Internet preparations for your new home
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Internet preparations for your new home

Moving home is never simple. From packing your belongings up, to letting your utility providers know about your new address, the numerous tasks involved in moving into a new home can quickly become very stressful if you don’t plan plenty in advance. Luckily, informing your internet service provider when moving and setting up your Internet connection at your new home is a surprisingly simple process.  Here, we give our tips on preparing for the move in a way that will make the whole process as simple as possible.

Are you satisfied with your broadband provider

Sorting utilities and services such as your internet during a home move can be a pain, however it also provides an opportunity to cut ties with your existing provider and hunt out a more cost effective or high performance service.

It’s often the case when settled in a home that, even when our service isn’t up to scratch, we simply ‘can’t be bothered’ with the hassle of doing anything about it. If you’re dissatisfied with your current broadband provider, and have constantly put it off, now is your ideal opportunity to compare the best deals on the market.

Broadband providers typically sign you into a 12 or 18 month contract when your service begins. If you change providers while moving house, you may be required to pay an early termination fee to your broadband provider. However, these fees have recently been capped, meaning you probably won’t end up facing a steep bill.

Moving fees

Even if you choose to stay with your current broadband provider, and simply want to transfer your service to a new address, you could still end up being charged a moving fee. Despite the threat of this, fees like these can often be avoided if you sign a long-term contract for 12 to 18 months of service prior to your big move. It’s worthgetting in touch with your provider beforehand to sort out finer details such as this, as the threat of you moving will, from time to time, lead to them providing you a better deal.

It’s also vital that you plan ahead and contact your service provider in advance as many services will need a few weeks of notice, depending on their company policy. Whilst it’s important to check your situation when it comes to moving fees, it’s definitely something that you need to overly worry about, as many companies won’t charge any more than £20 – £30.

What you’ll need

Decided that you’re happy with your service and simply want to switch it to your new address? It’s simple to make the move, and all you’ll need are a few key pieces of information. As we mentioned previously, give your provider plenty of notice, allowing around a month to be on the safe side, and make sure that you have your account information handy, including your account number, your new address, moving date and MAC code.

 

If you’re looking to move and are in search of your dream first home, check out what Keepmoat have to offer.

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Adding a splash of colour for spring
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Adding a splash of colour for spring

Decorating, changing how a room looks and being able to put your personal stamp on it is one of the most enjoyable aspects of homeowning. But be warned, if you’re a first-timer because decorating it can be a potential nightmare if you don’t do your homework first. You risk either starting and then giving up half-way through, or doing a botch job. So if you’re thinking of finally taking on that magnolia coloured living room, here’s some advice.

Before you start

Don’t forget your tools and materials. Buying an initial stock of supplies can be pricey so shop around at places like B&Q, Homebase and Wickes. Remember you don’t necessarily need to buy top brand paint. You will need, at the very minimum:

  • Dust sheets (or you could use old bed sheets or curtains)
  • A roller and tray (or you could try a paint pad)
  • A selection of paintbrushes
  • Paint – emulsion for the walls, gloss or eggshell for woodwork
  • Masking tape to put round sockets and skirting boards

You may also need

  • Filler and a filling knife
  • Safety goggles
  • A shower cap or a head scarf
  • A radiator brush and roller
  • White spirit
  • A roller extension
  • Undercoat / primer
  • Sugar scrub
  • Paint stripper
  • Sandpaper

You might not envision it being a big job, however it’ll certainly take a chunk of hours out of your day. Painting takes longer than you think, so set aside a decent amount of time in which to do it. If you’re painting a large area, it may prove useful to break it down into sections.

Don’t skip the cleaning and dusting. The walls need to be clean before you start applying paint, so don’t forget to get the duster out. Next, wash them using either detergent or sugar soap. Rinse afterwards and wait until they’re dry before you start painting. You may also need to fill in holes and cracks.

Don’t leave your furniture unprotected. In fact, try to clear the room as much as you can. If anything can’t be moved, cover it with a sheet. You should also cover the floor. It’s surprising how far paint can travel.

Don’t wear your favourite clothes and don’t leave your hair uncovered. Getting paint out of your hair or off your favourite top is tricky, so cover up.

During

Don’t just slap some paint on a random part of the wall. Work systematically from the ceiling, to the walls and lastly the woodwork.

Don’t assume that one coat will do. Unless you’re using a product like Dulux Once, you will need at least two coats, and then it depends on what colour you’re painting with. Leave plenty of time for the paint to dry in-between coats. Don’t keep the windows and doors shut; the fumes and smell are quite pungent, so make sure you consider ventilation.

Afterwards

Don’t leave the paintbrushes and roller tray to dry solid. Clean them properly and store them in a safe place for next time. Admire the view.

Finally

Pat yourself on the back, sit yourself down and admire your work. Sometimes it feels like it takes longer to do the preparation than it does to do the actual painting, but it’s worth it in the end.

 

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Home design inspiration on Instagram
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Home design inspiration on Instagram

If you’re new to your first home, decorating can be a daunting challenge, especially if you’re looking to make vast changes and truly put your stamp on your new rooms. When faced with such a blank canvas, it can be tough to get inspired and know what you want, however in the modern online world, your never far from incredible design ideas. If you’re searching for a creative muse, but don’t have the hours to spend trawling design showrooms, here are some Instagram accounts that are perfect for design ideas.

 

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As one of the most respected interiors magazines on the market, it’s worth following Domino for those quick glimpses of inspiration throughout your day.

Image via Instagram @dominomag

 

Design Sponge

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If you’re more of a DIY designer, then Design Sponge is definitely a must follow and with over 3,000 images to peruse at your leisure, there should be plenty of ideas you can adapt.

Image via Instagram @designsponge

The Every Girl

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Ranked by Forbes as a Top 100 Website for women, it’s no surprise that the abundance of home and interior shots are a great starting point when it comes to design.

Image via Instagram @theeverygirl_

 

Homestead Seattle

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With a following of over 15,000, this is the go-to place if you’re looking for vintage furniture and restoration ideas.

 Image via Instagram @homesteadseattle

Illenia Martini

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From Italy, to New York and back to Europe, the Instagram account of Illenia Martini is the place to head if you’re looking to open your eyes to more continental and Atlantic themes in your décor.

 Image via Instagram @ilemartini

Tappan Collective

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A true hub from some of the brightest up and coming artists around, this is a user you need to follow if you’re looking to put an artistic stamp on your walls.

Image via Instagram @tappancollective 

Orlando Soria

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As creative director at one of America’s renowned design experts Homepolish, this is the place to head if you enjoy clean, minimal design ideas mixed with flashes of greenery.

Image via Instagram @mrorlandosoria

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Rookie guide to home DIY

Rookie guide to home DIY

Squeaky Door Hinges

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They’re a regular annoyance around the home, however if you’re a DIY rookie, you might not know your WD-40 from your Fairy Liquid. If your hinges are squeaking, just spray a little lubricant onto the hinges, ensuring you keep moving the door back and forth to work it into the inner of the hinge. Make sure you place a towel or rag beneath your door, to prevent spillage.

Squeaky Floor

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We all know how annoying squeakiness around the home can be, so if you have a creaking floorboard or wooden floor, it can be a constant pain. Rather than having any loose areas fixed, opt for a temporary fix by simply sprinkling a light dusting of talcum powder over the area in question and sweep it into the cracks.  You don’t want to leave any residue, so make sure you remove any traces of powder once you’ve fixed your problem.

Hard-to-Remove Lightbulb

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It seems like a simple enough challenge, removing a bulb and switching it with a working replacement; however if you’re new to a home, it can be tough if you haven’t dealt with the issue before. If you’re having some trouble, why not try pressing the centre of a foot-long strip of duct tape onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end in half so it sticks onto itself. Gripping each end between your thumb and index finger, give a counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb. It might seem like a complicated method of carrying out a simple task, but it can help if you’re faced with a touch replacement.

 

Or for the more advanced handyman…

 

Leaky tap

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To a rookie repairer, you might not even know what a faucet is…however the main cause of such a leak is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are often rubber, which means that they tend to wear out relatively quickly. If you’re looking to replace them, make sure that you commence by turning off the main water supply, before then unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and simply replacing it with a new one.

Fridge

To many of us, the fridge is just an everyday item that, unfortunately due to wear and tear, we assume will need to be replaced within a number of years when things start to go wrong. Refrigerators, however are a large investment, so it’s important to prolong their lifespan for as long as possible. The main component that is likely to wear out is the door seal. Keeping your door seals tight will help to keep the cool in your fridge and freezer, therefore reducing the amount of energy your fridge will use.

To test your fridge seal, place a small sheet of paper or a five pound note in the gap between the seal. Close the door and then test the resistance offered when you attempt to pull it out. If seal feels tight when you pull, then they’re in good shape and shouldn’t need replacing.

If your seal does need replacing, they’re available at most DIY or homeware shops.

Roof

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More often than not, roof maintenance is something that will be too large scale to carry out yourself, especially if you’re relatively new to DIY. Despite this, it’s important to keep an eye on this area of your house, and every now and again, just keep an eye out for damage – especially in harsher winter months. If you spot issues with tiles, guttering or fascias, make sure you take steps to prevent further damage.

 

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Going green: Top tips to make your home eco-friendly
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Going green: Top tips to make your home eco-friendly

If you’ve just moved into a new home, we know just how tight your finances can be. Although many assume that making your home eco-friendly is a costly process, that isn’t necessarily true, and in many cases a small initial outlay can make for greater savings in the long run.

If you’re searching of ways to make your home less harmful to the environment, whilst saving some money on your energy bills, then check out these top options:

Use an Energy Calculator

Before you get started, in order to monitor your energy situation, best practice is to find out your current usage. If you don’t keep up to date with your usage, go online and find an energy calculator that suits your country. It’s easy to do and some sites automatically tally your energy efficiency.

Browse around and try to use a site which will display the information in a chart or graph to make it easier for you to understand and see how easy it is for your house to improve its energy efficiency through a few small changes.

Solar Panels

Solar energy is one of the cleanest ways to provide energy for your home, with panels being able to help your home in many ways. It’s the grandest and largest scale option available, however it does have the potential to offer the greatest results.

Through implementing solar technology, it can be utilised to heat your water at the most basic level, and any energy not used can be stored in a battery for later use, maximising efficiency.

This will be one of the more costly ways to improve your home, with panel prices ranging from a few hundred pounds all the way into the thousands depending on battery size and solar panel size. Although it isn’t cheap in the outset, it’s impact on the environment is minimal and the energy savings you make will weigh out the costs in the long run.
Low Wattage Light Bulbs

Energy saving light bulbs may only seem to be a small step, but in the long run, when implemented in a large number of rooms, you will start to see results. They are simple to install and one of the easiest ways to save energy. At the cost of much less than your average light bulb, some can even be brighter. Although some take a while to brighten up to its full extent, it’s still a great option in rooms such as the bedroom and bathroom.

Motion Censor Bulbs

Motion sensor lights and bulbs are great and many houses utilise them outside in areas near the doorway, however they can also be utilised inside your home too. If you’re prone to leaving lights on when not inside a room, then this is the perfect solution. Motion sensor lights are also a great burglar deterrent as the sudden switching on of the light will give the impression of them being detected.

Eco Wool Loft Insulation

One of the most efficient ways to saving energy, you can save around £25 a year on your energy bills when you have around 270mm of loft insulation. As we all know, hot air rises, and if your loft insulation is poor, then you’re effectively throwing money away.

The amount of insulation and the size of your loft is important so if there are any empty spaces make sure you fill them up.

Toilet Flush Mechanism

Toilets are one of the largest sources of water use in the home, with a standard flush staggeringly using between 3 to 7 gallons per use. Whilst you may think one flush isn’t much, is all adds up, and as a result represents a large portion of consumers’ monthly water bill. There are a wide range of steps that consumers can take to lower the amount of water that is flushed away. Many modern toilets come with a built in dual flush, where you can select to either do a full or partial flush after use. It will use less water but not at the cost of efficiency. If you’re shopping around for a new toilet, make sure you go for a low flow option which can reduce your use by anywhere up to six gallons.

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Many thanks to James Ross for providing this expert article, exclusive to First Home News. 

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It’s competition time, share your top tips for a chance to win.
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It’s competition time, share your top tips for a chance to win.

It’s the end of the week again, which can only mean one thing here at First Home News…we want to hear your First Home Views! The easy to enter competition gives you the chance to win the fantastic new interior design book, BrightBazaar; the brainchild of world-renowned blogger, Will Taylor.

So it’s time for us to once again turn the spotlight onto you lot – our readers – giving you the chance to share your wealth of house and home advice on a variety of topics.

Summer is still here, which means when the sun is out, we’re making every effort to head outside and entertain family and friends. Hosting weekend dinner parties can be the perfect way to spend time in the sun, relaxing and enjoying the company of those closest to you. So this week, what we want to know is this: ‘When hosting a dinner party, what item or accessory do you bring out to wow your guests?’

To enter, just leave your top recipe in a comment below this article. We’ll be announcing the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Bright Bazaar has an RRP of £25, and is available from Amazon. The book explores specific colour palettes for every room in your home to give you the confidence, knowledge and inspiration to get your colour choices right first time. Packed with personality and heart, playful but informative, engaging but practical, Bright Bazaar is brimming with ideas that work.

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Common rookie DIY mistakes and how to avoid them
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Common rookie DIY mistakes and how to avoid them

You watch one YouTube tutorial and it all seems to make sense; you can fix that busted pipe or you can build that bookcase no problem. The reality is however, you’ll probably end up flooding your home or less calamitously, with wonky shelves. Here are the 5 mistakes most commonly made by rookies and how you can avoid falling into their trap.

Failing to Get a Building Permit

Different cities and authorities have different levels of leniency when it comes to DIY projects and building regulations, but you should always get a building permit just to be on the safe side. If you’re building a sizeable structure or extending your home and fail to get a permit, the local authority can close your project at will.

How to Avoid this Rookie Mistake: Quite simply consult your local authority and seek building regulations approval.

 

Starting the Job without the Correct Supplies

Even when you have suddenly been struck with a bolt of inspiration and want to get to work immediately, it is important that you source all of the correct supplies before beginning the project. Having to make multiple trips to attain all of the supplies as and when you need them will only slow down the process and impinge upon the project. This is particularly pertinent in projects that change the structure of a building, such as the replacement of any doors. If you remove the doors and chuck them in a skip before finishing the replacement doors, you might have a big hole in the front of your home for an unforeseen amount of time.

How to Avoid this Rookie Mistake: Fill out a DIY Checklist.

 

Relaxed Atmosphere, Relaxed Attitude Towards Safety. There is a worrying attitude that safety equipment is just there to satisfy health and safety inspectors and foreman paranoia. However, safety equipment plays a very serious role in both large scale construction sites and small DIY projects alike. Whether it is goggles protecting your eyes from welding sparks or protective gloves, stopping you chopping fingers off; if you are working with sharp, heavy or dangerous tools and supplies, it is important to protect yourself and any people you have brought over to help you out.

How to Avoid this Rookie Mistake: Consider all of the possible dangers you may encounter on the site and seek the correct safety items. Manchester Safety Services stocks a large selection of safety equipment items for a wide range of construction and DIY jobs.

 

Wonky Shelving A job well done can quickly become undone if measurements are slightly off. Even a few degrees off centre and a bookshelf can be completely ruined with books, DVDs and picture frames sliding to one end of the new build. This can be both unsightly and impractical, especially when priceless Ming Vases are involved.

How to Avoid this Rookie Mistake: Don’t skimp on a spirit level. Invest in a spirit level from a trusted brand and learn how to use it properly.

 

Incorrect Paint Preparation Painting walls may seem like the simplest of all the DIY tasks, so much so that it often takes place as part of a painting party involving beer, buffets and a little bit of graft. However, there are a myriad of problems encountered by painters as they attempt to give a room a new lease of life and freshen things up. Many people seem to think the only consideration that needs to be taken into account when choosing paint is the colour. However, it is necessary to consider the surface of the painted area as some paints are ill fitted for use of certain surfaces. If you are stripping wallpaper, then painting, it is important to check the surface behind the paper before committing to a type of paint. Secondly, painting a wall is not a simple case of slathering on the paint. The surface needs to be prepared sufficiently so it is flat and receptive to the paint. This means painstakingly removing all wallpaper and filling in any gaps. And finally, it is vital that all areas around the painted surfaces are protected from the paint. This means that all floors and furnishings must be covered before work commences, lest paint splatter everywhere. Furthermore, pets and children must be kept away to safeguard against unwanted hand and paw prints. Sufficient drying time needs to be allowed before people can enter the room again to protect against unfortunate smudging accidents.

How to Avoid this Rookie Mistake: Research, prepare, be careful.

 

Are you a DIY god or do you struggle with the simplest of tasks? Let us know your top tips, or the story of your recent DIY attempts below!

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5 ways to sell your home quickly
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5 ways to sell your home quickly

Whether you’re selling a compact inner city apartment or a detached suburban home, you’re going to want to do it fast. While there is something to be said for real estate agents with glowing reputations and lighting fast turnover times, some of the most effective ways to slap a sold sign onto your home are up to you.

 

Let’s take a look at the top five ways that you can seal a deal, fast.

 

De-clutter and keep it neutral

It’s likely that you’ve built up a lot of household clutter and personal bits and pieces over the years. While you may consider this sentimental, you want to help potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home. This means it’s time to get rid of any personalised ornaments, photos, posters and other decorative trinkets.

 

If there are any large pieces of furniture you can live without, put them into storage as this will immediately make rooms seem bigger. Small areas such as the hallway are a great place to start while bathroom and bedroom surfaces should be cleared of all personal products. The kitchen should also be liberated of bulky appliances to make it seem as sleek and spacious as possible.

 

Consider a bathroom makeover

According to recent research from Remodelling Magazine, a bathroom renovation can add significant value to a house as well as slash the sale time. One of the best ways to give your bathroom a facelift is to upgrade the shower system. Electric showers are a fantastic choice as they are modern, practical and cost effective. For high quality at a great price, the Mira Advance ATL Flex is quite possibly the best electric shower by Mira.

 

A lick of fresh paint, replacement chrome fittings, new tiling or even re-grouting can also work wonders.

 

Analyse the market

If you want to be really smart about getting your home sold, take the time to analyse the local market and tailor your space accordingly. For example, if your area is popular with young couples, turn the second bedroom into a study. If families are more prevalent, advertise the spare room as a second bedroom or future nursery.

 

Enhance garden and curb appeal

If you’ve got a garden or even a communal outdoor courtyard or private balcony, spend a little time making it as appealing as possible. Things as simple as mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, planting a few flower beds or pot plants and sweeping up leaves can instantly transform the entire feel of the outdoor space. This will make your home far more appealing to potential buyers who will immediately view the outdoor area as extra living space. Sprucing up your home’s curb appeal will also pave the way for positive first impressions that can have a huge impact on the rest of the viewing.

 

Get the Word Out

Once you’ve prepared your home for viewing, it’s time to get the word out there! Your estate agent should have their own marketing techniques in place however you can help the process along by putting up flyers and posters as well as creating a buzz on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. You never know who could be in the market for a new home!

 

If you’re looking to move out and are searching for the perfect next place to move your family, check out the range of homes on offer from Keepmoat. If you’re after something small, and perfect as a newcomer to the property ladder, their range of first time homes are perfect options for you to consider. If you’ve simply outgrown your current place, and want something bigger, then why not look into grabbing one of Keepmoat’s brand new homes.

 

Have you recently made the move into a new Keepmoat home? If you have, and needed to sell your old place before taking on the exciting new move, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop us a comment below and inform your fellow readers of any helpful hints and tips you learned along the way…

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Cleaning guide: Tips for cleaning after renovations
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Cleaning guide: Tips for cleaning after renovations

So you’re now a homeowner and the first thing you do is get your house the way you want it. You might not think of it as being the most pressing of matters, but sooner or later, you’re going to want to carry out some renovation work. Whether you’re planning something as simple as fitting an upgrade to your kitchen, or something more drastic along the lines of knocking through a wall to improve the flow of your home; whatever work you’re carrying out, you’ll undoubtedly leave a reasonable mess to clear up. The dust that comes hand in hand with building work gets everywhere and you’ll undoubtedly be finding plaster for weeks after. In order to keep your home clean, and shorten the mess time you’ll have to endure, here are our top tips on how to clean up before the dust settles.

Clear the area

It might seem like an obvious suggestion, but ensure you move everything that is removable. Before your renovation you should remove everything possible such as ornaments, lamp shades, curtains, etc. If you don’t take them away before the renovation begins, then remove them before you start cleaning and clean them separately to ensure you get rid of all the dust and dirt.

Wipe down everything

Use a wet cloth to wipe down the walls, the furniture, the skirting boards, the windows and ledges, the floor, your ornaments, the doors, the door handles, the light fixtures. You might think it sounds like overkill, however the dust truly does get everywhere. You might not think a surface looks overly dirty, but still give it a wipe. The last thing you want is to leave apparent ‘clean’ areas, only for the slightest of dust to begin spreading around your room.

Vacuum awareness

A lot of plaster and dust can damage many vacuums such as a Dyson or Henry, so be aware that they might not last long after the cleaning. It is possible to hire industrial vacuums and these will make light work of your mess, whilst ensuring your household hoover doesn’t get clogged up. After wiping everything down, you need to vacuum as well. This includes the walls, all ledges and the floor.

Give it a mop

Mop wooden or tiled floors after vacuuming. Make sure you mop after vacuuming because it makes the dust wet which the vacuum won’t like, and will struggle to pick up. Mopping should get rid of the last of the dirt but wipe the floor with a dry cloth afterwards to make sure.

Leave the floors until last

As you clean the walls and the windows it’ll cause dust and dirt to fall onto the floor. So there’s no point in cleaning the floor until you’ve cleaned everywhere else. Do it logically to prevent making more work for yourself further down the line.

Keep checking back

After a renovation, the dust can take a couple of weeks to settle so make sure you keep checking back every few days and do a brief clean to stop the dirt building up. After a few weeks do a big clean again to make sure all the building dust is gone.   It may take a couple of weeks and a lot of cleaning but now you are free to enjoy your new renovation without inhaling dust and dirt. Enjoy you new, clean home.

If you’re searching for that perfect house, make sure you check out Keepmoat’s range of ideal homes for first time buyers.

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Making the most of a holiday at home
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Making the most of a holiday at home

Being a new homeowner is expensive, and unfortunately that may mean cutting out the holiday that you desperately want. It might seem like a poor compromise, but in order to combat the home buying cost, you may need to have a holiday right in your own house… a staycation. Here are a few tips to help you get started for a week off work at home, or even a simple weekend of relaxation.

Frame of Mind

Be sure to act the same as you would on holiday; so stop watching the news and TV in general, stop going on the Internet to check up on Facebook, even stop using your phone. Being in the right frame of mind will help you relax and enjoy your time off more. Remember that this is a break from your hectic life and you don’t need to think about every day problems. Instead, read a book or invite people round for a social gathering. Do the things that you’re always too busy to do. Remove all clutter from the rooms, especially the bathroom. You don’t even have to sort it all out, just shove it in a drawer and forget about it for the weekend. Out of sight, out of mind definitely rings true here.

Staycation Setting

Make your home into your holiday paradise. If you love the beach then put out seashells, deck chairs and parasols. If you love the countryside then put out water fountains, decorative pine cones and scented plants such as lavender. Use new colour schemes to feel like you’re abroad or in a hotel. Candles are also a nice touch, especially outside. If you have a big enough garden, move some furniture around and bring the inside to the outside; put down a rug, bring out cushions and blankets, even bring tables outside if you’re struggling with garden furniture. A fire pit is perfect to sit around and feel like you’re on holiday so if you have one then light it up and relax in the heat.

Things To Do

Cutting out TV and Internet might leave you thinking that you’ll have nothing to do over your well deserved break, but that’s not true. Invite your friends round and spend the day having a barbecue outside with your newly moved garden furniture. If your fire pit is alight then roast some marshmallows and enjoy s’mores for dessert. Try eating food you wouldn’t normally try and if you have no interest in cooking, have it delivered so you don’t have to leave your holiday cocoon. Eat different food every day to maintain the foreign food experience. Another option is to have a spa day. Soak in a relaxing, scented bubble bath with candles and music.

 

It might not sound ideal, but having a mini-break at home is a great way to recharge your batteries and take a break from your everyday hectic life. If you’re interested in getting onto the property market, simple tricks like enjoying some time off at home instead of abroad can be a great intuitive money saver. For those looking to make that first move and become a first time home owner, check out the services of Keepmoat, over at their website.  
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