Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Lazy Guide to Home Maintenance

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Your home should be a calm oasis in the middle of a hectic world. This is the safest place you can be, where you know where your stuff is, can do what you like and have the luxury of choosing the colour on your walls.

But for so many people, maintaining a property to the high standard they desire requires significantly more effort than you might like to admit. This is where the lazy guide comes in. With minimal input you can still achieve maximal results, you just need to have a few secret tricks up your sleeve.

Get the Right Help

There’s no shame in having a cleaner or a gardener, or, indeed AND a gardener. In fact, if you want to go the whole hog and get someone in who can do all this and fix things when they break, you really should read About Bunja Maintenance Services. Seriously, this is for you!

Paying someone else to clean, garden and generally maintain your home might sound like a huge indulgence but let’s think about this rationally. If you get paid more per hour than you are being charged per hour, it is more logical for you to work an extra hour or two per week than it is for you to clean your house. (That’s right! You’re welcome.)

This is especially true for DIY which you will probably bodge but a professional will do beautifully first time. Save up a few odd jobs and get someone round for an afternoon.

Choose Low Maintenance Options

There are lots of lovely interior design fashions that require a lot of high maintenance. You don’t have to do that - there are plenty of low maintenance cheats you can use.

Cupboard doors are perfect for avoiding dust gathering and please get cupboards that go all the way to the ceiling to avoid dirt accumulating up there too. Similarly, decluttering your surfaces will make wafting over them with a duster once a week much easier. A durable wooden floor also works wonders.

Designing a low maintenance garden is all about using plants that are native to your area and will thrive no matter what you do. Self-seeding plants are also great because they will populate the space by themselves.

Invest in Durable Stuff

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time on your house, you should definitely invest in durable furniture. You don’t want to have to replace things every few years and frankly, you shouldn’t be doing that anyway. Furniture that lasts a lifetime may be expensive in the short term, but if you pick a style you love and really invest in the materials, you will see a difference.

Mid-Century modern furniture is having a big resurgence for this very reason. It is made from long-lasting materials, the sleek designs work in almost any context and every piece is made for comfort. If you like this style, you are definitely in luck but do avoid any plastic-based replicas and faux leather as this simply won’t last.

xxo
Kim

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