There are many finishes and colors of paints. However, eggshell paint is arguably one of the most popular finishes of paint. This type of paint receives its name from its stark resemblance to the low luster and sheen of eggshells.

Eggshell paint is popular because the painted surface is relatively easy to clean and coats a wall for much longer than other paints. However, this paint looks its best when properly painted onto a wall. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using eggshell paint.

1. Consider the Manufacturer’s Reputation

When buying eggshell paint, you ought to look out for the manufacturing company’s reputation. Most of these companies have websites and social media pages. Scour these platforms for product reviews and customer comments.

This will help you make sure that the paint you plan to buy is of high quality and reaches the set quality standards. Conducting due diligence on the company before acquiring their product will ensure y

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When a new season comes, unique plumbing needs arise, and you need to ensure that your drainage systems work correctly. For example, you will have to deal with the effects of snow after winter so that you do not experience leakages during the spring or summer. It is the same thing that you will be doing when summer slowly turns into the cold winter.

Many faults need fixing, and you have to know how to do it right. When it comes to seasonal plumbing, it is all about identifying the best replacements that will suit the new weather conditions. You should call local plumbers so that they inspect your pipes and other components to determine what to do.

Fixing Leakages and Broken Pipes

Leakages are some of the most annoying faults that your plumbing systems can develop, and so, you should not take them lightly. If it is not a water supply pipe that is leaking, it will be a wastewater drainage pipe that has developed cracks. In such a situation, the mess can be to

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Winter is on its way and when the festive time hits it makes families want to come together and create memories and keepsakes that will last for years to come. There are so many fun projects that you can do together it could keep you busy all winter long and if you make quality pieces and enjoy working together it could create an amazing side hustle to make extra cash as a family. Here are just a few of the cute and festive projects that you can create this winter.

Decorating the house around the holidays is always so much fun, not only does the family enjoy it but so do your friends and neighbours when they drive by. Outdoor welcome signs that stand around 6 feet tall have become very popular lately, you can make one for every season if you like. Simple stencils and high quality non-toxic paint is just the beginning of this simple project, you can add festive decor like bells, Santas, snowflakes and more to make the signs merrier. Using the best Read more ...

moving checklist

moving checklist

You finally have everything in order to buy a new home. That’s great! Your mortgage is taken care of and moving day is fast approaching. But before you settle in, make sure you tackle all of the items on this moving checklist.

Look for Medical Providers

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Making sure that you will be able to take care of the medical needs of you and your family is a top priority on your moving checklist. Maybe it’s for routine maintenance or perhaps a more urgent situation. Think about your particular set-up: do your children need a new orthodontist now that you’ve moved? And naturally, you want to be prepared if there is an emergency. So line up new doctors for the family, and be sure to find out where the nearest urgent care clinic is located. While you are at it, ask about the location of the nearest 24-hour pharmacy, too.

Check for Pests

There’s nothing worse than settling into a new home only to find that you need to hire rodent control services ASAP. Put this item near the very top of your moving checklist, so you can be sure to complete this inspection before you move in. This may save you a lot of trouble later on! Have the professional inspector check for the presence of termites, snails, gophers, squirrels, bats, mice, raccoons, badgers, and any other uninvited guests. Depending on where your new home is located, there may be more specific pests to check for, too. So ask about all “visitors” and that will ensure that you have a complete, thorough inspection.

Find a Great School

No doubt at all that finding great schools for your young ones is at the top of your moving checklist! And if you’re moving to a new school district, you’ll need to take care of your elementary school age children’s education. Are you in an area where there are several schools to choose from? If so, you will probably want to talk to people. Ask around and find out what other parents think about the different schools. You may also find test scores of students in the schools, and arrange to visit the schools before making a decision about where to enroll your children. If there is not a wide selection, you may have to decide between public, private, or another type of school. Scheduling an appointment to tour the school and meet with the administrators will be very helpful in either situation.

Schedule a Cleaning

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Finding a good cleaning service is a very important item on your moving checklist. Perhaps your realtor would be able to recommend some cleaning services in the area. Once you have some references, and you are sure they are licensed and insured, contact the service and go over exactly what their cleaning service process involves. Get all the details. Be as thorough as possible.There’s no sense in hiring a service and then having to go back and do it all yourself! Windows, floors, walls, door, rugs, the kitchen…it’s up to you to find out if they clean everything that you want them to clean! And while you are at it, make sure to find out where your circuit-breaker is, as well as your shut-off valves. This way, if you need to locate them quickly, you’ll be able to find them without panicking. And be sure the whole family can find them, too!

Get Connected: Internet,Television and Security System

A major item on your moving checklist should be calling the internet provider in your new area to have your internet connected, as well as your TV. Also, your internet provider may offer a security system/alarm package. It may be a good idea to inquire about the particulars of having your internet company also provide you with security monitoring. Ask about the various plans they offer; sometimes the services can be bundled and the rates become less expensive.

Get the Painting Taken Care Of

Does your new home need a new coat of paint? Make sure the local painters can take care of it before you move in. Same thing for interior renovations and updates. Do you think that you will be painting that bright red bedroom a more soothing, calming, color? Did you want new kitchen countertops and appliances, or perhaps want to make some changes to your flooring? Ask around for references and then find some painters and workers to give you an estimate on the work that you are interested in having them do. Remember to make sure they are licensed and insured, too. And don’t drag your feet; get the wheels in motion for these types of projects early, because local painters and other businesses often have small work crews and they get very busy. You would like your project or projects to be on their calendar, so contacting them should be a top priority on your moving checklist.

Plan Your Lawn

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Whether you invest in lawn care services or you do it all yourself, planning your new lawn is one of the more fun tasks that comes with your new home. Take a trip to your local nursery and go wild! This is a wonderful project for your moving checklist! It’s creative, beautiful, and it can be a family project as well. Another fun aspect about planning your lawn and garden is that it does not have to contain the same plantings every single year. As you become more familiar with your new area, you may find that the conditions are good for growing certain types of plants. Perhaps there are plants that you would like to include that wouldn’t thrive in the area where you lived before. Now is the time to try something new! Just remember to plan ahead if you are interested in hiring a lawn care service. Local lawn care services, like local painters, get very busy. Making arrangements with local vendors can sometimes take a few weeks, or more until things are all settled. So to avoid having an overgrown yard, this is an item you definitely want to keep towards the top of your moving checklist!

Look Into Maintenance Services

Beyond garbage pickup and utilities, look for amenities like snow plowing services in your new neighborhood. Depending on the area in which you will be living, you may have several choices of maintenance services…or they may not be that easy to find. To give yourself a cushion, make sure that when you look over your moving checklist you think ahead three to six months about the services that you will be needing. It’s not too early to line up a good snow removal professional in July, just to be sure that you have someone to rely on when that first blizzard hits! Similarly, the lawn care service you contact may need a few months to fit you into their schedule as well, so call ahead and get yourself on their list right away.

Have a Tool Kit

It’s always a great idea to have a tool kit around. But when you’re relocating, have a simple tool kit handy at all times. It is an indispensable item to place on your moving checklist. It’s easy and quick to set up a very basic kit until you get unpacked and settled. You’ll only need a few items—a hammer, nails, hooks, a screwdriver, and of course, duct tape. You also might want to include batteries and an extra phone charger, too. At the same time, when you are moving it’s also a good idea to keep a first aid kit handy, too. Nothing fancy, just bandages and antiseptic lotion—the basics for immediately after the mishap. This kit will be enough until you’re able to get to the nearest urgent care, if necessary. As we all know, accidents do happen, so it’s great to be prepared!

Have Kitchen and Bathroom Supplies

Keeping kitchen and bathroom supplies handy during your move will be really helpful while you’re getting unpacked and settled. Be sure to put essential items such as paper towels, hand soap, sponges, scouring pads, cleaning products, a shower curtain and a kettle for boiling water on your moving checklist. It might even be a good idea to pack these things in a separate box with “Kitchen and Bath: Open First” marked on it. This way, when you get to your new place, you will be able to find these essential items quickly and start using them immediately.

Consolidate Important Documents

It’s a very good idea to keep all your important documents organized and in one place. You may even want to install a safe in your new home, and then put all of your important papers there. Vital records such as birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, employment records, insurance claims, medical records, financial information, and more—all of these very important documents should be categorized and kept in one specific spot. To be extra secure, you could also include a second copy of your moving checklist in with your important documents. This way, in case you lose your original moving checklist, you will have a backup list to refer to. This will prevent you from running around and retracing your steps in your head, trying to recreate the lost list to figure out what you still have left to do!

Make a Record of Valuables

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to make a record of your valuables. You could even use your cell phone to take photos or videos of all your valuables. This is a very important item on your moving checklist for several reasons. First of all, you want to keep track of all your valuables. And second of all, should something get damaged, disappear, or be destroyed during the move, you will have a record of how it appeared in its original state. This will help you if you need to file an insurance claim or even a court claim. While it is true that everybody involved in a move is usually attentive and careful, it’s also very true that we are all human and accidents do happen. So, it’s good to be prepared; have your moving checklist include a way of making sure that you are able to show others a list of your valuables, a ledger of what they are worth, and what they look like. This way, if something happens, you will be ready right away to start the process of getting your item(s) replaced.

Explore Open Spaces, Parks, and Farmers’ Markets

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Familiarizing yourself with your new environment is always an enjoyable part of moving. One thing to include on your moving checklist is a note to make sure that you check out all the nearby parks and open spaces. These areas will be wonderful places to relax and unwind when you finally have a chance! And perhaps, like many areas, the parks near your new home will occasionally host farmers’ markets, concerts, or charity events. Farmers’ markets are not only great places to go shopping, but they are also a fine opportunity to meet your neighbors and to get acquainted with the folks in your new town.

Celebrate!

It may seem impossible, but the time will come when every item on your moving checklist has been taken care of! You’ve transferred your utilities, changed your address, and so much more. Wrapping up all these details has taken a lot of your time, but what an accomplishment! Now you know how the other 43 million Americans who move every year feel, too! This definitely calls for a celebration. Whether you have a small family celebration, or invite the neighbors over for an open door house warming party, be sure to celebrate this special time—because it is a brand new chapter in your life!

Recap

Whether it’s your first apartment or your fifteenth move across the country, whether you are going around the corner or to another section of the world, moving is a huge undertaking. One of the greatest ways to make sure that everything is taken care of is to have a complete and thorough moving checklist. Staying on top of that checklist, and giving yourself a good, realistic time frame to get everything done will definitely make your move less stressful and more enjoyable. And when that final item is checked off your moving checklist, you will be able to kick up your feet, take a deep breath, look around, and enjoy being in your wonderful new home!

You were hoping that the third time would be a charm when it comes to completing the window project in your home, but this was not the case.
Although your wife signed off on the return work order, the installation team member forgot to change out the striker plate on the door to the deck. He did switch the three hinges and the two door knobs on the wooden door, but it was not until you returned from your work day that you or your wife noticed the striker plate was still champaign. In what has been a complicated process after a severe hail storm in the spring, this one remaining champaign striker plate is the one remaining task to be completed.
It is likely that you have been more patient than normal because 90% of the repairs are covered by your home owner’s insurance policy. The fact that every time someone from the national window company came out to the house you were dealing with a different person likely plays a role in the window installation problems you have experienced

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You hope the need for emergency plumbers and other kinds of contractors has ended. After the weekend when the shower broke with a house full of company and this last week when you had to call a rooter service to unclog a drain, you are hopeful that the days and weeks up to and through the holidays will be more calm. When you own a home, however, you know that there are many times when you find yourself dealing with the unexpected.
Whether you are looking for a Sacramento plumber as you prepare to deal with more guests in your home as a result of the California fires or you are looking to remodel an older bathroom, there are many times when working with a professional is in your best interest. And while there can be a real difference in the prices between a Sacramento plumber and one in the midwest, it is always worth your time to make sure that you get the professional help that you need.
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When it finally comes time to purchase your very first home it is important to get the best interest rate that is available. To achieve this, however, you need to have a substantial down payment and an established credit score. The credit score rating is especially important if you want to get access to the best available mortgage rates.
Owning a home is the goal of many people, but not everyone is able to achieve this goal when it comes to navigating the challenges of today’s competitive financial platform. Although there are a wider range of higher interest loans that are available, these loans can create a more challenging situation when it comes to dealing with the implications of a higher interest rate loan.
Every borrower is subject to the loans and penalties that banks impose, but those people who do not get access to the best loan rates can find themselves in a real disadvantage when it comes to gaining equity in a home. There are some loans, in fact, that come with suc

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Radon can be found in more homes than many of us might realize. And homes with radon meeting or exceeding the action levels that have been set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) are not uncommon – at least not as uncommon as many people might think them to be. Unfortunately, up to one home out of every fifteen homes in this country will have radon levels that are this high or higher. In some areas, the problem is considerably worse, with seven states found to have such high radon concentrations that up to one third of the homes were afflicted by them. The same held true for three separate Native American reservations as well.

But why is radon such a problem? It is, after all, a gas that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. What could the harm really be? When you look at the facts, however, you see just how deadly the impact of radon can be over a long period of time. After all, research into radon exposure has shown that in a home where radon levels meet 4 pCi/l, the fami

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In the United States, homeowners have many responsibilities in terms of caring for their home. They ensure that their home is clean. This can include, but is not limited to, dusting, vacuuming, and washing all dirty areas. Keeping a clean home is extremely important so your family, yourself, and your guests can remain comfortable and healthy. No one likes sneezing and not being able to breathe while they’re in a home’s space. However, there is another responsibility that some homeowners do not consider until it’s too late. This responsibility includes plumbing.

Plumbing has been around since 2500 B.C. and as years progressed, there is more tasks and elements that a plumbing company offers to homeowners. A plumber can assist you with plumbing repair, such as leaks and clogged drains. Many homeowners already know this, because leaks and clogs are very common. If you’re a homeowner, here is how a plumbing service can help you take care of your home. They help with an elemen

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As a multi-faceted industry, interior design involves technical design and innovative concepts to modify interior environments. The industry is customer-based, intending to meet clients’ specifications. According to a Houzz survey, about 48% of homeowners planned to decorate their homes in 2018. Since then, the need for interior design has grown significantly. Currently, there are over 14 billion home looks on Pinterest. Here are facts you should know about decorating your homes with wall planks.

1. Plank Walls: A Feature Wall You Do Not Want to Miss

Feature walls have been famous for many years now. However, they have evolved into something different. In the past, wallpapers illustrated a great featured wall. Currently, featured walls entail different aspects including shiplap planks, and peel and stick wall panels.

In that case, shiplap planks are the best feature walls to bring on board. It is quickly becoming an ideal method for installing wood on a wall.

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