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Taking The Perfect Profile Photograph: What You Need To Know

Taking The Perfect Profile Photo

Almost everyone uses social media these days, and I’m no different. Considering that, I wanted to present you with some quick advice today about taking the perfect profile photograph. You want to look your best because all your friends will see that image. However, I have to be honest and admit I got most of this information from my kids.

Make sure you have enough light

The first tip applies to all photographs, and not just for social media. However, it’s vital that you have enough light if you want the perfect image. That could mean you have to do outside or switch some lamps on in your home. Make sure the light is pointing towards your face for the best results.

Apply a filter

Lots of social networks now allow you to use a filter on the images you upload. With that in mind, you should get in the habit of doing that every time you publish a new profile photograph. If you’re not happy with the filters on Facebook, just use Snapchat and screenshot the picture.

Always opt for a selfie

When profile pics appear on social media websites, they’re usually quite small. So, it doesn’t make sense to upload a full body shot. Instead, you should take a selfie so that your face is as close to the lens as possible. There is some advice about getting the best results on the infographic below this post.

You should now have enough information to ensure your profile photographs cut the mustard. If you’re still stuck for ideas, just remember that practice makes perfect. Mess around with different concepts until you find something that works.

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Give Your Home A Touch A Class With Genuine Antiques

Genuine Antiques

Antiques bring something a bit special to any home. Their style and sense of history grace any room and they can be a real talking point at dinner parties and family gatherings. You don’t have to spend a fortune and they can prove to be a great investment as many gain value after you have bought them.

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You don’t have to an expert on history to successfully buy antiques and they can be used in any room of the house, even the bathroom! Here are some tips if you are experimenting with antiques for the first time.

Where to find great antique deals

Buying antiques on eBay is both quick and convenient but you do need to be able to spot what is a bad deal and what is a good deal. Read the description carefully and take a good look at the photographs. It is perfectly acceptable to request more from the buyer if you wish.

At the very minimum you should:

  • Check the condition of the item. Anything that is cracked, chipped or broken is immediately worth less money even if it has been repaired to a high standard.
  • Look out for tell-tale signs that it is a fake or a reproduction. Does it look too perfect? Has it got obvious signs of wear and tear to show that it is genuinely old.
  • Verify the seller’s return policies. Does the seller have a good track record of satisfied customers on eBay?

Getting the antiques into your home

You will not want a seller to pop a valuable and fragile antique into the post. That is just asking for trouble. Many antiques are both bulky and heavy so they are hard to move. Find a reliable furniture delivery service by comparing quotes and feedback after filling in one simple form. There is no hassle and no phone calls and you will get the best deal possible which will cut down the overall costs of buying the item.

Think carefully about where you want to place them before they are delivered so that they can be placed in exactly the right location. It can be costly to get someone to move it to another room for you a few weeks later if you change your mind!

Buying from antique markets and auctions

If you really want to make a hobby out of buying antiques, this is the way to go. You can make a day out or even a weekend away out of it and really enjoy yourself.

In antique markets, you should wander around a little first to check out what is on offer. Then home in on a few pieces that have caught your eye.  Remember that you do not have to pay full price. Haggling is part of the fun. You will not offend the seller by suggesting a reasonable offer. Be prepared to walk away if you are not getting a good deal.

In auctions, you have to hold your nerve and outbid all the other interested parties but you can pick up some great bargains.

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Wannabe The Next David Bailey? Here’s What You Should Know

The Next David Bailey?

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Photography is becoming more popular as people see the benefits of taking snaps for a hobby. The issue that most newbies have, however, is wanting too much too soon. When they pick up a camera, they want to be the next David Bailey and change the industry forever. Sadly, this isn’t going to be the case no matter how much raw skill you have in your locker. What you should focus on is learning and getting better, and not jumping the gun.

Below, then, is what every beginner should know once they have a camera in their hands.

Lessons Are Vital

The great thing about photography is that a person can buy a camera and take shots. As such, there is no reason to take lessons and learn the tricks of the trade. Although there is a certain freedom to this, it doesn’t mean it’s a good approach. As a rule, photography courses for beginners are imperative if you want to move to the next level. For starters, they teach you the basics of camera work and how to get to know your equipment better. Plus, seminars are usually operated by professionals who can pass on valuable nuggets of information.

Make Time

It sounds obvious, but you need to maintain your hobby if you want to improve. Without practice, there isn’t much chance of you realising your full potential. After all, practice makes perfect. The issue is that photography can be a full-time occupation. So, capturing a few sneaky shots isn’t always easy unless you have the time to set up the equipment and play with the environment. The only way to get around this obstacle is to make time. Yes, your life is busy, but everyone has downtime. Plus, you can make time by carrying your camera everywhere and taking impromptu snaps.

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Go Manual

Modern cameras are so good that they often do all of the heavy lifting. And, it is easy and tempting to keep it this way. However, it is also a false sense of security. In layman’s terms, you are a glorified button pushed that relies on equipment more than intelligence. To some people this is fine, but to others, it will send shivers down their spine. If you are part of the second group, it’s imperative to switch off the automatic settings and go manual. Then, you will figure out how to master focus as well metering and exposure.

It’s Expensive

Now, this isn’t supposed to scare you and make you quit photography because that you should do what makes you happy. But, it is worth noting that it this hobby is particularly expensive as even the cheap gear is not that cheap. And, you need to buy a lot of equipment if you want to take your skills to the next level. For anyone that wants a solution, there is a simple one: save as much as possible. After all, the bigger the budget, the more you can afford.

Just be aware that trying to improve is costly.

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A Quick Guide To High Blood Pressure

A Quick Guide To High Blood Pressure

About 1 in 5 adults suffer from high blood pressure. That’s quite a high number when you think about it! But what is much worse is that not all of those who have it actually know that they do. For this reason, the health condition is known as a silent killer. So, as you can tell, it’s important that you get clued up about high blood pressure to ensure that you don’t suffer too much. Here’s my quick guide that should help to answer all of your questions.

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There Are Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

There are a few things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. For starters, you need to ensure that you follow a healthy diet. That means getting your five portions of fruit or vegetables each day and reducing the amount of sugar and salt that you eat. Having some meat-free days through the week can also help lower blood pressure. As well as a healthy diet, you also need to do plenty of exercise as this can greatly reduce your blood pressure. It is also highly recommended that you stay away from alcohol and cigarettes.

But There Are Some Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Unfortunately, some of us are more prone to developing high blood pressure because of certain risk factors that are beyond our control. If there are a few other members of your family who suffer from high blood pressure, then you are at a higher risk. That’s because it is often inherited. If this is the case, you need to get your family’s full medical history so that your doctor is fully aware of your risk and can arrange to have your blood pressure checked more often.

Medications Might Increase Your Risk

Every type of medication and treatment comes with its very own set of side effects. Unfortunately, some medicines will raise your blood pressure. If you think that this might be the case with some medication that you are currently taking, you might want to check an online GP app to see if there are any alternative medicines that you could take. If there aren’t any alternatives, you should speak to a GP about how you can manage your blood pressure while on the tablets.

You Might Need To Take More Than One Medication

When you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you will be put on some medication, usually in the form of tablets. Sometimes, your doctor might put you on two different medications to manage the blood pressure. There have been lots of studies into treating this condition, and most have shown that using lower doses of a couple of different medicines is a much more effective way of lowering blood pressure than just using one high dosage of one medicine.

 

It can be scary when you are first diagnosed with high blood pressure, but you can take some comfort in the fact that is a very manageable health condition. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with it is able to lead a normal life!

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Choosing The Best Carpet Cleaner For Home Use

Best Carpet Cleaner For Home Use

Choosing the best carpet cleaner for home use

Choosing the best carpet cleaners for home use can sometimes be a big challenge if you don’t know which kind to pick. Selecting the best cleaning machine for your home carpet will depend on the type of carpet, stains, and dirt you have to clean. When you decide to pick the right one, then you will be saving time, hassle, and money.

If you don’t want to vacuum your carpets yourself, carpet cleaning Fairfax companies can save you time and muscle too. Knowing how often you want to clean your rugs and home carpets is helpful when it comes to hiring professionals as you’ll want to be able to book a time that suits you.

There are a few basic models of them you can select from for disinfecting and cleaning your carpets and rugs at home.

Canister Cleaner– This kind is best for small spot stains, and curtain or furniture cleaning. Two well-known brands are Bissell and Rug Doctor. These may be purchased online, at a traditional department store, speciality store. It is small in size which makes it easy to transport from room to room. You may find a wide variety of brands being sold online.

Upright half size– This one is most useful for apartments and rooms. They are designed to be lightweight, compact, and extra power. This kind is excellent for carpets that need deep cleaning. It is much easier to compare prices for upright types online.

Full-size upright cleaner– If you are searching for one for cleaning spot stains, curtains, furniture, and bigger areas, then this kind would be a wise choice. This kind will provide extra power when cleaning carpets. It is a heavy duty machine that comes with a long lasting warranty too.

When you make your purchase, then your machine will come with complete instructions for use as well as the kind of agents or solutions you can add to it. Be sure to follow all of the instructions so your cleaning machine can provide you excellent performance for years to come.

An online retailer specialising in carpet cleaning products can help you decide on a few good brands to choose from. You can find these useful carpet cleaning machines for most any budget that range from being very inexpensive to very expensive in price. Warranties on different brands will vary. Most cleaning machines will come with helpful tips and advice on how to correctly clean your rugs and carpet and prevent discoloration during your carpet cleaning process.

Commercial use machines will usually be very large to handle large buildings. These are the kinds that are not easy to transport from place to place. Commercial use machines are not recommended for use at home. Looking through a brochure will help present you with a few good ideas before you make your purchase. Choosing best carpet cleaner for home use can prevent you from having to call professionals and save you a few big bucks.

You can get a few recommendations from family and friends on their best choice of machine for their home. If you decide to make an online purchase, then your order can be shipped right to your door.

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The top 10 men’s summer health and safety tips

Men’s Summer Health Tips

 

Just a few weeks into the summer season, most of us already have a definite plan for our vacations, parties, and other activities. Many of the popular beaches, theme parks, clubs, and other tourist attractions will soon be packed with guests wanting to get away with the busy city life even just for a moment. Summer is also a great time to jump start on a healthy lifestyle for men because of the good weather and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the local market.

 

This season, our health and overall safety are also put at risk not only because of the hot weather but also because of the nature of summer activities that we take part of. Make the most out of the summer season by following these 10 helpful health and safety tips for men.

 

  1. Keep hydrated.

Needless to say, drinking enough water is critical to maintaining different functions and processes in our body. Whether after a strenuous workout or while staying under the heat of the sun, sufficient fluid intake should always be taken as a priority to avoid a drop in energy level, dehydration, and heatstroke. For better results, consume isotonic sports drinks and watery fruits that are also rich in vitamins and minerals.

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  1. Avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Staying too long under direct sunlight can lead to different health issues including sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and even skin cancer. Avoid going outdoors on a sunny midday regardless of whether it is summer season or not.

  1. Don’t drink and swim.

In the United States, it is reported that three out of four victims of unintentional drowning are men. Perhaps, the discrepancy between the two sexes is attributed to the aggressive attitude of men. Learn how to swim, wear life vests or just avoid drinking while you are swimming or riding on a boat.

  1. Stay protected from insects.

Despite their small sizes, insects are among the most dangerous in terms of transmitting diseases to humans. When visiting forested areas, always bring insect repellent, insect sprays, and first aid kid.

  1. Take extra care when handling fireworks.

When handling fireworks and firecrackers, stay away immediately once lit and never reuse those which failed to go off. Buy only from accredited stores or better let a professional handle the fireworks for you.

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  1. Keep your room well ventilated.

With the intense heat outside, most of us would prefer to stay indoors in the comfort of air-conditioned rooms. Always inspect air ducts and allow fresh air to replace the polluted air indoors once in awhile for a better respiratory health.

  1. Wear loose clothing.

Keep your long sleeves and synthetic clothes inside your cabinet for now. Wear light clothing, preferably made from cotton, to help your body cool off this summer season. Also, don’t forget to wear caps and shades, and to use umbrellas when going outside on a sunny day.

  1. Go for the beaches.

Be extra cautious when going for a swim in public swimming pools, ponds, and lakes. These bodies of water host a lot of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Better yet, swim in gentle and shallow parts of the open sea and running rivers to cool off this summer season.

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  1. Stay active.

Regardless of the weather, performing physical activities for at least 30 minutes three to four times a week can greatly help reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, and even cancer.

  1. Get an STD test.

If you are sexually active, getting an STD test is a must. Check your reproductive health and fight against sexually transmitted diseases as early as possible. Get tested now at STD Aware for an accurate, reliable, and quick result.

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Getting Back to Work After Being a Full-Time Mother in 3 Simple Steps

Full-Time Mother – Back To Work

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Have you dedicated yourself fully to being a mother and now find that after some years, your mothering services are a little, how can we put it, less in demand? Full-time mothers can feel that as children grow up, and need you less and less, a new chapter begins to emerge where it can feel that new challenges are beckoning.

Children Starting School

It is completely natural to feel that as children enter school and are around the house less, you as a mother have extra time that you feel you want to do something different with. This can be a tricky transitionary period however for mums that have been caring for kids full-time and haven’t worked for a few years. This new period of feeling less ‘needed’ by our kids, around the clock’, can have us feeling a little lost and a little unsure about what comes next.

Reentering The World Of Work

If you are at this stage in life, where your children are becoming a little more independent and you are wondering about entering, or reentering into the world of work, then you have come to the right place. Although our children will always need us, going back to work is a really exciting and rewarding new chapter in any mother’s life and it does not need to feel as overwhelming as many mothers find it. Read on for our top tips on converting those mother skills into work skills and how to go about getting back into work after being a full-time mum.

Skills Gained as a Mother

So many mums, wanting to get back into work ask themselves, ‘but what do I have to offer in a workplace, I’ve ‘just been’ a mum for the last few years?’. This common question could not be further from the truth however and you need to start recognising all the valuable new skills you have learnt from being a mother, that you didn’t have before. Mothering skills make you a very valuable resource, so you must start thinking about yourself differently.

Professional Mother

As a ‘professional mother’, which is exactly what you have been, you have been learning and developing considerable knowledge and new life experiences. You have been a teacher, exploring complex issues and concepts from inquisitive little minds. You have re-entered education as you coach children with the homework and projects that need to be done for school. This process will have opened your mind, in turn making you more interested and interesting about a wide range of topics which will certainly be attractive to any employer. Perhaps you found you enjoyed teaching your children so much that perhaps you may even consider looking into full time or part time teaching jobs. You certainly have the skills for it.

Leadership Skills

One of the tops skills that employers look for is leadership skills. There is no job in the world that needs to exercise leadership skills more than being a mother. So again leadership skills need to be added right to the top of your CV. Organisation skills will have been highly tuned as a mother and this is another highly employable skill this will serve you extremely well. Your children will have regularly tried and tested your skills as a conflict mediator, spiritual consultant, psychologist and confidante. These types of skills are highly in demand for jobs such as counsellors and all manner of jobs, so as you have had top-tier experience in all these areas, you should be in good stead for jobs in care and counselling.

Household Accounts

As a mother, head of the household, you will also have been forced to turn your hand to financial consulting. As you constantly balance your families monthly and yearly budget, with the demands, wants and needs of your kids. Constantly analysing your outgoings with your incomings to see where you can afford to stretch yourself and where you need to tighten the purse strings.

There is no more challenging time of life, financially than when you have children so this certainly would have had you looking at and dealing with finance and money in a much more detailed and analytic way. So if you have always fancied a career in finance or accounting then you already have many of the key skills in place. If you are interested in looking into finance and accountancy then check out the kind of jobs available here at, www.workingmums.co.uk/finance

Chef, Menu & Party Planner

Chef, weekly menu planner, professional shopper, family party planner even a health consultant, your endless hours in the kitchen and in the supermarket will have honed another set of very interesting skills. So if you are interested in food, cooking, nutrition, health then again you already have an impressive set of skills in your tool bag that will serve you very well in any of the above professions.

Carer

Of course, acting as a carer is probably the most important role for any mother. You have been there to comfort your kids on their down days and through their challenges and you have been there to support them, build them up so that they grow to be well rounded, confident and happy individuals. Therefore, unsurprisingly, a popular career to get into for mothers, is the sector of care and nursing. If this strikes a chord with you, find out more about the kind of jobs available in the care sector here at, http://www.staffnurse.com/. There are many training opportunities available and there is a huge amount of support for mothers wanting to enter into this sector, so if this sounds like it could be something for you, now is the time to really look into it.

Now Focus on You

You have spent longer than you can remember, focusing on your kids needs first and putting your needs and wants secondary. Now is the time to start focusing on you and thinking about what you really want. You have invested so much time nurturing and developing your children that it is now time to do the same for yourself. This is no mean feat for most parents, where prioritising children’s needs is totally natural, actually asking yourself what you want, can take some getting use to.

Focus On Your Dreams

Now is the time to stop putting yourself to the side and really focus on the dreams that you used to have, and the ambitions that you now have for yourself. Think about the above skills that you have accumulated, think about the type of career you fancy and start thinking about how to position those skills on your CV, in your head and how to go after them. Not only will this new chapter make you incredibly happy it will also make your kids incredibly happy as they see their mum motivated, stimulated and working towards an exciting new chapter in life.

Explore & Discover

If you are struggling to know where to start, put pen to paper and start working through this in a practical and logical way. Write down the skills you have and what you feel that you offer. Then think about your passions and desires and look into the other talents that you have and get them all down on paper. Write down strengths and even your two biggest weaknesses and then stand back and look at how you look on paper.

Visualising the adjectives we use to describe ourselves can be a really eye-opening and interesting process and it can really help us make sense of who we are and the best skills that we have to offers. Explore and discover yourself so that you can then start really honing in on the types of careers and jobs that will best suit you, your profile and those desires and passions of yours.

Reach Out

This can be a slightly overwhelming process, so we recommend that you seek out help from the right people. Whether you contact a professional careers advisor in your local community or whether you reach out to friends that you know that work in your desired sector, or someone that has a lot of work experience.

Also talk to those that love and care for you about your plans and be open to their feedback. Sometimes it is surprising to hear from others, their opinions about our best skills and strengths and this can have a big impact on the decisions that you make. So get a fresh perspective from those that you trust and allow them to support you and build you up, as you have been doing with your kids all these years, so that you can enter into this new chapter feeling confident, excited and ready for the new challenges that lie ahead.

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12 Bold Bathroom Design Ideas To Knock Your Kitchen Off The Top Spot

Bathroom Design Ideas

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If there’s one room in the house that you could completely go to town with and make it extra special, which would it be? Well, it’s a safe bet to say that your kitchen and bathroom would be fighting for the top spot. On the one hand, your kitchen is the heart of the home, but who doesn’t love a dreamy bathroom design to relax in at the end of a busy day? Whether you’re moving to a new home or you’re just redecorating, you can often want to beautify your bathroom to bring in line with your kitchen. But how do you go about doing that?

Using big, bold, and beautiful design choices, you can create a room that you absolutely adore. The trick is to focus on all of the things that make up your favourite room and be sure that they all work together to create a stylish finish. For a room that almost rivals your incredible kitchen, here’s what to focus on.

Perfect Tiles

We all know that the decor of your favourite rooms is often what matters the most. So, you’re going to want to make sure that your bathroom beats out the best with killer tiles. Pretty bathroom tiles are easy to find. Just be sure to decide on what kind of design theme you want and find the right style of tile to match. They can even be the same as you have in the kitchen.

Bold Wallpaper Design

But that’s not all; the walls should also sing too. There’s every chance that you’re tiling from floor to ceiling, and that’s okay. But if you’re not, you might want to look at these bathrooms with wallpaper for some inspiration. Smaller bathrooms or your downstairs loo could look great with printed wallpaper for a super stylish feel.

Stylishly Understated

With the walls covered, you’re then going to want to think about your suite. Whether you’re doing your master bath, the family room, or even a small W.C., you need a bathroom suite that’s going to make a statement. Sometimes, that’s best achieved with something modern and minimal. Clean lines and simple shapes often scream style and have a luxury feel. So be sure to consider understated styles.

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Finest Fittings

Then you’ve also got your fittings and fixtures to think about. To get on par with your kitchen, you need to make these choices count. If you picked out a state of the art kitchen tap (or you’re planning to) from somewhere like tapwarehouse.com, you’re going to want to do the same for the bathroom. You may even want to go for a similar style so that your sinks all match around the house. That’s definitely one way to bring your bathroom up to the top spot. If you can’t beat them, join them!

Vibrant Vanities

Next, you’re going to want to nail your vanity area. Depending on the style of suite that you’re going for, you might want a pretty vanity that covers or surrounds your bathroom basin. To help you decide, think about what you’re going to need to store around your sink. Do you want a nice countertop with cupboards and drawers underneath or would you prefer a floating style standalone sink? Sometimes, they quirkier vanities add a central focus to the room.

Tempting Tubs

For the pièce de résistance, it’s time to think about the tub. Having a beautiful bath is often the most exciting part about building your new bathroom. It could be the one thing that even makes this room better than the kitchen – but only if you pick out your bathtub wisely. Make sure that it fits with your design. If you’re going French vintage, then a freestanding tub would be gorgeous. Or, if you’re more modern, an alcove or platform tub might be a better fit.

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Storage Solutions

Bathroom storage might seem boring, but if you want to store your towels and loo rolls somewhere, you’re going to want to get this down. You may want to opt for hidden storage ideas in the wall, or even take a bit of inspiration from your kitchen and add in a sort of display case for your towels and toiletries. Just be sure to decide on this early so that you can work with different options.

Tidying Those Towels

And what about a towel rail? If you’re going for a modern finish, you might want to keep your accessories to a minimum. But, there is something about having fresh fluffy towels heated on a towel rail that can work quite well. Just be sure to look into the right options for what you want and what will work with your design.

Stylish Showers

Then there’s the shower to think about. Whether you’re having a tub and shower combo, or something freestanding, make sure you think about the kind of shower design you want. The bhg.com website is great for inspiration, so be sure to do your research. Whether it’s a rainfall or fixed for you, now’s the time to decide.

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Fabulous Flooring

When it comes to the floor, you’re going to want to make sure that the style you choose not only works with the design but is practical too. Taking inspiration from thespruce.com, some of the main ideas you might want to consider are tiles, laminate, or even wood. And if you really want to make it special, why not opt for the same flooring as the kitchen, to really make sure it’s a top contender.

Creative Lighting

And don’t forget your lighting. It’s definitely one area that you can have a lot of fun with. Lighting can often make or break the feel of a room. So, be sure to make yours count. You could work with downlighting or uplighting options, or even hidden lights in shelving for a luxury, calming feel.

A Spa-Like Touch

Finally, to make sure that your bathroom beats out your kitchen for the best room in the house, or to put it joint top, you’re going to want to go with some sort of luxury spa feel. And it’s easier to achieve than you might think. Just be sure to add a mix of textures into the room with towels or rugs or even a chair. Then, with your bath and body products, somewhere to play music, and a few scented candles, your bathroom should easily become your favourite room in the house (sorry kitchen!).

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5 Tips To Avoiding Roofing Scams In Indianapolis

Avoid Roofing Scams

Tips to avoid roofing scams in Indianapolis

It is unfortunate that we live in a world full of scammers willing to prey on someone else´s misery. There are certain steps you can take in order to avoid coming across such scammers. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid roofing scams in Indianapolis.

Tip 1: Asking for credentials

If the roofing contractor is legit and professional, he or she will possess a Certificate of Liability Insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. You can also double check with the insurance carrier to know if the insurance is still active. By doing this, you will be assured that the roofing contractor you are working with is legit and not a scammer.

Before hiring a Roof repair toronto contractor, you should also ensure that the contractor holds a state license with prior experience in repairing roofs etc. and see if the contractor is endorsed by the roof material´s manufacturer.

Tip 2: Avoiding Storm Chasers

Storm chasers are heavily despised in the roofing contractor industry and rightly so. After all, they are responsible for a big section of roofing scams. These people often prey on the homeowner’s misery by offering unbeatable discounts; they claim to be local and show up immediately after the occurrence of a devastating natural disaster. So, how can you identify them? Well, for starters, their vehicles don’t have a local number plate. Storm chasers usually also don’t hold any valid license, insurance. Therefore, it is important for you to do a detailed research before hiring anyone.

Tip 3: Avoid hiring national roofing companies

Although they aren’t exactly scammers, national roofing companies often perform poor roofing duties, in turn, providing services similar to scammers. That’s because they often hire subcontractors to work for them and these subcontractors are paid on the basis of sq. feet of roofing installed. Hence, these sub-contractors are motivated towards completing their tasks as soon as possible, giving very little importance to the quality of installation. You can opt to work with Stay Dry Roofing as they are one of the best contractors in the business.  

Tip 4: Asking for references

You can also identify scammers by asking them to provide you with relevant references for the jobs they conducted in the vicinity of your home. You can then call these references to know more about their services and what not. If the contractor cannot provide you with a good number of references, you should be sceptical about working with them. And, when asking for local references, you should also request them to provide you with a physical business address and not a P.O. Box. However, be advised that experienced contractors might not be able to provide you with numerous references despite working in the industry for a long time. This usually happens if they have just started their business and was previously working for another roofing company.

Tip 5: Never pay up front

Under no condition should you accept to pay contractors up front. It is important for you to get everything in writing before you start the repair work. The payment fee should be discussed and accepted by both the contractor and yourself even before the start of the repair work. You should obviously be completely satisfied by the job done. See to it that agreement discussed and written on a notarized document is fulfilled.

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The Beauty of Going Green

Going Green

 

“Going Green” is certainly the newest trend that has taken the world by storm. Preserving our beautiful earth for future generations is a noble, necessary cause that many have adopted. As time goes on, an increasing amount of options become available for everyday homeowners to go green and look stylish doing it. The future promises affordable solar roof tiles, electric cars, cleaner energy, and reduced emissions. The future promises a cleaner earth and more beautiful cities. The future is bright.

Use Less Energy

Updating your home with the environment in mind is not only a choice for a better tomorrow, but it also makes financial sense. Upfront costs quickly make up for how much one stands to save by adopting eco-friendly options into their homes. For those who cannot afford those up-front costs, there are many options that stand to make your home more energy efficient. The less energy required, the cheaper your utility bill. The less energy you use, the less we are dependent on environmentally damaging processes. It’s simple math.

Solar Panels Going green

Energy-Efficient Home

A more energy-efficient home starts with a properly insulated home. The better your walls, windows, and doors can retain their internal temperature, the less energy is wasted. You won’t be paying to heat the cold air outside as it leaks through your windows, and the environment will be better off for it. It will cost less to heat or cool your home. Mould will be a thing of the past. There are too many benefits to name. Insulate your home properly, buy new, energy-efficient windows, and you’ll be surprised at how many of your neighbours follow suit.

Smart Home

Next, bring your home into the future. It might seem counter-productive to bring automation into your home, but it will pay off. Teal Products provides many solutions to many energy-consuming headaches. Natural ventilation combined with automated services that utilise a wide range of climate sensors optimise nature to lessen your emissions footprint (and your utility bill). Make your home smarter and reap the benefits. Use nature to your benefit. Be more efficient. Save more. More and more options are developed every day to suit the needs and personal style of everyone.

Going Green – A Better Choice

Energy efficiency isn’t a dirty phrase. You don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality. The days of excess and waste are over. We have filled our landfills to the brim and have created a continent of garbage, created a hole in our ozone layer, and in some areas of the world, the air pollution is so bad, artists have made bricks with it.

Going green is more than just a fashionable statement. It is a way of life we need to live if we want to preserve the beautiful planet we were born in. If we want to live in anything but a grey wasteland of our own making, we need to respect mother nature and treasure the planet. Respect the energy that powers your home and fuels your lifestyle, and don’t waste it. The beauty of going green is that it isn’t a sacrifice in comfort or style, it’s just a better choice.

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