Improve the Interior of Your Home With These Sensational Changes

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As a homeowner, you should always be looking for ways to improve your property. There is always something that you can do to improve the look and feel of your home. You want to make it more inviting and appealing. And not just for yourself. You need to remember that at some point you may consider selling. So you want to make sure you make your property as appealing as possible to potential buyers.

There are quite a few things you can do to make these improvements. Some will be smaller jobs that you can do yourself without a problem. Others will be bigger jobs that will need help and possibly expert guidance.

These changes will help you to improve your home on a visual and practical level. But they may also help to increase the value and selling point of your property too.

Wooden Floors

One of the best ways to improve the interior of your property is to install a wooden floor. Your current floor might look a bit outdated and unfashionable. You may also find that it’s a nightmare for trying to keep clean and maintain. Wooden floors look fantastic. They give a sleek, modern edge to your property. They make it seem much more classy. And on top of all this they are so easy to maintain. Spillages can be cleaned with ease and staining isn’t a problem. Visit http://www.alsfordtimber.com/ to get ahold of some quality, durable timber for your hardwood floor. You’ll never need to worry about spillages again, and you will have a floor that will last for years.

Repaint

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the interior of your property is a repaint. You’ll be in shock at what a fresh coat of paint can do to revitalise any room. Your rooms might be looking a little dull and uninviting. Perhaps they’ve not been tended to in a long while. Maybe the colour scheme doesn’t match, or you have old, outdated colours. Transform the room with a fresh coat of paint. Sort out a colour scheme and try out different shades of paint. You can then go and bulk buy what you need and address each room in turn. It may surprise you the difference that fresh paint can have to the whole property.

Upgrade Kitchen

The best way to improve your home is most likely going to be to upgrade your kitchen. The kitchen is the focal point and major selling point of any home. As such it will be this room that will attract the most attention. Change the cabinets to something a bit more sleek and modern. Try contrasting colours in the kitchen to see the effect you can conjure up. Go for a metallic and stainless steel look for your appliances. These look much more classy and will attract attention from buyers. You might also think about increasing efficiency by having a hanging rack for your pots and pans.

Build an Extension

A great way to simultaneously improve the interior of your home and add value to your property is to build an extension. You will create extra space for yourself by expanding an existing room or adding in another room. You will also find that an extension adds considerable value to your property in the long run. An extension is also a hot ticket with prospective buyers so will be a major advantage if you decide to sell.

3 Great Way to Give Your Garden the Wow Factor

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Your garden might be the most important but also undervalued part of your property. It can add considerable value to your home. A great garden can attract buyers, turn heads and makes your home more exciting and appealing. If you want to give your home a makeover then what better place to start than with the garden?

If you’re going to do work on your garden then you want to make it stand out. It’s not enough to just do something small and subtle. You don’t want your garden to look like all the other gardens in the neighbourhood. You are a unique and individual person. So it’s likely you’ll want to make your garden unique and individual too.

There are basic things you can do like building a shed. You could head down to your local hardware store to get some fencing. Or you might even check out Westminster Stone with a view to putting in a patio. But if you want to give your garden a special wow factor then you’ll have to go above and beyond.

Here are three things you could add to give your garden that special wow factor.

1. Pool

If you want to go all out with the wow factor then you should get a pool put in your garden. You will be able to enjoy hot summer days and warm nights relaxing in your very own pool. Allowing the cares and worries of everyday life to slip away and enjoy the pleasure of your company.

A pool is also a social addition to your property. You can have people round for pool parties. Your kids can play in the pool with their friends. Pools add so much choice and variety to your home. Not to mention the fact that having a pool will make you the envy of all your friends.

2. Decking

Another way to add the wow factor to your garden is to add decking. This gives a modern and trendy edge to the back yard. It is also efficient and versatile. There is so much you can do with decking, and there are so many uses you can find for it. It could be used as a dining or relaxation area.

It might be used for storage. Decking also looks fantastic. Whether it’s from a distance or up close decking looks great. It makes your garden look much smarter than it otherwise would. One of the best advantages of adding decking, aside from the wow factor, is that it adds value to your property.

3. Flower Garden

If you want to keep piling on the wow factor then you should think about adding a flower garden. Most people have flowerbeds in their garden where they grow flowers. You can be unique by adding a flower garden. This may not be possible if you have no grass. But if you’re a property owner and you have grass in your yard a flower garden is possible.

The great thing is it would probably work even if you have a small garden. You could almost corner one area off and keep it as your flower garden. The advantage of this is that you can have all the flowers in one place, so they’re easier to maintain. You’ll also get a huge contrast of vibrant colours that will look breathtaking when combined.

The Ultimate Tips and Tricks for a Home Makeover

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If you’re trying to come up with ideas and plans for a home makeover, worry no more! I’ve got you covered with a bunch of my favourite tips and tricks. These tips should help you to makeover your home and give it a professional, sometimes quirky look. Enjoy!

Create Feature Walls


If your home has no feature walls, it’s basically naked. Feature walls draw the eye to the main area of the room. There are a number of ways you can create a feature wall, but it all depends on what you envision and how much work you’re willing to put in. Here are some ideas:

  • Use pictures of different shapes and sizes in the same kind of theme and hang them on your feature wall.
  • Don’t splash out on expensive art, use pictures out of books and frame them to decorate.
  • Simply use a patterned wallpaper you like to create a unique look on one wall.
  • Hang pictures over your bed to create a ‘headboard’ effect.

You can’t be scared to make a statement with your feature wall!

Contrast Colours


Instead of matching your colours like most do, why not contrast them? Bright colours are perfect for summer, such as teal and coral. You can also mix different shades of the same colour, like deep purple and lavender. This will give your home a funky, bright look.

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Avoid Being too ‘Matchy Matchy’


Matching cushions and furniture is boring. Have you ever considered mixing your chairs, sofas, and cushions to create a brand new feel? Your furniture will look thrown together, but it can still work. I also like mixing a traditional piece into a modern environment, and vice versa. It helps to add interest.

Think of Themes You Like


Why not think of a theme you’d like to stick to? For instance, shabby chic is a popular theme that many like to decorate their homes, or just one room in the home by. You may prefer a more modern appearance.

Use Apps to Help You


If you don’t feel confident giving your home a makeover, there are lots of helpful apps out there. Some will keep your measurements safe so you can choose new furniture, while others will help you to design a room for inspiration.

Carefully Choose Your Flooring


The type of flooring you choose can make all the difference to the look of your home. I prefer the look of engineered wood flooring to carpet, but this is personal preference. You could have a mix of floors in the home depending on your tastes.

Add Metallic Finishes


Metallic finishes in the form of hardware and accessories add a luxury finish to your home, and you can mix them as much as you see fit.

Mix Textures


Mixing textures is very important, as it adds elements of interest and stops a room from looking too ‘flat’. The more you mix, the better!

I love using these tips when I’m revamping my home. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Tips and Advice: Getting your Home Ready for Selling

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It’s fair to say that the property markets can be quite competitive, particularly if you are looking to get the best value for your home. Buyers all over the UK are looking to save as much as they can on their purchase and will try to find as many faults in your property as possible, so they can justify a lower offer. The best action for you is to try and combat this.

So how might you go about trying to get your home ready for selling, and ultimately looking as good as possible? Well, read this post to find some helpful tips and advice on what you can do to your house before you list it on the markets.

Get Rid of the Clutter

First impressions count, and it goes without saying but you don’t want to have a house full of unsightly mess and clutter. Tidy-up the floors and ensure all rooms have a reasonable amount of space visible. This way you can make them look larger and make them appear much more accessible.

Sorting out the Garden

While it is very important to have a tidy interior, the same needs to apply to the outside of your home. Having an unkempt or cluttered garden space won’t leave the best impression on any interested buyers, so you need to mow your lawn, trim your hedges and get rid of any unruly weeds and plant life. Otherwise, you run the risk buyers being deterred by thinking you have a high-maintenance garden area.

Cleaning and Painting

After you have gotten rid of the mess, you need to clean your property from top to bottom and ideally redecorate in neutral colours. The latter is another great way to show off the potential your home has, as these colours help maximise room space, give your home a ‘fresher’ look, and, demonstrate its potential to buyers. Furthermore in terms of value, buyers can no longer claim they need ridiculous amounts of money-off to redecorate your property.

Stimulate the Senses

It’s not just about how your home looks either, the way it smells can really affect what buyers will think. Smoke damage, damp and rubbish are some of the biggest causes of nasty stenches, the solution to these problems though is relatively straightforward. Airing out rooms, using dehumidifiers and of course cleaning out the bins, can help get your home appealing to all senses.

So, make sure you take on board some of these tactics to help make your home something buyers will pay the right price for. After this, simply get your property listed on the markets and wait for the offers to come in.

Tips on Saving Space in Your Home

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Let’s be honest, unless you live in some vast mansion then saving space is always a good thing in your home. We could all do with a little less clutter in our lives, and more open space to think, breathe and relax after a hard day at work. So here are a few ideas to help you save space in your home, and create the de-cluttered dream space that you deserve.

Make the Most of Otherwise Empty Spaces

Around the home there are plenty of empty spaces, and making the most of these spaces can transform your home and stop you feeling so hemmed in. You particularly want to gain that feeling of relaxation and harmony in your bedroom, so it’s the perfect place to start. A really clever idea for your bedroom is a nightstand that mounts on the wall, as the open area underneath will visually enlarge the space and create the illusion of more floor space. Equally, mounting a light on the wall above the nightstand will free up space on it and stop the tabletop becoming so cluttered. Also make sure that nothing is unnecessarily taking up more space than it needs to - an ottoman bed is agreat way to save space, as you’ll have tons of storage without the need for a bulky chest of drawers or extra wardrobe.

Keep Window Coverings Light

Heavy window coverings will darken a room and make it seem smaller, even when the curtains are open. Light gauze or lace curtains will make your room lighter and give the illusion of more space. In a bedroom when you want to block out light to ensure a good night’s sleep, or you just want the option of a little extra cosiness in the evenings, you could try layering the gauzy curtains with a white blackout blind.

Use Scent

Scent is so evocative, and can bring an instant sense of calm to any size room, as well as bringing back happy memories. It's always best to go to a shop and actually sample the scents of candles or room diffusers rather than just reading the descriptions - you really never know how you'll react to different scents, and getting something you don't like is completely the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve! If you've gone for a cosy feel a rich, smoky scent is really fitting - especially if you don't have a fireplace of your own. True Grace make a ‘library candle that fits the bill perfectly, it also has notes of amber and moss. For a light and airy room, look for a candle or diffuser with notes of fresh herbs like wild mint or basil and lemon - it will make you feel like you're relaxing in a beautiful garden.