Attain Self-Build Success

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Building your own home is the best way to get the space you want for the price you can afford, but it only really works out like that if you know what you’re doing. It would take a very long time to go through the whole process of self-building with you, but here are some handy hints that should help you to attain self-build success if you use them in conjunction with taking the time to learn about the process as a whole…

Set as Solid Budget

Before you do anything else, you should identify your total budget for the whole project. This includes any savings or assets you can liquidate as well as any home loans or other finance you will be using for the build. Once you have a solid figure, be aware that you should have a contingency fund of at least 20 percent should your build go over budget, so deduct that from the amount you use to make your plans and keep it safe for if and when it is needed.

Few Plots are Perfect

If you want to build your own home, you need to first find a plot. Many would-be self-builders never get around to doing it because they reject plots that aren’t perfect. The thing is, there are no such things as a perfect plot, and with a little vision and a good architect, you can turn a decent plot into your dream home. So, don’t discount every plot you see for minor reasons.

Think About the Future

When you’re building your dream home, you need to think about the future so you can ensure that it’s your dream home now and in the long-term. For example, right now you might be young and carefree, but do you plan to settle down and have kids in a few years? Still, want to live in your self-build? You’re going to have to ensure there’s enough space for family life! Fail to think long-term and your dream home might not be a dream for as long as you would like.

Make Your Foundations Deep

When you’ve found your plot and your dream home has been designed, it’s important that you hire a foundation company who will use a method like caisson drilling to dig your foundations deep. This is important because foundations that are fairly shallow are more likely to suffer from subsidence and various other settlement problems. It isn’t worth it.

Charm the Neighbors

This might not seem so important when you have the design and creation of a building to oversee, but these are the people you’re going to have to live alongside, and since few people enjoy having a development right on their doorstep, anything you can do to charm them and get them onside will help you attain self-build success. So, bake for them, shake their hands, and help them out any way you can. It will make things easier in the long-term.

If you do these things, and you choose there right architects and builders for your project, you’ll have a much easier time of it as you build your new home.

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Home Sellers Beware: These Are The Biggest Turn-Offs For Property Buyers

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It’s a common sight across the country. Homes with ‘For Sale’ signs on their lawns, some of which have been lying in wait for a home buyer for a long time. Why? There are many reasons. Many people prefer to rent for example, especially if they are struggling to maintain a regular income. Some locations go out of fashion, especially if they have been hit with recession. In some cases, the seller has tried to add value to the property, with little idea about what it is today’s home buyers are looking for, especially the current dominant force in home buying, the millennial generation.

So, are you thinking about selling your home soon? Or has your house been on the market for a long time, and is failing to sell? In either case, we have trawled through the internet for some of the biggest turn-offs for home buyers. Using real estate surveys and expert opinion, we have gathered a list of the things you need to look out for when selling your house. Fixing these problem areas will give you a greater chance for a sale, so you neglect them at your peril. From property issues to human mistakes, these are the common turn-offs you need to be aware of.

A dirty house

We aren’t saying your general housekeeping is bad, though it might be. Unfortunately, a quick vacuum before the prospective buyer comes to look at your property isn’t going to cut it. Your house needs to look immaculate, from top to bottom, with added renovation to improve the overall cleanliness. So, as well as keeping on top of your regular housework, you might also consider replacing old carpets that may be stained or worn. Alternatively, hire a steam cleaner and give your carpets a deep clean. You should grout your tiles too, as well as giving every other area of your home a thorough clean. Hiring a professional cleaning service is also a good idea, as they have the tools to make your home sparkle.

Bad odours

First impressions count, and that goes beyond how your property looks. Any bad odours will turn the viewers off your property, and you need to rectify it before their arrival. However, chances are you have become accustomed to the way your house smells, so it’s worth asking a friend to give you their polite opinion on how fragrant your home is. You may have pets, for example, and they give off their own scent, as well as the expected litter trays and animal paraphernalia. Other odours come from the dirty carpets we mentioned earlier, as well as any damp problems around the house. Smokers need to beware, as furnishings and upholstery will absorb the cigarette smell. You should also avoid cooking any strongly-odoured food the night and day before your viewers arrive, so avoid fish and exotic foods. A deep-clean will deal with some of the smells, as will general repair work in damp rooms. You should also add your own fragrances, such as vases of flowers, air fresheners, and even the homely smell of baked biscuits, which will attract the viewer’s nose, rather than repel it.

Maintenance issues

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Whether large or small, there may be maintenance problems you need to get on top of. We have already mentioned damp, and that should be one of your priorities. Not only does it look and smell bad in your property, but your prospective home buyers will also be concerned with their health. Larger maintenance issues include leaking roofs, faulty heating, and areas with cold drafts coming in. Smaller issues include creaking door handles, dripping taps, and loose floorboards. Our advice is this. While you will probably have a good idea of the repairs you need to do in your house, you should also hire a property surveyor to give your home a once-over before you put it on the market. The buyers will be doing the same thing, so preempt them before they have a chance to grumble about the disrepair in your home. When you know what you need to fix, get on with the job as soon as possible, and hire professionals to deal with fixes that you aren’t qualified to handle.

Curb appeal

The inside of your home may be immaculate, but you need to concentrate on the areas outside of your property. If your grass is overgrown, you need to get the mower out. Your fencing may be worn, so replacing broken fixtures, and giving it a fresh lick of paint will make a world of difference. If you have a driveway, you need to get rid of any built-up dirt that has accumulated around it, including in the gaps. High pressure cleaners will do the job nicely. Then look at your walls. Scuffed paintwork is going to look unsightly, so get the paintbrush out again, and clean up both the walls and frames around your home. Wash your windows, add some hanging plants to improve curb appeal, and throw in a welcome mat at your front door. As we said earlier, first impressions count, and your home exterior is going to be the first place the home buyer sees before they step through your front door.

Too many personal touches

For starters, don’t make any unnecessary changes to your home just before you put it on the market. You might want to replace the wallpaper, for example, as you are liable to go with something you like, above and beyond what the buyer might be interested in. While you should definitely replace old fixtures, especially if they are worn and outdated, don’t replace them with anything too niche. Generic is fine, provided they look good, and the buyer can replace them later if they want too. Then there are the general knickknacks around your home, from collectible items to family photos. When you are showing your house, you need to remove all such items. They are only talking points for you and your friends, and the home buyer won’t be interested in them. The viewer wants to imagine themselves living in the property, and your personal belongings will only get in the way of their imagination.

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No offence, but you may be putting off the home buyer yourself. Yes, you may have showered and combed your hair before arrival, but your behaviour can put off the viewer. What do we mean? Well, you may be keen to engage in conversations the buyer isn’t interested in. Trying to persuade them to buy is another no-no, unless you are fluent in the art of a sales rep. You might only come across as being needy and persistent. If you in any way emotionally attached, the buyer might sense this. Not only will the sight of you crying in the corner be a concern to the buyer, but you might also impose your opinion on how the buyer should live in the house, what they should do with it, and what they need to leave alone. Once you have handed over the keys, it’s theirs to do what they want with, so you need to keep your opinions to yourself. You might also grumble about their muddy shoes and sticky fingers, and this is only going to make them feel uncomfortable. So, leave the showing to your real-estate agent. They know what they’re doing, and will have the sales patter down to a tee. Make yourself scarce, and distract yourself with something else while the experts do their job.

And so…

Those are the biggest turn-offs for home buyers. If any of them are true to your property, you need to deal with them as soon as possible. You should then consider the features that are going to attract buyers, especially the young millennials who are looking to get onto the property ladder. This includes the following:

Energy efficiency – Being environmentally aware, today’s buyers want a home that is both economical and planet-saving. Adding green features to your home will add a huge amount of value to the property.

Storage space – Even the smallest home can include extra storage, so add shelving and walk-in closet spaces, and highlight the storage spaces you do have by removing your own clutter.

Modern technology – Especially for the younger generation, having a house fitted with the latest tech is guaranteed to impress. Automated thermostats, LED lighting, and smart features are some of the things you should consider adding before selling.

Modern decor – You need to be careful here, as you don’t want to put off the buyer with your personal taste. Still, look online at the latest decor, especially for the kitchen and bathroom, and consider updating your rooms with something that is in line with the latest trends.

By avoiding the turn-offs and adding the turn-ons, you are going to have a greater chance of selling your home. Always speak to your real-estate agent for professional advice, and keep an eye on the property market for the best time to put your home on the market. So, if you are selling anytime soon, we wish you every success and happiness in your home move.

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Turn A New Page… How To Start A New Life In A New Town

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Sometimes we all have that hankering to start all over again, and move to a new place, and, in essence, cut all ties with your life right now. Sometimes it happens, where do we get a new job, or we just feel that we need to be someplace else, the desire to begin again is something that cannot be ignored. But the concern in this is one of practicality. Yes, you have a feeling about a new place, but what do you really need to have in place to make sure that your transition to a new life in a new place goes smoothly?

The Move

The move can be very stressful, but if you are determined to leave your old life behind, then this is a perfectly good opportunity to break with the past and sell a lot of your possessions. At the end of the day, we can get new items if we so need to. And even if our budget dictates, and we need to get a car, there are plenty of used cars for sale, you just have to look online to see something in your price range. If you really don’t have much, can you go on the train? The move doesn’t have to be stressful, but it can feel that way because of all the pressure on you in beginning this new life. But remember, it’s just the beginning.

The Settling In Period

This was never going to be easy. But the first month or so will be the worst part. Trying to get yourself settled into a new way of life, in new surroundings, with a new job or a new flatmates, these are all major shocks to the system. Settling in properly can take some time, and you just need to get your head around this. The best way for you to get accustomed to your surroundings quicker is to just get out there and explore. The more you know at the very outset, the quicker you can become comfortable. And yes, it’s likely you will feel like you are out of your depth, but do you have people nearby you can talk to? If not, go online, and chat with your friends back home.

Maintain A Positive Mindset

Remember, finding your feet is always a period of trial and error. You’ve moved to a new place for a specific reason, and regardless of the main reason itself, you know at the back of your mind that this was something that had to be done. It’s a place that is going to bring the best out in you, and this is what you feel. And remember, if it doesn’t work out, what is the worst case scenario? You end up going back home for a bit, or you try another place out for size!

A new life in a new town is the biggest of changes, and you can feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. But you had a feeling about this new place, so don’t hold back, go with the flow, it could be the best thing that ever happened to you!

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Giving Your Home More Street Appeal

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No matter whether you are in the process of trying to sell your home, or you simply want to give your house a bit of a makeover, kerb appeal is something you should certainly focus on. However, it’s something we tend to overlook. We focus on the inside of our house because this is where we spend most of our time. Nonetheless, the exterior of your house is going to be the first thing people see when they approach your property. It sets the tone for the rest of your home, and so it is arguably one of the most important elements of your property. Not only this, but when selling your house, you want it to stand out from the other homes in the area, and boosting your kerb appeal is one of the best ways to do this. But, how do you go about it? Read on to discover some top tips.  

Don’t let your neighbours ruin your kerb appeal – Let’s deal with those pesky neighbours first and foremost. There is nothing more frustrating than putting so much effort into your own home only for the house next door to ruin it. If your neighbours have rubbish outside of their house, for example, the best thing to do is offer to remove it for them. Yes, this can be an inconvenience, and you shouldn’t really have to do it. However, you are going to get a lot further by approaching it as if you are doing a favour for someone, rather than moaning to him or her about it.

Make a grand entrance – Needless to say, your front door and the surrounding area needs to be pristine. Consider replacing your front door to make a big impression. You don’t need to go for a bright red door to make a statement. Opt for something with glazing panels for a statement feature and a modern look. Plus, little finishing touches can go a very long way, from stylish door numbers to beautiful potted plants at either side of your door.

Repair or replace your garage door – Your garage door is just as important as your front door, yet you probably don’t treat it as such. If your current door is broken, you should look into getting a garage door repair. If your current door is simply old and doesn’t look great, you should look into getting a garage door replacement. Your garage may not be the most exciting part of your property, but it can certainly let it down if you do not give it the care it deserves.

Spruce up a tired façade – You should spruce up any tired facades by rendering over ugly brickwork, or by repointing or repainting. However, make sure you don’t go overboard with your choice of paint colours. Choose something that suits the period of your property, and make sure your selection is more sensible than your front door choice. You don’t need to go for the same colour as other properties in your area, unless you are in a heritage area, of course, but you probably won’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.

Add some greenery – It does not matter how small the space is that is available to you, you need to add some greenery. You don’t need a large garden in order to plant a creeper. Plus, how beautiful do houses look when they have plants trailing up them? This is not the only option available to you. You could easily make a window box yourself, for example. The options really are endless when it comes to greenery; it’s just important that you add some, no matter what form it is in. Plants and trees create a homely and welcoming vibe. They add personality too.

Give your windows a bit of TLC – Nothing makes a home look more run down and uncared for than windows that are dirty. Make sure you clean your windows regularly. Moreover, get rid of any rotten window frames – this is never a good look!

Naming or numbering your house – Naming or numbering your house is something that a lot of people like to do, especially the former. It gives your house some character and makes it unique. Nevertheless, this can easily go south if you do not do it correctly. Plaques with pictures, such as trees and birds, can be a bit OTT and they do not do any justice to the front of your property. You should also stay away from badly painted names and wonky numerals. This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised by how many houses are adorned in this manner.

Lighting is vital – Last but not least, another way to improve your home and your kerb appeal is to get the lighting right. You need to place lighting at either side of your front door, which will add symmetry. It’s also a good idea to incorporate different styles of lighting throughout your gardening, ensuring they are at the most critical points. For example, you could have lighting that turns on automatically when someone approaches the pathway to your front door. This creates a much more welcome entry to your property. Plus, the last thing you want is for someone viewing your house to fall over on his or her way to your front door because it is so poorly lit. This is never a good look!

As you can see, there are many different ways you can boost your home’s kerb appeal. From replacing your garage door to ensuring your neighbours don’t ruin your kerb appeal, there are a number of steps you can take, which are guaranteed to have a positive impact on the overall impression your property gives.

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Your Home Was Broken Into…Now What?

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There’s a flood of emotions that takeover your mind when you come back to find that your home has been broken into. That’s an important note to make too. It’s very rare to experience a break-in when you’re inside the property. It’s far more likely that you’ve been away on holiday in town or somewhere else when a break-in occurred. As such, you could come back to a door ripped off its hinges, a window smashed or perhaps…nothing. That’s right, as scary as it sounds, a skilled robber can break into your home and make it look like no has been there at all. They might steal a few things or better yet a set of keys so they can come back later. This is why, after a break-in you should always change the locks.

It also brings that paranoia you experience when you can’t find something into question. Is it really paranoia, or could someone have broken into your house and taken it without you realizing?

Moving on from this question, we need to think about how to handle a break-in on your property.

Check What’s Missing

The first step is to check what valuables have gone and what ones are still there. Do check if there are any keys missing. If there are, make sure you get an appointment right away to change the locks. If no keys are missing, you still need to change the locks, but it’s probably not quite as urgent. Look for bank statements and important documents that might have been misplaced because thieves can use this information to commit fraud, going after you digitally rather than stealing from your home.

Ideally, you should have an inventory of the expensive items in your home. This should be updated on a regular basis to make sure you know exactly what could be missing or indeed, lost.

Notify The Right People

Your first call will probably be the police, though it’s worth pointing out that hardly any thieves are caught, and items are very rarely returned. As such, your insurance company is the second most important call. You may need to check whether your home is covered for the theft. Do bear in mind that 60% of homeowners are under-insured and you could be one of them. If that’s the case, then they may not help you with the theft as much as you’d hope. That’s why you shouldn’t skimp on your insurance estimate.

Add Extra Security

Lastly, you’re going to want to beef up the security for your home. Most break-ins can be prevented by deterring the criminal in the first place, ensuring that they don’t try to break in. You can do this, quite simply by making your home look like a difficult job. So add a CCTV camera, motion sensor lights and anything else that might make a robber think twice about breaking into your home.

We hope you this advice helps you if you ever do experience a break-in on your property. It can be frightening but taking the right steps, you will get through it.

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Country Living – Could You Hack It?

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Do you fancy moving to a big home out in the country? For quite a few families, this is the ultimate dream. They love the idea of leaving the busy, bustling city behind them and escaping to the fresh air and tranquility of nature. It’s certainly a lot more relaxing to live out in the country, and you won’t have to deal with any city stress and nosey neighbors. But do you really think that this is the best life for you?

Sure, moving to the countryside might sound like the perfect thing to do, but it actually isn’t always as peachy as it might appear on the surface. Moving your whole family out of the city is quite a big deal. It will be a lot for you all to adjust to, as you will need to get used to not being so close to many amenities and facilities anymore. Are you sure you are ready to give up all of that convenience just for some peace and quiet? Not many people are!

Still considering a move to the country? It’s certainly still worth a shot. You just need to weigh up all of the pros and cons before you do start to make the move. Here are a few things that you need to consider when you are making your decision.

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You’ll Be Far From Friends And Family

One of the main things that puts people off moving to the country is the fact that they will be a lot further away from all of their friends and family. If you are particularly close to your nearest and dearest, then you might find that distance very difficult to deal with at first. But this is something that can be quite easy to overcome – over time, you will get used to being away from your friends and family and your feelings of homesickness will ease. There are some things you can do to ensure you don’t miss them too much, though, such as inviting them over to stay for weekends. Plus, you will always be able to go back to the city from which you moved if you ever want to visit them and your old life! And don’t forget that thanks to all the great tech in our lives these days, staying in touch is a lot easier than what it ever was. You can call, text, Skype, or Whatsapp all of your loved ones every day if you want to!

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You Might Need To Put The Kids In A Different School

If you are moving with children, then you need to think about how it will affect them and their schooling. Obviously, the best option is to keep them in their current school. If you are moving to a village that is on the outskirts of the city then this could be entirely possible. There are often good school bus and other transport links between cities and their satellite villages. Even if there isn’t a public transport route that kids in the village use to get to school in the city, the distance might not be too far and you might be able to drive them to school each day. This could be a convenient option if you continue to work in the city. However, if leaving them in their current school isn’t an option, then you could face some problems. Firstly, the kids themselves might oppose being moved to a different school as they will be parted from all of their friends. They might be very unhappy about the prospect of leaving all of their classmates. But if you tell them that they can visit each other as often as possible then they might come around to the idea. Not only that, though, but you can tell them that they will make a lot of new friends at their new school.

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The Commute To Work Will Be A Lot Longer

I’ve mentioned that you could take the kids to their school in their city as you commute to your current job, but that might not be possible. It all depends on how far away from the city you want to be! Not only that, though, but your commute will depend on how you want to travel to work. If it isn’t too far, you could drive to work. But you should bear in mind that there might be hundreds of other people commuting into the city on a daily basis, and that could result in extremely busy roads. You might end up in traffic jams on each leg of your journey which could add on some considerable time to your commute. That could really frustrate and anger you! If you’d rather not drive, you could always see about commuting by train or by bus. But then this means you have to rely on public transport which isn’t always that reliable! It might also be expensive unless you are able to get a seasonal ticket like newyorkpass.com. If you think that commuting into the city is going to be too much of a pain, you could simply get a new job that is closer to your new country home. Or why not cut out the commute completely by becoming a freelancer and working for yourself? This might not be possible; it will depend on the job that you do and all the training you have so far been through. If you think that you will be able to do, it is definitely something that you should consider, though, as working from home will be a lot less stressful than trying to get in and out of the city every day!

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Bad Weather Could Be Very Isolating

Bad weather doesn’t affect life in the city too much because there is always plenty of action taken to prevent too many disruptions. For instance, streets and roads are always cleared and gritted with salt during periods of heavy snowfall. Unfortunately, though, there isn’t enough demand for this kind of action out in the country as such snowfall won’t cause too many delays and disruptions. After all, there aren’t quite as many people living out in the country! So, you need to make sure that you are well prepared for periods of bad weather. Otherwise, they will become quite isolating. You should get some snow tyres from a company like telletire.com so that you are able to drive through snowy and icy conditions without too many problems. It’s also important that you buy some things to leave in your car like a snow shovel, a spare change of clothes, and a torch just in case you do get stuck out on the country roads. You should also stock up on canned and dried food at home just in case you get snowed in for a few days. By doing so, you will have plenty of food to keep you going. It’s also a good idea to get a generator as there are often a lot more power cuts out in the country compared to the city during very bad weather and storms.

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Making New Friends Can Be Hard

Once you move to a village, you will need to try and make some connections and get to know people so that you can have some friends living nearby. This will also help you settle in as well as making new friends in the village can help you feel a part of the close-knit community. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t always quite as easy as it might sound. People won’t come to you usually, you will need to get out there and put yourself in situations that make it easy to meet people. For instance, most villages have regular events like fairs and dances. You should attend these as often as you can with your whole family. You can then introduce yourself to the other villages and, over time, you will get to know more people and will make some very good friends. It’s also worth trying to get onto any committees and organizational boards that are in the village as this will also help you get to know more friendly faces.

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Housing Might Not Be A Great Standard

Lots of people move to the country because the price of property is a lot cheaper compared to houses and apartments that are in the city. And this is usually true – if you want a regular family size home, then you will find the cost in rural areas can be slightly cheaper. But that is often because the property isn’t always up to scratch. Most homes out in the country are old and fairly dated, which means they often come with a lot of issues and problems. Most people find that they need to carry out some renovation as soon as they move in. If that sounds like too much work, maybe moving to the country isn’t for you.

Still excited to move to a rural area? Good luck with the big move!

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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.

Fire

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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