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How To Make Your Basement More Useful Than Just a Storage Space

How To Make Your Basement More Useful Than Just a Storage Space

Stuff that are less useful or even useless tend to always find their way to the basement thereby making it a dumping ground. The basement is simply a storage place for most people. Very few people are aware that the basement can serve several purposes just by renovating it.  People have started looking for ways to harness the usefulness of the basement and we will take you through different creative ways to utilize your basement.

  • Your basement can be used as a recreational centre for rest and relaxation for yourself and loved ones when basement renovation is done. You can make it a little merrier for the family by adding some furniture and setting up a flat screen television.
  • Your basement can serve as a gym for you and your family by renovating it and buying some gym equipment such as a treadmill, dumbbells and barbells. With these in place you can save the cost and time of going to the gym.
  • Your basement can also serve the purpose of a guest room for lodging guests. You have to make sure the room is well ventilated, put a bed, pillow and other bedroom furniture. Because of this, your guests will definitely enjoy their stay.

If you are looking for the best result when it comes to basement renovation in the shortest time possible, consult with a professional contractor today. Basement renovations can help you in many ways by using your basement properly, changing it into a more suitable area of the house. Basement renovations can be less expensive once you have a reliable company to help you manage the enhancement service. Then you can sit back and see your basement change into the basement of your dreams.

Benefits of Basement Renovation

Basement renovation can be compared to kitchen renovation because it require lots of materials and hard work and so it is a little more expensive than renovating other parts of the house. Ahead of your basement renovation plans, you need to access the basement for any kind of impairment. This is very necessary for some of the following reasons;

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  • It will aid in accelerating renovation procedures since impairments that would ordinarily slow down the work speed would have been taken care of already.
  • It will help you cut down on cost if you handle basement damages prior to the renovation because fixing damages during renovation is more costly.
  • Basement dampness can help breed mold, which is unsafe for your health.

In the case of a faulty foundation, this could be the greatest challenge and is usually costly, but a simple remedy is to alter the house slopes in order to stop water from forming against the basement walls.

The next step after correcting the problems stated above is basement redesigning. Interior designers are often employed to carry out the designing by a lot of companies. After inspection of the basement space by the interior designer, he or she chooses designs that best suits your needs.

Why Renovate Your Basement?

A lot of homes contain basements but many of them are yet to make complete use of this space. Many families utilize the basements as just stores while some others have minimum regards for them hence the basement has simply become a place where nobody would like to relate themselves with. Your basement can be put to proper use, so you need not disturb yourself thinking it is entirely useless. By renovating your basement, it can be changed from a room with no use to a bright and useful room. You can change that small room under your feet into a lovely, appealing area of your house.

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Independent research shows that a competitively priced basement finishing package would cost between $30-$35 per square foot when done by a reputable, professional basement finishing company. Basement renovation is a good investment; no wonder many home owners are conceiving the thought of embellishing their basement. Basement renovation has many advantages. It not only ameliorates the living space in your room but it could be designed to suit your taste. It will also help raise the total worth of your home.

Basement renovation design and style is different from one house owner to another. While some renovate the basement when building the house, some choose to finish it when they purchase a new home.

Some indications that your basement requires an upgrade are as follows;

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Leaks

Problems that require fixing is the major reason why many home owners choose to carry out basement renovations. Ignoring these factors can give rise to impairments in your home. You better take the chance of getting your basement renovated once it begins to leak to avoid future impairment of your properties.

Space

The best option to create additional space in the house is to renovate your basement, especially in the case where your living space is too small. Adding another room of any kind to your house will certainly give you a bit more elbowroom.

Increase the price value of your home

If you intend to raise the price value of your home, then renovating your basement may be the solution. Renovating your basement will raise the sale worth of your home. For this reason, many homeowners resolve to renovate their homes particularly when they intend to sell the property in the distant future.

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Increased revenue

Your yearly revenue can be raised by renovating your basement. You may be questioning how you can get extra income from renovating your basement.  The basement, after renovation has been completed, can be transformed into either an office space or even a rented apartment to bring in extra rental income.

Large family

No experience could be as great as having a family. However in some cases, as the family size keeps rising, we soon find out that the living space in the home has become too small to accommodate all family members and then comes the desire for extra space. This is when basement renovation comes in very handy since it is cheaper than having to move to a bigger home.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2019

11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

1. Cloud Computing

“Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

3. Data Management

All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

4. Scheduling

Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

5. Financial Skills

These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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6. Research Skills

These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

7. Marketing Skills

While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

8. Network Security Specialist

Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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9. Communication Skills

At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

10. Computer Programming

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

11. Graphic Design

As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

The Bottom Line

We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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Reference

[1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
[2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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