The Winter Garden: Enjoying Your Outside Space All Year Round

Whether you’ve bought your property or are renting, when you were choosing the place you live in now- chances are the garden was an important element of your decision. It’s so nice having outside space to get some fresh air, enjoy the nice weather and generally have another spot to relax in at home. For this reason it’s crazy that for a huge chunk of the year, our garden gets neglected. Just because it’s winter here in Australia doesn’t mean you should be hiding indoors- on a dry day it’s still nice sitting outside and enjoying the outside space at your home. Here are some of the ways you can spruce it up.

 

Plant Some Evergreens and Winter Flowering Plants

During the spring and summer, everything bursts into life. Flowers thrive, there’s greenery everywhere and it’s easy to maintain a lush and colourful looking yard. Over the winter it can be trickier, however it’s not impossible. Add some evergreens to your planting scheme in beds, borders and pots- that way everything doesn’t die off completely. There are a surprising number of winter blooming flower choices available. Plant these bulbs along with your usual choices, and then when they start to die off for the year your winter flowers will start growing and you’ll keep the garden looking lively. One of the reasons you probably neglect your outside space over the winter isn’t just because of the weather, but because it doesn’t look appealing. But a little planning and it’s not difficult to get it looking nice.

Some flowering plants prefer cooler temperatures (source)

 

Cover Your Garden Furniture

Garden furniture is designed to be hardy, however it will certainly fade and wear quicker if it’s left exposed to the elements. Nice patio sets, outdoor corner sofas, parasols and barbeques all cost money, so you want to look after them so they can be used year after year. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase covers, of course you could put it all away in a shed, summer house or garage but this can make it difficult to get back out. If you have a mild and dry day where you want to sit outside with friends over the winter, none of your outdoor furniture is accessible. Covers will protect from wind, rain, ice and snow but they’re not too tedious or time consuming to remove if you do still want to use your garden over the colder months.

 

Install an Opening Roof

Opening roofs that sit above your patio are a fantastic choice for all seasons. When it’s sunny it provides shade, and when you get a bit of rain it provides protection. If you’re having a barbeque for example and get a few spots of rain, you don’t all have to rush indoors to stop your food from getting soggy! In the summer especially, chances are it will clear up in a few minutes anyway. Along with covering your furniture with removable covers, having something like this over the top can also provide an extra layer of protection against rain and storms. While something like a summer house provides shelter and shade you definitely get the feeling that you’re sat inside. With an opening roof you still get the benefit of being out in the garden but just with that added protection.

 

Invest in a Patio Heater

A patio heater is actually useful all year round. Even during the spring and summer, it can get a little chilly outdoors later in the evening. If you like to sit outdoors later in the day, or you’ve had a garden party that’s stretched on to the late hours, you can pop on the heater to keep everyone comfortable. Of course, a patio heater is useful when you want to enjoy the garden in the evening. As long as it’s not raining you can sit outside and make the most of your outdoor space, even without the sun shining. They can be fitted right underneath your garden parasol, they can be freestanding or even mounted to the wall. There are lots of discreet models so it doesn’t have to be an eyesore in your garden. If you love reading a book in the garden at the weekend or having a glass of wine outdoors after work on occasion, this allows you to do so all year round.

 

Use a Greenhouse to Protect Your Plants

Lots of plants will come back year after year, which will save you money as you’re not having to constantly buy new foliage for your garden. However if you have a particularly nasty winter, they can die off completely- things like excessive frost or flooding can do this. It’s also more common in plants that aren’t fully established, so if you’ve bought or grown from seed some nice semi- hardy plants in recent years and want to protect them, a greenhouse is a good investment. It doesn’t have to be an enormous model, you can get small lean-to’s that will house a few plants. During the spring, summer and autumn you can use this to grow all kinds of things and extend the growing season. Then in the winter it can be use as protection against frost. If you plan on doing this, keep your plants in pots ensuring they’re large enough for roots to develop and the plant to grow. After a year or two of protecting it in the winter, plant it into the ground where it should be able to survive on its own.

When it’s thick with snow, pelting with hail or tipping it down with rain, you can’t really enjoy the garden and there’s not much anyone can do about that. However there are plenty of dry and mild winter days in most parts of Australia so why not make the most of your garden when you can. How about a winter barbeque featuring seasonal produce, go with something a little different from your usual summer cookout?

Do you make the most of your garden year round?

Indispensable Do’s And Don’ts For Securing Your Home

Home security isn’t something that should ever be taken lightly. After all, you will want to keep your possessions as well as your family as a safe as possible. Happily, there are many things you can do to improve the security of your home, just read on to find out what they are.

Doors

First of all, it’s important to take a long hard look at any entry points into your home. This can include windows and doors, as well as garage doors, and even air vents. The critical thing here is to make sure that there are a safe and secure as possible, and that they will prevent anyone unwanted from getting in.

Regarding your front and back doors, a decent lock is always necessary. Try to choose a lock type that has an excellent reputation for being hard to pick, as it’s pretty easy for anyone to find lock picking materials on Amazon and eBay these days.

Apart from the security of the lock itself, it can also be useful to install a chain. Such a device adds an extra level of protection to your doors and also allows you to open them and greet visitors while first checking their identity with no risk your person.

As well as a chain on the inside of the door additional bolts can help secure your property, and many people choose to install these on either the top or the bottom out outside doors. Of course, the door itself needs to be built of durable material and have sturdy hinges that cannot easily be broken. It’s also vital that any glass in the door is the strengthened stuff. Otherwise, an intruder may be able to break this and gain access to the locks from the inside with little trouble.

 

 

Windows

Another critical outside entryway into the home that it’s vital to secure is your windows. In particular, old style wooden window frames can create a problem because they are prone to damp and rot and so can easily be jimmied open.

One way to get around this issue is to have new UPVC windows installed that include added safety features such as locks. Some people even go so far as to add screen behind their doors and their windows for an added layer of security.

 

Garage doors

Of course, your house’s door and windows are no the only outside entryway on your property. In fact, many homes have a door that leads from the garage into the house. What this means is that it’s essential that your garage door is secure, not just to protect your vehicle but also to prevent anyone gaining unwanted access to your home.

Luckily, this isn’t such a tough call, as there is a range of garage accessories like these B and D roller doors on the market that look both attractive and can help secure your property. You’ll be pleased to know that the best types are made of durable and robust steel too, so they will last a long time as well as providing added security.

 

Garden access

One element of security that is often overlooked is the condition of your garden space. However, it’s pretty crucial that you pay attention to all of the outside areas of your property when it comes to keeping things safe.  

The reason for this is because dark spaces with plenty of cover can make it much easier for someone to scope out or break-in to your home without being spotted. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to install motion sensitive lights around your home’s perimeter and close into the house, as these will put off all but the most determined of prowlers.

Also don’t forget to trim plants and bushes, especially ones that stand outside of door and windows, so that they do not provide any unintentional cover for someone to interfere with your property and go unnoticed.

 

CCTV

Many homeowners also like to install CCTV to boost the security of their home. In fact, this is something that is becoming increasingly more accessible because the price of CCTV devices is falling, and they also now can be integrated into a smart home system.

In particular, cameras positioned facing doors, and at windows that could be perceived as weak spots work well. Alternatively, indoors cameras to monitor who is entering and leaving the building is a smart idea as you can get a live feed of these sent to your phone no matter where you are. Something that makes it a convenient way of watching out for your property even while you are not at home.

 

Neighborhood watch

Of course, CCTV cannot replace the protection of a vigilant neighbor, and that is why it’s always a bright idea to start up a neighborhood watch scheme if there isn’t already an active one in your area.

Neighborhood watches are useful for home security.

Neighborhood watch schemes are all about keeping an eye on each other’s properties and being vigilant for visitors to the area that appear unusual or out of place. An added benefit of this type of schemes is that it can be a great way to build a community feeling in your neighborhood too.

 

Digital security

Last of all, while the above tips are all about the real-world steps you can take to promote better security in your home, it is also important to note that your digital life needs protection as well.

Yes, that right, as we use our computers and devices more and more, it’s vital that we take the same security conscious approach to them as we do our physical residences. What this means is you need to start adding parental controls and making sure that malware protection and antivirus software are as up to date as possible, as well as ensuring that your network is secure.  The latter being a security measure that will start to be more important even in the physical world, as we begin to increase our use of the internet of things.

Home Improvements For A Modern Space

If you are looking for ways to spruce up the home this year, there are so many different things you can do. Depending on the budget you have, you could completely redo the kitchen, install a new bathroom and even add an extension for more space. To make the home feel much more modern and spacious, here are some of the things you can do this summer.

 

Color scheme

Come up with a color scheme which you can take throughout the home as a base for your designs. This will likely include neutrals like white, grey or beige, and will cover all of your walls to give a blank slate ready for when you decorate. Once you decide on the colors you want in each room you can bring the color on with artwork, accessories, and furniture. This will not only save you having to redecorate every few years by painting, but it means you are more flexible to color changes throughout the year.

 

 

Bring in height

Create the illusion of height by buying shorter furniture for your living room. If you don’t have a huge amount of space in your home and you often feel a little bit boxed in, you can create the illusion with shorter furniture as well as wallpapering the ceiling with a pattern. The reason wallpapering works is because you are drawing the eye upwards as soon as people enter the room.

 

Spruce up the windows

Your windows are all too often overlooked in the home, but they can actually work as a pretty great design feature if you work on them right. For example, make sure that you pay for any glass repair that you need to ensure no cracks in the panes, and then you can think of changing the frame from white to a bold statement. In the kitchen, for example, green would be a good choice because it will link the room to your garden and give that feeling of cohesiveness. A splash of color in the windows can make a fun addition to your home.

 

Contrasting colors

One of the things which modern homes always seem to get right is the color they add into the space. The moment you start with a neutral palette you are opening up the room to a world of possibilities. Sometimes, contrasting colors can be exactly what you are looking for a make a room pop. For example, in the living room you could have a mostly blue theme throughout, and then you could add some orange or yellow cushions to stand out and make a statement. As long as you get the balance between the two colors right, there is no reason why contrast can’t be wonderful.

 

Invest in your furniture

It is all too common these days for people to simply go to a store such as IKEA and buy all of their furniture from the same range. There is nothing wrong with this, however, when you realize how many other people do the same as you, it takes away the uniqueness of your home. To stand out from the crowd and bring character to your space you need to buy your furniture one by one. Go to auctions, antique stores and look online for secondhand pieces which are unique and have a story to tell. Investing in pieces like this will not only give older furniture a longer lifespan, but it will also make your home feel completely unique.

 

Mirrors

If you have a room which is mostly decorated and you still feel like it is missing something, it is most likely missing a mirror. Mirrors aren’t only useful for checking your makeup before you leave the house in the morning: they are also a great way to make a room feel larger. Adding a big mirror into a small room brings in a sense of light and makes it feel as if the room doesn’t end at the wall. It can be a wonderful way to make your home feel larger without extending it.

 

The cantaloupe rule

To avoid your home looking cluttered from too many ornaments and decorations, you need to think about something called the cantaloupe rule. This is a rule often used in modern design which states that you shouldn’t have any ornaments or decorations in the room which are smaller than a cantaloupe. Stick to large pieces of art, clocks and big vases in your home to make it feel spacious.

 

A sofa for a lifetime

There are many things you can buy for your home which you will eventually replace or get rid of entirely, but the one thing you should always plan to keep is the sofa. A sofa is the main place people will sit when they visit your home and it will be used every single day. Make sure that when shopping for a sofa that you take the time to find one which is the right size, color, and comfort for you all. Try to choose a style which you can bring with you when you move houses.

 

Texture

When you are faced with using a neutral palette for your home you can get bored pretty quickly. But just because the color stays the same throughout a room doesn’t mean it has to look exactly the same. For example, if you wanted to decorate a room white and grey you could start with a grey wooden floor, paint the walls white, and then bring in marble tables and shelving for a different texture. Adding different textures of the same color into a room gives the design depth and makes it feel more organic. You can then finish off by adding in those splashes of color.

 

Velvet

When most of us think about velvet we likely think of something our parents and grandparents would use in their homes. However, velvet is back in at the moment, and when placed over a plain background it can add both the texture and the color you want in your room. Start off small and bring in a small ottoman or footstool in a velvet design. You will soon see that this fabric has a wonderful home in modern houses and you should add more to the entire house for effect.

 

Furniture with legs

If you feel as if you could do with more space throughout your home, one brilliant method to make a room feel larger is to put everything on legs. This means that aside from your tables and chairs, you can buy a sofa with legs and a TV stand on legs too. This makes a room feel larger because when you walk through you can see the floor underneath the furniture instead of it being invisible.

 

Natural light

If you think that your home could do with more light, you need to make sure that your home is inviting the light into the space. For example for a more spacious home, think about getting rid of chunky curtains and instead, going for vertical blinds which can be opened during the day to let in as much light as possible.

 

Lighting

In the evenings, you will likely want to bring some light into the home throughout bulbs, and to make sure you avoid that weird yellow glow make sure you always choose cool white bulbs. Cool white acts like natural light so you will always be able to see clearly at night. Make sure to bring candles into your living room for cozy nights in with a movie, and hang some fairy lights on the mantelpiece for an extra touch of magical during the evenings.

Bring the outdoors in

Plants are a huge feature of modern homes. If you really want to make your home pop and add extra texture to each room, a houseplant is ideal for you. For sunny parts of the house you can bring in cacti and Aloe Vera, and for shaded areas, you can have a peace lily or a snake plant. Bring as much greenery into your home as possible and it will feel much more lively and much more like a family home immediately.

 

Make it personal

When decorating your home it is important that you don’t forget to make it personal and unique to your family. If you have a blank space on the wall, fill that space with a painting you love or a photograph of your loved ones. Bring color and life into your time with items you bought on a family holiday or art that your children have painted at school. Make the most of turning your home into a family home, and bring as much of your character into it as you possibly can.

With all of the tips we’ve given you today, you shouldn’t have any issues with creating a wonderful, modern and spacious home for you and your family to enjoy throughout your lives.

Food for Diabetics: 5 Kinds You Can Choose to Help You Improve Health

Diabetes is not something you can take lightly. It is the kind of diseases where your body isn’t capable of controlling the sugar level in your blood. If you do have such disease, you know that there are foods you need to eat and foods you need to avoid. However, food for diabetics actually varies greatly with its kind often being the whole foods that are not processed. Such food will help you meet your nutritional needs while lowering the risk of diabetes complications.

Option #1: Beans

Beans is your first option here as the food for diabetics. What do you think would make this food good for diabetes? Well, you might have known that diabetics shouldn’t eat white rice. Thus, they are in dilemma to look for good source of nutritional intake for their body. For that reason, you will need food for diabetic people, like beans. You can commonly find this food everywhere around you. Furthermore, beans are already known to be high in fiber and a good source of protein after all.

Protein is a good substance to help you grow and keep strong, while fiber will be of help for bowel contents to pass through the body easily. Based on some researches, it is proven that daily intake of beans can give you better blood sugar control and lower blood pressure. As food for diabetics, beans are practically the cheapest source of protein. So, there is no more reason for you to ignore this food. It is not like you have to eat beans as your only meal plan though. Just be sure to add it in your meal.

Option #2: Avocados

Besides food like beans, you have fruit choice to choose as well. Basically, avocados are known to be rich of monounsaturated fat content. This fat itself is known to be good for the health of your heart. If you get such intake in your body, simply put, you can improve cholesterol levels. Thus, you will be able to decrease the risk of heart diseases eventually. This is a great benefit from such tasty fruit, you know. However, how do avocados have something to do with food for diabetics, anyway?

Of course, I am not including them here if they are not useful to deal with diabetes. Well, you see, as there are researches about avocados being good for the heart, there are also researches showing that they are good for diabetes as well. Although it is not like you can heal diabetes with avocados, the researches prove that good fats like what’s inside this fruit have the capability to lower the risk of diabetes. So, it is worthy food for diabetics to try. Consider this for your own sake.

Option #3: Fish

When it comes to diabetes, you will get big no for meats. However, it is not like you can’t get to eat similar things when you are having diabetes. Need to be known, fish is also one of food for diabetics. So, instead of choosing chicken meat, cow meat, etc., it is better to satisfy your wish of eating meaty food with fish. Fish for diabetics is great. You get various options to choose as well. This way, you can change the kind of fish in your meal plan. Of course, they taste different to each other.

The kinds of fish you can eat are salmon, mackerel, sardines,lake trout, and also albacore tuna. Why do you think these fishes are the food for diabetics? It is because fish is basically low of unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Not to mention, it is very well known to be rich in omega 3-fatty acids. Omega 3 is good to lower the risk of abnormal heartbeats, Alzheimer, and dementia. It can even lower blood pressure as well. It will definitely help you fight against diabetes too.

Option #4: Spinach

People with diabetes should very well eat vegetables too. Basically, green leafy vegetables are recommended because it has been proven by some researches that they can reduce the chance of developing diabetes. That is why vegetables come to be the mainly recommended food for diabetics alongside with fruits. Actually, spinach is the most recommended of all green leafy vegetables. Anyone knows that spinach is good for body. It is even recommended in the cartoon, Popeye.

Actually, there are many important contents it has that will benefit our body. As food for diabetics, this one is good to choose because it is rich of vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, it is known to be super low in calories and carbohydrate. What’s more? It is high in beta-carotene which helps to protect cells from free radicals which are often the cause of chronic illnesses as well as aging. Simply put, it has what is needed to protect you from diabetes. Spinach is tasty vegetable to eat often too.

Option #5: Tea

Let’s end the last option here with beverage type as food for diabetics then. Well, it is beverage and not food, indeed. However, tea is widely suggested as the recommended food to deal with diabetes. Tea is basically known to contain catechins which are antioxidant-rich flavonoids. Mainly, this content helps people to lower the risk of heart disease by dilating blood vessels. However, it is not the only thing tea can do for your health. It is actually can benefit us in various ways. Did you know?

Tea also has the capability to improve cholesterol levels, reduce stress, and even reduce the risk of cancers. Well, of course, it is capable of helping you dealing with diabetes. Either green tea or black tea, you can make habit of drinking it daily. It only has half of caffeine found in coffee, so you don’t have to worry about it. As long as it is not bottled ones, you can really benefit tea as food for diabetics. Drinking tea while they are still hot is good. Remember to not make and drink it with ice.

Description: Food for diabetics varies greatly. Mainly, you will be recommended with fruits, like avocados and vegetables, like spinach. However, there are still others, like beans, fish, and tea.

4 Tips On Becoming The Best Version Of Yourself

Everyone is on a mission to become a better person, whether it be their health, their relationship, or even how they handle their money. Changing who you are and your lifestyle can be challenging, especially if you’ve gotten yourself into routines and bad habits over the years. Sometimes, you may feel like you want to make some changes in your life, but can’t quite pinpoint what you want to change. Take a look at these 4 tips on how to become the best version of yourself.

Focus on your career

One of the best things that you could do for yourself is to focus on your career. This is because the higher you get within your career, the more money you’re likely to be paid. People who have climbed the ladder in the career they are in are often happier and although they’ve got more responsibilities, are more likely to stay in that field of work. Take a look at these ideas on how you can improve your career:

  • If you can’t see yourself working in the same line of work for the rest of your working life, now is the time to make the change. It’s understandable that you might not be able to give up your job to go back to college, but you’re now able to do courses online within the field of work you’re interested in. This means that you will be able to learn new skills for the career you want while you’re still earning enough money to support you and your family.
  • Alternatively, you could seek out a position within a firm that will help you take the right steps towards the career you’re after. So, if you fancy becoming a head chef of a busy restaurant, getting yourself a job within a kitchen would be the perfect place to start. Often, employers will be able to offer you courses while you work so that you can work your way up in the field.
  • If you’re happy with the career you’re in, but would like to move on up the ladder, then make it known to your boss. Once they know that you’re interested in more roles and responsibilities, they will be able to consider you if and when a position comes up.
  • Make sure that within your current job that you’re showing your boss that you’re worthy of a higher position. Finishing your work in a timely manner and taking on extra to help others out would be a good place to start. Try and show that nothing is ever too much and you’ll definitely be considered for a promotion!

Become more active

It’s easy to become stuck in a rut. You begin to notice changes in your body and your mind about the way you feel. If you’re working in an office job, it’s understandable that you might not be very active in your day to day life. Did you know that not only does exercise help you stay trim and toned, but it helps keep you happy too? When you exercise, your body releases a chemical called endorphins into your brain, which in turn makes you feel happy. Being more active will help you lose any extra pounds you’ve gained and also make you a happier person in general. Take a look at how you can make some changes:

  • Use your break times at work to do a circle of your building. It will help increase your exercise levels and also take you away from any stresses in the office for a short while.
  • Invest in luxury home gym equipment so that when you’re at home, you’re more tempted to workout rather than slobbing out in front of the TV.
  • Remember that anything that gets your heart rate up is classed as exercise. Why not spruce up your cleaning regime so that you’re getting a mini work out while cleaning your home?
  • If you take public transport, get off a stop or two early and walk the remainder of your journey. It might mean that you have to leave slightly earlier, but if you’re getting some all important exercise it’s definitely worth it!

Cut out junk food

It’s easy to come home from work, bung some junk food in the oven and devour it in front of the TV. After a long day at work, it seems like the most ideal thing to do. However, junk food not only makes you pile on the weight if you eat too much of it, it can also change your mental health state. We spoke earlier about how exercise releases a chemical into your brain? So does junk food. However, this chemical causes the opposite effect and can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Try and cut out junk food so that not only can you keep your waistline where you want it, but you can also feel happier in yourself! You will also find that once you’ve cut it out and the cravings have gone, that your body will naturally fancy healthier food!

Be selfless

If you’re serious about becoming a better version of yourself, then performing acts of selflessness is the perfect route to go down. While sometimes it might feel like life isn’t on your side, try to remember that somewhere in the world, someone has got it much worse than you have. Being selfless will help someone in need and also give you an extreme feeling of empowerment, so check out these ideas on being selfless:

  • Spend your free time helping a homeless person. This could be in the form of buying them something to eat, or even providing them with more blankets to keep warm.
  • Help out at a women’s refuge. Women flee from domestic abuse and refuges help them regain their independence and keep them safe from whoever is harming them. These women are scared and feel alone, so the friendship and help you could offer will make the world of difference!
  • Volunteer at a care home to read stories or do some activities with the residents. It will make their day and yours too!

As you can see, there are so many different ways of becoming a better person and the best version of yourself, and most aren’t challenging either! Which one are you going to pick first?

Adding Your Signature Stamp to Your Interiors

When it comes to interior design, many of us forget to bear in mind that our property is our home. It’s not something that should replicate some images you’ve seen on a Pinterest board or a spread you’ve seen in a home decorating magazine. While having a place to live that looks like it’s been plucked straight from a showhome may be appealing from a purely aesthetic standard, you need to bear in mind that it’s the place you are going to live. It would be impossible to keep it in pristine condition at all times unless you refuse to actually live in the space and enjoy it. What makes a house a home is the personal touches. When your friends and family step foot through your front door, they should be able to tell that this space is yours. It should be filled with things that you love, items that represent your interests and tastes, design that screams your name. After all, nobody wants to live in a cold and sterile environment. It becomes impersonal. So, here are a few ways to put your signature stamp on your interiors!

 

Photographs

Nowadays, we tend to keep all of our photographs online. We put them in files on hard drives for safe keeping, posted on our Instagram feeds, displayed in our Facebook photo folders, and posted on our blogs. But what happened to good old-fashioned prints? There’s still something unbeatable about seeing your images in a tangible form, all glossy and fresh. It’s just so much more authentic! What’s more? You can use them as a means of decoration. Nothing quite beats filling your property with pictures of your loved ones, pets, places you’ve been, things you’ve seen and done… so consider using someone reliable like the professionals at https://artformliving.com.au/ to professional frame your favourite images, ready to be mounted on your walls. Alternatively, you could have canvases made up. If you prefer to keep your walls plain, you could opt for smaller, free standing frames that can be left on window sills, bookshelves, or desks and worktops. There’s truly nothing better than to be surrounded by the familiar and loving faces of your nearest and dearest.

 

Bold Colour Palettes

If you ask anyone their favourite colour, they’re likely to give the name of a bright or bold shade. When’s the last time someone replied to your question with an answer like “cream”, “magnolia”, or “mushroom”. Probably never, right? So why do we paint all of our interiors these kinds of colours? Sure, you might be able to brighten up a blank canvas with bright accessories. But why not just have a bright wall to start with? If you feel a little hesitant, remember that you can always start out with a feature wall. This involves painting just one wall your chosen colour and is a little less full on than going for the whole room with the paint roller.

These are just a couple of ways to add your signature stamp to your interiors. It’s time to make your house your home again! So try them out as soon as possible!

5 Ways To Take Your Property Portfolio To The Next Level

Property is by far the most popular way to invest in the modern world. Being one of the only industries in the world which will never die, this sort of trend makes a lot of sense. You will always be able to sell or let out a property, while also having a constant supply of new ones, and this makes it easy to start investing. Of course, though, standing out in a field so busy can be a challenge. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring five of the best ways to improve your property portfolio, all while increasing your earning potential in the process.

 

Quantity Over Quality

In most cases, it’s best to aim for quality when it comes to large purchases. Investments aren’t always like this, though, and it could be better to go for a range of options which all cost less. When it comes to property, there are loads of auctions around the world which can enable you to get your hands on incredibly affordable buildings. They will usually be in a rough state, but this will give you a chance to have some fun.

This route will only work if you’re willing to put some effort into it. A lot of the homes you find like this will need some TLC in the form of painting, cleaning, and other work which will take time. Handling as much of this yourself as possible will make it much cheaper, while also giving you the chance to learn some useful skills along the way. Most people will find it hard to get starting with something like this without a little bit of help, though.

 

Learning A Thing Or Two

When it comes to a complex field like property investment, a little bit of learning can a long way, but a lot of people in this field seem to ignore it. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing something like this; there is always something new to learn. For some, the best way to do this will be independently. This enables you to use services like YouTube to pick up some skills which can help you along the way. Along with this, though, you could think about taking it a little bit further.

There are loads of schools around the world which do most of their work over the internet. Companies like RETS can teach you everything you need to know about buying, selling, and working on real estate, and you will get to do all of the work in your own time. As a big part of this, a lot of people will want to dedicate themselves to learning. You may have to make a compromise here if you’re already working, though.

 

Building Bridges

Getting your hands on low-price properties, services, and other support is often all about the people you know. Businesses and investors rely on each other a lot to get their work done. By guaranteeing regular work, both parties will be satisfied, and this makes the idea of a partnership a very tempting one. This has to be mutually beneficial, though, as people won’t be willing to help for free.

This sort of goal can often be achieved through the simplest means. Social media, for example, can put you in touch with people from across the globe, loads of which will be happy to work with you. You will need to talk to people, making the first move and casting out the net. Once you have a range of people to work with, though, you will need to find ways to channel their skills into ways to make more money.

 

5 Ways to Get More From a Small Space

If you’re looking to squeeze more space from a small living environment this article will help you in your quest, by providing five tips on how to squeeze more space from your home.

  1. GET MORE STORAGE

There are a number of creative solutions for storage in small spaces, and IKEA in particular are very innovative within this area… as they create items that use wasted spaces such as around the bathroom sink, or on top of kitchen cupboards.

  1. MAKE BETTER USE OF THE AVAILABLE SPACE YOU HAVE

There are a number of ways you can change how your house feels and one of the best pieces of advice is to maximise the space you already have in your home, which in itself sounds very obvious, yet are you really making the best of your space in your home?

For instance, if you were to fit loft boards in your loft then you could use this area for additional storage without having to worry about the ceiling caving in.  A lot of making better use of the available space you have comes down to getting more organised and thinking things through, for it’s so easy to just pile things into boxes and stack them on top of each other in a cupboard – without truly sorting through things and reducing the amount of clutter you have in your home.

  1. CONVERT YOUR ATTIC

Leading on from fitting loft boards, if you want to take the next step and are in need of an additional room, rather than just additional space, a full loft conversion could be the answer.  

A loft conversion can be a great use of the additional space under the roof that a lot of people leave as wasted space.  Whilst converting your attic can be a significant investment it will usually increase the value of your home, particularly if it provides an extra bedroom, and in terms of squeezing more from a small space – even if your lost space is tiny, it can usually fit a desk, chair and computer… making it the perfect home office, and in the most quiet part of your house too.

  1. BUILD ADDITIONAL SPACE

When you can’t quite make do with the small space you have, it could be time to build an extension to your home, or perhaps, even get a storage facility such as https://canningvalestorageunits.com.au/ in order to declutter your home and make more space.  The alternative, and perhaps a more financially efficient option would be to build a basic outbuilding or garage that can house your clutter.

  1. CREATE AN OUTSIDE LIVING SPACE

If you don’t have enough space inside then you can always extend your space outdoors; for instance you can make use of outdoor seating, heat lamps, and a porch or gazebo for shelter meaning you can use the space in any weather.  You can even build an outdoor entertaining area, if you wished.  Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a great source of inspiration on how to make a cosy outdoor living space.