Mon

13

Oct

2014

Four Ways to Fireproof Your Home

Fireproofing your home is basically a matter of taking a few simple precautions. However, there are instances when professional help is needed. In connection to this, you can always contact the nearest fired department in your locality and ask for assistance or information. Putting professional help aside, the following are the important steps that you can observe to keep your house safe from fire.

 

Buy extinguishersIt’s common to see them in kitchens, where most fires start. But to be as safe as possible, there should be an extinguisher in every room of the house. Make sure that there is one near every fireplace in the house and don’t forget the attic and basement. Fire extinguishers do not last forever. Make a note of the expiry dates of the extinguishers you have in your house and make sure that they are replaced or refilled in time.

 

Install fire and smoke alarms - These aren't exclusive to business establishements. All modern homes have smoke alarms and these play a critical role in providing early warnings of a fire.

 
Use fire-resistant carpets - Wool and synthetic carpets burn easily. Replace them with fire-resistant carpents. These carpents are often soaked in fire-proof chemicals.
 
Avoid wiring overloadNever overload your electrical wiring and when installing any device that draws a heavy amount of electricity. Contact a professional technician to check electrical outlets and electrical wirings of appliances in your house.
 
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Mon

06

Oct

2014

Welcome Winter with These Home Improvement Tips

As the coldness looms and you prepare to pump the heat, it's important to protect your home from potential damage and address heat and energy leaks. These seven simple tasks will help you stay warm, safe and energy-conscious this winter. 

 

Get your fireplace set for the fire. look inside for build-up, bird's nests or obvious cracks. From the outside, check for broken bricks and crumbling mortar. You should have your chimney professionally cleaned every other year.

 

Clear out the gutters. Clogged gutters block the drainage of rain and melting snow, resulting in household leaks and damage to landscape and foundation. 

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Mon

29

Sep

2014

Quick Steps to a Stain-Free Vinyl Floor

Vinyl is extremely easy to keep clean; just damp mopping with a vinyl cleaner and warm water is generally all that is required to maintain it. However, food like fruit juice, wine or tomato sauce can often leave behind stubborn stains on a vinyl floor that can be difficult to remove. If you're patient, however, you can get them up with very little effort and just a little time.

 

To help remove stubborn stains, follow these tips to ensure success:

 

1) Test all cleaners or chemicals in an inconspicuous area like a closet to ensure that the cleaner will not discolor or harm the floor.

    

2) Use white cloths to avoid color bleed when the cloth comes in contact with the cleaning solution.

    

3) Ventilate the area well and keep any rags soaked in alcohol or lighter fluid away from pilot lights or open flames when cleaning the floor.

 

4) Avoid abrasive cleaners as these can strip the finish off the vinyl and leave a permanent mark.

 

5) Wipe up spills and clean stains as soon as they are noticed to avoid having them set in deeper.

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Mon

22

Sep

2014

Five Tips on Buying the Right Bed

Are you going to furnish your bedrooms with a new bed? If you are, don’t rush to the nearest store just yet.  Read through the following tips first.

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Mon

15

Sep

2014

Why It is Happier to Have a Smaller Home

Many people think that owning a big house is what will make them extremely happy. But when reality sets in, they will find out that it is much happier to live in a mall house. Below are the top reasons that explain why it is so.

 

A smaller house is less expensive – It is not only the total cost that makes a big house expensive.  Things like electricity, insurance, taxes and other utility bills make it expensive. A small house will definitely cheaper in terms of all these factors.

 

A smaller house is easier to clean and maintain – If you have a small space to clean, you will have more time to spend doing other worthwhile tasks. Moreover, you will not spend a lot on maintenance. In fact, you might be able to all the maintenance work on your own.

 

A smaller house promotes a healthier environment – A small house requires a small piece of land and fewer natural resources to build. Thus, a big part of the surroundings can be spared from destruction.  Unlike big houses or mansions, they don’t require a lot of trees to be taken down for the laying of their foundations.

 

A small house builds stronger family relations – if there’s only one TV room, family members would be forced to gather together just to watch TV. While watching TV, they can share their thoughts or laugh out loud with each other.

 

A small house shews away burglars – Thieves would think that a small house would probably have less or nothing valuable in it as compared to a big house. So, you wouldn’t have to worry much about theft.

 

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Mon

08

Sep

2014

Conserve Water in Your Home and Yard with These Tips

Water conservation continues to be a challenge to most households today. This may be due to the fact that most home owners don’t recognize its importance and how to observe it appropriately. If done right, water conservation can reduce the instances of pollution that happens in nearby lakes and watersheds. Moreover, it can lower the cost of your monthly water consumption.

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Mon

01

Sep

2014

The Benefits of Renewal Energy for Your Home

Renewal energy or solar power has become famous to many households worldwide. This is because of the many benefits that come from using it. Do you want to know these benefits before you join the bandwagon? If yes, read up the advantages listed below.

 

It allows you to save – Use of solar energy is free of charge. It can save you from paying monthly electric bills that can amount to thousands of dollars. However, take note that the apparatus used to capture solar energy isn’t for free.

 

It is environment friendly – Use of solar energy helps reduce global warming and its effects worldwide. Energy from power plants usually causes carbon dioxide emissions that kill the environment.

 

It is limitless – As long as the sun shines, you can have a renewable flow of energy daily. This is helpful in conserving natural resources like coal which is used in the production of man-made electricity.

 

It can help you gain independence – Most energy users are dependent on the energy suppliers. By having your own and limitless source of energy, you can neglect the demands of abusive suppliers.

 

It is reliable – More often than not, power shortages plague different parts of the world. With solar energy, you cannot be affected by these electric or power issues because you have a reliable source of electricity right on top of your roof. 

 

It comes with incentives – Many governments worldwide provide monetary incentives to solar energy users. They do this in connection to their campaign for a greener earth for the future generations.

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Fri

29

Aug

2014

Reduce Dust Accumulations in Your House with These Tips

Dust is one of the primary causes of health problems among children. It is made of tiny particles which can be dirt, cloth fibres, hair, paper and even pet excretions. Getting rid of dust can be quite difficult especially when they accumulate quickly. Read the insights below if you want to control the presence of dust in your home.

 

Keep your house sealed – Keep in mind that dust comes from the outside. If your house is situated in the city or roads where public utility vehicles pass by 24/7, it is most likely to be dominated with a lot dust.  Besides keeping your doors and windows shut, inspect them for any cracks in their frames. Apply caulk to seal all the cracks you will find.

 

 

Keep your fireplace cleaned – Ash and soot from your fireplace can also add up to dust accumulations. Dispose them immediately when spotted.

 

Use a vacuum cleaner – Vacuum cleaners are effective in sucking up dust – even the hard to reach ones. Vacuum the high traffic areas in your house. Vacuum neglected corners of your house too. Lastly, don’t forget to vacuum your carpet and pieces of furniture.

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Thu

14

Aug

2014

Three Steps to a Termite-Free House

If your house is made of wood, termite infestation is something which you must watch out for. It can destroy the structure of your home and the budget you have planned for the coming years. Decide to get rid of it as soon as its first signs show up. Here is a three-step program that you can follow.

 

Identification – Know what kind of termites is infesting your house.  Damp wood termites, dry wood termites and subterranean termites are the three common kinds that invade wooden homes. Each of which might require a different strategy for elimination.

 

Elimination – Depending on your budget and the termite infestation in your house, you can choose between setting bait stations, barrier treatments and hiring professional termite exterminators.

 

 

As the term implies, bait stations are to be set up with wood baits in the different areas in your house. When these baits get consumed, you can replace them with poisoned wooden baits. Once termites feed on poisoned baits, they will bring these back to their colony and their whole turf will be destroyed.

 

 

A barrier treatment simply involves the use of barrier products. These products don't immediately kill termites. They simply infect termites with poison which the latter will pass on to other tertmites. In time, termite infestation will flee your house.

 

If the above two strategies don't work, hiring a professional exterminator is the last option. When choosing a prfessional, base your choice on the reliability of the service provider. It is best to pay a bit higher than usual as long as you can get total riddance of the infestation.

 

Prevention - If you stock old wood in your house, now is the time tpo throw them away. Old wood pieces acquire insects through the years. Inspect which wooden parts of your house are prone to termite infestation. Consider a cement finish for them.

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Tue

29

Jul

2014

Mobile Scaffold Use: Safety Measures to Know

A lot of people immediately think of conventional scaffold systems when they talk about construction work. These scaffolds are made of crisscross tubes embedded deep into the ground for support. They are not yet obsolete. Nonetheless, they are now being replaced by advanced models that suit the progressing prerequisites in the construction industry.

 

Modern scaffold systems are preferred by construction workers for many reasons. A sturdy type of mobile scaffolding can perform the general functions of a traditional scaffolding system. More so, it allows workers to work in the different areas in the construction site with ease. Workers can simply push or pull a mobile scaffold tower to the exact spot where they need it. This is made possible by the castor wheels attached at its bottom part.

 

Storage is not a problem for this scaffold type too. It can be dismantled and stored easily. Its foundations are not entrenched into the ground. Also, it is made of foldable tube systems that can be retracted or extended in place.

 

Safety guidelines in mobile scaffold use are very important. Accidents, injuries and death can be avoided if these guidelines are followed. Below are a few directions every worker must be reminded of when using a mobile scaffold.

 

  1. Check the whole tower for any defect before using.
  2. Position the tower on a hard and level surface. It must be placed more than one meter away from a slab edge or excavation.
  3. Ensure that the entire tower is level and all its sections are appropriately secured.
  4. Limit its use among authorised staff only. Post a sign about it.
  5. Refrain from overloading the tower.
  6. Lock the castor wheels to prevent possible movement.
  7. Never move the tower when in use.
  8. Hoist heavy equipment, supplies and tools up the tower.
  9. Install barriers and lights around the tower when in use. These will warn passers-by of possible dangers from getting near the tower. 
  10. Unload the tower of any construction supplies or tools after use.

 

Safety from Ground Up - Quick Tips for the Safe Use of Mobile Scaffolds
 
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Tue

03

Jun

2014

Broken PVC Pipes - Causes And Solutions

Most underground home pipelines are made of PVC pipes and joints. While these materials are proven durable, they can never be free from destruction. There are at least three factors that can cause them to break. These are aging, ground movement and formation of tree roots.

 

Aging - Pipes in general can only last for a certain period of time. Everyday use and exposure to different elements from the surroundings wreck even the strongest pipes.

 

Root formations – Tree roots grow through the years. They grow deep into the ground to seek a water source like underground pipes. Tree roots can pierce into the pipes specifically when they already have cracks or holes in them. Consequently, tree roots can widen the extent of damage in these pipes.

 

Ground movements – Ground movements do not necessarily mean strong earthquakes. They are normal shifts and tremors that happen underground because of sudden changes in the temperature. The cold and heat can cause the ground to contract and expand respectively. With these happenings, the ground pushes on the pipes. The pipes are then displaced or fractured.

 

Fixing PVC pipes underground can be damaging if you are going to do it on your own. It is best to contact professionals who can repair pipes through non-destructive digging. This is more practical than a do-it-yourself repair. This prevents further or unwanted damages that can cause added expenses in the end. In connection to this, a professional service provider can use hydro excavation or larger machinery to fix the broken PVC pipes underground.  It all depends on the breakage degree. Nonetheless, both techniques will spot fix the problem and not disturb the surrounding areas.

 

If you would like to solve your pipe problems quickly and efficiently, search for a local service provider. Besides responding to your call fast, a local service provider  is most probably familiar with pipeline blueprint in your area.  

 

 

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Wed

30

Apr

2014

Quick Ideas About Growing Indoor Plants

Integrating greens into your house can be very beneficial most especially if you’re picking real indoor plants for decoration.  Besides providing a vibrant atmosphere, these plants are capable of improving the quality of air inside your house.

 

Once you have firmly decided to have plants inside the house, think about the plants you like to grow. This requires careful research as not all plants can grow indoors. In connection to that, you will need to come up with the right lighting, temperature and ventilation to ensure their growth. Choose plants that are not difficult to care for. If you do not trust your own research, ask a gardener or indoor plant expert for suggestions. They surely know which plants grow best indoors.

                              

Moving forward, scan the ideal spots inside the house where you can place them. Areas by the window are wonderful positions for plant growing because they can be reached sunlight – one of the elements plants need to grow healthily. Proper ventilation also matters. Placing plants in the kitchen especially near the stove is not advisable. Such spot can be very hot for plants to survive.

 

 

You must also know the proper application of water and fertilizers. These can help plants grow better and live longer. Watering plants and fertilizer application must be done regularly and so patience and diligence on your part is also needed.  

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Wed

19

Mar

2014

Learn About Child-Proofing Your Home Today

Home accidents are common especially to families with little children running around the house. Childproofing your home is one great way to avoid such accidents that can lead to serious emergency cases and even death.

 

For the effective childproofing or babyproofing of your home, you must be aware of its accident prone areas. These are the places inside the house where there is water, heat or flame and toxic substances. Stairways, slippery falls and pieces of furniture that are conducive for climbing are also considered as accident prone areas inside the house.

 

As much as possible, keep your floors dry all the time to avoid slips.  Fix leaks that cause slippery floors. Turn off faucets when not in use. Medicines and toxic substances like the chemicals used for house cleaning must be kept out of children’s reach. If you’re keeping chemical cleansers in cabinets under the bathroom or kitchen sink, make sure these cabinets are locked.

 

To avoid home accidents connected to heat or fire, it is best to have flammable materials out of children’s reach. Refrain from using candles and lamps that make use of gas. Never leave the stove open and matchboxes on table tops after use. Cover electric outlets appropriately. Fire can start with them if they are played on by kids.

 

While following all these insights matter, looking after your children intently 24/7 is the best defence against home accidents you can provide.

 

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Wed

05

Feb

2014

Allow Natural Lighting Into Your House With These Tips

Natural lighting makes any room more comfortable to stay in. It can also make a space bigger and more appealing. Do you want natural lighting to flow through the corners of your house? Check out the following tips.

 

Eliminate light blocks – Maximize the light coming in your windows by removing curtains or pieces of furniture that are blocking the way. If you have blinders installed, pull them up during the day.

 

Paint walls white – Color white reflects the amount of sunlight that enters a room. This creates a brighter effect within the house.

 

Hang mirrors – Just like white paint color, mirrors reflect rays of light. In truth, mirrors can reflect light to different parts of the house specifically to the dimmer or darker areas of the house.

 

 

Install doors with built-in windows – Solid doors can block a substantial amount of natural light from penetrating into the interiors of your house. Don’t worry about security because many manufacturers today produce sturdy doors with built-in windows and glass doors for that matter.

 

Expand current windows – Enlarge one or a couple of your windows. Choose windows that are most likely to allow a lot of light in once widened up.

 

 

 

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Mon

16

Dec

2013

How To Keep Your Home Safe And Sound

Burglars are everywhere. Regardless of the size of your property, they would try their best to get in and take whatever they deem to be valuable. Getting robbed of a few of your possessions can be forgivable. But losing a loved one because of it is another story that is difficult to bear and let go. This is why getting information on keeping your property safe and practicing them religiously are very important. Here are tried and tested ideas on the topic which you might want to learn today.

 

1) Reinforce your doors by adding deadbolts and door bars. These will strengthen your doors against kicks from burglars. But before installing them, check on the condition of your door frames first. If the frames are quite old and lacks strength in fastening doors firmly, replace them first with the right fit.

 

2) Purchase an alarm system that is very sensitive to motion. CCTVs and alarm systems are helpful in monitoring the people who might get into your house forcibly. Burglars are sometimes able to sneak in with no noise but if you have a motion-sensitive alarm they will have a hard time continuing on. Also, get a smartphone software that will allow you to access what your security system at home is able to monitor.

 

3) Mowing your lawn may seem useless for this matter but the truth is it is one of the cheapest ways you can protect your property from burglars. Mowed lawns sends the impression that your house is never out of person to guard it. Trim regularly the bushes around your house too. Bushes can be tall enough at times for burglars to hide in. 

 

4) Light your property. Burglars can do their expertise in the dark. When all areas of your home is well-lighted, they will think twice about getting on with their plans. There are light timers available in the market today. They are useful in automatically lighting your property particularly if you are forgetful or too busy to mind things such as turning on the lights.

 

5) Get rid of flyers by your doorstep. When flyers pile up, burglars think that your house is empty and not guarded. 

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Wed

11

Dec

2013

Putting Up Christmas Decors The Safe Way

The coming holidays would not be complete without great decorations hanging inside and outside the house. While they can be a source of enjoyment, they can also be a source of danger. Electrical wirings, for one, can result into fire when short circuit happens. Accidents may also happen during installation of these decors just like falling of the roof or ladder. To avoid these unwanted and unnecessary problems,  take heed of the following ideas. 

 

1) Never work on the installation alone. Have an assistant with you. This assistant can keep you from possibilities of falls and electrocution. Consider having a professional technician do the job for you if your decorations involve a lot of lights. Paying some amount is better than risking your life.

 

2) When purchasing trees and other decors which would be adorned with lights, choose brands with a fire resistant label. Fresh trees may look better artificial trees may be much safer to use.

 

3) As for the indoor and outdoor lights, choose ones that have been tested in the laboratories of quality assurance organizations. They may cost higher than the rest but you can rely on their make. If you are re-using last year's set of light bulbs, check out busted bulbs. Busted bulbs can affect the reliability of the entire wiring of the light system. 

 

4) Be careful with the use of sockets. If the sockets are broken or cracked, do consult a technician first before putting them into use. These can be an immediate cause of fire. When using extensions, try your best not to overload them. Overloading is typical cause of short circuit and fire. 

 

 

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Thu

05

Dec

2013

Tips On Keeping Your Home Well-Ventilated

Ventilation is important in every household. This is because gases from combustion appliances like stoves can stay inside the house and pose risk to our family's health. More so, it can also threaten the safety of your house like being a source of fire. Lastly, it can damage the make-up of your house as gases can be harmful to insulation systems. 

 

Ventilation is the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. This can be achieved through a natural method. This involves the opening of windows and doors through which indoor air can go out and outer air can get in. Some create holes or cracks on their walls to make this possible.

 

Ventilation can also be achieved through the use of exhaust fans. These fans are usually in kitchens where spot ventilation is required particularly when the area gets hot when you are cooking. Range hoods are additional items which can keep the ventilation going in your kitchen. Bathrooms compose another part of the house which would require proper ventilation. These small confined spaces can get well-ventilated using exhaust fans.

 

When natural and spot ventilation don't work, whole-house ventilation is advised. This is accomplished with the installation of more fans and duct systems. These are helpful when the indoor air gets stagnant inside and there is no other way to get them out and be replaced with fresh air from outside. With a ventilation system, a uniform exchange of indoor and outdoor air can be attained in a controlled manner. This can be cost more though compared to the two other options.

 

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Thu

31

Oct

2013

Cleaning Up After A Storm

Have you been hit by the storm lately? Here are some tips on keeping your house spic and span again.

1) Start by opening all doors and windows of your house. This will allow enough air to ventilate the insides of the house and release extra water held in the rooms. Open doors of wall cabinets and cupboards too.

2) Search for leaks and broken windows and doors. Take note of them and get them professionally repaired.

3) Spot molds. Molds are carriers of diseases. Believe it or not, they can transfer on human skin. Molds dwelling on the skin can soon eat up the flesh. Warm water can help remove molds on walls and ceilings. Throw stuffs that are heavily infested by molds.

4) Clean with disinfectants. Ordinary soap and water cannot wash away the bacteria and the chemicals that have been mixed in the flood water that devastated your house. Choose organic disinfectants as their use help lessen the pollution that is all around.

5) Clear the outside of your house from garbage, broken tree branches and shrubs. Trim the plants that have been displaced.

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Mon

28

Oct

2013

The Good Of Electronic Lock Installation

Still on the note of home security, most home owners today make use of electronic particularly for their doors. These are usually seen in hotel room doors and offices. But now, they have been proven to be very useful in securing most types of residences today.

Obviously, the first benefit of having electronic locks is the absence of keys. When you do not have keys to carry, there are no worries of misplacing or losing them. With just an access code to remember, other family members can enter the house without even waiting for you to come and unlock the door.  Does this sound you will need a duplicate key? The possibility of being left outside the house when you come home late is also eliminated.

Electronic also works for a very busy household. Perhaps, the many chores and commotions inside your house can make you forgetful about locking the door all the time. These gadgets are able to lock the door as soon as it shuts. So, you do not have to go to and fro just to check whether you left the door inviting burglars in.

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Fri

25

Oct

2013

Choosing A Perfect Security System For Small Houses

No matter how small your house is it would never be free from the hands of burglars. Keeping your doors and windows locked at all times is not enough most of the time. Rather, installation of a reliable security system can be very helpful. This must start from strengthening your front door. Installing deadbolts and metal bars can get your door endure being kicked in.

To be aware of the presence of intruders who may be camping outside of your front door, consider the installation of a CCTV and a motion-sensitive alarm system. There are CCTV models which are best used in securing small houses as they can be connected to your personal computer. As for the alarm system, choose one that can sound the loudest when forceful entry is detected. Sound of angry dogs barking loudly can scare burglars upon touching your doorknob.

There are also alarms that can be installed on windows. Windows are never free from being broken into pieces by burglars. In truth many break ins happen through the windows. If possible, choose sturdy materials for the make of your windows. This can get you halfway successful in protecting your window and your house in general.

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Tue

22

Oct

2013

The Beauty Of Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening can put more life to your house as plants can come in different colors and shapes. You can experience a sense of relief when you look at them as your eyes are tired and your entire being is all stressed out. Depending on your preference, you can turn a part of the kitchen or the living room into an indoor garden. It would be a better option though if you have a spare room to convert into one.

  • Be sure that  the spot you are choosing has access to sunlight. 
  • Research on the type of plants that can grow and survive indoors. 
  • Have them in appropriate containers that are capable of holding the water and the soil. 
  • Schedule the watering of the plants in the morning. Schedule the weeding or removing of dried leaves every two weeks and the trimming too (if it is needed). 
  • Every now and then, take the time to bring your plants outside the house for some air and sunlight. Doing so can make their color appear more vibrant. Keep them far from installations of air-conditioners and heaters. 
  • Check out some fertilizers which work perfectly for indoor plants. Do not overdose them with fertilizers though.
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Sat

10

Aug

2013

Keeping Your Home Clean When Doing Home Improvement Projects

Are you currently having a hard time cleaning your home in the middle of your home improvement project? If yes, then you are not alone. Most of the time, the problem with cleaning arises only in the middle of house construction and towards the end of it. Here are some tips on how to maintain the cleanliness of your house while in these situations.


Make contractors responsible for it.


You can include a clause in the contract that they are responsible to put things in order every after shift ends. They can put all power tools and other supplies and materials in one side of the house while other can do the sweeping and other clearing tasks. Remember to put these in writing, make them agree to it and monitor if they are adhering to what was agreed upon.


Contact cleaning professionals to do the clearing task.


Call a local cleaning company and explain your situation. You can then get a group of cleaners that can do the clearing job for you. This happens usually towards the completion of the home renovation project. Remember that this includes paying them all to do it, so set aside a separate budget for them to compensate their efforts.

 
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Sun

14

Jul

2013

Easy Ways To Update Your Kid's Room On A Budget

Are you looking for ways to spruce your kid's room but are on a tight budget? Here are some ideas to consider:

 

What your kid wants in a room.

 

Talk to your kids and ask for their ideas. Most of the time, they will tell you about their favorite cartoon character or scene from a movie. Use their input to get a clue on the look and feel that they want in a room. This saves a lot of time and money experimenting on a look that your kids wouldn't want afterwards.

 

Organize their stuff.

 

This is a good time to teach them a couple of ways to keep their room tidy. You can purchase some colorful bins and ask them to group their stuff accordingly. That way, they can see a bit of responsibility on their end, to keep their room neat, clean and look new.

 

Personalize their room.

 

Use their pictures to decorate their room. You can even take pictures of their favorite toys, food and stuff, let them choose what photos they want to blow up and hang on their walls. They will surely appreciate that you put their preference in consideration and will be more than happy to stay in their room and keep it neat since they see a lot of their favorite stuff hanging in their walls.

 

Update some furniture if needed.

 

Maybe you didn't notice, but they cannot fit on the small bed that you used to provide your kids. If yes, then it is time to focus your attention on getting a bigger bed for them, while keeping the room neat and clean. That saves a lot when it comes to making their room updated without spending much time on other areas like paint and purchasing more toys to make it look pretty.

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Sun

16

Jun

2013

How To Select The Right Home Furniture

When it comes to choosing the pieces of furniture to fill your house with, you cannot always rely on the latest models that the different stores have to offer. This is especially true in terms of very trendy designs – you might end up using them for a time only and for just a specific part of the house. Thus, it is wise to go for pieces which can be moved and positioned around the house anytime needed.

 

You are lucky if you have a big house as the size of the furniture would not be a primary consideration. To be safe, choose pieces in regular sizes. Make sure also that they can work for double purpose – beautification and storage at the same time. Are you usually on your own during house cleaning? If yes, select pieces that easy to push or pull so that you can clean the space underneath them.

 

As for the color, it is safe to choose neutral hues that would fit any design. Tan, camel, navy, dark green, or black are perfect examples for this. The same is true for additional accessories like lamps, vases, side chairs, and pillows in pairs.

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Thu

13

Jun

2013

Front Door Makeover: Cool Ideas and Quick Tips

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Some people see the front door as a great opportunity to express one’s style, not to mention, the best way to catch some attention in the neighborhood. The entry way can tell so much about the house and its dwellers, so why not give it your best shot?

Revamping the main entrance can be a whole lot of fun, and you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of ways to go about it. It all boils down to knowing the key elements you can experiment, or better yet, play with. If you’re all set, then get your creative batteries ready.

The first thing you may want to consider is how you can attract your guests from the street, all the way down to the front door. You can do this by simply installing a 3-4 feet wide custom walkway. Designs may vary, but make sure it suits your taste. Once you’ve got that ticked off your list, you’d want to make the door itself pop. A splotch of bright and bold paint will do the trick, but before applying some, make sure to evaluate the style of your home. Now if you’ve got some plants blocking the beautiful sight that is your front door, settle on spilling those over onto walkways. Flowers and other plants are great, but it is imperative for the door to be out in the open.

Next, you’d want your front door to ooze individuality. And what better way to do this than to shell out on gorgeous features? If you’re up for it, go for a wooden door; or if not, make best use of vibrant step tiles. Adding architectural details might also do wonders, so research your home’s style and decide whether you want moldings, columns, or decorative brackets. If this is too much for your taste, then you may resort to just repeating elements. See that arch in the window above your door? Have that reappear in the sunshade overhead.

While at it, don’t forget that revamping your front door is still about giving it a sense of warmth and comfort – after all, it’s what greets your guests. You can pull this off by placing a set of weather-resistant furniture round the corner. You may then make your front door look more welcoming by placing full-length windows on both sides. Lit it up with low-voltage lights or, for a cozier look, put lanterns on posts. You’d want to protect your guests from the rain or the scorching hot rays of the sun, so adding an awning over your entry way is a smart move. To create a polished main entrance, see to it that you pick the same color for both the exterior elements and porch lights.

Almost everyone now recognizes the importance of curb appeal. This fact is as noticeable as people’s willingness to splurge to make a statement. If you’re on a budget, however, worry not as it only takes creativity to give your front door a new look. If you’re more than ready to start, then click here.

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11

Jun

2013

Spring Cleaning - How To Do It Right

Admit it or not, the winter plus the holiday season always leave the house topsy-turvy right before the spring comes. Some owners would not even dare to lift a finger to do all the cleaning needed especially if there are heaps of clutters in every room. Nonetheless, you have to beat laziness and the lack of courage to combat the mess each room has to give.

 

Even though you must be strong-willed to face the chaos brought by the winter season, you must accept the fact that you cannot endure the spring-cleaning chores on your own. Thus, you must involve your entire family in this. You can actually assign to the kids the tidying up of their individual rooms while you take charge of the kitchen and the basement with your partner. As for the living room, you can ask the help of the entire family. Besides having a lighter work load, this can provide a great bonding time with your kids.

 

Next, be ready with the right cleaning tools and products like the cleansers and microfiber cloths. Lacking efficient tools can affect the quality and the speed of your spring cleaning efforts. To save on this, visit the local store in your area and ask for promo packs that may be available with big discounts

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Mon

15

Apr

2013

Cheap Ways To Improve Your Home

Looking for ways to freshen your home? Here are some tips for you.


Clean Your House


It may seem like a basic tip, but a clean home can definitely improve its value in an instant. Try to watch shows like Hoarders and Reno vs. Relocate and you will get an idea that a clear, clean and organized home appreciates in value while the opposite of such is a candidate for authorities to close and condemn.

 
Fix Your Broken Furniture


There are a lot of blogs that focus on doing Do It Yourself projects from chairs, cabinets, tables and even doors. Choose one that matches your needs and what will make your home more functional and beautiful. Of course, you can hire someone to help you with this especially if the needed fix is more than you can manage, still cheaper than buying a new set of furniture if you think about it.


Dig Your Closet


Maybe it is time to let go of the curtain that hasn't been changed for years. Wash and hang those and see if that still looks beautiful. If not, then it is time to change your curtains. Before you go ahead and buy a set, check if you still have some inside your closet. You can even turn this into a sewing project if you want to make use of your skills. Make sure to dig your closet, ask if your Mom still has a spare set of curtains to give you before heading to the department store. You can definitely purchase those lovely curtains soon, but the goal is to save on doing home improvements so stick with cheaper alternatives.


Replace Bulbs With Energy Efficient Alternatives


Cleaning your old bulbs may help, but a wiser choice is to replace it with energy efficient ones instead. Put all your old bulbs to rest or take them to appropriate recycling center and watch how simple change in lighting helps improve the look and feel of your home.

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Wed

20

Mar

2013

Learning To Love Your Own Space

One of the most important home improvement tips is to love your home and learn to live within the space that you have.  We probably don’t realize it but we are often swayed by advertisements on what to buy for our homes.  Just because everybody else has one doesn’t mean you need two. Stop buying what the neighbours are getting.


If your neighbours are stocking up on really big Ethan Allen furniture, it’s probably because they can afford it and they have enough space for four sofas. There house could be filled with Swarovski crystals and Swarovski décor, but isn’t all that crystal starting to make their house look a little weird? Here’s a basic principle that is widely used in fashion, and one that you can think of while improving your home: less is more. A scarf is nice in cool weather, but you don’t need to wear five at a time do you? It’s the same when it comes to decorating your home. Surprising elements and a punch of unexpected colour here and there are okay, but don’t overdo it.


Your home is your sanctuary. You want a comfortable home more than anything. And while going faux animal hair might be so tempting that you’re compelled to use it for the sofa and even the bed sheets and comforters, the comforters might lose their sense of purpose. It’s alright for your personality to resonate through your living space, but you do want to be comfortable home, don’t you? Egyptian cotton would be so much better to sleep on.


If all the little tips mentioned have been tried and tested and your home still looks as if a multitude of five hundred has just danced boogie inside it, then it’s probably time for you to seek professional help. Not a psychiatrist, but perhaps a cleaning lady and an interior designer. You can only find so many home improvement tips in books, magazine, and even online, but if fixing your home really isn’t your cup of it, let someone more capable do it for you.

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Mon

18

Mar

2013

Simple And Helpful Home Improvement Tips

If your house looks like it needs a makeover, then perhaps a few home improvement tips might help. Don’t think about remodelling your apartment just yet. While you may already have plans of changing the colour of your bathroom tiles or the tiles on your kitchen floor, it’s better to start with the basics. Small, easy steps first.


Are you a hoarder? Do you keep too many things that you don’t really need in your shelves, cabinets and cupboards? It’s about time you went through all that junk. Pick only the ones that you can really use or are really important. Get rid of the clutter that is conquering your home. It is time to clean up.


Improving your home starts from managing the space you occupy. Throw away all the junk, and try not to be overly sentimental. If there are a couple of keepsakes that you simply cannot let go of, put them in a tightly sealed container and stash them in the attic or maybe the basement. Invite your neighbours to a weekend garage sale and make some money in the process.


On a tight budget? Perhaps you can still have that old couch upholstered instead of buying those leather Lazy Boys you saw at the furniture store. What’s the use of two exorbitantly priced seats to a family of five small children?

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Sat

09

Mar

2013

Using Mirrors To Create Space Inside Your Home

Did you know that use of mirror is a trick in interior designing? It has long been used decades ago and just making a big come back nowadays with better designs, shapes and materials. Mirrors are effective in making a small and dull space look spacious and bright. Take a look at the following insights and you will how these can be done.

Shed light in a dark room by putting-up a series of mirrors – Place these mirrors on the walls opposite a window and the light that comes through it would be reflected. If you have large and full-length ones, place them on the entrance ways and you will have an image of longer walkway.

Cover the wall of a squashed room with mirrors – This perfect for smaller rooms like dining and bedrooms. A wall of mirrors can open up the small space and look doubled.

Line Mirrors Along Fireplaces – Obviously, these mirrors will reflect the glow of fire when the fireplace is turned on. It creates an atmosphere of warmth and happy glow especially at night.

Place Mirrors On Your Ceiling – The light on the ceiling is spread and made brighter with mirrors. This option is great for rooms without windows like a small bathroom.

 

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Sat

09

Mar

2013

The First Steps To Improving Your Home (Part 2)

3.  Less is more.

Having all the latest state of the art furniture, or filling your home with everything you see in the Ikea or Ethan Allen catalogue with reckless abandon might leave you with a warehouse rather than a comfortable, well decorated home.  A very basic decorating tip to improving your home is to plan how you want your home to look like, pick a few pieces here and there and make sure that they will actually look good and fit into your house.

 

4. Comfort is style.

The same principle applies to the art of dressing up: comfort is style. That delicate-looking  3.5 feet high, irregularly shaped fibreglass bar stool looks every bit a stunning piece of art, but will you, or any of your children ages  three to seven, be actually be able to use it? You can try, but be careful not to tip over once you’ve had a couple of drinks. You may actually look better and well poised in a soft, upholstered lounge chair.

 

5. Seek professional help.

If style isn’t you middle name and interior decoration is not your game, then you may want to consider getting a professional to do the honours. You can find a variety of do it yourself demos and home improvement tips online, but if your shack needs a total makeover and you can afford to have everything seamlessly done, why not?

 

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Sat

09

Mar

2013

The First Steps To Improving Your Home (Part 1)

There are so many home improvement tips available in books, magazines and even online that it sometimes it can get really confusing and you realize that you just don’t know where to start. Before you start opening those tool boxes, hammer away, and start renovating, take a deep breath, look around house, and start with the basics. There’s a lot you can already do without the hammer and wallpaper.

 

1. Declutter.

So what if your crush in second grade gave you his art project? Do you really need that haphazardly painted figurine, or that dilapidated greeting card? Is it necessary for you to hold on to every piece of sentimental memory that is no longer relevant to your existence?

The first step to improving your home is to declutter. Take out the things you have no use for. If you still find love letters from the 70’s useful because they were given to you by your then-suitor-now-husband, then stow them all away in a box and perhaps keep them somewhere in the attic, not amongst the lingerie in your drawer.

 

2. Live within your space, and within your means.

If you have a low-ceiling living room, don’t even attempt to buy that adorable two feet high Swarovski chandelier. It doesn’t make sense to break and damage that magnificent piece of art when your 6- foot tall brother strides across the room in Shaquille O’Neal fashion.

 

One of the most ignored and violated of home improvement tips is living within one’s means. Man---and more so women---is capricious by nature and often gives in to impulse buys, never mind if he wallows in debt for the rest of his life and regardless if that chandelier won’t fit in with the rest of the small studio’s modest furniture.  If you can’t afford it and if it doesn’t make sense to buy it anyway, don’t buy it!

 

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Thu

21

Feb

2013

What To Consider When Buying Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are one of the furniture pieces which add beauty to any living room while serving their very purpose. They come in varied designs which suit living room themes. To make sure that you have the right one that fits not only your taste but also your space, there are three things whihc you must not forget when buying one. These are function, scale and style.

 

Obviously, function explains how you plan to use this piece. Is it for mere decoration, holding other objects to display? Or would you allow guests to eat on them every now and then? Your answer to these questions defines the make of the coffee table you ought to buy.

 

Scale, on the other hand, has something to do with the table's size in consideration of the size of the living room. If the size and the shape of the table do not compliment your living room, the traffic flow in it will be affected.

 

Finally, you cannot go wrong with the coffee table style if you will pattern or match it the style  of the furnishings you already have at the moment. Think of or visualize living room combinations which other homeownes already pulled together.

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Thu

21

Feb

2013

Organizing Your Home Office With Less Money Out

Nothing is more frustrating to see than a home office that is cluttered. Besides being a deppressing site, it deters you from being productive for the whole day. Why is that so? Instead of focusing right away on the things you need to work on, you first spend a couple of minutes to half an hour looking for the things you need to start with your task.

 

Free yourself from that cycle by organizing your home office. Wait. Put that eyebrow down as there are ways you can do this without burning holes in your pockets. Here they are.

 

Utilize what you have - You need not buy all the containers and holders for organizing your files and stuffs. Improvise with the things around you - shoe boxes, cookie cans, etc.

 

Drop by your neighbor's garage sale - Say, you have some bucks to spare. Look for second hand items which can serve you right.

 

Select big storage boxes - In the department store, purchase the storage boxes. They can hold as much files and other items. It can save you from buying a set of smaller ones which might cost more in the end.

 

Do not buy storage items that are not on sale - This is self-explanatory.

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Thu

21

Feb

2013

How To Clean Your House In A Jiffy

Cleaning your house in a jiffy includes no magical tricks. It is all about having a system which can help you make the most of your time. This system must include details like starting point, ending point, minutes or hours to spend and perfect tools to use.

 

Let us say you have to finish cleaning in an hour. Here’s what you can do. Start from upstairs and work your way down as you clean along. Allot ten minutes for each bedroom upstairs and the bathroom downstairs. Dedicate fifteen minutes in cleaning the kitchen and the living room separately.

 

For the bedrooms, ensure to shoot in the hamper dirty clothes and linens. Put things back to your closet and dresser. Make the bed and dust all surfaces before you vacuum.

 

For the bathroom, use the all-purpose spray to areas. While you let it sit, wash the mirror. Then, rinse every part with running water.

 

In the kitchen, shoot all the dishes in the dishwasher. As you wait, declutter the table and counters, wipe the appliances and mop the floors.

 

In the living room, start by decluttering all surfaces and the floor too. Dust furniture tops. Clean the glass windows and then vacuum.

 

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Making Your House A Home

Most of us dream to have our own space we can call our own. This is where we rest our tired body after a long days work and spend our weekends especially when we already have a family of our own.

 

Join me as I do my best to make my house a home. Mine isn't as big as the usual dream house, nor as stylish and cozy as a two bedroom condo unit, but I try to make it look like a home.

 

Feel free to drop by as I share some cleaning, designing, renovating and organization tips that have worked for me and my friends through the years.

“The point of simple living, for me has got to be: A soft place to land, a wide margin of error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day” ― Leo Babauta

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