-toxic if you have pets or children in your property.
As you can see, incorporating a little more nature into your home is relatively simple. So, get started today to start seeing and feeling the benefits as soon as possible.

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5 Ways to Feel More Secure in Your Own Home

5 Ways to Feel More Secure in Your Own Home

Living alone can be a scary and unknown territory, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Every strange creek of the floorboards or flicker of light outside can cause you to freak out internally, just a little bit. Whether you’re looking to improve your home protection or you simply want to feel a tiny bit safer when you’re home alone, there are many things you can do to put your mind at ease. You deserve to feel comfortable and secure in your own home instead of panicking about the unknown. Consider these five ways to feel more relaxed and safe in your home environment and you will soon have nothing to worry about.

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1. Fix Faulty Doors

When you live on your own you need to make sure that all of your windows and doors are very secure. You will never feel safe if your garage door is always slightly ajar or one of your windows doesn’t quite close properly. Look into local garage door repair and you will soon be able to put your mind at ease. Instead of worrying about that faulty door or window you will soon be able to sleep easy.

2. Invest in a Security System

If you have a security system that links up to your phone, you will always be able to check for movement whether you’re upstairs or out of the house. It will make you feel a lot calmer knowing that your home is safe at all hours of the day.

3. Leave a Small Light On

Whether you’re going to bed or leaving the house for the evening, you should always leave small lamp on in your home. This will not only warn of intruders, but it will also take a little weight off your shoulders. When it looks like somebody is at home, trespassers will be less likely to risk it by breaking in or disturbing your peace.

4. Lock Your Doors

When you live alone it is really important to lock your doors so that you feel super safe at night. Although this seems like a simple idea, many people who live on their own don’t realize how important it is. Keep your keys in the door and double lock it if you can. Don’t forget to lock all windows and the back door too.

5. Invite a Friend Over

If you’re ever feeling especially uncomfortable in your own home, then why not invite your friend over? Having a bit of company will take your mind off feeling alone or scared. You can catch up, have a glass of wine or watch a movie; in no time you will be able to forget that you were ever scared to be at home on your own.

Living alone for the first time is a daunting prospect, but you shouldn’t let your fears get in the way of you pursuing something you really want to do. Having that independence will serve you greatly in the future, so make these small changes now and you will feel instantly more content.

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Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

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I’m sure that like me, you consider your home your personal pride and joy. It’s your own haven where you can relax with your family away from the stresses and worries of the outside world. Plus, more often than not, it is a work-free zone where you can forget about your troubles in the office as soon as you walk through the door. As our homes are so important to us, there’s no wonder that so many of us want to ensure that our property is well protected against any threats that could cost our own security or cause damage that is extremely expensive to repair.

 

Are you happy that your home is well protected? There are a few different things that all homeowners need to put into place to ensure peace of mind when it comes to their property. Read on to find out more.

 

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Burglars And Intruders

 

One of the main things you will need to protect your home against is burglars. If your home isn’t quite as secure as it should be, it could be at an increased risk of being robbed. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can improve your home security, including by carrying out the following:

 

  • Add a burglar alarm. First of all, it’s worth adding a burglar alarm to your home if you don’t already have one. Whenever you leave, you can set the alarm. Then if it detects any movement, it will go off. This should then scare the intruders and it might also alert your neighbors who can always wander around the property to make sure everything is ok.
  • Install CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent. As soon as a potential burglar spots them, there is no way they will want to risk getting any closer to your property or else they’ll face being caught in the act. If someone does break in, then at least you can take the CCTV footage to the police to use as evidence.
  • Remove valuables from sight. Of course, if a burglar can’t spot anything of any value in your home, there is a lot less chance of them trying to break in in the first place. So, make sure that anything expensive and valuable is hidden from sight. It’s also worth closing your curtains when you leave your home so that no one can peek through the window and see large electrical items, such as your TV or washing machine.

 

 

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Pests And Vermin

 

Robberies aren’t the only thing that you need to protect your home from. In fact, there are some other kinds of intruders that you might need to guard your home against. I’m talking about pests and vermin. After all, you don’t want to come downstairs one morning and find a family of rats or ants have moved into your home, do you?! To ensure that this never happens, you need to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep your home clean. One of the best ways to keep the pests at bay is to ensure that your home is always as clean as possible. If your home isn’t quite as clean as it should be, there could be crumbs all over that attract pests and vermin inside. So, make be sure to clean up regularly and remove any possible food sources.
  • Fix any leaks. Similarly, you need to remove any sources of water that pests and vermin might be drinking. To do this, you simply need to make sure all of your kitchen and bathroom pipes are tight and that there are no leakages at all. Water could drip from these and gather in small puddles, which makes it easier for pests to survive.
  • Take out your garbage regularly. Did you know that your garbage is a great food source for pests? It’s true! And that’s especially the case in the summer. All of the food and leftovers in the garbage will start to decompose quicker and the pungent smell could attract a lot of mice, rats, and bugs. So, be sure to take your garbage out as often as you can.
  • Find a local pest exterminator. It’s always a good idea to know the name and contact details of a local pest exterminator who can help you in the event that you do ever find some pesky pests in your home. This is especially important if you ever find any dangerous animals in your home as some exterminators now offer pest control snakes now as well.

 

 

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Weather Damage

 

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to control the weather and so your home could be at risk from suffering some very dangerous weather damage. This is especially the case during a bad storm when the wind and rain will be beating the property. Thankfully, there is plenty that can be done to protect your home from this kind of damage.

 

  • Maintain Roof Shingles. Keeping an eye on your property’s roof is very important as this will give you the chance to spot any broken or missing shingles. It’s crucial that you fix and replace these as soon as you can. If you don’t, then they will probably end up falling off during a bad storm, and that will increase the chance of your roof leaking.
  • Trim Back Trees. If you have any trees in your garden that are quite close to the main property, it’s necessary to trim these back. That way, there is no risk of the branches causing any damage to the windows of your house during high winds. Don’t worry if you don’t want to trim the branches yourself, you could always hire a professional gardener to take care of this for you.
  • Keep Gutters Cleaned Out. When was the last time you cleaned out your gutters? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to do it right now. Unclean gutters are prone to blockages. Those blockages won’t allow rainwater to flow through and down the drain. This will result in water running down the wall of your home which could cause significant water damage to the property.

So, now you know what to protect your home against!

 

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Can You Use Your Home To See The World?

Can You Use Your Home To See The World?

The world is a big place. There’s so much to see, and so little time to do so.

Needless to say, unless you’re living a backpack lifestyle with your family, you’ll be lucky to explore many of the magical spots on the planet. Traveling is, after all, expensive. More importantly, it can be tricky to organize when you’ve got young children in tow. If you’re like most parents, you know that you’ve made a conscious choice when to decided to have children to put your travel desire on hold – or to slow down the travel frenzy a little. Indeed, school terms add a layer of limitations, forcing parents to book their holidays when the travel costs are at their peak – and, quite honestly, nobody is ready to spend that much money on a handful of days abroad.

However, you can find tips and tricks to cut down your travel expenses and challenges by using your home as a strategic starting point.

 

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Nothing like a holiday home somewhere nice

Investing in a new property when you are already a homeowner can seem unnecessary, at first, but it is, in reality, an excellent investment strategy. Indeed, the property market is likely to deliver a regular source of income from rental activities. You can maximize your rental revenue by picking a popular destination for your holiday home with a specialist realtor with international properties such as Sotheby’s Realty. A holiday home has not only the potential to pay for itself through rental income, but it also provides a destination for your next vacation. If you’ve fallen in love with the south of France or a cozy chalet in Bavaria, why not invest in a holiday home in the region?

 

Have you considered a home swap?

If you’re new to the principles of home swapping, you’ve been missing out on a fantastic travel option. Home swapping websites https://www.lovehomeswap.com/  let you exchange your home with another traveler. Imagine looking for a holiday in Tuscany. You could swap your home with a Tuscan family for the duration of the holiday. You can save a lot of money during school holiday breaks, for instance! More importantly, swapping sites ensure high security, so that you only engage with trustworthy homeowners. If you are planning to list your home, make sure to proceed to all the necessary improvement works. Additionally, childproof properties are preferred to guarantee family-friendly vacations.

 

Rent out and explore the world

Finally, if you can afford to homeschool your kids, why not embrace a new adventure and travel the world? You can easily rent out your place on a site such as Airbnb to secure regular income while you travel. You will need to check your local rental rules, as in some areas, it might be illegal to rent out your home for short-term periods only! Once you’ve arranged for the legal aspect, you can rely on a host management company to take care of your property while you’re away. Ultimately, you can finance your travels using your home; surely that’s the most cost-effective solution for someone with itchy feet?!

 

The bottom line is that it’s time to stop saying you can’t travel. Traveling is expensive, no doubt about that. But you can make it more accessible with the right approach.

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Unusual Chores That Probably Need Doing In Your Home

Unusual Chores That Probably Need Doing In Your Home

We all know that there is a list of daily chores that have to be done to keep our homes maintained. But, there are also chores that we only do on occasion because they are more difficult and take up a lot of time. Sometimes, we might even neglect to do these entirely, even though we know that at some point they will need to be done. So, let’s look at some of these unusual chores that probably need doing in your home.

 

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Cleaning Out The Gutters

 

The chore that everyone dreads is cleaning out the gutters. It is not a very pleasant job, and that is why it is one of the most put off chores there is. But, it is important that it gets done at some point. While it may be disgusting to do if you don’t, the flow of rainwater will not be controlled properly, and you may end up with leaks. That is why this job is so important, even though it is one of the worst that we can imagine.

 

Maintaining Your Chimney

 

Not many people have chimney’s these days, but for those of you who do, maintaining it can be a real pain. A lot of people don’t bother, especially if they do not light the fire at the bottom. However, if you do, you need to make sure that the chimney is being kept in good condition but we know that is easier said than done. If you don’t think that this is something you can do, you can always employ the services of a chimney sweep. Yes, they do still exist, and they will come to your home to do this job for you.

 

Cleaning The Garage

 

The garage can often become somewhere that things that have no place end up. As such, the clutter builds until you can’t walk in there and everyone in the home dreads going in there. You can’t even get one more chair in there, let alone your car! Due to this, you should be looking to clean out your garage once a year to stop it from getting to this point. We aren’t suggesting that by doing this your garage is never going to be messy again, but at least once a year it will be mess free for a while.

 

Shampooing The Carpets

 

You likely vacuum your carpets either every day or every week. But, after about a year, your carpets are going to need shampooing again. This does take a lot of time,, and we see why people avoid it where they can, but vacuuming your carpets alone is not going to get rid of all the dirt. It is fairly straightforward as all you have to do is put the shampoo down, let it soak up the dirt and then vacuum it up. You only have to do this around once a year though, and it doesn’t involve anything disgusting, so it isn’t too bad!

 

We hope that you have found this article interesting and will consider going out and doing one of these unusual chores that you have been putting off.

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Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

If you have decided to start your DIY project and beautify your home for yourself and your loved ones, you need to know that there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you don’t plan the processes carefully. You can come across unexpected issues, run out of money and time, or cause more damage than good. If you would like to make your DIY project a success, it is important that you consider the below tips.

 

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Create a Timeline

Planning every step of the renovation project will help you identify potential problems and pitfalls, It simply doesn’t make sense to change your heating system if you want to have underfloor heating; you have to create a timeline of your DIY project that prevents you from touching the same area and  job more than once. This will not only help you save time, but also money.

Make Your Budget Fit

The next thing you need to be sure about is that you will have enough money to complete all the work. You might be thinking big, but you don’t really want to get into debt and take on a second mortgage just to make some structural changes. When planning the jobs, consider the cost and time it takes to be completed. Compromise on the changes, but not your materials.

Consider Professional Tools

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Every DIY job goes better and gets a more professional finish if you invest in trade tools. If you are not likely to use them more than once in a lifetime, you might visit your local DIY store to hire equipment that will help you stick to your budget and your timeline, and avoid getting frustrated with the job.

Outsource Some Tasks

There are some things you shouldn’t DIY in your home, and you have to stay away from touching the work that is best left for professionals. There are some jobs that can easily be completed on a budget, such as laying laminate floors or tiling a bathroom, provided that you have enough time and patience. However, you should not touch electricity or plumbing for your own safety. If you know that you are not a person with an eye for details, you might contact a remodeling company to help you out with some tasks.

Set a Deadline

Home improvements can be frustrating for the entire family. You don’t want to put up with the mess for months, nor does your partner. It might be a good idea to set a clear deadline for each renovation task, and stick to it. This way, you can avoid your project spiraling out of control and taking over your home life for months, even years.

 

If you are brave enough to start your home renovation project on your own, it is important that you plan every stage and make sure that you can stay passionate about the job at hand. Ask for help and improve your skills, but – most importantly – try to stick to your budget and deadlines.

 

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