February 15, 2008

Moving home to shared accommodation – does it work?

Posted in furniture, how to, loungeroom, moving home, sofas tagged , , , , , , , at 10:15 am by homesandfurniture

moving homeMoving home to shared accommodation is alot different to moving into a property of your own or in with a partner as it is very unlikely that you will know the person that you are going to be moving in with.

There are many moving tips for a conventional home move but for those of us who want to share, there a few more fundamental rules that you must follow:

1) Ensure that you respect each others privacy and stick to the house rules. It is important that you both understand some ground rules such as the division of household chores and rules about people sleeping over, this is so you avoid any unpleasantness later on in your tenancy.

2) When you move into a shared property, you will have to limit the number of possessions that you take with you. Your roommates will not want to feel as though they are being swamped into your life. This has to be a home for you and your house mates, so keep your private belongings to a minimal and keep the majority of your possessions in your bedroom.

3) When your home move involves sharing with someone else, it is important that you stick to your end of the deal and regularly tidy the house. Cleaning activities can include dusting the sofas, washing the dishes, vacuuming the hallway, etc. The easiest way to make sure that chores are completed is to draw up a rota of cleaning tasks and highlight who is responsible for each weekly chore. Also, make sure that you and your house mates are happy with tasks that have been delegated.

4) When you move into a shared property, you have to respect and consider your roommates before doing anything which could compromise his or her safety or trust. The same also applies to living room furniture, for you and your house mates to live in a clean and safe environment; respect important assets of the household otherwise arguments about who will be chipping in to replace expensive furniture that is damaged.

If you follow these simple moving tips then you and your landlord should rub along quite nicely together

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February 8, 2008

6 Tips On Updating Your Living Room

Posted in furniture, how to, leather furniture, lighting, loungeroom, sofas tagged , , , , , , , , , at 12:31 pm by homesandfurniture

Stylish living rooms

If your home needs a little updating, here are a few ideas that could give your home that much needed facelift!

1. Leather Sofas:

As most people know, a leather sofa can bring that look of elegance into your living room. With a wide range of leather furniture to select from in your local high street stores, any style can match a look. With leather being a very contemporary look, it can modernize and transform the look of your living room for as much as £400. By looking after your sofa well by using recommended  cleaning products, your leather sofa could last you a lifetime

2. Lick of paint:

Going for bright colours in your living room can help bring that that extra bit of life back into your house. When you have decided on a perfect colour for your living room, you will also be inspired to purchase new ornaments and furniture to help bring your living room up to date. Getting inspiration from the vast amount of home designs programs we have, you often see how designers transform a house on the brink of demolition to a fresh, new and modern pad without the need of heavy workloads or builders! So remember you do not need to spend a fortune on updating your home, choosing the right paint can add life and most importantly value to your property. Before under going a paint job, remember to cover up or move your sofas to another area of your house to avoid the disappointment of getting drips of paint forever marking your expensive furniture!

3. De-Clutter:

This is the most important step that most people need to bear in mind when they are looking to update their property. Some people (or even people you know) do not know how to let the past go! To start off the mission of de-cluttering your home, take time out by exploring every room in your house going through cupboards and drawers making a list of any old junk that you come across. Also make note of those items you think will be useful in other rooms and keep and eye out for the junk you may have thrown in the corner of the room; telling yourself that you will deal with it in the near future, but never got round to throwing it away! Another idea is to throw out those items you do not intend to fix or wear and any old clothing or ornaments you come across donate to charity!

4. Floors:

If you have a carpet that may have lost its colour over the years or if you have a visible stain that you just cannot remove with the best stain removers on the market, make that all important decision and throw that old carpet out! Also, if you notice that you have wooden flooring under your carpet, tear the carpet out, and get to work making that wooden floor stand out. Rent a Sander and sand down the wooden floor and wax to give it a smooth finish. To maintain the finish, sweep and vacuum the floor on a regular basis; if you want, place rugs and mats to prevent dirt, grit and sand from easily appearing

5. Lighting:

Lighting can make a huge difference of the way your living room looks. If you find that your living room may be a dull or dark in setting, buy a few more stylish lamps that will add character to your living room at the same time. Or alternatively, changing the brightness of your bulb could also work. e.g. Going from 60 to 120 watts.

6. Re-arranging Your Furniture:

Re-arranging your furniture can also make a difference in the way your home looks and most importanly the way you feel about your home. Try moving your furniture to spots that your guests will notice, for example moving your sofas around the fire place or bring items from other rooms which are better suited for the living room. Use as much items as you can to characterize your living room and always remember to leave some open space as a room always needs room to breath! It will feel like moving home all over again!

December 19, 2007

Thousands move house for a good school

Posted in moving home tagged , , , , , , at 12:28 pm by homesandfurniture

Forget moving house because you’ve found the house of your dreams in an area you love – thousands of people are moving home so their children can go to a better school!

The decision to move home is quite a big one – there are many factors to consider including areas, costs, the proximity of the house to your workplace, home design and then finding a house you love.

The most common reason for changing address is the need for more space. However, 70,000 people are moving home so as their children can receive a better standard of education. They look for properties which fall within the catchment area of their ideal schools.

Many parents are desperate to secure their children a place at a good school and are even prepared to take on a higher mortgage for the privilege.

Many deliberately move house to be near a better school and are bitterly disappointed when they are told that their children have not been accepted. This has lead to appeals and complaints from exasperated family members.

Moving HouseOne expectant mother was reported to have approached parents, asking them to recommend areas that she should move to in order to secure a good school for her unborn child.

One family made the decision to move from a beautiful three bedroom Victorian house in the north of London to a smaller house in a catchment area simply because the local primary school had a 35% target level in Key Stage 2 assessment tests.

A house move for educational reasons can be a costly process – especially once you get a couple of removal quotes – but on the upside, good schools have a reputation for being situated in a good neighbourhood with a lower crime rate and a cleaner environment.

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.