May 22, 2018

How to Furnish Your Apartment

If you were lucky enough to score a fully furnished apartment, this article isn’t for you. Finding a home is hard enough, but if it doesn’t come with furniture and you have yet to begin a collection of your own pieces, it can be frustrating trying to locate all the right items. But have no fear! Here are some ways and means to go about puzzling your new home together.

Bring it with You
When it’s your first time away from home, Mom and Dad might be willing to help out, especially if you’re not traveling too far away. The most important things you could bring from home are a bed, dresser, and maybe a desk. Because you’ve been using them already, they are tried and true.

A great runner up to this is hitting up your siblings or relatives. They might be ready to buy something new and you could benefit from their giveaway or soft family discount.

Your next best bet is surfing secondhand shops and websites. These are great deals because the previous owners tend not to care too much about making a profit off the item. Most furniture owners will try to be fair as well; if the couch is beaten up and they know it, they likely won’t try to overprice it, or it may not even show up on Craigslist.

Secondhand shops are pretty reliable when it comes to weeding out donated items that shouldn’t be going back out into the world.

It’s becoming more common that you can actually rent furniture if you don’t have money to buy your own but still want a comfortable living space. These can vary in price and in the amount of customer service you receive. Some companies will work alongside you to create an aesthetically pleasing home.

This is the next best thing to having a fully furnished apartment provided because, when it’s time to move, you won’t need to lug any furniture around with you.

I don’t know how handy you are, but if you’re a fan of crafting and construction, building your own furniture is a plausible solution. Get your hands on some wood pallets or other reusable materials and you’ll not only have a kitchen table, but you’ll have countless works of art that your friends will admire for years to come.

For the less handy, though still very capable individual, you can get a better deal on pieces of furniture that you assemble yourself (Did someone say IKEA?). Grab a few friends and make a night of it. You’ll be able to set up all the basics, including bookcases and TV stands.

If you’ve made it through all those suggestions and still aren’t satisfied, then it might be time for you to start your furniture collection. You’re picky enough that you know what you’re looking for and you’ll be much happier if you don’t settle. Picking out pieces you absolutely love will be worth the work it takes to move them if you ever decide to change apartments.

When to Pay Someone to Care for Your Yard

It is a business frenzy out there, and as spring turns into summer, there seems to be an overpopulation of lawn care, landscaping, and yard service businesses toting their equipment trailers around town.

Not for the first time you’ve wondered who is lazy enough to pay someone else to take care of their yard, which is followed closely by the question, “Could I get away with that, too?” You might even prefer to take care of your own yard, but here are four reasons that could justify the hire of a local company to do it for you.

You Don’t Have the Equipment
If you’re a new homeowner, you may not own a lawn mower yet, so it could be a better situation for you to hire someone who already does. But seasoned homeowners could have similar issues.

Their mower may need repair or they can never get it to function properly. Your intricate landscaping may need specialized edgers and cutters that can get pricey for one person. In this case, a small company who can provide the right tools is a great option to have.

You Don’t Have the Time
Keeping your yard weed-free can be a full-time hassle on top of all the prep work that needs to happen when spring comes. The routine task of lawn fertilization on its own takes more thought than filling the spreader and pushing it around the yard. So what kind of time do you have available?

If the thought of taking care of your yard stresses you out because of time constraints on top of your already busy work and family life, hiring out can be a godsend. It’s a bonus if the cost of hire allows you to bring in more funds that will offset the extra expense.

Your Yard Requires Specialized Care
Let’s think about that fancy landscaping design you have again. If cleaning it up needs specialized tools, it might need the specialized skills of a professional, too. Landscaping companies are a good investment if you want certified professionals keeping your yard vibrant.

Professionals not only do top-notch work, they have the expertise to fix problems like weed infestations and to suggest the best products and processes that will keep your yard and garden healthy.

Your Health Doesn’t Allow it
Sure, you’ve taken on the yard work for your home single-handedly every year since the year you moved in, but if your health has changed, you might want to back off for awhile. Letting someone else handle it for a few weeks or the whole season will give you the recovery time your body really needs.

If you’re more easily fatigued, experiencing problems with your back, hips, or knees, or have suffered from a recent injury, you can aggravate the problem by diving into the involved manual labor of yard care. To make sure you can return to the yard work you love so much, you can turn the reins over to a dependable team that will leave you in good shape for a comeback.