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home owners and renters, and a few tips for landlords as well.

From renovations to removals, interior design to decor, gardens
to lawns, appliances to tools, we do our best to cover it all here.
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Check out my other project - a Smart Thermostat Comparison Engine

Jason Horton

Latest Posts & Articles

Pool Shade Structures: Adapting the Sun to Your Own Preferences

pool umbrellas

The absolute best thing you can have in your garden when it comes to long hot sunny days is a pool – it will not only make your garden more stylish, but will provide you, your family and friends a place to cool down, make a party and swim. If you, on the other hand, prefer to keep the sun only semi-present, there are some great ways to equip your beloved pool with some shade.

How to Choose the Best Safe for Your Home

home safe

Safes provide homeowners with the peace of mind that comes with knowing valuable jewelry, priceless heirlooms, cash and weapons are protected at all times. In addition to that security, rather than having to head to the bank to open your safety deposit box, you can head down to the basement to grab what you want whenever the need arises. And you don’t have to worry about your guns getting in the hands of the wrong people.

Expert Advice on Preparing Your House for Sale

Preparing a house for sale

Last week I wrote about some of the ideas my cousin and I came up with to quickly get her house ready to sell. Fortunately for most people a rushed process isn't necessary, so with a little bit of planning and effort you can prepare your house for sale in ways that will maximize your sale price.

An important thing to keep in mind is that you're not trying to make your home a better place for yourself, you're trying to make it more attractive to others.

Some Smart Shower Features Seem Outright Dumb To Me

smart showers

Don't get me wrong - I'm all for any shower device which can reduce the amount of water and energy consumed, however it doesn't necessarily take a smart shower head to save water, and some of the new 'smart' products for showers seem quite odd to me.

Would You Hang An Animal Trophy On Your Wall? Maybe, With This Twist...

I was browsing around Indiegogo today when I discovered one of the more interesting decorating ideas I've seen in a long time: PaperTrophy as the artist, Holger Hoffmann, calls his concept.

Holger has taken inspiration from old fashion trophy animals that people used to kill and mount on walls or stands, to produce a much more humane, and to my way of thinking, far more appealing version for the 21st century. As Holger says, "Don't shoot them - glue them!"

Cheap and Easy Ways to Decorate Your Boring Bathroom

Simple bathroom decorating ideas

So you’re planning on updating your boring bathroom. And most of the time, you’ll be worrying about over-spending. Well, in reality a bathroom refresh needn't break the bank.

Of course, if you plan on ripping out your old fixtures and fittings then it may be costly to replace them. However, if you’re looking for something on a slightly smaller scale then look no further as here are some cheap and easy ways to decorate your boring bathroom.

When You Need to Prepare Your House for Sale Quickly

Preparing a house for sale quickly

One of my cousins moved overseas to Australia several years ago with her husband and young daughter. They set about building an exciting new family life which included building their own home.

Sadly, as is all too often the case these days, their marriage broke down. And as if that wasn't bad enough, just recently their daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness. Star has decided that she needs family support to help her look after her daughter, so she's selling the house and hopes to move home in less than two months.

Be Prepared for Sticker Shock on Your A/C Repairs

The phase out of Freon - R22

The Impact of SEER and R-22 Changes in 2015

January 1, 2015 came and went like another uneventful New Years Day, but not for the heating and cooling industry. January 1st is significant, because it is when major changes in the HVAC industry took effect. The first major effect is on R-22 refrigerant, also known as freon.

Home Improvement Tips from a Minimalist

Home Improvement Tips from a Minimalist

Last year, April 2014 to be exact, my wife and I decided to go minimalist. Obviously, anyone can decide to be a minimalist in a blink of an eye, but actually living a minimalist lifestyle takes time. Having said that, I can say that we are still on the early stages of being full-pledge minimalists. Nevertheless, the important thing is that we have started, and I am here to share with you some of the things we have learned and applied in our lives, particularly in terms of home improvement.

Let's Take a Look at Eco Roofs for Homes

Mowing an Eco Roof

Eco roofs, or turf or green roofs as they're sometimes called, are ones which have plants growing on them - usually grasses and/or flowers for residential roofs but they can extend to having shrubs and trees on large commercial buildings.

There are many benefits to having a living roof, they're largely self-maintaining and can last twice as long as regular roofs as well as providing a great deal of heat and sound insulation, as well as other environmental benefits which I'll go into more detail below.

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