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Some Ideas About Home

Home is the place where you spend most of the time of your life. All of the memories during your life will be created there. Thus, most of people are trying to make their home to be the most wonderful place to live. For that reason, people need to consider about home decoration. If you feel confused to determine your home decoration, here are some ideas that can help you to easily find out the right decoration for your home.

Home cannot be separated from rooms. Every home commonly consists of living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. If you want to make your home to be a comfort place to live, you need to make certain effort to decorate every part of your home.

Let us start from the living room. Living room is the place where usually used as the place to receive your home guest. One of the things that you can do to decorate your living room is to add accessories like furniture, sofa, curtain, wall sconce, and many more. In decorating living room, you need to consider about getting free space so that you will have enough space to move around. Thus, you have to choose some accessories which appropriate with the size of your living room.

Next is about bedroom. Since bedroom is the private place for you, you can decorate your bedroom based on your taste. You can put any accessories you like as far as they can make you comfortable to sleep there. If you want to get a peaceful ambience on your bedroom, you can use flame candle and light holders.

Moreover, having convenient bathroom is also important. How do you feel when you are having a shower and suddenly the water is off? If you do not want to get this annoying experience, then what you have to do to your bathroom is to set it conveniently. Make sure that the water properly flows from the faucet.

Last is about the kitchen. Kitchen is the place where you can prepare delicious meal. In order to make you comfortable while you are cooking, you have to set up your kitchen to be well-decorated. You have to arrange your kitchen tools properly so that you will find your kitchen to be the nice place to cook.

What is So Great About Home

I remember the first time I decided that enough was enough and that I was going to start doing repairs and renovations for myself, by myself in the future. It was during the summer of 2006 when we decided to put a small extension on our living room to make it slightly bigger. My wife and myself had talked about this for some time and we eventually decided to go ahead and make it happen. It was also the first time that we ever had any renovations done on the house and so we were in for a nasty shock when we found out how much that project would actually cost. I won’t say exactly how much, but it was a lot. From that day onwards I decided to save some money and go do it all myself.

I started doing it all by myself mostly because I wanted to save money and because I knew that we wanted to do more work in the future. But after 4 years of learning and doing home DIY I can finally answer the question “what is so great about home DIY”.

1. Home DIY is great because of all the money you save. I am not lying when I say that I have saved thousands upon thousands of dollars since I started doing things by myself around the house. Whether it comes to fixing the toilet or building a cupboard, I don’t have to pay for anything accept the tools and materials to do the job myself.

2. Home DIY is fun. There is nothing more fun than being able to create. I thank god that I now have the skills to really create and make things which I can truly be proud of.

3. It will impress. I can’t even count the number of times people have come over to our house and complimented a chair or piece of furniture I had made. When they find out that I actually made it myself they are totally flabbergasted. I can’t help but feel proud.

Factors to Consider About Home

Not worrying too much about home security is one way to keep it off your mind, but can also be what leads a criminal right to your door. It surprises many people to know just how easily a seasoned intruder can pick out a house with low defenses, meaning your casual attitude about protecting your home and property shows even if you’re not aware of it. When thinking about your belongings as ‘just stuff’ it opens up your home to a plethora of further safety concerns. Consider some of the following risks that you may be unwittingly taking before letting your home’s safety and security slide even one more day!

A break in isn’t always motivated by robbery. Most of the time an intruder is looking for a house with nobody in it, where he can get in and out easily without being detected. However, often enough the motivation is to find people inside in order to achieve some other end. If you think of your stuff as ‘just stuff,’ consider how important it is to protect your family and loved ones first by keeping the bad guys out and them safe inside.

Damage to items in the house can mean they’re as good as gone. A person looking through your house for valuable items to steal will not calmly open, close, and search drawers. Their objective is to find as many valuable goods as possible as quickly as possible, and the entire house will be torn apart. Many heirloom pieces of furniture or otherwise sentimental furnishings and belongings may be damaged during the hunt, rendering them completely destroyed or useless. Many people are surprised at how much they lose after a burglary, even when it’s still right inside their house. The only real way to keep intruders from having the time and opportunity to really ransack your entire home is by installing some type of home security system so that they will be deterred, or at least in more of a hurry, and the majority of your home, or all of your home, will go untouched.

Peace of mind can’t be brought or bought back. The final factor that many people fail to consider before experiencing a break in is that the psychological ramifications can be devastating. A person’s ‘home’ is a safe zone in their own mind, and once this feeling of safety has been shattered it can be difficult to get back. Spending time safeguarding the home, checking and rechecking locks and windows, or outright deciding to move can take away not only months but years of your time and life. Often people who have experienced a home burglary end up in therapy for the psychological and physical stress, and experience detrimental financial consequences depending on how much was lost. It’s important to not only have homeowner’s insurance, but a home security system to prevent any of these negative side-effects from happening in the first place. Instead of forgetting about home security, make it a top priority today!

Enlightening Findings About Home

Let’s face it: For most people, the subject of home inspections is anything but a fun subject. However, it is an important subject. Increasingly, new home-buyers are required to make sure that their homes are up to a certain standard. Furthermore, it’s in your own health interests to make sure that the new house comes up to those standards. So while it might not be terribly exciting, you would be well-advised to learn about this subject.

Back in 2001, a study was conducted by the Market Enhancement Group (or MEG) about home inspections. While that was seven years ago, it’s the most exhaustive examination of the subject that has been conducted, before or since. The results of the study were enlightening.

First let’s discuss the methodology of the study. It was done through MEG’s omnibus poll. This poll consisted of 1,000 phone interviews which were divided equally among four regions of the United States, with 250 persons in each of these regions: the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, and the West. Those who responded to the survey were all U.S. consumers who had bought a house within the 18 months prior to the survey. There was a margin of error in the study of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Now let’s look at who the study found obtained an inspection. According to the study, 77 percent of recent house buyers had gotten a house inspection before they bought their homes. Seventy-nine percent had attended this inspection and participated in it. An astounding 97 percent said they felt the inspection was worth what they paid for it.

Only a tiny fraction — 23 percent — of home-buyers said they’d bought a new house without getting an inspection. Of those who did buy one, most selected their inspectors after receiving a recommendation for him or her from their real estate agent (69 percent).

Of those who hired an inspector, 43 percent did so only after their real estate agent suggested they do so; however, the majority, 57 percent, did so of their own volition.

Now let’s consider the differences that the survey found according to geographical location. Those buying a new home in the Western region had the highest incidence of hiring a home inspector, at 81 percent. The South follows closely at 80 percent, with the Midwest next at 77 percent and he Northeast Region at 70 percent.

Just at those in the West had the highest incidence of hiring inspector, they also had te highest rate of selecting a home inspector after a real estate agent recommended the person.

However, home-buyers in the South

o For home buyers getting a home inspection, the percentage of inspections conducted at their personal request was highest in the South Region (65%) and the West Region (60%), followed by the Midwest Region (53%) and the Northeast Region (47%).

o For home buyers getting a home inspection, the percentage of inspections conducted at the real estate agent’s request was highest in the Northwest Region (53%).
What this study shows us is that there are a whole lot of people who choose not to have their houses inspected–and of those who do hire an inspector, many do so only after a real estate agent suggests one. This means that many home-buyers are not yet independently convinced of the need for such an inspection. But here are some reasons–and areas of your house–that call for an inspection.

1) A home needs the exterior inspected. If a roof is just now starting to age, then the subtle defects and damages are probably not going to be readily apparent to you, a novice on the subject. They can be found by a qualified inspector, though. Keep in mind that you’ll spend several thousand dollars resurfacing a roof if you wait too long. The same holds true for the siding. Finding problems while they’re still minor can save you big bucks.

2) A home just as urgently needs the interior inspected. For instance, you don’t want to wait until after you’ve moved in all your furniture to discover that your basement floods easily. It’s important to have an inspector check the basement for any clues of possible water intrusion, like a damp odor, mildew, water stains, etc.

Also on the interior, the house should be checked for proper ventilation and insulation. What many people don’t understand is that inferior ventilation, particularly in the attic, can actually accelerate the deterioration of your roof deck. This can cost a lot of money to fix, if you wait too long.

The interior inspection would also include a check of the paint surface, to make sure it does not contain lead paint.

3) And finally, a house needs to have its electrical work and plumbing inspected. You need a qualified inspector to check for problems such as over fused circuits, burned wiring, poor wiring connections, amateur-installed wiring, openings in the wall where a young one could put his or her fingers, and dead-ended / exposed wiring.

As for plumbing, you need an inspector who can look for old lead pipes or galvanized steel ones. Replacing bad ones could be costly. Naturally, he’ll also look for leaks and, using a moisture meter, he’ll evaluate plaster or wall board suspected of having damage caused by leaks. Many plumbing issues are not clearly visible to the average house-owner, which is why it’s so essential to have a professional–one who knows where to look and what to look for — do it for you.

There are many other responsibilities for a professional inspector. However, these are some of the crucial issues, and they are ones that any knowledgeable expert will be able to investigate. Most importantly, they are issues that, if left to an amateur, could result in expensive repairs in the not-too-distant future. Sure, hiring an inspector will cost money–but it’s quite likely that it will save you more than it costs.

Sustainable Furniture and Home

In this day in age we all should have a conscience about the products we buy and use. It seems that you can buy anything, ‘fair trade’ these days from coffee to diamonds. Furniture and home wares are no exception. But what exactly makes something qualify as fair trade and sustainable?

Sustainable products are not just those that are good for the environment, although that is a significant factor. They must also be safe and healthy for the people who interact with them; socially sustainable and economically maintainable. We must look at the entire life cycle of our eco furniture and home ware products.

But what is fair trade? According to the Fair Trade Federation, it means “a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade.” However Wikipedia defines it as “an organised social movement which promotes standards for international labor, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of Fair trade labelled and unlabelled goods.”

In summary of the above, the movement basically looks at the exports from developing or third world nations coming into more developed and richer countries.

There are a few main questions that need to be answered to understand what makes a product for the above criteria.

What materials are needed? Are they renewable? How are the people who make them treated and paid? Are they exposed to any harmful substances or chemicals? Is the environment exposed to any of these harmful substances also? Where is the product made? Does it benefit the local community? Is the manufacturer engaged in responsible use of power and water? Do they recycle? How much energy has to be used in the transportation? How long will it last? When the item is thrown away can it be recycled? Is it biodegradable?