Sep 21, 2021

Small apartment decorating tips


A dining room in a small apartment

A small home has many benefits, especially if you live in a big city. Apartments with less square footage are usually in great locations and have lower rent than bigger places. In addition, maintaining and cleaning them is much easier. However, to live comfortably in a limited space, you will need to create a balance between functionality and design. That means furnishing with practical items and personalizing with the right decor. If you never had to downsize before, you might not know where to start. So, we've created a list of essential small apartment decorating tips to help you settle and make your new place feel like home.



Separate the areas



Moving into a smaller home might seem complicated, but downsizing can be an easy task if you make a good optimization and organization plan for the place. If you're dealing with a tiny home or a studio apartment, you might need to develop creative ways of separating the areas. In cases where you need to make a distinctive border, like with your living room and bedroom, panel dividers or ceiling-to-floor shelves are a great idea. However, rugs could have the same effect. Once your apartment is divided, it will seem bigger, and more importantly, it will be more functional.


Creative lighting in a small apartment
Room dividers are a great way to provide some privacy in open floor plans.

Upgrade the furniture



Your worn-out sofa and old-fashioned chairs might be cozy, but they are potentially ruining the visual appeal of your place. Thus, if buying new furniture is not an option, dedicate some time and creativity to work on their new look. Reupholstering a couch or sofa can do wonders for the place. You will get to keep your cozy piece of furniture and make it look brand new and in accordance with your interior design and color palette.



However, if you decide to get rid of the old items, consider investing in multipurpose furniture. In small spaces, a pull-out sofa is a much better option than a regular bed. If you can find furniture with storage, go for it. No matter how small that storage space might be, it will help keep your trinkets out of the way. That will allow you to clean and maintain the place more efficiently.



Utilize the corners and neglected surfaces



This step is practical because it will create more storage and fill the corners and empty space. Any apartment can benefit from a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, bed with shelves or drawers under it, or even a customized loft bed. That way, you will get a lot more space for other necessary items, plus separate the sleeping area from the rest of the apartment. You can re-purpose the extra space into a home gym, home office, or anything else.




And if you're having problems with a lack of space, renting a storage unit could be a life-saver. Living in a tiny apartment has its perks. However, when it comes to furnishing, you will have to focus only on the essentials and remove the extra stuff. According to moving and storage professionals, Zippy Shell Louisiana, many studio apartment homeowners opt to rent a unit for seasonal decor and home office supplies.


A shelf in a small apartment
Small apartments should be functional and visually appealing.

Invest in quality fabrics



The secret of small apartment decorating is to invest in the right textiles and fabrics. Curtains, rugs, bed covers, upholstery, and cushions can transform the place if the colors, textures, and patterns are matched well. Usually, the simplest way to start decorating the place is to focus on wall color and accentuate it with specific decor.




Pastel colors, earthy tones, and discrete patterns will create a warm and inviting vibe, while intense dark colors provide a cleaner and more stern look. Still, going for neutral furniture bases and accentuating them with bolder covers or cushions could provide exactly what you're looking for. Be brave and experiment with textures and patterns, too. However, keep in mind that small apartments benefit from a neutral and light palette and a lot of light. Thus, it's important not to go overboard with decorations and clutter the space visually.



Use mirrors to create an illusion of a bigger apartment



The use of mirrors is one of the best small apartment decorating tips for creating an illusion of a bigger space. As you know, the reflective surface of a mirror is a powerful element when enhancing the apartment's decor. If you position it across a window with a view, it can create wall art. Moreover, mirrors reflect light and come in many shapes and sizes, providing practical and tasteful decoration.


A mirror
Put mirrors near windows to enhance the amount of natural light.

Add finishing touches with wall art and small decor



Nothing says more about the owner than the wall art and decor they choose for their home. They are the way to show our tastes and preferences, and they make us feel cozy and happy. A lot of people use generic art to decorate their apartments. However, choosing art for your home should be taken more seriously. Whether it comes to family photos, prints, or even proper artwork, things like framing, colors, position, and mutual matches require thoughtful consideration.



Keep the place tidy at all times



Following small apartment decorating tips will help transform your place into a cozy haven. However, even though living in a tiny home has its perks, there are some downfalls to be aware of. With limited space comes faster clutter accumulation. Thus, good organization with frequent cleaning and tidying up will make things much easier in the long run.



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Sep 11, 2021

7 Things People Usually Forget To Do When Moving House

Boxes ready for moving

Having to move from your home can be pretty stressful. As a result, you might forget to do some important things during the process of relocation. To give you a helping hand, we made a list of 7 things people usually forget to do when moving house. If you take the time to check it, you will have a smooth, worry-free relocation.

1.    Inform important people and institutions about your move

To make sure you start on the right foot and that your move goes as planned, you should notify people of your change of address. Of course,  you should start with your family and friends, but the list should be a bit longer. For example, you should inform your mobile and internet provider that you are changing the address. 

 

Otherwise, invoices will continue to come to the old address, and you may be shut off from their services. It's also a good idea to give your new address to a former neighbor. It will be easier for anyone who wants to reach you but only has your old address. 


Another critical aspect consists of transferring all the important information to your new location. Your children will most likely move schools, and your family may change doctors. As a result, make sure you transfer all of your former school and doctor's information to the new ones. When you can be sure that anyone that needs to know about your move is informed, you can move to the next step.

2.    Take care of your valuables.

When you have to relocate, keep your valuables safe. Keep your jewelry, for instance, in a safe or a secure box that will not fall apart if dropped. Put paintings and other valuable art in an empty room that won't be accessible to everyone that might enter the house during the move. Or, you can follow the advice of the professionals at sosmovingla.net and keep everything valuable in a storage unit. It can stay there until after the move and spare you the stress of wondering if everything is still in one piece.

Person packing something fragile for a move.
Make sure to pack fragile items with care.

3.    Don’t forget about appliances.

If you are moving from a rented place, don't forget to unplug all the electric appliances. Who knows when the new tenants will come, so it is safer to prevent unwanted accidents and save some electricity. Furthermore, never forget to defrost the freezer. Even if it is yours or will be left behind, make sure you defrost it a few days before you move. If you have to leave with it, you wouldn't want water to spill all over the moving van. Also, if you leave it behind and unplugged, you might cause a small flood in the house. Avoid any unwanted problems by just paying attention to some minor details.

4.    Write down your meter readings.

This is one of the most critical seven things people usually forget to do when moving house. It would be best to write down the meter rating for water, gas, and electricity on the day of the move. If you forget to do so, there might be some extra costs that could appear on your last bills. It is easier to prevent that from happening by writing down and sending your readings to your providers.

5.    Take care of your pets and your plants.

With all the stress involved in the moving process, you might forget that you have some plants lying around the house. Sometimes you can get so used to them that you start to believe they have been there since you first came. Be sure to pay attention to your plants and to water them regularly. Of course, not on the day of the move. You wouldn't want water to pour all over the car. Instead, you can put the pots in plastic bags and leave them open so that the plants can breathe. This prevents soil from being spilled if a flower pot breaks or turns over during the ride.

If you are a pet owner, don't forget to look after your best friend. Make sure it has enough food and water, and if you have a dog, take it on its regular walks. In addition, if your pet is not used to car rides, get it to adjust in time. Buy a suitable carrier and take it on short rides before the move to get acquainted with the car environment. Also, prepare all the paperwork you might need for your pet and update the new address on its microchip.

A dog sitting in a moving box.
Your pets can be very stressed during a move, so make sure you give them enough attention.


6.    Get packing supplies.

Getting enough packing supplies is usually one of the things people forget to do when moving house. Therefore, if you want your relocation to become a success, make sure you have everything you need. First, make sure you have enough cardboard or storage boxes and a lot of packing tape. Then, make labels for the boxes or use a marker to write what's inside them. Lastly, get some bubble wrap and newspaper for packing fragile items. If you manage to purchase your packing supplies on time, you can even handle a short notice move.

7.    Make a moving-out checklist.

Here are some of the things you can put on your walk through checklist before you move to make sure everything is ready for the trip:
●    Unplug all the appliances.
●    Check the refrigerator for any leftovers.
●    Remove all your stuff from the house.
●    Clean the place spotless.
●    Take out the trash.
●    Return the keys to your landlord.
●    Keep all the important papers you might need with you.
●    Prepare a bag with enough food and water for the trip.
●    Check with your moving company for an estimated time of arrival.
●    Clear a parking space for the moving van.

Of course, you may add or delete items from the checklist to adapt them to your move; we understand that each relocation is unique.

A couple checking their list of things people usually forget to do when moving house.
Making a checklist is one of the things people usually forget to do when moving house.

In conclusion

Having to cope with packing, finding the appropriate moving company, and other essential matters might cause you to overlook important aspects of a move. Therefore, our list of things people usually forget to do when moving house can help you stay focused on all the details. Make a note of everything we have mentioned and double-check it from time to time to ensure you didn't forget anything.

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Sep 10, 2021

8 Property Buying Mistakes Millennials Must Avoid


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Buying a real estate property is an exciting venture for everyone. Having something to call your own is something to be proud of, and the promise of a nicer quality of life is one that most of us want. However, this same excitement clouds the decision-making process and may cause people to commit costly mistakes—and millennials may be committing more of them if they’re not careful.



Millennials have been entering the housing market in ever-increasing droves. Since 2013, 37% of the market has been made up of millennials. However, nearly two-thirds of these millennial buyers have regrets about the house they’ve bought.



To help you to avoid the same fate, we've listed down eight of the most common mistakes millennials and first-time homebuyers commit. 



1. Going in without a plan



Would-be house buyers should not dive into the market without a plan, as it could end up costing you more and make the process more difficult than it needs to be.



Before diving headlong into the housing market, you should be aware of your financial position and the situation of the real estate market. Be honest with yourself and decide whether you will keep this house for the long term or plan to sell it and move on to a bigger property later on.



2. Focusing too much on the house and overlooking the location



A good mindset to have when buying a house is that you're not just buying four walls and a roof; you're also buying a location.



While a house's structural soundness and aesthetic appeal should be a significant factor to consider in a home purchase, do not forget to take into account the neighborhood where the property is situated before fully committing to the purchase.



3. Not practicing due diligence



The house buying process is generally a long and arduous endeavor, but that does not mean that you should skip out on the most important (and hardest) responsibility you must do: the house inspection.



It is the buyer's responsibility to visit the site and inspect the property's structural integrity before going through with the purchase. Hire the services of a property inspector and make sure to tag one along on the day of the inspection.



4. Not getting pre-approved



The property buying process should ideally start with the buyer going to a lender to get pre-approved for a loan before looking for a property, and not the other way around. Getting pre-approved will help you narrow down your choices based on what the loan amount can afford and, thus, help you avoid overspending. It will also signal to the seller that you are serious about buying a house.



5. Not taking other expenses into account



Buying a property is costly in itself. What buyers don't realize is that many hidden costs should also be factored into the budget. These extras include home owner's association dues, property taxes, transfer tax, home insurance premiums, emergency repairs, and upkeep.



6. Going all-in with your savings



Do not over-extend your finances when buying a house. Apart from the other costs associated with purchasing a home, one must not forget about the monthly amortization that needs to be paid for the years to come. Make sure that you have enough cash in your rainy-day fund so that an emergency will not cause you to default on payments and eventually foreclose on your house.



7. Not saving up for a bigger downpayment



According to a survey, 11% of millennials regret not saving up for a bigger down payment. While saving up for a bigger down payment may delay the timing of your purchase, it will reduce the monthly amortization you will have to make in the long run and, as such, reduce the strain on your budget.



8. Letting emotions and sentimentality get the best of you



Buying a house is more than just buying a roof for you to sleep under; this is also where children are born, where meals are shared, and where memories are made. Home buying will get emotional and strike your sentimental heartstrings at some point.



While all of that is just normal, you should not let it dictate your purchasing decision. It is best to approach home buying as a business decision. After all, a lot of money is on the line. As such, you should treat it as you would any other investment.



Bonus tip: Take your time



Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever have to make. It will also have a significant impact on your finances for the years to come. Take your time in doing your research and consider all possible alternatives.




The finish line to this arduous process is you putting your feet up in a comfortable house in a good neighborhood (that you can afford) where you will make memories with your family to cherish forever.



Author: James Sab Labrigas 

Author Bio: James Sab Labrigas is a Marketing Officer for HTLand, Inc., developer of Mandani Bay. He remains inspired at work through remarkable green architecture and interior design projects. Outside of the property and real estate industry, you may find him painting, playing volleyball, or doing photography. 




Sep 3, 2021

Why Hire Professional Roofing Contractors in Vaughan?



Summary: It’s always best to hire a professional flat roofer to install your roof. They will have not only the experience and skills but the equipment to ensure the project is completed on time and properly. Furthermore, they will respond promptly to their clients’ enquiries, use high-quality materials, and provide a safe working environment. 



When it comes to hiring a roofing contractor, it is important to do proper research. After all, not all roofers offer the same services or can be trusted. Roofing installations, repairs, and replacements, whether on commercial, residential, or industrial buildings, need to be conducted by experienced and professional flat roofers. 



It’s always best to seek out a reputable contractor who will ensure you receive quality service. In this post, qualified flat roofers in Vaughan, Ontario, highlight the benefits of hiring professional roofing contractors. 



3 Benefits of Hiring Professional Flat Roofers 



There are many advantages to working with professional flat roofers. Here, we explore three of them. 



1. They Respond Promptly



A natural disaster can occur at any time and affect your property, including its roof. Once the membranes or layers of your flat roof are damaged, it will be a costly and time-consuming endeavour to fix them. Professional flat roofers know the importance of responding to these situations quickly.



If you think your flat roof needs to be inspected after rain, snowfall, or high winds, contact reliable roofers near you. They will most likely be onsite within a few hours to start your inspection and schedule repairs. 



2. They Appreciate Work Safety



Mishaps and accidents are common during roofing repairs and installations. This makes it important for workers to follow safety protocols to avoid hurting themselves or others. 



With a professional and certified roofer, you can rest assured knowing that the workers on your roof will maintain adequate safety measures. They will also be aware of their team’s safety concerns and make sure the working conditions are deemed safe for everyone on the property. If an accident does occur, the company will have the necessary insurance coverage which means you won’t have to deal with any unwanted consequences. 



3. They Work with High-Quality Materials



When conducting an installation or repair, experienced flat roofers will source affordable but quality materials that last many years. Moreover, they will understand the difference between high and low-quality materials and steer clear of inferior products. Plus, by examining your flat roof, they will be able to determine which materials are required for the job. 



Hiring professional flat roofers offers numerous benefits, making it a better option than trying to fix or install the roofing yourself. They can access the right materials and equipment for the job, and have the experience to do it right. They will also be able to overcome challenges they may face while working on the project. 




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