Smart Designs for Small Apartments

First thing first: GET MORE LIGHT.

Rooms with more light look bigger and more spacious. Paint your rooms in a light color. Don’t forget the ceilings, too. As the fifth wall is almost always not considered part of the color scheme of the room. However it plays an important role in the design – low ceilings in dark colors make the whole room feel stuffy and cramped. The trick here is to keep the contrast between the walls and the ceiling to a minimum so the room feel airy and larger.

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How To Quickly Calculate Babysitting Rates

When I’m traveling throughout the United States with my son on business there are occasions I need a babysitter. Here are a few guidelines that can be used to determine a fair rate of pay (based on a few factors). You can then make any changes, or add a little more if you know the babysitter personally, or if they stayed longer than agreed.

Use these guidelines to take into account the following factors: the location, the experience of the babysitter, the number of children being watched and any other special requirements.

Set a competitive rate – the first guideline to keep in mind is that you need to have a competitive rate to keep the best babysitters. You should start with the minimum wage in your area or state, and then work forward from that point. In any case, ensure that you don’t drop below that rate.

  • Area – if you are living in a rural area, then there will be less competition for babysitters (when compared to urban areas). However, if you are in a rural area and babysitters are less common, you should expect to pay more.
  • Number of children – if you have more than one child that needs to be watched while you are away, then you will need to pay more. Obviously, more children requires more work and more focus. This is especially true if the children are in the age range of two to six years old. So, for each extra child, you should pay your babysitter a few dollars extra.
  • Age of the babysitter – the age of the sitter needs to be considered when calculating the rate of pay. As a general rule, if the babysitter is above high school age, you can expect to pay more as they will compare the rates to other possible jobs and work that they could find. Remember that you are going to be competing for their time, so consider this factor.
  • Time of day – the amount of time that you are leaving your children is another important factor in the pay rate of the sitter. If you are planning to stay out later, then you should expect to pay a higher rate. Also, as a rule, if you are going to be out past midnight, the the hourly rate will increase. It is suggested that you always pay more at this time of night.
  • Short notice – if you need to hire the babysitter on short notice, then you are going to pay a higher rate for the same period of time. This is a common guideline for all types of jobs, and a higher rate of pay is expected.
  • Overall, babysitters are expecting to make from $7 to $10 per hour. This rate will increase if you are living in a major city, or when hiring a sitter from a placement service. Use the guidelines above to set a fair rate and find the best sitters in your area.

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