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Now that spring is upon us it’s time to start thinking about your landscaping. The best time to add trees and shrubs to your yard is spring.

Before you make any drastic decisions, you should make a plan. Look for what grows well in your region. You can consider the different types of blossoms or fruits trees and shrubs produce that will work for you and the look you want for your home. Your local plant nursery can also...
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A clean refrigerator is an efficient refrigerator. These tricks are a good way to make sure your fridge is working in peak condition. Keeping it clean is the best way to maintain it for years.

Starting with the interior, wiping away any mess is a good way to elongate the life of your fridge.
The coils also need cleaned yearly. You can wipe them clean with soap and water, which keeps your fridge running longer.
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Spring cleaning is upon us! It’s a good time to open those windows, shake out your rugs, and get all the dust out of your home.
It’s also a good time to clean your windows and window screens. You can pull out the screens and use soap and water to get the dirt off them. You can also check around your home at your foundation to see if there are any cracks. You can caulk cracks to keep out bugs and stop air leaks. You can...
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You probably use your dryer pretty often. Dryers, unfortunately, are the source of many fires in the home. If you’ve found it takes longer and longer to dry a simple load there may be a few things you can check for before getting a new one.

Lint trap - You should empty your lint trap before or after each load. Do not put clothes through the dryer if there is lint in the trap.

Lint build up - Even if you do clean out...
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If your water bill is too high, you may need to find a few hacks around the house to save money. You may want to make changes to your laundry routine. Your washing machine may be to blame for excess water use. Here are some ideas to help you save money:
  • Never do small loads - Dependent on your washing machine each load uses the same amount of water. So, small loads are kind of a waste. Keeping your loads large helps...
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If you’ve noticed a large amount of water use on your water bill your dishwasher might be to blame. If you’re looking to save money on your water bill it might be time to upgrade to a newer dishwasher. Older models, especially models made before 1994 use more than 10 gallons of water per use. Newer models can use as little as 4 gallons of water per load. That’s a huge difference! Upgrading will help you save more...
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The kitchen is an important part of any home. Unfortunately, it’s also a hotspot for accidents. Having a safe kitchen is important for you and your family and talking to a home inspector can help.

A home inspector can come into your home and look for safety issues. Problems like faulty wiring and gas leaks can easily go unnoticed without a trained eye.

You yourself can prevent fires by being cautious when cooking. Be...
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If you’re in the market for a new major appliance just going out and finding one isn’t as simple as it may seem. Research is the best way to find what you need and so is knowing what exactly you need.


Ask your friends. The best reviews are from the people who use them. If you’re looking for a new microwave or stove talk to friends and family about their experiences and which brands they like. Finding out how often...

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We had a good month talking about saving money in your home. We talked about good ways to lower you heating bill, save money on lighting, and decrease energy use. We also talked about improving the value of your home with quick tricks to do before putting it on the market. Hopefully these articles will help you lower your monthly home expenses. Helpful tricks like these are great to put in your toolbox of home...
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If you’re trying to sell your home you’ll want to add as much value as you can. There are a few different tricks you can use to make your home look good for the buyers without breaking the bank.

Updating your home with a fresh coat of paint takes more time than money, but will give new life to your home. Choosing complementary and trendy colors will show the buyer you care about your home and have taken care of it.

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Of all the things your home does for you one of the most important is keep you safe. To know your home is safe from the inside out you need to perform tests on it. Lead and Radon are common dangerous chemicals you can find in homes.


Older homes are beautiful and fulfilling to own. Preserving a piece of history is fun, but in homes prior to 1978 there is a risk of lead paint. Flaking paint can mean health problems for...

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There are lots of different pieces that come together when selling or buying a home. The economy that encircles this process is here to help you get the most value out of the home. Just a few of the things here to help you are appraisers and home inspectors.

An appraiser will help you decide on the real value of your home. If there aren’t many comparable homes in the area an appraiser will be especially helpful in...

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Keeping with the theme of saving money, let's talk about saving money on your water heating bill. Simple tricks around the house can help you lower your monthly costs.
 

One thing you can do is lower the set temperature of water heater. Lowering the thermostat on your water heater by 10 degrees can save energy by 3% to 5%. Especially if you’re already getting blasted with too hot of water turning down the setting 10...
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Lighting your home is a significant portion of your energy bill. Beyond turning lights off when you’re not using them there are a few tricks you can use to lower that bill.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps - Which light bulb you use may not seem like much, but going out of your way to buy CFLs is a good way to save money in the long-term. They use less energy than the standard light bulb and last longer. It's a win-win.

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Have you examined the state of your driveway recently? I encourage you to take the time to take a good look at it. Are there cracks, parts where it’s crumbling, or unsightly oil patches? If it’s beyond small repairs you may be in need of a new driveway. There’s a lot of planning that goes into it, so if that’s something you’re interested in there’s some research you’ll need to do. What you need to consider:

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Owning a home isn’t a walk in the park. In addition to day-to-day expenses there’s always the monthly expense of your energy bill. If you’re looking for ways to take some of the pain away from your pocket, take a look at these tips.
 

One thing you can do is remember to Replace Air Filters. It’s hard to remember to do, but if you do this every few months your HVAC system will thank you. Without all that dust and junk...

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We had a great month talking about making and keeping goals in the new year. Take a look back to see our conversations on Attic Inspections, Carbon Monoxide in the home, and Fireplace Safety. We also discussed some small remodeling projects that will help you retain and even add value back into your home like a closet redo, or remodeling a small bathroom. Keep coming back for more great ideas!

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Thinking about fire safety is always a top priority on the blog. We've talked about it here and here. So don't be surprised that I choose today's subject because clogged dryer vents a huge threat to your home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration over 2,900 fires caused by dryers are reported each year. The main reason for dryer fires are caused by failure to clean them. A dryer fire is more common in the fall...
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If you have a fireplace in your home you know how nice it can be. The fresh smell of wood burning and warming your home is a classic part of winter. As nice as having a fireplace is there are still steps you need to take to keep you safe. Misuse of fireplaces can be dangerous. Be sure you watch out for these things:
 

  • Be sure the damper or flue is open

  • Do not close the damper unless fire is completely...

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Now that its a new year you should consider making a goal of revamping a room. Starting with a small room is a good place to start. Although small bathrooms aren’t a popular feature that doesn’t mean they’re a limitation to your home. WCs are an important room of european styled homes and are a piece of history in your home. You can make the most of your small bathroom with decor and upkeep. It may be small but at...

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Carbon monoxide leaks in the home are very dangerous for you and your family. Luckily, there are many ways to keep your family safe. Being proactive about CO safety is something you can engage the whole family with.


CO detectors should be installed in every bedroom. Alarms can be interconnected so that if one going off the others will as well, to alert everyone in the home. Be sure to follow the instructions...

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Now that it's a new year and you’re keeping your resolutions it's time to start on your closet. To begin you may want to sit down and think about what kind of organization you use now and what you’d like to use in the future. You can make changes to your closet like getting rid of older clothes or even painting it a new color or other upgrades. Here are some options to consider.


You should go through your clothes and...

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Does it feel as if no matter how much you spend on your heating bill your home is still cold? You may have heat escaping through your roof. If you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle it may be a good idea to have an attic inspection. A home inspector will check the attic for problem areas in the insulation as well as air leaks and correct venting. These aren’t the only things an attic inspection will include...

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Are you ready to face the new year? Ready or not here it is! Making plans for what you want from 2017 isn’t an easy task. You may want to exercise more or drink more water, but making goals for yourself isn’t all you should be thinking of. You should also try thinking of resolutions for your home. What would you like to update or do in 2017? Here are seven steps to think of for the new year.

  1. Make a New Year's...

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Maintaining the state of your home is an important step in keeping up your investment. Avoiding minute problems can lead to bigger ones. By doing regular checks of your home you’ll save yourself time and money by finding issues before they are too big for just you to tackle. Take this checklist and walk around your home and look for these common outdoor problems.

 

Caulking – Leaks can be found around doors,...

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Gutters are an extremely important part of your home. The state of how they function impacts how safe your home is from water damage. They have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years so they will need replaced eventually. But how do you know if now is the time?

 

Rust – signs of rust means holes will begin to form in the gutter causing water leakage.

Ceiling leaks – stains on the ceiling can mean the gutters have been damaged.

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Wow! It’s that time of year again! Hope you have a good holiday, here are some fun facts to impress your friends with.

 

Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

 

All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas equals 364 gifts.

 

According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping...

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If you’ve had a roof inspection lately you already know what kind of work needs to be done. Getting your roof checked out by a qualified inspector is the best way to find out what's going on up there. If there are any repairs that need to be done a professional opinion is important. Depending on your roof type there are different problems that arise.

 

Which type of roof do you have?

1. Cedar Shake

2. Composition...

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Plumbing is one of the most important parts of the home. It's important to know that this system works well for the size of the home and how many people live there. Here are some of the things an inspector looks for.

 
  • The inspector will Visually Inspect all showers, bathtubs, toilets, sinks and anything else present

  • Turn Off and On All Faucets to check for leaks and draining issues

  • Look For Any...

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This Holiday is a great time to read up on home safety. On average of 5,800 people end up in the ER after suffering injuries from holiday decorating. Take a look at these suggestions for staying safe this holiday.

 
  • Keep trees away from fireplaces, space heaters, and heat sources.
  • Make sure the label on your artifical tree indicates it is flame resistant.
  • Check that tree is stable in it's stand.
  • Make sure...
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In Phoenix one of the public goods that the city provides is recycling. There are lots of everyday objects that can be recycled that end up in the trash instead. ​​​​​​​​The city of Phoenix has a goal to divert 40 percent of trash from the landfill by 2020, and to achieve zero waste by the year 2050. To do this you need to do your part and participate. Household waste increases by 25 percent between...

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Fire Safety should never be an afterthought in your home. Unsafe conditions can lead to fires. Being aware of what to look for to keep your home safe is the best thing you can do to be preventative.

 

If you want to be proactive against damage from fires you should always have smoke alarms in working order. These are the first measure of defence when protecting your family and home. They need to be tested on a...

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Happy Thanksgiving.

This month we talked about staying warm this winter. Although that’s not so hard here in Arizona there are still things we need to do to welcome the season. We talked about being prepared for winter by checking up on the batteries of your fire and CO2 detectors. We also talked about ladder safety as we get closer to putting up decorations for the holiday season. We discussed the benefits of a roof...
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Winter in Arizona can get chilly. For most of us that means being outside without worrying about the sweltering heat. For pool owners without heaters this means you won’t be doing much swimming. Even though you’re using your pool less that doesn’t mean you don’t have to maintain it. Maintenance is an important part of pool ownership so knowing what to do differently in the winter months is key to maintaining your...

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Before you start putting up your holiday decorations be sure to review ladder safety. This holiday as you start to pull out the ladder to hang up your decorations take the time to remember the importance of ladder safety. Here are some tips to think of:

 
  • Do not lengthen or alter a ladder in any way.

  • Maintain three points of contact (feet and hands) at all times.

  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.

  • Do...

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Choosing a home inspector when selling or buying a home is a big decision. Hiring a home inspector isn’t an everyday occurrence so knowing what to look for isn’t easy. Here are 5 things to look for in a home inspector:
  1. Qualifications - Ask the inspector about their experience and training.
  2. Sample Reports - Ask your prospective inspector to send you a sample report. You can see what they’ll be looking for in your...
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Is your home as unique as you are? Putting a unique home on the market is tricky. Buyers want to see comparative prices to know they’re getting a good deal. That presents a problem if there aren’t similar homes in the neighborhood. You have to prove to the seller why your home is unique and why it's worth it.
 

One thing you can do this is have your home appraised. When a potential buyer comes through you can show...

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Your roof is your home's first line of defense when it comes to protecting itself. Keeping your roof safe is how you keep your home safe. So how do you know if your roof isn’t doing its job? A roof inspection is a smart move to find out if there are any weak spots. This can prevent serious damage before it happens by finding weak spots before they become a larger problem.

A roof inspection should be done every few...
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As we transition from fall to winter there are certain things that need to be done around the home. I know, I know, being a home owner has lots of responsibilities. But to keep your home in hard working condition doing these things on a lazy Sunday is worth it. In preparation of winter here is a checklist to follow.
  • Check the smoke and CO2 detector batteries
  • Get your chimney cleaned
  • Replace HVAC...
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Heating your home in the winter can be a big expense. Here are some heating hacks to help you save money this winter.
  • Use space heaters - Heating unused room is unnecessary so heating high traffic rooms with space heaters is cost effective
  • Adjust the thermostate at night - Taking the temp down a few degrees at night can save you money
  • Keep your furnace clean and unblocked - Blockage not only costs you more, but...
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October was a busy month. We discussed the process of building a custom home. This is a large life decision. It takes years of saving and a lot of time to plan a custom home. A lot of professionals are needed to make this dream happen. In the home building eco-system we see a lot of interesting home ideas, but not everything that gets built turns out great. It's best to listen to the professionals and always ask...
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Inspectors hear a lot of complaints of things homeowners had wished they’d added before their home was finished. Here are a few common complaints you should consider before laying out the plans for your new home.


  • More outlets- the more places to plug in electronics the better

  • More windows- natural light in priceless

  • Dimmer Switches for lights- It's always a nice touch

  • Outside entrance to the...

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Moving into a new home is a tricky process. This process can be made even more complicated when you’re moving into your own custom built home. Here is a checklist of things you might overlook:


  • Emergency funds of 10% more than you actually need.

  • Patience- Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your home.

  • A list of wants and don’t wants for your builder

  • Plan and order everything in advance,...

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So what is happening while your home is being built? Here is a step-by-step of what will be happening from start to finish.


First the site is leveled. The concrete is cured and then set with a waterproofing membrane. It is installed with sewer, water taps, and plumbing. Backfill of excavated dirt is replaced around the foundation. At this point you will have your first city inspection. The municipal inspector will...

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Building your perfect home may mean planning your future now. You want to make sure there are things you don’t overlook. A new home doesn’t mean it's perfect so don’t expect it to be. A new home will have the same amount of upkeep as an older home. So don’t think a brand new home is a way to cut corners.


When you are designing your home you should design it for yourself 10 years from now. What you need today may not...

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There isn’t a simple way to get started on your dream home. In addition to a whole lot of commitment there is paperwork and hoops you need to jump through. To begin with you will need 3 things:


  1. Financing

  2. Land

  3. Materials
     

To get financing for you new home you will need excellent credit. It is a risky loan to give, so the bank will need reassurance. You will also already need a down payment of 20-25%....

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If you are in the market for a new home you may be considering a custom built home. There are a lot of factors into whether this dream is right for you at this time or not. When making this decision you should look at all of your choices. So what are your choices? Let’s take a look:


The price of remodeling a home can be steep. In some cases the cost of a home plus customization could cost as much as just buying a...

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Moving is a difficult process. If you are considering moving into a custom built home this process will be even more complicated. I’d like to spend this month going over some of the steps and considerations of that process. I will get into the nitty-gritty of home building as well as go over alternatives like choosing a semi custom home.

Moving shouldn’t be harder than it's supposed to be, so come back during the...
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This month we talked about insect infestations. Pests such as ants and mosquitos are easy to keep away from your home. Ants may be a common pest, but mosquitos can put you or your family in harm. Luckily there are many ways to keep those pests away from your home. We also talked about termites. As there are less preventive measures to keep termites out of your home you may need a home inspection to get them out....

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Trails of ants can be annoying to say the least. They are naturally drawn to certain foods in your home. Finding nests isn’t easy so it’s not necessarily productive to just spray them with insecticide whenever they appear. It’s not hard for ants to find ways in to infest your home. They can enter cracks along walls and foundations, under the door, through home wiring and even pipes. There are common home ingredients...

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Dishwashers are a staple of most American homes. So much so that there are recipes that cook the food using a dishwasher. With all the electricity and water that goes into each cycle you should try and optimize each time you run it. Here are a few tips on how to cut back on that energy and water use.


  • Run Full Loads If you have fuller loads you won’t have to run it as often.

  • Cleaning Dishes Instead of...

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Termites are a common household pest. They feed on wood, boxes, books, furniture, and drywall. They can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. In the long term they can cause severe damage to structure of your home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) estimates that termites cause $5 billion of property damage each year.


Conditions that will attract termites in your home include:

  • Run off...

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Smoke alarms are the first step to safety for you and your household in the case of a fire. Maintaining the smoke alarms in your home should always be a priority. If you haven’t changed the battery or tested them in a while it’s the time to do that.


Testing fire alarms can be a quick activity to engage the entire family in fire safety. If you can, try to check your smoke alarms as often as every 30 days. Batteries...

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It’s not unknown that mosquitoes are a pest. As they become mentioned in the media more often it becomes apparent real steps need to be taken to avoid them. For that we have the option of “mosquito-scaping” or landscaping that will stop mosquitoes in their tracks. There are several plants that mosquitoes hate the scent of that also add the the beauty of your home.


  • Citronella Grass- You probably already have a...

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Painting a room isn’t rocket science, but if you’ve never done it before it can seem like a large task. With enough time and patience you can finish the project and move on to other things. Here is a checklist of things to help you from start to finish.


  1. Be sure to protect your flooring. This may seem like an obvious step, but when you’re focusing so much on the wall it’s easy to forget about the other things....

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At this moment you should to ask yourself, “When was the last time I cleaned my gutters?” If it’s been more than 6 months it’s time to pull out the ladder and get to it. Removing the yard waste and whatever else has fallen into your gutters is important. Build up can cause leaky roofs, rotted wood, or even insect infestation.


Not every home in Arizona has gutters, but even in the desert you need help keeping water...

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All month I’ve been talking about upgrading your backyard and pool. We’ve discussed resurfacing you patio, updating the interior of your pool, different water feature options that add to the beauty of your exterior, fire features, and adding new plant life. All these additions can add to the beauty of your poolscape. Whether or not you’re partaking in these updates to add to the sellability of your home, or to add to...

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Fire features are a nice way to spice up your backyard and poolside. They can range from affordable and  DIY to luxurious. There are several types, wood burning, propane, gel fuel, and natural gas.

  • Wood burning - You can easily go to your local home improvement store and find cheap, small, and portable wood burning fire pits. You can also have a more permanent fireplace or pit built with brick or other types of...

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While we’re on the topic of adding to the appeal and livability of your pool we should talk about plants. Vegetation is an easy way to transform your backyard into an oasis. They can bring color, create privacy, and add texture to the landscape surrounding your area. You should think long and hard about what kind of ambiance you want to create in your poolscape.

 

Green plants like palm trees and bamboo can create...

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If you’re looking to upgrade the appearance of your pool adding a water feature can add new breath to the area. With this type of upgrade there's a lot of options, with a range of prices. To pick the best option or options for you think about your backyard and which features you’d like to add to or highlight. Making a game plan, or design for your backyard will keep you focused and within budget. Here are the options...

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There are so many options for updating your pools interior. Which one works best for you depends on the look you want the pool to have:
 

  • Plaster Finishes - Plaster is the most classic option when it comes to pool surfaces. White plaster is the cheapest option available and won’t need to be replaced for years. The white color brightens the interior of the pool and produces a blue glow. Plaster finishes can also...

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Resurfacing your pool deck or backyard patio can be stressful. There are a lot of options with a variety of prices from modest to extravagant. This all depends on your taste and your budget.


The best plan of action is to make a budget and settle on a design for you backyard. Luckily you can mix together different options. You may not be able to afford an all natural stone patio, but you can have stained and stamped...

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6 Ways to Easily Update Your Pool

Have you gotten bored with the appearance of your pool? Maybe it looks a little dated, but you can’t afford a complete backyard makeover. Here are some simple tricks to add to the appeal of your pool.

 

1 Fire Feature - There are a couple different ways to incorporate a fire feature into your backyard. You could add a fire pit, tiki torches, or a fire bowl. Fire pits come in many...

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Welcome to August everyone. This month on the blog I’m going to be talking about pools! As someone who’s qualified in pool inspections in Phoenix and the surrounding areas of Peoria, Buckeye, Mesa, Surprise and Goodyear. I’d like to spend the end of the summer talking about updating your swimming area, perhaps to add curb appeal if you’re thinking of selling your home or to fully profit from the beauty of your...
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Your kitchen is a hotbed of activity. It is where you are roughest and toughest on your home. Spills and accidents happen, but if you consider this when deciding what flooring is best for you, you can make those accidents easier to clean up.

  • Hardwood - Hardwood is beautiful and timeless. If you want a material that will last for years hardwood is for you. It’s a material which design wise prevents your kitchen from...
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As the summer gets hotter water becomes scarcer and more precious to us all. Sometimes it even feels frivolous to use such a precious resource on our yard. Here’s a few ways you can conserve water while not compromising the integrity of your plants.

  1. Check your irrigation system. Are there any leaks? Is your driveway getting more water than your yard? If so, quickly get these issues fixed.
  2. Plant native plants. They are...
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If you are looking for a way to spruce up your home’s curb appeal, perhaps a bit of landscaping is what you need. A landscaping project will add to the value of your home and your whole neighborhood. You could hire a landscape designer, but if you know what you want you can design your own landscape. Here’s a few tips if you try to undertake this project on your own.

  1. Ask yourself what do you want? Would you like...
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You’ve worked hard to make your home and your yard beautiful. Why stop sharing the beauty once the sun’s gone down? With proper outdoor lighting you continue to show off your home’s appeal all night long.
 
There are several pieces of your home you can illuminate. A pathway, prized plant, or tree are all great focal points. Also the types of lights you choose will add to the ambiance of your home. You can lean towards...
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Grass is a quintessential piece of the American home. It is hard work to keep it looking good year round though. If you think grass isn’t working for you, don’t worry there are other solutions! Here are a few ideas for lawn alternatives.
 
Pro-tip: figure out which zone you are in and plant plants that thrive in that zone.
Wildflowers - Pretty and low-maintenance this addition to your yard is a taller option. There are...
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You spend more time in your laundry room than you may want. Why not make sure each second is best spent? If you want to be a more efficient here are a few things you can do.
 
Upgrade: If you haven’t looked at new washers and dryers recently you haven’t seen all the highly efficient models on the market these days. Front loading options that use higher concentrations of soap are the most efficient you can find. When...
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Planning on remodeling your bathroom soon? While you are at it why not try making it more green as well? A more efficient and eco-friendly bathroom will help you save money in the long run, with less water and energy use.
 
A good place to start is using less water. You can get a more efficient shower head. For instance try looking for low-flow shower heads. They are a great choice. There is also the option of a...
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Water damage happens. Leaky roofs, foundation cracks, or other household issues can lead to expensive water damage. There could be big problems hiding in sight, you just can’t see them. Having a home inspector take a look around can help you find those problem areas before they get bigger.
 
A home inspector will look for the integrity of the flashing and sealants around doors. They will also look for stains around...
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We spend a lot of time looking in our fridges for something to eat. Next time you’re looking for the mustard keep in mind these 5 easy facts that will keep your fridge running more efficiently.

  1. The temperature in your fridge shouldn’t ever be higher than 40 degree Fahrenheit. Temperatures exceeding 40 F triples the susceptibility of foodborne illnesses.
  2. Your Freezer should be set to 0 F to ensure everything stays...
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There are several different types of popular siding choices in the U.S. Depending on which one your home is made of you need to approach cleaning each one differently.  Cleaning your exterior siding once or twice a year gives you the opportunity to examine the outside of your home for any problem areas that need to be addressed. Also keeping your home’s exterior clean adds to the beauty of your neighborhood. Here are...

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Why limit your deck choices to just wood? Wood is a classic choice, but in our modern market there are a lot of other options for homeowners. Alternatives to wood require less maintenance and last longer making them an appealing option. Here are some choices for you to consider.

Composite decks are quickly replacing traditional wood decks. Composite boards are made of a mixture of plastic and sawdust. There are many...

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We all do what we can to conserve water and keep that water bill down. Nevertheless no matter how short we make our showers we still use a lot of water. I have a few simple tricks to use around the home that have a far greater impact than a 60 second shower.

In your home the bathroom is a good place to start to conserve water. Starting with your toilet, you can install a new, low water tank that uses less water per...

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In the summertime your air conditioner keeps you comfortable from the raging temperatures outside. An unexpected breakage can be such an inconvenience. How long it takes you to get someone to fix it depends on your repair man’s schedule. Rather than waiting on it to break, here are some preventative measures you can take to keep your air conditioner running smoothly all summer long.

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It was a tough winter. Depending on your region rain, sleet, hail, or snow may have been clobbering your wood deck for months. Is it ready for your next BBQ? To check the state of your deck, here are some steps you can take on your own.

  • Check boards for sign of rotting, mold, or mildew. Excess exposure to the elements causes wood decks to be susceptible to such wear and tear. Double check that each board is secure....
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Let me ask you a serious question. When was the last time you gave your grill a good cleaning?

If it’s been a while, like they say, there’s no time like the present! There is nothing nicer than starting a new BBQ season with a clean grill. You’ll feel like a master chef next time you use it!

You will need:

  • Degreasing liquid dish soap
  • Large containers that you will soak your grill grates in
  • Warm water
  • Strong...
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As summer nears its peak keeping your home cool becomes more difficult. Your AC may be working as hard as it can, but you can still be proactive to keep your house cool. Here are some steps to consider to keep your space comfortable for you and your family.

  • Turn up the thermostat, at night- As the sun descends so does the overall temperature. A mindful solution is to add a few degrees at night to the thermostat....
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Dirty air filters meant to protect your air conditioner can restrict airflow, which means dirty air circulation within the home. At least every three months you should replace your air filter. If you have reusable filters you can clean them at around the same amount of time. If you have someone in your home that has allergies you should replace or clean your filter every one to two months.

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Ceiling fans mean big savings. Installing the right sized fan for a room means that less air conditioning is used and heat buildup is kept down. By placing them in heavily used rooms you can stay cool in the parts of your home that you use the most often.

The type of ceiling fan you install really depends on how big a specific room is. Here’s a simple guide to picking out the right fan based on square footage...

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Just because summer’s on its way doesn’t mean you have to live with sky high utility bills. Try a few of these simple ways to limit the need for air conditioning to make your summer more comfortable.

  1. Ceiling Fans can have a hug impact on cooling bills by circulating cool air while using less energy than using an air conditioner alone.
  2. Window Unit Air Conditioners are much more efficient than they used...
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It’s almost summer and that means higher temperatures. That’s why you want to make sure your air conditioning unit is in top shape for the coming heat.

We always recommend to have your air conditioner serviced by a professional technician. Certified technicians will check to see if filters are clean, if there are any unusual noises, if air flow is restricted and more.

If any steps need to be taken to take...

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Many people think a home inspection is on the buyer, but not having a pre-listing inspection performed can be a big mistake. A pre-listing inspection is one that you have done before your home goes on the market. The benefits can mean that you can find out small repairs you can perform on your own, or with a contractor, and speed up the sales process a great deal. A fast closing means a much less stressful sales...

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Even in Arizona, water damage can take place in the attic, and have an effect on the ceilings of a home. A leaking roof can cause many issues that have an impact on mold growth and the structural integrity of the home. That’s why it’s important to have damage repaired as soon as possible when you see the warning signs of a leaky roof.

Here are some common roof issues to be aware of:

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Keeping up your home takes money and the roof is one of its most costly pieces to update. That’s why when it comes to replacing the roof, making the right decisions are all too important. We’re just going to get into one aspect of the roof replacement: choosing the material.

Here are a few choices and the benefits of each:

Metal roofs are fire resistant, stand up to the elements like none other, and have a...

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The roof is one of the most important structural elements of any home. But roofing materials can degrade, damage can occur from exposure to the elements, and the roof’s effectiveness can be compromised when it comes to protecting the home.

With every home inspection a thorough visual inspection will take place. The inspector will climb onto the roof and into the attic to see what condition it’s really in. Its...

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A well poured, even driveway will reduce wear on your cars, make for easier maintenance and last for years to come. If you have potholes, unevenness and cracking, it may be tough to know where to start when deciding on fixing, or replacing your driveway.

If your driveway is in really poor shape, replacement might be the way to go. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to installing a new...

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Fire safety isn’t just limited within the home. We all have to be mindful of our garage, especially if it’s attached to the house. They contain flammable materials, and sometimes heaters and furnaces are located in them too. There are just a few things to keep in mind when it comes to avoiding a fire in the garage:

  • Cars leak all the time. They can leave behind pools of oil and gas that can ignite easily....
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Outdoor lighting isn’t just for making your house stand out at night. It also accents features you want to showcase, it’s a safety feature and even adds home security to the entire home.

Here’s 4 things that stand out when you add exterior lighting:

  1. Show off your landscaping if you’ve put a lot of effort into it. Accentuate design elements with different lighting options, or even a feature like a tree...
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We talked about home exterior accenting, but painting your garage door is another way to set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood. A fresh coat will look great and protect it from the elements for years. It’s not too tough of a job, but it takes some materials… and a couple of days to get that perfect coat.

Here’s an easy step by step process to follow:

  1. Check The Weather - The most...
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You take care of your home, so why not add a few touchups to show it off too? The idea of curb appeal is a simple one: increase your home’s value by making it look great for everyone to see. It’s not as overwhelming as you might think. Here are a few tips to get your new home projects off the ground:

  • Start by Painting the House. It sounds simple but a fresh coat or even touching up rough spots really makes...
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When a homeowner thinks of home maintenance they don’t always consider the garage door. It’s a complicated system with moving parts, specific to just this element of the home. A new door and all of its components can be expensive to repair too. That’s why a little bit of maintenance can save you future time and money.

Here are 4 simple things you can do to check up on your garage door:

  1. Debris Should Be...
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Artificial lighting can make up 15% of your home’s electrical bill. Here’s the good news: making smart choices by making the most of CFL lightbulbs, replacing switches with dimmers, turning lights off when you leave a room, and making the most of natural daylight can all make a big difference. So make the most of new lighting upgrades and let a little sunshine in, and you’ll definitely see your utilities drop.
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Did you know that garages have many of the same components the house does? Many garages are wired for electricity. They have windows, doors and structural elements, including special safety and security precautions. These are required for walls shared with the residential structure to prevent fire or potentially dangerous gases from traveling from the garage into the residence.

For these reasons, attached or...

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Kitchen appliances cost a fortune, but did you know that with a little maintenance you can extend your refrigerator’s life and even save energy? Just a few routine tasks can keep heat exchange from putting strain on your fridge and keep it functioning for years to come. Here’s how:

  • Wipe Down the Coils behind the fridge at least once a year. Pull out the unit from the wall and take a moist cloth to pull...
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The doors and windows of your home do a lot of things: they keep out the elements, limit energy escape and keep us safe. That’s why routine maintenance goes a long way to make sure they’re in good condition and doing their job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking over your windows and doors:

Windows

  • Take a look around the sills for warps, splits, breaks, cracks or any scratching. You may...
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The topic of radon exposure can be a scary proposition. It is a serious health concern and is present in almost all areas of the United States. But did you know that simply having an in home test completed by a professional can tell you whether you have a radon problem or not?

The first step is to have a short-term test performed. This will tell you if there is any presence of radon in your home. If there is...

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Your home inspector will look over the interior and exterior of a house for signs of potential problems. This includes pest infestations. One of the biggest nuisances are carpenter ants, which are present throughout North America. The damage a carpenter ant infestation can do to a home could wreak havoc to wooden elements of a house.

That’s why a trained inspector will do inspection of any wood siding, doors,...

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On March 20th it officially became spring. You know what that means… it’s time to get cleaning. The end of winter means rolling up your sleeves and getting the inside and outside of the home in top shape. We came up with a couple of things most homeowners have in common and are great ways to get spring cleaning rolling:

  • Clean Window Screens – these can get filthy after a year with no cleaning. Pull them out...
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The foundation of the home is one of its most crucial elements. It’s built first, keeps out moisture and supports structural elements of the house. That’s why an inspector will pay special attention to a home’s foundation to look for water entry, cracks and any other damage.

But there are a lot of aspects to the foundation that need to be maintained and if not done so properly, damage can occur. Here are some...

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Gutters and downspouts don’t just route water away from the house, they greatly reduce moisture damage to the structure of your home. Ideally the gutters will catch any water from rain runoff and route them to the downspouts to safely route it away from the home’s foundation. Even if you did clean out your gutters and downspouts in the fall it’s inevitable that more leaves and debris became caught in...

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The spring’s warming of the weather is really an opportunity. All of that outdoor maintenance we couldn’t do in the winter can now be started. That’s why we put together a list of things to get rolling this spring:

Trees and Bushes should be trimmed back every spring. Any tree branches should be cut back at least 2 feet from your roof to avoid storm damage. Shrubs can also cause issues but mostly with moisture...
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