HousePals blog

Our Housepals blog is our little platform to blog about things related to the world of Housepals and flat and house sharing.

When Should You Move Out of your Family Home?

You may have started to notice that the street you’ve lived on for many years is peppered with ‘FOR SALE’ signs. The neighbours you’ve lived beside through changing seasons and growing children are, one by one, beginning to downsize their homes, perhaps moving to the quieter, country corner of where you live.


 


Selling the family home for something smaller and cheaper has its merits, of course, but when should you move out of yours? In fact, should you move out of it at all? And where would you consider moving, if you… Read more >>

5 Tips For Making Your Home More Attractive

Your home is your pride and joy. It’s where you spend the most time and where you raise your kids. It only makes sense that you’d want it looking its best at all times.


You get busy, and I’m sure the first things to go are your home and your health and happiness. It’s time to turn that around and do something about it. Learn five tips for making your home more attractive and get back on track.


Declutter


Your first order of business is to declutter and remove… Read more >>

5 Simple Ways to Introduce Colour to Your Rented Room

While minimalist, all-white interiors are beautiful, they tend to only look amazing on Pinterest. In real life, all-white (or worse, magnolia) interiors can be a bit dull and depressing. And sometimes they’re just totally lifeless and cold.


 


 


This isn’t a problem if you own your home given the fact you can crack open a tin of paint and start splashing colour wherever you want. But if you’re renting, you’ll have to get more creative than that. Here are five simple ways to introduce colour to your rented room without upsetting your landlord or breaking… Read more >>

What to consider when investing in buy-to-let property

With some UK pension funds in crisis, the pound hitting record lows and even some government gilts producing negative returns, it is hardly surprising some people are wondering just where they can find an investment that will actually bring in some sort of yield.


 If there is one thing the financial chaos of the past decade has taught us, it is that the old adage, “there is no better investment than bricks and mortar” appears to be more true today than ever.… Read more >>

Smart Protection For Your Home

 It’s hard to keep up with technology that aims to improve your home-life, and with the recent Amazon Echo release, more people are welcoming multi-functional devices into their shared homes to make life a little easier.


Technological advancements are creating ‘active’ products – triggered by touch, voice or programmed timer. From dimming the lights to playing your favourite artist on Spotify, or switching the heating on to boiling the kettle, our whims have never been so catered for.


Active devices do require power though – plugged into the mains, battery operated or rechargeable through USB –… Read more >>