6 Essential Tools That Every Home Should Have

It’s one thing to have a nice house to live in, but keeping that house nice to live in is another thing all together. Your house, or your apartment, plays one of the most vital roles in your life. It keeps you safe from the natural elements, such as the cold rain, freezing snow falls, and from the miserable heat of those hot misty days. The house is your place to groom and bath yourself, a place to prepare and eat good meals to nourish yourself, a place to enjoy the company of your intimate ones in privacy, and the house is a place to just simply retreat from the world and rest. Truly, there’s no place like home!

The home that you live in, unfortunately, isn’t just a simple self-sustaining box! Rather, and just about every home, is actually an intricate building structure. On the outside, you’ve got bricks, and external paneling, and heavy-duty fixtures engineered to withstand the harsh beatings of elements. On the inside, you’ve got some pretty heavy doors being held up by tiny little screws, light fixtures seemingly suspended in midair as they hang from the center of the ceiling. The icing on the cake? You actually have another section of the home, which is usually invisible to the eye, simply because this layer is the internal segments of the home. Behind the walls, you’ve got miles of electrical wires that intricately twists, turn, fold, overlap, run around and throughout the entire home! You even got water pipes, and pipes that shuttle gases around, and even air ducts that allow a flow of air to move throughout the home. It is so safe to say, that a home isn’t just a home. But, a home is actually, well… a home!

All of the different systems of the house coexist and function harmoniously, around the clock, to provide you with a place to call home. But, as they perform their work unto you, the master of the house, they sometimes fall ill. It is your job to take good care of the systems of the house that fall ill. You must become your house’s doctor! Many sicknesses of the house are quite common, and very easy to treat. But, you won’t be able to treat any household condition, if you don’t have the proper tools or resources to do so. Let’s take a look at 6 essential tools now.

The Ladder

A ladder is such a simple tool! Yet, without it, seemingly easy projects, like changing a light bulb, can prove to become nearly impossible!

The ladder is easily one of the most overlooked essential household maintenance tools. This is probably because it tends to be quite bulky and rather odd, and there just doesn’t’ seem to be a natural place to keep it. But, ladders come in many different shapes and sizes, and a thin six-foot ladder could easily fit snug into a small utility closet.

Many people have fallen to the ground, and some …

Real Estate Urban Legends

Urban legends run ramped and can be quite cost if you base a purchase or sale decision on something that you heard that turns out to be false. This article will attempt to dispel some of the legends out there. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, the best thing that you can do is speak openly with a real estate agent that you trust.

Legend! As a purchaser your agent always acts in your best interest.

Reality! Unknown to most home buyers your real estate agent, can offer you two forms of representation. Your real estate agent could be working directly for you in a buyer brokerage arrangement or they could be working in the vendor's best interest if it is a sub agency arrangement.

Legend! MLS gives you all the accurate and complete information necessary to find and purchase a home in Toronto's real estate market.

Reality! MLS is a website that is open for the overall public to search there before there are limitations to the available information. This is necessary to protect people's rights to privacy. The information that is available can be 24-72 hours out of date. For complete and current information you can hire a real estate agent to help you get the information you need.

Legend! You can find your dream home by visiting open houses on your weekends.

Reality! Facts show that very few home buyers purchase a home that they visited as an open house. Once you know the areas that you would like to live, ask your real estate agent to search everything that is available and email or present his / her results. Now you can spend your time visiting the homes that really interest you.

Legend! In order to buy a house you must have a large sum of money to put down as your deposit.

Reality! With the wide variety of financing options available, you can now get away with 5% or even less.

Legend! Hiring a real estate salesperson is complicated and expensive.

Reality! Actually, it's a free service for home buyers. The sellers pay a commission to the listing agent and he or she pays the buyer agent a commission to bring and negotiate an offer.

Legend! You should buy a home that looks good and is nicely decorated.

Reality! A lot of homes that are on Toronto's real estate market are professionally decorated. They are 'fluffed' to help increase the property's value, or to distract you from flaws and awkward rooms. You should consider using a home inspector even if it looks good.

Legend! Always purchase the smallest house on the nicest street.

Reality! It's a good strategy but there is nothing wrong with buying a larger house on that very same street. …

Having Fun With Kids – Interior Design Plans

One of the most delightful, fun features of the business would be interior designing for children. There is no limit to the imagination and creativity of children that adds the fun part to it. Make sure you involve children when you plan interiors for them and if you are courageous enough, do involve them in the implementation also.

A nice starting theme or point when we plan interior design for children is to start with their favorite toy or activity or also the character children like. Keep in mind that many of the themes or items that children like keep changing with time and since taking these favorite and interests as an advantage with the accessories that are easy enough to change going further as children's needs and interests also change. If children have much interest in a particular activity and are very eager about it, then they might have a specific request to make the design look very special for them and you can do this as long as the parents are also very eager as their children. Caution on the problems or difficulties they would face whenever they plan to remodel the room anytime in the future either it might be with respect to the space or to accommodate any changing interests of the children.

While selecting the color schemes or plans, keep in mind that interior designs for kids give you distinct opportunities for using bright and bold colors that are typically not the ideal for adult environment. In the similar lines, specific places of a room can be ergonomic enough to use as points that can be focused which can not be the case with the adult's surroundings. For instance a toy box or a chalkboard would be more attentive for children rather than a seating or table arrangement.

Another feature of the interior design that differs from adult ones while planning for children is to consider the accessories or items that accentuate and highlight the main aspects. Collectibles and toys are wonderful pieces that can be used as a part of the application. Most of the times, toys which are put on the display for the purpose of decoration are the ones that a child would have more fun by playing with them than have them for display. This dilemma can be solved by using unused and old toys that do not attract the child interests anymore or duplicate the toys and allow them to touch one set and the other set in the display only for looking. Many a times the collectibles kept in children's room might not be of much importance to them than they are to the adults so, ensure that any item you place in children's room are of not much fiscal importance or have any sentimental relations.

Interior design treatment for your children's room can be achieved by buying the bed treatments among the various choices you have that would complement to the themes and designs used in the room …

The Case For Kitchen Organizers

If you're like most people, you have the best of intentions when it comes to being organized. Unfortunately, life gets in the way. Kids take over. You buy new stuff. You fail to throw out things you no longer use. Before long, everything's piled up and you can not find the things you need when you need them. This is especially true in the kitchen where a myriad of tools and small objects are regularly used. Unfortunately, if you do not maintain your space, it can quickly get out of control.

One of the best ways to regain control in your cooking space is to use kitchen organizers. While this may sound like a broad grouping of products, you will quickly find that this is a good thing. In fact, the beauty of kitchen organizers is that many of them can be used to serve a variety of different purposes.

One of the best examples of a multi-purpose kitchen organizer is a wire rack or shelf. I'm sure you've seen these handy little shelves before and not thought much about them. In truth, they're easy to overlook because they're incredibly simple. In order to really maximize the organization possibilities, you need to think outside the box. Wire racks can be used in your cupboards to double your storage space for dishes. They can also be used in the pantry to store canned goods and under the sink to organize cleaning products.

Lazy Susans are yet another example of a product that has a variety of uses. I personally use one in the cabinet that stores my oils and vinegars. I have collected quite a few of these products over the years, and since they keep for a long time, I have a lot. Historically, I've had to remove most of the bottles before I was able to find the one I was looking for. Now, thanks to kitchen organizers like lazy Susans, all I have to do is flick my wrist and the oil I need is right up front. Brilliant! …

Raised Bed Gardening A Gardening Idea For This Weekend

Raised Bed Gardening What do you mean by raised beds ? A raised bed is a framed planting area which the soil exists above the surrounding ground level. The bed size is anything that enables you to work on without stepping directly onto the bed of soil itself. Why have raised bed gardens ? There are many reasons people decide to make use of raised bed gardens. For example: raised bed gardening gives you much better soil conditions. Pests are far easier to control. If the raised bed is at least 2 feet or 60cm high then you will have a better back with far less bending to dig or harvest crops. And finally you will conserve water as more water reaches the plant roots meaning you use less. Every time you walk up and down a non raised bed garden you typically compress the soil.

Occasionally the earth becomes hard and compacted creating various problems for plant roots, drainage problems and of course future digging difficulties. How do I make a raised bed garden? You can make frames out of old railway sleepers for that chunky look or old floorboard planks. However it is better to use pressure treated timber. As this will last longer and there will be less danger of damage to the crops from using preserving treatments like creosote. Mark out where you would like to place these raised beds by using flour, sand or even lay out a hosepipe. Then knock in some short stakes of 12 inches or 30cms at each corner. Tie string between the stakes to work out your levels.

Then fix the frame to the stakes. Remove any vegetation by digging it out or using sheets of old cardboard. The cardboard can be left in place for a few months and then removed or if it is thin enough it can be left there as it will eventually rot away. The frame can now be filled with soil up to the level edge of the frame.Try not to make the bed more than 4ft or just over a meter in width. Or if you do then you must have a plank of wood to stand on that is long enough to rest on the edges of the frame. You can have the length any with the only limitation being the length of the garden or plot. For low growing crops it is best to have the beds in a north south orientation as this way the plants will get maximum light exposure on both sides of the bed. Taller crops such as runner beans would be better in an east west configuration with ground level crops on the south side.Here is a project for you this weekend. The simple guide to creating a raised bed garden .

Four Basic Steps For Choosing The Best Kitchen Gadgets

Choosing the BEST KITCHEN GADGETS is all about making the right choice when it comes to shopping for kitchen utensils. Having regrets after purchasing your utensils may either be that you did not make good research (reviews) on the product; did not consider your kitchen budget; did not consider your kitchen size and above all have less need for the equipment. In most kitchen, about 9% of the kitchen budget goes to kitchen accessories, and you may absolutely do not want to misuse your fund by getting accessories that won’t be beneficial in your kitchen adventure; so ensuring better choices during your quest for kitchen gadgets will safe you from lot of troubles. Of course selecting your gadget carefully is to know about its sturdiness, performance and durability of your accessories ensuring the value for your money and enhancing high performance during your meal prep time. This article seeks to clear your worries when choosing the best kitchen gadgets for your kitchen.

These are some of the laid down points to consider while planning on getting your Best Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Features, Durability and performance
  • Your kitchen budget
  • Your kitchen size
  • Gadget brand name

Features, Durability and Performance:

We believe that there are unique features in appliance that makes you choose a particular appliance over another. So knowing and understanding what will solve your kitchen worries is important as you won’t regret after making a choice. Also the gadget performance might be what you’ll like to consider too as the main aim of going for them is to improve performance in your kitchen; Gadgets brand, Materials they are made off and how sturdy they are might give you a clue on the gadget’s performance.

Your Kitchen Budgets:

Of course you might not want to spend a 4 digit in your account for a piece of equipment that will be a total crap after few weeks; so in making budget or plans for your kitchen gadgets it should be for the best of it service. Having careful plan set up is very vital as it will help you spend less for a sturdy and durable kitchen equipment’s. Make no mistakes purchasing random kitchen gadgets without assessing the use it will be put into because it might really be a pain in the head when it serve no purpose in your kitchen.

Your Kitchen Size:

In choosing your kitchen accessories, you should know the size of your kitchen and as well know how to place the few recommended once for convenience. Stay off from bulky appliances when your kitchen size is small; as you need more working space in your kitchen for convenience. The good news is that both big and small kitchens can be well equip to render the same services at any point in time.

Gadget Brand Name:

Shopping with long standing manufacturers with a reputable brand name gives an edge when shopping for your best kitchen gadgets. This is important as so many crappy things won’t happen along the line …

Top 5 Tips for Buying a New Kitchen

I’m sure you’ve read plenty of other guides that proclaim to offer the ‘top 10 tips’ for something or other, that, in the end, turn out to be lists of highly generalised, unhelpful statements about things that you already knew i.e. “Remember to set a budget, and stick to it!”, as if you were deliberately going to set a budget and then do your utmost to spend more than you intended.

So today, I hope to outline some helpful pointers that you may not have previously considered when buying a new kitchen, some might be obvious at first, but they’ll lead in to more interesting and useful territory as you read on.

First, design your kitchen for timeless style and the future, not fashion. Most of us are aware that kitchen fashions come and go; we don’t want to be spending thousands on a kitchen that will last a decade when its fashionable style will barely make it to the end of the year. This is reasonably obvious. The point I’m trying to make, is that kitchens are expensive, and given how long they last… you will probably want to update and change it. So if you latch on to a fad fashion, your chances of getting matching, or at least similar doors and accessories is unlikely. If you stick to say, a type of style like a minimalist, colonial or rustic one, in five years’ time it’s more likely that you will find parts of other kitchen ranges that you can blend into your own; this is particularly important if you decide to upgrade from an oven to a much larger range cooker, or switch to other appliances where much of your kitchen will need to be hacked away or replaced to accommodate it.

Be wary of kitchen gadgetry! The really keen consumer will likely attend a number of kitchen shows and showrooms before deciding on a kitchen. During that time they’ll probably see a myriad of gadgetry that looks great at the time, and they’ll want to add this to their own kitchen; one example of this is the ‘Intelligent Fridge’ that was supposed to order your groceries for you, warn you when you were running low on some items and more. Intel said that ‘it will rule the roost’ back in 1998, whilst The Independent reported on it in 2000 to say that they’ll become a mainstay in future homes. 11 years later, is it that popular? No. In fact many would argue that it went the way of the dodo. They cost some $3,499, that’s £2,248.84 to you and I. Why pay that when you can get a modern fridge freezer for under £1000, and buy a special case that allows you to stick your iPad or tablet to vertical surfaces? This would provide you with greater functionality, for a lower cost and you can move the iPad or tablet around the kitchen while you cook or clean. The lesson here is to think about the …

Prevention Crime In The Garden

Sheds

Do not neglect to protect your shed which will probably contain your lawnmower and garden equipment and tools. Sheds are a major security risk, the opportunist thief who finds them filled with expensive tools may not only steal them but also use them to break into your house or garage. Consider good quality shed alerts and fit a lock which can not be easily removed.

Garden Ornaments etc

Although gardens and their contents can never be completely secure an external movement detector which is not activated by small animals or normal wildlife can prevent the theft of garden ornaments and plants, as well as making it difficult for a thief or burglar to get close to your house . Garden alerts are a worthwhile investment.

Safety tips to help prevent burglary

  • Mark your initials and post code on to all items that a burglar may wish to steal from your property, including outside items like garden furniture and ornaments.
  • Put away ladders and patio furniture when not in use because burglars will use these to reach upstairs windows.
  • Fit external lighting that is turned on by a movement sensor to help protect your property during hours of darkness.
  • If possible have a gravel path around your house, burglars do not like these because they make a noise when walking on them.
  • Many garden plants can be a useful deterrent to burglars who try to access your garden and below is a list which make good garden borders:
  • Hawthorn
  • Holly
  • Gorse
  • Pyracantha
  • Blackberry Brambles
  • Roses

The cost of replacing old garden tools with new tools is considerable; money spent on safeguarding them can be thought of as a good investment. Taking stock of the way in which you security mark your property, tidy away ladders and plant deterent plants is a very cost effective initiative that all home owners are advised to undertake as a preventative measure. …

Make Your Own Rustic Decor Using Old Fihsihg Gear

Decorating with old, used fishing gear is fun, creative and pretty inexpensive as well. It's real easy to find unique fishing gear to use as decorating items. Here are a few ideas for your fishing decor projects.

First you will need to find some old fishing gear. Garage sales are great for purchasing used fishing equipment for your projects. Keep an eye out for used nets, poles, lures, bobbers, stringers and other Items. You can even walk the shores of your favorite lake as you will be surprised what fishermen leave behind. You will also get a great workout and a nice hike while hunting old gear on the shores, pack a lunch and make a day out of it.

Once you find the gear you would like to use be sure to clean everything very carefully and thoroughly. In the past I have used such items to clean my finds, alcohol for lures (be sure to snip the hook point off), bleach for nets (hand soak them). Of course you can us the age old 3 and 1 vinegar solution to remove any fish smell that may still be attached to your item; After all you do not want that smell in your home.

The types of decorating you can do with your items are endless. This is where the fun and imagination kicks in. These are just a few ideas to help get you started on your rustic fishing décor items. Old bait buckets make great containers. You can use them in bathrooms by rolling up some hand towels for the inside, dried flowers, or by placing bath products in them. These buckets also work great in such places as the kitchen for napkins, flower arrangements or in bed rooms for all those loose things lying around the dresser. Do not forget they are perfect for the change change as well.

Old fishing poles from garage sales are pretty cheap and make great curtain rods or wall decor. If using them as curtain rods, be sure to remove the thread loops that the fishing line enteres; Place your rings on the rod and then your drapes. This will really make for a great conversation piece. Wall décor is always fun with old rods. By placing two in an X shape on any wall with an old fishing net, fishing hat or a shelf or maybe by an old fishing shadow box, this will bring the great outdoors into your home or cabin.

Shadow boxes are a perfect asset to any rustic décor. I have used old wood that I had lying around in the garage. Construct your box and place an old fishing photo, some old lures, an old bait jar, rusted fishing waits, etc. Hang it on the wall to show your creative side.

Other things I have tried with old fishing items are. I have placed old nets wrapped in drift wood to place them on walls, I have taken old fishing bobbers and used them …

Steps in Making Mini Herb Garden

Many people wanted to start herbal gardening, but they do not have any idea on what to do first. If you are a first timer gardener, start with a mini herb garden. It is a great introduction to gardening. Here are some steps on what to do. The following steps are included.

1. Garden location: It is very important to choose the right place for your mini herb garden because it can affect your growing herb. If you choose to plant indoors windowsill is advisable it must face either south or west. If you choose to plant outside there must be a shade at least half a day. It is not good for the herb plant to expect all day to the sun. The site is very important for it will affect the growing herb.

2. Right container: We must consider the night pot or right container for our herbs. This will affect their growing process if they do not have enough space for them to grow. If possible it must be in a plastic or clay few inches in diameter. See to it that the pot provides enough space for them to grow. Not too big and not too small exact size must be required.

3. Exact soil mixture: Potting soil and sand must be in an exact mixture, they must be proportionate to one another, soil and sand. Adding half tablespoon of lime for the soil grows herb best. See to it if there is a great mixture for almost perfect herbs.

4. Planting: In planting seed, it is not necessary to plant your herbs deeply. The exact measurement is the nail on your index finger. Push the seed into the soil until you do not see your nail. Correct measurement in planting allows your plant to sprout once it germinates. The more you plant will sprout if you loosen the soil.

5. Watering: One of the components in order for your plant to grow well is to provide them waters. They are like human being that can not live without water, the same with the plants they will not grow if there is no water. The right amount of water is very important for mini herb garden. Incorrect amount of water can cause plant to drown and create diseases that will result in unsuccessful growth of your herbs in your mini herb garden. Therefore, it is necessary to have enough water for your herbal plants, not much nor not less.

6. Light: As we have known every plant needs sunlight. However, there are some plants that can not grow when exposed to so much sunlight. Most herbs can only sustain sunlight at about seven hours directly to the sun. Some can sustain long under the heat of the sun but some need semi-shaded condition. So all you have to do is to look at the back of the seed package, it will give you an idea on how much sunlight the herb needs.

7. Air / Wind: …