How to Prepare Your Home for Last Minute Guests

Most of us like entertaining. In fact, most of us invite family, friends and colleagues to our home for dinner, birthdays and parties. However, when that last minute guest tells you they are on their way to visit and will be over in a couple of hours, what are you to do? Your house might be disheveled or just need a bit of tidying up to accommodate guests, but where do you begin? The pressure is on. But is does not have have to be.

With these simple tips, you can get your home ready in no time for the unexpected visitors. A quick sweep here, a Swifter dusting there, and a couple of scented candles can go a long way. If you still do not have enough time for some of these tips, just put all your excess in the closet. That does not goes wrong, as long as no one opens the closet. And you will need to remember to get the items out when your guest leave.

Here are some simple tips get you organized for last minute guests. Are they allergic to pets or are they bringing their own? Do they have food allergies? Is the bedroom and bathroom your guests will use tidy?

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Decorating with the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_2016_Social_BannerIn 2016, Pantone decided to change it up by offering two stand out colors of the year. According to Pantone, the two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness, as well as, a soothing sense of order and peace.” Pantone explains that a direct correlation between consumers seeking mindfulness, reassurance and security were the reasons for selecting two colors to represent 2016. Specifically, these two colors together are being used interchangeably by the genders represented in fashion trends. Using a soft rose and sky blue to denote gender equality is yet another reason for supporting the blend of these two colors.  Read More


Home Maintenance Tip: Clean the Oven

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With Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays coming up, what a great time to tackle that one maintenance task that everyone forgets but can make the difference in the way your meals taste.  That’s right the cleaning the oven task! Cleaning the oven can be done easily with the right tools and cleaning solutions. What better way to get ready for the baking and the cooking and the anticipation of delicious tasting food ready to eat during the next few months!  Read More


When Buying a New Home, What are your Property non-negotiables?

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Buying a new home or property is a daring challenge many people fail to stand up to. A good deal in the real estate market is not a dime a dozen, and can be quite difficult to strike. Those becoming homeowners for the first time should brace themselves. Especially when operating on a tight budget. To make the decision making process easier, you must come up with a list of non-negotiables. These are the elements and properties of the living environment you cannot do without. Read More


It is time to Air Out that House for Better Air Quality

air out homeSummer is coming to a close and air conditioning is no longer needed. But before we head into winter, when we close up our windows and turn on our heat, we have some time to air out our homes and get them smelling fresh and clean. Opening your windows and airing out your home can improve the air quality in your home. Along with these other tips you can have a fall filled with freshness.

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Air quality is also dependent upon a clean house. Cleaning your floors and vacuuming your carpets will remove the dirt from the areas. Dusting your furniture and your ceiling fans will remove the dust that can build up and cause pollutants in your air, so dust your home at least once a week. Remember to remove dust from baseboards or wainscoating along walls. These areas can trap dust along their edges. Read More