Caring for Your Florida Home

Ways to maintain your home and tips for the upkeep.

New Home? Don’t Make These Landscaping Mistakes

If you’re a new homeowner, you may or may not know your way around a lawnmower or sprinkler system. You also may not want to. But if you do, and you’re willing to admit you’re “green” about how to tackle lawn and gardening chores, don’t begin spraying, cutting and trimming without following a few basic guidelines. Here’s our common-sense tips to avoid big landscaping mistakes at your new home.
Read the directions!
Never eradicated dandelions? Crabgrass? It’s tempting to blast away all repugnant greenery with that gallon sprayer of weed killer, but you could kill your new sod while you’re at […]

Update Your Interiors With These Thrifty Tactics

If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you probably have a few interior-design tweaks you’d like to make. Maybe the closet off the garage isn’t large enough for jackets, backpacks AND athletic gear. Maybe you’re done scrubbing those white kitchen cabinets you thought would be simple to clean. We all run across design elements we liked when we moved in, but ultimately don’t fit our household. Changing them, however, doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. Think quick and cheap! Read on for some thrifty tactics to update your interiors.
Paint ideas
For the cost of one gallon of […]

Which Flooring is Best For Your Family’s Needs

When you build a home, one of your biggest design decisions is what to put underfoot. Floors take a literal pounding — perhaps more than any other home component — so your choices should be smart and considered. But, you don’t have to debate them endlessly. Here’s a streamlined guide to choosing between three of the most popular flooring options for your new custom Florida home.
Wood: Real Vs. Laminate
Real wood floors are classics for a reason. If cared for, they last a long time, and their inevitable nicks, scuffs and scratches only contribute character. Their lifespan also can be […]

Balance This: Easy Feng Shui Tips

We know not everyone is aware of Feng Shui, so allow us to explain: it’s a time-honored Chinese practice of harmonizing everything in your environment, so that you can feed off energy generated by that positive environment. Our homes reflect the state of our lives, from messy desks to color choices to how we fold the laundry. The ways we arrange our possessions and interiors, and how we decorate and maintain them, can affect our psychological energy. Purposefully doing so means practicing Feng Shui — aligning our environment with who we are and who we want to be.
Feng Shui Doesn’t […]

Yes, You CAN Organize Your Garage

For many homeowners, the garage is the last frontier clutter-wise. It’s where we keep vehicles, and empty coolers, and tools…and lawnmowers. You get the picture! Cram it in and shut the door, often becomes our approach to garage storage, but there’s definitely a better strategy. Taming your garage is no different than tackling chores in an interior room of your home. Read on for suggestions about how to truly conquer that last organizational frontier.
Assess The Situation
You have a large one if household members must park in the driveway or by the curb in front of your home. You also […]

How to Add Value to Your Coastal Home

You may live in Florida for many different reasons. But, one of the most important is likely the state’s proximity to salt water. Enjoying Florida’s beaches is non-negotiable for many natives and newcomers. It’s why you buy homes within visual, biking, hiking or quick driving distance of the ocean. Most coastal homeowners already enjoy heightened property values thanks to their location. But, there’s always room for improvement, regardless of whether if you’re living somewhere long-term, or simply updating a property for resale or investment purposes.

If you want to increase the value of your coastal home, decide how much […]

How to Keep Your New Home Looking Great

Housecleaning and maintenance don’t magically disappear once you move into your new Florida home. Sorry!
We know you don’t want to think about the boring, grungy stuff. And you should take a few weeks or months to get acclimated — decide which pantry shelf should hold the cereal boxes or throw one more housewarming party, just because. But, once your household has settled into beautiful new spaces, it’s a time to ward off future grime. Use our list of preventive tips and tricks to keep your new home looking great.
Safety First

These are potential life-savers. Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for […]

Four Tips for Maintaining a Clean Swimming Pool

There are few things worse than suiting up, applying some SPF, and heading outside only to discover that your once shimmering pool now looks more like a swamp. Even Gator fans will tell you that this is definitely no bueno.
If it’s gotten this bad, you may be asking yourself why you ever wanted a pool in the first place. But as my good friend Peter once told me, “With a great pool, comes great responsibility.” So it’s time to talk about setting up a basic pool maintenance schedule.  […]

Florida Spring Gardening 101

While you don’t have to be an expert to create a beautiful and healthy garden, it pays to do a little research before you put on your gardening gloves. […]

Make Your Home into a Relaxation Haven

Ever wonder what you could do to make your home feel more relaxing? Try a few of these simple tricks to make your home into a sanctuary.