Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Moving House: Get The Boring Stuff Dealt With As Soon As Possible

Buying a house should always be an exciting prospect. After all, any move opens up a world of new opportunities. New shops to visit, new neighbours to (hopefully) get along with and a chance to put your mark on a new part of the world. Of course, the further you move, the more exciting it has a chance to be. We can all be enthusiastic, but getting excited about moving to a new home in the same street is a hard sell.

One thing you need to be sure of is that you don't let your enthusiasm about the move make you sloppy. There are, inescapably, boring aspects about buying a new house and moving. These things are boring because they are unavoidable. You're moving, you want to check out the new pool and order takeout from the nearest pizza place. You don't want to be reading over long, dry documents.

Sadly, it is the case that you need to keep your eyes on the boring stuff for at least a little while longer. Don't worry, it's largely painless. And then you can get onto the fun bits. Well, once you’ve packed and unpacked, anyway!

1. Cancelling And Restarting Your Utilities

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...and your TV, and so on. The second you have a move-in date, call every company that provides services to your home. And if you manage to get it all arranged for the day you move in, then other movers will worship you as a God. You see, they have to switch them off in one place before they go on in another and... well, apparently Einstein took one look at it and decided not to move.

2. The Dreaded Inventory

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You have space in your current home. You have things in that space. You have space in your new home. This should be straightforward to organize, and yet. Yes, you'll need to make lists of what you have, what needs transported and what can be thrown. You'll need to work out where they go in the new place, because you might have the same amount of space, but it's not the same shape. Fun!

3. Those Little Documents
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Buying and selling property looks so easy when you watch people on TV do it. Sign here, and here and here. There you go, you have a new house. In real life, you'll have to deal with more legalities than that. if you sign anything without reading (and understanding) it you can give yourself serious problems. Conveyancing experts like Gillard Lawyers will be a source of vital assistance to you in this respect.

There will be other things you'll have to deal with as part of your move. Repeatedly, you will ask yourself if it wouldn't be easier just to stay where you are. The truth is, you don't want to. You want to move. And those boring bits, the admin and the niggly parts of moving, will be over before you know it. Just bear in mind that this is the stuff you get out of the way before you can enjoy a great new place!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Five Household Items You Can Use to Transform Your Home

Feeling as though your home is a little lacklustre? As humans, we can get easily bored of our surroundings, and the interiors of your home are no different. The average person has moved at least once in the last five years - but moving house is a stressful experience which many of us like to avoid if possible. This is especially relevant if you already love the area you live in. So it’s little wonder that many people are now turning to re-decorating their houses rather than packing up their whole lives once again. Even if you’re not planning to stay in your current home much longer, it can still be worth sprucing it up so potential buyers can see what it would look like should they move in. Take a look at some of these simple hacks you can use to easily transform the interior of your home.


Let's face it: sofas aren't cheap. If your current suite is cramping your style, update their look with sofa covers. This is especially useful if you are in a rented property where you can't change the furniture. Often known as slipcovers, they can come in a variety of colours and patterns, meaning you can update the look of your living room in seconds.  Plus, you can take them off and easily wash them - so you don't need to worry about inviting your best friend's children over anymore!


If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then actual windows are - well, windows to the world! Update the appearance of any room in your home simply by investing in some cheap blinds. More modern than curtains, they can easily bring a room into the 21st century. They are often more practical too. If you struggle sleeping in a light room, try blackout blinds for a good night's sleep. Or alternatively, if you want to let more light in, try Venetian blinds for a contemporary European vibe.


Tile transfers

Tile transfers can be a great way of switching up the style of your bathroom or kitchen. Again, they are perfect for a rented property, or even if you just don't want to spend a fortune on getting your walls strippped. Available in hundreds of styles and patterns, simply order the size you need and stick them over your current tiles. Voila!

Dining/coffee tables

If you have a lazy weekend at your disposal, why not turn your hand to a spot of DIY? Take that old coffee table and make it your weekend project. Sand it down and give it a lick of paint to turn it into a completely new item. Rough sanding and white paint can provide a stylish ‘shabby chic’ look. Painting it a bold, bright colour can make it stand out in a contemporary home.



This may be obvious, but if you're living with a carpet you despise, try a large rug. If your carpet has a busy pattern, opt for a plain rug and vice versa. This will make your new addition stand out more and draw attention away from the carpet. Plus, it saves you a lot of money, as replacing a carpet can be expensive and time consuming. Try thrift stores and car boot sales to keep prices low – just make sure to give it a good wash before you lay it down!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Looking After Your Home If You're Away On Business Often

If you’re going to be away from your home regularly, or for long stretches of time, for business, read on. There are a number of methods, tricks and ways that you can keep your property safe and sound. It’s sad and frustrating but also true that things go wrong in the home. The electricity might clock out, your fire alarms batteries may die. There may also be outside forces that can cause damage or harm, from criminals to strong weather fronts. With this in mind, this guide aims to highlight three specific ways you can look after your home when away on business. First up, we’ll look at a large investment that can help keep your home safe. Plus, we’ll outline exactly how valuable neighbours keeping an eye out can be. Finally, we’ll discuss three alarm systems and the benefits of each!

Invest in a generator
It could be that for the most part, the electricity connection in your home is super reliable. However, as with anything, you can never guarantee that this will be maintained. So, it is for this reason that you should consider investing in a generator. Generators basically mean that if you electricity fails you, your household items and appliances will not fail. Look for one that is water cooled, as this means it can cope even if the temperature is high. Of course, this is an essential for most Australians when it gets a bit steamy out!

Maintain your alarm systems properly
Of course, it is important that you maintain your security alarm properly. However, there is another alarm in your home that needs attention.

For the first one, the best way to be reassured that you security alarm will do its job is to invest in a high-quality one. This is one area that you should never cut corners on. A high-quality alarm system is one that works as well as an alarm system possibly can. If you’re having any issues with it when still at home, make sure you fix them before you leave.

The other alarm system worth remembering about is your fire alarm. Without a working fire alarm, any fire in your home can go undetected until irreparable harm has been done. If this fire spreads to another home, this will be even more devastating for you. So, always ensure that the batteries in your fire alarm are fully charged. While not mandatory, you may also want to consider investing in a Carbon Monoxide alarm.


Get friendly with the neighbours

Having somebody who lives in your local area to keep an eye on your home is crucial. You could ask a friend or family member who lives in the same town or city to do so. However, this then means that they have to drive or walk to your property in order to do this. For this reason, it makes a lot more sense to just have a local neighbour do that job for them. Be sure to offer to return the favour when you’re at home and they’re away. Take across some cookies- everyone loves cookies!