August 2019 Roundup of Home Improvement Reads


Another month and there’s more great articles to read if you’re looking to improve your home or garden.

From August we have a selection of topics including money saving tips, how to assess fire damage, getting your kids into gardening, and more.

8 Money-Saving Tips for First-Time Homeowners

First-time homeowners often think the biggest expense of owning a home is the down payment and monthly mortgage. But the cost of renovations, repairs, energy bills, and ongoing maintenance can really add up.

This guide offers cost- and time-saving tips from seasoned homeowners – pointers they wish they’d known when they bought their first house. Readers will learn how to reduce repair and renovation costs, lower energy and water bills, prevent costly accidents, prolong the life of expensive appliances, and more.

How To Clean Your Driveway (Tips from the Pros)

Most people forget that your driveway is the first thing a person touches when they pull up to your house. While a home's exterior matters, the first point of contact is always the driveway and whether you're having dinner guests over or looking to sell your home, it may be worth considering whether or not your driveway is helping or hurting you.

11 Ways To Make Your Backyard More Fun

For some, renovating the garden means either doing a lot of work or spending a lot of money. Upgrading your deck, resurfacing your patio, installing an outdoor pool, or having a large landscaping project done can cost thousands of pounds. But there are plenty of ways to renovate a garden without breaking the bank.

This article shares eleven simple (and cheap) ways you can make your garden a more enjoyable place to spend time in. Whether you want to spend some time alone in the yard or have more quality time with the family outdoors, these ideas are fun activities to DIY and can rejuvenate a boring backyard to life.

8 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids in the Garden Year After Year

These days kids are spending more time indoors in front of screens, and less time playing outside. This post has some great ideas to get your kids interested in being in the garden and growing plants. Some ideas include getting them their own planters, creating a competition, and showing off their hard work.

How to Assess Fire Damage

A fire in your home doesn't have to mean the end of a place where you've built so many memories and, most often, the damage is not so bad that you have to say goodbye. But, before a fire ever occurs in your home, there are a few important preventative measures to consider in your home's overall safety plan.

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens

Do you have a small garden? Are you stuck for ideas when it comes to planting? There are actually a lot of options available to you to make your small space feel like it was designed by a professional.

This post shares some planting ideas you can use, such as ways to draw the eye up and around your garden, thinking about leaf colours and shapes, contrast, and using layers.

Expert Posy Gentles gave her design advice in this post. She normally opens her Kent garden up once a year to be part of the National Open Gardens scheme.

World’s worst kitchen designs will put you off cooking for life

There’s bad kitchen design, and then there’s this lot. Would you like your oven to be free standing in the middle of the room? Or maybe quilted units take your fancy? Maybe you really like mould.

Whatever your tastes may be, take a look at these terrible kitchens and breathe a big sigh of relief that none of them are your kitchen.

Will house prices fall after Brexit? How they might be affected in No Deal

Brexit has been on everyone’s minds what with the recent news of Boris Johnson’s plan to force a no-deal Brexit. But how does all of this affect the housing market? And what will potentially happen after the possible no-deal result?

Most predictions are pointing towards house prices dropping in the next few years, which is the opposite to how the market has been performing since 2013.

Alternatively, it doesn’t seem that this Brexit outcome will have a negative affect on being able to obtain a mortgage - in fact interest rates could drop even lower. In fact, Brexit could potentially be better for buyers, but not so great for sellers.

It is important to mention that these are all predictions.

How to Protect Your Home From a Sewage Backup

This is not something to take lightly as sewage caries contaminants and bacteria harmful for your health. If you ever find sewage damage in your home you will want to call an expert who can clean it up immediately.

Once sewage touches anything in a home (carpet, flooring, baseboard, clothing, etc) it should all be thrown away. There are many signs you can be aware of for a sewage backup and the health side effects. This article explains everything you need to look out for.

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