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  • 11 Apr 2022
    ITTIGallery / Shutterstock https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/clothes-donation/  When you move, sometimes you can’t bring everything with you. Whether you’re downsizing or just want to get rid of excess stuff before moving into a new home, donating clothes can be a great option. You can get rid of lightly-worn clothes that you don’t have use of, while also allowing for those things to find another home and cutting down waste: two birds, one stone. Clothes donations can also benefit you when tax season comes. Most places will give you a receipt so you can deduct the value of your donation from your taxes. So, the main question remains: Where are the best places to donate clothes? Let’s take a look at a few. The best places to donate clothes when you move 1. Goodwill Goodwill has been in business since 1902 and operates across the nation. Chances are, you’ll be able to find a Goodwill location just by searching “donate clothes near me.” The clothes you donate are either put in their stores, auctioned in bulk if they aren’t sold, or recycled. In return for donating clothes, Goodwill will give you a receipt so you can write off the donation on your taxes. Donations they accept: Goodwill takes all types of clothes, including shoes and accessories. How to donate: Most Goodwill locations offer both pick-up and drop-off services near you. Find a Goodwill in your area here. 2. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 and has locations all across the country. Where do your clothes go after you donate them? They are put in the Salvation Army’s thrift stores and then recycled if they can’t be sold. The organization provides receipts so you can write off your donations on your taxes. Donations they accept: The charity accepts all forms of clothes in addition to other household items.. How to donate: Salvation Army offers both drop-off and pick-up services. 3. American Red Cross The American Red Cross has been around since 1881, and it’s been providing essential disaster relief aid for over a century. You might not think of the nonprofit as a place for donating your clothes, but they currently partner with GreenDrop, an organization that specializes in the sale of donated clothing and household items. These funds then go directly back to the American Red Cross. Donations they accept: GreenDrop accepts new or gently used clothing, household items, kitchenware, small furniture and more. How to donate: Visit a drop-off location or schedule a pick-up. 4. Vietnam Veterans of America The Vietnam Veterans of America began in 1978 and now has chapters nationwide. They sell the donations they receive to provide funds to soldiers, and then they recycle the clothes they can’t sell. When you donate, you can get a deduction on your taxes. Donations they accept: They accept clothing donations of all types and sizes. How to donate: Vietnam Veterans of America offers both pick-up and drop-off donation services. 5. One Warm Coat One Warm Coat has a simple mission: provide free coats to children and adults in need. Last year, over 260,000 people received free coats from the organization. Donations they accept: New or gently used coats. How to donate: Find a coat drive near you (usually in fall or winter months) or drop off at one of One Warm Coat’s nonprofit partners. 6. Dress for Success Dress for Success began in 1997 and now operates nationwide. Your clothes donations are given to women who need business or career clothes for interviews and jobs. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations they accept: Dress for Success takes clothing that is business casual and work-appropriate. How to donate: You can drop off your donations with Dress for Success. Find a donation center in your area. 7. St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 and is a worldwide nonprofit. The donations they receive are put in their thrift stores and sold at a lower price. Anything that can’t be sold is recycled. You can deduct your donation from your taxes. Donations they accept: St. Vincent de Paul takes most clothing as well as shoes, belts, handbags, and jewelry. How to donate: They provide clothes donation pick-up and drop-off services. Find a location near you for specific details. 8. United Way United Way was founded in 1887 and is a worldwide organization. The donations they accept are put into their stores so people in need can purchase clothes at a low price. Donations to the United Way are all tax-deductible. Donations they accept: United Way takes just about any type of clothes, including swimsuits, snow boots, winter coats, and prom dresses. How to donate: They have both drop-off and pick-up services. Find your location to donate.  9. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was created in 1904 and is a nationwide organization. They take used clothes and put them in their thrift stores to sell or auction them off in bulk. The funds help them provide more services to children and the community at large. Additionally, any donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America is tax-deductible. Donations they accept: Accepted items vary by location. How to donate: They offer both clothes donation pick-up and drop-off services. 10. Soles4Souls Soles4Souls was created in 2006 and is a regional nonprofit based in Tennessee. They take gently used shoes and give them to people in need across the U.S. and around the world. They also help people start businesses by selling the donated shoes they receive. You can write off your donation on your taxes. Items they accept: Soles4Soles accepts gently used shoes. How to donate: They have several drop-off locations, or you can ship your shoes for free. If you’re feeling ambitious, consider hosting a shoe drive! How to decide what clothes to donate Deciding to donate and deciding what to donate are two completely different things. Don’t worry, though. We have some tips on how to decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss. Step 1: Make three piles of clothes When going through all your clothes, it’s best to create three separate piles: what you need to keep, what you want to donate, and what is in such bad condition that it’s not worth donating and should just be thrown in the trash. It can make the process much less overwhelming. Step 2: Try to only donate clothes that are clean, hole-free, and gently used While some clothes donation organizations will take just about anything, it’s best to give them only the stuff that is wearable. The people getting the donations will appreciate them much more if they are clean, free of holes, and only slightly used. Step 3:  Check to see what the organization will take Before you go to drop-off at your donation or have your donation picked up, make sure to check what the organization takes. Not every organization near you may take shoes or certain types of clothing. It will save time if you know beforehand what to bring and what to leave behind. Step 4: If you’ve had it for a few years and haven’t worn it, donate it If you’ve had something for more than a year or two and there are no occasions coming up for that piece of clothing, donate it. It’s clear you don’t love it as much as you thought you would. Donate it, and hopefully, someone else will fall in love with it. Step 5: If it’s too big or too small, donate it You also only want to keep things that fit you now. Having clothing in your closet that doesn’t fit you takes up much-needed space (in moving boxes and in your new home). Give it to a clothing donation organization near you and buy smaller or bigger clothes when you need them. Step 6: Does it fit your current lifestyle? Does that mini skirt still make sense with your 9–5 daily grind? Are you ever going to wear that Hawaiian shirt again? If something no longer fits your current lifestyle or personal style, donate it! Most likely, it will just spend time in your closet at your new home if you don’t. Donating it will free up some space for you and the item might be the perfect thing for someone else. The bottom line If you’re planning on sorting through your closet before your big move, the charities we’ve covered (or one you find on your own) will certainly benefit from your clothing donations. You won’t regret the donation — and you definitely won’t regret having a clean and organized closet once you’re done. Frequently asked questions Q: How do I organize my clothes for donation? A: Go through all your clothes and sort them into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Whatever you choose to donate can go in bags or boxes and either be dropped off or picked up by the clothes donation organization. Q: Should I donate or sell clothes? A: That’s really up to you. Do you need extra money for your move? You might try selling your clothes, but there is no guarantee they will sell. By donating, you can almost guarantee someone in need will appreciate your donation and get some use out of your old clothing. Q: Is it better to donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army? A: Neither is better than the other. They both help poor, impoverished, and/or homeless people who need jobs, clothes, and food. Both help with job training, but Goodwill specializes in it by having people work in their stores. Salvation Army also helps with disaster relief, veteran services, and services for the elderly.   Sarah Perchikoff has been a freelance content and media writer for almost three years. She is publishing on sites such as Netflix Life, Culturess, and Guilty Eats. She lives in Michigan with her miniature dachshund, Gracie.
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    ITTIGallery / Shutterstock https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/clothes-donation/  When you move, sometimes you can’t bring everything with you. Whether you’re downsizing or just want to get rid of excess stuff before moving into a new home, donating clothes can be a great option. You can get rid of lightly-worn clothes that you don’t have use of, while also allowing for those things to find another home and cutting down waste: two birds, one stone. Clothes donations can also benefit you when tax season comes. Most places will give you a receipt so you can deduct the value of your donation from your taxes. So, the main question remains: Where are the best places to donate clothes? Let’s take a look at a few. The best places to donate clothes when you move 1. Goodwill Goodwill has been in business since 1902 and operates across the nation. Chances are, you’ll be able to find a Goodwill location just by searching “donate clothes near me.” The clothes you donate are either put in their stores, auctioned in bulk if they aren’t sold, or recycled. In return for donating clothes, Goodwill will give you a receipt so you can write off the donation on your taxes. Donations they accept: Goodwill takes all types of clothes, including shoes and accessories. How to donate: Most Goodwill locations offer both pick-up and drop-off services near you. Find a Goodwill in your area here. 2. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 and has locations all across the country. Where do your clothes go after you donate them? They are put in the Salvation Army’s thrift stores and then recycled if they can’t be sold. The organization provides receipts so you can write off your donations on your taxes. Donations they accept: The charity accepts all forms of clothes in addition to other household items.. How to donate: Salvation Army offers both drop-off and pick-up services. 3. American Red Cross The American Red Cross has been around since 1881, and it’s been providing essential disaster relief aid for over a century. You might not think of the nonprofit as a place for donating your clothes, but they currently partner with GreenDrop, an organization that specializes in the sale of donated clothing and household items. These funds then go directly back to the American Red Cross. Donations they accept: GreenDrop accepts new or gently used clothing, household items, kitchenware, small furniture and more. How to donate: Visit a drop-off location or schedule a pick-up. 4. Vietnam Veterans of America The Vietnam Veterans of America began in 1978 and now has chapters nationwide. They sell the donations they receive to provide funds to soldiers, and then they recycle the clothes they can’t sell. When you donate, you can get a deduction on your taxes. Donations they accept: They accept clothing donations of all types and sizes. How to donate: Vietnam Veterans of America offers both pick-up and drop-off donation services. 5. One Warm Coat One Warm Coat has a simple mission: provide free coats to children and adults in need. Last year, over 260,000 people received free coats from the organization. Donations they accept: New or gently used coats. How to donate: Find a coat drive near you (usually in fall or winter months) or drop off at one of One Warm Coat’s nonprofit partners. 6. Dress for Success Dress for Success began in 1997 and now operates nationwide. Your clothes donations are given to women who need business or career clothes for interviews and jobs. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations they accept: Dress for Success takes clothing that is business casual and work-appropriate. How to donate: You can drop off your donations with Dress for Success. Find a donation center in your area. 7. St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 and is a worldwide nonprofit. The donations they receive are put in their thrift stores and sold at a lower price. Anything that can’t be sold is recycled. You can deduct your donation from your taxes. Donations they accept: St. Vincent de Paul takes most clothing as well as shoes, belts, handbags, and jewelry. How to donate: They provide clothes donation pick-up and drop-off services. Find a location near you for specific details. 8. United Way United Way was founded in 1887 and is a worldwide organization. The donations they accept are put into their stores so people in need can purchase clothes at a low price. Donations to the United Way are all tax-deductible. Donations they accept: United Way takes just about any type of clothes, including swimsuits, snow boots, winter coats, and prom dresses. How to donate: They have both drop-off and pick-up services. Find your location to donate.  9. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was created in 1904 and is a nationwide organization. They take used clothes and put them in their thrift stores to sell or auction them off in bulk. The funds help them provide more services to children and the community at large. Additionally, any donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America is tax-deductible. Donations they accept: Accepted items vary by location. How to donate: They offer both clothes donation pick-up and drop-off services. 10. Soles4Souls Soles4Souls was created in 2006 and is a regional nonprofit based in Tennessee. They take gently used shoes and give them to people in need across the U.S. and around the world. They also help people start businesses by selling the donated shoes they receive. You can write off your donation on your taxes. Items they accept: Soles4Soles accepts gently used shoes. How to donate: They have several drop-off locations, or you can ship your shoes for free. If you’re feeling ambitious, consider hosting a shoe drive! How to decide what clothes to donate Deciding to donate and deciding what to donate are two completely different things. Don’t worry, though. We have some tips on how to decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss. Step 1: Make three piles of clothes When going through all your clothes, it’s best to create three separate piles: what you need to keep, what you want to donate, and what is in such bad condition that it’s not worth donating and should just be thrown in the trash. It can make the process much less overwhelming. Step 2: Try to only donate clothes that are clean, hole-free, and gently used While some clothes donation organizations will take just about anything, it’s best to give them only the stuff that is wearable. The people getting the donations will appreciate them much more if they are clean, free of holes, and only slightly used. Step 3:  Check to see what the organization will take Before you go to drop-off at your donation or have your donation picked up, make sure to check what the organization takes. Not every organization near you may take shoes or certain types of clothing. It will save time if you know beforehand what to bring and what to leave behind. Step 4: If you’ve had it for a few years and haven’t worn it, donate it If you’ve had something for more than a year or two and there are no occasions coming up for that piece of clothing, donate it. It’s clear you don’t love it as much as you thought you would. Donate it, and hopefully, someone else will fall in love with it. Step 5: If it’s too big or too small, donate it You also only want to keep things that fit you now. Having clothing in your closet that doesn’t fit you takes up much-needed space (in moving boxes and in your new home). Give it to a clothing donation organization near you and buy smaller or bigger clothes when you need them. Step 6: Does it fit your current lifestyle? Does that mini skirt still make sense with your 9–5 daily grind? Are you ever going to wear that Hawaiian shirt again? If something no longer fits your current lifestyle or personal style, donate it! Most likely, it will just spend time in your closet at your new home if you don’t. Donating it will free up some space for you and the item might be the perfect thing for someone else. The bottom line If you’re planning on sorting through your closet before your big move, the charities we’ve covered (or one you find on your own) will certainly benefit from your clothing donations. You won’t regret the donation — and you definitely won’t regret having a clean and organized closet once you’re done. Frequently asked questions Q: How do I organize my clothes for donation? A: Go through all your clothes and sort them into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Whatever you choose to donate can go in bags or boxes and either be dropped off or picked up by the clothes donation organization. Q: Should I donate or sell clothes? A: That’s really up to you. Do you need extra money for your move? You might try selling your clothes, but there is no guarantee they will sell. By donating, you can almost guarantee someone in need will appreciate your donation and get some use out of your old clothing. Q: Is it better to donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army? A: Neither is better than the other. They both help poor, impoverished, and/or homeless people who need jobs, clothes, and food. Both help with job training, but Goodwill specializes in it by having people work in their stores. Salvation Army also helps with disaster relief, veteran services, and services for the elderly.   Sarah Perchikoff has been a freelance content and media writer for almost three years. She is publishing on sites such as Netflix Life, Culturess, and Guilty Eats. She lives in Michigan with her miniature dachshund, Gracie.
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  • 11 Apr 2022
    Homes are often things that many take for granted, and they can be used to express your personality and style choices as well as family’s preferences. Ensure you are making the most out of your house by maximizing space where it is needed, and planning ways that you can make everybody’s routines easier.   There are many reasons why you may want to change up the layout of your home. It can be a satisfying and exciting prospect to alter the area that you live in and make it express your style a little more. Bringing your home into the modern era can increase the value of your home, and make your routine behaviors a little more seamless.   Find a layout that works for you and your family so that you are creating a more functional home for everyone. This is a complete guide to renovating your home, with everything that you may need to plan and budget correctly. Contents Things To Check When Assessing The Property’s Potential Location Is Everything Look Up The Comps For The Street Keep An Eye Out For Anything That Will Cost A Lot To Repair What Do The Neighbors’ Homes Look Like? Is There Room For An Addition? Will It Need Extensive Remodeling? Are The Heating And Electrics Modern? How To Renovate A House Ask Yourself: Why Are You Renovating? Decide What To Renovate Determine Budget Determine The Scope Of The Project Choose To Hire A Professional Vs. DIY Pick Materials Demolish The Space Start The Remodeling Process Complete The Required Inspections Add The Finishing Touches Summary Things To Check When Assessing The Property’s Potential   Depending on the type of project you are anticipating, you should take a closer look into the potential of a property. There are a range of factors that can determine whether it is likely to hold its value, or how long it will take to renovate. These are some of the things worth checking when you want to assess a property’s potential. Whether you want to invest in a property to rent out, or if you would prefer to relocate and then renovate, it is worth trying to see the potential of any property. Location Is Everything Firstly, if you want to add value to your home, it could be worth looking at the location. The neighborhood could have potential if it is in an up-and-coming area. It is widely accepted that a house is only as good as the neighborhood or location. If you are looking to purchase a house with the intention of renovating it, then you could look for the worst house on the best street. This can help you save a little money while being based in a great location. Check how close the property is to schools, local amenities, parks, and other community resources. Buyers want to feel secure within their own home, and the actual house can be worked on over time. Because of this, it will hold the value of a house if it is in a great location. Working on the house itself through renovation projects encourages more value to be added over time. Walking distance to services such as doctors surgeries, grocery stores, and churches are ideal for many potential buyers, and it is a wise move to find a place in a great location. This is unlikely to change over time, whereas it’s easier to change your house and its layout into something that is more visually appealing or functional for you and your family.   Look Up The Comps For The Street Check how much similar properties in the area have sold for, to see if you are getting a good deal. This can also be used to see how well a particular house holds its value over time, which can be a useful indicator of how much profit you are likely to make once you decide to sell. Looking up the comps can also help you have a realistic idea for the maximum price range to understand the possible investment return. As well as this, it can allow you to set a budget for the purchase of the house, and keep your records up to date. Keep An Eye Out For Anything That Will Cost A Lot To Repair As a general rule, more structural repairs typically cost more than cosmetic alterations or appliance fittings within the home. For those who want to purchase a house with renovations in mind, it is worth looking for any signs of potential structural damage. These include missing tiles on the roofing, damaged window frames, condensation, and even single glazing on the windows. If you are new to the world of home renovation, windows are a highly expensive thing to replace, so it is worth checking out the frames and the quality of glass in the windows of a potential investment home.   If you notice any of these signs in your current home, it could be worth waiting a little longer to increase your budget before starting a renovation project. This can ensure that you are getting high quality windows and frames, and that they are correctly installed. Those who live in historic buildings are more likely to be faced with higher renovation and repair costs during this process. Ensure that you have saved additional funds in order to carry out this renovation, and that you have spoken with professionals who can restore historic buildings to their original condition. Older buildings are also more likely to require more care and money spent on them because they have usually been left over time with nobody living in them. Thin walls and poor insulation could need more significant restructuring, so it is worth speaking with experienced professionals if you have additional concerns. What Do The Neighbors’ Homes Look Like? Consider looking at what your neighbors have done with their home, and using this as inspiration. This can also be a great way to see how structurally sound the structures within your home are and whether you are likely to face additional costs while renovating.   This is only applicable if your house is based on a neighborhood that features homes built around the same time period, following the same layout and using similar materials. Other reasons why you should look at your neighbors’ homes is so that you can see if your plans and intentions would fit in with the rest of them, and if they take pride in the maintenance of their house. Is There Room For An Addition? Think realistically and practically about the benefits and drawbacks of increasing the floorplan of your home. For growing families, it can be highly useful to add another room or addition for playing, entertaining, or as another bedroom for guests. Make sure you take a closer look at the floorplan and the plot that your house is based on in order to check that you have the space to construct an addition. Check unused spaces in the home such as lofts or basements before looking to increase the square footage of your house. This can reduce building costs greatly, and decrease the need for additional permits and licenses which can take a little longer to approve.   Whether you are interested in adding a wrap-around front porch or extending the home into the backyard, it is absolutely worth looking at your neighbors’ homes to see what they have done with the layout. This can also show you the potential of certain areas and decide how essential the extra room is for you and your family. Will It Need Extensive Remodeling? If you sit down and figure out the total costs of the entire renovation project, and find that it is going to cost more than you originally paid for the house or an excessive amount higher than anticipated, it could be worth thinking about another property or moving instead. Renovation isn’t always the answer, and there are limits to how much they can provide, depending on the basic framework that a house has. Consider the needs of your family, and the type of space configuration that would work best, based on everybody’s routines during a typical week. It is also worth avoiding completely demolishing a home until it is an empty shell for renovation purposes. By the time this has been done and rebuilt to your preferences, it could have been a better use of time and money to move into a different house that is a better fit for you.   Just because a certain space does not work for you, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for someone else, so it could be worth leaving it alone if the floor plan and layout isn’t livable in any way for you and your family. Are The Heating And Electrics Modern? Bring your HVAC system into the twenty-first century if you haven’t already, as this can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Consider your home’s carbon footprint, and think about ways of implementing more sustainable resources. It is worth looking to update any heating and electric system during a renovation so that you are less likely to require additional work and major restructuring later down the road. For more drastic renovations, it is worth rewiring your home while everything is out so that electricians and plumbers can do their job more efficiently. Older homes may need additional attention in order to modernize the heating and electrics, so it could be worth speaking with a contractor who has a little more experience. Insulation may need replacing, which can increase the total price of a home renovation. Outdated electrical systems are typically inefficient and potentially unsafe. Look out for old fashioned sockets, and black or even fabric cables.   Another reason why you should take a closer look at the heating and electrical system is for any signs of damage or deterioration. Getting your home rewired can cost anywhere $3,000 to $6,000 for a three bedroom home. How To Renovate A House Once you have decided what type of space you want to work with and whether it’s necessary to renovate your house, you can begin planning your renovation project. These are some of the key steps involved in renovating a house and planning the entire process. Ensure that you are considering the following factors before asking professionals or redesigning your home’s floor plan. Ask Yourself: Why Are You Renovating? There is no point renovating purely for the sake of it, because you may end up with a layout that is impractical in the long run. Style choices and different features can easily become tired and outdated, so you should remember to prioritize function and intended use over style at first. The main objective of a renovation project is to make the home more livable in the future. Try to avoid planning a renovation project simply because you are bored, and make sure your end goal is specific. This can allow you to seek the appropriate help and professional services. Whether you want to update certain rooms, carry out maintenance, improve your home’s efficiency, or even prepare for selling, keeping your motivation in mind allows you to create a detailed plan and stick to it.   Decide What To Renovate This can allow you to be more specific when you are setting your budget. Particular rooms or walkways could need a freshen up, and it can be more expensive to renovate certain areas. For example, kitchens and bathrooms need a little more attention than a living room or bedroom. This is because of the waterproofing and additional plumbing fittings that are needed. Depending on what type of renovation you are looking to carry out, it is worth comparing how often certain features of an average house get replaced and changed. Some of the most common renovation projects related to maintenance include plumbing, roofing, insulation, structural and foundation upgrades. On the other hand, updates are usually done in the bathroom, bedroom, closet, kitchen, or outdoor living. This is a little more varied, because it depends on how long your home may have needed updating for. The kitchen has been used for entertaining guests and hosting parties much more frequently during recent years, which could be one of the reasons why it is one of the most common home renovation projects. Because there are so many different ways to renovate a home, it is definitely worth taking a closer look at your neighbors’ renovation and using that for inspiration. Even if your home needs a great deal of alterations, it is much better to use your budget to do one thing at a time and pace yourself. Determine Budget   Allow more than you think you will need, because there will likely be hidden costs that present themselves later down the line. Ensure that you are prepared for this with another savings account or additional 15% of the budget in a safe place. Make sure you are as specific as possible about which services you will be using and how much to allow for materials. This can prevent hidden costs from arising along the way that weren’t accounted for. There are a few ways that you can pay for your home renovation. Most people prefer to use cash from their savings account in order to protect their credit rating and avoid additional debt. If you choose to use this method of payment, it’s even more important to carefully budget the project from start to finish. This can prevent you from running out of money midway through the renovation which could put the process on hold for a while until you earn more. One of the other useful tools available to help with renovation projects is financing. Consider applying for a home equity loan if you are planning a more significant renovation. This can ensure that the project keeps going and is completed much faster than other financing methods. Another option that can help manage your budget for renovating your home is a credit card. This can help you build on your existing credit profile while allowing you to fund the project quickly. However, many people already know the risks that these face. Avoid defaulting on a credit card once you no longer need it, as this can lead to challenging interest rates and long term consequences on your credit profile.   Determine The Scope Of The Project Your budget should be used to decide the extent of the project. Try to be realistic about which changes are prioritized if you don’t have the funds for everything right now. This can allow you to make some amount of progress and work on each room or section of your home one at a time. While this is a little more frustrating because it takes much longer than doing it all at once, it can make your budget last longer. Plumbing and removing load-bearing walls that support the house can increase the total costs significantly, so it’s worth planning ahead and allowing additional funds for these if necessary. As well as money, more significant changes and renovations take a little more time to complete than smaller ones. Permits, insurance, and other legal requirements are also things that can affect the estimated time span of the renovation project. This is because local authorities typically take a few weeks to process forms and approve applications. Make sure that this is done ahead of time if you know that you will need a certain permit, in order to avoid this from pausing the process. Choose To Hire A Professional Vs. DIY It is certainly worth thinking about your current DIY skill set and basic knowledge of home renovation when you are planning your project. This can help you figure out what will be more challenging, and what you could save costs of laborers on by doing it yourself. While it can be significantly cheaper to carry out your home renovation project by yourself, there are certain processes which need professional attention. These include electrical fittings, plumbing, and inspecting the area. Even if you want to carry these out by yourself, you will need to contact a professional to sign off the paperwork at the end.   This is a useful tool when you want to sell your home, because it will be a valuable indicator that the electrical and plumbing fittings are secure and up to date. Pick Materials For those who are more concerned about toxic chemicals or reducing their carbon footprint, it could be worth finding materials that are more sustainable to use in your house renovation. However, these are usually a little more challenging to source, which makes them more expensive and often less structurally sound. Structural integrity is also highly important during this stage. You should do your research and see what materials are more durable and resistant to high amounts of pressure, so that certain features on your renovation are less likely to need replacing over time. Make sure you are using materials that are similar to the ones already seen within your home. This will encourage flow between spaces, and make the renovated areas stand out a little less. Because of the limitation of money that a smaller budget may allow, it is worth focusing on function rather than looks. This is especially important if you are working on one room or area at a time, because it still makes the house feel livable and work together.   There are also a range of low cost options for building materials that can help you stick to your budget. It could be worth comparing luxury and budget options for building materials and finishes so that you can decide what would work best for a particular space. For example, more frequently used areas could benefit from more high-end materials because they will need to be high quality and durable. On the other hand, less commonly used areas could be used to cut certain costs by finishing them with slightly cheaper materials. Demolish The Space Make sure you understand which walls are essential for your home’s structure before getting the sledgehammer out. You do not want to make more significant damage that is more expensive to mend, as you may not have the budget for that. Similarly, it is also worth checking where the plumbing, electrical wiring, and stud walls are and marking these to avoid accidentally causing significant damage to your home. It’s also important to avoid demolishing the space ahead of time, because you will be forced to live in a construction site in the time between demolition and work beginning. Once your project has been finalized and the appropriate services have been scheduled, you can begin tearing down walls and removing cabinets. Make sure that you are tearing out the right things that are scheduled to be replaced as part of the renovation project. Again, you do not want to be forced to live within a construction site.     Start The Remodeling Process A general contractor is the ideal person for this job, as they are more likely to have experience with a range of home renovations and even managing other services and contractors. Now is the time to take a step back and allow the experienced professionals to work on their specialized areas. Try to avoid micromanaging and interfering with last-minute changes, because it can impact the estimated timeframe of the renovation. Not to mention, it will also get on the contractors’ nerves. Another reason to avoid last-minute changes is because most of your furnishings will have already been ordered. Larger items such as carpeting, lighting fixtures, or couches are typically more challenging to arrange a return, so it’s generally better to stick to your original choices and take a step back at this stage. Complete The Required Inspections This is essential to make sure that you have created a structurally sound, safe home that will hold its value over time. Ensure that everything is working as it should before jumping into the world of decorating. Getting the home correctly surveyed and checked by a professional can also be a great way to see if you have achieved a high quality home that you had originally envisioned. Check that the electrical, plumbing, and structural components agree with your state’s standards so that you do not need to carry out as much maintenance over time. This can also ensure that you have received what you paid for if you sourced skilled contractors to complete your home’s electrical fittings, for example.   Because of the legal requirements for all buildings and renovations, it could be worth speaking to a lawyer or qualified contractor in order to see what needs to be done. If you hired a contractor from beginning to end of the project, they will usually handle this, but you may need to complete this if you chose to only hire extra help on occasion. It can be worth preparing ahead for this, and allowing additional time to source the correct building inspectors to sign off the appropriate forms. This can make it go a little faster, and ensure that you can move straight into the decorating phase. It may seem a little unnecessary, but this is needed in order to decide that your home renovation isn’t dangerous to live in. Add The Finishing Touches This is the stage when you can have a little fun with style choices, color schemes, patterns, and designs. Try to come up with something that expresses your personality and complements the rest of your home. Of course, the finishing touches will have to be functional too if you have renovated your kitchen or bathroom. With that said, you can decorate the walls in family portraits, artwork, and shelves wherever you like. The beauty of renovating your home is that it will be a space that is completely unique to you and your family, so the walls and furniture might as well reflect that. It could be ideal to come up with clever storage solutions that work well within the space, for additional functionality and purpose. For those who are less concerned about the total cost of a home renovation, an interior designer can be a highly useful source of inspiration and somebody to bounce ideas off of. They can encourage you to push yourself and certain boundaries in terms of colors and patterns.   Whatever services you have chosen to use, you get the final say in the grand scheme of things because it is your home. If you prefer to watch TV in the kitchen, then make it visible from the kitchen. Similarly, you could put more sentimental trinkets and crafts on display on the mantelpiece or dinner table where they are celebrated rather than hidden in a storage box, for example. While it can be a better use of money to use paint and color schemes that are relatively muted and neutral, there are no reasons why you should not create a blackboard wall for your family and friends to draw all over. Make a space that expresses your personality and encourages creativity or a deeper sense of relaxation and calm. The great thing about home renovation projects is that you have the final say in what type of environment you are trying to create. Summary   There are so many reasons why you may want to start planning your home renovation project, such as regular maintenance, updating certain features, changes in style, and improving your home’s efficiency. Try to take a closer look at your neighbors, and see what they have done with a similar basic framework to you. This can be a great source of inspiration and a demonstration of your home’s true potential. If you want to purchase a house specifically for renovating and then reselling or even to live in, it is worth looking at the location. It is better to invest in the worst home on the best street rather than the best home in the worst location. Compare houses on the market, and whether they are close to schools, parks, and other local amenities. These are key features which will help your house hold its value over time. It is important that you source the right contractors and experienced professionals for structural, electrical, or plumbing jobs. This is because it will decrease the risk of something more serious from arising, and prevent potential injury, or leakage later down the line. Speak with your lawyer and local council representative to ensure you are applying for the appropriate permits and assessments before engaging in demolition and structural changes to your home.   By Mimi Categorized as Home Improvement https://uniquethis.com/blogs/218130/257373/the-ultimate-guide-to-leading-a-healthier-life  
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  • Homes are often things that many take for granted, and they can be used to express your personality and style choices as well as family’s preferences. Ensure you are making the most out of your house by maximizing space where it is needed, and planning ways that you can make everybody’s routines easier.   There are many reasons why you may want to change up the layout of your home. It can be a satisfying and exciting prospect to alter the area that you live in and make it express your style a little more. Bringing your home into the modern era can increase the value of your home, and make your routine behaviors a little more seamless.   Find a layout that works for you and your family so that you are creating a more functional home for everyone. This is a complete guide to renovating your home, with everything that you may need to plan and budget correctly. Contents Things To Check When Assessing The Property’s Potential Location Is Everything Look Up The Comps For The Street Keep An Eye Out For Anything That Will Cost A Lot To Repair What Do The Neighbors’ Homes Look Like? Is There Room For An Addition? Will It Need Extensive Remodeling? Are The Heating And Electrics Modern? How To Renovate A House Ask Yourself: Why Are You Renovating? Decide What To Renovate Determine Budget Determine The Scope Of The Project Choose To Hire A Professional Vs. DIY Pick Materials Demolish The Space Start The Remodeling Process Complete The Required Inspections Add The Finishing Touches Summary Things To Check When Assessing The Property’s Potential   Depending on the type of project you are anticipating, you should take a closer look into the potential of a property. There are a range of factors that can determine whether it is likely to hold its value, or how long it will take to renovate. These are some of the things worth checking when you want to assess a property’s potential. Whether you want to invest in a property to rent out, or if you would prefer to relocate and then renovate, it is worth trying to see the potential of any property. Location Is Everything Firstly, if you want to add value to your home, it could be worth looking at the location. The neighborhood could have potential if it is in an up-and-coming area. It is widely accepted that a house is only as good as the neighborhood or location. If you are looking to purchase a house with the intention of renovating it, then you could look for the worst house on the best street. This can help you save a little money while being based in a great location. Check how close the property is to schools, local amenities, parks, and other community resources. Buyers want to feel secure within their own home, and the actual house can be worked on over time. Because of this, it will hold the value of a house if it is in a great location. Working on the house itself through renovation projects encourages more value to be added over time. Walking distance to services such as doctors surgeries, grocery stores, and churches are ideal for many potential buyers, and it is a wise move to find a place in a great location. This is unlikely to change over time, whereas it’s easier to change your house and its layout into something that is more visually appealing or functional for you and your family.   Look Up The Comps For The Street Check how much similar properties in the area have sold for, to see if you are getting a good deal. This can also be used to see how well a particular house holds its value over time, which can be a useful indicator of how much profit you are likely to make once you decide to sell. Looking up the comps can also help you have a realistic idea for the maximum price range to understand the possible investment return. As well as this, it can allow you to set a budget for the purchase of the house, and keep your records up to date. Keep An Eye Out For Anything That Will Cost A Lot To Repair As a general rule, more structural repairs typically cost more than cosmetic alterations or appliance fittings within the home. For those who want to purchase a house with renovations in mind, it is worth looking for any signs of potential structural damage. These include missing tiles on the roofing, damaged window frames, condensation, and even single glazing on the windows. If you are new to the world of home renovation, windows are a highly expensive thing to replace, so it is worth checking out the frames and the quality of glass in the windows of a potential investment home.   If you notice any of these signs in your current home, it could be worth waiting a little longer to increase your budget before starting a renovation project. This can ensure that you are getting high quality windows and frames, and that they are correctly installed. Those who live in historic buildings are more likely to be faced with higher renovation and repair costs during this process. Ensure that you have saved additional funds in order to carry out this renovation, and that you have spoken with professionals who can restore historic buildings to their original condition. Older buildings are also more likely to require more care and money spent on them because they have usually been left over time with nobody living in them. Thin walls and poor insulation could need more significant restructuring, so it is worth speaking with experienced professionals if you have additional concerns. What Do The Neighbors’ Homes Look Like? Consider looking at what your neighbors have done with their home, and using this as inspiration. This can also be a great way to see how structurally sound the structures within your home are and whether you are likely to face additional costs while renovating.   This is only applicable if your house is based on a neighborhood that features homes built around the same time period, following the same layout and using similar materials. Other reasons why you should look at your neighbors’ homes is so that you can see if your plans and intentions would fit in with the rest of them, and if they take pride in the maintenance of their house. Is There Room For An Addition? Think realistically and practically about the benefits and drawbacks of increasing the floorplan of your home. For growing families, it can be highly useful to add another room or addition for playing, entertaining, or as another bedroom for guests. Make sure you take a closer look at the floorplan and the plot that your house is based on in order to check that you have the space to construct an addition. Check unused spaces in the home such as lofts or basements before looking to increase the square footage of your house. This can reduce building costs greatly, and decrease the need for additional permits and licenses which can take a little longer to approve.   Whether you are interested in adding a wrap-around front porch or extending the home into the backyard, it is absolutely worth looking at your neighbors’ homes to see what they have done with the layout. This can also show you the potential of certain areas and decide how essential the extra room is for you and your family. Will It Need Extensive Remodeling? If you sit down and figure out the total costs of the entire renovation project, and find that it is going to cost more than you originally paid for the house or an excessive amount higher than anticipated, it could be worth thinking about another property or moving instead. Renovation isn’t always the answer, and there are limits to how much they can provide, depending on the basic framework that a house has. Consider the needs of your family, and the type of space configuration that would work best, based on everybody’s routines during a typical week. It is also worth avoiding completely demolishing a home until it is an empty shell for renovation purposes. By the time this has been done and rebuilt to your preferences, it could have been a better use of time and money to move into a different house that is a better fit for you.   Just because a certain space does not work for you, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for someone else, so it could be worth leaving it alone if the floor plan and layout isn’t livable in any way for you and your family. Are The Heating And Electrics Modern? Bring your HVAC system into the twenty-first century if you haven’t already, as this can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Consider your home’s carbon footprint, and think about ways of implementing more sustainable resources. It is worth looking to update any heating and electric system during a renovation so that you are less likely to require additional work and major restructuring later down the road. For more drastic renovations, it is worth rewiring your home while everything is out so that electricians and plumbers can do their job more efficiently. Older homes may need additional attention in order to modernize the heating and electrics, so it could be worth speaking with a contractor who has a little more experience. Insulation may need replacing, which can increase the total price of a home renovation. Outdated electrical systems are typically inefficient and potentially unsafe. Look out for old fashioned sockets, and black or even fabric cables.   Another reason why you should take a closer look at the heating and electrical system is for any signs of damage or deterioration. Getting your home rewired can cost anywhere $3,000 to $6,000 for a three bedroom home. How To Renovate A House Once you have decided what type of space you want to work with and whether it’s necessary to renovate your house, you can begin planning your renovation project. These are some of the key steps involved in renovating a house and planning the entire process. Ensure that you are considering the following factors before asking professionals or redesigning your home’s floor plan. Ask Yourself: Why Are You Renovating? There is no point renovating purely for the sake of it, because you may end up with a layout that is impractical in the long run. Style choices and different features can easily become tired and outdated, so you should remember to prioritize function and intended use over style at first. The main objective of a renovation project is to make the home more livable in the future. Try to avoid planning a renovation project simply because you are bored, and make sure your end goal is specific. This can allow you to seek the appropriate help and professional services. Whether you want to update certain rooms, carry out maintenance, improve your home’s efficiency, or even prepare for selling, keeping your motivation in mind allows you to create a detailed plan and stick to it.   Decide What To Renovate This can allow you to be more specific when you are setting your budget. Particular rooms or walkways could need a freshen up, and it can be more expensive to renovate certain areas. For example, kitchens and bathrooms need a little more attention than a living room or bedroom. This is because of the waterproofing and additional plumbing fittings that are needed. Depending on what type of renovation you are looking to carry out, it is worth comparing how often certain features of an average house get replaced and changed. Some of the most common renovation projects related to maintenance include plumbing, roofing, insulation, structural and foundation upgrades. On the other hand, updates are usually done in the bathroom, bedroom, closet, kitchen, or outdoor living. This is a little more varied, because it depends on how long your home may have needed updating for. The kitchen has been used for entertaining guests and hosting parties much more frequently during recent years, which could be one of the reasons why it is one of the most common home renovation projects. Because there are so many different ways to renovate a home, it is definitely worth taking a closer look at your neighbors’ renovation and using that for inspiration. Even if your home needs a great deal of alterations, it is much better to use your budget to do one thing at a time and pace yourself. Determine Budget   Allow more than you think you will need, because there will likely be hidden costs that present themselves later down the line. Ensure that you are prepared for this with another savings account or additional 15% of the budget in a safe place. Make sure you are as specific as possible about which services you will be using and how much to allow for materials. This can prevent hidden costs from arising along the way that weren’t accounted for. There are a few ways that you can pay for your home renovation. Most people prefer to use cash from their savings account in order to protect their credit rating and avoid additional debt. If you choose to use this method of payment, it’s even more important to carefully budget the project from start to finish. This can prevent you from running out of money midway through the renovation which could put the process on hold for a while until you earn more. One of the other useful tools available to help with renovation projects is financing. Consider applying for a home equity loan if you are planning a more significant renovation. This can ensure that the project keeps going and is completed much faster than other financing methods. Another option that can help manage your budget for renovating your home is a credit card. This can help you build on your existing credit profile while allowing you to fund the project quickly. However, many people already know the risks that these face. Avoid defaulting on a credit card once you no longer need it, as this can lead to challenging interest rates and long term consequences on your credit profile.   Determine The Scope Of The Project Your budget should be used to decide the extent of the project. Try to be realistic about which changes are prioritized if you don’t have the funds for everything right now. This can allow you to make some amount of progress and work on each room or section of your home one at a time. While this is a little more frustrating because it takes much longer than doing it all at once, it can make your budget last longer. Plumbing and removing load-bearing walls that support the house can increase the total costs significantly, so it’s worth planning ahead and allowing additional funds for these if necessary. As well as money, more significant changes and renovations take a little more time to complete than smaller ones. Permits, insurance, and other legal requirements are also things that can affect the estimated time span of the renovation project. This is because local authorities typically take a few weeks to process forms and approve applications. Make sure that this is done ahead of time if you know that you will need a certain permit, in order to avoid this from pausing the process. Choose To Hire A Professional Vs. DIY It is certainly worth thinking about your current DIY skill set and basic knowledge of home renovation when you are planning your project. This can help you figure out what will be more challenging, and what you could save costs of laborers on by doing it yourself. While it can be significantly cheaper to carry out your home renovation project by yourself, there are certain processes which need professional attention. These include electrical fittings, plumbing, and inspecting the area. Even if you want to carry these out by yourself, you will need to contact a professional to sign off the paperwork at the end.   This is a useful tool when you want to sell your home, because it will be a valuable indicator that the electrical and plumbing fittings are secure and up to date. Pick Materials For those who are more concerned about toxic chemicals or reducing their carbon footprint, it could be worth finding materials that are more sustainable to use in your house renovation. However, these are usually a little more challenging to source, which makes them more expensive and often less structurally sound. Structural integrity is also highly important during this stage. You should do your research and see what materials are more durable and resistant to high amounts of pressure, so that certain features on your renovation are less likely to need replacing over time. Make sure you are using materials that are similar to the ones already seen within your home. This will encourage flow between spaces, and make the renovated areas stand out a little less. Because of the limitation of money that a smaller budget may allow, it is worth focusing on function rather than looks. This is especially important if you are working on one room or area at a time, because it still makes the house feel livable and work together.   There are also a range of low cost options for building materials that can help you stick to your budget. It could be worth comparing luxury and budget options for building materials and finishes so that you can decide what would work best for a particular space. For example, more frequently used areas could benefit from more high-end materials because they will need to be high quality and durable. On the other hand, less commonly used areas could be used to cut certain costs by finishing them with slightly cheaper materials. Demolish The Space Make sure you understand which walls are essential for your home’s structure before getting the sledgehammer out. You do not want to make more significant damage that is more expensive to mend, as you may not have the budget for that. Similarly, it is also worth checking where the plumbing, electrical wiring, and stud walls are and marking these to avoid accidentally causing significant damage to your home. It’s also important to avoid demolishing the space ahead of time, because you will be forced to live in a construction site in the time between demolition and work beginning. Once your project has been finalized and the appropriate services have been scheduled, you can begin tearing down walls and removing cabinets. Make sure that you are tearing out the right things that are scheduled to be replaced as part of the renovation project. Again, you do not want to be forced to live within a construction site.     Start The Remodeling Process A general contractor is the ideal person for this job, as they are more likely to have experience with a range of home renovations and even managing other services and contractors. Now is the time to take a step back and allow the experienced professionals to work on their specialized areas. Try to avoid micromanaging and interfering with last-minute changes, because it can impact the estimated timeframe of the renovation. Not to mention, it will also get on the contractors’ nerves. Another reason to avoid last-minute changes is because most of your furnishings will have already been ordered. Larger items such as carpeting, lighting fixtures, or couches are typically more challenging to arrange a return, so it’s generally better to stick to your original choices and take a step back at this stage. Complete The Required Inspections This is essential to make sure that you have created a structurally sound, safe home that will hold its value over time. Ensure that everything is working as it should before jumping into the world of decorating. Getting the home correctly surveyed and checked by a professional can also be a great way to see if you have achieved a high quality home that you had originally envisioned. Check that the electrical, plumbing, and structural components agree with your state’s standards so that you do not need to carry out as much maintenance over time. This can also ensure that you have received what you paid for if you sourced skilled contractors to complete your home’s electrical fittings, for example.   Because of the legal requirements for all buildings and renovations, it could be worth speaking to a lawyer or qualified contractor in order to see what needs to be done. If you hired a contractor from beginning to end of the project, they will usually handle this, but you may need to complete this if you chose to only hire extra help on occasion. It can be worth preparing ahead for this, and allowing additional time to source the correct building inspectors to sign off the appropriate forms. This can make it go a little faster, and ensure that you can move straight into the decorating phase. It may seem a little unnecessary, but this is needed in order to decide that your home renovation isn’t dangerous to live in. Add The Finishing Touches This is the stage when you can have a little fun with style choices, color schemes, patterns, and designs. Try to come up with something that expresses your personality and complements the rest of your home. Of course, the finishing touches will have to be functional too if you have renovated your kitchen or bathroom. With that said, you can decorate the walls in family portraits, artwork, and shelves wherever you like. The beauty of renovating your home is that it will be a space that is completely unique to you and your family, so the walls and furniture might as well reflect that. It could be ideal to come up with clever storage solutions that work well within the space, for additional functionality and purpose. For those who are less concerned about the total cost of a home renovation, an interior designer can be a highly useful source of inspiration and somebody to bounce ideas off of. They can encourage you to push yourself and certain boundaries in terms of colors and patterns.   Whatever services you have chosen to use, you get the final say in the grand scheme of things because it is your home. If you prefer to watch TV in the kitchen, then make it visible from the kitchen. Similarly, you could put more sentimental trinkets and crafts on display on the mantelpiece or dinner table where they are celebrated rather than hidden in a storage box, for example. While it can be a better use of money to use paint and color schemes that are relatively muted and neutral, there are no reasons why you should not create a blackboard wall for your family and friends to draw all over. Make a space that expresses your personality and encourages creativity or a deeper sense of relaxation and calm. The great thing about home renovation projects is that you have the final say in what type of environment you are trying to create. Summary   There are so many reasons why you may want to start planning your home renovation project, such as regular maintenance, updating certain features, changes in style, and improving your home’s efficiency. Try to take a closer look at your neighbors, and see what they have done with a similar basic framework to you. This can be a great source of inspiration and a demonstration of your home’s true potential. If you want to purchase a house specifically for renovating and then reselling or even to live in, it is worth looking at the location. It is better to invest in the worst home on the best street rather than the best home in the worst location. Compare houses on the market, and whether they are close to schools, parks, and other local amenities. These are key features which will help your house hold its value over time. It is important that you source the right contractors and experienced professionals for structural, electrical, or plumbing jobs. This is because it will decrease the risk of something more serious from arising, and prevent potential injury, or leakage later down the line. Speak with your lawyer and local council representative to ensure you are applying for the appropriate permits and assessments before engaging in demolition and structural changes to your home.   By Mimi Categorized as Home Improvement https://uniquethis.com/blogs/218130/257373/the-ultimate-guide-to-leading-a-healthier-life  
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    Nes/Getty Images   Why you can trust Bankrate More info While we adhere to strict editorial integrity, this post may contain references to products from our partners. Here's an explanation for how we make money. This content is powered by HomeInsurance.com (NPN: 8781838). For more information, please see our Insurance Disclosure.   American homeowners spend over $400 billion each year on DIY projects, renovations and home repairs. Homeowners may be updating their existing homes to better fit the needs of their family, hoping to increase their home’s value in a hot housing market, making necessary repairs to maintain the condition of their properties or more resilient to withstand the wrath of Mother Nature. While a remodeling project can make your space your own or increase your home’s resale value, you should consider how these home improvement projects affect your home insurance coverage limits and homeowners insurance rates.   Renovations that increase home insurance rates A major renovation can greatly increase the value of your home and the cost of your home insurance. A recent analysis conducted by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) showed that homes’ replacement values increased by more than 13% in the past year due to inflation and supply chain issues, so it is important to assess your coverage when completing a renovation project. You should know what you can expect if you plan to proceed with one of the more popular home renovations. Building a swimming pool In certain locations, adding a pool to your home can increase its value and offer an incentive to would-be buyers. However, a pool is considered an “attractive nuisance” and significantly increases your liability risk, which will likely increase your homeowners insurance premium. A standard homeowners insurance policy usually includes liability coverage, which is designed to help cover medical costs for a person injured on your property and legal expenses if you are sued. However, an insurance agent may recommend that a pool owner opts for higher liability coverage than what is standard. Homeowners might also consider purchasing an umbrella insurance policy, which provides additional liability coverage for greater financial protection. Your insurance carrier may also require a locking fence around the pool and/or a locking safety cover to go over the water when the pool is not in use. If the pool has a diving board or slide, it will likely be considered a greater potential hazard by your insurer, who may decide to not provide coverage or charge a much higher premium. Adding an office for a home business Working remotely has become more common during the pandemic, so adding an office could increase your home’s value for remote workers and business owners. However, it could also increase your homeowners’ insurance rates or require you to purchase an endorsement to increase coverage for business-related assets and equipment, or a separate home business policy that provides protection against crime and worker injuries. Most homeowners policies protect equipment for home-based businesses up to about $2,500. That might not be enough for a business owner who uses specialized machinery or stores large amounts of supplies or inventory at their home. Some carriers may include a home insurance exclusion for business personal property, so be sure to talk to your agent if you have work-use items in your home and make sure you have the right level of coverage. Additionally, homeowners insurance companies might not cover liability related to the business. You may need to bolster your existing policy or purchase an additional business policy. This is particularly true if your business is the type that creates heavier foot traffic in your home, such as piano lessons or private yoga sessions. If you do need to bolster your business coverage, you may have a few options, depending on your insurance provider: Endorsement to your existing homeowners policy: This option would increase the existing limit on business property included in your homeowners policy. Businessowners policy: This is a separate policy designed specifically for insuring a business, and it includes an array of coverages. In-home business insurance: This type of insurance features the same protection you would get if you were a larger company with smaller policy limits and premiums. Regardless of the scope of your business, you should let your agent know if you have any business risk in your home, to make sure that you are covered properly.   Expanding your space Sometimes a home needs to be changed to accommodate an expanding family. That can mean modifying a floor plan and adding more livable square footage, like finishing a basement or attic. In other instances, a new addition may be in order. Expanding your space with new square footage will most likely increase your home insurance premium as you will need a higher level of dwelling coverage. You might need more post-renovation insurance even if the added space is not inside your house. Adding a large finished deck could increase the value of your home, for example, and consequently, require an insurance reassessment. You may also need to consider other types of coverage for the newly built areas of your home. For example, a finished basement with new carpet, drywall and insulation may need sewer backup coverage. Ultimately, if you expand your usable square footage indoors or outside, your insurance coverage will probably need to be altered to account for the value of the new space. With floor plan renovations, it’s best to talk to your insurance agent or insurance company to discuss if you need to alter your policy. Upgrading your kitchen or bath According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, a kitchen or bathroom remodel can provide upwards of 50% in recouped value. If you make quality upgrades, like changing out laminate for granite countertops or having custom cabinets built, you may need to increase the dwelling coverage on your home insurance, which usually comes at an additional premium cost. If your home coverage is not enough to rebuild your new kitchen or bath with the same newly upgraded materials, consider increasing the dwelling coverage to align with your upgrades. If your existing coverage is not sufficient, you might find yourself having to pay out of pocket for some of the damages to your kitchen or bath after a covered loss. Your insurance agent can use your property insurance company’s home valuation tool to determine if coverage changes are needed to ensure you have the right level of property replacement value.   Renovations that lower home insurance rates If you are making changes that make your home safer, like updated electrical or plumbing systems, you could see lower rates after you and your insurance provider evaluate your home renovation insurance needs. Renovating or replacing your roof Installing a new roof may not be the most exciting home improvement, but it can save you money on your homeowners insurance. Upgrading old appliances, like the HVAC system, and replacing your roof usually means a reduction in premium because your home is better protected with new materials. Some homeowners can earn even bigger discounts if they live in hurricane-, wind- or hail-prone states and their new roof employs special loss-mitigation measures, such as hurricane straps, waterproofing or impact-resistant shingles. While most home policies cover roof replacements for the perils defined in your policy, some insurers use depreciation schedules based on the age of the roof to determine how much coverage you get. The newer the roof, the more coverage you are likely to have from your home insurance policy. Upgrading your wiring or plumbing If you upgrade your wiring or plumbing systems, especially if they are older or no longer up to current building codes, you may qualify for an insurance discount. While rewiring a house can be expensive, it could also lower the risk of fires and electrical damage, which means insurance companies could charge you less for coverage because of reduced risk. If you have knob and tube writing (used in most homes built before 1950), for example, you could see a drastic reduction in your premium and, you might even find that more insurance carriers are willing to insure your house, which means this could be a great time to shop your coverage and compare home insurance quotes. The same holds true for plumbing. Some types of plumbing, like lead and polybutylene, can make it difficult and expensive to find home insurance coverage. Upgrading to more modern plumbing hardware may reduce the risk for water damage and reduce your home insurance premium. Adding security systems and sprinklers Home security discounts are relatively common in the insurance industry, and there’s usually some variance in the savings levels. For example, if you install a local alarm system that rings at your home in the event of an intruder, you may earn a small discount. An alarm system that automatically alerts police or a central dispatch team for multiple incidents like burglary and fire would likely earn a higher discount. Sprinkler systems can also lower your premiums, as they reduce the risk of extensive fire damage.   Do I need to increase my homeowners insurance after renovating? Whether you need to increase your homeowners insurance coverage after renovating depends on the coverage you already have in place and the value and type of the renovation. When you choose an insurance company, part of your insurance rate is established by your home’s square footage and the cost required to fix or rebuild your home based on its characteristics, such as its building materials. Insurance companies use valuation tools to determine how much home insurance coverage you need for the structure of your house. If the renovations increase that valuation, you may want to consider increasing your coverage, too. Without increased coverage, should a disastrous event occur, any improvements you have made may not be covered. Another thing to consider is when significant improvements are made outside of your home, like adding a high-end shed or pool. They may not be covered unless your other structures coverage in your homeowner policy is sufficient. Be sure to let your insurance company know when you have done any type of work to your home so that it can perform a post-renovation valuation to accurately determine your new coverage needs.   Additional home insurance coverage worth considering When completing a home renovation, you should check to see if adding additional coverage is needed. While your current home insurance policy may have sufficient coverage already, you may need to make some changes while under construction: Builders risk insurance: This coverage protects materials you have purchased to be installed, whether it is on your property or en route to your property. If it is damaged or stolen, builders risk insurance should cover the costs of replacement. Vacant home insurance: If you need to live outside of your home while renovations or remodeling is being done, you may want to consider vacant home insurance. This often overlooked home improvement insurance protects your home should any damage occur while you are not actively living in it. Contractors insurance: This could be an important coverage if you are hiring a third party to do a renovation. Contractors insurance provides coverage for property damage, injury or damage caused by the contractors working on your home. Be sure to ask your contractor if they are insured and obtain a copy of their Certificate of Liability Insurance before signing a contract to ensure they have an adequate level of commercial general liability (GCL) coverage, according to the Triple-I. This way, you know they have the financial protection to take care of insurance issues, such as damage to your home, that could arise during construction. A typical GCL policy includes $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate limit.   https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/homeowners-insurance/home-insurance-and-renovations/      
    695 Posted by Bankrate
  • Nes/Getty Images   Why you can trust Bankrate More info While we adhere to strict editorial integrity, this post may contain references to products from our partners. Here's an explanation for how we make money. This content is powered by HomeInsurance.com (NPN: 8781838). For more information, please see our Insurance Disclosure.   American homeowners spend over $400 billion each year on DIY projects, renovations and home repairs. Homeowners may be updating their existing homes to better fit the needs of their family, hoping to increase their home’s value in a hot housing market, making necessary repairs to maintain the condition of their properties or more resilient to withstand the wrath of Mother Nature. While a remodeling project can make your space your own or increase your home’s resale value, you should consider how these home improvement projects affect your home insurance coverage limits and homeowners insurance rates.   Renovations that increase home insurance rates A major renovation can greatly increase the value of your home and the cost of your home insurance. A recent analysis conducted by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) showed that homes’ replacement values increased by more than 13% in the past year due to inflation and supply chain issues, so it is important to assess your coverage when completing a renovation project. You should know what you can expect if you plan to proceed with one of the more popular home renovations. Building a swimming pool In certain locations, adding a pool to your home can increase its value and offer an incentive to would-be buyers. However, a pool is considered an “attractive nuisance” and significantly increases your liability risk, which will likely increase your homeowners insurance premium. A standard homeowners insurance policy usually includes liability coverage, which is designed to help cover medical costs for a person injured on your property and legal expenses if you are sued. However, an insurance agent may recommend that a pool owner opts for higher liability coverage than what is standard. Homeowners might also consider purchasing an umbrella insurance policy, which provides additional liability coverage for greater financial protection. Your insurance carrier may also require a locking fence around the pool and/or a locking safety cover to go over the water when the pool is not in use. If the pool has a diving board or slide, it will likely be considered a greater potential hazard by your insurer, who may decide to not provide coverage or charge a much higher premium. Adding an office for a home business Working remotely has become more common during the pandemic, so adding an office could increase your home’s value for remote workers and business owners. However, it could also increase your homeowners’ insurance rates or require you to purchase an endorsement to increase coverage for business-related assets and equipment, or a separate home business policy that provides protection against crime and worker injuries. Most homeowners policies protect equipment for home-based businesses up to about $2,500. That might not be enough for a business owner who uses specialized machinery or stores large amounts of supplies or inventory at their home. Some carriers may include a home insurance exclusion for business personal property, so be sure to talk to your agent if you have work-use items in your home and make sure you have the right level of coverage. Additionally, homeowners insurance companies might not cover liability related to the business. You may need to bolster your existing policy or purchase an additional business policy. This is particularly true if your business is the type that creates heavier foot traffic in your home, such as piano lessons or private yoga sessions. If you do need to bolster your business coverage, you may have a few options, depending on your insurance provider: Endorsement to your existing homeowners policy: This option would increase the existing limit on business property included in your homeowners policy. Businessowners policy: This is a separate policy designed specifically for insuring a business, and it includes an array of coverages. In-home business insurance: This type of insurance features the same protection you would get if you were a larger company with smaller policy limits and premiums. Regardless of the scope of your business, you should let your agent know if you have any business risk in your home, to make sure that you are covered properly.   Expanding your space Sometimes a home needs to be changed to accommodate an expanding family. That can mean modifying a floor plan and adding more livable square footage, like finishing a basement or attic. In other instances, a new addition may be in order. Expanding your space with new square footage will most likely increase your home insurance premium as you will need a higher level of dwelling coverage. You might need more post-renovation insurance even if the added space is not inside your house. Adding a large finished deck could increase the value of your home, for example, and consequently, require an insurance reassessment. You may also need to consider other types of coverage for the newly built areas of your home. For example, a finished basement with new carpet, drywall and insulation may need sewer backup coverage. Ultimately, if you expand your usable square footage indoors or outside, your insurance coverage will probably need to be altered to account for the value of the new space. With floor plan renovations, it’s best to talk to your insurance agent or insurance company to discuss if you need to alter your policy. Upgrading your kitchen or bath According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, a kitchen or bathroom remodel can provide upwards of 50% in recouped value. If you make quality upgrades, like changing out laminate for granite countertops or having custom cabinets built, you may need to increase the dwelling coverage on your home insurance, which usually comes at an additional premium cost. If your home coverage is not enough to rebuild your new kitchen or bath with the same newly upgraded materials, consider increasing the dwelling coverage to align with your upgrades. If your existing coverage is not sufficient, you might find yourself having to pay out of pocket for some of the damages to your kitchen or bath after a covered loss. Your insurance agent can use your property insurance company’s home valuation tool to determine if coverage changes are needed to ensure you have the right level of property replacement value.   Renovations that lower home insurance rates If you are making changes that make your home safer, like updated electrical or plumbing systems, you could see lower rates after you and your insurance provider evaluate your home renovation insurance needs. Renovating or replacing your roof Installing a new roof may not be the most exciting home improvement, but it can save you money on your homeowners insurance. Upgrading old appliances, like the HVAC system, and replacing your roof usually means a reduction in premium because your home is better protected with new materials. Some homeowners can earn even bigger discounts if they live in hurricane-, wind- or hail-prone states and their new roof employs special loss-mitigation measures, such as hurricane straps, waterproofing or impact-resistant shingles. While most home policies cover roof replacements for the perils defined in your policy, some insurers use depreciation schedules based on the age of the roof to determine how much coverage you get. The newer the roof, the more coverage you are likely to have from your home insurance policy. Upgrading your wiring or plumbing If you upgrade your wiring or plumbing systems, especially if they are older or no longer up to current building codes, you may qualify for an insurance discount. While rewiring a house can be expensive, it could also lower the risk of fires and electrical damage, which means insurance companies could charge you less for coverage because of reduced risk. If you have knob and tube writing (used in most homes built before 1950), for example, you could see a drastic reduction in your premium and, you might even find that more insurance carriers are willing to insure your house, which means this could be a great time to shop your coverage and compare home insurance quotes. The same holds true for plumbing. Some types of plumbing, like lead and polybutylene, can make it difficult and expensive to find home insurance coverage. Upgrading to more modern plumbing hardware may reduce the risk for water damage and reduce your home insurance premium. Adding security systems and sprinklers Home security discounts are relatively common in the insurance industry, and there’s usually some variance in the savings levels. For example, if you install a local alarm system that rings at your home in the event of an intruder, you may earn a small discount. An alarm system that automatically alerts police or a central dispatch team for multiple incidents like burglary and fire would likely earn a higher discount. Sprinkler systems can also lower your premiums, as they reduce the risk of extensive fire damage.   Do I need to increase my homeowners insurance after renovating? Whether you need to increase your homeowners insurance coverage after renovating depends on the coverage you already have in place and the value and type of the renovation. When you choose an insurance company, part of your insurance rate is established by your home’s square footage and the cost required to fix or rebuild your home based on its characteristics, such as its building materials. Insurance companies use valuation tools to determine how much home insurance coverage you need for the structure of your house. If the renovations increase that valuation, you may want to consider increasing your coverage, too. Without increased coverage, should a disastrous event occur, any improvements you have made may not be covered. Another thing to consider is when significant improvements are made outside of your home, like adding a high-end shed or pool. They may not be covered unless your other structures coverage in your homeowner policy is sufficient. Be sure to let your insurance company know when you have done any type of work to your home so that it can perform a post-renovation valuation to accurately determine your new coverage needs.   Additional home insurance coverage worth considering When completing a home renovation, you should check to see if adding additional coverage is needed. While your current home insurance policy may have sufficient coverage already, you may need to make some changes while under construction: Builders risk insurance: This coverage protects materials you have purchased to be installed, whether it is on your property or en route to your property. If it is damaged or stolen, builders risk insurance should cover the costs of replacement. Vacant home insurance: If you need to live outside of your home while renovations or remodeling is being done, you may want to consider vacant home insurance. This often overlooked home improvement insurance protects your home should any damage occur while you are not actively living in it. Contractors insurance: This could be an important coverage if you are hiring a third party to do a renovation. Contractors insurance provides coverage for property damage, injury or damage caused by the contractors working on your home. Be sure to ask your contractor if they are insured and obtain a copy of their Certificate of Liability Insurance before signing a contract to ensure they have an adequate level of commercial general liability (GCL) coverage, according to the Triple-I. This way, you know they have the financial protection to take care of insurance issues, such as damage to your home, that could arise during construction. A typical GCL policy includes $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate limit.   https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/homeowners-insurance/home-insurance-and-renovations/      
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  • 28 Mar 2022
    Are you planning a home renovation project? If you want to update your home, follow the top interior design trends. From colours to textures, accessories to building materials, everything is different in 2022. It’s not about what’s hot right now. It’s a lifestyle choice. At the end of the day, the home renovation is for you and your family. Don’t make changes with a future buyer in mind. Make your house more comfortable and stylish. So, are you curious to know what 2022 will bring?  Nature-Inspired Surfaces and Recycled Objects We all have a deep connection to nature. When we’re in the woods, by the sea, or in the mountains, we feel better. Nature makes us happy. With more time spent indoors than never before, there’s a chance to strengthen this primordial connection. Why don’t you bring the positive effects of the natural world into your home? Interior designers are seeking out natural and sustainable surfaces. Terracotta, stoneware, marble, and bamboo are used for backsplashes, furniture, and bathtubs. They’re durable, environmentally-friendly, not to mention that they look stylish. The coarse, porous, flawed nature of these materials creates depth and intrigue in the home décor.  With the re-emergence of green living and conserving Earth’s natural resources, there’s never been so much interest in finding products that have been recycled. Anything has the potential to be upcycled. For instance, spoons make lovely candleholders, wall hooks, and pull handles. Raw materials and handmade items fit in perfectly in a contemporary setting. You don’t have to clutter the home. All you need is a few original items to show off the human-nature relationship. These eye-catching items have real value. Part of your interior design can be made up of pottery and ceramics. You’re able to customise the look of your home and make your interior as personal as possible.  Sculptural Furniture Sculptural furniture serves aesthetic purposes and creates an opportunity for interacting with art. Instead of a chair with straight edges that keeps your back straight at a 90-degree angle, you have a chair that’s asymmetrical or angled. It’s a unique design element that draws the attention of anyone who looks at it. If you want to maintain harmony and comfort in your home, opt for curved furniture and unconventional silhouettes. It’s all about creating a place to unwind and stop taking yourself too seriously. Adding too many decor elements or allowing clutter to accumulate will compromise the design.  Mindful Spaces The mindfulness trend applied to interior design can be seen on Pinterest. The living spaces are designed to be practical, not to impress. Introspection is promoted via architectural composition. The result is fewer physical and visual divisions. If you need help on how to create a mindful space, here are some ideas from Seabrook Studio: Limit the noise. Everyday noise can be irritating and distracting. If your house is loud, mask the noises with a water feature. You'll live the murmuring sounds. If you listen to the sound, especially while meditating, it can help you let go of the stress you're holding onto. The fountain can humidify a dry room, making it more breathable. Your home will be a healthier and relaxing place to be.  Naturally purify with plants. Being in a place rich with nature will help ease you into a mindful meditation. Aloe Vera, Devil's Ivy, and Chinese Evergreen help achieve purer air. To immerse yourself fully, think about what plants you enjoy touching, what scents you love, and what colours make you feel relaxed. Top suggested plants are lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm.  Get the lighting and the temperature right. Interior spaces require a little mood lighting. You can create an area with lots of natural light or a cool dark space. If you prefer sunlight, use lighter, brighter wall and ceiling paints. You can also add reflective room features like a chandelier. You don’t even have to turn it on. If you want to make the home feel less bright, plant a few trees. It’s an ideal, long-term solution.  Copper Elements For a touch of industrial charm, use copper elements. Copper is used by more and more interior designers to give homes an enriching look and feel. There are so many options, such as decorative elements, wall tiles, lamps, sinks, and parts for kitchen utensils. The star of this year, without any doubt, is the metal light fixture. Copper goes with a back ambiance room or a white one. Lighting fixtures in copper are a must-have because they add a unique look. The elegant and sophisticated demeanour is sure to make your home stand out from others. Copper has antimicrobial properties, meaning that it eliminates disease-causing bacteria and viruses. You can create a happy, healthy home.  Vividly Colourful Window Treatments One of the simplest ways of changing the look of a room is installing window treatments. Regardless of the style or design you decide on, your window treatments will make an impression. If your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something in-between, you’ll find something to suit your wishes. Take into account how often you’ll be closing and opening the treatments in any room before deciding on a length. Floor-length drapes elongate the window, so the room feels taller. The hem stays clean, so it doesn’t pick up dirt. If the architecture allows for it, install blinds. Use blinds in rooms where you want to play with light and shadows.  As far as colour is concerned, use tones that complement the existing décor for a cohesive look. There’s a wide array of choices with varying opacities, colours, and styles. You can go a few shades lighter than your wall colour. An interior designer will help you find a close match if you know the paint colour name. Alternatively, you can match the window treatments to other finishes or furniture. In a white or neutral room, a bold colour stands out and ties the room together. If you’re not into green, blue is for you. It promotes order, serenity, and calmness. 
    2394 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Are you planning a home renovation project? If you want to update your home, follow the top interior design trends. From colours to textures, accessories to building materials, everything is different in 2022. It’s not about what’s hot right now. It’s a lifestyle choice. At the end of the day, the home renovation is for you and your family. Don’t make changes with a future buyer in mind. Make your house more comfortable and stylish. So, are you curious to know what 2022 will bring?  Nature-Inspired Surfaces and Recycled Objects We all have a deep connection to nature. When we’re in the woods, by the sea, or in the mountains, we feel better. Nature makes us happy. With more time spent indoors than never before, there’s a chance to strengthen this primordial connection. Why don’t you bring the positive effects of the natural world into your home? Interior designers are seeking out natural and sustainable surfaces. Terracotta, stoneware, marble, and bamboo are used for backsplashes, furniture, and bathtubs. They’re durable, environmentally-friendly, not to mention that they look stylish. The coarse, porous, flawed nature of these materials creates depth and intrigue in the home décor.  With the re-emergence of green living and conserving Earth’s natural resources, there’s never been so much interest in finding products that have been recycled. Anything has the potential to be upcycled. For instance, spoons make lovely candleholders, wall hooks, and pull handles. Raw materials and handmade items fit in perfectly in a contemporary setting. You don’t have to clutter the home. All you need is a few original items to show off the human-nature relationship. These eye-catching items have real value. Part of your interior design can be made up of pottery and ceramics. You’re able to customise the look of your home and make your interior as personal as possible.  Sculptural Furniture Sculptural furniture serves aesthetic purposes and creates an opportunity for interacting with art. Instead of a chair with straight edges that keeps your back straight at a 90-degree angle, you have a chair that’s asymmetrical or angled. It’s a unique design element that draws the attention of anyone who looks at it. If you want to maintain harmony and comfort in your home, opt for curved furniture and unconventional silhouettes. It’s all about creating a place to unwind and stop taking yourself too seriously. Adding too many decor elements or allowing clutter to accumulate will compromise the design.  Mindful Spaces The mindfulness trend applied to interior design can be seen on Pinterest. The living spaces are designed to be practical, not to impress. Introspection is promoted via architectural composition. The result is fewer physical and visual divisions. If you need help on how to create a mindful space, here are some ideas from Seabrook Studio: Limit the noise. Everyday noise can be irritating and distracting. If your house is loud, mask the noises with a water feature. You'll live the murmuring sounds. If you listen to the sound, especially while meditating, it can help you let go of the stress you're holding onto. The fountain can humidify a dry room, making it more breathable. Your home will be a healthier and relaxing place to be.  Naturally purify with plants. Being in a place rich with nature will help ease you into a mindful meditation. Aloe Vera, Devil's Ivy, and Chinese Evergreen help achieve purer air. To immerse yourself fully, think about what plants you enjoy touching, what scents you love, and what colours make you feel relaxed. Top suggested plants are lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm.  Get the lighting and the temperature right. Interior spaces require a little mood lighting. You can create an area with lots of natural light or a cool dark space. If you prefer sunlight, use lighter, brighter wall and ceiling paints. You can also add reflective room features like a chandelier. You don’t even have to turn it on. If you want to make the home feel less bright, plant a few trees. It’s an ideal, long-term solution.  Copper Elements For a touch of industrial charm, use copper elements. Copper is used by more and more interior designers to give homes an enriching look and feel. There are so many options, such as decorative elements, wall tiles, lamps, sinks, and parts for kitchen utensils. The star of this year, without any doubt, is the metal light fixture. Copper goes with a back ambiance room or a white one. Lighting fixtures in copper are a must-have because they add a unique look. The elegant and sophisticated demeanour is sure to make your home stand out from others. Copper has antimicrobial properties, meaning that it eliminates disease-causing bacteria and viruses. You can create a happy, healthy home.  Vividly Colourful Window Treatments One of the simplest ways of changing the look of a room is installing window treatments. Regardless of the style or design you decide on, your window treatments will make an impression. If your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something in-between, you’ll find something to suit your wishes. Take into account how often you’ll be closing and opening the treatments in any room before deciding on a length. Floor-length drapes elongate the window, so the room feels taller. The hem stays clean, so it doesn’t pick up dirt. If the architecture allows for it, install blinds. Use blinds in rooms where you want to play with light and shadows.  As far as colour is concerned, use tones that complement the existing décor for a cohesive look. There’s a wide array of choices with varying opacities, colours, and styles. You can go a few shades lighter than your wall colour. An interior designer will help you find a close match if you know the paint colour name. Alternatively, you can match the window treatments to other finishes or furniture. In a white or neutral room, a bold colour stands out and ties the room together. If you’re not into green, blue is for you. It promotes order, serenity, and calmness. 
    Mar 28, 2022 2394
  • 15 Jan 2022
    Upholstery velvet is a type of fabric that can be used to make furniture and decorate items. It’s most commonly found in formal, luxury items. It’s made out of 100% polyester which makes it durable, easy to maintain and breathable. Why should you care about this material, though? The Top 5 Reasons to Choose Upholstery Velvet Choosing the right fabric for your furniture is an important decision. It not only determines the look of your space, it also makes a statement about you and your tastes. Upholstery velvet is a luxurious fabric that can be used for many purposes such as creating window treatments and adding color to rooms. It comes in more than 70 styles with a variety of textures and colours that will help you get creative with your decorating ideas. In this article, I have listed the top 5 reasons to choose upholstery velvet fabric. How to Select the Right Color of Upholstery Velvet for Your Home When it comes to choosing the right colour of upholstery for your home, you will have to do a lot of research. There are many factors to consider when selecting the perfect colour. Upholsteries come in different colours and fabrics. From wallpapers to carpets, you need to consider how much light is reflected off it and how long it will take for the material to fade before deciding on a colour. When you want to change your sofa or some other furniture in your house, there are also many factors that come into play when deciding on the right colour. How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Velvet Furniture Velvet is a unique fabric that has the qualities of both fabrics - it's soft yet luxurious. But as with anything, velvet can get dirty and wrinkled from use. It's important to keep your upholstered furniture looking new as often as possible. Here are some tips for keeping your velvet clean and pristine: - Use a gentle detergent and warm water to clean the fabric. Avoid harsh chemicals for this kind of fabric. - Dry the velvet on low heat only so the fibres don't become damaged in high heat or sun exposure. This will also help prevent fading from UV light exposure - which is a common problem when cleaning outdoor fabrics in high heat settings or in direct sunlight. Tips on How to Use and Store Upholstered Velvet Many people are not aware of how to properly store upholstery. How many times have you seen your favourite velvet bed or couch get wrinkled? A lot of people would say that it’s impossible to store upholstered velvet in a proper way, but that’s not true. This article will show you how to use and store upholstery for its longevity. When storing a piece of velvet, it is best to place the piece flat on top of another piece so that the wrinkles can be ironed out without causing creases into the fabric. It's also best to leave out any other items that could cause damage, such as an iron or vacuum cleaner. If you put away your upholstery while still damp, it can make the fabric wrinkle more easily and The Best Places to Buy Your New Beautiful & Affordable Upholstered Design You might be wondering whether you should go to a physical store or to an online store. It is always good to check the prices and availability of different items before making a decision. We have compiled a list of the best places where you can find affordable, beautiful, high-quality velvets at unbeatable prices. The advantage of buying from an online store is that it provides you with more options. You are not restricted by your physical location and can find stores across the globe. Many people are still unaware of these stores as they haven't seen them in person yet - but that doesn't mean they cannot be found!
    5085 Posted by john wayne
  • Upholstery velvet is a type of fabric that can be used to make furniture and decorate items. It’s most commonly found in formal, luxury items. It’s made out of 100% polyester which makes it durable, easy to maintain and breathable. Why should you care about this material, though? The Top 5 Reasons to Choose Upholstery Velvet Choosing the right fabric for your furniture is an important decision. It not only determines the look of your space, it also makes a statement about you and your tastes. Upholstery velvet is a luxurious fabric that can be used for many purposes such as creating window treatments and adding color to rooms. It comes in more than 70 styles with a variety of textures and colours that will help you get creative with your decorating ideas. In this article, I have listed the top 5 reasons to choose upholstery velvet fabric. How to Select the Right Color of Upholstery Velvet for Your Home When it comes to choosing the right colour of upholstery for your home, you will have to do a lot of research. There are many factors to consider when selecting the perfect colour. Upholsteries come in different colours and fabrics. From wallpapers to carpets, you need to consider how much light is reflected off it and how long it will take for the material to fade before deciding on a colour. When you want to change your sofa or some other furniture in your house, there are also many factors that come into play when deciding on the right colour. How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Velvet Furniture Velvet is a unique fabric that has the qualities of both fabrics - it's soft yet luxurious. But as with anything, velvet can get dirty and wrinkled from use. It's important to keep your upholstered furniture looking new as often as possible. Here are some tips for keeping your velvet clean and pristine: - Use a gentle detergent and warm water to clean the fabric. Avoid harsh chemicals for this kind of fabric. - Dry the velvet on low heat only so the fibres don't become damaged in high heat or sun exposure. This will also help prevent fading from UV light exposure - which is a common problem when cleaning outdoor fabrics in high heat settings or in direct sunlight. Tips on How to Use and Store Upholstered Velvet Many people are not aware of how to properly store upholstery. How many times have you seen your favourite velvet bed or couch get wrinkled? A lot of people would say that it’s impossible to store upholstered velvet in a proper way, but that’s not true. This article will show you how to use and store upholstery for its longevity. When storing a piece of velvet, it is best to place the piece flat on top of another piece so that the wrinkles can be ironed out without causing creases into the fabric. It's also best to leave out any other items that could cause damage, such as an iron or vacuum cleaner. If you put away your upholstery while still damp, it can make the fabric wrinkle more easily and The Best Places to Buy Your New Beautiful & Affordable Upholstered Design You might be wondering whether you should go to a physical store or to an online store. It is always good to check the prices and availability of different items before making a decision. We have compiled a list of the best places where you can find affordable, beautiful, high-quality velvets at unbeatable prices. The advantage of buying from an online store is that it provides you with more options. You are not restricted by your physical location and can find stores across the globe. Many people are still unaware of these stores as they haven't seen them in person yet - but that doesn't mean they cannot be found!
    Jan 15, 2022 5085
  • 01 Dec 2021
    Whenever you need a Locksmith in North Brisbane, it can be tough to know what questions to ask. There are plenty of things you might not know about this industry. Did you know that many locksmiths also offer lock installation? You might also want to make sure that the locksmith has insurance before they start working on your door. All of these are important factors when it comes to hiring any company. Here are some ways for you to stay informed about how locksmiths work and understand their services better.   What makes a locksmith? A locksmith is a professional who installs, repairs, or sells locks. In some cases, they work as a security consultant to help businesses improve their security. There are two ways in which you might need a locksmith. One way is if you're looking for someone to install new locks on your business; the other is if you need someone to repair current locks.   The types of locksmiths First, you'll want to know the different types of locksmiths. There are three primary types: Emergency Locksmith, Residential Locksmith, and Commercial Lock & Locksmith. The difference between these terms is that an emergency locksmith will only work when a door is broken in or a lock needs to be changed in a time of crisis. A residential locksmith will typically provide services for homes and businesses in North Brisbane. A commercial locksmith can install or change any type of lock on-premises, but is usually only seen outside of residential properties.   How do locksmiths work? A locksmith is someone who installs, repairs, or rekeys locks. A locksmith also has the skills to make new keys for various locks. This person might also make safes or vault doors, which are important for many businesses. The most common use of a locksmith is to install a lock on a door. But they can also make more complicated arrangements like installing an electronic lock inside of your home or office space. Locksmiths are often hired for emergencies when someone has lost their key and need it replaced quickly. The amount of time it takes to get in touch with a locksmith depends on your location and what kind of work they're doing. Some people call them when they've locked themselves out, while others might prefer to schedule an appointment in advance. But in general, you'll be able to find help in the neighbourhood with no problem at all!   Conclusion If you want to grow your business, great search engine optimization (SEO) is a must. The challenge? Many small businesses don't have the time, skills or expertise necessary to handle everything that comes with a solid SEO strategy. From keyword research to content evaluation, from page optimization to internal linking, it's easy for companies to end up with a generic web presence that doesn't inspire engagement or drive conversions. In this piece, we'll tackle key outsourcing operations, including how it can benefit your business — and why SEO can't be entirely outsourced.  
    7622 Posted by john wayne
  • Whenever you need a Locksmith in North Brisbane, it can be tough to know what questions to ask. There are plenty of things you might not know about this industry. Did you know that many locksmiths also offer lock installation? You might also want to make sure that the locksmith has insurance before they start working on your door. All of these are important factors when it comes to hiring any company. Here are some ways for you to stay informed about how locksmiths work and understand their services better.   What makes a locksmith? A locksmith is a professional who installs, repairs, or sells locks. In some cases, they work as a security consultant to help businesses improve their security. There are two ways in which you might need a locksmith. One way is if you're looking for someone to install new locks on your business; the other is if you need someone to repair current locks.   The types of locksmiths First, you'll want to know the different types of locksmiths. There are three primary types: Emergency Locksmith, Residential Locksmith, and Commercial Lock & Locksmith. The difference between these terms is that an emergency locksmith will only work when a door is broken in or a lock needs to be changed in a time of crisis. A residential locksmith will typically provide services for homes and businesses in North Brisbane. A commercial locksmith can install or change any type of lock on-premises, but is usually only seen outside of residential properties.   How do locksmiths work? A locksmith is someone who installs, repairs, or rekeys locks. A locksmith also has the skills to make new keys for various locks. This person might also make safes or vault doors, which are important for many businesses. The most common use of a locksmith is to install a lock on a door. But they can also make more complicated arrangements like installing an electronic lock inside of your home or office space. Locksmiths are often hired for emergencies when someone has lost their key and need it replaced quickly. The amount of time it takes to get in touch with a locksmith depends on your location and what kind of work they're doing. Some people call them when they've locked themselves out, while others might prefer to schedule an appointment in advance. But in general, you'll be able to find help in the neighbourhood with no problem at all!   Conclusion If you want to grow your business, great search engine optimization (SEO) is a must. The challenge? Many small businesses don't have the time, skills or expertise necessary to handle everything that comes with a solid SEO strategy. From keyword research to content evaluation, from page optimization to internal linking, it's easy for companies to end up with a generic web presence that doesn't inspire engagement or drive conversions. In this piece, we'll tackle key outsourcing operations, including how it can benefit your business — and why SEO can't be entirely outsourced.  
    Dec 01, 2021 7622
  • 01 Dec 2021
    If you need an electrician in Geelong, there’s a lot that goes into finding the right one. You want someone who is qualified and will provide you with a service that you can trust. You also want to be sure they won’t break the bank. Picking an electrician in Geelong can be tough, but we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you through the process. Here are five steps to find the right electrician in Geelong for your needs:   1) Check references and reviews 2) Ask for qualifications and licenses 3) Be clear about what you expect from them 4) Get more than one quote 5) Trust your gut feeling   Check references and reviews The best way to find the right electrician in Geelong is to check their references and reviews. You can search online for users who have used the electrician in the past, or you could ask around at your local businesses. If you want to be sure that an electrician in Geelong has a good reputation, check for testimonials and reviews on them.   Ask for qualifications and licenses One way to be sure that the electrician you're interviewing is qualified and licensed is to ask for their credentials. Check to see if they have a business license from the state, a contractor's license from the state, or a license from any other state. You can also ask them about their qualifications for their job. In general, businesses should be able to provide you with proof of licensing and credentials.   This article discusses five steps for finding an electrician in Geelong who is qualified and licensed. The first step is asking for references and reviews, then establishing what you expect from them, getting more than one quote, and trusting your gut feeling.   Be clear about what you expect from them When you’re looking for an electrician in Geelong, it’s important to be clear about what you expect from them. You want someone who is qualified and will provide you with the service you need, but you also want to make sure they won’t break the bank. Read reviews and check references to find out what other people think of the person you’re considering hiring. Ask your potential electrician for their qualifications and licenses so that they can show you documentation proving they are qualified to do the work. Also, make sure that they understand your expectations: like, how long it will take them and whether or not they need any special equipment. This will help avoid any confusion and ensure your relationship goes smoothly.   Get more than one quote One of the best ways to find the right electrician in Geelong is to get more than one quote. You can ask for qualifications, licenses, and references from all the companies you are considering. This will give you a clear idea of what kind of company you are dealing with and how they work with their customers. Another great way to save money is to find an electrician in Geelong that has a referral program. The company might offer discounts or other incentives for referring new businesses or providing feedback on their current customers’ jobs. This will give you additional options without breaking your budget. Spending time finding an electrician in Geelong can be difficult, but it's worth it in the end when you know you've found someone reliable who won't rip you off or try to take advantage of your situation.   Trust your gut feeling The first step to finding a good electrician is to trust your gut. If you have a bad feeling about someone, trust it! There are plenty of qualified electricians out there, but there are also those who will take advantage of you.   1) Check references and reviews Before meeting with an electrician in Geelong, check their references and reviews on local review websites like Trustpilot. They’ll give you an idea as to how good they are at what they do and if they live up to their claims. 2) Ask for qualifications and licenses You want a person who has an electrician license, but this isn’t always the only qualification. Again, check the website for qualifications and licenses that the company holds before meeting with them so you can be sure that they hold enough qualifications for what you need done. 3) Be clear about what you expect from them It’s important to be clear about what you want from your electrician in Geelong so there aren’t any misunderstandings or conflicts of interest during the work being done. You don’t want your electrical needs being compromised by some other project that they have going on at the same time or anything   Conclusion If you want to grow your business, great search engine optimization (SEO) is a must. The challenge? Many small businesses don't have the time, skills or expertise necessary to handle everything that comes with a solid SEO strategy. From keyword research to content evaluation, from page optimization to internal linking, it's easy for companies to end up with a generic web presence that doesn't inspire engagement or drive conversions. In this piece, we'll tackle key outsourcing operations, including how it can benefit your business — and why SEO can't be entirely outsourced.
    7144 Posted by john wayne
  • If you need an electrician in Geelong, there’s a lot that goes into finding the right one. You want someone who is qualified and will provide you with a service that you can trust. You also want to be sure they won’t break the bank. Picking an electrician in Geelong can be tough, but we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you through the process. Here are five steps to find the right electrician in Geelong for your needs:   1) Check references and reviews 2) Ask for qualifications and licenses 3) Be clear about what you expect from them 4) Get more than one quote 5) Trust your gut feeling   Check references and reviews The best way to find the right electrician in Geelong is to check their references and reviews. You can search online for users who have used the electrician in the past, or you could ask around at your local businesses. If you want to be sure that an electrician in Geelong has a good reputation, check for testimonials and reviews on them.   Ask for qualifications and licenses One way to be sure that the electrician you're interviewing is qualified and licensed is to ask for their credentials. Check to see if they have a business license from the state, a contractor's license from the state, or a license from any other state. You can also ask them about their qualifications for their job. In general, businesses should be able to provide you with proof of licensing and credentials.   This article discusses five steps for finding an electrician in Geelong who is qualified and licensed. The first step is asking for references and reviews, then establishing what you expect from them, getting more than one quote, and trusting your gut feeling.   Be clear about what you expect from them When you’re looking for an electrician in Geelong, it’s important to be clear about what you expect from them. You want someone who is qualified and will provide you with the service you need, but you also want to make sure they won’t break the bank. Read reviews and check references to find out what other people think of the person you’re considering hiring. Ask your potential electrician for their qualifications and licenses so that they can show you documentation proving they are qualified to do the work. Also, make sure that they understand your expectations: like, how long it will take them and whether or not they need any special equipment. This will help avoid any confusion and ensure your relationship goes smoothly.   Get more than one quote One of the best ways to find the right electrician in Geelong is to get more than one quote. You can ask for qualifications, licenses, and references from all the companies you are considering. This will give you a clear idea of what kind of company you are dealing with and how they work with their customers. Another great way to save money is to find an electrician in Geelong that has a referral program. The company might offer discounts or other incentives for referring new businesses or providing feedback on their current customers’ jobs. This will give you additional options without breaking your budget. Spending time finding an electrician in Geelong can be difficult, but it's worth it in the end when you know you've found someone reliable who won't rip you off or try to take advantage of your situation.   Trust your gut feeling The first step to finding a good electrician is to trust your gut. If you have a bad feeling about someone, trust it! There are plenty of qualified electricians out there, but there are also those who will take advantage of you.   1) Check references and reviews Before meeting with an electrician in Geelong, check their references and reviews on local review websites like Trustpilot. They’ll give you an idea as to how good they are at what they do and if they live up to their claims. 2) Ask for qualifications and licenses You want a person who has an electrician license, but this isn’t always the only qualification. Again, check the website for qualifications and licenses that the company holds before meeting with them so you can be sure that they hold enough qualifications for what you need done. 3) Be clear about what you expect from them It’s important to be clear about what you want from your electrician in Geelong so there aren’t any misunderstandings or conflicts of interest during the work being done. You don’t want your electrical needs being compromised by some other project that they have going on at the same time or anything   Conclusion If you want to grow your business, great search engine optimization (SEO) is a must. The challenge? Many small businesses don't have the time, skills or expertise necessary to handle everything that comes with a solid SEO strategy. From keyword research to content evaluation, from page optimization to internal linking, it's easy for companies to end up with a generic web presence that doesn't inspire engagement or drive conversions. In this piece, we'll tackle key outsourcing operations, including how it can benefit your business — and why SEO can't be entirely outsourced.
    Dec 01, 2021 7144
  • 27 Nov 2021
    Rugs can be one of the most beautiful home decors if you want to compliment the entire living space or bedroom details in your house. If you are thinking of buying the rug for the first time, you might be a bit confused. But some usual tactics and tips might help you choose the perfect rug for your living room.  This article will help you with a guideline that might make your tasks easier. Perfect Measurement: It’s required to measure your living space before buying the rug. Rugs aren’t as wide or more prominent in size as the carpets, but they come in a specific size. Therefore, it’s wise to choose the best size living room rug that suits your living room.  If you look for the best living room rug, you should go for measuring your room size and the rug size simultaneously. Choose the Texture: Rugs are made with different fabrics or materials. You may want to make your living room look extraordinary, and therefore, selecting the right texture for your rug is necessary. You can get a bit of research online to find the perfect texture that looks good and doesn’t require much maintenance, either. Choose the Pattern and Style: Nothing is essential than picking your rug's correct pattern or style when putting it in your living room. It ultimately brings out the volume of beautification in your living room that must have some specification. You get to choose the style that complements your living style and the room’s design as well. Choose Your Favourite Color: The perfect colours of your rug will double the overall look of your living room. As a homeowner, you should know how to make the home look brighter and livelier. Therefore, pick a colour that will suit the living room’s details and make you feel better every time you are in the living area. Less Maintenance: It’s wise to choose a material for your rug that doesn’t require much maintenance. It’s pretty challenging to wash and dry your rugs or carpets, no matter how often you do this. Even if it’s a regular stain mark, you have to work hard on it to get rid of stains from rugs. So, make sure the material cooperates with you in cleaning or washing.
    6936 Posted by john wayne
  • Rugs can be one of the most beautiful home decors if you want to compliment the entire living space or bedroom details in your house. If you are thinking of buying the rug for the first time, you might be a bit confused. But some usual tactics and tips might help you choose the perfect rug for your living room.  This article will help you with a guideline that might make your tasks easier. Perfect Measurement: It’s required to measure your living space before buying the rug. Rugs aren’t as wide or more prominent in size as the carpets, but they come in a specific size. Therefore, it’s wise to choose the best size living room rug that suits your living room.  If you look for the best living room rug, you should go for measuring your room size and the rug size simultaneously. Choose the Texture: Rugs are made with different fabrics or materials. You may want to make your living room look extraordinary, and therefore, selecting the right texture for your rug is necessary. You can get a bit of research online to find the perfect texture that looks good and doesn’t require much maintenance, either. Choose the Pattern and Style: Nothing is essential than picking your rug's correct pattern or style when putting it in your living room. It ultimately brings out the volume of beautification in your living room that must have some specification. You get to choose the style that complements your living style and the room’s design as well. Choose Your Favourite Color: The perfect colours of your rug will double the overall look of your living room. As a homeowner, you should know how to make the home look brighter and livelier. Therefore, pick a colour that will suit the living room’s details and make you feel better every time you are in the living area. Less Maintenance: It’s wise to choose a material for your rug that doesn’t require much maintenance. It’s pretty challenging to wash and dry your rugs or carpets, no matter how often you do this. Even if it’s a regular stain mark, you have to work hard on it to get rid of stains from rugs. So, make sure the material cooperates with you in cleaning or washing.
    Nov 27, 2021 6936
  • 24 Nov 2021
    Shopping for a bathroom online in kent can be confusing. With so many different products and brands, it can be hard to know where to start. On top of that, you may not even know what the best options are for your space. That’s where we come in! Here, is our step-by-step guide to finding the perfect bathroom set up for you and your space: from choosing your style and budget to picking out your perfect sink and toilet.   How to find the perfect style for your bathroom Picking out the right bathroom sink and toilet is essential to getting the most out of your space. Go through the seven main bathroom product categories to find the right one for your bathroom and budget.   Floor To Ceiling   Going with a plain, low, or shelf style is the most straightforward option, especially if you don’t have much space or you’re in need of something easy to clean.   If you're looking for a unique statement, look for something like the Cornerstone Grey Tiled Tumbler with Cone Shower Curtain by Shiny Shower Curtain.   Materials and finishes   Kitchens and bathrooms should always go hand in hand, and the materials and finishes used in your bathroom should reflect your style as well.   How to choose a budget and buy everything you need First of all, what is a budget for your bathroom? There are different types of bathroom set ups: Some will be lower-cost versions of full-size bathrooms; others will be more extravagant. It all depends on how much time you are willing to spend decorating, which area of your house you’re focusing on, and even the type of bathroom you’re thinking about adding.     What about accessories? If you want to stand out in the bathroom, consider purchasing accessories like a light fixture or a wine rack. Accessories like these will add the perfect amount of personality to your bathroom design. Also, make sure you check out our selection of bathroom decor and bathmats to pick the perfect accent to add to your bathroom.
    7312 Posted by john wayne
  • Shopping for a bathroom online in kent can be confusing. With so many different products and brands, it can be hard to know where to start. On top of that, you may not even know what the best options are for your space. That’s where we come in! Here, is our step-by-step guide to finding the perfect bathroom set up for you and your space: from choosing your style and budget to picking out your perfect sink and toilet.   How to find the perfect style for your bathroom Picking out the right bathroom sink and toilet is essential to getting the most out of your space. Go through the seven main bathroom product categories to find the right one for your bathroom and budget.   Floor To Ceiling   Going with a plain, low, or shelf style is the most straightforward option, especially if you don’t have much space or you’re in need of something easy to clean.   If you're looking for a unique statement, look for something like the Cornerstone Grey Tiled Tumbler with Cone Shower Curtain by Shiny Shower Curtain.   Materials and finishes   Kitchens and bathrooms should always go hand in hand, and the materials and finishes used in your bathroom should reflect your style as well.   How to choose a budget and buy everything you need First of all, what is a budget for your bathroom? There are different types of bathroom set ups: Some will be lower-cost versions of full-size bathrooms; others will be more extravagant. It all depends on how much time you are willing to spend decorating, which area of your house you’re focusing on, and even the type of bathroom you’re thinking about adding.     What about accessories? If you want to stand out in the bathroom, consider purchasing accessories like a light fixture or a wine rack. Accessories like these will add the perfect amount of personality to your bathroom design. Also, make sure you check out our selection of bathroom decor and bathmats to pick the perfect accent to add to your bathroom.
    Nov 24, 2021 7312
  • 13 Nov 2021
    Dampness can be a difficult problem to tackle, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. The trouble with dampness is it can cause major structural problems, which can result in immense damage and disruption in your life. This guide will teach you the basics of the issues that dampness causes, how to identify it, prevention techniques that work, and cures that are guaranteed to work.   What is dampness? Dampness is a consequence of temperature changes in water. When the temperature drops, water in the fluid cools and then begins to crystallize.  This can result in a number of problems, as the water trapped in the compressed ice actually gives the material the ability to absorb heat and hold it inside the material, making the surrounding air temperature change more rapidly.  The first sign of dampness is moisture in the air, which will be present in damp environments, such as the surrounding space or basement.   Causes of dampness   Dampness is usually caused by more than one factor. High humidity can cause dampness and mold and mildew in damp areas. Lack of airflow can cause dampness to accumulate, causing cracks to form. High levels of dust can also cause dampness to accumulate in damp areas, especially if you live in a house with a lot of dust. There may be a natural spring nearby that’s feeding your dampness problem.   Preventing and curing dampness It is clear that dampness is the leading cause of structural damage, affecting nearly one-third of building owners, and can be fixed quickly. You can avoid having to go through the process of dealing with dampness using professionals from damp proofing companies kent, and it will make things much easier for you, as you will not have to worry about having to take out walls and floors to fix the issue.    Conclusion By knowing what to look for, and what to do to combat dampness you will be able to tackle the problem and save your property some serious problems. This ultimate guide is packed full of information that you will find useful, and there are no further resources than this one to learn from.
    8933 Posted by john wayne
  • Dampness can be a difficult problem to tackle, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. The trouble with dampness is it can cause major structural problems, which can result in immense damage and disruption in your life. This guide will teach you the basics of the issues that dampness causes, how to identify it, prevention techniques that work, and cures that are guaranteed to work.   What is dampness? Dampness is a consequence of temperature changes in water. When the temperature drops, water in the fluid cools and then begins to crystallize.  This can result in a number of problems, as the water trapped in the compressed ice actually gives the material the ability to absorb heat and hold it inside the material, making the surrounding air temperature change more rapidly.  The first sign of dampness is moisture in the air, which will be present in damp environments, such as the surrounding space or basement.   Causes of dampness   Dampness is usually caused by more than one factor. High humidity can cause dampness and mold and mildew in damp areas. Lack of airflow can cause dampness to accumulate, causing cracks to form. High levels of dust can also cause dampness to accumulate in damp areas, especially if you live in a house with a lot of dust. There may be a natural spring nearby that’s feeding your dampness problem.   Preventing and curing dampness It is clear that dampness is the leading cause of structural damage, affecting nearly one-third of building owners, and can be fixed quickly. You can avoid having to go through the process of dealing with dampness using professionals from damp proofing companies kent, and it will make things much easier for you, as you will not have to worry about having to take out walls and floors to fix the issue.    Conclusion By knowing what to look for, and what to do to combat dampness you will be able to tackle the problem and save your property some serious problems. This ultimate guide is packed full of information that you will find useful, and there are no further resources than this one to learn from.
    Nov 13, 2021 8933
  • 13 Nov 2021
    If you are thinking of hiring a skip for removing unusual stuff or garbage from your area, you should be a little proactive to get the best value out of it. Instead of taking the entire responsibility on your own, you can share the hiring charges with neighbours or anyone you can share the costs with. Besides, there are more ways to bring out the best value of hiring skips. This article will help you with ideas. Get the Right Size: You may think hiring a small skip will cover up all your waste and can dispose of properly. But it might not be the best solution to save some money in your pocket. Instead, it will make your tasks more challenging and inconvenient. So, get the right size of the skip, even if it’s a considerable size. It may cost you a bit more than usual, but it’s worth hiring the skip to ensure the tasks are correctly done. Protect Your Driveway: If you can’t take care of your driveway while disposing of the garbage, it will spread the entire area with waste. In addition, it will increase your task loads more than it requires.  Therefore, hire the right size and style of skips that can protect your driveway while loading the wastes. Otherwise, you have to ensure cleaning services later with some extra charges.  Avoid Overfilling It: You should avoid overfilling the skip because it will also spread the area with garbage when carrying the loads. It may also distract from disposing of the waste properly. Besides, you may not get the best service from the waste management service provider if you keep pushing the loads over the top of the skip. Share the Total Costs with Neighbours: If you call skip rentals for your residential area, you can discuss the Skip Hire cost with neighbours first. Tell them to share the total costs because they are also a part of the area that must remain clean. You shouldn’t be the one to take the entire responsibility. You can easily share the amount of hiring with neighbours or friends who are getting the service. Overall, be a bit conscious about hiring skips to get rid of the garbage from your area. Check for more service providers to get the best value out of hiring the skip.
    8901 Posted by john wayne
  • If you are thinking of hiring a skip for removing unusual stuff or garbage from your area, you should be a little proactive to get the best value out of it. Instead of taking the entire responsibility on your own, you can share the hiring charges with neighbours or anyone you can share the costs with. Besides, there are more ways to bring out the best value of hiring skips. This article will help you with ideas. Get the Right Size: You may think hiring a small skip will cover up all your waste and can dispose of properly. But it might not be the best solution to save some money in your pocket. Instead, it will make your tasks more challenging and inconvenient. So, get the right size of the skip, even if it’s a considerable size. It may cost you a bit more than usual, but it’s worth hiring the skip to ensure the tasks are correctly done. Protect Your Driveway: If you can’t take care of your driveway while disposing of the garbage, it will spread the entire area with waste. In addition, it will increase your task loads more than it requires.  Therefore, hire the right size and style of skips that can protect your driveway while loading the wastes. Otherwise, you have to ensure cleaning services later with some extra charges.  Avoid Overfilling It: You should avoid overfilling the skip because it will also spread the area with garbage when carrying the loads. It may also distract from disposing of the waste properly. Besides, you may not get the best service from the waste management service provider if you keep pushing the loads over the top of the skip. Share the Total Costs with Neighbours: If you call skip rentals for your residential area, you can discuss the Skip Hire cost with neighbours first. Tell them to share the total costs because they are also a part of the area that must remain clean. You shouldn’t be the one to take the entire responsibility. You can easily share the amount of hiring with neighbours or friends who are getting the service. Overall, be a bit conscious about hiring skips to get rid of the garbage from your area. Check for more service providers to get the best value out of hiring the skip.
    Nov 13, 2021 8901
  • 08 Nov 2021
    If you want to have a good stable condition of your roof, you should know how to maintain it properly. It’s not only about the roof you are taking care of but also the home interior you are saving from unusual damage.  This article will give you some tips to protect your roof in the most effective ways.  Be Careful with the Humid Condition: Your roof can be leaky for clogged drains or leaning trees that make the interior humid or damped. No matter how often you try to maintain the roof, it may end up damaging. Therefore, be careful when any fringe condition rises above the surface of the base or your walls.  Ensure A Clean Roof: You must make sure the clean remains clean and dirt-free. An open roof is easy to get fallen leaves, small particles, or objects that might clog the drainage system. Therefore, it becomes complicated for the entire system with time. If you want to avoid frequent repair issues with your roof, consider cleaning it constantly. You can get the free roofing estimates when you hire professionals for any repair. It will help you get ideas about the costs and other facts. Inspect Potential Signs of Damage: You can hire professionals to repair the roof or inspect potential signs of damage on your roof. They can identify the errors or issues that might trouble you next if you don’t fix them now. So, if you want to save some money, consider replacing them before time. Clean the Surroundings: You should always keep the surroundings of your roof open and clean. Try not to cover the surface with leaning trees or anything that makes the roof surface damped.  Take Extra Care in Weather Changes: It’s better if you take some extra care during winter and rainy days. For example, make sure the drainage system works right before heavy rainfall showers the roof. You should shovel the snow also to make the top clean and trouble-free. Overall, protect your roof with proper maintenance to ensure good living.
    8909 Posted by john wayne
  • If you want to have a good stable condition of your roof, you should know how to maintain it properly. It’s not only about the roof you are taking care of but also the home interior you are saving from unusual damage.  This article will give you some tips to protect your roof in the most effective ways.  Be Careful with the Humid Condition: Your roof can be leaky for clogged drains or leaning trees that make the interior humid or damped. No matter how often you try to maintain the roof, it may end up damaging. Therefore, be careful when any fringe condition rises above the surface of the base or your walls.  Ensure A Clean Roof: You must make sure the clean remains clean and dirt-free. An open roof is easy to get fallen leaves, small particles, or objects that might clog the drainage system. Therefore, it becomes complicated for the entire system with time. If you want to avoid frequent repair issues with your roof, consider cleaning it constantly. You can get the free roofing estimates when you hire professionals for any repair. It will help you get ideas about the costs and other facts. Inspect Potential Signs of Damage: You can hire professionals to repair the roof or inspect potential signs of damage on your roof. They can identify the errors or issues that might trouble you next if you don’t fix them now. So, if you want to save some money, consider replacing them before time. Clean the Surroundings: You should always keep the surroundings of your roof open and clean. Try not to cover the surface with leaning trees or anything that makes the roof surface damped.  Take Extra Care in Weather Changes: It’s better if you take some extra care during winter and rainy days. For example, make sure the drainage system works right before heavy rainfall showers the roof. You should shovel the snow also to make the top clean and trouble-free. Overall, protect your roof with proper maintenance to ensure good living.
    Nov 08, 2021 8909
  • 04 Oct 2021
    It’s common to encounter your gutter get damaged or wear down after a while. When your gutters seem damaged, gutters repair may not always be the best solution. You may need a quick installation instead. But you should know a few things before starting the project too. If you think installing the gutter DIY could work because you have the skill and knowledge, you can avoid hiring professionals. However, the following things are a must to keep in mind when installing a gutter in your house. Pick the Right Size: Gutters help to pass the rainwater or any drainage system properly. Therefore, choosing the right size that fits the system is essential. If you pick a small size, it will clog down the path easily. And if you prefer the wrong size, it will bring other structural and functional errors to your home. So, consider measuring the exact size of your roof and know how much rainfall you face each year. If you live in a heavy rainfall area, you must consider picking the correct size by asking an expert. Choose Quality Materials: It’s a must to choose high-quality and durable materials for your gutter. Since you are saving money by not hiring professionals, you can invest an immense amount in buying the best gutter with quality materials. It will allow you to be stress-free for a long time. It’s a long-term investment that you should keep under consideration. Besides, you will see the differences between investing in low-quality and high-quality materials. Pay Attention to the Angles: It’s necessary to look for the perfect pitch of the rain gutters to ensure a successful installation. The speed of the water flow depends on the angles you provide to the system. Therefore, choose a moderate plan, which is around ¼ inch slop for every 10 feet of your gutter. Avoid Too Many Seams: You shouldn’t allow too many seams in the gutter because it can leak the system. You can also look for a seamless gutter, which could work better in the system. Otherwise, consider having a few seams in case you don’t get a seamless one. Follow Safety and Ensure a Damage-Free Installation: Before installing your gutter, you must wear safety protocols to ensure safe activity. It may seem easy to install a gutter in your house, but you need to know you have to climb up to the roof and hold it there for a long time. Plus, make sure you are installing a damage-free installation because if it’s damaged already, it will end up serving you for a short time. And you have to spend more on repairing or reinstalling the gutter later.
    8048 Posted by john wayne
  • It’s common to encounter your gutter get damaged or wear down after a while. When your gutters seem damaged, gutters repair may not always be the best solution. You may need a quick installation instead. But you should know a few things before starting the project too. If you think installing the gutter DIY could work because you have the skill and knowledge, you can avoid hiring professionals. However, the following things are a must to keep in mind when installing a gutter in your house. Pick the Right Size: Gutters help to pass the rainwater or any drainage system properly. Therefore, choosing the right size that fits the system is essential. If you pick a small size, it will clog down the path easily. And if you prefer the wrong size, it will bring other structural and functional errors to your home. So, consider measuring the exact size of your roof and know how much rainfall you face each year. If you live in a heavy rainfall area, you must consider picking the correct size by asking an expert. Choose Quality Materials: It’s a must to choose high-quality and durable materials for your gutter. Since you are saving money by not hiring professionals, you can invest an immense amount in buying the best gutter with quality materials. It will allow you to be stress-free for a long time. It’s a long-term investment that you should keep under consideration. Besides, you will see the differences between investing in low-quality and high-quality materials. Pay Attention to the Angles: It’s necessary to look for the perfect pitch of the rain gutters to ensure a successful installation. The speed of the water flow depends on the angles you provide to the system. Therefore, choose a moderate plan, which is around ¼ inch slop for every 10 feet of your gutter. Avoid Too Many Seams: You shouldn’t allow too many seams in the gutter because it can leak the system. You can also look for a seamless gutter, which could work better in the system. Otherwise, consider having a few seams in case you don’t get a seamless one. Follow Safety and Ensure a Damage-Free Installation: Before installing your gutter, you must wear safety protocols to ensure safe activity. It may seem easy to install a gutter in your house, but you need to know you have to climb up to the roof and hold it there for a long time. Plus, make sure you are installing a damage-free installation because if it’s damaged already, it will end up serving you for a short time. And you have to spend more on repairing or reinstalling the gutter later.
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  • 21 Sep 2021
    Do you have a space, and you are planning to remodel the lawn? Or the landscape? You need to consider the Artificial turf Austin. WHY? Because there are many reasons backing up the artificial turfs. They are durable and have an impressive outlook. Besides, you will get a great lawn or landscape. In most cases, people consider artificial turf as an alternative to natural grasses. So, why the popularity of artificial grasses is on the rise? You will get the answers in this post. Let’s explore them.   Less maintenance Do you know how it takes to maintain a land filled with real grasses? You need to take proper care of those greeneries. Unless you water them regularly or shade them during the sunny days, they will lose appeal. However, the scenario is the opposite with artificial grasses. They never lose the charm.     Quick installation On the other part, they are quite easy to install. After preparing the ground, you have to lay down the layers. They will fit on the surface. On the contrary, planting natural grasses is difficult. First of all, you have to clean the ground, plant the saplings, water them and more. And you are to wait for the growth of those grasses. Comfortable Moreover, the artificial grasses are highly comfortable. They are soft-edged and do not break easily. Thereby, you can sit on them; kids can play on the ground. Further, you can regularly use those turf for your everyday purposes. But the scenarios are different for the real grasses. While stepping on them, you must be extra-cautious   No fading Natural grasses fade after a certain time. Or if they do not get proper care, they fade. Hence, the outlook becomes ghastly. Instead of raising the beauty of the space, they look worthless. But the artificial grasses do have this particular feature. They are always beautiful.    Economic Artificial turfs are economical as well. You need less investment [only you have to purchase them]. And then, you can get service for a long time. But the scenarios are different for the natural grasses.
    8412 Posted by john wayne
  • Do you have a space, and you are planning to remodel the lawn? Or the landscape? You need to consider the Artificial turf Austin. WHY? Because there are many reasons backing up the artificial turfs. They are durable and have an impressive outlook. Besides, you will get a great lawn or landscape. In most cases, people consider artificial turf as an alternative to natural grasses. So, why the popularity of artificial grasses is on the rise? You will get the answers in this post. Let’s explore them.   Less maintenance Do you know how it takes to maintain a land filled with real grasses? You need to take proper care of those greeneries. Unless you water them regularly or shade them during the sunny days, they will lose appeal. However, the scenario is the opposite with artificial grasses. They never lose the charm.     Quick installation On the other part, they are quite easy to install. After preparing the ground, you have to lay down the layers. They will fit on the surface. On the contrary, planting natural grasses is difficult. First of all, you have to clean the ground, plant the saplings, water them and more. And you are to wait for the growth of those grasses. Comfortable Moreover, the artificial grasses are highly comfortable. They are soft-edged and do not break easily. Thereby, you can sit on them; kids can play on the ground. Further, you can regularly use those turf for your everyday purposes. But the scenarios are different for the real grasses. While stepping on them, you must be extra-cautious   No fading Natural grasses fade after a certain time. Or if they do not get proper care, they fade. Hence, the outlook becomes ghastly. Instead of raising the beauty of the space, they look worthless. But the artificial grasses do have this particular feature. They are always beautiful.    Economic Artificial turfs are economical as well. You need less investment [only you have to purchase them]. And then, you can get service for a long time. But the scenarios are different for the natural grasses.
    Sep 21, 2021 8412
  • 20 Sep 2021
    Do you know when the air conditioner causes trouble? When you are expecting the least trouble from it. Yes, this is the universal truth. Despite being the wonder of modern science, it can make life uncomfortable. In most cases, there are some common issues like the AC frozen. Also, you can witness issues like low air passing, no heating, among others. Not to panic. This post is about such signs. If you follow the signs, you will know that it is the moment to repair the air conditioner. So, let’s explore the issues. Warm air It is the first sign of your AC repair. You know, an AC unit is set to deliver comfortable air during the summer days. But if you do not get a sufficient amount of air during those days, be careful. If the AC delivers warm air, it figures out that your AC is malfunctioning. In such cases, you have to get support from the AC repair service providers. Thermostat malfunctioning Moreover, you may witness that your thermostat is not working well. In fact, the thermostat is the lifeline of your air conditioning unit. It helps to produce cold air. Therefore, if the thermostat is not working smoothly, you may not get comfortable air. Thus, it is important to focus on this particular matter as well. Low air flow On the other part, the AC unit may deliver low air. Despite commanding it to circulate ample air, it may not be able to act so. After turning on the machine, you may feel that the air pressure is not up to the mark. In such cases, it is imperative to ask for support from trained personnel. Is the unit making noise? Usually, the AC unit makes a bit of noise while in operation. But that noise level is tolerable. However, if you feel the noise from the AC unit is too loud, it points out malfunctioning. The noise generating units may damage other parts of the air conditioner. Get immediate support from an expert in such a case.
    7476 Posted by john wayne
  • Do you know when the air conditioner causes trouble? When you are expecting the least trouble from it. Yes, this is the universal truth. Despite being the wonder of modern science, it can make life uncomfortable. In most cases, there are some common issues like the AC frozen. Also, you can witness issues like low air passing, no heating, among others. Not to panic. This post is about such signs. If you follow the signs, you will know that it is the moment to repair the air conditioner. So, let’s explore the issues. Warm air It is the first sign of your AC repair. You know, an AC unit is set to deliver comfortable air during the summer days. But if you do not get a sufficient amount of air during those days, be careful. If the AC delivers warm air, it figures out that your AC is malfunctioning. In such cases, you have to get support from the AC repair service providers. Thermostat malfunctioning Moreover, you may witness that your thermostat is not working well. In fact, the thermostat is the lifeline of your air conditioning unit. It helps to produce cold air. Therefore, if the thermostat is not working smoothly, you may not get comfortable air. Thus, it is important to focus on this particular matter as well. Low air flow On the other part, the AC unit may deliver low air. Despite commanding it to circulate ample air, it may not be able to act so. After turning on the machine, you may feel that the air pressure is not up to the mark. In such cases, it is imperative to ask for support from trained personnel. Is the unit making noise? Usually, the AC unit makes a bit of noise while in operation. But that noise level is tolerable. However, if you feel the noise from the AC unit is too loud, it points out malfunctioning. The noise generating units may damage other parts of the air conditioner. Get immediate support from an expert in such a case.
    Sep 20, 2021 7476