How to Create a Running Bond Pattern Brick Wall

A running bond pattern is a pattern that weaves one edge into the other, with the length or pitch of the weave being the same. It’s most commonly used in making bricks but can also be used in making carpets and rugs. If you design your pattern and weave the cloth, then cut it, you have what is known as a woven cut-and-sew pattern. Are you looking for the perfect DIY project? Look no further...

5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home is one of the most exciting and stressful experiences in life. The excitement comes from finding and buying the perfect home, and the stress comes from realizing you need to sell your home to make it all work. And the last thing you want to do is pay too much for your home and lose thousands of dollars in the process. For help selling your home, a real estate agent can...

Is It Worth Investing In Mobile Home Parks?

Mobile home parks are a relatively new type of housing must-haves for residents looking to downsize and enjoy a more affordable lifestyle. They are popular for part-time living, affordable rents, and convenient locations. The downside, however, is an additional expense for homeowners due to the need for 24-hour security, including lighting, gates, and 24-hour staff to patrol the parks at night....

How Much Can You Afford For A Mortgage?

Can you afford a house, or do you need to move to a cheaper apartment, or perhaps rent a house? We live in a time when it seems that nearly everyone is on the hunt for a home. While the idea of owning a home may be appealing, it can also be a very scary venture. Some people are not sure how their current financial situation will allow them to afford a home. This can be a big problem because some...

Property Taxes: What To Know

Property taxes are a big part of how much you pay for the home where you live. Property taxes are also one of the most misunderstood parts of the homeownership equation. If you're buying or selling a home this year, be sure to research your local property taxes—and the steps you can take to avoid the taxman.  Who determines the amount of taxes your home will pay? How much do your local taxes...

Finding the Best Sofa for Your Home

Whether you live in a small apartment or a large home, there is no denying that a comfy sofa or loveseat is a must-have for any house. When shopping for a new piece of furniture for your home, you want to find something that is stylish yet durable, does what you want it to, and isn’t too expensive. Whether you’re looking to buy your first or last sofa or update an old one, it can be a...

Should I Update My House Before I Sell It?

The housing market has been hot for years, but the buying and selling process has been slow in comparison. For buyers, the process is often filled with uncertainty. There is a lack of transparency on the buyer side, which leads to frustration and even stress. On the seller side, buyers don't pay attention to what's available in the market, which delays transactions. This is one of the reasons...

Designing a Playroom for Your Children

As we’re getting older, our kids and grandkids seem to be getting younger. We may not have as much time to play with them as we once did, so the playroom becomes an important space for them to get creative and develop skills. The design of a playroom is often a heated topic among parents. Parents want their kids to be able to play in the same space as their siblings and create a space for the...

What is the First Homes Scheme?

The first homes scheme was designed to help homebuyers get on the housing ladder faster by allowing them to make a down payment to pay for a house deposit. They had to rent the property they bought back to the association in exchange. This scheme was successful enough to make the association apply to the Department for Communities and Local Government to make it permanent. First Homes is a new...

Why Lights Can Bring Unique Design Elements to Your Home

It's well known that light can have a powerful effect on our mood and sense of well-being. But did you know that there are actually many benefits to having lights in your home? Why Is Lighting Important in Our Homes? Not all lighting fixtures have the same design elements. Some are sleek and simple, while others are bold and sophisticated. But why? In some homes, fixtures are used to accent the...