What Is The Best Bed Bug Exterminator In Chicago?

 

Do you happen to reside within the beautiful city of Chicago? While Chicago is undeniably one of the best cities in America, it is still important to remember that Chicago is home to a lot of bedbugs. Therefore, you should prepare yourself for the worst potential scenario. Use the information below to help yourself find the best exterminator in the City of Chicago!

Recommendations

First and foremost, you should obtain recommendations from friends and family members. Has someone told you I think this company would be considered the best of all Chicago bed bug exterminators? If so, you should undoubtedly take their advice. In all likelihood, these individuals would never lie to you! Use their information to your advantage and it is highly likely that you’ll be glad you did in the long run. EZ Bed Bug Exterminator Chicago

Reviews

Before going any further, you should always take the time to read reviews. If you’re unable to find advice from those in your life, you should head online. Take the time to see what other clients have said about the exterminator’s performance. If they were unsatisfied with the company, it is almost certain that you’ll feel the same. Only hire exterminators that have great reviews.

Certification And License

Finally, you should always take steps to make sure you choose a company that is totally legitimate and reliable. This is why it is pertinent to look at the company’s certification and licensing status. Is the company certified by any trade associations? Does the company has a license within the State of Illinois? Determining these two things couldn’t be easier. Just visit the company’s website and also perform a license search on the Illinois official state website.

First Contact

Eventually, you will need to make contact with the company directly. During your initial contact, you should attempt to evaluate the company’s performance and that of their representative. If you feel comfortable in their hands, you should go ahead and schedule an appointment. If not, you need to find another exterminator immediately! http://pestswillnotsurvive.com/

 

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Ten Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Ten Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Ten Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Beautiful pictures of the perfect home and kitchen in a fancy magazine or print advertisement make us want to own one just like that. A kitchen, especially, is a place where we spend a considerable amount of time, planning and cooking meals for our near and dear ones.

Here are 10 useful kitchen remodeling tips for you:

1. Plan Where to Store Items

Clearly plan out where and how you store your gadgets, crockery, vessels and food in your kitchen. Assign specific places for each item, so that you can access them easily. For example, place the microwave dishware in a cabinet close to the gadget; the detergent close to the dishwasher and so on.

2. Allow Space between Gadgets

Allow enough space between your kitchen appliances. Plan to leave a few inches of space near your refrigerator, microwave, oven and so on. Do not cram all your gadgets together. Give all of them some “breathing space” – place them as far away from each other as possible.

3. Create Walking Space

Make sure that it is easy to navigate your way around the kitchen. Place your furniture and gadgets in a way that they do not hamper your movement around the kitchen. Also, ensure that the entrance to the kitchen is not blocked by a refrigerator or a unit. Create ample space for free movement.  Here is a video to help you design your kitchen.

4. Plan Your Kitchen Island

Decide exactly what you want out of your kitchen island. In case you want to cook and eat in the kitchen, plan adequate space on your kitchen island. Also, make sure that your stove top is kept well away from the dining area.

5. Use Built-in Shelves

Create built-in shelves wherever possible, so that they do not protrude outside. You can use the space beneath stairs or in an obscure corner as well. Some even choose to place their microwave or oven inside these shelves. That gives the kitchen a classy look, while saving a good deal of space.

6. Plan Your Countertop

If you are the kind that loves to cook, you will need more space for the countertop. Also, it should ideally be placed between your cooktop and sink.

7. Power-Up Your Kitchen

Ensure that you have sufficient plug-points around the kitchen, so that you can easily work with multiple gadgets at the same time.

8. Keep Dangerous Items Away

Store dangerous items; such as knives, blades and scissors; out of kids’ reach. Plan a small knife drawer to place these items.

9. Create a Kids’ Corner

Create a little spare corner in your kitchen for your kids or your guests to work in, without coming in your way. You could additionally use this space to place your kids’ favorite foods or snacks inside a snug drawer.

10. Use Light Colors

Paint your kitchen using a light color scheme, so that it appears bigger and brighter. Use mild shades on units and have enough windows to make the space appear light and airy. Further, add a few glass doors and shelves to break the monotony.

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A Builder’s Guide to Putting an Extension on Your House

A Builder's Guide to Putting an Extension on Your House

I have been in home building and renovation business more than a decade now. So believe me when I say that you should prefer home extensions anytime over buying a bigger home. I mean if you have a great plot area and ample space to allow for an extension, why are you even considering moving to a bigger one?

Moving is a headache

Moving to a new place spells hassles. New place, new school for the kids, adjustment problems, selling your old property for a good price, taxes, the list goes on. That’s the reason 50% of home owners who self build their homes go for extensions. and it’s a smart choice. Good use of plot area with added advantage of getting what you want without moving anywhere else. Benefits of home extension can be summed up as:

  • You save a lot of money by avoiding real estate agent costs, a new home loan for a bigger property, taxes and moving costs.
  • You save time. A lot of time is wasted or invested in finding a new property, moving and adjusting to the new place.

Now with all the money you saved here, you can easily renovate your home and make necessary additions. However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind before extending your home.

Reasons for building an extension

You need to be crystal clear as you why you need an extension. Are you doing this for value addition for your home or do you just need a bigger home for family? Also, you need to plan everything in advance. From budget to where you’re going to stay during renovation, everything needs to be sorted out before you go for it to avoid last minute chaos.

Go through the extension options

Know your home better before going for renovation. Building materials you are procuring for extension must be similar to the materials used in your existing home to ensure structural harmony. Make arrangement for matching tiles, windows and doors as well. There are many extension options available, the most common one’s being

  • You can transform your back porch area into a backroom. You’ll get a room with better natural light.
  • If you have a strong foundation then you can go for a second story. This is a wonderful option as you retain the original home design while extending your home vertically.
  • If you have ample plot space, you can design a retreat by the pool. It’s a separate addition so you won’t have to move out while renovation. It doubles as a guest room.
  • Addition of a second bathroom is also a very common extension. A fairly useful one as well.

Hire a good architect

When it comes to designing an extension, always seek help of a professional. You might want to have a DIY moment here but then there are chances of it ending up as a disaster. An architect can help you plan your renovation while considering minutest of details such as soil quality, type of material used in construction, wind direction, availability of sunlight, and will come up with a design that’s in accordance with Building Codes. Also, an architect will help you calculate a correct estimate of renovation cost.

Get a Building Permit

Receiving a Building Permit from your local government is of utmost importance before you begin. If your design does not violates any Building Codes, you’ll get a permit easily.

Also, ask thy neighbor. It is good to take them into confidence and obtain their consent beforehand.

Getting quotes from builders

Get multiple quotes from local builders. The reason I am emphasizing on local builders is that they’re more likely to use locally sourced materials, which is a good thing. Also, they’ll have reasonable charges. Once you select a builder, a detailed building contract outlining the job specifications and completion time should be signed by both the parties.

I have tried to put forward the various aspects of home extensions in the simplest way I can. If you’re looking forward to getting your home extended, go through these points to see whether or not you’re missing something important. If not, all green lights to your home improvement plans.

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