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DIY Home Improvement


You may hear the saying your home is your kingdom. Improving your home from time to time is essential both to maintain its shape or even add the value of the home. While big home improvement projects may cost a fortune, there are a few small projects that you can DIY over the weekend, like the ones we listed below.

Building A Mudroom

A mudroom is a special area near the entrance of the home that is used to keep your daily outdoor gears and accessories, like shoes, coats, and umbrellas. Having a mudroom can both help to tidy your home and add value to your home. It will help to ensure that when somebody comes home, they will have a designated spot to store their shoes and coats or jackets. A mudroom can consist of a shoe rack and coat hooks, or come to completed with a special cupboard to store your things and a bench. It all depends on how many family members are staying in the house and how many outdoor accessories you and your family need to access before stepping out of the door.

Enhancing Your Deck

If you are lucky enough to have a home with a deck, don’t just let it be bare and empty. You might not need to equip the deck with a Jacuzzi and all, but you can create a mini garden, a seating area, and install proper lighting. Though installing landscape lighting may seem like a complicated project, it is not. That is because there are so many kinds of ready to plug lighting available in the home improvement shops, you can choose the voltage and size that match your deck. To create a mini garden, prepare a few potted plants. Once your deck has been beautified, it can be so much more beneficial in case you need a place for a special event.

Adding Garage Cabinets

garageSometimes your garage doubles as your storage space. You throw all the things you don’t use daily in there, and once you need the item, you need the whole day to find it. If that’s what often occurs in your home, then adding custom garage cabinets is the answer. If you are blessed with a good carpentry skill, then you can go ahead and build a custom storage system. But if you are a beginner like me, you still can have a custom storage system by installing racks on one side of the garage’s wall. Then you can get large clear storage bins to store your categorized things.…

Pest control for your properties

apartment building with cars outside of it

If you are a property owner and have an apartment that you rent out, you have your work cut out for yourself. You have to make sure that all your units are full all the time, with good tenants. There is a lot of work when you run and operate your own rentals. When someone moves out, you have to repair anything that needs to be fixed or updated. You will also have to hire a cleaning crew to come in and thoroughly clean the area.

One of the biggest problem as a property owner is pest control. If you have pest infestations in your units, people will complain about it. This will give you a bad reputation. And with this, no one would want to rent from you. Therefore, it is important that you hire pest control services.

We will go over some ways on how to find an excellent pest control service and what they can offer you.

Hiring pest control service

Searching for pest control service is very easy. Just go on the Internet and look up pest control. A large list will come up. Try to pick one that is in your area. This will make it easier for those emergency that can occur in the middle of the night.

Monthly service

serviceWhen you hire a pest control company, they will come over and have a look at your rental units. They will ask if you allow pets to live with the tenants. This is because they will have to use a pet-friendly pest control in the units that have animals in it.

They will offer you monthly service as this will guarantee that they will keep the pests out of your apartments. What this means is they will come over once a month and maintain each apartment and surrounding areas of the building.


pest controller They will do your parking lots. They will service the trees and grass that you may have around your apartment building. This will ensure that the pests won’t come back. They will set traps around the dumpsters area so you can cut down on the rodents.

They will also give your tenants and yourself advice how to help keep the pests and the rodents out of the apartment. The more food you have laying around in or outside the apartment, the more ants will get attracted to invade your apartment building. Ants are very hard to get rid of, you will find them around food and water.

Having pest control service will ensure your tenants that you care about their well-being. This will make your tenants stay longer, and it will give you a good reputation.…

Factors To Consider When Buying Travertine Tiles

Travertine Tiles

Travertine tiles stood the test of time through the years, and as years go by, these tiles have become more popular. This can be attributed to the fact that prices have been reducing steadily. In this particular article, we are going to give general information about travertine tiles and the factors that one has to put into consideration when they want to purchase the travertine tiles.

What Is Travertine?

Travertine comes from the limestone family, and this is why it is referred to as travertine marble or in other instances as travertine limestone. However, we should bear in mind that travertine in not a limestone nor a marble. One major factor of identifying it is that its surface is porous, with noticeable crevices and holes.


The use of this stone as a construction material can be traced back to the ancient Roman times. One notable example where the travertine stone was used is the Coliseum of Rome. This stone is still widely used in today’s construction industry but in the form of tiles. Below, we will highlight the factors that one should put into consideration when selecting the travertine tiles.

Desired Appearance

The first and most important factor to determine is the type of finish that you require for that particular area. In the case that you are looking to achieve either a chiseled or tumbled finish then you should probably be looking for rustic tiles. But in achieving modern or contemporary finishes, you should go for polished filled and pushed tiles.

Stone Quality

StoneThe second most important factor that you need to deal with is the quality of the stone to be used for the tile making. We can’t avoid the fact the each seller will claim that the stones they are using are top grade and the tiles are made of premium quality. Since there are no official classifications on the quality of the stones, determining the quality of the stone will be a challenge especially for those people whose new to this industry.

Hard Travertine & Soft Travertine.

If you prioritize smoothness, go for a soft travertine. However, if you want durability, go for hard travertine. If you want to know whether it’s soft or hard before you make a purchase, take a broken piece and try to crumble the edges. If the edges crumble easily, chances are those are made of soft material. When it comes to travertine floor tiles, it’s advisable that you go for the hard travertine because of its durability.


We all know that each manufacturer that produces travertine tiles has almost the same process. However, when it comes to the quality, each manufacturer has their own standards. That’s why it’s important for you to ask samples before making a purchase in that way you can determine if they meet your standards.…