Which Home Improvement Projects Pay Off?

Lots of homeowners do home improvements before they sell their house, but many people are bitterly disappointed to find out that they spent thousands of pounds and only managed to add a few hundred pound to the overall value of their home.

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If you want to ensure that you increase the value of your property, here are four home improvement projects that really pay off.

Improving Kitchens and Bathrooms

If you are thinking about improving a room, ignore the bedrooms and living room and go straight to the kitchen and bathroom. If you live in a good housing market and you are planning on selling, it is likely that that a bathroom or kitchen remodel will recoup more than 100% of the costs, so it is well worth the money!

General Home Maintenance

According to Redfin, a major repair such as a rooftop repair can cost thousands, so they can easily become a negotiating point in a sale – and it could even be the reason why people choose to buy your home.

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Big problems, such as poor wiring or basement leaks, are very off-putting to potential buyers as they are very expensive to fix, and if the owner leaves them the problem can become much worse (and more much expensive to fix!).

The Outside of the Home

Something that can significantly increase or decrease the value of your house is the outside appearance. If you have an overgrown garden, missing roof slates or a broken garage door, the value of your house will definitely fall, as any potential viewer will be immediately confronted by repairs. First impressions are very important, and a great entrance will impress anyone who views the house, making the whole home instantly more appealing.

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More Space

An extra room or two will always add value to your house, and it is fairly easy to build an extension or turn the loft or basement into another room. Many people today are looking for extra space that can be converted into another bedroom, an office or a den, so adding extra space will likely add thousands of pounds to the value of your home.

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How to lay parquet or block flooring

Parquet or block flooring has undergone a revival of late, and is now a must have flooring style. Though it can be complex and challenging to lay, a parquet floor is a sure way to add the wow factor to your home.

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Take your measurements

To work out how much parquet flooring you’ll need, simply measure the length and width of your room and multiply those figures together to get the area. Now add 10-20% for any wastage, remembering that the larger the room, the less wastage there will be.

Choose your pattern

Your choice of pattern will also influence the amount of parquet flooring you’ll need. From diamond patterns popular in French chateaux to the kind of herringbone design familiar from school halls, this is your opportunity to get creative.

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Installing your parquet

First, you’ll need to find the central point or ‘dragon line’ from which you’ll start to install your floor. Now dry lay one line of the pattern across the floor to check that it’s symmetrical before securing the blocks in place with glue.

You’ll need to work slowly and methodically, one line at a time and always allow for an expansion gap of around 15mm around the perimeter of the room – this will be concealed by skirting or moulding.

Reclaimed or new parquet?

New parquet is easier to install than reclaimed blocks as you won’t need to scrape off the old adhesive to prepare the blocks for use. However, if you source reclaimed parquet flooring in Ireland from a company like http://www.wilsonsyard.com/products/wooden-flooring.html you can enjoy all the patina and beauty of the wood while the hard work of making the blocks ready for use has been done for you.

Sanding and finishing

Finally, you’ll need to sand your new parquet floor to remove any unsightly ridges and provide a smooth surface for the final finish. Reclaimed parquet may need more sanding than new blocks and may also require filling. If this is the case, mix the fine ‘wood flour’ from the final sanding with clear resin for a precise colour match. You’re now ready to protect your hardwood floor and extend its lifespan and durability with a coat of either a water based varnish or a specific oil. Now stand back and admire your handiwork!

CCTV use in classrooms remains a controversy

With more and more schools installing CCTV, the debate over whether it is necessary has continued. Although schools have insisted that the cameras are used solely as a security measure, others believe they have been introduced to catch pupils, and teachers, out.

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Lack of privacy

The teachers’ union NASUWT recently held its annual conference in Birmingham and the lack of privacy that school staff have was brought up. There were accounts of teachers who had their private conversations monitored, even outside school hours. Teachers are feeling increasingly disrespected and that the inclusion of so many CCTV cameras is a betrayal of their trust.

Monitoring behaviour

NASUWT conducted a survey of around 7,500 teachers to understand their views on CCTV in schools. Two-thirds of the respondents believed that it was installed to ensure the safety of pupils – an outlook that most school would agree with – whilst 31 per cent thought the aim was to monitor behaviour. 15 per cent of those questioned were convinced that the cameras were being used to improve teaching standards.

With school staff already subject to a criminal record check, which can be obtained by a company such as http://www.carecheck.co.uk/criminal-record-checks-for-individuals/, some teachers believe that the inclusion of CCTV in their schools shows a lack of trust.

Queen Ethelburga’s private school in North Yorkshire caused controversy when it added 700 cameras to its grounds. Not only were the teachers unhappy but also the students expressed their concern over the misuse of the cameras.

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Added stress for teachers

Chris Keates, NASUWT’s general secretary, explained that many teachers were frustrated and overwhelmed by the constant monitoring, which was often excessive. Not only were they subject to classroom visitors monitoring them under the pretence of a different reason but also they now had to deal with, in some cases, permanent CCTV that cannot be turned off, even after school hours have ended. This made them feel that they were being watched with the intention of ‘catching them out’ instead of focusing on pupil safety.

Whilst the use of CCTV is often seen as essential to improve and monitor the safety of school pupils, the argument remains that it is excessive and unnecessary. It could even be seen as having the opposite effect for pupils and teachers by making them feel that they are losing their privacy.

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Top Reasons to Consider Immigration to Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus is often regarded as the jewel of the Mediterranean. Located south of Turkey, this is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea in terms of area and population, after Sardinia and Sicily. It was a former British Colony and is located strategically at the intersection of three continents; Asia, Europe and Africa. People have been singing praises of Cyprus, but most only go over the meaningless details rather than providing some good reasons to relocate to the country. It is best to consult an expert service such as One-visa, as they will be able to guide you about the prerequisites of moving to Cyprus. Learn more here: Cyprus Investment Immigration Options You can apply for a visa and get it easily when you have someone to assist you.

Immigration to Cyprus can be an excellent decisions for a number of reasons. The top ones are highlighted here:

Reason 1: Pace of life

One of the biggest positives of moving to Cyprus is that the pace of life can be exactly what you want it to be. This flexibility can be immensely beneficial in the long term, especially for those people who are tired of busy and hectic lifestyles. Here, you will enjoy an even pace and you can go with the flow. It is one of the most endearing features of this island nation.

Reason 2: People speak English

Almost everyone you meet in Cyprus is likely to speak English and this can be a huge plus because you don’t have to worry about learning an entirely new language. As it was part of the British Empire for almost eighty two years, English is used for conversation at the highest level so you will have no problems in adjustment. You can learn the local language once you have settled down.

Reason 3: Excellent weather

Again, a major attraction of Aphrodite’s Isle is its excellent weather. The summers are quite long and winters are short. You can expect to see the sun 89% of the time and the weather remains very stable.

Reason 4: Low cost of living

Compared with the cost of living across the European Union, life in Cyprus is not expensive at all. The tax system is very attractive as there is a high threshold before you have to pay income tax. The renting properties in Cyprus are also cheap and the fuel and telecommunication costs are reasonable so your living costs stay low.

Reason 5: Low crime and great education

Cyprus is known to have one of the lowest crime rates in Europe so you will generally feel safe there. This is a great draw for people with families. Likewise, the quality of education is very high, which is another lure. The island boasts numerous international schools that offer a high standard of education to children.

Low pollution and less population density are other strong factors that can convince you to move to Cyprus. However, it is essential to remember that visa requirements can vary for those moving from an EU-member state and non-EU member state.

What is dilute phase pneumatic conveying?

‘Dilute’ and ‘dense’ refer to the relative proportions of air and transported material; therefore, a dilute phase conveyor moves a relatively high amount of air to transport a given quantity of material – typically 5,000’-8,000’ per minute. At these speeds material is kept airborne and continuous steady throughput is maximised. In contrast, dense phase systems tumble material through the conveyor gently with typical velocities from 400’-2,000’ per minute.

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Dilute conveying is less suitable for materials that are abrasive, fragile, or prone to segregation; however, about three-quarters of conveyors use the dilute approach, and dilute phase conveying continues to experience strong worldwide year-on-year growth.

Advantages and disadvantages

Mixtures may be prone to separate under dilute conditions, hence dense phase is often selected for processes such as conveying blended ingredients during food preparation, either to the next process phase or to packaging.

Theoretically the slower operation of dense phase provides an energy saving, providing all components of the system are well matched; however, there is often a bigger initial investment because maintaining optimum pressure drop across the system is more critical and requires efficient gas-tight valves to keep material moving steadily. For the same reason, dense phase is less suitable for longer runs.

Dilute systems are easier to install, route and maintain, providing a steadier and more continuous throughput.

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Vacuum or positive pressure

Either type of flow can be driven by blowers upstream of the material intake or vacuum pumps downstream of the discharge points. Vacuum conveying compounds some of the drawbacks of dense phase, such as shorter runs and critical sealing; therefore, dilute vacuum conveying is more common. In either case, the design of a vacuum conveyor requires the assistance of a specialist such as http://www.aptech.uk.com/pneumatic-conveying/vacuum-conveying/.

In vacuum conveyors material can be discharged in batches through butterfly or slide gate valves, or continuously using rotary airlocks. Vacuum-driven conveyors make it easier to pull from multiple sources and deliver to a single destination, and vice versa with positive pressure. Airlocks are located at the inlet of a pressure driven system and at the discharge point of a vacuum one. Using vacuum pumps makes it easier to eliminate all leakage and maintain a clean environment, which is a very common reason for selecting these systems.

Hybrid vacuum/pressure dilute phase systems are also possible that combine the advantages of both pressure and vacuum systems.

Which is better, renting or buying?

Did you know that before the Second World War in the UK not many people owned their own homes? For example, in 1918, 77% of properties were rentals and this was the norm for most of the country. However, a dramatic shift occurred and by the 1980s, home ownership had far overtaken the number of renters.

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This was partly as a result of the government’s policy in 1980 for the ‘Right to Buy’ social housing for residents. After the Second World War, many devastated areas needed rebuilding which encouraged investment in providing social housing. Social renting accounted for 25% of all UK households by 1961 but home ownership was picking up pace as well during the 1950s as wages began to rise.

Home ownership peaked in the 1980s but as the 1989 Local Government and Housing Act no longer required local authorities to hold housing stock, which resulted in the beginning of a decline in the numbers of people socially renting and an increase in private landlord properties. For a Gloucester Estate Agency, visit tg residential.

The new dream has become one of contented home ownership and renting is often seen as a poor relation. People might say it’s ‘money wasted’ as there is no purchase of equity for future investment. However, renting is actually the preferred housing option in some European countries, including Germany. As Germany is Europe’s most successful economic nation while Brits struggle to find mortgages, have they got the right idea?

It’s not that rents are significantly cheaper in Germany, as in some thriving cities, young professionals can spend up to half their monthly earnings on rent. However, not getting on the property ladder doesn’t seem to bother young Germans like it does us Brits. And it’s this attitude that is reflected in the housing market. While in Britain, house prices have almost doubled in the last decade, while in Germany they have increased by a slight 3%.

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Renting is big business in German cities with 90% of residential households being rentals in Berlin. More rural areas like Saarland have much greater home ownership levels of around 60%. Reasons for low home ownership in Germany could be that the tax system isn’t particularly geared towards helping homeowners and lending conditions are very strict, which might make it almost impossible for many young people.

Long-term renting is, understandably, much more common in Germany and there is a wider choice of properties and at a slightly cheaper monthly cost than similar homes in this country. Germany didn’t enjoy the housing boom that was experienced in the UK and so traditionally home ownership was seen as riskier for the German people.

Ownership in the UK had risen to a peak of 69% in 2001 but has decreased slightly since. The percentage of rented households grew in all areas of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011 with London having a 50% mix of renting and ownership. With continued high property prices and difficult lending conditions, private renting is again on the increase with many regions suffering from a shortage of available properties to let.