What to Consider When Moving House?

You have made the decision. You are going to relocate. A new location, perhaps a new country. Whatever the reason, relocating can be an exciting time for all. In fact, moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do in your lifetime.

The big move could be your first, your fourth or even more and it doesn’t get much easier. There are a lot of things to think about and remember, so here are a few considerations to think about when you’re moving home.

How Close Are You To Work?

You may not think of it as a top consideration but if you have to spend an hour or more commuting to and from your workplace every day then that is going to add extra hours to your day and more cost to your travel. If you are looking to spend more time at home then make sure you live close enough to your workplace to commute quickly and comfortably.

What Are Your Family’s Needs?

This could simply be a large garden and a good-sized garage but there are other things to consider. Is the neighborhood friendly and does it have a neighborhood Watch scheme? What are the best schools in the area? Are there plenty of green-space, play parks and amenities close by for entertainment? And if you have kids are there any other young people their age living nearby?

You should also check out the local crime rates and speak to as many locals as you can – without being too intrusive.

How Good Is The Transport Network?

You may not be thinking of traveling very far but it is important to know whether there is an adequate van service running to the schools, nearest town or other local amenities. Obviously, if you don’t have your own transport then this is especially important!

How Long Are You Planning To Stay?

You may just be looking for somewhere short-term (6 months – 2 years) or you may be looking for somewhere to put down your roots. If you are planning to settle in your new home for the foreseeable future then you should ask about new developments and planned rejuvenation. You don’t want that lovely green space across from you turning into a housing development just months after you move in!

How Can You Make Your Move Seamless?

The secret is planning as much as you can in advance and making a timetable for the move so you don’t miss anything! Many people forget to redirect their mail or inform utility providers of a change of address until after they’ve moved – which can cause great complications!

Make a plan

Everyone makes plans, to do lists, shopping lists, all of which have a tendency to end up discarded in the bottom of your bag. When you make a plan to relocate, you need to stick to it. Start by listing what is required to move. This list needs to be exhaustive. Make a list of the decisions that need to be made i.e date of move, schools, new suppliers etc.


When packing be sure to use a generous amount of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap can be purchased from wholesalers relatively cheaply. There is a tendency to use bubble wrap sparingly for fear of taking up too much space. Label everything!! Writing ‘stuff’ on a box is no use to anyone. Label as clearly as you can, perhaps even listing the items within the box. Although this is a time-consuming task, it will be appreciated at the other end of your moving journey.

When packing – be ruthless. If you haven’t worn those jeans for 10 years, you probably won’t be wearing them again. Donate your clothes to charity shops, or give to your friends. It is rare you get an opportunity to have the sort out which comes with packing your life into boxes. See it as an opportunity to sort the clutter from the keepsakes.
It is also a time-consuming and fiddly job to have to get new phone lines installed, broadband activated and your TV installation set up. You could be in your house for weeks without these essentials if it isn’t timed properly!
Ease the burden and consider hiring a moving company to do as many things for you as possible – you don’t really need to lift all those heavy boxes, do you?

Saving Money While Saving The World: Eco-Friendly Home Improvements That Help Your Wallet

Home improvement is always done with return of investment in mind. Whether that return is in the satisfaction of a brand new deck, or in the savings you’ll be getting in the long run, that return is the entire point of the home improvement. After all, if there is no return, there would be no improvement! Here are a few of our favorite home improvements that are guaranteed to help your wallet down the road!

Turn off or unplug unused electronics

In this digital age we live in, most people have quite a few gadgets and electronics in addition to the usual ones like lights, air conditioning, and electric fans, we also have phones, tablets, laptops, and whatever other assorted gadgets. Remembering to turn these off or unplug gadgets that are done charging will not only help the environment by reducing the burden on the power stations, but lower your bills as well.

Don’t leave water running

I will admit, this was a bad habit of mine for many years. I would leave the water running while doing dishes, brushing my teeth, or washing the car. This sent a lot of useable water down the drain and really made my water bills more painful. Only turning on the water when I actually needed to rinse something saved me a lot of money in the long run while also helping the environment!

Check for leaks

Sometimes, you can rack up a hefty water bill even if you turn off your water when not in use. This could be the fault of leaky pipes! A lot of Americans lose hundreds of dollars annually due to leaky pipes artificially spiking water bills. If you live in a part of the country that gets snow, the weakened, leaky pipes can even burst if the water freezes and forces the cracks open! Checking for leaks can save you quite a bit over time!

There are a lot of other ways you can work on your home towards an eco friendly goal while also saving money, such as checking your insulation and using screen doors and window fittings to improve ventilation. What home improvement are you most proud of? Would you recommend it?


Home Grown Remedies: Handy Plants To Have At Home

While a lot of people get plants for decorative purposes, there are some plants you want to keep around because of their usefulness.  Ranging from ingredients for healthy recipes to emergency treatment, there is a wide range of houseplants that are available at affordable prices (or even free if you know the right people)! Here are our favorites:


 Aloe Vera

Talk about a dual-purpose plant! Nutritionists consider aloe vera juice to be a superfood, providing both a lot of nutrients, while also promoting better digestion and helping good stomach bacteria as well. Not only does it have a lot of nutrients, It’s also good for dealing with burns and skin inflammation! Some people also use it for their hair! Truly a versatile household plant to have in your home! It also only needs watering every 3 days or so.



A very useful houseplant that requires a bit more maintenance than aloe vera, but it’s still worth it! Useful as a flavorful ingredient, either fresh or dried, especially in pasta sauces and the like, it also has other uses! While the smell of basil in your ingredients is sure to draw hungry guests, dried basil also does a good job of repelling ants and flies. Makes your food taste great while protecting it from pests!



A little strange to grow compared to the other plants on this list, ginger isn’t as pretty, but it’s very versatile. It’s a common ingredient in a lot of dishes (especially if you’re fond of Asian food), a good source of nutrients, and can be used in making tea. It’s also been found to help with digestion, menstruation, relieve muscle aches and pain and help reduce fever. It’s an odd looking plant, but it’s worth can’t be questioned!


  Spider Plants

This houseplant of African origin is a popular plant because of its color and unique leaf shape. Research into natural air purification however, has shown that spider plants are highly efficient at absorbing carbon monoxide and other harmful gasses in the air. In the poorer regions of Africa, the leaves of the spider plant are often used as part of the meals and are very nutritious. Not something we’d try at home though!

Green House: How Plants Can Make Your Home A Better Place To Live

One of the best ways to have an eco-friendly “green” home is to do so literally! Having plants around your house has a lot of benefits that you would normally have to spend money or waste electricity on. Here are some examples:

Repel Insects

Given that there are a lot of insects that feed on plants, it’s no wonder that many plants have developed their own insect repelling properties. Some of these plants are nice and houseplant sized which lets them bring these benefits into your home! Basil, lavender, lemongrass, and mint have all been observed to repel a variety of common household pests.

Purify Air

While it’s a pretty well known fact that plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air, what most people don’t realize is that they also absorb a wide variety of gasses and compounds that are considered indoor air pollutants! Several types of ferns, aloe vera, spider plants, snake plants, and peace lilies are the plants that have been judged to be most effective by organizations such as NASA.

Help Fight Respiratory Illness

Plants re-release a large amount of water they absorb back into the air, raising the humidity of the air around them. Most people would wonder why one would WANT to raise the humidity, given the usual discomfort associated with humidity. For some people, however, humidity can be helpful as a higher humidity can help fight certain respiratory problems. It’s like a natural nebulizer!

Health and Healing

There are a wide variety of plants you can grow at home to help you out with having a healthier lifestyle as well! Some of the plants we already mentioned earlier, such as basil, lemongrass, and mint can be used in a variety of dishes and teas. Aloe vera can not only be turned into a healthy juice, but also used for emergency treatment for burns, skin infections, and skin inflammation.