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12th July 2019

3 Ways To Revamp Your Home This Summer

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Summer makes anything seem possible! These months are the most exciting time of year. It’s no surprise that many of us are ready to make improvements to our homes during this time. If you’ve been meaning to revamp your home, but you’re not sure where to start, here are a few hints and tips. 

Lighten up 

Summer is the time for light, bright, and beautiful! It’s all about sunshine, so why not bring the sun inside by making your rooms brighter? If you want to make the most of the natural light in your home, there are a few ways to go about it. Cleaning the windows is a great start! We often don’t realise how grubby they are until we give them a quick clean. It can lighten up your whole room and also make the house seem fresher and brighter. Give it a go and see what happens! You don’t even need chemicals, many people swear by white vinegar to clean windows

Once the windows are shining, from them with some light coloured curtains. A great way to let in maximum natural light is to choose curtain poles that are much wider than the windows. That way, you can open the curtains as wide as possible and let in the most light. 

Other ways to brighten up the interior of your home include painting the walls light colours and adding light, neutral throws to sofas and beds. This not only reflects the light and makes the room sunnier; it also makes it appear larger! 

Improve the garden

In these warm months, most of us want to be outdoors as much as possible! Household DIY can largely late for the colder months. Why not work on improving the garden? You could set yourself a special project to complete over the summer since the long evenings give you more time to get things done. How about turning a corner of your garden into a vegetable patch? Or setting up a delightful patio area? 

A seating area can be an enjoyable project if you don’t like getting too dirty. Once you’ve got the decking or slabs laid, you can have plenty of fun decorating and choosing furniture. Composite wood benches are comfortable and attractive, while vintage wrought iron chairs look stylish. You can finish off with some outdoor candles, or some solar-powered fairy lights for some added sparkle to your patio. Don’t forget a barbeque so that you can entertain guests! 

Paint your exteriors 

Why not make the most of the drier weather by painting the outside of your home? This could be the doors and window frames, the fencing, or even the entire house. Choose light shades that reflect the sun, since painting your exteriors in a dark tone can cause it to absorb heat, which can damage your property. If you don’t want to take on a whole painting project, there are other ways to add a splash of colour to your home. Why not plant some vibrant flowers in your front garden, or arrange some beautiful hanging baskets around the front door? 

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7 Surprising Beauty Benefits for Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar or ACV for short is one of the most potent natural products and offers both health and beauty benefits. Most people may not know this, but the use of this increasingly popular ingredient dates back to 400 BC when it was used by Hippocrates to treat most of his patients.

Apple cider vinegar contains vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, mineral salts as well as malic, citric, and acetic acids. It is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral agent that helps alleviate muscle pain, arthritis pain and treats diabetes, common cold, and weight issues. Read more about this amazing product in this article; 17 Surprising Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Health, Skin and Weight Loss.

It is also an all-purpose kitchen staple, but what many people don’t know is that is can be useful as a beauty ingredient. In this read, we are going to take a look at several surprising beauty benefits of ACV.

Treat Acne

There is no denying that acne is one of the most annoying and dreading skin problems that women have to deal with. However, when something unforeseen pops up in your mirror before a special event, ACV will do the trick.

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for treating acne. It not only helps kill the bacteria, but it minimizes inflammation, prevents future breakouts, and also calm the current ones. Keep in mind that ACV smells and so it’s advisable to dilute it with some water before applying it directly to the face.

Remove Product Build-up

We all know that product build-up makes the hair look dull, lacklustre, and weighs it down. Of course, you could opt for a store-bought clarifying shampoo, but it’s also nice to try a DIY remedy. All you have to do is mix two tablespoons of ACV with a cup of distilled water. After applying shampoo, pour the mixture over the hair strands and rinse thoroughly. The acetic acid found in ACV is what helps remove any build-up and restore that shine you once had.

Soothe Your Skin

We all desire and deserve a smooth, silky skin. ACV makes this possible as it is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate dead skin build-up, thus creating an opportunity for new skin cells to grow. The regular application of diluted AVC to your skin will restore ideal pH levels to your skin and also help prevent future skin damage.

Whiten Your Teeth

You want a set of bright white teeth, don’t you? ACV might be the answer you are looking for. The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar helps scrape off plaque from your teeth and cure the stains caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Keep in mind that you should use it sparingly and in a diluted form to avoid burning your gums.

Soothe Sunburn

If your skin has been sun-ravaged, ACV can deliver that much-needed relief. The product is not just a potent anti-inflammatory agent, it contains potassium, which helps accelerate recovery. Mix a half-cup ACV and four cups of distilled water and apply it on the affected region using a washcloth. This mixture will minimize redness, swelling, and prevent peeling or blisters.

Fight Dandruff

Your body, including the scalp, has a pH level of 4.5 to 5.5, which is relatively acidic. Conditions like bacteria, fungus, and dandruff occur when the scalp pH becomes too alkaline. One of the best ways to fight this is by mixing one cup of ACV with one cup of distilled water. Massage the mixture throughout the scalp and rinse thoroughly. Do this once a week, and the dandruff issue should wear off after a while. The acidic properties of ACV restore your pH levels, and the antifungal properties help combat dandruff.

Remedy Razor Burns

No matter how hard you try, razor burns are inevitable sometimes. So, the next time you find yourself with those pesky rashes and bumps, avoid the expensive store-bought formulas and go for an affordable DIY remedy. Dip a cotton ball in ACV and pat it over the affected region. Apply the ACV soaked cotton ball to alleviate irritation, minimize the redness, and protect the skin against bacteria, which can lead to an infection.

As you can see, there are many benefits that ACV has to offer for beauty. Apple Cider Vinegar is undoubtedly a product that you should always have on hand.

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Everything You Need To Know About Roofing

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We can’t deny the fact that it’s always been an ambition of ours to build our dream house. Even as kids, we often draw images depicting the perfect house suitable for our liking and comfort. There are a ton of people considering the idea of buying their own home, may it be because they want their own personal space, wanting to start a family or just simply trying to get away from parents and siblings. But purchasing a residence is lavishly expensive. That’s why you should be meticulous at the fabrication of the establishment. One important structure of a house that people don’t seemingly pay more attention to is the roof.

Roofs, as plain and simple as they can be, can greatly affect the overall performance or experience of a house. What is a roof anyway? Well, if it isn’t obvious enough, roofs are the uppermost surface of a construction, ideally shields against the changing weather like heat, rainfall, snow, and extremes of temperature (read more). Its attributes solely rely on the needs of its establishment, the materials at hand, or what is available, the local or the normal way it is constructed and the design of the architect. While its visual aspects are vital, so does its lifespan, practicality, and durability.

Here Are 3 Major Roof Types:

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• Gable

Gable is also known as a pitched or peaked roof. This is the type young children would basically draw, when tasked to draw a house. It is composed of two sections with slides sloping in opposite angles, and at the highest part, horizontal edges converge to create a ridge. This makes a triangular shape, called a gable. It’s a very common type, and because of its simple design it makes it easy to build, which makes it less costly, it makes the water drain or shed easily, it facilitates ventilation and can come up with greater space for the attic.

They are different kinds of gable roof which you can select from: Side gable, Crossed gable, Front gable, and Dutch gable. Check out the pros and cons of using this type of roofing material: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/pros-and-cons-gable-roofing.htm

• Flat

Flat roofs, also known as a low-sloped roof is the type of design commonly utilized by commercial and industrial buildings. But can also be installed in residential houses depending on the type of weather that certain location has. Flat roofs are the most uncomplicated structure to construct because as its name indicates it seems to be levelled with little to no pitch which makes it cheaper than higher-pitched design for it requires less manpower and materials. They do attach a small pitch to enable drainage. A rubber roofing system is a normally used system with flat roofs. Flat roofs can also be used as extra living space in arid climates, like for patio, mini gardens, terrace or veranda, sun decks and can also be enclosed for exclusive penthouse rooms. And since it is the highest part of a building or an establishment it is favourable for installation of PV solar panels, to absorb sunlight and to generate electricity in your own home. But as it is an evened layout it is more vulnerable to water flooding during heavy rainfall and can cause leakage, that is why even though the upfront cost of its construction is way cheaper than a high pitched roof, in the long run, it can be more expensive because of maintenance and repairs. You can check out this type of roof with providers like Main Street Roofing Company.

• Hip

Hip roofs are mostly used in residential housing, it’s a well-known style but it’s reviewed as to not render ventilation. It does execute greater in snowy and high wind areas. They are more difficult to construct than gable and flat roofs due to its complex design and intricate truss. It is more costly than the gable because it needs more materials and manpower but it is far sturdier. It has four sloping sides in equal length and intersects at the top to create the ridge with no vertical roof lines. They can be square or rectangular or both. While a square is formed like a pyramid, the rectangular hip roof has four faces.

While it’s important to know different types of roof, it is even more vital to use the right materials. There are distinct varieties of materials: Asphalt Shingles, Clay and Concrete Tiles, Metal Roofing, Slate, Wood Shingles and Shake, Synthetic Roofing Products, Solar Tiles, Stone-coated Steel, Rubber Slate, Green Roofs and Built-up Roofing.

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Things To Consider When Buying A Second Hand Car

One of the main reasons people to decide to buy a second hand car is the cost. Used cars are a much cheaper alternative, however, there are things to consider before going ahead with your purchase.
We’ve put together a list of things you need to think about when buying a second hand car.

Second Hand Car Dealers

Second hand cars can be bought privately, through a used car dealer or from an auction.
The safest option is to buy from a dealer, however, you need to make sure they’re reliable and trustworthy; look for an established firm that has a good reputation.

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Check The MOT History

All vehicles have to have regular MOT tests.
You can easily check the MOT history of any car that has had MOT tests in England, Scotland or Wales since 2005, on the Government website.

With just the number plate details, you will be able to see whether the car passed or failed, when the MOT is next due and the mileage recorded at the time of testing.

Perform A Thorough Inspection

Before you part with your hard earned cash, make sure you check the following:

  • Engine – check for leaks, head gasket condition and oil level.
  • Gearbox and Clutch – check the biting point of the clutch and the smoothness of the gear change.
  • Tyres and Wheels – check the tyre tread depth and look for any defects such as cracking or bulging. Tyres should wear evenly so if there are any instances of excessive wear in a single area it could be down to poor alignment.
  • Bodywork – when checking the body work for dents and scratches, don’t forget to check the body work underneath the car.
  • Interior – check that the electrics are working and that there are no warning lights on.

If you don’t feel confident making these checks yourself, it’s a good idea to ask a friend or family member to help.

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Check What Details The DVLA Hold For The Car

The DVLA has a free online vehicle information checker. You can use this service to check that the details supplied by the seller are the same as the information held by the DVLA.

If there are differences, ask the seller to clarify the information. If you’re at all suspicious, don’t buy the car.

Book A Test Drive

Taking the car for a test drive is a must. A good car dealership will encourage you to take a test drive and won’t hurry you. Be sure to drive until you’ve had a chance to check everything and are happy with the car.

KAP Motors has a wide variety of used cars from different brands like Ford, Fiat etc. Visit our Showroom in Brighton to book a test drive today!

Enjoy Your New Car

When you’re completely happy with the results of all your checks, go ahead and enjoy your new car!

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