What to look for in your new Memphis home

Buying a home is not like buying a pair of shoes. If you changed your mind and thought that you need another style or size or brand, you can easily return and get the replacement that you want. It may sometimes entail additional cost but you can get the one you want when you realized that you made the wrong choice when you first shopped. The case for buying a house is different. When you decided to buy a house, you can no longer change your decision once you already have signed and issued your check. This means that you have to exercise due caution and wisdom when making this major decision of your life.

The general criteria that you can use in determining if a house is worth buying or not include the house’s price, location, situation, community, floor size, floor plan and clean carpet.

The cost of the house is a very important factor in buying a home. You can use different websites to filter homes to fit your budget.  Even if you have enough funds for the required down payment, you should still consider the monthly amortization and compare it against your monthly income. You wouldn’t want to buy a home that will later on become a candidate for foreclosure. You have to exercise wise judgment and buy what you can only support given your current financial situation.

If you no longer have a problem with the price, you can take into consideration the location of the home. The location can determine the operational expenses that it will incur in your budget. You have to consider the home’s proximity to your workplace and its accessibility to parks, shopping places, schools and public transportation. You also have to check on the neighborhood and the neighbors. It is better to live in a small house in the nicest neighborhood than to live in a big one with rude and insensitive neighbors. You can change how your home can look but you can never change its location and the kind of community where it is located. In Memphis there are several suburbs that have great shopping, schools, and restaurants. 

When buying a home, you should also consider the situation of the home. You can check if it stands on a hill, or if there is a good view, or has many stairs. You should also check on the location of the house with regard to the houses nearby, making sure that there are no windows that can see the whole view of the house. If you are fond of gardening, you can check on the possibility of setting up your garden with the landscape that you want. Is there a yard that will allow kids or pets to play?

The home’s appeal is very important especially if you are concerned about your image. Your home can reflect your lifestyle. For the busy and more modern personalities, you can choose some Victorian inspired homes instead of the conservative ones. I liked browsing through housemagazine.com for inspiration.

Lastly, you should consider the floor size, floor plan and clean carpet in your decision to buy a home. In my first home, the carpet was terrible so I hired some carpet cleaners near me to clean the carpet and it was like brand new when they finished. You have to determine if the number of rooms and baths are relevant to your needs. You have to be practical in buying what you only need. If you live alone or you have a small family, it may be unwise to get a home with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. You will end up needing more furniture and paying high heating bills and higher taxes.

When you have considered the above, you can be sure that you have considered the major areas that will affect your important life decision to buy your new home.

This video shows some tips for low budget decorating in your new home.

 

My visit to my optometrist in Memphis

I recently went to my eye doctor near me for a check up and I noticed most of my friends were scared to go because of the process. I wanted to lay out the process for anyone to see so they know what to expect. Its always less intimidating when you know whats going to happen before you go.

It is crucial to have regular eye checkups done by a qualified optometrist. Many people erroneously believe that eye checkups are for people with poor vision. An eye exam is beneficial even for those who do not have poor vision. That is because eye tests can detect early symptoms of some health problems such as macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, cataract, high blood pressure, and even arthritis. Thus, it behooves everyone to have regular eye checkups.

For those who wear contact lenses, the recommended eye checkup interval is a year. Children should get a vision screening just before they begin schooling and afterwards, every year, or after every two years.

One of the reasons people hesitate going for eye checkups is that they dread that the procedure may take a long time. Well, an eye exam does not consume plenty of time. The initial visit takes the longest time, usually one hour as the optometrist has to do a comprehensive eye exam, but subsequent visits won’t take as much time. Therefore, the amount of time the eye exam takes depends on if the visit is the initial one, or if it is just a regular follow-up visit.

What Should You Expect During a Regular Eye Exam?

The first thing the optometrist will do is inquire if you have any eye problems and for how long you’ve been having the problem if any. He will then review your history of contact lenses or glasses and ask more questions touching on your general health, for example, if you are on any medication, and, sometimes, your family medical history.

The optometrist will then administer some tests such as the visual acuity test, the refraction of diopter test, keratometry, Slit-Lamp Examination, etc.

The optometrist will administer the visual acuity test with the help of a Snellen chart where you will be required to read random letters which diminish in size line by line as you move your eyes down the chart.

The diopter or refraction test is administered so as to find out if you need glasses. If you are almost 40 years of age or thereabouts, and you find it difficult to read letters on the Snellen chart close up, the optometrist will place various lenses before your eye one at a time, and inquire if you can be able to comfortably read the letters on the Snellen chart.

The Slit-Lamp text, on the other hand, is meant to examine your eye health and find out if there are any signs of disease or infection. You will place your chin on a chin rest area of the slip lamp, and then the optometrist will shine the slit lamp’s light at your eye to examine every part of your eye one by one.

Lastly, the doctor will measure the curvature of your cornea, a process called keratometry.

If you don’t have an eye doctor already, it is important you choose a qualified optometrist whom you can trust to faithfully, diligently take care of your eye problems. How do you choose one?

One of the best ways to land a trustworthy, reliable optometrist is to ask for a recommendation from your general doctor of pediatrician. Your general doctor must be having the names of excellent optometrists around. You can also work with recommendations from coworkers, friends, and family. Or, you can check in professional organizations such as the American Optometric Association so as to find local eye doctors. Another great option is to check rating for doctors on Yelp. After the initial appointment, you can tell if a doctor is competent enough or not based on how thorough the eye examination was, and if the doctor exuded with knowledge on the area.

Below is a video of an eye exam.

 

Disinfection & Sterilization

I have been going to UTHSC for my dental care for a while now and I wanted to share this information my student doctor at UTHSC gave me about sterilization of dental tools.

My student doctor can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.

In the dental practice, the prevention of disease transmission is a critical concern. This can be carried out by following certain aseptic techniques; by sanitation and sterilization. Checking for potential contamination is among the first things one should do at the start of the day. It is essential for the practitioner to arrive early to the clinic in order to set up his practice against possible disease transmission. Treatment room barriers should be placed around the surfaces that contact the patient and operator, such as the operating chair, the overhead light, and the suction tips. Operators should also cover themselves with proper clinical attire, including a mask, coat, and gloves.
It is important to understand when it is appropriate to either disinfect or sterilize. Anything that penetrates soft tissue or bone is considered critical, and must be sterilized. Typically, this is accomplished in the practice by a steam autoclave set at 250o F for twenty to thirty minutes. A “flash cycle” can also be used, at which the autoclave is set at 273o F for three to ten minutes.
Semi-critical surfaces are those which contact the intact mucosa while noncritical surfaces contact intact skin. Both should be disinfected. The disinfectants used should be “hospital level,” meaning that they inactivate the polio 2 virus and tuberculosis.
Being cautious and mindful of possible contaminants should be second nature to the dental professional. The standard of care which utilizes appropriate aseptic techniques protects both the patient and the practitioner and should never be compromised.

For more information on the UTHSC school visit here.

How to start a blog.

If you’re going to write about something regularly and keep your blog fresh with new information, then you need to write about something that stokes your passion or that reflects your daily experience. Try some of these ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Gaming. Nowadays, many people play games. You can write about games you play and post updates and/or cheats/hints.
  • Politics. Sure, everyone has an opinion about politics, but you may have a unique point of view that needs to be heard.
  • Food. Who doesn’t love good food? Share your recipes, start writing reviews of the local cuisine scene or write about how the food that you ate in China was nothing like the food that Chinese restaurants serve in the United States of America.
  • Movies. Reviews of movies, old and new, are always fun for movie buffs. And if you keep it fresh by adding clips and pull from sources that nobody else is using, you could have a hit blog on your hands.
  • Cars. Are you a car enthusiast? Post pictures of your favorite new models or reports from car shows.
  • Love. Everybody needs some love! Maybe you can give advice about how to get a date! If you’re a little more inappropriate maybe be a little sexual to get more men or women followers.
  • Your business. Your blog doesn’t have to be a hobby. A blog can be a fantastic tool for connecting with your customers and for providing them with helpful information.