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How To Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

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How To Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

The world keeps changing day by day and is moving towards more modernized and advanced setting. The people are attaining more skills in order to meet the pace of the world and acquiring different ways to get their job done more efficiently and effectively. The corporate world is also economizing in adopting new ways to move towards cost cut methods and procedures by increasing their efficacy. The companies with enhanced competence tend to beat the market more likely. This is not only the case with the companies, but with the single employee and individuals also.

There are several ways to boost your skills, you can adopt IT related tools to compete in the market, you can acquire higher level of education to broaden your intellectual skills and you can also take help of the machines to execute the assigned job. Let us narrow down the topic to individuals and people living in single house with different technology, gadgets, furniture and machines. The problem with these all materialistic appliances is that they needed to be sustained as they face ware and tear. There comes the need of the tools and equipment’s that are needed to help you in the maintenance of the households.

The below mentioned tools are the most essential and vital to be placed into the home based toolkit:

Staple Gun: The staple gun is used to penetrate the staple pins deeply into the carton boxes, to staple a thick pile of pages and to attach two thick surfaces of sheets.

Utility Saw: To cut the cardboard boxes, to unpack the boxes and to cut other solid packages.

Measuring Tape: This tool helps in computing the gap between two points, helps in measuring the physical space required in placing the new furniture.

Claw Hammer: Nails are usually used in our furniture and other wooden materials. With the passage of time the nails get loosen up, and need to be hammered. This claw hammer will allow stiffening the nails in our furniture, and they also help in making a new one.

Adjustable Wrench: Wrenches are very crucial to tighten the nuts and bolts used in our washrooms and kitchens. The bolts are also used in different electrical appliances; they can be adjusted with help of wrench. The adjustments will allow to use your single wrench in different sizes of nuts and bolts.

Screw Drivers: Next comes the screw drives, like nails and bolts, screws are used in different electrical and mechanical appliances. The two way, and four way, screw driver will allow you to get the job done with ease.

These tools are very helpful in advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the appliances and fixtures around you. Every home should have such tools available around their home or garage. If encountered with any situation, for example a plumbing emergency, you will be able to handle it like a pro. This will also increase your personal expertise and exposure to tools, which in turn many new things will get fixed or built in your home, and will result in saving money.

Author Bio:

Shawn Michaels is an engineer and a documentary maker who likes to review mechanical tools. He loves to explore new places full of natural beauty and enjoys tool shopping! He writes regularly for www.BestAdjustableWrench.com

 

How To Optimize Backyard Sun Protection

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How to Optimize Backyard Sun Protection  

One of the biggest advantages of owning a house is a big lush backyard. There you can chill, have fun and let your kids play and create their childhood memories. But no matter how big and beautiful your outdoor setting is, it needs to be protected from the sun so the whole family can safely enjoy their time. Sun is one of the biggest threats to our skin and overall health, especially during the hottest days of the summer and you need to find ways of to optimize the level of sun protection in your backyard.

Natural shade-makers

Smart landscaping is one of the easiest and most natural ways of protecting your backyard from the sun. Any type of greenery can contribute to your little project and breathe life into your garden. Planting trees is the most effective way of providing natural shade and if you opt for trees native to your region, you will help both your backyard and the environment.

However, it takes a while for a tree to grow tall enough to provide shade, but if you want more immediate results, you can plant some of the fast growing types, such as red maple, weeping willow, hybrid poplar, etc. Another solution includes planting several smaller trees into big planters and arranging them in your backyard in a way that they provide enough shade in the places where you spend most of the time.

Besides trees, shrubs, bushes and trellises can provide you with many benefits. Use them strategically to create plenty of side shade. Also, by setting up trellises, you can allow vines to grow and protect all of you while they are contributing to the overall landscape in the most beautiful way.

Retractable and portable structures

If you like tanning and relaxing in your backyard every day, but for some reason you don’t want permanent shade, then these two options are your solution. Retractable and portable shade structures give you the freedom of creating your own shade no matter what time of the day it is.

For instance, with one of those practical outdoor privacy screens, you will not only get an instant shade, but also protect your outdoor setting from the prying eyes. These Sydney-based specialists for privacy screens can attach this structure directly to your existing fence, extending its height to block vision from external areas while offering protection from the sun at the same time. Additionally, there is no storage hassle and struggle of taking them down at the end of the season.

Another easy solution is a portable shade canopy, which can be moved around the backyard in order to create a perfect chill zone for you and your family.

Permanent structures

For a more complete UV protection, you can always add some permanent structures to your house. This can be achieved by installing an awning on the side of the house where you spend most of your time. Also, you can rely on a patio umbrella, just make sure you find dense materials that can block UV rays and provide protection.

For 100 percent UV protection, you should rely on metal or timber, but there are various textiles that will serve their purpose, as well. Plus, if such awnings are paired with strategically placed shrubs, bushes and trellises, your backyard will be completely protected from the harsh effects of the sun. Moreover, permanent structures are more durable, they can withstand harsh weather conditions and can provide shade for some parts of your house, making it easy to control the indoor temperature during the summer.

Your home is your sanctuary and it should be completely safe, both indoors and outdoors. By optimizing sun protection in your backyard with these simple additions, you are providing a safe environment for your children to play in. Also, you can be sure that sun will not damage your skin during your tanning, playing in the pool or grilling some meat with your friends.

Guest Contributor, Lillian Connors

 

Important Questions To Ask While Hiring Air Conditioner Installers

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Important Questions to Ask While Hiring Air Conditioner Installers

Air conditioners have several advantages over other devices when it is about beating the heat in the best way, ranging from cool air to better health at less noise.

  • In addition to that, they also increase efficiency of an individual by providing cool, comfortable working conditions. These are some of the reasons that have led to the increased sale of air conditioners in last few years. 
  • While exploring the market in search of a suitable air conditioner for your place, you will come across two types of air conditioners- Window ACs and split ACs- and both of them are different from each other. 
  • You could choose one of them as per your need and choice. Buying an appropriate AC isn’t a hectic job to do, but its installation could be. 

You Should Hire a Professional for The Installation and Annual Maintenance of Your Air Conditioner: 

  • Whether it’s a window or split AC, the task of installation should be performed by a professional. It will not just ensure safe installation of the system, but also ensures the best performance of the device. 
  • The experienced installer must have knowledge about safe procedures to following of installation, wiring, combustion systems and air flow. So if you are going to hire an air conditioner installer, ensure that the individual is an expert in his job, and has a valid license to perform the installation. 

Which Are the Questions That You Should Ask the Air Condition Installation Experts, Before They Start the Installation Work? 

  1. Do you have a valid license for AC installation? -  There are some requirements that need to be followed by AC installers. They are given license to perform tasks like AC installation and repairing. In addition to that, there’s also a clause of liability insurance, under which a homeowner is protected in case any mishap takes place during the time of installation. 
  2. What should be the installation cost? -  Although secure installation should be your priority, it is also necessary to ensure that the installer isn’t going to burn a hole in your pocket. You could ask the installer about the cost estimation, so that you could be aware of price that you are going to pay. It is better to contact certified air conditioner installers because in this case the additional cost of transportation will not be there, and you have to pay much less.
  3. Can you show list of your company’s other customers? -  A list of the AC installation company’s customers will give you an idea on its experience in the field. In addition to that, you could also contact those customers to know about their experience with the company. Often when you search through online reviews, they can be false. So you should check whether the reviews are original or not.
  4. Do you have experience in installing every brand? -  Installation of an AC depends on its type and brand it belongs to. If you will ask the installer about his experience with all kinds of AC brands, you will get to know if he has worked with an AC brand that you have.
  5. Is there any service contract? -  An AC is going to be an effective cooling system if you are servicing it at regular intervals. If the company of installer also deals in servicing the AC, there will be a great chance of good care. You could ask the installer about the service contract so that you could avail it. Apart from this, you should also inquire about the service warranty period to the installers. 

The above-mentioned points are enough to suggest that it is always a beneficial step to hire experienced installers. 

About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Google+ and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.

What's Your Favorite Toilet Paper?

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What's your favorite Toilet Paper to use?

For some reason every time we talk about toilet paper, we end up getting several people mad at each other. I want everyone to understand it's always in good fun. Over or Under? Someone will always be right, and the other person will always be wrong. The reason we ask, Over or Under? is because the comments and explanations that usually follows over or under, are very educating. We've learned that if you have toddlers around, you should go with under. This way, it's harder for them to play with it, or unroll it. Another one, I never knew of was: if you have a cat you should place your toilet paper under so they couldn't unroll it. My favorite answer has been over, so you don't have to touch the wall and get it dirty. 

We're all different, we like different things. Who cares if the original plan for toilet paper was meant to be over? Personally, in our household with a husband and a kid, I'm just happy that someone at least tries to place the toilet paper on the roll. Which NEVER happens. I swear to you, it's not that hard. I even have the toilet paper near by, it's always under the vanity.

One subject we haven't seemed to tackled is, What toilet paper do you prefer? and Why?

Humor me and share with us what toilet paper is your favorite? If you don't have one and just buy whatever is on sale, like my self, just let us know. Or, which ones have you tried and won't go back too. That would probably come in very handy.

  • Charmin 
  • Charmin Ultra Soft
  • Charmin Ultra Strong
  • Quilted Northen Soft & Strong
  • Quilted Northen Ultra Plush
  • Scott Extra Soft
  • Marcal Small Steps Soft & Strong
  • Seventh Generation Toilet Paper
  • Whole Foods 365
  • Scott Naturals
  • Angle Soft
  • Cottonelle Aloe & E
  • Cottonelle
  • Charmin Sensitive
  • Scott 1000
  • Charmin Basic
  • White Cloud Ultra
  • Vondrehle
  • Boardwalk
  • Magazines
  • News Paper
  • Phone Book
  • Sears Roebuck Catalog
  • Farmers' Almanac
  • Leaves
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue
  • Other

The Perfect Buying Guide for Bathroom Vanities

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The Perfect Buying Guide for Bathroom Vanities

Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom by installing a brand new vanity? Or, are you planning on installing one in your newly purchased house? Whatever the case might be, vanities play a major role in making or breaking the look of a bathroom and thus, is a “must-purchase”. It not only improves the aesthetic value of the area, but also provides ample space for keeping all kinds of necessities like toiletries, essential clothing items, towels, medicines, tampons, electronics, etc.

If you take some time out and browse the internet, you will see that there are various companies offering different kinds of cabinets and Modern Bathroom Vanities, meant for residential purpose. You will get a myriad of options in terms of designs and colors, and can easily choose one according to your taste and the décor of your house.  But before deciding on a company, make sure that you run a thorough check on the quality of their products as well as the customer feedbacks. Apart from the brand value, here are a few things which you should consider before purchasing the product.

Take a Look

  • Measurement: If you do not take the exact measurements of the space where you will keep your vanity, it might end up in a complete wastage of money. Hence, it is very important that the measurements are accurate. If you think you have any kind of confusion regarding this, contact your retailer and ask them to send a professional who can help you with this. Take a look at the few things which you need to keep in mind, while measuring the area:

-Make sure the vanity is not too large because that might disrupt the flow of foot traffic.

-Keep in mind that the doors and drawers will need space to open.

-One door should not obstruct the opening of another door or drawer.

-Features like mirrors, outlets, electrical switches should not be ignored. There should be adequate gaps in the required areas.

-The plumbing location is directly related to the width of your vanity. So, take care of that as well.

You need to keep these points in mind while you are buying Regular or RTA kitchen cabinets as well.

  •  Number of Vanities: There are two kinds available – single and double vanities. If there is space constraint, you should opt for the single vanity one. But if you own a master bathroom, then you can think of investing on double vanities. Two sinks need a space of approximately 48 inches and hence, requires a lot of free space.
  •  Types of Mounting Options:  There are three major kinds of mounting options available for bathroom vanities, which include free-standing, wall-mounted and corner-mounted. Free standing offers maximum space and is the most common one for residential purpose. Wall-mounted ones do not touch the ground and are the best option for small bathroom areas. Corner-mounted vanities suit any corner of the bathroom because they are fitted at a 90-degree angle.
  •  Types of Sinks: You can install one out of these three popular kinds of sinks that most of the homeowners prefer for their bathroom vanities. They are vessel, self-rimming and under mount design. Go through the internet and you will come across plenty of sink designs. Choose according to your budget and requirement.
  •  Style: The style will depend on your choice and how you want to decorate your bathroom. It also depends on other factors like the décor of your house. The four main styles are:

Contemporary

Traditional

Modern

Rustic

Most reputed companies will keep vanities of these four styles.

  • The Finish of the Vanity Top: You can either go for ceramic vanity tops or stone countertops. Other options include glass and wooden finish. But the former too are safer and easy-to-maintain.

So, these are the major things you need to decide on, before purchasing a bathroom vanity. Apart from the storage and style, you also need to pay attention to the quality of the accessories like faucets, medicine holders, tumblers, etc. So, don’t delay and contact a reputed company at the earliest.

Author Bio:

Sean Graham, a famous lifestyle blogger, writes here about the various things to need to consider before buying Modern bathroom vanities. Read his articles to know about the various types of RTA Kitchen Cabinets.

Coffee Grounds And Drain Clogging: What You Need To Know

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Coffee Grounds and Drain Clogging: What You Need to Know

Have you been wondering what has been clogging your drains? Actually, there are several things which can clog your drains and pipes. One of them is coffee grounds. If you let them down the drain, coffee grounds don’t break down like other foods. They usually clump together and over time, they will build up to a level of blocking the drainage system

How to Dispose of Coffee Grounds

Since coffee grounds are one of the main culprits of clogged drains, you should never dispose of them in the sink. There are other ways on how you can dispose of these grounds.

1. Instead of risking your drainage system, you can use coffee grounds in your garden. They are known to repel ants and slugs, hence can be used in your garden to keep away these insects. Also, when mixed with grass clippings and leaves, they can fertilize your garden. They add nitrogen and potassium in the soil thus improving its nutrient content for plant growth.

2. Coffee grounds can also be disposed of in a composed pit. By adding them to the heap, they will attract beneficial worms and also add nitrogen. However, be sure to limit them so as to balance the compost.

3. Coffee grounds can be used in your refrigerator to keep off bad odors. By placing a small open container with your old coffee grounds at the back of the fridge for few weeks, they will absorb any kind of food odor. You can later remove and spread them on your garden to act as fertilizer.

4. They can be used as natural abrasive to scrub off foods stuck on your house counters or even dishes. 

5. Use your old coffee grounds to wash and rinse your hair. They can really help to remove the residue left by hair shampoos and conditioners. This will give your hair and a new look and afterward you will look like a queen! To do this, just massage your hair with a handful of coffee grounds to dissolve the residue. That’s all!

6. Coffee grounds can also be used to exfoliate your skin and make it smooth and healthy. Yes, this isn’t a joke. To do this, simply mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds with your favorite coconut oil or just warm water and apply on your skin. The dead skin cells will be removed and your skin will be smooth just like your old baby face.

7. Did you know that coffee grounds can actually treat cellulite? Yes, this is true. Cellulite is caused by smoking, poor diet, genetic predisposition among other causes. Instead of trying the thousands of cures found online, why not try coffee grounds? Mix your old coffee grounds with warm water and scrub your skin twice per week for few weeks. Then wait for the magic!

When buying a coffee maker, it’s good to choose a coffee maker which will completely extract coffee from the grounds. You don’t want to dispose of partially extracted coffee grounds, do you?

Coffee grounds are the worst enemies of the drainage system. After using them, never let them down your drainage system if you don’t want to incur other expenses of hiring a plumber. Simply use them elsewhere and enjoy their many benefits!

Guest Contributor, Dennies John

Tips On Lighting A Bedroom

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Tips on Lighting a Bedroom

Choosing the right lighting for the bedroom can be difficult. The room should be calm and dark enough so that you can sleep in it, but it should also be functional enough for reading and all other activities (a lot of people use the bedroom as a study as well). The best solution of course, is to have enough windows and natural light. However, this isn’t an option for most apartments and balancing enough light sources is the second best option.

The size

The size of the room is the most important factor in getting the lighting right. Before you decide on any lamps of fixtures, measure the whole room and get an idea how much space the large furniture will take. There’s a basic formula (but it can be changed if the room has curved walls): the square footage of the room x 1.5 = the amount of wattage needed. Also, have in mind that bedrooms typically have lower ceilings, which is why you should avoid fixtures with longer bodies.

Wall sconces

Wall-mounted scones are an excellent solution for smaller and crowded rooms since they take up least space. Lighting fixtures could be categorized as ambient, task or accent. Scones could be used as both task and accent lighting, depending on the type and placement of the light. Crystal wall sconces could be used to add accent to artwork or other memorabilia. They are a bit more sparkly than the average light, which means they won’t go well with all wall colors, but yellow and beige could be a good match. Also, a sconce with a wide rim could also be used as reading task light and it fit in with both modern and classic room design.

Hanging lights

String lights are a more decorative solution and they leave you with more space for the furniture. It’s also a good idea for those who like to rearrange the furniture often because they can work well with any setup and they don’t interfere with the moving. Sydney Local Electricians could help you set these up in no time and the work won’t leave a mess. It might be a good idea to position the large pieces of furniture before you get the light installed, just to see how they work with the room.

Floor lamps

Floor lamps are mostly decorative and they are designed to create a mood and atmosphere in your bedroom.  Think about the placement of these lamps only once you’ve placed large (or at least most important) decorative pieces. Also, with decorative lights – shadows are as important as the illuminated areas. They should add drama and tension to the décor. The top of the floor lamp should be about 40 inches from the floor and if the lamp is more than 15 inches wide it could be used for reading like any other task light.

High tech

This may not be an option for everyone, but wireless technology can be a great addition to bedroom lighting. Turning the lights on and off from your bed makes things easier and more comfortable, but there’s more to it than that. You can set up different levels of illumination and have pre-prepared mood option that can also be activated from your phone or a mobile device. There are also gadgets that turn off the lights when the room is empty for a while and turn them one when someone enters, but these take a while to be installed and fully operational.

Choosing a perfect lighting can make your bedroom infinitely more cozy and pleasant to be in. Plan the lighting as carefully as all other aspects of the design because it is equally important. In the end, consult a professional electrician for any work that you might find overwhelming.

Guest Contributor, Diana Smith

Protecting Your Home Against Extreme Weather Conditions

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Protecting Your Home Against Extreme Weather Conditions

Weather can be unpredictable; especially if we take into account the climate change. There are some harsh and even dangerous weather conditions in places that have never had them before and you need to make sure that you are safe. The best place to hide from a storm is certainly your home, but it should be strong enough to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions.

Regular maintenance

Make sure to conduct frequent property maintenance. This includes every single detail that needs to be checked and fixed if needed. Leaking gutters and blocked drains are a no go for a home that should withstand harsh weather conditions, so make sure to fix them as soon as possible. If you don’t you are risking water spilling on your external walls which can further seep into the brickwork and cause you plenty of troubles during storms. Regularly check up on your house and look for any minor and major irregularities and fix them yourself, or simply rely on a professional just to make sure everything is in top notch condition.

Fix up the roof

The roof is the number one target of weather and it should be absolutely functional in order to protect your whole house. Any damaged or missing tiles should be replaced so the water won’t pour inside. Also, any gaps and holes will let the wind in and it will whip off all the remaining tiles and destroy the roof. Furthermore, when you are repairing the chimney stack flashing, make sure you don’t cut corners with mortar fill-ins or self-adhesive tape. These two are not durable enough and they’re very likely to crack under extreme conditions which will allow moisture inside your house.

Take care of the walls

During extreme temperatures, building materials constantly expand and contract which leads to cracking of rendering and damaged masonry. Though it is a normal thing to happen, you mustn’t ignore it and repair the cracks and damages in rendering and brickwork. If you don’t, you are allowing damp to seep through which results in moisture freezing when the temperature goes down which further leads to more cracks and more damp. In order to prevent damp penetration even better, you should consider clearing air bricks and all the ventilation areas of your floors, roof and walls.

Insulated loft and lagged pipes

Insulation can protect your home from extreme weather conditions, but you shouldn’t insulate the roof all the way to the edges. You need to leave a bit of space for the air to circulate and prevent condensation. Blocking the circulation and allowing condensation only leads to rot and decay of your roof timbers, which can make the whole roof collapse during wind or rain storms.

During winter you need to protect the pipes from freezing and bursting. This is a common occurrence during cold snaps and it can cause major internal damage, but it can be easily avoided. So, if you’re leaving town for some time, don’t forget to adjust the central heating on a low temperature and put it on a timer. Check all the radiator valves and make sure there is nothing dripping or leaking.

Risks of flooding

If your home is near the river and there’s a risk of flooding you need to secure your home better. Rivers and even storm drains can easily overflow and do a number on your walls and floors, so make sure you store some sandbags around the walls. Also, you can build a bund wall, which is an additional wall made of earth or concrete, and you will manage to add or alter drainage channels and greatly improve water run-off. 

Two birds, one stone

When protecting your home against the elements, you should also seize this opportunity to make your abode more energy-efficient. This includes an array of home improvement projects related to water efficiency, renewable energy, as well as different home retrofits. What’s more, affordable financing options will make you stop worrying about which project to choose first. If you decide to bundle, say, insulation, new efficient windows, water-saving devices and a cool roof into a single project, this will save you both time and money. Check out this link to learn more.   

Mother Nature can be scary; especially today, when a lot is changing. That is why you need to make sure your home is strong and safe enough to protect you and your family from any extreme weather conditions. Follow these tips and secure your home and you won’t have any problems during the harshest storms.

Guest Contributor, Lillian Connors

 

Why Hire A Professional Bathroom Remodeler

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Why Hire a Professional Bathroom Remodeler

If you’re looking at having your bathroom redone and you’re not a contractor or a plumber, it’s best to leave things in the hands of a professional.  You may be handy and able to tackle a few of the changes yourself, but time and money are both key issues when it comes to renovations in your home, and having someone come in and take care of the job from start to finish can actually save you both in the long run.

Do you really have time for this?

Most households these days are made up of two incomes, and often kids are thrown into the mix as well.  With a job, kids and all of the activities that you’ve already got to juggle through your week; do you have the time to allocate to a renovation project?  Most of us, if we dug down and answered honestly, would have to say no.  Even if you’re one of the lucky ones, and you can pull a few hours out of your magician’s hat, how many of those do you want to spend eating drywall dust and attempting to figure out why that tap keeps leaking when you’ve followed the instructions exactly?  It’s not as if we have an unlimited number of bathrooms to use while you’re on your back under the vanity tinkering away at the pipes.  Even if all goes well and you don’t run into any problems, instead of sacrificing your precious weekends on the project, hiring a contractor could mean having the work done while your family is out of the way at the office and at school and it could be done in half the time. 

Your contractor can suggest a better way

You probably already know what changes you’d like to have made in the bathroom, but a contractor with experience will know just by a glance which of your plans are going to work and which might need tweaking.  The planning stage is crucial in any project and the advice and suggestions from a professional can be invaluable.  If you know you want to update your bathroom but haven’t the foggiest idea where to start, this is also where your professional remodeler can shine.  They know what features are popular and which ones will stand the test of time so that you add long term value to your home.

Murphy’s Law

A renovation project for any part of the house is bound to have its own amount of “Murphy’s Law”.  Just when you have your plans laid out and think you’re making headway, disaster strikes, or you discover that some important structural element was overlooked that won’t allow you to proceed with the plans you’ve so painstakingly drawn up.  It’s back to the drawing board, and do you have the experience you’ll need to redo your plans?  Do you know how to avoid problems in the first place?  A contractor has done hundreds, if not thousands of jobs, and will likely have tackled a problem very similar to yours many times before.  He’ll also know all of the tricks that make renovation projects go quickly and without a hitch.

Experience matters

When you’ve spent good money on the fixtures and other elements for your bathroom, it pays to have it installed and set up properly so that it works from the get go.  When we attempt to renovate without the experience that a professional would have after years of service, we often run into issues that we’re not sure how to fix.  A steam shower, for example, is an incredible way to get the most out of your shower and create a spa like atmosphere for you and your family.   It can help to open your pores and even alleviate some common cold and flu symptoms by opening your airways and allowing you to breathe easier.  In order to get the most from your steam shower, your best bet is to allow someone who’s done it many times before handle the instillation and set up.  If you ever have any issues with the steam shower, your contractor will know exactly what was done and can even have a good idea of the problem before he or she steps foot back into the bathroom.

Hiring a professional to do the job will definitely save you time and headaches, and having the job done properly the first time around will save you money as well.  Their experience and handling of your bathroom remodel can make a potential mine field turn into a renovation project that gives your family the space they’ve dreamed of.

Thank you to Nina Wells who wrote this article. Nina is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.

5 Decorating Mistakes Which Make Your Home Look Outdated

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5 Decorating Mistakes Which Make Your Home Look Outdated

The random decoration and poor maintenance make your home quite outdated. Following are the five mistakes that will make your home look outdated so you must avoid them. Have a look at them:

The wooden walls

In the case, you like wooden walls so you should keep them plain because wooden walls itself look quite great so you should not decorate them with anything like paintings or wall hangings. A wooden wall full of wall hangings will make your room look outdated. And don’t use the hanging mirrors as it is something old fashioned now. On the off chance that you love mirrors so there are many other ways that you can use mirrors other than hanging them on the wall.

The picture gallery

There are people who love putting up pictures around in the house, one way to put the pictures is to set them on a floating shelve so that it looks modern and up to date. Hanging the pictures in a row on a wall is something that will make your house pretty outdated. Back in the early 60’s and 70’s, it was used to be in fashion, but in 2017, it is a “don’t.” So the trick that you should follow is set your pictures on a nice shelf in a to and fro position.

The exposed cords

You should never forget about the electric ports, and they should not be exposed in any way because it will make your house look outdated. The electronic cords ought to be covered in some cover so that it looks decent and does not make your house look like an old school. This is an important point, and you must keep it in mind whenever you are up for decorating your home.

The oversized accessories

Another thing that would make your home outdated are those accessories which are too big in size. You must not set over sized accessories in a row on a table or any shelve; you should set them with a specific gap and select the decorative pieces in different sizes so that it does not give a dull look to the house. Take care of the height and size of the objects that you are going to decorate your house with.

Rugs matter the most

When talking about the décor of the house, the rugs that you choose matters the most. Do not choose an over sized rug; it will make your house look outdated. The size is something you must take care of when choosing a rug. Other than the size of the rug, select the rug according to the color scheme of the room. A little suggestion that I would like to give is that to keep your living room from looking outdated, leave the space of your feet between the sofa or the stork craft glider and the rug.

These are some of the “dos, and the don'ts” that you should follow if you don’t want your house to look outdated.

About the Author:

Julie Austin is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! :) In her free time, she enjoys the sunset with her friends at the seashore. Read her posts at www.nurserygliderz.com