Category: Living

Property Tax in T&T

In Trinidad & Tobago Property Tax is governed by the The Property Tax Act, 2009 and the Valuation of Land Act Chapter 58:03, amended by Act #17 of 2009. This Act replaces the Land and Building Taxes Act and Part V of the Municipal Corporations Act #21 of 1990. The Valuation of Land Act empowers […]

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Organize Your Closets

No matter how much closet storage you have, chances are you could probably always use more space. But while building new closets may not be a practical option, you may be able to use the space you have more efficiently. In this document you will find information about: Planning Closet Storage and Building Closet Storage. To make the most of your closet space, you first need to know the sizes of the things you want to store.

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Lower Your AC Energy Usage

While fans cannot replace air conditioners, they can provide supplemental cooling, especially on comparatively cooler days. Substituting fans for air conditioners can reduce energy use by 60% or more. Here are some tips: Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you do not have one. You can save as much as 10% on your cooling bill by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees F for 8 hours.

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Planning Your Space

How well do you know your room? In order to shape and dress it, you need to know and understand your room as well as you know yourself. Go to the room you need to organize or rearrange and ask yourself these questions: What are the dimensions of your room, and what is its basic shape? Is it square, rectangular, L-shaped? What are your room’s problems? Does it have a ceiling that’s too low? Is it overly long and narrow? Does it lack any distinguishing points? Does it have a focal point that’s off-center?

Q: What are your roomets? Does it have beautiful moldings or a picture window?

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Planning Your New Kitchen

Now comes the fun of really planning your new kitchen. Layout is a three-part process that includes weighing basic options; blocking out storage, countertops, and work centers; and double-checking efficient heights and clearances. There’s no perfect sequence&mdashthe trick is to work back and forth. In very small or oddly shaped spaces you’ll certainly need to compromise.

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Choosing Paint Colors

Begin with colors suggested by your roof and masonry. Consider the color schemes used inside your home – Exterior colors should harmonize with the interior. Don’t clash with your neighbors! Choose colors that coordinate with the buildings around you. Large surfaces make paint look lighter. Consider selecting darker shades. Remember that very bright or very deep colors will fade.

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Patio Landscape Ideas

With all the self-help patio landscaping information out there today, there’s no reason to live with a dull or ugly patio that does nothing to enhance the exterior look of your home. The outdoors is very ‘in’ and good patio landscaping can transform your deck into an extra room for your home. Home-décor magazines often do feature articles showing off ideas for exterior design, so roll up your sleeves and turn that backyard fiasco into relaxing fresco!

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Tips On Using Landscaping Shrubs

Landscaping shrubs are a beautiful, fairly low-maintenance way to adorn your yard. Shrubs do not need constant cutting like grass, many produce lovely flowers, and all you have to do is keep them mulched. Some species of landscaping shrubs do not even need pruning. And once established, they do not need watering. When you are picking out any landscaping shrub, be sure to read on the tag about its sun requirements and its growth habit.

An azalea will die in the sun, but a crepe myrtle will die in the shade. The growth habit is the shape and height to which landscaping shrubs grow. It is not a good idea to plant something that gets six feet tall in front of a first-floor window. But to disguise the foundations of a house on a slope, a small juniper will look completely out of place. Do not plant a bush that grows long, low branches right beside the sidewalk.

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Landscaping Rocks

If you are trying to find a place where you can purchase landscaping rocks, you can rest assured in knowing that there are many options that are available to you. The best place to start your search for landscaping rocks would be on the Internet, because there is such an incredible amount of information available there, and so it will be an incredibly resourceful and useful tool in regards to your search process.

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Creating A Flowerbed

A raised flowerbed with landscape timbers is a great garden addition for several reasons. If a bed is raised just a foot or so off the ground, that soil warms up quicker in the spring and can support new plants earlier. In wet climates, the raised bed makes it possible to grow a few things that do not need so much moisture. For a small plot, a few raised beds are a tidy and attractive way to grow plants that are easy to reach, pick, and maintain.

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