Home Repairs and Renovations By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

You may think your new home is perfect, but no matter how many times you’ve viewed the property, there are going to be a myriad of things that you didn’t notice were wrong when you first saw it.  It could be that your new house has minor issues, like a broken burglar alarm or locks that need replacing. These are fairly simple issues to solve, but what happens if your house needs major work to the electrics or plumbing? It’s important to be prepared for the worst when moving to a new property, and so here is a list of hints and tips to keep your head above water should your pipes burst.

Home Repairs and Renovations21)      Insurance

You should always make sure you prioritise getting your home well-insured. You’ll probably (or at least hopefully) already have your contents and home insurance all in place, but make sure you’re going to be covered for those little emergencies – like having your boiler break down! Make a list of all the things in your home you want to insure. The extra time and cost to do this is worth saving the hassle, stress and money of later losing your gas or hot water!


2)      Check with the landlord.

If you’re renting your property and you notice things going wrong, whether it be dodgy electrics or drainage issues, make sure you run any problems you notice by your landlord. Renting the property means it’s not your responsibility to fix these issues, especially since you’ve just moved in! You’ll want to make a list of any damages and show this to your landlord – this will also prove useful when claiming your deposit back!Home Repairs and Renovations


3)      Repairing yourself.

Some minor issues with your home might be solvable with just a bit of your time and your toolkit. If you decide you want to make some home repairs and renovations yourself, then make sure you know what you’re doing! Remember that odd jobs around the house can appear to be simple, but you could end up making the problem worse for yourself, as well as more expensive! If you aren’t sure then you’re best off hiring a professional, especially when it comes to sizeable or potentially dangerous repairs.


4)      Hiring help.

If you do decide that you’re going to need to hire repairmen to fix your problems, then it’s important to do your research. Hiring a plumber or electrician isn’t just about getting the best price – try to get some information about their previous work, the approximate time the job will take and how invasive the repairs are going to be. If you’re wary of finding your repairman online then try your local newspaper or phonebook so as to avoid scams and potential hassle. The best and safest way to hire someone to come into your home to make renovations or repairs is to choose a person based on the recommendation of friends or family. Ask around to find someone who you know has previously done reliable work to give yourself peace of mind if you’re hesitant to allow strangers into your home. Friendly estate agents and even neighbours might be able to help you find a repairman you can trust, so don’t be hesitant to ask for some advice!


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Cleaning of Blinds and Curtains: Vacuuming and Machine Washing By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

The curtains and the blinds in the home tend to accumulate a lot of dust. That is why they should be cleaned regularly, because dust gathered on them can quickly spread into the home atmosphere and pollute the air. Especially in areas where the air is known to be rather dry and dusty, regular cleaning of the curtains and blinds should be done not only to enable the home to become cleaner, but also to take care of the householders’ health. Vacuuming can be carried out on the curtains and the blinds, and some curtains can be machine washed, which is indicated on their labels.

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Curtains can be easily vacuumed by using the lowest suction setting. The strength of the air suction should not be high to avoid damage to the curtain fabric, especially with gentle fabric curtains. The upholstery attachment should be used to do the vacuuming. The direction of vacuuming should be from the top of the curtains to the bottom. If necessary, vacuuming can be repeated to be certain that all the dust has been eliminated.

Blinds are the other major culprit for the dust that spreads into the home ambiance. Before they are vacuumed to get rid of the accumulated dust, they should be closed in order to achieve a flat surface, easy to vacuum. Then the dust brush attachment should be applied to do the dusting. Like with the curtains, the vacuuming of the blinds should be from the top to the bottom. Afterwards the blinds should be turned the opposite way, and the other side should be vacuumed from the top to the bottom, taking great care not to hurry in order to enable the vacuum cleaner to suck in as much dust as possible.

The frequency of cleaning the curtains and the blinds in a home depends on the extent of dust present in the environment, and the dustier the environment, the more frequently the curtains and the blinds should be vacuumed. In general, it is recommended to vacuum the curtains and the blinds once a month, as a regular measure against the accumulation of dust.Cleaning of Blinds and Curtains

The curtains can also be washed to remove the dirt and dust, but then all the hardware should be removed from them, before they are inserted in the washing machine. The curtain label should be checked before the washing starts, to be certain that the fabric will not be damaged in any way by improper treatment. Spot testing in a corner of the curtain, applying water mixed with some detergent, can help to find out whether the washing will damage it. In general, most curtains that can be cleaned by washing have to be washed with cold water to which just a small amount of detergent is added.

The curtains and the blinds are not only the finishing touches to the home environment. They are also among the spots of the home which accumulate the most dust. Regular cleaning by dusting or washing is essential not only to keep them clean, but also to preserve their initial attractiveness. The more attractive they are the more your home speaks of regular cleaning which maintains your home in good and healthy condition. Living in that kind of environment is a pure pleasure.

Bio: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household cleaning and organizing field and therefore her present article treats exactly this them. Find some good tips for your home here: http://www.cleanershouse.co.uk/carpet-cleaning/SE17-carpet-cleaners-walworth.html

Kitchen Drawar Organization By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

Kitchen organizing is something we all do whenever we have to prepare a meal. Whether done consciously or without giving it too much thought it is something simply ingrained in our minds. If we want to keep our kitchen in a condition that helps instead of hindering our cooking efforts we need to have quite a few things done. Kitchen drawers are pretty much the most commonly-used area where we store the majority of what we need to do our job. Here are some tips on what you can do to keep things in order, adding functionality to your work space:Kitchen Drawer Organization

  • Prepare a junk drawer

Making sure you have one drawer for all those little bits around your kitchen you’re not certain about will ensure you can deal with the clutter. These can be mostly things you haven’t used in over a year or the odd piece of clothing that must be turned into a cleaning rag.

  • The spice drawer

Spices are essential to our cooking and that is why they deserve the preferential treatment. Having their own drawer will not only make it easier for you to find them, but it will also allow you to keep them out of sight. You can organize them by using special compartments for the spices with their own lids, where you can take as much as you need with a spoon or your fingertips. Alternately you can organize them with their bottles or spice jars if the depth of the drawer allows it.Kitchen Drawer Organization2

  • Utensil drawer

Utensils are something else we can’t do without and unless they are properly organized we will have to endure rifling through the contents of a single drawer, trying to dig out what we need. Luckily, there are plenty of organizers on the market that fit within most drawers in our kitchen furniture. Another alternative to that can be drawer dividers which allow us to compartmentalize the contents of our drawers according to our needs. They come in varying sizes that are affordable and easy to install.

  • Pot and lid drawer

Depending on your furniture you might be blessed with deep, comfortable drawers. If you have these, then you can make use of that space in the best way possible. Stacking pots inside one another or side by side is not difficult, however the lids can become a problem if the space doesn’t allow them to stay without banging around. There are lid organizers on the market, which look pretty much the same way as a plate organizer. Make use of these when you are preparing  for cleaning and organizing your N11 drawers.

  • Kitchen Drawer Organization3Canned food drawer

Depending on the size of your drawer and the amount of canned sauces, food and other canned goodies you’re using you might be able to organize them very well. You can lay them down in separate lanes using dividers to keep several cans of a tomato sauce for example. If you feel creative you can emulate the can dispensers in stores and you can have a carpenter construct one of these for  you. The use gravity to dispense individual cans, stopping them before they fall out with a little hooked end. These are sold as wire-rack varieties for cabinet or kitchen top use.

  • Grains and beans drawer

You can make use of plastic containers to keep your rice, beans, lentils or any other types of grains or beans you’re cooking with often. This will allow you quick access as well as perfect organization through proper labeling. You can also put your salt, sugar, flour and other vital ingredients here or in a similar drawer.

Bio: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household cleaning and organizing field and therefore her present article treats exactly this theme.