In 2017, Hurricane Irma passed directly over our house in Central Florida. It was a pretty scary time for us, but in the end, we were thankful that the only major damage to our property was some wind-driven rain that entered our back bedroom and soaked (then molded) the carpet. As a result of all that, I’m very familiar with issues that unwelcome water can cause to a home. (It also stays in the forefront of my mind because my husband works in homeowners insurance and is always sharing his nightmare claim stories with me!)
There can be several causes for flooding and water damage, including torrential rainfall, sewer issue, broken sump-pump, burst pipe, or damaged appliance. No matter the cause, the effect is devastating and unbearable. Water damage can ruin your furnishings, the structure and foundation, and other prized possessions occupying your house.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on the blog yet, but about a month ago, we lost our Taffy girl.
She was SUCH a great dog. We adopted her from the SPCA, and when we got her home, we discovered she was already completely trained. She barely bothered the cat. She survived through us bringing twins home. She was the happiest dog ever. We miss her SO VERY MUCH.
Yet, we are dog people. We adopt, we don’t shop. And my husband has been going on FOREVER about getting a chocolate lab, like the one he grew up with.
So…without further ado…meet Trixie!
She’s another rescue. She’s about a year old, from what we know. She has the sweetest disposition, but still she spent her first week with us destroying the house. Cue doggy school to learn some manners. She’s doing much better now!
You’ve probably been planning on this for quite some time, but once you’re ready to bring your little one home, the real challenge begins. Somehow, it’s up to you to keep a clean house while also looking after your infant.
Our twins were born one week before my birthday, and were in the NICU for almost a month, so my birthday present from my hubby that year was to have a cleaning company come to our house and deep clean it before the babies came home. I HIGHLY recommend this! As a new momma (who ended up delivering via cesarean a month and a half earlier than planned, and then spent almost as long trekking back and forth to the NICU to see the babies) knowing that I would bring them home to an immaculate house that was easier to maintain was the best gift ever!
Society is moving towards a general consensus that it’s far better to repair and reuse than to discard and re-buy. And with good reason. First of all, who doesn’t like to save money? Second of all, our throwaway culture directly contributes to climate crisis. The process of incinerating our waste, especially plastic waste, uses fossil fuels and releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
The throwaway fashion industry is one of the worst culprits, yet a number of companies are challenging the norm with novel ideas like making jeans from recycled denim or repairing sunglasses with new lenses.
Support this green revolution at home and save yourself a few dollars in the process by making these simple repairs to everyday items.
Wobbly Wooden Chairs and Tables
Over time, wear and tear can cause wooden furniture to wobble. Wooden chair legs can become unstable and table legs can no longer reach the floor. You can fix both of these issues with simple items found in the home. First, let’s tackle the chair. A wobbly chair is the result of a gap between the top of one of the legs and the seat. Figure out which leg is the culprit and stick a wooden toothpick into the gap. Problem solved.
You already know that there are a few home maintenance and repair jobs that you will never be able to do. Things like your foundation and roof are simply too important for you to tinker with, and dangerous home projects concerning tree removal or electrical work are best left to the pros. However, most homeowners only think about outsourcing those tasks or projects that concern large or integral home systems — when in reality, most homeowners should be contacting third parties much more frequently to perform a wealth of jobs for home upkeep, repair and improvement.
Your job probably isn’t home management, so you shouldn’t be fussing over anything larger than small, day-to-day home maintenance. Here are signs that a certain job requires a professional handyman or some other service provider:
It Requires Special Skill
Some home projects require expertise obtained through education and extensive experience — and you probably don’t have that. Sure, you can use the web to hunt down thorough how-to articles and videos, but that 20-minute, self-guided instruction probably isn’t enough to prepare you adequately for the project ahead. If the resource you use skips any small step, you could severely damage your home or yourself, requiring higher costs for repair and negating any conceivable benefit of DIY.