Does Your Small Home Leave You Feeling Claustrophobic? Changes Things Today Without Moving House

Are you starting to feel like your home is a little too small and compact for you? Maybe your family is expanding and you’re not sure whether the space you have available to you is enough. It can be tempting to start thinking about moving house, but who wants all that hassle and hard work on their plate? It’s not ideal for anyone to have to move.

 

There might be an alternative, though. There are actually lots of small steps you can take to make your home feel a little more spacious and a lot less claustrophobic. You just need to think logically and understand the tricks that really do make a difference. It’s not necessarily as difficult as you might imagine it to be either.

 

Below, you will find 12 ways in which you can make your small home feel bigger. Each of them will be discussed in-depth, and then you decide whether they could work for you and your situation. So, without further ado, read on and start learning how you can fix your home and avoid the trouble of having to move house.

 

Start by Rearranging Your Existing Furniture

 

Sometimes, changing things around and rearranging the furniture in your home can be a really big deal. It can have more of an impact than you imagine. When you have a small space to work with, you have to be prepared to think outside the box and come up with unusual ways of making it work for you. That means arranging furniture in a way that gets the most from the space that you have on offer. It could mean switching items around, pushing things back and testing completely new arrangements until you find one that seems to work well.

 

Cut Back on Non-Essential Furniture Items

 

Another thing you might want to do with your furniture is cut back on it a little. When you’re willing to do this, you can find that you get rid of the things that you don’t really need and keep the things that are actually useful. You’ll be surprised at how much extra room can be created simply by cutting back and getting rid of a few things that you don’t really need or want anymore. Take a very pragmatic kind of approach to this. If you’re not getting any use out of an item, why not make use of the space that it’s currently taking up? It makes sense.

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Think Vertically

 

You might be running out of floor space in your home, but have you thought about how the home’s vertical space could be put to use? This is something that many people don’t even stop to think about, but they really should if they want to make the most of the space that they have in their homes. You could use storage fixtures that attach to the wall in order to free up floor space. There are all kinds of creative ways in which you can use the vertical spaces in your home to your advantage.

 

Try to Get Double Usage Out of Furniture

 

If you have one item that can do two things, it will save you space because you won’t have to own two separate items. When you’re organising your furniture and trying to get as much out of your home’s space as possible, this can be a really positive move to make. You could have a chair that also doubles up as a small storage space, for example. And there are many other examples out there that you can find too. It makes perfect sense to make the most of this, so don’t limit the usage of the furniture you own.

 

Expand Into the Outside

 

If you can connect the inside of your home to the outside space you have, you can make the whole home feel a little less compact. You certainly won’t feel claustrophobic anymore if you do this. If you have some money to spend, you could think about installing some new patio doors at the rear of your home. They can then open out onto the garden, creating a point of easy access for the garden. During the summer months, the home will feel much more light and airy. And that can make a really big difference when you’re trying to make it feel like enclosed and dull.

 

Open Up the Space by Not Enclosing Rooms

 

Are your rooms too enclosed and shut off from one another? If that’s the case, don’t worry, there are some simple things that can be done to save the situation. For example, you could keep doors open more often; you can get simple items from superiormaker that can help with this. Or you could even come up with a more open plan design and knock down some of the dividing walls in the home. If you choose to do that, just be careful and ensure you’re not knocking down any supporting walls. It might be best to hire professional help.

 

Swap Curtains for Blinds

 

This is one of those small changes that really can have an impact on how big or small a home feels. When you have curtains covering your windows, they tend to be quite big and cumbersome. They make the room feel a little smaller and more cramped. That might not be such a big deal for some people. But if you want to make the room feel more spacious, it makes sense to embrace blinds. They are much smaller and they don’t hang down as far, creating the appearance of more space being taken up. That’s exactly what you want when you’re trying to make the most of every square inch.

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Unify Your Colours

 

Chaotic design choices can really hold you back when you’re trying to make your home seem bigger and more spacious. The small homes that looks biggest are the ones that have a clear and unified approach to design. And most important of all is the colour scheme that you choose for the home. If it’s all over the place and there is no clear through line, it will simply look messy, and the home will feel even more cramped and uninviting. That’s not what you want, so make sure that you think carefully about the colours you choose for the home.

 

Choose Artwork That’s on the Smaller Side

 

Do you like to have some works of hard hanging on the walls of your home? If so, it might be a good idea to choose works of art that are on the small side. This will help to make sure that you don’t take up too much of the wall space and make the room feel smaller and more cramped than it is. Art can definitely add something to your walls and your home, but you need to make sure that you make your choices carefully. Big portraits are fine for big homes, but smaller pieces should always be used when the space on offer is smaller.

 

Make the Most of Mirrors

 

Next, you should try to make the most of mirrors. We all know that mirrors create the illusion of more depth in a room, even if we know that they are not actually showing us ma reality of more space. They also help to reflect more light around the room, helping it to reach every corner. You should try to use at least one mirror in each of the rooms that you want to make feel bigger. That way, you can be sure that you make the room appear as large as it possibly can.

 

Change Up the Lighting

 

The lighting arrangements in your home might need to be tweaked as well. Darkness is linked to a perception of limited space. If you can’t properly see every part of the room lit up, it will appear smaller in our minds. That’s simply the way in which our eyes and our brains work. So, if the lighting you currently have in place is a little dim and doesn’t offer as much coverage as it could, you need to think about changing things. Buy more lights, choose LED bulbs and make your home brighter.

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Try to Keep Your Surfaces as Clean as Possible

 

Keeping things clean and tidy can make it much easier for you to make it seem like your home is larger and more spacious. You just need to make sure that you keep surfaces clean and clear. Don’t let things pile up on them because this is an immediate sign of a lack of space in the home. Instead, you should make sure that every item in your home has its own place where it can be stored when it’s not in use.
Your small home might not seem like it’s ideally suited to you. But your fears and worried could be allayed if you make some of the changes discussed above. They’ll make your home feel a little more spacious, and that could be enough to make all the difference.

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You Don’t Realize How Much You Have Til You Move!

Last November, I moved to a new place and made one big discovery in doing so, one that I think we all make when we move. It’s how much we have. And much of it is stuff we no longer need and maybe never did!

 

As you can see in the photo, I still have a few things to get rid of. I got rid of a great many things, some by selling them, and others I simply donated as they would have been too much trouble to sell and wouldn’t command a big enough price to go through the trouble of selling them.

It’s amazing, how we think we don’t have much, yet are often slowly accumulating more and more stuff. And I’m not really inclined to impulse purchasing as much as most people are.

Nor am I a pack rat by any means. I’ve known people who were pack rats and when I see their places, I shudder at the idea of what a move for them would be like, and it has helped me to avoid being one.

People who had visited me had often remarked at how open and uncluttered my place looked. But nevertheless, I’d still managed to accumulate lots of things I didn’t need which only added to the burden of moving.

Hopefully, this has taught me a lesson about keeping my own tendencies to accumulate things under better control. Now, part of the problem, and maybe it was a blessing in disguise, is that my new place, which I like better than my old one, does have one flaw. It has less storage space than my old place did, so it helped to force me to be more discriminating as to what to keep and what to give up. It also helped me do better at deciding if I really need something or if I just want it.

I also learned that I don’t need to save so much stuff and keep every book I read, every pamphlet that only looks mildly interesting, or every tool or electrical gizmo I’ve had even though it was replaced with a newer, better one.

And I don’t need to print everything, I can just bookmark it. Now that I have a smart phone, I can even access the info when I’m away from home.

Oh, I still have those impulsive thoughts jump into my head from time to time, where I think I need something or other, but I’ve learned to evaluate the thought more thoroughly now, and I do hope the lesson sticks this time.

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What Will Potential Buyers Be Looking for When They View Your House?

Selling your home is always a big task. You want to get as much money as possible for it, but you also don’t want the process to drag on for too long. When that happens, you just get frustrated with it all, and that’s when selling mistakes get made, and things get rushed. Those are not things that you want to let happen. So, it makes sense to start thinking about what potential buyers will be looking for when they view your home.

 

When you know exactly which things buyers see as most important, you can start to address these issues and make your home fit for viewing. It’ll take time, and it might cost a little money, but it’ll be worthwhile. Your home will sell much quicker, and you might even get a higher price for it if you manage to get all of these things right. Read on to learn what potential buyers will be looking for when they arrive at your property to view it.

 

Strong Exterior Appearances

 

The first thing people see when they arrive at your home is how it looks from the outside. That’s why the exteriors need to look good. Many people think that first impressions matter more than anything else when it comes to viewing and potentially buying a home. People make their mind up before they have even walked through the front door. So, even if your viewers don’t quite realise it, the appearance of the home’s exterior really will have a big impact on whether or not they decide to buy the property. Fix up any minor problems and give the home a fresh coat of paint if necessary. It could make all the difference.

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Outdoor Space That Meets Their Needs

 

Everyone wants some kind of outdoor space when they buy a property. If the home comes with a large garden that allows them to do everything they want to, the home will instantly become more appealing. In some cases, a great garden or outdoor space can make up for other areas in which the home is lacking. Of course, you can’t make your garden any bigger than it is. But you can change how the space is used. Think about what kind of person is going to be buying the home. If you are selling a small home, then a small garden is fine. Aim to make it manageable and easy to care for. But if you’re aiming to sell to families, emphasise a lawn for the kids to play on.

 

Strong Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures

 

There are two rooms in any home that are more important than all the rest. They are the bathroom and the kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s the space in which people can get together at the start of the day and the end of the day. Eating as a family is a communal experience, so people want a kitchen with a good layout and strong features. A great bathroom suite that the buyer won’t have to rip out and replace is always seen as a massive plus point as well. So, pay attention to these two rooms before trying to sell the home.

 

Plenty of Light

 

Light matters in the home. No one wants to live in a home that is too dark and unpleasant to spend time in. So, make sure that you emphasise and increase the amount of natural light that enters your home’s rooms. People really do care about this issue a lot, and you can’t afford to ignore it if you want to sell your home and sell it quickly. You might always want to repaint the rooms if the colour scheme is a little too dark and unpleasant because that can immediately turn buyers off.

 

A Solid Structure

 

Your home is never going to sell if there are any lingering structural issues that haven’t yet been addressed by you. Even if you see the problem or problems as being relatively minor, it won’t be seen that way by the people who are thinking of buying the home. Why would they want to take a chance on a home that has problems that could become bigger and more serious in the future? After all, the structure of the home is the most important thing of all. If it’s wrong, the whole place could become unlivable in the future.

 

A Good-Quality Roof

 

The roof is another one of those things that is fundamental and essential. Without a proper roof over their heads, how are the buyers going to be convinced that this is the home for them? If your roof has cracked tiles, leaks or any other problems, they should be addressed. You can’t hide these things because they will be found when a survey is carried out. If there are bigger changing your roof will be necessary. This might sound like a big job, but it can be done affordably.

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Cleanliness

 

Cleanliness might not seem like a big deal to you when you’re selling your home because dirt and mess can always be removed. But to sell the home, you need to provide a good impression of it. If you present the home to people at its worst, people are not going to view it in a positive light. You shouldn’t make it harder for them to see the great home that’s hiding beneath the clutter and the mess. Always tidy up and make your home as clean and tidy as it possibly can be before showing people around it.

 

The Ability to Imagine Their Future Lives in the Home
At the end of the day, everyone wants to be able to imagine themselves living in the home they’re about to buy. This is what your viewers will be doing when they look around. They will be asking themselves whether they can see themselves living here in the future. If the answer is that they can’t, then the home is not going to sell particularly quickly. Strip back the home, take away things that are distracting or overbearing, and let people envision their future lives there.

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Turn Your Home Into A Castle – Literally

Castles were bulwarks of the medieval era, dominating the landscape wherever they were erected. In the middle ages, they were primarily designed to be battlements and to defend vast tracts of land, but they still doubled up as homes.

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With the invention of the cannon, castles ceased being defensive installations, but they didn’t end there. In the eighteenth century, people looked back on the castles of the medieval period with a kind of romantic fondness. They loved the chivalry, the tales of Arthur and the majesty that battlements evoked. As a result, they began building their own mock castles – homes that included elements of castles like rounded towers but were still luxury living accommodation nonetheless.

 

Golden Fort

 

One example of a castle that was built for living was Golden Hill Fort. This fort was built on the Isle of Wight back in the 19th century to defend against a French invasion. The fort itself was never actually used in battle. More than a hundred years later, after the Second World War, Golden Hill was converted into a series of beautiful apartments. These apartments became holiday homes where people could enjoy all that the Isle had to offer.

 

When Golden Hill was first bought by Kevin Clarke and Sean Cousins, it was a shell of a building. They worked tirelessly with local planning officials to return the building to its original state. That meant extending the building and getting a roofer to extend the roof, and making sure all 22 chimneys were of uniform height. According to Kevin, the roof was made waterproof for the first time in over a hundred years.

 

Features

 

Now that the roof and the foundations are secure, Golden Hill Fort has been transformed with all manner of luxury conveniences. Guests enter the compound through a trick tunnel with electric gates at either end. When they’ve been through both gates, they enter the refurbished central courtyard, originally designed as a parade ground to muster the troops.

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There’s also other mod-cons like CCTV, allowing all entrances to the castle to be monitored remotely. On the roof, guests can enjoy communal gardens and stunning views of the island and the sea all around.

 

Prices

 

Having your own castle is by no means cheap. The average unit, which is just 1,386 to 3,250 square feet will set you back more than $600,000 to $1,500,000. When you consider the types of properties you could get for a similar cost, that’s a lot. But it’s not often that you get to live in a gated community from the middle ages, complete with battlements that’ll keep the riffraff and the French at bay.

 

According to David Brock from the heritage foundation, converting industrial forts into modern homes is relatively easy. Thanks to their modern designs, they share a similar design language with modern homes. But converting castles with stone towers is a lot more difficult. If you want to do this type of thing, you’re better off doing it yourself.

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The Hidden Side Of Home Maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance, most homeowners think that it is about dragging a vacuum cleaner from a room to another. In truth, while keeping a clean house is essential – after all, nobody wants to live in a dusty and messy place – there is more to it to home maintenance than cleaning. Indeed, home maintenance relates to the ability to keep everything in your home and your community working at its best. From your pipes to your next door neighbor, home maintenance is an art that very few homeowners master. Here’s how to make your home safer and smarter for your family and your community.

The secrets of the perfect home maintenance

Maintain Regular Contact With Experts

There are a variety of structural systems and solutions to keep all modern facilities and appliances in your house: You have a water system, an electrical system, and an insulation solution to name only the most obvious. These are constantly used, every day all year long. While you would immediately notice if there were an issue, it’s best to organize regular checks with certified experts to spot problems before they occur. Consequently, you need to have the contact details of your local plumber, certified electrician, and insulation engineer. Additionally, you can also discuss preferred professionals with your home insurance and your local council to make sure that you haven’t missed any possibility.  

 

Maintain Your Household Budget

With every home, there is a household budget to manage. Let’s be honest from the start, the largest part of the budget tends to be dedicated to your energy bills – and your grocery, but this is the type of expenses that is easy to justify as it is visible. As much as you should keep a close eye on your overall consumption habits – and especially on bad habits that are expensive such as leaving phone chargers plugged in for example – you need to compare energy providers regularly. Indeed, when it comes to energy bills, loyalty to a provider is not synonymous with discounted price. Your provider can only offer the price that is has secured for itself.

 

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Maintain A Clear And Purposeful Structure

Another often forgotten dilemma of homeowners is the difficulty to keep a clear and purposeful decor inside. This is especially true for people who work from home as it can be difficult to create clear boundaries between the private and the professional space in the house. Additionally, by keeping the purpose of each room in mind, you will become able to declutter the house and remove anything that you don’t need. This helps to bring peacefulness into your home.

 

Maintain Your Neighborhood Relations

While you can choose our house, you can’t choose your neighbors. But it remains essential to maintain healthy relationships with your neighbors as much as possible. Often, all you need is to understand their background and react accordingly. Remember that communication is key, so do talk to your neighbors instead of judging them in silence. Additionally, there is also the matter of a healthy neighborhood to take into consideration. More and more communities are trying to develop a safe and environmentally friendly neighborhood by taking action to make it a better and more enjoyable space.

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House Move Disasters You Need to Avoid

Moving house is known to be one of the most difficult and more stressful things anyone can experience. If you want it to go well, you need to make sure that you avoid the disasters that often drag people in tears and have them regretting the whole thing. Read on to learn about some of the common disasters that you definitely need to avoid when you move house next.

 

Getting Burnt By All Those Minor Costs

 

There are so many small and hidden costs that have to be paid when you’re moving house. People often forget to think about these when they are going through the whole house move process. It’s something that you really can’t afford to ignore if you want to come out the other end of this whole process in a healthy financial shape. Many people get burnt by these costs, and they only realise it when they have the bill handed to them. So, do plenty of research and make yourself fully aware of what you’re getting into before you start the house move process.

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Telling Lies and Having Them Come Back to Haunt You

 

It’s so common for people to tell small lies when they are looking to sell their home. This might seem like a good idea because it gets the wheels on the process moving a little faster. But those little white lies can often come back to haunt you. That’s why honesty is always the best policy when you are trying to sell your home. It’s simply not worth considering the alternatives because things can go badly wrong when you lie. It’s an issue that’s discussed in this article. Your whole move could be sent crumbling to the ground if you’re not careful. I’m sure that’s not what you want to happen, so don’t let it.

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Not Getting Insurance for the Move

 

When you undertake the move, all of your possessions will have to be packed up in boxes and loaded into the back of a van. Then they will be driven to your new home and unloaded. There is always a chance that breakages might occur at some point along the way. When that happens, you want to have the right insurance to back you up. That way, any replacements or fixes that have to be carried out will be paid for by the insurance company. If this is something that you forget about, you will certainly regret it if and when something does get broken.

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Insisting on Going it Alone
Going it alone and not using an estate agent to help you with your home move might sound appealing. But in reality, it feels less like a liberation and more like a pretty terrible idea. If you insist on going it alone, you will have to take care of so many minor issues and problems that could arise. It can be a much better idea to get help from an estate agent who knows what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. Yes, it means spending money. But it could turn out to be money well-spent.

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Protecting Your Family At Home Is As Easy As 1-2-3

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A man’s home is his castle, and ensuring that your property is a fortress for your family is vital. Many elements contribute to the overall happiness inside those four walls. But safety should be the first priority for every household.

 

Nothing else matters if the family isn’t safe and secure at all times. Thankfully, even the most comprehensive approach requires just three stages, meaning you can master the task in next to no time.

 

Over the next few minutes, you’ll learn everything you need to know.

 

#1. Making Practical Decisions

Your home isn’t a showroom. It’s a place where your family enjoys several enjoys several daily activities. Therefore, it should be built for living. If it isn’t, you’ll find that accidents happen on a far more frequent basis.

 

Households with young children must learn to appreciate the importance of taking precautions. From covering sharp furniture with foam padding to blocking electrical units, those upgrades are key. Meanwhile, simple habitual changes such as keeping medicines locked away in high cabinets will go a long way to helping the cause.

Essentially, you cannot keep your eyes on the children at all times. Therefore, making design choices around your personal family situation is key. Aside from keeping the kids safe, it should help you maintain your sanity.

 

#2. Keeping The Building In Great Health

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A property isn’t a home until you inject your personality and character. Having said that, it’s equally imperative that you keep the building work in great condition. Once standards slip, the comfort levels will fade rapidly. Moreover, it could put your family’s health at risk.

 

Protecting the external factors ensures that the internal features are kept safe too. If problems do occur, experts at Roofing the Rockies can get your home back to full health in no time. In addition to keeping an eye out for those issues, you should think about the threat of damp and other structural damage also.   

 

Moisture isn’t the only potentially damaging substance, though. Gas and electricity leaks could put your lives at risk. Investing in the necessary alarms, and educating yourself about signs of trouble could make all the difference.

 

#3. Defeating External Threats

Unfortunately, those internal issues aren’t the only potential problems that must be considered. We live in a world where burglaries are a common nightmare. Unfortunately, those horrible situations won’t only cause financial damage. The emotional scars left could mean that you’ll never feel safe at home ever again.

 

Modern burglars are using more advanced methods than ever. Taking the necessary precautions to keep them off of your property at all times is vital. If the worst situations do surface, at least you’ll have the evidence needed to fight for justice too.

 

Prevention is the best form of protection and is key to keeping your family safe. Even if you live in an area where you’re unlikely to become a victim, it’s vital that you take charge. If nothing else, it’ll provide the emotional security that your family needs to enjoy the home to its full potential.

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