15 December 2011

Top Tricks to Decorate your Home for Christmas for Free

Christmas is coming and people are decorating their houses to celebrate the holiday season. Many people love Christmas decorations as they improve their home’s look and feel and some are spending thousands of pounds (or dollars) to achieve this.

However, amid global financial instability and insecurity, there’s a significant rise in people that are looking for simple and economical ways to Christmas decorate their houses. And not only there is no harm in spending less for Christmas decorations, but you will also end up with much more money to spend on presents for those people that matter the most.

Decorations might help but making presents and sharing love is true spirit of Christmas so don’t worry about spending money on decorations, save it for presents. Fortunately, there are quite a few tricks you can do at home to improve your property without spending too much. These are practical and budget friendly but it can do wonders to your home during the holidays.
Taking Advantage of the Old Christmas Cards

It’s time to take out all the Christmas cards you’ve been receiving for many years. Instead of having them collect dust, use them as wall decorations. Carefully place them around the house so that they can instantly remind you of the Christmas season. You only have to buy white tack and a few extra materials to customize the look of them.

Be Natural
Use Mother Nature’s gifts and decorate your coffee tables with evergreen branches, pinecones or berries (cranberries are pretty nice) and place a candle holder in the middle. Now, imagine the lit candle with the natural branches on a fireplace. It creates a dramatic effect indeed...
You can even decorate the doors with any type of greenery that you can get your hands on! Use holiday color spray if you choose.

Affordable Decoration
Aside from old Christmas cards, improve your design at home with affordable decorations from £1 stores. You’ll be surprised by what you could find in these stores, especially during the holiday season. Their items are very affordable and you can always add some glitter at home.
Ribbons and bows are also a very cheap and easy way to transform...anything! From your pillows, to furniture, or even cupboards... Tie anything with holiday coloured ribbons and they’ll immediately look like Christmas gifts!

Using Fake Trees
Using the traditional Christmas tree can be a great idea but very expensive not to mention the time it requires for decoration and clearing up. Save money by using fake trees since they are more affordable and you can keep them for next year’s holiday season.

photo courtesy of Jim Bastardo

23 November 2011

How to Have a Dream Holiday in Paris

Paris ranks among the best places in the world for a dream holiday. The exquisite atmosphere of the city and attractive, historical structures has made Paris a legend when it comes to romantic holiday and family vacations. Anyone has a reason to enjoy Paris.
To ensure that your dream holiday in Paris comes true, you need to have the perfect holiday home. The right holiday home in Paris can make or break your vacation since you’re there to enjoy everything including your place to call home for a few days or weeks.

Choosing a District
Everything starts in choosing the right district. Paris is divided into “arrondissements” and they are practically districts to identify their location. They are numbered so you can easily remember the area. The perfect district for tourists is the arrondissements with single digits. A district with a single digit means it’s very close to popular tourist destinations particularly the Louvre Museum.

Budget is No Problem
The common and the most inexpensive holiday homes in Paris are apartments. These are bachelor pads featuring standard amenities including air-conditioning and internet. There are also apartments with more rooms and additional amenities perfect for large families. The prices the holiday homes in Paris also depend on the season. If you have time, plan your vacation during low-season to save on rent.

Shop Online
Take your time to shop for the right holiday home in Paris. Don’t just settle for anything you found online and they look great. Research and look for reviews – these are your tools to ensure that you have a great holiday home with a perfect vacation.

photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn

25 October 2011

Unusual Holiday Homes for your next holiday

Spending your holiday in a beautiful property with a great landscape and view is always an amazing idea. Comfort and easy access to popular tourist attractions are only some of the advantages tourists can enjoy in their holiday homes. A beautiful holiday home could easily translate to a remarkable and unforgettable holiday.

While the common notion of a holiday home is a beautiful house in the countryside, there are holiday properties that push the envelope when it comes to comfortable setting in amazing natural surroundings. The following are unique and highly popular holiday vacation homes highly recommended for everyone.

Yurt Cottages

A yurt is basically a large modern hut that looks like a tent from the outside. It is a very popular type of holiday property in Devon because it’s very easy to set-up but sturdy against different types of weather conditions. Inside, the yurt comes with practically everything you need for the holiday. This is a highly recommended holiday property for those who wanted to be closer to nature.

Castles

There are hundreds of castles in Europe available for rent anytime of the year. But the best places to consider a castle for the holidays is in Scotland. They have the best properties with amazing views as these castles were specifically built for royalty.

Lighthouse

Another impressive holiday home to consider for your next vacation is a lighthouse. The best part about a lighthouse is they offer an amazing view of the ocean. A lighthouse in Somerset is a perfect example of a great lighthouse holiday home because it’s serene and it comes with amazing amenities for tourists to enjoy.

13 October 2011

Top Tips for Decorating a Living Room

Properly decorating the living room in your holiday home is a very important task. A well decorated living room provides a soothing welcome atmosphere for the guests. If you’re planning to rent your property during the holidays, a good looking living room will give a good first impression. Although renting out your property is not necessarily on first impressions, a good start will improve your chances of attracting more tenants.

The Chairs and Television

Your chair and the television are the most important and dominant objects in your living room. Don’t just scatter the chairs or place them in a lined up order since the place will end up looking like a classroom instead of a living room. Place the chairs around the television so that everyone will have a view of the entertainment appliance. Chairs surrounding the television will also look nice in the living room because of the smooth (not stiff when lined up) order of things at home.

Tables with Storage Options

If you’re adding tables in your living room (which you should), always consider tables with additional compartments. Food can be placed on top of the table while magazines and books can be placed inside the compartment. This will maintain the beauty of the living room because it will limit clutter.

The Right Color Combination

Color combination in your living room can be a little bit tricky. But here’s the safest trick that will make your living room look amazing: use neutral colors (grey, white, black, ivory) as your wall and focus on colorful ornaments. The ornaments will provide the needed hue in the living room and guests will feel spacious and relaxed.

29 September 2011

Top Tips to Keep your Property Warm in Winter


Keeping your property warm during the winter season is a must especially for holiday property owners. Your tenants expect to be warm and cozy in your holiday property and this can be harder and more expensive during the winter season. A properly installed heating system can easily get the place warm and heated but there are other small tricks and tips you can do to your property to make it a better place for winter.



Double Glazing

This is one of the best home improvement tips you can do to keep the heat from getting out. Double glazing is actually a double glass installation for windows, with a gap in between. The double glass keeps the heat in through the use of a space in-between the glass. It’s one of the highly recommended tips to improve heating at home because it’s simple and very effective.

Reduce Gaps in External Doors

Gaps in doors can easily let the heat out increasing the heating costs of your property. Careful planning is a must to reduce gaps in the external doors. If there are already gaps in your doors, use wooden or plastic sealants to prevent anything from getting out.

Loft Insulation

Just like double glazing, loft insulation is a must for every property because it can help prevent the heat from getting out. It’s also double-purpose insulation because it can keep the heat from getting in during the hot summer season. Many consider loft insulation as a very important addition because a lot of heat can go through the roof.



20 September 2011

Top Tips for Securing your Property


Security in your holiday property should be a priority once everything is settled. A single break-in can cause significant damage to the property not to mention the potential physical harm. It’s a must for every property owner to ensure security in every way to ward off theft, vandalism or any type of crime against the holiday property.

Practicality is the Key
The simplest methods of protecting your property from dangerous elements often work. Locking the doors and closing the windows can easily ward off potential break-ins. More often than not, thieves are very impatient when it comes to actual break-ins and they just leave when they see there are locks at the doors that they can’t easily handle.

Closing the windows is a very simple but a practical method in preventing any break-ins because it will prevent thieves from seeing anything they want to steal inside. It’s also a good way of protecting other types of security protocols you have inside.

Advanced Security Measures
If you’re really keen in protecting your property and catching anyone trespassing, consider installing security cameras in your property. But you have to make sure that your security cameras can cover everything. Any blind spot could be exploited and the money you spent for security is just a waste. A security camera is also a good method of protection because it will serve as a warning to those who want to break in.

There are also individuals with heavier garage doors as means of protecting their property. It’s a unique security protocol but it could work especially when you have simple locks in your garage doors.

07 September 2011

Top 3 Beach Towns in the UK


A fun weekend vacation at the beach doesn’t have to be in an exotic destination such as Bora Bora or Phuket. There are actually beaches in the UK that have become one of the best tourist destinations in the country for their friendly atmosphere, impressive amenities and beautiful beaches. These are beach towns that constantly attract locals because of their appeal during the summer season.

Lancashire

Located in the North West region of England, Lancashire has become a favorite for tourists during the summer season. The impressive Blackpool Pleasure Beach is among the top amusement parks in the UK not to mention it also features a resort with world class amenities. It’s the top destination for families because of the numerous rides in the amusement park.

02 September 2011

Top Affordable Property Locations in Northern Cyprus


Northern Cyprus is an emerging real estate market in Europe and a perfect holiday destination, which makes it the hottest yet sound property investment opportunity out there. Because the market is still in its early stages, there are still many affordable luxury properties. Miles and miles of untapped beaches with amazing views of different types of landscape await new property owners willing to explore the possibilities of owning a beautiful property in an emerging market.Some people compare its beauty with Spain’s sandy beaches, when unspoilt about forty years ago.


Kyrenia – Historic Town with Infinite Possibilities

Kyrenia is a bustling town with beautiful beaches and hotels. It’s well known for its historic structures such as its Castle and Church dedicated to Michael the Archangel. Its harbor is one of the busiest in the region with various hotels and beaches.


Catalkoy – Small Village with Rural Atmosphere

Six kilometers east of Kyrenia is a small but beautiful village of Catalkoy. It’s an increasingly popular real estate market because of its proximity to Kyrenia. But because of its rural atmosphere it’s still very affordable. Catalkoy is a highly recommended property for those who want to have an accessible and quiet property. The area would be great for a North Cyprus holiday home.


Kumyali Village – Village Full of Surprises

Tucked in the northeast portion of island, the village is well known for its different types of churches and Monasteries. The most popular attraction is the Church of St. Solomon built during the 15th century which features unique frescoes and markings. The area also features a golden-sand beach where most of the popular properties are on sale.

These are the village and towns with impressive, affordable properties in Northern Cyprus. They are highly accessible and promise a serene vacation for property owners.

23 August 2011

Wallpapering and Painting Your Holiday Property

Painting and wallpapering can easily transform an old holiday property into an ideal vacation destination. This is the reason why holiday property owners often consult an expert so that they can choose the right color and design to make their property look more presentable and attractive.

On the other hand, painting and wallpapering the property without outside assistance is also a good idea especially if you already have some experience. You can save money on labor and you can paint the property according to your design.


Investing in Equipment

One of the biggest mistakes of holiday property owners when paining and wallpapering is to go for cheap equipments. A cheap brush or roller can do its job for a few hours but the results will eventually speak for themselves. Cheap brushes will easily shred and has trouble holding the paint. This is also true for the equipment needed for cutting, pasting and hanging your wallpaper.


Selecting the Right Color

Colors are often chosen based on what you feel or mood for that day. This can become costly since you might end up choosing a color that will not impress your potential tenants. The safest color you can have for paint and wallpaper is white and never select black as color because tourists are looking for a place where they can relax.


Seeking Professional Assistance

If you’re not sure what you how to properly paint and add wallpaper to your property, seek a professional. Just be there while they’re doing the paint and wallpaper job so that you can get the color and design that you want.

11 August 2011

Top Tips for Renting Out your Holiday Property to Others

A holiday property is not just a place where you go on a vacation during your free time. It’s also a great investment idea because you can earn money renting your property to others. You’ll earn while practically doing nothing as others rent your property for their vacation.

Getting some tenants to rent your property is not an easy task. There are some things you have to do to make sure you attract the interest of would be renters. With these tips, you will have some inquiries and eventually have a tenant that will enjoy your place for their vacation.

Cleanliness is Top Priority

It doesn’t matter if your holiday property gives a perfect view of the ocean. You need to clean the property before the guests can inspect the area. Your guests are looking for a place where they can be at home and many of them want a clean holiday property.

Spend a Bit on Advertising

After cleaning the property get the word out that you are actually renting. This means you might have to share a small portion of the earnings with property agents and/or websites. Learn more about the services they offer and their rates so that you can get a good property agent that can rent out your holiday home.

Cover the Paper Works

One of the main reasons why it’s highly recommended to work with a property agent is the paper work. Part of the fee you share with the property agent is the amount of paper work they have to do to ensure that you get paid on time and the right contract is drawn out to cover unexpected expenses.