The color change in the foliage has signaled that autumn and the cool weather are here to stay. The onset of fall means that soon enough, the chilly weather will cause the beautiful colors of red, orange, and yellow to become a mess waiting to be cleaned up across your yard.

What’s the most time-efficient and beneficial way to handle all of these leaves? First of all, you don’t want to miss the peak leaf fall period for your respective region – there’s nothing worse than cleaning the yard only to realize a few days later the trees had more in store for you. Stay updated with your area’s leaf fall situation with this tool from weather.com.

Once the trees are bare, you’ve got to make a move on leaf pickup. Everyone knows it’s a pain, but the risks associated with leaving your yard a mess are more serious than you might think. To prove those days cleaning the yard were worthwhile, we’ve got some creative, do-it-yourself ideas for how to enhance your home with simply the leaves off the ground. No matter your artistic experience, these simple projects are easy to put together to give your home a distinct seasonal appearance.

Picture Frames: Change up the usual lineup of photographs you have lined on your shelves with some festive additions. Possibly the simplest of ways to add some fall to your home, leaf fixtures are a sleek way to transform a living room. Collect some leaves from the yard, press them between the pages of a heavy book to flatten them out to place inside a picture frame, and you’re ready to make a new accent piece for a mantle or shelf.

Wreaths: Don’t wait for the winter holidays to break out ornamental wreaths. Give your home a harvest look with wreaths made from leaves and other plant-life of the season. All that’s needed is a hot-glue gun and a wicker base. Then, you can get creative with arranging the leaves, acorns, clippings, etc. in a visually unique way.


Vases: When people think of vases, they think of filling them with roses, tulips, or other vibrant flowers of the early gardening season. Why not mix it up to stay in theme with autumn by using smaller branches from a tree with changing leaves? A nice twist on a classic piece of nature décor, a vase with the dark red and orange colors of September and October quickly transition your home to a cool fall. You can even get creative with what you use for a vase – think bottles and other repurposed containers.

While playing in the newly fallen leaves is fun while it lasts, you’re going to have to clean them up at some point before the winter sets in. It only makes sense, then, that you find a way to put them to good use. In addition to using leaves for compost and other yard improvement, there are numerous ways to use leaves for aesthetic home enhancement. Rather than buying expensive pieces, stick to your home’s resources and create affordable options for decorating in season.

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Everyone knows the headache associated with clogged gutters. It’s a project for which you need to break out the ladder and spend hours clearing out the muck and leaves. Worst of all, you don’t know your gutters are clogged until it’s too late.

But those aren’t the real dangers associated with bad gutters. It’s time to rethink the impact gutters can have on saving – or ruining – other parts of your home.

When the gutter system is not doing its job, your house becomes more dangerous and damaged than it would first appear with just leaves clogged in a gutter. That is where it starts, but unfortunately not where it ends.

Here’s a brief overview of how things can go wrong when gutters aren’t doing their jobs.

Home Foundations

Gutters are the first line of defense against water damage for your home. The most crucial area of your home, the one that you need to be most mindful about, is the foundation. While a moderate amount of water is great for your lawn and gardens, an inordinate flow of water poses immediate problems. Soil can expand and put unwanted pressure on the walls of the foundation. Additionally, erosion from the excess water could change the ground composition and leave your foundation unstable.

This water buildup would most likely result from insufficient draining after the water leaves the downspout. Splash blocks are one easy way to make sure water is being carried far enough from the base of your home.

Put it this way: The cost to repair your home after foundation trouble is considerably more than the cost of upgrading your gutter system or taking the time to properly clean it.

Basement Water Problems

Gutter malfunction can also affect the interior of your home. Along with causing foundation problems, water that pools around the support of your home can potentially ruin your basement’s contents.

Mold, mildew, and dampness around cracks are indicators and consequences of water leakage. Gutters are implicated in these scenarios much like they are with foundation issues. Improper drainage creates an environment for runoff water to trickle into your home. From this point, your belongings and wall or floor finishes are at risk for getting wrecked.

It’s the raiders who are responsible for sacking a city, but the city walls are also at fault for not keeping them out. So it goes with gutters and water damage.

While filling cracks in the walls and augmenting the grading of the ground around your foundation are viable solutions, another option is fixing your gutters to prevent the water buildup. Again, functioning gutters are worth the time and money, especially compared to the problems you’ll face down the road if you ignore them.

Ceilings and Walls

Sometimes your gutter problems remain above your sight line. What about the water backup from rain and snow that pools in your gutters if they’re left clogged? While this is less likely to cause foundational problems to your home, it presents its own set of problems.

If water overflows from the gutters, it will either end up back on the roof or down the walls of your home. From here, water can leak through or create cracks in the ceilings and walls of your house. The possibility for structural damage then arises. As with the basement, mildew and mold can also grow in these spaces and present health risks like respiratory illness.

The work that gutters perform in keeping your house safe is indispensable. It extends beyond catching water from the roof to aiding in the effort to keep your home structurally sound. It only makes sense to take the role of gutters serious with how much they are implicated in the process of caring for your home. The investment in a gutter system that works pays off by keeping the most important parts of your home undamaged.

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Hint: it doesn’t include un-clogging gutters

Cooler weather, leaves changing, and pumpkin-flavored everything. The signs are all there, and the fall season is in full swing. The warm summer days have faded and school is back in session. But Fall also presents us with a lot of unique opportunity for fun outdoor activities.

What does the fall season mean to you? Hopefully, it’s not hanging around the house doing chores every weekend. While it’s an ideal time to square away issues with your home before winter hits, no one wants to spend the fleeting weekends of enjoyable outdoor weather fixing up the home. That especially includes cleaning gutters.

We’ve got some classic fall activities that every family will have time to enjoy after gutter cleaning is no longer a chore to worry about.

Apple Picking 

A simple yet effective way to get the whole family out and moving, a stroll through a local apple orchard is an easy weekend activity. Kids love the chance to pick their own apples, which can later be turned into tasty autumn treats. Apple trees are normally ripe through October, but don’t just assume there will be any left to pick if you wait around too long! It’s a chance for some family fun and a little exercise in a uniquely Fall environment.

Football 

Whether it’s watching the games on Sunday afternoons or playing touch football with family and neighbors out in the yard, the game of football is on everyone’s mind when fall rolls around. It brings everyone together for some friendly competition and is another great way to get some exercise in the cooler weather. Who are you pulling for to take home the Super Bowl this year? More importantly, who’s going to catch that game-winning touchdown in your backyard?

Playing in the Leaves 

Who wants massive clumps of leaves stuck in the gutters when they could make for a fun kid’s plaything? Sure, it’s a chore to round them up when strewn around your yard, but why not make it more worthwhile and turn it into a fun time for everyone? Another way to get outside and stay active, everyone knows the childhood joy of jumping into a mountain of leaves.

Hay Rides, Corn Mazes, and More 

Fall activity is about getting outside before the cold weather really sets in and the winter sends us running for the indoors. And the uniquely fall activities go beyond the apple picking – anything on the farm should prove to be a good time! That includes pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, or even a German Oktoberfest.

Though it may feel like Fall has just arrived, it’s only a matter of time before we’re all bundled up in jackets and scarves. Take advantage of that extra time you would’ve needed for chores and spend it enjoying a couple of these activities!

 

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Survey Shows: You’re Not Alone in Being Concerned About Home Improvement Installation

 

 

It would seem rather odd if American homeowners made it a habit of calling up strangers and asking them to come spend time in their homes. In a way, though, we already do that when we schedule work to be done by home improvement professionals.

Personal safety is a consideration for the majority of homeowners when selecting a home improvement professional to come perform work in their home. We might be comfortable with sharing photos and information on social media for anyone to see, but there’s something totally different about strangers coming into our personal space. Having a plan and asking the right questions is the surest way to reduce your worry level.

If you think about your personal safety or the safety of your home when contracting an installation professional, you are not alone, according to a recent LeafGuard survey on installations & personal safety. 71% of homeowners say that a sense of personal safety is either very important or extremely important, while only 11% of homeowners think it’s not at all important or slightly important.

74.7% of respondents said it was very important or extremely important to be present when a home improvement professional is scheduled to do work, indicating a general lack of trust with having strangers in the home.

 

What can you do? The ultimate goal should be to not worry every time you need work done. Here’s how to alleviate that stress, and find a company that you’re comfortable with that will do quality work that will last.

Perform due diligence research on your service.

67% of homeowners say it’s important to conduct research on the quality of service itself, as opposed to simply researching the product being installed. Find valuable information and reviews on Google, Angie’s List, YP, and others.

Check the company reputation online and familiarize yourself with them.

60.4% of homeowners want to choose a business they’ve previously heard of, saying it’s very important or extremely important.

Visit the physical location of the dealer first and get more information.

80.2% of homeowners said it was very important or extremely important to meet with a home improvement professional in person before letting him/her enter their home.

Prepare a list of questions in advance.

Talking to a stranger can raise anxiety, making you forget the essential information you wanted to find out. Be prepared in what you want to ask and how you’d like to ask it.

Find out the company’s hiring process and background check.

You’re careful when selecting professionals – shouldn’t the company be careful in who they hire?

Hide small valuables.

While no one is walking out of your house with a TV while you’re there, sunglasses, jewelry, and prescription pills are easily swiped.

Inquire about the warranty or ‘satisfaction guarantee’ policies.

Most homeowners want some sort of guarantee in place in order to hold the company and the installation professionals accountable. Only 11% of respondents viewed a warranty as not at all important or slightly important.

Pay it forward with reviews.

Leave an online review of your experience, whether it was positive or negative. If they are helpful for you, chances are your review will be helpful for another homeowner at some point down the road.

LeafGuard’s tenets of gutter installation are custom work, quality service, and a lifetime warranty to back it up, and licensed professionals perform all installations. As a homeowner, you deserve the same level of quality with every other project. Your concerns are real, though, and shared by many other homeowners. Having a plan and being thorough are the best ways to alleviate some of those concerns and make you feel more comfortable.

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LeafGuard believes that good gutters are unsung heroes of the home. They’re never “used” by the homeowner, and they’re often not even seen, but without them the house would be in significantly worse shape. What else around the home is vital, and yet largely unrecognized?

I. Gutters

 

It’s more fun to buy a new grill or set of patio furniture than it is to think about upgrading or fixing gutters. No one ever thinks about gutters until there is an issue. Unfortunately, that’s way too late in the game to be thinking about gutters.

The gutter system is an unsung hero around the home because they’re working best when you don’t notice them and when they’re not requiring maintenance. A seamless gutter system like LeafGuard never requires maintenance and unassumingly drives water safely away from the house.

Without such a system, however, danger is only around the corner, in the form of: water damage, debris, erosion, standing water, insects, and more.

II. CO & Smoke Detectors

 

Detectors are interesting because they need to be working 24/7 but ideally never go off and are never noticed. The size and placement of these devices makes them very unassuming, but they play a big role when dangerous gases seep into the home.

CO detectors should be replaced 5 years from the “manufacture date”. Smoke detector batteries should be checked every month and replaced when necessary.

Whereas gutters stand between your house and potential disaster, detectors stand between your family and potential tragedy.

III. Hot Water Heaters

 

How many days out of the year do you go through your routine of taking a shower or bath and not think of your hot water heater? Probably most of the time. And then there are those one or two days when the hot water heater isn’t working, and it feels like your life descends into chaos. The inability to access hot water will turn almost any home upside down.

When working, hot water heaters play but a small role in your daily routine. Take them away, though, and their value becomes abundantly clear.

IV. Irrigation System

 

Your lawn always needs water, but never needs too much of it.

Not enough water means you’re looking at a brown lawn. Too much water and you’re looking at drowned vegetation, erosion, and maybe even water damage. An irrigation system stays “below the surface” most of the time, but helps keep the proper amount of water on your lawn with sprinklers, pitches, and drains (if necessary).

 

An irrigation system is a workhorse of your home: working every day, often early in the morning. It is hands-off and not very visible, but makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a healthy and verdant outdoor home.

V. Exterior Paint

 

The exterior paint of your home is not tangible in the way gutters are or the way smoke detectors are, and therefore paint is not often thought of as playing any role beyond aesthetic. But good exterior paint seals the wood and seams of your home, protecting those pieces from the elements. It’s an unsung hero that’s hidden in plain sight.

 

**Bonus Piece: Generator

A gas-powered generator is different from some of the other “unsung hero” pieces in that it’s ideally never even used. But when it’s needed, it comes through in a big way. Homeowners should always buy one versus renting one if possible.

The above list of items and systems don’t feel like the most important pieces of your home, but without them, your home and your life would be drastically different.

 

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Is it getting hard to remember what it was like to love your lawn’s appearance? Is the grass always greener on the neighbor’s side? Returning your lawn to glory is easier than you might think. A few tools and a few hours is all you need – here’s your recipe for a lawn you can be proud of!

Total Time (approximation): 5 hours

-Aerate: 2 hours

-Applying Fertilizer: 1.5 hours

-Watering: 30 minutes 2-3 times per week

-Mowing: 1 hour per week/every 5 days

Ingredients:

      • 1 brown, spotty lawn
      • 1 spike aerator
      • 1 bag of lawn food or fertilizer.
      • 1 lawn food spreader
      • 1 hose with running water
      • 1 pulsating sprinkler
      • 1 lawnmower

Directions:

1.  Consult this NPK guide to learn what type of lawn food you need based on your specific needs and the condition of your lawn.

2.  Aerate the lawn with a spike aerator. Simply drive it into the browning areas or suffering areas of your lawn in 6-inch patterns. The spikes penetrate the lawn, creating small holes, which thereby allow water, nutrients and oxygen to better reach the grass roots.

3.  Pour the lawn food into the spreader.

4.  Apply your chosen lawn food or fertilizer with spreader.

5.  Water the lawn. Popular Mechanics recommends the following:

      • 4am to 10am is the best time to water grass
      • Water deeply (about 6 inches into the soil) and infrequently (2-3 times per week)
      • Use pulsating sprinklers instead of oscillating ones
      • Water hard soil in waves, so water has time to soak in.

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6.  On a separate day, mow the lawn on a high setting in order to allow for long roots to grow. This will improve moisture retention.

7.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 every week on different days.

8.  Enjoy your new and improved lawn!

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Bowen Liu, Lawn Aerator, Flickr

 

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LeafGuard hates clutter. With our gutter systems, it’s never present in your gutters, but what about other areas of your home? What spaces or rooms need “unclogging” of their own? And is that hurting your overall home?

Your garage space could be more important than you ever could have thought. Buy Boise Real Estate estimates that only 70 percent of homeowners use their garage to park a car, and America Now reports that 25 percent of homeowners with two-car garages don’t park any cars in them. Parking a car isn’t the end-all be-all of garage usage, but not doing so is indicative of the space being wasted.

Value of Home and Re-Sale Considerations

One reason for taking back your garage is increasing or reclaiming the value of your home. A garage is 13 to 14 percent of the home’s total value, a significant percentage to be neglecting regardless of the size or total worth of the home. If you have any plans of selling in the future, the garage is an important element to consider:

“Ninety-one percent of people surveyed by Thompson’s say they’re more likely to buy a home if the garage is well maintained. And 70 percent think a garage’s organization reflects the owner. Buyers get the impression that owners with organized garages are likely “as diligent and meticulous with home maintenance,” –Bankrate.com, based on a study done by Thomsons.

Clearly, keeping the garage in order is not only about maximizing that space, but by giving off the impression of a well-maintained home.

Opening Up Space & Saving Money

Even if you’re not thinking about selling, reclaiming the garage is still about saving money and maximizing the space you have. Cleaning things up and organizing will show you what you have to use, and what you have to sell and/or donate:

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 How to make or save money by re-taking your garage:

  • Preserving your car’s integrity. As BankRate points out, it’s pretty silly that we have some of our most useless junk under the shelter of the garage, but leave a car that costs tens of thousands of dollars out there vulnerable to the elements.
  • Taking Inventory. By cleaning out and organizing, you get a clearer picture of everything that you own. Then, you can decide what can still be used and what must be thrown out. This assures that you never buy duplicates or unnecessary materials.
  • Selling Unwanted Stuff. Unearthing your garage could yield a lot of objects that you don’t want, but that you don’t want to throw away either. That’s where tag sales, garage sales, and online stores come in. Ever hear the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? That could be true for some of your un-wanted, yet still useable, items.
  • Tax Write-Off for Donations. If you choose to donate your unwanted items rather than sell them, you could still be eligible for a tax write-off depending on the worth of what was donated.

Professional organizer Adele Mahan offers up the six-month rule for garage items: if you haven’t used it in 6 months (save purely seasonal items), it’s safe to say that you won’t be using it again, and it can go. Reclaiming your garage will maximize your space, and save you money in a number of different ways listed above. More space that’s better organized can also add more functionality to your garage. Have a hobby? Put a desk or workspace in your newfound garage space instead of occupying valuable space inside your actual house.

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Most everyone makes a daily effort to recycle bottles, cardboard, and other consumables, but still, there is a lot of room for improvement. While 75 percent of waste can be recycled, America reportedly only recycles about 30 percent of waste. One category you might have forgotten in your efforts to recycle: your old furniture and fixtures lying around the house, especially those that have been replaced by upgraded equipment.

Reusing these materials differs from standard recycling, where you stick your cans and papers in a blue bin and ship them off. In fact, the process of repurposing unused materials around your house, known as Up-Cycling, can add immediate practical value to your life. Not only are you making use of something instead of shipping it off to the landfill, you’re enhancing the appearance of your home – all for little to no cost!

Here are five things you might have hanging around your house and some simple ways to Up-Cycle them.

1. Patio Umbrellas

 

Has your patio umbrella seen better days? For older, dilapidated umbrella fixtures that no longer serve their purpose, an easy fix is available to make them useful again.

If the fabric covering is ripped, simply remove it and your umbrella frame works aptly as a trellis for the garden. By placing the center pole amidst vegetables like tomatoes, beans, or squashes, the outward-extending arms provide support stakes for the plants to grow on.

2. Ladders

 

With old ladders that have seen their last climb, try converting them into racks or shelves inside your home. By hanging a portion of the ladder horizontally on a wall, you can set up a new bookshelf. Paint or decorate the ladder to your liking and set it up in a bedroom or study. The rungs serve as natural dividers for the shelving.

Also, ladders work well as upright shelving against a wall in your living space. For ladders with longer steps, you can place picture frames or small plant fixtures on the various platforms.

3. Doors

 

Old doors that may have come off sheds or rooms in your house can be turned into a multitude of new products. A popular trend among Up-Cyclers is crafting a desk or table for use in different places around the house.

Make your coffee table or bedroom desk a topic of conversation by converting a door into a fixture with creative flair.

Like many do-it-yourself projects, there are different degrees of intricacy involved with various door-to-table ideas. Whether you’re looking to add a minimalist, rustic look or a colorful, bold piece to your home, a little digging online should help you find your answer. It’s all about finding the right look and feel for you, and then developing a plan for implementation.

4. Drawers

 

Another common Up-Cycling initiative, creative planters made from ornaments around the house will bring attention to any garden.

It’s really easy enough to take any piece of furniture or container and make it a stylish, unique home for flowers. The most common choices are desk drawers or bureaus, but really any open receptacle you’re not already using around the house is a candidate for improving your garden.

5. Gutters

 

Old and already-replaced gutters are also a great choice for creating Up-Cycled planters. They can be implemented into hanging fixtures or even fixed to the side of the house or shed as shelves for plants to grow.

Inventive ways to Up-Cycle gutters also include various kinds of shelving for inside the house. After cleaning the old fixtures, they are ready to be used for storage purposes. You can hang the gutter in smaller sections inside a shed to provide a place for tools. Or, if you have the right pieces that are safe and intact, you could even furnish a book nook for children.

The Up-Cycling Difference

What’s most convenient about Up-Cycling is the rapidly developing, substantial and collaborative online community that exists on sites like Pinterest. If you can’t figure out what to do with some leftover materials, or you need some advice on how to put a project together, a quick survey of the Internet will yield an Up-Cycling idea that will save you a trip to the landfill.

The results of Up-Cycling can, of course, vary greatly depending on the final result you’re aiming for and how artistic you’re willing to get.. Fortunately, many of these solutions are easy and cheap to pull off and add practical value to projects you want to complete around the home.

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When it comes to thinking about whether you should rent or buy your home improvement tools, cost is one of the biggest factors. The great thing about home improvement projects is that you don’t need to buy a massive selection of tools or have a big space to store them for most of the jobs you will do. It is just a matter of deciding which power tools and lawn equipment you will need to buy rather than rent.

 

Money Matters

When it comes to renting versus buying, money matters. For example, yes, the average tile saw is affordable for most homeowners at a starting price of $50 each. But, that tile saw might not do the job, as the quality of the blade is probably lacking. Instead, you might be better off renting a tile saw that has a better blade. In addition, because most people only use a tile saw for a few days for a big project, renting is a better investment.

For those who have a big yard to maintain, purchasing a lawnmower is a must. Lawnmowers come in a variety of sizes and styles, but the budget conscious should know that all of the bells and whistles aren’t always necessary. For the average yard, a push mower will do. When it comes to anything beyond the lawnmower, however, renting is probably the best bet. In fact, many homeowners who spend a lot on expensive lawn equipment usually don’t see a return on the investment in terms of time spent using them. For example, a tiller can go for as much as $5,000, but renting one will only set you back about $100. The same concept can be applied to power washers. If you only plan to use them once a year, renting is better. Therefore, it is important to consider how often you will actually use the equipment before deciding to purchase it.

Generators are a special exception. You’ll only need it once or twice per year. Ideally you never use it, but it is better to buy one and be prepared during times of crisis when the power goes out. If you have to run to the store to rent one when your power fails, it’s usually in terrible weather, and chances are the demand will be sky high.

The Generator Buying Guide from Consumer Reports:


The Essentials

While it is important to think about the cost benefits of renting versus buying, purchasing the most basic set of tools is something that every homeowner should do. Along with the everyday hammer, screwdriver, and wrench, every home should probably have its own cordless drill. This tool is extremely versatile and will allow you to do things like drill different hole sizes or put in drywall screws. For the most part, an 18-volt cordless drill should serve most DIY projects well.

The next thing to consider buying is a saw, preferably a small circular saw, a miter saw, or a portable table saw. The nice thing about a circular saw is that it has the ability to cut in areas that are tight. The table saw allows you to work on bigger projects, but the portable saw is key because you can move it with you as you work. Any saw beyond these basics is probably best served as rentals. These might include diamond saws or reciprocating saws, which are used for the biggest jobs that homeowners often pay others to do. Plus, with a rental, you can guarantee the saw will be of good quality.

For the full guide on Power Tools, visit the Home Improvement Factory’s Rent or Buy article.

Aside from the special exception generators, renting or buying comes down to “cost per use”. If it’s expensive, but you’ll use it every week for the next two years, it is probably worth buying. At that same price, a tool that only figures to be used once or twice per season is probably best rented for a much cheaper rate if it’s available.

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So you’re not exactly Bob Vila or Tim “the Toolman” Taylor?

You’re not a “handyman” or “handywoman” who can tackle any household project?

Yes, we know you – you’re the type of person who wants to get any type of household job done well, but you’re not confident in your abilities. You want it done as quickly and as seamlessly as possible, because even though you’re not the handiest, you’d also rather not hire an expert to come do it for you. If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at some products and projects for the non-handy:

  • Use a tool belt: Here’s a tip for taking care of household chores – put on a tool belt. Yes, a workman’s tool belt. Why? Simple – because instead of opening and closing cupboard doors and walking back and forth to the linen closet, you can put everything that you’ll need to use in the tool belt to tackle your chores. The tool belt doesn’t have to hold just hammers and nails. We’re also talking rags, paper towel, cleaning chemicals, scrub brushes, etc.

  • Try the Power Drill: It seems that every appliance you buy these days requires some sort of assembly. And most of the time, assembly involves using a screwdriver to secure pieces in place. Here’s an extremely simple and inexpensive tool to make everyday assembly a breeze: the power drill. Instead of twisting and turning your handheld screwdriver to drive the screw where it needs to go, all you do is push a button and let things take care of themselves. It can reduce assembly time on some items tenfold. Don’t underestimate the value and versatility of a power drill.
  • Aerate with a Spike: First impressions are everything. And the first thing people often notice when it comes to your house is your lawn. Is yours lush green or browning and dying? If it’s the latter, there’s an easy way to fix it without spending hundreds of dollars for a lawn maintenance company to come out and do their thing. For about $20, you can buy a spike aerator. Then, simply drive it into the browning area of your lawn in 6 inch patterns. The spikes penetrate the lawn, creating small holes, which thereby allow water, nutrients and oxygen to better reach the grass roots. This will turn brown grass back to green in no time. It’s fast, easy and it works!
  • Clean Once Now, Seal for the Future: You could have your local carpet cleaner clean your tile and grout for a hefty fee, or you could do it yourself and purchase a simple product to ensure you won’t have to worry about it moving forward. Simply clean your tile and grout with a specialty cleaner and some elbow grease, then pick up a grout sealer to spray over the neatly cleaned grout lines. The sealer prevents dirt buildup, meaning that instead of having to clean your grout lines every 6 months or so, you can go years in between!

LeafGuard is a seamless, get-it-and-forget-it solution. While none of the above are completely hands-off, they are seamless, easy ways to achieve results around your home. The ultimate goal is to save time and eliminate headaches with your chores and projects. If you’re not the handiest person, you’ve probably experienced some headaches doing house projects before. Change it up with these simple solutions and get great results!

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