Deep Cleaning With Steam Vacuum Cleaners

Best Cleaning Tips to Make Your House Look Like New

Spring is here, which means you have no excuses: It’s officially time to clean your entire house (say, spring cleaning?). If you don’t know where to start, work your way through these tried-and-tested cleaning tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab to add sparkle and shine to any (and every!) room. It’s up to you: Take things room by room, or tackle one small appliance at a time until everything is free of grime, mildew, dust, and whatever else is making it look — and feel — dirty. When all is said and done, your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and every other corner in your home will look just like new. Grab your rubber gloves, start cleaning, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Remove build-up in your humidifier.

Think about it: The water that makes your humidifier run smoothly is also breeding ground for mold and microbes. To clean, pour two cups of undiluted white vinegar into the water tank and swish it around until wet. Place the vinegar-filled tank on the base and allow it to drain into the reservoir for 15 – 20 minutes. Empty it and use a small brush to scrub crevices, removing remaining build-up.

Restore your dishwasher.

Over time, excess food and grime will build up in your dishwasher’s interior. Get in the habit of cleaning any remaining bits of foods — beans, pasta, and so on — after each dishwashing cycle. Pull out the bottom rack to look for any leftover food and remove it with a paper towel to prevent future odors.

Scrub your toilet clean.

Apply a toilet bowl cleaner, and let it sit for up to five minutes before scrubbing with a stiff-bristled toilet brush. Then wipe down the toilet seat and handle with disinfectant wipes. The goal? A sparkling white bowl and germ-free toilet seat.

Revive cloudy glasses.

Remove built-up film from hard-water minerals by soaking stemware in white vinegar for five minutes. Then rinse by hand and dry with a microfiber cloth.

 

Must Follow Tips For The Deepest Clean

Though some of us consider ourselves to be “clean” people, there are parts of our homes and spaces that end up being neglected. While lots of us clean regularly, most of us avoid doing a “deep clean” until we have company or there is some sort of special occasion.

Stop trying to reach up high to clean all the little slats in your vent. Remove it completely, wipe it down with a paper towel and toss them into your dishwasher and run them on a short cycle with water only. Dry completely and put them back.

If you want your toilet to truly be clean, you’ll have to clean its siphon. Turn off the water supply to your toilet and flush it until the bowl is empty. Cover your siphons with duct tape and pour vinegar into the toilet tanks and flush. The vinegar will be trapped inside of the siphons. Let it sit overnight and remove the tape and turn the water back on in the morning.

You pillows can get downright nasty after a while. So, you’ll want to put two pillows into your washing machine on the hot cycle with one cup of bleach and regular detergent. Run them through the washing machine with an extra rinse cycle. Place them in the dryer with some tennis balls so they don’t lose their shape.

Cover your sink with a layer of baking soda and scrub with a sponge. Pour some more hydrogen peroxide on your sponge and scrub the sink down again. Let it sit for 20 minutes your rinse your sink off.

 

How to Deep Clean Your House

Whether you’re spring or fall cleaning, or your house has reached the “I just can’t take it any more” level (we’ve all been there), here’s how to give your house a full deep clean. It’s easier than you might think. Start with six basic cleaning steps, then tackle a few room-specific chores, and you’ll have a house that passes any white-glove inspection in almost no time.

Declutter Just a Bit. Find a new place for — or better yet, get rid of — anything that does not belong in the room but is visible. (Save the stuff behind closed doors for another day. You don’t want to get overwhelmed.) Clearing the clutter makes deep cleaning easier, plus seeing those tidy surfaces will give you the oomph to keep going.

Start High, Go Low. Tackle the big, hard-to-reach surfaces in this order: ceiling, ceiling trim, ceiling light fixtures (including bulbs), walls, the rest of the trim, and baseboards. The best tool is a clean microfiber mop or duster with a telescoping handle. (They’re so thin you can get behind the sofa without moving it.) Above eye level, a spritz of water is all you need on the mop. But below, where there is actual dirt plus dust, use warm water mixed with a drop of dish soap. (In bathrooms, add a splash of white vinegar to stop mold.) Where a mop is unwieldy, use a microfiber cloth. Rinse often and wring thoroughly.

Yep, You Do Windows. It’s not that bad, and the payoff is huge. First, vacuum the sills and tracks. Then spritz the window with cleaner from top to bottom. Let the cleaner do its thing for a minute, then squeegee it off. If you wipe in one direction on inside windows and another on outside ones, it will be easier to see and fix streaks.

Spruce Up Those Window Treatments. Save yourself the trouble of taking down blinds or shades. All you really need to do is vacuum them using the brush attachment. And instead of laundering and ironing curtains, just fluff them in the dryer for a few minutes (while you wipe off the rod and rings). Then hang them right back up.

 

Useful Tips For Deep Cleaning This Summer

Believe it or not, the springtime comes with a lot of dust and pollen for your beloved home. Cleaning your house for the wellbeing of your family is crucial. Not only this, but the current lockdown situation has also set the stage for such deep spring-cleaning chores.

Smelling the colorful flowers and hearing the birds chirp is not a treat unless your indoor is as appealing as the outdoor. Cleaning this summer helps to deep cleaning your house and it may sound like a very simple process, but when you are up to it, there is a high chance that you will not end up as a satisfied soul.

Decide the best time for a summer cleaning/ Spring Clean

The weather could be the deciding factor here, but keep an eye on the forecast and pick up a sunny and bright day for starting summer cleaning

You might feel cold and relaxed on a windy day, but the gusty wind would not let you clean properly. So, it is better to have a clam day for that prominent result.

Make a spring clean checklist

Ignoring and forgetting becomes a norm at home, as we all are at ease there. Thus, for keeping up with our deep cleaning plan, you need to do some homework.

 

You Can Spring-Clean Your Entire House In a Day—Here’s How

For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!). We’ll be sharing a new one every day until April 1st.

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s a sign to bust open your windows—and, perhaps less exciting, your cleaning supplies cabinet. And as much as we appreciate the concept of spring cleaning, you’d be well advised to regularly tidy up year-round to prevent the deepest of deep cleans come March. Not sure where to start your spring cleaning project? Use this to-do list, which includes all the spots you’ve most likely been neglecting and instructions on how to tackle them like a pro. Here’s to spring cleaning (or just deep cleaning in summer, fall, or winter) the entire house in one day

Your Cabinets

Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets — especially if you don’t run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. To remove, use Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream to cut through the dirt and leave wood moisturized.

Your Windows

Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you take to the outdoors with Hope’s Perfect Glass Cleaner during spring cleaning season to remove spots and smudges you don’t usually have time to tackle. Pro tip? Wash them on a cloudy day to ensure that the sun won’t dry the cleanser before you’re done wiping.

Your Countertops

The first step to preventing granite stains: Seal your countertops as soon as they’re installed, says kitchen designer Florence Perchuk. You’ll know they’re sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface. To maintain, have them sealed again a year later and make sure you wipe up accidental spills as soon as they happen.

An Overview On Offshore Tax Planning

TAX PLANNING GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) was signed into law at the end of 2017, meaning the 2018 tax year saw the initial impact of the TCJA and raised many questions regarding the implementation of its various provisions. During 2019, most taxpayers filed their first returns that applied these changes, including those for which no guidance had yet been issued. Needless to say, it was a challenging filing season for all involved.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, our tax professionals have been working diligently with clients to explain the changes, modify client organizational structures, adjust their tax compliance reporting systems, and maximize their available tax benefits. We have addressed such diverse issues as whether or not to make certain elections with respect to foreign sourced income, aggregation elections related to the qualified business income deduction, filing for change in accounting methods, and establishing trusts in states that do not have state income taxes.

We have issued Tax Alerts, held webcasts and had many, many individual conversations and meetings with you to address the impact of the TCJA and maximize the benefits afforded by it. We continue to monitor legislative and regulatory activity and, as always, will share our insights with you. We will also be keeping a careful eye on the upcoming presidential elections, as the outcome could have an impact on future legislation.

This 2019 Tax Planning Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses contains a summary of the current individual and business tax landscape, commentary regarding the TCJA and observations on its impact and the ongoing clarifications from the IRS, as well as considerations for the future

NET OPERATING LOSSES

One of the lesser publicized provisions of the TCJA, the change in the rules relating to Net Operating Losses (“NOLs”) has had a major impact. A NOL is generated when, during any tax year, a taxpayer’s allowable business deductions exceed his/her business income.   This result, modified by certain adjustments, is referred to as a NOL.

 

Tax Plan for Tax Year 2020

Fail to Plan Is Plan To Fail!

There are only a few days left to plan for Tax Year 2019. Start planning for the new Tax Year 2020: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. You pay Taxes with your hard earned money. Taxes can be complicated and stressful, you could waste your money if you don’t properly plan or don’t work with the right people and correct website.

In order to reduce your taxes or increase your tax refund in conjunction with your next tax return, tax planning throughout the year is critical. In addition, when planning for life changing events (marriage, home purchase, career change, etc.) you should also consider the possible tax implications. The same is true for unplanned life changing events, they might have unplanned tax consequences.

help you with tax planning by providing, not only free tools but also asking you relevant questions that could result in your income tax reduction. December 31 is a critical deadline for each tax year, since certain contributions (e.g. medical plan contributions, etc. ) have to be completed by December 31. Furthermore, in the case or a marriage or divorce, December 31 is a critical date when it comes to selecting a filing status. The source or type of income you receive throughout a tax year will also determine your taxable income.

Adjust your paycheck withholding with a Form W-4 so you get your next tax refund now. Do you want your tax refund in your paycheck? Recent IRS statistics show that almost 100 million (or 75%) of all Americans get a tax refund check, and the average refund check is for about $2,400. So why not get some of this refund now as part of your regular paycheck? Every month most taxpayers pay an average of $200 too much in income taxes.

If your income has not changed from last year, use our 2020 Tax Return Calculator. Alternatively, you can use the year-to-date income from your latest pay stub to estimate your expected annual income for the year (keep in mind that the calculator is based on currently available figures which may be subject to adjustment).

 

Personal Tax Planning

With the tax regime becoming more complex, and more focus being put on taxpayers’ individual responsibilities, everyone who is subject to taxation needs professional advice and support if they are to optimise their tax position and ensure they meet all the compliance requirements.

Every pound of income tax you save means more income at your disposal, every well planned disposal of assets means minimal loss of capital gains, and every inheritance tax saving means more benefit for your beneficiaries.

These are a few of the more common questions we get asked by prospective clients considering using our services.

How easy is it to change accountants and why should I change? A: If your existing accountant is offering you an excellent pro-active service at a fair fee then stick with them. However, different accountants will save you different amounts of tax and provide different levels of business advice. If your present accountant doesn’t offer the type of service you want and that we do offer, then changing over to us is very easy. It involves just one letter from you and we take care of everything else for you. Your existing accountant is not usually allowed to charge you for providing the normal handover information.

You seem to offer a lot. Are your fees expensive? A: No! We offer fixed fees linked to the value of what we provide. We’re not always the cheapest and as with many things in life the cheapest is often the most expensive in the long run. However, we are not expensive and we offer excellent value for what we provide. Most importantly we never undertake work without agreeing the fee arrangements in advance so you always know where you stand.

I’ve just had my accounts done and don’t need an accountant until next year, so is there any need to contact you now? A: We can’t over emphasise the importance of tax planning at an early stage, not crisis driven advice. Ideally you do tax planning before the year even starts but after that, the earlier the better. The same is applicable to all areas of advice and we are about helping you change the future, not just reporting what has already happened

 

How to save tax as a couple

You can’t escape paying tax on income, but you may be able to split some of your income with your spouse. And if your spouse is in a lower tax bracket, you’ll pay less tax as a couple

Kim and Henry

Kim, an executive at a health care firm, is the couple’s primary income earner, and Henry is a self-employed photographer. The couple saves tax in several ways, all involving investments.

If Kim simply gave money to Henry to invest, as a way to pay less tax on income and returns, attribution rules would pass the tax bill back to Kim. But she uses a prescribed rate loan. Kim loans $100,000 to Henry that she received as an inheritance. She charges Henry interest at the government’s prescribed rate, currently 2%, and investment income is taxable to Henry at his lower rate. It takes a large loan like this and a significant difference in marginal tax rates for the strategy to be worthwhile

Mark and Laura

Mark owns an event planning business. His wife, Laura, has been working part-time to bring in new business, largely through social media. She is paid by the company with dividends taxed at her personal rate. But when the new Tax on Split Income (TOSI) rules took effect on January 1, 2018, their previously acceptable income-splitting arrangement was in jeopardy. Laura worked fewer than 20 hours per week, which subjects her dividends to tax at the highest marginal rate

The couple had a decision to make – switch payment to salary, which is not subject to the TOSI rules, or meet the new requirements. They prefer the relative simplicity of dividends over the paperwork that salary involves. So Laura now works a minimum of 20 hours per week and continues to receive tax-friendly dividends. The couple still benefits from income splitting and Laura keeps time records to demonstrate they are onside of TOSI rules

 

most powerful postmortem planning pointers for trusts and estates

After a client passes away, there is much more to do than just prepare a final Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Taking control of the postmortem planning process can be a powerful way to save tax dollars for the decedent’s estate and family. Postmortem planning also applies to Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return; state death tax returns, if needed; and income tax returns for the estate and any revocable trusts set up during life

Select a Fiscal Year End for the Estate

The assets that earned income during a client’s lifetime will continue to do so after his or her death. Until the estate distributes those assets to beneficiaries, an estate income tax return will need to be filed each year, generating a Schedule K-1 to each residual beneficiary to the extent distributions are made. Using a fiscal year end can be a powerful tool to defer tax on that income and allow beneficiaries time to plan for its inclusion in their personal returns. Any of the 12 month-end dates that follow the decedent’s death can be the fiscal year-end date, but the year cannot exceed 12 months.

Elect to Include Income Earned in the Decedent’s Trust on the Estate’s Income Tax Return

Trusts are required to use a calendar year end. However, a tax adviser can elect to include the income from a decedent’s qualified revocable trust on the estate income tax return. Doing that provides an array of benefits not normally available to trusts, the most significant of which may be the ability to use the estate’s fiscal year end for trust income. This election lasts two years beyond the decedent’s date of death (longer if a Form 706 is required to be filed; consult the instructions to Form 8855, Election to Treat a Qualified Revocable Trust as Part of an Estate), which is normally plenty of time to deal with closing out a trust. Known as a Sec. 645 election, it is made by filing Form 8855 with the Form 1041. This election can be made even if there are no income-producing probate assets in the estate.

Manage Distributions to Minimize Overall Tax

Estate and trust income taxes reach the highest tax bracket of 35% at $11,650 of taxable income for 2012. If residual beneficiaries are in lower brackets, it will save tax for the family overall to distribute income out of the estate to them in a timely fashion. The fiduciary has until 65 days after the end of the tax year to make distributions for that tax year. Capital gains stay at the Form 1041 level and are taxed there, except on a final return

Prepare Form 1041 on the Accrual Basis

Excess deductions over income on an estate Form 1041 do not carry over to the next year and therefore are wasted (except on a final return; see below). If the fiduciary finds that the estate has paid large expenses without much income during the first year or, as is more often the case, the estate has ample income but will not pay related legal and administrative expenses until later, the fiduciary can prepare Form 1041 on the accrual basis and accrue the income or expenses into the current year

How To Get Rid Of Sugar Ants

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

There’s nothing like walking into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary eyed and ready for your morning cup of coffee only to find that your home has been invaded. Below are some of the best natural remedies you can try to get rid of the ants infesting your space.

Mint

Peppermint is a natural insect repellant. You can plant mint around your home or use the essential oil of peppermint as a natural remedy for control of ants. Ants hate the smell, and your home will smell minty fresh! Plant mint around entryways and the perimeter of your home.  Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and use it to wipe suspected areas. You can also place a peppermint oil cotton ball in areas such as cabinets where the ants frequent.

Vinegar

Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on the ants to kill them, then wipe up the ants using a damp paper towel and discard them. You can also use vinegar and water as a deterrent; spray it around your windowsills, doorways and other places where you see ants coming inside.

 

 

Lemon Juice

Just like vinegar, lemon juice also seems to destroy the scent trails that ants follow. Try mixing up a solution of 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water and use as an all-purpose spray. Spray the lemon solution around entryways and the perimeter of your home, or any areas where you see ants.

Chalk  

A regular piece of sidewalk chalk can save your home from an ant invasion. You just need to draw a thick line with the chalk outside the door or wherever else they’re coming in from and the ants won’t cross that line.

Cinnamon

Use cinnamon just as you would the chalk – create a line of it around the outside of your house as well as any spots inside to keep them from coming in. Your house will smell nice, too!

 

Pepper

Ants are pretty fond of sugar but they hate pepper. Sprinkle pepper at the areas from where ants enter your house. This is will help getting rid of ants. Cayenne pepper or black pepper are hated by ants. You can also make a solution of pepper and water and spray it near the entrant areas. The pepper wouldn’t kill the ants but definitely deter them from returning to your house. Make sure you clean the area where you want to spray the pepper solution.

Salt

Spreading salt near nooks and corners from where ants enter the house will help keeping ants away. Table salt is one of the best and the cheapest ways to get rid of ants naturally. Use ordinary table salt not health boosting rock salt. All you need to do is to boil water and add a large amount of salt to it, stirring it until dissolves. Pour into a spray bottle and spray where you think ants tend to enter from.

 

Keep Surfaces in and Around Your Home Clean

What’s the one thing no creature can live without? Food, of course!  While you and your family need to eat, that doesn’t mean you need to leave evidence of your meals around the house, as this is exactly what ants are looking for!  The biggest thing you can do to prevent ants from entering your home is to make sure you keep it clean, and to make sure food items are cleaned up and stored in sealed containers.

  • Clean Up Dirty Dishes: The last thing we want to do after a big delicious meal is get up and start cleaning, but that’s exactly what needs to be done!  Leftover food and dirty dishes left around the house are an instant attractant to ants, and can become an ant buffet if not cleaned up in a timely manner.
  • Sweep & Vacuum Regularly: Keeping a swept floor can make a major difference as it eliminates stray food crumbs that may go unnoticed.  Keeping your floors clean in areas where food is consumed is essential in preventing those scout ants from finding a food source.
  • Wipe Down Common Surfaces: While ants are attracted to food, they are also attracted to sweet/sticky substances resulting from spills in and around our home.  Wipe down counters, workbenches and other surfaces with cleaning products or vinegar/water to ensure that ants aren’t attracted by spills.

 

How to get rid of ants in the kitchen … prevention

Proper sanitation techniques can go a long way to preventing ants from invading your kitchen and home. Most ants in your home are simply looking for food, so the harder that it is for ants to find food in your home, the less likely that they’ll stay to look.

To prevent ants from getting into your kitchen, try the following ways to prevent ants:

  1. Wipe down countertop surfaces. Have you ever noticed that ants tend to walk in straight lines outside and in inside your home? This is because the scent left behind so that other ants will be able to follow the same route to food sources. Using a strong disinfectant ​​wipe to eliminate the ant trail will make it more difficult for future ants to find their way into your home. Alternatively, you can place bait along thei​​r path, which will then be brought back to their queen and slowly decay the colony.
  2. Vacuum regularly, paying close attention to baseboards and under furniture and carpets
  3. Keep trash sealed and move open garbage frequently.
  4. Store food properly with airtight containers.
  5. Seal entry ways to keep ants from crawling through the cracks in your windows, doors and walls.
  6. Make sure you clean your gutters regularly
  7. Clean up moist areas in and around your house (e.g., sections of your basement, near your foundations, etc).

What Kind Of Experience Does A DUI Lawyer Need

Important Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer

If you’ve never needed a criminal lawyer before, you probably don’t know what to look for. Luckily, there are questions you can ask during your consultation that will tell you everything you need to know.

More than one million people get arrested for drunk driving every year. If you’re one of them, you need to find the best attorney possible. Read on to learn 10 key questions to ask your DUI lawyer before taking them on.

What is Your Training Background?

On top of law school, there is additional training that a lawyer can receive that focuses on DUI law. For example, it’s common for lawyers who represent DUI cases to be certified in how to use breathalyzers. This kind of training is helpful if you were given a breathalyzer test. If there’s a possibility your test wasn’t administered properly, a trained lawyer will catch that. These details can be very helpful in arguing your case. For the same reason, ask if they are certified with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to give field sobriety tests.

Are DUI Cases Your Speciality?

The DUI lawyer you choose should specialize in DUI cases. Practice makes perfect, and the more frequently they work on these cases the better they’ll be. If your lawyer represents a variety of different cases, ask what percentage of them are DUI’s. At the very least, most of their cases should DUI related. But, the higher the percentage, the better.

 

How familiar are you with the local court system?

You’ll be dealing with a lot of law officials in your county’s court system. Seeing if your lawyer is familiar with your area’s courts and prosecutors can give your case a good advantage. Your lawyer could have better insight into common plea deals. It may be even more helpful if you’ve received the DUI in a county you don’t live in or are unfamiliar with.

What is the scope of representation? 

In addition to possibly having to go to court, you may also need representation at the DMV. The DMV proceeding will entirely be administrative, and will deal with your suspended license, making it outside of criminal court proceedings.

 

How Much Will My Case Cost?

You’ll want to know upfront how an attorney will bill you for their time and how their pay structure works. If you need to ask about payment options, now’s the time to do it. You should also ask about the possibility of additional fees during your case. You’re probably going to have to pay court fees as well, so you want to avoid any unexpected charges by your attorney. You should also ask about forms of payment. Do they take credit cards? If so, which ones?

Will You Be the One Handling My Case?

A DUI law firm may have many attorneys working for them. During your consultation, you need to ask whether the lawyer you’re talking to will handle your case or if it’ll get assigned to someone else.

If another lawyer is to handle your case, you need to ask to consult with them directly. They need to have all the credentials to represent you effectively.

 

What’s Your Track Record For Winning Cases?

Don’t be scared to ask this question, experienced attorneys with excellent track records are more than happy to share their successes with potential clients. Conversely, if an attorney is hesitant about answering this question, it’s probably a sign they don’t win many of their cases. Pro Tip: Check online reviews.

How Strong is My Case?

This question allows you to gauge how well an attorney understands what is going on with your case. Whether they believe you have a strong case or not doesn’t matter as much as whether they can explain it to you in a way that you can understand. A lawyer that can communicate well with you will be more helpful as your case progresses.

 

What and how much formal training in blood testing have you received?

Your lawyer should be able to rattle off numerous seminars and training courses devoted specifically to impeaching the blood test administered to you. Such training and certificates will almost always be hanging on his or her wall if she has received specialized and extensive training in this very important area. Mr. Cessna has been honored with the elite designation as one of the few NCDD “Forensic DUI Attorneys.” This is an earned invitation and title which is offered only to those few dedicated NCDD attorneys nationwide who have successfully completed the intensive, four-day Blood & Urine Seminar and successfully passed the final science exam. Mr. Cessna has been honored to accept this invitation to the elite NCDD Forensic DUI Attorneys group.

Have you ever been asked to teach or instruct other lawyers, police officers, or law students in the area of DUI law or defense techniques?

Being invited to teach other professionals is a sign of being accomplished in your area of specialization. Ask your lawyer how often they are invited to teach other professionals in the areas associated with DUI defense. Mr. Cessna is frequently asked to teach, lecture and testify as an expert in the very specific areas of DUI defense. If the lawyer you are interviewing cannot list off numerous lectures, articles written, or teaching invitations, then he or she is most probably inexperienced or simply not seasoned enough to be in much demand.

Seamless Epoxy Flooring Provides Durability And Aesthetics

Your Guide for Choosing an Epoxy Contractor

It might be shocking to some people but applying an epoxy coating is as simple as painting your walls. It may seem like you’re saving money by hiring yourself to do your floors but unless you have previously worked the varying circumstances of weather and temperature and epoxy flooring, we suggest you take a good hard look at the facts below and then determine if you’re the best fit for the job. Attempting to install an epoxy floor coating alone can end up costing you so much more money than simply researching and speaking with technicians and businesses in your area. Remember, local and small businesses are willing to work with your price ranges, so it is important to start there. So, what should you do, instead of hiring yourself, when looking for the best epoxy flooring contractor?

Know your coating

Yes, do your research on specific epoxy coatings that are popular for properties like your own. This will help you narrow down if a company can even be of service to you. Knowing and learning the differences between coatings can protect you and your best interest, in the long run, so do your research. By the end of your research, if you’re still not convinced on the best coating for you, that is okay because you’ve gained a general understanding of epoxy itself and that will help you find the contractor that will suit you.

Check if they’re licensed and insured

Honestly, the best time to ask is on your first date. Don’t wait until you’re about to sign paperwork to ask if your contractor has a license or if the company is insured in case any damage comes to your belongings. If they don’t present this information immediately, move on. Don’t forget, this is not a boy scout system, ask for copies of everything, including verbal agreements, have everything written down, copied, and on paper.

Reputation, it’s not just a Taylor Swift album

If you’re satisfied with the contractors’ legal requirements, move on to the next important steps, their reputation! What do others, who have worked with your potential contractor in the past have to say about her/his work? How they leave a past client is a telling factor on how they will treat you. It is important to also be forming your own opinions, however, it is better to be safe than sorry. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau and look up reviews that have been written before or simply ask for references

How long have they been running?

Not literally, but you get the point, how long has this contractor been working with or in the business? The best ones haven’t always been around for decades, which takes us back to the aforementioned statements, ask for references

 

CHOOSING THE BEST EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS

With epoxy floorings’ rise in popularity within the last decade, everyone wants to know, what should they get? There are a few things that you need to do before choosing an epoxy flooring system

All of the aforementioned questions are good starting points to help you choose what type of epoxy flooring you want and finally, you need to research epoxy floors! There are different types of floors that can enhance any space, but some can help your specific space more than others

100% Solid Epoxy Floor Coating

This is one of the most durable flooring systems you could ever install on your property. These types of coatings last over two decades with little to no maintenance because they are highly resistant to common and uncommon forms of damages. Even when subjected to high levels of foot traffic, heat, impact, chemical spills, or potent substances, 100% epoxy floors are there for you. So, if you’re installing epoxy floors in an area where exposure can be a big issue, consider installing this flooring. The initial installation price is more expensive than the counterparts we will discuss; however, the maintenance, durability, and longevity of your floors will repay that cost quickly.

Water-Based Epoxy Floor Coating

This is what you find when you go to a store and try to purchase and install a DIY kit. Professional installers have the access, training, and licensure to prepare, design, and install longer-lasting and much more durable floors. If you’re just using this type of coating in an area that does not need protection, if you don’t mind constant maintenance, or if you just need a primer, then this is the flooring for you. This will give your floors a glossy smooth finish but will not protect your floors from damages. These floors have a much lower overall cost but should be noted that the surfaces will not be around for very long so more money will have to be spent on repair, placement, or some other form of flooring.

Solvent-Based Epoxy Floor Coating

This is a great floor sealer and primer that contains about 30% to 70% epoxy-based solids. This is rarely used and is a topic that should always be discussed with a professional

 

Tips for Choosing the Best Epoxy Flooring Services

Contrary to popular belief, Epoxy flooring is not a complicated process, instead, it’s as simple as wall painting. If you are taking a DIY route, then it might seem that you are saving a lot of money initially. However, if you have not worked in any epoxy flooring company before, you’re most like unaware how factors like temperature and weather can affect the process. It is highly suggested to take a glimpse at the points below and check out if you’re fit for this job or not. If you still attempt to do epoxy flooring on your own, then it might end up causing you a considerable cost. To avoid all these, you need to do proper research on it, or you can have a talk with businesses and technicians in your local area. So here are some tips below which you must consider before choosing epoxy flooring services

Research On Your Coating: You must do research properly on popular epoxy flooring for your property. You must ask for a recommendation from your friends, relatives and colleagues. Endorsements come with trust, so it will good if you consider them seriously. By researching on your coating, you will get to learn the difference of layer which will protect your best interest. If you are not still convinced on the best coating, it’s fine. You have at least known something about the coating, and it will help you find the best epoxy flooring services.

Check Their Licence: You must check the license of the company whose you are availing epoxy flooring services. It must not wait till the time of signing off the paperwork. Check it earlier and make sure that the company is fully insured and also it is responsible for all the damages that may occur during the work. Also ask for copies of every document, not only in verbal agreements.

Check Out Of Reputation: You want to verify the status of the epoxy flooring company by checking out sites like the Better Business Bureau. You should research the online reviews left by their previous customers about the company as well. You must know that being safe is better than being sorry afterwards, so take a peek on the company details as well. Ask for some reference from your close ones too. You can ask the contractor to show up their past works so that you can make an opinion on their quality of epoxy flooring

Check Out The Long Term Reputation Of The Company: You must check out how long the contractor is working on epoxy flooring services. The older the company, the trust will be more significant. But this is not mandatory that the best one will have an excellent longterm reputation. Ask for references and check out the minimum experience of their work.

 

Tips For Choosing The Best Epoxy Floor Color For Your Garage

if you would like to upgrade your bare cement garage floor, you may want to consider an epoxy floor. It’s durable, versatile, shiny, and beautiful. However, choosing a color for your floor is the main challenge, because epoxy is available in a variety of colors. Although choosing a color may seem like a simple task or small detail, it might end up affecting the aesthetic of your floor, and the garage as a whole. In addition, the color you will choose can affect the amount of cleaning and maintenance practices that must be carried out in the garage

Choose The Color According To Usage

Considering how you use your garage, you can then choose the most ideal color for the floor. For instance, if you use your garage to just park your car, you should choose a color that masks grease and tire marks. In this case, slate or black are ideal choices.

Pick A Color Based On Garage Lighting

Depending on how your garage is lit, you can choose a color to compliment it. For instance, when the garage has too much natural light, avoid metallic concrete sealers, because they tend to reflect light, causing the floor to give off a blinding light

Choose A Color Based On Your Ability To Maintain It

After having a new epoxy floor installed, you will have to maintain it by keeping it clean. Remember, dirt can be seen easily with light colors. Therefore, light-colored garage flooring requires frequent and heavy maintenance

Pick A Color That Matches Your Home

If you would like your garage floor and house to look connected, the floor color should compliment or match with your house paint.

 

Must-Have Tips for Choosing the Right Epoxy Flooring Contractor

The last thing you need is a poorly installed epoxy flooring system that may cost you a fortune on replacements or repairs. That’s why you need to make a wise decision when you’re hiring a flooring contractor. It’s dangerous to put your trust and confidence in any company without first getting your facts straight about their techniques, workmanship, and knowledge about epoxy floors. Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to find a few bad apples in the flooring industry who call themselves experts after being trained by manufacturers for only a few days. Thankfully, you can find the right epoxy flooring contractor by applying these tips.

Learn all You Can About Floor Coatings

Before anything else, you’ll need to do your own research on the differences between epoxy, and decide which ones you prefer. For instance, if you’ve b

Check if the Contractor is Licensed

Although different states have different rules, most states require concrete floor coating contractors to have a valid license. For this reason, hiring a licensed contractor is a must because operating without a license can cause you to deal with problems if they fail to deliver the service you need. Upon meeting with the contractors, be sure to ask for a license number or you can check on the internet for your state to find out if it’s valid.

Know if They are Insured and Bonded

It’s never a good idea to hire contractors that aren’t insured. That’s why it’s extremely important to ask the prospective company if they’re both insured and bonded. If they say that they do, make sure that you confirm it with the insurance company and the Sure. Potential damages on your property, while your new flooring system is being installed, will be covered. Furthermore, in case the company fails to complete the project after payment or if they don’t meet their financial obligation for labor and/or materials

Check on Their Reputation

Knowing about your prospective contractor’s reputation is critical to the success of your project. You can check with your State’s consumer protection agency, read more information about consumer protection by clicking here.  Their website will most likely show if their previous customers have filed legal actions against the company in question. Furthermore, you can also access the online reviews of the company’s previous clients by checking with the Better Business Bureau. However, you can’t always rely on these types of reviews because some of them might be manipulated by the company to give positive comments about their service.

Tankless Water Heaters Saves Energy, Money, And Is Green

The least expensive water heaters to buy are the most expensive to operate.

Why Buy An Energy Efficient Water Heater?

Water heating is typically the third largest energy expense in your home (after space heating and cooling). It typically accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. If your gas water heater is more than 10 years old, it probably has an efficiency no higher than 50%. An old water heater can operate for years at very low efficiency before it finally fails. One way to reduce water heating costs would be to replace your old water heater with a new, higher-efficiency model.

About Water Heater Efficiency

A water heater’s efficiency is measured by its energy factor (EF). EF is based on recovery efficiency, standby losses, and cycling losses. The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. Electric resistance water heaters have an EF ranging from 0.7 and 0.95; gas water heaters from 0.5 to 0.6, with a few high-efficiency models ranging around 0.8; oil water heaters from 0.7 and 0.85; and heat pump water heaters from 1.5 to 2.0

ips for Buying a New Water Heater

Choose a water heater with an appropriate first-hour rating (FHR) by estimating your family’s peak-hour demand for hot water.

Determine the appropriate fuel type for your water heater. If you are considering electricity, check with your local utility company for off-peak electricity rates for water heating. If available, this may be an attractive option to choose electric water heaters. Natural gas, oil and propane water heaters are less expensive to operate than electric models.

If you are in a moderate climate (i.e., with relatively low heating loads), consider a Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH), which is more efficient than a conventional electric water heater. Though a HPWH may have a high initial cost, it can save up to 50% of your water heating bill.

For safety as well as energy-efficiency reasons, when buying gas- and oil-fired water heaters, look for units with sealed combustion or power venting to avoid back-drafting of combustion gases into the home.

Everything else being equal, select a water heater with the highest energy factor (EF). However, you should note that the EF of one type of heater is not comparable to another type. For example, an electric water heater with an EF of 0.9 may cost more to operate than a gas water heater with an EF of 0.7.

Whenever possible, do not install the water heater in an unheated basement. Also try to minimize the length of piping runs to your bathroom and kitchen.

Tips for Lowering Your Water Heater’s Energy Usage

Install aerators in faucets and low-flow shower heads that may reduce your hot water consumption by half.

Repair leaky faucets and shower heads. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month.

Insulate your hot water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the tank thermostat(s).

Lower the thermostat(s) on your water heater to 120°F. Electric water heaters often have two thermostats-one each for the upper and lower heating elements. These should be adjusted to the same level to prevent one element from doing all the work and wearing out prematurely.

For electric water heaters, install a timer that can automatically turn the hot water off at night and on in the morning. A simple timer can pay for itself in less than a year.

Install a heat trap above the water heater. A heat trap is a simple check valve or piping arrangement that prevents “thermosyphoning”-the tendency of hot water to rise up from the tank into the pipes-thereby lowering standby losses.

Drain a quart of water from your hot water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that prevents heat transfer and lowers the unit’s efficiency.

Take more showers than baths. Baths use the most hot water in an average household. You use 15 to 25 gallons of hot water for a bath and less than 10 gallons for a 5-minute shower.

point-of-use water heaters:

Point-of-use water heaters are also known as “tankless” heaters because they have no (or only a tiny) storage tank. They are relatively small units that provide hot water on demand. They use gas or electricity for fuel, and can be installed near demand points, such as under kitchen sinks. They are often more expensive than a conventional water heater, but can cost less to operate since they don’t maintain a tankfull of hot water when not in use. A tankless heater typically provides 1-2 gallons of hot water per minute. Before installing a tankless water heater in your home, make sure its reduced capacity will be adequate for your needs.

 

How To: Choose a Water Heater

Whether tank or tankless, water heaters can dramatically impact your home’s comfort and costs. If you are looking to replace an existing unit, the type, size and efficiency of the one you choose will be important.

While we often take a hot shower or bath for granted, it’s important to note that up to 20% of a household’s annual energy expenditures come from heating hot water. That makes it the second largest utility expense in the home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, averaging around $400 to $600 per year.  If you are looking to install a new hot water heater—or replace an existing one—the type, size and efficiency of the unit you choose will have a big impact on its performance and long-term savings.

There are a number of different types of water heaters to consider from heat pumps to solar-powered units, but the most common are tank and tankless. Traditional, tank-style water heaters are large metal cylinders that keep hot water stored and on reserve for when it may be needed. Since they typically range in capacity from 40 to 60 gallons and are generally about 60″ tall by 24″ wide, they are often installed in a basement or laundry room.

Tankless units, also known as “on demand” water heaters, turn on only when hot water is required. With no holding tank, the system is not only more compact—typically 20″ wide by 28″ long by 10″ deep—but more efficient since it is not storing a reserve of hot water (or compensating for its subsequent heat loss). Tank-style water heaters are usually less expensive than tankless units, but tankless models generally last longer: a traditional water heater usually lasts 10 to 13 years, while tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years.

Regardless of whether the unit is tank or tankless, water heaters generally fall into two categories: direct-fired or indirect-fired. Direct-fired means that the water in the tank is heated directly by the heat of a flame; these units are generally used in homes with warm air furnaces. In direct-fired heaters, fuel is burned in a combustion chamber under the water storage tank, then hot flue gases heat water in the tank.

 

Water Heater Buying Guide

The cost of heating water consumes almost 20 percent of your household budget, second only to what you spend on heating and cooling your home. Despite this expense, water heaters are typically ignored until they break, leaving you with no hot water and, possibly, a flooded basement.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and you’re thinking of replacing it before disaster strikes, you’ll be happy to know that you have better choices, thanks to recent federal regulations that require water heaters to be more energy-efficient. New storage tank water heaters are required to operate more efficiently, and tankless (on-demand) water heaters are even more efficient than that.

Typically, homeowners replace their old water heater with one of the same type that runs on the same fuel—natural gas or electricity. Switching from a tank water heater to a tankless unit can be expensive because it requires you to retrofit your plumbing and possibly your electrical system. But if you’re building a new home or adding to an existing one, installing a tankless water heater may make economic sense.

Consumer Reports recently tested several electric and gas whole-house tankless water heaters from brands such as Bosch, Navien, Noritz, Rheem, Rinnai, Tempra, and Trutankless. We compared the results with those of conventional tanked heaters from Rheem, one gas and one electric, as well as with a Rheem electric heat pump water heater, which is a variation on a tanked water heater.

Consider Capacity

Tank water heaters typically hold 40, 50, or 55 gallons or more. The size you buy depends on the number of people living in your home and your peak water usage. A family of four, for instance, might take several showers, run the dishwasher, and wash a load or two of laundry in an average day, totaling 100 gallons of hot water or more. But that doesn’t mean that household needs a 100-gallon storage tank

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A NEW HOT WATER HEATER

When you are choosing a replacement or upgrading your water heater, you may wish to consider an energy-efficient unit. These heaters can create hot water while using less energy. There are tankless “on-demand” hot water heaters that only create hot water when you need it, or even more efficient tank models. No matter which way you go, choosing an energy efficient hot water heater can help you save money and the environment

First check the ratings

EF (energy factor) ratings were established by the U.S. Department of Energy to compare the energy efficiency of various products. The EF scale for water heaters runs from a low of 0.5 for gas storage tank heaters to 2.0 for electric heat pump models. The energy factor (EF) is easy to understand, the higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater unit is

Storage Tank Water Heater – Storage tanks are the most common types of water heater. These units have an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until it is needed. They are available in electric, liquid propane (LP), and natural gas models. Natural gas and LP water heaters normally use less energy and are less expensive to operate than electric models of the same size.

Tankless (On-Demand) Water Heater – Also known as “on demand” water heaters. They do not store hot water; they heat water as it passes through a series of coils in the unit. Since the unit only heats water as you use it, a tankless heater is usually more energy-efficient than a traditional storage tank water heater. Most tankless units can provide up to 3.5 gallons of heated water per minute. Tankless models are best for homes that use natural gas to heat the water; electric models might require an expensive upgrade of the home’s electrical capacity

Condensing Water Heater – Condensing water heaters are an option if you heat with gas and need a unit with a capacity of more than 55 gallons. These models have a tank like a conventional water heater, but capture exhaust gases that would normally go out the flue, which wastes energy. These gases are blown through a coil in the base of the unit, where incoming cold water can absorb most of the heat.

 

Tips For Choosing The Right Commercial Water Heater

Commercial water heater type: There are several kinds of commercial water heater on the market and before you invest in one you should know the different kinds that are available and something about each. Gas Heaters– These kinds of heater are fueled by either natural gas or propane which in turn heats the water. Gas heaters require a great deal of care and maintenance. Electric Water Heaters– Electric water heaters heat water and maintain it at a pre-set temperature. Oil-Fired (OF) Water Heaters– These kinds of heaters are best suited for mid-sized commercial use. They range in storage capacity from 32-271 gallons.

Storage Options: The options here are storage tank water heaters- commonly used in both commercial and residential operations – and tankless water heaters– which use gas or electricity to heat water on-demand. These kinds of water heaters only heat water only when used.

Company’s/restaurant’s hot water needs: This is probably the most important thing to consider when choosing a commercial water heater. A miscalculation here could cost you money and customers.

Unit size: This will very much depend on your heating needs and the size of your building. Obviously, you will desire a larger capacity, more powerful heater if you have a large business that requires lots of hot water (such as a large restaurant).

Energy efficiency: If you are a business person your eye should always be on the bottom-line. Any expenditure you put into your business has the potential to either make you lose money or help you save it. It is the same thing with choosing a commercial water heater. Make sure that you inquire with the person selling you the unit about how energy efficient the commercial hot water heater will be. Sure, initial cost is important but that should not be your only consideration when choosing a heater for your business.

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Choosing A Painting Company | Helpful Tips

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Painting Company

The way a house looks marks an impression of the owner of the house. If you wish to give life to your boring and dull home interior and exterior painting is the answer. You don’t need to spend a lot when remodeling your abode. A clean and fresh look is achieved by simply painting it. How do you go about choosing a painting company? This article tackles this question.

Ask a House Painter or Contractor:

In choosing your painting company, be ready to ask questions. Don’t leave a single stone unturned. Here are key things you need to know

Are they licensed to do the job? All painting contractors like Madani Group are required to secure a permit issued by the state that they are qualified to do the job properly. The contract stipulates that the contractor be liable should he perform below standards.

What’s their track record? They must provide you with a list of clients and allow you to verify them.

Are your employees covered by workmen’s compensation insurance? In choosing your painting company, you will need to ensure that they have insurance. If an accident happens on the homeowner’s property, the owner will be financially liable if a contractor doesn’t provide full coverage

 

Tips for Choosing a Painting Contractor

Getting the Job Done Right

“Time is money”- Ben Franklin.   Use your time wisely, save money and hire a professional to do your painting. Using a professional will help to take the stress out of painting your own business or home. Finding the right painter can seem like a huge task all on its own. By using the following tips to hire the right professional for any painting project, you can save yourself time and money

Ask around: Ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. Your friends and neighbors will be your best source of information for the good or the not so good local commercial painting contractors. See who they used and how their painting job turned out.

The internet: No surprise here! The internet is a great resource for finding painting contractors in your area. While programs like Yelp can be very helpful in providing feedback, just remember that anyone can post anything on Yelp and so do you’re your own research. Check out other reputable sources as well such as the Better Business Bureau and the Contractors Licensing Board.

Get estimates: Get estimates from at least 3 contractors. This is a must! Even if your neighbor’s son is a painting contractor you need to do your leg work and obtain 3 different project bids. The estimates should fall roughly within the same price range. If they differ greatly, be sure to ask questions on what is being done or not done. Each painting contractor should give you a bid breakdown, if they haven’t, ask for one.

Be specific about your project – be as detailed as possible when interviewing your potential contractor. Let them know exactly what your project looks like. It is often best to be at the job site. Let them know what is to be painted and what type of finish and colors you would like. If you have questions about pricing, ask them right away.

 

How to Find a Good Painting Contractor

A do-it-yourself approach can work well for a simple painting project. More complicated, large-scale endeavors tend to require the expertise of a professional contractor. If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s an extra reason to hire a contractor: safety. Houses from that era often contain lead paint, and most contractors are specially trained to minimize the health hazards it can cause.

Like most worthwhile undertakings, finding a good contractor is a step-by-step process. The first step is to ask around. Contacts like real-estate agents and general contractors may be able to give you quality referrals, but so might your local paint store, your Aunt Trudy, the guy in the cubicle next to yours, or a neighbor whose house was recently painted. If you come across a newly painted house and there’s an ad for the contractor on the front lawn, it’s a sign that the customer was satisfied.

Create a shortlist, then get three or more references — contact information for previous customers — from each contender. Ask these references how long ago they hired the contractor in question; if it’s been several years, they can evaluate how well the paint job has held up. If you go so far as to inspect the work in person, pay attention to the windows, doors, and trim. These are areas where careful technique goes a long way, and where carelessness is especially evident.

A good contractor doesn’t just do quality work, of course. Workers should be courteous, pleasant, and capable of clear communication. Ideally, the people altering your home’s look will be enthusiastic about the task rather than jaded and burnt out. Find out from your references what kind of attitude the company’s workers displayed, and whether they behaved professionally. Also ask whether the crew stayed on schedule, and whether they arrived early each day, did their work, and got out of there.

Some previous customers may blame the contractor for problems that resulted from adverse weather conditions — something no one could control. Negative feedback can be important to consider, and repeated horror stories are a sign to stay away, but some complaints must be taken with a grain of salt. This is especially true if you visit online guides like Yelp, where disgruntled customers can anonymously rip a company to shreds, with or without cause.

 

How to Hire the Right Painting Contractor

When hiring a painter, follow these tips to ensure you choose the right one.

Painting is one of the more popular home improvement projects homeowners like to undertake. Whatever the scope of the project, hiring a professional contractor will save a lot of time and effort in the long run

Experience. How long has the contractor been in business? This trade can have high turnover. Make sure you hire someone who has been operating for two years or longer.

Employees versus subcontractors. Does the contractor have employees? If so, are they direct employees, meaning they receive a paycheck from the contractor, or are they considered subcontractors? If they are direct employees, the contractor’s workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies should cover them. If they are subcontractors, they should have their own insurance policies. Either way, the contractor should give you a copy of proof of insurance both for their business and any subcontractors, if necessary.

Legal Licensing. Does the painting contractor have a state-issued license, general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance? It is absolutely critical that the contractor has all necessary insurance and licenses. A reputable, licensed and insured contractor will have all the proper documents. Remember, it protects them and any workers they may have on site, as well as you and your home.

Preparation work. What kind of preparation work does the contractor do? A cheaper job will skimp on the prep work to cut corners. A good painting contractor will take the time to do everything that should be done, what they have stated they will do and what you both agreed would be done. The workmanship will show in the end, good or bad.

 

things you MUST know before hiring a painter

Every decade or so, most homes need a new paint of coat. Painting your home helps protect it from the elements, keeps it looking good, and allows you to just enjoy it more. The thing is- painting a home by yourself can take a LONG time. Plus if you don’t live in a rancher, you’ll need tall ladders to reach the second or third stories. This leads many people towards hiring a professional, which brings its own challenges. They’ll need to do research into house painters, find one that’s actually affordable, set up a few interviews, etc.

Should You Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Most people consider painting to be a fairly easy task. You dip a roller or brush into the paint, and then apply it evenly to walls. Simple, right? Well for the most part- yeah that’s all there is to it. Most people can paint their own home if they really want to. It’s a good way for them to save a few bucks, get outside, and take pride in their own work. But there’s a different side of the coin to consider, because hiring a professional has a few advantages.

Time Savings

Even though you might save a few bucks by doing it yourself, don’t forget about all of those hours you’ll be spending on this project. If you’re all by yourself, it can take you a few weeks to paint the whole house! That’s working a few hours every day. Obviously it depends on how big your house is, but you’d be surprised how long it can take to properly paint a home in your spare time.

Safety

Painters are constantly standing on tall ladders. They have to climb on roofs, lean out windows, and often do some other crazy stuff to get the job done. Even though 90% of painting is relatively safe, it’s that last 10% that keeps mothers up at night. Why would you do this yourself when you can easily hire someone to do this stuff for you? Professional painters know what they’re doing- they do this every day. They know how to properly use a ladder and how to measure their level of fatigue. They won’t push their own limits because they realize what’s at stake.

Quality

It’s not rocket science to brush paint onto a wall…But can just anyone make paint look good? Even more importantly, do you know how to always make the paint look good, how to get those hard-to-reach places, and the most critical parts of your home to paint? Probably not because most people don’t. Professionals know that certain areas of the home, such as the small gaps under side paneling or above a door, are extremely important. If you don’t paint those critical areas, your home is more susceptible to mold, critters or other types of damage

Starting An Electrician Business

How to Find a Good, Reliable Electrician

Although there are many home repairs you may be able to do on your own, electrical work is best left to the professionals. Faulty wiring can lead to fires, shock, electrocution and other hazards. It is important to hire a good, reliable electrician who is able to guarantee the work. Instead of making your decision solely on price, research and confirm the electrician’s credentials before making a dangerous mistake

Request recommendations. Contractors, builders and developers can often provide a list of reliable electricians they recommend. Word of mouth is a great source of advertising. See if any of your friends or co-workers can recommend a good electrician from experience

Discuss the electrician’s area of expertise. Electricians typically specialize in one field or multiple fields. Some may handle new construction site projects, and others may specialize in service calls or commercial buildings. It is important to make sure the electrician has the experience necessary to handle any issues or complications that may arise.

Ask to see a copy of the electrician’s license. In California, every individual who performs electrical work needs to be licensed, not just the contractor. You can verify the electrician’s licensing status by using the search tool on the State of California Department of Industrial Relations site

Verify that the electrician carries insurance. Although it is not a state requirement, you may want to choose an electrician carrying liability insurance in case there is an accident or damage done to your home. If the company has employees, it is legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance on all electricians. For added assurance, call the insurance provider to ensure the policies have not lapsed.

 

Tips for Hiring a Good Electrician

When you seek the services of a professional electrician to perform electrical repairs in your home or workplace, you want to ensure that the person you engage is of course qualified, certified and insured, but also highly skilled and experienced in carrying out electrical services and electrical repairs. However, it is difficult to know whether this will be the case just by speaking to someone on the phone.

Licenses and Insurance

It is absolutely essential that you ensure the electricians working in your home or workplace are licensed and appropriately insured and that the electricians willingly provide you with details of these. If an electrician works for an electrical company, it may be possible to chase up these details through the organisation, but for independent electrical contractors, these checks are still vitally important.

References

One of the best ways to know how good an electrician is, is to obtain references from others. Without such recommendations or warnings, how can you know whether others have been satisfied and impressed with their work?

Obtain an Initial Quote

Never let electrical work begin in your home without a quote being obtained and agreed. In fact, you may obtain quotes from several electricians before deciding on the one that will carry out the electrical repairs necessary in your home or workplace.

Permits and Permission

It may be the case that the electrical work to be carried out requires particular permission and/or permits. A great electrician will never attempt to cut corners by carrying out work without the necessary permission and will always seek approval.

 

How to Find a Good Electrician

Finding an electrician is not difficult, it’s finding one that is qualified, won’t rip you off and will do a good job. Going by price won’t work, because however much you pay you can never guarantee good quality workmanship. So we’ve put together a guide to help you find a good electrician.

Word of Mouth

The first port of call to finding an electrician is to ask around. Whether it’s your friends and family or a shout out on social media, a recommendation from someone else is like gold dust. If someone you know has used an electrician and they were good enough to warrant a recommendation, then you know they’re good, especially if you can go and look at their handiwork themselves.

Electrical Competent Person

If you nobody has anyone to recommend, then you need to head to the Registered Competent Person Electrical search facility here. All electricians on this register have been assessed for the quality of their work, so this should be the next step in your search for a reputable electrician.

Get a Quote from at Least Three Electricians

Obtain at least three quotations from at least three different electricians, and make sure that your quote is broken down into the actual work that the electrician will be doing, the amount of time it will take to do the job and the material costs for any parts.

Leave Them Feedback

If you’ve found a great electrician, make sure that you leave them a good recommendation, both online and in person. This means that when someone else is need of a good electrician, they’re more likely to choose the same one you did.

 

A Guide For Choosing The Right Electrician

Whether you need electrical installation or repair in your home, it is good to hire the best electrician to handle it. If your electrical system is not working in the right way, you can be sure that your entire home will also be dysfunctional. You need a good electrician with knowledge of how the system and appliances work so that they can work on your project in the right way. With the many electricians, you can get confused on the one that you can work within your home. The following are the important tips to follow as you look for an excellent electrician to work on your project

Get recommendations

One of the ways that you can get the best electrician in your area is to ask for recommendations from other homeowners who have worked with professional electricians. By doing this, you will gather the information that will guide you in selecting the one that will offer you satisfactory services that will ensure that your system will not fail you. What you should do is to list three of the best recommended and take time to consult with them so that you get the best among them. Note that you will require their electrical services for a long time so you should also choose the one you can develop a long term relationship with them.

Verify insurance and licensing

You cannot make the mistake of entrusting your electrical project to an electrician who is not licensed – EJ Electrical Gold Coast. In case you work with such a professional, you will have nowhere to run to in case there is a problem because they are not recognised by authorities. Besides, it is good to know that there are also some risks involved in working on an electrical project, so they should also have an insurance cover. So, as you do the consultation, it is vital you request them to show you their license and insurance cover. With an insurance cover, you will not worry when the professionals are working on your project because you know that you are fully protected from any liability that might occur

Training and credentials

During your search, it is paramount you only work with those with the right qualifications. They should have a strong education background in the industry. Besides, they should also be undergoing continuous training so that they get equipped with recent techniques in the electrical field. It is also important to look that they are certified and accredited by the relevant institutions to work on electrical projects.

Reputation

When you hire an electrician, they will be working inside your home. This means that if you work with someone who does not have a good reputation, you might end up losing some of your items. This is why it is good to check that your potential electrician does not have a criminal record. The reviews and rating provided by past clients will show you the reputation of the different electrical professional in your area, thus guide you to choose the right one.

 

Expert Tips To Find A Professional Electrician

Whether it is home remodeling, new electrical wiring or a faulty wire, you’re wise if you’re considering to hire a professional electrician. While we have already discussed why you must go for a professional, we wanted to compile the expert tips to find a professional electrician so as to assist you in your endeavor.

Don’t cut corners while hiring an electrician

Electrical work is highly dangerous, and it is crucial that the work gets utmost care. All the safety precautions must be followed so as to avoid dangerous on job accidents as well as to ensure that your house remains safe from electrical damage in future.

Conduct a walk-through of your home

Why is it important? Probably you’re paying the electrician for a home visit, and if that’s the case, you must make the most out of it. There are chances that you’re hiring the contractor for a major electrical work at present, but that must not stop you from getting a quote for all the tasks that might need to be done

Electricians are not do-it-all gurus

Electrical work requires highly skilled professionals and most of the trained electrical contractors specialize in different fields. Some may work on commercial wiring projects while some may handle only simple domestic tasks.

Ask for recommendations

Asking your friends, family and neighbors must be the first thing you should do to find a professional electrician. Look for a contractor who has already worked on a project for someone you know. It will give you the first person account of what is it like to work with that particular serviceman.

Steps To Choosing An Exterminator

Tips For Finding The Best Pest Control Company

Detroit is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live, but the residents there can face problems from time to time. Some of these problems are universal and can easily impact citizens throughout the country and even the entire world. One of the most notable problems and potentially the most frustrating is a pest infestation. When pests or rodents begin pouring into your home, you will want to take action immediately or the damages and costs will begin adding up rapidly. Making contact with the most reliable pest control company in Detroit MI is pertinent. Below, you will learn how to choose the best company for your specific situation.

Begin Your Search

First, you will need to begin your search and collect the names of several companies. There are plenty of different companies in Detroit, so you should go ahead and collect five or six names. If you feel the need to collect even more, you should feel free to do so. Once you delve into the other steps, the companies will start to quickly disappear from your list. Remember you can check the Internet or phone book to find these companies and their phone numbers

Word Of Mouth

Now, you should begin speaking with the ones you love and trust. These individuals may hold an abundance of information, which will be able to help guide your decision in a wise direction. During your conversation with your loved ones, you will want to ask them about their experiences with local exterminators. Although some may have no experiences at all, a few might and their information will prove to be exceptionally helpful. If they were happy with one of the area’s exterminators, you should take note and put a star beside of the company’s name.

BBB

Next, you should check with the Better Business Bureau. This organization compiles an assortment of information about companies and their past performances. The company will have a lot of information about the company and complaints filed against each of them. Although it is okay for the company to have a few complaints, they should be resolved in a satisfactory manner. If the company has a lot of unresolved complaints, you will definitely want to steer clear of them.

Reviews

Finally, you should always take the time to see what previous customers thought about their experience. You can obtain this information very easily, by checking out customer reviews and testimonials. When reading these reviews, you will figure out precisely how the company treated past customers. If the prior customers were treated disrespectfully and the treatment was ineffective, you will want to stay away from the company in question. Instead, you should only do business with companies that have good reputations and testimonials.

 

Things Your Exterminator Wants to Tell You

If you’re like most people, the sight of an insect or rodent in your home will have you dialing your exterminator before it has time to scurry behind the sofa. And once pest control arrives, chances are you cover your eyes and ears until their work is done and your home is pest-free. But instead of bugging out, listen up! There’s plenty to learn from your exterminator, from the best ways to prevent future infestations to how to handle the ones you already have. We spoke to pest control professionals across the country to find out what they wish you knew. Read on for their best pest pointers.

A tidy kitchen alone won’t make your home immune to infestations.

While many insects and rodents are attracted to food, open bags of chips and dirty dishes on the counter aren’t the only things that make your house a bug magnet. “Moisture, as well as food, plays a big role in the attraction and sustainability of pests,” says Bob Young, a division service manager for Terminix in the Northeast. “Leaving moisture sources around the home or having areas where moisture may pool can attract pests.” He recommends keeping gutters unclogged and making sure that downspouts direct water at least 3 to 4 feet away from your home’s foundation. Additionally, decorative pools and baths should be drained regularly.

There’s almost nothing you can do to keep certain bugs away.

“People tend to think that maintaining good hygiene will prevent them from getting bedbugs,” says Ron Harrison, PhD, Orkin’s director of technical services. “That’s just totally wrong. Unlike most other insects, bedbugs don’t care about food or moisture—they just want your blood.” Because the bugs hitchhike into your home on luggage, clothing or furniture, Dr. Harrison recommends being vigilant about examining items before bringing them inside. Unpack suitcases in the garage and think twice about picking up that flea market sofa. To learn more, read “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bedbugs.”

We can do a lot for you, but we can’t do everything ourselves.

Your exterminator will make every effort to successfully eliminate your pest problem, but if you don’t cooperate and do your part, you can’t expect a successful outcome. “It can be frustrating when a client doesn’t follow advice to keep their garage door closed or fix their screen window,” says Dr. Harrison. And don’t always assume that a treatment wasn’t successful if you happen to spot a critter later on: “If you have a roach population in your house, I can guarantee I’ll get rid of it. But I can’t guarantee that tomorrow when you’re at the grocery store you won’t pick up another and bring it inside with you.”

On the other hand, we wish you wouldn’t try to fix the problem yourself before calling us.

“There are a lot of bug and rodent treatments available at your hardware store that leave a lot of room for misapplication,” says Shay Jones Runion, vice president of professional development at Arrow Exterminators in Atlanta, Georgia. “In many cases people will use too much product or pick up the wrong treatment for their problem.” She warns that certain treatments can make the problem even worse; for example, overapplying product can contaminate baits that exterminators lay down for treatment, which makes their services less effective. And bug bombs that people often mistakenly buy to treat bedbugs will just end up scattering the pests around your home.

 

Termite Exterminator Tips

Pests can be a major problem for your home, especially if you don’t know how to properly dispose of them. One of the most destructive invaders is the termite. These pesky little insects can find their way into your home and quickly destroy beams, walls, floors, and furniture.

The problem with these sneaky intruders is that they are hard to detect. If you suspect that you may have a termite problem or want to be sure you are protected against them, the best way to go about it is to consult a pest professional.

Termite Knowledge

An exterminator should have a thorough knowledge of his craft; this means knowing all there is to know about pests like termites. There are many different termites: Drywood, Dampwood, Formosan, Subterranean, Conehead, and Desert just to name a few. Each type has a unique nesting pattern, preferred food source, and life cycle. The key is identifying your infestation properly to provide your home with the best treatment. When it comes to treating your house, knowledge is power.

Service and Recommendations

A pest control expert should not only be knowledgeable, but they should be well-known for impeccable service. Cleansing your home is a process and it should be as painless as possible. A good termite exterminator will inspect your home thoroughly before drawing up a treatment plan. A good exterminator will have clear pricing, be up-front about the cost, and give full explanations of their treatment options. A termite home invasion is stressful enough; a good service will take the guesswork out of the bottom line

Spot and Treat an Infestation

A quality pest control expert will be able to pinpoint possible areas of infestation and any entry spots that your home may have. If you have a possible infestation the right exterminator will give your home a thorough investigation assessing areas like cracks in the cement, walls, floors, attics and even furniture. Before any treatments can be done, your property must have an inspection; termites can be difficult to spot by the untrained eye

Know Different Treatment Options

There are multiple ways an exterminator can treat your home. Depending on what you are looking for, it is a good idea to find a pest control specialist who will provide many options

 

What to Know Before Hiring a Pest Control Service

IF YOU NO LONGER NEED to watch Animal Planet to get your nature fix (bats in the attic, anyone?) then you’ve probably considered paying for a pest control service. And why not? They all promise to rid your home of vermin. But not all pest services are created equal; even the most reputable options may have limitations. So take a few deep breaths and consider these pitfalls before hiring a service in a panic.

You could get roped into more than you bargained for. Some companies will come out for a one-time visit, but many will try and talk you into a contract, in which they visit monthly. Cost varies, of course the typical one-time pest control visit for spraying for insects, laying traps or plugging up holes in a home is between $300 to $500, and if you want to go the monthly route, you’ll average between $40 and $45.

Whatever you’re quoted, make sure the company is a member of a state or national professional association, like the National Pest Management Association, or is at least a member of the Better Business Bureau. Bonus if the service comes highly recommended by neighbors or friends. It’s important to evaluate a company’s reputation before you think too deeply about the price.

The service may not meet your needs. Imagine this: being connected with a pushy sales agent who simply wants to book an appointment and make a sale. Sure, we can handle your complete pests needs; you can just explain everything to the exterminator when he or she arrives!  Next thing you know, you’re signing a yearlong contract without having an in-depth discussion about your pest problems.

So first and foremost: Ask how the company eliminates pests or keeps them at bay. You may find that for the money you’re paying, you aren’t impressed with the company’s action plan. It would be nice to know this before you sign a contract.

 

Where is the Best Exterminator Near Me: How To Find Your Dream Pest Control Company

As time passes, more and more individuals are paying attention to their pest control habits. Living in Katy, Texas and its surrounding areas, we’re known to put up with some crawling critters throughout the year. And while there are many DIY items you can buy and assemble, nothing can quite compare to a professional pest company inspecting your house and performing a complete treatment.

We understands that nobody wants to come into their home and be faced with a cockroach, mouse, or long trails of ants and termites. Because of this, we do our part to keep track of your home’s pest progress so we can monitor any changes. In this blog, we’ll break down some of the signs that quality exterminators exhibit, and you can pick the best pest control available.

Pick an Expert!

Though every service treatment differs, there are parts of it that should remain universal. For example, most pest control businesses are able to take care of bed bugs, mice, roaches, and any other type of pest problems Are you currently negotiating with a self-proclaimed pest expert who is only able to spray your house for one or two pests? If so, many experts suggest you look elsewhere.

Nobody wants to have to worry about their pets, children, and loved ones breathing in harmful chemicals after a major pest treatment has taken place. Unfortunately, this is something that people have experienced time after time.

This is no laughing matter to us. As a family-owned and operated business, we understand the importance of what we do. No family should have to worry about their children and pets being affected by indoor pests such as fleas, ants, roaches, and other pests, but they also shouldn’t have to fear their own home. This is one of the reasons we take each and every job we perform very seriously. We’re not here to simply treat pests; we’re here to give you your home back. We control specialist will work closely with you to understand the problems you’re having and what we can do to fix them. Our company is a full service pest control provider, which means we can provide everything you need for your next pest management plan, and our green exterminations are becoming more popular than ever before.

Still have a few questions about our exterminator control services but you don’t know what to do? We has a quality team of representatives by the phone, waiting for you to schedule your first appointment with us. If you want to know about how we can eliminate the insects in your Katy and Houston homes using our custom treatment plans

Easy Ways To Find Finance For Your Home Renovation

Pro Tips on How to Hire a Contractor

Get Recommendations

Start with your friends and family and then check in with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a list of members in your area. You can also talk with a building inspector, who’ll know which home renovation contractors routinely meet code requirements, says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva, or pay a visit to your local lumberyard, which sees contractors regularly and knows which ones buy quality materials and pay their bills on time

Do Phone Interviews

Once you’ve assembled a list, Tom recommends that you make a quick call to each of your prospects and go through these questions to ask a contractor

Meet Face to Face

Based on the phone interviews, pick three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further discussion. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner that puts you at ease. Tom says that it’s crucial that you two communicate well because this person will be in your home for hours at a time. On the other hand, don’t let personality fool you. Check in with your state’s consumer protection agency and your local Better Business Bureau before you hire a contractor to make sure they don’t have a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors.

Investigate the Facts

Now that you’ve narrowed your list, put your research to use. Call up former clients to find how their project went and ask to see the finished product. But Tom says you shouldn’t rely on results alone. Even more important, visit a current job site and see for yourself how the contractor works. Is the job site neat and safe? Are workers courteous and careful with the homeowner’s property?

Make Plans, Get Bids

You have your short list of contractors whose track records seem clean and whose work ethic looks responsible. Now it’s time to stop looking back at past work and start looking forward to your project. A conscientious contractor will want not only a complete set of blueprints but also a sense of what homeowners want out of a project and what they plan to spend. To compare bids, ask everyone to break down the cost of materials, labor, profit margins and other expenses. Generally materials account for 40 percent of the total cost; the rest covers overhead and the typical profit margin, which is 15 to 20 percent

 

Tips for Budgeting for a Home Renovation

Whether you plan to renovate a house before moving in or are preparing to remodel your current abode, we know budgeting for a home renovation can be a tough process. First, you’ll need to determine what it is you really need versus what you simply want. Next, you’ll have to figure out how you’re going to finance the renovation in the first place. Once you have a general idea of how much money you have to spend on renovations (and where that money is coming from), you should be able to make better decisions on finishes, appliances and other renovation features

Remember: most renovations end up costing more than originally thought, so be sure to have a money cushion set aside in case of emergencies. This is especially true if you plan to tear down walls and make structural changes, as these projects often end up with unwelcome surprises (think: water damage, mold or electrical and wiring issues). Many homeowners may also be concerned with ways to cut costs and save money without compromising the quality of the home. For tips on budgeting for a home renovation, check out our expert advice below

Decide on your top renovation needs and priorities

The reason for renovating your home probably has something to do with a need that isn’t being met by your current living situation. Perhaps it’s a need for more space or perhaps it’s a need for an updated bathroom. Whatever the reason (or reasons) for renovating, be sure to write down and prioritize all of your remodeling goals. For instance, a larger kitchen island may be at the top of your priority list, whereas updated appliances may be lower down on the list of needs. Keep your goals in mind and avoid getting side-tracked with smaller projects that can wait for later

Look at cost vs. value for each renovation project

Planning to sell your home in the future? Keep the return on investment top of mind when choosing home renovation projects. After all, there’s no reason to pour $40K into a kitchen, if the home isn’t going to sell for more than you originally paid. Once you’ve prioritized your home renovation needs, research each project’s cost vs. value using Remodeling Magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value report. The report includes the cost of common remodeling projects and compares them to that project’s resale value. This should give you an idea about which projects are worth the money and which projects aren’t. For instance, the 6 most valuable home improvement projects of 2018 included an upscale garage door replacement, manufactured stone veneer, the kitchen, siding and vinyl window replacements and a bathroom remodel.

Figure out how you’re going to finance the renovation

Now for the hard part: figuring out how exactly you’re going to finance this renovation. First, take a look at your current finances. Do you have enough cash to cover the renovation? If so, great. If not, you’ll need to borrow money for the project. Unless you have a fairy godmother willing to loan you cash, we recommend either using a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC), where homeowners can borrow money against their home. Many homeowners also use credit cards to finance their renovation projects. This may be a good idea – assuming you have a plan to pay these credit cards off. If you have strong credit, you may also be able to obtain a loan through SoFi, an online personal finance company providing personal loans and mortgages to high income individuals

 

How to Find a Contractor When Renovating a Home

Preparing to renovate your home? Whether it’s a small, one-room makeover or an entire overhaul of the property, you’ll likely need an experienced and reputable general contractor. While expensive, these construction professionals provide valuable services to homeowners renovating a home. In all likelihood, homeowners won’t be able to spend all day, every day at the home overseeing the day-to-day operations. That’s where a general contractor comes in. Not only do general contractors oversee every aspect of the renovation from beginning to end, but they also guide homeowners in making practical yet budget-conscious decisions throughout the process. In addition, they handle complicated inspection and permitting requirements by the city.

Ask your Realtor

Did you purchase the home using a trusted real estate agent? If so, don’t hesitate to ask your Realtor for contractor suggestions. Most Realtors have a list of home improvement professionals to meet their customers’ real estate needs. For instance, in addition to recommended contractors, your Realtor likely has a list of handymen, plumbers, pool cleaners, etc. It’s also likely that a seasoned and experienced Realtor has worked with contractors in the past – either by selling them homes or selling their flipped homes. If you haven’t yet purchased the home that you plan to renovate, we recommend asking your Realtor to have their recommended contractors come to the house for a walk-through. The contractor may be able to give you a rough estimate of renovation costs, which could help you decide whether or not the home purchase is worth your money.

Word of mouth

When searching for a general contractor, there’s nothing more helpful than a good or bad recommendation from a trusted friend, family member or neighbor. If the contact had a good experience with the general contractor, you can bet they’ll be singing their praises. However, if the experience was less than favorable, your contact will likely warn you against hiring a certain contractor. Word of mouth recommendations are valuable, so don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone and everyone you know in the area who has undergone a home renovation. You may also want to consider joining Nextdoor.com or local Facebook groups to obtain contractor recommendations from locals

Search digital marketplaces

If suggestions from your Realtor and word of mouth recommendations from friends aren’t enough, try searching a digital marketplace that connects homeowners with home improvement contractors. A few websites to explore include Houzz, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and Porch. These websites provide visitors with a list of local contractors. If the contractor has set up a profile with the site, you’ll likely be able to find information about the company, photos of projects and reviews from clients

Obtain recommendations and conduct research on local contractors

Just because a trusted friend vouches for a contractor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your due diligence. Make sure you’ve checked to see whether the contractor is properly licensed and insured. Check customer reviews and Better Business Bureau ratings. It’s also a good idea to research how long they’ve been in business, years of experience and projects completed. In addition to reviews available online, we recommend asking the contractor for a list of client references.

 

How do I find a good construction contractor for a home renovation project?

For most homeowners, the hardest part of any home renovation project isn’t the work itself, it’s finding a competent and reliable contractor to do the job. Installing kitchen cabinets, knocking down a wall or retiling the bathroom is simple compared with the struggle of hiring a quality contractor who will perform at a high level from start to finish. Everyone has heard stories about horrendous contractors who tore apart the kitchen and never returned or projects that cost three times the contractor’s original estimate.

Choosing the right contractor can make the difference between a successful home renovation project and a disaster. But even for experienced renovators, finding the right contractor can be a challenge. Apnabuilder is a reliable construction company in Pakistan (Lahore) that focuses on your needs. You can take on any construction project with confidence while our team does the heavy lifting for you.

Whether you are in Pakistan or abroad we will make the construction of your project a breeze. From the conception of an idea to the realization of your dream, our team will be right there for you at every step of the process. Construction processes can be tedious. Purchase of land, developing blueprints, designing, buying construction materials, managing labor and completing the project in time. But with our building construction company services you can enjoy your morning coffee while our team will build your dream to perfection.

Know what you want before you get estimates: “Start with a plan and some ideas,” Hicks says. “Don’t start by talking to contractors.” You’ll get a more accurate estimate if you can be very specific in what you want done and the materials you would like to use to make it happen.

Ask friends, relatives and co-workers for references: People in your neighborhood who have done similar projects are your best sources. If you know people in the building trades, ask them, too. Employees of local hardware stores may also be able to provide referrals

 

Tips For Finding Reliable Home Renovation Contractors

Ask For Referrals

Websites that offer referrals for contractors can be a great tool if you don’t know where to find someone for the job, but also be wary. A contractor can have seemingly stellar reviews, but unless you’ve seen jobs they’ve completed in the past and spoken to people who have worked with the contractor before, you shouldn’t trust everything you find online as your only source. Experienced contractors don’t need website referrals; they’ll have real contacts for you to contact who can attest to their integrity

Seek Out Active Communicators

Communication will play an important role in the renovation process, so look for someone you can get along with. Problems and challenges can arise at any point of a home renovation project, and when they do, you and your contractor should be able to communicate and work through the issue together. Choose a contractor that seems able to remain calm and also keep you calm while finding a solution to any  problems.

Look For Solid Contractor-Homeowner Contracts

There is no way around having a contract between you and your contractor; it’s part of their job description. If a contractor is not willing to write up a contract for your job or if the contract is incomplete, then it is likely unwise to proceed with the home renovation project with that contractor.

Don’t Fall For Free Quotes

When a contractor offers you a quote, they’re giving you a breakdown of costs for the project at hand. Even though it may seem like a positive thing for a home renovation contractor to offer a quote for free, it can also be a negative sign. The best contractors typically charge for quotes because they are busy with their jobs. If contractors taking the time to look at your home and discuss the project with you, it usually means that they are serious about working on your home. If you are paying for the quote, it usually indicates that you’re serious about getting the job done. One way to find contractors who are more likely to do a good job on your home renovation project is to be skeptical of those offering free quotes

Look For Contractors Giving Realistic Cost Estimates

Quotes are necessary, but they probably won’t give you all of the information you’ll need in order to properly choose a contractor. Before you hire someone, you’ll need to pay for a detailed estimate. This estimate should contain every aspect of the project, including specific materials and required permits. Proper estimates are pages-long and should answer every question you have about the renovation — even ones you didn’t necessarily think of. Be cautious about proceeding with the contract if a contractor tries to give you an insufficient estimate and you can spot price discrepancies or a lot of missing information

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