Too often, having your gutters cleaned is overlooked. Many people dismiss the importance of clean gutters, assuming it’s a job that can be ignored until a problem arises. However, have you ever stopped to consider that your gutters could be the reason for so many of your plumbing problems? You would be surprised to discover just how many drainage issues can be traced back to a simple blockage in the gutter. So, to help you out, here are 5 reasons why you should have your gutters cleaned on a regular basis.

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Damage to Your Roof

It is common for leaves, debris from storms, and flooding due to bad weather, to cause damage to the roof of your home. When leaves and debris are left to clog up your gutters, this is one of the main causes of roof damage.
When your gutters become blocked, the water in them can become backed up and begin pooling on your home’s roof instead. The result of this is often that, if left untreated, your roof can become severely damaged and even collapse. This can be an extremely costly problem to fix and can pose a dangerous risk to your family. So, it’s important to avoid the problem by caring for your gutters effectively.

Clean Your Gutters to Keep Out Pests

Clogged gutters full of leaves and debris are a great attraction to pests looking for a comfortable nesting site. From large pests such as birds, to smaller pests such as mosquitoes and beetles, your clogged gutters can create an ideal home for wildlife.

To stop this from happening and reduce the problem of rodents and other pests nesting in your gutters, ensure you clean them out regularly and keep them clear of leaves and debris.

Damage and Overwatering to Your Garden Beds

Gutters are very effective at collecting rainwater and much of this can spill over the side and into your garden beds. Too much water can damage the health of your plants, drowning them and damaging the aesthetic and health of your garden.
To avoid this problem, ensure you clean out your gardens as regularly as possible and ensure there are no blockages that are going to cause a problem. This leaves your garden looking beautiful and keeps your plants, landscape, and flower beds in excellent condition (providing you do the gardening, of course!)

Cracking in Your Home’s Foundation

When water overflows from your gutters, it can pool in your home’s foundation and during the cold weather, this can end up freezing, expanding, and then cracking over time – causing significant damage to your foundations. This can be an extremely costly problem to fix! So, avoid it by having your gutters regularly cleaned and keep them thoroughly maintained to ensure there isn’t going to be a costly problem with your home’s foundation.

Preserve Your Paint Job

When water backs up around your home as a result of blocked gutters, it can start to overflow and trickle down the sides of your home. Water trickling down the side of your property can cause damage to your paint job over time, causing the paint to begin flaking away under the relentless stream of water.

Avoid having to repaint your home on a regular basis by cleaning your gutters and maintaining them regularly. This will stop water from overflowing out of blocked gutters all over your beautiful paint job.

Cleaning Your Gutters Saves You Money

Regular gutter cleaning and maintenance is essential for the effective running of your home. Not only that, but it also avoids costly repair jobs and issues with your home’s exterior, garden, paint job, and structural integrity.

So, when you take into consideration the mere cost of replacing a collapsed drainage system, repainting a house, replacing a garden, or fixing broken foundations, it definitely makes sense to take action now and have your gutters cleaned by a professional drain cleaning company. Trust me when I say, it will make all the difference!

Moving into a new property can be a busy and sometimes stressful experience. Anyone who has moved home before will tell you that the moving process will certainly keep you very busy because there is so much to remember. Not only is the task of packing extremely time-consuming, but there are also all the other little jobs that have to get done but are often forgotten about.

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When moving property, you can never do enough forward planning. So, to help you keep on top of everything and ensure there’s nothing you forget, I have written a moving house checklist with all the things you need to know!

Packing Your Belongings

Obviously, the key to moving house is packing all your belongings. After all, you need them in your new place, most of them anyway. My advice would always be to start packing as early as you possibly can. Start in one room and make your way around the house.

A great tip I was given years ago was to prepare a box of essentials. This includes everything you will need immediately for the first night in your new home and trust me it saves all that stressful riffling through boxes to find your toothbrush!

A Meal-Prep Tip

If you start packing your belongings early enough, you will have more of an opportunity to prepare a home-cooked meal. This is a great way to make a dish, such as lasagne, that can be easily frozen, transported, and then put into the oven when you arrive in your new home.

Having a meal to enjoy on moving day is absolutely essential as the power of a home cooked meal should never be underestimated. Not only can a good, nutritious meal boost your energy meals, but it can also make you feel more at home and it has the power to encourage a positive outlook.

Top tip: organise a food shop online to be delivered to your new home the day after you move so that you can stock up the fridge without having to fit in a trip to the shops amongst all the unpacking chaos.

Organise Your Important Paperwork

Perhaps one of the most important moving house essentials is packing all your important documents together. Keep all passports, marriage and birth certificates in a safe place so that on moving day you can avoid losing them.

Label Your Electricals

When packing up all your belongings, be sure to label all your electricals. I would recommend purchasing coloured stickers so that you can colour-code each electrical wire in an effort to avoid any confusion. This means that when you get into your new property, setting up the television and wiring up all of your gadgets is easy because you don’t need to spend hours untangling wires and figuring out which wire goes with which gadget.

Prioritise switching your fridge and freezer off the day before you move out, so they have a chance to defrost. This means you can move them without any problems. Put any leftover food items into cool bags so they can be easily transitioned back into the fridge and freezer in the new property.

Note Your Meter Readings

Before handing over the keys of your old property, take note of your meter readings for electricity and gas. This is essential and ensures you will get an accurate final bill, helping you avoid the hassle of closing multiple accounts or receiving incorrect charges.

Familiarise Yourself with Your New Home

Get to know your new home as soon as you can. This includes the essentials, such as knowing where the trip switch is for the electricity, checking all fire alarms are working, and changing the locks (as you never know who else has a set of keys!)

Who to Notify About Your Move

One of the most time-consuming aspects of moving properties is notifying everyone of your change of address. There are so many people, from personal friends and professional businesses that are important to notify. I would recommend making a checklist of all the numbers you need to call. For a full list on who to notify of your new home address, click here for a full moving checklist.

Top tip: prioritise having your mail redirected before you move. This ensures your mail starts moving over to the new property so that you don’t miss out on any important bills or letters from friends and family.

Choose a Removal Company

As you can tell from all the points above, moving home can be an extremely time-consuming task. One of the ways you can ease the experience is by choosing a professional removal company to help you with packing, storage, and home removals. Not only can they take care of the packing for you, but they can also help lift heavy objects, move furniture, and transport all your belongings to your new property.

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Rachel Kerr is a professional copywriter for Simply Removals, one of the most popular home and business removal companies in the UK.

Being able to upgrade your home and include something as luxurious as a conservatory often feels like a treat! A lot of us long for a little more floor space at home, an extra room and yet are reluctant to pay the price of an entire extension on the home. Sometimes, adding a conservatory is the best option available and even though they initially originated as something only the wealthy could afford, this is no longer the case.

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There are so many ways you can use your conservator, so you shouldn’t ever feel like you only have one option for it. With the range of glass and heating options that are now on the ever-changing conservatory market, there are far more than just one way to use it. If there is a need to replace the glass on your Edwardian conservatory, and knowing there are companies out there that can do that is so reassuring! We’ve listed six of the best ways to use your conservatory here:

 

  1. Extra Lounge. Not every family home has a large lounge to benefit from and if your family is on the larger side, then the extra space will do you a world of good. The addition of an extra living room is helpful if you’d like a space to watch TV as well as a space to just relax with friends.
  2. Office Space. Working from home is so much easier when you have a dedicated space to work from. A study is usually the best option, but if you don’t have a study to work from, a conservatory can work just as well.
  3. Dining Space. Not every home has a dining space big enough to seat a family, or guests. A conservatory could easily change that by giving a dedicated place in the home purely for eating a delicious meal together.
  4. Play Room. When you have kids running around in the home, you could easily get lost among all their equipment, toys and games. Having a space purely for their play things frees up space in the other living areas in the house, meaning you are far less likely to step on that Lego!
  5. Sun Room. There’s nothing like basking in the sunshine with a great book and a cold drink. The thing is, when you’re forecast to have pelting rain, you can’t exactly sunbathe in the garden. Using the conservatory as a place to curl up with that book in a comfy chair means that you can sit in the sunshine on the good days, and listen to the rain under a cosy blanket on the days where the weather is not so promising!
  6. Gym. Lastly, your conservatory can double up as a workout room for those who need the extra room. Fit that workout it in easily without the treadmill or exercise bike cluttering up your living room or bedroom. It’s also a good way to shut yourself away from the house and concentrate on burning some calories!

Are you considering extending your home? I’d love to see some relevant links posted in the comments!

 

Minimalism is on the rise and there has been an enormous upsurge in this trend in recent years. Minimalism is a concept that can be applied to all areas of your life. However, a good place to start is with the interior design of your home. Clutter in a home can quickly become overwhelming and it can even have a direct effect on your mood, making you more anxious and stressed. So, if your surfaces are becoming cluttered and items are being left all over your home, this is definitely a trend that you may want to consider incorporating in your home. If you are unsure of where to start in your home incorporating a minimalist theme, then make sure you carry on reading for all the information that you need to achieve this look in your home and also what the benefits of minimalism are. 

The Downside to Clutter 

As we mentioned before, if your home is filled with clutter, then one of the first things that you will want to do is get rid of as much of this as you can as this goes against the basic principles of the minimalist interior design concept. If you live in a home that is always busy with the hustle and bustle of lots of people, then you will most likely have a tonne of clutter lying around from where people have been leaving things as they go.

There are lots of cons to having a home that is filled with clutter and the first simply being that it is not the most pleasant thing to look at. Usually, when you are trying to tidy up a home filled with clutter, it is merely about trying to conceal these items and moving them around to make them seem less noticeable rather than actually looking the root of the problem. When you do this, any items of actual value then don’t really stand out at all and they can become lost amongst the mess.

Another big negative to having lots of clutter is that it becomes much easier to lose essential items such as your phone or your keys. However, taking a minimalistic approach to your interior design can really help to combat this and keep your apartment neat and tidy. Having your home organised will also promote a way of simple living, and you can then start to implement this in other areas of your life as a gradual process.

What Exactly is Minimalism? 

While minimalism has been a massive trend in recent years, there may still be some of you out there who are unfamiliar with this type of interior design and way of life. Essentially, in a nutshell, minimalism is a way of life in which you love, appreciate and promote the things in your life that add the most value to your life. As you do this, you then remove everything else that distracts you from this process. This usually results in people owning fewer material possessions and find a new found freedom and improvements in all aspects of their life.  

So, when you incorporate minimalism into your home, you are looking to keep your home clutter free and filled with all of the things that you value, use and appreciate. There is a common myth that being a minimalist with your home design means that you are taking away lots of its fun and personality. However, this is really not the case at all! When you incorporate minimalist redecorating into your home, you will then be able to refocus your space and concentrate on the things that are actually important. You can still ensure that your home feels lived in without having to overwhelm it with lots of clutter. 

The Interior Design of Your Minimalist Home 

When you are planning the interior design of your home and following a minimalist theme, we would recommend that you concentrate on finishing one room at a time. If you try to tackle every room all at once, then you can quickly become overwhelmed at how much you need to get rid of. Addressing one room at a time is more manageable and will help inspire you to complete the rest of your home.

Let’s start off with your furniture. With minimalism, you will want to only remove items that are not going to sacrifice your comfort or items that are useful. Try and keep to simple pieces and any accent furniture should be used to complement the room, not distract from it.

With your minimalistic design, you will want to only keep the essentials in your home. Anything that is not essential, get rid of it. All of your floors should be clear of anything that is not furniture, as well as your surfaces which should be as clear as possible.

Within your home, we would recommend that you stick to either solid colours or plain designs. When you are choosing curtains, opt for high-quality curtains in a solid colour that will compliment your room and then ensure that the area around your curtains is kept clutter free. You can purchase gorgeous curtains to fit in with your minimalism theme at Fashion Interiors, and there are plenty of colours and styles for you to choose from.

If you like artwork, we would recommend that you keep this simple and subdued but also something of high-quality that will compliment your room well. Finally, with any decorations, you can use these to add a pop of colour to your room, and an excellent choice is a vase with fresh flowers or a potted plant to give your home some life. 

How Will My Minimalist Home Look?

With a minimalist home, each room will attempt to have just the essentials in it. The room should only have the furniture that you really need in it, and so, for example, a living room should only contain all or part of these items such as a sofa, television stand, coffee table and a lamp. This allows your space to appear larger and be more functional in your day to day life. You will want to aim to keep all of your surfaces clear with just a few decorations and you should make sure that you are not accumulating items for very long. Any accent decorations that you choose should be chosen wisely, and while you are opting for a minimalist theme, we would still recommend that you include some decorations as this will help to bring some life to your home and ensure that it still feels like yours and its personal to you. With the minimalist look, we would also recommend that you focus more on quality over quantity as the items that you do choose to get for your room should be ones that you absolutely love and are that of a high-quality. This allows you to showcase the gorgeous pieces of furniture in your room rather than having lots of cheap items.

If you are looking to incorporate minimalism into your home, make sure to implement out top tips to achieve this look. 

I have always had a little understanding of the benefits of wearing charms and crystals in my younger years and as I get older I have returned to my love of them. Educating myself which crystals and charms can help my own self care and healing as well a charms that I can wear to remind me of my path on a daily basis.

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