What You Need to Know when Owning a Pool

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Pool season is upon us and there are some facts that need to be understood, as well as, safety tips that anyone either owning or participating in the use of a pool should understand. It is estimated that 300 children younger than five years old drown in swimming pools and spas and more than 3,200 go to the hospital due to pool injuries annually, US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In pools and spas, hair, jewelry and bathing suits can get caught in drain covers or limbs can get lodged in suction openings.  This causes problems as people and small children get stuck in these situations and some body parts can be held underwater by suction from the filtration systems causing death. Read More


Smarter Kitchen Storage

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The kitchen generally has a lot of tools to are used to make a variety of recipes. Kitchens often have more items than other parts of the house. So smarter kitchen storage is essential to maximize space in your cooking and serving areas. Leveraging space throughout your kitchen area is the first key to successful storage and organization.

Finding space for every kind of gadget and utensil is important. So being creative with your organization is key. Stacking or standing your cutting boards to create more room is a great way to manage space. Placing your knives in a central location is not only organized but safe.  Read More


HomeZada DIY Projects Tip 2: Following the Money

Budgets, priorities, and time always seem to get in the way of your project ideas. You probably want to get them all done, now or at least in the next 6 – 12 months. But reality sometimes sets in. And all your ideas have to be planned out in terms of priorities, what you need to do now. Reviewing budgets, what you can afford to do now. And time, when you can do them. It is challenging sometimes to manage getting around to getting your projects started and completed. Home projects also tend to get prioritized against all those other things in life, like vacations, cars, education, kids sports, etc. Now we talk about DIY projects tip 2, following the money.

Project Planning

The project planning page in HomeZada is a quick and easy way to see all your wish list projects in one place. In this section of HomeZada, you can learn to space out the projects over months and years for better project management. You can also assign and give yourself quick estimates to help with the financial planning process. All projects require money or time. Sometimes money is lower because some homeowners can perform the tasks themselves. Some couples use HomeZada’s home improvement features to get on the same page in regards to priorities of projects. Which project will start first, how much will it costs and how long will it take to complete the project

This short video shows you how to easily manage all your projects.


Freshening up your outdoor flooring

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It is the time of year to get outdoors. Sometimes a fresh look at your outdoor areas is exactly what you need to make the summer even more enjoyable.  Here are some helpful tips to freshen up your current outdoor flooring areas.

Concrete

If you have concrete and you discover damage from car oil. To correct this, blot the area with paper towels, then add kitty litter over the blotted and oil stained area and wait. The kitty litter will absorb the oil. When the kitty litter appears to no longer be absorbing the oil, approximately 24 hours, remove the kitty litter. And then use 1 part trisodium phosphate with 6 parts water and scrub the remainder of the oil. Once you have completed scrubbing the area, then rinse with water. Concrete can also be maintained and cleaned regularly by mixing hot water and all purpose household cleaner or a concrete cleaner together. Use a stiff bristle broom or brush and scrub the concrete with the solution and rinse.

Brick

If you have brick around your home as patio or walkways, do your best to keep plants away from the areas and trim them regularly.  This will allow for a clear pathway for those to walk.  Additionally, you can use a masonry cleaner with a stiff brush or broom to regularly maintain the brick.

Wood Decking

Decking is popular in the United States and many natural wood decks require regular maintenance to maintain their beauty and sturdiness. North American woods need to be sealed every year in additional to regular cleaning. To clean your decks, mix 1 gallon hot water with powered oxygen bleach, scrub with soft bristle brush or broom. Rinse and repeat. Then stain or seal the wood according to direction on the sealant. Or hire a professional to help you stain and seal your deck. Some professionals will also clean your decks prior to adding stain and sealant.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is becoming more and more popular as the decking becomes easier to maintain. This type of decking is generally a wood and plastic mixes that gives the appearance of a natural wood product. It is not recommended nor necessary that you paint, stain or seal these materials. Composite decking is designed in a magnitude of colors and styles that once the deck is installed, you have your finished product. However, you will need to keep your decks clean with a hose, deck cleaner and a broom. Once you clean your decks like most flooring surfaces. You will then rinse and let your deck dry.

Stone or tile 

Certain stone and tiles are more sensitive than others. So it is important that you understand what type of stone you have in order to use the proper cleaning solutions. Depending on the stone types, there are specific products on the market to clean and remove stains. Products can also enhance the stone and seal the stone. Be sure to understand the specific stone product and find the best product for its maintenance. Some stones may need merely a cleaning solution and rinse. While others will need a specific softer solution so as not to damage the stone. Some stone products will also need regular sealing in order to protect from the outdoor elements.

It seems like a lot to remember to clean, seal and regularly maintain your outdoor areas. A great way to remind yourself of exactly what needs to get done annually is to enter your maintenance to dos inside HomeZada. Let HomeZada automatically remind you when you need to weatherproof and clean your outdoor areas. You can also input the exact products you have like the stone specifics and cleaning solutions. This will keep all your information in one central location.


How do you Entertain at Home

Entertain at Home

Oftentimes you might need to host a family get together or a child’s birthday party. How do you leverage your home’s design to entertain at home for events like these? Can you serve appetizers in your kitchen but leverage a bar or drink area in your family room?
Are you having a sit down event or one that allows everyone to mingle in your home? Read More