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What is the Timber Flooring Janka Hardness Rating?

Timber floors have been very common in many places, especially Australia, since European building construction first began. You can find them in both houses and public buildings and make up an important part of the building’s structure. While timber floors can provide a basic walking area within a building and create an attractive feature in homes when the homeowner polishes them, it is also very easy to damage them. Factors to consider before buying... ❯❯❯

How to Save Money by Sealing Leaks and Drafts in Your Home

Over time, every home is subject to the ravages of age, which means settling, leaning, and general deterioration are bound to cause problems eventually. Although you can certainly take steps to maintain your home with regular inspections and repairs, there’s not much you can do to combat the effects of gravity on your structure. The point is that you may at some point discover that your once-perfect home now has doors that creak and seals that leak thanks... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Forklift Safety Tips for Employees

Forklifts are one of those modern wonders that makes life so much easier. When it comes to warehouse operations, it would certainly make it harder to move items without a forklift. For employers, this means only having to hire five forklift operators versus twenty strong individuals to carry items. However, forklifts are complicated and heavy machines that can be dangerous if not operated correctly. Forklifts can tip, fall, crash and increase the risk of... ❯❯❯

Purchasing a Home or Condo: Which One Is Right for You?

Buying a home is an exciting as well as stressful process. There are so many things to consider such as your budget, location, your realtor and more. When choosing a new home, you also need to consider home options and types. You may be torn between wanting to look into either houses or condominium developments. Both options present homeowners with many benefits as well as some downfalls depending on your perspective and needs. Consider this information... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Scoring a Fixer-Upper Home Loan

Purchasing a fixer upper can be a great, affordable way to purchase a new home for a drastically cheaper rate than the market is calling for. However, when you purchase a fixer-upper, you actually have to take steps to fix it up. Many older homes have a wealth of opportunity to create a beautiful, livable home that you can spend your life in. When it comes down to it, even though fixer-uppers are much more affordable, you still might have to apply for a... ❯❯❯

5 Wall Speaker Installation Preparation Tips

Whether you are installing speakers for a client or if you are installing speakers for your own personal use, it is important to know exactly what to do before you install. One misstep and you could cause damage the wall or the speakers. Moreover, if you install speakers the wrong way, you could be dealing with a diminished sound quality. However, once you find the best spot, installation is quite easy – albeit a little bit labor intensive. Also, you will... ❯❯❯

5 Winter Weather Home Preparation Tips

If there’s one season of the year where we tend to find ourselves the most concerned about our energy costs, it would have to be winter. Although many of us enjoy the snow and the fact that wintertime brings along with it the holiday season, trying to keep the rooms in our house at a comfortable temperature can sometimes prove to be a pretty expensive task. In order to help you decrease some of your own energy costs this year, we have provided you with a... ❯❯❯

5 Child Home Safety Construction Tips

Although some home renovations will force you and your family out of your home, many remodeling projects can be conducted while the family is in residence. This is good news since you probably don’t want to uproot your family and pay through the nose to live in a hotel for several weeks while construction is underway. Even kitchen and bathroom makeovers can be done while you’re living in the house, supposing there are no structural issues or other health... ❯❯❯

Essential Questions to Ask Your Home Security Company

There are a plethora of security companies on the market that specialize in home alarm systems. However, it is important that the company you utimately choose to install and monitor your alarm system is reputable and reliable. Here are some key questions that you should ask every security company you are considering before they install an alarm system in your home or business. Does the equipment come with a warranty? Like most devices, home alarm... ❯❯❯

Essential Questions to Ask Your Home Security Company

There are a plethora of security companies on the market that specialize in home alarm systems. However, it is important that the company you utimately choose to install and monitor your alarm system is reputable and reliable. Here are some key questions that you should ask every security company you are considering before they install an alarm system in your home or business. Does the equipment come with a warranty? Like most devices, home alarm... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Home Renovation Cleaning Tips

When you’re prepping for a home renovation, chances are you’re not going to spend too much time on cleaning since the demolition process is bound to be incredibly messy. You’ll likely move all your stuff out and get to work knocking down walls and hauling away debris. But there are actually a few preparatory steps you’ll need to take, such as properly covering furnishings going into your garage or another storage space (to keep off the dust, if nothing... ❯❯❯

The Pros and Cons of Adding a Bathroom to Your Basement

When you first moved into your house, chances are, if there’s one thing that you wished it had more of, it was bathrooms. Yet, once you discovered there was a basement and you talked the possibilities over with your real estate agent, you probably thought to yourself “No problem. I’ll simply have one built—later.” But before you hire a contract to make that kind of addition to your home, we wanted to make sure that you thought the process all the way... ❯❯❯

Homeowner Myths and Misconceptions About Solar Power

To some, solar power may seem too good to be true. You can install panels, and receive a significant amount of power for free from the sun! THere must be a catch. This skepticism has led to various myths and rumors over the years. If you are curious about how solar power could benefit you and your home, look past the lies and face the facts. Myth 1- Solar Power is an expensive initial Investment. FALSE. Rumors spread quickly, and often you will hear... ❯❯❯

5 Trees That Provide Shade and Cut Home Energy Bills

Believe it or not, simply planting shade-giving trees around your house could deliver energy savings of as much as 25-30% by the time they’ve grown to full height (provided they’re big enough to shade your home). While you certainly can (and should) find other ways to conserve if you’ve adopted an eco-friendly attitude, there are few options greener than planting trees, which also contribute life-giving oxygen to the environment and pull toxins from the... ❯❯❯

Does an AC System Increase Your Home’s Value?

If you happen to live in an area that features frequent high temperatures or sweltering summers, then many homes are likely equipped with central AC already. However, you may have an older home with an outdated system or no AC at all. And while you certainly see the personal value in the prospect of adding cool air to your home, you might wonder if you’ll see any kind of return on investment when it comes time to sell. After all, outfitting your home with... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Seasonal Home Energy Saving Tips

When it comes to doing your part for the environment, you may be looking for ways to make a difference in your everyday life, which is to say, the way you run your household. Sure you can use mass transit, buy a low- or no-emission car, or ride your bike to work. But it may not be enough to offset the damage you do when you’re lounging at home, enjoying your many electronic devices and lights and luxuriating in the perfect interior temperature afforded by... ❯❯❯

The Most Common Causes of Water Leaks in Homes

The worst nightmare for many homeowners is hearing water dripping behind the walls, seeing bubbling, blistering, or water stains on drywall, or even finding mold growth that signals the presence of excess moisture. All are bad news that can mean costly repairs thanks to a leak. Of course, even worse would be unseen and unheard moisture that leads to some kind of collapse, but chances are good that you’ll see evidence of a leak appear long before it gets... ❯❯❯

5 Home Renovation Scams to Avoid

Is your contractor asking for his fees in cash? Is he asking for a wire transfer right away? Is he avoiding signing a contract? These are some preliminary signs to look for if you are concerned about being taken advantage of when trying to renovate your home. In fact, home renovation scams happen all the time. When it comes to home renovation, there seems to be scammers just around every corner. However, if you know exactly what to look out for, you... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Reflective Roof Coating

No one likes a leaky roof. This is why reflective roof coatings, which are usually made from a combination of industrial white paint and aluminum compounds, are so important and beneficial. The sun’s constant rays can wreak havoc on our roof and eventually the structure of our roof can become weak and you will start to notice more and more leaks and other problems, like decreased energy efficiency. Painting your roof with a reflective coating is a... ❯❯❯

Three Ways to Safeguard Against Garden Flooding

Last year in 2012, the UK experienced some of its wettest weather in a century, with over 8000 homes affected and £400 million worth of damage accumulated. If you live in an area which is prone to flooding, is there anything you can do to limit the damage potential of the flood water on your land?  In the UK, floods don’t usually tend to be powerful enough to knock down houses, but they can ruin gardens and cause thousands in damages. With this being the... ❯❯❯

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