If you live anywhere it snows, you know how miserable it can be to have to park your car in a driveway (or worse — the street). Every morning you come out to what seems to be six more inches of snow blanketing your car and the area just behind it. You have to brush snow from above the door so it doesn’t go all over the seat when you open it. You start the car and put the defrost and heat on their highest settings in hopes of melting the ice so you don’t have to use your ice scraper. You spend fifteen minutes pushing snow off of the top, sides, windows, lights, and license plates. Your hands are stiff. Your slacks are wet to the knee. And you know that you have to shovel some of that snow from behind your car or you’ll never get out of the driveway again.
This is the plight of the northeasterner most Continue Reading →
As many as four out of five surveyed Americans report that they keep their homes landscaped or maintained at all times. This habit, while surely time-consuming for some, can have a number of benefits for the homeowner and the property: by investing in landscaping services, residents can utilize as much of their land as possible for entertaining, gardening, and living. Moreover, professional landscape services can even help your property gain value. How? Read on to find out!
From 2009 to 2014, the United States landscaping industry grew an estimated 4.0% every year. Currently, the industry generates an estimated $74 billion in revenue annually from a total of 401, 473 companies. These businesses offer a variety of services, from prof Continue Reading →
Buying a home is an exciting process and huge step in any persons life. A home is a place where one goes to be at peace and comfort after the hustle and bustle of the every day. It is important when shopping for a new home to consider how well you think you’ll fit in, as purchasing a new home is a major commitment that will affect your attitude, lifestyle, and overall outlook on life.
Often times older houses can become major investments that require a lot of extra time, labor, and money after purchasing. While some enjoy the process of cultivating and improving their home over time, many also enjoy the comforts of newer, more efficient homes that require less immediately after purchase. That’s why custom luxury homes are the perfect option for a first time buyer that wishes to settle right in t Continue Reading →
It’s an unfortunate fact that many of our nation’s veterans face challenges, especially those related to economics and finances. Many veterans return home from active duty and have difficulties finding work. Some may have been wounded, and integrating back into civilian life can be tough. However, there are many charities that focus on helping military families and helping disabled veterans in order to provide them with the tools they need once they come back to the homefront. Donations for veterans, especially clothing donations, are vital to serving this populations.
Why are donations for veterans so important? Here are some of the items Continue Reading →
There were well over 2,800 active real estate listings in Iowa as of April 2014, and many of them were old homes for sale. Old houses are often sought out by a particular buyer group because they love the charm and character they have.
Why buying old homes for sale is a great investment: If you’ve done a real estate search or two, you probably know that old houses generally cost less than new homes for sale. The median Iowa home price in April 2014 was $127,000, but old houses will most likely cost under this median. You will be able to get more house for less cost by purchasing an older home
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At least 70% of people over the age of 65 will need long-term care services and support at some point in their lifetimes. However, many senior living options seem to place undesirable restrictions on the lives of their residents: they require people to renounce a great deal of their independence, they require their patients to move from location to location as their conditions change, and they are often under-staffed. For this reason, the supply of nursing homes declined nationally between 2001 and 2008. However, roughly one million Americans currently live a senior living community Continue Reading →
It’s that time of the year again – A time for beautiful weather and true love and everything that comes with it. And what better supplement to true love and warm summer breezes is there than weddings! Yup, it is prime wedding season right now, and all the love in the air is complemented by a plethora of wedding planning stresses.
With a hefty sum of brides taking almost a year to plan their weddings, there is a lot of time pre-wedding to come up with ideas to make your wedding the best you could have hoped for. Whether or not you’re tying the knot soon, you may want to hear about some tips for planning the best wedding you could imagine!
1. Plan a Theme!
About a quarter of couples plan their weddings around a theme. This is a cute and actually pretty effective way to make your wedding visually flow toget Continue Reading →
There are few worse things than not getting a good night’s sleep. When it seems that the alarm goes off as soon as your head hits the pillow, you dread getting up in the morning, and you never feel well rested after sleeping, you probably need to make some changes. There are plenty of things that can keep us awake at night — the kids, stress from work, aches and pains, your spouse’s nagging — and many of them we have little control over. There’s probably not much you can do about any of those things, but what might help you get a better night’s sleep may be as simple as getting the most comfortable mattress you can find.
More than a quarter of Americans experience insomnia, and it is estimated that around 40 million have chronic sleep disorders. Lack of sleep can have serious consequences. Being Continue Reading →
If you are in the market for new homes, builders want to get you looking at the real estate listings to find the real estate selling new homes for sale. For new homes builders try to limit themselves to only 20 projects a year in order to focus on the new homes builders are working on. This also gives them more time to influence the clientele. When purchasing a newly built home, choose a real estate agent that focuses in luxury and custom built homes. They are real estate professionals who are well versed in getting their clients the best deal on these types of homes since they know them so well.
Custom built homes are often some of the new homes being built. Of these new homes bui Continue Reading →
Flags play a significant part in our culture, whether they are American flags displayed on Independence Day or year-round, decorative summer flags to make give your home that extra idyllic touch, or decorative holiday flags to commemorate special occasions. There also plenty of novelty flags for sale on the market.
All that said, the rich history and meaning of flags is not something about which we often think, but they can give us a better appreciation of their many uses. The Saxon term for floating or flying midair–fflaken–is the origin of “flag.” As one might expect, the initial purpose of the flag was to help organize troops in the throes of batt Continue Reading →