If you’re a homeowner, you’re always worried that at any stage you might have to pay out for huge repair bills. A significant threat for many homeowners in the UK is the possibility of flood damage. Many low lying areas are hugely susceptible to flooding and if your property gets hit by a flood, repairs will end up costing a bucket load.
However, you needn’t despair if your property is in a high risk area, as there are a number of steps you can take in order to limit the extent of any flood damage.
The initial step to take before kitting your property out in anti-flood damage kit is to be aware of all means through which water can enter the property. Floodwater is tricky and can find its way into a property through a variety of routes, including: around and underneath closed doorways, backflow through sewerage pipes and seepage through cable holes and external walls.
It’s very important to buy and install flood products in advance, otherwise you won’t be able to prepare your property in time.
Flood boards are a cheap and effective way of preventing costly flood damage repairs. Purpose-built flood boards can be fastened onto external doors and windows when flooding is expected.
In cases of severe flooding, backflow can occur, so by fitting non-return valves to drains and pipes you will be able to prevent wastewater from flowing into a property during a flood.
Another effective way of preventing the spread of floodwater is by erecting barriers to prevent water flow. If your property is one of many at risk in the nearby area you can co-ordinate your flood defences with them, which should help to cut the costs.
If you need a quick and easy solution then sandbags are a good solution because they require very little preparation to be effective, however, they can often be difficult to find during times of emergency so you’ll want to stock up beforehand.
Our advice is to always be prepared if you property is in a high risk area. No matter how much preparation you put into protecting your property from a flood, there’s very little you can do to prevent flooding entirely, especially in very severe cases. However, by undertaking these preparatory measures, the costs of any flood damage repairs should be lessened significantly.
It is estimated that around 1.5 million homes in the UK alone experience problems with moths, and it’s an issue that is getting worse. With central heating, the moth life cycle has now become active all year around, and it seems that inner cities are the worst hit areas. Finding moths can cause significant distress. Problems range from disgust at moth larvae in rugs, horror at holes in expensive jumpers, worry about wool carpets to food moths in kitchen cupboards.
Here are some tips on how to stop carpet moths –
1. CLEAN – Move furniture away from edges of the rug/carpet and thoroughly vacuum (both sides if possible), paying particular attention to skirting boards and crevices
2. KILL – Use moth spray on the rug/carpet deep into the pile and on the underside if possible to kill any eggs and / or larvae – also consider foggers for severe moth infestations, producing an insecticide smoke that pests cannot avoid
3. MONITOR – Place moth traps close to affected areas to monitor for adult moths and to break the breeding cycle
4. REFRESH – Vacuum deep into edges regularly, keep moth traps current and replace every 3 to 6 months and consider respraying regularly – with warmer houses carpet moth damage and infestations are now a year-round problem. Prevention is better than cure.
A recent feature in early 2012 about Moth Prevention on the BBC’s THE ONE SHOW and several related discussions on BBC RADIO 2 over the past year highlight just how widespread the problem has become. Good luck, and happy moth-free living!
One of the easiest ways to give a whole bathroom a quick face lift is to change the wall coverings. There are plenty of options available to you but you do have to remember that bathroom wall coverings have to be able to withstand far more use and abuse than wall coverings in the other rooms of your home. Heat, moisture and frequent cleaning are all challenges that have to be met by a good bathroom wall covering. Here are just a few of the most commonly used ones.
Having your bathroom walls painted is a very simple way to change the look and feel of the room in just a few hours. Gloss and semi gloss paints work best in a bathroom setting as they repel water and are much easier to clean. On the downside though if your bathroom walls are a little lumpy and bumpy a gloss paint will accentuate all those imperfections.
Although there are a lot of gorgeous wallpapers available these days, most of them are not suitable for use in the bathroom. Vinyl wall coverings are a much better choice. There are still a great many design options available but these wall coverings are made to be moisture resistant and can be used in a bathroom and remain looking good for years.
Wallpaper borders are a different matter. Many of them are waterproof and a nice wallpaper border used in conjunction with paint is a bathroom décor accent that is easily added in a just a few hours.
Ceramic tile has been used in bathrooms for centuries. Ceramic tile is probably the perfect bathroom wall covering in terms of durability and ease of cleaning but covering all of the wall space with ceramic tile in a medium to large size bathroom can be a rather expensive undertaking. Using ceramic tile as an accent on painted bathroom walls is a less expensive alternative that can still look very striking.
Some people love the warm look wood panels on the wall can bring to a bathroom. Any wooden wall coverings in a bathroom – whether solid or plywood-backed veneers – must be coated with urethane or another water-resistant coating prior to installation though or they will be ruined by the moisture in the air in just a matter of months.
Glass block is growing in popularity for use in the bathroom and for very good reasons. Glass block has a very sleek, modern look and, being glass, obviously has the ability to transmit light while preserving privacy. It can be used for walls and windows as well, making it a very versatile bathroom choice.
The only downside? The cost; glass block could not be called a cheap bathroom wall covering so, if you are going to make the investment, spend a little more to have a good mason install them since even one slip by an amateur could up being a very costly mistake.
For those embarking upon a kitchen remodel there are many different counter top options available today. While granite is the hot trend right now wood kitchen counter tops are still an option well worth considering. Like any other counter top material wooden counter tops come with their own set of pros and cons to weigh up when deciding between wood and other counter top material choices. Here are some of them to keep in mind.
The Pros of Wood Kitchen Counter Tops
Adaptability – Most wooden counter tops will blend in with almost any color scheme or kitchen décor and can be used to create a very rustic feel in the kitchen or as butcher block counter tops to give the space a professional restaurant style feel.
Hygienic – Wood counter tops are considered to be naturally more sanitary than other kitchen counter top options because of their inherent, built in protection against all kinds of nasty bacteria.
Easy to Fix – Bumps and dents can usually be sanded out of wooden kitchen counter tops fairly easily, meaning that such kitchen accidents are not the disaster they may be if they occur with other counter top materials.
The Cons of Wood Kitchen Counter Tops
Moisture Problems – Wood counter tops are prone to moisture damage if they are not sealed properly before they are installed. They also have to be cleaned with great care, avoiding the use of bleaches or other harsh chemicals.
There are many creative ways to use lights and lighting effects in your home, some more popular than other and some more tasteful than others too. Windows from Virginia Beach roofers are a great way to let natural light into your home.
But what if you are thinking about installing some mood lighting or ambient lighting in your home? What might you need to know before you buy and what kind of lights are out there to help you achieve the desired effect?
Many houses here in the UK have transitioned towards ceiling downlights and spotlights in many rooms around the home. Although these lights give a modern and generally wide covering of light at floor level, depending on your ceiling height and the size of your room could mean costly things for your bank account when you start to think about installing spotlights.
Requiring light bulb holders some spotlights also require individual drivers to power the bulbs making each spotlight fitting cost around £100 when all is said and done, yet to cover a room which is about 10 foot by 10 foot you will need at least 8 if not 10 ceiling spotlights spread over 2ft away from each other (check this app to see if you have enough bulbs to light a room).
For the same room, you might only need two uplighters to cast enough light at the ceiling, hence spotlights do look great in some houses but can be an costly form of light fixture so be sure that you are happy with this style for many years to come – swapping out the present spotlight bulbs with LED spotlight bulbs is one way which over time you can begin to recoup the cost of installing this style of light fixture.
When it comes to choosing between table or floor lights the question and debate really lies in the decorators’ preference as well as existing features of a room. Floor standing lamps can take up a bit of room and as such don’t provide a surface to put thing on which a table lamps table might. As well, floor standing lights can have a variety of bases which may make them unstable on thick shag piles and carpets. Table lamps are often cheaper than floor standing lights and the variety of designs can create some outstanding home improvements and desired looks to a room.
Again using LED bulbs in either table or a floor light is fine as the bulbs you buy to fit should be direct fitments for the base type of the lamp in question often E14 in table lights or E27/ B22 fitting for floor lights.
Now you know more about the type of lighting you can use in your home its time to start shopping around and getting an idea of the style of light fixtures you want, then it’s a simple case of swapping over to LED light bulbs to save even more money over the life of your new stylish addition.
Feng Shui can be applied to many rooms and spaces in the home but one of the places many of the ancient art’s professional practitioners feel it is most important that its principles be followed is in your home office space.
According to Feng Shui masters the home office and working in it efficiently presents two major challenges; firstly, the ability to separate work from home and secondly, the lack ofbusiness social interaction. They believe, however, that by implementing a few essential Feng Shui techniques – some of which may involve a little home remodeling – you really can create a space that is a joy to work in.
The ideal situation from a Feng Shui point of view is for your home office to have a totally separate entrance from the rest of the home. This can be achieved if you have a walk out basement that can be remodeled for the purposes of use as a home office or just by designating that a back door be used only to enter the workspace. If neither option is a possibility pick the space that is furthest away from the rest of the home as possible. A garage conversion may a perfect solution as well.
In Feng Shui the placement of certain large items of furniture like a bed in a commanding position is considered very important and that is absolutely true of the desk in a home office space as well. This means you should not have your back to the door; your desk is positioned further from the door and not in line with it and that the desk is not pushed against a wall. If the last instruction is impossible you can hang a mirror on the wall above the desk to, in Feng Shui terms at least, make the wall disappear.
This is not really just a Feng Shui tip but a general one too. If your body and mind are deprived of light and oxygen the space will become depressing, unhealthy and certainly not conducive to doing a good day’s work.
Make sure your home office has good lighting design, with both task and accent lighting present and that it is well ventilated, either by opining a window or adding an air conditioner or ceiling fan for relief on stuffy humid days.
Clutter is the enemy in Feng Shui as it blocks the flow of good chi – but it should be your foe in life anyway, especially in a home office space.
Set aside ten minutes at the end of your working day to declutter your desk so that you will be coming back to a clean, clear work space in the morning. Once a month set aside an hour or so to declutter your storage cabinets and desk drawers, because chances are that is exactly where you have been stuffing things away every night for weeks!
It is interesting to note that besides spending a huge amount of money on buying a property, another sum is needed to be saved on renovations so that you can construct the ideal home for your family. Renovation cost is also high these days and care has to be taken to ensure that money is readily available to be spent on interior designs and renovations. And by ‘paying yourself first’ we mean establish an automatic withdrawal on payday for a certain amount of money from your chequing account into your new savings account. This way you are not relying on your schedule and memory to put money aside into your savings account periodically to help pay for those home improvement projects you want to get done.
Just as you have your mortgage paid directly from your bank account, by having funds automatically transferred to a new or existing savings account in no time you will be amazed home much money you have saved. Over a short period of time you will not miss the money you have automatically transferred to your savings account and will find yourself adjusting your frivolous spending as the money won’t be in your main day-to-day chequing account.
And, while it might not seem like a lot, savings accounts tend to provide you with at least some interest to add to your savings compared to chequing accounts which frequently provide no interest on its balances. Unless you are independently wealthy, you cannot spend money on anything you want, especially on home improvement or renovation projects which can be costly and full of unexpected surprises.
Make a list of all the different small and large ways you would like to improve your home. New flooring? New garden and trees? New windows? New roof? Custom kitchen? Custom deck or patio out back? The list of possible ways to improve your home are endless … or so its seems. So, make a list of how you want to renovate or improve your home over the next 12 months. Make another list of improvement projects you want to see completed over the next two to three years; over the next 5 years. For each item put a realistic estimate of how much each will cost. Go out and obtain estimates if this will help.
Then prioritize those initiatives you want to get done first. This will help guide you on how much money you need to save over the next year, the next two three years and the next five years. Unless you know how much you need to save for your high priority projects, how will you know when you get there …. how will you know when you have saved enough? Savings accounts help you save money for small and medium sized home improvement projects. What about your large expensive home reno projects such as new windows, a new roof, and more?
Such costly expenditures can take quite a while to save. Where you have long range home improvement plans, consider periodically taking money out of your savings account and locking it away in a fixed rate cash isa. These longer term savings vehicles provide more interest than savings accounts to help you reach your target savings goal for your home renovation project faster. The rate will not go down, hence the term ‘fixed rate’, so you know how much interest you will earn over the term. And, by locking away your savings in these longer term savings accounts you will not be tempted to use it for something other than your high priority long term savings goals.
Any journey starts with the first step. Start now. Work on your plan, on your prioritizing efforts this weekend. Then take action to start saving more of your money to have your goals met sooner. Once you get started, especially with an automatic savings plan, you will be surprised how soon you will have saved money to start your high priority home improvement projects.
Whether you are looking to sell your home or just looking to enhance the decorative layout, a simple makeover can make a big difference. Your main goal is to complete your home’s makeover while saving a little money in the process. You can do the job yourself or hire someone else to do the job for you. Here are a few tips that you can consider when it comes to doing a makeover on your home.
One way to make your home stand out is installing new windows. You can give your home a unique decor with the installation of a Champion bay window. Although bay windows can be installed anywhere in the home, the best places would probably be the kitchen or living room. Bow windows are other choices that you can consider. However, when it comes to installing windows in a home, it is better to hire a professional to do the job for you.
Aside from bay and bow windows, you can also place garden windows within your home. Garden windows are excellent for those who like a little greenery in their home’s decor. You can place your plants next to the garden window so that they can get sufficient sunlight during the day. Light fixtures are other alternatives that you can consider for your home’s makeover. You have a wide variety of lights that you can choose from for your home, such as recessed lighting, sconces and ceiling lights.
If you are on a tight budget, you can still give your home a makeover. A simple paint job can accentuate your home’s layout the way you have always wanted. You can begin in your living room, and then make your way through the rest of your home. Make sure to get a sense of your home’s layout before you begin to paint your home. By doing this, you are certain to get the perfect color that can complement your home’s decor.
Our Home is the single most important asset and therefore there are efforts by many families to decorate its interiors and feature walls. The furniture is customary to use as interior of the little home improvement. Here are some tips for interior designers to keep in mind while decorating a room. When an interior designer to decorate a room, it is proposed to a few different styles of furniture to make the room look more alive. A room that only one style of furniture is to give the space a feeling boring and maybe not worth investing any time, effort and money for the beauty of the room.
There are many elements that are used for interior decoration. When placing furniture in a room, most of the time a suit in a stunning wall mirror the look and matching furniture, making the room a quick glance to make.
If we think reflect great wall to be placed on the wall, you will face a variety of beautiful designs. Many wall mirrors made with wooden frames and the wall of mirrors made of structural steel, but the most elegant wall mirror is from the famous Venetian wall mirrors.
Venetian mirrors made in Venice are not the only product that has the world of interior design. While focusing on the Venetian wall mirror, it may be useful to search for additional items manufactured in Venice too. In addition to the famous Venetian wall mirrors, picture frames Venice, Venetian Venetian tissue boxes small boxes (ideal for bathrooms) and many more fine products produced in Venice decorate a room in which the largest.
Besides the beauty of the product has to offer, one of the main keys to decorating a room looking beautiful all the furniture and decorations are presented. Often, expensive furniture and beautiful, but the layout is poor and not much attention has been invested, it often ends in a waste of time and effort and can be disappointing.
Another good thing to keep in mind, regardless of color or style furniture in your room, Venetian mirrors always right person within So when decorating your room or office, it is useful to Venetian mirrors much of the interior and you gives a rich appearance and decoration for your room and give your room a touch finish and improved.
Rustic house is all about nature. They are favorites of outdoor enthusiasts, and often better than those of humans, many animals found in the neighbor remote areas. Even a rustic house is known, “Mountain Home” natural, casual clothing to feel with a particular architectural style, but have many different styles not awarded to them. They tend to the environment, despite the fact that, due to their unique facades of these houses are often easier to detect to imitate. Unlike many other houses are not painted a rustic cottage. They are usually in their design and color of the wood. Wood beam ceilings and a huge fireplace in the house of the fisherman’s dream, a common element.
Of course, unpainted wood is very common in the interior features. Hardwood floors, doors, ceiling, transportation, and are usually found in cast iron and use their beauty to the distinctive appearance of the wood is Knotty. It is in every room of every house, each board offers a unique look all its own.
In the past modest homes (think Abe Lincoln Log Cabin-style) as possible with the fact that some institutions, but now the landlord wants a simple house can be as much a modern, state-of-the-art technology. Mother of the middle of a tree, eco-friendly design is not disturbed, will it still fall into simple categories.
Simple forms of a general nature about the fine details of Appeals for the low-high. Hitch beads and other forms of scalloping the place in a modest house seems to exaggerate. Instead, the molded wood frame home with this function, smooth and strongly held. Fancy a traditional, rustic home, and an exclusive jet is not well in the alley. You do not have a built-in garage or basketball. Other selling points such as houses and all the sophisticated extras in a traditional, rustic houses exist. They are proud and beautiful in an unfinished appearance near the lake or nestled in a quiet, wooded area, please look in nature. Your floor plans often skis, fishing equipment, four wheelers fitted shelving to accommodate the active outdoorsman. Furthermore, fell into the evening with family and friends and has a large living-porch. This assumption is not a bluff. You learn more about your family and features for the representation and the image is less. They work with nature and animal lover “unmanicured” combines beauty and well being.
Decorating your partitions is less complicated than ever because of the myriad of selections available. Trendy wall décor trends have turn out to be more about visual factors of interest and fewer about filling space. Current day interior design trends combine operate with style. You can dress up your plain, lifeless partitions with stickers, paintings, tiles, cabinets or virtually anything that may be held on a wall. Your choices are limited only by how a lot space you need to work with.
One of the simplest ways to add flair to an empty wall is with colors. Modern tendencies are geared toward muted tones like sage-green, mild-wine and pumpkin-orange. Excessive-finish designers use black and white as base shades for enjoying with other colours in a room. Many inside design fans also paint complicated murals to carry a visual story into a room. This feature makes it simple to play off the number of colours on the wall.
Using stencils as a substitute of wallpaper is a modern option to carry multiple colours to a room with out having to spend money on artwork. You may as well use stickers in place of framed pictures. One other trendy design concept is utilizing ceramic tiles to decorate a number of walls in a room. Tiles come in an enormous collection of colours, patterns and even textures. Filling a wall with tiles will carry a pop of color to a room in a recent and distinctive way.
In relation to trendy wall décor, virtually something goes. Trends vary from minimalist and bohemian to complex and baroque. Simple trendy wall décor includes glossy, black and white images mounted on black frames, abstract sculptures, and bold art deco. More ornate designs encompass grouped items that embellish an entire wall. Unframed canvases are also standard selections with modern designers.
You’ll be able to beautify your wall in a recent fashion by choosing practical pieces as well. Probably the most common trends in modern design is the dice shelf. You possibly can fill these bins with anything that creates visual appeal. Massive, monochromatic clocks are additionally fashionable selections that create interesting focal points. Unframed or oddly formed mirrors are ideal for a up to date look as well. Mirrors add dimension and cleanness to a room, which is aesthetically pleasing to most modernistic designers.
Plain, drab partitions now not need to exist in any home. With all the choices obtainable for distinctive and attention-grabbing trendy décor, every wall can appear like it was designed by a professional. A rigorously coordinated wall can beautify a cherished living house, create composition, and unify a whole room. Fashionable wall décor tendencies converse to individuals of all ages. No matter your preferences, you can find an thrilling assortment to characterize your style.
For most properties in Singapore, the kitchen is the most used part as cooking is done everyday. Therefore, there will be times where kitchen needs to be renovated. In the case of kitchen reworking, there are various homeowners who wonder why they need to even bother. If you’re one of those homeowners, it’s possible you’ll want to take the time to familiarize your self with the most typical indicators that you just need or could benefit from having your kitchen remodeled. If any of the situations, talked about down beneath, applies to you in, anyway, it could be time for you to begin your next house enchancment venture; a kitchen reworking project.
Perhaps, the most obvious signal that you’ll want to rework your kitchen is whether it is falling aside in anyway. To many householders, falling aside means various things, but, in essence, it means in case your kitchen seems as whether it is in extremely poor quality. In the event you notice holes in your walls or ceiling, kitchen cupboards that are not properly working, kitchen counters which have massive gashes in them, or bumps in your kitchen floor tiles, it may be time to rework your kitchen. When a kitchen has one thing fallacious with it, you should not solely be involved with the looks of it, but also the safety. That is why it is important that you simply, a minimum of, repair any problems in your kitchen, even in the event you don’t plan on doing a large remodeling project.
As beforehand mentioned, another one the numerous signs that you could be must have your kitchen remodeled is in the event you want a change. As much as many owners love their houses, it can get fairly boring to take a look at the same factor, every single day. A kitchen transforming venture is the best way to boost your life, in addition to your home. For those who wouldn’t have the time, the expertise, or the money wanted to transform your entire kitchen, chances are you’ll wish to simply give attention to a particular part of it, comparable to your cabinets and so on.
Cash is one other sign that you may want or need to transform your kitchen. Choosing to remodel your kitchen isn’t just a huge decision, it’s an expensive one. Though many owners must have their kitchens reworked, there are a lot of who can not afford to do so. In case you have the money, you might be urged to rework your kitchen when you have the possibility, particularly in case your kitchen is at the moment in unhealthy shape.
Whether or not you lately came into some money or saved with the hopes of being able to afford a kitchen reworking project, it is best to get started while you still have the chance. Sadly, money is sometimes onerous to hang on to. That is why in case your intention was to transform your kitchen, just remember to keep on with your initially intention; you’ll be able to benefit a lot of ways from doing so.
Although the above mentioned factors might apply to you, you may still be questioning whether or not you should really transform your kitchen. Perhaps, it is best that you take time to consider your decision. The choice to rework your kitchen is a big one; it is one which shouldn’t be made on an impulse.
It takes a very small time commitment to make some dramatic kitchen renovations. The entire mood or style of the room can be altered over a weekend. It is amazing what new drapes, a couple of gallons of paint and new flooring can do for a space.
The best way to make a quick dramatic change is to paint the walls and/or ceiling. Many people paint their kitchens yellow. It is very cheerful and can make a small room feel a lot bigger. Red is also a popular color for eating spaces as it stimulates the appetite.
Most people can replace a small kitchen floor in two days. Before you lay down most new flooring, you need to prepare the old surface to accept the new material. This usually involves removing all the old flooring until you get to the subfloor. With specialized tools to install wood and ceramic tile floors their installation is pretty straightforward with a few easy steps.
Of all the available materials, vinyl floors are the fastest and easiest to install. Sheets of vinyl or adhesive-backed, individual squares are easy to cut, shape around obstacles and glue into place. Vinyl flooring is also one of the few types of floor coverings that does not require a complete removal of an old flooring in order to be installed.
Putting up new curtains or miniature blinds can very quickly alter the style of any room. Make them yourself using patterns from the internet or purchase them from a store, you can easily replace curtains for a dramatic new look. Custom made draperies can be ordered from most major department stores. To get the privacy of curtains while still being able to let in natural light, you can hang miniature blinds in your windows. Miniature blinds are fully adjustable for maximum privacy or maximum sun exposure and come in a wide variety of colors, textures and styles to give you the perfect style upgrade.
Many kitchen renovations can be performed in only a couple of days. Painting the ceiling and/or walls is the fastest way to make the most dramatic change in a room. A new floor can make a space feel cleaner and more modern. New window treatments can quickly alter the style of a room. Within two days you can have a completely different looking kitchen.
Another important project is replacing your existing countertop. There are now so many different kinds and styles of countertops that it can be confusing. Some of the most popular are laminate, granite and cesarstone. Laminate countertops are usually the most affordable and are very easy to maintain when compared to granite which needs to be cleaned and sealed at least once a year.
Have you ever thought of buying a home? There is no doubt that purchasing a home is one of the numerous dreams on every person bucket list. People have different priorities when it comes to purchasing home. The home buying process has been complex over the years. You will come across many people who have different opinions on purchasing home. In such situations, you should only listen to people with grounded advice.
People who have bought a home recently might have important details on the complex home buying process. Also, people who have been working in the real estate sector might be of great help when you are purchasing your dream home. Away from that, you can seek guidance from any person who has worked in home improvement for many years. All these people will provide solid recommendations.
How can you tell you have found your perfect home? Nowadays, many people say they will just know. We have compiled some of the essential factors you should consider when purchasing your dream home. Without further ado, let’s take a close look.
Location of the house
You can agree with me that indeed you would want a location that allows easy access to the essential social services. You should consider shopping, recreation, and schools. Also, you should not forget about the traffic flow. When you check all these factors, you will have saved yourself from hassles. You don’t need to get out of your neighborhood when you need all these services.
In addition, it is important to consider purchasing a home within the neighborhood. Most people prefer a home located near the main entry. Others would like a home far away from traffic. Moreover, you should purchase a home near the pool or recreation area in case the neighborhood has all these facilities. Before consulting a realtor, you should write down all your preferences.
Size of the lot
Do you know that many people ignore the size of the lot the house sits on? This can be the biggest mistake when purchasing a home. It is good to know that most lots in a neighborhood are very similar. You should know your preference before going to showings. This will enable you to make an intact decision on whether you want a large, medium or small lot. You will come across rectangular, pie-shaped, and irregular lots. You can choose either of the shapes depending on how you will use the lawn and your preferred level of privacy.
It is advisable to ask your realtor any question if you want to know where one lot ends and another begins. What if you come across a house with two lots? In that case, you can think about the possibilities. You can add an extra garage in the second lot.
Number of bedrooms
People have different ideas when it comes to how many bedrooms they would want. If you don’t have a family, you can choose a two-bedroom house. In case you have a family, then it would be better if you purchase a house with more bedrooms. While some parents prefers their kids to share bedrooms, others like each kid to have a separate room. Do you have regular visitors? You should have a bedroom designated for your friends if you have a constant flow of visitors.
In most cases, extra bedrooms are designed as a kid’s playroom or even office. If your family members have different hobbies, then you will have to look for a larger working space. All in all, you should think carefully about your lifestyle.
Number of bathrooms
How many bathrooms would you prefer? You need to decide ahead of time. Most old homes are designed with only one bathroom. This means that buyers must look for ways to add another bathroom. If the arrangement is not applicable, be ready to live with only one bathroom. Generally, most new homes have been built with more than two bathrooms. You should also look at the size of the bathroom. Do you prefer Jacuzzi tubs or shower stall? You should consider a spacious bathroom in that case. In addition, you should know your family’s taste. The style of the bathroom should go hand in hand with their taste.
You can attest that kitchen is the heart of every home. Great families and friends prefer gathering in the kitchen. Friends prefer hanging out in the kitchen whenever they arrive. Kitchen has emerged as a source of entertainment. That’s why it is important to look at the size and layout of your kitchen. You should make it clear to your realtor whether you need a large kitchen that can accommodate more friends and family members.
Age and style of home appliances
Nowadays, it is very costly to replace home appliances. Always take your time when estimating the age of your home appliances. You should check the appliances that provide convenience.
All in all, you should put in a lot of time when buying a home. You can seek support from your realtor.
For most people who have sold their property, it can be one of the most stressful life experiences they have experienced, leaving many people to disappear. We’ve all heard horror stories where buyers either pulled out at the last minute or dropped their price at the very last minute, leaving the seller in a situation where they might be forced to take a substantial price drop. Now, all of this can be avoided if you deal with the right people who actually want to, and more can buy your property at the price you want. Now, it may not be the easiest thing to find the right people, but if you follow my steps, you will avoid making the most of the common mistakes that many home sellers make.
Don’t overprice yourself out of the market
One of the most difficult things we face as a homeowner trying to sell our property is to get away from home. In many cases, sellers have often experienced invaluable life, family experiences throughout their years living at home that tend to cloud their judgment when it comes to selling it. This usually leads home sellers to turn down perfectly good offers made as they believe their home is worth a lot more than it is. Tip Never sign a sole sale agreement
If you plan to sell your property conventionally through a real estate agent, you may come across one of those agreements that most agents would gladly have you sign. I warn you, this does virtually nothing for you as a seller, but it gives the agent all the power they need. Basically, for those who don’t know if you, as a seller, have signed a sole sale agreement, your estate agent would be the only one with the right to sell your home. If you find a buyer yourself, you will still have to pay an agent commission.
Don’t let your emotions get the better of you
Over a long time ago, my business partner told me that selling and buying property, whether you want to live in it or rent it out, is just a simple business transaction. People often let their emotions get involved and all common sense goes out of the window, once you take full control of yourself and look at the sale of your home as a business sale, you will find that your actions are more misleading and accurate.
Make sure that your listings look great
It’s amazing how many listings there are of fuzzy photographs, unattractive photos, or little to no description. Make sure that your MLS listings highlight the most attractive features of the house in the best light, using the right angles. If possible, use Photoshop to remove unwanted items inside and outside for a clutter-free look. With a few clicks, you can turn the dark sky into a sunny day.
Use a professional sign
Avoid using cheap, “For Sale” signs that you can buy from any hardware store. They are unrecognizable and unprofessional-looking. Instead, make your signs professionally and make sure you get a solid metal framed sign that comes with a flyer holder. This allows you to place a small flyer in the right sign for the property. Even if you’re not there, people can drop by and take out a flyer to take home with them.
Make the flyer outstanding
Make sure your flyer is full-color and includes high-resolution photos of the interior of your home. If you want your property to be sold, keep the copy interesting, and outline all the benefits of your home. Allow your tenants or potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the property truly. Don’t be afraid to invite people to “imagine sitting on the deck of this wonderful Victorian home …” In other words, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through when writing your brochure.
Get to know your market
Prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of properties sold in your area, including currently listed properties. Find out what the price of other similar houses, and price your house within that range.
Determine your minimum price
Very few homes sell at the asking price, so keep in mind the lowest price you are willing to accept and be prepared to negotiate with any buyer who makes a reasonable offer.
You need to have the right mind when entertaining offers on your property. While you’ve invested a lot in the property, both financially and emotionally, it’s a saleable thing now. Determine the price you’re going to list as well as the bottom line you’re willing to accept. Negotiate in good faith, but stick to the figures. If the buyer criticizes a part of the property, and all of them do, don’t be offended. The buyer is not intentionally insulting you, just trying to notice what they do or don’t like when they make a purchase decision.
If you plan to remodel a bathroom for your guests to use during visits, then don’t worry about investing a lot of time and money into the “project bathroom.” With some careful planning, you can create a warm and inviting space without blowing your budget.
The design of your project will depend on how much time and money you have to remodel a bathroom. If you don’t have the time or money for a complete overhaul of the existing room, then a quick makeover may be your answer. Painting the walls, ceiling, doors and trim is absolutely the cheapest way to give any room a fresh look and feel. You can also use fabrics, in the form window treatments and shower curtains, to add splashes of color to contrast your new paint. If you want to create the illusion of more space, choose soft colors that reflect light, as well as some nice bathroom wall mirrors. To add splashes of color, opt for bath mats and accessories in warm or bold shades.
Small bathrooms can be difficult to decorate, but homey touches can go a long way. If you have the space, try adding a few potted plants. They can hide the more drab aspects of the room and provide a point of interest. The greenery will also help create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. If you want new bathroom furniture but can’t fit it into your budget, then try remodeling cabinet components or the vanity yourself. A quick trip to the hardware store is all you need. Some paint stripper, a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint is all it takes to give your furniture a brand new look.
A new floor is an inexpensive way to create a beautiful look for small bathrooms. Tile floors don’t have to cost much if you do some careful shopping and install them yourself. Even when you select a more costly tile, you’re still getting good value for your money because it holds up well to wear and looks attractive for many years. Most people choose neutral colors, but you can make a plain pattern more interesting by setting square tiles diagonally to create a diamond pattern instead of a classic checkerboard. Use tiles of bolder color for accent pieces that match the other accessories in the guest bath.
There’s no need to panic if you’re expecting house guests and don’t have much time or money to redecorate. A few chores will give your guest bath an updated feel without a lot of work. By choosing the right colors for paint and accessories and refinishing your existing furniture and fixtures, you’ll create a space your guests will be able to relax in comfortably.
Midtown Modern is a new improvement placed right on the heart of Bugis Tan Quee Lan road by means of Guocoland. The web page become secured with the aid of Guocoland below the present day government land sales soft in which the top bid of $800.19 million was submitted by using Guocoland. The tender represents developer’s self belief in right placed plots of land and Midtown current is right on top of Bugis MRT Station. Midtown Modern Tan Quee Lan Street with its region represents an possibility for Guocoland to developer their signature development in an ideal place. Midtown Modern contemporary is a notably trendy residential development as it’s far placed proper on the heart of Downtown Bugis. The improvement is placed close to to many transportation options close by and is at once linked to Bugis MRT Station. District 07 is the following up and coming district that represents a worldly vicinity whereby many affluent individuals accumulate after their work and it is a strategic place that is positioned on the center metropolis centre. Midtown Modern cutting-edge appeals to proprietors who would like to live inside the core city centre and yet gives a historic touch to the facilities nearby.
Midtown Modern current represents a handy region to live at as it’s miles positioned close to to many amenities consisting of entertainment, consuming, buying and lots of greater. the benefit of Bugis to all this amenities is exceptional as Midtown Modern is just a few mins stroll or a quick drive to these industrial outlets. Midtown modern-day is likewise positioned right subsequent to the most famous purchasing centres in Bugis which might be Bugis Junction and Bugis+ which can be popular the various office crowd as well as weekend customers.
Midtown Modern Located at Tan Quee Lan Street Singapore
Midtown Modern contemporary Tan Quee Lan Streetavenue is also placed close to to many thematic cafes and eateries around the Bugis vicinity. Bugis is understood to function many circle of relatives owned eating places placed alongside the conservatory shophouses that provide a laid again experience as diners experience their dinner over a extra comfortable surroundings and provide an alternative eating experience. these meals choices are littered throughout Bugis and your family can get their dinner in place of cooking at domestic if you dont experience like doing so.
Midtown Modern Bugis is also placed next to the important enterprise District and represents extraordinary convenience for citizens who paintings in Raffles vicinity, The Myst Marina Bay and city call. The development is seamlessly linked to these elements of Singapore thru public delivery which include buses along Bugis and Bugis MRT Station. which means Midtown Modern may be a incredibly favorite region for apartment as expats and workplace employees may be looking to rent this unique plot of land next to Bugis MRT Station.
Midtown Modern Located at Downtown Bugis Singapore
Midtown Modern condominium represents a signature development in Downtown Bugis that is particularly favorite in the middle metropolis centre. No different traits in the location comes even close to this iconic development as it’s far without delay related to Bugis MRT Station. destiny residents might be to be had to journey to other components of Singapore such as metropolis hall or Tanjong Pagar thru the present East-West Line that is positioned right beneath Midtown Modern Guocoland. There also are a huge variety of buses alongside Victoria avenue, Rocher road, North Bridge avenue and Tan Quee Lan road making the development without delay linked.
For Midtown Modern proprietors who are riding as opposed to taking public shipping from Bugis Tan Quee Lan avenue, the development is likewise positioned near to Central expressway (CTE) in addition to East Coast Parkway (ECP). journeying to Toa Payoh, Jurong and Changi Airport is consequently very handy with a extensive variety of delivery nodes to be had.
With an super transportation system that takes you everywhere in Singapore, Midtown Modern Guocoland condominium could be one of the maximum exceedingly sough after traits as it links to other locations in Singapore directly. It represents a centrally positioned development inside the coronary heart of the middle town centre Bugis that is famous a number of the workplace crowd and teens alike.
One element for Midtown Modern location to be aware that for a development to be positioned close to to schools is continually a plus factor is one is seeking out a development for personal stay. this is one of the predominant matters that attract buyers in addition to proximity to faculties intended that there’s alot of comfort. District 07 is a mature estate and Bugis is famous for a number of the correct faculties which can be placed around the place as it’s miles mature estate and there also are many global faculties located near to Midtown Modern condo as well. some of these schools are notably well-known as they may be acknowledged to produce college students with high instructional excellence making it a incredibly favourite place for home stayers.
Midtown Modern Guocoland Next to Schools and Educational Institutions
Many of those colleges are located subsequent to Midtown Modern Tan Quee Lan avenue and having access to to those colleges are a trifling short while stroll or 5 minutes power away. Lesser time is therefore needed to take your children to school and the youngsters could have extra rest or reach domestic early and have greater activities. The dad and mom additionally do not must rush home everyday from work and timings can be a chunk more flexible.
Some of the schools which are placed next to Midtown Modern cutting-edge Bugis include the beneath
Anglo-chinese language college (Junior)
St. Margaret`S primary school
Stamford primary college
Queensfield worldwide business college Pte Ltd
Farrer Park number one college
Jcs eastern Language college
The range of faculties which might be placed in the mature city of Bugis consequently are aplenty and represents a ideal location to name domestic. Midtown Modern rental is also located close to to many preschool and enrichment centres and consequently represents a perfect location to stay. For owners who’re looking for tertiary training round Bugis, Singapore management college (SMU) is likewise placed beside Midtown Modern current and this means additionally an excellent area to lease out your unit to tenants who’re running in SMU.
Midtown Modern condominium is one of the most iconic development this is positioned in Bugis via Guocoland and Bugis is domestic to many of the purchasing centres that is a favourite a number of the locals and office crowd. these buying centres supplied a all-rounded experience for buyers because the purchasing centres have a huge variety of stores that cater to exceptional shoppers. There also are many different services provided at buying centres close to to Midtown Modern current region together with healthcare stores and the cutting-edge fashion stores. The shopping centres near to Midtown Modern basically caters to the whole mall experience from buying, consuming, healthcare, style and groceries. the entirety that a consumer is searching out can be observed at these shopping centres making it the right area to unwind and chill together with your circle of relatives and friends during the weekend.
Singapore is rightly called consumer’s paradise near to Midtown Modern. This small united states of america has a document number of malls if as compared with the full rectangular mile from the whole international. They are full of best of manufacturers and today’s merchandise and offer the plenty wanted retail delight for avid buyers, of course, all premium priced.
But in Singapore, there is a place that is a popular purchasing vacation spot and is renowned for its affordable pricing for Midtown Modern Guocoland, outstanding collection, and lip smacking cuisine. This is known as Bugis Street. A fun and friendly place where you may have a tremendous time purchasing to your coronary heart’s content. Not handiest for buying, however Bugis road is likewise popular for a number of other sports too. Let’s first have a take a look at the exciting records of this location which is half a decade old. The latest pricing details will be available soon. Midtown Modern should be lauching from around the price of $2,400psf.
Midtown Modern location become global famend inside the Nineteen Fifties till the 80s for its nightlife which worried transvestites and transsexuals. This caused its popularity among western tourists who got here here for diverse motives. In those days Bugis street in Singapore was one of the most visited tourist regions of the us of a which raked in the most important sales. But after the 80s, the place slowly started losing its appeal with a protest against indecency by way of the citizens and also a fear of HIV spreading within the place. The unique avenue changed into demolished and the entire vicinity turned into subjected to a large urban makeover with a right mix of malls near to Midtown Modern, restaurants, cafes, road meals and nightclubs. The new Bugis street become evolved to put an give up to those extremely good and colorful days from the united states’s past. Now, the place has been absolutely remodeled and renovated with the most modern-day appears and the handiest aspect which remains as a memory from the beyond is its call- Bugis avenue.
Along with the street shopping stalls near to Midtown Modern, the location now also has two urban department stores:
Bugis+: It’s a swanky new mall with 10 flooring and all the main fashion, accessories and meals manufacturers. The region is without problems on hand and is directly connected to Bugis junction with a hyperlink bridge.
Bugis Junction: Located right above the Bugis MRT station, this mall houses main global chain of shops and in addition to small pushcart stalls selling interesting souvenirs and knick-knacks. It offers the city’s first sky lit purchasing experience.
Bugis Street Market near to Midtown Modern is one among the largest, most inexpensive, and likely most up to date locations to come purchasing inside the entire of Singapore. Half a century ago, this now well-known shopping district was higher recognised for being a centre of seedy nightlife.
Midtown Modern Bugis has long shaken off its ‘naughty’ side and come to be a lively hub of buying, satisfactory eating, and modern cafés and bars which stay open long into the night time. Bugis Street Market lies at the epicentre of all of it – you could without difficulty find it right next to the shops close to Bugis MRT Station.
Popular with each locals and tourists, Bugis Street Market is famous for being one of the cheapest locations in Singapore for sourcing your souvenirs, add-ons, clothes, electronics, houseware, and cosmetics. Many of the little trinkets right here inclusive of keychains, postcards, and stationary are to be had from as little as S$1.
There’s an entire variety of clothes on provide for Midtown Modern, too. Although no longer precisely Singapore’s maximum contemporary style hotspot, satisfactory items for all tastes may be located at the market if you appearance difficult enough. A pair of denims can set you lower back just S$15, shirts and T-shirts from S$10, sun shades and hats from S$5, and shoes from S$20.
Recently remodeled near to Midtown Modern, the sprawling market is now all included, allowing shoppers to enjoy the bargains – come rain or shine. Over 800 stores of all styles and sizes also make this the biggest marketplace in Singapore. Most of the stalls open early (round 11am), and live open until the crowds go away, which generally is round 10pm or 11pm at the weekends.
As with any famous retail spot in Singapore, Bugis Street Market has plenty of eating options to maintain hungry consumers happy. Look out for the superb sparkling juice bar toward the centre (banana, coconut, pineapple, or melon from S$2) and there are some different stalls selling fried snacks, satays as well as the bizarre noodle stall. If you’re seeking out some thing extra sizable, head to Albert Centre market and food centre on the returned – a big separate hawker centre that serves full food from round S$3.50.
Bugis Street Market located at Midtown Modern is just a short walk from Bugis MRT Station. Look for the red-roofed entrance or simply follow the crowds in case you’re now not sure. For while the marketplace gets too warm, there’s also the cooler (however extra costly) Bugis+ mall round the corner in addition to Bugis Junction opposite.