“A home is a house brought to life.”

How do you make your house your own?
The answer is different for everyone.What is universal is that when we buy real estate, we’re really adopting a particular lifestyle as well.That’s what makes buying and selling real estate such a difficult, complicated process… and in the end such an enjoyable, satisfying one.

We can provide insight into every aspect of real estate, but also into the often-overlooked aspect of the transaction: adjusting to your new home.

We’ve provided a few helpful hints and reports that we thought you might find useful.

When you call us to represent you, know that the business aspect of your transaction will be treated with the utmost importance… but that the human element will never be forgotten.

We look forward to chatting,
Duncan & Wendy,

House and Home Reports

How to Tile Your Backsplash in No Time!

Creating a tile backsplash is a fun project that is easy to tackle, especially if you have a helper!

Doing a backsplash in tile is a two day project simply because of the drying time required for the adhesive and the grout.  This is a perfect weekend project to add value to your kitchen and make it look great!

Materials Needed:

  • Wet saw
  • (Diamond-blade metal grinder if necessary)
  • Notched trowel
  • Grout float
  • Ceramic tiles
  • 1/4″ spacers
  • Mastic adhesive
  • Drill with mixing attachment
  • Grout
  • Level
  • Safety glasses

Note:  These instructions are supplied for use with ceramic, ceramic glazed or porcelain glazed tiles.  Some adjustments may need to be made for using stone tile, especially in the methods used to cut the tiles.

Stained but not forgotten…

Whether it’s a splash of salad dressing, a drop of barbeque sauce, or a full assault of coffee, stains happen. They happen to the cautious as well as the careless and usually when we least expect it.

These tips are for washable fabrics only. Always test for color-fastness in an inconspicuous spot first.

Here are a couple of quick tips I’ve gathered:

Red Wine
Salt is great for “holding” red wine at bay until the item can be washed. This has saved countless pairs of jeans and blouses.

Makeup
Shampoo is great for getting out cosmetic stains.

Grease
WD – 40 is great at getting out greasy stains (salad dressing, lipstick and butter). Spray on the stain, wait about ten minutes, and work in undiluted dishwashing soap – launder in the hottest water possible for the fabric.

Protect Your Pets in Your Home!

Is your dog your best friend? Is your cat?

Either way, it is up to you to ensure that they are kept out of harm’s way!

Most of us assume that our home is the safest place for our pet, but there are common household items that can be potentially harmful to your pet – sometimes even lethal. Sometimes we don’t even know that they are a danger.

You’ll be surprised at the common household items that can be deadly to your pets.

Build A Backyard Pond! Ducks Not Included

Planning the backyard of your new home can be a very exciting adventure for the whole family. If you have ever thought that you would like to add a pond to your yard, but did not do it because you thought that it was too much work or too complicated, it is a lot easier than you thought!