Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tenancy Tips: Prepare a Property for Rental

Decorating your own home is always fun. But there's something about getting to do someone else's. When you own property that you want to lease to others, you get to do a combination of the two. The property belongs to you, but it's going to be someone else's home. Getting it ready for tenants can be more complicated than you might think. Although you might want to go to town on the decoration, you have to think before you start on the interiors. There are other things to take care of too, before you can move anyone in.

Decorate Suitably

When you're going to rent out a property, you might want to have fun with decorating. But it's much more important to think practically when you prepare the space. Whether you're renting it out furnished or unfurnished, you have to consider maintenance. It's easier to maintain the property if you keep it on the plainer side. Neutral colours and simple furniture can help to make it more suitable for renting. You might also want to allow your tenants to decorate it as they want to. You'll find that a more neutral home can help to attract potential tenants. Anything more could put people off.

Get Someone to Manage Your Property

Being a landlord can be more stressful than you might think. It's even more difficult if you have multiple properties. There are many administrative tasks that can take up your time. You have to respond to contact from tenants and make sure you take care of maintenance issues. If you need help, you should consider property and asset management. You can have a professional firm take care of issues such as renewing tenancies and managing expenses. They could help you find new opportunities and grow your profits too.

Ensure Safety

It would be fun if preparing a rental property was all about decorating, but you have to think practically. One of the important issues is the safety of the property. It needs to be habitable and follow any safety regulations required of properties for rent. It's essential that landlords or property managers are aware of the law and how to make a home safe. Improving safety could include installing fire alarms, making sure exits are secure, and more. You have to be prepared to sort out any maintenance issues as soon as possible, especially when it comes to things like gas and electricity.

Spruce Up the Property Exterior

Before you have potential tenants come to see the property, make sure the exterior looks good too. It will be the first thing they see when they arrive, so you need to make an impression. At the least, it should look tidy and clean. Make sure you repair anything unsightly and tidy up any outdoor space, such as gardens or patios. A coat of paint for the windows and doors can make a significant difference to the overall look of the property.

Preparing a rental property can be fun, but the focus is on practicality. Don't get too carried away with personal touches.


Friday, October 14, 2016

What Could You Do with Your Home if You Came into Money?

Everyone dreams of one day having a lot of money. The chances of coming into a huge fortune might be slim, but it's fun to daydream about what you would do if you were rich. For interior design lovers, picturing how they might do up a luxury home has to be one of the best fantasies. There's so much you would be able to do, from buying a property to carrying out expensive renovations. If you don't have any limits, or at least very few, you have a lot of freedom. Here's what you could do if you were lucky enough to come into a large chunk of money.

Buy Property

The first thing many people do when they win on Lottoland and other lotteries is to buy a new home. Before, they might not even have been lucky enough to own their own home. Anyone who wins millions might instinctively go for the most expensive home they can find. But if you were a more sensible person, you would choose based on what you love and not what you could afford. Having a lot of money could help you buy property for yourself and for family. It could even allow you to build a property portfolio. It's sensible not to go too overboard on your own home.

Extend Your Home

Some people love the home they're in and wouldn't give it up for anything. Inheriting or winning a small fortune could give you the means to improve on your current home. You don't have to have won millions on the lottery, either. A small prize or inheritance could allow you to extend your home, adding extra rooms. You could create beautiful new spaces that you didn't have room for before. Add on a games room, a home media centre, or an indoor pool if there is space around your property to do it.

Get a Professional Interior Designer

A lot of people love to come up with designs for their home's interiors. But not many go to the effort of hiring a designer for a professional redesign. However, if you can afford it, there's nothing stopping you from doing it. An interior designer can help to give you fresh new eyes when you're decorating your home. They can come up with ideas you haven't considered and help you source products you love. Of course, it might mean giving up some control over your beloved home.

Invest in Keeping Your Home Beautiful

Some people who come into money make the mistake of investing in things they can't maintain. Or they might blow all the money at once and can't keep up their lifestyle. If you've got extra cash, it's a good idea to make sure it will last. You can't buy a home if you aren't able to afford the upkeep for more than a few years. It's important to have the money to maintain your home.

It might never happen, but we can all dream of our perfect homes if only we had the money. If you do happen to get a pleasant surprise, make sure you balance your dreams and reality.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Stylish Sustainability: Creating An Environmmentally Friendly Home

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Reduce the demands on our eco-systems and do your bit for the planet by creating a stylish, sustainable home by using hip interior design methods. Eco warriors don’t all live in tents and eat carrots to see in the dark you know. There are other ways you can help the planet by practicing good ethics in the products you choose to decorate your home. Want to know more? Read on to find out how you can get elegantly ethical.

Light Up Your Life The Efficient Way

Daylight is obviously our most natural and sustainable source of lighting. If you are doing a full renovation of your home, think about making your windows larger, investing in a skylight and installing translucent panels that will let in the most light. Sunlight is our only free renewable resource. When you need to use light bulbs, always buy energy efficient bulbs and turn them off when you are not in the rooms. Energy efficient light bulbs use a lot less energy than incandescent bulbs and they last longer too. Solar tubes are also starting to be installed in roofs. These collect sunlight and send it through a reflective tube that runs through the rafters. The light is then sent through a diffuser installed in the ceiling which spreads natural light through your room.

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Go Green With Interior Design

If you want to go green inside your home, it’s worth considering ethical interior design options. Sustainable bamboo flooring is the best environmental choice for your home. Not only does it look chic and warm, but you’ll also be playing your part in reducing the destruction of rainforests. Bamboo matures and replenishes itself quickly, so it is known as a renewable wood source. Another option is to go for funky cork flooring. This is warm to the touch, soft on foot and the collection of cork is done without destroying a single tree. It’s not just for your wine bottles you know! You can also save landfill space by upcycling your old furniture or making a pact with yourself only to buy furniture made from reclaimed wood. Not only will your home be unique in design it will also look awesomely organic and add an industrial edge to your interior. And if you are buying new products always look for longevity and high quality that will last a lifetime. The less we put into the landfills, the more we save the earth. And always decorate your home with environmentally friendly non-toxic paint. If we all took these little steps, it would make one humongous difference to the world.     

Naturally Heat And Cool Your Home

There are also ways you can heat and cool your house to make it more sustainable. Invest in deciduous shade trees to cut down your summer cooling bills. And work those stylish plantation style shutters to full effect. Not a shutter girl? Then use soft drapes in chic colors to keep out the heat. And reduce your heating bills in the winter by making sure there are no air gaps in your windows and door frames. Burn beeswax candles for extra warmth and use draught excluders under doors. And get all Alpine-style cozy with spa-style bathrobes, wooly socks, and snazzy hot water bottles.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You can minimize your carbon footprint by growing your own food. Your carbon footprint is all about what you buy and how much energy is used to produce the things you want. So when buying food from a supermarket, there is wasted packaging and transportation costs and fuel to consider. By using your garden to grow your own tomatoes, potatoes, herbs and vegetables, you are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. And they taste bloomin’ delicious too.