Monthly Archives: April 2018

Finding A Low-Cost Mover Without Getting Scammed

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Moving can be a costly if not frustrating event in a person or family’s life. While being able to find moving companies that charge an affordable fee is always a good thing, the possibility of getting movers who lack professionalism or ethics increases. And with the moving industry being de-regulated since the year 1995 as well as the decrease in federal monitoring of moving companies shady moving companies are bolder in conducting their underhanded businesses. So how do you keep yourself from getting scammed?

Truck Mover

  • Recommendations: Perhaps one of the most reliable ways to find a reputable moving company is to ask recommendations or suggestions from friends or relatives who already have moved and employed the services of such movers. Researching online, particularly in online email groups or other social media platforms is also an option.
  • Large Moving Companies: The thing with large moving companies or brand-specific moving companies is that they are already established and are reputable. This means that you are assured that these people will not try something shady just to earn a bit more and risk their brand name. The drawback though is that their services can be steep. Also, unless you are a VIP, or you own a huge mansion and own a lot of furniture then chances are, they are likely to put your belongings along with other clients’ possessions to fill up trailer space. While it should not be an issue, the problem comes in if you are pressed for time or have no other place to stay at because professionals like them have a delivery window of 2 days up to 2 weeks.
  • Do-It-Yourself: On the other hand, you could always do it yourself or ask some friends or relatives to help you move. You can probably rent a truck for the time being to get your furniture transported and agree upon the payment upfront. It may be too much of an effort on you and your family but it will probably save you money.

Then again, thanks to the internet, finding reputable movers is no longer like finding a needle in a haystack. Moving oftentimes is troublesome and stressful but you could always find ways to lessen the bad experience.

 

Tips To Protect Your Home During Renovation

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If there is one thing that you should do first if you are planning to renovate your home or have professionals help you tweak the interior of your home, it is that you should prioritize preparing your home’s interior protection. The last thing that you want to happen after finishing renovating your house’s interior is clean paint stains from random parts of the house and a lot of debris. So how do you go about protecting your home?

renovation tips

  • Dust Protection: It will not be surprising if a family member has dust allergies but it can be very frustrating for that family member. One of the first things that you should do is to ensure that air registers and ventilation within the work area are blocked especially if the work going to be done involves demolition. If you fail to block these airways, dust will eventually make it through these air ducts and your filter which can affect their efficiency.
  • Floor Protection: The floor can also get damaged especially during demolition jobs or while contractors walk between the door and the work zone. Using heavy duty plastic with an adhesive back to lay over carpets or choosing to use painter’s tape instead to apply it around the perimeters of your room can keep your carpet clean during the renovation.
  • Plastic: In case you are working with drywall, it is important that you properly cover your floor as well as other important possessions in your house’s interior. In case you will be sanding your spackle, make sure that you properly cover the floor as well as your other interior equipment or furniture.

While employing the services of professionals to help you accomplish your renovation, you can actively contribute to them by finding ways to protect your house’s interiors.

How to Paint a Metal Railing in 3 Easy Steps

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Painting metal railings can be challenging if you do not have experience with paint jobs. There are a number of steps that you have to follow such as:

Step 1: You may want to cover the surrounding area or the flooring with cloth or painters tape to keep unwanted paint from staining the vicinity. Once you already have prepared the area, the next thing that you need to do is to get a clean rag and wipe the metal railings first. You cannot afford to have debris on it or dirt interfering with the paint job. Wearing a dust mask also keeps you from inhaling dust particles. If the metal railing has rust on it then get a wire brush and clear the surface of the railings of any rust. Using a sandpaper to smoothen excess rust is recommended.

painting metal railing

Step 2: Once you are finished cleaning the metal railing from debris or dust residue then the next thing that you should do before actually painting the metal railings is priming it. Use a rust inhibiter primer and make sure you shake it well for thirty seconds. It would be better to use an air gun as you prime the railings and keeping the nozzle at least six inches away from the surface should keep the primer from dripping. Use a paint brush on areas where the rust is thick.

Step 3: When the primer gets dry, wipe the metal railings with a tack rag then get the wet or dry fine grade sandpaper and wet it in a bucket of water before wiping down the railings. Be gentle just enough to roughen the surface so that the enamel paint will be able to stick on it better. Shake the enamel paint for thirty seconds and apply the paint the same way you did with the primer. It is also highly recommended for you to apply two coats.

These three steps are the basics when it comes to painting your metal railings and in case you need further assistance, you may want to get in touch with home renovations experts.