Monthly Archives: November 2015

09 Nov

I Cannot Wait for Christmas

I am really looking forward to shopping in a few weeks. The reason why is because I was given a nice bonus on my last paycheck. It was completely unexpected, which makes it all the nicer. The size of the bonus was a bit staggering, because it was more than what I make in two months! I did pay a couple of bills off, but I knew that I wanted to look at the Black Friday online sales too. My son knows how tight money can be for us, so he does not ask for much at all.

I know that he has needed a new computer for a while now. He has been using one that my sister gave him three years ago, and it was several years old then. He has never asked for a new computer, but I knew that he would really appreciate it. Even with the nice bonus check, I would not have even considered getting him one if it wasn’t for all of the incredible deals that I can get online. The nice part about that is the stores are going to be in such competition with each other that I am not going to have any problems getting him something he can have for years to come.

I looked at the different stores that are expected to have some really great sales. I plan on looking at Amazon, Tiger Direct, Best Buy and a few others. I know that they are going to have some amazing prices on Black Friday because they are already starting their incredible sales before the Black Friday sales even begin. He is going to be so surprised when he opens up a box that he might think is clothes and finds a brand new computer instead. I cannot wait for Christmas now!

04 Nov

The Birds Needed a New Bathroom Area

I didn’t mind the birds that used to frequent the roof ledges of my building. What I did mind though was the constant droppings that they would do on the sidewalk in front of my business. The last thing a store owners wants is for a customer to have to walk through a maze of bird droppings. I have even had an unfortunate customer or two become targets for the bird droppings. When that happened, I knew that I had to find a company that handles bird control in New Jersey. Even though I didn’t mind the birds, I cannot say the same thing went through my customer’s heads.

I made sure both of the customers that happened to were compensated in a way that would make them return to the store, and I also assured them that I was going to contact a company that handles bird issues like these. Thankfully, both of the women had a great sense of humor, but I was still thankful when I found the company that was the answer to my bird problem. When I read about the problems with birds on their site, I was surprised because I was only thinking about one issue, which was just the unsightliness of their droppings.

I was not considering that their droppings are breeding ground for so many diseases. I was more convinced than ever that I had to do what I could to make sure that the birds stopped doing their business right at my business’s front door, and this company guaranteed that they would be able to make a difference. They kept up their end of the deal by installing bird nets and spikes. This is no way hurt the birds, but it did mean that they were no longer using my property as their personal bathroom.

03 Nov

The Right Choice in Energy

Thanks to texasenergycompanies.net I was able to discover the numerous options that residents here in Texas have for their energy needs. I was taken back by the fact that there were so many available to a resident. Where I’m from we only had one company and it seemed like that they were raising the price of energy consumption every year. That’s not cool if you ask me. We’re here trying to make a living that rarely ever involves a raise for most of us, so how are we supposed to be able to afford the rising cost of energy, gas and well..everything else!

At least in Texas there is a choice for those of us who may not have the money to combat the rising tide of financial cost. I’m glad that I was able to shop and compare the different companies, choosing which was going to be best for my budget for the time being. I always thought there was a standard in which electricity should be charged but apparently that’s not the case considering they’re able to provide cheaper costs from different companies! I went with Reliant Energy since they were without a doubt the best that I was able to find.

I wish that other states could have more energy options. I think that might be the case should renewable energy becomes more popular as well as cheaper to produce. It’s going to take us some time to reach the point where we can actually utilize renewable energy as one of our primary sources of energy but it’s going to arrive at the point where we don’t have a choice but to rely on it. Luckily a great deal of money and research is being placed on this bet and we’ll get there before things get too bad.

02 Nov

Working on My Dad’s Place

Of course Dad is getting ready to move down to Florida. He has decided that he has had enough of the Winter up here and he is going to be moving to some little beach town in the central part of Florida, along the Gulf Coast not too far from the North side of Tampa Bay. I am going to buy his house, but first I am going to do some work on it. The big thing is to find a good price on roof replacement in Brooklyn NY. Dad had to do that about a quarter of century ago and as he reminded me this is the sort of roof that is only guaranteed for that period of time. After it has been up there for that period of time you have to replace it with a new one and if you do not, then you may well wish that you had.

At any rate we are going to eventually do the entire house over, but I am starting with the master bathroom. The plan is to rip out the tub and put in a walk in shower that fills up about half of the space that the tub took. We will knock down the wall and give Sheila the space for all of her stuff. In fact I figure that I may as well plan on putting my stuff in the other bathroom. It is like that, she has a huge amount of different things that she has in their own very special place and the best thing for every person involved is if no one else ever moves any of her stuff. She is not too difficult about most things, but she likes you to leave her stuff where she thinks that it is supposed to be.

02 Nov

The Best Way to Get Drains Cleaned

It seems unlikely that anyone has ever owned a home, but never faced the problem of a clogged drain. Sometimes these clogs are able to be fixed with products that can be bought at Wal-Mart or the local grocery store, but often times these are not enough and they can be dangerous to use. Instead sometimes it is necessary to bring in a professional to get things under control. Hiring a contractor to do drain cleaning in Mt.Vernon NY is not as easy as one might assume though, because it is hard to know whether to trust the service or not.

Fortunately drain cleaning is at least slightly more straightforward than many other contracting jobs, as most people have a general idea of the concepts behind it. However, that does not make it easy to tell if the job is being done perfect or simply good enough to get by. Cleaning a clogged drain does not simply mean getting it to the point where some water can pass, it should be fully cleaned in order to avoid future problems. If this is not done properly for any reason, then the results can be very disappointing. Of course it is also important to trust the workers in using chemicals that are safe and reliable, rather than resorting to something that could possibly cause more damage than good.

In the end, the money is being invested to get the plumbing and sewer system working fully. Saving a few bucks here or there, but getting lower quality service is definitely not recommended. It is important to shop around and make sure any quoted prices are reasonable, but sticking with a reputable and experienced company is worth it in the long run. There is no reason to settle for something subpar when a little patience can get great results.

02 Nov

The Keys to Finding a Roofing Contractor

Most people do not have much experience with hiring contractors and some of the details can be easily overlooked, which can make the first time potentially risky. This is especially true when it comes to jobs involving roofing, as improper installs or repairs can be hugely troublesome down the road. Ultimately if a worker takes shortcuts or uses the wrong materials, work done on a roof can make the situation worse than it was in the start. It can be even harder to find a reliable work in big cities, which is why finding a roofing contractor in NYC is no trivial task.

It starts with looking at the past reputation for a worker, as obviously someone with a spotty history filled with customer complaints should be avoided. People may be picky and overreact at times, but if many customers are unsatisfied there is likely a reason for it. When it comes to important jobs you do not want to risk becoming another person filing complaints and feeling ripped off. On the other hand, finding a contractor with a pristine reputation that is highly recommended by past customers can be a godsend. After all, the hard work that went into building that reputation can be easily ruined if a job is done poorly, so there is great motivation to continue making customers happy.

Ultimately though, beyond trying to avoid someone that is unreliable or untrustworthy can sometimes come down to a little bit of luck. Once a great contractor is found they should be held on to for future jobs, but there are other factors that can matter too. Obviously budget is a huge concern because if an estimate is pushing your financial limits then any further complications or expenditures can be disastrous. In addition to this availability is also important because projects can be time sensitive in many cases.