Blog - Rosie on the House

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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13 March 2018

New windows in Arizona homes can provide a more comfortable home in the hot season. But there are other possibilities for cooling house and yard you might not have thought about...

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06 March 2018

OK, you signed a contract to have new windows installed in your home. What kind of mess will it be? Do you have to move out when workers are doing the job? You have questions, and we have answers...

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02 March 2018

In celebration of Lyons Roofing 25th anniversary serving Arizona property owners please allow us to share 25 tips and tricks to extending the life of your roof...

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27 February 2018

Window replacement is probably one of the more permanent changes you can make in your home. So you’ll want to think it through carefully before doing it. Here are several important reasons for buying new windows...

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20 February 2018

Many homeowners would like to garden organically, but they don’t completely know what that means in their own yards...

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19 February 2018

We are fortunate enough to live in one of the best retirement states around, which makes living and aging in place an important topic for most homeowners...

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13 February 2018

Arizona is a paradise for termites. That’s because they love warmer climates and most of our homes are ...

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06 February 2018

We talk a lot about keeping “bugs” out of home and yard, but these bugs are beneficial guests you might want around...

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30 January 2018

We all love the wild side of Arizona, but sometimes it gets a little messy and/or dangerous... Here is advice on keeping wildlife nuisances away from your home...

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