Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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Decluttering Tips to Get Your Space Back

February 1st, 2018

Decluttering Tips

I can’t tell you how many days in which my To Do has included the words “declutter,” “clear off the coffee table,” or “go through the mail on the hearth.” And by all accounts, I’m generally an organized person. I’m sure you are too. But some days things just pile up, and decluttering is often easier said than done if you don’t have a specific strategy before you begin. So here are some strategies and tips to help you on your way to reclaiming your space: See the Room Don’t look at your cluttered rooms for the messes that they are. The more you see the mess, the longer the mess will stay. Think instead about how fresh and welcoming […]

Fireplace Maintenance Tips for the Fall

September 20th, 2017

Fall-Ready Fireplace Maintenance

Colder weather is well on its way here in the Pacific Northwest and that means it’s time to make sure your home is ready! Here’s what you need to know about fireplace maintenance to prepare for the changing seasons: Feeling the Louvers Louvers are designed to circulate air and pull it into the fireplace – that means if there’s anything on the floor or hearth around it, it’s going into the flames. Dust, pet hair, cobwebs, small scraps of paper, and so on could all be whisked up. It is vitally important to keep the area in and around your fireplace free of debris, so you should dust, sweep, and vacuum it regularly to keep your fireplace burning comfortably and […]

Fireplace Safety Tips for the New Fireplace Owner

August 29th, 2017

Fireplace Safety

You’ve signed every paper, unpacked every box, and jumped through every single hoop to purchase and move into your new home. Not only that, but you finally have a fireplace—something you’ve always wanted, but didn’t have before. Now that you have the home and fireplace of your dreams, make sure to learn not only how to use the fireplace, but how to use your fireplace safely. Keep It Clean First and foremost, have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected by the pros. This small investment in time and money is not only the responsible way to perform fireplace maintenance, but also is crucial to protect your home. Creosote buildup in a chimney means higher risk of a house fire, […]

An End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

August 28th, 2017

Home Maintenance Checklist

With temperatures in the Pacific Northwest still hitting the 80s, it’s hard to accept that summer is almost over. Nevertheless, September is almost upon us. With it comes rain and cooler temperatures, so now is a great time to go over your home maintenance needs while the weather is still sunny. Get Your Chimney Ready If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. It is recommended to clean your chimney once per year to help prevent build-up of dangerous substances that can cause a house fire or damage to the chimney itself. It is of the utmost importance that this job is done by a professional chimney sweep; the task is too important to leave […]