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Tips For Spring Cleaning

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Spring is finally here! This winter in Florida has been colder than many in recent years. This is a great time of year for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning effectively deep cleans your house once a year. This not only helps with dirt, but it also helps remove germs that may be floating around your home. We have some great tips for you when it comes time for your spring cleaning.

Lamps and Light Fixtures

Light fixtures and table lamps can accumulate a huge amount of dust during the year. Over time, this can dull the surface of your light bulbs and block light. Before cleaning these fixtures, be sure that the lights are off for awhile so the light bulbs cool down. Using a microfiber cloth to collect all of the dust, gently going over every surface of your light fixture.

Door Knobs and Handles

Clean door knobs and handles can really make your house feel really clean. Go around your house and use a microfiber cloth and cleaning product to clean each of these. The outside of your door usually gets a lot of dirt buildup during the winter months. Using soapy water in a bucket with a soft sponge, wipe your front door throughly. You can dry with a soft cloth when you are done. Also, don’t forget the inside of your front door. It can collect fingerprints during the year that need to be wiped away.

Walls

Your walls should all be wiped down when it comes time for spring cleaning. You can use a little bit of dish soap in a bucket with warm water to clean them. Be sure to work from top to bottom so there aren’t visible water drips. Walls can become scuffed during the year. You can use a magic eraser to gently remove these.

Window Frames and Baseboards

Baseboards are the more common part of your home that gets cleaned and dusted. But, you also want to get the tops of your windows and your upper molding. Using a cleaning product and a microfiber cloth, hit all of the areas that collected dust all year.

Bookshelves

You can make the spring cleaning of your bookshelves dual purpose. You not only can clean dust, but you can declutter your bookshelf of books you no longer want. Remove books and objects from each shelf. Dust each item and the bookshelf before putting them back.

Picture Frames and Mirrors

The glass on all of your wall hanging need to be cleaned once a year. Start by dusting all sides of the frames with a microfiber cloth. A tip for cleaning is to not spray directly onto the picture frames. Liquid cleaner can get underneath and ruin pictures and artwork. Spray window cleaner lightly onto a glass cleaning cloth and then wipe them down.

Furniture

You would be amazed at what is collected in your couch cushions. Start by using vacuum attachments to clean the cushions and under the cushions. Try not to vacuum up larger items such as coins. If possible, rotate your cushions to help with even wear and tear.

How To Make Homemade Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies

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Toxic store bought cleaning supplies are not only bad for the environment and your family, they are costing a fortune. General cleaning supplies can cost you $5 and up in the store. They can be harmful to your pets, plants and your children. Our DIY tips on cleaning supplies is chalk full of great tips.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda has been around since 1843. It has virus killing abilities and is completely non toxic. For kitchen grease, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth and concentrate on the heavy grease areas. Children’s toys can be easily cleaned with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 quart warm water. You can either soak the toys in this solution or you can use a damp cloth to saturate the toys and wipe off excess dirt with a dry cloth. For large carpet spills, blot as much of the standing spill off as possible. Clean the area with gentle soap and water. When this is complete, sprinkle dry baking soda on the spot and vacuum. This will ensure there is no remaining stain or odor.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice not only smells fresh, but it is great for mildew and mold. With this in your arsenal of cleaning supplies, you can also cut grease and shine hard surfaces. Laminate counters and cutting boards are easy to clean with lemon juice. For the tough stains, massage a cut lemon onto the stain. If the stain is stubborn you can leave the juice on to soak into the surface. Rinse with eater and dry as normal. Tupperware stains are tough to fight. If you squeeze some lemon juice and baking soda onto the stains and let it sit overnight, the stains can be scrubbed away in the morning. You can shine real brass with lemon too. Cut half a lemon, sprinkle salt on it and gently rub until its clean, rubbing with water when you are complete.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a miracle when it comes it cleaning and degreasing. You can use apple cider vinegar, but white works better. To clean with white vinegar, you can dilute it in a spray bottle with 50% water. This will clean most surfaces including windows, countertops, doorknobs and stainless steel. The smell can be a little overpowering at first. To counteract this, you can add a few drops of essential oils that can be purchased in a health food store or online. Another surprising use for vinegar is to clean your coffee pot. Mix 50% vinegar and 50% water and run it through your drip pot to clean out old coffee residue.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is an all natural chemical free soap that is made from olive oil, laurel tress and soda. It is so safe that it can be used to clean and disinfect wounds. Instead of buying your dish soap, in a pump bottle use castile liquid soap instead. It cleans your dirty dishes and also won’t dry out our hands like store purchased dish soap with harsh chemicals.

Home Improvement Convention Hacks

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Home improvement conventions are a great way to get ideas for upgrades to your home. If you have never been to a home improvement convention before, you may not know what to expect. It can be a little overwhelming the first time you attend. Luckily, we are able to offer you some great tips and advice for attending a home improvement convention.

Saving Time

Home improvement conventions can be really crowded. We suggest that you get to the location early. This can ensure good parking and also you can beat the rush of people at the door. Research to see if you can preorder your tickets. This will save a ton of time by not having to stand in ticket lines. Be sure to pick up a map of all the home improvement booths. You can plan out what vendors you want to visit first before the crowds start building. This way, you get personalized attention. It gives you extra time to ask questions and gather informational brochures. Bring an extra large bag to pack a refillable water bottle and snacks. Waiting in line at the convention center cafeteria can use up a good portion of your day. It may be tempting to dress up for a home improvement convention because you never know who you are going to run into. We strongly urge you not to. Comfortable clothes and especially shoes are important because you will be on your feet all day. Comfort over fashion for these events.

Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask vendors at this event important questions. An important one is “how long have you been in business?” Experience of a contractor is crucial when you are hiring for work on you home. This is going to help keep your project on time and also on budget. Be sure to get their business card and research them online when you are home. Pay special attention to customer reviews. Websites like Angie’s List is a great way to get unbiased customer experiences. You can find out about their licenses or any other credentials this way. Being able to obtain permits and inspections is an important part of home improvement. Ask your potential contractor if they have experience with applying for permits. A good contractor will also be able to explain the technical language in each permit to you.

Guarantees

You may want to google questions to ask contractors and print it before going to the home improvement convention so there are important things you forget to ask. Workmanship guarantees are a great thing to ask about when talking to vendors. These can vary anywhere from 6 months to a few years. This normally has to do with defective materials or poor workmanship. This guarantee should be in writing. Getting this notarized is a great idea too, so you are protected in case anything goes wrong during the construction process. Worksite scheduling is something that should be discussed early on. Ask your potential contractor when their day will start and end. Just as most jobs go, there should standard hours. Sometimes circumstances may change, such as rain or an unexpected problem with the remodel. Being on the same page with your potential contractors can clear up some conflicts before they happen. Asking for a contract before the work begins is another great idea. Include the scope of the work, timeline and all of the supplies needed. Things are always going to go wrong when you are renovating your home, but having a contract keeps you protected in the long run.

Landscape Your Backyard Like A Pro

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Investing in your backyard landscaping is a great way to add value to your home. Your backyard landscaping can be a little tricky with the hot and humid Florida weather. The key is to use plants and flowers that are Florida-friendly. We have some tips to help you maximize your backyard landscaping potential this year.

Plants

Because of all of the rain that Florida gets, you can save money and time by skipping the fertilizer. The fertilizer that you use on your backyard landscaping can actually be a huge danger to the environment. The rain can wash your fertilizer into the bays, lagoons, rivers, lakes and oceans. Florida soil is unique and contains very fine sand. Knowing this fact, plant your backyard landscaping with plants that grow well in this climate. Some good examples are Palm Trees, Milkweed, Honeysuckle and Firebush.

Grass

One problem that you may have in your backyard landscaping is brown dry patches in your grass. Visit your local garden center and purchase some iron and micronutrient supplements. They work in two important ways. They help your grass stay healthy and green and also curbs excessive growth. You won’t have to cut your grass as much in the Florida heat.

Weeds

Buying weed killer can really eat away at your budget. Instead, you can make your own weed killer that is just as effective as store bought ones. Our recipe consists of 3 cups vinegar, ½ cup salt and 1 tablespoon liquid dish detergent. First add the salt to the vinegar and let it dissolve before adding the soap. Use a spray bottle to spray the mixture on any unwanted weeds.

Drought

When purchasing plants for your backyard landscaping at your local nursery, choose plants that are full sun and drought tolerant. Your best best is to choose plants that are native to Florida. They can withstand the Florida sun in summer months. Keep in mind the size of mature plants. You want to leave plenty of space when planting to prevent crowding. This will also help you in the future so you don’t have to prune as much to give your plants room to grow. Another great tip is to purchase smaller, slow growing trees. They cost less initially and their smaller stature helps them withstand storm damage better. Some of our favorite are the Crape Myrtle, Dogwood or Hydrangea. They also yield beautiful flowers that have beautiful, blooming flowers.

Decorative Items

Because grass is difficult to maintain in the Florida heat, we suggest using other items that don’t require as much maintenance. Gravel, stones and reclaimed wood look great in pathways. You could also add a rock garden or a water feature to spruce up your lawn. Some of these more permanent solutions can be expensive when you purchase them new. Instead, you can recycle old bricks or river rocks and use them in your backyard landscaping. Planters can be created out of pallets or old crates and add a vintage feel.

Mulch

Mulch provides not only a great look but it also works well for the health of your plants. Mulch helps moderate the soil temperature. It keeps roots warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also keeps moisture in the soil. This helps maintain your trees, especially in the warm summer months.

Tips For Painting Your Home

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Home improvement is a great way to add value to your house. While some home improvement projects are really expensive, others cost much less than you think. One example is paint. It is one of the most cost effective ways to change the appearance of your house. You can hire painting contractors to work on your house, or with our tips you can save money and do it yourself. Professional interior designers normally use a variety of colors to create a specific mood to a room. The colors are picked to enhance other. But before we even get to paint colors, let’s talk about paint preparation.

Furniture

Your first step to painting is to remove everything from the room you are painting. You want to be able to move around freely when you are painting. Also, no home improvement project goes well if you have paint drips all over your furniture, rugs and floors. Designate a space to store all of your items until your painting project is complete.

Prepping

The most important part of painting is your prep work. Begin by cleaning your walls with a mixture of three teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent and a gallon of water. Wipe down your walls from top to bottom. Focus especially on areas where there are grease spots so the paint adheres evenly to your walls. After this step, rinse your walls with clear, clean water. Let your walls completely dry before continuing on with your project.

Taping

After everything is dry, apply painter’s tape around the trim, windows, door frames, ceiling and anywhere else that you are not painting. This can be done in advance up to about a week early. Use good quality painter’s tape on this part of your home improvement project. You will regret it later if you don’t. Be precise when applying the tape. You may have to take off a piece and reapply a few times. After you finish painting, remove the tape before the wall is completely dry so the new paint doesn’t peel off when you remove it.

Primer

No home improvement painting project can begin before you prime the walls. We prefer Kiltz primer to other brands. To save yourself some time, you can tint your primer with the paint that you choose. This will darken the primer so you won’t have to use as many coats of paint to reach the saturation that you want. Primer helps give your paint a more consistent appearance. It can also help the sheen of the paint you chose be more apparent.

Painting

For the best coverage, start by painting a large W shape pattern with your paint roller. Fill in the spaces of this pattern without letting your roller lose contact with the wall. Paint one section at a time and let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next coat.

Colors

When choosing your paint colors, you need to consider your house as a whole. Each room should transition to the next room without too large of a color change if possible. Popular home improvement contractors use a range throughout the whole house. Another tip is to stick with a neutral color palate. We love bright pops of color in a room, but not necessarily on the walls. If you use neutrals throughout your house, it connects all of the rooms as a unified whole. It also makes it easier to add color furniture or artwork without being overpowering.

Vintage Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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Vintage kitchens have become a huge trend in today’s home. 1950s kitchen remodels have become popular because of the fun and bright colors. You can take your 1950s kitchen to the extreme and buy all of your appliances and kitchen tools with this theme in mind. Or your 1950s kitchen can be more subtle and incorporate smaller items and color themes. We have some great tips for you to turn back the hands of time in your house.

Bright Colors

1950s kitchens were models of bright colors. Primary colors such as fire engine red, bright yellow, lime green, teal and bubblegum pink are all colors to focus on. Be careful with these brights not to overpower your kitchen. Use sparingly and balance out with white and black. They can be used on small appliances and curtains. Another great way is to buy bright sets of dishes and display them on shelves and open faced cabinets. You can also look to classic diners for inspiration. In 1950s kitchens, bold geometric floor tiles can give your kitchen an inviting feel.

Prints

Bold prints such as leopard and zebra print are another great idea for your 1950s kitchen. Use these in different areas around the room. One great idea is to reupholster your dining room chairs in one of these fabrics. It will add a pop of color to the room. Also, adding bright patterned tea towels and cloth napkins are a great way to liven up the whole room. If you want to use a print in a larger area, you can buy removable wallpaper in zebra print. Use this on small wall areas around your kitchen for a more dramatic effect.

Vintage Items

Another great way to decorate your 1950s kitchen is to fill it with vintage items. For example, antique tableware will bring this era to your guests. Look for brightly colored plates and glasses. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors. Vintage 1950s advertising signs look great hung on kitchen walls. Yard sales and antique stores are a good place to look for these. Also, you can get vintage looking signs new. This is an easy way to personalize your 1950s kitchen style without making any permanent changes. Kitschy items such as vintage clocks, old Coca Cola bottles, metal flour containers, vintage tea pots and old salt and pepper shakers are great additions to your new kitchen style.

Pastels

Another really popular trend from the 1950s are pastel colors. They work in 2 ways, brining flair to your redecoration and also also making your kitchen seem larger. Lighter colors give the illusion of a larger space. Peaches, light pinks, baby blue, pastel yellow and mint green are all colors to consider. This is also a great way to revamp your kitchen cabinets without spending a fortune. You can paint the faces these pastel colors instead of installing all new cabinets. These pastels can also be used on a smaller scale like accent walls or on as squares on cabinet faces. If you are feeling really bold, with painters tape, you can section off geometric squares on your kitchen floor and paint pastel shapes.

Do It Yourself Interior Design

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Decorating your home can be very expensive. Although we love the look of a beautifully decorated home, sometimes the look is out of your budget. Whoever said that you can’t do it yourself? You can turn anything into a perfect interior design project. Here are some of our ideas for your do it yourself design.

Mason Jars

These items are so versatile when you are do it yourself decorating. Empty jars are perfect for vases, utensil holders, toiletry containers or even pencil holders. Collect and clean any mason jars that you have been using for jams or jellies. Stop at your local hardware store and buy cans of matte spray paint that matches the décor of the room that the jars will be in. Do it yourself by spray painting each jar with this matte paint. If you prefer a more distressed look, wait until the jars are fully dry. Take rubbing alcohol and a Brillo pad and gently scratch away some of the paint to give it an aged look. You can also make paper stencils to apply before you spray paint for a different effect. After you finish painting, remove the paper stencils. This will not have any paint applied to you will still be able to see the glass of the mason jar. If your do it yourself side is feeling extra crafty, you can hot glue marbles or letters onto your jars to make them extra personalized.

Light Switch Plates

Light switch plates are another do it yourself project that is super cheap, but looks high end in your home. First remove your light switch plates with a flat head screwdriver. You have multiple options as to decorating them. One method is to take wallpaper, newspaper or even magazine pages and modge podge them onto the switch plates. Once the paper dries, use sharp scissors to cut holes in the paper where the hardware goes though. This is an interesting visual style when it is applied to all of your light switches throughout your house. One last method is to use the some spray paint that you used for your mason jar projects. Apply a layers of matte spray paint, allowing each to dry before starting a new coat. You can lightly distress the finish with rubbing alcohol and Brillo pads. When all of these do it yourself projects are dry and complete, you can reapply them with your screwdriver to your light switches.

Chalkboard Paint

Its amazing how many things that you can do with chalkboard paint. Its a do it yourself project in itself. Using painter’s tape and a ruler, tape off 3 squares on your kitchen wall. Fill these squares in with chalkboard paint, removing the painters tape after its dry. These not only look great, but are good for reminders, grocery lists or recipe lists. This can also be lightly distressed with a Brillo pad to keep the look consistent though all of your house. If you are feeling more ambitious, paint an entire accent wall in your kitchen with the chalkboard paint. Some areas can be used to lists, while you can draw decorative items like flowers in colored chalk.

Budget Bathroom Storage Tips

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Always seem to run out of usable space in your bathroom? Join the club, with styling products, extra towels, toilet paper rolls, toiletries and basic needs, there never seems to be enough bathroom storage. Budget constraints can be a major issue when looking for extra bathroom storage. We have some simple and cost effective ways to give your bathroom a makeover without breaking the bank.

Shower

There never seems to be enough space in the shower for all of your daily products. Too much shampoo, conditioner and body wash? All you need are some dollar store suction cups and hair ties. Lace a hair tie through a suction cup and knot it securely through the hole in the middle. Attach the suction cups to the walls of your shower and fit all of your extra bottles into the hair tie loop. Another inexpensive tip is to install another tension rod inside of your shower. Add hooks to your secondary rod for places to hang your loofahs or even another small shower caddy for shaving cream.

Sink

Unless you are lucky enough to have a huge medicine cabinet or a massive bathroom cabinet, bathroom storage for this area is at a premium. You can double your medicine cabinet’s space by installing organizers on the back of the mirror. For only $11, you can purchase 3-packs of attachable pods that use adhesive to attach the the unusable space. You can store Qtips, toothbrushes or cosmetics with these easy to attach pods. IKEA offers another great solution. You can install a picture ledge above your sink to store hand soap, hair products and even scented candles. This solution not only gives you extra storage but it also is a great decorative feature for your bathroom.

Towel Rack

Hanging towels to dry takes up a ton of space, especially for large families. A underutilized area in your bathroom is behind your bathroom door. You can stack inexpensive towel drying bars behind your door with screws to hang multiple towels to dry. Clean towels also eat up precious bathroom storage space. Screw a wine rack above your toilet to store rolled up towels in many sizes for future use.

Cabinet

New cabinets can be very expensive and hard to swing for a family on a budget. We have an easy and cheap solution for you. Visit goodwill or even prowl the neighborhood on trash day for old drawers from a dresser. They can be easily spray painted to match your bathroom’s décor. Attach to the walls to store extra toiletries that are used everyday without the hassle of storing them in a medicine cabinet. You can customize these drawers further by attaching old wallpaper to the open area.

Who would ever figure that you could gain so much extra space in your bathroom on a tight budget? Not only are these budget friendly items, but they help organize your space for hectic mornings when the kids are running late or you have an unexpected meeting.

Get Your House Ready For The Holidays – Carpet Cleaning

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Carpet Cleaning is a great way to improve the appearance of your home. It removes stubborn stains and spills from your carpet. Not only does carpet cleaning effect what your house looks like, it can also affect your family’s health. If anyone in your family is suffering from breathing problems such as snoring or asthma, it’s important for you to vacuum your carpets at least 3 times a week. Professional carpet cleaning is something that you will need to have done at least once a year. If your family is still having any problems with their breathing, you should get them professionally cleaned twice a year.

Indoor Pollutants

Your carpet can hold several types of indoor pollutants. The most common are pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, pollen and everyday dust. Once these allergens are on your carpet, they get rereleased when you vacuum or walk across your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners are able to remove these items from your carpet with a combination of special shampoo formulas and with high powered vacuums.

Dust Mites

Another allergen that isn’t widely known is dust mites. The reason for this is that they are microscopic and you cannot see them with the naked eye. The actual dust mites are not allergens. Their body fragments and feces are the things that are though. When your family inhales these, it can cause severe allergy problems. The way to remove this is to have your carpet steam cleaned. Steam cleaning heats your carpet to temperatures that dust mites cannot survive.

Mold

Another reason to schedule your carpet cleaning is mold. Molds can be very hazardous to human health. Some of the symptoms of mold exposure are running nose, sore throat, itchy eyes, cough, wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath and asthma. These can be severe especially for the young and elderly. When you live in places such as Florida with high humidity, your carpet is more at risk of developing mold. Moisture can easily get tracked into the home and can sink into your carpet fibers. You can prevent this by drying your carpet and vacuuming immediately. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned will also fix these mold and mildew problems.

Extend The Life Of Your Carpet

Carpet cleaning also prolongs the life of your carpet. Professionally cleaning involves extraction methods that increase the life of your carpet. This is very helpful for your home improvement budget. It makes your carpet easier to maintain. If you get your carpet cleaned regularly, minor spills can be removed by vacuuming alone. It also will remove spots and stains. The problem with getting a stain on your carpet is that it can become worse. More dirt and debris can attach to this original sport and make it nearly impossible to remove further down the road.

Maintain Your Warranty

Most people aren’t aware that not getting your carpet cleaned can void the manufacturer’s warranty. Most warranties require cleaning with the extraction method in a specific amount of time. The most common is 12 or 18 months. After a professional cleaning, even the oldest carpet can appear brand new. This will improve the appearance of your home and will help the resale value if you choose to sell in the future.

Children's games

4 Great Summer Children’s Games

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Summer is a great time to spend time with your kids. It’s also a great time to organize some do it yourself children’s games. Amusements parks and pool fees can be expensive for a family. We have some great free children’s games that the whole family can enjoy!

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nothing screams summer more than a scavenger hunt. This children’s game is completely free and very easy to organize. Type up a list on your computer with items that can be found in your backyard. Print a list for each child that is participating. Some examples are a smooth rock, a fuzzy leaf or a flower. Everyone gets the list at the same time and the first one to find all of the items gets a summer prize. Washable markers can be used for each participant to check off the items on the list. Prizes can be something you already have around your house such as a Popsicle or a water gun. The winner gets to hose down the other kids.

Water ballon target practice

This children’s game is not only easy, but all of the kids can also enjoy setting it up. Start by having the oldest child draw chalk circles in the driveway. They should be nestled inside each other like a target. Label the circles starting with 50 for the middle small one, to 5 in the largest ring. Next, have the kids take turns filling up water balloons with an outdoor hose. This can be one of the children’s games within itself! Once enough are filled, store them in an empty bucket for easy tossing. Also make a scoreboard in sidewalk chalk to keep score. Each kid gets a ballon and tries to hit the circles in the target. After 10 throws, the highest score wins. A great prize would be a free pass from weekly chores.

Water Cup Race

More than just a game, this activity could last a whole day. Cut pieces of yarn in equal lengths and duct tape each to opposite walls, maintaining a row with four feet in between each piece. Next, take a plastic cup and poke a hole in the bottom for this children’s game. Remove one end if the duct tape, string the cup through the yard and attach back to the wall. Every kid gets a water gun, which they can fill with the hose by themselves. Line everyone up and scream go. The kids will use the water guns to aim the guns on the inside of the cups and squirt to move the cup down the yard. The winner is the first one to get the cup all the way to the wall. This game is addicting and we can guarantee that there will be a lot of rematches.

Frozen T-Shirt Race

This is a classic on days when the temperature and humidity is really high. The night before, soak a bunch of large t-shirts in water and place them in plastic bags. Stick them all in the freezer, to freeze overnight. Give each participant a frozen t-shirt and have them race to see who can defrost and put the t-shirt on first. They can defrost it by any means, cooling themselves down in the process.

Home Repair Tips

5 Simple Weekend Home Repair Tips

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There exist various home repairs that every homeowner can do over a weekend even without getting any assistance from a contractor. It is worth to note that these repairs that you do on your own are important is so many ways. The very idea of home repairs evokes images of demolition, chaos, cash advances and credit debt in the minds of many homeowners. For many individuals, it is simply not an option to live in a home that isn’t in good repair. These home repair tips enable you to get the job done right when doing your home repairs. The repairs that you do on your own are an excellent way to save money while building the home of your dreams. Below is a list of inexpensive five easy home repairs you can do in one weekend.

Deep clean

Often, all a home needs to shine is a thorough scrub. Cleaning walls, windows, floors, and cabinetry can spruce up the appearance of a home, make a well-worn house look new. Additionally, de-cluttering can have an enormous impact on a home’s appearance. Putting unused items into storage, getting rid of old knick-knacks, and limiting the number of items covering the wall and floor space can make a home look larger, cleaner, and newer. Best part: aside from a few products and a lot of elbow grease, cleaning is free.

Change the lighting

Lighting is such an important factor in a home’s appearance, as it sets the mood for the entire home. Liven up dark living spaces with a new floor or table lamps, remove dark curtains to let in natural light, and brighten and update kitchens with chandeliers or pendant lights. While not as cheap as cleaning, lighting is a relatively inexpensive fix that doesn’t require a handyman and has a dramatic impact on the look of a home.

Paint

Evidently, you can decide to do some painting as it is one of the simplest and affordable ways that can make your home to have a new look. For the cost of a couple of gallons of paint, some painters tape, and a bit of hard work, a home can be transformed. Some home repair tips are more important than others when it comes to painting your home. Be correctly advised before starting your painting job

Reupholster

By reupholstering worn furniture, homeowners can breathe new life into their home. Additionally, reupholstering one’s smaller furniture items, such as dinner chairs and ottomans, gives a homeowner the opportunity to have a little fun with patterns and colors without an expensive long term commitment. Upholstery fabric can be bought at local craft stores. Installation can range from very simple to difficult, depending on the size of the item, so be sure to research how to videos before jumping in.

Refinish

Refinishing one’s cabinets is one of the most significant ways to change one’s home on a dime. New cabinets are incredibly expensive. Refinishing makes the home’s kitchen new again. It will take some time and effort, so set aside a weekend for the project. The result will be worth it!

You don’t need a cash advance to update the look of your home; with these home repair tips, you can live in style and stay out of debt. By visiting a do it yourself website, you are advised on how to change the knobs, handles, and fixtures in a bathroom or kitchen give these spaces an instant face-lift. While faucet fixtures can get pricey, handles and knobs are not. Engage yourself in this repairs and at the end of it all, you will have your weekend well spent. You will also save money that you would have to given to the contractor.

Florida Gardening

5 Tips For Your Summer Garden | Florida Gardening

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Your garden is not just a place to grow fruits and vegetable. It is an extension of the home and the community too. When spring and summer comes, your Florida gardening project is not only meant to give you a supply of fresh food but to also help in making the community a better place. It is therefore a good to invest in practices that conserve the environment, promote the best community values , and improve the lives of people. You do not have to work too hard to achieve this because as you will find out, some of the small things that people overlook are the ones that end up making the biggest difference. Here are a few tips for you.

Use organic fertilizers for soil for planting

Since winter has already gone and the weather is favorable for Florida gardening, you will be seeking to enrich the soil so that the plants can receive nourishment. Many people choose artificial fertilizers because they are readily available and are easy to use. These fertilizers, however, might contain chemicals that harm the plants as well as people. The best option Florida gardening project is to go for organic products. You could even use compost manure, which can be made at home with no cost.

Choosing seeds for the garden

You also should choose seeds that have been certified by the relevant authorities in your state. The problem that some people make is that they are in a hurry to plant in spring so much so that they forget about choosing the right seeds. You might just end up planting fruits or vegetables that contain some nutrients, which might harm you. Anyone who cares about best community values knows that whether buying seedlings or seeds, it is vital to verify their source. Only buy from trusted suppliers.

Watering your garden

When it comes to watering the garden, there are two things that have to be balanced. On one hand, you want the plants to get plenty of water for better growth while on the other; you want to avoid overwatering them. It also is god to invest in watering practices that conserve water. According to the experts, evenings are the best time to water these plants. This has been attributed to the fact that plants do not take up too much water during the night and so; there still will be enough supply for them when daytime comes.

The use of pesticides

Just as humans enjoy summer weather, insects find a time to thrive too. The problem, however, is that these small creatures might be harmful to your plants. They could eat the leaves from kales or make unpleasant marks on potatoes and other roots. Investing in a good insecticide is the only way you can protect your garden. While adhering to the best community values , you should not choose insecticides that emit harmful chemicals in the air. They will not only poison your vegetables and fruits but they also will harm your neighbors and everyone who shares the home with you. Be safe and protect your health.

Choose food plants that benefit the community

What do you plan to grow in your garden this summer? Before you make a choice, think about the types of fresh foods that people in your community like. You might want to include some of those in your plans. At the end of the day, the garden is not only meant to benefit your family. There are times when you harvest more than what you anticipated and so, the surplus will find its way into someone else’s kitchen. Whether you decide to sell it or give it away for free, nobody will want to take it if it is not the type of food that they like.

As you can see, Florida gardening in spring can be rewarding if you stick to the best community values. It is one of the few activities that you can do for fun and for money at the same time. You also should know how to arrange plants in the garden with regard to things such as colors, height and growth patterns to avoid ending up with a funny looking one. Just like everyone else, you have been waiting for spring for long so swing into action and start Florida gardening now.

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