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Marie Nieves

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and a regular author for several blogs. For her articles, she often consults décor specialists and experienced blogger experts.

Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to your living room is a great way to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Just imagine sitting in front of a nice fire with some hot cocoa while it’s raining or snowing outside; colder seasons couldn’t get much more romantic than that. However, turning this idea into a reality requires some practical thinking, as well. So, to help you choose the best fireplace for your home, here are five things to consider. 

Set your budget

First things first, you need to set your budget before you even start looking at fireplaces. Plus, keep in mind that you budget should include the price of not just buying the fireplace, but also installing it and actually using it. Some types, like a wood-burning or a pellet fireplace, cost more initially but are less expensive to run. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, cost less to build but more to use. Electric fireplaces are the most economical, both in terms of purchase and in terms of use, but you might not achieve the kind of vibe you’re looking for. All in all, consider the price of different types, and see what you can fit into your budget with the fewest sacrifices. 

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Think about how much heat you need

The best type of fireplace for you may also depend on the amount of heat you need. For example, if you want your fireplace to be the focal point of a large living room, pellet and gas fireplaces would be the most efficient choice. Moreover, if you have a bigger than average living room, you can also get double sided fireplaces that can do an even better job of keeping you warm. On the other hand, if you want your fireplace to be a part of a smaller, cosier room, you can also go with wood, bioethanol, or electric options, as they are easy to use, and they don’t produce too much heat. 

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Don’t forget the flue system 

Needless to say, if you choose to install a wood-burning fireplace, you will also need a chimney. This is why this type costs a bit more initially, as there’s plenty of work to be done. Pellet fireplaces also require a flue, but a less invasive one. Moreover, gas fireplaces only need a PVC piping flue system – but they also need a gas connection. Finally, electric and bioethanol fireplaces are the least demanding – the electric ones only need a power outlet, while the bioethanol ones don’t need any of the listed things.

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Choose the right material

No matter what kind of fireplace you choose to install, it’s bound to be one of the most prominent elements in the room. However, this is also why you want to make sure it actually matches the rest of your room – and this is where materials come into play. There are many different materials suitable for covering a fireplace, from steel to brick. So, for example, if you’re interested in a bit more rustic design, fieldstone would be a perfect choice. On the other hand, if you prefer a sleek, modern look, you need your fireplace to shine, and the best option for that is metal. 

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Create a cosier look

If you want to create a cosy and warm vibe in your living room, your fireplace can help you with that. For example, you can add a few extra lighting options, like string lights, lanterns, or scented candles. It’s a great way to create a soothing and romantic vibe. Or, you can also decorate your fireplace with family photos, art pieces, or your favourite collection of figurines. It would allow you to create a unique theme, and it would make your fireplace stand out even more. 

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A fireplace can be an amazing addition to any home, as it can help you bring the design of your home to the next level. So, if this is something you’ve always wanted to have, consider the listed things, find more décor ideas online, and your fireplace is bound to fit your home perfectly.

Selling Your House and Moving

Selling a home and buying a new one can be hard enough, especially if you’re doing it by yourself. If you add relocation to that, the situation easily becomes too complicated and overwhelming. Luckily, there are tips that you can use to juggle all of these tasks successfully and to be fully prepared. Sell your home and move out the easiest way with our tips and the help of the right long-distance moving company.

Start on Time

What you’re going through right now can be stressful. That’s one more reason to do everything right. The key to that would be to allocate enough time to take care of every single task. Time management is crucial for buying and selling real estate. If you’re bad at it, use all the help you can get to make relocation less stressful. Just moving to another state can take up months of preparation, so when you have these two combined, use all the free time you have to deal with tasks that await you.

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There Will Be a Lot of Planning and Investigating

Prepare for that and start doing your homework – before you put a “For Sale” sign in your front yard, make sure you know the housing market in your area. Check whether some houses similar to yours are being sold now and for what price. You can also see how many potential buyers there are and how fast the homes are sold. That will help you estimate how soon your house will sell, and that way, you can organize your time.

Estimate the Value of Your Home

Getting an appraisal is another key part of planning. In order to sell your home, you need to know its worth and how much you should ask for it. Make your home look its best, fix all problems, and get all the paperwork that proves the worth. Then, you can find a local expert to help you get an estimate.

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Take Care of Your Finances

Moving to another state isn’t cheap, not to mention buying a new house and hiring a long-distance moving company. In order to have enough money for all that you’ve planned, start saving at least a year before the day of the move. Make sure you can afford to have two houses at the same time. You should have paid your first mortgage before getting the second one since not all lenders want to risk and provide a person with two unpaid mortgages. If you have to do things this way, you will have to prove that you can pay for these costs.

Find a Job in the Place Where You’re Relocating

Unless you’re self-employed, you will have another thing to cross out from your to-do list, and that is finding a new job in the new state. Let your friends and acquaintances know that you’re moving and looking for a position in your field of work. Start networking and use all the resources you can. 

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Consider Finding a Real Estate Agent

The person you hire should know the neighbourhood very well. That will help you save time you would otherwise spend researching the houses for sale in the area. This professional will also guide you through the process and make everything easier, especially if this is your first time selling a house.

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Hire a Professional Moving Company

With all of these tasks and stress on your shoulders, packing and doing the logistics of your move will only make things worse. Instead of spending time researching which truck you should rent, learning how to pack certain items, buying all the equipment and supplies you need, getting someone to help you carry the heavy objects, you can simply hire a professional moving company. Check out online reviews and choose the one that has the highest number of satisfied customers

 

Consider Renting for Some Time Until You Sign for Another Home

Since you’re coming to another state, it’s always better to spend some time there before you buy a property. Renting or staying in a hotel solves this problem. If you’ve visited that city multiple times and you already like it, make sure you don’t sign anything before you have a qualified and serious buyer for your first home. This will save you from a lot of potential financial problems. Again, having a good real estate agent to recommend an area in the new state is incredibly helpful.

Are you hyped for the summer? We all are! But the only thing that isn’t looking to excited to welcome summer is our homes which are still stuck in their winter look. But, don’t worry, because you can infuse those addictive summer vibes in your home with only a few easy and (relatively) cheap décor pieces and home improvements.

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Little colour pops

While whites, greys and beiges will always be trendy and stylish, summer is the perfect time to go a bit bolder when it comes to colour. Accentuate your home with a few big and bright touches! You can stick to one shade per room or be brave and mix and match different complementary colours, patterns and textures. This project will not only improve your home but also exercise your creativity!

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Timeless blue and white

If you want to upgrade your walls but want to take a safe path, go with timeless blue and white combo. This will awaken that dreamy Greek island vibe and bring the coast to you, even if you live somewhere deep inland. Blue is a perfect summer colour because it’s soothing and calming and creates a great contrast with crisp white. Every time you step into your blue and white room, you’ll be reminded of fluffy clouds, blue skies and sparkling ocean.

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Get nautical

If you love a blue and white colour combination, why not push things even further with a nautical theme? This is truly a perfect way to welcome summer into your home without spending too much money. So, think small anchor figurines, ship steering wheel details, knots and paddles (you can find these for practically free at boating junkyards or make your own replicas in a few hours). You can also add some marine feel to your beach-inspired coastal cushions perfect for any minimalist space that needs a touch of colour and softness. No matter if you prefer navy blue, want to go for a classic blue and white stripe or want to spice things up with pink coral, you can find your coastal cushions online. And if you pick the right cushions, you can use them both inside and outside. Your patio will love a new summer look!

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A tropical-themed corner

Is there anything more “summer-y” than a tropical jungle? While you can just plant mangroves and palms in your pots, you can go smaller with exotic plants. Create a corner filled with all sorts of ferns and mini palms. Add some pineapple and coconut motifs to the corner and finish with a mango and coconut oil-diffuser.

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Relax in a hammock

Ditch your boring armchair until winter and replace it with a comfy hammock. This addition to your home might look super crazy and first, but with amazing indoor hammock types, you and add some swing to any of your rooms. From rope hammocks to hammock chairs, you can find anything and everything! And as soon as you jump in to relax in your new seating, you’ll feel like a pirate ruler overlooking their kingdom! Yarrrrr!

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Fresh and trendy dinnerware

While your living room is the centre of your home, it doesn’t deserve all the action. So, refresh the look of your dining room with some new plates! Go crazy with funky patterned plates or serve a salad in a coconut or watermelon inspired bowls. Grab some custom dinner napkins and your dinners will never be this fun and stylish!

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Airy curtains

Bring that chill summer vibe into your space with some airy and light curtains that will flutter in the summer wind. These are specially designed to be let the cool air inside and keep some of that scorching sunlight outside. You will appreciate some gentle breeze, especially when trying to relax. Plus, if you opt for a crisp and clean white look, your entire space will instantly look fresh and airy! In general, light neutral tones area always perfect solutions for achieving a pleasant summer vibe.

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Colourful rugs

Replacing your heavy rugs with something fun, colourful and light will also transform your space. Think bright colours and fun patterns that will add some visual interest and serve as a statement piece of your room without being too much in-your-face. When designing a room, it’s a good idea to start from rugs and build your design upwards.

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Light bedding

Imagine slipping between cool and light covers every night. You can have that with a small bedding upgrade from hefty winter materials to breathable ones in light and cheerful hues. This year is all about tiny floral patterns!

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Touch up your garden

Don’t neglect your outdoor space! While shabby-chic is going very strong right now, you can’t just throw anything in your garden and call it a day. However, carefully distressed furniture, some ornate lanterns and soft coastal cushions will be able to compete with even those magical gardens by the sea.

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Summer is finally here, so make sure to welcome it in style. These few décor ideas will be easy to incorporate into your space and even easier to fall in love with!

rental

Most landlords wish for a stable, preferably long-term, relationship with their tenants. However, you cannot expect to have a harmonious and lucrative relation if you don’t offer anything in return. When they come to take a look at the rental, they don’t want to find a place in dire need of repair but a cosy nest they can live in. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to make your rental more appealing to the prospective tenants.

Obtain home insurance

Your rental is your source of income, so naturally, you wish for it and your belongings to be safe and from a tenants’ point of view, it shows that you are professional and thorough. Also, they would be at peace knowing that, in case something unexpected happens, they don’t have to worry about being blamed or expected to pay for items that got destroyed. Naturally, you need to do detailed research into different insurance options since you would want it to cover as much as possible – some even cover up to 12 months of rent if the property isn’t habitable after some disaster. Obtaining a comprehensive insurance policy is a practical move both in terms of security and the impression you will leave on your potential tenants.

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Invest in practical furniture

One of the elements that tenants appreciate in any home is functional and comfortable furniture. It often happens that they need to sleep on old sofas so if you have room for a proper bed, that will definitely pique their interest. If you don’t have enough space, you can purchase a pull-out sofa but make sure to test it so you are certain that one can get a good night’s sleep on it. As for the rest of the furniture, it depends on the size of the property and your budget. However, avoid overstuffing the rental because it will seem smaller and cramped. Also, you might be surprised by the popularity of sustainable furniture, so for instance by opting for a set of chairs made from bamboo, you will attract millennials who make up a big portion of current tenants and who are well-known environmentalists. 

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Provide quality appliances 

Perhaps the most decisive elements in the decision-making process of a tenant are quality appliances. Most will not even mind that much if the place is a bit smaller than they searched for initially as long as the appliances they use daily work properly. Provide them with a stove and the fridge for the kitchen so they can prepare and store food and feel more at home and also consider purchasing a washing machine. Since many rentals don’t have it, opting for a quality washing machine will give you an advantage from the tenants’ perspective. In general, if you can afford it, you may invest in energy-efficient appliances which is an excellent solution for decreasing the energy bills in the future.

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Improve the curb appeal 

Although not even a lavish exterior guarantees that the interior is in a good state, it still leaves a strong first impression with tenants. If the lawn is messy, tend to the grass and any bushes and trees and clear out the driveway. Another thing to consider is the front doors – sturdy front doors in combination with windows with functional locks give out the notion of safety and are something which will be highly valued by any tenant. If the current doors are in a state of repair, you need to take care of them immediately since the beauty of the interior will fade if they feel unprotected. Also, if your rental is a house, you can consider adding external motion sensor lights so that any unwanted guests are warded off due to this extra layer of security.

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Liven it up with some colour

Chipped paint is not something that tenants will think of as charming, so fixing such issues is essential for a long-term relationship with tenants. Also, adding a splash of colour can be a good idea to change the atmosphere of the rental. Naturally, you needn’t go too wild because dark purple walls might not be to everybody’s liking. What you can do is paint the rental in some neutral colours to refresh it and make it appear more spacious and brighter and then you can add a few walls in some colour that pops, such as blue or yellow. You can achieve the same effect with furniture, so white walls would go splendidly with a turquoise armchair.

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Conclusion

In the world of real estate, safety comes first. Only once you take care of that, you can tend to functionality and aesthetic appeal to attract reliable long-term tenants.