Duct Tape Fixes Everything – Even Moving

I just did what I recommend to all Realtors. I Moved. Moving gives us a good solid slap-in-the-face reminder of what our clients deal with. It refreshes and restocks the empathy we need for our clients. In addition to all of that, I picked up a great system for helping speed up the unpacking/organizing headache […]

Unplugging and Reconnecting

…It can be a real challenge in today’s world. We have so many things competing for our attention; email, text messages, phone calls, DVR, tablets, laptops, video games, etc. Many times, after spending the entire day plugged in at work, we find ourselves devoting our after-hours time to these items also, instead of focusing on […]

Home Maintenance #7 – Weatherstripping

In Oklahoma, it’s generally pretty easy to tell if your home is drafty, but even if you don’t feel drafts, you could still be wasting energy. Try this quick test: Close one of your outside doors on a sheet of paper. If the paper pulls out fairly easily and doesn’t tear, you’re likely losing energy. […]

Home Maintenance #5 – Hot Water

It may seem like a no-brainer, but when it’s cold outside, your hot water heater has to work harder to heat your water. It also has to re-heat it more often, but did you know that you may be able to boost your water heater’s efficiency by simply wrapping it in a thermal blanket? According […]

Home Maintenance #4 – Guttering

Gutters and downspouts are no place for leaves, pine straw and other debris, but that’s usually right where they end up. Homes in wooded areas or with large trees nearby are particularly vulnerable, but it’s important to regularly check gutters and downspouts no matter where you live. Gutters that are clogged will hold water, and […]

Home Maintenance #3 – Your Sprinkler

With Old-man Winter knocking at the door, it’s time to get things around your house ready for the cold. One part of this equation that’s often overlooked is getting your in-ground sprinkler system properly drained. Water left in the lines will expand as temperatures drop to freezing levels and can cause your pipes to burst. […]

Home Maintenance #2 – Your Chimney

Chimneys are one of those parts of a home that many people overlook and maybe even neglect. This time of year is typically an ideal time to inspect your chimney, but in light of the recent earthquakes that we’ve been experiencing here in Oklahoma, I’d HIGHLY recommend that you check yours out, to be sure […]

Home Maintenance #1 – Window Blinds

Window blinds are probably one of the more underrated and forgotten features of your home, and replacing the damaged ones can benefit you more than you might imagine. Blinds pretty much have two settings; opened and closed. If yours only have one setting, open OR closed, then it’s time for “out with the old and […]

WARNING: This Might Disgust You

Of all the things I tried to prepare myself for in owning my first home, nothing could have prepared me for the horror I’ve seen. On the morning of August 25th, a typical weekday, as I took my normal morning shower before work I noticed water pooling around my ankles. Frustrated, I knew this was […]

DIY Tile * Can-Do Attitude, Naïve Optimism, Tight Budget

When I bought my house all of seven months ago, the previous owners were offering a flooring credit, which I didn’t take. I figured I’d just do the carpet in the den, tile in the laundry and refinish the hardwoods all myself. Boy was I naïve. When I priced carpet for the den I thought […]