Category DIY

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 […]

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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, […]

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ELA’s Guide to Sustainable Green Flooring

Green and sustainable alternatives are gaining popularity in home improvement projects as consumers are more concerned about health and nature preservation. Green materials in buildings will enhance resident’s health, improve energy efficiency, and reduce waste. There are different brands and options of green flooring; each has different strengths and features. Therefore, you should first determine […]

DIY: How to Replace a Water Shut-Off Valve

The water shut-off valve can be helpful when you’re trying to turn it off for a plumbing repair or when you are going on a long vacation. However, if you notice that your valve is oxidizing, rusting or leaking water, it might be time to replace it with a new valve. Some of the most […]

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Top 10 easy tips to keep your house cooler

With this stifling heat in Arizona, most residents are relying on air conditioning to survive the summer. However, there are a lot of ways to cool down the indoor temperature of your home aside from cranking the AC unit. Keep interior doors open Keeping the doors open stimulates air flow, making the cooling process faster and […]

Tips on DIY Backyard Maintenance

Summer is finally here in Arizona, which means that it is time for backyard barbecues and pool parties. To help you in preparation, we will be discussing some tips on how to maintain your backyard. However, before we start on the tips, it is important to take the time to perform the following steps before […]