Month: January 2019

Dress Up Your Windows With Custom Window Boxes and Window Planters

There are a lot of ways to add vibrancy and colors to your outdoor. In times, when you feel that you have to do something to alter the look of your place, do not hesitate to do so. Try to add some additional and inspiring structural components to your windows such as Custom window boxes, flowerboxes, hanging baskets and window planters.

Customized Window Boxes

Is not it convenient to have your garden just outside the window of your kitchen? Why bother to go out when you can actually create your own loved garden where fresh vegetables can grow. Customized window boxes give you the benefit of growing your own plants while giving your windows a unique appeal to everyone.

Flowerbox

Mostly, houses with big windows need texture to look more attractive from the outside. It usually appears bland and boring if windows are just lazily open without any interesting accessories or fanciful decorations on it. A flowerbox can be added to give drama and to overshadow those big and wide windows in your house. You can never go wrong with a flowerbox since it is bold enough to cover up what is missing in your dull windows.

Hanging Baskets

We are often focused on how to furnish the indoor of our house that we tend to take for granted the patio or gazebos of our own house. From the furniture, elaborate wall decors and elegant home embellishments that we use on our living room are sometimes too chic to be compared from those on the outside decorations. Have you ever thought that the first impressions of guests or passersby depend on how your gardens or patios look like? Make every corner of your house as exciting as you want it to be. Add hanging baskets all over your place. You can have these hanging baskets on you garden to add beauty to what is expected from it.

Window Planters

A quick way to soften a wall is to add window planters with blooming flowers planted on it. Look for plants that can stand the heat of the sun and still continue to lush all year round. The plants that you need to choose should match the character of window planters that are weather resistant and perfect to be placed outdoors. …

Camping – Do You Love It Or Hate It?

In my family, we have camping lovers and camping haters. My husband, kids, and I love to go camping. My mother just looks at me every time I talk about an upcoming camping trip and requests why I want to leave my brand new home that has a brand new bed with a brand new mattress so that I can go sleep in the woods on a mattress I fill with air. Being the articulate person I am I say, "Because it's fun."

It's hard to explain to a non camper how relaxing it is to be out in the open air all day at a campground with miles of trails to hike and bike; or by a lake to go swimming, boating, or fishing in.

I tell my Mom how it's fun to explore the area trails; looking at the views, the vegetation, and the wildlife. For example, during a recent camping trip an evening bike ride bought me within 10 feet of a baby deer out with its mother. It's hard to explain how fun it is to be able to see something like that. But instead my Mom asked me how bad the bugs bit and if I got sunburned during that day's hike.

Then I try to explain to her about how much fun it is to sit around the campfire at night. It's a great time for casual conversation and to have a rate and maybe a few toasted marshmallows or S'mores. I love watching the flames and listening to the wood crackle and pop. My mom asks how we keep the mosquitoes away (lots of tiki torches and mosquito repellant) and says, "Does not it get boring after a half hour?" Again, being the articulate person I am my answer is, "Ummmm, no."

I try to explain the food cooked outdoors just tastes better. Campfire coffee along with bacon and eggs is hard to beat. And those little S'more makers you can buy in the store are nothing like the delicious S'mores you make over a real campfire. And if you've never had a pudgie pie made over a campfire, you're missing out on one of the best camping foods there is! But when I explain to my Mom how good camping food is, she wonders if the bugs buzz around the food we're trying to eat and requests if I miss my dishwasher. Thanks Mom! My pop-up camper does not have hot water so I have to do things the old fashioned way and heat the water I need to wash dishes.

When it comes to camping though, most non campers could deal with sleeping in a tent or a pop-up camper and would not mind cooking their food outside. But the one sticking point for many non-campers is the bathroom and shower facilities at campgrounds (unless you're lucky enough to have a camper with its own bathroom and shower facilities). Camping is not like staying at a 5 star hotel. The bathroom …

Home Owners Beware – Home Improvement Scammers Are Alive and Well!

As a homeowner, you're liable for everything that happens on your property, including uninsured injuries to your contractor's crew. You want your contractor covered six ways from Sunday to protect your interests.

If the contractor can not provide proof of insurance and proof of Workman's Compensation coverage, look for a different contractor.

Ask for References

Ask the contractor to provide references – people you can talk to about the work the contractor has performed. A professional will have a long list of satisfied customers happy to share their success stories. The fly-by-nights will not, unless they give you the number of their second cousin once removed.

Call the references and ask them about the work the contractor performed. Was it done quickly? On time? Any glitches? Any surprises? Did they clean up after the work was done? You get the idea. Of course, remember, no contractor is going to give you the telephone number of a dissatisfied customer, but you might pick up a few warning signs from previous customers – things like "They started work each morning at 6:00 or" They left coffee cups and cigarette butts all over my yard. " Okay, not the end of the world, but an indication of the quality of service you're likely to receive.

He or she may be a skilled craftsperson, but if s / he lacks people skills or a sense of customer service, you may be left with a great job and a bad feeling about the way it was completed. It's a judgment call, but something worth considering.

Ask to See Examples of the Contractor's Work

Again, the good ones will be proud to strut their stuff and show you just how good they are. Of course, it's illegally that total strangers will want you walking through their homes checking the newly-installed electrical outlets. However, a general contractor, a driveway contractor, a painting company or landscaper should be able to provide addresses of homes where work has been completed to the homeowner's satisfaction. Drive by and have a look.

Get at least three estimates. Another common sense tip, but some words of warning.

Do not need to go with the low-ball estimate. Use it as one more piece of information. If the lowest is also the most professional and has a pile of references, fine. The thing is, you may spend a few more dollars to get the best quality work, but the money will soon be forgotten. The work will not.

Another cautionary note: if two of the estimates are close and one is much higher or much lower, the odd one should be eliminated. The contractor either missed the project parameters (which will cost you more money) or he's low-balling the estimate, only to 'discover' unseen damage that'll cost you plenty.

Review your insurance policies at least once a year. Reading over an insurance policy has all the appeal of a trip to the dentist. Okay, it's not fun – but it is necessary to protect …

Keeping Your Home Safe Using Mold Remediation Techniques

Mold is something that is always present and it does not need to have a health hazard. However, large amounts of mold need to be prevented and eliminated as quickly as possible by applying mold remediation techniques. Many areas of homes are highly susceptible to mold buildup, especially in places like the kitchen, bathroom and basement. These areas are likely to attract moisture and moisture is the ideal breeding ground for mold spores. Ignoring mold is the worse thing you can do because it will actually spread and invade things like your furniture and carpeting.

The best thing you can do as a conscientious homeowner is to maintain your home well. Walk around and look for any signs of mold growth. This is a very important task to do during the wet season because water is likely to somehow find its way into your home during this time. Check everywhere and look into ever nook and cranny for signs of moisture. If you find any, get rid of the source as quickly as possible.

After you have found and eliminated excess moisture or mold in your home, keep it dry by using dehumidifiers, fans and / or air conditioners. Do not give moisture a chance to return because if it does, mold is sure to start growing again. Adding insulation to your walls, in your attic and under your floors is another way to keep your home warm and cozy and less likely to attract moisture.

There are other mold remediation techniques that work well also. If you find mold, use a HEPA vacuum to remove it from the surface. Then, use a stiff brush to thoroughly scrub off any remaining mold. Once this is done and you're confident that the surface is mold-free, clean the entire area with a solution of bleach and water. Let it set for a few minutes and then wipe it completely dry.

To keep mold off of your walls and floors, try one of the mold-resistant paints that are now available. There are a number of brands for you to select from and this is an excellent way to avoid mold problems in the future. If your furniture has been invaded by mold, you may have to discard it. However, you might try washing it gently with very hot water and a mild bleach solution. Then, air it out in the hot sun which should kill any remaining mold spores.

Mold remediation is not extremely difficult but it must be done if you want to keep your home relatively free of mold. The most important advice is that you should always keep your home a dry as possible by ventilating it well and keeping it as clean as possible. …

Your New Lose Weight Fast Diet That REALLY Works!

Today’s lifestyle is fast and furious, and food is usually fast and furious as well. If you have fallen into the trap of drive-thrus and microwave dinners, and those pounds are creeping up on you, stop now, and take control of the slow down to a new way to lose those irritating pounds, fast.

You don’t have to quit your job, stop running the kids around, or get rid of your car. You can slow down and lose the same pounds while still maintaining your active lifestyle-and you’ll feel better while you do it. The more weight you put on, the harder it is to run around and be busy. As you lose weight your pace will only increase.

Three ways to slim up fast by slowing down are:

  • Make your own “drive-through” meals. You can go just as fast by grabbing a “happy meal package” from your freezer as you can stopping at the fast food joint. The big difference between the two is your lose weight fast diet meals will be made up of healthy foods that are good for you.
  • Take a breather and relax. Too often, people ignore the need to pamper themselves a little, both in their rush-rush lives and when they are dieting. Your lose weight fast diet should include 5 to 10 minutes at a minimum of pampering, even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom at night for a warm bath. A stressed out body holds onto its stores as a preservation method. Relax to improve your lose weight fast diet plans.
  • Snack away and enjoy your day! Do diets mean no snacks? No they don’t, at least not this new lose weight fast diet plan. You need something to make yourself feel energized during the day, and eating small snacks keeps your metabolism working. Long lapses between meals lets your metabolism “relax” and shut down. You want to relax to relieve the stress, but you don’t want your metabolism to stop. Choose good for you, delicious treats to make yourself feel full, energized and happy. Snacks like nuts, veggies, fruit or salads are great for instant energy on your new lose weight fast diet.

Finding the Perfect RV – Part One – What Kind of Camper Are You?

Are you a Full time, Seasonal, Weekender?

This is part of a series of articles from my Perfect RV series. Each article describes one aspect of finding the perfect RV for you at this time. Your needs will change as you grow into the RV. Overtime you will need more or less sleeping space, your amenities will change, your transportation will change and your desires will change. This is the first article in the series.

Full time stationary

Full timing by a loose definition is considered living in their RV or recreational vehicle as their home. Many people choose to live in recreational vehicles as a cheaper way of living. Their recreational vehicle is stationary and seldom moves.

There are many benefits to living in a RV. Chores around the house are less time consuming, the costs are less, the upkeep is less and the cost of ownership is less. RV owners have the same tax benefits as homeowners or what we call the Stick and Brick owners.

For 12 years we were full time stationary campers. We lived and worked from our RV or held full time jobs in the local community. Daisy was a legal secretary and I was a database administrator for Nokia with responsibilities for a worldwide SQL Server network. You had sold our house and the recreational vehicle became our home. With an income of over $100,000 a year, I don’t think we qualified as trailer trash. In fact we met many people who were professionals that had decided to live this lifestyle including lawyers and doctors.

Full time Traveler

The common thought when people say they are full timers is someone that travels around the country living full time in a recreational vehicle. These folks have all the benefits of the stationary recreational vehicle owners and the freedom to move when and where they want.

There are some added costs to traveling full time and that is the cost of fuel and maintenance. Many full timers that travel also tend to stay in one spot for several weeks or even months before moving on. You are full time travelers now, starting our new journey in June 2014. We spend about 3 weeks per location and then move on to a new campground when our time is up. This last winter we spent in FL moving every couple of weeks. It was the most enjoyable winter I have ever had.

Snow Birds

A snow bird is someone who travels to warmer weather in the winter and cooler weather in the summer. They may have a house in both locations, may live in an RV in one and a house in the other, or stay in an RV year round. Many retirees are snow birds traveling to FL in the winter months.

Seasonal

Seasonal campers are usually people that are still working but love the camping lifestyle and have a recreational vehicle placed on a campsite full time, but only use it on weekends or holidays. …

3 Tips On House Repairs

Many people are worried and get stressed out with the maintenance work that needs to be done inside the home. There are lots of things to be addressed and people get confused on where they should start from. They are unable to decide which section of the house requires more attention. Let us start with the plumbing section. If you are suspecting any water leakages or pipeline damages then a good option is to call plumbing experts or a plumbing contractor. They can be the best choice to fix all of your house water damages before the problem becomes worse. Try to contact them as soon as possible in order to start the first procedure of your house maintenance.

Beside this, there are other areas to cover. Here are some of the following much-needed repairs that you must consider before it gets worse.

Repairing the roof damages:

Often, many houses have the problem of roof leakage. This problem is quite common and creates a lot of nuisance especially after the heavy rain falls. If your house has the same problem then it is best to address this issue as soon as possible. If this problem is not addressed in time, it can damage the entire roof top and there is a possibility that the walls of your house will receive some cracks and fissures.

To avoid these weird consequences, it is better if you repair the roof tops urgently. You can do it on your own by purchasing the materials to plaster the damaged part of the roof. If you find the damage more serious, you can always call the labor experts to fix the problem. The leaked area should be plastered properly otherwise there is a chance that the leakage will occur again. Try to get good quality cement so that the damage does not come back again.

Repairing the wire section:

There are many instances when the main wire section of the house has some flaws inside. This can provoke a house fire if the wiring is not done properly. It is best to fix the problem urgently so you do not have any further complications. Just call the expert electrician, because he can give good advice on how to improve the wiring and update the wrongly placed wires. Once the wires are properly set, you can relax knowing the wiring is safe and it is not a fire hazard.

Repairing the walls:

Once you have fixed the main areas of your house, now you can look forward to repair the wall section. Walls are the borders of your house and they should be repaired in order to keep the good impression alive for the visitors.

Just inspect each wall for any cracks or fissures. If you find any such damage, use a thin plaster to cover the gaps or cracks. Once the plaster is dried, you can start repainting the walls. You can use this opportunity to change the wall color to update the look of the …

Home Insurance UK – Protector Of Homes

One the dreams that people had in all ages and which still exists is to have a house for themselves. Indeed, it can be termed as one big dream that everyone who is engaged in any profession has. It was there in every time, though less people had the resources to fulfill their dreams. Things, however, have undergone a complete transformation and today there is a large number of people who have the capacity to purchase or get a house constructed for themselves.

There are several reasons for this newly accepted status by people. None so important however, as the emergence of several utility services which are aimed at benefiting people. Thanks to them, acquiring lone for the purpose of making or purchasing a house becomes very easy. However, if after purchasing or constructing a house one thinks that his worries are over then one is sadly mistaken, for the trouble has just started. After the house has come into existence the next step is to protect it against all possible threats that can harm it. This is where home insurance UK comes into play and ensures that one is spared from the pains of arranging for money for the repair of house in case it undergoes any damage.

Home insurance is a complete security package giving security against such viable threats like lighting, floods, burglary and several other natural and man made threat which can cause considerable damage to the house. However, to gain maximum from home insurance one would do well to take care of a few things. First of all one must ensure that the policy comes to life as soon as it is signed, secondly one must find out the threats that one is protected from, also one must see to it that his house is priced fairly. In addition to all this one must also ensure that one does not default on monthly premiums as well as never furnishing any wrong information to the insurance company as acts like these can lead to the cancellation of the policy.

If precautions like these are taken then one can be rest assured that Home Insurance UK would go a long way in protecting your home from all possible threats. …

Creating an English Country Garden

Many people have dreams of having an English country garden of their own. Traditional English gardens are known around the world for their beauty and tranquility. It is no wonder so many people are drawn to create one of their own. Making a true English country garden of your own is far from a simple task, however. In fact, it is quite challenging in many ways. However, the work that it requires is well worth it for the end result: a garden that appeals to all facets of human senses.

A traditional English country garden is, when you get down to it, a work of art. And, like any work of art, your garden should express a part of the artist who crafted it. How you choose the plants in your garden, how you arrange them, how you care for them, all these elements should be meant to show the world a part of who you are. This means that your garden should be unique, an extension of your personality and your creativity. Making these choices is, in many cases, a part of the process that is nearly as difficult as laying out and keeping up the garden itself.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that will help you with these decisions. First of all, there are a many books in which you can find ideas and advice on your English country garden. These books will be able to give you lists of which trees, shrubs, and flowers are traditionally included in your garden, as well as when to plant them and when they will bloom, as well as points on how to arrange them. This may seem like a hindrance to your creative influence in the entire process, but in the end it will enable you to make some of the important choices while not having to worry about every mundane detail of the process.

There are a few general guidelines that can help when you are planning your English country garden. The first thing you need to realize is that in order to make yourself a proper garden you are going to need a significant amount of space. Traditional English gardens are a good bit more than a few flowers in a bed. You will be using trees, shrubs, and flowers of all different varieties, so you will definitely want to be sure you have enough space before you find yourself in over your head.

Another important thing to remember is that your English country garden has to feel like a single unit. You will have different plants throughout the garden, but they should all have a sense of unity to them. This is accomplished, in many ways, similar to the methods used in home decor. You should establish themes in your color by choosing plants that compliment each other. This also applies to the shape and structure of the plants, as sticking a competent of tiny plants among a bunch of larger ones will cause the …

Tips to Clean Bathroom Water Damage

Bathrooms are one of the most common areas to suffer from repeated water abuse and have a high risk for water damage, but the cost and damage can be cut down with a few easy steps on how to handle water damage.

The very first thing that should be obvious is to find the water shut off valve and turn it off to prevent further damage if you're suffering broken pipes. There should be a handle behind the toilet if that is the source of the leak, otherwise, you will have to find the shut off valve for the entire house. Removing the water is something you will have to address immediately before mold can set in; shop vacs, towels, even a shovel and bucket are all helpful if the water is excessive.

A more thorough drying is required after the still water is removed by wiping down the walls, paneling and fixtures. Mold is a serious risk so it is important to do this as quickly and thoroughly as possible and finish ventilating by opening windows, turning on fans and getting as much airflow in the area as you can. While waiting for the area to dry, you may use the time to launder rugs, towels or other fabrics before they start to mildew.

If there is any dirt or debris after the area's dry, be sure to use one-time-use rags, industrial bags, gloves and boots to clean before sanitizing. Once the rubris is gone, make sure that you have proper ventilation in the room and use a mixture of bleach and water to go over every surface (floors, walls, ceiling and fixtures) to completely sanitize. Once fumes are gone, you may thoroughly clean the bathroom with regular bathroom cleaners and go through the room with special attention to any wood and anything touching the floor. After you've completed these steps, if you have any question about mold developing or start to see signs, immediately call a water damage expert to check the area professionally. …