Blog - Rosie on the House

29 October 2018

Thinking of buying a house or refinancing? The real estate and financial markets have been changing rapidly lately. Harold Perkins, president of the Galaxy Lending Group filled us in on what’s been happening and how that can affect your plans...

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23 October 2018

You want to repaint your home, but you’re worried about the color. Maybe you saw a house the other day that’s exactly the shade of gray you’re looking for or found inspiration for an interior room color. How can you find out what the color it is and how can you decide if it will look good on your walls or not?...

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16 October 2018

Once you’ve finally decided to repaint your house, whether inside or outside, you face the questions about what colors to choose. Should you go neutral or do you want to make a trendy statement? Do those little colored swatches really help you make a decision? Here are suggestions we received from some experts that might help in your search for a color...

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09 October 2018

You probably know already that it’s a tough job painting the exterior on the average desert home in Arizona and it's tough painting the interior as well. Here are some paint related items you'll want to consider before you dive in brush first...

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02 October 2018

If the outside of your house is looking shabby, you may be thinking about having it repainted. But like most homeowners you’re wondering about what paint to use...

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25 September 2018

If you really love the Arizona desert, you often want to capture the look of the desert in your own yard. But there might be concerns that have you puzzled. We talked to local landscapers and gathered their advice on desert landscaping...

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17 September 2018

Are you thinking of "remodeling" your second living room – A.K.A your backyard? Then you've probably considered new furniture, installing a fire pit, and maybe setting up a big-screen TV on the patio a well. Check out what else has changed about the outdoor living trend in Arizona over the years and gather ideas you may want to incorporate into your landscape remodel...

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05 September 2018

When your roof needs minor maintenance, major repair, or even a full replacement, you'll have to select a roofing contractor to provide the service. Not all contractors are equal: some are more experienced than others, and others are "manufacturer certified". Let's explore what it means to be a Manufacturer Certified Contractor...

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04 September 2018

This is the time of year when desert homeowners with grass lawns start worrying about getting rid of the Bermuda and trying to get the ryegrass to grow for Arizona’s cool season...Maybe like some of those homeowners, you’re wondering if artificial turf could be the answer for your yard instead. So, here's eight things you’d probably like to know about artificial grass and how it can perform in your yard...

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28 August 2018

In much of Arizona, as the weather cools, we’re getting ready for our second spring – a time to plant, landscape and launch a new beginning for our yards. Before you start, we’d suggest visiting some inspiring garden spots and beautiful wild landscapes which can found all over the state. We’ve listed at least eight here, including some well-known & some that may be new to you...

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21 August 2018

Water trapped under your house? It’s not a problem you’d expect to have in arid Arizona, but this water crisis is possible - sometimes due to a wetter than normal monsoon season... Luckily there is a solution...

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14 August 2018

When you look at a U.S. Geological Survey map of where water is "hardest," most of Arizona is dark red...Thankfully, there are solutions to the issues hard water causes...

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09 August 2018

It seems like we're always gearing up for the next solar deadline, even though we just passed some important ones...So, if you're still waiting to go solar in hopes of a marginal decrease in panel prices, don't forget these critical dates that are likely to have a much more immediate impact on your solar ROI...

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07 August 2018

You’ve probably had daydreams about a luxury redo for your backyard swimming pool... Like many pool owners, you probably only need to give your current pool a “facelift” in order to improve its appearance and increase your enjoyment of your daily swim. By “facelift,” we mean that your pool is showing...

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02 August 2018

It's monsoon season and the door-knockers are at it again. At Rosie on the House we've heard recent reports that salesmen for roofing companies ring their doorbells and use high-pressure tactics to get them to sign up for a reroofing job. Learn what to look for to spot a scam, how to research a company, and what steps to take if you do have damage...

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31 July 2018

If you've had a swimming pool for quite a while, you may be using it less and less and spending more and more on maintenance and utility bills than you did in the beginning. Here are some suggestions on pool improvements you can make that might help you love your pool again:...

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24 July 2018

Perhaps you’ve heard us talk about whole house energy audits in the past and have wondered what they are. Well, an energy or home performance audit is a series of tests that will look at...

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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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