Airbnb NYC Rules And Regulations: What You Need To Know

It’s no secret that the demand for vacation rentals and other short-term rentals in New York City is sky-high. After all, NYC is one of the biggest tourist travel destinations in the world. Not only can NYC hotels be expensive, but availability may be limited—causing many travelers to turn to services like Airbnb to find rentals. Many travelers also feel as though an Airbnb (or similar) rental provides a more authentic experience than a hotel.

If you live in New York City, you may be toying around with the idea of becoming an Airbnb host yourself to take advantage of this high demand for rentals. Before you do, however, it’s important to not only weigh the pros and cons of Airbnb hosting, but to be aware of NYC’s strict laws and regulations that are in place regarding these types of rentals. Doing so can help you make a more informed decision and potentially help you avoid costly penalties or fines down the road.

Benefits of Becoming an Airbnb Host

There are several benefits to consider when it comes to becoming an Airbnb host.

Bring in Additional Income

Perhaps the biggest draw of Airbnb hosting is that of bringing in additional income. By renting out extra space in your home, you can earn extra money that may help to offset your monthly rent or mortgage costs. This can be a great alternative to taking on a second job or picking up more hours at your current job.

Flexibility and Versatility

Being an Airbnb host also offers a great deal of flexibility and customization. For example, you can choose to only rent your place out during peak times of the year, such as the holiday season. On the other hand, you can offer rentals year-round if you wish. Airbnb also allows you the freedom to decide on your own rental rates.

Meet New People

If you enjoy meeting new people, then becoming an Airbnb host can be a great way to do this. Not only will you have the chance to host new guests in your home on a regular basis, but you can act as a “tour guide” of sorts by making recommendations around the city. A lot of Airbnb hosts find this to be a very rewarding experience.

Potential Drawbacks of Becoming an Airbnb Host

Of course, there are some possible drawbacks to consider when it comes to Airbnb hosting as well.

Income Can Be Unpredictable

If you’re looking for a side-gig where your income is predictable from one month (or even one week) to the next, this may not be the best option for you. Demand for rentals can fluctuate greatly, and so can your income from hosting an Airbnb.

Finding Renters Can Be Time Consuming

Communicating with renters and potential renters can be a time-consuming task. You’ll need to make yourself readily available to respond to questions and inquiries about your rental. Even once you’ve secured renters for a particular time frame, you’ll need to be in frequent contact with them to provide the information they need prior to their stay. During your guests’ stay, they may need to get ahold of you with additional questions or requests. Don’t forget to get renter’s insurance just in case!

Renters Aren’t Always the Best Guests

You’re taking on a bit of liability when you open up your home to “strangers,” even if they are paying for their stay. Not all guests are as clean and courteous as you may expect, so you may end up with some cleaning up to do after they leave.

Some Cities Have Strict Regulations on Rentals

In New York City particularly, becoming an Airbnb host can be complicated due to the many laws and regulations that are currently in place. Whether you live in an apartment, condominium, or single-family home, your ability to legally become an Airbnb host can be muddled by confusing laws—and failing to abide by these laws can result in hefty penalties and fines.

Understanding Hosted vs. Unhosted Rentals

If you’re thinking about becoming an Airbnb host in New York City, the first thing you’ll want to do is familiarize yourself with the city’s laws regarding such rentals, including the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL). Please note that this section on hosted versus unhosted rentals applies specifically to those living in a multiple-dwelling unit, which is classified as a building with three or more separate rental units. Those considering renting out a single-family home on Airbnb in New York City should check out the section below labeled “What About Condominiums and Single-Family Homes?”

Hosted Airbnb Rentals in NYC

A hosted Airbnb rental refers to one where the owner of the unit is present during the time of the guest’s stay. If you’re renting out your condo on Airbnb, then this means you’ll be present for the entirety of your guest’s stay, acting as a host. These types of rentals in New York City are permitted for any duration of time, provided that the guest has complete access to all parts of the unit.

Unhosted Airbnb Rentals in NYC

The main issue with becoming an Airbnb host in New York City is complying with the state’s strict Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL), which prohibits unhosted rentals of less than 30 days in “Class A Dwellings” (buildings with three or more units). This means that if you want to rent out your apartment to bring in additional income while you’re away for the weekend, you actually cannot do this legally.

A Note on Rent-Stabilized Buildings

If you live in a rent-stabilized unit, such as a co-op, keep in mind that there may be additional restrictions on how much you can charge for an Airbnb rental. In general, those living in rent-stabilized buildings are discouraged from becoming Airbnb hosts because even in situations where laws are followed, many landlords frown on having these buildings used for Airbnb rental purposes. Even if your co-op doesn’t have specific rules against short-term leases and using your unit for Airbnb hosting, you might still ruffle feathers with your landlord and other tenants who grow tired of seeing non-residents coming in and out of the building.

Furthermore, in a rent-stabilized building, you cannot legally make a profit on an Airbnb rental. In most cases, you’d probably have an easier time simply finding somebody to move in on a longer-term basis and take over half of the rent.

What About Condominiums and Single-Family Homes?

If you own a condominium and are thinking about renting it out as an Airbnb, remember that state laws take precedent. If your condo is located inside a Class A Dwelling, you will still be prohibited to conduct any unhosted rentals for less than 30 days. In addition to this, your condominium’s HOA may have specific bylaws in place that make it difficult to become an Airbnb host. For example, some may have minimum/maximum lease terms or even explicitly prohibit the use of units for vacation rentals.

If you have a single-family home in New York City, you won’t be affected by the state’s Multiple Dwelling Law. However, you may still be subjected to zoning restrictions that can complicate your plans to be an Airbnb host. For example, your home may need to meet specific building codes to meet the legal requirements of a “rooming house.” The best way to find out what type of zoning restrictions are in place for your property is to look up your Certificate of Occupancy. There’s a chance that you may need to obtain a certificate in order to have your zoning amended, and inspections may need to be performed on your home in order to do this.

Keep in mind, too, that renting out your home on Airbnb or a similar platform could also subject you to additional taxes, which could eat into your profits.

What’s the Reasoning for These Restrictions, Anyway?

As you can see, there are numerous restrictions and laws in place that can make it difficult to become an Airbnb host in New York City. However, these restrictions are in place for a reason. For starters, Airbnb was originally started to be used as a home-sharing service; it was not intended to become an income platform for commercial investors. Over the years, however, more commercial investors have been getting involved in the Airbnb market, which many New Yorkers claim has had a significant impact on neighborhoods by increasing prices and driving gentrification.

On the other hand, Airbnb claims that these services are actually helping the NYC economy by allowing residents to bring in more income and preventing hotel prices from surging. Regardless of what you believe to be the case, everybody in New York City is subject to the same laws and restrictions and can face serious fines by disregarding them.

Potential Fines and Penalties for Illegal Renting in NYC

Specific fines and penalties for illegally renting out a dwelling can vary greatly in New York City. For example, violations of the MDL can easily result in fines of up to $2,500 per day. In New York City, it is also against the law to even advertise illegal rentals as of October 2016. If you’re caught advertising an illegal rental, you can expect to face fines ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 (depending on how many violations you’ve had). Airbnb can also be charged these fines for allowing your advertisement on their platform.

Fines can be hefty, but the good news is that as long as you’re staying up-to-date on city laws and regulations regarding Airbnb and similar rentals, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Making the Most of Your NYC Airbnb Rental

If you’ve decided to become an Airbnb host in New York City, there are a few tips worth keeping in mind that can help you make the most of the experience.

Stay on Top of Changing Laws

First and foremost, stay up-to-date on new laws and changes to existing laws. For example, the city is currently trying to pass a law that would require Airbnb hosts to list their active rental addresses on the platform. The idea here is that this would prevent commercial investors from using the platform for profits. Airbnb is fighting this law as a violation of free speech, but you’ll want to stay on top of this and other proposed laws that could affect you so you don’t commit any violations as an Airbnb host.

Hire a Professional Cleaning Company

Keeping your rental clean is one of the best ways to ensure great guest reviews, which can, in turn, make it easier to find new renters and drive up your income. If you haven’t done so already, consider working with a local cleaning company to help you keep your place in tip-top shape. Maid Sailors is happy to offer a number of cleaning lady services to suit your needs in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Have a Plan For Maintenance Issues

In addition to having a cleaning company you can trust, it’s also wise to have an experienced contractor or handyman on-call so you can address any maintenance issues quickly during your guest’s stay. For example, if a pipe springs a leak while you have guests, you’ll want to be able to have this taken care of quickly and affordable.

Know How Much to Charge

Airbnb allows you to charge as much or as little as you’d like for your rental, but there are some important factors worth taking into consideration when it comes to pricing your property. A good place to start would be to look up current prices for similar rentals in your are and try to price yours competitively. When deciding on a price, be sure to also factor in things like cleaning fees to maximize your profits.

Make Sure Your House Rules Are Clear

Avoid issues with your guests by writing out a specific set of “house rules” that are clear. This should include policies on things like pets, children, noise/quiet hours, and similar items. Make sure your guests are issues a copy of these house rules prior to their stay so they can review them and address any questions or issues with you prior to their check-in.

Overall, becoming an Airbnb host in New York City will require some specific knowledge of the state and city’s laws regarding the renting out of dwellings. As long as you understand and abide by these laws (as well as any rules set forth by your HOA or landlord), you should be in good shape. From there, you can begin enjoying all the perks of being an Airbnb host in the Big Apple!

Five Ways To Get Your Money Back From Bad Contractors

Hundreds of thousands of homeowners tackle major projects in their home each year, with the majority using licensed contractors to get the job done. Construction contractors in both residential and commercial lines of work are required to meet certain licensing guidelines in order to operate their businesses legally in the state where they work. This means they may have to complete an exam covering construction practices and skill sets, hold certain bonds or insurance coverage, or have a specific number of years in the industry. While taking the time to vet a contractor in terms of his or her license status, bonding, and insurance, or experience, there are instances where things do not go as planned.

Homeowners who end up working with a bad contractor may face challenges in recouping their losses. However, there are a handful of steps homeowners can take to get their money back, either directly or indirectly, when a contractor did not fulfill his obligations. The best practice, though, is to pursue one or more of these remedies after having a conversation with the contractor. If that does not create a viable solution, determine which fix works best for your circumstances.

Go to Small Claims Court

Small claims court is a legal venue for homeowners who feel they are owed money back from a contractor. In small claims court, individuals bring small monetary claims against other individuals or companies, typically with damages of no more than $10,000. However, the amount you can claim depends on the limits of your state. During a small claims court case, you present your claim against the contractor for faulty work, a failure to meet contractual obligations or other issues that you feel left you with a loss.

If the contractor does not show up to the case, you will win your judgment by default. However, you will be responsible for collecting the amount you won which may be easier said than done.

Hire an Attorney

If you have a case worth more than your state’s small claims limit, or you feel as though a legal expert may help in the matter, hiring an attorney is an option as well. Attorneys with experience in the construction industry will know how to find weaknesses in a contract, as well as how the work performed or left incomplete violates a contract. The attorney can help you determine what you may be owed, and the best possible route for pursuing the contractor or business.

Hiring an attorney is the most costly remedy. You may pay a few to several thousands of dollars to get legal help, and the process to file a lawsuit takes more time than other options.

File a Complaint with the State

Depending on your state, contractors in the construction industry are required to have a license in order to operate a business legally. The licensing details are submitted to a state licensing board for verification and approval, and they are renewed every one or two years. If you are having trouble getting money back from a contractor, get in touch with your state’s licensing board and file a complaint. While the state board may not provide assistance directly with recouping your losses, a complaint against a contractor may mean the loss of his or her license. This could prompt the contractor to return what is owed to you.

Pursue a Bond Claim

Part of the licensing process for contractors is getting a surety bond. A contractor license bond provides some peace of mind to customers in the event something goes wrong. If a contract is not completed per the terms of the agreement, you may have the ability to file a claim against the bond. Surety agencies will work with you to determine the best solution to the issue, whether that is a payment for damages, hiring a new contractor or maid service, or prompting the initial contractor to complete the work they promised.

Post Reviews

One of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to get a contractor’s attention and potential reimbursement for losses due to bad work is using online review platforms. Any combination of social media, online review sites, or community boards can be used to provide detailed information about your experience with a contractor and the less-than-quality work completed. Contractors want to maintain their reputation in the community, so posting a negative review could prompt them to make the wrong right.

However, it is important to post reviews that are true and to have evidence of the shoddy work if possible. Contractors have the ability to sue you for false statements or libel if you post a review that isn’t honest.

One or more of these remedies can help you get your money back from a bad contractor, or prevent the contractor from performing low-quality work for another customer in the future. Be sure to first take time to speak with the contractor to see if a resolution can be made before pursuing any of these strategies.

Eric Weisbrot is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry under several different roles within the company, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.

Things To Do In Weehawken

Located on the Hudson River in New Jersey, Weehawken is a popular destination for its historical landmarks, parks, and piers. Its raised elevation along the Hudson Palisades also makes it an ideal location to enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan.

Top 5 Things to Do in Weehawken

Whether you’ve recently moved to the area, are planning on moving to Weehawken, or are even visiting as a tourist, there is no shortage of things to see and do. From river tours and memorials to parks and other points of interest, Weehawken has something to offer for everyone. Take a look at our list of the top five things to do for a little inspiration. Keep in mind that some of these activities may be weather-permitting and may not be available during the colder months of winter.

1. Take a Skyline Tour at Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park has an incredible history—and today, it is the sight of many recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Specifically, Hamilton Park hosts the site where Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in 1804. In this park, you can find a small memorial on the rock where Alexander Hamilton allegedly laid his head after he was wounded in the duel. I

Hamilton Park is situated along Port Imperial Boulevard on the Hudson River, offering excellent views of the New York City Skyline and the beautiful river itself. You can also get these views if you are living in Jersey City or living in Hoboken. The park itself is relatively small in size, but there is plenty to see and do here. One of the more popular attractions offered is the recurring skyline tour, which offers some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline.

There are a number of different tour options available to suit your needs. For example, there are both night and daytime tours, with different stops along the way. These tours are actually available all throughout Weehawken, but one of the more popular pick-up locations is right in Hamilton Park. All transportation is included, and most of these skyline tours include stops for views of the Statue of Liberty as well as a visit to Frank Sinatra’s hometown. This is a must for those who want to enjoy a “behind-the-scenes” view of the Big Apple while taking advantage of some incredible photo opportunities in the process.

Hamilton Park also hosts a summer concert series that typically runs on weekends from July through September. These concerts are free to the public, so consider attending one if you’ll be in the area during the summer months.

2. Visit the World War One Memorial

While you’re at Hamilton Park, you may also want to check out the World War One Memorial. Here, you’ll find a number of monuments and inscriptions in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States during what was then simply known as “The World War.” One of the most popular attractions inside the memorial is the Soldiers and Sailors monument, which was built in 1930 and contains a number of bronze figures. Many parts of the memorial are specifically dedicated to Weehawken soldiers who served in the war as well. This memorial is a must-see for those stopping in or around Hamilton Park.

3. Enjoy a Walk Through Old Glory Park

Another park worth checking out if you’ll be visiting Weehawken is that of Old Glory Park, which is a popular destination on Kennedy Boulevard. This small park is situated quite a distance from the Hudson, but its elevation allows for some incredible views of the river and the Manhattan Skyline. Despite its small size, this park remains quite busy year-round (but especially during the months of spring and summer). It is a popular destination for those wanting to take some gorgeous skyline photos of New York City.

Old Glory Park is also located close to popular Weehawken restaurants and offers walking paths, making it a great place to burn off some calories after dinner with a brisk walk. A family-friendly park, it also offers a small playground for children to enjoy. If you’re looking for a hidden gem that’s less crowded than Hamilton Park but still offers beautiful views of the area, this is it.

4. Go on a Dinner Cruise Along the Hudson

Thanks to Weehawken’s location right along the Hudson River, another popular attraction that both locals and tourists enjoy is that of going on a river cruise. There are several different companies that offer Hudson River cruises, including the Spirit of New Jersey. This particular company offers a range of lunch, dinner, and specialty/holiday cruises to suit your needs. With each cruise, guests enjoy incredible views of the Hudson River and New York City skylines. The boat also stops at a number of must-see attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge, so you can do your sightseeing while you enjoy your hot meal and drinks.

Included in all Spirit of New Jersey cruises are a 2-3 hour ride along both the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as a buffet and unlimited beverages such as water, iced/hot tea, and coffee. Each cruise also has its own DJ and interactive games for everybody to enjoy. Extras and upgrades are also available to take your cruise experience to the next level. For example, consider enjoying a cocktail at the cash bar or making a reservation for a window table for the absolute best views. There is also a professional photographer on-board to take your photo and provide prints on-the-spot.

Additional services and extras are also available for special events, so reach out to the cruise director if you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion!

5. Watch the Sunset on Weehawken Recreation Pier

The beautiful Weehawken Recreation Pier opened just a few years ago in October of 2016; this $3.1 million project includes a pier that juts out more than 400 feet into the Hudson River, offering excellent views of the New York City skyline and more. Visit this pier for yourself and you’ll enjoy a number of activities, including a unique “kayak pod” where you can rent and launch kayaks directly into the river. The pier itself was actually designed with an innovative “pod” structure, where each pod offers a different activity.

In addition to the kayaking pod, there is also one for fishing, educational visits (such as those from nearby schools), and a  raised pod for viewing.

This pier is also one of the best places in town to watch a sunrise or sunset; consider packing a picnic basket and enjoying a meal as you take in the breathtaking views. There is also plenty of room on this pier to walk, run, or even ride a bike.

Other Weehawken Attractions

While we’ve picked our top five things to see and do in Weehawken above, there are a few other sights and attractions that deserve an honorable mention and are certainly worth checking out if you’ll be in the area.

The Weehawken Water Tower is an architecturally fascinating structure that was built in 1883. Looming about 175 feet over the city, the tower was originally erected to help transport fresh water from the nearby Hackensack River to local communities, such as Hoboken and Weehawken. Originally, the tower was part of a large complex that included office buildings, shops, and other attractions. Today, only the tower stands—and though it is no longer used for water storage and transport, it still serves as a local point of interest. Today, there is even a small park located around the base of the tower and the city hosts occasional events, such as tours and poetry readings, inside the renovated tower itself.

Weehawken also has a 9/11 Memorial, which is located along the Hudson Riverfront on Port Imperial Boulevard. This memorial opened in 2011 and consists of two large beams that were salvaged from the World Trade Center site. The memorial also features an infinity pool and fountain, serving as a reminder of the lives lost on that fateful day in United States history.

Weehawken also has a public library, which is located in a historic building on Hauxhurst Avenue. The building first opened as a library in 1942 and was both renovated and expanded in 1997. Today, it offers 25 computers available for use to the public, as well as a historical room and a community room. For children, there is also a dedicated kids’ reading area. Throughout the year, the Weehawken Public Library hosts a wide range of free events, including book readings and classes for children of all ages.

Whether you’ll be visiting or living in Weehawken, you’ll also want to check out Park Avenue, which runs through the center of town and is a hub for all kinds of shops, bars, and restaurants. You could easily spend an entire day shopping and dining along Park Avenue. When you’re done, there are a number of parks and other attractions within walking distance as well.

Getting Around Weehawken and Beyond

If you’ll be traveling to Weehawken from another destination, you’ll find that the easiest way to get from local airports like Newark and La Guardia is to take a bus or train to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. From there, you can easily catch a bus through the Lincoln Tunnel into Weehawken. The town is also easily accessible through the popular PATH rapid transit system.

Once you’re in Weehawken, having a car is certainly the easiest way to get around. There is a decent amount of public parking available for those who have rented cars or who have driven their personal vehicles into town. Bus service is also available throughout Weehawken and Hudson County, though schedules and stops can be somewhat unreliable. For those wanting to take a day trip into Manhattan, there are many 24-hour bus services that offer rides to and from Weehawken and downtown.

Some parts of Weehawken are easily walkable, including areas such as downtown Park Avenue.

Considering a Move to Weehawken?

Many people who live and work in New York City are making the move to Weehawken, and for good reason. Not only is the cost of living significantly lower here than in the Big Apple, but many people also prefer the smaller town vibe that Weehawken has to offer. There is less hustle and bustle, as well as a less dense population. Still, Weehawken is close enough for most to continue with a daily commute into work in downtown Manhattan and other parts of New York City. Ferries, the PATH system, and bus routes are all viable means of getting to New York City from Weehawken and back as part of your daily commute.

Many also enjoy Weehawken for its historical significance and the lower costs of rent/home ownership. Your money will go a lot further in Weehawken than it will in New York City when it comes to renting or buying a home. This makes it a great place to start or raise a family, as there are many more single-family homes available with yard space and more square footage.

If you’re considering a move to Weehawken to enjoy a more relaxed and stress-free lifestyle, you may also want to look into hiring a Weehawken professional cleaning company. A reputable company like Maid Sailors can provide you with the move-out cleaning you need to get your security deposit back at your NYC residence and handle any move-in cleaning or regular cleaning you may need at your new place. From there, you can relax and enjoy the slower pace of life here in Weehawken while still being close to all the action that New York City has to offer.

Cleaning Your Home Efficiently: A Guide To Stress Free House Cleaning 

A lot of people dread cleaning their house, and that results in the job being pushed back further and further. But cleaning up doesn’t have to be that ominous task. If you plan things well, you can spread out the work and keep your house tidy without needing to do a giant, exhausting cleaning job. These kinds of jobs always go smoother when you have a strategy and know how to organize your time. Keep reading to find out how to clean your home efficiently.

Getting Started

“Any time you decide it’s time to clean, turn on some music for fun. Having music, or even a podcast, one can really help keep you motivated and entertained as you clean,” writes Donna Sharp, lifestyle blogger at StateofWriting and big assignments. Whatever puts you in a good mood really, for a lot of people that’s lively music.

One easy task to start with is simply picking up the clutter around your room. This can also be a great opportunity to look at the things lying around and decide if you really need them, or if they can be given away or thrown out. The fewer things you have, the less mess, and the fewer things to store or pack up when you move.

Regular Chores

There are some things that really should just be done every day, even if you don’t always feel like it. An obvious one is making your bed. Making your bed is about more than just tidying up your bedding and pillows. Once you get into the simple habit of making your bed, it becomes easier to move on to other cleaning jobs.

You get that little sense of accomplishment and that’s powerful. Before you know it you’ll be loading or unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, and wiping down the surfaces in your kitchen. You might find it helpful to create cleaning checklists to keep on track. Study Demic and Academy advisor are all great online writing tools that can help you create and format your checklist.

Dusting and Vacuuming

Dusting is important to keep a clean home, and it’s especially important to do this and improve the air quality if you have allergies. Try and give all your hard surfaces dust about once per week. If you’re having trouble reaching some spots high up, try tying a damp cloth on the end of your broom. Blinds can be tricky, but don’t let that be your excuse to skip over them. Try pulling on the string to close them all one way and you’ll find it goes a lot faster.

Then just reverse them the other way and repeat. Don’t forget those hidden spots like the tops of ceiling fan blades, the top or your TV, picture frames, and all your cool, conversation-piece knick-knacks. Give every room a vacuum, beginning by checking to make sure your bags aren’t full. Don’t forget your upholstered furniture, it collects dust too. A lot of times you will find some lost socks and mitts you thought were gone forever. You might even find a quarter, the Holy Grail of checking under cushions, while you’re vacuuming.

Cleaning The Bathroom

The bathroom is probably the most dreaded room for most people to clean. It can be pretty off-putting, but it’s got to be done, and who doesn’t love stepping into a sparkling clean bathroom? Begin by removing any bathmats and wastebaskets, and then giving it a good vacuum. Then you can remove all your soaps, shampoos, and other items from the shower.

“Get some warm water all over the shower walls and tub. Use some tile and grout cleaner, remembering to let it sit for a while and do its job. Give everything a good scrub using some all-purpose cleaner,” recommends Kay Tolbert, interior design blogger at Academized and Paper Fellows. When you’re done, rinse it off and dry with a cloth. Spray cleaner on your vanity and give it a good wash. Scrub your sink as well, rinsing it out when you finish, and wringing out your cloth. Give the front of your cabinets a quick wipe down. Spray some glass cleaner onto a cloth and clean your mirror. Use the all-purpose cleaner to wash the floor and leave it to dry. While that’s drying you can throw your towels and rugs in the wash and replace them with clean ones.


Cleaning isn’t something many people look forward to, but there are ways of making it more approachable and enjoyable. Put on some tunes to get yourself motivated. Stay on top of those regular chores and make them a daily habit. Do yourself a favor and keep your air quality high by dusting and vacuuming regularly. Don’t procrastinate cleaning that bathroom, just breaks it down into steps and tackle them one at a time. You’ll feel great once it’s all done.

About the Author

Freddie Tubbs is a lifestyle blogger at UK Writings and Boom Essays. He regularly shares his posts at online magazines and blogs, such as the Vault and Essay Roo.

What Is A Surety Bond And How It Differs From Insurance

In the world of business, there are several tools which can be used to provide protection against financial loss. Both surety bonds and insurance offer a safeguard to individuals working in construction or certain trades, but there are subtle differences between the two which should be understood. If you’re working as a licensed contractor or tradesman, knowing what a surety bond is, how insurance differs, how each is priced, and the requirements for having one – or both – in place is a necessary part of operating a sound business, especially if you are operating an insured maid service. Here’s what you need to know about surety bonds and insurance.

What is a Surety Bond?

It is common to confuse a surety bond with an insurance policy. However, a surety bond works differently than insurance even though both offer a form of protection. With a surety bond, a contractor or tradesman purchases coverage from a surety agency which is meant to protect the project owner, not the contractor himself. This protection is to safeguard the project owner from fraudulent practices or incomplete work.

When a claim is made against a surety bond, the surety agency holding the bond for the contractor or tradesman pays out the claim, up to the limits of the bond. Unlike an insurance policy, a surety bond claim is then repaid by the contractor back to the surety agency.

Understanding Insurance Coverage

Insurance policies for contractors and tradespeople differ from surety bonds in several ways. First, an insurance policy is not meant to provide protection to the customer of a contractor, but instead, it offers protection to the contractor himself. When damage to a building or project site takes place, or theft occurs, insurance coverage is there is help offset the financial loss. The customers of contractors and tradespeople do not receive any benefit from insurance in these cases.

Additionally, insurance coverage benefits paid out to a contractor once a claim is made to have no requirement of repayment. The insurance company takes on the risk of loss, up to the limits of the policy coverage, and the contractor is protected should an event take place in the future. Several different types of insurance policies are available to contractors, including general liability, workers’ compensation, and builder’s risk insurance.

Differences in Pricing

Above and beyond the differences in the protection offered by surety bonds and insurance policies, differences also exist in the pricing structure of each. Surety bonds are priced as a percentage of the total bond amount. This percentage is also determined by the risk factors associated with the contractor and his or her business. For instance, an individual with a bad credit history, including late payments to creditors, tax liens, and court judgments, will pay more than a contractor with a strong credit score and clean credit history. These financial factors play a role in surety bond pricing because a bond is essentially a form of credit extended to the contractor.

Insurance coverage, on the other hand, is priced based on the amount at risk for the insurance company. For example, a general liability policy for a contractor ranges in price depending on the claims history of the individual as well as the total amount of coverage requested. Contractors who work on high-risk projects, those who have a long history of claims made against other policies, and those who have been in business a short amount of time will pay higher premiums than contractors who do not show these traits.

Requirements for Either

In nearly all states, counties and cities require licensed contractors to secure a surety bond to operate their business legally. The amount of the bond varies greatly from one location to the next, making it necessary for contractors and tradespeople to look into their state’s requirements for bonding. Insurance coverage is not always a requirement for contractors, but it may be a need regardless. Insurance policies can significantly reduce the risk of financial loss to the business, helping contractors stay afloat should a disaster or theft take place.


Construction contractors and tradespeople need to evaluate their business needs to determine whether a surety bond, insurance coverage, or a combination of the two protection strategies is needed. It is also necessary to determine the cost of a surety bond and insurance and plan ahead for this expense. Having the right protection in place not only satisfies legal requirements to operate a business, but it also lays the foundation for safeguarding project owners, customers, and the business over time.









Eric Weisbrot is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry under several different roles within the company, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.

Benefits Of Ducted Air Conditioning In Your Home

The ducted air conditioning technique has turned out to be a great choice, especially when regulating temperatures of different rooms in the same building. The systems are designed to consume different amounts of energy depending on the task intended to perform. Ducted air conditioning installation is one of the most important home appliances that need to be set up in a house. It is important to air ventilation in the house.

The reason for this is that the ducted systems are renowned for its discreet and low key nature which means that the consumer will be able to install this style within their home and not have to worry about it. Purchasing and installing an air conditioner is the best way to combat the hot summer weather as ducted air conditioners are easy and the best cooling devices available today.

This type of cooling system is so incredibly popular that it is used in many commercial buildings for its effectiveness. Common applications for this powerful cooling systems include the multi-level type of buildings, shopping complexes, and hotels. When compared with other air conditioning systems ducted air conditioners typically perform much better overall. Ducted air conditioners actually based on the outside environment.

People also want that they live in the house in a comfortable way. In the hotter months, they must do something in their homes as the hot air will be reduced and go outside and then the temperature inside become cool. So if you purchase fans also then the better option is to take the small air conditioner that sits in the window in the living room. Next, because the bedroom is stifling, another portable unit is set in the bedroom’s one window. Then, several more fans are purchased to circulate the cooler air around. But, as time goes by these homeowners find that the small cooling units freeze up or do not put out enough cool air.

The fans are most effective when strategically placed in the walkways. Thus, on a regular basis, someone is tripped and there are falls and cords ripped from electric sockets! Having such an efficient cooling system begs the question of what the benefits of built-in air conditioning systems could possible.

Home air conditioning provides many benefits over running fans or even the traditional air conditioning unit that is installed via the window. For one thing, home air conditioners are centrally controlled. Unlike window limited units these home air conditioning have the capability of cooling the entire home at one time via an air duct system that pumps as the air and evenly distributes it throughout the house. With the window units, they are not only becoming obsolete but they are limited in their usage too.

The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning

Low Electric Bills

The benefits of air conditioning systems that are built-in include saving money which you can use on a same day cleaning service. Often that the ducted air conditioner circulating the cool air in every room of the home and save more electricity than the multiple portable fans and AC. This is the one unit that saves the electricity is more effective at keeping all the rooms of the home cool. A further saving of electricity occurs because these units have a very accurate temperature gauge that automatically adjusts to temperature fluctuation. This temperature gauge is extremely helpful when the weather is unpredictable.

Convenience, Comfort, and Contentment

These built-in systems where the air is quietly circulated all through the house take up less indoor space leaving windows and walkways free. The rooms are kept at a comfortable temperature level desired. Also, the buyer can be assured that the professionals will install a trusted brand that will be reliable and function well for years to come.

Health Advantages

There is also health advantage by use to these units, which include the better air quality comes with the temperature controlled cooling over the running fans. Home units have installed the filtration systems to trap the air dust and other polluting particles to give a cleaner more breathable environment. This helps against chronic disorders such as asthma, coughing and sneezing and lessens the chance of sickness. The air we breathe is important as home air conditioning units are sure to provide a safer option for all.

The home air conditioning systems with air ducts in every room tie in some health advantages. For instance, those most vulnerable to heat extremes will not have their more fragile immune system stressed. These vulnerable ones are children, elderly and those with chronic illness. Also, there is the Air filtration that comes with every AC. This cleaner, filtered air is what is circulated through the home and is especially needful for those who have allergies or live in areas with poor air quality.

So the benefits of home air conditioning systems that are built-in do become evident as electricity costs are down and the air is quietly comfortable and filtered. Another thing that is often unnoticed is how home life is highly improved since family members are not cranky in a hot, stuffy house! Indeed, more and more homeowners are choosing to invest in these silently efficient indoor climate controllers.

Do You Need A Property Manager?

Renting out a residential property can be an excellent way to bring in additional income. At the same time, the responsibilities that come along with being a landlord can be taxing. Not only will you need to put time and money into maintaining the property, but you’ll also have to handle finding/screening tenants, filling vacancies, collecting rent, and everything in between.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all this responsibility, it may be time to consider hiring a property manager for your rental home, apartment building, or other residence.

What Does A Property Manager Do?

Specifically, a property manager is designed to handle all the responsibilities of a landlord—and then some. This includes dealing with your current tenants by responding to maintenance requests, collecting rent, and renewing leases. Responsibilities of a property manager may also include maintaining your property, collecting your security deposit, making repairs, and handling things like landscaping and exterior painting. Many property managers also handle evictions (when necessary) and marketing your property when vacancies become available, as well as screening applications for potential new clients.

Specific responsibilities of a property manager can vary from one to the next, and many offer customizable packages to help suit your specific needs and budget. Ultimately, though, the purpose of a property manager is to take most (or all) of the responsibility of managing your rental off your plate.

Benefits Of Hiring A Property Manager

When deciding whether a property manager is right for you, consider a few of the main benefits of hiring one.

Secure Higher Quality Tenants

Finding quality tenants who will reliably pay their rent on time and stick around can be one of your biggest challenges as a landlord. Working with a property manager can take this burden off your plate; these professionals know how to market your property to bring in the highest quality tenants so you can enjoy less turnover and maximize your profits.

Cut Back On Vacancies

When a vacancy does arise in one of your rental units, a property manager will stay on top of the game. He or she will see when a lease is due to be renewed and if the tenant doesn’t plan to renew, will begin working on filling the vacancy before it even opens up. This helps to cut down on lost profits and other costs you can otherwise incur when you have a rental unit sitting empty for any period of time.

Avoid Potential Legal Issues

When a tenant fails to pay rent and you have no choice but to follow through with an eviction, having an experienced property manager can make all the difference. He or she will know the necessary legal processes to follow in order to carry out an eviction properly while saving you the hassle and stress of dealing with it on your own.

Enjoy Possible Tax Savings

Often times, property managers can also work as consultants of sorts and help you maximize your deductions as a landlord come tax time. Your property manager may be familiar with specific write-offs you can make and credits you can take advantage of to save the most possible money on your taxes.

Free Up Valuable Time

If you’ve been working as full-time landlord at any of your rental properties, then you know just how time-consuming this can be.

If you have another job/career, have a family at home, or have any other major responsibilities in your life, you may simply feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to handle it all. When you hire a property manager, you can take most (if not all) of your landlord responsibilities off your plate, freeing up time for more important things in your life.

Cut Down On Maintenance/Repair Costs

Costs related to maintaining your property and making repairs can be high, especially if you’re finding yourself seeking out individual contractors for separate jobs. Most property managers have their own team of professionals that they turn to time and time again for this type of work, and they receive a discount that they can pass onto you. As a result, you may actually find that your maintenance costs are much lower with a property manager.

Potential Drawbacks Of Hiring A Property Manager

While hiring a property manager certainly has a lot of benefits, there are also some potential drawbacks to consider before you make a decision.

Requires Relinquishment Of Control

One of the biggest challenges some landlords will have with hiring a property manager is the degree of control that it requires you to relinquish. Rather than having the ultimate say in the day-to-day operations of your rental(s), an experienced property manager will be making a lot of these decisions on your behalf. This can be a hard pill for some people to swallow, so working with a property manager may not always be the best choice if you’re what some would describe as a “control freak!”

Could Be Costly

Another challenge to consider when it comes to hiring a property manager is the cost. This is one of the most difficult things for some people to get past. Property managers are full-time workers, so they don’t come cheap. At the same time, it’s important to consider the many ways in which hiring a property manager saves you time and money. From the savings on general maintenance and repairs to the higher quality tenants and reduced vacancy times, property managers can really help you maximize your profits.

And of course, your time is also valuable. When you hire a property manager, you could be freeing up literally hundreds of hours a month of your time. Can you put a price tag on that?

Signs You Should Hire A Property Manager

Still not sure whether a property manager is right for you? There are a few “signs” that could indicate it’s time to hire a professional to help manage your property.

You Live Far From Your Rental Property

Managing a rental property is difficult enough when you live close by, but when you don’t live close enough to be there often, things get a lot more challenging for both you and your tenants. If you live far enough from your property that you’re not able to visit daily, then you’d probably benefit from having a property manager.

You Own A Large Number of Units

Maintaining a single rental unit can be difficult enough; things get exponentially more difficult when you own and manage more than one unit. The larger the property and the more units you have, the more tenants you have to deal with as well. Having a property manager may pay off here.

You Don’t Enjoy Dealing With Your Tenants

Speaking of tenants, they’re not always the most pleasant to deal with. From angry tenants demanding repairs to tenants who miss their rental payments, not all landlords enjoy this aspect of the job. This is where hiring a property manager can make your life easier and less stressful.

You Don’t Have Much Experience In Managing A Rental

Sometimes, you come into owning a rental property unintentionally. This can happen when you inherit a property, for example. You may not have the experience in managing a rental property or the desire to learn. If this sounds familiar to you, then it may be time to either consider hiring a property manager or even selling the property altogether.

Other Services To Consider For Your Rental

A property manager can generally take care of many of the services you’ll need as a landlord, from maintenance contractors to landscaping professionals. One additional service you won’t want to overlook, however, is that of professional cleaning for your rental units.

With a professional home cleaning service, you can make sure your rental units are sparkling clean before your new tenants move in or when you’re showing your properties to prospective tenants. This saves you the hassle of cleaning the property yourself. Many professional cleaning companies offer specific move-in/move-out cleaning options that include everything from mopping floors to dusting and cleaning appliances so you can enjoy added confidence that your tenants will be wowed when they move in.

And since cleaning generally isn’t a service included by a property manager, this is something worth looking into as a separate service to further save you time and hassle.

As you can see, there are so many benefits (and a few potential drawbacks) of hiring a property manager when you own a residential rental property of any kind. Now that you have a better understanding of all that working with a property manager entails, you can make an informed decision regarding whether this is right for you.

If you’re interested in adding professional cleaning services to your rental property, Maid Sailors is here to help. We offer thorough move-in/move-out services to make your life easier. Contact us today to find out more about our cleaning services, or use our convenient online form to schedule your next cleaning service in 60 seconds or less!

What Are The Best Home Security Systems For Every Budget?

Affordable home security means different things to different people. What is cheap and affordable to one person might be too expensive for another. That is why we have rounded up five affordable home security systems to help you as you make your choice.

Let’s look at them right away.

Fortress Security Store Alarm System Kit

Even this alarm system is rather cheap for just around $100, it still gives you the added security and convenience that a mobile app offers.  Whenever the system detects unusual activity, you receive an alert through your phone.

The only downside to fortress security alarm system kit is the lack of professional monitoring. While professional monitoring is the surest way of keeping your home safe, it comes with a monthly subscription. So for a budget of under $100 you will have to make that sacrifice.

Wink Lookout

If your pockets run a little deeper, you can start out with the wink control hub. This affordable smart hub runs a network of connected devices that manage home automation devices such as thermostats and lights, as well as home security.  It goes for under $200.

This affordable home security system also gives you a great foundation you can build upon later on.

On the downside, wink lookout lacks security cameras. You will have to dig deeper into your pockets. If you want to have cameras around.

Scout small pack scout preselected small pack has all the basics you will need to begin protecting your home. It also helps you to add professional monitoring to your home security package.

One of the most exciting features of this pack is the ability to add monitoring. With just $9.99 per month, you can add professional monitoring. This is quite an affordable monitoring option for anyone looking for an affordable home security system.

It’s disappointing to know that scouts small pack only has one monitor sensor. This sensor can detect motion for not more than 25 feet. It, therefore, won’t be enough if you have a larger home.

Simplisafe Hearth Package

No one will know you are working on a budget when they see this security system in your home. Simplisafe offers other more affordable home security packages, but if you have a little more to splurge, you will love the extras in the hearth package. With $375 you will get fire protection and a 105 dB siren, the two must-haves for a home safety plan.

Smoke detectors are lifesavers. They are even better when they are part of your home. when they detect smoke, the fire alarm activates your security alarm system. This ensures that even when someone is sleeping through the alarm, they can still get notified.

Although simply safe hearth package is a great and affordable home security system, it lacks smart home integration. Simplisafe products can be easily integrated with nest thermostats and August smart locks, but they are still not compatible with smart hubs such as Amazon echo.

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Net is one of the big players in the home automation and security industry. They began by selling smart thermostats. They offer full-brown home security. Nest has a reputation for being expensive, so it is great that they have a $500 security starter pack.

All nest secure components are smart. That includes the nest guard system hub which has a keypad, alarm and motion sensor all together.  Nest also comes with smart window sensors that are linked up with all the other components of the system.

Compared to most do it yourself home security systems the nest secure starter pack is rather sparse. It lacks all the extra sensors and features you would be getting in another starter pack.


Front point is well known for its exceptional customer service. They are also among the best companies you can buy from.  Since it was started in 2007, the company has made its employees and customers their top priority.

Front point offers security systems configured to fit your needs.  They can deliver a highly customized system as soon as tomorrow. Their security system gives you awareness, protection, and control.

These security systems are easy to set up, so you can easily do it yourself. And you can count on their superb customer care to come to your rescue anytime you run into problems.

Another impressive feature of Frontpoint security systems is that they are wireless. They are therefore a great choice even if you live in a rented space since you can always pack it up when you need to move. The system also lays a good foundation for adding more devices in the future.

Forefront also offers crash and smash protection that keeps your security system working even when your control panel is destroyed.

Final word

You don’t need to own a fortune to have a quality security system. Irrespective of whether you are trying to save by investing in affordable equipment or by self-monitoring. These five affordable home security systems will provide you with the needed security at a cheap price without compromising on the quality.

About the Author:

Sam Hoffman is a content marketing consultant who helps businesses reach the exact audience. Sam is passionate about research and analytics. He frequently writes about the latest trends in home security. 

Steel Is A Great Eco-Friendly Option For Building Any Structure

Steel is regarded as one of the world’s strongest building materials; To be specific, it easily withstands a strong environment and weather effects that can damage other structures. Another surprising trait it has is that it minimizes waste and saves energy. This makes steel the absolute best eco-friendly option to use as a building material, which we will explain more.

Steel Meets Every Standard and Code for Green Building

Some of the steel’s great eco-friendly properties come from its exceptional durability; Its durability is important because it prevents homes and other structures from being abandoned and becoming waste. It’s also a great economic choice in general because of its durability, as it has unparalleled environmental resistance, large structural length, and low maintenance costs. Traditional homes with wooden frames, on the other hand, fail to meet the new eco-friendly and durable direction that the construction industry is heading towards.

Cold-formed steel specifically is recognized in every green building and eco-friendly rating program. This shows that it’s well positioned to meet even the highest standards of sustainability in the construction industry; In fact, programs like LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program by the US’s Green Building Council and the National Green Building Standard program strongly recommend it as an eco-friendly building material.

Using Steel as a Building Material Promotes Minimum Waste and High Recyclable Value

Steel is a material that allows multiple opportunities for recycling; Specifically, it can be recycled into new studs, joints and other components that are used in the building of new architecture. Its value as a recyclable material also lies in the fact that it’s the only material that holds an automatic default value, showing that it’s significantly more sustainable than other materials.

There is also little to no waste in the construction of steel buildings, as each piece of steel is specifically manufactured, engineered and delivered with the purpose of fitting a specific structure. To put it simply, it’s custom designed to fit a building’s structure, which means that there is no “waste” being produced onsite from the steel.

Steel is simply one of the most reusable and recyclable materials available in the construction industry. This comes from the fact that its strength does not creep, buckle and/or “wear down”; It offers huge opportunities for re-purposing as well, as any piece of steel can easily be reused in different projects and situations. Lastly, it’s 98% recyclable, which makes it the embodiment of eco-friendly construction materials whenever and wherever it is used.

Steel Allows More Insulation for Your Home and Better Support for Solar Panels, Which Saves Energy Costs

We really can’t stop singing the praises of steel as a building material and its strength is truly what allows it to be a great eco-friendly option, similar to an eco-friendly cleaning service. In fact, its strength allows for your home to support massive layers of insulation without compromising its structural integrity. Thicker insulation means that your home won’t lose as much heating or cooling from your house’s heating/cooling systems, which will cause your energy bill to plummet. Placing more insulation in steel homes also allows you to set your home’s temperature to a lower level, as you’ll no longer have to account for heat loss through-out the home. Some estimates even state that steel homeowners are paying at least 30% less on their energy bills compared to traditional homeowners.

Maybe 30% less on your energy bill doesn’t sound like enough though, well, what if we told you that even more savings are possible? Steel homes offer greater support for solar panels when compared to other homes built with different materials, as their strength can easily support the weight of one or multiple solar panels. To make it even better, solar panels greatly increase the value of your home while also significantly reducing, and in some cases even eliminating, an expensive energy bill, as you will be producing your own energy and you’ll be entirely self-sustainable. Investing in a solar panel is just a great option overall, this is because the average return on investment for solar panels is at least 15%; That percentage is also expected to go up, as energy is continuing to grow in price while solar panels have consistently low maintenance costs and little to no energy costs involved. Having a solar panel also means that you’ll always feel secure knowing that your home can sustain its energy needs indefinitely.

Steel Is Resistant to Weather and Environmental Changes

Again, the durability and resistance of steel cannot be understated, as that is its greatest strength. In fact, steel is completely resistant to mold and it cannot grow at all in a steel home; Its inability to produce mold comes from the fact that steel cannot absorb moisture. This means that a steel home won’t need any treatments to resist mold, insect infestation or decay.

Snowstorms, earthquakes, and floods are no match for steel either. Steel homes can completely resist earthquakes of magnitudes up to 7.9. Steel can also be purposed to be completely resistant to floods in certain designs. Lastly, steel structures won’t collapse under massive amounts of snow, as they can hold large amounts of weight.


Steel is the ultimate eco-friendly building material as it’s unmatched in its support for energy-saving materials and its recyclability. If you want to learn more about the eco-friendly properties of steel homes or purchase steel construction materials, check out FedSteel’s blog post on the topic.

2019’s Trending Kitchen Backsplash Designs

Can you think of your kitchen without a proper backsplash? It’s no less than a decade now that it has become one of the integral parts of any kitchen remodel. Apart from just protecting the walls, present above the work area, backsplash acts as a fine complement for the countertop. Moreover, over a period of time, the design and look of backsplashes have come a long way. In the early years, it was all about some colorful types with fruit and vegetable graphics adorning the 4×4 ceramic tiles.

However, the scenario has changed up to a great extent. The year 2019 has gifted us with an amazing luxury to install a myriad of materials like glass, mirror, natural stone, metal, brick, and so on. Backsplash design is becoming an even more unique and artful concept with each passing day.

What are the current backsplash trends for your kitchen?

Up To The Height Of Your Ceiling

In 2019, it is no more about the old approach of placing the backsplash between the countertop and underside the wall cabinetry only. Now, it is expected to be present throughout the kitchen wall. Higher backsplashes will amalgamate every nook and corner of the space while brightening it up with reflective qualities of the tiles that you’ve chosen. Especially, if you’ve opted for white subway tiles, it totally makes sense.

The backsplashes up to the ceiling of your kitchen can give a fresh and modern look to the classic tile. Experts believe that this idea will let the largely patterned tile showcase itself as loud and vibrant.

Reflective And Metallic Varnish

House owners are basically looking for a subtle look of their kitchen. That’s why mirrored and metallic finishes are on top this year. With such an amusing finish, the tiles in the backsplash will get a glossy look. Especially when struck by natural light, your backsplash will look commendable! As this trend reveals, decorating the kitchen with light will bring out the dramatic effect of the backsplash.

Further, if you think that the glossiness is extremely high for you, go for a chic metallic finish. Just opt for the tiles which are finished by look and texture and definitely resemble real metals. With a metal finished backsplash, your kitchen will get the ultimate kind of ‘stout’ feel.

Unending Types Of Patterns:

Now that quartz countertops are neutral, you should no longer stick to the plain tile backsplash. In recent times, more and more homeowners are expecting a backsplash to totally turn heads. Many have already started to experiment with a number of tile patterns.

The buzz in 2019 includes chevron, Moroccan fish scale, herringbone, laser cut, and many others. Moreover, the use of graphic print or large pattern tiles in vibrant and bold colors is one of the most remarkable types. With such oversized patterns, your kitchen can liven up altogether while making you totally proud. It is also very easy to clean. If you don’t want to do, you can always hire a kitchen cleaning service.

All The Colours Are Expected

You might have been used to neutral colors like white, grey etc. for the kitchen backsplash but now you can go for any prominent color that you want. In 2019, backsplashes have come up with a lot more vibrancy. Whether it is divine black, splashy yellow, blood red or anything that goes as per the design, all are highly trending.

Through an interesting pop of color in your kitchen, the backsplash can introduce your personal style even. For example, if you want to depict a luxurious ambiance, you can opt for either black or chocolaty grey shades. With the contrast of the colors of nearby cabinetry, shelves etc., there will be an opulent and desired drama within.

Replace Individual Pieces With Marble Slabs

Backsplashes had been all about tile. Whether ceramic, porcelain or natural stone, we had seen all the forms. However, people are preferring something different now. The slab has come up as a new concept in 2019. It’s not like tile. Rather, you can find some continuous piece with a few breaks in the case of a slab.

People nowadays prefer one large slab stretching the entire backsplash area instead of a number of individual small tiles. In this context, marble and marble based slabs have become very common. More and more house-owners are getting enticed with the pure beauty, extraordinary variation, aesthetic appeal, and subtle shades of marbles. Interestingly, any design on the surface can become the center of attraction when it is a one large slab backsplash.  

Aren’t these backsplash trends invigorating enough? If you’ve not upgraded your kitchen till now with the recent styles of backsplash yet, it’s time to make a move soon. Finally, you’ll end up having a fabulous place to cook your food daily. Also, your kitchen will end up being one of the neatest and tidiest places all the time.

Author Bio:

Lyla Morris is a Founder & Editor at She loves to write about Parenting and Health Care tips also.