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Things You Shouldn’t Forget to Do When Moving into a New Home

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Moving home is one of those unique moments whereby you feel a great mixture of nervousness, stress, and pure excitement. In the mix up of all of this, it can be very easy to forget about some of the important things you need to do. This is especially the case when you consider the fact that there is a massive list of things to do. So, if you are moving to a new home, make sure you read on to discover the things that you really should not forget about.

Label your packages – This is one of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make when they are moving to a new place. It is a very simple task, yet one that is very easy to forget about as well. If you do not label your boxes, you are not going to know what is contained in which boxes, which means you are going to need to unpack everything to find your things. This may seem like a fine idea at the time. But when you have spent all day moving, the last thing you want to do is unpack everything. By labelling all of the boxes, you can take out the important stuff and worry about the other boxes at a later date.

Taking out building and contents insurance – You can’t wait around to take out building and contents insurance. This is something you should have arranged with insurance brokers before you move home. In fact, if you have taken out a mortgage to secure the property, it is very likely that one of the conditions they will have provided you with was to take out adequate insurance. If you have not already, compare different policies online in order to find the right one for you. Make sure you read all of the terms and conditions so that you do not get stung with any hidden expenses.

Re-direct all of your mail and get in touch with utility providers – There is a lot of organisation that comes with moving home, and this begins by ringing up your bank and utility providers to let them know that you are moving house. The last thing you want is for your bank statements to get sent to some random stranger that lives in your previous property. Not only this, but you don’t want your name to be on the utility bills for a house that you do not live in anymore. Once you have done this, you need to sort out your bills for your new property. Ring up and tell the provider that you are going to be moving in and ask them about the process entailed. You may want to look around for some cheaper options before agreeing to anything. Finally, it is a good idea to get your mail re-directed from your old property to your new one for the first three months while you settle in. Although you have rang your bank and card providers, it can sometimes take a little while for address changes to show on the system, and you do not want to risk your personal information getting into the wrong hands.

Measuring your new place – Buying furniture without measuring the rooms may seem like a silly mistake to make; yet you would be surprised by how many people do it. They look at a piece of furniture and think it will be fine, and then they are distraught to find that it doesn’t fit in the place that was allocated for it. Save yourself the hassle and make sure you measure everything before you move your belongings in or go furniture shopping.

Plan for your pets – If you have pets, you will need to incorporate them into your moving day plans. This is something a lot of people overlook, and then they have a nightmare on their hands when they are trying to move their belongings and their dogs are running about everywhere. Instead, it is better to keep your dogs or cats to one room while the packaging is going on, and then let this room be the last one that is dealt with. You also need to make sure that you have considered travel arrangements for your pets so they are comfy throughout the journey. Remember, your pets are likely to be nervous too. Most do not like a change in environment, so you will need to ease them into the move.

Plan for meals – Last but not least, it is surprising how easy it is to forget about food on moving day. Most people go all day without eating because they are so busy. They then arrive at their new place, only to realise they have no food in the fridge, nor do they have no plates or cutlery to eat with. This is why you need to plan ahead. You could pre-prepare meals so that you don’t have to put in any effort once you get there. This is also where labelling your boxes comes in handy so you know where all your cutlery and crockery is!

As you can see, it is easy to forget some of the important steps you need to take when you are moving to a new home. From taking out insurance to cover your home and contents to simply labelling the boxes while you are packaging, there is a lot to take into account. Nevertheless, if you follow all of the steps that have been provided, you can make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Interior Changes To Wake Up Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is often the heart of any home, and it will be the room that every family member heads to before they leave the house in the morning, and when they arrive home after a busy day. Therefore, your kitchen space needs to provide the best of both worlds and be a functional space with plenty of interior design charm. Any room that has a lot of foot traffic, and daily use, is likely to suffer a little (or a lot) wear and tear over time. Kitchen spaces can become run down and look tired, making them an uninviting environment for you and your family. Sometimes, kitchens are the last interior challenge you want to tackle because they may seem like a mammoth renovation. However, with a few decisive changes, you can freshen up the space, making it look as good as new.

There’s no need to start tearing out cupboards and knocking down walls; you just need a weekend or so, some help from your loved ones (offer to cook them dinner when it’s finished), and some great ideas. Therefore it’s time to write your list, get to your local DIY or hardware store, contact the right companies for specialist jobs, and roll up those sleeves to create the perfect kitchen in your home. Take a look at some ideas for your kitchen interior and create a space that you can’t wait to get back into, whether it’s to cook, relax, or catch up with those you love over great food.

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Tired Tiles

It’s often the tiles that are the first to go in a kitchen or bathroom environment; sometimes, it’s impossible to make the grout look clean and fresh, and chips, cracks, and stains create a tired and unpleasant interior. Therefore it’s worth investing in new tiles or replacing them with a glass splashback behind your sink and countertops. Companies like Art Form Living will give you plenty of inspiration, and you’ll be able to discover the colours and areas you can fill. You won’t have to worry about tired looking tiles anymore, and your kitchen interior will be given an instant boost.

Old Cupboards

Replacing every kitchen cupboard can be expensive and time-consuming; therefore, it could be time to give them a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some new handles. Painting tired and dark cabinets with a light colour will instantly make the space look bigger, and your kitchen will feel new. You can add designer touches by sourcing unique knobs or handles, and visitors will be asking when you had the refit done. Take a look at sites like Pinterest and get some inspiration and ideas on how to update those old looking doors.

Character, Colour, And Fun

Even though kitchens are primarily functional spaces to cook and store items; you can still add plenty of personality and fun. An interior with your favourite fresh flowers, a shelf with some vintage kitchen items or personal touches, or neat jars proudly on display, will never look neglected. Therefore, it’s worth thinking about what you can display and where to add the finishing touches to your dream culinary environment.

Feature Walls Just Got An Update: Add Character To Your Home

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Whatever period or era your house or apartment is, it can be a challenge to keep up with the current, and ever-changing interior trends. However, if you’ve managed to create a living space that feels fresh and comfortable; you’re already most of the way to reaching the ultimate interior design goal. The next thing on your list should be adding some character to a room so that your personality can really shine through. It’s important that your home feels cosy and unique, and ensuring that you’re surrounded by your taste and style choices is the best way to achieve both. A bland and uninspiring box is going to do little towards helping you unwind and relax, so it’s crucial that your focus turns to enrich your living space.

You might think that feature walls are only for those with fireplaces and chimney breast, but, that’s simply not the case. A feature wall can be anywhere and any size, depending on your living space and accommodation. It’s about drawing the eye to a particular part of the room and filling it with things that convey your personality so that there’s no doubt who resides in your home. Creating a feature wall is also a great way to test out some trends and ideas that you love the look of, without renovating the whole of an interior space. Therefore, when your taste change (and they will); you don’t have the mammoth task of redoing the whole of your lounge or living area. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who are ready to add their savvy design skills to their interior space and enliven a tired and under-loved wall in their home.

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You may have great family memories and photographs of friends scattered around your home; however, why not collate them and put them together in one space. Print off some more of your favourites from social media, grab some form old photo albums, and sort out your picture framing so that you have even more memories to display. Picture shelves are affordable and easy to pop up on your wall, and they give you the freedom to rearrange as you wish, and you can add and change photos without having to use a hammer and nails. Making the faces of your nearest and dearest a feature in your home is a great way to fill a space with character, fun, and great memories.

Wallpaper And Paint

Whether you’ve sourced some incredible vintage wallpaper, or have fallen in love with a particular colour; making them the focal point of a room is the perfect way to enjoy them. They can either become a background for some of your other decorative items or become a feature on their own.

Art And Ornaments

Your prints, paintings, and ornaments can be a mixture of sentimental and personal items, and interior accessories that complement the style of your space. Utilising fireplaces, picture shelving, or that teal colour you’ve just painted on the main wall of your lounge, is a great way to show off the items that will add even more interest to your home.

Home Renovations That Pay Off

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How often do you look at your home and see the improvements that can be made to it? When you have a house, it is a constant work in progress as you think up new ways that you can make the most of it. However, before you start knocking down any walls, there is another essential consideration to think about; whether or not what you are doing will add value to your property. Sure, you may not think that you want to sell your place now, but how about in the future?

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So, in this article, we are going to be looking at popular home renovations that add value to your property. While there are some that you can take care of yourself, others may require the support of professional home renovation builders like Stella Design & Construction. Once you have finished reading, hopefully, you can prioritise which job you would like to complete next.

Extra Insulation

While you may think that adding a new kitchen or bathroom is the home renovation that will give you the best return on your investment, in fact, it is adding attic insulation. It has been estimated that this relatively low-cost job will recoup over 100% of your spend when you go on to sell your house! Ultimately, it is a great investment regardless of whether you plan to sell or not as it will help to bring your heating bills down.

New Garage Door

Again, it may seem like a relatively small thing, but getting a new garage door can seriously improve the overall image and impression of your home. It should fit in with the overall look and style of your home, as well as providing convenience – which you get the most from an electric door. While we are on the subject of doors, your front door also plays a major role in how your house looks from the outside. You would be surprised by just how far a lick of paint will go! Finish off the job with a shiny new house number and letterbox for added effect.

Better Garden Landscaping

There is plenty that you can do to your outdoor space to improve its look and style. Essentially, landscaping involves properly dividing your garden up into zones. It is common to have a decked or patioed area where you can entertain guests, and separate sections which feature plants, flowers and vegetables. If you are in the process of trying to sell your property, you could opt for some ‘quick fixes’ such as adding some potted plants, hanging baskets etc.

Kitchen Remodel


And now we come onto a classic home renovation, but one that is still effectively nevertheless – a total kitchen remodel. After all, this is the room that is commonly known as the heart of the home, as well as the space which features the highest number of appliances that can be upgraded. In fact, even if you don’t want to go for a complete overhaul of your current kitchen, you can make everything look a lot better simply by refacing the cabinets or updating the finishes. If you are going to replace everything, make sure that you opt for appliances that are energy-efficient so that you save money on your monthly bills.

Bathroom Improvements

If it is not the kitchen, the other commonly renovated room of the house is the bathroom. Again, you can go down the path of an overall remodel or you can make some simple improvements that improve the look and functionality. For example, a replacement of features like the vanity and lighting can dramatically improve the appearance of your bathroom. If you are going for a total transformation, make sure that you hire someone who knows what they are doing and you also need to have a clear timeframe in mind to ensure that the job doesn’t drag out for an extended period of time.

New Windows

There are numerous advantages to be enjoyed from replacing the windows in your home. First of all, you can seriously improve the look of your home both outside and in. Secondly, you can also improve the energy efficiency by getting double glazing. Last but not least, you can also enhance your home resale prospects. If your main reason is the latter, it is worth bearing in mind that vinyl replacement windows are likely to give you a bigger return on your investment compared to wood windows.

Increased Square Footage

There are a couple of different ways that you can increase the square footage of your home. Perhaps you could look to utilise the space that you already have by utilising a basement, attic or garage. Otherwise, you could add an extension onto your property. Obviously, either one of these jobs is going to involve a lot of work and a big budget, so you need to carefully consider what you are going to use the space for. An extra bedroom, office, games room or home gym are just a few of the popular possibilities.

Install Appliances with Better Energy Efficiency

Just like with the insulation improvement that we mentioned at the start of the article, there are dual benefits involved in upgrading to high-efficiency appliances, water heaters and furnaces. As well as making the home seem more attractive to potential buyers, you are also reducing your current cost of living by bringing your bills down. There may even be some tax incentives involved – particularly if you utilise renewable energy sources.

Interior Paint

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The final home renovation that we are going to discuss is also the cheapest and easiest – a simple lick of paint. You can totally transform the look of any one of the rooms of your house, and you can do so over the course of a weekend!

So, there you have just a few home renovations that really pay off – both in terms of improving your current living situation and adding value to your property should you ever decide to sell in the future.

How to Renovate an Old Mouldy Bathroom

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We’ve all been there: the bedroom is light and airy, the kitchen is bigger than you could have expected and the living room has big double doors opening out onto a gorgeous garden. The only problem is the bathroom.

If you are looking at a repossessed property, it’s likely that you will be okay with the idea of putting some hard work in to make the bathroom as beautiful as the rest of the house. In fact, where most repossessed houses just need a mighty good scrub and a few cosmetic details, the bathroom is almost always in a bit of a sorry state and needs some real work going into it.

Why is it so mouldy in here?

Bathrooms are often allowed to go quite mouldy. Mostly this is because of the amount of steam that is allowed to settle in the room, causing mildew and staining the tiles or walls. One of the first things you should do is check for any leaks. There are a few clear signs like the sound of dripping or walls that are damp to the touch but many leaks can go unnoticed for a while before causing complete chaos just after the last new tile has been laid.

To be certain, acoustic leak detection is the perfect way to find hidden leaks. This method uses the subtle sounds made by the leak to detect exactly where it is, even when you can’t hear a thing. Once detected, you or your plumber will know exactly where the fix needs to be and can isolate that area, rather than have to break open the walls or floors to hunt it down.

What should I prioritise next?

Once you are happy that the plumbing is all fine, you should think about the fittings you would like to have. If you are planning to sell the property on, go for simple white standard fittings and make sure that the layout is sensible for people to move around in. However, if this is to be your home, you might like to do something a bit wilder (black bathrooms are popular in 2018 if you fancy an experiment!)

Tiles are the next consideration and, again, if you are planning to sell, simple white tiles on the floor and walls are probably the best solution. While you could use a waterproof carpet, tiles are much more efficient for cleaning up and won’t feel spongy underneath wet feet.

Which plants will do best in here?

Plants are a huge interior fashion trend right now and with good reason. They are the best air filter the world has to offer and the provide instant life and colour to every room. In the bathroom, plants like orchids will be very happy as the steam will be enough to keep them hydrated.

You could also think about adding succulents that also need very little care – just watch out for the spikes and don’t place them where anything delicate could get caught. Try putting trailing plants on high shelves to add some drama to the room too.

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