Having a property that is safe and secure in the case of a host of emergencies can save you a lot of mental energy and a lot of money. In addition to getting the right security and ensuring you follow OSHA guidelines for your employees’ safety, you need to make sure your building is up to standard as well. Thankfully, having a safe building can typically be achieved with consistency and diligence.
Maintain the Building
Maintaining your building is one of the most important and most obvious ways you can protect yourself, your employees, and your property from hazards. Perform regular cleanings every week and every month. But in addition to this regular maintenance, make sure you perform routine inspections of your building in the spring and the fall.
Make sure you clean the gutters, check the roofing, check the HVAC system, and ensure the electrical looks good.
Follow Safety Regulations
Maintaining your building is great but it’s not enough if your building isn’t up to code. Safety regulations vary by building, but making sure your building follows safety regulations is important. If you are taking possession of an older building, you should do your homework. Perform thorough inspections to find any damage that needs to be repaired.
Then, in addition to these inspections, you should contact relevant authorities to get more information on the building and what it needs to have added to be up to code. The authority having jurisdiction over building safety is typically the state fire marshal.
Run Safety Drills
You should also ensure that your employees feel comfortable and understand how to act in an emergency. This is especially important if your commercial property is built to draw a large number of customers (i.e. a shopping mall or large grocery store property).
In emergencies, customers will likely be scared. Having employees who can stay calm under stress and who understand emergency protocol is one of your best precautions.
As you’re thinking about making your building safer, make sure to think beyond the actual building requirements. You want your building to not only be physically safe but to also feel safe. Doing your best to have nice curb appeal can help customers and employees feel like it’s a nice safe environment.
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Contractors and emergency room nurses agree — professionals should only do some home improvement projects. From pouring concrete to rewiring the bathroom, here are the top 10 jobs you should think about twice before doing them yourself.
Building an Addition
Additions are ideal solutions to cramped spaces, but beyond the expertise it takes to make major structural changes to your home safely, adding square footage alters the floor plan, requiring permits and strict adherence to local building codes. Whether it’s to save money or just because you didn’t know, failing to ensure your addition meets zoning and safety requirements can result in a failed home inspection at sale time or worse — to tear down your mother-in-law’s new suite.
DIY videos make pouring concrete look easy — just follow the recipe, right?. But any good cook will tell you it takes practice to do it well. From understanding how to best reinforce a concrete foundation to making sure a floor is laid smoothly, hiring an experienced professional is your best bet for completing a concrete project that holds up over time and looks like Michelangelo the artist, not the Ninja Turtle, did it. If you want to try working with concrete, stick to small projects like reinforcing a mailbox post or building a birdbath. In a pinch, you can use ready-mixed concrete to simplify the process. It is inexpensive and easy to use.
The best deals on dishwashers usually don’t come with installation, but paying a professional to do the job can be a bargain. Appliances that use water require painstaking setup to avoid leaks that could cause thousands in damage. From troubleshooting irregular piping schemes to ensuring your new kitchen helper works as efficiently as possible, a licensed plumber has the best tools and expertise for the job.
The Tree Care Industry Association looked at 42 tree-related accidents involving homeowners in 2017, 24 of which were fatal. Not surprisingly, most of these were the result of human error. Chainsaw injuries, falling limbs, and electrical shocks due to trees hitting power lines were among the top issues, and most were directly attributable to a lack of training or improper equipment. Experts point out that trees, especially if they are damaged, can behave unexpectedly, creating hazards inexperienced homeowners may not recognize. Licensed tree care professionals are trained to evaluate hazardous sites and mitigate the potential danger to both people and the surrounding structures.
Mold is more than a nuisance; it can impact your health and damage your home’s structure. Certain strains are toxic and can cause severe respiratory illness while quietly ruining wood, drywall, and flooring. Do-it-yourself remediation kits, including chemicals and personal protective equipment, are available, but mold can be sneaky, often hiding in places where homeowners don’t think to look, like heating and air conditioning ducts that can spread spores throughout the home. Mold removal professionals not only have the equipment to remove mold safely and efficiently, but they know where to look for it and how to keep it from coming back.
Hiring an electrician can be costly, but it is not worth your safety to play with wires yourself. Projects that were simple a decade ago, like replacing an outlet, are more complicated today due to both local codes and changes in technology. One wrong move could cause an electrical injury or create conditions that lead to a house fire. A qualified electrician will obtain the proper permits and ensure your home’s wiring meets the most advanced safety standards. Electricity can kill, so don’t cut corners.
In most cases, homeowners can capably tackle simple plumbing projects like installing a new faucet, but for larger issues, hiring a professional plumber has perks. Your home’s plumbing includes several systems that work together and independently, requiring extensive knowledge of electrical, heating, and cooling applications as well as high- and low-pressure water issues. Professional plumbers have the right skills to troubleshoot the entire system, not just an isolated problem, and they get the job done quickly so that your family isn’t without water for long.
Saving money on home improvement projects with DIY demolition is a bad idea. What could go wrong? Plenty! From ripping out wires that could cost thousands to replace to tearing down a load-bearing wall that supports the roof, breaking out the sledgehammers to get the open concept living room you always wanted might send you to the poor house — or the emergency room — instead. Before taking out your frustrations on the purple tile you hate, call a contractor. Chances are professional demolition is only a fraction of the cost you expect.
Repairing or replacing a roof is not complicated, but it takes the right equipment to do safely, and in most cases, a professional roofer can get it done more cost-effectively. How? It is true that most of the cost of a new roof comes down to labor, not materials, but the cost of doing it yourself can be surprisingly high when you factor in the cost of renting equipment like scaffolding and hauling away hundreds of pounds of old shingles.
Restoring Kitchen Cabinets
Trying to restore your kitchen cabinets is not as easy as putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Without the right know-how, the results can be heartbreaking. Kitchen cabinets live in a unique environment with grease and moisture. They may appear clean but have more surface imperfections than drywall, and that means paint or stain that is not correctly applied can run, leaving drips that spoil their look. From proper surface preparation to using tools designed just for smooth surfaces, paint professionals have the right skills and equipment to give your expensive cabinetry a factory finish.
Saving money on home improvements by doing them yourself is tempting, but only when it is cost-effective and safe. If it is not going to improve your bottom line or give you the expert results you want, then stay safe and hire a professional.
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During a DIY project, you’ll complete various tasks quicker if all of your tools are properly organized. If your supplies are currently scattered or disorganized, you can organize everything and maintain a tidy work space by following a few simple steps.
In order to organize your painting tools neatly, you’ll need to take proper steps to clean everything effectively. Paint brushes must be washed immediately following each painting project. You should never soak a paint brush in a bucket of water because the moisture will damage the bristles. Instead, cleanse your brushes with a product that’s designed to dissolve water-based or oil-based paint. These cleansers can also eliminate paints that have dried on rollers, trays, and other painting tools.
Because all paint supplies are different shapes and sizes, certain items will take up less space in specific locations. Paint brushes need to fully dry after they’re washed, so you should store them on the wall. You can hang various brushes on a wall by securing nails on a sheet of paneling. Your paint rollers can air dry inside a tray, and you should store these items in a corner. Since paint cans can spill, keep all opened cans on a high shelf that’s firmly secured against the wall. If you position the cans so that the labels are visible, you’ll spend less time hunting for specific shades on paint.
The best tool organizer is the one you customize yourself, which is why foam organizers are invaluable. A foam organizer is an ideal product because it has customized slots for specific tools. Because the crevices are deep, tools stay totally secured while they’re docked in place. This accessory can hold wrenches, drills, screwdrivers, hammers, and more.
Screws and nails are very small and compact, so you’ll need containers with dividers for these items. In order to organize everything strategically, place labels on the side of each container. Labels can help you find flat head screws, Phillips screws, short nails, long nails, and more.
Craft supplies are easy to misplace, which is why you should organize all crafting items in a cabinet with multiple drawers. Each bin should have a clear housing because the transparent housing will make the process of managing inventory easier. Label each drawer and shelf clearly, and group things together by category.
These solutions can help you keep your project areas neat and tidy. If you need to rid of dirt and debris on floors in a project zone, invest in a powerful shop vac.
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Nothing is more exciting than a long-awaited move, but with the anticipation also comes the stress of how to make a new space uniquely your own. The good news is that a simple coat of paint can transform a room from dull to daring in as little as a few days. Before you break out the brushes, here are three essential things to consider.
Think Long Term
Paint is an inexpensive way to customize a space, but it’s not without effort. Additionally, looking ahead may prevent remodeler’s remorse. When you head to the paint store, think long term. Choose a fade-resistant product that covers well in few coats and stands up to regular cleaning. Washable paint can also be good for getting rid of marks on the walls; instead of needing to repaint, you could simply wash the offending area with soap and water.
For color, a trendy shade that makes a bold statement may be tempting, but think twice. Today’s hot hues can look dated in a matter of months, while classic colors look good for decades and flow well with changes in furniture and wall art. If you’re on the fence between a light and dark shade, opt for light. An accent wall in a deep shade can add richness to a room, but it also makes a space look smaller. When it’s time for an update, painting over dark colors with lighter shades is tough.
Moving can be difficult for children, so letting them have some input on their new home can help ease the transition. Allowing your children to select their bedroom colors can give them a sense of control and help them feel involved in your new move. Beware, however, that colors affect mood, and glaring brights may not be the best option for a restful night’s sleep. Offer them the choice of color, but use your judgment and bargain down to a personal but soothing shade.
When budget matters, do-it-yourself painting is a bargain. It’s easy and, for some families, it can be a bonding opportunity. For others, however, the time it takes to get professional-level results takes its toll on family life, and an experienced painting contractor can get it done in a fraction of the time. This is especially true if walls need crack repairs or a specialty finish.
New paint makes any space look fresh, and a splash of your favorite color lets your personality show. Gather the family and some paint samples and get ready to make your new house a home.
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Savvy homeowners understand how to negotiate more for their homes and walk away with a maximum profit. The key factor in getting the most out of your home investment is to choose to focus on the steps that will yield the most significant benefit in comparison to the cost. Here are four ways to maximize profits when selling your home:
Be Smart About Renovation
It is a well-documented fact in real estate circles that a kitchen renovation will yield the best results when leveraging your home for maximum profit. Focusing your home renovation efforts on the kitchen will draw buyers in and make your home more appealing. It’s important not to overdo it with your renovation. Keep to your budget and make wise investments so that you don’t get into unnecessary debt. Remember that your overall objective is to sell your home.
The rigors of everyday living can lead to a number of knicks and scuffs on any wall. One of the easiest ways to improve the aesthetic value of your home is to repaint the walls. A fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce up the home. For the larger divots, purchase a small can of drywall compound. Smooth a small amount into the divot and, once dry, sand the patch down until flush with the wall. Make sure to patch any holes before painting.
Think Outside the Box for Realtors
Costly realtor fees can take a big chunk out of the profit of any home sale. Thinking outside of the box of corporate real estate companies and looking toward discount real estate agents as an option can save home sellers thousands of dollars in costs. This savings translates to direct money into your pocket at the closing. Making the effort to trim off of the realtor fees is the single most effective way to walk away from your closing with a bigger profit.
Do not discount the importance of a first impression. You want buyers to walk into your home and be able to immediately picture living in that space. This added effort is what will ultimately sell your home. When you stage your home, it’s all about removing clutter and personal items. Clean your home and remove clutter that will detract from the home viewing experience. Then, remove items like family pictures and trophies that will stop potential buyers from picturing themselves in the home.
Selling your home can be a stressful time as you seek to earn the greatest return on your investment. However, with a little preparation and research, you can ensure that you get the most out of your home sale and walk away with the maximum profit.
It’s not about rolling some paint on the walls and calling it a day. Painting is our passion, and as with any passion we only settle for perfection. Attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, meaningful design consultations—this is what we offer. Sure, anyone can call themselves a “painter,” but with the Jaworski team you get so much more—true professionals, we will make your home our next masterpiece!
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If you want to beautify your Florida home, one of the best ways is to remodel it. The following several tips will ensure that your remodel goes smoothly. Here are five steps you should consider before you remodel your home.
Determine Your Remodeling Budget
One of the most critical steps to take before remodeling is determining your budget. Without an adequate budget, your remodel might only get halfway done. Make sure to estimate every possible cost in this budget. This is especially important if you’re planning to sell your home later on. Rules of Renovation cautions that the last thing you want to do is over-rehab your property and later sell it at a loss. For these reasons, it’s essential that you make a smart budget for the renovation and stick to it.
If you’re in need of funds, then one way you can free up some extra cash for the remodel is by cutting unnecessary expenses. For example, refinancing your home can reduce your monthly payments. If you have a special type of government loan like the VA loan, your refinance might not even need income verification or home appraisal. If needed, you can also take out a small home improvement loan.
Figure Out Exactly What You Are Doing
Once you have your budget in place, you can start figuring out what exactly you want to do with your home. You probably already have an idea of what you want, but actually planning it out is an important step in making your dream a reality. In addition, this will help you figure out a timeline. According to Pierce Design + Build, the type of project will affect how long it takes, and it could range anywhere from a couple days to over a year, depending on the complexity of the work. If you are moving things like plumbing or larger pieces of carpentry, you should plan on at least a few months.
Declutter Your Home
Before remodeling your home, you’ll need to clean it. While this might seem like a daunting task, it’s a great opportunity to declutter your home. Cluttered homes are, all too often, disorganized spaces. Being disorganized has more of a negative impact on your life than you might think. Bluesky at Home reports that being disorganized reduces productivity by 77% and happiness by as much as 40%.
Rent a Large Bin for Trash
Using cleaning to downsize is going to create trash–a lot of it. In most cases, a standard trash bag isn’t going to hold an entire home’s unwanted clutter. You might think about renting a large trash bin. These bins don’t just get rid of trash throughout your house; they’re frequently used during remodeling projects.
Research Storage Units
Now that you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t want, it’s time to find a place to store the items you want to keep. The next step is to find a storage unit company. Storage units allow customers to have a secure place to keep their belongings safe during a home remodel. Fortunately, storage services enable people to rent units for a specified amount of time. In most cases, there will be more than one storage company in your area. Researching storage units and fees helps to ensure you’re getting the best deal. There are several steps to take before remodeling your home. Preparing for a home remodeling can sometimes feel stressful, but following these steps will help take that stress out of the equation. Whether you’re aiming for a simple redesign, or you want to supply your home with a striking new hue, our team at Jaworski Painting wants to help you live in the home of your dreams.
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Being able to monitor what’s going on in your home is a good way to keep safe. You don’t always need to invest in expensive cameras, though. Sometimes simple monitors will do the trick. Below are four monitors that every homeowner should install.
1. Smoke Detector
Perhaps the most ubiquitous detector, the humble smoke detector plays a huge role in keeping your house safe. It doesn’t matter where the smoke is coming from — this detector will send out a loud beep to let you know that things aren’t safe. Some smoke detectors are even hooked up to monitoring systems, which will let those in a position to help know if something’s going on in your home.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is a quick and silent killer. Unfortunately, this odorless gas can’t be detected by humans, and even the warning signs of it being in a home often only come when it is too late. A carbon monoxide detector helps to make sure that CO doesn’t exceed a particular threshold in the air. These monitors are easy to install and run on standard batteries, so there’s no reason to avoid having one in your home.
3. Flood Detector
The flood detector may not be as common as some of the detectors on this list, but flood detectors are key for home automation. The flood detector keeps track of the moisture in your home, alerting you to situations that might potentially provoke a flood. This isn’t a weather device, though — instead, it largely works to keep you apprised of any situations involving your plumbing.
4. Motion Detectors
A good motion detector can be a vital part of a security system. Once you engage your security system, these detectors will spring into action as soon as any motion is detected in the area. Some turn on lights, while others sound a chime. You can even buy motion detectors that will automatically cause the security system to sound an alarm. These motion detectors can let you know when an intruder is trying to break into your home or when a child is up past his or her bedtime.
There are many reasons that one should do upkeep on their home, and these detectors are definitely a necessary upkeep task that falls in line with security and safety. These four detectors can help to keep your home and family safe. Whether you are worried about house fires or plumbing problems, these detectors will help you. If you’re willing to invest in the right monitoring devices, you can get an early warning about many problems that can cause major problems.
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When shopping for a home, your first instinct might be to look for a home that is already move-in ready. However, this is not your only option. Instead, you might just want to think about buying a fixer-upper, even if it’s not something that you have considered so far. These are a few reasons why this might just be the best way for you and your family to buy a home.
There are Loans Designed Just for This Purpose
For one thing, if you’re unsure about how you’re going to finance your home purchase, you might be happy to know that there are special loans and mortgages out there that are just for people who are looking to buy fixer-uppers. From hard money loans to a 203(k) home mortgage, you might be surprised by what your options are for borrowing money both to purchase the home and fix it up.
You May Be Able to Buy a Home Sooner
Many people fear that they will never be able to afford a home of their own. If houses are expensive in your area, then buying a home that’s move-in ready might still be a long way away for your family. If you are able to find a great deal on a fixer-upper, however, you might find that home ownership will be achievable for you much sooner. Do keep in mind that if you are going to be doing heavy remodeling, that you won’t be able to move in soon. Big pieces of furniture are definitely going to need to be away from most of the remodeling efforts, but they can’t be left in a garage or sheds. You’ll either need to find a relative or friend to help you out, or get a storage unit. If you do decide to use a storage unit, make sure that it is temperature controlled and can fight away moisture as furniture can be vulnerable to heat, cold, and humid climates.
You Can Get More Home for Your Money
Even if you have the money to buy a home, you might be concerned that you don’t have a big enough budget to buy the home that you actually want. One good thing about buying a fixer-upper is the fact that it can help you get more home for your money. This means that even with a smaller budget, you might be able to afford a bigger home or a home in a nicer neighborhood if you’re willing to put a bit of work into the home that you buy.
You Can Customize Your Home to Suit Your Wants and Needs
Lastly, by fixing up your home yourself, you can customize your new-to-you home to suit your wants and needs. You can pick the flooring, the wall colors and more. It’s a great way to get a custom home without having to pay custom-built prices. In addition to cosmetic features, you also have the option to customize your home with smart home features, like a smart thermostat and security automation.
As you can see, there are a few different reasons why it can be a good idea to buy a fixer-upper. If you have been thinking about buying a home, consider looking at properties that need a little bit of work for these reasons and more. You might just find that it’s the perfect way to buy your dream home.
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Color is one of life’s most sensual pleasures. Many people love the beauty of a long emerald green lawn, a vivid turquoise sky, a dawn filled with hints of violet and deep orange. Many homeowners look for ways to bring colors into their home. Color accomplish many goals. Colors are a great way to bring a lot of personality. It’s easy to paint a room a bright shade of sunny yellow that’s always welcome any day of the year. When it comes to using color, it’s a good idea to think about all areas of the home before starting. Every single room has something special that makes it stand out.
An Entire Home Plan
One way to use color is to create a plan. For example, if you want your home to give a playful and bold impression, you can consider either painting all of the walls a different color or painting all of the walls white so you can accent the room with loud pops of color in the form of decorations. The overall plan should include every space in the home including the bathrooms and the stairways. Each area should have a connection that brings the person to the next space. For example, if you paint all the areas of the different colors, it’s helpful to think about a specific color palette that from a specific part of the color wheel. Using varied shades of green and blue creates an organic whole that makes the entire home feel coherent and pleasing as people go from one room to the next.
Using Color in Some Rooms
Another way to bring color to show off a home’s personality is to use color only in some spaces, or only using an accent wall. For example, the homeowner may decide to paint the dining room a pleasing shade of mellow green to bring attention to the room’s lovely expanse of dark hardwood flooring. A homeowner may also want to call attention to the fireplace in the living room. Using a bold shade of red is one way to bring the viewer’s attention to the mantlepiece as well as any details such as the tiles in front of it.
Neutral shades are another popular option for the homeowner who wants to use color as a way to show off their personality and the home’s personality at the same time. Colors from this area of the color wheel such as soft grey, understated beige, subtle white and cream help make any space inviting and relaxing. Shades that call to mind the outdoors make even small rooms feel much bigger. Think about using neutral shades in places where people spend lots of time such as the family room. This is an excellent choice if the home has a single style such as country French. These type of color plan allows details such as antique furnishings stand out better.
Decorating for Given Style
The decor is another way to bring out the home’s personality. Choose each piece with great care. Specific colors and styles go together well. For example, Art Deco pieces look fabulous with colors such as pink and black that were popular during that era. A traditional look works well with color combinations such as green and pink. Think about the entire effect. Start with style element if possible, such as a couch or the room’s large skylight and then work from there.
Creating a Focal Point
A focal point is one of the best ways to convey different moods and impressions. A focal point can be nearly anything including a beautiful rug or the view outside a window. If the room lacks a focal point, it’s possible to create one. Paint the walls in the room white. This will show off the focal point better. Hang a large picture on one wall and surround it with several smaller pictures. Another way to create a focal point is by painting three of the walls a slightly different color. Reserve one wall for a contrasting color. For example, use shades of lavender on most of the room’s walls. Then, take one wall and paint it a dramatic shade of deep lemon yellow. The contrast helps create a sense of fun that makes it easy to show how much the homeowner loves specific colors.
Color is one of the most essential tools in the homeowner’s bag of decorating tricks. Think carefully about which colors are most pleasing. Using them well in the home creates fantastic spaces that are full of terrific personality and wonderfully vivid life.
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If you want to improve the efficiency of your property and modernize it at the same time, you need to ask yourself which upgrades will save money on energy and add value to your home at the same time. Choosing more straightforward upgrades may be the easier route, but sometimes complex ones, such as adding solar panels to produce electricity for your home, can provide advantages that go beyond what you have imagined and pay for themselves in minimal time.
Install an Energy Management Thermostat
Smart thermostats aren’t just for hotels anymore — if your home doesn’t have one, it’s definitely time to get one. Energy management thermostats are virtually a must-have for anyone who lives in a climate with extremes in the summer and winter. This kind of thermostat enhances HVAC efficiency by enabling you to get your climate system to reach optimal temperatures for a minimal cost. It will allow you to turn the temperature down in the winter, and up in the summer when you’re not home, yet have your home at the right temperature when you return. Once the thermostat is configured, it will automatically alter the temperature, according to your setting. Smart thermostats can monitor and respond to fluctuations in room occupancy, which is especially helpful if you have an AirBnB guest room and don’t want to have to manually set the thermostat every time a guest leaves.
Install New Doors and Windows
Although you may not realize it, styles of doors and windows do change slightly over time. More importantly, however, doors and windows have become more efficient at keeping out the cold and heat over the past ten years; newer windows and doors do a much better job at keeping interior temperatures consistent because of the low-E value of glass, as well as better weather stripping and insulation in the products. Homeowners may also be able to get special energy-efficient financing by purchasing such products. If you are a veteran, a VA energy efficiency loan can cover up to $6,000 for green home improvements.
Replace Your Appliances
Refrigerators and stoves are major energy users, along with your washer and dryer. Replacing these high-use appliances will give you more bells and whistles, and make your home more energy efficient at the same time. The same goes for your central air conditioning and heating system. Contemporary units use much less energy, thus paying for themselves in a few years. Because basements are often the most difficult area of the home to heat and cool, you’ll want to focus on improving the airflow in your basement with an energy-efficient HVAC system.
Install Solar Panels
Generating your own electricity has become much more commonplace over the last decade as prices for the solar panels themselves, along with installation, have dropped by a combined 70 percent. In addition to making your own electricity, many local power companies allow you to sell excess electricity to the utility, so you can even make an easy profit on your green, clean investment.
Most of these improvements can be done DIY style with your own two hands and a good YouTube tutorial or two, which will save you some money. If you decide to DIY, though, make sure to wear the appropriate safety equipment (PPE) and be ready to call a professional if anything goes wrong.
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