Do You Need a Degree to Become a Landlord?

In our lives, we play many roles in the housing market. We rent, we mortgage homes, and we purchase them — but how do we make the ultimate move, from lender to investor? Do we need certifications, or a particular accreditation, to become a landlord ourselves? There has never been a better time to start asking this question. The financial sector has been experiencing an almost year-long economic boom, with the rate of US wages rising to their highest level in a decade and the construction industry Read more […]

5 Common Carpet cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Cleaning your carpet on a regular basis is the best way to keep dirt and dust away in Auckland. However, letting a professional carpet cleaning company near you clean the carpet at least two times a year is highly recommended. Why? Because it’s only through proper cleaning and maintenance that you can extend the lifeline of your carpets, and also help it withstand wear and tear after years of use. But even so, homeowners still want to muddle and clean the carpets on their own. What they do not Read more […]

From DIYer to Entrepreneur: Tools to Help You Manage Your Home Improvement Startup

There’s something so satisfying about creating and working with your hands. Whether you’re designing hand-made décor or are designing an entirely new room from scratch, the chance to create and then enjoy the result is incomparable to anything else, so it’s no wonder that you would want to take your DIY hobby and turn it into a home improvement business. As great as it is to work with your hands and be able to admire your work, though, it can also be time-consuming, tricky, and difficult to Read more […]

Why LED Lighting Is the Way of the Future

When it comes to cutting costs, we normally attribute it to going for lower quality materials or products that use less energy overall. It’s understandable to think that saving on energy automatically means that the quality of the products you’ll be using will suffer. After all, this is true for most other things whether at home or a more professional environment like an office space. However, there are some things out there that miraculously improve in all aspects as time goes by. One of the Read more […]

Plastic or Metal Enclosures? Why the Former Is Best for Most Electronic Devices

When it comes to building electronic devices, keeping their fragile inner circuity safe often takes precedence over just about anything else. However, accomplishing this isn’t as obvious as it seems. While you can certainly cover it with a quality enclosure in order to make sure that it’s kept safe and sound, the question of which material to use is still an important one. Generally, when you think of enclosures for electronic devices there are two types to choose from. The first and most common Read more […]

My Mileage is Better Than Your Mileage

You may have heard about folks out there who describe themselves as “hypermilers”. What is that, you might ask? Well, it’s basically just someone who gets more out of a gallon of gas than the rest of us. Not a little more, though, but A LOT more – hypermilers can often nearly double the EPA listed mileage for a given car. One of the leaders in the hypermiler movement, Wayne Gerdes, can get nearly 60 mpg out of his 2005 Honda Accord (EPA est 34 mpg), and once got 127 mpg out of a Prius (EPA Read more […]

Turbo Diesels Take on Hybrids

Recently I test drove of the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Diesel. It accelerated on to the freeway faster than my Toyota Prius.  Driving freeways and stop-go city, I wondered which would be the bigger seller, the new European turbodiesels or the Japanese Hybrids. For Detroit, May was the cruelest month, as they were outsold by Asia for the first time. Fuel economy is in; gas guzzling is being punished. General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler combined for a record low market share of 44.4 percent, compared Read more […]

Hot Green Flooring Options

If you’re tired of the same old bamboo flooring, some wonderful flooring materials have come out in the last year or so. These relatively new products are exciting, beautiful, environmentally friendly and are certain to bring warmth and style to your remodel or new home. Here are our suggestions for some beautiful new flooring materials. Kirei Coco Tiles Kirei is well known for its interior finish materials, including the well-known Kirei Board, an engineered panel made from sorghum stalks that Read more […]

Affordable Shipping Container House in Quebec

Shipping containers are at the forefront of a new era of usefulness. Traditionally used to carry goods via cargo ship, train or truck, these steel boxes are capable of withstanding huge amounts of pressure and weight. This makes them structurally stable, fireproof, mold-proof and weather-proof. Unfortunately each has a lifespan of only 20 years for its original purpose. That means when their work is done hauling stuff, they get retired and sent to junk yards or landfills even though they are still Read more […]

Cardboard Furniture: From Cheap to Artsy to DIY

Most cardboard has a pretty high recycled content — and can be easily re-recycled or composted to boot. Plus, cardboard’s also an inexpensive material that’s light and, usually, flat — characteristics that make cardboard furniture affordable (usually, at least) to make and ship. All these qualities are making cardboard — something we often think of as a low quality, one-use, disposable product — a popular material for serious eco furniture designers! Cardboard’s an especially popular Read more […]