Author Archives: Admin

Color Your Kitchen

How’s your kitchen looking? Does it need a little lift? A whole kitchen remodel will change the way you feel about your kitchen in a big way. What if you’re not ready for a big remodel? Pick one component and add a splash of color! Just changing the cabinets or the sink or even the [...]

Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning or More Organization/Less Stress

With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess. According to a survey conducted by […]

Building a Healthy Neighborhood Event

The beginning of September has been busy for Improvement Zone!  For the 6th year in a row, Improvement Zone set to work with Rebuilding Together Baltimore, participating in their ‘Building a Healthy Neighborhood’ event. Along with other volunteers, and battling rainy weather more days than not, we improved 10 homes in 10 days! Our crews repaired roofs, […]

Time to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

3 Important Areas to Focus on When Winterizing Your Home (BPT) – From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home’s vital […]

Decorating Safety

This month, we are going to run through some important safety tips to ensure your holiday season is enjoyable.  Our first post focuses on decorating safety. Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” It can irritate your eyes and […]

Ladder Safety

We continue our December posts with some tips on ladder safety.  From hanging lights and mistletoe to decorating the tree, please remember these suggestions so you have a safe and happy holiday. When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or […]

Hosting & Food Safety

What’s a holiday without family and food?  In this post, we continue our holiday safety tips with some suggestions and ideas to keep you and your family healthy. When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry. […]

How To Prevent Burst Pipes in Freezing Temperatures

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing if you don’t take proper precautions.  Here are some things to remember during the wintry cold snaps: Don’t set thermostats back to a lower temperature. It’s sometimes impossible for the heating system to recover and reach a comfortable temperature again later. Open kitchen cabinets. Even if room […]

Smoke Alarm Notice from the State Fire Marshall

A new state law aimed at reducing home fire deaths went into effect on July 1, 2013.  It requires replacement of any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery having a “Hush” button feature – ultimately affecting more than 800,000 Maryland homes with battery- only […]

Spring Home Upgrade Ideas

(Family Features) After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the […]