Blog - Rosie on the House

18 August 2020

When you are getting ready to have a contractor remodel your home, it is important to do your homework and vet companies thoroughly. Schedule an appointment with each company that you are considering, then do some deeper digging after you've received their estimates - let's go over a few different points to consider that you may not have thought of...

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11 August 2020

By now you have had a chance to try out working and schooling from home. Maybe you have tried to make do with the space you have, and it has become increasingly obvious that your situation would really benefit from more room! There are some choices that lie between working with what you have and moving to a new home. Projects to consider are adding an AC and insulation to your existing garage, enclose a carport or remove a load bearing wall...

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04 August 2020

If you have been shopping for flooring for your home lately, you may have seen and maybe even considered luxury vinyl planks (LVP). We visited with Mitch Taylor of Rosie Certified Bram Flooring this week. He tells us that it wasn't but a couple of years ago that they had to introduce shoppers to the product when they stopped by their showroom. However, now it seems that everyone has heard of LVPs and homeowners come in the showroom just to see the product for themselves...

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28 July 2020

Working from home is nothing new. As a matter of fact, in January of this year Scottsdale, Arizona was ranked the #1 city in the nation to work from home. Of course, COVID-19 has forced more people than ever to set up some sort of temporary or long term workstation at home. Working and schooling from home can be challenging as families work to find individual space and privacy and still have the normal functions of the home. We're here to help make these new arrangements work better for everyone...

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21 July 2020

Generators have always been popular in smaller rural communities, second homes in the mountains and with properties that are off the grid. But, with people working from home during the pandemic, we are more dependent on our homes than in the recent past. When electricity is interrupted it can be more than inconvenient...

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14 July 2020

When was the last time you stepped inside a manufactured home? If you haven’t seen a manufactured home in the last decade you are in for a pleasant surprise! Gone are the days of your grandmother’s single wide trailer with paneling. The newer models are modern with...

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07 July 2020

Most Arizona homeowners would assume that our AC’s are working hard during the hottest part of the summer because of high temperatures. But high temperatures are only part of the reason our units are working at maximum capacity..."humidity is the real culprit as it demands our units to not only cool but also remove the moisture from a much heavier air"...

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30 June 2020

Often times, homeowners want to update their home to create bigger spaces and better views to the outdoors. The conversation often starts with, “can I remove this wall?” Rosie’s answer is, “yes, with a good engineer and a big enough budget, you can get rid of any load bearing wall.”...

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23 June 2020

Are you wondering if your air conditioner unit is running efficiently or if it might be time to replace your A/C altogether? “The most important thing that homeowners can do, when it comes to air conditioning, is to focus on the things that cost you the least and save the most.”...

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16 June 2020

Rosie understands why one of the most common questions this time of year is "how can I keep my home cool, and do it affordably?" Keeping your home cool while living in the desert southwest can be especially challenging when daytime highs are in the 100 and nighttime lows are 90 or above. The main issue is that, with such extreme heat, the home and its surfaces do not have a chance to shed their heat gain before the sun rises again. We've put together some tips for how to affordably cool your home and save money in the process...

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09 June 2020

If you are fighting off unwanted pests at your home, find out what they like to eat, where they like to sleep, and get rid of it! We've got tips for getting rid of the creepy crawlies, the nesting creatures, the critters that buzz, and even the wild animals around your home ...

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08 June 2020

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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02 June 2020

Outdoor living is part of the magic of living in the Southwest. No matter where you live in Arizona sunshine is plentiful and we don't have to share our outdoor space with a lot of creepy crawlies. In the summertime the issue for enjoying the fresh air is the long hours of hot temps and relentless sunshine. The good news is that the low humidity, dry air we have is easily cooled with moisture...

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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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