Why it’s Important to Repaint your Coastal Home

Living on the coast is wonderful, like heaven on earth. Being on or near the beach with blue waters and white sands is a dream. Gulf Coast living is a real pleasure! There are some things that a homeowner on the coast has to be aware of, however. Sure, there are occasional tropical storms, but there is the more mundane reality of regular home upkeep. Salt water, ocean rain, Gulf winds, and lots of harsh sand can lay their claim to a beautiful coastal home. The weather leaves us with lots to do to makes sure our homes retain their value and remain comfortable havens. There are many styles of coastal homes. Some of us like beach cottages, some estates on the nearby bays, some want condos that are close to cultural activities, others love fishing camp styles. However, they share certain problems, these cozy or elegant places on or near the beach. Coast weather can take its toll! This is why it’s important to repair our coastal homes on a regular basis. Long-term damage is hard to fix. Once time has passed, home problems add up, and the expense of rebuilding can be enormous. Home value depends on regular care and upkeep. Don’t think that once you buy a home, that’s it. No, a home is like a person in some ways. Regular checkups are a part of good “home health.” Not taking care of your coastal investment can lower your home’s value and your overall coastal quality of life. Make sure that your coastal lifestyle stays up-to-date. There are so many types of home repairs. Some weekly repairs are quite simple and common to all houses. Worn out electrical wiring, dull counters, dirty [...]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Household Cleaning Uses for Coffee | 30a Cleaning Services

We love our fresh coffee and we love having it all day long. Now we have more reasons to love it, did you know that coffee can be used for household cleaning? Here are some cleaning tips for using leftover coffee grounds - Fridge Deodorizer Coffee naturally deodorizes a smelly fridge, so you can fill a glass with old grounds and stick it in the corner of your fridge. This works for that horrid onion or fishy smell that overwhelms you once you open the fridge and works better than baking soda Pest Repellent & Natural Fertilizer If you’ve noticed some ants, snails and slugs in your garden - well, coffee can serve two purposes, the strong aroma is known to repel the annoying pests. The second use as a natural fertilizer, you can add 2 cups of old coffee grounds into a 3-5 gallon bucket of water and let steep overnight and pour over garden and potted plants. Keep Your Garden Clear of Cats We live in a world where we love our gardens and our kitty cats, but having our beloved pets eat plants and flowers from our gardens can be dangerous. For instance, the delicate lily (lilium spp) may be beautiful to look at but when consumed by a cat it can cause lethargy and vomiting for up to 12 hours and if not treated can cause kidney failure. You can prevent this from happening by spreading used coffee grounds at the base of your garden. Air Neutralizer You can create a pretty display of flowers and neutralize the air at the same time by simply placing some coffee grounds (to appear like soil) in a vase or mason jar and filling them with [...]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Choosing Exterior Colors

You can totally transform the look of your home in less time and for less money than any other improvement by simply painting its exterior. The right color choice can welcome you, family and guests home. The wrong one can become the neighborhood eyesore. So, here are some do’s and don’ts when deciding your exterior color scheme. Do take time to choose your colors wisely. Take a photo of your home. Print several copies of the photo on letter-size paper. Look at your home’s architectural features. Consider which features you want to accent and those you wish to minimize. Take the prints with you to the paint store for marking while shopping colors. Do keep in mind the colors that are already established – those that won’t be changing such as stone or brick. View them close up. Use them as a springboard for your accent colors. Are there any pops of color in the bricks or stones that you would want to borrow from for your trim or front door? Brick that has no high or low colors, but rather seems all one tone, may need an accent color from the opposite side of the color wheel to pop out visually in your exterior’s color scheme. An example would be a muted reddish-tan brick. Choosing a teal accent color from across the color wheel would make a front door stand out. If the brick or stone has lots of variations in its shades and colors, choosing an accent color from another color group could be one color too many. In this case, staying in the same color range but going just a bit brighter or lighter would be a good choice. Don’t select and [...]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Home Improvement Tips That Save You Money

There are many reasons for a person to want to make home improvements. Whether it's for personal reasons or to improve the resale value, fixing up your home does not have to be a difficult process. The following article was designed to assist you in getting your home into the condition you want it in. Painting  Cover all surfaces appropriately before starting an improvement project. If you are tearing down walls or kitchen cupboards, cover any surfaces that have a finish that might get scratched, including floors and nearby walls. If you are painting, make sure to use a dropcloth on the floor and painter's tape with paper coverings for features such as doorknobs and light switch face plates. For a paint finish that really lasts, always sand, strip and prime, prior to applying a fresh coat. Many people think that skipping the preparatory steps of painting will speed up the process, but down the road old paint will peel through the new finish, ruining your paint job and forcing you to strip off yet another layer of paint before repainting again. One of the latest trends for home improvement is painting the ceilings in each room. Instead of a generic white, it is highly beneficial, relaxing, and extremely decorative to paint the ceilings of each room a few shades lighter of the same color as the walls. Doing this brings the room more together and makes for a more relaxing and soothing atmosphere. When painting your bathroom, kitchen, or other area that sees lots of moisture (or kids' hands), choose a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. Unlike flat (matte) paints, glossy surfaces are easier to wipe clean and are less likely to show spots when [...]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oil, Acrylic, and Latex Paints: The Difference Between Them

Take a walk down any home improvement stores paint isle, and you will be inundated with a display that has just about every possible color, and isles full of different types, brands, colors, and styles of paint. But how do you choose the correct paint to use for your home? The difference in how the paints are made plays a part in the types of applications that the paint is used in. While color doesn’t have anything to do with paint (other than being the reason you purchase it), what the paint is made up of does. There are 3 main types of paint on the market, oil, acrylic, and latex based paints. Each paint type has its advantages and drawbacks. Knowing the difference between them can help you make a better decision of what type of paint to purchase. Remember, the hardest part of painting should be picking out the color you want to use. […]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to tell the Differences between Satin and Semi-Gloss Paint

Paint is one of those things in life that can come in just about any configuration that you can imagine and in every color possible. The color of the paint that you use on your home is actually the least important aspect of paint, considering the different types of paints, and the different finishes that the paint can create. You can take the exact same paint color, and make it look multiple different ways, simply by changing the type of paint or the type of finish that it leaves. While it’s true, the hardest part of painting is picking a color, picking the type of paint and the finish shouldn’t be as hard. […]

By | 2017-11-30T19:54:08+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choosing the Right Exterior Painters for Your Home

Choosing the right exterior painters for your home is without a doubt the most important step in getting the quality paint job that you deserve for your home. No matter how great or how expensive the paint you choose, without hiring the right painter to apply it you will still end up with a sub-par paint job. So the question is, how do you go about choosing the right exterior painters for your home? Here are some tips that will ensure you hire the right painters with the right skills for your project. […]

By | 2017-05-10T21:04:37+00:00 January 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments