5 Ways to Beef up Home Security

February 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Home burglary is a big problem and while it’s not possible to completely secure a home, some simple tips can make it less attractive to non-professional thieves. Locks – Always lock all doors and windows when leaving the home, even if it’s just for a quick trip to the store. The majority of burglars and thieves are able to simply walk in because a home owner thought being gone for 15 minutes was safe. Make sure new locks are installed when moving into a new house. This is also a good idea when someone, such as a roommate, moves out or anytime when there is uncertainty about how many people may have keys. Spare keys should be placed in a secure container and buried in an area known only to the home owner. If keys get stolen or lost, always change the locks right away. Peace of mind is worth [...]

Tips for Growing Perennial Flowers

February 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Perennial flowers create the structure of a flower garden. They bring out the character and the breathtaking aura of your garden. When growing annual plants you must replant them each spring. However, herbaceous perennial plants become dormant after the spring period and flourish from the same roots during the next season. Besides the herbaceous type, there are woody perennials which do not die every year. These include trees and bushes. Perennial flowers come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. When selecting perennials you should consider your garden’s needs and the type of soil you have available. Types of Perennial Flowers Perennials flourish well in sunlight and certain types of soil. Astilbe, salvia, lavender, artemisa, chrysanthemum and poppy are considered as full sun perennials. They require high levels of exposure to the sun in order to bloom well. Foxglove, primrose and ligularia, on the other hand, are known [...]

Painting – Good Results Require Good Technique

February 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Of all the DIY projects we tackle at home, painting is among the most common. Many people repaint an entire house when they first move in, and then paint again a few years down the road. Unfortunately, many DIY enthusiasts don’t get the painting results they desire so they spend the money to hire a professional painter. With all due respect to the pros, any DIY home owner can achieve great painting results if he uses the proper technique. Priming – Whatever you do, don’t skip the primer step. Priming seems like a waste of time and money in some situations, but it makes the difference between an excellent finished product and a mediocre one. For new wall board, primer is absolutely essential to prepare the surface for painting. Without primer, painting virgin wall board looks uneven, blotched, and faded. When covering up old paint, or walls newly stripped of [...]

Save Energy – Replace Your Drafty Windows

February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Depending upon the size of your home and the number of windows it contains, replacing your windows can be a sizeable project, both in work and in cost. However, when you stop and think about it, when you replace your windows, you could be killing two birds with one stone – maybe even three birds! Through window replacement, you may enjoy better energy efficiency, saving you energy and money, and possibly make your home a more comfortable place to be. You can upgrade your home, increasing its value, and you can help the environment in the process by way of your reduced energy consumption. Fill the Void You might not know for sure whether it is time to replace your windows or whether this is a cost-effective option. Your windows might look just fine. The panes’ paint isn’t chipping, there are no cracks in the glass, and they appear to [...]

Remodeling Your Home – Here’s What to Expect

February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Unless you had it custom built, there are probably a few things you would like to change in your current home. Whether you have a desire for more bathroom space, bigger kitchen cabinets or maybe even an additional room where you can watch movies in peace, home remodeling can get you what you need. But at what cost? When remodeling a home, the costs are not always as easy as the dollar amount on the work order. Home remodeling puts your family’s daily activities out of commission for a while and can lead to some extra stress. But like the old saying goes, “knowing is half the battle,” so here’s what to expect if you are having your home remodeled. Noise – and Probably Lots of It Unless you hired home contractors to work on a gingerbread house, they are going to need to use power tools. That means table [...]

Ingenious Ways of Getting Rid of Gnats

February 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Anyone who has undergone the irritating presence of gnats in the house will appreciate efficient pest control methods. These pests are forever in your home and seem impossible to get rid of. Here are a few tips that will help in eliminating these pesky creatures. Due to their small size and their high rate of multiplication, these insects can be difficult to eradicate. Many people know that gnats are attracted to any source of food, but what most do not know is that they are also attracted to warm, moist places. This means that apart from their usual food source like the garbage cans, which you probably change regularly as part of your gnat eradication routine, your house plants may just be the perfect place for them to perch. These plants which are well sheltered from the harsh conditions outside serve the purpose of harboring gnats. As a preventative measure, [...]