Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun time for both kids and parents, and with only a few days before the big holiday, we want to remind all of our friends to stay safe! Here are some great tips, courtesy SafeKids.org and The American Red Cross. Trick Or Treat With An Adult Under the age of 12, children should always have an adult with them when trick or treating, especially after dark. If children are old enough to be without supervision, they should restrict themselves to familiar and well-lit neighborhoods and streets. Safety On The Sidewalk Trick or treaters should stay on the sidewalks at all times. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Avoid using electronic devic

Flooring For Beginners

More than any other part of your home, your floor takes a beating. Between spilled food, daily traffic, and pets, carpeting shows off the wear and tear. If you're ready to make a move from carpet to hard flooring, here's a starter session on what to look for: Laminates Laminate is one of the lower cost materials in the world of hard flooring. Many people love laminate floors because their easy to install on your own and they're laid above the existing floor, so there's no need to tear out what you have, aside from the carpet and pad. Laminates come in a variety of colors and textures, made of pressed plywood or compressed fibers, with the top layer being made of plastic. Engineered Woods

Smarter Thermostats

As we head for cooler weather, maintaining an energy-efficient home is important. A "smart" thermostat installed in your home can save you on your heating and cooling bills by automatically raising and lowering the temperature in your home at set times of the day as well as giving you the power to control it all by app. NEST The most popular of these Smart Thermostats is NEST, touted as a "learning" thermostat. The process is simple. You set a desired temperature for your home and the thermostat records how you move around your house and adjusts your temperature settings according to time of day and the habits of your family. Nest has sensors that detect when you've left the house and will

Selling Your Home In The Fall

Summer may rule when it comes to buying and selling residential real estate, but Fall is the second busiest time of year for home sales! Fewer homes are on the market than in summer, but buyers tend to be a little more serious as they look toward the holidays as a moving deadline. If you're looking to sell this fall, here are some tips. Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal Paint or stain your front door with a new contrasting color to help it stand out. Add seasonal plants near the doorway and weed your existing landscaping to make sure that visitors have a clean first impression of the home. Create a Good First Impression Remove any personal touches - calendars, family photos, names on children's wa

5 Signs Your Bathroom Needs An Upgrade

As one of the most-used rooms in the house, the bathroom can be surprisingly overlooked, especially when it's time for an update or renovation. A bathroom makeover can be a very worthwhile investment, adding value to your home and increasing your quality of life. Here are some tell-tale signs that your bathroom is due for a change. MOLD If there are dark spots in your bathroom, like in the corners, on the ceiling, near the bathtub and shower, then it's definitely time to update. Look for mildew and mold near the corners of the shower and tub. Minor issues like leaky faucets an drips, even when not immediately visible, can lead to serious problems. OLD FIXTURES If your toilet is older than yo

Homeowners Insurance 101

Any home is a huge investment. Whether you're building or buying, it's a financial decision you don't take lightly. However, while homeowner

Pumpkin Patches in San Antonio

Fall in San Antonio is a beautiful time of year. The weather is still nice, the heat is much more tolerable, and there are pumpkin patches for families to enjoy on every corner. We've listed some of our favorites below, but you can find a more exhaustive list of pumpkin patches in and around Bexar County here. Alamo Heights United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch 825 E. Basse Road, San Antoio, Texas 78209, 210-826-3215 October 13-October 31, 2016 Daily 9:00am-7:00pm Free Admission Devine Acres Farm 944 FM 2200 W., Devine, Texas 78016, 830-665-9730 October 1-30, 2016 Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm Sundays 12:00pm-5:00pm Cost:
 Ages 3-64: $10, Seniors and Military $8, Ages 2 and Under: FREE Additiona

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