Saturday, August 17, 2019 / by Brenda Bianchi
Splashing and diving in a pool is surely a fun and enjoyable way to beat the heat. However, owning a backyard pool comes with serious responsibilities, too.
We're sharing 5 important pool safety tips you can follow to make sure your children and pets are safe.
1. Have secure fencing around the pool with a self-locking entrance. Make sure a child cannot climb or squeeze through the fence.
2. Safety covers. Either manual or motorized, covers are placed over the water’s surface when the pool is not in use.
3. Installing alarms on a pool ensures adults are alerted when water in the pool is displaced.
4. Store pool chemicals in a safe area away from the pool area and out of reach of children.
5. Maintain a clean pool.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 / by Brenda Bianchi
Raising a baby can be difficult! At times it can seem like everything in your house is a hazard to your baby. Take the proper safety measures and childproofing steps to keep your family safe at home. Learn how to keep curious fingers away from everyday danger throughout the house.
Cut window-blind cords. Or use safety tassels and inner cord stops so that children can’t get entangled.
Place covers over unused outlets. Sliding covers are the best, as the push-in ones can be pulled out and possibly choked on.
Put up safety gates. Install hardware-mounted safety gates in front of any stairs in the house.
Install corner and edge bumpers. These will help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges.
Use doorstops and door holders. Keep small fingers from being crushed or pinched in doors and door hinges.
Switch to cordless phones, if you haven’t already. Children can get tangled in phone cord. Plus, keeping an eye on your young ones ...
Thursday, August 08, 2019 / by Brenda Bianchi
August by the Numbers
Staying current is a must when it comes to understanding the housing market. Here's a look at how the numbers stack up today. If you'd like to learn more about homeownership or your next move, let's get together to discuss your options.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / by Brenda Bianchi
Do you want a glowing sunroom, but don't have the money to create an expensive addition?
Why not convert an unused, dingy shed to a chic Florida room?
To achieve this transformation, you may try to:
Replace the siding with screen panels.
Add a coat of fresh paint.
Put some string lights and a few fresh plants.
Add a reading nook or a hammock.
And ta-da it becomes the perfect backyard oasis!!
These photos from The White Buffalo Styling Co. will give you ideas on how to convert an old shed into a stunning sunroom!
Get inspired with these clever layout and pretty fabrics, furniture, and accents to transform your Florida room into the most-used space in your home!
Saturday, July 27, 2019 / by Brenda Bianchi
Considering a big home renovation? When it comes to home improvements, knowing what you want is the easy part. The tougher question is figuring out how much you can afford.
Here’s how to set your priorities, establish a spending limit and stick to your budget.
1. Determine your goals.
Why do you want to renovate? Are you remodeling your kitchen because you want more counter space? Do you want to create an open floor plan? Are you tired of not having enough space to entertain guests? Figure out what your goals are and then figure out your budget.
2. Drill down to specifics.
Determine the professionals and equipment you need. Do you want hardwood floors or carpet? Black or stainless-steel appliances? Providing a contractor with a list of exactly what you want can help you formulate an accurate budget.
3. Assess your financing options.
Unless you’re going to pay for all remodeling expenses with cash, you’ll need to borrow money ...