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How to Find the Right Contractor for Home Construction and Renovation

If you’ve got a bit of money squirreled away and want to invest it back into your house, you’re going to need a bit of professional assistance. While there may be a long list of repairs and tweaks around the house that could be solved with a DIY approach, major renovation or construction projects should not be included. In order to make sure you get the best return on your investment you need the work done right the first time, with high end... ❯❯❯

How to Test for Soil Contamination in Your Garden

Contaminated soil could ruin your garden – it might not even allow a garden to grow in the first place. Not only that, but contaminated soil could bear fruit and vegetables that are toxic or that can make you sick. Soil that is contaminated can also cause something called vapor intrusion – a relatively new phenomenon whereby chemicals in the groundwater can pass through your soil and can turn into toxic vapors that pollute your indoor air. If... ❯❯❯

Self-Employed Builders Checklist

Becoming a self-employed builder can be a tough decision and there are several important things to consider. You can be flexible with the jobs you take on and not have to work for someone else. However, there are no assurances on a regular income, you'll have no holiday or sick pay and will probably have to work long hours. This is only just the beginning when it comes to going independent and becoming self-employed, so here is a checklist of what... ❯❯❯

DIY Home Decorating With Tea Lights

Over the past several years, DIY projects have been all the rage. With the popularization of social networking sites like Pinterest and Facebook, and personal crafting, home decorating and other blogs, tips and tricks that were only known to the pros are now widely available. Whether you love do it yourself decorating because it allows you to have a great looking home on a budget, or simply because it is great way to past the time, it is a great way to... ❯❯❯

Where to Look for Money to Build Your Dream Home

Pretty much everyone has an ideal in mind when it comes to the perfect place to hang a hat, rest a head, raise a family, or escape from the madding crowd. Or at the very least we have a clear idea of what we like and dislike when it comes to a dwelling. For some people, a Victorian structure full of old-world charm and delicate embellishments is just right, while others prefer the clean lines and spare architecture of modern homes. You might like a place... ❯❯❯

A Guide to Drawing Architectural Plans

Architectural plans are well-known to anyone who has worked in the building and construction trade, as well as any child who has ever watched an episode of Tom and Jerry or a Warner Bros. cartoon featuring Wile E. Coyote. You know what they are – a set of 2D drawings of a house or building, which illustrate all the dimensions of the property still to be constructed, as well as the components which will be used and where the various rooms will go. ... ❯❯❯

Types of Water Underfloor Heating Systems

The home is a very essential part of a person's life. It is the place where you would want to feel warm, safe and relaxed. Having a warm house is very important especially during winter when it is extremely cold. Statistics have indicated that the most efficient way of heating the house is use of underfloor heating systems. The two major kinds of underfloor heating systems are electric underfloor heating and water underfloor heating. Water underfloor... ❯❯❯

Automatic vacuum options for your above ground pool

Automatic pool vacuums are very useful if you don’t want to spend minutes or hours cleaning your pool, but finding the right one can be rather difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Should you get a wand-based vacuum or one that can roll around on the bottom of your pool? These are the most popular automatic vacuum options that you can buy. Wand-Based Vacuums Wand-based vacuums look similar to manual vacuums because they have a long... ❯❯❯

Do it Yourself Ductwork

Duct systems are also referred to as ductwork. The ducts are commonly used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to deliver, filter, and refresh air. Ducts are one way of ensuring acceptable indoor air quality as well as meeting residential and/or commercial heating and cooling building code requirements. The piping/ tubing that is used for duct work can be manufactured from many different materials, including tin, sheet... ❯❯❯

Picking The Right Flooring For Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It's where you prepare and serve your family's meals, celebrate holidays and special occasions. It stands to reason that the floor in this busy room has to stand up to heavy foot traffic, dropped dishes, and of course, spills. But this is not just a practical decision. For as much time as you and your loved ones will spend in the kitchen, your style and personal tastes should also play a role in picking your... ❯❯❯

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Crime When Moving Into a New Property

Moving into a new property can be an extremely daunting process. There are so many things to think about if you want the move to go smoothly. One of the things that many people fail to take into consideration is security throughout the removals process. During the removals process, houses become a target for thieves. There are several preventative measures that can be put into place to ensure that your property is kept as secure as possible. Picking A... ❯❯❯

Why Storage Beds Are The Ultimate Space Saving Solution

As the housing market continues to improve and banks are slowly starting to lend again, new build homes are cropping up all over the country. Not only are new build homes very modern, but they’re also energy efficient, with the aim of saving the homeowner as much money on their utility bills as possible. Furthermore, new build homes are a blank canvas, and instead of having to move in, strip the walls, and fill gaps in the brickwork like period... ❯❯❯

Unique and Fun Ideas for Outdoor Decks

Outdoor timber decks are beautiful spaces that offer many benefits. People who have a small home can benefit from a deck because it's an affordable way to expand your living space. A deck is a great place to have parties and to entertain as well. I love the versatility of decks; anything from grilling food to lounging in a hot tub can be done on a deck, making it very useful. In order to have the deck of your dreams, there are many different design choices... ❯❯❯

The Advantages of Steel Buildings

Are you a business owner who wants to build a strong and robust warehouse storage for your company? Do you want to build a stylish but less expensive house? Are you planning to build a new garage for your cars? If your answer to these questions is “Yes,” then you need to know more about prefabricated steel buildings. Actually, steel buildings are considered to be one of most popular type of structures nowadays. This is due to the many... ❯❯❯

Choosing the Best Van Rental Company

Number of Words: 507 When your family is moving to a new house, the first thing that you need to do is to contact a van rental company. Hiring a commercial van is important to help you move your stuff to your destination. That’s why it is vital to choose a reputable van rental company with years of experience in this type of business. Actually, there are several factors that you need to consider before hiring a van rental service for your next big... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Uses for Steel Buildings

You might be looking for a workshop or garage. Or perhaps you’re in market for some weather resistant garden storage. Whatever the application steel buildings can be perfect additions in both commercial and domestic settings. Here is just a quick Top 5 of some of the best uses for steel buildings. Commercial Steel buildings have a vast amount of uses especially when it comes to the commercial sector. You may require Warehouse space for your... ❯❯❯

How To Spring Clean Your Home Like A Pro

Let me just preface this by saying I hate cleaning. It's the worst thing ever. It's times like this that I wish I had been accepted to Hogwarts and I could just wave my wand and everything would be neatly organized in my closet and the entire home would be vacuumed. But alas, I never received my acceptance letter when I turned 11. So I had to learn how to clean the house like a muggle. Okay, I'll stop using Harry Potter references. But I do have some... ❯❯❯

Don’t Fall Victim to Home Improvement Scams

Bogus contractors ripping off customers are nothing new, but many are still being stung by cowboy builders. In search of the cheapest deal, people still choose contractors without references or the right paperwork. As well as the financial implications, being caught out can be highly embarrassing, so what are the best ways to avoid this? Be wary of ‘free audits’ It’s not just local traders who are ripping people off, many big names are... ❯❯❯

5 Tips on Furnishing Student Lets

Furnishing a buy-to-let property for students can often be a challenge. Unlike other buy-to-let homes, a student property can see much higher levels of turnover throughout the year. So how can you furnish a student home in the most cost effective and reliable way to suit not just one tenancy, but possibly several just in one working year? Here are 5 great tips to get you started in furnishing rented accommodation for university and college students. ... ❯❯❯

Property Development: Benefits of Hiring a Professional Handyman

Hiring a handyman for your development project can save you time, money and the hassle of revisiting a botched job. For landlords and property developers, there’s always the temptation of cutting corners. When build and renovation bills add up so easily, attempting a job yourself with self-taught skills and trial and error efforts can seem like a good idea.  But if you want to make sure you work efficiently with the most effective solutions,... ❯❯❯