Every home should have an emergency kit. Whether it’s an actual emergency, inclement weather, a power outage or other unforeseen occurrence, it’s important to expect the unexpected. Therefore, it’s a good idea to prepare a three-day home emergency kit that includes the following elements: Bottled Water Experts recommend drinking 6-8 glasses (8 oz.) of water every day, which is why having bottled water in your home emergency kit is essential. Not only is water necessary for good health, it’s also necessary for survival. You should keep enough bottled water for everyone in your family to drink for several days. Canned Foods Without electricity or running water, you cannot cook using traditional methods. Therefore, ready-to-eat canned foods are a must. Vienna sausages, Spam, canned fruit, ham, tuna and other similar foods that do not require preparation are ideal for a home emergency kit. Because most canned foods have a lengthy expiration date, you can keep them on hand for some time. And don’t forget a non-electric can opener! Medication Whether it’s common everyday allergies, a serious medical condition or a reaction to a bee sting, it’s important to keep your home’s emergency kit equipped with the medication necessary to treat sudden […]
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If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having children, what should you consider to be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you’ll want to ensure that your home will be right for you and your family for years to come.  So what should you look for in your new home so that it will give you enjoyment and be functional both now and in the future? Size Though a cute two-bedroom home may be right for a newlywed couple, this type of space will likely soon be outgrown if there are any children in your future or if you and your spouse like to entertain.  You will also want to consider the number of bathrooms and the facilities in them.  Having only one toilet or shower can certainly put stress on a growing family. Features Special features of a home, such as a finished basement, central air, and a large yard can make your home a more functional […]
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