Archive for February, 2012
You have decided to take it upon yourself to move your home, whether it is across town or across the country. This cost-saving move does require a lot of work not only for you but also for your family, but it will be well worth it in the end when you can be proud of your accomplishment and comfortable in your new place. This do-it-yourself or DITY move can be rewarding, as long as you prepare for it.
A successful DITY move has many important elements. For a successful Dity move, you must plan several months ahead to ensure that you have a smooth move every step of the way. This includes carefully packing up all of the items in your home, which you can do in stages as the move approaches. Moving is a complicated and emotional process, so it is important to take all the time that is needed and not rush as you are packing up your belongings.
Other tasks that can be broken down into stages before a DITY move include preparing your home for its next tenants and handling tasks like changing your address at the post office and canceling or transferring power, phone, and cable services. You can download checklists online that include tons of detailed information about what you need to do every step of the way. Do a keyword search and see what pops up. Then print out the most comprehensive one or the one that works best for you, or develop your own based on what you find.
Before a DITY move, you also can prepare a checklist of your own that details what you need to do as the move gets closer. This checklist will be unique to your family and will include things that each member of the family must do as the move approaches. This allows you to take your time as you check accomplished items off of your list before your DITY move, and it keeps all family members on the same page, ensuring a smooth move.
Before a DITY move, you should talk with your children to make sure that they are fully aware of the situation. This discussion also should include talking with them about the ways they can help. Get them excited about the move like you are so that they feel part of the process and can feel proud of it as well.
Typically, auto glass repair is not something that comes to mind when you think “maintenance check up”, although the amount of impact and money this repair could save you may surprise you. Since the windshield isn’t hidden somewhere deep beneath the hoods of our cars, it’s importance can often times be looked past.
A tiny nick in your windshield may not seem worth the $50- $75 an auto glass repair shop may ask you to pay, but in the long run it is a worth while investment. Think about it. Despite that it has the word “shield” in it, your windshield is only a piece of glass. (Laminated glass, to be precise). In fact, this laminate is often times created from a specific form of vinyl, which ultimately turns out to be strong plastic. Yes. Plastic. Since both plastic and glass are fragile, Chips become cracks, and cracks translate into more money into the pockets of our helpful auto glass repair shop employees.
The importance of your windshield is pretty straight forward. It shields us from weather, things on the road, other drivers, and perhaps most importantly, keeps bugs out of our eyes and teeth. Your windshield is exposed to changes in temperature, road debris and vibrations, and dozens of other factors that may impact its functionality. While windshields are built to absorb shock waves from the center outward, the every day stressors on your windshield can certainly begin to wear on the center of your windshield too. The location of your chip will help you to calculate the likelihood of the chip turning into a crack. Cracks, which are good for the Auto glass repair services, bad for you.
Hopefully, this information will help stress the importance of auto glass repair at its earliest stages. Be sure to monitor any nicks in your windshield and take care of them in advance. While the $50 auto glass repair may cause you to eat in a few times this week, consider it a worth while investment.