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Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

The flooring in a house is often one of the first things people notice in terms of internal finishes. This is because it is a clear signal of quality or lack thereof. If you are thinking of replacing hardwood flooring in your home, first you should consider whether it would be better to just refurbish it. Refinishing your floors can add new life to them and save you lots of money, which makes it a choice worth considering.

The big argument against refurbishing is that it won’t fix many of the problems inherent in the floor. You can’t refinish away the squeaky sounds of the boards, and that is a clear case where it would make more sense to just completely redo the flooring and save yourself a lot of potential trouble.

Some people elect to lay new flooring over the previous flooring, but that doesn’t always solve that problem and can result in hardwood being visible through the sheet vinyl or other types of flooring. If you are going to take this route, first make sure you research what the end product will be like when finished. The last thing you want is to have flooring you unhappy with just because you thought you could cut some corners. Also, it is likely that the floor height will increase as well, so be aware of this and factor it in to your decision, particularly when it comes to clearance for doors, and removing / installing dishwashers.

Removing hardwood flooring is probably going to be the worst part of this whole process. If you’re intending to reuse any of the hardwood, you will have carefully remove the nails and remove the pieces in sequence. However, even if you are trying to get rid of the entire floor, it is going to take some time and patience. Most of the time, you can use a power tool to speed up this process. Many people elect to do this by themselves, but if you wish to pay a professional, it will probably cost around $1.25 psf.

Something to consider when you are laying your new flooring, is that it is usually prudent to add an underlayment, for additional sound reduction. This will also help your new flooring stay in place, and will reduce any squeaking, as friction with nails going up and down in the subflooring should be eliminated.

When laying the new hardwood flooring, nailing is preferable to gluing. This will give a neater outcome and you are able to keep the boards closer together. Baseboards which are secured to the wall will also be helpful in keeping the boards pinned down around the edges. As a general estimate, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8.00 to $12.00 per square foot for your new flooring for top quality products. Depending on your contractor, labour costs can significantly increase this, but that part is up to you and your negotiating skills.

Add Value to Your Home with a Tankless Water Heater

Within the trend of home improvement, one of the changes that has been slow to catch on in North America is the use of tankless water heating systems, also known as on-demand hot water systems. These have been the standard in Europe and Asia for a while, but North Americans haven’t shown the same high adoption rate. This is strange because tankless systems are both more convenient, and more efficient.

You will often pay a high lump sum when putting the tankless heater in and updating the plumbing, but your monthly bills will be significantly less than they were before. This is attributed to not needing to spend money idly heating water. As the name suggests, tankless heaters have no tank, so no water is constantly being heated for potential use. Instead, the heater warms up the water nearly instantaneously.

This solves three problems. First, you can now get as much hot water as you want without exhausting your hot water tank. Second, now that you have no 60 litre tank in your basement, there is a ton more space available. Finally, you never have to worry about your hot water tanking blowing out and flooding your basement, because your tankless water heater doesn’t store any water.

There are a few downsides to tankless water heaters and it is good to understand them before installing one. A tankless heater can only provide a limited amount of hot water at a time. The throughput is limited, but unlike a water tank, it can consistently supply that hot water rather than needing hours to heat more up. Another issue with water heaters is the energy requirement. The instantaneous energy requirement can be up to four times more demanding than a water tank, so you should ensure this upgrade is possible before undergoing the change.

The cost of a tankless water heater is generally around $2,000-$4,000, but their lifespan can be up to 20 years, which means you get a significant amount of extra value out of it. As always, make sure to get a few quotes for the switch to tankless before you say yes, as this will save you lots of money in the long-run.

Tankless water heaters are available in a variety of fuel sources, electric, natural gas, and propane gas. Your choice will depend on costs of the unit, cost of the fuel, availability of fuel service, and the location in your home where the unit will be placed.

The process of replacing the water tank can take as little as a day, but first look into any other retrofits that might be necessary to do before you install the heater. Installing the tank is quite simple, but you will want to hire a professional who has experience with tankless water heaters, not just any plumber.

Furnace and boiler technology has evolved significantly over the last twenty years, but water tank technology hasn’t. If you don’t feel like making the change today because you are afraid of the high expenses associated with the switch, just wait until your water heater is up for a change and replace it with a tankless heater instead. The monthly amount you’ll save will quickly pay you back and you won’t regret the convenience factor of always being able to get warm water.

Is it a Cost or an Investment to have an Appraisal done on your home?

 A Professional Appraisal: Cost Vs Investment:

The cost of a typical professional residential real estate appraisal varies from area to area. Currently, the range is $300 to $650 for a full market value appraisal. A full market value appraisal with pre-market suggested listing price range could be an additional $50 to $100, depending again on the area that the subject property is located in.

The cost of an appraisal may be an expense and may be deductible from the proceeds in some tax areas and for some properties, and this will reduce the net cost of the appraisal. This is an area which each individual will need to consult their respective tax adviser on.

For instances where a property may have been under-priced or over-priced and the net selling price is higher than the net cost of the appraisal, one might say that an appraisal is a good investment. Where market forces or a person’s particular circumstances govern a lower price than fair market value, an appraisal may be a poor investment. Generally though, a professional opinion of value will be more beneficial to a property owner than an individual’s own limited experience can offer.

Using a Home Appraisal as a Selling & Marketing Aid

A Home Appraisal as a Selling & Marketing Aid

A full real estate appraisal done by a professional may be an essential aid in marketing a property. Before a property is listed, whether For-Sale-By-Owner or through a Realtor, is the best time to get a Market Value appraisal with a listing price analysis. A pre-marketing appraisal can assist in preventing over-pricing or under-pricing a property, thus enabling an owner to obtain their best price.

Once the subject property has been listed, the pre-marketing appraisal may be used to inform prospective purchasers and/or Realtors what the current market value of the subject property is, thus possibly reducing the potential for large scale negotiating. In other words, if an appraisal is made available to prospective purchasers and/or Realtors, the likelihood of receiving a sale at or near the list price is greatly enhanced. Prospective purchasers and/or Realtors will have more confidence in the value of the subject property.

Once a purchase contract has been agreed to, it may be possible to have the appraiser provide a letter of transmittal to the purchaser’s lender so that the purchaser may use the appraisal, thus saving the purchaser time and money in getting his/her mortgage approved.

The Home Appraisal: Expertise in Market Research

 The Professional Appraisal: Expertise in Researching Market:

Each and every day professional appraisers are gathering information from many sources to include in the appraisal reports they write. One of the first sources to check is the MLS. This search brings up all the current listings, expired listings, cancelled listings, withdrawn listings, all the sales over the past 5, 10, 15, or 20 years, depending on the archive facilities of the local MLS board. Looking at old MLS data and information can be a valuable resource for confirming: age, size, and details of the property; improvements to a property; and/or missing data from the current listing, if there is one. Next, assessment and/or municipal records are searched for the maps, site plans, site maps, legal description, site size, site configuration, zoning, and/or conforming/non-conforming usages. Next, the property is searched on the internet to determine if there are any adverse factors that may pop-up, such as: the property is listed For-Sale-By-Owner, the property has been a grow-op (marijuana growing location), damaged by fire, flood or other means, been the target of illegal activity, etc. Internet browser maps can focus in on what is in the subject area and what types of properties are adjacent, near, or across the street from the subject property. In some areas, street eye-level images are available to get a good idea of the surroundings. In some centers, appraisers routinely do a title search on the subject property and note any irregularities on their appraisal report.

Once the subject property has been adequately researched, the subject property inspected or viewed, many of the above mentioned research sources are utilized in checking out the comparable sales, before the appraisal report is completed and delivered to the client.

You Need an Independent & Objective Home Appraisal

A Professional Appraisal: Your Independent & Objective Opinion

Clients hire professional appraisers for their independent & objective opinions, not to rubber-stamp predetermined sales prices, lending values, assessment values, cost estimates by builders, reconstruction cost for damaged properties, or market values for third party uses such as the income tax department or financial projections. As mentioned in the previous section, a professional appraiser treasures his/her credibility and likewise his/her right to have an independent and objective opinion regarding the value of the particular property that he/she is appraising. This opinion may or may not confirm another party’s estimate of value, such as: a sales price, a lender’s indicated loan value, an assessment value, a cost estimate by a builder, or a price on a private or MLS listing. Where another person’s estimate of value accurately reflects current market value, the two should be in alignment.

Value Credibility

 A Professional Appraisal: The Credibility You Need To Value Your Property

Fee appraisers operate within a well-defined system that has been in place for generations. There are many checks and balances built into the system and an appraiser faces severe repercussions for any serious deviation from the accepted standards of practice. First of all there is the appraisal organization that the appraiser belongs to. Many, if not most, appraisal organizations, associations, institutes and governing bodies are self-regulating and carefully guard their reputation, thus each and every appraiser adheres to their regulations in order to maintain their accreditation, designation, licensing, and/or authority to represent their particular affiliation. The second level of checks and balances is the network of prime lenders who utilize residential real estate appraisals to confirm the lending values of the properties they are mortgaging or lending on. Often major lenders have an approval system that the individual appraiser or appraisal company must satisfy in order to be on the lender’s approved appraiser list. The third level of checks and balances is the appraiser himself/herself. The fee from doing one compromised appraisal hardly justifies damaging one’s career, reputation, lifetime of diligent work ethic, and/or financial security. In summary, the professional appraiser has nothing to gain by not being as credible as is humanly possible.

A Home Appraisal Gives You Reliability & Verifiability on Value

A Professional Appraisal: Your Assurance of Reliability & Verifiability on Value of Your Property

Professional real estate fee appraisers are educated in many aspects of property valuation and real estate markets and one of the main focuses of the appraisal profession is reliability and verifiability. Essentially the data and information which an appraiser uses must be reliable and verifiable. The most common source of data and information which residential real estate appraisers use is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS is used because the data and information is on an open market system, open for all interested parties to see and use. The Realtors who provide the MLS data and information are legally responsible to the users of that data and information, and are expected to originate or confirm the data and information to the best of their professional abilities. Some data and information is a matter of opinion and may be open to interpretation, however, for the most part MLS data and information may be relied upon faithfully by an appraiser. Another source of data and information is the own appraiser’s files on comparable properties. This data and information is prized by the appraiser, for he/she has personally verified the details at some past point in time. There is the possibility that a comparable property on file may have had renovations, upgrading, or may have even suffered damage from fire or flood, hence there is the possibility that the details may not be totally reliable.

Assessment records, Land Titles Office records, For-Sale-By-Owners, project developers, house builders, and exclusive listings are some other sources of data and information that can be utilized for comparable sales, however the details on these types of sales are often not complete and may require further verification by the appraiser when utilizing them in an appraisal report. Instances where the subject property has unique features, an isolated location, and/or where there are a limited number of MLS sales, these sources are often very helpful. The professional appraiser makes note of these situations in his/her appraisal report so that the appraisal report reader is fully informed and can adjust his/her expectations of the report.

 

Do Home Appraisals Give Historic Present or Future Values?

A Professional Appraisal: Do You Need an Historic, Present, or Future Value?

Real estate fee appraisers rely on historic costs, historic comparable sales, and historic or present income to base their estimated values for residential properties. Other types of appraisals (i.e. for commercial, industrial, multi-family residential properties) may include future values, which are generally based on some method of expanding a projected future income stream from the subject property to arrive at a Future Value as of a certain date in time. A projected future income stream from a property may also be discounted using various formulas to arrive a Present Value of the income stream, which would be reconciled with other approaches to value to arrive at an Estimated Value for an income producing property.

The type of future value that many people think of is the value that their property will be worth in the future, i.e. 6 months, 2 years, 10 years. This is generally a projection of a short-range trend line; showing graphs of historic Multiple Listing Services (MLS) average sales prices that are popularized in the media. If one looks at the long-range trend line picture, one will see a number of corrections in which prices fall for periods of time. If one smooths out the overall long-range trend line it will be seen as rising over the past century, hence one can conclude that residential real estate appears to be a good investment. The only caveat is that one never quite knows when a correction in the real estate market will happen, so that accurately projecting a future value of an individual residence becomes a guessing game at best. In addition to never really knowing when a correction will happen, the depth of the correction (i.e. the percentage drop in market values) or how long it will be before the market recovers to previous levels (i.e. 6 months or 6 years) are also unknown factors.

When pricing a house for sale, owners often include a certain amount of negotiating room in the asking price, thus making the asking price somewhat higher than current market values. As a particular real estate sector becomes more in demand, prices rise because owners receive offers that are closer to their asking prices. As time goes on, these small increases amount to moving the real estate market higher and higher. This is also, in effect, the projection of future values. This analysis can also be done by an appraiser for an individual residential property by including an addendum section in an appraisal, which adjusts competing current listing prices to reflect a listing price for the subject property. This can give an indicated estimated listing price for a particular property, however this is not an appraised value as such, but an educated projection of what is reasonable to list a property for in order to obtain the current market value based on the standard appraisal practices according to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) or CUSPAP (Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) standards.

A Professional Appraisal – What is it?

 A Professional Appraisal Defined

The type of appraisal we are talking about here is the one which is completed by a certified, designated, and/or licensed real estate fee appraiser. There are three Approaches to Value available to the appraiser. The Market Approach to Value considers recent comparable sales in the subject area. The appraiser utilizes dollar or percentage adjustments to the selling prices of these comparable sales to reflect the differences between the comparables and the subject property and arrives at an Indicated Market Value of the subject property. The appraiser may also include the Cost Approach to Value where appropriate, incorporating current building costs and depreciation for age, condition, location, deferred maintenance, and obsolescence, etc. to arrive at an Indicated Cost Value. The Cost Approach is not typically used by purchasers or sellers in the market place. Further, there is little or no evidence to support the rates of depreciation used in this approach. If the subject property is rented, the third approach, called the Income Approach to Value, may be included. The Income Approach basically takes the net income of the subject property and capitalizes that income using various methods to arrive at an Indicated Income Value of the subject property. The appropriate Approaches of Value are considered and reconciled within the residential appraisal report to arrive at a final Estimate of Value. It should be noted that the Market Approach to Value is generally the most prevalent indicator of value for most owner-occupied single family residences, since this is most reflective of the process most purchasers go through in their quest for a new home.

An Introduction to Residential Appraisals

 

The Professional Appraisal

The intent of the following articles is to focus on the mechanics of establishing an accurate value and price on an individual residential property. We will look at the roles that a professional appraisal, a free market evaluation from a Realtor, and our own observations play in the process of getting the best price for the individual residential property. Briefly we will look at the following topics:

Historic Vs Future Value:
Reliability & Verifability:
Credibility:
Independent & Objective Opinion:
Expertise in Researching Market
Selling & Marketing Aid
Cost Vs Investment
 

Should You Remodel Your Bathroom?

Why You Should Make the Decision to Remodel Your Bathroom.

Each year, thousands, if not millions, of homeowners make the decision to remodel their bathrooms. Are you looking to become one of those individuals? A large number of homeowners are, but despite wanting to remodel their bathrooms, many do not end up doing so. One of the reasons for that is because of uncertainty. You and other homeowners just like yourself often wonder whether or not they could benefit from having their bathrooms remodeled. Of course, the final decision is yours to make, but you will find that you can benefit a number of different ways from having your bathroom remodeled.

One of the many benefits of bathroom remodeling is the possibility of an increased home value. This bathroom remodeling benefit is one that is important, but it is also one that tends to go unnoticed. A large number of homeowners do not realize that by remodeling their bathrooms, the value of their homes could increase. Although most bathroom remodeling projects do result in an increased home value, not all do. The increase in value, if there is any at all, will depend on the type of bathroom remodeling that is done, as well as the quality of the remodeling. That is why it may be a good idea to have a professional remodel your bathroom for you.

Another one of the many reasons why you should make the decision to remodel your bathroom is because what a bathroom remodeling project can do for you. If you are even thinking about having your bathroom remodeled, there is a good chance that you are unhappy with the current state of your bathroom. Since the bathroom is often considered one of the most used rooms in a home, you will likely be spending a fairly large amount of time in there. When you are in your bathroom, it is important that you feel pride, not disgust. That is why if you are unhappy with the way that your bathroom looks or the way that it makes you feel, you may want to think about starting a bathroom remodeling project soon.

In addition to how a bathroom-remodeling project will make you feel, it is also important to examine what it can do for your home. Aside from increasing the value of your home, a bathroom-remodeling project will likely increase the appearance of your home. This appearance will not only be noticed by you, but your guests may also notice it. An attractive home or at least an attractive bathroom may help to make your home feel more welcoming and inviting. In fact, once you have your bathroom remodeled, there is a good chance that you may be more willing to invite your friends or relatives into your home, whether it is for a party or just a small social call.

As you can see, there are a number of different reasons why you should want to remodel your bathroom, or at least think about doing so. What is even more amazing is that the above mentioned reasons are just a few of the reasons why a bathroom remodeling project may be just what you need. In fact, there are not only a large number of reasons why you should remodel your bathroom, but there are also a large number of benefits too. That is why it is, at least, advised that you sit down and think about remodeling your bathroom. After a close examination, there is a good chance that you would like to get started right away.

 

Is Your Landscaping Adding Value to Your Property?

What Difference Does Landscaping Make the Value of Your Home?

There is nothing that is more useful to someone trying to create a new look and feel in their yard than a good landscaping idea picture. With a landscaping idea picture you will not only get inspired you will learn so much. Yes, I said learn, you can learn a lot by looking at a landscaping idea picture. You can learn what looks fabulous and you can learn what does not look so hot. All that from a little tiny landscaping idea picture. Don’t you think that it is time that you go out and got yourself one?

Where can you find a landscaping idea picture you ask? You can get a wonderful landscaping idea picture from many different places. Your best bet is to get as many as you can and take notes about which ideas you liked and which you really didn’t like. This way when it comes time to start work you will know exactly what you want. You can even show your landscaper the landscaping idea pictures so that he or she can see exactly what you are talking about. This kind of communication is very important because the landscaping contractor may not know what you are talking about otherwise. This way he will see it for himself.

You can get a great landscaping idea picture from the library. In fact you can get hundreds of them there. Visit your library and find the Landscaping and Gardening section, if you are having trouble then ask the librarian, they are there to help you. Explain that you are after a landscaping idea picture or two and you need help. They might even have some books of that kind in a different section as well, who knows?

You can then photocopy any landscaping idea picture that you think may be of help to you. Bring a folder with you so that the landscaping idea picture will be protected and then go home and start making the things that you like in each landscaping idea picture and the things that you hate. If you do not want to write right on the landscaping idea picture then write on the back. This is good because if you were to write about the landscaping idea picture on a different page you could get things confused, this is easy to do if you are dealing with all kinds of landscaping idea pictures.

Landscaping is a matter of personal choice. One person’s magnificent masterpiece is another person’s albatross around their neck. One loves to manicure and fiddle over the most minute detail, while the other just wants a simple, easy-to-care-for, low maintenance yard, so he/she can spend their time with family and/or friends, or spend more time working in their business, or spend the time at the lake or traveling to exotic places.

The value of your landscaping thus depends on who will be enjoying your property when you sell it, not on the time and effort that you have put into building up your own version of Buchart Gardens.

 

Selling Tips To Increase Value of Your Property

Selling Tips for Selling Your Home

These are tips that won’t cost a lot but, can make a big difference on the appearance of your home. It is amazing how just a little attention to the details will add that special appeal that the buyer is looking for!
When selling your home, one thing you can do is to have your home inspected by a professional home inspector.
This way it allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third party. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so those defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified. It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as carpenter ants or active termite infestation.

Always make sure that when you are selling your house is make cleaning up the outside a priority.

Curb appeal is the first impression of your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression. Paint or wash the exterior of the house including window casings, shutters, and doors. Wash the windows inside and out. Check the gutters and chimney.

Also make sure to touch up the interior of your house before selling, Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms. Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.

Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement, and attic. Use self-storage if necessary. Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.

Remember that you do not need to spend money to improve to sell unless the house is in such poor condition that it cannot be sold without improvements. Your investment in extra improvements or upgrading to the property should add to the final selling price and/or make it sell quicker than if it did not have these extra improvements or upgrades.

For example: the house needs a new roof to keep out the rain, or a modern bath with a shower. It is usually a waste of money to install a new roof if the existing roof has more than 50% of its useful life remaining. The exception is if the style of the roof covering does not suit the style of the house, such as having an existing red inter-locking asphalt shingle roof in an area where all the roofs have been upgraded to modern hi-profile fiberglass shingle roofs.

Improvements might make sense if you can do the work yourself. If you can add or upgrade kitchen cabinets for $500 rather than $1,000, you can still expect the $990 increase in the value of the home.

On the other hand, shoddy work on those kitchen cabinets can reduce the value of your home.

Many home owners have the same question regarding selling their home –  How do I prepare my house to sell?

First and foremost, put it in the best condition possible, especially if you are in a market with few buyers and lots of homes for sale.

That means taking care of any major repairs that could deter a buyer, such as replacing any broken windows or replacing a leaky roof.

Next, work on your home’s curb appeal. Make sure your landscape is pristine. Mow the grass, clean up any debris and weed the garden beds. Plant a few annual flowers near the entrance or in pots to be placed by the door.

Eliminate the source of any bad smells, such as the kitty litter box. Use air freshener or bake a batch of cookies before your open house to ensure that the house smells inviting.

Invest in a couple of vases of fresh flowers to place around the house and next to any information about the house you have prepared for buyers.

Also make sure that when you are selling you home that you offer an adjustable sales plan. Come up with a sales strategy but make sure that it is flexible and can come into terms with almost all kinds of buyers.

Try to determine what will your initial asking price will be and how long will you be insisting on it before making an adjustment.

If you are unsure of what the real estate market is for your house, it might be a wise investment to have a professional appraisal done. It could prevent you from over-pricing or under-pricing your home in today’s market. A well-priced house sells quicker and for more money than an over-priced house. An under-priced house means that you might be losing $10,000’s of dollars that could have been yours, had you priced your house correctly.

You should also plan, before selling your home, what is the lowest price you are able to accept.

Just follow these rules and surely you will be able to succeed in selling your house.

Can Feng Shui Add Value, Prosperity and Abundance?

Can Feng Shui Add Value, Prosperity, and Abundance to Your Property?

Choosing Feng Shui symbols need not be hard. You don’t really need to stuff yourself with crystals, essential oils or other things that may not necessarily be in harmony with each other. The key to having good Feng Shui is balance, and you need to be able to have the qualities of balance to invite the good things and experience the pleasurable effects of Feng Shui in your life. There are many kinds of Feng Shui symbols, and you may have to orient yourself properly about these Feng Shui symbols before hanging any in your home.

In choosing the right Feng Shui symbol, you must have some emotional relationship to the object you are using as a Feng Shui symbol. Some of the Feng Shui symbols are meant to provide cures for bad luck. The others are meant to supplement what is already inherently there in your home or office. The mood that you want to convey must be established right from the very beginning before you shop around for Feng Shui symbols so that you will find the appropriate symbol that will fit your needs.

Crystals

There are quite a lot of crystals available for Feng Shui, and familiarizing yourself with each one of them and their functions will help you acquire what you need to be able to invite prosperity and abundance in your life. When you are using crystals, make sure that you take good care of it and wash it regularly to avoid dust or clutter from overpowering it.

Essential Oils

Some of the more relaxing oil varieties include the lavender oil, which is very good for helping you attain peace of mind in your environment. Essential oils are very conducive to providing a positive environment for your home or office. Just make sure that you use the right amount of oils so that you will not overpower your environment with too much oil. Also, for purposes of variety, have some stock of various oils so that you will be able to experience different modes of environment even by just changing the scent.

Fountains

Fountains provide serenity and the element of water in the environment. If you have a fountain that is quite unobtrusive and physically appealing, place it in such a way that it will complement metal and not overpower your fire elements. Fountains complement metal elements so make sure that you are able to position it with the metal elements in your home or office.

Bagua and other Feng Shui Tools

The right orientation for the Feng Shui bagua is also important if you are to use it in your home. The Feng Shui tools that you might need must also complement each other so that you will not find yourself in the middle of a clashed set of Feng Shui symbols. Chinese coins tied with a string are also another form of good luck charm.

Animals

Animals are also considered part of the Feng Shui symbols. Some of the attributes of the animal being used are actually assimilated by the environment according to Feng Shui experts.

The Color Factor

Color is also an important aspect of Feng Shui. The visual appeal must not only be derived on what goes with where, but it must also be grounded on the right colors you need. It all depends on the mood that you want to convey.

Hardwood Floors: Tips for Selecting Flooring

Do Hardwood Flooring Make any Difference to The Value of Your Home?

To create great looking hardwood floors in your home requires several important functional and design considerations to get it right.  Whether you are considering natural hardwood floors, bamboo, or even laminate flooring – pay close attention to the following tips.

DESIGN STYLES

With thousands of colors and styles to select from today it can seem like a daunting task to make the right flooring choice. To narrow the field down it is recommended that you select a flooring style that complements your overall interior design style. Nothing will look worse that a glaring clash of styles, so make sure your new flooring complements your existing (of planned) interior design. Look here for a quick summary of matching hardwood floors and their design styles.

SITUATIONAL FACTORS

Almost every install will have physical or functional requirements that will further narrow down the scope and selection of an appropriate hardwood or laminate flooring system. Here is a brief summary of factors to consider:

FLOOR TRAFFIC EXPECTATIONS

The quantity and type of traffic you expect on your floors will impact the flooring material you can choose. Laminates offer high durability, as well as wood species that have high “hardness rankings” on the Janka scale. Softer woods are generally not a good selection for high traffic areas.

SUB FLOORING

The quality of any new hardwood flooring installation can only be as good as the sub floor underneath. For the best outcomes, the sub floor should be dry, stable, and level. Concrete sub floors generally are only acceptable for laminate installations, but you should be mindful of installing a quality underlayment that provides an appropriate moisture barrier as well as good sound installation. Poor laminate installations will sound very hollow when walking on it.

HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE

To prevent warping and cupping of floors make sure there is adequate ventilation and regulated temperatures thought the year. Laminates work best in areas that experience higher humidity levels.

INSTALLATION

The time and cost of installation is an often-overlooked factor in floor selection decisions. Glueless click-style floating laminate floor systems can be a weekend project for experienced do-it-yourselvers, and can save a lot of installation labor. Other flooring installation methods are generally more complex and will require professional installation in most cases.

WARRANTY

Making a successful claim under a flooring warranty often requires that you can demonstrate the product was installed exactly as per the manufacture’s recommendations and that the damage is not a product of wear and tear or poor workmanship. Hiring a professional installer and dealing with a large brand name product that has an established track record is your best protection.

 

Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space

Advantages of Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space to Increase Value

Many people are fascinated with Feng Shui and with many good reasons. While others generally believe that it is just some oriental superstitious set of paradigms on interior design (but that is just part of the extensive definition for Feng Shui), the Feng Shui that we know now is actually comprised of various schools of learning and incorporates the different cultures under which it is housed.

The good thing about the different options pertaining to Feng Shui is that even the layman can actually be able to understand and apply it immediately in their homes without having to spend too much. And apart from that, there are other advantages that only Feng Shui can bring if you can actually open up your mind to try it.

Advantage Number 1: It brings balance to one’s life

Have you ever found yourself completely overburdened with clutter and unnecessarily stressed out of your wits? Chances are, you are suffering from a visual imbalance of some sort in your surroundings. Now, the best way to introduce some sense of balance is by incorporating elements that provide you with a sense of control in the outer balance of things. If you are able to get some semblance of balance even in things as menial as your furniture, you are bound to find balance in other aspects equally manageable.

Advantage Number 2: It helps you become more mindful of the little things

Mindfulness in the little things can actually be a good thing. Some of us tend to be heavily focused on the big things of life that even the minor details like home arrangement and office ergonomics no longer come to play. When these “minor” aspects of life continue to take a backseat, they tend to accumulate and produce a very stressful environment, which can add up to other problems and worries of life.

Advantage Number 3: It opens up possibilities of meeting new people

Meeting new people is another bonus of being a Feng Shui enthusiast. When you are applying Feng Shui, chances are, you will be able to find another person within your social network who likes the same stuff and can even help you expand your knowledge on Feng Shui, no matter how limited it is to begin with.

Advantage Number 4: It gives a fresh perspective on things

At any given time, a fresh perspective is always welcome. This positive perspective can invite changes for the better. A new way of looking at home arrangement, for example, may actually serve to benefit you in the long run. The fresh perspective brought about by Feng Shui can actually bring about an enrichment of one’s mind.

Advantage Number 5: It invites prosperity and success

The main objective of Feng Shui is to invite all the good things to one’s life. Prosperity and success can be more easily within reach and a positive disposition may be expected if Feng Shui is practiced well.

Advantage Number 6: It has aesthetic appeal

On top of all the enumerated benefits of Feng Shui, the best would probably be its beauty. The physical appeal of a well-decorated home, interspersed with good Feng Shui techniques, is actually something that you can call a personal heritage that can transcend generations and promote beauty in all aspects, including design of the home and the office.

 

Hardwood Tables For Home Interior Decorating

How Can Hardwood Tables be Used in Interior Home Decorating?

Using hardwood floors for interior design and for home decorating, based on furniture of the eighteenth century may be discussed from different points of view. However, what most people realize is the distinguish details of tables made from that century. Dinner and wine tables were some of those pieces of furniture that could add a different touch of class to your interior decorating. Learn from the history of furniture book, by Frederick Litchfield ideas on how 18th century furniture, from the earliest to the present time.
To the latter part of the eighteenth century the English furniture of which time has been discussed on the site belong the quaint little “urn stands” which were made to hold the urn with boiling water, while the tea pot was placed on the little slide which is drawn out from underneath the table top. In those days tea was an expensive luxury, and the urn stand, of which there is an illustration, inlaid in the fashion of the time, is a dainty relic of the past, together with the old mahogany or marqueterie tea caddy, which was sometimes the object of considerable skill and care. They were fitted with two and sometimes three bottles or tea-pays of silver or Battersea enamel, to hold the black and green teas, and when really good examples of these daintily-fitted tea caddies are offered for sale, they bring large sums.

Eighteenth Century Wine Tables

The wine table of this time deserves a word. These are now somewhat rare, and are only to be found in a few old houses, and in some of the Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. These were found with revolving tops, which had circles turned out to a slight depth for each glass to stand in, and they were sometimes shaped like the half of a flat ring. These latter were for placing in front of the fire, when the outer side of the table formed a convivial circle, round which the sitters gathered after they had left the dinner table.

One of these old tables is still to be seen in the Hall of Gray’s Inn, and the writer was told that its fellow was broken and had been “sent away.” They are nearly always of good rich mahogany, and have legs more or less ornamental according to circumstances.

A distinguishing feature of English furniture of the last century was the partiality for secret drawers and contrivances for hiding away papers or valued articles; and in old secretaries and writing tables we find a great many ingenious designs which remind us of the days when there were but few banks, and people kept money and deeds in their own custody.