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TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A HOME INSPECTION

Whether you are looking to sell your home or refinance your mortgage, you will want to have your house appraised to determine its worth accurately.  A licensed professional will complete the appraisal by determining the value of your home in an open market; the more money your home is appraised for, the more money you will receive when you sell it or refinance it.

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There’s a lot of work for you to do in order to ensure that you’re getting a fair valuation for your home.  Below are some useful tips to help you prepare for a home inspection before selling:

1.) Install safety equipment and be sure it is functioning properly. These include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and home security alarms.

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2.) The interior of the house should be updated.  This includes counter tops, cabinetry, flooring and appliances.  The appearance of the home will affect the appraisal, so repaint the walls, hang new curtains, install shiny new fixtures like faucets and doorknobs, and remove damaged or worn out furniture.  Once it is updated, keep your house clean to make it more attractive to both appraisers and potential buyers.

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3.) Houses with high curb appeal receive better appraisals, so tidy up your yard.  Mow your grass, trim your trees and shrubbery, plant colorful flowers, and remove dead trees.  Keep the clutter out of the yard, including lawn furniture, bicycles, and toys. Use a power washer to clean your house, patio, driveway and walkway.

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4.) Plumbing can be a major stumbling block during home inspections.  If you know there might be some problems, fix them as soon as possible, or it will cost you.  If necessary, use an infrared thermometer to detect temperature problems with leaky pipes.

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5.) Things that need to be corrected or are out of date, as a general rule, make $500 deductions in the total home value.  Therefore, any problem that will cost you less than $500 should be repaired immediately. Get the right tools for a variety of DIY jobs:  screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, socket sets, saws and blades, and vises.

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Deelat Industrial offers a wide variety of building supplies and tools to make sure your next home inspection goes off without a hitch! We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!   

 

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather

For most of us, Fall is about the beauty of the colorful leaves, the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte, and the fun of Halloween.  It is also a good time to prepare your home for rough conditions, as the first winter storm has a habit of sneaking up on you (unless you happen to live in one of those always-sunny states).

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Below are some handy tips to help you prepare your home for cooler weather:

STORAGE AND PROTECTION

Look into some new storage options to make sure you have somewhere to keep your outdoor items that are safe and secure.  This includes everything in your garage, shed, etc.  A color coded system of storage bins works well for sorting small things, while heavy duty wire shelving or open steel shelving will work for heavier objects.  You also need to ensure that your outdoor furniture is protected from the elements with tarps to avoid cold moisture which can freeze and cause damage.

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PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING

Everything you can do to help your lawn and garden survive the cold will pay dividends in the spring.  That means keeping up with regular mowing and watering of grass, and clearing fallen leaves.  Furthermore, the perennials in your garden should be trimmed with pruning shears.  Also, keep your patio areas from getting grimy and slippery by pressure washing them.

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PREPARE FOR ICY WEATHER

As Fall moves towards winter, icy mornings will become more common and you need to ensure that the weather doesn’t affect your ability to go about your daily business.  Driveway heating cables will help you do that by eliminating unwanted ice.  Moreover, de-icing cables can be used to eliminate ice on roofs to avoid ice dams and snow buildup.

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INVEST IN LIGHTING

As the nights will become darker earlier in the coming months, you may need to think about adding more illumination to your yard or outdoor pathway to give you better access after the sun goes down, and also boost your overall security. During the Fall and Winter season, outdoor lighting becomes very important.

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Deelat Industrial offers a wide selection of essential items that will prepare your home for Fall weather and cooler temperatures. We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!  

Backyard Cleanup and Storage Tips for Fall 2018

Fall is here, which means it’s time to get your backyard ready for the cold weather ahead.  Though they may seem like daunting tasks, you have to keep up with things like falling leaves, clogged gutters, and overgrown trees and shrubs.  The following tips will make the process much easier.

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In addition to a lawn mower, make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Rake
  • Pruning Shears
  • Tree Trimmer
  • Broom
  • Leaf Bags
  • Trash Bags
  • Heavy-Duty Gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Pressure Sprayer
  • Spreader
  • Tarps

1.) Keep in mind that the leaves will fall at their own pace, likely giving you little trouble some weeks, and then dropping rapidly at once.  Create space in your schedule to clean up the leaves little by little so that when the work gets tougher you haven’t already fallen behind.

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2.) Finish bagging the leaves before the first snowfall. If you have a mulch mower, you can also turn them into clippings for fertilization. If you don’t have a mulch mower, use bark mulch.

3.)  After all of the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters.   This may be your least favorite fall chore, but clearing out mushy leaves in winter or spring is far worse.

4.) Use pruning shears to cut back older or decaying branches from your perennials. You should also mulch the soil around the plants to protect them from ice and freezing. Continue to water these plants when there is a lack of rain or snowfall.

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5.) Spray weeds like dandelions and clovers in the yard with a herbicide.

6.) Apply a dry fertilizer to your lawn and lay grass seed to fill in sparse areas or dead patches in the yard.

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7.)  Plant bulbs in fall for spring.

8.) Once the cold weather hits, wrap tree trunks and shrubs to protect them from the bright and potentially dangerous winter sun. It should remain there until early spring.

9.)  As the days get shorter and the nights longer, you may want to add outdoor lights to your yard or pathway, which will enhance your overall security and make your home look more appealing.

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10.) Before the end of the season, give your grass a final cut with your mower on a slightly lower setting than normal.  This length of grass will do well under the snow.

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11.)  Gather winter supplies from the garage or shed and store summer and fall equipment.  If your outdoor furniture or lawn machinery will be sitting outside all winter, they should be protected with a tarp to prevent moisture from freezing and causing damage.

Deelat.com offers a wide selection of yard cleanup and storage products.  We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!  

Office supply tips for your Home or Small Business

Setting up your home office or running a business requires big ticket items, including computers, printers, security systems, office furniture and office decor.  Along with these purchases you can pick up useful products that will aid you in such business tasks as record keeping, marketing, security and organizing.  Having all of your office supplies handy will make your business more efficient and improve productivity.

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RECORDKEEPING

For a small business, organizing your inventory using cash registers with bar code scanners can help you by updating your records instantly.  You may also need a thermal printer for customer receipts.  Featuring a durable construction frame, the device will cope well in busy environments and function to optimal performance under a heavy workload.

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Keeping records organized in your home is simpler, yet just as essential.  Use the basics, like binders, clipboards, memo pads, dry erase markers, sticky notes and labels, to keep your taxes and bills sorted and easy to find.

 

MARKETING

Deelat Industrial offers several products that can help a small business create marketing collateral in a do-it-yourself fashion.  Use a paper creaser to produce manuals, handbooks and other paper materials.  Do you need to create business cards in bulk?  You can use an automatic card cutting machine, which can cut at varying widths and lengths using a range of cardstock thicknesses.  Finish off your marketing materials by laminating them with a hot laminator.

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SECURITY

Storing your cash in a drawer or cash box is essential when running a small business.  It’s not a bad idea to keep a cash box at home, too, for emergencies.

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Similarly, a professional paper shredder can get heavy use in both environments.  In addition to a range of shredders that can destroy confidential papers, Deelat sells heavy duty shredders that can destroy credit cards, CDs, floppy disks and DAT cartridges.

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Deelat Industrial offers a wide selection of essential items that will help you organize your home or business. We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!

Basement Renovation Ideas and Tips

When the square footage of a house begins to feel inadequate, many homeowners take on a basement renovation project as a way to expand their living space.  A basement space can be transformed from a dusty, cluttered wasteland into office space, a play area for children, an in-law suite for visiting relatives, or just a nice bonus room for the family.

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However, it’s a costly and complicated procedure that requires the right know-how and the proper tools.  Below are some of our top tips for basement development or renovation:

ASSESS THE SITUATION

The first important step is to do proper measurements and checks to make sure you have the correct dimensions and that you are aware of any potential problems.  For example, you may need an infrared thermometer to detect temperature troubles with leaky pipes, etc.  You may also require a carbon monoxide meter, an insulation tester, or a humidity meter to truly assess the situation.

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FIND YOUR PURPOSE

If you are intending to use the basement for family members as living space, you’ll need a full or half bath to accommodate them.  Thus, plan to run the new PVC pipe behind a new wall before it is nailed into place.  If you are setting up a bonus room for your family to enjoy, forget plumbing and focus on a thick carpet and heat-resistant padding.  If your basement will become a playroom for the kids, carpet tiles or playground tiles might be all you need.

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GET THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

You will most likely end up using almost every kind of tool imaginable, so stock up on the following to be fully prepared:  screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, socket sets, saws and blades, and vises.  Depending on how elaborate your renovation is, you may also require a demolition hammer to break up concrete or a drill and rotary hammer to drill through it.

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STAY WARM

One of the main issues you can have with a basement conversion is that it can seem cooler than the rest of your house, so you need to make sure you have the right flooring or carpeting to help it feel more welcoming.  However, if you install an in-floor heating system to keep the basement warm, skip the thick carpeting and heat-resistant padding as they will impair the efficiency of the in-floor heating system.  Furthermore, you will most certainly need to insulate your basement walls; foam panel insulation is the easiest type to install for this application.

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Deelat Industrial offers a wide selection of essential basement renovation materials and items that will help complete your next project! We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!  

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