Around The House

The Tricky Garage Door

The Tricky Garage Door

Garage door openers have a tension knob on the back of the opener which needs to be adjusted to the weight of the door. In the winter, wooden doors… Read more ⇢
Keeping The Washing Machine Humming

Keeping The Washing Machine Humming

Prolong the life of your washing machine and keep it operating at peak performance with the following tips: • Don’t overload your machine. Oversized loads can become unevenly… Read more ⇢
Cheering Up The Home

Cheering Up The Home

The holidays are a distant memory, and now you have to slog through a barrage of dark, frigid days until spring makes its glorious appearance. To escape that persistent winter… Read more ⇢
Do You Have Hard Water?

Do You Have Hard Water?

Do you have hard water? If you notice spots and films on glasses that come straight from the dishwasher, or you can’t seem to work up a good lather… Read more ⇢
No More Deadly Doorknobs

No More Deadly Doorknobs

The healthy-home movement is gaining traction, and more builders are offering products to help owners maintain cleaner homes. KB Home announced this week that it will offer door hardware… Read more ⇢
Choosing The Right Interior Door

Choosing The Right Interior Door

  Take a minute to count the number of doors in your house. Surprising, right? Consider then, the impact that a little attention to the doors can have on… Read more ⇢
Top Returns On Home Improvement Projects

Top Returns On Home Improvement Projects

Planning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch out—not all of these home improvements pay off like they did… Read more ⇢
Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

When you use a household cleaning product, to what extent are you releasing pollutants into your home? Many common cleaning products rely on petroleum-based manufacturing and release toxic… Read more ⇢
Making The Bedroom Cozier

Making The Bedroom Cozier

Here are eight suggestions for a better night’s sleep. Blackout Shades And Curtains Line the typical Roman shade or drapery panel in blackout fabric. Warm White Light Try the Philips Hue… Read more ⇢
Running Your Home On Batteries

Running Your Home On Batteries

In the near future, your home could be battery operated. This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a… Read more ⇢
Quick Fall Tips For The Home

Quick Fall Tips For The Home

Following these quick tips will help ensure fewer home maintenance surprises and have you ready for any emergency that arises: FALL MAINTENANCE TIP Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries… Read more ⇢
Where To Put Your Remodeling Dollars To Work

Where To Put Your Remodeling Dollars To Work

Homeowners looking for a remodeling project may be smart to tackle a kitchen renovation—that is, if they’re looking for projects with the strongest buyer appeal and high returns on their… Read more ⇢
Keeping Your HVAC System In Working Order

Keeping Your HVAC System In Working Order

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy… Read more ⇢
Jazzing Up The Outside Entryway

Jazzing Up The Outside Entryway

Fortunately, jazzing up a front entrance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try these eight strategies to create a showstopper entryway without blowing your budget. 1. Create a mini room. Here… Read more ⇢
Being Kind To Your Home

Being Kind To Your Home

Here are some not-so-obvious no-no’s that can wreak havoc with your home. #1 Using Bleach as a Cure-All If bleach is your chicken soup for whatever ails your home, proceed with… Read more ⇢
Hot Trend:  Two-Toned Kitchen

Hot Trend: Two-Toned Kitchen

Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen… Read more ⇢
Choosing The Right Interior Color For A Quick Sale

Choosing The Right Interior Color For A Quick Sale

Certain paint colors can lift your spirits, make a room seem larger or smaller, and even — much to the chagrin of homeowners or real-estate agents — drag out the sale… Read more ⇢
Making A Statement With The Ceiling

Making A Statement With The Ceiling

How much thought do you give to the ceilings in your home? Probably not much but you may be missing out on a great decorating opportunity. Today, the… Read more ⇢
Paint As A New Energy Source

Paint As A New Energy Source

There’s big business in disguising energy-generating tech like solar panels as innocuous building elements like roof tiles, window blinds, and even stained glass.  But researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne may have… Read more ⇢
Plants For Designing A Water-Wise Landscaping

Plants For Designing A Water-Wise Landscaping

Here is a list of ten plants that won’t break the water bank but will still let you enjoy lush greenery and flowers without having to replant every… Read more ⇢
Home Improvements To Put Off The Neighbors

Home Improvements To Put Off The Neighbors

There are a few home improvement projects that, while certainly well-intentioned, are likely to make your neighbors cringe. We’re not saying you should skip them altogether, but if… Read more ⇢
Seeing The Light:  Light-filtering Window Shades

Seeing The Light: Light-filtering Window Shades

Want to let light in, while keeping your nosy neighbors out? Special types of light-filtering window treatments enable you to illuminate your home with natural light, while preventing… Read more ⇢
7 Questions To Ask Before Starting A Kitchen Remodel

7 Questions To Ask Before Starting A Kitchen Remodel

Some of the questions you ask when planning a new kitchen are obvious – “Do I want white cabinets or wood?” and “Do I want stainless steel appliances?”… Read more ⇢
411 On Smoke Smoke And CO Detectors

411 On Smoke Smoke And CO Detectors

Installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide(CO) alarms can save your life.  Basic smoke alarms start at $15, with CO alarms costing $35 and up. Newer models offer… Read more ⇢
Making Those Kitchen Cabinets New Again

Making Those Kitchen Cabinets New Again

Spring has sprung – a time when most homeowners across the nation begin to tackle home improvement projects.  One that tops the list: kitchen cabinets. Refinishing kitchen cabinets, rather than… Read more ⇢
Tips For A Healthy Home

Tips For A Healthy Home

Every homeowner wants a healthy home for his or her family and pets. Making the right choices in your house isn’t always easy though. Keep reading to learn more… Read more ⇢
Surprise Firestarters Around The Home

Surprise Firestarters Around The Home

To paraphrase an ad…what’s in your wall?  A client who lives nearby had a major rat infestation which eventually manifested itself into a serious home fire. The fire investigator determined… Read more ⇢
Edible Landscapcing…Today’s Victory Garden

Edible Landscapcing…Today’s Victory Garden

Decorative cabbage or kale, decorative cabbage As interest in the “Farm to Table” cooking philosophy continues to grow, many homeowners are looking to “ditch” their well-manicured, thirsty lawns for… Read more ⇢
Organizing Your Home Maintenance Routine

Organizing Your Home Maintenance Routine

  No one has ever said owning a home was hassle-free.  Here are four tips to make it a bit less hassle-free by figuring out what needs to be done… Read more ⇢
411 On Solar Roof Tiles

411 On Solar Roof Tiles

Built to resemble traditional roof tiles, solar roof tiles — or solar shingles — are thin, photovoltaic (PV) sheets that can replace or lay on top of existing shingles. Just… Read more ⇢
Hi-Tech Gadgets For The Home

Hi-Tech Gadgets For The Home

Here are eight of the coolest smart devices to include in your home:. 1. Nest Cam With its wide range of consumer-friendly smart products, Nest has made a big name… Read more ⇢
Eight Hot Interior Design Trends For 2017

Eight Hot Interior Design Trends For 2017

Here’s what you’ll being seeing in the magazines and on TV plus hearing from your local interior designers: Geometric patterns Jewel tones Cork – I remember my childhood bedroom having… Read more ⇢
Keeping Your Water Heater Humming

Keeping Your Water Heater Humming

Most models should last between eight and 12 years. I’ve been told by plumbers that you’re doing well if 10 years can be squeezed out of a water heater these days. Read more ⇢
Home Improvements That Pay Off

Home Improvements That Pay Off

Which one do you think recoups more of the investment dollars – the garage door or the full-on kitchen remodel?  According to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, for… Read more ⇢
Landscape Design Trends For 2017

Landscape Design Trends For 2017

From the National Association of Landscapers, here are seven design trends for 2017: 1. Going green with all types of greenery. Vibrant green will take center stage in landscapes this year. Read more ⇢
A New Name For The Baby Boomer Generation

A New Name For The Baby Boomer Generation

Welcome to the Sandwich Generation, where living between the parents and kids adds a new dimension to home life.  The number of families with children, parents and grandparents living together… Read more ⇢
Are You Breaking The Law With Your Plumbing Fixtures?

Are You Breaking The Law With Your Plumbing Fixtures?

Effective the beginning of this year, California law requires all single-family residences built on or before January 1, 1994 to be equipped with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Multifamily and commercial properties… Read more ⇢
Big Luxury on a Small Budget

Big Luxury on a Small Budget

You don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy a little luxury. With some smart choices and a bit of imagination, you can live a champagne lifestyle on… Read more ⇢
Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Witches and goblins and ghosts, oh my! It’s almost time to hit the store and stock up on candy and treats for the neighborhood kids. Halloween trick-or-treating is one… Read more ⇢
Tips for a Cozy Fall House

Tips for a Cozy Fall House

Can you feel the chill in the air? Well, maybe not quite yet, but it’s coming. Fall is here, according to the calendar, and it’s time to cozy up… Read more ⇢
Understanding the Stages of Remodeling

Understanding the Stages of Remodeling

Are you thinking about buying a fixer-upper? Or maybe you’re finally ready to move forward with a home remodeling project? Whatever your plans, it’s good to know what… Read more ⇢
Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist

Contact me today to receive this complimentary checklist that advises you on what should be done and when in order to keep your home in tip-top shape. Read more ⇢
How To Merge Styles in Your New Home

How To Merge Styles in Your New Home

Is it time to take the big leap and move in to a new home with your partner? No doubt you’re excited about this milestone in your relationship. You’ll… Read more ⇢
11 Ways to Make Small Rooms Feel Big

11 Ways to Make Small Rooms Feel Big

Just because you’re short on square footage doesn’t mean your life needs to feel cramped.  Try any of these amazing tricks to make your small space feel big. Read more ⇢
Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season

Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season

It’s hard to believe, but summer is winding down and kids will be heading back to school soon – if they haven’t started already. If you’re looking around… Read more ⇢
How To Stay Cool at Home

How To Stay Cool at Home

Summer has just begun, but temperatures are already rising! Are you ready for a heat wave? Take advantage of these tips to keep it cool at home during these… Read more ⇢
Keep Pests at Bay

Keep Pests at Bay

Spiders and roaches and flies, oh my! If bugs give you the heebie jeebies, you definitely don’t want them in your home. Not only can they be unsanitary, some… Read more ⇢
Easy Summer Curb Appeal

Easy Summer Curb Appeal

These long summer days lend themselves well to swimming, barbecuing and having fun with family and friends. We can certainly understand why you may not be inclined to… Read more ⇢

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