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Guest Post by Carolyn Mitchell

This guest post relates to what my husband and I have been going through. We started to have an addition put on last June, and it still isn’t completed. We’ve had to start from scratch by hiring another contractor. Word of advice: don’t go through Home Depot’s Pro Team! Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured. Ours lied to us, so here we are a year later, with an uncompleted project. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this article.

10 Ways to Find a Reliable Contractor For Your Upcoming Home Renovation

Finding a reliable contractor is a vital part of your home renovation plan, and knowing how to find the perfect one will ensure that the job is done right. Check out our tips for hiring the best contractor for your home remodel.

10 Ways to Find a Trusted Contractor

1.   Ask Around

Word of mouth is often one of the best ways to find a great, trustworthy contractor for your job. Ask for professional recommendations on community social media platforms and from neighbors, friends, or family.

2.   Search Online

Do some research online to find reputable contractors in your area. Home service apps are becoming popular sources for professionals to advertise their business with their qualifications, experience, and reviews right at your fingertips. You can also search your city’s website for recommendations. Sometimes there is even a list posted by the city of trusted contractors that keep up-to-date on building permits and regulations.

3.   Read Reviews

When you find a contractor, look for reviews about their previous projects. Reviews could sometimes skew more positive or negative, so reading between the lines is an important factor when reading through them. However, by sifting through them, you will be able to start building a clearer picture of what doing business will look like with certain contractors.

4.   Seasonal Expectations

Depending on the type of project, some home renovations may have seasonal highs and lows. Most indoor repairs tend to happen during the winter months, while spring through early fall is when most outdoor work is carried out.

Keep the season in mind when you are planning your project because it could be a busy season for your contractor. Remember that although you want your project completed right away, a company having a full schedule speaks to the quality of their work.

5.   Interview Prospective Contractors

Interviews are a great way to get to know contractors and how they like to carry out business. Start simple by asking questions about your project over the phone to narrow your search.

Once you have focused on a few select contractors, have face-to-face interviews or consultations so you can show and talk more openly about the project, price, and time frame.

6.   Ask for Bids

After researching your project’s estimated costs and narrowing down potential contractors, have your final group submit bids for the work. Review the offers and find the best one for the job. Beware of a price that is too high or too low and be sure to ask about any fees that may come later down the road.

7.   Check for License & Certification Information

It is crucial in home renovation projects to ask the contractor about which licenses, certifications, and insurance documents they possess. Not having some of these items could invalidate their work when the city checks the job or when you sell your home. You also do not want to be held liable for any on-the-job injuries, so make sure your handyman service has an insurance plan.

8.   Make Sure They Obtain Permits

You will know a good contractor because they will be on top of procuring the necessary permits themselves. If a professional asks for you to get local permits, that is a sign they may not be the right handyman for the job. If they say you don’t need permits, you could be putting yourself at risk for city fines or redoing projects that were not approved. A reliable contractor will take care of all the documentation the city deems mandatory.

9.   Discussing Payments and Schedule

Going over payment plans and schedules should always be a topic discussed prior to the work getting started. This way, the contractor and the client can set expectations about what is acceptable for the duration of the project. Discuss specific goals and time frames for those goals.

Scheduling days and times that work best for you and your home renovator is essential to your plan. You want everything to run smoothly and quickly without disrupting your life as much as possible. Having a conversation about the working hours the team can commit to will help create an environment that is less disruptive for both parties.

10.  Going Over the Contract

Once you have finally found the contractor that fits your needs, it is time for the contract. Make sure to carefully review the contract before signing to ensure that all the agreed-upon points are present in the writing. When you and your contractor have all the details hammered out on paper, sign your name and get the project going!

Find the Best Contractor

Contractors know there are many other home service professionals vying for your business. The best ones will put in the extra effort to ensure your satisfaction. By doing research, reading reviews, interviewing, and asking for specific bids, you will be able to find the right contractor for your home renovation project.

Author bio:

Carolyn Mitchell is a freelance writer and content strategist with a passion for home décor. She can often be found re-painting and updating the furnishings in her home, and she is also a dedicated cat mom to two adorable kitties.

Guest Post by Amy Lara

From time to time, I feature guest posts to help other authors out. Here is another guest post that I thought you would enjoy.

Which is better – wooden horse barns or metal horse barns?

When the time comes to build a new horse barn on your property, you’ll have a few crucial considerations. First, you will need to pick where the barn will be, how big it will be, and more. In this essay, we’d like to look at another essential option in this process–the material you will use to create the barn. There are two primary alternatives accessible today, wood and metal, and both may give some great perks. Let’s analyse the benefits and downsides of a metal barn over a wood barn.

While many iconic pictures of horse ownership contain wood barns, the barn marketplace has transformed to keep up with demand. For years, wood was the primary building material for barns, storing it in our memories as the “best” barn material.

Why are metal barns better than wooden barns?

Metal Barns are Flexible

Custom Metal barns designs are entirely adjustable depending on your needs and budget. For example, maybe you have enormous horse barns ideas down the line. Metal horse barns can cost-effectively grow with your horse family in the future. Unfortunately, wood structures do not give the same flexibility and are significantly more expensive.

Maintenance

Wooden horse barns are not very weather resistant over time. They are vulnerable to rotting, mold, warping, cracking, termite damage, and other difficulties that will require a large amount of maintenance. It alone could tip the scales if you are investigating metal barn designs. You can also plan to paint and varnish your wooden horse barn every few years. 

Safety

Any exposed metal might hurt a horse if the animal kicks it or becomes entangled in it. For example, while placing kickboards on interior walls might protect horses where kicks are most prevalent, horses can suffer significant lacerations anywhere exposed metal is present. For safety, the point has to go-to wood.

Metal Barns Have Room To Grow

Metal horse barn designs help you create what you need or can afford right now without hindering your potential to grow in the future. Unfortunately, standard wood construction cannot give the versatility of a metal horse barn.

You’re not losing safety simply because it’s easily extendable. Metal and steel horse barn kits endure extreme weather. Our designs are so solid that we provide a 50-year structural warranty.

Weather and Fire Resistant

One of the significant reasons to acquire a horse barn is to shelter horses from the weather and offer them a stable area for feeding and maintenance. Your barn will give a location where they may escape from the outdoors and feel comfortable even during harsh winter weather and the through the heat waves of summer. It should also protect them from fire.

Wood may damage by water, but moisture management in metal buildings is easy to maintain. Metal barns do not get damaged by water. In dry climes, barn buildings water through barn misting systems and evaporative cooling. Throughout years of water exposure, steel will exhibit little to no damage, whereas wood will break down and deteriorate.

Durable

Wood has demonstrated its ability to stand up to Mother Nature, but metal structures with steel trusses are significantly more robust. The straightforward span truss design implies that you won’t wind up in a claustrophobic environment. You’ll love the absence of flat ceilings, which provide more useable internal space. So go ahead and place a gambrel roof on your design for maximum effect.

It establishes the primary interior frame convention that gives you the ability to complete the interior with doors and windows. You can even insulate with standard batt-style insulation.

Sustainable

While some horse owners will always select wood, there are many compelling reasons to go for metal horse barns; one of the most prominent arguments is sustainability; metal structures are today’s green construction alternative.

Conclusion

Many homeowners frequently become overwhelmed while picking between horse metal barns and wood structures. Naturally, metal and wood are fundamentally different materials, and they have their pros and downfalls, which you must evaluate. However, there are additional crucial variables to consider before picking, such as your budget, durability, strength, and maintenance cost.

Although wooden constructions are appealing, they may not give you long-term benefits like steel buildings. Many homeowners frequently become overwhelmed while picking between metal barns and wood structures. Naturally, metal and wood are fundamentally different materials, and they have their pros and downfalls, which you must evaluate. Before you pick, there are additional crucial variables to consider, such as your budget, durability, strength, and maintenance cost.

Although wooden constructions are appealing, they may not give you long-term benefits like steel buildings, above some of the advantages of metal barns over traditional wood buildings that will help you make an informed selection.

Guest Post by Julian Lane

Tips to Avoid Weather Damage to Your Home

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There’s a reason we build shelters to protect ourselves from the elements—it gets brutal out there. Of course, the barrier that protects us from the heat, wind, and snow takes a beating from those extreme weather conditions. Over time (and sometimes immediately), your home can suffer weather-related damage.

While some damage can be easily fixed, other types of damage require further inspection. And in some cases, you’ll even need to boost your insurance policy. Consider the following tips if you live in a climate that’s prone to severe weather events.

These tips are brought to you by J.D.R. Hawkins, an award-winning and bestselling author of several fiction and one non-fiction book about the U.S. Civil War. You can find her Renegade series of novels on her website, JDRHawkins.com

Clean Your Gutters

If water can’t flow freely through your gutters, it can leak into your house, causing damage to the walls and even the foundation, compromising the home’s structure and stability. Remove any leaves or debris from the gutters, or you could hire a service to clean your gutters at least once a year. Another option is to use gutter guards to help prevent debris from getting lodged into the gutters in the first place.

If you’ve had clogged gutters, you can check for water damage yourself. Look for stains, warping, mold, and standing water. If you find any of these issues, you’ll want to have them addressed right away to avoid further damage.

Prune Your Trees

A dead branch (or even a live one) can break in a storm, causing damage to your roof, windows, or exterior walls. If you’re unable to do it, hire a tree service to remove dead branches and prune the trees to promote their healthy growth. This will also help prevent any unbalanced growth that could lead to the tree leaning or even falling against your home in the future. Dead trees can be a serious hazard, so consider hiring professionals to lend a hand. It’s easy to find reputable contractors via the members list of the LVBA.

Secure Items or Put Them Away

When the forecast calls for an event like a tornado, your best bet is to secure items like patio furniture, grills and the like. A flying chair could easily bust through a window and open your home up to more damage. Before snow season descends, make a point to clean and stow away any of those items so they come out good as new in the spring.

Protect the Pipes

When winter is on the horizon, you’ll want to keep your water pipes in mind. A burst water pipe can cause extensive damage to your property, and it doesn’t take much to help keep your pipes safe and warm. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or heat tape and seal any cracks or leaks. On severely cold days, leave a faucet or two dripping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

The Time to Make Repairs is Now

Making needed repairs before a weather event can prevent more serious damage like installing storm windows and replacing cracked or damaged gutters. Keeping up with regular roof maintenance and repair is essential, as replacing an entire roof is fairly expensive. Also, if you live in a highly competitive market and intend to sell your home in the future, those repairs will pay off in the long run.

If your home endures a big storm, you’ll want to have a roof inspection, particularly if you know your roof was hit by debris or hail. While you can glance at your roof and spot a missing shingle or two, a professional will be able to see the bigger issues and details that can lead to major problems, like damaged flashing or how old the roof is.

Examine Your Insurance Policies

It never hurts to make sure you understand what your homeowner’s policy will cover—and what it won’t—in case of weather-related damage. According to Nationwide, nearly two-thirds of homes are underinsured. Living in an area that suffers extreme climate could be a compelling reason to boost your coverage. For example, you might need supplemental flood insurance to cover the costs of damage related to severe flooding if you’ve seen that sort of destruction in your community.

The adage about an ounce of prevention holds true when it comes to your home. To keep your home in top condition, address damage as it occurs and do what you can to avoid it in the first place. Your property value will thank you for it!

Guest Post by Suzie Wilson

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Launch a Business and Move to a New Home All at Once

Many people dream of launching a business. This is especially true of veterans; in fact, JPMorgan Chase notes that 25 percent of veterans would love to set up their own businesses. Of course, many people will likely start a business out of their homes. The issue is, if their current house doesn’t have enough space for working and living, that dream can’t become a reality. Luckily, by handling the process correctly, it’s possible to launch a business and move to a new home all at once.

Here’s how, presented by J.D.R. Hawkins.

A Cost-Effective Strategy for Buying a House While Launching a Business

Both starting a business and moving can be expensive. If you need to buy a new home to make your professional dreams a reality, finding a cost-effective approach is a must.

In some cases, buying an existing home can work. However, home values have risen by 15.0 percent year-over-year according to the National Association of Realtors, and projections say they’ll keep climbing.

One option is to keep the cost down by buying a home as-is. By not asking the seller to handle repairs, they may offer a better deal. Just make sure to consult with a lawyer, get a buyer’s inspection, and research land records to ensure there aren’t any issues.

Another option could be to get a custom-built home. With that, you can get a house that meets any unique business needs. Plus, you could make economic choices about layouts and finishes, ensuring you can keep the cost down.

Before doing anything, however, make sure the area you’re moving to suits your needs — especially if you’re moving to another city. For example, if you’re moving to Denver, look into Denver apartments in the neighborhood you’re interested in. This way, you can check out the neighborhood and what it has to offer before making that long-term commitment.

Coordinating a Move Without Breaking the Bank or Derailing Your Company Launch

If you’re starting your company and moving at the same time, careful coordination is a must. Here’s what you need to consider.

Launching Your Business

Many of the steps to officially start your business require little more than a computer or mobile device. You can choose a business structure by doing some research. You can request a federal EIN (and state tax ID, if you need one) online. Similarly, preparing to register your business is mainly computer-based.

Since those activities don’t require much physical space, handling them while you pack up your home and head to your new house is doable. Just make sure to save digital copies of any paperwork and back them up to an external hard drive for safekeeping.

Handling the Move

When it comes to the move, you can schedule most of what you need in advance. Reserving a DIY moving truck online is fairly simple. Just make sure that you compare shops to get the best deal.

Additionally, look for low-cost options for supplies. Find places to get free boxes. Buy packing tape in multi-roll packs to save some cash. Buy thick tip, multi-colored markers for labeling boxes at a dollar store.

If you’re using a full-service mover, you’ll need to gather quotes from several area companies. That way, you can pick one that offers you the best deal.

While full-service movers are more expensive than using the DIY approach, they’ll manage everything. From packing supplies to furniture disassembly/reassembly to recycling the packing materials at the end, they’ll handle it.

Overall, the average cost of a move is about $1,500. However, if you’re using a full-service company and it’s a long-distance move, the price could come out to $10,000 or more.

Take some time to think about your budget and workload preferences. If you want to focus on your business, a full-service move could be a better fit. If you want to save money and don’t mind handling the work, then DIY could be the right choice.

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Guest Post by Amy Watson

With the Christmas season upon us, many of us are feeling the strain to set up our homes for the ideal festival with companions, friends, and family. While a considerable lot of us focusing on brightening within our homes with pine trees, stockings, nutcrackers, and presents, setting aside the effort to adorn your home’s outside can likewise upgrade your property and spread some occasional soul.

Tips to Decorate Your Metal Homes Exterior on Christmas 

Enhancing metal building houses to meet your specification and needs with Christmas lights consistently awaken extraordinary recollections of adolescence. Such countless individuals kept on doing that as the years progressed. Here are the absolute most excellent open-air house designs with Christmas lights. They are referenced in not specific requests, and of them are great and tell the best way to observe Christmas with style.

Examine Your Home’s Exterior

Get your cell phone or camera, something for taking notes assuming you need, and dress in a suitable climate because we’re going to go on an outing outside for a couple of moments. Before we even start to talk about outside Christmas designing thoughts, or kinds of lights, or establishment tips and deceives, you’ll need to get to know the outside components of your metal home.  Take a gander at your metal home from a Christmas-enriching viewpoint, and we hear a little outside air is helpful for the creative mind.

Less is More Now

Rather than drawing out all the merry occasion embellishments from past years, have a go at being more specific to save money on schedule and disappointment. By paring down your Christmas stylistic theme, you can clear your mind and regard for explicit regions. Rather than setting up various light strands, including both diverse and white, have a go at adhering to pieces that work with a specific shading plan or occasion subject.

Use Fairy Lights

So essential, however so powerful, nothing beats pixie lights with regards to outside Christmas stylistic themes. Furthermore, we say the better, outline your window and entryways, fill trees and fences, so your metal home truly sparkles. 

Our possible suggestion regarding going all out with pixie lights is to guarantee they are overall a similar tint, you right away notification in case your lights are unique, and it will lose that durable look. Your most innovative option to accomplish this is to purchase every one of your lights from a similar brand, so you have that progression in shading.

Decorate Floor With Festive Flourishes

Doorstep is a fantastic property with regards to the Christmas stylistic theme. Every one of your visitors will see it, as will your neighbors, as will you, so you need your front way to be looking as supernatural as the beautifications that lie behind it. A wreath of some depiction is an unquestionable requirement, however why stop there? We love the snowy scene made here; it’s fun and merry yet classy, too, with a slight Scandi edge. What’s more, those who realized artificial snow could look so stylish, will be giving it a shot themselves.

Use Lanterns

For a more insignificant way to deal with the doorstop stylistic theme, be roused by this good look and line your means or patio with various lights. Blend and match the sizes and styles to make them even more, a component and spot in certain scaled-down trees as well, assuming you need to make it extra happy. Think natural candles aren’t the most secure choice for your metal home; switch them for open-air LED candles that emit that exquisite gleam yet don’t burn to the ground and are a lot faster than an open fire.

Light Your Windows

There’s something so beautiful and comfortable with regards to a shining window at Christmas, one that welcomes you in with its warm and inviting light. So while the entryway might be such a center regarding Christmas stylistic theme, make sure to decorate your windows as well. Hanging lights are the least demanding of Christmas window lighting thoughts and moments make a metal home look merry, yet light in the windows from within as well, however candles of enhancements so they genuinely sparkle.

Use Garlands

Laurels may not generally be an open-air design, yet there’s a lot of freedom to utilize them in your nursery. ‘I love to incorporate occasional stylistic themes in unforeseen spots, such as open-air chimneys. Putting surprising things in the firebox, like pinecones or poinsettias, is an excellent choice for making seasonal joy outside.

Conclusion

The most straightforward method for enhancing the outside of your metal home for Christmas is with lights. They are basic, jazzy and thus successful. String them around your windows, from the rooftop, in the trees; indeed, you can never have too much.

Beautifying your metal home’s outside with strands of Christmas lights adds a warm occasion shine to the property during the season. Laying out the metal home’s elements, for example, belt board, entryways, and windows, presents the house like a coordinated, comfortable creation in light, welcoming even from far off. Whether picking one prevailing shading or blended light tone on the light strands, staying with one fundamental topic for every component makes a more durable look. Testing the lights in advance saves the difficulty of bringing down and rehanging light strands that aren’t working as expected.

Author Bio: 

Amy writes for topics like metal buildings, metal building decor, real estate and construction, topics additionally; she has a passion for the metal building industry for more than ten years, Amy has become an experienced building specialist in this industry. Her goal is to help people with his vast knowledge to assist them with his best suggestions about different metal buildings such as carports, garages, barns, utility buildings, and commercial metal structures.

Guest Post – Fake Grass for Pets

I frequently feature guest posts about various topics, and I found this one interesting. If you have ever traveled with a dog through an airport, you know how difficult it can be to find a place where your pet can relieve itself. I have seen rooms set up in some airports with artificial grass, and I wondered how effective it was. Perhaps this article can enlighten us as to the potential of artifical grass.

Fake Grass for Pets: 5 Common Questions

Fake grass or artificial grass is becoming quite popular, especially among pet lovers. Every pet owner has a different reason for liking the fake grass as some like it for its similarity with original grass whereas some like it because it doesn’t require cutting. It shines throughout the year and can make discolored lawns green again. Not only this, fake grass doesn’t get muddy from your pet’s little paws. 

Fake grass doesn’t require much care and that’s why more and more people are going after it. If you too are a fan of fake grass and planning to install the same for your pet on your lawn, then this post can be useful to you as here we will discuss it in detail. 

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Advantages of Choosing Fake Grass Lawns For Pets?

·         A Lush Green Lawn Round the Year

When you own a pet, you make yourself ready to deal with problems like a dirty lawn with your pet’s urine or digging. To maintain your lawn, you spend a lot of money on fertilizers, lawn care treatments, and others. After doing all this, you still don’t feel satisfied with your lawn’s condition. But if you choose fake grass for your lawn, then you don’t have to spend a lot of money on maintenance. Even you get lush green lawn throughout the year. 

·         No More Muddy Paws in the House

Real lawns get muddy in rainy or winter seasons and your pet loves to roll around in muddy lawns. It can be fun for your pet but as an owner, you don’t like muddy paws in your house. However, if you go for fake grass, then you don’t have to face this problem as there is no mud in fake grass no matter what the weather outside is. 

·         Healthier Environment

A real lawn can have insects like lungworms inside the grass that tends to make your pet fall sick. But if you choose fake grass for your lawn, then there is no risk of this kind. It prevents your pet such as a dog from contracting any disease or illness. 

·         No More Harmful Chemicals

For the maintenance of a real lawn, you have to use chemicals like fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides, and growth regulators. Although chemicals remove insects and weeds from your lawn, these are harmful to your pet. On the other hand, if you go for artificial grass, then there is no risk as artificial grass is made of non-toxic material which is safe for your pet. 

The above-listed are the major advantages of using fake grass for your lawns. The advantages are not enough to convince a pet owner to use fake grass over real grass.

Now, we will discuss five common questions that come to a pet owner’s mind when they plan to install fake grass or artificial grass on their lawns:

Will your pet love to play on it?

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Pets such as dogs love to play on grass and they do the same even when you use fake grass in place of real grass in your lawns. The good news is that your dog has a much healthier environment to play in. Also, you don’t have to worry about the muddy paws of your pet in your home.

What happens if your pet urinates on artificial grass?

You need to understand that most artificial grasses can drain the liquids. So, you don’t have to clean the urine on your own as the same gets drained by itself. Now, you would ask how the liquid is drained. So, for your knowledge, the backing found on fake grass has drainage holes that drain the liquid in a few minutes. Most fake grasses have the draining capability of draining about 50 liters of liquid per square per hour. In case, you find the grass to be stinky because of the urine, then you can clean it by watering the affected areas.

How to clean the fake grass lawns?

Some people tell you that there is zero maintenance for fake grass or artificial grass lawns. But, it is not true at all but the cost is minimal. With time, dirt gets built up at the bottom. You can clean the same with a stiff broom or with the help of a brush. It is advised to clean the grass occasionally because this will keep the fibers in the grass in their best condition. Do the cleaning only once or twice a year.

How to remove pet hair from fake grass?

This is an important question that comes to a pet owner’s mind. Pets such as dogs have problems like hair fall. Their hair gets stuck to the fake grass and the same cannot be removed easily. You can use the garden vacuum to clean dog hair from fake grass. This will surely work better than anything else. 

Are fake grass lawns long-lasting?

Fake grass lawns are designed in a way that they can stand the test of time. These have a lifespan of about twenty years. So, installing the same in your lawns can be a one-time affair as their lifespan is quite long. The pet turf will remain the same even after wear and tear from pets. 

Conclusion: The above-listed questions with answers are enough for you if you are going to install fake grass in your home’s lawn in place of real grass. They are low-cost and easy to maintain. So, opt for fake grass lawns over real grass lawns. 

Author Bio

This article is contributed by Steve. With over 20 years of landscaping experience and expertise, Steve and his top-notch team have completed thousands of artificial grass and green installations that come with the added bonus of saving money and water.

Guest Post by David Tylor

How to Keep Gutters Free of Nesting Birds

Birds are among the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom in many ways. For starters, birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs and have existed since the Jurassic period. Most birds are well-designed for flight, with hollow bones and aerodynamic structures, and they are also the only animals covered in feathers. Birds are diverse and well-adapted creatures that come in all sizes, shapes, and colours and can be extremely intelligent. Their songs and calls can also be quite impressive!

Birds Don’t Belong in Your Gutters!

But if you’re a bird lover or observer, there’s one place you don’t want to see birds build nests: inside your gutters! Why? Because a bird’s nest can clog your gutter, and a clogged gutter can cause serious damage to your home’s roof and other infrastructure.

How? All of the moisture that accumulates on your roof has to go somewhere. Mounted gutters and downspouts do an excellent job of directing water away from your home’s foundation. That is to say, gutters work well when they can flow freely; a clog caused by a bird’s nest, on the other hand, can easily throw a wrench into the entire system.

A bird’s nest can significantly reduce the flow of water in your gutter. Add some accumulated leaves or other debris, and you could end up with a complete blockage! In this case, water can quickly overflow the gutters and cause serious damage to your windows, siding, and foundation. Water can back up onto your roof, causing damage to the roof’s support structure.

Some Tips for Keeping Your Gutters Clear of Birds Nest 

So, yes, birds are wonderful and incredible! But, at the same time, you can’t have them nesting in your gutters. So, what are you going to do about it? Is it possible to address the problem of gutter-nesting birds in a safe and humane manner? There are, indeed!

Here are a few tips you can try:

Install a predator decoy.

Many bird species can be deterred by using visual scares. Because their eyes are trained to recognise predator birds, a well-placed decoy can cause birds to flee in a hurry. A static decoy, on the other hand, will not fool the birds indefinitely, so you will need to change its position and move it around from time to time to keep the birds from catching on. However, you should be aware that some homeowners associations prohibit the use of bird decoys.

Set up some rubber snakes.

Don’t like the look of a large, plastic hawk, owl, or other bird of prey standing guard on your roof? Another lower-profile option is available, and it is not prohibited by most HOAs. We’re talking about rubber snakes, of course. They’re relatively inexpensive to purchase, and you might even find an extra rubber snake or two in your children’s toy box. While not all birds are afraid of snakes, they are wary of snakes near their nests because snakes pose a threat to their unborn chicks. You’ll probably want to put more than one around your gutter area, and you’ll need to figure out how to attach them so they don’t fall off and they won’t blow or wash away.

Make use of a bird repellent.

Bird repellent exists in the same way that mosquito repellent does. No, seriously. It is available in spray, gel, and granule forms, and can be applied wherever you want to keep birds away. Bird repellents are typically odor-based, making birds uncomfortable enough that they will not nest in the immediate vicinity. Because bird repellent can become quite thick and unpleasant to the touch, you should apply it with gloves. You may have to reapply several times during the bird breeding and nesting season.

Make use of a high-pitched noise deterrent.

Don’t want to mess with any liquids or chemicals? You could also use a bird deterrent that makes noise. Some systems attempt to mimic audible predator sounds, while others may include high frequency sounds that humans cannot hear. With either approach, you’ll need to be able to strategically mount the speakers close to your gutters, with enough speaker coverage to cover the entire gutter system.

Release the Bird Scare Attack Spider

This may sound like a joke, but it’s actually a novel approach to bird repellent. Many birds are afraid of larger spider species because they prey on small birds and their eggs. Are you ready to launch your own Attack Spider? This large animatronic spider can detect both sound and movement. When a bird triggers the detector, the spider descends its mounting line and scares the bird away. To make it work, you’ll simply need to find a way to elevate your Attack Spider above the gutter surface. You’ll almost certainly need to install more than one around the perimeter of your gutters.

Physically capture and relocate the bird (s)

If you can’t frighten them, trap them. Trapping birds is not always easy, but it is another somewhat humane approach you can try. It will, however, take some time and effort on your part. After you’ve set and baited the trap, you’ll need to check it on a regular basis. Once you’ve caught a bird (IF you can catch it), you’ll need to transport it somewhere else for a safe release, and then you’ll just have to hope it doesn’t find its way back to your house. To be honest, this is probably not the best solution for you.

Make and install your own steel mesh gutter covers.

If you are unable to repel the birds, you can create your own physical barrier to keep them out of your gutters. DIYers have been known to cut steel mesh (also known as hardware cloth) to size and then wrap it around their gutters. Birds, leaves, and other debris can be kept out of your gutters with these homemade gutter guards. However, they do not have the same lustre as professional-grade Gutter Guards, they’re not nearly as effective, and debris can still accumulate and clog on top of the mesh.

Get gutter guards professionally installed.

If you want a long-term, low-maintenance solution to your bird problem, having gutter guards professionally installed is your best bet. True gutter guards not only keep birds and rodents out of your gutters, but they also keep out leaves, twigs, and other debris while still allowing water to flow freely. And here’s another great advantage: you’ll never have to clean your gutters by hand again!

Conclusion

We hope you find these tips useful as you work to protect your gutters from nesting birds! And if you’re looking for the best gutter & gutter guard solutions in North Carolina and Virginia, Skywalker Windows & Siding has you covered. They manufacture and install custom seamless gutters, as well as the best gutter guard products from leading manufacturers. Give them a call or click today and let their friendly staff show you the Skywalker difference!

About the Author:

David composes for points like Home Improvement, Kitchen stylistic layout, Garden or travel-related themes furthermore; he has an enthusiasm for the metal structure industry for over ten years, Kylo has become an accomplished structure expert in this industry.He will probably assist individuals with his huge information to help them with his best recommendations about various Home Decors, for example, Doors Replacements, Siding, Windows Replacement, siding replacement and business structures.

Guest Post by Amy Lara

I frequently feature guest posts by various writers, and here is another article that I’m happy to share. Those of you who know me are familiar with my love of plants. Over the years, I have worked for several floral shops, greenhouses and garden centers. I absolutely love plants! In fact, if you entered my house, you’d think you were in a greenhouse. I have over 100 plants, and that number has been downsized in the past year! Houseplants add so much to interior design, as well as providing a healthy environment within the home.

Best Indoor Houseplants For Home Interior Decor

Many of us live with smaller indoor spaces, it is a reason the popularity of houseplants is on the rise everyday. Bringing them into our homes helps to decorate homes in an easy way and also it creates an oasis of peace after a long and stressful day. As the concrete jungle(City) closes around us, we can create our own living green jungles to retreat to.

House plants have a large group of different advantages as well. They look incredibly intermixed with inside design, can improve indoor air quality, are less demanding than different pets, and some of them will likewise create foods grown from the ground edibles. Get some of the best household plants in the USA for your home. 

Azalea

Planted indoors, azalea detonates with dynamically colorful blossoms in a spring display that makes the bush an eternity top choice. So it’s just normal that customers feel enticed by the indoor, flower vendor’s azalea available to be purchased at nearby stores. Notwithstanding, the fine print is that, except if you take extraordinary consideration, the gathering won’t keep going long. To begin with, indoor azalea likes it cool and sticky, a blend it very well may be precarious to make misleadingly. Additionally, indoor azalea needs marginally acidic soil, implying that except if you repot it, vinegar should be added to all the water you give the plant. Note that indoors, azalea demands clammy (not wet) soil consistently. 

Wandering Jew

A vining growth propensity—that is a blessing and a revile for the inchplant, otherwise called the meandering jew. In a hanging bushel, the unmistakable, purple-and-silver-striped leaves tenderly course down, shimmering in the light and looking lovely. Yet, after some time, as the ringlets get longer and the leaves get less and farther in the middle, meandering jew starts to look wiped out, regardless of whether it’s flourishing. There’s only one approach to keep the plant putting its best self forward: You need to squeeze back the growing tips, and you need to do that again and again to stay up with a plant whose growth speed regularly makes it an obtrusive species indoors. The uplifting news? Past its curiously requesting prepping necessities, meandering jew needn’t bother with some other extra, strange consideration. 

Foliage plants

In the aroid family, which has given a scope of enduring houseplants, most unmistakable are the philodendrons. These are attractive tropical American plants, for the most part climbers, with alluring rough leaves, heart-formed, and regularly cut into flaps. Monstera deliciosa, or Philodendron pertusum, the Swiss cheddar plant, has conspicuous, polished, punctured leaves sliced to the edges.

Succulents

Succulents are exceptionally famous with regards to indoor plants since they are almost indestructible and make a terrific masterpiece for your tabletops. They are basically illness free and low support plants requiring extremely less water settling on them an ideal decision for indoor plants.

Boston Fern

This lavish, verdant plant can give your home genuine wilderness vibes—as long as you can effectively copy the growing states of its first home, the tropical and subtropical rainforests. Without warmer temperatures, high humidity, and loads of sifted light, a miserable greenery will shed its leaves. You can use Your Metal Garages too for your small garden. Luckily, in case you’re capable, there are approaches to fulfill the plant’s necessities without forfeiting your home’s solace. To start with, set your plant by an east or west-bound window that gets a lot of roundabout daylight. On the off chance that conceivable, pick an area almost a warmth vent that can be shut and opened depending on the situation: While the plant grows in a moderate 65 to 75 degrees during the day, a 10-degree dunk in the evening forestalls parasite growth. At last, run a humidifier close by to hold the air around the plant back from drying out (particularly in winter).

Dumb Canes

The dumb canes, of the family Dieffenbachia, show up in various alluring species. They are attractive tropical foliage plants typically with variegated leaves; they endure disregard and flourish even in dry rooms. The Chinese evergreens, of the family Aglaonema, are beefy tropical Asian spices of moderate growth, with rugged leaves frequently bearing shimmering or colorful examples; they are solid and are open minded toward indoor conditions. Individuals from Scindapsus, prominently known as pothos, or ivy-arums, are tropical climbers from the Malaysian rainstorm territory; their variegated leaves are normally small in the adolescent stage. They do well in warm and surprisingly overheated rooms. The harmony lilies (not a genuine lily), of the variety Spathiphylla, are simple growing, vivacious tropical spices shaping bunches; they have green foliage and a progression of flowerlike leaves (spathes), generally white. Types of Anthurium, a significant number of which, for example, the flamingo blossom, have colorful spathes, do best in damp conditions. Caladium’s tropical American tuberous spices produce delicate looking yet colorful foliage; they keep shockingly well whenever shielded from chills and stormy drafts.

Miniature Roses

If these valuable blooms will not appear to last over seven days indoors, that is really on the grounds that they aren’t intended to do as such. Regardless of whether it returns home in a pot, it commonly should be moved outside inside about fourteen days to flourish. Something else, to imitate outside growing conditions for this high-support “houseplant” would really require a small multitude of apparatuses: a grow light to give 5+ long periods of direct light every day, a humidifier to keep the air soggy while the roots stay get enough to ward dry decay, and a little fan to make sufficient air flow. Should you see a positive outcome with the arrangement, add some sluggish delivery or water-solvent manure throughout the spring and summer growing season. At last, when you’re prepared to adapt it to the outside, leave the pot outside for seven days so it can become accustomed to its new natural conditions before transplant—at that point watch it flourish and grow rapidly to full estimate.

Areca palm

Areca palm is a typical indoor plant broadly used to add a dazzling green tone to your insides giving your home a tropical touch. It grows well in splendid backhanded light and henceforth ought to be kept next to the window or balcony entryway. Small pruned palms are incredible for adorning your work area space. The areca palm decorated with rice lights adjacent to the couch changes that piece of the room into a comfortable corner.

About the Author

Amy Lara 

Amy writes for Home Decor, Lifestyle, and Real estate-related topics additionally; she has a passion for the recreation and design industry for more than ten years. Amy has become an experienced Redesign in this industry. Her goal is to help people with her vast knowledge to assist them with her best suggestions about different: Prefab Metal Buildings, Metal Carports, Metal sheds, Metal Garages.

Guest Post by Patrick Johnsson

Here is another guest post by author Patrick Johnson in regard to the advantages of using steel sheds vs. wooden sheds. My husband recently built two small wooden sheds, which are placed in our backyard and serve us well. We chose wood because we live in the mountains and our house backs to an open space, so it gets very windy at times. We decided wood was more sturdy because of this, but perhaps, the following article will sway you differently.

Benefits of Using Steel Sheds Over Wooden Sheds

Are you looking for a high-quality canopy that will protect your assets from the weather for years without breaking the bank? Maybe you should consider a metal canopy. Most people think of sheds as wooden buildings, but metal sheds are an excellent choice, especially for backyard storage, garages, and other structures. 

As garden sheds became increasingly popular in the UK, there was also controversy over the type of garden sheds that offered the best value to their owners. Wood and metal sheds have overgrown in this competition and remain the most popular choice for those who are looking to purchase additional storage space for their household.

This guide shows the main benefits of buying a metal shed. There are endless options for repair shops for sale in the market, but you can save your valuable time and money considering the following benefits.

What are the Benefits of using steel sheds Over wooden Sheds?

Metal sheds are one of the most popular solutions for people looking to build up extra storage space in their homes. Our scales are high-quality metal scales made of durable, high-quality metal with a protective coating.

These scales are purchased directly from the manufacturer, so they can be tailored to suit your needs. Here are some of the benefits of steel buildings.

  • Durable

Although the steel structures is a light metal, it is solid and durable. Steel Building’s durability is their selling point, and, unlike wooden structures, they are almost unbeatable against fire, moisture, rot, and termite damage. Their high resistance is even helpful for the plastic canopies in their main load-bearing structures.

Metals don’t break easily and will last for many years. Just make sure they have a proper drainage system and that you can enjoy them for over a decade.

  • Require Less Maintenance

Metal roofing coating galvanizes and makes it rust-resistant. This coating slows down the start of the corrosion process and reduces its effect on the metal sheet. Choosing a metal garden structure for your garden will save you a lot of cost and maintenance time.

  • Metal Sheds Are Eco-friendly

Metal and steel warehouse is environmentally friendly and has many benefits for the environment. Every metal building component can be recycled and made from recycled products before or after consumption. 

These scales do not exert any pressure on the environment. If the owners decide to dispose of the warehouse, they receive scrap metal into various items such as tools, fixtures, and lighting.

  • Cost-Effective

Affordable and cheap are the main advantages of metal sheds over their wooden counterparts. If you have a budget constraint for the same price as a woodshed, you can get an enormous metal shed.

Even high-quality metal roofs are faster to build, easier to install, and require less building materials than wooden or plastic roofs and therefore less costly.

  • Easy To Transport

Steel sheds are usually not as heavy as wood sheds. It can make it easier to transport your canopy to another location if you need to move it.

  • Last Longer Than Woods

Steel is often cited as one of the most robust building materials in the world. So if you are making a metal-protected structure, it should last a very long time. 

Quality metal supports are much better than wood in terrible weather conditions, and you don’t have to worry too much about rot, warping, or termite problems that can occur on any wooden structure. With a well-constructed steel shed, this could quickly become the next family heirloom to pass on to the next generation.

  • Easy To Carry

Usually, these warehouse buildings are available in lightweight packaging, which facilitates installation via standard doors. Most suppliers offer metal products in flat packaging, which means you can easily manipulate them around the house or in very narrow gardens.

It also means you can move the entire warehouse yourself, which means minimal stress when building.

  • Longer Warranty

Thanks to the long-term function of metal, manufacturers, and sellers can provide buyers with very long guarantees. A ten to twenty-year warranty is commonplace in the UK, especially when choosing a reputable manufacturer’s large metal roof.

They can purchase the service because they are aware of the quality and durability of the metal. And for the best long-term results, you should consider purchasing a galvanized steel roof.

  • Foundation is Not Required

Another significant advantage of steel sheds is that they do not require any foundation most of the time. The reason this is important is that building foundations are expensive and time-consuming. Foundations usually need professionals to build them. 

All you have to do is use the level to find a flat part of the floor and then cool off. It’s that simple. Some of the larger steel canopies may require a foundation because they require a solid foundation to support them.

  • Fire Resistant

When choosing a garden building, an important point is the fire risk it causes to your household. This metal is refractory and requires very high temperatures to melt.

You can be sure that all items that are stored are safe at all times. Wood sheds are much more flammable when exposed to fire, and plastic sheds can deform and melt even at low temperatures.

  • Easy Makeover

For repairs, paint a steel canopy can easily in any color you desire. When shopping online, you can usually choose a color scheme before processing your order.

Paint is much more resistant to metal than wood. The wood needs to be cared for and repainted every year, while the metal only requires about five years of attention.

In terms of cost-effectiveness, protection, and maintenance, this warehouse-type never fails and is worth more than the money.

  • Security

In terms of security, steel warehouses can provide better protection against thieves. Unlike some quality lumber or sheds, metal canopies usually have reinforced hinges that prevent forced entry.

The same goes for doors and walls. Every extra inch is essential security for any thief or criminal.

  • Build-in Ventilation

Steel sheds are usually available with active or passive built-in ventilation systems. These can be simple fans and openings in the roof or the walls.

Ventilation is essential as it prevents condensation from building up in your metal garden shed, thus protecting your belongings from possible damage. Fan-driven systems are even more efficient but more expensive.

Conclusion

These are just some of the main advantages of metal scales over other scales. In terms of cost-effectiveness, protection, and maintenance, this warehouse-type never fails and is worth more than the money.

Although wooden canopies are much more adaptable and more suited to certain habits, metal canopies still have different uses. Here are some great services for metal scales.

Guest Post by Mike Brown

Spring planting is right around the corner. It’s one of my favorite times of year. Because I’m a serious plant person, I look forward to planting season, and to designing my own landscape. This article offers an interesting alternative to landscaping. Thank you, Mike Brown, for your contribution.

Tips to Create a Mediterranean Garden Escape for Your Home

Don’t you just love going to enjoy holidays and staying in a marvelous villa or hotel that boasts glamorous Mediterranean décor, with beautiful large gardens and open-plan living spaces, with some simplistic, nature-inspired accessories that create beachy, relaxing vibes? You can get this auspicious feeling at your home too. By decorating your yard or garden in the Mediterranean style, you can enjoy that holiday feeling at your home.  You can add colors to your garden and add a bit refreshing feel, let’s get together with a few ideas about how you can overhaul and update your garden with a Mediterranean style. 

Don’t forget succulents

Desert plants and succulents are normal highlights in the Mediterranean garden, outgrowing old stone dividers and rockwork. In the event that you have a rock hole between your home and your clearing, a segment of sempervivums or different succulents will mollify the line wonderfully.

Water Features and Pergolas

Usefulness is colossally significant with regards to Mediterranean gardens and insurance from components, through cooling water and shade, is an unquestionable requirement. On the Mediterranean coast, numerous gardens need shelter from the immediate sun, so you will probably see a ton of coverings, pergolas, and water highlights. Pergolas work really hard regarding sheltering gardens from solid breezes and, if your garden is neglected, they also offer protection. 

Assuming you have space, pergolas that are hung in brilliant climbing plants, like ipomoea and jasmine, are an unquestionable requirement. Yet, in the event that you have a smaller garden, you might need to consider utilizing small passageway entrances, or even only some high fencing, for the look. 

Use terracotta planters

Think about dazzling pink or red geraniums tumbling over old terracotta or stone pots, or if you’ve restricted space, connect some smaller terracotta grower to a south-bound divider and fill them with the following dry season darlings that will not need perpetual watering. 

Then again, make an element out of tremendous Grecian urns deliberately positioned in borders or as stand-alone highlights toward the finish of walkways or in the focal point of small courtyards.

Relaxed Outdoor Dining

In the Mediterranean, it is right around a criminal offense to not have an outdoor dining region. Imparting food to loved ones is something that sits at the core of long-standing Mediterranean practice and while we might not have as great a climate as in the Med, large numbers of us actually treasure summer BBQs and unwinding in the garden on long summer nights. 

You ought to, in a perfect world, pick an exemplary dining set. Cast aluminum functions admirably as it is climate safe so can be forgotten about over winter. In the event that you don’t have space for an enormous dining set, a small bistro set will work comparably well and regularly is comprised of simply an end table and seats. Assuming you have greater space, ensure that there aren’t any segments of your garden which can be delighted in – Mediterranean gardens regularly have numerous sorts of seating dabbed around ways and walkways.

Consider gravel or cool tiles

Gravel gardens are ordinary in the Mediterranean and in this country, the gravel surface goes about as a perpetual mulch that will help forestall seed seedlings and monitors dampness. 

Pick a sunny, sheltered spot and set up the dirt, raking it level and then spreading 5cm (2in) gravel over the surface. 

Plant sparingly – don’t cover the gravel surface with plants. They can be set to a great extent and may be adorned with stone or terracotta planters or an old wooden or stone seat.

Create shade

Any Mediterranean garden deserving at least some respect should offer shade during the warmth of the day. Consider how you will accomplish that normally. Maybe develop climbers that adoration heat, for example, grapevine and trumpet plant, over a pergola with customary seating under. Use Carports or Metal Garages for the shade and shelters. 

Sociable seating

The way into all-climate garden furniture is strong and it merits putting resources into a respectable weatherproof mix set. Their Swinging Day Bed has been especially mainstream. Decorate daybeds and outdoor couches with beautiful adorned blankets and pads.

Plant selection for the Mediterranean garden

As we already mentioned, perennials succeed in a Mediterranean environment, as simple to develop in dry and helpless soil conditions. 

A Med garden is, most importantly, a fragrant garden: sage, thyme, rosemary will satisfy both your smell and your taste buds, as you can utilize them in the kitchen… They’re not tall plants, and they are ideal for edging strips or in a little stone garden, on very much depleted and not very muggy soil. You can likewise join them by succulents, similar to sedums with their innumerable assortments, or aeoniums and aloe plants whose delightful flowers will make a superb winter adornment.

Citrus trees: If the climate permits you, set out to plant orange, lemon or tangerine trees – ideally close to the house, to shield them from the virus winds. Envision opening your windows and letting the exquisite fragrance of orange trees attack your room during blossoming season…

Oleanders make glorious fences: They bear loads of flowers in changed tones: from white to fuchsia and everything in the middle, in addition to some more – an eminent range available to you. An extra benefit is that the blossoming season may last as long as a half year. 

The silver-green foliage and the turned trunk of olive trees are, obviously, the Mediterranean landscape’s brand name. Despite commonly acknowledged thoughts, olive trees can develop basically anyplace, as certain species can withstand temperatures well under nothing. One thing to recollect: olive trees don’t endure stale waters; very much depleted, pebbly, light soil, just as a most extreme measure of sunlight, are fundamental for their endurance. During the initial three to five years you should be cautious about ice; covering the roots in the colder time of year is a decent precautionary measure in cool climates.

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