Blog - Rosie on the House

17 July 2018

By this time of year, many Arizona homeowners are on the verge of a panic attack if they even have a passing thought that something is going wrong with their air conditioner. Give yourself peace of mind and not neglect to call an AC company when a simple check-up will...

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10 July 2018

Maybe you moved to Arizona to get away from pollen in hopes that your allergies would calm down. But it didn’t work. Or maybe you’ve always lived here and have struggled with allergies many months of the year. Whatever the issue may be, your AC system can help as long as you analyze the situation and make adjustments. Here are suggestions for improving the air quality at your house: ...

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03 July 2018

How long is an air conditioner supposed to last and what are the signs it really must go? Check out these five basic questions plus answers that might help you decide whether to replace that AC...

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26 June 2018

For the past few years at Rosie on the House we’ve talked about ways to fix or remodel your home to make it more comfortable and safe for aging members of your family, including you. Successfully enjoying life while aging-in-place may also depend on other kinds of challenges that may not necessarily require remodel or handyman work. Here are some challenges you may not have considered:...

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19 June 2018

The monsoon season has already arrived in Arizona, but you probably still have time to fix the most crucial weak spots on your roof. The dry weather has continued so long that many homeowners may have neglected inspection and repair of their roofs. Even a fairly new roof may need some checking. Check out where the nine most vulnerable areas on your Arizona roof may be. You might want to consider having it checked this year...

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18 June 2018

We know you’re Rosie on the House fans; this lets us know you are on top of your general property maintenance. This article is about understanding the life stage of your roof. No one wants to consider that their roof has a limited life span; that being said, understanding and preparing for roof expense is prudent...

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12 June 2018

You might think an uninsulated garage is the hottest part of your Arizona house in July and August, but actually the area where you are more likely to suffer heatstroke is in an unventilated attic where it can reach 160 degrees or more on a scorching summer day. How's a homeowner supposed to avoid that type of attic heat?...

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05 June 2018

Most Arizona homeowners know what insulation is and how it helps protect houses from getting too hot in summer or too cold in winter. But when summer arrives and the cost of air conditioning soars, you probably start wondering about improvements that can make your home feel cooler in July and August...

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29 May 2018

After living in Arizona for a while, you find out that only about a dozen types of roofing are frequently used in our state, However, the marketplace is changing and some new possibilities are on the horizon. If you’re thinking about installing a new roof, you might be interested in the all the possibilities as well as pros and cons for each...

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22 May 2018

When you first moved into your house, the driveway looked great, but over the years, it's taken a real beating. Do you have to rip up all the concrete to fix a bad situation? Here are the pros and cons of various solutions:...

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15 May 2018

Even if you can’t afford to insulate and air condition your garage, several basic things can be done to turn it into a more useful and attractive part of your home. If you’re like almost everyone, you need to clean up the clutter and throw out the junk. Here are major steps that can transform your garage into a great storage area, workshop or maybe even an office; something besides keeping it as the main storage place for your cars....

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08 May 2018

Experts say that the average door should last from 15 to 30 years and your automatic garage door opener can keep working from 10 to 15 years. Your garage door is remarkably resilient, even though you open and close that door several hundred times a year. But how do you know if you have to replace it all together or if you can just get a repair?...

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01 May 2018

It may be one of the most irritating things about our long, hot summers: You have a super-hot garage you hardly use in June, July and August, except as a parking space for your car. Homeowners ask us all the time how they can cool off that garage so that it can be used as a ...

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24 April 2018

Outdoor furniture has come a long way since the days when the family gathered around a wooden picnic table plus benches in the backyard. Much of today’s patio furniture has so much sophistication and beautiful design, so we have provided some advice on how to shop for today’s outdoor furniture ...

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17 April 2018

Many Arizona residents love the state for its abundant sunshine, but when June, July and August roll around, they’d like a little more shade and a little less sun. “It can be very hot here in the summer, but it gets more tolerable when you add shade...

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11 April 2018

When buying a home or refinancing your current home loan, there are some seemingly harmless, normal activities that can derail the processing of your home loan. Here is a list of those things that you should not do without first consulting your loan officer:...

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10 April 2018

This is the time of year when Arizona homeowners start preparing for summer – new barbecue, new patio furniture or new cushions for the chairs, new umbrellas to shade the furniture, and maybe some big projects...maybe you’ve even thought about having a misting system of your own...

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03 April 2018

Once upon a time, evaporative coolers were the main way that Arizona residents used to cool their houses. Now you can find out how today’s evaporative coolers do their work and what the latest innovations are for using them in their homes and yards...

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27 March 2018

This is the time of year when temperatures are still cool enough in the evening that you can leave doors and windows open in your house. But if you simply open a door, you could be dealing with flies, moths, mosquitoes -- and possibly even unwanted human visitors. The solution is to install a high quality security door...

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20 March 2018

In addition to cooling the outside of your windows, there are improvements you can make on the inside of your windows to help you stay more comfortable during the summer months...

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