Blog - Rosie on the House

10 September 2019

There is just a hint of fall in the air! Temperatures are giving an occasional teasing dip below the 100 mark; you can harvest apples in Wilcox and football season is in full swing. It is time to start thinking about the maintenance adjustments in our home as the Arizona desert presents its subtle season change...

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03 September 2019

Ever feel like you are drowning in the paperwork that documents the most important parts of your life? Well you are certainly not alone. At times it can seem like a daunting task, managing, organizing, and maintaining the paper trail we leave behind. Thankfully, we have a few ideas that can hopefully make managing important documents less of a mental obstacle course!...

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27 August 2019

We have talked all month about the different facets of security & insurance is another piece of that security puzzle. Even with all the precautions in place, unfortunate events can happen and can come in the form of loss through fire, water, or theft. It is a good idea to make sure you have the correct amount of insurance to cover loss...

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20 August 2019

When it comes to security, everyone is concerned! We want to know that when we are home, we are safe inside and when we are away, we want to know that our belongings are safe. Our mission today is to compare DIY systems with the traditional alarm companies...

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13 August 2019

Windows allow natural light to be part of your indoor experience. Natural light provides health and mood benefits and makes performing daily tasks easier. Windows provide connection to the out of doors allowing us to enjoy views and make the space we are in feel bigger. You may be shopping for new windows for any of a number of reasons including, improving energy efficiency, upgraded safety, or updating the interior of your home...

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06 August 2019

There are few things that make a homeowner feel more compromised than knowing someone has been tampering with their home - inside or out! Protecting vulnerable points of entry for your home is a great start. Here are some solid tips that will help make your home a less desirable target...

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30 July 2019

Lots of homeowners are getting interested in buying “smart locks” for their homes... But like all “smart” devices, many issues are involved that homeowners may want to research before buying. So, here are a few factors to study before moving ahead...

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23 July 2019

There’s something about the Old West building style that entrances Arizona residents – the flat roofs, the parapet walls above the roofs, the viga tails, the exposed beams in the great room and the rugged wooden posts on the patios. If you’ve always dreamed of having an authentic adobe home, be advised that adobe is...

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16 July 2019

Many Arizona residents wonder why most houses in the state are covered with stucco. Sometimes it looks like an unending sea of stucco. That’s because it does a great job of protecting our homes. It's a strong coating that will stand the test of time and the Arizona sun... Another reason for stretches of stucco as far as the eye can see is...

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09 July 2019

Summer took a little time this year to start heating up, but now that it's officially sizzling, it could be time to throw some shade on the backyard patio...

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02 July 2019

Most of the time, the first thing people see when driving up to your house is your garage door or your front door. Bringing these doors to life can add sales and visual appeal to your home. So here is the latest information from experts on trends in buying a new garage door or front door for your home...

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24 June 2019

It seems every Summer is the time that our AC units collectively decide it is time to start acting up. In this searing summer heat the smallest problems can turn into big headaches. This week David Byrnes of Green Integrated Design discusses common AC problems, how to fix them, and some great tips on how to efficiently cool your home...

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18 June 2019

Lots of simple new ideas for using the sun to help cool off your house are in the works, including an energy-efficient, so-called "Hybrid Climate System", developed by SunTrac, a Tempe company, along with other companies. The new system involves installing a small single "smart" panel on a home's roof...

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11 June 2019

Millions of homes in America are now equipped with rooftop solar panels that produce electricity. Over the last several years, hundreds of appliances and products have hit the market every year to inspire even more use of solar power inside and outside our homes. Many of these devices come and go from the marketplace, but here are some of the latest choices plus advice on getting good service out of them...

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04 June 2019

In the last few years, utilities in Arizona have been slowly reducing the buyback credits they pay homeowners with solar panels who "sell" their excess power back to the utility. With these changes, many predicted that sales of solar systems would drop dramatically. Despite all that, solar is flourishing... Here are some of the possible reasons why...

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28 May 2019

Have you ever thought that Arizona squanders a lot of money and energy running air conditioners half the year? The fact is however, that our state – the 14th most populous in the union – ranks close to the bottom -- 43rd among all states -- in energy consumption per capita. The following is a summary of Arizona’s energy sources, including the “renewables” that make up about 13 percent of the state’s net electric generation. For some of us, there may be a few surprises...

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21 May 2019

Everyone was horrified at last year's fires in California, but then we read a newspaper account about a home in Malibu that survived one of the worst wildfires ever in that state. Arizona doesn't seem to have as many risks as California... but we certainly have wildfires. In light of the fact that the summer season of wildfires might not be far away, here is a list of materials and techniques that can be used during building to provide more fire protection for an Arizona home...

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14 May 2019

Let's say you're really anxious to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom. Now you're searching for the right remodeler to do the job. Maybe you are even about to hire someone....

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07 May 2019

Discover six different ways you could update your backyard this season. New trends, styles, DIY, and designs that will improve your outdoor living room...

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30 April 2019

You've finally decided to remodel the kitchen including ripping out cabinets and walls... The price tag for this upscale remodel looks astonishing, but after all, when you sell, you'll get a big chunk of money back – or will you? Every year since 2002, Remodeling magazine has done a report comparing the cost of most current remodels to how much the investment will improve a home's resale value. In other words the report estimates how much money a homeowner...

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