Is That a Snow Flake in The Air?

Winterization dos and don'tsAs it happens every year, winter comes after fall. While many of us be look forward to the season for the holidays and the expectancy of winter sports, we also sometimes forget to prepare equipment for the coming season as well. Most call this winterization. Several different aspects of a person’s life actually need winterization. We need to get our winter clothes swapped out with our summer clothes, bathing suits for snow suits; pipes under or outside of the house need to be take care of to hold off any freezing; cars need to be serviced and even our lawn or farm equipment needs to be taken care of. Whether you’re simply preparing your house for the winter or getting your outdoors equipment prepared for the season long nap, preparations should be made on all fronts. Here are a few key areas and tips

Indoors:
1) Slowly acclimate your house. While the climate does not always help you with this type of preparation due to strong temperature changes at times, it’s still beneficial if you can begin to lower the temperature in the house or begin early on to drop the AC and allow your body to acclimate as the “true” temperature shifts.

2) Clear the way… Clear out the vents for your heaters, chimneys, and stoves. Be sure to dust off any of your radiators or portable heating devices as well to ensure that an unexpected heat source doesn’t suddenly erupt! Even Salt Lake City Cleaning Services can help you if you are unable to get to some of the areas to clean them up or clear them out.

Outdoors:
1) Pipes! Make sure pipes are properly prepared. For sprinklers, they should all be blown out while faucets and other pipes should either be turned off, insulated, or buried below the freeze line in the ground.

2) Prepare for unwanted visitors, and no, we’re not talking about the in-laws. As temperatures drop rodents and pests begin to look for warmer areas in which to nest and reside. Be prepared ahead of time by sealing any cracks or holes through which they may enter the house. Keep firewood about 20 feet from the house so that any critters that decide to build a home there are away from the house. Also, be sure to try to keep areas clean as it’s a lot harder for pets to hide if there’s no place for them to do so.

3) Check your outdoor equipment. Whether it’s simply being sure that you have a working snow shovel and rake or preparing such equipment as a farm tractor, baler belts, or lawn mowers, each piece needs to be handled correctly. It’s always best to check with the manufacturer to determine what their recommended winterization methods are; however, the important piece is to check. Realize each piece of equipment or supply is different and may require very different methods in order to work optimally after the winter season. Be sure you have the supplies you’ll need and then be sure what you do have is prepared for the long hibernation.

Get ready for Jack Frost to come our way this winter, but not to worry. If you follow the tips above, you should be in great shape to have a warm house with the safety and freedom from danger and unwanted creatures that will help your winter be just what you want it to be…. Magic!

How To Make Your First Apartment Experience Magical

nolan aparmtent interiorGetting an apartment can be a daunting task, whether it’s your first time getting out of the house or your downsizing from house to an apartment.  Often times those that have rented an apartment look back on the experience and realize there were definitely some things that could have saved some extra work and worry. With that in mind, we want to help choosing your first apartment as magical an experience as possible.

What’s included? Always seek further into what exactly you’re paying for.

There’s nothing worse than being shown around the perfect apartment, fully equipped with a washer, dryer, dishwasher you name it.. Then moving in day comes, only to realise the last tenants took those with them. No one wants to pay out a bunch for the deposit, only to have to go and spend a bomb on what they thought they already had. This goes for bills too, make sure to check what’s included in the rent. You may jump at the chance of unrealistic cheap rent and think you’ve got a good’un , to then receive added on utility bills.

 

Setting a budget.

It’s suggested that no one spends over 35% of their monthly income on rent. Work out 35% of your income and start looking for apartments, at least then you know that anything over your worked out amount may be a stretch. Like above, don’t forget to look into exactly what’s included in the advertised rent, if utilities such as water and electricity aren’t included, make sure to take those into account too. Work out your new monthly expenditures and see if it’s affordable for you.

 

apartment_luxury-interiorWhat to search for – Narrowing down your search.

You should always start with a rough distance, whether you’re wanting to be closer to your parents house, school or work, it’ll help you narrow down your search for your perfect apartment. Think about whether you need a pet friendly apartment, laundry facilities or free parking. If this is going to be long term housing for you, thinking ahead at all of these points should make life a whole lot easier for you right from the start!

 

Knowing the in and outs and your rights.

Before you sign a lease or contract, make sure to read it more than once to make sure you really understand the conditions you’re agreeing to. Ask for a copy of rules and regulations to keep in case you need to go back on them later. Realize that different types of apartments have very different leases. For example if you are looking for student housing, the Weber State housing you choose may have a very different lease than a standard apartment complex. Here are a few things that are absolutely essential to know about before signing the lease;

  • The beginning and the expiration date
  • The rental price and information about your security deposit
  • The reasons for which your landlord can terminate your lease contract
  • Are there any penalties for moving out of your apartment before the expiration date?
  • Are there any responsibilities on your head for repairs and such?
  • Is subletting allowed?
  • See if you have to buy renters insurance
  • Is there a policy about guest visitors?

 

Inspect the apartment.

 

Yes, the apartment may look great, but it’s the hidden details you have to look out for. Whilst you’re viewing apartments, don’t just look, touch! Open draws, cupboards, doors, windows, anything! Try turning on taps, flushing toilets, turning on appliances and checking pipes. Notice a door coming off its hinges? Or windows not quite sealed properly? ..Write it down. It seems a little obsessive, but its little things like this that will be checked at the end of your lease, and may lead to you losing your deposit or paying for damages. Make sure to tell the landlord before you move in, so he can either fix them or keep them on file, as not to charge you for them later on.

 

It’s not all about the money though. Also make sure you check the noise levels, especially if you’re a student that’ll need to focus or just someone who enjoys a bit of peace and quiet. It’ll help you out in the long run. If you need further insight into what to look for, you can find out more at Apartment Guide.

 

 

If you stick with these points, you’ll be on your way to a magical experience in your very own first apartment, Good Luck!

Increase The Resale Value Of Your Home With A New Paint Job

Exterior Paint Magic

House Painting in Summit CountyThinking of selling your house this season? This is a daunting task, but with a little know how, you can get the most money for your house. The first thing you need to think about it curb appeal. How does your house look from the street? Many buyers will walk away at first sight if your house is not a shining, inviting and picturesque dwelling. Curb appeal has to do with landscaping and the overall look of the house. If your house has peeling paint, or is painted an unseemly color, you are probably not going to attract very many buyers. Enlisting the help of a fantastic roofing contractor in Park City is a good way to start increasing the value of your home, before you put it on the market.

Traditional Paint Jobs

The good old stand by is a warm beige color with bright white trim. A natural looking door completes this effect. This color scheme is easy on the eyes, and helps a home blend into any neighborhood. If you really need a splash of color add a little decorative trim somewhere but not too much. Additional outdoor light fixtures will also help your curb appeal in a conservative way.

Standing Out Just A Little

For a modern and artistic look in a conservative and quiet neighborhood, try varying the shades of one color. Use the lightest variant for the house color, a darker version for the trim and a complementary color for the door.

Modern And Exciting

If your neighborhood is a few clicks away from the standard cookie cutter suburban scene, go ahead and try this color scheme on for size. A stark white house color with white trim. However, paint your shutters grey, lavender, or blue, and give the door a fresh color pop. Make sure the door is complementary to the shutter color however. We can save the outrageous paint jobs for the outrageous neighborhoods.

5 Magic Ways To Make Winter Fun

For some, winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year.  For others, it’s a dreaded time, filled with the family stuck indoors for too long, arguing ensuing and all around misery happening.  It certainly doesn’t have to be that way.  Whether you love the cold or hate it, here are 5 magic ways to make winter fun.

  1. Try to take advantage of the cold.  Even if you may not like the cold, often times having fun in the cold will take your mind off of the cold itself.  Taking the time to try sledding, skiing, ice skating or even building a snow fort can make the winter not only bearable but also very enjoyable.  This is especially true for children as they almost always love to have fun in the snow or on the ice.  Whether they’re getting to see the lake frozen over, or playing out an Avengers battle with their own forts and snowballs, kids need to be allowed to enjoy winter outdoors when possible.
  2. Don’t want to battle the cold?  Stay in for a family movie night.  Take the time to go out and get the candy, popcorn, and soda and rent a movie that you haven’t seen or just want to enjoy again.  Cuddle up in the living room with the family and enjoy a night in.  There’s nothing like the fresh smell of popcorn to help you enjoy the movie and make the cold weather outside into an adventure.
  3. Are you more of a baker?  How about having a little bake-a-thon with the kids.  Allow them to take part in mixing batter, rolling it out, and cutting out the cookies.  Really turn it into a great night of philanthropy by making cookies for others.  Pick out some great shapes, cookie flavors, or decorations and go to town making cookies both to have at your house and to take and give to someone else.  Make even better by doing it outside of the holiday when others are normally getting cookies.
  4. Kick back for an “old fashioned night” and just have a reading night.  Have everyone grab their favorite books and you can either take turns reading out of your book to everyone, so that all those gathered can benefit from what each other is reading, or center it on one book or story that you either read aloud or you pass around to be read.  Go a step further and give each person a role from the book that they can transform into and act out the story as it’s read.
  5. Do you still have too much energy running through the veins (especially with kiddos?).  Through on the music and have a dance party.  If it’s to chilly to burn of the energy outside, let the music play and everyone just let themselves go to enjoy the craziness that can be had by just letting your hair down.  Don’t worry about being professionals, just enjoy getting a little crazy together.  Take a step further by planning a routine together – whether it be silly or serious.  Take the time and come up with the routine, practice it, and then perform it.

With the 5 magical steps above, the winter blues can be evaded and held off. There’s no need to be afraid of winter with such fun ways to make it more enjoyable for everyone.  Looking for more activities?  Try https://www.pinterest.com/binspiredmama/winterfun-for-kids/.