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How To Fall In Love With Your Home All Over Again

How To Fall In Love With Your Home All Over Again


Remember the days when you loved your home? 

There was no greater feeling than walking through your front door after a long day at work, as you entered the place that was your cozy haven away from the outside world.

But as time moved on, your love for your home might have started to melt away. Stepping through your front door, your feelings might be less positive than they used to be once upon a time. Why? It could be one of any number of reasons, and if you don’t do something about them, then your frustration and dislike for your home are only going to grow stronger.

Are you relating to what we are saying? If so, here are some of the ways in which you can fall in love with your home all over again.

Give your home a facelift

Is the outside of your home looking dull and shabby? Perhaps it’s time to do landscape your garden or wash and paint your walls. Are your doors and windows in need of repair? Or perhaps they’re a little on the dated side. If so, make the necessary fixes, or contact companies such as Facelift for Homes to replace them with something new and appealing. 

Is the inside of your home a little on the ugly side? If so, you might want to consider giving it a makeover. By following some of today’s interior design trends, you might soon have a home worth spending time in again. Of course, you could always go your own way instead of following the norm, so if there are any particular colours or designs that you favour, no matter what your neighbours and friends think, then makeover your home as you see fit.

Add something new

You don’t have to spend a fortune when giving your home a makeover. Sometimes, one or two new items can make all the difference when trying to improve our mood at home. Why not treat yourself to a work of art, for example, and hang it in the room where you spend most of your time. Or how about a vase of flowers? It’s only a small addition, but being both aesthetically and fragrantly pleasing, you are bound to feel uplifted. And there are other things you could add to give your mood and home an uplift. A new rug, a throw for your chair, something to entertain you? Think about what you might enjoy and shop around accordingly.

Create more room

Are you struggling for space? A cramped environment can compromise the way we feel about our homes and can cause us to feel stressed and low. If you identify with this, there are at least two things you could do.

You might want to declutter your home. We aren’t only talking about any household mess, as you might have more furniture and knickknacks than you know what to do with. Get rid of anything that is unimportant to you, be that through donating or selling your unwanted items, as this will give you more space to play with. Where your furniture is concerned, you might want to replace particular items with something smaller, so you have more room to move around in your home. 

Alternatively, you might want to consider a home extension. With another room to spend time in, you will have the space to do something that you weren’t able to do before. You might create a social area for friends and family, for example, or you might want to create an area that is set up for your hobbies. Contact the relevant building professionals if this is something that interests you, as you might then find opportunities to enjoy your home again. 

And so…

Your home should be your haven; your sanctuary away from the strains and stresses of the outside world. But if you haven’t been ‘feeling it’ recently, then perhaps our suggestions will restore the love that you once had for your home. 

Let us know your thoughts.

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Moving Vs Renovating: The Pros and Cons

Moving Vs Renovating: The Pros and Cons


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When you first moved into your house, it might have felt like your dream home. However, just because it was exactly what you were after at the time, doesn’t mean there won’t be problems later down the line. Maybe you’ve had a couple of kids or adopted some pets. Perhaps you’ve started caring for an elderly relative, or have started working from home? Either way, a change in circumstances can mean a house you once loved is no longer suitable. When this happens, you have two main options: stay and renovate or move somewhere new. But which do you pick?

Renovation: The Pros

If you only need one or two extra rooms, a simple extension or even a conservatory can solve your issues. You could convert the loft, basement or even just re-jig the space you have by moving the internal walls. Either way, it could be a simple fix that saves you a lot of time, hassle, and money from moving house. If you’re close to family, good schools or just generally love your home and don’t want to move, renovating allows you to stay put while adapting your home to your current needs.

Renovation: The Cons

Renovation is no walk in the park. When this kind of work is being done while you’re still living in the property, it can be incredibly stressful as it feels like you’re living on a building site. When you’re doing major renovation work, you will often need planning permission too, and waiting around for that can be annoying when you just want to get cracking. Then, of course, there’s the cost too. If you don’t want to borrow against your home, you will need to come up with the money for renovations too which aren’t ever going to be cheap.

Moving House: The Pros

Moving house is incredibly exciting. It’s the perfect opportunity to start fresh, you have this new blank canvas and the promise of a new life ahead of you. There are few chances in life you get like this where you get to wipe the slate and start again. Moving house also allows you to work out exactly what you don’t like about your old place so you can find something better the next time around. Perhaps your commute is too far, or you want to be closer to better schools? Whatever it is, you could compare home loans and get started on the path to a new life.

Moving House: The Cons

There’s no doubt about it, moving is stressful. Physically moving your items, changing over bills and addresses with a hundred and one companies, cleaning and repairing your old property and finding the perfect new home. You have removals vans to book, solicitors to speak to and so much more. It’s mentally and physically exhausting, and definitely not something you want to be doing on a regular basis!


Will you be renovating or moving house this year? If so, what was the reason for your decision?

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