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

The earthquakes and typhoons in Asia, the Iowa floods, California wildfires, hurricane in the Gulf and Florida all make us wince just thinking about them. Mother Nature does not give warning nor discriminate. We can all relate to undergoing a natural calamity, know someone who had gone through it and even watched the aftermath on television.

Because of this, you might wonder if your homes are prepared when these things occur. Disasters like earthquakes, fires and windstorms usually prompt building code upgrades as people are more aware of the dangers posed by nature. Nevertheless, even the most updated building codes can still prove inadequate of protecting your home against major catastrophes. It is even worst for older homes which were often built before builders and engineers paid enough attention to strengthening them against disasters.

Below are home upgrades to be able to protect your home when natural disasters strike:

1. Flood disasters destroy your home and your homeowner’s insurance does not cover it. Give further protection for you home by purchasing flood insurance from the government. You can get the maximum coverage for $300 to $600 annually in moderate risk areas. Tell your agent about applying an inflation guard on your policy that increases the coverage amount by three to five percent yearly. Get a professional replacement value appraisal to assess the replacement value of your home accurately.

2. Have the main breaker or the fuse box and the utility meters raised above the flooded level in your home. This way, when your home floods, the water will not damage your power utilities.

3. Install hurricane straps to keep the roof attached to the walls so you will not lose them to high winds.

4. Protect windows and glass by using storm shutters. Use them when severe weather comes. They also protect against flying debris such as tree trunks and other things carried by strong winds.

5. Strap or bolt cupboards and bookcases to your walls and put heavy objects on the lower shelves to avoid them from falling on someone. Also, strap your water heater to a nearby wall to keep gas water heater from falling on someone or starting a fire.

6. Bolt your home to the foundation by using anchor bolts that costs $2 each. Install them every six feet on the outer edges of your home.

7. Put flame-retardant shingles on your roof rather than wood shakes or standard shingles. This cuts the chance of burning debris in the air catching fire on your roof.

8. Set aside a considerable emergency fund. Some states place a large deductible on claims that involve natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Make sure that you have sufficient funds to cover your deductible with your additional living expenses. Insurance companies will pay for additional living expense but they require you to shoulder the expense first and they will reimburse you for it. Keep all receipts for eating out, temporary housing and any other additional costs for being … READ MORE

In terms of accessories, renovations and upgrades to homes and houses fireplaces rank out near in front. People seem to want fireplaces whether it’s a grand hearth in the living room to put your feet out like a country squire and read the daily newspaper or a simple gas or electric powered fireplace for the basement recreation room that is the choice for installation by many do-it-yourselfers.

Yet a lot of negative things could be said as a deterrent for installing a fireplace in one’s home. Safety. Fire hazards. An unnecessary source for lost heat in a home – resulting in increased monthly fuel bills in the dead of winter are but a few most valid reasons for not getting a fireplace put into your home or summer vacation cottage.

Still people want fireplaces, cannot be talked out of installing them no mater what a heating expert, contractor or even home insurance agent advises? Why this and what is this the apparent allure of the fireplace.

In some cases its style and even majestic style. In some cases it’s an accessory for the home in most cases and situations, after the home renovation contractor has thrown his hands in the air after trying to talk the home owning couple out of this renovation upgrade it is simply that people like fireplaces. Why is this so?

Fireplaces and especially real wood or token real wood gas propane fireplaces add an aura and ambiance that nothing else seems to fill. On top of that fireplaces fill a basic human need – it goes all the way back to early mankind, their encampments. Fireplaces were the community centers, the source of food and safety against the nighttime. They gave out warmth, nutrition and safety. Thus most human beings feel intrinsically good and comforted in the presence of a roaring fireplace or even hearth.

Though housing has changed over time from one room to a series of rooms – all very larger overall. Heating needs and systems have evolved up from a simple fire for warmth to central air furnace systems and steam water boilers the quaintness and feeling of comfort that a simple fire exudes remains the same. Hence the solid attraction of a fireplace or even fireplaces installed or upgraded as renovations in any home or household.… READ MORE

1 needs to be aware of the newest updates which are available in the dwelling decoration field so that you happen to be in a position to make the best use on the options and make your house beautiful. In case you are considering of an innovative choice then Quartz Floor Tiles will fulfill your wants. It is actually mainly because these tiles could be installed in kitchens, patios, living regions, bathrooms and each of the other locations. As these tiles are brought from distinct islands of South East Asia therefore you will uncover various qualities which you’ll be able to take into consideration. Better the high quality, higher is going to be the price so estimate the total spending budget after which make your selection.

The multipurpose and multi function of Quartz Floor Tiles makes it very popular. Apart from being used for floors it can also be used in and around fireplaces, countertops, decks, swimming pool and many other places. Thus you can see that there are so many places where these tiles can be used. The prices of the tiles are not high but within the affordable range of an individual. You can collect the information of the prices from different companies and compare them. This will help you to decide which company in rendering the best priced deal.

The best attribute of Quartz Floor Tiles is that you can add a contemporary look to the rooms where you get it installed. The installation process of these tiles is quite simple so there is no need to waste money on taking the assistance of any designer but a professional will be enough to complete the process. As the prices are usually low than other tiles so you can save some money which is a benefit which one can receive from these tiles. It will be better that you call a professional from the company as they come with all the necessary tools and equipments hence you don’t need to arrange for anything.

The Quartz Floor Tiles are apt for residential homes and also for commercial purposes which means that it can serve both the reasons. Cleaning and maintaining it is very simple and it will not consume more time. Even if you clean the floors after specific intervals of time the look and shine will always remain the same. You can collect more information from the online option and then start with the work. There are lots of online stores who can help n home decoration and giving you cheap and best ideas.… READ MORE

There are no ugly colors in home decoration but disharmonious colors. How to choose colors to decorate every room is scientific. The color which is too strong will make people feel annoy even influence mental healthy. However, it is easy to arrange the colors when you control some rules. There are several basic tips for you.

1. Do not use blue in your dinning room

Blue is a fantastic and tropical color. Blue also has functions to adjust nerve and make people calm. Although it is fresh and light and perfect to go with fruits, it could subdue your appetite to use in dinning room and kitchen.

2. Do not keep balance between black and white

Black and white style is popular and modern. But if you stay in the house for a long time which black and white is equal, you feel dazing, nerves. It is better to use white as main color decorating with other colors, in this way, your room will be bright, comfortable.

3. Purple makes you depressed.

Purple is quiet and mysterious. Some people who chases for fashion style will choose purple to paint rooms. But large area of purple will darken your whole room. It is suggested that do not paint purple in children’s room.

4. Pink makes you annoy.

Newly married couple may like to choose pink to decorate fantastic. However, strong pink will make people excited, they will easy to angry, fight and annoy if staying in pink house for a period of time. It is suggested that choose pink decorations and lighter pink could also be sweet.

These are a part of advices for you about how to choose colors to design your home. Maybe you have more good ideas for sharing.

Home is a sweet harbor for every heart. To have a house is a dream for us. I hope these rules are helpful for you and I also hope you have your own style.… 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