Fun and Cozy Lighting for Kids’ Bedrooms

Every room needs good lighting, because without it, the space is practically useless. However, kids’ rooms require a special lighting treatment because they are multifunctional spaces that provide your kids with a playing, learning, relaxing and sleeping area. So, investing in different layers of lighting should be your decorating priority. Here’s how you can light up your kids’ rooms in a fun and cozy way.

Safety first

Kids’ safety is every parent’s priority, so you should think about safe and healthy ways to illuminate your kids’ bedrooms. For instance, opt for lighting that isn’t fragile. Wood and plastic is always a much better choice than glass or pottery. Also, when choosing general lighting, think about whether your choice of the fixture can be taken down with a ball or a flying pillow. If the answer is yes, then keep looking.

If you have toddlers in the house, their curiosity can make them pull lamps off the desk and topple floor lamps. So, make sure to secure cords and lamps in their place.

Fun desk lamps for fun tasks

Every kid loves to go through their interesting books and do some coloring and drawing. Older kids might already have simple homework to complete and exercise their motor skills. That’s why you have to provide them with good task lighting. Think adjustable nightstand lamps for reading in bed and desk lights for more serious writing and drawing. Good task lighting will prevent eye strain, eliminate shadows and allow your kids to focus on the task at hand. Make sure the lamp is adjustable and has LED light bulbs that are cold and pleasant to the eye.

Comforting night-lights

No kids’ room is complete without fun night-lights. It’s as much of a tradition as it is a necessity for kids. Night-lights offer kids security and help them navigate through the dark without bumping into their toys. Most night lights come in super fun shapes and colors, so let your kids pick out the one that brings them the most comfort. However, make sure they have LED bulbs. Since night-lights are usually left on the entire night, energy-efficient LEDs will not leave you with a huge electricity bill.

String lights for a cozy atmosphere

String lights are not only suitable for winter holidays. In fact, they can provide your kid with a soft and relaxing lighting all year round. The best part is that they come in a huge variety of colors and they will create an amazing fairytale-like atmosphere. So, if your kid isn’t a great fan of night-lights, string lights can come in very handy.

Light-up buddies

If your kid already has a room full of plush animals, the next time you visit a toy store, get your kid a special light-up friend. They look just like regular plushies, but they light up from the inside with a touch of a button. The story goes that they provide the best protection from all monsters that lurk in the dark.

Don’t be afraid to go big

Most parents think that small rooms and small kids need small lighting fixtures. However, bold and chunky lamps and pendants can look really great and serve as a focal point of the room. Additionally, they will probably provide the room with more light for play and relaxation. Just make sure to have a number of a reliable 24 hour electrician from Sydney who will come to install the fixtures and make sure everything is safe.

Involve your kids

If you want to involve your kids in the process of lighting and decorating their rooms, you can opt for lamps with plain lampshades ready for decorating. Get a bunch of trim, tassels, glitter and paint, and let them go crazy.

Once you’re finished with lighting, your kids will always have a warm and bright place for play, relaxation and sleep.

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 11:51 AM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement |

How to Clean Your Rental in 6 Easy Steps -Holiday Edition

Living in a rental does not mean you can avoid cleaning duties or the holiday preparations. It just means that you have to take extra care not to damage anything during the cleaning and decorating process and that you should try to make some room for guests who are bound to pop by during the holiday season.

Here are some great tips on how to execute the cleaning process in your rental spotlessly, pun intended.

Choose the cleaning products carefully

Damaging furniture or, for that matter,  any part of your rental could cost you some additional money, so the selection of the cleaning products is very important. If you have leather furniture make sure you get a leather-cleaning soap. Try not to soak your furniture too much, drying takes time and if not dried properly both leather and other fabric furniture could get an unpleasant and mouldy smell. As for the kitchen and bathroom, opt for a more organic approach, use environmentally friendly cleaners, they will remove the stains just as well but you will be protecting your health and the environment in the process.

Don’t skip any parts

If you want to enter the new year in a spotless home it is important not to take any shortcuts. So clean everything from the entrance and doorway all the way up to the storage room. Don’t forget to check under the bed! Pre-holiday cleaning means that you will be decorating your home afterwards and it would be a shame to put carefully selected and gorgeous decorations on dirty windows and shelves. In addition, considering that you might get guests over the holidays take special care with bathroom and kitchen cleanup, these are the areas that are going to get most of the foot traffic in your home.

Get your rental smelling fresh

Ahhh the smell of apple and cinnamon pie spreading throughout your home, what could be more reminiscent of the holidays season. But before you can enjoy this traditional fragrance you need to get your home’s air quality up, otherwise, the sweet smell of winter will be destroyed by the stale air. So first thing is to air your rental regularly, then get rid of all the possible sources of strange smells. You can do this by cleaning out your fridge, making sure your laundry pile is low and dusting on a regular basis. Finally, you should opt for the best air purifier on the market, that way you will be able to have fresh, clean air in your home throughout the year. And the best part is, it will go with you when you move.

Get all the details ready

During the holiday season you are bound to use the fine china and silver cutlery, which in fact hasn’t seen the daylight in an almost a year. So get those things out, give them a proper clean, and don’t forget to give yourself enough time to polish the silverware. In addition, you’ll need to get the sheets ready if your guests are planning on spending a couple of days with you. Take a few sets, wash and iron them again, and provide your guests with a hotel like experience. Finally, make sure you have enough towels cleaned and pressed, and that your guest room, if your rental has one, has been aired out and thoroughly dusted. After all, you want your guests feeling comfortable and festive.

There you have it, some easy to apply tips that will help you get your rental clean and feeling homy for the upcoming holiday season.


Posted on December 26, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement | Tagged , ,

How to Create a Perfect Open Floor Area

Are you thinking of redecorating and modernizing your house but aren’t sure how you want to do it? While an open floor plan can be challenging it definitely doesn’t mean boring. As a matter of fact, making an open floor area can be the perfect opportunity to get creative and start working on an amazing arrangement of the interior of your home. This type of design is perfect for large families who love spending time together but also for those who love to entertain their friends in the comfort of their own homes.

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While having an open floor plan means you’ll have one large room, it should still be sectioned off in order to make clearly distinguished parts of the area. So, for example, if your kitchen, living room and dining room are all connected, it’s still important to decorate them in such a way that it’s clear which space is for what. This can be done by cleverly arranging the furniture. For example, put a sofa between the living and dining area. You can also use double-sided bookcases or cabinets to make a clear distinction between areas. However, be careful when arranging the furniture; too many pieces will make the area appear stuffy and crowded and the point of this type of design is to have plenty of open space.


Even though Australia is pretty sunny, it’s still very important to have good lighting in every room of your house (ed. note: In rainy Portland, good lighting is even more important!). You can clearly distinguish various areas of your open floor plan by installing different chandeliers in each designated area. After you install chandeliers, add some pendant lighting to the kitchen area, put in some additional soft lights in the living area and make sure that the chandelier in your dining area is directly above the center of the table. You can always add some additional smaller fixtures that will complete the design.

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As much as it’s important to make a clear distinction between areas, it’s also important to somehow tie them together and wall decoration is the perfect way you can achieve this. If you’ve decided to paint your walls, use the same shade everywhere, and then choose a separate accent wall color or design for each space. Each accent you choose should work with the overall color but also with other accent designs. Installing tiles in your kitchen is a great way to create an interesting backsplash while wallpapers as an accent design in the dining area can really make the space even more interesting.


Having plenty of natural light is really important for any room so make sure you have plenty of windows in your open floor area. You should use the same materials for all windows but you can go for different window treatments for each space. For a more eclectic yet matching look, you can use the same style and fabric window treatments in different colors. If you have a patio, make sure you use it to the max by connecting it with your interior. You can find high-quality sliding doors in Sydney and use them to gain easy access to the outside but also to let in as much light as possible.


The final, yet most important, touch when decorating are accessories. Not only can accessories tie the room together, but they make it look extra beautiful and interesting. You can arrange some same style accent pieces around your home like river stones, wooden décor and landscape art, water features or something similar. The pieces don’t have to match, but they should work well together.

You will definitely have to knock down a few walls if you want to create an open floor plan, but the end result will be truly amazing. Open floor plan adds a certain dose of coziness that every home needs; so think carefully and start planning.

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 12:27 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

A Checklist for Maintaining Your Home

Living in a home requires not only that you’re able to buy it, but also that you have enough time and money to keep it in top shape and hopefully even improve. If you maintain your house regularly, you’ll be able to avoid many unexpected problems, which means you’ll have to spend less time and money dealing with them.

To help you with this, here is a maintenance checklist, containing some of the most important tasks you need to perform if you wish your home to be well looked after:

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  • Clean the kitchen sink disposal and make sure the blades are sharp.
  • Check the fire extinguishers. This encompasses checking the pressure on the gauge and visual inspection for any wear and tear. Also, make sure the extinguishers are easily accessible.
  • Check your filters. This includes your HVAC and range hood filters, since they need to be cleaned or replaced regularly to remain fully functional.

Quarterly tasks

  • Inspect smoke detectors. If you have a “test” button, just press it and hope for the alarm to go off. If it doesn’t, first replace the batteries and then try again. If the problem persists, consult an expert.
  • Flush toilets and run water in unused spaces, because you don’t want grime to build up. All it takes is a bit of water every now and then.
  • Check water softener and make sure you add salt if necessary.

Seasonal tasks


Spring is a season when a lot of maintenance work is done, especially on the exterior of your home.

  • Inspect the exterior drainage to make sure all water moves away from your home. This includes checking the gutters. They need to be cleaned, so remove any leaves and sediment from the winter snows and rains.
  • Check for any signs of chipped paint or holes. Also, you need to check the foundation for any cracks. This problem can sometimes be solved using a good silicone or caulk.
  • Prepare your air conditioning system for the summer, when it should function without any problems. Depending on the system and your home, you may require different types of service, but make sure you definitely have the whole system inspected by professionals, such as these experts in air conditioning from North Sydney.
  • Check whether your window screens need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Remove dead plants and shrubs from the house and trim your trees if you didn’t do so in the autumn. Also, make sure that tree branches don’t interfere with electric lines.


This is the time when you need to focus on your garden, but there are also some things you should do around the house.

  • Check plumbing for leaks. If your tap water pressure is weak, you might need to clean or replace the aerators.
  • Deal with insects, since this is the period when they come out to play.
  • Repair your deck or patio if necessary. You may need to tighten some loose boards or replace them.
  • Inspect the vents and make sure that they are not blocked.
  • Clean the garage. The days are longer, which means you’ll have more daylight to get rid of all the clutter that has accumulated in your garage.


This is the time to get ready for the winter.

  • Winterize air conditioning systems and get the heating system ready for winter.
  • Switch off and flush outdoor water faucets.
  • Clean your chimneys. This could also be done in the spring.
  • Purchase winter gear, such as shovels and sidewalk salt.


Now you’re back inside the house.

  • Regularly check for icicles.
  • Tighten the handles, knobs and anything that might have a loose screw.
  • Inspect caulking around shower cabins and bathtubs.

Naturally, this list doesn’t include every single task you need to perform if you want your house to be well maintained, but it does contain some of the most important ones. So, follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy some trouble-free time at home, regardless of the season.

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement | Tagged , ,

The Ultimate Guide for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying your own home is probably one of the most exciting moments of your entire life and something you’ll remember forever. It’s a start of a new life and a way to leave all your troubles behind. However, not all homes are the same and you need to think long and hard before making the final decision. If you too are currently in the process of purchasing your first house or flat, here are a couple of things you need to know.

Location vs. price

This is one of the biggest decision all home buyers face, especially if this is their first time. Finding a perfect home is virtually impossible, so you’ll probably have to settle for something other than your ideal spot. Therefore, you’ll need to decide whether to stick to a certain location and pick just whatever property is available there, or make the most of your money and purchase a larger property in an area you haven’t initially considered.

The decision between the location and the price is quite hard and you need to think about lots of things – from the demographics of the neighborhood and transportation options, to the proximity of schools and available parking space.

Envision the future

Where do you see yourself in ten years? With a family, two or three children, a dog and a car, maybe? Can you picture it all? Most importantly, can you picture all of you living in a property you’re getting ready to buy? If not, step back and think again.

Envisioning your future is quite important when purchasing a property and you need to be certain every member of your family is going to have enough living space. That’s precisely why you mustn’t buy a home that will turn out to be too small, unless you want to move somewhere else in a couple of years.

Consider the space

Talking to previous owners of your potential new home is a great way to get some inside scoop into the advantages and disadvantages of a particular place. And if you’re lucky enough to find a property that was designed by a competent architect, don’t hesitate to purchase it right away – since these homes were built by trustworthy professionals, they’re generally better and more durable than the most, and will certainly prove to be a great place to start your family.

Double check your credit

Most first-time home buyers don’t have all the money they need in advance, even though they’ve been saving for quite some time, which is why they have to visit a bank and consider taking a loan. However, lots of people simply aren’t familiar with all the technical terms that appear in the financial lingo and are hence confused when talking to their advisors.

If taking out a mortgage loan is your only option, you need to be absolutely sure everything’s all right with your credit score. This will ultimately determine the terms of your loan and control your interest rate, so check it two or three times before signing any documents.

Although these things sound serious and frightening, purchasing a home for the very first time still is an experience like no other. So, focus on every part of the process and find that perfect place!

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in Finance, Real Estate | Tagged ,

How to Purge Toxic Chemicals from Your Home

Your home is your safe haven, it’s a sanctuary and a temple, and it’s where you feel protected. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be. We try hard to make our homes safe for us, our family, and our pets, but we don’t actually pay attention to the amount of toxic chemicals we’re exposed to. We give you a brief list of easy ways to purge toxins from your home forever.

Mind your clothes

The smell of new clothes is well-known to us all, but not many of us are aware that the smell is actually toxic residue that’s left over from the factory where the clothes were manufactured. That’s not something you want in your body for sure, so you might want to switch to clothes made of organic fabrics whenever you can. Even better, you can try buying your clothes at thrift stores seeing that used clothing had a chance to off-gas already.

Cleaning products

Take a good look at your supply of cleaning products, and just try reading the labels. It’s amazing how many toxins you’re willingly and deliberately using in your own home, even if it’s for cleaning purposes alone. Instead of going out and spending a fortune on a ton of chemical-filled cleaning products, you can easily make your own at home. Simply mix lemon juice with white vinegar and add baking soda to the mix and you’ll get an all-purpose cleaning solution for your entire household. Not only is this solution more cost-effective, it’s less toxic too, and that is something your family and pets will really appreciate.

Less plastic

Plastic isn’t very environmentally-friendly even when it’s recycled, and to make things worse, there’s a great number of different chemicals that can be found in plastic, which are bad for your health. It might be a good idea to reduce the amount of plastic you keep in your home: switch to tote instead of plastic bags, try buying water in glass instead of plastic bottles, and buy toys which are stuffed or made of wood. Also, PVC (vinyl) is especially harmful and best to avoid as it has a strong smell which in itself can be bad for you.


Asbestos is a mineral which can be found in a number of building materials and pipes, and it was incredibly popular since it helps with fire protection. It can be found in a number of places including steam pipes, roofing, cement, textile dyes, and vinyl floors. Despite its popularity, it can also be a huge health risk, seeing as how asbestos fibres can cause serious damage to lung tissue. Longer exposure to asbestos can lead to a chronic disease called asbestosis or even lung cancer. If asbestos-containing tiles aren’t broken, they aren’t a health risk, but if you notice they are damaged in any way, immediately call experts in asbestos removal from Sydney and minimise your exposure as much as you can.

Avoid pesticides

You might think that pesticides are for your garden plants and farms alone, but you get in contact with different kinds of pesticides each day. Switch to organic food to minimise the amount of pesticides you ingest and carefully rinse all fruit and vegetables before you eat them. While calling the exterminators is the easy solution, you can choose to rely on natural pest solutions instead, and get the same results. Pesticides are bad for your health because they can cause great health problems. Even a simple habit of removing your shoes when you walk into your home will decrease the pesticides inside.

We need to pay special attention to our planet and try to make our habits more environmentally-friendly. Green living isn’t a passing trend, it’s something we should all strive for in an attempt to better protect our planet. The best way to make a change is to take small steps and start from your own home – banish toxins and embrace healthier alternatives, and your health will be significantly improved in a matter of months.

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 1:32 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement | Tagged ,

Winterization Projects: When to DIY or Hire a Pro

Winter is right around the corner, ready to wrap your home and property in a frosty embrace. The winter season means long, dark nights, ice and snow, and freezing temperatures, which means you must do all you can to properly winterize your home.

There are many winterization projects you may need to undertake. Do you have the time and expertise to do it yourself (DIY)? Or should you hire a pro? In evaluating whether or not you should hire a pro, you have to take your own particular circumstances into account. Are you living in a new home and don’t exactly feel confident on how to properly winterize? Are you getting up in years? Are you afraid you’ll strain your back even further? The following is some advice on how to judge for yourself when to DIY or hire a pro regarding certain home winterization projects.


When mulling whether to hire a pro to winterize your home, you should do as much research as possible on each winterization project you want to undertake. By reading up on how-to articles, checking out YouTube videos, and asking friends or neighbors any questions, you can figure out for yourself whether you can DIY the winterization project in question.

Judging Safety

Though you may be eager to save money, if you’re a bit wet under the ears regarding home winterization, you want to make sure you do the job right. Judge the risk of undertaking each project against your own safety and that of the long-term functioning of your home. For example, certain projects, such as checking whether your gas heater is working correctly, will require the eye and hand of a professional, since it’s never a good idea to have an amateur mess around with your home’s gas system.

The Pros of Hiring a Contractor

Hiring a pro has its perks. The job you assign him to do would take up minimal time, whereas it would take you much, much longer. Also the outcome of a pro’s work is likelier to be successful, which is the whole point of doing the job in the first place. If you’re still uncertain as to whether to hire a pro or not, call some professionals and ask a lot of good questions about the project. Getting in-depth answers to your questions, and later taking the time to digest the information, will help you recognize how big of a job you’re thinking about undertaking, and whether the quoted price seems reasonable.

Essential Winterization Projects to Undertake

Here are a few winterization projects you should definitely consider if you want your home to survive the winter in good shape.

Winterize Your Garden

Cover your garden with burlap to help protect your plants from the worst effects of the winter, such as wind damage. In addition, find a good winterizer. Winterizers are fertilizers that help your lawn deal with the stress of cold weather. Similar to lawn food, winterizers specifically help plants strengthen roots during the cold seasons of the year.

Winterize Exterior Faucets and Sprinkler Systems

Pipes can freeze and burst when the outdoor temperature drops to below freezing. Drain your exposed outdoor faucets and wrap these in insulating foam or towel covers held in place by a bungee cord. Do the same for your indoor faucets, allowing for a small trickle of water to come out of each faucet. The constant movement of water keeps the pipes from freezing. Also make sure to drain water from your garden hoses and sprinkler or irrigation systems to prevent cracking and freezing.

Add Insulation to Your Garage

Keep cold winter air out of your garage by adding a layer of insulation material to your garage walls. You can use traditional insulation or spring for the latest modern spray foam that serves as an effective barrier against the shivering-inducing temps.

The Takeaway

Getting your home ready for the winter may seem daunting but is necessary. Whether you end up DIYing most or all of your winterization projects, or end up hiring a pro to handle some of these, the point is you’re looking to avoid any costly accidents like burst pipes. By following our advice above, you should have a reasonably good idea as to how best to prepare your home for the long, cold winter.

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in Uncategorized |

2018 Kitchen Trends

2017 is slowly coming to an end, which means we should get familiar with all the trends that 2018 brings along. Every year offers some exquisite new designs, colours and materials, and judging by the latest kitchen exhibitions and shows, 2018 will be the year of fascinating kitchen trends. From elegant and vibrant colours to peculiar designs, you’ll have the chance to create an spectacular kitchen area, just like those from home decor magazines.


Colours are the main factor that influence the ambience of a home. Once the right colour palette is introduced into a design, your home instantly becomes alive and more vibrant. Considering the kitchen area has become much more than just the place where you prepare food, it’s essential that the colours are appealing and trendy. The year ahead of us brings fabulous neutral tones, along with sage, petrol green, oak, deep blue, orange and charcoal. A combination of ginger, henna, gold, copper and clay creates a warm, natural design that you’ll love. Two-toned kitchens continue to be a big trend, so think about mixing saffron yellow with muted grey hues for a fabulous contemporary kitchen. Dark hues will be popular as well; bringing the new shade vino together with dark grey will create a fabulous modern kitchen with a hint of old-fashioned style.

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2018 is going to be all about the amalgamation of high-end materials and sophisticated colours. If you want to design a beautiful modern kitchen, you should definitely consider using wood, concrete, organic glass, Corian, metal in various shades, stone or ceramic for the cabinetry. From matt to glossy finishes, the year before us will be quite diverse. When it comes to countertops, it’s essential that you choose not only a modern style, but also one that will offer functionality, suitable appearance, and durability. Quartz, for example, can be a perfect choice. Marble has always been a synonym for luxury and style, so it’s still one of the best options for kitchen countertops. Furthermore, if you invest in high-quality Fridigaire appliances, their design will fit in perfectly with the marble countertop. A stainless steel design offers a modern look, and will be the perfect contrast to white marble, creating the look of a fabulous modern-day kitchen. Furthermore, the stainless steel has been upgraded, so now we’ll have the chance to see some amazing dark steel appliances, as well as black and grey designs. If you’re more of a nature-loving person, countertops made of reclaimed wood will be both a conscious and stylish choice. Gold is another material that we’ll love in the coming year. From faucets through lamps to all kinds of accessories, gold will be a dominant material for kitchen essentials.


Transitional kitchens are one of the biggest trends in 2018, offering both vintage and contemporary design. This trend offers a lot of room to experiment with colours, materials and designs, giving you the opportunity to create a rustic kitchen in a modern living area. What’s more, you can also create a fabulous kitchen if you match natural with cosy features. By mixing contemporary design elements and high-end appliances with wood and ceramic elements, you can create an urban yet rustic kitchen. Use woven coppiced-beech panels to adorn the back of your cabinets, embellish your sink unit with copper-lined holes and create a dynamic palette with wood, copper and marble for a rustic charm in your kitchen.

From vibrant and revolutionary colours to modern materials and exquisite styles, 2018 is going to be the year of sensational kitchen trends. By mixing various styles and allowing you to experiment with designs, the year ahead of us will offer something for everyone’s taste. Whether you’re more of a contemporary style lover or you prefer a more rustic design, you will have the chance to decorate your kitchen in a way that suits you taste best.

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement | Tagged , ,

Buying vs. Renting Commercial Property

At one point, business owners are faced with a difficult decision of obtaining a more permanent residence for their company. Having a central location for your business is crucial, as it’s necessary to have someplace to conduct business operations, hold meetings and ultimately grow. Yet, deciding whether to buy or rent a property for your company is indeed a tough choice to make. Both of these choices have their pros and cons, and the decision you make should be based primarily on your budget, but also other factors, such as future business goals and your business success.

Regardless of the decision you make, you should be ready to invest a substantial sum and decide whether a temporary location or a permanent one is the right way forward. Renting a commercial property gives you enough flexibility to move from one place to another until you’re satisfied while, buying a commercial property gives you full ownership, so that you can do whatever you wish with the place. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of buying and renting a commercial property.

Buying commercial property

Managing to buy a headquarters for your company is quite an achievement for every business owner, because it symbolizes business success. In addition, being able to purchase your own business property means that your incomes are pouring in and that your business has developed properly.

It’s no secret that every business owner wants to reach the goal of buying real estate for their company. Truthfully, it will happen sooner or later, the only question is should you buy it as soon as possible or wait for the right opportunity to do so.

Advantages of buying

One of the main benefits of buying commercial property for your business is the opportunity to have a permanent location and not have to move around constantly. That way your business will be easy to find and you won’t have to worry about informing your business acquaintances and clients about changing your location.

Moreover, you’ll have full ownership of the property and you can remodel or reshape it however you choose. Also, you’ll be inclined to tax benefits and you can always sell the place if you want to.

Disadvantages of buying

There are certain drawbacks of buying a property and the major one is initially having to pay a large amount of money. Whether you pay off the property in full or make a down payment, the costs are significantly high and non-negotiable.

Aside from initial costs, permanent location means higher utility and maintenance bills, as well as higher taxes. These costs will grow alongside your business, especially if you bring in more employees. Due to shifts in real estate market, selling your business property might become challenging and it may take a long time.

Renting commercial property

There are a lot of businesses that operate from leased properties and they tend to change their location often before they finally find a place to settle. That’s why renting a commercial property leaves room for flexibility, because it allows you to choose the location for your business and determine how long you will be staying there. This is great for small businesses with a tight budget, as they can manage their finances for a property for shorter time periods and change their location whenever they need to.

Furthermore, renting is more suited for startups that have passed their development stage and now require an office to operate from.  Also, small businesses that lack the funds necessary to buy a property, because they still need to focus on marketing and other business aspects, can benefit from renting real estate.

Advantages of renting

One of the main advantages of renting a property is that you can lease an office for a certain period only by paying rent and cut costs on having to buy one, while investing those funds in business growth and development. Furthermore, you’re not bound to a specific place and you’re free to move out if a better opportunity presents itself.

Sometimes, you may be obliged to sign a contract that requires you to stay on the property for an agreed time period, while in most cases you’ll just have to pay a monthly rent in advance.

Disadvantages of renting

The main disadvantage of renting is that you may have to vacate the premises without any solid reason if a landlord chooses so, even if you’re paying rent on time. Moreover, if you choose to rent properties for more than seven years, the costs of rent will ultimately exceed the costs of buying a property. In addition, landlords usually tend to maintenance and repairs, but some are not quick to respond to a problem and your business operations may be delayed until repairs are taken care of.

Renting allows you to cut costs while focusing on development and offers more flexibility, but sooner or later your costs will exceed those of buying a property. That’s why every business owner should have a plan for obtaining a permanent location for their business sooner or later.

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 10:40 AM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged , , ,

Best Ways to Decorate Your Home without Blowing Your Budget

What’s the easiest way to make yourself feel comfortable while you’re in your home? Well, the answer is pretty obvious – you need to redecorate everything according to your needs and your taste.

The truth is, redecorating your home is a challenging task, mainly because you’re not starting from scratch. Working with a blank canvas would be much better, but fear not, there are affordable ways to dress up your place without having to tear down the walls.

Try these simple ideas and infuse your unique style into your place.

image 3Floors

When the contractors started building your home, they started from the bottom, and that’s exactly what you need to do. Think hard about what kind of flooring you want to have in your home. Do you want to show that you’re a “green” person? Or do you just want to feel cosy at all times?

Those who own a home should consider remodelling it with cork flooring, but those who are renting an apartment should know that rubber-backed throw rugs are their best friend. They’re portable, easy to wash, and they even look cool. And remember – the bigger the rug, the bigger the room will feel.

Sometimes less is more

You don’t have to jam your shelves with books and trinkets just because they’re there. Instead, opt for a more minimalistic style. Several books and tall vases will do the trick. They’ll fill the space without overcrowding it, and in turn, your apartment or home will look like a sharp dressed man at all times.

Add some objects of colour to give your shelves a personality if you really want to, but stick to those colours that make you feel calm and collected. After all, it’s your home; you need to feel pleasant in it.


Tip: In order to save money, visit thrift shops. There’s a big chance you’ll find everything you need to decorate your shelves right there.

Install wall hooks

You can create an art feature out of your coat rack, and you can do so without spending more than 10 dollars. Wall hooks are surprisingly cheap, and they’re quite useful too. Quit overcrowding your closet and install the hooks on the walls.

You don’t even have to buy the hooks. If you’re good with your hands, try making the hooks out of materials you have lying around your home. That way, you’ll recycle and express yourself at the same time.

Decorate around a TV

A TV is a nice thing to have, but it’s not necessarily a pretty thing. That’s why most homeowners opt for a home theatre system. Some people in Australia are lucky; for example, installing a home theatre in Brisbane is cheap and simple, but what can you do if you’re from some other city? Well, you can try to make your own. The results will not be as pretty and functional, but you have to work with what you got.

So, start by painting the walls black and try to keep everything simple. If you can, put the TV on a gallery wall, on an easel, or behind a sliding wall. Blend your TV into the décor by keeping in mind that less is more. A TV should attract attention only when it’s turned on.

If you want to give the room where the TV is a soul, surround your TV with meaningful art and family photographs. Those objects can be symmetrical around the TV, or free-flowing, depending on the mood you want to create.

bathroomPersonalise your bathroom

Cool and quirky bathroom accessories are not expensive, so instead of heading right to the “bath” section in a store, try to find some objects in your home and repurpose them. Teacups, glass jars, and even decorative trays can make great containers for your toiletries. Let your imagination run free, and re-use everything you can.

Your home is just yours, and you should feel comfortable and safe in it. Find new purposes for your old things. Paint the walls with the colours you like. Create your own world in your home and enjoy it.


Posted on November 6, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Sianna Johnson | Posted in home improvement | Tagged ,