Where Are All the Good Contractors!!

Written by Celise Bealer

Have you ever had a bad experience with a contractor (ex. painter, roofer, plumber, landscaper, carpenter etc.)? Did problems such as these occur: contractor showing up late or not at all; poor workmanship and work ethics; missed deadlines? Have you landed in court because of a bad contractor?

I can relate. Although finding a reliable and punctual contractor who takes pride in his or her work often seems impossible, contractors possessing these characteristics do exist. The key is knowing how and where to find them.

Here are a few easy ways (outside of usingrepparttar yellow pages) to find contractors who will make you want to smile atrepparttar 135521 completion ofrepparttar 135522 job, instead of cry:

ˇAsk family members, friends and associates for referrals of contractors who have worked for them. People close to you are usually more than happy to give yourepparttar 135523 name of someone who did excellent work for them.

ˇVisit your local home improvement center. Employees and customer service representatives (CSRs) may be able to refer quality contractors to you. Contractors patronize these centers regularly and sometimes leave business cards withrepparttar 135524 CSRs.

ˇAttend local home and garden shows. These shows are packed with home improvement professionals who are eager to explain and demonstraterepparttar 135525 type of services they provide. Visitrepparttar 135526 various vendor tables/booths. Retrieve information provided byrepparttar 135527 professionals and use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have concerning your next project and your search for a contractor.

ˇIf your city or town has a real estate association, attend one ofrepparttar 135528 regular meetings. The real estate investors, agents, brokers and others who attendrepparttar 135529 meetings can refer you to quality contractors. Some contractors are members of real estate associations.

Persian Rugs - Care and Cleaning

Written by Jeffrey Brokob

You've just invested in a beautiful Persian rug. Even though they are durable, they still need to be properly cared for and cleaned. A well maintained rug will last indefinitely. Let's look at some standard care tips.

General Care:

1. Don't forgetrepparttar padding - get a quality padding to place under your rug. Padding is for more than slippage. It will extendrepparttar 135429 life ofrepparttar 135430 rug by providing a supportive base that will allowrepparttar 135431 rug to breathe. A good pad can extendrepparttar 135432 life of your rug. It protects against dirt, wear and wrinkling specially in high traffic areas.

2. Rotate once a year, at least. This one will depend on where your rug is located. Try to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and high traffic areas. Ifrepparttar 135433 carpet is getting a lot of wear, consider rotating it every six months.

3. Vacuuming. Wool is porous and it holds a lot of dirt. Regular vacuuming is essential. Always vacuum withrepparttar 135434 pile. To determinerepparttar 135435 direction ofrepparttar 135436 pile, run your hand acrossrepparttar 135437 pile from fringe to fringe. The smooth side isrepparttar 135438 pile. Userepparttar 135439 suction attachment orrepparttar 135440 bare floor setting as a rotary brush may cause added wear. Also, once a year, fliprepparttar 135441 rug and vacuumrepparttar 135442 back.

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