Why Moving To A Rural Area Can Be The Best Thing For Your Young Family

It’s safe to say that when you are planning on moving house, the number one most important thing is the property’s location. In fact, wanting to find a new base is the usual reason why many families move house in the first place. Usually, this is in search of a new lifestyle, one that will help their children to grow and to be the best that they can be. For this reason, more and more parents are moving themselves and their children out to rural areas. But why is that, exactly? Well, here are just a few reasons why the rural life could be the right thing for you and your family.

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Homes are cheaper



Yep, you heard that correctly. Unless you are buying a six-bedroom country mansion, you will find that homes in rural areas are typically much cheaper than those in major towns and cities. This is because the job markets in cities draw such a huge amount of people that prices inflate to match the demand. In the quieter countryside, however, you will probably find that you can get a lot more bang for your buck, so to speak. So, could even look for land for sale and purchase a plot, and build a house of your very own – and there’s a chance the whole thing would cost less than a townhouse in the city! The same goes for living costs: buying groceries, going out to eat and entertaining all generally cost less in a more rural area than it does in the big city.

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The crime levels are much lower



In sleepy towns and villages surrounded by forests and mountains, you don’t really hear about that much crime going on. Crime obviously still does exist in these places – it doesn’t matter where you go, there will still be some questionable characters around. But because of the quiet nature of the countryside, organized crime is much less common. This means you can also allow your children to live a much more independent life, as you won’t be so worried about them getting caught up in anything potentially harmful.

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You get the best of both worlds


In the city, it can sometimes feel as though there is constantly a sense of urgency in the air. After all, they don’t call New York the city that never sleeps for no reason. This can be a fun atmosphere to live in for a while – such as when you are a student or a single person in your twenties. But when you have a family of your own, you will probably find yourself craving a little more peace and quiet – a more restful day to day life. Moving out to the countryside doesn’t mean giving up all aspects of city life. You would, in fact, be surprised at just how close beautiful rural areas are to many major cities in the US. With this in mind, there’s nothing to stop you setting up home in the countryside, but being able to commute through to the city for work or entertainment within an hour.

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Vacation Peace Of Mind: Keeping Your Home Secure

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When we go on vacation, we want to switch off fully from the stresses and strains of everyday life and enjoy our time away. We don’t want to be fretting about how secure our home is. Planning ahead and putting a few simple safety features in place will help you enjoy your holiday and protect your home.

 

Disguise The Fact You’re Away

Your home is more at risk when you’re on vacation for obvious reasons. It makes it easier for burglars to enter unhindered. So don’t leave signs that you’re away. The most obvious sign is mail building up behind the door or sticking out of the mailbox. Provide someone you trust with a key so they can remove post for you. Or set up a Hold Mail service. Your post will be held at your local Post Office until you get back. And don’t forget to cancel the newspapers while you’re away.

 

Make It Look Like Someone’s Home

Make is appear as though someone is home. If you don’t want to burden a friend with coming in twice a day to turn lights on and off, invest in some timer switches. You can then schedule lights to come on in your home and go off again at specific times. Leaving your car outside or in the driveway is also a good tip.

 

Protecting Against Bursts And Leaks

When you’re away enjoying a hotter climate, it’s easy to forget that the weather may not be as favorable at home. If there’s any chance the temperature could plummet, make sure your pipes are protected with pipe heat tape. This will maintain a steady temperature to prevent them from freezing.

 

Other simple tricks such as keeping attic hatches and under the sink cupboards open. This allows the warm air to circulate. Don’t switch off the thermostat; keep this on a timer to ensure your home is adequately heated. If possible, turn off the water supply to outside taps.

 

Switch Off Electricity

Before you leave, go around the house room by room and switch off all electrical appliances at the socket. The fridge and freezer are the only exceptions. Switching off electrical objects will reduce the risk of fire while you’re away. It will also save you some money on electricity.

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Security Measures

Protect your home by ensuring all doors and windows are securely locked. Don’t forget garages and outhouses. And don’t leave keys within easy reach. There’s no point in securing your home if keys are left on the window sill. A burglar alarm will not only alert your neighbors in the event of a break in, but it will also act as a deterrent. Make sure you leave the code with a trusted neighbor or friend in case of loss of power. If you have the budget, CCTV cameras will provide an added level of security.

 

Avoid Alerting Social Media Followers

Don’t let the world know that you’re away by documenting your vacation on social media. It’s tempting to upload pics of your luxury accommodation or the stunning sunset but wait until you’re home. Latergrams are just as effective and won’t place your home and possessions at risk.

 

All it takes is a few simple steps to secure your possessions and provide you with peace of mind. Make sure your vacation memories are about your trip and not about a break in.

Living Luxe: High End Home Upgrades

We might not all be able to live in luxury mansions, but we can all work with the home we have and make it as beautiful as possible. Whether your home is large or small, a few high-end features can really transform the space and give it a stunning luxe feel.

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Gorgeous Flooring

The floor might be under your feet, but it makes such a dramatic difference to the look of a room. It’s certainly not a design element to be overlooked. While carpets are luxurious in bedrooms, for downstairs spaces it’s always best to go with something that’s hard-wearing and easy to clean. Marble, granite, and limestone are stunning natural stone choices. Hardwood is another option, you could visit a DIY store for hardwood flooring supplies and fit this yourself if you’re handy around the home. One way to get a high-end finish but without spending quite as much.

 

Luxury Lighting

As well as what’s below your feet you should also pay attention to what’s above your head. Lighting is another way to bring a really high-end feel to your home. Choose a fitting that’s the right size for the room, you don’t want anything too big which will overpower the space or too small which can look a little lost and silly. Have a think about the kind of theme you’re going for in your room and pick a light fitting accordingly. Going for glamorous? You could choose a chandelier. Modern and edgy? Exposed bulb light fittings can work well. Super sleek? Opt for spotlights. To go a step further you could add kickboard and under cupboard lighting in your kitchen. And buy some stunning high-quality lamps to dot around elsewhere in the home.

 

Luxe Fixtures

Even if you don’t have the means or desire to install a brand new kitchen or bathroom, the fixtures and fittings can make all the difference. Replace standard taps with beautiful ones, replace drawer handles, add a heated towel rail in place of a simple wooden one. All of these things add up and can transform the look of a room.

 

Smart Home

The idea of ‘smart homes’ are really catching on fast. And it’s definitely a way to give your home a super luxe feel. It gives you the ability to control lights (individually or in groups), the temperature, your plug sockets and CCTV right from your smartphone. If you’re using a device like the Amazon Echo, you can do all of this through voice commands which right now feels super futuristic! It means that you can keep tabs on your home when you’re not even there. You could check CCTV cameras from your phone, or if you’re home late switch the lights on from the app, so it looks like your home is occupied. No more worries if you’ve left the iron or your curling iron plugged in when you’ve left the house, simply switch off the plug socket remotely. It’s convenient and gives your home a really techy high end feel.

 

A Mom’s Guide To The Logistics Of Moving House With Children

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Moving home can be stressful at the best of times, but when you throw kids into the mix, it becomes a whole lot trickier. From managing their confusion and upset to ensuring Teddy isn’t accidentally stowed at the bottom of a box, even to making sure they settle in at their new school, moving house with children is in a stress category all of its own. But there are ways you can make it easier, both on yourself and your kids. To find out more, just keep reading.

 

Keep them in the loop

Any upset from children during this tumultuous time is usually because of a fear of the unknown. When you keep them in the loop with plans and expectations, they’re able to feel more in control of the changes they face. Show them pictures of their new home and school, ask them questions about how their bedroom should be arranged, and encourage them to speak to family and friends about their experiences with moving house. All of these things will enable your child to look forward to the adventure without necessarily fearing the upheaval.

 

Plan it like a military operation

Although this is the same when there are no children involved, it becomes particularly important to have a smooth transfer when they’re around. Start planning even before your moving date is decided. Plan to change internet provider and utility companies, start researching appliance removal companies and try to work out a plan of action for the week leading up to the move. Not only will it help the day run smoother, but it’ll help to keep your stress levels down when everything becomes a bit frantic.

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Have them help with the packing

When it comes to packing up the house, encourage your little one to help. Just like with the feeling of being kept in the loop, packing the house enables them to feel more in control of the changes you’re making to your lives. Ask them to put items in their bedroom in a box, and encourage them to label it so you can find it on the other end. It might just seem like a fun game to them, but it’s actually helping them to come to terms with the move in a positive way.

 

Take an emergency bag

Many things have a tendency to go wrong on moving day. Sometimes it’s as simple as the kettle being packed away in an unknown box, or toilet paper going walkabouts, and as adults, it can be those things which add an element of comedy to proceedings. However, with children, you could be one lost teddy away from a meltdown. To prevent this, pack an emergency bag with teddy, toilet paper, kettle and teabags, candles, towels, snacks, and a torch could really help out on the first night in a new house – it could even feel a bit like a camping trip.

 

Moving house with children adds a whole new level of logistical complexity, but as a Girl Guide should always know, the key to success is to ensure that you’re always prepared.

 

How to Lessen Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

So many of your everyday activities can contribute towards your carbon footprint, from the food you buy in your local supermarket to the route you take getting to work. If you have a family to take care of, this footprint can increase markedly as your home energy bills increase along with all your consumables.

 

There are, however, a number of ways that you can lower the carbon footprint of your family, without cutting back on the experiences that you all love. Here are just a few ways you can help contribute to a greener future.

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Make your home more efficient

 

One of the first steps on the road to a lower carbon footprint is making your home more energy efficient. There are a number of ways that you can do this, with many of them focusing on reducing wasted heat. Make sure your home has cavity wall and loft insulation, for example, as well as double-glazing in order to prevent excess warmth from leaving your property.

 

Making sure your boiler is regularly maintained, or even replaced by a newer model, can also help improve your energy efficiency. Over time, dirt can build up in your boiler which means it has to work harder to produce the same level of heat.

 

Alternatively, there are now a wide range of energy efficient products that you can purchase for your home, ranging from lightbulbs to kettles. Although these changes will require upfront investment, they will quickly pay for themselves by lowering your energy bill in the long-term.

 

Go renewable where you can

 

As well as lowering your energy usage, consider whether you could adopt greener energy sources for your home. Residential solar panels are now available that convert sunlight into electrical energy, which means you can save on bills while also helping the environment.

 

Before you decide to invest in solar panels, however, it’s important to understand how the size and type of property you live in affects your installation. A trusted supplier should provide this kind of analysis before they give you a quote on the cost of switching to solar power from traditional sources. Understanding your financing options is also important if you are to know exactly how much the switch will save you on your household bills.

 

Although solar is the most common there are other renewable options, particularly if you live in rural areas. Hydro or wind power could potentially provide off-grid alternatives depending on your specific circumstances.

 

If it’s not being used, switch it off

 

Getting your entire family to adopt energy-saving habits is one of the most effective ways of lowering your carbon footprint, and all it requires is a little extra consideration. One of the main causes of unnecessary energy usage is leaving on lights and appliances when they are not being used. Make an extra effort to switch everything off when you leave a room and you could see you energy usage (and bills) fall.

 

Even leaving devices on standby can result in a lot of wasted energy when added up over a year, for example. If you’re not using something, it’s always better to turn it off at the mains to ensure you aren’t wasting energy.  If you’re struggling to remember to switch off devices, smart plugs are becoming more readily available that enable you to cut the power remotely from your smartphone.

 

Buy local and seasonal

 

The food that you buy also has a major impact on your family’s carbon footprint. Some of your favourite products will have been produced and grown thousands of miles away and shipped to your local supermarket, resulting in a great deal of cumulative environmental damage. Even items that can be made locally are sometimes left off of shelves in favour of cheaper alternatives that come from much further away.

 

Fortunately, lowering your family’s “food miles” is relatively straightforward: buy locally sourced, seasonal produce whenever you can. By making the decision to buy local, you lower the demand for food that has travelled huge distances and do your bit to lower the carbon emissions of the food industry.

 

Water, water everywhere

 

Another simple way of reducing your carbon output is by drinking water from the tap, rather than a bottle. The energy required to package and transport bottled water is substantially more than it takes to transport it to your faucet. Plus, recent research has found that a significant amount of bottled water is nothing more than tap water in fancy packaging.

 

Reuse and recycle

 

Whenever you and your family produce waste you contribute carbon emissions. The packaging that you throw out has to be collected and transported, before it is dumped into a landfill, and more packaging is then produced to replace the products that you have used.

 

To break this cycle, households should reuse and recycle whenever they can. Reusing is the best option as this usually requires no additional energy, but recycling is also hugely beneficial as it is much more energy efficient than creating new products from scratch.

 

Cut down on your car use

 

Lowering your carbon footprint doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors for the rest of your life wrapped up in blankets with the lights turned off, but a few small lifestyle changes could make a big difference to the environment. Cutting down on your car usage, for example, is a great way of lowering your carbon footprint and is easily achieved. You could jog or cycle to work a couple of times a week, for example, or look to join a car share scheme at work.

 

Holiday closer to home

 

A greener life doesn’t mean your family won’t be able to enjoy themselves, but think about how you could create memorable experiences that are more environmentally friendly. Choosing to have your holiday in your home country, rather than abroad, means avoiding air travel – one of the biggest contributors of carbon emissions on the planet.

 

It can be difficult to appreciate how large your carbon footprint is until you start to really examine your home’s waste and energy usage. If you do want to do your bit for the future of planet earth, your family’s emissions are a great place to start.

 

Time For A Healthier Kitchen!

We are always trying to ensure our family stays nice and healthy. And one place in the home which is the hub of health is the kitchen. After all, it’s where we prepare food and drink. And the way we cook in the cooking quarters can affect our kid’s health too. Therefore, it’s a good time to make some changes for the sake of our family. Here are some things you can do to the kitchen to make it healthier for your family.

 

Give it a good clean

 

For starters, you need to get your cleaning gloves on and give the whole kitchen a good clean. After all, a lot of people don’t realize how many old food particles are actually sitting on the sides in their kitchen. And if they aren’t removed quickly, they will turn into bacteria. Therefore, the next time you are preparing food on the side, it might get contaminated. And then your kids could potentially get ill after you have cooked dinner. Therefore, it’s time to give the kitchen a good clean to ensure it stays healthy for your family. Remember to clean inside the cupboards at the same time. After all, these often get left and then food goes out of date and starts to rot! Therefore, give these a scrub down to ensure your kitchen stays a healthy haven. And you can read my previous blog for more tips on cleaning your kitchen.

 

Invest in a good water filter system

 

Getting your kids to drink water can be challenging enough. But you need to make sure it’s the right kind of water. After all, the regular water that comes through the tap can often be full of toxins and dirt which it picks up in the pipes. Therefore, to ensure you don’t spend a fortune buying healthy bottled water, you might want to consider looking into some form of a home filtration system. You can get ones similar to Sweetwater’s whole house filter system which can live under the sink and ensure your water gets purified. That way, you can ensure the kids stay healthy when drinking water in your home!

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Get rid of that junk cupboard

 

We all have that one cupboard which is filled with junk food. In fact, mine is now full of the Christmas chocolate I haven’t managed to tuck into yet. And while it’s okay to have the occasional treat, a junk cupboard isn’t the healthiest thing in the world. After all, your kids are more inclined to head to that cupboard rather than going for a piece of fruit as a snack. And as this feature reveals, having these high-fat snacks in the home can be a temptation. Therefore, get rid of all the junk and encourage your family to have healthy treats by filling the cupboard with fruit and nuts instead.

 

And you might be surprised to know that the oven can be one of the unhealthiest areas of the kitchen. After all, if it doesn’t get cleaned often, old food might start rotting in there and ruin your food. You might want to opt for a self-clean oven. That way, it will clean itself, and you can ensure it always stays healthy for your family!

 

Protect Your Home, Protect Your Assets

Being able to look after our home and family is really important to most of us. Our homes are our place of respite and shelter, and they are full of our investments – furniture, technology, appliances, expensive artwork – and because of how much money is involved in the purchasing of our home and the things we fill it with, we obviously feel the need to protect our assets and ensure that our homes are protected, safe and there are measures in place to deter any potential threats such as burglaries or trespassers. The same goes for our family – especially when they are in the home. Their safety is paramount.

 

If a burglary does take place in your home, it can be a terrifying and traumatic incident. A common misconception is that a high percentage of burglaries take place when you are not at home – for example, if you are on vacation or are at work. But, more and more burglaries are now taking place during times when people are at home. There are gadgets out there which thieves use to break into homes, or they watch your routine and then try to get into the house late at night or very early in the morning. If a burglary does take place while you are in the house – like if you were asleep upstairs – the result can be terrifying and can leave you shaken up, with a constant awareness that you are not safe in your own home. If you have been subjected to a burglary, contact the authorities and a professional company who are based on law, like Pearce Webster Dugdales lawyers.

 

Of course, there are measures you can put in place to put an end to the risk of any potential burglaries. A good and stable investment could be a security system, such as CCTV cameras. If you are going to purchase a CCTV system, ensure a professional fixes them in a secure area which has good visibility. As soon as a thief sees cameras fixed to your home, they will not be so eager to break in. A security camera system also allows you 24 hour access, and it is also possible to access the recordings anywhere with WiFi, as some corresponding apps can be downloaded to your phone or laptop.

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A burglar alarm could also be a good choice – now it is possible to get miniscule alarms that are hidden from general visibility so you can hide an alarm where it would be hard to see. The good thing about burglar alarms is that they can be fixed anywhere, and can also be set to timers. If someone was to break into your home, as soon as they hear the loud, perilous screech of a burglar alarm they will run away and know that your home is safely secured.

 

There are plenty more systems available out there, and whichever one you decide on will definitely mean your home is more secure than if no security measures were fitted.

A Strategic Spring Cleaning Plan Of Action

Spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing – it’s almost time to start spring cleaning! Lots of homeowners like to blow all the cobwebs out of their house each spring and get everything in order. After all, you probably haven’t done much to your home over winter so it could be starting to get quite dusty and stale!

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When you are spring cleaning, it is important that you attack all the cleaning and tidying in a very strategic manner. Otherwise, you may end up going around in circles, and your big clean could take you a whole lot of time! So, if you don’t want your spring clean to eat into too much of your free time, you need to come up with a strategic plan of action. Thankfully, I’ve done all the hard planning for you! Follow this plan for a very effective and efficient clean!

 

Clear Out Your Trash

 

First of all, you need to get rid of all the rubbish that you have collected over the past year or so. There is no point trying to clean around it – you will work a lot more efficiently if you get rid of all the trash from the start. Of course, when I talk about trash I don’t just mean all the waste that your household produces. I am also talking about all the old clothes and belongings that you don’t need anymore and rarely use. You should have a good sort out of your closets and storage space before you start cleaning. If you have any broken items, very old clothes, and things that no one else would want, you could contact a rubbish removal company to come and collect all of the trash for you. If you have a lot of stuff that is still in good quality but you don’t want it anymore, you could try selling it on eBay or other online sale sites.

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Take Care Of Cabinets

 

While you are spring cleaning, you will certainly be getting everything out of all your cabinets and giving the insides a very good scrub indeed. After all, quite a lot of grease and grime will have built up inside the cabinets, especially in the ones in your kitchen. However, it is important that you don’t forget to clean the outside of the cupboards as well. Lots of grease can cling to the exterior of your cupboards. This can often be quite bad if you don’t always turn on the fan above your range. You can buy special wood creams and cleaners to clean wooden cabinet doors.

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When I’m Cleaning Windows!

 

While they are busy spring cleaning, many homeowners simply wipe down the inside pane. However, you should make an effort to go outside and clean the outsides of all your windows as well. Don’t try and clean the outside of any upstairs windows, though, as you might end up putting your safety at risk by balancing on a window ledge or on the top of a ladder! You can always hire some window cleaners to come and clean your upper windows for you. Need a pro tip to stop your windows from smudging when you clean them? Well, one fantastic trick is to wipe them with newspaper instead of a cloth. I’m not sure why it works so well, but it does!

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Polish Up Your Stainless Steel

 

Stainless steel is a very on-trend material for kitchens, and many houses now use copious amounts of it. However, there is one major downside to this type of metal – it can be very difficult to clean! You will have probably already tried to shine it up, and might have just made lots of smears and smudges! To make all your stainless steel sparkle again, you should use wax-based aerosols. Just be careful that you don’t spray on too much product, as this could leave the steel quite grimy and greasy, making it even harder to clean properly!

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Clean The Dishwasher

 

There are many great appliances in our homes that make our lives incredibly easy. And one of these fantastic appliances is the dishwasher. But have you ever wondered how the dishwasher stays clean? Well, the simple answer is that it doesn’t! You will need to make sure that it is clean yourself. Otherwise, it will get quite dirty and won’t clean your pots and dishes to quite a high standard as it once did. You should first check the bottom of your dishwasher and remove any large bits of leftover food. Your machine will have a special cleaning cycle that you can then run. Make sure there are no pots left in when the cleaning cycle is on! This cycle isn’t just for your spring clean – ideally, you need to do this once a month.

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Deep Clean Carpets

 

Lots of people attack their carpets during their big spring clean. These often require a heavy duty clean as they will suffer a lot of wear and tear through the year. You can bring in professional carpet cleaners to take care of them for you if you wish. However, these can often be quite costly. The cheapest option is to take care of your carpets yourself. Don’t worry; this will still leave your carpets cleaned to a very high standard! First of all, clean them with a vacuum cleaner to take up any excess dirt. You can then use carpet cleaning products that you can find in your local supermarket. These are just as good as the ones that the professionals use. You can always spot clean stains and dirty spots with some homemade cleaning solutions. One great idea is to mix white vinegar with fresh water. You should dab this on any stains. The dirt should disappear before your eyes!

 

You might not be looking forward to your annual clean, but one thing is for sure – it will be so much easier now that you have all of the above tips! Time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Fixing Up Your Home For Spring

There is nothing that says you need to wait for spring to give your home a spring clean, of course, but this is a good time of year to think about what your home might need and what you can do to improve it. As we start to get out of the depths of winter you might begin to notice certain things around the home which could do with a little improvement. With any luck, these will just be small things, the kind of job that should only last an afternoon, but if you should find anything bigger, then that is another story. No matter the size of your home, or of the tasks you might find in them, here are some essential pieces of advice for fixing up your home in time for spring.

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Declutter

 

Often, before you can do anything else, it is necessary to declutter. Getting rid of the clutter lying around the home frees up space, and space in your mind, and makes it much easier to be able to face the fact of fixing up the entire home. In short, decluttering makes the whole thing much more manageable, so make sure that you are keen to get rid of the rubbish that is lying around first. Fortunately, this is one of the easier tasks, so it is just a matter of setting aside maybe a weekend for getting all the clutter out of your home. Of this, see what you can sell and what you might be able to give to charity. There is no sense in throwing away items which might be useful to someone else.

 

Get The Professionals In

 

When it comes to certain aspects of fixing up your home, it really does pay to get the professionals in to help you out. A good example of where this might be the case is if you have anything larger that need repairing. Alternatively, it might be that you have something electrical which needs attending to, in which case you definitely need to find someone who is trained in electronics. For the rest, general handyman services should do the trick, and their presence while you are trying to get your home into a better state can often spur you on too.

 

Focus On The Outside

 

One of the things about the colder months is that that is when the outside of the home in particular normally suffers. This is an ideal time, therefore, to check places that you normally wouldn’t think of checking. It is worth taking a look at your gutters, for example, as they are likely to be blocked in a few places with dead leaves and the like. You might also want to think about preparing your garden for spring while you’re at it, as this is the one area that could probably do with a bit of love at this time of year.

 

Fresh Lick Of Paint

 

Last but not least, never underestimate the power of giving the home a fresh lick of paint. No matter what, this never fails to dramatically improve the overall look, and if you are looking for a way to quickly make your home look like new, then this is how to do it.

Love a Move, Move your Love

Moving home is a big deal whether you’re moving across the street or across the country. It is a huge effort, often involving a lot of people – friends, family, whoever you can get your hands on. It’s not a bad thing to take help offered, but it is essential to make sure that you have everything covered to eradicate risks of irritating those who have given their time up for you.

 

Shorten the amount of trips

 

If you are going back and forth between houses, this can start to wear people down – especially if it’s over silly things like going back to get stuff that could easily have fit in the carload beforehand. Try and put as many things as physically possible into whatever transport is available to help move it – and don’t spend time trying to empty it all when it gets there, either. Set someone up as the emptier (or both empty but they have to put it into the house) so you can get back to your old property as soon as possible to load up again. Likewise, if you have a van hire for long distance moving, move as much as you can in one go to save further fees and stress.

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Keep up the motivation

 

Nobody wants hear that they’re doing a rubbish job when they’re the ones that offered to lend a hand – ever heard the phrase ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’? It’s exactly the same concept. If you’re getting something for free, never look down on it or be too critical – else you’ll be left alone and never be offered help again. Offer snacks, drinks and tonnes of encouraging words – and don’t be short on the thanks and praise! Think of how you’d like to be treated.

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Label everything clearly

 

Make sure that you know exactly what is going in which box. Keep them in categories so you’re not confused, and try to keep them confined to the rooms that they are meant to go in – else you’ll be unpacking the kitchen boxes and realising that you’ve got to do three trips upstairs to unpack the bathrooms bits that were in with it. Again, let your friends help – they may place things where you will not have thought have putting them, but fresh perspectives can be a good thing when you are moving home. Space can be utilised that you hadn’t given a second thought to filling. Make a note of everything that is in a certain box so that it doesn’t go missing along the way – it can be easy to accuse somebody of stealing or misplacing an object in the heat of hte moment, but if you have everything covered on your end then the stress won’t show through and you won’t end up embarrassing either of you.

 

Now, go and make a note of what your pals like to eat before you end up buying the wrong chips for them – nobody likes working on an empty stomach!