How To Choose A Custom Home Builder

Why is Custom Home Building Different from Other Types of Residential Constructions?

Building a custom home is not like building any standard residence. It is a special project which requires special skills. This is not something that every other builder can handle and before you employ someone’s services to start on this undertaking, you should get all the details crystal clear.

The vetting process for the perfect builder for your home should begin right from the point when you go to meet the first candidate. You need to do your level best to understand their experience, creativity, licensure and whether they will be able to give you your dream home at a reasonable price. We understand that gauging all of this can be hard at first. That is why we have come up with a list of things you can ask your would-be builder to ensure they can give you the residence you desire:

1. License and Insurance

This is the first thing you should ask your potential builder. Do not assume that because they have a license to build in some other area, they will have the permission to build in yours. Clarify this point right at the beginning. Also, ask them if they are insured. Most will be but you also need to find out what aspects of the building process are covered by the insurance.

You should also ask about the insurance of the subcontractors the builder will use to construct your home. Once you have established that the builder is legally permitted to undertake construction in your area and has the correct insurance to accommodate any eventualities, you can proceed to the next question.

2. Duration of Working Experience

This is a very important factor to consider when selecting the right builder for your custom home. Most builders have a specific area that they focus their services in and if you can find one who has ample experience in building, then region then there are several benefits you can enjoy.

First, they will know what the popular trends and customization features are popular in the market. Second, they will know what kind of soil is prevalent in the region and will make the construction plan accordingly. Third, they will know if the area is prone to any natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, cyclones etc. and will make amends in your basic plan to prepare for these. Once you find a well-experienced builder, you can move the planning to the next phase.

3. Previous Work

Ask the builder if they can show you a custom home they have previously constructed. Most good custom home builders will be able to do that. When they take you to the home, check the quality of work, finishing and any specialties that they might have worked on for this custom home that you may want for your own. You can also talk to the owners of the home and ask them how their experience was. This is sure to give you a clearer understanding of how your builder works. After you have fully satisfied yourself with the portfolio and reputation of the builder, it is time to talk budget.

4. Cost of Construction

The cost of building a custom home will naturally different with every project. Also, you have to consider that you will want to change something or the other while the project is underway. So, it is best to leave some space open for impromptu customizations and decide on a reasonably flexible budget.

Now, ask the custom builder if they can accommodate all your requirements within that budget. Don’t go for the lowest quote in thinking you’ll save a few extra bucks because you will end up losing a lot more than you would expect. At the same time, don’t go for the priciest one either. Thinking that you will get the best of everything if you just spend enough is misguided. Pick one that falls just right in between your margins.

5. Warranties

Most trustworthy and reputable custom builders will give you at least 1 year’s warranty but can give you as many as 10 years as well, at least structurally. Also, ask them what is covered under the warranty. Get this answer in writing from them on the contract to ensure future safety. If you keep this in mind, then even if there is a problem with the house later on, you will not have to spend a dime to fix it.

6. Method of Working

This is regarding how often the primary custom builder is involved with the project. Ideally, they should come and oversee some of the work every day. But, you should know that most custom builder, especially the good ones, will not be able to give your project that much time as they probably have projects going on elsewhere. So, you should negotiate with them and decide upon a fixed routine to follow for the entire duration of the build. Something like 4-5 visits per week is good.

Also, make sure that they give you regular, preferably weekly updates and that they would be available on phone or through mail if you even need to reach them.

Trustworthy and Service-oriented

The homeowner/homebuilder relationship is (or should be) a close one. You’re collaborators on a very personal project, and the builder you choose should show genuine commitment and desire to be your trusted advocate through the entire journey. They need to care about your home as if they were building it for their family, and they need to handle your resources with as much respect and responsibility as if they were their own. How do you know when you’ve found a builder like this? Above all, they will take the time to ask questions. They will listen to what’s important to you, and then adopt those priorities. The only agenda that should be on that construction site is yours: your builder should be acting as your proxy at all times. If you can really trust your homebuilder, you are safe from ending up as another construction cautionary tale.

The Super-Important Details You Need To Consider During the Custom Home Building Process

– Create a solid design. What is the function of this home? Is it a summer getaway that you may sell one day? Or, is it a home that you will grow old in. Plan for the present and the future.

– Make sure your lifestyle can handle the process of building a new home. Building a house can take a while. so make sure your family and your pocketbook are stable.

– Come up with a system to organize and keep track of everything. Staying organized will save your sanity.

– Does every room have a purpose? Don’t just build a room to have it there. Make sure to optimize the space in your new home.

– Find a team that you feel comfortable with. Don’t your dreams of building your own house into the hands of someone you don’t trust. Sit down with the people who will be working with you and get to know them.

– Inspect the ground you want to build on and the rules that come with it. There are laws and codes that your house will have to meet. The faster you understand those requirements, the better.

– Do your homework and prepare to spend your money. Building a house isn’t cheap, but it is worth it. Don’t be caught off-guard by a surprise expense. The more you know about the home building process, the better off you will be.

– Keep around 10% of your budget for unexpected expenses.

– Don’t forget about landscaping. Building your house is the main project. But have an idea of what you would like the entire lot to look like.

– Create a list of what you want and how bad you want it. Is granite a must-have that your are going to splurge on? Decide this now to help you sort things out later.

Know what you are getting into.  

I don’t want to scare you if you’ve decided to build.  In fact, for the most part I really enjoyed our building process.  That being said, there are a lot of things you need to consider before you take on building a house.  The first one being the massive time commitment building is.  If you are building a custom home like we did it is easily at least a part time job (some weeks full time!).  We knew it would be time consuming, but had no idea just how time consuming.  The early stages of designing the home weren’t quite as busy, but once the house was framed and construction was moving, it got crazy quickly.  If you are in a situation where you are already overwhelmed with work and kids and life commitments, it might not be the best time to build.  You’ll want to spend a lot of time at the house making sure things are getting done correctly so factor that into your decision.

This was the most difficult part for us!  Which leads me to my next warning.  Building is hard on a marriage.  Money flies when you are building so there is financial stress.  If you are like most people you’ve worked incredibly hard and saved money for years to be able to build a home (15 years for us!).  Stressing about finances always causes strain on a marriage and costs always end up being higher than you think they will be when you build.  It can also be stressful when you don’t agree on design decisions.  That wasn’t an issue for us because my husband didn’t care what the house looked like so I had free reign on all things design, but if you both care and have strong opinions that will be a challenge.  For us the most difficult part was that we were both just so overwhelmed and exhausted from how much work it was that we sometimes took it out on each other.  

Months after we moved in and things had settled down I remember my husband and I joking about how we had decided we liked each other again. 😉  Like I said before, I’m not telling you these things to scare you.  I just think knowing what you are getting into and possibly talking to your significant other about how you will deal with these issues when they come up is a good thing!

Building and Constructing Your Custom Home

After you approve your custom design, it’s time to start building your home! Well, not really… 

During this transition phase from design to build, your builder typically will handle the homeowner’s submission and permitting. We do this to ensure that nothing delays your build such as issues with the city. This phase is much easier on your end, but there are a few considerations you must be aware of: 

  • Too many change orders could delay your build. Almost always, you’re going to want to make changes to your home’s design after approval and well into the construction phase; it’s perfectly normal! However, if you’re having too much trouble making final selections in this phase, it might delay the construction. 
  • Excellent communication with your builder avoids headaches. “Lost in translation” is a famous saying (and a critically acclaimed film) for a reason. Sometimes, there is a disconnect between construction and design. Moreover, there might be a disconnect between you, the homebuyer, and the designer, which then the project manager has to relay, which then affects the general contractor. You start to see how things can get jumbled fairly quickly. That’s why having direct, open-line communication and liking your builder’s communication style are critical to avoiding headaches (if any) down the road. 
  • Will your new home be energy efficient? Besides being more environmentally friendly, LEED-certified homes can save you some serious bucks. If you’re interested in building green, it’s important to find a builder who builds green. These buildings, which use specific building materials, offer a multitude of benefits, including:
    • Better air quality for your family (fewer allergens)
    • Better return on investment (higher resale value)
    • Better water efficiency (lower water bill)
    • Better energy efficiency (lower electric bill)

Professional Moving Services – The Benefits of Hiring Trusted Movers

Moving is quite an important process. However, to ensure a successful move, it is important to plan for it and hire professional moving companies. A good plan allows you to determine what is being moved and how it will be moved. You will need to determine how the family pet(s) will be moved too. The moving company will not be throwing one item in a box. Before the moving day, make sure to visit your vet in order to obtain current shots, certifications, tags and proper identification. Pets that will be travelling over a long distance by car or air require travel recommendation, motion sickness medication and portable kennels. Remember that animals papers will be required if you will be moving across state lines.

Using a Moving Company

If you have a family, you will most likely go for this option. Or you might simply have so many belongings that doing it yourself is out of the question. Using a professional interstate moving companies is also guaranteed to be more expensive, and you will have to pick a date and time for the moving to take place.

However, using a moving company also comes with many advantages. Your property will be moved by professionals, who know how to handle everything with care. Your belongings are insured by the mover in case of any mishaps. And lastly, you can get a fixed price. There are websites dedicated to obtaining price quotes for you, but be aware that the prices are not guaranteed. Nevertheless, they can give you an impression of what you should expect to pay.

One week prior to actual move day

Complete the process of packing up your belongings. Make any arrangements necessary for your new abode, such as hiring a professional cleaning company to care for the space. Keep the lines of communication open with your Realtor and moving company. Diligently reconfirm everything on your list as extensively as you need to feel comfortable.

Moving can be stressful, but partnering with the right real estate firm can remove many stress points from the process. You are about to embark on a new chapter in your life with all the fun of making your new house into a home.

 

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ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOR OLDER HOMES

Electricity has become such a standard part of our daily lives that it is often taken for granted, but electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year. Homes with aging electrical systems are at increased risk for electrical fires. It’s important to note that all electrical work in your home should be performed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local and national codes. Follow these safety tips to identify and prevent electrical hazards.

Reasons to Get an Electrical Inspection

Your home is 40 years old or older

You purchase a previously owned home

Your home has undergone a major renovation

You have added major new appliances in the last 10 years

Warning Signs

Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers;

A tingling feeling or slight shock when you touch an appliance

Outlets and/or switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises

Flickering or dimming lights.

Circuit Breakers and Outlets

Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.

Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.

Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets in areas where electricity is near a water source, like in the kitchen and bathroom.

Every month use the TEST buttons to check that GFCIs, AFCIs, and smoke alarms are working properly.

Routinely check cords, outlets, switches, and appliances for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrical devices.

Do not overload outlets with too many devices or appliances.

Cords, Plugs, and Lights

Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis, and never use them with major appliances.

Never run electrical cords under rugs or carpets.

Do not pinch cords under furniture or in windows/doors.

Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION

Anytime Electric will thoroughly inspect the electrical of your home or office to ensure that it is up to St. Louis electrical code compliance and to make sure it is safe to inhabit. Electrical inspection is must if you are buying or selling your home.

we want you to feel safe and trust the electrical in your home or office. Last thing you would want is an electrical fire or for the electrical to damage any electrical devices or appliances

Electrical Inspection Provides the Following Services

Electric Inspections

Electrical Repair

Electrical Troubleshooting

Electrical Safety Inspection

Home Electrical Inspection

Residential Electrical Inspection

House Electrical Wiring

Electrical Code Inspection

Home Wiring Troubleshooting

Wiring Inspection

Wiring Testing

Electrical Systems

ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS TO HELP PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

Qualified electricians are trained to install all electrical outlets and wiring to meet building codes and standards. They will make sure all fixtures are installed properly, and a qualified electrician will be able to see a faulty outlet from a mile away.

When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified electrician.

Once again, a qualified electrician will be able to properly inspect all electrical outlets, installations, and fixtures. It is better to have your home inspected by a professional than by a third-party with a limited electrical installation education.

Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time.

Heat-producing appliances include coffee makers, toasters, space heaters, or any other appliances that produces heat. Reduce fire hazards by only plugging in one of these appliances into the outlet at a time, and be sure to unplug the appliance after use.

Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet.

Major appliances could be refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, or air conditioners. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used because they are not meant to carry the large loads of these major appliances. If needed, avoid a fire hazard by having a qualified electrician install wall receptacle outlets closer to your major appliances.

Use Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) that are designed to shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs.

Arc faults are unintended arcs created by a current flowing through an unplanned path. The arcs create high intensity heat that result in burning particles which could easily ignite any surrounding material, such as wood framing or insulation. Having an AFCI will definitely help prevent a house fire at the hand of an arc fault

Electrical safety tips every homeowner should know

Electricity is something we don’t think about much. In fact, we take  for granted that it is there for us when we need it. Most importantly, we rarely consider the “dark side” of electricity. If not respected, electricity can injure you severely, or even kill you.   Let’s take a look at ways we can keep our relationship with electricity safe and productive.

The best way to protect children from electrical injuries is by preventing them from being able to insert anything into outlets. There are several ways to do this, from little plastic plug caps to complete outlet covers.

However, the best way to keep little ones (and everyone else) safe is to install tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs). They look like normal receptacles, but they are equipped with spring-loaded shutters that block the slots and prevent objects from being inserted. When a real plug is inserted, the springs are released and the plug slides in smoothly. The trick is that an electrical plug compresses both springs at once. However, if a child inserts an object into one opening, the springs do their job and the object does not make contact with electricity.

Are TRRs expensive? Not at all! They cost just a bit more than regular plugs. This one’s a no-brainer! Replace all your outlets with TRRs. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, call a licensed electrician. It’s a small price to pay for the safety of your little ones. Click here to watch a video about how TRRs work.

Keeping Cool!

Electrical outlets and switches should be cool to the touch and tight. If they feel warm or loose, emit a burning smell, or make a crackling noise, go to your electrical panel and shut power to that breaker immediately. Replace the switch or outlet before a fire or injury happens.

Home Electrical Safety Tips

Homeowners always strive to keep their family and property safe from accidents. With so many different systems and appliances to consider, there are many things to be mindful of when securing your home. Electricity is one of those things. Check out some of our tips own electrical safety tips to keep your home and family safe!

Don’t Overload Outlets

Plugging too many items into outlets is the cause of many house fires. Outlets are designed to handle a certain amount of current. Power strips or extension cords are often used to allow several different electrical items to pull power from one outlet. If the outlet is overloaded, it can cause issues with the breaker box. In the worst cases, outlets can spark and start a fire. Keeping outlet load at a reasonable level is one of the electrical safety tips that can save lives.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

One of the primary electrical safety tips that everyone should know is that water will conduct electricity. Many unsuspecting people have been shocked by touching their appliances with wet hands, or when using electronic items too close to water. Having an outlet by the kitchen sink additionally increases this risk, so be careful.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

GFCI outlets are the safest and most recommended electrical outlets for any room that has running water. They’re also great when you want to make the room child-proof. If an outlet gets wet, has a foreign object inserted into it or if it is overloaded, a GFCI will cleverly detect the power surge and disable the outlet.

Electrical Cord Safety

Be mindful of both the power cords on appliances as well as of any extension cords. Here are a few things to consider when dealing with cables.

Electrical Installation And Earthing

Best Electrical Installation & Replacement Price

What are Some of the Electrical Installation Services Love Plumbing, Air, & Electrical Provide?

Even when it all seems to be fine with your home’s electrical systems, problems can be present that could put you and your home’s safety at risk. Good news, Love Plumbing, Air, & Electrical knows what to look for & the solution to the problem.

If you notice any of the following, an electrical problem may be present then it’s time to call the professionals at Love Plumbing, Air, & Electrical for an electrical instillation:

Light Switches Not Working Properly?

Is your light switch not turning on or flickering when it does? Your South Carolina homes’ light switch issue may be stemming from an outlet, circit, or wiring problem.

Are Your Lights Too Bright or Dim?

If some lights around the house seem excessively bright or dim, there are two common causes. Different types of lights with different wattage levels can be an issue. But typically the problem stems from a bad or broken main neutral connection. This problem requires professional electrical replacement, so give Love Plumbing, Air, & Electrical a call before it’s too late.

Electical Lights & Appliance Systems in SC are Prone to Excess Electrical Usage & High Energy

If your house is over 5 years old there’s a possibility that you’re not using the most up-to-date and energy efficient lights, switches, and appliances. This could cause frequent circuit overloads & cost you extra $$$ every month.

Different Home Wiring Types Explained

An electrician apprenticeship starts as little as 100 hours in a trade school lab, all the way up to universities offering 4 year degrees. That’s how much training and knowledge goes into becoming a licensed electrician. But understanding the basics of your home electrical wiring doesn’t have to be so intensive.

If you’re doing a simple DIY project around the house, you should know about the types of electrical wire in a home. There are also common coding, sizing, and labeling you’ll need to understand.

Why You Need to Know About Your Home’s Electrical Wiring

If you’re doing any type of project around the house, understanding your home electrical wire can make the job easier.

You need to know about the types of electrical wire when you’re:

installing new wiring and need to know what type of wire to use

looking for electrical problems in your home (i.e. knowing the circuit that wiring belongs to can help you determine the cause of an issue)

doing any electrical repairs or remodeling

The Basics of Home Electrical Wire

Before we dive into the types of electrical wire, there are some basic terms, labeling, and coding you should know about. Understanding these can make your trip to the hardware store that much easier.

Planning makes all the difference

Whether it is a brand new building or a refurbishment, it‘s important to plan the electrical installations to the individual habits and requirements of the respective occupants. Asking some simple questions at the beginning avoids any overloading of circuits with multiple high-performance electrical appliances, or an increased use of connector strips.

Things to think about

Here are a few things to think about to allow architects, builders or electrical contractors to plan and implement the correct electrical infrastructure:

In which room do I use which electrical appliances?

Where should light sources be installed (both fixed and via sockets)?

Where are the TV, computer or telephone connections required?

Where should switches or control modules be installed for Smart Home functionalities?

Where are mobile devices usually charged and should special sockets with USB ports be installed?

How do I want to control the outdoor lighting?

You can then decide:

The number of circuits

The number of sockets

The number of lamp connections

The number of TV and communication connections

Preparation of electrical installations for Smart Home functions, such as multi-room audio systems, electric roller shutter control, alarm system

The planning is carried out on the basis of a construction plan or floor plan of the house or apartment that is as accurate as possible – either in the original or on the computer with corresponding group plan software.

Pay particular attention to doors and their opening direction, windows and stairs, and steps and fireplaces.

Planning your kitchen

The first room that is planned is usually the kitchen, due to the long delivery times for many of its features. For example with an open plan kitchen adjacent to the living room, place very specific requirements on lighting planning, and connections for ovens, microwave, extractor fans or freezer and refrigerator. Electrical planning is often carried out in a dimensioned plan when ordering a new kitchen, in order to ensure the correct implementation.

WHY IS COPPER USED SO MUCH IN MAKING ELECTRICAL WIRES?

Copper is a well-known chemical element with atomic symbol Cu and atomic number 29. It has a beautiful red-orange metallic luster. In the modern days, this reddish metal is used in various areas like in the construction line as a building material, in roofing and plumbing, in industries as a raw material, as a constituent of various metal alloys, and most importantly in the electrical industry for making electrical copper wires that run through your New Haven home

Excellent Conductor of Electricity: Copper is an excellent conductor of electricity; no other metal can compete with it in terms of electrical conductivity. The wires made of this reddish metal are capable of carrying comparatively more electric current per diameter of wire. In other words, these wires deplete less electrical charge in comparison to other wires when electric current passes through them.

Very Ductile Metal: Copper is a very ductile metal, which means that it could be stretched to a good length without breaking or weakening it. This property is crucial from the point of view of drawing wires out of any metal. The reddish metal stands well on this parameter

Favorable Chemical Properties: The chemical properties of this metal go a great deal in making it an ideal element for making electrical wires. Copper’s favorable chemical properties make it resistant to abrasion and other bad effects that shorten the life of a wire. These wires can safely withstand adverse climatic conditions and thus last longer.

High Temperature Tolerance: As we know that electrical wires take current from one place to another. In such a situation, when high voltage current passes through a wire its surface temperature becomes high. There is constant rise and fall in the temperature of high-tension electric lines. Not every wire could sustain such fluctuation in temperature, but copper wire can. This special property makes these wires long-lasting.

Get Electrical Installation

Does your home or commercial building need electrical installation? Whether you need an electrical panel, a switch, an outlet, or an entire electrical system. You should not choose just any residential electrician to work on this important part of your home or building. A faulty electrical installation or problems with the wiring can cause serious harm.

The Importance of Picking the Right Electrical Installation Service

Installing electrical components can be difficult and even dangerous if not done correctly. We are one of the top electrical installation companies in the area. With over two decades of experience, you can count on us to get the job done right. We know how to offer the best electrical installation service. When you choose to work with our company, you can have confidence knowing your installation will last for many years to come.

If you have any issues, we will be more than happy to help you. We offer free estimates for our customers so you can gain a better idea of what the electrical installation service at your home or building will involve. Whether you need a circuit installed at your home or an electrical system redo at your commercial facility, we can help you. Don’t try to do this job on your own – it can be more dangerous than not doing anything at all.

What Is the Electrical Installation Cost?

When you choose to work with Dynamic Electrical Service, you will find the electrical installation cost is well worthwhile. Working with reputable, licensed and insured electrical contractors such as us will ensure that your home or building remains safe from potential electrical issues. We will efficiently and safely install everything you need so you can spend your time on something else.

Window Cleaning Poles

Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home

Contrary to what some ads say, saving money on your energy bills is not the reason to replace your windows. That’s because it could take decades to recoup the $8,000 to $24,000 you’ll spend on new windows and installation. Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15 percent. That’s only about $27 to $111 per year for a 2,000-square-foot, single-story home with storm or double-pane windows, or $126 to $465 if that home has just single-pane windows. So why bother?

New windows can make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting. They’re also easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens and can reduce your carbon footprint.

Price doesn’t indicate performance

Among double-hung clad wood windows, a pricey and bottom-rated window from Andersen, $500, wasn’t good at keeping out cold air and was so-so at keeping out rain. A $450 Kolbe vinyl double-hung was impressive, but a top-rated $260 Simonton was even better. All of the casement windows aced all tests. Prices varied by frame material; the top-scoring American Craftsman vinyl window, $260, is the least expensive casement. All prices are for a 3×5-foot window.

Match windows to climate

Look at the overall scores in our window Ratings, then zero in on test results that apply to where you live. If your home is exposed to high winds and cold temperatures, look for windows that were excellent at low-temperature wind resistance.

Don’t overspend on options

Upgrades can easily add 50 percent or more to the base cost of a window. Focus on features that add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes that tilt in make cleaning easier, and full screens allow optimum airflow when the top window is lowered and bottom window raised. Finer meshed screens let more light through and do not obscure the view as much as standard screens

All About Scrapers For Window Washing

What Are Scrapers And Why Do You Need Them?

Scrapers, sometimes referred to as window scrapers, window cleaning razor, or window and glass scraper or blade, are an essential tool in a window cleaner’s tool belt. They easily remove paint, tape, stickers and construction debris like stucco or caulk from walls, windows, tiles, and glass.

Size

Scrapers for professional window washers are manufactured in multiple sizes to allow the window washer the best possible choice for a job. The 5 and 6-inch scraper tools are amongst the most popular, but they can be found in 3 and 4-inch sizes as well.

Replacement Parts

Replacement parts for a window cleaning scraper with blades consist of cover, blade and insert track. The cover is used to protect the blade from unnecessary wear or damage while also protecting the window cleaner from bodily harm. Blades, like scrapers, come in multiple sizes. Purchasing the correct size blade for your window scraper is essential. Blades will not work with a scraper that is not the same size. The blade is placed on the insert track, and this combination is slid into the head of the scraper. The insert track keeps the blade steady and secure within the scraper tool.

Angle Of Scraper

To help facilitate the ease of removing challenging debris, the head of a window scraper will be either flat, angled, or bent forward. These options allow the window cleaner to choose the best alternative for the job.

Special Features

Some professional window cleaning scrapers are unique in that they are adjustable or retractable. Professional scrapers that are adjustable allows the head to be maneuvered so that it can be flat or bent at an angle, letting the window washer choose which angle will work best at any moment. Retractable scrapers allow the blade to be retracted into the head of the scraper tool when not in use, bypassing the need for a cover.

SQUEEGEES: A GUIDE

IF THERE IS ONE TOOL THAT DEFINES A PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANER, it’s certainly the squeegee. For over 100 years window cleaners have been able to clean quicker and better than those using towels to wipe the window clean. There is a surprising variety of squeegee options available, which can be intimidating when you are trying to make a purchasing decision. This guide will help you sort through the options so that you can decide what works best for you and make sure everything is compatible.

A SQUEEGEE IS MADE UP OF TWO PARTS: CHANNEL AND HANDLE. Channels come in a variety of lengths so that you can get the one that works best with your job. Most window cleaners have a variety of lengths on hand to handle different jobs. The handle holds the channel, and it the part of the squeegee you will grab and hold onto

YOUR CHANNEL HOLDS YOUR SQUEEGEE rubber, which wipes water off of the glass. It will have an extruded metal piece, the rubber, and usually a clip that holds the rubber in place (see clipless channels below). All of the channels that we sell include a rubber and, if applicable, clips.

ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST DECISIONS TO MAKE is what material you want your squeegee to be. Material is one of the biggest factors in how heavy your squeegee will be and how rigid your channel will be

BRAND SPECIFIC

Some brands such as Ettore and Unger have designed their handles to work better with their poles. The pole tip will have a locking mechanism that fits into the handle, securing it in place. The is a convenient feature, but you should note that these poles will still work with other brands of handles and these handles will still work with other brands of poles

Window Cleaning Made Simple

A clean window literally makes a difference in how you view the world. Here’s how to get them clean in just a few easy steps.

Washing windows doesn’t have to feel intimidating. With the right tools and these tried-and-tested tips, the process is quick and easy, and the payoff-that warm stream of morning sun pouring into your bedroom-totally worth the effort.

To start, gather all of your window-washing tools into one plastic or metal bucket (keep a second bucket on hand to mix cleaning solutions). Dirty panes are no problem when you use rubber-edged squeegees, which are quicker and more effective than cloth or newspaper. They come in a variety of sizes, and a screw-on extension will let you reach high spots.

Martha uses a squeegee and a homemade cleaning solution of water and powdered dishwasher soap to clean her windows. You can also make an all-natural window cleaning solution using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and hot water. Adding a touch of liquid soap to the vinegar solution will help remove any streak-causing wax left on the window from commercial cleaners used in the past. You can eliminate the soap after a few washings. Once your cleaning solution is mixed, read on for the how-to.

For huge picture windows, professionals favor a method called the snake. Starting in an upper corner, pull the squeegee horizontally across the window. At the opposite corner, turn, lower the squeegee to the water line, then pull it across the window. Work your way down and touch up the edges with a cloth. Then, dry windowsills with a cloth.

How Much Does Window Cleaning Cost?

Let’s face it: No one likes to wash windows. And if your house is two stories or taller, making your glass gleam again can be dangerous. That’s why it may be a good idea to hire a professional window cleaner.

Paying by the pane

Window cleaning generally is priced by the number of panes of glass. An ordinary double-hung window consists of two panes. The typical window washing cost runs from $2 to $7 per pane. Alternatively, some companies charge an hourly rate. We report paying an average of $266 for a full house window cleaning, which may include screens and doors.

For best results, it’s generally a good idea to have your windows cleaned twice every year. However, a number of factors, including whether many windows face the ocean, or your house is exposed to frequent storms, can affect how often your windows will need cleaning. 

Although window cleaning may seem like a relatively straightforward job, there are variables that can affect the final cost:

How dirty is the glass? Dirtier windows generally require more tools and equipment, not to mention time.

Number of windows — The more that need washing, the more you can expect to pay.

Ease of access — Ladders, special tools and extra time may be required to clean some hard-to-reach windows.

Inside, outside or both? Selecting interior-only or exterior-only service may save you a little money today, but like most services, when you opt for a la carte pricing you pay more per service. If you think you’ll eventually want both, it’s best to get them done at the same time.

There can be extra charges for:

Screen cleaning, at 50 cents to $5 each, and sliding glass doors, which run $2.50 to $8 per door.

Cleaning windowsills and tracks; the cost can range from 50 cents to $5.

Paint or stain removal, which can cost $3.50 to $6 for a window of average size. Mineral deposit removal can cost up to $20 extra per pane if it’s not included in the company’s price.

Going up: The cost of window work on the first and second floors of a home is generally the same, but additional floors can cost up to $3 to $5 more for every window.

Rodent Repellents

Rodents Don’t Stand a Chance with Same-Day

Your home is meant to be a comfortable, safe space. When there are sounds of scratching and squeaking in your walls, it can take a toll on your peace of mind.

Not only that, but rodents can wreak havoc on your health and your home, carrying bacteria and pathogens into your house, contaminating your food, tearing up insulation, and chewing through wires. If rats, mice, or gophers are putting your home at risk

One of the reasons rodents are feared by homeowners is that they are difficult to exterminate. Rats, mice, and other rodents are resilient, and they can travel through your home largely undetected. These pests reproduce rapidly, so until you can be certain you’ve removed them all from your home, your infestation can continue to grow unseen behind the walls.

Warning signs of a rodent infestation in your home may include:

Rodent droppings in closets, cupboards, or corners of your home

Loose nesting material like torn up paper, fabric, plant matter, or insulation

Gnaw marks on furniture or food packaging

Stale smells coming from hidden areas.

Choose The Best Pest Control Services To Deal With Rodent Control

Pests &You: Is It A Happy Relationship?

No, not really! These days, pests have become something very common in every household. This is a persistent problem due to the adverse weather conditions. But it cannot be an excuse for you. You should look for ways to get rid of pests. Isn’t that so?

There are so different kinds of pests i.e. ants, termites, rodents, ants, mosquitoes and other kind of annoying pests which might be staying in your home and you might not be just aware of it. Therefore, this is the very right time to look for the pests who are damaging the structure of your home.

Choose A Reputed Pest Control Provider

Unfortunately, a spray is not really an effective measure when it comes to dealing with the pests. To control the pests in your home, you should first look for a reliable and trustworthy pest control provider. With the pest control system, the pests can be really harmful and they can destroy for health

Experience Matters

While you are searching online, there are many reliable and trustworthy service providers. They have been in the business since a long time and with their huge years of experience they can assure you with the top quality services.

RODENT CONTROL

With big eyes, curious dispositions and perky ears, it’s easy to think of rodents as cute, harmless creatures. But make no mistake about it – rodents are destructive, unsanitary and menacing. Many rodents carry serious diseases and parasites such as fleas and ticks. The danger from rodents isn’t just from direct interactions. Typically, they will eat and defecate in areas where your family eats or plays, increasing the potential for contamination of your food sources, countertops, and floors. Some research has found that mice and rats can contaminate 10 times the amount of food that they consume.

RID YOUR HOME OF RODENTS WITH PEST CONTROL

Rodents need to be controlled before they make you or your family sick, which makes rodent infestation control extremely important. Rodents breed quickly and a single sighting is usually not the whole story. Typically, the one mouse or rat you spot originates from a nearby nest containing hundreds more of his rodent roommates. In addition to contaminating your food and surfaces, a rodent’s penchant for chewing can wreak havoc in and around your home.

It’s imperative that you have a professional seek out the rodents’ location and their points of entry of your home. These spaces are typically smaller than you might think. The Pest Control professionals can help you locate these areas and provide exclusion techniques to keep them out, as well as trap the ones already inside.

Following the rodent detection and elimination visit, your personal technician will focus on outdoor perimeter pest prevention, to ensure that your home’s pest defenses are functioning as intended. Taking that much time off work is difficult and inconvenient, so we do not require you to attend the rodent prevention visits. Our treatment plans are designed with your convenience in mind. We provide monthly, every-other-month, and quarterly treatment plans.

HOW TO GET RID OF RODENTS

While you should always opt for professional rodent infestation control — as expert control is the only sure way to eliminate this furry plague from your home — you can apply preventative measures that may alleviate the issue.

Rodents

Why is Pest Control for Rats and Mice Necessary?

Rats and mice are a serious pest of humans − and they also freak many people out

Here are some reasons why you should arrange rat or mouse pest control as soon as possible:

Rats and mice are responsible for enormous loss of food and can transmit diseases to humans such as Salmonella food poisoning, leptospirosis and tape worm. They can also transmit fleas and may even bite if they become scared or cornered. To avoid negative health effects, arranging prompt pest control for rodents is crucial.

Their gnawing habits (which are necessary to control the size of their chisel-shaped front teeth) cause damage to buildings, plumbing, gas pipes and electrical wiring.

They’ve even been found to be the cause of some building fires!

Best Rodent Control

INSPECTION

During our initial visit we’ll send one of our licensed pest control professionals to your home. He or she will provide a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior, paying special attention to where mice or rats can access the home

SEAL OFF ENTRY POINTS

Next, we’ll seal off any rodent entry points that we locate during our initial inspection, utilizing a combination of materials from caulk, to copper wire mesh, to expanding foam. Rest assured, we’ll tell you if we discover a gaping hole or construction-related issue that we can’t seal. 

INSTALLATION OF A RODENT BAIT STATION

Once entry points are sealed from the exterior, it is a necessary part of any successful rodent treatment plan to maintain mice and rat populations from the exterior, utilizing a specialized and tamper-resistant bait station. And not to worry, safety of people and pets is our number one priority!

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR RODENT TREATMENT

During this key stage of treatment, our licensed pest control professionals will use a combination of products proven effective to treat mice and rats where they are active inside your home. Speak to our representatives to discuss the options that will work best for you.

FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION & TREATMENT

We understand that multiple treatments are a necessary factor in complete eradication of mice or rats from inside your home

How To Beat Car Dealer At Their Own Game

Rules for Buying a Cheap Car With Cash

Look for Cars That Have ‘Uglied Out

peeling paint and hail damage are all your friends when buying a used car. The more scuffed up the exterior looks, the more you can haggle the seller down on price. Remember, exterior flaws won’t impact what’s under the hood.

Follow the 10 years/100,000 Miles Rule

Ever heard Korean and Japanese manufacturers like Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi advertising their 10 year/100,000 mile auto warranties?

That’s the inspiration for a different rule you should follow if you only want to drop two or three Gs to buy a used car: Look for cars that are 10 model years old and have at least 100,000 miles on them. Think 100,000 miles is too much and that a car with that many miles is probably near the end of its useful life? Think again

Know Where to Look for Deals

When searching for cheap used cars online, check Craigslist, AutoTrader, iSeeCars, the Klipnik message boards and CarGurus. The latter site lets you put in your zip code and the make/model of the vehicle you’re interested in at their website. They’ll comb through some two million listings available on published databases and rate the vehicles available for sale with notations of ‘good deal,’ ‘fair deal,’ ‘high priced,’ ‘overpriced’ and so on.

Beware Those Beloved Nameplates

Honda and Toyota pretty routinely top the tally for car reliability that Consumer Reports does, which means there’s a premium on their resale value. If you’re looking to buy a cheap car, skip the Hondas and the Toyotas of the world. USA TODAY recommends you instead look at what are called ‘second-tier’ Japanese brands like Mazda, Nissan or Mitsubishi.

Buying a car: Things to know

Get financing:

When you go to a car dealership, you’re in a stronger position if you have a pre-approved loan. Unless your model has a special low-rate financing offer backed by the manufacturer, a local bank or credit union is likely to give you a better deal on a loan. And in most cases, you can take a rebate in place of any low-rate financing and use that to lower your purchase price.

usually is good for a month or more.

Credit unions typically charge 0.5% to 1% lower interest than bank car loans. You may have access to a credit union where you work, or may be eligible through a professional organization (teachers, government employees). If you don’t have ready access to a credit union, check out your local bank offerings. Websites specializing in loan information will give you a quick rundown on average rates and the best rates in your area.

Negotiate a price:

Before you head for the dealership, do your homework. Using websites like Edmunds.com or Kelley Blue Book, you can find out the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, and the dealer’s cost for any vehicle. You can also find out about customer or dealer rebates, subsidized lease deals, or other special breaks that can cut your cost. Pull together a folder showing your data and sources.

Focus any negotiation on that dealer cost. For an average car, 2% above the dealer’s invoice price is a reasonably good deal. A hot-selling car may have little room for negotiation, while you may be able to go even lower with a slow-selling model.

Salespeople will usually try to negotiate based on the MSRP. Try to focus the discussion away from the list price, to how much you intend to bid over the dealer’s invoice cost. Bring out your research. The salesperson may know less than you do since traditional dealer training focuses on the list price and many dealers do not give sales teams the invoice prices.

Buying a New Car vs Buying a Used Car

When it comes time to buy a car, you have a variety of choices available to you. Not only do you need to pick the make and model of your car, you also need to decide if you want to buy a new or used car. This is an important decision and it can make a big difference in your finances over the next several years. It is important to realize that buying a car is not an investment Your options may also be determined on whether or not you qualify for a loan or if you need pay in cash.

Advantages of a New Car

The advantage of buying a new car is that you are buying a car that generally comes with a warranty. Most new cars will have very few repairs in the first few years, so you can focus only on the maintenance of the car. The dealer may also offer financing at a lower interest rate, which can reduce the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan. These are the most basic advantages.​

Disadvantages of a New Car

The biggest disadvantage of buying a new car is that you lose money on it as soon as you drive it off the lot. A new car takes its biggest depreciation in the first two or three years. This means that you are basically throwing away several thousand dollars that you will never be able to get back. Financially it does not make a lot of sense to buy a new car unless you have money you do not mind losing.

Advantages of a Used Car

The biggest advantage of buying a used car is that you let someone else take the biggest depreciation hit on the car. You may be able to sell your car for nearly the same amount you paid for it in the next few years. You can still find good financing options through your local bank or credit union, and because you are not losing the money on depreciation, you may come out ahead of a zero interest loan that you would take out on a new car.

Disadvantages of a Used Car

The biggest disadvantage of buying a used car is that it may not be as reliable or you may need to do more repairs on it. However, you do have the option of buying a Certified Pre-Owned car through several different car companies. As technology has improved cars have become more reliable and many models do not need repairs until they are well over 100,000 miles and close to ten years old. This means that you can buy a car that is three years old and sell it in five years and you may not need to do any major repairs on it. Plus, you can sell it at a price very close to what you bought it for. You may want to set aside a little bit of money each month to cover any car repairs that come up.

Who Has the Best Interest Rates: The Dealer or the Bank?

If you’re searching for a new or used car, chances are good that you’re planning on financing. The vast majority of new cars are financed, as the majority of drivers can’t afford — or don’t want — to pay for a new vehicle with cash. But before you sign the papers at the dealership, you might want to consider if you can get better interest rates and lower your payment by financing your next car through a bank or credit union

Who Offers a Lower Rate?

As a rule, there’s no telling whether the dealer will beat your bank’s rate, or vice versa. Remember: In most cases, dealer financing is also bank financing; the dealer is just doing the legwork by going to the bank on your behalf. So there’s no magic answer to the question of which one will have lower rates. That said, there are some pros and cons to choosing a dealer, and other pros and cons to choosing a bank. We’ve listed them to help you make the best decision possible

Dealer Financing: The Best Choice?

Many shoppers avoid the bank and just go through the dealer. It’s easier: They can show up, finance the car and drive away — all in the same day. But easier isn’t always better. After all, the dealer’s rates are marked up from the bank’s rates, and they have to be for the dealer to make any money. That means they may be higher. And since dealers send business to banks across the country, being late on a payment may mean talking to a bank located across the country — and they may not be willing to work with you, as your local bank might

Benefits of Your Bank

The bank holds a few benefits over the dealer. One is that the bank is nearby and you have a relationship. That means you have a better chance of getting the bank to work with you if you fall behind in your payments. That’s especially true if you finance through a small credit union or a local bank.

Our Suggestion

If you’re looking for your car, try this: Go to your bank first and see what their offer will be. Then visit the dealer. If they can match the bank’s rate, that’s great. If not, stick with the bank. Either way, you’ll have a great bargaining chip as you negotiate the car’s price.

Buying and running a car

Before you buy the car of your dreams, make sure you can afford all the costs. Learn about one-off and ongoing expenses, how to avoid sales pressure and get the best deal.

Costs of running a car

Before you buy a car, work out how much it costs to keep it on the road. It might be more than you think.

Car registration

Your car has to be registered before you can drive it, and you have to pay rego every year. How much you pay depends on where you live

Stamp duty

You have to pay stamp duty when you buy a new or used car. Each state and territory calculates stamp duty differently, so what you pay depends on where you live.

Insurance

You need basic insurance, called compulsory third party (CTP) insurance, to keep your car on the road. This is the minimum insurance you can have. You can also choose to get more third party or comprehensive insurance.

How To Find The Best Divorce Lawyer For Your Case

QUALITIES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN A GOOD DIVORCE ATTORNEY

Going through a divorce is one of the stressful experiences that anyone can ever undergo. The experience can even be worse when the other parties are not willing to cooperate. In such cases, working with marriage chancellor alone will not be enough. You will need to work with a good divorce attorney to be able to work through the whole experience successful.

GOOD EXPERIENCE

When it comes to matters to do with law, the experience is very critical. Lawyers who have been in the legal world for a long time are placed in a better position to win any case. This is because they have gathered enough knowledge and skills from past encounters and they can, therefore, use it to win any case under the sun. A well experience attorney is an essential resource when it comes to getting a divorce from your spouse successfully.

GOOD COMMUNICATION

Another essential quality that a good divorce attorney must possess is an excellent communication skill. When presenting your case before a court of law, communication plays a significant role. Therefore, if your attorney cannot communicate effectively, then it merely means that it will be hard for you to win the case. When talking to your attorney, one of the things that you are supposed to pay attention to is their communication skills. If they are not impressive, the best thing to do is to walk away from them.

AVAILABILITY

When going through a divorce, the stress can be overwhelming, and this simply means that you will not have enough time to follow your lawyer. A great divorce attorney understands this, and this is why they will make themselves available for you. If you find that your potential attorney has many cases out there, then the chances are that they might not have enough time for your case. This is dangerous because they might not be able to prepare appropriately.

GOOD REPUTATION

It is also to work with a divorce attorney who has a good reputation. The only way an attorney can earn a good reputation is by proving to their clients that they have the ability to win cases. This can be established by reading online reviews.

How to pick a good divorce attorney

Does it really matter who my attorney is?

Going through a divorce or custody battle is an extremely intimidating and overwhelming experience. It is very common to feel alone and lost throughout the entire process. The average person may have no idea what family law is or what rights he or she may have. It is important to examine how to pick a divorce attorney. This is why it is common for someone to find an attorney to help him or her through his or her case. However, far too often, clients choose their attorneys based on cost and friend recommendations and fail to hire a qualified attorney- the results can be disastrous.

I am sure many of you have heard the classic line, “I have a friend who is a lawyer. I am sure they could help you for really cheap.” What that friend forgets to tell you is that their lawyer friend is a criminal defense attorney, who has only had three family law clients in the last ten years of his legal practice. You end up meeting with the attorney. He seems very knowledgeable and willing to help you. You end up retaining him to begin your divorce process.

Does your attorney help prepare you?

The attorney drafts all your initial documents. Everything appears fine. You do not question anything, because you assume he has done his job. Little do you know, the attorney has forgotten to include your request for spousal maintenance in the initial petition. Your spouse is now off the hook, and you are without financial support. Further, you show up to your final hearing completely unprepared. Your attorney never showed you the exhibits he was using or what the opposing party was using. He practiced questioning with you for 5 minutes before the hearing, and he focused more on your expressions than what you say.

Is cost the most important factor?

A big factor in choosing an attorney for many people is the cost associated with it. Many clients may think that it does not really matter who their attorney is, as long as they have one. They all went to law school and passed the bar exam, so how bad can someone really be? Unfortunately, it can be really bad. This does not mean that a cheaper attorney is worse. In fact, many lower cost attorneys are excellent.

Choose someone who specializes in family law

Always be careful in who you decide to represent you in family law matters. Make sure to find someone who knows what they are doing, and is not simply in it to make a quick deal off of you. Be very cautious of attorneys who practice in other areas. Always ask, if meeting with an attorney outside of family law, if they have litigated any family law cases, and how many.   If you don’t, you may end up with a result you are very unhappy with.

Divorce Lawyers

Divorce is often referred to as a dissolution of marriage. It is a court judgment that legally ends the marriage and usually divides the marital assets and property.

Uncontested Divorce: Key points

In the case of an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees on all vital matters relating to the case, including custody, child support, and visitation, along with property division among others. There must be a “total agreement.”

In an uncontested proceeding, the two parties can file a joint petition (one of the necessary forms needed for the proceedings) alongside a copy of their written and signed agreement. The required paperwork and the necessary instructions are provided by the State of Missouri to enable you to successfully file for dissolution. This option reaches a resolution quickly, as the parties do not have to go through the potentially prolonged process of reaching decisions with the help of mediation or lawyers.

Details about Contested Divorce

The materials provided by the state are for “uncontested dissolutions without complicated issues;” if you are likely to be facing a contested divorce, there are many other factors involved

In a contested case where both parties are unable to come to a mutual conclusion on alimony, the division of debts, support for their child, custody, and similar family law issues, the circuit court will make such decisions for them. This option usually prolongs the divorce process and is more expensive. It is, however, the best way to ensure that both parties get to present their case, as well as any evidence.

How To Choose The Right Divorce Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer for your divorce can feel a bit overwhelming. There are lots of attorneys, but they are definitely not all the same.  Some do not practice family law at all, so you certainly do not want someone inexperienced to help with your case. Others may be too aggressive or not aggressive enough for what you need.

How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

There is no mathematical formula or system on how to choose a divorce lawyer. Instead, you should do your research, set your expectations, and ultimately go with whom you think will work best for your needs.

Understand What Your Divorce Lawyer Does

Although some lawyers are great at listening to why the divorce happened and addressing some of your emotional problems, please understand that dealing with your pain, anger, sadness, or frustration with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse is not their role.

Set Realistic Expectations for Your Lawyer’s Role

While there are certainly some aspects of that process that are unavoidably emotional, it is part of your lawyer’s job to help you focus on the logical facets of what is happening and your long-term goals.

ecide What Kind of Divorce Process You Need

This may seem like an odd decision to make—but it is an important one! You need to decide whether you think your divorce is going to cause an all-out conflict, you can work everything out, or if you need a little help to get everything resolved.

Choosing the right divorce solicitor

Everyone going through a divorce wants to emerge on the other side in the best position possible. The best way to make sure this happens is to instruct a quality solicitor. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start looking.

A good family solicitor will have an excellent word-of-mouth reputation. Try talking to friends and family who have already been through the process. They will be able to tell you stories about firms and lawyers who gave good service and help you avoid those who did not. Even in the digital age, word-of-mouth still carries a lot of weight, especially when it comes from people you know and trust

Has a solicitor been recommended by the Legal 500? Although recommendations from people you know are very helpful, the Legal 500 can give you a more overall sense of a solicitor or law firm’s quality of service. So if advice from family and friends has not helped as much as you would like, this is a relatively safe barometer of quality.

Be mindful of solicitors who keep looking at the clock during your first appointment. This is not a promising sign. A top quality solicitor will care about your case and give you their full attention. If they are checking the time during your first appointment that should tell you how much they value you as a client

Be wary of solicitors who do not give you a straight answer. This is especially true when it comes to questions you may have about costs. It is a very important part of the divorce process so it is natural to wonder how your finances will be resolved. If your solicitor cannot give you answers within a qualified range of parameters, you should reconsider having them advise you.

Preserving The Life Of Carpet Flooring With Proper Maintenance

Solved! How to Select the Best Carpet for Stairs

I just moved into a two-story home, and the floors need some TLC. The stairs are carpeted, but the pile is worn down. I’ve slipped and nearly fallen several times. Do you have any tips for choosing durable, slip-free carpeting for stairs?

You’re focused on the right areas: safety and durability. These busy zones need to be ready to withstand years of foot traffic as well as the cleaning that comes with keeping the color looking like new! Luckily, it’s possible to find an affordable solution without skimping on quality. When shopping for a replacement, it’s best to first understand industry standards and lingo so that you won’t be caught off guard during the buying and installation process. Here’s a cheat sheet with some of the main considerations—material, construction, density rating, and more—for finding the best carpet for stairs that balances safety needs and your ideas of style

First, narrow your search to a carpet material that is as durable as it is stain resistant. In order to appeal to a number of scenarios throughout the home, carpets come in many materials, from natural fibers like wool and sisal to synthetics like nylon, polyester, triexta, and olefin. Of these, a synthetic nylon carpet may be your best bet for safety, stain-resistance, and strength on stairs. You’ll see two common variations of nylon compositions out there—nylon 6 (which is easier to recycle) and nylon 6,6 (which has slightly higher resilience)—but both are good options. Or, consider a blended carpet for the stairs. These typically feature 80 percent wool and 20 percent synthetic to offer the best of both materials: warmth and resilience.

The make of your carpet’s material also lends durability. There are two main types of carpet construction: bulked continuous filament (BCF) and staple. Used in both cut pile (plush) and loop carpets like Berber, BCF means that an entire section of carpeting is made from one long piece of fiber. Conversely, staple carpets use many short fiber lengths, which are then woven together. BCF tends to be favored by major manufacturers of synthetic carpets—it sheds less and offers more design versatility.

The best carpet for stairs has a low pile—¾-inch or less—to be both more stable underfoot and resilient to traffic. A synthetic plush style in twisted or cut pile is always a safe option, while a looped style like Berber is occasionally avoided (particularly if you have pets whose claws may catch in the carpet loops). To make the latter work, choose a high-quality brand and ensure proper installation. Berber should be installed lengthwise, with rows placed from top to bottom, not side to side.

Best Rooms for Carpet

When it comes to choosing flooring for any room in the house it is important that you weigh the ups and downs of your options while considering the traffic and type of activity that will go on in said room. Carpet, a timeless options for many reasons, is popular all over the house, but it’s rather obvious why it should stay out of a few rooms in the home, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. But the reasons that people choose carpeting makes sense. It is comfortable to walk on (or sit on in some situations), it is quiet, it keeps your feet warm, and so on. So what rooms are most popular for carpeting?

Bedroom

While some people prefer hardwood in their bedrooms, carpet is another top choice. Carpet is perfect to wake up to, as there won’t be any sudden chill when you first get out of bed and your bare feet make contact with a chilled wood or stone surface. Since there are so many styles and colors of carpet available, there is sure to be one that matches your interior decor.

Living Room

Living rooms are often highly trafficked areas where family and friends gather to visit, watch movies or share a laugh. A carpeted room makes lounging easy and provides a warm atmosphere for conversation. You may want to talk to the carpet experts about finding one that is extra durable, depending on how often you have guests

Play Room

If you have kids of your own or regularly entertain, there is a good chance you have an area dedicated to their enjoyment. Carpet is a great flooring option for rooms where kids spend a lot of time, as it is soft. Not only will they likely spend a lot of time on the floor sitting and lying, but any falls will be cushioned compared to hardwood or tile

Stairs

While not technically a room, putting carpet on stairs is a great idea as it provides additional grip. Carpet also absorbs sounds, unlike other flooring types, which may radiate the pitter patter of feet going up and down.

How do I choose a good carpet?

A carpet can transform any room’s décor, look and feel effortlessly and instantly. Out of many home décor products available today, premium carpets are one of them. To instil style and fashionable statement, many homeowners choose premium hand-knotted rugs or premium power loom made carpets. These carpets feature contemporary designs, patterns and styles that can instantly match any type of décor and amplify the overall style statement of a room. Today, one can find out the variety of carpets and rugs in the market.

Modern hand tufted carpets showcase fine craftsmanship and are made with skilled hands and a mechanized tool to inject pieces of wool through drill guns. On the other hand, hand-knotted rugs are also known as the hand-woven rug that consumes a lot of hard work and several months to finish. It takes a lot of time to make hand knotted rugs, thus, they last for years without showing any wear and tear. Hand-knotted rugs are mostly made with high-quality wool or silk. They are non-toxic in nature and help to a great extent in purifying the air.

If you have small kids or pets around, then you should go with them as they are non-allergic and don’t emit any kind of pollution. They come in various sizes including rug covers that cover most part of the floor and an area rug that is made to cover a small area in a home. And when it comes to power loom made carpets, they are comparatively cheap in quality and don’t take much time in making. They are often known as machine-made carpets that come with definite life and don’t last for long. However, when it comes to quality, benefits and relevance, then hand knotted rugs have an upper hand compared to power loom designed carpets.

Some of the prominent features that one must check out while buying carpets for the home are:

Slip-resistant: Make sure it offers a slip-resistant surface to avoid tripping or slipping. At the same time, it should be of a fine quality that can prevent you during slips or accidents.

Check-out the padding: Make sure that the carpet is well cushioned or padded that can insulate your impact. Well cushioned or padded carpet gives a very soft touch and offers extra comfort to your feet. As the winter season is around the corner, well-cushioned carpet gives warmth to your underfoot.

Noise resistant: It is one of the best qualities of the best carpets. A high-quality carpet reduces noise to a great extent. One doesn’t feel or hear the sound of clatter coming from shoes or slippers that make a very cosy and noise-free ambience in your home.

Easy to clean: Also, it is very important to know the process of cleaning the carpet from the carpet exporters or suppliers. Make sure to clean the carpet periodically in order to stop allergens. It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner that has a Hepa filter to conduct proper cleaning.

How to Choose Carpet for Bedrooms

When it comes to furnishing a bedroom, the goal should be choosing decor that creates a comfortable, calm feel for the space. While it may seem like a minor detail, the right carpeting can go a long way in helping create that cozy vibe. With all the options on the market, though, it can be tough to choose a carpet for your bedroom. If you’re getting ready to shop for new carpeting, keep a few basic tips in mind, and you’ll wind up with a carpet that has the right look and feel for your bedroom.

Set a Budget

While the first thing that homeowners usually think about when shopping for bedroom carpeting is the color and texture, determining your budget is probably the most important step in the entire process. Carpeting prices depend on the square footage of the room, so be sure to measure your space before going to the store. If you have a large master bedroom, you may need to look for less costly options. If your bedroom is on the smaller side, however, you may be able to splurge on luxury carpeting since you’ll need less to cover the room. Either way, once you have a firm budget in mind, you’ll save time at the store because you’ll know which carpets you can afford and be able to more easily identify the highest quality options within your price range.

Decide on the Fiber

When it comes to carpeting materials, you can opt for natural or synthetic fibers. Wool is an ideal option for bedroom carpeting since it has a soft, luxurious feel. As a natural fiber, however, it tends to be the most costly type of carpeting. Synthetic carpets are usually more budget-friendly, so they may be a more realistic option if you have a large bedroom. Nylon is typically the most costly synthetic carpeting because it has the softest feel. Polyester carpeting is usually less expensive than nylon and is nonallergenic, making it an ideal choice if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Because it is an inexpensive material, however, polyester carpeting sometimes presents issues with shedding or pilling.

Pay Attention to Texture

In a bedroom, the carpeting should be as soft and comfortable underfoot as possible, so choosing the right texture or pile is key. But the right texture can also give your bedroom carpet a more attractive appearance, so it is a matter of aesthetics as well. For the most luxurious look and feel, choose a saxony pile carpet, which has a plush, fluffy texture. Velvet pile carpeting also has a soft, sumptuous feel, so it is ideal for a bedroom as well. While saxony pile carpeting has long, loose fibers, the fibers in a velvet pile carpet are short and dense, so they offer different looks for your bedroom flooring

Get the Color Right

A neutral-colored carpet, such as tan, brown or gray, is a safe option since it will work with virtually any wall or decor colors. But it’s usually best to avoid carpets that are extremely light like white or beige because they don’t hide dirt as easily as darker carpeting. If you have more colorful tastes, don’t be afraid to try a bold-colored carpet in your bedroom. With light-colored walls, carpeting in rich shade of blue, green or red can add visual interest and dimension to the room. A subtle patterned rug that features two or more colors can also make a plain, neutral bedroom a little more interesting. But avoid extremely loud colors and busy patterns since they’ll likely be too stimulating for the bedroom.

How to Choose the Right Rug

Your living room isn’t complete without a rug. But with so many options out there, finding the best one can be like trying to solve a puzzle.

But rugs can be expensive. And because a large-scale item like that is going to have a big effect on the way a room looks and feels, choosing one can be intimidating. The right rug may live in your home for decades. The wrong rug will serve as a daily reminder of the money you wasted — and the money you’ll have to spend if you want to replace it.

Use One or a Few

There is no rule that says you have to limit yourself to a single rug in the living room. Designers often use multiple rugs in larger rooms to define different areas. So how do you know whether one or a few is best?

Can’t Decide? Then Layer Them

Another option is to layer rugs on top of each other, with a single large, plain rug on the bottom to cover most of the floor, and smaller decorative rugs on top to anchor different seating areas.

Determine the Size

It is important to work around a room’s obstructions when planning a rug purchase.

Being A Good Party Planner Organizer Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide

A well executed event can bring in as much as $704 per participant. Even more important, it can introduce your organization to powerful sources of ongoing support, from newfound audiences to bedrock sponsors. And each successful event makes the next one more successful.

Think about the last event you attended. How did you find out about it, and why did you go? Was it easy to get there? Was the location comfortable? Were you served food and/or drinks? What did you see and hear and buy and try? Who did you meet? Did you learn anything, enjoy yourself, come away with new contacts? Did it impress you? Was it worth it?

Everything that goes into making an event happen is the job of an event planner. Everything that goes into making it memorable is the job of an excellent one.

Learn the ground rules

The touchstone of event planning is that you never launch an event without a clear plan for how it will run from start to finish. Simple as that sounds, it’s a foundational rule that guides all professional event planners.

Get in the trenches

In addition to learning event planning fundamentals, the sooner you can get some hands-on experience, the better. The ability to handle pressure and hit deadlines is key to success on every project, and there’s no substitute for real-world accountability.

Choosing the Right Vendors for your Company Event

Choosing the right vendor or vendors can be a painstaking and burdensome task when planning a large corporate event such as a Company Picnic or Family Fun Day.

Decisions, Decisions!

You are now the quarterback and it’s Super Bowl Sunday. You have to find something fun and unique to satisfy not only your boss, but hundreds of your colleagues and maybe even their families. On paper it sounds fun, but once you start to dig into each aspect of the event, things start to get real. Finding the right caterer, entertainment company, logistics specialist, décor and arranging payments can turn this task into a full time job that requires an exhausting amount of organization and attention to detail.

Cheap vs. Expensive

Everyone knows the saying “You get what you paid for”. This could not be truer in the event industry. You have a budget that you have to stay within, but what good have you done if you come in under budget and the event is a disaster? Things to consider

Customer Service and Communication

Perhaps this should be # 1 on the list. The worst vendor you can hire is the one who has you sign a one page contract and says we will see you on your event day. You never hear from them again until it is time to collect the final payment. The event planning process is very much a living, breathing creature that is constantly changing and adapting to ensure one aspect of the event fits the next.

Ambition

Your vendor should be as ambitious as you are when trying to achieve success. A good event planner understands the value of teamwork. Things to consider

qualities every great event planner should possess

Embracing future technology

Technology is constantly and rapidly evolving and changing, ergo being in touch with new trends can be key ease your workload. Technology can help you get your work done faster, more efficiently and more organized, which in the end can make you an exceptional and happier event planner. Social Media is also constantly evolving, and what were new and hip yesterday, might be old and outdated tomorrow. Making sure you recognize your audience and their media trends, can give you an edge over your competitors. Related post: How to embrace future technology

Be Creative – Be Different

The key to success is the ability to do things differently, to do things new ways you need to be creative and innovative. Are you the kind of person who enjoy solving problems creatively, who wants to make every event unique and special, or who is not afraid of doing something new, then you are destined to become a successful event planner. Your ability to improvise, and your flexibility is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Related post: How to be creative

People Skills is my middle name

As an event planner you are going to talk to lots of people, a lot! You are the liaises between vendors, clients and suppliers, therefore a key component, to becoming a successful event planner, is being able to give clear and precise communication and understand what the client wish to achieve in the end. You are going to be social, and build a network of professionals, who can help you out, when problems outside of your expertise arise. In the end, knowledge and charisma are going to help you win a client. Related post: People Skills Are Essential To A Succesful Event Planner

Self-motivation behind the desk

Hollywood has painted a glamorous picture of event planners traveling constantly to exotic locations. The reality is, you are sitting at your desk from 9-17, responding to requests for event proposals, calling venues, hotels, and restaurants asking if they have available dates and satisfying rates. Self-motivation is the answer. It will keep you from going insane with mundane tasks, and will guarantee that you are not slowly killing your mood and creativity, when sitting in front of a screen 8 hours a day. Related post: Motivation Creates the Best Event Planners

Procrastination? Not on my time!

Event planners must have excellent time management. Between the mountains of details, you need to remember, the various people you have to communicate with before an event, and other tasks you are assigned, you will have no time to procrastinate. Remember your schedule for an event start at least 6 months prior to the event, therefore if you are the kind of person, who does every task at the last minute, you are not going to achieve much success. Multitasking is an essential process, when working as an event manager, as you are going to switch your attention back and forth between different assignments. The event industry is stressful, so make sure you use every available option you got, to make your workload easier to overcome

The Complete Guide to Hiring a Destination Wedding Planner

It may come as no surprise that destination weddings require more coordination than local weddings. Paying close attention to detail is critical because not only are you planning an event from afar, you are also likely to be hosting multiple events over the course of the wedding weekend, not just the ceremony and reception. The good news is, destination wedding planners can help you with just that.

“I am obsessed with details—logistical details, styling details, the smallest details down to the placement of a fork,” says premier destination wedding planner Kimiko Hosaki. “Timelines and seating plans are strategic puzzles to me that I love obsessing over for hours until they’re just perfect, ensuring the most enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Reasons to Hire a Destination Wedding Planner

In addition to the comfort of knowing your wedding is in capable hands,

Peace of mind.

Destination wedding planners ease the stress by being able to answer your questions, lay out the facts, and offer an unbiased, professional opinion. They are an invaluable asset if you have to make hard decisions like rain contingency plans, postponing your wedding date, or how to handle unforeseen road bumps.

Hands-on experience.

A top destination wedding planner has years of experience, connections, and relationships that they’ve built over time. They can handle any problem that arises with grace.

Beginners Guide to Event Planning

Hosting a large event like a trade show or an industry conference takes a lot of planning. Sometimes, you can get so focused on the big picture that you forget about the details. Before your next event

Choose a Location That is Easy for Attendees to Access

When deciding on a location for your event, first begin with access. Are you looking to locate your event in a city that attendees can easily fly, drive, or catch a train to? Once they’re there, how will your attendees get around? Do your research and coordinate with your event partners (your local CVB or DMO is great for this) and ensure that your attendees have all the information they need to find the venue, networking events, and hot spots to visit while they’re in town.

Share the Event’s Schedule With Attendees

Let everyone know your event’s schedule by sharing it via email or a mobile event app. Use hashtags like #eventprofs and the name of your conference or trade show to share information on Twitter. You should also post schedules at the event to help attendees make the most of presentations and other opportunities

Check for Inconsistent Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi quality can drop quickly as more people arrive and connect to the internet. You probably can’t do much about a venue’s Wi-Fi quality, but you can use a mobile event app that stores information and regularly syncs with its database to make sure attendees get updates as soon as they can connect. (Good news, PCMA says that these convention centers are upgrading their Wi-Fi soon!).

Provide Good Signage to Help People Navigate the Event

The bigger your event is, the harder it becomes for people to find booths, stages and vendors. Posting large, colorful signs will make it easy for all attendees to navigate your event without constantly asking staff members for help.