How to Make Your Yard Practical and Beautiful

We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!

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What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?

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Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.

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Get Your House Ready for Summer with These Home Maintenance Tips

Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to  tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:

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Have Your HVAC System Serviced

With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.

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Call the Exterminator

Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.

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5 Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

Whether cleaning the house is your personal torture or your favorite destressing activity, it might surprise you that you may have been doing it all wrong. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Check out these 5 common home cleaning mistakes and learn how you can correct them to make your cleaning efforts much more effective.

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Starting at the Bottom

Lots of people start with sweeping and mopping the floors before moving upwards. Stop! This is a common mistake that does a pretty good job of shuffling dust around further in your home. As you begin to move upwards, cleaning the furniture and windows, dust can get pushed off and fall to the floors, which have already been cleaned. Instead, start cleaning from the top down, so that dirt and dust particles collect on the floor, where they will ultimately be collected in the last stage of cleaning.

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Rushing

If cleaning isn’t your favorite weekend activity, there’s a good chance you speed through it to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, it’s worth it to slow down. A lot of cleaning solutions require a certain amount of time in order to work effectively. Read the label to determine how much time a product needs to soak on the surface before being wiped down. If you’re rushing, you might be interfering with a product’s ability to work!

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Why Forethought is Hugely Important When Buying a House

Buying a house is exciting and it’s easy to get caught up thinking with your heart, instead of your head. Thinking about what your must-haves are can help to keep you on track instead of getting distracted by how “pretty” a place is. (That may or may not be one of MY personal down-falls!) Of course, it’s always a good idea to get a first-hand look by checking out a few display homes in Sydney (or model homes in your specific area) to see fixtures and layouts in person. This is what we did when we first started looking for our home!

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Nevertheless, when you’re looking at a new house, nothing replaces an assessment by a professional. A home inspection and a pest inspection really are crucial. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, have a thorough check performed to avoid any unforeseen issues in the future.

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Knowing what you really need in a house will help keep your emotions in check, so consider the following things when you find a place that gets you excited.

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Staying on Top of the Mess

You know that moment of quietness you get when all chores are done and the house is clean? It lets you take a breath and feel at ease. A fleeting moment that’s usually abruptly ended by a crash or a scream – at least at my house. Well, back to work!

Keeping a home clean and organized and mess-free is an on-going effort. One that’s difficult when you’re already balancing a busy work and family life. You put your best efforts forward but there’s always more to do. Those off days become busy days very very quickly.

We try things like planning our schedules around our energy levels or burn the midnight oil to get the last bits of the list done. Yet, it feels like a losing battle. There’s only so much one person can do!

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Getting the Family on Board

There are a few reasons why the family may not be helping with chores:

A.  They don’t know how they can help

B.  There’s no repercussions if they don’t

C.  They’re busy already

D.  They don’t know how you want it done

You can try to force your partner and kids to help but this may only last a day. Plus, who wants extra stress from nagging and taking orders?

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