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Fundamentals You Need To Get Right For A Pretty Home

Everybody wants to live in a good-looking abode. A home represents a human being completely. If a house is looking good, then the person gets style points and a wonderful reputation. If the house isn’t in the best condition, then the owner might be seen as such. It’s not the nicest way of behaving, but it’s what people do, and it’s completely natural. First impressions do an awful lot for the human brain, so we need to make sure they’re on point.

white shelves in modern home

A pretty home needs work, obviously. It doesn’t just fall into place. With the likes of experienced estate agents and social media, we’re led to believe that homes are just created perfectly for you – it’s not the case. What work do you have to put in, though? What kinds of things do you actually have to do? Well, you have the floor, in all honesty. Your creativity can take you as far as you like – as long as you’re not hurting anyone or causing any issues!

Before you do anything specific or advanced like, say, a renovation, a conversion, or detailed designs, you need to get the basics sorted. You need a solid foundation to build upon before you can commit to anything more intricate. What kinds of things constitute the fundamentals? Well, here are a few examples for you. Focus on these before you do anything extra spicy: 

Neatness And Organisation

This takes literally zero ability. When you think about designing a beautiful home, you often think about the intricate and special things that require a lot of skill and experience. This particular part can be done by anyone, however. Make sure the home is cleared about and doesn’t have clutter lying around. Clutter can make a home go from beautiful to terrible oh so quickly. Also, be sure to move a few things around if they look as though they’re clustered. Your home needs room to breathe.

Theme And Colour Scheme

Before you even think about adding specific decorations, you need to have a particular design to start off with. If you have that base plate, then the rest of the work can come along pretty easily. Pick something that you’d like to work around. Don’t just do things willy-nilly; you might end up making things clash. 

Flooring

The floor is pretty vital, wouldn’t you say? You’re going to be pressing your feet against it every single day, so you need to make sure it’s in good condition. You also need to make sure that it looks nice. People notice when a carpet or a wooden floor is flawed. If things are looking a little worse for wear, then you might want to get in touch with a Carpet Repair company and let them get to work. 

Atmosphere  

The overall feel of the place needs to be addressed massively. It’s all well and good having lovely aesthetics, but you’ll need to make sure the air and the atmosphere is nice. Make sure you have adequate heating and air-con. Install some automatic air fresheners that go off every hour or so. Buy an air purifier. This stuff matters a lot. 

How to Make Sure You Can Afford Any Renovation

One of the most exciting things you can possibly do in your home is to go about changing it up completely from time to time. Anyone who has thought of doing this will know just how exciting it can be, and how many great reasons there might be to do it, and if you are thinking about doing such a thing in your own home then you will have many questions that you need to answer. One of the most pressing of these is likely to be the matter of how to make sure that you can actually afford any renovation that you might have planned. Although it might not seem easy at all times, the truth is that there is plenty you can do to make sure of this, and that is what we are going to look at in this article in some detail.

Because of the nature of renovation, and the amount of control you have over such a project, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to think about if you want to keep your costs down, raise more money, and generally make the project more affordable. In this article, we will take a look at these matters so you can get to the bottom of them and hopefully get to renovating your home in any way that you see fit. You could find yourself with a much more complete and enjoyable home in no time at all, without even having to worry all that much about money in the process.

decorating a room

Being Realistic

The first thing to point out is that you are going to have to be realistic about what you can and can’t achieve if you hope to pull off your renovation as best as you can hope to. Being realistic does not mean that you have to sacrifice all of your interior design dreams, but you will probably find somewhere that you have to at least compromise a little. This is perfectly normal, and it will generally mean that you are going to end up with a better end result anyway, but at first it can very much seem like a case of killing your darlings. It is therefore not surprising that so many people would struggle to do this. However, by knuckling down and being as prepared as possible for such shifts in the project’s tenure, you will ultimately be more likely to have a finished product which you can be proud of.

This matter of being realistic is also about ensuring that you know exactly what you are actually planning, so a big part of it will mean that you have a clear notion of what you are trying to achieve. If you go into the project not really knowing what you want, but just keen to have some kind of renovation done at some point, then you are actually much more likely to spend a lot more money in the long run. If you have a specific set of goals in mind, however, you will find that it is easier to remain realistic, and that will mean that you can ensure you are going to be able to fund at least some version of what you want to happen. So it appears there are two main parts to being realistic: knowing what you want, and also knowing how much money you are actually going to be able to spend. Let’s look at each of these concerns in turn.

Knowing What You Want

If you have never done anything of this kind before, you might well find yourself struggling at some point to understand what you need to do in order to work out what you actually want from the whole project. Or you might have a rough idea of the renovation you would like to do and its end result, but you are not entirely sure about the details. An important step is therefore going to be that you know exactly what you want to get out of your renovation, how the finished room or rooms will look, and so on. That is something that you will find is a lot easier to do if you simply make a point of planning out the renovation far in advance and in plenty of detail.

It’s important to go to paper for this part of the process. The more that you get your ideas down on paper, the more likely you are to actually get to grips with the project as a whole. It will also help you to separate out what ideas are likely to work from those which are perhaps not quite as realistic. This is a big part in figuring out how much you want and whether you are going to actually make it a reality, all the time of course considering the financial implications of the whole renovation too.

In all this, you much remember to consult anyone else you are doing this project with, and anyone who is going to be affected by it, meaning anyone living at the property itself. You want to know that they are actually going to be okay with the final version of the home, otherwise you might need to find some kind of a compromise. With that, you can be sure that you are at least moving in the right kind of direction generally.

Once you have done that, you should end up with a pretty strong plan for your renovation project, and that will mean that you can start thinking about how to budget it. The more realistic you are at this point of the process, the easier the next parts are bound to be.

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Your Available Funds

Once you have a rough kind of idea of how much money you are going to need to spend, you will need to look into whether you are likely to actually have that money available. In reality, you will sort of do this in tandem with the other process, as it will inform what ideas you are likely to put forward at what you know are likely to be too beyond your financial reach. But it’s important to look into to make sure that you know how to really nail down the available funds that you have and work out if it is going to be enough to carry through the whole project.

There is, of course, the matter of any savings that you might have, and this is the first place that you might look to work out what kind of money you have. You might also want to think about what money you are going to earn in the interleaving months before the project is complete, as that could form part of the budget. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to sell something else, that is worth looking into as well. It’s all about drawing together all of your potential funds to see what you have. You might be surprised to discover it is more than you had assumed, perhaps by a long way. You can then work to what you have, or hope to get funds elsewhere as well. But at least you now have a rough idea.

Sourcing Supplies

Remember that it’s not all about ensuring you have a lot of money upfront. You can save money on a renovation by being a little clever about where you get your supplies, in what quantities, and so on, and these kinds of decisions should also form part of your approach towards your renovation. The ideal is if you can find a source for getting building products at trade prices, so that you can save a considerable amount on those supplies and therefore don’t have to worry quite so much about how much you are spending overall. Of course, that can be tricky, and it is also worth thinking about renting out any items that you might need too, especially if your project is a one-off. As long as you source things in the best way you can, you will be saving money, so it’s worth thinking about.

Loans

For many people, such a renovation project will be simply impossible without some kind of a loan to utilise. If you are keen to make sure that you can make the project work out as soon as possible, then you will absolutely need to think about finding a loan, and that can be something which is both quite frightening and quite exciting in equal measures. There are of course many fears around taking out a loan, but it might also be exactly the thing which enables you to complete your renovation. If you do go down this route, remember only to borrow how much you need – which means having calculated that out well in advance – and ensure that you are going to be able to pay it back in good time. As long as you do that, there should be no problem with getting a loan out to help with your project.

Broadband, oh broadband ………

Hands up if you use broadband in your home? I mean who doesn’t right? Well my Hubby’s 95 year old Grandmother doesn’t but that is the only person I know who doesn’t. In our house we have iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, smart TV’s, sky and an xbox, and sometimes they are just about all using our broadband at the same time.

Working desk, macbook, note pads, phone and lamp

We have recently moved house, and one of the things I really looked into was the broadband available in new house. We couldn’t get fibre in our last house even though it was only a 10 minute walk into the town centre, crazy! It was so bad somedays that we would actually switch the wifi off on our phones and use 4G as it was faster.

Finding the best broadband for us

Running my blog from home, I have to make sure I always have internet access, and now we have fibre woohoo! Not only do I want the best broadband I also want the best value broadband. Sometimes that isn’t easy to find, with your first 6 months at this cost, then it goes up or an 18 or even 24 month contract that you just know your contract costs will change.

When we moved house, we were already in contract with Sky, who provide our TV, landline and broadband. So they came with us to the new house, but with fibre. What I like about Sky is I get everything included for one cost per month. However I have many friends how now just stream via Netflix or Amazon Prime, so they pay a much lower cost and then ensure they have great broadband.

I always try to make sure we are getting the best value for money, the more I save on our bills the more I have to put towards holidays. Travelling with the children is so important to us, so any saving I make make is a bonus.

Could business broadband be for us?

As I run my blog from home, I have been looking at business broadband. I have to ensure that it’s cost effective for us but is also something that is suitable for the whole family. It’s something I will look at when our contract with Sky finishes in about 6 months time. At the moment with business broadband I could get it for only £16.50 which really is value for money. I would then need to look into other options for the TV, would I cope with only Netflix and Prime? I’m not too sure to be honest. I might have to look into the simply sky TV package to go along with them.

What do you have in your home?