What Are The Duties Of A Family Law Attorney

Why would you need a family lawyer?

There are a variety of problems that arise within a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership that can be handled by a family law attorney. There is no law in the United States that says that people appearing in a court case need to be represented by a lawyer. People involved in a court case are legally allowed to represent themselves if they so wish. Representing oneself in a family law case can be difficult though. There are so many aspects of family law that a family law case could possibly encounter. The help of a family law attorney might be the best bet when appearing in court for a family law case.

The aspects of family law that could be challenging are:

  • Divorce
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Visitation rights
  • Annulment
  • Property settlements
  • Alimony payments
  • Parental responsibility orders
  • Legitimacy
  • Spousal abuse

If you have may need legal assistance regarding a Family related matter, consult with a Family Lawyer in your area for a free case review to explore your legal options.

Why Hire a Family Lawyer

It is always a safe bet to consult and hire a family law attorney when dealing with one or more of the above mentioned problems that can arise within a marriage, within a civil union, or within a domestic partnership. Family law is a wide topic of law that covers everything mentioned above and then some. A family law attorney will be able to answer any questions that might arise with a family law problem while also making the court process much easier on the plaintiff or the defendant involved in a family law lawsuit.

If a couple has decided, after a period of separation that they wish to end their marriage and obtain a divorce, should consult a family law attorney. The laws and rules regarding filing for a divorce can change each year and a family law attorney will be able to define all of those laws and explain all of the changes to a couple that is getting divorced. A divorce lawyer will also be able to work hand in hand with the other spouse’s lawyer during the divorce process.

A married couple does not always have problems that lead to divorce. Other problems that can arise are domestic violence such as spousal abuse or child abuse. Spousal abuse or child abuse can be the result of emotional abuse or physical abuse. A family law attorney will be able to help settle the differences between two spouses involved in these types of cases that could possibly lead to a divorce. If a divorce does occur, the spouse that was abused will more than likely seek spousal support, restitution, compensation for damages or medical bills and child support if they are awarded child custody.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Family Lawyer?

Because the family law practice area is so broad, it’s hard to say exactly what you can expect from a family law proceeding. But in the end, you should have a better defined relationship with your family. In any case, your lawyer should supply you with advice on whether you should take your case to court and how strong your case is. Your lawyer should take you through every step of the process of filing papers or a lawsuit. For document creation or review, you can expect that your family lawyer will create a legally binding agreement that has clear terms you can understand. If you have to go through negotiations or go to court, there is no guarantee that the outcomes will be ideal for you, but having a family lawyer on your side will give you the best information and chance of winning your case.

Here are a few reasons why choosing a qualified family law attorney is the right decision:

  • Objective advice – Even if you’re the party who is initiating the divorce action, chances are that you are experiencing some very deep emotional turmoil concerning the matter. When emotions are running high, it’s easy to make rash decisions that, in hindsight, will prove to be ill-considered. Having a family law attorney in your corner means that you have a professional who can offer objective, fact- and experience-based advice regarding your divorce. A family law attorney can help you avoid going for a quick resolution that leaves you at a long-term financial or parenting disadvantage.
  • Access to top-notch consultants – In contentious divorce proceedings, the testimony and advice of professionals such as bankers, investment consultants, appraisers, physicians, and mental health experts may be necessary. Experienced family law attorneys have contacts with many of these experienced professionals and can recruit knowledgeable experts who can lend authority to your case with their knowledge.
  • Courtroom experience – There is no substitute for experience when it comes to litigation. Family law attorneys have spent a significant portion of their careers in the courtroom arguing divorce cases. This experience gives them unparalleled insight into what tactics opposing attorneys will pursue and how judges will react to various arguments and evidence. While most divorce cases settle, the most contentious ones end up in a courtroom and, in that circumstance, you want a seasoned professional on your side.
  • Familiarity with opposing counsel – Most family law attorneys in your area will interact in court and develop working relationships. Experienced family law attorneys can draw upon those contacts to work effectively with your spouse’s attorney to help negotiate a settlement that is fair and equitable.
  • Alternatives to litigation – Family law attorneys can advise their clients on whether alternatives such as divorce mediation may be appropriate for their circumstances. Mediation can save divorcing spouses with good communication the time, expense, and stress of a divorce proceeding. In mediation, a facilitator helps guide divorcing spouses to an amicable agreement. While this option isn’t for everyone, many couples have used it to successfully end marriages without the acrimony involved in divorce.

What a Family Lawyer Can Do

A family law attorney will be able to properly fill out all of the required paperwork and forms needed when going to court for family law problems, the lawyer will accompany their clients to court to represent them, and a family law attorney will also make sure that their clients receive the proper amount of compensation for their pain and suffering. No matter what type of case, it is difficult to represent oneself in a court of law but it is especially difficult to represent oneself in a case that involves family law and another spouse or another member of the family.

Anyone that needs to hire a family law attorney should consult with a couple of different attorneys first before deciding to choose a specific one. The consultation meeting should include the asking of questions about the lawyer’s experience and background, their success rate in family law cases, their education background and whether or not the attorney has represented clients in this specific area of family law in the past.

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Homeowner Tips From A Certified Electrical Home Inspection Pro

Home Inspections

WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT MY ELECTRICAL PANEL ??

We never think about it. Yet it serves us every day.  It is the largest safety device in your home but most do not appreciate what is does. It is your electrical service panel. It is the heart of the home electrical system and is in essence the heart of our modern lifestyle.  Every year that goes by we require it to do more and more.

If you went to your main service panel and shut off the main breaker what would your life be in your home? No lights, no heat, no cooking, no TV so on… and so on. As a home inspector I had a curious thought. Why is it when I recommend a panel be replaced it becomes more of an issue than other components of the home?

As home inspectors we often cite that a roof need replacement or if an air conditioner or heat pump is old it is ready for replacement or your water   heater needs replacement. Most people understand and are used to the thought that these types of components reach the end of a useful lifespan and should be replaced.

This brings me to my main point. Service panels and their associated components were built for the time they were installed.  As such they were not designed in many ways for our modern lifestyles and demands. Americans use more electrical power per person than do people of any other country in the world, but that does not mean that we have a better understanding of electricity.

A study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the 1980s indicated that the frequency of fires in residential electrical systems was  disproportionately high in homes more than 40 years old. The thought is that the aging of older electrical systems, combined with the fact that older homes were not built to the more rigid building codes of recent times

THINGS BUYERS SHOULD ASK ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

So you think you have found the home of your dreams. Open floor plan, big rooms, back yard, basement. Everything you have ever wanted. But what about the things you DON’T want? Electrical issues, heating and cooling? Or what about pest infestation? On the eve of the biggest purchase of your life there are many questions that loom large. Here are the top five questions regarding home inspections, that you, the buyer may have, or may have not even known you need to ask!

Are inspections “automatically” part of every home purchase?

No. As a buyer, you must include a home inspection clause in your purchase agreement, which will let you back out of the contract if the inspector discovers unexpected problems with the house. If you still want the house, an inspection clause allows you to renegotiate with the seller in light of any issues discovered—either requesting a price adjustment, or asking the seller to make necessary repairs prior to completing the sale.

What IS a home inspection?

A home inspection is a comprehensive review of the systems, structure and general “health” of a home, conducted by a qualified, objective inspector. If there are any issues that may degrade the value of the home, or require immediate/near-term repairs, they should be revealed by a professional home inspector. What is included will depend on the individual inspector, the local municipal codes, and the type of inspection(s) you request.

Basic home inspections should include visual inspections of the:

Roof

Foundation/framing (including wood rot)

Fireplaces

Plumbing systems

Electrical systems

HVAC (heating and cooling) systems

Interiors (doors, paint, floorings, ceilings, walls, windows, etc.)

Exteriors (siding, windows, doors, etc.)

Insulation/ventilation

Additional inspections may be done for:

The presence of radon, mold, or pests

At Inspection Tech we have a team of general home inspectors as well as a certified radon and mold specialist and a licensed structural engineer

How do I select an inspector?

You can ask your buyer’s agent to recommend a good, qualified, local inspector. You can also find one on your own. Either way, you should consider the inspector’s qualifications, confirm if they are bonded and insured, and if they meet the requirements to be licensed in your state. You may also want to ask how long they have been in the business and request references from past clients. There are a number of state/national/international professional home inspector organizations; ask your potential inspector if they are a member of any of these groups.

home inspection standard is good for home inspectors

will explain why and debunk some of the myths around the final Standard, which is dramatically different than the draft that was broadly circulated in 2014.

WHY THE STANDARD IS IMPORTANT:

It adds credibility to the home inspection profession.

a. The CSA is a recognized and trusted name to consumers.

A nationally recognized standard provides consistency coast to coast.

The Standard does not require home inspectors to re-invent themselves.

a. The Standard requires a minor shift in inspection procedures for most home inspectors.

The initial draft of the Standard is very different than the final version.

a. The draft drew significant criticism from the home inspection profession.

b. The Technical Committee listened and made extensive revisions.

The Standard is very similar to existing Standards of Practice.

a. The similarity acknowledges that the home inspection profession is built on a strong foundation.

The Standard was created using a professional, defendable process.

a. The Standard was created using the well-established CSA protocol, which has been in place for roughly 100 years.

b. The Standard was created with input from home inspectors, representatives from the real estate profession, the Electrical Safety Authority, Consumers Council, regulatory authorities, education bodies, insurers, the National Research Council, and First Nations National Building Officers Association.

The public can be comfortable that the Standard is fair and consumer focused.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE STANDARD

Home inspectors have to pay for it.

a. Not true. Inspectors and their clients can access it

Home inspectors have to include a summary in their report.

a. Not true.

b. A summary is recommended, but not required.

The Standard is unfair to inspectors.

a. Not true. The draft Standard was very different from current home inspection practices.

b. The final Standard is closely aligned with what home inspectors have been doing for years.

Roughly 95% of the inspection is what most professional inspectors do now.

A home inspection is non-invasive.

It is an evaluation of the condition and performance of the systems and components of a home.

The objective is to identify and report any items that are not performing their intended function.

The focus is on significant items that are readily visible to the inspector, rather than minor building deficiencies.

Inspection of cosmetic, maintenance and other non-critical items are excluded.

The inspection does not address compliance to codes and regulations.

Inspectors can provide services beyond the Standard.

The Standard applies to detached and semi-detached homes, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes and individual dwellings in multi-unit buildings. It includes site-built and factory-built (prefabricated) dwellings.

Readily accessible items are inspected. Inspectors don’t move furniture, carpet, stored items, etc.

The exclusions are consistent with those in most existing standards. For example, inspections do not include appliances, water supply or sewage systems, methods or costs for repair, identifying causes of failures or predicting service life.

Inspections include representative sampling where there are multiple similar components.

Written reports describe significant issues including health and safety, and their implications.

The components to be inspected are the same as other standards, with the exception of those noted below

What Happens During a Plumbing Inspection?

resident bought a 3-story home last year and it was old enough that a friend expressed concerns about plumbing and wiring. “If there’s anything wrong, the inspector will catch it,” said the home buyer airily. Months later, the kitchen ceiling crashed to the floor from the weight of water damage.

Home Inspections Often Superficial

For the purposes of buying/selling real estate, home inspectors do only 3 things to inspect the plumbing: They check if water runs from the taps, drains empty, and toilets flush. “Home inspectors do not have the technical knowledge to advise potential homeowners if the plumbing in the house is up to code or even if sewer gas is leaking back into the home,” says one professional plumber.

Professional Plumbing Inspection

There are many reasons why you may want a professional plumbing inspection. In addition to buying or selling property, you may want an inspection to prevent costly emergency plumbing services.

Here are some things to expect from your home plumbing inspection:

Check water filtration systems

Examine fixtures, supply lines, drains

In-depth investigation of all above-ground, exposed plumbing, including shut-off valves and traps under kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room sinks;

Inspect sinks, showers/bath, toilets

Inspection of bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room draining and venting systems

Inspection of the storage water tank or tankless water heater

Plumbing video camera inspection of underground sanitary drains and sewer pipes. Cracks and misalignments that can lead to future drain blockage or collapse.

Shut-off valve inspection

Sump pump and discharge inspection

Early Detection Key to Whole-House Wellness

Physicians often claim early detection can save lives, so they promote preventive care. Your home’s plumbing can benefit from early detection too.

HOME INSPECTION FAQS

Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying and selling process but do you know what home inspectors actually do or if a house can even fail a home inspection? Luckily, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections and asked real home inspectors to answer them. Here is everything you need to know about your home inspection.

WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?

A standard home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building. Without a comprehensive home inspection, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in repairs or possibly buy a house that is unsafe.

ere’s an overview of each element of a home that must be inspected.

Foundation: the inspector will take a look at the foundation to examine it for cracking and shifting, and to ensure that water is draining away properly from the foundation and basement

Lot: the lot will be examined for proper grading and drainage and the quality of walkways and the driveway will also be assessed.

Roof: the roof will be examined for faulty shingles, damaged flashing, signs of water damage, and overall integrity

Exterior: the exterior siding, windows, doors will be examined to assess their overall wear and condition

Attic: the attic will be inspected to ensure that it is properly ventilated and insulated

Interior: the interior of the home will be examined, including wall outlets, lighting fixtures, walls, doors, and all other such surfaces and areas

Basement: the basement is inspected to ensure that it is free from leaks and water damage. Issues like mold and water leaks are also quite common in basements

Electrical: your home inspector will make sure that all electrical outlets, switches, and lighting fixtures work

Plumbing: the functionality of the plumbing systems will be checked, including water pressure, hot and cold water, as well as functionality of all sinks, bathtubs, showers, and other systems

Appliances: major appliances will be tested and verified for proper functionality

HVAC: the furnace will be examined for integrity, and problems like cracks or wear and tear. Air ducts and air conditioning systems will also be examined and tested

The purchase of a home is one the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase. A home inspection helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches. Throughout your inspection, your inspector will even give you maintenance tips that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection, you will have a much better understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind.

Pros And Cons Of Home Inspection

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Here is a comprehensive list of the home sections inspected.

Structure and Foundation

Electrical Systems

Plumbing Systems

Roofs and Attics

Basements and Crawl Spaces

Gutters and Drainage

Walls, Floors and Ceilings

Porches and Decks

Property and Site

Sheds/ Barns and other outbuildings

I also inspect and operate:

Furnaces year round

Air Conditioning when the temp. is 65 Degrees or above.

Plumbing Fixtures in Kitchens, Baths and Laundries

Water Heaters and Ventilation with a smoke pen.

A Representative Number of Lights and Receptacles

A Representative Number of Windows and Doors

Built-in Appliances

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Certified and Licensed Inspection Professional I have seen it lot in 20+ years of Industry experience and I pass that knowledge to each and every one of my customers at every home inspection I do.  Just like a dentist or doctor I feel a home inspector is always “in practice” learning on the job everyday.  I am able to help you identify potential issues with your future home purchase and save you Money and Heartache by seeing these issues before closing so they can be fixed or negotiated with the Sellers ahead of time so you can have peace of mind with your new home purchase.

Buyers’ Inspection

This is the primary function of my home inspection business.  To help you the consumer make the most educated decision you can during the home inspection and buying process.  I am happy to do the inspection with you by my side, answering all of your questions along the way, or to finish my report and walk you thru the home inspection report page by page and explain the findings.

Sewer Scope Inspection

The Main reason we recommend a sewer scope inspection is to let us know if the property’s sewer line and system is functioning as it was intended. Knowing the condition of your sewer line is important from not only a piece of mind standpoint, but also from a general home ownership standpoint. It is suggested the sewer line be reviewed every 5 years to ensure a costly problem is not forming.

Common Sewer Line Problems

Common sewer line problems are root intrusion, holes, pooling, cracks, and pipe separation. A functioning sewer line may have problems that do not currently affect the performance of the line. However, these problems may cause a future sewer backup leading to an unexpected emergency line repair or replacement.

Important Home Inspections

Picture this… a buyer is working with their real estate agent, and they find the perfect home, at a great price, in the ideal location.  They’re determined to close on the deal, but there is one obstacle standing in their way:  the home inspection.  After all, a good inspector is liable to figure out the perfect house might not be so perfect.

Discovering What’s Wrong with a House

Even if someone manages to find their dream home, a good inspector can help explain exactly what’s not so perfect about the home, and that’s a good thing.  Because when someone buys a home, they’re also buying all of its problems too.

Critical Home Inspections

The more complex a house or property, the more inspections it’s going to need to figure out if something’s wrong.  At the very least, a home is a complex building of plumbing and electrical networks.  At the other end of the spectrum, homes can supply water and sewage services too.

To understand if all of the features of a home are functioning properly, a buyer may have to conduct as many as six separate inspections:

General Home

Termite / Wood Boring Insect Damage

Well Water Quality

Radon Gas Presence

Septic System Reliability

Oil Tank Integrity

General Home Inspections

Subject to local forces of supply and demand as well as the size of the home, a “standard” inspection will generally run around $500 to $700.  Inspectors are usually certified by state run agencies and / or members of nationally recognized organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or National Association of Home Inspectors.

HOME INSPECTION COMPANY

Let me start off by making you a BIG Promise.  Attend your home inspection, and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the “Quality” of the home inspection service, tell the inspector before the end of the inspection and we’ll either make it right, or you don’t pay the home inspection fee

How Can Guarantee an Inspection?

It’s easy. find more defects than competition. The end result is that you save more money. Most contracts allow negotiations with the seller to make repairs or give you credit at closing. So the more defects we find, the more money you save.

Home Buyer’s Pre-Closing Inspection

Are you buying a home? Home Inspections will inspect it prior to closing. The inspection covers hundreds of components in the home and includes an electronic report clearly outlining safety concerns and the current condition of the home. This report will give you the information you need to make the best decision and prepare for future maintenance.

Condo & Multi-Unit Housing Inspection

Do you own an investment or rental property? Home Inspections will inspect properties with up to four separate residential units.

Inspection Services

Besides comprehensive house inspections during real estate transactions, also provide affordable rates and other programs, along with a superior level of honesty and independence.

Owning a new home may be the biggest decision you’ll ever make. Although the procedure is very exciting, it fast becomes overwhelming. While the house you have picked may seem to be just what you’ve dreamed of, how can you be certain there aren’t possible severe defects that could make your investment a pricey one?

Inspection Services professionally inspect your new home as soon as possible in the purchasing process, you could be able to save hundreds on items that you may be capable of having the seller or builder fix.

business is devoted to giving you pertinent information about your new house. meticulously inspect all main components of the property to uncover unknown defects and inform you about any potential future needs and maintenance on your new home once the purchase process is completed. give you all the information that you will need to make an informed decision.

provide you with the documentation you need to make the correct choices about the property in a concise, clear manner with photographs and diagrams. For easy accessibility

Your residence is most likely one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life. here to assist in protecting you and your loved ones against pricey surprises.

Home Inspection

Home Inspection, provide you with the ‘information’ you need to make an informed decision about the property being inspected. This is done in a clear, concise, and professional manner. deliver an oral report on site and a detailed, electronic report to all customers following the home inspection.

Home Inspection has been in business since 1999, and seen many inexperienced home inspectors come and go. offer you trained and seasoned home inspection professionals. If there are any visible problems, find them.  And do best to point out the “positives” as well

You see, I understand this is an important step in your life. This Guarantee is just one more way to demonstrate my desire and commitment to meet and exceed your expectations. Also, I want to ensure you have an enjoyable real estate experience.

Home Inspection, offer a simple, no-weasel-words, Guarantee. Follow during your home inspection, and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the “Quality” of the home inspection service, tell the inspector before you leave at the end of the inspection and we’ll either make it right, or you don’t pay the home inspection fee!

That’s easy – more thorough. take time. not trying to rush through your inspection to get to the next one. That often means find defects the other guys don’t. And that can mean the seller, not you, will pay for the repairs. And because more thorough, fees tend to be a bit higher. So you can pay a higher fee and get a more thorough inspection, or you can save some money by hiring the cheap inspector, and maybe spend thousands more to fix the things the cheap inspector missed.

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Why General Ledger Is Important For The Branch?

What Is a General Ledger?

A general ledger represents the record-keeping system for a company’s financial data with debit and credit account records validated by a trial balance. The general ledger provides a record of each financial transaction that takes place during the life of an operating company.

The general ledger holds account information that is needed to prepare the company’s financial statements, and transaction data is segregated by type into accounts for assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenues, and expenses.

How a General Ledger Works

A general ledger is the foundation of a system used by accountants to store and organize financial data used to create the firm’s financial statements. Transactions are posted to individual sub-ledger accounts, as defined by the company’s chart of accounts.

The transactions are then closed out or summarized to the general ledger, and the accountant generates a trial balance, which serves as a report of each ledger account’s balance. The trial balance is checked for errors and adjusted by posting additional necessary entries, and then the adjusted trial balance is used to generate the financial statements.

Reasons Why You Need a General Ledger

Obviously, it’s always up to you (and your financial advisor) to decide what is right for your small business. You may be doing just fine without a General Ledger, in which case you may not want to boil the ocean! But in case you’re wondering, there are seven compelling reasons why you may want to use a General Ledger for your small business:

  • It provides an accurate record of all financial transactions
  • It helps you compile a trial balance, so your books balance
  • It makes filing tax returns easy because you have expenses and income is in one place
  • It reports real revenue and expenses so that you can stay on top of spending
  • It helps you spot unusual transactions immediately
  • It helps you identify (and stop) fraud
  • It aids in compiling key financial statements which are crucial for evaluating your profitability, liquidity, and overall financial health. These include the cash flow statement, income statement and balance sheet.

Examples of General Ledger Accounts

Some of the more common balance sheet accounts and how they are further arranged in the general ledger include:

  • asset accounts such as Cash, Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Investments, Land, and Equipment
  • liability accounts including Notes Payable, Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses Payable, and Customer Deposits
  • stockholders’ equity accounts such as Common Stock, Retained Earnings, Treasury Stock, and Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income

Some of the general ledger income statement accounts and how they are arranged include:

  • operating revenue accounts such as Sales and Service Fee Revenues
  • operating expense accounts including Salaries Expense, Rent Expense, and Advertising Expense
  • nonoperating or other income accounts such as Gain on Sale of Assets, Interest Expense, and Loss on Disposal of Assets

General Ledger Control Accounts

Some general ledger accounts can become summary records and will be referred to as control accounts. In that situation all of the detail that supports the summary amounts in one of the control accounts will be available in a subsidiary ledger.

Examples of General Ledger Control Accounts

A common example of a general ledger account that can become a control account is Accounts Receivable. The summary amounts are found in the Accounts Receivable control account and the details for each customer’s credit activity will be contained in the Accounts Receivable subsidiary ledger.

Types of general ledger accounts

Broadly, the general ledger contains accounts that correspond to the income statement and balance sheet for which they are destined.

The income part of the income statement might include totals from general ledger accounts for cash, inventory and accounts receivable — money owed to the business — sometimes broken down into departments such as sales and service and related expenses. The expense side of the income statement might be based on GL accounts for interest expenses and advertising expenses.

Other GL accounts summarize transactions for asset categories, such as plant and equipment, and liabilities, such as accounts payable and notes, or loans.

Other types of GL accounts

While the above accounts appear in every general ledger, other accounts may be used to track special categories, perform useful calculations or summarize groups of accounts. The latter type is called a control account.

For example, an accountant might use a T-account — so named because of its T shape — to track just the debits and credits in a particular general ledger account.

Accounting cycle process

Following the rules of double-entry bookkeeping, each entry in the general ledger must appear in two places: once as a debit and once as a corresponding credit. And the two added together must equal zero.

The terms debit and credit do not have their commonplace meanings, and whether each adds to or subtracts from an account’s total depends on the type of account. For example, debiting an income account causes it to increase, while the same action on an expense account results in a decrease.

General ledger reconciliation

At the end of each accounting period, a trial balance is calculated by listing all of the debit and credit accounts and their totals, and separating those with debit balances from the ones with credit balances. The debit and credit accounts are then totaled to verify that the two are equal. If they aren’t, the accountant can look for errors in the accounts and journals.

However, the trial balance cannot serve as proof that the other records are free of errors. For example, if journal entries for a debit and its corresponding credit were never recorded, the totals in the trial balance would still match.

Companies use a general ledger reconciliation process to find and correct such errors in the accounting records.

Controlling Accounts vs. Subsidiary ledger

For a large organization, a general ledger can be extremely complicated. In order to simplify the audit of accounting records or the analysis of records by internal stakeholders, subsidiary ledgers can be created.

A subsidiary ledger (sub-ledger) is a sub-account related to a GL account that traces the transactions corresponding to a specific company, purchase, property, etc. If a GL account includes sub-ledgers, they are called controlling accounts.

For example, Companies X, Y, and Z are the clients of Company A. For accounting purposes, Company A may create three sub-ledger accounts corresponding its three clients under account receivables (controlling accounts) to trace the amounts expected to be received from each client.

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House Cleaning Your New Home: Moving Checklist

While you may be tempted to move in as soon as possible, your moving checklist should include dedicating some time to house cleaning. Take full advantage of your fresh start while your new house or apartment is completely empty; you will likely never have the opportunity to clean your home again while it’s void of all of your belongings.

Start with the bathroom

Since you will be spending a day or so in your new home house cleaning, you may want to begin in the bathroom. Previous residents surely cleaned the bathroom, but there is no harm in scrubbing away your own way as this room can be one of the more germ-filled places in the house.

A quick and easy way to instantaneously freshen the bathroom is to replace the toilet seat and cover, especially since toilet seats are inexpensive and easy to install. Be sure to clean behind the toilet and, if possible, pull the vanity/sink away from the wall to do the same. Thoroughly clean the shelves inside of the medicine cabinet while they’re empty, as this is a place that was likely missed by whoever last cleaned it.

Get the kitchen clean

Now that you have a bathroom that is safe to use and germ-free, move onto the kitchen. Begin by removing all the stove-top parts, including grates and knobs, and take the shelves and drawers out of the refrigerator. In a large tub filled with soap and water, let these parts soak while you clean the easy surfaces of kitchen appliances, counter tops and inside of the refrigerator.

Most ovens have a self-cleaning feature; turn it on, although you will have to scrub the oven glass to remove all the grease and food residue that has built up. Be sure to pull all the kitchen appliances away from the wall, especially the oven and the refrigerator, and thoroughly clean behind them.

Decluttering for a Move: What to Get Rid of and Where to Begin

One of the best ways to ensure a stress-free move is to declutter your home. Decluttering is also a great way to honor the memories you made in your old home before starting a new chapter. Even if you don’t think your home is very cluttered, chances are you have at least a handful of things lying around that you could do without. The closer you look, the more you’ll find

There’s no shame in realizing that your home has become a storage unit for broken, surplus, and expired stuff—it happens to everyone. You think you know how much stuff you have until it comes time to move it all to a new home. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by items you didn’t know you had or have never seen before. It’s as if your belongings multiplied when you weren’t looking!

The best time to get rid of all the excess is when you are preparing for a move. Getting rid of items you don’t want or need will save you valuable time, money, and effort. Decluttering before you move means you won’t spend time packing up things you no longer want or need. You’ll use fewer boxes, take up less space on the moving truck, and require fewer movers to help you get everything to your new home.

Decluttering for a Move: Room-by-Room Checklist

The following checklists are organized by room to help you tackle the challenge of decluttering in a systematic way. The time it takes to declutter each room will vary by household, but we recommend spending about one week per room as a rule of thumb.

Kitchen

In the kitchen, you’ll want to get rid of anything that is broken, mismatched, surplus or simply never used. This includes:

Expired food

Sauce packets

Small appliances

Kitchen tools and utensils

Cookware

Plastic containers and lids

Water bottles and coffee tumblers

Old cookbooks

Move Out Cleaning – DIY or Hire It Out?

When you vacate a rental, it is usually expected to be clean. Each property manager or rental agency has its own requirements, and if you don’t meet them, you can be subject to fines or security deposit deductions. With all the hard work and hassle that come with vacating a unit and moving, sometimes the last thing you want to do is clean it. However, the costs of professional cleaning crews can be a budget buster.

What Are the Expectations?

First and foremost, fully understand what the expectations are. Some places conduct a professional cleaning between residents regardless of the unit’s condition; in this case, a few hours of your own time may be sufficient. Others will conduct a “white glove inspection” and expect the unit to be immediately ready for new residents. In this scenario, a professional company will likely do a more thorough cleaning so that you pass the final inspection. Before hiring a cleaning crew or committing your own time, ask your property manager/agency for clarification. Ask specifically what will be checked and how clean it needs to be. Consult your lease for details and even ask neighbors what they’ve heard and seen with other residents moving out.

What Is Your Timeline?

Move-out cleanings typically need to be done once the unit is completely empty and can take up to a full day (depending on how big and dirty the unit is). As such, your moving timeline may play into your decision. If you have the hours to put toward cleaning your old unit before moving into your new one, the DIY route may be worth the cost savings versus a cleaning crew. If the moving truck comes one day and you have to be in your new town and new apartment in very short order, hiring it out can save you precious hours. The old adage, “Do you have time or money?” certainly applies here. If you have the hours in your moving timeline to get it done, consider DIYing to save the cost.

What Is Your Access to Cleaning Supplies?

Take into account how inconvenient it is to hold onto your cleaning supplies. If you’re moving across town, keeping back various supplies isn’t that big of a deal. But if you’re moving out of state or across the country, those things may get packed into a moving truck before you have a chance to do the final cleaning. Hiring a crew will allow you to transport, use up and/or give away cleaning supplies before your big move. If you need to do the cleaning yourself, keep back a few disposable items and ask friends or neighbors to borrow heavy-duty items like vacuums, mops, brooms and steam cleaners.

Do You Like to Clean?

Lastly, consider how much you enjoy the hard and dirty work of deep cleaning. The cleanliness expectations certainly come into play here. If your unit just needs to be “generally clean,” a quick dusting and vacuum is easy enough for most people to handle. However, if the inspection goes under the oven, inside refrigerators and to stovetop burner plates, blinds, landscaping and light fixtures, be sure you’re up for the task. Professional cleaning crews typically have the supplies, equipment and know-how for tackling common inspection “hot spots,” but if you love (or at least don’t mind!) tackling dust, dirt, grease and grime, doing it yourself will save you a good chunk of change!

Moving home checklist

You’ve found your dream home, exchanged contracts and sorted your mortgage. All that’s left to do is move in. That’s the easy part, isn’t it?

Well, there are lots of things you might not have accounted for – from finding the fuse box in your new home to letting your broadband supplier know you’re moving.

Confirm the date of your move

First things first, you’ll need to get your moving date officially confirmed by your conveyancers and the house sellers. If you’re renting, you may be able to spread moving out and moving in across several days. This way, you can get into your new home and get any work done, like cleaning carpets and painting, without the stress of moving in at the same time.

Give notice to your landlord (if you’re renting)

If you’re renting, you’ll need to let your landlord know the exact date you’re moving out. Hopefully this will coincide with the end of your lease, as this avoids paying for both rent and your mortgage at the same time.

Contact your utility suppliers

Let all of your utility suppliers know that you’re planning to move out – electricity, gas, phone and broadband suppliers will all need to know when you’re leaving the property. Chances are, you’ll be moving your phone and broadband across to your new property. Give your supplier as much notice as possible, as moving service may take several weeks.

Get quotes on your removal costs

When it comes to removals, it all depends on what’s practical for your budget and the size of your property. If you’re moving into a small property, or if cost is a large factor, it’ll probably be cheaper to rent a van and get a few friends to help. However, that can easily add to the stress of moving day, so make sure it’s right for you.

Moving: the new fall cleaning? Tips to de-clutter before your move

With school starting, you may find yourself with more time on your hands as your kids are gone most of the day. While moving in can be a big job, it can also be an opportunity to start fresh, as well as a welcomed opportunity to go through everything you have used during summer and pack it away for next year

Hold a Garage Sale

Fall can be a great opportunity to hold a garage sale. Not only will you ensure that your old belongings are put to use, you can also make some money to put towards your upcoming move. Holding a garage sale in the fall can also be a great idea, because many families remain in the city during the weekends instead of going to the lake or cottage. For some helpful tips on holding a garage sale, check out some tips for holding a successful garage sale.

Donate items to goodwill

For items that you haven’t been able to get rid of at a garage sale, consider donating to your local salvation army or goodwill store. While you may not make any money on the items, they can be put to good use by someone else. It is important to stress that fact that items that are to be donated need to be in good shape. Don’t donate items that are falling apart or are dirty, as they may get thrown out anyways.

Place items online

While people around your area may not need items that you are wanting to sell (for instance, a pair of sandals) people in other time zones may jump at the opportunity

Start a Facebook group

You can start a Facebook group with people that you know, and list items that you are looking to get rid of. This is handy as you know the people in the group, and it can be easy to sell and deliver items to people who buy them.

Plastic Surgery Pros And Cons

What is the most common type of plastic surgery?

What is cosmetic plastic surgery?

Cosmetic plastic surgery is done to change your appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body’s contour and shape, smoothing wrinkles, or eliminating balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation. There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.

Although health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures, the number of people deciding to have cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow. The top cosmetic surgeries are breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and facelift.

Most common types of plastic surgery — top trending procedures

The most common types of plastic surgery include breast augmentation, dermabrasion, face lift, hair transplant, rhinoplasty and more.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation refers to a surgical procedure that aims at increasing the shape, fullness or size of the breast. The procedure typically involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of one’s breasts. Breast augmentation can also restore breast volume lost after pregnancy or weight reduction, improve breast size asymmetry or achieve a more rounded breast shape. Once you have this procedure done, be sure to following strict recovery tips from your surgeon to ensure you get the best results.

Dermabrasion

This is an exfoliating technique that uses a specialized tool to gently sand the outer layers of the skin, usually on the face. After dermabrasion, the area heals and the result is younger-looking smooth skin.

Dermabrasion is usually used for:

  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Lesions or growths on the skin
  • Crow’s feet

Facelift

A facelift is designed to give a more youthful facial appearance. The procedure involves lifting of facial tissues, removal of excess skin and replacing skin over repositioned contours. Facelifts repair drooping, sagging, wrinkled or loose skin on the face and are commonly done in conjunction with neck lifts. Procedures commonly done with facelifts include forehead lifts, eyelid surgery and nose reshaping.

Hair Transplantation

Also referred to as hair restoration, this is a surgical technique performed to improve the appearance of baldness. Hair follicles are removed from a part of the body with thick growth to a bald or balding area, often resulting in successful hair growth after the procedure. More than a thousand hairs may be removed in a single session and the hairs moved are permanent.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty refers to any surgical procedure that reshapes or repairs the nose. The procedure may be performed to change the appearance of the nose for cosmetic reasons or medical reasons such as correcting birth defects or difficulty in breathing.

Rhinoplasty can be used to:

  • Change the shape of the bridge
  • Increase or reduce the size of the nose
  • Correct problems following an injury
  • Correct birth defects
  • Improve or relieve breathing problems
  • Change the angle of the nose
  • Narrow the shape of the nostrils

Liposuction

There are two types of liposuction, a surgical procedure that suctions fat from specific areas of the body to provide a slimmer and shapelier silhouette.

In tumescent liposuction, the most popular type, a solution of saline, a drug to constrict blood vessels and a numbing agent are infused into the area to be treated. This liquid, along with fat, is suctioned out of the body using small hollow metal instruments called cannulas. The infusion of liquid can cause short-term fluid retention that diminishes over the next few days.

In Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL), the cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so that it can be suctioned out of the body.  UAL has more risks than tumescent liposuction, including the risk of internal and external burns and a lengthier surgery. The average patient is able to return to work within a few days, depending on the area(s) selected for the treatment.

Blepharoplasty

Eyelid reshaping surgery is can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve vision in patients where the eyelids obstruct vision. Too much skin or sagging skin can cause vision to be impaired and contributes to the appearance of aging. Lower eyelids with chronic puffiness or wrinkling are often reduced during the procedure for a more youthful appearance. Fat pads under the eyes causing the appearance of “bags” are removed as necessary in the lower lid procedure. Most people can go out in public in 10 to 14 days, with swelling becoming less noticeable for weeks or months.

Abdominoplasty

Commonly known as a tummy tuck or a lower body lift, abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the abdominal area and tightens the skin that remains. This surgery is often performed on women who have excess skin after being pregnant or after losing significant weight after bariatric surgery. The ideal candidate does not have excess fat deposits in the abdomen to remove but too much skin hanging from the abdomen. Most patients are able to resume normal activities in two to three weeks but may have limits on physical activity for a longer period of time.

Breast Reduction

A woman’s breast reduction surgery is one of the few plastic surgeries that insurance does pay for routinely, as the benefits go far beyond an improved appearance. Women with very heavy or overly large breasts often have difficulty finding clothing that fits, experience chronic back pain and poor posture. Ideally, the surgery to reduce both the size and weight of the breasts will relieve back pain and improve posture. The surgery is a permanent solution to having disproportionate breasts and most patients return to work within two weeks.

Pros And Cons Of Buy Here Pay Here Car Dealer

Surefire Tips For Finding the Best Car Dealer

It is critical to remember a couple of focuses before going for a buy of a vehicle. Directly from picking the appropriate model, finding the correct vehicle businesses to getting all the conceivable data about the vehicle, you should be cautious as you can be hoodwinked anytime of time.

Locate the correct data about vehicle businesses

To discover a vehicle vendor you are open to working with is the most significant advance in the vehicle buy process. Finding a reliable, reasonable and genuine vehicle business is as significant as finding the correct vehicle model. Here are not many focuses, which will assist you with finding data about the correct businesses:

  • Some capable sites rate car sellers during the time on an across the country premise. Type the name of any business at any real web search tool to discover surveys, evaluations, grumblings and that’s just the beginning.
  • You will discover a lot of data about the specific vendor in their own sites however doubtlessly, they are one-sided and deluding. It is great to check their notoriety from previous and current clients.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and neighborhood Web gatherings for reports that can enable you to decide the notoriety of a vehicle seller. The BBB has reports and appraisals on vehicle vendors and various vehicles.
  • You can likewise take the assistance of your collision protection specialist who is commonly very much furnished with data about the neighborhood vehicle sellers.
  • It is in every case best to go for vendor names that have been around for quite a while and earned a regarded spot in the network.

Things to recollect before purchasing utilized vehicles

On the off chance that you are wanting to purchase a trade-in vehicle, it is essential to check the trust level of the vendors as certain sellers tend to deceive you with a trade-in vehicle that has been in a disaster area or endured poor upkeep or harsh treatment all through its lifetime. In this way, you should take the vehicle for an intensive checking by a repairman you trust before you put it all on the line.

Step by step instructions to pick the correct vehicle, when you visit the seller

It is significant for you to know a certain something – don’t purchase a vehicle that day you first observe it. The business illustrative of the vehicle vendor will utilize various methodologies to induce you towards buying it right away. Here are a couple of steps you ought to pursue before picking the correct vehicle model:

  • Check out couple of showrooms, visit vehicle parcels and do a ton of window-shopping. Look at changed models and step through a couple of exam drives and get a decent information about ride quality, mileage choices, particulars and so on as these are basic for a decent vehicle.
  • Look for changed highlights present on the vehicle that you are keen on. Check in any event two vehicles with similar highlights for your very own examination.
  • Go through more sources on cost – information utilizing purchaser reports, Kelley Blue Book, or any comparative source.
  • Do little figurings to decide the genuine expense of the vehicle. You do this by subtracting vehicle vendor keep down, exceptional motivations, refunds, and so on from the base expense. Presently decide a sensible measure of vendor benefit and touch base at the objective cost. Scarcely any more dollars included and you get the “leave” cost. So adhere to your leave cost and approach the seller.

Step by step instructions to pick the best utilized vehicle seller

Here are not many focuses to help you picked the privilege utilized vehicle seller.

  • Doing business with a rumored trade-in vehicle seller is simple and strain free. Look at the neighborhood Better Business Bureau for report on trade-in vehicle vendors.
  • Finding the best utilized vehicle vendor isn’t the main point to consider. Look at the administrations that the trade-in vehicle sellers give are right, for example, most vendors give express upkeep and administration arrangements to its clients, some give monetary help to its clients though some give free broadened vehicle guarantees when you obtained utilized autos.
  • Check out the real cost for the vehicle as more often than not the sum you pay incorporates “additional items” like, vehicle extras, undercarriage coatings, window tinting, CD changers, paint defender items, vehicle inside adornments and some more. These extra adornments are worth less on the off chance that you expect to purchase the vehicle alone.
  • Go for an arrangement for the additional expenses that incorporates vendor taking care of and dock charges.

Learning Safe Driving Tips

At the point when you are driving out and about, you should be irritated if the patrolman gives you a ticket since you are speeding. In the event that you need to abstain from getting this ticket, there are in reality some extraordinary ways that you can apply. Probably the best thing for you is to find out about safe driving tips. Along these lines, here are going to give you some significant data about learning safe driving tips.

Safe driving tips can extremely gainful to control you in abstain from speeding ticket. What you need to do is to follow the chosen speed limit. Try not to drive your vehicle for over as far as possible with the goal that the patrolman won’t stop you to give you a ticket.

Before you are going for specific outings, you have to ensure that your vehicle is in appropriate condition. In addition, remember about the safety belt. In this way, if the patrolman stops you, you can be certain that everything is in legitimate condition and you won’t get any issue with them.

In addition, you have to abstain from utilizing wireless while you are driving, except if it is without hands. Utilizing PDA without hands free can be risky since you can’t completely focus on driving. In the event that you need to utilize wireless while driving, it is better for you to stop your vehicle on certain sheltered spot, and afterward you can make a call securely.

Besides, abstain from doing make up while driving is likewise something beneficial for you to abstain from getting a ticket. While doing make up you will be hard to drive simultaneously. Along these lines, you can proceed with your make up after you showed up, of take care of business before you go out.

Knowing More About Vehicle Testing & Safety

Auto manufacturers and brands are constantly trying to improve vehicle safety, not just for compliance, but also to offer better products in the market. In that context, vehicle testing & safety services are particularly important. Vehicles are tested on various grounds, right from inertia, measuring mass to gravity test. Companies that specialize in testing vehicles are often hired by brands to ensure that all relevant regulations are adhered to, and vehicles are produced as per required standards.

For accident investigation

The aftermath of a collision of accident can be overwhelming for authorities, victims and other parties involved. Often, for litigation and legal matters, accident investigation becomes necessary, and companies dealing in vehicle testing & safety are called to find possible causes and what may have led to the incident. The state-of-the-art equipment used for testing vehicles can be used for finding more on accidents and collisions. The basic purpose of gravity and inertia testing is to find how a particular vehicle would perform in different circumstances, and these tests help investigators and forensic engineers in finding the situation or conditions that may have contributed to an accident.

Finding vehicle testing & safety services

There are selected companies in the US specializing and offering vehicle testing & safety services. Depending on the needs of the client, leading companies can offer custom solutions. From testing military vehicles to equipment and components, the company you select should be able to deal with everything. Tests often rely extensively on advanced technology and computer systems, so that the feedback and eventual reports are as accurate as possible. If you are comparing vehicle testing & safety services, check if they have the equipment, expertise and knowhow of testing vehicles like heavy trucks, passenger cars, RVs, and whether they can manage testing of individual components, such as wheels, tires, engines, and other safety elements.

Things to know

Many automotive and transportation companies have to rely on these services to gather data, often for improving on product research and testing. They also have to get tests done for investigative needs, or to provide evidence in legal matters. Forensic engineers from the selected company can be called for legal manners. The need for vehicle testing & safety is also apparent for government agencies and different departments, which must investigate accidents and offer evidence in different cases.

Bed Bugs Control In Apartments Can Be Very Challenging

Bed bug

Are bed bug attacks a sign of dirty living conditions or living in older homes/building, or is anybody at risk?

Infestations of common bed bugs, are not directly related to sanitation levels.  The cleanest living area can have a very large infestation , and improving sanitation alone will not eliminate an established bed bug population.  Cluttered conditions can offer the bugs a lot of excellent harborages very near their human blood-meal hosts.  Almost anyone is at risk of having an infestation if bed bugs are brought into their home.  

Can you get anything serious from a bed bug bite? Are there physical/physiological effects if you are living with bed bugs?

According to scientists, naturally occurring populations (infestations) of common bed bugs have been documented to have at least 28 different kinds of human pathogens in their bodies.  However, very careful and detailed studies by both entomologists and medical doctors have never shown that those bed bugs could transmit (infect) even one of those pathogens to humans or lab animals.  They simply have not been shown to transmit any human disease known so far.   

If you are a home owner and have an infestation, and you do all the preliminary cleaning and self-help steps,  is an exterminator really necessary?  Are there sprays/home cures?

Most people who work in urban pest control in the U.S. would prefer to be called Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) rather than exterminators.  Unfortunately (as stated above), cleaning alone will not usually have much impact on an established bed bug population.  Successful programs to eliminate these bugs require detailed knowledge of their biology and exact harborage (hiding) locations determined by thorough inspection.  PMPs must also know a lot about the strategies, techniques and products which can be used effectively, safely, and legally to control bed bugs.

Why are the bugs hard to kill?

Common bed bugs are small, thin, and can hide deep in very narrow cracks. They are mainly active at night. They will routinely travel as far as a 20-foot radius from their hiding places (and back) in one night to take a blood meal. Bed bugs are very adaptable. They move much quicker, and can pass through much smaller openings or cracks, than most people expect

If you don’t have an infestation in your home, are there things you can do to prevent one? 

Take steps to try to avoid picking up bed bugs from hotels, hostels or any other sources when you or your family members travel, even to local destinations (e.g., within the same or a nearby city).  Do not buy used furniture (especially bedding items or upholstered items), or at least do not bring them into your home until you, or a competent expert, have inspected them carefully for any signs of bed bugs (live or dead bed bugs, their eggs, fecal spots, or cast skins).

BED BUG HEAT TREATMENT COST

Learn about bed bug heat treatment costs and considerations. While costs can vary, the right professionals can help make sure your bed bug treatment is worth every penny

Bed Bug Heat Treatment: Cost and Considerations

From your mattress and box spring to your carpet and baseboards, bed bugs can nest almost anywhere in your bedroom. In fact, most bed bug infestations occur within a few feet of their human blood meal host, like your bed or other furniture. Not to mention, they can hide in crevices as small as nail indentations in your wall. As so, bed bugs can be hard to kill, no matter how prepared you think you might be. That’s why a bed bug heat treatment can be one of the most effective solutions. Costs will vary depending on the type of treatment used and the size of the infestation.

Can a Hot Box Kill Bed Bugs?

By placing items such as shoes, dry cleaning, blankets, bags of clothing or even luggage into a hot box, sustained heat is used to kill bed bugs. Generally, a dryer is used for clothing and linens, and a heat chamber is used for the items that can’t be put into a dryer. In both instances, the heat penetrates small crevices that cannot be inspected. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117–122° degrees Fahrenheit. The walls of hot boxes reach a higher temperature than the suggested lethal range, though, to permeate the belongings placed within. This can help kill all bed bugs in all their life cycle stages.

Will Steam Kill Bed Bugs?

Will steam kill bed bugs? In short, yes — steam is another form of heat that can help kill bed bugs, larvae and eggs. Steam treatment is no more labor intensive than other methods. However, it’s not meant to penetrate materials deep enough to kill hidden bed bugs.

Can Dryers Help to Kill Bed Bugs?

As discussed above, regular residential clothes dryers can also destroy bed bugs. In fact, the washing machine and hot soapy water can help kill them. There are many items that cannot be washed, though. Instead, these items may be able to run through a dryer cycle without damage. This includes stuffed animals and “dry clean only” items. The heat of the clothes dryer alone can kill bed bugs.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs for Good, According to Experts Who Study Them

Thinking you may have a pest problem is never fun, but most homeowners dread one infestation in particular: bed bugs. It’s understandable why: Bed bugs can be difficult—not to mention expensive—to get rid of.

What are bed bugs, anyway?

A bed bug is what is called a blood-feeding ectoparasite, which means its only source of food is our blood, a professor of entomology at the University who specializes in bed bug biology. That need for our blood is why bed bugs are often found exactly where their name implies: our beds. “They like to live near the host, meaning in our bedrooms, near our beds—as close as they can get to where we sleep as is possible,” says

How to get rid of bed bugs the right way

It’s particularly difficult to get rid of bed bugs because they’re resistant to a lot of insecticides, including many of those you’ll find in bed bug treatments at the hardware store

Prevent bringing them home.

The key to avoiding a nasty bed bug situation is to identify them before you bring them into your home. But where do bed bugs come from? They are often brought into the home after travel, where the bed bugs might have crawled into your suitcase or backpack at a hotel, says

Where do bed bugs hide?

Since they’re most likely to be on the mattress, start by looking there first. Pull back the sheets and check the corners of the mattress with special focus on the cord that goes around the mattress—a favorite spot for bed bugs, according

Things to Know about Bed Bugs

Not to mention, they’re just plain gross. However, armed with the right knowledge, you can prevent and battle bed bugs effectively. Here, we’ll be sharing the top five things you need to know about bed bugs:

What are bed bugs?

Where are bed bugs typically found?

What are the symptoms of bed bug bites?

What are the treatment options for bed bug bites?

How do I prevent bed bug bites?

What Are Bed Bugs?

bed bugs are insects that are generally:

About the size of an apple seed.

Long and brown with a flat, oval-shaped body when not recently fed.

Balloon-like, reddish-brown and elongated when recently fed.

Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor.

Bed bug nymphs (young bedbugs) are smaller, translucent and whitish-yellow.

Bed bug eggs are tiny and pearl-white.

Bed bugs are a nuisance to humans because they prefer to feed on human blood, and in the process cause itchy, uncomfortable bites as well as a great deal of distress. The good news is that bed bugs are not known to spread disease. The bad news, though, is that bed bug numbers are only rising in the U.S.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

survey from the National Pest Management Association, pest professional report the most common bed bugs dwellings are single-family homes (91 percent of pest professionals report this), apartments/condos (89 percent of pest professionals report this) and hotels/motels (68 percent of pest professionals report this )

However, bed bugs can also be found in:

Nursing homes (59 percent of pest professionals report this).

Schools and daycare centers (47 percent “’).

Office buildings (46 percent “”).

College dorms (45 percent “’).

Hospitals (36 percent “’).

Public transportation (19 percent “’).

How to avoid bringing bedbugs home from vacation

They creep, they crawl, and they just might be in your hotel room. And worse, they could be coming home with you. Bedbug infestations can occur at any time, but experts say it’s wise to be extra wary of the critters during peak travel times — like summer, for instance. Hiding in cracks and crevices, the bugs are good hitchhikers and could latch onto luggage and other belongings.

“They’re not discriminating travelers,” said Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. “They don’t discriminate between a first-class resort or a low-rate motel. You could encounter them anywhere.”

Inspect your hotel room. Before settling in, it’s worth doing a quick scan of the bed and any couches or armchairs. Look at the folds and seams of the mattress, recommended, as little dark stains could be a sign of an infestation. If it’s a pretty bad case, you might even be able to see the bugs’ castaway shells or pearly white eggs.

Look closely at wooden headboards. Although bedbugs are typically associated with clinging to fabric, they can use their claws to grip and climb bed frames as well. Take a peek behind the headboard if possible, as the critters often hide in cracks

“This isn’t necessarily fun, but if you find a bug in your bed, pick it up and put it in a plastic bag or one of those glasses they have in your hotel room,” she said. “Keep it there so you can have proof that there were bedbugs in the room.”