The new year isn’t just a great time to declutter your life; it’s also the ideal time to start afresh for the new decade. There are several benefits to decluttering, including:
It is very important to keep your house tidy and clean, especially given the current climate. Keeping on top of the cleaning can be a joy for some, but a chore for others. Furthermore, cleaning products can be pricey and bad for the environment.
We all promise ourselves that we’re going to do this clean right, and get our deposit back this time. And we do really well, putting all the effort into it that we should... until we come to the oven.
It’s officially spring and what better way to celebrate the new season than by taking part in a big spring clean. Following on from our Spring Cleaning Guide, it’s not just your home that could use a little attention this month.
Spring is fast approaching, and it has never been a better time to blow away the cobwebs and give your home a deep clean. Spring is synonymous with starting fresh for the warmer months. It’s also an ideal time to get your property and garden looking and feeling great to enjoy longer days and create a sanctuary all year round.
Modern technology helps us out in many ways. It makes our cars faster and safer, it lets us keep in touch with friends effortlessly and provides us with endless entertainment. However, many people are missing a trick when it comes to their household chores. Choosing a few innovative pieces of technology for your home can really help out with your household chores. Take the stress out of hoovering, washing and clearing up with these labour-saving devices.
To sell your property, you don't just need the right people to view your property but you also need to know how to prepare for and handle viewings come show time. The trick to a speedy sale is to show your property in its best light so prospective buyers can see what you saw back when you initially fell in love with home. Luckily, there are a handful of easy solutions to getting your viewers' hearts aflutter.
You can only ignore that mould-blackened sealant round the shower for so long. However scrupulous you are about your cleaning, sooner or later it’ll start to discolour and become a bit unsavoury. And there’s a more pressing reason to deal with decomposing sealant – if it starts to split and come loose then it’s not doing its job any more, and water can start getting through.
We’re flipping things around, from nightmare neighbours and boundary disputes, to how you can focus on yourself to get the best out of your relationship with your neighbours. It may seem like a chore at times, but a healthy relationship with your neighbour can save you a lot of aggro.
It seemed like it was never going to happen after all the drama Covid-19 has caused in the last few months. However, lockdown measures are starting to ease and it looks like tenants around the country are finally going to be able to get away and go on holiday!
There is nothing worse for a Landlord then visiting their property after a tenant has moved out to find the property wreaks of bad smells such as cigarette smoke, pets or musty body odour. However, do not fear, there are a few quick and easy ways to remove these smells from your property and ensure it is smelling fresh again by the time a new tenant moves in.
If you’re fortunate enough to have hardwood floors in the property you’re leasing then you’ll no doubt want to keep them looking pristine and shiny – especially if it’s original flooring or reclaimed wood that you have, topped off with a lovely glossy varnish.
Although you may still have half a turkey in the fridge - and may still be finding glitter on just about everything you touch - Christmas is officially over for another year. Before you recycle all those cards and get your glad rags ready for New Year’s Eve, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your home is ready for 2019 too.
For many of us, Christmas means entertaining and, sometimes, overnight guests and, the departure of those guests can often leave your home looking like a hurricane’s hit it. During the dip between Christmas and New Year, take the opportunity to strip the bedding from the spare room and pop it into the wash while you turn the room back into your office, sewing room or spare wardrobe.
Although we’re still officially within the 12 days of Christmas, this is a good time to tone down the decorations - particularly if your festive decor is ‘enthusiastic’. During this time, many people like to take down most of their decorations, leaving just the tree for a bit of sparkle to see them into the new year. Packing away the bulk of the decorations and ornaments now means that there’ll be less to do in the new year when you’re back at work.
Although you may be in a chocolate and mince pie induced coma and, the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning, giving your home a bit of a freshen up is a great way to start a new year. While you’re throwing out yards of wrapping paper and recycling cracker jokes, set aside a couple of hours to tackle the cleaning jobs you put off because you were too busy with the Christmas shopping (and celebrating).
Once your tree and decorations are put away, it may feel that your home looks a little bare. Invest in some colourful plants to replace them and add a cheerful touch for the year to come.
That’s not ‘do it in the new year’ but, ‘do it now yourself’. Inbetween Christmas and New Year, you no longer have to entertain Granny or play endless rounds of Trivial Pursuit so, this is the perfect time to do those niggling DIY projects that you never got around to in 2018.
If you can’t bear to throw away the Christmas cards once the season is over, try making a memory board by sticking the cards, along with some of your Christmas photographs, onto a board and framing it. You can then add this to your festive decorating the following year.
Despite what they say about resolutions, most of us can’t help making them. This year, give yourself a helping hand by creating a new year home calendar and, for each month, mark a job or project that you’ll do for your home. Tasking yourself with one project a month is a lot less overwhelming than trying (and failing) to do everything at once.
As the year comes to an end and, a new one approaches, take some time to pamper your home ready to relax in during those cold January nights
So you’ve spring cleaned the house, now it is time to tackle the garden. Cleaning the garden may come natural to some but for those who see it as a mundane task here are some simple tips to help your garden look ready for those summer parties.
As part of our series on end-of-tenancy cleaning tips, this week we present a few tips and tricks that tenants can use to clean your carpets at the end of their lease, or that landlords with a bit of the old DIY in them can use after a less attentive tenant moves out.
The MOST important thing to consider.
Ask yourself: Have you paid all your rent?
Sharing a house with friends as a student can be brilliant fun. Sharing with other young professionals in the first few years after graduation can also be great fun, but as life starts to get more serious, so can your house-share.
It can be a relief once you have packed up your home, but the hard work is just beginning. Moving is stressful and unpacking can be the worst part when you’re trying to find a place for everything. To settle in quicker it’s important to plan ahead. Here are some of our tips that might help:
Scotland’s second city, Glasgow is a top choice for buy-to-let investors. According to the LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index, locations around Glasgow appear no less than three times on the buy-to-let yield top ten.
Once a tenant has left a property the Landlord will now need to focus on getting it ready for the next. However, with this focus comes all the costs of ensuring everything gets off to the best start once a new tenant moves in. This is an important job as it will set the precedent for the new tenants and influence how they will treat the property so the Landlord must ensure that they try not to cut any corners.