Your Messy Bedroom Disturbing Your Sleep?

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Your bedroom should be the most relaxing place in the home. But the reality for many parents is that becomes something of a cluttered mess, full of bits and bobs, laundry leftovers, and junk. And while your messy bedroom might be helping the rest of your home look OK, it certainly isn’t doing your sleep any favors. According to research, people with untidy rooms experience more sleep disruptions than those that keep their bedrooms nice and tidy. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some simple solutions to the cluttered bedroom conundrum.

Create a home for everything

It’s not much of a surprise that the bedroom quickly becomes a dumping ground – especially when you have kids. When there is a lot to do around the home, the simple solution is to hide away the mess, and your bedroom is often the ideal spot. But it’s important to stop doing this as soon as possible. If you don’t have enough storage around the house to give every item a home, invest in some. It makes tidying up so much easier when you have enough storage, and most importantly, means you don’t have to use your bedroom as a dump.

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Leave daytime life at the door

What goes on in the day often comes with us when we go to bed. It’s important to try and forget about the problems and stresses of the day, but it’s hard to do if you are surrounded by reminders. Don’t use the bedroom as a place to keep documents, bills, or work projects – leave them elsewhere in the home, so they have less ability to play on your mind. It’s the same with your electronic devices. Having a smartphone near your bed means you could be disturbed by notifications, or have work on your mind when you are trying to get to sleep.

Keep your bed clean – and cool

Make sure that you are washing your bed sheets and pillowcases at least once a week. And invest in some new covers, too – as you can view here, the sheets you choose can have a significant impact on your sleep quality, as some materials will help you keep cooler than others. Natural fibers are necessary, and you should also avoid choosing mattresses or pillows that have been made from allergen-free materials.

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Light and noise pollution

It’s not just mess, junk, and paperwork that are causing you clutter in the bedroom. Light and sound are also clutter of sorts, and you need to ensure you are doing all you can to block it out. Sources of light from outside, for example, could trick your brain into thinking it is time to get up, rather than time to go to bed. And outside noises will wake you up, too, so consider investing in some earplugs is a good idea. You also might have some success by sleeping with some form of white noise in your room – a bedroom fan or even an untuned radio might do the trick.

Hope these tips help – feel free to share your cluttered bedroom experiences below!

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5 Tips to make money from home blogging! May Income Report.

About a year ago, I sold my business and became a stay at home wife. I have worked every since I was 16 so this was a shock for me. I knew I would have to find something to do to keep me and my mind busy.

So I looked into blogging, I had a site before but it crashed when e-rice closed down. This was something I was already a little familiar with. But, I wanted to take it to the next level, I decided to read, study and learn all I can about how to make money blogging.

It didn’t take long before I was making money. Each month, I have increased it a little more. I went from nothing in August 2016 to $1344.00 in May 2017. I realize this isn’t a lot but it keeps me busy and I enjoy it so I am happy!

Here is my first income report breakdown:

Affiliate Blogs: 624.00 (Companies who pay me to post their blogs)

Sponsored Blogs: 575.00 (Companies who pay me to write, publish and promote their product)

Companies who pay me to tweet or Instagram – 145.00

Total: $1344.00

If you too would like to make money from home as extra income or doing it full time, I recommend these 5 tips.

 

  1. Set up your site. I love Bluehost, they have the best price (around 3.95 a month) and you get a free domain name. This is super easy to use and they have a step by step guide.
  2. Add Google Analytics to your site so you can monitor your views. Most companies want to see what your traffic looks like.
  3. Join blogging groups, this is the best way to promote your page.
  4. Sign up for all the social media & connect it to your site. This is really important to help you promote your blogs.
  5. Send pitch letters, after you have published your first blog, find companies that send you items for reviews. You may have to start out small but you will work your way up if you stay faithful and promote promote promote!

You can check to see if a site is available here:

I am excited this year because I am going to my first blogging conference and can’t wait to learn so much more. This has been fun, to receive awesome items and to make money promoting them.

So if you feel as though this is something you will want to do, find a nitch you love, I didn’t find mine until 8 months in, you can get as creative as you like and make it your own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoplet Office Supplies

It is that time of year again when we start getting ready for all those blogging conferences. Of course, I want to make sure I have everything I need with me. That is why I love to turn to Shoplet, they have everything I need and then some!

This year I have made sure to stock up on all the office supplies I will need thanks to Shoplet!!

I will be taking my new Paper Mate Ink Joy pens to use daily for note taking. Also, I will need my new Sharpie Clear View Highlighters to help keep me organized with all the notes I will be taking! I am a list maker and these will  come in handy.

 

I have a habit of waking up and writing my list out of the day’s agenda to help keep me on track. My whiteboard gets used a lot, so these new Expo pens are going to come in handy.  The new 2 in 1 Expo dry erase markers are small enough to write my list with when it is really long.

The awesome new Expo magnetic & eraser markers are simply amazing, I can change my list or add to it without missing a beat. They hang on my board and are handy whenever I need them.

 

Shoplet carries such a variety of items, anything you need can be found there and the prices are amazing! Don’t show up unprepared.

You can also find:

Cleaning Supplies

Medical Supplies

Office Furniture

These are just a few of the things you can find on my favorite online store Shoplet!!

 

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Baby’s First Home: Buyer’s Guide For Expecting Parents

There’s nothing like having a baby to make you realise that yours and your partner’s ‘young couple’ flat doesn’t have enough space for your growing family. Unfortunately, you have to balance your budget so you can afford both a bigger place, and everything else your little one might need. It’s an overwhelming, but necessary, undertaking. Here are a few tips to get you through this exciting time.

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Brainstorm

When it was just you and your partner, you might have been happy living somewhere within your price range, close enough to work, and not too far from any amenities. Now that you have a baby on the way, you might want to narrow down your criteria. Do you want to live in a good school district? Would you prefer a bungalow so you don’t have to babyproof the stairs? Be clear on what you want before you officially start your search.

Set up alerts

With some much going on at home, you might not have time to search the classifieds, property websites, or peek through the real estate agents’ windows until you find something you might like. Instead, have someone else do the searching for you. Agencies in your local area, such as Manausa Realty, have expert agents that are paid to take all your requirements on board and mind a property that meets all your criteria. Alternatively, you could go to a property comparison site, fill in your budget, area, and room requirement, and sign up to get emails whenever a property that meets your criteria goes on the market. However, you might be better off with an agent; they can let you know about new properties before they go on the website, increasing your chances of getting your dream family house.

Check the surroundings

Remember, you’re not just buying a house; you’re buying the whole neighborhood. Will it keep your kids awake at night if they live close to a busy road, or if the neighbors are too loud? Can you live next door to someone who doesn’t keep their front lawn up to standard? Is it better to live close to a park or a small corner shop? If you think you might like one of the houses on the list, take a walk around the block and see if you can imagine your whole family happy in the area.

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Get an inspection

Before you sign any documents, you should request an independent inspection of the house. The home inspector will look for hidden problems with the house, and you can learn about any issues that may prevent you from buying the property before it’s too late. This may include mold problems, termites, foundation problems and a bad roof. The last thing you need is a faulty house when you have to look after a newborn. The inspection can save you thousands in repairs later on, and you can rest easy knowing your new house is child friendly. If there are problems, you might be able to renegotiate the price.

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Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Property

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Whether you have just bought a new property, are happily settled in your home or are looking to sell up and move, there are loads of easy ways that you can add space and value to your house.

 

Before you bring in the buildings and plumbers and decorators, it is worth checking with your local estate agent whether or not a major home improvement will add value to your property, and if there are any features which are particularly sought after in your area. Remember that every property has a ceiling price, so make sure the cost doesn’t outweigh the profit in your equity.

 

Loft conversion

 

The most popular way to add value to a home is to convert the loft into a useable space. Going into the loft is often the easiest way to add an extra bedroom to the house, which will immediately push up the value into the next price bracket. It’s worth remembering that an extra bedroom can add anywhere between 10% and 15% to the value of the property.

 

However, a loft conversion will usually be around $20,000 to $25,000, and you will need to get planning permission from your local authority before you get going.

 

Paint, paint, paint!

 

A fresh paint job will do wonders for the value of your property and can turn your home from old and tired into fancy and fresh. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, you can hire someone to do the residential exterior painting, as well as a painter and decorator for the inside. Stay away from bold and dark colors if you are reselling, as they will make a room or space seem much smaller than it actually is, and also hire a professional if you are in danger of making any decorating or DIY mistakes!

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Revamp the kitchen

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where people gather on social occasions, where families eat and deep conversations are had. As this room is such an integral part of the home, it is important that it is attractive looking and functional.

 

If you don’t have the money for a full kitchen refit, there are some simple and easy things you can do to bring it up to a higher standard. Try replacing cupboard doors and handles for a quick and easy refresh and aim to create a space which is multipurpose. Most people spend the majority of their time in their kitchens, and it must be able to function as a place for kids to do their homework, guests to relax in while you are cooking dinner and family gatherings. Updating the kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth, but it will be worth every penny.

 

Invest in your garden

 

Outdoor spaces have become a room in their own right, and investing in your garden is big business. By having a garden which is well laid out, you are not only adding value to your property but will also make it easier to sell!

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4 Home Repairs You Should NEVER Put Off

I know how you feel: tired! Sometimes, the thought of coming home and relaxing is a lot more exciting than working on the house. So, we think of all the excuses under the sun to put it off until a later date. When the repairs center on painting the walls, there is nothing wrong with procrastinating. However, postponing your duties is the enemy when the repairs are a big deal. What, you’re not sure what constitutes a major concern and what doesn’t? Don’t worry because here are the four most important ones to keep in mind.

 

#1: Roof Repairs

 

There are two basic thing homeowners want from a house. The first is a bed to sleep in, and the second is a roof overhead. If the roof isn’t in good shape, the fundamentals of the property are in question. That might not worry you now, but it will when the rain drips on your head at night! See, according to http://www.triumphroofing.net even minor issues can escalate out of control. So, before you know it, one loose slate might lead to a hole in the roof. Apart from providing shelter from the elements, it will also save you a fortune.

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#2: Dryer Lint

 

How on earth is lint from clothes a major repair? Well, it isn’t the lint itself, but what the buildup of lint represents. Simply put, a blockage can lead to a fire. And, if you think that’s an exaggeration, you should look at the amount of dryer fires in the past five years. Fluff is the perfect fire starter because it’s dry and coarse, so it lights easily. When you put that next to an appliance that creates heat, you’re bound to be in trouble. Although it isn’t something you do every day, it’s imperative that you think about it more often. After all, it could save your life.

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#3: Household Pests

 

Homes are an excellent place for pests as well as human beings. Mice, rats, cockroaches etc. all love to move in and make the place their own. And, the way they breed means they will take over the entire house before long. Apart from being unsanitary, it also has structural impacts. Some pests, like termites, like to eat through wood like a hot knife through butter. If you leave it too long, the damage could spiral out of control. The lucky ones have to fork out thousands to repair the damage, while the unfortunate ones have to find a new home.

 

#4: Carbon Monoxide Reader

 

Although you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Carbon monoxide is a perfect example because http://www.carbonmonoxidekills.com says it is a deadly gas. The worse news is that homes produce the gas on occasion. Any readers that aren’t up to the task won’t be able to alert you to the hidden danger. Not to be morbid, but this could lead to fatal complications. All it takes is a set of new batteries and you’re golden.

 

Oh, and you’ll need a carbon monoxide reader installed too.

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The Way To A Child-Friendly Home

For any parent, keeping the home safe is always going to be a major concern. However, it can often be surprisingly difficult to know how to do just that. If you are a parent, and you want your home to be as safe as possible for your children, then you might find that it can be surprisingly overwhelming achieving that. There is often much more than you expect to have to deal with, and what’s more it can be a constant source of worry for even the most experienced of parents. If you want a more child-friendly home, you have to approach it from many angles and consider every last possibility, otherwise you can never be sure of how safe it is going to be. Let’s have a look at some of the major considerations when it comes to making your home more child-friendly as fast as possible.

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Babyproofing

One of the first things you will ever need to do is to babyproof the home. This is something all new parents are aware of, and yet it is always something of a shock when it comes to actually making it work. Babyproofing requires that you don’t overlook any tiny detail, and that is probably why people tend to find it so difficult. You need to go around your home and think about every possible injury or illness which might occur as a result of the state of the home, and then you need to fix it. The important thing here is detail: don’t skimp over anything, as this is the quickest way to ensure your child is injured. The good news is that once you have baby proofed your home, it is relatively easy to keep it that way. Then, even as your children grow older, you are in a much better position to continue keeping your home as safe as possible. This is why babyproofing is a necessary first step, and why you should not overlook it at all.

Prevention

There are all sorts of problems that can occur in the home, and it goes without saying that the ideal way to deal with them is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This is easier in some cases than in others, but there is usually at least something you can do to minimize the potential danger of any particular scenario. Even when it comes to things like natural disasters, you will find that there is a great deal you can do to minimize the damage. The fact is, most of the situations we are referring to here develop inside the home, so prevention is well within your grasp most of the time. It is a good idea to think about the particular threats facing your home, as they are different for each and every home. You can then work on ensuring that you do everything possible to prevent such a thing happening, and in this way help to keep your home as child friendly as possible. Although not always easy, this is always an essential action for any parent who wants their child to be as safe in the home as possible. Prevention is more effective than cure, so make sure you do everything you canto prevent the worst from even happening in the first place.

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Restoration

Even if you do everything in your power to prevent disasters occurring at home, sometimes they will happen anyway. When they do, it is often the case that you need to be focused more on reducing their impact and rebuilding than anything else. The number one concern at all times is the safety of your children and yourself, so make sure that you remember that if something terrible happens. However, in order to secure the ongoing safety and health of your children, you also need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to restore your home back to how it was as soon as possible. This can be quite difficult to do, but any parent will agree that it is absolutely essential as well.

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How you go about restoring your home will depend hugely on what kind of damage has been inflicted upon it. Regardless of what needs doing though, you will almost certainly need to hire the professionals – companies such as restoration eze can help you to restore your home to the way it was before, no matter what kind of disaster has struck it. Of course, you can also work hard yourself to get your home back to the way it was before, and you should, of course, feel free to do that. As long as you are working hard in this respect, you will find that you can soon get your home back to a much safer and more secure position, and that will benefit you and the rest of your family well.

Security

It’s not just disasters that you need to think about if you are protecting your children in the home. Security is always going to be a major concern too, and that is something that you should bear in mind if you think your children deserve to be as safe as possible. Being secure in the home ultimately means doing whatever is necessary to protect it from outside forces. If you are in an area where break in and burglaries are common, then you might want to think about getting a security alarm of some kind. Even if you don’t go that far, it’s vital that you take basic safety precautions such as keeping the home locked at all times, and not advertising your belongings easily for people to see. Taking these steps is essential if you want your family to remain safe in your own home.

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It might also prove necessary to carry out a number of regular checks, to ensure ultimate safety and security in your home. This might be checking the windows and doors and other entries, or it might mean checking your smoke alarms. You should be vigilant and never let your guard down, and in that way, you can protect your home and your family.

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Stop Letting Things Stop You from Improving Your Home

Home improvements are a joy to behold. They inject freshness into homes. They make everything seem new. But as good as they are for both a home and those that live in it, they don’t always take place. They don’t always take place because a number of things put a stop to them before they even begin. But if you want to improve your home then it’s your job to ensure that you don’t allow the things that hold you back from doing so hold you back any longer. You have to stop letting things stop you from improving your home. Below are a few examples of the instances that may be stopping you in regards to the work taking place for your home improvements. You can also find advice on ways in which you can combat them.

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Preparing the work

 

Unless you are a professional architect or interior designer it is going to be very difficult for you to prepare the plans and work needed for your home improvement. But you shouldn’t let this hold you back from having improvements take place in your home. You shouldn’t let this hold you back as there are a plethora of professionally trained architects and designers out there. And they are out there just waiting for an opportunity to prepare a home like yours. An architect will take it upon his- or herself to layout potential plans for your home. They would envisage and draw up a blueprint of your home that will get the best out of it in a practical sense. They would ensure your kitchen meets all the things that are practically demanded of it, such as the positioning of cupboards and appliances. They would make it so that your living room was centred around a focal point, such as the television. They would cater to the needs of your family in regards to your bathroom and make it both a place for children and adults to use safely. And they would make absolute sure that there were no instances of any sort of issues or impracticality in your home, such as a misplaced door or window. So, if all this seems too much for you to handle, then hand the reins over to a professional architect.

 

 

And then, once the architect has done all they can do to make your home’s layout as practical as can be, the interior designer will swoop in and make it as aseptically pleasing as can be. They would use the designs as a blank canvas that they can spread their design magic all over. They would pick out wallpapers that would help to accentuate a feature wall in a living room. They would choose a colour scheme for a particular room that would suit it best. And they would give advice on a particular style of decor that should be chosen in a space in order to get the most out of it. They would help you to choose a bespoke style for you, so they should most definitely be enlisted to help you.

 

 

Doing the work

 

Lifting, climbing, painting — these are all factors of home improvement that can’t be avoided, but not everybody is designed to be able to cope with them. It’s not a case of being lazy, it’s just a case of manual work not being for everybody. It’s a case of certain bodies not being built to withstand vast amounts of physical work. But even if this is the case for you, you shouldn’t let it stop you from taking a home improvement venture. You shouldn’t let it stop you because there are host of options out there that are willing and waiting to help you with the heavy lifting aspects of home improvements. There are people out there that are both physically built and professionally trained for dealing with the work that goes into home improvements. These people are known as tradespeople, and they come in all shapes, sizes and professions. One profession in this sector is painting and decorating, and a painter and decorator is most certainly a tradesperson you should enlist to help you. They would be able to prepare surfaces within your home and then complete them by adding the finishing touches to them. And they would also be able to use their skills and tools to be able to do work in even the most hard-to-reach places in your home. So, there’s no excuse to be made about the work not being done because you don’t want to do the work yourself, because there is help willing and waiting to assist you.

 

 

Paying for the work

 

No matter how much of a budget you have afforded yourself in your home improving venture, you are always in danger of blowing it. You are always in danger of overspending when it comes to home improvements because it is easy to get carried away. It’s easy to spend thousands on a room without realising. It’s easy to find yourself in a constant state of spotting things that you think would fit your home perfectly, and then take to buying them. And it is this — the fact that overspending is easily achieved — that puts many people off of attempting home improvements. But if it’s stopping you then there are a few ways to combat it. One way is to be strict with yourself and set yourself an absolute budget. But this, of course, is easier said than done. Therefore, it is never a bad idea to take out a loan when finding cash quickly is something you need to do. Well, it’s never a bad idea to borrow in this way if you are willing and capable to pay back the money you borrow in a timely fashion.

 

 

You shouldn’t let anything hold you back from making changes to your home this summer. And the best way to do this is to accept that fact that you can’t improve your home alone. You can’t prepare the improvements alone. You can’t make the improvements alone. And you possibly can’t pay for the improvements alone either. When you do try to do these things alone, that’s when you find things stopping you. So enlist help, and break down those barriers that are holding you back!

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5 Positive Changes You Can Make to Your Home This Summer

Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you can make positive changes to your home. There is no need to accept your home as it is if you don’t think that it’s currently up to scratch. And sometimes the summer months simply call for a new approach and a fresh look. Here are 5 positive changes you can make right away.

 

  1. Change the Art in Your Home

 

If you have any art hanging on the walls in your home, now might be a good time to switch them around. This is something that many people do. They have art that corresponds to the time of the year. If you look at your art and see it as being wintery or for a colder time of year, take those works of art down. They can be replaced with lighter and airier feeling works of art. It’s a simple change that will make a big difference.

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  1. Paint the Ceilings White

 

The ceilings are of your home are probably one of its most neglected aspects. This is the case in many homes all over the country. If you want to make your home to feel brighter, lighter and even more spacious, you should think about painting them white. It has a huge difference and changes how we perceive the space. And it’s perfect for summer because all that summer light will make the space feel even larger still.

 

  1. Install Solar Panels

 

Solar panels are perfect for your home because they not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also reduce your monthly expenditure. You can save a lot of money by embracing renewables and ditching the companies that charge you too much for unclean energy and power. It’s possible to take advantage of free solar energy analysis, so go for it. The help you need in order to save money and go green is out there waiting for you.

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  1. Ditch Heavy Curtains for Light Blinds

 

Big, heavy curtains draped across your windows is not what you want during the summer months. They’re too cumbersome, and they can block natural light at the edge of the window even when they’re not drawn. So, take them down and replace them with small, light blinds. They can easily be pulled up to maximise the light coming into a room. And on top of that, you will have much more control over how much light you let in, which can’t be done with curtains.

 

  1. Invest in Indoor Plants

 

Indoor plants can be great additions to your home during summer. It allows you to bring the outdoors indoors. And that means your home will feel more alive, more pleasant and, of course, much greener. Those things are all positive. And it’s known that indoor plants can even improve your mood and make the air inside your home a little cleaner too, so why not go for it? It could be just what your home needs right now.

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The Single Most Effective Steps Of Cutting Your Energy Costs

Frugal living is all about being smart enough to spot the opportunities for change that are going to save you the most money. It doesn’t always have to mean that you stop purchasing the luxuries of a better life. In fact, sometimes, it might even mean spending a little money. Nowhere is that truer than in your own home. If you can’t quite afford to make the switch to solar power, there are still plenty of little purchases that can make big differences in your energy bill. Here are three of the most effective steps worth taking.

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Seal the outside

The best changes are made to the house itself. One of the easiest ways to waste energy is to neglect how you control the environment of the home. The air conditioning and the heating are used to control that environment, but what does it matter when said environment is easily influenced by the outside? Sealing the home begins from there. Finding and sealing air leaks is going to make it a lot more cost effective to control the temperature of the home. Particularly with the roof, where a missing or cracked tile could have all the heat in the house escaping and could also prove as a very serious risk of damp and mold.

Seal the inside

But without the proper padding, there’s still a lot of heat that can move in and out of the house, freely. If you don’t have it installed already, insulation services might give your energy bills their biggest blow yet. Primarily positioned inside the roof of the home, it’s possible to get insulation fitted all over depending on how much you’re willing to invest. You can also save yourself the money you spend on heating your water, as well. Insulating your boiler and pipes helps them retain heat a lot better, meaning they don’t need to be reheated as often to maintain their temperature. Insulating them also decreases the risk that they’re going to burst due to extreme lows in temperature.

Audit those appliances

Now you’ve prepared the home so that you can control your environment with much less effort and stop the outdoors from influencing it too much, what comes next? A wise step might be to look at the appliances that do all the work for you. Getting an energy audit of your air conditioner, your heating, and other appliances throughout the home can identify which of them use the most energy. It can also help identify which of them are using more energy than they should, which could be a sign of a malfunction that, when fixed, could make a significant impact on your bills.

From the stage where you have the above three in place, it’s all about managing your habits. Let the thermostat down a few degrees when you feel you could comfortably do so. Make a habit of turning off appliances you won’t be using in the next thirty minutes instead of putting them on standby. Use a lamp at night instead of the house lights. Every little change in how you live is an extra bit of money saved.

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Are You Living In A Green Home?

  

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A lot of us don’t think twice about how eco-friendly our humble abode is. After all, when we are busy bringing up our family, the environment is the last thing on our mind. But for the sake of future generations, we do need to think twice about our home. After all, we want our kids to live in a healthy world. Therefore, here are some things you can do to your humble abode to ensure you are living in a green home.

 

Time to change those lightbulbs

 

You might have been living with the same light bulbs for years. After all, we get into the habit of buying the same ones every time. But they might not be the best energy-efficient option for your home. And you might be using a ton of energy which will not only raise your bills but will also waste the world’s energy. Therefore, to ensure you are living in a green home, it’s time to change those lightbulbs to an eco-friendly option. You need to go around the property and fit eco-friendly LEDs. They might cost more to buy than traditional lights, but they can last a lot longer. And most importantly, they will save you wasting so much energy. Not only will this help the environment, but it will also help your bank balance too!

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Look into switching to solar energy

 

A lot of people use electric or gas for their heating in the home. After all, it’s the most common ways to ensure your house is a heated paradise. But a lot of people end up wasting a ton of energy if they are using one of these options. After all, they tend to have the boiler on from day to night to keep the property warm. Therefore, to ensure you have a green home, you should consider switching to solar energy. It’s a lot more eco-friendly as it uses the sun to heat your home. In fact, you can look at this solar energy infographic to find out exactly how it works. And while it can be expensive to install, it’s hugely beneficial to the environment if you do install these on your property. After all, it will save a ton of energy every month. Moreover, it will save you a lot of money too if you go for these panels. After all, if you haven’t used all your energy, it can be sold back to the grid to earn you extra money. And ultimately when you come to sell, the house will be looked on more favorably!

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Ensure you are recycling properly

 

It’s easy to fall into the trap of just sending everything to the trash can. But if you want to live in a green home, you do need to make an effort to recycle daily. After all, it will ensure you don’t contribute to the high amount of waste in the world if you do recycle. And it can mean that resources don’t get wasted. In fact, a lot of the items will be repurposed if you do recycle. Therefore, get a good two section bin which will make it easier to recycle at home. And then you can ensure the future is bright for the next generation.

 

And here are some other things you can do to make the world a better place!

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The Top Three Worst Excuses For Not Tackling Home Repairs

 

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Household repairs are a pain. As much as they’re necessary, they’re also just plain annoying.

 

For one thing, it’s a financial cost on something that is just so unsatisfying. If you go through a redevelopment or renovate a room, then you at least have all the disturbance in exchange for a shiny new area of your house. However, with repairs, you have all the disturbance but none of the newness. All you get is your house returning to how it should be – and that, no matter which way you slice it, just isn’t as exciting.

 

Given this reality, it can be tempted to convince yourself that putting repairs off is a tempting and viable way of managing your house. Doing this tends to involve a series of carefully calculated little white lies; the untruths you try to convince yourself are reasonable.

 

Now, not to burst a bubble, but… that’s not going to work for long. If you find yourself recognizing any of the below excuses, then it might be time to finally launch yourself at that repair work. A little DIY or calling in the right pro could mean you no longer have to convince yourself of the below “truths”, which – as you will see – don’t stack up to that much scrutiny anyway…

 

“It costs too much money!”

 

Finances are tight. Everyone gets that; it’s been awhile since the populace as a whole seemed to have plenty of money to spend on whatever they chose. However, the immediate way of responding to this instinct is… it’s never not going to cost money. There’s no way you’re suddenly going to be able to find yourself considering the costs and realize everyone is charged $0 for the work.

 

Then there is the fact that it could end up costing you more in the long run. If you let issues go unmanaged, they will continue to deteriorate to the point where they will cost far more than they would have done to fix initially. If you have major structural issues with the foundations or external structure of your home, then these costs could spiral from the ‘expensive’ bracket and into the ‘can we afford to live here’ section. The cost of foundation repair and other major structural work is only going to increase.

 

“I don’t have time!”

 

This is the constant – and sure, we’re all busy people… but are you going to get any less busy any time soon? It seems unlikely. There’s never a ‘good time’ for a household repair; it’s always going to involve juggling other commitments and demands on your household finances.

 

Unless you have a block of time coming up when you will have nothing to do but your household repairs (and we’re talking weeks here), then not having enough time simply isn’t a believable reason for not getting down to the work.

 

“It’s such a big job!”

 

Well – as above – the one thing to keep in mind is that that’s not going to change any time soon. Leaving it isn’t going to make the job any smaller. In fact, as covered, time is probably going to make the issue even bigger. So tackle it now while it’s still as small and as manageable as it’s ever going to get.

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How To Give Your Hallway The Wow Factor

Sadly; the hallway is often neglected, or last on the list when it comes to renovating and decorating your interior space. So much emphasis is put on specific rooms, like your kitchen, living room, and bathroom space, while the entrance to your whole home is left tired and unloved. However, with some care and attention; you can create a beautiful interior space, which will greet you and your family every day when you walk through the front door.

 

The Walls

 

As you first walk in through your front door; your eyes will immediately see the surrounding walls, so what they look like will have an immediate effect on your mood and the feeling of the space. Your hallway is the perfect opportunity to set the tone of your whole house, so when guests arrive, they’ll get a sense of your style and personality straight away. Therefore, it’s important to think about covering the walls with a paint color or wallpaper print that will explain a little about who you are and stand the test of time.

 

Classic white or neutral shade is always a great option, as it will allow you to hang any artwork or photographs with ease. If you enjoy having fresh (or faux) flowers as your enter your home, or have a variety of accessories and trinkets to display; a plain wall will ensure that they slide in seamlessly and the space won’t look too cluttered or overwhelming. For some entrance hall design inspo, check out Pinterest here: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=entrance%20hall&rs=typed&term_meta[]=entrance%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hall%7Ctyped.

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The Floor

 

The flooring in your entrance hall is also paramount, as it will always have the most footfall in the house (unless your kids like to race through the back door after school). Therefore, it needs to be hardwearing to have any longevity in your home. Carpets aren’t the best idea for a hallway space as they are likely to get stained and worn out quickly; however, there are densely woven options that are made with heavy use in mind. Consider looking into engineered timber floors or tiling as durable options that can still provide a design feature and a warm ambiance.

 

Another option, if you’d like more of a cozy feeling when you enter the house, is to lay a knotted or dense-weave rug on your wooden or tiled floor. Covering the first area of the hallway with a rug will ensure the floor is protected and any dirt from people’s shoes is collected in one place as they take them off.

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The Function

 

As the hall is the first place everyone piles inside after they’ve been outside; it’s worth investing in some decent storage and space saving items. A sturdy shoe rack near the front door is always a smart idea, as mud and debris won’t get trodden throughout the house, and everyone can find their shoes in time to leave for work or school. The same goes for somewhere to hang bags and coats; it’s always so nice when you know exactly where something you need it, and you’ll be able to throw your jacket on as you walk out, saving you time and stress in the meantime.

 

Lastly, create an area for smaller items like keys, pens, and even phones. Whether you have a set of hooks, a small cupboard, or a decorative bowl near (ish) the front door, it’s a great system to have in place for a busy family. If everyone knows where to leave (or dump) their items; finding them will be a breeze and there’ll be no excuse to be late!

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How to Keep Your Home Clean With Dogs

It can seem like a never-ending battle when you have dogs and you like to keep a clean house. Endless amounts of hair can be found under the sofas and in the rugs. Dirty paw prints are traipsed all through the floors and that wet dog smell just won’t go away. You love them like your children but you wish there was a way of keeping everything clean while letting them enjoy themselves. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Groom Your Dog

All dogs moult. It varies how much dogs of different breeds moult but even if you have a short haired dog, you’ll still find hair everywhere. To stop your dogs from shedding all over your furniture, it’s important to brush them at least 3 times a week; more if your dog has long hair. The more hair on your dog, the more can fall off, so make sure your dog’s hair is cut by a professional groomer on a regular basis. It’s not just to save your furniture. Your dog will need to be cut to stay cool during the warmer months.

 

Install an Outside Tap

Most of our dogs go to the toilet in our gardens at least three times a day. During the Summer months, if the garden isn’t cleaned properly, the smell can intensify. The last thing you want is a waft of something nasty every time you open the back door. Consider installing an outside tap by contacting your local plumbers. The job takes less than an hour usually, and it doesn’t cost much. You can then attach a hose pipe to the tap and you’ve got a way of quickly getting rid of the smell. You can also pick up pet friendly disinfectants at local pet stores.

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Pet Vacuum

When you need to replace your vacuum, it’s worth investing in a vacuum designed for cleaning pet mess. Not only will it be easier to remove hair from furniture and carpets, the sharp suction also allows you to clean up dirty paw prints when your dog has been on a wet or muddy walk. Of course, it’s important to clean your dog’s paws before they enter the main house, but you can never guarantee you’ll get every piece of dirt off them.

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Go for Walks

Exercising your dog is more important than you may think when it comes to keeping your house clean. This is especially important for younger dogs because it ensures their energy is lowered and they’ll have less interest in being destructive. So, if you a cushion you’re particularly fond of, make sure your dog is stimulated both physically and mentally. When a dog is tired, it’s more likely to obey your commands than get into mischief. So, if you tell your dog to wait at the door while you get a towel to dry it’s fur off, it will be more inclined to please you and obey.

 

It may be hard keeping up with mucky pups but the loyalty and companionship you receive in return makes it all worth it.

 

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How To Keep Cool This Summer!

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It’s going to be a hot summer this year, so preparations should be in order! Instead of putting up with the scorching heat and wishing you could transport yourself into an igloo – get creative and find your own ways to keep cool.

It’s really not as complicated as you’d expect it to be. So here’s a list of all the different options you have this summer.

 

Cold water bottle

It is exactly the same idea as to how you would use a hot water bottle in the winter, but instead of filling it up with boiling water, instead, fill it and put it in the freezer. You’ll have the perfect sized ice pack that’ll last for at least an hour or two.

 

Damp sleep

Dunk your towel into ice cold water and use that as a blanket when you go to sleep, this will keep your body temperature down long enough for you to fall asleep. You should probably keep a dry towel under you though so you don’t get your whole bed soaking wet!

 

Pop them in the freezer

Put your clothes or bed sheets in a plastic bag, and place them in the freezer for a couple of minutes before you want to use them. It’ll be a great quick fix if you’re too hot.

 

Get loose, not naked

You would expect to be cooler if you strip bare instead of wearing pajamas in bed, but this can actually leave you feeling very hot and sticky. So it’s best to choose some loose, light cotton clothing instead. – Obviously not something that covers your whole body, but shorts and a tank top would be ideal.

 

Air con

If you haven’t already thought about getting a decent air conditioner – now is your chance. There are many on the market to choose from, so if you want to start looking, acpulse.com may be the best place to start.

 

Make your own cooler

All you will need is a fan, ice, and something to put the ice in.

Put as much ice inside a pan, or something similar, and position the fan so that it blows the icy air in your direction. It sounds silly but it 100% works! – Try it and see for yourself.

 

Hang it up

Attach a wet sheet in front of an open window, as the wind blows through, you will be getting a cool gentle breeze entering the room.

 

Put it on your pulse

If you need to cool down asap, grab something icy and place it wherever your pulse is. So this can be your wrists, your neck, your groin or even behind your knees. This will give you an instant relief.

 

Stick to cotton

Cotton sheets and clothes are a wise choice when the weather gets hot because they allow a lot of ventilation and airflow compared to polyester or silk. The lighter the color – the better. White reflects heat remember, whereas darker colors absorb it.

 

Fly solo

If it’s too hot on those summer nights, an effective option is to kick your partner out of bed. It may sound harsh, but sometimes you just have to be. Cuddling with your other half will just double the body heat between the two of you, leaving you drowning in sweat… Ew.

 

Go wild

If you have one, use a hammock to sleep in instead of a bed. Because of the way it is suspended, you will allow yourself a lot more airflow from all angles.

 

Go hard or go home

Instead of sleeping in a cozy, snuggly bed, why not go back to basics and sleep on a rustic straw-like matt. Sure, they may not give you as much comfort as a double bed would, but they won’t be anywhere near as hot.

 

Drink plenty of water

We all know how great water is for us, but it’s so much more important to drink it than you normally would in the next few months. The more you sweat, the more water you lose, which means you can end up with a nasty case of dehydration.

Just don’t drink too much before you go to bed otherwise you’ll be waking up in the middle of the night, sweaty and needing the bathroom!

 

Nice cold shower

Having a cold shower sounds pretty daunting, but when you get hot and desperate, this will be your favorite thing to do. The sensation of the cool water gliding over your body will leave you feeling pure bliss.

 

Get down low

Hot air rises right? So set up camp as low to the floor as possible. If that means dragging your mattress downstairs and sleeping in the kitchen – so be it!

 

Turn the lights off

Keep your rooms dark and aired. Even if you have energy saving light bulbs, they still give off heat, so turn everything off and open the windows instead.

 

Unplug your things

Believe it or not, even your appliances that you leave plugged in at night can give off heat. So unplug your charger! Plus it’ll save you energy, essentially cutting the costs of your bill.

 

Stay away from the oven

Summer isn’t the time to start cooking tuna pasta bakes or lasagna; it’s far too hot for that.

Go grocery shopping and get yourself lots of fresh ingredients, and a whole load of fruit and veg. Get creative and make some big salads. Not only will this be a healthy option, but it’s the perfect food to eat when you’re hot and exhausted. No one wants to be full in the sun!

 

Keep your feet cool

When you’re cold, you are told to wear socks to instantly warm your whole body up. So it works the opposite way too. Get a bowl of cold water and dunk your feet inside. It may be tough at first, but within seconds you’ll feel cooler! Another thing you can do is keep the bowl by your bed so you can have a cool off if you get too hot throughout the night.

body up. So it works the opposite way too. Get a bowl of cold water and dunk your feet inside. It may be tough at first, but within seconds you’ll feel cooler! Another thing you can do is keep the bowl by your bed so you can have a cool off if you get too hot throughout the night.

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The Internet Of Things And How It Can Help You Sell Your House

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If you were to think about the defining features of the zeitgeist, what would you say? The financial crash of 2008 was a massive event, and its effects are still being felt. The developments in politics around the world are also playing a large part in shaping society today. However, in the last twenty years or so, it could be argued that the single biggest change is the digital revolution. The internet was invented in the early nineties by a British scientist called Tim Berners-Lee who just wanted to make it easier to access documents wherever he was in the CERN complex in Switzerland. It now connects an estimated 3.7 billion people, or about 49.6% of the world’s population. Its impact can be seen in lots of different parts of life. For instance, the Arab Spring of 2010 was in large part facilitated and enabled by access to the internet, and social media sites in particular. On the other hand, Facebook is now cited in one-third of the divorces filed in the United States of America. The internet, like every other tool, is effective relative to the ways in which it is used.

 

If you are trying to sell your house at the moment, you may want to check up on the infrastructure of your property’s internet connection. 73% of households in the US have a broadband connection, so if your house does not, or it is slow, you should think about investing some money in improving it. The nature of real estate is such that you have to be able to appeal to the prospective buyers. That may mean having all the fundamentals in place that they expect from every property, but it also means setting yourself apart and proving that your property is the perfect one. One way to do this in the modern era is by embracing the ‘internet of things.’

 

This means getting tech that allows you to communicate with your house more effectively. A lot of the cool gadgets that you can get around the house are still reasonably new to the market and therefore sometimes quite expensive, but they can make your life so much easier. For instance, both Amazon and Google have launched products that respond to your voice and let you control your ‘smart home’. This may mean being able to dim the lights just by saying that you want them dimmed, or putting on a load of washing while you are still on your commute home from work. One innovation that is particularly good if you are trying to appeal to prospective buyers is the smart technology that allows you to protect your property. For example, you can now get security cameras that will stream a 24-hour high definition video to your phone or tablet. You can also get motion sensors for your doors and windows which will notify you on your smartphone as soon as it detects something that should not be there. Sometimes it is just going to be a cat, but if it is a cat burglar, that extra bit of time could be the difference between losing your stuff and keeping it. These sorts of measures will appeal to buyers and may help you sell your house quicker for a greater price.

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Make Your Home A Secure One

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If you’re worried about the security of your home, there are many things that you can do to ensure a safe environment

 

 

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If you’ve just bought a new expensive gadget or maybe you’re getting ready to go away on holiday – don’t tell the whole world!

The same goes for calendars, don’t put them somewhere that can be seen through the window. Otherwise, it’s just asking for trouble.

 

Remove flyers from your door

If thieves are having a look around the next potential target, the build up of flyers outside your home will give them the impression that you’re away on holiday, which is perfect if someone is looking to break in and steal any valuables you may have.

So if you actually are away, ask a trusted neighbor to remove them for you.

 

Pets

A lot of people think it’s a good idea to advertise the fact that you have a dog at home, but it could actually work to their advantage instead of yours. Not only can pets be bribed with food, but burglars will know that you are less likely to use an alarm if you have an animal at home.

 

Windows

Try not to leave your windows easy to look through, by doing this you will prevent thieves from seeing the layout of your room, and also stops them from seeing any possible valuables.

Always make sure that windows are locked and are visible. Thieves hate to break glass because it makes a lot of noise and can cause unwanted injuries.

 

The garden

Don’t leave any tools out in your garden as these can easily be used to help break into your home.

Burglars will go through your bins too, so make sure there is nothing of value there either, especially letter with your personal information on. And if you install some home security cameras, you will most likely scare people away without having to do anything else.

 

Doors

Make sure you have the best locks for all your different types of doors. If you’re dealing with a professional thief, they will most likely know all the techniques to breaking into a lock within a few seconds. But by having the protection for each door, you will be making it a lot harder for them to get in.

It’s also a very good idea to fit a letterbox cage to your door; this means they won’t be able to put anything through in order to open the door from the inside.

 

Valuables

With a number of valuables out there nowadays, it’s no longer about finding the largest item within your house. Little things can end up paying off, maybe, even more, the a tv would, such as phones, laptops, jewelry and any other gadgets you treat yourself to.

The best areas to put your special things are in the loft. Thieves will avoid places like this because there is no escape route.

Don’t leave anything out that you don’t want to be taken – it really is that simple.

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Parenting The Post-Grad: Helping Your Son/Daughter Make That Next Transition

Even as your kids get older, they never stop being your little treasures. As a loving parent, you’ll want to provide as much as assistance as you physically can. That desire will still be strong when they approach the end of their undergraduate degree too.

 

Seeing your child collect their degree will feel you with immense pride, and it will also highlight that they are now an adult. Nevertheless, your help can still be extremely useful as they prepare to take the next steps in their life.

 

Here are just three ways you can continue to show your support.

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Help With Their Next Decision

 

Upon graduation, your son or daughter will be faced with a variety of potential pathways. While you should never force them into any decision, offering support throughout the selection process is key.

 

After years of studying, many will want to enter the working world, which is fine. Despite being an adult, they still have youth on their side. Continuing their academic progress is still an option. The John Monash Scholars 2017 show how it’s possible to complete a postgraduate degree while getting to see new parts of the world. If it encourages them to live their life while boosting long-term prospects, that has to be a positive step.

 

No two people are the same, and it’s up to your son or daughter to find what works for them. By providing them with the necessary support throughout the research stages, they’ll be set for far better decisions.

 

Teach Life Skills

 

The past three years have been a great opportunity for your child to start making the transition to adulthood. They’ve gained a greater sense of independence, and have started taking greater responsibility in their lives. However, those developments have been somewhat limited.

 

This might be their first chance to rent or even purchase a property of their own. Not a student flat, but a home that requires care and attention. These DIY skills should go a long way to helping your son or daughter create that homely environment on a budget. This is also the time for them to ditch the nutritionally substandard student meals for real cooking too.

 

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Money management will be another key skill, especially if they need to pay back student loans and other debts. Your child probably has a better understanding of the tech systems than you. But you can certainly have a positive impact on money-saving strategies.

 

Show Pride

 

This is one of the proudest stages of parenthood, so don’t be afraid to show it. Not only does it strengthen your bond, but it also breeds confidence for your child too.

 

As exciting as this time in their life is, it can be daunting. After all, even graduates face tougher employment challenges than ever before. Giving them that confidence to chase their dream job or advanced degree by standing out from the crowd could make all the difference. Missing out on those opportunities due to self-doubt would be a huge shame indeed.

 

You know that your son or daughter is capable of greatness. If your support can help them unlock that potential, you’d be a fool not to make the most of it.

 

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A Roof Over Your Head? Don’t Take It For Granted

One of the most important things is the home – or the idea of home. A home means comfort, wellbeing, family and safety and we all know in our own way just how important each of those aspects is to our own lives. We want comfort to relax and let the worries of life flow away. We want wellbeing to be healthy and live a fulfilling life. We want family so that we are surrounded by the people we care about most. We want safety so we don’t have to worry about the outside world, for one reason or another.

 

Now when we think of the idea of a home, a phrase comes to mind – does it not? Four walls and a roof, for that, is home the typical home is constructed in the physical world and within the mind. Four walls and a roof is all we need to call something a home, well – in the most basic form anyway. The perfect home is going to be different in its own way for everyone in this world – as everyone has different expectations of what a home should be. However, those four walls and roof? That’s exactly what we need to get started.

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So if you’re a homeowner, or a parent – or anyone living in a home with those four walls you need to avoid taking that for granted. But you also need to ensure that you’re looking after the roof – as without that – you’ve not got much of a home at all. The roof serves a number of important functions not least protecting the inhabitants of a home from the outside world and the weather.

 

The roof does a number of things for the home, and it needs to be on form during these tasks at all times. Being at 90% isn’t good enough, and the condition of a roof can deteriorate at any moment, and the condition can plummet fast.

 

The most basic check you can perform on a roof is a shingle check. A roof needs shingles to ensure that no wind or rain escapes into the confines of the home from the outside world. If your shingles are broken or missing – you might need to replace them with a like for like – or even an improvement like Wakefield Bridge Steel Shingles. Shingles are the first line of defense on the roof so if they are missing or broken, replace them.

 

The main job of the roof is to guard the home from the weather, but it also has another critical function, and that is to guard the foundation of a building from debris and water.

 

The roof does this with its shape, so that water falls away from the bottom of the building, but it also uses guttering to lead water towards drains. This is to prevent erosion. One of the easiest things you can do to help you roof is to clear the gutters or replace broken guttering.

 

A leaky roof means hell for the home. Don’t take it for granted. Fix any issues and keep it safe so it can keep your home safe.

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17 Bright Ideas For Hiring Reputable Tradespeople

If you find yourself in the midst of home improvements and needing some professional help to get the job done, then it can be a worrying time. You’re inviting people you don’t know into your home, hoping that they are going to do the work to a standard you find acceptable. It can be tough to know who to trust when it comes to hiring tradespeople; it can also be awkward when you have hired them and work begins. So here’s a few ideas to make the process as streamlined as possible.

 

1) Google everything you can about the company. You’d be surprised how many people don’t check a company out online before hiring them.

 

2) Know exactly what you want. One of the worst ways of hiring in a tradesperson is being unsure of the work you need doing. Make sure you have a clear idea in your mind.

 

3) Know the numbers. Whenever you invite someone to quote, always ensure that you have a rough idea of the budget you have in mind…

 

4) … But don’t tell them! If you are asked for a budget, then just shrug and say that you’re open to offers.

 

5) Check local records. If someone has been called to the attention of local authorities for bad workmanship, there may be a record at a local authority. You need to speak to anyone involved in trading standards.

 

6) Check local courts. If it’s a big job involving a lot of money, then go the extra mile and call the local court also. They will have any record of prosecutions or civil cases that may have resulted in the past.

 

7) Give them space. It can be tempting when someone is working in your home to stand over them, checking what they are doing. It’s tempting, but it’s also a bad idea. Not only does it foster a sense of unease, but you might distract them from something important.

 

8) Get at least three quotes, but five is better.

 

9) Never commit to anything immediately. If someone gives a quote you’re happy with, don’t commit to it on the spot. Give yourself at least 24 hours to do the relevant research before you agree.

 

10) Write everything down. Even for a basic job, get everything written down and signed by both parties. There’s far less room for confusion if this happens.

 

11) Request multiple contact details. Any reputable company will have at least one phone number and an email address. Ask for these at least; you want to know you can contact them if something goes wrong.

 

12) Go local. This is especially important for someone you might need to call in an emergency, such as a plumber or electrician. The sooner they can get to you if you have a problem with the project, the better.

 

13) Don’t hand over money upfront. If you are asked for money “for supplies”, then insist on accompanying them to the store.

 

14) Only pay for work that has been done. There is no need to make advance payments, especially for small home-based projects.

 

15) Be polite. If things are not progressing as you expect, it’s still better to be polite and courteous. This ups your chances of a satisfactory result.

 

16) Get quotes, not estimates. A quote is an official record, preferably on paper, of what something will cost. An estimate is far vaguer and can be subject to increases without your knowledge.

 

17) Ask for references. Try and obtain at least one reference from previous work they have completed.

 

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