Property

Five Tips for Selling Your House Fast

Five Tips for Selling Your House Fast
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Selling your house can be a lengthy process. From deciding you want to sell, to putting it on the market and waiting for all of those potential buyers to show up, it can somestimes take a matter of years before your sale is final. With this in mind, I thought I’d share some tips with you today which can speed your house selling process up exponentially:

Sell to a Company

Probably the fastest way to sell your house is to sell it to a company which buys property. There are a few of them out there and some can help you to sell your home in as little as 7 days. The beauty of this is that it’s usually a cash sale and there’s no chain on their side so they won’t have to wait for mortgage approvals or payments from other buyers.

Put it on Facebook

Believe it or not, Facebook Marketplace has become a really popular way to sell houses. You’ll get far more eyes on your property than you would by selling through a bricks-and-mortar Estate Agent, and you can often save yourself a whole lot of fees by managing the viewings and sale by yourself. You’ll need someone to write up the proper contracts and surveys, etc. but it’s still a good option for getting things moving.

Go to Auction

Auction sales are especially good if your house isn’t in the greatest condition, and auction sales are usually contracted to finalise just 28 days after the hammer falls, so you could be out of your property in just four weeks if you choose to go this route. There’s obviously a risk that you won’t make your full asking price, but that’s often the chance you take in getting a quick sale.

Part Exchange

Believe it or not, some new house builders will accept your old property as a part exchange on a new house, just like car dealerships do! Obviously, this is only helpful if you plan to buy a new house, but it’s still a really good way to make the whole process of buying and selling property faster and simpler. You’ll only have to deal with one set of agents, there’s no ongoing chain and you’ll have a shiny new property at the end of it!

Reduce Your Asking Price

Everyone who puts a property on the market usually puts it up for the maximum price they could feasibly get. However, if there are a lot of other properties on the market like yours, it’s unlikely you’ll sell for the top price. Take a really pragmatic look at your property and what you’re asking and think about whether you could stand to drop the price, JUST A BIT, to make it a more competitive option and usually the buyers come flooding in.

Business · Environment

Recycling Considerations For Your Small Business

If you run any small business type or freelance from home, you might already notice some waste products from your process. 

Working strictly on a computer produces very little in the way of recyclable by-products, but there is still a correct way to dispose of old technology. 

Let’s look at some of the ways you can boost your recycling and reduce your carbon footprint. 

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Bin and labels

Having several bins that are clearly labelled can help everyone in the company dispose of waste correctly. 

If you only have things like paper, plastic and regular waste – this is even easier to achieve. 

Often a colour coded solution can help ensure that the right waste ends up in the right place. Or a simple well placed, and clear label on the lid of the bins. 

If you run a larger company with a lot of paper waste, it is worth consulting with a recycling specialist with recycling machines. This solution can ensure that you are doing the best job. 

Company Culture 

Make it part of your company culture to ensure that recycling and being more eco-friendly in general is high on the list of company values. 

If recycling and/or reusing becomes part of the company goals and ethos, you will notice a significant increase in recycling. 

Engage often with staff so that they are aware of changes and schemes that you will be taking part in as a company. 

Make all recycling options easy to access and clear to all new hires and those who work within the company. 

World Days

Several globally celebrated days are designed to raise awareness of recycling and the positive impact suitable on the world. 

Get your team – no matter how small – in initiatives and activities for the day. Here are a few that are worth exploring. 

Check out the associated websites, and see if there are local activities you can get involved in. 

Knowledge

Are you aware of everything that can be recycled? Most people think about the basics like paper and plastic, but there is an extensive list of things that can be recycled. 

  • Cardboard
  • Paper – colour paper, confidential paper, envelopes, flyers and leaflets, magazines, newspapers
  • Plastic bottles, lids and some other plastic containers
  • Electrical items, although it is best to contact a recycling specialist for this one
  • For food waste, you can opt to make compost, or a food recycling bin (this will depend on your local authority)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Batteries
  • Printer cartridges
  • Furniture 

Most often, you will need to rinse the glass and plastic if they have food residue.

Each of these items should make its way to a licensed recycling centre or a professional recycling business. 

Businesses create a lot of waste, often without noticing how much could be recycled. Help your small business do some global good by being recycling aware. 

Is your business still growing? Here are Five Ways to Take Your Small Business to the Next Level.

Health

Managing Chronic Illnesses: 7 Tools To Make Your Life Easier

Life with a chronic illness can be challenging for a multitude of reasons. Not only is your physical health suffering, but your mental and emotional health may take a hit as well. This is why it is so vital that you take as many steps as possible to mitigate the impact your chronic illness has on your life.

This may seem easier said than done, and to a certain extent, it is. Fortunately, there are many simple changes that you can make that could have a big impact on your quality of life. This article will explore some of the key ways to make your life easier while living with a chronic illness.  

Get Support From Friends And Family

The importance of support from those around you cannot be understated. After receiving your diagnosis, consider contacting some trusted loved ones and letting them know what’s going on. If you have to make any dietary or lifestyle changes, consider asking your household if they would be willing to join you. This can make changes easier to stick to and give you moral support when you need it.  

Seek Out Mental Health Support

One to one mental health support can be invaluable. There are a lot of stressors that come from managing a chronic illness and a lot of negative emotions. It is important that you work through your feelings with a qualified professional who can offer insight and equip you with healthy coping mechanisms.  

Find A Support Group

Talking to others in your position can be a great way to come to terms with your illness and get help and advice from people with first-hand experience. Ask your doctor or do some research to find a local support group for chronic illness sufferers. Try not to be discouraged if the first group doesn’t work out; it can often take several attempts before finding the right fit.  

Use Reputable Online Pharmacies

Ordering your prescriptions online rather than having to visit a pharmacy in person can be a lifesaver if your illness limits your mobility some or all of the time. It is crucial to find a reputable online pharmacy such as Chemist Click, who stock the full range of medications you need. Take a look at Chemist Click for an idea of the quality, cost and responsiveness you should be looking for.  

Adapt Your Home

It is a good idea to find ways to adapt your home to any change in mobility. For instance, consider putting in a downstairs bathroom, ramps or grab rails to help you around the house.  

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration will aggravate the symptoms of most illnesses. There are many ways you can up your daily intake of water. You could consider having a glass with each meal, setting a reminder alarm or getting a water bottle that denotes how much you should drink throughout the day.  

Eat Well

It is a good idea to find foods that may help alleviate the symptoms of your condition. For instance, ginger helps calm an upset stomach. Always talk to your doctor before adding anything new to your diet. You should also ensure you get a balanced diet with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed.

Holidays · Travel

Five Reasons to Tour the UK by Train

Five Reasons to Tour the UK by Train
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With restrictions on international travel still in place for many countries, there’s never been a better time to spend some time travelling around dear old Blighty! There are lots of places in the UK which rival the rest of the world in terms of beauty and many people never bother to tour our shores, choosing instead to travel abroad for their holidays. With that in mind, we thought we’d look at some of the reasons that travelling the UK by train is a great idea:

Better for the Environment

We all know that visiting new places is exciting, but have you ever thought about your carbon footprint while travelling? Rail transport is actually the most environment-friendly way to travel. The greenhouse effect of gas emissions per kilometer on railway transport is 80% less than cars. In some countries, less than 3% of all transport gas emissions come from trains.

Look at the Views

It’s great being a passenger in a car as you can look out of the window at all of the wonderful views on your journey. However, being a driver means that your view is a lot more limited for reasons of safety, so drivers rarely get to enjoy the scenery. If you travel by train, you can spend the whole journey taking in the view, and you’ll often get to see things that you wouldn’t be able to from a motorway.

No Limit on Luggage

While we aren’t suggesting that you should pack everything including the kitchen sink when travelling by train, you’re not limited by a baggage weight limit. This means that you can pack more if you travel by train than you can if you travel by plane, which saves a lot of worrying and weighing suitcases before you leave!

Efficient Routes

When you travel by road, you’re at the mercy of roads, traffic and all sorts of other things that make your journey long and potentially stressful. With trains, you generally go in a pretty straight line from A to B and you don’t have to worry about traffic or other road users. It’s also usually much quicker because of this. Many people who travel by train find it the most relaxing way to travel.

Stay Connected

Charge your phone or camera batteries, watch a movie or get some work done… it’s all possible on board the train. And what’s even better: more and more train companies are installing Wi-Fi so you can even post live updates as you journey by train. Knowing that you won’t affect your car battery by charging your devices is a bonus and taking advantage of free wi-fi also means that you won’t have to be concerned by huge data charges.

Baby · Gift Ideas

Gift Guide for New Parents

A Gift Guide for New Parents
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Once you get to my age, with two kids of your own, you’re pretty well versed in what is and isn’t useful to give to new parents as a gift. I’ve been through various things like nappy bins (I never really got the hang of our one, to be honest) and wipe warmers to know what I would never buy again, and also remember what was an absolute godsend when my two were little. With that in mind, here are a few suggetions that will definitely be a hit with new parents:

Vests and Sleepsuits

It doesn’t matter how many new vests and sleepsuits new parents buy ahead of their baby being born, once they arrive it will never seem enough. I don’t think there are many parents in the world who have bathed and changed their baby into clean clothes, only for a poo-nami or vomit volcano to erupt! Cute baby sleepsuits are always a winner and the range of neutrals for parets who don’t know the gender of their baby is MUCH greater nowadays.

Takeaway Voucher

In the past, lots of people would turn up with a freshly baked casserole or a stash of frozen meals to make new parents life easier. The modern version of this is buying them a gift card! Either find out their favourite takeaway or go for a delivery service like Just Eat or Deliveroo and have a voucher for a meal delivered. They’ll thank you for making their lives easier AND for making sure they’re getting a decent meal between feeds and nappy changes.

Muslins

As with the baby grows and vests, another thing which new parents can never have enough of is muslins. They’re a fab multi-purpose item which can be used for wiping up spit-up, using as a shoulder guard when you’re burping baby, draping over you if you’re breastfeeding and want some privacy – there are even huge muslins which are made for swaddling baby.

Thermometer

When Sausage was a tiny baby, my Mum and Dad gave us a Braun in-ear thermometer, and we still use it to this day. It’s been an absolute godsend for over a decade and while some people may feel uncomfortable giving a gift which relates to potential illness, it’s genuinely one of the most useful, practical gifts we were given. A few years ago, we were gifted a newer, no-touch model which was fairly new tech at the time and after using it a few times, we actually gave it away and went back to our trusty in-ear model!

A V-Pillow

Although I didn’t breastfeed my two, having a large, v-shaped pillow was a huge help when it came to bottle feeding. I’d sit in an armchair and place the pillow on my lap with baby snuggled safely on top. It meant that my hands were both free for bottle holding and interacting, and we were both comfortable. It’s something that would be one of the first things I’d recommend to new parents, I think.