Turn Your Home Into A Smart Home On A Budget

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Turn Your Home Into A Smart Home On A Budget – t’s time to bring your home into the future! There are so many apps, tech tools and gadgets to help you manage and maintain your home while saving you money along the way. Here are just a few things you can do to turn your home into a “smart home” on a budget…

Door Locks

Did you know you can control the locks on your door with your smartphone? Yep! Never forget to lock the front door again! Using a smart door lock system like Okiokeys or Kevo Smart Lock you can lock or unlock your doors using a fob or app. Someone coming over to visit but you aren’t home? Give visitors, housekeepers or the kids a virtual key! Pretty cool.

Smart Speaker

Kind of like Siri, this speaker is voice activate, can check the weather, control a number of smart home gadgets, read you audiobooks, and even purchase things online! Check out the Amazon Echo.

Home Network

Centralize photos, music, movies, documents, surveillance footage and more using a tool like QNAP TS -x51. Consider this your own personal cloud that you can access from anywhere!

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Yep, this too! This is a 2-in-1 device that will alert your smartphone when the alarm goes off. From the alert, you can call 911 or silence the alarm if your cooking set it off 🙂

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5 Life Hacks To Use Around Your Home

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5 Life Hacks To Use Around Your Home – If you own a home, you already know that there is a new or trendy idea for everything. When it comes to unique or DIY ideas, the possibilities are really endless. Add a personalized touch with a few hacks that can work for any sized home, and will also keep you organized along the way. Here are 5 life hacks that are not only easy to do, but incredibly savvy.

A Hinged Painting

Putt hinges (instead of hooks) on a painting to cover up a thermostat. Not only will you not have to worry about an unpleasant eye-sore in the middle of your wall, but you will be able to brighten up the room with a beautiful work of art.

Differentiate Your Keys

Use different color nail polish to differentiate the sets of keys on your keychains.

Magnets

Glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer. That way, you won’t have to fumble with nails in your mouth while you’re hammering things.

Command Hooks

Command hooks are great for everything, but there is definitely one way you’ll find them more helpful. Place them on the back of your child’s highchair to hold bibs, that way you won’t have to search for one during meal times.

Stripped Screws

Stripped screws are not fun for anyone. Use a rubber band on top of the screw to help remove it from its place.

 

For more hacks to use around your home, visit here.

5 Signs Your Home is Outdated

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5 Signs Your Home is Outdated – Sometimes features in a home can take a while to be “outdated” while others are considered trendy and can become outdated pretty quickly. Here is a list of features that can make your home seem outdated…

Popcorn Ceilings – This is a feature that was standard in new homes quite a few years ago. Today, it is considered an outdated feature. Did you know this is something that can be fixed pretty easily? Whether you want to update your ceilings yourself or hire a handyman to help out, do some research to see if this is something that makes send you, your home and your renovation agenda.

Heavy Features – By this I mean wall to wall dark wood walls or heavy/dark built-ins that make the room look smaller and well, outdated! You know what I’m talking about too! Before you spend time ripping out this feature in your home, take a step back and determine whether it just needs a fresh coat of lighter paint or a few minor modifications. This might be the time to bring in a home stager to help you make that decision.

Cheap Doors – Updated your doors to 6-panel or just a more sturdy, updated door can also give your entire home a facelift. Whether you keep that door a wood stained color or if you paint it white, think of the entire look and feel of the home.

Hardware – As you make adjustments to your home, don’t forget about door knobs, cabinet handles, faucets and drawer knobs. These can also make your home look outdated and by swapping them out for a few new options you can really transform your home.

Walls – Do you still have wall paper from 1982? Maybe the paint color is from the 90’s? What’s nice is that paint is easy to replace through the years so you don’t have to worry about this being an enormous expense to change up. Take a look at your walls and see if added a pop of color or toning it down to a neutral will update your home.

There are still ways to add your décor flavor to your home while still choosing options that will help in the resale of your home. Take a look at this list and take a look at your home. What updates will you be making this year?

6 Tips For Settling Into Your New Home Before The Holidays

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6 Tips For Settling Into Your New Home Before The Holidays – It is the most wonderful time of the year! And there is no better time than the holiday season to start making new memories in your new home. There are numerous things you can do to help get you and your family get settled in your new space. Here are six tips for settling into your new home right before the holidays.

 

Participate in Local Celebrations

Whether you are moving across the country or down the street, make sure you participate in local holiday celebrations. This will allow you to meet some new people in your area and get a good sense of the type of community around you.

 

Plan for Delays

Make sure you plan for delays before, during and after the holidays. With an increased percent of travelers on the road, your belongings could be delayed. If you plan ahead and are prepared for any type of delay, settling into your home will not be difficult.

 

Focus

You will want to focus on the most important tasks at hand. While diving into all of the fun DIY projects you’ve brainstormed sounds like a great idea, it is important to remember that the busy holiday season is almost upon us and you won’t want to start something you can’t yet finish.

 

Prioritize Unpacking

It is easy to get sucked into the fun that comes with holiday activities, but make sure to finish your unpacking before it starts! You do not necessarily have to have everything unpacked, but doing the majority of it will cut down on your stress later on.

 

Get the Word Out

When you move, you want to let people know where you have gone. Use your holiday cards to let friends and family know about your move. Hopefully, you will get some cards in return, which will definitely make you feel right at home.

 

Decorate

Last but certainly not least, do not forget to decorate your new home with the festive looks of the season. Holiday decor is some of the most beautiful decor of the year, and adding holiday candles will help your new home look and smell like home.

For more tips on settling into your new home, visit here.

Guide To Remodeling Your Home

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Guide To Remodeling Your Home – Remodeling your home can be intimidating for anyone! But it sure is rewarding once you’ve achieved the home of your dreams. Whether this is your first remodel or you’re a veteran remodeler, there are a number of things that you may not know about making your remodel a smooth process. Here’s how to successfully remodel your home:

 

Decide What You Want

Do you really want to complete this remodel, or are you looking for an entire new home? Determining what you’re looking for in your remodel will only make you more prepared to complete it.

 

Make a Plan

Plan out every aspect of your remodel – timing, materials, etc. Having a plan will keep you more organized in the long run.

 

Budget

Once you have a plan in place, that will help you determine your budget. If you plan on hiring extra help, you’ll know what you need to work into your budget.

 

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways To Brighten And Update Your Kitchen

 

Do Your Own Demo

Not only will you save money not hiring the extra help, but you can do it on your own time.

 

Don’t Change Your Mind (Too Much)

Changing your mind about what you want in your home remodel can cause minor setbacks or strain your budget. Try and stick as close to the plan as possible.

 

Complete Your Paperwork

Whether your project is big or small, there is some paperwork you will need to complete in order to continue with your remodel.

 

Create a Schedule and Stay on Track

Creating a schedule to keep you on track with timing will not only help you stay motivated, but it will save you money. Stay organized and keep all of the different parts moving along.

 

Have a Contingency Fund

Problems occurring during a home remodel are inevitable – have a contingency plan and fund in place to help you through those problems.

 

Consider Look Alikes

Some imitations make sense when it comes to the floors you choose for your remodel. Do you research to find out what options are right for you.

 

Remember:

The end is near and you will soon be enjoying your newly remodeled home with your family.

 

For more information on tips for remodeling your home, visit here.

4 High Tech Security Systems For Your Home

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4 High Tech Security Systems for Your Home – With today’s modern technology, keeping your home safe is easier than ever. Installing a security system not only protects what you love, it can bring you peace of mind. Relax knowing that your home is safe with these state-of-the-art security systems:

1.Using Bluetooth technology, Lockitron Door Lock unlocks and locks your door via your smartphone. Benefits of this technology include sharing your key easily with family and friends as well as tracking who is unlocking your doors while you are away.

2. Sentri Home Security is the ultimate system attached to your smart device. Its software comes with live audio and video feed that can be accessed from any smart device you carry with you. This system can track air quality and temperature, as well as monitor lighting and energy usage in the home.

SEE ALSO: 8 Hidden Hazards In Your Home

3. Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey is the lock that can be opened with the touch of a finger. All you need is a smartphone with the Kevo app or the Kevo Fob on your person to enable this magical technology. You can even set time constraints on when the Unikey is active, to ensure you know when and who is entering and exiting your home.

4. The tiny and sleek Nest camera is the perfect device to keep an eye on your living space while you are away. This camera gives you a 130 degree panoramic view with zoom capacity. For additional security and safety, add the Nest thermostat and Smoke +CO Alarm to your order.

 

When it comes to security, there is a system out there to suit every family’s needs. Security is a serious matter- and a little investment goes a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

DIY: Summer Gardening Tips

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DIY: Summer Gardening Tips – As the sun’s hot rays pierce the earth, mixed with the occasional soaking rain shower, summer gardens are booming this year. Gardening is an ideal summer activity- it’s great exercise, therapeutic, and of course yields healthy, fresh food for your family. Here are a few summer gardening tips to help you manage your garden this summer.

The Soap Trick: One irritating thing about gardening every day is that dirt can become caked under your fingernails, staining the nail no matter how hard you scrub. Experts recommend scraping a bar of soap across your nails, which will store soap slivers under the nail and block dirt while you dig. Washing your hands at the end of a gardening session will easily remove the soap slivers and your nails will be clean as can be.

Versatile Tools: A great tip for minimizing the amount of gardening tools you are toting around is to make single tools, multi-functional. For example, take your hoe or shovel and mark the handle in inches and feet with permanent marker. This way when you are planting or laying out your gardens, you can use the handle to measure distance and the shovel to dig your holes.

Let Nothing Go to Waste: After you finish your morning coffee or tea, use the grounds to feed acid to acid-loving flower plants like gardenias or rhododendrons in your yard. Adding one-quarter inch of grounds around the plant just once a month, will make these plants happy.

Harvest, Harvest and Harvest: When growing vegetables, harvest as soon as veggies are ripe and ready. Each time you harvest, the plant will yield more little veggies for future food! Have extra fruit or vegetables? Likely your local homeless shelter or nearest neighbor would appreciate the goods. Additionally eat the food as soon as you harvest to take advantage of the foods delicious fresh flavors.

Water in the Morning: Watering plants in the morning will maximize the water absorption that your plants can manage. Moreover make sure to water your plants frequently, especially during the hottest times of the summer.

Tell the Bugs to Beat it!: Infestations can ruin plants rapidly. Keep a sharp eye on leaves for bugs attacking your foliage. Some tips to stave them off: 1. Wrap tape around your fingers and brush them along the under side of leaves to grab at tiny insects. 2. Sprinkle organic diatomaceous earth around your plants to take care of those harmful bugs. A little will go a long way.

There are tons of tips to maximize your garden efforts this summer. Check out hgtv.com and motherearthnews.com for more ideas. Enjoy your summer and your garden to the fullest and reap its beautiful and delicious rewards along the way.