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Going Green with Badel Kitchens and Joinery

With more studies about carbon footprints and its impact on the planet comes a more dedicated movement towards environmentally-conscious living. And with any change, it starts with the home.

Going green does not have to mean sacrificing style or functionality. With the advancements in technology today, going green has never been easier!

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Reuse and Recycle
Start your Sydney kitchen renovation on the right foot by reusing and recycling what you can from your old kitchen. Reduce the amount of waste material you have by utilising existing materials (such as wood, countertops and appliances) for your new kitchen.

Make sure you recycle materials you no longer intend to use. Ask help from your Sydney kitchen renovator about the appropriate and most eco-friendly ways to dispose of your old kitchen materials.

High Quality Materials
The most important thing to remember about going green is to create a kitchen that can withstand the test of time. As kitchen renovations are not exactly the greenest project in and of itself, you’ll want to build a kitchen that will last you years – both in terms of design and usage. While this may mean spending more initially, this will prevent you from another one a few years down the line – helping you save money and save resources.

Invest in high quality materials and finishing that can handle the wear and tear of daily use. Custom built wood cabinets are always a good choice and have been proven to last longer than other materials. For countertops, our kitchen designers suggest opting for engineered stone such as Caesarstone which also offers products made from partially recycled materials.

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Energy Saving
A common problem home owners face when purchasing kitchen cabinets is that store-bought Appliance use in the kitchen accounts for around 10% of a home’s energy consumption. If you choose to invest in new appliances, go for appliances with more stars and a higher energy rating. Although more expensive, they’re designed to use less energy down the road and are made with sustainable materials.

For lights, switch to LED light bulbs that last up to 20 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. They come in various colours and shapes that can go with any look you fancy!

Proper Ventilation and Lighting
Further cut down on your energy use by installing proper ventilation in your kitchen. Big windows help draw air in and out and provide sufficient natural lighting that can further reduce your energy consumption.

Switch to a greener lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint with an eco-friendly kitchen renovation project by Badel Kitchens and Joinery. Consult with our experts now!

The Truth About Store-Bought vs Custom Cabinets

 

A huge portion of your kitchen renovation cost typically goes into your kitchen cabinets. Home owners often ask us if there are any solutions they can take to reduce these costs and get the best value for their money. Most homeowners typically resort to purchasing flat-pack or store-bought kitchen cabinets in an attempt to somehow lessen their kitchen renovation cost.

We’re breaking down the myths and telling you the truth about store-bought vs custom designed kitchen cabinets!

 

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Cost

At first glance, store-bought and flat-pack may seem like the cheaper alternative. They’re often priced lower than what cabinet makers charge and are ready at a moment’s notice. What home owners tend to forget to factor in are the cost for delivery, assembly and installation.

While custom cabinets may come with a hefty price tag, this already includes various other fees such as the delivery charge, installation and fees for any other minor repairs that may need to be done.

When you add in the time you spend putting together your store-bought or flat-pack cabinet, the frustration that entails as well and having to hire someone to install the cabinet for you, store-bought and flat-pack cabinets can be even more expensive than custom-made ones!

 

Quality

Store-bought and flat-pack cabinets are cheap because of one simple reason: they use cheap materials. They are also often as bare as can be, with minimal shelving and simple hardware. While these may save you money initially, upkeep and maintenance may prove to be more demanding as they undergo the wear and tear of daily use.

When investing in custom cabinets, you’re also investing in the high-quality materials used to make these. Unlike store-bought cabinets, custom designed cabinets can be made with a wide range of materials such as various types of wood or even glass and use only premium hardware. You can also talk to your cabinet maker about including features such as pull-out drawers and soft-close hinges.

 

Options

A common problem home owners face when purchasing kitchen cabinets is that store-bought cabinets are usually a one-size-fits-all arrangement. Store-bought cabinets only come in a limited range of heights, depths and colours.

Custom cabinets, as the name implies, are built to your needs and specifications. These can help you maximise not only the space in your kitchen but the space in your cabinet as well. This is especially useful for tricky areas such as low or uneven ceilings and corner spaces.

Time and time again, custom cabinets have proven to be worth the investment. They’re guaranteed to provide you with the best value for your money and can even stand the test of time.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery is known for creating affordable quality kitchens in Sydney. Discuss your ideas and budget with one of our kitchen designers now!

Badel’s Guide to Kitchen Renovation Measurements

Looking to invest in a kitchen renovation? The experts at Badel Kitchens and Joinery can help you maximise your kitchen’s effectivity and space.

Before beginning your kitchen renovation, take note of some of these tried and tested kitchen guidelines!

 

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1. Door frame
Since the 1970s, open floor plans have been taking over homes across the globe. While most kitchens have done away with the need for a physical door, a doorframe or entryway is still essential.

As a general rule, the minimum width for doorway entries is 86.5 cm. If doors are installed, they must not interfere with any appliances and must provide ample clearance to avoid any potential damage done to the appliances or door itself.

 

2. Triangle of work
The most essential rule in any kitchen is the Triangle of Work. This refers to the distance between your three common work stations: the refrigerator, the cook top and the sink.

To ensure maximum efficiency, the distance between your three work areas should not be more than 7.9 metres, with each leg between 1.2 m to 2.75 m.

 

3. Aisle
Aisles and walkways should always be free from obstruction, both for safety and efficiency reasons. When planning your kitchen renovation, think about how many cooks will be working in the kitchen. For kitchens with just one cook, 106 cm-wide work aisle is enough. Bump it up to 122 cm for multiple cooks.

 

4. Countertops
Countertops with harsh edges fell out of vogue in the early 1970s. These days, homeowners opt for rounded or clipped edges when choosing countertops for their kitchen renovation.

On top of preventing any bruises or accidents, countertop expert Jim Heaphy in an interview to Kitchen and Bath Design News says “Sharp square corners and edges can lead to a variety of long-term problems… I’ve written several times about how square inside corners in appliance cutouts can lead to an increased risk of countertop cracking, especially with relatively brittle, homogeneous products such as solid surface materials.”

Install a continuous countertop beside a sink to serve as your work/preparation area. A good rule of thumb to follow is that it should be 61 cm to 63.5 cm deep and should have a combined width of 4.8 metres.

 

5. Countertop Clearance
Before you begin your kitchen renovation, take note of the appliances you’ll be keeping on your countertop. Taller appliances, such as blenders and coffee makers, are taller and require more vertical clearance. Keep at least 38 cm of vertical height between your countertop and the bottom of any cabinets or joinery

 

6. Sinks
Following the triangle of work, your sink must be placed adjacent or across your cook top and refrigerator.
Remember to have your kitchen renovator install counters or “landing areas” beside your kitchen. Your landing areas should have a minimum of 61 cm on one side and 45 cm on the other to make preparations a breeze.

Kitchen measurements and computations may seem daunting but with the help of an expert kitchen renovator, your kitchen renovation can be done quickly and smoothly!

 

Kitchen Renovation Checklist for Maximum ROI

A custom designed kitchen is one of the biggest investments you can ever make. Ensure you get the biggest ROI by choosing the right upgrades that can add more value to your home.

Here’s our kitchen renovation checklist that’s sure to give you the best ROI.

 

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1. Work with an experienced kitchen contractor

Invest in the services of a licensed and experienced contractor who can help you make the right kitchen investments. An experienced kitchen contractor knows the best materials and brands to use for a great kitchen. They can properly allocate your budget so you get the highest ROI.

 

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2. Switch to open layouts

A custom designed kitchen with open-plan living and multifunctional spaces are rising in popularity in Australia. If you have the time, resources and budget, consider knocking down any adjoining walls to create a more open layout for your kitchen, dining room and living room.

Having a large kitchen island is best because it serves as a multi-functional piece where you can prep meals, have a meal or entertain guests.

 

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3. Keep it classic

Making a kitchen too personalised can make it difficult for you to find a new buyer. Veer away from anything too trendy and stick with the classics. White always looks best in kitchens and is a favourite among potential buyers. Stick with neutral colours for backsplashes and countertops. To add a bit of colour, choose a bench top that is available in various textures and colours such as Caesarstone or quartz.

 

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4. Install long lasting cabinetry

When it comes to cabinetry and joinery, quality always beats quantity. The best custom designed kitchen only uses only high-quality and long lasting materials proven to withstand the constant wear and tear of daily use. Choose tasteful colours that complement the rest of your kitchen.

Custom cabinetry is always ideal as it allows you to fully utilise the given space and make sure everything is where it should be.

A small but worthwhile investment is soft-close hinges such as the ones from Blum. They’re an easy living feature future buyers will surely appreciate.

 

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5. Finish it with high-end appliances

Appliances can easily make or break the entire kitchen. A buyer will surely purchase a home with quality appliances. Focus on the essentials such as a good refrigerator, dishwasher and cook top/oven. There’s no need to spend on superfluous add-ons like an Italian coffeemaker or custom grill.

Follow our kitchen renovation checklist and maximise your ROI. If you want your own custom designed kitchen, talk to one of our experts today!

Foodie’s Guide to a Kitchen Makeover in Sydney

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Without a doubt, a foodie’s favourite room in the home is the kitchen. Before you begin your kitchen makeover in Sydney, make sure you include these premium kitchen features. We’ve got some tips to giving the foodie in you the best kitchen possible.

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1. Good lighting
The best kitchens in Sydney all have one thing in common: good lighting. Nothing is more inviting than a kitchen flush with light. Include multiple sources of light in your kitchen: from pendant lights to under cabinet lighting, task lighting and even decorative lighting.

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photo credits: www.houzz.com

2. Storage space
Every foodie has a well-stocked pantry full of great ingredients and top-of-the-line kitchen equipment. Make sure you have enough space for all your kitchen necessities. While a walk-in pantry is the mark of the best kitchens in Sydney, well-planned custom joinery will work just as well.

Plan enough space (plus extra) for ingredients, your appliances and tools. Designate each drawer for a certain item. Have drawers for your pots, dishes and even one dedicated just for your knives.

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3. Appliance garage
A big trend we’re seeing in the best kitchens in Sydney these days are appliance garages. These specially designed areas seamlessly house your appliances, keeping them from sight but always within reach.

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photo credits: www.bosch-home.com

4. Vent hood
Since you’ll be doing a lot of cooking in your kitchen, it’s important to find just the right vent hood for your cooktop. Your vent hood should not be any larger than your burners.

Talk to one of our experts today for more detailed help with vent hood options.

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5. Low maintenance counters
Your counters will be subject to a lot of wear and tear. The best kitchens in Sydney have low maintenance yet sturdy countertops that can stand up to all the chopping, prepping and mixing you’ll be doing.

Caesarstone quartz is one of the most popular countertop materials for kitchen renovations in Sydney and for good reason. It’s non-porous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to any kinds of stains.

Read our review about kitchen countertop materials here.

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photo credits: www.homeportfolio.com

6. Bar sink
If you have the extra space, consider investing in a bar sink. It’s great for a home bar or entertainment areas. It can also double as an extra sink for prep work.

Get a kitchen makeover in Sydney today that will make any foodie jealous. Talk to one of our experts today.

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Know Your Cabinet Terms Before You Start on Your Kitchen Refurbishment in Sydney

Your kitchen cabinet can make or break your entire kitchen’s look. Before you embark on your kitchen refurbishment in Sydney, understand all the terminology and lingo about your kitchen
cabinets.

Cabinet Door Types
There are three main types of cabinet doors. Each one functions slightly differently from the other.

 

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Inset
Inset cabinet doors were popular in the early 1900’s and have recent kitchen refurbishment projects in Sydney have proven that they’re once again back in style. Inset cabinet doors and drawers are flush with the cabinet frame. Keep in mind though that because of this, there tends to be less drawer space.

 

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Partial Overlay
Also called “Traditional Overlay”, “Standard Overlay” or “Semi-Full Overlay.” These doors cover only a part of the cabinet frame but can still take up a bit of the drawer space. This is usually the least expensive option.

 

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Full Overlay
Full overlay cabinets cover the entire cabinet frame and box so what you are actually looking at is the door and the drawer. The cabinet frame is only partially visible, if at all. If you’re planning a kitchen refurbishment in Sydney, then know that this cabinet type maximizes your storage space.

 

Cabinet Door Styles
Cabinet door style is all about the appearance of the cabinet door. Get to know more about each type before picking one out for your kitchen makeover in Sydney.

 

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Recessed Panel (Flat Panel) Doors
If you’re looking for a clean and sleek look than this is the cabinet style for you. It is perfect for contemporary kitchens.

 

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Raised Panel Doors
The raised panel style door has a raised centre (often raised with a contour or profile). This is the most popular choice for a kitchen makeover in Sydney. Choose this style if you’re going for a traditional, transitional or classic look.

 

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Open Frame Doors
Open frame doors are often seen with a glass insert but can also been left open. They’re usually used for decorative purposes.

 

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Mullion Frame Doors
Much like open frame doors, mullion frame doors have the centre open but with vertical or horizontal bars, or mouldings that divide the opening into sections. They are typically installed to serve as accents in the kitchen.

 

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Slab Doors
Slab doors are perfect for sleek or minimalist kitchens. They consist of just that – a slab of wood. They can be made of real wood, polyurethane or laminate.

It’s always a great idea to familiarise yourself with kitchen terminology before beginning a kitchen makeover in Sydney. Should you have any questions you’d like to ask us, just leave us an enquiry below!

Steps to Creating the Best Kitchens in Sydney

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Every homeowner dreams of having one of the best kitchens in Sydney. While many may make the mistake of doing it on their own, the secret is asking for help from a reliable kitchen supplier who can build it for you.

Here are our steps to creating the best kitchens in Sydney.

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1. Decide on what you need
Before you begin you kitchen refurbishment in Sydney, you need to list down what you need from your kitchen. How many people will be using it? How much do you use your kitchen or how often do you cook? These questions will help your kitchen supplier create a kitchen that perfectly suits your needs.

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2. Determine your budget
Your budget should serve as the guideline for your kitchen refurbishment in Sydney. Determining it early on will help you when it comes to important decisions you will need to make to get best kitchens in Sydney. It’s always good to add a 10% buffer to what you think you’ll be spending. Once you’ve set a budget, be diligent about it.

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3. Find your experts
An expert kitchen supplier has a list of licensed tradespeople to work on various aspects of your kitchen refurbishment in Sydney. Investing in their services would mean less headaches and being able to get Sydney’s best value kitchens.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery employs a team of highly-capable and licensed tradespeople who can work on your full kitchen refurbishment in Sydney project. Check out more about our accreditations here.

4. Design your layout
Discuss with your kitchen supplier how you want to utilise your space, the amount of storage you need, as well as all the appliances you want put in. This will help you plan how much materials you need for your kitchen renovation (number of tiles, length of wood and marble, etc).

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5. Choose your finishes and fixtures
Once you’ve established your layout, you can now move on to choosing your fixtures and finishes. The best kitchens in Sydney use quality and durable materials so keep this in mind. Some of the things you’ll need to pick out are:
• Countertop materials
• Cabinet and joinery finishes
• Light fixtures
• Faucet and sink
• Hardware

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6. Prepare for the construction
While having the best kitchen supplier can make kitchen refurbishments in Sydney easier, there are still some tricky parts to maneuver. If you’ll be staying in the house the entire time, be sure to set-up a temporary kitchen beforehand to avoid panicking mid-project. Put away and store everything to keep an organised home.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has long been known to provide Sydney with the best value kitchens. Consult with one of our experts today to get one of the best kitchens in Sydney.

Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

The new year is all about creating fresh beginnings for yourself and your home. Bid goodbye to your tired and dated kitchen and welcome these kitchen trends to your home in 2017.

 

Grey

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Pantone is not the only authority nowadays when it comes to colour forecasts – Pinterest is quickly gaining traction as one of the most influential sources of inspiration on the web.

Pinterest recently declared gray to be the the next big colour when it comes to kitchen renovations. This isn’t the dull and boring grey of year’s gone by – this warm grey contains purple undertones making it the perfect colour for an inviting kitchen.

 

Hidden appliances

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Stainless steel appliances have run their course. Our kitchen experts are predicting a rise in hidden appliances that seamlessly blend in with the rest of the kitchen.

Appliances now come in a wide range of colour to complement your kitchen colour palette.

If coloured appliances are not your thing, custom joinery can keep your appliances from sight while creating a cohesive look for your kitchen.

 

Tall joinery

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2017 is all about minimalism while making the most of the space you have. We believe that tall cabinetry is one of the kitchen trends you should embrace in 2017. It draws the eyes upwards, giving the effect of a larger area while utilising all the available space.

Talk to a professional about how you can use custom joinery to maximise your kitchen space.

 

Big Kitchen Islands

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If you still don’t have a kitchen island, then now is the right time to invest in creating one. Kitchen islands not only provide an additional work area; it can serve as additional storage or even house your appliances.
(Read our tips to creating the perfect kitchen island here)

Start your year with a kitchen makeover – contact the experts at Badel Kitchens & Joinery today.

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Design Your Kitchen for Entertaining

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A kitchen is more than a place to cook and prepare meals – it’s a place to party and entertain guests as well.

 

Here are our tips to creating the perfect kitchens for entertaining.

      1. Open Plan

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Open-plan rooms make for the perfect kitchens for entertaining.

They create a smooth flow between the different living areas to make it easier for the host to interact with guests while preparing the meal at the same time.

  1. Kitchen Island

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  3. A beautifully-done kitchen island can become the focal point of perfect kitchens. It provides additional surface for prep work and can double as a seating area for your guests. Read our tips on planning the perfect kitchen island here.
  4. Work Triangle

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  5. A good workspace is necessary to maximise efficiency in any kitchen. The work triangle ensures that your range, preparation area and refrigeration zone are all within easy reach.
  6. Sleek Appliances

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  8. Bulky appliances take up more space than necessary. Sleek appliances, especially ones made from stainless steel, occupy less space and are easier to clean than others.

    This compact oven from Baumatic works as both an oven and grilled while allowing you to steam and cook food simultaneously.

  9. Finishes

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  11. The perfect kitchen for entertaining is not only functional – it’s stunning as well. Well-made joinery provide a beautiful backdrop for when you host. Choose complementary colours and finishes to complete the entire look.
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  13. A kitchen designer has had years of experience and training building perfect kitchens for various functions. Consulting with one can make your kitchen renovation run smoother and quicker. Hire one that’s accredited, licensed and trusted by various organisations to get the most out of your investment.

Create the perfect kitchen for entertaining and consult with an expert from Badel Kitchens and Joinery today.

Top 4 Reasons Why Kitchen Renos Go Over Budget

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A great peril homeowners often face when undergoing a kitchen renovation is going over budget. Houzz recently asked kitchen designers about the common reasons kitchen renovations cost more than initially anticipated.

Here are the top 4 reasons you should know about.

  1. Upgrading products or materials to a more expensive version

    In the process of making perfect kitchens, homeowners tend to upgrade finishes and materials to a costlier option. In the middle of a project, some homeowners suddenly decide on switching to a different, more expensive model or an entirely different material at twice the cost (such as jumping from granite to marble). Oftentimes, homeowners even get overexcited at the different special features included in some items that they end up purchasing more than is necessary. Remember, once you’ve decided on your budget, have the discipline to stick to it.

  2. Finding out that services/products were costlier than expected

    This is where research is important. Although there are a lot of kitchen renovators in Sydney, a good one will be transparent to you about all costs. Make sure your kitchen renovator can explain to you why certain products and services cost that much and what part of your budget you should allot a buffer to.

  3. Making the project bigger

    Some homeowners don’t end the project with dreams about perfect kitchens. Instead, they decide to expand the project to other parts of the home as well. While it may be tempting to re-do your dining room alongside your kitchen, stick to your task at hand and renovate the rest of the house at another time.

  4. Unforeseen construction issues

    There are instances when, in the middle of construction, workers will encounter a wall completed eaten away by termites or perhaps a rusted pipe badly in need of changing. Sadly, when it comes to these problems, no amount of planning can prepare you for these sudden expenses. It’s best to leave a buffer when allocating a budget (but be sure not to spend the buffer money on spur-of-the-moment purchases!)

Don’t turn your dream kitchen renovation project into a nightmare. Decide on your budget early on and stick to it! Hire a kitchen renovator in Sydney you trust who can not only stick within your timeframe but within your budget as well.

Begin work on your kitchen reno and contact Sydney’s trusted kitchen renovators, Badel Kitchens and Joinery, and request for a free quote today.