Tips on how to Remodel your Kitchen

The kitchen is one part of the house most people overlook in designs. The designs of a kitchen are strictly on a preferential basis. Your kitchen should reflect you and your favorite appliances, colors, and placement. Remodeling a kitchen can be challenging, especially when you have little or no idea about decorating a kitchen. However, there exist online stores like Makujakauppa that majorly deal in the selling of gadgets for a kitchen makeover.

The below, however, are some tips on how to remodel your kitchen.


Set a budget

Planning for a renovation or remodeling can often come at a high price, you will need to properly differentiate the needed items from the unnecessary. The average cost of a kitchen remodeling in the U.S was discovered to be $22,129.  You might want to consider visiting to read honest reviews of some of the best ways to plan for any kitchen remodeling based on your budget. The gospel truth is that however, on average, you can decide to spend 10% of the actual price of your house to remodel your kitchen.


Draw out the plan

If you are doing the remodeling on your own, sure, you should draw out a plan, but if you hired a contractor, you can decide to skip this. You need to lay down what you want and how you want it. This will help ease the stress of remodeling, make sure your plan touches major areas of the kitchen.


Install electrical and lighting 

This is no small budget, lighting gears always cost a whole lot. But, they are necessary to brighten the room space and beautify the entire kitchen. Using a contractor might be best because they will have an electrician that you can use to handle this project. Some common electrical remodeling to apply to your kitchen includes lighting, dimmer switches, wiring for dishwasher, under cabinet lighting, and lots more.


Update plumbing

It is fair to conclude that this is one of the most important aspects of your kitchen remodeling. A large percentage of meals prepared in the kitchen requires the use of water. You might want to consider getting a fancy tap head or pipe to give your kitchen a superior or an aesthetically glowing look or appearance. However, some common plumbing areas that can be worked on in the kitchen is clogged plumbing, low water pressure, leaks from your faucets, sink or dishwasher, and lots more.


Paint walls

Aside from placing the important appliances in your kitchen, the next step is the painting. Your kitchen will need to take bright and stand-out pain. This will ensure that your kitchen looks fine and welcoming. Picking a particular paint color for your kitchen by yourself will be tough, especially if you are not a designer or an expert in the field. You should however, consider hiring an expert to give you the best color ideas that will give the kitchen a superb look.


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How to Choose the Right Living Room Carpet and Home Accessories for the Winter

Carpets are most preferable for winter than wood. You can imagine walking barefoot on wood or tile flooring during a freezing winter day. Even with additional warmth devices like space heaters, heat can be retained better on carpet than with wood floors.

In this article, I am going to share some tips to help you choose the best carpet for your home this winter. We shall look at how the various recommendations made are going to help your home feel warm, cozy, and comfortable.

1.  The carpet padding

Many might disregard this very important aspect of a good winter carpet because after all, once the carpet is laid down on the floor we don’t get to see it.

However, what they fail to see is that carpet padding is crucial for insulation purposes among other benefits. Carpet pads are necessary for thermal insulation. We already know that keeping everything during winter insulated is essential.

During this cold winter season, the padding will help retain some of your home’s heat and when winter is over and the hot season kicks in, it is the padding that will prevent cool air from escaping.

Carpet padding also serves to provide support and comfort to help maintain the life of your carpet as well as to keep it in shape, because the truth is, a carpet without a pad can never last long.

Therefore when choosing what carpet is best for your living room, ensure the carpet is well secured with a thick layer of padding.

Carpet padding can be bought at any home furniture company, whether online or near you. However, when you opt for the former care should be taken before purchase because online marketing is filled with false advertisement and product endorsement.

To filter out this bad practice, I suggest that you check and read reviews about the product and company making it before making your final purchase.

2.  The fiber used

The fiber used to make your carpet will go a long way to determine whether the carpet you have chosen will withstand the winter season.

Selecting the best out of the many different types of carpet fibers can be a hard task especially when you don’t know what to for. There are synthetic and natural fibers

Some fibers retain heat and that is what we want for our living rooms. Wool is one such preferred carpet fiber for winter. They are natural insulators and you expect them to keep your living room warm during the winter and cool during summer.

Wool is excellent as far as durability is concerned. However, if you choose to go with all-natural wool, then you must ensure that it is not exposed to water or leaks. This is because natural wool as much as it is the warmest can easily be damaged by mold and mildew.

Perhaps you might consider looking at some acrylic carpet. They are synthetic wool and they go for a much cheaper price. They are also very warm …

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Repairing A Garage Door

Garage doors are an important part of any home. But there is a good chance that at some point in time they will be broken down or have issues. This is why it is important for people to get their garage doors repaired quickly. Having a faulty door can mean big trouble. If the door is damaged it could prevent you from getting into or leaving the home and it could cause you to get hit by an accident. It could also make it hard to enter a building if it were broken. There are many things you can do to fix a broken door that will keep you safe.

Repairing a garage door can be a tedious process, especially if your door is old and in good working condition. Garage doors range wildly in price, depending largely on the specific repairs that need to be performed. In general, most repairs will cost around $850-1,000, with the exception of replacing a damaged door with a new one.

Most commonly, a garage door is found to be broken when it starts to close or when it becomes jammed during the closing procedure. If the door is found to be stuck either way, a garage door repair Arlington TX  service should be called immediately. If your door has been broken by a bolt or roll pin, then it should be tightened to make sure that it does not get any worse. If your door is found to be loose, then it will need to be reattached. If you have a hard time figuring out how to properly repair a garage door, then a professional should be called to do the repair.

Another thing you should look into when repairing garage doors is making sure that the garage entry panel is not damaged. The panel will help to protect the door from getting hit by something that goes through. It is important to note that even though this part of the door is made to resist things like a baseball, a door hitting it on its hinges could cause it to go flying into the air. This means that you may not be able to open the door again. If the panel is damaged you will need to get the door replaced immediately. You should also look into checking the wiring and any breakable parts of the door so that you can repair them when needed. Having a damaged door could make you a very easy target for criminals and you may be at risk for injury.

Once the repair has been made, you will want to ensure that your garage door is closed and locked when you are not around. Many people take advantage of having their garage doors locked whenever they are not home. This makes things much easier for them since they do not have to worry about the door accidentally opening at night. This is especially important if your door is located in an area that is not easily

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South Florida Fair organizes first home improvement show

From impact windows to home fitness equipment, the South Florida Fair’s Home Improvement & More Show is set to offer a one-stop shopping experience for residents looking to make at-home enhancements.

With over 60 vendors in attendance, the free event is set for Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Representing an array of home improvement areas, the vendors include kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, household items, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks, patios, screening, tree services, flooring and automotive.

After experiencing a couple of bumps in the road due to COVID-19, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions President and CEO Vicki Chouris and corporate sales manager Tim Pachis overcame obstacles to put together the event.

“We had on our books a home show that is done by someone professionally all the time at different locations,” Chouris said. “They decided they were having some challenges early on with getting enough vendors… So, they canceled on us. We said, ‘We could go ahead and try to do this ourselves’ and that’s exactly what we did.

“Tim [Pachis] just started reaching out to different businesses that have the offerings for home improvement shows and got a positive response,” Chouris said. “People were anxious to participate. The vendors wanting to get out there and showcase their products.”

Guests are required to wear a mask for entry and will be asked to social distance. Spaced out walkways and hand sanitation stations will also be available.

Managing to put the event together within eight weeks, some of the event sponsors include Bath Fitter, Kubota/FCE, Superior Sleep, Strom Tight Windows and Southeast Spas.

Interested exhibitors and vendors can apply for spaces by contacting Pachis at [email protected] or 561-795-6446.

Parking is free.



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How To Adjust To Dance Training at Home

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It’s hard to believe it’s already October. But as I surround myself with pumpkin spice everything and binge-watch scary movies, it’s undeniable that it’s fall and Halloween is just around the corner. Unlike prior years, when I would be busy making my usual preparations for over-the-top Halloween celebrations, I’ve been busy making changes to my home to allow me to incorporate more dance training into my routine during these unprecedented times. 

For many of us, to ensure our health and safety, dance training this fall will need to be done at home. Many dance studios are either closed or operating at a very limited capacity. If any of you are struggling with figuring out how to keep dance in (or put dance back into) your life as an at-home activity, I’m hoping the below suggestions will help you find your way.

1. Modify. Modify. Modify. 
When dancing at home, unless you have a home studio, you’ll likely need to make modifications to your training so that you don’t injure yourself. Modifications aren’t the end of the world! 

If the choreography you’re working on requires more space than you have, add direction changes or work on it in pieces. If your floor doesn’t have a lot of give (most don’t), reduce jumps (or remove them altogether depending on the amount of spring in your floor and your own body), because practicing leaps on a floor that is not sprung—like it would be in a studio—will wreak havoc on your joints and could cause serious injury. You’ll also likely need to modify your turns. If you’re dancing on a floor that is too sticky (or fuzzy, like a carpet), you should take out the turns and replace them with balances. Turning on a floor with too much friction can cause your knees and ankles to torque in an unhealthy, potentially damaging way. 

Don’t let the fact that certain flooring will impact your training discourage, you, though. You just need to remember to be creative in the way you think about your training. For example, maybe one portion of your home has a great floor for turning, but no space for traveling, while another may have a ton of room for doing choreography that travels, but a floor that is sticky as all get out. Change locations to safely work on different elements of your dance practice. Maybe you dance the choreography from a virtual class in your big, sticky-floored space—modifying to remove turns—and then separately work your pirouettes in a different part of your home.

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2. Your dance space.
On top of modifying your dance training, you can also modify…wait for it…your home! Ask yourself how you can transform your home to be a more workable home dance studio. Since most of us aren’t lucky enough to have sprung Marley floors, ballet barres, and walls of mirrors, it can require some creativity. It’ll also probably require moving some

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HomeAdvisor Expands HomeAdvisor Pay After Surpassing Millions of Dollars Worth of Home Projects

DENVER, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HomeAdvisor, a leading digital marketplace and operating business of ANGI Homeservices (NASDAQ: ANGI), has expanded its digital payment tool HomeAdvisor Pay to allow HomeAdvisor’s service pros to reach all homeowner customers nationwide. Service pros can now request and receive payments from any customer including HomeAdvisor customers and customers not from HomeAdvisor. According to HomeAdvisor’s  2019 State of Home Spending Report, 60 percent of consumers still pay for their home service projects via traditional high-contact methods like cash or check. HomeAdvisor Pay is making an easy, economical way for more home service pros to accept credit card payments and make it easier for customers to pay for home services.

“We love HomeAdvisor Pay,” said Seth Rambo, owner of Ascape Landscaping in Scranton, PA. “It’s a seamless way for our customers to pay for their invoices, that is not only user friendly for our customers, but user friendly for us as well. We can create a payment request and send it to the customer within a few clicks.”

Since its initial rollout in April 2020 amid the beginning of the pandemic, HomeAdvisor Pay has facilitated millions of dollars of total payments, processing on average $100,000 each day. The feature delivers both pros and homeowners a contactless, payment method that removes the friction associated with traditional payment options that often require frequent trips to the bank, handwritten checks, delayed invoicing and steep additional fees for small businesses.

“Right now, we are seeing people across the United States spend more time at home and take on home projects. For our pros, it’s important they are able to offer all of their customers the frustration-free, contactless option to pay for services through HomeAdvisor Pay,” said Brandon Ridenour, Chief Executive Officer, ANGI Homeservices. “We’re excited to expand our digital payment offering as we know that pros on HomeAdvisor look to us to deliver solutions that make their businesses run more efficiently and homeowners rely on us for friction free service.”

A recent survey from ANGI Homeservices, found that 92% of homeowners who typically hire home service pros plan to hire a pro this year and people are turning towards digital payment tools for home services, likely accelerated by homeowner preferences due COVID-19 pandemic and the growing number of Millennial homeowners who expect digital solutions. HomeAdvisor Pay removes all need for high-contact payments and allows for contact-free transactions. 

“HomeAdvisor is able to pass along technology, availability and fast business opportunities.,” said Sharon Hoekstra, owner of Ezekare, an exterior improvement and lawn company, based in Manchester, CT.  “I absolutely love HomeAdvisor Pay. We had been searching for credit card companies to use, but the rates were outrageous and many did not want to work with us. HomeAdvisor Pay is incredibly important for us.”

These new tools are available on the HomeAdvisor and HomeAdvisor pro app on Android and iOS. To learn more about the new features and HomeAdvisor, click here.

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Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown projects supported through the donation, according to Lowe’s, include:

? $1.67 million to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region to support home repair, new home construction and two new apprentices for its apprenticeship program. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Charlotte Region has moved 26 families into newly completed homes.

• $1.33 million grant to the city of Charlotte for its Safe Housing Home Rehabilitation Program in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor to help with home repairs. It also helps older residents age in place and low- and moderate-income families be able to stay in their homes.

• $1 million to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to create the Lowe’s Technology Lab at the new main branch offering technology help and classes.

? $50,000 donation to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation’s Connect for Tech program to help close the connectivity gap for local students during the pandemic.

• $200,000 in gift cards to Charlotte Center City Partners for artists to maintain the Uptown Black Lives Matter and Beatties Ford Strong murals. More than 120 small businesses in South End and Uptown also received gift cards for personal protection and sanitizing supplies and to make repairs to adapt to new opening procedures.

Lowe’s also announced $55 million in grants this summer with the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to support minority-, women-owned and rural small businesses nationwide.

Since July, over 35 small businesses in Charlotte have been awarded more than $725,000 in grants.

Lowe’s has more than 2,200 stores and 300,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, Lowe’s announced $100 million in bonuses for hourly workers on Friday, raising it’s total commitment to workers and communities since the start of the health pandemic in March to $775 million.


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Upcoming home improvement show at Expo Center to meet spike in projects during pandemic

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Taking advantage of this prolonged stretch at home to make some changes to your surroundings? 

a group of people standing in front of a store: The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, seen here during an Antiques Festival in 2009, will play host to the Home Improvement and More Show on Oct. 23-25.

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The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, seen here during an Antiques Festival in 2009, will play host to the Home Improvement and More Show on Oct. 23-25.

You’re not alone, and the staff of the South Florida Fair wants to help.

The Home Improvement and More Show is Oct. 23-25 at the fairgrounds’ Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd. The event features more than 60 vendors across 35 categories related to home improvement, said Tim Pachis, corporate sales manager for the South Florida Fair.

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The show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Admission and parking are free. 

The expo comes as recent surveys show a spike in home improvement projects in the U.S. since the country essentially shut down in late March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

A study released in July found that nearly 80% of homeowners in the U.S. plan to launch a home improvement project in the next year.

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Most home shows since the pandemic were canceled, Pachis said, making the Home Improvement and More Show a rare standout.

While keeping an eye on the increase of demand for home improvement services and products, organizers have the coronavirus in mind for other reasons.

Attendees are required to wear masks, and social distancing is encouraged in the Expo Center, said Vicki Chouris, president and CEO of the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions. 

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Aisles are wider, and vendors are spaced farther apart, she said. 

“We didn’t fill the building to capacity as we really wanted to,” Chouris said. 

There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the Expo Center, plus the usual soap and water in the restrooms, she added.

“We’re encouraging people just to be smart, be safe,” Chouris said. 

This marks the first time the fair staff has produced a home improvement show, she said. 

The shift last month to Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan didn’t change the measures event organizers are taking at the Expo Center, Chouris said. 

This isn’t the first event held at the indoor venue since March, and the events that have taken place have been successful in terms of safety and customer service, she said. 

Very few people who have come to events have balked at wearing masks, Chouris said. 

“We just tell them, it’s for the safety of everyone right now,” she said.

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Coming up in November: The second History on the Rocks event at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. 

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Home Improvement Market Sees Surge During Pandemic Market Commentary

PALM BEACH,  Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Analysts expect home improvement spending to reach $439.9 billion in 2020 – In the time of a global pandemic, there is indeed no place like home. As millions of Americans practice social distancing while working and learning remotely, the home has become the focal point of our lives. The desire to make residences safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable has led to a home improvement boom.   Mentioned in today’s commentary includes:  NeoVolta (OTCQB: NEOV), Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW).

The Home Improvement Research Institute predicts Americans will spend $439.9 billion on home improvement products in 2020. The online home remodeling platform Houzz reports that demand for kitchen and bath remodeling was up 40% year over date in June 2020, while home additions increased 52% and fencing projects jumped 166%. Pool and hot tub installations are seeing a wave of strong demand across the country. 

Home renewable energy is also seeing a surge as storage batteries are being installed in more households. According to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, the energy storage industry saw record-breaking deployments during the second quarter of 2020, and rapid expansion is expected to continue. A total of 168 MW and 288 MWh of energy storage was deployed in the quarter, second only to Q4 2019 as the highest on record, according to the joint report by Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

With Americans nesting like never before, four of the companies active in-home improvement are: NeoVolta (NEOV), Tesla (TSLA), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW).

NeoVolta (OTCQB: NEOV) – San Diego based NeoVolta, whose stock is trading around $4 per share, is the only pure-play energy storage company on this list. Recently NeoVolta announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Nevada-based PMP Energy. In exchange for making minimum purchases of up to $15 million, PMP Energy can secure specific geographic exclusivities for distribution over the three-year term of the agreement.

NeoVolta has significantly expanded its distribution network in recent months. In addition to Southern California, installations are now available in Northern California and Nevada. The company has doubled its production in 2020 and plans to quadruple capacity by the end of this year. NeoVolta’s NV14 storage system was named one of Solar Power World’s Top Solar Storage Products of 2019.    

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) – Tesla, the carmaker whose stock is trading about $415 per share, is also a major player in home energy storage. Since its 2015 launch, the Powerwall has been Tesla’s flagship residential storage product. It has a lithium ion battery and a storage capacity of 13.5 kWh. The Powerwall can be added to a system with a backup generator connected through an external automatic transfer switch (ATS) or manual transfer switch (MTS). Because the Powerwall and generator are not directly integrated, the Powerwall cannot

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Here’s What You Should Know Before Selling a Furnished Home

Selling your home is a huge endeavor — so big that you might not think of all the details surrounding the sale, such as the home’s furnishings. If you’re looking to maximize profits, consider selling your furniture, because it’s worth something too. But is this the right move for you?

Making a furniture plan

Furniture is often an afterthought in the home selling process. But it’s a big consideration and deserves some thought before you list. Here are some possibilities for what to do with it:

  • Sell your furniture with the home.
  • Bring it with you when you move.
  • Have an estate or garage sale.
  • List it online, such as on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Marketplace or Craigslist.
  • Sell it through a consignment sale.
  • Donate it.

Let’s explore what you should know about selling a furnished home. If you decide that isn’t your best option, you can always choose one (or a combination) of the other choices.

Sell your furniture with the home

This method works best when you have furniture people want. For people to want the home furnished, your home with your furniture in it should look as good as a staged home does, so your furniture needs to be in good condition and have a cohesive look that fits well in the home. Also, the rooms should be uncluttered.

Note that if your furnishings are not up to par and you try to sell the home furnished, you might be repelling, instead of attracting, possible buyers. If you’re unsure, enlist the help of a professional decorator.

Markets where selling furnished works best

One market where a furnished home is more popular is the second home or vacation property market. More buyers want a furnished home when they’re buying the property as a vacation home or as a vacation rental property.

Another market where people might want to buy your furnished home is the luxury market. If you’ve had custom pieces made that fit in your space perfectly, like area rugs and curtains, and they’re high-end furnishings, people might fall in love with your vision and want to buy the entire package.

First-time homebuyers often are interested in buying a furnished home. They might have stretched the budget buying the home itself and would welcome being able to move into a furnished home, making it their own over time.

How to sell a furnished home

An important aspect of selling a furnished home is to make the sale of the home and the sale of the furniture separate transactions. Here are two reasons why.

There will be no comps to determine price

It can be difficult enough to find a house close enough to yours to use for comparison purposes when trying to determine a list price for the home. But try finding an accurate comp for your furnished home, and you’ll be hard-pressed to do so, as your furnishings will be unique to your home. By pricing your home and furnishings separately, you’ll have solved this problem.


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