Sell your house: Making rooms look bigger with contemporary wall art

When it comes to selling your house, you’ll want to present it in the best possible way to make every viewing count. It’s often hard to be objective about your own home, that bright pink bathroom you love so much, the photo frames and wall art covering every inch of wall space or the trinkets and collectables lining every shelf in your living room. Many sellers assume that viewers of the property will be able to look past all the personal touches and cosmetic appearances that may not be to their taste, but a lot of potential buyers are put off by bad décor and some of those finishes you love so much may be underselling your property by making it look too cluttered and pokey, or dark and small. So how can you bring your property to life and give it the illusion of being airy, spacious and modern – without renovating your whole house? Continue reading “Sell your house: Making rooms look bigger with contemporary wall art”

5 Uses For Your New Conservatory

Getting a new conservatory built can be a really exciting time. It can finally give you the space that you need in your home and, as your family grows, it is the perfect way to get more room without have the stress and expense of moving house. Once your conservatory is finished you can then decide how you want to use it to its best advantage. Its potential really is limitless and here are some great ideas for how to make the most out of your new conservatory. Continue reading “5 Uses For Your New Conservatory”

Great photography that sells your home

Once you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ll want to make sure that your property looks its very best when on show to prospective buyers. Sellers can spend weeks preparing their house for sale by de-cluttering, painting and decorating and tidying up gardens. Once you’ve made all that effort and your property is ready to sell, eye-catching photography is vital when it comes to enticing buyers and making sure that your home stands out from the competition. Continue reading “Great photography that sells your home”

Sharing a Home with a Hoarder

Most of us are reluctant to throw things away or have a good clear out, and it’s so easy to convince ourselves that we might need these possessions again in the future. Many homes across the UK have cupboards, lofts and garages filled to the brim with clothes, books, old toys and collectables, many of which haven’t been looked at or used for years.

While it is very common to have homes which could do with a good spring clean, hoarding takes clutter to a completely different level. Sharing a home with a hoarder presents real practical and emotional challenges, but hoarding is more common than people think. Over 1.2 million people are recognised hoarders in the UK, plus many more who go unreported.

What is hoarding?

Hoarding is the collection of a large amount of possessions and clutter that creates chaos in the home. While the hoarder is very good at acquiring these possessions, they have real difficulty getting rid of them when they are no longer needed. Extreme hoarding is a real problem, particularly for family or friends who share their home with a hoarder. Sometimes entire rooms become unusable because there is so much clutter on the floor and on every surface, and hygiene can be a real issue in a hoarder’s kitchen. Living with a hoarder makes everyday tasks such as walking down the stairs or trying to access the front door difficult, and exits can become blocked which poses a real health and safety risk. Hoarding outside into the garden can also cause problems with neighbours and local councils.

The real challenges faced by hoarders and their family and friends was highlighted in the insightful BBC television programme “The Trouble with Mother”:

What items do people usually keep?

This can depend on the individual, but most people who love to hoard things can save anything, and clutter is made up of all sorts of different items. Some common hoarder items include containers, books, arts and craft kits, clothes, magazines and newspapers. In severe cases, these items will cause so much clutter that furniture is no longer visible and the hoarder will have lost control of the state of their home completely.

Why do people do it?

Understanding why people love to hoard possessions is vital, particularly if you share your home with a hoarder. Hoarding has been linked to anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and can be debilitating to the person affected and to their family and friends. People often hoard because they can’t bear the thought of wasting things, or because they are worried about losing vital information that may be stored within the clutter.

Sharing a home with a hoarder takes understanding, patience and sympathy. There is an increasing amount of help and advice available, and hoarding is recognised as a condition which may need treatment. With the right support and advice, even the most dedicated hoarder can overcome their condition and regain control of their home.