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House For Sale

Top tips for selling your home

Ok, are you getting ready to move home? Everyone who sells their home wants a quick sale and the best price. Sounds good? Luck has nothing to do with making it happen. Preparing your home in advance, to look its best, as well as planning for viewings carefully will lead to that speedy sale and top price that you want.

What follows is a guide to preparing your home, to make it saleable and attractive to potential buyers. Try not to be subjective and emotional; this is only a house, bricks and mortar, just like any product in a shop. It’s not your home. Let it go, and look to the future, when you’ll move on and this house will no longer be yours.

Have in your mind’s eye the moment where you hand over the keys, and various paperwork. Bid farewell to each and every room, and look to the future, and where your new home will be.

You should make the walls bare and pack everything personal away; make the house a blank slate. This will help buyers to imagine their own photos, ornaments and other personal things in the house. How can they do this if your things are in the way? Don’t let buyers get distracted – make them say to themselves “I can imagine living here.”

It’s astonishing how many people are hoarders. Think about it; if you haven’t used something for a year or more, do you really need it? If not, throw it out or give it away to a charity shop, family member or friend. Put away the books, the kitchen utensils, and all your bits and pieces. If an item is essential for every day use, have an ‘essentials’ box easily accessible, which can be hidden under the stairs when not needed. You’ll have to pack anyway in the end, so this will be a good start!

Naturally, buyers will be nosey. They’ll look in cupboards and drawers. If there is clutter, what message does this give buyers? On the other hand, if everything is organised and tidy, it says a lot about how much you look after the house. You should therefore make sure dishes are neatly stacked, shirts are hung together, and your shoes are lined up and paired properly. These little things make a big impression.

Most houses look better with minimal furniture. If things look cramped; for example, the hallway, you’re not showing your house at its best. If you’ve emptied your bookcases, put them in storage. Simple steps like this will make rooms appear more spacious. Make sure there is plenty of room for buyers to wander around, whilst still making clear each room’s purpose.

To help your house look as well maintained as possible, take the time to repair any minor issues. If there are holes in the walls, patch them up. Fix any doors or windows that are difficult to open or close. Make the effort to paint walls neutral colours. There’s nothing worse than a buyer remembering your house for a green bathroom or pink bedroom!

 

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Insulated Garage Doors – What`s all the Fuss About?

With the cost of heating constantly on the rise and space now at a premium for the UK`s housing stock it is essential that you make it as energy efficient as possible.
In many cases this will simply involve adding additional loft insulation, the installation of double glazed windows and possible having insulation blown into cavity walls.

However where the garage is attached to the main part of the house most people will not consider making improvements to this area at all despite the fact that the garage opening will form the largest thermal break in the property and as a result is able to allow warm air from inside the home to escape outside.

As such if you are serious about making your property as energy efficient as possible it is strongly advisable to install an insulated garage door to help restrict heat loss in winter and thermal gain during the warmer summer months. With lots of options now available within the UK, the long term cost savings off of heating bills can be quite significant and over a period of 10 years will more than offset the additional purchase price of the door against a traditional un-insulated design.

 How do Insulated Garage Doors Work?

Available in a choice of designs, insulated roller doors and sectional doors are constructed in a similar manner using a double skin of steel or aluminium with an integrated foam filled core. As a result of the thermal properties the insulation provides the door will help to reduce heat loss making the internal space of the garage much easier to maintain a constant temperature which in turn leads to increased temperatures around the other parts of the home.

In addition to the insulation, the panels also overlap the back of the opening and have rubber seals fitted at the top, sides and bottom of the door which are designed to prevent draughts entering the garage making them that much more thermally efficient.

How much do they Cost?

Compared to a cheap traditional up and over style door a thermally efficient insulated design may seem excessively expensive however when you look at all the benefits they will offer it is obvious why they are continuing to increase in popularity each year.

As a general cost comparison a standard 7ft x 7ft un-insulated option may cost in the region of £200-£300 compared to £900.00 for the same size insulated sectional or roller garage door.

What other Benefits do they Offer?

In addition to the obvious benefit of having insulation this type of garage door will also offer many other benefits as detailed below;

Improved Security – As a result of the door being much thicker than a standard one piece design they are extremely rigid making them much more difficult to break through. Additionally because most doors are automated as standard no exterior lock is required removing the possibility of someone picking the lock or simply smashing it off.

Made to Measure Sizes – Due to the bespoke nature of the door most manufacturers will offer made to measure sizes as standard to guarantee the best possible fit and therefore the most efficient levels of thermal efficiency.

Space Saving Design – Featuring a vertical lift design the bottom of the door panel does not kick outwards as it opens. This makes accessing the garage far easier should a car be parked close to the entrance (something which seems to be getting more and more prevalent as driveways seem to be getting shorter and shorter on new build properties).

In conclusion, if you are serious about reducing your monthly heating bills one of the most effective steps you can take is to install an insulated garage door to your home from the likes of Gliderol or Seceuroglide.

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How to entertain outside in the colder months

It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting darker and there’s a distinct chill in the air. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay away all your garden furniture until next Summer- Autumn and Winter are great times to entertain, so get out there and make the most of it!

With Halloween and bonfire night just around the corner (not to mention Christmas) there are still lots of reasons to entertain outside. Assetgrove says, it’s easier than you may think- “All you need is a good firepit or chimnea, some warm clothes and a few garden lights to bring a bit of sparkle”. There are some great bargains to be had online and in the home improvement stores at this time of year, and traditionally “summery” items like barbecues are often half price or less. You can pick up a firepit for around £30 in some places- and if it’s a good one, there’s no reason why it can’t keep you and your guests warm on even the frostiest winter nights. Decorate your garden with solar panelled fairy lights (plenty still work in the winter) and coloured lanterns and throw a big bonfire party- perfect with toasted marshmallows, fondues and freshly made soup. There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm around a bonfire and breathing in the cool, crisp winter air.

If your guests do complain of getting chilly, some outdoor activities and games like charades are a good way to get people moving or hand out cosy blankets. Rich, luxurious textures like sheepskin or faux fur add a bit of glamour to the proceedings and you can pick up some gloves and hats at your local discount shop for around a pound. Brightly coloured decorations and a few bottles of good red wine also help get people in the party mood. LDG suggests “If you want to go for the full apres-ski experience, try a few bottles of schnapps and decorate the garden with warm reds and fake animal fur throws.”

For the ultimate in outdoor entertaining, you can’t go far wrong with a hot tub. Winter is one of the most enjoyable times to relax in hot bubbly water, but there are a few precautions to remember. If your tub has an Auto Heat or Freeze protect capacity, now’s the time to use it to present the pipes from freezing. Most modern spas have an an auto timer, so making sure it’s set to Auto Heat mode will keep the tub nice and warm without running the risk of burst pipes. Once it’s all set, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the luxurious warm swirling water underneath the stars- it’s even better if it snows. M&M Property points out that hot tubs come with other benefits too- “As outdoor parties go, it’s pretty hard to beat- and a hot tub can also make your home look instantly more appealing to buyers if you’re looking to sell.”