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112, 2016

Holiday Season Gifts for Teachers in Kansas City and Liberty

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Holiday Season Gifts for Teachers in Kansas City and Liberty

It’s hard to say who gets more gifts this time of year: your mail carrier or your child’s teacher. But just because others have already thought of it doesn’t mean that your gift, whatever it might be, won’t be just as appreciated. Still, many home owners struggle with exactly to give that teachers, in this case, not only will welcome for the thoughtfulness, but for the gift itself. So instead of guessing, we asked a [...]

2811, 2016

Holiday Season Safety Advice in Kansas City & Lee’s Summit

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Holiday Season Safety Advice in Kansas City & Lee’s Summit

The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to deck the halls, make your list, and delight in the beauty of the season. It’s also the perfect time to perform a home safety check. You see, whether you’re entertaining, traveling, or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, a little planning and forethought can help ensure that your holidays are not only merry and bright, but worry-free.   Here are 9 things to [...]

1911, 2016

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Our Friends in Kansas City & Independence

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle, Plumbing|Comments Off on Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Our Friends in Kansas City & Independence

Did you know that a cooking fire is more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year? It’s true. All those extra guests and increased activity in the kitchen can cause even the most buttoned-up culinary masters to become distracted and forget about that pie in the oven. But by practicing a few safety tips and a with little bit of planning, you can make sure that your Thanksgiving Day [...]

1911, 2016

Teach Your Kids the Wonders of Gardening in Kansas City and Leawood.

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|0 Comments

If you’ve got a curious tot at home, what better way to further stimulate their imagination than by planting a garden together, and making your child an active partner in that pursuit. Helping plan, plant and tend a garden isn’t just great fun; equally important, it’s a life exercise that helps cultivate important life skills such as responsibility, independence, leadership empathy/caring, teamwork and problem solving. Plus it exposes children to what may be their first [...]

711, 2016

How to Prevent Dry Skin and Hair Problems in Kansas City & Gladstone

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on How to Prevent Dry Skin and Hair Problems in Kansas City & Gladstone

There’s something so comforting about autumn. Breathing in the cool, crisp air, coming in from the cold to a glowing fire, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, and kicking off the holiday season with family and friends. But that nip in the air and all the extra time spent indoors can make your skin feel anything but comfortable. What’s more, dry indoor air can leave hair looking dull and turn your nails dry and brittle. [...]

2710, 2016

How to Reduce Heat Loss in Kansas City and Blue Springs

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Heating|Comments Off on How to Reduce Heat Loss in Kansas City and Blue Springs

In a perfect world, autumn would bring majestic foliage, mild temperatures, and the smell of bon fires well into November. In reality, fall is notorious for its mix of extreme highs and lows, blustery winds, and the occasional freak snow storm. Fall is also the time when the inevitable happens: you turn your heating system on for the first time. We know of some families that refuse, on principle, to turn theirs on until November [...]

1710, 2016

Halloween Trivia & Fun Facts in Kansas City and Shawnee

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Halloween Trivia & Fun Facts in Kansas City and Shawnee

After all these years, and after all the flack it’s taken, Halloween remains one of the most widely celebrated U.S. holidays. And the Kansas City area is no exception. Each year millions of kids and adults mark the holiday by dressing up in spooky and silly costumes, carving pumpkins and, of course, consuming insane amounts of candy. But how much do you really know about Halloween? Here are a few little known facts that you [...]

310, 2016

Tools Every Home Owner Should Have in Kansas City and Prairie Village

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Tools Every Home Owner Should Have in Kansas City and Prairie Village

If you own a home, there will undoubtedly come a time when you will have to hang, loosen, nail, measure, or drill something. And while your shoe might be able to double as a hammer in a pinch, you’re far better off investing in a toolkit that can tackle some of the most common household repairs. So if your rusty tool stash needs a revamp or you’re just starting out, here are 10 tools that [...]

2909, 2016

Tips for a Healthier Heart in Kansas City & Overland Park

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Tips for a Healthier Heart in Kansas City & Overland Park

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is responsible for over 17 million deaths each year? In fact, it is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Fortunately, doctors agree that most types of cardiovascular disease can be prevented through lifestyle choices that help reduce one’s risk factors. So as we celebrate World Heart Day, we look at how our environment impacts our ability to make heart-healthy choices at work, at home, and at play. [...]

1109, 2016

Fall Home Selling Tips in Mission & Olathe

By | September 11th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fall Home Selling Tips in Mission & Olathe

Fall is right around the corner and you know what that means – apple picking, harvest fairs, and searching for just the right Halloween costumes for your kids. But fall is also one of the best times of year to sell your home. In fact, it’s the second busiest season for the real estate industry.   You see, unlike the typical spring buyer who can often be more selective and may have the luxury of [...]

409, 2016

Heating System Preventative Maintenance in Leawood & Lenexa

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Heating|Comments Off on Heating System Preventative Maintenance in Leawood & Lenexa

September is one of those months that's hard to pin down, which is to say it has many faces and personality traits. About 25% of the month occurs during the summer, even with kids back in school in doesn't always feel like summer, no matter what's going on outdoors. On the flip side of that coin, all the Halloween decorations are already on abundant display and, before the month is over, you're bound to spot [...]

1208, 2016

How to Buy a Faucet You’ll Love in Kansas City & Gladstone

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Plumbing|Comments Off on How to Buy a Faucet You’ll Love in Kansas City & Gladstone

You’ve heard, of course, of the proverbial kid in the candy store. So many choices, an unlimited appetite and, theoretically at least, a rare opportunity to partake without boundaries. Maybe candy isn’t your thing, but haven’t you ever wanted to have that kind of opportunity for something extra special to you? Sure you have, but we’re also willing to bet that “faucets” isn’t it. In fact, most of the customers we serve actually wish there [...]

408, 2016

Back-to-School Water Heater Inspection in Kansas City & Grandview, KS

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: Plumbing|Comments Off on Back-to-School Water Heater Inspection in Kansas City & Grandview, KS

Oh, how your children’s little hearts beat with anticipation over the start of the upcoming school year. The feeling is palpable and does your heart good to witness the joy of discovery up close and personal. Or, maybe not so much. But love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again, and there are bunches of things to do to get ready for that first day the final school bell rings, officially ending [...]

2807, 2016

How to Help Your AC System Last Longer in Kansas City & Blue Springs, MO

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Air Conditioning|Comments Off on How to Help Your AC System Last Longer in Kansas City & Blue Springs, MO

Given: your central AC was built to last 10 – 15 years on average. Given: during a typical Kansas City summer, your system more than earns its keep by putting in long hours, day and night. Given: nobody likes having to replace a worn our AC system. After all, it’s nowhere near as much fun as buying a new car, right? We could go on with similar truisms about central AC systems and how we [...]

1607, 2016

Reasons for Buying an Electric Water Heater in Kansas City

By | July 16th, 2016|Categories: Plumbing|Comments Off on Reasons for Buying an Electric Water Heater in Kansas City

When you buy something only once every ten years or so, how on earth are you supposed to remember everything you learned from the time before? Take your home water heater, for example, and let’s say you’re now in the market for a replacement unit. Let’s further assume that last time around, you thought long and hard before you chose gas over electric. But now, you’ll be darned if you can remember your specific reasons [...]

307, 2016

Cool Bathroom Accessories for Your Home in Kansas City & Blue Springs, MO

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Bath & Kitchen Remodeling|Comments Off on Cool Bathroom Accessories for Your Home in Kansas City & Blue Springs, MO

We all can use – and appreciate – a little luxury in our lives every now and then. For you, maybe luxury means a snazzy car with all the bells and whistles, or an all-inclusive island vacation. Or perhaps you prefer those simpler luxuries that you can enjoy every single day in the comfort of your own home. If you’re leaning toward the simpler, then lean in a little closer and check out these five [...]

1306, 2016

The Benefits of a Gas Clothes Dryer in Kansas City & Lenexa, KS

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Benefits of a Gas Clothes Dryer in Kansas City & Lenexa, KS

Clothes dryers pretty just much go about their business, (sort of) quietly drying your clothes one load at a time. Or so they would like you to think. Because clothes dryers, you see, can be major energy guzzlers, sometimes consuming as much energy as new energy efficient refrigerators, washers, and dishwashers combined.  And we bet you didn’t even know that. In fact, we Americans spend about $9 billion and 60 billion kilowatt hours per year [...]

406, 2016

How to Buy a New AC System in Kansas City & Raytown, MO

By | June 4th, 2016|Categories: Air Conditioning|Comments Off on How to Buy a New AC System in Kansas City & Raytown, MO

Air conditioning is a highly complex field.  But complex or otherwise, there are right, less-right, and completely wrong ways of doing things, just as in any other field of endeavor. So, while the purpose of this blog is not to turn you into an HVAC pro, it is designed to help you purchase a new air conditioning system with greater confidence. For starters, your antenna should be poking through the ceiling if your contractor [...]

2805, 2016

How to Cool Your Home for Less in Kansas City

By | May 28th, 2016|Categories: Air Conditioning|Comments Off on How to Cool Your Home for Less in Kansas City

There’s nothing quite like relaxing in a cool, air conditioned home on a hot summer day. But let’s face it, keeping that air conditioning system running day in and day out can cost a pretty penny over the course of the cooling season. So to save a few bucks on your air conditioning bill, maybe you’ve tried putting a cold wash cloth on your forehead, turning up the thermostat, and trying to convince yourself that [...]

2305, 2016

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun in Kansas City

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Home & Lifestyle|Comments Off on How to Protect Yourself from the Sun in Kansas City

The smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on the grill. The feeling of soft sand between your toes. And that unmistakable feeling of sunshine warming your face. Yes, summer is upon us. And of course, while you’re soaking up all that vitamin D you also want to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  But there’s more to keeping your family safe than just applying the highest SPF sunscreen you can get your [...]