The Cost of Owning a Car

   Image via http://www.mycarheaven.com Running a household is no walk in the park.  You have to think about a multitude of expenses ranging from your everyday food to your monthly mortgage.  So although the prospect of owning a new car may seem like a solution to your family’s commute woes, think again. When you check out sites like toyotacostofownership.com or even review sites for various vehicles, you will notice that there is more to owning a car than just paying for it up front or paying off your car loan. You have to consider all of these other costs as well, before buying a new vehicle, soRead More →

Things to Do Before You Move

  When moving, some people do not remember all the places where they need to file a change of address. Most simply us a USPS change of address form or a service like www.kandela.com and leave the rest to chance. Even if you use a one-stop service to change your address, there are still some notifications that are easy to forget. It is always best to make an actual checklist to see if everyone has been properly notified. Utility & Maintenance Companies These are the first change of address contacts that receive a notice. It is hard to forget them, since most of the time,Read More →

Good-looking Tiles for a Good-looking house

Image via http://decoist.com When you are looking at remodeling rooms in your home, you may be considering using tile for the floors, the backsplash, or even for the walls. While tile can be a difficult installation, it can be a beautiful decoration piece in each room. However, choosing good-looking tile can be challenging simply because there are so many generic or industrial tiles out there. You need to have the opportunity to shop for tiles that look nice, actually have some color to them, and look great in each room. At ABL Tile Centre, you will find there are thousands of choices of tiles inRead More →

A Guide to Hiring a House Cleaner

image via http://thetrendtribe.com/ Are you a career woman who’s out of the house for the whole day? Or a mom with your hands full with children that keeping your home tidy would be impossible? Maybe it’s time you hire a house cleaner. No one would like to live in a messy, cluttered home, and if you don’t have the time to clean it yourself, then it’s a must to get a cleaning lady. She would be a big help in sweeping the floor, arranging things, and making every nook and cranny spotless while you’re busy with other things. But before you hire a house cleaner,Read More →

How to Find a Good Kitchen Renovation Company

Image via http://landmarkservices.com Maintaining a home is never easy. Even a new home gets old and becomes susceptible to typical wear and tear. Among the rooms or parts of a house that needs constant upkeep is the kitchen. After all, it is one of the most widely used rooms in any home and considered the heart of the home. That is where meals are prepared and cooked. Sometimes, a small table or wide countertop serves as a good enough space for small families to dine on, thereby foregoing the use of the dining table in the formal dining area. That’s why it is not surprisingRead More →

A Complete Guide to Moving into a New Office

Modern home office – image via http://freshome.com/ When a company moves into a new office is like moving house albeit smaller, it rarely goes smoothly. If you’ve never moved offices before, you may be under the impression that it’s a relatively simple process, but this tends not to be the case. Moving into a brand new base of operations is a stressful act; it can be incredibly time consuming, and there are frequently niggles and disasters, which could not be foreseen, yet set you back nonetheless. To put it bluntly, it’s not fun. If you are planning on moving office any time soon – orRead More →

How Does DIY Window Insulation Compare to Window Replacement?

“Double glazed windows” image via http://www.elitedoubleglazing.com.au/ With a variety of do-it-yourself window insulation strategies advertised on the market, how are you able to make the decision between giving it a go yourself, or replacing your windows altogether? The alternative of DIY insulation can be off-putting; replacing single-glazed windows with double ones can be costly and inconvenient. But is replacement the best, and only, long term option, or can the temporary measures offer a better way through the cold, winter months? Methods of DIY There are lots of options out there, so it can prove difficult to work your way through the choices to find oneRead More →

Confronting Winter

Image: gazebo by our place As the world turns its back on those warm summer days, homeowners like you are scrambling to make sure that they have everything ready to confront the oncoming cold.  From blankets and coats to sealed windows and gas heaters, there are quite a few things that are necessary when good old winter comes a-calling.  For newcomers to the area or people who have found themselves as homeowners for the first time, there are a few very important things to keep on your list. Outside Considerations Depending on the type of home you have, you may also need to winterize yourRead More →

How to Use Loft Space Effectively

image via http://www.home-designing.com/I Many people think a loft and an attic are the same; these are not. While both areas are perched under the roof of a house, you should never confuse one for the other. An attic is an enclosed space (confined just like a typical room in the house), complete with a door. In contrast, a loft is an open space. You probably have one in your house. If you do, consider yourself fortunate. Since a good storage space is at a premium these days, having a loft can be very practical. In fact, many people use their lofts to store clutter theyRead More →

Protecting your Home this Winter: Top Tips for Drains and Pipes

  As the weather gets colder, it’s not just the worry of having to wrap up warm and crank the thermostat up a notch or two that you need to consider. The winter months bring their own set of problems to the water system in your home, with frozen pipes, leaks and burst pipes being a common occurrence for homeowners all over the country. The key to avoiding such issues is to make sure that you’re prepared. There are plenty of ways in which you can make sure that, during this winter season, you’re not facing any expensive hiccups and repair work; instead, you canRead More →