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Mold Inspection Checklist

HOW TO CLEAN MOLD GROWING IN YOUR HOME

Mold in or on windows:

If Mold has grown on windows, in most cases you can it on your own. However if the mold is growing on the window sill or window frame and is penetrating the surface further remediation will most likely be required.

What can I use to clean molds?

You will want to use soap and water, or a mold product often available in stores. If using a mold product, read the label, apply it for the right dwelling time (how long it needs to stay on the surface before cleaning),  clean the mold, wipe it down, bag the cloth /paper in a bag and seal it of (tie it up), then throw it away. Not it is also good to hepa vacuum and clean all surfaces. Also make sure you have lots of fresh air coming into the area you are cleaning.

It’s better to know how to prevent mold on windows:

  • Wipe down the condensation that is on and around your windows; further more prevent condensation in the first place: If you see condensation on your windows it is a good indication that your heat is too high compared to the temperature outside in the winter or your air conditioning is too high compared to the temperature outside in the summer. Thus causing your humidity levels to be too high in your house, when the heat in your house meets the cold window this causes condensation and vice versa in the summer. It may also be an indication that your windows were improperly installed or improperly insulated or caulked, allowing water to penetrate and build up between your windows and allowing cold spots where it is not insulated. This also may affect the drywall below your window. In this case, this is no longer situation that you can handle yourself and it is a good idea to call us, we will provide a free visible mold inspection and a free estimate.
  • Clean the dust that always finds a way to build up on your windows, sill and window frames. Dust is a food source for mold and if there isn’t a food source mold will not grow on a non-porous material (example: Glass). Mold grows behind the screen (net), in between the windows, the frames, and one of the reasons this occurs is the dust buildup, giving mold a viable food source and allowing it to continue to grow. It is a good idea to take apart your windows depending on the type you have and vacuum, wipe them clean with soap and water and dry them completely before reinstalling them. Also vacuum your window screens and spray them clean with soap and water and again allow your screens to fully dry before you reinstall them. This is a good chore to add to your spring cleaning list. If water is penetrating your windows it is a good indication your windows were not properly installed and if the same person installed all of your windows you may have similar problems below and around all of your windows.

Clean Molds from Dry wall:

In Most CASES it can not or should not been done alone, mold on drywall usually penetrates since it is a porous material, and therefore is notjust surface mold. Generally there is more than meets the eye if it is on the front of your drywall there is a good chance you will find more mold on the back of your drywall. Because of this by disturbing the mold on your drywall you are causing it to go into defence mode and it will release millions of spores into your air and may spread to other areas of your home. Just like when a maple tree is under stress it will drop thousands of keys as a defence mechanism to try and reproduce itself, it is the same when it comes to mold on your drywall.

Mold On ConreteClean mold from concrete:

If you can clean it – If your basement is not finished scrub all of the concrete with a steel brush and T.S.P and then wipe down entirely, you still need to disinfect and hepa vacuum. In a lot of cases when you see white on your concrete it is commonly mistaken for mold, but it is actually efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when excess water meets concrete (calcination) and in most cases is a good indication that you have foundation or waterproofing issues or a leak coming from another source in your home. If the white areas continue horizontally around the perimeter of your basement it is most likely a foundation problem. If the white marks are coming down your wall then the source is coming from somewhere else. However there is white mold and without mould testing we can’t be certain if it is mould or not.

 

How is Mold Cleaned up Successful?

  • The mold contaminated area needs to be sealed off completely from the rest of your home or business.
  • The mold contaminated area needs to be put under negative pressure this is obtained with the use of Negative Air Machines (Air Scrubbers) with tubes sending filtered air directly outside, a Secondary Filter on a Window bringing Filtered air back in the mould contaminated space and Barricades sealing off all entry ways into the space and Sealing off any duct vents in the mold contaminated space.
  • Removal of Organic Porous Moldy Materials such as Clothing, Carpets, Ceiling Tiles, Drywall, Pressed Board and Upholstery in most cases can’t be cleaned effectively and must be disposed of. Semi Porous Moldy Materials such as Wood Studs may be able to be saved depending how affected the material is but the mold can’t just be cleaned, it must be completely removed, this is done by sanding or ice or soda blasting. Non-Porous Materials can be saved but must be completely disinfected. Moldy materials must be bagged In 6mm Poly and Sealed before removing from the contaminated area.
  • All surfaces in the entire area must be Hepa Vacuumed, then all surfaces must be disinfected and then Hepa vacuumed again.

 

What will determine the speed of mold growth?

  • Air flow
  • Humidity
  • Temperature (usually above 3 deg. C)
  • What organic material is actually wet (e.g. mold grows faster on dry wall than wood)

If mold is clearly visible then it is growing and will reproduce by releasing it’s spores that will settle in surrounding areas if allowed to aerate. Under perfect conditions mold colonies can grow at 1sq inch per day and cover surface areas of several square feet in less than a week.

Other common questions: can mold grow in the wintertime? If I can’t see mold, does it still grow?

Mold can grow safely in our refrigerator at temperatures below 4 deg. C, we’ve all witnessed this before. So the assumption that mold doesn’t grow in the winter time is certainly untrue. It is agreed in the wider scientific community that common household mold will not grow outdoors at -15 deg. C though temperatures rarely drop below 5 deg. C in the home, even in the coldest and darkest of basements.

 

Is there a difference between Mold and Mildew?

Mold and Mildew have many parallel features, but they are slightly different types of fungi, and are often different in color and texture. Mold and mildew can grow in many of the damp and warm locations. Often they are mentioned as one since they have the same effects. In many cases mildew is another word for Mold. The treatment required is same; the protocol to follow will be the same since both of them release spores that can affect our health. Mildew can grow nearly anywhere so treating it as soon as it is noticed is vital.

Mildew Removal can sometimes be cleaned up by yourself, but you should consult a certified company first!

 

A FEW FACTS ABOUT MOLD

  • Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are Moulds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Elevated Mould will be found indoors, the question is what type of Mould exists indoors and how much of it.
  • The source of the water problem or leak must be repaired to prevent mould growth.
  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with Mould exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems. People bellow the age of 5 and above the age of 50 are in the higher risk category, as well people with weaker immune systems.
  • The term “Toxic Mold” refers to Molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum also known as “Black Mold”. This is the most dangerous type of mold and it should not be found within your living and working environment.

Important Considerations For Outdoor Pest Control

Helpful Hints Building Owners Need To Know About Pest Control

No matter what the quality of your home is, you should not have to live with annoying pests. This article will help you to make some headway in your fight against pests. The sooner you can take care of the problem, the sooner you will be free of these unwanted house guests.

Have a mosquito problem? If so, then ensure your garden doesn’t have any standing pools of water. Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water, which gives their larvae a place to thrive. Inspect the areas near your hoses, garden pots and other areas where there may be standing water.

Buy properly sized pest traps. If you lay a trap for a large animal, such as a raccoon, you will be unable to catch smaller animals such as chipmunks. Many traps use the animal’s weight to trigger a trap door. However, if this animal can’t trigger the trap because it’s light, you’ll basically end up feeding the pest without catching it.

If you’ve got a termite problem, you’ll want a good termiticide. Termiticide comes in two flavors: killer termiticide and repelling termiticide. No matter which you use, it needs a thorough application around the foundation and inside the home. You may need to use a great deal of termiticide if you want best results. It could take more than a hundred gallons.

If you are wondering if you have termites, get a dog that can smell them. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. A well-trained, termite sniffing dog can find all of them. Dogs cannot be beat. Dogs will immediately pick up the methane gas produced when termites eat wood.

 

PESTICIDES

Take the pesticide-free pledge! Pesticides harm more than the weeds and pests they’re designed to kill. Your commitment to a safe and healthy environment makes a difference

THE PROBLEM:

Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk. These pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things: to kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungi (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. They are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, lakes, forests, and roads.

HEALTH:

Pesticides are incredibly harmful to human health. Pesticides have been proven to cause reproductive and developmental effects, cancer, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, etc. People are exposed to pesticides when they breathe air where pesticides have been sprayed, drink contaminated water, or come into contact with areas where pesticides have been used, such as lawns, parks, lakes and more.

Children, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly vulnerable. They take in pesticides at home and daycare and at schools and playgrounds, as kids are more likely to crawl on the ground and put their contaminated hands in their mouths. One of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos, has been found to cause irreversible brain damage in infants when they are exposed to the insecticide during this period.

People and families working on and living near industrial farms are some of the most at-risk populations of these health problems and are some of the least protected workers in the US. Farmworkers often suffer from short-term effects such as blindness, coma, and death as well as long-term effects like infertility, birth defects, and cancer.

 

Natural Born Pest Killers

Natural means of controlling pests can be as effective as the harmful chemicals that contaminate our landscapes, sometimes more so. And they help protect our family, our pets, our communities and the world at large.

mission is to provide you with effective, practical solutions for common household and garden pests, starting with the simplest, least toxic measures and moving to more aggressive, intensive action as needed. From barriers and traps to minimally-processed products derived from natural compounds and plant oils

Home Remedies for Pest Control

Everybody likes cucumbers, right? Not ants. Cucumber peelings — the more bitter the better — make for an effective ant deterrent. Spreading cucumber peels where ants might enter your home will send them scurrying. Big bonus: cucumber peelings present none of the dangers of the chemical pesticide you otherwise might have purchased at the big-box store or commercial nursery supply, the kind that contain known toxins, heavy metals and other inert ingredients. It’s no small point: the evidence continues to grow that synthetic pesticides pose a significant health risk to humans and animals. And still these chemical-laden products are widely used without regard to the dangers. That doesn’t have to be true at your house.

Home pest control methods should be safe as well as effective. A good strategy, like the Integrated Pest Management program you might use in your garden, is one that’s safe for your family. But controlling insects indoors requires more than just knowledge of natural remedies, like cucumber peels, and their application. It means buying and using products made of non-synthetic ingredients including natural oils, naturally occurring compounds and other non-toxic ingredients to get rid of bugs. It also requires a certain amount of vigilance. Keep an eye out for problems and don’t ignore conditions that could attract pests. Consider your family’s well-being with every step you take. Buy products that can be trusted, products that not only claim to be natural and safe but are  natural and safe. Buying “natural” insect control at the hardware or big-box store can be a gamble, even when you check labels carefully.

Insect barriers, like the cucumber peels mentioned above, act like barbed wire to keep ants and other crawling insect pests out.

Garlic, a natural insecticide for everything from mosquitoes potato beetles, makes an effective barrier for your home. Grind it up with water and apply where ever insects might enter. Garlic-based products, safe to use in kitchens as well as in the vegetable garden, are more concentrated than home preparations, yet over time carry a less detectable odor.

Other natural barriers include cayenne pepper, cinnamon, powdered charcoal, bone meal, talcum powder or chalk. Different pests have different aversions, so you’ll have to see what substance works best with the creatures you’re trying to prevent from sneaking into your home.

Certain plants, grown around the periphery of your home, can also serve as barriers. They not only look nice, but will also deter pests. Plants known to repel ants and aphids include spearmint, peppermint and pennyroyal.

Barriers for fly control: Plant mint and basil around doorways and under windows. These plants repel flies even as they add sweet scents that we human enjoy.

If you find cracks or other entries into your home being used by ants, douse them with boiling water. If you discover where they are creeping into your house, squeeze some lemon into the hole or crack.

Barriers also work for snails. Sand, lime, copper or ashes deter their movement. so use these borders to keep snails away from sidewalks and entries.

Specialized products, some certified for organic use, are available for keeping out deer and rabbits, rodents, even the neighborhood cat.

 

The Best Natural Products for Do-It-Yourself Pest Control in Your Home and Garden

Bugs, creatures, and critters are a part of life. In fact, the average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugs living within the walls, according to a 2017 study published in Biology Letters.

Though that fact may give you a case of the heebie-jeebies, most of those bugs are totally harmless. In fact, a few of them may indeed be helpful to your home. But, if you’re hoping to have a bug-free house, there are ways to get just that while still being friendly to the environment. Here are a few products and methods for do-it-yourself pest control to rid your home and your garden of creepy crawly insects for good.

Home Pest Control

The best pest control for your home starts by not letting them inside in the first place. And that begins by shoring up any bug and pest-friendly entryways.

For Clothes Moths: Non-Toxic Moth Traps

The last thing you want is for your clothing to get invaded by moths. Stop the little guys in their tracks with a non-toxic moth trap. The trap hangs right in your closet and attracts moths with natural pheromones. The pest control product is easy to use and lasts for up to three months.

or Bed Bugs: Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer

Though there’s no great way to prevent bed bugs, you can kill them in a non-toxic way with Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer. The organic formula kills bed bugs on contact and won’t stain your fabrics.

 

Best pest control tips and what to look for in summer

Keep cockroaches, rodents, vermin and critters away from your home this summer with these expert pest control tips.

How to get rid of cockroaches

Summer time often means great weather – or, really, really, really hot weather! In these conditions all sorts of pests thrive, from dangerous snakes to annoying cockroaches. You want to ensure your house is pest-proof so you and your family stay safe and healthy

Prevention is always better than cure

When it comes to pest prevention, there are a range of different tips and tricks homeowners can implement that can reduce the likelihood of unwanted pests all year round, at little to no cost at all.

Adding rubber door stops for insect control

Adding rubber door stops to is one of the easiest ways to prevent pests from getting into the house. Available at hardware stores, they’ll prevent pests and vermin getting into the property, beneath doorways which often act as entry points.

Remove vegetation

Vegetation against the wall edge of your home is one of the most common causes of infestations. Pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches and spiders gain entry to the property because they’ll use the vegetation as a bridge straight into the home.

Tips On Home Renovation

What is a home-renovation loan?

A home-renovation loan is a type of loan, often wrapped into a mortgage loan, that includes the costs of renovating a “fixer-upper.”

You might consider getting one if you’re interested in buying a home at a lower price point and taking on the costs of fixing it up. Buyers choose to do this for a number of reasons, including personal pleasure or as a way to gain equity faster than they normally would when buying a move-in ready house, since you’re more in control of establishing the value of your house.

Home-renovation loans may cover costs such as installing or updating heating and cooling systems, energy improvements, roofing, waterproofing, mold remediation, etc., in addition to desired renovations like a new kitchen or bathroom that could add value to the house.

In many cases, an appraisal for a home-renovation loan will include up to 110% of the home’s after-improved value. This is particularly helpful if the home is in need of deferred maintenance, such as a hot water heater with one to two years of life left in it.

 

Remodel loan pitfalls to watch out for

In deciding whether to seek a loan, one financial issue is whether–and if so, how much–the renovations would increase the home’s value. Some projects may increase the value beyond their cost. But with others, you may not get back the cost of remodeling when you sell; some projects simply aren’t worth doing from a cost standpoint, although you may want to do them anyway because it improves your lifestyle. Think: Adding that in-law suite or extra bedroom.

When weighing renovations from a return standpoint, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the total amount you’d have in the home after finishing the work, relative to an appraiser’s estimate of the total after-project value.

You also want to consider the values of comparable homes in the neighborhood that have sold recently. A major pitfall lies in investing more in a home, through the purchase price and remodeling, than the values of these comparable homes, as they’ll affect your eventual sale price.

 

Should you get a home improvement loan? Here are  core things to consider:

Combine saved cash with your home renovation loan

Consider combining cash with any of the other financing options. This may considerably reduce the total amount of interest you pay.

How to finance home improvements with your credit cards

Use a credit card to pay for your home improvement. Keep in mind details such as the possible rewards you could get on one side, and paying monthly charges in full and on time to avoid paying interest and/or late charges. For those small projects, only use zero (0%) or low interest credit cards when cash is not available. You may find 0% interest offers on new credit cards attractive, for projects under $15,000 (like that bathroom remodel), mostly because you plan to pay off the amount balance in a short period of time (12 to 18 months). The credit application and approval process is quite simple and there is no equity risk on your dwelling on this unsecured type of financing. Be aware, you need to understand the terms and fees of these credit card offers, especially that you are capable of paying off the full balance before the offer expires to avoid higher interest rates.

Should I refinance my mortgage and cash it out as a home renovation loan?

Another option may be a first mortgage cash-out refinancing. Be aware that the closing costs will often be substantially higher than those related to Home Equity products. Make sure you estimate the cost of your home improvement and the time it takes to pay off the loan. Home Equity products may save money on projects over a shorter period than a cash-out first mortgage. Always consider financing the projects that improve the value of your home. Look for information on which improvements or upgrades will boost property value in your area and never finance a major improvement if it increases the value of your property out of the comparable market.

Difference between a Home Equity Loan and a Home Equity Line of Credit:

A home equity loan, gives you money all at once, while a home equity credit line provides a source of funds that you can draw on as needed. These may be more suitable for the higher end of a mid-range size project. You should consider cost of financing and collateral risks vs. urgency and timeliness before choosing which one suits you best.

 

Consider one of six ways to pay for your home remodeling project:

  1. Cash.

If you’ve got it, use it. For those with the available funds, this choice will be the most obvious. If you plan to save and pay for each upgrade, try tackling one small project at a time. Using a credit card is also a possibility for a smaller home reno, as long as you’re able to pay that amount back before it accrues high interest.

  1. Mortgage refinance.

Refinancing your mortgage could give you access to a lower mortgage interest rate that yields a lower monthly payment. That’s why we always recommend a yearly check-in with your loan officer to keep your mortgage — and your finances — in optimal shape. Lowering your monthly mortgage payment with a refinance could free up extra cash that you could use to pay for your home renovation, as described in option number one. Your loan officer may also recommend a cash-out refinance that will allow you to access some of your home’s equity at up to 80 percent of its value.

  1. Home renovation loan.

This option works if you’re a homebuyer who plans to renovate as soon as you get the keys to your new house. Renovation lending programs like the FHA 203(K) Limited or Full or FNMA Homestyle (Conventional) loans allow you to borrow extra money, within one home loan, to fund a home purchase and its improvements. A home renovation loan can also be used to finance repairs. Each renovation loan product has different contingencies, maximum repair amounts, and timelines that can be explained in detail by your loan officer. The FHA 203(K) Limited, for example, requires home repairs to begin within 15 days and to be finished within six months of closing.

  1. Home equity line of credit (HELOC).

A home equity line of credit is taken out as a revolving credit line, using your home’s value as collateral. Similar to a credit card, a HELOC offers a line of credit that you can use to fund larger repairs or consolidate other loan debts. The interest on a home equity line of credit is normally tax-deductible and lower than other loan types. And like other mortgage loans, a HELOC could leave your house at risk if payments are delayed or stopped altogether.

  1. Home equity loan.

A home equity loan differs from a home equity line of credit in that it’s a second home loan used to access your home’s equity, without needing to refinance. A home equity loan may be a better option than a refinance if you have a large amount of equity available to you. The main difference between a home equity loan and a cash-out refinance is that the former creates a second mortgage on your home, while the latter converts your existing mortgage into another mortgage with different and more competitive terms. You may choose not to refinance your first mortgage if it already has a low interest rate. In this scenario, taking out a second mortgage makes more sense.

  1. Construction loan.

This final option can work well if you’re a homeowner bringing out the big guns — rebuilding a portion of your house or doing a total flip. Construction loans are harder to come by and have more stringent requirements. In most cases, a construction loan is granted as a short-term loan, and money is released in stages until the renovation is finished.

 

Alternatives to a Home Renovation Loan

If you have very healthy credit and a less expensive project in mind, you can use a credit card with a promotional no-interest period as an alternative to a full renovation loan. Isolating your project costs on a separate credit card will make it easier to keep those expenses separate from your usual spending, while a no-interest offer will minimize the cost of borrowing the money. Just remember that it can be easy to overspend with a credit card, so make sure you’re confident you can use it responsibly and repay the balance quickly.

There’s also the cash-out refinancing option, which involves refinancing your current mortgage at a higher loan amount and using the extra cash for a renovation. This choice might make sense if you have at least 20% equity in the home, a good credit score and low interest rate options available in the market. Look carefully at current rates, lenders, and how much equity you have in your home before choosing to refinance.

The best choice for you will vary significantly depending on your situation. If you want to make home repairs on your new home right away, the lower rates and closing costs of a home renovation loan make the most sense. If you’ve already built up some equity in your home, you can take advantage of a strong market with a home equity loan to increase the value of your home. Credit lines or cash-out refinancing are worthwhile considerations when interest rates are low and your credit is healthy.

Top Tips On Packing Services And Packaging Services

Complete House Packing Services

Don’t risk damaging your belongings due to poor quality packing materials

Fully-insured packing and removal

Delivery of all necessary packing materials

Partial packing priced per box can be done

Option for same-day packing and removals

Specialty covers for fragile and antique items

Book your Professional Packers

Request a house or office packing service over the phone or online

Get professional removals and packing supplies delivered to your doorstep

Meet the seasoned packers and movers and let them handle the packing

Take advantage of our fully insured loading, transportation & unloading processes

How to Arrange Your Packing Service

You can also schedule a partial packing service if you need some extra help with boxing easily breakable items, for instance. The price will be calculated per box and will be included in your final quote.

Depending on the size of the packing/removals job, we may deliver your moving boxes and packaging materials a few days prior to Moving day or on the very same day of your relocation. Make sure that you’ve sorted out a valid parking space in advance.

On the day of your appointment, the professional packers will arrive fully prepared to get on with the professional packing service. They will assemble the boxes and start wrapping every item with utmost care. Each filled-up box will be secured with a vinyl tape and labelled appropriately. Fragile items will be protected with bubble wrap and encased in timber crates if requested. The professional packers and movers will cover any soft pieces of furniture with a plastic sheet. And rest assured that all your movable property will be fully insured from start to finish!

 

Packing & Unpacking Services

Packing Services

find underestimating the time and energy required to pack for a move is very common, and it can be one of the most stressful aspects of planning for a move. This is why we include packing services as part of our full service moving offering

professional, careful movers and packers are expertly trained to pack items of any quantity, value, or fragility, from a library of books to a cabinet of fine china

Full Packing Services

You’d rather not worry about packing at all. We will send a team of experienced movers and packers to your home to pack up the attic to the basement. Of course, we will leave out any items you’ll need on the night before moving, and quickly pack those up on move day.

Partial Packing Services

If you don’t mind packing some (or even most) of your items on your own, but would like some additional help, we can accommodate your packing needs. Perhaps you’d like us to tackle packing a large collection of breakables, or just work on preparing storage areas for the move; whatever you need

Unpacking Services

Moving is generally an exhausting experience, even if you hire professionals to do the hard labor. If you would like some assistance settling in to your new home with unpacking boxes

 

Packing Services

If you’re planning to move to, or from Santa Fe, we’ll be happy to assist you in the process

main goal is to help you transition to the new space as stress-free as possible. Regardless of whether you just need packing services, whether your move is local or long distance, we have all of the situations covered

packers and movers use top-quality packing materials

packers and movers are very efficient and tactical when it comes to the security of your items. We pay special attention to the materials that we invest in because keeping your items safe and in perfect condition is our main priority. You can never be relaxed on your moving day when you use second-grade materials and hand-me-down boxes. That’s why we provide moving boxes that can handle the stress of transporting your belongings and protecting them, no matter the conditions or distance.

have experience in packing all types of items and furniture

Fine art and china, antiques, family heirlooms, glassware, mirrors, furniture, pool tables, pianos, appliances, IT equipment… We will wrap each item individually, then carefully place it inside a box.

packing the robust items and different processes and materials it requires. The corners are usually the part that damage and hurt other surfaces easily. This is why we pay special attention to them.

 

Packing Services

Your fragile items are safe

goal is to make your moving day an enjoyable experience, providing you with the best packing services Miami and personal moving coordinator who will manage every step of your moving process. You don’t have to worry about your valuable and fragile items any more

agents are experienced and trained to handle it properly. We know how to protect and pack your fragile belongings to reduce the risk of damage and crushes during the transportation. Fragile items need careful handling, that’s why you can rely on us! With high-quality packing supplies, your fragile items will be protected and safely delivered to your new destination.

You can count on Comprehensive or Partial Packing Services

Whether you are moving next door or planning a long distance move, or even international move, our secure packing services will ensure safe delivery of your items. Your belongings will arrive on time, protected and safe

Affordable rates for your satisfaction

The cost of packing services depends only on your load. Many people discover that hiring packers to do the packing for them is well worth the added expense. Also, our packing services include the packing supplies.

can help unpack and store too

storage facility is conveniently located so you can store your items near you for as long time as you wish. Also, if you need a help in the unpacking process

 

Packing tips

Moving day is looming and you realise that you can’t put off the packing any longer. Have you got enough boxes? What about those breakables and family heirlooms? Think ahead and reduce the potential for disaster on moving day.

Before you start

You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.

Make a priority packing list

Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out. You can make up a box for charity and if you’ve time, hold a car boot sale or log onto an online auction, then put the proceeds of your sold goods towards some re-decorating or a new carpet.

Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful, such as strong tape, bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes.

Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.

Use sturdy packing boxes, particularly for heavier items, or your belongings may end up strewn all over the pavement. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones. You can usually find these at supermarkets, off-licences or large retail stores, but make sure that they are clean.

Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.

Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff

Think ahead

Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.

Pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.

Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.

Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.

If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.

Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first

Guide To Tankless Water Heaters

Buying A New Water Heater? Things To Consider!

Water heaters are essential for every modern household. They are absolutely indispensable in winters as well as for any hot water needs like washing clothes or doing the dishes. For someone planning to buy a water heater, it’s very easy to get confused with all the options and varieties available in the market. Although choosing the right water heater for you mainly boils down to the purpose, space constraints and of course, your budget! Here are the important factors and features to consider before finalizing on the heater.

You will have to decide whether you want a water heater with a storage tank and one that heats water instantly. Storage water heaters tend to be a bit expensive but generally they are more durable and require minimum maintenance. Instant water heaters, on the other hand, heat only as much water as you need and when you need it. These heaters operate with least loss of heat and are often cheaper to operate than storage heaters.

The right size of your water heater will be dependent on how much hot water is used in the household. For a household with only 2-3 members, an instant water heater will suffice. For a medium-sized household, typically of 4-5 persons, a combination of instant water heaters and storage will be preferred. For a large household of 5 persons and above, multiple instant water heaters is an option or again a combination of heaters, depending on the usage of each member can be installed.

Electric water heaters come with energy-efficiency star rating labels. The more the stars, the more efficient the water heater is, the highest being a 5-star rating. Instant water heaters are generally much more energy-efficient than the traditional water heaters. These heaters use energy when it’s necessary. When the water cools off, the heating element is turned on and it heats up the water again. Installing an energy-efficient water heater means saving money on monthly electricity bills. So, before buying a water heater, choose one with a higher star rating.

Choosing the right water heater also involves keeping the space constraints in mind. If your installation area is spacious then you can choose a storage water heater since they are bulky in size and may take up a good amount of space. If you have space crunch, however, an instant water heater will be apt since they are compact in size and take up lesser space than ones with tanks.

 

How Many Years is a Water Heater Good For?

Your water heater is one of those everyday appliances that you probably don’t think about very often, but when it stops working, everything in the house grinds to a screeching halt. From morning showers to hard-to-clean dishes, losing hot water can disrupt several daily tasks and put everyone on edge. Sometimes the problem is relatively minor and easy to fix, a simple thermostat or heating element gone bad. But water heaters see a lot of use and sooner or later, they’re going to need to be replaced.

So How Many Years DOES a Water Heater Last?

This seemingly straightforward question is not as easy to answer as it appears. A typical hot water heater usually has a five or six year warranty, regardless of whether it’s gas or electric. However, there are more expensive units available with longer warranties, often up to ten years. While less common, there are also fiberglass units with lifetime warranties and stainless steel units that can last many years longer than a standard unit.

So all things being equal, you should expect a brand new water heater to last at least until the end of the warranty without any trouble. After that point, things get a little less certain. The average lifespan of a typical water heater being sold today is usually around 10 to 13 years, depending upon a range of factors.

Why Do Water Heaters Go Bad?

In an overwhelming number of cases, water heaters fail due to tank corrosion. Water heater tanks are made of metal and lined with a very thin coating of glass on the interior to guard against corrosion. However, the constant pressure fluctuations within the tank, caused by the expansion of heated water, will eventually compromise this thin coating and allow water to come into contact with the metal lining.

Once the tank begins to rust, failure is only a matter of time. There is no magic treatment to reverse corrosion inside a hot water heater. Within a few years, the metal will deteriorate to the point that a leak forms. When your unit starts to leak, it’s time to look into having it replaced. If your hot water heater is in the attic of the home, be sure to check in on it from time to time to make sure there’s no evidence of leaking. Replacing a water heater is a hassle enough; you don’t want to add expensive water damage to the mix.

 

Storage or instantaneous water heater?

Comparison between electronic instantaneous water heaters and hot water tanks (or conventional hydraulic instantaneous water heaters)

The direct comparison between electronic instantaneous water heaters and other decentralised systems (e.g. hot water storage tanks or conventional hydraulic instantaneous water heaters) shows that instantaneous water heaters have many advantages

Instantaneous water heaters are particularly efficient because they only heat the water when needed.

Storage heaters, on the other hand, store a certain amount of hot water and keep it at the set temperature at all times.

Instantaneous water heaters do not consume standby energy.

Hot water storage heaters consume standby power every day, regardless of whether water is drawn or not.

Instantaneous water heaters are significantly smaller than storage heaters, which means that they can also be used very well on small hand-wash basins. When compact instantaneous water heaters are used in the kitchen, the valuable space in the base cabinet can be used for other useful things, e.g. waste separation systems.

This is usually not possible with storage units, as they take up all the available space under the sink on their own.

Instantaneous water heaters can provide unlimited hot water.

When the amount of water stored in a tank has been withdrawn, new cold water must be heated, which can take an hour or even longer, depending on the performance and capacity of the unit.

Thanks to intelligent control and innovative technology, the most powerful electric comfort instantaneous water heaters provide a high level of hot water comfort in showers and bathrooms.

Large hot water heaters, on the other hand, do not offer modern options such as touch display or radio remote control, which correspond to the current state of the art for E-comfort instantaneous water heaters.

 

things to remember about water heaters

Your water heater will not last forever

Generally, you will get 7 to 10 years of performance for a water heater with a tank. But some lucky owners have water heaters that are more than 15 years old and some unfortunate homeowners have water heaters that die in two years. A good warranty for a water heater will guarantee replacement in the first couple of years.

You can keep your water heater in good condition

The No. 1 way to extend the lifespan for a water heater is flushing the scale out of your unit once a year. That process will remove sediment collecting at the bottom of the tank that could cause corrosion in your water heater. But if you haven’t drained an aging water heater for several years, forget about trying it in an older unit. The sediment may have turned into a solid rock in the tank, and the draining process may even damage your water heater

Installing a water softener can slow down the buildup of sediment in your water heater

Another issue: Sometimes your hot water starts to smell bad. That means you have to replace the anode rod in the water heater, a device that corrodes over time. The metal rod is designed to deteriorate in order to protect other metal parts in the tank. You can also call a plumber to do this job.

In buying or installing a water heater — if you have a choice — pick a gas unit

Gas will be more efficient and cost less than heating water with electricity

If you’re replacing a water heater, think about a tankless unit

Since they came out about 10 years ago, tankless water heaters – gas and electric — have become very popular. Some people call them “instant” heaters, but that’s not really true.

 

Things You Need to Know About Buying a Water Heater Filter

A water heater is an appliance that produces a continual supply of hot water at a preset temperature. They may also be called hot water heaters, hot water tanks, boilers, or heat exchangers. A hot water heater can be used in domestic and industrial applications to heat potable or non-potable water.

A hot water heater may have a tank or be tankless. As their names suggest, hot water tanks store hot water, and a tankless water heater produces hot water on-demand without storing water in a tank

Hot water heaters with a tank use a reasonable amount of electricity or gas to preheat the water stored in their tanks. Such water heaters also use a rather large amount of energy to keep that water warm until it is used.

Tankless water heaters are more environmentally friendly because they use a lot less energy than hot water heaters with a tank. Tankless hot water heaters heat water when you need it (on-demand). Essentially, when you turn on the hot side of your faucet or plumbing fixture, the tankless water heater goes to work delivering hot water. If you switch to a tankless water heater you can save 21% and 43% on your water heating costs for the year.

A water heater filter system is a MUST for both tankless water heaters and water heaters with a tank.

A water heater filter protects your water heater. Water heater units can become easily damaged by the sediment in the water supply, so a water heater filter provides protection against sediment, scale, and hard water

Switches Installation Guide

Home Wiring Basics

Residential electrical wiring systems start with the utility’s power lines and equipment that provide power to the home, known collectively as the service entrance. The power is run through an electric meter, which records how much energy is used in the home and is the basis for the monthly electric bill. In general, the utility company’s jurisdiction stops with the meter. After that point, all of the electrical equipment is the homeowner’s responsibility.

Service Entrance

The service entrance is the equipment that brings electrical power to the home. Most residential service includes three wires: two cables carrying 120 volts each (for a total of 240 volts) and one grounded neutral wire. If the cables are hung overhead, they are collectively called a service drop. If they are routed underground, they are known as a service lateral. A service drop connects to the home at a service head, or weather head, on the roof or exterior wall of the house.

Electric Meter

Once the power reaches the house via the service drop or service lateral cables, it passes through the electric meter, which may be mounted on an exterior wall or may be located inside the home’s breaker box. The meter records all electricity used by the home, measured in kilowatt-hours, or kWh. A 100-watt light bulb burning for 10 hours uses 1 kWh of electricity. Meters may be analog or digital type, although most new meters are digital and can be read remotely by the utility company.

Main Service Panel

The main service panel, commonly known as the breaker box or circuit breaker panel, distributes power to all circuits throughout the building. Each circuit has a breaker that can shut itself off in the event of a short circuit or overload to cut power to the circuit. Old homes may have fuses instead of breakers. Fuses are just as effective as breakers, but most new panels today use breakers instead of fuses.

It is important to note that power coming from the service lines to the electric meter, and then to the main service panel, is always live. Before working on these areas the power company must shut off the power. The power going out of the panel to the household circuits can be shut off by the main breaker in the service panel, but the power coming into the panel is not affected by the main breaker.

 

Circuit Wiring

The power is transported out of the panel through a wire. This wire is insulated with a red or black cover. The power returns to the panel through a neutral wire covered in a white insulation. There is a third wire provides the ground and it’s encased in green insulation. Those two wires will connect to a neutral bar in the panel. It’s recommended to get thicker wires for safety reasons, if the wires become too hot they could overload and the insulating case could melt.

Fuses and Breakers

Both of these are installed as a safety precaution. In case of the power overloading, the breakers or fuses shut off and prevent the wires from overheating. The breakers could be reset in case it has to shut off due to overloading. A fuse needs to be replaced in case it blows.

understanding-electrical-installation.jpegHere is your how-to guide on electrical installation so you can know how to set up electrical wiring in your latest home build without any hassle.

Do you feel intimidated when your construction project reaches the electrical wiring stage?

Electrical installation might seem intimidating, but once you understand how it works you’ll realize it’s very basic. Once you learn the basics you can begin to look at more complex electrical setups.

This guide will walk you through basic electric installation. Let’s get to it.

How Does Power Moves Through?

In order to understand how an electrical installation operation works, first you need to learn where the power comes from.

Th electric company sends power to the house through the distribution lines which then pass through the meter. This linear power movement later enters through the panel and into the circuit wires. Then the power passed into each outlet of the house.

The Meter

The meter is connected directly to the main source of power, which comes from the electric company. It’s located on the outside of the house so that the electric company can perform meter reads.

This device keeps track of how much electricity was used each month. It measures power in kilowatt-hour units (kWh).

Main Breaker Panel

Once the electricity passes through the meter, it goes directly to the main breaker panel. The size and capacity of the panel will determine the maximum amps of electricity that can pass through the house.

The panel has the main breaker switch, which can be turned on and off to prevent overloading, fires, or electrocution.

Directly below the main breaker, there are smaller breaker switches. Those switches are responsible for delivering electricity to the other rooms in the house. If you want to cut the electric supply to one room, simply turn off that switch.

Circuit Wiring

The power is transported out of the panel through a wire. This wire is insulated with a red or black cover. The power returns to the panel through a neutral wire covered in a white insulation.

There is a third wire provides the ground and it’s encased in green insulation. Those two wires will connect to a neutral bar in the panel.

It’s recommended to get thicker wires for safety reasons, if the wires become too hot they could overload and the insulating case could melt.

Fuses and Breakers

Both of these are installed as a safety precaution. In case of the power overloading, the breakers or fuses shut off and prevent the wires from overheating.

The breakers could be reset in case it has to shut off due to overloading. A fuse needs to be replaced in case it blows.

Terms to Know

Amps

Also called amperes, are the units used to measure electricity.

Watts

Watts are the units used to measure the amount of power an electrical device uses. They can be calculated by multiplying amps times volts.

Volts

Volts refer to the force contained in a power source. For example, most common household wires carry 120 volts.

 

Electrical Safety

Before starting any installation work, first and foremost thing is the concern of safety of the personnel. Electricity is dangerous, direct or indirect contact of electrical equipment or wires with the power turned ON can result serious injuries or sometimes even causes to death. Follow the below steps to maintain the safety at the workplace.

  • Always use safety equipment like goggles, gloves, shoes, etc. and avoid the direct contact with live or energized circuits.
  • Have the skills and techniques to distinguish the exposed live parts of the electrical equipment.
  • Disconnect the source supply while installing or connecting wires.
  • The power supplied to the installation must be controlled on the main switchboard which should consist of circuit breaker.
  • Conductive tools and materials must be kept at a safe distance from live parts of the circuit or equipment.
  • Use non-conductive hand tools for which they are rated to perform electrical work. If they are used for voltage (or current) rating other than rated, the insulation strength of the tool breakdown and causes electric shock.

 

Understand Good Technique

If wires are spliced or connected to fixtures or devices haphazardly, the circuit may function for a while. But there is a good chance a wire will work its way loose, creating a dangerous condition.

Wiring correctly is relatively easy. It takes only an hour or two to learn how to make splices and connections just as solid as those made by professionals. In most cases using the right technique is faster and easier than doing something the wrong way. For example, looping a wire around a terminal screw clockwise keeps it from sliding out from under the screw head as you tighten the screw.

 

Use a Star Wiring Pattern

Seasoned professional installers use a Star Wiring Pattern. With star wiring, each outlet (jack) has its own individual “home run” of cabling extending back to the central distribution panel. There are three major advantages of this:

Flexibility: All changes in distribution of services can be quickly and easily made at the distribution panel. Each outlet can be treated independently of all others. (In loop, also known as “daisy chain” wiring – where a number of outlets are tied together in a series – outlets cannot be treated independently).

Isolation of Problems: When an interruption takes place (for example, a nail through a wall damages a cable) troubleshooting becomes much easier.

Quality of Signal: Each additional connection point is a potential source of interference and other problems that can cause a loss of signal quality.

History Of Plastic Surgery

Advice tips to consider before plastic surgery

You should know your surgeon, what the procedure entails and every other little detail before you consider it

Know your practitioner

Select a qualified, reputable practitioner to perform your procedure and research that practitioner thoroughly. Find out how long they have been practicing, what qualifications they offer, which areas or procedures they specialise in, and you will slowly get an idea whether they are the right doctor for you.

Meet them in person

It is crucial that you meet the doctor or surgeon who will carry out your procedure before the day of your treatment. Rather surprisingly, not all practices demand that patients meet the practitioner who will deliver the procedure in advance. If you are advised that it is not possible to meet in person with the doctor ahead of treatment, you should not progress any further and choose to go elsewhere. Any reputable practitioner will demand that they meet the patient themselves beforehand. It is also important that you feel comfortable with your doctor and that you trust them.

Research the procedure

The internet provides a wealth of information about specific cosmetic procedures so it’s easier than ever to do your research. Watch videos of procedures being carried out, read the stories of people who have already undergone the procedure and engage in conversation on reputable forums. All of this will help you to make an informed decision about whether this is the right procedure for you.  Remember that there is wealth of information, but also that there may be conflicting information; it is important to verify this all with your potential practitioner.

Understand the risks

There are risks associated with every cosmetic procedure, however non-invasive they are. During the consultation stage your practitioner should be open and honest with you about the potential risks or dangers involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, particularly if there is something that concerns you or that you do not understand.  Any practitioner who claims there are no risks involved in the procedure is not to be trusted.

 

Tips For A Quick Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty, also commonly referred to as a nose job, is a cosmetic solution for women and men who want to change the shape or size of their nose. This transformative surgery features many aesthetic benefits, and it can also improve the function of the nose due to an injury or medical need. The main goal of any nose augmentation surgery is to revise the nose while maintaining balance with the other facial features. When you enlist the assistance of a plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, creativity and medical science are combined to perform this complex, delicate procedure.

What can rhinoplasty do for me?

Everyone has a nose uniquely their own. Its three-dimensional shape is responsible for an individual’s profile, and the slightest change can alter how the nose looks and functions. Every rhinoplasty procedure is based on the patient’s initial nose structure and how the plastic surgeon intends to reach the final desired outcome.

Rhinoplasty can be the answer to a myriad of cosmetic concerns, including:

Smoothing a bump on the bridge

Narrowing a wide bridge

Straightening out a crooked nose

Asymmetrical nose due to injury or genetics

Correcting the tip of the nose

Stay away from certain medications. Discuss pain management with your plastic surgeon at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery and take only the recommended medication. While anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil may seem like they would help, these drugs dilate blood vessels, which can increase swelling, bleeding, and prolong your healing time.

Take it easy. For the first week or so, you will want to dial back your hectic schedule. It may take some time to mentally prepare for this, especially if you are always on the move. Activities such as playing sports or a rigorous gym schedule can put extra stress on your body and increase the risk of injury to your nose, setting back your recovery

 

Helpful Tips To Successfully Maintain Plastic Surgery Results

There are many reasons for plastic surgery, especially procedures such as a facelift or an increase in the breast. One of them is to enhance facial appearance, but for health reasons, such as treating a disease or a birth defect, many of them can actually be.

But regardless of whether you are one of 56 percent of people who come to their plastic surgeons looking for facial aesthetics to get their cheekbones back, or looking for rhinoplasty to improve nasal breathing, you need to keep it. The procedure and the improvements will not end as soon as you recover from the knife. Maintain plastic surgery results is essentiel.

Keep your skin protected under the sun is the first basic step to maintain your plastic surgery results. Many cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) that leave the skin in a damaged and vulnerable state, making it more vulnerable to long-term sun exposure damage. It is extremely important to protect the skin from UV rays to reduce the appearance of wounds as healing incision sites. Practice effective sunscreen: wear a high SPF sunscreen, avoid going outside during peak UV hours, and wear sun glasses and wide-borded hats

Thinking of maintaining post-surgery results without good skin care? Well think again. Proper skin care, particularly immediately after the operation, may make a major difference in scarring. Great skin care will make you look as good or even better than ever before. Scarring is likely to occur, and while your doctor may do his utmost to keep your skin fairly mark-free, the process of recovery and healing is on you. You need to drink water to avoid straining the bruises and incisions. Sun protection is also a part of skin care.

Patients must maintain their weight after the operation in order to maintain the effects of liposuction and abdominoplasty. Probably the most important factor in staying fit is eating a healthy and balanced diet. Try not to eat foods that are often high in saturated fats and sugars. Instead, choose a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein along with a moderate amount of milk.

 

Tips For If You Plan On Having Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to improve a person’s appearance. Some cosmetic procedures can be simple and affordable, while other can be difficult and very costly. If you want to save money on cosmetic surgery while still getting the best-quality surgeon, then read on for some helpful tips.

As you are interviewing surgeons, inquire as to whether he has a book of former clients you can see. Examine the before and after photos to decide if the work he is capable of is satisfactory to you. See if you can’t speak with some of these past clients, and feel free to ask your surgeon whatever questions you can think of. Taking all these steps will assist you in determining which surgeon to choose.

You should consider the following when you are considering a tummy tuck. To be a good candidate for this type of procedure, you should be close to optimum body weight. You might have some loose skin around the belly area caused by pregnancy, or rapid weight loss. A cosmetic surgeon will want you to be at your ideal weight, in order to have a successful procedure.

Cosmetic surgery can be used for a variety of reasons, so it is important to understand what type of surgery you are undergoing. The difference between general plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery is vast and there are different procedures regarding each of these two different types. Make sure to get the correct information.

There are many times in life when saving money is an important part of a purchasing decision, however, cosmetic or plastic surgery is not one of these times. This does not mean that you need the most expensive surgeon possible, but you probably want to avoid budget plastic surgery as well.

 

TIPS TO FIND THE BEST PLASTIC SURGEON FOR YOU

People trying to find the best plastic surgeons in Denver often go online when they start their searches, especially if none of their friends or family members has undergone plastic surgery in the area. But not everyone knows what to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon.

Before-and-after photos: You can view these galleries featuring the surgeon’s actual patients both online and at the plastic surgery practice. These photos will give you a good idea of what a surgeon considers excellent results from the procedure you’re considering. Helpful before-and-after photos have similar lighting and angles in each photo, so you can be sure the results are authentic.

The surgeon’s training and experience: A surgeon’s credentials are important. Start by ensuring the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s also important to ask about his or her experience performing the specific procedure. You’ll also want to find out if the surgeon performs surgery in a fully accredited plastic surgery facility.

The communication style of the surgeon: Does the surgeon describe procedures in a way that you can understand? If a surgeon recommends a procedure that you weren’t initially thinking about, does he or she explain why you would benefit from that procedure? Is the surgeon “all business,” or is the bedside manner more engaging and personal?

Read online patient reviews: Few of us would choose a hotel or restaurant these days without first checking consumer review sites to see what others thought of their experiences. That’s especially important when choosing a plastic surgeon. Sites such as RealSelf are geared specifically to cosmetic surgery patients.

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).

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