• Top tips for renting with a pet
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    Top tips for renting with a pet

    This is particularly true if you are someone who is looking to rent with a pet. You will be relieved to know that if you are looking to rent with your furry friend, then there are plenty of things that you can do to make things easier. In fact, to help you we have put together our guide of the top tips for those who are renting with a pet.

    Never lie about having a pet
    One thing that many tenants with pets think to do is to lie about having a pet in the first place. They may think that they can get away with hiding away the pet when it’s time to inspect the property. Not only is this likely to be discovered, but you can also get into trouble if you are found lying within your tenancy agreement.  

    Get references for your pet
    If you have already rented with the pet that you want to move with, then it is a really good idea to get some references from your previous landlord. This shows that you are taking things seriously and also proves to the new landlord that you (and your pet) are responsible and can be trusted to take good care of the property whilst you live there.

    Suggest a trial period
    It might not be ideal, but if you are really stuck on trying to secure a rental property with a pet then an option to consider may be suggesting a trial period to them. Show them that you are willing to prove just how well behaved your pet can be, by setting a short-term rental agreement in the first place. This will often put the landlords mind at rest and is a sure-fire way to secure a longer term agreement for the future.

    Introduce your pet to them
    Sometimes it can be hard to see how a dog or cat can be well-behaved unless you actually meet them. Not only this, but who can resist saying yes to a cute and furry face. Having your potential landlord meet your pet is a great way to show them just how well-behaved they are. This also gives your landlord the chance to judge their size. All of these things will help the landlord come to a decision.
    It may not be easy trying to rent a property with a pet, but it isn’t impossible. More and more landlords are realising that pets come as a part of the family and if they let their property to a responsible home-owner then they won’t notice the difference between a home with a pet and one without.
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  • Tips on how to avoid rogue landlords
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    Tips on how to avoid rogue landlords

    Never rely on online photos
    In most cases, especially when searching for a house online, we tend to have high expectations, based on the pictures provided. You may consider meeting the landlord as you conduct a physical view of the house in question.

    Use a regulated agent
    Use a regulated agent or website while looking for properties. Before you use a agent, make sure you research into who they are and what their reviews say about them.

    Tenancy Agreement
    Ensure you read through the tenancy agreement as it clearly outlines your rights and privileges as a tenant.

    Once the tenancy contract comes to an end, we all expect to get our deposit back, right? You may ask your landlord for proof of how your deposit is protected. In the UK, the government has established schemes that the landlords are required to use to keep your deposit safe.

    Take caution if you are requested to make a larger  “holding” fee payment than required by legislation to secure a rental property. Take extra caution if they demand cash only.

    Communication and Repair Responsibility.
    Once you have found an ideal house, ensure you confirm from your landlord, who is responsible for repairs before signing the agreement contract. Keep everything in writing!

    Proof of Payment
    Ensure you keep track of your payments receipts just in case of future disputes.

    In case of any infringement of your rights, you can consider airing your complaint to the local courts, taking with you all the necessary and available documentation for proof. Although it is always advised that if there are any disagreements with your landlord, that you try your best to solve the dispute peacefully as in most tenant-landlord cases. Also, by addressing your disagreement through court, may end up damaging your long-term relationship with your landlord.
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  • Mortgage Fees: Everything You Need to Know
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    Mortgage Fees: Everything You Need to Know

    When it comes to finding the best mortgage deal, there’s one question savvy home buyers should ask themselves.

    And it’s not: “Which deal is offering the lowest interest rate?”.

    While interest rates are obviously important, mortgage hunters should ask: “Which deal represents the best value overall?”.

    That’s because many of the ultra-low interest rate deals available right now come with fees.

    For some home buyers, a zero-fee product with a slightly higher interest rate will represent better value in the long term. (It all depends on the size of your deposit and the amount you wish to borrow.)

    So, before you sign on the dotted line, weigh up all your options and seek independent advice.

    Here’s a handy guide to the different types of mortgage fees to help you with your research.

    The Big Ones (If you’re not careful, these fees can set you back thousands)

    Arrangement Fee or Product Fee
    This fee covers the setting up of the mortgage and usually ranges from £399 to £1,500 – although we’ve seen it hit £1,999.

    Most lenders will let you roll this fee into your mortgage, which is handy if you’re cash-strapped after covering the rest of your moving costs.

    However, doing this means you pay interest on the fee, increasing the overall amount you pay in the long run.

    Higher Lending Charge (HLC)
    In the old days, this was called a Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee. Lenders apply HLCs to high loan to value mortgages (i.e. those where the deposit is small, in comparison to the size of the loan).

    The way lenders calculate HLCs can vary, but the crux of the matter is if you’re borrowing a more significant sum, this fee can be thousands.

    Smaller Fees (these can range from £50 up to several hundred quid)

    Booking Fee
    You pay this when you complete and submit your mortgage application. It shows the lender that you’re committed to the deal as it’s non-refundable (even if the mortgage doesn’t go ahead).

    Valuation Fee
    This covers the checks carried out by your lender to ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for your property.

    It’s not a detailed search for structural, safety, or boundary-related issues. You need to instruct your own surveyor to do this.

    CHAPS Fee
    Also known by the rather quaint term ‘Telegraphic Transfer Fee’, this covers the cost of your lender sending funds to your solicitor.

    Buildings Insurance Fee
    Buildings insurance is a condition of all mortgages, and your lender will encourage you to go with their recommended provider. If you opt to go with a different insurer, expect to pay a small fee.

    Don’t let this fee deter you from shopping around as there’s a huge variation in buildings insurance premiums.

    Early Repayment Fee
    If you repay the entire balance of your mortgage early, you could incur a fee.

    Exit Fee
    Even when you’ve paid your mortgage off, there could be a little surprise waiting in the form of a fee to close the mortgage account.

    To set up a chat with one of our mortgage advisors, get in touch with us here at Pinkertons.
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  • Have you heard of Cottage Core? The brand new trend that is sweeping through the country in 2022
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    Have you heard of Cottage Core? The brand new trend that is sweeping through the country in 2022

    Dreamy summer afternoons spent meandering through fields. Picnics of sandwiches made from freshly baked bread and homemade lemonade, eaten leisurely beside a babbling brook.

    Wearing long floaty floral dresses on a walk along a country path mindlessly picking wildflowers.

    Endless days spent crafting and making things as a family.

    Tending to your vegetable patch or gathering food for dinner.

    It all sounds lovely, doesn't it? Very 'Little House On The Prairie' or 'The Good Life'.

    And it all makes up part of the new trend 'Cottagecore'.

    Never heard of it? No, I hadn't either.

    Essentially it's the term being used to describe a life that is a little more 'country'. It's become super popular on social media and is a rapidly growing Instagram hashtag.

    And you don't even need to move to the country. Even city dwellers are embracing this new movement.  

    The phenomenon of Cottagecore is sweeping social media and the internet at large. The images populating Pinterest and Tumblr are a mixture of pastoral Little Women-style Americana and quaint 1950's UK countrysides.

    Cottagecore is about the simple lives of the past, before technology and the complications of modern life.

    With an emphasis on homemade and homegrown, Cottagecore embraces artisanal products over mass production items.

    Clothing is either homemade or vintage, with styles taken from a by-gone era. Think chunky knit cardigans in winter and cotton floral dresses in summer.

    And it goes beyond food and clothing, looking at homewares and interior design.

    There is a real nod towards sustainability, using vintage glass jars to store products rather than single-use plastic. We've all seen those pantry videos on Instagram where everything is decanted into beautiful matching mason jars, neatly labelled and lined up orderly on the shelves.

    Cottagecore is all about muted colours and Farrow & Ball colour palettes for property interiors.  

    Furniture is rustic and vintage, often using mismatching wooden chairs around an old farmhouse dining table. Some furniture could be upcycled and painted a lovely soft colour with chalk paint that has gently rubbed off in places to emphasise the rustic nature of this aesthetic. And there is not a flatpack bookshelf in sight!

    Soft furnishings are likely to be vintage linens or floral fabrics a-la Laura Ashley.

    The origins of this aesthetic is a form of escapism from the brutal realities of modern life. It's easy to see the appeal, a sun-kissed fantasy escape to simpler times of lush forests, linen fabric, and twee countryside cottages.

    With this rise in popularity comes an increase in trends and fashions leaning towards this style. Rustic furnishings and chalk paint instead of the grey, white and chrome finish or the stark white walls and large monstera plants we have seen in recent years.

    In many ways, Cottagecore is a way to lean into a time when life was simpler. A slower, calmer lifestyle.

    It's a romanticised interpretation of western agricultural life. A desire to live a simpler life and to harmonise with nature.

    Essentially, if you could have seen it in photos from the past or taken it from your Nan's house, you could probably call it Cottagecore.

    So lookout. We may all start wearing vintage floral dresses to the supermarket, carrying everything home in a wicker basket very soon.
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  • What Will the Homes of 2050 Look Like?
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    What Will the Homes of 2050 Look Like?

    A report commissioned by the respected industry organisation the National House Building Council (NHBC) sees experts look into the future and make predictions around how homes will change.

    The report, fittingly called Futurology: The New Home in 2050, makes for fascinating reading.

    Below are ten forecasts from across the 40-page report.

    1)     Multigenerational living will become increasingly popular. As property prices increase and people live longer, more families will come together to live under one roof.
    2)     ‘Green roofs’ featuring grass areas will become the norm to encourage wildlife activity.
    3)     Electric car charging points will be a feature of every new home and development.
    4)     Smart boxes will replace letterboxes so that deliveries can be safely and securely left.
    5)     The homes of 2050 could monitor our health and remind us to go for a walk, take medication, or even let us know if the bathwater is too hot.
    6)     With demands on homes to be multifunctional, expect to see many more properties with movable walls.
    7)     Micro living, for people living on their own, will increase. These smaller homes will be part of developments that offer communal areas, shared services, and cycle storage.
    8)     New homes in 2050 will be highly energy-efficient – featuring several ways of capturing, storing, and distributing energy.
    9)     Due to climate change, homes will need to be more responsive to weather events. In addition, better cooling systems will ensure homes don’t overheat in the potentially warmer summers.
    10) Light switches and electrical sockets could become obsolete as movement detectors and voice controls become omnipresent.

    If you’re thinking of moving a little earlier than 2050, maybe even this year, feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

    We’ll use our expertise and experience to help you on the journey to a new home in the future.
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  • Working from home? Tips for creating the perfect home office
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    Working from home? Tips for creating the perfect home office

    With so many of us taking our work out of the office and into our homes, there has never been a more popular time to rethink the study space in your very own home. Follow the tips below to know how to implement your work life into your own home.

    The first step is creating
    space. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, creating a moderate about of space for you to work in is important. Keep the colour palette neutral and bright to make the space seem larger, while ensuring there’s natural light coming in.

    The second step is the furniture. You want to ensure you have the essentials to work efficiently such as a desk, a chair and a printer. By having a big enough desk, be sure to keep all your stationery essentials easy to reach by opting for a desk with storage. Your home office chair is probably the most important part, and choosing the right one for you comes down to style and comfort especially if you will be seated their most of the day. As well as gadgets, you should consider how you would communicate with the outside world. A shared voicemail can sound unprofessional or confuse clients who expect a message specific to your business, and if you use the same landline for your home and work, you risk having a child or other family member answer the phone. Having a dedicated phone for your home office, whether that’s a mobile or a landline, it can allow you to separate your work and personal life, maintaining boundaries that help both you and your customers.

    The third step is lighting. Lighting is equally important even though it is often overlooked. Windows and exposure to daylight can impact office workers' physical and mental well-being. Working in a space with natural light can reduce headaches and maintain healthy eyes, allowing you to be more productive on a day-to-day basis. Also consider placing a lamp on your desk if you are the type of person who works into the late hours and need that extra lighting to help you get through it.

    The fourth step is the extras. There’s always a way to make your home office match your taste. It is proven to be important to personalise your work area to your acquired taste in order to motivate you to work. You don’t have to go crazy with the design, but having a few bits and pieces such as, plants, shades of colour and pictures just makes it extra cosy.  Not only that, it will match the aesthetic to the rest of your home and could potentially add value to your property in the long run.

    However you decide to redesign your home office, be true to your personal style but keep comfort in the forefront of your plans. With the rise in working from home for many people today, this space could soon become your regular 9-5 spot so make sure you give it some tender loving care!
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  • 3 Common nightmares to avoid when buying a house
    Posted on 21 July 2023

    3 Common nightmares to avoid when buying a house

    People have been moving house for years and so many different things have gone wrong over that time. It is likely the experienced people involved such as estate agents, and solicitors have probably seen it all before. But here are three common nightmares you can help yourself to avoid when buying a home.

    Be Careful When You Give Notice
    If you are moving from a rented place to buying your new house, then you know that you will have to give notice on your existing tenancy at some point. It can be tempting as you start working towards what seems like a firm date that you give notice on your existing place so that you are spending as little money as possible on rent. However you need to be very careful about when you do so.

    Delays can enter the house buying process at any stage, even on moving day. It might not even be a delay caused by you as someone further up in the chain has a problem. Funds might not get released when they should have been, there may be sudden illnesses or other events that cause things to be delayed. A number of people moving from rented properties have suddenly found themselves in a difficult situation as they have given notice on their current place and suddenly their new place is delayed.

    It is important that you work closely with your current landlord and maybe have an open discussion before you give formal notice so that they understand the situation. It may be that a few days delay can be handled relatively easily.

    Triple Check Your Costs
    House buying is an expensive process and at times it will feel like you are bleeding money. Solicitor’s fees, survey fees, stamp duty, moving costs, all these things add up. It can be easy to miss things like admin fees and other costs when you are dealing with the stress of moving, so it is important that you go through everything that you receive and make a note of the costs as well as any extra costs that may come up.

    You want to make sure that you have budgeted to cover all of these and a bit more aside. You may even see things like your mortgage company asking you to pay off other loans that you have conditional on you getting your mortgage, so you want to make sure you have funds available to cover these as well.

    Removal Issues
    Moving day itself is ripe for things going wrong, and this is one that can be overcome by careful organisation. Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a company, make sure that you budget well both in terms of time and money for the move. Traffic may slow things down, and if you are paying by the hour this will cost more. Things may get lost, or broken. There may be delays at the other end activating things like electricity and water. Make sure you have packed a separate ‘day one’ box that you take yourself which has enough stuff to get you through your first day in the new place.
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  • Why your pet might be delaying your house sale
    Posted on 11 July 2023

    Why your pet might be delaying your house sale

    So many reasons exist why selling a house can turn out to be a tough problem all of a sudden even with lots of interested buyers. Some blame everything from lethargic real estate agents, over pricing of the property to location, among others, except their pets. According to Home Focus Magazine, 40 per cent of potential homebuyers are put off by foul smells, general home mess and pets, while 39 per cent of people turn away from property viewing due to pets, foul smells and general clutter.

    In fact, the same study found potential homebuyers above the age 45 are the ones turning away from homes up for sale that had pets. They were also the most unwilling to compromise on general disorder in the home.  

    Here are a number of reasons why a pet might be delaying the sale of your house.

    Your pet is present during viewings
    Lots of people in the UK and elsewhere do have pets and love them so much but it could be working against their attempts to sell their homes. Chances are every time you’re showing potential buyers around the house your dogs, cats and other pets are always around. Your pets could be so loving, normal and a typical constant around you that you probably don’t see any problem with that. While you mightn’t be able to move all the pets completely away from the house, find a way of removing them during property viewings at least.

    Whiffy surroundings
    A home with potential buyers and viewings but zero commitments to buy could mean that other factors such as pets are to blame. While you might be used to your dogs and cats’, visitors who are viewing the property probably aren’t. Never underestimate what a little mess by pets and acrid smell from their incontinence can cause.

    Visible pet damage  
    The people who come to view the home you intend to sell might love animals but could be turned off by the damage they cause or have caused, especially if it’s not repaired on time. Cats and dogs can be expected to cause some damage on the doors, walls, flooring, furniture, fence, yard or carpets. If you’ve never taken time to repair the destruction they’ve caused, especially if it’s expensive, you can be rest assured most potential homebuyers will keep away.

    Clear signs of pets in the property
    Even after moving your pets temporarily to another location or removing them during property viewings you still need to erase all signs of their presence to potential house buyers. The idea is ensuring the property looks like pets have never been a part of it. All pet toys, pet food and litter boxes should be kept away as much as possible. This is particularly important during home staging where all pet clutter needs to be removed.

    While preparing to put your house in the market, do all you can to transform the property in such a way that potential buyers won’t even have to ask whether pets have lived there. Move the pets if you have to but ensure they’re not around when potential buyers come around.
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  • Preparing your home for sale
    Posted on 11 July 2023

    Preparing your home for sale

    1. Clean everything, and then clean it again
    This is one of the best things you can do to prepare. You want to clean everything. The tops of all those cabinets, pull out the sofa, everything. If you have already moved out, then obviously this is going to be much easier, but if you haven’t then you might want to consider hiring a professional cleaner.

    2. Consider how your place smells
    You want to be careful of what smells are lingering in your home. If it is morning, whilst you might like the smell of fried bacon, it will give your home an air of ‘fast food cafe’. One trick to make your place seem welcoming is to put a little polish onto your radiators. It will give your home a welcoming and ‘cared for’ scent. You may also want to grab a few scented candles – just be sure not to mix smells and not to overwhelm them too much!  

    3. Declutter
    This is obviously very important. You want to be showing off your space, not all the possessions you have in it. Consider boxing things up early and moving them out to a safe space- relocate them to a friend’s house or even consider hiring some temporary storage. This will give your home an airier and more open feel.

    4. Tone down the decor
    You want your buyers to be able to see themselves in your property. So, while it may speak to your personality, you might want to consider redecorating and neutralising the décor as much as possible. Make it neutral and then your buyers will be able to imagine what they can do with the space.

    5. Let the outside in
    You want to let as much light as possible into your home, so open up all the windows, pin back curtains, and show it off. You might also want to consider putting some potted plants around, or put down some vases of flowers, and this will add to the freshness of your property.

    6. Organise your wardrobes
    Make sure all of your storage spaces are well organised. Storage space is a key selling point of your property and you want to make sure it is shown off at its best. So, get organised, make sure all of your clothes are hung properly, and that everything is folded and neat. Also, make sure that you remove any oversized furniture. You want everything to appear in its place.

    7. Turn your bathroom into a spa
    Make sure that your bathroom is looking like a calm and relaxing place. Stack some pretty, co-ordinated towels around. Add some scented candles, and maybe a small plant pot or two. Make sure you have co-ordinated bath mats and towels to give it less of a mismatched feel and put the toilet seat down. This can make a huge difference.
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  • 10 ways to convert a bonus room into usable space
    Posted on 11 July 2023

    10 ways to convert a bonus room into usable space

    The first step is evaluating your priorities and constraints. If space is limited, a home office or wine cellar are great options. However, if you have the extra space, consider adding the ultimate game room or an in-home photography studio. The possibilities are endless. Now that most of us are spending more time at home, you may be itching to update your bonus room into more usable space or possibly the space of your dreams. Check out the following ideas and get inspired.

    1.     Get work done in the ultimate home office
    Now that work from home has become a normal part of many people’s lives, creating a dedicated home office is the perfect solution to all your privacy and productivity needs. Home offices can provide that much-needed peace and quiet to increase focus and get work done. The latest design trends include bright, clean, sleek, and modern fixes. Installing bookshelves can add depth and character and bringing in office chairs, throw pillows, plants, and rugs can complement your desk to add a splash of colour and texture. Of course, you are going to want to make it your own by adding personal photos and small mementos that keep you inspired.

    2.     Design an arts & craft room that inspires
    For the creative in you, an arts and crafts room can act as a sanctuary to fuel inspiration and innovation. Every artist knows the key to a solid art room starts with good organisation. Begin by adding built-in shelving and fill them with different-sized storage baskets to fit artist supplies of all shapes and sizes. For spare walls, a mounted pegboard is the perfect piece to keep tools such as scissors, wrenches, or hammers within arm’s reach. If you love to paint or make pottery, reserve a corner with natural light as you create on your easel or wheel. As you clean up your mess, installing a sink will help wash away all of the extra paint strokes or clay that may have been left behind. Finally, tying the room together with a statement wall can showcase the art you are most proud of.

    3.     Get creative in an in-home photography studio
    From self-portraits to macro photography, having a home studio can save you a lot of money because you won’t need to rent out professional space. If you are a photographer that needs a creative outlet, consider turning your bonus room into a photography studio. Every photographer knows the importance of using natural light. To make your photos pop, installing big windows to let in the sunshine can create the perfect light effect in your photos. If windows aren’t nearby, adding photo umbrellas and soft boxes is an innovative way to cast shadows and light contrasts while bringing in that studio feel. For portraits and photoshoots, installing coloured backdrops can add a variety of textures and perspectives to your shots. If you are looking for some fun, add a prop bar with masks, wigs, and signs to bring out the wacky and playful side during a photo shoot. To tie the extra space together, creating a photo wall can showcase the shots you are most proud of.

    4.     Snuggle up with a good book in a cosy home library
    If you ever want to get immersed in a story, a home library is a perfect place to do so. There are many different ways to create a reading sanctuary no matter how small or big your extra space is. Built-in shelves can add depth and storage for you to display all your favourite books. If you are looking for a cost-effective alternative, multimedia shelves designed to hold DVD and Blu-ray players can easily hold both hardbound and paperback books. If you don’t have many books, consider supporting your local bookshop and selecting 1-3 of your favourites monthly to begin building a collection.
    Once you have organised all your books, adding a reading chair or loveseat can keep you cosy and comfortable as you read the day away. Lighting is a crucial part of any library. No one wants to have a hard time reading. Considering a room with a large window or great task lighting can solve this problem. For some green details, bring in some plants to keep you company.

    5.     Create tunes in a modern music room
    The number one recommendation when creating a music room is soundproofing your walls. Using insulation between drywall and adding acoustic panelling can serve as a noise buffer and improve acoustic quality. Once you’ve got the foundations set, bring in your favourite instruments. Adding a piano in the corner can be a beautiful statement piece. Showcasing your string collection of guitars, violins, banjos, a harp, and a ukulele can reveal the inner Rockstar in you. Bring it all together with a drum to create catchy beats.

    6.     Centre yourself in a peaceful zen room
    Yoga and meditation can be a great way to recentre the mind and focus on your goals. Not to mention, it’s an easy extra space renovation. If minimalistic is what you are going for, consider adding a zen room for all your meditation and yoga needs. To calm the mind, soft colours and pastels can bring about soothing effects that help you focus. Also, bringing in Himalayan salt lamps, air humidifiers, natural wood floors, plants, mirrors, rugs, and cushions can provide comfort and serenity as you take in all the sights and smells. If you want to go all out, a small indoor water feature can create white noise as you mediate the day away.

    7.     Watch a movie in a stylish home theatre
    From thrillers to comedies and everything in between, turning your bonus room into a screening room is a wonderful idea for family movie nights, big sports games, or binging your favourite tv show. When creating a screening room, there are many factors you must control. Insulation is key to limit how much sounds travel through the walls. Restricting ambient light is also important so that it does not interfere with video projection or glares onto a flat screen. If there is a nearby window, installing blackout curtains can solve this problem. For good audio and video quality, surround sound speakers and high lumen video projectors can bring out the best scenes while you watch.

    8.     Entertain in a decked-out game room
    Having a dedicated space to play is every gamer’s dream. Creating a game room is a relatively easy project that can be customised to fit your preferences. To host a competitive game night purchase shuffleboard, table tennis, or billiards. If you are into the classic arcade feel, pinball machines and old arcade games like Pacman can give your space a retro vibe. For the modern gamer, setting aside an area for a couch and TV is the perfect use of extra space to connect to their favourite video game console. Lastly, who doesn’t love a board games night? Make sure you set aside a corner for chess, Monopoly, or Catan. To really decorate the place, adding neon lights, video game posters, or even license plates can elevate the classic game room experience.

    9.     Work out in a functional home gym
    Installing a home gym is a great and convenient way to stay active. To create a safe home gym, start by adding large mirrors against the walls so you can check your form and improve technique as you work out. The best thing about home gyms is that they are customisable. Depending on what you need, you can bring in different types of equipment such as squat racks, a dumbbell rack, weight plates, or a weight bench. If you are doing cardio, a stationary bike, treadmill, and jump rope can help you burn off some extra calories. If you are the type of person who gets sweaty easily, install a small air conditioning unit and a towel rack to keep you cool and sweat-free.

    10.     Let your kids have fun in a playroom
    Ditch the amusement park and create a playroom wherein your kids can let their imagination run wild. Kid’s playrooms are a versatile option wherein you can create a space that fits their likings. Maybe your kid loves nature? Add an indoor treehouse with a swing and slide so that they can imagine themselves in the jungle. If your kid is into space, decorating the room with stars, rockets, and astronauts can really make them feel like they are on the moon. To complement, small tables are a great addition for toys such as building blocks, cars, as well as colouring books and crafts. When clean-up time comes around, add a cubby bench with boxed storage to hide all unused items. For walls, consider using bright colours, playful wallpapers such as animal or plant prints, or you can even install a mural to draw attention.
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