5 tips for Better Home Safety This Spring

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared. Whether you are just beginning to take a stronger safety-first approach or looking to upgrade existing home safety equipment, keep these tips in mind as you spruce up your home for the season. Don’t Just Check Batteries, Check the Alarm   It’s a good idea to review your safety equipment and ensure everything is in good working order at least a …

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List (Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at kidde.com/home-safety. SOURCE: Kidde

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel. Step 1: Identify Reasons for Remodeling Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it’s to make your new house feel more like home or to …

Franklin Townhome Transformation

Dawn D. Totty Reveals Customized Franklin Townhome Transformation “I don’t care if it’s 600 sq ft or 6,000 sq ft. It should have the same “wow factor” regardless of the size or space,” says Dawn D. Totty of Dawn D. Totty Designs. Totty’s optimism and desire to accentuate a space’s positive features has led her to be one of Tennessee’s most hired designers. When she was asked to design a newly purchased Franklin townhome, she was immediately up for the challenge. The Franklin area townhome, which is owned by singer Jason Crabb’s managers, now serves as a relaxing second home …

March/April 2020

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Deep Cleaning Your Home

The Most Important Parts of Home that Need Deep Cleaning Every once in a while, everyone’s home requires a thorough cleaning. And this process is something many people underestimate. Remember; if you want to keep your home as hygienic as possible, you mustn’t forget to perform a detailed cleaning from time to time. With that in mind, we’ll go over a couple of areas you don’t want to forget about! Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen Obviously, in terms of basic home hygiene – your kitchen is pretty important. That’s where all of your food is, and if you don’t keep it …

Costly Mistakes Made When Selling Your Home

With over twenty years’ experience as a licensed real estate professional and after selling almost a thousand homes, I’ve seen sell- ers do really well financially with selling their homes, and I’ve seen many sellers lose tens of thousands of dollars. I was reminded of this recently while holding an open house for a listing of mine. A sweet couple entered the home. After looking around,  they shared that they loved the house and stated they’d buy it that day if their home would sell. Their home is listed at over two million dollars and has been on the market …

Beautiful Bathrooms

It’s a new year and a great time to do that renovation that you’ve been wanting to go. After kitchens, bathrooms are the top room of the home to spruce up. In many ways they offer more design choices than the rest of the home because of the size of the space and multiple features. In addition, remodeling a bathroom is the perfect place to start since the space is smaller and may be less scary than a full home remodel. The main trends in bathroom design are leaning toward brass finishes, soaking tubs, and integrated lighting and many area …

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Get Crafty this St. Patrick’s Day New store opening in Vernal inspires creativity (Family Features) This St. Patrick’s Day, create a cheerful and festive decoration to adorn your home or enhance an Irish themed celebration. Since shamrocks are considered to be a sign of luck, this charming candle holder also makes a wonderful gift. Lucky Shamrock Candle Globe Skill level: Some Experience Necessary Crafting time: 3 hours Supplies and Tools: Paper towels Vinegar Glass candle globe Palette Plaid FolkArt Enamels paint: Evergreen, Fresh Foliage, Hunter Green and Gold Plaid FolkArt Enamels tip-pen and craft tip set Toothpicks 4-inch tall white …

5 Effective Groundcovers That Combat Weeds

Do you find yourself spending hours on end reading seed catalogs? Must you keep a detailed a map of where you planted all 350 bulbs on your hillside just so you can remember all the different cultivars? No? That’s totally fine – not all of us are plant nerds. Some of us just need answers to common landscape issues. In today’s gardening culture, you will find that the themes are changing. Plants not only provide beauty, barriers, and structure, they can also provide solutions to common landscape and gardening problems. In this article, I address a few of my favorite …