15 10, 2013

House Doctor service. Walsall, Birmingham.


My house doctor services were recently put to the test in this very poorly house in Walsall.  We found rising damp, dry rot and asbestos!  But, they were all treated, removed and repaired, and now the house is safe and dry, and ready to rent. My client was relieved and delighted with the result: " Hi Lynn, its fab! Well done to all! We esp love the bathroom and kitchen, Ann  Maurice would be proud of u!! The letting chap thought [...]

House Doctor service. Walsall, Birmingham.2013-11-01T11:12:41+00:00
4 10, 2013

Home staging in Twycross, Leicestershire. 5 bedrooms.


Home Staging in Twycross. This beautiful home had great potential. The large family home had been converted so that the entire ground floor was a separate dwelling, suitable for older members of the family, or grown-up children, or even to be rented. The remainder of the house was on the top two floors. There was an interior stairway to connect the two properties if required, and it was very flexible. The owner was living in the lower apartment, and the upper floors hadn't been lived [...]

Home staging in Twycross, Leicestershire. 5 bedrooms.2013-10-17T18:03:14+00:00
2 10, 2013

How to stage very small rooms when you need to sell your home


If you need to sell your home, but the rooms are very small, you are going to have to be brutal - especially if you are still living in the home!  The house I am using as an example is an extreme case, as it was one of the most narrow properties I have worked with, but it demonstrates the the "less is more" theory perfectly, even if you wouldn't need to be quite so extreme in your own home. Here are [...]

How to stage very small rooms when you need to sell your home2013-10-14T10:52:40+00:00
24 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Identify design trends.


IDENTIFY DESIGN TRENDS With a home makeover, it's hard to know when should you be following fashion and when you should avoid it. You need to update a home, but you don't want to choose a fashionable colour or style that will date quickly. • In general, don’t follow interiors trends too closely, they change with every season now • More expensive items need to be timeless, so just add smaller items in the latest design trend. If the makeover [...]

Home makeover tip. Identify design trends.2013-09-25T19:57:23+00:00
23 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Timescale.


TIMESCALE - if you have a short timescale for your home makeover, are your plans realistic? • Consider all the trades involved and how they impact each other. Allow them the time and space to work efficiently, don't book them all to work in the same room on one day. • Be realistic with your own time   If the home makeover is for selling purposes... • The timescale is usually very short - the faster the property is back [...]

Home makeover tip. Timescale.2013-09-25T20:54:12+00:00
22 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Skill level.


HOME MAKEOVER SKILLS - what skills are you or your family able to use in the makeover? When do you need to call-in the professionals? • Analyse your own skills carefully and balance this with the time you would realistically be able to give to the project • Consider skilled tradesmen if budget allows, as this ensures the project will reach completion! If the home makeover is for selling purposes... Poor workmanship can devalue a property, so don't cut corners A [...]

Home makeover tip. Skill level.2013-09-25T21:05:40+00:00
21 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Increase Value.


Will your home makeover increase the value of your home? How important is it that the home makeover increases the value of your house? This always needs to be considered, even if you don’t plan to move for a while. Unforseen circumstances could force you to sell your house unexpectedly, so to make changes to it that may devalue it can never be a good idea Structural alterations such as extensions and loft or basement conversions will usually add value [...]

Home makeover tip. Increase Value.2013-09-25T21:22:52+00:00
19 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Home accessories.


HOME ACCESSORIES - where do you add the finishing touches, and how far should you go? • Use accessories to draw attention to focal points • Accessorise with items that are meaningful whenever possible, for example, choose a piece of art that you all like, so it feels special when you look at it • Use what you already have, then fill the gaps • Be organised when shopping, know what spaces you are trying to fill, including measurements, and [...]

Home makeover tip. Home accessories.2013-09-25T11:20:24+00:00
16 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Colour schemes.


COLOUR SCHEMES -could you work with some of the existing colours in the house or should you change them? • Check all the existing colours in your house. Include tiles, floor coverings etc. If you add a new colour, will it work with all of these or would you have to change them? • Completely changing the colour scheme in a house can be very costly, especially if flooring, tiles and window decorations are involved. • Don’t mix two different colour [...]

Home makeover tip. Colour schemes.2013-09-26T09:17:12+00:00
16 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Room use.


ROOM USE -  how do you use each room and do you need to make any changes before the makeover? • Make each room work for you and your family at this point in time and keep adapting as things change • Balance the house. If there are a couple of rooms that are never used, but the whole family competes for space in the remaining rooms, you've got it wrong. If the makeover is for selling purposes, correct room [...]

Home makeover tip. Room use.2013-09-26T08:11:04+00:00
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