Blog Posts in Category: Maintenance Care

10/25/2019

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

Home Trends can make your home feel and look new and refreshing, but they can also make your home feel outdated and uncomfortable. Some trends reach their end date while some become timeless. You might be asking yourself “How can I tell when my home needs to be renovated?” The most common method of staying up-to-date is to find blogs, influencers, and catalogs that fit the moods you want to show inside and outside of your home. You can modernize your home with small details like adding wallpaper, plants, and accents. Or you could go big and paint your rooms, order new furniture, or even add/remove the carpet. But remember, trends change like the seasons. So here is a list of 10 Home Decor Trends we’ve noticed that are losing their appeal this forthcoming Winter Season. 1. Fake Plants Implementing Plants in your home can help improve your indoor air quality. So place a few living plants in the appropriate hospitable locations of your home over several fake plants and flowers. If you’re concerned about your lack of a green thumb, here are a few suggestions that are easy to care for during winter. • In an Overly-Heated Room: Cacti and Desert Plants • In a Dry Room: Aloe or Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees • In a Dry Room: Philodendrons or Succulents • In a Low-Light Room: Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema • In a Drafty Room: Christmas Cactus or Jade Plants 2. Too Much Granite Granite is a popular option when choosing kitchen counters, but avoid going overboard by adding accents such as quartz or butcher block countertop for your kitchen island and workspace. 3. Industrial Everything Industrial home decor has been popular for decades; Edison bulbs, exposed brick, rusted or brushed metal accents are a few examples of this decor design. However, there is such a thing as too much industrial. If you want to go for an industrial look inside of your home, add a couple of elements such as modern pendant lights or a pegboard backsplash. 4. All Grey Everything Adding to the Industrial trend we’ve listed prior to this, all grey rooms can sometimes make a room feel dull and life-less in contrary to creating a calming and minimal environment. If it is too late to re-paint your walls or you absolutely adore your grey furniture, try adding in some vivid colored plants or wall decor that is an appropriate fit for the type room. 5. Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds can be a pain to open, close, and can become tangled easily. So most home decor enthusiasts update to mini blinds, DIY window treatments, and lightweight curtains to preserve the abundant natural sunlight in their homes. 6. Indoor Wicker Furniture Wicker furniture is typically a top choice for your balcony or porch, so keep the wicker outside. When used indoors, wicker is one of those home trends that can quickly make a home look dated. 7. Carriage hinges Carriage Hinges are most popularly found on tilt-up retractable garage doors that usually do not open like shed doors. This trend could make your home garage feel more like a barn shed as opposed to a destination for your vehicle. 8. Tuscan-Inspired Kitchens A popular kitchen design trend for just about two decades, but Tuscan kitchens are starting to lose their appeal. Instead of lots of stone and darker colors, today’s kitchens focus on brighter lighting and a crisp color palette for home trends. 9. Brass Hardware Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel. 10. Bold Appliances Bold kitchen colors are on-trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will in a few years. We hope this list is helpful to your home modernization, we anticipate the various point of views about trendy home decor. Please let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section below, or tag us in your post on any social platform!   more...

10/22/2019

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

As the brisk winds of winter approach us, Advent Properties is here to keep you updated on how you can prepare to keep your home warm, cozy, clean and sturdy! For your safety, and to avoid damage to your property inside and out; it is best to routinely clean your microwave and oven, range hood filters, unclog sink and drain holes, replace heater filter, and check smoke alarms and fire extinguishers on a monthly basis.
Cleaning your heater system, windows, and running water to flush toilets in unused spaces should be done on a quarterly basis. However, the following home maintenance tasks done to prepare your home for the Winter season will help you stay ahead of any property damage inside and out of your home.   more...

11/28/2017

How to Get your Security Deposit Back

It's hard to imagine where to even begin when moving out your home. Between the yes and no questions of "Do I reallllly need this?" and "I forgot I even had this", one question you may ask is "How do I get my Security Deposit back?". It's a significant and expensive question that has crossed the mind. After all, a pretty penny went towards the security deposit; why not try to get most of it back? Part of the series of common maintenance items anyone can do, we've created a list of tasks that can help maximize returning your deposit. We understand that it can be overwhelming at times, so a steady pace and the right tools can make anything achievable   KITCHEN Clean refrigerator, shelves, crisper, under crisper and underfoot guard. Clean and defrost freezer. Clean Cabinet Doors Inside and Out Clean tiles and faucet fixtures. Clean floor (including under the refrigerator and stove). Check and clean garbage disposal (if applicable). Clean stove, hood, vent, and filter (all should be grease free). Clean all counter tops. LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, BEDROOMS, CLOSET, AND HALLWAYS Vacuum carpet, including edges. Shampoo the carpets if necessary. Carpets are preferably cleaned professionally to avoid damage. Clean baseboards and woodwork throughout the unit. Clean all blinds. Clean windows and windowsills (inside and out wherever possible). Clean and vacuum sliding window tracks. Clean air conditioner BATHROOMS Clean medicine cabinet out completely Clean mirrors Clean window and windowsill Clean all tile Clean floor Clean Bathtub, Shower, shower doors Clean all drawer/cabinets & vanity Clean hardware on faucets/shower Clean toilet inside & Out including enclosed base FIXTURES Clean ceiling fan blades Light cover Outlet Covers need to be installed GARAGE AND PARKING STALLS Stain-free from any car oil GARBAGE AND DEBRIS Remove and dispose of any debris.     more...

11/14/2017

How to Tackle Ant Problems

Imagine waking up one morning, getting ready for the day. You walk into the kitchen to find a steady trail of ants that have invaded your kitchen. Ants are always an unwelcome sight. And even if you see one scurrying around, it may be a sign to immediately do a full clean of the area. If you are reading past this part, chances are that an army of ants have found sweet victory. Instead of calling pest control or using chemicals to tackle the problem, consider using non-toxic alternatives to save money and cause less harm to your health. Here are some natural ways to disrupt ant trails and win the kitchen battle. Vinegar Who knew that a common ingredient could be use in so many ways. Luckily, vinegar can be found anywhere and is used to disrupt the ants’ scent trail. By spraying a mixture of vinegar and water and blocking off the ants’ path, consider the situation controlled. Fresh Garlic Another common ingredient that wrecks havoc on ants. Placing the garlic will displace the ants by disrupting their field. If you use garlic, you may want to replace it every couple of days so it doesn’t dry out. Baking Soda Creating a mixture of baking soda and sugar will first attract the ants, but the compound will decrease the number of ants you find.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXEMcCINxGA   more...

11/14/2017

What to do when your Electricity is shut off

Perhaps considered one of the greatest powers harnessed by humans, electricity has played a huge role in advancing civilisations and bringing us to where we are today. With all these technological advances and dependencies such as charging our phones and using appliances, it’s hard to imagine what we would do without it. So what happens when it goes out? Well, the world doesn’t stop, but it can feel like it. Calling the electrician is an option to bring things back to speed, but have you thought how much money you could save by taking a few quick steps? Let’s start with some basics. Basically, everything that has to do with your home’s electricity starts at the circuit breaker panel. This is usually a grey or metallic compartment that can be found on a wall in a hallway or closet of your house, or even outside. When you open the circuit breaker panel, you’ll find switches that are hopefully labeled to each respective electrical output areas. If one of your outlets is not working, or tripped, check to see if it has a reset and test button. If so, then it is a GFI outlet, which is commonly found in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Unplug any appliances or cords going into the GFI outlet and press the test button. If you see a light on the GFI outlet, that also means it’s tripped. By pressing the button, you reset the outlet and bring it back to normal. Additionally, if an outlet is not working, check the circuit breaker panel to see if the circuit breaker is in the off position. If it is, then that means the circuit tripped. Switch it back to the On position to reset the circuit.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trLeLJdMWWI   more...

11/14/2017

One Thing No One Told you About Unclogging Toilets

As crappy as this situation can be, this is one of the most common maintenance issues that happens in every household. No one wants to think about rolling up their sleeves and plunging the shit out of their toilet, but is it really worth calling a plumber take care of it? What if we told you a plumber secret you wish you had known that will save you time and energy? Our goal is to make it mentally and physically easier for you to clear out the mess. Without further ado, here's the secret no one told you about The Plumber’s Secret The first thing is to do is to immediately take the lid off the tank, then reach down and close the flapper. This prevents the toilet bowl from filling up and overflowing. Wait for some of the water to drain down. Next, get a pot of hot water and add two to three cups to the toilet bowl. This is going to melt the clog and get things moving. After waiting 10 minutes, try flushing the toilet. If it’s still clogged, make sure to open the tank and lift up the flapper to prevent overflowing. Finally, if the hot water doesn’t work, grab some more hot water and add a couple tablespoons dishwasher soap to the bowl. Let the solution rest for about 15 minutes. Proceed to flush to see if it worked. If not, make sure to open the tank and lift up the flapper. Bring out the Plunger There are many plungers that fit for toilets. For all utility purposes, funnel cup plungers work the most effectively, pumping water to get the clog moving. Once you have a plunger, warm it up by running hot water over it. This will create a stronger seal when you place the plunger over the exit hole. The next step is to start plunging, focusing on the upward movement as much as the downward movement. Keep trying this until you see the toilet successfully flush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ut7NGnZBdw   more...

11/13/2017

What to do if Shower or Sink Drain is Clogged

When it comes to a slow-draining shower or sink, using a few common household items can do wonders.When it comes to a slow-draining shower or sink, using a few common household items can do wonders. Seriously, who would have thought that a 6th grade science project would come back to fix this maintenance headache? Clogged drains for showers and sinks can be sort of a nasty chore, which makes it all the more easier to have someone else fix it. Before you call a plumber, consider taking a few of these steps. You could end up saving time and money. And plus, it can be fun playing chemist with baking soda and vinegar; just make sure to pour them in the right place. Let’s start with the shower draining slowly. In all likelihood, there will be a lot of hair build up in the drain, but could be other particles too. When diagnosing the problem, check if there is a drain trap because the first thing you’ll need to do is remove it using the appropriate screwdriver. Be careful not to drop any screws down the drain. After the trap is removed, there are a few ways to clear out the drain. 1. Take a plastic bag and use it as a glove to take out any hair and gunk. 2. Acquire a metal coat hanger and cut it to create a hook. You can do this by using a wire cutter or scissors. Use the makeshift hook to pull out any gunk. 3. If you do not find anything to pull out, boil a pot of hot water. Pour it down the drain, then pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then, pour about a cup of vinegar down the drain and wait a few minutes for the solution to work. Proceed to pour more hot water in the drain. Once completed, be sure to re-attach the trap over the drain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXSTSqv2QR8 If the sink is draining slowly, wait until all the water is drained before starting this next part. Proceed to pour a pot of hot water down the drain. Once that is completed, put a one cup of baking soda in the opening and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes. Then pour one cup of vinegar. This is where the magic happens. Bubbles will start fizzing from the solution, so wait another 10 minutes for the solution to do its work. Once the fizzing subsides, turn on the water to wash away the solution. Repeat this process if it still takes awhile for water to drain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u0sMRKb0NY&t=107s   more...

11/13/2017

How to Fix the Garbage Disposal

Fixing the garbage disposal may sound difficult, but with the right tools and knowledge, it can turn out to be one of the easier maintenance items to tackle. The first thing you’ll want to check is if the disposal is getting power at all. To do this, check the circuit breaker and look for the switch that’s labeled garbage disposal. Sometimes it will be tagged with a different kitchen appliance, like the dishwasher. If it’s in the off position, switch it back on then test the disposal. The second thing to check is underneath the disposal unit and look for a trip switch, which should be a red button. Sometimes, when the disposal unit is working too hard, the switch will trip, causing it to turn off. Pushing the switch will reset it. Once it has reset, go ahead and test the disposal. If it’s still not spinning, there is probably something jammed. If there is something dislodged inside, use an Allen wrench and start turning at the bottom of the disposal unit. This will also turn the disposal disc inside.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xFUJIUsHVI   more...

11/13/2017

How to Take Care of Common Maintenance Problems

There are moments in our lives where matters need to be taken in our own hands and, in terms of doing some of the least favorable home chores, those moments can get right into the down and dirty. We’ve all been there before with clogged toilets, hair-congested drains, jammed garbage disposals. One of the first things we think is to call in the cavalry to fix it. Sure, someone will come out within a few days, diagnose and fix the problem, then fork over the bill, but have you thought how much money you could save by fixing things yourself? The task may seem daunting at first, but once the steps are broken down, anyone with common household items can really take the matters into their own hands. Plus, when it comes to these things happening again, which they will, being mentally prepared and confident is already half the challenge. Without further ado, here are common household maintenance items everyone can do.   How to fix the Garbage Disposal What to do when the Shower or Sink is Clogged One Thing No One Told you about Unclogging Toilets What to do when your Electricity is shut off How to Tackle Ants Problems Naturally How to get your Security Deposit back   more...