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Moving In Ideas: Great Ideas For Better Outdoor Living

outdoor living 1024x682 Moving In Ideas: Great Ideas For Better Outdoor LivingNo doubt that moving to a new home gives you the opportunity to start fresh. It’s a great time to design your new space into something pretty, practical, and comfortable. And like the interiors, the outer part of your new home should also be decorated for a better outdoor living once you move in.

If you’re looking for several ways on how to make your outdoor space more inviting after you move in, read this article to learn more.

1. Add technology in the backyard

With the evolution of technology these days, adding a television set in your backyard can be a creative way to have a perfect outdoor living when you move in. Due to the convenience of putting up flat screens, it’ll be much easier for you to hang a television outside your home. However, you should take note that the installation should be done in an enclosed area to protect them from harsh weather. For example, you can install your outdoor TV against the walls or over the fireplace.

2. Install a fountain

If you want a relaxing outdoor space after moving in, then installing a fountain can be the perfect choice. Running water from the fountain can give you a calming or soothing feeling. Thus, if your new place has a small, sunken outdoor area, you can make a fountain with a single stream of water as your best focal point.

3. Put a fire pit or a fireplace

Another traditional way of achieving a better outdoor living when you move in is the presence of a fire feature. Many people enjoy spending a relaxing time around the fire, especially during the cold season. Options for adding fire are constantly expanding.  Consider a fireplace, fire pit, fire boulder or fire table.

4. Have your own backyard hammock

There’s nothing more relaxing and comfortable than taking an afternoon nap in your backyard hammock. If your outdoor has two opposite trees or a pergola, you can hang a hammock and get the most out of better outdoor living after your move in.

5. Bring the dining room outside

Nowadays, having a great outdoor living means putting your dining room outside. Whether its full tables, bar areas, or kitchen islands, putting a dining space can make your outdoor living experience more enjoyable when you move in. By this, you’re not limited to enjoying your meal inside your new house. Instead, you can take your breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a breath of fresh air. Also, the good thing about this idea is that you can choose a variety of design and material options for your dining area outside, as well as a remarkable selection of kitchen elements.

6. Make use of a cozy seating

Your relocation will be as successful as it should be if you have a relaxing outdoor space to stay once you move in. Remember, you can have a great outdoor living experience by having an excellent spot to sit. This is by way of placing a comfortable bench where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of your flower garden.

Aside from a bench, you can also attain an ideal outdoor living by placing some pieces of furniture. That way, you’re giving your outdoor space a unique and refreshing flair. When choosing for the furniture pieces to install, opt for the bold one so they’ll stand out from the rest. Moreover, you can also use some throw pillows to come up with the right color combination and pattern.

7. Put a flower garden

In addition to cozy seating, having a flower garden can make a huge difference in achieving a great outdoor living. There’s also nothing more refreshing if your backyard is surrounded by beautiful flowers and potted plants when you move in.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. If you want your entire moving in experience to be extra unique and refreshing, keep these ideas in mind for a great outdoor living. Whether it’s for entertaining, dining, or relaxing, there are so many things you can do to design your backyard and make it an attractive and comfortable outdoor space to use after you move in.

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Dianne has been writing blogs for Movers NYC for quite some time now. She has an interest in a lot of things that’s why she’s comfortable writing about different niche especially in business and marketing. When she’s not busy, Dianne spends her time with her husband, Francisco, and daughter, Faye. Because of her love for her family, she is always inspired to continually create informative and relevant blogs about businesses and moving companies NYC to a wide range of audience.

 

What to Use Instead of Mulch for Landscaping

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It’s hard to overstate the benefits of mulch.

It reduces deep-rooted weeds, prevents soil erosion and helps retain moisture, and just looks good in your garden or around plant beds. Selective varieties of mulch, such as root / bark mulch, will even enrich the soil as they degrade.

At the same time, we recognize that mulch isn’t for everyone. It costs money and has to be refreshed or replaced periodically to remain attractive as it deteriorates.

If you’re looking for ways to update your landscaping without using mulch, don’t worry. You have several options:

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Why Your Contractor Must Have Insurance

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For your construction project to be truly successful, it must be done with an excellent contractor at the helm – whether a general contractor or professional hardscaping contractor. But, you have to be very discerning when it comes to hiring one. Not only should your contractor have the necessary skills, experience, and equipment, but he must also have the right insurance. Here are the reasons why insurance coverage is a must.

Protection from liabilities

There are many types of contractors insurance out there, but the two insurance policies that every contractor must have are general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

When your contractor has general liability insurance, any accident that leads to third-party injuries or property damage will be paid for by his policy. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover both the medical expenses of your contractor’s workers who sustain an injury while at work on your project as well as the wages they stand to lose because of the injury.

When you’re hiring a contractor, always make sure that he has both because if he does not, you will be technically acting as the contractor. In this case, you will be held liable for any injury and property damage that occurs during your construction project.

Lower long-term costs

It’s true that a contractor who doesn’t have insurance will likely offer lower rates for his services, which is probably why they still get hired despite not being insured. After all, there is no shortage of people who want to save a few dollars here and there.

However, with an uninsured contractor handling your project, you could end up spending more money in the long run. When there are mistakes in the construction, you’ll have to shoulder the cost of correcting those mistakes (consider the long term issues with stucco!). And if a worker or a third party gets injured in the work area, you are liable to pay for his medical expenses—among other things—out of pocket for as long as it takes the worker to recover.

Don’t hire uninsured contractors

In conclusion, hiring uninsured contractors carries with it a lot of risks. They may come cheap, but the consequences should an accident happen don’t. An uninsured contractor could end up making you the subject of a lawsuit which could bankrupt you when you lose in court. So don’t hire the uninsured: It’s just not worth it.


 

About The Author:

Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC, and Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.

Dishing the Dirt about Dirt: What You Need to Know About Landscaping Soil

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Whether you’re planting flowers and vegetables, filling in holes in your property or growing grass, you need one thing: dirt.

But not all dirt is created equally. The dirt you use to fill in holes is a lot different than the rich topsoil you’d need for salad-worthy tomatoes.

In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the common questions you might have about soil for your lawn and garden or landscaping soil.

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How to Stain Flagstone

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While concrete and asphalt are certainly reliable options for building pathways around your property, they can’t compete with flagstone when it comes to aesthetics.

And here in Pennsylvania, we’re especially blessed when it comes to flagstone, thanks to the state’s native bluestone.

But let’s say you’ve had your stone for a few years and several summers’ worth of sun has caused its natural color to fade.

That’s OK. You can restore your flagstone to its former glory simply by applying some stain. Read on to learn everything involved with staining flagstone.

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Polymeric Sand vs. Regular Sand

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The term “polymeric sand” might sound like some sort of high-tech, futuristic product, but there’s a good chance you’ve encountered it somewhere along the line.

It’s a type of sand used to fill in the joints between pavers, a product that’s created by mixing a fine sand with additives – typically silica – and water to form a binding agent that helps lock pavers together.

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What Type of Soil Should I Use?

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It’s never a good idea to assume all landscaping materials are created equal.

Some stones have features and benefits that others don’t. Some mulches have different properties than others. And not every type of landscaping soil is the same. In this blog post, we’ll look at the basic types of soil used in landscaping projects.

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What is a Snow Melt System?

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Do you remember the blizzard of ‘96? The seemingly endless winter of ‘94? The “Snowpocalypse” that caused more than half of PECO’s customers to lose power in 2011?

We definitely remember those storms. We also remember the one thing they had in common: constant, unending shoveling.

It’s one of the most – if not the most – unpleasant winter tasks: hard on your back, time-consuming, always inconvenient and most of all cold.

And as you stand out in the cold, your back sore and your fingers numb, you think to yourself “Someone needs to come up with snow melting systems that can go under the sidewalk, heat them up and clear all this stuff away.”

You might see where we’re going with this. Because of course, there are snow melting systems like the one we’ve just described.

We work with a company called ProLine Heating Solutions, which makes a system that – when installed underneath pavers – senses snow and ice and melts it away.

How does it work?

This type of snow melting technology has been around for years. The town of Holland, Michigan has used a snow melt system since rebuilding its sidewalks in 1988.

They used waste heat from a local power plant, diverting that energy into pipes that ran under the streets and pavements. It eliminated the need for salt and shovels and ended the freeze/thaw cycle that can cause sidewalks to buckle and potholes to form.

Then there’s Iceland, which uses geothermal energy – thanks to being in one of the most dynamic volcanic parts of the globe – to heat some of its roads and sidewalks.

But you won’t need a volcano or a power plant to fire up your snow melt system. ProLine uses a mat that’s installed underneath your sidewalk and powered by a cable.

There’s a sensor device that automatically triggers the snow melting system when it detects moisture and cold temperatures. A control unit powers the heating element under your pavers, which distributes heat to the surrounding area.

It’s not dramatically different from the standard paver installation process. Additional sand is needed, with the heating system installed in the sand. You’ll need an electrician to determine the best place for the control and access to power.

Why investing in snow melting systems is a good idea

The benefits of this system include:

  • The ProLine system generates 35 to 50 watts of energy per square foot, quickly and efficiently clearing snow and ice from nearly any surface
  • It’s easy to install, with a simple design and a single connection point – the other end of the cable is self-terminated.
  • It’s safer. You won’t need to worry about slipping on an icy walkway or injuring yourself while shoveling snow.
  • It’s efficient and cost-effective. Nearly all of the energy used goes to snow melting, and lets you melt snow on a 300-square foot area at the cost of 50 cents per hour of operation.
  • It will increase the value of your home by extending the life of your landscaping.

Does one of these snow melting systems sounds right for your property? Contact Woodward Landscape Supply. With our help, and with ProLine’s products, you can make sure your pavers are ready for whatever the winter of 2019 has to offer.