For homeowners everywhere, it seems the costs of maintaining the home, particularly as the home gets older, continues to spiral skyward. It also often seems that once one situation is taken care of, another issue arises that requires attention. From the deepest recesses in the cellar to the peak of the rooftop, regular maintenance must take place, and issues that come up that can affect the comfort or safety of the residents quite naturally should take precedence over other projects that may be currently underway.
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A lot of people think about the question of whether they should rent or buy. And a lot of answers are offered that frame the question as if it’s about investment first and foremost. But the truth is that if it’s your primary residence, you should be considering much more than the factor of buying a home to sell later on. Here, we’re going to take a much closer look at the question of renting a home and why it may be more worth it than many readers believe.
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Reasons To Downsize From A House To A Flat

by Pam on August 12, 2017

Each year, more and more homeowners are realizing that downsizing could be the answer to all of their problems. Of course, everyone wants a large, luxurious home, but the fact of the matter is that for most of us, it’s just not an affordable option. That’s why there has been an increase in the amount of homeowners who have chosen to sell up and downsize to smaller houses or apartments.
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The light emitting diodes or LEDs are your buddies if you want a well-lit home without spiking up your utility bills. Compared to an incandescent bulb, LEDs use about 25%-80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer. Therefore, switching to an energy-efficient light bulb like LEDs may help you save $75 annually. That’s the main reason why a lot of homeowners prefer using LEDs as artificial light in the house.
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Everyone wants to save money and most people are also environmentally conscious as well.  There are several ways you can save money around our home, and I have highlighted a few of these below.

Use a programmable thermostat

This is an easy way to ensure that you maximize the dollars you spend on heating and cooling your home.  You can program your thermostat so that you are comfortable while you are at home, without having the heat or air conditioning running as much while you are out.
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Whether it’s to create a more comfortable living space or work your way up the property ladder, renovating your home can be a daunting task. However, it does not need to break the bank and there are many tips and tricks that you can follow to renovate your property on a small budget.

Tactical Painting
Adding a fresh coat of paint to a room is one of the most cost-effective ways to make an obvious change. Nowadays, many people opt for light and natural colours as this gives the illusion of a bigger and brighter room. As well, white paints tend to be a lot cheaper, meaning you can transform rooms and not worry about the strain on your budget.
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When renting a property with other people, sharing housing costs is always a subject of concern. It is vital to work out a system of sharing bills and know what to expect on your monthly outgoings. Failing to design a plan could get you in major financial trouble even when you have played your part. In fact, bills are the most likely causes of conflict in shared properties and can become a barrier to living in a successful and harmonious home. Also, remember to discuss the variables such as what to do when a housemate decides to sublet or move out.
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