HOME IMPROVEMENT CHECKLIST

When doing a home improvement project, there are things to consider first before having to spend some money or have something in your house be replaced. First, identify what you want to change in your home’s current design. For example, living room setup, kitchen equipment, bathroom shower, and many more. Next, after you identify the areas you want to improve, you would want to list down what are the things you want to change or upgrade in that area. Another example is if you want to change the design of your sofa.

There are two categories that need to be considered which are functional and aesthetic. But for home improvements, both of these factors are needed. Here are some checklists for Home Improvement projects.

1. REPLACE BROKEN UTILITY

Functionality of the house is very important. It should be the top priority of every home. Every homeowner should have maintenance to their plumbing system, electrical wiring, water supply, etc. The aesthetic of your house is also important. There are several ways to add aesthetics to your utility tools such as having more modern showers, modern faucets, and even light switch plates that can now be decorated. Although the light switch cover doesn’t get much attention, it is actually great to have designs even in the smallest details.

 2. REARRANGGING FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES

To have more creativity and uniqueness in your home, consider having rearrangements in your home. To avoid having a boring and somehow repetitive layout in your house, try changing the things in your house from time to time to add a new perspective.

3. PAINTS

Paint jobs are also one of the factors to add to the checklist for home improvements. If there are signs of paint chips, faded colors, cracked, peeling, or when you no longer like the color of your paint. Consider having your house repainted so your walls will be protected. Having a new paint job can also have your house look elegant instantly. When choosing the right color of paint, choose the color that you really like to match your personality.

4. NEW MATTRESS

If you are no longer comfortable in your bedroom, consider buying a new mattress. When choosing  a mattress, it should be made from a high-end material that gives comfort and coziness. Choose a mattress that gives both durability and comfort at the same time. Since you will be using your new mattress for a really long time.

5. NEW TOOLS

Tools can also have an expiration date, if you are using a microwave for a really long time, it might not work perfectly as it was before. Buying out new tools for your home can also avoid you from getting infections and bacteria. For example, if you still use the same kitchenware for years, some of its properties might peel off and be included in your food. So it’s best to change it from time to time. Another examples are knives, when it becomes dull, it is time to change it. Appliances are also included in this list since it becomes a tool that you use every day. Having functional home results in an elegant home.

6. EXTERIORS

Exterior walls also need to repaint, pathway and walkways also need cleaning maintenance from to time, and windows needs to be treated. The roof also needs to be checked from time to time, especially if there is bad weather. It’s better to spend some money on repairs rather than getting wet from leakage when it’s raining.

 

In conclusion, for every household, there will be a different checklist for home improvement. The lists that were mentioned earlier are just an example. Home improvements vary for each individual. So to have the right checklist, always identify the things that you wanted to improve first from your house and create a list on what you want to do after figuring out what are the areas in your home that needs improvements.

HOW TO SELF-INSTALL YOUR NEW INTERNET SERVICE

Have you ever wondered how to self-install your new internet service? You can usually achieve this by following the instructions given to you by your service provider. 

It’s often a simple process that involves plugging in the modem and router to a central location of the home and signing onto the network using a default password before updating it to a password of your choosing.

While it might seem overwhelming to take on such a technical task, we’ve done it before and have helped many others complete their own internet self-installation, so you can do it, too.

Below, we share how to self-install your new internet service with step-by-step instructions. While details may vary depending on your service provider, these instructions should help you get up and running.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE ELIGIBLE

Before you begin the process of self-installing your new internet service, it’s crucial to check that you’re eligible to do so. Your eligibility is typically indicated by whether or not you were given (or offered) a self-installation kit when you signed up for the service.

If you don’t have a self-installation kit, that usually means you’re not eligible to self-install and will need to wait for a technician to do it for you. Waiting for a technician can take days or even weeks. If you’re eager to get online, self-installing is your fastest option.

Some addresses may not be eligible for self-installation if there has never been internet provided at that address by the provider before. You can find out if you’re eligible by entering your street address as you order your internet online. Another option is utilizing chat or their customer service phone number to check.

Other providers may not offer a self-installation option. Some popular providers that do offer this option include:

  • At&T
  • Century Link
  • Google Fiber
  • Cox Communications
  • Spectrum
  • Verizon
  • Xfinity

If you’re eligible for self-installation but still prefer to have someone do it for you, that’s possible, too. However, you’ll need to wait longer for an available technician.

Also, if you have a provider like Verizon, your self-installation might be a bit harder. Here is an extra resource on this

ORDER A SELF-INSTALLATION KIT

If you’re eligible to self-install your new internet service, you should have received (or been offered) a self-installation kit. Your kit will include everything you need to get online, including the:

  • Modem
  • Router
  • Coaxial cables
  • Ethernet cables
  • Printed instructions or a link to access online instructions

If you didn’t receive a self-installation kit, don’t worry. You can try ordering one from your internet service provider’s website or customer service line. They may even send one to you overnight so you can get started as soon as possible.

You may need to return your old equipment before they ship you a new self-installation kit if you’re upgrading your internet speed and need a new modem that’s compatible with the higher speeds.

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AS PROVIDED

Once you have your self-installation kit, it’s time to get started. The first thing you’ll want to do is read through the instructions provided. Either read the printed material that came with your kit or follow the link to online instructions.

It’s crucial to follow the instructions since they are specific to your service and equipment. Don’t try to shortcut the process, as it could result in problems later.

If you have questions about the instructions, don’t hesitate to contact your internet service provider’s customer service department for help.

FIND A CENTRAL LOCATION TO INSTALL

One of the first things you’ll need to do is find a central location to install your modem and router. A good location should be somewhere near an outlet and close to where your main computer or TV is located. 

You don’t want to place it on either end of the house, as the WiFi signal may not reach the other side. Try to find a place that’s in the middle of your home so it can reach every room. It’s also important that the location has enough ventilation to help keep your equipment cool.

If you’re not sure where the best place to install your modem and router is, take a walk around your home and look for potential locations. Once you’ve begun the installation process, you can try doing a test WiFi connection from that location to double-check the strength of your signal from various spots in the house.

INSTALL THE MODEM

Once you’ve found the best location for installation, it’s time to set up your modem. Start by plugging the power cord into an outlet and then connecting it to the back of the modem.

To do this, take the modem out of the box and use the cord to plug it into the wall. You may be plugging it into a:

  • Phone jack
  • Coaxial jack
  • Optical or Ethernet jack

The specifics will vary for different providers, so refer to your specific provider’s instructions.

CONNECT MODEM AND ROUTER

Now, plug your modem into your router to connect the two using an Ethernet cable.

PLUGIN ROUTER

Plug your router in so that both devices are plugged into the wall and connected to each other.

WAIT FOR A LIGHT INDICATOR

After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, check the light status on your modem and router. They should be blinking or solid, depending on your provider’s instructions.

LOCATE NETWORK DEFAULT PASSWORD

Check the back of the router or the box it came in for a network default password. You’ll use it to sign on to your WiFi for the first time.

CONNECT TO WIFI FROM YOUR DEVICES

Using your default password, connect to your WiFi network. Once you’re connected, you should be able to follow the instructions given to you by your provider to change the password to something you’d prefer.

WRAPPING UP

By following these simple instructions, you should know how to self-install your new internet service without any problems. 

If you have any trouble along the way or run into issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider’s customer service department for help. They’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Guest Contributor: Andreas Grant

AWESOME HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS FOR DOG OWNERS

Our dogs are our family members, and every family member deserves to feel comfortable, safe and welcome in their own house. So if you’re planning to conduct some home improvements in the future, don’t forget to surprise your pup with some improvements for their own comfort. If you need dog-friendly renovation ideas, you’ll find plenty here:

INSTALL DOG-FRIENDLY FLOORING

Let’s start your renovation from the bottom up by installing new flooring. If you have an indoor pup, choose the flooring that’s easy to clean and resistant to slips. For dogs, concrete, tile and hardwood floors are the best choices that can’t be damaged by your dog’s claws and accidents. And consider installing heating under the floor—this will feel so good on your senior dog’s joints and bones.

BUILT-IN DOGGY DOORS

Suppose you don’t like the open space concept, then you know how annoying it can be to constantly go around the house, opening the doors for your pup. Well, you can make your life much easier with built-in doggy doors. There are costly but super-practical sliding doggy doors that are built into the walls, but those that install on your regular doors are a great option too.

BUILD A MUD ROOM

If you regularly walk your dog or let them into your yard (as you should), you know how much dirt your furry friends can drag inside. This can be solved with a practical mud room. This small room is usually built near the entrance of the house and can be used to leave dirty clothing and shoes, as well as wipe your dog’s paws and store their personal items. If you have space to work with, you can also install a small dog shower in your mud room and have a practical grooming station in a safe and easy-to-clean place.

BUILD A DOGGY SANCTUARY

Dogs usually love to be surrounded by people, but sometimes even they need some peace and quiet. When there’s a lot of noise and chaos in your home, or when you have visitors over, your dog will love to retreat to their sanctuary and avoid over-stimulation. You can easily designate a corner under the stairs or in your catch-all closet to make a cozy dog nook. Make this place soundproof, and boost the comfort with a cozy dog bed for sweet dreams and relaxation. The best bed options are doggy cots which are lightweight, easy to move and wash. Providing your dog with a safe space will create a calm and secure dog without stress and anxiety.

CREATE A DESIGNATED DOG FEEDING AREA

If you want to additionally boost comfort for both you and your dog, then build a designated feeding area. This doggy dining room will ensure they get all the privacy they need while eating without taking away any space in their kitchen or living room. A practical solution for a feeding station is a pull-out drawer with bowls for feeding. Next to it, you can build a cabinet with kibble bins for easy access. Since these cabinets and drawers close after use, they prevent the spreading of any dog food odors and allow you to avoid spillage.

STYLISH GATES

We usually allow our dog access to all the parts of the house, but sometimes, we just need to limit their access to certain rooms, either for their safety or for the safety of other people. What most people resort to are baby gates, but these can be very ugly and short. A better solution is a sliding half-door with a metal railing resistant to scratching and biting. These are easy to build between the kitchen peninsula and the wall, on top of the staircase or between rooms.

INCLUDE EASY ACCESS FOR SENIOR DOGS

Some dogs are very susceptible to joint and spine issues, especially in their senior years. To make your pup easier to navigate their home, you can consider building ramps to your entrance, couch or first floor. This can often be a very cheap improvement that will mean a lot to your pup.

SURPRISE YOUR DOG WITH A VIEW

Don’t worry, you’re not a bad dog parent if you sometimes leave your dog alone at home—this is a sad necessity for many of us. However, you can also expect your dog to get bored while you’re not there. One thing that can give them something to do is look outside the window. Build a practical window seating for your pup so they can get a nice view outside, keep an eye on the intruders and watch squirrels play around outside—it’s like a blockbuster for dogs!

Like any family member, your dog deserves to have their needs met at home. With these practical home improvement ideas, you’ll not only make your dog’s life better, but also make your house easier to clean, maintain and keep beautiful and stylish. You’ll get to spend less time stressing over your house and more time cuddling with your dog!

Guest Contributor: Diana Smith

BED BUG DIY MISTAKES YOU SHOULD NEVER DO AT HOME

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Bed bugs have always been a looming problem in both residential and industrial areas. While both business owners and homeowners have been shown bed bug removal methods they can do by themselves, doing the wrong thing could lead to mishaps.

DIY isn’t entirely wrong, but it should be well-informed and done right so as to avoid hazardous issues. But just to be on the safe side and avoid further mishaps, the best option for treating bed bugs is to contact a professional that can do bed bug heat treatments in Sacramento, CA.

Here is a rundown of some bed bug DIY mistakes that should never be done at home.

USING THE WRONG PESTICIDES

Of course, pesticides are highly toxic and hazardous. Even the ones that are registered by the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) have been linked to multiple health problems such as acute poisoning, certain types of cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, neurotoxicity, organ damage, and more. The use of these pesticides are more dangerous than their benefits.

That’s why it’s important to check with a professional exterminator. After assessing the infestation, they will come up with a proper treatment plan to deal with the bed bugs in your area. They also have the right tools and equipment to carry out these treatments.

NOT BUYING A VAPOR STEAM CLEANER

Nowadays in the cleaning industry, steam cleaners are one of the fastest growing technologies. We’d even go as far as saying that these are a heaven-sent item for anyone that’s wary about bedbugs. Vapor steam cleaners look similar to a vacuum, but they are much more powerful. Steam cleaners use water and electricity to clean, disinfect, and deodorize any surface. These are safe for use in homes since they don’t need any kind of chemicals. 

Vapor steam cleaners are great for maintaining a bed bug-free environment because they generate  a tremendous amount of heat, eliminating pests from clothes, furniture, and beddings. The steam vapor can also reach nooks and crannies, just where bed bugs like to hide most. If you’re trying to steer clear of bed bugs, vapor steam cleaners are worth an investment.

NOT USING A BED BUG MONITOR

Bed bug monitors/interceptors have been one of the most useful devices ever invented for bed bug monitoring and management. These devices are usually shaped like a plastic dish with an outer shallow part designed to catch and contain bed bugs. They function on the assumption that bed bugs do not have the ability to climb slippery, vertical surfaces. So with these things, you can breathe easy for a bit knowing bed bugs won’t reach your pillows.

Other uses for a bed bug monitor and interceptor include the following:

●      Keeps bed occupants from bed bugs

●      Sees and counts bed bugs present

●      Assess the effectiveness of certain bed bug treatments

●      Serves as an early detection system for bed bugs in hotels, apartments, houses

●      Used as part of a DIY bed bug management practice

NOT PREPPING THE ROOMS PRIOR TO TREATMENT

Most, if not all, pest control companies will require homeowners to do significant preparations prior to the start of a treatment. These requirements may differ based on the type of treatment as well as the type of residence. Unfortunately, some clients don’t think this is necessary, leading to a myriad of problems that pest control companies are all too familiar with.

The actions they require Below is a sample checklist for clients to complete before their bed bug service begins.

Below is a list of the preparations homeowners should take note of before having exterminators begin their treatment:

●      Lift mattresses and box springs out of the bed frame

●      Empty all closets, dressers, drawers

●      Wash and dry all clothing within the room on high heat

●      Bag all personal items that cannot be laundered

●      Empty all luggage and travel bags into untied bags

●      Remove all sofa, chair, and other upholstered furniture cushions and accessories

●      Remove all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and other bed coverings from the mattress and box spring and dry for at least 50 minutes on high heat

●      Thoroughly vacuum your mattress, box spring, inside of dresser drawers, all carpeting throughout your entire home, floors, area rugs, sofas, futons, recliners, upholstered furniture, and physical bugs you may see

●      Remove and dry all curtains and window dressings on high heat

●      Inspect items that cannot be washed such as books, electronics, picture frames, and plastic toys

●      Place them into plastic bags only if you do not find bed bugs on these items

●      Reduce clutter under your bed and around the room

●      Encase your mattress using specialized mattress encasements

Unless homeowners do these themselves, technicians will leave the room just as it is. This results in a lot of mishandling in materials that could spread bed bugs throughout your home, or even destroy your beddings and belongings. Neglecting proper preparation could prolong the whole treatment process.

BED BUGS ARE TOUGH, BUT YOU HAVE TO BE EVEN TOUGHER

Dealing with bed bugs takes so much time and energy, but that’s why there are pest control companies that can help. These companies have exterminators that are properly trained and equipped with the right tools for carrying out bed bug heat treatments in Sacramento, CA. DIY methods may be cheaper, but these may not be as effective and some mistakes can even cost you more money instead.