A natural response to difficult economic times is to spend more of our leisure time at home with our families and close friends. This predictable trend has been part of the most recent financial crisis faced by this country as well as numerous other locations throughout the world. Many people are choosing to stay home with a rented movie or watch a favorite cable television program, rather than go to a movie theater or other entertainment venue. In addition, having friends over for a dinner party, game night or other social activity is a great way of spending quality social time with others, while not having it cost you an entire weekend grocery budget. Or the alternative, having to look into some money resources simply to enjoy your weekend.
With all of this renewed focus on home, entertaining and of … Read the rest
Been putting off that honey do list for a while, have you? Well, with spring coming soon your lovely significant other is probably going to want things done around the house to improve the long ignored home. There is a wide variety of home improvement projects that will more than likely take up the majority of your free time, but with football season officially over, you’ve got nothing to do earn some brownie points.
- Fixing up the Garage– Organizing all your man tools and fixing up the holes in the garage door has probably been on your list of ‘to-dos’ for awhile now. But she might be asking for more than that. Installing a new, quiet garage door would earn double points. You can start by searching for local Repair, or Sellers in your area. (For example search: Genie
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“Let’s go to the playground today!” As a parent, you know that summer days are the most exciting when spent at the park. Your kids can fill their days with make believe adventures, physical activity, and fresh air. Yet, you also know that a daily trip to the neighborhood playground isn’t always possible with busy schedules. Creating your own backyard ‘playground’ allows you to bring your child’s favorite parts of the park to your own home. Here are the Top Five playground items to help you get started building your own dream ‘playground’.
#1 – The Slide – For years the slide has been a popular choice for children as well as the whimsical adult. This is the spot on the playground that will have the largest group of kids. Children love climbing up to the top and showing their … Read the rest
When it comes to decorating your home, there are so many ways to express your style, no matter the size of your living space. From painting the walls to adding furniture, the ideas are endless and allow plenty of room for creativity. Now, if you’re stuck with a tiny apartment to decorate, it doesn’t have to be a struggle to get it the way you want. Even though your space may be cramped, your options are not! Here are some tips for fitting lots of style into your tiny apartment.
In order to set a mood for each room in your apartment; it helps to paint the walls. Of course you will want to check the specific policies for this with your leasing office before you buy paint. Many allow you to choose a color of your liking so … Read the rest
Home decor isn’t something that always comes naturally; most of us I’m sure have experienced that. Mixing and matching colors and styles, being trendy while staying true to yourself is no small task. Apartments take that challenge to another level. With limited space and restrictions on what you can and can’t do, can be a nightmare.
But with Christmas right around the corner, holiday decorating is an essential part of getting into the spirit. Whether your home is a house or apartment, holiday decorating is about being fun, festive, and unique. Because the decorations are temporary it’s okay to go all out and enjoy the season.
Christmas trees are probably the oldest and most traditional form decorating. But bringing a Christmas tree into an apartment isn’t any easy thing to do. For one, getting it into the apartment, especially if … Read the rest
Undertaking a home remodeling project is a big decision. As a homeowner, you weigh the costs versus the benefits of a potentially long and messy process. You worry about disrupting your family’s routines while construction occurs. Fortunately, you can limit home remodeling difficulties when your team includes a construction manager. Let’s review why this is important:
What does a construction manager do?
As the leader of your project, he/she verifies that all the work required to complete the job is carried out correctly and efficiently. Construction managers see the project through from start to finish. They schedule, coordinate, and hire the necessary workers for the job and make sure those workers have the appropriate skills and attitude. Your manager uses a variety of tools to confirm that your project runs smoothly, and, very importantly, stays on budget.
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This might come as a surprise to you, but windows are a very important part in finishing a room and making it feel put together and complete. In fact, window treatments can dictate the very theme of a room, from bold, subtle, or ridiculous. This is why you should be careful in considering what you put up as curtains- nothing can make or break a room more. Not only does it look good, but it determines the amount of light that enters or does not enter your home, which will alter the appearance of the rest of the furniture in a room.
Keep in mind which room you are treating when thinking about putting up curtains. Bedrooms should have soft, cozy colors like blues or purples. Bright red or yellow might disturb the eyes and make it harder to fall … Read the rest
Your home is an important investment that you should make sure is kept at optimal living conditions for the safety and convenience of your family. However, we should face the reality that at some point, similar with any material thing, time will take its toll on your house and will significantly leave damages that may not be conducive for living inside the property anymore. Furthermore, inevitable and unexpected natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, may ruin your home with significant damages left behind after the occurrence. With this being said, it is important for homeowners and tenants to know when they should invest in fixing up their home in order to maintain their healthy and safe lifestyle inside their home.
House repairs don’t come cheap, from fixing cracked pavements, molded and dirty walls to repairing the internal elements inside … Read the rest
Home improvements can be overwhelming especially when trying to decide what projects would best increase the value of a home while still staying within a budget. The initial stages of planning can be the most difficult yet knowing what home improvements increase your home’s value is definitely an asset and can save you time and money.
Additionally, to make a house more appealing to a potential buyer there are certain home improvements that are essential in order to ensure a quicker sale.
1. One of the most important home improvements is the front yard.
First impressions are extremely imperative and the front entrance to your home will make a big difference on its value and appeal. Clean up the yard and get rid of any trash, leaves and weeds. Additionally, trim the trees and shrubs. A nice landscaped yard
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