Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Repainting- the easiest way to give your home a makeover!

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    When was your house last painted? Do you think your house deserves a good makeover? Is your house saying something to you? Look at the lost paint over the edges of the doors, the pale corners of the walls, the cracks in the walls and the mould on the walls.

    Even I had lived with these problems for over a year fearing the mess I have to go through during the phase of repainting. How will I live in the house during the work progress? However, I finally did it! Thanks to the efficient and responsible painters I got to work with.

    Luckily, for people in Bangalore I can recommend the painters who are experienced and best at their work. They can give your house a fresh new look and make it look lively again with least disturbance to your day to day living.

    A fresh new coat of colours not only makes it look beautiful and attractive but also protects it for a longer time. Besides, if you are thinking of selling your property in the near future, it is the right time to invest on painting your house. Making it look attractive increases the value of the property.

    When it comes to your house painted, the first thing that comes to mind is colour tone, pattern and textures. A smartly chosen colour theme may help your house look attractive, spacious and also enhance the lighting. You can add certain subtle colours to add a vintage look. Repainting also needs a systematic approach. It involves removal of earlier coats, repairing damaged parts and cracks, repainting with actual coats and over coats. Besides, adding textures needs additional skill and techniques.

    Painters at HomeFixForSure come to help you not only with repainting but also in guiding you towards making the right choices. Our painters are a bunch of dedicated and experienced people that are in the services for a long time and are licensed painting contractors with Asian, Dulux and Berger paints.

    Want to make your home a heaven? Hire efficient, affordable & skilled painters from HomeFixForSure who have over 20 years’ experience in house painting, commercial painting & general painting services.

  • Tips for Working with Your Contractor

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    When selecting a contractor, hopefully, you completed a thorough screening process and found someone you can trust. This person now has the fate of your project in his hands. Here are some tips for a smooth working relationship:

    • Be sure you are both clear about the scope and expectationsup front, and document shared understanding in writing. This can take many forms, but should be reflected in the contract provided to you. You want your contractor to understand your expectations. You also need your contractor to explain what you should expect through the course of the project, and what kind of outcome is realistic given your budget.
    • Be prepared for changes and additional costs. Implementing a design in the field is never as clean and straightforward as creating a design on paper. Unexpected obstacles often emerge, and you will need to rely on your contractor’s guidance. Still, you should have your contract specify that any additional charges must be approved in advance.
    • Establish your communication channels. Make sure you know the best way to get a hold of each other for timely responses. If your contractor needs to wait for you to make a decision, it will delay the completion of your project. Ask your contractor to inform you of key decision points with as much notice as possible.
      • If you are using a general contractor, you will have a number of subcontractors at your home during the day-to-day work. Clarify up front who you should talk towith any requests or concerns. Typically, all communication goes directly through the general contractor and is passed down from there.
      • Be sure to visit your home frequently to observe the work as it progresses. You may want to coordinate your visits with your contractor to allow for some face-to-face meetings and show-and-tell when it is convenient for both of you. This will allow you to catch any misunderstanding early.  It could be useful to establish a regular meeting schedule.
      • Also, if you are ordering your own items such as light fixtures, tile, appliances or bath fixtures, check any products that have been ordered as soon as possible after they arrive. You need to make sure they are correct and look as you expected them to.
      • Be a good client.Treat your contractor like a partner and develop a good rapport. Be responsive and make decisions quickly.  You want your contractor to feel encouraged to come to you with any questions or concerns. You also want the people who work in your home to feel motivated to do a great job for you. So be friendly and respectful to everyone you meet. Give compliments when you are impressed.
  • HomeFixForSure - marrying exceptional design and exceptional construction

    One of the unique aspects of HomeFixForSure is that we have architects, designers and builders. That means we provide a single source of responsibility from project conception through completion. This allows us to pursue standards of excellence that are difficult to realize in a typical architect-designer-builder fragmented relationship. While we also often work with outside architects and designers, it is usually under this same concept of providing solution under one roof.

    PURPOSE

    We have developed our firm for the purpose of marrying exceptional design and exceptional construction. Our goal is to make every project real through a collaborative and transparent process. Collaboration and transparency allow our clients to make informed choices throughout the entire project.

    RESULTS and BENEFITS

    1. Extraordinary architecture, design and construction.
    2. Real-time planning, budgeting and value engineering.
    3. Assistance with the selection and sourcing of materials.
    4. Designs, selections & purchasing for long-lead time items.
    5. Proactive team approach for needed approvals and permits.
    6. Developing an expedited design/construction schedule.
    7. Continual construction budget updates during the design process.
    8. Creating the most efficient structural & mechanical systems.
    9. Continual value engineering during the design process.
    10. Design and/or construction problem solving & constructability.
    11. Developing a “Fixed” construction budget before ground break.

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  • BuildingeKart - marrying exceptional design and exceptional construction

    One of the unique aspects of BuildingeKart is that we have architects, designers and builders. That means we provide a single source of responsibility from project conception through completion. This allows us to pursue standards of excellence that are difficult to realize in a typical architect-designer-builder fragmented relationship. While we also often work with outside architects and designers, it is usually under this same concept of providing solution under one roof.

    PURPOSE

    We have developed our firm for the purpose of marrying exceptional design and exceptional construction. Our goal is to make every project real through a collaborative and transparent process. Collaboration and transparency allow our clients to make informed choices throughout the entire project.

    RESULTS and BENEFITS

    1. Extraordinary architecture, design and construction.
    2. Real-time planning, budgeting and value engineering.
    3. Assistance with the selection and sourcing of materials.
    4. Designs, selections & purchasing for long-lead time items.
    5. Proactive team approach for needed approvals and permits.
    6. Developing an expedited design/construction schedule.
    7. Continual construction budget updates during the design process.
    8. Creating the most efficient structural & mechanical systems.
    9. Continual value engineering during the design process.
    10. Design and/or construction problem solving & constructability.
    11. Developing a “Fixed” construction budget before ground break.

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  • unclutter your home with these tips

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    Minimize the mess with these 25 easy and helpful ways to clear clutter from your home.

    Getting organized can sometimes seem like an insurmountable task. Turn messy areas into tidy, stylish spaces with this list of 25 tips that are guaranteed to help clear clutter and keep it away. 

    1 Identify problem areas: Take "before" pictures of each room to help identify exactly what needs to be cleared away and which storage solutions might work for each space.

    2 The linen closet: Empty the closet. Use the floor of a nearby bedroom to separate items into categories such as bed linens, towels, table linens, knitting supplies, sewing kit and so on. Designate what will be stored on each shelf. Keep towels and sheets easily accessible; blankets, hobby materials and other less frequently used or bulky items should go on the top and bottom.

    3 Organize your mind:
     Trying to keep the clutter under control is hard enough for even the most organized individual. Add the extra stress of life-on-the-go and it's easy to lose your mind. Keep a pocket-sized notebook handy and jot down daily to-dos, thoughts and plans. At the end of the day, revisit what you've written and organize appropriately, adding items to a grocery list or activities to a calendar for example.

    4 Be prepared: Arrange areas based on need and what activities and tasks take place on a regular basis. For example, keep helmets, gloves and slippers in a basket in the closet near the front foyer so you'll be ready in a jiffy when you head out or come inside.

    5 Extra storage: Create storage space in areas that were previously unused. Under the bed and in the front hall will benefit from space-saving additions. Consider a bed frame with shelving underneath in the bedroom and a seating bench with built-in cupboards in the foyer.

    6 Baskets: Versatile and sturdy baskets can help you clear clutter on the cheap. Buy a few in the same size and colour to be displayed in multiples.

    7 Jumble off jewelry:
     Untangling your necklaces and bracelets or hunting for that matching earring can be tedious and tiresome. Use artful hanging jewelry stands and beautiful boxes to organize your special sparklers. Separating expensive and cheap pieces as well as silver and gold items will further cut down on the clutter.

    8 A family affair:
     Get the whole family into the act. Make children  responsible for organizing their books, stationery and toys.

    9 Group Kitchen Items: Take a weekend and clean out all your cupboards systematically. Organize the items in your cupboards by how often you use them. For example, everyday cooking implements, pots and pans, and utensils should be by the stove; dinnerware and glasses near the sink (or dishwasher); larger serving bowls slightly farther away.

    10 Group food items: Group food items by category: soups; baking goods; condiments; cereal, etc. It sounds basic, but it makes it much quicker to put things away when you come home from the grocery store, and to find them again when you need them.

    11 Donation hamper: Keep a box or bag handy and place gently used items, as you come across them, inside. When it's full, donate it! 

    12 Inbox: Whether it's in the kitchen, office or front hall, the mail can pile up. Create a central inbox for all the mail to keep around-the-house paper clutter to a minimum.

    13 Paperless recipe:
     We all love cookbooks but how many recipes do we really need? Scan your favourite recipes and find others online, create a folder on the computer and save them all in one handy place. Not tech savvy? No problem. Print or tear out your favourite recipes from books and magazines and store them in clear plastic pockets in a binder. Voila! Your own homemade, unique-to-you cookbook. Don't forget to donate or recycle the old books and magazines when you're done.

    14 Regulating receipts: A tabbed wallet or envelope is a useful tool to help conquer the clutter associated with bills. This keeps your bag free from all those loose bits of paper that always seem to float around and helps with budgeting.

    15 Sustainable shopping sacks: Reduce your dependence on plastic by diligently remembering to bring a reusable bag with you when shopping. Do your bit to unclutter our environment too!

    16 Wonderful white: Buy all-white linens and towels. A stack of white towels creates a sophisticated spa look in the bathroom. Plus, white is easy to match and clean.

    17 Multi-task cleaning: Watching TV is usually a relaxing time but who likes to sit through all those annoying commercials? Instead of switching channels, stay on top of organizing by sorting through drawers during commercial breaks.

    18 Chaotic cords: The areas underneath the desk in the home office or behind the entertainment unit are often a snarl of cords. Take the time to figure out which cord belongs to what and use colour-coded ID tags to sort through the confusion.

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    . Bonus storage: Hang hooks and over-the-door organizers to the backs of cupboards and doors to create extra room for accessories, towels, etc.

    20 Neat nightstand: Declare clutter hot spots such as front entryways and nightstands a clutter-free zone. Limit the number of books, magazines and accessories vying for space and attention. If you don't have a nightstand with a drawer, use a basket or tray to keep organized.

    21 Routine clean: Set aside a few moments, whether it's five or 45 every day, to clear clutter. Set a timer or alarm so you don't forget and concentrate on one area per daily session.

    22 Fresh freezers: How often do you clean your freezer? Sometimes we banish food to this cold oasis, then promptly forget about it. Keep an updated list of your freezer's contents so you know what you need, what you can keep and what needs to go in the garbage.

    23 Be realistic: Know your organizing style. If you're naturally tidy then a lot of hidden, compartmentalized storage and minimal displays will be right for you. If you're more comfortable living in organized chaos then don't be afraid to show off what you've got. Spend time styling what you've organized, getting rid of and moving things around until you're satisfied with how everything looks.

    24 Just say no:
     With the advent of the Internet you don't need to be taking in all those extra papers that create clutter. Resist the temptation to pocket brochures, flyers and menus. Instead, record the name and number on your phone or in your agenda book.

    25 Laundry loss:
     Use a basket or bag to house single socks in the laundry room. At the end of the month, empty it and reunite the missing pairs.

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