I’ve been burned by a lot of home improvement companies in the past. Some have given me sub par work and used sub par materials, while others were just late and took forever to finish a job. Because of this, I’ve been wary of hiring companies to do work on my home and have taken a more do it yourself approach, for better or worse. There are somethings that I can do with ease, and other things that are way out of my league. For a recent shutter installation, I had no choice but to find an plantation shutters company because it was a task that I wasn’t able to do myself.
Just because I had to hire a company to put on the shutters for me, that didn’t mean that I would just hire any one. Continue reading “Burned in the Past but Hopeful for the Future” →
Are you looking for a way to attract new customers to your business or establish a brand image? One of the best ways you can do so is by investing money in creating an outdoor sign. These signs can leave a huge impact on anyone that passes by your outlet or store. Since you want to attract customers, you have to be careful in buying an outdoor sign. Of course, it starts by choosing a professional business sign maker like Made By Landmark but there are some tips too that you can follow:
Choose the right type of sign
You will come across a variety of signs and not all signs can be a perfect fit for your business. You have to be sure the sign you choose is compatible with your business. The sign should offer maximum visibility for your business. Here are some of the common types of signs you will come across:
- Pole signs (They are meant to promote visibility from a distance)
- Wall signs (They help develop a clear connection between the sign and the place of business)
- Wayfinding signs (These signs help customers in determining where to enter or park)
Select the material carefully
The sign lettering could be neon or adhesive vinyl. Apart from these, other common materials used for lettering include foamcore, wood, and plastic. The sign materials are available in different levels of quality. If you can find a company that offers warranties for its materials, then you will be making a fair deal.
Go for durability
The outdoor sign you choose should be durable. Since it is going to be displayed outside, it should withstand all weather conditions. For this, you have to be sure that quality materials are used for creating the sign. It should be installed in its place firmly.
Keep it flexible
You might have to change the outdoor sign over time as your requirements change. It would be great if you go for such a design that can be updated whenever necessary. If in future, you have to tweak the sign, you will be able to do that without making any major modifications.
Follow the zoning regulations
Since you will be using this outdoor sign for business, you have to specific about the regulations. If the zoning laws prevent you from installing a particular sign, then make sure you follow the regulations. Not all sign companies are familiar with local regulations. But as you are operating in the particular area, you should gather all the right information to comply with the regulations.
The cost of the outdoor sign depends on the content, material color and size chosen. If you have to produce a gigantic sign, then it will be expensive, of course. Keep this thing in mind that an effective outdoor sign can prove to be a great investment for your business. So, whatever money you will spend here is going to be worth it.
Remember one thing that sign companies are mostly busy in summers. So, the turnaround may be longer than expected.
Planning a garden may seem like a daunting task but adding a garden to your home or property can really benefit the entire household. Whether you want your garden to be purely for decoration and full of flowers of if you want to create a utopia of edible plants, a garden can greatly improve a home. Vegetable gardens are among the most popular of at-home gardens so let’s take a look at planning a beginner’s vegetable garden in a few simple steps.
The first step is selecting the ideal location for your vegetable garden. Below are a few tips for finding the right location:
- Find a sunny spot
- Planting veggies in a sunny place is key to their survival and to a successful harvest
- The majority of vegetables need a lot of light each day. In most cases these plants may need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight on any given day!
- That’s why finding a super sunny spot is crucial to the success of your garden’s yield
- Be sure to plant in the right soil
- You may find a spot that’s sunny but doesn’t have the best soil. This can be pretty tricky. However it’s better to have a sunny spot and then you can add the right soil if need be.
- Sandy soil isn’t good for vegetables so try and stay away from that kind of soil
- The type of soil that’s best for vegetables is soft and loamy
- This kind of soil allows for the roots to penetrate more easily and take hold more easily
Now that you’ve got your ideal spot picked out let’s move on to how best to water your vegetables. If you’re just starting out with gardening or if this is the first garden you’ve ever planned, you might not think that there isn’t much to watering plants. However it’s important to note that each plant has specific watering needs. Creating a watering chart is a great way to stay organized while making sure that your vegetables get the care they need. Be sure to do some research on how and when to water. This changes for each plant!
If you’re more interested in planting a flower garden here are some ways to get started:
- Just like with a vegetable garden you’ll need to select the best location and make sure that that location has the right soil for the plants you want to put there
- Select a color palette
- How you set up your flower garden says a lot about your personality and your design sensibility
- Be sure to choose flowers that have colors that match the exterior design of your home
- Select flowers that share similar shades in order to create unity or select a wide variety of colors to create whimsy and boldness
- Bring in a variety of design elements
- The best flower gardens include a variety of design elements including statues, bird baths, koi ponds, benches, and decorative rocks
If you’re really concerned with the look of your home’s exterior you’ll want to do more than just create a pleasing garden. Maintaining the outside of your home is more than just landscaping. It’s making sure that your windows are clean, your siding is installed properly, and that your car looks it’s best. If you don’t have a garage for your car you certainly want it to look it’s best. What’s the point of having a nice manicured garden and home exterior if you have a broke down car in your driveway? Keep up with your auto maintenance with the help of this O’Reilly coupon!
Hopefully you’ve found these beginner’s garden planning tips helpful. Go forth and create the utopia you’ve always dreamed of!