Build A better Breakfast: Flavor Meets Nutrition In The Best Morning Meals

Foreclosed Homes SeattleMom And Grandma Had It Right: Providing your body with a meal at the beginning of the day can have a multitude of benefits, from keeping you in a good mood to preventing bad snack habits.

To get the maximum effectiveness from your breakfast, it needs to be nutrition-packed. Of course, it’s just as important that what you eat to start the day is delicious.

Eating foods that provide a nutritional boost will help you today and in the long run. During your day, your body can rely on foods that provide “fuel,” keeping you energized, alert and feeling good. And as the years go by, those healthy habits will pay off, helping your body function better for longer. [Read more…]



Fire Safety Tips Protect Your Family Through The Holiday Season

Foreclosed Homes Seattle With colder temperatures forecast across the country, activities are moving indoors, and families are preparing to celebrate time-honored traditions and new beginnings.

Boxes of decorations, candles and strings of lights will be unpacked and spread throughout homes. Seasonal family feasts will be prepared. While intentions are great to keep safety top of mind when decorating and entertaining throughout the cold weather months, fun and frolic often take precedence.

A hazard that usually is the furthest from one’s mind – fire – is one of the easiest home risks to address. More fires and fire deaths occur during the winter than during any other time of year. Before your company arrives this year, perform a three-step home fire safety check to ensure your family and friends aren’t at risk. [Read more…]



Improving The Health Of Your Lawn

Let’s Face It: When You Live In The Suburbs, A Healthy, Well-Kept Lawn Is A Must.

Foreclosed Homes Seattle Before anyone even steps into your house, it’s your front lawn that makes the first impression of your home. So what’s something that can help keep your lawn healthy? Many people seem to forget about aeration.

Aeration, or aerification, is a method of perforating your lawn with small holes to allow for more water circulation and oxygen flow to the soil and roots. Aeration can help fix lawn challenges like poor drainage or gas exchange, soil compaction, layering in the soil profile, heavy soil in the root zone, and thatch. It’s one of the best conditional processes you can do for your lawn, and is absolutely essential in restoring a worn lawn.

“From a grass health perspective, it’s probably the single most valuable thing you can do for a lawn along with mowing, watering and fertilizing,” says Ross Hawley, marketing manager for Toro. “Aerating leads to healthier, stronger lawns, which minimizes weeds and pest problems.” [Read more…]



Clearing The Air: What An HVAC Cleaner Should Really Do In Your Home

Foreclosed Homes Seattle Those Statistics About Indoor Air Pollution And It’s Relation To Respiratory Problems Convinced You It Was Time To Get Your Heating, Ventilation And Air Conditioning System (HVAC) Cleaned.

You were even looking forward to the increased energy efficiency that a clean system can provide. But $49 and one very noisy service call later, you’re still sneezing and you haven’t seen any dip in your energy bill.

What Happened?

“A very low service charge may indicate the service provider isn’t performing a thorough cleaning and maintenance of your home’s entire HVAC system,” says Matt Mongiello, president of NADCA, the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance & Restoration Association. “He or she may have done nothing more than blow air through the ducts and clean off vent grills inside the home. A cleaning performed to NADCA standards – which are cited by the EPA as a best practice – encompasses much more than just the ductwork.”
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Beautiful Rooms Are Meant To Be Lived In

Foreclosed Homes Seattle Fall Is The Time Of Year When Thoughts Turn Back Toward The Home.

With kids back in school and the holidays approaching, many homeowners look for ways to make their rooms more stylish, but struggle to find the balance between beautiful and livable.

“Of course your home should be stylish. But if you can’t enjoy living in it, what’s the point?” says Erinn Valencich, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I believe in creating beautiful spaces that are fun, elegant and livable.” [Read more…]



Tips For A Thorough Fall House Cleaning

Foreclosed Homes Seattle With the changing of the season right around the corner, most Americans are beginning to clean up the exterior of their  homes by raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters, but what about the interior?

Fall can be the perfect time to revisit that spring cleaning list that you never completed and give the interior of your home a deep clean in preparation for the holiday season.

While most people rely on their own cleaning know-how to tackle germs and dirt, they depend on their eyes to show what they think is a clean house. In fact, more than two out of three people believe that vision is the most important sense in determining the cleanliness of a home, according to a recent national consumer survey conducted by Stanley Steemer. [Read more…]