Archive | June, 2013

Extending the Life of Your Washing Machine and Dryer

10 Jun

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Doing the laundry is an inevitable part of our lives because we have to have clean clothes to wear to school, work, and around the house. That is why it is important to have efficient, well-functioning machines to help us stay on top of it.  Unfortunately, many people have to have their washing machine and dryer constantly repaired or replaced. This disrupts the easy flow of laundry work and affects everyone in the family both practically and financially.

Below are some tips on how you can extend the life of your washing machine and dryer, so you know you can rely on them:

  • Avoid overloading your washer and dryer. There are different load limits for every machine, and it is important to stick to them. Otherwise, your machine will not perform properly and will be more prone to easy wear and tear.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every use. Lint buildup inside your dryer will cause it to not function properly. It is best to clean your lint filter every time you use your dryer, so it will run better and be more energy-efficient. In addition, check your duct twice each year for any buildup that may clog the pathway.
  • Keep your machine clean at all times. You can always count on better performance from your machine when everything is unobstructed and clean. Take the time to wipe your machine dry after you have used it. Avoid allowing dirt and residue to build up.
  • Place your machine on a level surface. Your washing machine and dryer constantly move while working. If the surface is not level, the movement will cause easy damage to your machine.  If the surface in your laundry room is not level, create a platform on top of it that is.
  • Read the warning labels carefully and follow instructions. There are certain guidelines for how to properly use your machines and how to care for them. Follow them.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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Useful Tricks to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

6 Jun

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Buying new clothes on a regular basis can boost your confidence when you attend gatherings, go to work, or even pick the kids up from school. But, spending too much on new clothes can be a wasted investment and will leave your bank account looking empty. Instead of buying new clothes all the time, why not make your existing clothes last longer and look like new again?

Extending the life of your clothes offers several benefits. First, it reduces the cost of shopping for new clothes. Stop to consider how much you spend each time you buy new clothes. Now, add that up over twelve months. Secondly, you are able to hold on to your favorite clothes longer. Everyone has items in their closet that they want to wear all the time, and by extending their life, you can do that so for a long time to come. Lastly, it will reduce your need for more closet space.

So, make your clothes last longer with these useful tricks:

  • Inspect your clothes before storing them for the season. Winter clothes need to be stored away during the summer and vice a versa.  But, have you ever found stains or damage to your clothes when you unpack them? If so, you probably won’t wear them again. To avoid this situation, inspect your clothes and tackle the problems before you store them away.
  • Avoid washing clothes that have only barely been worn.  This is especially true for jeans. If you have only worn your jeans for a day, wear them at least once more before you wash them.  It will preserve their color and fabric strength.
  • Use cold water when washing your clothes. Avoid using hot water, especially with delicate fabrics. Hot water causes your clothes to lose their color and fade.  It also weakens the fabric and makes it more prone to damage.
  • Hand wash clothes as much as possible. If you have articles of clothing that are delicate or soft, try to hand-wash them instead of putting them in the washing machine.  You will avoid damaging the fabric or embellishments that way.
  • Treat stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than those that have been on your clothes for a few days. In addition, avoid placing stained clothes with other clothes.
  • Avoid the dryer. If you aren’t in a hurry, avoid using the dryer. Constantly drying your clothes will add too much heat to them and cause them to shrink easily. Instead, if the weather is nice, line-dry your clothes.  It is gentler on your clothes and also saves energy.
  • Read care labels thoroughly. Different kinds of clothes require different types of cleaning. Read care labels carefully, so you will know how to properly clean them and keep them longer lasting.

Edmond’s Art in Public Places Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

4 Jun

Edmond’s Art in Public Places Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
It has been 10 years and Edmond, Oklahoma has been enjoying the benefits of having beautiful art and statues in selected areas around the city. Edmond’s Art in Public Places Program is now in its tenth-year of advocating to public enrichment through arts. Everyone in Edmond, as well as visitors to the city, relish in the lovely works of art found in parks and community areas throughout the city.

The Art in Public Places Program started in 2003. Since then, around one hundred thirty art pieces have been placed on display in public using mostly bronze statues. These works of art have offered not only beautification to the city but also have been a boon for economic development.

The program has lasted for ten years with the partnership of the city and private donors. The City of Edmond is allocating $30,000 each year for the funding of the project while private donors are giving their own share. In addition, donations from residents through their utility payments have also offered a major source of fund. Over $22,000 were collected for this fiscal year from the $2 donations that residents are giving along with their utility payments.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Affordable Ways to Increase Home Security

3 Jun

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We all want to stay safe and secure within the comforts of our own home. Unfortunately, despite our efforts, burglars still may try to break in and threaten our family and belongings.  That is the why we need to take measures to be sure that our home security is effective as possible.  That way, even if a burglar finds your home, it will make it a lot more difficult to enter and usually deter them for fear of getting caught.

So, how do you increase your home security without spending too much money?

  • A well-lit exterior. If you light your home exterior well, you and your neighbors will be able to clearly see if there is someone near your house that shouldn’t be.  Burglars will likely avoid trying to sneak into your house if it is well-lit because it significantly increases their chance of getting caught.  Make sure that your lights stay on until the morning.
  • Secure your windows. Doors are not your only entryways – windows are as well. If you don’t have sturdy and locked windows, burglars can easily pass through them.
  • Maintain your landscaping. You may not know if there is someone next to your house if they can hide in dense shrubs or behind tall plants. Keep your landscape clean and clear to minimize hiding spaces for trespassers.
  • Close your drapes anytime you leave your house or go to sleep. You don’t want anybody to be able to take a peek inside your house when you are not there or when you go to bed. Make it a habit to close your windows and drapes before heading to bed.  Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Be smart about spare keys. Normally, people hide spare keys near their door, such as under a doormat or inside plants. So, that’s the first place people look.  Be smart when hiding your spare keys and avoid putting them in predictable places.
  • Get a dog. Dogs are a reliable “security system” because they start barking when something or someone is near.  It immediately alerts you to look through your windows and increases the chance of a burglar being caught, so they often leave quickly.
  • Ask your neighbors to watch over your home. This particularly applies to when you go away for a vacation. Ask them to do you a favor and pick up your mail and newspapers and keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031