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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Green Living, Inside and Out

What does “Going Green” really mean?  It can mean that you’ll enjoy a more natural andGreen Living healthy lifestyle overall.  Basically, by making a few changes to how you live, you can change your environment and what you put into your body to be more natural and healthy.  Here are a few ways you can start incorporating green living both inside and out.

Household Cleaners.  Did you know that you can switch most of your household cleaners to natural and even homemade alternatives and still achieve the same result?  Remember your mother or grandmother using vinegar and water to clean everything?  These two simple ingredients are still a basic yet effective (and cheap) way to clean your home.  Plus, you can clean multiple surfaces with just one cleaning agent.  Your indoor air will also be healthier to breathe without all the chemicals floating around in it.  Also try using Castile Soap, it’s 100% natural and can be used to clean almost everything!

Energy Efficiency.  Go through your home and Continue reading

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5 Apps To Guide You Through Retirement

Retirement has gotten even more fun with new technology to help you plan for and enjoy your “golden years”.  TryRetirement Apps out these 5 useful apps to help guide you through retirement.

RetirePlan. This app helps you to determine when you can retire and how much you should be socking away each year.  It will also tell you how long your retirement funds will last you while retired.  You can add your spouse’s information and financial data as well as account for inflation and interest rates. (only a buck and available on itunes)

TripIt.  When you’ve retired, you may spend more of your time traveling.  Make organizing your travels easy with this app that will take your flight, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, restaurant reservations, tickets and activities and organize them in a daily schedule that allows you to find everything you need in one place, including addresses, phone numbers, confirmation numbers and more. (free and available on apple, android, and windows market)

Skype.  If you decide to retire far from family or plan to travel a lot, Skype will Continue reading

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