Tips to make a small room look bigger

small roomWhen buying your first home, the initial excitement of finally getting on the housing ladder is often quickly followed by a worry about space. How exactly are you going to fit all your belongings that have been spread around the house at Mum & Dad’s (and in the loft and garage) into your first property, which in all likelihood is going to be small by comparison? If your first home is being bought with a partner, increase that concern – you’ve got 2 lives to cram into the property. Once everything is in, it’s all too easy to make the place cluttered and feel cramped. Continue reading

How to avoid damage when packing your moving boxes

packing_moving_boxesMoving house takes a whole lot of planning and organisation because you don’t just move house. Unless you are moving 10 minutes down the road, a house move normally involves changing schools, doctor, dentist, vet and a whole host of other things so there’s alot to think about before, during and after any move.

Once you’ve worked out all the essential people and organisations you need to deal with (and we’ve got some handy checklists for that), you then have to think about the best time to start packing your moving boxes. If you are going to pack efficiently and avoid damage it will take planning and time. Trying to pack all your moving boxes just a few days before the removal vans are due will only result in rushed packing, and probably, damage. So, what do you need to do to plan and pack effectively? First of all, and most importantly you need to decide the type of removal service you are going to use. This will have a major impact on the time needed to pack and the materials you’ll need. If you decide to use a removal company you may well have the option for them to provide a packing service for you. It’ll still take some planning as you’ll need to give them some direction over packing, but someone else will be doing it for you which frees up your time. Continue reading

Peace of mind when renting out your home to holidaymakers

aeroplane wingTechnology has changed the way we find and book our holidays and business travel. Of course there are still travel agents on the high street, but increasing numbers of people are choosing to organise their travel themselves. Booking directly through tour operators and flight companies and using home exchange sites or rental sites like Airbnb can be a way to find interesting and alternative places to stay. So, with more people looking for that ‘home from home’ experience when travelling, more people are finding they can earn a little extra income by renting out their home or a room in their home to holiday makers or people travelling for business. Continue reading

We all need a bit of seasonal storage

squirrel seasonal storageWe talked last week about clearing out your wardrobes and swapping the summer clothes for more warmer ones. In doing so it got us thinking about just how often things get put away for long term or seasonal storage. That may be at home, work or even at a self storage facility, but there are definitely things that come in and out of storage with the seasons. And when we say seasonal, it relates to all sorts of things.

When you use the word seasonal storage there’s a tendency to think about summer or winter; hot or cold. If you’re thinking about retailers, in addition to summer etc. you’ll consider Easter and Christmas as seasons. But ‘seasonal’ can be any time of the year depending on your industry. Conference season, exhibition season, fashion show season, panto season, and market season – they don’t all coincide entirely with the meteorological seasons but they are times when things will be coming in and out of storage. Continue reading

Tips for storing clothes

storing clothes on a railIs your wardrobe bursting at the seams? Do you find yourself wearing the same thing time after time because you can’t be bothered to fight your way to the back of the wardrobe to find something different? It’s a common dilemma and one most people encounter because we’re not very good at storing clothes.

Most of us have limited wardrobe and drawer space and don’t take the time to sort through what we’ve got in them. When we buy something new, we don’t get rid of something old and we just stuff the new item into the front of the wardrobe or the top of the drawer. It’s because of this that we end up storing clothes in one great big stack with winter woollies and summer dresses all on top of each other and end up not wearing half of what we own. Continue reading