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Moving Home in London: How to Handle Children and Pets

Man and Van ServiceAs much as you feel that moving home will be stressful for you, you need to consider your children and pets as well. Your children are probably already attached to that neighborhood, and the pets will likely become disoriented with the new environment. Below are some moving tips that will help make a move easier for the kids and the pets as well. Moves that involve children and pets are always best of being handled by a man and van service who can help organise the entire move making sure the London relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

 

Children

You must inform your kids as soon as possible that you will be moving, so they get used to the idea. Involve them in the process, answer their questions and tell them exactly what will happen. If you will be going to a new area, show them around and especially the fun things they will be doing there, so they will look forward to it. Show them the new house as well as their rooms and talk about their room decorations with them.

If they are older, involve them in the packing. It will be more fun if you let them label or decorate the boxes and sort some of the things out. Ensure the kid’s stuff are last to get on the track, so when you arrive, they are first to get out.

Ask someone to look after them on a moving day for their safety and if not, involve them in the move and give them titles like toy coordinator, so they feel the part. Place their things in their rooms first so they can be busy as you organise the rest of the house. Make your first night fun through watching a movie or having pizza. This will make them feel that you are still a family. After some time they are likely to be sad from missing their friends so look for new ones as soon as possible.

Pets

Put your pet in a kennel or cattery during the move to avoid stress for both parties. In case this is not possible, during the move, put them in one room and close it to keep them away from the commotion. Ensure that everyone knows where they are and leave them some toys, water and food. While travelling, put them in cages and if not, place them in the back seat and fasten the seatbelt. If you are travelling for long, take breaks so they can relieve themselves. Do not put them in the boot. Once you get to the new home, place them in one room and don’t forget their toys and water.

Once you are done organising, let them explore but make sure they cannot escape. Let them spread their scents so they are m ore comfortable in the new home. Make them a routine of small frequent meals and attention and when you let the dog explore outside, put them on a lead and accompany them till they gain confidence.

If you have an outdoor cat, put it indoor for about two weeks and sprinkler some of their litter around the garden after that to make sure they recognise their home. This will also warn other cats away. You have to be patient, settling in will take time. For general tips on moving home in London we recommend taking a look at these moving home tips. Hopefully you now have all the information you need for a successful relocation.

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Creative DIY Patio Ideas

patio-ideasIf you love to spend time outdoors on your patio, there might come a time when you feel that it needs a makeover. There are so many DIY patio ideas that you can use to revamp your patio. Your patio will become homier from comfy chairs to accent pieces and shelving; you can make it look much better with a few simple changes. Below are some of my favourite ideas which you can easily implement.

DIY ladder shelf

You can make your DIY ladder shelf and paint it whatever colour you want or one that goes with the décor. You can place your beautiful potted plants on it or display some of your favourite things, and it will look great on the patio.

Add a path of pavers

If you would like to keep the grass in shape, you can easily install some pavers or stepping stones. These come in many sizes or shapes, and you need not use brick, you can use travertine or concrete pavers. Pavers are easily installable and can be stained to match your décor.

Furnish frugally

In case you would like to have seating options on the patio, you don’t need to use expensive premier outdoor furniture, just look for ready-to-assemble furniture at an improvement store. They are a whole lot cheaper, and they come in a variety of styles and shapes to suit your needs.

Lighten things up

If you add lights to your patio, you will change the look and feel complete. In addition to that, it will add security and safety at night. You can add solar lamps, involve some light fixtures or hum limps. CFL and LED lamps are a lot better because they are eco-friendly and will save you on the bills.

Grow a garden

If you love a green scene on your patio, you can add a garden or hang plants that will blend with the yard. If you would like more colour, you can add cherry tomatoes or simply plant flowers, depending on what you like best. Some foliage will help but do not clutter it up.

Make your patio multifunctional

If your patio is disjointed from your yard, you can make it multifunctional. You could incorporate a tarp with some seating and a fireplace. Space will feel a lot more functional and a lot less cramped.

Work the wall space

In case you have too many potted plants, you can adhere them to the walls around the patio. This will help your patio blend with your landscape, and it will also free some room in the yard. Vertical plants are especially great for this.

Conclusion

These are just some of the DIY patio ideas you can implement in your home to make it feel homier and more welcoming. In case you have no idea where to start, you can contact a local gardener to help with the plans. You do not need to replace the whole patio to make it feel new and great; you can make simple additions that will add value as well as comfort to your patio.

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How to install a walkway

The first thing to do is remove the old walkway

The first thing you need to do is obviously remove the old walkway to pave the way for the new one. This is a very easy process because you just need a jackhammer, which you can rent, some good work gloves and safety goggles. The jackhammer will do the rest of the job for you.

Create the edges

Once the old walkway is gone, you will have to create the edge of the new walkway using either a garden hose or some stakes and string. For an even cleaner edge, you can remove the excess sod with a flat shovel.

Create the brick bed

First, you will need to remove give or take 8” of the top soil and make sure you level the ground. Then, add 4” of gravel and 2” of sand on top of the gravel. If you want to know the exact measurement of the materials you will use, you only have to do some simple mathematics. You will figure it out by measuring the entire length of your walkway, the width and then the depth. If you multiply them, you will get the cubic footage, and as a safety precaution, you can add 5 percent.

Tamping it down

Once you are done adding the stone, you need to tamp it down in place. Ensure that it is levelled so take your time because it is very important. If the bound is not firm once you lay the bricks, after some time they are bound to move. If you do not have a tamper and don’t want to rent one, you can easily build one by nailing a 2 X 4 to the centre of a square wood plank.

Add the sand

You cannot use play sand for this project; you need to have concrete sand because it is jagged and will hold the pavers into place. If you use beach sand, the bricks will shift out of place. Tamp down the sand as well. Spread about 2” of sand on the walk area then put two 1” pipes on both sides of the path. Place a level across the pipes then add more sand until the pipes are levelled. Use the pipes are rail and drag a board over the area, which is called screeding to get a smooth area. You can then remove the pipes, fill those gaps with sand and smoothed by hand.

Pick the pavers

Pavers come in many different sizes, shapes, colours and styles and you have to pick the right one for you. Regardless, they all have a similarity; they have nubs that allow some space between then, which will allow sand between and the sand will lock them in place. To know how many pavers you will need, you have to do some more maths. If you multiply the length with the width, you will get the square footage.

Lay the pavers

You will have to place them gently on the sand without pushing them. Run a string on the outer edge to keep it straight and use a lattice for the curves. If you have curves, you have to cut some bricks, and you can do this with a hand-held saw. You can mark them with a pencil before you cut and take your time.

Fill the gaps

Once all the bricks are in position, sweep dry sand on top to fill all the crack and hold the bricks in place. You can add fill dirt at the edges to hold the bricks in place. You should sweep sand a couple of times especially after rainstorms to hold them completely in place.

You can also find some great advice in this video I found: