Monday, April 22, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but after you’ve completed the purchase and moved in, you're responsible for maintenance. In other words, you no longer have a landlord to fix that running toilet or a leaky faucet.
Luckily, you don't need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects. ?
Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it's for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you'll use your cordless drill just about every month.
Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they're expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk ...
Friday, April 19, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Pets are family - do you have a plan for your pet in an emergency? Including pets in emergency plans helps your family's ability to respond to an emergency. Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.
Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there's no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It'll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 / by June Quilantang
There are a number of reasons why you might choose to upsize to a larger home. A bigger family, an increase in income, the need for a home workspace or perhaps a change of lifestyle. Whatever the reason, there a number of questions to consider before you decide upsizing is the next step for you.
Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That's when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution. ?
WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?
The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it's important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces l ...
Friday, April 12, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Air leaks in a home can emerge from cracks and openings in doors and windows. Air trapped inside the walls of your home can seep out through floorboards and around electrical outlets. It takes more energy to heat and cool your home if you have air leaks, which will increase your utility bills. To learn how to find air leaks in your home, you will need to conduct tests around your house that involve using your hand.
Do an air pressure test.
You can quickly check for air leaks with a simple test using household items. Seal your home by completely closing all doors, windows, and vents and turning off exhaust fans. Then pass a burning incense stick along the edges of all doors, windows, and other openings to the outside. If the smoke is forced into or away from an opening, you’ve found a leak.
Inspect doors and windows.
To check for leaks near your windows, attempt to rattle the frame. This will reveal whether there are gaps along the edges. Also check for cracks in t ...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 / by June Quilantang
An American family spends an average of $500 per year on cleaning supplies. That's a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! In the spirit of saving, we bring you ways to seriously scrub down your budget: homemade household products. If you cut a couple of percentage off of your cleaning-supply spending you could save a lot each year.
Vinegar: There's probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged shower head), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.
Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.
Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and ki ...