Friday, July 10, 2020

3 Ways to Add Storage to Your Home

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We all want more storage for the home. It is probably one of the most important things for a person to have. You want to be able to keep all of the possessions that you have acquired over your travels, so you need to make sure that you have successfully managed to create this space. Not sure how? Take a look below:

Consider a portable garage

The portable garage is one of the first and easiest ways for you to create more space that can be adjusted as needed. These are storage facilities that can be assembled and disassembled as necessary, so you have absolute control over what happens. It is quite easy to put together, and will definitely help - even a 10 x 20 portable garage is a game-changer.

The portable garage could safely store your vehicle in it if you needed it to, so the more sensitive items - those belongings that would suffer from the weather - could be stored in a secure, dry location like your actual garage.

Create multi-functional rooms

So, if you are going to increase the amount of storage space that you have in your home, it might be a good idea to make your rooms multi-functional.


It’s all about combining rooms that have a similar purpose but are different enough to warrant their own space. So, for example, you could combine the living room with the dining room to create one area where you relax and unwind, but at the same time, sit down as a family and eat. It’s not the easiest of things to do, but it is something that you can do if you’re sensible about the amount of room that you actually need.

Repurpose

Repurposing is one of your best bets for maximizing the amount of storage that you had. All the corridors and landings that you have are walled off by two solid walls. So long as you don’t disrupt the structural integrity of the walls, you can convert them partially into cabinets and shelves.

Drilling slightly back into the wall and removing parts of it without compromising means that you can effectively create a lot of storage for things. It gives you a lot more in the way of space and adds a lot of character to your corridors and walls. It’s a good pick for interior decor!

There is a lot that you can do to make sure that you are maximizing space in your home. It’s easy to make sure that you are getting a lot of space when you are sensible about the kinds of compromises that you make and the way that you operate. You’ve got plenty of choices for how best to increase the amount of storage in your home, so to be honest, why wouldn’t you? It’s just a question of taking a look at all of the options and finding the one which works best for you for your needs.  

Home Renovations that are Worth the Investment

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Home improvement projects are a great opportunity to add character and create a better living space, but they could also raise the value of your home too. Even if you have no intentions to sell your property in the foreseeable future, it’s always worth thinking about making your home a piece of prime real estate in case you do decide to sell several years down the line. However, not all home improvement projects will provide a return on investment. Here are some of the best projects to choose if increasing the value of your home is one of your goals:

The Roof

An essential part of your home’s structure, the roof is an area that should always be paid close attention to. Not only does a damaged roof lead to higher bills (loss of heat) but it could also spread causing further damage to the rest of your house due to damp and leaks. If your roof is looking worn out or you have noticed some signs of damage, call roofing contractors immediately to inspect it. Although work on your roof can be costly, it’s a vital investment.

Converting the Attic or Basement

If you live in a property that has both of these spaces, converting one into an extra room could be a good idea. Originally designed as storage rooms, it’s good to keep at least one of these areas for this purpose, as adequate storage is desirable in a home. However, if you don’t need to use them both for this, converting one into another bedroom, games room, study or den would help to add value to your home. Having an additional bedroom would make your home appeal to larger families, and if you choose to convert to one of the other suggestions, it appeals to those looking for a little more luxury or a home office area.

Extensions

If you have the space to extend your property this could be yet another wise investment. Like the point above, adding extra rooms onto the house makes it more appealing to larger families looking to buy. You might not be extending the property to add another room, but instead creating a larger one. If you have a small kitchen, living room, or bathroom, these are all good candidates for extending as they serve more practical purposes in the home.

The Kitchen

Whether it’s an extension or just remodeling, the kitchen is always worth investing in. One of the most important rooms in the house, having a well-designed and well-equipped kitchen is what many buyers look for when inspecting properties. Installing a good-sized stove and oven will be ideal for families or those who are keen cooks, and adequate storage or a built-in pantry will look fabulous as well as being practical.

The Garden

Don’t underestimate the power of your garden. Having a beautiful outdoor space is very appealing to those looking to buy a home. It doesn’t have to be big, but taking care to make sure it looks nice with a good patio, plant pots and character will win many people over. If you can, hire a landscape gardener for a truly incredible transformation.
If you want to add value to your home, choose your renovation projects wisely. Select one of the areas above.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Tips for the Most Overlooked Aspect of Home Renovation: The Garden

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When renovating a home, you will be looking to make an old home fresh, safe and a delight to live in. When the weather is nice, an important aspect of enjoying a home is enjoying its garden. Although major changes to a home are significant, overlooking a garden is a mistake made by too many. What’s more, renovating a garden is far simpler than renovating a home. Here are some tips.

Know your soils, plant the right flowers
A garden renovation doesn’t need to involve landscaping. Often it just means changing the flowers, removing dead or cumbersome plants, and creating a space that you enjoy. Before you plant any new plants, it’s worth making sure that you have a good awareness on how different plants perform in your climate and in different conditions: e.g. direct sun, partial sun, shaded areas, acidic soils, etc. It is worth sending in a sample of your soil for testing or getting a DIY kit, as this can inform you which fertilizers you might need if your soil has any deficiencies, as well as whether to put acidic or alkaline compounds in your soil to balance the Ph.

Perform a Health Check
If you have big plants like trees in your garden, you might want to perform a health check to make sure they don’t need to be taken down and are living healthily. There are many steps to inspecting the health of a tree, but you should inspect the central leader for splits, which can create a wound that might allow insect infestations.

Look for broken or dead branches that you need to prune and for mosses and disease. Spanish moss can be a problem in warmer climates, as it can cling to branches and weigh down your tree in a way that can cause permanent damage. Know the signs of Spanish moss, and if you spot any dangerous growths, you should go for a Spanish moss removal service as soon as possible.

Balance the heights of your plants
You should have a carefully planned plant height spectrum, with taller plants at the back and small delicate flowers at the front. If you have an island flower bed, you should avoid mixing tall and short, instead putting taller plants in the center for obvious reasons — plants are meant to be seen after all!

Know your seasons
A truly great garden should look good in all seasons, which is why you should have a mixture of different seasonal plants to make sure that your garden has a beautiful variety of colours throughout the year. Many people theme their seasons, for example planting only white spring-bloomers so that the garden is hit with a wave of snow-white petals to complement spring blossom.

The Perennial Problem
If you are renovating a perennial garden, you will probably need to remove some existing plants to simplify your beds. If you need to remove perennials, be sure to double check when would be the right time to remove them as some plants prefer a particular season for removal, which you should consider if you are doing any transplantation. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Preparing Your House for Sale

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Are you a homeowner planning to move somewhere new? If so, you will be getting ready to prepare your current property for sale. Depending on the condition of your property, there could be a lot to do in terms of preparation for a move. Not only do you have to think about packing up your belongings and sending them to your new house but you will need to carefully consider how to best present your home to potential buyers. Here are some things you need to pay close attention to when preparing to sell your property.

Maintenance
There are many things you can do to add value to a property but some of these home improvement projects probably aren’t worth the expense if you’re planning to leave in a few months. Instead, consider smaller maintenance projects around the house that need to be done. For example, a new coat of paint on the walls, or fixing a hole in the roof. If you have a swimming pool in your current home, consider looking into residential pool remodeling, especially if it’s looking worn out and needs sprucing up.

De-Clutter
You will want to do this to make your move easier anyway, but the decluttering process can also benefit your chance of making a sale. Although you won’t be able to remove the home of all of your belongings (you’re still living there, after all) it could help the place look more spacious by getting rid of most of the unnecessary items. Furthermore, it is easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living somewhere if there are fewer reminders that the property currently belongs to someone else.

Garden
If your house has a garden area you should make sure that it is presentable. If your outdoor space is overgrown or is filled with junk like abandoned gardening tools, kid’s toys, etc., it looks far less appealing and like a lot of work. Although buyers might have their plans in mind for how they want the garden to look, it’s a lot more alluring if the outdoor area already looks ready to sit out in and enjoy the sunshine. Plus, it helps to make the rest of the property look well cared for. You can keep things simple by keeping the grass cut and flower beds looking pretty, or get more creative and choose an interesting garden design to wow those who view your property.

Professional Cleaners
Your house must be clean and tidy whenever interested buyers come to view the property. It should feel like a show home to help enhance the sense of space and to allow them to imagine themselves living there, not your family. You can do the cleaning yourself, or you can hire a professional cleaning service to take care of this task for you. The latter might be ideal if you’re busy preparing to move house or have a busy schedule.

Selling a property can be a challenge with an ever-changing market and a lot of other homes on offer. Give yourself the best chance of making a sale by considering the points above. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Five Steps to Successfully Downsizing Home

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We spend our whole lives collecting “stuff,” moving into bigger houses that accommodate yet more “stuff,” until eventually we reach the point where we want to downsize.  At this point, we become all too aware of the crazy amount of stuff we have, and we realize a whole lot of it’s got to go if we’re to squeeze everything into a smaller home.

It might seem like a daunting task getting rid of the items you’ve spent decades collecting, but it’s an exercise that will free up lots of space and allow you to focus on the items that are most important to you.


Start Early

It’s never too early to start getting rid of unwanted stuff. Even if it’s just starting with that one closet you’ve been meaning to clear out for years, it makes a difference and is a good starting point.

If you’re not throwing things out, then your collection of items is only going to grow, meaning when you do come to downsize, there’s only more work to do.

Plan Out the Space You’re Moving Into

Once you know where you will be moving to, it’s helpful to plan out where everything will go so that you can understand how much space you’ve got. You won’t know the true scale of the job ahead until you know this, so save difficult decisions on what stays and what goes until you have a plan.

You can still crack on with getting rid of unwanted items you know you have no need for, but until you know exactly how much space you have, it’s best to wait before getting rid of higher end items.

Be Decisive

It’s easy to get attached to the stuff you accumulate over the years, but when you have limited space, you need to be decisive. If you haven’t used something in the past year, then what are the chances you’re going to use it in the future?

If you’re struggling to decide on whether you need to take an item with you, the answer, more often than not, is that you don’t.

There’s Only One Place for Some Items (The Trash)

There’s a lot of stuff we collect over time that has absolutely no purpose anymore and needs to be trashed. Find your Dumpster Rental Omaha NE and get rid of the stuff that has no value.

You’ll be surprised at just how much stuff you have lying around that just needs getting rid of. This will make a huge difference and help declutter your place.

Find New Homes for Your Belongings

You may no longer have any need for some of your belongings, but there are plenty of other people out there that can make use of them. Invite your family and friends over to see if there’s anything they want to take and find a local charity shop to take the rest.

Donating items to charity shops is a great way to get rid of unwanted belongings while also ensuring others benefit from them.


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