As decisions go, choosing a mortgage lender is a pretty important one, and could potentially have a significant impact on your bank account. In the age of consumer choice, there’s more to securing the best possible home loan than hunting down the lowest available interest rate, although it does help. Whether you’re borrowing for the first time or refinancing for a lower rate, taking a few extra steps in the process could save you a bad headache further down the road. Consider your situa..
It is practically impossible to shy away from home maintenance as a homeowner. This usually comes in different dimensions, and your role as a homeowner is to find either prevent them or provide lasting solutions as they arise. A crucial part of home maintenance is taking care of plumbing problems. Plumbing issues are of different types; some are universal, and others are dependent on the type of property. You can start by putting a maintenance schedule in place, to be done by either you o..
Updating your home can bring your house to a whole new level with better design, more room or new appliances. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2017 remodeling impact report, 75 percent of homeowners have an increased desire to be in their home after they've remodeled, showing the personal payoff is there. Even small remodels are worth the effort, but they can get out of hand quickly. Certain mistakes can cause your project to cost unexpected time, money and stress. But i..
After a long year of work, most people look forward to a few days off over Christmas. But no matter what time of year it is, us Aussies always look forward to a holiday - and we definitely know how to chill out better than most. But there is one downside: going away even for a few days leaves our homes open to the risk of burglary, vandalism or worse. The answer: great home security. So if you want to go away this Christmas and not worry about your valuable home and possessions at the ..
For those who stay in metro cities, it can be a nightmare to suffer from the entire disturbance created because of the noise outside. Moreover, if you happen to share a wall with your neighbours then things get even worse. A good way of dealing with this problem is to soundproof your house. There are several budget-friendly ideas that you can incorporate. To begin with, you can determine the source of noise and then work on the areas of your house which are the closest to it. Below are the top 8..
Custom wallpaper is an innovative product which enables you to decorate walls with a design of your choice. While traditional wallpaper may be difficult to apply and remove, custom wallpaper uses a special adhesive which is forgiving, allowing it to be repositioned, with the freedom to change your design or return your wall to normal. Installing your custom wallpaper is easy. Simply peel and stick in the desired spot and use a flat tool to press out any air bubbles. Some vendors may of..
If you have a garage, you'll know this problem all too well. Once an item is no longer being used every day inside your home, but you have decided you definitely need to keep it, it's all too easy to "chuck it in the garage!" But before long, your garage - once so neat and tidy and handy - is an absolute mess. The answer? Some of the smartest garage storage solutions you've ever seen! Moving something out of the house shouldn't mean: You clutter up your beloved garage, and You will ha..
After many years at the top of the buyer’s checklists, the kitchen and bathroom are still the kings of the home. Whether you’re renovating to sell, or you just want to increase the value of your home in the long term, these are still the most important areas to focus on. It’s no surprise buyers prioritise the kitchen given how much time they expect to spend in it, so much so that many are willing to pay an additional percentage of a home’s selling price for something modern and on-trend...
On a blistering afternoon when the sun is beating down, hot and suffocating, there are few greater pleasures than returning to the comfort of a cool home. But reviewing the monthly utility bill can leave you frozen. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to maximize your energy efficiency. Many of the suggestions in this article take next to no effort to implement, most are inexpensive, and others are even free! With a few easy changes and a fix here and there, you can cool your home in a cost..