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These days, digital technology and the internet of things combine to provide a wide variety of home improvement opportunities to make life easier, safer and often cheaper for you and your family. Here we take a look at five of the best labour-saving upgrades you can make to your home. And as some of the examples show, not every upgrade needs to involve the latest in technology! Lighting Few things can be more inconvenient that fumbling around in the dark for your keys, as you try to get into your home after an evening out. And for the elderly, it…

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If you had even mooted the idea of building a concrete retaining wall as opposed to a natural stone one you would have been laughed out of the door several years ago. Suffice to say, times are changing. Retaining walls have always been hugely important elements of a property. They’re not just structures to “hold something back” (despite what the dictionary might tell you). Instead, they need character and if done incorrectly, they can look absolutely dreadful. This is one of the reasons why concrete has always come second best, or worse. In comparison to natural stone, this was something…

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When it comes to real estate, people tend to have lots of questions and it is really important that you find an experienced agent like Blake Rubin who is willing to take the time to answer your questions fully before making any big real estate decisions. One of the most common questions that people, especially young people, have is about whether they should be renting or instead thinking about buying their first house. Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different and there is no right answer to this question, but there are some things that you should consider to help you…

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If you are like most of us, when you think about “the good life” it involves a relaxed life-style on a gorgeous Caribbean island with a perfect climate, easy access, colonial charm and affordability. This might seem like an impossible dream, but the reality is closer than you might realize, in Puerto Rico. Of course, there are certain realities that you need to understand, which is why finding a local agent like Grand Homes should be a part of your plan. That said, in many ways Puerto Rico is like a dream come true, and there are plenty of good…

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A freestanding bath is top-notch when it comes to aesthetic appeal, isn’t it? If you’ve ever seen a freestanding bath in a hotel, spa, or resort, it’s not so easy to forget how beautiful it makes the bathroom look. Just the mere presence of the freestanding bath transforms the room and makes it look doubly comfortable and luxurious. But freestanding baths need not be expensive. If you’re hesitating between a freestanding bath and a regular or alcove bath because of price, you’d be happy to know that freestanding baths are more affordable than ever. You also have a range of…

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  While there are many stresses in daily life, one of them should not be whether or not your home is properly decorated. That said you may be one of the countless people nationwide fretting over how your home looks, especially when you have guests stopping by. Before you literally lose it, keep in mind that your home is just that, your home. No, you don’t want to be living in a residence where it seems like your furniture never matches, you have outdated appliances, and organization in turn is a foreign word to you. So, how do you go…

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Bathroom worktops are important, and choosing the right one should be handled with careful thought. It’s about practical considerations (remember that your bathroom is, by nature, often wet and used a lot) but it’s also about choosing the design and arrangement that makes your bathroom shine and look great. Add to this mix budget restraints and a wide range of options on the market, and you can see why finding the right bathroom worktop isn’t as easy as it seems. So how do you go about selecting the right one? Here are the most crucial considerations you have to remember…

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Working in an organization as a janitor is not an easy thing as most people would think. In some areas, it calls for you to even double up as the cleaner. It is your responsibility to ensure that everything runs smoothly without any disruption. One of the enemies of a janitor is dust as it can cause diseases and general nuisance of making clothes dirty. As a janitor, you would want to eliminate this enemy as soon as possible, hence anything that can assist in this is a friend. A commercial air blower can be a very useful piece of…

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Many people find it more difficult to walk up and down the stairs as they get older. But it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to downsize and move out of your home where you’ve enjoyed so many great memories. A stair lift gives you back the ability to move around freely within your own home, traveling between floors effortlessly. If you do decide to buy a stair lift, you’ll be pleased to know that the technology has come a long way these days. Today, there are numerous accessories you can purchase to make your experience even more enjoyable and effortless,…

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When it comes to your roof, it is essential to remember its importance when considering all the different components associated with owning and maintaining a home.  For many home owners, the roof is an afterthought when compared to keeping everything else in good working order or visually appealing to themselves and neighbors. Landscaping, paint, clean windows, and stylish siding typically take precedent over the somewhat boring roof. To disregard the roof however, is not only costly, but can also be dangerous to your home’s integrity and your family’s safety. Here are some quick tips with regard to proper roof maintenance.…