Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules

Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules

Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules

Have you rented a rather old home and worry whether you’d have to keep seeking professional help often? Or have you been living in a family house for what seems like ages but it’s starting to weather, and you just don’t know what to do? Worry not, because we’ve got you covered! You simply need to make sure you nip the problem in the bud!

[ Faucets & Furnaces ]

Faucets & Furnaces - Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules | Lifestyle Queen BeeYou need to make sure everything is up and in running condition. A monthly inspection by a plumber, cleaning of the water softener, faucet aerators, and shower-heads saves from bigger troubles down the road. Make sure the sink drainers are unclogged, and no debris is choking up the pipes.

Furnace filter must not have dust build-ups; not only does it cause a problem but also skyrockets the utility bills.

[ Hood Filters & Fire Extinguishers ]

Hood Filters & Fire Extinguishers - Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules | Lifestyle Queen BeeI bet you didn’t think of cleaning the range hood filters, did you? And it’s not even difficult – degreasing it with some hot water and a regular degreaser from auto parts store will do the trick. The first time you try it, you’ll be surprised by how much cleaning the range hood needed. Another important thing is to keep the fire extinguishers in check for any signs of wearing out and make sure to put it in easy

Another important thing is to keep fire extinguishers in check for any signs of deterioration and make sure to put it in easy access location – otherwise, it clearly won’t prove to be of much use.

[ Is the Garage Door Running Smooth ]

Garage Door - Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules | Lifestyle Queen BeeYou need to make sure garage doors are working fine. Simply put a 2 x 4 piece of wood on the ground; the door should immediately go back up after hitting it. If the door happens to have those photo-electric sensors, try leaving an object other than your own self in front of them. If the doors don’t reverse, you’ve got a problem on hand. Make sure to practice this every month.

[ Gutters & Drainage ]

Gutters & Drainage - Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules | Lifestyle Queen BeeYou probably need to take care of this bi-annually, at most. But it is still important to make sure that all the rain water flows away from the house instead of flowing towards it. If the water stays around for more than 24 hours or moves to foundations, look for any loose connections in the drainage system. If cleaning doesn’t solve the issue, you can resort to grading the area around the whole house with dirt. And make sure to clean that gutter all too well, especially after Fall as the gutter might end up accumulating fallen leaves.

[ Keep The Exterior Looking Tiptop ]

Keep the Exterior Looking Tiptop - Old is Gold: Keep Your Home New & Maintained With These 5 Simple Rules | Lifestyle Queen BeeMake sure the exterior of your house looks good or before you know, you’ll be living in something that resembles a haunted house.

Look for any paint chipping and any holes in the walls. Make sure all the window screens are intact and don’t just resort to duct tape – or at least don’t consider it a long-term solution.

Be prepared to have to clean up the weed and shrubbery.

With simple tips, you can keep your home maintained and looking new! Also, always keep a hybrid saw at home for little fixings whenever required.

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Guest Blogger: Emily Floate | Lifestyle Queen BeeAuthor Bio: Emily is obsessed with home machinery and gadgets. She loves home decor as well and enjoys the sunset.

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Modern Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen | Lifestyle Queen Bee

Modern Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen

Modern Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen | Lifestyle Queen Bee

Kitchen carries a special significance and weight in the décor of home especially when it’s an open kitchen. We often confuse and restrict kitchen just for eating and cooking purpose whereas the case is different.

Being a woman and a house wife most of our time is spent in the kitchen preparing lunch and meals for the family. You have got such a busy time in the kitchen that you even Continue reading “Modern Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen”

Simple Feng Shui Steps for Good Feng Shui in Your Home

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Feng Shui is all about finding balance in your life and home, creating a space that brings you positivity & peace and opens the door to opportunities of good health and fortune. The art of Feng Shui can seem a bit daunting if you’re new to it but simple changes to your home can help to unlock the positive vibes. Today’s guest, Riqa, is showing you just how to Continue reading “Simple Feng Shui Steps for Good Feng Shui in Your Home”

5 Bathroom Renovations That Increase Your Home’s Value

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Aside from the kitchen, the bathroom is the most used room in your home. You spend so much time getting clean, prepping for your day or getting ready for bed in there. So why wouldn’t you want to invest a little time and money into making it a beautiful space you enjoy being in? Today’s Guest, Lori Longoria, is giving you 5 tips on how you can easily incorporate value into your home by Continue reading “5 Bathroom Renovations That Increase Your Home’s Value”

10 Green Initiatives You Can Do Tonight

10 Green Initiatives You Can Do Tonight | Lifestyle Queen Bee

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5 Smart Ways to Budget-Friendly Home Décor | Lifestyle Queen Bee

Bougie on a Budget: 5 Smart Ways to Budget-Friendly Home Décor

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I have always been obsessed with home decor. I started my love of IKEA at a very young age & even contemplated going to school to be an Interior Designer. Let’s not even start on how obsessed with Pinterest I am. Even though decorating your home or even freshening up a room can be costly, it doesn’t have to be. As part of the monthly ‘Bougie on a Budget‘ series, today’s guest post from Julie Austin at My Bed Comforter is sharing her 5 tips on how to achieve a beautiful space on a reasonable budget.

Home décor is a big thing for everyone; it is something that takes a lot of time, attention and requires lots of money as well. Have you ever thought of ideas how you could decorate your home at a low cost?

The following are five smart ways to budget-friendly home décor, have a look:

[ Use Carpets ]

Instead of the expensive flooring like marble and wood flooring, you can use carpets. There is a huge variety of carpets available in the markets; you can choose one that comes in your budget and use it at home. Carpets look decent, and it is overall a great option. You can use rugs as well. Look for the rugs online or when they are on sale, get colorful rugs for your living room, drawing room and bedroom.

[ Convertible Furniture ]

You can use convertible furniture for the decoration of your house; you can buy convertible sofas and gliders for your living room. This is the best thing that you can do staying on a limited budget. If you have kids at home, purchase a convertible crib and when your child grows up, convert the crib into a full-size bed. Amazing, isn’t it?

[ Use Wallpapers ]

Wall paint is something quite expensive. If you go for a single coat, it will fade away in less than no time, and if you go for double coats, it will cost you more. The best solution for this is to use the wallpapers. Wallpapers look amazing, and they are not that expensive. If you choose the correct wallpapers for your space, trust me, it’s a game changer. So go for it, and I am sure it will make your space look more than great.

[ Bottle Displays ]

So the crystal pieces and vases are too expensive? And no doubt, they are! Here is how you can fix it, go for the bottle displays. You can buy artificial flowers and use old vintage bottles to display them. Keep them near the windows, on the kitchen table, on the shelves of the living room and similar places. The colorful bottle will add glam to your space in few seconds only, and the best part about it is that it will cost you literally nothing. Artificial flowers are very cheap and can be found everywhere these days so utilize the empty bottles you have at home and create this magical look.

[ DIY Artwork ]

And how can you forget about artwork? The artwork is a must when it comes to the decoration of the house. You can make paintings of your own with the help of YouTube tutorials and hang them around. You can even make frames at home. All you need is papers, colorful paints and a little creativeness for this. Another thing that I would like to suggest you here is to try the glass painting. Yes, you can paint mirrors and pieces of glass; it will make your space look richer than it actually is.

I hope this article helps. Have a good day!

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Author BioJulie Austin is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! In her free time, she enjoys the sunset with her friends at the seashore. Read her posts at  http//mybedcomforter.com/.

How to Turn Your Garage into a Photo Studio | Lifestyle Queen Bee

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