Stress-Free Methods to Make Cramped Homes Feel More Inviting

Even if you might not necessarily be the type to be bothered by a cramped living space, there is no denying that it is often tied to stress. You might not think it’s a big deal, but if you happen to have a stressful day at work, coming home to a cramped space can add even more frustration to the stress of your day. The worst part is that for many, there is no real way to be stress-free by adding more physical space, when someone lives in an apartment, or perhaps one of the ever-popular tiny homes!

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Fortunately, you do not have to worry about making any drastic changes to get the job done. There are ways to make cramped homes feel less like the walls are closing in and more accommodating. Here are just a few stress-free methods to follow along with!

Giving your bathroom the royal treatment

While a cramped living space might not be something you can help, it does not mean that you cannot give yourself the best treatment. For example, a small bathroom might make you think it’s impossible to make too many improvements, but there are plenty of ways to make things lovely without tearing the space apart.

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Tips for Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

A few months ago, I walked into our garage to grab some bottled water from our extra fridge, and *something* darted across my path. Naturally, since I didn’t actually SEE what that *something* was, I screamed and ran back inside the house. Hubby to the rescue! And what he discovered was a tiny little itty bitty mouse. UGH. A mouse!!! Apparently, each time the field in front of our home is mowed, the mice migrate to our garage. NOPE.

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One of the greatest worries you can have as a homeowner is a rodent invasion. The unfortunate discovery of rat or mouse droppings when you move a box in your pantry can be both disturbing and unsanitary. There are numerous problems caused when rodents make their way into your home. Issues caused by these vermin range from structural damage to health problems. 

These reasons make it imperative to take proper measures to ensure that rodents do not enter your home in the first place. Following a few basic guidelines can stop rodents from entering into your home and wreaking havoc. Implementing these rules into your rat or rodent prevention strategies will yield great results. 

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5 Essential Things to Do When Caring for an Aging Parent

More than 34 million Americans are caring for an adult over the age of 50. When the adult you’re caring for is your parent, it can be especially difficult. Not only are you forced to face the emotions of watching your parent get older, but you’re suddenly reversing roles and taking care of the person who once cared for you. We’re currently dealing with the beginning of this kind of journey right now with my very own dad.

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Besides helping them with daily tasks, you’ll also likely find yourself helping them make financial decisions or navigate insurance and benefits. If you’re taking over the care of an aging parent, keep reading to learn five essential things you need to do.

Look Into Free and Low-Cost Benefits

Even if you and/or your parent have savings tucked away, caring for an aging parent is expensive. You may need to take time off or cut your hours at work to provide care. They may require in-home or regular outpatient care. Modifications may need to be made to make their home safe to stay in.

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How Do You Get Rid of a Spider Infestation?

Many people are scared of spiders and don’t react well to seeing larger than average ones, especially in their own homes. But, spiders are actually beneficial to a point as they eliminate flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.

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However, if you’re uncomfortable with spiders or find that there is an abundance of them in your home, you need to know how to get rid of a spider infestation.

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The best advice is to get professional help. Find out more here about Manchester experts in spiders and controlling them.

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How to Choose the Right Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

There’s no doubt that there are some home improvement projects that require the skills of a professional, but how do you find that professional? Do you just read Google reviews and pick one at random? No, that’s not a good strategy.

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Instead, you need to ask around, interview contractors on the phone and in person, get references and check them, check licensing, verify there are no complaints lodged against the contractor, and that’s all before you get quotes. Choosing a contractor for a home improvement or remodel can be daunting, but it’s well worth it if you want the job done right the first time, on schedule, and on budget (or as close to it as can be managed). Here’s your step-by-step guide to finding a contractor for your next home renovation.

Get Recommendations from the Right Places

The right contractor for your home improvement will be one who specializes in doing the kind of jobs you want done. If you don’t know anyone who has recently had similar work done to their own home, and don’t have any family or friends in the home remodeling industry, you’ll have to think outside the box to get recommendations. Start with your local independently owned hardware store. They usually know who the most reputable contractors in town are, because they deal with them regularly. 

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