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Repairs That Can’t Wait

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Repairs That Can’t Wait

If you look around your home, there are sure to be some issues that could use a little attention. Squeaky doors, threadbare carpets, or an unsteady shelf are annoyances but not necessarily things that need an immediate solution. On the other hand, there are some problems that you shouldn’t wait to fix. We’re talking appliances and fixtures in the home that can prevent you from living your normal life. Let’s discuss further:

Appliances:

Broken appliances are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things that could alter your normal routine. A washer or dryer on the fritz means a trip to the laundromat. Broken refrigerator? Say goodbye to all of your perishable food. And, of course, a nonfunctional oven means spending additional money on takeout. These are all issues that need to be repaired ASAP as the longer you hold off could lead to even more costly repairs or become a safety hazard.

In the instance of a broken appliance, it is so important to call in the professionals. You also want someone who specializes specifically in your problem, say for common stove issues and solutions. If you have a newer appliance that is malfunctioning, the repairs might be covered under a warranty if you purchased one so do check on that to help save money.

Weather Related Issues:

It is never a good thing when the weather outside is coming into your home. This means drafty doors, cracks in the walls, or leaks and breakages in the roof. Not only can this invite pests into your home but it can also be a major health and safety hazard for you and your family. An out of shape roof or leaks can cause mold and damp, which can exacerbate issues like asthma. Drafts and cracks can also make for bitter temperatures inside your home come winter. These are all problems that should be prioritized for everyone’s well being.

Heating/Air Conditioning:

A too hot or too cold home is just downright unpleasant and could mean that something is wrong with your HVAC system. The solution might be as simple as a tune up or a few replacement parts or it could be a complete overhaul of your system entirely. Remember, it is best to have a professional check on this annually for the comfort and safety it provides. Stifling temps indoors in the summer can lead to someone overheating while too cold in the winter can cause flooding and frozen pipes. A freshly repaired HVAC system will keep your home just right all year round.

When you are considering repairs, priority number one should always be if the problem is effecting your family’s comfort and safety. If it is, then it is time to call a professional!

Safe Haven: Improve Your Home’s Security

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Safe Haven: Improve Your Home’s Security

Your home should be your ultimate safe haven and it can be scary when it doesn’t always feel that way. Whether your place needs extra protection or you simply could benefit from the peace of mind, there is a fix for whatever you need! Let’s look at a few ways to improve your home’s security so you can feel perfectly safe and sound:

Meet The Neighbors:

Socializing can, admittedly, be a pain. However, knowing your neighbors is a free way to have an extra set of eyes on your home. And, who knows? You might just make a friend! A neighbor who you’re on friendly terms with will be able to keep an eye on your house while you’re on vacation or simply pick up a package while you’re at work all day. Regardless, it can only help!

Outdoor Property:

It makes sense that your belongings indoors are easier to protect than the things outside of your home. This goes for cars, outdoor furniture, and gardening equipment. To rectify this, you can protect the Range Rover with an anti theft system and the same goes for any other type of car. You can also install motion lights on your property, which is a great deterrent for an uninvited guest.

Privacy Hedges:

Whether you want extra protection or simply some beauty is your call! Privacy hedges can come in all shapes and forms from huge hydrangeas and rhododendrons to tall grass and trees. Either way, it’s going to be pretty and keep your windows or outdoor seating areas out of the line of sight of people who pass by. Hello, most beautiful house on the block!

Make Necessary Repairs:

Flimsy doors, windows, and locks are an open invitation into your home. For your replacement fixtures, think strong and durable. While you don’t need to turn your home into a bank vault, a little extra oomph in the sturdiness department will certainly go a long way. Don’t forget a camera doorbell when you are revamping your front door for an additional peace of mind.

Better home security doesn’t always mean spending a fortune on cameras and systems. Sometimes, it just means planting some large growing flowers or getting to know the people who live next door to sleep easier at night!

Boosted Up!

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Boosted Up!

Hello! This past Tuesday, I got my updated Moderna booster and flu shot in tandem. While I am SO happy to have received both to continue to do my part in keeping others safe, I will say that it was about a bitch lol. I reacted pretty poorly to both the second vaccine and the first booster so I’m not sure why I expected this one to be any different. I’m also not sure why I scheduled it smack dab in the middle of the work week SMH!

For about three days, I experienced a lot of fatigue, aching joints, and soreness at the injection site. It honestly felt like someone took a hammer to all of my joints, especially around my pelvic area. Not only did I deal with the aches and pains but, come evening time, I had the chills. Then, it would transform into a fever and I would sweat all night in my sleep. I have hair dye all over my pillows and sheets to prove it. Double SMH!!!!

When Johnny and I got our second vaccine, he had to keep reminding me that this was better than having Covid and I had to keep reminding myself of that this time around. While that’s easier said than done, it would do everyone well to think of it this way. After having a rough go of it post vaccine, I could not even comprehend having unvaccinated Covid. In fact, when Johnny and I did finally get it this past Christmas, we experienced no symptoms whatsoever because of our vaccines and boosters.

I have read several articles where the side effects from the boosters and vaccines are a huge deterrent from getting them. And coming from someone who has had such bad reactions, I truly get it. However, I’ll continue on with every additional installment because it’s important to do so. Johnny and I have so many high risk people that we love and we are terrified of getting them or complete strangers sick. This alone makes every two or three days of feeling downright awful worth it every time.

As the weather gets colder and gatherings move indoors, it is so important to get yourself vaccinated and boosted as well as following Covid protocols. If you are worried about it, you can take some comfort in the fact that you more than likely won’t experience as horrible side effects as yours truly. Let’s all continue to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe!

How did you react to your Covid vaccines and boosters? Are you team Moderna or Pfizer? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Getting Motivated To Move House

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Getting Motivated To Move House

Don’t like your home? Keep talking about moving, but never do it? Many of us put off moving for years. Now could be the time to finally take the plunge and consider moving to a home where you feel happier. Below are a few tips to help motivate you to move:

Prioritize your mental/physical health:

If a home is bad for your mental or physical health, this is a sure sign that you need to move. For example, if you feel unsafe, if you are being kept awake by noise, or if you are struggling to get up and down stairs to your home, these could all be good reasons to move.

Sometimes problems can be solved without moving. For example, you may be able to secure your property to make you feel safer, reduce neighbor noise levels by stopping by and having a conversation, or install a stair lift to a staircase. However, these may not always be viable options, in which case you need to move to prevent further damage to your mental or physical health.

Realize there may never be a right time:

Some people put off moving because there never seems to be a right time to make the move. However, sometimes you have to accept that there may never be a right time. While it’s true that you need to be able to dedicate a lot of time and energy to the moving process, you need to realize that there may always be other events to work around. While it can be stressful preparing for a move and also preparing for a new child, starting a new job, or handling a family loss, many people manage it – and you’ll feel much better once it’s done.

Get the right professional help:

Because moving can be such a monumental task, it can often be worth hiring professional help. If you’re planning on selling your home, you could enlist the help of agents or selling directly to a home buying company. If you need help with decluttering, there are skip hire companies and professional declutterers you can use. There are also companies that can help tidy and stage your home. It does mean spending extra money, but it could take away the stress, which can be a big turn off when it comes to moving.

Know when to accept financial loss:

Many homeowners will put off moving because they haven’t built up enough equity and are worried that the money made from selling their home won’t cover the expense of moving costs. Others even find that their home has lost value over time and stay put. Meanwhile, many renters will stay to the end of a contract to avoid having to pay penalties.

While in many cases it’s worth avoiding these financial losses, there may be times when it’s better to accept them. A good example is when your health or safety is at stake – it’s not worth sticking it out in a home that is potentially dangerous to live in. Similarly, if you’re spending huge amounts of money on repairs or on bills, you could find that you actually save money in the long run by moving.

It’s hard to find motivation for such a huge task like moving but, once you do, there will be no stopping you from moving into your dream home!

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Exercise Safely With These Tips

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Exercise Safely With These Tips

Exercise is, of course, really good for you and something that you should do regularly if you want to be as healthy as possible. However, if you are not careful it can also prove to be harmful to you, especially if you are not taking the appropriate steps to mitigate those potential harms. Exercising safely is one of those things that you need to know about if you are going to look after your body properly while getting fit. Let’s take a look at what you should do while working out:

Warm Up & Cool Down:

Warm ups and cool downs help you to avoid suffering any injuries as a result of using your muscles too quickly or too much. This will help your muscles to be more limber and more likely to actually work as they are meant to. If you are able to do this right, then it’s going to make working out more comfortable and less likely to harm you, and that is what we are aiming for here.

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Care For Your Muscles:

You need to make sure that you are caring for your muscles, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of exercise and if some of it is quite rigorous. If you are planning on doing a lot of muscle-building, in particular, you need to ensure that you are properly looking after your muscles in your daily life. One thing that can help is to make sure that you are getting a regular massage therapy session booked in, as that will help to remove the knots in your muscle and all of that tension.

Take It Slow:

Although you might be keen to progress as fast as possible, it is important for your body that you are taking things fairly slow and easy. If you push yourself too hard, you are only going to find that you end up causing yourself harm, so that is something that you will obviously want to avoid doing. Taking it slow is one of those things that you can easily do if you want to, and you will find that you really make a huge difference this way.

Understand Your Limits:

Again, you might be keen to try and break through your limits, but you still need to respect them in their own way too. Understand where your limits are and push forward at a steady pace. You should find that this helps to keep your body safe as you exercise and will limit the chances of suffering any injuries.

Working out works when you are doing it right. Respect what your body needs and you will achieve a work out routine perfect for you!

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Simple Solutions For A Pest Free Home This Winter

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Simple Solutions For A Pest Free Home This Winter

Pests are not something that anyone wants to have around the house. However, these little creatures sneak into our homes when the weather outside is cold and dry. They look for places with minimal airflow and humid conditions as these help them thrive in such situations. Keeping your home pest-free during  the winter is not an easy task. The best way to prevent pests from sneaking into your home is by checking possible entry points at all times. Here are some tips to keep your home pest-proof this winter:

Maintain a clean and tidy home:

Cleaning and tidying up your home are essential to keeping your home pest-free. As a part of your regular cleaning schedule, keep your house free of clutter. Make sure to eliminate all messes that may be providing shelter to pests. Pests love dark, humid, and warm places filled with tiny particles. Regular cleaning will help you keep favorable conditions for your family and not pests.

Seal up your home correctly:

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for pests. Make sure there is no gap between the window and the frame and that house doors are tightly fitted against the jamb to prevent pests from entering your home. Roofs and foundations are other areas where pests can quickly enter your home. Make sure there are no gaps or cracks in these areas too.

Use pest control services:

If you cannot control pests on your own, hiring professionals for pest control services is a good idea. They will help you identify the pests that have entered your home, determine the best way to remove them, and prevent them from returning. If you opt for pest control services, make sure to do your research and learn more about the services available. You should look for companies with a good reputation, eco-friendly chemicals, and knowledgeable staff.

Use essential oils:

Essential oils are natural and non-toxic. They can repel pests without causing any damage to your furniture, carpets, or walls. Moreover, they do not leave any harmful residue behind. They have a strong smell and can be used to keep pests away. You can place them in a diffuser or even use a cotton ball to rub them on door knobs, hinges, or any other area where pests might enter your home. Apart from pests, these oils can also be used to repel mice and other insects. Choose peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender to help keep your home pest free this winter.

Pests are a real problem that can affect the health of your family. Keep on top of the tips above to keep any unwanted guests at bay!

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4 Ways To Fortify Your Home From The Elements

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4 Ways To Fortify Your Home From The Elements

There are plenty of fun and unique ways to make your home more comfortable and match your style. However, you also need to think about protecting your home. While this may not make it comfortable in the traditional sense, it’s still a vital component of maintaining your home, especially from all types of extreme weather. Whether you own your home or are renting the property, here is some advice to keep you as safe as you are comfortable all year round:

Keep Out the Storms:

If you live somewhere that gets more rain than you’d ever thought possible, you need to make sure you keep your house secure from the water pounding at your door like a particularly aggressive salesperson. Storms can often cause much more damage than you expect, which is why plantation shutters and robust guttering are essential. The shutters offer a sophisticated yet protective barrier, while guttering will direct heavy rainfall away from your home to prevent flooding in the basement.

Repair Your Insulation and Ventilation:

You should also focus on improving insulation and ventilation within the house. This is beneficial throughout the year, helping your home remain warm during the winter while allowing it to breathe during the blistering summer months. This is especially important if you live in an older property, as the existing features may have worn down or are unsuitable for the current climate. An inspector can check your house and provide advice to give you an idea of what you need to do to make the house more livable.

Check Your Pipes:

The drastic temperature drop during winter means there’s a chance that frozen water occurs within your pipes if they have not drained correctly. This can cause severe problems if you are not aware of it, and your home may flood if you don’t get ahead of the issue. You can use foam insulation strips to cover the pipes and keep the water from freezing. Draining the pipes regularly will also reduce the chances of ice forming. Again, it may be worth getting the pipes inspected to check that they have not rusted or disintegrated.

Invest In Dehumidifiers:

Many people think a dehumidifier is only necessary if you live in a humid part of the country, but this is not the case. Dehumidifiers can reduce the risk of mold in your home no matter where you are. This improves the air quality and prevents respiratory problems that could lead to even worse issues. Identify the dampest parts of your house (typically the basement or laundry room) and install the dehumidifier. By doing this, you should keep damp from spreading throughout the house and make it easier to breathe, especially during rainy seasons.

You don’t need to raise the battlements and invest in a moat (although that would be cool). Instead, these tips can help you keep your home safe from the elements all year!

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What To Know Before Buying And Restoring An Old Home

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What To Know Before Buying And Restoring An Old Home

There is something special about an old home. Maybe it’s the character that comes with age or the feeling of history surrounding it. Whatever it is, there is a certain allure to restoring an old home. However, if you’re thinking of buying and restoring an old house, there are some things you need to know first. This blog post will discuss some vital things you need to know before making such a big purchase:

Mold And Mildew:

One of the first things you need to be aware of when buying an old home is the potential for mold and mildew. These can often be found in older homes, particularly in damp or humid areas. If not addressed, mold and mildew can cause serious health problems for you and your family. Be sure to have a professional inspect the home for mold and mildew before making a purchase.

Mold spores are everywhere – in the air, surfaces, and dust. When these spores land on a wet or moist surface, they start to grow. Mold needs four things to grow: A food source (like wood, paper, or carpet), warmth, oxygen, moisture, or water. Mold can cause a lot of problems for your health like respiratory problems, headaches, and skin irritation. So if you have mold in your home, it’s essential to get rid of it as soon as possible with the best mold remediation company. Yours and your family’s health depends on it.

You can prevent mold by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Fixing leaks ASAP
  • Cleaning up any spills immediately
  • Ventilating damp areas like the bathroom and laundry room
  • Using an air conditioner or dehumidifier (especially in humid climates)

Plumbing Issues:

Older homes often have outdated or inefficient plumbing that can cause various problems. These problems can range from minor leaks to complete system failures. Be sure to have a professional inspect the home’s plumbing before making a purchase. Common plumbing problems include leaky pipes, low water pressure, clogged drains, frequent clogs, and outdated fixtures.

If not adequately addressed, these problems can lead to more significant issues like flooding or sewage backup. They can also be expensive to fix, so it’s important to be aware of them and have an emergency plumbing service on speed dial before making a purchase.

You can prevent plumbing problems by:

  • Regularly inspecting pipes for leaks
  • Fixing leaks and drips as soon as they’re found
  • Cleaning out drains and gutters regularly
  • Installing a water filtration system
  • Use low-flow fixtures when possible.

Problems With Roofing:

Another common issue in older homes is roofing problems. This is because roofs are constantly exposed to the elements and they can start to deteriorate over time. Be sure to have a professional inspect the home’s roof before making a purchase. Common roofing problems include missing or damaged shingles, leaks, holes, and sagging. If not adequately addressed, these problems can seriously damage your home and be expensive to fix.

Poor Insulation and Drafty Windows:

One of the things you’ll notice almost immediately upon moving into an old home is how poorly insulated it is. This can be a serious problem, especially during winter when energy bills skyrocket. You’ll often find that the windows are single paned and provide very little protection against the cold. You might also notice cracks and gaps around doors and windows that let in drafts. Insulation and energy-efficient windows are two of the first things you should tackle when restoring an old home.

If your budget doesn’t allow for new windows right away, there are some things you can do to improve the situation. Caulking and weather-stripping are relatively inexpensive ways to seal cracks and gaps. You can also install storm windows over your existing windows to provide an extra layer of protection against the cold.

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Outdated/Inefficient HVAC Systems:

Another common problem in old homes is an outdated or inefficient HVAC system. This can be a significant expense to replace, so you’ll want to consider it when budgeting for your restoration project. However, simply upgrading to a more efficient system will often suffice. This can save you money in the long run by reducing your energy bills.

If your HVAC system is beyond repair, there are some things you can do to make it more efficient. For example, adding insulation to your attic and crawl spaces can help keep heat from escaping through the roof and walls. You might also consider installing a programmable thermostat to better control the temperature in your home. Both measures can help reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your utility bills.

Foundation/Structure Issues:

If you find yourself with a home with foundation or structural problems, there are some things you can do to mitigate the damage. For example, installing supports and braces can help stabilize the structure and prevent further damage. You might also consider having a professional waterproof the basement to prevent moisture from causing further damage.

Dangerous Electrical Systems:

Old wiring is a common problem in old homes. It’s usually made of cloth or rubber, which degrades over time. This can cause shorts and fires. You should have an electrician inspect the wiring and update it to current standards. Even if you plan on doing some of the work yourself, having professionals check things out first is best.

Another electrical hazard is knob-and-tube wiring. This was common in homes built before 1950. It consists of ceramic knobs that support insulated tubes that run through your walls. The problem with this type of wiring is that it doesn’t have a ground wire. That means if there’s a short, nothing stops the electricity from flowing through your walls and starting a fire. Again, you’ll need an electrician to take care of this.

You should keep a few things in mind before buying and restoring an old home. First, although it may be a lot of work, it can be a very rewarding experience. With a bit of research and planning, you can end up with a beautiful and unique home that you will enjoy for many years to come!

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Protecting Your Home From The Elements

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Protecting Your Home From The Elements

Your home is the biggest investment you will ever make, in most cases, at least. So, it is really important that you do everything you can to keep it safe and ensure the safety of yourself and your family too. That includes protecting your home from the elements.

From heavy rains to high winds and hail, there are so many elements of the weather that can cause serious damage to your home if you are not careful. The tips below will help you to keep your home safe:

Install siding:

Siding is not just there to make your home look good and improve curb appeal. It also helps to insulate your home and more importantly, it is great at protecting your home from water damage, which can cause your home’s beams to rot and damp to take hold.

If you do not already have siding installed it may be worth getting in touch with James Hardie Siding Installation Experts. The sooner you have siding up on your home, the sooner you can stop worrying about adverse weather conditions and their effects on your home.

Keep drains and gutters clear:

Drains and gutters are there so that water does not get the chance to build up on your property where it can cause flooding and rot. That is why it is so important that you regularly clean and clear them. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

Replace roof tiles:

If your roof tiles are cracked or especially if any of them are missing, you will need to call in a roofing expert to replace them as soon as possible. If your roof is in a bad state of repair and heavy winds or rains hit, it could spell disaster for your property, rendering it structurally unsafe and potentially allowing flooding to occur.

Deal with cracks:

If there are cracks in your home’s rendering, then you will want to deal with them and get them fixed quickly. If you do not, then they are an easy route for moisture and damp to get into your home, and if there is a serious frost where you live, this could result in water getting into the cracks, freezing, and then causing even bigger cracks as they do so. It really is not safe to leave cracks in your home as they are for any length of time.

Have sandbags available:

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding it is a good idea to always have sandbags available on the property. That way when the forecast is bad, you can bring out the bags and use them to create a barrier between your home and the flood water.

You can’t stop the weather from doing its thing, but you can do your best to protect your home from the consequences!

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Protecting Your Home During Extreme Weather Events

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Protecting Your Home During Extreme Weather Events

With extreme weather events and stormy weather becoming more frequent than ever, there’s never been a better time to start protecting your home against the effects of the elements. Your property could experience severe and potentially irreparable damage during a particularly bad storm, leaving you in a tricky position both physically and financially.

Taking the opportunity to protect your investment by utilizing a few additional adaptations can be of real benefit, helping you to keep your home safe for the foreseeable future. Let’s get started:

Preventing Fires:

When the temperature soars to unimaginable levels outside, you need to take the appropriate steps to prevent fires inside your home. Global warming is having a disastrous effect on the state of the elements, and this has already led to a number of different wildfires and other fire related incidents that can cost lives in the worst case scenario. If you live in a forest or grassland location during the height of the summer, then you always need to be vigilant about the risks that could strike at any time.

One of the best ways to prevent fires is by installing fire protection, as having your own dedicated sprinkler system will keep the raging flames away from your property. Purchasing things like foam fire extinguishers and fire retardant blankets can also help to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire. Minimizing the temperature in your home can help to reduce the likelihood of a fire, so it can be of benefit to install some kind of air conditioning unit to maintain a cool and calm atmosphere despite the intense heat outside.

Preventing Floods:

The next biggest threat that your family home can face is flooding. With ice caps melting, enormous waves crashing onto the shore, and some of the heaviest rainfalls on record, the past 5-10 years has been chaos for flooding. All over the globe, towns, cities, and villages have been struck by flooding, taking many lives with it.

Investing in a healthy stock of sandbags is one of the best ways to start as they can be used to block the flow of water underneath doorways to maintain the sanctity of your home. Additionally, investing in a basement sump pump can assist you considerably during a flood because it can help to remove the water and manage the level to minimize the damage.

Protecting your family home during extreme weather events is a priority and the simple steps above can really help!

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