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Autor: | Mittwoch, 31. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Saving energy in the home is on the minds of many homeowners regardless if they want to save the environment or not. Energy savings means more money in your pocket rather than shelling it out. There are many ways you can increase the efficiency of your home by using technologies developed for greener living.

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Top Tips: NAPIT


Autor: | Dienstag, 30. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Who are NAPIT?

NAPIT are a Government approved registration body for the Electrical Industry.

Comprised of NAPIT Registration, Certification, Services, Inspection, Training, and the NAPIT Trade Association, the NAPIT Group has been established for over 20 years and has grown to become a nationwide organisation working across five different markets.

View the NAPIT Website

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Autor: | Freitag, 26. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Today we have a Guest Post from Rebecca:

Wooden outdoor furniture can look amazing, and it’s often the focal point of your patio or porch. However, over the years, even the best wooden furniture will start to show some wear and tear. You may eventually decide you need to refinish it to remove the cracks and other age spots. All types of wood will do this, even those that have been pressure-treated or rated for years of continual outdoor use. Here are some of the most common issues with refinishing outdoor furniture and a simple refinishing process.

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Autor: | Freitag, 19. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Preparing for a home renoCreating a drawing board for renovating your house can be exciting; a new kitchen, creating more space in your living room, adding an additional room, oh my! How thrilling all of this is when you’re starting to prepare a totally new look for your house. However, it can easily turn into a disaster if you don’t plan ahead.

I have some quick tips for those of you out there that are looking to remodel your home—you’ll end up with an amazing finished product with no headache.

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Autor: | Freitag, 5. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Today we have advice from Drew Davies on how to stage your home.

If you’ve ever sold a house, you’ll know the old advice: percolate coffee or bake bread to make the house smell warm and inviting. Neutralise the paint scheme. Add plants and fresh flowers. Invest in a new throw to disguise a tired sofa. But did you know how important storage could be to the sale? Professional Stagers (consultants hired to style a property and help it achieve a top price) often clear out more than 50% of a home’s contents because they know a two simple facts: decluttering makes a property feel bigger, and the less personalised a space is, the easier it is for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. We might all not be able to hire Professional Stagers, but with a little planning we can definitely make a home feel much more spacious. Here’s how:

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Autor: | Montag, 1. Juli 2013 | Kommentare

Today we have a guest post, courtesy of Rob Steen, which looks at how tidying up that garden area can help you sell your home.

Anyone who has ever watched any of the many home improvement or selling programmes on television must be aware of the term ‘kerb appeal’ and how important it is when selling your home.

Although it isn’t necessarily a fair assumption, many buyers are put off by a messy garden as they assume it means that the seller is a bit slapdash and the house might be the same under the superficial tidiness. Unfair or not, this is an easy problem to solve in very few steps and with a nice tidy garden you are more likely to achieve your asking price, and in record time, too.

If your garden is really untidy, chances are you are not one of nature’s gardeners and so you might be a bit overwhelmed by the task ahead of you especially if you want to sell your house fast. Just hacking and slashing is not really an answer to the kerb appeal issue, because bushes and trees that have been recently chopped usually look a little sad and forlorn. Start by cutting them back a little, leaving plenty of healthy growth to the fore so that they look healthy and established. Then clear the ground beneath them and think about some planting strategies, which will largely depend on the time of year.

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Autor: | Montag, 17. Juni 2013 | Kommentare

Today’s guest post examines the benefits of home automation and comes courtesy of Mark Onions:

Home automation is a game changer in the way we monitor our homes for security and there are a number of ways in which it can significantly benefit the home.

The emergence of the smart phone and 3G networks is something that allows for amazing remote access on so many levels and control of the home from anywhere around the globe. So, let’s take a more detailed look at the way home security is changing.

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Autor: | Samstag, 25. Mai 2013 | Kommentare

Today’s guest post comes to us courtesy of Sam Wright:

Upcycling is the process of taking things you would normally throw out and remaking them into something beautiful. It’s part environmental movement, part arts and crafts, and the end result is that your home feels like something truly unique, with every object having its own history and style.

So if you’re tired of everything in your bedroom feeling prefabricated and mass produced, or you simply have a beautiful but useless bit of old furniture that you want to breathe new life into, upcycling may be the thing for you. Let’s take a look at how you can use upcycling to transform just a single room in your house – the master bedroom.

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Autor: | Freitag, 12. April 2013 | Kommentare

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Shelly Flaherty:

Selling your home can be a difficult feat even at the best of times, so when it comes to getting your house valued, you want to make sure you know exactly what you should be asking for in a sale price. You want to maximise the value of your home and by fixing up a few cheap and easy things you can significantly better your chances of getting a valuation you’re expecting.

The overall appearance of your home is a key factor. Tidy the place up, keep it all clean and make sure any jobs such as overgrown gardens or soiled carpets are dealt with pre-valuation. All of these factors can go against the value of your home in valuers ‘overall’ property marks. You don’t have to get your home to ‘Beautiful House’ magazine standards, just make the most of what you’ve got. Buyers will be the ones interested in decor and layout, not an appraiser.

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Autor: | Mittwoch, 27. März 2013 | Kommentare

Today’s guest post, courtesy of Mike Tuma, will take a look at how a porch can transform your home (and you likely won’t even need planning permission – but visit the Planning Portal to be certain).

Falling In Love With Porches, Stoops, and Patios All Over Again

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