Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

Nothing can make your Home Ready for Summer quite like Adirondack chairs ... photo by CC user LRMoore on pixabay

Photo by CC user LRMoore on pixabay

With summertime just around the corner, is your home ready for some great parties and summer fun?

Getting your residence ready for all that summer has to offer may seem like a great chore, but it is really easier than you might think.

From the backyard to the inside of house, starting early on your summertime plans for having the home ready to go is the key.

So, are you ready to turn up the heat on getting your home ready for summer?

Go Room to Room

In order to have your place all set to go this summer, focus on these areas:

  1. Outside furniture – Since many people love to entertain guests outdoors during the summer, your patio, backyard, back porch etc. should all get their rightful attention. When working out back, give your patio a good scrubbing, especially if it was exposed to wintertime weather. For those living in warmer climates over the winter, a good cleaning works too, especially since dirt and bugs can gather over the winter months. If you left furniture out during winter (chairs, carved teak bench, hammock, tables, grill etc.), clean them up and make sure they survived the colder weather;

  2. Lawn and shrubs – If you haven’t given the lawn and shrubs much attention since last fall be sure they look their best when you’re ready to entertain. In colder environments, the lawn typically goes brown over the winter, so it may need some reseeding come spring. As for shrubs, bushes and other similar greens, these are typically rather hardy, even during wintertime. You may need to clean them up a bit with a good trimming. As for planting, getting plants in the ground as soon as the weather breaks will help you have a colorful display come summertime

  3. Kitchen – What many consider to be the epicenter of their homes, the kitchen typically needs attention 365 days a year. If you’re going to be entertaining guests this summer, make sure the kitchen is as clean as can be. Many of your guests will be in and out of the kitchen several times during any party. With that being the case, you want it clean and allowing plenty of room for guests to set out any food or drinks that they bring for a party. Cleanliness is also important simply for the visual impact. If guests see a kitchen with dirt on the floors, cobwebs on the ceiling, nasty little creatures running around, their appetites will quickly diminish

  4. Living room – Although the focus of your summer event may be outdoors, some guests will eventually plant themselves in your living room at some point, especially if it is too hot for comfort outside. Make sure you don’t have a mess on the floor, chairs etc. If you have kids, be sure they (or if need be you) have cleaned up their toys and other possessions

  5. Bathroom – This is a definite part of the home that some guests will be visiting. As with the kitchen, make sure your bathroom or bathrooms are as clean as can be. A dirty/messy bathroom will turn off some guests from possibly wanting to come back to your residence for another get-together

  6. Driveway – If your backyard area is small, you may opt to have some or all of your guests use your driveway as the central gathering place. If your driveway is full of divots or other cracks, think about getting it sealed in advance of a summer party. You don’t want guests stubbing their toes, tripping over cracks (see more below) in the driveway etc. Also make sure there is enough room for everyone to comfortably park without upsetting the neighbors

  7. Avoiding mishaps – Finally, be as sure as possible that your home is free of any potential areas where a guest or guests could injury themselves. The last thing you want during a fun event at your home is a personal injury. Even though you’d like to think your home is free of such potential accidents, someone who is injured in at your residence may end up seeking financial damages, especially if they suffer a bad fall or other injury.
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Steps to Take Before Shopping for a Patio Furniture Sectional

Have you ever heard of buyer’s remorse? If you’ve ever felt guilty after making a purchase, then you’ve experienced it. It can be a terrible feeling especially when it’s justifiable. It is often felt by consumers following the purchase of what is considerably expensive. 22% of homeowners suffer from this guilt after purchasing their homes. Consumers purchasing other items, such as expensive handbags, furniture and other household items also experience it. It stems from the fear of having made a bad decision and spending too much money.

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If you’re planning to purchase a patio furniture sectional, you’re likely to suffer buyer’s remorse. However, with the right kind of planning, you can avoid this sense of guilt. The following are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re satisfied with your purchasing decision.

Begin by researching

Carrying out research is one of the most important steps when making a purchase. This step will help you make an informed decision. Consider the style you want and what you want to achieve with your outdoor furniture. If you want to create a small space for family, consider simple and cozy pieces.

Research styles, fabrics, materials and sizes. Find out what brands are available and which offers the best quality products.

Measure your space

You may have identified a style that you like, but it may not fit in the space available for your furniture. Measure the space available to determine the size of furniture you can purchase for the space. You’ll need to consult these measurements when making your purchase.

Create space

You can create more space for your furniture by clearing items from the space. This may give you even more room for the furniture you plan to purchase. You may be able to purchase a larger piece by simply ensuring that there is adequate space available.

Choose a color scheme

What’s your current décor? What look are you trying to achieve? Your furniture should complement the overall design of the space. Be careful to choose a color that will complement the décor. Keep in mind that the sectional you purchase will be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. If you like a sectional in a specific color, you may consider adapting the space to suit the color or pattern you’ve chosen.

Determine your budget

One of the main reasons people feel guilty after making a purchase is because they did feel that they’ve spent too much on an item. You can avoid this by setting a budget for your purchase. This will be your guide when searching for furniture. Although sectional furniture can be more expensive than traditional sofas, it provides more seating space than the traditional sofa. Taking the time to compare costs and styles from different suppliers will help you identify a good deal for your sectional.

Visualize

Visualize just how your purchase will make a great difference to your outdoor space before you make the purchase. Ensure your selected style will have the desired effect. If not, keep searching.

 

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10 Qualities of a Good Architect

Do you have what it takes to become an architect? This is one of the most common dream jobs for many people. Why not? It is a great, fulfilling, and respectable profession and the pay is very good too. However, this is not just for everyone. There are certain qualities that are required to become a good architect.

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We will discuss here some qualities that good architects usually possess. Discover if you have what it takes to become an architect and if you can indeed score one of the most prestigious architecture jobs in the market.

  1. Excellent sense of design – a good architect has great eye for design and details that they can easily translate ideas onto papers to present to the clients and builders. A good architect can create design just by listening and thinking of ideas.
  2. Good communication skills – they are good with communicating their ideas, thoughts, and plans. Architects deal with clients and builders so it is important for them to convey the message well and accurately.
  3. Great listening skills – and to have great communication skills they also need to be good listeners. They must be willing to listen to the ideas of the clients and other people around them. By listening carefully, they are able to come up with great design based on those ideas that was pitched to them.
  4. Strong drawing skills – a great architect must also have strong drawing or sketching skills to provide accurate plan and design. They should be able to draw by hand or using computer.
  5. Solid technical abilities – architecture can be very technical too so a great architect must have solid technical abilities to incorporate structural, mechanical, and electrical elements into their design for it to be functional and successful.
  6. Problem-solver – another quality of a good architect is the ability to solve problems quickly. They know immediately how to address the problem and come up with a possible solution. They are equipped with plans A-Z in case something wrong happens. Sometimes, they even sense the problem before it happens. That’s how good and prepared they are.
  7. Good collaborator – architects usually work with different people from other architects to engineers, builders, investors, and clients. They need to communicate well and collaborate well for the success of their project.
  8. A visionary – a good architect can visualize well the outcome of a project starting with the plan.
  9. Great passion in their works –the work of an architect is not simple. They embody their work and they have strong passion about coming up with great projects.
  10. Competitive – of course they are competitive as well. This is important to be able to stay in the game. Architecture is a very competitive field. This is not for those with weak heart and character.

Many people want to become an architect. It offers great pay but more than the financial side, it is the passion and love for your work that should matter all the time.

If you are dreaming to become an architect someday then be sure to hone your skills while you are still young.

So, do you think you have the skills and qualities to become a good architect?

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Bachelor Tips: How to Furnish an Apartment

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Got your first place? Just got out a long-term relationship? Whatever the reason is, you are a man living on his own now and you should have an apartment that reflects your sophistication and style. Here are some tips for bachelor’s on how to furnish an apartment.

Ditch the Dorm Room Decorations
Unless you want every guest you bring over to know you peaked at age 19, get rid of your frat-house tier accessories. I’m talking specifically about your Bob Marley poster, “keep calm” poster,  any beer related posters, or pretty much any poster. If you have a unique poster sized print you really cherish, spend a few bucks and get it framed. If it isn’t worth getting framed it isn’t worth putting on your wall. Also make sure you limit the amount of sports memorabilia in your house, a subtle pint glass or single banner are enough to show your love for your favorite team. Some people may like cereal but you don’t see their rooms covered captain crunch jerseys. Most importantly, ditch the empty booze bottles, there is no need to show guests how many bottles of Fireball or tequila you have consumed, in fact as an adult you should be concealing your booze bottles not showing them off as trophies.

Invest in the Essentials
If you are on a budget, that is okay, embrace minimalism.  Instead of buying one of everything from Ikea, invest in quality essentials. For example a quality classic leather sofa that will last is a must. Also a nice table and chairs, it doesn’t have to break the bank but a nice dining room set can last a lifetime and will be the center of countless memories. Once you have a dining room set, a couch, the only thing remaining is a bed; again this is an item that is worth spending a bit extra on. Now you are set, you can eat, relax, and sleep in comfort and style. Once you have these you can pick up secondary items at your discretion, when you see the perfect piece for your apartment and you have the budget, pick it up. There is no rush.

One-of-a-Kind
Furnish an Apartment

You’re unique and your apartment should reflect this. While department store serve a useful purpose and place, you don’t want your place to look like it was put together over night. You want an authentic and personal style. Make sure you include furniture and artwork that is one of a kind. Look for something at an antique market, an art’s fair, the thrift store. Not only is this a great way to save money, it is also crucial in making your place feel like home and a great conversation starter.

I hope this tips on how to furnish an apartment will help you make your bachelor’s pad reflect success and not the stereotypical messy studio. If you plan right you can have a unique, stylish, modern apartment  on just about any budget.

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