Hvac Repair Contractor?
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Apr 27, 2015 / Dream Homes /
While you surely have the entitlement to try your hand at DIY HVAC repairs, it's normally not the smartest idea. Even if you are pretty handy, heating and cooling systems are complex, and if you do not know that's what you are doing, you could end up making things much worse. Or it is possible that a poor repair job will make your system run more inefficiently, costing you money and shortening the lifetime of the unit. Simply put, if you do not have extensive experience ...
What are the Best Ways to Pack Up for a Move?
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Jul 18, 2017 / Other /
We all have to do it sooner or later. Some of us will do it several times in our lives, while others do it a least once a year. Moving can be quite challenging from a logistical standpoint, so why not use a little advance planning to make it easier to pull off? Here are some tips on the best ways to pack up for a move: De-clutter with a Vengeance Have you ever ended up moving things that you meant to get rid of? This is one ...
4 Smart Gadgets for Pets (that are Actually Useful)
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Jul 17, 2017 / Other /
So you’re planning on welcoming a new furry friend into your home. Do you have everything you need? Better go over your checklist again. There’s the collar, food, toys, bedding…oh, and don’t forget to install that app on your phone. Smart home technology has expanded into just about every area of the house, from the bathroom to the backyard. That includes an entire market of smart tech tailored to prudent (or obsessive) pet owners. Pet tech ranges from the mundane (like smart collars) to the absurd (like ...
Is Smart Furniture a Wise Purchase?
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Jul 13, 2017 / Furniture /
We’ve always adapted furniture to meet our needs and lifestyles. But for the most part, this has meant adjusting a few basic designs to fit the style trends of the time. Take the coffee table, for instance. We saw solid teak tables in the 60’s, those gaudy glass-topped tables in the 80’s, and the rise of affordable MDF with those sleek, modern design sensibilities. But overall, there hasn’t been much innovation in that realm over the years. Could it be that our basic four-legged, tried-and-true coffee tables ...
5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Make Your Home Feel Happier
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Jul 10, 2017 / Interior Design /
Interior design is about more than aesthetics. You may not realize it, but the design of your home has a significant impact on how you feel each day. We explain the science behind five simple ways to boost happiness and reduce stress through interior design. Adjust Your Lighting According to this study, the lighting and colours of a workplace influences how workers feel during their day. Rooms that were too dark brought down the moods of their occupants, but so did rooms with excessively bright lighting. The same ...
Downsizing to an Apartment
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Jul 05, 2017 / Other /
Apartments tend to be way stops. Most of us do not spend many years of our lives living in apartments. When you are away from home, finished school, and on your first job, you often live in an apartment. However, you eventually reach a place in your career where you can put some money aside. At that point, it makes better economic sense to buy a house or condo, rather than continuing to pay rent. However, there also comes a time for many when a house ...
Do You Like Inspirational Quotes? Here are Some of My Favourites
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Jun 23, 2017 / Other /
Some people consider inspirational quotes silly, but I really think they have a power to influence to help us strive harder and achieve more. Here are a few of my favourite; feel free to share some of yours in the comments. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." –Florence Nightingale “You need to ...
Four Qualities You Really Need in an Apartment
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Jun 22, 2017 / Interior Design /
Many people view apartments as way stops on the road to buying a home. However, even if that is true, there is no reason that the "home of the moment" cannot reflect your tastes and meet your needs. Are you in the market for an apartment? Here are four qualities to watch for in your search: What is the building's reputation? Just as you would not want to venture into a part of town that is dangerous, do some homework to find out whether your new ...
How to Make Apartments Safe for Senior Citizens
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Jun 20, 2017 / Other /
As we age, our mobility is often negatively affected. That means everyday tasks in everyday environments become more and more challenging. While it was often common for people to stay in the family home all of their lives, such arrangements were contingent on younger generations providing care for their aging relatives. Nowadays, it is extremely rare for adults to live with their elderly parents. Even when they do, it is often for financial reasons, which means that the children are away working for most of ...
How Safe is Your Apartment Building?
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Jun 19, 2017 / Other /
The Grenfell Tower fire in London is a horrible tragedy that has shocked people around the world. As of this writing, the death toll is at 79 and likely to rise. The official investigation is just getting underway, but preliminary reports state that the building did not have a sprinkler system. Questions have also been raised as to the quality of some of the building materials, with accusations of government cost-cutting resulting in low-grade substitutions possibly contributing to the way in which the blaze spread ...
How to Deal with a Troublesome Roommate
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Jun 15, 2017 / Other /
You may have heard the old saying, "You can't choose your relatives." Well, you can't always choose your roommates either. Sometimes we are forced to share space with people who are not at all like is. Or you might find a roommate who seems fine at first, but soon changes and ends up driving you crazy. If you find yourself in such a situation, and cannot easily move, there are still a number of things you can try. Don't Let Problems Build. If any issue arises, ...