Unexpected Areas Where You Can Save Money On Your Property Bills

Could you save money on your property bills?

Being a homeowner means that you have a lot of expenses each month. Not only do you have your household bills, but you could also be saving for renovation projects and jobs you wish to take on.

But with the same outlay each month, and perhaps the same income, how can you save money on your property bills that can then fund other areas? The proof is in your bills and with a bit of savvy thinking, you can potentially save a lot each month.

Some of these things are even options you can revisit every few months to ensure that you are saving the most you can be. I have outlined some of the ways you can do it but feel free to share some of the other ways you save money on your property bills in the comments below.

 

Keep that water bill down

Your water bill can be a big outlay each month. Often, you don’t have control over what you spend initially because you may have to pay water rates rather than be on a water meter.

However, there are still some things you can do that can benefit both aspects of a water bill, or could help you use less if you are on a meter. You could potentially use your own water supply from your own land. This is a valid option, and companies like Nicholls Boreholes could help you out. They look into the drilling aspect to get the plumbing in motion to have your own water source, which means you save.

Other things you could consider is collecting rainwater in your garden which can be used for watering plants and your lawn during the warmer months. A hosepipe or water sprinkler system can use a lot of water, which on a meter can be costly.

 

Reduce energy costs

Your energy bill can be a big outlay, and thankfully you have more control over it than you think. First of all, consider changing some of the habits in your home, for example, switching lights off and not putting things on standby can really help reduce your energy outlay.

You could also switch to more energy efficient appliances or change bulbs in your home for lighting. Another more drastic approach could be to switch to solar energy which means having panels placed on your roof.

 

Shop around for the best deal

One thing a lot of people miss out on is a saving that could made by simply changing the provider.

Most companies save their best rates for new customers, and doing this alone could shave off a heck of a lot of pounds from your monthly outgoings each month. Websites like uSwitch could help you see the potential savings you could be making.

 

Are you entitled to discounts?

Finally, are you missing out on savings that you are entitled to? Living alone or as a single occupant means that you can get discounts on things like council tax and TV licenses, amongst other bills like your energy and water rates. Ask the question and see what you could be entitled to.

 

I hope that some of these options help you save money on your property bills. Every little amount can add up to a big one!

How to fund a home renovation

Financing a home renovation or extension can be a challenge.

Most people save up for weeks or even months to get enough money for a single renovation. So you may be wondering how you could realistically fund your project. In this article, we’re going to describe a couple of acceptable ways to fund a home renovation.

 

Use your savings

Once you start putting money into your savings, it can add up quickly. Instead of letting your money just sit in a bank account ‘for a rainy day’, use it.

Renovations can be expensive which is why people tend to save up a lot of money just to pay for them.

To help remedy this, your savings account could pay for the entire job. Or you could put some funds towards the renovation to offset the costs that you have to pay from your own ages and salary.

The point of a savings account is to have money for when you need it. If your renovation counts as a needed improvement, there’s no shame in breaking out the piggy bank.

 

Take out a loan

There aren’t many situations where it’s acceptable to take out a loan for the sake of a renovation.

However, if you require an urgent renovation then it does warrant the need for emergency funds. In this case, it’s perfectly acceptable to take out a loan (assuming you can pay for it before the interest piles on) for the sake of a home renovation.

If you’re dealing with bad credit history, you can take out adverse credit loans to help you pay for the renovation. In short, only consider taking out a loan if you need to fix something urgently.

Don’t rely on loans as a means to pay for a renovation that you want for the sake of luxury.

 

Doing it yourself

Although this isn’t a way to fund a home renovation, it’s a much cheaper way to get the job done. You don’t need to spend money on professional services all the time. Occasionally, you require someone with experience. It’s absolutely recommended to use a professional for some aspects like wiring or electric. But you can save a lot of money if done correctly.

If you want to save money and learn how to repair and maintain different parts of your home, then DIY training is perhaps the easiest way to do so.

You learn from your mistakes more than a book, so hands-on experience is always appreciated. As long as you have someone supervising or at least monitoring what you’re doing, you’ll find that it’s incredibly easy to get DIY work done as long as you put your mind to it.

 

Out of all the methods you might have to fund a home renovation, these three are arguably the most common and should be used when possible.

Tools to Home Make DIY Easier

For a lot of people, DIY isn’t a passion which fills them with joy and satisfaction, but you can make DIY easier.

Instead, this sort of work is done out of necessity, as you want to save money around your home. But it isn’t always easy.

In a lot of cases, barriers will be presented to you, and you won’t have a way to overcome them. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best tools out there to make DIY easier.

 

  • Cutting

 

One of the hardest jobs a novice DIYer will have to undertake is cutting. Unlike paper or other thin materials, wood and metal aren’t a simple matter of using scissors. Instead, you will need a saw, but you have to choose the right one.

For most jobs, a mitre saw will be enough to make all of the cuts you need. Along with this, you should also consider the idea of a cheap circular saw to help you out, too.

 

  • Measuring

 

Before you can make a cut, it’s always good to make sure that you’ve measured it twice. However, with all the modern tools on the market, you don’t really need to go to this effort.

Laser measuring tools have become very reliable over the last few years and make DIY easier. Offering unparalleled accuracy, this sort of tool is perfect for anyone who struggles to measure the right lines.

 

  • Joining

 

Once you’ve measured and made the cuts of the material you need, it’s time to start putting things together. For wood, one of the best ways to do this is using a nail gun. This sort of tool is perfectly safe if you use it correctly. You have to be careful, though. This sort of tool can often damage softer woods. Along with this, nails aren’t always the most attractive option, anyway.

To solve this issue, glue is here to save the day, and you have loads of examples to choose from. Spray adhesives have come a long way over the last few years, with a lot of companies offering options which can dry within minutes, giving you years of strong hold. We put brackets on our mantelpiece to hold our oak beam, but then glued the beam to the wall. Worked perfectly and saved using any nails to mount it!

This sort of material won’t always be appropriate for the job you’re doing. So, it’s always worth doing some research to make sure you’re getting the right glue for your project.

 

  • Painting

 

Finally, it’s time to think about one of the biggest jobs a DIYer will ever have to do; painting.

In a lot of cases, this work will take up a huge amount of your project time, and can be very hard to get right. To help you with this, there are loads of modern paint systems out there which take this work out of your hands. They dispense the paint for you at an even rate; it’s never been easier to give your walls a perfect coat.

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start taking on some bigger projects, while also making them a lot easier for yourself. A lot of people will be daunted by a job they think they can’t do. Make DIY easier by finding some kind of tool to help you, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

 



3 Common Home Problems that require immediate attention

There are so many common home problems that can occur at any time, but some of them will need immediate attention if you are to keep your home in the best possible state of repair.

There are lots of small problems that you can fix yourself with the right tools. However, with bigger problems, you’ll need to get an expert in to assess the seriousness of the situation. Many of the worst circumstances are hard to ignore, but sometimes they can happen subtly and slowly. This can spell disaster for the future of your home.

In this article, we are going to take a look at just three of the most common home problems which generally need immediate fixing. As long as you attend to these three as quickly as possible, you should be able to keep your home in a good state for as long as you like. 

Foundation Problems

common home problems include dodgy foundations

This first one is something that a surprising amount of people don’t know how to spot, even though it is fairly easy to see once you know the signs. A foundation problem left alone could mean disaster for your home, so it’s a wise move to learn as much as you can about how to spot – and fix – foundation problems.

You will know there is an issue if your walls, doors or windows seem a little off-centre or they don’t quite fit in their respective places. If that happens, you’ll need to call in the professionals to get your foundation sorted as soon as possible. If you leave it alone for too long, you’ll end up with a worsening home, so make sure you get on top of it fast.

Damp

common home problems include mould and damp

Although at first damp might not seem like such a terrible thing, you absolutely don’t want to leave it unfixed for even a short period of time. Having damp in the home can soon lead to a variety of other problems, so you should identify and fix it as soon as you can.

Fortunately, it is one of the easiest things you can identify. You’ll know you have damp if you are developing mould on the walls and sometimes you can even smell it in the air.

One of the easiest and most economical solutions to get rid of damp is to get a dehumidifier. Take a look at www.dehumidifierreviewshq.co.uk for more on how to fix this common home problem. If it gets worse, you might need to call the professionals in as well, just to make sure you really get rid of it.

Broken Door/Window

wooden door in brick wall

Of course, it goes without saying that security is a major concern for most people in their homes. If at any point it becomes clear that your door or windows are broken or damaged, you will want to make sure you deal with this as soon as you can. Take a look at http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/how-to-repair-windows1.htm for some advice on fixing a broken window.

If you leave it alone, you will be leaving yourself open to the possibility of being burgled, and that’s the last thing that anyone wants. If your door or window needs replacing, then do so as soon as you can. You’ll be glad that you did!

These common home problems occur regularly in households across the UK. Make sure you fix them before the winter arrives.

How to Make your Stairs a Feature

Stairs can take up a lot of space in a room, but they don’t have to be boring: you can make your stairs a feature space.

Stairs are a necessity and not really something we choose to put in our house. They’re a way of us getting from the downstairs to the upstairs. But rather than thinking of them as a useful-but-not-needed tool, make your stairs a feature and turn them into a statement.

Use a glass balustrade

I recently did a post about making your hallway appear bigger and lighter. A hallway is a long and narrow space that often doesn’t get much natural light thanks to all the doors that come off it. If you don’t want to stain your stairs for fear of making the space darker, you can install glass balustrades such as the ones from Cheshire Mouldings.

They can be used in such a way to make your staircase appear as if it’s floating. The glass will make the staircase blend in with the wall more seamlessly. The glass also lets much more light through and reflects it, making your hallway appear lighter too.

make your stairs a feature with a glass banister

Install a runner

This is the sort of task you can do yourself and can be reasonably cheap. If you have wooden stairs already, the runner can be stapled in place. Just remember that your stairs won’t be perfectly straight, so measure the width properly all the way down. Otherwise you’ll have a wonky runner.

 

stairs with runner

 

Runners draw the eye up the stairs, so they can create an illusion if you have a small narrow hallway of it being bigger than it really is.

Use wallpaper on the stairs

floral staircase with wallpaper

Photo credit: https://sarahmoorehome.co.uk

Wallpaper is a fun and easy way of adding some colour and pattern to make your stairs a feature. It’s easy to apply, is relatively cheap and can look amazing. See how Sarah’s used the floral pattern in the stairs above which adds bright yellows and pinks to stairs that might otherwise be brown and white.

Use different colours and woods

Don’t just stick to one type of colour or wood. A deep mahogany looks lovely with white spindles, which is what Christine has done from Little House on the Corner

white and mahogany staircase

Photo credit: https://www.littlehouseonthecorner.com/

They lovingly restored their falling apart staircase and made it look incredible.

There are so many ways you can change up your stairs. They don’t have to be plain, but can be seen as a piece of artwork that brightens up your house. Make them a statement!