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Did you know that 90% of properties are dark at night? Okay, so it's not entirely true. You know why? We are responsible for lighting up hundreds of properties in the Naples, Florida area. The homes look amazing at night and showcase the landscaping and house design. Most lighting installed by builders (commercial or residential) do not add any flair to the property. They are not really designed …
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The days look a lot different than they did over a year ago. Instead of families going out during the day to school or work, many are completing these tasks in the comfort of their homes. Using your light, power, and the internet more throughout the day has caused an increase in electric bills. Solar energy may be the solution you're looking for to lower your bill.

What is solar energy? 

Solar energy is when you use photons from sunlight and convert it into electricity to power your home.

There are a few things to consider when deciding to add solar panels to your home.

  • Location- is your home located in an area that gets direct sunlight or is it in a shady area? The amount of light that hits your home will affect how much energy will be produced by your panels.
  • Usage- how much electricity do you use each month and how much would you like to reduce your electric bill?
  • Cost-  how much will it cost you to install and maintain your solar panels?
  • Panel Size-  what size panel will fit best for your roof?
  • Panel Warranty- how long is your solar panel covered by warranty and what does your warranty cover?

To get a better idea of what your solar panel needs are for your home, call a Solar Energy PRO.

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Created 02/18/2021

Keeping your home and family safe is a top priority. Adding security cameras to your home is one way to ensure that you can check what is going on in your home at all times of the day. There are numerous types of security cameras on the market. They all have different features and price ranges. When looking for your home security cameras it is important to look for :

  • Field Of View- Monitors a certain angle of where you set up your camera. If you would like to cover a larger area you will want your camera to cover a larger field of view. The field of view usually ranges from  90-140 degrees.
  • Sound- Some cameras can record sounds while others cannot. You have the option of choosing a camera with two-way audio that allows you to speak to people through a speaker.
  • Night Vision - It is just as important to see during the day as it is to see at night. You will want to make sure your security camera has night vision. This will allow you to have a clearer view of what is going on around your house in the dark.
  • Motion Detection- Your camera should be able to detect when there is movement in the area.
  • Resolution- The resolution of your camera will determine how clear the videos it captures will be.
  • Cost- The cost of the camera is not the only thing to consider before purchasing home security. Make sure you also determine the price for installation and service.

Choosing the best camera for your home may take a little research before you find the best fit. Consult with a security camera pro to get an in-depth description of which camera may be best for your home.


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Created 01/25/2021

Selling your home can be a long process. A few of the steps include: getting a home inspection, choosing your selling price, hiring a real estate agent, listing your home in the market, and setting your home up for showings. You can increase your chances of selling your home quickly by staging it.

What exactly is staging a home?

Staging your home is setting it up to be visually appealing to your potential buyers. It is focusing on the assets of your home by rearranging furniture, adding decor, and brightening it up to give the perfect first impression.

Below are a few ideas to help you stage your home:

1. De-clutter

There is nothing worse than walking into a cluttered home. It can make your home appear smaller. Take time to go through your things, donate, sell, or give away the items you no longer need to family and friends.

2. Clean

Show your potential buyers that your home has been well taken of. Clean every crack and crevices. From the bedrooms and kitchens to the grout on your floors, try to make your home appear spotless.

3. Rearrange Furniture

You want your home to feel bigger. Rearrange furniture to ensure there is enough walking space and that each piece makes sense in the area you put it in.

4. Lighting

Make your home appear brighter by opening your blinds and curtains. Add lighting to an area that doesn't get a lot of natural light.

5. Paint

Paint your walls in neutral colors. It allows potential buyers to envision how they may want to paint the home when they own it.


For more staging ideas and exact options for your home, contact a real estate pro.


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Created 01/15/2021

A mirror is not just a piece with reflective properties. It plays a significant part in giving your bathroom a finished, complete look. Mirrors also are a very important element when it comes to making a statement in your home’s décor. Consider the area where the mirror is to be placed and the bathroom style when you are choosing to buy a mirror for your bathroom. Choose the mirror that packs a two-in-one benefit, which serves both decorative and practical purposes.

1. Framed mirrors 

This type of mirror is notably the most basic, yet the most versatile. It has an extensive range of designs to choose from and can maximize the style of your bathroom. The frames also come in different designs, whether you are looking for a simple or highly fancy one.

2.Lighted mirrors 

The specialty of this type of mirror is that it has built-in lights and instantly gives you the perks of feeling like a celebrity. If your bathroom is low when it comes to lighting, then this type of mirror is the best option, as the light bulbs are already installed in the mirror.

3.Ledge mirrors 

If you don't have enough counter space to display your everyday products, your choice should be a ledged mirror, also known as shadow boxes. They have built-in shelves for holding your products like creams, lotions, soaps, or any other beauty product.

4. Frameless mirrors 

If your choice of style is minimalistic, then a frameless mirror is perfect because it is simple and has a buffed edge. This kind of mirror is best for modern bathrooms. 

5. Pivot mirrors

These mirrors are known for their flexibility since they are almost similar to the framed mirrors. You can tilt the mirrors as they are mounted to the wall by two hinged points.

6. Extension mirrors

Swingarm or extension mirrors are installed on a wall with an accordion mount. This is a perfect way out for those of you who are having cramped bathrooms because you can easily contract the mirror and extend it. 

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Created 11/04/2020

Mold is a fungus that grows in wet humid areas. It can be hazardous to the body and cause you to feel sick. Headaches, difficulty breathing, coughing, and sneezing are a few of the side effects of mold exposure. You should consider a mold test if you :

  • Perceive evidence of molds such as a moldy smell or mold manifestations
  • Specify the type of mold in your home
  • Discover all the possible areas of mold growth
  • Test the quality of indoor air based on the concentration of mold spores in it.

Once you suspect mold is in your home it is crucial that you get it tested. There are three different tests you can choose from.

 

Air sampling – how do you test for mold spores in the air?

There are numerous ways for collecting air samples and their analysis. The frequently used method involves a collecting device that traps the spores by allowing a known volume of air to pass through it. The spores are trapped onto a sticky medium known as a culture dish. The culture dish with its sticky medium, containing the trapped spores will be sent to the laboratory for the analysis.

This method of air sampling is least detrimental to the spores and allows more precise identification of mold species. In the laboratory, the dish is taken out, and a few drops of stains are added to the medium containing the trapped spores. The spores then absorb the stain and become visible when observed under a microscope. Another less common analysis method is to allow the spores to colonize/culture and then observe different colonies of mold.

One frequently asked question is – are air tests for mold accurate? A single mold test from the air is not very accurate. This is the reason why professionals in this field do multiple air sampling. The air sample mold tests give an idea about the spore’s concentration in the environment. As the concentration of mold spores fluctuates from time to time and area to area, therefore, the professional will perform mold testing over a course of the time period (at different intervals), and from particular places in your house. This helps to yield results with higher precision.

 

Surface Sampling – what surfaces to include in mold testing?

Surface sampling is basically the collecting of spores from the multiple common surfaces such as counters, walls, etc. The spores are collected mostly by two techniques:

  1. Swabbing: The swab test employs cotton made swab to scrub the surface to be tested. After wiping different surfaces, the swab is sent to a lab.
  2. Tape lifting: A proportion of tape is cut and is pasted on any areas to be tested. The tape is then pulled and placed on a microscope glass slide. This slide is then sealed and sent to the microbiology laboratory.

These techniques are pretty self-explanatory. The samples are then sent to the lab for examination under a microscope to detect the presence of mold spore. Surface mold testing does not give the true representation of the concentration of mold spores. Surface sampling is performed along with the air test for mold. The reason being, during the rainy season, or around damp, moist conditions, the scattering of suspended spores in the air, is diminished. The mold spores tend to settle on the surfaces of various household objects. As a result, air sampling may not yield complete coverage.

Bulk Testing

Yet another method for mold testing is the bulk testing method. In this small section, various sample materials are taken and forwarded to the laboratory. The microscopic examination of spores on the material taken is observed. A spore absorbing dye/stain is added to make the spores visible under the microscopic lens.

If mold is detected then you can continue on the next steps of removing it. Hire a professional to come and properly eliminate the mold.



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Created 10/12/2020

You've been considering artificial grass for your home, but you are not fully sold. If you are tired of watering, fertilizing, and maintaining your lawn, you have a water shortage, or water bills are too high, you travel regularly, or you cannot afford to hire someone to look after your lawn, artificial grass may be a great fit for you. Here is a list of pros and cons to help with your decision. 

Pros

- Every year, many countries, including the US, will face a shortage of water. The states are tightening water policies. Artificial grass can reduce water usage and maintain the standards set by the homeowner’s association. This makes it eco-friendly and is light on your pocket, saving a couple of dollars from your water bill.

- The material used to make artificial grass are non-toxic and can resist any kind of torture such as digging by dogs and varmints, fading, stains, and fraying at the edges.

- The surface of artificial grass remains smooth throughout the year thanks to its Fall Soft technology, which helps protect you upon impact from a fall as high as 5 feet, unlike regular grass, which can develop dips and humps, and might cause injury to you or your children.

- Artificial grass is a great investment that gives you a good return on eradicating the expenses for lawn care. Also, it can boost the resale value of your home because of how beautiful it looks.

Cons

- The materials used to make artificial grass tend to hold more heat than natural grass, so it will make the surface temperature rise, causing your yard to heat up, and you may feel the burning sensation upon walking on your artificial lawn with bare feet.

- Although artificial grass does not catch fire, it can melt if burning charcoal falls on it or if the sunlight is way too intense. However, it can be repaired.

- The infills of artificial grass are more likely to hold odors, which is why if you do not clean it up, the odor will build-up.

- Artificial grass is not recyclable, and also it cannot absorb liquid like your pet urine or rainfall.

- Your state’s homeowner’s associations might not allow the installation of artificial grass.

- Fake grass is not 100% maintenance-free.

However, the most crucial thing to keep in mind before you consider all of the pros and cons is that there are different qualities of artificial grass. Product quality and installations play a vital role in determining how well your grass performs and how long will it last. 



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Created 09/29/2020

When it comes to building a new pool in your back yard, there are a few things you should consider before choosing the right builder to do the job. 

  • How long has the builder you are thinking about been established in the construction business?

There is a common understanding that the company is stable if it stays on one location and continues operations there. It displays the stability of a swimming pool contractor. It can also allow you to go to their site and observe it yourself as you are going to invest the right amount of money.

  • Warranty of Workmanship

The warranty of quality coming from a swimming pool builder can lead you to hire him or her. You must discuss all the points that will be a part of the warranty and its duration. According to law, the minimum duration of the warranty must be one year. So if a warranty applies for more than a year, it means you are not accountable for paying them for repairs and rework, which is due to their mistake during construction and installation. 

  • Reviews, Ratings, and Reputation

There is the most helpful service in this era named “Internet.” You can check their online ratings provided by their former customers. You must observe the unsatisfied customer’s comment and see how they responded to the complaints. You can read the feedbacks to assess their reputation and reliability. After all the evaluation, you can make up the final decision.

  • Does the Pool Builder provide references (both recent and older) for you to contact?

References can be another source of finding out the reliability of a contractor. It helps you to find out the experience of others. Usually, quality builders do not hesitate to provide references. 

  • What trade and business organizations is the Pool Builder a member of or associated with?

If the pool builder is a part of a trade and business organization, it means he or she has a strong commitment to the industry. They will try their heart out for providing you quality work so that their industry could prosper. 

  • What type of equipment does the Pool Builder provide?

The product’s quality largely depends on the equipment used in the production process. There are different types of equipment available that differentiate on cost, technology, and quality. So while involved in designing your pool with the builder must ensure the right equipment’s which will help you in constructing the pool of your dreams.

  • Read the contract ahead of time and make sure you understand the payment process.

Carefully read the contract and amount you are due to pay if the pool builder asks you for the extra money, which is not the part of the agreement, then you must reject it straightforwardly. As long as you stay within the agreed guidelines, things will flow smoothly.

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Created 09/08/2020

Tip #1. Ask for references:  When you've got a handful of options for the handyman, you know it is time to ask for references from your friends, family or even neighbors. That will narrow down the list. 

Tip #2. Test your handyman on smaller projects first:  As we go through our list of home improvement fixes to reach for the top priorities, we always start with the baby steps, and that's the same technique you should use for the handyman jobs. Assign them smaller projects, and examine if they complete it just the way you wanted it to be as they come on time and give you a taste of their expertise. Once they pass that test, you may move on to the more significant projects. 

Tip #3. Know what you want:  The more precise you are about your needs, the better your project will turn out. This happens because no one can read your mind, and you need to speak your mind to put your needs out there. For example, if you need to paint a kitchen wall, then discuss the type of paint you want, the number of coats of paints and if you want the hinges painted or not. If you do not communicate what you want, the contractor will think about the job from their perspective and judgment, and their decision might not meet your needs and desires. 

Tip #4. Check the previous reviews:  Ask the recent clients about their work and take some time out to call their former clients and ask for their opinion about that particular handyman. 

Tip #5. Ask for permits:  Most jobs do not require any permits, but that doesn't mean none of the jobs require permits. Some jobs require permits from the city or the country. Your handyman will pull permits for you, and then you need to play your part of the job because you don't want to violate any laws. 

Tip #6. Get estimates in written form:  Get all the details in the written form to have a guaranteed piece of writing. Make sure to write down all information in regards to the cost, material, schedule, and just everything in general. 

Tip #7. Watch out for door-to-door handymen:  Most door-to-door handymen are a scam. The professionals wouldn't need to solicit; rather, their work will speak for themselves. Beware of handymen who pressure you get to get building permits, cash in advance, or force you to make a quick decision. 

Tip #8. Don't choose the cheapest in town:  It would be much better if you avoid being frugal considering a handyman for an important home project. While looking for a professional handyman, there comes some cost - because, believe it or not, with the lowest pricing comes the risk of unprofessional work, and none of us want that to happen. 

Tip #9. Do not pay for upfront payment:  There is a high probability that if a handyman asks you for a down payment, even if it's just 10% of the total budget, that person would be a scam. A right expert would never ask you for any down payments, and if something gets out of the budget, then they will ask you to pay to the supplier directly. 

Tip #10. Check the insurance and license:  Many states have processes to get the handymen certified. One must check out the handymen's license and certifications. Make sure to see their expertise on a piece of paper.

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Created 09/02/2020

With the current pandemic, parents around the world have had to make the tough decision of either homeschooling their children or sending them back to school. In some states, where schools remain closed, students do not have the option to sit in a classroom and are required to participate in virtual learning systems. Even though this form of learning isn't ideal (for some people) , you can still bring a little of the classroom atmosphere into your home. Here are a few ideas on how to set up an at-home classroom.

  • Create a designated learning area- An office, an empty walk-in closet, a clear space in the corner of a room, your loft, etc. are all great spots for your homeschool classroom. 
  • Add comfortable furniture- Sitting in the same area all day can become boring very quickly. Incorporate flexible seating options to your space. Opt for a desk with a chair, bean bag chairs, couches, stools, or even a carpet to sit and lay on.
  • Storage- Extra space in your home can be very minimal. Storage bins, baskets, shelves, etc. are a great place to store items when they are not being used.
  • Stock up on school supplies- Just because your child's teacher is on the computer screen doesn't mean they will not need supplies. They will need to write down notes or solve problems on paper. Also, having things like crayons and markers will allow your child to get creative if art classes and creative activities aren't being assigned.
  • Decorate- Pin your child's artwork or assignments to the wall. Hang up charts with colors, alphabets, the world map, the anatomy of a skeleton, etc. What is added to your walls will depend on your child's grade level along with what they are learning in class.

 

The possibilities are endless when creating a classroom in your home. These temporary classroom solutions are great while your child is learning from home, but can also be used after the pandemic is over as great study space. We hope everyone has an amazing school year and continues to be safe!

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Created 08/19/2020
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