Top home improvements that add value

kitchen home improvementsA good spruce up or some home improvements can give your home a new lease of life, but which ones are likely to add more value? You may not be intending to sell your home right now, but if you’re planning on some home improvements it’s always useful to know just how they’ll impact further down the line.

There are lots of things that might make your home look fresher and even increase saleability, but which ones exactly are going to add those all important £s to your property value?

Here are the top 5 things home improvements that should add value to your property.

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Tips for success when decorating

decorating_paint_brushesAre you looking around your living room thinking it could do with a lick of paint? Perhaps you’ve got a room that was used as a dumping ground that you now want to use again or are simply bored with your current colour schemes.

Whilst many people wait until the spring time to think about sprucing things up or decorating, for some the dark wet winter evenings are the ideal time to get some sorting out done. After all, once the warmer, dryer weather comes around wouldn’t you rather be enjoying your time outside? Gardening or going for a good walk and watching things around spring back into life seems more inviting than climbing a ladder and painting the ceiling!

If you are one of those people who wants to tackle those decorating projects in the winter evenings here are some tips to help ensure things run smoothly. Continue reading

Organising Your Kitchen at Christmas

christmas kitchen food and tableJust over a week to go until the big day. Presents are bought or in the process of being bought or delivered, cards are posted and the food and drink shopping list is being made up. You may even be lucky enough to know how many you’re cooking Christmas or Boxing Day lunch for and when people are due to visit. The only thing left to do is dig out all those Christmas kitchen essentials that come out but once a year!

Extra large roasting tin, extra crockery, cutlery, glassware and general cookware, not only needs to be located but also needs somewhere to live for the next couple of weeks that will be close to hand. The chances are all those things are probably stuffed in the back or on top of a cupboard somewhere. They could be stored in the loft or garage or even away from home is a small self storage unit. Wherever they are, it’s time to dig them out. And it’s not just the additional pots and pans that will need a home, there’s the additional food and drink to think about too. Your fridge and freezer which normally cope so well are about to become overloaded! Continue reading

Preparing for Christmas visitors

christmas visitors at dinner tableRight now you are probably busy reviewing the calendar and trying to fit in your visits to other people for Christmas. It’s highly likely that you are also preparing for your own Christmas visitors. They may be coming for a few hours, a few days or even weeks. There may be 1 or 2 at a time, a few more, or, if you’re planning a big get together, a house full!

Bags under the stairs, toys around the floors and easily breakable items all need to be moved, for safety reasons as well as to avoid damage. You don’t want grandma to trip over something, or the youngest member of the family to hurt themselves playing with something they shouldn’t; and you don’t want your favourite ornament or picture to get knocked off the shelf or wall. Continue reading

The solution for your seasonal stock storage needs

seasonal_stock_stroageFor smaller retailer, car booters and market traders the need for flexible storage solutions is essential. For all retailers, each change in season brings with it a challenge in respect of seasonal stock storage needs, but unlike larger retailers who have great warehouses with ample space, smaller traders have to think carefully about the impact of increasing the stock they hold.

For many, experience from previous years will dictate the amount and variety of additional stock orders, but if you’re a start up no matter how much research you do there will be an element of guesswork involved. And once you’ve decided you need more stock, you then have to work out where to store it. Continue reading