Where to retire with the best weather

Where to retire with the best weatherYou don’t want to spend your retirement shoveling snow, braving a winter storm, or defrosting your windshield.  It’s time to worry less and enjoy life more, without the stress of bad winter weather to worry about.  We can recommend a few spots in the sunbelt where you can retire that have the best weather.

Florida.  With temperatures that average from lows in the 50s and highs in the 80s as well as sunny days over 70% of the year, Florida is an obvious choice for warm, sunny weather, especially during the winter months when northerners are counting the days until spring.  There are many wonderful areas in Florida where you can enjoy the warm winters and a beautiful setting.  Florida’s Gulf Coast is filled with beautiful beaches, outdoor recreational activities, wonderful cultural events, and native wildlife and preserves.  Continue reading

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3 Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Are you looking for a new exercise to try or add to your active 55+ lifestyle? Tai Chi is a great exercise for seniors since it is low-impact and can help people of all skill levels.  Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art and meditative exercise3 Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors that combines slow, controlled stretching movements and positions of bodily balance with mental concentration. Below are 3 benefits of Tai Chi for seniors.

Balance.  It is important to prevent a fall as much as possible as we grow older and balance exercises are key. Among adults ages 65 and better, falls are the leading cause of injury death and 1 in 3 people experience a fall each year (learn more here).   Tai Chi helps to prevent falls by strengthening ankles and knees and improving balance.  Given the benefits, it’s worth trying.

Joints.  Arthritis pain can be a huge impairment for a senior’s everyday life.  Tai Chi is used to help pain management and reduce arthritis and pain. You might even be able to cut back on pain medication which is always a good thing.  Learn more here.

Heart Health. Tai Chi is said to help reduce blood pressure and lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease by 44%.  It’s also a great way to Continue reading

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Flooring in a Manufactured Home: Carpet, Vinyl and Hardwood! Oh My!

When it comes to flooring in your manufactured home, you have just as many choices as with a traditional site-built home.  Deciding what is best for you and your lifestyle can be the hardest part.  Think first about how you Ceramic Tileuse the space.  Is there a lot of traffic? Do hard surfaces hurt your feet?  Does the area get wet frequently?  Make a list of all your needs and concerns to help you decide what floor covering is best for you.

Carpet.  Great for when the temperatures drop, carpet is a wonderful way to make your home feel cozy.  It’s also easier on your bare feet than a hard surface.  Carpet is also quiet when walked on if that is a concern.  Just try to stay away from using it in wet areas where carpets can be ruined or become moldy. 

Ceramic Tile.  Great for durability in heavy traffic areas and other areas that get wet, ceramic tile is a very versatile flooring choice.  Plus, it is also very stylish.  However, this hard surface can cause echoes and be loud to walk on.  You also may have to deal with cleaning grout.  Just remember, the darker the grout, Continue reading

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Bathroom Remodel: Is It Worth It?

Is your powder room looking a little dated or just downright sad?  Maybe you’ve been thinking about a bathroom remodel and wondering, is it worth it?  Well, if your bathroom hasn’t been updated in over 20 years then it likely is due for a Bath Remodelremodel. However, trying to keep your costs down so they fit your budget is key to planning any remodel.  Take into consideration the following important points to help you decide whether a remodel is right for you.

ROI.  Measure both monetary and personal return on investment.  A local realtor or home sales counselor can probably tell you what the value of a bathroom remodel is since they see and sell all kinds of homes every day.  But don’t forget to measure the value to yourself and the use you will get out of it.  This can be much harder to do since these are more “soft” factors that cannot be easily measured by money.  Just remember, aesthetics are important!

Down Time.  Talk to contractors or whoever will be performing the work and find out how much down time there will be.  If you only have one bathroom, this is pretty critical to Continue reading

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Beat the Heat: Energy Saving Tips for Your Mobile Home

ThermostatDid your last cooling bill take your breath away (and not in a good way)?  This time of year, cooling your mobile home can cost a small fortune but there are ways to help ease the pain.  To beat the heat, try these energy saving tips for your mobile home.

Thermostat.  Turn the thermostat up to a higher temperature at night and when you are out of the house to save on cooling costs.  Use a programmable thermostat to achieve this without having to remember to do it all the time.  Also make sure you don’t have any heat producing objects near your thermostat, it could be reading a higher temperature than the room really is due to the heat it produces.  This will confuse your thermostat and unnecessarily cool your home too much, wasting energy.

Replace.  If it’s in your budget to do so, think about replacing old doors and windows to more efficient ones.  Also look at adding insulation to keep more of your cool air from escaping.  Many electric companies offer rebates for adding insulation to your home.

Cook Differently.  Just by cooking a meal, you can raise the temperature in your home quite a bit.  Try using Continue reading

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Preparing For Your Grandchildren

Summertime is upon us and many grandchildren will be visiting with their grandparents for some great bonding time together. Preparing For Grandchildren No matter whether your grandchildren are coming for a quick visit or a longer stay, preparing for them can be a little tricky.  Especially since it may have been a little while since you have cared for a young person in your home.

Food.  For any grandkids, having their favorite foods or the foods that they usually eat will help things to go smoothly during meal times.  Of course you can encourage them to venture out and try new foods but always keep some good standbys on call just in case.

Routine.  For babies up through teens, keeping to a schedule (with some flexibility) will keep everyone happy since there is a great deal of comfort in a routine and its familiarity (no matter your age but especially for kids).  Talk to mom and/or dad and find out Continue reading

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