Monthly Archives: August 2017

Kid Off To College? Time For A Home Makeover

Sending your kid off to college is a time to celebrate. It’s not just that you get the house back to yourself but you manage to prepare your child to stand on their own. That is certainly a noble achievement. Obviously, they won’t be completely alone and you’ll be sending them plenty of care packages and still doing their laundry when they come home on holiday breaks. But now you have a chance to take care of a lot of things around your home that you might have been putting off. Are you ready for home makeover? Consider these possibilities:

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New Kitchen

Are you frustrated every time you go to cook? Is it because you don’t have enough counterspace? Or do all your pots and pans come tumbling out of the cupboards every time you open the door? A new kitchen can solve all those problems and add a lot of value to your home. You don’t have to demolish your entire kitchen. You might find that replacing cabinets and fixtures is a good way to improve things. But if you want to tear everything out and start fresh, then plan to set up a satellite kitchen in your dining room or garage. The inconvenience will be well worth it once the kitchen is done.

Garage Conversion

It might seem counterintuitive to create a new space in your home now that your kid has moved away. However, there could be something that you need in your house like a home office or workout space. Your garage is the perfect place for that kind of set up.

A New Backyard

Once your kid goes off to college it is a safe bet they will become the back to play on the swing set in the backyard. It’s time to get that torn down and replaced with something a bit more practical. Perhaps a vegetable garden or a hot tub?

All these home makeover ideas will require decluttering work. That’s where Junk King Chico comes into play. When you set up an appointment with Junk King you’ll be assigned two strong movers and a big truck. This is the team is going to do all the work for you. They can clear out your backyard, closets, garage and any other room in your house. Transform your home into the space you always dreamt it should be with help from Junk King Chico.

How To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

The question on everyone’s mind today is, “What happened to the summer?” Although there will be a burst of warm weather, we are quickly transitioning to the fall and it’s time to do a little prep work around the house to make sure your home is ready. Here’s what you need to do:

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Check for Drafts

The next time the wind is blowing strong outside is a good chance to check for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. If you don’t want to wait for the win, then use a lighted candle. Any flickering of the flame means there’s probably a draft. If a draft is discovered, then you’ll want to replace the seals or repair any caulking around the windows and doorframes. Heavy insulated drapery is good for drafty windows, too.

Get Your Furnace Inspected

It might have been several months since you last turned on the heat. It’s a good time to get your furnace inspected especially if you haven’t done that in a while. To improve heating efficiency you’ll want to check for leaks and change the any filters. If you don’t already have carbon monoxide sensors installed in your home, then it’s a good thing to do.

Winterize Your Air-Conditioning

It is a good idea to keep your central air-conditioning unit covered during the fall and winter when it will start raining. In fact, keeping that unit covered in shade is a good idea year-round.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a great improvement over a standard thermostat. This will let you set a timer on your heater. It works best to heat up your house on the way home versus keeping the heat on all day. If you already have a programmable thermostat and make sure you set it at the right temperature. The recommended is 68° for the fall and winter.

Test Your Home Safety Devices

It’s always a good habit to swap out your smoke detector batteries every time the clocks change. If you forgot in the spring, then it’s definitely something you want to do in the fall to avoid that annoying chirp!

Toss Out the Clutter

Finally, the best way to get your home ready for the fall is to make sure all your unwanted clutter is removed. This may not have anything to do with energy efficiency but will certainly improve your living conditions. One call the Junk King Chico can make this all happen with very little effort on your part. Junk King Chico will provide the two-man moving crew and a big truck capable of hauling away all the things you want to get rid of in one single session. Start the fall season off right in a home that’s free of junk thanks to Junk King Chico.