Tips To Make A Good Interior Painting

WHAT IS FAUX PAINTING?

This is a decorative painting technique where the finish mimics another material, like granite, fabric or wood. You may also hear this decorating technique referred to as faux finishing.

When you create a faux finish, you add texture or dimension to your home. This is often done on walls and ceilings, but you can also experiment with these techniques on doors and furniture too.

This type of painting is often trickier than traditional paint jobs, but there are some methods, such as sponging, that are easy enough for beginners. You can hire an artist or home improvement company for important projects, but you may feel comfortable enough to tackle this technique on your own after reading our guide.

 

Preparation for Stone Faux Painting

Start the process by preparing and priming the surface as described in the list below. It’s best to tint your primer to the same color you will be using for the base coat to make coverage easier. For the base coat, an eggshell paint finish will most closely simulate a real stone look. Either latex or oil-based paint can be used for base coating, but latex will be easier to work with. For shiny stone like polished granite, a clear coat of shellac or varnish can be applied after the faux painting is done to complete the effect.

  1. Ceramics and Glass: prepare these surfaces using denatured alcohol to wipe the surface clean, Use an alkyd based primer and an alkyd base coat. Or to save time the primer can be used as the base coat. Tint the paint following the instructions in the next section before application. Allow each coat to dry for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Wood: remove any peeling paint from wood surfaces, sand the finish, and apply a latex or alkyd primer to any bare wood. Allow the primer to dry and apply a latex base coat tinted following the instructions in the next section.
  3. Metal: remove any rust from the surface using a wire brush, sandpaper, or steel wool and then prime the rust spots with a rust inhibiting primer. When the rust inhibitor is dry apply a coat of white alkyd-based or metal primer tinted following the directions in the next section. Allow 24 hours for drying.
  4. Plaster and Drywall: remove any peeling paint and repair any water damage or other major wall damage. Prime any new drywall or plaster repairs with flat latex paint. Base coat the wall with two coats of latex paint tinted following the instructions in the next section. See Drywall and Plaster Repair for more about wall prep.
  5. Plastic: plastic doesn’t typically hold a painted finish well but for plastic objects that won’t see high traffic, like vases or picture frames, a faux finish can be applied. Prime plastic with a general purpose spray paint and use it as the base coat as well. A gray paint will do for most of these finishes otherwise use a light brown spray paint.

 

 

Painting Stone

1) Sketch your design on the wall in pencil. For freeform stones, just draw them in. For bricks or angular designs, you can use a ruler and/or painter’s tape. Make the grout about 1/2 inch wide.

2) Paint the base color of all the stones. Don’t worry about perfection. You’ll make the lines neater when you paint the grout. Let dry.

3) Dab some of the highlight color on your bricks with the sea sponge. Work in small sections.

4) When the highlight paint is nearly dry take a damp regular sponge and wipe gently in small circles. This will spread some of the highlight color and make the stone more realistic.

 

 

The Most Popular Faux Painting Trends

If you thought faux painting was passé, think again. Faux decorative finishes are making a resurgence in the world of high-end interior design, and it’s easy to see why.

Faux finishes break the limits of ordinary wall paint, offering a wide range of gorgeous, custom surfaces that achieve a new level of luxury. Professionally-applied decorative finishes can add rich texture and striking detail to amplify your home’s elegance.

Looking to update your home’s style with rich textures and patterns? Take a closer look at the most popular faux painting trends

Marble

Marble is a timeless architectural material characterized by its harmonious patterns of pure white calcite with delicate grey mottles and streaks. Marbleizing walls with a faux finish allows homeowners to enjoy a palatial appearance without worrying about the extensive upkeep of authentic marble.

Leather Wallpaper

Take luxury to the next level with leather wallpaper, a faux finish that replicates the stunning visual texture of authentic leather. Perfect for a living room, home study, or master bedroom, the supple finish of faux leather is an excellent way to add an element of sophistication to your home at a fraction of the cost of genuine leather.

Intricate Woodwork

A refined and timeless look, faux wood finish is an excellent way to enhance the warmth and elegance of your home’s aesthetic. Faux woodwork and wood graining replicate the rich tones of wood with a stunning high-gloss finish. Professionally-crafted faux wood imitates the luxe finish of popular woods, including mahogany, walnut, birds-eye maple, vertical-grain oak, and many others.

Textured Brick

Exposed brick is a huge interior design trend for modern luxury homes. Textured brick is the perfect faux finish for homeowners looking to achieve a refined farmhouse aesthetic. Faux brick finishes are an excellent way for homeowners to add a rustic charm to their homes. Many homes use faux brick to add an extra element of sophistication and style their home’s wine cellar, master bedroom, study, studio, or kitchen.

 

FAUX TECHNIQUES

Faux finish painting is a technique that creates texture and nuance by replicating the look or feel of other surfaces, such as striped wallpaper, suede or marble. While it takes some patience and creativity to successfully complete a faux finish project, the results will convince you that the work and amount of time spent were worth it. Here are a few of the most common faux techniques.

Sponging:

Sponging is perhaps the easiest decorative technique to learn. All it takes is a natural sea sponge, glaze and two or three colors of paint to add dimension, color and texture to any room, whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.

Color Washing:

Color washing, or “broken finish” technique, can bring authentic old world charm to any room, making it feel as if it’s weathered by time.

Marbleizing:

The rich color variations, veining and intricate patterns of natural marble are the inspiration for this technique. Marbleizing is a process of layering tinted glazes over a base coat to produce the appearance of real marble. It can enhance fireplace surrounds, tabletops, picture frames and, of course, walls. It does take some time and effort, but with a little practice, you can achieve effects that a stonemason might envy.

Faux Granite:

Granite is a popular stone today because of its sophisticated style. There is virtually no limit to the colors and pattern variations of granite, so you can really express yourself with the faux granite painting technique. The process combines sponging and speckling a glaze mixture onto the surface to replicate the patterns of granite. It works well on countertops, furniture, floors and walls.

Tips To Find The Best Wedding Photographer For A Perfect Wedding

tips on finding the perfect wedding photographer

Work quickly to find your dream photographer.

Wedding photographers book up quickly, especially the amazingly talented ones. During their busy seasons they are typically booked a year or more in advance. We also live in a big city where there are tons of wedding photographers available. Houston is large, but I also searched in Austin and Dallas for the perfect photographer just to be sure that I was truly happy with the end results. So while you are dying to try on the latest Jimmy Choo’s to go with your gown, remember that the shoes will be there, but that your perfect wedding photographer might not.

Avoid overwhelming your photographer with a list of shots that you found on Pinterest.

I LOVE Pinterest. Really, I do. I think it’s the best way to get ideas for many occasions, including weddings. I mean, have you searched wedding bouquets on there yet?! Wow, that was an overwhelming task. So surely you have spent a few minutes on there or just online looking at photographs from weddings. While this is good to get an idea of what you want, try not to tell your photographer 200 different shots that you just have to have. Trust that your photographer has the skill set and knowledge to capture the moments that are important. Of course, I think it is smart to have a few must get shots, for example, the only image that I requested was one of just my son holding my hand as he walked me down the aisle. This was the only one I requested. I know that Sally would have shot it regardless, but as a mama with a baby boy who was thrilled to “give me away” I had to have this image. Think of the images that are most important to you (maybe one of you and your favorite Aunt) but try not to overload your photo rapher so that they feel that they are working from a scavenger hunt list instead of capturing genuine moments.

Protect yourself and your photographer – sign a contract.

If you are working with a photographer, be sure there is a contract in place. Make sure it covers exactly what to expect on the big day… how many hours, what your collection entails, how long it will take to get the proofs, etc. By signing a contract you are ensuring that your photographer will not be a stressor the day of the wedding. I was actually in a wedding once when the bride’s photographer was a no-show. She didn’t sign a contract and was left without images, a photographer, and lost the deposit that she had invested. Be smart. Cover your bases and only work with a true professional if you value photographs from your wedding. There are many so-called wedding photographers that could care less about your day and only want to cash in. Don’t work with a wedding photographer that doesn’t have references and experience or you could end up regretting your decision.

Consider your budget… yes I said it.

Budget is unfortunately something we all have to consider when we are picking a photographer. That said, remember that once the big party is all over and done, the only thing that you have left are your photographs and a dress that you will most likely never wear again. The photographs will help you remember the day as it happened and even events that you were unaware of. After Sally sent us our gallery of images, it brought back tons of emotions not just for me, but for my husband as well. We loved sitting together and going through each image and talking about what happened, or what our friends and family must have been doing! Even though your Uncle Tom has a great camera, and can take a half decent shot, it does not mean that he would be a good wedding photographer. So when you are considering your budget, remember that while a fancy pants designer gown or an elaborate 10 course meal might sound like the best way to spend your budget, the only thing you will have left after it is all said and done are the images that your photographer captured of your beautiful day so be sure to pick a professional, they are worth their weight in gold. Trust me.

How will you use your images?

Are you a DIYer? Do you want to be able to design your own book? Or do you want the full package and someone that not only takes beautiful images, but also designs breath taking albums? Since I am a photographer myself and I have access to professional labs, I decided that digital images were the extent of what we needed. While I have absolutely no doubt that Sally’s design skills are impeccable (I mean look at her website, it’s beautiful!) I knew that I had the skill set to design an album and order it from a professional lab. I do not recommend designing your own album if you are not a professional (either in the design world or photography) and have access to a professional lab. There is a world of difference between an album from a chain store and the beautiful signature albums that a lab can create.

 

Steps to Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Agree on the details.

There are a few critical things to keep in mind before you sign a contract. Most importantly, when will the photographer provide the final images? Be clear about the timeline so you know what to expect. If you’re getting married in the fall, do you want your photographs by the holidays? Do you envision making large-format prints to frame, or creating a wedding album? All these elements should be discussed and agreed upon in advance so you know what to expect post-wedding.

Review their work.

“Be sure to ask for three to four full galleries from past weddings,” recommends Ashley. It’s so important to see how a photographer is going to cover a wedding from start to finish, she explains. Don’t just look at the highlights in their portfolio (anyone can scrap together 30-40 great images for their online portfolio). In addition, ask for references. Talk to other couples about their favorite moments with the photographer as well as any aspects to learn from.

Make sure your personalities mesh.

So you’ve found a photographer you like. What’s next? And moreover, how do you make sure they fit with your style and personality? When crafting your first email, make sure to expand on simply the venue, date, and hours of coverage needed. “Share who you are and your vision for the day,” encourages Ashley. “If the photographer feels a connection with you they may respond in a more personal tone, creating an opportunity for sparks to fly.” Better yet? Don’t just leave it to email. If you aren’t able to meet in person, set up a phone or Skype call. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person on one of the most intimate days of your lives. “If you take the time to establish trust from the start, you’re likely to have the experience you want on your wedding day.”

Start with one vendor and the rest will follow.

Have you found the florist of your dreams? Ask them who their favorite photographers are. “The wedding industry is a close-knit community–don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from industry vendors,” she suggests. Another option is to look at their website to see who shot weddings they were a part of. “This will not only give you an idea if their styles might match but also if they’re going to fit in your budget.”

Be informed.

Understanding the costs for various products and services is the first step in making informed wedding decisions. “While many photographers don’t post their pricing online, use their portfolio to gain insights into the types of weddings they shoot.” Ashley recommends using their work to gauge their prices. If their Instagram is stacked with large private estate events or destination weddings with details galore, you can assume that their fees likely start at a higher price point than a photographer who may shoot smaller celebrations.

 

Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer in Simple Steps

Schedule a test run.

An engagement photo shoot is always a good idea — it’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and begin to feel comfortable having your photo taken, especially if you or your groom are camera-shy.

Go with your gut.

Once you’ve evaluated each photographer’s work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it’s time to make your decision. Don’t forget that you’ll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your fiancé genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click?

Discuss the fee.

Some photographers’ fees include everything including albums, prints, and high-resolution images (saved on a disc or thumb drive); others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you à la carte for any pictures or albums you want. Many photographers offer a price list that details several different packages they offer at different price points. Make sure that you understand what’s included. Ask how long the photographer will spend with you (seven to nine hours is ideal) and whether there will be a second shooter, as you’ll get more detail shots this way. Lastly, also inquire about when you can expect to receive everything, from a sneak peek of images (some photographers can give you a handful within a few days) to prints (usually up to three months) to your album (up to a year).

Interview the photographers.

Most photographers will email you a link to their portfolio of images before your first meeting. Be sure the collection includes recent weddings he or she has shot from start to finish, not just a “best of” highlight reel from dozens of different weddings. This is a more accurate way to gauge the photographer’s work. Also, ask if the photographer has shot at your venue and if so, request to see those photos. During the meeting, find out who exactly will shoot on your wedding day. Some larger studios employ several photographers, and even with single-person operations it’s not unusual for the photographer to have an assistant handle shots of the groom getting ready while he focuses on the bride and bridesmaids. In all cases, request to see the work of the photographer (or photographers) who will be handling your wedding.

Figure out the style of photography you like.

Do your homework and spend some time online browsing a variety of wedding blogs to get a sense of the style of photography you like. Maybe it’s bright and pop-y, with lots of saturated color. Or perhaps your prefer a more vintage look, with more washed-out tones and a dreamy, nostalgic feel. Once you’ve found a handful of photographers whose aesthetic jives with yours, email each person and inquire 1) if they’re available on your wedding date and 2) about their photography rates. If the ones you’re interested in are available on your date and if their fees are within your budget, then you can schedule initial meetings.

 

Tips When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Don’t “Uncle Bob” it.  Say your uncle shoots sports photography for your little cousins and since he does a great job you think he will do a great job shooting your wedding for free!     Money saved, right??   Not quite. You will in fact save money but your wedding photos might not turn out how you envisioned and that will be a sad day.  Wedding photography is a whole other game.  I would be lying if I didn’t say it can be stressful.  You don’t want to miss a shot or mess up on someone’s wedding day.  (Blessed are those who first hired me    years ago when I was just beginning my career.  To my dear Cousin, that includes you…. Thank you for trusting me enough to hire me at the age of 17).

Turn around time.  I think this is so, so, so  important to find out.   The photographer you are planning to hire offers a cheaper rate….. maybe it is because they have a full time job and photograph weddings on weekends.  With their full-time work their turn around is months.  Understandably because they are working another full-time job.  Do you want to wait 5-6 months to view your photographs?  Same goes with studios who advertise they shoot 100 weddings a season.  Do you want to wait 6+ months to get your wedding images?  What is your client experience going to be like…. can your photographer give you individualized and thoughtful attention if they are shooting a bunch of weddings or will your wedding just be  another number?

Ask about the DETAILS.  What is included with the package?  Are the images fully, individually edited?  Will they only be edited with an additional fee?   Will the photographer try to sell you the digital files in addition to the original package price?  TIP: Make sure your photographer has a contract.  For that matter make sure you sign a contract with all of your wedding vendors.

Insurance.  Since we are talking business stuff  ask your photographer if they are insured.  Professional photographers should be covered in case something happens to their gear   or something accidentally happens to one of your guests involving the photographers equipment…. like a light stand falls over on a guest on the dance floor and injures them.

Backup.  Backup equipment is crucial.  PLEASE ask your photographer if they shoot with backup equipment.  You don’t want your photographer showing up to shoot your day with only one camera body.  What if the strap breaks and   the camera falls to the ground before the ceremony has started.  What if the camera body is used frequently and the shutter breaks (this does happen).  Do they have multiple lenses incase it a guest accidentally spills a beverage on the one lens being used.   That being said, if your photographer is shooting with multiple professional bodies these can be $3,000 + each.  Equipment is not cheap and it needs to be upgraded, cleaned, calibrated on a regular basis.  Gear is not everything but the type of glass shot with can affect image quality and your photographers ability to shoot in inclement weather.

 

How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

If you’ve never thought about your wedding photography style, don’t worry, you’re not alone! We’d be willing to bet most couples don’t realize how many different styles of wedding photography actually exist. But, just like you need to know your wedding style before you can start picking out flowers or decor, you need to know what photography style(s) you love before you can start looking at photographers. We’ve actually got a handy quiz to determine which wedding photography style is perfect for you!

BROWSE OUR VENDOR DIRECTORY

We’ve made it our priority to connect couples with artists who can take the wedding photos they’ve always dreamt of, which is why our wedding vendor directory contains carefully curated lists of the best wedding photographers — and other vendors — all over the world. You can search in your region or, if you’re planning a destination wedding, you can search in any region around the world. Within our directory, you can see each photographer’s portfolio, get access to their website and social media accounts, and even contact them directly through our portal. We recommend you grab a pen and paper so you can make notes of all your favorite photographers — and reasons you love them so much. Trust us, you’ll want notes when it comes time to write some emails!

THOROUGHLY RESEARCH YOUR PROSPECTS

With so many professionals’ websites and social media accounts to pore over, it can be tough to know what you’re even looking for. The first thing, of course, is that they have a website. If the professional is simply using Facebook for their entire business, that can be a red flag that they may lack experience or professionalism. Once you’re on that website, there are a couple of important pages you should browse. The first is their portfolio, which is going to give you a feel of what they believe their best work is. Here you can get an idea of the types of weddings they enjoy producing or capturing, as well as a feel for their overall style. You may notice a consistency in their work, and if it resonates with you, keep them on your list! You may also find that there isn’t a common thread through the work you’re finding in their portfolio. This may mean that they are versatile and are able to adjust and tailor their work to different clients, or it may mean that they don’t yet have a strong sense of what they’re best at. If you’re interested in seeing more of a certain style, make note of what you liked in their portfolio when you reach out and ask if they have similar work you can take a look at.

EMAIL YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Once you’ve found at least five photographers who you would like to contact, it’s time to reach out and ask some questions. Keep in mind that this email is the beginning of a relationship with your future wedding photographer, and you’re making just as much of a first impression as they will with their response. Don’t just blast the same generic email to every photographer you find online. Get to know them, their work, and what you love most about their business. Then tailor each email to the photographers you’re genuinely interested in.

SET UP IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS

The only way to truly get to know someone is to meet them, which is why in-person interviews are a must when choosing your wedding photographer! What you’re really looking for in this interview is how comfortable you feel with the person behind the business. Like with any interview, the vibe you get from the person is just as important as the questions you ask. Would you feel comfortable having this person follow you around with a camera all day? Do you feel confident when this person tells stories about past weddings they’ve done at your venue? Does this person share a similar design aesthetic?

The Right Time To Do Mold Inspection

Tips For Finding The Best Mold Inspector

The X-Factor

You want to ensure that the inspector has all of the resources to provide you with the best information possible. This shows true dedication and professionalism. You want to avoid moonlighters, handy men, or the part time mold inspectors.

Reporting & Turn Around Time

Ask the inspector what type of report(s) will be provided.  It is not unusual to get a verbal summary, especially only if the inspection does not lead to any issues of concern.  It is important to check the contract and or make an agreement as to what types of report you will be getting.

Reputation & References

Look for reviews online to see if there have been any complaints. Seeing a number of good reviews on a few different sites (Google +, Yelp & HomeStars) is good, as it shows consistency.  Normally companies will refrain from giving you references to call from their clients unless you book with them, but it is worth a shot to ask.

Air Quality Testing, Tape & Swab Sampling

Essentially, mold testing involves taking samples from either the air or physical locations of the home for the presence of mold. Once the samples have been taken, they will be sent to a lab for analysis. Following this, the lab will produce a report of the findings.

Tools and Equipment

Mold inspectors use a number of different tools to help them diagnose and confirm their findings. Some tools of the trade include…

 

How to Find the Best Mold Removal Company

With so many mold removal companies to choose from, how do you decide?

Hiring the right company is necessary, yet a difficult decision… especially when it comes to the health and safety of your family.  You can’t afford to cut any corners.

Mold remediation companies are specialized in safely removing contaminated mold in until the home is once again safe to occupy.

Mold remediation companies do not rebuild your home after the mold has been removed, but they may recommend or arrange for a company to help you with that.

Restoration companies rebuild the home back to its original condition after the home after the mold has been removed. Many of these companies will remove the mold as well.

Emergency response companies specialize in assessment, testing and mold removal in short order, whereas the average mold removal company will deal with the mold in a more step by step process.

 

Tips to Get an Effective Mold Inspection

The mold inspection company you choose should offer a value proposition that stands apart from others. The credentials should include a certification, experience, a fine work product and a competitive price. In addition, the company should be able to provide multiple references of past customers who were satisfied with their experience.

To minimize the chance for conflict of interest, the mold inspection company should strictly be in the business of inspecting, testing and consulting. That way, the company has no vested interested in benefiting from the repair that may be necessary through mold remediation.

The inspection report should be a two-part document – lab results and an inspection report. Once mold testing is conducted, samples should be sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. The results of the lab analysis will be interpreted by the inspection company, which will then provide a comprehensive analysis of the property condition, laboratory findings and recommendations.

The report should be easy to understand when you read it. Some inspectors simply provide lab results without any additional documentation. An inspector also serves as a consultant and should be able to produce a document to reflect his/her interpretation of the inspection process.

 

How to Choose A Mold Inspector

When Do You Need a Mold Inspector?

If you are concerned about your health and suspect that you may have molds in your home, then it may be time to choose and pick the right mold inspector.

Three Goals When Choosing a Mold Inspector:

When choosing a professional mold inspector, look for one that has these three goals in mind.

Qualifications Needed from a Mold Inspector:

Do not choose a mold inspector based on price alone. There are many services where you can price shop, but mold investigation and sampling should not be one of them. Expertise should be top priority. Look for the following training, experience, and qualifications when choosing a mold inspector.

Home inspections, building construction, or building forensics

Your mold problem is not in a dish or cage. It is in a building and is the result of building failure. So, mold testing should be done by someone who has knowledge of buildings, vapor barriers, roofing, HVAC systems and other related things.

Psychometrics

Psychometrics is all about humidity, temperature, dew point and air. A profound understanding of the interrelations of such factors is very important.

 

Helpful Tips In Choosing A Professional Mold Removal Service

The mold removal contractor should be well-known for their expertise and years of relevant experience.

The mold contractor you have in mind should have the necessary experience to do an effective job, from inspection to removal of mold. This means that the proper procedure will be used, in keeping with guidelines, and that all their staff has been properly trained, ensuring that safe and effective means will be used to accomplish the job successfully.

Get recommendations from others who have used the services of the contractor you have in mind.

When other clients have experienced satisfactory results from the work of the mold removal service, it should be safe to assume that you will also experience the same positive experience. Most companies and contractors have websites so checking out testimonials and success stories from previous clients would also be helpful.

Choose a contractor that also offers expert advice on future prevention of mold growth.

There are specific things and tips you can do to control the extensive growth of mold and expert mold removers not only know how to clean mold; they also know how you can prevent it from reoccurring, or at least contain it so that it does not cause huge damage, as it did the first time.

Choose a company that offer free estimates.

It is always a good idea to get free quotes from several services so you are able to compare prices and the service packages. This will also allow you to get the best mold removal company to work on your property, for the best value of your money.

Tips How To Learn Pain Management

Pain Clinics: What to Know

What Is a Pain Clinic?

Also called pain management clinics, they’re health care facilities that focus on the diagnosis and management of chronic pain. There are two kinds. One focuses on procedures to deal with specific types of pain, like neck and back pain.

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They also may teach you about your pain, coach you on lifestyle changes, and offer complementary or alternative medicine.

What’s the Goal?

It’s to cut your pain and raise your quality of life. Treatment at a pain clinic can give you the skills to manage your chronic pain on your own and make you more able to function, possibly so that you may return to work.

Do They Work?

Multiple studies say folks who have comprehensive pain management have less pain and emotional distress. Research says they also can do their daily tasks easier.

 

Tips to Help Get the Best Chronic Pain Treatment from Your Doctor

  • Don’t bring any bad experiences you may have had with other doctors to your appointment.  You don’t want to muddy your doctor relationship.  Start with a clean slate.
  • Go with a stated purpose but don’t go with any pre-conceived expectation about getting a certain treatment, like opioid therapy, or a specific diagnostic test, like an MRI.  Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer for chronic pain.  It’s not like prescribing an antibiotic to cure an infection.  Most chronic pain doesn’t have a cure.  You may not be able to be fixed.
  • Ask your doctor about arranging recurrent appointments (quarterly, etc.) just for pain management as well as scheduling extra time, if needed, for those appointments.
  • If you’re seeing the doctor about other medical conditions unrelated to your normal chronic pain, don’t talk about your chronic pain.  Keep it for your regular pain visits.
  • If you find you and your doctor aren’t a good match, then keep looking for another provider.  Some patients have found a nurse practitioner a viable alternative to a physician.  There are a variety of healthcare providers available to team with.

 

Stop Living With Pain

Always maintain a good posture

Maintaining a proper posture while you sit, stand or sleep is extremely important. Especially, sitting in a good posture is a good way to stay away from back and neck pain. Always sit in a neutral position while sitting on a chair. If you are suffering from chronic pain and seek to give some rest to your neck, choose a neck supporting chair. Make it a point to use a headrest wherever you sit, be it a car or a chair.

Watch your phone usage

Using the phone in the wrong manner can worsen your pain. People cause unnecessary strain on the neck is by cradling it between the ear and neck. This causes strain in the cervical spine which increases the pain level.

Opt for a therapy

There are various types of activities that help in improving chronic situations. For example, acupuncture is an effective therapy for the treatment of various physical and mental conditions. It involves inserting needles in specific areas of the body for treating diseases.

Use ice therapy

Many backs and neck pain center suggest ice therapy for pain relief, which is actually an effective technique for chronic pain.

Eat healthy food

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food. The saying by Hippocrates is true for people with chronic pain. A well-balanced diet has an array of benefits. It improves blood circulation, keeps weight in control and prevents various diseases.

 

Tips for Chronic Pain Management

Chronic Pain Management Tip: Journal About Your Feelings

Writing out your feelings can help you cope with pain. Getting them out can release negative feelings, and re-reading your thoughts can help you better understand what you can do to make life easier moving forward. Re-reading your thoughts over time can show you the progress you’ve made and remind you of the good things you have. It can give your life meaning and help you focus on the positives.

Chronic Pain Management Tip: Maintain a Healthy Diet

Food can be very powerful in helping you combat pain. Certain foods can help you reduce inflammation to ease pain, so consider switching up your diet. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna and salmon can help those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, while fruits contain carotenoids, which help fight inflammation at a cellular level. Try adding in some leafy green vegetables and yellow, orange and red fruits and veggies to your next meal.

Chronic Pain Management Tip: Try Alternative Medicine

Some alternative techniques to traditional medicine can have positive effects. Acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatments have been found to help in treating pain. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can benefit patients suffering from fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and musculoskeletal pain.

Chronic Pain Management Tip: Stay Busy with Hobbies

Distraction won’t relieve pain, but it can cause it to be less of a focus. When you’re thinking about something else, you won’t be thinking about your pain as much. Make sure your hobbies don’t cause your pain to flare up. Like exercise, make sure they are low impact; some good ones to try are knitting, crossword puzzles, playing board games, gardening and golf.

Chronic Pain Management Tip: Engage in Physical Activity

Physical activity is important when you’re battling pain. It’s one of the most effective tools in chronic pain management, although it sounds difficult to do. Regular exercise keeps your joints flexible and the muscles around your joints strong. The important thing is to do low-impact exercises to avoid exacerbating your pain level. These include swimming, walking and strength training. Also, make sure to warm up and cool down, and start slow and add on repetitions over time. And don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout your workout!

 

Effective Pain Management Techniques that Work

Manage Your Stress

It sounds like simple advice, but stress management is a crucial component of pain management. Stress and fatigue increase pain and make it worse. Schedule appointments, keep a daily routine, avoid stress triggers, and learn to say no to added responsibilities. By decreasing the stress in your life, you can also decrease the pain.

Meditation

To help your body relax, try deep breathing with meditation to relieve tension and tightness from your muscles. Focusing on your breathing, repeating a phrase or word (mantra), and ignoring other thoughts all cause your body to relax. With meditation, you reduce the stress that intensifies chronic pain and worsens conditions like anxiety, depression, and anger. Meditation with progressive muscle relaxation enhances the release of endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals that help with pain management.

Massage Therapy

One of the oldest pain management tips around is massage therapy. The reliance on a variety of massage techniques allows you to increase water flow and decrease swelling. Massage relieves tense muscles, promotes endorphins, and soothes aching joints. The massage therapist can use a comprehensive approach of massage techniques, such as reflexology, neuromuscular therapy, or Swedish massage.

Electrotherapy

A pain management tip fairly unknown to many is electrotherapy. The doctor or therapist uses a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS unit) to attempt to reduce your pain. This device produces low-voltage electric stimulation that corresponds with the sensory nervous system to reduce pain sensations.

Cutaneous Stimulation

Cutaneous stimulation involves the superficial cooling or heating of the skin. This age-old technique yields the best results when used together with exercise and other circulatory methods. Heat and cold treatments alleviate the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and disc disorders. The cold therapy works by numbing the area and reducing inflammation, while the heat increases blood flow to the area.

Tips To Find The Profesional Personal Injury Lawyer

Valuable Tips to Help You Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

Consider your Personal Injury Lawyer’s reputation in their field

Many attorneys have online legal profiles you can view on Nolo.com or Lawyers.com. Often, smart lawyers will provide advice or write useful articles that you can read. Legal, social sites such as Avvo allow users to view what other lawyers have to say about their colleagues. This can provide significant insight before selecting an attorney. Lawyers that have an established relationship with law community may have better resources to offer you.

Ask your potential Personal Injury Lawyer if they can help with pre-settlement funding

Pre-settlement funding can mean the difference between a quick settlement and a fair one. Before hiring a personal injury attorney, ask if they recommend any lenders for lawsuit financing in case your suit goes to trial or takes longer than anticipated.

Check your Personal Injury Lawyer’s previous case wins and references

Ask your attorney if you can speak with any of their previous clients. While privacy policies may prevent this, it is still worth asking. Although there is no online record for you to review a lawyer’s win-loss record, you can ask them for their references to get an idea of what their reputation is. Most attorneys will have examples of the previous case wins that they can cite. Also, even the best attorneys will have lost a few cases.

Consult with your Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure they have the resources to take your case seriously

Many plaintiffs are surprised to find out how expensive personal injury cases can be for their lawyer. Preparing a personal injury case requires an immense amount of work and investment from your attorney. They can incur legal costs from preparing depositions, filing with the court, obtaining records, and consulting with experts. Many personal injury lawyers are paid under a contingency fee agreement. This means that they pay the upfront costs on the condition that they will be repaid when a settlement is won. Alternatively, some attorneys may require that you pay the case costs up front. It is best if you choose an attorney who is invested in winning your case and can afford that commitment.

Find out if your Personal Injury Lawyer is a member of any law groups

Lawyers hold other lawyers accountable. There are several law groups that exist to provide networking and accountability among lawyers. An example of this is that National Trial Lawyers. National Trial Lawyers is an organization that recognizes exceptional trial lawyers across the country. This reputable group spotlights successful and exemplary attorneys on their success rates, code of conduct, and continued education. Members of organizations like this one are among the best trial lawyers for you to consider hiring for your personal injury case.

 

Tips for Choosing the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

Arrive at a Decision

Now it is time to make a decision. If you need a car accident attorney, there is only so much that research can do for you. You will need to follow your intuition. How would you judge the demeanor of each attorney? Do they seem trustworthy? Do they seem dedicated to helping you win your case, or is it simply another set of billable hours to them? How do you feel about their fee level?

Ask Important Questions

Each attorney’s office should be able to answer the following questions for you before you sit for a formal, paid consultation.

Pick up the Phone

Now it is time to make some phone calls. Call your state bar association and ask for consumer assistance. Every state provides assistance for citizens looking for an attorney.

Consider Each Practice’s Experience

Your online search should yield several results. It is time to start filtering them down to the most talented few. Start by doing the following.

Search Online

You can begin by searching online for a list of personal injury lawyers. The website for each one should include the following.

 

tips for choosing the best personal injury lawyer

Personality – He or she might be the best lawyer out there, but if you and your attorney don’t mesh well or can’t get along, then you might want to find someone else. Also, you need an attorney who is willing to return your phone calls and answer specific questions about your case. You don’t need to be best friends with your attorney, but you do need to have a good working relationship.

Disciplinary record – How many complaints does your potential lawyer have against him or her? Has he or she ever been disciplined for actions or behavior while practicing? Has your attorney ever been suspended? Disbarred? You can typically find all of this information online in a searchable database.

Reputation – Is your attorney well-known, or is your lawyer infamous? Your attorney’s reputation will factor heavily into dealing with insurance companies, other lawyers, judges and court officials. Someone who has been kicked out of courtrooms for bad behavior or doesn’t play nice with others probably isn’t the best lawyer to handle your case. You need someone who is well-respected with a track record of getting fair settlements for his or her clients.

Area of focus – Some personal injury lawyers may specialize in big rig accidents, while others may focus on motorcycle or other types of motor vehicle accidents. It’s important that you pick an attorney who’s well-versed in the type of accident for which you have a claim. It’s said that about 95 percent of personal injury claims are settled without a judge or jury, so it’s key that your lawyer understands the many factors at play. A family mortgage attorney or a corporate litigator won’t cut it for these types of cases. Robert Armstrong has handled only personal injury cases for his entire 32-year career.

 

Tips for Choosing a Quality Personal Injury Lawyer

Hire an Attorney with Experience

Hiring a personal injury attorney who has the experience to know what to look for, where to look for it, and understands your case, can make all the difference during the negotiation and settlement process. Before you hire an attorney, ask them about the experiences they have had handling similar cases in the past. Find out what their success rates are and whether or not they are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.

Hire an Attorney who has Experience Taking Cases to Trial when Necessary

There are many attorneys who handle personal injury cases but have never actually seen the inside of a courtroom.Insurance companies are extremely aggressive when it comes to winning a personal injury case, and if they know that your lawyer does not have trial experience, they will try to take advantage of your attorney in the hopes that your case will be settled outside of court at a much lower amount than what you are asking for.

Hire an Attorney with a Good Reputation

When you hire a personal injury attorney with a positive reputation, who is known for handling and resolving cases quickly and fairly, you will have a much better chance at obtaining the compensation that you deserve. An attorneys reputation can provide that added value to your case, not only from the plaintiff’s perspective, but also from the defendant’s and the court’s perspective on handling cases and doing thing the right way.

Hire an Attorney who Specializes in Personal Injury

Personal Injury law is very intricate and involves specific rules and regulations that need to be followed.Attorneys who handle personal injury law on top of divorce law, bankruptcies, etc. may be a jack of all trades but a master at none. The Attorneys main focus of practice can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. An attorney who focuses solely on personal injury law will have unique skills when it comes to determining liability, negligence, and causation of the accident.

Hire an Attorney with a Proven History for High Settlements

If you were involved in a Personal Injury Accident that caused serious damages and injuries, it is important to know that your attorney can deliver a large settlement. Before you hire an attorney, ask them to show you the cases they have won and the amount of compensation that was awarded in the settlement offers.

 

Tips for Choosing an Injury Attorney

Honesty and Skill are Key

Another quality is that the lawyer’s honest and objective. People expect quick settlements and a big payout. So, forthright lawyers won’t let clients make mistakes. And this includes making hasty decisions in their case. A skilled and expert attorney should also have a flexible approach. They should be able to deal with the liable party. So this should be done in a professional and friendly way. The legal counsel also needs excellent negotiation skills. Also, this helps in dealing with the other party to get a fair settlement.

Good PI Attorneys are The Special Ops of Law

As the name indicates, “personal injury lawyers,” who specialize in cases of bodily harm. So, these legal pros can help people to make different insurance claims. They have high skills in fighting insurers. This needed skill is excellent for victims to get paid back. The victim deserves their high-cost medical bills paid. It seems that a GP cannot handle all cases in court. Most people realize the right of hiring a plaintiff’s attorney. Some will choose the right one. It is critical for people to hire a good lawyer. If they wish to make a strong case, they must hold the at-fault party to account. If not, they could get stuck twisting in the wind.

Cooks Don’t Specialize in Military Special Ops

So using the military example, yes, a cook can fire a rifle. But would you deploy a battalion of cooks to lay suppressing fire and flank enemies at an enemy airfield? Maybe you could if they were Marines. After all, Marines are all trained as infantry.So they have the skill and muscle memory for this mission. But wouldn’t you rather put your money on an Army Ranger to capture that field? A battalion that does airport takedown missions for a living may have the edge right? I think so.

What is a General Practitioner?

General practitioners are lawyers referred to as a G.P. Clients seek these lawyers for cookie cutter cases. They are good at preparing legal forms for divorces, bankruptcy, wills, trust, etc. But the military doesn’t have an equal to this. Maybe a private that makes it through boot camp would be a GP. In the military, we have a Military Occupational Specialties or a M.O.S.Something is positive with a skilled military pro. This professional is a person trained for one mission. Be it a cook, an infantryman, or even supply, they all specialize in one task or M.O.S. Each one has the general skills of how to fire a rifle. But you would want an infantryman on the front line. Since this is their primary military occupational “specialty.”

The Better Lawyers Usually Have a Specialty

Would you hire a battalion of U.S. Army Green Berets for an amphibious assault? No, you would use a U.S. Marine Air Ground Task Force or MAGTF. This beach assault won’t need a “force multiplier.” The Green Berets would provide a smaller force for a specific mission. Marines are born and bred for this beach assault mission. Like the military, we lawyers have different types of law missions. The legal profession has many kinds of legal counsel.

Trick To Make A Residential Roofing

Avoid A Residential Roofing Disaster With These Warning Signs

A failing roof is no joke. Not only is it unsightly and your roofline does comprise a large portion of your house’s facade but it can lead to long-term damage. Water leakage can warp the underlying structures of the roof and top floor of your house. What’s more, drafts in the roof mean your house’s envelope isn’t airtight, leading to higher heating and cooling costs.

Take a walk around the perimeter of your house, and view the roof from different angles. Also inspect the rooms directly below the roof. While some minor issues can be spot-repaired, the following signs signify you should replace your roof in its entirety.

 

Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

Roof age

How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.

 

Leaks in the Attic

It can’t be stressed enough that regular inspection of your roof and attic is important. If your shingles are damaged, water will leak inside. Water damage is a serious problem. Even a small leak can lead to big and expensive problems later on. A leaking roof may cause mold growth, rotted framing, and damaged ceiling. After a storm, examine your attic and look for drips and pooling water. Be sure to have the issue dealt with immediately before it causes further damage.

Mold Growth

You can assess moisture accumulation by checking for mold growth in the ceiling. Cosmetic mold growths may be harmless and can be fixed by simple scrubbing. The toxic ones may need to be handled by a roofing service company or mold inspectors. Water leaks from the roof or attic can also cause mold contamination. Furthermore, it can cause structural issues such as wood decay. If the source of moisture comes from the leaky roof, simply fixing the leak or replacing the ceiling tiles is enough.

Sagging Roof Deck

Roof disrepair can also be assessed inside the home. Go to the attic and check if your roof is sagging. You may notice that your roof is sagging in several places. Dips in the roofline could mean serious damage underneath the roofing materials. You must determine the extent of the damage before replacing any material on the roof. Underlying problems must be addressed before you install new shingles or rafters. Have a knowledgeable contractor check what causes the sagging and ask for possible options to fix it.

 

CURLING SHINGLES

When you notice curling shingles on your roof then it just means that either your roof is reaching its age or your contractor had installed them incorrectly.

SHINGLE PIECES IN RAIN GUTTERS

Aside from removing dried leaves or debris from the gutters, should there be shingle pieces that were removed and fell on the gutters, these should also be removed.

DAYLIGHT IN THE ATTIC

As stated in the article, seeing daylight in the attic just means there is damage on your roof that needs to be fixed immediately.  Daylight in the attic just means water leaks when it rains, thus, needs to be attended to as soon as possible.

 

Wear And Tear Around Chimney Or Skylight

Weakness and damage around flashing/framing of skylights and chimneys can lead to a leaky ceiling.

Maintain these areas along with the rest of your roof to keep it healthy.Too much damage, or long-time neglect, could mean it’s time for a new one.

Spongy Texture

A spongy or soft feeling means your shingles/structure have weakened with moisture which has leaked through (and it’s possibly not safe to walk on).

If you notice this, or sunlight coming through your attic, or if  your insulation is wet, you probably need a new roof.

You can extend the life of your roof with annual maintenance inspections, inspecting it after major storms, and after winter.

Practice good roof care by keeping your gutters cleaned and small problems fixed before they become expensive repair projects.

The Best Tips On Long Distance Moving

Have a Smooth and Secured Long Distance Move

It’s important to systematize your move, especially when it is a long distance move. It’s quite natural to get panicky while moving to a brand new location with all your property. If you follow some of these essential points while moving to a novel city, then definitely you can make your move both exciting and efficient.

The foremost step when relocating is to switch of your utilities from old to new one. It’s a lot important to look into your fresh service providers, which may include gas, electric, water, phone, as well as sewage as soon as possible. The process of shifting to new services providers and order to get your new services put into your name might take up to 1 to 3 weeks. Always keep in mind to start service in your fore name only once you have stopped on and taken control of your novel address.

 

Take full control of your preparation time

How to organize a long distance move perfectly? Manage well the time you have until your move-out day.

CREATE a personal moving checklist to guide you throughout the preparation stage.

POPULATE that moving calendar with personalized tasks – to-do things that relate to your specific relocation circumstances.

SORT OUT those move-related tasks in order of importance – that is, write first the jobs you must finish no matter what.

GET good ideas about what your moving timeline should contain by accessing the greatest moving checklist ever created, offered for free.

 

Get to know your new area

When moving far away from your current area, you’re likely to encounter a number of significant differences in all aspects of life – social practices, laws and regulations, climatic conditions, standard of living, economic situation, etc. In order to prepare well for the inevitable changes and plan a successful cross country move, you need to know what to expect from your new area:

Research the available housing options and find an appropriate new home for you and your family (you need to know the location, type, size, and layout of your new place in order to be able to decide which of your old household items will be worth taking along);

Research the job market and employment options in your new city (unless you have already secured a job) and learn the cost of food, transportation, utilities, medical care and other everyday necessities (so that you can plan your post-relocation finances);

Get familiar with the local laws and regulations (to be able to put your paperwork in order in a timely and efficient manner);

Find out what the weather is like in your new area (so that you know what kind of clothes and weather-specific items you’re going to need);

Get a clear idea of the social practices and everyday life in your new community (so that you can start on your new path without any psychological turmoil).

 

Budget Everything for Moving Out of State

Hey, moving locally is expensive, never mind moving out of state, so you’ll want to save money wherever you can. Whether you’re using recycled packing materials or scheduling your move on a day with lower moving estimates, sticking to a budget will be a big help as you’re moving out of state. To keep track of both your budget and your expenses, create a master spreadsheet of all of your moving-related costs so you’ll be prepared to make the payments when you need to.

 

Moving Expenses are Tax Deductible

Moving costs are often tax deductible if you are moving for work. Remember to deduct your move expenses when you are filing your taxes in the spring, and you can save yourself quite a bit of money.

Get Acquainted to your New Area

One of the toughest things about a long distance move is that your new city just doesn’t feel like ‘home’. After a move you might now know many people in your new town, and you likely haven’t figured out where your new favorite restaurants are at. We strongly encourage you to push yourself to get out into your new town and experience what it has to offer. Yelp can be a great resource for finding the best restaurants in the town. Consider joining a club to meet new people. You can get involved with running groups, book clubs, dining clubs, or really any other interest you may have. Take the time to get out there and get acquainted to your new city, and your new city will quickly become your own.

Tips To Make A Commercial Cleaning

How Commercial Cleaning Services Impact Your Business

Commercial cleaning is a task which is deployed by any professional cleaning company in order to make any commercial place clean and tidy. This cleaning contract is generally done for an ongoing basis by two parties. The contract may include services inside building or outer building cleaning or both.

Out there, we can easily find an extensive amount of cleaning companies who has gained a sweet amount of expertise throughout the past years. But as all our fingers are not same, all the cleaning companies are also not same in many ways. All companies do not have extensive years of working experience, some of them don’t have enough man power to reach out to all types of commercial clients, not all of them are equipped with the latest technology to clean a commercial or industrial space as it requires. Hudor Commercial Cleaning services have all the key ingredients which has made Hudor a superior provider in commercial cleaning business.

 

Why should you have a clean workplace?

Cleaning doesn’t mean you need to do it yourself as there are numerous commercial cleaning companies that get it done from top to bottom very efficiently, and at a reasonable rate. Here are some reasons of having a clean office – take a look:

Healthier Employees

If your office space is dirty and unclean, it is way more likely to increase the chances of flu and other diseases spreading among your employees. Those who have allergies will suffer from bouts of sneezing, sore throat, runny nose and itchy eyes due to airborne dust. If your employees get sick due to a messy office, they will take more sick leaves to recover and those affected by allergies will feel tired and irritated all day long and productivity is bound to drop. Keeping your office clean helps to avoid this situation so that your employees stay healthy and perform to the best of their abilities.

A Professional Image

When clients and business associates walk into your office space, what is their first impression? A cluttered and dirty office can make them think that you are unprofessional and disorganized. Their thought process will be somewhat like this – If you can’t be bothered to keep your office neat and in order, what is the guarantee that your work isn’t equally sloppy and poor? This negative first impression could cause you to lose clients and could lose you a lot of respect in the professional world. A clean and tidy office will impress any guests and let you show off your business properly as it proves that you pay attention to the crucial details. The space should emit a positive vibe that people can sense the moment they step in!

Improved Productivity

Thoroughly cleaning the office means not only removing the dust and dirt but organizing files and work stations so that they are more efficient. Many surveys and studies have successfully proved that productivity in offices have skyrocketed when employees know where files and other work-related items are kept so they don’t have to waste time in searching for items. Disorganized offices cause a huge amount of stress because folders, files and memos are always going missing under huge piles of paper on desks. Employee desks should be organized and clear at all times. Clean facilities give employees a mental boost for better concentration and a stronger work ethic as well.

 

 

Reduced Spread of Disease – Fewer Sick Days

Most businesses struggle when a virus is spread from employee to employee. With many of your most valued team out of the office, production slows. Whether an illness is affecting your sales, delivery, or other area, reducing the spread of disease is important. Even when employees are asked to remain at home when ill, many disregard this request, and then move through the office spreading the virus by contacting various surfaces, which are contacted by others, and so it goes. A deep, professional cleaning is an important factor in keeping your workforce healthier and can help reduce the spread of the latest virus.

A thorough cleaning of the entire workplace is a critical aspect in warding off the spread of disease. All shared areas, including bathrooms, breakrooms, and training rooms must be disinfected to help avoid employee illness. Many companies recognize that investing in no-touch wastebaskets, hand-drying systems, and soap dispensers can be a critical step in ensuring that all shared areas are disinfected. The CDC recommends sanitizing areas such as desktops, doorknobs, faucets, and phones daily. At COIT, our professional team can advise you about the most effective cleaning protocols and products to you help limit the spread of dangerous viruses. Viruses live and pose the risk of infecting others for up to 48 hours on a surface such as a desk, workstation, or table.

 

The Impact on Client Opinion

Imagine you’re a client of an important company; you’ve been speaking with a manager on the phone and decide to visit their office. When you visit, you notice that the desks are littered with paper, the windows and doors are dirty and dusty, and the kitchen area is unsanitary.

You’d like feel as though the company does not want to impress you. You’d feel they’re unorganized and likely not on top of their work. You’d feel they are unprofessional and unable to respond to your requirements as a client. Businesses with untidy offices are sending a message to visiting clients that their opinion doesn’t matter.

 

Tips for Choosing a Commercial Cleaning Company

  1. Services Offered

The first thing you’ll want to know before hiring a commercial cleaning company is if they provide the services you need. Some companies specialize in janitorial services while others focus on window cleaning. You might also be in the market for a commercial cleaning company that can provide multiple services. This will streamline your process and eliminate any companies you don’t need to contact. Some services you may be in need of are:

Hard Floor Surface Maintenance

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • High-Pressure Cleaning
  • Janitorial Services
  • Window Cleaning
  1. Past Reviews and Experience

Commercial cleaning companies enter your property after hours for the most part. Handing over this responsibility requires confirming that they are a reputable company. Inquire about current clients and experience to gain a sense of well established the cleaning company is. Having an idea of who they work for and how long will help you decide if you can trust them.

  1. Quality of Employees

Protecting your property starts with trusting a company to provide service after hours, but ensuring they do a quality job requires asking about their workforce. A professional commercial cleaning company should be able to walk you through the steps of their hiring process. The process should include screening with background checks followed by employee training for a uniformed end product. You can also ask if a staff member will visit your facility regularly or if turn-over requires irregular scheduling.

  1. Experience in Your Industry

Your industry can determine the level of experience needed by a commercial cleaning company. For example, if you are seeking services for a medical facility you’ll need a business that can adhere to rigorous guidelines. On the other hand, if your institution is data-driven and houses technology there will be a process for making sure wires are not moved in a destructive fashion.

Need Tips To Do Home Remodelling

Critical Tips to Read Before Kicking Off a Home Renovation

Make a Realistic Budget

While it goes without saying that any project needs a budget to keep costs in check, it’s not always an easy task to find the balance between your dream designs and the amount in you’ve allotted for a project. This is why it is essential to get a true understanding of pricing, both with materials and labor, so you can gauge expectations accordingly.

Decide on a Sensible Scope of Work

Once you’ve determined a realistic budget, you’ll need to clarify exactly what work can happen and when. You may also need to ask yourself some tough questions about what you really need versus what you simply want.  This will help you identify the true intention of the project and lay out important ground rules. It can even help with scheduling and determining what work happens when.

Determine Splurge-Worthy Items Upfront

Learning which items to spend your money on goes hand-in-hand with making a realistic budget and determining a sensible scope of work. The earlier you can make this determination, the more likely you will stay on track with costs. Think about which items you will use most frequently, as these are products that might be worth the higher price-tag. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to save on cosmetic finishings, as these items can be easily changed with time.

Create a Clear Vision in Mind

From the tiles that will go on the walls to the appliances that will be installed, anyone who has completed a home renovation before knows that it is better to have just about everything picked out before you begin the work. This is because you will need to make numerous decisions once the renovation starts, and the more you’ve made beforehand, the better off—and better educated—you will be. Online tools like Pinterest, showroom visits, and/or material samples can help, and don’t be afraid to start purchasing items to get the ball rolling.

Get an Understanding of What’s Already Around

Existing conditions in a house can radically change the budget and scope of a renovation, as sometimes something as seemingly simple as adding an additional outlet to a room can result in the rewiring of an entire home. If you know, for example, that you occasionally blow a fuse when you turn on your hairdryer and have the dryer going on at the same time, that should be a hint that you may need to upgrade your electrical system.

 

Ways to Stay Zen While Living in a Disaster Zone

Make the Space You’ll Live In a True Retreat

Maybe your master bedroom or kitchen will need a total remodel in a few years, but other rooms of the house need more attention now.

Because you spend the most time in your bedroom and kitchen, take this opportunity to make at least one of them really cozy with a quick makeover before diving into any heavy-duty projects elsewhere.

The fastest way to change a room is with paint and accessories. Use paint to create an accent wall in your bedroom and try your hand at crown molding to make a room seem polished. You can even add new lighting for ambiance.

Make a Door One of Your First Projects

Your new home might be a mess inside, but you can feel great about pulling into your driveway.

A new front door, or newly-painted one will remind you how much of an impact your work is making on your home. And give you a reason to smile as you walk through the door.

Create Outdoor Places to Escape to

If you have months of good weather ahead, take advantage of your new yard to create a retreat where can truly get away from the clamor of renovation project.

 

Sucking Remodeling Mistakes You’ll Wish You Could Erase

Designing Before Budgeting

You think you can afford that luxurious marble countertop — until you talk to the fabricator. It’s $2,000 over budget, and there’s no room to squeeze. If you’re already past the design phase, that’s a brutal discovery requiring a serious re-think — and extra time you don’t have at this stage of the game.

Indecision

Even the design-challenged can create a stunning kitchen with Pinterest on their side. But the breadth of options might create dismay — and delay — if you keep finding a better backsplash.

“Over-analysis becomes paralysis,” says Annmarie Bhola, who co-owned a remodeling company. “Now you spend all this time watching shows, and looking through Pinterest, and before you know it, oh my gosh, now I have all this data. Which should I choose? Should I go with light or dark?”

Scheduling Work Before Materials Are On Site

You might have allotted enough time for each step — but if what you need isn’t there when you need it, all the scheduling in the world isn’t going to make up for that lost time.

Before scheduling workers to install your new cabinets and appliances, make sure the materials will be there for them. Don’t just allocate installation time; know how long it will take to ship your farmhouse sink. (Another related point: Know your contractor’s schedule, too, so you won’t be dismayed when he can’t come the day your cabinets arrive.)

Choosing to Live in the Mess

Remodeling is messy — dust everywhere, your pots and pans scattered, and living spaces become storage spaces.

No one expects you to be Martha in the midst of a home makeover, but too much disorganization will hog your time because you can’t find anything. Next thing you know, you’re a day behind because you couldn’t find the installation guide for the dishwasher.

 

Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

Don’t delay decisions. If you want your remodel to go well, the best thing to do is make every single decision before work starts. A good builder can talk you through the list of situations that might come up on your job, but decisions about situations aren’t usually what cause delays.

Don’t change your mind (too much). Even though it’s inevitable that you’ll change your mind about something on your project, know this: Every time you change your mind, it’ll result in a change order. Although the change may seem minor, there are always added costs — even if it’s only the time spent discussing the change.

Don’t buy your own materials. It seems like an obvious way to save money — a builder is going to mark up the cost of materials and pass that added cost on to you. That’s true, but the builder may get a better price than you to begin with, meaning that even after markup, you’ll pay the same price.

Don’t put lipstick on a pig. Though a builder will rarely come right out and say this, some houses should be knocked down rather than have money put into them to fix them up. Though this is a rare situation, it’s common for people to put money into fancy cabinets for a house with a sagging foundation, or into a high-efficiency furnace in a house with no insulation. Listen to the professionals who come to look at your job. Be open to their suggestions.

Don’t work without a contingency fund. If you find out that the work you wanted to do costs more than you expected or budgeted, you’re in good company. It’s almost unheard of that a person sets a realistic budget for a project. But don’t eat into your contingency to stretch the budget. If you follow rule number one and make every decision ahead of time, you can probably get away with a 5 percent contingency if you have a good general contractor.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Home Renovation

Build a Detailed Home Improvement Project Plan

The first step in a remodeling project is to develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed.

Set a Project Budget

The next step when planning a home renovation is to determine your budget and financing. Your budget should include the costs for permits and building materials, labor costs and the cost of decorations or cosmetic touches.

Hire Contractors

Next in your home project planning, you’ll need to hire your team. Don’t choose your contractors on cost estimates alone. When interviewing and selecting your contractors, also consider.

Build a Timeline

Once you have your budget and team in place for your remodeling plan, it’s time to put together your timeline. First, choose a desired start date, or if you’re hoping to have it completed by a specific date, work backward from that date instead. Sit down with your contractors to determine the length of time each portion of the project will take. Discuss which steps of the remodel need to be completed first, how long they will take and which project portions can be completed concurrently.

Epoxy Flooring Is The Best Choice For Your Floor

Tips for Choosing the Right Epoxy Floor for Your Project

Think of Your Needs

If you’re putting a new epoxy flooring finish in your sleek office building, for example, choosing a big, bold color with a shiny metallic finish might not give off the impression you’re going for.

While you may love that muted overall tone with bright chips in it, depending on where you’re putting the floor and the feel of the rest of the space, it may end up being more distracting than attractive.

Before you ever think about a type of epoxy finish or a color, think first about its use and what you’re hoping for the space to feel like once the project’s complete.

A more professional space that will get a lot of clients and customers is going to need a very different epoxy floor than a personal-use garage or man cave. Spend a little time looking at examples of epoxy flooring in a similar space to yours to give you a guide on what to choose.

Choose Your Finish

At Armor Tough Coatings, we offer two types of epoxy floor finishes: Metallic and standard, or matte.

Metallic epoxy floors finish to a lava-like pattern that offers visual interest and can distract the eye from a mess, such as on a shop floor. This finish also is more shiny than a standard epoxy floor, adding extra brightness to the space.

Standard epoxy floors have a matte finish and, depending on the color chosen, aren’t going to be as good at hiding spills.

Both finishes can look gorgeous in almost any space, so choosing your finish really comes down to a matter of personal preference over any actual functional difference.

Choosing a Color

Color can make or break the look of your finished epoxy floor.

If you choose the wrong color for your room, like choosing the wrong carpeting, it could impact the look and feel of the space. However, the right epoxy floor in the right color can elevate a space to give it a sleek, modern feel.

Epoxy floors are available in a variety of colors and many installers can custom-mix colors to give you exactly the look you want.

When choosing the color of your floor, first decide whether you want something bright and bold or a more neutral color.

Different-colored chips also can be added into many epoxy floors, giving it a different look and amping up the style of a more neutral color.

Your epoxy flooring installer can help you select the right finish and color of epoxy floor for your space, finding a way to make it work well with the other fixtures in the room.

 

Epoxy Floor Coatings

100% Solid Epoxy Floor Coating

This is one of the most durable flooring systems you could ever install on your property. These types of coatings last over two decades with little to no maintenance because they are highly resistant to common and uncommon forms of damages. Even when subjected to high levels of foot traffic, heat, impact, chemical spills, or potent substances, 100% epoxy floors are there for you. So, if you’re installing epoxy floors in an area where exposure can be a big issue, consider installing this flooring. The initial installation price is more expensive than the counterparts we will discuss; however, the maintenance, durability, and longevity of your floors will repay that cost quickly.

Water-Based Epoxy Floor Coating

This is what you find when you go to a store and try to purchase and install a DIY kit. Professional installers have the access, training, and licensure to prepare, design, and install longer-lasting and much more durable floors. If you’re just using this type of coating in an area that does not need protection, if you don’t mind constant maintenance, or if you just need a primer, then this is the flooring for you. This will give your floors a glossy smooth finish but will not protect your floors from damages. These floors have a much lower overall cost but should be noted that the surfaces will not be around for very long so more money will have to be spent on repair, placement, or some other form of flooring.

Solvent-Based Epoxy Floor Coating

This is a great floor sealer and primer that contains about 30% to 70% epoxy-based solids. This is rarely used and is a topic that should always be discussed with a professional.

Epoxy floors are great systems that can take your flooring to a completely new level of design and functionality. Do your research and discuss options with credible professionals!

 

Contractor Wisely

RESEARCH

This does not mean search for a contractor in your area, this means to learn about the different epoxy coatings, soak up as much knowledge as you can about different products and what they do. Keep in mind while researching, you are wanting your epoxy installed in a specific place, make sure this epoxy would be long-lasting and well suited for that area, then see who is near you.

LICENSURE AND INSURANCE ARE IMPORTANT

The best time to talk about a license and insurance is the first talk. This is an important topic and should never be ignored. If you don’t want to ask in person or over the phone, the internet is a lovely place, and you can search to ensure that the company that is promising you the world has the knowledge to do so.

REPUTATIONS SPEAK LOUDLY

Guess what? You don’t have to take the business you’re interested in at their word! You can check online once again! If you’re satisfied with the aforementioned steps and questions, then make sure to check with either the consumer protection agency of your state or you can check on other search engines for customer reviews.

 

an Epoxy Contractor

Know your coating

Yes, do your research on specific epoxy coatings that are popular for properties like your own. This will help you narrow down if a company can even be of service to you. Knowing and learning the differences between coatings can protect you and your best interest, in the long run, so do your research. By the end of your research, if you’re still not convinced on the best coating for you, that is okay because you’ve gained a general understanding of epoxy itself and that will help you find the contractor that will suit you.

Check if they’re licensed and insured

Honestly, the best time to ask is on your first date. Don’t wait until you’re about to sign paperwork to ask if your contractor has a license or if the company is insured in case any damage comes to your belongings. If they don’t present this information immediately, move on. Don’t forget, this is not a boy scout system, ask for copies of everything, including verbal agreements, have everything written down, copied, and on paper.

Reputation, it’s not just a Taylor Swift album

If you’re satisfied with the contractors’ legal requirements, move on to the next important steps, their reputation! What do others, who have worked with your potential contractor in the past have to say about her/his work? How they leave a past client is a telling factor on how they will treat you. It is important to also be forming your own opinions, however, it is better to be safe than sorry. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau and look up reviews that have been written before or simply ask for references.

How long have they been running?

Not literally, but you get the point, how long has this contractor been working with or in the business? The best ones haven’t always been around for decades, which takes us back to the aforementioned statements, ask for references.

 

How to Choose the Best Epoxy Floor Coating

Two-Part Epoxy Floor Coating With 100 Percent Solids

Two-part epoxy floor coatings are described as “100 percent solids” because they do not contain any traditional solvents. Two-part epoxy coatings offer the very best surface for concrete, a thick, hard, and attractive finish. These epoxy kits are often used with decorative chips that are sprinkled over the surface while it is hardening to provide a texture and attractive finish. The surface will be fully hard fairly quickly, within about 24 hours of application.

True 100-percent-solids epoxy is also the most expensive option, and it is a bit more demanding to install when compared to other types of coatings. These products emit intense fumes when applied, requiring thorough ventilation. But installing 100 percent epoxy floor coating can be done by DIYers. You can buy a kit for a one-car garage for $250 to $300, which includes application tools. EpoxyMaster, which is available from Costco or online retailers, maybe the easiest product to find.

Two-Part Water-Based Epoxy Floor Coating

Quikrete, and Rust-Oleum (EpoxyShield) offer popular DIY two-part epoxy floor coatings that are readily available at many home improvement, paint, and hardware stores. These are hybrid products that have the components of genuine epoxy (resin plus hardener/activator), but they also include water as a solvent. You can identify these products because they consist of two parts that are mixed together, but are cleaned up (when wet) with soap and water. They may also be advertised as “low VOC” or “low odor,” a striking difference to true epoxies, where thorough ventilation is critical.

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