Ethics and Business and Government

So often we hear about dishonesty in ethics in business and government. We hear of Democratic Senators and Congressmen who will not listen to you unless you donate money to their campaigns and this goes for citizens and business people alike. It is no wonder that many business people fund political contributions.

It is also no wonder with such a system that Congressmen go beyond the call of duty of listening and intervene in business activity and help one business over another in the competitive market place. Indeed but really didn’t Adam Smith warn us of such? If you own a company and want to move ahead faster, just support your Senator or Congressman and have them call up an bureaucracy or Regulatory body to disrupt your competition. Sure this has been going on for 100s of years.

Pretty sickening to think we stand for free markets and true Capitalism. It works if it is allowed to work. Ayn Rand is right, Marx is wrong and the politics of this nation are an absurd way to run the human race. If you want your business to grow and go to the next level you have to pay to play and that means interacting with the dishonesty of the Democrats in Congress and the Senate. That is just the way it is and there is nothing you can do about it but deal with the scum of the Earth to protect your business. Consider this in 2006.

Changing the Look of the House – Furniture, Carpets and Rugs

The summer time is usually connected with spending time outside, meeting new people having fun on the beach. But not everyone prefer this kind of entertainment. There are people who like to spend their free time on home decorating and changing their home. That might be a great idea!

Sometimes small differences in decorating might change into a big home renovation. Home owners are not seldom dream about having nice afternoons in their well decorated houses. And when our holiday ends our beautiful home will make them last longer.

To make this happen home owners are replacing their old furniture with new one, which are modern and very fancy, that will serve in their homes for a long time. They are getting rid of old carpets that aren’t looking good – sometimes they are putting panels there and sometimes contemporary rugs. The market is offering a wide selection of them and the only problem might be how to choose the most suitable one.

It might seem that the old furniture and the new one have no difference. But there is nothing more wrong. Even the smallest coffee and bed tables vary between each other. Also in material that they are made of. We can find not only wooden, in many shapes and species, or a glass one but also metal.

An addition to fully furnitured rooms there should find carpets, rugs, mats and other floor coverings. They are making the whole room look complete and more comfortable. And depending on what kind of interior do we have – is it a modern one or one with baby or a dog, we might decide whether to have a finishing (in contemporary interiors with many different furniture) or a soft rug – to make the home more clear.

When we do all those things we can be happy from having a new home and spending our time in the way that is pleasure and also practical at once. Now the holidays will last longer.

Which Home Upgrades Are Worth the Money?

Home renovations are expensive, plain and simple. Even worse is the fact that the housing market is still volatile after years in a slump due to the downturned economy.

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that homeowners have to throw in the towel and give up on renovating their properties. Instead, it literally pays to put thought into the type of home improvements that you invest in to enhance both the appeal and value of your home.

Get a New Paint Job

Painting is one of the best home improvement investments that you can make, hands down. The reason why? A new interior or exterior paint job will offer impressive results with a reasonable price tag. When hiring a professional to get the job done, the average price runs anywhere from $3600-$6000 for a house interior of 2400 ft.². An exterior paint job for a home of the same size could cost a minimum of $5000.

Experts also recommend painting the exterior of your home in an attractive color, like pale yellow, if you hope to sell it quickly on the market. Or, consider painting your home in a complementary color to all surrounding homes and buildings so that it doesn’t detract from the ambience of the neighborhood.

Replace Your Front Door

Boosting the value of your home can be as simple as making a security upgrade by replacing your front door. Installing a new steel entry door can provide an excellent ROI in a home remodel when it comes to cost versus value.

On the one hand, a new front door can help to support the curb appeal of your home and make an attractive first impression on guests and potential buyers. On the other hand, a security-enhanced entry door can be used as a selling feature to improve the resale value of your property.

Transform Your Kitchen

If you’re going to spend any money redecorating and renovating a room in your house, the kitchen is the perfect place to begin. Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of a home and will make their purchase decision based on the quality and size of a kitchen alone.

If you’re hoping to sell your home in the near future, upgrading to stainless steel appliances is the first step in the right direction. It also helps to expand a single kitchen sink into a double sink, along with upgrading cabinets and flooring to improve the appeal of your kitchen with a few simple renovations.

Home Improvements: What Not to Do

While the above renovations may provide an impressive return on your investment, there are several home improvements that will essentially pour money down the drain. For starters, replacing a roof completely instead of repairing and patching any leaks could run you roughly $21,000. A new roof at that price will provide a return of only $12,000 after a house has been sold.

Likewise, while a new pool may have family fun written all over it, it could cost up to $50,000 with $2000 a year in maintenance. All of that work, and it may increase a home’s resale value by only 8%.

To put your money where your mouth is, make wise decisions in cost-effective home renovations to improve the appearance and value of your property!