How To Winterize Your Home

Snow and ice are beautiful, but they can cause damage if you don’t winterize your home. Save money and stress and read below on how to winterize your home. You’ll have more time to spend with family and friends!

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Drapery Tips

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So you’ve bought some new drapes and you’ve got them hanging by your windows, adding that extra oomph to your space.  Now what? You have to keep them looking great- try these drapery tips! At times we forget that drapes need some love too. Take these few extra tips in taking care of them and they will be sure to last you for years! Continue reading

Holiday Trimmings

It’s that time of the year again!  Busy malls, crowded streets, and home décor. We all know the holidays can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful.  Home décor should be least of your worries, and we are here to help you! Want to know a few easy ways to bring holiday cheer throughout your home?  Follow these tips below:

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How To Pick Window Treatments

These 3 tips on how to pick window treatments will help you find the best choice if you’re on a budget, looking for shades for privacy, or wanting some style.

Budget – If you have children or pets, the everyday wear-and-tear becomes inevitable. The best option would be to buy inexpensive window treatments. That way when something drastic happens, you won’t break the bank getting them replaced. Just because you’re saving some cash does not mean you have to sacrifice style! Blinds On Time has a variety of budget-friendly options to choose from. Pleated shades and cellular shades are amongst the favorites. They come in a variety of color selections, making them perfect for fitting into any room. Not only are they affordable, but also very functional. If you need privacy, light control, or cordless window treatments, these shades will definitely fulfill those needs.

Privacy – Blinds and shutters are a perfect choice for achieving ultimate privacy in a space. They allow light to shine through during the day, but can also close completely without allowing anyone to see through your windows at night. If you do not want solid blinds for safety reasons, then cellular shades are another great option.  They can move in many different forms when you order top-down/bottom-up shades, allowing you to have various control of light and sight.  The only downside is you would not be able to see through any slats, only sections of the window.

 

Style – Elegant and refined, drapes will certainly transform your space from ordinary to dashing! Hang the curtains from the highest point of your wall all the way to the floor.  Also, to make your windows seem larger, make the drapes fall on the side, exposing the whole window. They come in many different styles and textiles and colors.  Add some roman shades or wood blinds for some extra style and UV protection. Valances are also another awesome addition to your drapes adding traditional style and sophistication.  If you want a more modern look, use bold patterns and sleek lines. Maybe you just want to dress-up some blinds you already have?  Adding valances will add just a pop of style! Here is a before and after shot to show you how draperies can change a room:

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Hurricane Sandy Safety Tips

Record-breaking Hurricane Sandy landed earlier Monday in New Jersey, leaving the east coast with flooded streets and damaged, powerless homes. The time to prepare for Sandy has passed; however, the time to prepare for the next is now. Prepping essential supplies beforehand helps you be ready for any emergency. Here are a few items you should always have stocked and ready to use:

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  1. Water: The recommended amount of water to have stored is one gallon per person for three days. So, for a family of five, you will need three 5-gallon water jugs.
  2. Generator: Not all hurricanes cause power outages, but it is best to have one just in case. Sometimes homes will lose electricity for a week, or more. Also, keep some back-up gasoline in case gasoline stations in your area run out.
  3. Radio: Tune into your NOAA Weather Radio station for weather updates. Besides battery-operated radios, crank radios are great for emergencies because they operate without batteries.
  4. Batteries: They are extremely essential! Make sure you have plenty of back up packages to power your radios and flashlights.
  5. Flashlight: Use flashlights rather than candles. Candles can be fire hazards, especially around kids.
  6. Non-perishable food: You do not know how long you will need food to last in emergency situations so be sure to have plenty of non-perishable food stocked and ready to eat so you won’t worry about the grocery shelves being empty by the time you get there. If you have a pet, be sure to have their food stocked too.

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Aside from having these necessities, you need to prepare yourself and your home before the storm arrives for optimum safety with these tips:

  • Depending on the strength of the hurricane, you may have to keep your blinds closed to stop broken glass from flying in, and always stay away from your windows. If the winds are severe, board your windows with plywood.
  • Prepare sandbags and place in any door entrances to stop water from entering your home.
  • Be sure to prune your trees and shrubs to keep any branches from flying off and allow for more wind resistance.
  • Bring your cars and anything outside that cannot be tied down into your garage to prevent them from flying away or damaging your home.
  • Unplug your appliances during the storm. This will prevent them from damaging in case of an electrical power surge.
  • Have any important documents, emergency money and clothes packed, and your vehicles fully gassed in case of evacuation.
  • Turn off electricity, water and gas before you leave your home.
  • Fully charge your cell phone and only use when needed.

Even if you do not live in a coastal region where hurricanes land, be sure to have the essential items ready for any disaster. The quicker you prepare, the safer you will be, and the more you can help others.

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