Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tips In Maintaining Your House

A house, just like your car or your body needs some maintenance, too.  After all, our house is our sanctuary, it is where we start and end our day, so it's just right to keep it in tip top shape.  Columbus water restoration companies come handy when it comes to house maintenance problems. Just as when we perform tune ups in our cars, we should also do some ocular inspection of our house and take note of the things that need to be fixed.  Preserving your house and keeping it in order is your prime responsibility as a home owner.

In my case, I always check on the exterior paint. Extreme weather condition can cause the exterior paint to fade over time. It won't really hurt if you repaint immediately after some signs of crack or chip. The roof is another area of importance.  Gutters should be kept clean regularly and roofing materials should be checked for possible leaks.  Window frames shall be checked for rusts and doors for broken hinges or locks.

Another pain in the neck as far as home maintenance is concerned is molds!  I do hate molds just like any other home owner.  If mold is growing in your house, you are up for possible health hazards like fungal growth. It's one great problem that could pile up over time if not addressed early.  If you think that there is a need to consult the experts, then by all means do it! It's one great step that you won't ever regret.  

The common mistake committed by home owners is neglecting small problems in the house without thinking that costly repairs is very likely to occur when things had already piled up. Regular home maintenance should be a part of your standard routine.  The choice is actually ours, we could spend a little to maintain our house now or wait until subsequent resulting damage occur.  

As home owners, we take pride in our beautiful and well maintained homes.  After all, it is a lifetime valuable investment that we could even pass on to our children.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Fascination With Tiny Houses

I would admit, my priorities changed greatly as I get older and this is something I never anticipated during my younger years.  Just like any normal woman in her twenties, I used to dream big and bold. I want a big house, tons of bags and shoes as well as clothes and other small stuff or "abubots" as other may call it.  I used to shop a lot and would always buy every little thing I deemed nice and cute. The same goes when I started to build my own family and had my first home.  I would buy any piece of decor that I would imagine to fit perfectly in my house.

Getting older, it was only recently that I have a shift of interest and opt for a minimalist life style.  If I would go back in time, I think I would love to live in a tiny home. Why not? I find it so challenging to declutter and organize.  This will also allow me to live simply and stress free.  Tiny houses are considered to be low in maintenance and depending on how you design it, is cool and cozy. Living creatively in a small space is both fun and rewarding.

Consider the following designs:







In the above designs, beauty and functionality go hand in hand.  Living in tiny homes does not necessarily mean sacrifice.  As a matter of fact, it could be liberating.  Using innovative designs, tiny homes could actually give you a fuller, simpler and happier life.

The key is on choosing the right design and style to fit your life style.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

3 Ways To Find A Reliable Renovation Contractor


When you decide to get renovations done to your home, the task of finding a reliable contractor becomes extremely important. A great way to find a reputable organization is to browse contractors on a site such as RenovationExperts.com. But there are ways you can enhance your online contractor search and come up with a company that you can really trust.

Look Around Your Area

If you spend some time driving around your area, you are bound to see contractors working on the homes in your community. You may even notice that there is one particular contractor that is doing work on several homes. It is a good bet that if your neighbors trust these contractors to do work, then you can as well.

If you know some of the people getting work done, then talk to them about the contractors they are using. Word of mouth is always the best form of referral and you can find out a lot about a contractor when you talk to the customers of that contractor.

Contact The Home Improvement Stores In Your Area

Many of the home improvement stores in your area offer renovation services that are carried out by local contractors. These stores can be an excellent resource for you to get information on contractors and find out which companies the local stores trust with their reputations. 

One of the helpful things about talking to home improvement stores about a good renovation contractor is that the stores usually do business with general contractors and specialists. This will allow you to get good information on several contractors that can handle your project.

Ask Your Family And Friends

If none of your neighbors are having work done on their homes, then start getting referrals from family and friends for good renovation contractors. The chances are very good that you will find more than one family member or friend who can recommend a contractor for you to contact.

It can be difficult to find just the right contractor for your home, because you want the work done right the first time. With some research online and a little investigative work on your own, you can find a few renovation contractors to talk to and get several quotes to choose from. Always ask to see the insurance and contractor's license for each company you talk to and do a personal interview with each company before making your decision.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Importance of Maintaining Your House Gates

The safety and security of every home starts with a well maintained gate.  A security gate surely protects you  and your family from intruders.  It serves as a barrier for unauthorized people intending to enter your house.  Just because a gate is one of the most important safety feature of the house, it just follows that it has to be maintained properly.  The cost of gate fabrication is getting higher and higher over the years and it would save us a fortune if we learn how to protect it from rust and maintain it's attractive appearance.


In our case, repainting the gates has been a yearly routine.  It does not only make the steel rust resilient, but it also maintains it's cleanliness and nice appearance.  I think this is a lot cheaper than replacing the worn out gate just after a few years.  We have a very unpredictable weather in the Philippines and as far as I can remember, wet season is even longer and this really makes steel gates and fences more prone to rusts. You may also want to spray some lubricants such as crude oil to hinges and locks to avoid being stuck.  This way, you can prevent squeaky door hinge.

Your home is where you should feel safest and most secure, so it is very important for you to take important steps in taking care of things that provide you your utmost security.



Friday, August 7, 2015

Where To Go For Your Home Cooling Needs


Make Your Home a Cool Escape

When the heat wave of summer sets in, you will do anything to beat those steamy temperatures. Fans alone won't cut it. You need the advantages that are offered with central air. Turn to a Trane comfort specialist at Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to learn more about the difference an air conditioning unit can make for you.

Always Keep Your Cool

There's nothing worse than feeling like you are melting down. When the mercury levels soar, you can feel like you are being crushed by the stifling heat. It can sap your energy, make you lethargic, and keep you from doing the things that you enjoy. Sleep better and feel refreshed every day when you have a home that is cooled with central air. The experts at Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. will help you every step of the way, ensuring you find a cooling unit that is a good fit for your needs.

Set Up Your Consultation

All it takes is a phone call and your comfort specialist will set up an appointment to visit your home. The professionals at Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. will evaluate your living space and help you determine what will keep you comfortable. You need a pleasant, cool environment in your home when you return from work or spend the day in the house. Make the most of the hottest season when you have a cool haven waiting for you. With a little help from your friends at Fire and Ice Heating and Air, Inc., you will be able to have the cool conditions that you have always wanted.

A Team You Can Trust

When you opt for Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., you will have a reliable company at your side. From start to finish, technicians will take care of the installation process and ensure that your equipment is working properly. Be sure to make an appointment for regular maintenance on an annual basis. You'll always know who to call when you have a repair issue. Your comfort specialists at Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. are here to make your air conditioning work for you. Don't waste another minute letting the heat get the best of you. With an efficient air conditioning system, you will be able to enjoy the cool breeze blowing through your home.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIY Dog Bed

Since we have two house dogs, one male shih-tzu and one shih-tzu and Japanese Spitz mix breed, I am in search of affordable dog beds.  I browse some online shops and pet stores around our area and I find these to be quite expensive.  Considering that I have to buy two for our two dogs, that's quite a big amount of money to be spared from our monthly budget.  I've seen the sample dog beds on pet shops and through online stores and I found that this is nothing short of a plastic basket or tray with soft and pretty cushion on it.  So I told myself, why don't I just make one for our lovely pets.  So my frugal instinct led me to a thrift store and buy some cheap plastic trays.  We have extra foam sheets at home and cut it to a desired size.  After that, I made use of old pillow cases to cover the foam. Thereafter, I bought some nicely printed foot rugs to be placed on top of the foam sheets and placed these inside the plastic tray.


My shih-tzu pet loved it just the same and I was so pleased on how easy it is for me to train him to use his new made bed. :)  I would just say "go to bed" and point to the DIY bed and he would immediately follow my instruction and position himself inside the plastic tray turned bed.  

So cute!  I think I only spent a fraction of what I supposed to spend buying one from pet stores and I think it does the same thing, to keep my dog warm during the cold nights. :)