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Living Luxe: Building Your Dream Bucket List

If there’s one thing that each and every one of us should do, it’s reach for the stars. Aim high, set your sights on what you want and get out there and achieve them. Of course, money and material things aren’t everything, but they really are nice to have and are a fantastic reward of your hard work. Here are some of the things you could put on your dream bucket list to motivate you to do your best in work, gain that promotion, start that business or do whatever you want to do. 

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A beautiful home

A stunning place to live is something that just about all of us covet, a browse through luxury estate agents like William Pitt will really show you ‘how ‘the other half lives.’ Maybe you want a fancy city apartment with views, a beachside villa or a big house in the country? Figure out a plan, what you’d need to do and from there, any compromises you might need to make so that it can become a possibility for you. 

A new car

Aside from our homes, our cars are some of the most expensive purchases that any of us will buy in our lives and getting the vehicle you want is a real achievement. It’s a luxury purchase that will make you feel good, and proud of what you’ve been able to do. There are great options for car finance deals to make things easier, but do have a think first. Make sure your priorities are in the right place, for example, if you’re still living at home with your parents then driving around in a brand new sports car costing more than a house isn’t the best use of your money. However, once you’ve got your home and can comfortably afford to pay for your vehicle each month then do ahead and get it!

Travel to incredible places

Travel really does make life interesting. It helps to break up the mundane routine of daily work, gives you a break, enables you to have memorable experiences and see more of the world. Create a travel bucket list of the places you’d like to go to, while it can be expensive (especially if you want to stay in luxurious hotels) you can often find good deals or go at less busy times of year. Otherwise you could save up for the trip of your dreams every few years, and consider less expensive travel like camping, backpacking and road trips the rest of the time. 

A stunning wardrobe

Finally, some gorgeous items in your wardrobe are always nice to have. From a designer back to high end shoes, a luxurious jacket and some high end jewellery. Carefully research pieces so that they go with as many outfits as possible. That way you can mix and match high and lower end for a designer look without spending as much.

Beautiful wooden blinds from Make My Blinds

Finding curtains and blinds for our new house hasn’t been easy. Partly because I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted and partly because I’m so indecisive about things I just couldn’t choose something. I knew that I wanted wooden blinds for our bedroom and possibly for the bathroom. When Make My Blinds got in touch to ask me if they could send me out some for the new house, I was over the moon.

Did you know what wooden blinds come a whole range of colours, with tapes, without tapes, different coloured tapes, wooden, faux wood not forgetting the different widths they come in. There really is a lot to think about. Make My Blinds have fully customisable blinds up to 260cm wide for the faux wood and 240cm for the real wood, perfect for almost all windows.

Make My Blinds offer a free sample service, which for someone like me is perfect. I was about to select a range of different colours, tapes and both the wooden and faux wood. I ordered a collection of different samples and they arrived within a couple of days, it’s amazing how many different shades of white there is. I read that the faux wood is better for bathrooms, because they are 100% waterproof so they are perfect for all the water and moisture in the bathrooms.

Choosing my blinds from Make My Blinds

After a lot of wondering which would be better in our bedroom and which in the bathroom, I decided on Editions Angel White with Lilly Tape for the bedroom and Editions Brilliant White with Lilly Tapes for the bathroom.

After I placed the order it took about 10 days for them to be made and delivered, then took us about another month to have the bedroom ready to put the blinds up. In fact, the bedroom is still not finished, I was really hoping that I would now have wardrobes build in and no boxes all over the house. However, it’s very difficult to get hold of a joiner to come round to give quotes. I just hope it’s all in place before Christmas, which sounds so far away but it’s already July.

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Installing the blinds was easy for my Hubby who was tasked with the job, the instructions were simple to follow for him. Not sure I could have got them up, but he did an fabulous job. And you know what they look fabulous, I love them in our bedroom they look just as I had imagined them to. I cannot wait to see what they look like in the bathroom.

I have started to leave them down, but turned to open and from the outside of the house they look really eye catching, I like looking up to see the wooden slats. You can choose which way your slats are angled, up or down, then open closed or completely up. 

My only criticism is that they are by no means a black out blind, sounds obvious I know, but when the sun comes up in the morning it really does shine though, not completely but the room becomes very light, great on school day, not so wonderful on the weekend. However, we have had the bedroom blind up about a month now and we are starting to get used to how light the bedroom is each morning.

I know a lot of people choose to place curtains in front of their wooden blinds. I have chosen not too, I actually like the look of my blinds sitting within the window frame. We have actually sat them towards the from of the window recess so I can pop some items behind the blinds without catching them when they are put up and down. 

Although we have also got bathroom blinds, we have not got them up yet. Very annoyingly we have not only had issues getting the bathroom fitted, but once it was fitted and painted then all of the painted started peel from the walls. Even though we prepped all of the walls correctly and used bathroom paint, I have no idea why but now we have got to remove it all and start the painting again.

I’m so pleased with my blinds, they look fabulous, they are easy to put up and down. They are also reasonably prices, not cheap which as we all know isn’t the best thing but they are also not the most expensive. The finish on these are really high quality, even my Hubby mentioned how well made they are and he is very picky about these things. He really likes how they are finished across the top with an extra slat, it really sets the tone for the quality of them.

Pop over to the lovely Rachel Bustin’s blog, she has spoken about interior ideas for a small home, a great little read if you are looking for ideas.

*Thank you so much Make My Blinds for sending me these gorgeous blinds for our forever home, I love them.*

Maintenance Tips to Help You Optimise Your Condo Investment for Maximum Returns

When it comes to investing in a property like a condo, you must be aware that there is a lot of work to be done. Aside from the cost of its purchase, you need to do preventive maintenance to ensure that the unit remains in tip-top condition. Maintenance is indeed a huge part of your property management tasks and one that should be high on your priority list. Whether you decide to rent out the unit or flip it, your investment can pay off in the long run.

Below are some of the tips that you should keep in mind when keeping your condo in good shape.

Perform Preventive Maintenance

Taking a preventive approach is the best way to manage your property and prevent any major problems. After all, it is more cost-efficient to fix issues as they appear instead of waiting for them to become major concerns. By this point, the cost of repair would already be too expensive and cause a dent on your profits.

The best way to do preventive maintenance is to keep a calendar. You have to schedule the work of checking your condo on a periodic basis, such as twice a month or once a quarter. It depends on how old or new the property is. The older the condo unit is, the more preventive maintenance should be done.

You can set a schedule to align with inspection days. This will ensure that any issues on your unit have been addressed by the time the inspection is performed. From sprinklers to electrical wiring–even the smallest oversight could lead to fines and penalties. You want to avoid that extra cost, so make sure you have done maintenance prior to the inspection of your property.

Perform Regular Cleaning

It might seem obvious, but cleaning your condominium unit can be something that is easily overlooked. This does not just refer to cleaning the unit itself, but also to looking after the components that you do not often see. When was the last time that you have cleaned your HVAC system, for example? Or your appliances like your oven, washing machine, or dryer?

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Condo as an investment

Sticking to a regular cleaning schedule for these fixtures is one way that you can keep them functional for longer. It is also an important step to ensure that there is no dust, dirt, or mildew that builds up in your condominium unit over time. Not only do you prevent the damage of these appliances or home systems when you regularly clean them, but you can also avoid potential fire hazards. 

Perform Pest Control

Pests like rats and cockroaches can impact the quality of life for those who live in your condo. Aside from that, they can also be a health hazard. Make sure you bring in pest control specialists to address this issue once they arise. Get a team at the soonest sign that these pests exist in your property. Do not wait until the problem is widespread before you do something about it, or else it will be more costly to address.

These pests can be a structural hazard. They can cause extensive damage to your walls, interiors, and electrical infrastructure. So, when you hear any pest complaints, make sure they are addressed in a prompt manner.

Conduct Testing of Various Systems

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Condo as an investment

Just because you cannot see any signs of damage, it does not mean that there are no issues within your condo. It is recommended that you perform regular tests on your systems such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers. This is to ensure that they are functioning properly and in good condition when you need them.

It is important that safety equipment or systems (such as those mentioned above) are tested on a regular basis. The extra investment is well worth it because you can ensure the safety of the tenants. At the same time, it will help secure your property in the event of a fire or other damaging catastrophes.

Apply Sealants on a Regular Basis

The use of sealant is one of the most overlooked aspects of preventive maintenance on properties. Experts recommend that you re-apply sealants once every five years. You can use a sealant on the exterior paint or signs of window caulking on your condo. You should never let these components go unnoticed because it can lead to more internal damage in the long run.

If you use a sealant on the exterior paint or the windows, it will help you save on energy bills (and repair) in the future!

Set Aside a Maintenance Budget

When you invest in a property like a condominium unit, you must be prepared to shoulder the cost of its maintenance. This is an important investment if you want your tenants to be happy. And if you can keep your tenants happy, you can reduce the vacancy rate of your property. In the long run, if you decide to re-sell your condo, it will also enable you to set an ideal price for your property. If your condominium unit is well-maintained, you can leverage that when pricing your condo.

After all, potential buyers will be willing to pay a higher price for a well-maintained unit. Most buyers want to avoid the hassle of repairs. Most would also prefer a unit that is ready for moving in. By keeping your condominium unit in good shape with regular maintenance, you can leverage that advantage when selling your property.

It is also a good idea to conduct regular inspections. This will ensure that you can provide a certificate to your tenants and potential buyers about the quality and condition of the condo. 

If you are into investment properties and you would want to invest in a condo, see this. Use the information above to help you with maintaining your investment and protecting it for the future. 

 

*This is a collaborative post*