How To Give Your Home Curb Appeal

There are a lot of ways you can go about improving your home. some people like to start with the interiors and work their way through the house to the garden and beyond. Others like to start with the shell, the outside of the house and that’s where the phrase ‘curb appeal’ comes into play. You want your house to look great from the street outside.

Have you ever walked past a house and had a moment’s pause to admire the roses? How about the shutters on the windows that perfectly frame a beautifully decorated Christmas tree? That right there is your own appreciation of other people’s curb appeal. But how do you get that for yourself? If you are planning to sell your home, or at least upgrade it, you want others to appreciate your efforts and marvel at the house you’ve worked so hard on. First impressions matter and by taking a few of these amazing tips into consideration, you could make a fantastic one.

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  • The front door: The first thing people see when they get to the doorbell is the front door. Peeling paint, broken letter boxes or a door covered in mud is not one that looks inviting and warm. If your home is a neutral colour on the outside, how about a blast of bright paint on the door? A bright colour makes your door stand out and look fantastic at the same time.
  • Solar lights: Installing outdoor lighting in a low-voltage makes an impact on the curb appeal of your house. By adding accent lighting to your flower bushes and trees, you’ve illuminated the gardening you’ve done and lit up the path for guests. Plus, it looks beautiful – and that’s what counts.
  • Nature: Adding a little greenery around the front porch doesn’t do any harm to the curb appeal of the house. You may have flower beds up the pathway toward the door, but some impressive large potted plants or rosebushes in pots would look beautiful too. Keep them tended to though, as dead plants don’t invite guests in!
  • Shutters: Install shutters on your downstairs and upstairs windows on the exterior of the house in a colour that compliments the walls. There is always an option to call in professionals such as milliondollarmakeovers.net.au to help you redo the entire house from top to bottom if you need the house to be fixed up fast.
  • Outdoor art: Fountains draw the eye from passers-by and you could give your front yard a little glitz by adding some freestanding art alongside it. The bubbling sounds from the fountain can sound soothing to those going past, enticing them to look at the house.

Curb appeal isn’t something that most think of when they want to renovate their home. They start with kitchens and living rooms to make the house look great. By starting from the outside of the house, you create the warm and inviting place you dreamed of having. Beauty comes from within; but a pretty exterior never hurt!

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Space- Saving Ideas For Children’s Rooms

As the smallest members of the family kids are often stuck with the smallest bedrooms in the home. Which can be problematic when they have so much stuff! While most of us would love bigger homes that’s not always possible, however, there are ways you can work with what you have. Here are some of the ways you can maximize the space in your child’s bedroom.

Get Built In Furniture

The great thing about built-in furniture is it can be customized. It can even be built into awkward places allowing you to use all of the available space without any being wasted. Whether it’s a sloping roof, a boiler cupboard or just a funny shaped room you’re working with, opting for bespoke fitted furniture could be the solution your issues. Plus unlike regular desks, wardrobe and other furniture they can built from the floor to the ceiling, so offer a lot more place to store items. Handy for all of those toys, books, clothes and million other items kids own! Using baskets and storage bins on shelves and putting drawer organizers into drawers can help you use the space even more efficiently.

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Choose The Right Bed

Very small rooms can work well with furniture built underneath. You could go with a specially made piece to fit your space exactly, or opt for a cabin style bed on the highstreet. You can find these with wardrobes, drawers or a desk under them and steps going up to the bed on the top. At the very least, choose a bed which offers storage. This gives you an extra place to put things. It could be a divan bed with drawers, or just a standard bed frame where you can store boxes and things underneath. If your children are sharing a room, opting for bunk beds can save space. There are plenty of designs for both boys and girls bunk beds online which look stylish as well as being practical.

Declutter

It doesn’t take long for kids to grow out of their clothes and shoes, change their preferences with toys and crave more challenging books. For this reason, new things will be coming into the home often so it’s important to be decluttering regularly and throwing away things they no longer need and use. It can be tempting to want to hold onto things for sentimental purposes, but the reality is they’re much better off being sent to someone else who will use them. Charities, shelters, nurseries and other places are always in need of donations, and you can be safe in the knowledge that they’re being used and appreciated by other children. Rather than sitting around, gathering dust and taking up space at home! Getting rid of the old makes space for the new- so when birthdays, Christmases and other events crop up you’re not drowning in a sea of your child’s possessions!

Does your child have a small room? Do you have any tips and tricks for maximizing the space?

They Call It “Home Staging,” But What Does That Actually Mean In Practice?

When it comes to selling your home for your asking price (maybe more), there really is a secret sauce – at least according to people in the know. Recently, HGTV collated some advice from experts in the industry for how to kill it as a homeowner and sell your house for a fortune. Here’s what they had to say.

Secret #1: Show Off Your Half Empty Closets

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You would have thought that the mere fact that you have closets would be sufficient in itself to act as an advertisement for your home. But it turns out that that isn’t enough. According to experts at HGTV, closets shouldn’t just be present, they should also be half-empty, to indicate just how spacious your home is. Closets that are full to the rafters with junk don’t look good and leave potential buyers with the impression that you lack adequate space. Make sure the stuff in your closets is neatly organized in such a way that best shows them off.

Secret #2: Send Agents Out Into The Field

When you’re trying to maximize the sale price of your home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on development in the field. Often it’s a good idea to keep track of multiple listing services that will inform you of the selling price of other properties in your area. Getting an agent to do this can help you find out what competition you’re facing down the street and how much other homes in your neighborhood are selling for. If they’re selling for more than yours, find out why and see if you have grounds to raise your own prices. Don’t be afraid to raise the asking price if you’re getting a lot of interest, or if you live in a boom town, like San Francisco.

Secret #3: Get Rid Of Personalized Items

 

If you want to be able to call the movers sooner rather than later, then it’s a good idea to remove all the items in your house that reflect your own personality. It turns out that buyers don’t like it when sellers have things like their pets and their weird stuff on display when they come to look around: it makes it harder for them to see how they will change the house to make it their own. Consult an expert home stager about how to make the house more neutral and inviting.

Secret #4: Don’t Upgrade Too Much

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When it comes to making home improvements that increase the value of your home, there’s a fine line between upgrades that yield positive returns, and those that will never pay off. By all means, do cheap repair work to sort out a leaking gutter or a patch of mold on the wall, but don’t spend a fortune on new kitchens and bathrooms – it’s not worth it. Massive makeovers tend not to generate the kind of returns that people expect because of the fact that the value of your home doesn’t just depend on what it’s like inside. It also depends on things that are out of your control, like the level of crime in the neighborhood and the quality of local schools.

Forget Home Improvements, Think About Home Security

You probably have a lot of different ideas on how you can improve your home. I know there are some people who will be anxious to get that kitchen remodel started. Others will be desperate to delve into a new design for their bathroom. Then there will be those who will be interested in improving the level of comfort their home offers. All are great ideas, but shouldn’t we really be focusing on a different area of the property. Specifically, we need to think about how to keep our homes safe. You might think that home security shouldn’t be a top concern. After all, you say, I live in a safe neighbourhood and have never had a break-in. But with over three million break-ins every year can you really afford to roll the dice? With that in mind, here are some of the security features that you should be investing in.

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Smart Security

Smart security is one of the most important aspects of protecting your home on the market today. To put it simply, with smart security features, you get more than you pay for. For instance, you can purchase a smart lock on your front door. With a smart lock, you can guarantee that burglars can’t get in simply be twisting a piece of metal in the keyhole. It is frighteningly easy how simple it is for skilled thieves to break through a basic lock. With smart security, this isn’t a possibility. Instead, everything is digital and therefore a lot safer. In some cases, people will only be able to break in with a fingerprint ID. Despite what you may have seen in the movies this isn’t easy to fake.

CCTV

You may also want to think about setting up CCTV in your home. With the latest security systems such as Guardian Protection, CCTV systems will provide a live feed of your home and make sure it’s always monitored. This will guarantee that even if you’re out, a break-in will be noticed. It will be handled the authorities will be notified, and the theft can be stopped. This is the future of home tech security. It’s not enough to just to think about what to do in the event of a robbery. You need to consider how it could be stopped before it even happens. CCTV like this can act as a deterrent.

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Lastly, with certain security setups you can make your home completely impenetrable. Either while you’re out or at night roller shutters can come down across all windows and doors. These are remarkable similar to what shop owners use to keep their store protected at night. Recently private owners have begun to use the same type of technology. It will cost you to get this investment, but it’s worth it. Remember, it’s not just about robbers stealing items that can be replaced. If you are in when they break through it’s alarming how many thefts turn violent. You don’t want to leave you or your family exposed to this type of danger.

Sorry-Looking Garden? Consider These Great Improvements

Whether you’re looking to sell your house and want to bump up your asking price, or you’ve just moved in and want to spruce up a neglected yard, your back garden is an extension of your living space, and certainly shouldn’t be neglected. While it’s easy enough to do regular weeding, and mow the lawn when it gets out of hand, a truly beautiful back yard takes a little more work. Here are a few garden improvements to consider.

Pots, Raised beds and Containers

Pots, beds and containers will make your garden look a lot tidier, and may add a little bit of value onto your home as a whole. They’re also great for decorating your deck, patio or balcony. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, then you may be a little lost as to what you should look for. As a general rule, the bigger the container is, the better. Large containers will give your plants more stability, water, and root space, ensuring they stay as healthy as possible. If you have any worn out, drab-looking pots, then you can refresh these with a coat of paint, and transform them into eye-catching focal points. You can even go a little bohemian with an interesting DIY plant pot, such as an old oil jar.

Pergolas, Greenhouses and Other Structures

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Garden structures can provide shelter from the wind, rain and sun, and make a huge difference to buyers who are particularly passionate about gardening. A pergola with some climbing plants growing up it can look beautiful if it’s maintained properly, and will provide some nice, light shelter from the sun. They’re pretty useless against the rain though! Permanent gazebos and summer houses are always a good investment. However, if you wanted something a little more practical, you may want to consider a greenhouse instead. There are many different garden structures to choose from, so start looking for one that will mesh well with the overall mien you’re going for.

Paving and Decks

A high-quality outdoor floor, whether in the form of decking or a stone patio, could make a fantastic addition to your garden, both in terms of value and style. For the best results, try to find an outdoor flooring that’s somewhat similar to the décor you have inside. If you’re lucky enough to have a walled garden, then choosing a patio in the same sort of style as the surrounding walls can have an exceedingly potent and appealing effect. If your garden improvements are going to be mainly for yourself, then it’s important to consider the practical side of the flooring material you choose. Some smoother, precast masonry will become slippery when wet. If you’ve got kids who are going to be running around out there whatever the weather, then I recommend a rougher material, like brick, which will give a much better foothold. In gardens with a lot of uneven ground, this is going to make installation a little difficult. If you have this problem, gravel can be a decent substitute.

Less Effort, Less Mess – Caring For Your Home The Easy Way

Not everybody who is passionate about designing interiors is that keen to clean them. And the more detail you put into an interior, the more work you’re creating for yourself to keep it tidy and dust-free. While the minimalist look suits some people, it’s not for everyone. So how can you keep your home clutter-free and pristine without giving up all your time and energy?

Fabrics

Fabrics are fantastic. They look beautiful. You can choose any colour or pattern that appeals to you. And you can add to the structure and texture of the room. The trouble with fabric in interiors is that it can be quite hard to keep it looking clean. When you’re looking to dress your room with softer touches, choose fabrics that are easy to remove and machine wash. Alternatively, look for finishes in leather and other easy-to-wipe materials.

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Floors

Why do pets shed? It makes cleaning a much harder job than it should be! But we wouldn’t do without a furry family members. Despite being able to see the hairs more easily, a hardwood or slate floor is easier to keep clean. Carpets, however, can cling to the fur and all the other delights your pets might leave behind. Vacuuming carpet does not remove all the germs, dirt and bacteria. It’s hard work too!

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Robot vacuums make light of most floor types. Some include UV light to kill all those germs too. You can get robot mops for your hard floors. Cordless vacuums are lightweight and far more manoeuvrable than other types as well. Some stores are offering up to £120 off selected floorcare products right now to help you choose. Carpets can be washed with home appliances. And you can always spray them with anti bac products designed for carpets.

Kitchen Gadgets

Most of us have an array of kitchen gadgets that promise amazing results. Yet they tend to sit in the cupboard unused. One reason for this is the hassle of cleaning them. Many manufacturers are producing tools for cooking that are now dishwasher safe. This means you can use them, pop them in the dishwasher, and use them again an hour later. Clear out the old, and buy the gadgets that are easy-clean to reduce your kitchen woes.

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Storage

If every time you sit down in your living room you’re battling for space, it’s time to manage your storage. It’s not fair for you to have to tidy everything away. If you have a designated place for it to live, your family will soon be happy to pop their magazines, toys, and other items away. You can find clever solutions like under sofa drawers, or coffee tables with built in cupboards. It takes the hassle out of tidying and leaves your room looking pristine.

Cleaning and tidying are chores few of us enjoy. But you don’t need to hire a cleaner just yet. Make some smart choices in your interior design, and you could find it much easier to keep it tidy and clean. Add a couple of clever gadgets to do the work for you and you could have your feet up in no time.

A Trampoline without Springs is the Safer Way to Bounce

Innovative minds have finally come together and solved the age old problem for all parents. Thanks to the innovative design of one company, parents no longer have to worry about their children getting pinched or otherwise injured from the springs of a trampoline. One company has put in the time and energy, the care and concern, to design the world’s safest trampoline. This design was invented by Dr. Keith Alexander, an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. This design, which has been incorporated by one company and one company only has eliminated the bulk of all trampoline accidents (impact injuries) by eliminating the springs and poles that usually pose a threat. This new design (which has removed 90% of product-related trampoline injuries) is helping to set the standards for all trampolines and has earned many awards including: The Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, The US Family Choice Award, and The International Design Award.

The truth is there is better trampoline design out there — including Dr. Alexander’s game-changing spring-less design which only Springfree Trampoline has manufactured — and to aplomb in the industry, winning numerous awards such as the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, the US Family Choice Award, and the International Design Award, to name only a few.

The best trampoline will use SoftEdge technology to give you a 360 degree safe jumping zone— where the mat ends, the FlexiNet enclosure begins.This revolutionary design alternative replaces springs with flexible composite rods and places them underneath the surface of the trampoline instead of on the outside of the mat where children are jumping. A hidden frame design makes it much safer for the jumper and the unique jumping surface called SoftEdge is 30 times more shock absorbent than traditional trampoline pads and still provides the bounce every jumper craves. Additionally, all components of the trampoline have been tested thoroughly for quality assurance and have been put to the test on-site in a single Springfree facility to ensure that Dr. Alexander’s rigorous and thorough design is not compromised. With proper maintenance and care, the world’s safest trampoline is able to be left outdoors and withstand heavy sun and rain.

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Hop online and learn how to find your Springfree Trampoline location, or check out their website to see all the models for yourself. These trampolines have made it possible for parents to rest at ease when purchasing a trampoline, so why not see for yourself? These designs have reduced the risk of injury so significantly that even the strictest of parents can have faith in allowing a trampoline in their yards once more. With a newer Soft Edge mat to absorb more shock, a FlexiNet enclosure and a hidden frame design to prevent jumpers from coming into contact with the frame this trampoline has set the standards high and helped everyone see that there is a way to have fun the safe way. Children can enjoy the excitement that a trampoline can bring to their yards again.