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How to Spice Up the Bathroom

If you are thinking of selling your home then spicing up the bathroom could pay huge dividends. Speak to any real estate agent and they will tell you that with the exception of the kitchen, a stunning or breathtaking bathroom could seal the deal, particularly with a female buyer!

To create a lasting impression, use light pastel colors in the design and decor of the bathroom to give it that bright and fresh feeling. This can also make the room seem bigger. It’s crucial that the color of the suite itself compliments the shade of the room and this is where the internet comes in. From the comfort of your own home, you can choose from a multitude of designs, colors, features and prices to suit your style and budget.

Today you can view online virtually any form of bathroom from the traditional to the modern. It might be wise however to decide on something that blends in with the rest of the house. A Victorian or Edwardian design for example may appear strange to a potential buyer if the other rooms are of a more modern style.

The choice of tiles is staggering these days but take your time. Research as many websites as you can until you have the shortlist of your favourite ones. The same advice applies to the faucets or taps. As a rough guide, the majority tend to come in gold, chrome or ceramic which should be relatively simple to decide on but the different types available will keep you busy from the more traditional designs to the ornate and ostentatious ones. Your budget may well be an important factor here of course but choosing wisely could pay dividends. It really comes down to every little detail.

The space available will obviously dictate the size of the furnishings although bathroom designers these days can work wonders. If possible, a bath with a whirlpool makes people dream about relaxing after a hard day, particularly men and installing a shower gives a buyer the feeling of choice, particularly if there are children in the family. The shower should be powerful with a massage head, if possible, to give it that finishing touch. Ask the agent to demonstrate with every viewing.

Once you have decided on the main colors and features, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Should you include a bidet or would it take up too much space? Bidets are becoming very popular in the U.S.A. so it could be a shrewd investment. Which bathroom cabinet would add value? Should the towel rail be heated or not? What color towels, flannels and bath mats complete the picture and do they blend in with the curtains or blinds? Even the shape and color of the soap can make a difference.

The best advice is to take your time and be fussy. You are trying to create a masterpiece here and Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Moving Tips: What To Do When The Truck Is At The New House

An important aspect of a move is unpacking at the new location. You’ve packed everything and loaded it in the truck, you’ve transported your belongings (or had the moving company do it for you) and now the truck is parked at your new home. So far so good. What next?

Believe it or not, this is quite a stumble block for many and with good reason. You really need some managing or directing skills to have everything unloaded, transferred to their rooms and unpacked without breaking too many things in the process.

I hope you have labeled each box with the room where it will be put in. The very first job is to unload every box and put them in their respective rooms. Next comes unpacking…

One of the most important tips I can give you here is to go one box at a time. I’ve seen many people start with several boxes ready to unpack everything at the same time. Wrong move. Never start a second box while you still have things to unpack and put away from the first box.

Unpack everything, throw away the paper (or recycle it) and fold the box or break it down, depending on whether you want to use it later on or it’s a goner.

Once you’ve done a few boxes, believe it or not, it’s time to feed the crowd. People are working hard (be it your family, friends or even the moving company folks) and sometimes people forget about basic things such as eating. But don’t delay too much because it’s not only rude but the work enthusiasm will also get lower quite fast.

You have two options here: either get some takeaway or prepare something in your new kitchen. Which route you go will depend on how far you are with your unpacking and whether you’ve already found your kitchen utensils, pots and other gadgets.

Once everyone is well fed and rested a bit, it’s time to continue until all the boxes are done with.

You might be able to only unpack 4-5 boxes in one day or you might go for 10. However don’t think that it will merely take you a couple of hours, as it won’t. Unpacking everything usually takes a good few days, up to a week even. So make sure that you first unpack things in rooms that are crucial – the kitchen and the bathroom. The kids room can wait for a day or two – it is more important to have your cooking stuff, soap and toothbrush ready before the toys.

Plumbing – The Basic and More

The basics of plumbing often concentrate on two aspects; which are water supply and waste disposal. The water supply is the one that brings in the water to the house from outside sources while the waste disposal takes out the waste from the house to the sewers.

Water Supply

There are many places in the house where water is needed. Two of the most common places are the kitchen and the bathrooms. Water sourced from the city government is usually clean and may be safe for drinking but there are times when this is not advised so filtered water is now often used for drinking. In some cases, one of the supply outlets to the kitchen may be attached to a filtration system to help filter the supply and make it potable. Usually, just one source is attached to the filtration unit while other kitchen outlets may be left as is. These are probably used to wash the dishes and attached to the washing machine.

Bathrooms need water for bathing, and for using the toilet. Both of these outlets do not actually need potable water so there is little need for a filtration unit in bathrooms. The plumbing system for these places may be a little different from the kitchens because there is often a need for a heater. Many homes these days connect their heater to the bathrooms as well as the kitchen. A larger heating unit may be necessary to accommodate the number of bathrooms, toilets and kitchens in the house.

Waste Disposal

The disposal of waste water and other waste material falls under plumbing concerns. The usual operating procedure for waste disposal from a residential house is to have the waste disposal lines connected to a sewer. As the used liquids go from the house to the sewers, there has to be a way for these to continue on their way to the sewer and not back up to the residence. The importance of understanding the effects of gravity and water level come in to pay here. A house should be elevated enough to be able to emit the waste materials and fluids without these coming back to the house. The lack of elevation needs to be accompanied by enough pressure from the house to assist the wastes going out. Houses with basements and cellars often have pumps that help with this.

Both plumbing basics are actually easy to tackle with common sense, and some background in home repair.