Blog - Rosie on the House

19 January 2021

We are living in a time of uncertainty. For nearly a year, we have been unable to make long-term plans or create a realistic budget. Unemployment, furloughs, and pay cuts have made it difficult for many people worldwide to pay their bills. Have you considered how the pandemic plays a part in your insurance policies?...

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12 January 2021

Necessity is the mother of invention. Because of the pandemic, we have been forced to use our houses as workspaces, schools, entertainment centers, and fitness centers. A Gartner survey of company leaders found that 80 percent plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic and 47 percent will allow employees to work from home full-time. It's worth taking a look at your existing space so you can plan for the future...

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05 January 2021

Many newcomers, especially those who are moving here from other parts of the country, are looking for homes to purchase without knowing the unique challenges that homeowners face in the desert southwest. Here we have put together a list of things to consider for those looking to buy homes in the desert for the first time:...

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29 December 2020

"Looking back at 2020, we were surprised at what we saw in the remodeling industry", says Rosie Romero. "We expected that remodeling trends would have shifted to updating home spaces for office and school. While homeowners tried to adapt their homes into schools and offices, we saw a continued trend in the demand for kitchen and bath remodels." Other remodelers we talked to have experienced the same demand and have seen an up uptick in leads. Homebound homeowners search the internet and are curious about what they can do to improve their at-home experience...

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22 December 2020

One thing we love to do at the end of the year at Rosie on the House is to look back to our website analytics to see what has interested homeowners the most. What we found this year is that in spite of the crazy year 2020 has been, people are just as interested in home improvement as ever before. This week we revisit the five most popular blogs from 2020...

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15 December 2020

Many homeowners believe they have done their due diligence when hiring a contractor as they have checked out the businesses name at the Registrar of Contractors. With the renewed interest in all things home, remodeling and updating projects are on the rise, that means that there will be some well-meaning, and not so well- meaning, attempts to fill the need for contractors to do the work. It is not uncommon for folks to make mistakes in choosing a contractor that can cost them in many ways. The 3 biggest mistakes we see, along with their consequences, are...

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08 December 2020

As the end of the year approaches, take out next year's calendar, and schedule your annual home maintenance service appointments. Doing it before the new year or at the latest, the beginning of the new year will prevent you from scrambling to get on the service provider's schedule when everyone else is trying to. As you schedule the appointments, create a seasonal home maintenance checklist...

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01 December 2020

So, your washing machine or dishwasher doesn’t work as well as it did years ago. Don’t run out to buy a new one so quickly. You just may not be allowing the machine to run as designed, using the wrong amount of detergent, or have hard water. All three could be the issue, too. Life goes on even when your washing machine or dishwasher is out for service and HASSAR is here to help...

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24 November 2020

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering. More than 5 million working poor are served annually by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States. Check out why ROTH supports SVdP and how you can help somebody in need this holiday season and all year long...

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17 November 2020

Thanks to the coronavirus, we have become more educated about viruses and bacteria than ever before. We know that just because a surface looks clean, it probably isn't. It is likely full of all sorts of microorganisms – some that are harmless, some that make us mildly sick, and some that are deadly. Antimicrobial surfaces are in high demand because they contain an antimicrobial agent that inhibits the ability of microorganisms to grow on the surface of a material. Such surfaces are becoming more widely investigated for possible use in various settings including clinics, industry, and even the home...

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10 November 2020

Like most Arizona homeowners, your energy bill in the summer can get pretty high. In the fall, while those high bills are still top of mind, yet we are in the sweet spot of not running the air conditioning or heater, take the steps to decrease energy usage before next year. Here's how...

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27 October 2020

When hanging art or other items on drywall, it is important to know the appropriate device and weight load needed to securely and safely fasten it. Learn the different types of fasteners, how they work, and more!...

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20 October 2020

What’s your clean score? Rosie-Certified Partner, Hospitality Bio Cleaners, or HBC for short, is a Phoenix based disinfecting company that is asking homeowners and businesses alike this question. But what does “clean score” mean? HBC measures the number of microorganisms on any given surface using state of the art technology. The question becomes, how many microorganisms are there and which of them are dangerous? The healthcare industry advises that between...

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13 October 2020

Black has always been a good foundation for any design, and it continues to be a very popular enhancement for residential doors and windows. Today, black windows continue to be on trend and can be found in homes of many different architectural styles. "Black windows make a statement and have been doing so for decades. Inspired by history and modernized for present-day design principles, black windows can take your home's exterior or interior style to new heights"...

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06 October 2020

If you haven’t refinanced your home this year, there are a few incentives to encourage you to consider doing so now. A new fee that will increase your cost to refinance begins December 1st. The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a surcharge of 0.5% of the total finance cost on each refinance. The average added cost to a refinance is $1500.00. Some food for thought:...

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29 September 2020

The human desire to bring a connection between the indoors and outdoors began to show up in the designs of the architects of the 20th century. Looking at the history of housing during that period reveals a story of architects who worked toward designing a home that was truly American and worked to bring a connection to the outdoors from the inside out...

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22 September 2020

What do Arizona communities of Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Sedona and Fountain Hills all have in common? They are all officially designated as International Dark Sky Communities by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). These communities, and others, have come together to preserve dark skies as a treasure. If the idea of being able to see the constellations from your own backyard appeals to you, there are some simple things that can be done by homeowners to cut down on the overabundance and often wasted energy of night lighting...

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15 September 2020

Taking advantage of opportunities to incorporate natural light into our homes has many benefits! Putting light in varying places and angles, especially when it comes from above, creates a pleasant sense of well-being and an uplifting of mood. In Southern Arizona, where it is sunny on average of 299 days per year and Northern Arizona with 260 clear or partly cloudy days - this makes sense!...

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08 September 2020

Lighting our homes is a necessity that increases functionality with the added benefit of creating beauty or drama. Choosing the proper light can transform a space. For example, adding a new floor lamp to brighten up a workspace allows us to work longer hours or enjoy a good book...

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01 September 2020

Arizonans love spending time outdoors entertaining, cooking and swimming. As the long, hot summer days grow shorter, homeowners will want to make sure they have enough light to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle...

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