Archive for January, 2010
Investing in quality furniture can be a large investment; it can be the largest investment after the purchase of your home and car. I know you don’t think twice about properly maintaining your car and keeping your house up to date by painting and replacing worn floors so why wouldn’t you give your furniture the same care?
Your furniture gets used quite a bit, especially if you have parties and get-together like we do in addition to having teenagers. You can make your furniture last much longer if you adhere to some of the suggestions we will give you here.
The first thing should be a no-brainer, Keep your furniture clean! I know, it should be obvious but this is one of the leading causes of furniture looking bad and breaking down. Vacuum cloth furniture on a regular basis. If you have furniture constructed of leather, wipe it down with a good leather treatment product and keep your wood furniture looking new by keeping it polished with good wood oil.
If your furniture is already worn, there are still some steps you can take to restore it. This is especially easy with wood furniture, as you have several options. First you can strip the furniture down, sand it and repaint it and totally change the entire look of the piece of furniture. Another option is to paint it. You can just paint it a flat color or you can choose a custom paint finish or if you are a little creative you can paint a theme on it. I painted my son’s furniture with surf scenes since he is all into surfing.
For minor scratches, one trick is to simply get wax crayons that are similar in color to fill in the cracks, or even shoe polish works sometimes.
With upholstered furniture you can easily renew them by just having them reupholstered and get a completely new look in the process.
This is another good argument for buying quality furniture. There is not point spending the money on reupholstering cheap furniture that is not built properly. If you look at some of the furniture like your grandparents probably still have, you know what I mean. They may have a couch that they have had for fifty years!
And yet another way to revive tired looking furniture is to simply move your room around or switch the rooms that your furniture is in. Take the armchair that has been in your living room since you bought the house and move it to the bedroom. Take the unused chair in the spare room and move it by the front door. Simple changes like this will help you cycle your furniture from heavy use areas to light use areas, which will help maintain their life, and will help you enjoy them as if they were new.
With so many Realtor competing for your business, how do you know which one to choose? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a Realtor.
The most important decision you will make in the sale of your home is the Realtor you choose.
Some points to consider:
Find someone you feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel you can ask questions or go to your Realtor, you have the wrong Realtor.
Your Realtor should show you research to back up any recommendations. This includes information about recent sales, current listings and recent expired listings in your neighborhood.
Choose a local Realtor. He or she will know your area better than an outsider, will be seen as a source for people looking to relocate in your neighborhood, and will get better co-operation from other agents. It is likely that any amount you might save by having a friend or relative from outside the area serve as your Realtor, will be lost in their lack of knowledge about the very specific local market. Ask for references from the Realtor. He or she should be willing to give you names of previous clients.
Ask your friends and acquaintances for recommendations, but make your final choice based on your needs.
Ask the Realtor to show you what will be done to market your home. Consider the office and company support available to him or her as well as the initiative and professionalism shown by the individual.
Look for a Realtor who tells you what he or she knows from experience in the market, and not what they think you want to hear. Flattery may sometimes get the listing, but it doesn’t sell the home!
Have you given much thought to how a balloon can lighten or brighten your day? Balloons are so jolly that anyone will smile after taking a glance at some of the outrageous, tender, or humorous designs on the market today. Whether you’re decorating for a baby shower, celebrating a preteen’s birthday, or surprising your spouse for a 25th anniversary celebration, balloons add an element of innocent pleasure shaped in odd forms and quickened with bright colors to make any occasion more festive and enjoyable.
Balloons aren’t just for kids anymore. Now you can find them at amusement parks, shopping malls, gift and novelty shops, and candy stores. They adorn wallpaper, curtains, bed linens, and even clothing. One can hardly maintain a bad mood or grumpy outlook when stumbling upon a balloon motif in single or plural design. Thematically, balloons bring to mind an airy feeling of fun and frivolity. Carefree and occasionally eccentric, a balloon cluster adds joy to any gathering you might envision. It has become recently popular, for example, to release balloons at the funeral of a child as an expression of the little one’s spirit returning to its Maker.
If you would like to consider decorating with balloons, here are a few ideas that might help:
1. Secure several flower-shaped balloons to a small block of wood and place it in an attractive vase as a floral arrangement in place of real flowers. You can find many types of flowery designs for balloons at gift or decorating shops and boutiques. You might want to copy the florists’ techniques by mixing real flowers with balloon copycats for a fun mixture.
2. Stash free-floating balloons in the refrigerator, cupboard, bathroom, or closet of a newlywed couple’s apartment. Will they ever be surprised upon returning home from their honeymoon! And they will enjoy a special laugh and lasting memories of this playful welcome-home prank.
3. Tie strings to decorous balloons and secure them in each corner of the room that is to be the center of activities for a special celebration. Make the balloons at eye-level or a little higher to ensure that everyone can easily see them. Mix colors or coordinate shades with the rest of the room’s decor by making them stand out as attractive accents.
4. Make a balloon centerpiece. Select a single or a few balloons to be encased in a coordinating table centerpiece for a joyful effect. For example, at Christmas you can use a cheerful sleigh and Santa made of wood with a small balloon cluster floating out of the toy bag in the back part of the sleigh, behind Santa. Have fun making a creative craft by choosing matching pieces at the local fabric or craft store.
Whatever your next party, give some thought to adding balloons in bunches. Start planning in your mind’s eye the room to be used and how balloons might be able to dress up the overall effect for an even more fun time for all.
Each year when our renewal notices come through the post for our home insurance, home contents insurance and/or home buildings insurance, most of us automatically sign the form and send it back to the insurance company – after all, we already know how much the premiums are going to be. Big financial mistake, and here are 4 reasons why:
Did You Buy Anything New In The Last Year?
If you bought anything new in the last year, say a new television or video recorder, then the value of this new purchase will not be included in the renewal notice you just sent off to the insurance company. Likewise, if you sold anything of value over the last year, and have not informed the insurance company, then you are paying home contents insurance for something you no longer own. Either way, your not paying the right amount of home insurance premiums.
Did The Costs Stay Static?
If you have home contents insurance then you are insuring your personal property for the replacement cost of buying the same thing new. On the other hand, part of your home buildings insurance should cover the cost of labor and materials. Now ask yourself, would the cost of replacing the picture hanging in your living room be the same today as it was last year? If the answer is that it would cost you more, tough luck, you’ll only get paid out what you said the cost of replacing it would be! The same can be said of your friendly builder, would he charge you the same for an hour of his time and for his materials today as he would have done last year? If the answer here is no, then you should be expecting to pay him the difference.
Did The Value Of Your Home Stay The Same?
Similar to the above, with your home buildings insurance you need to be asking yourself whether or not the value of your home stayed the same this year as it was last year? You need to be asking yourself this question even if you didn’t do any work to the house – such as building an extension – that would naturally automatically add value to your home.
Is Your House Any Safer Today?
Here the question is, have you done anything to your house over the last year that would mean your home would be considered safer today than last year? For example, did you add any deadlocks to your doors or windows? If so, then there’s a very good chance your home contents insurance premium would be reduced, as the security in your house is a major consideration in assessing your premium (along with the crime rate in your neighborhood, so you may also want to check and see if this has gone up or down also).
Keep in mind that time stands still for no man. As such, you need to read your home contents insurance and/or home buildings insurance renewal notices very carefully to make sure that they reflect, as accurately as possible, your life today and not your life of past year.
New cut-and-sew interior process on vehicle’s cabin is a new trend in crossover’s interior; it is using hand-crafted features. The design combines advanced technology with the hand-rendered exactitude of expert craftsmen, such as the cover on instrument panel, center console and door trim are cut is sewn and wrapped mostly by hand. On internet, the meticulous and reliable quality of this hand-crafted features and accessories of the vehicle can be seen in cadillac srx photos as one of crossover vehicle. This new interior adds to performance, luxury and value, within the practicality of a crossover vehicle.
The cadillac srx specs offer both of luxury and sport utility vehicles. For luxury features are about seats offer comfort even on long drives and heated for cold winter drives, audio controls integrated into the steering wheel and sunroof which covers the first two rows of seats. For sport utility means power of engine. The broader powertrain from the engine is made more sophisticated and technically advanced.
Another option for broader power-train is audi tt. The audi tts specs offer a transversely mounted engine with Quattro all wheel drive or another option that includes just front wheel drive. The engine is turbocharged of four cylinders, dual exhausts and also a direct injection system which will allow the car to generate greater amount of the torque and hence more amount of the power can be generated to make the car travel with a greater speed.