We always look for different ways for protect the best fabric we have recently purchased. It could be silk or leather… But how will I maintain the looks of this new fabric is the question. Many of us test and try the things but one needs to be careful on using them. For getting the good looks of the upholstery like the ones interior decorators, hotels and business houses have is really tough for our homes. Especially soft textile furnishings require extraordinary products for their life long care & maintenance. If you don’t know how to go about it then go in for fabric protection services also. There are many companies providing with cleaning services, which help in maintaining the fabric looks lifelong.

By fabric protection we don’t mean something that will protect the cloth from dirt and soiling. Only thing they can do is guard against the tough permanent stains that can of wine, water, coffee, pet, grease, etc. This helps in improving the life and durability of the fabric. For example, if you are using leather as the material for covering your sofa and chairs then you would require a special conditioner / protector which will maintain its looks and protect it completely.

For information on fabric protector spray click here.

A good professional follows the following procedure to prevent any wear and tear of the fabric. Utmost care is taken to protect the fabric from any damage.

* They will first analyze the fabric. Accordingly they will recommend the suitable products & present a written proposal. They provide special products to their team.
* After this certified cleaners will clean all the surfaces using appropriate equipment and treatments. This helps in solving the client’s problems instantly.
* To remove spills and engraved stains, they offer special emergency damage restoration services.

For regular maintenance of the fabric, they offer custom fabric protection programs. This helps them in the monitoring and caring for the upholstery material throughout the year. So you will the appealing & eye catchy look upholstery all around the year.

When you have a large family, drying the wet laundry becomes a nightmare without a tumble dryer. We can’t always hang our clothes outside due to lack of proper drying area or a garden in the house or due to certain weather conditions. Hanging the wet clothes inside the house can create congestion. Today’s energy efficient tumble drying machines can help us solve this problem. They can speed up the entire laundry process by removing the moisture from the load of clothing. So no more worries about drying wet laundry.

Tumble dryer has a rotating drum which is called the tumbler. When the machine is switched on the tumbler starts to rotate maintaining space between the clothes loaded. Heated air is passed though these tumblers which evaporate moisture from clothes and make it dry.

Types of tumble dryers

Choose your dryer according to the space available in your house. The below mentioned types of dryers are very popular and are available in the market.

Condenser Dryers – Since they don’t need a hose out from the back side of the machine they can be fixed anywhere inside the house and hence is the best suited one for small homes. Moisture from the wet clothes is collected in a self-sealed tray or bottle during the drying process and this can be emptied after each cycle.

Vented Dryers – Vented Dryers requires an air vent and hence need a place near an outside wall with a hole to let the machine’s hose out which will pass the warm moist air created during the drying process.

Spin dryers – If you have very limited space, spin dryers are the best. This is very cost effective and energy efficient for smaller loads.

Washer-dryer – An integrated washer-dryer is a very practical solution if you have space constraints. It’s worth considering if you have to buy both washer and dryer at the same time. However keep in mind that the combined ones will have lesser features and will consume more time. Also it is less energy efficient than the independent washers and dryers.

Looking for energy efficient model?

All tumble dryers are graded A+ to G depending on their energy efficiency. The ones rated A+ is most economical. The initial cost of buying these machines will be high but they consume less electricity.

Another way to keep the cost down is by preventing overloads and by drying similar fabrics together.

Size or the load capacity

Tumbler dryers should have enough space for the hot air to flow and hence require larger drums than the washing machines. Maximum load that a tumble dryer can dry effectively is 4-8kgs. You can choose a dryer with capacity between 6 kg and 10 kg. 8kg is ideal for an average family. If you have large wash loads regularly, consider buying a dryer with heavier capacity.

Settings

All the tumble dryers come with two settings, one for cotton and another for synthetic fabrics. As you pay more, you will find more features and controls. Few settings that you can look for are:

Crease care – Crease care feature helps to dry clothes with less or no crease so that you don’t have to iron them.

Delicate – This is ideal for all delicate fabrics. This feature reduces the heat produced and do not harm the delicate clothes.

Woolen – Woolen clothes has a tendency to shrink if washed and dried at home. This setting helps to solve that problem.

Airing – This is a fast dry option to freshen up the load of clothes if not removed from the machine immediately after the cycle.

Sports – Recommended for sportswear.

Final cool tumble – This will lower the temperature towards the end of each cycle so that it’s not too hot when you take it out. In some machines the heating element is tuned off and cooling air is passed through the tumblers during the last 10 minutes. This will bring the fabric back to room temperature and will help to reduce the effect of static shock.

Sensor drying – This feature helps to save lot of energy. It helps the tumble to sense the moisture level in the clothes. Once the clothes are dry the drier will stop automatically instead of going on till the set time is over.

Iron dry – Small amount of moisture retained for easy ironing.

Cupboard dry – Leaves the clothes extra dry and is suitable for immediate wear.

Hanger dry -Provides optimum dryness for hanging with limited or no creasing.

Reverse Tumble – This feature helps the drum to move both ways at regular intervals allowing clothes to separate and dry easily.

LED & LCD displays – This will show the stages of the drying programme, remaining time, time delay, heat settings and fabric type.

Drying basket – This is specifically designed for fabrics that require minimum tumbling action like sports shoes, woolen jumpers, teddy bears etc.

Safety and Maintenance

Lint and fluff collected while drying should be cleared after each cycle. This ensures energy efficiency and safety as the dry lint is flammable if exposed to high heat. Condenser units on condenser tumble dryers should be kept clean for maximum efficiency.

Last but not the least, always look for the wash care label attached to the cloth. Keep in mind that machine wash and tumble dry are not suitable for all clothes.

Do Your Due Diligence

Have you ever been locked out of your car or home? Either you can’t find your car keys or you locked yourself out of your home. First thoughts are typically to turn to family and friends for help or a set of spare keys, but this may not work out. Next steps are to contact a locksmith in your area. However, before sealing the deal with the locksmith business, you need to consider the reliability and honesty of the company. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, has uncovered that some locksmith companies may advertise in your local telephone book, but may not be local at all. Worst, these ‘technicians’ may not have qualified professional training at all and can cause further damage to your property.

Check Locksmith Locality

This has been noted and reported by the FTC in the past: A company not located in your area has a name for its business that is similar to the name of other local locksmiths in the area. This company advertises in the yellow pages and online directories using a local address and phone number. However, in actuality, there is no store front and the local number is transferred to a place far from your local town. Then, you may not be given a quote for the locksmith service or given a false quote. When the locksmith arrives, he may want more money and you feel pressured and stuck. If the locksmith only accepts cash, that is also a sign that the business is not an authentic local locksmith.

Sometimes you can detect these falsely “local locksmiths” as they may have multiple listings – sometimes over 30 listings in a single phone number. All these listings are under different names, but the phone numbers are all directed to a single central call center. There, operators, who may not be trained individuals, are sent to your location.

How to Best Choose a Locksmith Company

There are reliable and honest local locksmith companies out there. The best piece of advice is to do your research and due diligence before you find yourself locked out or in an emergency locksmith situation. Perhaps you are thinking about increasing your home security by installing deadbolt locks, changing locks and door keys, or even installing a home alarm system. This is an excellent time to sit down in front of the computer and research different companies. Be sure to read reviews, check that they have a local address and phone number, and compare quotes over the phone. Additionally, reach out to co-workers, family members, and friends for any personal recommendations they may have.

Once you’ve found a reputable locksmith, keep the company’s contact information in a safe place such as your wallet, phone, or address book. This can save you time, anxiety, and money in the future.

Tips for Emergency Locksmith Situations

Of course, if you are dealing with an emergency locksmith in Wakefield situation such as being locked out of your car, home, or office, you don’t have the same luxury of sitting in front of the computer and thoroughly checking the legitimacy of the locksmith companies. Here are some tips for such scenarios:

  • If you’re locked out of your car and have a roadside assistance service call them before a locksmith. Many times, these lock out services are included in the membership or even though the car dealership or insurance company depending on when you bought the car.
  • If a company answers the phone with a generic phrase like “locksmith services,” rather than a company-specific name, be on your guard. Ask for the legal name of the business. If the customer representative does not give an answer, call another locksmith.
  • Get an estimate for all work and replacement parts from the locksmith before work begins.
    • Ask about additional fees before you agree to have the technician come to your location. Companies may charge extra for responding to a call in the middle of the night or for driving long distance. Ask if there is a charge for mileage, or a minimum fee for a service call.
    • Never sign a blank form authorizing work.
    • If the price decided on over the phone does not correspond to the price of the work when the technician arrives, do not allow any work to be done.
  • Ask if the locksmith is insured. If your property is damaged during the work, it’s important for the locksmith to have insurance to cover your losses.
  • It is important to note that 9 states require locksmiths to be licensed: Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The technicians in these states should be able to provide their license number.

Green Locksmith San Diego works exclusively partners with insured and licensed locksmiths. As a proud and reliable locksmith company in the midst of less honest companies, we feel it is our duty to educate the community on how to avoid hiring illegitimate locksmith companies. On our website, we clearly provide our locksmith license on all pages and show that we are approved by the Better Business Bureau. We provide emergency locksmith care as our business operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our customers’ loyalty, trust, satisfaction, and safety are of paramount importance to us and we would be happy to offer our expert guidance to you in the future.

Never question the ingenuity of the real estate developer.

Close to 20 years ago, two of my best buddies and I decided to pool our resources after college and get an apartment of our own.

The three of us were barely able to afford a 3 bedroom apartment that was about 10 years old at the time. We paid about $500/mo. in rent. To this day, I am not sure how we could afford that apartment.

The apartment was a dump. The flooring, the kitchen and, especially, the bathrooms were so bad, that my father walked in one day with a horrified look of disgust on his face, and refused to stay. However, that was what my buddies and I called home.

Today, nearly 30 years later I am doing loans for people buying units in that same apartment complex. Today, it’s a condo conversion!!

The entire complex has been remodeled, and the units are going for nearly $175,000 a unit.

Pure genius!

You all know about condo conversions and how incredibly hot they are in the market. Low interest rates have driven new home sales through the roof and condos are no exception.

First time home buyers are flocking to get in any way they can. This has actually crippled the apartment business and is driving the biggest condominium conversion boom in 20 years.

Over 12,000 apartment units in Las Vegas are currently mapped for condo conversions. Condo developers are paying a premium to acquire and transform old apartment complexes into condos and they are doing this all across the country, especially Las Vegas and South Florida.

The developers typically search for apartment-to-condo conversions in desirable locations where they won’t directly compete with affordable entry- level homes.

They want to offer an affordable alternative to pricier single-family homes or to costlier condos in new developments.

In many cases, condo conversions provide the perfect entry-level opportunity for renters to become home owners, allowing these new property owners to build equity and realize their homeownership dream.

Transforming apartment buildings into condominiums is quicker and less risky than construction from the ground up.

Land prices have gone up so high that many developers cannot afford to build entry-level housing, so this is a great option. Home buyers then benefit because converted units are usually more affordable than new ones, and many are in choice locations. You can find some of these units advertised locally for as low as the $90’s.

Conversion developers say they can buy something for one-third of the cost that it would take to buy the vacant land and build something on it.

The beauty for the developer is that the condo conversion isn’t going to be selling for one-third of what it would cost brand new. It’s more like 75%-85% of it.

The developers usually do a pretty nice job improving the property and the units. Upgrades are usually made to the property’s exterior and common areas. Then they add on the sizzle. Granite counter tops, upgraded cabinetry and fixtures, and wood floors are often added to individual units. The upgrades are built into the condo prices.

Once the developer acquires an apartment complex, they generally convince about 10-15% of the existing renters to stay by buying a unit. They will often offer these people discounts before they ever even market to the general public.

The obvious key to selling these units to your clients is to convince buyers that they are better off owning versus renting or to get your more timid investors to jump in with less financial risk.

People have a desire to own a home. There are very few who want to rent and low interest rates have provided this opportunity.

8 St Thomas Condo conversions create more affordable housing in areas when the price for a single-family home skyrockets like we have seen throughout the country. A single family home in Las Vegas, where I live, is averaging around $300,000. That is simply not affordable for your average first-time home buyer.

Speculators and investors make up 30-50% of all condo conversion buyers. They buy these units, intending to sell them at a higher price in a short term.

Rising interest rates historically have slowed conversion activity. This slows down the appreciation as well. It’s difficult to convince someone to pay $1200 per month on a mortgage for a 1000 sq. ft condo. However, get it under $1000 and you will find buyers.

Before you invest in one of these units and plan on renting it out, or you plan to buy one to live in, you must know a few things.

Condo conversions are marketed to the very same people who rent apartments. Thirty to 50% of all condo conversion buyers are investors and speculators.

When they go to rent their units, they are competing for the very same market as the developer of the project. Why rent when you can buy? Why rent from you either?

Once cheap mortgages vanish, and rates have been rising recently as you all know, condo conversions will become riskier. When home sales slow, converters may find it harder to sell their condos.

Once 30 year interest rates hit 7% or 8%, experts say, condo conversions will cool. Today, we are at around 6.25%. The good news is condo conversions are almost the last bastion of truly affordable housing in many areas.

Here are some things to keep in mind…

Many people buying condo conversions don’t realize that the property they are buying is different from a newly constructed unit. This means the financial exposure for repairs and replacements can be much higher.

New condominiums, built from the ground up, are constructed with the building materials of today and have to conform to today’s more strict building codes.

The condition of converted condominiums can vary. An older apartment complex converted to condos could have wear and tear and may have structural faults unknown at closing. These problems can become a real hindrance later on.

Newer apartments that have been converted to condominiums in the past few years were probably constructed under the latest building codes and have new building components, mechanical systems and interior finishes. These are a safer bet and you will want to find out the year the original structure was built.

Many older buildings have been converted as well. Some converters gut an apartment building, taking it down to its “shell,” and then rebuild it, installing new plumbing, roof and mechanical systems.

Other developers simply do “cosmetic rehabs,” leaving the building components as is and merely sprucing up the property to make units more marketable.

Buyers beware. Are you buying a fully renovated building that was taken down to the shell, or are you buying a building that someone just slapped some paint on and put in a few new windows?

What about problems to the complex? Although most developers do a terrific job in converting, what if the roof needs to be repaired after a few years? Does the association have enough reserves to cover it? Many people believe condo conversion owners can expect special assessments quicker than new condo buyers.

You do have some safeguards. As a lender for condo conversion buyers, we often require an engineer’s report from the developer before we close the loan. You have a right to this document as well.

It tells you what was done to the building and the sales office can give you a copy of this if you ask.

Here are some other things you should know before buying a condo conversion:

They usually have restrictive covenants. Every condominium project has rules and restrictions that govern what unit owners can do. If you own a pet, make sure your building is pet-friendly. Do you even get a covered parking space?

Are you buying the unit as an investor to rent out? You will want to make sure the building allows rentals and the minimum term required.

If speculators cannot resell their units they will rent them out too. If there are many renters, that can create problems with condo owners in the same building and lead to maintenance issues.

Renters tend to care far less about their homes than do the home’s owner. Too many renters can destroy the complex and it’s value.

Speculators buy as much as 70% of some condominium projects. You may be moving into a building that is nearly vacant. That may not be what you had hoped for.

Once a condominium project has more than 30% of its owners that use it as a second home or as an investment property, the condos all become “non-warrantable.”

Non-warrantable condos mean the project is not insured by Fannie Mae. This means a different kind of loan for the buyer of your condo. Many banks do not loan on non-warrantable condos. We offer non-warrantable condo loans. Even though they are very competitive, even offering 100% financing, the loan programs are not quite the same as they are on a warrantable condo.

Here is a time and problem saving tip:

When you are selling a condo, of any kind, you want to make sure you or your agent contacts the Homeowner’s Association, early in the process, and asks them what percentage of the project is non-owner occupied. If it’s over 30%, you want to communicate this immediately to your buyer. He has to make sure his lender can do the loan or he may have to change lenders. It is best if you know this early.

Many condo conversions are considered non-warrantable.

The bottom line is condo conversions offer affordable housing in many areas where the first-time homebuyer and the real estate investor, who wants to take on a little less financial risk, are starting to be turned away. However, as a buyer you want to be very cautious and ask questions about the building’s history and residential make-up.