Blog - Rosie on the House

26 May 2020

When the neighbor’s barking dog sounds like it’s standing next to your bed, windows are hard to open or close or dust on the furniture is a constant battle, it’s time for window replacements in your home. So how do you choose the best energy efficient windows with upgrades that are worth the investment, while remaining true to your budget?...

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19 May 2020

Solar energy is here to stay. Harnessing the energy of the sun just makes sense, especially here in Arizona, where free energy falls from the sky nearly all year round. It's worth remembering that offsetting utility bills is even more essential now that families are spending more time at home. What's more, turning your roof into its own generating station adds greater independence and peace of mind during times of crisis...

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12 May 2020

A good irrigation system is based on several factors including the type of soil, plant choices and location. Taking the time to plan and design your project can save money in the long run. Installing a quality irrigation system is the best thing you can do to ensure your plants will be well nourished and healthy and from there your yard will grow...

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05 May 2020

Every homeowner wants to know that they are ready to weather the desert temps comfortably. If you are a regular Rosie on the House listener, you have heard Rosie talk about the importance of a whole house energy audit: "it's such a great place to start", Rosie says. An audit is scheduled if it's determined there is potential for energy improvements, upgrades and/or savings...

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28 April 2020

Today, small businesses have their work cut out for them. After weeks of uncertainty they are ready to get back to normal. What does "normal" look like? What steps are being taken to stay sanitary? ...

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21 April 2020

Have you been thinking about all of the upgrades you would like to make to your landscape? It is important to put in some time planning and researching before taking on a landscape project. A well done landscape brings enjoyment to the homeowner and adds value to the home. We visited with Janet Waibel of Waibel and Associates Landscape Architecture this week. Waibel promotes sustainability in the urban landscape and she says...

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14 April 2020

Tile roofs are a symbol of the southwest, rich in color, long lasting, and pleasing to the eye. If you have a tile roof, or any roof for that matter, you will want to keep it beautiful and in good working order. Longevity of the roof at your home will depend on many factors including the workmanship from when the house was originally built, how the roof has been maintained, and weather events...

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07 April 2020

With a little perseverance and flexibility there is hope that energy bills can be tamed. You can manage the demand yourself and your savings will go further if your home is maintained for efficiency...

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31 March 2020

Over 85% of the water supply in the US qualifies as hard water. Water purification is top of mind at this time as people are more concerned about their water supply than usual during times of epidemics and illness. A good quality purification system will give you quality water. These systems remove up to 98 percent of metals, pathogens, chlorine, and dirt, so your water smells and tastes like nothing but water...

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24 March 2020

When starting your next Home Improvement project, you'll come to find that applying for and receiving permits requires more patience than a stripped nail. When it comes to the incredible complex world of permitting, you'll want to make sure you have a grasp of what they are and why we need them. Knowing what they are and how they function before you start your next major project will save you a whole lot of headache down the road. ...

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18 March 2020

Converting a Carport to an enclosed garage involves a lot more than throwing up a couple of walls and hanging a garage door. In fact, if that's all you do you'll be creating two problems for yourself: A code violation, and a potential fire trap. This week we will cover what you'll need to know before starting such a project...

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10 March 2020

Painting your home can seem like a daunting task, it is one of the larger paint jobs many us of us will experience during our lives. You'll want to be sure it gets done right, but what does that exactly entail? This week we cover how to settle on the perfect paint for your home, and how to find the right painter to get that done! ...

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03 March 2020

Think you might like to join the 9 million people who hit the road in an RV this year? Modern RV’s have amenities similar to home with solid surface countertops, designer elements from real to not so real tile backsplashes. With residential refrigerators, induction cooktops, electric fireplaces, lift beds, porcelain tile floors, multiple LCD TVs - new RVs, especially larger ones, often rival new household construction in design and cosmetic trends...

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25 February 2020

If you are in the market for new cabinets, you may be pleasantly surprised! With all of the improvements to functionality and updates in style, every homeowner can have a kitchen that works for them and enhances their lifestyle...

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18 February 2020

If you are planning to sell your home, it is imperative that it leaves a good (or better) first impression. While it is a seller’s market, it is a competitive market! Positive or negative impressions are made at the first glance...

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11 February 2020

Have you ever thought about buying a historic home? They can be pricey to keep up. We don't have many really old homes in Arizona but, imagine caring for a home that is 100 years old or older? If you are a taxpaying American citizen, you are partial owner of the 200-year-old White House. In Honor of Presidents Day, we decided to take a look at a few of the significant changes it has gone through...

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04 February 2020

The convention floor buzzed with excitement last month as the National Kitchen and Bath show got under way. Designers and builders viewed the hundreds of manufacturer booths that lined the floor looking for the latest and greatest finds for homeowners. Here are a few of our top picks from the show...

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28 January 2020

Is your house getting to the point that every time you pull into the driveway you think “we really need to paint” or “gee, a cactus design would look cute on the mailbox” or “is this my house”? Before you trot down to the hardware store for supplies, you need to check if the changes you want to do to the exterior of your home are allowed by your Homeowners Association (HOA)...

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21 January 2020

If your home was built before 1978, lead paint might have been used during the building of your house, and if it was built as late as the 1990s, materials containing asbestos may have been used too. Common renovation, repair, and painting activities like sanding, cutting, chipping, and replacing windows, can disturb lead-based paint and asbestos creating hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults, children, and pets...

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14 January 2020

Most of the time, Arizona's climate allows us to spend a lot of time outdoors. With more conveniences and a variety of landscapes and accents, our backyards have become an oasis. In addition to a pool, there are many options available to enhance our backyards so we can enjoy them year-round...

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