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Moving home, the DIY Style : Guest Post :: Posted by: Admin on April 22nd, 2013
Moving home, the DIY Style
Moving homes is always a struggle, both financially and mentally. There are tons of hidden pressures and strains to your budget, and also to your stress levels. It is also about having a healthy balance, such as employing a removal business to move your furniture will help you with your stress levels. However, these things will put a strain on your budget! So what is a good way to keep your balance?
Making sure you are aware of the different factors that are involved in moving homes is absolutely critical for keeping your bank account in the black. Forgetting even the simplest of things, such as storage costs, are enough to put yourself in debt, and subsequent issues later on in life could lead to complications in mortgages, and possibly prevent you from obtaining one.
To help you understand just some of the most commonly forgotten costs, we shall list them and hopefully, when the time comes for you to move home, a piece of this article will remind you to triple check your estimated expenses.
1. Packers & Packing
As mentioned, these guys can really help you out when it comes to packing and moving your furniture and items from one property to another. However, these services don’t come cheaply, especially if you are planning to move to a different state, county or even country. If you are unsure if you need or want some help when moving your items, there are plenty of resources to help you when you’re moving your items from your old house to your new one.
Whilst this isn’t exactly DIY, it can help relieve a lot of the stress that is generated from moving houses.
2. Storage costs
Storage units can be an awesome tool for moving home, if you cannot or simply do not want to buy the services of a removal business, you should at least contemplate the services of a nearby storage unit. Self storage has become increasingly popular globally; whether you live in Phoenix, AZ or in London, UK, there will be a local self storage facility near by.
The basis is simple, you pay the company to look after your items, for a daily charge (varies per company). You can then proceed with taking items from storage, to your new place, at your own pace and without paying for the extra labouring costs of the removal company.
3. Fuel costs
There is no denying that fuel costs have risen, making moving home DIY style somewhat expensive in fuel alone. When planning the move, and going without removal company assistance, be sure to plan your mileage and calculate the mpg your car can handle. If possible, if a friend owns a van or another larger car, see if you can borrow it to save money on fuel trips backwards and forwards; it will almost certainly be cheaper than hiring a removal company.
Obviously, these three points are a matter of opinion. Everyone has a different budget, but this is made with the tighter budgets in mind; still, as long as you remember to keep the balance of stress, and financial strain in an even line, things should go smoothly as possible when moving home.
Choosing the right cordless drill for your needs Guest post by ITS :: Posted by: Admin on March 28th, 2013
Choosing the right cordless drill for your needs
Whether you’re a professional builder, or just looking to put up a few shelves in the bedroom, it’s vital to make the right decision when selecting power tools for your needs. Making do with an inadequate piece of equipment might serve for a small job, but pretty soon the benefits of a quick bit of research before purchase become obvious.
Many people prefer to use tools from a specific company simply because they have used them in the past and trust them. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, as most of the professional tool brands feature only premium products, but don’t let it blind you to what other companies offer if your regular brand is no longer delivering.
Most power tool brands will offer a free extended warranty, up to three years in some cases. Remember to check if this applies to batteries also, as in many cases it will not, although some brands, for example Bosch and Metabo, are happily now providing extended cover for batteries too. If your kit is likely to be used frequently, extended cover is vital.
The type of job you’re doing dictates the weight of the tool needed. For example if you’re making a lot of small holes rather than a few large ones then you will probably want a more compact, lightweight drill. Generally, the higher the voltage required, the heavier the drill. Other functions which can affect the weight should also be kept in mind. For example, often people will not need a hammer function, which makes the drill heavier, as they will be using a SDS+ drill for that purpose.
Some cordless drills have two speeds, and others will have three, but for the amateur DIY enthusiast, two should be more than enough. The gears operate in a similar fashion to a car, giving you more versatility and “oomph” depending on the application. Just as you wouldn’t drive on a motorway in third gear, neither would you drill a 32mm auger bit using the same gear as you would for a 7mm bit through metal. Most drills should also include a reverse gear to free stuck bits or remove screws.
Batteries are probably the most important single factor to consider when buying cordless drills, with different types, sizes, voltages, and AH ratings all having a significant bearing on performance. Some brands offer an extensive range of cordless power tools which can be fitted with the same battery, so if you’re expanding your collection, then you can buy “Body Only” units, i.e. without a battery or charger, to save money. Of course if you’re using tools from a mix of brands then you’re likely to need several batteries to fit them all. It’s always worth looking into what the cordless range of a brand consists of before investing.
ITS is one of the UK’s largest independent providers of professional power tools, stocking a wide range of cordless drills and power tools.
What needs to be covered with home insurance Post written by Alex :: Posted by: Admin on March 26th, 2013
What needs to be covered with home insurance
When insuring your home there are a number of different aspects that can be covered. The dwelling itself is what most people first think of when they look into obtaining home insurance. However, it is also important to add coverage to your homeowner’s policy that protects your contents. This specific kind of insurance is known as contents insurance. Many people do not realize that this coverage is not automatic with home insurance. Failure to obtain this coverage could leave you in a serious situation if your home is destroyed, that is why there are many companies which offer it such as Endsleigh.co.uk and it is vital that you purchase it.
Taking out contents insurance is not required. You can still obtain a mortgage loan with it. However, not obtaining this insurance simply doesn’t make sense. Contents insurance can help reimburse you for losses sustained to your belongings within the home. The contents can be protected against a multitude of perils. For instance, fire or theft of home contents is usually part of contents insurance. If your home has a water leak that damages belongings this would also be covered. When insurers write content insurance policies they are very specific as to what is covered. Therefore, it is wise to get all of the facts prior to taking out any contents insurance for your home.
When underwriting contents insurance, your insurer will provide coverage up to a certain amount. This is the maximum amount you could be paid for your belongings. Some people fail to take into account all of their belongings and end up with less than they need to replace items in the event of a total loss. Taking the time to itemize your belongings along with replacement costs can help you to make sure that your homeowner’s policy has adequate coverage. Make sure to consider current market costs not what you paid for the item when it was originally purchased.
Pimp my hide Guest post by Sainsbury’s :: Posted by: Admin on March 12th, 2013
Pimp my hide: why your living room will love a great leather sofa
There’s something about leather that appeals to us. That’s why we can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether its shoes, bags or coats, leather always feels the best, smells the best and is manufactured the best.
Maybe it’s because it is a natural material and reminds us of our own skin, maybe it’s because it feels soft to the touch or perhaps it’s because the older and more worn it gets, the better it looks. That’s something you definitely can’t say about synthetic materials.
So, when it’s time to get a new sofa for the living room, why not think about leather? One of the main barriers to leather sofas has often been the price. Because it’s leather, it usually means it’s going to cost a fortune but that’s not always the case any more. You can get great leather sofas that won’t break the bank.
Besides, when it comes to furniture, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap and it’s going to look tired and worn in no time. It will lose its shape, the fabric will wear out and you’ll need to replace it before you know it. Like they say, buy cheap, buy twice. With leather, you know you’re going to get a bit of wear out of it.
That’s not to mention the aesthetic benefits you’re going to get too. Leather is not just soft and resilient, it also looks great too. Just imagine your living room with a beautiful dark brown Chesterfield leather sofa. Or if you’re style is a little more modern, what about a sleek contemporary low leather sofa in lush black leather? You know it’s going to look good.
There are other benefits of leather too. Because it’s a natural material it warms up quickly and stays warm, ideal for those cosy winter evenings when all you want to do is snuggle up in front of the TV. In the summer, it won’t get too hot and make you sweat the instant you sit down. It also won’t contain any nasty toxic elements and is much more fire resistant than synthetic materials. Good to know when you’ve got a young family in the house.
Speaking of little ones, we all know that they can make a bit of a mess sometimes but thankfully, leather is really easy to wipe clean.
If you’re looking to give your living room a bit of a facelift, then a leather sofa could be just what you’re looking for. Sainsbury’s have a great range of leather sofas and other items of household furniture that could be perfect in your home. Visit the Sainsbury website today and look at their impressive product range.