Home Office Engineering: How to turn it into a productive workplace

After finishing your chosen field of study, be it accounting, nursing or engineering, you are expected to work in a corporation and be a regular worker just like everyone else. But based on a recent study,

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7 Factors to Consider Before Buying Furniture for Your House

All of us dream to possess a house of our own. A house is a reflection of the personality of its inmates.A well decorated house is always attractive than a simple or clumsy looking house. A house must look beautiful

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9 Common Home Renovation Ideas

Admit it; you are sometimes filled with this urge to change up your house one way or another. Whether it’s breaking down a wall to create more space or redecorating a room, the urge to improve and renovate can be strong.

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11 Indian Inspired Interior Design Ideas

Indian design has been admired in the UK for many hundreds of years and is the perfect style from homeowners who want to steer away from boring beige and make their homes into a reflection of their personality. [Read more…]

Light vs Dark Wood Furniture

The prevailing wisdom of any number of hackneyed antique experts on popular daytime television shows would have you believe that dark wood furniture has been consigned to the history books. Of course, they base this viewpoint on the indisputable fact that prices of antique dark wood furniture [Read more…]

Mango Wood Furniture Ideas for your Home in 2018

As sustainability concerns are top of the agenda in 2018, it is gratifying to know that there is a choice of quality wooden furniture that ticks the relevant boxes. Mango plantations are plentiful from India to SE Asia and Mexico to Brazil. [Read more…]

Home Improvement Ideas for Autumn

Autumn has begun almost behind our collective backs. The poor summer that fizzled out without so much as a goodbye has been replaced by beautiful colour contrasts in the foliage, brisk walks through wind and drizzle and pumpkin spice lattes [Read more…]

Home Décor Ideas for the Bathroom

Bathrooms are too often neglected when it comes to getting around to planning and executing some fresh décor ideas in the home. But when you think about the time you spend in the bathroom and how relaxing a nice fragrant hot bath [Read more…]

Lighting ideas for Small Bathrooms

No matter what size your bathroom is you need to get your lighting right to make sure you end up with a room that is practical for everything you need to do in it as well as making it feel inviting enough to spend some quality relaxation time [Read more…]

A Beginners Guide to House Auctions

We’ve all seen the programmes on the television showing people buying properties at auction and doing them up to sell on. While this is a common theme in house auctions, there are many other buyers looking for [Read more…]

Tips on doing a house clearance

House clearances are most often necessary under emotionally challenging situations such as the loss of an elderly relative or loved one. Such circumstances often dictate that the pain and often inconvenience of going through everything that is not in the will would far outweigh the rewards. [Read more…]

10 Clever Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Appear Bigger

Even the smallest of homes don’t have to use a cramped bathroom. With clever planning, and some neat illusions, it’s possible to make your bathroom feel and look much bigger. There are many great tools online, as well as some simple tricks [Read more…]

Top Tips for Preventing Damp

Look for Signs of Penetrating Damp

One of the best tips when it comes to damp prevention is simply opening your eyes to some of the biggest culprits and hunting them down before they become a problem. [Read more…]

Interior design for narrow living rooms

Sometimes we have to work with what we’ve got, so when you have a narrow living room, how do you make the most of it?

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Turn your Spare Room into an Art Deco Haven

Today more than ever people are choosing to stay in their homes for longer rather than moving to a bigger property, which means it’s essential for many homeowners to make the most of the space available. If you’re lucky enough [Read more…]

6 Timeless Home Decor Trends

Pinterest can make the most stylish interior designer feel self-conscious about their decorating decisions. And with the trends moving on as quickly as they appear, it can be difficult to keep up. The most important thing to consider when choosing which home decor [Read more…]

How to Choose the Best Door for your Home

A new door can make a huge difference to the look of your home and choosing one can be a lot of fun. This is your chance to make a style change but with a minimum of fuss and bother– there are very few exterior changes [Read more…]

Four Front Garden Changes to Add Value to your Home

In today’s competitive market sellers need to do everything they can to make their home as attractive a prospect as possible to potential buyers. When it comes to your own front yard, what may seem like a minor flaw [Read more…]

The Best Alternatives to Hiring a Skip

We all have moments in our life that call for that ominous yellow skip being unceremoniously dumped in our driveway, often without any thought to the precise location or to avoiding those precious shrubs in the borders. There these big, battered hunks of rusting metal with cracked yellow paint sit waiting for us to find that rare commodity of several uninterrupted hours or even days to clear our rooms, garages and even entire houses of clutter. What could be better, eh? Having that great big rusty tub in our driveways depriving us of a precious parking space and taunting us to get our job done. Thankfully there are some viable and wholly preferable alternatives.

Wait and load services

If you are going to be clearing building materials or anything that can be dumped outside your house and collected at a given time, then there is the option of contracting a wait and load service to turn up at your door at an agreed time, load your materials onto their truck and take it away to be disposed of at an agreed fee. This saves you from having the skip cluttering your driveway for a length of time and can even be more cost effective. However it doesn’t help you to clear things from your house – for that we must call in plan b.

House clearance services

When you call in a professional house clearance company to declutter your house, clear unwanted furniture and stored items you can rest easy that everything is in the hands of people whose livelihood it is to clear rooms and homes. There will be absolutely no thoughts of personal injury or accidents. Do a bit of asking around in your local area – perhaps call a local auction house for a recommendation as they are used to dealing with house clearance companies and then remove what you don’t want them to take away before the day of the job. You will be amazed at how quickly your job will be turned around and you should, given that you’ve done your research and chosen a reputable company, be presented with no nasty surprises in hidden costs. You should always be given a thorough and accurate quote before the job and assuming you haven’t neglected to mention any hazardous waste items that will cost extra to dispose of, then the price should be completely inflexible.

So, next time you have a major clearance job on your hands – perhaps you are helping a relative get rid of some possessions and furniture prior to a downsize, or maybe you’re finally doing that project or extension that’s been on the table for so long, you should think before reaching for your mobile to look up skip providers in your local area and give a good think to the clear and often far more attractive alternatives. After all, nobody wants to be taunted by a glorified giant yellow bathtub in their driveway now, do they?

Should I rent or buy my first property?

This is a question that many people in the UK will not even have to ask themselves as they simply do not have the necessary funds to put down a deposit on a home and therefore must make the ‘choice’ to rent by default. However, there are some very good help to buy schemes available, including ones that allow prospective home owners to purchase a percentage of their home initially and by making regular payments on top of the interest on their mortgage they can gradually increase the share of their ownership until eventually the property is fully owned. And then, of course, there are those who have access to savings, loans from their family or good enough incomes to be eligible for a mortgage straight off the bat. Let’s assume for the purpose of this article that you are in a position either to go for a help to buy or purchase a property with a regular mortgage if you decide to do so. Is this a good idea compared to renting a property? What are the pros and cons of each? Let’s take a look.

Firstly, your decision may come down to whether or not you plan to live in an area for a long period of time. Purchasing a property comes with many associated costs and inconveniences, so if you are to stretch your finances to purchase a property you had better make sure that it is in an area that you are going to be living in for a decent amount of time, because those costs are very difficult to swallow the second time around. If you are moving to an area to test the water with a job search, or starting a new job that might see you relocated or you might not stick with, then it is strongly advisable to rent initially. Of course, should you be in a healthy financial position and you are moving to a good area with very strong investment potential, then buying might not be a bad idea, even if you may later move as you could always let out your property and rent a new home elsewhere down the line.

When renting you may find you have a wider choice of places to live as it could make some prohibitively expensive places affordable or areas with short supply of properties for sale, available. On the other hand, over the last seven or eight years interest rates have been incredibly low, so having your cash (should you have any) tied up in a mortgage over this time would have made your monthly expenses seem very low, without you having wasted much in the way of earning potential on your capital. If you have a good cash sum, then buying (assuming interest rates stay low) could be a great use of that cash as compared to rental prices, mortgage rates can be very attractive.

Finally and most importantly, owning a house comes with responsibilities. You must fix things when they go wrong and have no landlord to come to your rescue. If you are not ready for these responsibilities then renting is the way to go!

Home Decoration through Play

Any parent will tell you that kids love messy play – so why not combine this activity with a bit of easy room decoration, and kill two birds with one stone? Getting your children to help decorate their own room will give them both immediate enjoyment and the chance to have a lasting impact on their home environment. [Read more…]

7 Trending Green Home Ideas in 2015

Creating a green and healthy home is not only confined to separating paper from plastic in your recycling bin and buying organic greens in a reusable tote bag but it means more than. Green living means conserving our natural resources [Read more…]

Get Creative! Let Your Kids Decorate Their Own Bedrooms

To see the world through a child’s eyes must be an incredible experience. Kids have what is often referred to as a ‘fictional mind’ – a mind that’s full of imagination, fantasy, and dreams – and this makes them incredibly creative. [Read more…]

Scrub Up this Year with a New Bathroom

Nobody likes the idea of having an old bathroom with dated fixtures, fittings, cracked basins and exposed plumbing work. Just like the other rooms in your house, bathrooms should be clean, properly maintained [Read more…]

How to Make your Shoebox feel like a Mansion

I’m not an expert on many things, but I definitely know a lot about shoebox living. I spent my childhood and teenage years in a glorified cupboard that was formerly used as a home brewery. My mother wanted to use it as an ironing room, but it was too small. [Read more…]