Tips for Organizing and Cleaning the Bathroom

Keep Your Bathroom Organized & Clean The Easy Way First, close your eyes and visualize your personal bathroom for a few seconds. Think about how the cabinets, sinks, and other utility areas are positioned, and reflect on how you feel when you're preparing for your day. Are your sanitary and hygiene needs nearby? Do you feel comfortable soaking in your bathtub or resting in the shower after a long day? If all of this sounds frightening or scary, this is where we come in to remind you that once upon a time, it wasn't like this. And getting it back will be easier than you think. Organize Right & Reclaim…

Details Matter: Frequently Overlooked Issues to Consider When Building Your First Home

You've done it — you've decided to build your first home. Congratulations -- building your own home can be rewarding and exciting! But we've all heard the horror stories of first-time builders who neglected to consider key issues that later came back to haunt them. Don't let that happen to you! You want to avoid these painful — and often costly — regrets. So what should you be paying attention to as you put together your plans? Here are a few important considerations that can sometimes get lost in the excitement of building…

Fall Lawn Preparation

Care of your lawn in the fall is as important as in spring and summer. Regular care is the key to an attractive and healthy lawn through the fall and winter months. Here are few things you can do to help your lawn survive the winter and recover vigorously in the spring. Fertilization — Fall fertilization is the key to prolonging fall color and promoting early spring recovery of the lawn. It helps produce a dense turf that resists winter weeds. Fertilizer used in the fall should be higher in nitrogen and potassium and lower in phosphorus. Grasses fertilized this way have shown greater survival…

Protecting Your Wood Floor

The Wood Floor Manufacturers Association states that wood floors are the easiest of all floor types to keep clean and looking new. In order to accomplish this several items must be taken into consideration. These include keeping dirt and grit off the floor, keeping water off the floor, and maintaining the surface finish. Cleaning Clean weekly with a dust mop or vacuum. A damp mop may be used for spills, but never for general cleaning. The water can get into crevices in the wood and result in damage to the floor. Do not ever use a dripping mop. Keep dirt and grit off the floor to prevent scratches.…

Fireplace Maintenance

Always be sure the damper is fully open before starting a fire in the fireplace. It can, and should be closed during non-use to avoid conditioned air loss. Gas Starters When you have a gas starter, first arrange your logs and open the fresh air vent, if applicable, then start a small fire with newspaper before attempting to turn on the gas starter. Once the wood is sufficiently burning, you can turn off the starter. Do not leave the valve key in the valve to avoid unintentional gas leaks. Glass Doors Where provided be sure they are open while a fire is burning intensely. They can be closed when the fire…

Recycling: Still Making a Difference

We all know recycling is a smart idea. But are we participating enough to have a significant impact on reducing manufacturing pollutants and saving energy? Successful recycling, in the simplest terms, is a loop —one that begins and ends with you. When we don't participate in recycling programs unnecessary waste is added to our landfills, and landfills are not designed to decompose trash — only to bury it. Constantly adding to our landfills means we constantly need more of them. Because no one wants one near their home, trash will need to be hauled greater distances"¦and that means increased…

Floor Covering Cleaning & Maintenance

Carpet Vacuuming In order to extend the life and beauty of your carpet it is necessary to vacuum regularly. In high traffic areas this could be as much as once a day. Vacuuming not only keeps the carpet clean, but helps to keep the nap in an upright position. Spills Spills should be dabbed up and spot cleaned immediately. Be sure to color test your spot cleaner in a non visible place, i.e. a closet, first. Carpets should be cleaned professionally regularly, i.e. annually. Resilient Flooring No Wax The resilient flooring in your home is the no wax type. This means the floor is coated with a clear finish…

Keep Your Home & Property Secure While Out Of Town

A holiday vacation, a weekend away from home, or a business trip should be a pleasant experience for you and your family, and often, our fears can get the best of us and give us cause for concern when in fact there are no reasons for being alarmed. However, being safe and secure at all times is not just something that one should do when going out of town, but rather, something that should be incorporated into one's daily routine. By being aware of your surroundings and the world around you and your loved ones, small steps can add up to providing year-round peace of mind. Create A Vacation Checklist And…

Foundation Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your home's foundation and supporting soils is critical in the prevention of foundation failure. Each Design Tech home is supported by a monolithic slab-on-grade foundation. Slab-on—grade foundations are 100% dependent on the underlying soils for support. Although every Design Tech home foundation has been professionally engineered for the type of soil in your area, like most other components of the home, it requires maintenance. Your foundation, with proper care, was designed to support the home throughout its functional life. Most areas of Texas have soils that contain…

Ten Tips to Sell Your Home

You may think your house is perfect just the way it is, but a prospective buyer may not see it that way. To give your home "curb appeal" and make it more attractive to buyers, there are some tasks you should see to before you place that "For Sale" sign in your front yard. Many of these suggestions are simple, common-sense items; others will require some time and investment. But you'll reap the rewards when a buyer walks into your house and exclaims, "This is the home I've been waiting for!" If your home needs to be painted, this is the time to do it. The interior paint job should be fresh and…