Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5 Home Improvements You Should Never DIY


Going DIY around the home can save you a lot of money and give you a great sense of personal achievement – but there are times when it’s best to leave it to the pros. Certain jobs can be dangerous to attempt without training whilst others may be fiddly and potentially expensive if things go wrong. Here are just a few jobs that you shouldn’t try unless you’re professionally trained yourself.  

Gas plumbing

Plumbing in general can be complicated and potentially messy business. Lots of people flood their kitchen because they fail to fit a pipe correctly. That said, some waterworks-based jobs can be attempted with little risk. The same can’t be said for gas plumbing. If things go wrong and there’s a gas leak, you could turn your home into a fireball or risk carbon monoxide poisoning. No matter how simple that YouTube tutorial seems – even if it’s just installing a gas oven - always hire a licensed gas plumber unless you have experience yourself.

Electrics

There are some electrical jobs that can be done easily oneself without much risk such as replacing light fittings or changing a socket cover (just make sure to always turn the power off at the mains first). However, when it comes to anything more complex, you should always hire a professional electrician. Faulty electrics could lead to a house fire or an electric shock. In some cases, attempting your own electrical work without licensing could be illegal.

Removing interior walls

Smashing a wall down with a sledgehammer may sound fun, but often there’s more to it than that. If it’s a load bearing wall, you could bring down the whole house with it, which isn’t an ideal situation. Some walls may also contain electrics or pipes, which you need to be certain to avoid. Getting a professional to assess your wall first could be worthwhile.

Installing windows

Much like knocking down a wall, creating a hole for a window can damage the structural integrity of your home if it’s not done properly. Then there’s the issue of putting the actual glass in. Many an amateur has attempted to put in a window themselves only to make a single false move that ends up with the entire pane of glass being smashed into smithereens. Hiring a window installation expert could save you having to deal with this nightmare scenario.

Repairing your roof

Repairing a roof can also be a precarious job. Whilst some roofs look like they’re easy to walk on, they can be misleading. You could slip and injure yourself or you could damage tiles by being too heavy footed. To ensure minimal danger and damage, consider hiring a roof repair company to take care of this job.

xxo
Kim

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Everyday Ways You Might Be Wasting Money At Home


You wouldn't (we assume) bag up your weekly income and put it outside for the trashmen to incinerate. You wouldn't (literally) put your money down the drain. But you may as well be, because while you probably aren't wasting money in either of the ways we mentioned, you might still be disposing of your money in other ways around your home.

So, if you're looking to have a financially stable life, and if you're hoping for a great retirement, consider the following, and if they relate to you, make every effort to change your frivolous ways.

Everyday ways you might be wasting money at home

1. You are reliant on repairmen (and women)

We aren't telling you to do all of your home maintenance jobs yourself. When it comes to your plumbing and electrics especially, you really should call out the professionals. Your life and the state of your home might depend upon it! However, there are a few tasks you can probably do yourself. You could learn more about your refrigerator, for example. When it shows signs of failure, you might able to manage the problem yourself before calling out a professional. And the same applies to any other issue around your home. We are often too quick to pick up the phone to ask for help, but sometimes, a little bit of common sense and DIY know-how is all we need to rectify any problems.

2. You haven't switched to a cheaper energy provider

Are you paying a fortune on your electricity bills? You might be, for all kinds of reasons. While referring to the linked article will help you to save money, you need to think about one obvious solution to your high utility bills. And no, we aren't recommending you hire a guard dog to keep the mailman at bay! Rather, we are suggesting you switch to a cheaper energy provider. This will be old news to you, of course. You have probably seen the ads on the TV telling you to do so. But have you actually bothered to make a switch? Many of us put it off because we can't be bothered with the hassle, or because we don't know how, but that is to our detriment. It takes five minutes to switch using a price comparison site, so consider doing so today if you haven't already.

3. You eat a lot of junk food

Are you reliant on microwave or takeout foods? Not only are they not very healthy, but they are costing you a fortune too. Instead, perhaps you should think about spending more time in the kitchen. If you can start cooking healthier foods with fresh ingredients, not only will you do your physical wellbeing a lot of good, but you will start to see an improvement in your financial wellbeing too. Of course, we are assuming you know how to cook. Many of us eat a lot of junk food because our culinary skills are lacking. However, you could always take a local cookery class, buy yourself a beginner's cookbook, or learn how to cook online. Tastier, more varied, and cheaper meals await!
Have you related to anything we have mentioned in this article? If so, follow our suggestions, and start to make savings around the home. Your long term financial future might depend upon it!

xxo
Kim

3 Things To Make Your Home Immediately More Comfortable

Everyone wants a comfortable home, but wanting that and knowing how to bring it about are two quite different things. If you have been thinking recently about trying to make your home considerably more comfortable, then you will probably want to approach it in a number of ways in order to make it as easy as possible to make that happen. As it turns out, there are a lot of things to focus on in order to make sure that your home is going to be much more comfortable, and many of the major ones are especially easy to follow. In this article, we will take a look at just three things that will be helpful in making your home more comfortable almost immediately, so these are all good things to start with.


Real Plants

When you are starting to think about making your home more comfortable, one of the first things you will probably look into will be something that you can use such as a sofa or blanket. But making a comfortable home is about much more than that, and you can actually make an enormous difference by looking at some of the more subtle things first and foremost. One example of where this is absolutely true is in having plants around the home. If you don’t have many plants in your home, you will almost certainly find that it is not as comfortable to be in as it could be. Whereas, having lots of natural, real plants does mean that you are able to feel much more comfortable, and it is something that you can always work on getting more of if you need to. You really can’t have too many plants.

Mattress

If it has been a while since you changed your mattress, then this is one place that you might want to look into in order to ensure that you really do make your home much more comfortable. There are few parts of the home which are quite as important as the bed, so treating yourself to a new mattress will always make an enormous difference to how comfortable that part of the home is. And when you feel that the bedroom is comfortable, the home as a whole feels more comfortable too. Take a look at this website if you want to make sure that you have the best possible mattress for your purposes.


Wallpaper

Knowing how to properly decorate the walls is a hugely important factor in bringing about comfort in the home. If you don’t have walls that you like personally or have the taste for, then you will find that you are going to enjoy being in that home much less, and that will absolutely make a huge difference to your comfort levels too. Think about giving yourself some time to choose some new wallpaper - that will enable you to find something that works well for you and which you will be able to ensure is as comfort-inducing as possible.


xxo
Kim