Prevent Moth and Flood Damage To Your Home

Prevent Moth and Flood Damage To Your Home
Prevent Moth and Flood Damage To Your Home

If you’re a homeowner, you’re always worried that at any stage you might have to pay out for huge repair bills. A significant threat for many homeowners in the UK is the possibility of flood damage. Many low lying areas are hugely susceptible to flooding and if your property gets hit by a flood, repairs will end up costing a bucket load.

However, you needn’t despair if your property is in a high risk area, as there are a number of steps you can take in order to limit the extent of any flood damage.

The initial step to take before kitting your property out in anti-flood damage kit is to be aware of all means through which water can enter the property. Floodwater is tricky and can find its way into a property through a variety of routes, including: around and underneath closed doorways, backflow through sewerage pipes and seepage through cable holes and external walls.

It’s very important to buy and install flood products in advance, otherwise you won’t be able to prepare your property in time.

Flood boards are a cheap and effective way of preventing costly flood damage repairs. Purpose-built flood boards can be fastened onto external doors and windows when flooding is expected.

In cases of severe flooding, backflow can occur, so by fitting non-return valves to drains and pipes you will be able to prevent wastewater from flowing into a property during a flood.

Another effective way of preventing the spread of floodwater is by erecting barriers to prevent water flow. If your property is one of many at risk in the nearby area you can co-ordinate your flood defences with them, which should help to cut the costs.

If you need a quick and easy solution then sandbags are a good solution because they require very little preparation to be effective, however, they can often be difficult to find during times of emergency so you’ll want to stock up beforehand.

Our advice is to always be prepared if you property is in a high risk area. No matter how much preparation you put into protecting your property from a flood, there’s very little you can do to prevent flooding entirely, especially in very severe cases. However, by undertaking these preparatory measures, the costs of any flood damage repairs should be lessened significantly.

It is estimated that around 1.5 million homes in the UK alone experience problems with moths, and it’s an issue that is getting worse. With central heating, the moth life cycle has now become active all year around, and it seems that inner cities are the worst hit areas. Finding moths can cause significant distress. Problems range from disgust at moth larvae in rugs, horror at holes in expensive jumpers, worry about wool carpets to food moths in kitchen cupboards.

Here are some tips on how to stop carpet moths –

1. CLEAN – Move furniture away from edges of the rug/carpet and thoroughly vacuum (both sides if possible), paying particular attention to skirting boards and crevices

2. KILL – Use moth spray on the rug/carpet deep into the pile and on the underside if possible to kill any eggs and / or larvae – also consider foggers for severe moth infestations, producing an insecticide smoke that pests cannot avoid

3. MONITOR – Place moth traps close to affected areas to monitor for adult moths and to break the breeding cycle

4. REFRESH – Vacuum deep into edges regularly, keep moth traps current and replace every 3 to 6 months and consider respraying regularly – with warmer houses carpet moth damage and infestations are now a year-round problem. Prevention is better than cure.

A recent feature in early 2012 about Moth Prevention on the BBC’s THE ONE SHOW and several related discussions on BBC RADIO 2 over the past year highlight just how widespread the problem has become. Good luck, and happy moth-free living!

Great Bathroom Wall Coverings and Wooden Kitchen Countertop

Great Bathroom Wall Coverings and Wooden Kitchen Countertop
Great Bathroom Wall Coverings and Wooden Kitchen Countertop

One of the easiest ways to give a whole bathroom a quick face lift is to change the wall coverings. There are plenty of options available to you but you do have to remember that bathroom wall coverings have to be able to withstand far more use and abuse than wall coverings in the other rooms of your home. Heat, moisture and frequent cleaning are all challenges that have to be met by a good bathroom wall covering. Here are just a few of the most commonly used ones.
Paint

Having your bathroom walls painted is a very simple way to change the look and feel of the room in just a few hours. Gloss and semi gloss paints work best in a bathroom setting as they repel water and are much easier to clean. On the downside though if your bathroom walls are a little lumpy and bumpy a gloss paint will accentuate all those imperfections.
Wallpaper

Although there are a lot of gorgeous wallpapers available these days, most of them are not suitable for use in the bathroom. Vinyl wall coverings are a much better choice. There are still a great many design options available but these wall coverings are made to be moisture resistant and can be used in a bathroom and remain looking good for years.

Wallpaper borders are a different matter. Many of them are waterproof and a nice wallpaper border used in conjunction with paint is a bathroom décor accent that is easily added in a just a few hours.
Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has been used in bathrooms for centuries. Ceramic tile is probably the perfect bathroom wall covering in terms of durability and ease of cleaning but covering all of the wall space with ceramic tile in a medium to large size bathroom can be a rather expensive undertaking. Using ceramic tile as an accent on painted bathroom walls is a less expensive alternative that can still look very striking.
Wood

Some people love the warm look wood panels on the wall can bring to a bathroom. Any wooden wall coverings in a bathroom – whether solid or plywood-backed veneers – must be coated with urethane or another water-resistant coating prior to installation though or they will be ruined by the moisture in the air in just a matter of months.
Glass Block

Glass block is growing in popularity for use in the bathroom and for very good reasons. Glass block has a very sleek, modern look and, being glass, obviously has the ability to transmit light while preserving privacy. It can be used for walls and windows as well, making it a very versatile bathroom choice.

The only downside? The cost; glass block could not be called a cheap bathroom wall covering so, if you are going to make the investment, spend a little more to have a good mason install them since even one slip by an amateur could up being a very costly mistake.

For those embarking upon a kitchen remodel there are many different counter top options available today. While granite is the hot trend right now wood kitchen counter tops are still an option well worth considering. Like any other counter top material wooden counter tops come with their own set of pros and cons to weigh up when deciding between wood and other counter top material choices. Here are some of them to keep in mind.
The Pros of Wood Kitchen Counter Tops

Adaptability – Most wooden counter tops will blend in with almost any color scheme or kitchen décor and can be used to create a very rustic feel in the kitchen or as butcher block counter tops to give the space a professional restaurant style feel.

Hygienic – Wood counter tops are considered to be naturally more sanitary than other kitchen counter top options because of their inherent, built in protection against all kinds of nasty bacteria.

Easy to Fix – Bumps and dents can usually be sanded out of wooden kitchen counter tops fairly easily, meaning that such kitchen accidents are not the disaster they may be if they occur with other counter top materials.
The Cons of Wood Kitchen Counter Tops

Moisture Problems – Wood counter tops are prone to moisture damage if they are not sealed properly before they are installed. They also have to be cleaned with great care, avoiding the use of bleaches or other harsh chemicals.

Using Layout and Lighting For Home Office Feng Shui

Using Layout and Lighting For Home Office Feng Shui
Using Layout and Lighting For Home Office Feng Shui

There are many creative ways to use lights and lighting effects in your home, some more popular than other and some more tasteful than others too. Windows from Virginia Beach roofers are a great way to let natural light into your home.

But what if you are thinking about installing some mood lighting or ambient lighting in your home? What might you need to know before you buy and what kind of lights are out there to help you achieve the desired effect?

Many houses here in the UK have transitioned towards ceiling downlights and spotlights in many rooms around the home. Although these lights give a modern and generally wide covering of light at floor level, depending on your ceiling height and the size of your room could mean costly things for your bank account when you start to think about installing spotlights.

Requiring light bulb holders some spotlights also require individual drivers to power the bulbs making each spotlight fitting cost around £100 when all is said and done, yet to cover a room which is about 10 foot by 10 foot you will need at least 8 if not 10 ceiling spotlights spread over 2ft away from each other (check this app to see if you have enough bulbs to light a room).

For the same room, you might only need two uplighters to cast enough light at the ceiling, hence spotlights do look great in some houses but can be an costly form of light fixture so be sure that you are happy with this style for many years to come – swapping out the present spotlight bulbs with LED spotlight bulbs is one way which over time you can begin to recoup the cost of installing this style of light fixture.

When it comes to choosing between table or floor lights the question and debate really lies in the decorators’ preference as well as existing features of a room. Floor standing lamps can take up a bit of room and as such don’t provide a surface to put thing on which a table lamps table might. As well, floor standing lights can have a variety of bases which may make them unstable on thick shag piles and carpets. Table lamps are often cheaper than floor standing lights and the variety of designs can create some outstanding home improvements and desired looks to a room.

Again using LED bulbs in either table or a floor light is fine as the bulbs you buy to fit should be direct fitments for the base type of the lamp in question often E14 in table lights or E27/ B22 fitting for floor lights.

Now you know more about the type of lighting you can use in your home its time to start shopping around and getting an idea of the style of light fixtures you want, then it’s a simple case of swapping over to LED light bulbs to save even more money over the life of your new stylish addition.

Feng Shui can be applied to many rooms and spaces in the home but one of the places many of the ancient art’s professional practitioners feel it is most important that its principles be followed is in your home office space.

According to Feng Shui masters the home office and working in it efficiently presents two major challenges; firstly, the ability to separate work from home and secondly, the lack ofbusiness social interaction. They believe, however, that by implementing a few essential Feng Shui techniques – some of which may involve a little home remodeling – you really can create a space that is a joy to work in.

The ideal situation from a Feng Shui point of view is for your home office to have a totally separate entrance from the rest of the home. This can be achieved if you have a walk out basement that can be remodeled for the purposes of use as a home office or just by designating that a back door be used only to enter the workspace. If neither option is a possibility pick the space that is furthest away from the rest of the home as possible. A garage conversion may a perfect solution as well.

In Feng Shui the placement of certain large items of furniture like a bed in a commanding position is considered very important and that is absolutely true of the desk in a home office space as well. This means you should not have your back to the door; your desk is positioned further from the door and not in line with it and that the desk is not pushed against a wall. If the last instruction is impossible you can hang a mirror on the wall above the desk to, in Feng Shui terms at least, make the wall disappear.

This is not really just a Feng Shui tip but a general one too. If your body and mind are deprived of light and oxygen the space will become depressing, unhealthy and certainly not conducive to doing a good day’s work.

Make sure your home office has good lighting design, with both task and accent lighting present and that it is well ventilated, either by opining a window or adding an air conditioner or ceiling fan for relief on stuffy humid days.

Clutter is the enemy in Feng Shui as it blocks the flow of good chi – but it should be your foe in life anyway, especially in a home office space.

Set aside ten minutes at the end of your working day to declutter your desk so that you will be coming back to a clean, clear work space in the morning. Once a month set aside an hour or so to declutter your storage cabinets and desk drawers, because chances are that is exactly where you have been stuffing things away every night for weeks!

Saving Money For Renovations That Make Your Home Stand Out

Saving Money For Renovations That Make Your Home Stand Out
Saving Money For Renovations That Make Your Home Stand Out

It is interesting to note that besides spending a huge amount of money on buying a property, another sum is needed to be saved on renovations so that you can construct the ideal home for your family. Renovation cost is also high these days and care has to be taken to ensure that money is readily available to be spent on interior designs and renovations. And by ‘paying yourself first’ we mean establish an automatic withdrawal on payday for a certain amount of money from your chequing account into your new savings account. This way you are not relying on your schedule and memory to put money aside into your savings account periodically to help pay for those home improvement projects you want to get done.

Just as you have your mortgage paid directly from your bank account, by having funds automatically transferred to a new or existing savings account in no time you will be amazed home much money you have saved. Over a short period of time you will not miss the money you have automatically transferred to your savings account and will find yourself adjusting your frivolous spending as the money won’t be in your main day-to-day chequing account.

And, while it might not seem like a lot, savings accounts tend to provide you with at least some interest to add to your savings compared to chequing accounts which frequently provide no interest on its balances. Unless you are independently wealthy, you cannot spend money on anything you want, especially on home improvement or renovation projects which can be costly and full of unexpected surprises.

Make a list of all the different small and large ways you would like to improve your home. New flooring? New garden and trees? New windows? New roof? Custom kitchen? Custom deck or patio out back? The list of possible ways to improve your home are endless … or so its seems. So, make a list of how you want to renovate or improve your home over the next 12 months. Make another list of improvement projects you want to see completed over the next two to three years; over the next 5 years. For each item put a realistic estimate of how much each will cost. Go out and obtain estimates if this will help.

Then prioritize those initiatives you want to get done first. This will help guide you on how much money you need to save over the next year, the next two three years and the next five years. Unless you know how much you need to save for your high priority projects, how will you know when you get there …. how will you know when you have saved enough? Savings accounts help you save money for small and medium sized home improvement projects. What about your large expensive home reno projects such as new windows, a new roof, and more?

Such costly expenditures can take quite a while to save. Where you have long range home improvement plans, consider periodically taking money out of your savings account and locking it away in a fixed rate cash isa. These longer term savings vehicles provide more interest than savings accounts to help you reach your target savings goal for your home renovation project faster. The rate will not go down, hence the term ‘fixed rate’, so you know how much interest you will earn over the term. And, by locking away your savings in these longer term savings accounts you will not be tempted to use it for something other than your high priority long term savings goals.

Any journey starts with the first step. Start now. Work on your plan, on your prioritizing efforts this weekend. Then take action to start saving more of your money to have your goals met sooner. Once you get started, especially with an automatic savings plan, you will be surprised how soon you will have saved money to start your high priority home improvement projects.

Whether you are looking to sell your home or just looking to enhance the decorative layout, a simple makeover can make a big difference. Your main goal is to complete your home’s makeover while saving a little money in the process. You can do the job yourself or hire someone else to do the job for you. Here are a few tips that you can consider when it comes to doing a makeover on your home.

One way to make your home stand out is installing new windows. You can give your home a unique decor with the installation of a Champion bay window. Although bay windows can be installed anywhere in the home, the best places would probably be the kitchen or living room. Bow windows are other choices that you can consider. However, when it comes to installing windows in a home, it is better to hire a professional to do the job for you.

Aside from bay and bow windows, you can also place garden windows within your home. Garden windows are excellent for those who like a little greenery in their home’s decor. You can place your plants next to the garden window so that they can get sufficient sunlight during the day. Light fixtures are other alternatives that you can consider for your home’s makeover. You have a wide variety of lights that you can choose from for your home, such as recessed lighting, sconces and ceiling lights.

If you are on a tight budget, you can still give your home a makeover. A simple paint job can accentuate your home’s layout the way you have always wanted. You can begin in your living room, and then make your way through the rest of your home. Make sure to get a sense of your home’s layout before you begin to paint your home. By doing this, you are certain to get the perfect color that can complement your home’s decor.

Interior Designs For Your Home Interiors and Wall Decorations

Interior Designs For Your Home Interiors and Wall Decorations
Interior Designs For Your Home Interiors and Wall Decorations

Our Home is the single most important asset and therefore there are efforts by many families to decorate its interiors and feature walls. The furniture is customary to use as interior of the little home improvement. Here are some tips for interior designers to keep in mind while decorating a room. When an interior designer to decorate a room, it is proposed to a few different styles of furniture to make the room look more alive. A room that only one style of furniture is to give the space a feeling boring and maybe not worth investing any time, effort and money for the beauty of the room.

There are many elements that are used for interior decoration. When placing furniture in a room, most of the time a suit in a stunning wall mirror the look and matching furniture, making the room a quick glance to make.

If we think reflect great wall to be placed on the wall, you will face a variety of beautiful designs. Many wall mirrors made with wooden frames and the wall of mirrors made of structural steel, but the most elegant wall mirror is from the famous Venetian wall mirrors.

Venetian mirrors made in Venice are not the only product that has the world of interior design. While focusing on the Venetian wall mirror, it may be useful to search for additional items manufactured in Venice too. In addition to the famous Venetian wall mirrors, picture frames Venice, Venetian Venetian tissue boxes small boxes (ideal for bathrooms) and many more fine products produced in Venice decorate a room in which the largest.

Besides the beauty of the product has to offer, one of the main keys to decorating a room looking beautiful all the furniture and decorations are presented. Often, expensive furniture and beautiful, but the layout is poor and not much attention has been invested, it often ends in a waste of time and effort and can be disappointing.

Another good thing to keep in mind, regardless of color or style furniture in your room, Venetian mirrors always right person within So when decorating your room or office, it is useful to Venetian mirrors much of the interior and you gives a rich appearance and decoration for your room and give your room a touch finish and improved.

Rustic house is all about nature. They are favorites of outdoor enthusiasts, and often better than those of humans, many animals found in the neighbor remote areas. Even a rustic house is known, “Mountain Home” natural, casual clothing to feel with a particular architectural style, but have many different styles not awarded to them. They tend to the environment, despite the fact that, due to their unique facades of these houses are often easier to detect to imitate. Unlike many other houses are not painted a rustic cottage. They are usually in their design and color of the wood. Wood beam ceilings and a huge fireplace in the house of the fisherman’s dream, a common element.

Of course, unpainted wood is very common in the interior features. Hardwood floors, doors, ceiling, transportation, and are usually found in cast iron and use their beauty to the distinctive appearance of the wood is Knotty. It is in every room of every house, each board offers a unique look all its own.

In the past modest homes (think Abe Lincoln Log Cabin-style) as possible with the fact that some institutions, but now the landlord wants a simple house can be as much a modern, state-of-the-art technology. Mother of the middle of a tree, eco-friendly design is not disturbed, will it still fall into simple categories.

Simple forms of a general nature about the fine details of Appeals for the low-high. Hitch beads and other forms of scalloping the place in a modest house seems to exaggerate. Instead, the molded wood frame home with this function, smooth and strongly held. Fancy a traditional, rustic home, and an exclusive jet is not well in the alley. You do not have a built-in garage or basketball. Other selling points such as houses and all the sophisticated extras in a traditional, rustic houses exist. They are proud and beautiful in an unfinished appearance near the lake or nestled in a quiet, wooded area, please look in nature. Your floor plans often skis, fishing equipment, four wheelers fitted shelving to accommodate the active outdoorsman. Furthermore, fell into the evening with family and friends and has a large living-porch. This assumption is not a bluff. You learn more about your family and features for the representation and the image is less. They work with nature and animal lover “unmanicured” combines beauty and well being.

Decorating your partitions is less complicated than ever because of the myriad of selections available. Trendy wall décor trends have turn out to be more about visual factors of interest and fewer about filling space. Current day interior design trends combine operate with style. You can dress up your plain, lifeless partitions with stickers, paintings, tiles, cabinets or virtually anything that may be held on a wall. Your choices are limited only by how a lot space you need to work with.

One of the simplest ways to add flair to an empty wall is with colors. Modern tendencies are geared toward muted tones like sage-green, mild-wine and pumpkin-orange. Excessive-finish designers use black and white as base shades for enjoying with other colours in a room. Many inside design fans also paint complicated murals to carry a visual story into a room. This feature makes it simple to play off the number of colours on the wall.

Using stencils as a substitute of wallpaper is a modern option to carry multiple colours to a room with out having to spend money on artwork. You may as well use stickers in place of framed pictures. One other trendy design concept is utilizing ceramic tiles to decorate a number of walls in a room. Tiles come in an enormous collection of colours, patterns and even textures. Filling a wall with tiles will carry a pop of color to a room in a recent and distinctive way.

In relation to trendy wall décor, virtually something goes. Trends vary from minimalist and bohemian to complex and baroque. Simple trendy wall décor includes glossy, black and white images mounted on black frames, abstract sculptures, and bold art deco. More ornate designs encompass grouped items that embellish an entire wall. Unframed canvases are also standard selections with modern designers.

You’ll be able to beautify your wall in a recent fashion by choosing practical pieces as well. Probably the most common trends in modern design is the dice shelf. You possibly can fill these bins with anything that creates visual appeal. Massive, monochromatic clocks are additionally fashionable selections that create interesting focal points. Unframed or oddly formed mirrors are ideal for a up to date look as well. Mirrors add dimension and cleanness to a room, which is aesthetically pleasing to most modernistic designers.

Plain, drab partitions now not need to exist in any home. With all the choices obtainable for distinctive and attention-grabbing trendy décor, every wall can appear like it was designed by a professional. A rigorously coordinated wall can beautify a cherished living house, create composition, and unify a whole room. Fashionable wall décor tendencies converse to individuals of all ages. No matter your preferences, you can find an thrilling assortment to characterize your style.

What to Look For When Searching For Your Dream Home

What to Look For When Searching For Your Dream Home
What to Look For When Searching For Your Dream Home

Have you ever thought of buying a home? There is no doubt that purchasing a home is one of the numerous dreams on every person bucket list. People have different priorities when it comes to purchasing home. The home buying process has been complex over the years. You will come across many people who have different opinions on purchasing home. In such situations, you should only listen to people with grounded advice.

People who have bought a home recently might have important details on the complex home buying process. Also, people who have been working in the real estate sector might be of great help when you are purchasing your dream home. Away from that, you can seek guidance from any person who has worked in home improvement for many years. All these people will provide solid recommendations.

How can you tell you have found your perfect home? Nowadays, many people say they will just know. We have compiled some of the essential factors you should consider when purchasing your dream home. Without further ado, let’s take a close look.

Location of the house

You can agree with me that indeed you would want a location that allows easy access to the essential social services. You should consider shopping, recreation, and schools. Also, you should not forget about the traffic flow. When you check all these factors, you will have saved yourself from hassles. You don’t need to get out of your neighborhood when you need all these services.

In addition, it is important to consider purchasing a home within the neighborhood. Most people prefer a home located near the main entry. Others would like a home far away from traffic. Moreover, you should purchase a home near the pool or recreation area in case the neighborhood has all these facilities. Before consulting a realtor, you should write down all your preferences.

Size of the lot

Do you know that many people ignore the size of the lot the house sits on? This can be the biggest mistake when purchasing a home. It is good to know that most lots in a neighborhood are very similar. You should know your preference before going to showings. This will enable you to make an intact decision on whether you want a large, medium or small lot. You will come across rectangular, pie-shaped, and irregular lots. You can choose either of the shapes depending on how you will use the lawn and your preferred level of privacy.

It is advisable to ask your realtor any question if you want to know where one lot ends and another begins. What if you come across a house with two lots? In that case, you can think about the possibilities. You can add an extra garage in the second lot.

Number of bedrooms

People have different ideas when it comes to how many bedrooms they would want. If you don’t have a family, you can choose a two-bedroom house. In case you have a family, then it would be better if you purchase a house with more bedrooms. While some parents prefers their kids to share bedrooms, others like each kid to have a separate room. Do you have regular visitors? You should have a bedroom designated for your friends if you have a constant flow of visitors.

In most cases, extra bedrooms are designed as a kid’s playroom or even office. If your family members have different hobbies, then you will have to look for a larger working space. All in all, you should think carefully about your lifestyle.

Number of bathrooms

How many bathrooms would you prefer? You need to decide ahead of time. Most old homes are designed with only one bathroom. This means that buyers must look for ways to add another bathroom. If the arrangement is not applicable, be ready to live with only one bathroom. Generally, most new homes have been built with more than two bathrooms. You should also look at the size of the bathroom. Do you prefer Jacuzzi tubs or shower stall? You should consider a spacious bathroom in that case. In addition, you should know your family’s taste. The style of the bathroom should go hand in hand with their taste.

Kitchen layout

You can attest that kitchen is the heart of every home. Great families and friends prefer gathering in the kitchen. Friends prefer hanging out in the kitchen whenever they arrive. Kitchen has emerged as a source of entertainment. That’s why it is important to look at the size and layout of your kitchen. You should make it clear to your realtor whether you need a large kitchen that can accommodate more friends and family members.

Age and style of home appliances

Nowadays, it is very costly to replace home appliances. Always take your time when estimating the age of your home appliances. You should check the appliances that provide convenience.

Final thoughts

All in all, you should put in a lot of time when buying a home. You can seek support from your realtor.