How to keep your home super-clean + the health benefits

With a many of us staying at home and all the hygiene advice we’re hearing, I thought it would be prudent to write about household cleaning today. The good news is that there are so many things you can do to keep your family and yourself healthy simply by doing a few jobs around the house – so why not get everyone in the household cleaning together?! Here are a few things you can do, and the unexpected health benefits from doing these tasks…

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How to upcycle a mid-century cabinet into an indoor plant nursery

If you’re a big fan of house plants like me, here’s a quick and easy DIY plant nursery unit that you can make to keep all your cuttings, off-shoots and baby plants safe and cosy while they grow. You can choose a cabinet to suit the style of your home, and it looks pretty darn cool too! Here’s how to do it…

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3 Things to consider now if you’re planning building work in 2020

I’ve been looking ahead to 2020 and making plans for our life and home. With plenty more renovation work on the horizon, I need to think ahead to make sure everything gets done! So, if like me you’re thinking of doing some work on your home in the New Year here are some thing you should consider before you get started…

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Planning the right furniture layout for my living room (it’s taken years!)

Have you ever had a room where you just don’t know how to lay out the furniture? One with an unusual L-shape, or alcoves, or windows on two or more walls? In most rooms you can just ‘feel’ where the furniture should go and, in many modern homes, you can see exactly where the bed should go, because there are two plug sockets either side where your bedside lamps would plug in! But what if your room isn’t quote so ease to configure? Here’s what I learnt when tackling my own 1950s home…

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4 Thrifty ways to pull off moving house (without spending a small fortune)

Moving to a new house can be an expensive and stressful time. If you have just bought a property, you will be tied up in actually paying for it, not to mention stamp duty and all the other fees you might have to pay. Even if you are renting, you’ll have parted with your deposit and money might be tight. It is time to save some money and the best place to do so is in the move itself. Here are some thrifty ways to move house…

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4 Easy, low-cost and DIY ways to help reduce noise in your home

Home is a place to relax however, sometimes that well-deserved rest becomes elusive & the most common hindrance is noise. Or maybe YOU are making noise & want to be a more considerate neighbour – so here’s how reduce noise the thrifty way…

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Easy DIY tasks you can do in a weekend to boost the value of your property

When it comes to home improvements, you’ll probably want to prioritise projects that will add more value to your home—especially if you are planning to sell your property and move on in the future. Today I’m sharing some ideas for getting your home ship-shape so that you can enjoy living in it AND boost it’s resale value…

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3 Possible budget-friendly solutions to rid your home of dampness

No one wants to live in a damp house. It can be very uncomfortable, especially during the winter months as it will only make your place feel colder so why not tackle it now, before it becomes a bigger problem? You might think that you’ll need to call professionals in order to get rid of dampness in your home but the good news is that there are budget-friendly ways you can solve your damp and mold problems yourself. Here’s how…

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Guest post: 5 Cost-efficient ways to make your home more secure

How much do you know about home break-ins? If you believe the cartoons, you may think that burglaries only happen at night, with a criminal sneaking around in a black mask with a swag bag! In reality, the majority of break ins happen in broad daylight. They even are committed by burglars who live nearby. Plus, despite our misconception that these crimes are well thought-out and highly planned, most homes are burgled in less than 10 minutes. That means it’s more essential than ever that you take your home security seriously with these 5 low cost (and free!) security tips.

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Cheap & easy home improvements you might not have considered before…

Making improvements to your home is never going to be cheap, and amid all the home renovation programmes and YouTube DIYs you can often feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses when it comes to sprucing up your home. However, home improvement doesn’t have to be as expensive as it’s made out to be, and today’s blog post offers a few different methods of creating some easy improvements on the cheap, without going overboard with the power tools…

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How to create an outdoor kitchen/diner in your garden

I’ve been working on landscaping my garden this year and the steep slope needed to be terraced, which left me with a design that created ‘rooms’ within the garden. And since finishing the deck over the weekend, it’s got me thinking about the ways that I want to use the terrace that’s closest to the house…

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How to incorporate mid-century design into your contemporary home

You only have to open up the Pinterest home page to discover a multitude of ways to incorporate mid-century design into your home. It’s no longer about choosing a ’50s, ’60s or ’70s “theme” that you have to commit to, it’s about choosing sleek designs that fit into your 21st century home perfectly. Here’s how…

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Easy roof maintenance tasks you can do yourself (& when NOT to do it!)

The roof of a house is a perilous place so I wouldn’t even begin to suggest you take on a roofing DIY task yourself as it takes time, skill and specialist safety equipment to perform necessary repairs. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t assess the current state of the roof and spot any minor fixes that can solves problems before they become bigger jobs. At the very least, if you’re capable of assessing the damage you can call in a roofer and explain what needs fixing. Here are some roofing tips to help you get started…

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How to find extra space in your home for visitors and relatives

You might think that your family home is already full to bursting point, with kids, pets and all the things that come with them. Then you get a call, and your friends are coming to stay! How will you accommodate them? And what about when a parent or grandparent can no longer live independently? Can you fit them in too? Let’s find extra space in your home that you’re not already using…

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How to sell your home the thrifty way (without an estate agent)

If you’re thinking of moving house but the costs of selling via an estate agent are putting you off, why not consider selling your home yourself? Did you know that it’s possible to do all the photography, listings, viewings and negotiating yourself and not have to pay a penny to an estate agent? Today’s blog post will walk you through the process…

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6 Tips to keep your home secure when you go away on holiday

If you’re planning a holiday in the near future, today’s blog post is full of ideas for securing your home while you’re away. It can be a real headache if you’re worrying about your home and tech when you’re travelling, so here are 6 simple ways you can alleviate that stress and enjoy your break…

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5 Ways to reduce heating costs during those ‘in-between’ months

Winter may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to fling open all the windows yet! There may still be a few more weeks of cold days (and even colder nights) to come. But heating your home during the bitter chilly winter months shouldn’t cost your entire monthly budget and there are lots of ways you can save money on your home heating. Here are five tips to help you to maintain your radiators AND save money on heating costs while keeping your house warm and cosy…

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6 Handy DIY tips to help you diagnose & fix a leaking shower yourself

A leaking shower is something no-one wants in their bathroom. It can be quite an inconvenience when the shower doesn’t function as it should, so what can you do to repair the shower? How can you identify which part of the shower is causing the leak? Can you do some minimal repairs before calling a plumber?

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Three things that’ll get you motivated to revamp your home this year

Ready to spruce up your home this year? Great! Whether you’re completely revamping a recently purchased property, preparing your home for a sale later in the year or adding a dash of contemporary character to a specific room – here are a few tips to get you started on your decorating journey in 2019…

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Guest post – 3 Things to look for when buying a holiday home

Many of us harbour dreams of one day buying our own holiday home. Not only can it be a treasured home away from home, a place to escape to when your everyday routine gets tedious, but it can also be a fantastic investment for the future. This post details the most important things to look for when buying a holiday home, to ensure that your get the very best value for your money and get to enjoy your property for years to come…

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What are the best types of UK rental properties to invest in?

Investing in property for buy to let purposes can be an incredibly worthwhile and lucrative venture. The UK is one of the best places in the world for property investment, with the buy to let market in a number of cities such as Liverpool and Manchester offering impressive rental yields and increasing demand. If you’re keen to explore the UK property market even further and are considering making your own investment, take a look at this guide I’ve created with the help of RW Invest to discover some of the best type of properties to go for…

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Beginners guide to buying-to-let – what you need to know before you invest

For many people who want to invest in property, a buy to let mortgage is a good option, allowing them to borrow the money they need for their property investment. I’ve been looking into the idea of buying to let in the future as a ‘pension plan’ for myself and my husband. There are a number of differences between buy to let mortgages and normal residential mortgages so I thought I’d share my research with you today and help you get to grips with these differences…

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5 Ways to make your rental property warmer & more efficient

Now that the cold winter months have arrived it’s time to make sure our homes are warm and cosy. Landlords now have to make sure their properties are more energy efficient – good news for us renters as it could save us valuable pounds! Here are a few DIY jobs you could do to make your rental home a little toastier…

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Moving to a new house? 5 Things to inspect before you move in

Buying a new home is a really exciting time even if it often feels like it takes forever between finding the house and completing on the purchase. But just because the mortgage company has completed a survey, it doesn’t mean that the house is ready for you. There are several other things you should have inspected before you move in…

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3 Ways to improve your credit score before buying a house

The property market is starting to be driven by first-time buyers, bucking historical trends. With that in mind, here are 3 simple ways that you can boost your credit score while you’re saving for that deposit, so you’ll be ready to apply for a mortgage when you find your first home…

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New interiors trend – How to make a statement with your ceilings

What do your ceilings look like? My guess is that they’re painted white, possibly textured and definitely without wallpaper, right? Well the latest interiors trend that I’ve spotted all over Pinterest is decorated ceilings. This under-utilised space above your head can now be adorned with images, patterns and effects. So, read on to find out some ways to incorporate this trend into your own home…

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Cosy autumnal styling hacks from Danish, Irish & US homes

Are you feeling autumnal? Has the new season hit you yet? If you’re already putting the thick duvet on the bed and adding blankets to the sofa, this interior styling post is for you! Here’s how to get that cosy autumnal feeling in your own home, taking inspiration from Irish, Danish and American interiors…

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4 Things to consider when picking a new carpet

Many people hold back from replacing their carpet because they are overwhelmed by the decisions involved; plush piles or loop piles? Which fibre should you invest in? How do you know if the colour will suit the room? While it’s true that there are different factors to consider, choosing the right carpet for your home can be surprisingly easy. Just keep these four basic points in mind:

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4 Things you need to style your home for autumn

If you enjoy scrolling through Instagram or pinning inspirational interiors, you can’t have escaped the interiors trend for styling up your home for autumn. No sooner had September hit than my feed was filled with pumpkins and autumnal vibes – inspirational stuff. But those beautifully styled interiors had 4 things in common, so here’s my cheat-sheet of essential items you need to bring that autumnal feeling into your home…

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6 Tricks to make your small bedroom look larger

Let’s face it; decorating a small bedroom to make it look more spacious is often frustrating and challenging. But honestly, it’s fun once you learn the creative decorating tricks that can create the illusion of space. Today I’m working with House Tipster to bring you some of the tricks of the trade that can make your small bedroom look larger, so read on to find out how…

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Before renovating your bathroom, read this…

Are you excited to renovate your bathroom? Have you been waiting to renovate the space ever since you moved in? Before you start ripping out the suite, take a deep breath and make sure you’re ready to get started. The following are some of the things that you will want to do before anything else..

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Decorate your rented apartment without losing your deposit

You’ve found the ideal apartment in terms of location, price and size, and now you want to put your own stamp on the place. There’s only one problem: your deposit! Any unapproved changes to the apartment could suck you into a vicious battle with your landlord. It doesn’t have to be that way if you know what is permissible and what is out of bounds. Here are tips for decorating your apartment without upsetting the landlord…

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5 Ways to give your home a contemporary feel

Whilst some do still love the idea of a timeless home, many are embracing the future and transforming their home into something that is modern and minimalist. There are so many ways that you can make a space feel contemporary and I’m sharing a few of those ideas today; some of them are large projects that are going to take time, whilst some are smaller projects that won’t take long at all. If you are thinking about making your home feel truly modern, then why not take a look at these 5 projects for inspiration…

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Small scale home improvements to boost kerb appeal

It can be difficult to find a balance between spending time and money on improving and your home versus actually enjoying it! Here are a few small ways that you can renovate your home to boost its kerb appeal, while still taking pleasure in the process..

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The most popular design choices of different generations

It is no secret that different generations like different things. Not only does this pop up in fashion choices, but also in the style they have in their homes. So, with this in mind, what are the most popular design choices of different generations and how do you get the look for less? 

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Home security measures you can use when you’re on a budget

Want to feel reassured that your house is safe when you’re away from home? I certainly do – however, the costs of the installation, upkeep and monitoring of home security systems have, traditionally, not been particularly reasonable. So, what should you do? Simply saying, “it’ll never happen to me” isn’t enough! Here’s some low-cost tips […]

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4 Tips to keep your home renovation on track

If you’re planning a house renovation, being thrifty and creative are brilliant qualities to have when it comes to making changes to your home. Here’s some advice to keep your renovation moving along smoothly without too much drama…

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6 Plumbing problems to watch out for

Your home’s plumbing can stop functioning for any number of reasons – and many of which I’d never considered until I bought my first house! Here are a few things to watch out for to prevent bigger problems…

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Household DIY: How to improve your driveway on a budget

Your driveway is an essential and valuable part of your home. Having one gives you somewhere relatively safe to park your vehicle and prevents you from dealing with the stress of finding parking on the street. In fact, a well maintained driveway can even add to the value of your home. Here’s how…

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Bank Holiday DIY: How to make your home more energy efficient on a budget

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy bank holiday Monday everyone! Are you doing some DIY today?? Want to minimise your energy bills while still keeping your home warm and bright? Here are a few ways – including some smart tech ideas – that’ll help […]

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How much value do home improvements add to your home?

Are you planning some home improvements? A new kitchen perhaps? Converting your loft? Adding a conservatory? Well, before you begin these huge DIY tasks, today’s guest post will give you an idea about how much value each project will add to your home…

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My quick kitchen updates that made a big difference

If you want to make a big change in your kitchen but don’t have the time (or money!) to completely remodel the room, here are some quick updates you can do in a weekend that’ll make a big difference…

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5 Expert tips for selling your house quickly

Ever wondered why some houses are barely on the market for a week when others hang around unsold for ages? Here are some tips to help you get your home ready to sell so that it’s snapped up…

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My bathroom renovation: How to fit a shower over a freestanding tub

When you’ve got a freestanding bath, it can be difficult to find a shower solution to fit. But you don’t need to install a separate cubicle; today I’m sharing the research I’ve done for my own bathroom to show you that there are many ways to add a shower over your luxurious tub… 

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4 Ways to create a calm and tranquil home

In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, coming home to a safe, comfortable, and peaceful sanctuary is important. Your abode should be a place where you can effectively rest and recharge in order to face your daily challenges. Read on to find out how to make your home a tranquil space…

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How I decluttered after moving house with KonMari

One of my favourite reads of last year was Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Much like her first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, this book shares the KonMari method of decluttering to make your home an organised, tidy and more peaceful place. She advocates only keeping the things you really love and that spark […]

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The importance of getting a survey when buying your home

There are few feelings as good as the first time you walk through your new front door. Buying a home is an exciting and complex process but the survey isn’t just another bit of paperwork, there are many ways that a surveyor can help you when buying a home…

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5 Quick kerb appeal ideas for your home

Here are some ideas to improve the kerb appeal of your home in order to increase your enjoyment of your new house, or to maximise the value when it comes to selling your property…

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5 Tips to make your next move more simple

Moving to a new location can be a hectic process if not planned well.  To help make the experience more pleasant, here are 5 tips that can help you out…

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What I learnt during my first year as a homeowner

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I learnt some important lessons in home maintenance and property renovation during the first year of owning my own home so read on to find out what went well, and what went wrong!

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5 Little-known disadvantages of renting your home

Today, an increasing number of families rent their homes from private landlords or agencies, by choice, or because they are unable to save up the deposit for a mortgage. I rented for my whole adult life until a year ago and it worked for me for all those years. But whatever your reason for considering […]

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An update on my Kitchen makeover

I’m about to start work on my DIY kitchen makeover. I say ‘makeover’ rather than ‘fitting’ because we’re keeping the kitchen units in place and are planning to give the whole room a facelift with a new worktop, some window treatments and a lot of paint. I shared the ‘before’ photos on the blog in […]

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The (almost) DIY en-suite bathroom

Do you have to wait in line in the morning to take your shower or to go to the toilet? Most pre-1990 family homes are built with only one bathroom, which isn’t enough if you need to share it with other family members. It’s time to stop dancing from one foot to the other when […]

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How to decorate your rented home without breaking the #RentingRules

Today’s blog post is all about renting and what you can – and can’t – do in terms of decorating your rented home. I’ll be sharing some #RentingRules to ensure that you don’t upset your landlord or end up losing a hefty chunk of your deposit. This blog post has been inspired by HomeLet, as […]

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DIY improvements to make my home cosier this winter

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own You never really know everything about your home until you’ve lived in it through the winter, do you? No matter how cosy a house can seem in the autumn, or how light and airy it can appear in the […]

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New year, new bedroom – 5 style tips to create a restful room

Thinking ahead to the new year and you’re probably already planning some decorating projects – I know I am! So how about tackling the bedroom? It’s the place where you need the most calm and relaxation but you also need it to look good. A cosy and restful space is what comes to mind when […]

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