It is hard to beat outdoor living, and there is no question that a functional outdoor space will add value to your home. You may decide that the time is right for you to do a large renovation, but if you are not willing to commit the time or money to a major project, there are still some things you can do to expand your functional living space out of doors. Creating an outdoor “room”: You don’t need walls to create a space that feels private and is protected from rain, wind or the prying eyes of neighbors.…

When you sign the lease on a new house or purchase one, you never think about how hard moving will be until you actually go through the process of packing up all your stuff. Even if you have done it before, it can be a cumbersome process. In this article, we will share some packing tips that will make your next move as easy as possible. 1) Recruit moving companies online Prior to the advent of the internet, recruiting moving companies was something of a crapshoot, as you relied on word-of-mouth that was often hit-or-miss. However, the information age has…

As the warm days of summer give way to the eventual onset of winter, the decorative touches that you have inside your house should shift along with the seasons. Together with survey firm My Voucher Codes, we have put together an article that will help you decorate your house for less this winter. Keep colors in mind When you are picking pillows, blankets, and throws for the upcoming winter, make sure the colors that you choose sync well with the mood of the season. While it is okay to use bright colors, be sure that they stand out by choosing…

If you’re establishing a new home – or maybe even trying to sell your old one – then choosing a consistent interior design theme is a logical starting point. And in the same way that major corporations decide on appropriate branding for their products and don’t veer from that brand – doing the same with your home will pay dividends. “Green” (CC BY 2.0) by jinkazamah But this is easier said than done. Adopting a strong theme simultaneously means getting rid of some things in your home which you like and which have value, but which simply don’t fit with your chosen theme.…

Checking out the house and land packages in Brisbane is one of the best things to do when you are looking for a new home. Think about it: it is a good community, and almost everything that you need to is accessible from where you live. But what if the perfect looking house comes with a small room? It would be a shame to forego the house just because some of the rooms are not big enough. The good news is that you do not need a huge construction done to make those rooms bigger. That is a little disruptive,…

So, you have finally decided to go on an extended holiday after dreaming about it for years. In order to fund this trip of a lifetime, you have decided to rent out your house while you are gone. While you have left most of your furniture in place, you have plenty of other belongings that you don’t want your tenants to touch or potentially steal. After a brief search, you found some self storage Perth solutions that charge a satisfactory price and offered the amenities that you were looking for. While you have committed to a locker, you are still…

The Australian government has seen the need for some assistance for first time property buyers, and has recently increased the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) to $10,000. This is a considerable amount of money, especially at a time when the outlay is so high, and it comes as a welcome relief to many young couples. The list of things to buy seems endless, so here are some ideas on how best to utilise the grant money. Furnishing the home An important thing to consider as one must have certain essentials, such as bedding, tables and chairs, and carpets, and although…

There’s only so much preventative maintenance can do for your appliances. Sometimes, what you really needed all along was a visit from one of Toronto’s expert repair technicians. When a professionally trained and insured specialist arrives at your door, backed by experience and high quality equipment, you don’t have to worry about Band-Aid fixes. These technicians will find the root cause of your faulty machine and make the appropriate repairs quickly, efficiently, and — most importantly — affordably. Before you call the first repair service you find, it’s important you do your homework. Not everyone with a decaled truck and…

The commercial real estate market can be a minefield, sporadic market movements can make it difficult for the would-be investor to make a smart decision around what type of commercial real estate to buy and where. Following the 2008 economic crisis prices crashed dramatically in this sector and have only shown strong signs of improvements in the last few years. There were many smart investors who used the crash in price to capitalize and as you can imagine this has lead to a knock on effect that has affected the stability of the market. Finding the best commercial real estate…

So you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. The best time of year is in the late spring so families can move once their children are out of school or in the fall before winter weather hits. Competition during those peak markets means you need to have your home looking its finest. If you’ve planned far enough in advance, you should have time to make some upgrades to get the best value for your home and beat out the competition. But not all upgrades are equal. An updated kitchen will go further than an in ground swimming pool…