Homeowner Tip: Undoing Water Damage In Your Home

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Homeowner Tip: Undoing Water Damage In Your Home – Water damage in your home can be devastating. Not only can you lose meaningful mementos, there can also be serious damage to the foundation. Here are six tips to help you undo the water damage in your home.


Dry It Out

Whether you need to rent industrial-size fans, or you have a small fan that will do the job, get them going to dry out the area that has been affected by the water. Once the area is dry you can assess the damage and figure out how to move forward.


New Paint Job

When you've dried out the area, if there is only visible damage on the exterior of a wall, a new paint job will do the trick.


Wet Insulation

If you find out there is wet insulation in the interior of the wall, check it out and replace it. It could be hiding damaged areas or screws. It’s best to replace the insulation immediately, rather than find out later on that it has done too much damage.



With water damage comes mold, and even less-harmful kinds of mold can affect your health. Tackle mold with a solution of 1 part bleach to 8 parts water – spray on the area, wait a few minutes and wipe away.


Clean Hard Surfaces

Some hardwood floors can bend and buckle, so it’s best to clean them and get them as dry as possible, as fast as possible.


Seek Help

Water damage is not something to take lightly – you’d rather be safe than sorry. Contact a water damage restoration professional to assess the damage and inform you on how to take care of the problem before it gets worse.


For more tips on how to undo water damage in your home, visit here.



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5 Apps To Help Organize and Pay Your Bills


5 Apps To Help Organize and Pay Your Bills – There is an app for everything these days! What if you could use apps to help you manage your bills, budget and pay bills on the go? Of course, there is an app for that! Check out this list of 5 apps to help you manage your bills…

Check the best app if you are often notoriously late paying your bills. It sends customizable reminders and alerts as those important deadlines near. 

Spendee is a cool app that reads your financial data, analyses it, and spits back financial advice to help you organize your funds. You can even download your data into reports to print out for your personal files. 

Mint is a secure and safe place to store all your credit card information, bills, checking and savings accounts. This app will track your spending as well help you set monthly budgets.

If your troubles have to do with traveling for work while keeping up with bills, Expensify is an ideal app to download. This app not only updates and monitors your flight and travel information, it can help track business expenses and bill pay. 

Dollarbird is a great app for long term planners- you can plan out up to five years of financial goals. This app also lets you track expenses and reminds you to pay your bills on time. 

What's your favorite app? Have you ever tried a bill pay app like the ones listed above?

Cleaning Tricks To Kick That Pet Hair and Smell

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Cleaning Tricks To Kick That Pet Hair and Smell – Although we love our pets for their loyalty, friendship, and overall cuteness, nobody likes the inevitable pet smell and hair that accompanies our furry friends! Keeping a home clean with a pet is certainly a daunting task. Whether you hire a team to tackle it, or you do it yourself, there are a number of ways to get rid of these unfortunate side effects of pet ownership. Here are six cleaning tricks to kick that pet hair and smell – for good.


Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets aren’t only useful when you’re doing laundry. but they’re also useful for removing pet hair from your furniture.


Get Helpers

When you don’t have the time to pull out the full-sized vacuum, invest in a smaller helper to get the job done. An automatic Roomba or a smaller dust buster will help smaller messes in just a few seconds, with very low maintenance.


Bathe Your Pet Regularly

Give your pet regular baths to keep him/her feeling healthy and clean. Also make sure he/she is eating well – unhealthy foods can do horrible things to your pet’s digestive system.


SEE ALSO: DIY Homemade Cleaning Products


Self-Cleaning Cat Box

If you’re busy, think about investing in an automatic, self-cleaning cat box. It will clean itself every time your cat uses it, eliminating most of the odors that come along with a used cat box.


Use Microfiber

Brooms don’t always do the trick when it comes to getting all of the hair. For a quick and easy fix, wrap a microfiber towel around your broom and secure it with an elastic band to gather up all the unwanted pet hair on your floor and furniture.


Eliminate Odors

Keep a small spray bottle of white vinegar handy for times when your pet has an accident (let’s face it, it’s inevitable!) Spray the vinegar onto the space and sprinkle it with baking soda. The baking soda will help pull out the odor as you clean.


For more tips and tricks to help you get rid of pet hair and odors, visit here


Tree Planting Tips For Ohio Homeowners


Wanting to amp up your landscaping? Planting trees in your yard will yield a multitude of benefits, including shading your house, decreasing energy costs, curb appeal, improvement of the quality of air you breathe, and more! The best part is, trees are low-maintenance once planted and can help improve your home’s property value. Check out the tree planting tips below help you get started.    


Where to Plant Trees: Where you plant trees on your property can affect a variety of things. Houselogic.com suggests the following tips to guide you.  

  • Plant deciduous trees on the west side of your house for shade in the summer and to let the heat in the winter. Deciduous trees are trees that shed their broad leaves seasonally, such as the fall months.

  • Use evergreen trees on the north side of your home. These thick-branched trees keep their needles all year long, blocking icy winds from the north in the winter.

  • If you are planting trees decoratively, make sure to avoid planting below power lines. As trees grow taller, branches can become entangled in the lines. Furthermore, broken branches can fall into the lines causing power outages and potentially harmful electrical conditions.

  • Plant trees a safe distance away from your home’s foundation. When trees mature, roots can grow into the foundation, causing expensive and unsafe problems.


What to Plant: Better Home and Gardens recommends the variety of trees below to suit your tree-planting needs.

  • Decorative Trees- If it’s beauty you are looking for, the following trees may be idea for your landscape and curb appeal: Japanese Maple, Crabapple, Redbud, or Weeping Cheery

  • Shade Trees- Seeking trees to nap under or shade your home? Check these options out: Honey Locust, Willow Oak, Northern Red Oak, Freeman Maple, or Slippery Elm

  • Conifers- Love conifers? Want to block those cold winds? The following options might work for you: Arborvitae, Pine, or Spruce


How to Plant: Depending on the tree you purchase, the ways in which you need to plant your tree will vary. The Arbor Day Foundation provides specific instructions for the following types of trees.

  • Bare Root trees come as they sound- with their bare roots exposed and ready for the ground. These trees dig into the ground quicker once planted effectively.

  • Containerized trees are small trees that are rooted into a container. Planters loosen the dirt from the container and plant the soil and tree directly into the ground.

  • Balled and Burlaped trees are trees with roots wrapped in wire and burlap. Once in the ground, the burlap is cute loose for roots to freely breathe and plant.


Planting the right trees for your home is worth the while. Visit your local nursery today and begin soaking up the benefits of beautiful trees as soon as you can.

DIY: Homemade Cleaning Products


DIY: Homemade Cleaning Products – Have you ever ran out of cleaning products in the middle of cleaning your home and don’t have time to run out to the store to get more? Or do you just want to be more conscious of the chemicals you’re using to clean your home? Lucky for you, there are a number of cleaning products that you can make right in the comfort of your own home. Not only will you be able to control the portions of your cleaning products, but you will also have visibility into exactly what you’re using. Here are five homemade cleaning products you can make and use today.


All-Purpose Cleaner

An all purpose cleaner is a must-have to take care of the messes around your home. To make, combine 3 drops liquid castile soap, ¼ cup washing soda, 1 cup white vinegar, ¼ cup vodka, 4 drops tea tree oil, and 8 drops essential oil for scent (optional).Heat the vinegar in a microwave until boiling; add the washing soda and stir until totally dissolved. Lastly, add castile soap, tea tree oil, vodka and essential oil, and shake until combined. Keep it in a spray bottle and shake it before you use it every time.


Glass and Mirror Cleaner

No Windex? No problem. Create an easy glass cleaner with 1 teaspoon of dish soap, ½ cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of distilled water. Combine in a spray bottle and use on the mirrors and windows around your home.


Heavy-Duty Scrub

Every cleaning closet needs a heavy-duty scrub for things like rust stains, sinks and tubs. To make and use, dip half of a lemon into half a cup of borax and scrub directly onto any surface.


Oven Cleaner

Everyone needs a good oven cleaner, but a lot of the products on the market are crawling with unnecessary chemicals. For an at-home option, combine ½ cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water. Spread the mixture all over the oven and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, wipe away the mixture. Add white vinegar to a spray bottle and spray over any remaining baking soda residue. Wipe it down with a dampened cloth until interior is shiny.


Furniture Polish

Keep your furniture looking fresh and clean with a combination of ¼ cup of white vinegar (you can also use ½ cup lemon juice) and ¾ cup of olive oil. Spray the mixture onto any surface and wipe with a clean rag.


Do Organic Home Remedies Really Work?


Do Organic Home Remedies Really Work? –   There is a home remedy for everything to help keep your home free of harmful chemicals, while still getting the job done. Organic home remedies can be of use indoors, or outdoors, it all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Here are five home remedies that really work.


Baking Soda

Baking soda mixed with a small amount of water can act as a great oven cleaner without all of the harsh chemicals that come along with store-bought oven cleaner. Just make a paste, put it in your oven for a few hours, then wipe down and voila – you have a chemical-free, clean oven to work with.



This is quite possibly one of the most commonly known organic home remedy. Lemons are extremely acidic, and will remove dirt and rust. It can clean an array of objects including your cutting board, dishes, faucets, grout and more. Pro tip: it’s most effective when mixed with salt.


Citrus Infused Vinegar

Fill up a jar with citrus peels and vinegar and leave for a few days, after that drain out the vinegar and put it into a spray bottle. You can use this mixture as a window cleaner (better if you dilute with water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces.


Olive Oil

Olive oil doesn’t need to be restricted to the kitchen, it also has a number of uses when it comes to chemical-free cleaning. Use it to clean cast-iron pans, to remove scratches on leather, to shine stainless steel and to polish wood furniture.



Vinegar can be used as a weed killer in your yard or garden. You’ll need a commercial solution that’s 20% acetic acid. Be careful when spraying it on your weeds, as it has the potential to dry out your other plants around it.


Most home remedies do work, but you need to do your research and make sure you’re being safe throughout the process. To learn more about home remedies that really work, visit here.


10 Gadgets To Build Your Own Home Theatre

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10 Gadgets To Build Your Own Home Theatre – Having your own personal home theatre is a dream that a lot of people have. However, many homeowners don’t even know where to start. It can be expensive, so don’t feel pressured to do it all at once. Here are 10 useful gadgets to help you build your own home theatre.


Apple TV

Consider something like Apple TV for your home theatre system. You’ll be able to watch a number of different things using the resources available to you through Apple TV.


Skip Doctor CD/DVD Repair Kit

No one likes it when their DVDs get scratched and start skipping in the middle of an important scene. Luckily for you, you’ll have a repair kit on hand right in your own home.


Noise Reduction Blackout Curtains

If you don’t have the resources to soundproof your entire theatre right now, pick up some noise reduction blackout curtains to make sure your movie isn’t heard throughout your entire house.


3D Glasses

3D movies might not be an option every time, but you’ll be glad you have the glasses on hand when you can watch the next thriller in 3D!


Wireless Headphones

If you have a sleeping baby in the house, or you just want to be conscious of the sound you’re making, invest in some wireless headphones for your home theatre.


Power Protector

Safeguard your home system from a lightning strike or power surge. Choose a power protector with built-in line conditioning to ensure cleaner power, a better picture, and more accurate audio.


Universal Remote

No one wants to mess around with four or five different remotes for their home theatres, so get one universal remote that you can use for everything.



For a larger screen, like one you would see in a movie theater, use a projector. It’s one step above a tv and will add that much more value to your home system.


Surround Sound

The surround system in some home theatres varies; however, most of them use a 7.1 surround sound system. This includes one subwoofer and seven channel speakers – left, right, center, two side surrounds, and two rear surrounds. Action movies will never be the same after you watch them in your own home theatres.



Lighting in a theatre can be important, so make sure you take the time to figure out the lighting in your home theatre.


For more information on gadgets to help you build and/or enhance your home theatre, visit here.

Highligh: A Treehouse in Columbus


Highlight: A Treehouse in Columbus

What do you do when you find the perfect house lined with old shade trees? Build a treehouse!

That’s exactly what Mike and Jamie O’Leary did when they found their home in Clintonville, Ohio. All they needed was the right sized yard, an old tree that was big enough, and they were able to accomplish their dream.

It’s not just for kids, either! “I do yoga up there occasionally,” says Jamie.

Before this, they were living in Italian Village in a small industrial loft, so they really wanted to find something more “family friendly.” Although they loved living in Italian Village, they needed something more practical for kids.

The O’Leary’s wanted a place that kept them near certain things, such as parks, farmers’ markets, and libraries.

After a year of looking, they finally made a decision on the Clintonville house.  They adorned their home with pieces from Grandview Mercantile, IKEA, Clintonville online Facebook groups, Etsy, and Wholly Craft.

After moving around from Philadelphia, to D.C. and New York, they settled on Columbus to be closer to both of their families and found an amazing food and beer scene in central Ohio.

Mike aims to soundproof the garage for space to practice with his band, We Are The Movies, make the porch an art room for his daughter, finish the attics, clean up the yard with some landscaping, and making some improvements to the basement.

The O’Leary’s are very happy with their decision in Clintonville, as it is very kid-friendly and Clintonville did just top Columbus Underground’s reader poll as the Best Neighborhood of 2014. Let’s see if it can keep it’s title in 2015!

Do you spend any time in Clintonville, Ohio? Let us know in the comments below!

4 Home Updates That May Hurt You When Selling

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4 Home Updates That May Hurt You When Selling  – Updating your home is something that everyone wants to do, but thinking that they will make a positive return on their investment isn’t always accurate. Customized updates might be the best thing for you and your vision, however, they might not be the most practical option. Here are four home updates that will ultimately hurt you when you explore the options of selling your home.



Personalizing your home might seem like the right idea for you; however, it won’t provide you with a positive ROI. It has the possibility of inhibiting the potential buyer from picturing themselves in your home, and therefore not purchasing it in the long run. To avoid an over personalization of your home, give it non-permanent personalized touches like furniture and accent colors.


Home Office Renovation

Many homeowners dish out a lot of cash to create their very own home office. Unfortunately for them, that isn’t necessarily an important feature that potential home buyers are looking for. To avoid this costly mistake, make updates to your home office that won’t necessarily be permanent. You want to give the person who buys your home the option of converting the room into a bedroom, or recreational room of their choice.



Additions to your home, like a sun room or additional garage, might end up hurting you in the long run. The extra space has the potential to hook the potential buyer into being a homeowner; however, they will not want to foot the bill of your expensive renovation and expansion.


Luxury Upgrades

Any type of luxury upgrade to your existing home sounds like it would be a benefit and provide a positive turn on your investment, right? No, not every luxury upgrade is beneficial. Unless you have a very high-end home, making upgrades like marble floors and custom bathrooms, will likely not pay off in the long run.


Customized updates to your home might be the best thing for you at the time, however, it might not be the best option for you to get the best return on your investment. To learn more about home updates that will hurt you when you sell your home, visit here.