Feng Shui Your Home

Fung Shui your HomeClose your eyes and imagine a scenario where as soon as you wake up in the morning, you feel like you don’t have any problems in life, and that everything is okay. Imagine that you have some kind of your own morning routine that you can’t imagine your everyday life without – simply put, that morning routine of yours is what makes you happy. 

There is some kind of a positive energy that can be felt all over your home, you feel very comfortable, and you are not afraid of any challenges that you are facing. It is such a beautiful thing to imagine, isn’t it? 

If this scenario is actually real when it comes to your life, then I must congratulate you! However, if it is something that you can only dream about at the moment, then let me tell you that your dream might be closer to becoming a reality than you think! 

Flow and Clarity 

Organization is one of the most important parts of feng shui. When you think about feng shui, it is almost impossible to not think about the flow of positive energy as well. Disorganization, grime, and clutter – each one of these three things is known for blocking that flow of positive energy. In order to remove these energy blocks, you have to invest some time and attention, and in some cases, even money. 

 When you surround yourself with only the things that you love and care about, you will feel nothing but true happiness. The reason why is because regardless of where you look, you will see things that remind you of everything that is good and positive, such as love and purpose. You will spend more time appreciating the things that you have, rather than craving the ones that you don’t have. 

Relaxation and Energy 

The main purpose of organizing your home is to raise your positive energy levels. When you focus on raising your positive energy levels, you are able to have much more fun, as well as spend much more time in enjoyment and appreciation of the things that you have. If you feel like this, then it is safe to say that you are on top of your game!  

However, if you are not feeling like this, then make it your goal. Do whatever you can to reach that goal. You will not regret it! 

 Organizing your home can take a lot of time, but it is well-worth it. Did you know that disorganization can actually rob you of much more time? That’s right. A good example of this is going to the store just to buy something that you already have just because you can’t find it. 

Opportunities 

By letting go of something that is not serving you in a positive way, you are actually letting something new (something better) come into your life. So, try to be happy as much as you can every single day. You never know what good opportunities may come knocking on your door! 


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Maintaining Your Rain Gutters

Rain gutters are a big part of your home’s well-being, and they play a very important role in protecting your foundation, walls and roof, as well as your landscape. There is a lot of homeowners that don’t pay enough attention to their rain gutters out there. Today, seamless rain gutters are a very popular low maintenance option. We encourage you to talk with a local Gutter Contractor about options. 

This is especially the case with homeowners that have rain-gutters that are working the way they should be working, and the reason why is because they think that they don’t need to do anything until they notice that something is wrong. Well, let me tell you that this is far from truth! Regardless of how old your rain gutters are, by taking proper care of them, you will make them last much longer. 

 Cleaning your gutter system on a regular basis (and always sticking to your cleaning schedule) can prevent many bad things – such as sagging gutters or leaking roof – from happening. But if you completely ignore your rain gutters and their condition, you could be facing some serious issues (such as a leaking roof or some damage being inflicted to both the exterior and interior of your home) in the near future. 

I think that it is safe to say that you don’t want something like that to happen. However, in order to prevent such things from happening, there are some things that you need to do. 

Why Maintaining Your Rain Gutters Is Important 

If you leave your rain gutters dirty for a long period of time, there is a big chance that you will run into some serious trouble in the near future. The reason why is because when rain gutters are clogged with debris, they usually can’t direct the water flow away from the home’s foundation, and that is something that can lead to an overflow in the landscaping. 

So, if you would like to prevent something like that from happening to you, make sure to clean your gutters on a regular basis. Not only that a regular maintenance will improve the purpose of your gutter system, but the ambience of your home as well. 

Avoid Expensive Repairs 

You can avoid expensive repairs by taking care of your rain gutters on a regular basis. This way, if there still happen to be any repairs that need to be made, they will be much smaller, which means that they will not cost you a lot of money.

Regular maintenance can also protect you from any unnecessary damage that could arise from wrong cleaning methods. 

Improved Safety 

When it comes to clogged rain gutters, they usually attract some unwanted animals (such as insects, birds, and termites). In order to keep those animals away, you need to clean your rain gutters at least two times per year.

Hiring a professional gutter contractor is always a good idea too. They can clean your gutter system properly if you don’t know how to do it by yourself. 

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Painting Your Home 

Paint your homeMost of you probably already know that painting is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your home and make it feel fresher.  

From changing the color of the exterior of your home to painting your child’s room, painting is a great home improvement strategy that everyone should apply every now and then. The reason why painting is such a good strategy is because not only that it produces immediate results, but it is cost effective as well. 

 There is one basic rule that you need to remember when taking on any home improvement task – either do it the right way, or do it the easy way. These two things should never meet, and you need to keep that in mind at all times. This rule also applies to both exterior and interior home painting tasks. Have you ever run into trouble while painting your home? If you have, make sure not to let it happen ever again.  

But is it even possible to prevent something like that from happening? Yes, it is! Now don’t get me wrong – the following tips are not flawless in any sense of the word. However, they will help you paint both the exterior and interior of your home with much less effort than ever before. 

Either Go Darker, Or Use the Same Color Again 

If you decide to change the color of your home, you will just make the home painting task harder for you. This is especially true when you decide to use a lighter color. By using the one-coat-painting technique, there is a big chance that the old color will still bi visible in some areas. 

 But what happens when you use the same color as before? By using the same color, those areas will blend in, which means that everything will look nice. However, if you decide to use a different color, make sure to go for a darker one. 

 Paint Large Areas With the Sprayer 

Large areas of your home – such as windows, doors, cable boxes, lights and downspouts – can consume a lot of your time if you paint them by hand. Let me tell you about a much better solution when it comes to painting large areas of your home! Instead of painting them by hand, you can always use a sprayer. It is much faster, but it is much more effective as well. 

 Minimize the Amount of Time That You Spend on Washing Your Brushes and Covers 

Washing brushes and covers can consume a lot of your time – time that you could spend on other, more important things (such as painting). Buying inexpensive roller covers is always a good idea, because you can simply toss them when you finish painting your home. However, when it comes to painting the interior of your home, it is always better to use high quality roller covers. 

Here is a quick video from Lowes on some more tips

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Plumbing Around the House

Residential PlumbingPlumbing is a job that can drive a person crazy more that any other home improvement job ever could. As the projects grown and problems arise, you become more and more frustrated. If this happens to you, don’t worry because you are not the only one facing this problem. Even the professional plumbing contractors are not immune to this.

However, it is possible to not only achieve a successful plumbing project, but manage the frustrations as well. And how exactly do you do this? There is one simple answer to this question – by spending a lot of time (at least twice as much time that what you originally thought) working on the project. But there is another smart step that you can take, and it is to learn some simple tips and tricks. And now, here are some of them.

Don’t Use the Chemical Clog Cleaning Agents

Unless you are an expert when it comes to using chemical drain cleaners, there is a big chance that you are using the wrong one. Chemical drain cleaners are designed to provide you with a quick fix, and you probably already know that a quick fix doesn’t necessarily have to be an effective one.

These cleaning agents contain chemicals that can cause a lot of damage to your pipes, which could even evolve into leaks later on. And did you know that chemical clog cleaning agents are not good for your health?

Use Plastic Instead of Metal Drain Lines

Even though plastic doesn’t look as reliable as metal drain lines, it is better in almost every way possible. Plastic is easier to install than metal drain lines, and they are relatively inexpensive as well. One more thing that is so great about plastic is that it is easier to tighten or adjust if a leak ever develops.

It is also important to note that plastic will not corrode, which is not really the case with metal drain lines. So, replacing the entire assembly would be the best thing to do if your metal drain ever starts leaking.

Cut Stubborn Parts

Mineral deposits and corrosion are known for locking parts together. When the parts are locked together, it is almost impossible to disconnect them. If this ever happens to you, cutting the stubborn part would be the best thing to do. Even though a hacksaw is great for this task, using oscillating or rotary tools would be an even better solution.

A number of these tasks and repairs may require a Licensed Plumber, which can easily be found all across the nation.

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Do it yourself plumbing is can be money saver or a huge mistake. Make sure you know what your capable of and have the proper tools for. It will always be less expensive to hire a licensed plumber from the start than to have them come back in and fix twice the problem.

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Clean your House Properly

Cleaning your home

Do you have a feeling like your home is never clean? Are you one of those people who feel like they are always cleaning, but never really have a completely clean home? If you are, there is no reason to worry, and the reason why is because there is a way to clean your home and keep it clean at all times.

 

However, you will have to make a commitment. As is the case with getting enough exercise and eating healthy, you will have to make a plan if you really want it to work.

How to Clean Your Home

When it comes to cleaning your home, there are different strategies, such as cleaning one room per day or cleaning one chore per day. But the method that usually works the best is to clean the home one time per week. And what is so great about this method is that you don’t need to spend a lot of time cleaning your home – two or three hours per week should be enough.

 

If you haven’t been cleaning your home in a while, the best way to start would be to deep clean it. And if you can’t even do this due to all the stuff that is in your way, you should definitely start by organizing your home.

Some Great Home Cleaning Tips

Make a home cleaning schedule – pick one day that works the best for you and stick to it. In order to clean your furniture, use a vacuum cleaner. Make sure to use different vacuum cleaner attachments to clean between and under cushions, vents, baseboards, blinds and drapes. When it comes to mopping your floors, only use a damp mop and a small amount of soap.

Did you know that toothbrush is a great home cleaning tool? That’s right! You can clean your shower heads, drains, faucets, tub jets, and basically any other hard-to-reach spot.

Keeping Your Home Clean

Now that you know what you need to do to keep your home clean at all times, do it! And just in case you ever need a head-start, cleaning your kitchen completely one night before the day of cleaning your home would be your best solution. It will not take you a lot of time, but the end results will be great. And if it ever happens that you are not able to clean your whole home in one day, you can always save the bathrooms for some other day.

Selling your Home

When your real estate agent talks about staging your home, what they really talk about is a method of decorating that is designed to impress potential buyers by showcasing your home’s best assets.

Not everyone stages their home, and this is especially true when it comes to a home that is not worth a lot of money. However, if you do decide to stage your home, you will be at a great advantage.

The Importance of Staging Your Home

Even though staging is not something that you absolutely have to do when it comes to selling your home, it is something that you should do. Naturally, you don’t want to settle for a longer marketing period and a lower selling price than you have to. When it comes to the amount of time and money that is involved, staging your home may actually be one of the most lucrative projects that you will ever deal with.

People are not just looking for a home to inhabit, but improve their lifestyle and fulfill all of their dreams as well. Staging your home will help those dreams and it will generate a more emotional purchase that will bring you more money than your originally expected.

Staging Your Home

If you are one of those people who are on a limited budget, the best solution is to focus the areas of your home that will affect your home’s selling price the most. These areas include the living room, bathrooms, kitchens, the master bedroom, the entryway, the exterior and an outdoor living space. Here are some things that you can do to attract potential buyers to your home.

Clean

When it comes to your kitchen, people just simply love to see that besides home, they also get new, unused appliances. But if you don’t have enough money to buy new appliances, then at least do whatever you can to make the ones that you already have as clean as possible.

Put Away Everything That Is Personal to You

Clutter draws all of your potential buyer’s attention away from your home’s features. Another thing that clutter is known for is making homes look like they don’t have enough storage space. So, make sure to put everything away before putting your home up for sale.

 

However, keep in mind that your storage space is something that your potential buyer will be interested in, so don’t just throw everything into the closet. Also, make sure to put away all of the items that have your family members’ name on them.

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