How To Feel More Secure and Protected In Your Home

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Our home should be the place where we feel secure and surrounded by things we love. However, some of us constantly worry what is going to happen, and what if… If you want to get rid of the nagging thoughts, you might want to invest in improving the safety and security of your home, so you can truly relax on the weekends and at nights, as well as when you are leaving to visit friends or to take a holiday.

Advanced Security

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With the smart home technology available for regular households, you can now invest in an advanced security system that connects to your phone, so you always know what is going in inside and around your house. You can monitor each door and window, as well as the driveway and get alerts on suspicious activities. Make sure that you seek expert advice for installing security cameras to ensure that you are getting it right, and you can eliminate common faults.

Regular Safety Checks

It is crucial that you carry out regular safety checks when it comes to the structural integrity of your home. There are several property maintenance companies out there that offer a comprehensive survey, so you can spot the signs of cracks and damage due to earth movement or weather that can cause you greater problems later on.

Boiler and Electricity Maintenance

The most common reasons for accidents at home are related to the heating and electricity system. It is important that you get your fuses and your wiring tested regularly, especially if you are planning on changing appliances or would like to add a new light or feature to your room. If you increase the electricity output, you need to ensure your wires and fuse box can handle the job. At the same time, a gas safety test is recommended to prevent accidental explosions and poisoning.

Roofing and Guttering Maintenance

It is also crucial that you maintain your roof and your gutter, or you will find it hard to deal with dampness or even damaged brickwork later. If you have a loft insulation, you might not notice that you have a broken tile or a crack that can become dangerous. If a gap is formed on your roof, you will face a huge flood at the next big rain, and might even have pests settling on the attic.

Flood Lights

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To deter people with bad intentions and give your neighbours a clear view on what is going on around your home while you are not there, you can also install motion sensor flood lights around the home, to the front of the house, as well as the back. Those snooping around during the night don’t want to be seen, so this is a cost-effective way of preventing crime and protecting your assets and your home you worked so hard for.

Having to face with the consequences of a home crime and emergency is one of the worst experiences you can have. To feel more secure and better protected, try some of these tips.

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My Master Bedroom Mood Board

It’s been awhile since I decorated one of the rooms in our house. I think my last project was the living room which still remains not entirely finished (but shhh). Right now I’ve got my sights set on Topher and I’s master bedroom.

Since the day we moved in our master bedroom has remained it’s dirty beige colour which our entire house was covered in and I hate it. We’ve made small improvements to the room such as putting in floating shelves, fairy lights, a wall mounted TV and one large art print. We even took the doors off our fitted wardrobe as it was a massive space saver. But otherwise the room has no solid theme.

So of course a lick of paint would be the main way to give our bedroom an upgrade. Topher and I have been umming and ahhing over which colour to paint it for literally years now.

Originally we saw the tree wallpaper in my mood board a few years ago while wandering through IKEA and both fell in love with it. Unfortunately after asking a member of staff about it, they told us it wasn’t actually from IKEA. It was just to decorate the house set ups they have.

So back at home I googled it and to my horror found it was a designer brand and super expensive. So we moved on and forgot about it quickly.

Fast forward to last weekend when for some reason I had the urge to google the wallpaper and bam, there it was on eBay for super cheap. The rest of the mood board for the bedroom fell together pretty quickly after that.

So, finally to the mood board

Because it’s quite a busy print, we’ll just have a statement wall (what is it with me and statement walls? Hello and hello) behind the bed with it and paint the rest of the walls white. A running theme upstairs in our house!

Our wardrobe isn’t going to remain open to the room as it just looks messy so my dad suggested putting some mirrored sliding doors in. It will look better and save on space. The old doors were fine but add them to a king size bed and a small bedroom and you’ve got a lot of space being taken up on Topher’s side of the bed.

Then all there would be to do would be adding in a lamp shade. Yes we do still have a bare bulb in there but it’s the last one in the house and it seemed silly to get something when we hadn’t decided on how to decorate yet.

Also our cacti fairy lights would need to get switched out for something plainer as they definitely wouldn’t go with the tree wallpaper.

I’m planning on painting the walls when we get the first bit of nice weather after we’re back from Japan. I’ll have to have the windows wide open and don’t want to freeze!

The wardrobe door will take the most planning so we’ll see how that pans out. Wish me luck!

Does the first sign of warm weather make you want to decorate your house too? Or is it just me?

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Sure Fire Ways To Find Your Perfect Home

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If you are in the throes of house hunting, the chances are that you are becoming a little disillusioned with the whole process. Sometimes houses are described euphemistically meaning bijou is poky. Often, we head to a home thinking that this might be the one only to discover that the photos in the listing are three years old. And occasionally we might find the perfect house, but the location isn’t right. Trying to stumble across your perfect pad is difficult. However, by following these simple steps, you can hone your requirements and locate your dream home.

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Don’t Expect Perfection… Straight Away

Your perfect home might not be perfect immediately. And it shouldn’t be. You need to consider your wants and needs, and think about how you can outperform the market and make money on your home. The easiest way to do this is to do some renovations and put your own stamp on a pad. With your interior design flair and skills with a paintbrush, you can change a property so that it morphs into your home.

Try to visualise the homes you are viewing with a more objective attitude. You may have passed on many properties because of the tiniest of flaws. Having a non-negotiables list is fine, but be realistic. Nobody purchases their perfect home to do absolutely nothing to it. A house is what you make it so see it through a designer’s eyes.

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Budget

If you have a strict budget make sure that you stick to it. There’s nothing worse than going to view a pad knowing that it is over your budget, only to fall in love with it and be tempted to stretch yourself financially. Don’t put yourself in this position in the first place. Instead, check out a guide on conveyancing fees at The Advisory, look into solicitors fees and mortgage requirements, and then set yourself a ceiling purchase price never to go over it. This way, you will be viewing dwellings that are well within your reach.

If you aren’t sure where to look, place your emphasis on the location first. Forget the gorgeous looking house you spotted going for a bargain in a crime ridden area. This house won’t increase in value, and your experience living in that location will not be pleasant or safe. Instead, opt for the more well established areas that are always sought after. Property forecasts should be positive and the location should have sound transport links, good schools, and a variety of amenities.

Location is by far the most important aspect of a house purchase. Buying the worst house on the best street can often pay off as you are sure to outperform the market with your renovations and you will end up living in a salubrious area to boot. Keep an eye on future proofing your property market outlook and concentrate on creating an asset full of equity for your future.

Being a property hunter isn’t the easiest position to be in even in a buyers market. Follow this guide and use these ideas to inspire your hunt for your ideal home.

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The ABC Of Home Security

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It seems safe to say that the vast majority of people reading this post will know that they need to ensure that their home is secure. While general ‘good practice’ – such as always locking the doors and windows before leaving your property – definitely have a role to play in achieving the desired security level, for most people, the need for dedicated security measures is well-understood.

Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing “dedicated security measures”, there are seemingly countless options to choose from – which can be more than a little confusing. Below, we’ve sought to go back to basics by highlighting the fundamental, must-have requirements of home security – and you should have no issue recalling these measures in future, given that they are as simple as ABC…

A is for… Alarm

Investing in a reliable alarm system – and ensuring you activate it every time you leave the house – is one of the best home security measures you can take for your home. If you already have an alarm, then it’s worth having it professionally serviced to ensure it’s working as it should – expert advice suggests that annual servicing is usually sufficient. Alternatively, if there is no alarm system currently installed on your property, opting for a new installation is a huge home security boost, so it’s worth considering such a step in future.

B is for… Barriers

In the digital age, many homeowners focus primarily on technological home security measures – and these, as demonstrated by our “A” and “C” choices, are undoubtedly worthwhile. However, there is definitely something to be said for pairing technological security measures with good, old-fashioned barriers; bushes and plants close to entry points and beneath windows, perimeter fences, locked gates, thick trees, and – of course – standard concrete walls all have a role to play in ensuring your home is secure. Essentially, the goal is to ensure that your home looks unfriendly; as if it would be far too much hassle for a prospective burglar to even think about trying to gain access. By combining this “old school” measure with more modern innovations, you can enjoy the peace of mind of a complete, well-rounded home security setup.

C is for… CCTV

Closed-circuit television (or simply “CCTV” as it is more commonly known) is often associated primarily with commercial and industrial buildings, but CCTV can also be enjoyed in domestic properties in order to provide a comprehensive home security solution. By opting for a CCTV installation at your home, you can look forward to enjoying a dedicated security measure that both allows you to monitor your property as and when you please and acts as a reliable deterrent – a home security win/win.

In conclusion

The world of home security can be more than a little tough to decipher, with a vast number of products and innovations available on the market. Above, we’ve sought to focus on the core basics; the essential elements that – combined with sensible, conventional measures such as setting internal lights on a timer and always using door and window locks – can help to ensure your home is as robustly secure as possible.

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Creating my Dream Gallery Wall with Wilko – AD

Creating my Dream Gallery Wall with Wilko – AD

*This post contains items purchased with a gift card that was gifted from Wilko.

Years before I owned my own house, I dreamed of the day I could have a gallery wall. Yes, my dreams are that sad but it makes me happy. And for the last three years that we’ve lived here, I’ve been collecting art, cards and prints ready for this day. We had a few frames and canvas’s up in the living room but there were a lot of gaps.

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So last month when Wilko offered to help me finish my gallery wall, I couldn’t say no. It’s impressive to think that with a £30 gift card I managed to get 9 of the 18 items on the wall from Wilko. Part of the reason why I’ve delayed finishing my gallery wall is trouble finding frames that are nice but not going to break the bank. Why didn’t I think of Wilko?

gallery wall - pickles not amused

There are even different ranges so you could have everything matching to one colour. But of course I didn’t go for that (sorry mum) and decided to have a mix of three. To be fair I did choose black, white and oak which is quite minimal. I wanted the art inside the frames to take centre stage.

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I love how inexpensive Wilko’s photo range is and yet it doesn’t look that way at all. The range I picked from was their middle one I would say. There was an even cheaper range which would be perfect for students and also a more expensive range that would be great for ladies and gents into their bling.

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A lot of the frames I picked up were box frames which means you could actually fit some smaller 3D items inside. I took advantage of this for one of the frames in particular and displayed one of the badges Topher and I got on our honeymoon in Disneyland.

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I love my gallery wall so much. I just can’t stop looking at it. I’ll tell you a secret – the night I finished it and went to bed, I actually got out of bed one more time and snuck downstairs just to look at it one last time.

gallery wall - landscape

Considering the last time I showed you my living room it looked like this, I might be pretty close to showing you the rest of the room! Watch this space. And a big thank you to Wilko for giving me the nudge I needed to get this room looking awesome.

Do you have a gallery wall?

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