Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Need-to-Know Advice for Prepping Your Home for Snowstorms

The weather gets a little crazier every year, what with global warming and climate change. But you can prepare yourself for the craze of harsh winters, especially snowstorms, with the following need-to-know tips.

Stockpile, Stockpile, and Stockpile Some More

If you have a cellar, basement, pantry, or lots of shelves, then you are already halfway to an awesome food and water stockpile. How many people are in your household? How much would they eat and drink in a week? Stockpile on canned goods, non-perishable snacks, and cases of bottled water—enough for each person to have their own hold of food if disaster strikes. 

Have a Fireplace?

For those of you that have a fireplace, your aim should be a mid-sized stockpile of dry, cool wood. Keep your firewood nearby, like in a close shed or in the attic, so you don’t have to stomp through a blizzard to get your supplies. 

Insulate Your Windows

Use egg cartons or clear plastic to insulate your windows against the incoming cold. This is especially useful in cabins and old homes where the power goes out multiple times in bad weather. 

Make Sure Your Roof is in Tip-Top Shape

Your roof is the biggest insulation you have in your home. It keeps snow, rain, and other natural elements out of your rooms, while ensuring your warmth and dryness. At the beginning of each new winter cycle, call a roofer to inspect your roof to make sure it and the foundation is in tip-top shape. 

Batteries, Flashlights, & Candles

These are super-important elements to have in case of power failure. Stockpile candles in every room of your home, with lighters, and lighter fluid. You should also have a flashlight or two in every room, loaded with batteries. Keep a few cases of batteries on-hand for emergencies. 

Lots and Lots of Thick Blankets, Socks, and Insulated Clothing

In case of a snowstorm, stock up on thick blankets, plush socks, and warm, insulated clothes, like classic long johns. You will likely spend 90-percent of your time wrapped up to keep warm, especially if the power fails. You could even peruse Phoenix area furniture stores for insulated, super-comfy furnishings that keep you warm and cozy through cold weather. 

Snowstorms are big deals anywhere, but some people are either more used to them or more prepared for them. Be one of those people and ensure the safety of yourself and your housemates with the aforementioned prep must-haves. When it’s all over, you will be glad that you went to such lengths to prepare for anything. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

How to Make Your Home Sell More Quickly

If you are interested in selling your house as fast as possible, there are some steps that you can take in order to make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Of course, you can always lower the price, which will likely mean it will be snatched up immediately. However, if you would still like to get a fair price out of your home and sell it quickly, the following tips can help.

First, think about who will potentially want to buy your home. For example, is it most likely that an older individual or a young couple will be interested in it? Or is it more likely that a large family will be moving into the home? From there, you will be able to take some steps to add things to the home that will make it more appealing to certain groups of people.

If it is likely that a large family is going to move into the home, there are things that you can do to make the home as family-friendly as possible. For example, if the yard does not already have a fence, a small investment in a chain link fence Tampa may be all that is necessary to get a family to take a second look at your house. Not only will this be appealing to parents, but it will also be appealing to dog lovers. Things like installing a pool, a deck, or even a outdoor play area can go a very long way in making a potential buyer like your house to love your house.

It is a good idea to look at your house through the eyes of a potential buyer. What are the first things that an individual will notice about your house? Will they immediately think that it is modern and clean? Or will they think it looks shabby and needs a lot of work? Investing a small amount of money and doing some work on your own can go a long way in changing a person's first impression of the home. Cleaning up the yard, doing a bit of landscaping, putting a new coat of paint on the exterior of the home, and making the entryway look more attractive are great ways to improve a person's first impression. It is usually a person's first impression that will determine if the person buys or quickly passes by your home.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hiring a Company to Install Your Driveway

The largest investment in your life will most likely be your home. Therefore, you want it to always look beautiful. More importantly, you need to keep your home properly maintained so that it will go up in value. You will then be able to make a profit on it if you ever decide to put it on the market. One of the first things that a potential buyer will see is the driveway. Has your driveway started to crack due to many years of neglect? Does it have a few potholes that make your driveway look like the surface of the moon? If this is the case, you will need to get on the phone right away and call a driveway installation company. Here are a few tips that will help you decide which company you should do business with.

1. Look at some of the previous driveways the company has installed.

You need to get a good sense of the quality of work the driveway installation company is capable of performing. You will not be able to do this by only looking at photos on their website. You will need to take a trip to the homes of several of their previous clients. You will be able to see the work they did on the driveways with your own eyes. You can then decide if you would be proud having the same driveway at your own home. Companies that are walkway pavers will usually install driveways as well.

2. Take a look at the rating the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has given the company.

It is always a good idea to find out what he BBB has to say about any contractor you are thinking about hiring. They consider a wide variety of factors in order to compile the ratings they give to companies. A driveway installation contractor who has an A+ BBB rating is someone you should seriously think about hiring. 

3. Does the company have insurance and a license?

You should only entrust the installation of your new driveway to a contractor who can show you a valid license. This will prove that he has passed all of the classes that contractors are required to take. It is also vitally important that the contractor show you his current proof of insurance. This will cover any damage that might occur during the installation of your driveway.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tips On Weatherproofing Your Home

We all enjoy a home that is comfortable temperature wise, regardless of the weather outdoors. This is all possible, thanks to a well-operating HVAC system. Although we enjoy the benefits of our heating and cooling systems, most of us don't look forward to the monthly bill. Luckily, there are things that we can do to remain comfortable but take the bite out of the cost of heating and cooling our homes. 

Secure the Windows
If you have old windows that give way to draftiness, you're not only hurting your comfort level you're feeding your utility bill because your HVAC system ends up working harder. Invest in new windows. It will save you a ton of money in the long run and add to your overall comfort.

Insulate Your Home
A home that's not well insulated doesn't maintain a consistent temperature very well. In fact, you may find yourself a little chilly in the winter and hot during the summer. If you cant effectively control the climate of your home it's subject to mold and mildew in basement cleveland ohio. You'll need to get professional help with that type of issue. Insulating your home is akin to putting a sweater on it to maintain the internal temperature climate of your home. This is also a necessary step if you want to be more comfortable and reduce your utility bill. 

Maintaining Your HVAC System
Once you've armed your home, it's important that you make sure your HVAC system is functioning the way it should. Change your air filters as recommended. Make sure the outdoor units are checked periodically to clear away leaves and other foliage. These measures keep it running well. It's also a good idea to have it professionally serviced at least once a year. This ensures that it's running the way it should.

It's possible to enjoy the benefits of our HVAC system without having to pay through the nose for it. There are many things that we can do to weatherproof ur homes as well as ad supporting features to increase our comfort, without going broke. Take the time to employ some of these tips and tricks and take a bite out of your huge utility bill.

Creative Wall Art

More than a month ago, we have introduced an improvement in our events place. From the original Al Fresco, we have shifted into an enclosed air conditioned area.  We have put up a wall in front and since we were under time constraint and also financially tight during that time, we were challenged to be creative and came up with DIY decors.  

Below here is an example of what my son did for the front wall near the entrance. Those black lamps, he painted himself on a styro material and cut it out to have a 3D effect. The yellow part (light rays) were hand painted directly on the wall. It doesn't cost much but surely added life to a boring white wall. :)

I will be featuring more of our DIY decors soon.

Three Tips for Getting Started With Your Small Business

Starting a small business can be a risky venture, and entrepreneurs need to make good choices at every step along the way in order to succeed. In fact, some experts state that the average new small business stands only a fifty percent chance of succeeding after the first year of business. Some people fail because they have not given their plans a full thinking through before they began their venture, and others fail because they do not adequately plan for the vagaries and exceptional circumstances that naturally befall a new business. Don't fall into these traps. With good planning, your small business can beat the odds and succeed. 

First of all, have a realistic idea about the odds you are facing and the financial risks you are taking. Most new small business owners are not able to pay themselves a salary for the first months or years of operation. Make sure that you have the resources to fully support yourself while you begin your new venture, or else consider keeping an alternative method of funding while you build your small business. Watch out for any sort of luxuries or other unnecessary payments while you are budgeting for your small business.

Similarly, make sure that you take advantage of all of the saving available to you when purchasing the needed tools for your new business. Do your research before making any large purchases and don't waste money on anything. Usually, the best deals will come from local companies that specialize in the product you need. For example, if you need wholesale computer chairs for your office space, look for an established company like Office Furniture Direct for the best deals. By making wise investments early on in your small business, you can save your money for future expenses that may crop up unexpectedly down the road. 

Finally, make sure that you reach out to all of the people in your community and elsewhere you may be able to help you out. Talk to your local chamber of commerce or other organization that works with local small businesses. You can network with other small business owners, make partnerships with others in your community, and learn more about how to succeed in your area. Don't be afraid to look for mentors or to ask for some advice. Your small business deserves your best efforts. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Unique Curtain Designs

It's been years since I dressed up my windows with new curtains.  I was focused into saving for the longest time and I just thought that I still have few sets of nice curtains anyway. However this year, if budget permits, I would like to dress up my windows once again. Christmas is just around the corner after all and I've been dying to put up a nice Christmas decorations this year as well. This plan is always being postponed from the past years due to a tight budget because of my non stop projects.

Last year, I just put up my old set of curtains in the living room...

Not bad huh? But given the chance, I would like to make this year more special. A lot of things had been happening to me and my family this year and I would like to celebrate these milestones by putting up festive mood at home.  Perhaps, I could invite some family members to drop by for an intimate celebration.

I am thinking of something different for my new set of curtains and at the same time, something that won't hurt my pocket that much.  After all, not all things that are expensive are pretty and not everything that is cheap is ugly, am I right? :)

Looking into these designs:

For my kitchen, I love to do something like this:

Or this one....oh my, this is so cutie! :) Shabby Chic..that is!

For the living room, I think I would still be using my old see through white curtains but I may just be adding a cute valance to match those.  Cheaper that way isn't it? :)

I am now excited to shop for nice fabric prints for my curtain project.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Few Things to Know About Kitchen Appliances Made from Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has an unmistakable look to it. For the most part, people find it to be the most attractive of the metals that kitchen appliances are made from. There are many good reasons to use stainless steel in your kitchen, especially for your refrigerator and your dishwasher. The following are a few things you should know about kitchen appliances made from this metal. 

This material does not scratch easily

You may hear from time to time someone say the stainless steel does not scratch. This is an exaggeration. It will scratch. However, it takes some effort, and for the most part, it would have to be intentional. The types of scratches other metals sustain from being in a kitchen are not likely to happen with stainless steel. This material is highly scratch resistant, and this is what contributes to its long-term beauty. Over time, other metals will lose their attractiveness, even though they may still be in good mechanical and electrical condition.

Stainless steel will last longer  

The material simply has a longer life span that other metals. This is true with anything that is used in the kitchen and not just appliances. Sinks, for example, that are made from stainless steel will have a much longer life that the traditional ceramic material. However, appliances that are normally made from metal will also deteriorate more quickly. Some of this will be from scratching, but denting is another problem. Many refrigerators are built with an outer covering that is made from a plastic material, and even though it is hard, it will crack and break more rapidly than the metal versions. 

Stainless steel brings up the value of a home

If you are planning on selling your house in the near future and want to upgrade the kitchen appliances, then choosing stainless steel is a good choice. It will bring up the value of your home much more than the premium you have to pay for stainless steel. It may be tempting to simply buy titanium metal to save money, but you are not likely to see much of a positive return. Installing a stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher will likely increase the value of your home well above the cost of the machines and installation. 

Whether you are selling your home or simply want to upgrade your kitchen appliances, stainless steel is the clear choice; however, since it is an investment, you need to make sure you take care of the appliances. A miami sub zero service center is only a phone call away. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DIY Decors

Just sharing a glimpse of what we have done during the initial stage of setting up our events place business at home.  We were on a tight budget during that time, so we just thought of recycling some of what we already have at home like those big pots which we have converted into small coffee tables, then we just invested on some hanging and indoor plants.  We had spent quite a huge sum on the construction of the building itself, so we just maximize what was left on our budget for the interiors. Good thing that both my son and daughter had an artistic inclination so, everything was done tastefully.

I am glad having applied all the tips and tricks that I've acquired since I've started to blog about home decor trends.  Inputs from my co bloggers and the a vast information I've acquired through research and readings were such a big help.

Since then, we have already introduced improvements to what we've initially started.  Interior decorating is one of my big passions and hobbies that I wouldn't trade for anything else as it defines who I am now, not to mention that it had opened various earning opportunities for me.

Will be posting more of our DIY designs soon. :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tips To Boosting Your Yard's Curb Appeal

Most of us don't have a lot of money to spend to spiff up our yards and create more curb appeal. As a result, it takes creativity and a resourceful spirit to turn a bland yard into a head turner. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to achieve this. The best part is that none of these touches or upgrades will break the bank.

Try a Little Color

Paint a few strategic things and observe the huge impact it can have on the overall appearance of your yard. If you really want to give your home a fresh new look, try painting the front door a bright modern color. This will have the effect of painting your whole house and add instant interest and curb appeal. Of course, if you paint the front door but have shutters and trim that should be painted as well, do so.

Use Pavers & Other Low-Maintenance Accessories

Using pavers, stepping stones, and other little accessories add interest and impact to your yard. Pavers can be used to create a path to the back yard or to a small garden. The best part about decorating with pavers is the wide variety of different materials that can be used. You can use everything from natural stone to concrete and still make a nice splash in your yard decor. However, keep in mind that natural stone may require maintenance, depending on what type you use. Make sure you choose something that's suitable for your climate and the amount of traffic the pavers will receive. 

Get Creative

The sky is the limit when it comes to boosting your yard's curb appeal. Luckily, this project doesn't have to put you in the poor house. You may not be able to afford industrial doors jacksonville fl for the garage, but there may be some other affordable and strong material that you can use. Explore your options, and don't forget that many things you already have can be repurposed creatively.

It doesn't take a small fortune to put the sizzle back into your yard. All you need is the willingness to be creative and a little bit of elbow grease to turn that boring neglected yard into something spectacular. Use paint strategically. A little paint here and there can work wonders when it comes to creating a new look. Add a few accessories to create interest and spark, like pavers, or other small non-expensive accents. Your yard is your palette, make it a masterpiece.

Budget Friendly Wall Designs

This is the actual photo of the new wall partition we've installed last month to enclose the function room of our humble business.  Everything was a rush, so my son thought of this brick wall design not only because it is easy to complete but also it's much more economical.

True enough, the entire wall was completed in about 3 days or so and we've decided to put up minimal decors only to make it more cozy and appealing.  We did not spend anything as well with the decors as we just recycled few pieces that we already had and of course, plants are always our "best friend" when it comes to decorating.

Now this has been a favorite spot in the entrance and our guests love to have their pictures taken on this spot.  I even saw that one guest's FB profile pic was taken from this area. :)

When it comes to decorating, DIY is always the best!

Need-to-Know Advice for Prepping Your Home for Snowstorms

The weather gets a little crazier every year, what with global warming and climate change. But you can prepare yourself for the craze of ha...