The Worst Things To Wake Up To As A Homeowner

With homeownership comes responsibility. This is the stuff of adulthood. If you live alone, the burden falls solely on you. But, even if you share with a partner, or have a family, there are things you need to tackle. In fact, having kids can only increase that sense of responsibility. After all, it’s down to you to keep the roof over their heads.

The most obvious things you’ll need to consider are the bills and mortgage payments. After all, without sorting those each month, you won’t have a home to protect. But, once those essentials are dealt with, there are plenty of other things to think about.

You will, of course, need to ensure the house is in top condition. This includes repairs and maintenance which every homeowner should take time for. Failure to do so could cause issues down the line. You need to think, too, about locking the house for safety. There’s no one behind you now, checking that you remembered to do it. So, most homeowners get into the habit of double checking the doors before they leave.

But, all our efforts to keep our homes safe don’t always work out the way we would like. Some things are out of our control and, as the head of the household, you’ll likely be the one who has to deal with such issues. Often, these things come to the fore during the night, or in the morning when you wake up. These are times, after all, when you can’t keep an eye on everything that’s happening.

Anyone who’s had a home on their shoulders will know the feeling of waking up and finding something’s wrong. It’s a sure way to shake off the sleep, that’s for sure. And, while you can never prepare for such eventualities, you can at least make yourself aware of what you might wake up to. Read on to find out some of the most common issues.

Bumps in the night

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This is top of the list because it’s probably the most common nightmare fear for the majority of homeowners. If you live alone, it’s likely you worry about this fairly often. But, even when you have a family around you, this can be a concern. You can ease that in a significant way by installing burglar alarms which connect straight to the police. But, even with these in place, you may have to wait for a response.

It’s important to note that every house has its bumps and creeks. It could be the heating kicking in, or the door frames contracting in the heat. In fact, the majority of the bumps you will hear in the night are likely to have innocent causes. Get to know the sounds of your home so that you’re not jumping up each time something happens. Sometimes, though, that much-dreaded bump does happen. And, when it does, it can be hard to know the best plan of action.

Your first thought may be to investigate, and that makes sense. After all, you don’t want to call the police because a pan fell off the draining board. But, rushing downstairs could put you at risk. Instead, listen further. If there are no more sounds, it probably wasn’t anything serious. If you hear more, try to get closer, but remain a safe distance away. Standing at the top of the stairs, for example, will ensure you can hear an intruder. It’s also worth keeping a phone next to your bed. This is added security and ensures you can call for help if you do hear a much-dreaded break-in.


Many of us also dread waking up to fire. Yet, whenever you hear about bad house fires on the news, they always tend to happen at night. It’s enough to send shivers down your spine. But, there are safety measures you can take to ensure that no fire gets out of control before you wake. By installing fire alarms, and replacing the batteries often, you’ll be alerted as soon as a fire breaks out. If you aren’t convinced, bear in mind that three out of five home fire deaths happen in houses without adequate alarm systems.

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Of course, the alarm doesn’t put the fire out for you. Hence, it’s also worth stocking up on fire blankets and keeping them close to hand near problem areas. Kitchens are an obvious hotspot, but it’s also worth keeping at least one of these in your other rooms.

A knock on the door

Nighttime knocks on the door are rarely a good thing. Anyone who has experienced them will know the heart-pounding fear of being woken in this way. But, before you open the door to anyone at nighttime, it’s essential you know who they are. Speak to them through the letterbox. Ask for identification before you even think about letting them into your home. If you live alone, it may also be worth letting a loved one know you’ve got unexpected company. Strange as it seems, this communication could help you if these people aren’t who they say they are.

Wind damage in the garden

Of course, it isn’t all about the things which wake you up in the night. Waking up in the morning can have its surprises, too. If the weather was extreme during the night, you might come downstairs to some destruction. Fallen fences, trees, and even roof tiles can cause significant stress. This is especially true if any of them have damaged your neighbor’s property. If your fence has fallen on their side, it’s essential you go round straight away and come to an agreement. Otherwise, you open yourself to legal issues. Once that’s sorted, it’s vital you clear the mess as soon as possible. Even finding a temporary way to support your fence is better than leaving it down. After all, leaving it down is a safety risk more than anything.

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If your roof is damaged, you should also tackle this issue as soon as you can. Leaving areas exposed could do real damage, and cause problems such as damp in the home. To make sure it doesn’t happen, phone companies like Wildwood Roofing as soon as you can. They’ll be able to make any necessary repairs, and ensure those missing tiles don’t leave your house lacking. Think, too, about clearing fallen trees, or putting them out of the way until you can get to the root of the problem.

A cold house

No one likes to wake up to a cold house. Leaving the warmth of your bed for a cold dash to the bathroom is never a pleasant experience. But, it’s even worse if there’s a problem with your heating. Perhaps you have it set to come on, but it didn’t kick in. Instantly, you think the worst. But, the best thing to do in this situation is to stay calm. There is all manner of reasons why this could happen, including a sudden drop in boiler pressure. Of course, you need to remember that gas is a risky thing to play with. Take a look, and see if there’s an obvious solution to the issue. If not, don’t hesitate to contact a professional who can take a look for you. And, don’t panic; it’s unlikely you need a whole new boiler.

Drips and drops

And, of course; let’s not forget the feeling of waking up to an unfamiliar dripping. As mentioned above, every house has its noises, and you become accustomed to your own. Which is why it can become very obvious reasonably fast when a new sound joins the orchestra. In truth, leaking pipes can become a problem at any time of day. But, we often don’t realize the issue until the silence of the morning. Plus, overnight, a fair amount of water has time to collect. So, as well as dealing with the drip itself, you’ll likely have to cope with the mess it’s made.

The first thing to do is find the source of the dripping. Once you’ve determined the severity, you could turn off the water valve and fix it yourself, or get a professional to do it for you. The good news is, many leaking pipes are easy enough to fix. Do some research online and consider whether this is an option. If you have any doubts, though, get someone who knows what they’re doing. There is a multitude of emergency plumbers out there, and they can ensure you don’t turn a drip into a splurge of water.

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In conclusion

As you can see, there are a fair few things which could give you an early morning shock. And, this is by no means an exhaustive list. But, knowing about these possibilities shouldn’t keep you awake at night. Most homeowners never experience such issues. Even if you do, we’re incredibly skilled in coping with emergencies. As mentioned above, you can also prepare by installing alarm systems and emergency procedures. With these in place, you should still be able to sleep like a baby.

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Improve Your Home With a Prefab Building

Expanding your home can be a costly and time-consuming mission. You need extra space for whatever reason, but you’re unsure about undertaking such a big project. Whether you need storage space or you want a workshop to use, there could be an easier way for you get the space you’re after. Instead of building an addition to your home, you might want to consider whether you can benefit from a prefabricated building instead. A prefab metal building offers a range of excellent uses, and it’s quick and affordable to construct. In fact, with a few friends to help out, you can put it together yourself.

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Easy to Construct

One of the best things about a prefab building is that it’s easy to put together, as well as more affordable. With a metal building kit, you can construct your prefab building without professional help. Of course, you could pay someone to put it up for you, but it’s not essential. If you’re worried about building on the land you have available, you can ensure everything is stable using aggregate piers, which help to strengthen the foundations – you can learn more from Helitech. You can get buildings of all sizes too so you can find the right one for the space you have available.

Increase Your Living or Storage Space

Prefab buildings can be used for a range of purposes. No matter what you want it for, you’ll be able to build one in no time. Perhaps you want garage space to store your car or maybe tools and equipment. You might want to build a workshop for woodworking, metal work or other crafts. Or perhaps you want to increase your living space and create a “man cave” or even a guest cottage. There’s so much you could do with a prefab building, and you could do it much quicker too.

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Create an Attractive Addition

People often worry about what a prefab building is going to look like as part of their home. You might have concerns about it sticking out or looking ugly. But prefab buildings can look just as beautiful as any other building. Take a look at some examples of prefab buildings that are available to rent or buy now. You can find stunning projects ranging from apartments to hotels that don’t compromise on looks. There’s no need to worry about getting a building that looks good. Although, if you’re happy with something plain and simple, that’s available too.

Simple to Remove or Replace

A prefab building can make an excellent permanent addition to your home, but it’s also possible to remove it if you want to. They can be easy to construct and also easy to deconstruct and remove or move to a different location if you want to. This can be beneficial if you only need a building for a while. Perhaps you need somewhere to live while waiting for your permanent home to be constructed.

A prefab building could be an excellent way to add space to your home while saving time and money. Don’t rule it out until you’ve considered its benefits.

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Minimising The Stress That Comes With Redecorating

There are various parts of homeownership that are stressful, but one of the most stressful of which is redecorating, or at least it can be. It’s no secret that homes need to be renovated and updated to keep them looking good. However, what a lot of people don’t realise is just how stressful the process of redecorating can be, until they start planning the decoration process, that is, and then they begin to realise just how much of a mammoth task they have taken on.

When it comes to updating the living room or creating the kitchen of your dreams, you rarely think that the process of doing so will wreak havoc on your life. But the fact is that it can do, because the expectations of updating your home, the high costs, the worry of things going wrong, and the concept of having strangers coming in and out of your house, can get to anyone. Then there is the fact that you may not be able to have constant access to the amenities that you have grown accustomed to, such as hot running water.

While the truth is that it is almost impossible to get rid of the stress that comes with redecorating your home completely, you can lay some simple foundations for a less stressful overall experience.

Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to some simple tips that you can implement to make the process of redecorating a much less stressful one.

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Be realistic from the start

One of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make when it comes to redecorating their home is not being realistic from the start. You can’t expect to be able to turn a tiny bathroom into a luxurious spa-style retreat because there just isn’t the space. The key to reducing decorating stress is to know your limits and work with what you have got – small bathrooms can be amazing spaces, it’s just a case of being realistic about how you choose to use them, that’s all. To get ideas and inspiration for small spaces or spaces that are not ideal for what you want to do with them, use magazines and sites like Pinterest. Believe it or not, there are some incredible ways that you can make the most of smaller spaces; it’s just a case of being creative, that’s all. A small bathroom might not be able to become a spa-style space, but it could become a cocoon-style bathroom that’s wonderfully cosy and welcoming. Work with what you have got, and you will be under less stress.

Set a budget

If you want to ensure that all stress is minimised, it’s important to come up with a budget for your project. Not knowing how much you have to spend is naturally going to cause all kinds of stress and worry, which is why it is important to set a budget from the get-go and ensure that it is a budget that it will be possible to stick to. It’s always worth adding an extra 10 percent over what you think you will need onto your budget, to ensure that there is enough money to cover any unexpected expenses. Visit local home showrooms to get an idea for what your budget can buy – if you are on a super tight budget, going completely DIY and making use of old materials could be the answer to keeping costs low.

Use good contractors

One of the most stressful parts of decorating your home is the concern of having strangers coming in and out of your home. To minimise the stress that this causes, it is important to find good contractors who you trust and can rely on. Whether you require the help of a plumber, painters or electricians, it’s important to take the time to shop around to find the most reliable and most affordable contractors there are available. Have you had friends recently upgrade their homes? If so, ask them which contractors they used and how reliable they were. Did they show up on time? Did they work hard? Were they polite and friendly? Was the work completed on time? These are all questions that it is important to ask, to ensure that you are hiring contractors that will make your project easier, and not more stressful.

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Understand that it will take time

Don’t presume that your home’s renovation work will be completed quickly because it’s important to realise that this kind of work can take time. Sometimes there are delays with stock; it can take weeks or even months for certain items to arrive. Hopefully, that isn’t the case, but just in case it is, it is worth being aware. Other times you order something, such as charcoal slate flooring, only for it to arrive in dark green. Or the granite for your kitchen counters will be out of stock when you go to order it. The fact is that sometimes things can take time to get organised, which is why it’s important to set aside plenty of time for your home’s renovation, as that way, you won’t feel under too much stress to complete all of the work within a set time period.

Don’t stress over the small stuff

It’s easy to sweat it over every last thing that goes wrong, but if you want to minimise the stress that you are under, doing so is not a good idea. That’s why it is important to understand that when it comes to home renovations, things to go wrong, and when they do it is not the end of the world. Sure, it is not ideal when your flooring slates arrive cracked, or your contractors drop cement on your cream carpet, but it is important not to get overly stressed out over things that you cannot change. Instead, try to focus on the positives of the situation, and find a resolution for the problem – whatever it may be – as quickly as possible.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about reducing the stress that comes with redecorating your home.

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The Stress You Don’t Need When Moving Home

Did you know that many recent polls indicate moving home as one of the most stressful, if not the most stressful, events that can happen in a lifetime? Much of that stress is down to the process of selling and buying a home and the many legal or financial complications that can arise from it. But the actual moving day itself can play a huge role, too. A stress-free move isn’t impossible, however, and we’re going to look at problems that can get in the way of it.

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Moving through a mess

Organising all your furniture and possessions can already be enough of a struggle, but if you’re doing it with a lot of unnecessary additions then it becomes even more burdensome. The best way to make packing and moving much easier is to give yourself less to work with. Long before you start packing, do an inventory of everything you own in the house. There are plenty of ways to get rid of unwanted items, from selling them to donating them, as shown by Allianz. Clutter isn’t just going to give you more work, it’s widely acknowledged to be an inducer of stress, as well. Strip down your belongings to the essentials.

Doing five things all at once

Getting rid of your unwanted goods can immediately cut down the workload, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to still have a lot of work to do. Rather than picking one task at a time to tackle out of a seemingly endless list of chores, make a moving schedule. Schedule a day for packing in different rooms, for getting in contact with your movers, for cleaning the house one last time and more. As packing can often take the longest time, it’s a good idea to get started with that before anything else. The clean, on the other hand, should be done as late as possible when you have fewer boxes obstructing the task. Managing your time well is crucial. Plan enough in advance, and you can escape the threat of a looming deadline.

Packing without a plan

Packing isn’t all about finding enough boxes to fit all your stuff. You can make both your life and your movers’ jobs significantly easier by taking a more organised approach as shown at Real Simple. For one, think about where your boxes are going to go and make it easier for them to find the right destination. Label them with the rooms that they’re supposed to be going to. You can make the system even more efficient by using post-it notes in different colours to differentiate them. Right before moving day, place them so they’re easier to move, with the largest boxes and furniture being as close to the front door as possible without getting in the way.

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Taking care of your own car

If you’re moving a short distance, such as in the same state or the same town, then driving your own car from the old home to the new isn’t much to worry about. You can even save some money by using your own space to transport some goods instead of using a larger removals van. However, if it’s a trip across state lines, then it’s well worth considering how services like Jayde Transport can help. It might cost a little more to use them, but having it transported for you allows you to take a plane instead of having to drive all day and all night. That gives you one less thing to worry about until you’re ready to pick it up from the depot.

Doing it alone

Depending on how much you have to move and how far you have to move, trying to go it alone can be difficult to the point of recklessness. It might include multiple trips and even multiple days to complete the move. By the time you’re done, you’ll be so exhausted that the prospect of unpacking becomes unbearable and your first night in the new home is a miserable experience. If you have the budget for it, it can save a lot of time and effort to hire a moving company. However, you can save money by asking friends to help, as well. Just make sure you get them a gift to show your appreciation if they do.

Having one plan

Always assume that your plans can go pear-shaped. If you’re planning on using a moving company, be aware that they might have to cancel with little warning. For that reason, always have a backup ready. Have a friend waiting on standby to help if you really need them. Check the availability of other moving companies and see if there’s one you could hire with very short notice. You might end up paying more, but it beats having to delay the move entirely if your initial plan falls through.

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Not having an overnight bag packed

You have to be aware of the fact that your move might not be complete within a single day, either. You could arrive before your possessions, especially during a cross-country move, or you could find yourself arriving when it’s already late in the evening and it’s going to be difficult to get the beds unpacked. Even if you don’t want to do it, plan for an overnight stay without the majority of your possessions. Bring sleeping bags and pack an overnight bag so you can stay comfortable and get some sleep even if you’re not able to set up in the new home just yet. Your overnight bag should also contain some of the most important documents proving you’re the new homeowner in case you arouse any suspicions.

Moving home can be stress-free, but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. Make sure you’re in the best possible condition to deal with the hassle of moving day. That means getting a full night’s sleep beforehand and keeping yourself fed and hydrated for the ordeal to come. It can be trying enough already, you don’t need to be tired and starving on top of the stress.

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How Do You Know If You’re Really Healthy?

The word certainly means something different to us all, but it means well. Because when you’re looking to be healthy, you’re keen to do something good – be something good. Health is precious; but it’s not always to know when you’re is in a good a position as you’d hope it would be. Sometimes, your bad habits can creep in, or the things that you consider to be healthy turn out to be worse for you than you think. So, it really can be difficult to know whether something really is good for you or not. And how are you meant to ever really tell? Well, if you’re keen to work out what’s best for you, here’s how can you can do it.

Get A Medical

Of course, the most obvious way to find out how healthy you are is to head to your doctor’s office and ask them! Getting a medical seems like something you need to do when you’re sick, or you’re worried about your health. But it can even be something good to get every once in a while – just to make sure that you are actually healthy. Because your vitals won’t lie. Speak to your doctor about your currently lifestyle and habits and see what they think – they’ll be able to tell you if you need to make any healthier changes.

Write A Diary

Another great idea for you to be able to work it out for yourself if to keep a health journal. This can be something that seems hard to do, especially if you’re worried about remembering to write in the diary in the first place, however it can be a great way for you to be honest with yourself and track how you’re progressing. By writing down your daily activities, along with what you eat and drink, you’ll get a good picture of your lifestyle overall.

Get Educated

Sometimes, the only way that you can really know how healthy you are, is to know more about food, exercise, and everything in between. By reading up on things that you do, like smoking or yoga, and even investigating things you’re considering, like the AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects, you’re going to be more educated. Then, you can use your education to make healthier decisions going forward.

Track Your Progress

Just like writing a diary, you should consider tracking your health progress with photos too. Progress photos can be great if you’re trying to get into a healthy weight range. Sometimes, scales just aren’t right. But tracking your progress with photos can show you just how healthy you’re becoming.

Know Yourself

Above all else, you should know in yourself if you feel healthy, and how to ensure that you can make changes for the best. Because how you actually feel in yourself is often the best and most accurate indicator. If you feel run-down and lifeless, then it’s a general indicator that you need to make a change. But if you feel full of energy and life, then you know that you’re on track. So know yourself and listen to how you feel, and you’ll always stay on track.

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Converting Your Home To Business Premises: 5 Crucial Considerations

When you’re in pursuit of turning your business dream into reality, you have to think big.

Successful entrepreneurs are all united by the driving force of their ambition. Faced with situations that others might dismiss as unworkable, true entrepreneurs are prepared to throw themselves full-throttle into trying to overcome the obstacles in their path– even if that means sacrifice.

Sacrifices Start At Home

One such sacrifice that many business owners find themselves contemplating is a need for business premises… and not having the funds to rent and outfit entirely new premises. It’s at this point that many entrepreneurs may decide to rein in their business plans, or do something different, but a good entrepreneur knows that there are always options to pursue. If their business absolutely needs premises, then they’re going to obtain business premises– whatever it takes.

Unfortunately, what “it” sometimes takes is the home of the entrepreneur. After all, their home is something they are already in possession of. It’s a physical space, with a backyard they can use for storage, and there’s an established gas, electricity, and water supply to the property. When evaluated from a business perspective, there’s plenty of benefits there to consider. It really might work.

The downside, of course, is that their home becomes their office, their workspace. They lose that thing so crucial to a good work-life balance; having their own space.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur who is struggling to afford premises, then you may find yourself considering converting an area of your home into office space. You may have wondered just how much storage you can fit in the backyard; and idly considered how you might need to adapt your property to suit business requirements. Would it be worth it? Is this a step you should take, or a terrible idea from the outset? Let’s dive deeper into the things you need to know when considering converting your home into your business premises…

Know The Difference: Working From Home vs. Premises Conversion

Many people assume that there is little difference between “working from home” and “converting your home for use as premises”. However, this is an oversight, as the differences are actually rather stark. Many people work from home; this requires no adaptation for the most part, just a working internet connection and a laptop.

Conversely, converting your home into business premises is far more detailed and laborious.

So you have to figure out which you really need. Here are a few circumstances in which converting to premises is suitable:

    • You need a space to host customers or clients. Most people who work from home don’t need this; if they do, on occasion, have to meet a client, they will arrange it at a local coffee shop/business venue.
    • Your business requires you to hold large amounts of stock. While it’s possible to run some small ecommerce-type businesses without converting your home, anything more advanced will require larger storage capabilities than the average home can hold.


  • You want to offer a retail space. Some people choose to convert an area of their home into a retail space. This happens for various reasons; not being able to afford conventional retail outlets, wanting to take advantage of a good location (for example, if their house is close to an area that receives a high volume of foot traffic) or just out of preference– it’s a pretty short commute if you live above the store, after all.


If you don’t need any of the above, then you don’t need to consider a full-scale conversion.

If, however, you do need premises for one (or more) of the above reasons, then read on.

The Legal Hoops: A Guide To Jumping Through Them

The process of converting your home for use as business premises is an extensive, time-consuming one, and the biggest time suck of all will be the bureaucracy you have to deal with.

There are so many different legal areas you need to consider prior to a conversion. Here’s a primer on the areas you will need to investigate, the companies you will need to contact, and the notification you will need to give to ensure your conversion is allowed:


  • Call your home insurance provider. If you’re going to change the nature of your dwelling, then your home insurance company needs to know. In all likelihood, you will require an entirely new home insurance policy; one that covers you for business as well as domestic use.
  • Call your local authority. This is particularly necessary if you’re opening up a retail space; you must have permission to trade from the local government. Obtaining this permission can be a long, slow process; you neighbors will have a right to register their displeasure at your plans, and you will need to prove you are insured for business usage and public liability.


  • Learn your codes. You’re going to need permission for a material usage change for your home from three coding sections: Zoning, Business Ordinances, and Business Licensing. Hopefully, your initial call to your local authority will have directed your queries in the direction of these offices, but you are responsible for checking this has happened.

If all of the above sounds worrying, well, that’s because it should be. This road isn’t an easy one, and it will take time to ensure you are fully compliant with local requirements. However, there are plenty of steps you would need to take to register for any business premises, so don’t be unduly deterred by the list above– just focus on the paperwork and make sure everything is in order.


The Conversion Process: What Do You Need To Do?

When you’ve obtained all of the appropriate permissions, you now have to move into the conversion process itself. There are numerous areas you’re going to need to consider.


  • What rooms are you going to dedicate to the business? A common choice is to convert the ground level of your home and “live” on the second floor. This works well, but what about the kitchen? You may want to adapt your home, which will require consulting with an architect and building firm.
  • What about entrances and exits? Firstly, you will be required to provide adequate fire escapes as part of the process you undertake with your local authority. You need to make changes to ensure that all of your business visitors — be it suppliers making deliveries, customers arriving for appointments, or eager shoppers — are able to access your property comfortably. For supplier deliveries, you may need to consider extra wide safety gates to ensure trucks can enter your property boundary correctly to load and unload. For customers, you’re going to need to think about where they will park their vehicles; your neighbors will swiftly turn to anger if the street is blocked up by customer cars.
  • Which security changes do you need to make? Home security is always important, but this necessity moves up another gear when your home is also your business. You may want to consider installing extra CCTV systems, and if you have gates, you’re going to want some kind of intercom system installed.
  • What do you need to redecorate? If you’re converting a space in your home for business use, that space needs to stop looking like a home. You’re going to need to redecorate, install new furniture, and ensure you have adequate lighting. If you’re opening a retail space, you are pretty much going to be outfitting the entire selling area from scratch– so you need to have room for this in your budget.
  • What happens if you want to sell the house in the future? Unless you are lucky and find a buyer who wants a home/business premises combination, you might find that you struggle to set your home for the amount it would be worth if it was still just a home. This is an aspect you’re going to have to calculate into your future financial planning, so be aware of it.


One thing that’s important to remember is that the conversion process will not be rapid. You will need to manage the project efficiently, juggling multiple different issues at the same time, and ensure that you keep an eye on your costs, too. It’s hard work, which begs the question… is it worth it?

So Should You Convert Your Home For Business Usage?

The above sounds like an exhausting list of potential problems, issues you are going to face, and more red tape than you have ever dealt with before in your life. Is it worth going through all of that stress?

The answer is probably “yes”. If there’s a reason you don’t want to invest in commercial premises, then the home conversion is the next best thing. Not only are you able to control everything about the process — there’s no landlord whose preferences you have to take into account, for example — but you will also save a fortune on leasing fees in the long term.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. If you don’t mind the short-term hassle, then you may just find that converting your home into business premises is the right solution for your business.


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Awake At Night? The Reasons Stopping Your Slumber

Getting a decent night’s sleep can be difficult for the best of us. But, getting the amount of shut-eye we need is vital to our productivity the following day. Sleep enables our body to recuperate from the day, to rest our minds and should leave us feeling rejuvenated. But often our sleep can be disrupted. Many of us can wake in the night for one reason or another. So I thought I would explore this and discuss some of the reasons that could be keeping you awake at night.

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Work stress

Being stressed because of work can keep you awake at night. Especially if you can’t get away from work due to emails coming through on smart phones. If you have things going on it can cause you to feel worried and keep work on your mind. This could wake you up all at all hours of the night. Wondering what you are going to do and how you are going to fix the issues. If it keeps happening, maybe the best thing to do would be to speak to a manager in work and explain how you are feeling. Adding tiredness into the mix isn’t going to help.

Financial worry

It has been known that worrying about your finances or debt can be one of the major factors of sleep loss amongst adults today. You may be worrying about how you are going to pay your bills, or pay off outstanding debts. Or maybe something has broken down and you just don’t have the money to fix it. Coming up with long-term solutions is important, but often we lose sleep over the short-term issues and this is when something like 1800CarTitle car loan could you get you out of a tight spot. Perhaps you have lost your job recently or generally your finances have taken a bit of a beating. Unfortunately, staying awake at night is doing you no favours. So instead, focus on your efforts to changing this situation once and for all.

Adrenal fatigue

You may not realise you are suffering from this. But Adrenal fatigue is a condition upon where your adrenal glands become tired. This can be due to a whole host of reasons. There are many symptoms, but the lack of sleep could be one of them. Along with your weight fluctuating, a low sex drive and hair loss. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms, then seek some advice from a medical professional.


You may be suffering from back or neck pain. Or any pain in your body for that matter. This could be the reason why you are waking up at night. This could be because you can’t get in a comfortable position. There are many preventative things you can do to make things easier. Taking a long relaxing bath before bed could be one of them. Or seeking advice from a pharmacist who may be able to supply some over the counter pain killers.

Depression or Anxiety

Perhaps you are suffering from depression or anxiety. These are other reasons why you could be waking up in the night. When you feel low, you can feel all alone. This can be heightened at 2 am when all you want to do is sleep, like everyone else in the house may be doing.

Whatever may be keeping you up at night, the best thing to do is find the reason and try and solve it as best you can. We all need our sleep.

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