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Tips To Protect Your House For Against Burglary

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Tips For Home | Comments Off on Tips To Protect Your House For Against Burglary

If a home robbery is estimated to take more than 5 minutes to complete the job, most burglars will pass up the opportunity for an easier target. If you want to make your home totally burglar-proof, you will have to live in a safe! As that is not really practical, the next best thing is to make use of as many “burglary repellents” as you can – that are aimed at taking up the burglar’s precious time and making your home less inviting to him.

These are some tips to slow the burglar:

Use Common Sense

Did you know that as many burglaries occur during the day as at night? This is especially true during working hours. Do not leave your gate open or any exterior doors unlocked when you’re not home. This also applies to any window locks. Never leave anything valuable in sight. Always turn on your alarm when you are away from home. And if you can, always try to give the impression that someone is present in your home. For example, leave on some lights, or the radio playing.

Social Audit / Landscaping

Effective landscaping and being socially aware can mean that potential intruders are easily and quickly identifiable. Make any approach to your home clearly visible with no place to hide, if possible. Have all doors and windows clearly visible from the street and neighbors’ houses. Share information of suspicious activity with your friends and neighbors.

This does not apply if the property is difficult to see from the street, where the intruder often has the opportunity to take longer and is not disturbed during his job.

Fright Lights

These are lights that come on automatically when a sensor detects someone nearby.

For a thief is to remain unnoticed is critical. A bright light that shines on him suddenly is therefore often enough to deter him. Also use a timer on your lights to make it seem that there is still someone in the house.Multi Point Door Lock

Burglary Doors

Add security locks to your exterior doors. Additional padlocks are also a good idea. A multi-point lock is essential, and will greatly slow down a potential robber. Ask your local locksmith to advise you on the most appropriate locks for your situation.

Burglary Windows

Additional window locks ensure that a crowbar is not sufficient to open the window. You can also install separate window handle locks, so that when someone breaks a window he cannot turn the window handles without a key.

Make the windows fixed in areas where the intruder would have more time to work undetected. For example if you have an extension, burglars can climb behind the house on a flat roof. The thieves will not be visible from the street and would have more time. Therefore, use fixed windows in these locations. They are very difficult to draw from the façade and the thieves will lose a lot of time.

Door Spies and Cameras

A spy hole on your exterior doors is a good idea. That way you always know whSafety Doors for Extra Securityo is at your door before you open it. This is especially useful for apartments. Also deter burglars. They will have already seen the cameras. In combination with alarm lights, the risk of being caught will usually be too great for them. This is sufficient reason for many burglars to look for an alternative home.


Alarm systems are still one of the most effective systems to protect your home against burglary. For many burglars the presence of an effective alarm system provides too great a risk of them getting caught. This is especially true when there are also sufficient social controls in place and cameras.

So follow our simple tips and greatly reduce the likelihood of your home being burgled. Remember, that speed is of the essence to the home invader and anything that can slow him down, or that he thinks will slow him down, will be a great deterrent.

Guest post by 24 Hour Locksmith Pros

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Benefits of Tuckpointing a Chicago Chimney

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Remodeling, Tips For Home | Comments Off on Benefits of Tuckpointing a Chicago Chimney

Tuckpointing Chicago is an intensive process that involves, remodeling destroyed mortal or old mortal and replacing or rebuilding with fresh mortal thus restoring the original shape and the beauty of the bricks and mortar. If your chimney is leaning, has water damage, or has cracks in the bricks or mortar, you should hire tuckpointing services in Chicago as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

Benefits of the tuckpointing a chimney:

  • Weather proofing- tuckingpointing is the way of preventing water from penetrating and stopping further damage of the bricks walls or stone wall. When damage start from a small opening and you fail to repair, it will definitely turn into a large opening on the bricks, hence, if left unattended the brick wall will collapse. So, you should be very careful in ensuring the masonry is under good hands.
  • Tuckpointing helps to prevent growth of the mold, mildew and rotting of the wood, which are caused by the moisture from the water, that has penetrated to the chimney system due to the weakness in failing to repair cracks on the mortal of the bricks.
  • Also, moisture can destroy ceiling and wallpaper around the area of the chimney making it look unpleasant.
  • Tucking-pointing is one way of the home improvement, hence, it adds monetary value to your masonry through complete restoration of the damaged chimney and the bricks walls. However, the value of the masonry will increase and it will increase the durability of your house because it will be free from collapsing.Tuckpointing Chimney Services
  • Tuckpointing is in-expensive than the complete collapsed chimney brick wall and rebuilding. So, this process saves you from spending a lot of money and time, because, there will be no much expenses incurred for the payment of masons and purchasing of the required materials and no much supervision is required.
  • Chicago tuckpointing prevents the process of corrosion, thus, restoring the original structural stability and detailed beauty of your chimney.
  • Tuckpointing Chicago requires less skilled personnel, thus saving you from hiring more expensive mason or if you have an idea of restoring, you can do it yourself though, sometimes it is tricky and you will need someone to help you, a person with experience.
  • Tuck-pointing will also strengthen the mortal because there will be prevention of water from entering your vulnerable chimney, since it will be completely sealed.

If the masonry was for selling, tuck-pointing will make it look wonderful, hence, you will eTuckpointingnd up selling at higher price to the highest bidder, thus making more income than the masonry that is in bad conditions or the chimney which is in bad state. However, tuck-pointing is not complicated as you may think, it is done in a simple and easy way, so, it is colorfully and wonderfully restored, hence restoring its original appearance. There is availability of the tuck-pointing materials, hence, you can purchase them from local shops around the shopping centers near you and you will be able to restore your masonry at a specified period of time.

Tuck-pointing Chicago being the best in home improvement requires a lot of care and expertise in restoring, though, not as much as when it is completely collapsed, so if you have no experience in tuck-pointing do not strain yourself or worry because we have so many experienced experts at fair prices around or locally situated near our shopping centers, thus, saving you energy, peace of mind and time that you could use wandering up and down. If your masonry will be attended on time, you will be the luckiest person, because, house restoration is the best thing for your family and commercial purpose for durability, shape and beauty of the home.

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Stainless Steel Appliances In The Home

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Remodeling, Tips For Home | Comments Off on Stainless Steel Appliances In The Home

Take a look at any post-war kitchen or bathroom and you’ll see how fickle kitchen trends can be. A sea of pale green on sinks and bathtubs, with a backdrop of off-white, brown or faded pink tiling will almost have you vomiting.

This just goes to show; there really isn’t any timeless look for tiles, fittings or appliances. That said however, unless you plan to be living in the same house in 20 years time and don’t intend on ever renovating; this shouldn’t stop you from upgrading your current fittings and design to bring you up to date with what’s currently in vogue.

stainlesskitchenIn terms of kitchen makeovers, the most obvious change in recent years is the switch from marble or granite bench tops to a swathe of stainless steel. Stainless kitchens usher in a modern, fresh feel, and offer a practical solution to a common problem – a lack of bench space. While some design experts are claiming that the stainless steel trend is on its way out, many others believe there is still plenty of life in this modern kitchen fad.

Designing the perfect bench space or kitchen layout can be a tough task. Sometimes it is best to involve someone who works in the area and might know of any pitfalls or potential issues that may arise. If you are designing your own kitchen you may want to look at some prefabricated options to reduce costs.

If your preferred layout does not come ready made you will need to speak with a stainless steel fabricator for your sinks, splash backs, and bench tops. To save on costs, speak directly with the manufacturer rather than going through a third party. This will help to alleviate some unnecessary expense.

Keep in mind that in addition to the cost of manufacture, there will also be significant costs involved with having the kitchen assembled and putting the finishing touches on the design to make it present perfectly.

Costs can be reduced here if you are able to remove some of the old kitchen benches and cabinets yourself, however unless you really know what you are doing it is best to leave the plumbing assembly and fitment of your new kitchen to an expert.

Stainless SinkAlong with stainless steel everywhere, there’s no point having a plush kitchen if you don’t have modern appliances to suit. It is common to pick a theme and maintain that throughout the room.Appliance manufacturers are now making appliances in white, silver and often other colours too, in an effort to help match with people personal design preferences and capture an extra portion of the market. People concerned with design often care more about aesthetics than the average shopper, so these customers are highly valued to any whitegoods manufacturer.

If you feel like your kitchen needs an upgrade, take a look at what is trending in your local showrooms and online, and pick a design and theme to suit you home and your personality. Sure it might be the latest and greatest in 20 years, but for the next 5 of so, it should bring a smile to your face every time you walk into the room. We have always recommended using K&B Renovations for any Kitchen or Bathrooms alterations, they have been voted number 1 year after year in almost all of their service areas.

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Identifying Minute Traces of Household Mold

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Spring Cleaning Tips, Tips For Home | Comments Off on Identifying Minute Traces of Household Mold

Mold is one of the most frustrating problems your home or business can have and this is mainly due to the fact that it can be hard to pinpoint the actual location, cause and source of this harmful bacteria. Mold inspection and remediation services can be expensive and as such they are usually covered by property insurance claims. The question may arise though, what are the tell-tale signs of a mould infection and how can I prevent it from occurring?

Any source of harmful household mold bacteria will have one starting point – moisture and oxygen. Whether it is from a spring melt or a more serious water damage scenario you’ll want to get that cleaned up as soon as possible. While you might think throwing a towel down and wiping it up is enough even a small amount of melted snow can build up over the course of a winter and seep into small crevices and this is where dangerous black mold can grow.

In terms of actually recognizing dangerous mold, there are several obvious indicators. Dark stains near ventilation shafts and entry points are obvious as well as small spots. If you see this your residential mould problem is likely more severe than you are aware of and we recommend the services of The Mold Remediation Pros if you are in the Ottawa area. Several of our readers have reported a positive experience with them and they offer a free visual inspection with most initial visits. As mentioned earlier, mold remediation services are normally covered under homeowners’ insurance and inspection and testing can be a great investment so you get the peace of mind knowing that every possible instance of dangerous bacteria has been removed.

Another way you can identify harmful mold is by the types of health problems residents are experiencing. Skin irritation, respiration issues and even red spots out of nowhere can be a sign of a severe mold problem and they can become even more dangerous if not dealt with immediately. For larger homes ventilation shafts and air conditioning ducts are large areas that can transport small amounts of mold throughout your home so it is not uncommon that these are the first places that are thoroughly checked. Even a visual inspection is often not enough. Professional mold removal companies often should perform air quality sample testing to locate minute traces of the bacteria that are cannot be seen with the naked eye. You’ll often see the claim ‘free visual inspection’ but these are inferior to an actual air quality test and we’d recommend steering clear of the latter as it can easily overlook small traces that can only be found with specialized equipment.

Do your research thoroughly and only deal with Ottawa water damage and mold removal companies that are approved by your home insurance company. Most established businesses will have a specific guarantee on how much mold they can remove and the extent to which they will work.

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Countertop Essentials

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Remodeling, Tips For Home | Comments Off on Countertop Essentials

One of the biggest investments you can make in your kitchen that adds immense value and glamour to your home is replacing the countertops. Natural stone countertops like granite and quartz are the most popular and while there are pricing differences there are definitely some benefits of each material type you should be aware of. Whether you own your own property or it’s a rental unit, new countertops can definitely be one of the best investments to make in terms of adding value and transforming the overall look and feel of your kitchen – a place we all spend lots of time.

What Is Quartz?

Quartz countertops, also known as engineered stone basically consists of small crystals of quartzite stone that have been held together in slabs by a synthetic compound. They are then cut into custom sized pieces which fit precisely into the customer’s kitchen. Quartz is an excellent option if you want the look and feel of granite without the initial upfront cost. It also does not require any extra maintenance like pure granite slabs do. Granite is also expensive due to the fact that large slabs are cut as orders come in. This drives up the storage cost for the retailer which is essentially passed onto you, the consumer at the end of the day.

What About Granite?

Granite slab is quite a bit more expensive than quartz however it does have some large benefits comparatively speaking. A property with granite countertops installed sees a sharp increase in valuation and it is for good reason. Granite is labour intensive to install and in high demand for luxury home buyers so the price can cause a bit of sticker shock however.
When granite is installed it is often glued to your countertop so removing it can be a bit of a complicated task which is something you may want to consider if you are making the investment. It also does require the annual maintenance to avoid troublesome stains that quartz does not. This is not an intensive process and can be done in less than an hour depending on the extent of the granite you have installed, but it must be done to preserve the integrity of your investment.

Other Countertop Material Options

Natural stone isn’t the only option you can consider when talking to local Ottawa kitchen countertop suppliers. Butcher block, stainless steel and even concrete have become more popular in recent years. Stainless steel and concrete are obviously on the higher end in terms of cost due to the labour intensive process required but if you are looking to add a unique flair and design element to your kitchen to make your home stand out before you put it on the Ottawa market. We always recommend keeping in mind how intensively you use your kitchen and you’ll have a better time making a functional decision on your new countertops.

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