Do you know what I did this morning? I unpacked the last box from when we moved into our current home! Woot woot! (Never mind that we moved in about a year-and-a-half ago…I’ve been busy, okay?!) Once that box was empty, I took a moment to be thankful for our home – this one and the two we’ve had previously! There’s just something about…HOME.
For many, buying a house might be a dream. The cost of real estate is always on the rise; hence, you may be tempted to think that you can never afford to purchase that home you dream of. As tricky and challenging as it might be, it is not an impossible task. There are many clever ways that you can save up for your house deposit slowly. Here’s how:
Always have a budget
Often the biggest excuses people have for not being able to save up for a dream house is because their budget isn’t enough. However, the reason why saving is almost close to impossible is that you aren’t working on a budget. When you write down all your expenses and have a budget in mind, you can see where each amount is going to; hence, you can better manage the same.
Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping and everything is turning green – a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors after the harsh winter.
If you are like most homeowners, spring is a time when you get to work tidying up around your spaces. The season is a great time to declutter and straighten up your home. This year, there are many tips you can follow to help you streamline the process, and having an “order” to your spring cleaning can help you spend less time on the process overall!
Declutter and Downsize
To begin, declutter and downsize. Think about areas in which you have a plethora of STUFF. A closet is a great place to start! Most people have tons of clothing in their closet and never wear it all. You can essentially create an amazing amount of new space in your home by decluttering just one closet. The kitchen is another area where you might have a ton of items that need to be weeded through. Take some time to think about additional areas in your own home that hold the most stuff and focus your attention on those spots!
Everyone knows that home energy bills always become higher during the wintertime. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks to keep costs down. Here are five top energy conservation tips that you can implement this winter. (And you know what the great thing about these ideas are? You can “reverse” some of them and use to stay cool in the summer!)
Stop fireplace heat loss
This may come as a big surprise, but your fireplace could actually be the place you’re losing the most heat from. Wood-burning fireplaces, for example, can end up letting a lot of heat escape through the chimney. Make sure this doesn’t happen by installing airtight doors and inflatable draft stoppers. Another way to stop air escaping is with a flue sealer, which can be easy put in place by anyone.
Add attic insulation
Insulating your attic is one of the best ways to keep energy costs down. You can tell when a house is poorly insulated because it quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to live. It will save you a ton of money in the long run, and even more if you can do the insulating yourself. The recommended minimum level of insulation for attics is R-38, which equals about 12 inches. According to Habito, improving insulation also makes a huge difference to your property valuation and ease of sale.
It’s barely summer and I’ve just started saying it here in Central Florida in the past few weeks: oh my gosh, it’s so HOT out! I don’t know why I feel surprised – this happens every year, right?!
Summer may be one of the best times of the year but depending on where you live, it can also be quite oppressive. If you live in an area where the mercury hits triple digits in the midst of July, August, and September, you can give yourself, your family, and your AC a break by following these summer cool-down tips. Some of these tips will keep your hotel room, vacation home rental, or other accommodations cooler while you and the family travel during summer vacation, too!
Block Out the Sun
Window coverings are made to give you privacy when you want and need it but did you also know they work to insulate your home all year round? In the summer, draw the blinds and curtains early before the sun beats in through the windows. This keeps the rays outdoors and the indoor cooler. It keeps the house warmer in the winter, too. When traveling, pull the drapes shut before you head out for sightseeing to keep your accommodations cooler, as well.
Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:
Have Your HVAC System Serviced
With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.
Call the Exterminator
Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.