How To Care For Your Kitchen Surfaces

Your kitchen is probably one of the busiest rooms in your home. It's a high-traffic area and the surfaces, in particular, take a beating. Proper care and cleaning will go a long way in keeping your kitchen looking like new. Here's what you need to know about caring for the different surfaces in your home: Laminate Countertops Laminate countertops are easily cleaned with mild soap and a brush. If the area is stained, try a three-parts baking soda, one-part water mixture for a deeper clean. If water is left standing at the seams, you may see warping or other damage, so make sure countertops are dried thoroughly after cleaning. Marble Countertops Marble countertops are a popular choice for kitc

Eco-Friendly Home Changes

Making eco-friendly choices around the home will help the planet, but it will also save money in the long run. Here are a few very easy changes to make to get you started. Lighting & Electronics 1) Switch to Energy Star CFL bulbs, which use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard lightbulbs. This small change will make a big impact on your utility bill. 2) Replace light switches with dimmers to save big throughout the year. 3) Turn off electronics completely before going to bed. Many electronic devices, like computers, have a standby mode, but by powering down completely, you'll help prevent the draw of extra electricity. Water 1) Run a full dishwasher when y

What To Ask When You're Hiring A Landscaper

Beautiful spring weather has us ready to spend some time outside perfecting the lawn. But some things are better left to the professionals. If you're looking to hire someone to take care of your exterior, you need to know what you're looking for. We've all heard nightmare stories from friends and family who have made the wrong choice when it comes to a provider. Thankfully, Jason Hargraves of Angie's List offers seven great questions to ask your potential landscapers before bringing someone on. 1. Are you bonded and fully insured? Landscapers will be operating machinery and moving heavy trees and plants around your property. Ensuring that they are professionals with insurance and not hobbyis

Your April Garden

It's April - a beautiful time to be outside in South Central Texas. The weather is wonderful. So, what should you plant in April? Fruit: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon (in the end of the month) Vegetables: Eggplant, Lima Beans, Beets, Spinach, Radishes, and Summer Squash Herbs: Chives, Sesame, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme Annuals: Cosmos, Cypress Vine, Gourds, Impatiens, Mooflower, Sunflower, Periwinkles, and Zinnias Perennials: LOTS! Including Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Shasta Daisy, Lantana, Plumbago and Salvia This is also your last chance to plant trees before the fall! Lawn Care You probably haven't had to mow much during the cooler months in San Antonio. Now, after two spring mows, yo

Homestead Exemption - Deadline April 30

If you bought a home in the past year or have never filed for your homestead tax exemption, you still have time to take advantage of the Homestead Exemption. If you lived in your home as of January 1, 2017, and the home is your primary residence, you can file to receive this break on your property tax. The homestead tax exemption lowers the taxable value of your home. In order to claim the homestead tax exemption, you must fill out the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption (PDF file) and sent into your local appraisal district. Be sure to fill out the form completely and read the instructions carefully – there are several items that you are required to furnsh in addition to the com

April Home Maintenance

Staying on top of your home maintenance can save you time and money in the long run - and when it's time for you to put your home on the market, you'll be so glad you gave it the regular attention it needs.

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