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Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home. There are several things around the house that need routine maintenance or an annual cleaning. The best part of doing these chores at this time of year is that you will have all of your summer to sit back and relax. The following are a few of the top things that need some attention.

Appliances

Cleaning and providing routine maintenance on your home appliances will keep them running efficiently and may even extend their life. Some of these you can do yourself. For example, you can empty the refrigerator and wash it thoroughly inside and out. Use a vacuum to remove dust from the coils. Other systems like your heating and air conditioning will require professional care. The HVAC companies Williamsburg VA has, such as Art Newsome, Inc., can provide routine maintenance and annual inspections.

Floors

Annually cleaning the floors in your home will allow them to look their very best, reduce allergens, and extend the floor’s life. Tile, hard wood, and laminate floors can be done by you. Sweep up all dust, dirt, and debris. Follow up with a thorough mopping. You could even use this time to wash all of the base boards as well. Leave the carpets to the professionals. They know how to remove stubborn stains and they have the proper equipment needed to steam clean any type of carpeting you may have.

Furniture

You may not think that furniture would need annual care, but to keep it looking wonderful, you do need to provide a little tender loving care. Vacuum all upholstered pieces. Remove cushions and vacuum under them too. Spot wash any areas that feel sticky or have obvious stains. Wood pieces can be wiped with a micro fiber cloth to remove dust. Specially designed polishes can be used to restore the natural shine, and products like Old English can be used to hide scratches.

Now that you have gone through your home and checked these tasks off of your to-do list, you can spend your summer enjoying yourself. Not only is it peace of mind to have these jobs behind you, but you will be ensuring that everything is running properly and looking its best.

Simple Decorating Ideas For Your Window Sill

If they say, “The eyes are the windows of your soul,” is it also safe to say, “your windows are the eyes that provide the windows of your home’s soul.” That was just my analogy but let’s admit it, a drab window sill is a bit boring, don’t you think.

For many minimalists, having too much decoration on their window sill defeats the purpose of having a clean and minimal living. However, there are some who prefers to add a little touch of life (aside from life seeping in) to something that is necessary for a house.

Some houses have windows without provision for an extra space to add something decorative and fun to add character to a home. Other houses have wider window sill that can give them the opportunity to decorate as they please depending on their style and preference.

If you prefer to decorate your window as simple as possible just to add character and color to your home, here are some inspiration to get you started.

 

Add various shapes of vases and jars

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I love seeing various sizes and shapes of jars displayed along a window sill. I also like seeing those big apothecary jars with odd shapes and glass caps. They add a certain flair to a seeming bland window set-up. You can go full on color blocking with the color motif or stick to a rather conservative monochromatic tone to complement the design of your room.

Below photo shows a beautiful array of various apothecary jars. You can fill them up with small river rocks, sands of various colors, and even knick and knacks from other holiday decors.

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Add small succulents

A plain window sill can liven up with the addition of small plants like succulents which are low maintenance and does not require frequent watering that will mess up your place.

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Add coffee table books

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Wide window sill provides added storage space for bigger items that you want to display like your coffee table books. The wide dimension can hold thick and heavy books that would normally look odd in a book shelf.

Coffee table books are that normally have beautiful pictures that catches the eyes of the reader. It is not always thick and heavy but big enough to place on your table for either display or added entertainment.

 

Add small pots of plants

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Plants add life to any window sill, whether they are colorful or mono-colored tones.  Putting flowery small plants can add color to your window and home too.

 

Add novelty decors

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Putting your novelty items on display are great conversation pieces, aside from adding flair to your home. Bigger collectibles are perfect items to display on your window sill. And the more eclectic it is, the better.

 

There are certainly many ways to dress up a plain window sill and not overpower it with decors that it make your window sill cluttered. You do not have to spend a fortune to pull any of these styles off. All you need are probably there in your home already. And of course, add some fun and creative juice into it.

Happy decorating!

Questions to Ask a Refrigerator Repair Company

 

Having your fridge break down is one of life’s major annoyances. Your food can spoil and become unsafe to eat if the fridge is not repaired in a relatively short period of time. The odds are pretty good that your fridge will encounter some sort of mechanical issue at some point. You should never just crack open the phone book and choose a repair company at random if that happens. You must be positive that the company you contact to fix your fridge is good at what they do. The following questions should be posed to any refrigerator repair company that you are thinking about hiring.

1. What refrigerator brands are you able to fix?

Not all fridge repair companies are capable of repairing all brands. You might have a very old fridge that is made by an obscure company. Therefore, you should ask the company if they will be able to fix it before you schedule an appointment. This will prevent the technician from coming to your home unnecessarily. However, professional repair technicians will probably be able to repair most fridges made in the past 40 years.

2. When will you be available to come to my home?

A refrigerator is something that you cannot afford to wait around to have repaired. This is why you need to look for a repair company that can come to your home very quickly. Sub Zero repair service is an example of a company that is available to come to your home on nights, weekends and holidays. It is a great advantage to find a repair company that can come to your home at almost any time and any day. This is because your fridge will most likely not break down during normal business hours.

3. How much does the company charge?

It is important that you understand the exact amount that the fridge repair company charges for their hourly rate. As you might expect, the hourly rate that repair companies charge can vary. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting a wide variety of fridge repair companies. Shop around and compare their prices. This will enable you to find out which companies offer the most affordable hourly rates. Most companies will charge more than their standard rate on holidays. The price you pay might be more than the quote you receive if parts need to be ordered.

 

Update Your Garden With Autumnal Plants

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It is still summer but hey, it will not be long before autumn ushers. And wouldn’t you like some gardening before that happens?  Prepare your garden with autumnal plants that will stand out during the coming season. Some can even go beyond the cold spells of winter time.

You can grow many types of plants that will thrive during the colder season, and here are some of the types of plants you can consider:

Flowering plants

Pansy

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This flower add bright colors of violet and deep purple to any patio. Aside from being pretty to look at and easy to plant, pansies are also edible! You can eat the entire flower, sepals and all! It has a mild, minty flavor, adding richness to your palate. Be careful though. Do not buy pansies from florists or those treated with pesticides if you want to add them to your salads for eating.

Begonia

Begonias are pretty flowers that look the part anywhere you put it, whether in a planter, near the shady parts of your patio, or even as hanging plants.

 

Vegetables and Herbs

Arugula

Arugula is a nice leafy, crunchy vegetable use in salads. It is a member of the Brassica family of plants that can easily be grown. They are best planted at least a month before the first frost in your area. Leaves can be plucked while they are young so as not to have any bitter taste.

Carrot

Carrots are best planted before the colder season. So if you want to harvest your carrots by spring, planting them during autumn, up until October, you are sure to enjoy your crisp carrots harvest by spring.

 

Bushes/Shrubs

Smoke bush

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It is a purple-leaved Cotinus plant that adds a pop of orange to deep red colors during fall. It likes a sunny spot but it is considered as a hardy plant that can thrive even during cold winter.

Winterthur smooth witherod viburnum

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This is a beautiful shrub that is full of vibrant colors of dark red from its leaves to deep indigo from its fruits. It is perfect even during summer all the way to fall. It is covered with small white flowers during late summer.

 

Fruit bearing plants

Golden Raspberry

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This is a variety of the red raspberry kind but has golden hue. It has a citrusy flavor, and birds don’t bother it as much because of its lighter color. Giving it the impression that it is unripe.

This plant can easily be cultivated too.

 

Autumnal plants can give your garden a nice dramatic effect when season is about to change especially when their leaves start changing colors, and some flowers and even berries will appear to provide bright hues of warm reads, oranges, yellows, purples, blues, black to usher the coming cold season. They can add beauty to your garden with their individual characters. Spice up your garden with plants that can even thrive beyond winter time. Enjoy gardening!

Reasons Why You Need To Change Your Air Conditioner Unit To Save On Cost

In Virginia, summer comes on fast. It seems like there is hardly a spring anymore. Over the winter, you probably ran your heater all the time without turning on your air conditioner once. Of course, this makes sense given the climate, but the next thing you know you are turning on your AC for the first time in the summer and it doesn’t work. This is obviously something you want to avoid at all costs.

Air conditioners usually last around 10-20 years if they are good quality and are maintained properly throughout their lifespan. Things might come up from time to time, but that is a pretty good estimate of what you will get with a new air conditioner. You don’t want to be stuck without an air conditioner for a few days in the hot summer because you waited too long to get yours replaced. Here are some signs that your air conditioner may be starting to go.

1. It’s old – As stated earlier, the average air conditioner lasts around 20 years. If you have lived in your home for a long time and haven’t checked on your air conditioner, it may be time to have it looked at. One sign that its age is taking effect is that it is taken a little longer to cool your home than before.

2. Repairs are more frequent – If it seems like you are having to have your AC unit worked on more and more each year, it might be time to replace it. After a while, it becomes more effective financially to just replace it rather than pouring money into its repairs. This is especially true if the repairs are expensive and cost a good portion of what a replacement would cost.

3. You want to go energy efficient – If you have you have an older air conditioner, it is probably not Energy Star rated. Consider replacing an old model with a newer more efficient model. This could provide you with a lot of value because the money you save on your monthly energy bill could outweigh the cost of the new unit completely.

These are not the only reasons to replace your air conditioner unit. Contact us if you need air conditioning installation Williamsburg VA has to offer. We have been providing residents in the area with quality HVAC repairs and installation services for years and can fix any problem you may be experiencing.

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