Monthly Archives: December 2016

Planning For Home Renovation? Don’t Ignore Security Measures

At some points of time, our houses require changes or renovations. And these jobs need to be done smartly so that they work to change the look as well extend the life of the house, apart from extending its security too.

One such smart, sensible and budget friendly renovation tip that also counts as a security measure is the installation of security screens to the windows as well as doors, if needed. Shutters and screens are the latest rage as far as renovating windows is concerned.

Plantation shutters are popular as well as versatile options for window treatments. These shutters which derive their name from the large windows with shutter style wide louvers, which were introduced by the Spanish on plantation homes. Thus, the name originated from those times, referring to the large windows with louvered shutters. There are a number of options available which can be specified as per the need with variations in the style and size of the louvers. Also, the material used for these shutters also varies ranging from powder coated aluminium frames to fauxwood shutters to basswood options. These are all sturdy options which provide security too, thus eliminating the need for additional security bars.

Also, screens against insects can also be attached onto these shutters to prevent insects from invading the house, especially in the evenings. The advantage of these types of screens and aluminium screen is that they can be made available in desired configuration with adjustable louvers and above all are affordable too. They have a decent lifespan too. They should be made and fitted within desired area and configured by skilled and experienced contractors from companies which have relevant expertise and adhere to safety and standardisations. However, it is advisable to opt for shutters built specifically for the specified windows rather than going for stock panels fitted down to the given size. If you find the pricing for both types are similar, you should know that the former one is a durable option providing security too.

Thus while renovating a space a number of factors must be taken into consideration apart from style. Durability, safety, customisation and last but not the least affordability must be considered since renovation aims to extend the life of the house further. All of this applies while looking for window treatments. And shutters and screens are the perfect justification to all the above requirements.



Tips For Dummies: Packing For College

College is one of the turning phases of life for anyone. It’s the time when you graduate from your teens and slowly get into your early twenties. So for those who are excited about the brand new adult life waiting for them, doing everything right is a part of the adventure. After enduring the SATs, multiple interviews and then finally getting that letter saying you were accepted is the start that you were waiting for. Packing is not a big deal if you are just going for vacation or a fishing trip. But packing for an extended term somewhere away from home is a task that need to be preplanned to make sure that you get everything you need.

The compulsory items that needs to go into your boxes

Apart from the random items that you will need to take to college, you will also need to have a separate box of emergency and compulsory items to keep with you. This box is what should be opened first and will need to have the provisions to get you through till you finish unpacking. Some of the stuff to go to box are;

  • Toiletries
  • Bedding (pillows, sheets, blanket, plush)
  • Laptop/ phone/ wires for these electronic items
  • Desk lamp
  • Set of clothes/ towel

You might have to invest in a mini storage prices for items that are easy to break and/or need special care.

Packing light is necessary

You do not need to pack your whole room when moving to college. You just need to get everything that you need and only that as you can always buy things that needs replacing anyway. Leave heavy things like winter clothing and winter bedding as you will most likely come home for winter holidays and you can grab a set or two when you come home for thanksgiving break or so.

School supplies should also stay at home since you can buy them from the university bookstore or from the local supermarket. Think of getting a cheap mini storage if you think that you do not want to drive all the way home to get extra supplies.

For large items like microwave, ironing boards, TV and such then you should probably talk to your roommate first and see who can bring what to the dorm to share.

Make sure that you are taking the documentation needed for things like insurance, registration, social security, financial aid forms and other requirements for university. Double check the necessities first and then if you have more space, take items that you would like to.