Own A Rental Home? Four Reasons To Offer Your Tenants A Cleaning Service When They Leave


A thorough cleaning is often a priority for renters that are moving out of a rental, but it may feel like just another task that needs to be squeezed in with the rest of the moving plans. While the tenants can certainly do some of the cleaning on their own, there are a number of benefits that come with handling the cleaning as the landlord. If you are concerned about who should do the cleaning, considering the following reasons why arranging these services after the tenant leaves is a smart idea.

22 December 2015

Using Roman Shades To Beautify A Window With An Air Conditioner

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Room air conditioners detract from the beauty of the room's decor. Moreover, they allow hot, humid air to enter through the open vents when not in use. Solve both of these problems with Roman shades. They have been used for decades to beautify windows with room air conditioners. The folded fabric design of roman shades provides privacy, color, and insulation. Here are some tips to select the best style: Inside Mount: Roman shades are usually installed inside the window with a clearance on each side of approximately 1/4-inch.

27 November 2015

Cocktail Pools -- When The Pool Isn't Just For The Kids

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If you want a backyard swimming pool but are limited by either budget or space, you may think you can't have what you really want. The truth is that you can still have a fun and relaxing pool by scaling down your expectations and considering instead a cocktail pool. As its name suggests, a "cocktail" pool is a small inground pool that is designed to fit all your pool needs in a small space more suitable for enjoying cocktails -- up to one-tenth the size of a traditional pool.

4 November 2015

Draperies: Not Just For Windows Any More

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While you may have considered draperies as treatments for your windows, you may not have thought of them for many other uses in your living space. Read on to learn four ways you can utilize draperies to solve both functional and aesthetic problems in your home. Hide an Undesirable Element If you have an ugly wall or another undesirable view in your home, you may be searching for a way to disguise it, particularly if you live in a rental property where permanent changes aren't allowed or feasible.

30 September 2015

Is An Annual Furnace Inspection Really Necessary?


HVAC experts and furnace manufacturers recommend that you have a professional inspect your furnace annually. However, not all homeowners have annual inspections completed, and some wonder whether or not an inspection needs to be done so frequently. Discover why you should have an annual furnace inspection and learn what the HVAC contractor does to make sure your furnace is running properly. Prolongs the Life of Your Furnace Did you know that you can prolong the life of your furnace by having it inspected by a professional annually?

4 September 2015

5 Tips To Prevent An Ant Infestation In Your Home

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When it comes to pests, few are as annoying as ants. If you have an ant infestation in your home, you won't just see a few ants here or there--you are likely to see huge groups of ants traveling back and forth in a never ending line. But you don't have to share your house with ants. Use the following tips to prevent an ant infestation in your home: Put Away All Food and Make Sure It is Sealed

20 August 2015

Starting A New Landscaping Project? Tips For Getting It Done Right

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If you have decided to landscape your own property instead of hiring a landscaper, below are some tips so you can get everything done right. When done correctly, it gives your home great curb appeal, and if you sell your home at a later date it makes it much more attractive to buyers. Land Surveyor If you are planning to landscape near your property line, you should hire a land surveyor before you get started.

29 July 2015

Flooring Options That Make Your Entryway Pop

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When guests come to your home, you want them to feel welcomed. Your entryway is a focal point for what people can expect decor-wise for the rest of your house and should be impressive in all ways. Flooring can make your entry look lavish, inviting, and simply breathtaking. Here are wonderful flooring options you can consider to give your home the appeal it needs right when you walk in the door.

6 July 2015

Starter Sewing Projects For Beginners

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If you have been meaning to get into sewing or have recently acquired a sewing machine, it can be hard to know where to begin. If you are unsure of your skill level and what might be a good project to pick, don't worry too much when starting out. There are plenty of easy patterns out there for beginners. Here are four starter projects perfect for those at any sewing level.

16 June 2015

Tips For Choosing The Right Area Rug For Your Living Room

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Adding an area rug to your living room isn't easy. Since the rug takes up so much space, it can make or break the d├ęcor of the entire area. If you've ever seen an off-color area rug sitting on someone's floor you probably know exactly what that looks like. The area rug you choose has to complement all the elements in your living room, not just one or two. Here's how you can choose the best area rug for your living room.

27 May 2015