Home Repairs Before Winter

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When preparing your home for the winter months, you need to fix the flaws while the weather is still warm. Your house may be in good shape, but even the smallest flaws can quickly escalate into a major and costly problem when the colder months start. Finding all the little repairs around a house can be an overwhelming project. If you don’t know where to begin, start with these home repairs before winter comes around.   Have Your Furnace Checked Heating technicians will check your furnace and calibrate the system so it will run in perfect condition during the winter months. Furnaces are expensive to replace, and you should schedule a furnace tune-up every year before winter as preventative maintenance to extend the life of your furnace.   Caulk and…
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Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Additional Storage Space

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If you have a small kitchen, it can be difficult to keep clutter away. Adding additional storage space will help with detailed planning. If you live in a condo or a small home with limited kitchen space, these kitchen remodeling tips can help you add additional storage space. Add a Small Island in Your Kitchen A small island can make your kitchen more efficient and better organized. It’s not only a place to prepare food the island can also function as a storage area. Drawers, cabinets, and shelves can be added in the center or on the ends of the island. You can also add a wine cooler or mini refrigerator. A portable kitchen island (one with wheels) gives you plenty of versatility as you can move it around as…
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Tips for Building the House of your Dreams

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Everyone dreams about the ideal home -- one they design and decorate in their head. For many, building the house of your dreams can come true. For others, it can be a nightmare. Dreams can be an exciting experience. However, without the right guidance, it can be a challenge to properly perform the necessary tasks during the building process. Construction Materials and Machinery When designing your new home, there are numerous options to consider. Working independently is possible but hiring a licensed contractor can keep things running smoothly and orderly. You can buy an existing home, or you can opt for a vacant lot and build your home from scratch. Whichever approach you choose, it is beneficial to consider the long-term sustainability of your building materials. You can check the…
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Lawn Tips this Spring for Homeowners

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As a homeowner, you want your lawn to appear its best. You can’t simply leave your yard alone and hope it “springs” into action every growing season. You may have a couple of nice blooms, but you should manage the yard every season throughout the year. Contrary to common belief, lawn care is really a year-round job. When you walk out of your front door in the spring, you will want to be able to enjoy the beautiful landscape that may have been planted in the earlier months. But you won’t be able to do this without getting your yard ready for spring.   Cleaning Up Your Lawn Your home needs a spring cleaning, and so does your yard. You will want to remove debris and prep your lawn and…
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Bathroom Remodel Tips

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Homeowners love to remodel their bathrooms more than kitchens. Bathrooms are smaller than kitchens, making the job easier and faster. Plus, it is less money to remodel. Bathrooms use less flooring and paint, cabinets, and countertop. Bathroom Flooring The most popular choice for bathroom flooring is tile. Specifically, ceramic and porcelain tiles are great options for bathrooms. Tile flooring is resilient, waterproof, available in a variety of colors and designs, and generally less expensive than other hard surface options. Water is so prevalent in bathrooms that it is an expectation, not an anomaly. Water is everywhere: on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Moisture will quickly ruin the wrong flooring. To make matters even more difficult, you eventually have to pull those other factors into the dialogue. If moisture were the…
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New Year’s Resolutions for Business in 2022

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The start of a new year is usually the time we think about how to improve our lives and business. It's important not only to set goals for yourself but also for your company. These New Year's resolutions can be anything from new marketing strategies to hiring practices: Set objectives for this year so you know what needs improving- Marketing goals include getting more clients, decreasing turnover rate, increasing sales volume, and staying on top of technological advances. Create a plan- Once you have set your New Year's resolutions objectives, create an action plan with deadlines that will help you meet those objectives by the end of the year. Prioritize tasks- Make sure that tasks are prioritized based on their importance.   Are you looking for ways to increase sales…
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Holiday Decorating Tips

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There’s no right or wrong way to decorate for the holidays, but having a few holiday decorating tips will bring you comfort and joy while you decorate your home or office. Discover how to deck their halls for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.   Set a Budget and Consider Your Time You can't do everything so make a plan that will suit your budget and time. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed or not prepared, while you decorate your winter wonderland. Inexpensive ornaments from a discount store can look festive when grouped together. Don't forget the cookies and music to get in the holiday spirit.   Decorate Throughout the Home or Office Decorate throughout the home or office. But if there are too many decorations it can distract from your special…
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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

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Today is the first day of Fall. As the season begins to change, it's time to start preparing your home for the winter weather. Tackling a few fall maintenance tasks for your home now can help you later in the season, so you can enjoy the fall colors. Most of the tasks can be done by the homeowner or if you'd rather hire a professional to handle them, it is well worth the expense.   Outdoor Fall Maintenance for Your Home   Clean the Gutter and Spouts This is an ongoing fall chore that you shouldn't overlook — clean all those wet autumn leaves from gutter spouts before the blockages damage your gutters. Your plumber's snake is a great tool for pulling clumps of wet leaves out of clogged downspouts.…
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Tips for Designing Your Home Office

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Whether your home office is a remote workspace or a designated space for running a business, your office should be designed to be functional and comfortable. An efficient home office should have three activity areas: • Work Center – includes your workspace, computer, printer/scanner, and other frequently-used office products. • Reference Center - includes industry books, binders, manuals, and materials. • Supply Center -includes office and paper supplies, such as paper, stapler, paper clips, and more. When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays, and cords. Don't block access to drawers or take up legroom with tangled cords. Don't forget to label the cords that connect different components to each other, as well as the cord to the electric supply. Bundle wires together to cut down on…
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Summer Safety Tips for Contractors

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Summer in the Midwest is a wonderful time of the year. The days are longer, and the weather is warmer — the busiest construction season of the year. It is also a time when general contractors and subcontractors need to add extra safety practices for their crew from the dangers of summer. Heat-related illnesses, such as sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration, are major concerns for employees working outdoors. They can lead to fatigue and could cause human error and pose a safety risk. And a lack of hydration can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include excessive sweating, nausea, dizziness, clammy skin, and headaches. Without treatment, heat exhaustion will set in when the body’s core temperature reaches 104 degrees and can lead to death.   Keep Your Workers Hydrated Provide your workers with…
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