Real Estate

A Guide to Creating a Sustainable Outdoor Space

Sustainability should always be at the forefront of your mind when transforming your outdoor space. By keeping that as your priority, it can ultimately help you to create a beautiful, eco-friendly garden that is easy to maintain. So, whether you are hoping to transform your residential garden or commercial exterior, read the following helpful guide to creating a sustainable outdoor space. Welcome Bug-Eating Birds If an outdoor space is experiencing a bug problem, which is impacting your shrubs, lawn, and flowers, as well as your happiness, you should try to attract bug-eating birds. Instead of using chemicals to banish the insects as this can negatively affect the planet, simply add a bird feeder into your exterior design. Placing a bird feeder into your space will help you naturally and effectively combat the problem without the need for harmful toxins. Hang Energy Efficient Lighting Are you planning to use lighting to…

3 Ways Your Home Might Be Making You Sick

Becoming sick is something we all strive to avoid, and making healthy lifestyle tweaks can be a relatively fun challenge. However, when all of your best efforts seem to fail, it is easy to become discouraged. A very common culprit that is often unknowingly overlooked is your environment — and not just the outdoors, where seasonal pollen or air pollution may be the source of your discomfort. Instead, your very home might be making you sick. Fortunately, you can make a few easy adjustments to ensure that your home isn’t a detriment to your health. Address Leaks and DampnessImage via Flickr by okchomeseller Keeping the house clean is a simple way to keep your health at its best, but if you keep a clean house and you are still getting sick, here are a couple tips to keep in mind. Bacteria can manifest itself in damp places, heating and cooling…

Welcome Home: Adjustment Techniques After The Journey Of A Lifetime

A post shared by Ann Kucsmas (@annkucsmas) on Apr 17, 2018 at 6:38am PDT How was the trip? Was it everything you thought it would be and more? Hopefully, the answer to the last question is hell yes! After all, it’s nice when a plan comes together and the journey you planned for ages was a success. There are too many things to see, people to meet, and beers to be drunk for it to be anything less than legendary. The only problem is you have to come home at some point. Well, you don’t, but the reality is it’s bound to happen. After a long time away from home, there will be an inevitable honeymoon period. Everything, no matter how benign, will seem awesome. Even the things you hated before you left. Of course, give it two weeks and the novelty will wear away pretty quickly. They’re called the…

Three Simple DIY Repairs and Upgrades Around the Home

A handyman can be expensive to hire and often not available when we need them. The cost can be prohibitive to have even minor work done. Having the skills to maintain your home is quite valuable when you consider what it might cost to hire a professional. Many home repairs and upgrades can be done correctly and competently by the average homeowner with a little knowledge. You don’t have to break the bank to fix a few things around the house. Taking on the challenge of performing DIY work on your home can be intimidating for some people but take confidence in knowing that there are many resources available. With some patience and attention to detail, professional results can be achieved. Clearing a Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain One of the cheapest and easiest methods of removing clogs is to pour boiling hot water down the drain. Clear any standing water…

3 Ways to Prepare Your Home Before You Travel

You are planning a major trip — perhaps a special event related to your job or for that vacation you have finally earned after years of hard work. You may be a little nervous due to the excitement of the travel and because you will be leaving your home unattended. Here are some easy and important steps you should take to keep your mind at rest during your travel. Keep Your Network in the Loop Image via Flickr by Traveloscopy If family and friends live near you, then let them know when you’ll be departing and returning. Ask this group to keep an eye on your home and to take in your mail, newspapers, or packages so these items don’t pile up and draw unwanted attention to your absence. Ask this group to call or text you if they see something suspicious and to call the police directly if something…

4 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

Purchasing a home represents the single largest financial decision many of us will ever make. It’s probably also where you’ll hang your hat for many years to come. But before even eyeing all that mortgage paperwork, you have to find a house you deem fit for such a long-term financial commitment. Here are four things to look for when buying your first (or next) home. Make Sure It’s Level Image via Flickr by ryanbjorkquist The foundation of any home can serve as both its strongest and weakest point. To make matters worse, it takes a keen eye to spot the difference between one that was laid well and one that clearly wasn’t. Look for any cracks longer than a foot long found emanating from the base of the outside walls. A cracked, not-quite-level foundation can be the source of costly home repairs later down the road. Research the Neighborhood Your…

Cute Accessories Every Home Office Needs

Thanks to the internet, more of us than ever are able to have jobs where we work from home. Whether you run a business, do Youtube, blog, write or freelance in any other capacity, a home office to work from is essential. A space that you’re happy with will make you feel inspired and more productive, and so it’s important to put a bit of thought into your working environment. Here are some of the cute accessories you can get to spruce up your home office. Comfy Desk Chair When you spend a lot of time sat at your desk to work, a good desk is absolutely crucial. You need something that properly supports your back and feels comfortable to sit in too. Rather than just order something online, it can be helpful to go into different shops and physically sit in a variety of models. Work out what you…

Redecorating your home on a shoestring budget

You feel like it’s time for a change. You’re ready to transform your space… but your budget is limited. Is it worth the effort and cost to freshen things up? Your living space can not only reflect but have a significant impact on your health, emotional state and general sense of wellbeing. Psychology Today writes on the importance of seeking out and cultivating healthy spaces that are uniquely suited to who you are as a person. While a major geographic relocation may not be in your future, you do have control over your immediate living space – especially with our low-cost redecorating tips. Add some colour – or subtract it While there’s absolutely a science of colour, the more important thing is to find a way to have your space reflect your best self, whether that’s chaotically creative or soothing minimalist. But don’t despair if a full interior repainting is…

How to Choose a Piece of Statement Furniture When Revamping Your Home

Pieces of statement furniture can really inject some personality into your living space. And even though many interior designers will tell you to play it safe with your furniture and add quirky touches with your accessories, sometimes it’s worth taking the risk. A statement piece can really help you to set the overall tone of the room, creating a breath-taking impact that will wow your guests. Here are some top tips when choosing this statement piece: Make Sure It Works with the Rest of Your Furnishings Even though statement pieces are meant to make a statement (believe it or not!), it’s important that they fit in with the rest of your furnishings too. For example, Carl Hansen chairs from companies like Skandium will complement a range of minimalistic, contemporary interiors, helping you to tie together your individual features wonderfully. It’s important that the piece you choose doesn’t look too staged…

Finding the perfect homewares online

Did you just buy a home and now need to outfit it from top to bottom? Are you tired of clutter and feel like you need a different way to store things? Could you be using hand-me-downs from friends and family? Are you a closet interior designer who wants to remake things in your own style? If any of these sound like your situation, it is time to get shopping for new homewares! Homewares are great to shop for because there are various items for all the rooms of the house, and there are many styles from which to choose. In other words, you can go a little wild with your shopping ideas, and spend a little or a lot. In this day and age, finding what you want is as close as the click of a mouse. You can definitely try the brick-and-mortar places, but you should spend some…

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