Getting Home Inspiration With SEH BAC

This is a paid collaboration with SEH BAC. 

Whilst we are still currently renting, home ownership is getting closer and closer for us. We’ve been discussing the things we want from the house we buy and what, if any, renovations we would make to make it our happy home.

We recently had the chance to visit the SEH BAC showroom, just up the road from us in Chesham. We visited to find out a little more about the business and to get some home inspiration ideas for the future. There were many things to see in the showroom and plenty of different options so you can make your home unique to you.

SEH BAC have been bringing home improvement to the South East for over 45 years. They are a multi award winning company and have 12 showcentres across the South East. They provide a reliable and trustworthy service and have consistently high reviews so it’s easy to see why they have been around so long.

I didn’t realise there was quite so much choice when it came to doors. Every time I thought I’d chosen a favourite one, I found another colour I liked. We went upstairs and found the aluminium doors and I fell in love – I’m definitely considering one when we move and we even enquired about standard prices for them.

Something else we need to consider when we move is windows. We’ve lived in a variety of places since we moved out of our parent’s homes and we have pretty much had every type of window you could possibly have but we both know what we want from our home.

Having the chance to look around the different window types and discuss things with Steve in preparation was great. Steve definitely found some he really wants!

Perhaps the biggest piece of home inspiration we left with – and something I didn’t actually know existed until I visited the showroom – was these integrated window and door blinds. We have a few different blinds around this rented property, had them in our previous property and also had them in the caravan we owned. They drive/drove me insane, especially with young children around and the long cords. I’d have to tie them up to keep them out the way – and I often get so annoyed when someone undoes the kitchen one and it ends up draping in the sink whilst I am washing up!

These integrated window and door blinds are such a fantastic idea and definitely something we will be opting for in a new property. Steve and I were both really intrigued by them and spent ages by them, testing them out and discussing their functionality. They are functional, they are attractive to look at and – perhaps most important of all as a parent – they are safe.

I want to finish off by talking about how great the customisation is. A home is meant to be exactly that – your home – and so it is important it reflects you and your family, nobody else. Being able to choose different things such as colours, the finish of your doors, door handles and window handles gives you the opportunity to make your home completely unique to you which is great. I know I want to be completely happy with my home so being able to customise it to my tastes is a big plus point.

I left the SEH BAC showroom last week, brimming with inspiration and eager to move forward in our home owning journey. We have still got a way to go before we find our perfect house and put the keys in the lock but we are able to start thinking about we want to do and start saving towards the renovations in advance. I can’t wait to make my house a home.

Some Spring Eco-Cleaning Hacks

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This time of year is time for spring cleaning. You will probably have seen numerous status updates about people spring cleaning and seen many an item going up for sale on your local selling pages as people look to clean their house and declutter as they go too.

With everyone trying to be more eco-friendly too as we all try to reduce the amount of harm we are doing to the planet, I wanted to share some eco cleaning hacks today. These hacks were collated by Pattersons, a company who sell green cleaning products. The great thing about them is that they offer both commercial and household eco cleaning products so everyone benefits – including the planet.

I’m definitely trying to be more eco friendly in every aspect of my life now – I am taking steps to reduce plastic consumption and reducing the amount of chemicals I use too. I’m definitely going to be giving these hacks a try, how about you?

Which one of these hacks will you be giving a try first? I’m having some trouble removing some grease from some baking trays I have – no matter how much I soak them or use degreaser products. I am definitely going to be trying the lemon juice trick!

Do you have any other eco friendly cleaning hacks you can tell me about?

Developing The Right Ethos For House-Hunting

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It seems as though every single blog post regarding moving home, no matter where on the internet you search for it, will contain some variant of the phrase ‘moving house is difficult.’ It seems as though they’re trying to drop the bad news immediately, so that you’re not disappointed in further advice that may suggest this. If that’s some time honored tradition, then we shouldn’t wish to be the ones to subvert it. So if you are in any doubt whatsoever, let us help you – moving home is difficult. The thing is, moving home IS difficult. It’s not only emotionally cathartic due to the excitement and fear you’re likely going to feel, but it’s also filled with responsibilities, conversations, tasks that you must adapt to if you hope to secure your dream home, or a home you can transition to that.

This is why developing the right ethos for house-hunting can be the best deal possible. We only wish to help you enjoy this process with more confidence, and security that whatever you achieve is likely the best for you.

Let us begin:

Take Setbacks In Your Stride

Unfortunately, it’s going to be the case that time and time again, you’re going to struggle in your efforts to secure that you really want. You might find the perfect house only to be outbid at the last second, or perhaps you find that a house you really liked initially has subsidence carefully hidden by the homeowners during your first viewing. Of course, the stumbles you’re going to experience could be large or small depending on your luck – but there’s bound to be something. When there is something, it can feel quite demotivating, especially if you can’t do anything about it.

But remember, your house is out there. You’ll find something. You needn’t worry and keep yourself too down in the dumps, because over time you may find that things are falling apart only to rearrange in an even better manner. This way, you can take setbacks in your stride.

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Defend Yourself

Moving house can bring up all sorts of value for other people, from the property agent who wishes to move you and gain a fee, those who wish for you to accept their offer, or those who wish to negotiate you a higher price than the offer you’ve put in. You need to be flexible of course and only defend ground you are justified to, but sometimes, you need to tell others to simply give you more time to think, to calculate, or to see more on your house hunting journey. This can give you more time to refine your budget such as using a Stamp duty surcharge calculator to ensure you know what other costs may hit you, or how to better inform those assisting you in the process.

Don’t Rush

When we need to move house before the new schooling season starts, or when we have already gained a few offers on our own property before finding something, it can be easy to rush to another property, as we feel pressure to finish. But don’t rush things. Remember, most of the time this is something you’re doing for yourself, not out of a sense of desperation. You can afford to be a little more discerning with what you end up with, how you negotiate, and whereabouts you live. If things aren’t perfect right now, there’s a chance they could be, so keep your head up.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to develop the correct house-hunting ethos.

How To Make Your Doorway A Real Focal Entry Point To Your Home

This post is in collaboration with Pirnar. 

I don’t know about you but the first thing I notice about a house is the front door and the entry way. I think the front door speaks a lot about a home and the people that live within. I remember visiting Steve’s grandfather’s home for the first time, not long after we first started dating, and I adored the way his front door and the entry way looked. I assumed this style would follow through into the rest of the house and I wasn’t wrong, it was absolutely beautiful.

I believe that a front door should be a real focal point. People may say they don’t judge based on first impressions but that would be a lie – we all do it, there is no point denying it. We may came to change our opinion but we all make a snap judgement from those things we see first, don’t you agree? I often find myself taking a look at house front doors when walking or driving past a row of houses – picking out my favourites and deciding the ones I like the least.

But why would you want to make your doorway such a focal point? Simple – it is all about the kerb appeal. As I mentioned, I walk or drive past and make an immediate judgement on the look of a house, especially the door. Other people will do the same and kerb appeal is something you definitely want to be aware of, especially if you are considering selling your house in the future.

A good looking entryway that is made using only the best materials will also add extra value to your home so you want to ensure yours looks the best and uses the best materials too.

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So how can you make your exterior doors look amazing and a real focal point for your home? It is important to choose modern front doors that suit your property first of all. It may be tempting to go for the most beautiful front door you’ve seen but if it doesn’t match the surroundings, it isn’t going to look right.

Choosing your entrance doors is, of course, the most important step in making sure your doorway is a focal point of your home. A brand such as Pirnar are a great option – not only do they make luxury, beautiful front doors but they also have a strong family tradition – they were founded in 1968 when the family craftsman workshop was established. Although the company has grown to be a leading European innovator in the field of door entrances, it still holds its family values at heart and is growing quickly with almost 200 employees. I really value a family run business – it may just be me but I often feel more comfortable with them and more valued as a customer – they have the personal touch.

With modern doors that open with one touch and a new range of doors launching soon with face recognition, they are a real innovative brand and definitely worth checking out for any exterior doors you may want fitting.

Once you’ve chosen your perfect door, it is time to consider how to ensure your doorway always looks amazing. Here are a few tips that you may want to try:

Think about accessories

You may not think that there are many accessories you can use to decorate your entryway to make it more appealing but there are plenty of ways you can do so. There are a variety of beautiful wreaths – especially at certain times of year – that will ensure your door gets plenty of attention. You could even change the doorbell, the door knocker or the letterbox to make your doorway completely unique to you.

There are also other things to consider, accessory wise. Wall hangings or planters situated around the steps or pathway to your front door are easy to change as and when, especially when the seasons change.

Consider the rest of the road

Whilst it may be tempting to make your doorway completely unique, something to consider is the doorways of the other houses in your road or street. With a decent front door adding extra value and kerb appeal to your house, you want to ensure that your decoration of your door adds value and doesn’t decrease. Don’t go too overboard, simple is better than over the top. You want your entryway to be unique but you also don’t want to stick out in your road like a sore thumb.

Keep it clean

Perhaps an obvious statement to make but doors can get grubby very quickly. With family members often opening and closing the door and the postal worker often delivering mail, there will be smears and marks around the letterbox and doorknob. Make sure to clean them regularly to ensure your door always looks incredible.

How do you make your doorway a focal point of your house? I’d love to know how you decorate yours.

How You Can Support Your Friends When They Are Moving House

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If you’ve ever moved house, you will know exactly how stressful it can be. Trying to book the time off work or schedule moving around your days off, wondering whether to hire movers or hire a van and do it yourself. There is so much to think about. Quite a few of my friends have moved house recently so I thought I’d share some tips with you today – how to support your friends when they are moving house.

Help Them With Food

Whether it’s buying them a takeaway the day they move in or taking them round a home cooked meal, this is a gesture that would certainly be appreciated – as long as they’ve unpacked the plates, that is. I’ve always ended up ordering pizzas the night I’ve moved in – how about you?

Buy Them Something For The House

What better way to show support to someone who has just taken the exciting step of moving house than buying them something for their new home? A lovely homeware gift as well as a card from somewhere like Card Factory is surely a gift that would truly be appreciated. I’ve received candles and photo frames in the past and proudly had them on display. I’d definitely do the same next time we move too.

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Ask Them If They Need Any Help

Sometimes your friends will need help but will be too shy to ask for it. You asking them means they may be more likely to be open about what they need. Do they have kids and need help picking them up from school? Do they need to you to nip to the shop and get home essentials such as toilet rolls because they’ve completely forgotten? It may be so simple but running these little errands for them will be ever so helpful.

Help Them In The Weeks After

A lot of my friends have moved house recently – such as Rhian – and each had a list of things they must remember to do before moving and things to remember after they’ve moved in. Moving house is stressful and even after a few weeks, not everything will be sorted. Can they not get a broadband engineer for a couple of weeks? Let them come round and use your Wi-Fi or let them tether from your phone. Little things like this would be something I’d really appreciate. We’ve already decided that we are going to run one month alongside in our properties – 1) so we can take our time to move across and 2) to ensure that I don’t end up being without internet for days on end (as I need it for my job!).

What little gestures from your friends when you’ve moved house did you really appreciate?