Decorate Your Space with Stylish Window Blinds

by Jack Louis

Every homeowner wants to decorate their outdoor space in an extraordinary manner. This is reflected through their earnest desire for making their garden look beautiful. The other way to create an appealing ambience is by installing well-designed patio and cafe blinds. They are extremely versatile in nature as they are both fashionable and functional. They can transform the whole look and feel of the space. Such outdoor blinds can be found for affordable price at numerous online sites.

Reasons for Using Good Quality Window Blinds:

If you want to enjoy the pleasure of a relaxing or entertaining outdoors, you can go for stylish and trendy patio and cafe blinds. It is a brilliant way to change the drab and dull look, mostly because you have got used to the earlier décor and it doesn’t seem interesting any more. These outdoor blinds carry certain positive features such as:

  • Revolutionize the exterior part of your home
  • Bring change in the way you have used your outdoor space till now
  • Control over outdoor space without blocking the natural fresh air
  • Protect from dust, wind, rain, sun etc.
  • Maximize the energy efficiency capacity of your home


Important Things to Consider while Buying Window Blinds:

If you are planning to buy new outdoor blinds for home improvement, you have to first decide which type of blinds you are looking for and how much money you can invest. You have several local and online stores selling outdoor blinds according to your tastes and preferences.

You can choose patio and cafe blinds to create an amazing atmosphere in your living space. They are best to enhance your home decor as they come in different shapes and shades. But before you choose them, you need to consider certain vital points such as:

  1. Aesthetic Value: Blinds are available in beautiful designs. They are bound to produce the effect that you are looking for. But the outdoor blinds should be selected in sync to your interior design or else they would look odd on your general decor. You can choose from the simple and plain outdoor blinds to designer ones with high aesthetic value.
  2. Functional Use:  blinds are bought not just for decorative purpose but also for their practical use. You must select the ones that can accentuate the decoration of your home, create a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere for your family and friends. Another point to consider is their thickness to determine their ability to protect your home from harmful UV rays.
  3. Budget: With so many options for blinds, there is a chance of getting perplexed and making wrong decision while buying. So, it is advisable to you to set a budget beforehand and try to stick to that. Online stores are flooded with different styles of blinds used for outdoor space to achieve an attractive look and feel. You can look online for cheap options without making any compromise with the quality of your product.
  4. Research: The smart shoppers always do a little homework before making their purchase to avoid scams. So, you can search internet and gather information about the quality and features of the  blinds. You can even ask for a free quote from various online portals to compare the price. Your research will bring you good results for sure.


Questions to be Asked While Buying New Blinds:

When buying  blinds for the first time, you need ask a few questions to the sellers or the dealers.

  • Are the outdoor blinds track guided?
  • How will you install the blinds?
  • Are the blinds easy to operate?
  • If the products come with any sort of warranty?


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Choosing the Perfect Awning

by Mary Mathis

Some people gravitate more towards the idea of exploring the outdoor space outside their house and getting the most out of it. Whether it is barbecue or sitting by the fireplace outside the house or creating a shade under which to indulge in the pleasurable moments. For those who are fond of having great time having lunch or breakfast outdoors, such personalized atmosphere means living life with delight and joy. Because of this special requirements, modern families choose to own the kind of properties that provide good chunk of space outdoors where they can build outdoor awnings to make the inside-the-house environment comfortable and cool.

Awning is the best way to add decorative elements to the external beauty of your house as well as to give rise to functional space. Knowing the exact use and installation of awning, you can learn to enhance the existing style and look of your deck and patio as well as enliven the space outside so that you can enjoy your domestic life having fun.

But how would you choose the suitable awning that is perfect for your property? Here are some of the factors that will impact your decision making for buying outdoor awnings:

Flexible or fixed awnings
Fixed awnings can prove to be more suitable for windows and doors but they don’t come with the option of changing its projection. On the other hand, retractable awnings can be extended as per your requirement and work well for decks and patios. It allows you to get great control on sun and shade. Now a day motorized awnings are also available that offers amazing flexibility you need to maintain the spread of outdoor awnings. This kind of mechanism makes it easy for you to manage shade since all you need to do is to touch a button from inside or outside your home to extend or retract the awning structure.

Fabric material and colors
Most commonly used materials preferred for awning outdoors are polyester, cotton, laminated vinyl, acrylic, and more seen polyester fabric. They go really well with the support structure made from iron, steel, aluminum, or even well-processed solid wood. Upon getting installed on the wall, it can be stretched over this tough structure to achieve a perfect shade. Some outdoor awnings are made using canvas, or in combination of aluminum.

Awning mounting positions
The usual spots where awnings are installed to your house are exterior wall, visible rafters or directly to the roof. To achieve the solid structure and avoid any scope of structural vulnerability, if it is for the larger size of awnings, you need to mount it on stronger frameworks so that it will perfectly support fabric weight. Regardless of position of fixing, make sure mounts are properly positioned and clung to the wall surface or roof and can endure overall weight of canopy.

You want it to be Mechanical or Manual?
After considering all other choices, there comes the functional part of outdoor awnings. The mechanism of awnings device management depends on two types: Manual and mechanical. The manual one will comfort your pocket since it comes with lesser cost than motor-based arrangement. The manual structure is easy to install on the deck or patio and can be controlled by human efforts, which is something not every house owner desires. The motorized functioning costs you a little more and it does not require vertical support. It is based on lateral arms which can be operated through electric motor situated under the roller bar. Motorized devices have controlling electric switch, or better, a remote control system.

Energy saving? Yes, of course
To your surprise, outdoor awnings built right outside your property can save the considerable energy and cut you a good slice from your monthly bills. As you install the device, you will begin to feel the pleasant rush of fresh air flowing into your house as it allows you open the windows and doors even in harshest summer. Awnings protect your house from harmful sun rays and saves you the need to use air conditioning devices for long hours. Choose those with light or maximum whiteness as it has more ability to reflect sunlight and maintain optimal temperature inside the house.

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How To Successfully Rent Your Cabin

by Savannah Wardle

Given that renting out your vacation home could potentially pay for itself when it comes to mortgages and insurance, it’s no wonder that vacation rentals are more popular than ever. But preparing your home to be rented out is no simple undertaking. If you want to maximize your gains, you’ll need to invest loads of time and energy into running it as if it were a business.

Up your security measures
While you may opt out of extra security at your round-the-year home, vacation rentals should be approached differently. You’ll need security that benefits all parties. For you, consider outdoor surveillance and an alarm system (just be sure to reset the code for each guest turnover). For your guests, consider investing in a safe for them to fit their laptops and other valuables in. On a broader level, you may also want to look into extra insurance (and of course, have the basic homeowner insurance already in place).

Create a welcome book
Drawing inspiration from hotels, create a book or binder full of resources to help your guests get the most out of their stay. Include local transportation options for all budgets, restaurants/delivery services, and attractions to visit. If your city has its own weekly entertainment guide as many do, leave the recent issue for your guests to peruse.



Add some special touches
If you want to generate some great reviews or convince visitors to rent your home again, there are some little things that can go a long way. Consider the amenities that a hotel would offer; you can set out small toiletry items like soaps and shampoos for your guests to use/keep or you can offer an entertainment library full of DVDs and video games. Some renters even go so far as to equip their homes with complementary bread, butter, jam, tea, and coffee. If you have a larger budget, you can take the hotel vibe up a nothing with these value-adding ideas.

Keep a tight ship
By this, we mean keep your rental clean. Cleanliness is a major component of any review you will get, and your guests expect it to be as clean or cleaner than an upscale hotel room. You may even want to consider hiring a household cleaner to take care of this step, especially if your rental is open year-round and you don’t have the time to clean it yourself.

Promote it
To really get the word out, it’s best to market your vacation home on the web. Print ads may work, but you’ll be shelling out a lot of cash to cover the same territory that the web can. A popular website like is a great choice, as you can easily list your home and rest assured that it’s getting plenty of visibility (Hint: Quality photos are a must!).

Be sure to collect feedback after each guest’s stay. Public feedback acts as a reference to other potential renters, as they like to see that others have had a positive experience with you. Feedback is also the best way to know where you can make improvements to the process and helps you to know what elements to highlight in your marketing. And if you happen to get any negative feedback, be sure to respond politely anyway—it’ll show that you are attentive and polite!

Savannah Wardle is a passionate traveler who loves to discover new destinations and explore her own country. When she’s not on the road, she spends time with her family in Sydney. Find her on Twitter.

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An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Lake Superior

For people who love the idea of living on a lake and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect location than Lake Superior. In particular, the North Shore is chock full of things to do. If you are contemplating a move to the Lake Superior area, here are some outdoor activities to look forward to.


The North Shore area has amazing hiking opportunities, including the 256-mile Superior Hiking Trial, which you can tackle in any distance you wish. In addition to great views of the lake, you can check out birds, wildlife, a variety of plants and geologic formations along the way. North Shore is also home to eight state parks that have great hiking trail systems, including shorter loops, in case you have a kiddo or two or a hiking newbie keeping you company. Examples of accessible hiking trails in the area include Sonju Trail in Two Harbors, Harbor Walk in Grand Marais and High Falls Trail at Grand Portage State Park.


The Lake Superior area is a popular spot for duck hunting, as it is home to waterfowl like bluebills, buffleheads and ring-necked ducks. Skeet and target shooting are also recreational activities in the area. Whether you are an experienced hunter or getting into the sport for the first time, you will want to make sure you have right gun. Finding the best firearm is easy, both new and used guns can be purchased online or at local outdoors retailers.

Canoeing and Kayaking

If getting out on the open water is your dream recreational activity, Lake Superior is an ideal place to be. You can either bring your own watercraft or rent one from a local outfitter. If you are unsure of where to paddle, the staff at the outfitter can give you ideas and tips, as well as any needed permits to head into the wilderness.


The Circle Tour of Lake Superior is easily one of the most memorable trips you can make in the region. The entire tour goes on for 1,300 miles, so you might want to break it down into smaller chunks, but along the way you can find ample waterfalls, beaches, kayaking opportunities and lighthouses to admire. While some people tackle some or all of the Circle Tour by making motel reservations along the tour, it’s also a great opportunity to camp. You can traverse the route by car or motorcycle and pack all of the gear you need. If you decide to camp, be sure you make your reservations ahead of time; for example, during winter or spring for a summertime excursion. As far as the best times to camp your way around the lake, late May and June are often the least crowded and rates are more affordable. If you want to combine incredible fall foliage with your camping, head out near the end of September or beginning of October — but be advised that by this time of year the weather will be turning cold.

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Improving Your Cabin’s Outdoor Space

by Mackenzie Fox

It’s a pretty fair bet that if you own a cabin, you love and want to be closer to the outside world. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to use the outside world to its full potential – maybe you’ve built your cabin already, but you’re using only the inside for relaxation and entertaining? If so, you’re only getting half the experience. These tips will show you how you can make your cabin a great space on the outside as well as the inside.

De-clutter your garden
Perhaps the number-one living space design tip, which applies just as much to outdoor spaces as indoor, is this – de-clutter as much as you can. Interior designer Mitra Whittle suggests “[getting] rid of dead or tired looking plants and unwanted pots” and possibly replacing them with more functional plants, like citrus trees. That way, the careful gardener will “reap the rewards when these trees fruit.”

Use pots and planters that fit in with the overall aesthetic of your outdoor area. Don’t get too many, though, no matter how beautiful you think they are – that’ll just lead to more clutter. And don’t forget about the other clutter that can build up in a garden – discarded tools, pet equipment, children’s toys even.  Make sure you do a tidy up as frequently as possible!


Build a deck
If you want to place yourself firmly but comfortably outdoors, a deck is what you need. You can use it for sunbathing, for eating, for lying back and watching the stars – anything. They’re very versatile!

When it comes to adding a deck to a cabin, most people go with composite decking, which is made from equal parts synthetic materials and recycled wood. It looks great, but most importantly it’s extremely low maintenance. It’s slip-resistant, insect-resistant, long-lasting and doesn’t require re-staining – not surprisingly, it’s a popular choice amongst people who share their cabins with their families and children.

This probably goes without saying, but make sure you have all the appropriate permissions before starting to build a deck. Different states and different countries will have separate laws about deck planning and safety, so do as much research as possible before deciding to build one.

Add some color
Yes, green and brown are good colors. But there should be some variety in there, too, to make your outdoor space exciting. Consider planting colorful flowers in some of your plant pots, or buying some practical yet brightly-colored tables. Don’t go too overboard with it, but just bear in mind that your cabin area needs to be homely as well as outdoorsy.

If you’re going to be hosting outdoor parties at your cabin, that’s all the more reason to ensure the space is as warm and welcoming as you can make it. Why not try putting some candles (placed in safe spaces) around the outside of your cabin?

Get creative with patios
If done right, a patio can make a great focal point in the area around your cabin. Done wrong, however, it can look very boring indeed.

Choose a form of brickwork and a pattern that’s pleasing to the eye. Why not have your patio go in a circle, for example, with something in the middle? Or how about putting a seating area there? Just remember, no matter what you go for, the patio is an addition to your cabin – it’s not the main event. It should be subtly done.

Consider what you actually need
Adding extras to your cabin’s outdoor area? Make sure you get the appropriate ones for where you live. For example, if you live somewhere that’s hot all the year round, getting an outdoor fire pit or heater is probably a bit of a waste of money. If you live in a cold and wet country, purchasing an expensive outdoor kitchen is a bit pointless. And if you live by yourself in the middle of nowhere (lucky you!) you’re not likely to need fences or hedges for privacy when you already have it.

Be careful when choosing your outdoor furniture, as well. Before buying it, make sure that it’s actually suited to the kinds of weather it’ll be outside in. The last thing you want is a load of wet, soggy cushions dragging the look of your entire outdoor space down.

Take care of your cabin and it’ll take care of you – just remember to follow the above advice!

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Keeping Your Cabin Looking Fresh and Clean

by Lee Flynn

Keeping a cabin clean is no easy task. It’s easy for us to get caught up in our day to day activities and put off cleaning until it’s too late, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. But keeping your home clean doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Here are some tips to help keep your cabin feeling fresh and clean.

Make a List for Daily Chores
The easiest way to keep your cabin always feeling clean is to follow a list. If you live in your cabin full time, create a list of daily chores to help you stay on top of the dirt. If your cabin is more of a part-time residence or vacation home, make a list of things to clean every time you leave. Create a separate list of things to do when you return in order to get things back up to your standard of clean. Don’t let dirt and grime build up. Dirt makes a home look older, and detracts from its beauty. Clean your cabin always starting at the top of the room, and working your way down to the floors. Write down every possible chore you can think of that will help keep your home clean, and divide them up among the days of the week. Big tasks are always easier when you tackle them one day at a time.

Schedule Deep Cleaning Chores on the Calendar
It’s easy to forget how much time has gone by since you last cleaned (fill in the blank here). Use a calendar or an app to remind you when to deep clean things in your cabin so they never fall too far off your radar. Schedule in chores that don’t need to be done regularly, but still need to get done once in awhile to keep your cabin feeling fresh and clean. This includes chores like spot-cleaning the carpets, cleaning your upholstery, cleaning and whitening grout, and cleaning dirt out of window sills and sliding glass door tracks. Periodically touching up the paint on your walls will help keep your cabin feeling new.

Don’t Forget About Scent
Even the cleanest of rooms can feel dirty if it smells musty and moldy. When cleaning your cabin, search for ways to introduce fresh scents. Bring in air fresheners, light scented candles or get scented potpourri. Place a few drops of essential oils on the inside of your toilet paper rolls for a burst of freshness. Clean drains and garbage disposals with drain cleaner to get rid of unwanted odors, and put odor eliminators in the trash can. Use an upholstery cleaner to get rid of dirt and unwanted odors in your furniture. Change pet litter frequently, and when possible, open the windows to let in the fresh air.

Keep Your Cabin Organized
Nothing makes a home look dirtier than clutter. Too much stuff can make you feel claustrophobic, and can make a room look smaller than it actually is. Organize your cabin by getting rid of or selling things you don’t use, and putting away things you do. Look for areas where you can hide your storage, like under beds, or in a decorative piece of furniture, or even in a shed in the back yard. Make the most of your book cases by using decorative storage baskets that hold a lot, but are also pretty to look at. Organize your closets so that all of the space is used efficiently. Organize your pantry shelves with containers and organizers, and arrange your food storage so that everything has its proper place. No matter how small your cabin maybe, it will feel bigger and cleaner when it is properly organized.

Whether you live in your cabin every day, or it’s your home away from home, keep it feeling fresh and clean by following these tips.

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Protect Your Cabin Home from Termites

by Lana Hawkins

It’s a dream of many to have a secluded getaway location to escape from the troubles and worries of urban surroundings. A charming log cabin located somewhere in the woods, surrounded with nothing but wildlife and impeccable wonders of nature is truly a fascinating imagery. But what lurks in the dark of those woods and in the corners of your log cabins could put you in a state of panic. Because of their wood-eating habits, termites represent a great hazard for wooden structures like remote log cabins. These pests are known to cause grave damage and, according to Wikipedia, the damage caused by termites costs the south-western United States approximately $1.5 billion in wood structure each year. The true cost worldwide simply can’t be determined. Of course, there are certain methods which have proven to be quite effective against these pests and could help you protect your log cabin from them.

Think Before You Build

The best way to protect your log cabin from termites is to start from the very beginning. There are effective protective measures you can take once you start building your cabin, to make sure that it is safe and protected against termite infestations. The first thing you should do is treat the wooden material with chemicals which will make it undesirable for insects. Nowadays, borate treatments are known to be the most effective against termites. Another thing to think about is choosing high quality wood which is resistant to moisture, as termites are attracted to it. Lastly, installing a termite shield as a foundation cap can help prevent these pests from climbing up from the foundation into your cabin.

Prevent Water Damage

It’s quite important to keep in mind that termites need moisture to survive. This being said, it’s crucial to prevent any type of water damage to your cabin that could attract possible insects. There are various methods you could try out, from installing protective materials such as cladding to the exterior of your cabin, up to fixing all leaky and cracked pipes in your residence. It’s also a good idea to regularly clean around the house, especially in areas which are susceptible to moisture. This means regularly cleaning the gutters and downspouts, making sure there’s no mulch forming around the foundation; regularly ventilating crawl spaces and making sure that humidity levels are quite low.

Seal Cracks and Repair Rotten Areas

In order to make sure that your cabin is fully protected, it’ll be necessary to thoroughly examine your home for possible termite entryways. This is especially important if you have just moved into a new log cabin, as you want to be sure that all cracks and holes are sealed and that there’s little chance of termites entering the premises. It’s also crucial to check the cabin for any rotten areas and immediately repair or replace the damaged wood if there is any. Besides termites, carpenter ants are the first indicators of rotten wood, so it just might be the case that your log cabin is infested by different varieties of insects. This is why regular maintenance is crucial.

Conduct Regular Inspections

While examining the residence by yourself is quite important, it’s also a smart idea to periodically hire a professional to check for possible termite infestations. Hiring a pest control service might be necessary every year or so, to make sure that your log cabin is free from termites. Of course, besides the yearly visits, there are two times when termite inspections should be obligatory. The first time is before finally moving into the cabin and the second is in case you decide to sell the residence.

While log cabins are generally more susceptible to these kinds of infestations, the good thing about them is that wooden structures give us the ability to notice the infestation on time and take the appropriate measures. By taking suitable precautions and inspecting your cabin on regular basis, you can rest easily knowing that you don’t have any unwanted roommates.

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Smart Design Solutions for a Small Cabin

by Chloe Taylor

Cabins by the lake are a perfect opportunity to immerse in pristine nature, but also to rewind sitting comfortably in your shelter, snuggling up a pillow and holding a hot cup of tea. A low square footage does not have to undermine the level of interior enjoyment. To make the enchantment happen, merge appealing aesthetics with smart design, and witness the transformation of your small haven. You want to make the most of the present space, without sacrificing comfort and visual bliss.

Gain ground

An intimate, enclosed space can also be comfortable and practical. Namely, there are many tricks that infuse your environment with the illusion of spiciness. It goes without saying that you need to do away with clutter, but you can also harness the power of colors. Avoid dark hues, and stick to lighter tones for a sense of openness. When it comes to furniture, follow the same logic. And to throw a colorful punch, select one wall to act as a focal point, and paint it in a different color or use wallpapers. Also, one may achieve a visual impact with exposed beams and woodwork.

Zero waste policy

The rule number one is that no space should be wasted in a cabin. For example, many people overlook that additional storage can be obtained with shelving unit placed beneath the stairs. In case they are adjacent to the kitchen, you may also turn this space into a mini bar or a pantry. Keep your eyes open in between floor levels, and use the walls to your advantage. Moreover, you can employ versatile solutions such as curtain dividers in order to visually separate two spaces or put a full-body mirror with natural draperies to expand the space.

Domestic hub

In the living room, pay attention to details like window treatments. Those who have high ceilings, but a small floor plan should pick floor-to-ceiling curtains and cushions. This draws the eye up and emits a larger feel. Furthermore, try to get your hands on a table with an adjustable base. Such a piece lets you instantly shift from a lounge area with a coffee table to a dining area. At last, invite the natural blessings inside: Strive to establish a strong connection with the beautiful surroundings, and enable a flow between indoor and outdoor space.

More than one purpose

Multipurpose spaces are a blessing for any spatially-challenged cabin. For instance, home office and guest bedroom should sometimes occupy the same space. Indeed, many people need an area dedicated to work. It can be a whole home office or just a desk paired with an ergonomic chair. I have managed to find many great pieces of office furniture in Sydney, so research local offerings as well as online shopping opportunities. In any regard, for a small cabin, it makes more sense to turn one corner into a zone of productivity. It can fit in between two closets, or in an empty section of the bedroom.

Bathroom makeover

With right décor choices, you can make even the smallest of spaces appear larger. A killer visual effect can be summoned with a combination of simple, bright walls and floor tiles with intricate details. For a nice lake-house appearance, install an oval-shaped sink, and maximize the counter space. Also, you can go for a washstand with towel bars integrated, not to clutter the space. A small, leggy table provides space for utensils, while built in shelves have enough storage room for everything else. With much space saved, you can even opt for a big tub, and melt your stress away like never before.

The inner beauty

Comfy cabins are a true blessing, especially when situated by the spellbinding natural marvels. But, we also want to feel good when dwelling inside. So, treat yourself with a small abode packed with comfort and various amenities. Add visual bliss and much-needed functionality to your space. Make each piece of furniture earn its keep, evoke mirror and color magic, and do not neglects a single room. Be serene as a mountain lake in midnight, and enjoy the small-space living at its best.


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Cover These Basics Before Moving into Your New Lake Home

by Diana Smith

Although buying a lake home is a process that takes time, signing the legal documents is in no way the end of making the house yours. A lot of preparation has to take place before you actually move in, so we prepared a list of steps crucial for any owner.


Provide Information About the Change in Your Location
Many unnecessary complications can arise from your mail being forwarded to the new tenants of your old place and vice-versa. Naturally, this can turn out to be quite a headache. Not just that, but it can also get you in a world of trouble with the law. As a citizen, you are obliged to provide correct information of your residence and, by failing to do it in a timely manner, you are risking financial and legal trouble.

Long story short, you do not want to end up paying other peoples’ bills.

Connecting Your Energy
Providing information about the change in the location, goes hand in hand with notifying your power company about it.

If you find yourself in a situation where you haven’t connected your new home to a new power grid before moving in, you might be putting yourself in a great risk. For example, the previous owners of your new home may have decided to go crazy with the power consumption before moving out, which can result in you paying a considerable amount of money for the bills that are not yours. Moreover, the only way to solve this is by contacting the authorities and taking things to court, which is never an easy option, and you can still end up with your pockets turned inside out.

On the other hand, you may find yourself in legal troubles if your old home’s new tenants find themselves in a similar situation as the one described above.

These consequences are completely avoidable, by simply contacting your power company, sharing some new details about your place of residence, and thus making sure you avoid all the troubles before even moving in.

Have the Locks Changed
While you may consider having the locks changed the first order of business once you’ve moved in, it is best to do this as soon as you buy the house.

As we mentioned, you never know the actual truth about the previous owners of your new home. Even though they might seem trustworthy, you should always be careful and change the locks before you move any of your stuff in.

It is always smart to go with keys and locks of top quality, so opting for key cutting that will get you your money’s worth.

Clean Up before Moving in
The best time to clean your new home is before you move your items in. This way, you are making sure that the cleaning performed is as thorough as it can possibly be.

Regardless of what your opinion of your new home’s previous tenants is, looks can be deceiving. The most meticulous-looking people can, in fact, turn out to be living in pigsties. Making a home look top-notch with a minimal amount of effort is one of the realtors’ main roles; and these experts are more than excellent in this department.

Cleaning up on your own is a possibility, but hiring experts is the way to go, if you want to make sure everything is done right.

This outlined advice is not something to be taken lightly – most of these won’t consume too much of your time or finances, but may actually prove to be more than smart decisions in the long run.

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How to Transform Your Garage Into the Ultimate DIY Workshop

by Diana Smith

If you have been blessed with a spacious garage, it’s only natural for you to stock it up with various tools and equipment. However, it’s quite possible that your garage isn’t built to accommodate large-scale DIY projects, and to make it such, you’ll need to invest a bit of effort, cash, and time. If you’re looking to transform your garage into the ultimate workshop, take a look at the following 5 tips from experienced garage DIYers.


Clean Up Your Garage
The first thing you’ll have to do when transforming your garage into a workshop is get rid of clutter you might have stored there. We all tend to keep old appliances, furniture, and scraps with no real repair potential on our property. Once you start cleaning up, you’ll be surprised to see how much space sheer clutter occupies. If you don’t want to throw away all of the things you find in your garage, you can stage a garage sale. That way, you’ll manage to make money out of the stuff you no longer have any use for. Once your garage is clean, you can start designing your own ultimate DIY workshop.

Choose Suitable Flooring
When it comes to flooring options, concrete is a material you can never go wrong with. Yes, it will get stained, dented, and dusty, but there will be no reason to sweat over it. Epoxy flooring will also provide you with a good floor grip and it won’t require extensive maintenance. Master DIYers who tend to spend a lot of time in their garage-based workshops will find a softer floor setting comfier than plain concrete, though, which is why it would be a good idea to dress the hard workshop base with a rubber mat or vinyl tiles.

Build a Workbench
You can’t have a DIY workshop without a proper workshop bench. If you don’t already have it in your garage, you should definitely get it before long. You can order a workshop bench online or try to build one yourself. This will be a great project for beginner DIYers. When building a workbench, it’s important to make its construction as sturdy as possible and design it in such a way that it can endure the hits and vibrations it’s going to be subjected to. It’s also a good idea to outfit the workbench with supporting columns and a waterproof base.

Prepare Storage Space
Your tools are the most valuable items in your DIY workshop, which is why it’s important to have them stored properly. You should pack your tools in toolboxes and chests whenever possible to keep them safe from moisture and dirt. There are also great shelving solutions which might fit your DIY workshop perfectly. That way, you’ll make your workshop look great and keep it properly organized at the same time. Smooth mobile cabinets are another storage option you can never go wrong with. A pegboard is another great wall organization option as it will provide easy access to the tools you’re going to be using the most.

Think About Ventilation
Pretty much all of the projects you’re going to be conducting in your DIY workshop will require adequate ventilation, and most of the garages lack this critical feature. Some garages do have windows, but these can’t always do the ventilation trick on their own. A ceiling exhaust system is one of the updates you can resort to when looking to introduce more fresh air into your garage workshop, especially if you intend to work with chemicals and paints that can pollute the air in your workshop.

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you can finally start working in your new DIY workshop. Make sure you stock up your garage with new tools if your budget allows it: this will help dial up your DIY workshop experience to the ultimate level.

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