Showing posts with label Home Maintenance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Maintenance. Show all posts

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Challenge of Finding the Right Remodeling Contractor

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

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.

Materials
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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Brighten Up Your Home with a 3 Step Pressure Wash

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 you are considering the cleaner you will use for your pre-soak step, consider what kinds of chemicals are in it, too. Many of these soaps have chemicals in them, and if you are going to be spraying them all over your house, you want to make sure that children and pets are safe. To protect little ones and furry pets, opt for an eco-friendly or biodegradable option. These options clean just like the chemical solutions but without any of the hazards.

Step 2: Pressure

Wash After you have pre-soaked your house, it is time to use a pressure washer. Getting all the dirt off your house should take considerably less time if it has been pre-soaked. Pressure washing your house does not damage it, but it does rinse away any of the dirt that has been trapped in the wood or the siding, which makes your house look clean again.

Step 3: Add a Sealant

 The third step to consider is a finish. Applying a finish can extend the life of wood surfaces by protecting it against weather damage and the sun. It can also seal pores and cracks so that dirt doesn't get into the siding and build up.

The exterior of your house shows it off to the world, and you should clean it as thoroughly as you would clean the inside of your home. Choosing a pressure washing company that understands the importance of keeping your home clean can help you keep your home protected well into the future.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Dust-Free Home

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 items. Placing them in a display case is an excellent way to keep them dust-free, but it also helps to showcase the brilliance of each item. Items that are kept in a display case have a way of reflecting light.

While screens cant indefinitely keep out dust, they can greatly prohibit a lot of it from entering the home. Place screens over the windows, and it’s wise to install screen doors on the outside of the home’s doors. It helps to wet each of the screens before the windows and doors are open. The dust is more likely to cling to the screens than enter the home.

Keeping a lush garden may be difficult, and it can take time to grow several plants. However, an outdoor garden helps to keep dust at a minimum. The roots of a plant helps to hold down the soil. There is dust in the air, but it can spring up from the ground when the wind catches it. Waiting for the grass and other vegetation to grow takes time. Ground covering takes very little time to grow, and it grows like weeds, which means that maintenance is minimal. This will help keep dust out of the home.

There are other ways to keep dust out of the home. Invest in a strong vacuum cleaner, and use water where possible to clean up items. Enjoy a more dust-free home.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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-out some papers today. Those that are not needed and are too old paper works  were also thrown out.   This working room also needs a new look.

Since I started working, many things were already left undone. I am trying my best to organize this little home and  I wish I have more time to do it. Oh well, who is checking anyway?  I am the boss here! haha!

Ok guys, I am slowly off to dreamland now. I hope you are  having a wonderful celebration  of Valentine's Day! Cheers and happy weekend too!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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 delicate and require a different method of cleaning from wool, cotton or synthetic. Silk fibers are very resilient, but they stain easily. They may also fade in high traffic areas. Abrasive cleaning will also damage the rug beyond repair. Before selecting a cleaning process, a professional cleaner will analyze your rug to determine if it is pure silk or a silk blend. Sometimes silk is blended with cotton or synthetic fiber.

Synthetic Rugs

Rugs made with synthetic fiber or a blend of synthetic fiber and a natural fiber such as wool, silk or cotton usually come with instructions for cleaning. In some cases, if they are small enough, they can be washed in a washing machine and air dried. If the rug is a blend or large, it should be cleaned by a professional who uses non-toxic cleaners. Professionals will know how to clean a blended rug so it looks like new.

Many people believe that a regular vacuuming keeps their carpets clean. However, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens sink deep into the carpet and cannot be removed with a vacuum cleaning and cannot be seen. If you have a doubt that your area rug is clean, you can pick up one corner and kick it from behind. If a small spray of dust or dirt jumps out on the other side, it is time to clean your rug.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

4: Water Heaters 
Water heaters are essential to everything from your shower to your kitchen sink, yet many people try to DIY them instead of seeking professional advice. Don't make the same mistake, not when hundreds in water heating technology is on the line.

If you've noticed any of these problems around the house, don't wait for them to get worse. Contact whatever plumbing, electrical or HVAC repair Lexington that you need in order to get your home back in good working order.

Monday, August 18, 2014

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 done before the furnace is turned on for the first time or after the furnace is ran for a short time so that you can determine if any cleaning needs done.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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 decide for it soon.

We are planning to start this project this coming summer season, when the weather gets  better and friendlier.Good luck to us!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Consult the Experts When Plumbing Problems Arise

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 and other plumbing services.

Don't wait too long until your little damages became bigger issues. If you don't act immediately to some plumbing problems at home, this might lead to bigger damages in your properties. Companies who offer such services as plumbing mississauga, can surely help you with these kinds of issues.

I am glad that there is somebody in our home who is expert with many things from plumbing to home repairs and renovations, electrical and mechanical problems. We did surely saved a lot of money  from our DIY or "Do It Yourself"  repairs.

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