Category: Home + Lifestyle

5 Tips for Getting the Perfect Paint Job

Painting can breath new life into a room and change the look of it entirely. But if you don’t prepare, painting can be tricky business. With these simple tricks, you’ll love the outcome and may even enjoy the process! 

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Prep your walls. You may think that a new coat of paint will cover any imperfections, but it won’t. In fact, dirty walls can even prevent paint from sticking. Also, be sure to remove any electrical covers and light switch covers before painting.
  2. Determine how much paint you’ll need. The rule of thumb is that one gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet. And if you’re still unsure, try a paint calculator.
  3. Don’t forget about primer. A primer will help your paint look smoother and last longer.
  4. Use a paint visualizer to help you choose a color. Paint visualizers allow you to upload a picture of the room you want to paint and let you virtually test out different paint colors before you buy paint. That way, you can avoid painter’s remorse.  They aren’t perfect, but they’re a great place to start.
  5. Paint trim, then interior. Don’t skimp on the painter’s tape. And when you paint the interior, work in a “W” shape so that your roller doesn’t leave the wall until you’re ready to dip.

Happy painting!

Smart Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

As fall begins and the temperature starts to change, we often spend more time at home, taking refuge from the cold and enjoying some of our favorite comfort foods. But before the cold weather hits, it can be a good idea to prepare our homes for the upcoming season, making sure that you can enjoy your sanctuary without having any big maintenance problems.  

Here are some of the things that you can do to make sure your home is ready for pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving dinner, and the smell of baked goods.

Inside the House

  1. Make sure you don’t have drafts. Check your doors and windows for drafts. If you find some, seal them using caulk or visit your local hardware store for something stronger. 
  2. Get your furnace checked. An HVAC pro can check your furnace and do necessary maintenance. 
  3. Program your thermostat. Change your thermostat settings to reflect the colder weather. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you might want to consider buying one. They can save you money on your energy bill. 
  4. Keep your home safe. Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working well and buy extra batteries.
  5. Do some humidifier maintenance. Change your filters and keep your humidifier clean.

Click the link below for more tips.

Read the source article at Lifehack

How to Change the Mortgage Industry From the Inside

We constantly talk about regulations, compliance, and technology, among other things. But a mortgage is intended for a person whose sole function isn’t to spend days faxing documents.

Improving the user experience benefits everyone, from the borrower to the originator. One idea is to change the way that things are done behind the scenes, starting with the underwriting process. And that’s exactly what cloudvirga, Skyline’s sister company, has been doing.

Recently, National Mortgage News published an article about how cloudvirga and others are changing the process. Click here to view the article to see what’s being done and what the future will look like.

Equifax Hack and How to Protect Yourself

Internet connectivity has brought many benefits to modern society, but one of the drawbacks is that internet users and companies are vulnerable to information breaches.

Recently, credit bureau Equifax was hacked with 143 million people potentially affected by the data breach. Many details about the hack aren’t available, and though this news is unfortunate, there are things that can be done to safeguard your credit.

First thing’s first, check to see if you were affected by the hack. Click on the link below to get a step-by-step guide.

https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/equifax-data-breach-find-out-if-you-were-one-of-143-million-hacked/

Whether you were affected or not, it’s a good idea to protect yourself. Many things can happen that may put you at risk.

Here are a few steps that you could take to keep your credit safe: 

  • Set up alerts with the three big credit reporting agencies to see if someone is using your credit. Same goes for credit and debit cards. You can even have push notifications set up.
  • Look into freezing your credit so that new companies that you don’t currently work with will not be able to access your credit.
  • Keep an eye on your credit history.
  • Consider a credit monitoring service. Right now, Equifax is offering a year of credit monitoring for free, but make sure you look into the fine print.

 

Source: New York Times, Sept 10, 2017

How to Get Stronger Wi-Fi

(Image credit: Hayley Kessner)

In this day and age, high speed internet is nearly as important of a utility as water and gas. If you have slow internet, you may think that you’re stuck with it, but you don’t have to be! There are a few things you can do to boost your wi-fi signal to ensure a great connection and access to unlimited information, social networks, and Netflix!

Here are a few things to try:

Keep your router out in plain sight and not hidden.

Store your router in a high place rather than on the ground.

Try re-angling the router’s antennas.

Look into a wi-fi booster.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

5 Furniture And Decor Brands To Check Out This Fall

Exciting!

Does a new season make you crave a home refresh? If so, you’re in luck. There have been several exciting furniture and decor launches recently—with a few more dropping this fall—and we’ve rounded up below so you don’t miss a thing. From affordable midcentury style to design-forward goods you can shop right on Amazon, there’s a lot to check out in these coming months. Let’s get to it.

Target MoMA Design Store The Novogratz

Read the source article at Curbed

These Are the Best Ways to Save Money on Groceries at Costco — Kitchn

Selling in bulk is Costco’s main schtick. And that can certainly be one way to save money on groceries while you’re there. (Congrats on being the new, proud owner of four pounds of peanut butter!) But there are a few other ways to save. Try these tips — even if the resulting haul requires you to turn your coat closet into a bonus pantry.

 

Read the source article at The Kitchn

Get Ready for 2018 with IKEA’s New Catalog

“Make room for life” is the newest theme to be unveiled by the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA. The IKEA 2018 catalog was recently released featuring space-saving ideas for rooms of any size.

Real Simple magazine highlighted 9 of their favorite items from the new catalog, everything from sofas to side tables and clocks. Which is your favorite?

The new catalog is available at http://www.ikea.com/us/en/. How are you planning to “make room for life” in your home? Drop me a line about the ideas you have anytime. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Source: Ikea and Real Simple Magazine