After 7 years of renting in London, Mr Sunny and I have finally decided we are going to research buying a home. Before moving here, I owned a townhouse in the US for 12 years. There is much to love about owning a home, but it’s not always easy. Indeed, at some times, it seems very far from that. No matter how good your home might have been when you bought it, you’ll find that you run into one problem or another at some point. It always happens! The good news is that most homeowner problems are common, which is to say, a lot of people experience them. In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the more common complaints and also offer advice on how to fix them.
Your home only works if it’s functional, and for that to happen, everything has to be working as it was intended. But this isn’t always the case: things can and do break from time to time. If you’re looking around your house and you’re getting annoyed that things aren’t as perfect as they could be, then look at making changes. If the problem is with small things around the house, look at learning some DIY: you’ll be amazed at what you can fix around the house when you put your mind to it. If it’s appliances, then it might be time for an upgrade — but good news, newer products are more energy-efficient, so you’ll save money.
There’s Not Enough Space
Of all the complaints that homeowners have, none are as common as the space issue. While it might have felt large enough when you first moved in, things are different now — you might have children and many more possessions than you did back then, which means you might feel a little boxed in. Yet this is also a problem with straightforward solutions. One method is to take the minimalist approach and have a clearout. You could also look at adding a double storey extension to your property; this will bring significantly more space, and increase the value of your home. There’s no reason to settle for a small and cramped space when there are solutions available!
It’s too Dark
When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than letting the sun’s rays beam into your home. But that’s not always an option. If you have a dark home, then you’ll always get a little frustrated that you’re not getting sunshine in your home. But did you know that there are ways to let in more sunshine? It’s true. Look at switching out your windows as a first step. You’ll also want to keep bulky furniture away from the windows and hang mirrors in your home: they’ll bounce the light around your property.
The Outside World
Finally, if it feels like you’re always contending with the noise of the outside world, then make some changes. Soundproofing your home is easier than you might think and can make a significant difference to your home. You may also want to plant trees and hedges in your front garden to make your home more private, too.
This is a collaborative post on Sunny in London.