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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

Name aside, granny flats are not just for the elderly. This is an excellent way to add extra living or storage space and even create a home away from home. These relatively small enclosures (depends how you build and design it) can serve as study rooms if you need to get away from the noise in the house, private area for your children, and you can even offer them for rent on websites like Airbnb.

However, the extent of your granny flat use depends solely on how you design and furnish it. Of course, you cannot rent a space without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and you cannot have a study room without a table, sofa, and so on.

But don’t worry; that is why we are here. Today, we will talk about the best design ideas and tips for setting up your granny flat. So, let’s begin.

Embrace minimalism

Out of all types of living spaces, granny flats would benefit the most out of taking the minimalistic approach. As you probably already know, granny flats are not spacious by default. In fact, most of their designs are centered around making the most out of the smallest spaces.

So, don’t overburden your granny flat with unnecessary cabinetry, furniture and decorations. Instead, focus on the things you absolutely need. This way, your flat will appear bigger and more spacious, even if it has 30 square meters only.

Think outside of the box

Next, when designing your granny flat, you need to think outside of the box. Some design solutions that work in regular-sized households may not be as effective in smaller living spaces as are granny flats. So, you will have to come up with clever storage solutions and smart uses of space to maximise the efficiency. But if you are not a thinker, you can always research some granny flat trends.

For example, sky domes are the biggest hit among Australians right now. According to professional granny flat builders in Sydney, this is one of the most sought-after features. If you opt-in for this solution, your granny flat will use less energy for lights, as well as be more environmentally friendly. This type unconventional and green design solutions are extremely popular with the granny flat builders from all over the world.

Bathroom essentials only

Designing a bathroom for a granny flat is one of the trickiest things you will have to do. Bathrooms are an essential part of every living space, but unfortunately, they are large and take a lot of space. Therefore, you will have to build it as barebones as possible.

That means installing a shower, toilet, sink, and a small cabinet, nothing more. People often try to build their granny flat bathrooms as the ones in their regular homes, but that is not their purpose. Bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, massive wardrobes, etc. are not necessary. After all, the space you save from bathroom, you can add to the living room of your granny flat.

Build a small cooking station

Finally, you need to design a compact kitchen for your granny flat. The same principles that apply to bathrooms, apply to kitchens as well. So, keep it simple and install kitchen essentials only like a sink, small workstation, and a stove. If you need more inspiration for designing your cooking station, we recommend checking out some trends from the tiny house community. These people have mastered the use of space, and their kitchens are as beautiful as they are effective.

As you can see, designing a granny flat is not an impossible task. Sure, you will have to think unconventionally and abandon some commodities that come with regular houses, but luxury is not a part of their M.O. With that said, if you follow these tips, put in some effort, and get creative, you could create a fantastic living space from your granny flat.

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Tips for Moving That Will Make Your Life Easier

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.,

Tips for Moving That Will Make Your Life Easier

 

Moving is a pretty straightforward job with a lot of sidesteps. The mere simplicity of the mission in front of you – move stuff from one living space to another – can catch you off guard as complications begin to pile up. In order to avoid unnecessary hiccups, you don’t need particularly complex strategies; all you need are a few neat tips for moving that will make your life easier.

Arm yourself with boxes, labels and markers

Let’s not waste precious time with jibber-jabber about the organization – if you are to tackle the undertaking of a move efficiently, all you need to do, in regard to organization, is to get enough boxes, sticky labels and markers. That is pretty much it.

The only thing you should do is compose a list for packing and unpacking and use the cardboard boxes accordingly. Make sure you have at least double the number of smaller boxes in your possession, and use each of them to start packing. Markers and sticky labels are there to speed up the process as you mark every box for a dedicated type of items.

Pack small, think big

Every packing for a grand move should begin small – in other words, start collecting small items and divide them into “dedicated” cardboard boxes. Try to keep the groups small – even though it is tempting to fill each box to the brim to skip a few tedious walks between the apartment and the car, this is actually a misconception.

The move will be far more manageable if you increase the number of used boxes – it will take you some time, but you are far more likely to avoid damage or breaks this way. You know how the old saying goes – better safe than sorry. The broad strokes of your moving session should be going from small items to the bulkier ones.

Don’t do it alone

Here is an obvious tip people tend to (surprisingly) overlook. It is all fine and dandy if you think you can do this all by yourself, but a move can be a lot easier, not to mention safer, with at least one pair of helping hands. On the one hand, you can “employ” the help of friends and family – a few extra cars or minivans at your service will shorten the moving session significantly.

Additionally, you can opt for a ute hire from Brisbane for a pricing range that is more than fair. In fact, the longer you hire the vehicle for, the cheaper the price gets, so this method really pays off if you are tackling an ambitious move.

Prepare the terrain in the new apartment

You moved a mountain of boxes into the new living space, so now what? It will take ages to unpack and sort everything out and the new apartment needs to be “functional” from the very first day of your move-in. This is why it is important to prepare the terrain in the new apartment beforehand.

If you have nowhere to lie for the moment, put a few mattresses in the rooms, and place a few bars of soap, toothbrushes and paste as well as shampoo in the bathroom. In addition to that, clean clothes and towels also need to be prepared for your stay until everything is set up.

In the end, do not forget to contact your internet provider and install the Wi-Fi in your new household. The last thing you need is to roam around without the internet and all the necessary contacts that go along with it. The same goes for canceling magazine subscriptions for the old address. You need to visit the local postal office and do all the necessary mail management to avoid any sort of financial and bureaucratic disasters. When you move, it is easy to forget such minutiae, but it’s just as important to deal with that as it is to transport your furniture. 

These tips can come in useful if you are not all that good at organization, however, do not forget to double check the apartment or house you are leaving. Have a close inspection of all electrical switches and appliances that are a part of the living space – you don’t want to leave something on and end up with a hefty electrical bill on your hands a whole month after you’ve left the old place. “No strings attached” is the best thing for everyone involved.

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The Power To Roam From Home To Home

The Power To Roam From Home To Home

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Nowadays, less and less people are choosing to buy their own home, instead opting to borrow someone else’s in the form of renting it. With house prices at all-time highs, it can be impossible to afford this important part of life until you are much older. Along with this, buying a home often makes people feel too committed to their life, and they will want to hold onto the chance to enjoy new places. Of course, if you take the right approach, this should be nice and easy. To help you out, this post will be exploring exactly what you’ll need to do it.

 

First, though, it’s important to understand why someone would want to avoid buying something like a house. Most rental agreements will last for a minimum of six months. Compared to a mortgage which could be anywhere from ten to forty years, renting is a great way to save yourself from being stuck in one place. Along with this, most people can afford to borrow a much nicer place than they could buy, adding even more reason to go down this route.

 

Moving from place to place all the time won’t be easy, though. You will have loads of work to do along the way, and moving home will take its toll if you’re not careful. To help you through this process, you can find some of the essentials you’ll need along the way. With this in mind, it should be easy to tell if this would be the life for you.

 

 

  • Some Money: When you live in someone else’s home, they will expect you to pay a deposit to cover any damage you might caused while you’re there. This will usually be around a month and a half’s rent, and you will be expected to pay it before you arrive. This means that you’ll need some money before you can get started.

 

 

 

  • Some Support: Along with money, moving home will also come with loads of other jobs which can mount up and become very stressful. Quality moving services can be found in most cities and towns, taking away most of the work you’ll have at this stage. This can make the rest of the process much easier while giving you the chance to think about other things.

 

 

 

  • A Good Agent: Finally, as the last thing you’ll need, it’s time to consider just how you might find each of the home’s you’ll be living in. A good estate agent will be able to support you time and time again throughout a process like this. Of course, though, it could be worth reading some reviews before you choose the one you’ll be using.

 

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to stop thinking about buying so that you can embrace the chance to live somewhere fresh. Not a lot of people look at renting this way, instead seeing it as a simple way to save money on where you live. Of course, though, a situation is only what you make of it, and a lot can be made from a temporary home.

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The First-Night Guide For A Solo Home Move

The First-Night Guide For A Solo Home Move

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Moving house is a big moment in anyone’s life. Sometimes, it spells the end of a chapter. Most times, it means the start of something new. Moving with a family or loved one can be a fantastic way to strengthen your relationships and progress together. But, moving on your own can be an exciting time, too. Perhaps you’re branching into a new career, or going it alone for the first time. Unlike when you have others to consider, this will be a move into complete freedom. And, some of us can’t imagine anything better.

That said, this isn’t a one person job. The majority of us get help along the way to make moving easier. Some of us invite family along to help us get everything in. Others turn to friends who are willing to go the extra mile. And, of course, you’ll probably have a moving company around you on the day, too. All this together is sure to lead to a pretty bustling first day in your new home.

But, no matter how many people you have around for the moving process, there will come a time when everyone heads home. The moving company will be all packed up and finished, and you’ll be left in an empty space, with a hell of a lot to do. It can be a daunting experience, and if you allow yourself to, you may come down hard from all that excitement. To ensure that doesn’t happen, here are a few things to turn your attention to the moment your guests leave.

Start unpacking

The good thing is, you have plenty to keep you distracted. And, there’s no time like the present to get started. As soon as the house is empty, turn your attention to unpacking the crucial rooms. You’ve had a hard day, so don’t pressure yourself to get everything finished. But, having at least a few places the way you want them will make a massive difference to your mentality. Not only will the job keep you distracted, but having your belongings around will help to ease potential loneliness. Plus, getting rooms how you want them will help to reignite your excitement about what you’re doing. If you spend a night or more with just boxes around you’re sure to feel worse and more isolated than you would otherwise.

Look around your new home

Another fantastic idea would be to look around your new home. You may well have visited more than once already, but it’s difficult to get a real feel for a property when it isn’t yours. You likely held back because of the estate agent. Plus, there may have been someone else’s belongings around. Now, you’re free to explore every inch of your new space. This can be a lot of fun, and again, can help keep your excitement alive. Early explorations can also take the area from alien to familiar. Every house has its quirks, and once you’ve discovered those, the two of you could become old friends in no time.

Explore your new surroundings

If you’ve moved into a familiar area, this isn’t as important. But, if you’ve moved somewhere wholly new, it’s worth heading out on that first day to acclimatize. You never know you might meet the neighbors on your trip. Either way, something as simple as walking to the local shop will help you get your bearings. As you walk, pay close attention to your surroundings. Take note of places you would like to come to or explore them as you go if you fancy. You don’t have to stay out for hours. You’ll likely be too exhausted anyway. But, venturing out as soon as possible is essential.

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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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Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Moving home can be one of the biggest upheavals any one of us can face. Not to mention the most expensive purchases we can make in our lifetime. But moving home can often provide us with many different possibilities. Experiences in living in different places, and the chance to make new friends and change our lifestyles. However, there is no hiding from the fact that it is completely stressful. So as summer seems to be a popular time for people to think about or even move house, I thought I would share my top tips to help take the stress out of the situation. I hope it helps you in the future.

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Pack specifically for each new room in your home

Packing up your existing home may feel daunting, but unpacking is a whole new ball game. Especially if you have a different layout or different rooms to consider. This is why it’s important to pack up your old home with your new home as your focus. This means that unpacking will be easier and more organised, as will unloading and putting boxes into your new place. Make sure you clearly label any boxes and furniture with new home rooms, to ensure there is no confusion at the other end.

Pack an emergency box for when you arrive

Moving house isn’t normally done in a day. Of course, you may get there, but the unpacking can take further days and even weeks to complete. However, there are things you will need more or less straight away, so it’s important to pack up an emergency box for when you arrive. Include a change of clothes, toilet paper, a kettle, a toaster maybe. Some mugs and plates to eat and drink from during your first evening. Anything you think you might need for the first 24 hours, should be in these boxes. It makes it much easier rather than panicking looking through boxes in your new home.

Consider using a removal company for ease

With heavy furniture to move and a lot of boxes, you may want to consider the help of a removal service to do some of the hard work for you. Looking online will help you determine a local moving company to help you out. They can help transport large items of furniture safely, as well as help with some of the manual work like transporting boxes. This could be useful if you have children or family pets to look after during the moving process.

Take as much time as you can

It can feel overwhelming once you are in your new home and the urge to start unpacking everything can be huge. But try and take your time during this process. Once you are in, you have plenty of time to design your rooms, and ensure that you unpack things properly.

Remember to keep positive throughout the process

Finally, it is important to remain positive throughout the process f moving. Positive thinking can help elevate stress levels as you visualise everything going to plan, rather than facing problems.

I hope these tips help you take the stress out of moving home.

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Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Getting ready to move home? If you are moving out of a rented apartment, you will need to make sure you do certain things so that you get your deposit back in full. Not sure you’ve done everything? Just make sure you can check everything off this complete checklist for moving out before you hand your keys back to the landlord!

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Contact All Utility Providers

About a month or so before you move out, you need to let all your utility providers know that you are going. You might be able to simply move your account over to your new address with some companies. However, with some, such as electricity and gas, you might be required to close your account completely and open a new one once you are in your new home.

Change Your Address On Documents And Contracts

As well as informing all your utilities, you will need to let a few other companies that you have updated your address. They will then be able to change your address on many official contracts and documents. For example, your bank is one of the first organizations you tell and then they can change your address for all your banking. Remember to get your address changed on your driving license and inform your employer.

Clean Your Old Apartment

Before you leave your old apartment, you need to clean it so that it is in the same condition in which you found it. If it is messy or dirty, then there is no way you will be getting your deposit back! That’s because your landlord has the right to use the money from the deposit to clean the apartment. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you might want to use the Whizz exit cleaner service. You can then be confident that the apartment has been cleaned up to a professional standard.

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Fill Out The Inventory

You will have probably had to fill in an inventory when you first moved into the apartment. This will just have been a list of different household items and furniture, and you will have had to tick off all the ones in the flat. You now have to revisit the list and tick all the items that are still in the flat. If there are any pieces of furniture or appliances that are now missing or broken, your landlord might use money from your deposit to replace them for the next tenants.

Clear Out The Entire Flat

It’s a good idea to remove everything from the flat, even items that you might think the next tenants might find useful. That’s because your landlord might not realize you’ve left these for the next occupants, and they might remove them. If they do remove anything after you have left, they will be within their rights to charge you for the removal. So don’t expect to receive your deposit back in full!

Now that you have this complete checklist, you can get organized before moving day and handing the keys over!

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The Moving Home Manifesto!

The Moving Home Manifesto!

Moving home is never easy yet some people seem to thrive on the adrenaline rush of packing up all their belongings and heading to the other end of the country! Others, hate the prospect of relocation and do everything that they can stay put. Whichever category you fall into, there are some things that you simply have to consider when you are selecting your new home and arranging the move.

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Selecting the location of your new home.

There are several factors that you have to take into account when you are selecting your new home. The most important is location. Obviously, you want somewhere that looks and ‘feels’ nice and seems to be somewhere that you could fit in. However, there are several practical issues to bear in mind when you are making your decision.

You need to think about;

  • How far away is the new house from where you work? What is the traffic like at peak times and what are the public transport links like? Could you walk or cycle to work?
  • What are the local schools like? This is obviously vital if you have children already or are planning on having kids soon.
  • What are house prices doing in the area? If house prices are rising, this house could be an excellent investment. If they are falling, it could be a financial disaster.
  • What are the local amenities like? Where will you do your shopping? Where will you exercise and where will you socialise?

Take a few weeks to familiarise yourself with the area before you make any final decisions. Moving home is expensive and so you don’t want to do it too many times unless you really want to.

Getting ready to move

The day of the move is always going to be hard work but with the right help you can achieve it without too much stress. Select a professional firm like these movers who provide an all-round service. You can get help from them to de-clutter before you go. This can help with selling your house (it makes it look bigger) and gives you less to unpack at the other end. You can also use their storage facility to keep larger items that are getting in the way and get them delivered to your new home.

Start preparing to move several weeks before you actually have to go. Pack up all the things that you do not need regularly. The loft and the basement are the obvious places to start. You will be surprised by how much stuff you are willing to donate, give or throw away at this stage!

Organize your packing by room and label everything. You may not unpack all the boxes for several weeks after you arrive and you may need to find something in a hurry!

Once you have everything packed up in your trucks it is only polite to give the house a quick clean. After all, that’s what you will want to see when you arrive at your new house!

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Surviving Moving Day

Surviving Moving Day

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You may have been the happiest person in the world on the day you went to view your new home. Now that all the paperwork’s sorted out and the home’s waiting for your arrival, you’ve got something much less pleasant on the horizon: actually moving in! Moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do as an adult, but following these handy survival tips can make all the difference…

Hire a Skip (or Two!)

The more stuff you have to move, the more it’s going to strain your nerves. There’s no point in carrying around items you don’t need, or even worse, paying a hefty removal company’s fee to move anything you really don’t want or need anymore. At some point in the weeks leading up to your move, hire a skip and have it placed outside your front door. This will make it easy for you to go through the house, chucking anything that you don’t want weighing you down when you actually come to move to the new place.

Get Help

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Looking to save money, a lot of people will simply hire a private van for the big day, and ask a couple of friends to help with all the loading and unloading. This can be a huge mistake. Hiring interstate removalists and other moving professionals can be expensive, but the fee will be well worth the amount of stress and hassle they save you. Just make sure you do your research, and ask your friends and family for their trusted recommendations. Some movers will do a rushed, half-hearted job and damage your possessions, and others will offer extra services which turn out to be one big waste of money. Some supposed movers are in fact just scammers with a clever front!

Hold onto the Essentials

While hiring professional movers can make life so much easier on the day of the big move, there are certain things you should pack personally, and keep in your own car. Bedding, cutlery, plates, along with nightwear and the toiletries you use before bed, should all be packed separately by you, and kept somewhere where you know you’ll be able to access them. Once you’ve got through the ordeal of moving and got those last boxes over the threshold, you don’t want to be even more stressed as you tear open box after box, looking for the essentials.

Prioritise the Beds

As soon as your removals team arrive at the new place, the first thing you should get them to do is assemble the family’s beds, and make them sleepable. After all the carry-on that comes with moving house, when you find yourself totally drained of energy at the end of the day, the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling with bolts and hex keys while fighting to keep your eyes open! It’s usually a good idea to mention this to your removal company well in advance, as this will prevent any confusion and delays.

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