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Fall Maintenance Checklist
By Julie
9/24/2014 10:28:00 AM  




Fall is here! Get ready for winter's worst and avoid expensive repairs by taking care of your home with this essential fall maintenance checklist:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows.
  • Drain and turn off outdoor water.
  • Store yard equipment and outdoor furniture.
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Get your furnace serviced.
  • Look up chimney for blockages, check damper is working.
  • Clean dehumidifiers.
  • Perform a home safety check.

 

Gutters: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. It is very important to keep your gutters clean. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, water in your basement, pest infestations and are also one of the major causes of ice dams. Also, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards to keep debris from returning.

 

Roof: Inspect your roof from top to bottom for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. A leaky roof is a costly problem for homeowners and not one you want to discover during a snowstorm. Also, look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.

 

Doors and Windows: Leaky windows and doors can account for 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to rein in heating and cooling costs year-round. Because weather-stripping can deteriorate over time, it needs to be inspected periodically. Also check for missing and damaged caulk around windows, doors, and entry points for electrical, cable, phone and gas lines. Repair leaks and reduce drafts by replacing old weather-stripping and sealing any gaps with a suitable caulk. Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage. Another way to reduce your utility bills and conserve energy is by installing energy efficient window treatments. Cellular or Honeycomb shades have a unique honeycomb design that traps air and has an insulating effect. 

 

Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems: Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes. Burst pipes are an expensive and messy problem in the winter. Make sure to winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems by draining them and then shutting off water valves in cold weather. Do you know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve? If you don't have shut-off valves, and your faucets are not “freezeproof” types, try styrofoam faucet covers sold at local hardware stores and home centers. Don't forget to drain garden hoses and store them inside coiled and flat.

 

Yard equipment and outdoor furniture: Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. To dispose old oil properly, take it to a local service station or recycling center. You can also use a fuel stabilizer in your mower which will keep the gas fresh until spring. Store your lawn equipment indoors if possible. If storing outside, protect equipment with a tarp. If you have extra room in a basement or garage, store your outdoor furniture indoors. If not, you can purchase outdoor furniture covers. Covers protect from the elements, as well as keep off dust, dirt, leaves, animals, and other debris. Make sure to properly clean your furniture before storing or covering it. Shake off or vacuum dirt and leaves from the cushions, use a mild detergent to spot clean, and air-dry thoroughly before storing for the winter.

 

Walkways and Drives: Inspect and repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. These can be a hazard year round, but once the weather turns icy a broken step or sidewalk can be much more dangerous. Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt in your driveway. You can clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Most do-it-yourselvers can handle small jobs, but save major repairs for professionals.

 

Furnaces: Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Call early to schedule your appointment and beat the cold weather rush. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters once a month. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your heating bills.

 

Chimneys: Even if you use your fireplace only occasionally, you need to check it annually for damage and hazards. Have your chimney cleaned by a licensed and reputable chimney sweep. A clogged chimney poses the risk of a chimney fire, which can be ignited by burning creosote—a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture buildup. Make sure that your damper is working properly by moving it to the open and closed positions. Also check your chimney for damage. Make certain that the flue cap (the screen or baffle covering the top of the chimney) is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken joints. If you have glass doors, clean and inspect them for cracks.

 

Dehumidifiers: Clean the coils of your dehumidifier seasonally and keep them clear of dust and dirt. Don't forget to clean any inside filters. It is important to do so because dirty coils decreases the efficiency of the dehumidifier. Also, dirty coils can get damp and possibly freeze in cold weather resulting in major damage to your dehumidifier. It is not necessary to run your dehumidifier in the winter because they do not function well at lower temperatures and there will be less moisture migrating through the basement floor and walls when the ground is frozen.

 

Home Safety Check: Keep your family safe with an annual home safety check. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand. These should be located on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas. Inspect or install fire extinguishers. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor and learn how to use them. Review fire escape plans with all members of your family. Create an escape plan with two exit routes and practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. Make sure that your electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. Clean out your clothes dryer lint filter and venting system. Rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. For a more detailed home safety checklist, Check out the National Safety Council's Home Safety Checklist

 


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Four tips for a cool, comfortable household
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:46:00 PM  

When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing temperatures in your home throughout the summer.  In the winter, they can insulate your living spaces - it's a win-win situation!

2. Opt for natural ventilation.
Opening your windows and using ceiling or standing fans can have a positive impact on your electricity bill in the middle of the summer. Crack your windows during the early morning hours and at night to allow fresh cool air to flow into your home when the sun isn't shining brightly. Use ceiling fans and standing units to keep it moving during the day, according to Care2.com. While the slight breeze might not be as chilling as air conditioning, it can still keep you comfortable without spiking your utility bills.

3. Know what creates heat.
Yahoo! reports that knowing what's creating heat in your home can give you an edge when it comes to cooling down your living spaces. For example, your desktop computer might be emitting a large amount of heat. Turning it off when it's not in use can make your surroundings cooler and reduce the need to turn on fans.

4. Invest in a dehumidifer.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that using a dehumidifier may be able to instantly improve your comfort level in your home. Approximately 50 percent of homes have an unhealthy level of humidity in their living areas. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it might encourage you to turn on your air conditioner prematurely. Invest in a dehumidifier before a large air conditioning unit to help you improve your air quality and sleep with less worries.

Finally, if you don't have central A/C, but the temps are unbearable Lifehacker has a few ideas on projects that can generate some cool air: http://lifehacker.com/no-central-ac-no-problem-six-ways-to-keep-your-home-c-729713655


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Beat the heat with insulated windows
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:42:00 PM  

Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

Use cellular shades 
Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

Cover your windows
In order to keep your room from getting too hot while still letting some light in, cover your windows with reflective film. It's an inexpensive project you can complete yourself, and makes all the difference when paired with the proper window treatments. Once you apply the film, it can be easily removed with no damage to the window. 

Seal leaks
Plugging up gaps in and around your windows and doors is particularly helpful when it's chilly out, but it is also advantageous when trying to beat the heat indoors. You can seal leaks in your windows by identifying all of the areas that are letting hot air indoors and applying caulk or foam weather stripping to the leaks. Do not apply the adhesives to parts of the casing that facilitate traction, however, as this could interfere with proper opening and closing.



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White makes for the perfect backdrop
By Payless Decor
3/14/2014 3:11:00 PM  

While white may not be the most exciting color by itself, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for other colors. A white wall or shelf makes everything else in your decor stand out and pop, so it's ideal for creating a clean, minimal space to show off your favorite decorations.

Go for the background
White doesn't need to be the start of the show to play an important part. If you go for an all-white kitchen or living room, the possibilities are endless for an accent color. Try putting in elements of baby blue or even a bold, cherry red. Once your accent color is in front of its white background, your eyes will be utterly delighted. Using these accents with not only white walls, but also couches, chairs and tables, will increase this wonderful effect.

Embrace the Zen of white
Any room that's rendered entirely in white will make you feel totally calm. The clean, unaltered neutral of white radiates a pale glow that makes you feel at ease. Use this to your advantage - take a bedroom that doesn't get enough light and redo the walls, the sheets and even the furniture to get that distinct white glow. To maximize the light you do get, try to use light filtering blinds and shades by themselves or along with very thin curtains. You may even want to use mirrors instead of pictures on the wall to help increase the light in the room, noted Country Living magazine.

Big rooms can be perfect in white
If you've got a large room in your house that you just don't know what to do with, consider giving it a totally white overhaul. You'll make the space not only feel a little larger, but much more open and breathable. Get some new sheer shades or cellular shades in a bright white color to really make the space feel airy with the combination of natural light and bright paint.

House Beautiful magazine noted that a white room like this makes a perfect backdrop for lightly finished antique furniture. The pale tones of pine and other woods will make for a gentle air in your great white room that will set you and your guests at ease. Adding an oversized houseplant in a white glazed pot can add to the lively look.
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How to add light to your living space
By Payless Decor
8/29/2012 5:19:00 PM  

No matter how well you decorate your living room, it won't do much good if there isn't enough light to show off your interior design skills. Fortunately this problem can be easily remedied by following these simple steps.

Mirrors

Besides adding extra depth, hanging up a few mirrors will help reflect and multiply the light that is already in your living space. You can go to antique or second hand stores to find great vintage mirrors that have ornate wooden frames, or you can buy one and add a custom frame. In order to get the most out of your mirrors, especially if they are aged, you may want to apply glass cleaner and give them a good scrubbing.

Colors

Having a light-colored room will bring an element of brightness to your home, no matter what time of the year it is. There are limitless options that range from sea foam green to peach, and each one will bring about a light-hearted feel that is sure to elevate the mood. InteriorComplex.com suggests semi-gloss or full gloss paint to reflect light and add brightness.

Shades

If you have drapes or shades that hang over your windows, you may be losing out on precious sunlight that could be pouring into your room. It's a good idea to invest in some bamboo window blinds or cellular shades that you can put up if need be, so you can bring the sun's rays into your home whenever you feel like it.

Lamps

Sometimes living spaces are too dark simply because there aren't enough sources of light. You may want to add a few extra lamps, which can either stand tall in the corner or sit on a nightstand next the couch. You can also choose smaller or more translucent shades that do not block as much of the light.

 


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Three ways to transform your sleeping experience
By Payless Decor
8/19/2012 4:00:00 PM  

Many people consider sleeping one of their favorite activities, and why not? There's nothing better than the feeling of sinking into your pillow after a long day knowing that you'll be completely at peace for the next several hours. Unless, of course, you have trouble catching those Zs. If you're a tosser or a turner, here are three ways you can improve your sleeping experience.

1. Upgrade your window treatments. If you have blinds in place that somehow still manage to let rays of sunshine assault your eyes every morning, switching to blackout cellular shades can make all the difference, and they're easy to install. No more rising when the sun does!

2. Consider ear plugs. If you live on a busy street or sleep next to a partner who snores, a pair of earplugs is well worth a couple of bucks. Just make sure that your alarm is a loud one so you're not late to work in the morning.

3. Turn down the temperature. Sleep is more peaceful in a cool room, and you'll be able to snuggle up in your comfortable sheets and blankets. Adjust the thermostat or turn on a fan near your bed.


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Top 3 trends for window treatments
By Payless Decor
8/15/2012 3:54:00 PM  

Do you have bare windows that need to be covered up? If you're not sure about which types of window treatments to use to maximize your money while improving your interior decor, you may want to look to some of the hot trends in window treatments. Here are three worth considering.

1. Roman shades. These window coverings work in pretty much any setting, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a variety that matches your decor. They're a great way to add a decorative yet relaxed atmosphere to a space.

2. Bamboo blinds. Made out of one of the most sustainable resources in the world, bamboo blinds are not only attractive neutral additions to a room's style, but they're extremely durable and can reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Cellular shades. Although these aren't new to the scene, cellular shades are becoming more popular as people realize the benefits that they provide. Not only do they look clean and tailored, lending themselves to a simple aesthetic, but they provide an extra layer of insulation, which can help reduce your energy costs.


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How to choose shades for a young child's room
By Payless Decor
8/11/2012 1:09:00 PM  

Furnishing and decorating a room for a young child is a lot different than how you'd go about doing the same for an adult-only space. Not only do you have to take taste preferences into account, but you have to really think about the functionality, practicality and safety of every aspect. It's enough to give parents a headache, but luckily it's easy to choose blinds and shades that are appropriate.

First and foremost, it should be noted that kids are curious creatures. They're always busy getting themselves into mischief by exploring and evaluating every little thing they can get their hands on. That's why it's important to make sure that nothing dangerous is within reach. Window shades are no exception. Instead of opting for types that have long strings or pulls, go with cordless shades.

You'll also need to make sure that the shades are thick enough to block out the light during daytime naps. Your little one may have trouble falling asleep if the room's not dark enough, and sunrays through thin, wide slats may present a problem.


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How to nail the vintage modern look
By Payless Decor
8/9/2012 1:26:00 PM  

The vintage modern decor style that's been popping up all over the place sounds like a total oxymoron, but it's easier to grasp than you think. Instead of opting for a strictly modern interior with no sense of personality or quirky flair, or sticking with a straightforward vintage aesthetic, mix the two together for a style that feels just right. Here's how!

Mix up the eras
For a modern take on vintage design, avoid using pieces that are all from the same time period. After all, you probably don't want guests to feel like they've just stepped into the '70s every time they enter your living room! Play around with different items from the 1800s, 1920s, 1950s and 1980s. It's a lot more fun that way.

Add in some neutrals
People have had some pretty colorful tastes over the years, which often means that vintage items are chock full of bright patterns and hues. For balance, use plenty of neutrals to offset the pieces. For example, if you have vintage-looking window treatments in a unique print, opt for neutral cellular shades and muted walls.

Create streamlined arrangements
Modern decor relies on clean lines and plenty of open space, and it's easy to make your vintage items feel more like they belong in the 21st century by arranging them this way. Look for old furniture with plenty of structure, and set them up so they're a bit farther apart than you'd normally have them.

Juxtapose the styles
Modern pieces and vintage elements can go hand in hand. For example, add personality to your kitchen by using old light fixtures or a rustic table, then go with clean white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Or, try pairing chic bamboo window blinds with valances that look like they came right out of the 60s.

Freshen up older pieces
If you have a DIY streak, it'll be fun to take some of your vintage finds and freshen them up with a bit of modern paint or fabric. Take that old table for example - wouldn't it look great with a new stain? How about that chair with the fraying seat cover? It could use some new upholstery!

When it comes down to it, vintage modern decor can be anything you want it to be. As long as you take elements from each style and use them in the same space, you'll get it right every time!


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DIY curtains you can make in a snap
By Payless Decor
6/22/2012 4:02:00 PM  

While you can't exactly make your own kitchen blinds or cellular shades, there's no reason why you can't create a fabulous set of curtains for your kitchen. Making your own window treatments to decorate the room with is an inexpensive and easy way to transform the look of your space in as little as an hour or two. Here are a few ideas for curtains that you can whip up in no time - from materials you may already have!

Cafe curtains from napkins
Believe it or not, you can make pretty cafe curtains using table linens. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggests joining the edges with jean rivets for a no-sew approach, then get a rivet and grommet kit at a local craft store and attach them to the top so you can thread them onto a curtain rod.

Valances from handkerchiefs
Handkerchiefs are a bit outdated, which means your husband may have a few lying around somewhere unused. Luckily for you, these hankies make cute valances for the kitchen! Just use a zigzag stitch to sew them together, then fold the top over and sew it to create a pocket for the rod to slip through.

Long curtains from bed sheets
For dramatic, long panel curtains, all you need are a bed sheet, scissors, ribbon, an iron and sewing supplies. Cut it in half, then iron to smooth out any wrinkles. Now hem the cut edges so they don't fray and cut pieces of ribbon to form loops near the top, where the curtain rod will go through. Sew them on, then slide your panels onto the curtain rod. How easy was that?


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