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Kitchen hacks you can’t live without

If your kitchen is on the small side, or you just own a lot of stuff, these kitchen hacks can be a life saver. From reusing household items unconventionally, to simple storage techniques, here are some of our favourites:

TicTac Herb Storage
These durable plastic containers are a really useful and neat way of storing your herbs and spices and the small cap opening means you can control the amount of herbs/spices you distribute. The clear containers will enable you to see what’s inside, and if all your herbs and spices are in these it creates a neat, uniform drawer or container that will tessellate perfectly.

chopping board Over the Sink Chopping Board
An over the sink chopping board can temporarily expand your counter space, perfect for smaller kitchens making it easier to multi-task. You can find  these in retailers such as Ikea. Now you have no excuse not to have all the family over for lunch!

 Magazine Holders as Storage
Magazine holders are surprisingly versatile and can be used as great space-saving hacks. Store kitchen essentials such as tin foil, cling film and baking  parchment – the boxes fit perfectly in the holders which can be stored easily in your cupboards. You could also store your tins neatly, eliminating  another storage problem as the rack creates a new “wall” to store items against.

 Say Goodbye to Fridge Odours
Use kitchen staple baking soda to make pouches that you can put in your fridge to get rid of any lingering odours. You can make the pouches out of some cotton cloth, a coffee filter, or even use an old (clean!) sock. Just remember to tie it securely so you don’t have baking powder in your dinner!

Shoe Organisers in the Pantry
If you have a pantry, hanging shoe organisers on the back of the door becomes a great way to store your snacks. It effectively uses the limited space you may have and also is herbs frozeneasily accessible and quick to find what you’re looking for.

Freeze your wine
Do you often use wine in your cooking but find it hard to create space in your fridge? Pour some cooking wine into ice cube trays and pop them in the fridge. Use when you need them and save the good stuff for the fridge!

Quick and easy herbs
Another one for the freezer, pop some fresh herbs and olive oil in an ice tray and freeze them. You can take them out and put them in sauces and pastas when you need them, reducing the amount of waste from continuously buying fresh.



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Invigorating spring and summer colour schemes for your home

Invigorating spring and summer colour schemes for your home

It’s your home, and everyone loves the personal touch that decorating brings to your room. This summer, it’s all about the style statement, so don’t whimper out and opt for bland colours, take one of these striking colour palates and incorporate it into your home.

Black and White

It might seem like a simple and classic combination, however done right, the black and white palette adds real depth to a room, especially when utilised with a modern and contemporary twist. From incorporating the style into the wall decoration with a striped design, to adding furniture and decorations that complement the style perfectly, you have a whole heap of options when it comes to this colour palette. Here are some of our favourite room additions with this colour scheme.

Black and White Chevron Rug – Urban Outfitters, £69.

Chevron Lampshade In Black – Not On The High Street, £30

Bossenden Wall Clock – House Of Fraser, £40

Coastal Cool

With the sun baking down, and the mild breeze providing a refreshing cool as it calmly blows over the garden and into your home, you can be forgiven for allowing your mind to wander with daydreams of a beached coastline, with radiant heat beaming down and the cool ocean waves whipping at your toes as you stroll over the perfect white sands. It sounds idyllic, but for most of us, the majority of our summer will be spent at home, so now is the perfect time to implement those elements of coastal cool into your house. It gives your rooms a light, breezy feel and with cool vibrant colours, it provides plenty of energy. Colours to incorporate are vast, but mainly focus on aquatic blues and greens, sandy yellows and natural browns.

MissPrint Home Dashes Cushion – John Lewis, £28

Wooden Frame Tealight Holder – Laura Ashley, £22

The Ascot Rug – The Rug Seller, £75-£359

European Clean

In the summer, there’s not colour that emphasises the warmth quite like a clean crisp white. We see it time and time again in the world of sashion, expecially in the summer. Be it in a light and airy linen shirt for a man, or a striking dress or jeans on a woman, white is a colour that really comes into its own in the warmer months. Although it might not be the most practical of solutions, the colour will provide a refreshing and fresh feel. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and then accessorize with statement complimentary pieces in your favourite colors, or create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette. Mix and match with tones from the coastal cool selection, to add a real touch of summer to your rooms.

Knitted Pouffe – Etsy, £65

Baby Betty Vases – Brissi, £24


This article was provided exclusively to First Home News by Kate Hobbs, who has a passion for home interiors and trends.

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Make your kitchen your own in your first home

Make your kitchen your own in your first home

Buying your first property can really ignite your creativity, as you have the opportunity to think about how to transform the brand new house into your very own home.

With the kitchen being the heart of any home, it is important to dedicate time to decorating the space to make it somewhere where you feel happy and comfortable. Take a look at some of the things that you should consider when improving the room to help you make it truly your own.

1) Do you have a budget in place?

Setting the right budget is the first important step to take. You need to figure out how much you can actually afford to spend, to help you determine what work can be carried out.

When putting together a budget, every cost should be considered. Units, worktops and appliances, as well as the installation, plumbing and electrics all need to be accounted for. The average cost for a new kitchen is £8,000, but it is crucial to allow for an extra 15% in case you need emergency funding.

2) Should you improve or remove?

Having worked out how much you can afford to spend, consider whether it is best to update your current kitchen or start completely afresh. Take a look at what is there, and make a note of what you do and don’t like, thinking about whether you would want to keep any existing part of your kitchen.

If there are a number of things that you do like, it may be worth looking at ways to update and improve the space around the features. This could help to save you a lot of the time, effort and money that it can take to completely renovate a kitchen.

3) Think about the layout

Look at the layout and walk around the space to gather a rounded perspective of how your kitchen impacts you. Does the layout flow, and will it work well for you personally? Only consider changing the layout of your kitchen if you feel it will be highly beneficial.

If you choose to completely change the arrangement of the room, think about how you will be using the kitchen. Will you need more worktops in certain areas? Will you regularly be hosting dinner parties? Are there certain elements you want to be positioned closely together?

4) Design and decor

Whether your budget allows you to update or replace your kitchen, refreshing the design and decor can help to dramatically improve its look while allowing you to add your own personal touch.

You can revitalise your kitchen by adding a splash of colour. Many different shades work well in the space – bright, deep colours such as red work to stimulate appetite, whereas an all-white kitchen can help to awaken and revitalise. Other colours that work well are blues, greens, yellows and greys.

Changing your lighting can also allow you to add your own style to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Consider spotlights for a modern feel, and pendant designs for a more traditional touch. Make sure you utilise lighting to accentuate areas of the room you’re most proud of – something like a Britannia Living iconic range cooker gives your room a focal point, and with intresting and different designs, can give your room a much needed boost of character.

5) Add a personal touch

Look to add accessories here and there that truly reflect your personality. Artwork, crockery, vases and tableware are all additions that can help to personalise your kitchen and shape your house into your home.

Author Bio:

This article was provided exclusively to First Home News courtesy of Rachel Campbell, a writer with a keen interest in homeware and kitchens.

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Spring cleaning for beginners

Spring cleaning for beginners

With winter almost behind us, it’s time to start readying the home for spring and summer. Integrating new themes and colours into your home can add a new lease of life to a room, however before cracking on and adding vibrant new elements to your home, it’s time to have a thorough clean to prepare for the coming months, and make sure you can fully assess each room prior to investing in a new decor.

Clean your sink

It might not be the first place that springs to mind when considering where to clean, but the kitchen sink is known to contain more bacteria than your toilet seat. Considering that you’ll be needing to wash cutlery and crockery in the area, that’s quite a disturbing piece of information. Make sure you regularly disinfect the whole sink area of your kitchen, along with all surfaces you use when preparing food. As a starting tip, use a supermarket product you know is effective, rather than just your everyday soap and dish cloth – if these aren’t thoroughly washed at regular intervals, they can also be a hive of bacterial activity. If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkles afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. Not only does this process make the whole area look clean, but it also prevents water build-up, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

Wipe your Oven

Another area of your kitchen which is integral to be kept clean, due to the role it plays in the food preparation process is your oven. Giving the surfaces a thorough clean with an appropriate product can keep your oven in a sanitary state, but it also might be worth lining the bottom with a non-stick oven liner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused over and over.


It’s the area of your house you’ll spend most of your time, as your sleep is a huge aspect of your life, but it’s also amazing just how unhygienic a mattress can get. Obviously, you’ll do a regular clean of bed sheets, however many people disregard cleaning their mattress, something which can lead to hygiene issues. Regularly make sure you vacuum the area, as you would with any other area of the home, as this will keep the mattress as hygienic as possible. If you spill on an area, use a suitable upholstery cleaner to ensure you don’t allow stains to bed in to the material. Regular cleaning, and in some cases, the use of protective covering can be the best protection from allergens and dust mites in your mattress.

Declutter Your Drawers

Bedroom drawers are notoriously busy spaces, and can easily get out of hand, with clothes often being thrown in to the point of overflow. Prior to decorating your bedroom for the spring, or investing in new furniture or decorations, make sure to have a thorough clean out. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a while, and thoroughly declutter.

Know the Hot Spots

Some areas in the home are breeding grounds for clutter. Whether it’s that hall side table used for keys, change and post, or the dining table that is used as a kids play area more than a spot top have a civilised meal. As part of your spring clean, make a resolution to keep these ‘problem’ areas clear. If you’re so lazy that you simple can’t resist dumping junk on the side, it might be worth adding decorations to a space, to make sure there is no longer any room for rubbish.



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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel
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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel

We might still be in February, but to the optimistic amongst us, Spring is just around the corner. With the warmer days  hopefully soon arriving on the horizon, despite cold temperatures, the sunshine is just beginning to peek through the clearing clouds. It’s never too early to shake off the misery of winter and implement spring into your home, so with that in mind, here are our top tips for getting an early start on your spring decor.

Kitchen: Cooking with Colour

Many kitchens sport drab matching walls and a spaghetti stained backsplash. A spot of paint can change that. Choose a paint colour like bright orange, yellow or sky blue for one wall or area. A streak of highlight will renew your faith in spring veggies and freshly baked bread. Take your update to the next level by purchasing a coloured mixing bowl, bright spatula, blender or toaster matching the colour of your freshly painted wall. Guests will appreciate your thought to go the extra step in contrasting your stainless steel accessories with a few coloured ones. Your kitchen is going to pop and you can revel in your mastery after just an hour with the paintbrush.

Bathroom: Appropriate accessories

No matter what colour scheme your bathroom is, throwing away the plastic accessories and updating them with rustic things from around the house will make your room a much more inviting space. Update the toilet paper holder with a wicker basket you’ve been using for random bits and bobs. Grab unused containers and fill them with all your cotton essentials. Take an empty vase and fill with freshly cut flowers or some bright artificial ones to provide a real feel of spring. And the ultimate trick for the ladies, a cake stand is the perfect way to show off and keep your makeup organised for a fuss free morning.

Bedroom: Perfect pillows

Decorate with a few spring coloured throw pillows to get your home completely revamped for the summer days. You can recover the old pillows with your own fabric or buy an entire new set. The bed is the staple item in the bedroom, so find your favourite comforter to snuggle up. Really tired of your old room? Cover the headboard with a bright or striped fabric to give off a plush new bedroom aura.

Living Areas: Recover your drab lamps

The simple task of changing a lamp cover will shake off gloomy winter nights and help you to embrace spring. Choosing one piece to change in a room is a quick fix and you’ll see a noticeable difference. Go to your local homeware store to see what colours could brighten up your room. Don’t assume popping pink is your only choice, but a light yellow, bold colour or fun new print could do your home the favour it’s been seeking. Don’t want to buy an entire new lampshade? Choose from hundreds of fabric choices at the craft store. With scissors, adhesive, a trim piece and a bit of patience, you’ll have yourself a statement new decorative item.

Outdoors: Get in the Garden

Plants bring life to a home in every way. The freezing temperatures of January and February have now passed and it’s time to dig up the weeds and leftover foliage of the winter. Spring geraniums, begonias, and pansies are all great summer plants that will continually bloom throughout the warmer months. Don’t have the luxury of a front garden or a home in the countryside? Make room for a few potted plants inside your home on bookshelves and the mantel piece, as will add a feel of spring to your home, even on the rainy summer days.

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Finishing odd-jobs in time for Christmas
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Finishing odd-jobs in time for Christmas

To say it’s simply a few days of celebrations, the festive period can be an incredibly hectic period. Aside from wrapping presents and preparing food in time for the big day, you may have spotted areas of your home which require touching up or working on in preparation for the 25th With guests arriving for the celebrations, you need your home to be looking its best. As the calendar ticks over to December, there isn’t time for grand renovations, however you should have opportunity to add the finishing touches that will get your home ready for the festivities. To help you along your way, we’ve put a list together a list of the areas you may want consider touching up before Christmas

Getting rid of any clutter

If you are going to be hosting a house full of guests over Christmas, the last thing you want is to have them to  clambering over clutter. Before you contemplate decking the halls and throwing tinsel over the tree, take a look at ways in which you can declutter and create a tidy, welcoming environment for those coming to stay.

For best results, take it one room at a time and look at what is and isn’t necessary. Be practical; you may find there are plenty of items that can be discarded or removed temporarily from the room.

Make sure you have enough room to accommodate extra beds

Beyond getting rid of any clutter, if you are going to be having quite a few guests and you will be using inflatable beds, it makes sense to move things around to accommodate them while you have the time. Of course, also make sure you have a pump and that it works.

Finish off any odd-jobs

They’re the nagging jobs on your to-do list that you just never get around to doing. Whether it’s fixing the lock on the bathroom door, replacing light bulbs or hanging those mirrors that have been leaning up against the wall for the last few months, take a look at the odd-jobs you haven’t got around to doing and make the time to do them.

Change your door knobs

If you want to make some stylish changes in your home before Christmas, door knobs are an excellent place to start. Often overlooked, door knobs featuring ornate detail can transform existing doors without having to replace them. Consider Victorian door knobs which feature plenty of grandiose detail but are perfect for both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Giving your skirting boards and door frames a lick of paint

Freshen up a room by concentrating on the smaller details. Through every day wear and tear, skirting boards and door frames can become grubby, discoloured and in generally in need of some TLC. Give them the love they need and make your home look a little fresher with a lick of paint.

Clean the carpets

Hire a carpet cleaner for the weekend and really get deep into your floors. It’s amazing just how dirty carpets can get and we guarantee you’ll be amazed at the results once you have given them a deep clean with a specifically formulated carpet shampoo.

Make use of fold-up chairs

If you’re going to be having a lot of guests over for dinner, it’s wise to make use of folding chairs as these can be easily stored away when not in use and will save you from reanacting a scene from a comedy sketch where everyone is sitting on chairs of varying heights.

This guest article was exclusively written for First Home News by Dean Ronnie.

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Five tips to easier cleaning

Five tips to easier cleaning

It’s no secret – keeping a tidy home can be a nightmare. Even when you live alone there seems no end to the dust and grime. Believe it or not, though, cleaning doesn’t have to be a pull-your-hair-out chore. If you follow these five simple organisational tips, cleaning your home will be a much easier prospect:

1) Use Storage Containers

Start a collection of boxes, baskets and bins to keep your items organized. Every item should have its own place and be easily accessible. By sorting items into these containers, you not only keep them organised, but you can also add aesthetic appeal to your home. There are lots of baskets and bins available in fashionable styles, for example. I use them so much that I’m tempted to get a 3D printer just to create plastic boxes and containers.

2) Keep Shoes by the Door

Set up a shoe station in your foyer. Shoes can easily scatter and become obstacles all around your house. Not to mention, they mercilessly track dirt. Stowing them by the entryway will assist with both organization and overall cleanliness.

3) Insert Drawer Dividers

Have you ever seen those little dividers people use in drawers? Invest in some. Perhaps you already have a divider tray in your silverware drawer? If so, you know how functional they are. Sticking some in other drawers – like the ones in your bathroom with your makeup, nail clippers, brush, perfumes, etc. can be equally beneficial. Plus, when it comes time to wipe down your counters or dresser surfaces, those purchased or DIY drawer dividers (whichever you choose) will make your job easier.

4) Hang Shelves

Hang some mounted shelves. Put some by the door, some in the bathroom and shove a ton in your closet. Put them everywhere! Shelves are great for both décor and organisation, so install them generously. One by the door will be perfect for storing mail and keys. A shelf in the bathroom will help you avoid that nasty slime that grows under products that sit in the shower – and to eliminate clutter on your countertops. Finally, ones in your closet will keep your clothes more organized. When your garments are stored in their proper places, there will be less mess to navigate around on the floor.

5) Keep Your Favorites Accessible

It may be tempting, while on your organising spree, to hide all your stuff in bins or in systemized drawers. However, leave the stuff you use daily (blender, toothbrush, toaster, etc.) out and available. Worktops that are too bare will show dirt, grime or crumbs that may be lingering. Also, when you have to rummage through drawers or cabinets to retrieve things, you cause new mess. You definitely don’t want to create more cleaning for yourself, do you?

When you designate a special place for everything in your home, you make your life much easier. Cleaning an organised space is certainly easier than cleaning a messy one. The overall appearance of your home will be better, too, when everything is tucked away or placed where it belongs. So implement these organizational gems today to enjoy less cleaning in a neater space!

Are you a new home owner wanting to keep your new place as spotless as possible? We want to hear your top tips! Leave your cleaning advice in the comments section below.

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Small gadgets to improve your kitchen

Small gadgets to improve your kitchen

As a place where we spend more waking hours than anywhere else in the house, kitchens need a little bit more TLC. Unlike those of yesteryear, todays modern sculleries have evolved into more than just a food preparation area. According to a study by research experts, Magnet, the kitchen is now a place where we dine, study and socialise.

As a result of this evolution, the area has ballooned from an average of 5.9m² to a whopping 11.2m². It now includes gadgets such as flat screen TVs, radios, toasters and dish washers to make it as homely as possible. Investing in exceptional furniture and gadgets can make your kitchen more exciting to spend time in.

To help you renovate the area, here are some top rated gadgets and furniture you need in there.

The four minute doughnut

They’re the ultimate comfort food snack, and it can often be a pain if you just fancy indulging, but don’t have anything in the cupboards. Even if you had the energy to go off to a local shop and stock up, you’d probably have a selection of stale and unappetising donuts waiting for you. What could be better than having the ability to cook up a batch of treats from the comfort of your kitchen?

The Babycakes Doughnut Maker allows anyone, even kids, to bake six pastries in four minutes. It doesn’t need cooking oil and doesn’t fry the doughnuts, making it a healthier and affordable alternative for people who have a sweet tooth.

Dispensing all-round goodness

Sometimes, through the summer especially, there’s nothing better than an ice cold glass of water. In the winter, if your morning routine strictly consists of commencing the day with a hot cup of coffee, the BIBO table top water dispenser may be just what you need. It’s an all-in-one unit that relieves the need for appliances such as your kettle, coffee machine and water cooler; saving you space, while also providing clean filtered water. What’s more, the BIBO uses very little energy and can be programmed to automatically switch off whenever you’re not using it, saving money on your utility bill.

Scaling down

No one likes to work in a cluttered kitchen where the worktop looks like a storm came along with friends and had a party. We’re often looking for ways to save space, but getting rid of essentials such as weighing scales and chopping boards can be a real hindrance when it comes to cooking.

However, saving space is easy to manage with the Salter Scale. Designed to serve as a clock, thermometer and scale, the device allows you to save space by getting rid of all three appliances in your home. When you’re not using it, you can just hang the stylish, high-tech disk on the wall.

Eggcellent appliance

As humans, our senses are limited and can’t detect when something’s off until we come to prepare it for a meal. This often leads to disasters of stomach-turning proportions. Even more so when it comes to inspecting an egg’s freshness. It’s difficult to tell if an egg has gone bad just by looking at the shell. But as soon as we crack it open, our kitchens transform from a heavenly space into a rancid, sewer system in no time.

The Egg Minder spares your senses from the horror. It’s basically an advanced egg tray that tells you how many eggs you have and their current state of freshness. The appliance communicates with your smartphone and provides push messages when everything is about to get sour, or your supply is running low.

Author Bio: This article was provided by Tendai on behalf of BIBO. He spends the better half of his day trying to make the best coffee. The other half is spent writing lifestyle articles that help families cut costs and live happily ever after. Some of his stories can be found on his Google+ page.


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Five tips for a summer revamp

Five tips for a summer revamp

Giving your home a summery feel without having a complete overall and redecoration can be tough, however it is possible to encapsulate that feel of the summer in just a few easy steps. If you’re looking for those perfect soft furnishing updates for the summer, here are our top five picks.


Dark colours for a sofa are undeniably practical, however when the summer comes round, these darker shades aren’t great at generating a light and airy feel to your room. If a new suite isn’t an option, throws and pillows are an easy way to add a summery dimension to your room, whilst not blowing a budget on a new three piece suite. If that simply doesn’t cut it, why not get inventive. Some cushions can be transformed with a slipcover to give an entirely new look. the chances are that your living area will have a more practical and hard wearing sofa, however in areas like a summer conservatory or orangery, seating options should be selected with summer in mind. If you’ve got the wicker and cream seating combination in the conservatory and want to entertain, make the most of this room instead.


Nothing adds more to the summer feel of a room than the view. Whether it’s from a big patio door opening out onto your garden, or a simple window allowing the sun into the room, bringing the outside elements into your home plays a huge role in developing a warm and airy feel to the room. Make sure your view outside is un-obscured, and if it isn’t exactly something you want to showcase, make an effort and get to work on your garden and outdoor decorations. Greenery is always one garden element perfect for utilisation through the summer, both outdoor and indoor. Flowers, plants, and other greenery are perfect conservatory items, and can nicely fill those empty window ledges.


If you’ve put in the work to transform your garden from an overgrown winter nightmare into a trim summer haven, then you have every right to showcase it to your home. In order to host and entertain outdoors, turn your patio area into an extension of your home. Perfect for hosting dinner parties which allow people to mingle from the inside to out, an outdoor dining table will help you bring the summer to your home in style. Whether it’s something wooden you’re after to fit in with decking, or something contemporary like this to sit on a paved area, introducing an outdoor entertaining area can help lure visitors from the living room, out into your new garden.

Colour scheme

It’s the simplest and easiest way to give a room a completely new feel, so grab your brush and head to the Dulux website and scout out your ideal summer colour. It might seem like a big job, but giving your walls a quick coat of paint is a relatively straight forward task. Light, bright and airy are the key features of a summer home, so opting for a crisp white, ocean blue or similar summery tone is a great way to transform a room. If you’re after colour ideas, here are our best summer selections.

Is your home a summer haven? If so, what quick tips and touch ups would you recommend for bringing those long summer days into your home? Be sure to let us know 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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