Archive for September, 2011

Tiny Camping Trailer Doubles as a Boat

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

We’ve written here before about tiny houses so we wanted to share information about a tiny camping trailer with our readers.

The Sealander Amphibious Camping Trailer is a German-designed trailer that double as a water-worthy vessel.  This compact trailer can be towed by almost any vehicle and easily launched into a lake or river.  A small electric motor provides power while afloat. 

The Sealander’s interior features a table that seats four, a kitchenette and a sleeping area.  It will be available starting in 2012 for about $24,000.

Read more about the Sealander on Engadget.  Don’t miss seeing it in action in this YouTube video.

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Wait Until Spring to Clean your Grill

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Now that summer is over, you may be thinking about putting your barbecue into storage.  If you usually clean your grill before storing it, you may want to consider leaving the baked-on crust in place until next spring.  The reason?  To keep your grill from rusting.

Go ahead and wipe down your grill before storing your barbecue.  When you take it out again next spring, give it a deep cleaning by applying heat from an open flame for about 10 minutes.  You should then be able to scrub the crust off without too much effort.

This suggestion is courtesy of Lifehacker.

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

You can maximize your closet storage space by installing a closet organizational system.  The best systems take into account the size of your closet and the type of things you will be storing.  The coat closet organizer pictured here is from the Martha Stewart Living website.  It uses the space beneath hanging coats for shelving that keeps shoes neatly sorted.  Individual bins hold scarves and hats for each family member and a bucket is used for umbrellas.  Even the closet door plays a part with hooks for purses and tote bags.

Martha Stewart has a variety of online tools to help you design your perfect closet storage system.  Design your dream closet organizational system at MarthaStewartClosets.com.

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Top 5 Home Improvements with Greatest ROI

Wednesday, September 07th, 2011

Each year, HomeGain.com conducts a Home Sale Maximizer survey.  The 2011 survey questioned 600 real estate agents to determine which home improvement projects deliver the biggest resale bang for the buck.  Here are the top 5 home improvements that realtors recommend for homeowners who are planning on putting their homes on the market.

  • Decluttering and cleaning
  • Lighting and brightening
  • Home staging
  • Landscaping
  • Repair plumbing and electrical problems

  • Decluttering and cleaning tops the list and was recommended by 99% of survey participants.  With an average cost of about $300, this improvement has a return value of $2,000.  That’s a 586% return on investment (ROI).

    Read more details about this survey on HomeGain.com.

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