Sep 11, 2015

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Things You Should Do When Remodeling Your Bathroom

If you are remodeling your bathroom, you are probably so excited to have a new bathroom that will suit all of your needs and make you feel like you are visiting your favorite spa every time you walk in the door. Perhaps you’re just anxiously awaiting that new tub or shower and the ambient lighting that will help to mellow you out after a long day at work. There are some things you should definitely do when you are remodeling your bathroom that many people, including contractors, will not share with you. Here are some things to do when you’re planning a bathroom remodel to make sure everything turns out perfect, just like you hope for.

Pick Classy Fixtures

When you’re remodeling your bathroom, you always want to be sure to choose classy fixtures and be sure that everything matches perfectly. There are many gorgeous finishes out there and you should also consider the type of sink and tub you are having installed as well. A tub with claw feet and a free-standing sink without a cabinet looks classier than your traditional boxy fixtures.

Sit In Your Tub Before Purchasing It

If you are getting a new tub in your bathroom, you want to be sure that you sit down in it before you purchase it to be sure that it is going to accommodate you properly. If you can stretch your legs out and feel comfortable and you’re happy with the tubs features and design, go ahead and get it. If you’re not happy and you’re crunched up, you probably want to look at a different tub. Bigger isn’t always better, but in some cases it is. Usually, however, a 60 inch tub is perfect for a person of any height.

Pick the Right Flooring

Next, you need to be sure that you are picking the right flooring. You probably do not want to have wall to wall carpeting installed in your bathroom, because it is going to get damp and possibly mold underneath. A hard floor, whether it be wood, laminate or even tile, is always your best bet with some tastefully placed bathroom rugs for an added touch.

Good Lighting is Key

Because you are going to use your bathroom both day and night, you want to be sure that it is properly lit. Sure, you can opt for lights on a dimmer or some ambient lights on a different switch, but you always want to be sure that your bathroom is well lit so you can see what you’re doing, especially if you’re in there applying makeup or even dying your hair at home. Without the right lighting, you could have a real mess on your hands.

These tips and tricks are designed to help you make the most of your bathroom remodel whether it’s a small bathroom renovation or a complete overhaul. Be sure to take all of these things into consideration before going gung-ho and tearing the place apart. Your bathroom can be transformed into the bathroom of your dreams, so long as you don’t rush it and you actually interest yourself in the things you put into it.

For more information on bathroom remodeling best practices contact a bathroom remodeling company in your city.

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Aug 27, 2015

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A Clean Home is a Happy Home

There are many things that are important when you own your own home, but by far, one of the most important things is for your home to be clean. If you are like so many other people in the world, you may think your home is not actually that dirty just by looking at it, but dirt, dust and germs can hide in places that are not visible to the naked eye. Perhaps you also think that it is simply a waste of time to move everything around to clean and then have to move it back because it will just get dirty again. Believe it or not, though, having a dirty, disorganized house can be stressful, more stressful, in fact, than cleaning. If you’re not willing to put forth the effort yourself, there are many cleaning professionals out there that will clean your home for you. Here are a few things to consider when you’re spring cleaning your abode.

Everything Must Be Cleaned

If you’re spring cleaning your home, it is important that everything gets cleaned. You can’t just run the vacuum, run a dust cloth over large objects and call it a day because that’s pointless and it is not effective. No one expects the house to be cleaned in just one day, so tackle one room at a time and clean the room from top to bottom. You’ll want to be sure to move everything, dust and polish it and put it back in place. Vacuum and possibly steam clean the rugs to get all the dirt that was tracked in during the winter out and clean the windows. If the curtains look like they could use a washing, toss them in the washer and hang them wet if you must. Remember, every nook and cranny should be cleaned.

Its Good for Your Health

Though cleaning seems like a lot of tiring work, it is actually good for your health in a few different ways. Of course, you’re up and moving around, so you will be burning calories, which is great if you’re trying to ditch those extra pounds you tacked on during winter. According to a cleaning service in Chicago that we interviewed, cleaning is also great because when you vacuum and dust, you are removing allergens like pet dander, dust and dust mites from your home, which can cause allergies, asthma or other breathing problems. You’ll also be sanitizing things, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, so you’ll be killing those nasty E. coli and staph germs as well.

A cleaner home is actually a much happier and healthier home indeed. When cleaning, remember that Rome was not built in a day and you can always tackle one room at a time. Even if it takes you a week to get your home cleaned, you’ll be glad you did it when your home is clean, organized and fresh for spring.


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Aug 19, 2015

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Ways to Cool and Save This Summer

Keeping your home cool in the summer is not easy and it certainly isn’t cheap. The sun seems to get hotter as the bills get higher and some people find that they simply cannot afford to run an air conditioner. What do you do? You can’t just sit in your house and bake to death, so you have to find ways to cool off that will also save you money. Fortunately for you, there are plenty. Here are a few to keep the money in your pockets and your house a lot cooler than it was.

1. Replacing Air Filters

You have to be sure that you are replacing your air filters on a regular basis. When your air filters get dirty, they can seriously decrease the efficiency of the cooling system in your home. You’ll be using energy and it won’t be doing you any good. Most say they’re good for three months, but should be replaced every two months for good measure.

2. Adjust the Thermostat

When you are not around, there is no reason to keep your home as cool as you would when you are there. You can raise the temperature in your home by seven to 10 degrees when you’re not there to save on the electricity it would take to keep it cool. This will help you to save 10% on cooling costs in a year. A programmable thermostat will ensure that your temperature change occurs regularly, like you want it to. Digital thermostats are usually specific to certain brands of air conditioners and furnaces so we recommend bringing in an electrician to install the thermostat and make sure everything is running properly.

3. Close Your Shades

During the day, you may want to leave your shades open to let the sun shine though, but you’re heating your home for unnecessary reasons. If you draw the shades closed in your home, you will be reducing the heat gain in your home by up to 45 percent, which will keep your home much cooler.

4. Seal Your Air Leaks

If you have any air leaks in your home, you are loosing your cooling, just like you’d be losing heating in the winter. All you need to do to prevent this loss is to get a caulk gun at the local hardware store and seal the leaks around your windows. This will help to keep your home up to 20% cooler and you will definitely notice the change.

5. Use Fans

There is no need for you to run out and use an air conditioner to cool your home. They use almost 50 times more energy than fans do. Fans use considerably less energy and will save you money at the same time. They can keep your home nice and cool and will only use between 10 to 100 watts of power, whereas an air conditioner will use between 2,000 and 5,000. They also don’t require an electrician for installation, and the upfront cost is much lower.

Now that you have some tips and tricks to keep your home cooler this summer while helping you keep your cool when it comes to your electric bill, you should be all set to stay cool and comfortable all summer long, even on the hottest days.

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Jul 25, 2015

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Is it worth having a rental property?

Many homeowners consider whether it is worth having a rental property for additional revenue. This can be a great way to make some extra income and get a higher return than what the bank is offering, but there are some factors that need to be considered first. Whether this will be a profitable endeavor is largely based on the current real estate market and your ability to find good tenants.

The first thing that you should consider is the ROI. Back in the 90’s you could easily make 20% a year on real estate investment, but in today’s market depending on the city it might be hard to do more than 5%. A good rule of thumb is to shoot for a target rate of return of about 10% assuming full occupancy.  This means that if you’re going to spend $200k on the property it should be bringing in at least $20k a year after expenses.

Another factor to consider is whether to leverage debt or not.  Let’s assume that you have $200k of cash you’re looking to invest. You could purchase one $200k property and if you follow the rule above you’ll make $20k per year. Alternatively you could get a mortgage from the bank.  If you have good credit you should be able to take out a mortgage with 20% down so in theory you could take out 5 mortgages and buy 5 $200k properties. In this case, following the 10% rule you’ll be bringing in $100k/month in revenue, but now you’re paying interest on the mortgage of around 4% so you’re actual ROI is only going to be 6% on the $1,000,000 investment which works out to $60k per month.  By leveraging debt we’ve increased your monthly return from $20k to $60k all based on your initial $200k investment. Leveraging debt can provide higher returns but it also is much higher risk.  In the second scenario if interest rates go up to 10% you’ll be making a 0% return, however in the first scenario your income is not affected by interest rates. Many real estate investors will leverage debt on 1 property and invest the rest of their money in different markets.  This diversification ensures that if interest rates do go up you can either pay off your mortgage more quickly, or your other investments will be paying out higher returns to offset the loss in the real estate market.

Many new landlords have trouble deciding whether to hire a property management company or not.  If you have little experience as a landlord you should definitely hire a management company. A good management company will be able to offset their own fees by getting higher rent amounts and finding better tenants that don’t ruin your property. According to Craig Acord, CPM and owner of a San Antonio property management company, often times vacancy costs are much higher than what it would cost to hire a management company to ensure the place is consistently occupied.

To recap, if you’re considering getting into investment real-estate, first you need to analyze the market you’re in and decide if the ROI is high enough. Then decide whether you intend on leveraging debt or not, and finally, hire a professional property management company.

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Jun 23, 2015

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Tips to Slashing Heating Bills

It will be a few months yet before residents of Manitoba will need to make use of their home heating appliances. While the warmth of summer is well and truly here, it is important not to forget about the chilly months that can be expected as the year-end draws closer. Getting started on sorting your heating needs months in advance can be a big help in eventually cutting down on the costs you will have to endure when the frost kicks in. Here are a few strategies you can put into action now so as to reduce your heating budget this year.

  • Windows and doors

With older homes, there is often weather-stripping that affects the frames of doors and windows. This creates minor gaps that allow for cold drafts into rooms that you are trying to keep heated. Your heating bills can increase by as much as 12% due to this kind of heat loss. Fixing these leaks is best done now so as also not to affect your cooling bills too. Eliminating gaps along door thresholds is also recommended.

  • Attic space

Make it a habit to inspect your attic space and the insulation material you have put in. Fiberglass, cellulose and rock wool are the typical insulation materials. Remember to check for any trapped moisture that may cause water damage and pay special attention to the area between the joists on the attic floor when upgrading. Also, remember to insulate the attic door and ensure it forms a proper seal that will prevent heat from escaping. This can help slash heating costs by as much as 30%.

  • Buy gadgets

It is common practice in retail stores to place discounts on items that are not in season, and clear dead stock. This means now is the best time to invest in heating gadgetry on the cheap that you can make good use of in a few months time. Options like programmable thermostats, ceiling fans and portable heaters are excellent choices whose cost will be more than covered by the savings made this winter. If you use a water heater, consider buys such as tank insulator sleeves to help slash energy bills even beyond winter months.

Also remember to have your heating appliances and systems checked and serviced early on and avoid the last minute rush. According to Winnipeg heating specialist Todd Jenkins, regular servicing and timely repairs will allow your appliances to run efficiently.

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Apr 28, 2015

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Benefits of Having a Clean Home

Cleaning ServicesIf you are like so many other people, you may find yourself wondering why you should ever clean your home when it is just going to get dirty again. This may seem true, but the actual truth of the matter is that there are many benefits of having a clean home, especially if you have allergies or asthma and other breathing problems. There are many benefits of keeping a clean house, aside from the health benefits. A clean home can bring about emotional wellbeing as well. Here are a few of the many benefits of having a clean home that can provide you with some motivation to get scrubbing. Remember, if you don’t like cleaning there is always an option to hire a cleaning service to take care of everything for you. The following tips came from Winnipeg cleaning service owner Terry Williams.

 Allergy Reduction

 You will see that by cleaning your home on a regular basis, you will be significantly reducing the dust and other allergens from your surroundings. There are many household chores, such as dusting, sweeping and vacuuming that can dispose of dust, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens that are known for causing cold and flu-like congestion and other symptoms. If you are someone that suffers from allergies, asthma and other breathing problems, a clean house can really help to reduce your symptoms.

 Keep Things Sanitary

 If you use disinfecting products to clean your home, you will see that the ingredients in them will kill bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms that can be dangerous to your health. You will see that the disinfecting ingredients are successfully able to target the germs and bacteria, including E. coli, staph and salmonella. These are the germs that cause many food borne illnesses and infections. Disinfecting products should be used to sanitize surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen and other area of the home that are frequently used.

 Reducing Stress

 You will find that cleaning your home can actually reduce stress, even though cleaning may seem stressful. By cleaning your home and getting things organized, you can reduce the stress you feel when your home is disorganized and cluttered. Then, in the event that someone wants to come and visit, you won’t have to be stressed out or run around like a chicken without a head trying to get neat in a hurry.

 Having a clean home is highly beneficial for a variety of reasons and these are just a few. Of course your home is going to get messy and disorganized, but that is because you live in it. Keeping it clean will make you feel better and make living in your home more enjoyable.


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Apr 2, 2015

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Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

interior-design-homes-photos-minimalist-design-6-on-home-design-ideasFirst tip: You need to spend an hour with a pro
You should invite an interior designer or realtor over to check out your home. A lot of realtors will do this as a good manner, but you will almost certainly have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. You should check with a few designers in your area; also, a standard hourly fee is usually less than hundred dollars, and in one hour they can give you a lot of ideas for improvements that you need. And some small improvements, such as furniture placement or paint colors, can go a long way in improving the feel and look of your home.
Second tip: You need to inspect it
You should know that not every home improvement is ornamental. Termite infestation, outdated electrical systems or deteriorating roofs —if you do not know is it broken you cannot fix it. So, you should hire an inspector in order to check out the areas of your home that you do not usually see. They can discover some of the hidden problems that can impact negatively your home’s value. Also, some small problems (a hidden water leak, for example) can become big and expensive problems very fast; and also, the longer you delay repairs, know that the more expensive those repairs will be.
Third tip: Paint and Paint
Paint is one of the most cost-effective and simplest improvements of all! Recently painted rooms look updated and clean — and that spells value. You should keep in mind that neutrals appeal to a lot of people, when selecting paint colors, and for that reason makes your home more attractive. A gallon of paint costs around twenty five dollars on average, by leaving you plenty of money to buy painter’s tape, rollers, brushes and drop cloths. So, you should buy a few gallons and get busy!

Modern-Interior-DesignFourth tip: You need to find inspiration
A substitute to hire a designer is to search for decorating and remodeling inspiration in design-oriented books, magazines, websites and TV shows. Basically print off or tear out the ideas you want to try and then start your to-do list. You need to keep it simple — do-it-yourself projects are the best when you are remodeling on a tight budget.

Fifth tip: You should cut energy costs
The total sum of money you spend every month on energy costs can look like a fixed amount, but a lot of local utility companies offer free energy audits of their customers’ homes. Also, they can show you how to make the best use of the energy effectiveness in your home. You should know that an energy-efficient home will save you money now, and that can be applied to other updates, and in the long run, it is a more valuable and marketable asset.
So, you should use these tips in order to increase your home’s value. These small changes will have a great influence on the look of your house.

Sixth tip: Renovate the main floor bathroom

A bathroom renovation can be a daunting task, and many people don’t have the time or money to have it done while living in a house, but if you’re about to sell it’s the best time to do it.  An average Calgary bathroom renovation (one of Canada’s largest real estate markets) ranges from $5k-$15k and adds between $10k and $45k to the sale value of the house. Even if you don’t have the money for it, it’s worth it to borrow because you’ll be “flipping” the bathroom reno for at least twice the cost as soon as you sell the home.

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Apr 2, 2015

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Is it safer to remove asbestos or leave it there?

Is it safer to remove asbestos or leave it there?

asbestos-removal-2The ’80s were stamped by agitation over asbestos. In the 1970s, it got to be progressively passing that presentation to this sinewy material could result in malignancy and other respiratory issues. Maybe what powered asbestos insanity the most was the disclosure that asbestos could be discovered pretty much all over the place – in workplaces, houses of worship, schools, and markets and, to top it all off, homes.
The surge to have asbestos expelled from structures and homes started, and governments over the globe moved to boycott and eliminate generation of asbestos in assembling. As the decades progressed, a ton of asbestos has been expelled from structures all through the world, yet there’s bounty all the more still set up. What’s more, since removing asbestos is perilous – also costly – is it better to have it evacuated or to simply allow it to sit unbothered?
Living in a home with in place asbestos doesn’t fundamentally represent a well-being danger. Many people who endure asbestos-related real wellbeing issues are presented to the substance over drawn out stretches of time, for example, laborers in industrial facilities that deliver asbestos items. Anyway when these materials in your home crumble after some time, or get to be exasperates or harmed, asbestos strands can be discharged into the air. It’s a material with bunches of resilience; strands can stay around your home for quite a long time. Once discharged, these filaments – particularly the little, imperceptible mixture – can be inhaled into your lungs.
After some time, these strands can develop in your lungs, creating lung growth and mesothelioma – a tumor of the lung and stomach pit lining. Asbestos is a sufficiently unsafe wellbeing hazard that it even has a restorative condition named for it: Asbestosis, which is a lasting scarring of the lung tissue. These scars can demonstrate destructive after some time.
There are various spots asbestos may be found in your home. It happens commonly as a manifestation of magnesium silicate, and has been mined and utilized as a part of assembling following the nineteenth century. The asbestos is differentiated into single strands and added to items as a fire resistant or utilized as protection. Paint, protection, fiberboard, siding, rooftop shingles, carpet tile and bond have all included asbestos at some time, and some of these items still stay in a few homes.
Despite the fact that most government health and natural organizations unequivocally encourage property holders to contract a builder to uproot asbestos, it is conceivable to evacuate it yourself. The high cost of asbestos evacuation alone may keep some individuals from contracting a foreman. If you need to evacuate asbestos yourself, there are various steps and safeguards you ought to take care of. First off, you ought to utilize hand instruments rather than force devices to minimize the dust made by uprooting materials. You ought to likewise utilize an effective vacuum to clean up, instead of clearing overabundance materials. It’s also critical to keep the asbestos material soggy or wet amid expulsion to keep strands from getting airborne. Furthermore, at whatever point conceivable, asbestos ought to be evacuated in huge, in place lumps. Wearing a decent EPA- or OSHA-guaranteed cover is the crucial thing…

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Apr 2, 2015

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Increasing your home value

Increasing your home value

increases-home-valueFirst tip: You should plant a Tree
If you are not having in plan to sell your house today, you should plan for the future with some landscaping improvement that will grow-up over time. Keep in mind that plant shade trees — when they become mature trees, they will make your home more desirable, but a properly placed and fully grown tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 45 %. Also, mature landscaping is good for the environment, by providing a essential home for wildlife while adding precious curb appeal to your home.
Second tip: Low-Maintenance Landscaping
There is no question that colorful plants and shrubs will add curb appeal to any home, make sure that you think green when you are shopping at your local garden center. You should purchase plants that are drought-tolerant or plants that are native to your region; because these require less maintenance and water, and that means more savings to you and more money in your pocket.
Third tip: Money-Saving Luxury
Here’s another way to tap into extra savings when we speak of water; you should install a water filtration system in your kitchen. Not only these systems will purify your water, also they will lower your grocery bills — so no more bottled water for you. A water filtration system is a reasonably priced addition, but it is a kind of a small luxury that homebuyers love.
Fourth tip: You need to improve the air quality in your home
You know that air quality is not just about the conditions outdoors. Also, if you have some older carpets in your home, they could be hiding allergens and contaminants. So, the 1st step to establish if these need replacing, you need to hire a professional company in order to test your indoor air quality. You should choose environmentally friendly natural products such as laminate or tile floors if the results prove that your carpet has to be replaced. And also, hard-surface floors are easier to keep clean, do not hold smells, and give your home an updated look and, generally, are more appealing to buyers.

125Fifth tip: Save the Popcorn for the Movies
Lastly, what is on your ceiling? You need to dedicate one weekend to ditch the dated look and add dollar signs to the value of your home. That is a project you can deal with yourself. The first thing you need to do is to visit your local hardware store for a solution to soften the texture, and then basically scrape the popcorn away. Although removing a popcorn ceiling may not look like big change but one of the keys for adding value to your home is to replace, repair or remove everything that could turn buyers away.
So, these four tips will also help you to increase the value of your home. With nice trees in your house and nice landscaping, your house can look beautiful. Also, quality of the water and air in your house are very important, and those small things can improve the value of your home a lot.

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Apr 2, 2015

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5 ways to make tiny kitchen look and feels larger!

5 ways to make tiny kitchen look and feels larger!

creative-small-kitchen-ideas-16We will give you a five ways to make a small kitchen look larger and feels larger than it actually is. Most of the people who are renting places or living in homes built in the forties do not have big kitchen areas. But if you want to make it feel bigger you can do a lot of things, for example you can paint it and style it a little.
Here are five very useful ways to do this:
1) Paint your walls in a light color! You can use some gorgeous light gray or light color of pitches, you can choose whatever you like but it needs to be bright and give a lightness and warmth to the walls. You can also do some cottage on the walls, it will look gorgeous. The natural light look will make a feeling of bigger space in the room.
2) Purchase or paint white cabinets. They are absolutely phenomenal! You cannot go wrong with white, but if you want to get some cottage feeling you should go with Swiss Coffee color which is slightly off white. Believe us, it would look absolutely gorgeous.
3) Pick a good lightning. Not all kind of lightning will be appropriate for every kitchen, so you need to find which kind will suit yours. Make sure to pick the light texture cabin of a right size for a small space and hang it on a good height. They are not supposed to block your view of others during a family diners or diners with friends. And also you don’t need to have to worry about slamming your head at them. Our advice is to find some adorable little chandeliers, and if you are not a fan of too much simplicity you may put some crystals on it. These small chandeliers you can purchase for a very little money in a home center shops.
4) You need creative storage solutions! Noting can make your kitchen feel as small as using it as a storage space. Small kitchen can became storages very easily, but you don’t want that to happen. We will give you a little hint how to be creative, for example Hidden Sliding Pantry. Also you can add little wire shelves to the inside of your cupboards. It will help you a lot and your kids are going to love this.

5) Use appropriate furnishing: All of it, dining, textiles, rugs, etc. needs to go into play when you need to get a magic happen and make your small kitchen look bigger. Again, use light colors to make it look larger. They will make a room look light and airy which is equal to larger! Choose chairs and table with narrow legs; you don’t want it to look heavy. It will save a lot of visual space; you can combine the white table with the chairs in the same color as your walls. It will seriously look gorgeous. We hope that our little tips are going to be helpful to you and your family

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