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So What’s It Like to Be an Interior Decorator?

If you’re planning to redecorate your home or turn your new house into a home that matches your personality, you might be thinking of hiring an interior decorator.  Also, if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you might be wondering if consulting an interior decorator could help make your home more inviting to potential buyers.  You might be wondering if the expense of hiring a decorator is really justifiable.  After all, you know what you want your home to look like, right?  Or maybe you figure prospective buyers will be able to see the potential of your space without bringing in a professional.  Below, we’ll discuss what, exactly, interior decorators do for their clients and why hiring one could make your life easier and even be a cost effective way to go.

If you’re going to be listing your home for sale, you want to get the most money in the shortest amount of time, right?  Interior decorators are very much on top of current trends and understand what buyers in your area are looking for.  Obviously, a decorator can’t give you an extra bathroom or turn your smallish kitchen into a chef’s paradise, but a decorator can help make the best of the space you have.  The right furnishings, colors, and room arrangements can make small rooms seem bigger and large rooms seem more cozy than cavernous.  Knowing what will make your home more attractive to buyers can get you top dollar in no time, which can definitely make the cost of hiring the decorator more than worthwhile.

If you want to redecorate your home, hiring a decorator can help you pull everything together in ways you might not figure out on your own.  A good decorator is someone who will work with you to understand your personality and preferences rather than just rely on the latest issue of some magazine.  Decorators understand how to take your description of your ideal home and/or favorite magazine pictures and put them together with your personality, lifestyle, and even hobbies and other interests and create an atmosphere that matches you and your family.  Decorators often have multiple contacts in the community that can actually save you money on purchases and give you access to pieces that the general public may not have.  Why spend a couple of days or more visiting every store in town trying to find just the right pieces when you can hire a decorator who knows the best places to find what you want or can even do all the running around for you? 

If your only real idea of what a decorator is like is based on various movies and TV shows that too often depict decorators as overbearing types who take over your home and spend all of your money, you might be surprised to discover that most decorators aren’t anything like that.  In fact, most decorators understand that making your home match your personality and your lifestyle will only work if you are involved in the whole process.  Decorators spend as much time as they can making sure they understand their clients’ goals and wishes and rarely make final decisions or purchases without the client’s approval.  They also are very respectful of a client’s budget.  Their livelihood and reputation depend on happy clients, so they’re at least as determined as you are to give you the look you want while staying within your budget.  In fact, in addition to their insider info being able to save you money, their ability to see the big picture can save you money (and time and aggravation) by making sure you don’t spend money on a piece or paint color that just won’t work.

In addition to being able to stay with you from inception to completion, many decorators can be hired on a consulting-only basis.  This gives you a chance to run your ideas by a professional who can make sure you stay on track and can maybe steer you away from mistakes or just help you tie everything together better than you could on your own.

Published: December 14, 2016

The Best Inexpensive Hardwood Vacuums Koji Recommends

Keeping your floors clean can seem like a never ending chore sometimes.  Sweeping can be effective–at least until it’s time to try and get everything swept into the dustpan.  Not to mention how dirty the bristles can get, making you wonder if you’re actually picking up new dirt or just recycling what’s caught up in the bristles.  Vacuuming is a much more effective way to get dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris off of the floor if you have a good vacuum cleaner.  Finding a good vacuum cleaner can seem tough given that there is a seemingly endless number of models available these days.  Understanding how vacuum cleaners work and what separates the better models from their lesser counterparts is a good way to start your next search for a model that fits your needs without breaking the bank.  

If you have hardwood or other bare floors, you can eliminate any models designed for carpet.  Carpet cleaning vacuum heads are designed with a roller brush that is responsible for agitating the carpet and stirring up dirt from below the surface.  Such roller brush heads are not terribly effective on bare floors since the brushing motion is actually as likely to scatter dirt and dust as pick it up.  Additionally, some of these brush heads can be somewhat damaging to delicate hardwood surfaces.  Since many vacuum cleaner ratings and claims of superiority are based on their performance on carpet, you’ll want to be careful to look at the basis for manufacturers’ claims, and you’ll also want your own clear understanding of vacuum cleaner functionality and performance.  Also, don’t make the mistake of thinking that more expensive is always better.   You can visit this site for reviews, including pros and cons, of top-rated vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors that cost less than $100.

Vacuum cleaners have a motor that powers a fan that creates the vacuum that draws air and debris into the machine.  This dirt-filled air is passed through a filtration system that removes particles from the air, depositing them into a bag or container.  Then, the clean air is sent out through the exhaust port back into the room.  A more powerful motor would seem to be the key to a great machine, but a great motor alone isn’t near enough.  While a more powerful motor does technically mean more powerful suction, airflow is a better indicator of true suction power.  A vacuum cleaner with a leaky or otherwise inadequate airflow will not maintain powerful suction for long.  It also won’t do nearly as good a job at cleaning the incoming air.  Airflow is rated in terms of cubic feet per minute, or CFM.  Look for the highest CFM rating you can find if you want the most effective vacuum cleaner.

The best filtration systems are the ones that remove maximum particles from the air.  HEPA filters are the most common, but aren’t necessarily any more effective than other quality filters when it comes to allergens like pet dander and pollen.  HEPA filters are more effective than most other filters when it comes to removing bacteria from the incoming air.

When it comes to added protection for delicate floors, look for bare floor or hardwood models that add some sort of protective strip to the outer edges of the cleaning head.  Bare floor vacuums have heads that come in direct contact with the floor, so you want to make sure that they’re as gentle as possible.

Once you know what to look for in terms of performance, consider whether or not you want a vacuum cleaner that comes with attachments designed for surfaces other than floors, like ceiling fans and furniture.  Most do come with attachments for this type of work, but you’ll want to be sure before you purchase.  If you have furniture that’s raised off of the floor, look for a model with a low enough profile to go under the furniture or an attachment that will let you reach those areas readily.

If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum for smaller jobs, check out best car vacuum for pros and cons of some top corded and cordless handheld cleaners.

Published: December 16, 2016