Home Improvements You Always Wished You Had Thought About

Home improvements are only limited to the imagination because it is amazing what you can create for not much money. They can be about how much bigger you can make a room look by giving it some extra thought.

 

Mirrors

Fixing mirrors to walls can create the illusion that a room is bigger than it is. Although this does not provide any more space it makes you feel better thinking that you are not boxed in. Long mirrors that go right to the floor will reflect another room that is beyond the room in which they are placed. Also, of course, the mirror will be instead of a picture you might have had to buy to fill the wall space instead. A mirror is a picture in itself and can also, of course, be used for beautifying yourself.

 

Plants

For those who appreciate nature, you will be pleased to look at as many plants as possible inside your home. The drawback, however, is that you might attract more spiders into the house if you are not particularly fond of them. The solution is to buy artificial plants to provide a similar aesthetic look, which will then be less likely to attract creepie crawlies. Also, if you have a pet such as a dog bounding about, that is likely to knock a plant pot over, then it is useful not to have soil in the pot.

 

Artificial Grass

Why not use artificial grass as a carpet or mat within your home? It will give the impression that you are outside in your garden on perhaps a day that is too cold to contemplate being outside. Also, for those who have a flat, make your feel like you have a garden to enjoy. Underfoot it will feel soft and so be no different to a carpet in that respect. Alternatively, you could go for a plain green carpet that is a similar shade to grass lawns.

 

Candles

There is nothing like a collection of candles to create a different ambiance within a room. They will create a softer glow, rather like a dimmer effect. Tea lights or larger candles can be considered. At Christmas, the holiday season, there is nothing like a numbered candle to count down the days until the present opening and the festivities. All-year-round, though, candles provide a nice illumination to a home looking to be brightened up in semi-light. Sweet-smelling candles will provide a pleasant fragrance as well as infusers filled with your desired oil.

 

Textured or Plain Decoration?

You can paint a wall two-tone to add something aesthetically. Also, you can consider textured effects. For example, it is possible to have a wood-grain effect. This looks good on things like kitchen cupboards.

The only thing with textured decorations is that they may make a room look darker. So, you might want to think about plain colours and lighter shades to create the feeling of more space and a brighter room. Different moods and feelings can also be created by the use of different colours. For this reason, many will go for neutral shades to create no particular feeling. The red that might create passion in the bedroom may be too overwhelming for a living room.

 

In summary, there are some simple yet inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home. We can create the illusion of more space with mirrors or décor. Plants and artificial grass within our home might make us feel freer and more at one with nature. There is no need to have real plants if you don’t like what they attract, though, because artificial everything is available just the same. Go for textures to vary the look of your décor and think about colour shades to having everything look and feel roomier and brighter.

Does Gender Matter When It Comes to DIY?

The answer to the question is, of course, no. It does not matter in the slightest for most jobs that you are likely to tackle yourself. The only question we have to answer is whether we need to call in a professional. There are plenty of jobs, however, that any of us can do around the home, whatever our usual occupation. We shall consider just what jobs these might be.

 

Painting

There might be techniques and good practices to adopt with painting but any of us can do it. We should know, however, that a half-empty tin of paint can dry out, so if you are counting the cost, obtain guidance on the number of tins you should require to cover a certain wall. A polythene bag is a wonderful way to keep your brush moist when taking a break between painting. Always wash your brushes in turpentine after a session when painting in gloss but do not leave them soaking too long or that will ruin their bristles, too, and cause you to have to buy new ones for your next painting job.

You can paint over old paint if the condition of it is good and the paint is of the same chemical make-up. You should use a primer, though, and then apply 1 or 2 coats of your new paint. If you decide on a brush rather than a roller, then brush across as well as down to eliminate evidence of brushstrokes. Avoid over-brushing as this will end up taking away the paint that you have just applied.

 

Wallpapering

The secret to smooth wallpapering is to ensure that the wall is smooth underneath first. This means removing the old wallpaper, particularly if it is textured, and filling in any holes with filler. Make sure that your decorating table is of a size to cope with cutting out long strips of wallpaper. This is how you will cut it and apply it all around your wall. Apply wallpaper paste to the back of your wallpaper with a roller, but only to one piece at a time. Then, line up each piece carefully against the wall to make sure that it is straight and sized correctly, and that all patterns match, before smoothing it all over with a clean cloth and making sure that there are no air bubbles. After the glue has dried you can trim with a sharp knife around areas such as light switches to neaten them up. Avoid getting into a mess with the wallpaper paste and have a good eye, and that is all there is to it. Oh, and make sure that your hands are clean so as not to dirty the wallpaper as you go.

 

Carpeting

Select your carpet carefully. A short, dense carpet pile will generally be the most durable if you are laying it in an area that you use a lot. Carpets that have longer loops will create a bulkier look but weigh less, so be easier to handle. A sharp blade is important when cutting the carpet. It is one of the toughest things to cut as you are cutting through its backing, too. Make sure that you have a good underlay to stop the carpet from slipping. It is not recommended that you lay a carpet without a knee kicker or stretcher because you may end up with creases or buckling in your carpet that will stop it from lying flat. One of these can be purchased from a DIY store.

 

Putting Up a Picture

This is another job where it is important to have a good eye. Stand back to make sure that you have a picture straight. If you are using string instead of a single hook, then make sure it is taut enough to stop the picture from hanging lower than you wanted. In the interests of safety, know where there are wires situated behind walls to avoid nailing into one. For instance, in line with wall sockets.

 

Changing a Tap Washer

It should be possible to change a tap washer ourselves without too much trouble. The first thing to do is to turn off the water. This will be done underneath the sink. Then, it is a case of removing the top of the tap to find a screw to undo the top portion of the tap to find the washer. This is then easily replaced with one from a local DIY store. A worn tap washer will be the cause of most leaking taps and by replacing it yourself you are saving on the call-out charge of a plumber.

 

So, you see, there are lots of DIY jobs that you can tackle at home, whether male or female and whether you are an office worker or already a manual worker. For tips on how to tackle a job, refer to online tutorials. For all the materials and tools required, they can be found in bricks-and-mortar DIY stores or online. Remember, though, measure twice and cut once.

How Can I Successfully Screen Tenants?

Tenant screening is a necessary process that enables us to verify our prospective tenants’ information and determine if it’s safe to let them live in our rental properties. Some of the details we must check out during the procedure include their eviction and criminal history, as well as credit scores.  That’s not all. Several other things come into play when we want to find our best tenants. Let’s dive into the factors that we should always consider for successful tenant screening.

 

Our Standards

Our set standards should be the first thing we think about when screening our potential tenants. What qualities must the latter possess? For starters, they should have no history of evictions. It is also best if they have not committed any felonies, even though we could make exceptions depending on specific cases. Additionally, tenants should earn at least thrice the rent we require them to pay for our properties. This guarantees us that we’ll always get our money on time.

 

We must let our tenants know the minimum requirements they should meet to rent our properties. If they are not comfortable with any of our conditions, we may have to let them go to avoid future complications.

 

Rental Application

It is necessary to request rental applications from our tenants. This allows us to ensure that they meet our standards and are an excellent fit for us. We should design our digital rental application forms to avail basic information about our tenants. This includes the following:

 

  • Personal information, i.e., full name, address, and phone number
  • Current employer and job position
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Previous and current landlords
  • Broken leases and evictions if there are any

At this stage, we can also request credit reports and background checks to know as much as we can about our prospective tenants. It’s crucial to remember that the rental application must be based on the local and state fair housing laws. If we don’t comprehend them entirely, it is best to conduct some research first, lest we get caught up in legal problems.

 

Qualities of Tenants

When we think of our dream tenants, various qualities come to mind. For instance, the best tenants are honest, hygienic and they do not use drugs. On top of that, they possess excellent communication skills, assuring us that if there’s an issue with our properties, they’ll let us know as soon as possible.

 

Additionally, a fantastic prospective tenant has renters’ insurance. This means that if their possessions are stolen or damaged, we won’t have to bear the burden of replacing them. If our properties are destroyed because of their negligence, the renters’ insurance will also cover it.

 

There are various ways to determine if our tenants have some of these attractive qualities I’ve mentioned above.

 

Call Previous Landlords

We can call the previous landlords of our prospective tenants and ask them about the latter. There’s a high probability that they’ll be hand-picked, but this doesn’t mean we should ignore contacting them. We should be smart about it and try to discover if they are fake or genuine by asking for verification details or pretending to look for apartments.

 

Check Social Media

Checking our tenants’ social media profiles could also tell us a few things about their hygiene and honesty, especially if they have posted photos of themselves. Should we come across pictures of a tenant and their “previous landlord,” that’s a red flag. The tenant might have lied about the nature of their relationship.

 

To become prosperous landlords, we must come up with efficient tenant screening processes. The factors I’ve mentioned above can be a part of these procedures. They help us avoid problems such as property damage, non-payments & late payments, and tenant evictions.