Oct
2014

Utilizing a mini self-storage unit to help you sell your home

Selling your home is going to be a rather difficult and time consuming project no matter what so it is important to try and make it easier whenever you can. One of the many things that I have found that can help the process a little bit is to do a number of different things to help make the house look a lot cleaner and nicer. While as buyers we know not to judge a house by how it currently looks with all of the sellers stuff in it but it is impossible not to let that visual image affect what we think and remember of a house.

self storageThere are dozens if not hundreds of different blogs and articles out there that talk about all of the different things that you can do in order to make your house look nicer for possible buyers but one thing that I do not see suggested as often as I think that it should be is to try to make your house look a bit less cluttered than it probably is with a mini self storage unit. If you are able to clear out some of the spaces in your home where there is a pretty big build up of junk and boxes you can really make your home look a lot nicer and more spacious which is of course something that you really want when you are trying to sell your home.

Since you do not have to get rid of everything, moving a few things into a mini storage unit is also pretty quick and easy. Just find a few things that you really do not use that often or at least will probably not need in the next month or two and then box them up and take them out to the mini self-storage unit. As long as you do not need one of the larger self-storage units, it should also be quite cheap to be able to get one of the mini self-storage units so you do not have to worry about anything on that front either. Using a mini self-storage unit should probably only be about ten dollars a month really so the cost is really almost nothing for how much it can help.

There are also so many self storage units all around the United States that you should be able to find a great self storage unit pretty close to your home or work so if you do need to go back and grab something out of the self storage unit unexpectedly, you do not have to go that far out of your way to get it out. This way your home can be clean and organized enough to look great for any possible buyers that want to come and look at the house but you do not have to go through the hassle of always keeping everything put away exactly and carefully so that your crammed full house can have the illusion of being big and spacious like you want.

 

Sep
2014

Quick Tips in Creating Personalized Shades and Other Interior Design Elements

Planning to upgrade the look and feel of your interior, but worried about the cost? A simpler way to do so is change the element which sets the tone inside your home. Personalizing your inner space at home gives a unique touch to your abode. Here are some super saver tips on how you can put a distinctive touch in the interior design of your home.

When designing your home, make sure that you go with your own taste. An impressive interior is great, but make sure that it is also attuned to your needs and preferences. You can choose a certain theme for every room, or boost the mood with a fancy pillow or carpet. If you would change your mind later on with a new preference, merely changing some things in your room and matching them would be easier.

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Don’t buy everything all at once. Live in your new house for at least two months before you make any significant purchases, especially if you plan to create specific themes for your interior.

Keep in mind the usage of the room space when you are planning a design. If you decorate a child’s room, choose shades and drapes that are colorful and fun, which encourages play. Custom bedding is a big factor in personalizing a children’s room. It’s easy to arrange and use. Plus, having your child’s favorite superhero or cartoon character inside the room would boost your kid’s playful mood!

If you’re designing within a small space, use several mirrors to give the allusion of a bigger space. Mirrors make a space seem bigger, adding to the appeal of the room. You can also put a quirky mirror on a simple or blank wall, to add a more unique touch.

Consider the sun. Make sure that you maximize the lights in the room. Remember how much exposure to the sun a room is going to have when you’re thinking of repainting it. By considering the time of day in which the room gets the most sunlight, you will be able to choose a hue that maximizes brightness and gives the cheeriest effect possible. Use blinds to play with the lights in your room.

Check out the current trends. While it is important to prioritize your personal style and preference, don’t overlook the current trends that may also cater to your taste. Browse through magazines, or on the internet for latest trends on interior design. You can merge new trends with your style, to give a modern look on how you want your interior to be. More importantly, you can get tips on which shades, drapes, or upholstery are in the season. Being updated with the new designs would make it convenient for you to stay with it, and being updated in that season’s trend.

At Fabrics N More, your preference is a priority. Fabrics N More can provide and attend to your every need, from redecorating your home, and assist in carrying out your own personalized design. Their customer-friendly and knowledgeable personnel will make your interior home upgrade and enjoyable and memorable experience.

Aug
2014

Chem-Dry carpet cleaning services are much safer and healthier for your home.

carpet cleaningPersonal experience has taught me that water damage restoration is very stressful and frustrating. I had the unfortunate experience of learning this first hand last winter when my apartment flooded. The guy that lives above me apparently has no gage of temperature and did not seem to be affected after three days in a row of record low temperatures in the city. Apparently negative fifteen degrees isn’t cold enough for him to turn on his heat. That is great for him and his energy bill but not so great for me, his directly underneath neighbor. I returned home from work in the afternoon on the third day in a row of negative fifteen degree temperatures to find that my apartment was flooding. Apparently the genius that lives above me failed to turn on his heat so the pipe burst above my apartment causing my ceiling to cave in and water to rush all over my apartment. This wouldn’t have been so bad, seriously, if it hadn’t been a hot water pipe that was building up steam in my tightly closed apartment (I was smart enough to turn on my heat and make sure that it wasn’t escaping from my apartment while I wasn’t home). As soon as I opened my door steam started to billow out in to the hallway which immediately set off the fire alarm. Once the steam had cleared I could see that there was water literally rushing down every inches of my walls and dripping heavily from the ceiling. In addition to all of that mess, there were two inches of standing water covering the entire floor and soaking the carpets.

After a water damage restoration company was called and brought in to get rid of all the excess water using giant fans and dehumidifiers, repairs were finally able to begin on my little apartment. The ceiling was repaired and the entire apartment had to be repainted, but the worst of the damage was to the carpet. I told my landlord that she needed to have the carpets replaced but she insisted that she wanted to try to have them cleaned before agreeing to replace them all together. I was convinced that there was no way a professional carpet cleaning could fix those carpets that I believed to be damaged beyond repair.

My landlord hired All-Brite Chem-Dry to try to restore the water damaged carpet and the carpet cleaners who arrived the next day were kind and professional. To my shock and awe when I returned back to my apartment at the end of the day the carpets looked even better than they had before the flood. As I had developed a fear of wet carpets over the past few days I was anxious for the carpets to dry and pleasantly surprised when I noticed that they had dried fully within only a couple of hours. The other nice thing was that the carpet cleaning solution that All-Brite Chem-Dry utilizes did not leave my apartment smelling like harsh chemicals and soaps.

Aug
2014

Comparing the websites of three different hair salons

Today it is necessary for most businesses to have a website in order to compete with others in their industry.  Websites are effective marketing tools which help businesses spread the word about what they do, engage with new customers, and ultimately make more money in their field.  Without a website, the chances of your business being selected over another are slim.  Most people first turn to the internet when they are in search of a good or a service, and if your business does not have a web presence, than you are not competing well with others who offer similar services.

Hair salons are a great example of how digital media and digital marketing can make or break a business.  We recently visited several hair salons in New York City and then compared their online presence to see who was competing the best and drawing in the most new clients.  We choose three different salons, all with varying levels of online activity.  The first, we will call salon A did not have a website or any online activity.  You could find their address and several yelp reviews when you googled them, but that was about it. Salon B had a website and a Facebook page, but both were out of date and you could tell that they had not been updated in some time.  Salon C had an active website with a news feed, updates from the salon, and was active on social media outlets. We went in to talk to the owners or managers of these three salons so we could get a chance to

Salon A: Salon A reported to us that they had many returning customers, but rarely saw a new customer.  When new customers did come in, it was usually either because they accept drop ins and someone just walks in from the street, or because they were directly referred by one of their current clients.

Salon B: Salon B reported that they have new customers each month, but not many.  Some of these people find them online and like the services they offer, while others are referred to them by a returning customer.

Salon C: Salon C, is a salon with a strong web presence and digital marketing strategy reports seeing new customers nearly every day.  They run monthly specials for things like an introductory haircut, discounts on coloring, etc., which they post on their website and circulate through social media.  They also post stories every couple of days offering hair tips to their clients, which help to establish them as experts in their field.  They post interviews also with their hair stylists to highlight their expertise and help people choose the right hair stylist and book an appointment through their simple online booking application.

The result? Salon C saw the most new clients on a day to day basis.  Most of their clients had found them online and said that they decided to come into their salon because of an online deal, and many of them stayed and became returning clients.  It is clear that having a good website design helped this salon grow and expand its business.

Aug
2014

Dental Gurus knows what catches the casual browser’s eye.

Did you know that your actual website has become significantly more important when it comes to first impressions over the actual location of your business? With a world that is increasingly more reliant on technology than ever before, it makes sense that our first dental web designjudgement of an organization is based on their website. In fact, that is one of the things that most people look to more than anything else. It is really important in that case to find a digital marketing company that specializes in web design for you particular business. Each business has different aspects of it that should be brought to the fore front and so it’s incredibly important to find a digital marketing company that can insure you will get your company’s first impression to be a good one. The success of your business can be directly linked to the clean and easily manageable nature of your website.

There are many different digital marketing companies out there but only a good few are able to offer specialized services to businesses. Dental Marketing Gurus which is powered by JEMSU is a digital marketing company that knows in depth the specifics that need to be highlighted for a dental office to thrive. One of their many strengths is helping out with dental web design or the web design for a dental office. Dental Marketing Gurus offers the public a few statistics that help give you a better understanding about the importance of a healthy, clean and manageable website.

First, an effective website captures the attention of a browser within seven seconds. We are too far into the technological age for websites to not be clean and classy. If it’s too flashy then people won’t want to look at it and if it isn’t user friendly then you are losing customers right away. Dental Gurus knows the balance you need to capture the eye of your new client.

Second, a website should immediately convey what you do and how you can be contacted. There is nothing more frustrating then when you are trying to find out more about a company or how to contact them and you can not. Though technology is useful people still want to be in touch with humans so make it easy for them to do that and Dental Gurus will help.

Next you have the beautiful combination of beauty and function. No one wants to look at a dry and boring website but no one also wants to be overstimulated. Dental Gurus understands the balance between art and function and offers this for a seamless user experience.

A website also should turn someone who is casually browsing the web into an actual patient. Dental Gurus has extensive experience knowing what the casual browser is looking for so let them give you their expertise to bring in more customers for you.

Finally, you want the simple and practical idea that your website will fit on any screen, including phone screens. Since so many people use their cell phones now to browse you want to make sure your phone is both computer and phone friendly. So call Dental Gurus today to get your dental office on the map.

Aug
2014

Warm and earthy roof colors and in!

When you have to replace your roof or repair sections of it, you find yourself at a unique crossroads. While many people would find themselves angry and frustrated at their lot in life and annoyed that they have to deal with the hassle of a roof replacement, other people will choose to be very pleased with the new opportunity to spice up their home, sometimes on their insurance company’s dollar! As with many things in life, you have an opportunity to make the best of a situation or to choose to be grumpy about it and be frustrated by your lot. Instead, choose to be happy and excited that you get to remodel your roof in the newest styles and trends. The even better part of this situation is that the newest trends and styles do not have to be that expensive. In fact, you do not have to break the bank when remodeling your home. One of the greatest new trends in the last few years has been to work with natural hues and colors in the exterior of your home, including on your roof! Natural colors and designs will continue to be popular as more and more people look towards nature to make design decisions, whether the choice is to go completely eco friendly or to simply choose a color scheme that complements the natural surroundings.

One interesting new environmentally color conscious trend is the choice to use actual grass, sod, or turf as the roofing material for your home. While this trendhttp://www.roofingexperts.com/ is reminiscent of 17th century Scandinavian homes, it has taken off rather well in other countries and in modern times. The natural wooden boards providing a waterproofing base while the layers of grass, sod, or turf absorb the water and provide insulation to the home. This is a great way to go completely natural and take “earthy roof colors” to heart as you design your new roof. However, there are other great ways to implement an earthy hue in your roofing design without making your roof out of actual earth! Think in terms of greens, blues and neutrals. Gray, beige, taupe, and off white are great choices especially when paired with warm aquas and other blue green colors. While many people will avoid a roof that is entirely blue or entirely green, you will start to see more roofs that are shingled with blue-green tones to accent more neutral colors. These accent colors will really make your roof pop and give you just that touch of excitement that you are looking for in a roof remodel. After all, while few people are ready to cover their earth entirely in sod, many people do want to spice up their roof and going with a blue-green hue is the perfect way to make that happen.

Regardless of the roof color you decide on, remember that remodeling your roof does not have to be a nightmare, especially when you work with a company like Roof Corp, a local Denver company with years of experience in repairing and remodeling roofs.

Aug
2014

Timely roof repair is vital.

There have been a ton of rains in Denver this summer, much more than seasonally usual, and I think that this has had a dramatic effect on the quality of the roofs around town.  I am unsure as to how much each of these rains have effected the quality of the individual shingles, but I have seen a number of roofs that are being repair recently.  The interesting thing is that I would probably wait until at least mid-August to do it, but I guess if something is supposed to last for twenty years, you probably should not really care when you have to do it.  Nevertheless, i think that being able to find a very good roofer is imperative if you are going to get timely roof repair.

roofersIn my mind, being able to find a roofer in a timely manner is critical. It is a great way to ensure that you are going to not find holes in your roof and that your house will not develop some of the mold, pest, and leak issues that are inherent in roofs that have been ignored for a long time.  The most important thing is therefore to find a roofer as soon as possible.  In Denver, there are many roofers that are up to the task.  The biggest things to settle on are what kind of house you have and how you can improve that house. One of the things that I would hope for in finding a roofer is one that specializes in residential roofing.  Residential roofing is much more difficult that roofing for a business because with most businesses it is just laying tar on top of the building.  For residential customers, there is another element to deal with: pitch.  The pitch of the roof makes it much more difficult to do the roofing, so I would want to make sure that I am working with a roofer that has experience in doing residential projects.  The roofers from Academy Roofing are very familiar with what it takes to do a house.

They first suit up with a harness to allow for them to be safe on the roof.  Once getting on top of the roof, they begin to tear everything down, so that all of the original shingles are now in the yard.  It was a very loud and messy process when I walked past a worksite recently.  As they were tossing the old pieces of roofing down onto the ground from thirty feet, I thought that someone was getting evicted or something.  At least that was before I saw them on the roof. That is one of the things that I am most thankful for with my current place.  They did most of the roofing construction before I moved in.  As a result, I probably do not have to worry about any of that stuff for a very long time.  I am not looking to live here for more than five years, so there is a good chance I will be able to do that.

Aug
2014

The many different types of web hosting ensure that you will get the kind of web hosting you need.

Web hosting can be a tricky beast if not handled properly. After all, you may end up with a web hosting relationship that does not quite fit your web hosting needs if you do not http://www.name.comapproach the process appropriately. Making certain that you take the right kinds of precautions to set your website up for success will send you and your business in the future on the right foot, but unless you truly understand the kinds of available web hosts and the relationships that each requires, you may end up with a type of web hosting that is not optimal for you. For example, there are specific sites that manage just video hosting. If you are a web site or a company that will work largely in this medium, then this kind of web hosting over others will best suit you. Make sure that you pick the right kind of web hosting for you, and work with  a web hosting company that serves your needs best. This way your company and your web site will grow, just as you hoped that it would!

One of the easiest and most straightforward types of web hosting is free web hosting. Free web hosting services are provided by many different companies and provides web sites with free space. The hosting is normally paid for, then, by advertisements that scroll along the side of the web page. While the hosting is usually sufficient, this kind of hosting is usually limited, especially when compared to paid hosting situations. One such paid-for web hosting service includes shared web hosting in which multiple sites are placed on the same server. The number of sites on this server can range from a few hundred to many thousands of websites. When this is the kind of web hosting that is occurring, the domain names of the websites tend to share the same domain extensions as they work from a common set of server resources such as RAM or CPU. While these are more advanced than the kinds of free web hosting that is often seen, the web sites and features available tend to be very basic. They are not often flexible when it comes to software updates.

While these two types of web hosting are certainly sufficient, reseller web hosting takes web hosting to the next level by allowing those who are already a part of a web hosting service to become web hosts as well. In this kind of relationships, resellers may function in a number of different capacities, though most resellers abide by the terms and agreements that they themselves signed onto when deciding to work with the web host. They often also provide technical support themselves as a part of their work.

These are just three of the biggest branches of web hosting services that are available to customers. Selecting the right kind of web hosting will help you grow your website and your business, so take this decision seriously and make the best choice for you and your company! 

Aug
2014

Affordable ways to repave a driveway or private road

It can be difficult to know which options to choose when it is time to repave your driveway or your private drive or road. There are many different options when it comes to methods and costs associated with paving, but of them all the most affordable method is certainly the asphalt paving. Holland Hurst is a local company that does a successful job of paving anything with asphalt and they are much more cost effective than concrete paving companies. While many homeowners choose concrete, they do not take the time to look into the other options that are available and also the other cost structures that will provide them the same outcome they are looking for. Concrete is the most commonly used material for a driveway or a private road, but there are many other options out there that home owners are often not aware of. The most affordable method for repaving a driveway if you want the same result as with concrete is going to be asphalt. But there are other options as well, asphalt pavingwhich we have listed below for homeowners who are looking into repaving their driveways or a private road.

Gravel.

The most affordable, or the cheapest option for repaving a driveway is using gravel. There are many down falls to gravel, and it is not the best option for most jobs. However, if cost is the only requirement and desire, then gravel is going to be the cheapest and the best bet. Gravel can be poured onto the area, and over time it will move and shift, often disappearing and spreading out leaving behind bald patches. Ice in the winter is a problem, and rain will wash it away quickly, as will melting snow. It may be cost effective for the first time, but redoing a gravel driveway every year can get expensive, and those costs add up.

Asphalt.

Asphalt is the best and most economical option for repaving. It is flexible, so that it does not crack or shift or break. It heats up by the sun so will melt any snow or ice, and it does not move away. Asphalt will stay where it is poured, so there will be no need to redo the driveway in the future. It is simply poured on, pounded down with a roller, and that is all there is to it. It hardens while it dries and never moves.

Concrete.

While this is the most used, it is also the most expensive. And once the concrete is poured, it becomes brittle and will crack or move based on outside pressure. This causes the driveway to need maintenance and fixing every year, and those costs can add up as well. It takes several days to set, and is not ready immediately like asphalt is. All of these things add up to make it a more expensive solution that is not cost effective or beneficial for a home owner to choose and use. In the end, asphalt is the most affordable option that is out there for driveways.

 

Aug
2014

Have A Custom Awning Installed To Provide Shade For Yourself,

custom awningWould you judge me if I told you that I had a custom awning installed on the back of my house, over my patio, so that my dog would have some shade to rest in? It’s really not that crazy, at least I don’t think so. But I might be the crazy dog lady and not know it, there’s at least one in every neighborhood. Anyway, I didn’t only get it for her. I use the shade of the awning a good bit on the weekends. It’s just that my little darling of a puppy, named Peanut, loves to sit outside in the summer and watch the squirrels jump from tree to tree. Occasionally when they get close enough she chases them out of the yard, but mostly they just taunt her from afar. She stays out there for hours at a time when it’s not too hot to just smell the breezes and watch the squirrels and birds. Even while I’m at work I know she’s out there a lot of the time because I had a dog-door installed on the back so that she could come and go as she pleases. The warmer months of the year are her absolute favorite as long as she has shade to rest under.

Peanut likes the sun too, just like me, but sometimes it gets way too hot. She can’t stay out during mid-day in the middle of summer because there isn’t much shade for her to rest under. The July sun is brutal so she gives up before noon and instead watches those pesky squirrels from the window, wishing she could go out to get a better look. This breaks my heart, so perhaps I am the crazy dog lady. I just want her to have a happy life, and sitting in the backyard makes her so happy it’s ridiculous. So with her interests in mind, as well as my own, I looked into getting a custom awning installed in the back so that she could still see the trees and squirrels bouncing among their branches while in the shade.

The awning installation company did not mock me at all when I told them my dog needed some shade, so that made me like them right away. They took the time to show me a portfolio with different styles and types of awnings so that I could choose the best one for my situation. I decided to have a shorter insulated aluminum awning put on the back. The insulation provided a little extra cool for Peanut and the shorter length still allowed a good bit of sun to come into the yard and into the windows on the back of the house. The style of the awning goes great with my siding and back porch furniture, so much so that it looks like it was built with the house. I’m loving the shade that it provides over my patio table so that I can have lunch outside with Peanut on the weekends, where we are both our happiest. As long as Peanut is happy, I am happy.