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Get a Good Office Chair and Save Your Back

It’s safe to say most office workers probably spend the majority of their day sitting down. So, 40 hours per week sitting at work plus whatever time spent sitting at home is an awful lot of sitting. We’re sure you’ve heard that prolonged sitting is not the best on your back, and we know that unfortunately there are not always a lot workers can do about it.

Some people choose to combat sitting all day by purchasing a standing desk. You certainly burn more calories standing up, and standing can help some people stay awake and energized the entire day. You don’t have to stand at the desk all day (you can purchase a tall chair), but standing for even just a few hours certainly can be beneficial. In fact, this article is a great account of a person’s experience after using a standing desk for one year. Lifehacker published an article last month about the Five Best Office Chairs, and it’s a great resource. Sure, the chairs tend to be a bit pricey (some more than $1,000), but think back to how many hours per day, per week, and per year you spend sitting at work. When you compare the cost to the hours per year sitting, perhaps it doesn’t seem so expensive. In addition, maybe your employer might cover some of the costs.

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Nicer chairs often can be found at stores, such as Corporate Office Interiors, which carry discount office furniture. Michigan is where Steelcase’s headquarters is located, and they have a lot of popular furniture as well in various locations worldwide. IKEA also has affordable designs with locations everywhere.

Regardless of the type of desk or chair you use, it is important to get up every so often and walk around, even if it is just to get a drink of water or use the restroom. Instead of sitting in the office during your entire lunch break, take a short walk around the building, block, or anywhere you can.

Bathroom Remodeling: DIY or Call a Professional?

jaymillergc4Remodeling an old bathroom sounds like a job for professionals, but homeowners can have a few reservations hiring one. The labor cost plus the materials can be overbearing and beyond the means of an average income earner.  Bathroom remodeling, however, is a serious business. If done incorrectly, the cost will double and the value of the house may also suffer. When planning the upgrade, think about the pros and cons of having a professional take over. Continue reading “Bathroom Remodeling: DIY or Call a Professional?” »

What to Do with a Spare Room

Found yourself an extra room in the house? Oftentimes, these undefined spaces become storage areas for unwanted items that eventually become forgotten. Don’t waste the space and transform that spare room into a sanctuary for your hobbies. You’ll be adding value to your property, plus you’ll have enough space to enjoy your interests to the fullest. Continue reading “What to Do with a Spare Room” »

Carpet or Hardwood for the Bedroom?

Homeowners have two popular questions about flooring in the bedroom: Which is better, carpet or hardwood? Will installing a carpet decrease the value of my property? I’m sure you also find yourself asking these never-ending questions when you are moving into a new home or thinking of remodeling it. Well, you’re not the only one. Let’s attempt to answer them and find out what works best for you. Continue reading “Carpet or Hardwood for the Bedroom?” »

Is Quartz Better Than Granite for Kitchen Countertops?

The two most popular kitchen countertops in the home improvement industry today are quartz and granite. Both beautiful and classy, it’s no wonder that homeowners have a hard time choosing between these two materials. Let’s list down the pros and cons of each one, and hopefully it could help you figure out what to install.marble countertop Continue reading “Is Quartz Better Than Granite for Kitchen Countertops?” »

Will a Swimming Pool Increase Property Value?

Having a backyard pool sounds like that piece of the American Dream puzzle. Your kids will love it, and you can always open your home for pool parties. It’s the perfect addition to your property—or is it really? Before you start digging, let’s study the market and find out if it will help you when you decide to sell your house.
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Where to Find Reviews on Building Contractors

Since the housing market has started picking up in 2013, more Americans are purchasing fixer-upper homes for a good price and doing full-scale remodeling. Some prefer to stay put and simply choose to do repairs or to remodel. Others buy the land and build a house from scratch so they won’t have to worry about mortgage payments. When it comes to building a home or home renovation, you want to find the right building contractor for the job. You want to get what you are paying for and you need someone you can trust with your investment. Don’t just rely on word of mouth but also do your own research of building contractors online. Here are two reputable sites you can visit to help you decide. Continue reading “Where to Find Reviews on Building Contractors” »

Price Tags of Professional House-Cleaning Services

Keeping a full-time job and having to maintain a clean house is a difficult combination for busy homeowners. A more problematic scenario is having kids or pets tracking mud on the living room carpet right after it’s been vacuumed. In this hectic world we live in, it seems that housekeeping becomes even more unfavorable as we try to balance work and family life, as well as personal relaxation. This is why many have chosen to hire professional house-cleaners like ServiceMaster of Charleston to do the dirty work for them. How much do these services cost and how do we make sure that we get what we pay for?house cleaning services Continue reading “Price Tags of Professional House-Cleaning Services” »

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