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7 Ways To Prepare Your House For Unexpected Visitors This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and chances are you’ll be absolutely nowhere near ready. If that’s the case, then you’re definitely not going to be prepared for any unwanted guests over the festive season. Whether it’s your parents visiting on Christmas Eve or an unexpected present drop from a friend, you want your house at it’s best just in case.

With that in mind, here are 7 ways to prepare your house for unexpected guests this Christmas:

 

Clear Out Any Unwanted Items

 

If you’re anything like me you’ll have lots of junk that has accumulated throughout the year. Whether it’s things you don’t need anymore or something you’ve been trying to get rid of but don’t have the time, this is the perfect time to get rid of it. Spend a few hours having a big clear out of stuff you no longer need and your house will already start to feel incredibly different.

 

Have A Big ‘Winter’ Clean

 

Massive house cleans are not just for Spring! Making sure your house is looking and smelling incredible before Christmas is important and you never know when anyone could walk through your door. Whether you’re cleaning your entire kitchen from top to bottom, clearing out the spare bedroom or using a central vacuum service throughout the whole house – you’ll feel so much better for it.

 

Buy Lots Of Stunning Decorations

 

There’s nothing better than a well-decorated house at Christmas. Even if you’re not expecting guests it’s nice to go all out and decorate your house in stunning Christmas decorations just for you and the family, but when other people see them and compliment you on how incredible they look it’s definitely a great feeling. So, treat yourself to some new decorations and make your house look amazing!

 

Decorate Any Areas That Need Attention

 

If you have any areas in your house that need some TLC, then thinking about redecorating them quickly before Christmas could make a whole lot of difference to the look and feel of your house. Whether it’s painting the skirting boards, putting up a new wallpaper in the guest bedroom or simply fixing a squeaky cupboard door – getting them done before Christmas will make you feel so much better about your home.

 

Buy Extra Beddings For Emergency Sleep Overs

 

Just in case anyone ends up having a little too much to drink and has to stop the night, extra bedding and towels and incredibly handy. Stock up and if you don’t need them now, at least you’ll have them for the future.

 

Make Your Garden Look Clean And Presentable

 

Although no one will be going in your garden, they’ll still be able to see it through your back windows. Making it look clean and presentable, even if it’s not, gives off your a little more put together than you may be. If you do want to show off your garden, and impromptu firework session on New Year’s Eve could do the trick!

 

Stock Up On Candles And Wax Melts

 

There are so many beautiful scents that are centered around Christmas that you can have your house smelling incredible in no time. Keeping yourself stocked up means you can pop one on as soon as anyone pulls into your drive too!

How are you planning to prepare your house for unexpected visitors? Let me know if we missed anything in the comments!

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Simple Home Improvements for a Cute and Cozy Christmas

When you wake up in the morning a light, delicate frost covers your window panes and there is a festive chill in the air. You might not have picked the perfect time to move house, but you’re ready to make it cosy and cute for Christmas. Whilst you’re learning to love a new home, you also need to think about certain practicalities especially at this time of year. When the temperature drops outside you need to make sure your home is fully prepared with everything it needs to survive the winter chill. Check out the following ideas to make your home full of festive cheer ready for the most wonderful time of the year.

Snug as a Bug

You can’t get through a chilly winter without an adequate heating system in place throughout your home. When you have just moved into a new place it can be very difficult to judge what you need to fix, repair or maintain. You need a reliable and sturdy HVAC system that will suit your budget and keep your snug as a bug throughout the cold winter months. With a reputable system in place you can be sure that you aren’t wasting money on energy or harming the environment.

Terrific Tree and Divine Decor

As soon as you move into a new home at this time of year it is essential to get your tree and decor in place. Once all of these elements are firmly up you will start to feel warm and cosy in your new delightful dwelling. Invest in twinkling fairy lights to drape across your mantle piece for a classic Christmas look or head to your local florist and pick up a handmade wreath for your front door. Putting these homely touches in place will help you to feel right at home in no time.

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Super Scents

Every home needs to have a signature scent, no matter how new it may be. As soon as your guests walk through the door they should be struck with a gentle and welcoming fragrance that is unique to your perfect property. At this time of year it might be fitting to choose a sweet smelling gingerbread candle or even a cinnamon incense. Choose a smell that matches your personality and this will soon become your festive home fragrance.

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Cute Comforts

All that needs to be added to your home now are those cute finishing touches that make the world of difference. Whether it’s a cosy red blanket draped over your new sofa or it’s a snuggly cushion on your beautiful bed, you need to add those cute comforts that make you feel at ease. Once all of these added extras are in place your new home will be ready for Christmas Day straight away.

So take the stress out of moving into a new home at this time of year and consider all of these festive favorites. This Christmas you are bound to be warm and welcomed into your new amazing abode.

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3 Things to Do When Planning to Get Work Done on Your Home

Our homes are meant to be our castles, our own little refuges away from the worries and annoyances of the wider world. For that reason, we’re often willing to invest a lot of time and money into shaping our homes into the kind of perfect template we’d like — or at least, something closer to it.

As it so happens, having work done on your home can be a somewhat tricky and complicated process, not to mention cost effective. But when it’s done right, the results can be more than worth the hassle.

Here are a few things you should do when planning to get work done on your home.

Hire a company with good reviews and a good reputation

There are all sorts of contractors and companies out there who advertise themselves as experts in various building procedures, but not all of those contractors and companies are equal.

Before hiring someone to handle a project on your home, be sure to do your homework and identify who is, or isn’t, trustworthy. If you’re having metal roofing installed, for example, you’ll ideally want to hire local metal roofing contractors who have a good reputation in the community, positive reviews, and maybe even good references passed on to you by people you know and trust.

Failing to do your due diligence in this regard can mean that you end up with people doing shoddy work on your house — and you not knowing any better until something goes wrong weeks or months later. It could also mean that you hire a company who uses exploitative labour practices, or who are otherwise unscrupulous.

Prepare yourself for a bit of upheaval and a more drawn-out process than you might have anticipated

When people plan extensions or modifications to their homes, they often fix their attention solely on the positive outcome. They imagine how good it’ll feel to walk around their new, expanded kitchen, or swim in their newly constructed pool.

It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that these kinds of building projects often take a substantial amount of time to complete, and can easily run over schedule for any number of reasons.

Before inviting the builders to your home to start work, you should prepare yourself for a pretty significant bit of upheaval, and a more drawn-out process than you might have anticipated.

Have a clear sense of exactly what you’d like done going into things, and discuss actively with your contractors

People will sometimes come up with a somewhat vague idea of the work they’d like done on their homes. They may think, for example, that they’d like a bigger kitchen, without necessarily giving much thought to how that bigger kitchen would affect other features of the home, the sort of tiling that should be on the floor, etc.

Don’t go into a home modification process with vaguely formed ideas, try instead and pin down the specifics as clearly as you can.

Of course, a big part of this will involve you being in contact with the contractors, discussing the options, and staying in the loop as the process progresses.

 

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Learning to Love a New Home

Are you worried that you haven’t made the right decision with your move? It might be too late to turn back the clock now, but you most likely wouldn’t need to. It’s only natural to start doubting such a major decision, even if you’re worrying over nothing. Here, we’re going to look at how you can start to put those doubts behind you and to love your new home as soon as possible.

Plan for its weaknesses

When you’re uncertain about something, it becomes much easier to pick up flaws and to really start fixating on them. Is there an issue with your new home? Start planning for how you’re going to address it now. If there isn’t a lot of physical room, start planning on how to create a sensation of more space. If there’s less natural light, then think about how you’re going to change the window treatments to allow more sunlight in or how you’re going to add new light fixtures to make up for it. Obsess over the solutions, not the problems.

Give yourself time to acclimate (and unpack)

If you spend all the moving day packing, cleaning, and unpacking, you might end up spending your first night in a home that’s almost entirely empty. Make sure you arrange for movers to help you get your stuff there and unpacked all the sooner. That way, you can start adding your own design touches and enjoy your first night getting used to the home. Otherwise, you will be arriving in the dark, stressed out, and with few luxuries to keep you company.

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Engage the senses

Decor isn’t the only way to make your home your own. All the senses can play a vital role in helping to engage you emotionally and to make you feel at home. More and more people are finding that aromatherapy has a profound effect on their mood. Finding your favorite scent and lighting a candle or incense to help spread it through the home can give you something familiar to ground yourself with. What’s more, it’s a great stress buster. Once you shrug off that stress, you can free your mind to see the positive in your situation.

Surround yourself in what you love

Familiarity can be key, but there are new ways to engage yourself in familiarity, as oxymoronic as that sounds. You don’t have to decorate your new place exactly like the old one. For instance, you can look at ways to incorporate your hobby into your décor. Hang some of your favorite record covers on the wall or get your favorite movie posters framed. It helps you establish your personality and identity on the home but without feeling like you have to try and replicate the home you left behind. Doing that can only make you miss it more, especially if all your old stuff doesn’t fit the new space in the same way.

Moving into a new home is a naturally alienating experience for those who love their status quo. Hopefully, the tips above help you acclimate to it a little more quickly, so you can start to really love it.

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Lock in the Heat This Winter

Now that the weather is becoming cold and harsh outside, we will start to feel chills in our homes in the evenings and it will soon be time for us to turn the heating on once more. We all know that heating is expensive, and when it comes to keeping the house warm and toasty all winter long it can cost us a lot of money if the home won’t lock in the heat. Here are some of the ways you can make sure that when the heating is switched on, that precious heat stays in the house.

Secure the roof

It is incredibly important to pay attention to your roofing this winter because the roof will be the first place heat tries to escape from out of the house. Heat rises, and if you have small gaps in your roof you will lose the heat before you even notice that you have it in the first place. Make sure that you spend some time filling in gaps, stopping moisture from entering the house and also insulting the home too.

Insulate everything

Insulation is the buzzword when it comes to keeping our homes warm all year long, and if you don’t already have enough insulation in your home, you will be losing over half of the heat which you pour into it right away. There are several ways to insulate the house, you can use boards in the walls, use cavity wall insulation and you can also think about insulating under the floors for some extra protection.

Light it up

What’s the best thing about winter in your home? Being able to snuggle up in the evenings with the fire burning and scented candles everywhere. If you want to keep your house feeling cosy and warm all through the winter there really isn’t a cheaper way than to light lots of candles in your living room. You can buy huge packs of tealights online for a small cost and they will last you for a few months as you light up the home each evening and bring in that fiery heat to the room.

Bring in the blankets

If you are on a pretty tight budget for your home this year and you are looking for a better way to keep you and your family toasty, you can go out to your local homeward store and buy some plush blankets for everyone. You could have one each or you can share them and they will keep you all feeling super warm and cosy in the evenings without having to spend a single penny on your heating bills.

Drink tea

A good cup of tea can solve all of life’s problems, and it can also help us stay warm during those unforgiving winter nights. If you find yourself freezing cold in the evenings consider drinking a cup of tea or a hot cocoa and you will immediately feel better. It will warm you up from the inside and it will make you feel super warm and toasty for the evenings.