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Buying Outdoor Wood Furniture – 5 Things to Know

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Before you purchase any outdoor wooden furniture, learn what to look for and how to make sure it will last. Nothing matches the quality of a finely crafted wooden chair or lounger. If you are a homeowner looking to make an investment in your backyard, or maybe turn it into a country getaway, remember these 5 essential points when buying your wood furniture set. Properly constructed wood furniture can last a lifetime and provide seasons of enjoyment with very little maintenance BUT – it all starts with choosing a quality set.

1. Type of wood. When selecting wood furniture, first ask what type of wood is used and if the wood is solid stock or laminate. Each species of wood has different characteristics and reactions to the environment. Consider your weather, temperatures and sun exposure when selecting outdoor furniture. No matter which wood you choose, ask about its characteristics so you know what is required to maintain it before you buy. Cedar has been rated as the ‘best’ wood for outdoor furniture. Its natural oils make Cedar the most resistant to weather, water and insect infestation. Cedar is also naturally more stable and lighter in weight than other woods. It can be stained or simply left natural. Untreated Cedar has the same qualities as stained Cedar. Just note that untreated or natural Cedar will “silver out” or grey in a season or two.

2. Wood Thickness. Consider the thickness of the pieces of wood used. Stock lumber is most often milled to ¾” making this the industry minimum standard to maintain integrity and overall strength in wood for furniture building. This ¾” minimum has a tendency to become “wobbly” over time. Yes, all wood swells, shrinks and loosens, however, chairs made of ¾” stock seem to have a more significant “wobble effect.” Try looking for furniture made from 1″ stock.

3. Wood Appearance. To be or KNOT to be. Each species of wood has its own characteristics. Wood grains vary in appearance based upon the species and cut of the wood. Consider how knots are used in the construction of your furniture. While they can be attractive in giving wood a “rustic” or “woodsy” feel, knots weaken the strength and integrity of wood. Notice where the knots are in the planks; in the center of boards they generally do not pose a problem. If they’re at the end grain or edges of a plank, it is likely the board will crack or split at the knot or worse.

4. Choice of Hardware. Also consider the nuts, bolts and screws of outdoor furniture. Hopefully the appropriate hardware has been used but remember buying furniture that’s “assembly required,” means it’s pre-drilled, with inexpensive hardware. To save time and money factories usually use punch threaded receivers and cheap bolts to maximize profit and ease assembly with a hex wrench. Make sure to ask how the furniture is put together. The best way to join two pieces of wood is through a combination of glue and screws. Glue offers the strongest unbreakable bond because it fuses the wood on a molecular level and screws hold wood together by force and pressure. With this heavy-duty combination, basic and inexpensive galvanized or plated screws and bolts are perfectly effective. Shop for “assembled” pieces but ask how they are put together. Make sure it’s using the “glue and screw method.”

5. Comfortableness of Design. Perhaps the most important consideration is comfort. We’ve all sat in chairs that look great but were extremely uncomfortable. Like an Adirondack chair that feels okay but after 5 minutes our legs fall asleep or we can’t get out of the darn thing. Comfortable furniture is ergonomically designed, meaning it is curved in all the right places. Test each piece of furniture before you buy. Are the armrests high or low enough for you? Can you get in and out of the chair easily? If it’s a chair, sit in it. If it’s a lounger, lounge in it. If it has adjustable features, adjust them. This is the only way to tell whether the furniture is right for you.

Now remember the 5 Things to Know, Before You Buy Your Outdoor Wood Furniture and make sure to put this information to good use. You’ll be glad you did.

Hardware and Building Supplies

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Hardware and building supplies are required to make a complete building. Building supplies includes cement, insulation, bricks, etc. Construction companies have all the building supplies they will need and you don’t have to provide them with anything. But when you are planning a home project you need such supplies for, there are many hardware and supplies stores that can help you out. Let’s discuss some various hardware pieces you will need for a typical building project:

o Furniture: Some hardware you will need for your furniture are the ones that are used for support and to enhance the look, design and durability of the piece. You might require furniture legs, furniture arms, frames, screws, etc.

o Bathroom Hardware: A bathroom requires many fixtures and fittings, which also need other hardware to support them and improve the whole look of the area. Bathroom hardware includes taps, tubs, shelves, mirrors, showers, holders, etc.

o Plumbing hardware: Plumbing material is very important, as there is a constant demand for water and also even if the usage is over, the water remains in these products. Thus it is imperative that the hardware used for plumbing is corrosion resistant and highly durable. Also, you need to make sure that the hardware can withstand extreme temperatures. Materials commonly used are aluminium, copper and steel.

o Doors: One of the first things someone notices about your house is the door. So, why not make sure that while they are standing on your doorstep they have something attractive to look at? Door hardware, like knockers, number plates, door handles, hinges, screws, fasteners and hooks, helps create that attractive effect.

o Cupboards and Cabinets: They sometimes are filled with very heavy things, so you need to make sure they are sturdy and also the hardware used for support is equally, if not more, sturdy and attractive as well. Hardware for cabinets is usually made from plastic, metal or even glass. Hinges, locks, handles, fasteners and brackets are all examples of cabinet hardware.

o Safety and Security: Safety and security are things everyone is interested in and the hardware makes this is an easier task. You will need window guards, burglar alarms, smoke detectors and locks, amongst others, to make your home safe.

o Window Hardware: A window is not only a piece of glass in the wall to look through. It needs many small components to make it a complete window, like fasteners, hinges, handles, locks, window extrusions, etc.

o Curtains: Curtain hardware is made generally from metal, plastic or other materials. Rings, rods, hooks and poles are usually made from aluminium or iron. You will also need curtain finials and curtain poles to hang and move the curtains. These products can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Building Supplies are used in the construction, so it would be advisable that you get professional advice and only then go ahead with the building. Some building supplies you might require:

o Cement: Cement today is available in bags of 20kg for easy handling. Also, make sure you get the correct method and ingredients to mix it up well.

o Insulation: You can get acoustic and thermal insulation for your home with batts that are durable and also fire resistant.

How Building Furniture Can Save You Money

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

With the right tools and skill set, you can enjoy a fulfilling hobby and save money by building your own furniture. Filling your home with pieces that you’ve built, refurbished, refinished or repaired yourself not only saves dollars, but it also fills you with satisfaction and pride. Keep reading to learn the basics on how to get started either making your own furniture or repairing the furniture that you have.

Start Small

Especially if you’re new to woodworking or carpentry, you want to start small. Instead of learning as you go on a complicated dresser or armoire, maybe take a woodworking class that focuses on easier projects, such as a foot stool or a small table.

Once you have those foundation skills, you can then expand your tool inventory and your project scope.

Get Educated

Like the last tip suggested, educating yourself is going to make the difference between a poorly-made product and a masterpiece. If you don’t have the time or the money for an evening carpentry class, check your local library or bookstore for books or DVDs that will help you tackle a particular project.

Build a Tool Library

Working with quality tools can mean the difference between a positive experience with a quality product and a bad experience with a poorly made product. While you shouldn’t break the bank buying up every tool imaginable before you even start your first project, you should make sure you have the tools you need.

Because good tools are often expensive, most large-scale home hardware retailers offer tool or equipment rental programs. So, if you need a power sander or tile cutter, you can rent one for the day rather than shelling out a few hundred dollars on something you’ll only use a few times.

Start With Refurbishing

Refurbishing or repairing older furniture can be a great way to start your furniture-building endeavors. Not only will you get an almost-new look on the item, but you’ll also have a chance to look inside a piece of furniture, learn how it’s made and put together, and gain a better understanding of the trade.

To find furniture pieces that you can fix up, try looking in your own house. From that old coffee table in the basement to that beat-up headboard that’s sitting in the garage, you’re likely to find something that could be sanded down, painted and refinished.

Woodworking Plans For Furniture – Building Your Way To Glory!

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

If you’re going to do something, you should strive to do it right the first time. When it comes to building any type of indoor or outdoor home furnishings, getting your hands on the right woodworking plans for furniture is the most powerful way to ensure that you do. This article will offer suggestions and recommendations to help you choose the very best plans for you.

One of the first things you need to look at when considering a set of furniture plans is who put these plans together? Was it someone just trying to make a quick buck by copying and pasting random, unproven plans? Or was the creator someone with not only a passion for woodworking, but an incredible level of skill and expertise? If you can find a set of plans put together by a master craftsman who uses the very same plans being sold, you need to pull out your credit card and get those plans in your hands immediately. (A link to my personal recommendation is included at the end of this article. I hope it helps!)

Another critical consideration you must make is the reputation of the furniture plans being offered. Before I buy anything online, the first place I go to is Amazon.com, as they sell almost everything under the sun and include real life customer reviews for just about everything. These are reviews from people who have actually purchased and used the product in question. They are generally very honest and candid. If you can’t find the product you’re considering at Amazon, simply do a Google search by typing in “(Product Name) Review.”

It is also important that your plans are printed clearly and largely enough to be read and understood. You might be surprised at some of the slop being sold today. Much of it is so small that you can’t make out whether you’re looking at a 3, 5, or 8! In woodworking, a discipline wherein a fraction of an inch can make the difference between glory and shame, these kinds of issues must NEVER arise. Wouldn’t you agree?

Finally, your woodworking plans for furniture should explicitly list all materials and tools that will be required to construct each individual project. This is something that you don’t want to have to guess at. And you certainly don’t want to get half-way through a project only to find out that you need to make a $500 trip to the hardware store in order to complete it. Work confidently knowing that you have everything required to bring your vision to life. Good plans can help you achieve this.

Flipping Real Estate or Flipping Paper?

July 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Flipping real estate properties is not for everybody but it is the fastest way to make a buck in the real estate business. Most everybody has heard of someone buying a “run down” house for a good price well below market value, fixing it up and selling it at a fair market price. Flipping a “fixer-upper” is definitely one way to turn a reasonably quick profit. I know some people who do it this way but they are more into the contractor and renovation business than they are of the investor mindset.

Some of these “fixer-upper” properties are in need of extensive repair and will involve electrical work, carpentry work, etc. If the investor gets involved and does some or all of this work then there could be enough profit there but if the investor farms out the required labour, profits could get eaten up quickly. For these types of flipping real estate investments, the purchase price needs to be at a huge discount and normally would be found somewhere in the foreclosure stage.

For the person that is in the mindset of investing rather than being in the renovation business then flipping real estate will only involve flipping the paper contract of the property without even taking possession of it. You can flip by entering an agreement to buy a property then sell the contract to another investor before close of escrow.

Using this technique won’t even require you to put your name on the title. Profits will generally be less than the fixer-upper investor but involves much less work and the whole process is much quicker. A fixer-upper investor would not be happy in making a profit of a few thousand dollars for a few months work on renovations but an investor that can just flip a contract for a few hours or days work would be.

Avoid disclosure of your profits to the new buyer by using a double closing.
After making a sweet deal and flipping a contract involving a juicy profit you may not want all these details to be revealed to your buyer. The solution is a double closing, transferring the property to you initially and then reselling immediately at the same lawyer’s office just an hour later to your buyer.

Three Things You Should Never Say to Your Real Estate Agent

June 6, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, a real estate agent makes you feel like you have a supportive and knowledgeable friend. It’s important to tell them all the important details about the property you are selling. If you are looking to buy a home, then you should be able to communicate all the features that you consider high priorities. Still, some people say things that are potentially offensive to a real estate agent. Avoid these common mistakes.

“But I looked up the property values online, and… ”
There are many great online tools for comparing neighborhoods and trends, but nothing currently available online compares to the experience of an informed real estate agent. Property values can be ballpark estimates or based on sales from decades ago. By all means, do the research and share your impressions of different neighborhoods with your realtor, but make sure that you respect their experience and training. Don’t assume the results you got from a search engine will trump the advice realtors are trying to convey regarding the local market.

“Your job must be so much fun!”
Viewing and touring new properties all day may seem like a lot of fun, but there is also a lot of paperwork and other training that goes into becoming a real estate agent. Saying that anyone’s job is “fun” tends to imply that the job would be easy for the speaker. One doesn’t typically refer to the work of airline pilots or astronauts as “fun,” since it’s acknowledged that a lot of training is necessary. Since some homeowners can sell their home without an agency, some people underestimate the amount of work involved.

“I don’t want to sell my property to anyone who is [insert race, gender, or religion].”
The dynamics of neighborhoods sometimes change over time, and some ethnic groups congregate in different parts of town in many cities. There are a lot of different factors that go into the way a population distributes itself across an urban area, and some patterns are established over long periods of time. People who have lived in one neighborhood may feel resentment toward newcomers of a different demographic, but it is not okay to ask a realtor to participate in discrimination. In the wake of the national Civil Rights Movement, equal housing legislation passed into law at the end of the 1960s. Your agent will show the property to any buyers who might be in the right financial market to make the purchase.

Corporate Real Estate Occupiers Are Aggressive on Expanding Offices in India

May 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Recently, a popular property consultant firm conducted a research on mid-sized corporate real estate occupiers during the period June – July 2015, and gathered the responses of leading corporate firms headquartered in India and overseas. The research report says that, corporate real estate occupiers seem to be very aggressive in occupying office spaces across India.

Basically, the survey pointed to the choice of work space being progressively driven by the three main objectives; they are Talent (availability and cost), Infrastructure (social and physical) and Real Estate options. It has to be noted that the survey respondents included the corporates based across different industries and the representatives of typical Indian office space occupiers.

Below mentioned are a few key findings of the research:

  • The corporate occupiers in India are more likely to adopt the workplace strategies. The survey also revealed that the occupiers are being very efficient and are more inclined to adopt the efficient strategies, with most of the corporates mainly preferring to adopt open space workstation formats.
  • The leading corporate space occupiers continued to occupy the core locations and central business districts of major cities. The study also explored the preferences of the respondents across various occupation options, and the result indicated that, almost about 75% of the respondents preferred to lease, pre-lease or purchase the space within the prime locations of the cities.
  • IT/ITeS companies are planning to expand their operations across major cities in the southern part. The respondents of other key sectors like ecommerce firms, health care and others preferred Mumbai and Delhi NCR for their future expansions.
  • Office space occupiers across the leading industry segments were asked to chart out the direction in which they want to expand their office over the next two years. The results indicated that, most of the IT/ITeS firms (almost about 70%) of the respondents are more likely to expand their operations in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, while the ecommerce and media firms chose to expand in Mumbai and Delhi NCR in the next two years.

Why Using Social Media Marketing for Real Estate?

April 14, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Your potential customers are utilizing web-based social networking. Why aren’t you there systems administration with them? Since you have an online nearness through your site, you may think your web showcasing arrangement is finished and you needn’t bother with SMM – yet reconsider. Operators who are dismissing SMM pass up a great opportunity for lucrative postings, and they lose the opportunity to associate with potential purchasers who are looking for their fantasy home.

What is online networking showcasing for land?

You, by and by, presumably utilize online networking each day. You simply don’t have any acquaintance with it. Furthermore, that is the reason it hasn’t been attempting further bolstering your advertising good fortune. You read and remarked other individuals’ web journals. You utilize Facebook to stay aware of your family and old companions. You tweet on Twitter to state witty things. You’ve viewed numerous recordings on YouTube. What’s more, you’re a genuine enthusiast of web journals. In this way, time to utilize SMM for land!

Online networking advertising for land Choices

Here is a short rundown of only a couple of accessible decisions of the mainstream SMM.

Blog for Your Brand – impart pertinent substance to your objective market

Facebook Business Page – make “companions” that are occupied with your image, item or administrations

Twitter Business Account – Share your skill by tweeting to your online “supporters”

LinkedIn – organizing for organizations, including B2B

YouTube – advertise your ads online for nothing

Online networking promoting for land Blog Content

A blog, which is another way to say “web log”, is an online diary for your SMM crusade. It’s your organization’s chance to present your image by advertising your specialty. Your business blog lets your objective lodging market become more acquainted with you, your identity and what you do through SMM

Get more customers with online networking advertising for land

Is it true that you are searching for approaches to acquire customers? Obviously, you are! All specialists, representatives and operators have an energy for profiting. Educational substance is the thing that gives you that additional edge in the market. When you give free, significant, helpful data to your objective market, you turn into a specialist in their eyes.

At the point when merchants are prepared to put their homes available, they will swing to a land master – the specialist or the representative who is proficient and ready to showcase their homes. Indeed, even banks offering REOs utilize SMM for substance to help them associate with qualified specialists to give them business administrations. Content interfaces yourself with your perusers and transform your supporters into real customers.

Why Using Social Media Marketing for Real Estate

April 4, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Your potential clients are using social media. Why aren’t you there networking with them? Now that you have an online presence through your website, you might think your web marketing plan is complete and you don’t need SMM – but think again. Agents who are neglecting SMM miss out on lucrative listings, and they lose the chance to connect with potential buyers who are seeking their dream home.

What is social media marketing for real estate?

You, personally, probably use social media every day. You just don’t know it. And, that’s why it hasn’t been working to your marketing advantage. You read and commented other people’s blogs. You use Facebook to keep up with your family and old friends. You tweet on Twitter to say witty things. You’ve watched many videos on YouTube. And, you’re a true fan of blogs. So, time to use SMM for real estate!

Social media marketing for real estate Choices

Here is a short list of just a few available choices of the popular SMM.

  1. Blog for Your Brand – share relevant content with your target market
  2. Facebook Business Page – make “friends” that are interested in your brand, product or services
  3. Twitter Business Account – Share your expertise by tweeting to your online “followers”
  4. LinkedIn – networking for businesses, including B2B
  5. YouTube – market your commercials online for free

Social media marketing for real estate Blog Content

A blog, which is short for “web log”, is an online journal for your SMM campaign. It’s your company’s opportunity to introduce your brand by marketing your niche. Your business blog lets your target housing market get to know you, who you are and what you do through SMM

Get more clients with social media marketing for real estate

Are you looking for ways to gain more clients? Of course, you are! All experts, brokers and agents have a passion for making money. Informative content is what gives you that extra edge in the market. When you provide free, relevant, useful information to your target market, you become an expert in their eyes.

When sellers are ready to put their homes on the market, they will turn to a real estate expert – the agent or the broker who is professional and able to market their homes. Even banks selling REOs use SMM for content to help them connect to qualified agents to provide them with commercial services. Content helps to connect yourself with your readers and turn your followers into actual clients.

Donald Trump and His Possible Impacts on Real Estate

March 4, 2017 Posted by kyu7

It has been three days since Republican bet Donald Trump shockingly won the US presidential elections. Months before his astounding win, there have been many speculations on how his policies would affect every industry in the United States, its neighboring countries and even the world.

To many real estate men, his win will likely bring a roller coaster of changes considering that he is restrictive on his policies on businesses, investments, and international trade. Given the policy uncertainties that will likely exist within Trump’s administrations, some real estate companies have their assumptions on how the government will deal with mortgages.

Yet, on the other end, some sees his ascent to the highest seat of US government as a time to refocus on communities. Trump had been so vocal on the important role that community colleges play in shaping the economy. These community colleges produce the skilled workers needed by various industries like real estate. The welders, plumbers, electricians, brick workers, and masons are just some of the skilled persons that community colleges produce. If colleges of this type will be given more help, then the real estate industry will benefit by being supplied of enough numbers of skilled workers needed without having to look for outside talents.

If this policy pushes through, it is not impossible to see more community colleges being established within the next four years. And if this happens, there are other establishments which can sprout in communities. They can help in strengthening the local real estate industry.

The real estate industry also waits for Trump’s take on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Considering the past faults of these entities to taxpayers, the government may consider their elimination. However, the government must consider very well on how these institutions will create a crisis scenario given that mortgage lending for fixed terms can become more expensive than what it is today. These institutions, despite their past faults, have already rebounded in favour of taxpayers due to the efficiency of their new leaderships.

The newly elected president was also very vocal during his campaigns on how the United States should only be for Americans. In news, incidents of racism seem higher than it were before. There are fears that immigrations will be more restrictive and that immigrants the subject of restrictions when it comes to home buying. If these were true, real estate investments will be directly affected.

President Trump has a span of four years to regain the confidence of majority of Americans that he can make America great again. He has those four long years to prove those who voted in his favor that they were just right for choosing him as the 45th president. He has those four long years to disprove those who favoured his opponent that he really has what it takes as the greater president than their choice. Let us see come January 20, 2017 on how a well-identified real estate person will serve the industry that reaped in billions of dollars for him in decades. Let us see how he’ll serve United States.