Tips on looking after your mailbox

When it comes to yard maintenance, one of the last things that comes to a homeowners mind is the Mailbox. Most of the time go unnoticed for very long periods until something happens like damage, rust, or it starts to fall apart.

For a homeowner who is interested in mailbox maintenance and upkeep, here are some basic tricks and tips you can employ to keep your mailbox looking new.

First, take care of the loose hinges on the door. Make sure they are tight and oil them regularly. Make sure you replace the faded or missing house numbers and somehow don’t let rust develop. As soon as rust sets in, it is just a matter of time before it needs replacement.

One easy way to keep the mailbox in good shape, is to paint it often. As soon as it starts to chip, peel, or fade, give it a fresh coat of paint. It will look like new. Sandpaper or a wire brush the mailbox to remove mold or rust. Use an all-purpose cleaner on the surface before you paint and remove any grit.

The right time to paint the flag and the door of the mailbox is when the paint coats and the primer on the mailbox are drying. Before you reassemble the mailbox make sure the paint is dry.  Lastly, if you need to replace a mailbox that has been knocked down, remember to check with your local postmaster about rules and guidelines on how to proceed with a replacement.

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What carpet is best for stairs?

Stairs are the most common place to add carpeting, but choosing the right type of carpeting for your stairs is key to ensuring its durability and to reducing maintenance costs. Here are a few areas to consider when selecting carpeting for your stairs.

Carpet quality – Your stairs will have a lot of traffic as they will be in constant use. Therefore, it is best to use the highest quality carpeting you can afford, as it will end up lasting you a lot longer.

Durability – Look for carpeting that is made for stairs and those that provide sufficient padding.

Thickness – Ensure that your carpet is the right thickness, as a carpet that is too thick can be a safety hazard. When a carpet is too thick, it can leave the foot with less support, causing slips, and falls. Plus, you will find that carpet installers will not like to work with thick carpets on stairs, as it can be difficult to wrap the mat on the stairs. Look at a carpet with a pile height of 1/2 inch or less and a carpet padding of 7/16 inch or less with a pile density rating of at least 8 pounds.

Soil resistance – Stain resistance is not that important as your carpet will not get too many spills. However soil resistance is essential especially if your stairs are very close to an outdoor entrance. To reduce residue, look at placing a mat to remind family and guests to clean their feet before they come into your home. You could also ask people to remove all footwear before they enter your home.

 

5 benefits of concrete flooring

yourhomeimprovementYou may think that concrete flooring looks cold and is more suited for a factory floor. But concrete flooring has become one of the many flooring options chosen by modern homeowners. Apart from the fact that it can take on color and shine, concrete flooring can look very modern chic. By opting for concrete flooring you will benefit from:

  • Cost effective- since concreate flooring can be placed on your current slab, it uses much less materials. You just have to sand and polish your floor to make it look refined. Initially cutting and polishing the floor will set you back about $6 a square foot.
  • Low maintenance- You will need to sweep and mop your concrete floor a couple of times per week. To bring out the floors shine, you should polish it with a clear wax polish. This can be done 2 twice a year. If you’d rather keep the floor matte, use a matte wax once a year.
  • Long lasting- A well polished concrete floor can last years. You will find hairline cracks on the concrete, which is normal on these floors and brings about a sense of warmth and uniqueness. To reduce cracks, make sure the floor is kept moist with a wax or place rugs on areas that are more in use.
  • Versatility- Concrete flooring can be used in any area of your home. From your bedroom, to your bath, to your garage. This means that your home will have a sense of uniformity and completeness. If you’re adventurous, you could add color and different imprints to your cement flooring.

8 Ways to live in a small house

Although small houses are cozy, they can feel cramped. Here are some smart tips to help you stay sane in a small home.

Add a fold-up table – Buy a dining table that will fold onto the wall and where the chairs can be hung on the walls above it. When your dining table is not in use, you can enjoy a large kitchen space for cooking.

Add storage under the stairs – Build drawers, shelves, and cabinets to use the space under the stairs.

A king-size bed – Pieces that will help you relax will make you feel like you have more space.

Install a skylight – More light will always make a space look larger and provide more views of the outdoors.

Punch out a wall – Removing a wall and opening up your space will make for a larger room and the feel of more space.

Include mirrors – Sliding mirrors and reflective paint will help to make a room look larger.

Borrow – If you don’t need a lawnmower, leaf blower, and a pressure washer, ask your family and neighbors if you can borrow it from time to time. Not only will this save you a lot of space, but it will also be a lot cheaper.

Bring in plants – Adding plants like ferns, palms, and cactuses in your living spaces will brighten a space and give you the illusion of more space.

 

Five ways to add a dash of colour to your home

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Adding colour to a home is a great way to give your home a fresh new look. Adding fun pillows or a rug are good ways to add colour, however if you’re on the lookout for a slightly bigger project, here are 5 such ideas.

Brighten up your bathroom – Blue is a great colour for bathrooms. If yours is white or beige add a blue laminate on to your bathroom vanity.

Add a little orange – Orange is a colour that adds warmth and brightness to a space. Add orange to your kitchen backsplash by changing the colour of the walls between your kitchen cupboards and shelving. If you have tiles instead, you can change the colour of your kitchen island.

Detailing – Contrasting colours like black and white can make a perfect modern mix. For example, you could create a feature wall with dark wall paper and place simple shelving for figurines or photo frames.

Mix your colours – Most of the time people play it safe and choose to mix only light and dark shades. Instead choose different pairing, such as orange and green or maroon and turquoise, for a unique colour pairing.

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binets – Cabinets are a good way to include additional colour. You can change the colour of your bathroom cabinets or for a larger project look at adding a bright colour to your kitchen cabinets.

How to find money for home upgrades?

Everyone dreams of upgrading their home as it means that you have more space and can enjoy the things you love. However, most of us work within tight budgets and funding home upgrades can seem difficult. Here are some simple ways you can gather the funds to make your home upgrade dreams come true.

Is your project a good investment – You want your investment to increase savings or increase the value of your home. For example, if you are looking at upgrading your home appliances to more energy efficient appliances, consider how much you will save from the switch. If you are looking at increasing the value of your home, start with upgrades that increase your home’s curb appeal. For example, giving your home a fresh coat of paint or changing your front door can instantly change the look of your home. Always make sure that your investment adds value to your home before starting a new project.

Make a budget before borrowing – You will have a basic idea of how much you are willing to spend on a renovation. To confirm your budget, browse online websites and find out how much your renovation will cost. Remember to pad contractor estimates by at least 10 percent. If you intend on doing the upgrade yourself, add a further 20 percent to take into account any mishaps that happen on the way.

Use promotions – Credit cards often offer interest-free purchases for big-ticket home renovation appliances and furniture. Look at obtaining a credit card that offers a discount at the stores you are considering.

 

How to refresh your home on a budget?

For those who are on a tight budget but still want to give their home a facelift, here are some simple tips that will help you create a welcoming space.

Rearrange your accessories – Rearranging what you already own is an easy way to refresh your space. Look at moving your frames, bookends and throw pillows to a new location.

Add new fixtures and hardware – Bold lighting fixtures can be relatively cost-effective and create a significant impact to your space. Try adding fresh side lamps to your bedroom or install new metallic pulls to your bathroom.

Try DIY – Updating your furniture may seem hard, but now many online DIY websites that will give you step by step instructions on how to spruce up your furniture.

Keep one shade – If your home looks a little mismatched and uncoordinated, concentrate on using one tone for most of your space, and add interest using textures. Look at adding texture to your curtains, furnishings, and rugs yet stay within the same color tone.

Paint a door – Add a splash of color by painting your door a bold hue. Consider colors like blue, green, yellow or red as they are inviting and vibrant.

Lighten up – Open up your windows by removing heavy window treatments, blinds and drapes to make your room look fresher and airier. However, make sure you clean your windows thoroughly so that views are not distracted by dust and grime.

 

How to choose a sofa for your living room?

Buying a sofa that suits your space, lifestyle and décor requires some research and planning. Here are some key areas to consider before investing in living room seating.

Determine a mood – Usually living rooms are for relaxing and entertaining. Your main sofa should be your anchor point with a coffee table and accent chairs surrounding it. If you require additional seating invest in bean bags, floor cushions or a love seat.

Sofa (material) – When selecting a sofa, choose a material that suits your lifestyle. If you have pets and small children, it is best to select a material that is easy to clean and stain resistant. For families who have grown up children or couples living alone, you can opt for an upscale material that requires a bit more maintenance.

Sofa (color) – Another factor to consider is color. You want your sofa to match or stand out from your living space. If you want your sofa to blend in with your living room, choose neutral shades like black, white, navy, brown or beige. On the other hand, if you want a sofa that make a bold statement, consider colors like red, blue, olive green or look like fabrics like felt and leather.

Sofa (features) – A sofa should be comfortable and durable to withstand daily use. Look at a sofa that is built with springs with good quality cushioning. Always ask your sales rep if the sofa you are buying comes with a warranty of at least five years.

6 Rules to a clutter-free kitchen

If you dream of a neat and tidy kitchen, then here are the simple tips you will have to follow to enjoy a kitchen picture perfect.

Keep the countertops clear – Clutter will always start on your kitchen countertop, so resist the urge to place things like mail, keys, magazines, dishes or jars of food on your counter. Look at making space in your shelves and always keep your counters clear.

Keep things in cabinets – If you want things to be neater, make use of your cabinets and store all your kitchen items away and out of sight. If you have too much, and often buy items you never use, look at giving them away to a friend or family member.

Follow the “one in, one out” rule – This rule means that if you bring anything new for the kitchen, something that is not in use has to go out. Keeping this rule in mind will often mean that you always keep items that you truly use daily.

“Don’t put it down, put it away” rule – Everything you own should have a place, which means that you will always place items where they belong and therefore not leave items lying around the kitchen and dining area.

Remove stuff from your refrigerator – Remove paper, notes, photos, lists, and magnets from the refrigerator, as they will make your kitchen look cluttered.

Find alternatives to the pile – Look at hanging your items for easy access instead of piling them in your cabinets.

Four small living room ideas that maximize space

Small living rooms need to right furniture to make them looked balanced and spacious. Here are some simple tips that will help you make the most of your small living room.

Accentuate the room’s best features – Start off by listing the rooms assets and its focal point to understand what is the best feature in your living room. For example, if your living room gets a lot of light, look increasing the natural light by adding lighter furnishings.

Scale down furniture – Size matters for smaller spaces, but this does not mean that you can’t invest in a sofa or a dining table. It just means that you need to look at pieces that are smaller, more structured to help your space look larger yet comfortable. Avoid bulky pieces and opt for glass, light bookcases, and workstations.

Get creative with the layout – Getting creative and moving away from conventional ideas is a necessity when working with a small space. For example, You can look at placing two sofas back to back to provide seating for two spaces and create a division for your living and dining room.

Use decor to add visual interest – Lighting is a big part of small living spaces. This is because the right lighting can create interest and draw attention to different parts of your space. Look at balancing light by adding built-in bookshelves and eye-catching artwork coupled with lighting that highlights and draws the eye.