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July 18, 2017

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We all want to believe we take excellent care of our homes. It may appear at first glance, but there are a lot of things most people do to their homes that causes damage which isn’t that obvious. Check out this guide and make sure you’re not making similar mistakes in these areas!

Hardwood floor

Hardwood floors are incredible when it comes to stylish interiors. They’re easy to lay out and reduce the amount of dust that in your home. They don’t attract allergens the way carpets do. They’re also tough, lasting a lifetime if you’re careful. In fact, the use of certain types of wood can mean that the looks can actually improve with age! You don’t want to waste the potential of a good hardwood floor.

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Unfortunately, the knowledge that hardwood floor are resilient and easy to clean leads some people not take adequate care of it. Sure, it’s not as soft and stainable as a carpet, meaning leave their shoes on indoors. But the bottom of your shoes may have loads of small and gritty materials, even if they look clean. This causes scratching, even if minor. This is partly why homes with hardwood floors should also feature nice rugs. This article shows just how well a rug can complement a home. Of course, there are even bigger scratch and damage risks, such as furniture and other large items. Be careful!

Plumbing

Plumbing is everywhere, working away at important tasks. Of course, you can’t see it, which can lead to an “out of sight, out of mind” problem. The health of your plumbing should never be out of your mind, no matter how easy it is to forget about it!

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A lot of people have bad plumbing habits; you need to get rid of yours ASAP. The most common is allowing things to go down the sink drain without thinking about the consequences, or even pouring them down there purposefully. Coffee grinds is a common item. Each coffee grain is tiny, so it seems fairly innocuous. But if you also have an oil buildup, then the coffee and oil can mix to create a demonic sludge that really does a number on your plumbing. You should throw coffee grinds outside with your plants, because it makes for great organic mulch. For everything else, get a clog catcher!

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The air

We’re often sending harmful stuff into the air at home without realising it. The chemicals you use to clean the bathroom and kitchen sends chlorine and a bunch of other toxins into your home’s atmosphere which don’t do your lungs a whole lot of good. And what about those antiperspirants, hairsprays, and fragrances? The average household contains loads of solvent sprays and other chemicals which cause damage to the air in the home, as well as the environment at large.

Be cautious with what you’re spraying around and cleaning with. Replace solvent sprays with roll-ons if you can. Make sure the home is well-ventilated so it gets plenty of fresh air, and consider getting rid of some of those harsh cleaning chemicals. Use organic options instead!

July 18, 2017

Who doesn’t love a modern home nowadays? Sleek, clean and utilitarian designs are in fashion right now and it’s one of the key things that new home buyers are looking for. They love the fresh look that modern house gives, and they also love the technology that goes into a modern home that helps to improve their lifestyle in a variety of different ways. It goes without saying that modern home design is going to be here to stay for a long time.

There are many ways to achieve a modern home. From the decor to the technology used, we’ll be diving into four different points that will help you decide on the best home renovations and improvements to perform in order to bring your house into the modern age with a bang.

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Internet Connectivity

Who doesn’t have an internet connection nowadays? They’re affordable, accessible and can enhance our lives in a thousand different ways. However, there’s more to internet connectivity than just having a connection. You see, the things we do on the internet nowadays demands fast connections. If you love streaming the latest shows to your main television while your kids play video games in their room, then you’re going to need a fast connection to handle the load. The more people that are in your home, the more likely your internet connection is going to be used by multiple people at the same time. What’s also important is that you focus on upload speeds in addition to just download speeds. For some reason, internet service providers tend to hide the upload speed because they think it’s not as important. However, if you want to upload YouTube videos, social media photographs or even work remotely from home, then you’ll need a good upload speed as well. Make sure your home has plenty of WiFi access spots and consider extending the range with a WiFi extender if your home is large. A good way to test your WiFi quality is to take your phone to various parts of your home and perform a mobile internet speed test. This way you can determine what parts of your home have a poor WiFi signal and where to strategically place the extender to ensure every wireless device in your home gets a good signal.

Environmental Awareness

Bringing your home into the modern age isn’t just about the appliances you use, but also the knowledge you have. Environmental awareness is all about living green. For instance, using a home solar power system to collect renewable energy from the sun instead of just relying on non-renewable sources to power your home. It also means starting up your own home garden to grow your own sustainable sources of food such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. It takes a lot of planning, but it ultimately brings your home into the modern age because you’re showing people that you are aware of not just design trends, but also environmental changes are alterations in the climate. This will ultimately give you the knowledge you need to live green and utilise modern technology in order to achieve your goals. Just remember that modern living isn’t just about having flashy devices and appliances—it’s also about understanding the environment around you.

Focus on Minimalist Decor

One of the most iconic types of interior design to make your home look modern is to utilise minimalist decor. There’s a saying that minimalist decor is all about doing more with less, but that’s only scratching the surface. Minimalist decor involves using some very neutral colours such as whites, greys and light colours. This is to emphasise the lack of clutter and the abundance of open area and space that is present in almost any minimalist’s home. Minimalist decor is all about having things that don’t stand out and aren’t flashy. For example, your chairs should be functional and clean instead of loud with bright colours and crazy patterns. Wood textures and furniture are often used in minimalist design due to its soft, neutral balance of colour and relaxing design. To truly embrace the look and feel of minimalism, you’ll need to declutter a lot of your house and organise your items based on priority. A good place to practice this would be your bathroom. Instead of having every single makeup product or shower and bath item out in the open, try to reduce the number of things you leave out. Organise based on the reason you go into the bathroom. If you brush your teeth, then you’ll want to open a small cupboard and take out your toothbrush, paste, floss and so on. Once you’re done, you can put the items back in and close the cupboard. Similarly, if you plan to have a bath, then keep a box or cupboard available to store bath creams, salts and so on.

Smart Home Technology

Lastly, we can’t forget the possibility of introducing smart home technology into your house to give it a more modern feel. There’s nothing quite like being able to turn the lights on at home while you’re still in the office, or cranking up the heating while you’re cuddled up comfortably in bed. Make sure you install these devices with the help of a trusted electrician because it’s easy to mess these up. You don’t want a badly installed app on your phone to crank up the heating accidentally during the summer and you want to ensure all of your smart home technology is working efficiently. This requires a good WiFi router and if you have a large home, then your smart home devices will need to be in range of the router in order to work properly. There are some security concerns, but as long as you don’t hand out your WiFi password to random people they have no way to actually access your devices. From voice-activated lights to a fridge that can automatically restock itself, there’s no shortage of fantastic ideas that you can utilise when your home turns smart.

July 6, 2017

I know: you are very curious! Just who might have the best mattress this year? what should I watch out for? Are there specific brands that are idea for my needs? Or better still: are there certain kinds that are harmful? Apparently nobody wants to buy a mattress that may be hazardous and/or result to a negative health impact. As always, the consumer is always searching for the best deal.

Understanding the Mattress Market

Is it really important? Yes! Getting to know the dynamics behind the mattress market is a vital tool with respect to the aspect in question.  More specifically, consumers having basic knowledge of the industry are able to make smart decisions as opposed to the ones that don’t. Simply put, having some industry data will protect you from industry lies and aggressive marketing tactics.

So What Should I Know?

It’s simple, time dictates the mattress industry. Simply put, every year brings out new trends, beds and technology. While this is clearly commendable, it becomes a nightmare for the consumers. They are not able to determine what’s good as every entrant, claims supremacy over the other.  This is where reviews come in: they are and will still remain the best source of help when it comes to gauging mattress worthiness. In a nutshell, a consumer that has used a product day after day is more authoritative and his/her review would help another. As such Best Mattress Reviews are therefore indispensable.

Industry Stats for Most Popular Mattress by Reviews

While they’re lots of categories, Innersprings and memory foam have remained popular by reviews and/or consumer satisfaction rate. With an overwhelmingly high satisfaction rate, the two have commanded their top place in year (s) 2016 & 2017.

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The best mattress reviews often come within this particular category.  Owner reviews have consistently crowned this category: with a whopping 80% satisfaction rate. This is definitely a category to reckon with.

Innerspring Mattress

This kind contends with the first category. Consumer reports with reference to owner reviews have argued that this is the most popular. This has often been in the context of sales and accounting numbers. A majority have often purchased this kind! As of late, Industry has it that this trend is rapidly increasing.

What you should know!

The two brands out-perform a variety of other categories at least with regards to owner reviews. Know that’s commendable: while this is the case, the two categories are presented in a variety of foams and technology. Simply put, not every mattress within the said category will offer you great sleep.   Looking at the two, they are many brands with significant differences: therefore, category does not guarantee performance. The truth is, only a handful stand out at least with regards to what owner reviews are suggesting.

Lastly, prior to purchasing a mattress: consider its online presence and/or publication reports. This article narrows down your search by suggesting the two categories. Read carefully and make that purchase the right way!

June 26, 2017

Most people love the idea of having a beautiful home. Having furniture which matches the walls, floors, and other items in your space is a great dream to have. But, unfortunately, life usually gets in the way of this sort of goal. Most people are too busy to invest hours and hours keeping their home clean, let alone spending the time styling it. So, if you fall into this category, you need some alternative options. Thankfully, you have plenty of them. And, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the best ways to do it. So, now, you just have to get hunting.

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One of the biggest issues people have in their home is decorating. Usually, doing this will mean having to remove furniture from a room, removing old decoration, and applying the new stuff. Altogether, this can take a lot of time, especially when you only have the evenings to do it. But, the walls and floors in a room are crucial elements to its design. Depending on whether you rent or own your home, you have different options. For those renting or leasing, you could simply move somewhere with decoration which better suits your desire. This is the best way to get something cheap, without much effort. If you own the place, though, you might have to hire someone to do the work for you. This won’t cost too much, though. So, for a lot of people, it will be worth it.

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Of course, this only covers a small part of the way a room looks. Most rooms will have a variety of different items of furniture in them. But, choosing the perfect options for your home could be hard. The options for owners and renters are the same here. Though, you’ll have to take a different route for both of them. In the case of ownership, you might have to move, if you simply don’t have time for furniture. Of course, you could pay someone to come and design the inside of your home. But, you could be better buying somewhere already furnished. Likewise, renters could use companies like STL City Wide to get their furnished home. Choosing an option like this will make it much easier for you to get a place fast. The company you choose will help you to complete the process, taking much of it out of your hands.

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Some people won’t have time for even the most basic jobs in their home, let alone decoration and choosing furniture. For these people, their life will be too busy even to clean. But, a dirty house will never look nice. This can be quite the issue to find yourself in, not having enough time or energy to clean. It never has to be this way, though. Instead, you can use the services of a cleaning company to handle this work for you. This could help you to get the work done to a higher standard than you would manage yourself. And, it could also help you to keep your cleaning a lot more regular.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done, if you want to start having a home which is perfect in your eyes. Most people see this as an impossible feat. But, with the right help, it’s possible to make any house into something you love.

June 7, 2017

Home is an incredibly important place for many people. It’s often the place where you safe and secure. It’s a place where you can escape all of the problems and difficulties that often come along with everyday life in the outside world. For many people, it’s the one place where they genuinely feel comfortable and happy. It’s a protective bubble where everything is okay, and none of the pressures of daily life can get to you. Because of that, it’s that much more awful when something happens in your home to disrupt that feeling of safety and comfort. That kind of disruption can come from a lot of different places but, whatever the source, it effects can be long lasting and incredibly traumatic, for both you and your family. The very best way to deal with this is to do what you can to avoid it in the first place. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do in order to protect your home from any disasters or problems that can end up disrupting the feeling of peace and calm that so many people so desperately need in their lives.

Everyday safety

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When it comes to staying safe at home, a lot of people tend to ignore a lot of simple, basic advice that could go a long way towards protecting them and their family. For one thing, far too many people assume that their appliances are just always going to work properly. This is a mistake of a couple of reasons. For one thing, if you’re not careful, an appliance could break right at the moment that you really need it. Not only that but replacing an appliance is often far more expensive than having it maintained. The other major issue is that, if you’re not careful, faulty appliances can pose a serious danger to you and your family. Faulty electrics and wiring can put you and your family at risk of electrocution which could result in a trip to the hospital, or worse. The same goes for all of the fuse boxes and plug sockets around your home. With the sheer amount of electrical power running through the majority of houses, you simply can’t afford to ignore the dangers present in your home if you don’t check things over regularly to make sure that it’s all in working order.

Security

One of the scariest things in the mind of many homeowners is the idea that an intruder can potentially invade their home. There are no words to describe to horror at realizing that someone else was in your home and has taken your belongings. Often the sense of intrusion is even worse than the loss of possessions. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you it’s incredibly important to think about what security measures you want to take. The simplest measures are things like spotlights at the front and back of your home. Many of these spotlights have motion sensors so the movement of a potential intruder with set them off. Even if this doesn’t alert you to their presence, being exposed in the light is often enough to deter wannabe burglars. The option above that is some form of alarm system. From simple wireless alarm systems, to advanced systems that are installed directly into your home, there are options to suit just about every budget. In an ideal world, you’ll never actually need the alarm at all, but just having it there is often enough to help a lot of people sleep a little easier at night.

Structural problems

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Depending on the age of your house, there’s a chance that there are issues with it that actually come from within, rather than from outside. Older houses often have structural issues that, while not necessarily noticeable to most people, can potentially cause some serious disasters. It’s a great idea, if you’re living in an older property, to have the whole thing checked over by a professional. That way they can identify any structural issues that need to be remedied before something terrible happens. Often these kinds of issues can just be down to age, or outdated architecture, and sometimes they can be as a result of something like damp slowly rotting away parts of the property. Whatever the cause is, you should never wait to deal with it. While having it dealt with might be expensive, it’s going to be far worse trying to have any structural problems fixed after something has happened.

Pests

No one likes uninvited guests showing up in the home without warning, especially if those guests take the shape of a swarm of creepy crawlies. Most homes will end up with some kind of infestation at some point, and it can be enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that there are as few places as possible for pests to make their home. Seal up any holes in the brickwork around your home so things like wasps and bees can’t set up a hive there. Not only that but you should make sure to keep your home as clean as possible so that you’re not creating an environment that is likely to attract things like ants and cockroaches.

It’s important to remember that, no matter what you do there’s always a chance that there will be things out of your control and that problems will occur in your home. Hopefully, by taking these steps you can reduce the chances of that happen considerably, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared for the eventuality of something happening. Make sure that you have things set up to protect yourself and your home in the event of some kind of disaster, from having the right insurance to knowing what to do in the event of something going wrong. Things like this are never going to be easy to deal with, but by prepared, you can at least reduce the damage they do to both your home and your life as a whole.

June 5, 2017

Now that summer’s here, you’ll want to make sure that your home is as comfortable and as economical as possible. If you’ve had summers where you had to choose between massive energy bills and spending your time off as a sweaty, sticky mess, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of easy ways you can make your home comfortable over summer, without spending a small fortune.

Make Your Window Coverings Work for You

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One of the easiest and cheapest ways to mitigate the intense summer heat is making a point to keep your blinds and curtains closed in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest and hottest. The sun shining through the windows, particularly if your home doesn’t get a lot of shade or your windows are relatively old, can contribute massively to the temperature indoors. Keep the curtains and blinds closed, and you’ll do a lot to keep the temperature and your energy bills low. It’s not rocket science!

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

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If you’ve picked up on the buzz around programmable thermostats and thought that they were a gimmick, think again! The modern conveniences supplied to us by business owners like Ken Starr have given us the means to keep our homes as comfortable as possible, but these clever little devices can make those conveniences much more economical. Getting a programmable thermostat installed, and using it properly, will ensure that the home stays nice and cool when you’re there, but also that your air con isn’t leaking money when you know you’re going to be out of the house. Programmable thermostats can be a bit of a nuisance if everyone in your family has a schedule that changes all the time. However, if you have a regular, dependable schedule to stick to, it can be remarkably easy to let your home get warmer when you’re not around, but have it nice and breezy when you come through the door. If you feel slightly lost reading about programmable thermostats, the Energy Star website has a handy guide.

Get a Ceiling Fan

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Contrary to what many people believe, staying comfortable when the weather’s hot is much more about the way the air hits your skin than the actual temperature of it. Ceiling fans can make a space feel ten degrees cooler, and only use a small fraction of the energy required to run a central air con system. Obviously, when you’re in the peak of a heatwave, a ceiling fan isn’t going to do much, and you may need to lean on your air con a little more. However, getting a ceiling fan can still be a huge help in making your home more comfortable in the summer, all the while keeping a cap on your energy bills. Design Necessities has an excellent guide for choosing a ceiling fan that’s right for you.

If you were dreading the price of staying comfortable this summer, we hope this post has helped you keep cool at home, without spending a small fortune!