These Custom Kitchen Ideas Will Make Your Home’s Kitchen Stand Out

Think about your home’s kitchen. It might be the first place the kids go after school if they want a snack. It could be the place where you put all of your stuff after fist coming home from work so that you can take a few minutes to get settled. If you host Thanksgiving at your house, it’ll definitely see a lot of traffic as people pour in to make sure the feast is everything that you want.

It serves all of these purposes adequately but, if you want to get the most out of it, then you’ll want to get a custom kitchen that makes yours unlike any other that you’ve ever seen before. There are a number of different things that you can do to make the kitchen in your home a place that you, your family and your guests will be happy to be in and this article will help you get started with your kitchen renovation.

Take these fixtures, for instance:

  • The Cabinets – This common kitchen fixture comes in a variety of styles to work with just about any kitchen design and layout. When looking at new cabinets that will fit into your own kitchen, you want to look at things like the style, color and finish to determine what will mesh well with your plans. While all of these things are important, you want to make sure that you have function to go with form. That means that whatever cabinet you use as part of your remodeling project should have enough space to store whatever you need.
  • The Table – Who regularly eats at your kitchen table? The kind of table that you decide to put into a custom kitchen project should be determined by whether your table is only used by you and your family or if you frequently entertain guests. Besides that, you want to make sure that the table you choose isn’t so large that it makes passing by it too difficult, so take the size of your kitchen versus the size of the table into account.
  • The Kitchen Island – This unique fixture is not something that all kitchens have, but it tends to be a centerpiece in a kitchen that does have one. They’re a popular addition to many remodeling projects because they can serve the dual purpose of being a place to prepare meals as well as eat them. If you decide to include a kitchen island, remember that the right placement can mean that you’ll be able to make more efficient use of your time in the kitchen.
  • The Sink – The sink is probably the single most important appliance in your kitchen, so why keep the same old one when everything else gets revamped once you get things rolling in your custom kitchen? You could opt for a larger, deeper bowl that could hold bigger pots or a double sink setup that allows you to do washing and cleaning more efficiently.

All of the items in the above list are things that can be remodeled but, at the end of the day, they are still designed so that you are able to perform a specific task. With that in mind, know that your kitchen renovation doesn’t have to begin and end with your appliances. There are other things that can be redesigned and implemented to help bring the project together.

Things like:

  • The Lighting – There are different kinds of lighting that can be put into place all throughout the kitchen to serve different purposes. Whether you want ambient lighting that sets the mood or task lighting that makes it easier to see what you’re cutting into, strategically putting the right lights in the right places is an important part of designing a custom kitchen.
  • The Floor – This is probably the last thing you thought about when it came to your kitchen, but it’s no less important than any other part of the kitchen. Consider not just the material that the floor is made out of, but the look as well. While you want a material that will be able to shrug off years of foot traffic, it’s also important to get something that you can put custom designs on, so that your floor stands out in some way.

Putting the right lighting and flooring in a custom kitchen can really tie the whole project together and give the space that extra-special, extra-personal touch that makes your kitchen then envy of any visitors that you have.

The ideas that you’ve been given are just a start, but the great thing about redesigning a kitchen is that there are an endless number of possibilities to take advantage of over the course of a project, so no two renovated kitchens will look alike.

Remodel your kitchen to fit your personal tastes and you’ll quickly see how a custom kitchen with a fresh design and brand new aesthetic can be a benefit as it creates a much more welcome and enjoyable space for all to enjoy.

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Tips for an Efficient Rental Apartment Search

When you are finding an apartment, there are several amenities that you certainly look for such as:

• A dishwasher
• An in-unit dryer/washer
• Being near to public transport.

A checklist of such things eventually means that you might have to go through numerous apartments before finding the perfect one.

However, if you perform your apartment search in the right manner, you can save plenty of time, energy & money. Here are some quick tips to have the most effective and efficient apartment search:

Determine Your Budget:

It can be quite easy to overlook the leasing price, when you see a nice apartment with spacious living room, lovely window views and ideal neighborhood. This is why its vital to determine your budget before you even initiate your search.

Just take a moment and figure out the expenses that you can actually afford per month, taking into consideration all other expenditures such as:

• Utilities
• Groceries
• Social activities
• Gym membership etc.

When you have a determined figure in mind, you won’t put yourself in a situation of renting an apartment that’s far beyond what you can actually afford.

Apartment Search Time:

The time of year when you search for a rental apartment can have a directly impact on what you end up paying for rent.

During the summer months there may be a plenty of apartment rentals available, but rent will be quite high because that’s the time when many individuals look for a house.

Narrow Down Your Search:

It’s totally crucial to visit the apartment you are considering renting. Searching apartment online will certainly save plenty of time.

A great thing about searching apartments online is that you can do the most of your apartment search without even leaving comfort of your house. Choose 3 or 4 apartments that are worth the trip and then plan a personal visit.

Be Organized:

Once you have looked at numerous apartments, they can all start to combine together & trying to keep track of all of the specifics (rental rates, amenities, contact information & security deposit amounts etc.) can get stressful. So do yourself a favor by making a quick spreadsheet.

By preparing a data you can easily get necessary details immediately, like when you need to contact the landlord (to enquire something), then you will have all the info right where you require it and you can save yourself from wasting time to track it down.

On the spreadsheet you can also keep side notes that you may want to remember about the apartment.

Bring Your Roommate(s):

In case you are planning to share apartment with your friends, it’s ideal to bring them along when you go to look a place.

Viewing together at a rental apartment will certainly save lots of time. After viewing the apartment place, you can discuss about what you like & don’t like.

Transportation:

Even if you do plan on having a car, utilizing public transport to run errands or to work can save you plenty of money in the long run.

It is always ideal to consider proximity to public transport when looking for an apartment. Saving money on car maintenance, insurance and gas/fuel leaves more in your budget to dedicate to monthly lease and other expenditures.

Energy Costs:

Before signing any leasing agreement, ask the landlord about the average utility costs for the apartment. It’s something that’s certainly worth looking into, as this is an expenditure that can truly sneak-up on you.

Ask for Special Discounts:

Depending on the apartments you are seeing, there may be definite move-in discounts or special offers you can take benefit of.

For example, if you decide to sign a longer lease then some landowners may offer your first month rent-free. Even if there are not any offers or discounts, it never hurts to enquire.

Be Prepared to Negotiate:

Once you have visited your top two or three apartments, you may try negotiating with the landowner of the place you are most heavily considering.

When the landowner recognizes that you have other options available, they may be more eager to work with you on the monthly lease.

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Pressure Wash Contractors – Is it Really About the Money?

As with any trade, a contractor entering into the pressure washing industry has their sight on one primary goal. That is to make money and LOTS of it.

This is probably the one common denominator that most pressure wash contractors give as their reason for joining the rank and file as a professional power washing contractor. Obviously there is nothing wrong with making money with your business; this is why you are in business right? Often time a contractors success is measured by prescribed benchmarks passed down from one generation to the next. One of them being how much money do you make? The formula has always been that money equals success. The other is whether or not you are busy? If a contractor is busy, then the old cliche is that they must be successful because their busy. And if a contractor is busy 7 days a week from sun-up to sun-down then obviously they are making great money ~ right?

The Rat Race of Success?

Imagine having a 5 year business plan that yields a surge of growth for your business that everything else in your life is on hold in order to accommodate the abounding growth you experience year after year? The influx of sales calls must be answered within 24 hours preferably. Once answered, then you must schedule the estimates. Do not forget to take the time to proof read your marketing fliers/postcards in between answering all the sales calls and the estimates that you just scheduled. Phone time with your distributor is a must in order to keep the chemicals/soaps stocked. The phone time with your distributor also affords you the opportunity to ask technical questions about the “rattling noise” you hear on your rig when it is in operation. For some of you, if your rig goes down then you are nonoperational at least for the next 24-48 hours at minimum.

Fellow contractors need their time also on the phone with you so they can “bend your ear” for tips and suggestions. Set some time aside at night to keep your companies web presence in the forefront for your customer base and to answer emails from customers that opted to not call you during the day. Training any new employee will take a good chunk out of a work day so plan accordingly. If you are a one-man operation you obviously will need to finesse your washing schedule in order to make time to actually perform the work that was booked from those sales calls mentioned earlier. In the past you were able to make bank deposits every Friday but today you just cannot seem to make it to the bank until after it is closed because you literally have a thousand other priorities going on with the success of your business.

In between this fast operation tempo you may manage to give your significant other a call on the phone to let them know that you will not be able to make it to your sons little league game or your daughters dance recital again as promised. You offer up a sincere and heart felt apology not only to your significant other but more importantly to your child who is obviously upset that you will not be there – again. You had every intention to make it this time when you left for work that morning but as luck would have it a customer frantically called at the last minute saying the stain you applied yesterday was not the right color! Before you hang up with your wife you mention that you will not make it home for dinner either. Has this been your routine lately? Do the demands of your business and the priorities associated with it overshadow the very reason why you are in business of pressure washing in the first place?

What is Your System?

Business growth and the effort that is required to manage that growth can be a pleasant experience as a pressure wash business owner. As your business grows externally i.e. sales, marketing, increase in contracts, you must ensure that you internal business infrastructure i.e. employees, managers, sales team is also growing to compliment this external growth. It is highly recommended that your business plan not only speaks on “systems” but more importantly that you understand the action on your part to place the right people into your business so that the “systems” in writing can turn to “systems” of reality. As business owners, we often overlook the infrastructure portion of our business plan by diverting our attention on only how to get our phone to ring. When this happens we find ourselves running our business in what is commonly known as ‘catch up mode’. This means that no matter what time of the day it is, you are behind schedule or in ‘catch up mode’ because your “systems” still lay dormant. In conjunction with just being behind schedule every day, we also unconsciously run a very high risk of losing out on the joys of spending quality time with our family and loved ones as described in the example above. Does this sound like you?

Who is in Charge?

There is good news and today you are empowered as the owner of your business to stop this cycle of madness and take control of your business instead of letting your business control you. The first step in order to regain control of your business is that you need to arrive to the understanding and belief that constant business growth is not necessarily the only indicator to success. As a pressure washing contractor with a family you owe it to your significant other and children to ensure that the growth of your business does not constantly overshadow the simple things in life that everyone in your household needs and wants.

Who ME??

As business owners, we have the luxury and the ability to ‘scale back’ our time in the field in order to make the time to give our family the attention they deserve. Why? Because you are the owner and the BOSS. That is right; YOU call the shots on the day to day operations and at what the operation tempo of your day will be like. If your ‘systems’ action plan only got as far as it being written on a piece of paper then you run a very high risk of burning yourself out very quickly. Coupled this along with the mental peer pressure from your significant other that you have not spent quality time with your family in the last 4-6 months, it is plausible that one day you may wake up and realize that you do not enjoy what you are doing i.e. pressure washing.

Instead of starting your pressure wash season with only the purpose of making as much money as you can, could it be feasible that you approach your pressure wash season with the mind set that your business and family will sustain a “balance” through out the year? Oh the joy of seeing a young boys face light up when he sees BOTH parents sitting in the bleachers to watch his little league game in the middle of the afternoon; Or the smile from ear-to-ear when a young daughter happily jumps into your arms because you came to pick her up from school. Establishing the right “systems” in your pressure washing business takes time and ultimately some trial and error. It is okay if you do not get it right after several attempts but be mindful and confident that you will get there eventually. Managing the growth of your company may even mean temporarily not growing at all until you able to find the right individuals that posses the skill set your business needs to take it to that next plateau.

Time To Reflect

If you find yourself in the middle of the pressure wash gauntlet today, take a moment and reflect on what is really important in your life on your terms. Ask yourself why you became a pressure washing contractor in the first place? Was it because you and your family wanted the freedom that you could not obtain working for someone else? If so, where is that freedom today? Take inventory on how your time away from the family may be viewed by your significant other and your children today. If making money at all costs is what drives you then congratulations on your success. If you seek that “balance” between pressure washing and family remember that you are empowered to be in control of your days. One of rewards of being a business owner is that you have the ability to keep any schedule that you wish.

I personally know a pressure washing contractor located in Kentucky that has carved out a pretty decent pressure washing business. One of the keys to his success is that he manages his business verses letting his business manage him. It is not uncommon for him to be out riding his Harley in the afternoon or taking his beautiful family to a local restaurant for an early supper on any given day. This is a prime example of how one pressure washing contractor has taking advantage of why he is in business in the first place; that is to enjoy life. I do not know how much money he makes a year but I would guess that he, along with other pressure washing contractors that have mastered this “balance” between work and family, is probably one of the richest guys in the industry and has very little if any to do with the size of his bank account.

Lets Go Out for Dinner

So as your phone continues to ring off the hook and you are attempting to be superman for all your customers all at one time, stop and asked yourself whether or not ‘is it really about all the money?’ If so, continue on your journey and you should be applauded for your sacrifice. If not, I am sure you would be superman, at least for that night, to your family when you show up at the house unannounced to tell them you are taking them out to dinner!

For pressure washing services in Kelowna check out the information below.

NEXT LEVEL Window Cleaning
3739 Casorso Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 5e8
Phone: (250) 826-4843

Professional Carpet Cleaning VS DIY

Common misconception about professional carpet cleaning service is it is costly, inconvenient, and one can clean a carpet oneself using self purchased steam cleaning machines or use stain removal products available in DIY shop.

To correct the misconception, we need to understand the difference between the two cleaning processes to draw a fairer conclusion.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

Typical DIY cleaning involves regular carpet vacuuming, removing stains on carpet using DIY stain removal products found in hardware store, and some may even purchase or lease equipment to clean it.

Regular vacuuming is a necessary carpet maintenance practice which should be done daily to minimize the amount of accumulated dust, dirt particles and micro organism in it. This regular exercise is recommended not only to maintain the condition of carpet, regular dust removal also help to improve indoor air quality and minimize exposure to indoor airborne allergens.

While occurrence of a carpet stain is inevitable to prevent, one should be extra cautious when applying chemical based stain removal products from hardware stores. Due to the chemical content in carpet stain removal solutions sold in the market you need to be very careful when selecting the carpet stain removal solution and to follow given instructions diligently as one wrong application step may cause permanent damage that cannot be reversed, even by any professional cleaning service companies. By then, you may end up spending more money to get it repaired or replaced.

Purchasing or leasing cleaning equipment maybe an alternative solution. But before making the purchase, it is highly recommended to check with your carpet installer which carpet cleaning method is suitable for your carpet material. Some carpet material should not get wet at all while some carpet may discolour if not cleaned appropriately.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Reputable professional carpet cleaning companies would invest money to research and bring in effective cleaning system and products to produce excellent and safe cleaning result. Furthermore, carpet cleaning operators are often trained professionally and have many years of experience in handling different types of carpet and challenging conditions.

Carpet cleaning cost is normally pegged to the total cleanable carpet area and the existing carpet condition. So the dirtier it is, the longer it will take to clean the carpet. This means longer man hour and more cleaning products needed to clean the carpet which will incur higher cost. Dirtier carpet also has less chance to get all the stains and dirt removed as some of the stains may have penetrated into the carpet fibre which makes them impossible to be removed.

Conclusion

Contrary to common misconception, professional cleaning may not always be costly and cause inconvenience. In fact, if you engage professional cleaning regularly, the cost to clean and maintenance assurance you get from them will be more worth it than getting it cleaned on your own.

While DIY carpet cleaning may seem cheaper or more convenient as you can choose to clean carpet as and when required, your employed cleaner or yourself does not have the necessary cleaning skill and experience to handle the cleaning. Mishandling of carpet cleaning products or stain removal solutions also risks causing damage to the carpet which will end up causing more damage than cleaning it.

Whichever carpet cleaning method you prefer, an important note to remember, do not underestimate the amount of accumulated dust, dirt, bacteria, and micro organism that can be found in it. Regular carpet vacuuming is important for general carpet housekeeping and maintaining good indoor air quality in your premise. Whenever in doubt when cleaning your carpet, always check with a reputable carpet cleaning service company for advice.