Thursday, 3 August 2017

What to Look Out for When Hiring a Contractor ?



























If you’ve had a bad experience with a contractor, you know that you need to be extra careful when hiring someone to remodel or repair something at your home. If, however, you haven’t had any negative experiences, you have the chance to learn from other people’s mistakes and learn what is important to know before you hire a contractor.

Make Sure They Are Insured and Registered to Work in Your Area

The first step when picking a contractor is to learn if they have all the necessary permits to conduct works you are interested in. Don’t just pick one company, take several local companies into consideration.

Another important thing you should not neglect is whether the company is insured. If they are not, you could be liable for any damage or injury to the workers. Typically, contractors will have a website which clearly shows their insurance, like in this example from KIC Restoration Inc of San Diego http://www.kicrestoration.com/insurance-clients/. Make sure you double check the company’s credentials before you commit to them.

Another good reason to pick a local restoration company is the cost. If the workers need to travel far every day, the costs of your projects can increase significantly. Additionally, if anything goes wrong later, it is more likely that locals will want to come back and repair whatever the problem was.

Look Up Their Work Beforehand

Another useful thing you can do to ensure that you have the right company is to look up their previous work. Most companies will display their work on their website. Not only can you see the quality of their work in the flesh, but you could also get an inspiration for your project as well.

Trust Recommendations

Ask your friends and family if they have done any restoration works and what their experiences were with contractors. Their personal recommendations should be enough for you to make up your mind.
However, if you are still unsure, consult various online forums, where you can read both good and bad reviews. Naturally, you should take these reviews with just a pinch of salt.

Get an Estimate

Most companies will gladly give you the rough estimate of how much the project is going to cost you. Get several quotes from different companies and compare them. You will end up with a median price of your project as the guide.You can use this price as a bargaining chip when talking to contractors in the future.

Make a Contract Before You Start

If you have settled on a contractor you want to work with, make sure that you sign a contract. Be as specific as you can in this contract to ensure that you are protected if anything goes wrong. The contract should include the total cost, estimated starting and ending times, as well as all the plans and technical drawings used. 

You can never be too specific or detailed. If you have agreed on the brand of materials being used, put it in there. If you have a detailed schedule, it should also be included there. Once the contract is completed, both you and the contractor should review it and sign it.

Make a Payment Plan

Restorations and other house works can be quite costly. Most people do not have that kind of money in cash. Fortunately, most companies have the policy of not paying everything upfront. Typically a small percentage is given as an advance, the majority of the sum is paid during the works and the final installment is given when the work is done and you have had the chance to inspect the work they’ve done.

If they ask for all, or a large percentage of the money in advance, the company might be in some financial problems and you should think twice before doing business with them. The best option is to include this payment schedule into the contract you sign before the works start.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Hottest Patio Furniture Trends for Summer 2017



Hot summer days are already here, and now is a great time to work on your patio or porch if you haven’t already. New outdoor furniture options, as well as appliances and outdoor kitchens, can make any outdoor area as comfortable as the interior.  

Some homeowners are concerned with the fact that the summer has already started and their patio furniture is outdated. But, as the experts at Skylar’s Home and Patio claim, the right time to buy furniture is whenever you are ready.

Cold, streamlined and concrete patios are out this season, as new trends emerged and took the home design world by storm. Natural materials, outdoor living areas and retro design are back in cool, calming colors.

Indoor Layouts Outside

The indoor designs are moving away from your living room and onto your patio! Homeowners are adding outdoor rugs, side tables and lots of furniture outside to transform their patio or porch into a comfortable living outdoor area.

This way, your backyard and patio can become an extension of your indoor living area. You can achieve this look by going for furniture that looks like it was made for the indoors and spice it up with items such as layered blankets and pillows.

Retro Furniture

Ornate plastic and wrought iron furniture are out this seasons, as retro-style furniture is reemerging. Homeowners are going for wooden or woven furniture for its rich texture and retro vibe. The 70’s-style rattan has become a huge trend, both for indoor and outdoor furniture.

Colorful Woven Furniture

While we’re on the subject of woven furniture, even though it has its roots deep in tradition, designers are finding new ways to make these pieces interesting and appealing to a younger generation of homeowners. This gave birth to woven furniture that comes in non-traditional colors like light blue. This pairs well with darker hues common for traditional outdoor furniture and design.

Natural Materials

In line with the previous entries, we’re seeing a lot more of natural materials as opposed to concrete furniture. Wood and other natural materials like teak are ideal for a traditional, rustic patio.

Mosaic Table

Another surprising comeback on the list, mosaic tables are a huge trend both for accent and dining outdoor tables. Keeping in line with the previous items on this list, these vintage tables are made out of glass and natural stone or ceramic.

Bohemian Colors

Deep reds and oranges are a huge patio trend that still holds up this season. These colors go well with the rustic style that’s making comeback as well as natural materials and wooden finishes.

Calming Blue Tones

If you are not a fan of darker, bohemian hues, you can try to bring the seaside into your own yard using calming blues and striking greens instead. This style also works well with traditional furniture, especially woven pieces, but can be made edgier by using colorful pieces like yellow woven furniture.

Experiment with Colors

If neither trend looks appealing or fits your vision, don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, textures and patterns. While this trend is mainly popular with younger homeowners, it will make any old patio look invigorated and new. Don’t hesitate to mix and match vibrant colors like bright orange and turquoise.


10 Most Fastest, Cheapest and Easy Home Decor Ideas

Browsing around for quick home décor ideas that are effortless and go smooth on your budget? These floor-to-ceiling decorating ideas are sure to provide not only visual appeal but will also stimulate your senses the positive way.


1.     Re-purpose Stuff

Look around your house to reuse unused & throwaway stuff in style because old and discarded things, especially are good to experiment with. Old suitcases and trunks may not be in use these days but why hide them away in your attic when they can serve as excellent side tables and ottomans with minor makeovers?

2.     Swap Things

The most convenient way to decorate your space is by inviting hand-me-downs and by exchanging stuff with family and friends. This way you can keep clutter at check and also ensure trash is put to the best use.  

3.     Love Your Floor

Just because rugs lie on your floor, we often forget that rugs add grace not only to your floor but also to the entire room. Perfect rugs especially custom area rugs can perfectly open up your room. With affordable custom rugs conveniently available online, you can be sure to get a perfect rug to suit all your needs.

4.     Dote On Your Wall

Walls are perfect to hold all your home décor dreams from wallpapers to DIY artwork due to the vast expanse of walls that make your home. Let your imagination run wild when it comes to utilizing your wall to the fullest.

5.     Get Crafty

Flaunt your crafty side by using leftover wallpaper to your advantage. With a wee bit of your time you can make use of wallpaper to adorn the insides of shelves and wardrobes. This is the cheapest way to add interesting patterns to plain storage fixtures.

6.     The Magic Potion

Paint is a magic potion that can bring about an instant change in your interiors. Paint a single wall a surprising color to create an accent wall and the best part is, you can finish this project with just one quart paint.

7.     Infuse Freshness

Indoor plants can add a breath of freshness to your home. If these plants are flowering shrubs, you can be sure to add sweet fragrance into your interiors.

8.     Nature's Free Stuff

Nature is its own decorator capable of changing its looks with every season. Why not use nature’s bounty to decorate your interiors? Natural stuff like wood, sea shells, pebbles and dry flowers can add charm even if you use them in their raw form.

9.     Light To Your Advantage

Table lamps, pendant lights and floor lighting are a convenient option to add a soft warmth and fascination to your space. These lighting fixtures work much better than bright overhead lights in your interiors.

10.      Minor Changes Huge Impact

A change in slip-in covers, upholstery, drapes, table covers, cabinet handles and window treatments are a convenient way to change your interior outlook. Get on the mailing list of your favorite store to avail crazy deals on these home improvement stuff.


Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She loves interior designing, home décor and DIY projects.