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Sunday, June 5, 2016  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 1D

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How to Choose the Right Landscaper A meticulously maintained lawn coupled with blooming flowers, rocks and moss will give your surroundings beauty and a feeling of warmth — a wow factor. If your well-landscaped yard is maintained by a professional, it will increase the value of your home and property. If you are in the market for a landscaper, consider these tips.

TYPES OF LANDSCAPES

There are usually five types of landscaped yards. Each requires the landscaper to have a different skill set. It is best to determine which landscape appeals to you before you begin your search for a quality professional. A formal garden uses many geometrical shapes in its design. Plants provide a focal point, making the yard appear balanced. To achieve this design, a landscaper will need to carefully prune hedges. An informal landscape looks like organized chaos. Plants appear to be placed randomly. Landscapers who use this design should be skilled at working with planters and urns. The English garden landscape uses the house as its focal point. All aspects of the yard will flow together. Professionals who use this design should be skilled at working with climbing vines, critical to this style. Oriental designs use rocks, mosses and evergreens. Calmness and quiet minimalism tend to be the effect of this style. To create a woodland design, the landscaper must have great knowledge of native plants and making them look their best.

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Cost is always a concern when hiring a home improvement specialist. Set a budget and stick to it. Understand what you can afford and are willing to spend annually on your landscaping. It will help you prioritize your list so you can at least get your necessities. You might need to make sacrifices. If you need a new landscaping wall, you might have to delay getting a sprinkler system. On the other hand, if irrigation is a must, then you might need to cut back on how often your lawn is mowed each month. Even if your budget is tight, don’t get discouraged. Some landscapers may charge less in order to get your business.

PRIORITIZE YOUR NEEDS

Determining what you need will help you decide which services you require from a landscaping company. Most professionals offer the following: weekly or monthly lawn and garden maintenance, weed control, tree pruning and shaping, garden installations, inspection and maintenance of irrigation systems and possibly even the

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2D — The Newnan Times-Herald  |  Sunday, June 5, 2016

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What to look for when choosing a Roofer Looking at replacing your old roof with a durable and good looking new cover? Have you lost shingles as a result of a bad storm?

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rofessional roofing contractors are the best qualified to perform this work. They will install a new roof safely and effectively. Roofers will provide a warranty for their work. If there are any problems with your new roof in the future, they will fix the problem. Putting a new roof on your home can increase its value. So it is essential that you pick the right contractor to do this job. Your first step in finding a reliable roofer is to ask your family, friends and neighbors if they have recommendations. You can also look on the Internet for roofing contractors in your area. Some websites offer lists of professionals, along with reviews of their work. Personal recommendations will give you the best information. Be sure to focus on the cleanup process as well as the quality of work. You don’t want scraps of shingles and nails left over after the contractors have gone home. Don’t hire professionals who leave debris after they are gone. Pick someone with a long track record in

your community. Some contractors travel the country looking for work. They appear after a community experiences a natural disaster or heavy storm. These contractors are making money from the insurance claims. If you hire one of them, they cannot provide realistic guarantees for their work. After all, they may be on the other side of the country if your roof starts to leak again. Becoming acquainted with local contractors is especially important if you live in an area prone to high winds or hail storms. It is good to know who to call if your house needs repair work. Once you have contact information for several roofing contractors, call them. Inquire about the company’s background and how long they have been in business. Generally, a good roofer should offer a guarantee of anywhere from five to 12 years. If the company has been in business for less than five years, it will be difficult to determine the quality of their work. Continue to ask questions about time

frames and estimates. You should always get a written estimate before proceeding with any work. Communicating with the contractor will let him know that you will be taking a hands-on approach to this project. Find out if the roofers recommend standard or architectural shingles, what they will do if they find damaged decking, and when they might be available to

start. You should also ask about the warranty and whether you can have it confirmed in writing. Every professional who works on your property should be licensed and insured. Insurance is particularly important for roofing contractors. They should be able to cover any damages they might cause to your property. It is also essential that workers are covered under their

Communicating with the contractor will let him know that you will be taking a hands-on approach to this project. insurance as well, in the event someone is injured during the job. Before work commences, you must receive a written contract from the roofer. Read it over carefully. It will state the type of materials to be used, what the work will entail and the final

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Sunday, June 5, 2016  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 3D

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How to Choose a Plumber When you’re plagued by plumbing problems, sometimes the solution is as simple as using a plunger. But there are times you will need a professional. This is where a licensed plumber comes in.

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f you are experiencing chronic, unexpected or recurring problems, the issues may be far bigger than you want to handle on your own. A licensed plumber can often easily resolve your situation and prevent possible future problems from arising, making your home comfortable and sanitary. Here are some tips to help you find the best plumber for your needs.

CHOOSE AHEAD OF TIME

Start your search now, before something bad happens. Waiting until you have an urgent need is a common mistake. Emergencies leave you open to dealing with unscrupulous people. There is also a good chance that you will pay too much for their services.

As soon as you can, begin your search for a reputable licensed plumber to service your home.

ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Friends and family members may be able to refer you to an excellent professional. Good word-of-mouth recommendations are the best way to find excellent service. Look for people in your local area. Sometimes, you may incur extra charges if you are not in their designated service region.

SEARCH ONLINE

Consider looking online for a good licensed plumber. Just remember that information on the Internet is not always correct. Be mindful of who is giving a stellar customer

Valuable advice for making informed decisions review. Look closely for complaints about shoddy work or high prices. Dissatisfied customers are more likely to talk about their experiences. Of course, one person’s bad experience may not accurately reflect what you can expect. Look for multiple reports from different sources before drawing a conclusion.

COMPARE PRICES

Cost should always play a role in picking a plumber. Contact at least three different licensed plumbers to get an idea of the differences in their rates. They should be able to provide you with estimates for different services. It is vital that you find a professional who knows what they are doing. Whatever you save up front could turn into extra expenses down the road if the work isn’t done correctly.

ASK QUESTIONS

Asking questions is the best way to form expectations. Not only should you understand labor rates, but you should also know if there are any guarantees on work. Find out how long the plumber has been in business and if they can provide proof of their state plumbing license, workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. The bottom line is that you need to hire someone who cares about their customers and their homes. Conducting a thorough search before an emergency will prevent you from being disappointed.

It is vital that you find a professional who knows what they are doing. Whatever you save up front could turn into extra expenses down the road if the work isn’t done correctly.

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4D — The Newnan Times-Herald  |  Sunday, June 5, 2016

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How to Choose an Outdoor Furniture Store Furniture gives your house a personality and pizzaz. It communicates a message about who you are. Given the array of choices available these days, there has never been a better time to buy new furniture. No matter the size of your budget, choosing new seating, tables and accessories can make a big difference in your daily life.

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hat is your particular and unique style? What do you value most in furniture? Here are some things to consider when shopping around for outdoor furniture.

QUALITY THAT LASTS

Look for a store that sells quality, long-lasting outdoor furniture. While inexpensive accessories can be bought cheaply and changed often, big furniture investments  – sofas, tables, and the like  – need to be purchased for the long term. That means putting solid construction before a pretty style. Solid construction isn’t always apparent at first glance. It should feel solid, not flimsy, of course. Beyond that, find out as much information as possible about the frame, materials, and what kind of warranty it comes with. A well-trained staff can inform you about their furniture, how they’re built and why the construction matters. The best stores have employees who act as

guides and teachers, not pushy salespeople.

VALUE, NOT JUST PRICE It is best to pay more for a quality outdoor piece than to try to save money on something that will not last in the long term. The bigger the investment, the more important the design and build quality become. Concentrate on finding the best value. An inexpensive lounge will not be a good value if it is built with cheap and weak materials. Likewise, the most expensive love seat will not be a wise investment if the frame is not built solidly. It’s best to look for brands with a long track record and good reputation.

SERVICE, DELIVERY

Every store has a different customer service policy. Choose a store that is well known for being loyal to its customers. Inquire about return policies. Some outdoor furniture stores will allow you to exchange an item within a certain time limit if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Learn what fees are involved if you have to return an item  – if that is

The bigger the investment, the more important the design and build quality become. allowed at all. As well, ask about the store’s delivery policy, including how much it costs, how far they’ll deliver and how quickly your furniture will arrive. If you are comparison

shopping, factor the delivery cost when considering different stores. A lowpriced item will not save you money if it comes with an expensive delivery fee. It may be worth it to pay a little more for the item if

free or reduced cost delivery is available. The bottom line is that there are only two things that matter: the quality of the outdoor furniture you are purchasing, and the level of service you receive. Once

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Sunday, June 5, 2016  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 5D

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How to Choose a Pediatric Dentist The high-pitched noise of a dental drill is terrifying for many people, particularly children. A good pediatric dentist will help a child feel comfortable in a medical setting, though. He will teach them a lifetime of good dental habits. Appointments can be fun and educational.

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inding the right pediatric dentist can seem overwhelming, but don’t despair. All it requires is research and patience. When you are looking for a pediatric dentist, here are some things to consider.

Starting your Search As you begin your search, it is important to start gathering names and contact information. Check with parents in your neighborhood. They should be able to tell you where they take their children for dental care. Ask them about their experiences. Your own dentist might give you a referral to a pediatric dentist. Also, look for a list of pediatric dentists on the Internet, telephone book or in your local newspaper. The American Dental Association will have a list of qualified pediatric dentists in your area. Professionals who belong to this association are committed to the public’s oral health.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is another excellent resource.

Search with your Provider People who have dental insurance may be limited to a network of dentists. Some of these professionals may give quality care. There is a phone number on the back of your dental insurance card. Call and ask customer service for three pediatric dentists within the network. Note the information and visit their offices. Anyone without dental insurance should make a list based on personal recommendations and research.

Make Phone Calls Contact the pediatric dentists on your list to ask questions. Be sure to take notes during the call. Request background information on the office. How long have they been open and how long has the dentist been practicing? Less seasoned dentists are not necessarily poor choices, but an experienced

Your child’s comfort level will have a big part in whether a dentist is the right choice for them. practitioner will be less likely to make a mistake with your child. Inquire about the hours of operation, pricing and procedures. See if you can schedule an appointment

so your child can meet the dentist.

Meet the Dentist Your child’s comfort level will have a big part in whether a dentist is the

right choice for them. Take him or her to meet the prospective dentist. The visit will help you understand the dentist’s personal skills and patience level. A friendly attitude and tolerance is essential when working with children. This person must be able to defuse tantrums and do the

right things to make your child comfortable. The only real way to see if you have selected the right person is to watch him or her interact with children. Visit several dentists before making a choice. When your child is excited to visit his dental friend, you know that you have selected the best one for your child.

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6D — The Newnan Times-Herald  |  Sunday, June 5, 2016

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How to Choose an Urgent Care Center When your physician is unavailable or you need rapid medical attention, your local urgent care center can assist you. In some cases, urgent care centers work better than the emergency room at your local hospital.

An urgent care center is an excellent backup for the times you can’t see your general practitioner. checks and cash as payment. Patients at urgent care clinics usually have good experiences. They appreciate the short wait times. It is especially helpful when you are sick and can’t see your regular

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He or she must also be comfortable around them. An urgent care center is an excellent backup for the times you can’t see your general practitioner. The best centers are open until at least 7pm and on weekends. Many are open later. Most centers have the equipment to contend with colds, flu, strep throat or an ear infection. They could also help you regain control of your blood pressure. Urgent care providers are typically good at treating simple fractures and stitching wounds. When they don’t have the resources to treat an emergency or lifethreatening medical issue, the center is trained to call 911 and get an ambulance should a patient need an ER. The urgent care staff will work to stabilize a patient while they wait for transport. Handling payment arrangements is your responsibility. You must know if your insurance covers the doctors in the facility. If you don’t have insurance, flexible payment plans can usually be arranged. Most facilities also accept credit cards,

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ealth problems happen at inconvenient times. You may not have time to ask about various facilities in your area. Now is the time to find the best urgent care center that will help you in your hour of need. Here are some factors to consider when selecting an urgent care center. You will need a center located near your home. Time is of the essence. You will also need to understand the level of care they provide, hours of operation and insurance plans they accept. Find out about your town’s urgent care centers before you need medical assistance. Check the Yellow Pages, your local newspaper or the Internet. People who live in cities probably have several choices within a short distance. But if you live in a rural area, there might be only one option. Look closely at what the center can offer you. Sometimes, rural residents can get better care at an emergency room. Anyone with children should select an urgent care facility with a doctor who is qualified to treat children.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 7D

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How to Choose a Storage Building Outdoor storage buildings are a great option for keeping lawnmowers or other heavy equipment away from the elements.

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here are plenty of options available on the market, and the choices can seem overwhelming. But keeping these three qualities in mind will help you find the best outdoor storage buildings.

Construction Quality material and construction is a must. The building might be more expensive, but it will be worth it. There are no standardized building codes for outdoor storage buildings. While many companies use solid materials, others are out to make fast money. Their reputation means little since they don’t plan to be in business for long. High-quality storage buildings are similar to a well-built home. The walls are sturdy; the decking and roof trusses are solid. A well-made roof will keep out the elements. These buildings will not leak, so your possessions will be safe. Don’t overlook the flooring. It should consist of solid joists and decking thick enough to prevent

Think of everything you will need to put inside the building. People use these units for a variety of reasons.

sagging. The flooring should meet or exceed your expectations. Pay more to get better flooring.

Design Another important factor is functional design. Purchase the best-designed building that you can afford. Your unit should have plenty of room for shelving and adequate floor space. Think of everything you will need to put inside the building. People use these units for a variety of reasons. Some people need room for a tractor while others might keep small gardening equipment on the shelves. You might need more windows, skylight or electrical lighting. Maybe you need a wide door or one that opens in a particular direction. If you hang things, then look for a building with space for hooks. Units with an attractive exterior will complement your home. You can choose from a wide array of siding, trim, and roof shingles without overshooting your budget. While you might not

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8D — The Newnan Times-Herald  |  Sunday, June 5, 2016

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What to Look for in an Assisted Living Center Assisted living centers help patients continue to live an active lifestyle in comfortable, cost-effective settings that offer many conveniences and amenities. People often need extra care as they age. Some, particularly those confronting severe health challenges, need regular care that is significantly beyond the scope of what family members or close friends are able to provide. Some just need to be in an environment where someone is on hand to check on them throughout the day. Bottom line: all assisted care centers are not the same.

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GARDEN AND LANDSCAPING

It’s a little known fact that the landscaping of an assisted living center will give you a good indication about the quality of the facility. Proper maintenance of the lawn and gardens is a good sign. If the prospective resident enjoys spending time in nature, look for a facility that has park-like areas. Some centers have communitystyle gardens and walkways for residents.

Just being able to see nature as it grows and changes with the seasons can be uplifting and soothing. An assisted living center with a manicured lawn and garden can make a huge difference in the quality of life for a loved one.

HOME AMENITIES

Accommodations at these centers can range from luxurious, detached cottages to cozy condominiums. It all depends on what you are looking for, what you can afford, and what is available. As you visit the facilities, try to personalize each space. Imagine how your loved one’s belongings might fit into the area and where decorations will be placed. Does the atmosphere bring about a feeling of peace and tranquility? How are the rooms decorated? Are they tasteful and soothing, or do they remind you of a hospital setting? Look at the home amenities and consider how you would feel about living there. Would you want your

An assisted living center with a manicured lawn and garden can make a huge difference in the quality of life for a loved one. loved one living there? Is the facility within your budget?

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Game and meeting areas can help the resident make new friends and keep them from feeling alone and lonely. Leaving the confines of their

units is an important part of recovery. Make sure the center offers activities and space to occupy your loved one’s time. Quality facilities will have activities that match his or her hobbies. If your family member enjoys crafts, then look for a center with a designated craft area or

classes for your loved one to enjoy.

PERSONAL CARE

Ask your loved one’s personal physician how much care is required to function safely. The doctor may even be able to guide you toward an appropriate facility. Be sure to seek advice on what qualifications and certifications you need to look for in the center’s staff. The center’s employees should be well-qualified to handle medical needs.

If you monitor the medical care, you can avoid paying for extensive services that your loved one may not need. Understanding the care the person requires will help you find a center that is a good fit. Choosing an assisted living facility is about finding the right combination of medical services and amenities. With research and thought, you will find the perfect place to bring comfort and care to your loved one.

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