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 […]

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 […]

Warren Buffett Company Debuts Line of Green Prefab Homes

Warren Buffett isn’t the world’s second richest man for nothing. He has an unsurpassed knack for picking good companies in strong industries at the right price. Most things he’s touched have turned into gold. So it’s exciting to see that a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary called Clayton Homes has just launched a line of green prefab homes (called the i-house) that start at under $75,000 (or about $105 / square foot) excluding site costs and shipping. Clayton Homes is one of the largest manufactured Read more […]

A Green Modular HOM Away from Home

For a few days last week, a rustic green cabin popped up in the middle of a metropolis. Behind the iconic Pacific Design Center and in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in West Hollywood, designers and architects walked in and out of the HOM 1 manufactured home, taking a close look at the cork floors, FSC-certified walnut wood beds, and recycled glass-and-aluminum lamps. HOM 1, the $235,000, 1000-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom modular home designed by KAA Design Group, was on display Read more […]