Looking To Sell Up & Move On? Here’s How To Land The Perfect Family Home!

I’ve spoken before about how while I love our home, I know that if my family was to increase it may no longer be a suitable place for us to live. I’m not alone, a lot of my friends are in the same boat. Their houses are fine for now, but if another little one comes along, that may no longer be the case.
Today, I’m not going to focus on selling up. Instead, I thought I would share some tips and advice for finding your perfect family home. It’s not easy to find a home that you love, as there always seems to be something that you have to compromise on. However, that doesn’t have to be the case, at least not necessarily.
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To help you land the home of your dreams, I thought I would share a few useful tips. Hopefully, these will make the process of finding a home that you love, that much easier and less stressful.
Find a good realtor
First and foremost, it’s essential to find a good realtor. If you want to make finding a new home as easy for yourself as possible, it’s essential that you have an expert that you can rely on. You want someone who understands how important finding your dream home is and will do all that they can to help you.
Know what you want
A mistake that many of us make when house hunting is not knowing what we want. If you want to make house hunting as easy for yourself as possible, it’s essential that you know what you want. Or, I should say, what you need. Write a list of your wants and needs for your next property - remember that the ‘needs’ are a priority and the ‘wants’ are an added bonus. The ‘needs’ should be things like the amount of bedrooms that you must have, and area that the property is located in. While the ‘wants’ can be things you’d love, such as ensuite bathrooms, but aren’t essential. Knowing what you want and need from a house will make your search much easier and less stressful. Go around each property ticking things off of your list.
Consider building instead of buying
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If you can’t find anywhere you love, then it might be worth considering going another way, like building a house instead of buying one. While this would most likely take longer, it would give you the option of designing the perfect place. It may even work out cheaper than buying a property. Plus, it would come with the added bonus of being under warranty. Meaning that any problems would be covered and you wouldn’t need to pay for them to be dealt with. If this idea is of interest to you, consider getting in touch with a company like Derbyshire to see what would be involved in building your own home.
Be open-minded
Most importantly, whatever option you go for - buy or build, remember to be open-minded. The key to success when it comes to achieving your dream home is seeing the potential. If for example, you find a property in a prime location but it’s not well maintained inside, think of the potential it has to be beautiful. Or, if you’ve found a plot of land for sale that’s in your dream home location, see the potential you have to build a home there. It may take longer than buying, but it could be the best move you’ve ever made.
Finding the perfect family home can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. It’s just a case of being open-minded and looking at the potential that every option has.

Dress Your Home For A Successful Sale With These Amazing Tips

Are you ready to sell your house? You’ve probably already gone through weeks of emotion about leaving the place you’ve called home. But now it’s time to prepare your property for sale. This can take a fair bit of work and time and effort. You may also need to consider packing up and moving out some of your things. This will free up space in those rooms you’ve used for storage that need to be dressed for their real purpose.

Start by throwing out, gifting, or recycling everything you no longer use. This is important for decluttering, but will save you from moving large quantities of stuff that is of no use to you. It only takes an afternoon and a strong will to reduce your possessions down to the bare minimum. It can feel pretty good too when you strip your life of the excess baggage accumulated over the years.


Now you can start to dress each room. Bedrooms should all have beds in them, even if the spare one is currently an office. And the dining room will need a good dining set, dressed and ready for a fancy meal! This means the beds should have pillows and bedding sets in place, neatly made. A bedside table, lamp, and a rug are nice touches to help complete the room. Your dining table will need a runner, plates, glasses, cutlery and centrepiece to finish the effect.

If any of your woodwork or walls look a little scuffed up, try wiping the down gently to reveal a fresher finish. If you have to paint, it’s best to start early so you can get rid of the fumes and stickiness. Rather than replacing worn flooring, try carefully placed rugs or rearranging the furniture. This can help hide any problems that you can’t clean away. Vacuuming and deep washing the carpets often bring them back up to a nearly new condition.

Cleaning up a well-used kitchen can be quite a big and mucky job. You might prefer to hire a professional to tackle it. They often have industrial strength potions to bring back the shine, plus a lot of handy equipment. If you have the time to take this on yourself, make sure the windows are wide open for ventilation. Don’t forget your gloves! And make sure all the gardens are trimmed and tidy too.


On the day of any viewings, it is important to ensure the whole house smells fresh and enticing. Try using a 200mL essential oil diffuser to bring a gorgeous scent into each room. Make sure there is plenty of light available too. You may need to switch on some carefully situated lamps to brighten things up. Finally, keep windows closed in any rooms that face the main road. Noise can be quite off-putting for potential buyers.

Selling your home for the top market price can take a lot of work and effort to achieve. But it could make a difference of thousands of dollars for any offer you may receive. At the end of the day, you need to make a sale. Good luck.

Bump Style - The first trimester




The first trimester of pregnancy is an awkward one for many woman, you may or may not be showing and you may or may not be wanting to hide that from those around you. I show early, I did with my first pregnancy and I am again in my second. I think its good old genetics and my shorter torso that equal not so much room, that and tummy troubles. I like to stay comfortable and I dont mind showing my instant bump.

Here are my top tips for staying comfy in the awkward first trimester.

Don't be afraid of stretch - Invite stretch into your wardrobe, stretch clothing will last the distance in pregnancy. If you buy maternity wear or simply size up in clothing it should last you throughout your pregnancy.

Invest in a maternity bra or two - As your body changes and your breasts grow they will change shape, size and can become sore, swollen and tender so its best to wear a buy that will accommodate these changes without compressing those sore boosies. Through my first pregnancy I thought maternity bras were just for nursing. I had no idea you could and should wear them through your pregnancy also so I suffered sore breasts and back ache. Get fitted and get comfortable

Plan - Plan what you might need and what your budget is for a pregnancy wardrobe. If you are on a budget I would absolutely suggest purchasing pieces that you can wear throughout your pregnancy, after while breast (or not) and that will fit into your post baby wardrobe. Swing style tops and dresses, tunic dresses, lycra pieces  will all fit back into your everyday wardrobe.

What are your first trimester style tips?? xxx

Power Cut? Follow This 3-Step Plan

While they are commonly only temporary issues, power cuts can leave you feeling vulnerable in your own home. They can be caused in a number of ways from adverse weather to electrical surges. This can stop your appliances from working correctly and can leave you with no lights in your home. This is extremely inconvenient and can also be scary if you have young children. Power cuts are something that every homeowner experiences at some point in their lives. So it’s beneficial to know what to do in this situation. So if the power has just gone in your home, here is what you need to do next.




Check your neighbour's houses


The first thing you need to establish is whether the power cut has affected your entire street or whether it’s just your home. If the power cut occurs at night, look out of the window to see if your neighbour’s homes have lights on. If they do, you know quickly that only your home is being effected. Whereas if they don’t you know you are not alone. If it happens during the day, it will be harder to tell if your neighbours have power or not. So go to their houses directly to ask them to check their lights and appliances. Wait for a little while to see if the power returns. If it doesn’t move onto the next step.




Call an electrician


Next, you need to call an emergency electrical contractor service to assist you. They can help you establish the cause of the power outage and work to repair and fix the problem. If you are unable to use the internet on your phone, look for a number in the phonebook or newspaper. When you contact them, stay calm and be clear about what has happened. Listen to their instructions carefully as they might ask you to turn off or disconnect your home’s appliances. Once you hang up, start looking for torches you can use to light your home. Candles are not recommended as they can be a fire hazard and can also cause burns.


Dress for the weather


When you have a power cut in your home, it can alter the temperature making it too hot or too cold. So it’s crucial that you make sure your family is dressed appropriately while the electrician is fixing the problem. If it’s hot outside, light weight and light colours are ideal for cooling you down. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It’s it’s cold, wear plenty of layers and never use your oven to heat up your home. You may also want to consider taking your family to another location while the issues are being fixed. Call your friends and relatives or ask your neighbours if you can come round. This will keep your family safe and at a more suitable temperature.





Now you know what you have to do; you can deal with your current power cut quickly and safely. Take what you have learned from this guide and use it to help you prepare for any other power cuts you have in future.






Why It's Time To Get Your Dancing Shoes On

Not all of us enjoy sweating it out in the gym. If you’re looking for an alternative way to get fit, dancing is a fantastic option. Here are just some of the reasons why it’s time to get those dancing shoes on.



Health benefits
You may think that dancing is something you do on a Friday night after a drink or two. But there are hundreds of different forms of dance and most give you a really good workout. You can take dance classes for different types of dance, or sign up for sessions, which involve a mixture of styles. If you really want to notice an improvement quickly, arrange some private lessons.

Dancing isn’t just a great cardio workout. It also helps to increase your flexibility and agility. You’ll also find that you improve your strength and stamina with every session.

Exercising on a regular basis also has incredible benefits for your mental health. A dance class at the end of the day could help to relieve tension and stress. Exercise also helps to release endorphins and increase serotonin levels. This helps to lift your mood.

Social benefits
Dancing is a sociable activity, which enables you to meet new people and get out and about. If you join a Latin or ballroom class, you’ll soon get to know the regulars.

Increased confidence
Taking up hobbies and expanding your social circle is a fantastic way to build confidence and increase self-esteem. As you improve, your confidence will grow. Dancing is particularly good for those who shy away from being in the spotlight normally. If you feel confident in your abilities, this will help you to open up and feel more comfortable in social situations.

Fun and enjoyment
The reason most people dance is enjoyment. To begin with, you may find that you struggle with the steps. But you’ll learn quickly, and this is an activity, which can be great fun. You get to learn new skills, meet new people and challenge yourself.

Diversity
Dancing isn’t just about putting on some ballet shoes and perfecting a pirouette. There are so many different forms of dance out there. You’re bound to find something that suits your personality and individual tastes. Learn to salsa or samba like the carnival dancers. Embrace the elegance of the waltz or foxtrot. Get your pulse racing with a street class or learn to breakdance. Imagine you’re on the streets of South America and learn the Argentine tango. Or channel your inner romantic and hone your rumba skills.

If you’re looking for a new hobby, or you’re eager to shape up without going to the gym, dancing could be the way forward. There are so many different types of dance you can try and so many benefits to enjoy. Sign up for some classes or arrange some one to one tuition. You’ll find that you progress rapidly, and your health and fitness will improve. Dance classes are also an excellent way to make new friends and improve your social life. If you’re looking to try something new, why not give dancing a go?

6 Ways To Revamp Your Garden Without Gardening


Gardens are an important part of your property, whether you’re happily settled or looking to sell. They form the first impression of your home and set the tone for your living space. In the warmer months, they transform into an outdoor room. They provide more space to eat, relax, and entertain our friends. For some people, they have a function such as growing food. And for our children, gardens become playgrounds and magic kingdoms.

We put a lot of thought and work into our outdoor spaces. The process, for many people, is what it’s all about. As such, we read a lot about gardening and gardening tips. But there are several ways to transform our gardens which don’t involve gardening.

1. What Do You Use Your Garden For?

When starting any home project, you need to be clear about what you’re trying to achieve. Ask yourself what you use your garden for. It could be somewhere to sit and eat during the summer. Or maybe, the main focus is to create a safe play area for kids. Keep your purpose in mind as you make your changes.

2. Hire A Skip

If you have lots of clutter in your garden and outhouses, a skip may be useful. Over the course of a weekend, sort out anything that no longer wanted or useful. Recycle wherever possible or give items to friends or charity. But for all those broken tools and old toys, get rid of them.

The same is true for garden waste. If you have accumulated old branches and leaves, etc. rake them up and get rid of them.


3. Sort Out Your Driveways

Driveways and walkways with cracks and holes look unsightly. They may also be dangerous and cause tripping hazards. Larger potholes may be a problem for vehicles. If your driveways are in need of some care and attention, consider hiring professional concreters. A professional company will transform the exterior of your home with creative paving solutions. Work out what will suit the rest of your home.

4. Create A Patio Or Decking

If you eat outside a lot, consider creating a dedicated spot. Decide whether to use a concrete area or decking. If the area is raised, you will need to consider adding fencing for safety. Depending on your location and climate, would an outdoor cooking area be of benefit? Many people create bricked areas for outdoor stoves and BBQs.



5. Jet Wash

It’s surprising what a difference jet washing can make. It will make your paving look as good as new and will remove any moss and build-up. If you don’t have a jet washer, swill the area and sweep it with a sturdy yard brush.


6. Paint Exteriors

When visitors arrive at your home, it is likely they will enter through the front door. Make sure your entrance is looking smart with a lick of paint. Extend this to any other woodwork such as window frames and fascias.

By applying a few small changes you can transform the outside appearance of your home. This creates a smart and welcoming facade. It also creates curb appeal if you’re looking to sell.

How To Keep Your Kids Safe Around The House

No matter how safe you think your home may be, have you ever thought about how safe it is for your kids? If they spend a lot of their time running around and playing, you will have to be careful to ensure it is a safe environment. Accidents can happen at any time, and it is important to try and keep them down to a minimum. No more accidents means no more tears and tantrums! Want to know how to keep your kids safe around the house? Here are some awesome tips.


Remove Loose Wires

Young children love grabbing things. If they see a loose wire, they could try and reach it and give it a pull to see what it is! So if you notice any loose wires from old light fittings or other electrical appliances, it is a good idea to cover them up. Alternatively, call a local Electrician to remove them completely. Think you might need the wire in future? Why not connect it to an appliance or light now; then that’s one future job out of the way!

Carpeted Floors

Kids can pick up a lot of speed when they are dashing around the house! Falls and tumbles are quite common. However, you can help to reduce the frequent occurrences by getting your floors carpeted. Carpets have better grip than smooth tiles and wooden floorboards. So there will be a lot less chance that your kids will slip up.


Keep Things Out Of Reach

If you have a lot of valuable ornaments and sentimental possessions, do not place them anywhere where your children can reach them. Otherwise, they will only try to get them and play with them. The best way of keeping them away from kids is to stand them on high shelves and ledges. If you aren’t too sure whether a shelf is too low for your valuables, you can use this test. Simply sit down on the floor. Are the things on the shelf in your line of vision? Then your kids will probably be able to reach them.

Tidy Up

A lot of clutter in your home can also trip young children up. Keep an eye on where your kids are playing and make sure it is always tidy. Try to encourage them to put away any games or toys when they are finished with them. It is a good idea to create a nursery for your children. This way, any mess and piles of toys can be contained to one room. So next time they are running from room to room they won’t be tripped up by an unexpected pile of Lego bricks!

Keep An Eye On Animals

This point is very important if you have young children and pets in your home. Don’t leave kids and pets alone in the same room. Even if your child just wants to play, your cat or dog may mistake the intention. If the pet is scared, they could end up lashing out at your child. They will be fine in the same room, as long as you are there to supervise.

Keeping Kids Happy When You're Moving House

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When it comes time to moving home, there is a lot to think about. That’s if it’s just you, or just you and a partner, that is. If you add kids into the equation, it becomes loads to think about!

Moving home is cited in many polls, articles and research as one of the most stressful things a person can do. So it only makes sense that this stress can emanate to the rest of the family too.

Of course, we all want our kids to be happy. If you are moving home, the last thing you want is for them to get caught up in your stress. So how can you keep your kids happy when you’re moving house?

First up is of course how they feel about the move. If they’re thrilled and excited, great! You’re onto a winner, and the whole process will go much easier for you.

However, it could be that your kids aren’t too happy about it. Or perhaps they’re not happy at all! You need to figure out why this is. It could be a totally unfounded reason that once you know, you are able to correct and put right. Or, if it something more serious and genuine, show them your support. If they are worried about leaving friends behind, or changing schools, be sure you show them that you hear their worries. Keep communication open, and be patient in explaining why the decision to move has been made. Offer solutions to their issues. If they don’t want to leave their best friend, promise that he or she can come and visit for a weekend as soon as you’re settled in. Offering solutions shows them that you are listening, and could go a long way to putting their mind at rest. www.parents.com/parenting/money/buy-a-house/make-moving-easier-on-you-and-your-kids/ has more great advice.

Whether your kid is excited about the move or not, be sure to take them to the new town or city. If you can, that is! Showing them their future street, and school, and local shops will make the move feel more tangible. They will be able to start picturing themselves there, and make the move less daunting when it does come. For young kids, show them all of the great things about your new area; a local park, or a great play area.

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As for the move itself, be sure you hire help from outside agencies and companies. Trying to do everything yourself will spread you too thin. You won’t have time for the kids, and they might start to feel neglected if this happens. Of course, there are some jobs you can do alone. But how about hiring a company to come and pack up the house? You can find more packing tips here; www.sandcastlesandpapercrowns.com.au/2016/04/moving-house-packing-tips-to-make-life.html. Also, how about hiring a furniture removal company to take care of that part. Check out www.brisbanefurnitureremovalists.com.au iif you need that yourself. Call in the cavalry, also; let your loved ones come and help out. They can take the kids out for a special treat, or do some babysitting duties. Having an extra pair of hands (or 5!) will go a long way to keeping both you and your kids happy as you move house.

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Could The Outside Of Your Home Be More Beautiful?

A lot of people don’t make the effort, to properly maintain their homes. At least, not the exterior of them. When we have time and money to update our homes, a lot of us prefer to focus on the inside of the building, rather than the outside. However, this shouldn’t be the case as the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior.

The next time you have some spare money and free time, invest it into the outside of your property. Not only will you improve the curb appeal, but you’ll also ensure that if you ever decide to sell, you’ve got a better chance of getting a good price. A property that’s been well cared for and maintained is twice as likely to sell quickly and for a fair price.

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The question is, how should you go about making your home’s exterior more beautiful?

Start with the building itself

The first thing to focus on is the building itself. Take your time checking the exterior of your property for any problems. Check the paintwork to see if it’s grimy, peeling, or flaking, if it is, it will need to be repainted. If it’s just dirty, pressure washing it could work well. It’s also important to check that there are no cracks on the sides or near the bottom of the property as these can lead to damp. If there are cracks, it’s crucial to call in a contractor immediately.

Update the features

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The next step is to update the fixtures and fittings. Things like the window sills and exterior door frames may need repainting or replacing. If they’ve cracked or started to rot, it’s best to replace them. However, if they’re just a worn, a coat of paint or stain should do the trick. It’s also important to look at the front and back doors, if these are old or damaged, it’s best to replace them. It’s also worth checking your garage door, if you have one, to see whether that needs any maintenance. If it’s old, it may need oiling or replacing, depending on its condition. If you need a replacement, check out the WA Roller Garage Doors website and have a browse on their site. If you’re going to replace your garage door, make sure to opt for a high-quality design so that it lasts.

Give the roof a once over

If you haven’t checked your roof in a while, it’s worth giving this a once over. Using a ladder, climb up there and have a look. While you’re up there, check that your guttering is working properly and doesn’t have any blockages or cracks. As for your roof, have a look for any cracked or missing tiles, if you find any, replace them. You can opt to do this yourself, or you can hire a professional, it’s up to you. An entire roof can be expensive to replace, so it’s best to keep on top of the maintenance to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

Smarten up the garden

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Has your garden got into a bit of a state? If it’s not been kept trimmed back, you need to spend some time tending to your yard. Start by removing any junk and putting any equipment back into your shed or garage. Then mow the lawn, remove any weeds, and trim any overgrown plants or bushes. This shouldn’t take too long but if you don’t have a green thumb you could always hire a gardener to deal with it for you.

There you have it, how to make your home’s exterior more beautiful.