October 5, 2007

Moving house tips

Posted in furniture, moving home tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:36 am by homesandfurniture

As the saying goes, there’s two things you can’t avoid – debt and taxes. But what about moving home? It’s pretty much inevitable at some stage you have to move and it’s certainly a stressful event. It’s always seems so easy and exciting but once you get down to the packing you always realise how incredibly unprepared you are and wonder how you managed to accumulate so much stuff! Here’s a few tips that might make moving that little bit easier:

Before you start:
Preparation is key! It may seem like an obvious tip, but no matter how little or big your house is that you have, you still never really know where to start. Make a list of exactly what you need to do from booking a removal van, to finding cardboard boxes to sorting through your clothes and taking some to a charity store. This way you can see clearly what you have to do, and then can figure out what will take the longest and prioritise. Ask yourself – do I really need that old leather sofa and chipped bookcase? What do you really want to take to your new home?

During your move:
ist1_3279895_moving_house.jpg Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to organise everything and don’t leave everything until the last minute. Start by packing things you aren’t going to need to use. Clearly mark all your boxes just in case you need to find something you packed, and to also make it easier when you unpack at your new home. Moving house is the perfect time to de-clutter your house and get rid of things you no longer need. If you’re really prepared you could take your belongings to a car boot sale and try to come out on top.

After you move:
Many people get so caught up in the moving process they forget that after you leave your house, your mail doesn’t magically know how to find you. Remember to redirect your mail and inform people of your change of address or you could miss out on anything from birthday presents to phone bills! Although it would be nice to lose a few bills along the way, you don’t want to end up with overdue fees from a wayward bill you haven’t paid.


September 21, 2007

Tips for buying a Sofa

Posted in loungeroom, sofas tagged , , , , at 12:38 pm by homesandfurniture

Furniture can cost a lot of money. When you’re buying a sofa you need to know it’s going to last you years – both in durability and style.

Remember that although you would probably like to replace it in a couple of years, realistically people keep their sofa for at least ten.

Room size & décor
Consider the size of the room and the décor, and try to stick to that theme. What kind of room are you getting the couch for? A formal lounge area or a casual space that people can relax in? Would a modern leather sofa match what else you’ve got or would a chaise lounge look better?

Before you purchase – do all the measurements! Firstly measure the space to so you know what size sofa you want. Secondly, measure things like doorways and consider how you are going to get it in the room – will it fit up the staircase and through the door frame? Are the legs removable?

When thinking of colours – think of your lifestyle! Light colours look great, but if you’ve got small children they can be a recipe for disaster. Patterned and coloured fabric sofas will hide stains better.

Small areas
For smaller house, try an armless sofa. That little bit of extra space can fit another person on and, without arms, can usually be a good make shift bed for unexpected visitors.