5 Decorating Tips for Renters!

Here are our top five ways to make your rental property feel more like home, where the only limitations are your imagination!

1. Removable wallpaper

Who knew removable wallpaper was a thing!

Easy to apply, remove, reposition, and reuse without leaving damage or residue, contact paper is a top tool for any renter wanting to jazz up their home. Available in a never-ending selection of colours, styles and patterns. Either use it to cover entire walls, or get creative and use it to add simple accents.

If you’re fed up of your housemates conveniently forgetting whose turn it is to do the washing up this week, chalkboard versions are also available!

2. Washi tape

This little Japanese gem is a must-have tool for every creative renter out there.

Super cheap and available in all the colours of the rainbow, it’s easy to remove and re-apply without leaving adhesive residue or destroying the surface it has been applied to.

3. Wall Stickers/Decals

Add movement with a tree, or show off your playful side with a wall decal. Unlike some of the other rental-friendly decorating ideas out there, these are a great option if creativity isn’t your strong point as all you need to do is figure out where you want to position your sticker.

4. Fabric

If you’re fond of texture, you could also try using fabric as an alternative wall covering that will also be super hard wearing. There are endless step-by-step tutorials out there explaining how you can create this look yourself, otherwise you can also purchase pre-adhesed version as well.

5. Command hooks

Last but by no means least, Command hooks are an item every renter should have at hand.

Easy to put up and take down, use these nifty hooks to hang your towels, bathrobes, coats and bags without the need for nails or screws. Genius!

Check out this hidden little gem!

If you paid a visit to the quaint town of Bridgenorth in Shropshire, you’d find a bustling riverside town with a traditional market, cobbled lanes, some great afternoon tea locations and even a little funicular.

But tucked away down a side street, this two bedroom terrace home has come up for sale and has been causing quite a stir!

On the market for £199,950, what looks like a simple two bedroom home from the outside offers a pleasant surprise once you walk through the door. The description claims, “Dracup’s Cottage is a simply unique home that must be seen to be believed,” and we’re certainly first in line to get a taste of this stunning and elaborately designs interior!

Entering the home into the lounge, you then walk through the kitchen and utility room, then into ‘Dracup’s Cave’. With orate pillars and arches, the room is currently used as a lounge and dining area. What would you do with this space?

The rest of the home is decorated in beautiful and elaborate patterns, giving the whole property a sense of imagination and fairytales! And to top it off, check out the garden, set over several layered balconies.

This home’s space and traditional features stand it apart from anything we’ve seen in a long time – so why not take the plunge and get yourself a Hobbit-style pad now?

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Running you family home & saving money

Kitchen

How many times have you wasted food this year? Whether it’s the soggy salad you’ve forgotten about at the back of the fridge or a loaf of bread that’s gone mouldy, it’s easy to throw away food without thinking about it. But this can add up.

Love Food Hate Waste found out by making the most of the food you already have the average family with children can save around £700 a year – an amount not to be sniffed at.

Remember, the freezer is your friend – if you’re not going to use something freeze it to be used later. Meal planning, correct storage and knowing your date labels can also help. Use-by dates must be adhered to for safety, but best-by dates indicate food quality, not safety, so you can still eat food after this date although it may not be at its best.

Food waste is even more pressing at this time of year. Always think of what you can do with leftovers before you throw anything away.

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Have you switched your phone or broadband deal yet? You can make great savings this way. Take a look at Ofcom accredited switching sites such as broadband.co.uk and Broadband choices for an overview of your options.

If you’re considering switching, phone your supplier first and ask for your MAC code. This code lets you switch suppliers easily and quickly, and you’ll probably find once you ask for this code you’ll be transferred to the retention department and may find you’re offered discounts or other special deals to stay.

Should you do removals yourself?

Removals isn’t rocket science and many people opt to do it themselves rather than hire a professional removals firm to move furniture and other household items to a new home or self-storage. The question is, is it worth doing it yourself?

Which option you go for is likely to be determined by the amount of belongings you have to move and how far you have to move them.

If you have the contents of a whole house to move, it’s likely you’ll go for option 1. If you have a smaller property or flat, or are in furnished rented property you may prefer option 2 or 3. Whichever option you are taking, if you have enough notice about moving there is one thing you can do that could save you time and money – have a good sort out! There is no point in paying for space in a removal van (or self storage unit if having to store short term between moves) only to get to your new property and immediately throw things away. Clear that garage, loft and garden shed before you get your quotations. Now a couple of important questions to ask yourself if you’re still not sure about which removals route to go down.

Q1 – Can I fit everything in the one van?
The answer will of course depend on the size of the van, but to be sure about what fits, you need to be clear about how much stuff you have and also have an idea about how to pack it. A 12ft x 12ft room full of furniture and belongings does not require transport or storage of the same proportions. Things can be boxed or stacked. If using a removal company the number of rooms you have will help them estimate the size and number of vehicles required.

Q2 – How far do I have to travel?
Can the removals be completed in one journey? If you’re travelling a long distance and you’re moving yourself it’s not likely to be cost effective if you have to make multiple journeys, but may be achievable if you’re only moving a few streets away. For removal companies, the distance you are moving will factor in any quotation given.

Q3 – Have I got anyone to help me?
This may be relevant if using a removal company and will depend on the service option you have taken. But if moving yourself it’s quite important. What if things don’t quite fit? Is it worth the cost of another van or trip, or can friends or family members take the overflow? In terms of time, a few friends helping could be the difference between the ability to move yourself or not and could save time and money.

Q4 – Is insurance included?
When using a removal company there should be a level of insurance cover for your belongings included but check the small print. Exactly what is covered? Does it matter where (if any) the damage occurs; in transit or while being unloaded etc. If you have valuables, is the level of insurance cover provided enough? If moving yourself or using a man with a van, is there any insurance at all? Will your existing house contents insurance cover your move?

Q5 – Will I need storage?
This may seem an odd question as we’re talking about removals but with more people self building there is often a need to store some house contents. People take some of their belongings to a rented property while storing the rest until the new property is completed. In addition, we are finding that more people are not willing to risk losing the sale of their existing property if they can’t find their dream home. More and more people move into smaller rented accommodation while continuing their search.

Once you’ve decided on which removals option you are going to take, make sure you avoid damage by packing and transporting your belongings safely!

The best times to move house

When looking to move house here are a few tips you might need!

The best days of the week to move are during the middle week — from Monday to Thursday — most people plan their moves for the weekend. When they are not working. This is especially true with do-it-yourself movers who rent their own vans.

Try to avoid moving on a weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). The reason being most people tend to move on weekends when they are not working. That means movers already have plenty of reservations on those days, so you’ll have a difficult time reserving a haulage company. Even if you make the reservation ahead of time you’ll be paying more than you would on other less popular days.

The best day of the month to move is mid month (on or around the 15th). There are typically no major holidays during that time. Fewer people moving means better prices and more services & supplies available to you when you need them most.

The worst day of the month to move is on the 1st of the month. This is typically when everyone else will want to move. Most people try to make the most of their money by living out their lease until the last day.vHowever, if you move a week early, you will save money by getting a better deal on your moving supplies and a haulage van.

If you can move during the winter, when few people are moving, you will save the most money and have the most resources available to you. However, the choice is all yours.

Be different and go against the grain, it will work in your favour!

Reasons why buyers prefer a new home vs used

Design Your Dream Home Your Way:
Why settle for someone else’s choices when you can select your favorite cabinets, countertops, appliances, carpets and flooring? While you’re at it, you can choose gorgeous bath and kitchen fixtures, lighting and other options that you love. Your new home will reflect your style, not someone else’s taste it’s a win win situation.

Choose a Floor Plan and Room Layout that Meets Your Needs:
Want a master bedroom on the first floor? It’s all yours. With massive his and her’s walk-in closets? Done! Want high ceilings and a luxurious, resort-style master bath? Perhaps you’d like a sitting room with a fireplace! It’s easy, when you build your way.

It’s Low Maintenance:
Building a house from scratch can be tough to begin with but once thats out of the way you should be in for an easy ride! Today’s new homes have open floor plans and high ceilings that reflect the way we live today. They’re also made of cutting-edge building products that require less care and maintenance. Another plus? The latest building systems and components are designed and engineered to work together. Ultimately leading to less problems and lower cost!

A used home was someone else’s dream, but not yours. It reflects their choices and family memories, not yours. You may learn to love those pink peace appliances (and you may be willing to scrub stained countertops or grease-encrusted ovens and cooktops)!

All in all, new homes offer the latest design, equipment and comfort, something you can tailor to suit your individual taste and needs, it would be all yours.

A few reasons as to why you should buy a new build!

Your home will be green, clean and more eco-friendly

Developers are beginning to construct new build homes to help the outside whilst you stay cosy on the inside. With rising concerns about climate change and preserving local wildlife, developers are forced to conduct an environmental study of any possible construction site to evaluate any impact on surrounding nature and wildlife. Also with the introduction of tougher regulations, new build homes are 60% more energy efficient than period homes. Features such as solar panels and insulation are essential to ensure that energy is sustainable and that warm air is kept inside, meaning a much lower energy bill for the happy homeowner!

Your home will be stylish and affordable

With new build homes come new, up to date features. Being able to observe the structural problems of period homes, developers have been able to cover all angles to create luxurious yet practical abodes. Hayman’s new builds are build so that you can make the most out of the space you have making it a social environment to be in.

Your home will be in a great location with connection to great transport links on your doorstep

When looking for a new home, it’s important that we stay connected with friends and family no matter how far away they may be. Many new build homes are designed to accommodate and eradicate the hassles that are put upon commuters by developing sites close to easy transport links. Mansfield Woodhouse train station is less than a 10 minute walk and operates a regular direct service to the centres of Nottingham, Worksop, Lincoln, Grantham and Loughborough.

Now we know that us Brits are a nation obsessed with period properties – the character, the fireplaces, the bay windows – but as we’ve shown with the reasons above, buying a new home has some serious advantages! Especially for home hunters who may be struggling to buy on the open market, new build properties offer a viable and affordable alternative to period homes and you can put your own touch on them, they’re like a blank canvas, with high quality of the fixtures and fittings, coupled with the significant savings on energy bills, should convince more and more people to explore their options when it comes to buying new homes.