Pets are an important part of the family. In the latest PAW Report conducted by the PDSA, it showed that around 50% of adults in the UK own a pet. The most popular pets include our beloved cats and dogs. However, there are many other furry friends, including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and hamsters that live in our properties. Plus, we can’t forget those less hairy examples, such as lizards and snakes!
Whether it’s fixing draughts or preventing damp, summer is the ideal time to regain control of your property. The longer days and extra hours of sunshine often motivate us to stop putting off those annoying but important tasks.
So what can you do to make the maintenance and repair process a little easier? Here are just a few DIY hacks that can help you take back control of your home and garden this summer.
Making Your Place Something To Write Home About
As the nights begin to draw in, many of us will be spending more time at home than during the summer months. With this in mind, Autumn is the ideal time to turn your home into a cosy haven to ward off the cold. If the idea of spending your weekends on DIY projects makes you shudder, don’t worry - we’ve put together our quick and easy tips for turning your house into a home without sacrificing too much of your precious free time.
Though many confuse the two, an interior designer is not simply a ‘decorator’, even though decoration is a part of what an interior designer does. Decoration is a craft, whilst interior design is also a science.
Ah, the half term break; a chance to reconnect with the kids, take some time out and, of course, tackle some DIY. October is the perfect time to deal with DIY projects before the colder weather starts to really kick in. However, with just one short week, to play with, most of us don’t want to spend the whole break on major projects so, we’ve come up with a few tasks to tackle now which will leave you with plenty of time free to spend with the family.
IT’S NATIONAL HOME IMPROVEMENT MONTH! At least it was…...and still can be ! The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has had to postpone their promotion due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation. Why not now? While we adapt and cope with the ongoing effects, which means for many of us we are staying indoors and avoiding all non-essential travel, why not use this time to improve, fix or arrange parts of your home you have always been meaning to do.
For many, one of the joys of having a garden is in visits from our feathered friends. From robins to sparrows, bird lovers eagerly anticipate the arrival of these visitors but, many complain that their garden doesn’t seem to attract as many as they would like. As the RSPB gears up to its Big Garden Bird Watch at the end of this month, we’ve put together our guide to making your garden as bird-friendly as possible.
Nothing personalises a home like the addition of great, framed prints and photographs. Even the most minimalist house or flat can be transformed into a more intimate home with just a few, well chosen pieces.
Regardless of how loathe we are to admit it, it’s clear to see that the weather is getting colder and the seasons are changing. For a lot of people, this means that the interior trends of your home will change with it. Autumn brings with it a whole host of different fashion choices and patterns. To try and help you to be able to make your home look it’s best when it comes to interior fashion; we’re going to be discussing our selections for the best ways to achieve that show home style this autumn.
If you are letting out a property that has a garage, it might be a smart move to convert your garage into another bedroom.
Creating an extra bedroom could allow you to charge higher rent and target different types of tenants, like larger families or groups of students.
If you're a landlord, you want to make sure that your property is as attractive as possible to potential tenants. You may be keen to improve your property by converting a garage into a liveable space. The idea is that you can then advertise an extra bedroom, and this could also be used as a home office or gym.
The transition from child to teenager is probably the biggest (and often most stressful) time for parents. Growth spurts, mood swings and peer group pressure are all part of the process - as is an increased desire for independence. During this time, your child’s room will play a pivotal role in his or her life as it moves from somewhere to play and store their stuff to their own personal haven.
Your local council will offer grants to adapt your home if you, or a member of your family, is disabled. These are known as Disabled Facility Grants and Adaptation Grants.
There’s one thing that we always want more of in our homes, and that’s space! However, with space at a premium in most parts of the country, thinking about ways to utilise what we have already is a great way to get more out of your property. An excellent starting point is to declutter. This way, you can start to look at freeing up more space with everything that’s left.
Valentines Day is the perfect time to spoil your loved ones and celebrate special relationships with family and friends. However, it’s not just the people in your life that deserve special attention, it’s your home too.
Summer is the time to enjoy your garden. This is often easier said than done, though. Any outdoors space takes a lot of looking after to achieve lush greenery. Modern technology exists to make your life easier, though. All you need to do is pick up a few of these smart garden tech products. Whether you’re a homeowner or a tenant, you can get all the benefits of cutting-edge technology both inside and outside of your home.
Living life on the ledge - making the most of your city centre balcony
For those living in city centre flats, a balcony is a luxury which can give the illusion of extra space. Unfortunately, all too often, decreasing property sizes mean that these precious balconies are used as extra storage room for bikes, children’s toys and other assorted clutter. It’s time to reclaim your balcony and transform it into your very own Romeo and Juliet worthy space.
During the last few weeks of lockdown, I’m sure yourself, amongst many other tenants are getting fed up at looking at the same four walls. You don’t own the property and therefore feel you’re not allowed to make any changes to the property.
Square footage continues to be at premium, and many tenants are choosing to downsize rather than upsize when they move. So how can you make the most of the space you have, or live just as happily in a smaller home?
Space is something we all want from our homes but is sometimes more of a luxury than a necessity that always comes at a cost. However, don’t worry too much about what you don’t have, instead focus on what you can do by optimizing the space that you do have!