Your home is your home. Regardless of whether you own a condo or a house, it’s yours and it’s worth a lot of money. But you can potentially make a lot of money with it as well. If you’re thinking of putting your home on one of those vacation rental websites like Airbnb or VRBO, consider these things before you pull the trigger. (more…)
We’ve all had big and small appliances or items we’ve purchased that supposedly requires you to purchase “special” cleaning products just for those items. Well, don’t be fooled. Sure you can spend the extra money and know you’ll get a good clean, but do you really want to have 20 different cleaning products under your kitchen sink (or wherever you keep them)? Neither do we. Take a look at these helpful cleaning tips that only require items that everyone has in their home. (more…)
Whether you’re a secret hoarder or a have recently downsized your home, you may have too much “stuff” in your house. Some people are just better at keeping their home clean and streamlined then others. I know I’m guilty of that. By removing excess chachkas, even the smallest of spaces will look that much bigger and roomier.
Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help those of us (ahem!) who need a little guidance when it comes to decluttering our living spaces. (more…)
We all love our beautiful granite countertops. Whether they’re in the kitchen or bathroom, they add a touch of elegance to any surface. But how can you effectively clean granite without ruining the stone?
Many countertop professionals might try to sell you on the idea that you absolutely need a granite-specific cleaner and nothing else will do. Well, ladies and gentlemen, this actually is not true. There is a great, and inexpensive, solution to cleaning your granite. And we want to share it with you!
First, let’s tackle some important questions about granite countertops. (more…)
Just like your sink, your oven and your fridge, your washing machine and dryer both need to be cleaned at least once every couple of months. This not only ensures a healthy, well-running machine, but it ensures that the machines won’t actually stain or ruin your clothes instead of cleaning them. Yikes!
Nowadays, front-loading washers and dryers are more popular than ever. And for multiple reasons. First, they are energy efficient which we all know helps decrease the amount of energy and water required to run a load. But these types of machines are also more prone to growing mold from stagnant water, and of course, smells ensue.
We’ve culled the internet for our favourite tips, which are environmentally sound and utilize ingredients everyone typically already has in their cupboards. The washing machine and the dryer will both require different methods, so we’ve broken them down in a few simple steps for you below. Remember to let us know what you think once you’ve given them a try. (more…)
Spring and summer are a beautiful time. Those with a green thumb get to garden and watch their plants grow. Aspiring gardeners give growing a try. Some grow vegetables and herbs to eat and cook with. The rest of us do what we can to have an attractive yard. With all this yard work and gardening come a number of garden tools that need storing.
Finding space for your garden tools and an organized way of storing them is essential to making the most of the growing season. Here are some garden storage tips that will keep everything in its place in your garage or shed. (more…)
Between work and having a life it can be difficult to do all the little cleaning things you are supposed to or want to do. You home or condo can quickly start to look like a mess and you get frustrated. Keeping your cleaning routine simple and streamlined is key to making the most of your cleaning. Even if you’re busy you can still fit cleaning into your life. If not you can always hire a maid service. (more…)
There are many skills it is important to teach your child. How to take care of a home and living space is just as important as being able to cook or tie their shoes. One day they will have a home of their own that needs repairing and maintenance. Getting them involved in everyday household tasks, explaining maintenance to them while you do it and giving them constructive chores are all good ways of teaching them and preparing them to live on their own one day. Most of these suggestions are targeted at children eight years old and upwards. (more…)
Most of the year it doesn’t matter if you have air conditioning, especially in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland where the weather is pretty consistent and mild. During the summer and heat waves many people living in homes and apartments without AC are wishing they had it. If you don’t there are still lots of good ways to keep cool and beat the heat.
There are lots of reasons that you may not have an air conditioner installed where you live or work. It might be your landlord’s responsibility and you have no control over it. You might live in an older building. AC might seem like an unnecessary luxury. Others opt out of it to save on money and reduce their energy footprint. While you may be wishing for an easy way to fill your space with bursts of cold air you don’t have to suffer all summer. People have been keeping cool without AC for centuries and you can too.
Here are some easy things to do to keep cool without air conditioning. (more…)
With dry hot summer weather comes wilting grass and plants. If necessary during droughts cities throughout Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland introduce watering bans. Recently water levels in reservoirs have been dropping and more and more places are either banning residents from watering their lawns and yards or calling on residents to limit their water use.
During watering restrictions and generally when planning your landscape design you can make a number of strategic choices that reduce the amount of water your yard needs to look its best. This means when there is no drought you’ll spend less time worrying about watering. During a drought a watering ban will have less of an impact on you and how good your yard looks.
Here are some tips on how to landscape your yard for water efficiency. (more…)