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Taking good care of your house means fixing all that needs to be fixed in time, before the problems overgrow.

However, sometimes the bad road is also paved with good intentions and we tend to exceed. Results may vary upon your house, depending on what you are trying to fix.

We found a very good article on ThisOldHouse about how very good ideas can end up being wrongly implemented and causing more damage than good.

For example:

  • brighter light bulbs can over-heat and cause fires;
  • repainting can make even more cracks in the paint;
  • trees planted too close to the pavement can cause cracks when they grow;

Consult the full list in the article and suggest some more ideas of small reparations that need, in time, some more repairing!

 

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Window blinds are a must for some homes. And somebody has to make the decision and choose the most adequate and fit all around the house.

The main types of blinds are: Roman, roller , Venetian, vertical, and panel. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages so analyse them throughout before choosing one.

The Various Types of Blinds That Are Best Meant for A Homeowner

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The Elizabeth Line: it’s the new, purple Tube line with the royal seal of approval.

Rightmove recently reported that asking prices for homes along the line have soared by up to a third, and they’re continuing to rise, with analysts predicting average price increases of £133,000 between now and when the line launches in 2018/19.

If you want to move or invest to take advantage of the line, here’s some of our top property hotspots…

Forest Gate

Forest Gate is located on the southern edge of Epping Forest, and neighbours Stratford and Leytonstone. It has enjoyed significant gentrification over the past few years, thanks to the Olympic Games and the opening of Westfield shopping centre, and now the anticipated arrival of Crossrail is gentrifying the district even further.

The transport links definitely appeal to potential buyers. There’s an Overground train to the City that takes 13 minutes, and when the Elizabeth line opens, locals will be able to catch a train to Tottenham Court Road in just 17 minutes.

The Zone 3 district also offers a wealth of affordable, Victorian houses, and is a haven for investors and first-time buyers.

We expect property prices to rise by 10% by the time Crossrail is complete.

Ilford

Crossrail will finally put Ilford on the Tube map! Although it was not traditionally an elegant place to live, it is certainly becoming gentrified as a result of the new transport plans. New build apartments, trendy eateries and bars are popping up in the east London borough, signalling a wave of new buyers coming into the area.

It is one of the best value spots in London. Despite values rising since the announcement of Crossrail. Ahead of the line’s completion, we forecast further price rises of 10%. It believes the area will prosper as a result, making it an ideal location to both live and invest in.

Romford

Romford is becoming an increasing popular choice for homebuyers, as many are being driven out of the capital because of rising property prices.

The Essex town offers affordable housing, a quick commute, (you can get to Liverpool Street in 20 minutes), and a wealth of trendy cafes, delis, late night bars and independent shops and boutiques.

House prices have already reached record highs in the area due to infrastructure plans, but we predict they will continue to soar until Crossrail is fully operational in 2019.

If you’re planning a move to take advantage of the line, you’ll need to move quickly, we expect the market to get extremely competitive the closer we get to the opening of the line.

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New home, new bed, new mattress? Well, if you had some troubles with the last one, you will find this is a great opportunity to improve… your sleep! Ah, and what a relief that is on some hard, hard days!

In order to make the right decision when choosing a new mattress, read this helpful article on Independent and keep this in mind when searching for it:

  • What type of mattress makes you most comfortable? Open spring mattress, pocket spring mattress, memory foam mattress, or latex mattress.
  • What size does it match your bed? The UK standard sizes for mattresses are: small single, single, small duble, double, kingsize, super kingsize.
  • Firmness: soft, medium soft, medium firm, or firm.

Of course the decision is important enough to read thoroughly some more articles. We also recommend:

How To Choose The Right Mattress for your New Home

What type of firmness do you prefer for a resting night sleep?

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Not all old house, but many of them have a fireplace. Exposed, or marginalized, thought of as the center of the house, or just as an utility, if you have a fireplace in your home you can consider yourself lucky.

Usually they blend in the decor quite well without redecorating, but when they do not, you can refresh them to match exactly your interior design concept.

To illustrate what we mean, take a look at this example:

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An Outmoded Fireplace Gets an Upgrade

If this gets you thinking about what you can do with the one in your house, here a couple of more examples and ideas:

15 Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace on Any Budget

We would really like to know if you have a fireplace and what it looks like. Leave a photo in a comment and maybe we can suggest some easy DIY ideas for a new look!

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Being eco-friendly most of the times implies more than just keeping your negative impact on the environment as low as possible. When you apply it to your home it usually means smaller expences, too. This means you have (at least) two reasons to try our top 5 measures for being eco-friendly at home:

  1. Lower your thermostat. Not enough to make you cold, but only two degrees lower will make you save money!
  2. Change the incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  3. Unplug all devices when you are not using them.
  4. Use less water and the more cold water the use instead of hot one, the better.
  5. Filter the water, instead of buying bottled water.

Read the full article about easy measures that will turn you into an eco-friendly inhabitant for our planet on PropertyDivision.

Become More Eco-Friendly At Home: Tips For Success

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Kitchens might seem like the least customizable space in your house, but with a little bit of perspective… a kitchen can be a work of art.

We found some of the most impressive kitchen designs in an article on ktchnmag.com. They made a collection with stunning design they came across in 2017 for this common place inside a home.

Stunning Kitchens of 2017 [GALLERY]

Now, we know we cannot read an article without having some great ideas at the end for our house… What would you change and what idea would you borrow from the 2017 kitchen collection?!

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A house, even when very carefully chosen, will surely need some… updating. Even new houses designed all according to the first buyers’ wishes can be subject to modifications once living inside it.

Houses that are already at the second or the third owner will be ‘remastered’ to fit the ‘taste‘ of the new owner.

But which are the most common changes a buyer makes in his new home?! Replacing floors and windows, some new furniture, and general repairs are the top 3.

As this article on Property Wire tells us, the average cost in the first 5 years goes to £10,000.

British owners spend over £10,000 on average updating their property in first five years

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Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air – and they’re also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambiance in any room. We know that spending time in nature is linked to reduced stress levels and tension relief. What’s more, in a 2008 study, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them.

  1. Aloe Vera Plant

The gel of the Aloe plant has several healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. Aloe Vera Plant grows best with lots of sun.

  1. English Ivy Plant (Hedera Helix)

NASA Scientists listed the English Ivy as the number one best air-filtering houseplant, as it is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing Formaldehyde. It’s also incredibly easy to grow and adaptable. Try it as a hanging or floor plant, grow in moderate temperature and medium sunlight.

  1. Peace Lily Plant

The beautiful Peace Lily plant is a wonderful low-maintenance flower to keep in the home. Peace Lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.

  1. Chrysanthemum

The bright flowering plant battles a whole host of chemical including Xylene, Formaldehyde, toluene and Benzene. Keep it in the Lounge (In bright sunlight) so it’s anti-polluting superpowers can be best put to use.

  1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake Plants don’t need much light or water to survive, so they’re an easy choice for any corner of your home. The plant absorbs Carbon Dioxide and releases Oxygen during the night, so place one in your bedroom and you’ll breathe better while you sleep. It has also been proven to be extremely effective in treating headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory problems.

  1. Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos makes the NASA list as well for its ability to clear Formaldehyde from the air. Try adding it to your Kitchen or Lounge as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures with low levels of sunlight. Please be aware that it is considered poisonous and therefore should be kept away from small children and pets.

7.Calathea (Peacock Plants)

Peacock Plants are grown for their foliage alone and it’s easy to see why. The purple, green, pink and red leaves put on quite a show. For the best display, keep the plant moist (Not drenched) and avoid bright light.

  1. Jasmine

As part of the Olive family it normally grows outside, but can live inside just as well. This plant should be more specially placed in the bedroom as it promotes sleep quality by emitting scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.

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Are you wanting to move but finding it hard to decide what area you are looking to move to? One thing you need to remember is could you live in a quiet town out in the sticks or in the busy centre of a city.

 

It not an easy decision to make. It may be your dream to live out in the country side, in the fresh air and enjoying the slow pace of life but you may end up finding it too slow or too much of a distance for getting from A to B with the long country roads. But then again, your dream may come true exactly as wished and it turns out to be the best decision you ever made.

 

There are a number of things to take into consideration when moving to a different part of a town. It can take time to get to know the area well enough to know whether you would like to live there, and many issues will not apparent from just visiting.

 

At first you will need to choose an area that you can afford to live in, the sort of property you want to live in. City Centres tend to be more expensive than the countryside, the South tends to be more expensive than the North and London is obviously much more expensive than pretty much anywhere else.

 

You will also need to decide what type of property you want, whether it is a new build, house, flat or a bungalow. Also, what is the minimum number of bedrooms you would consider, do you want your own front door, or are you happy with a conversion flat.

 

There is also employment to think about. If you are moving from the city to the countryside, consider that you may want to adapt your work-life balance or spend more time with your kids, all of which might require employment opportunities closer to home. Ensure you leave room for career flexibility. Don’t move to a one-industry town if you are about to leave the industry. Ambitious people may require access to larger centres of employment and job markets.

 

Spend days wandering the area you are interested in. You will probably spend years there – it is worth investing time to make sure you are happy where you end up.

 

Visit the parks, the pubs and shops, see if you can you feel yourself living there. Even if you rent at the beginning, it is better to rent somewhere in a village and find you can’t stand village life, than buying and selling in distress a couple of years later.

 

Once you have chosen a rough area, drill down – life can vary dramatically street-by-street, or village by village. Chat with the estate agents – they usually have good insider information about the local variations.

 

If you do choose to move to the city, one side of a suburb can be very different from another. Council Tax can be dramatically from one side of the street to the other. Transport link, what may take five minutes from one street to a bus stop my take twenty minutes from another.

 

Then you will need to make sure you are moving somewhere child-friendly. Good schools are vital. Visit the Ofsted’s website to find out information about the schools in the wanted area. Also, the local councils will generally tell you the precise catchments area of their schools in recent years.

 

Living where lots of other families already live is a good bet, and will ensure lots of facilities for families.

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