Going Green In Home Remodeling

Before and After: Striking Exterior Makeovers

So you love the schools, the neighborhood and the yard, but when you pull up to your house, you don’t like the way it looks. But there are aspects of it that you do like, and you can’t bear the thought of tearing it down. Often a better solution is a major makeover. It’s hard to believe that some of these houses are remodels; in one case, even the tax assessor had to be convinced.

Contemporary Redo Solves Design Problems

BEFORE: Not much about this facade made sense. An awkward pediment seems randomly placed. To the right, a garage had been finished into a room that threw off the proportions. And there’s an odd, unbalanced half-hexagon portion off to the left.

AFTER: At first, the clients thought they wanted a more traditional house, but once they saw the opportunities a more contemporary style offered, they were on board.

Working within tight setback restrictions, height restrictions and square footage maximums, Doise came up with a scheme for much more pleasing architecture. She designed a new roofline that incorporated a shed roof and a pop-up roof that allowed for higher ceilings and let more light inside. She squared off the awkward half-hexagon and brought back the garage, with an attractive frosted-glass-paneled garage-style door that’s a design asset. She replaced the vinyl siding with fiber cement panels The roof is corrugated metal. And new aluminum-clad windows let in loads of natural light.

She also gave the home inviting curb appeal thanks to a new concrete staircase with integrated planters and lights, a new glass-paneled front door with a generous sidelight and transom, and a new lighting scheme.

Suitable Style for a Former Foursquare

BEFORE: Originally an American Foursquare built in the 1800s, this home’s style had become a hodgepodge of confusing historical elements due to additions and renovations over the years.

AFTER: The remodel included new siding that’s narrower on the second floor than on the first floor, a new patio that leads to the front door and a new front porch with a balustrade atop it. A new garage with a mudroom entry and game room over it was also part of the renovations.

Nice-to-Have Upgrades for Your New Home

When designing a new build with optional builder’s upgrades, it’s easy to go way over budget. There’s so much available, and many of those tempting upgrades may also be expensive. The first order of business, of course, is deciding what you can afford and what you cannot.

If your builder offers a designer, that person can take you through the process of designing your house to your specifications, with the associated costs for your choices. But if your builder doesn’t have a designer on your project, you may be left navigating the process on your own — and potentially facing decision fatigue.

Keep in mind that these items are nice to have — not essential. If you’re looking for a list of bare-bones upgrades that will save you money or headaches when done as part of the new build rather than later

Extra-height kitchen cabinets. We’re all looking for extra space in the kitchen, and sometimes it’s best to look up. Your builder’s standard upper-cabinet height may be 30 inches, but if you can increase that to 36 inches or even 42, it’s worth the upgrade. The height will provide an extra shelf of storage, and the closer you can get to the ceiling the better, for both storage and aesthetic reasons

Pots and pans drawers. Pots and pans drawers are deeper than standard drawers and are perfect for — you guessed it— pots and pans. They’re also useful for storing small appliances such as toasters, blenders and coffee grinders. These drawers help you to clear your counters and still have important kitchen items easily accessible. It’s typically a modestly priced upgrade and definitely one you’ll be grateful for.

How to Get Your Catio On

It’s the dilemma of every cat owner: how to let Kitty enjoy the outdoors without risk of the Great Escape. The outside world can be a dangerous place for a roaming cat, with the threat of predators, cars, poison and diseases. Not to mention the danger to wild birds, which outdoor cats kill in monumental numbers. Catios — or cat patios — are safely enclosed playhouses for felines that provide fresh air, mental stimulation and exercise.

Catios can be as elaborate as a custom-designed feline jungle gym or as simple as enclosing a patio with screening

It’s important to make sure catios are escape-proof and include basic feline comforts:

Entry door or window, or walkway or tunnel from the house

Perches, ramps, steps, bridges, catwalks

Post or tree for scratching and climbing

Hiding places

Beds, pillows or hammocks for resting

Fresh drinking water

Shady areas and fans for cooling; heating pad for cold weather

Predator-proof screening, especially if the home is near wildlands with coyotes, cougars or bobcats

Roof or covering to protect from elements

Custom-Built Catios

You can get as creative as you want with a custom-made catio. Some homeowners include ponds, cat-friendly foliage, chandeliers and even lounging areas for the humans. Unless you choose to design and build it yourself, the best pros to include are architects to design the space (unless you use a predesigned kit) and carpenters to build it.

The tree is for scratching and climbing. The screening is two-by-two kennel fencing from Lowe’s. Reid used eight four-by-four cedar posts set into concrete-filled holes for the structure, with two-by-two fir beams and rafters. The roof is corrugated steel panels left over from the house construction.

Home Gets a Neighbor-Friendly Addition

row house is a two-rooms-upstairs, two-rooms-downstairs construction that, at some point, had a kitchen added on the back. This house in east London was no exception. “The kitchen was small and very cut off from the rear dining room. Everything felt very closed in on itself,”

This addition’s slanting roof design is a clever solution to a handful of issues. “People want plenty of light and space in their extension,”

solution is the best of both worlds. “By having lower eaves on the boundary wall and a pitched roof, you have that feeling of space inside, but to your neighbors, the extension is only about [7 feet] high,”

In addition, the pitched roof looks a lot less harsh than a flat-roofed addition. “The original idea was to be neighborly while also achieving more space, but it looks quite gentle, too, so there are other bonuses,”

A complicating factor of this project was the site’s awkward shape, which gets narrower as it heads toward the garden. “With a pitched roof and a tapered site, it was quite tricky,”

Smart Upgrades for a New House

Building a new home is a pleasure not everyone gets to experience. You get to construct your home exactly to your taste, with the components and finishes you want and can afford. Often you’ll be deciding what is worth the money to do now and what you’d prefer to save as a renovation project to do later. There are a number of factors to consider, including how long you plan to live in the home, whether you’ll be able to put upgrades directly onto your mortgage or pay out of pocket, and what upgrades are valuable for resale.

Upgrading later by doing it yourself can sometimes be a good plan allowing you to avoid paying the builder’s premium. But sometimes waiting will not only not save you money, it will cost you more in the end or create a headache when the upgrade is finally addressed.

The Stairs

Before construction can begin, the builder has to finalize plans and submit them to your city, town or county for approval and permits. Depending on your builder and where you live, this may mean you’ll have an opportunity to make some changes to your plan prior to submission. One big element to address now is the staircase. If you’re building your home with a production builder — that is, a builder constructing a home development, usually in a suburban neighborhood — the typical builder’s-grade staircase is carpet over plywood. Unless you’re prepared to rip out the entire staircase later, which is no small feat, now is the time to request solid wood.

Wood staircases come in different varieties, so be sure to ask what your builder offers and at what additional charge. Wood upgrades are usually either oak or maple, which have very different looks. Oak has a heavier grain, while maple is smoother and more subtle in texture. These woods also differ on price, with maple being the more expensive.

Do you want a stair runner? If you’re on the fence, then wait. That way, you won’t have marks from installing the carpet left in your wood if you change your mind.

How Much A Bathroom Remodeling Job Costs

Why should I remodel my bathroom?

There may be several reasons why you may need to remodel your bathroom. Some may be because you are not happy with how it is, or it is just time that it gets remodeled. If it is time, it is because it has been many years since it was renovated and has become outdated. For some, it is because the design you found in your Austin home when you moved in, was meant for someone else. Circumstances may also force you to do some remodeling of your bathroom. After all, it is for your benefit. Below are some of the top ten reasons why you should consider bathroom remodeling.

To increase the home’s sale value

Homes experience wear and tear over time. One such place that the impact is profoundly felt is the bathroom. The bathroom will look older than the rest of the house because of the hot water that causes moisture. Estate agents know this. One of the important factors that they check when they are valuing a home is the condition of the bathroom. A bathroom in good condition will raise the value of the house. Therefore, if you are contemplating selling your house and moving, it is a good idea that you remodel your bathroom to increase its sale value.

For safety reasons

Some things indicate that your bathroom is not safe. Some of the common ones have something to do with tiles. You probably have ignored them for a long time, but if you know your bathroom tiles are slippery or are broken, your bathroom is not safe. There may also be water leakages, which make the floor slippery and walls damp. It may also come in contact with electrical cables. If your bathroom has any of these signs, then you should consider remodeling it.

The plumbing needs to be fixed.

The plumbing in the bathroom deteriorates with time. If you are experiencing constant problems in your bathroom that are plumbing related, then it is a sign that it needs to be redone to avoid them recurring. Mostly, you will be calling a plumber to fix something small, and then after a few days calling them to fix something else. This is annoying, inefficient and costly. You just need the bathroom to be fixed, and the best solution is for the bathroom to be remodeled.

To add a bathroom

One of the top reasons people do a bathroom remodeling project in their San Mateo home is to add a bathroom. Among the most common reasons to add a bathroom are to create a master suite, turn a closet into a half bath or add a bathroom to a floor that doesn’t have one, such as a basement.

Adding a bathroom is an expensive project, especially if it is in an area of the house that is far away from pipes and plumbing connections, so you should ensure you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of such a project.

To expand a bathroom

Not everyone has the space or the money to completely add a new bathroom, but a good alternative can be to enlarge and expand an existing bathroom. One common bathroom project is to enlarge a half bath by adding a shower and/or tub. You also might add a tub to a shower. Such projects can be done without too much expense and can greatly add value to your home.

Suit Yourself

Is your bathroom lined with once-fashionable, now-ugly tile? Does the builder-grade cabinetry look all the worse for years of wear and tear? If you hate everything about your bathroom, perhaps only a full-scale gut renovation could bring it up to your standards. There are, however, many situations where a few discreet, modest upgrades can achieve high-impact results.

Store More

People bemoan the fact that, as the saying goes, “They don’t build ’em like they used to.” But some features—storage capacity, for instance—have improved with time. To the great joy of many homeowners, the average bathroom has gotten bigger over the years. For those who are making do with older bathrooms plagued by too-small footprints or inconvenient layouts, the tight quarters often provide enough incentive to start knocking down walls. But it’s not always necessary to go that far in order to gain storage and get your sanity back.

If your bathroom is outdated

Newer bathroom products keep on emerging on the market, and there are more attractive bathroom interior designs that make the bathrooms look modern. If you compare them and your bathroom and feel that yours looks old, then it is outdated, and something needs to be done about it. An outdated bathroom makes one feel unhappy and has an impact on your day because it is the first place you go when you get out of bed. You may even feel uncomfortable letting people into your bathroom. Remodel your bathroom because it will make you happy.

Mold and mildew are increasing.

As the bathroom stays for long without being remodeled, mold and mildew keep on increasing. As a result, you will spend a lot of time cleaning the bathroom, and it becomes even more hectic. If you are experiencing this, then your bathroom needs some attention. Mildew and mold make it hard to clean your bathroom. Remodeling is something that will make your time cleaning easier and even make you happier.

To install water-saving devices

Just about any bathroom could be improved in ways that will save water, and remodeling to install water-saving devices is a good reason to do work on your bathroom. Some common water-saving devices are low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.

To improve overall energy efficiency

While saving water is a good goal in your bathroom, why stop there? There are some things you can do to improve your overall energy efficiency in your bathroom. Installing LED or CFL lights will save you on your electricity costs. Putting in a more efficient ventilation fan can also save money on your energy costs. You can make energy-efficient changes on their own or as part of a larger bathroom remodel.

Knowing Which Drywall Repairs Projects Should Be Done By A Pro

Does water damaged drywall need to be replaced?

Water damage is a common reason for drywall replacement in homes. While low cost and versatility make it a very practical interior construction material, resistance to water exposure is not one of drywall’s strong points.

Under certain limited circumstances, drywall can be retained after water damage. In many cases, however, replacement is indicated. The good news is, drywall is not a load-bearing material and can be quickly removed and replaced by qualified professionals without any consequence to the structure of the house. Here are some examples of different possible scenarios:

Minor incidents. Small amounts of water exposure for a brief time—such as splashes from an overflowing appliance or some other temporary incident—are often superficial and are not absorbed into the drywall if dealt with promptly. Wipe the wet portion immediately with absorbent towels, then point a fan at the affected area and run it for an extended period to ensure thorough dryness.

Heavy soaking. If water exposure is substantial due to flooding or other severe incidents that continue for an extended time, the gypsum in drywall inevitably becomes saturated. Typically, the material will deform—sagging, bulging or collapsing. Even if intensive drying techniques are applied, drywall usually does not return to its original shape: After drying, the gypsum core loses its solidity and crumbles easily. In these cases, drywall removal and replacement is a necessary part of professional water damage remediation.

Mold contamination. Drywall affected by water exposure may initially appear intact. However, a delayed consequence may still make replacement necessary. Moisture exposure from any source—acute or chronic—may trigger mold growth on drywall. This typically appears as dark spotting or blotches on the exterior of the wall. Surface decontamination of moldy drywall with effective biocides may eliminate mold growth while it is still superficial. However, once mold has penetrated below the surface into the porous gypsum material, replacement of part or all of the affected panel is usually the most practical recourse.

Why Drywall May Need to Be Replaced After Water Damage

As previously mentioned in the opening segment, interior drywall that has since taken on water damage (which is commonly called “flood damage” and will be used interchangeably throughout this article) needs to be replaced in the majority of cases. Due to the loss of structural integrity of the interior drywall and the potential health risk of developing mold spores.

Few health concerns in your home are as damaging as having mold spores developing inside of your walls. The excess water that had built up inside of your interior wall in most cases do not only damage the drywall. The water soaks into the 2×4 studs, wets any internal wiring, soaks into the insulation which acts like a sponge and seeps into the drywall.

Between all of those interior wall components, you will more often than not develop mold spores of some kind. When that happens the mold will grow, spreading throughout the interior wall, working its way closer to ventilation points in the home. At that point the mold spores become airborne spraying through your home, causing serious issues for anyone who has allergies.

The effects of mold are well known and even healthy individuals who do not have allergies or asthma will be negatively affected as well. It is better to avoid this issue entirely with some simple water cleanup and drywall replacement than to risk airborne mold spores forming inside of the interior walls, only to spread through your home soon after.

Signs Of Water Damage

When drywall gets slightly wet, it can become discolored and stained. This is mostly a cosmetic issue, but if it comes from behind the wall, it should still be remedied as soon as possible. Both the gypsum material and the insulation behind it can hold moisture for a long time, meaning even a small amount of water can turn into mold. You should have both the drywall and the insulation removed before the problem gets worse.

Even small leaks can turn into wider damage. When there’s a leak in the foundation material and moisture remains up against your walls, the walls will start to soak the water up and it will leech through the gypsum. This soaking action is called “wicking”, and the longer the water is left to wick into the drywall, the greater the damage will be.

If the wicking continues to happen, paint or wallpaper on the wall can start bubbling and peeling off. If left to continue, either when a homeowner is unaware or just ignores it, the drywall can begin to crack and crumble, and mold can grow and spread behind the wall. The sagging and buckling can turn the problem into more than just an aesthetic one.

Is Drywall Ruined Once It Is Wet?

Drywall is a common component in modern homes used to create a flat facade between rooms. As its name implies, drywall needs to stay dry as moisture results in warping and rot. If drywall gets wet, replacement is often necessary. Since it is not load-bearing, removing and installing new drywall will not threaten the integrity of your home.

Light Dampening

A splash of water from a glass won’t typically destroy drywall. The same can be true of a small leak if it’s caught soon enough. When this happens, immediately stop the flow of water, and proceed to dry the drywall with towels. Place a fan nearby, and direct the airflow across the affected region. If you’re prompt, you can dry it out before it gets permanently damaged. In the process, it might become discolored, though you can remedy this with white paint. If it begins to sag or warp, you’re better off cutting the affected region from your wall and installing a new sheet of drywall.

Heavy Dampening

If the drywall is exposed to a large amount of water over an extended period, it will become irreparably ruined. A steady leak or flood damage are common examples. Even after it dries, the drywall will not return to its original shape. Instead it will be clearly warped and discolored. Applying firm pressure will cause it to crumble into a dense, chalky powder. Remove the drywall promptly, dry the surroundings and then install a new sheet. Moisture-damaged drywall is not simply an eyesore, but it’s also a health hazard.


With a little bit of water, drywall can become an ideal environment for mold. Even after drying it out, if mold has taken root, it will persist. In mild cases, the mold will cause discoloration and an unpleasant smell. In extreme cases, such as with black mold, it can negatively affect the health of those nearby. Symptoms include red and irritated eyes, sneezing, headaches and a host of respiratory problems. If drywall shows signs of mold infestation, remove it immediately.

Can Wet Carpet and Drywall Be Rescued?

By taking the right action as soon as possible soaked carpet and drywall (wallboard, sheet rock, plasterboard, or gypsum board) can be saved in many cases.  But that’s provided the extraction of excess water and further drying is completed promptly.  The amount of water isn’t the key factor in determining if irreparable carpet and drywall damage can be prevented.  It’s actually how contaminated the water is and how soon the materials can be completely dried.

Every flooding situation is different, so bringing in expert water damage restorers is the only way to be completely sure of proper damage restoration that keeps everyone safe and minimizes losses.  That said, here is some general information that should be helpful.

Deal Killers

Anything that’s come in contact with sewage  (Category 3, formerly called black water, such as a sewer or toilet backup) must be replaced, or sterilized by an anti-microbial specialist.  The same goes for any type of flooding from a water source that’s been in contact with the ground (also Category 3).

A washing machine or dishwasher overflow, basement seepage, and yard runoff are iffy.  You’re dealing with unsanitary water (Category 2) that’s a lower health risk, so careful cleaning and disinfection may be adequate.

If the source was a drinking-water supply pipe, roof, or window leak (Category 1) then you just might be able to keep your carpet and avoid drywall repairs.  But that’s only if drying undertaken almost immediately and there’s no mold growth.

Carpet and Rugs

With nearly all wall-to-wall carpets and rugs today made of synthetic fibers the primary problems are mold and bacteria growth.  So wet carpet can often be saved if it’s thoroughly dried out before that gets going.  The bad news is that you may have as little as 24-48 hours.

For spills and small leaks, blotting by laying down a few towels and walking over them may be enough.  You might want to follow that up with a sprinkling of baking soda then vacuuming a bit later.

Dealing with a thorough soaking involves a lot more, as drying from the top surface simply won’t be fast enough.  After the extraction of excess water by a wet-vacuum, the carpet should be lifted so it can be dried from both sides using fans to improve air circulation.  Carpet padding is cheap and can’t really be cleaned, so you might as well replace it.

With the padding gone you can check the dampness of the concrete or wood sub-floor.  If it’s wet you probably need a professional water damage restorer to get everything returned to pre-flood condition.  It’s also a good idea to remove baseboards so that they and the drywall behind them can dry faster as well.

It’s generally recommended that to be safe after major incidents you should run fans 24 hours a day for about a week.  Depending on conditions, that may also involve sealing the area with plastic and running dehumidifiers.  After everything is dry, the padding replaced, and the carpet re-laid the final step is professional carpet cleaning.  Steam cleaning is preferred for sanitation, but some carpet fibers may only be shampooed.

How To Do Transmission Repair Yourself

Mechanic Connection: Keeping Up with Technology

The common view that the modern technician keeps up with automotive technology by attending the latest training classes and absorbing through rote memorization its latest intricacies is far from the truth. In the real world, the only available instructor is usually the technician himself. As such, learning about complex electronic operating systems is a daily, on-going process.

The Information Curve Ball

For today’s ASE CertifiedTechnician, keeping up with information technology is like living in a world where the normal rules of life are changed to suit the moment. Ten years ago, for example, a technician was taught that observing oxygen sensor waveforms on a lab scope would provide the information needed to detect fuel control and ignition failure problems.

That rule suddenly turned into an information “curve ball” when the Onboard Diagnostics II (OBDII) engine management systems came into being in 1996. All of the previous methods of oxygen sensor analysis were replaced by a mathematical model in the Powertrain Control Module (PCM)’s electronic operating strategy. Overnight, scan tools became a necessity for analyzing oxygen sensors. Again, the technician experienced a “curve ball” because the PCM became the final authority on oxygen sensor analysis.

However, technicians are discovering that a flaw in the PCM’s math program can cause a false oxygen sensor trouble code. For me, this new learning curve took place recently when a 2000 Subaru 2.5-liter engine returned to my shop one year after replacing the air/fuel sensor with the same trouble code as before. The only way I could find a rationale for the trouble code was to contact my technical hotline and speak with an experienced Subaru technician who confirmed that this failure was indeed a programming issue. In one stroke, many years of learning had just been rendered obsolete by a mathematical mistake in the auto manufacturer’s engineering department!

Technical Literacy

Printed word is an important part of keeping veteran techs up to date, and training new techs in the basics of auto repair. An auto mechanics program contains more than 1,000 clock hours of classroom instruction and requires thousands of pages of reading just to learn the basics of auto repair. Once at the journeyman level, the new technician will usually become an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician with the advanced engine performance certification in engine management electronics. From this point on, the technician will attend advanced-level classes taught by recognized industry experts. He will also begin to network with other advanced-level technicians through Internet groups like the International Automotive Technician’s Network (iATN). In addition, he may subscribe to various technical hot lines and expert-level Web sites, which serve as de facto training sessions that are available when the technician encounters an unfamiliar operating system.

The Modern Technician

I recently had a 2004 Dodge Dakota equipped with a 3.7-liter engine come into my shop with the “Check Engine” light on, but with no noticeable driveability complaints. Using my scan tool, I retrieved a P0116 diagnostic trouble code, which indicates an “engine coolant temperature circuit or rationality problem.” Going back to basic operating strategy, the PCM is looking for a specific temperature rise in coolant temperature during a specific length of time. Several diagnostic possibilities existed, including a bad thermostat, coolant temperature sensor, faulty wiring or PCM.

As with any diagnostic trouble code, the proper procedure is to avoid re-inventing the diagnostic wheel by researching technical service bulletins that pertain to a driveability trouble code. By researching the TSBs on this vehicle, I found that the P0116 DTC was, in all likelihood, a false trouble code that might be better addressed through reprogramming the PCM rather than replacing hard parts.

Futuristic Auto Repair Technologies

The days of traditional car repair aren’t totally behind us quite yet, but they’re on their way. And while there might always be a place for a small, old-school mechanic’s shop to work on older cars, it’s unlikely that service stations and low-volume car dealerships can keep up. Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician’s workbench. Techniques might be getting more advanced, but it’s absolutely necessary to keep up with the way cars are designed and built. New technology might make diagnosis and repair faster; however, that doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily be any cheaper for consumers. Repair shops have to invest a lot of money to stay certified (and therefore competitive) and those costs have to get passed along somehow — but what does all this mean for the average car owner? Let’s take a look at some up-and-coming car repair tools and techniques.

New Auto Body Techniques

New technology, particularly the way cars’ construction is evolving, means that auto repair shops need to update their techniques and equipment. A specific area of concern is the increased use of aluminum in car design. Aluminum body panels were once a privilege reserved mainly for high-end performance cars; but that’s expected to change, and more manufacturers, such as Ford, are rumored to be designing all-new aluminum-bodied vehicles. That’s mostly because the material is lightweight and strong, which helps cars meet federal fuel economy and safety regulations. But experienced technicians are accustomed to working on steel cars, and aluminum requires a totally new strategy. Banged-up aluminum body panels usually can’t be reshaped like their steel counterparts can; the panel typically needs to be replaced, which requires aluminum-specific riveting tools and welding equipment. These changes might increase the cost of auto body repair, but there are some upsides. As cars get stronger and smarter, experts expect that they’ll last longer, too. Also, new safety technology, like backup cameras and collision warning systems, means that crashes should become less frequent and less serious.

Wireless Data Transmission

As cars become rolling WiFi hotspots, manufacturers have found some practical ways to use this technology. Wireless software updates correct running problems, improve fuel mileage and address other performance or safety issues. Sometimes, dealerships update software during regular vehicle service. In more important situations, such as an early 2014 problem with the anti-lock brakes in a couple million Toyotas, a recall ensures updates are completed in a timely manner. Tesla Motors made waves with its Model S electric car, which can be updated wirelessly from home, similar to a smartphone or a computer, and so far, it seems to be working pretty well. Of course, Tesla is also known for bucking the traditional dealership model, so the company doesn’t need to worry about angry dealer franchisees — if cars don’t need to come in for recalls, there’s less opportunity to upsell and get revenue, some dealers say. Security is also a concern, because anything that’s wireless has the potential to be hacked or tampered with. It’s no secret that the big, mainstream automakers aren’t willing to take as many risks as Tesla, but if the wireless data transmission strategy proves to be reliable, it may soon become a lot more common.

Augmented Reality

New cars feature complicated and sometimes dangerous (to service technicians) electronic or hybrid drivetrains, increasingly detailed computerized components, upgraded safety systems to meet new federal regulations, and a labyrinth of sensors everywhere that control practically everything. These expensive components are already changing how cars are repaired. But even more changes are on the horizon. Soon, augmented reality might mean that auto technicians might sport Google Glass headsets that feed visual information about the car to a computer that guides the mechanic through the process, and an app program that can help the technician visualize areas that are out of view or out of reach. Volkswagen was among the first manufacturers to float the idea of such technology, and introduced an interface called MARTA for the upcoming VW XL1, which features an intricate diesel-hybrid drivetrain. MARTA (Mobile Augmented Reality Technical Assistance) can save technicians valuable time learning the ins and outs of an unusual vehicle, and, Volkswagen hopes, may even improve safety on the job. Researchers say that someday, augmented reality apps might be written for consumers to use for repairs on-the-go, paired with smartphone cameras. Future versions of augmented reality technology might even replace the traditional paper owner’s manual booklet.

3-D Printing

True, 3-D printing already exists, but a lot of its potential is still untapped. In short, 3-D printing uses computers and other computerized components to recreate an existing object, or create an all-new custom object of the user’s design. This could be especially useful to repair older cars with hard-to-find or nonexistent parts supply — just take out the thing that broke, scan it and spit out a new one. Though classic car enthusiast Jay Leno talked about using such techniques back in 2009, it’s still out of reach for most people. Most high-quality 3-D systems are still very expensive, large and tricky to use. In other words, industrial-strength 3-D printing has come a long way, with car manufacturers using the technology to create prototype parts, and insurance companies considering ways to recreate entire classic cars; however, average consumers and hobbyists still have a while to wait until reliable systems are affordable, and affordable systems are reliable. Making toys and trinkets with an at-home 3-D printer is one thing, but the stakes are a bit higher if you’re printing a set of brake calipers.

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Usually, it is normal to interview potential immigration solicitors to find the one who matches your requests.You can ask them if they have any practice and experience with your type of case

Check credentials of your immigration solicitor

When you are certain that you have found an immigration solicitor that you feel comfortable with, there’s only one thing left to do before you sign a contract for the legal services. You need to contact the local bar to find out if your attorney is licensed and in good standing and if he has ever been subject to a disciplinary act. Moreover, you have the right to ask questions about the professional background of your chosen immigration lawyer, at any time. It is also recommended to verify the previous cases and see if there are positive results or not. Knowing your immigration lawyer before starting a collaboration will weigh much in the overall immigration case you wish to present.

As soon as you have decided for an immigration solicitor according to your needs and requirements, it is best to expose your intentions, whether you would like to apply for a visa or switch it to another one. Legal assistance and guidance in this sense is not only mandatory but required for persons outside EU and EEA who want to start a new life

Know Your Rights

Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. You can’t always control whether you will come in contact with immigration or law enforcement. It is important to know and practice these scenarios so that you and your friends, family, and colleagues are prepared for any situation. Understanding what your fundamental rights are and how to use them will help you advocate for yourself and respond appropriately if you encounter the police or immigration enforcement.

Red Cards

Are you worried about remembering your rights or saying the wrong thing when approached by immigration enforcement officers? Red cards are like helpful business cards that you can hand to an officer if he/she approaches you in public or slide under your front door if he/she knocks and begins to ask questions. Red cards are printed with your rights under the Constitution, and a statement that you are exercising your right to remain silent.

Your Rights Inside of Your Home

In any interaction with law or immigration enforcement, the most important practices to remember are:

Stay calm

Stay silent (don’t mention where you were born or how you entered the US)

Record details and names

Do NOT run away

Ask to speak to your lawyer before signing any documents or answering any questions

If you do speak, do not lie.

Your Rights Outside of Your Home

In any interaction with law or immigration enforcement, the most important practices to remember are:

Stay calm

Stay silent (don’t mention where you were born or how you entered the US)

Record details and names

Do NOT run away

Ask to speak to your lawyer before signing any documents or answering any questions

If you are stopped in a public space

ICE is only allowed to arrest you in a public place, like a park or the street, if they have a warrant with your name on it. Otherwise, to detain you, they need evidence that you are a non-citizen. Remember to stay calm and not to run.

Best Immigration Lawyer

I found attorney through google search and I am so glad that I have found her as she won my case, and due to her excellent knowledge of immigration law I became a permanent resident of the U.S. My case was really complicated, I needed I-601 waiver and had to go through many immigration steps. During my entire immigration process, was highly professional, very meticulous and caring. My family and I are extremely grateful to her as she took me out of immigration darkness to light and gave us so much happiness. is truly the Best Immigration lawyer and a wonderful person.

If I had to recommend a lawyer to anyone it would definitely be Tsirina without any hesitation.

My journey to become a permanent resident has been a very stressful one but after my wife and I hired she laid everything out for us clearly and helped us every step of the way. started from nothing and Tsirina worked very hard with us, even though had less than a month to prepare. She was available any time we needed her (even holidays) and always made sure were on top of what needed to do. She treated us like family and guided us not only through this case but also gave us a lot of life advice because in the end of the day we are just a very young couple that needed a lot of help.

Family Immigration

Permanent Residence status or “green card “ can be obtained through close family ties to U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  Permanent residence confers rights of employment and residence in the U.S. without limitations. Congress has designated groups to whom it gives immigration preference.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens: such as spouses of U.S. citizens; children of U.S. citizens, provided child is unmarried and under the age of 21; parents of U.S. citizens, provided citizen is 21 years of age or older;

Other close family members of U.S. citizens, immigrants eligible for classification in the first, third and fourth family based preference;

Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents eligible for classification in the second preference.

US Employment Immigration

EB-1 Priority Workers

Foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics

Foreign national that are outstanding professors or researchers

Foreign nationals that are managers and executives subject to international transfer to the United States


Family Immigration

Immigrant visas are often obtainable through family based petitions. Citizens and Permanent Residents of the United States can petition for qualifying relatives such as spouses, children, siblings and parents.

Business Immigration

Whether you are on the corporate or the individual side of business immigration, can help! offer consulting to corporations that are looking to hire permanent or temporary international workers. This includes visas such as H-1B, E categories and EB categories. also have extensive experience helping students obtain F-1 and M-1 student visas.


If you are in the United States without documentation, you may have options. know the fear of deportation can be a burden on any family and our goal is to ease your worries in any way can. Citizens and Permanent Residents of the United States can petition for certain categories of undocumented relatives.

Immigration Appeals

If you have a previous case that has been denied, there may be the option to file an appeal or a motion with USCIS. With over 30 years of collective experience, attorneys have the skills needed to interpret and apply current immigration laws effectively for qualifying cases.

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Pros And Cons Of Home Renovation

Steps to Keep Your Next Reno on Time and on Budget, According to Pros

So you’re finally taking the plunge on that remodel you’ve been thinking about for so long. It’s exciting to think about the transformations that are about to happen in your home—a new kitchen island! A shower you can turn around in!—and also a little daunting. (You’ve heard stories about projects that take months instead of weeks, crush the budget, or drive the homeowners into couple’s therapy.) But good news: You can avoid many of these worst-case scenarios with careful and realistic advance planning. Here’s what to do before you renovate.

Know what you want (and need)

Start big—huge, even!—with a list of everything you’ve always wanted in the space. Include the fun stuff, like bold wallpaper in the entry hall or a soaking tub in the bathroom, but consider which “wants” you’d be willing to give up if budget push came to budget shove.

And be practical: Spend as much time thinking about function and efficiency as you do style; if you don’t, you won’t like using the new space, no matter how good it looks. It helps to get specific about all the products you’d like to include, and to look up their prices—that way, you have a sense of which you can really afford and which should go on the “maybe” list.

Run the numbers

Figure out how much you can really afford to spend on the project—then subtract 10 to 15 percent for a contingency fund. If you’re lucky, you won’t use all of this slush. But you probably will. “There are unknowns in every job,” says

Assemble the right pros

If you’re just doing a cosmetic update—for example, replacing kitchen cabinets and appliances, but not changing the positions of plumbing or appliances or moving any walls—you probably only need a general contractor, or GC, who will usually hire subcontractors like plumbers, electricians, and the like. But if you’re reconfiguring the layout, moving structural walls, or changing electrical or plumbing positions, you’ll need an architect, too. And if you want help in getting the most efficient kitchen or bath layout or a high-end design look, you might appreciate the help of a kitchen or bath designer or an interior designer.

A Comprehensive Checklist for Home Renovation

When you’re planning on investing money to refurbish your house, it can seem a daunting task if you’re not sure where to start. With so many aspects that can be improved, it’s easier if you use a renovating a house checklist to give you some ideas, rather than setting off without a plan of action. This is the best way of spending money smartly, as there may be aspects of the work that you don’t even consider until you sit down and think about it. Save time and money by knowing what to do first when renovating a house.


A good place to start is often the exterior to make sure your house is in a state of good repair. This should be high on your house renovation order of works – there’s no point in making aesthetic changes to the interior if structural work needs doing outside

Take into consideration:

1. Have a professional inspect your roof, including the gutters, flashing and downspouts. If your roof has been in place for 20 years or more, it may be reaching the end of its lifespan. An expert can identify whether it requires repairs or replacement.

2. Have your attic inspected too. Find out whether you have adequate loft insulation. You can save money on energy bills by having your loft properly insulated, rather than letting heat escape through the roof.

3. Inspect your exterior paintwork and if any is peeling away, make sure you buy new paint that is durable and weatherproof.

4. Examine your windows and doors. If your house has old, single pane windows, consider replacing them with double or triple glazing to boost energy efficiency. Check whether the frames are looking shabby and whether your doors require refurbishing. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference.

5. Does your garden need a makeover? If you’re looking to add value to your house, having a well-kept garden can make all the difference. After all, it’s the first impression visitors have as they approach. Employ the services of a professional gardener to cut back an overgrown garden and then carry out regular maintenance.


During the home renovation process, you may decide you need more space in general. Older houses tend to have segmented rooms, while the modern trend is for an open layout

Work out the most cost-effective means of increasing your space:

1. If you’re considering removing some walls to connect different rooms and expand some areas, this can be costly, as structural work requires consultation with a professional and layout changes may require a foundation upgrade. Bear this in mind before proceeding.

2. Converting and furnishing your attic or basement can be a more cost-effective way of increasing your space, rather than making drastic layout changes.

3. Many people consider building an extension, such as a conservatory or ground-floor extension to open up their kitchen, for example. This is a great way to renovate your home, but remember that planning permission is needed for certain types of extension.

Renovation Rundown: What Are the Steps in a Home Renovation?

While not every home renovation works in the exact same order, you may want to follow a certain course to help avoid unnecessary work. For example, you don’t want to close walls and paint, only to realize you need to add a new plumbing stack that requires going behind the wall again

Make a Plan

Assess what you’d like to renovate and set priorities, says Houzz. That includes deciding where to start, and making sure you have the time and budget needed to get the work done.

Set a Budget

Come up with a final number on how much you want to comfortably spend on the renovation, says Better Homes and Gardens. It may be a good idea to check out Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report to see how much average projects cost. Consider budgeting an extra 10 to 20 percent for unexpected costs that may arise

Talk to Your Insurance Agent

It may be a good idea to contact your insurance agent to help make sure you’re comfortable with the amount of coverage you have in place for your renovation project. Once the upgrade is complete, you may also want to consider evaluating your coverage again so you can make sure it fits your needs.

Hire a Contractor

Research and select a contractor with whom you feel comfortable, says Zillow. Be sure to sign contracts that help define the scope of work and the process to potentially avoid or resolve any problems

DIY home renovations for the thrifty homeowner

Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or staying put and craving a refresh, you may be concerned about how renovations can impact your budget.

Clean your vinyl siding

Vinyl siding can keep your house looking new for years, but it can start to look dingy after a while. “Sometimes the solution to a problem is the simplest and least expensive,” they say. “Cleaning vinyl house siding can be accomplished with nothing more than a long-handled scrub brush, good-quality cleaner, a garden hose, and a little elbow grease.” They recommend this handwashing approach over using a power washer, which can damage the siding.

Repaint the front door and update exterior accents

Whether your exterior has siding, paint, shingles, or stone, updating your front door can boost the curb appeal of your home. suggests that you “choose a bold accent color that works well with the rest of the exterior, but also stands out from it, to give the door a bit of a spotlight.” For an even easier project, “change out your house numbers and possibly your mailbox,” he says, “and voila, you have a whole new look and feel when you’re entering your house.”

Apply removable wallpaper

Updated walls can easily improve your space, but the very word “wallpaper” might make you cringe, especially if you’ve attempted installing wallpaper yourself in the past. “Removable wallpaper is a stylish and affordable way to update your space with minimal investment. Moreover, it’s a really easy way to add color or pattern to your space with little commitment.”

Paint your walls

If you prefer a painted surface to wallpaper, you may be surprised by how easy it is to paint a room yourself. The caveat is that you do have to take your time for quality results, especially with project setup

Things Missed on a Home Renovation

Homes for sale often love to say “recently updated” “newly renovated” or “like new” or similar language. And while some houses may live up to such claims, many fall short.  With the popularity of flipping homes, as seen on such TV shows as “Fip or Flop”, “Flip this House” “My First Flip” many people think they can flip a home. However, many do not always realize the scope of work involved and forget many important items. This is why having a home inspection done on a recently renovated or flipped home is a must.

The Roof

Most people do not spend much time looking at the roof of a home. Few ever get up on a roof, and one should not get on a roof unless they know what they are doing. As such, when planning a renovation or flip, the roof is often left out.  And even when the roof is worked on, it’s often done poorly. I recall one episode of “Flip or Flop” where they sprayed water on the roof to see if it leaked, and then decided that was good enough. But an active leak is not a symptom of a failing roof, it’s a sign that roof has already failed.

Electrical Panel

I can not count how many times I have inspected a house that has all new cabinets, new counters, new flooring, new paint, but still has the original 1940’s era electrical panel. Now a panel being old into itself is not necessarily an issue, but many times they have issues, such as rust, improper wiring, brittle wiring, or other issues that should be addressed

Kitchen Outlets

The standards for kitchen outlets has changed dramatically over the years. Since the late 80’s, kitchens outlets near the sink have been required to have ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, protection, which turns off the electricity and prevents shocks if the outlet detects contact with water. Later, the rules were changed to have GFCI around the entire kitchen counter. Then in the early 2000’s, it was determined that all around a kitchen counter should have outlets that no point was ever more than 2 feet from an outlet. Obviously, older homes were built before such standards. But when a kitchen is remodeled and advertised as “updated” or “like new” then it should be brought up to current standards. New countertops do not help you prepare a good meal if you do not have the outlets to go with them.

Kitchen Venting

I see two common issues with kitchen venting. One is a corrugated vent pipe is installed, which can easily clog with food particles, and can become a fire hazard. The other common problem is the fan inside the vent is installed backward, so instead of blowing out the vent pipe, it blows right back into the face of the person cooking.  Other problems include a vent pipe that is disconnected in the attic or connected to an older pipe that directs grease back down onto the kitchen ceiling.

Can Plastic Surgery Be the Answer

Preparing For Your First Plastic Surgery

Preparing for a surgery – no matter what kind of surgery it is – can be overwhelming and even scary sometimes. Even if you are completely on board with the procedure and you know the results will improve your quality of life, it is completely normal to feel a bit anxious as you look forward to your surgery date. If you’ve scheduled your first plastic surgery procedure, you’re likely wondering exactly what to expect.

While plastic surgeons and plastic surgery procedures vary, here are a few helpful tips for preparing for your first plastic surgery experience.

Set Your Expectations Realistically

Having realistic expectations – both for the day of surgery and for the ultimate outcome of the procedure – is key to having a successful plastic surgery experience.

  • On the Day of the Procedure
  • Talk to your doctor and research the procedure you’ve chosen to make sure you thoroughly understand what to expect on the day of. You don’t want to set yourself up to be surprised by anything, as your procedure should be a comfortable and calm experience.
  • Following Your Plastic Surgery
  • Amazing results don’t always happen overnight. Depending on your procedure, you may have a recovery period to get through before you can truly enjoy the results of your surgery. You want to be realistic about the transformation that your body is going through and well informed about the expected outcome.
  • Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that plastic surgery isn’t the end of your journey to achieving your ideal physique. Review these helpful tips for making the most of your plastic surgery results and keep them in mind in the time period following your procedure.

Learn About The Procedure

To ensure that you are as prepared as possible for the procedure and its outcome, be sure to do some research ahead of time. Your doctor is the best resource for information about your specific procedure so feel free to ask a lot of questions and get clarification about anything that you might not fully understand.

Continue To Live Your Healthy Lifestyle

Elective surgeries are best done when you are at your healthiest. Before undergoing any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, you should be in good physical shape. Do your best to maintain your healthy lifestyle in the time leading up to the procedure. Stay hydrated, exercise, and be sure to continue eating a healthy diet. Doing so will help to keep your body in good shape for the surgery, and will help to make sure you are well prepared to recover from the procedure as quickly as possible.

Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

Before your plastic surgery procedure, your doctor may provide you with specific instructions regarding what to eat, medications to discontinue, what to bring to the procedure, etc. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully and thoroughly. Your doctor has your best interest in mind and knows exactly what your procedure will entail. Listen to his instructions are you will be well prepared for your procedure and the recovery that follows.

For starters, consider these suggestions:

  • Reduce unnecessary stress by avoiding situations with family or friends that will keep you up late or entice you to indulge in alcohol or cigarettes.
  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke for one week prior to surgery and the week following. (Two weeks before and after is more ideal.) To make this easier, start to reduce gradually to make the transition easier.
  • Alcohol should be avoided for at least three days before surgery because it is a blood thinner. Abstaining for one week or more is optimal as alcohol in general is hard on your immune system.
  • Avoid all supplements and medications with blood-thinning effects for one week prior to surgery. Your surgeon will provide specifics, but some of these medications and supplements include vitamin E, fish oil and NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Be sure to give your surgeon a detailed list of all supplements and medications that you take.
  • If you have a headache before or after surgery, Tylenol may be used.
  • Bromelain and arnica are beneficial supplements before and after surgery to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Sleep is a vital for fortifying your immune system and improving your body’s response to the physical and mental stressors associated with surgery. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night for at least the two weeks leading up to your procedure.

Do not Smoke 2 Weeks Prior/After Your Surgery

Smoke inhibits wound healing because less oxygen is supplied to the body’s cells.  In addition, smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery.  You should be aware that some facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons will not perform a facelift on patients who smoke as their wound healing and recovery is inhibited by smoking.

Participate in Relaxation Techniques

Listening to relaxation tapes or soothing music, taking a yoga or meditation class are examples of relaxation techniques that help to reduce stress.

Build a Support Structure

Rely on your family and friends to help you during the stressful time of a surgery.  From assisting with household chores to providing emotional support, having them around is a plus.

Get Enough Essential Nutrients

You should supplement your diet before and after surgery with high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, copper and selenium.  Each plays a role in wound healing and in building the immune system thereby reducing the chance of infection.   Obtaining sufficient nutrients is especially important for recovery after more comprehensive procedures like a tummy tuck, facelift or liposuction.

Diet Eaten Prior to Surgery Impacts Healing

Normal protein requirements are about 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight.  For example, a 140 pound woman needs about 50 grams of protein a day (140 divided by 2.2 = 63.6 kilograms multiplied by 0.8).  However, after surgery, this amount should be increased by 1 ½ times to about 95 grams of protein a day.  If you can’t eat this amount of protein, consider adding a high-quality protein powder in yogurt, smoothies or shakes.  One scoop provides 20 grams of protein and just 80 calories.  Another great option is to snack on plain, non-fat Greek Yogurt

Here’s how to prepare for a smooth recovery

After you’ve decided to have plastic surgery and you’ve chosen a great plastic surgeon, you’re probably going to get a great result, right? Actually, there is someone else just as essential to a great outcome – you!

The best plastic surgeons take every measure to minimize your risks, but they can’t be there with you as you recover, so that’s when you’re the one in control. If you bend the rules, you could end up with an emergency bleed or other complication requiring emergency surgery or forever impacting your result.

Your role in a smooth recovery

So what can you do to enhance your chances of a smooth recovery?

  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions. If you find yourself asking for an exception to the rule, such as exercising earlier than recommended or taking a medication on a “don’t take” list, think about what you are asking. Do you want your surgeon to cut corners? If the answer is no, then expect the same from yourself.
  • Prepare your home ahead of time. Arrange a hospital bed, a recline, a caretaker or pre-cooked meals in advance so you aren’t scrambling the day before surgery.
  • For outpatient surgery, line up someone who can pick you up on time. Ambulatory surgery centers don’t have the staffing to accommodate latecomers, and you may be charged.
  • If your plastic surgeon asks you to have a caretaker, make arrangements in advance.
  • If you are responsible for others, such as children or parents, arrange for someone else to care for them so you can take care of yourself.
  • Be patient. Healing takes time. Swelling doesn’t go down right away, scars are pink while they heal, and your final results may not be evident for weeks, even months.
  • If you have questions, call. Sometimes a simple question can touch on a very important issue.

Local Moving For Your Relocation Needs

Looking for a Reputable Mover?

help take the stress and uncertainty out of the relocation process, giving you more time and energy to focus on the things that really matter — like spending quality time with your family during an often-trying major life change.

People often approach the moving process in a somewhat panicked and haphazard way, particularly if the event is taking place on relatively short notice. Many choose to cut down the cost of relocating through hiring an independent company that provides the lowest quote, only to find out the company isn’t insured against damage, the vehicles are improperly maintained and likely to break down, or the workers themselves are lazy or unprofessional.

work hardest to help your company relocate smoothly and as quickly as possible. here to assist you by:

Packing up your work spaces

Carefully transporting furniture, computers, and networking equipment

Unpacking and setting up your business in its brand new location

If there’s one thing about moving that most people tend to dread, it’s the idea of packing. From safeguarding fragile items to making sure everything is properly labeled, packing takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment

Whether you’re packing up a small apartment, a large house, or an entire office building, team is on hand to offer assistance. have the equipment and skills to get your belongings packed securely and efficiently, and employ a detailed tracking system that makes keeping tabs on your items as simple as can be.


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Whether you’re moving two towns away or two houses away, moving locally still takes a ton of work. Luckily, are here to help. offer full-service moving, which means that can work with you every step of the way. Maybe you just need to load and unload, or maybe you want the whole Little Guys package — supplies, packing, furniture assembly, in-home setup…we can take care of every detail

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Piano moving and other specialty items (e.g. hot tubs, gun safes)

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Furniture disassembly and reassembly

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Core competencies of the staff cover an exceptionally broad range of transportation services, including full moving services, loading trucks, unloading, packing, unpacking, and deliveries. This company strives to excel in the transportation business by providing an easier way for moving and deliveries.

In-House Movers

full-service moving company, handle all your moving need including in-home moving services for homes and businesses throughout. Whether you are going through a remodel, need to arrange your furniture for an open house, or simply would like assistance hanging or rearranging valuables or antiques, experienced crews can help

Residential Move/Commercial Move

Moving is very stressful, no matter the reason. Whether you just purchase a new house, moving to the suburbs, into the city, up-sizing or downsizing, moving is a major ordeal.

Long Distance Move

A Long-distance move takes a special kind of attention to detail. If you’re looking to move your belongings or business, enlist the help of movers. show up with the equipment and tools necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently

Area Moving Companies

which have been classified as essential business since the outbreak began, have implemented screening procedures, are cleaning equipment more frequently and are changing how paperwork is handled to limit interactions between customers and movers.

“We do stay 10 feet away from the customer, which I think has been helpful,” Pakular said. “But unfortunately we do have to work close when we’re picking up like say a small dresser or a twin size bed, or a small item that’s heavy like a safe

finding the right masks has been an added challenge. The company said it had to search to find masks that could hold up if employees were sweating.

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A move out of the town where you lived for years or to another state is a huge step – not only for you emotionally, but for all the goods you have to transport so far away. If you are on a search for the ‘out of state movers Littleton’ and you need someone to relocate your stuff to another state, we are the right ones for the job


In the process of moving, you might have to find the place to store all of your house or office goods. Let’s say you have to move out of the house earlier, but the move-in process is a couple of days after that? In these and similar situations, storage is the best solution. Your belongings are going to be completely safe and protected in our storing facilities, as well as organized and ready for the upcoming move.

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Signs That Your Home May Need Mold Remediation

Home Mold Removal and Remediation

If you have a mold situation in your home or business, you need certified professionals who can safely and effectively take care of the problem. As mold remediation experts

If you’ve discovered mold, or are concerned that a slow leak may have allowed it to grow behind a wall or other unseen area, find the mold, treat it, and do a complete water damage remediation. put the highest value on open communication and customer service and document the entire mold removal process.

Mold removal protects the health of your family or employees, preserves the structural integrity of your property, and improves the musty, damp smell associated with mold.

Health Risks of Mold

About 50 to 100 common types of indoor mold have the potential to create health problems. Due to the health risks associated with mold exposure, it is best to have mold remediation conducted as soon as possible

Though the type of reaction depends upon the mold present, according to both the EPA and CDC all molds have the potential to cause health issues such as:


Breathing difficulties

Persistent cough or cold symptoms

Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs

Asthma attacks

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Skin irritation

Allergic reactions

Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals

How long does it take for mold to grow in the bay area

So you’ve had a little overflow at the house and you think you did a good job soaking up the water and cleaning up the spill.  A few days have gone by and now it is starting to smell musty and you are wondering what is happening.

It doesn’t take much water to make a pretty big issue.  That smell you are experiencing is the sign that things are happening on the microbiology scale.  Even though you may not see anything, mold is starting.  This can happen in as little as 72 hours after the water damage, or quicker if the water was hot.

Mold only needs a few things in order for it to grow, humidity, Food (Wood like your framing or paper like your drywall) and warmth.  Mold likes to have environments similar to what is comfortable with us when it relates to warmth.  Our houses are mostly made of wood and paper materials, just what mold likes to eat.  So, now you add a little moisture and you have the ideal environment for mold to grow.

What do you do now?  Well, if you truly had a small amount of water that you cleaned up quickly, you may be able to get away with cleaning the areas touched by water with a disinfectant and setting up a fan to dry them out.  This is only an option if the area was very small and there are no visible signs of mold growth.

If the area is a little larger, has visible signs of mold, or has multiple layers of materials then you may have to get more invasive.  The only way to get rid of mold is to physically remove it.  Spraying and wiping it may make the visible part go away but all you really did was put all the mold spores in the air that you breathe.  The affected materials, drywall, baseboard, flooring needs to be physically removed to at least 12” beyond all visible signs of mold damage.  This is the only way to remove mold.  If you have more than a small area of mold (less than a square foot)  you really need to bring a professional in to help assess your needs to properly take care of the issue.

Green Mold Removal and Remediation

Mold can cause all kinds of damage to your home. If you’re not careful you can suffer all kinds of serious health problems as a result of untreated mold in a house. Mold can grow just about anywhere and you have to make sure you’re keeping your house and especially your basement clean and protected from the potential for problems to crop up as a result of a mold infestation

If you have a mold problem you’re going to need to call experts to handle the issue. This is not a task that should be done by yourself or by any untrained people at all. Dealing with mold is a risky and hazardous situation and it would be wise to not get involved at all with it and risk exposing yourself to possible harm as a result of breathing or ingesting mold spores

Getting yourself sick a result of trying to do too much when it comes to cleaning and taking care of your house is a mistake anyone can make but you really shouldn’t make that mistake here. This is a serious issue and as a result only experts who know exactly how to handle the problem should be counted on to address what is going on and to solve the problem in a prompt, timely, and very professional manner.

You might think that black mold is the only mold that is really dangerous but other mold if left unchecked can cause all kinds of problems as well. Molds of all sorts are big problems that need to be taken care of before they end up becoming even bigger problems

Property that has been damaged by mold can be so completely ruined that it may be unsalvageable and have to be thrown away. Losing valuable things to mold damage can be a frustrating and unsettling experience.

Things To Understand About Mold Remediation

Business owners in Timber Ridge, TN, understand the serious nature of black mold. When detected, these spores pose a serious problem for employees and clients, mandating attention as soon as possible. In order to get the company up and running smoothly, professional assistance is necessary. Therefore, contact a mold restoration company to assist in eradicating the trouble.

Section It Off

Microbes travel by contact and through the air. Therefore, the first part of mold cleanup is limiting movement and reducing exposure. When the crew arrives, the staff should begin surveying the premises, determining the extent of infestation. They’ll perform tests and visual analysis.

Protect From the Hazard

Personal protection equipment is important to prevent breathing in the black mold. Anytime the team is present, they should take care to avoid spreading the organisms. Masks and gloves should be used at all times. In addition, no one unauthorized or unprotected should enter the work zone.

Remove Contamination

Reducing fungus counts has more to do with disposal than chemicals. The microscopic size of fungus is troublesome. After all, that simply means they can seep into porous items easily. Cleaners cannot always guarantee eradication. Thus, heavily infested materials should be torn out and discarded. This includes carpeting and drywall.

Dry and Scrub

Moisture complicates the situation, speeding up reproduction. Fix the original water leak. Then, mold remediation rules mandates airing out the property. Industrial dehumidifiers can be used for several days, pulling humidity from the rooms. While this occurs, nonporous or valuable assets undergo content cleaning.


While Mold could be dangerous to certain individuals in in certain circumstances, most of situations are easily dealt with and over-exaggerated by some companies within the industry. On this page, you’ll find everything from how mold starts, to when to hire a specialist vs. doing it yourself. You’ll also learn about the implications + many other questions we frequently get asked

Mold exists everywhere, and it’s not always a bad thing. For example, finding mold outside your home, such as in composting, producing wines or cheese is very common and definitely not dangerous. On the other hand, finding mold inside your home is a different story as it decomposes building materials, causes allergies and much more.

Mold growth stems from excess moisture in the house, and when this happens mold starts to grow. Things like a flood, pipe burst, overflow or lack of ventilation are all causes of excess moisture. The key to keeping a home mold free is by not allowing excessive moisture and will guarantee a long-lasting and healthy home.


Level I is anything that is less than 10 Sq. feet. Anyone with proper PPE and knowledge can have this taken care of easily. Generally it is not worth the home owners time to hire a team like ours for this as it would be too costly for how simply it can be removed.


Level II is anything from 10 to 100 Sq. feet. At this level, you need specialized equipment, safety gear and a certified team with the experience with these types of jobs.


Level III mold is anything greater than 100 Sq. feet (a larger contamination area will require the use of powered oxygen masks and decontamination showers to protect the workers)

Estimating Costs For Your Post Construction Cleaning

Post Construction Cleaning Services

Excellent engineering requires amazing finish too. In order to remove all the dust and make a home look the best, post-renovation cleaning services is the must. Small or big every constructions demands cleaning and each home want the finishing touch with care, to be in its best form.

And the main benefit is we have made all this so affordable. So why work on your own or employ an unskilled person that can damage your walls or spoil the shine of your flooring with unwanted and cheap chemicals. Obviously, there is no need to take such a huge risk.

Benefits of Post Renovation Cleaning Services

Surely, no one wants to leave in a house full of dust, dirt and filled with remains of construction material. Post-construction cleaners will clean all those with ease.

No doubt it requires professional skills but above that, it’s a labor-intensive cleaning. Surely you would not miss office just because something chipped your leg. Apart from this, the amount of dust present can easily unrest anyone.

It allows effortless and quick cleaning that curtails the involved danger and cost arising out of any mishaps during cleaning. Therefore in all manner post-construction cleaning companies, helps you. Whether you talk about protection against damages to you and your property or safety of your health, we safeguard you in every way.

Construction Cleaning

Construction Cleaning

Dusting and washing all surfaces

Vacuuming and cleaning all flooring

Window & glass partition Cleaning

Dust and clean all furniture & fixtures

Kitchen and rest room cleaning and sanitization

Post Construction Cleaning

post construction clean up service to make that new workplace or residence shine. post construction cleaners will transform your construction site into a safe and clean space, ready for occupancy.

“It’s wonderful to come home and have the house looking perfect, especially when my children and grandchildren have visited for the weekend!

“I always believed that no one could clean my house better than me. Cleaning Services proved me wrong! They are reliable, professional, and very courteous. I highly recommend them. They are the best.”

Cleaning Contractors Take On New Construction Cleanup


Late summer and early fall in the South is a great time to start thinking about adding on new construction cleanup services to your existing business model. This vital service would help service a region that experiences a barrage of hurricanes and storms, leaving many of your clients in need of cleanup jobs done.

Adding on construction cleanup services comes with its own list of pros and cons, according to an article in the Balance. The costs to enter into these services is low, there is good earning potential and new construction cleanup pairs nicely with other diversifications to your business such as outdoor touch-up work, lawn care and window cleaning.

Conversely, the work will be very laborious. In some situations in the south, where large construction cleanup jobs were needed after the hurricanes, you may become inundated with requests solely for construction and other outdoor cleanup.

This service may require you to higher more men, invest in heat-safety training for all employees, obtain liability insurance and be bonded and be aware of all the licensing requirements of your state and local governments, as well as all OSHA requirements.


Aside from acquiring any equipment you may need to perform construction cleanup jobs in the South, the licensing, insuring and bonding tends to be the biggest new costs you’ll be introducing to your cleaning business, if you haven’t already.

Post Construction Clean Up

Whether you are renovating your home, business, or have recently build a new home, the location is probably covered in dust and debris around the premises

equipped with HEPA air filtered vacuums to clean up all dust particles from top to bottom! Our 4-stage vacuums holds in 99.99% of all dust particles, bacteria, and allergens in the air. Meaning 99.99% of what goes into the vacuum stays in — ensuring a healthy living and a clean environment.

Let’s Get Started Cleaning!

Step 1. Fill out the estimate form below or call an agent.

Step 2. A visit to the site will be scheduled

Step 3. Choose an appointment date and time.


When a new construction project or remodel / renovation gets completed, and all construction leftovers have been cleared away, a huge mess can still be left behind. There are still large amounts of dust, dirt, and grime that need cleaning before a home is good enough for residents to move. For property owners, house developers, contractors, and renovators who require cleaning after a new construction project,

Once on the job, cleaners will make any construction area charming and ready to be seen by prospective buyers, realtors, and inspectors. When we finish our service, walk through your door, and future tenants can move in and savor a home that glimmers.

The independent cleaning professionals work to their own schedule, utilize their own acquired knowledge to complete jobs, and provide their own transportation. Depending on the needs of the customer, supplies, and equipment are provided by either the customer or the worker. The workers offer professional cleaning services, as requested by the customer, at the lowest possible cost.

Post Construction Residential Cleaning Services?

Anything that involves construction tends to never be a tidy project. Someone is always needed to clean up when the job is complete. For example, after renovation on a basement, updating a bathroom, or adding a room to a house.

Typically, the ones who need a post construction clean the most are property owners, house developers, contractors, landlords, remodelers, renovators, and new home buyers