Deciding to renovate an old property

Old properties carry history and character than some of the newer builds lack. Deciding on selling up and purchasing a run-down property with great potential is not an easy task.

The advantage is that you have the ability to get creative, design each room to suit your needs. Such as keeping a property with an open plan style or changing it by separating the rooms completely. Whatever you opt for, you must consider the issues of buying an old home.

Damp can affect the property and alter the structure of the house if it has gotten too deep, it may result in demolishing the property and starting from scratch.

Other issues can be sticking to time frames and budget for the up doing of the property. Weather can hinder your deadlines; as heavy rainfall can put a standstill on the builder’s projects.

It is a great adventure to take on, just be prepared for the challenges that come with it.

A final tidy up

When you’re leaving your house, it’s important to leave it in the best condition possible for the next tenant or homeowner and you may want to consider hiring a cleaner to do this job for you. If you’re a tenant, you’ll need to make sure the property is in tiptop condition, especially if you want your deposit back. That said, you don’t have to hire a cleaner to do it all for you, you can do some or all the work yourself. With some elbow grease, the right cleaning products and attention to detail, it’s possible to get professional results. The one aspect where you may need some professional equipment is carpet cleaning, because with everyday products it’s not always possible to eradicate those tough stubborn stains. Be sure to get your home looking good and you may just make some money from it (either from raising the value of your home to getting your deposit back).

Apartment living – The pros

Living in an apartment can be difficult if you’re not used to living in confined spaces, but there are plenty of advantages too, and here are just a few:

Easer to clean – It really is much easier to clean an apartment rather than a house for obvious reasons, but just by having every area closer together you can clean an apartment from top to bottom in no time.

Cosier during the winter – With there being less rooms, there are less spaces that require warmth so the entire space heats up a lot quicker as long as you have a good number of radiators or heaters in the apartment.

Trickier to lose items – Losing items is really difficult in such a small space and if you clean the apartment on a regular basis it will be very tricky to misplace something. Not impossible mind you, but a lot trickier!

Making your new home dog-friendly

If you’ve come around to the idea of having a dog, you may need to get your home in order before you bring your new family member home. Having a puppy is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. If you are 100% decided on owning a dog, you should make sure he or she has a designated room. The kitchen is a good place as flooring is usually waterproof and objects on surfaces tend to be quite high and out of reach. During the first 6 months, the dog will go though the teething stage where they bite almost everything they see. You need to be extra cautious during this stage and make sure your furniture is not disappearing into thin air. Keep a check on them but always let them sleep in a locked room like the kitchen so they can not damage your furniture in the middle of the night.

Renting on a budget

It’s a big step to move out of mum and dad’s house and an even bigger step to buy a house, that’s why many people choose to rent first. By renting on a budget you’re able to save money for a mortgage and live in a home you can call your own, even if it’s just for a year or two. That said, some people choose to rent their whole life and while we wouldn’t recommend this, it goes to show buying is not for everyone. When you rent on a budget, you will have to make some sacrifices. That could be location, space, number of bedrooms or even not having a garden, and you have to remember you’re not likely to find your dream house, so pick something comfortable and appropriate for your needs. That’s all you need to think about when you’re renting for the first time on a budget.