The Practical Side To Living On Three Or More Floors

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When it comes to buying your dream house, space is always going to be a big and important consideration. Because we all want to make sure that the property we pick to be the base of our homes is somewhere that is going to facilitate our lifestyles. Yes, design and style matters, but when you’re trying to find the perfect place, you have to be practical. This is often the reason that many of us choose to live in houses with lots of floors. Single or double story homes can often come with enough space if you have the square footage, but sometimes space can be limited, so we tend to go up rather than out. However, when you’re living on three, four, or more floors, there are some key practical considerations to take in to make your life a little easier.

Layout

First of all, you’re going to want to get your head around the layout. Whether you’re moving into a place that is already done for you or you’re looking to renovate, when you’re living across a range of floors, you need to work with a layout that suits your lifestyle. A lot of the time, you won’t find that your living space or your kitchen is on the same floor. But that can be okay. Splitting your main living areas can work out as long as your bedrooms are well located. This can be essential when you have small children and want to ensure that your rooms are close to each other. Sometimes, you’ll want to rejig the layout to make sure it works a little better for your family’s lifestyle.

Space

From here, you then need to make sure that you’re utilizing as much of the space as possible. If your home does have the basement and attic converted, you’ll want to make use of them. However, if they aren’t currently converted, it’s often a smart idea to do this so that you can create more space on all floors. This is also a great way of adding on bedrooms.

Movement

Of course, for a lot of people, living across three or more floors can be a concern in terms of moving through the house. Minimizing stair usage, installing dumbwaiter installation services by Lift Works, or a full lift itself, can be a smart solution here. If you have issues with mobility, this can be a way of reducing the amount of movement or heavy lifting you have to do between floors.

Storage

You also have to get pretty smart with your storage too. When you’re spread across a range of floors but limited by your square footage width wise, you’ll need smart storage ideas by Apartment Therapy to really maximize your space.

Outside Space

Another concern is also your outside space. We’re mainly looking at homes that are compact, and won’t necessarily have acres of space. As with your interiors, you’re going to want to think about doing a lot with your small space. Limiting grass and opting for a tidy outside lounging or dining area can be the best way to make the most of the space you have.

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Things To Do Before You Head Off On A Long-Term Trip

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If you’re an avid traveller, a two-week holiday somewhere sunny might not be enough to satisfy your need to see the world. In fact, you might find that life, in general, isn’t satisfying and that you’re bored of seeing the same people, visiting the same places, and eating the same foods day after day. If you’re aching to visit somewhere new and see the world, then you wouldn’t be the first person to consider travelling long-term. However, if this is seriously what you want to do, you need to make sure that you properly prepare, so that you can make the most out of your trip. Here are four things that you need to do before you head off on a long-term trip.

  1. Get Some Money Together

The first thing that you need to do is research the country or countries that you intend to visit and figure out exactly how much you’re going to need to live while you’re away. Even if you work online or manage to find some work abroad, you’re still going to need some money to tide you over while you settle in as well as an emergency fund, just in case something goes wrong. Once you’ve figured out your budget, you need to start saving. Ideally, you should use more than one account, just in case you can’t access one of them at some point for some reason.

  1. Speak To Your Boss

Unless you work online, you’re going to need to speak to your boss about you going away. If you don’t want to quit your job, you’ll have to explain your plans and ask if you can take an extended leave of absence. Depending on who you work for, there may be a sabbatical program in place for circumstances like this one. Of course, if your boss isn’t happy about you going away, you will have to consider handing in your notice or staying at home.

  1. Sort Your Belongings

Unless you’ve asked a friend or family member to check in on your house while you’re away, you’re going to have to figure out a storage plan for any belongings you’re not bringing with you. You will also have to find vehicle storage for any cars or bikes you own. To save yourself some money (and earn some at the same time), you might want to consider selling some of your belongings, so that there’s less to put in storage.

  1. Take Care Of Yourself

Make sure that you make an appointment with your dentist and your doctor before you go away. Your doctor is especially important, as you may need to get a vaccine or two, depending on where you’re going. Being away from home for so long is likely to take its toll on you physically and mentally, so make sure that you drink enough water and eat properly from now on, to get your immune system as healthy as it can be.

Heading off on a long-term trip is incredibly exciting, but before you do, there is a lot that needs to be sorted. Once you’ve got it all figured out, it’s time to start packing and get on that plan.

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The Importance of Finding the Right Family Dentist for You and Your Children

Few things in life can be considered as important as your health. The only way to really take care of both your and your children is to ensure that you’re getting the right protection and also advice from healthcare professionals. Family doctors are a given; most people will register themselves and their family to a reputable family doctor that they can trust and build a relationship with. However, for some reason, people tend to neglect family dentists. This might be due to the fact that dentists are less commonly visited and children often fear dentists more than anything else.

Sadly, this means that people put less emphasis on their dentists and this can lead to a number of issues. Teeth or gum issues might be left undiagnosed for a long time especially considering it’s harder to tell if there’s a problem in your mouth as opposed to something more obvious that a doctor would deal with such as a cold or pains around the body.

Pain is usually the biggest concern when visiting a dentist, but with modern dental advances and skilled doctors, it’s no longer a problem. (Source: Pexels)

Undiagnosed Tooth Issues Could Cause Major Problems

From wisdom teeth to gum disease, problems that occur in your mouth could adversely affect the rest of your body in several different ways. For instance, those who suffer from periodontal disease (severe gum disease) are said to be twice as likely to develop heart disease. This is because the harmful bacteria in your teeth contains proteins that have the ability to cause blood clots that could clog your arteries. The nasty bacteria in your mouth can also travel to other parts of your body (such as the heart) and increases your risk of stroke.

Tooth pain is another common issue that people usually ignore. A skilled and compassionate family dentist will make sure to remind you to tell them if you are experiencing any issues with your mouth. Tooth pain could mean a number of different things like underlying tooth damage, a root canal or even dental abscesses. If left untreated, these sources of pain will only get worse and in some cases, could cause further issues. For instance, a dental abscess is essentially a pocket of infected tissue between the tooth and your gums. It causes intense pain, swelling and is sensitive to heat and cold. If this isn’t drained and the infection treated, then it could spread to other parts of the body including your brain or your heart which could be life-threatening.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a study that was conducted between 2011 and 2014 and it reveals some startling statistics. Around 18.6% of children between the ages of 5 and 19 had untreated dental cavities and around 31.6% of adults between the ages 20 and 44 also had untreated dental cavities. These likely led to further complications that were costly to deal with and put those children and adults through a lot of pain and frustration.

Many people refuse to register with a family dentist because the costs can be high, it might be a bother to them or they simply don’t care about their dental health over their physical and mental health. This is a poor judgment because dental health is equally as important as other forms of healthcare and should never be ignored.

Brushing alone usually isn’t enough to keep you protected from all kinds of gum and tooth diseases and problems. (Source: Pexels)

Finding the Right Dentist for Your Children

In order to find the right dental practice for your children, you’ll need to consider a couple of different factors. We’re going to be listing them in no particular order, and you’ll want to treat these points like a checklist of qualities to look for in your dentist.

 

  • Finding a dentist that knows how to connect with children – Dealing with children is a profession in its own right. The way you speak to children is completely different to how you speak to adults and it’s important to understand how they think if you want them to look after their own health. It’s important to look for a dentist that advertises itself as a family doctor and has a track record of being able to cater towards children. For instance, you can look online and find practices like Ideal Dentistry that are not just targeted towards child patients, but entire families as a whole. This gives you peace of mind knowing that your dentist has treated children before and understands them.
  • The practice knows how to entertain your children – Whether it’s putting out little toys and books in the waiting area or giving your children study materials to remind them to brush their teeth, it’s important that you keep your children entertained with the help of your dental practice. This is more of a luxury than anything, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
  • Keep their credentials in mind – Most practices will have the necessary credentials to be operating in the first place, but the more prestigious or well-known the practice is, the more likely you’ll be getting a better service.
  • Examining the office culture in the practice – Many practices understand how to deal with children. From the receptionist down to the cleaning staff, they know what it’s like to deal with children and they understand how to take good care of all of their patients. On the other hand, some dental practices don’t understand how to deal with children, they make fun of their patients and in general, they have a rude and nasty attitude towards their patients and this could reflect the quality of healthcare that you’ll get. It’s important to examine what the office culture is like and to look out for professional practices that work as a coordinated team.

 

Hopefully, this article has given you some idea of how to find the right dentist for your family and also shed some light on the importance of a good family dentist.

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How To Plan A Perfect Summer Celebration!

With summer just around the corner, many people have at least one or two celebrations to attend. Despite the British climate we often envisage our events to take place outdoors, under a perfect blue sky. If you have the task of planning an outdoor event, a little preparation now will ensure the event is memorable for all the right reasons.

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The earlier you start to plan your event, the better. If your event is large you may need to look at regulations relating to holding big events in your area, particularly if you wish to feature loud music or fireworks.

Research your venue

It is important to visit the venue and carefully plan the space you have available. If you have a good idea on the numbers of people attending, you will need enough space to ensure your guests are comfortable, but not so much space that the guests look lost! Take photographs and measurements, even if the venue is your own garden, as the photographs will help you plan where to position tables etc.

If you have live music, the band will likely need access to power for equipment and all-weather protection. Allow space for a dance floor and arrange tables accordingly.

The entertainment you plan needs to be suitable for all ages and your aim is to create a fun happy atmosphere. If children are attending you could consider hiring an entertainer. A popular choice of entertainment is to hire a photo booth, Trez Entertainment have a great selection of booths and props.

Food

Think about where your food will be served from and where you will situate the bar. Toilets are also another essential consideration, if you are going to hire portaloo style facilities, think carefully on where you will situate them, preferably well away from food, but close enough for them to be lit when the sun sets.

What food to serve your guests is a huge consideration. You could hire outside caterers to lower the pressure, or cater yourself. Another popular option would be to ask all your guests to bring a dish to share.

A hog roast is normally very popular, as it feeds a crowd, Remember the vegetarians in your party by offering veggie options!

Drinks

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Drinks should be freely available without the need to queue for long periods. Hire plenty of bar staff if your event is large, or position drinks tables where they are easily accessible. Hopefully the weather will be lovely and warm, so ensuring your guests are hydrated is a priority.

Ensure you cater for all tastes, whether alcoholic or not and ensure there are plenty of options for children. If you have lots of families with young children attending consider using plastic glasses for safety.

Finishing touches

Finally you can have fun decorating your venue. You may have a colour scheme in mind, especially for summer weddings, or you could consider a theme for celebrations such as a victorian garden party, Hollywood or medieval banquet! A white table cloth is always a good base for any decor you wish to add, you can then let your imagination run wild.

Finally remember to plan for all eventualities. The weather could be a major factor as to whether your event is successful or not so consider hiring a gazebo to provide shelter.

Have fun!

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Making Your Business Feel More Like Home

Making a business feel more like home is sometimes the exact opposite of what we want to do. We go to the office or the lobby or the shop floor to work, and then when we get home again we have the ability to relax in our own space. And it works for most of us! However, when you’re an entrepreneur, and you’ve got your own company on the tab to look after, you’ve got to make sure you want to spend as much time in it as you do your own living room.

When we’re at home, we’re comfortable, and the same should go for our business as well. You see, when we’re comfortable, we make better decisions and do a lot more for ourselves when it comes to succeeding, and that’s important for staying at the top of your game when you’re working for your own company. You need advantages here there and everywhere, and it’s hard to gain such an edge when you’re a small time business in an otherwise big business world. So without further ado, let’s get into some of the techniques.

 

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Start with Your Office Walls

Your office is the place where the bulk of your work gets done, and whether it’s the center of your business or just the backroom off of the main shop, it’s the hub of your company. So it needs to be the place you go to first to make sure you’re doing your best work.

Think on the decorating first, as the colors of the wall and floor of your office are going to have a much bigger impact on how you feel than you think. There’s been a lot of research into how the different primary and secondary colors on the spectrum affect us, and you should use these facts to your advantage to try and make yourself go the extra mile each day. Blue is a prime example here; it does a lot for your mind to make it stay awake and keep chugging through, which is why a lot of social media apps and websites base their color scheme on it.

However, lighter or more saturated colors like that of yellow and orange are the best for making sure you’re happy to keep on going. So mix your color scheme together for better harmony and much more of a balance in your work life. You’re going to need all the tricks you can get to work and constantly be comfortable at the same time with the long hours!

Setting Up Furniture

The furniture comes next on the list, and it’s the next thing you shouldn’t underestimate in your strive to make sure your office is as much a home as your real home. Furniture really completes both the look and the practicality of your working environment, so don’t skimp on any of the prices if you feel one chair or desk would be better than another.

If you’re working on a budget, as small businesses often are, try a second-hand or thrift store first. It’s a great place for someone like you to find a lot of hidden gems at discounted prices, and you don’t have to sacrifice any comfort in your search for the best use out of your office. After all, it can’t be sold in these places unless it’s both been well-loved and still in good use nowadays.

Seeing as you’re going to be behind a desk for most of the day, you need to make sure you’re not putting your health at risk. And that involves keeping your back supported and upright for all the time you’re typing way. That means you need to get a chair with lumbar support, and good ergonomics. Humans weren’t meant to be sedentary after all!

Speaking of, it’d be a good idea to get a standing desk as well, as the height can be adjusted based on whether you feel like sitting down or standing up at the time. When you legs need to be stretched out, and you’ve already been at the computer for a couple of hours already, standing up will be the best thing for you at the time.

Turn to Your Employees

Your employees should be like a mini family to you, and communication between the whole lot of you is essential for a good work environment. And that doesn’t come easily, as a lot of employees don’t know how to talk to their boss and vice versa. So make sure you immediately work on this as soon as you hire one or two people on.

Communication and personalization in the workplace is the best thing for establishing an internal brand, and it’s something a lot of people forget about when all they’re focused on is the external world. This is where your money comes from after all, but you wouldn’t make nearly as much as you do now without the people who work for you. So feel free to customise a uniform to help people feel like they belong in your business, and then do their best work for you. You can click here to shop now for patches to stick onto an employee’s sleeve to help show off what you offer, or you can come up with a sales tactic that always includes the slogan of your business.

People need to be reminded who you are after all, in order to ensure they think of you when they leave the shop. Being exposed to something at least 7 times is what makes people think of you again and again, and this is a great way to give your shopping experience a stronger sense of branding.

Starting to Feel Like Home?

Hopefully this post has shown there’s a lot of good ways to make sure you feel just at home in your own office; a home away from home if you will.

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Moving Day Disasters And How To Avoid Them

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Moving house is a great opportunity to make a fresh start somewhere new. It’s an incredibly exciting experience, but, unfortunately, it is also one of the most stressful things you can put yourself through. There is just so much that you need to plan, pack, and remember when you move, and forgetting something or doing something wrong can quickly lead to disaster. Luckily, these disasters can be avoided if you’re in the know and have some time to prepare. Here are nine common moving day disasters and how you can avoid them.

  1. Running Out Of Time

Moving house can be done on a whim, but usually not very well. The main reason for this is that moving house requires a lot of planning and organisation, and this planning and organisation takes a lot of time. If you underestimate how long it’s going to take you to do something, things are bound to go incredibly wrong. You need to write yourself a plan or a schedule and include every single task you have to do on this schedule. You should also give yourself extra time, just in case you’ve forgotten something, something takes longer than planned, or something extra pops up.

  1. Taking Everything With You

Chances are, you have a lot of stuff that you don’t need or use anymore, so the last thing that you should do when you move house is pack everything you own and take it with you. Instead, see the move as an opportunity to have a clear out. Go through all of your belongings, and if there’s anything that you know you definitely don’t need or use then decide whether you should sell it, donate it, or throw it away. If you don’t, you’re just paying to move junk, which really doesn’t make any sense.

  1. Running Out Of Boxes

Another huge disaster that comes from taking too much stuff is running out of boxes. Boxes are essential when you move house, so having enough is incredibly important. If you run out, you have no way of transporting your belongings, unless you go and get more, which you might not have time to do on a busy moving day. To be on the safe side, always get a few more boxes than you think you need; Yes, it will cost you a little bit more money, but it’s a price worth paying for peace of mind.

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  1. Doing Everything Alone

Moving house, even if you live alone somewhere small, is not a one-man job. Packing up your entire house and moving it requires a lot of time and work, which is always best completed with the help of a friend or family member. You also have to arrange your furniture at your new place, which is going to be difficult to do alone. If you can, get a few people over to help, just in case someone can’t make it for one reason or another. If everyone does show, then you’re going to get the work done faster, which is a bonus.

  1. Hiring The Wrong Company

A huge mistake that lots of movers make is believing that all moving companies are created equal; Trust me, they’re not. If you want your move to be as stress-free as possible, you have to take your time finding the right movers for you, rather than just choosing the first company you find, or worse, hiring the cheapest. Before trusting a company with your precious belongings and money, do your research on them, to find out how credible and reliable they really are. You should also ask the company for testimonies of past customers and proof that they’re insured.

  1. Damaged & Broken Belongings

There is always the possibility that things are going to get broken, but it’s certainly not inevitable. The best way to avoid this fate is to hire professionals who take care and know what they’re doing. These people are also insured, so you’re covered if anything does get broken. If you’re transporting things yourself, make sure they’re secure, and consider spray in truck bed liners if you’re using a truck. You also need to pack everything properly, using bubble wrap on anything fragile.

  1. The Couch Doesn’t Fit

If your couch or another large piece of furniture isn’t fitting through your door, try not to panic right away. After all, you managed to get it in there, so you should be able to get it out. There are lots of things that you can try to make this smoother, such as taking the legs off, removing the door, or trying another door or large window. If you’ve hired professional movers, they will have come across this problem countless times and will know the best way to handle things.

  1. Things Going Missing

When you’re moving all of your things from one house to another, there is always going to be the chance that things go missing. To reduce this possibility, make sure that you use a reputable moving company, rather than a cheap and dishonest one, and only enlist helpers that you know that you can trust. Also, make sure that someone is with the van at all times, so no passers-by try their luck, and check every room of the house before you leave, to make sure you haven’t missed a box.

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  1. Stressed And Nervous Pets

As stressful as moving house may be for you, it is ten times worse for your furry friends. All of the change, noise, and strange people are going to make your pets extremely nervous. To make things a little easier, keep their feeding, walking, and playing routine as similar as you can, and keep them out of the room when things are being moved. Getting someone to look after them for the day is also a great idea.

Moving house can be a nightmare, and lots of things can go wrong. Luckily, forewarned is forearmed, so the advice above should help you to avoid any major disasters.

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Why You Need A Bathroom Remodel

Homeowners and home improvement works go hand in hand. From a new kitchen fitting to a change of decor, there are plenty of options to give your home the extra style and glam you need. However, not all improvement works reflect on your interior style. Some renovation projects are necessary and the natural consequences of your situation. Bathroom renovation, as it is often the case, don’t occur for stylish reasons but in fact for practical matters.  Indeed, as the bathroom is one of the first room to show signs of tear and wear in your home, it’s a room that has to evolve regularly to reflect the current needs of your family.

What’s in your ideal bathroom?

Your plumbing system is old

At the best of time, your bathroom gets used three times a day by everyone in your family. More often than not, people use the bathroom an average 6 to 8 times a day. Ultimately, your fittings go through a lot of pressure as you let the water run, flush down or even empty the bathtub precisely why you should make sure that old fittings are replaced at the first sign of leaks, using either manufacturer parts or a 1-to-1 replacement from Custom Fittings Ltd. Leaking and damaged fittings are the first cause of water infiltration in your walls and floors.   

You’ve outgrown your bathroom

Nothing is as fun as a family bathroom, especially when you first decide to decorate the room for your young children. Except that within a few years’ time, the Disney princesses on the wall might have lost their appeal, and your kids now need more storage room for their bathroom kits. If you’ve first renovated the bathroom with young children in the home, it’s time to consider a remodeling project when you live with teenagers. Additionally, if you’re welcoming a new family member, you might want to consider adding more storage facilities for all.

You need to make it more accessible

Everyone gets old, and gradually the body can lose some of its flexibility and mobility. As a result, if you live with elderly people, you will have to consider remodeling your bathroom to address mobility issues. There’s no point to let your parents struggle to get in the bathtub or even off the toilet when you can improve the design to take their problems into account. A bathtub with an entry door might be a practical solution when your parents can’t climb into the tub anymore. Or for additional safety, you can add an alarm cord so that they can raise your attention if they need support.  

You want to add value to your home

If you’re looking to sell your home, a bathroom remodel can significantly improve your chances of attracting buyers and receiving advantageous offers. A freshly fitted bathroom can make your entire home appear modern and appealing, as most buyers look for signs of wear in the bathroom area before making an offer. You don’t need to break the bank on the remodeling project. Buyers prefer a bathroom with a walk-in shower over a tub, making it easy to stick to your budget.

Ultimately, your bathroom has to be practical for your family. Whether you are looking for modern and watertight plumbing system or a child-friendly design, most homeowners consider the needs of their family over their interior decor.

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