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Love Your Home, Hate The Location?

Love Your Home, Hate The Location?

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You can change a home, but you can’t change its location. As a result, a bad location can often be a reason for moving. But what if you love every other aspect of your home? This can put many people in a dilemma. Below are just a few tips on some of the ways you may be able to deal with a bad location without having to move to a new home. 

Noise levels

If you live near a busy road, an airport or another source of noise, you could find that the noise levels start to make life quite uncomfortable (especially if the noise continues throughout the night). A solution to this could be to find ways of soundproofing your home – replacing doors, replacing windows and insulating your home can all make a big difference. This guide to soundproofing a home offers a few great tips. 

High crime rate

If you live in a high crime area, you need to weigh up whether you or your family truly feel safe – moving could be the best option if you have kids. Alternatively, you could consider investing in stringent security measures. Security cameras, anti-climb fencing and ‘beware of the dog’ signs (regardless of whether you’ve got a dog) are some of the best deterrents. A home security system could also be worth installing in case someone still attempts a break-in. A home security audit could be worth arranging to work out exactly which improvements your home could benefit from. 

Nightmare neighbors

Nightmare neighbors can be a common motive for moving – you may otherwise like the area, in which case you may be able to hire a local moving company and relocate somewhere else within the same area. However, if you really don’t want to move, it may be a case of complaining to your local council or negotiating directly with your neighbors until changes are made. There are solicitors that specialize in neighbor disputes – consider whether it’s worth getting their support. 

Natural disaster

Some locations can be prone to natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and sinkholes. There may be structural improvements that you can invest in to protect your home from these natural disasters such flood-proofing or seismic upgrades. This could be a better option than potentially having to make a long-distance move. 

Things you can’t change…

There are some aspects of your location that you may not be able to change such as ugly surroundings, poor parking or limited local opportunities (such as limited work, school or shopping options). You may be able to work with your local council to make improvements to the area and possibly petition for/against future projects. However, without a lot of influence, there may be only so much you can achieve. Decide whether you can truly live with these issues – having to fight for parking spaces might be a mild inconvenience, while not being able to find work locally might be more of a major location issue.

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Moving In With Your Partner: Tips To Make It Easier On Both Of You

Moving In With Your Partner: Tips To Make It Easier On Both Of You

For many couples, a significant step in their relationship is when they decide to move in together. A lot of people who have been there and done it before are going to warn you that this is one of the most challenging but exciting times in your relationship. The chances are, if you have got to that point, you are going to do it anyway.   After all, what is the worst that could happen? 

We can tell you now that no matter how much you love someone and how well you think you will fit together, moving in with each other and learning to share a space, compromise on things, and live with each other’s bad habits can cause some tension. To try to keep things as easy and positive as possible, we share some tips on moving in with your partner.  

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Learn to let some things go

By this, we mean physically – and emotionally. 

For most couples, moving in together means losing some space, and that means that your shoe collection to rival Carrie Bradshaws might just need cutting down, or his Star Wars Lego collection might just need shelving – permanently. It is a good opportunity to declutter and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use. It also makes it easier, and cheaper, for your moving services. 

In terms of emotionally letting things go – there are going to be things that your partner does that annoy you. Perhaps they leave the lid off the toothpaste or plump the cushions up on the couch when they get up. You need to challenge any big issues but some things, you just have to learn to let go of. As the saying goes, pick your battles. Some are just not worth fighting.

Consider buying versus renting

There are some significant advantages and disadvantages to each of these and it is wise to weigh them up before diving in. While buying a home together gives you much more stability and ownership than renting, it is also a huge financial commitment. Renting is much easier to deal with if you were to separate, although you are not getting the advantage of owning your own property.

Make sure you both have space

When you live together, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of living in each other’s pockets, spending every waking – and sleeping – moment together. That worlds for some couples, but most will benefit from having a little time and space on their own. Do not ditch your friends and hobbies – this gives you valuable time to be your own person.

Divide chores and responsibilities up before you move in

Before you take the step of moving in together, make sure you sort out and talk through who is responsible for what, so that chores and responsibilities are shared evenly. One person being responsible for everything can cause tension and arguments, so it is better to sort it out well before it hits that point. 

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Enhance Your Home’s Natural Beauty and Make A Quick Sale

Enhance Your Home’s Natural Beauty and Make A Quick Sale

If you’re looking at ways you can make a quick sale with your home, this guide will help you. Possibly one of the most effective and easiest ways to do this is to enhance your home’s natural beauty and work with what you’ve already got. Not only will this make your job easier, it’ll also make your home look so much more attractive to buyers without needing to do too much at all. With that in mind, here’s how you can enhance your home’s natural beauty and make a quick sale:

  1. Remove Window Dressings And Let In Natural Light

Rather than keep window dressings up, take them down and let in natural light. Natural light is a natural mood booster, and one of the best things about it is that it can help to make the space look bigger. Letting natural light in and showing a buyer the potential a room has is a very smart move. It can also be wise to do this, as some people may wonder whether you’re actually selling the window dressings and similar furnishings with the house. If you don’t want to do this, then removing them altogether can help you to avoid confusion. 

  1. Give It A Deep Clean

A deep clean is a fast and effective way to make the house ready to sell without spending time redecorating and spending a ton of money. You may even want to hire somebody who knows what they are doing to ensure that the job is done properly if you’re not the most skilled cleaner out there. You’ll not only want to clean the obvious places, but make sure the less obvious places are taken care of, such as inside storage cupboards, on top of doors, and even the oven. 

  1. Add A Fresh Coat of Paint 

A fresh coat of paint is a super easy fix and can instantly refresh a home’s interior. Just use any leftover paint you have. You don’t even need to go out and buy a new tub, unless you’ve been advised that a new color could help you to make a sale. Be advised that neutral colors often sell better as potential buyers can better picture their own personality within the home. Bright colors can confuse them as it isn’t to everyone’s tastes. 

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  1. Have Flooring and Cabinets Refinished 

Having your flooring and cabinets refinished could be a wonderful idea if you’re looking to give the place a feeling of newness without actually replacing anything and spending a fortune. Looking into hardwood floor refinishing could mean enhancing what is already there perfectly, and while it isn’t necessarily cheap, it’s going to be much easier and more affordable than hiring somebody to replace the floor. You can still add value by working on what the house already has. 

  1. Try To Utilize Small or Awkward Spaces in The Home

Take a look at any small or awkward spaces in the home and see if you can get some inspiration for what to do with them. Don’t hide them! Trying to hide them always looks obvious and it’s a missed opportunity. This could be wasted, pointless space, but if you use your imagination you could also help a buyer’s mind to run wild. How about turning that empty corner into a mini library or reading nook? There’s all kinds of inspiration out there. 

  1. Perk Up The Curb Appeal

See if there are ways you can perk up the curb appeal of your home. Mow the grass, wash your car and windows, get rid of weeds, and find other ways to tidy up and make a good impression. You might think that the exterior doesn’t matter as much, but the first impression the home makes on potential buyers does. They are going to make their mind up about it when they see it, whether they want to or not. If you want to go the extra mile, you can paint your door a brand new color, install lighting, and create a clear walkway to the door. 

  1. Don’t Completely Depersonalize It

You want to declutter the home in any way you can so that buyers can see their storage opinions. However, you shouldn’t be completely taking the personality out of it. A little personality left stops the place from looking like an uninviting show home, but there’s a fine line! You want them to picture themselves in the space, not you living in the space. 

The above points are going to be the quickest way to get your home ready for sale!

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Taking The Stress Out Of Your Home Move

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Moving to a new house can be a very exciting time. You’ll get to make a new place your own. You can host a house warming party and as they say, a change is as good as a rest. It can be refreshing moving into a new house. 

But there is a great deal of stress that goes along with moving homes. There is a lot that will need to be sorted ahead of the move, and packing up all of the items that you own in the world can be both physically and mentally draining. 

There may be times that you and your partner or family may bicker due to the stress that you are all under, and it can be hard to manage your feelings when it comes to the stress of moving. 

The best way to avoid stress is to plan your move well. Here are a few top tips for dealing with your home move in the least stressful way possible. 

Hire Someone To Help

Moving house is a lot of work. Everything that you own will need to get boxed up and moved to a completely different address. This takes a lot of effort and you may be worried about damaging things in transit. 

Hiring a company like On The Go Moving will mean that you won’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. You will get a professional crew of movers who are experienced and quick and safely moving your furniture and possession without a hiccup. 

Start Early 

If you want a stress free move, the earlier that you can start to pack the better. This will allow you to get a good head start on the long slow process that is required ahead of your move. 

Start by boxing up items that you won’t be needing anytime soon. The more you can do without until you move, the better.  Be sure that you don’t pack anything that you will need until after you have moved.

Pack Carefully

There are two things that may really cause you to stress once you arrive in your new home. Firstly, not knowing where anything is when you start unpacking. And secondly, when you start unpacking and you find something that has broken along the way. 

There is a way to minimize the risk of both of these stressful outcomes and that is to pack carefully and be organized as you do so. 

Packing similar items together and marking up your box with what is inside will help you. Label the box with the room that you want it to be put into when you move so that boxes will go straight to the correct place. 

Don’t overload boxes, particularly if you are filling them with heavier items such as books. You would not want them splitting as you carry them. 

Delicate items should be wrapped up and the box should be labeled informing the movers to handle the box with care. 

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Top Tips For A Stress Free House Move

Top Tips For A Stress Free House Move

If you’ve ever moved house, you’ll know that while it’s exciting, it can also be incredibly stressful, especially if you’re moving with kids. With these easy tips, you can make moving a lot easier on you and the rest of the family and take out a lot of the stress. 

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  1. Plan out some meals for the last few days before you move house. Emptying out the freezer before you move can mean you end up eating some odd combos for dinner if you don’t think ahead. To dodge eating dinner that combines oven chips and old leftovers that nobody can remember the origin of, go through the freezer and see what kind of meals you can organise to use up the last of the food without resorting to eating strange combinations. 
  2. For the first few days after the move, be prepared by stocking the fridge and freezer with some pre-prepared meals or microwave dinners that are fast to get ready. When you’ve been unpacking boxes for hours, you’ll be grateful for a quick, tasty dinner that’s a lot cheaper and healthier than ordering another takeaway.
  3. Clear out old stuff as you pack up your house. We all end up with a lot of stuff, especially with children. A declutter can be very satisfying and lets you start fresh. As you’re packing up, sell, donate or throw out the things you don’t want or need anymore, instead of just moving them to your new home. As an added advantage, you’ll have less stuff to fit into the moving van. Host a garage sale to sell some of it, and make back some of the costs of moving. 
  4. Buy a tape gun. Setting up your packing boxes and sealing them up when they’re full will be much faster and simpler if you use a tape gun, which can save you a lot of time and frustration. 
  5. Label each of your packed boxes with a note about what it’s in it and the room it should go into. This saves you answering questions from the moving company as they’ll already know where things need to go. It’ll also make unpacking easier, as you’ll find the things you need quickly.
  6. Think about what you’ll need in the first few hours at the new house. This could include things like a box cutter to get into other boxes, toilet paper, essential medication, phone chargers and some cups with tea bags or coffee so you can make a drink while you unpack. Pack these essentials into a box that you keep with you instead of putting in the moving van, so you have them ready to access.
  7. Pack another box of similar essentials for the kids, with some pre-packed snacks for hunger emergencies and a few small toys to keep them busy and out of the way during the moving. Any items they’ll find comforting, like a favourite stuffed animal, is a good way to help them stay relaxed during the upheaval. 

Plan out some meals for the last few days before you move house. Emptying out the freezer before you move can mean you end up eating some odd combos for dinner if you don’t think ahead. To dodge eating dinner that combines oven chips and old leftovers that nobody can remember the origin of, go through the freezer and see what kind of meals you can organise to use up the last of the food without resorting to eating strange combinations. 

For the first few days after the move, be prepared by stocking the fridge and freezer with some pre-prepared meals or microwave dinners that are fast to get ready. When you’ve been unpacking boxes for hours, you’ll be grateful for a quick, tasty dinner that’s a lot cheaper and healthier than ordering another takeaway.

Clear out old stuff as you pack up your house. We all end up with a lot of stuff, especially with children. A declutter can be very satisfying and lets you start fresh. As you’re packing up, sell, donate or throw out the things you don’t want or need anymore, instead of just moving them to your new home. As an added advantage, you’ll have less stuff to fit into the moving van. Host a garage sale to sell some of it, and make back some of the costs of moving. 

Buy a tape gun. Setting up your packing boxes and sealing them up when they’re full will be much faster and simpler if you use a tape gun, which can save you a lot of time and frustration. 

Label each of your packed boxes a note about what it’s in it and the room it should go into. This saves you answering questions from the moving company as they’ll already know where things need to go. It’ll also make unpacking easier, as you’ll find the things you need quickly.

Think about what you’ll need in the first few hours at the new house. This could include things like a box cutter to get into other boxes, toilet paper, essential medication, phone chargers and some cups with tea bags or coffee so you can make a drink while you unpack. Pack these essentials into a box that you keep with you instead of putting in the moving van, so you have them ready to access.

Pack another box of similar essentials for the kids, with some pre-packed snacks for hunger emergencies and a few small toys to keep them busy and out of the way during the moving. Any items they’ll find comforting, like a favourite stuffed animal, is a good way to help them stay relaxed during the upheaval. 

Plan out some meals for the last few days before you move house. Emptying out the freezer before you move can mean you end up eating some odd combos for dinner if you don’t think ahead. To dodge eating dinner that combines oven chips and old leftovers that nobody can remember the origin of, go through the freezer and see what kind of meals you can organise to use up the last of the food without resorting to eating strange combinations. 

For the first few days after the move, be prepared by stocking the fridge and freezer with some pre-prepared meals or microwave dinners that are fast to get ready. When you’ve been unpacking boxes for hours, you’ll be grateful for a quick, tasty dinner that’s a lot cheaper and healthier than ordering another takeaway.

Clear out old stuff as you pack up your house. We all end up with a lot of stuff, especially with children. A declutter can be very satisfying and lets you start fresh. As you’re packing up, sell, donate or throw out the things you don’t want or need anymore, instead of just moving them to your new home. As an added advantage, you’ll have less stuff to fit into the moving van. Host a garage sale to sell some of it, and make back some of the costs of moving. 

Buy a tape gun. Setting up your packing boxes and sealing them up when they’re full will be much faster and simpler if you use a tape gun, which can save you a lot of time and frustration. 

Label each of your packed boxes a note about what it’s in it and the room it should go into. This saves you answering questions from the moving company as they’ll already know where things need to go. It’ll also make unpacking easier, as you’ll find the things you need quickly.

Think about what you’ll need in the first few hours at the new house. This could include things like a box cutter to get into other boxes, toilet paper, essential medication, phone chargers and some cups with tea bags or coffee so you can make a drink while you unpack. Pack these essentials into a box that you keep with you instead of putting in the moving van, so you have them ready to access.

Pack another box of similar essentials for the kids, with some pre-packed snacks for hunger emergencies and a few small toys to keep them busy and out of the way during the moving. Any items they’ll find comforting, like a favourite stuffed animal, is a good way to help them stay relaxed during the upheaval. 

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Three Top Tips To Help You Move House Like A Ninja

Three Top Tips To Help You Move House Like A Ninja

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It’s one of the largest and most stressful undertakings many of us will have in our lives – and if you’ve decided that you can’t learn to love your current home, or improve it through building work, then moving house is the only option left to you. The process is full of challenges – from first finding a new home to love, to getting an offer accepted, dealing with conveyancing solicitors and negotiating the particulars of the sale with the vendor. And when all of that is safely out the way? You still have the upheaval of the move itself. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks which can make moving house a lot easier – some which you may not have known, especially if it’s your first time pulling off a house move.

But First, Declutter

If you’ve ever had ambitions to do a complete KonMari Method declutter on your life, then now is most definitely the time. Weeks ahead of the move, start tackling the process of getting rid of everything you no longer need, want or use in your life. Even those of us who consider themselves fairly minimalist are generally shocked at the amount of possessions they actually own when all of them have to be wrapped up and packed for a house move. The less you own, the less there is to pack – which frees up your time, money and precious headspace. It’s time to get ruthless. Approach your decluttering systematically, Rather than leaping in haphazardly or trying to do it all at once, tackle areas in sequence. Start with somewhere relatively streamlined and easy to get your momentum up, before moving on to traditional clutter hot spots such as your wardrobe or that junk cupboard under the stairs.

Make Special Arrangements For Valuables

People who have moved house a few times generally have some horror stories about priceless heirlooms or irreplaceable sentimental items getting lost or damaged in the rush. It’s much better to pull a separate box or bag together containing these items, and either give it to a friend or relative for safekeeping during the move, or ensure that it travels with you personally (rather than in a moving van) on the day. Think about other special arrangements you may need to make – are there pets that would be better off staying with someone for a weekend while you get moved in? Do you need to book a specialist mover such as CTI Logistics Interstate to get your vehicles moved to your new home? Don’t leave anything to chance – developing a plan and a schedule for moving house will combat any last minute panics that end up costing a lot of stress and extra money to sort out at short notice.

Flatpack What You Can Ahead Of Time

Dismantling things is a more time-consuming process than you may assume. You might picture yourself spending half an hour with an allen key, but the reality is that dismantling furniture takes time, so allow for it by starting early. Work out what temporary arrangements you can make work –  could you use a blow up air mattress for a week so the bedframe can be taken apart? Could your clothes be pre-packed into suitcases so you can take down a wardrobe? Doing it gradually is much less stressful that trying to pack down when you have a bunch of paid-hourly removals staff waiting around and a new occupant ready to move into your old house.

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Saving Money On Big Life Decisions

Saving Money On Big Life Decisions

As we get older, and the responsibility piles on, we can often find we are spending out left, right and centre. Money worries are a significant cause of stress, and with many people less able to save on a weekly or monthly basis, it pays to get smart about what you buy.

Weddings, new babies, moving house, decorating and buying a car are all heavy hitters in terms of big spending. So how do you spend less and still enjoy those things?

Here are a few tips for you!

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Weddings

If you have been dreaming of a perfect wedding, for years, you don’t need to cast that aside just yet. Think about what you non-negotiables are. What is it you have to have without question. Is it the dress? What about the cake? Flowers perhaps? Sometimes the pinch really comes when the guest list keeps getting longer and longer.

If something doesn’t make the non-negotiable list, then those are places that you can safely cut back. Not everyone wants to spend so much on flowers when a small wild bunch looks beautiful.

Call in favours from friends and family to help you decorate the venue yourself, and do other things in the early stages like:

  • Design and print your own invitations, or create a free website for people to RSVP
  • Hand make the favours
  • Skip the DJ and create your own playlist, and use a simple Sono style speaker
  • Put a down payment on your dress as early as possible, so that you won’t need to pay too much of a lump sum later on.
  • Same with the venue
  • Always get insurance for your wedding. That way, if something does go wrong, you won’t lose a penny.

It is easy to get caught up in color schemes and taffeta, but try to remember that a wedding is about you and the person you love. The rest is just the trimmings.

Car

Buying a new car is out of most peoples reach. You can, of course, opt to go down the finance route, and that does come with a lot of perks. But in the end, you are still going to be spending a premium for those four wheels. Before you start working out what % deal you can get, consider buying a used car instead.

They have a few miles on the clock, sure, but they have also (in most cases) been well looked after. New cars do have that ‘new car smell’, but a second-hand vehicle has a whole personality of its own. They’re usually cheap enough to buy outright, you are free to haggle on the price if you want it even, and depending on the age they are cheaper to insure.

When you make the decision to buy a used car, don’t just buy the first one you see. If you have the time to visit a few and fit in some test drives, then try to do that. You’ll quickly learn if a car is for you or not. If you aren’t very great with cars, then try to bring someone along with you who is. They will be able to do some checks on the overall health of the vehicle and guide you n the right direction in terms of price.

Moving House

If you aren’t moving too far, then you have the luxury of calling in friends and family, hiring a van and doing most of the leg work yourself. When you are thinking about moving out of state or even to a new country, the logistics get a bit trickier.

The best place to start is by having a good clear out. Get rid of things you don’t love, need, or use. That might be a lot more than you think. Starting with your clothing works really well. If you need the inspiration to get your clothing sorted, or the rest of the house for that matter, then check out Marie Kondo. She has excellent tips about how to really clear your space of clutter. Donate what is good enough to be used again, sell what you can, and try to streamline what you’re taking.

Consider hiring a moving van yourself. It’s a lot cheaper than having a whole moving team doing it for you. And, while yes, you’ll need to do the heavy work yourself – you’re going to be saving big bucks. The size of van will obviously depend on what you are bringing with you, so really give everything a lot of thought.

Redecorating

Before you rush out to the DIY store, start cleaning and getting rid of stuff too. Much like moving, it will make the whole thing much smoother. Once you have gotten rid of the clutter, and given the place an excellent clean, consider this – do you want to redecorate, or do you just want a fresh feel?

Paint isn’t too expensive, and if you then focus on moving the furniture around instead of replacing things, you’ll get a ‘new’ looking space at a fraction of the cost. If you want to pick up smaller items, like vases, candles holders and even pieces of art for the walls, they are also cheap alternatives to a full redecorating project.

30 Day Rule

Unless you have to buy something immediately, start putting yourself on a timer. If you see something you want, instead of instantly buying it, make yourself wait 30 days. Then, if you still really want the item at the end of those 30 days go and get it. Often we make hasty decisions when it comes to making purchases. During the 30 day wait, you will think about your finances more, and do you really need it? More often than not, we won’t go back a month after to get something. Impulse buying always costs more in the long run. From dresses, you’re ‘saving’ and never wear, to the coffee machine that ends up gathering dust on the side.

Always give your finances the once over before making big decisions, and give yourself plenty of time to find alternatives too.

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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.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.