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A mirror is not just a piece with reflective properties. It plays a significant part in giving your bathroom a finished, complete look. Mirrors also are a very important element when it comes to making a statement in your home’s décor. Consider the area where the mirror is to be placed and the bathroom style when you are choosing to buy a mirror for your bathroom. Choose the mirror that packs a two-in-one benefit, which serves both decorative and practical purposes.

1. Framed mirrors 

This type of mirror is notably the most basic, yet the most versatile. It has an extensive range of designs to choose from and can maximize the style of your bathroom. The frames also come in different designs, whether you are looking for a simple or highly fancy one.

2.Lighted mirrors 

The specialty of this type of mirror is that it has built-in lights and instantly gives you the perks of feeling like a celebrity. If your bathroom is low when it comes to lighting, then this type of mirror is the best option, as the light bulbs are already installed in the mirror.

3.Ledge mirrors 

If you don't have enough counter space to display your everyday products, your choice should be a ledged mirror, also known as shadow boxes. They have built-in shelves for holding your products like creams, lotions, soaps, or any other beauty product.

4. Frameless mirrors 

If your choice of style is minimalistic, then a frameless mirror is perfect because it is simple and has a buffed edge. This kind of mirror is best for modern bathrooms. 

5. Pivot mirrors

These mirrors are known for their flexibility since they are almost similar to the framed mirrors. You can tilt the mirrors as they are mounted to the wall by two hinged points.

6. Extension mirrors

Swingarm or extension mirrors are installed on a wall with an accordion mount. This is a perfect way out for those of you who are having cramped bathrooms because you can easily contract the mirror and extend it. 

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Created 11/04/2020

Mold is a fungus that grows in wet humid areas. It can be hazardous to the body and cause you to feel sick. Headaches, difficulty breathing, coughing, and sneezing are a few of the side effects of mold exposure. You should consider a mold test if you :

  • Perceive evidence of molds such as a moldy smell or mold manifestations
  • Specify the type of mold in your home
  • Discover all the possible areas of mold growth
  • Test the quality of indoor air based on the concentration of mold spores in it.

Once you suspect mold is in your home it is crucial that you get it tested. There are three different tests you can choose from.

 

Air sampling – how do you test for mold spores in the air?

There are numerous ways for collecting air samples and their analysis. The frequently used method involves a collecting device that traps the spores by allowing a known volume of air to pass through it. The spores are trapped onto a sticky medium known as a culture dish. The culture dish with its sticky medium, containing the trapped spores will be sent to the laboratory for the analysis.

This method of air sampling is least detrimental to the spores and allows more precise identification of mold species. In the laboratory, the dish is taken out, and a few drops of stains are added to the medium containing the trapped spores. The spores then absorb the stain and become visible when observed under a microscope. Another less common analysis method is to allow the spores to colonize/culture and then observe different colonies of mold.

One frequently asked question is – are air tests for mold accurate? A single mold test from the air is not very accurate. This is the reason why professionals in this field do multiple air sampling. The air sample mold tests give an idea about the spore’s concentration in the environment. As the concentration of mold spores fluctuates from time to time and area to area, therefore, the professional will perform mold testing over a course of the time period (at different intervals), and from particular places in your house. This helps to yield results with higher precision.

 

Surface Sampling – what surfaces to include in mold testing?

Surface sampling is basically the collecting of spores from the multiple common surfaces such as counters, walls, etc. The spores are collected mostly by two techniques:

  1. Swabbing: The swab test employs cotton made swab to scrub the surface to be tested. After wiping different surfaces, the swab is sent to a lab.
  2. Tape lifting: A proportion of tape is cut and is pasted on any areas to be tested. The tape is then pulled and placed on a microscope glass slide. This slide is then sealed and sent to the microbiology laboratory.

These techniques are pretty self-explanatory. The samples are then sent to the lab for examination under a microscope to detect the presence of mold spore. Surface mold testing does not give the true representation of the concentration of mold spores. Surface sampling is performed along with the air test for mold. The reason being, during the rainy season, or around damp, moist conditions, the scattering of suspended spores in the air, is diminished. The mold spores tend to settle on the surfaces of various household objects. As a result, air sampling may not yield complete coverage.

Bulk Testing

Yet another method for mold testing is the bulk testing method. In this small section, various sample materials are taken and forwarded to the laboratory. The microscopic examination of spores on the material taken is observed. A spore absorbing dye/stain is added to make the spores visible under the microscopic lens.

If mold is detected then you can continue on the next steps of removing it. Hire a professional to come and properly eliminate the mold.



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Created 10/12/2020

You've been considering artificial grass for your home, but you are not fully sold. If you are tired of watering, fertilizing, and maintaining your lawn, you have a water shortage, or water bills are too high, you travel regularly, or you cannot afford to hire someone to look after your lawn, artificial grass may be a great fit for you. Here is a list of pros and cons to help with your decision. 

Pros

- Every year, many countries, including the US, will face a shortage of water. The states are tightening water policies. Artificial grass can reduce water usage and maintain the standards set by the homeowner’s association. This makes it eco-friendly and is light on your pocket, saving a couple of dollars from your water bill.

- The material used to make artificial grass are non-toxic and can resist any kind of torture such as digging by dogs and varmints, fading, stains, and fraying at the edges.

- The surface of artificial grass remains smooth throughout the year thanks to its Fall Soft technology, which helps protect you upon impact from a fall as high as 5 feet, unlike regular grass, which can develop dips and humps, and might cause injury to you or your children.

- Artificial grass is a great investment that gives you a good return on eradicating the expenses for lawn care. Also, it can boost the resale value of your home because of how beautiful it looks.

Cons

- The materials used to make artificial grass tend to hold more heat than natural grass, so it will make the surface temperature rise, causing your yard to heat up, and you may feel the burning sensation upon walking on your artificial lawn with bare feet.

- Although artificial grass does not catch fire, it can melt if burning charcoal falls on it or if the sunlight is way too intense. However, it can be repaired.

- The infills of artificial grass are more likely to hold odors, which is why if you do not clean it up, the odor will build-up.

- Artificial grass is not recyclable, and also it cannot absorb liquid like your pet urine or rainfall.

- Your state’s homeowner’s associations might not allow the installation of artificial grass.

- Fake grass is not 100% maintenance-free.

However, the most crucial thing to keep in mind before you consider all of the pros and cons is that there are different qualities of artificial grass. Product quality and installations play a vital role in determining how well your grass performs and how long will it last. 



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Created 09/29/2020

When it comes to building a new pool in your back yard, there are a few things you should consider before choosing the right builder to do the job. 

  • How long has the builder you are thinking about been established in the construction business?

There is a common understanding that the company is stable if it stays on one location and continues operations there. It displays the stability of a swimming pool contractor. It can also allow you to go to their site and observe it yourself as you are going to invest the right amount of money.

  • Warranty of Workmanship

The warranty of quality coming from a swimming pool builder can lead you to hire him or her. You must discuss all the points that will be a part of the warranty and its duration. According to law, the minimum duration of the warranty must be one year. So if a warranty applies for more than a year, it means you are not accountable for paying them for repairs and rework, which is due to their mistake during construction and installation. 

  • Reviews, Ratings, and Reputation

There is the most helpful service in this era named “Internet.” You can check their online ratings provided by their former customers. You must observe the unsatisfied customer’s comment and see how they responded to the complaints. You can read the feedbacks to assess their reputation and reliability. After all the evaluation, you can make up the final decision.

  • Does the Pool Builder provide references (both recent and older) for you to contact?

References can be another source of finding out the reliability of a contractor. It helps you to find out the experience of others. Usually, quality builders do not hesitate to provide references. 

  • What trade and business organizations is the Pool Builder a member of or associated with?

If the pool builder is a part of a trade and business organization, it means he or she has a strong commitment to the industry. They will try their heart out for providing you quality work so that their industry could prosper. 

  • What type of equipment does the Pool Builder provide?

The product’s quality largely depends on the equipment used in the production process. There are different types of equipment available that differentiate on cost, technology, and quality. So while involved in designing your pool with the builder must ensure the right equipment’s which will help you in constructing the pool of your dreams.

  • Read the contract ahead of time and make sure you understand the payment process.

Carefully read the contract and amount you are due to pay if the pool builder asks you for the extra money, which is not the part of the agreement, then you must reject it straightforwardly. As long as you stay within the agreed guidelines, things will flow smoothly.

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Created 09/08/2020

Tip #1. Ask for references:  When you've got a handful of options for the handyman, you know it is time to ask for references from your friends, family or even neighbors. That will narrow down the list. 

Tip #2. Test your handyman on smaller projects first:  As we go through our list of home improvement fixes to reach for the top priorities, we always start with the baby steps, and that's the same technique you should use for the handyman jobs. Assign them smaller projects, and examine if they complete it just the way you wanted it to be as they come on time and give you a taste of their expertise. Once they pass that test, you may move on to the more significant projects. 

Tip #3. Know what you want:  The more precise you are about your needs, the better your project will turn out. This happens because no one can read your mind, and you need to speak your mind to put your needs out there. For example, if you need to paint a kitchen wall, then discuss the type of paint you want, the number of coats of paints and if you want the hinges painted or not. If you do not communicate what you want, the contractor will think about the job from their perspective and judgment, and their decision might not meet your needs and desires. 

Tip #4. Check the previous reviews:  Ask the recent clients about their work and take some time out to call their former clients and ask for their opinion about that particular handyman. 

Tip #5. Ask for permits:  Most jobs do not require any permits, but that doesn't mean none of the jobs require permits. Some jobs require permits from the city or the country. Your handyman will pull permits for you, and then you need to play your part of the job because you don't want to violate any laws. 

Tip #6. Get estimates in written form:  Get all the details in the written form to have a guaranteed piece of writing. Make sure to write down all information in regards to the cost, material, schedule, and just everything in general. 

Tip #7. Watch out for door-to-door handymen:  Most door-to-door handymen are a scam. The professionals wouldn't need to solicit; rather, their work will speak for themselves. Beware of handymen who pressure you get to get building permits, cash in advance, or force you to make a quick decision. 

Tip #8. Don't choose the cheapest in town:  It would be much better if you avoid being frugal considering a handyman for an important home project. While looking for a professional handyman, there comes some cost - because, believe it or not, with the lowest pricing comes the risk of unprofessional work, and none of us want that to happen. 

Tip #9. Do not pay for upfront payment:  There is a high probability that if a handyman asks you for a down payment, even if it's just 10% of the total budget, that person would be a scam. A right expert would never ask you for any down payments, and if something gets out of the budget, then they will ask you to pay to the supplier directly. 

Tip #10. Check the insurance and license:  Many states have processes to get the handymen certified. One must check out the handymen's license and certifications. Make sure to see their expertise on a piece of paper.

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Created 09/02/2020

With the current pandemic, parents around the world have had to make the tough decision of either homeschooling their children or sending them back to school. In some states, where schools remain closed, students do not have the option to sit in a classroom and are required to participate in virtual learning systems. Even though this form of learning isn't ideal (for some people) , you can still bring a little of the classroom atmosphere into your home. Here are a few ideas on how to set up an at-home classroom.

  • Create a designated learning area- An office, an empty walk-in closet, a clear space in the corner of a room, your loft, etc. are all great spots for your homeschool classroom. 
  • Add comfortable furniture- Sitting in the same area all day can become boring very quickly. Incorporate flexible seating options to your space. Opt for a desk with a chair, bean bag chairs, couches, stools, or even a carpet to sit and lay on.
  • Storage- Extra space in your home can be very minimal. Storage bins, baskets, shelves, etc. are a great place to store items when they are not being used.
  • Stock up on school supplies- Just because your child's teacher is on the computer screen doesn't mean they will not need supplies. They will need to write down notes or solve problems on paper. Also, having things like crayons and markers will allow your child to get creative if art classes and creative activities aren't being assigned.
  • Decorate- Pin your child's artwork or assignments to the wall. Hang up charts with colors, alphabets, the world map, the anatomy of a skeleton, etc. What is added to your walls will depend on your child's grade level along with what they are learning in class.

 

The possibilities are endless when creating a classroom in your home. These temporary classroom solutions are great while your child is learning from home, but can also be used after the pandemic is over as great study space. We hope everyone has an amazing school year and continues to be safe!

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Created 08/19/2020

Whether you use your washing machine daily or once a week, it should work when needed. Washing machines can last for years, but what are the signs that you need to replace it?

  1. Noise- If your washer is making more noise than usual, this may be a sign that you need to replace it. Excess noise coming from your washer can sometimes be a minor issue that can be fixed. Call a professional first to take a look at it before spending extra money to buy a new one.
  2. Moving- Your washing machine should not move from side to side violently. It also should not move out of its current space from its movement.
  3. Leaking- There should not be water underneath your washing machine after you wash your clothes.
  4. Age- Washing machines typically last for 10-12 years. If it is older than that, it could be a sign you need a new washer.
  5. Clothes are still dirty- When you remove your clothes, they should not smell or appear dirty.
  6. Your drum is not rotating- If your washing machine fills with water, but does not rotate once filled it needs to be replaced.
  7. Water does not drain- Your clothes should go through an end cycle where the washing machine rings out your clothes keeping them damp. If you notice your drum is still full of water or your clothes are soaking wet, you may need to replace your washer.

These are a few signs that you may need to replace your current washing machine. To reiterate, it is always best to check with a professional to see if there is an option to repair your washing machine before purchasing a new one.

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Created 06/18/2020

Home Pro's Guide is now accepting guest bloggers and article writers. If you are a contractor who has valuable tips for homeowners or other home improvement business owners, Home Pro's Guide is ready to share your work with thousands of homeowners in the Florida tri-county area and nationwide.

Before submitting a guest blog or article, be sure to explore our site to see what types of blogs and articles we publish. Then, follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your article or blog is accepted and shared with homeowners and contractors across the country.

Here is a list of some of our more popular topics:

  • Awnings & Patio Covers
  • Bathroom Renovation
  • Choosing A Contractor
  • Closet Solutions
  • Concrete & Paving
  • Decks, Patios & Gazebos
  • Fences
  • Flooring
  • Heating, Ventilation & Cooling
  • Kitchen Renovation
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Marble & Granite Care
  • Mold Remediation
  • Painting & Wall Paper
  • Permits
  • Pest Control
  • Plumbing
  • Pools & Ponds
  • Rain Gutters

 

Writing Your Blog Or Article

  • Your writing must be high quality, original content.
  • You may submit a photograph that is relevant to the content. Please attach the image file and be sure to credit the source of the photo if applicable.
  • Include an About the Author section. You may include links back to your business's website, as long as the post is not promotional. Include an image of the author from gravatar.com, using the email address used in your article or blog submission
  • Articles and blogs should be 600 words or less.
  • Submit your work in Word format to info@homeprosguide.com.

 

Follow these simple guidelines and your home improvement blog or article will be viewed by homeowners across the country.


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Created 06/16/2020

If you own a new home improvement business, your mailbox will soon be filled with opportunities to join organizations, participates in shows, and advertise in both print and online directories. How do you evaluate which opportunities are a good use of your time and financial resources? Other contractors you know may be willing to share some insights, but you must focus on what will give you the best exposure and the best credibility in your community.

Bridge The Confidence Gap

Keep in mind that when homeowners choose a remodeling contractor, they are taking a leap of faith. If they are novices to home improvement, they may not know what they want and are afraid that you will take advantage of that. You want to convince a new client that you have the knowledge and skills to help them at a fair price. The samples of all your past work and referrals from satisfied clients will do part of the job, but the professional credentials you bear will help you as well.

One of the easiest ways to begin developing professional credentials is to join the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a national organization with local chapters as well. Open to companies at least 1-year-old, with business practices in line with the NARI Code of Ethics, membership as an at-large national member costs less than $300 a year. Belonging to a local chapter costs about $500. All professionals in the company are covered by one corporate membership.

The organization, founded over 50 years ago, includes professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, trade publications, utilities, and lending institutions. By joining forces with NARI and using their logo on your materials, you identify yourself as part of the best of the best in home remodeling.

How Can NARI Membership Help You

Based on a recent study, NARI members have a competitive advantage in an economy recovering from a recession. Members reported a 14% increase in average sales in 2012, when compared to sales figures for home remodeling specialists nationwide, and look forward to a bright 2013. Over 38% of the members reported annual sales over $1 million, while 3% indicated they employed dedicated sales employees. Your NARI membership assures your customers that you are a full time remodeling professional who follows a code of professional ethics.

Affiliation with NARI might be a special advantage if you live in a major city, as 55% of remodeling spending occurs in the top 35 markets. Your membership will make you stand out to consumers from a larger pool of contractors, plus offer you the support of a local chapter.

Benefits of Joining

Educational opportunities: NARI educates consumers on what to look for in a remodeler and publishes materials on general remodeling topics, which you can distribute to your clients and potential customers. You can even link to informational videos to enhance your website. The group offers educational opportunities to you through certification programs and courses, and provides informal ongoing knowledge through its newsletters and blogs.

Marketing opportunities: You also benefit from NARI's consumer marketing and lead generation efforts. Your name is listed in various online directories, and your name will come up when a customer enters a location in the "Search for our Remodeler" box on the websites. For added exposure, you can participate in trade and consumer shows backed by the organization, and even participate in discounted advertising campaigns.

Discounts: As a NARI member, you can receive lower prices on supplies you need through group purchasing discounts, have access to consumer marketing tools, and even get reduced rates on health and liability insurance.

Networking opportunities: By participating at the national and local level, you will network with other professionals, which can lead to referrals.

For a relatively small investment, your company can reap major benefits from joining and participating in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


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Created 06/15/2020
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