Decorating the Guest Room

You have purchased the perfect modular home for your family. It has bedrooms for the kids and an office for you. And then there’s the guest room. What do you do with a guest room to make it look as high end as your new modular?

Decorating bedrooms is like the icing on the cake when you purchase a new home. The exterior has been made perfect by your personal choices and the builder’s skill. Now you need to illuminate that fashion prowess and interior design mastery in the guest bedroom. But how?

Decorating the Guest Room

Steps to a Gorgeous Guest Room

You want the guest rooms grandeur to match your modular home’s fashion forward front. That’s understandable but sometimes we draw a blank on what to do with the guest room.

The kids are easy because they already know what they like and what colors they want. But making a decisive choice on color scheme and décor in the guest room can be challenging.

Here are some steps to achieve the gorgeous guest room you desire:

Use Lamps- While it’s definitely easier to just keep the overhead pre-installed lights, in order to make your guest room soothing and inviting you will need to add floor and table lamps. These will allow the guests to have more control while in the room, and they will be considerably softer than the glaring overhead lights. Get some great lamp ideas here.

Bedding- Nothing makes a room look and feel cheap than mismatched bedding. You wouldn’t do that in your own room, or your children’s, so don’t do that in the guest room either. If there is more than one bed housing the best memory foam mattress, make sure they both have the same bedding. You don’t want the room to feel like it was just thrown together. Your guests want to feel special, not like afterthoughts.

Creativity- Make a statement with your creativity in the guest bedroom. Build out a wall to make a full library that will keep your guests entertained day and night. Or, make the dresser the base of the bed so that your walls are free to display your favorite pieces of art.

Think- Although it’s probably tempting to just throw together some cheap furniture, or leftover pieces, and call it a bedroom, that’s not the look you want. Your guests want to know that you put some serious thought into the design of the room they will (briefly) be calling home. Decide on a design and stick to it. Here are some design ideas for you.

Storage- Don’t do it. Do not let this room turn into the catchall. It cannot be a substitute for your garage, or the overflow space from your office. It needs to be its own standalone bedroom. If you allow boxes and papers to proliferate, it will eventually become quite difficult to allow visitors to enjoy your home and family for any length of time. Again, don’t do it! If you need storage help, read this.

Neutral- Your daughter’s room is pink, your boys’ room is turquoise and that’s fine for them. However, when it comes to painting the guest room, go with neutral colors to appease all your guests’ fancies. You never know when one person will find pink or turquoise terribly disturbing or uncomfortable on the eyes.

Following these simple steps will lead to an inviting yet luxurious guest bedroom that compliments your new modular home.

Open a Web Design Business

Your new modular home can serve multiple purposes in your life. You can enjoy your living quarters and run a business at the same time. Your modular home can be quite a blessing if you choose to use it as your new web design business’ work from home sanctuary.

But, how do you start a web design business? Obviously you must have some computer know how to even want to delve into this widely expanding career opportunity. So we’re not going to go over the degrees, and classes that might be necessary for the basics of success in this endeavor. Rather, we’re going to talk about why you should take this road.

Open a Web Design Business

Why Start a Web Design Business?

Here are ten great reasons to start a web design business:

  1. Part-time: You don’t have to go full speed ahead at the very beginning. You can take it slowly and work in the evenings or whenever you have extra time hanging out at the house.
  2. Code Not Necessary: You don’t absolutely have to understand HTML with as many free templates as there are floating around on the web. However, if you choose to do code we recommend that you also create a source code escrow to protect your clients when they purchase software you have created.
  3. Flexibility: As owner of the web design company, you can create your own schedule and adapt it to meet your clients’ needs as well as your own.
  4. High Demand: Businesses need websites that function at optimum capacity. They are always seeking out individuals to update, recreate, and redesign their sites to give them greater ROI. Learn a little about business here.
  5. Low Startup: As new businesses go, the startup costs for opening a web design company in your modular home is pretty low. Low enough to be as little as $100-200 as long as you can utilize the computer you already have (and you probably can).
  6. High Profit: Most web designers charge a minimum of $75/hr. That makes for an enormous profit margin!
  7. Be a Specialist: You can focus on one geographic region, or a specific field like architecture, development, marketing, or mobile site designs. The more specialized you are the greater your value as long as you’re capable of filling in the gaps of other areas as well. Learn more about this field.
  8. Decrease in Competitors: Due to the ever changing world of web design, the chances are those who’ve been doing this awhile, are a little behind the times. They probably have older systems and software and your newer equipment and updated knowledge will put you ahead of them immediately. Just remember that you’ll have to stay well-informed to avoid being in their shoes in five years or so.
  9. Room for Growth: When you start really collecting clients, and you will if you’re any good, you can always hire someone to assist with the work load. You can even provide another person the opportunity to work remotely (at home). What a gift that will be!
  10. Opens Doors: Your new web design business can open doors to app development and software creation jobs. You could recognize an area of the business that needs service and thereby launch a service focused offshoot. The possibilities in the realm of computers and web development are truly endless.

If you need further information read this.

Hiring the Right Contract for Your Modular Home Construction Project

The process of hiring a contract to construct your modular home isn’t as easy as picking the first one in the phone book, or selecting a classified ad from the local paper.  In order to make sure you get quality work for a legitimate professional, it is important to complete a few steps in the selection process.  Not only will this help protect the money you invest into the project, but it can also save you a lot of time, and trouble, in comparison to hiring a fraud.

Find the Right Kind of Contractor

Not all contractors are created equal.  Some perform general construction contracting duties, while others may specialize in a particular area, such as framing, cabinet installation, landscaping, or painting.  Depending on how your modular home will arrive, you may find certain specialties are more pertinent to your project than others. While you can often hire a general contractor to oversee all required specialties, it may not be wise to hire a painting contractor to oversee the activities of a plumber.

Hiring the Right Contract for Your Modular Home Construction Project

Research Your Options

Once you have chosen the type of contractor you need, start doing some basic research into those who are available to operate in your area.  This can include web-based research, along with looking for recommendations from trusted friends or family members in your area.  Take the time to determine how long the contractor has been in business, and make sure that they are properly licensed, insured, and bonded as required by local laws and regulations.

Get Multiple Bids

Using the information you gathered through your research, request bids from no fewer than three local candidates.  Make sure to provide them each with an identical, and detailed, list of requirements for the project.  Additionally, find out if they are completing any paperwork in order to secure the required permits or if that is not included with their services

Once the bids are complete, don’t necessarily choose the cheapest option.  If the bids are very similar, then you may consider them all for the next steps.  If one bid is particularly high or oddly low, consider following up to determine why they bid how they did.  In some cases, an oddly low bid can be a warning that a contractor may cut corners or use subpar materials, while a surprisingly high bid may be based on something that one contractor considered as being a needed step that the others did not include, though this is not always the case in either instance.

Ask Follow-Up Questions

Continue the process by asking certain follow-up questions, such as whether they intend to use any subcontractors, if they have completed any similar projects recently, and if they can provide references.  This should help narrow down your options, or may provide an indication as to which contractor is right for your project.

Before finalizing the contract, take the time to run a background check.  Review sites, such as BackgroundHawk, can serve as an important resource in determining which background checking options are right for your situation.

Make sure to inquire about any payment expectations, such as how much will be considered upfront.  Depending on where your project is located, there may be applicable state or local laws that control how much can be requested as a down payment depending on the size of the project.

The full payment schedule should be defined prior to any money changing hands, and should be included as part of the contract for the project.  The final contract should be in writing, and include all of the pertinent details regarding the agreement that is reached.

Running a Photography Business from your Modular Home

Home businesses are the wave of the future as more and more companies resort to hiring remote employees. This shift has instilled a growing desire for independence and an increase in upstarts from within residential dwellings. Modular home owners are no exception to this revolution. One such endeavor involves running a home-based photography business.

Running a Photography Business from your Modular Home

Tips for Starting Your Home-Based Photography Business

You will need to understand that you are not the only photographer to dream of running a successful home-based business. In fact, when you tell people what you do for a living you will probably discover that they “know” someone who does the same thing. Tons of people claim to be photographers but that doesn’t make them professionals. Here are some things you should know:

  • Business ownership can be a blessing and a curse simultaneously. While you are allowed to plan your own day and sign your own paycheck, you also have to come up with the work and pay all the bills. You are responsible for the equipment, scheduling and transportation. Important decisions, like Lightroom vs Photoshop, are on your shoulders. There’s no one to blame but yourself when things go wrong. But, like we said before, you become the author of your own destiny and if you’re up for the challenge it can be a real thrill!
  • It’s a job not a hobby. When you start your own home-based photography business you have to view it as exactly that, a business. This means that you will need to go through all the paperwork and fees necessary to becoming a bona fide business. You will need to research the taxes, restrictions and requirements for your area in order to ensure you have met them all before collecting your first check. Owning a business is a big responsibility but with a little research and a lot of initiative you can do it successfully. Learn more about small businesses here.
  • Sell, sell, and sell. You must sell your skills and then your goods to potential customers whenever you have the chance. If you are making money then you have finally bridged the gap between hobby and job. But, if you’re not making enough money to survive then you have to up the sales game. Make sure you are producing quality work that speaks for itself. Sales will be a lot easier that way! If you need help making a sale read this.
  • Someday you’ll wish you never did it. This is the destiny of all sole proprietors and entrepreneurs. There will be days when you can’t believe you have to handle one more problem. And, there will be days that you wish you had never heard the words: Nikon and Canon, when EOS still meant nothing. You’ll long for days when photo programs like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop didn’t exist in your vocabulary. But if you’re in this to win it you won’t quit. To know when it really is time to give up, read more.

Modular Homes and the Home-Based Photography Business

Believe it or not, modular homes are uniquely situated to offer a great advantage to the home-based photographer. Since most people who buy modular homes do so with the idea of living on their own decent sized piece of property this opens doors to some pretty cool photo opportunities.

You could build your own studio on your property! Or, you could create a garden with various seating and setting arrangements. The possibilities are endless when you begin your home-based photography business in your modular home.

Leasing Out Your Modular Home

You love your modular home but your husband has been reassigned to Albuquerque. Now you have to move and you don’t want to say goodbye to your little slice of heaven. The only way to afford the move without letting your gorgeous modular go, is consider leasing it out. But how do you prepare to allow someone else to live in your precious abode? And, how do you know who to lease it to?

We’ll describe several steps necessary to prepare your home for rental. However, when it comes to checking on potential tenants, we recommend that you visit: There are a number of articles on that site that offer advice for making sure you get the right people in your home. After all, it is significant investments you can’t afford to have someone destroy.

Leasing Out Your Modular Home

Before You Put up the Sign

Now that you have some instruction as to how to pick the right tenants, it’s time to prepare your home. We know you will miss it but if you are comfortable with the people who will be living in it then you’ll be far more pleased with the process. Here are six steps to help you get ready for someone else to live in your modular home:

  1. Inspect: Once you have everything out of your house, go around and inspect all the plumbing and outlets. Fix any problems you discover. Make sure the faucets don’t leak and the breakers are all in the proper positions. Check the well and septic too (if you have one). Ensure that your floors are good and strong. Repair any weak areas. Here are some DIY tips.
  2. Safety: Your renters are going to be far more comfortable in your home if they know it’s safe. Go through the house and replace batteries in smoke detectors and add a fire extinguisher (or 2). If you have an alarm system get it prepared to be switched over to the tenant’s name.
  3. Clean: No one wants to move into a dirty house. This is your opportunity to increase your home’s value to a potential tenant. You should shampoo the carpets, clean blinds and wash windows. If it’s been a while since you painted, do that now, in a neutral color so that people won’t have a hard time using the furniture they already own. If you’re not sure which colors are best, read this.
  4. Evaluate: If you opted for the extra expensive Moen faucets when you built your modular home and you’re afraid someone might see them as an easy way to make money, take them with you. You can always replace them with significantly cheaper versions. Also evaluate the condition of your appliances. If they are functioning at optimum capability clean them and leave them. However, if there’s the potential that you might have to fly back to replace something, go ahead and do that now to save yourself the hassle.
  5. Paperwork: All home deals have paperwork attached. You need to determine how you will handle the rental process, by yourself or through an agency. Then you need to let your mortgage and insurance companies know this home will no longer be your primary residence. Finally, figure out what your home’s rental value is (you can learn about that here) and put up that sign!

You should start expecting calls the day you put the sign in your yard. Be prepared to do the tenant screening and then enjoy leasing out your modular home and your new Albuquerque residence.

Health and the Modular Home

Modular homes are a great alternative to mobile homes and new construction. They are often considerably less expensive and are anchored on a slab making them more durable than their mobile home counterparts. However, it is imperative that you ensure your modular home is a healthy choice too.

When it comes to making good healthy choices and keeping abreast of medical concerns and breakthroughs, Dove Press is your go to. But, when you are trying to determine what areas of modular home construction require your most attention, this is the article you want to read.

Health and the Modular Home

Potential Hazards

We all want to save money but doing so at the risk of our long term health is certainly not advisable. That is why it is important to investigate the materials being utilized in the construction of your modular home. There are other design issues that are pertinent to consider as well. So, since you are in the market for a modular home, please take these possibilities under advisement:

  • Mold- This is a huge concern in any home. However, modular homes that utilize carpet in wet areas are problematic. The carpet and its pad are marvelous little mold incubators. Make sure you’ve got tile and lots of ventilation. Which brings us to the next issue.
  • Air-flow- Make sure your modular home has source-control measures to eliminate any air pollutants that might have infiltrated your domain. Poor air quality can have drastic effects on health: learn more.
  • Chemical Issues- Carbon monoxide can build up in modular homes due to the ventilation issues mentioned previously. It’s always a good idea to install carbon monoxide alarms to alert you of any increase in their levels. Additionally, some manufacturers choose to use building materials that incorporate formaldehyde, ask questions before you buy, and it’s probably best that you get the answers in writing.

Green Modular Homes

There’s a company based out of California, Living Homes, who claims to provide an answer to modular home health concerns. They claim to build homes that are “virtually free of indoor air pollution.” The method they use is designed to eliminate VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are the culprits behind indoor air pollution.

When you visit their site, here, you will learn all about their VOC-free paints and stains. You will also find out about their radiant heating systems, exhaust systems, built in gardens, and permanent walk off mats. Their goal is to drastically reduce the amount of air pollution hanging around inside your home. Since they say we spend 65% of our time at home, it makes sense that they want to make homes that are safe and healthy for their customers.

Research is Key

Buying a home is a serious financial step and as with every wise investment, research is key. Sometimes saving a little money isn’t the best option if the ramifications for that savings are detrimental to your health. Not all modular home manufacturers are created equal. Some will be willing to cut corners that will ultimately cost you your physical well-being.

Make sure that you are completely informed when it comes to the products they utilize and the structural design of your new home to be. A little bit of effort will be worth a lot of reduced medical bills for sure!

The Effects of Politics and Economics on Your Modular Home Business

As a business owner you need to watch out for a lot of things that could affect your modular home business negatively.  And there are so many things that could affect your business.  You need to pay attention to competition to ensure that your prices are low enough to ensure good customer feed but high enough to allow you to make a profit.  You need to pay attention to recessions and you need to stay up to date on all of the major things that are happening in your area which could affect your clients and how much they are willing to spend on modular homes.  But one of the biggest things that might be affecting your business right now that you definitely need to stay clued up on is politics.

The Effects of Politics and Economics on Your Modular Home Business

How politics affects economics

Politics goes hand in hand with economics.  When your country is in trouble with other countries the economic growth of a country can struggle.  There is no one who understands the effect of politics on economics better than Mark Dubowitz, the director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  Mark Dubowitz is currently the leading expert on sanctions against Iran.  He is using economics to keep the nuclear practices of Iran in tact by negotiating with neighboring countries to refuse to do business with Iran unless they comply by a peace treaty regarding nuclear weaponry.

How economics affects your business

When a country like America combines forces with other countries to implement sanctions against a country like Iran, the economics of Iran will suffer a lot.  If your modular home business is receiving products or services from Iran then that might just be the reason why you are struggling right now.  Politics can however affect economics in general as well.  You should always stay clued up on politics and economics so you can make the right provisions for your business when difficult times arise.

How to stay clued up on politics

Watch the news – One of the quickest ways to stay clued up on everything that is happening in the economic and political sector which could affect your business is to watch the news.  When you watch the news you can relax a bit in front of the TV and you are never overloaded since the news only gives you briefs of all of the major occurrences that is happening around you.

Follow newsfeeds on social media – By liking a few news pages on your social media sites you will get informed on all of the major things that are happening in the political world which could affect your business and the general economics in your area.

Get a news app – You could also get an app installed on your phone to all of the major news channels which is sure to supply you with all of the latest things that are happening in parliament and in international negotiations so you will know exactly how to keep your business afloat during hard times.