Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Reasons Why it's Important to Get a Handyman in for Your Home Projects

I love to do work in and around the home. Making little changes and additions to the property helps me to improve it gradually. But, there are certain projects, like improving the kitchen, which I feel are sometimes beyond me. And it’s in these situations that I like to get a handyman involved.
It’s important to make sure these projects are done right, as they could increase the sale prospects of your home. These are some of the key reasons why I would recommend this approach so highly.
I don’t think there’s any substitute for experience, and there’s no doubt a handyman will have experience. Whatever the project is they’re going to know the ins and outs. So they’ll know exactly how to approach the work, and how to tackle any problems that arise. Experience is also vital in getting work done fast and to the required standard. That’s why it’s so important to bring in a handyman for certain tasks.
More Efficient
You’re also going to find that it’s a more efficient way of approaching home renovations. With a handyman focusing on the complex tasks, it frees you up to do other bits and pieces. I love this because it means I can get much more done around the home in a shorter space of time.
They Are Equipped
Another thing you need to remember is that a handyman is already going to be equipped. When you undertake any work or projects, you’re going to need specific tools and equipment. Now, you might not be aware of exactly what you need. But the handyman will be, and he will already have the necessary tools to complete the tasks at hand. I found this to be a great way of getting tasks done, and not having to shell out on tools.
Cost Effective
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than messing up a project and having to pay to fix it. Trust me, it’s infuriating. That’s why my suggestion of a handyman is such a cost effective one. It means you’re only shelling out for manpower. You don’t have to spend money on tools, equipment, and materials. It also means that the job is done at the first time of asking. You won’t need to pay to fix any mistakes you might make.
Fresh Approach
As with anything creative, it’s always good to have a fresh approach. I like to attempt things myself, but it’s not always the best way of doing something. A handyman has experience and versatility. They have done their job for many years, and will have different ways of doing things. Some of these may be things you’ve never considered that will make the project much better. So this is one of the great advantages of having someone experienced on board.

I know that a lot of people like to try to do things themselves at home, and you might be one of them. But, as you can see from my post, I would strongly recommend you hire a handyman. When it comes to this kind of thing, there’s no substitute for professionals. Get on the phone and hire someone today, you won’t regret it!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Guide To Building The Perfect House For Your Family!

Hi there! You may remember from a recent post that I’m going to start building a house. The process has got me thinking about offering advice to others in the same boat. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do with this post. I’m going to offer a complete guide on how you could build your dream home. From selling your old one to making the new place a dream come true. So, the first thing you need to do is…

Sell Your Old Home

Well, this is fairly easy to be honest, and you’ll find plenty of tips on how you can increase the value of your house to get a better price. That’s pretty much what we do here. But for the first timers I’ll run through a few quick, easy measures that are sure to let your home make a dent on the market. The first tip is minimization. Basically, when you see a show house you will notice that in each room there is only a small amount of furniture but it doesn’t look bare. This is a style technique and to accomplish it, go around your home putting away any furniture that would not be used by the nuclear family. Typically, you want four seating places and a couple of small pieces of furniture. You should have a few knick knacks for decorative pieces, but the house should certainly not be overflowing with them.

Also, be sure to fill the rooms with lovely scents, either by using fragrance cleaners or putting vases of flowers within the room. For the kitchen, you may want to bake some cakes or make a jug. Does this encourage people to spend more on a house? You’d be surprised!

After that, you’ve got to think about whether it’s the right time to sell. Ideally, you want house prices to be high in your area and for properties to be selling like hot cakes.

Buying Land

Sold your home? Then you’ve got to buy some land to build your palace on. If you’ve ever seen Mr Blanding Builds His Dream House - Cary Grant - you might recall he buys a home that’s already built. He then knocks it down, and I know some people believe this is still a fantastic idea to get cheap land. Don’t do that, it will end up costing more than you realise. Buy an unused plot of land and make sure it will be a good, solid foundation for your new home.

Building The Dream

I love the idea of my husband building a new home with his own two hands. I’m thinking of him wearing a red plaid shirt with his sleeves rolled up and...I digress. The truth is as romantic an idea as this is; it’s not possible. You need a team to build your new home, and you want the best. Look for a company that specialises in building luxury and boutique homes, checking out plans and creations on their site. Once you’ve hired the team you can start making plans with them. They’ll help you in the building and design process.

Then in a six to twelve months you’ll have your dream home. Just don’t ask me how much it’ll cost. You won’t like the answer, but I promise, it will be worth it.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Add Value, Improve Your Kitchen!

One of the most straightforward ways of modernizing your house is to update your key rooms. Redecorating doesn’t take all the hassle of extensions and other larger scale projects, so it’s a great place to start! The kitchen is the heart of any home and therefore is one of the rooms that new buyers will take the most interest in. Along with the bathroom, it is the room that would take the most money to modify. Because of this, you’ll find that buyers will tend to pay more for a house that has higher specs in these areas. Here is how you can improve your kitchen, and consequently add value to your home.

The first thing you need to consider is what color scheme to go for. It’s important to choose this first because it will affect your choice of units and worktops. To get more value, it is best to choose neutral colors. Don't pick something too striking like white and red. There are going to be less potential buyers that these color will appeal to, than if you picked creams. Light gray is also a great color to go for as it is more modern than the typical beiges.

Next you may want to pick your units, worktops, knobs, and anything else that needs installing. Here you could really pick anything you fancy yourself, and it won’t necessarily affect your profits. However, if you want to make some money, you may want to consider only upgrading a few of these elements, and upcycling those that can still be used. Dream Doors Kitchens can do this for you. They can give your kitchen a facelift without you having to spend so much. Whichever option you choose, you should definitely have an installer do the work for you. Shabby workmanship will really decrease the quality of your new kitchen, which isn’t worth it in the long run.

Once you have everything fitted, you should consider replacing the floor if you have a material down of lesser quality like linoleum. Replace it with a wooden floor, or for an even smarter finish you could look at marble. This will further improve the standard of your kitchen, though it’s only the floor, future buyers will still notice it!

Look at improving the lighting in your kitchen. Choose a more modern fitting for the ceiling, or replace it with stylish spotlights. You could also add some lighting strips underneath your higher cupboards to make the room look even more contemporary.

Finally, finishing touches are really important. Invest in a fancy hose tap for instance! If your kitchen is big enough, you can also now buy an island on wheels. Islands always look impressive in a kitchen, but can be pretty expensive to install. These are great because you can move them about, and take it out again without any hassle if it feels too much. These are great for practicality as you’ll have more cupboard and workspace.

Though improving your home is great for everyone currently living in it. However, it’s also nice to know that you might get a little bit of the money your are putting into it back later down the line. Got any more ways you can add value to your property through your kitchen? I would love you to leave a comment and share it with the rest of my readers..


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Relaxing my brain

Here's what has been happening for me recently.... My daughter turned 2, yay for another party and more toys that we have no room for! My husband went away for work for a few weeks, we start building a house very soon (I hope), we have a baby and then we move house. You know.....nothing special......OMG MY MIND IS IN OVERDRIVE!!

Not only am I constantly thinking, planning, thinking, writing lists, thinking, organising and thinking but I'm 36 weeks pregnant and can't sleep anyway! I'm finding it so hard to switch my mind off and sleep, and the few times that I can the basketball under my pajama top makes me uncomfortable and suddenly decides that it's sleep time for mum so it must be play time for me! Why not right??? I already love the little bean so much it hurts but sometimes mummy needs a break ok.

My trips to the shops at the moment are often happening everyday as I think of new things to do and add to my list. But, on a recent trip to my local Kmart I stumbled upon an absolute gem.

They're coloring books for grown ups!! Now I love colouring just as much as my daughter so this was right up my alley! It's obviously a lot more complicated than colouring in animals and Elsa from Frozen. You really need to concentrate to stay inside the tiny lines. As much as shading and colouring with pencils is great, I have actually found that gel pens actually work the best. The fine point makes staying in the lines easier and the colours you can get are amazing and bright. You can even add a touch of metallic or glitter to your drawings if you want. 
I have only just started on my adult colouring journey but I'm loving it so much. After doing a bit more research on the topic I found the website that sells the books, Michael O'Mara Books, or if you, like me, are based in Australia there is an Australian publishing site that you can go directly through, Hardie Grant Publishing. So many books to choose from. If you prefer to have a scroll through before you purchase I have found them at Target for only $13 and at Kmart for $10-$12. You can pick up a pack of 30 gel pens for only $ of the cheapest hobbies I've stumbled upon so far! My husband is very happy!! I have already found the book I want to grab next, I haven't seen this one at the shops yet but will definitely grab it online as soon as I have tackled a few more pages in the books I have.
I have been having fun colouring the last few nights before I've hopped into bed and it really helps to switch off all that thinking. I can concentrate on the one thing, relax and have fun while I'm doing it. I may or may not have bought 3 colouring books already, I know I'll go through them pretty quickly with all the sleepless nights ahead of me.

So switching off the brain is sorted, now to work on the basketball player shooting hoops at all hours of the night.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

How To Make A Profit From Your Holiday Home

Welcome back readers! As you can see, I’m back on blogging form, and today I’ve got some tip-top knowledge coming your way. If you’ve found yourself on my website, then you’re probably as obsessed with property as I am. You know that there’s lots of money to be found in this huge industry, and you love hunting it out. Seeing as the weather is starting to get a little bit better people have started thinking about holidays. I was chatting to a friend the other day who is looking at purchasing a holiday home but she is unsure as to the year long benefits of doing so. I started doing some research which given me a wonderful insight into the potential profit margins on the right holiday apartment.

I love the idea of renting a property, because it creates a guaranteed income. Alongside your steady day-job, it’s an extra cushion of money that you can put away for retirement. Or, you can be frivolous and treat yourself with the extra cash. Either way, it’s a fantastic way to increase your earnings. In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a profit from your holiday home. It’s a little different from your typical rental property, so pay attention!

Get the best mortgage rate

There’s one thing people don’t always realise about renting properties. Your profit only comes when you balance the figures very, very carefully. Most people think that renting is an easy goldmine. It’s not! By getting the numbers wrong, you can end up spending more than you make in rental income. So, your first step is finding the very best mortgage rate. My pro tip here is to get at least two letting agents to estimate the rental income. Take an average, then make sure it’s at least a third higher than your mortgage payment. That’s how you guarantee a profit.

Choose the right location

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘location, location, location’ when it comes to property. We all know how important the location is. Well, when it comes to rental properties, we couldn't be clearer. Location is the most important factor in your profit margin. You need to know that tourists will flood to the area. You need a guaranteed rental income, and you need assurance that you can charge the right price. Only do this when you know the location is perfect. If you get it wrong, you might want to sell it fast!

Keep your costs down

As I said at the beginning of this blog, profit margin is everything when it comes to holiday apartments. Every decision you make is about squeezing the extra pennies out at the end of the month. So, that means keeping your costs as low as possible. The lower the costs, the more profit you make. Remember, holiday lets are different to regular lets. As the landlord, you’ll have to pay for energy bills and utilities. Of course, you can charge more per week, but be sure to factor in the additional costs.

Keep it busy all year round

Finally, make a plan to keep your holiday rental busy all year round. Many people work out their costs based on a twelve month let cycle. Only later do they find out that tourist seasons leaves four-five months without lets! Either choose a location with twelve month interest or find a way to entice people all year round.

Renting out a holiday apartment is a fantastic way to make money. But, only if you do it correctly!