Archive for June, 2013

Tips for Buying New Rugs and Carpet for Your Home

Tips for Buying New Rugs and Carpet for Your Home

Adding a new rug to your home can completely change the look of a room.  With so many styles to choose from, you can augment the look of your floor without having to replace your entire flooring. In addition, rugs serve as a protective layer on your floor, especially in high foot traffic areas.

Below are some tips for buying the perfect rug or carpet for your home:

  • Know the different styles of rugs. Having the knowledge of the various options you have can enable you to choose which one is the best to buy. Rugs come in different styles, from plush to textured, simple to ornate.  Know what kind of style you want to see on your floor, so you have a guideline to work with.
  • Check for hidden costs. If you are opting for carpet, there may be added charges for delivery, installation, or moving your furniture. Understand fully what you are paying for before you sign on the dotted line.
  • Don’t skimp on your padding. You may be enticed to choose the cheapest padding for your carpet in order to save money, but in the long run, you won’t. A cheap material may save you a few bucks up front, but you will also end up spending much more on repairs or replacement. Try to invest in high quality padding. Remember that your carpet padding offers both cushion and added protection. It also makes your carpet more durable against easy wear and tear.
  • Choose something stain resistant. There are certain rugs and carpets that come in stain resistant fabric, so you won’t have to worry if something spills. Though these do come with an added cost, just think of the time and money you will save when it comes to maintenance.
  • Select a good color. Your rug or carpet should be a home-maker, not a home-breaker. Choosing an appropriate color and design will help enhance the look of your interior.
  • Ask for the warranty. Anytime you make a larger purchase, request a warranty to cover any expenses or damage that may arise unexpectedly.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Top Handyman Skills Homeowners Should Have

Top Handyman Skills Homeowners Should Have

Homeownership can be as easy as buying a move-in-ready home and settling in. But, what happens when the power goes out or there is fire in the kitchen?  What will you do if you have plumbing problems or your door lock breaks?

Yes, homeownership is wonderful, but if you don’t know some of the basic handyman skills a homeowner should possess, the experience could be more difficult than necessary. Below are the top skills any homeowner should have in order to be able to address problems inside their homes:

  • Use a fire extinguisher. Commercial buildings are required to have at least one fire extinguisher per floor. The same holds true with a private home. Your home should have at least one fire extinguisher on hand in case of fire. But, just having one isn’t enough.  You also need to know how to use it, so you can extinguish a fire if one starts.
  • Know where your main water shutoff valve is and how to shut down the main waterline. Plumbing problems are fairly common, and one of the first steps you must take is to turn off the main water line in order to prevent flooding. Usually, the main water line is located in the basement. If you don’t know how to shut down the valve, seek help from a plumber.
  • Learn how to use your tools. Have a tool kit at home with all of the tools necessary for basic repairs.  If you know how to do basic home repairs, you can save thousands of dollars by not constantly calling a professional. Understand the function of each of your tools, so you can use them appropriately.
  • Replace a door lock. What will you do if your door lock is broken and there is no one available at night to come and fix it? There is no need to compromise the safety of your family by not knowing how to replace door locks. Have an extra lock on hand just in case you ever need it.
  • Locate studs in the walls. We all need to hang something on the wall at one time or another, and finding a stud in the wall is essential for installing a strong hook. Know how you to locate a stud in the wall by tapping on solid and hollow parts of the wall. A stud can be detected when you hear a solid tap.
  • Fix a leaky faucet. Would you want to see your faucet leaking unused water each day? That would result in gallons of water being wasted. Know how to fix a leaky faucet, so you can conserve your water and maximize its use.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Federal Funds Offered to Low-Income Oklahomans for Energy Bills

Federal Funds Offered to Low-Income Oklahomans for Energy Bills

Summer has officially started, and people will be turning up their air conditioning and fans as the days get hotter and hotter. This increased energy consumption means that their  energy bills will inevitably go up as well. Unfortunately, for low-income families, it can be difficult to keep up with those bills all summer. Oftentimes, they end up either compromising their comfort and well-being by not cooling their houses, or they end up spending all of their income on their bills, leaving very little to live on for the rest of the month.

That is why the federal government is stepping in.  According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, about $16 million of federal funds are being made available to low-income Oklahomans to help them cover the costs of their summer cooling bills.

Starting on July 9 applications for the program will be available at DHS county offices. Families with a maximum monthly income of $1,024 for a one-person household to $3,565 for an eight-person household are qualified to submit their applications.

There will be no deadline for applications until the entire fund is depleted, at which point DHS will stop accepting further applications. Those who want to apply will have to pay a one-time fee of $120 to $180, depending on the number of people in their household.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How to Deodorize Your Fridge

How to Deodorize Your Fridge

Nobody wants to be greeted with a horrible smell when they open their refrigerator. When your fridge is unclean, the odor can be overpowering and may even spread throughout your kitchen. In order to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean at all times, you need to make sure that you don’t leave any spoiled food inside.

For homeowners who may be trapped in a “smelly” situation, here are a few tips to help deodorize your fridge:

  • Remove anything in your fridge that may have caused the bad smell. It’s always best to find the cause of the problem firs, so you can prevent the smell from further accumulating and spreading around your kitchen.
  • Take out the tray, shelves or other removable parts of your fridge when cleaning. That way, foods or liquids that may have become lodged in them can be removed before you store new food. If you don’t remove old remnants, you won’t be able to completely expel the smell.
  • Leave a bowl of oats inside your fridge. Oats are known to be odor-absorbers, and they are very effective at removing smells that may be circulating inside your refrigerator. Place a bowl of dry oats in a corner and leave it until the smell is gone. You may also use coffee grounds, which are also very odor-absorbent.
  • Clean your fridge with baking soda. You can always find baking soda in your kitchen, so whenever you encounter bad smells in your fridge, you can deodorize them by scrubbing them with a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Keep your foods in airtight containers when placing them inside the fridge. This way, even if they do get spoiled, the smell will not easily spread.
  • If the problem is in your freezer, defrost it.  Stacked layers of ice on the sides of your fridge will only retain the bad smell. Regularly defrost your fridge to keep smells from emerging.
  • If possible, avoid placing anything inside your fridge before the bad smell is totally removed. The odor will only cause your other foods to easily spoil and smell bad as well. Keep them stored safely in other places.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Summer Renovation Ideas for Your Home

Summer Renovation Ideas for Your Home

We all look forward to the summer months, so we can enjoy vacations at the beach or lounging under a tree in our backyard. But, did you know that summer is also a great season for home renovation?  If you want to upgrade your home, but were delayed due to the cold winter days and difficult weather, then summer is the perfect time for you.  Summer months have longer days, which means you have more daylight hours to spend on fixing the garage or painting the outside of your house.

If you are planning for a home renovation this summer, here are a few great ideas:

  • Build a deck or a small porch. Wouldn’t you enjoy passing a lovely afternoon under the cool shade? Or, perhaps a clear night outside, gazing at the stars?  Having a deck in your garden or attached to your home can make that a reality. You can enjoy your time outside with friends or a good book in a comfortable way.
  • Create a play area for the kids. You can install a small swimming pool for them to cool down and play in during the hot days or have a play station where they can jump, swing, or slide. A sandbox is also a great idea for toddlers who want to build their own castles. Summer is a much-awaited time for kids, so let them have a place of their own to enjoy it.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to your rooms. Painting is great activity to do during the summer because the paint dries faster.
  • Construct an outdoor kitchen and dining area. It doesn’t have to be a big area…just enough room for a grill, food preparation, and a dining or picnic table for six. This offers you and your family a great alternative dining spot without spending much money.
  • Repave your driveway. Hot days are ideal if you want to repave your driveway because there is no moisture to obstruct the setting and effectiveness of your new pavement.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Centralized Enrollment Center Opening Soon for Edmond Students

Centralized Enrollment Center Opening Soon for Edmond Students

Each year, hundreds of young students start kindergarten or transfer to a different school. This requires some adjustment for both the new students and their parents because they must learn the policies and procedures of the new school.

Because many questions often arise, the Edmond Public Schools District is opening a centralized enrollment center to give assistance to incoming students and transferees. The enrollment center will help students as they go through the new enrollment process, and it is designed to make the city’s schools feel more welcoming.

The new centralized enrollment center will be open to new students and transferees from June 24 until July 30. Parents who wish to enroll their kids in person at the center can go to Edmond Memorial High School, Monday to Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The school is located at 100 E 15th St.

There are enrollment forms and requirements that parents need to complete prior to enrolling at the center. Parents can fill out the forms in advance by downloading them from http://www.edmondschools.net.

In addition, parents or legal guardians must bring two verifiable proofs of residency to show that both they and the student reside within the Edmond Public Schools District.  Parents also need to bring a photo ID of themselves, as well as the child’s legal birth certificate (for prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade) and immunization records.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Best Tips when it comes to Furniture Restoration

Best Tips when it comes to Furniture Restoration

Do you have old and worn out furniture at home?  Don’t just throw it away. Furniture is an investment that can last for years, and there is no reason to throw it away before its time has come.  The best thing to do is restore your furniture to make it look attractive and brand new, so you can preserve your investment by giving it new life rather than spending more money on something new.

When it comes to furniture restoration, there are certain tips that you should follow in order to make the project a success.

  • Budget – Always set a budget when undertaking a home project.  There will be costs associated with buying new materials for your furniture, so give yourself a budget and stick to it.  Make your budget realistic based on the type of project it is. Also, make sure you keep your costs as minimal as possible, so you don’t end up paying more than what it would cost to buy something new.
  • Schedule properly – Furniture restoration is not an easy or fast task. Most of the time, it requires making repairs, painting, staining, and drying. You will need to carve out time during the weekends or when you have time available in the evening after work.
  • Know what you are doing – Restoring your furniture is a practical idea, but not knowing what you’re doing and risking doing something wrong is not a good idea. You need to properly research how to restore your type of furniture in order to make your task easier and produce high-quality results.
  • Consider your safety – Doing the project yourself can open up the risk of hurting your eyes or cutting yourself.  Consider the proper safety gear and tools required before tackling the task. The project isn’t worth doing yourself if it is highly likely that you will injure yourself….in cases like that, it is better to hire a professional.
  • Plan well before starting the task – Always take the time to plan in advance what you need to do in order to end up with the final result that you’re wanting. Planning will help you complete the task faster because you will have a written-out list of steps to follow.
  • Hire a professional – If you think your skills fall short of what it will take to restore your furniture properly, hire a professional.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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