pest control

With environmental changes, pest infestation continues to pose a lot of challenges to most households. That has necessitated for professionals to intervene and curb the situation. In fact, residents have not had an easy time looking for the right pest control Baltimore company. You may have heard about people who call themselves experts in pest control but fail to deliver. So, what is the best criterion to follow?

Experience

It takes a lot of time to gain experience in any given field. The truth is that you will not like your home to have experimented with amateurs. You should establish the number of years the company has been around providing pest management services. How do they hire new employees? It is advisable to find out adequate information about the experience of the firm.

The reputation of the Company

You need to find out what others are saying about the given pest control form. Do they have positive reviews? Do not rely on the firm’s advertisements as they cannot say anything negative about them. Moreover, you should request the pest control company to provide you with references.

Quality of Work

You need to find out whether the pest control company can offer quality services at competitive rates. The quality of services they provide ought to match with their charges. It is advisable to compare various companies based on the services they offer and rates charged. Some companies may entice you to sign long-term contracts. Check whether the company provides a guarantee for the work they do.

Customer Relations

The right company is one that is ready to adhere to the requirements of customers. It should be ready to address customers’ issues with due respect and understanding. The issues that should be clarified include details of pests and degree of infestation.

Safety Measures

fumigationAs you know, most pest control solutions are quite poisonous. The right company should be ready to discuss with its customers the toxicity level of its products. Moreover, the company should take appropriate measures that minimize environmental risks. Ask them the measures they take to prevent unnecessary exposure and accidents.

Qualification of Their Employees

Although most people can provide pest control services even without training, it is advisable to hire a company with qualified employees. In fact, technicians should have valid practicing certificates. Therefore, before you hire any company, verify that their employees are suited for the task. For instance, you can check the respective regulatory authorities.…

a lady in a home sauna

Many people think that building a home sauna is very costly and challenging. However, it is possible, and the benefits of having one are worth every dollar you will spend and the efforts.
Here are some tips to help you build a home sauna:

Choose Sauna Kit or Building

You can choose to purchase a pre-made sauna kit, which you will only have to assemble or to have one made as per your specifications on the site. You could also get a portable sauna that you will not have to be fixed in one position. Sauna kits are of varying shapes and sizes and can help you save some cash and get the job done fast.

Location

So, do you want your sauna indoors or outdoors? Typically, indoor saunas are more common. However, outdoor ones are a good idea if you lack space indoors or you want to have it overlooking a specific view or next to a pool. The challenge with an outdoor sauna is the exposure to elements that necessitates more insulation to remain hot.

sauna in the house

Space

You need sufficient space that can accommodate more than one person at a go or at least allow a person to lie down. Being a place for leisure and relaxation, one should not feel restricted. If you decide to make it an extension of the bathroom, plan your space well. But avoid having excess space that will make you end up with unnecessary heating hence wasting energy.

spacious sauna

Decide on the sauna heater

The most common sauna heaters are the electric ones, and this means you must have access to electricity to use them. For the areas without power supply, you can opt for wood sauna heaters. Another option could be a gas sauna heater, although it is a bit expensive.
The latest technology of infrared saunas is another option. They come as a kit which you can install in a room in your house, but you must have a power supply in your home. Get some professional help for electrical installations.

Conclusion

A home sauna is a worthy investment due to its health benefits as well as for relaxation. The above tips can help you build one…

concrete driveway

If you are planning to improve an existing driveway in your home or add a new one, then you should carry out extensive research before making your decision. In this case, there are many things you ought to consider. For instance, you ought to consider the first impression your driveway could make. Curb appeal has an impact on how people feel about their property and its value.

The material you choose depends on what you will use the driveway for. For instance, if you are using it for parking cars, then you have many types of material to consider. However, if you will be using the driveway as a place for your kids to play, then you need a material that is solid, durable, and easy to clean. In such a case, you should consider asphalt or concrete.

Block Paving

paved drivewayThis is a popular choice for patios and paths, as well as driveways. The good thing about block paving is that it is long-lasting, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. The pavers or blocks are available in a wide range of styles, shapes, and colors to suit your home. Pavers are available in two types – kiln-fire clay brick and molded concrete blocks. It is cheap to repair block paving as you only need to remove individual blocks and replace them.

Tarmac Driveways

Asphalt, or tarmac, is one of the common materials used for the surface of roads. The good thing about this material is that it is durable and versatile. It also comes in a wide range of textures and colors. That makes it a great choice if you already have a driveway. Remember that tarmac can support heavy loads that need minimal maintenance. However, if your driveway is small, this is not the cheapest option you can get.

Resin

Resin driveways look stunning and are durable. The common types of resin driveways include resin bonded and resin-bound. Both of them require a given degree of maintenance and are available in different patterns and colors.

Gravel

home with a drivewayThis is probably the most popular type of driveway, and it is available in different colors. In fact, gravel is the cheapest option. When it is installed, it looks beautiful. There is a need to maintain it properly for it to last long. Also, gravel allows water to move easily.…

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

It’s A Boy!
This weekend I became an aunt (again). My sister that we threw the shower for last month had her baby yesterday, a week earlier than her due date, and exactly one month after my birthday. Welcome to the world sweet boy, you are already more loved than you’ll ever know. Zachary John was born April 3rd and is a little bundle of squishy joy.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Gotta Try This
Saw this pop up a few times today and I think I may attempt it this weekend, or sometime before Easter.

 

baby

Originally seen here. So cute, no? Happy Friday everyone!
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Clutter Corner: Before
There’s a spot in our apartment that always seems to collect clutter and no matter how I try to organize it, the space doesn’t get better. Anyone else have that problem? Here’s mine:

 

 

It’s in our dining room, against a wall that doesn’t get seen too often.

This table used to serve a purpose when we had a laptop and I did my schoolwork on the dining room table. So this table sufficed as our printer stand/storage facility for our stapler, hole puncher, and extra pens and paper. But now that we have a new office area, complete with printer table, this table is no longer needed here. The only purpose it serves is to hold our lamp, which is necessary because this room has no overhead lighting, and to collect clutter.

computer

 

And yes, there is a headboard in our dining room. It was a $20 Craigslist find I couldn’t pass up but since we don’t exactly need it right now, it needs to be stored elsewhere.

Another angle to get an understanding of this room. The framed piece I don’t really care for but Dan loves it so when we moved it from the Landing, we compromised and hung it here. Problem is we just hung it on an existing nail that was already in the wall so it is much too close to our thermostat.

So that’s my project this weekend- clean up and make sense of this corner of our apartment. What about you? If you are a music lover, you can also display memorabilia of the album anne murray glen campbell or the portraits band.

Anyone who have weekend organizing projects of their own?

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

You’ve Got Mail
Indeed I got mail today, a whole slew of very exciting things awaited me when I came home for my lunch break. First off, one of my Dolce chairs arrived, right on schedule with the first estimated delivery date- gotta love Target.

Unfortunately the chairs were being shipped separately so I don’t know when to expect the next one but hopefully it won’t be in the too distant future.

Next up was this:

One of my final issues of Entertainment (since I recently cancelled the subscription),

the new Dwell Studio catalogue (very exciting), and

yup I got it, the Domino Book of Decorating. I’d seen snippets of the beauty held between those pages and I had to have it for myself. Especially after the magazine went out of production, I wanted something to remember it by. I can’t wait for a quiet evening where I can sit down with that bad boy, to read and admire it very slowly.
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Sometimes People Are Awesome

 

coffee
Monday night, during my usual daily hunt for a brass coffee table, I came across a table of a different kind.

Sorry about the quality, that was the original list photo from good ol’ Craig. The shape was interesting and the overlapping squares felt so West Elm, and best of all it was only ten bucks. The next day I shot the guy a text and it was still available so we picked it up after work Tuesday night. So why are people awesome sometimes? Well for our “trouble” of driving out to pick it up, the guy gave it to me for FREE! It’s like he didn’t know how Craigslist works or something. So with a sweet little table in my trunk and ten bucks in my pocket I was a happy lady driving home that night.…