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How to Move Heavy Furniture By Yourself?

Moving is always stressful and confusing, even after having the movers by your side, you will still be in chaos. You are trying to move furniture, whether it is for yourself, a family member or a friend, which can be difficult and dangerous. Most of the large pieces of furniture you will try to move will be very heavy. Sometimes it will be necessary to physically manoeuvre it outside so that it can be moved in and out of the house without damaging the integrity of the structure.

If you are planning to move soon, here are some moving tips that will help you.

Make lists

If you are a fan of the lists, they will save you during the moving process. Make an inventory list of the items you are moving and where they are going to be so you can make the transition easier. Establish a budget and stick to it. Take into account the cost of materials, the cost of moving yourself or hiring a moving company, and any unforeseen expenses that may arise. If you plan well, you’ll probably have more money in your pocket than expected, which will be a nice surprise after the move.

Also book or plan the date of your move in advance, so you know when things need to be done and how much time you have available.

Get rid of what you can

The fewer things you have to take with you, the easier it is to get around. This applies to both private and professional movers. In the former case, it means you will have to make fewer trips to and from your new residence. In the second case, it means that you will probably be billed less. Some movers charge by volume, so the less you have, the less you’ll spend on moving them. In addition, the move is an ideal opportunity to get rid of unwanted or less necessary items and make a fresh start in a new location. You can even make a net profit along the way and sell furniture before you move.

Protect your belongings

If you put delicate items in boxes, mark them as fragile so that everyone knows they are fragile too. If someone other than you is handling these boxes and they are not labeled, they will not be handled as carefully. This also applies to heavy objects. Warn people about the contents of a box and label as many of them as possible.

Also package large individual items.

If you are concerned about how certain items will be transported, wrap them in plastic or a protective tarp. Some fragile items may require excessive packaging, such as bubble wrap or Styrofoam. If in doubt, let the professionals take care of it.

Move carefully

When moving furniture, always lift your knees and avoid back strain. Ask as many people as possible to help you with heavier objects and don’t take more than you can handle. Move slowly and carefully; make sure there is always a clear path before starting to move furniture and that children and pets are out of the way. Distribute the weight evenly and communicate with others who are helping you move.

Hire a trusted mover when you want the moving process to go as smoothly as possible. This will speed up the process and save you trouble and money in the long run.

This is constructive advice when it comes to moving furniture from one home to another. It is not always recommended to move heavy objects for long periods of time.

If you are not up to the task, using professional moving companies, such as Thunder Move, is a wise option.

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Everything you need to know before building the house of your dreams.

We all dream of having a house of our own one day and it’s an exciting and unique journey that not a lot of us can. However, you should be conscious that building a house is not all fun and games, and there are many things to consider before the construction of said dream home. This process is not for the faint of heart or indecisive people; building a house involves making last-minute decisions and you need to be present for most of the construction process to make sure that you are getting the product you were advertised. Having said this, building a house can be much smoother if you have a plan and a team that you trust.

Budget

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Before thinking of anything else, consider and ask yourself how much you can afford to spend on your new home. You should get an estimated price on how much the overall house will cost you, including material, labour, architect, down payments, etc. Building a house costs more than you think, and you should be prepared for that and you should also set aside some money for unforeseen costs that could arise during the construction process. Remember, your house should be your financial freedom and should not run you to the ground, nor should it make you file for bankruptcy.

Develop a Plan.

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This is where I would advise to contact an expert unless you are already an architect or home designer. Proper planning allows you to be ahead of the game, almost like a horse in a race; you should follow your plan to the T unless something unexpected happens. With the architect, you can discuss the design of your home, its layout, the number of rooms, and any specifics you wish to add to your place. They will then make a map or a 3D rendition of your future home and you can then take this as a starting point for building your new place.

Location

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This is a make or break for your future home; choosing the perfect location for your home is as important as the design part. You will be living in that space for a long time and you should be aware of the things that are available near you prior to choosing the location. Think of how much time it will take you to commute to and from work, the type of neighbourhood you are moving in, the facilities (Grocery stores, school, leisure activities) that that space offers, among other things. You might tell yourself that a long walk to and from work or any other amenities seems tolerable, but this will change after a few days or weeks and you will curse your past self for making that decision. So, always consider where you will build your future home and be careful of the surrounding area.

Think green and resale sale

Okay, these are two things that most people don’t usually think about when building their homes. I’ll start with resale because most of you are more concerned about that. I know that you are building the house of your dreams, and most of you won’t even think of selling it, at least not anytime soon. However, the future is unpredictable and none of us have seen it unless you are an oracle and are the next Pythia or Nostradamus. With Covid-19 being an integral part of our reality, we never know what the next big virus can be and how that will affect our lives, so it’s always good to think about the resale value of your home even before you start building it.

Now about the environment, which I hope all of us are conscious of. It would be nice to consider your impact on earth and the carbon footprint of your house and try to minimize it. You can even cut down some cost especially if you are buying some of your material or furniture from local manufacturers. You can always think of installing solar panels to produce your own electricity and you can talk with your architect and ask them if they could place the windows in ways that would allow maximum sunlight during the day. This can also be great for the resale value of your home if you ever sell it, that is.

For all you architectural need contact, Ambient Designs Ltd. With over 35 years of experience in this field, they are the best custom home designer in Toronto. Their team of professionals will make the house of your dream become a reality.

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The Perfect Guide To Decorating Your Child’s Room.

Designing and decorating a child’s room requires a minimum of thought so that they feel comfortable. In this article, we will guide you through practical, security or aesthetic aspects of decorating a kid’s room…

The bedroom is your kid’s haven: he sleeps, plays, works and takes refuge there. It is thus essential that he feels at ease in his room. When deciding on the decoration of the child’s room, you must consider his age, personality, and desires. Do he prefer a marine theme, or is he more into soccer? Leave a blank wall or closet for him to hang posters of his idols. Or provide a shelf for his medals, cups and other awards.

Don’t choose furniture that won’t evolve (car or boat-shaped bed, princess dresser…). When you agree on a theme, keep in mind that there is a good chance that his tastes will evolve as he gets older. Rather than having a car bed frame for your car-obsessed tot, opt for bed linens, cushions, curtains, accessories and wall decorations around the theme, that can be changed for a low cost in due time.

As much as possible, the design of your child’s room should be mutually agreed upon between the child and yourself, rather than you trying to impose your own choices. Parents can enjoy themselves if the room is for a toddler (0 to 5 years old). Beyond that, the child’s tastes must be taken into account (with a certain amount of restraint because children have vivid imaginations and can change their minds quickly).

A Girl’s Room

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Girl’s Room.

From birth to adolescence, your daughter’s room deserves a feminine decoration but not too much. Steer far from clichés – leave the total pink look aside and opt for touches here and there of more pastel shades with coral to powder pink. Other options include white, taupe without forgetting purple and even blue, a color that is no longer the sole domain of boys. You can also try decorating with patterned wallpapers and strings of fairy lights for a more grown-up look.

A Boy’s Room

As we said above, blue is no longer only for boys, young or old. You can still like to apply it in touches; you can reserve it for a single wall, a strip of wallpaper, a piece of furniture or a painting, for example. Alternatives include green, from its pastel version to its deepest hue. Yellow can also brighten up a boy’s room. In terms of decoration, let your imagination run wild but don’t go overboard. A cool piece of furniture that little boys will love is a teepee, so maybe consider having one in the room.

Colors in a child’s room

Interesting kids bedroom in place we saw for sale | spelio | Flickr

Color Palette…

Try to keep your color scheme to a maximum of three. It doesn’t really matter what colors you choose, although you will want to avoid clashes… I prefer simple and plain tones. You can opt for a solid color on only one of the four walls, and the other three will remain white and available for personal decorating. Avoid themed wallpapers that children quickly grow tired of.

Which flooring in a child’s room?

In general, hard floors are easier to clean (and therefore considered more hygienic) but not very comfortable to sit and lay on. You might want to cover your hardwood floors with rugs and carpets for more comfort. The much-mailgned carpet, long associated with being dust traps and other allergens, is much healthier, can be made from natural fibers and are easier to maintain than before. They are comfortable and offer better thermal and acoustic comfort to the room. However, carpeting requires daily vacuuming and is incompatible with underfloor heating.

Do you think children should have their say when decorating their room? Let us know in the comments…

Ganesh Chaturthi Home Decoration Ideas – Make Your House a Temple for Lord Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi Home Decoration Ideas – Make Your House a Temple for Lord Ganesha

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

India is a nation widely known for its culturally rich heritage and traditions. It is an abode for different religions living together in harmony and peace, imparting their respective cultures and traditional touch in each and every state. Among 33 million gods in India, Ganesh is the god who is always worshipped first in every prayer.

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi, traditionally known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of the elephant head god. Ganesh is believed to be the deity that can end obstacles and kickstart auspicious beginnings. Thus, the festival is celebrated on a grand scale with much intensity and devotion toward the pantheon’s most secularly worshipped deity. It usually takes place in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar and is celebrated for ten days.

And, during these ten days, you are supposed to bring small Ganesh idols to your home, perform an Aarti followed by the Visarjan – a holy ritual that takes place on the tenth day where the idol of Ganesha is immersed in a water body.

So, let’s see how to decorate your home to ensure a grand welcome for the Lord of new beginnings.

#1. Flower Decoration for Ganpati

Flower Decoration for Ganpati

There is no puja or prayer that is considered complete without the sweet fragrance and vibrant beauty of flowers. Flowers – colorful and beautiful treasures bestowed upon us by Mother Nature – form a significant part of Hindu worshipping and are considered as a must when offerings are made to Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

On this festival, devotees can decorate their homes with flowers to impress Lord Ganesha. In addition, when you are decorating your house with flowers and with complete devotion, it will help increase the positive energy around you.

Here are some ideas:

  • You can make a flower garland and hang it anywhere in your house or you can even lay it at the feet of Ganpati’s idol. The shoe flower, balsams or golden champas are usually favored for the festival and a string of these flowers would look elegant and graceful in your house.
  • Another simple idea is to make beautiful flower bouquets and to offer them to Lord Ganesha. Hibiscus, for example, is a common flower offered for Ganesh puja.

#2. Ganpati Lighting Decoration

Ganpati Lighting Decoration

Traditional Hindu beliefs dictate that no Hindu festival or puja is complete without lights. Even the most sacred space in your home – the pooja room – should be glowing gloriously with lights.

Here are some ideas to light up your home and your celebration:

  • Indoors: You could cover your ceiling with string lights or invest in tiny spotlights. Panel lighting in the pooja room is a huge trend today. And, if you are looking for lots of “twinkle twinkle”, try electric lights. You could also go all-traditional and place diyas in corners to define a room.

     

  • Outdoors: It is impossible not to step outside to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. So, light up your garden with great bulb lights and you could also wrap trees with string lights.

#3. Ganpati Mandap Decoration

Ganpati Mandap Decoration

As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Ganesha, encapsulated in a magnificent form, is the patron of intellectuals, bankers, scribes and even authors. As he is the god of prosperity and wealth, he deserves to be revered on a royal throne.

So, here are some ideas for a majestic Ganpati mandap decoration at home:

  • Choose a nice swing and decorate it with a yellow/red/orange saree along with some garland strings.
  • We recommend enhancing the mandap with soft yet bright LED lights.
  • Place a nice statue of Lord Ganesha on top of a wooden stool and decorate it with some leaves and beautiful flowers.
  • Oh and don’t forget the incense sticks, lamps and sweets.

Decorating your home for Ganpati can be such a fun-filled experience, isn’t it?