Winter Home Maintenance

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Winter is in full swing in Colorado. We’ve already seen some snow this year and odds are we’ll see a lot more. Now is the time to make sure that your home is ready for winter. Some of the most common complaints from homeowners during winter are frozen pipes, dead lawns, and emergency furnace repairs. Continue reading for some tips to help you and your home stay safe and warm this winter. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Protecting Your Home in Winter

Above all else, the most important goal this winter is staying warm. You will probably know by now whether your home’s heating system boots up efficiently and heats your home correctly. If you have notice any problems, call a local HVAC expert to inspect it while the weather is still relatively nice. It will be harder for them to get to you during a heavy snow day, not to mention it will cost more to repair. On that same note, saving energy and saving money goes hand in hand. Set your thermostat on a schedule to optimize energy usage during the day. Most smart home thermostats like the Nest will help you figure out your schedule. If you don’t have one of these, ask your local HVAC expert for their advice.

One of the easiest thinks you can do to make your home more comfortable during the winter is reversing the direction of your ceiling fans. Warm air rises, which means that the air from your heating system is warming your ceiling faster than you. Reversing your ceiling will push that warm air back down to you and your room. Switch your fan blades to run clockwise with the small switch on the body of the fan. Fireplaces are great for Colorado winters, but remember to clean it properly before use and even consider getting it inspected. Built-up debris in your chimney could become a fire hazard. If your fireplace needs repairs, now is the time to get them serviced. Here are some of the top fireplace repair companies in Colorado.

Preparing For Winter Driving

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That Colorado snow will be here before you know it. Though it looks beautiful in pictures, having snow on the ground comes with its own safety concerns. Driving during tough winter conditions in Colorado can be dangerous, so you should do everything you can to prepare. Here are some tips that can help you get ready for the tricky winter driving this year. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Driving Safe in the Winter

It doesn’t take long for conditions to become treacherous in Colorado depending on where you live. Roads can get slick and icy fast, making driving a challenge for even the most seasoned driver. They usually don’t stay bad for long until they are plowed or salted, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. You’ll avoid a host of problems if you have your car winterized before the snow gets here. How do you do that? Here are some of the essential things to do.

First off, you should have your engine tuned-up at the mechanics. A quick check up at your local repair shop will work just fine. Also, have the professional check to make sure that all of your lights are working. Make sure that your headlights are clear and clean so that they can shine as bright as possible. Have the battery checked. The last thing you want is to get stuck in the parking lot in the snow because your car will not start. Ensure that all fluids are at their appropriate levels. Have the wiper blades cleaned and/or switch to winter wiper blades. Of course you’ll also want to make sure that you oil is changed and ready to go for the winter.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

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Thanksgiving is the time of the year that we show thanks to our friends and family for their support throughout the year. It is also one of the hardest holidays to prep for because of all of the cooking required to serve the entire family. This can especially be difficult when the kids are off from school and need a constructive way to occupy their time. Here are some great Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids that will keep them out of the kitchen while you make that casserole! Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Turkey-Day Crafts

Got some left over toilet paper rolls? Don’t throw them out! These make great canvases for kids to turn into turkeys and pilgrims. Let them be creative with the construction paper, child-safe glue, and other craft accessories. Fuzzy pipe-cleaners make great turkey legs of all sizes and colors. They can make an entire congregation of them and play with them like Thanksgiving action figures. The storylines will undoubtedly make themselves and it will keep them entertained for hours.

Another great family friendly craft idea for Turkey Day are leaf ornaments. This craft is actually two activities in one: first go on a fun scavenger hunt outside to find the best fallen leaves for the job and then get crafty decorating them with faces and glitter. The great thing about these are if one chips or breaks, they can easily be replaced with another leaf. You may even trick the kids into helping with raking the leaves in the yard which your Thanksgiving Day guests will appreciate. After the festivities are over, these are easy to expose of too.

Colorado Disc Golf Courses

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Colorado is a great place to live if you love the outdoors and outdoor sports. Are you a fan or disc golf? You should be! It’s a great way to stay active and play with friends. There are over 200 disc golf courses in Colorado, including many areas suitable for all skill levels. Continue reading for some disc golf courses that are around the metro area. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Top Disc Golf Courses in Colorado

One of the most popular disc golf courses in the metro area is The Ken Caryl Disc Golf Course in Littleton. This course features 9, par-3 holes in a beautiful shaded park and is well suited for both first-timers and seasoned experts. The area is very well maintained and is a place that children of all ages can enjoy. There is also an adjacent tennis court, soccer field, and baseball fields. There is something here that everyone in the family can enjoy and it is a quick drive or walk from many of the surrounding neighborhoods.

There’s also the Johnny Roberts disc golf course in Arvada. This course is one of the longest-standing and most popular courses in Colorado. Johnny Roberts is a full 18-hole course and is great for intermediate and experienced players. It also features short but interesting challenges, well-maintained facilities, and a scenic creek. Part of a larger city park, Johnny Roberts visitors are welcome to enjoy the disc golf course, skatepark, and playground completely free of charge. The course is conveniently located just a few blocks from Arvada‘s Old Town, which has plenty of dining options so you can really make a day of it!

Sprucing Up Your Porch

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Your porch is an exterior extension of your home and should be treated as such. That means it should serve two purposes. Your porch should be a place for guests to feel welcome but also a place where you can go to relax. Having the right porch decorations can make this unique space more inviting. Continue reading for some fun ideas to make your porch your own. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Porch Décor

Plants a are a great way to bring life and style to your porch. Go a step further with a planter box with your house number or surname on it to let new guests know they are in the right place when the visit for the first time. You can get as creative as you want with this project. You can paint and mark up the planter box any way that you want, free hand or with a stencil. You can even buy pre-made letters and numbers from your local hardware store. If you aren’t a plant-person, there are plenty of fake planters out there they look real and do the job.

What about an outdoor bar cart? Granted this might be more of a back porch accessory, depending on what you stock it with, but a great way to entertain non-the-less. These have become more popular because of the pandemic in which homeowners want to offer even those that can’t come in a quick treat. Your cart can be just about anything you want from a simple, small table to an elaborate cart with spaces for drinks and food. Though you can find great pieces online, hobby stores are a great place to find these. Don’t have many guests over? These are also great for when you’re relaxing on your porch in the evening.

Highest Rated Electricians in Colorado

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If your house was built a few decades ago, odds are you could use some electrical upgrades. Sockets and switches age from the normal wear-and-tear of homeowner use. As technology advances, things like your old phone jacks are no longer needed. Sockets for televisions are now more useful up the wall and not on the floor because most televisions are mounted these days. Here are some of the top electrical companies in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Top Colorado Electricians

One of the top rated electrical companies in Colorado is Blue Sky. Blue Sky does plumbing, heating, cooling and of course electrical projects. They go back to 1916, when the the grandson of Archie Lanyon, the original owner and a registered Colorado master plumber, branched it out. Blue Sky boasts, “Quality Work, Honest Dealing, and Dependability into the 21st century.” Since then, the company has served well over 150,000 homeowners and counting. That’s four generations of a 5-star company working in the Denver and the front range.

Another great company to look into is AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric, Inc. As the name suggests, and not unlike Blue Sky, AAA Service does more than just electrical work, so if you’ve got other projects on your list of renovations then they’re a great resource. “The key to success at AAA Service is respect. Respect for ourselves, our co-workers, and our customers. When we send someone to your home, they must excel in customer service, technical capabilities, and have a pleasant personality. AAA Service has been around since 1985 and has over 50 employees on call.

October DIY Decorations

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Decorating for Halloween is not only expensive, but extremely time-consuming. Who wants to put up Halloween decorations only to have to turn around and put up Christmas decorations a few weeks later? Creating decorations from reused materials that cost you little to no money and that can be thrown away before Christmas is the answer! Continue reading for some fun DIY projects for your 2021 Halloween festivities. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Spooky Decorations for the Entire Family

Disposable plastic spoons are great for creating Halloween decorations. Paint them black and add wings cut from matching black construction paper to make scary bats. Wrap them in spare toilet paper or ribbon to create a mummy. Or even simpler, use it as a base for folded white paper or tissue paper for a ghost. Since these are small, consider making a dozen and stringing them up all over the house. These are great because they’re easy for kids to make too.

Another great option that they kids can help with are windsocks. These can be made from a set of colorful cardstock and crepe paper. Put the kids in creative control when it comes to drawing the faces. These are great for simple bedroom décor or larger spaces like hung up along the eaves of your front porch. A way to make small ghoul figurines is by using the cardboard core of toilet paper rolls. You’ll have to start saving them a month or two before Halloween, but you’ll be glad you did. Simply pain them different colors and let the kids draw faces on them.

Mile High Marathons

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Did you know that running can significantly improve physical and mental health? It’s true! As a form of aerobic exercise, running can reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help alleviate symptoms of depression. With this in mind, check out these Marathons happening this month in Denver. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Marathons in the Mile High City

This month (October 16-17) marks the 15th edition of the Denver Colfax Marathon. This is the largest running even in the Rockies! This event includes a Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler, Marathon Relay and 5K. The event dates have changed due to the Broncos having a home game on October 17th. There for most of the events (the Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler and Marathon Relay) will be on Saturday, October 16th and the 5K will be on October 17th.

These running events are part of a full week of festivities, including Colorado Running Hall of Fame, Colfax Night Out and more. Therefore, not only will you get the mental and physical benefits of running outdoors, there will be so much more to see and do. For more information on how to participate in the Denver Colfax Marathon as well as the other festivities, visit Run Colfax online.

A Mystical Denver Art Experience

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It is no secret that Denver is a leader in art, indicative of the famed Denver Art Museum and the brand new Meow Wolf interactive art collective. If you are a fan of art then you’ve definitely been to these two venues, but have you ever heard of Prismajic? Continue reading for more information on this unique art venue and to see what they’re doing this year. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

New Denver Art Experience

This year Prismajic has a new art experience called Shiki Dreams. With a space with a whopping 1,400 sq ft, there is a lot to see at this venue. “The multi-sensory immersive experience leads guests on a fun and mystical journey of exploration and discovery that combines art and technology in beautiful and amazing ways.” Shiki Dreams has already been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Immersive Art Experiences 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. For the review-hounds, they also have a 4.9 rating on Google and 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

However, you’ll have to get your tickets now and fast. To ensure a truly immersive experience, Primajic has very limited availability for each time slot. For your safety and the safety of the staff, only ten guests are allowed in for each time slot. A part of the Prismajic mission is to use “traditional art forms and cutting edge technology to create beautiful, elegant experiences that transport people to new worlds and encourage new ways of thinking.” For more details, check out their website today.

Highest Rated HVAC Contractors in Colorado

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Contractors are your ticket to success when it comes to any home project, big or small. Contractors are professionals that know the ends and outs of whatever you’re looking to do. This is especially important when it comes to technical jobs, like fixing or replacing your HVAC. Before you starting looking, check out these tips about Colorado contractors. Now that you’re ready to look for HVAC contractors in Colorado, here are a few that we can recommend. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Top Reviewed HVAC Contractors in Colorado

One of the top reviewed HVAC contractors in Colorado is Applewood Plumbing, Heating & Electric. Applewood boasts, “When you call Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric, you can expect: A job that is done right the first time. Screened and licensed technicians; we’ll even send their photo and bio before they arrive so you know who to expect.” Applewood is open all week long from 6 AM to 10 PM, which is convenient for anyone with a full work schedule.

Another great HVAC contractor is Service Experts Heating & A/C. “Service Experts Heating & A/C is locally operated to best serve you, our friends and neighbors. We live, work, and play where you do, and we’re committed to keeping homes in our community a great place to live. We offer complete customer home plumbing services performed by our trusted contractors.” Though they are from Texas, they do have a convenient office in Westminster.

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