Flooring and Carpet Installation Tips for 2017

While considering flooring and carpet installation, you will have to go one of two ways: either do it yourself or get a local professional to work for you. This decision will depend on your skills and the experience (if any) you have with such a project.

INTRODUCTION

Once your floor reaches its breaking point, simple touch ups and thorough cleaning won’t do much to solve the problem. In this situation, you’ll need to consider installing new flooring or getting a carpet.

Whether you wish to repair the worn wooden flooring in your hallway, install new tiles in the kitchen, or replace your carpeting, you might be interested in saving some money by doing the project yourself.

However, you should first think about the following before you take such a course of action:

  1. Choosing the Flooring

As your local professional of choice will inform you, flooring and carpeting material come in various prices, colors, materials, and styles. To choose the right one, think about:

– All known allergies among the property’s occupants

– Cleaning needs

– Durability of the material

– Room elevation changes

– How much you need the new floor to dampen sounds

– Specific considerations, such as the presence of water

– The amount of traffic the room will sustain

– The pets you have

– The room (s)

– The standards in your neighborhood

– Your budget

Since there are so many flooring and carpeting options out there, you would be well advised to focus on what you need first before finding something that best meets your timeline and budget.

  1. Cost Considerations

For most home improvement projects requiring flooring and carpet installations, the major deciding factor rests on pricing. To get the best of everything, you should educate yourself about the factors that drive costs for most flooring projects. This way, the quote your flooring professional won’t come as a surprise.

Although you might want to save some money by working on the project yourself, the savings will be dependent on your availability and skill level. To this end, you should lay out all the costs for the new project before you take such action – if only to better prepare yourself and your bank balance.

Then, compare and contrast the costs of hiring a local expert versus those required for you to do the project yourself.

a) DIY Carpet and Flooring Installation

If you decide to do the project on your own, there are a few of the standard costs you should be prepared to deal with:

– Equipment to remove old molding and install new materials

– Flooring materials

– Placing orders for the products

– Repairs for any mistakes you might make

– Shipping fees for the products

– Supplies and tools

b) Professional Carpet and Flooring Installation

In the list below, you’ll find most of the costs you will be required to pay when you hire flooring contractors to take on the project for you:

– Cleanup

– Installation labor fees

– Materials required

– Preparation labor fees

– Removal of debris

The professional route might prove to be slightly more expensive on account of the labor costs involved. However, you should be able to cut down on the final fee by doing some of the work on your own before the flooring experts come in. For instance, you can clear furniture from the work area and prepare your floors before the installation project starts.

However, the extra money you’ll still spend on contracting a professional will go a long way in ensuring that you receive the high quality work you deserve while also raising the chances of successful completion of the project. Further, you will free yourself of the hassle that comes with installing new floors and/or carpets.

  1. Skill Level

For most people, DIY projects present new opportunities to learn a new skill. However, you need to be able to put in the effort and time required, as well as committing yourself to completing the bulk of the work.

To this end, the DIY choice might not prove ideal if you have no experience or if you are not enthusiastic about getting down on all fours and dirtying your hands. In fact, you might want to deliberate on the following with regards to your level of experience:

– Ability to check for mold and water damage

– Ability to safely prep subfloors and remove flooring material

– Any experience installing new flooring or carpeting

– If you can check joists and subflooring

– If you enjoy hard labor

– Knowledge about creating transitions from one floor level to the next

– Knowledge about replacing subflooring

– Understanding of the amount of slope required, especially in drainage rooms

– Your ability to use a variety of construction tools safely and properly

– Your familiarity with most basic home improvement tasks

If you lack in any of the areas above, then the DIY route might not prove ideal. These are just some of the tasks charged to local flooring and carpeting professionals.

Choosing to hire one, therefore, means that your only job would be to choose the type of flooring and carpeting, communicating with them, and making the required payments.

Since flooring contractors are experts in their field, you can expect them to provide you with the credible and reliable service you are looking for, while also guiding you into making all the right decisions.

Over and above everything else, it makes sense to hire local experts where flooring and carpeting installation is concerned. Only by so doing will you end up with the exact kind of interior décor you envision.

CARPET AND FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS

As we’ve mentioned above, carpet and flooring installation is best handled by the experts. They have the equipment, experience, and enthusiasm that you might lack.

However, you can still participate to ensure everything meets your expectations. Here are some tips to help you do this:

a) Shopping

As you shop for the new carpet or flooring, ask the local professional about how much everything will cost you. For instance, you can find out whether the fees will include the tearing out and disposal of the current flooring you have. You should also inquire about who is expected to move the furniture as well as the likely lead time for the completion of the project.

b) Prepping

Prepare the room in advance to reduce the amount of time your flooring and carpeting experts take. For instance, think about removing the smaller pieces of furniture – depending on the arrangement you made with your installer.

You can also remove everything and store it away from the action. This includes TVs, phones, and any other item that is plugged in or hard wired.

Advertisements
Read more "Flooring and Carpet Installation Tips for 2017"

Top 22 Men’s Clothing Items You Must Have Before Clocking 30

It is a truth universally accepted that clothing maketh the man. As you approach your thirtieth birthday, therefore, you should preen into your life and reminisce at the distance run. Thirty is also the age at which every man ought to spruce up their look – particularly with regards to dress code, accessories, and grooming habits.

To check if you are on the right path, open your closet and go through each item of clothing you find in there. If you are not happy with what you see, this post will help you effect the changes that will make you happier.

Read on to learn more:

mens style

What You Wear Matters

As a 30-year old, you are no longer allowed to dress sloppily or slovenly. In fact, you are at a crucial point in your life where what you choose to wear will be judged by everyone you meet – friends, dates, potential mates, colleagues, or even your soon-to-be new boss/business partner.

The same allowance life has given you with respect to aging gracefully should be given to your wardrobe. Even though there are certain strings of gear that might not have seemed relevant in your 20s, you will soon land upon the discovery that these same pieces of clothing and accessories will turn into solid foundational pieces for your future look.

The List

Hopefully, most of the men’s clothing listed here are already stashed somewhere in your closet. Regardless, below are the essential clothing items every man MUST own by the time they clock 30:

  1. Tailored, Fitting Suit

tailored suit

Everyone assumes that by the time a man clocks 30 their finances are in order. This financial stability ought to reflect in your dressing.

More specifically, you must to toss out “suits” that aren’t form-fitting or body flattering. Where possible, get a full suit that fits well. Of course, it would help if you got the suit specifically tailored for your body.

Recommendation: Get your suit tailored in gray or navy.

  1. A Nice Blazer

nice blazor.jpg

With the perfect blazer, you’ll always have something to throw on when you need to dress for a special occasion. Whether you are headed out to brunch with your colleagues or you are meeting a date/your SO for evening drinks, a blazer will speak volumes about your maturity, sense of style, and levels of confidence.

What is more, a cute blazer will help you look smart and outstanding without going overboard – which would happen if you chose to show up in a full suit.

  1. A Mature Wristwatch

expensive wristwatch.jpg

Nothing quite makes a man look significant and mature than a nice timepiece. As a man in the prime of life, therefore, you might want to splurge a little on a watch that will mark you out on special occasions.

Even if you are not particularly enthusiastic about having something on your wrist, turning 30 means you are evolving into a world of conformity. The social circles you frequent, therefore, will expect you to be dressed up.

To this end, don’t be scared to spend some of your money on a pricey watch. Somewhere down the road, you’ll be glad you did.

  1. Black and Brown Leather Dress Shoes

dress shoes.jpg

It is also imperative that you improve the quality of your footwear by the time you hit 30. Dress shoes, in particular, are worth more than their value in cash.

To keep up with your age, therefore, set yourself up with two suave pairs – one in black and the other in brown.

  1. Fitting Chino Shorts

slim-fit-chino-shorts

What will happen when you get invited out on a yacht, and you have nothing to wear? This is where a pair of fitting chino shorts will come into play. Although your age doesn’t  really allow you to go out in shorts (cargo shorts to be more specific), you never know when you’ll need a pair.

  1. Sturdy Boots

Sturdy Boots

The higher the quality of the boots you invest in, the better it will be for you over the long haul. Boots are essential, especially for fall and winter – or when the weather is too wet for your regular dress shoes. Further, the right pair will last you a lifetime – only if you take good care of them, of course.

  1. Proper Summer Shoes

mens Summer Shoes.jpg

Whether it’s a pair of trusty moccasins or crisp white sneakers, you’ll never go wrong with the right summer shoes. If you can, get a couple of pairs to form the base of your distinctly personalized signature look for summer.

  1. Warm Winter Coat

Warm mens Winter Coat.jpg

For most 30-year-olds, winter comes with a wide variety of events where you need to dress up before you rush out. Since the weather will be freezing, you need something to keep you cozy and warm without killing your style. This is where a winter coat comes in.

  1. Stylish Winter Coat

Stylish mens Winter Coat.jpg

Apart from having something warm for winter, you need another coat that will turn you from a regular Joe into an elegant gentleman – a stylish winter coat.

  1. Umbrella

Stylish mens Umbrella.jpg

Although you have the option of carrying a collapsible everywhere you go, a proper umbrella will earn you major style marks after you clock 30.

  1. Duffel Bag

Whether you choose to invest in a leather carry-all or you decide to go for a fabric duffel bag, it is imperative that you have something that looks grown-up.

  1. Work Bag

Stylish mens Work Bag.jpg

Never ever show up anywhere with a backpack. It will look tacky on a 30-year-old. Instead, get a proper work bag or briefcase for your computer and work accessories.

  1. Leather Wallet

Are you still holding on to your college wallet? Toss it into the trash and invest in a proper gentleman’s leather wallet.

  1. Belt

If you can, get a reversible belt with black on one side and brown on the other. Remember, the higher the quality of your belt, the fewer the times you are going to be forced to shop for a new one.

  1. Proper Tux

Tux.jpg

When you get to 30, you should say goodbye to your neighborhood tux rental shop. Instead, get your own tuxedo – preferable from a renowned professional tailor. This way, you’ll never have to think twice when you receive an invitation to attend a purely black-tie event.

  1. Denim Jeans

Ever pair of denims you buy from hereon should be dark and go on your body like a fitted glove on Lady Windermere’s fanning hand.

  1. The Perfect Tee

Toss out or donate every unsightly t-shirt you are still holding onto, and a couple of perfect tees to your closet instead.

  1. Casual Jacket

Get something that you are going to love wearing when you go out. The style doesn’t really matter as long as the jacket is the right fit.

  1. Signature Shirt

Look for a casual albeit attractive shirt, buy it, and proceed to use it as part of your signature look. It might be an Oxford button-down, a Henley, or a sweatshirt. Whatever the choice, people will start spotting you the moment they colors hit their eyes.

  1. Swimsuit

mens Swimsuit 2017.jpg

Similarly, look for a pair of swimming trunks that makes you look grown up at the beach or swimming pool without leaving you feeling self-conscious.

  1. Tie

Get a couple of ties that suit your tastes and preferences.

  1. Eyewear

mens Eyewear 2017.jpg

The eyewear you choose should not only make you look more intelligent and introspective, they should also fit your face structure correctly.

So, there you have it – the 22 clothing items that every man needs to have in their closet and on their bodies. Invest in these basics, and you’ll always look stylish and genteel from 30 onwards.

Read more "Top 22 Men’s Clothing Items You Must Have Before Clocking 30"

15 Signs You Own a Business in Florida

Summer is instilled deep inside you. The sun energizes you and gives you yet another reason to get up early to go grind. Your customers are both fun to talk to and serve. These are just a couple of the signs that you were cut out to own and run a business in Florida.

That said, the business of running your company isn’t easy. However, the rich entrepreneurial culture in Florida is something you feel proud to have adopted. It runs deep in the bones, you see?

So, here’s to the millions of business owners in Florida – and the perfectly unexpected happenings that you undergo in your daily life, which add up to create the dream life you currently have. Here are the top 15 signs you own a business in Florida:

  1. Dress Code

Business casual is different for you. The Florida casual dress code has evolved over and beyond the culture of quirky, globalized startups. You define how the world dresses – at least the forward-thinking part of the globe.

Unlike Wall Street executives in their stuffy suits, you closet features graphic tees and flip-flops. However, that’s not to say that you’re cheap. After all, Mack Zuckerberg allegedly forks out as much as $2,000 for cashmere hoodies.

  1. Towels

That said, you have invested seriously in the towels you end up bringing to the beach for relaxation purposes after hours. If you don’t already have a circle-shaped one, you are out on the prowl for something priced under $100.

  1. Crowds

You have no qualms with the beach being packed or not. A beach, for you, is exactly that – a beach. You even have a personalized playlist specifically dedicated for the beach – because, you know, who wants to be in the sham and drudgery when you have more interesting, inspiring things to hear?

  1. Sharing

More specifically, the sharing economy gives you good and bad chills. While online platforms and apps like Airbnb and Uber continue competing with other similar small businesses, you know that you can still leverage on this economy to reduce your operating costs.

You even go a step further and use PostMates for shipments, TaskRabbit for finding new hires, Kickstarter for crowdfunding, and (best of all) Funding Circle to raise capital for your business.

  1. Tans

Getting a tan not only energizes you, it is also a part of who you truly are. Nothing positively rocks your boat – both literally and figuratively – as wearing one on your day to day business.

  1. Marketing

You are a master when it comes to your target market. In particular, you have learned how to sell to college-age customers. College towns exist around vibrant entertainment venues, retailers, bookstores, and cafes.

As the owner of any or several of these businesses, you have learned how to tap into the incredibly lucrative spending power of college students. With more than 100 universities and colleges in Florida, you have a rich diversity to pick from.

 What is more, most of your target clientele are conscientious, young, and love shopping locally. As a small business, you have gained incredible mileage from providing products and services these students need.

  1. Food Truck

At one point or another, you’ve seriously considered getting your food truck. Perhaps, you even run a food truck. With Florida being the epicenter of the food truck renaissance – and Californian metropole breaking smack into the top 25 food trucks per capita according to the Business Insider – it wouldn’t really come as a surprise that food trucks (for you) are an excellent way to add some income to your net worth.

  1. Keeping Up

You’re always ahead of every new trend. You are aware of what’s popping and what’s not. You know and understand the community you work in, basic marketing requirements, and the technology that cuts it for you.

For instance, if you sell remotely, you are still able to run a credit card right through your smartphone. Therefore, your business survival depends on your ability to tap into every single thing going on in the industry you serve.

  1. Employment Laws

With increasing legislation and lawsuits, you will never dare to err on the wrong side of the law where employment is concerned. You know that the law protects local employees and you already have outside counsel or an in-house legal team to ensure that your company is always in compliance with Florida employment laws.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is life for you; so much so that you’d attempted it at least once during a lunch break. Long before the world discovered the Downward Facing Dog, you had already started on Chaturangas.

Why? Because you understand that exercise increases productivity while cutting back on stress.

  1. Traffic

Staying in traffic is part and parcel of your daily routine. You’ve spent most of your time on it – especially when the rains come. If you live in Contra Costa or Riverside, then traffic is normal for you.

  1. Ice Coffee

You drink iced coffee religiously – but never from Dunkin’ Donuts. A recent survey of small businesses by Funding Circle found that 49% of small business owners take in 2 or more coffees a day.

With our iconic sunny weather, the caffeine you order is almost always on the rocks. After all, who wants to be sweating and sweltering over a business date? Certainly not you.

  1. Green’s Good

The environment matters greatly to you. As such, you compost and recycle to cut back on your environmental footprint. The law even requires that you institute a responsible recycling program because your business probably generates four cubic yards of solid waste a week (or more).

  1. Startups

Almost everyone you know assumes your business is an actual startup. Just because your company employs fewer than 100 locals, everyone assumes that you must be a startup. The fact that your business is in Florida further compounds the belief that it must be a startup.

However, they just might be wrong!

  1. Excitement

You’re not in it for the money as much as the passion, the opportunity, and the energy your Florida business gives you. As your own boss, you need to motivate yourself. Every. Single. Second. Daily.

And that, fellow Florida business owner, is why you are typically excited by what you do.

If you know any other small business owner in Florida, please share this list with them now.

Read more "15 Signs You Own a Business in Florida"