• Do Your Garage Doors Need Replacing, Professional Repair or Just Some TLC? Use This Guide to Find Out

    Broken garage door

    Garage doors get more use than many of the other doors in your house (and are more complicated as well), so it should be no surprise that they need regular maintenance and occasional repair. But often, the dilemma homeowners face is determining when garage doors can be fixed with DIY methods, when a repairman is necessary, and when broken garage doors truly need replacing. Here’s a guide to help you sort your garage door woes into these three categories:

    Do It Yourself

    The first thing to check when automatic garage doors fail is the battery in your remote; you might be surprised at how many homeowners call for repair before taking this simple step. If a garage door is getting stuck or making a grinding or screeching noise, that’s also within the ability of most homeowners to fix: Continue Reading

  • Three Things to Look For in a Good Landscaping Company

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    With the off-season in full swing for most landscaping companies, now is the time to start thinking about what improvements and additions you want made to your lawn and patio this spring or summer.

    However, what many people don’t realize is that they need to think about who they’re hiring as much as what they’re hiring them for. Though there are tons of excellent landscaping companies out there who can deliver a quality product in a timely manner, there are others who are less than reputable.

    In order to pick a quality contractor from the less-than-desirable landscaping companies, try these three tricks.

    Quality Landscaping Companies Should Be Both Knowledgeable and Proud of Their Work.

    First things first, you need to know what to look for in a landscaper Continue Reading

  • Remodeling Your Bathroom On a Budget

    Bath sinks

    Redoing your bathroom for the first time presents a wide variety of options for you to consider. Not only do you have stylistic choices to mull over — color, texture, the kind of “look” you want — but you also have to focus on the practical aspects of your bathroom.

    When deciding on the most practical features of your bathroom — the bathtub, toilet and sink — you do not want to sacrifice quality for price and nor should you have to. Here are some tips and tricks for finding great, affordable, functional bathroom equipment.

    Updating Your Bathtub:

    • If you’re looking to revamp your bathtub, two popular upgrades are walk in bath tubs or soaking tubs.
    • W Continue Reading
  • Screens Are Perfect for Restaurants

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    Dining out can be a wonderful experience, but some restaurants have trouble maintaining the right atmosphere. Nothing ruins a meal more than sweltering heat and buzzing insects, and unfortunately many restaurants have trouble handling these problems. If you own a restaurant, and want to provide the most ideal atmosphere for your customers, consider installing retractable screens.

    Outdoor dining is a great option to offer for the warm season, and most customers will understand that eating outside comes with certain perils, but the only way to prevent complaints is to anticipate the problems. No matter how hard you try, your patio dining will probably attract insects. Turning your patio into a screened-in porch may not always be possible, but it can also be your best choice. If you choose to Continue Reading

  • Three Reasons You Should Rent to Own

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    Want a good reason why Rent to Own homes are a great option? How about three!

    Three reasons you should Rent to Own!

    1. Build Credit.

    Buying a house is a long process, and can leave you with a mortgage that consumes your finances for decades. Potential homeowners will find themselves in an even worse position if their credit score is too low: bad credit will lead to an interest rating that threatens to drag you under every time you make a payment. Worse, banks could see a low credit score and reject your mortgage application immediately.

    If you’re looking to buy your first house, that is a perfect reason why Rent to Own is a great choice for you. Normal rental homes don’t build your credit, but making payments towards your Rent to Own home does. The p Continue Reading

  • The Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

    Carpet cleaning

    Let’s be honest here: there is no one who actually likes vacuuming. It’s easily one of the worst chores out there. Even if you do vacuum regularly, however, your carpet can still be prone to hold plenty of residual filth.

    Bet You Didn’t Know These Facts About Carpets:

    • According to scientific research, more than 43 million tons of dust falls over the United States every single year. The vast majority of this dust settles in residential and commercial carpets. Even with vacuuming, a lot of ingrained dust remains.
    • Research shows that every year, multiple pounds of soil pile up both in and under carpets. There’s no way vacuuming picks all of that stuff up.
    • According to research from the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants can get trapped in carpeting. In Continue Reading
  • Think Outside of the Box for Your Bathroom Remodel

    Contemporary toilets

    If you’re redoing your bathroom, there are many different decorating choices to make. There is your standard wall and floor covering selection, although bathrooms do offer you an even wider variety of options to choose from. But once those basic decisions are made, you get to make a lot of creative decision in a bathroom remodel that you don’t often get the opportunity to make in other rooms.

    For example, the tub and shower. Do you want a combination bath and shower, or a shower separate from the tub? There are also many different types of shower stalls and tubs. There are large whirlpool baths, walk in baths, handicapped showers, whirlpool shower baths, and much more.

    There’s also the toilet, which may not be the most aest Continue Reading

  • Three Lesser Known Benefits Of Solar Energy

    Solar energy advantages

    Just about everyone knows that residential solar energy produces zero pollution, and that, for every home that uses solar energy, the environment is a little better off for it. And that’s about it. Most people don’t realize that there are many more benefits of solar energy, including some that will line your pockets. Here are a few of the lesser known solar energy advantages.

    Support Local Businesses

    It is becoming more and more important to the average consumer to support local businesses, such as local retailers and local farmers. You may not think it’s possible to support local businesses by using solar energy for your home, but that’s just not true. Ther Continue Reading

  • Finding a House to Make a Home Hiring a Real Estate Agent

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    Searching for new houses for sale with your family can be both an exciting and stressful experience. It’s not as if you are looking for a house just for you; you have to consider the wants and needs of your other family members. Trying to find a house that suits everyone can be a complicated task.

    If you feel as though you and your family will just never find a house that works for all of you, there is still hope. That hope is called a real estate agent.

    Why Hiring a Real Estate Agent is a Great Decision:

    • In simplest terms, a real estate agent is trained to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers. Not only does this give you a resource that has experience and advice to offer, you also get convenient access to listings from other agents that may not have appeared in your l Continue Reading
  • Put a Cork in It Cork Flooring is On the Rise

    Designer carpet and hardwood floors dc

    While you’re researching new carpet prices and comparing them with the cost of hardwood floors, let your mind wander. There are other options, though perhaps less conventional, worthy of your consideration.
    Cork has begun to see a sharp rise in popularity as a flooring option, and that’s in part due to it being considered a more environmentally friendly material.
    Most of the cork used for flooring originates from bark off of an oak tree that’s found mainly in the Mediterranean and, apparently, only gets harvested by hand once each decade. After a drying period, wine corks are made form the dry bark, and the remainder gets boiled, ground and compressed for other purposes — including finishing the floors in your home.
    One of the main reasons why cork Continue Reading

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