Whether you rent an apartment or own a home, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your space. No matter if you search for apartments using a schedule that was designed according to The Urban Avenue best practices, or look at home listings online yourself, the bathroom is one of the first rooms you will look at.

It needs to not only look good, but also deal with moisture well and be a functional space. While some are fine, others may need a bit of work. But before you tackle a bathroom renovation on your own, there are some things you should know that you may not have heard about. This article is going to take a closer look at a few of them.


The costs to remodel a bathroom can vary, but it can be expensive at times. There are ways to save, but most full bathroom renovations will cost thousands of dollars, at least.  If you think you are going to spend a certain amount, always expect to spend a little more, because you probably will. 

As a result, always make sure to work in a little bit of wiggle room into your budget. Be sure to shop around not only for different products or materials, but also different contractors to help you bring your idea to reality.


When designing a bathroom, most of us think about how the shower will look, the style and size of the vanity, and the light fixtures. While it might not seem as important as these things, one thing you should not forget to think about is the storage. You need to ensure your bathroom has enough space to store everything from your towels, to your toiletries, your hair and skin products, and whatever else you need in the room.

You can have this storage built into the vanity or have shelves put up, but you need to account for the space for storage when planning out any renovation. This not only goes for storage in the room itself, but also in the shower or tub. You need a place to keep shampoo, soap, and other products so they are easily accessible without getting water everywhere. 


Despite how crucial grout is to a bathroom, it is often overlooked and forgotten about when designing and renovating a bathroom. Your grout can blend in with the tile, or even stand out if that is a look you’re interested in.

But in addition to choosing the right grout color to match the rest of the room, make sure that your grout is the right kind. The grout could be made out of cement, but if the area gets wet a lot, it should be synthetic. Be sure to avoid solid white in most cases, as grout can get dirty and may be hard to keep perfectly clean. Of course, if the look of dirty grout doesn’t bother you, white is just fine.

Grout also seals out dirt and water, helps tiles fit and look better together, and even helps to keep everything structurally sound. So there is no doubting how important and underrated it is for any bathroom renovation.

In conclusion, we hope that this article has helped you learn a little more about how to best renovate your bathroom.

Guest Contributor: Arslan Hassan


The time will come eventually when you look at your room is disgust and want to rearrange the entire room. This is perfectly normal! We all go through phases of aesthetics and themes, and as time changes, we change. There are multiple things you can do to update your bedroom, you can go as big as remodeling the entire room, or changing a couple of things that interest you better. We’re here to help give you ideas on what you can do to enjoy your bedroom again.


Sometimes all we need is a refresh of color to set the vibe. By painting your room, this is a great way to refresh your bedroom and gives you the opportunity to paint a color that can make your room appear larger, or smaller if that’s what you’d prefer. A good idea is to pick a color that you correspond with cozy. When we think of “cozy colors”, we think of colors like lavender, blues, grays, pastel colors, soft pinks and purples, and a sage green. You’ll want to stay away from bright and bold colors like bright red, black, and orange, because those tend to be too distracting and make your room appear smaller than it is. Don’t be afraid to test colors on your wall, it’s better to test them out before committing to the color and you end up not liking it.


If you’re not allowed to paint your bedroom, you can apply wallpaper to the walls to give you a statement. Wallpaper is pretty popular now a days, especially to renters because it doesn’t ruin the walls and can be taken down at the end of the lease. This is perfect for bedrooms because if you are someone who changes your mind frequently, wallpaper can benefit you in many ways since you can decide where it goes, and take it down whenever you get tired of it.


Sometimes all you need to do is get a new bed and that can totally change the atmosphere of the room. Everyone can benefit from a new bed because the quality will be great and allow you to get a goods night sleep.


A great way to freshen your room is to add greenery in there. There are benefits for adding greenery, it will boost your mood, and promote oxygen in your room. Some plants are very low maintenance, but even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can always opt for fake plants to still bring the vibes in.


Sometimes lighting has a big impact on your mood, and poor lighting is sure to make you feel down. We all have an overhead light, but bring in additional lighting to make it brighter and appear more nice. Grab some cute lamps, or open the windows and let in some natural light! Natural light is a instant serotonin boost. Another trend of this generation is adding LED lights along the walls to bring in colored lights that you can change colors depending on your mood.


Everyone has great memories, and usually with great memories comes great pictures that remind you of those memories. It is a great idea to incorporate your own personalized pictures into your room so when you look at them you’re reminded of the happy memories in your life. There are so many different ways you can incorporate them, such as putting up picture frames, hanging pictures on a string on the wall, putting pictures on your night stand, the possibilities are endless.


Adding a mirror to your room is said to boost confidence and give you more lighting when you have additional lighting because the light will reflect. There are many ways you can incorporate a mirror into your room, and of course mirrors are practical, they will be used so it’s a win win situation. A full body mirror can turn into a corner of decorations that can make you excited to take pictures.

Guest Contributor: Tiffany Powell


Homeowners can sometimes be reluctant to call a plumber for one reason or another. Either they believe they can fix the issue themselves and that plumber would be a needless expense, or they think the issue at hand will, somehow, go away on its own. Well, to help you maintain your home correctly, we will give you eight clear signs you need to call a plumber.

Clear signs you need to call a plumber

One of the main problems with plumbing issues is that they are hard to notice. A minor issue can go under your radar for weeks unless you pay attention. Unfortunately, it will gradually develop into a bigger and bigger problem during those weeks. At some point, you’ll have no choice but to notice and call a plumber. And by that time, the repair will likely cost you a fortune. So, to avoid that from happening, here is what to pay attention to.

Water damage can become quite extensive if left untreated.

You have no running water

It takes little life experience to learn that having no running water is a significant problem within a household. Once you are faced with it, you first need to figure out whether it is something you need to address. Call your neighbors and see if they have the same issue. If it is a building-wide or even a street-wide problem, you should figure out what it is, so you know what to expect. But, if it is just you, you’ll need to call a plumber right away.

You have no hot water

Not having hot water is usually due to a broken water heater. In this case, the fix itself is relatively easy and inexpensive. But, in certain instances, having no hot water can be a sign of far bigger trouble. Temperature fluctuations can also signify major problems, either with the electric works connected to the water heater or with the pipes. In either case, calling a plumber is the best course of action.

Your water heater is sweating

Your water heater shouldn’t leak any water. A common mistake people make is to notice a small leak but think nothing of it. This is usually referred to as heater sweating or weeping. And, it is a reason for you to call a plumber. Sweating or wearing is typically due to minor cracks in casing or piping. If left untreated, these cracks will grow in size. But, if you catch them early, they will be pretty easy to take care of. Another sign of tiny cracks is rusty spots or a pool of collected water.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure can be due to many reasons. It can be a simple problem of clogging, which is simple to fix. But, it can also be a sign of more serious plumbing issues. The safest course of action is to call a plumber and have them perform an inspection. If nothing else, you’ll be able to rest easy that your plumbing isn’t in serious trouble.

Low pressure is one of the more apparent signs you need to call a plumber.

Drains are clogged

Unclogging drains is something that almost every homeowner goes through. Most clogged drains will be dealt with a plunger and some elbow grease. Just make sure to use the right one. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, you might want to call a plumber to your aid. Plumbers have the tools to figure out what is causing the clog and fix it. If there is a more significant issue, trying the home remedies will only postpone the resolution. And, as we’ve said multiple times when it comes to plumbing issues, time is of the essence.

Faucets won’t stop dripping

Similarly, dripping faucets can be reasonably easy to fix. It only takes a bit of tightening or some plumber’s tape in most cases. But, if that doesn’t do the trick, you will need to call for professional help. If you’ve just recently tried to make your kitchen look brand, a leaky faucet can be a sign of big trouble, especially if you worked on a limited budget.

Once you are done renovating, your faucet should be drip-free.

Unfortunately, people tend to postpone calling a plumber. After all, a leaky faucet doesn’t seem like a big issue. But, know that if your faucet leaks ten drops a minute, you are wasting additional 500 gallons of water. Therefore, it is worth your time to address leaky faucets in a timely fashion.

Overflowing toilet

If you plan on having kids, expect that overflowing toilets will be a common occurrence. In most cases, you can deal with it on your own. Yes, it will be a smelly job. But, all things considered, it won’t be that difficult. If you can’t unclog your toilet with a plunger and hot water, you need professional help. An overflowing toilet can be a sign of a bigger issuewithin your plumbing system. The leading cause is likely a clogged-up pipe. Unfortunately, that is not something you can deal with on your own.

Bad smell in the house

Sometimes, all the plumbing in your house can function adequately, but the smell of sewage can develop. In this instance, your best course of action is to call a plumber as soon as possible. The smell of sewage can be a sign of serious trouble. Maybe your drainpipes aren’t ventilated, or there is some damage due to a storm. Heavy rain can cause sewage backups or even clog up your system entirely. So, don’t try to mask the smell of power through it. In fact, this is one of the reasons why experts from spydermoving.com recommend caution if you smell a strong scent when checking out a home. The likely cause is that the owners are trying to mask the smell of sewage.

Final thoughts

By now, it should be pretty evident that a good plumber is the homeowner’s best friend. After all, once you recognize one of the signs you need to call a plumber, you’d be happy to have a skilled one to rely upon. So, before an issue occurs, try to check your local area and see which plumbers have good ratings. That way, you’ll know which number to dial in time of need.

Guest Contributor: Sophia Perry


We all fantasize about living in a huge and fancy house with a lot of rooms and amazing décor. What we fail to consider in these fantasies is how much work it takes to keep the house clean. If you have a busy schedule or just want to live your life outside just your house, you have to think about how you can take the effort to clean it to a minimum. These practical tips will significantly cut down on your cleaning time but still ensure your home is spotless.


When you’re done using something, don’t just put it wherever. This is the easiest way to create a mess that you’ll dread cleaning later. Instead, put the item back in its rightful place. It takes only a few extra seconds, but it keeps your home cleaner and neater for longer.

On top of that, you’ll have a lot less work to do when it’s time for the weekly or biweekly cleaning. Instead of focusing all your energy on the clutter first, you’ll only have to dust and vacuum. With this new system, cleaning will take much less time and won’t seem like a burden at all.


Floors might be the hardest things to take care of in a home, especially if it’s big. They suffer the most wear and tear and often need extra protection from scratches and dirt. Hardwood floors, for example, are hardest to maintain and will take up a lot of your time and energy. While they might be beautiful, sometimes it’s simply not worth it.

To avoid this massive headache, consider going for a low maintenance option. Both vinyl and laminate are great choices, as they tend to be more resistant to scratches and they’re very easy to clean. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money on installation costs, as the average person can install them by themselves with no issues.


While wallpapers can be fun and add value and an aesthetic sense to any room, they’re not exactly the cleanest things in the house. In fact, wallpapers are known for collecting dust and germs. To keep things neat, it’s advisable to dust them every month or every two months. That means that while you’re in the middle of cleaning, you have to pay special attention to one more thing.

To avoid the unnecessary chore, it’s much better to get rid of wallpapers altogether. You can achieve the same aesthetic effect with paint, without having to deal with all the grime and dust. If you simply can’t do without wallpapers, at least think about where you place them.

They should go in places where it’s easy to reach them and where you won’t have to try hard to properly clean them.


If you’re just starting with the decoration and design of your home or if you’re tired of all the clutter, you should definitely go minimalistic. In the first case, get only the things you actually need and pay attention to the color palette and practical aspects of the furniture you’re buying. That way, your furniture can double as your décor without having the place feel empty.

In the second space, it’s time to do some deep cleaning. Get a few large bags and start separating things into keep, throw away, and donate piles. This will help you stay organized throughout the process and gain a clearer perspective of what you want your home to look like.

By the end of the deep clean, you should be left with only essentials in your home. While it might be hard to part with some items due to sentimental reasons, you’ll forget all about them the first time you notice how much less clutter there is in your home. Cleaning when your whole apartment or house is minimalistic is a breeze. 


If you don’t want to redecorate your home completely and are happy with the design, you can look into other options. Professionals like the Simply Spotless Cleaning company can help you with the burden of chores. While some people think that you should always do your own cleaning, there’s nothing wrong with hiring a crew to help out on a regular basis.

Regardless of the layout of your home, you won’t have to spend a minute cleaning any longer. This is an especially good tip for people with demanding jobs, small children, or big families. Having someone else o the chores for you leaves you enough time to relax, bond with your kids, and still enjoy a clean home. The argument that cleaning services are expensive can be made, but you should think of it as an investment into your mental health well being and as a way to save time.


Having good storage solutions can prevent clutter from accumulating and cut down on your dusting time significantly. Unused spaces are perfect for fitting in practical storage solutions, as they help you take care of your stuff without upsetting the design of the rest of the house. They also prevent garbage from piling up and don’t give dust bunnies the opportunity to form in random corners.

If you have a lot of little things or papers, it’s better to use page boards, boxes, and baskets as your storage options. They allow you to combine them with the existing décor and layout, and you can also keep adding them if you run out of storage space.


As you can see, there are many things you can do to make your house clean without breaking your back. With these tips, you’ll never have to spend the whole weekend cleaning every nook and cranny. Efficiency is very important in a home, and that extends to proper maintenance and ensuring everything stays spotless. Your health and comfort will thank you for implementing these cleaning tactics into your life. 

Guest Contributor: Mike Parsons


Getting a new home can be a very exciting endeavor. Whether you decide to work with an expert like Usaj Realty recommends, or search alone, the process for buying a home involves a lot of work. You need to know your price range, decide on an area, and begin looking at homes.

One of the first spaces in any home most people will look at is the kitchen. You spend a lot of time there, and want it to look great. However, don’t let a so-so kitchen hold you back from an otherwise amazing home. There are many amazon kitchen remodeling ideas that can change how any kitchen looks and functions, and this blog post is going to go over a few of them.


One of the most important parts of any kitchen are the cabinets. They are what people often first notice when looking at a kitchen, and they need to look good. They should have a color that fits well in the space, and a design that doesn’t take away from the look of the room. 

But in addition to ensuring cabinets look good, you also want to make sure they are functional. While plain cabinet interiors with shelves are fine, there are plenty of organizers that can improve the utility of cabinets.

Adding speciality cabinets can ensure your kitchen is as functional as ever. This could be a drawer or cabinet outfitted with a rack for spices, a slide-out garbage can holder, or even built-in cutlery organizers.


Islands have long been popular in kitchens. They add more usable space, and can improve aesthetics of a kitchen too. Traditionally, they have been relatively small and subtle, but it is becoming more and more popular for kitchens to have incredibly large islands.

In addition to having larger islands, many kitchens are beginning to be outfitted with two islands! Both of these options give a ton more counter space in a large kitchen, and can also provide a lot more storage, which is never a bad thing. While a large island or multiple islands can be a bit too much in small spaces, if you have the room, it is certainly something to consider in 2022 and beyond.


People love to make their home a representation of themselves and their style. However, for some reason, many people have kitchens that don’t reflect their own unique style and personality like other rooms do. Many kitchens are fairly neutral, and don’t offer much in terms of excitement. If you want to take your next kitchen renovation to the next level, be sure to add personal touches to your kitchen

This could be painting your cabinets your favorite colors, hanging some interesting art, putting up family photos, customizing certain aspects of the space, or even bringing in some accessories you love. The choice is yours, but don’t hesitate to inject some personality into your kitchen. 

In conclusion, these are some of the very best kitchen remodeling ideas to consider if you are renovating your kitchen in 2022.

Guest Contributor: Arslan Hassan


Water heaters are an essential appliance especially in places like San Diego. They help in heating tons of water in a fraction of seconds. But they can be dangerous and fatal if not replaced in time. If you ask us how to know it’s time to replace a water heater here are five signs that are going to tell you that it’s time to replace the water heater.


When you notice you are not getting sufficient hot water

If you are looking for signs to tell you whether the water heater needs replacement or not you should see to it that you are getting sufficient hot water. The minute the quantity of hot water starts fluctuating you should know that the water heater needs to be serviced or replaced. It is apparently one of the first signs that indicate that there is a problem with the water heater. Whenever there is a problem with the water heater the standard quantity of hot water starts fluctuating. You can call for a water heater replacement San Diego if you find the heater is not heating the water like it used to.


Signs of corrosion in the tank

Corrosion is caused by heat, metal, and oxygen. Therefore it is obvious that the water heater will get signs of corrosion after a certain period of time. There are two ways you can find out if there are any signs of corrosion in the water heater.

Firstly, check the outer surface of the water heater. If you find marks of corrosion then it’s an alarm that the corrosion might cause the water tank to leak.

Secondly, carefully observe the water. If there are sediments of metal in the water then most likely the corrosion has already started affecting the inner surface of the tank. Both the signs are clear indicators that there is corrosion in the tank. Measures need to be taken before the problem gets out of hand. Technically there is no way you can stop your water heater from getting affected because of corrosion. Therefore it’s best to call for water heater replacement services in San Diego before it’s too late.


You hear banging and gurgling noises.

Banging and gurgling noises coming out of a water heater are sure signs that there is an issue with the water heater. If you constantly hear strange noises coming out of the water heater and the noises do not stop even after getting the water heater serviced then there is a chance that the water heater is asking for a replacement. These signs come out when there is a technical issue with the water heater. We suggest you should keep your ears open whenever you are dealing with the water heater. Neglecting such sounds can cause a disaster and be fatal for your health. Water heaters can burst if the sound persists for too long. Get in touch with water replacement services in San Diego as soon as you hear such indications.

Look for leaks in the water tank

There are a lot of instances when we see water dripping down from the water heater. If you notice that the water dripping down from the water heater is regular water and not water dew it’s a clear alarm that there is a leak in the water tank.

The water heater starts leaking because of two obvious reasons corrosion and water pressure. One thing is linked to the other. Water has oxygen and the tank is made of metal. Whenever the water is heated the oxygen, metal and heat together accumulate to cause corrosion. Because of the corrosion, the joints of the tank become weak. And when the water pressure increases in the water heater it tends to brittle the joints of the water heater because of which the water heater starts leaking. If these leaks are not repaired in time they can cause further damage to the water heater. Therefore it’s important to take immediate measures if you see such indications.

You can get the water tank checked by a professional before it’s too late. Call for water replacement services in San Diego and ask them to check the water heater carefully for such indications the moment you notice such signs.

See whether the water heater is bordering on its shelf life.

No matter how well you maintain your water heater and no matter how much you spend to buy a water heater every water heater has a shelf life. Sooner or later it will show signs of corrosion. Therefore, whenever you are buying a water heater gather knowledge on the shelf life of your water heater. Even if the water heater is not showing any signs of replacement but the water heater has crossed its shelf life it’s a wise decision to get the water heater replaced before the water heater breaks down completely. Not every water heater shows these signs. Some water heaters have a tendency to suddenly collapse without any indication anytime after their shelf life is over. Therefore, whenever you are buying a water heater ask the person concerned who is selling the water heater and get to know the average shelf life of a water heater. Get it replaced within the shelf life to avail returns from your water heater.


Conclusion :

Therefore we can say that whenever you are buying a water heater watch out for corrosion, sounds like banging and gurgling, water pressure, and water leaks. Most importantly get the water heater replaced as soon as the water heater is nearing its shelf life. We are sure if you keep these signs in mind you will be able to avoid mishaps like a sudden breakdown of the water heater or an accident caused by the water heater bursting.

It’s best if you keep the number of water heater replacement San Diego handy. It is going to surely save you from the hassles caused by a water heater breakdown.

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Learn more about solar energy and solar panels with SaveOnEnergy!

Solar Energy

Solar energy is quickly becoming a more popular and affordable power source for homeowners and businesses. With residential solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and see substantial cost savings. 

You can learn more about home solar panels on this page. Whether you’re interested in how solar energy works, are curious about the cost of home solar panels, or need guidance finding a solar installation company, SaveOnEnergy is here to help. Read on to learn more about solar energy or use the table of contents below to jump to the topic that interests you most.

How solar power works

The Solar panels collect sunlight and turn it into DC energy

  1. The inverter converts DC electricity to AC
  2. The AC electricity is supplied to the building
  3. Excess of energy flows into the grid, and electricity is drawn from the grid when supply from solar panels is not sufficient

We’ve all seen solar panels on rooftops or the massive solar “farms” that stretch across states such as Texas or California. But most of us don’t really understand how solar power works. 

Solar panels are made from silicon and conductive metals. When combined, these materials form an electric field and allow the panels to act as semiconductors, with negative and positive layers creating an electrical circuit. 

When the sun’s energy falls onto solar panels, it knocks electrons loose and allows them to move through the electrical circuit. This generates DC electricity. From there, the solar panel’s inverter converts the DC electricity into AC electricity, which is the type of energy that can power a building. 



As more Americans express interest in green energy, many are taking a fresh look at how solar can meet their electricity needs. According to the EIA, residential solar has grown about 32 percent in the last decade. In many states, that means adding solar panels to the rooftops of homes and businesses.

Of course, many utilities across the country either buy or generate solar energy and provide it to power grids. This means many Americans use at least a portion of solar power without ever knowing it. But many electricity customers want to go all-solar and reduce as much of their carbon footprint as possible. 

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are more than 2.7 million solar energy systems installed nationwide through September 2020. What’s more, the solar industry has provided jobs for 250,000 American workers. Currently, solar power generates enough electricity to power nearly 18 million homes.



The solar industry has also adapted to go on the road. There are a variety of solar panels that also work for RVs and campers. RV solar panels work the same as residential solar systems, although they are typically smaller, more flexible, and have a lower generating capacity. 

Solar systems for RVs and campers are normally much less expensive compared to residential solar systems. On average, RV solar panels cost as little as $75, with more expensive models costing up to $1,000. 

Learn more about solar panels for RVs and campers.


According to the Center for Sustainable Energy, the average cost for a residential solar system ranges from $15,000 to $25,000. That’s a big chunk of money, but there are some ways to offset it.

In general, there are three ways to pay for a home solar system.

  1. Cash. Easy to say, harder to do.
  2. Solar loans. You can get a solar loan through a typical lender, a utility, or a solar-installation company. Terms vary according to the option you choose.
  3. Solar leasing. With this option, you sign an agreement with a solar company with little or no upfront cost. But you agree to pay a set amount (ideally less than what you were paying for your monthly electricity bill) each month for 15 to 20 years. To learn more about solar leasing, check out SaveOnEnergy’s guide to leasing solar panels.

If you purchase your solar panels, there are ways that you can make that money back over time. Keep in mind that these options are only available to consumers who buy their solar systems instead of leasing them.

  • Incentives: Federal tax incentives for solar systems installed this year stand at 22 percent of the cost of installation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Credits are larger for systems installed in 2020 and before Dec. 31, 2019. A number of states also offer incentives, available by checking this database.
  • Net metering. This allows customers who generate their electricity from solar power to sell the amount they don’t use to the grid that serves their homes. This database includes information about net metering.
  • Home value. Purchasing a solar system for your home will raise your home’s resale value. The average home value will increase by about $15,000 if you purchase and install solar panels.



All solar installers aren’t created equal. That means you’ll have to ask a few questions of a company before you commit to a solar installation.

Here are a few things you should find out before signing a contract with a solar panel installer:

  • What type of system is being considered for your roof? Can your roof support that system?
  • Is the installer licensed and insured in your state? Don’t just take the installer’s word for it – ask for the license number.
  • How much experience does the installer have?
  • Are there any reviews or ratings for installers you’re considering?
  • What solar panel warranty does the installer offer?
  • How much, if any, of the work will be performed by subcontractors?

For more help on picking a solar panel manufacturer, see our guide of the best solar panel companies of 2022.


Green energy offers several benefits to energy consumers – which is why it has been growing in popularity in recent years. One of the most important factors is energy independence. By investing in solar energy, residences can decrease their dependence on the electric grid, retain a steady supply of power during times of high demand, and possibly lower their energy costs over time.

So, where is the solar industry growing the most? Using data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), SaveOnEnergy looks at solar generation by state in 2019 compared to 2020, as well as how much solar power changed in that time.

Residential solar energy grew in all 50 states between 2019 and 2020. So, which state generated the most solar energy? California tops the list, followed by Arizona and New Jersey.

Here is a breakdown of solar energy by state, shown in thousand megawatt-hours:


Author: Caitlin Ritchie

Editor: Lisa lscrupe

Updated:November 29, 2021


Do you want to start your own plumbing supplies business? If yes, then it is essential that you know and plan exactly what needs to be done. Of course, opening a company requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Here are some items you should keep in mind when planning for this venture.


There are a few things to consider when you choose where to set up shop, such as location and fit with the type of product or service you offer. Think about what would make your plumbing supply business more convenient for customers—is there a specific area that’s home to a lot of new construction? Maybe it makes sense to position yourself near a busy highway intersection. Or maybe it’d be best to open an on-site showroom because your product is unique and customers want to see the quality before they buy. In any case, don’t underestimate the importance of foot traffic and sufficient lighting — it’s hard enough getting people through your door as is — so choosing a spot with high visibility and installing lights that are the best on the market will boost sales from day one. If this isn’t possible due to financial limitations or other reasons, consider using an online presence such as a website and/or social media sites to get the word out. The point here is to present your shop as organized and versatile in meeting the needs of customers.


You want to know who is already working in the field of plumbing supplies to determine whether or not opening up a new company in that area would be beneficial for you in the long run. It is important to go over all of their social media pages and look at their prices compared to yours because this will give you an idea of what items people are more willing to pay for and which ones they prefer to buy cheaper.


You’ll also need to invest in the appropriate equipment and tools. For example, if you plan on working with plastic pipes, you’ll need a high-capacity extrusion machine as well as a CNC router for cutting those materials into the shapes you need. This means buying machines as well as hiring workers who know how to operate them. It’s important not to underestimate how much it will cost to open your business – even if you don’t have any inventory yet! Make sure that you have enough money or financing lined up before opening your doors or starting production. Otherwise, your business may fail due to a lack of capital before it even has a chance to succeed. Plan accordingly, and be sure to keep an eye out for opportunities where you can save money.


Be aware that there are many different licenses, certifications, and permits that your business may need before it even opens its doors. Local regulations will determine if you’ll need a plumbing license or certificate of registration from the government to sell plumbing products. You may also have to get a building permit depending on how much space your company takes up, as well as a federal identification number from the IRS if your company becomes profitable. Make sure you’re ready with these documents before opening a supply shop of any kind. Otherwise, you could get fined or shut down by local authorities until they get filed properly!

You’ll also want to make sure you know what kind of business structure your company is going to have. You can either try to keep it simple and register as a limited liability company (LLC) or take more complex steps towards opening a corporation. Either way, make sure you fully understand all of the implications that come along with each one, especially if they will affect how much money comes into or goes out of your business. Consult with an expert if you’re unsure about anything at this stage! They offer free consultations, which means there’s no risk in reaching out for help at this point.


Finally, determine where everything is going to be stored and how your company is going to get deliveries. If you run a plumbing shop, you’ll need ample space for storing and organizing your goods while making them conveniently accessible for customers to browse at any time. You will also want to make sure that the people working in this area are familiar with the proper techniques of inventory management so they don’t lose anything or cause damage to products when moving them around! 

The delivery process can also be difficult if you’re not used to it. How will suppliers deliver everything from raw materials to finished products? Will you have a designated driver, or do something different? Make sure everyone knows what needs doing so there’s no confusion later on down the line.

Plumbing supply businesses come in many shapes and sizes; no matter why you want to start one or if your only goal is to be able to provide parts and equipment for yourself, your family, friends, or clients who might need them someday, there are plenty of ways that you can begin your venture without having to go into massive amounts of debt or take on the riskier aspects of owning a corporation.


Maybe the neighborhood is perfect — just close enough to work, just far enough from the in-laws, great neighbors, good schools. Maybe the timing is perfect — the cars are paid off, you’ve built home equity and loan terms are good, the kids are old enough.

Whatever the reason, you’ve decided circumstances are right to address your imperfect house with an addition that will make it your dream home for years to come.

Whether you’re adding a bathroom, home office, entertaining/communal space or a suite for your parents, no doubt you’ve spent a lot of time envisioning your project. However, the transition from vision to reality requires thorough planning. A checklist that runs you through the following areas can help you nail down that perfect plan.

Getting Started

In the broad strokes, here are things you should aim for with a home addition:

·      Purpose: “More room” isn’t defined enough. Your new space should have a purpose, and it should be designed in such a way that you’re not creating a room that gets little use or contains dead space.

·      Harmony: An addition should look like it belongs with the rest of the house (as opposed to looking “stuck on”). Style, materials and scale should all be considered, inside and out; however, if tweaking your style is on the menu, now would be a good time to consider cosmetic changes to the rest of the home to align with the new space.

·      Cost-effectiveness: Don’t blowout your budget and over-improve a house in a neighborhood that won’t let you recoup the cost should you decide to sell later. On the other hand, don’t cut costs on materials or contractors that could impact your enjoyment of the final product or suggest poor quality to potential future owners.

Planning Your Project

Odds are, you’re going to be looking to do one of the following:

·      Adding a new floor (to the house or garage)

·      Adding a room (or rooms) to the side or back of the house

·      Building a cantilever addition

·      Excavating a basement

With any of these options, one smart investment is to hire an architect or architectural designer. While you might build one addition in your lifetime, these professionals have built many; their experience can help you avoid costly mistakes, maximize existing space, solve design problems and adjust costs in the most appropriate manner. Many builders have in-house designers, which can also help streamline the project.

Professionals will also be aware of the permitting requirements for any work undertaken.

Be aware, too, of the potential need for a land surveyor. Improvement surveys, boundary surveys, easements, topographic maps, flood elevations and more are important considerations when expanding the footprint of your structure.

 Budget Awareness

Some people enter a job with a set amount available and will scale a project to that budget. Others want what they want and budget accordingly. Most fall somewhere in between.

Items that will likely impact your budget include: 

·      The size of the addition

·      The location of the addition (foundations are a significant cost)

·      Structural complexity (from vaulted ceilings to soundproofing)

·      Materials

·      Finishes (appliances, light fixtures, flooring, doors, windows) 

Who to Hire

Additions often require several skill sets, from carpenters to drywall finishers, plumbers to electricians, HVAC pros to decorators, and more. A design/build firm can handle all of that — if that’s what you wish. Before signing a contract with anyone, have a list of questions addressing timelines, costs, permitting responsibilities, potential delays, etc., and make sure they ask enough questions to understand your needs for the space and your wants, stylistically speaking.

Staying or Going?

Timelines are rarely in the customer’s control and, with continued supply chain issues, are not often in the contractor’s control, either. The simplest thing to do during the construction of an addition is to relocate for the duration.

The builder should be able to provide estimated start and finish dates so you can make living arrangements. You may have to store some or all your belongings during construction.

Take Your Time

Whatever you do, don’t rush. Know what you want. Talk to more than one designer and contractor before signing anything. Building an addition is stressful, but the more legwork you do, the happier you’ll be in the long run.

AUTHOR BIO: Danny Rodic is a co-owner of Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC. Rodic has over 28 years of experience in the land surveying industry, providing a broad range of land surveying services to clients. Rodic is a licensed professional land surveyor in Colorado and Wisconsin.


Decorating our home is certainly a challenging task but also a fun one. Our house or flat should be our oasis and a place where we feel completely comfortable. While a piece of furniture that you bought a while ago can be returned if you feel like it doesn’t belong in your home anymore, the same doesn’t apply to wall colors. Everyone knows that it is a tedious task to move all the furniture and carpets in order to have the house painted, so you don’t want to do that quite often. As a consequence, you should pay extra attention when choosing the paint colors of your home. We bring you useful advice on how to find the best tones for any room in your house.


Although this is quite obvious, the amount of natural light a room gets can often be neglected when choosing the wall color. For instance, a living room in a lovely house in the south of Australia will be covered in sunlight for most of the day and year, as there is quite a lot of sunshine in this area. On the other hand, in Scandinavia, winters are longer and days are shorter, so naturally, there is less light. Thus, the conclusion would be to opt for cool colors in a room that is covered in sun (mint green or shades of white) and go for warm colors in a space that scarcely has sunlight (honey yellow or gold-orange). That way, you will make sure that your home feels cozy all year round.


Paint a few areas on a few different walls in sample colors and see how you like each of them. Take some time, at least 24 hours, to see how the paint looks in a certain space, during different parts of the day. In case you don’t want to spend time in the store and don’t want to get messy while painting, consult professionals. There are some great companies that offer these kinds of services in Australia, so you can easily find reliable house painters in Central Coast area. Skillful professionals will help you find the best quality paints and testers, and will also consult on color selection. Not to mention that the sole task of painting the house will be done way faster and be less messy than if you were to paint it yourself.  


Painting a small living room in a dark blue or green color may make the space seem tiny and even claustrophobic. Thus, a general tendency is to go for lighter colors in smaller rooms, in order to make them feel more spacious and open. So, various shades of grey, white, or even pink will make your living room a lovely and comfortable space for the whole family to enjoy. On the contrary, a very large living room may seem too cold and uninviting if painted in these colors. You would want warmer tones, such as yellow, peach, or rustic red and green ones. They will keep the openness of the room but will make it feel cozy and welcoming. Additionally, you can always contrast the colors of the walls and the furniture, to keep the space looking vibrant. Opt for dark brown or green sofa and armchairs in a living room with cool tones, and go for off-white sofas and coffee table in a room with warmer walls. The same applies to all other parts of the house, bedrooms, kitchen, and even bathroom.

To conclude, there are a few crucial factors when choosing the perfect paint colors for your home. Consider the abovementioned ones but also consult with professionals. You will certainly get a gorgeous space that you will enjoy spending time in.

Guest Contributor: Diana Smith