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Making Moving Easier

Making Moving Easier

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Moving house is an exciting thing to go through. It signals a new chapter in your life, maybe a fresh start, or it might even signal the expansion if your family. It can also be stressful, particularly if you have to work around your job or children. It would be lovely if you could wake up on moving day, snap your fingers and have everything moved from your existing home to your new home. Including changing addresses, redirecting mail and telling everyone. And as much as we would love that to happen, you would be missing out on some of the fun that comes with creating a new home – like planning, shopping, unpacking – all the things that stem from that urge to nest.

 

So, where the snapped fingers wish is impossible, it is possible to make your move so much easier than you initially thought.

 

Mail

 

Having to contact every company that sends you mail can be a daunting task. But there is a way to have all your mail redirected from the post office before it gets dispatched to your old area. This does mean paying a little, but that small price could be the difference between missing a vital piece of mail off your list and receiving everything with minimal effort.

 

Removal

 

Don’t have the stress of hiring a van and moving all those boxes and pieces of furniture – and just hire a removal team. Companies like Stevens Moving and Storage ensure the safe delivery of your things, and if any damage is caused by the team, it’s covered by their insurance. If you are moving alone, are elderly or have any injuries or illnesses, one of the most stressful things about moving house is the amount of physical work needed. By taking this route, you can remove that and not have to worry about anything except getting yourself to the new house.

 

Right Agent

 

When you start looking for your new home, register with a few different realtors, but make sure that they come from businesses that have good reviews and ratings. The right Estate Agent will be able to find you the perfect home without you having to do hours of searching. They will also be able to handle all the financial and legal sides of things and just give you the documents and information as they go.

 

Savings

 

You can’t go through the process of moving house without having some savings tucked away. There are always going to be hidden expenses when moving house, from admin fees, to items you realize you don’t have when you leave your old home. If you’re renting, quite often it’s in your contract that you have to shampoo the carpet before you leave, and it’s a clause that is often missed resulting in the difference being deducted from the deposit. And on top of all that, you don’t want to empty your bank account when you move house, so having enough savings to cover the transition will save you so much stress.

 

Time Off

 

Most people take some time off before moving day to make sure that everything is ready to go – which is great, but when you’re at the other end and having to get back to work, you’re leaving your house containing a giant box fort. Take a week off and either split it half and half before and after the moving date. Or take it beginning the day before moving day. You will have enough time to slowly pack up your home before the move, but once you’re in you’ll want to unpack and make it homely as soon as.

 

Organization

 

This is the key to making any move easier – you have to be organized. Both with the lead up to finding a new home, where you need to keep all the paperwork straight, and liaisons with the realtor and solicitors relatively common. And with the move itself you’ll want to be organized with packing and unpacking. Enlist the help of friends and family to make things move quickly, time everything with a bit of wiggle room, so that if you’re late leaving, your old landlord or realtor isn’t waiting around for you to give them the keys. Use a labeling system on your boxes so that you know exactly what is which box – that way you know what to unpack first, so if you don’t have the time to do everything at once, at least you have easy access to all the essentials.

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10 Interesting Tips To Avoid A House Moving Nightmare

10 Interesting Tips To Avoid A House Moving Nightmare

Moving to a new house or apartment is always exciting. By relocating your home, you get to make a new start in your life, leaving the past behind you as you steer ahead. While the prospect of relocating seems simple and feasible there are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to make this relocation a success. Any mistake made here and there can actually turn the entire process of moving into an absolute nightmare. To know more about the ways and means you could adopt for a smooth and hassle free relocation process, read on.

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Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

The holidays are here, and nobody will tell you that it’s a cheap or affordable time. Many find themselves having plenty of fun over the festive season, but then feel out-of-pocket during the new year, which can be challenging; especially when the decorations have come down. You’ve probably bought a lot of your gifts by now, and your Christmas tree will already be twinkling and ensuring that your home looks as festive as possible. However, it’s never too late to, or too early, to save money, and your home is the perfect place to begin.

 

Your household is likely to be at its most cluttered during the Christmas period; this can lead to you feeling a little overwhelmed, and it might be difficult to know where to start regarding saving cash. But, once you start on your thrifty journey; no amount of tinsel or lights will be able to deter you from pulling back the spending in the other areas of your home. There are various areas and expenses that you can improve, update, and consider changing; you just need to know where to look. Putting effort into your home space now will also ensure that you have a comfortable, cozy new year ahead, knowing that you’ve saved money and can continue to do so. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for those who want festive fun this Christmas, but want to save where they can to create the perfect, affordable abode.

 

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Home Maintenance

 

It’s the smooth running of a household that can often cause financial strife when things go awry. Therefore, it’s vital to keep on top of your home maintenance and ensure that you have reputable and relevant contact details should any issues arise. Take a little of your free time to write a list of the various elements of your home, from your energy bills to your guttering, and put any that might be concerning you at the top. If you’ve been putting off sorting out a job or task regarding some DIY or hiring a service to assist you; find the businesses that can help you online and get in touch.

 

You’ll be unlikely to get an appointment or be able to book a job until the new year, but knowing that they can come during the new year will be a weight off your mind, and their rates will be far lower due to it often being a quiet period for many companies. When it comes to your DIY projects; write another list; this time full of things like plaster, paint, and wallpaper that you intend to utilize in the new year. You’ll be able to pick up some bargains during the January sales, and your home renovations could end up being a fraction of what you would have spent during the summer.

 

Next should be the major things in your home, like your plumbing, gas, and electrics; if any of these fail you over the holidays, it can become a miserable and expensive time trying to get someone out to help. Therefore, it’s worth looking into affordable plumbing services or an electrician who will be on call whatever time of year or day it is. Having these service’s contact details to hand will give you peace of mind, and you’ll save cash if a pipe bursts on Christmas Eve, or if the lights go out during New Year’s Day. If you’re worrying that certain things are likely to fail you over the hectic period ahead; call someone out now to check over your systems; you could prevent issues worsening, and you’ll save the cash it would cost to fix things further down the line.

 

Bills And Admin

 

With so many people distracted by all the festivities at this time of year; now is a great time to look into your utility, insurance, and energy bills. Companies will be competing to gain your custom, so take advantage of any special rates, and utilize some time to switch your providers so that you head into 2018 already making savings that will benefit you for the rest of the year. Sorting out and organizing any loose ends regarding your admin can also save money in the long run; you might spot that your interest rate and bank account could be improved, or perhaps January will be the time to ask for a pay rise at work.

 

Making smart choices around your home and preparing for the worst will ensure that you don’t end up overspending in any eventuality, and you’ll have a relaxed and fun holiday season. Enjoy!

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7 Simple Ways to Declutter your Home

By Guest Blogger, Carmen B.

7 Simple Ways to Declutter your Home

 

Some of us get too attached to our possessions and store them for too long in our home. Over time, we collect heaps of clutter which can be a big issue for your house. This is especially true when the time comes that you decide to move to a new place, to sell your property, rent it out or have it renovated. You will get frustrated when you find piles and piles of unnecessary and unused items in your home. Aside from that, you might find it troublesome and inconvenient to get rid or organise your clutter.

While decluttering may seem daunting for you, it is an important task that should not be avoided. By regularly removing unnecessary items in your house, you can avoid collecting heaps of clutter. Damaged items should be thrown away so that they won’t become clutter and even be hazardous to your daily living.

You might not have hoarder-level clutter in your home, but having a major clean out from time to time can bring several benefits to your family. A tidier and well-organised home can reduce physical and emotional stress inside your home. Aside from that, you can also have an easier and convenient way to access the things you need. It goes without saying that you can save a lot of effort and time.

Are you ready to have a more organised and cleaner living space? Well, take a look at the following tips we’ve prepared that will help you conveniently and easily declutter your home.

Don’t Declutter in One Go

When we hold on to certain items for a long time, we tend to have a difficult time to let go of them. So, do not stress yourself out too much by decluttering in one go. The best way to do it is to take your time. If you want, you can do it day by day. Each day, place an item you need to get rid of inside a box. Once the year ends, you would have collected boxes of clutter that you can easily get rid of. Just make sure you do not go through the items once you’ve placed them inside the ‘Clutter’ boxes!

Remove the Small Items First

One of the easiest ways to declutter is by removing the small items first. For instance, you can start by removing old purses or pouches. As time goes by, you can move to bigger items. Eventually, you will gain the strength to get rid of larger items like furniture and unused appliances. These small changes you make eventually make a big difference in your goals for decluttering.

Take it One Room at a Time

Once you start decluttering, you will find it difficult to stay focused on your project. The best way to keep your focus is by decluttering one room at a time. Divide your house into different areas and focus your time and effort on a single space at a time. For instance, you can start from the back of your house and then work your way towards the front. Just make sure that the items you’ve removed do not move to other parts of your home.

Ask the Whole Family to Join

We’ve repeated several times how overwhelming the decluttering process can be. However, you can make the process a lot easier when you ask help from the whole family. When you turn it into a family affair, you can get support and lessen the stress of decluttering. You can tell the kids to take care of their own room and get rid of their old toys and clothing. You can even motivate them by telling them that there is a reward waiting for them when they declutter a certain number of items. Encourage them to clean out their room by promising a toy or a trip to the theme park!

Donate Items in Good Condition

They say that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. You might discover unused items in your attic or garage that are still in good condition. This would be the perfect time to visit your local donation centre and ask what type of items you can donate to them. You would be surprised to discover that most donation centres accept a range of items—from toys and toiletries to old furniture and cabinetry. While decluttering your home, you can make another person happy.

Refurbish Items and Give Them Away

There might be pieces of furniture in your home that do not go well with the house’s overall theme and style. However, you are having a hard time getting rid of them because they still look good and functional. You would not want to waste them by simply throwing them away. So, what you can do is refurbish them. Once you’ve breathed new life into these pieces of furniture, a friend or loved one would find it useful and might want to keep it.

Declutter with the Help of a Skip Bin Hire Company

While the decluttering process is underway, you will discover that you have been collecting heaps of rubbish in your home. For instance, you will find old packaging materials, cards, cardboard boxes and other waste materials you should get rid of. Gather them in a pile and you will see how much space they are consuming. If the rubbish you’ve collected won’t fit your own bin, contact a trusted waste removal company for assistance.

Decluttering can be tiring and you also have to deal with getting rid of piles and piles of waste. The practical, convenient and cost-effective way of removing clutter is by hiring a skip bin from a reliable waste management company.

One of the options you can choose when getting rid of rubbish is making trips to the landfill. However, you will find that this takes a lot of time and effort. If you do not have the vehicle to accommodate the amount of rubbish you have, you might even need to hire a man-with-a-van service or a flatbed truck. On the other hand, hiring a skip bin is more convenient and affordable. With the right skip bin size, you can get rid of all your waste in at once, eliminating the need to make several trips to the rubbish tip.

Decluttering does not necessarily have to be overwhelming and frustrating. As long as you take your time and manage your rubbish accordingly, you will be able to make good progress in your goals towards having a cleaner and tidier home.

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Author Bio:

Carmen Bean is a Blogger at reshone.com. Her long experience as a blogger made her an expert on different niches like home improvement.

 

Top 5 New Home Improvement Marketing Trends

Top 5 New Home Improvement Marketing Trends

Advertising practices always keep on changing and what is new today will become stale tomorrow. Hence rethinking marketing and advertising strategies is a must and it applies to home improvement businesses also. It is therefore not surprising to see national and local contractors, small hardware outlets, small designers and even big corporations moving out of their normal marketing methods and practices. All of them are ready to try out new and innovative ways of advertising. Here is a look at five of the most popular trends as far as home improvement marketing is concerned.

 

  1. Integration With Social Media

 

Based on survey done on home buying by Zillow there are reasons to believe that 39% of businesspersons start their projects online. Contractors are moving into this zone of captive audience and they are making their presence felt in home improvement friendly social media outlets. It could be simple things like a decorator making his presence in Pinterest or being present on IKEA, Instagram and also informally and casually answering questions on their Facebook page.

 

  1. Showcasing Trends

 

Serious home improvement businesses are ready to showcase their latest trends so that they remain away from the crowd. It could range from showcasing of open floor plans or offering discounts as far as chalkboard paint is concerned. It also could be about offering new marble colors in a trade show and much more. Hence at the end of the day marketing is all about setting trends rather than being the followers.

 

  1. Partnering Up

 

With B2B partnerships becoming stronger than ever before local advertising is also becoming very important. It could be simple things like word of mouth advertising and could be about giving a referral for another contractor. When you have a website some other form of advertising which talks about partnerships it not only tells customers about knowledge of the local industry. It also is a way by which these businesses will return the favor by sharing your name thereby saving money and giving you the required mileage.

 

  1. Blogging

 

According to some studies every month around 330 million people will certainly go through at least one blog post. Those who blog at least 15 times a month are likely to receive five times more traffic in their website compared to those who do not blog. Hence, as far as home improvement business is concerned, blogging is something which always must be kept in mind. Blogging could help in SEO by optimizing keywords. It will also attract readers and visitors who are looking for information that could be futuristic in nature.

 

  1. Importance Of Mobile Marketing

 

Mobile marketing is also catching up fast as far as home improvement businesses are concerned. There are many who are ready to offer six second home improvement videos to mobile phone and other customers who use hand-held devices. This helps them to reach more number of customers and also at a time and location of their convenience. With 66% of Americans owning smart phones, the number of people looking for real estate using mobile phones could be as high as 45%.

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Author Bio : David is a Marketer first and Geek second. He cut his teeth on direct response marketing way back in the early 2000′s. Since then he’s become, more or less “the secret weapon” the biggest marketers in Australia sneak through the back door to create Websites That Sell, set up Multi Million Dollars Launches and Create Profitable Online Marketing Systems.

 

Holiday Gift Wish List- Crafts

Holiday Gift Wish List- Crafts

Taking a look at another gift on the wish list, and this one has to do with the craft-lover. Whether it be your grandma or your nine-year-old, crafts can fit any gift-receiver. Why? Because we all have a passion for creating something. Not only is this a great gift to give someone, but you could also be giving the gift of time spent together so you can work on a project together. And what’s more precious than that?

So, I looked into these large stencils from Stencil Revolution, and they are certainly a quality gift for the crafter in your life. They offer tons of different options on logos, inspirational thoughts, letters, symbols and graphics in an array of sizes.

I was curious, so I ordered a few to check out since I’ve had stencil issues before. They use a co2 laser to cut the graphic to give it better precision. This seems to make it lay flatter and tighter on the surface you are crafting whether it be a wall, canvas or fabric. The turnaround on my order was one business day. This is good news for those getting their holiday gift list buttoned up.

Right now, Stencil Revolution is offering 25% off your order. Check out their stock and stock-up for the crafter in your life.

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Five Bathroom Design Tips That Are A Must When You Do A Bathroom Remodeling

By Guest Blogger, Rohin D.

Five Bathroom Design Tips That Are A Must When You Do A Bathroom Remodeling

 

As time moves on and as family size grows from one level to another there are quite a few things which need to change. We need to have new furniture, new fixtures and fittings and other such changes to accommodate the new requirement. Remodeling of bathroom is again something which becomes quite unavoidable. It could be lead to better realignment of the available space and this could lead to improved space and less wastage. However, you should know ways and means by which you will be in a position to choose the right bathroom remodeling tips. It will help you to zero in on something that is in line with your specific needs and requirements. Here are a few points which perhaps could help you to make the right choice as far as bathroom remodeling is concerned.

 

  1. Be Aware Of The Design And Remodeling Costs

 

The onus lies on you to be sure about the cost involved. This is because new bathroom designs and tips do not come for cheap. There are many factors which must be taken into account. The size of the bathroom, the materials that are being used are a few factors which could contribute to the overall budgets.

 

  1. Let Not The Toilet Be The First Sight

 

If you look at the tips of some quality bathrooms Sydney professionals you will find one thing common about them. They would never recommend a bathroom design that ensures that the toilet is not the first thing that comes to the eyes when the door is happened. This could be an eye sore and therefore should be avoided at all points of time.

 

  1. Pay Attention To The Lighting Scheme

 

There also is the need to ensure that your bathroom has the right lighting without which even the best of bathroom remodeling will not have the desired impact. You must take pains to plan the right lighting scheme. It must be complimentary with the overall color and designs of the bathroom flooring and walling.

 

  1. Have A Clear Idea About The Overall Dimensions Of Your Bathroom

 

Apart from having a clear understanding about the overall dimensions of the bathroom, you also should know more about size of the bathtub, the commode, the sink and other such fixtures and fittings. This will help you to make the best use of the space and will help you design a bathroom that is chic and comes with design features commensurate with the space available.

 

  1. Invest Time And Money On Choosing The Right Vanity

 

The next important thing is to ensure you spend quite a bit of time and effort on choosing the right vanity for your bathroom. This is one of the most important bathroom design tips which we often do not pay the attention it deserves. The vanity should not be either too big or too small. Too big vanities could jam moving space and too small ones could find you confused when it comes to looking for storage space. Using close vanity spaces could perhaps be a better option if you so feel.

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Qualities of A Good Electrician

By Guest Blogger, Rohin D.

Qualities of A Good Electrician

Finding an excellent electrical contractor can be challenging. In fact, many people have ended up making the wrong decisions when selecting an electrician, simply because they didn’t know how to choose one. At times, you can result in working with an electrician who you have got no clue about, and because of this, you could be risking your safety as well as of those close to you. This can happen, especially if you hire someone who is inexperienced and uncertified.

So, what are the qualities of a good electrical contractor? Here are the qualities which can guide you when selecting an electrical contractor.

Fully certified and licensed

This is the most important aspect to look for in an electrician. Always ensure that you choose electricians who are certified and licensed by accredited institutions. If the electricians belong to a company ensure that the company provides its employees with proper training in their different fields.

Has a good experience

When an electrical contractor is recommended to you by a friend or relative, you are assured that the electrician has high standards, and therefore has a good reputation. Also, it is good to research about the electrician you are about to hire and also ask for references. A good electrical contractor will have good recommendations, five-star ratings as well as good records of high-quality work. If the electrician belongs to a particular company, inquire about the company’s background and ensure that the company provides reliable electricians.

Proper training and experience

Never underestimate the importance of hiring an electrician with several years of experience. Remember that the electrician will be working on your premises and you don’t want them to mess things or do a shoddy job. Therefore, it is good to ensure that the electrician is well experienced to handle any problem with your electrical system. The electrical contractor should have the ability to diagnose the problem, give possible solutions and then fix the problem.

Honesty and clear communication skills

A professional electrical contractor will explain to the client what should be done and charge the client a fair price reflecting the work required to be done. In addition, the electrician should take time to explain the issues they have diagnosed, why the problems need to be fixed and also offer possible solutions or alternatives.

Available for emergency services

This is usually overlooked, but a professional electrical contractor should always be available to hire during emergency services. For instance, Westline Electrical Services usually understands that problems can crop up anytime, even at night, and that’s why they offer 24/7 emergency services. Professional electrical contractors should always aim for fast response and efficiency, and ensure that they avail themselves within the shortest time possible after a client calls.

Gives priority to the client’s safety as well as their personal safety

A professional electrical contractor should always prioritize the client’s safety as well as their personal safety. They should ensure that they observe safety protocols once they arrive at the work site and even when in office. In addition to that, the electrician should have the necessary training to handle any dangerous situation in the most professional manner, which safeguarding client’s property.

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Author Bio : I am Rohin Dua, Content Manager at Electricianinperth blog. In our company blog, I write almost everything about electrician repair news or provides westline electrical services in residential, commercial or any emergency services.

A Very Simple Guide To Keeping Vintage Affordable

A Very Simple Guide To Keeping Vintage Affordable

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that vintage homes are a pretty big deal at the moment. In direct contrast to minimalism, vintage interior is all about clutter. The more trinkets you have on your walls, the better. Distressed furniture and patterns are also a big part of this decor choice. And, let’s not forget the iconic vintage furniture. If you get this right, it can turn your home into a country cottage style retreat to die for.

But, clutter doesn’t come cheap. As opposed to minimalism, which is inexpensive because of its simplicity, a vintage design can set you back. Plus, the popularity of the style has caused a significant rise in the prices of many old pieces of furniture.

That said, by taking your time, it’s entirely possible to keep costs to a minimum. In fact, vintage decor could cost less than its minimalist counterpart. Here’s how.

 


Hit the attic

Before you start buying, head up to the attic and see what you have set aside. It may also be worth asking friends and family if you can have a root through their old stuff. The joy of vintage is that many of us already have some classic pieces we no longer use. It may be that you have to cover an old wooden chest with a lick of distressed white paint. But, the effort required in such work is minimal. And, you could save yourself a small fortune by doing it. So, don’t be afraid to rummage. Even if you don’t think there’s anything up there, you may be surprised by what you find.

Buy at the right time

If you have your heart set on new vintage pieces, make sure you buy at the right time. Wait for sales and clearances before you jump in. This patience game can reap real rewards if you’re willing to wait. You could even find some gems, like this Pemberleigh classic sofa. Major reductions like this one are well worth working for.

You can also apply this theory to auctions. These are, after all, the best places to stock a vintage home. But, they can set your back if you aren’t careful. To make sure it doesn’t happen, view the selection before attending. If there are a myriad of vintage pieces, you stand a better chance of getting a good deal.

Could you make a piece like that?

Vintage fairs are big business, and it’s easy to see why; some of the pieces on sale are must-haves. But, the price tags are often through the roof. Instead of paying extortionate amounts, it’s worth considering whether you could create a DIY version of the same piece. Often, the crafted pieces on sale are much easier to recreate than you might think. Instead of buying that expensive chest, think about whether you could create the same distressed look. Instead of bankrupting yourself for those vintage frames, consider cheap ways to recreate them. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

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BEWARE: 10 Deadly House Spiders To Be Wary Of

BEWARE: 10 Deadly House Spiders To Be Wary Of

Whether you know it or not, spiders would always be an uninvited pet that you are going to have crawling around your home. There are great ways to keep these pests at bay, but spiders are inevitable for most households out there. Since they are simply everywhere, it is not surprising that one of the most prevalent phobias is arachnophobia. This is the fear of spiders. When they are seen, the initial reaction is to kill them. However, the truth is they play a vital role in the society.  There are some folks who fight to preserve them and are able to explain the good they bring. Really? For whatever it is worth, being knowledgeable of the good and bad is the answer!

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