Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Don't let that minor leak become a flood!
Unattended repairs always cost much more than the cost of repairing the original problem. I am sure you know of a friend or co-worker that lost the 1st and 2nd floor of a home due to the water heater leaking/bursting while they were away at work or on vacation. They come home to a few inches of water on the first floor with everything ruined.
A simple routine maintenance check would have prevented the damage. Thus the cost of the HVAC/plumber visit would be a great savings.
The repairs noted here are no different. May you save lots of money and headaches!!
6 Plumbing Maintenance Checks
Monday, June 22, 2015
I know it is hard to believe. Plants that you don’t want in your yard or home. Most of us believe “green is beautiful”. Thus, a healthy triving plant is sought especially if shade and/or beautiful flowers are in the offering also.
Yet, as noted in the HouseLogic post linked below, there are some plants that can be quite invasive and quite readily be a nuisance no matter how much you or I share a “green is beautiful” philosophy.
Read and be ware: Invasive Plants to Avoid
Chesapeake Real Estate: Plants to Avoid
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Summer is here and it’s time to spend some quality time in your yards. If you need to spruce up your garden we’ve gathered some great tips from one of our favorite social sites – Pinterest! The Rose & Womble Pinterest page is chock full of great tips and tricks for all aspects of home ownership – especially for the garden.
1. Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds are ideal for vegetables and flowers because they keep pathway weeds from your garden soil and provide good drainage. Plus the bed acts as a barrier to pests like snails and slugs. This tutorial is fromQueenBeeCoupons.com and she was able to gather the materials for $35.
2. DIY Rain Barrel
FamilyHandyman.com has a great tutorial for making your own rain barrel. Rain barrels are great for avid gardeners because they collect the water from your roof. Often you want a rain barrel that has a screen filter to keep debris and bugs out. This tutorial teaches you how to add a spigot to easily fill watering cans. Collecting rain water lowers your utility bills and helps to slow runoff.
3. DIY Compost Bin
Composting is really good for the garden because it saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and you’re recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space. Plus it increases healthy roots and lightens heavy clay soils. Making your own compost is easy when you have the right bin.
4. Concrete Mushrooms
These are adorable garden ornaments that if you purchased at a home and garden store could be very expensive. Try this tutorial and you can customize the colors and size, and save a few bucks.
5. Rainbow Garden Markers
Ridiculously easy project to add color to your garden and help you tell the difference between your plants.Livingwellspendingless.com is a great resource for tons of home and garden DIY projects.
6. DIY Stepping Stones
According to IntimateWeddings.com these stepping stones are easy and great as wedding favors – don’t wait for a wedding make some for your garden! All you need is a non-stick cake pan and a few other supplies.
7. Garden Globes
Globes are a popular project on Pinterest because they seem easy to make – many tutorials use old bowling balls but this tutorial from Hometalk.com uses old light fixtures with great results.
8. Gravel Path
This is a great look for a more casual garden – plus a path hopefully encourages kids and pets from staying out of your flower beds.
9. DIY Hose Holder
The garden hose is a necessary tool but it can get in the way and become an eyesore if you don’t have a great place to store it. We love this idea from Shanty2Chic.com for an elegant holder for your hose.
10. Contemporary Water Feature
Adding a water feature to your garden can be awesome, but typically really expensive. Unless you make one using a giant Tupperware container and solar water pump. The GardenGlove.com is a fantastic site and this water feature for less than $30 is awesome.
11. Pallet Gardening Table
This is one of those projects that makes you think, “why didn’t I come up with this?” This “recycle” project takes pallets, attaches them to a wall – and becomes a fold-up table for gardening or a party. This will save you stooping over the ground. So great for working with gardening pots and smaller flowers.
12. Garden Lantern
Take yarn and white glue and you get these great garden lanterns. According to SplashofSomething.com, this project is super messy but turns out great. You can customize this project with different color yarn and colored lights.
Chesapeake Real Estate: DIY Garden Projects
Friday, June 19, 2015
Personally I am so disappointed to think the 70’s decor is coming back. I don’t know if I can deal with orange carpets and green wall paper again.
PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!
Don't say its so....1970's Deco back??