New home checklist
Kitchen Essentials Checklist
Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or you’re moving to a new house, the kitchen will be an important part of your new home. Our checklist of kitchen essentials has all of the tools, utensils, cookware, and gadgets you’ll need to whip up some delicious meals. Below we’ll cover the necessities you should have for your first kitchen as well as some nice-to-haves that will help expand your cooking repertoire.
Best Wi-fi and Programmable Thermostats
Buying a new thermostat is not like buying other home appliances like a vacuum or a pressure cooker. There are many things to consider before buying a smart thermostat – what type of HVAC system you’re running, what features you need, whether you’re looking for energy savings, convenience, or both, etc. One of the most important questions is whether it is worth upgrading from a traditional thermostat to a new, Wi-Fi or programmable thermostat.
Best Smart Door Locks
Smart locks one of the most vital aspect of every connected home of today. These locks don’t just let you come and go as you please. They can temporarily grant access to friends, family, and the delivery man. They lock the door behind you when you leave in case you (or one of your children) forget. And they can monitor who enters and leaves your home while you are away. Some smart locks can even be activated through the use of voice commands or triggers coming from other home automation services and devices.
Smart locks will change the way you think about securing your home, and connecting them to larger smart home systems can make your life so much easier. In this guide we review the best smart dead bolt locks, cover the pros and cons of each, and share our top pick.
Best Home Security Camera System
Surveillance must be an integral aspect of any home protection system. Home surveillance systems provide the ultimate peace of mind to homeowners and parents by allowing you to keep an eye on things even if you are not physically present. There is a new wave of smart cameras on the market that come with varying levels of complexity, capability and price tags. In this buying guide, you will learn more about the best home surveillance system and how to get the best home security camera system for your particular situation.
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Building a Smart Home – Where Do You Begin?
Even though it didn’t get too popular and mainstream up until a few years ago, the concept of a smart home has been around for a good while. Initially, the goal was to save on electricity bills and if possible, make your day-to-day life a bit more convenient. Today, with the smart home integrating with home security systems and automation devices in various ways, it’s somet [...]
Jacuzzi vs. Hot Tub
If you are made to choose between a Jacuzzi and a hot tub, which one would you prefer and would you know the difference? The truth is that it would be inaccurate to choose between the two. A common misconception made by some people is to refer to all hot tubs as Jacuzzis. The truth is that Jacuzzi is only one of the many brands of hot tubs available in the market today. The [...]
10 Hot Tub Enclosure Ideas
Once you purchase a new hot tub you need to find a home for it, and in some cases, a hot tub enclosure is the answer. Arguably the best and most challenging thing about hot tub enclosures is how you're going to decorate it. There are so many factors to take into account: how beautiful does it look? Does it help you relax? What will your friends and family think of it when they [...]
Best Time Of Year To Buy A Hot Tub
As soon as you have chosen the bathtub you want, the next important question is when you should make your purchase. Spas are perfect for use all year long but is there really a specific best time of year to buy a hot tub? The answer will vary based on your priority. Some may be looking for the biggest savings; others are after the latest innovations, and so on. Below are some o [...]
Best Hot Tubs
A hot tub in your home may sound like an indulgence and an unnecessary luxury. But after a long day, you deserve some quiet time to yourself. Maybe enjoy a lovely moment with family or party away and forget your worries together with some friends. Being in a hot tub spa is the most relaxing way of easing your mind and body from all the tension you have. However, before you get [...]
Where is the best place to put a carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills thousands of people and is easily preventable! Maybe you're moving into a new home, or you've gone through our review of the best carbon monoxide detectors and bought yourself a new unit. The next logical question is where is the best place to put a carbon monoxide detector? You want to find a place that will make sure the carbon monoxide detect [...]
Home Maintenance Checklist
Your home is your biggest and most important investment. So, why wouldn’t you take proper care of it? Just like a car needs regular oil changes, keeping up with home maintenance tasks is a must. It is much easier to do your chores every now and then instead of having to pay for big repairs. All these tasks can seem quite intimidating, especially if you are a new homeowner. [...]
First Apartment Checklist – 140+ necessities and essentials for your new apartment
Apartment checklist. The time has finally come – you are officially an adult and about to live in your own apartment for the first time ever. While you’re probably thinking about all the beautiful decorations you’re going to buy, there is something else you need to do first. You will have to buy some basic goods you never had to buy before. Let’s face it - h [...]
Home Inspection Checklist – 80+ things to check
You’ve finally found the home of your dreams and now you’re ready to sign the contract. But, there is one key step before making the purchase final – getting a home inspection. The freshly painted walls, hardwood floors, and granite countertops are simply superficial touches. What you don’t see is the dangerous wiring, ancient plumbing or foundation cracks. All these de [...]
4 ways to transform that spare bedroom
When building or moving into a new home, it’s always nice to find that you have a bonus room. This is effectively an extra room that can serve any purpose you like, be it as a makeshift guest room when you have overflow during the holidays, a space for kids to play, or a special place for you to practice whatever hobby might interest you. Or at least, that’s the idea. All t [...]
House cleaning checklist
Nothing feels quite as good as a squeaky clean house. Our house cleaning checklist has 144 tasks and we promise, if you or your housekeeper complete all of them, your home will feel brand new. This checklist goes room by room to help you clean your home, and we even included a bonus spring cleaning checklist at the end for those times when you want a deep cleaning. House clean [...]
House Hunting Checklist
You are ready to find the right home: You have a budget. You know your affordability amount. You’re pre-approved for a loan. You’re working with a realtor, or you are comfortable working on your own. You know your timeline. You’re now a highly-qualified buyer, the only thing standing in your way is finding that perfect house. The great home search has begun! [...]
Carbon Monoxide Detector Beeping? 5 Things You Should Do Right Now
A carbon monoxide detector and alarm is designed to alert users about the unsafe level of carbon monoxide. These work through making flashing lights and noise. Nevertheless, they also make flash lights and noise under some conditions. The noise that they make was described as chirping, beeping, and squeaking. Majority of carbon monoxide detectors make sounds a much [...]
How to Install a WiFi Thermostat Without A C-Wire
Imagine buying a new WiFi thermostat, patiently waiting for that Amazon box to be delivered. You open it up, read the instructions, maybe watch a video that tells you how to install the device. You remove your existing thermostat to find that things aren’t quite right – you don’t have a C-wire. A C-wire or common wire is a power supply that is required for your smart t [...]
NVR vs DVR – What’s the difference between them?
If you are contemplating about getting a video surveillance system, there are actually two types of security systems you can find in the market right now. These are the NVR security systems and the DVR security systems. As you probably know by now, the NVR or network video recorder and the DVR or digital video recorder come in a plethora of features, types and models. Understan [...]
Security Camera Installation Cost – Everything You Need To Know
When it comes to searching for security cameras, one of the things that people wonder about is the cost to install security cameras. And the answer is (like most things) it depends. The most common factor of security system installation cost is whether you will do it by yourself or hire professionals for the job. The initial installation costs of a hardwired system are a bit [...]