Home Away From Home

hotelGoing on a trip can be exciting, rejuvenating, and give you a new perspective. Finding a place to stay however, can be stressful, especially with countless hotels and motels to choose from. Keeping the following things in mind when booking a place can help you make a decision:

Priorities: Narrow down your hotel choices by deciding what’s most important to you when you travel. Are luxurious accommodations your main concern? Are you searching for a hotel with family-friendly amenities? Do you need a place close to the airport or another destination? Is price your biggest concern? Once you decide what is most important, finding the right hotel is much easier.

Affordability: Hotels and motels are usually rated on a scale of one to five stars; the more stars a hotel has, the more luxurious, and oftentimes, the more expensive a hotel is going to be. You can usually use the star rating to gauge how pricey a room will be, but also consider the time that you travel; rooms are more expensive during holidays and weekends. Also, factor in any surcharges or additional fees a hotel may add on to your room fee.

Your Room: Ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible by checking that everything in your room works properly, and then communicating with the front desk staff about any problems. Check that your room key works and that the door closes and locks properly.  According to the engineers at http://classicairconditioningandheating.com/, people should try the settings on the air conditioner to be sure that the heat and cooling functions work well. Test the lights, alarm clock, toilet, and shower to ensure that everything is in working order. It’s easier to alert the front desk about problems as soon as you check in rather than finding an issue later when repair staff may be off-duty.

Search for local hotel accommodations through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of various businesses throughout the nation. RLP’s directory has listings for thousands of businesses, from hotels and restaurants, to electrician companies and auto repair shops. Search the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, by choosing a search term on the main page, or, use the search box. Each business listing includes the address and phone number of the business for your convenience.

Finding a Reputable Electrician

electric outlet2Finding a reliable electrician for electrical repairs is essential to home safety and efficient energy usage. Although it’s tempting to try repairing an electrical problem yourself, it’s better to rely on a professional electrician who understands how to safely and correctly deal with electrical wiring. Search for an electrician before you need one so that you have ample time to locate a reputable electrician.

Specialization: When considering an electrician, ask him or her about their expertise. Although an emergency electrician is usually qualified, it’s important never to forget to specify your issue and to ask questions. Electrician companies often specialize in different types of electrical work so you need to check whether the potential hire has the necessary experience for the job.

Licenses: Make sure the electrician you work with is a licensed professional since not every state requires active electricians to hold a license. Although the company may have a license, it does not mean that every electrician on staff is licensed so asking about the potential electrician’s training and qualifications is important. A licensed professional usually oversees the work of unlicensed employees but be sure that the electrician working on your home has the proper qualifications or that the licensed electrician monitors the job.

Insurance: Your electrician should have liability insurance in the event of an accident or damage to your home. A company with multiple electricians should also carry workmen’s compensation insurance on each of their employees. Check that the electrician and their company have insurance and verify with their insurance provider that the electrician’s policies are current.

Reputation: Request references, consult online reviews, and check your city’s Better Business Bureau to ensure the electrician’s reputability.

Cost: Figure out what electrical work you need done in your home and ask at least three different electricians for bids before you settle on an electrician. Be wary of cost estimates that are too low or too high.

Customer Service:  A good electrician is always willing to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your electrician should also be transparent, and considerate towards you and your home.

Search for a reputable electrician through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses throughout the United States. RLP contains listings for many different types of businesses, from restaurants to electrician companies. Begin searching RLP by visiting the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and choosing your location. Find local businesses by selecting a search category on the main page, or by using the search box at the top of the main page. Each listing will include the business’s phone number and address; users can also leave comments on the business by clicking the “add review” button next to the listing.