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The Challenge of Finding the Right Remodeling Contractor

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The hardest part about doing a home remodel is not actually the remodeling work itself. Most homeowners would agree that the biggest challenge is getting a contractor who is reliable, competent, and who has a good reputation to do the job. Putting in new cabinets, removing a wall, or changing the tile in a bathroom, is child’s play when compared to finding a good contractor who can do the job well from the beginning to the end.



Unfortunately, there are enough stories out there about contractor disasters to fill up a library. Many of these revolve around contractors who started the job, but never finished it. These contractors may say that they need up to three times the amount of money they originally bid for the job in order to complete it properly.

Of course, even with the best contractor, doing a home renovation will involve stress, expense, and unwanted surprises. Yet, the right contractor can minimize the challenges involved, and increase the success of any job.

Laying It Down: Wood Floors

If it seems as if installing hardwood floors is something that should be left to the pros, you might be right. If you want to include complicated angles or a herringbone pattern, hiring installers could be your best bet. However, if you are doing a straightforward layout with interlocking planks, perhaps you could conquer the task yourself. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started on the project.

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Gone are the days of the narrow oak plants you used to see in turn-of-the-century homes. These days, wider planks and larger pieces of wood in general are the norm. Fewer seams in a living space make the room seem bigger, it seems, so that’s the way manufacturers are leaning. Another trend in natural wood floors is unfinished planks; that is, wood that is sanded and waxed but not shined to the high gloss of finished floors. Even painted planks or unusual wood colors such as grey have risen in popularity in recent years.

Brighten Up Your Home with a 3 Step Pressure Wash

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Pressure washing your home should be on the to-do list of every homeowner. A good wash is essential to making sure that your paint will remain vibrant and beautiful as long as it should. But, pressure washing is not just an easy chore that you do in the afternoon. Instead, it requires skill and equipment to do it properly, and a good pressure washer is a powerful tool that requires practice before you use it. Most people think that setting up a pressure washer and giving their house a good wash is good enough. However, they don't realize that the one step process isn't enough to fully clean their home and protect their surfaces. A professional pressure washing company, like Renew Crew of Little Rock, knows that there is more than one step that should be considered when you want to make your home look brand new again.


Step 1: Pre-Soak

Just like surfaces in your home, pre-soaking your house can ensure that the dirt lifts right off of the surface when you pressure wash it. When y…

A Dust-Free Home

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Cleaning the home and keeping it clean doesn’t have to be difficult. However, one of the most troublesome aspects of housecleaning is the dust that collects and clings everywhere. Nothing else is as troublesome as dust. Virtually everything else can be kept clean with minimal effort. Smooth surfaces stay virtually streak-free and other surfaces don’t become dirty unless they’re directly contaminated in some way. However, dust collects constantly as it is perpetually floating through the air. This is especially true for people who live in the desert. There are some ways to keep the home more dust-free and make cleaning easier to manage.

Knick-knacks and collectible items can attract a lot of dust. Instead of displaying them out in the open, it’s wise to place them inside of a collectible display case. Dust has a way of getting into all of the nooks and crannies. When people are cleaning off their items, they can miss this dust that has collected. This can potentially ruin collectible …

Did Some Organizing at Home

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! No time to go  out during Valentine's Day.  We would love to go out  for lunch or dinner but  I realized that I cooked a lot of foods the other day  so we decided to stay at home.  I don't really want to throw foods away especially when they are  still eatable.  I know millions of people don't have food to eat and I just don't want to waste food. Thanks goodness, most of it   are already eaten today. Whose on diet anyway? lolz! So tomorrow, will be the extension of Valentine's day, to go and dine-out somewhere out there.

Besides, I don't really feel good today so it was a good choice to stay at home. I ended up doing some  clean-up and organizing at home.  I also did three laundries and I am glad that the dirty  clothes and bedding were  finally washed.

Hopefully, this spring time, I can do some more organizing at home. I  need some shelves for my books and other stuffs  in my computer or little  working room. I also sorted-o…

The Essentials of Rug Cleaning

Area rugs have a lot of uses. They can fill an empty space, define an area, protects large carpets and much more. They often receive more traffic than other carpets and may receive more spills. Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes and are made from many different fabrics. When you look for a rug cleaner, make sure they know how to clean each kind of rug.

Wool Rugs
Persian and oriental rugs are special wool rugs that have brilliant designs woven into the rug. They brighten any corner and add elegance to the room. Wool area rugs are also available with modern designs and colors. All wool rugs need special handling and should be cleaned by a professional. Persian and oriental rugs need to be vacuumed first on both sides with a special tool so as not to create fuzz. No harsh alkaline cleaner should be used because it can damage wool. Professionals use environmentally-friendly products that don’t leave any toxic fumes to pollute your indoor air quality.

Silk Rugs
Silk rugs are very delica…

4 Home Repairs to Make Today

Stop suffering from bad plumbing or a broken air conditioner. Kentucky humidity is bad enough without your house rebelling against you! Here are just four things to start fixing as soon as you notice a problem.

1: HVAC 
Your heating and cooling units are absolutely critical to avoiding seasonal illnesses. Problems within them also have a habit of building up and eventually avalanching into something truly disastrous. Don't take chances with your HVAC.

2: Drains 
When was the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? How about the drainage traps connected to your dishwasher or bathroom sink? A few minutes of grimy work in the present can save you a lot of stress and repair costs in the future.

3: Pipes 
 The state of your pipes can be a serious issue in the hottest parts of a Kentucky summer. The last thing you want is a bad smell coming from your bathroom when it's 90 degrees outside! When your pipes start clogging or coughing, call for plumbers Lexington KY immediately.

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Carpets And The Heat

Your home is a place where you spend time with family and friends, so the home is a place that should be kept clean. Calgary carpet cleaners can come to the home to clean carpets throughout the house. This is a benefit for those who don't have time to clean because of work or school. It can also help elderly individuals who aren't able to get around the house well enough to clean. Safe products are used through the home, and the deep cleaning will rid the carpet of dirt that may have been there for a while.

Another cleaning service that some companies provide is furnace cleaning. The furnace cleaning Airdrie company will examine the filter to make sure it is clean. Someone can replace the filter to ensure that the flow of air is proper. Vents can be cleaned to make sure that there is no debris restricting the air flow. Some companies will clean the outside of the vents in the home as well so that the most air possible can get through the house. This is something that can be …

Planning for Home Improvement This Year

Living in a little cozy home simply and happily, what else can you ask for? It might not be the dream home of everybody but we are glad that we have a home that we can call our home. The greatest things is, we are no longer paying for home mortgage and we are really grateful for it. It is our dream to be debt-free when we retire in the future.

This is quite an old home,  where we are currently living. This is the reason why we are trying to renovate and improve it from time to time, especially when finances are available.  During the past years, we already did some renovations and improvements and like what I mentioned, that is when money is available.

This year, we are planning to do a finishing outside of the house. After that, we will also paint it all around.  Since it will be a DIY or  "Do It Yourself"  project, I believed this will help us save some money especially for the labor cost.  We are already scouting for the color of the paint and hopefully,  we will finally…

Consult the Experts When Plumbing Problems Arise

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If something in our home don't work right like clogged toilet, clogged sink, broken water pipes, water leakage on the kitchen, these are only some instances where you need to consult the plumbing experts especially when nobody in the house can repair or fix it. You need to hire a plumber when you have problems like these.

Sometimes, we need to dig deeper in our pockets if we don't find the right company or experts to solve and repair it. Thanks to our competitive world, we can always choose the right company who offers quality and cheaper prices for repairing problems about plumbing in our homes.

Nowadays, it is not a big issue anymore because there are companies who offer affordable plumbing services of all kinds. For example if you are living in Toronto, the team from drain toronto can surely help and assist you with any plumbing problems you need. They offer drain cleaning services from clogged bathtubs to clogged toilets, clogged sinks, clogged water heater tank drain …