New buildings simply lack the magic and character of older homes. If huge, wood-burning fireplaces, elegant wood trim and moldings and centuries-old oak trees in the front yard are what you are looking for, chances are high that you’ll end up buying an older home. But wait, did you know that ancient buildings are also potential money-traps that can drag you down into a never-ending cycle of repair and maintenance? The older the home, more are the chances that there will be problems with electrical wiring, plumbing and roofing. Not to mention the heating and cooling systems. Below is my list of the four most important things that have to be done before buying an older home. Read More
Insure.com shows us nine hidden danger areas of your home that without care can cause problems in your home. Simple maintenance can help avoid fires, water damage and the potential for mold. This infographic can show you areas of potential hidden dangers and some simple tasks that can be performed to avoid these hidden dangers. Read More
You can freshen the look of many rooms by replacing old and worn out flooring with a new floor. With living rooms, it is common to choose either carpet or wood flooring. It is a good idea to measure the dimensions of the room to estimate the quantity of material required to replace the floors. It is also good to understand how many flooring transitions there are or will be with adjacent rooms. Read More
Spring is a time of renewal and provides a fresh start to home organization. It’s the perfect time to do a quick run through of your things to evaluate what stays and what goes. But where do you start after a long cold (cluttered) winter? Here are a few high traffic areas you should take on first:
- Edit your wardrobe: time to switch out your wardrobe for spring. As you pack away sweaters and boots, ask yourself what should stay and what should go. The general rule is if you haven’t worn an item in more than three months, it’s time to donate the item to someone who will.
- Flex your storage: if you’re dealing with stationary shelves that dictate where to store clothes and shoes, you’re probably wasting valuable space. Adjustable shelves allow you to change them around items being stored.
- Protect seasonal clothes in airtight containers. Store them in a guest closet, basement or attic until next season. If you don’t have extra space, store them in containers below the bed or on top shelves in your closet.
According to the National Weather Service, it is estimated that there are as many as 40,000 thunderstorm occurrences each day worldwide. This translates into an astounding 14.6 million thunderstorms each year. After a storm blows through bringing heavy rains, powerful winds, Read More