We have compiled a list of our team’s favourite tips and tricks for moving house. Have a read below to find some ideas to make it a calm and smooth moving process.

Plan in advance.

Advise utility companies that you are moving as early as possible. These may include gas, electricity, water, TV/Broadband and TV licence. Register with An Post to redirect your mail at least five days before you move. Remember to take a meter reading.

Decide on your options.

Decide in advance if you are hiring a moving company, hiring a van yourself or relying on help from friends. If you are hiring movers, it is advised to shop around and get a few quotes.  

Make an early start.

Start packing boxes as early as possible. The time required will depend on the size of your house and is contents. 2 – 3months in advance is always a good time scale to start. Identify what you will not need immediately. A few minutes a day can make a big difference in the long run.

Make checklists.

Identify what furniture needs to be dismantled, marked fragile and packed securely. Aim to complete different tasks each day, in the lead up to your moving day.

Colour code and number boxes.

Assign different colour codes to boxes with labels, coloured tape or markers. You may assign different colours for different rooms. Numbering the boxes may also help you keep track on your moving process. This will also help unpacking boxes at the new property and to realise if anything has been left behind.

Pack accordingly.

Ensure to pack now and organise at the new property. Save time unpacking with leaving your clothes on the hanger. Wrap clothes in suit bags or plastic bags. Wheeled suitcases are good for transporting heavy and delicate items

Take pictures.

Take pictures of the back of your TV and PC to remind you where certain wires go when setting up. Also taking pictures of certain box contents to remind you where to locate items quickly. A quick photo of the meter reading can be helpful to have on your phone.

To celebrate the fine weather, we have compiled a list of our team’s favourite tips and tricks for creating an outdoor living space in your garden. Have a read below to find some ideas to create your back garden oasis.

Choose the best area.

When deciding on an area to focus on in your garden, think about what you would like to use the space for – is it sunbathing, BBQs, reading or family dinners. This will help you identify the best space in your garden while considering the hours of sunlight, shade or space needed.

Create colour.

Deciding on your colour palette is very important as it can have effect on your overall mood. Calming colours (greens, blues, beige) will work perfectly for a relaxing space. Bright colours (orange, yellows, reds) may work to make a modern statement. Whites and creams can bounce light, making smaller areas appear larger.

Update your outdoor furniture.

Invest in durable outdoor furniture that will work for your needs. A corner sofa, sun loungers, hammocks, a pop up gazebo or a swing chair can really transform a space. For smaller areas you could have additional folding chairs in storage. Rattan garden furniture is long lasting and has a nice finish. Mature teak wood is also a popular durable option. Also remember to choose furniture that is UV resistant.

Bring the indoors outside.

Simple household additions can really uplift an outdoor area such as fairy lights, candles, rugs, cushions and plants. Solar lights can be a great sustainable solution to light up the garden in the evening. Transform dull walls with an artificial hedge, green ivy, or bamboo.

Make it your own secret garden.

Make the space your own. Escape from nosy neighbours in your own private space by adding a garden screen, fence, tall hedges, gazebo or a parasol.

Heat up the space.

Blankets on chairs always come in handy in the evenings. An outdoor heater or firepit will not only keep everyone warm but can also add a warm ambience.

Add that wow factor.

Make your garden unique with a wow factor. Find that final detail to give the garden your own personal touch. An outdoor movie projector, hot tub or a charming fountain can give your garden that personal finishing touch.

Mini Spring Clean

Dedicate one day to do a mini clean throughout the house. Empty wardrobes step by step. Clear out your cupboards and refrigerator. Clean your washing machine by putting on a full cycle with distilled white vinegar and baking soda.

Clean the Gutters

A leaf blower can help to clear your gutters. A mixture of white vinegar and water will help in removing grime and keep them white.

Turn Shabby into Chic

Give any worn furniture a lift with a shabby chic makeover. Sand old wooden furniture and add a few new coats of paint. Choose new doorknobs to give a fresh finish. Re-grout any old tiles that need a new lease of life. A tile grout finisher will give the perfect finish.

Add Some Greenery

Plants help purify a room and add a nice decor touch. Numerous studies have found that adding some greenery to a room can reduce anxiety and lift your mood. Choose some tropical plants to add a summer feel to your house. Popular tropical plants include Parlor Palm, Split Leaf and succulents. It is not recommended to place plants in bedrooms as they may create carbon dioxide at night.

Rearrange Furniture

In summer we tend to use the rooms in our house differently. Rearrange furniture with your summer lifestyle in mind. Opening patio doors, hanging lighter curtains and moving a mirror can brighten a room. Moving large furniture occasionally can also help save your flooring.

Rethink Lighting

Light in our homes changes from winter to summer. Maximise any natural light by angling furniture towards windows, choosing light colours and replace any dark lampshades.  Move your sofa and chairs away from windows in very hot temperatures. Cut back greenery in your garden to let in natural light.

Scents and Décor

Some of our landlords have replaced old wooden bedframes with bright white wooden frames. Replace old dark pictures and frames with bright, colouful designs. Finalise your home summer lift with some summer scents. Choose candles or diffusers to fill your room with an orange, lemon or tropical aroma and enjoy the summer feel in your own home.

To celebrate the first day of Spring, we have compiled a list of our team’s favourite tips and tricks for cleaning around the house, using all-natural ingredients. A safer alternative to harsh chemical products that is cheap, eco-friendly, and just as effective! Have a read below to find some tricks to follow for your Spring Clean this year!


If we are spending a third of our lives in bed, its important to keep it fresh to get the best night’s sleep. Mix four drops of your favourite essential oil or home scent with baking soda and sprinkle it directly over the mattress. Let it sit for at least an hour and vacuum it up.  Last step is to enjoy some beauty sleep! 

Pots & Pans

Whether you wash your pots and pans by hand or pop them into the dishwasher, the bottom of the pan always needs a bit more elbow grease to get it back looking brand new. Sprinkle baking soda over any burnt areas and pour vinegar on top. Any stains can then be easily scrubbed away. They will be back sparkling in no time!


To keep your drains smelling fresh and to combat any build-up of odour, pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, followed by a cup of soda crystals and vinegar. Add a drop of your favourite home scent if you wish and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Flush everything down with another kettle of boiling water, and you are done!

Washing Machine

A clean washing machine will keep your clothes feeling fresh and new for longer. Pop baking soda directly into the drum of your washing machine and run it on a high temperature. This will gently scrub the inside and fight any mildew from old fabric softener left behind.


Hidden in the corner of the kitchen, the microwave can often be neglected. To get it back looking and feeling brand new, fill a microwave-safe container with water and add a few lemon slices and a few tablespoons of baking soda to remove any odours. Pop your container into the microwave on high for 3 minutes and let it sit there for another five. The steam will then let you wipe off any dirt without any hassle!

Doran Estates Celebrating 15 Years in Business

Established in 2005 by the late Frank Doran, this year Doran Estates are delighted to be celebrating their fifteenth anniversary.

The business was founded on a simple proposition – to provide a first-class service to each individual client alike – and fifteen years later the family-run property business, now led by Frank’s daughter Bridget-Anne, has grown to a team of ten passionate employees working together to deliver great results to our clients in both the sales and rental markets across Dublin, Kildare and Meath.

In 2018 we made the move to our new purpose-built office, a bright, open and collaborative space where our team can welcome clients and provide practical and professional advice at every stage of the sales or rental process. This year as part of our anniversary celebrations, we have also rebranded Doran Estates and launched a new website to give our clients a more accessible and streamlined user-experience.

On our 15th anniversary we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for but what we really want to say is thank you. To our clients, our community and everyone who has supported the business over the years, your relationship with Doran Estates is incredibly important to us and has allowed us to help countless people in the local area to achieve their property goals.

Our company slogan is ‘Our Door is Always Open’ so stop by at 308 Kimmage Road Lower where one of the team will be delighted to welcome you and offer free and friendly advice no matter what your property needs are.

Bridget-Anne Doran, Director of Doran Estates, speaks with Tallaght Echo journalist Maurice Garvey on adapting business models to withstand the pandemic. 

‘’During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we were faced with many challenges. I am proud to say that as a team we took these obstacles within our stride and adapted accordingly to best serve our clients while keeping staff safe. Although, the pandemic presented challenges for us as a business we accepted the new obstacles and found ways to adapt our business model accordingly. The pandemic encouraged creativity in our approach for each service we offered. We altered our communication style ensuring that we were staying connected with clients on a daily basis even though we had to stay apart. We arranged virtual viewings to distill our message that our door is always open. Personally, I believe that the pandemic conveyed that we are extremely dynamic in our business approach and I’m very grateful for every client, supplier, and team member that worked with us during these trialing times. 

There are currently eight employees working for Doran Estates. I can say without a doubt that we would have not made it through this whirlwind of uncertainty without the dedication and passion that each team member has displayed. Each employee was committed to accomplishing their assigned tasks and going above and beyond for our clients even under these challenging circumstances with a can-do attitude during these unique times has been nothing short of inspiring. I’m incredibly proud and beyond thankful for the employees at Doran Estates. I’m delighted to see the team back in the office. The office has been fitted with perplex screens and staff have been provided with PPE to ensure their safety. Although it will be a different form of working style that we are used to we will go on, adapt, and grow. ’’

Read more of the interview here

Out with the old, in with the new.

Welcome to the new Doran Estate website. As you may have noticed we have updated our branding. During this extraordinary time we have taken the opportunity to reflect on our beginnings and envisage where we see ourselves over the coming years enabling us to create a new brand image that best represents Doran Estates and the premium service that we provide.

Over the past fourteen years our steady growth has brought new clients, new team members, and moved us into a new modern purpose built sales office located on a high street. The new identity had to satisfy all of the existing expectations of what our original identity stood for, while simultaneously moving the brand forward to acknowledge the maturity, accessibility, and excellence of our service.

You will see it’s not just our logo that is changing. We’ve changed our website, our social media, our messaging, and our focus is still on helping our clients to succeed. What we’re saying shouldn’t be unfamiliar to our existing client base.

We are proud of what we have achieved at Doran Estates over the last fourteen years and we owe our success to the team members, the partnerships that we have made and the clients that have supported us along this tough journey.

We owe this rebrand to all of you.

Our Door is Always Open!

Stay Safe, Stay Home.

A letter to our clients

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, all of us here at Doran Estates are concerned about the safety and well-being of our families, colleagues, clients, suppliers and the many friends.

Our hearts are with those who have been affected directly or indirectly by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need.

Working remotely

We have an experienced team at Doran Estate that are here for you. For the purpose of safety, our team are currently working remotely however we are still fully contactable over the phone and via email during our normal hours of business between Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Property viewings

Unfortunately, viewings for advertised properties have been interrupted due to the current situation. In certain circumstances, we can offer video tours and virtual meetings with prospective purchasers and tenants. We will be communicating with our clients directly to confirm our available services.


Following the government’s instructions, we are still able to promptly address any essential maintenance, such as major plumbing issues or loss of electrical power, etc. Regarding non-essential works, we are continuously liaising with all third-party contractors in relation to their service provisions. Please note certain services may be interrupted.

On behalf of all the team at Doran Estates we are committed to working with you to provide a continued service that will see us through this pandemic.

Stay Safe, Stay Home.

Renting during Covid-19

Covid-19 has brought significant challenges to both landlord and tenants. On the 27th of March, the Dáil passed an emergency legislation which included measures to protect and support tenants during this uncertain time.

The Covid-19 Act 2020 introduced moratoriums on both rent increases and notices of termination. This means that rent increases and notices of termination cannot be issued while this legislation is in place. If either was issued prior to the 27th of March 2020, its effect is paused until the legislation is lifted. The legislation is to be lifted three months following its commencement, however it may be extended depending on the Health Authories advice to the government.

Advice for tenants renting

While tenants are obliged to continue to pay their full rent, the government have taken several measures to provide tenants with financial support. If you are renting and your employment has been affected by Covid-19, we recommend that you apply for rent supplement which is a means-tested payment from the government. The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment may also be available to you if your income has been affected. In order to apply for either payments, you can contact your local Intreo Centre by phone or email. For safety purposes, the applications can be done online so you do not have to visit the Intreo Centre itself.

For further information on the emergency measures taken during Covid-19, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) have a helpful download available to the public, which answers frequently answered questions on the subject. Please click on this link to download their guide.

When selling your property, there are few small things you can do to help you achieve the best price possible. Our agents here at Doran Estates have shared their five top tips to prepare your property for sale and help you put your best foot forward. You will be surprised what the extra effort can achieve.


In order to maximise space, it is important to remove all unwanted items. Where possible, storage rooms should be almost empty in order to show people the potential of the space available. Personal items should be tucked neatly away within cupboards. If your property is unoccupied, it might be advisable to keep larger items of furniture in place, such as beds and sofas, as it makes it easier for purchasers to comprehend the size of the rooms.  

Squeaky Clean

A squeaky-clean house can make a huge impact to the demand of your property it creates a terrific first impression. Items such as clean floors, bathrooms, countertops and gleaming windows can make a massive difference to how people view your property. Sometimes, a professional clean might be advised to present the property in a sparkling condition!

Freshen Up

You would be amazed of the difference a touch up of paint can make to a property. A fresh coat of paint can revive and brighten a tired space. If the floor covering is worn, fresh carpet or lino can also help people visualise comfort within the property. We always recommend sticking with a neutral colour as it gives a fresh and modern appearance which appeals to a wider audience.


Even small items of disrepair within a property can immediately turn a prospective purchaser at a viewing. Items such as broken door handles or loose sockets should be repaired to show potential purchasers that the property has been cared for. For all works that are carried out, please ensure to use a registered professional.

Setting the Scene

The property should be aired out in advance of viewings. During the summer, curtains and blinds should be opened in order to maximise the amount of natural light throughout the property.  For winter months, the heating should be put on an hour before viewings and all lightbulbs should be in working order. A scented candle or plug-in air freshener can really make a difference.

Ultimately, by following these tips, you are putting your best foot forward.