Fall lawn care tip

October 30th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Keep your lawn leaf-free so your lawn doesn’t only look better as part of good fall lawn care; it’s also healthier for your lawn to be leaf-free. Leaves block sunlight, which is vital in the fall as the lawn stores food for the dormant winter season.

Don’t always go with the Latest and Greatest

October 27th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Fill your home with technology that will stand the test of time. State-of-the-art features are great but quickly become outdated. Buy products that have been on the market for a year or two. They’re less expensive, readily available and any initial kinks and design flaws have been worked out.

Clothes dryer fires

October 25th, 2011By: Paul Harris

There are about 12,700 clothes-dryer fires in residential homes annually in the United States, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These preventable fires cause approximately 15 deaths, 300 injuries and about $88 million in property damage. Failure to clean out lint traps is the main cause of dryer fires. Blocked dryer vents block hot air from releasing, turning the highly combustible trapped lint into a fire hazard.

 

 

Selecting a builder tip

October 24th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Before hiring a builder, drive past their previous jobs and speak to the homeowners. Ask if the builder had good follow-through, whether the job was completed on schedule and on budget and if they were pleased with the quality of work.

Build with your future in mind

October 23rd, 2011By: Paul Harris

Build for Your Future:
When planning your home’s layout, think not only about your current lifestyle but also plan for a few years down the road.

9 fire safety tips

October 20th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Be prepared with these tips for preventing and controlling fires in the home.

1. Before buying a fire extinguisher, check its intended purpose. Some extinguishers effectively treat a few or all of the following varieties of fires: trash, wood, paper, liquids, grease and electrical.

2. Position the fire extinguishers throughout your house and on all levels, including along the hallways outside bedrooms and bathrooms. Install the kitchen fire extinguisher near the stove but not directly under it. You don’t want to be stumbling around beneath the flames in the event of a stovetop fire. Mount it off center along the interior of a cabinet door to take up as little space as possible.

3. Be sure extinguishers are full and ready for use. If they’re battery-powered, remember to check the regularly. It’s a good idea to change the batteries twice a year, perhaps at the same times as you change your clocks in the fall and spring.

4. Don’t fight a grease fire with water. When cooking, keep a box of baking soda readily available to put out any grease fires, or extinguish the flames with a lid.

5. When fighting a fire with an extinguisher, stand six feet away and sweep the nozzle back and forth.

6. Install smoke and heat detectors to notify your family and allow plenty of time to escape during a house fire.

7. Develop a family escape plan, with evacuation routes from each room.

8. Place stickers or decals on children’s windows to assist firefighters in identifying those rooms.

9. Make sure your whole family knows how to set off any home panic buttons to notify authorities and other family members of a house fire.

5 tips to help control dust mites

October 19th, 2011By: Paul Harris

You can’t eliminate these unwanted guests altogether, but you can take these steps to reduce their numbers:

1.Use allergen-proof bedding. Encase your mattress and pillows in allergen-blocking covers. These covers prevent dust mites from taking over your bed. Put a vinyl cover on your box springs.

2.Wash bedding weekly in hot water-above 130 degrees. Launder mattress pads, blankets and comforter covers at least once a month and more often if you suffer from allergies. If you can’t wash in hot water, put the bedding in a hot dryer (at least 130 degrees) for 20 minutes, and then wash and dry as usual.

3.Deprive mites of moisture. Cover the vinyl mattress cover with a waterproof mattress pad. Cover the vinyl covers on pillows with zippered pillow covers. If necessary, use a dehumidifier to maintain a relative humidity of 30 percent to 50 percent.

4.Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Or simply buy vacuum bags made specifically for allergens. If possible, use low-pile carpet in your bedroom or switch to bare floors with washable throw rugs.

5.Buy washable stuffed toys. You can kill dust mites in stuffed animals by putting them in a plastic zipper bag and storing in the freezer overnight, but this cold treatment won’t get rid of the allergens. Instead, buy only stuffed toys that you can wash regularly with the bedding.

Selecting a builder tip

October 18th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Don’t Select a Builder Based Solely on Bid:
When choosing a builder, don’t select your builder just because he/she has the lowest bid. The lowest bid could mean that you’ll be hit with extra costs as construction progresses. Often, the low number is to reel you in and the extras will be tacked on later.

Add spooky images in your windows for halloween

October 17th, 2011By: Paul Harris

Add paper silhouettes to your windows for Halloween! All you need to make your house haunted are some simple supplies: 100 yard roll of inexpensive black paper, white chalk pencil and scissors.

British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon dies after crash

October 16th, 2011By: Paul Harris

The 33-year-old Englishman, who lived in St. Petersburg Florida, was involved in a multi-car accident 13 laps into the Las Vegas Indy 300 which sent his vehicle flying. Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in the horrific crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway today.