Selling Fast: Ensuring Your Home Has Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. From the photos available in the estate agent to the impression it creates when your prospective buyers first arrive, so called ‘curb appeal’ is essential, and you have to maximise it. Here’s how: Clean, Tidy and Repair Gardens filled with rubbish, recycling and children’s toys aren’t appealing for prospective buyers, even if they are practical for the owner. Unless you’re a ‘green fingered’ owner who has … [Read more...]

How to Create Your Own Garden Water Feature

Landscaping should be one of your main priorities when it comes to renovating your home. A garden is now a must-have feature for many new homebuyers, especially couples looking to bring up their young children. Not only does it offer a spot for the kids to play, it can be a great place for the parents to relax after a long day at the office or an area to entertain guests for a summer BBQ. Your own water feature is one of the best features you can create to impress any guests. The best thing … [Read more...]

Patio and Deck Maintenance Tips

The inside of your home may well be spotless, but what about outside? Is your patio covered in old dead leaves or is your deck desperately in need of some TLC? Too often, we pay so much attention to what’s going on internally at the expense of the external. If this is ringing true for you, don’t fret; patio and deck maintenance doesn’t have to be the time-consuming nightmare that many of us perceive it as. By following the tips outlined below, your ‘great outdoors’ will always be in … [Read more...]

How You Can Make Your Home More Secure

Stylewise

Despite media claims that our streets are getting less safe by the minute, generally speaking, you will be quite safe in your own home – though it never hurts to be extra sure when it comes to your own personal safety. Here are some more tips to make you feel even safer in your own space and guard yourself from potential heartbreak and stress. Access Denied We all like to leave windows open at night, especially in the summer months when it’s viciously hot. But an open window can easily … [Read more...]

Unravelling the Great Concrete Debate

Is concrete eco-friendly? For years environmentalists have been wrangling over this question. Some say yes, some say no. Both sides have proofs to back up their point of view and both make convincing arguments, despite sitting on opposite sides of the fence. But despite all their differences, there’s one thing that these two opposing factions have in common. They both want to further the cause of promoting and using sustainable materials in our building industries. The History of … [Read more...]

7 Things To Keep in Mind When Purchasing Your First Garage Door Opener

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Patrick McTosh. ++++++++++ With all the different garage door opener models out there, getting one that fits can be hard. The quantity of information available can make the decision even harder. However, these are the 7 most deciding factors when choosing your first garage door opener. 1. What kind of garage door do you own? Garage doors are usually either tilt-up, roll-up or sectional. Not … [Read more...]

Things You Should Know Before Installing a Sprinkler System

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Rachael Jones from a wonderful blog, DIYMother who, as their tag line goes, is Not Afraid To Use Power Tools In A Dress! ++++++++++ Sandy or clay soil, bentgrass, buffalograss, red fescue, suffice it to say, there is a lot that we need to know about our lawns in order to maintain them properly. Knowing how to water your lawn to achieve the lawn color and health you’re looking for is rather … [Read more...]

Snow Shovel Review

Ergonomic Snow Shovel

Snow Shovel. Simple title, eh? ;) We have needed a new snow shovel for years.  The one which has been my mainstay for what seems like forever, with a black plastic blade, was so used that the blade had worn down to almost the size of a tooth pick; almost. A few days ago I was was having breakfast in the kitchen and the breakfast show on City TV, with Kevin and Dena, was playing so I could catch up on the morning's events. Well, during one segment, the weather Dude, Frank F., also … [Read more...]

Earth Friendly Products – Ice Melt

Ice Melt from Earth Friendly Products

We live in the part of North America which receives much snow and ice during the winter. Part of our home's driveway is mostly in shade during the day and therefore tends to accumulate ice, making walking on it difficult. We also have a pet dog, Sandy, who has been with us for a long time now, over 50 years (dog years :) ), who we talk out for walks in the front of the house. The last thing we want is to use road salt or similar product to melt the ice build-up on the shady part of our … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 3 – Renovation Completed

Porch Renovation In Progress

Editor’s Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca.  In Part 2, Rebecca had encountered carpenter ants and shoddy workmanship from a prior 40 year old renovation effort. Today, her adventures continue. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. Sometimes, with an old house renovation job, you can get lucky. Sometimes you can repair and … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 2 – Carpenter Ants and 100 Year Old Rafters

Air Space in Rafters

Editor’s Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca.  In Part 1, Rebecca had encountered 3 ice dams and subsequent water leaks during the winter, causing sufficient motivation to attach the problem head on. Today, her adventures continue. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. At the first sign of spring, we called Alvin. To be … [Read more...]

This Old Porch Renovation – Part 1 – Three Times is Enough

Porch Renovation After Picture

Editor's Note: We have asked, begged, pestered and finally received the story about the recent porch renovation from a friend of ours, Rebecca. What follows is the first part of her experience. If you would like to share your home renovation experience with us, please feel free to drop us a line. When you start to renovate an old house, you never know what you're going to find. One thing is certain as death and taxes, however: whatever you find in those old walls, it's going to be scary -- … [Read more...]

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