Homes & Gardens

How to Choose the Right Garden Furniture for Your Backyard

Some spaces in our home that we sometimes overlook are outside spaces such as the garden, backyard, and patio. These spaces, if complemented with the appropriate outdoor furniture, could be transformed into a more functional space, an extension of your family room, or an open-air dining area. If designed properly, these areas in your home can be a destination where you can relax, unwind, and spend some time with nature.

To assist in designing your outside space, here are some tips in selecting the right garden furniture to complement your backyard.

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Top Property Investment Tips

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:07am

Property is often a safe and reliable form of investment. Options range from buying to let, to a more diverse or commercial portfolio. Regardless of the size or location, some basic principles apply.

This article explores top tips to help you make the best choices to get a return on your capital outlay.

Study the Market

Study the market where you plan to buy. Familiarize yourself with the property market's real trends, look at average buying and selling costs, and understand interest rates and potential rental income.

Don't forget to look into the locality too....

Home Changes to Make Before Your Elderly Parents Move In

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 09/15/2020 - 7:59am

As they get on in years, many senior citizens decide to move in with their children. Rather than go to a nursing facility or assisted living home, being with family provides seniors with companionship and security. This also drastically reduces expenses that come from assisted care. Before your elderly parent moves in, there are some changes to consider regarding your home's accessibility. This article will help you cover the most important aspects of senior home safety and offer some suggestions for improvement.

Stair Access

If you live in a multi-story home, then consider...

8 ways to brighten your home during the winter

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 09/14/2020 - 8:30pm

Summer is almost gone and winter is fast approaching with those cold gloomy days. Many of us don’t get excited about the drastic change in the weather. Gone is the dry season when enjoyable outdoor activities could be had and people are free to move around freely. Winter days are ideally shorter, colder and may make one feel a little down. During this harsh season, many spend their days indoors due to the cloudy days, wet pavement, traffic jams or even flooding!

Winter doesn’t have to be always boring and dreadful, it has its advantages. It's the perfect time to slow down, relax...

7 Cost-Worthy Things for Your Bathroom You Never Knew You Needed

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:21pm

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any house. We visit it quite often, whether to get a hot shower or when nature calls. In the morning, we like to freshen up and get ready for the day ahead. Moreover, after a long day of hard work, we may want to relax in a soothing bubble bath away from any noise or trouble. That’s why it’s crucial to decorate our bathrooms and invest in products that will make them more comfortable and efficient. However, some innovations can be a bit pricey, so to help you make sure that your money is well spent, we will direct you to the ones that are...

How to Choose Bathroom Tiles that Match Your Style

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 09/11/2020 - 8:37am

Bathroom remodels can be overwhelming because of the abundance of choices. Tiles, for instance, vary in shape, price, and color. You have to narrow down your research because if you look everywhere without a plan, you will end up even more confused. That’s why you need to sit with yourself and narrow down your choices to avoid frustration. To make the process easier for you, we will tackle some aspects that you should check before making the final decision.

Calculate Your Budget

Not setting a budget can make you stray away and eat up your savings. Moreover, you will keep dreaming...

Soaring buyer demand helps Exeter property market bounce back

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:17pm

New research released this week from Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination, shows the demand for property in Exeter has more than doubled since the easing of lockdown restrictions and the introduction of a Stamp Duty holiday.

Zoopla’s Exeter House Price Index studies multiple local housing trends and prices on an annual basis. The data shows that the average house price in Exeter is now £243,000, with prices rising by 1.9% in the last 12 months.

Double demand

The demand for homes in Exeter area has experienced phenomenal growth, rising by 113...

British Safety Council certifies Barratt Developments' COVID-19 safety measures

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:42pm

Barratt Developments plc has become the first major housebuilder in the country to be certified by the British Safety Council for the quality of its COVID-19 policies and procedures.

The company, which owns Barratt and David Wilson Homes, is currently building more than 8,000 much-needed new homes across the South West. The five-star housebuilder has developed a detailed set of working practices and protocols to enable both its construction sites and customer facing sales offices and show homes to operate safely. It is these working practices that the British Safety Council has...

7 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing the Perfect Home for Your Family

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:52am

If you are in the process of finding the perfect home for your family, then you know what a painstaking and time-consuming process it can be. You can feel like you're going crazy after seeing house after house, never finding quite the right fit. There are a few key things you should keep in mind when looking for a home for your family in order to help guide your decision-making process and find the perfect home. This article will seek to shed light on the different variables that you should keep in mind when looking for a new home for your family. It is by no means a comprehensive list,...

The best ways to keep calm and carry on with your house sale!

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:00am

Selling your house is a really stressful period of time, which is why we’ve come up with some easy ways for you to keep calm and stay in control. Stress builds up and becomes incredibly overwhelming, so these tips can help you keep any stress at bay and let your house sale go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Know each step

One of the biggest factors that stress us out is the unknown. Buying and selling a house is an incredibly long process with all sorts of twists and turns, so knowing what to expect can let you stay a bit calmer when things get tough. It’s also...

Why do you need commercial laundry and ironing service?

Authored by faz
Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:44am

According to Nancy Smith commercial laundry and ironing services are not only fit for the household but also a practical option for retail businesses. If your business demands a regular laundry service, it's far better to hire some professional service than taking care of it by yourself.

Whether you own a hospital, a hotel, a café, spa, or a salon, you will require laundry and ironing services. The time of your employees, which they will have to spend on doing the laundry, could be consumed in serving customers and generating some revenue instead.

As the management staff...