For some of us, 2019 is all about finding a second income or even a change in career. Luckily there is plenty of readily available opportunities for the short-term rental sector. The concept of short-term rental isn’t new, but it has been reimagined to the point where it’s unrecognisable now. And with the rise in demand for various online platforms that provide people with more short-term rental options, the industry is growing. This level of popularity has seen an influx of new landlords, and it’s a relatively easy business sector for entry-level entrepreneurs.
Mingled in with the sheer joy of seeing your new offspring grow and start exploring the world, from the cute gurgling noises to the first tentative steps, is a primal fear that every parent understands. Your baby is a vulnerable and utterly trusting being who is wholly unaware of the dangers that lurk in every corner of a home. But you don’t have to feel helpless and impotent when it comes to the harm that could potentially befall your bundle of joy. In fact, there’s plenty you can do to make your flat or house a toddler-friendly environment where nothing bad need happen. A bit of awareness is all that’s required to turn your home into a comparatively safe place for your roaming and adventurous baby to explore. Here’s a few pointers for getting started. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but it should help you develop awareness, which you can then apply to every room in your house.
Giving your home some easy TLC is a great way to brighten the gloom of January and February as we trudge on through the final stretches of a tedious winter. The great news is that you don’t have to move heaven and earth, reinvent the wheel or scale mountains – there are simple, straightforward, easy-to-adopt ways of sprinkling magic dust over your Surrey house or flat, breathing some life into it while simultaneously giving your own emotions a much-needed lift. Here are some of our favourite ways of working wonders so that the place you call home once again merits that term, becoming a haven from the outside world and its attendant pressures, a place where you can seek refuge and relaxation in equal measure.
Whether it was the plethora of celebrity deaths or the political shockwaves that ruptured the UK, Europe, the US and beyond, 2016 was certainly memorable but many people are, understandably, glad to see the back of it. While that January 1st feeling of newness and optimistic possibility is still with us, there’s plenty we can focus it on, and that includes are homes. Here’s just a small sample of ways to get going:
If you already live here, then you know how wonderful it is. It’s no exaggeration to say that we live in what is possibly the loveliest county in the land. Yes, Surrey. The name alone simply trips off the tongue with a disarming grace and easy majesty. But beyond the obvious, what exactly is it that makes living here such a delight? What are the main reasons to be happy you live in Surrey? Since we dart around the county (and beyond) doing removals every day, we think we have a good grasp on the best things about calling this place your home.
One of the drawbacks of renting is the possibility of having to live with someone else’s vision and taste, especially if they clash with your own too much. You may find your landlord’s style is dowdy or excessively chintzy, too minimalist or too fussy. Ideally, a landlord will have chosen from a neutral-ish palette of colours, giving you room to overlay your own taste upon it, but we’re not always so fortunate and you may instead be greeted by strident and/or garish colours. Whether or not you’ve been unlucky, there are still plenty of things you can do to make a rental property feel like your own home. And seeing as more and more of us are renting, it’s worth having a few ideas and some helpful pointers to get you going. In fact, you can end up in a best-of-both-worlds set-up where you’re not liable when something breaks or goes wrong, but are still able to create a personal, cosy environment that feels all your own. Here’s how:
- Check with your landlord. What are you allowed to change, exactly? Can you paint? Can you alter the garden? Of course, it may be that you don’t want to invest your own time and money into a place that you don’t own, but if you’re likely to be living there for years and might even enjoy the process of making changes, then find out what degree of freedom you have to do so.
- Furnished, part-furnished, or unfurnished? This decision will greatly impact the extent to which you can create your own environment with your own taste. Sometimes part-furnished is the best compromise, giving you room for change but not requiring you to do it all.
- Soft furnishings. These give you lots of leeway for making changes. You may be stuck with the walls and carpet, but you can bring in your own style with your choice of curtains, cushions, pillows and more. Soft furnishings can go a long way in terms of changing the feel and atmosphere of a place.
- Impermanent wallpaper. You don’t have to fix wallpaper to the walls in the conventional, time-consuming and permanent fashion. Wallpaper can be hung against walls (there are plenty of different ways to do this, with a plethora of online guides and instructions) or pasted on to large wooden boards which are then placed against the walls.
- Art. Here you have carte-blanche (although your contract may require you to fill in and paint over holes when you vacate the property). Your originals, prints and posters can transform every room in the house or flat and
There’s quite a lot to learn when you’re moving house. Not only do you need to pack up everything you own (or dispense with some of it via charity shops and car-boot sales), you need to book a removals company and keep an eye on your budget. And then there’s the jargon – there’s lots of it, particularly if you are buying the home into which you’re moving and possibly selling the one you’re leaving, to boot. Here are some of the terms and words you might come across as you travel from one end of this process to the other.
Moving house gives you the perfect opportunity to overhaul the way you consume energy. It’s a fresh start, allowing you to rethink the whole thing, resulting in lower bills and less waste. Given how pricey moving can be, cutting down expenses where you can is no bad thing and energy is one way you can easily achieve this. Here’s how:
We’ve always been as happy moving people in and out of offices as we have homes and if there’s one thing we’ve found invaluable, it’s making sure that everyone is fully briefed on what needs doing and when, whether the company is a small start-up or a big multi-national. Office removals in Surrey, including the most complex imaginable of IT systems, are second nature to us. But if you’re planning on moving your company and have never done it before, here is some guidance to ponder well in advance. Read more…
So…you’ve managed to ready your plants so that they’re all set for moving, having read our earlier blog on the subject. But the question remains: how do you manage them on moving day itself? And what about afterwards, when you need to help them adapt to their new surroundings. It isn’t only humans who need to be flexible and get used to a new home; plants need sympathetic support and a kind pair of hands to help them get through the adjustment phase. Here are some guidelines to help keep your houseplants in rude health, not just on the day of the move but well beyond, so that they can enjoy long, happy and productive lives, their wellbeing undiminished by the stresses of moving house.