Tenants can determine if construction defects made their houses unlivable by contacting their landlord about the defects, and then taking legal action if the issues are not promptly addressed. Tenants should never be made to feel like they are living at the mercy of their landlord. In a healthy tenant-landlord relationship, the two work together to fix issues in the domicile. Tenants need to protect themselves if their landlord is not fair.

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It doesn’t matter how old you are – you might be any age between 18 and 30 (or beyond) – there has to be a time when you start living like a grown-up, even if you have to fake it till you make it. Many of us don’t feel like an adult at all – we still have that small child inside of us protesting about adult responsibilities – but there has to be a time when we put away those Peter Pan tendencies.

Now, don’t get us wrong. There is nothing wrong with acting your shoe size rather than your age once in a while. You can still have fun and still be an adult, without getting bogged down with too many grown-up concerns, but you do need to take some responsibility for your life. Living life as a grown-up will help you to stand on your own two feet, without the bank or fallback options of your mom and dad. Living life as a grown-up will benefit your future, so you might need to put some of your childish ways behind you. You don’t have to follow other people’s expectations of you, but you do need to be adult about the way you deal with life.

When living life as a grown-up, these are some of the things you might consider doing (if you haven’t already).

Consider buying a house. You can’t live with your parents forever. If you are an adult, and still under their roof, it might be time to leave the nest. And if you are still renting a place way past 35, know that you are ultimately wasting your money. Get a first-time buyer loan with a company such as VieFinancial, and get your first step on the property ladder. While you will have a mortgage to pay, at least you have a chance of paying it off without paying a landlord forever. Your own home is an investment that is yours to do what you want with, and that is one of the reasons why you should consider this grown-up step (if you haven’t already).

Start saving your money. Put aside those days of frivolous spending. When you were younger, you probably splashed your cash on every latest fashion that hit the stores. You may have thought nothing about spending your money on a weekend away with your mates. Especially when you lived at home with your parents, you might have had oodles of free money to spend, without pesky rent or bills to pay. But as a grown-up, you need to take care of your money. You won’t always have people to fall back on when you need a financial boost. Whether you live in rented or bought accommodation, there will still be those emergency situations that require savings. And there is your long-term future to think of too! For those luxury items you are desperate to own, and for your life post-retirement, having money set aside will give you what you need. In short, stop wasting your cash on things that don’t matter, and take on the grown-up responsibility of saving your money.

Be house proud. What we are trying to say, in as nice a way as possible, is this. Don’t be a slob! When you were younger, your parents probably cleaned up after you. Like magical housework fairies, your laundry was washed and put away, your dirty dishes were dealt with accordingly, and the house was arranged in a neat and tidy fashion. Should you now live alone, you might still be living as if somebody else will do your housework for you. Unless you have hired a cleaner, they won’t! Be responsible, and we say this even if you live with a house proud partner. Get on top of the housework, wash your dirty linen regularly, and treat your home like a palace rather than a place to scatter your goods about. As we have said before on this site, cleaning your home can transform your life, but above everything else, it is part of your duty as a grown-up!

Go to bed at a decent time. We don’t care how old you are; there is still reason to go to bed at a decent hour. Late nights partying or watching Netflix will catch up with you in the end. By hitting the pillow long past a sensible time, you will ruin your sleeping pattern, you will feel tired when you are at work, and you will ultimately hurt your health. Sure, you could get away with a few late nights when you were younger, especially if you had nothing to get up for the next day, but as an adult, this is a terrible habit to get into. Even if you don’t have a job to get up for, you should still get up at a reasonable hour and do something with your day, rather than wasting it with an extra hour or five in bed!

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Learn how to cook something healthy. When you were younger, your parents probably prepared every meal for you. Whether you liked the food you were given or not, you still had the luxury of something to eat that (we assume) was reasonably healthy. They probably advised you on what not to eat as well, such as warning you about all the candy you were scoffing between meals. After freeing yourself from their rules, demands, and free dinners, you may have fallen into bad habits. Without their nuisance reminders, you might be eating as many chocolate bars as you want throughout the day. You might be filling your shopping cart with foods that are bad for you. And you might be missing certain meals (such as your breakfast) altogether because you just can’t be bothered to prepare something for yourself. We are assuming all of these things, but if you have fallen into this habits, it’s time to be responsible. The grown-up thing to do is eat healthily, and that includes learning how to cook something that is good for you. You will be less reliant on unhealthy snacks and takeaway foods if you do, and you will save money to boot!

Isn’t it time you started living life as a grown-up? If anything has struck a nerve with you in this article, then yes you do! You can still have fun, and you can still be young at heart, but put into practice those things that will better your health and your future. In short, start living like a grown- up!

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Your house is easily one of the biggest investments that you are ever going to make, so if you want to make sure that you are able to sell it for a profit then there are a couple of things that you need to avoid.

Over Personalising Your Space

You want to make your house your own, but it helps to step away from the lime green paint now and again. Think to yourself, and think it through, because there aren’t many buyers who can see past a space that has been overly personalised. Realtors often advise homeowners to paint over anything bright and this includes white or even beige. You may also be tempted to use a quirky wallpaper and there isn’t anything wrong with this, but do make sure that you can take it down easily when the time does come for you to sell your space. After all, when a buyer walks into your home, the first impression that they have will have a huge impact on what they think of the space in general. If they are trying to work out if they can afford the house while contemplating why you have pink flamingo wallpaper then this can make things even more difficult. It also means that it will cost them much more to decorate the house as well, and if they are on a tight budget then this could mean that they are not able to put in the offer that you need.

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Converting the Garage

There is a difference between changing your garage into a gaming room and turning it into a gaming room on a permanent basis. When you have a temporary room, it is very easy for you to move things to one side so that you can park your car. A lot of people have tried to change their garages into another bedroom, a suite and so much more. The problem here is that they don’t consider the long-lasting effects of this and all of this can make it much more difficult for you to sell your home in the future. Buyers often enter a transaction with some level of expectation and when they are looking at a certain house at a certain price then there is a high chance that they will be expecting a garage. If your garage does not meet their model idea then this can really cause problems for you and it can even cause you to discount the house more than you’d like.

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Ripping down Walls

This rule does not apply to all, and in some instances there are walls that need to come out. If you want to knock down some walls without compromising the integrity of the home then you have to make sure that you talk with an architect before you go ahead with this. If you are going to rip out walls that are going to compromise the number of bedrooms that you have then this can cause you serious issues and you may even find that it knocks a ton of value off your house as well. A house that has three bedrooms is more likely to appeal to a family who have older children, but the same square footage with two bedrooms may appeal to younger kids. The problem here is that those who have younger children often have a reduced budget and this can make it very difficult for you to make a profit on your home.


There are two different types of DIYers. Those who have trade experience, and those who don’t. If you don’t actually have any DIY experience stay clear. The main reason for this is because it doesn’t matter how much Tommy Walsh you watch on YouTube, you’ll never be able to do the job as good as a professional and this can cause you a number of problems if you are not careful. This especially applies to things like cutting down trees. If you ever want to do anything like this then it helps to hire someone, such as the Sydney Tree Company. They will be able to get the job done easier, faster and more efficiently, not to mention that you won’t be compromising the value of your home as a result.

So there are plenty of ways that you can throw away everything that you have ever worked for, but you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to really turn things around as well. After all, it’s decisions like these that can either make or break your investment.

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If you have a property that is vacant, or if you have been to a property auction and you have gotten a great deal on a repossessed property then you will understand how much work needs to be done. You’ll need to give the property a good clean and you will also need to do everything you can to make sure that there is no excess dust either. With vacant or older properties, this tends to be a real problem and most of the time, the house isn’t maintained while it is sitting empty and this can cause even more work for you to deal with.

Home deep cleaning services are one of the most important for your home.

The First Steps

The first thing that you’ll need to do is make sure that the house is secure. You can do this by checking all of the windows, the doors and any other openings that are present. When you have done this, you can then go through and make sure that there are no panels loose on the side of the home. After all, the last thing you’ll want to do is clean up the home and get it ready to sell again, only to find that it has been broken into due to a security flaw. When you have secured the house, it’s time for you to change all of the locks and to get a backup key for all the doors. This is especially useful if you are going to have several people going in and out of the house at any one time.

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Start from the Outside

The next thing you’ll want to do is make sure that the outside of the property is cleaned up. This will help to stop the property from becoming a neighbourhood dumping ground. If you need a starting point then make sure that you mow the lawn and keep on top of it. You can then trim back any bushes, hedges and anything that is growing over the pathway. After all, it is very hard for you to move things in and out of the property when there are hazards underfoot, so this should always be your number one priority. It is entirely possible that there could be an abandoned car outside the property as well, so try and get this removed and also take care of any rubbish that might be present.

If you are having a hard time getting all of the junk and waste removed then you can hire someone to take care of that for you at this website. The team there can recycle your waste easier than ever before and they can also work with you to try and help you with any hazardous waste that you have as well.

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Working the Inside

When you have the outside of the house sorted, you can then move on to the inside, and you may even wish to hire a professional cleaning service, like Modern Maids Houston, to help with this. There may be damaged appliances and furniture in the house and it helps to get this removed before you start with anything else. You can even try and auction anything in the house that you may not want, such as televisions or pieces of wooden furniture. If the property is really old then you may need to get the carpets replaced and you may also need to repaint the walls as well. Before you do this, make sure that you vacuum up the old carpet and make it as clean as you can in terms of dust and debris. After all, pulling up an old carpet will release clouds of dust into the air, and the last thing you need is to have all of this made worse by surface dust as well.

If you know that you need to re-paint as well as re-carpet then consider getting the painting done before you lift out the old carpet. This will provide you with a level of protection when it comes to splashing paint. If the walls look good, simply give them a good wipe down with a cloth and some anti-bacterial spray. This will remove any surface stains with ease.

Talk with a Pest Exterminator

When you buy an older property, you may find that there are pests and this can cause you huge issues. They can eat through any wooden beams that you have and they can also cause you to experience structural issues as well. If you want to avoid this then consider having a pest exterminator look over the property for you. When you do this, you can be sure that the property is in good condition and you can also put an end to any pest problems before they get worse.

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Steaming is one of the best ways for you to clean an older home. The heat of the steam will kill any bacteria on contact, so if you are keeping the carpet then get it steam cleaned and do this to any kitchen counters as well. If you have curtains in the house or any fabric that you plan on keeping then a lot of steam cleaning services will take care of this for you as well and this is one of the best ways for you to make sure that you are cleaning the house to the highest possible level. When cleaning the house, make sure that you go over any skirting boards and that you replace the fridge if it is showing signs of mould. This can be a serious problem if the fridge has been left unplugged for a period of time with food in there, and in some instances it may be better for you to get a replacement than it would be for you to get it cleaned out.
When cleaning and steaming, try and clear behind the fridge to make sure that there are no signs of rats and debris. When you have all of this done, you can then go over the house and make it more homely with some air freshener, smelly candles and decoration. You may even be able to clean the grout in the bathroom by using some wire wool and cleaning solution, but if you can’t then you can easily get this chipped off and replaced.

All of these little tips should be more than enough to get you started when cleaning out your new property, and before you know it, it will be in tip-top condition!

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Homes get old over time. That’s how you know it’s a home. It looks “lived in”. You might start out by buying a place with your partner and then your family grows over the years as you start to have children. Of course, even if you plan for a house with enough bedrooms to house all the kids, you might not have planned for the fact that those kids would be constantly and rapidly growing. Time goes by, and the house almost seems to shrink as your family grows. The point is that there’s a difference between a house looking “lived in” and a house looking like a “dilapidated rundown wreck.”

Your house could be great if you’d only renovate. No home is ever truly lost. Think back to when you first moved into your property. Okay, your family might be bigger now, as mentioned in the paragraph above, but the space and potential of your property that first attracted you to the place hasn’t gone away. You’ve just filled up your home with possessions and your interior design has slowly worn away with time. If you really want your house to look as good as those showhomes you see for sale in local neighborhoods then here are some renovation tips that should help you.

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Clean and declutter.
To kick off your renovation, you need to clean and declutter your property. Don’t jump into big renovation projects before you’ve got to the root of the problem. The easiest way to do this is to tidy your home. You might find that a lot of the problems with your house’s aesthetic stem from a lack of cleanliness and excessive clutter. It’s time to get past your hoarder mentality and to cut the ties with things you no longer need. Go through the rooms in your house and pack up anything that you’ve been holding up to but is completely unnecessary in your current life. Giving your home a deep clean is important too. Get rid of all the dust collecting on surfaces or behind furnishings. The goal is to strip back every room to its bare essentials so that you can see where the actual problems lie with your home. Maybe certain rooms will look far better once clean but maybe others will have issues that we’ll address elsewhere in this article.

Cleaning and decluttering is also a chance to make some money. You don’t have to throw away all your unwanted possessions. You could set aside anything that still holds some value. Not all the clutter in your house will be broken or worn-out; some of it might simply have no use in your life anymore (or perhaps it was a waste of money in the first place and you never actually used it). You could hold a yard sale to make some money from the things you no longer need and avoid wasting items by simply disposing of them in a tip. The profit made from this yard sale could go towards renovating the rest of your household. It’s a win-win situation when you really think about it. And when it comes to items that you simply have to throw away because they’re beyond their better days, you might want to look into a rubbish collection service that can remove a huge amount of waste at a very low price. The goal is both make and save as much money as possible throughout this process. Cleaning and decluttering is only the first step of renovating your home so you don’t want it to be too time-consuming or costly.

Opt for minimalism and spaciousness.
Continuing from the previous point, a clean house is a happy house. This isn’t just helpful in terms of hygiene but in terms of improving your house’s aesthetic. Most importantly, decluttering will help you achieve a spacious household and that certainly has to be your end goal. When it comes to the way you layout your home and refresh its design, you always have to aim to strip back the design to the essentials. You don’t want to lose the things that make your house feel like a home, of course, but you should still be aiming to give it that “brand new” vibe.

If you want a bit of inspiration then you could repaint the walls to help make your home feel a little more minimalistic and spacious. A fresh coat of white paint will not only make your house feel newer but will also help to brighten up your house. Of course, you need neutral colors such as white because this will naturally reflect sunlight and help to make your home feel more spacious. Again, you’re aiming for that minimalistic feel. Putting up more mirrors around the house can help to give the illusion of larger rooms too.

Get creative with storage solutions.
The theme of spaciousness never dies. Obviously, no matter how much you declutter or strive to make your home feel more minimalistic, you can’t get rid of all your possessions. You’d be living in a sparse, cold, and uncomfortable household. This place still needs to feel like home and you’ll always need to hold onto essential household items. The goal is to strive for more creative storage solutions so that you don’t let rooms in the house become too cluttered. There might be far more potential for storage in your house than you currently realize. You just might not be utilizing that potential because you haven’t yet thought about it.

Think outside the box. You don’t have to let your children’s bedrooms become a mess. You could put up some more shelving units on their walls so that they have more space to store their precious toys and other possessions that usually find their home on the floor (we’ve all experienced the torture of stepping on a piece of Lego). You should also get beds for every room that are elevated enough to allow for storage underneath; you should be utilizing that space so that you have more room to walk about freely. Another smart storage solution for the house could be a storage space beneath the stairs for any items that are cluttering up the interior design of your humble abode.

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Create an eco-friendly environment.
You might not have expected to see this suggestion in a renovation guide but creating an eco-friendly household could improve it on all levels. Even if you’ve never really thought about saving the planet before, you should consider the amount of money you could save through an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. That money could go towards necessary renovations for the rest of your house; there’s no point in wasting money or other resources. Plus, as we’ve mentioned throughout the article, minimalism is always the goal. Reduce waste and your home will flourish. You should start by creating a more energy-efficient household in order to reduce utility bills. Insulated walls, double-glazed windows, and energy-efficient appliances are all a good place to start. The eco-friendly approach will make your home look and feel more modern too.

Your environmental mindset shouldn’t stop beyond the four walls of your house either. Remember that your outdoor space is still a part of your property. You should focus on your garden in order to improve your household. Sprucing up this outdoor space can add an extra dimension to your household, so you should transform this otherwise-neglected space into an “outdoor room” that you’ll want to enjoy more often. You could also grow your own fruit and vegetables so that you don’t have to consume as many mass-produced food products from your local shop. It’ll save you money, save the environment, and also make your back garden feel a little more vibrant. Don’t underestimate the power of renovating your home’s exterior as well as its interior.

Tend to wear and tear.
Of course, you can only do so much to spruce up a house if things are broken or worn-out. It’s time to tend to those shabby aspects of your home if they’re starting to affect the overall aesthetic. Repainting things always works a treat. Those faded kitchen cabinets could look brand new if you just gave them a new coat of paint. And, as mentioned earlier, repainting the walls can both brighten up a room and make it look brand new.

You should be aiming for a timeless look so that things don’t look so outdated and worn out in the future. Replace wallpaper with paint; colors never go out of fashion, unless they’re too wild and unmatched, but patterned wallpaper can become outdated, tattered, torn, and generally tacky. You should also update the flooring in your home if it’s looking a little shabby. You might want to https://www.localagentfinder.com.au/blog/top-ten-tips-to-increase-your-homes-value-before-selling/ and replace it with wooden or laminate flooring because carpets can become old and unattractive very quickly. Other types of flooring are easier to clean and keep looking good, however. Remember that your goal is timelessness; don’t let your home’s interior design go out of fashion. That’s the key to renovation.

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