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11 Tips on Finding The Right Home Improvement Contractor


Home remodeling or home improvement projects need to be handled by professionals as there are innumerable things that need to be taken care of. Whether you are looking for complete building refurbishment or partial renovation of a home, you need to get in touch with a home improvement contractor for the same.

Mentioned below are 11 effective tips for selecting the right contractor:

  • Understanding the credentials of the contractor is very important. Check his certifications and qualifications and understand whether he will be able to handle the job well or not. Along with certifications from some recognized organization, the contractor should be licensed, insured and bonded at the same time.

 

  • The contractor should have good communication skills so that talking to him become simple and easy. The contractor should understand your requirements and expectations and you should be able to understand what he says for the project. Try keeping regular contact via phone, chat or email – which is convenient for both the parties.

 

  • Be specific and upfront with the budget in which you are planning to work. The contractor should have clear idea regarding the budget and should work accordingly. If required, the work can be done in phases. Refrain from hiring a contractor who does not understand the importance of following a budget.

 

  • Ask the contractor for his suggestions regarding the home improvement project including a list of materials that will be needed for the same. People make a mistake by hiring contractors with the lowest budgets but they turn to be great failures on the long run. Look for moderate contractors who understand the work well and charge reasonably too.

 

  • The contractor you hire should know about all the rules and regulations that need to be followed for the home improvement project. There might be need of some applications and permit obtaining works and the contractor should be able to handle all these. You should have knowledge regarding the same so that you can cross-question him and see if all is running fine.

 

  • The contract for the home improvement project should be in writing and it should contain minute details like project description, payment arrangements, time frame of the work, total cost that might be incurred, contractor’s license number, phone numbers of people working on the project etc. If timeframe is not mentioned, refrain from signing the contract as this means that the contractor has other projects running and this one might be neglected.

 

  • Before starting the demolition work, the contractor must ensure that all the supplies and new equipments are in place. Without the arrangements already made and done, the contractor will not be able to work freely.

 

  • Home renovation is not as easy as it seems. A good and reliable contractor should assure that the project will be done in the best manner and be there to manage things. He should be able to help the home owner in being prepared for the process of home improvement and renovation.

 

  • Make sure that you check references of the contractor from some trusted and reliable sources. If most of the references and reviews are positive, you can definitely go with the contractor; otherwise look for better options. There are aplenty available online.

 

  • Insurance coverage for renovation projects is must. Verify the insurance coverage and understand what is covered in the homeowners insurance and what coverage is provided by contractor’s business insurance. Having a copy of the company’s insurance policy is mandatory.

 

  • Be careful of the payments that are being made. Collect bills and receipts for the products that are being bought for the project. Also while making payments to the contractor have a receipt signed so that there is no confusion later.

Keep these contractor hiring tips in mind and make your home renovation project grand success!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Refurbishment

 

Top 5 Cleaning Tips from the Pros


Whether it is your home or your office, keeping it clean, prim and proper is absolutely important. This is required for healthy staying. There are some basic cleaning tactics and techniques that all of us know. Years of experience come into count for sure. But there are certain cleaning aspects, which seem pretty difficult and time taking. For such cases, there is no other alternative than seeking assistance from professionals. These professionals have highly effective building cleaning tips and tricks up their sleeves, so that the cleaning work can be done in the most efficient manner within the shortest span of time.

Mentioned below are 5 highly effective cleaning tips from the pros for cleaning up building parts:

Quick dusting tip

Dust and dirt buildup is common in all homes and office buildings. Offices and homes that are located by roadsides are more prone to dirt and dust. Regular dusting should be done in these areas to keep dust away from accumulating on various things in the house. Usually soft cloths are used for the purpose of dusting as they tend to remove dust and dirt well. But professionals opine that feather duster is a better option for getting rid of dirt and dust from home. And there is valid reason for the same too. These dusters can easily clean dust from the chandeliers or even from the crevices of the blinds successfully. Working with these dusters is also highly convenient as it helps in getting the cleaning done quickly.

Removal of soap scum made easy

We all have struggled with removing soap scum at some point of time in our life. But the cleaning pros know some extremely easy and convenient way of getting rid of the same. Instead of using a sponge for removing soap scum, try using a plastic putty knife for handling soap scum. You will notice that soap scum will be removed in half the time and the efforts required will also be lot less. For avoiding buildup of soap scum, try using synthetic soaps and liquid soap gels instead of bar soaps.

Make vacuuming less time consuming

Vacuuming takes lot of time because we generally have to unplug and plug the cleaner again and again for moving the machine in different rooms. Within this time, the whole process of vacuuming could have been completed. You don’t have to do much for the same. Just buy an extension cord and use the machine in different rooms without the need for plugging and unplugging the same repeatedly. This will let you do more work in less time.

Use squeegee for making windows streak resistant

Streaks on windows are common, how much ever you clean them properly. The only solution to this problem is by using a squeegee for window cleaning. Many people try cleaning windows with newspapers for the slight soda content in them or with paper towels for their softness. But these are not that effective in removing the streaks. Invest in squeegees for cleaning window streaks completely – large ones for large windows and small ones for small windows.

Shining stainless steel

Stainless steel is used in various ways in offices and in homes. They are scratch and stain resistant; but they are prone to attracting stickiness and show fingerprints. Wiping stainless steel surfaces with mineral oil is a great way of keeping the surface shining. The problem of stickiness can be dealt with this process successfully and future cleaning time will also be minimized.

Follow these steps and clean like a pro!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Refurbishment

 

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Top 10 Tips to Improve Surface Finish


Whether you are working on a wall or on some mechanical equipment part, it is important that the surface of the material has a smooth finish. Rugged and scratchy surfaces might cause injury to the hands or other parts that come in contact with the surface.

Mentioned below are some excellent tips shared by ARS Ltd., which help in improving surface finish in a great manner:

1. Minimize the feed – Minimizing the inch per revolution (IPR) will help in reducing flank wear and also enhances insert life. While roughing, it is recommended to use tools, which are capable of generating high feed. But while finishing, the feed should be reduced for improving surface finish.

2. Increase the speed – Increasing surface feet per minute will help in reducing build up edge. Tool life is prolonged with this step and chances of damage to the tool parts are also reduced.

3. Use of chip breaker is good – Using chip breakers help in reducing cutting pressures. The chips that are produced as a result can be evacuated conveniently. There are materials in which stringy and long chips produced. With a chip breaker, it is possible to produce smaller chips so that they get out of the cutting zone quickly.

4. The top rake angle should be increased – Rake angle is considered as a variable in the insert’s design. And this angle can be used for achieving the best surface finish. Having a lead angle will make the insert into the material easy and smooth and hence a smooth finishing can be obtained on the surface.

5. Using a wiper helps – Using an insert with a wiper is a recommendation given by experts when surface finishing needs to be smooth and good. Along with having a smooth surface, the insert with the wiper also helps in increasing feed rates.

6. A large nose radius helps – Surface finishing is directly related to the size of the nose radius of the insert. Smaller nose radiuses put lesser pressure on the tool, but there are also limitations on the feed rate, which can be used. With a larger nose radius heavier cut can be made, which is important when hard-to-cut materials are cut.

7. Using different tools to rough and finish – It is recommended to use different tools for roughing and finishing. Generally the roughing is done by slightly used insert; while finishing is done with a new insert altogether. Talking of the insert material, cermet insert is the best option in this regard.

8. Using the correct technique for getting perfect finishing – For fine and smooth surface finishes, it is important to apply the right techniques. It is recommended to select a cutter, which is smaller than the main radius. The cutter can be programmed for smooth finishing from line to line.

9. Checking the workholding and toolholding – Improper fixturing and toolholding will lead to chatter. Also a machine tool which is not rigid will cause various problems. Stable and rigid workholding is the main key for smooth surface finishing.

10. Using the coolant as per need – Usually there is lot of confusion regarding the fact whether coolant can be used or not for improving surface finish. The use of coolant will depend upon the kind of operation, which is being performed and also on the material for which surface finishing is being done.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Refurbishment

 

How to Choose Your Home’s Colours and Finishes


Interior designing is defined as the process of presenting yourself with a smarter and more visually appealing living/working place. Colors and finishes are the visual cues that you can judge when you get to see it, but thinking of it from scratch can be a difficult job. Consequently, it is usual for clients to get confused about the ways to turn their ideas for flooring, bedroom walls and kitchens into functional designs.

Usually, the process begins with several consultations with interior designers.

However, there are two basic things that need to be addressed to find a solution.

The first step is to browse through the images that look good and find a common visual thread that’s constantly appealing. This common denominator might be a lot of whites or contrastingly, very bright and dark colors. It could also be about the lighting or the contrasting texture that the furniture or the carpentry has.

Once the visual threads have been identified, the next step would be to create a visual theme around the cues. This is where you can put in your ideas rather than copying something from the internet that has charmed you.

Thinking about ideas for integrating the visual cues is also the part where you can create interiors that have a unique style and this is where you will need on to the second step.

Start by choosing a photograph that you have liked and want a similar kind of bedroom or kitchen for yourself. Get deeper to identify the kind of colors used, the surface of the finishes and other things.

At the end of the process, you will have a list of colors and materials that you can start working with and this will give rise to your master template.

The “master plan” will be utilizing all the finishes and colors that you have identified from the photograph. The trick here is to be choosy and not consider all the colors and finishes you see in the photograph.

To make it simpler, let’s consider that your ideal room is the kitchen and will need to integrate the colors, a, b, c and d. Moving on to the next, let’s say the bathroom, you will be using some of the colors you had used in the kitchen (say b and d) but also bring in new ones, say, color e and f. this is how you create a visual link between the rooms while making them different in appeal and overall finish.

This flow of colors needs to be maintained throughout to arrive at a smooth interior designing.

With interior designing, the choices you have are really endless. However, the only disadvantage is that you will never be able to judge your selections until they are physically in place and by that time; it might already be late for changes.

Thanks to technology however, we have digital rendition, photography, color visualizes, and designers who will be able to understand your idea and give them a digital form.

Your home can be in place virtually even before the actual construction has started! This gives you a lot of opportunity to experiment and change things if necessary. All put together in the end, you have a space that you can really call your own!

By Alec Wood, Marketing Manager at ARS Ltd.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Refurbishment

 

9 Benefits of Painting Your House [Infographic]


An effective use of colours on the interior and exterior of your house can increase its overall value. Here with this infographic, created by ARS Ltd, we are sharing 9 amazing benefits of painting your house.

Repaint Adds Value to Your Home

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Refurbishment

 

Top 15 DIY Home Maintenance Tips


Owning your own home has a very special feeling. After a long day at work, when you return to your own home, it is the best and the most relaxing feeling. But just owning a home is not enough. It is important that the house is properly maintained and taken care of so that it remains in the best condition for ever. Many of us think of maintenance as refurbishment, but it is not so. Maintenance is regular checkup and care of things so that they remain functional. In fact with due maintenance smallest of the problems are located in the initial stages and repairing them is cost-saving as well as time saving.

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Mentioned below are 15 DIY home maintenance tips, which are easy and simple and can be done by all:

1. Take time to clean the oven at regular intervals. Though it is a time taking process, the time investment is worth it from all aspects.

2. The condenser coils right at the back of the refrigerator need vacuuming at an interval of about 4 months. It helps in doing away with the dirt and dust accumulation.

3. Check for extension cords in the house which are worn with regular use. Replace them with fresh cords to avoid serious electrical accidents.

4. Make sure that the furnace filters are replaced seasonably. Clogged furnace filters will hamper the performance of the furnace when needed.

5. Check the battery status of the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the house. If they show low battery, replace them immediately to be sure that they function in case of emergencies.

6. If your front door is made of natural wood, make sure that you polish it well to retain the shine and texture. If it is painted, surface-wash the same.

7. Cleaning the coffeemaker is important from time to time. It will take only 10 minutes in the process. White vinegar and water can be used for cleaning the coffeemaker thoroughly.

8. The air filters, grille and register of the air conditioner need to be cleaned so that there is no dust or dirt accumulation in them. Cleaning the filters will help in bringing fresh air in the room.

9. Keep a check on the water heater in the bathroom. If you find even small amount of leakage, take care of it immediately for preventing further damage. Rust also develops on these appliances.

10. Check the electrical connections in all the rooms. In every home, there are switches that don’t work, cords that are loose or electric points that are not working.

11. Check the insulation in the doors and the windows particularly if you stay in cold areas. Glass repair work might be needed in case of glass breakage in the window or door.

12. The garage door safety check is important. This door is outside and faces the brunt of nature directly. It is important to check that the door is strong and functions well.

13. The power back up system in the house should also be checked so that it can be used during emergency situations without any hiccups.

14. Clean the kitchen chimney at regular intervals. The chimney attracts all the oiliness and vapors and tends to get clogged if not cleaned and serviced at regular intervals.

15. The plumbing system in the house should also be checked from time to time to detect any kind of leakage or wear and tear.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Glass Repair, Refurbishment

 

Refurbishment Problems Solved Online


Yes – it is not just a tall claim, but all your refurbishment problems can be solved online. No, you do not have to physically go anywhere knocking on doors to find out expertise for your repairing jobs. You can do everything on your computer by clicking on http://www.arsltd.co.uk and then targeting keywords like Ceiling restoration, Cladding repairs, Cladding spraying and the like. These firms have everything under their one umbrella organization. You will not have to go separately to one entity to have the ceiling redone and to another to have the window panes replaced. There is perfect alignment within various sections of one unit.

The Job:

What is refurbishment? It means rebirth – giving your structure a new life. Experienced professionals will jump in and first view the task from all angles before giving you their quotation. With the help of the computer you can compare their rates with other firms. Due to the Internet competition the rates will be affordable. You will find that refurbishing your building, whether office or home, is less costly than pulling it down and building anew. First, the site is inspected. Each detail is meticulously taken note of. Then, the overall sketch is chalked out. The job is viewed from all angles. For example, if the building is an eatery or showroom or theater then the ceiling will require restoration. Then, there is spray painting and other small things. All kinds of buildings are taken care of – mega constructions or medium or small units. They give the same attention to all the jobs they take up irrespective of the size. The fundamental rules are the same – the differing being only in the work volume.

The Challenge:

It is no easy task to take up the refurbishing challenge. The issue is – to say the least – sensitive. Invariable the refurbished unit is compared with the old from all angles – perfection and neatness. The usual question is how it is possible that the modern can be at par with the grandness of antiquity. Thus, the work cannot be hurried, but it has to crawl forward not ignoring any inch that has to be done. The tone and flavour of the past has to be maintained; colours have to be blended and the style has nearly to be a ditto of bygone era. The team engaged has to be alert about this constantly.

Until yesterday this sort of comprehensive help was not available in Britain. But a sea change has been rendered by the Internet era. The problems can be discussed online prior to fixing up inspection date. There is perfect alignment between the different segments under one parent unit. The past comes alive, but improved upon with the use of modern materials and knowhow. Without losing the mood of yesteryears a new building is born – stronger, better and more durable. This achievement is awesome. The best thing is that it is pocket friendly for all – the ordinary householder or for the owner of the multiplex.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Refurbishment

 

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