PLUMBING MAINTENANCE – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE, LANDLORDS OR TENANTS?

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Ah, the famous age-old question: who’s responsible for plumbing maintenance? Landlords or tenants? Many generations have given their contribution to resolving this problem in the past. To quote an Allen Ginsberg poem: I saw the best minds of my generation… We’ll stop right there. This isn’t a boring poetry reading, and the question raised at the beginning certainly isn’t something great thinkers have struggled with for centuries. Although, since you’re reading this text, you might wonder: really, who’s responsible for plumbing maintenance? You might’ve encountered some problems in your new apartment, or maybe you’re checking out your options before you move in. Whatever’s the case – we’re here to help you out. Stay tuned for some helpful info.

FIRST THOUGHT – BEST THOUGHT (OR IS IT?)

Your first thought might be: well, the landlord is responsible for its tenants’ quality of living; therefore, he’s accountable for anything that goes wrong with plumbing. That could be the truth. But, there’s a catch. In most states, the landlord is responsible for hiring someone to take care of plumbing emergencies. Is a leaky tap an emergency? Probably not. What classifies as an emergency is a question to ponder (consider checking your state law). For example, if you notice there’s no running water, that’s undoubtedly an emergency. The landlord is definitely responsible for that one. In most cases, you’ll find these problems classified as emergencies:

 

  • Serious leaks in your bathroom or kitchen;
  • Damaged, non-working water heater;
  • Burst water pipes;
  • Toilet with an active overflow.
Landlords are definitely responsible for resolving a plumbing emergency. A leaking tap probably doesn't fit into that category. Check your state law.
Landlords are definitely responsible for resolving a plumbing emergency. A leaking tap probably doesn’t fit into that category. Check your state law.

Can the landlord also be responsible for minor repairs?

There isn’t a straight answer to this one. You might want to check the lease agreement and see if you can find the solution there. If the problem you’ve encountered is somehow listed in the agreement, and if the landlord’s responsibility is evident, you have your answer. Otherwise, if the issue isn’t a subject of the lease agreement, you’ll need to check state real estate laws. Some of them have repair and deduct statutes. These rules make the landlord deduct the repair cost (paid by the tenant) from the monthly rent. A quick tip: there are some repairs (even though they look minor) you shouldn’t try to do by yourself. For example, low water pressure is an issue that pros should handle.

ADDITIONAL INFO THAT MIGHT COME IN HANDY

Let’s say you’ve made a deal with the landlord. He’ll deduct the repair costs from the rent for the next month. Now imagine this scenario: your landlord’s antique kitchen table gets damaged in the process. We guess you know who’s responsible for that. To ensure this doesn’t happen, consider hiring experts such as those at golansmoving.com and see if they can do something to help you store valuable items during the process.

It's very important to store valuable things somewhere they can't be damaged while the renovation process enfolds. The best way, of course, is to rent storage space.
It’s very important to store valuable things somewhere they can’t be damaged while the renovation process enfolds. The best way, of course, is to rent storage space.

DIPLOMACY IS KEY

It might be better if we mentioned this earlier, but before you quote the law and everything, see if talking to your landlord can seal the deal. Keeping a good relationship with your landlord is something that will guarantee you peace of mind when plumbing issues (or any other issues with the apartment you’re renting) occur. Also, it really isn’t pleasurable to stay in an apartment where the owner acts indifferent. There’s no need to be super-formal or something. Of course, if talking doesn’t get you what you think you legally deserve, then quoting the law is the way to go. But, as we’ve noted at the beginning, it shouldn’t be your first option.

AN EXAMPLE: WHAT’S IT LIKE IN CHICAGO?

In this paragraph, we’ll pinpoint some of the rights tenants have when renting in Chicago. For example, the landlord can’t evict you without a judge’s order and must take care of a pest infestation when it occurs. Also, you shouldn’t worry that he will come unannounced. What about plumbing maintenance? Suppose the tenants (or their guests) are not responsible for the damage done. In that case, landlords are obliged to take responsibility in accordance with the City of Chicago’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (commonly known as CRLTO). Make sure you check that out. In other words: be familiar with your rights. A well-informed tenant is a good tenant. As if you already didn’t know that, right?

Know your rights! Being well-informed is a must nowadays. If you're a Chicago resident, consult the CRLTO.
Know your rights! Being well-informed is a must nowadays. If you’re a Chicago resident, consult the CRLTO

SHOULD YOU SUE THE LANDLORD?

Hopefully, there won’t be a reason for that. Most landlords will quickly resolve the issue you’re dealing with. If, for some reason, the landlord ignores fixing the problem, you have all the rights in the world to mention a potential legal action (after you consult the lease agreement or the state law, of course). But, as we’ve already said, that scenario is really not so popular. You’ll rarely stumble upon a landlord who will make you want to take legal action. 

FINAL WORDS

That’s all, folks! Hopefully, we’re closer than ever to find the answer to the question of who’s obliged to hire professionals for plumbing maintenance. The best way to sum up this article is: know your rights! Make sure to check the lease agreement, consult the state’s real estate law, and before you start thinking about taking legal action – talk to your landlord. As we’ve mentioned, there’s a slim chance you’ll need to go to court because your toilet is overflowing. Being diplomatic and, at the same time, well-informed is a recipe for success!

Guest Contributor: Sophia Perry

HOME IMPROVEMENTS AND REPAIRS YOU MUST DO BEFORE MOVING IN

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time. However, it can also be stressful and exhausting, not to mention expensive to the point of draining your wallet dry. Depending on your new home state, there are some home improvements and repairs you must do before moving in. 

Are improvements and repairs expensive?

Specific improvements will increase your property’s value, which is always good when the time to sell it comes. Repairs can help reduce maintenance costs you will be facing in the future, and it’s always good to save money. If you are smart, some of the work you do on your home will end up giving you a net benefit.  Some renovations will increase your home insurance rates, so be sure to calculate this into your overall budget. Other types of work on your home simply can’t be avoided, especially for glaring issues that need to be fixed.

Can I do some of the repairs later?

The short answer is: yes, of course. On the other hand, dragging the repairs will involve you living in total chaos for a long time. You might think it will just be for a week or two, but old houses can have problems you weren’t expecting. Since you don’t know how the house was constructed, there could be hidden issues that you didn’t initially notice. These could end up causing unexpected delays, and you don’t want to be trapped in a house remodel limbo. And people promise themselves they will take care of minor repairs later when the relocation is over. But then those minor issues sit unaddressed for years because you never got around to it.

Re-polish the wood in your home to let it sit before moving in.
Re-polish the wood in your home to let it sit before moving in.

Renovating before you move in

Everyone has ideas of what their dream home should look like. Relocating to a new home is the perfect time to let your imagination run wild. And spring is a great time to do renovations on your home. You might think that doing everything at once is expensive, but doing multiple home improvements and repairs at the same time will probably be cheaper. Some renovations will require some touch-ups after the main work is over. We’re talking about small finishing touches like patching up walls or floors and painting the house. The best solution is to do the cleanup just once when you have done all the work.

Realistically your best bet is to schedule all of the home improvements and repairs you must do before moving in and living on the property. Once everything is finished, you can just relocate to your new home without worrying about doing more work. So, plan for how long the work will take but have backup options. Rent storage for your possessions, so they don’t get in the way of the repairs. Ensure you get a clean and mold-free unit for your items so they are safe and dry during the spring rain season. Even if the repairs last longer than expected, your possessions won’t clutter the workspace, and you will know they are secure.

Avoid water damage by fixing any leaks.
Avoid water damage by fixing any leaks.

Here is a list of 8 home improvements and repairs you must do before moving in:

  1. Check the roof – repair any cracks or leaks since water damage can wreak havoc on your home. Invest in roof repairs to avoid rotting wood and mold buildups.
  2. Refloor – this is one of the repairs most people skip to save money. While fitting new floors can be expensive, it will be a lot cheaper and easier to do before moving in.
  3. Improve the insulation – investing some money before moving in can save you a lot in the long run. Draft-proofing and insulating are great ways to save on heating and electricity bills.
  4. Apply wood finish – it’s not just the floors that need to be re-done. It would be best to refinish all the wooden elements like panels, windows, or railings before you move in. This will give them a bit of time to sit and air out.
  5. Popcorn ceilings and walls – they used to be standard in houses constructed before the ’90s. Besides being an eyesore, popcorn fixtures can contain asbestos or other toxic materials that can be harmful to your health.
  6. Check the plumbing – leaks can cause some of the worst and most expensive damage to a home. Hire professional plumbers to take care of any problems before you move in. Mildew and mold will be much more costly to deal with later if water damage is left unchecked.
  7. Replace locks – it shouldn’t take long and doesn’t cost much. With new locks, you can be sure that no one else has the keys to your home. Replace the exterior locks; it’s cheap and will give you peace of mind.
  8. Exterior and interior painting – we recommend doing this last but before bringing in the furniture from storage. All of the other major work will already be done. Also, painting an empty home free from the clutter of furniture and boxes is a much simpler task.
Paint your home last after all of the other work is done.
Paint your home last after all of the other work is done.

One more thing we need to mention is that it is essential to pay attention to your health. People get so caught up in renovations, repairs, and moving that they can forget about their well-being. We all hope to see the end to the coronavirus pandemic, but the fight isn’t over yet. So, when the moving day finally arrives, you have to take all the necessary precautions in order to stay healthy during these hard times. Moving to a new home means that you will be interacting with many different people. Sometimes we all need reminders, even for the basics – so be smart and stay safe.

Taking care of home improvements and repairs you must do before moving in will end up saving you a lot of stress. Additionally, doing the repairs while you are not living on the property will mean they will be done faster – since nothing will be in the way of the work. And if the work is done faster, it usually means less added expenses. Taking care of everything while saving time and money – what’s not to love?

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Guest Contributor: Sophia Perry

HOW DO YOU FIX THE ISSUES WITH YOUR WATER HEATER’S PILOT LIGHT?

The pilot light is one of the most crucial components of your gas water heater. After all, the appliance can’t provide you with hot water if this component faces an issue. However, apart from being the most crucial component, it’s also probably the most troublesome one. Gas water heater users might come across problems, primarily associated with the pilot lighter, quite often. 

Now, you’d want to fix the issue as soon as possible. And, for that, you might usually want to hire a plumber. However, there are specific ways through which you can fix the issues all by yourself. Here, we have discussed some common pilot light issues and simple ways to fix them. Also, you do not need to have any technical skills to apply these solutions.

How does the Pilot Light Work?

The pilot light provides the igniting flame for the gas that the appliance releases through the burner. Only after that, the heater starts heating the water. Also, the pilot light should always stay lit when you ignite it. Otherwise, it will fail to ignite the gas coming out of the burner in turn. As a result, you won’t get any hot water while using the heater. 

Now, most of the issues you face with the pilot light are related to keeping it lit.  Other than that, it might sometimes fail to provide a properly sized flame to the gas. If there is an issue with its placement, then fix that first. You can simply reach out to Handyman Dubai for a quick and reliable solution. 

What to do when the Pilot Light’s Flame is too Small?

A small flame indicates that the pilot light isn’t receiving enough gas pressure. In that case, it would affect the functioning of your water heater. So, you must not ignore this issue and apply a solution for it. 

Now, this issue is mainly caused due to a clogged pilot light orifice. In that case, you can fix the issue by cleaning it. However, it’s more sensible to contact a certified professional if there are any other causes. 

Cleaning the pilot light orifice

The pilot orifice regulates the amount of gas released through the valve. So, you must clean it to improve the gas pressure. And, for that, you must stop the gas supply using the shut-off valve. 

Remove the orifice

You can’t clean the orifice as long as it’s attached to the appliance. So, you must detach it before proceeding with this task. And, for that, you must remove all the nuts that hold the orifice to the water heater. Based on the model you’re using, this might take a while. Moreover, you’d also have to detach the pilot tube and the thermocouple attached to the orifice. Once you’re done, you can simply proceed with the cleaning. 

How to clean the pilot orifice?

A can of compressed air would be one of the best tools for clearing out any dirt and debris. Apart from that, you should use sandpaper to clean its tip. You can also find a water heart cleaning brush available in the market for this task. Make sure to clean the orifice properly so that you don’t face this issue again anytime soon. Once you’re done, you must re-attach the components to the heater with the utmost care. 

Pilot Flame won’t Light or Keeps Going Out: Causes and Fixes

Many other users often report a failure to light the pilot flame. Apart from that, you might sometimes fail to light the pilot flame in the first place. Now, you must consider the following common causes behind both these issues: 

Dirty air vents

As you know, you need oxygen to light up the pilot flame or keep it lit. So, you must make sure that your appliance receives that in a proper quantity. Now, the air vents are the only means by which your water heater intakes oxygen. It might often get clogged by dirt and debris. 

In that case, the appliance may fail to light up the pilot flame. The air vents are located at the exterior of the appliance. So, you can clean them up quite easily. Also, make sure to do that regularly to avoid this issue further. 

Kinked flex tube

The kink tube is yet another exterior component you must examine for pilot light problems. As it happens, this tube might often get kinked to cause interruptions in the gas flow. In such cases, the pilot flame might keep going out or simply fail to light. 

So, you must straighten this crucial tube to fix the issue. It should work in case there aren’t any other problems with your water heater. 

Clogged pilot tube

In case, the previously mentioned fixes didn’t work, you must turn your attention to the pilot tube. This component supplies gas to the pilot light through the orifice. Sometimes, especially in old water heaters, this tube might get clogged. In that case, you simply need to clear it to fix the gas supply to the pilot light. 

So, detach the pilot tube from the heater and examine it for any blockages. You can simply use a thin wire or a needle to clear it effectively. Then, you must re-attach it to the appliance and try lighting the pilot flame. 

The sensor has bent away from the pilot flame

Apart from other parts, you must also take a look at the sensor. Do you find it bent away from the pilot light? If yes, then you’ve found the cause behind the problem. The sensor’s end should always touch the pilot flame. So, you can easily fix the issue by bending it to that position all by yourself. But, make sure to shut down the appliance before you do that. 

Dirty thermocouple

The thermocouple plays an important role in regulating the gas supply. It signals the appliance about whether the pilot flame is burning or is out. Depending on that, the heater supplies gas to the pilot light. Now, like other components, the thermocouple can often get dirt and debris on it as well. In such cases, it can mistake a lit pilot light as unlit and vice versa. 

As a result, it sends the wrong signal to the appliance. Now, if you’re wondering what should be your next step, then you simply need to clean the thermocouple to resolve this issue. 

Damaged thermocouple

Does the pilot light face issues even after you try the above-mentioned fixes? In that case, your water heater probably has a damaged thermocouple. So, you must make sure whether that’s the case. Test it with a multimeter and check whether it generates at least 20 MV voltage. 

What if it doesn’t supply the specified amount of voltage? In that case, you must replace the thermocouple. You can simply use a wrench to detach it from the water heater. Then, carefully attach the new thermocouple in its place. Also, make sure to turn the gas supply off before you proceed. 

What if these Solutions don’t Work?

In some cases, the problem might also lie with the flex tube. So, you must examine this component as well. Moreover, pilot light issues are also sometimes caused due to a broken main control valve. In that case, many service providers might offer you repairs for it. But, it’s better to get a new water heater in such situations.

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Guest Contributor: Biler Charlie

4 TOP TIPS IN REDESIGNING YOUR LIVING ROOM AS YOUR WORKSPACE EXTENSION

You’re working diligently to finish your project by the deadline while your kids take a Zoom class in the other corner of the room—your partner walks in to bring them snacks while your dog follows the scent of food. You look around flustered, knowing that sharing the existing home office with your entire family just isn’t sustainable.

It’s okay—imagine this: the ample space in your living room gets redesigned for either you or the kids to work or study in peace. You can shift your furniture creatively, which allows for the inclusion of a workspace extension. Not only is it functional, but it also fits your overall aesthetic. Below, we share the top four tips for redesigning your living room as your workspace extension.

 

1. MAKE USE OF A CORNER

When the rest of your living room is already packed with furniture or you’re working with limited square footage in an apartment, make one corner your workspace extension—preferably by a window to invite natural light in while you work. By using a corner, you create an obvious separation between your living area and your working area.

 When choosing the desk for this space, ensure it matches the rest of your living room décor to create a seamless design. To top it off, create a gallery wall just above your desk, using elements from the rest of your living room—for example, if you’ve opted for a chic appearance throughout, use black and white prints in gold or silver frames. If you’ve opted for a more bohemian and artsy vibe, create a gallery of your favorite art prints in funky frames.

 

2. USE AN OPEN WALL

If you can rearrange your couches or if you have the budget to replace them altogether, you can create a workspace along an open wall. Before you jump the gun and buy a new desk or couch, take out your measuring tape. The best couches are the ones that fit perfectly into your available space. When you’ve mapped out where your furniture is going to be placed, you can begin working with the open wall.

 Using this redesign is ideal if you have multiple kiddos who need workspaces, as you can line the wall with a long desk and set up multiple workstations. Add floating shelves above each individual workspace to create a streamlined, balanced look and you’ll have a clearly divided, yet congruent appearance in your living room space. While you’re at it, make sure you’re incorporating mindful and comfortable touches that help to improve mood and keep energy levels up.

 

3. CREATE YOUR OWN CUBICLE

To create the feel of a separate office space in your living room, you can use makeshift walls that double as décor and storage space with the use of a tall cubby bookshelf. Open cubbies mean you can place books or other decorations facing either direction, which unites the two spaces, rather than appearing awkward and blocking off the natural flow of your living room.

 With this approach, you can create an entirely new office, rather than just an extension, and can use an L-shaped desk to create an open square within which you work. Incorporate additional design elements to complement the living area, like house plants of varying shapes and sizes. You’ll add life to the room neutrally, and it’ll feel inviting, both for work and for lounge time with friends and family.

4. USE THE SPACE BEHIND YOUR COUCH

If you’re dreading the thought of giving up a precious part of your living room for a practical addition that seems to cut into the space you share with guests, don’t worry. Try a modular sofa in an outdoor-friendly fabric to accommodate all of your guests. Simply use the space behind your couch to set up your workstation. By layering your furniture like this, you create a simple workspace that doesn’t interrupt the rest of your hosting area. You can still enjoy football watch parties without feeling cramped.

Use a slender desk that tucks behind the back of the couch nicely, add an area rug to outline the workstation, and include a desk lamp for adequate lighting. Leave an open space for your laptop and layer additional décor on the other side of the desk, like a couple of books alongside an elegant orchid.

With the tips outlined above, you can have the best of both worlds—a workstation that gets you in the zone for ultimate productivity and a spacious living area that doesn’t feel crowded by the addition of a workspace extension. All it takes is a little imagination and creativity to envision a new design for your living room and once you’ve landed on just the right touches, you’ll be amazed by how great it all comes together. Tell us about your new vision for your living room! What tips do you plan to incorporate?

Guest Contributor: Kiley Morrow

7 SIGNS THAT YOU NEED TO RENOVATE YOUR HOUSE

Everything deteriorates over time and your lovely home is no exception. The deterioration of your home is unavoidable, no matter how well you maintain it. Renovations, on the other hand, can address a number of concerns that arise as a result of aging. We modify our homes to improve their appearance or make place for additional residents in some circumstances. Despite the fact that the process takes a lot of money, effort and planning, it also has a lot of advantages. The security, attractiveness, and comfort of your home can all be improved by renovating it. This is especially true in the case of old houses. Are you unsure whether or not your home needs renovation? I have written in this article a few signs that you can consider before you decide to renovate your home. 

THE ROOF HAS A LEAK 

When water starts flowing on the ceiling or walls, you know you have a leaking roof. Your roofing system may begin to leak for one of two reasons. It could happen if the roofing installer and service you hired did a sloppy job, or if your house’s roofing system is already old and decaying. Whatever the case may be, your roof needs immediate repair and improvement. Roof leaks should be addressed as soon as possible, regardless of how minor they are, as they may escalate to a larger problem. Roof leaks can cause a variety of problems. Corrosion, mold growth, and frame and ceiling damage are just a few of them.

THE PAINT HAS BECOME DULL AND IS BEGINNING TO CHIP 

When the inside or exterior paint starts flaking off, it’s one of the most obvious signs that your home needs to be renovated. It also means that outside influences like dirt and pollutants are already having a negative impact on your property. This incident also indicates that you should think about upgrading and cleaning your property. For people working at home, a dull and messy paint is awful to the eyes and can lessen productivity. Organize your home office whether you’re working from your dining room table or a dedicated office space because it is critical for both productivity and sanity. Refresh the paint in your home’s most vulnerable areas, such as the bathrooms, kitchen, and baseboards. Newly painted walls can give your home a fresh look and make it appear new. A bright white layer will do wonders for updating the look of your home if the whitewash is starting to yellow.

IT’S EITHER TOO CROWDED OR TOO EMPTY IN YOUR HOME 

Have you ever felt strange and uneasy as soon as you walked into your home? This is common if your home is overcrowded or has a lot of open space. The longer you stay in a house, the more filthy it becomes. Remodeling your home is a quick fix for this. All you have to do is reorganize your belongings within your house to enhance your home. By doing so, you are altering the appearance and feel of your home, giving you a sense of freshness.

THE WALLS BEGIN TO SHOW SIGNS OF DETERIORATION 

The first clue that your home needs remodeling is the appearance of cracks in the walls. Cracks might form on the walls or in the foundation. It could be the result of a little imperfection and not cause for alarm. Horizontal fractures, separation cracks, and gaping cracks, on the other hand, warrant special care. As a result, have it properly examined by a specialist. Severe foundation cracks have been discovered. To address the underlying issues and assure safety, the house must be renovated. Examine the areas near the breaks to determine the severity of the cracks.

WHEN TERMITES BEGIN TO WREAK HAVOC ON YOUR HOME 

The presence of bugs and insects within your home indicates that you have used low-cost materials. When termites infest your home, you must immediately rebuild the interiors to eliminate the pests and prevent them from spreading.

IT’S TIME TO REPLACE YOUR FLOOR 

Whether your floors are tiled, wooden, or carpeted, giving them some time and attention can dramatically boost the value of your property. Individual tiles in the bathroom and kitchen may begin to detach, so keep an eye out for lifting symptoms. Detached tiles and boards are not only ugly, but they can also be a trip hazard. Carpeted flooring has a 10-year life expectancy, although this will be reduced if you have indoor pets. Wooden floors are a long-lasting and sturdy flooring option, but they are also the most expensive and are prone to deteriorate over time. The good news is that rotting wood planks may be repaired without entirely replacing the flooring, as long as you act quickly before the rot spreads.

YOUR BATHROOM AND KITCHEN APPEAR TO BE OUTDATED 

You’ve probably heard that if you want to add value to your home, the kitchen and bathroom should be the major focus and even in these functional areas, the aesthetics take precedence. Adding new quartz worktops, gleaming fixtures by a great plumbing service and having a set of new sinks could make these rooms look more modern, but if you’re looking for a complete makeover, starting from the ground up is a fantastic strategy.

A remodeling and even unexpected home renovations is a major project but if you have a solid purpose for doing it, you’ll probably find it rewarding in the end. Small changes can make a significant difference, so whether you’re renovating for lower energy bills or more room, make sure the end result is healthier for you and your family.

Guest Contributor: Kat Sarmiento

4 BEDROOM COLOR SCHEMES TO INSPIRE YOUR SPACE

You probably know that colors affect a person’s mood. That’s why it’s very important to choose the colors right, especially when it comes to your bedroom. 

Needless to say, you want to achieve a comfortable, calming, and relaxing space that will help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

Whether you’re renovating your bedroom or building a new one, below are some of the best color schemes for your inspiration:

Black + White + Brass

There’s nothing as timeless as black and white. 

While some people will think this color scheme is quite too heavy especially if the dominant hue is black, these colors are actually remarkably serene when used together.

You can create an entirely different mood depending on how you style your room. 

If you want to further elevate the look of your room, consider incorporating brass. It makes the space inviting, elegant, and dazzling.

Bright Blue + Gray

Blue promotes calmness and relaxation, which makes it perfect for a bedroom. Meanwhile, gray is a neutral color so it goes nicely with other hues and accents.

Blue + gray is a great option since you don’t want your room to be overly colorful or vibrant.

Natural wood details make a wonderful accent for this color scheme.

Charcoal + Gold

If you love gold and would want to incorporate it in your room, go ahead. Just make sure to pair it with warm, deep-tone neutrals, such as charcoal gray.

This color combination helps you achieve an elegant and relaxing ambiance. When working on this palette, enough lighting is important so your bedroom won’t look too dark. 

This color scheme works well with well-lit rooms or those with larger windows that allow natural light in.

Aside from charcoal gray, gold also works with chocolate brown, rich olive green, and beige.

Navy + White + Yellow

Navy and white go beautifully together and a punch of yellow makes this color scheme much more exciting. 

You can set the tone with a deep hue accent wall or some navy blue furniture, decor, or cabinetry and a backdrop of crisp, white walls.

You can use yellow for the curtains or your mattress.

For an even more dynamic color scheme, you can pair navy blue with mustard yellow or soft butter yellow. Such color offers warmth and brilliance that stands out against the coolness of the navy color.

Emerald + Mint + White

Emerald adds cheerful energy and freshness to any room. It’s a little too bright for a bedroom but it makes a beautiful option when paired with a complementary shade of mint. To tone down the vibrance of emerald, make sure to incorporate white in your color palette.

For example, you can paint the walls white and add touches of emerald wall decals or cabinetry. Then, you can choose mint green for the curtains and accessories.

Emerald also works amazing with neutral shades, particularly earth tones like gray, charcoal gray, and beige.

Factors To Consider When Choosing the Bedroom Colors

The above color schemes are just ideas. There are so many color combinations that are perfect for bedrooms. It can be a challenge deciding what colors to use for your room. To make the process easier, here are the most important factors to consider:

Start With a Mood Board

Every interior design starts with a mood board. 

A mood board lets you visualize your ideal bedroom and helps you organize your ideas for the style, mood, and colors of your dream room.

Your mood board should incorporate different elements, from the overall feel of your bedroom to the accessories, window treatments, and furniture pieces.

Don’t Forget About the Floor Color

Floor color is an important element to consider because it helps create a cohesive layout with your chosen color palette.

When choosing the color of your flooring, consider the mood you want to create, how much natural light you get, your room size, and your furniture’s color and finish.

Gray is the most popular flooring color because it’s the ultimate neutral, but you can always choose something else as long as it matches your interior design.

Pay attention to what carpets and rugs to use. Carpets should always be clean and fresh. If you can’t manage to wash your carpets deeply, there are lots of budget-friendly yet professional carpet cleaning services that will have you covered! Remember, carpet color should match your whole bedroom style. 

Consider the Orientation of Your Bedroom

Another important factor to consider when choosing paint colors is room orientation.

For example, a north-facing bedroom will have cooler light so it works well with warmer shades like pinks and yellows.

Meanwhile, a south-facing room is naturally bright so it can take cooler tones like blue or grey.

Make it Personal

Bedrooms are deeply personal spaces. Thus, you want to make sure it fits your lifestyle. If you’re a morning person, choose clean, light, and energizing paint colors.

If you’re an evening person, opt for dark, womb-like shades.

Conclusion

Creating a relaxing bedroom starts with choosing the right colors. Keep in mind that a color scheme doesn’t just involve the walls, but also the floors, accessories, and furnishings of your bedroom.

More importantly, it should reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Guest Contributor: Leila Amber

TOP KITCHEN REMODELLING TRENDS: MATERIALS AND FEATURES TO USE IN 2021

New year, new you, new kitchen. Now that 2021 is well under way and that you’re hard at work fulfilling your new year’s resolutions, the time has come to rejuvenate the most important room in your home and create the kitchen of your dreams. This is your opportunity to utilize your flair for remodelling and create something truly special, inspirational, and beautiful.

That said, remodelling a kitchen is not an easy task, and you need to know how to approach this project from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. So today, let’s bring form and function together and share with you the top materials and features you should have in your kitchen in 2021.

Use wood for a biophilic design

Wood is one of those materials that can never go out of style, and it can perfectly go in any kitchen design. Whether you’re going for a rustic look and feel or an up-scale vibe, you can work various colours and textures of wood into the cabinetry, the furniture and supporting elements like shelves, and more. 

That said, wood works best when introduced as a part of a biophilic design. This approach to interior design has become very popular nowadays, because it aims to create a relationship with nature in your home and create a more peaceful space. If you think that you need more nature in your life, then make sure to use wooden elements throughout the room. 

Emphasize the benchtop with Corian

The look and feel of your kitchen can oftentimes come down to your choice of benchtops and their style, so it’s important to focus on this crucial part of the remodel. For one, you need to choose the perfect benchtop materials that emphasize aesthetics while providing durability and functionality. One of the best choices out there right now is, of course, Corian.

This is a popular material that boasts high durability and typically comes with a ten-year warranty, which is why homeowners and interior designers love it. That said, it’s also important to note that Corian is both beautiful and functional because it’s non-porous, it doesn’t harbor bacteria, and it’s durable, but also comes in a variety of colours and boasts a sophisticated matte finish.

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Make the appliances complement the style

When you’re remodelling your kitchen, you need to consider how the appliances will work with the overarching design while complementing the functionality of the space. This can be a tricky challenge, as you need to find the most efficient appliances that also come in a variety of design choices to suit your needs.

For one, it’s important to complement or contrast the finish on the benchtop and the cabinetry. You also want to choose the appliances you’ll actually use, and that fit into the overall design. Functionality is also important, and making sure you can cook a variety of dishes can be difficult if you’re strapped for space. A simple gas stove and a wok burner don’t take up much of your kitchen real estate but are compatible with a variety of styles – from something minimalist and sleek to rustic and exotic. 

In general, choose high-gloss appliances if you want to make certain areas pop, or go for a matte finish if you want that simple yet elegant look. Make sure to consider other colours than your typical white and black options, because nowadays appliances come in a variety of hues to complement the look of your kitchen.

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Infuse various metals into the space

In order to give your kitchen a rich and luxurious look and feel, you might consider adding metals to your design. Metalling surfaces and features can make any kitchen beautiful and functional, so even if you’re going for eclectic or rustic, metallics can still make a big difference.

Consider brass tiles for the splashback that will act as a reflective surface and give the space a unique hue. You can also go with bronze faucets and exposed brass pipes to create a minimalist yet retro look, but remember to refrain from metallics on your appliances if you choose this approach, because the two tend to clash.

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Finish the project with stone elements

Lastly, consider adding stone to your kitchen remodel. You can introduce stone for your countertops or your flooring, and both work great as durable and aesthetic materials. That said, keep in mind that granite countertops come with a hefty price tag because of the inherent durability and functionality of the material. Nevertheless, investing in stone is a good long-term decision, and the material comes in numerous styles and finishes to complement your new kitchen.

Wrapping up

In 2021, you want to make your kitchen more functional and beautiful than ever before. Use these tips to make the best decision and build the kitchen on your dreams.

About the author: Mike Johnston is an avid blogging enthusiast and experienced freelance writer. He’s a regular contributor to the “Smooth Decorator” blog and numerous other online publications where he writes about real estate, construction, home improvement, and interior design.

WHICH KITCHEN CABINETS MATCH YOUR TILES?

One of the hurdles when it comes to decorating a kitchen is achieving a cohesive look. The kitchen just has so many elements — cabinets and cupboards everywhere, the floor, and an island table in the center — so if you choose a lot of colors and styles for them, the whole room will simply look chaotic. 

And who wants to be in a kitchen that isn’t aesthetically pleasing? No one, that’s who.

Fortunately, there’s a way to pull off a clean and cohesive design of your kitchen. And that is to match the kitchen cabinets with the floor tiles. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MATCH KITCHEN CABINETS WITH FLOOR TILES?

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Before you get the wrong idea, you should know first that when we say, “Match the kitchen cabinets with the floor tiles,” we don’t necessarily mean that both of them share the same style or color. 

Rather, what we mean is that the styles of the kitchen cabinets and the floor styles should contrast and complement each other very well. 

Sure, it’s totally okay to choose only one color or style for all of your kitchen elements. But the overall look might end up being dull and flat, and you don’t want that. You want the kitchen elements to pop every time you look over the room, and you also want them to look harmonious with each other so that your kitchen will look clean and elegant. 

The best way to achieve that goal is to maintain a contrast between the floor tiles and the cabinets in the kitchen. This contrast should highlight their differences — but also complement each other well.

THE PERFECT COMBINATIONS OF KITCHEN CABINETS AND FLOOR STYLES

OAK CABINETS AND HARDWOOD FLOORS

Wood is a design element that’s just perfect for the kitchen. After all, a lot of tools in the kitchen are made 

up of wood, and the impact of a wood-inspired design is rustic and homey. Because of this, wood is one of the most popular design choices for kitchen floor and kitchen cabinets. 

Pulling off an all-wood look for your kitchen can be tricky, simply because it might look too boring. The perfect solution to this is to use two different kinds of wood designs for the kitchen and cabinets. 

Oak cabinets and hardwood floors seem like a good combination, especially if the floor has a light color. This is because a wooden floor with a light color adds warm tones to the room and reflects the light. 

LIGHT CABINETS AND DARK FLOORS

Another way of matching cabinets and floors is to coordinate their colors. Usually, it’s the floor tiles that need to balance the colors of all the elements in the kitchen, so if you have cabinets with a light color, choose a dark color for the floor tiles — and vice versa. 

Additionally, if you want your kitchen to have multiple shades of one color, you should select the darkest shade for the cabinets. 

TRADITIONAL CABINETS AND PATTERNED FLOORS

A patterned design makes for a more attractive kitchen element, but unfortunately, if not used properly, it can ruin your whole kitchen look. 

Basically, patterned cabinets and patterned floor tiles don’t mix well together. They will just make the kitchen look busy and hectic, instead of refined and elegant. As a result, you need to have a non-patterned element if you want to add a patterned one. 

For example, contemporary cabinets clash with patterned floors, but traditional cabinets don’t. So, if your floor tiles have accents and patterns on them, pairing them with traditional cabinets will make for a more harmonious kitchen look. 

CONCLUSION

Decorating your kitchen may seem like a fun idea at first, but trying to match the floor with the cabinets is a lot more challenging than you think. 

Luckily, you can mix various design styles for the cabinets and floor tiles that will result in a harmonious and elegant look. Even better, you can find the perfect kitchen cabinets for your floor tiles everywhere, for instance in Cabinet City – check out Cabinet City here.

So, choose the cabinet-and-floor combination from the ones mentioned above and transform your kitchen to your heart’s desire.

Guest Contributor: Ashley Lipma

SUMP PUMP ADVISOR – A ONE-STOP SOLUTION

Looking for ways to defend your basement against flooding? 

If you live in a climate that suffers from heavy rainfall or snow or you’ve had water problems before, you need all the help you can get to prevent your basement from flooding and causing myriad issues for your home. 

That’s where the sump pump comes into play. It’s a submersible device that’s installed in the lowest point of your home, such as your basement, and keeps the groundwater level from rising all the way up to your basement floor. 

When it rains, the soil around your house gets oversaturated and the sump pit fills up with water. This activates the sump pump float switch that triggers the sump pump to drain the excess water into a dry well or a storm drain away from your house.  

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WHY YOU NEED TO INVEST IN A SUMP PUMP

Considering investing in a sump pump?

There’s no time to wait as the weather can be fairly unpredictable. It’s a small investment that will yield great benefits for your house in the years to come. 

Here are some advantages that are worth mentioning:

  • Moisture leads to the growth of mold and mildew. Since sump pumps keep the groundwater and moisture levels in check, it significantly reduces the risk of fungus growth in your basement. 
  • Moisture makes your house a termite magnet. A sump pump is just what you need to make sure your house stays protected against all kinds of pest infestations.
  • Standing water in your basement can create humidity and cause difficulty in breathing, especially for asthma patients. Installing a sump pump will allow you to keep the humidity levels under control and improve the indoor air quality of your home.
  • Electrical fires can occur due to flooding. Excessive water can cause the appliances in your basement to short-circuit. With a sump pump, you can prevent the water from ruining your appliances and reduce the risk of a household fire. 

INSTALLING YOUR SUMP PUMP THE RIGHT WAY

There’s so much you need to know when it comes to installing a sump pump in your house, whether you’re doing it yourself or getting a professional to do it for you. 

You may not know this but neither a homeowner’s policy nor your flood insurance will provide coverage for your sump pump failure. You’ll have to purchase targeted pump failure insurance coverage to minimize your losses.

Looking for ways to get the most out of your sump pump?

Sump Pump Advisor is here to save the day. It’s a one-stop solution where you can find answers to all the questions you may have about sump pump maintenance and picking out the right model for your home. 

With a host of informational guides to choose from and comparison tables that narrow down your options for you, Sump Pump Advisor has everything you’re looking for and more.

So what are you waiting for?

Head over to our website and learn everything you need to know about sump pumps in just a few clicks!

Guest Contributor: John Fred

WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE

Ways to Protect Your Home from Water Damage


We know about the kind of physical destruction that water damage can inflict on our homes. Our appliances and furniture will be ruined, our carpets will be soaked and rendered useless, and our home itself will be at risk of sustaining structural damage. All this can happen even when the water that intrudes into our homes is only an inch or so deep.

However, the one thing that we all should be concerned so much about is the danger it poses to our health and well-being, especially if we don’t contact a water damage restoration company immediately.

All that moisture collecting inside your home will likely trigger the formation of mold. If the water that inundated your home is from sewage or worse, all the contaminants in it are going to make you and your family sick.

Water damage is bad, but it’s a good thing that we can actually do something to protect our homes—and our families—from all the dangers it brings. Here are some ways to protect your home from water damage.

SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER VALVE WHEN OUT OF TOWN

Are you going out of town for a few weeks or even months? If so, you have probably made arrangements for a friend or a relative to house sit the entire time you’re away.

If you haven’t, or if you couldn’t find anyone you can trust to watch your home for you, then you should shut the main water valve off before you leave. Doing so will minimize the risk of a water pipe leaking or bursting. It will ensure that you won’t be coming home to a flooded home in a few weeks.

CHECK YOUR PLUMBING

As mentioned above, pipes could leak or explode and cause flooding. Drains and sewers could also clog up and cause water to back up and mess up your home.

You will need to check your plumbing from time to time and make sure there are no leaks, loose water pipes, or blockages to worry about. If you’re not that confident about your plumbing skills, call a professional plumber for the job.

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KEEP YOUR RAIN GUTTERS CLEAN

Your rain gutters should always be clear of leaves, branches, and all kinds of debris, so check them periodically.

You wouldn’t want blocked rain gutters, because that means they won’t be able to reroute rainwater properly. Instead of bringing them away from your house, the rainwater will simply spill over the gutters and cascade down the siding of your home and eventually damage the walls and foundation.

CHECK YOUR WATER HEATER.

You should inspect your water heater every year to make sure the tank isn’t leaking due to rust or corrosion. Watch out for signs of a leak like badly corroded parts of the tank and small puddles of water on the floor. If you notice signs of a leak, call water heater professionals to address the problem immediately.

SEAL YOUR WINDOWS

Sometimes, it rains so hard, but the water just goes straight down. There are times, however, when the downpour comes with strong winds, causing rain to go sideways and enter your home through the windows. However, if you caulk and seal your windows from time to time, sideways sheets of rain shouldn’t be a problem.

GET RID OF SNOW AND ICE

Snow and ice are going to accumulate on your property if you live in a region where winters are incredibly cold. They will melt away eventually when spring comes, but it’s better to remove all that snow and ice right away, especially from elevated areas. You don’t want all the water the spring melt will produce to cascade down your house and cause some trouble.

PLANT TREES TO FEND OFF FLOODING.

We’ve all learned in school that trees help prevent flooding, so let’s put that into practice and plant trees around and within our property.

However, you need to be careful about the types of trees you plant and avoid those with aggressive root systems that could damage foundations. You should also plant trees at least 10 feet from your house for good measure.

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PUT UP WATER DETECTORS

Water detectors are designed to pick up elevated levels of moisture and even slow leaks and sound off an alarm. You would do well to install some in your home, especially near washing machines, sump pumps, and toilets.

There are many other ways of protecting your home from water damage, but the tips above are a good place to start.

Guest Contributor: Rachel Anderson