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Is this your first-time attempting a home remodeling project and you want to take care of some of or all of it yourself?

Maybe, you have always hired someone to make your home repairs. Now, it is just too expensive to do that and you have to fix the repairs yourself.

Whether you are remodeling your home or just making a few repairs, our website is here to help you.

Our site is about the home. It is about your home and mine and how to take care of them. So, bookmark this page and visit our site often. Please visit whether you need information or you just want to browse to see what is new!

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Below is a list that we think is very important to help keep us healthy and safe.


1. Toothbrush: If you can’t remember the last time you changed your toothbrush, now is a good time to do just that! It should really be changed every three to four months.

2. Eye Makeup: Did you know that eye makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria? So please make sure you throw out that old mascara and eyeliner to guard against an eye infection.

3. Foundation Makeup: We are still in the face area. If your bottle is more than a year old, get a new one. We are talking about germs on your face!

4. Sneakers/Shoes: Have you had your sneakers, or any other pair of shoes, a year or more and they have seen good use? Are the heels of those shoes wearing down? If they are, that can be the cause of the pain in your legs and back. It is time to spring for a new pair.

In the Home:

5. Kitchen Sponge: Those old kitchen sponges should be changed regularly. I toss ours once a month. Even though I sanitize it in the dishwasher regularly. The dirtier a sponge gets, the more it can spread those nasty germs around the kitchen.

6. Baking Soda for the Fridge and Freezer: Remember the box of baking soda only pulls out so many smells. It is time to spring for a new box!

7. Bed Pillows: If it has been a year since you have bought a new bed pillow, do it now! Just think of your pillow being full of all those flakes of dead skin and the drool that trickles out of your mouth during the night. And “OH” those dust mites!!!

8. Water filters: They are under our kitchen sinks, in our refrigerators and even our water pitchers have them. They should be changed regularly to work properly.

9. Cedar in your closets: This is a fact that I didn’t know. Cedar needs to be freshened up, whether it is a block or a full-lined closet. This can be done either by sanding or replacing.

10. Toilet Bowl Brush: Aw, the nasty toilet bowl brush. Even if you clean and sanitize regularly, spring for a new one to diminish the spread of germs.

11. Canned Goods in your Pantry or Emergency Kit: Now is the time to check your pantry and emergency kit for canned goods that are getting close to expiring. If you do not think you will be using them in the near future, donate them to your local food bank.

12. Bottled Water in your Emergency Kit: Swap out those bottles of water for fresh ones if needed.

13. Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: You don’t want these bad boys to go dead on you. You are talking about your life here. Remember to change them in the fall and spring. One way to remember is to change them when the time changes.

14. Batteries in your emergency it: Check those batteries to make sure they are still good. It would be awful if they didn’t have any juice when you need them.

We are sure they are more. However, this is a good start for making your life a little safer.

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Here are ten things to help keep your home in good order.

  1. Monthly, check the furnace or HVAC filters and change them if needed. They should be changed at least every three months.
  2. Every year or two, caulk outside around windows, doors, wall and roof vents and sky lights to stop any water and air leaks. Doing this will save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills. It will also prevent moisture from entering your walls.

    Also, check the caulking around your bathtubs and sinks to see if it needs to be redone.

  3. Are any of your faucets leaking? Keep those leaks in check. A faucet can cost you when your water bill arrives.
  4. Unstop any clogged drains. Here are a couple of different ways.
    1. Pour a cup of dishwashing liquid that contains a degreaser into the sink. Pour it in slowly into the drain so it covers all sides inside the drain. Then let it sit awhile while you boil a pot of water. After the water boils, pour it into the drain. Repeat a second time if needed. Do this every couple of weeks to keep your drain unclogged.
    2. Another way is to again boil a pot of water. While it is coming to a boil, pour baking soda into the drain. Make sure you cover all the insides of the drain. Then pour quite a few tablespoons of vinegar down the drain. You want to pour them one at a time allowing enough time so that the baking soda will foam when the vinegar hits it. The foam is what will break up the clog. After a few minutes, pour the boiling water into the drain. Again, do this every couple of weeks to keep your drains clear.
  5. Know the location and operation of your electrical panel.
  6. Know how to fix a squeaky door. A good way to do this is put a little Vaseline on the hinges.
  7. Know where the water cut-off valve is outside and inside your house.
  8. Understand the drainage outside your house. Water should drain away from your house. So to check to make sure the water will flow away from your home, roll a ball on the ground to check this to see which way it rolls.
  9. Check to make sure your water heater's "pressure relief valve" is working properly. It is critical to the safety and proper operation of your water heater.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Started on Any Home Remodeling Projects

  • How long do you intend to stay in your home? You don?t want to over-improve the house if you are not going to be there long.
  • How extensive is your project going to be? Is it within your budget? Can you afford to do it now?
  • How long will it take to complete your remodeling project?
  • Do you have the skills to complete it OR will someone else finish the project?
  • What are you going to remodel? Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, entertainment room?



Woman A Sleep on Carpet

  • Baking Soda. Instead of buying that fragranced powder from the grocery store, just generously sprinkle baking soda over your carpet, leave it overnight, and then vacuum thoroughly. Baking soda does a wonderful job of controlling odors.

  • Direct sunlight. The sun is a great to eliminate odors. So, take those area rugs outside to freshen them!

    To see previous home remodeling tips, click on "Home Remodeling Tips" on the above horizontal bar.

  • If you do not want to do-it-yourself, check here for contractors in your area for just about anything from fixing your water heater to a whole house remodel.

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