Living Happily with Your Furry Family Members

dog-adoption-big-dog-on-couchAs every (honest) pet owner will tell you, along with the many benefits of pet ownership, there are sacrifices to be made. One of the primary challenges that most pet owners face is the impact of their pet on their home. Pets require more frequent house cleaning, odor control, and even the potential of damage to their home’s finishes. So, we at Home Experience made it our mission this month to find some of the best helpful hints for pet owners that we could.

Keep the Fur Under Control

  • Combat the pet fur in your home by brushing your pet a few times a week. Regular brushing will help reduce the amount of shedding and fur that lands on your floors and furniture. This will also help with the health of your pet. Place a blanket on your pet’s favorite napping spot. Throw the blanket in the dryer every few days to de-hair it.
  • Homes with long-haired indoor pets will need to clean or replace their HVAC air filters more often, as shedding pets can cause your filters to fill up more quickly.
  • Use a rubber dish washing glove to remove hair from your sofa and other upholstered surfaces. Simply put a glove on and rub it repeatedly across the surface. This will work on your auto upholstery as well!
  • Vacuum or dust mop regularly.

A Fresh Smelling Home

  • Clean your home regularly, and use baking soda or other odor neutralizing products to help reduce odors.
  • Keep your pet’s bed, toys, and dishes clean and sanitized.
  • Clean up pet accidents right away! Use white vinegar to neutralize any remaining odors.
  • Lastly, keep your pet clean!
  • Click here and here for more ways to keep your house smelling clean and fresh.

Canine Friends

  • If your dog tends to show destructive behavior when left home alone, consider crate training your pooch. Crate training actually provides your dog with a safe, cozy place that he will enjoy getting away to. Plus, a crate trained dog can be much easier to travel with. Click here and here for articles on dog crates.
  • One website recommends training your dog to stand on a towel before entering your home, to help remove dirt and mud from their feet. It’s worth a try!

Feline Friends

  • There are several new dust-free cat litter options on the market to reduce the amount of dust and tracking in your home from the litter boxes.
  • Utilize an odor neutralizer in the area where the litter boxes reside. There are products specifically for this purpose available in the pet aisle at your local discount store.
  • Don’t clean the litter box with an ammonia-based product – ammonia mimics the smell of urine.

Other Great Tips

  • Play with your pet to help reduce destructive behavior. Make sure he has access to appropriate toys. A bored pet can be a destructive one!
  • Keep pet food in a sealed container to avoid attracting pests.
  • Visit our Living Creatively with Pets Pinterest board for some great ideas on making dog crates part of your decor, innovative litter box solutions, and attractive DIY pet beds. Your pet can be stylish too!

Co-existing happily with your pets is just one more way to get the most out of your home and life!

Worthwhile Home Improvement Projects

HI-Cutting-costs-NEWKeeping our homes up to date and stylish can sometimes feel like a fun, but never ending, process. Sure, it can be exciting to add new furnishings and decorative touches here and there, to keep them looking modern and sophisticated. However, for many homeowners, these home improvement projects are not just about keep keeping up with the very latest decor trends; many savvy owners also want to ensure that the money and time that they are investing in their property is also adding a significant boost to their overall property value.

Prioritizing Your Projects Based On Return Value Can Make A Big Difference

If you’re a homeowner looking for optimal return on investment with your home improvement projects, it’s important to keep a steady focus on which efforts will yield the best results. Understanding some of the most worthwhile home improvement projects can not only help you create your priority list, it can also help you consistently reap the benefits of maximum property ROI. When creating your list, consider the following initiatives that have a proven track record for being easy and affordable, all while delivering major aesthetic impact.

New front door: While a new front door may seem like an insignificant project, it can offer owners an impressive return on value. As one of the first things that others see when approaching your house, it can redefine the overall impression your property makes.

Minor kitchen remodel: It’s no secret that a kitchen plays a major role in overall value. However, nothing says that you have to undergo a major kitchen remodel to reap serious value benefits. Easy fixes like repainting the existing cabinets, changing out the fixtures, or even adding a new paint color can quickly boost your home’s value.

Outdoor living spaces: Of course, nothing says that all your home improvement efforts have to take place inside your house. There are extensive ways to undertake projects that deliver optimal return on investment throughout your yard. Wooden decks, patios, fire pits, and gardens are just some of the many ways you can enhance the living space you enjoy outdoors.

Crown molding: Decorative, aesthetic touches, such as crown molding can prove an inexpensive way to make a major overall impact. Not only can crown molding be used in virtually any room in your house, it also is available in a wide range of styles and designs. Getting creative and trying different looks can help to redefine the appeal of any space, all while boosting overall value that should last throughout your entire home ownership.

The most important thing to remember in every home renovation? Choose final looks that will not only boost value, but also resonate with your own personal tastes and styleArticle Search, to ensure you get maximum enjoyment out of every project.

Garage Door Maintenance

ext_garage_doorsThere are a few simple things that make up garage door maintenance program. Some of this you can do yourself. However, there are a good number of things that only professionals should take care of. Garage doors feature highly sophisticated components – it is said a typical garage door has more than 300 moving parts. Many of them are delicate, while some of them are very heavy and highly technical.

What You Can Do…

Regularly check your garage door parts for wear and tear. The parts you need to inspect from time to time include extension and torsion springs; garage door cables and wheels. Any creaking noise is a sign of a problem creeping up and you’ll want to investigate the source of this noise. Many of these types of sounds are due to insufficient lubrication. Periodically lubricate the moving parts of your garage door using regular engine oil. Ensure that the oil is thin and does not stick to the tracks and parts. Also, inspect the surface of your door and touch up any scratches with paint. If your door is painted, repaint as needed.

For any other repairs, particularly those involving the springs and tension, have a professional service your door.