How Do You Make A New Property Feel Like Home?
What is the first thing you’d do when you move into a new home? And what items do you buy first to help you settle into a new abode? A poll by Zoopla recently explored the answers to these questions and found that the first thing most of us do is give our new home a deep clean.
In fact, some 37 per cent of those questioned said that this is what they’d do. In second place, interestingly, was being intimate with their partner (25 per cent), and in third place is ordering a takeaway (20 per cent).
The Zoopla survey also found that 68 per cent of people said it took more than a week for their new place to feel like home.
For 26 per cent, decorating and putting their personal stamp on a property was what made it feel like home, while 23 per cent stated that simply coming home after a day at work was when they felt like they’d arrived home.
There are also a number of purchases many of us make shortly after moving day. At the top of the list is a new mattress, followed by a new bed, TV and sofa.
If you’re looking for ways to put your stamp on a property and to make it feel like home, investing in bespoke furniture in Richmond could be the way to go. This is a particularly great option if you have any awkwardly shaped rooms where shop-bought items may not fit properly.
When you do start carrying out home renovations, you may want to consider how much time you have to complete projects. Property Reporter recently shared research from Sainsbury’s Bank Loans, which revealed that one in ten home renovation projects started in the last 12 months are still not finished.
A lack of money was cited as the main reason why many DIY projects don’t get completed as quickly as people would like.
Do You Live In A Dangerous Home?
You might not think it but it’s possible that your home could pose a significant risk to your health and wellbeing, given a new report revealing that more than 4.3 million properties in England don’t currently meet basic standards of decency - typically because of a serious hazard being present.
The study, carried out by the Centre for Ageing Better, has found that more than two million people over the age of 55 live in a house that endangers their health or wellbeing. The largest number of indecent homes was found to be among owner-occupiers, with many householders facing practical or financial barriers to home maintenance.
The Centre, alongside report co-author Care & Repair England, described the situation as a “national scandal”, calling on the government to prioritise this issue and take urgent action to address the quality of housing stock.
Some 20 per cent of all houses in the private rented sector are considered non-decent and around £513 million on first-year treatment costs for over-55s living in the poorest housing is spent by the NHS.
One of the biggest causes of injury and death among older populations are falls in the home, while cold properties can aggravate numerous problems like asthma and arthritis.
Chief executive at the Centre for Ageing Better Dr Anna Dixon observed: “The average cost to bring a non-decent home up to a decent standard is estimated to be under £3,000, and a third of these homes could be repaired for less than £1,000. And yet the funding that used to be dedicated to addressing this issue has been withdrawn in recent years.”
This report could be the motivation you need to carry out a risk assessment at home to see if there are any repairs that could be undertaken in order to make the property safer.
Even if you’re not over the age of 55, it could be a good idea to consider future-proofing your property to ensure that you’re able to live there independently for as long as possible, even if and when your needs change as you age.
These adaptations could include anything from widening the door frames to allow for wheelchair use to installing outdoor ramps and step rails, and lowering kitchen worktops. You could also add a grab rail in the bathroom, or have a walk-in shower installed.
If you have any carpentry or building work that needs doing, get in touch with London carpentry and joinery contractors Central London Carpentry.
Our primary focus is bespoke fitted furniture but we also work closely with fully qualified plumbers, plasterers and electricians to offer our clients a full renovation service. Following your enquiry, you can usually expect an estimated price within 24 hours before we send someone out to take measurements and discuss the finer details of your project.
4 Top Carpentry Tips For DIY Enthusiasts
There will always be jobs that you need to call in the skills and experience of a carpentry contractor in the London area for - but, similarly, there will always be jobs that you feel you’re able to tackle yourself. We’re a nation of DIY enthusiasts, after all.
But you do need to make sure that you know what you’re doing and have done your research into each task properly before you begin, so you can avoid making potentially costly mistakes. So, with that in mind, here are a few tips of the trade to get you started.
Make a mitre saw bench
You’ll find life a lot easier with certain jobs if you take the time to make your own mitre saw bench. Being able to cut wood is a lot easier if you’re not having to kneel on the grass to get it done.
Buy a nail gun
If you’ve got a big project that requires lots of nails, you’ll end up regretting not investing in a key bit of tech - the nail gun. It can become very tedious having to bang in lots of nails and you may find you get frustrated with the number that bend and prove hard to hammer in.
Use a laser tape measure
Measuring is something you’ll be doing constantly as a DIY carpenter and it can be awkward to get stats for large rooms with a tape measure. Lasers simply do the same thing but a lot quicker!
Have a first aid kit handy
You’ll probably skin a few fingers and hit yourself with the hammer from time to time - so make sure you have everything you need to patch yourself up with close by.
Check out Homify for even more DIY tips and advice.