Installing solar panels, means understanding solar panel systems. Solar panel roof mounting projects require the right equipment and tools. When choosing a rack system for a job, having facts about solar power can help win over the customer. Before a customer will buy solar panels and you begin a solar panel roof mounting, provide them with an education on solar power.
Installation and Production Costs
Producing solar panels costs about two dollars per square foot. Then, solar mounting systems are needed to hold the panels in place. For six hundred square feet of solar panels, the Continue reading “How to Talk to Customers About Solar Panel Roof Mounting”
When you buy a house, you should always consider the issues that the home might face once you live in it. Often times, people do not consider the safety risks that homes may pose before they move into the houses. While we may think that simply surveying the neighborhood will result in proper safety precautions being taken, often times there are characteristics of our homes that need to be surveyed as well to ensure the safety of its owners. A number of property preservations companies can often help to make sure that these issues do not arise.
A proper lock on your door is the first step to in-home safety. If you have a sturdy door with an equally sturdy lock, chances are that you are less likely to have any sort of run-in with a burglar. Over 2.5 million home intrusions occur in the US every year, making it Continue reading “The Home Safety Tips You May Forget About”
Discovering you have mold in your home can be a nightmare and may be the cause for a few health complications you’ve been having lately. These little fungi can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning units; they can even travel on your clothing.
There are thousands of different species of mold, but they all have one thing in common: they love moisture. They will grow in places such as around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, or wherever there has been recent flooding.
What to do if you have mold:
If you suspect you have mold somewhere in your house (normally found in basements or attics) or you can see extensive mold damage, you should call a professional mold removal company so they can perform a mold inspection.
Mold inspection Continue reading “What to Expect from a Mold Inspection”
Young Americans are currently on the move. There are high numbers of people in their twenties currently that are at a mobile stage of their lives. Almost 40% of people from ages 20 to 24 actually end up relocating each year, and two-thirds of young Americans have admitted to relocating at some point during the last five years. With these statistics, all of you in this age group are probably constantly dealing with the stresses of moving, either to different college apartments or to different cities and states altogether. And while many young adults are spending most of their time trying to plan their moves, it helps to know that others are working to help make moving much easier and less stressful.
With moving being a big move among young people, it is important to know the options present among movers Continue reading “Why Twenty-Somethings Should Hire Moving Companies”
When buying a home, there are many important features that both sellers and buyers want to be made aware of. Two of the most important features to take a notice of, to either save money when buying a home or make more money when selling home, are the doors and windows. As a home buyer, new and modern windows can increase the insulation of the home and provide a low cost heat bill every month. As a seller, new exterior doors will add curb appeal to the home and new windows can increase the home value by nearly $10,000. Working with door and window installers of local window and door companies before buying or selling a home will help you save money or make money depending on your situation.
The Continue reading “Doors and Windows Money in Your Pocket”
According to police, a man who was attempting to sell window-washing services in the Willowdale Crescent area of Brandon, Manitoba, was actually wanted by the Winnipeg police, and was on the run before cops finally caught up to him.
The suspect, who has not been named, had been attempting to sell window-washing services by going door-to-door in the neighborhood. Police caught wind of his actions after someone called to report that his cart was creating a traffic hazard as it blocked the street.
Once officers arrived, they realized he was actually wanted by Winnipeg police thanks to a probationary compliance issue after receiving unspecified charges.
Residents were lucky that nothing bad happened to them or their homes as a result. All too often, homeowners — especially the eldContinue reading “Three Ways to Avoid a Scam Window Cleaning Company”
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things in your house that you are fully capable of fixing all by yourself. You can replace those shades, tile that floor, paint those walls, and even redo that baseboard trim. You, my friend, are one. Handy. Guy. But even the handiest handyman needs a hand now and then.
Especially if the project in question could, you know… get you killed.
Electrical problems in the home are a special breed of problem. And when we say “electrical problems,” we’re not talking about changing a lightbulb or tightening an outlet plate. We’re talking about the stuff that, should it go in any way wrong, can launch you across the room with your hair on fire.
So, with that in mind, here is a brief list things that could go wrong with your electricity, and what you shoul Continue reading “The Power of Your Local Electrician”
Owning a home comes with a whole host of persistent responsibilities. Certain amenities that come with a home also add unique maintenance requirements, making your job of keeping your home in tip top shape a complicated process. Some of those amenities are things like pools, hot tubs, or fireplaces, each of which have their own set of particular jobs relative to their performance.
For those fortunate to have a fireplace in their home some primary questions may arise. These questions may be things such as “how do you clean a chimney?”, “how often should a chimney be cleaned?”, or “how often should you clean your chimney flue?”. All of these questions come with a variety of answers. What’s more, by neglecting these sorts of questions you may be putting you, your family, and your home at risk of serious Continue reading “Enjoy Your Fireplace Safely with These Simple Tips”
Furnishing your home with modern and contemporary fixtures is a great way to feel like you’re living up to date and with the trends. Whether it is inside the home or out on the patio, having interesting furniture items is a great way to get you and your guests in the right mood to have a great time. The items in a room are responsible for the aesthetic, mood, and feel of the room, making your job of picking out and matching them appropriately a minor art form!
Being that the contemporary household and modern outdoor furniture industry brings in nearly 20 billion dollars per year, employing an estimated 122,933 people in the United States alone, there is no shortage of available unique, one of a kind modern furniture stores to choose from. Finding the right store that carries the kinds of items that ap Continue reading “Be Your Own Interior Designer with These Simple Tips”
Making sure your home is secure should be one of your biggest priorities. Not only does it hold all of your belongings, but it’s where your family lives, and you need to keep them safe. There is no shortage of violence, robbery, or general malicious behavior, so if your home is unprotected, you might be at risk for any of them.
One way to protect your home is to install wireless security cameras systems. These should be carefully positioned inside and outside the home. Good places are in walkways where a criminal can see a clear path, near entrances where an intruder might see an opportunity to get in, and in darkened corners where criminals might try to conceal themselves.
Another one of the most essential home security products is a good alarm system. Continue reading “The First Two Steps in Home Security”
Tragically, fire protection services estimate that about 40,000 pets die every year in house fires. If you want to keep your furry friend safe and out of harm’s reach, you need to take the necessary precautions. Here are a few tips from the fire protection handbook to help.
Pet Proof Your House.
The first and perhaps most obvious thing that you can do is to pet proof your home. Just as you would proof it for a baby, the fire protection handbook says to remove anything that might create a fire risk. Eliminate any fire hazards like loose wires.
Be Smart About Candles and Incense.
Burning candles or incense is a quick and effective way to c Continue reading “Three Things You Can Do to Protect Your Pets From a Fire”
It is easy enough to talk about remodeling a bathroom to be handicap accessible, but it is quite another thing to actually do it. There are a lot of little details that can easily go overlooked. Here are three details you should be sure are covered in your handicapped bathroom remodeling design:
1. Toilet Height
The first think you have to consider when considering handicap bathroom remodel designs is the height of the toilet. How tall will it be from the floor to the seat rim? Typically, toilets are about fifteen inches tall. It can be difficult for handicapped people to lower themselves to that height, though, as well as to raise themselves up from it. Toilets must be taller in order to compensate for that. Continue reading “The Top Three Crucial Parts of Handicap Bathroom Design”
Did you know that the U.S. landscaping market will be worth $80 billion by 2015? A growing number of Americans are interested in transforming their outdoor environment. In a way, it links up to a greater effort on the part of many Americans to get outside, and get back to nature. This involves putting down the iPads, picking up some organic tomatoes, and yes, better landscaping.
It can be tempting to roll right into your own landscaping ideas, while learning from your mistakes as you go along. But mistakes can be quite costly, and are easily preventable if you read up a little about landscape design techniques first. Here are three things you should keep in mind.
1. When You Should Water Plants
Your best bet is to water plants early in the morning, when it’s still cool Continue reading “Better Landscaping Three Important Tips”
With the onset of summer comes a noticeable uptick in electric bills for everyone with an air conditioning system in their home. HVAC systems actually account for 54% of your utility bill; more than any other system in your home.
However, there are several ways to cut down on AC costs as the temperature rises, and you can implement most of them without breaking the bank or melting in the heat:
Replace old AC units: Replacement costs keep many people running back to their ancient AC units year after year. However, it may be costing you more to keep that old machine in the long run. Many newer models are labeled with Energy Star ratings and are designed to be more energy efficient than their predecessors. Energy Star products use up to 50% less energy than other manufacturers.
Re Continue reading “5 Ways to Stay Cool in Summer without Breaking the Bank”
Did you know that the first window-unit aid conditioner was installed in 1932? However, it would be many years before most people could afford air conditioning in their homes and apartments.
Today, air conditioning is very popular throughout the U.S. In fact, by 1980, the U.S. used more energy to power air conditioners than all other countries combined. Many Americans today no longer see air conditioning as a luxury, but as a necessity.
For this reason, it can be quite upsetting if, for some reason, the air conditioner stops functioning. Although generally you will need a specialist for fixing air conditioners, this is not always the case. Here are three common problems with fairly simple solutions. If problems persist, though, you should contact a repair company in order to avert fur Continue reading “Three Common Problems With Residential Air Conditioners”
As any home owner knows, home ownership comes with many responsibilities and persistent maintenance to all features in and around the house. From plumbing to painting, no house is every fully complete without proper up keep and care. It is important to know how to keep your house looking and operating efficiently to help save you money long term. Letting repairs and maintenance go too long can cause more expensive, potentially dangerous damage that is easily preventable with timely maintenance.
Damages to your home can often be unpredictable and may even come at a time of financial struggle. Consider the fact that in 2009 alone, nearly 23,500 windows were reportedly broken making the window installation industry generate nearly 7 billion dollars of revenue each year. Window repair and damage is only Continue reading “Short Guide to Home and Roof Repairs”
Home ownership comes with many responsibilities. You can effectively increase the value of your home over time with proper care and maintenance. Lawn care is one of the most consistent and expensive home maintenance costs no matter how valuable the property is relative to where you live. A well kept lawn is a big liability when and if you decide to sell your home, owing to the curb appeal and appearance of the home overall.
It is estimated that nearly 2 billion dollars are spent each year in United States on pesticide treatments for lawns alone. What’s more, it is estimated that Americans purchase nearly 17 million gallons of gas to use in lawn mowers each year. With the high price of regular lawn maintenance already so demanding, other less frequent lawn care services shouldn’t run your co Continue reading “Tips for Safe and Affordable Tree Removal”
Have you been finding little puddles of water in your basement? Have you noticed water marks on your ceiling? If your ceiling or basement leaks when it rains, it is important to find the cause of the problem. Water can cause all sorts of expensive damage to your home, and since it encourages the growth of mold, it can even be detrimental to your health. Home foundation repair is an extensive and expensive process, so it is better to fix the source of the water damage before it gets too bad. If you are seeing the signs of water dam Continue reading “How is Water Getting into your Home?”
So you’ve finally decided to make the leap from renting to owning. Good for you! Now you may find yourself wondering which is the best route: buying a previously-owned home (also called a resale) or building a custom home.
Resale homes are often described as having “a lot of character” or “that lived-in feel”. And some houses definitely put out that positive vibe. Unfortunately, these terms can often be euphemisms for “fixer-upper” or “broken-down” — and sometimes you may not even be able to tell the actual condition until the home is inspected. Custom home construction takes all the guesswork out of the structural condition, since the structure was literally just made.
Not only are the walls sound, the roof strong, and the foundation uncracked, but the finer points are under you Continue reading “Building a Custom Home”
Luxury apartment rentals in the Philadelphia are seeing an increase in demand as tenants are looking for affordable and convenient alternatives to home ownership. Luxury rentals offer tenants style, comfort, and convenience at a reasonable price which makes them an appealing option for those looking to move or relocate.
Nearly 35% of Americans rent their living space. In the rent vs. own debate, renting is winning, especially in metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia. Luxury apartment rentals are a cost effective option, especially since utilities such as water and heat are included in the monthly rent. A Continue reading “Luxury Apartment Rentals Offer Style, Comfort, And Convenience”
We’ve all been there: a glass of wine or juice spills. Perhaps it was your child who knocked over a cup, or you were reaching for the remote on the coffee table and your glass fell over. The substance has seeped into your rug’s once-clean white or cream-colored fibers, and the wet washcloth you grabbed couldn’t catch it in time. Next thing you know, you’re frantically Google-ing for tips on how to remove a red stain from carpeting.
Other spills can occur in a busy household, too: from children, pets, guests, and, yes, even you. It happens to everyone. If you’re looking for advice on how to remove a red stain from carpet, how to remove a carpet stain from a pet, or other tips for carpet cleaning, then you’re looking in the right place.
The word “carport” sounds a little bit like something that belongs in a Jetsons cartoon, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, it’s actually something that exists right now, and you might even have one in your driveway.
- The word “carport” was first used by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s when he told a client that cars are not like horses — they shouldn’t be put in barns. (Carports were originally called “auto spaces” but that name didn’t catch on quite as well.) The word itself comes from the French term “porte-cochère,” which describes a covered space that looks like a small pavilion: open on the sides, and a roof on the top.
- Carports were originally called “auto spaces,” courtesy of a certain Minnesotan architectural firm — but the bland name never really “stuck,” opening up the wa Continue reading “How Much Do You Know About Carports?”
It’s been a drought-filled year, and there’s no indication that the droughts that have plagued the country are going to stop occurring anytime soon. Many cities are starting to wise up to the fact that their limited water supply needs to be more carefully this conserved. Among other things, this often means that residents need to stop watering their lawns so much — an activity that can often account for 33% of a home’s daily water usage. Across a single town this can add up to thousands of gallons of water in a single day.
Drought-resistant landscaping is gaining traction in many communities around the country that are looking for ways to keep greenery around, without doing further damage to their local watertables. Are you interested in drought-resistant Continue reading “Three Tips for Creating a Drought Resistant Landscape”
Asphalt is the most popular of the roofing materials, and for good reason — it’s affordable, economic and attractive on pretty much any home.
However, asphalt roofing is also the most susceptible to damage, whether it’s environmental damage or just aging.
So if your home has asphalt shingles, it’s essential to be able to identify signs of damage and wear and tear on this otherwise versatile and economical roofing material.
If you’re unsure if your home needs roofing repair, just take a look at these four signs that your asphalt roofing needs to be repaired by a local roofing company:
1. Curled shingles: Perhaps one of the most common signs of a home needing roofing repair, asphalt shingles typically curl from everyday wear and tear along with a few other potential cau Continue reading “Could Your Home’s Roof Be in Dire Need of Repair?”
Did you know that the first sofa was used in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago? In addition, the ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to use tables, but their tables were little more than raised platforms to keep food off the floor. Today, homes are typically decorated using specific types of furniture, such as modern furniture. Modern furniture brands are highly beneficial to obtain, but in order to experience their advantages, you must learn how to properly identify this type of furniture.
– Design. Modern home furniture designs are relatively easy to spot because they are so unique. In fact, unlike traditional styles, modern designs embrace disruption and discontinuity, and they reject realism. This is why modern furniture de Continue reading “How to Identify Modern Furniture Brands and Styles”
Having proper landscaping can easily decrease unwanted noise levels as well as block unwanted views from your yard or home, and what better way to enhance your landscaping than to use retaining walls?
What are Retaining Walls? These walls are part of what a professional landscaping company will call the “hardscape,” which includes any non-living element in a yard (walkways, decks, etc.). Retaining walls can be used to prevent soil runoff, to enhance drainage, and provide support to a landscape.
Why Hire Professionals? Professional landscapers can help you achieve a well thought out and functional design for your outdoor space so you can enjoy every part of your property. They will also be able to consult with you about the most recent landscape de Continue reading “How Professionals Build a Retaining Wall”
You can only stuff so many things in your garage. With all the toys, tools, gardening hoses, machines, and accessories stuffed in every corner, you probably barely have enough space for what’s supposed to go in there — your cars.
Luckily, there is a solution to your space issues. You can always invest in a carport to store at least one of your cars outside of your designated garage.
Carports are typically metal structures that are big enough to house a few cars, depending on how big it is. There are two car garage kits and carports that can be perfect for you if your regular garage is simply too small.
Here are some of the other benefits of carports.