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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Lighting: An Affordable and Easy Way to Update your Home
When people are concerned about the look of their homes, they're quick to spend money on paint, new furniture, and other décor items. You may think that you need an extensive renovation project to make your home look good, but sometimes a simple change in lighting can drastically improve the look of your home. Lighting doesn't just help you see when it's dark out – it also helps set the mood of a room. A lot of interior designers know how important a room's lighting can be, and try to reinforce it with their clients. If you're working on improving your house's style, make sure you follow these simple lighting tips. 

Provide extra lighting outside for safety

When it comes to lighting, a lot of people neglect the outside of their homes. They shouldn't. The outside of your house is just as important as the inside, and lighting it can help make your home safer. Your walkways, sidewalks, the perimeter of your house, and the front entry should be fitted with ambient lighting. Make sure you find the right balance of light when you're working on the outside of your house. Lights that are too bright will distract your neighbors, and lights that are too dark could be welcoming to intruders. 

Use recessed lighting for high ceilings

When most people think about the best way to light rooms with very high ceilings, they think of floor lamps, wall lamps, and hanging chandeliers. If you really want to make a bold statement with lighting in high ceilinged rooms, install some recessed lighting.  Recessed lighting can go right into your ceiling, and can be connected to dimmer switches to help set the mood.

Think about nightlights in bedrooms

When most people think about nightlights they imagine nurseries and kids that are afraid of the dark, but they don't lose their usefulness when you become an adult. Nightlights can help older children and parents find their way around during the nighttime without any trips or other accidents. Touch lamps on walls can add just the right amount of light you need during the night, and can be turned off when they aren't needed.

Think about lampshades

If you want a quick lighting fix in one your rooms, you may be thinking about getting a new lamp; instead, consider getting a new lampshade. A new lampshade can add a playful décor element to your room, and could even help alter the way the light shines from your lamp. Look for a lampshade manufacturer you like and get a piece that fits your style.


Friday, April 11, 2014

3 Tips for Saving Money on a Business Renovation Project
Renovation projects can be difficult for homeowners, but renovation takes on a whole new meaning when you're doing work on your business. Along with trying to plan construction work while keeping your business open, you also have to worry about décor schemes and picking out something that will really improve the look and atmosphere of your business. All of these things are important, but the one thing that every business owner is concerned about is the cost.

Any kind of renovation work takes time and money to complete, and large businesses can expect to spend thousands of dollars on the work they have to do. Renovation projects can be costly, but they don't have to mess up your business's finances. If you're about to do work on your business and want to save money, then follow these money-stretching tips.

Always buy wholesale

If you're a business owner, it's safe to assume that you already know how cost effective buying wholesale goods can be. Wholesale items are often high quality, and they usually cost less than traditional retail goods. Wholesale lighting pendants, wholesale sofas for waiting areas, and other wholesale lighting, furniture, and décor can save your business hundreds in renovation costs. 

Prepare for surprise costs

It may seem strange to see a tip on preparing to spend more money in the future in a blog post about saving money, but being financially prepared can help you make this renovation project a lot more cost effective. You could spend days crafting your perfect budget for the project, and it could still be off in the end. Unexpected events can lead to unexpected costs, so when you make your budget, try to set aside an extra 10%-20% of your initial costs for extra expenditures.

Spend when it makes sense

If you're trying to save money on your renovation job, it can be tempting to find the cheapest products and help you can, but sometimes it's worth it to spend a little more. If you spend money on quality products, you'll have a renovation project that will last for years. Never go with the cheapest contractor you can find. Instead of finding someone to do work based on their price, do some research online and see what their past customers have to say about them. It's worth it to spend more on a trusted contractor with good workers because you'll know that you'll be getting the best results. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

4 Tips for Keeping Your Business Running During Renovation Work
If you're going through a business renovation, you're going to be concerned about saving money whenever possible. Using the least expensive contractors and buying wholesale lampshades can be helpful, but these savings are not quite enough to counter the crippling deficits that some businesses experience during major renovation projects because of lost hours. If your business is in the process of remodeling, you may not be able to open up every day, costing your business customers and revenue. If you want to try to have your business open as much as possible during your renovation project, follow these tips.

Let your employees (and customers) prepare

When most business owners prepare for renovations, they spend more time readying their physical location than their employees. Making sure that the contractors have a clean and uncluttered place to work in is important, but making sure that your employees are ready is equally vital. If you give them advanced notice, they may be able to prepare alternate ways to get their work done during construction. Also, let your customers know about the upcoming work, in case you may have to close. As long as everybody has time to prepare, customers will be less resentful and employees will be more effective.

Set good construction hours

Most contractors will only work on the traditional 9-5 schedule, but if you want to maximize your business's operation hours during the renovation, find a contractor that can work at odd times. Many contractors will charge a little more to work nights, early mornings, and weekends, but that extra cost will be more than worth it when your business is able to stay open.

Plan the construction in stages

The easiest way to stay open during construction work is to plan the work in stages. If this is done, you won't have to worry about your entire building being out of commission. See if you can spend a few weeks on the most essential areas that need to be worked on, and then set aside time for the less crucial ones.

Make work and construction zones

When you're at work, there's nothing more troublesome than having to maneuver around someone else, so you should make sure that both your employees and the construction workers are able to do their jobs with little interference.