6 Moving Home Mistakes to Avoid

Moving home can be stressful, to say the least.

It is always surprising how many things you have accumulated over the years. However, we are often guilty of making the house move more stressful than it needs to be. How? Well, read on to discover some of the common moving home mistakes you need to avoid.

 

Not measuring furniture in advance

Simply assuming that your furniture is going to fit into your new home is never a good idea. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new property and discovering your sofa won’t fit in the living room. It’s hardly going to look good in the garden, is it? Make sure you measure everything before you move.

We had the benefit of renovating the house whilst still living with our parents, so we bought furniture having already measured the space. We had 6 months between buying the house and moving in. Plenty of time to measure and find lovely pieces.

 

Not packing a survival kit for moving day

When you arrive at your new house, are you really going to want to unpack each and every box straight away? It is likely that you’ve already had a tiring day. This is why it is important to pack a survival kit, ensuring that all of the items you need will be immediately available to you once you arrive at your new pad.

Include a kettle, tea bags, mugs, milk, spoons, some snacks, maybe a couple of ready meals you can stick in the fridge to have for your dinner. People always forget this one: bedding. DON’T pack it in a box, you need it the first night. Also include spare underwear and a toothbrush/toothpaste.

 

Failing to check insurance

When it comes to house removals, it is vital to check your insurance, as well as the removal company’s insurance. Unfortunately, breakages can easily happen during a move. If there is no insurance in place, you won’t be able to get these items replaced or refunded. All of the most credible companies will have a sufficient insurance policy, so make sure you check this out.

 

Trying to do everything yourself

While you may not want to spend money on moving your furniture from A to B, it’s often a necessity. Trying to handle everything yourself can be a bigger task than you realise. This is especially the case if you have heavy and awkward items that need moving. It’s even more so if you have a lot of cherished items, as well as those that need special handling during the removal process, such as musical instruments.

Doing everything yourself can actually cost you a lot more money if you end up damaging your belongings.

 

You don’t consider pets and children

You need to think about what your children are going to do during removal day. If possible, ask a friend or family member to look after your kids for the day. With regards to pets, make sure they are kept in one room while the removal firm is there. You can ensure this is the last room to be emptied and packaged up.

 

You haven’t had a clear out

Moving home represents the perfect chance to have a clear out. The last thing you want to do is simply move clutter from one place to another. Throw things out weeks before you move, making packing a bit easier.

 

So there you have it; some of the most common moving home mistakes people make. If you can avoid the errors that have been mentioned above, you can go a long way to ensuring your move is as stress-free as possible.

 

What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.

 

 

 



 

 

7 House Installations for Winter

Home improvement can feel like a massive task.

You feel like there is always another job and each one is larger than the next. There are, however, smaller things that you can do that will help your house. They will help to keep it warmer, free from damp and in a generally better condition. These 7 house installations for winter will protect your home. 

 

Insulation

If you’re worried about the lack of insulation in your house, then consider getting a quote for more to be installed. You can get a professional in, but this can be a bit pricey. Instead, you might consider purchasing a roll of insulation from a DIY shop.

Remember you’ll need goggles and facemask when fitting it, but other than that adding the insulation isn’t a big job. Having more insulation in your house will help it to stay warm inside and stop the cold from getting in as easily. This might even save you money.

Other places to add extra layers of insulation include your hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warm for longer and mean that is available when you need it.

 

Double Glazing

If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.

It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you on your heating bills. This will make your house a lot more energy efficient and means that you’ll have fewer expenses over the winter. If you do choose to get double glazing installed, consider whether you need to have the exterior of the house renovated, too.

Getting this done at the same time could help you to tick off multiple jobs at once. If you choose to get some weather-resistant fibreglass like the products provided by Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, then your house will be ready for whatever the winter throws at it.

 

Curtains

A great way to warm the house in winter is to open your curtains early in the morning. This lets in sunlight which will naturally help to warm your rooms.

However, it is just as important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. If you don’t already, consider getting some extra thick curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than regular ones.

After months of having cellotaped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning we can’t get full length curtains. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and having fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.

 

Cover Floorboards

If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat.

You don’t have to carpet your house, but a rug comes in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your sitting area and bedroom as you’ll likely spend the most time in these rooms.

You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are of a different style and thickness. If you haven’t tried it yet and are still struggling to keep your house warm, then get a few rugs, and it will definitely help.

 

Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen

A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.

In winter you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so you are less likely to open the window and let the steam from cooking escape. This means that added moisture sits in your house and can cause damp, mould and other unpleasant difficulties.

If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It will suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer. It sits just above the oven, and many even come with a light fitting to make cooking in the evening that much easier.

 

Replace Doors

All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.

Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It is a small change that could make a big difference.

Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.

You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.

 

Fix or Replace Your Roof

If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.

If you have confirmed that there is an issue, then your best bet is it hire a professional to take a look. They will be able to assess what the damages are, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.

You could take a shot at fixing and replacing tiles yourself, but the last thing you want to do it cause more damage and for it to cost you more in the long run. If you do decide to take a stab at fixing your roof, make sure there is someone around to hold the ladder and that you are safe on the roof.

The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Any cracks or breaks in the can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year but are especially bad in winter.

 

What to do with your house when you go travelling

Worried about what to do with your house when you go travelling? There’s a few options.

If you take a look at people’s bucket lists, you’ll find that there tends to be one common factor in the majority of them: travelling.

We are a nation struck by wanderlust. We want to escape the everyday and open our eyes to know parts of the world, different cultures and stunning landscapes.

But there tends to be one thing holding the majority of us back: fear of the unknown. We don’t know where to start! How do we save up the deposit necessary to get from A to B? Will we get lonely? Where do we actually want to go? Perhaps most importantly, do we have to give up our home? Let’s focus on the last factor in the list of worries for now. Here’s some tips on what to do with your house when you go travelling.

 

Throw Caution to the Wind

The first approach (and perhaps the most financially viable one too) is to throw caution to the wind. Sell up everything you have and start planning your around the world trip.

This is perhaps the best way to go about things if you’re planning to travel for an extended or indefinite period of time.

If you’re out gallivanting across the world, it’ll be relatively difficult to keep up mortgage or rent payments at the same time as supporting yourself on your adventures. The best way to go about things is to give the notice to leave on your rental property once your contract ends, or sell your property and keep the proceeds in a savings account to be used when you return and intend to settle back down.

You don’t necessarily have to forgo all of your belongings either. You can keep your beloved items in high quality self storage facilities, where they will be kept safe and sound until your return. Bear in mind, however, that this will only really work for those with few responsibilities back home. If you have children, pets, or others who depend on you, this is unfeasible.

This is the most risky way of going about travelling. I’d only suggest doing this if you were going for longer than three months.

 

Save Up

If you really adore the place you’re in at the moment and can’t bear to see it go, you can always save up sufficient funds to cover your agreed payments until your return. This, of course, means you won’t be able to jump on the next plane out of the country.

However, it will allow you to head out later down the line safe in the knowledge that your property is waiting for you back home whenever you decide to return. It’s also a good backup in case you don’t enjoy travelling as much as you anticipated and want to cut your journey short. You don’t have to worry about returning back to your home country and having nowhere to live!

 

Take Shorter Journeys

A third option is to take shorter journeys intermittently. This makes your travels feel more like a holiday, but you can get away and check back up on things back home regularly too. Essentially, you get the best of both worlds!

Jay has had a full-time job since the age of 17, when he started his engineering apprenticeship. This means that we were never able to go away for three weeks at a time, or go travelling together. We then bought our house, which means funds towards travelling aren’t at the top of our list. We’ve decided to see the world together, but just in little bits at a time.

We want to see all 7 continents, even if this means going away for a week at a time, every year.

 

As you can see, you have several options available to you regarding what to do with your house when you go travelling. You can do things completely as you wish according to what’s most convenient for you and your needs. So, don’t put things off any longer! The world is your oyster, and it’s time to start exploring it.

Trying to Add Modern Interiors to your Home?

There are many reasons why you might want to add modern interiors to your home.

Your intentions don’t matter. What really matters are the steps you take. It can be hard to know where to start when you want to turn a traditional home style into something a bit more modern and elegant. If you’re wondering what you need to do to add modern interiors, read on to find out for yourself.

 

Ditch the Frills and Flair

You should start off by ditching any of the frills and flair that are found in your home. If these touches were put in place decades ago, they will certainly look very dated and out of context now.

Modern designs tend to be clean, and blocks of colour rather than patterns are used more often than not.

 

Replace Your Tired Old Sofa and Armchair

The seating arrangements you have in place in your living room need to be dealt with if you want a more modern home.

Old sofas stand out like sore thumbs in your home, and your living space will never look modern if you get these things wrong. So, replace your old sofa with something like modern fabric recliner sofas. You should also change your old armchair, even if you like the comfort it offers.

 

Hang Contemporary Art on the Walls

Art can play an important role in your home. If you don’t have any modern and contemporary art, you’re definitely missing out on something important.

It’s a shortcut that you should definitely be taking advantage of right now. Find modern art that you like and feel is in keeping with the rest of your room’s design. When you do that, your home will feel more vibrant and alive.

 

Add More Colour

There definitely needs to be more colour in your rooms if you want the home to feel up to date. If you look at your room and see mostly brown, then that’s a problem. Your home will immediately feel more modern when it has a splash of colour. You don’t even have to paint the walls to make this happen either. Instead, you can choose a statement piece of furniture that has a bright and vibrant colour.

 

Use Open Storage Units

The way in which you store things in your home is one of the things that matters a lot when you’re trying to make your home seem more modern. Old cabinets and storage units can easily feel dated if they’ve been in place for a long time.

For a more modern and ultimately timeless feel, you should opt for open storage units. These are often simple shelves that have very clean structures. Everything is then out in the open, making it seem more relaxed too.

 

Add modern interiors to your home by using my five top tips!