7 Tips for Hiring a Good Painting Contractor

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In the old days, asking a neighbor or friend for a referral to a craftsmen or woman was usually the only resource we needed. That, or wait for Dad to visit – he seemed to be able to do everything around the house … These days we tend to turn to the internet for almost all our resources and the almost daily arrival of a new referral site makes the options overwhelming.  Can you trust a referral from Angie’s List, Yelp, Porch, or any of the multitude of other sites?  Yes and no, of course; … [Read more...]

The Best Inflatable Bed for Your Guests – all you’ll ever need to know

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To accommodate guests in your home, an inflatable bed is a great space-saving option that can be brought out from the cupboard in the event of any hosting or entertaining. Airbeds are easy to store and are great to keep handy. However, a good host will always want their guests to be comfortable, and inflatable beds often have a connotation of being hard work and uncomfortable. Everyone remembers a time where they’d sunk into the middle of an inflatable bed and have had a terribly uncomfortable … [Read more...]

How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors During the Winter Months

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Hardwood floors add undeniable beauty and character to a home. And since they’re durable, hardwood floors are a long-lasting investment. However, they do need to be properly taken care of. During the winter months, with extra moisture, salt, and mud being tracked throughout the house, it’s easy to accept that your hardwood floors will take a beating. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Protect your hardwood floors during the winter months with these tips. Clean the Correct Way Be … [Read more...]

Cost-Effective Tips to Extend the Life of Your Furniture

You don’t change your furniture often, and since furniture is quite expensive, you want it to last as long as possible. With a little care you can extend the life of your furniture, without having to replace soon and saving big bucks too, over the years. Check out a few cost-effective tips which can help to extend your furniture’s life. Stain proof it Stain proofing your couch fabric and cushions will keep them looking fresh and new for a considerable amount of time. For just a few hundred … [Read more...]

Things You Didn’t Know About Ducted Air Conditioning

As homeowners we tend to take our ducted air conditioners for granted. Once they are installed, we seldom have time to look at them or think about them until there is a serious problem. However, there are many things that you might know about your ducted air conditioners. Here we’ll reveal some unknown facts about ducted AC units that are worth knowing. Ducted AC Produces 3X More Cooling Than the Energy It Consumes The Choice’s Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Buying Guide states that … [Read more...]

Simple Tips to Include Flowers in Your Home Decor

Flowers bring the beauty of nature into your home and incorporating flowers in your home décor helps you to express your creativity. Arranging flowers and including them in your home décor livens up uninspiring and dreary space. Here are a few tips you can follow to decorate your home with flowers: Color coordinate A simple way to get that “stylist” touch is by coordinating your flower arrangements with your interior décor scheme. While buying fresh flowers or picking them from your … [Read more...]

Which Pests Require More than One Treatment

You've discovered that your house has some sort of insect pest problem and you're planning on calling in the pros. But what kind of treatment schedule can you expect? Are they going to have to spray repeatedly, or are some insects treatable in just a single visit? Obviously, you'll have to talk to your exterminator to get the complete picture of your upcoming treatment plan. Professionals like Broward exterminators Excel Pest Control are always happy to let you know what to expect and should … [Read more...]

How To Fix a Blocked Floor Drain In Your Home

You will no doubt be familiar with the drain in the floor of the utility areas of your home, such as the basement or the laundry room. Any run off and grime from the appliances in the room tends to find its way down this drain. It’s unsurprising that floor drains can have a tendency to become blocked. If this happens then there can be flooding in the room, or the steady build-up of a pool of water. This is why it’s so important to make sure any blockage is remedied as quickly as possible. … [Read more...]

Top Reasons Why You Should Never Attempt DIY Electrics

Anyone with the right skills and tools can work with wood or have a go at plastering a wall. Even plumbing is bot beyond the remit of a competent DIY enthusiast, as long as you don’t mind dealing with leaks here and there. The only area where novices should avoid like the plague is electrics, and here’s why. Everyone knows electrics are dangerous, but this doesn’t stop enthusiastic amateurs having a go. They know how to wire a plug, so they assume that wiring in a new electrical socket … [Read more...]

How to Stay Warm at Home This Winter

Colder temperatures do not have to mean being uncomfortable at home. There are ways to increase your coziness by taking a few steps to prepare for winter. Make Doors and Windows Shut Tightly As cold weather approaches, make sure all of the windows and doors in your home are able to close completely. Some simple housekeeping can help your doors and windows attain a tighter seal. Clean debris from door thresholds, window sills, and tracks by using a portable vacuum or dry paintbrush. This … [Read more...]

How Can I Reduce My Utility Bills?

High utility bills can be a big drain on the budget, and we're always on the look-out for ways to bring them down. Not only does it save money each money, using less power or water is better for the environment too.   More Insulation One of the very best ways to bring down your home heating bill is to reduce how much heat is being lost. Adding additional insulation inside the house can be difficult and can involve a fair bit of renovation to take down walls and rebuild … [Read more...]

Windows – curtains or blinds?

Sorting out the right window treatments in your home can pose a bit of a dilemma. Should you opt for drapes, for example, or should you choose blinds? Both curtains and blinds can be aesthetically pleasing and both provide privacy. In some ways the choice you make comes down to personal preference and decorating style although there are undoubtedly some particular windows that lend themselves to one or the other, or even a combination of both. Here are some things to think about when it’s time … [Read more...]

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