1.17.2021

Saving The Pennies Where It Counts In 2021'

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Many of us have had to make renewed and difficult financial decisions in the last year. Some have lost their jobs on account of Covid-19 and its associated societal lockdowns. Some may have found themselves having to cope with a reduced workload, or in spending renewed time looking after their children now that they cannot rely on childminding services, or perhaps simply having more people at home at one time means that feeding the family with full meals three times a day is placing a little more strain on your weekly grocery costs.


Odds are, you’re spending more right now. That’s why taking some time to figure out how to save there pennies where you can could potentially help you enjoy a better, more confident and more enjoyable sense of relief at the end of the week, when you come to budget your spending power.


Of course, we must also keep in mind that many of us are living home-led lifestyles at the moment, which also suggests that we can’t restrict our spending too much for fear of ‘going without.’ Let’s see what this might mean in practice:


Making Your Own Home Repairs


It can be worthwhile to make your own home repairs, if you can spend the time, energy and know-how doing so. For instance, it might be that reading this article on lawn mower sharpening at The Art of Doing Stuff allows you to save potentially hundreds in unnecessarily replacing this unit. 


Simple things, such as sanding and revarnishing a damaged table, or restructuring a hanging bracket in your wardrobe - these things can help save time and ensure you don’t have to spend wantonly, at least this year.


Using Promotional Discounts At Stores


There’s no shame in shopping off-brand, or waiting until certain promotional discounts are applied, or waiting for sales, or using coupons. Right now, they can provide a very necessary survival effort for people trying to help pay for their family’s way. You may also find that using loyalty points and schemes offered by subscriptions you already utilize can be important. For instance, you might decide to shop your groceries with Amazon, as a subscription already helps you gain free delivery. This kind of enterprising effort, viewing your options where they can be found, can really help you and your home in the long run.


Supporting Businesses In Their Covid Promotions


It can be a good idea to support businesses through their Covid-specific promotions. What does this mean? Well, many small businesses are putting together deals, enhanced services (like delivery for free), and bundle offers that can help you save money, and it also ensures you can support your local enterprise. For instance, it might be that to negotiate a great deal with a butcher you purchase a freezer’s worth of meet at once, helping them lift their stock, and helping you save plenty of money in the long run. Further examples like this show how careful prioritisation of your spending often bears fruit.


With this advice, we hope you can save the pennies where it counts, especially in 2021.

1.14.2021

Home Maintenance - It's A Project!'

 It doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home; there are some things that every person needs to keep on top of. There is nothing worse than having items in your home breakdown or be broken when they could have been maintained. Of course, some of those items are easier said than done, and most of them will need a professional.


Owning or renting a whole is a pretty big responsibility; however, it can become more like smooth sailing with a simple checklist of regular things to do.


You need to make sure that you have simple things like batteries in your smoke alarm, look at how you can make your home mode resistant, how do you clean your roof and more.


Setting yourself simple seasonal goals can make looking after your home more comfortable. It can also help you avoid some of those more significant and costly repairs.


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Here are a few of the things that you need to check in on regularly


  • Exterior walls

  • All of your large appliances

  • AC and heating

  • Security systems

  • Your garden

  • Electrics

  • Plumbing


There are some jobs on this list that you can tackle yourself simply by checking out some YouTube tutorials. There are some on here that you’re going to need a professional for instead.

Monthly checklist

If you stay on top of each of these tasks every month, you are more likely to be able to spot a repair that needs to be done. From time to time, there will be emergency repair jobs, so it is also worth making sure that you have the number for an emergency electrician and emergency plumber


  • Run your taps for a few seconds, listen for any strange noises like banging, check for debris that has built up inside of the faucet, unblock all of the drains inside and outside of the property.

  • Give the showerhead a deep clean, use white vinegar and bicarbonate soda for this.

  • Check all of your visible cables and chords for words tears, nibbles, and damage.

  • Test all of your smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and test carbon monoxide alarms. Most of these do you have a button you can press to test them.

  • If you have garbage disposal units, make sure you clean them thoroughly, using the manufacturers’ instructions or crushed ice cubes. After you have done this, you can then flush it with baking soda and hot water.

Cleaning

A general tip to keep on top of the cleaning is to make it a regular thing. Most of us tidy almost every day, but a deep clean takes more time. If you don’t happen to have work or other commitments, a Sunday is usually one of the best days to clean


Try to do all of the bedsheets, vacuuming, and all of those places that you miss during a general tidy. This also means that you will start every Monday with a beautifully clean home. Cleaning up regularly, in this case weekly, will stop any buildup of the jobs that you hate, making them much easier to tackle.


Having a clean one valve maintained home might get a place that you are want to be.

1.12.2021

How To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

 There’s often nothing worse than opening your front door to be greeted with a foul odour, especially if you’re accompanied by guests or planning on inviting friends and family round. It can seem really difficult to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, as there are many features which can encourage a long lasting bad smell that lingers like nothing else can. Luckily, there are an equal number of handy tips and useful tricks that you can make the most of to combat any odour inside your property, and it’s never been easier to get started today. So, if you would like to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best steps that you can follow today to encourage your home to smell as fresh as possible in no time at all. 



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Open A Window 


One of the worst decisions that you can make when it comes to keeping your home smelling fresh is to close all of your windows, as you need to leave at least one open even if it’s just a little crack. Leaving a window open will open up the opportunity for the breeze to flow through, taking any old stale air from inside and replacing it with fresh air from outside. It’s a good idea to keep two windows open, one at each side of your property, as this will create a kind of flow that encourages the correct circulation. It’s also a good idea to open your windows wide in the morning when you throw the covers back after leaving the bed, as this will help to refresh your bedroom after a long night. The morning breeze can be extremely refreshing, so it’s particularly helpful to make the most of such an opportunity in the hot summer months. 


Vacuum Often 


A great way to stay on top of the cleaning whilst also maintaining a fresh scent inside your home is by vacuuming often. Visiting a website such as www.bestvacuumfor.com will show you just how many options are available to help you perform your home maintenance, as there are hundreds of different choices that suit each individual home. For example, you may require a high power suction vacuum if you have pets who leave their fur around, whilst a wet and dry vacuum can be great for families whose children often cause spills and other smelly messes. Vacuuming will help to remove the surface layer of dirt inside your property that often carries a heavy scent, helping to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. You needn’t spend hours vacuuming behind television sets and underneath sofas, as the main surface area inside each room (ie the floor) is likely to carry the most dirt and bacteria. 


Utilise Candles & More 


There are so many different options when it comes to adding a glorious scent to your home, as you can utilise candles, wax melts, incense, room spray, diffusers and so much more. It’s a brilliant idea to head down to your local home based store to identify some of your favourite scents, as they often create entire ranges that you can purchase to really make your house smell like a home. Lighting a candle can release a slow scent that can fill a room over several hours, whilst something such as incense is far more intense and fast acting. Utilising a room spray or fabric mist can refresh any space in an instant, so it’s perfect for a last minute spritz before your guests arrive. A brilliant creation that’s taken the home care world by storm in recent years is the plug in diffuser, as you can now purchase electronic scent boosters that you can attach into your wall for a super long lasting sweet smell. If you want to take it back to basics and avoid any posh or expensive products, simply utilised essential oils around your home can make a huge difference. Dab some essential oil or extract onto a towel and place this over your radiator the next time you turn it on, or simply dip some tissue and leave in on your windowsill to dry and evaporate in the sunshine. 


Keeping your home smelling fresh and clean has never been so simple when you can take the time to make the most of the brilliant tips and tricks that have been carefully detailed above. Start off by allowing a breeze to flow through your home to circulate some fresh air, and always vacuum to remove dust and dirt. 

1.08.2021

Make Selling Your Home Easier'

 

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There are all sorts of reasons you might want to sell your home. Maybe you want to upsize and benefit from extra room to live - whether that’s more bedrooms, having a guest room, having an extra bathroom or space for an en suite, having a cinema room or simply having the same number of rooms with more space. Maybe you want to downsize - perhaps the kids have left home, or you simply don’t want to spend time cleaning and maintaining such a large property. You might have secured a dream job in a different city and want to move closer rather than commuting further. You might simply have wanted to live somewhere in particular your whole life and now have the opportunity. Whatever your reason for wanting to move house, you’re going to want to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. Selling your house can be notoriously difficult, especially during these difficult times we’re living through. So, here are a few pieces of advice that should be able to help!


Use an Estate Agent


First and foremost, it’s generally best to use an estate agent when it comes to selling your home. Sure, you can sell independently. But there’s a good reason that most people don’t. Having an estate agent does cost money. But it also makes selling your property so much easier. They take care of listing your property on sites that buyers are frequenting. They deal with enquiries. They take care of viewings. They’ll negotiate the price for you. They’ll take care of the paperwork and legal issues involved with the sale. Put simply, they take all the hard work off your shoulders and streamline the entire process!


Resolve Issues With Your Home


If your home has any issues, it’s important to resolve them before putting the property on the market. Issues can significantly bring down the value of your home and can also put buyers off. Paying for repairs to be done can make sure your home looks in its best state during viewings and can maximise the price that your property sells for. Now, there are countless issues that may be occurring in your home - electrical faults, mould and damp, plumbing issues, pests and more. But there are also countless professionals who can resolve these problems - electricians, damp specialists, plumbers, humane pest control companies and more.


Redecorate


Redecorating can also show your home off in its best light. Most buyers want to be able to move right into a property with minimal work. By taking care of decorating, you can show off a property that is ready to live in and that people are more likely to put an offer in for. Redecorating doesn’t have to be difficult. It can simply involve a deep clean and a fresh lick of paint across the whole house. If you don’t have the time on your hands to do this yourself, you can always use professional cleaners and decorators.


Each of these steps can make selling your home that little bit easier. So, they’re all worth trying out and investing in!

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