Category DIY

Transitioning Your Home for the Christmas Season

Aside from decorating with a beautiful Christmas tree, candy canes, and Christmas stockings, here are more ways to prepare your home for a merry, jolly Christmas. Scents The “Christmas scent” is different from household to household. It could be apple cinnamon, nutmeg, pine wood, cloves, or eucalyptus. However, artificial store-bought aerosol sprays and air fresheners […]

How to Get the Freshest Vegetables and Eggs

Growing concerns of health and sources of food are pushing us to shop for fresh local groceries. However, aside from going to the farmer’s market, you can also plant your own produce or raise some chickens in your backyard. Fresh food can be literally, steps away from your kitchen! Vegetable garden Planting vegetables is not […]

Winter Preparation for Home (Home Weatherization)

Although Phoenix does not get snow, the drastic temperature fluctuation can make our home operate inefficiently. Having a tightly sealed home is like having a good zip-up trench coat that can help you to retain heat in the body. By weatherizing your home, you can save up to 30% of your heating cost. Here is […]

Listen… Demystifying Strange Sounds in Your Home

Have you ever been home alone and heard some strange noise coming from the walls, bathroom, and even ceiling? These sounds are often indicators of needed home repair. A buzzing sound can be caused by an electrical problem. You can switch off the main power. If the buzz stops, an electrical problem is the most […]

7 Things Often Overlooked During a Final Home Purchase Walkthrough

A final walkthrough is usually requested a week before closing. This is typically 30 minutes long to make sure that your new house is in good condition and ready for move-in. Here are some things that you should check before closing. Turn on appliances Make sure they can complete one whole cycle. You might want […]

Arizona Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month. The recent flooding in Houston reminded us about how vulnerable cities are to both natural disaster and man-made hazards. No matter what the scale of emergency, the more prepared we are, the better we can cope and survive the disaster. Arizona is susceptible to the following public health and safety […]

indoor air quality control with pets

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

  As we are spending more time indoors, the indoor air is often times more toxic than the outdoor air. Children, people with asthma, and the elderly might be more sensitive to indoor pollutants. Indoor air pollutants can come from dust, pets, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from household products and building materials, cleaning products, cigarettes, […]