I will never babysit anyone else’s kids again. I did a babysitting job for a couple of my neighbors one day, and their kids ripped the shutters right off my window. They were trying to climb on them as if they were Spider Man. I was so furious when I saw what they had done that I sent them to bed immediately. When I told their parents about their actions, they were even madder than I was. They decided to compensate me for the shutters by paying for new orange county shutters.

The parents had a specific company that they called for the new shutters. I guess they must have needed a shutter replacement in their own homes. I wonder what kinds of things those kids break at their parents homes. The parents must not discipline them enough, because if they did, then the kids wouldn’t have done it to my home.… READ MORE

Cleaning your gutters is very important, as blocked gutters can be the cause of many worse problems. Imagine that your gutter is full of leaves and sticks, and it gets blocked up when it rains. What happens next: your gutter gets too heavy for the supports to hold up and it ends up breaking.

Rather than allowing your drains and gutters to get so full that they break, why not just spend some time cleaning them out? It’s really not all that hard, and you will find that you can do it quite easily if you take the time to do it regularly. If you can spend even just half an hour on the weekend cleaning out dirty gutters, you will find that you won’t have to worry about them becoming clogged ever again.

Here are some tips to help you as you start your cleaning:

Tip 1: Get someone to help

When you are climbing up onto the roof to get at the blockages, you will have to use a ladder. Many accidents have happened when people try and climb up a ladder on their own, as the ladder slips or rocks. Rather than allowing yourself to have an accident due to negligence, take the time to get someone to help you.

Sure it may feel silly getting someone to hold the ladder for you, but imagine how silly you would feel if you fell and injured yourself just because you didn’t want to ask for help. Get one of your kids, your spouse, a friend, or a neighbor just to help hold the ladder as you climb it. It can help to make it easier for you, and will prevent accidents.

Tip 2: Use your hands

It sounds awful, but using your hands to scoop out all the junk from the gutters is the best way to go. Your hands are thin enough to easily fit inside the gutter pipe, and you can easily get all the junk out of the drain that way. It may be icky, but remember that it’s just leaves, sticks, and water that has congealed into an icky, sticky mud.

Tip 3: Consider pressure washing

Once you have scooped out all of the muck, why not spend a few minutes to wash down the gutter with a pressure washer? It will take an extra 10 minutes to get the washer up on the roof and hooked up, as well as another five or ten minutes to wash it all down. However, you can leave your gutters sparkling clean, and they won’t need another thorough cleaning for a long while thanks to the pressure washer.

Tip 4: Don’t forget the downspout

Many people clean out the gutter and make it look sparkling clean, but they forget all about the downspout. The fact of the matter is that clogged gutters usually mean that the downspout is clogged as well, so take the time to clean it as well. You can usually unclog it … READ MORE

Whether you’re doing a complete renovation or just looking to spruce up a room a bit, new window blinds can make a big difference to your home. There are lots of styles and materials to choose from, and making the right choice is important since you’ll likely have these blinds for several years. Let’s look at a few things you should consider.

The first thing to decide is exactly what you want from the blinds. Do you want them to completely block all outside light, in a home theater room for example? Are you looking for privacy? Do you just want them to soften the outside light, not block it completely?

Decisions like these will have a bearing on what materials and styles of blinds are going to work best for you.

Another thing you’ll have to decide on is your budget. While you may want to be a little flexible on price, you should have some idea of how much you can reasonably afford to spend before you start your search. Some types of blinds may look great, but the cost might be out of your range. Knowing what you can spend before you start looking will help you to avoid the temptation to buy the nicest – but more expensive – window blinds.

Another decision you’ll have to make is where to buy the blinds. Most home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell blinds these days, as well as specialty stores that you can find in most cities. But you can also buy blinds on the internet, from various websites that carry all the big brands like Levolor and Hunter Douglas.

Buying online can sometimes save you some money compared to your local shops, but keep in mind that you won’t get the same level of service and support after the purchase. If you’re comfortable installing the blinds yourself, great, but if you have to hire someone to do it for you a local store that can provide end-to-end service might actually wind up costing less.… READ MORE

Do you hate the look or color of your worn or outdated bathtub or sink? Re-finish it yourself! My Mother, the woman who can do anything, seems to know everything (or will go out of her way to find out the answer) had a tub in her main bath that she just couldn’t stand any longer.

The old tub had a scratched and worn surface that made all of her decorating in that bath seem “shabby” despite it’s colorful elegance. She kept the shower curtain closed just to hide the ugly thing! She decided that since bringing in a professional to re-paint it for her was going to cost more than she wanted to spend, with a little research, she found a product that allowed her to give it a brilliant, fresh finish for just $15.00

Popular Home Improvement stores now carry re-finishing kits that you can do yourself. This is a two day project as it requires 2 coats. It’s self leveling and looks like a brand new tub!

My biggest recommendation when re-finishing tubs, tile, counter tops, etc is to tape, tape, TAPE!!!! You need to protect surrounding areas to prevent product from being applied to those areas as well by mistake. When taping off an area, I apply blue painters tape and then “burnish” it with a tablespoon from the kitchen. This helps to “seal” the tape edges so that product or paint doesn’t slip up underneath (a problem we have ALL experienced before).

The thing about being a “do it yourself ” person is that you MUST be willing to have patience and to do it right, not rushing through the project or the outcome will be less than what you had hoped for, which is not only a waste of money, but of your precious time as well. We CAN do these projects and we CAN get spectacular, professional results!

In my younger days, I used to rush through projects like this, thinking I could speed the process along by skipping bits of the instructions that didn’t seem important, or not taking the time to pre-prep or tape surrounding areas effectively. After years of being disappointed with my own “do it yourself” projects, I finally learned. So do take your time, relax and don’t worry if a project “takes two coats” or it takes a few days to cure and harden. That’s a small price to pay for a project you will be completely delighted with and will last you for years to come.… READ MORE

Cleaning solutions and products for your carpet are very important in making the carpet beautiful and clean. Many carpet owners would prefer to find a good cleaning product and then staying with it for a long period of time while there are those who are constantly searching for a better one to use on their carpets.

In today’s age where carpet cleaning has become a very competitive industry, you can find a ton of cleaning products for your carpet in the grocery or the store. This can make for a difficult time in choosing which product you are going to use in your home. To help you out, here are some very helpful tips on which things to avoid when you are choosing a cleaning product for your carpet.

Don’t Be Convinced Easily by Great Ads and Packaging – Marketing has had a huge impact in the buying trends of homeowners. But this is not always a good thing. While people will undoubtedly buy things from what they see on the TV commercials, ads or even the packaging, you may not end up with a great product as you expected. This is because marketing doesn’t really equate to results, and in carpet cleaning results is the one that ultimately matters most. Don’t fall prey to pretty ads and great packaging, be wise and look for the product which can give you the best results in cleaning your carpet.

Don’t Buy Based on Cost Alone – This is one mistake that many people commit. There are two ways that you can actually make this mistake. One is buying a very cheap cleaning solution to save money and the other is to buy an expensive one thinking that it is the best one available. The cost of the item should not be your barometer in choosing it. You should look to more factors such as results and if it will fit your carpet cleaning needs. If you buy a very cheap cleaning solution, you may end up with the results which are equal to what you pay for, which will only cause you a big headache. Look for a good balance between price and results in order to find the best cleaning product for your carpet.

The next time that you go shopping for a new carpet cleaning solution, be sure to remember the tips above to avoid making these costly mistakes that can end up affecting you and your carpet.… READ MORE

It’s always nice to do a bit of home decorating from time to time. Giving a few of your rooms a makeover is the perfect way to rejuvenate the look of your home. Of course, completely revamping a whole room doesn’t come cheap, and often we can want a remodel but simply don’t have the funds to do so. As the bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms to remodel, it can get neglected. However, with a little bit of TLC you can revamp your bathroom and still keep your bank balance happy.

Be ornament happy

Ornaments are great inexpensive weapons. They can fully transform the look and feel of a room if you apply a little strategy when you’re out and about shopping. If your bathroom has a theme, or even if it doesn’t, you can buy ornaments accordingly. The best approach to take is to buy ornaments that all have similar aesthetics. That way, your bathroom will look refreshed, and more importantly, nice and organised. Buy a random selection of ornaments and you risk making your bathroom look more like a jumble sale.

Shell out on shelves

Shelving can be found at practically every home store, and it adds a nice touch to an uninspired bathroom. Shelves come in a range of materials, colours, shapes, and sizes. With a little effort, you can totally change the look of your bathroom. Probably the best thing about shelves is their price. Many stores offer shelving at very reasonable prices, allowing you to transform your bathroom without transforming your wallet (too much).

Mix it up with mirrors

Mirrors are an essential item for every bathroom. Without them, A&E would be inundated with not-so-pretty sight of shaving accident victims. Mirrors are also useful for mixing things up a little. The style, shaping, and size of mirrors are endless. You can even make your own if you have a creative flair and time on your hands. Plus, mirrored glass is as cheap as chips.

Heated towel rails

These are a little more expensive than the other items listed here, but then again, they are pretty awesome. They come in mainly silver and chrome finishes, so they are perfect for modernising your bathroom, or adding an extra modern touch to your current modernised bathroom. They also heat your towels and your bathroom, which in winter is a luxury that shouldn’t be overlooked.… READ MORE