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Spic and Span Homes for Spring, Summer and the Rest of the Year

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in home comfort zone | 0 comments

Spring and summer seasons are perfect for doing general cleaning, home repairs and home improvement projects. The good weather condition allows homemakers to inspect and repair the outer areas of the house or temporarily expose the interiors to facilitate home improvement projects. Most households take advantage of this weather to do some general cleaning and turn their homes inside-out to make sure that everything is in spic and span condition. These tasks are easier said than done which is why there are contractors, carpet cleaning, plumbing and house cleaning services available for those who can’t do everything on their own.

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Giving the whole house a thorough cleansing usually involves de-cluttering every room in the house, removing stubborn dirt and stains, disinfecting sensitive areas, and replacing or removing corroded elements in the house. Bathroom and kitchen areas are often easy to address as they are cleansed and disinfected more often that the other rooms in the house. Carpeted areas like the living room and bedroom need extra work especially for rugs with stubborn stains. These areas may be cleaned or vacuumed on a regular basis but they still require a power clean once in a while. Those who are not so skilled in housekeeping are better off with professional cleaners to get their carpets clean and disinfected without losing their luster. The same goes for upholstery and wall carpets. Affordable carpet cleaning services are easy to find nowadays because of the internet. One can even set a same day appointment with their cleaners which is quite convenient for those who entertain guests frequently.

Cleaning the storage areas, basement, attic, or garage can be a tedious task because they usually get the least attention in terms of maintenance. However, these rooms don’t normally require professional attention unless there are toxic materials or electrical hazards involved. Checking the roof and gutter for leaks can be done by any household member with a bit of handyman skills, repairing them on the other hand requires a certain level of expertise. Handyman services can be availed by those who need to get their roof or gutters fixed. There are also contractors who can help on painting jobs, window sill replacement, wall papering, and other major home projects.

Having a clean and healthy home environment is easy when there are affordable professional home services available. It is up to the homemakers to keep it in spic and span condition as long as they can or at least until the next spring cleaning session.

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Relish the Calming Effect of an Aquarium

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in home comfort zone | 8 comments

We live in a fast-paced world. Everything seems to go by in a blur and unless you’re quick enough, you’ll be left in the lurch. The hustle and bustle of everyday living is enough to make some people weary and anxious. Some are even high-strung and normally on their toes. While alertness is something that can help you get by in this cutthroat world, there is no denying the fact that it can be dangerous, too. If you’re not careful, the anxieties of life could make your blood pressure shoot up. Aside from hypertension, other illnesses and diseases could get the better of you.

Of course, you can always relax and take things slow. That’s actually the reason why you go home to your family after a grueling day at the office. Nevertheless, there’s no guarantee that you’d get the peace and quiet you want and deserve. If you have young children, chances are they would be too excited to see you and would demand that you play with them. Otherwise, your wife and older children could engage you in small talk, something that’s very common in a household setting.

Aquarium at home

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When it seems that the only alone time you could ever have is those few hours before you retire to bed, you might want to invest on an aquarium. Many people have discovered the calming effect that aquariums provide.

It’s scientifically proven that the movement of water can soothe a person’s mind. Hence, if you are always tightly wound, having an aquarium at home can do wonders for you. Not only does it enhance your home aesthetically but the movement of the water as the fish moves also creates a calm rhythm that can permeate an entire room.

Having an aquarium at home is also a wonderful opportunity to explore your creativity. When you go to a pet store, you’d find plenty of items you can use to make your aquarium even more beautiful than it already is. Make sure you buy a feeder, heater, light, filter, and pump for the aquarium. You can also by environment-friendly decors to make your aquarium even more interesting.

Designing your aquarium to create an entirely new world for your colorful schools of fish is enough of a stress-reliever already. Just make sure to set up your aquarium as far away as possible from a window or any direct source of light. Even fish can be stressed especially if the temperature of the water is disrupted. Make sure that nothing impedes with the cool temperature of the water if you want your fish to thrive.

If you’re unsure how to set up an aquarium properly, consult with a trained fish technician. He can give you valuable pointers and ideas about patterns, colors, types of fish, decors, and anything else you may need in relation to your aquarium. Once your aquarium is ready, you’d find yourself more relaxed and calmer.

fish and snail

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Making the Move Smooth for Kids and the Family

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in home comfort zone | 0 comments

 

Moving – image via http://www.hip-consultant.co.uk/

Moving can be stressful. It can be even more stressful when there are children involved. From preparing the family for the move, to the packing itself, you may have quite a daunting task on your hands. It is not uncommon for children to exhibit a range of emotions from sadness to anger, and even anxiety when it comes to moving to a new area. Yet moving is often a fact of life. 

Here is how you can help to make the transition as painless as possible–both for yourself–and your entire family:

Prepare Your Family

Discuss the move as soon as you have a chance to do so with your children. Explain why the move is necessary and answer any questions that they may have to the best of your ability. When possible, take them to the new home and show them around. Show them where their bedrooms will be, or if possible, allow them to pick out their own space. Envision with them how they will fill their new room. Ask your child or children to create a list of things that will help them transition better, and be sure to follow through on their requests, within reason. The point is to try to make the move fun and exciting instead of a frightening experience.

Consider Young Children

If you happen to be moving with toddlers or children under five years of age, keep your explanations clear cut and simple. Get out toy trucks and furniture (if your child has these types of toys) and act out how the move will transpire. Also assure your child when you are packing their things that you are not disposing of their property, but packing it away to make sure it is safe for the travel to the new home. Try not to require your young child to embrace any other big changes, such as potty training, during the transition period, otherwise they could become overwhelmed. Lastly, when it comes to moving day, try to arrange a sitter for your young child so that they are not amid the chaos that tends to come with moving day and that they are not under-foot during the move.

Make a Checklist

The weeks leading up to moving day can be crucial for your family as you pack up your belongings and prepare for your move. The pros over at Mayflower moving company say to begin decluttering your home about eight weeks prior to the move, if possible. Start by getting rid of unwanted or unused items. You can hold a garage sale or simply donate those items. The more that you clear out, the less you will have to pack.

When packing, it is helpful to color coordinate your belongings by room. What this means is you can buy different color packing tape or various colored markers and assign a specific color to each room. For example, mark all boxes holding kitchen items with a green marker, and all living room items can be marked with a blue marker or blue tape. Organizing in this manner can help immensely in the long run, especially if you intend to hire a professional moving company.

Say Goodbye

Give your kids and family a chance for closure by throwing a goodbye party. At this party, you can have all your guests sign a book and include their mailing address and phone number so that you can stay in touch. It’s also really easy to print out postcards with your family’s new address and phone number to give out at the party. This will be a good time to reminisce about life at the old home and set positive intentions for the new home as well.

Moving might seem stressful or overwhelming for your family, especially if you have children. Young children may especially be confused as to why they must leave behind friends and their old home. Furthermore, packing and organizing, and then unpacking and settling in can sometimes be chaotic. However, parents can make the transition a lot less painful, and even make the experience fun and exciting by following these helpful tips.

 

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Should You Consider a Kit Home as an Option?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in home comfort zone | 2 comments

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Kit home prices are definitely much lower than houses planned and constructed from scratch. Nevertheless, the cost isn’t the only reason for you to opt for buying a prefabricated house over a stick-built one. You now have a variety of brands, designs, and kit inclusions to choose from for prefabricated houses these days, so the appearance and quality aren’t weaknesses for them anymore. Of course, you’ll always save more time if you choose from kit homes, instead of doing the whole house planning and construction, even if you’ve got a team of professionals with you.

Not Your Ordinary Kit Homes

Homes that are prefabricated, while more inexpensive than stick-built houses, don’t mean structures that look cheap. It also isn’t true that you’ll get a house that’s poorly conditioned against environmental factors like heat, rain, etc. Many manufacturers of kit homes today produce plans and materials that are of exceptional quality.

First of all, transportation usually gives additional risk factors for construction materials. Since the materials of these products have to be transported, manufacturers of top-quality kit homes make sure that everything included in every kit they sell are engineered perfectly. These manufacturing companies usually hire laborers that specialize in whichever housing material they’re assigned to do. In most construction teams for stick-built types, they usually engage all-around workers.

In addition, your home should give you shelter under any kind of weather condition or other outside factors. This is why houses have to have insulation, pest control treatments, and other important procedures. On this note, you’ll be glad to know that cheap kit homes come with insulation batting that’s right for the type, size, and design that you choose. They also usually have tempered doors, termite-treated flooring, and many other conditioned supplies.

Kit homes also give you the advantages of convenience and speed. As mentioned earlier, each package comes complete with materials that are already processed for installation. You also don’t need to think much about whether each aspect of your house follows the building codes in your area, because the manufacturer must already make sure that the whole kit home, when built, would be according to all whatever building code needs to be followed. This type of house can be ready to move in to approximately 12 weeks from the time that you order it.

Kit home prices are much lower than those of stick-built costs, mainly because these prefabricated structures have materials done in a manner that saves costs in labor and tools. Materials are also purchased in bulk, so all the more reason for manufacturers to be able to cut down their prices.

Definitely, there’s more to kit homes than money savings. They can also give you less worry about the quality of materials and construction and more time to enjoy having a new home.

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Vinyl Flooring: High Class Looks for Less

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in home comfort zone | 4 comments

 

In today’s inflated world, finding the best deal is often impossible – especially when it comes to home décor. If you’re currently looking for an affordable, but extremely stylish flooring option for your home, the perfect choice might very well be vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is not only affordable, but offers long-lasting style that is durable and sure to withstand your busy days. Easy to install and simple to care for, vinyl flooring is a power house in terms of affordability and maintenance. Moreover, vinyl flooring comes in many styles and options, making it easy to choose something that fits into your already existing décor.

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One can make use of different vinyl combinations in the house. There are vinyl planks, vinyl tiles, or sheet vinyl with gorgeous designs to choose from. Vinyl planks are made to look like classic hardwood floor panels in traditional homes. They make great flooring options for living room, dining room and bedrooms. Unlike the real hardwood floors, the vinyl planks are more durable and waterproof. This means that those who want to have a uniform look for the entire house may use the same material in every room including the bathroom and kitchen. Another design option is the vinyl tiles. They usually come in square shapes and are made to resemble stone, slate, or marble floors. Tiles or stones are commonly used in kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas that are prone to spills or get wet. The advantage of vinyl tiles is that it doesn’t get chipped or cracked easily when you drop something heavy like a pan or serving dish. Vinyl planks and tiles are great options for those who want to create their own patterns for their flooring because tiles or planks can be mixed and matched according to their desire. However, if you do not intend to mix and match then you are better off with the sheet vinyl. These sheets come in one solid piece, which means less seams and a more professional finish if properly installed. Those who intend to go vinyl all the way might as well consider using it on their stairs. There are Vinyl Plank Stair Threads that can add to the aesthetic value of your staircase.

Because of its durability and ease of care, vinyl flooring is perfectly suited to be installed in high traffic areas, or areas that often get dirty. This beautiful flooring option also allows you to think outside of the box and unleash your creativity, as vinyl flooring can be installed in interesting and unique patterns. With a plethora of desirable characteristics and designs, vinyl flooring is a more than sensible flooring decision for your home. If you’re looking for an excellent value that is sure to make your home look great, consider vinyl flooring today.

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Household Help: An Extra Pair of Hands Lend A Healthier Well-Being

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in home comfort zone | 1 comment

 

Doing all the household chores by yourself can take a toll on your body. For some, being overwhelmed by all the household chores on top of all the other things they have to do for the family and for work can also affect their general mental disposition. It is common for the members of the family to be expected to pitch in with these chores. But, this is not always possible especially when you have younger kids – taking care of your kids should actually be the focus of your energies. Before you know it, you could be pulling your hair in frustration about the hodge-podge of things on your to-do list.

cleaningIn some countries like the Philippines, having household help is a given even for those in the middle income brackets. Extended family members are also often around to take care of specific chores on a regular basis. Miles away from the country I grew up in, the benefits of having an extra pair of hands to help around the house do not change. I must admit that there are a lot of things on my plate, and yes, I do need help. Now, if you’re a mom like me, you most probably have a lot to handle too. Well, here are some of the benefits that you might want to consider in having household help:

1. More quality time for the family. This is quite obvious. When you have somebody else doing your chores for you, you have more time to spend with your spouse and kids. Instead of being cranky and tired from cooking the food and doing the dishes, you have the time and energy to have a quick after-dinner board game with the kids.

2. Less worries about getting things done around the house. When you know that someone is taking care of things at home, you can concentrate on all the other things that you have to do. You have to, however, find a reliable household help that you can trust to do things the way you want them done, when you want them done. You do not have to hurry home from work just to get dinner on the table on time.

3. Clean house, all the time. You can’t help but have toys, books, and what-nots scattered around the house when you have young kids. With a reliable household help, you can at least expect someone to pick up and keep things in order. You will not have to settle for the cursory dusting of your exposed surfaces. You will not have to let the dishes wait for a few minutes while you whisk the kids off to bed. Your help should be able to take care of the clean up while you take care of the things that matter most in your life.

Having an extra pair of hands at home is not just a mere indulgence for the woman of the house who is expected to be wife, mother, and housekeeper all at once. With household help around, she can be more efficient in fulfilling those roles without being overcome by stress.

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