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It’s Time to Take Rain Gutters Off Your To Do List

 

It's Time to Take Rain Gutters Off Your To Do List

Most homeowners have a to-do list of one type or another. These to-do lists usually feature a wide variety of projects. It can include everything from cleaning out closets to working on the gutters. People usually come to these lists with a sense of exasperation. It’s essentially an adult version of a chore list.

Ironically enough, it’s that relation to home care that keeps many of the projects so intimidating. People do tend to approach them in the same way they would their childhood chores. This attitude neglects the great thing about being a homeowner. You actually have the power to change how you go about the chores.

Take gutters as one of the prime examples that people usually have on their lists. Cleaning rain gutters is usually seen as a rather thankless and tedious endeavor. And to be sure, that’s true with the average rain gutter. The problem is that most people assume rain gutters are all the same. There was a time when that was the case. And the result is that many homes come with these flawed one size fits all solutions.

But today’s rain gutter is quite different than what people were stuck with in the past. The first thing to keep in mind is that location matters. For example, gutter installation Madison WI style is different than the Florida style. The term style isn’t just about aesthetics either. The style also applies to the gutter’s style of construction and design. 

But getting to that point means first circling back to the nature of the gutter design. People often forget how much construction methods have changed over the years. New materials have made their way onto the market. Formally expensive materials have become more affordable. Even transportation costs have changed quite a bit over time. This means that the gutters installed on the average home aren’t anywhere close to the quality they could be.

Basically, not all gutters are created the same anymore. Upgrading to a gutter system better suited to modern times and your own location can make a huge difference. It can even dramatically reduce how often you need to clean your gutters. For example, higher quality mesh guards can take a huge amount of the work out of gutter cleaning.

A high-quality mesh guard will keep the majority of debris outside of the gutter. Meanwhile, the actual rain will still be fully handled by the rain gutter. Mesh guards are a good example of how much time changes things. The construction would have been costly and generally prohibitive just a few decades ago. Now, they’re easily affordable for almost any household.

Something similar holds true for construction material. Vinyl was the norm in most locations for a considerable amount of time. And this also marks a return to the idea of regional style. Vinyl can be fine for many areas. But locations such as Wisconsin have rapid shifts between hot and cold weather. Freezing weather alone is often enough to crack vinyl. But rapid shifts in weather ensure a gutter will quickly begin to underperform. It’s also one of the big reasons why gutter cleaning tends to show up on people’s bucket lists so often. They’re essentially trying to compensate for damaged gutters that don’t match their climate.

But on top of everything else, there’s something else that makes a big difference with people’s relation to their gutters. We tend to think of rain gutters as a rather expressionless part of our home. People often think of a rain gutter in the same way they would a garage floor. The floor in a garage differs from the rest of the house in needing a lot more strength and support. It also gets dirty enough that people don’t see a point in decorating it.

This used to be the case with rain gutters as well. But today’s rain gutters use all of the techniques brought up so far to increase overall efficiency. They do the job so well that they can be efficient and elegant without losing anything. In fact, this is one of the reasons why rain gutters are getting attention in the general press. People are starting to notice that rain gutters can add to the beauty of their home. And in doing so they’re also finding that they can stop worrying so much about gutter cleaning showing up on the to-do list.

Is Hiring a Moving Company Really Worth It? A Comparison!

Is Hiring a Moving Company Really Worth It?

 

To Hire Or Not To Hire?

For those looking to make a move to a new home, you’re faced with the decision of whether you’re going to hire a moving company or do it yourself. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both decisions. Ultimately, your choice will be based on what’s best for your budget, needs, and how stressed you wish to be during the move. To help you understand whether a moving company is worth your time and money, this article will compare the two kinds of experience that you can have when moving.

 

Battle One: Packing

Before you can move out to the next location, you have to pack. If you plan on moving without help, then all of that packing and storing is going to be up to you. You’ll have to go through your entire place on your own, or with some friends, and pack each box full of your belongings. While you will save some money by not hiring a moving company like Allied Van Lines to help you, you’re also putting yourself at risk for those items to be damaged.

This is because you’re likely going to spend as cheap of an amount as you can for boxes. If you have specialty items that require delicate packaging and you don’t put them in those special packaging materials, then you’re at risk for damaging those precious items. This is a travesty that can be avoided with a moving company. They come to you with all of the packing needs that you could possibly want.

Boxes, crates, even other packing materials to ensure that your items are safe during the transit are provided. You may believe that you’re saving money by not hiring a moving company, but by the time you’ve looked at your receipts after buying all of the packaging materials you need for your belongings, you’ll find that your costs will likely add up close to what a moving company will charge you.

 

Battle Two: Transportation

The next aspect of moving is the actual transit. For those who are doing it on your own, you may have to rent a van or moving truck to fit all of your items. Or you may have called upon a few friends and your parents to utilize the storage space in their cars. Either way, you have some costs here to consider here, too. Individuals who are moving over a long distance could wind up spending a lot of money in gas. This is especially true if you’re unable to fit everything in your car in one go and have to drive back to your former residence to pick up the rest of your stuff.

With a moving company, they typically have a fleet of moving trucks and vans of various sizes. This ensures that you can fit everything into one trip. If another truck is needed, they can easily call someone else down to provide that truck. Not only does this save you time, but the cost is all included in your single moving charge.

Experience is also something to consider. If you’ve never driven a moving truck before, then you may find yourself in an accident. Moving companies make a living out of driving moving trucks through the city and rural areas. As such, they know what they’re doing and how to avoid certain problems.

 

Battle Three: Speed

Unless you take the painstaking time to pack and move your belongings over a series of weekends, it’s going to likely take you the better part of a day to just pack your items into a vehicle and head towards the new location. Even with less to pack, you still have all of that time that spent preparing to move to consider. Friends and family just don’t move as fast when it comes to loading up and unloading.

Again, this is where the moving company has the advantage. Their teams are effective and experienced. Not only that, but they’re running a business. They want to help you get to where you need to get safely and efficiently because they have to keep helping other folks move, too. With a moving company, you can expedite the moving process and actually have time to relax.

Spring and Summer Bucket List

Spring and Summer Bucket List for Moms

 

Bucket lists can be a lot of fun but the idea of creating one can be daunting.  I have created my own Spring and Summer Bucket List with realistic goals in mind.  As a working mom, it feels hard to squeeze in time doing these extra things, but I want to make the most of my time with my family, and also make sure to take care of myself as well.  This includes things that I want to do and need to do.  Take a look and let me know what sort of things you’ll add to your own list!  

 

  • Visit a new state or national park 
  • Start a new hobby (finally get around to learning hand lettering!)
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Clean out my garage
  • Make more crafts with my kids
  • Detail my car (vacuum, wipe off surfaces, wax it) 
  • Watch for falling stars 
  • Watch the sun set over water 
  • Go camping (even if just in my own back yard)
  • Take new family photos 
  • Plant flowers 
  • Take my family to a fair
  • Let loose and play in the rain with my kids
  • Ride on bike paths
  • Try something new with my hair
  • Plan more date nights with my husband

 

Top accessories for the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10

 

When I upgrade phones, I like to take a look ahead of time to see what accessories are out there. I always purchase a case to have on hand for the moment my new phone is unboxed.  And I like to be prepared with any charging and other accessories I may need for on-the-go as well.  Here are a few of my favorites for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus!  

 

LifeProof NEXT and FRE for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus – LifeProof has been a favorite brand of mine for phone cases.  The cases are protective and long lasting.  While the phone is already waterproof, the cases add extra protection from the elements.  Personally, the FRE is my case of choice as it has a built in screen protector for added protection.  

 

OtterBox has released a complete lineup of cases for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ including the Defender, Commuter, Symmetry, Strada, and Pursuit cases.  For ultimate protection, the Defender series is the way to go.  If you want something still protective but a little slimmer, check out the Commuter case.  The Strada case is a little different in that it is a folio style case that has space for a card.  If you are looking for style, definitely check out the Symmetry case – there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.  And last but not least, the Pursuit case is the thinnest of them all, still delivering great protection to your phone. 

 

If you need a screen protector, the Whitestone Dome tempered glass screen protectors are highly rated and compatible with the new Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.  The patented Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive that covers edge to edge makes these screen protectors second to none.  Android Authority has a great article about the installation and features of the Dome Glass.  

 

 

For those looking for extra charging cables, I highly recommend the Nomad Rugged Cables.  The universal 3-in-1 features a fast charging Micro USB tip, a USB-C adapter, and a Lightning adapter.  The cable is durable and I have been using mine for about 5 years now.  And did I mention, it does support fast charging?  < One of my favorite features as I have absolutely no patience to wait for my phone to charge!  The 0.3M is perfect for moms (or dads) to keep in their bag, car, or pocket.  It is super convenient and should last you through your next phone upgrade! 

 

If you are looking for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds but aren’t quite sure about the Galaxy Buds, I recommend checking out the Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds.  They are comfortable and have great sound quality.  The battery life is great (the case holds extra battery for a quick on the go re-charge) and they are waterproof.  Keep an eye out for a sale as I have seen them as low as $89 before!  

 

While the S10 and S10+ come with various amounts of internal storage, all of which seem to be “enough” for most people, at some point you may see yourself needing to add storage.  I recommend checking out deals on the Samsung Evo MicroSD cards and having one on hand, especially if you plan to go on a trip.  It looks like the phones can take up to 512GB extra storage but you can start smaller if you don’t feel the need for that much.  

 

If you tend to take a lot of fun selfies with the family or your friends, I recommend the Joby GripTight ONE.  It can grip around something like a tree branch or even work as a tripod on a flat surface.  As I will be upgrading from an S7 to an S10, I can’t wait to experience and take advantage of all the new camera features and increased quality.  This accessory will definitely be one I look into purchasing.  Just set the timer (or purchase a bluetooth photo remote) and you will have photos to cherish forever.  

 

 

Now that most of us use our phones as our GPS, it is extremely helpful to have a car mount for our phone.  The iOttie Easy One Touch Dashboard Mount fits most phones and even supports landscape orientation.  A bit pricier is the iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge version, which some may find to be a convenience they didn’t even know they needed.  

 

There are so many other great accessories out there that I haven’t even discovered yet.  Feel free to drop a comment below with your favorites or shoot me an email!  

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