What’s hot in the antiques world?

various antiquesAntiques, collectables and artefacts are becoming more and more popular. Many families will hoard them, others will display them and some will collect and sell them on to supplement their income.

Collectors and sellers alike can purchase antiques from a variety of places these days. Ebay is an excellent site to make a start, while car boot and garage sales always seem to throw up the odd gem. You will be surprised how many people will put collectable antiques on a table without ever knowing their value.

However, as a buyer, always remember this. If you are pursuing a bargain at a boot sale, the best deals will be struck by mid morning, so get to your destination as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If it’s a garage or porch sale, you might want to pass by the day before, to see what’s about. Remember, the seller is keen to sell, so if you’re polite and genuinely interested, you could land yourself a bargain. Continue reading

Planning for long term storage

Lounge furnitureAre you planning to rent out your home to earn some extra cash? You might be planning an extended holiday or find yourself temporarily re-located with your job.

If so, have you thought about what happens to your belongings?

Whatever the reason for vacating your property there are undoubtedly going to be some items that you don’t want to leave with your new tenants, but you may not be able to take them with you either. This is where long term storage is an option that many people consider and subsequently use. Your items, big and small, will be safe and secure for the duration of your holiday or work placement.

Here are 5 of the most common items you might need to put in long term storage

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Top tips for the winter storage of your garden tools and furniture

picture of lawnmowerWith summer set to give way to autumn, it’s time for the barbeque to go under wraps and the garden furniture to disappear inside.

Your lawn mower, strimmer, hedge cutter and garden tools will also become surplus to requirements after your last cut, so remember to put these away too. After all, a winter of heavy rain, snow and frost could cause irreparable damage.

Many families find it difficult to justify the winter storage space for their garden bits and pieces. Storing them in your garage will take up too much room, whilst a normal size shed is simply not big enough for all of your outdoor belongings.

Some, of course, will cover their furniture and hope for the best. Unfortunately, as many folk found last year, the high winds and monsoon conditions were ripping protective sheets from the furniture and exposing the goods to the elements. Continue reading

10 top tips for storage solutions on a boat

Image of houseboat on the waterDo you own a narrow boat and feel that storage space is becoming an issue? Are you planning a narrow boat holiday and need some storage solutions before you start messing about on the river?

Holidaying on a boat sounds idyllic; ambling along the canal with the sun on your face and a glass of something cool in your hand. But the realities of storage space on a boat can sometimes come as a bit of a shock! Continue reading

6 Things you mustn’t forget to do when moving house

checklist for moving houseMoving house is one of the most stressful events that can occur throughout your life. For most people, the logistics of a move are enough to cope with. Solicitors, estate agents, removal companies and the other frustrating side-shows that accompany a move.

However, on top of the obvious issues that need to be addressed, there are many other smaller, but equally important, jobs to be done.

Create a checklist and make sure you remain in control, you will start to enjoy the move to your new home a great deal more if you are organised. And remember, don’t leave things to the last minute. You will have enough to worry about with the actual move. Continue reading