Preventing disaster while on vacation

The holiday travel season is coming up faster than you can say “cranberry sauce,” and with all of the focus on packing, making sleeping arrangements and finding affordable transportation options, a lot of homeowners forget to take important steps to protect their houses. While you’re away during the colder months, your house is at risk for several common—and costly—types of water damage. Fortunately, if you take a few simple precautions before you leave, you can avoid coming home to a big mess—and an even bigger repair bill.

Turn Off the Main Water Valve

Haleakala - The House of the Sun

Usually when I see a sunrise, I quickly pull the covers over my head and try to fall back asleep. In the city, a sunrise is only a reminder that a new workday has arrived, and most of us are too preoccupied with our busy schedules to ever appreciate one. It wasn’t until I decided to visit Hawaii that I learned how powerful and meaningful a sunrise could really be.

5 Benefits of the Corporate Traveller

There can be so much to gain from business trips, especially when they afford a break from that remodeling project from hell. Even if you can't break away now combining business with pleasure may be the most economical way to reward yourself after you complete your remodeling project.

From the free travelling and accommodation and experiencing a new location, to liaising with different people and wining and dining with industry leaders, there are advantages and perks along the way. Here are five of the best things to look forward to on your next corporate trip.

Personal Touches Make a Guest Feel Welcome

It’s the little things that say you’ve paid attention to the needs and preference of a guest. When you take the time to learn what those things are you have the key to making any person feel welcome in your home.

Here are some personal touches you can add that will make any guest feel welcome.

1)    Greet your guest’s arrival with a gift basket. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Maybe a personal puff for the shower and homemade soap or bath gel. Add to the fun of it by tucking in some “green” thrift shop re-treasures.


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