How to Home Podcast

Aaron Massey

Hosts Aaron Massey and Tracy Pendergast interview experts in this weekly talk show, discussing all aspects of home improvement. From small DIY jobs to large scale projects, the How to Home Podcast covers everything you need to know about creating a home you love.

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This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Patrick Cain of Patrick Cain Designs about his interesting path to becoming a furniture designer, and the business side of being a maker.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   NOTABLE MOMENTS : Patrick attributes his success to having a curiosity and learning. He started mid-century modern and moved into minimalist design. He’s currently working on a brutalist vibe with a little touch of Memphis.  Patrick’s company employs people from every continent.  The shop’s process is super collaborative. Patrick has everyone in the shop give input.  In addition to his main site, Patrick sells his second hand concrete pieces on Etsy, and also at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.  “Do what you like, save what you love as a hobby”.  Patrick looks at selling at the flea market as free A/B testing. He can tell if he’s doing the right thing by who approaches him to hear more. “I believe in open cabinetry because you can’t hide things!” The dogs in Patrick’s photos are from Angel City Pitbulls. If you’re thinking of starting a business, focus on a product that’s safe and then expand.   THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING FURNITURE: If it’s MDF or particle board it’s not going to hold up. The heavier the better. Look for furniture that is environmentally friendly. Things that are made from new materials are better if they’re going to last 10 years.   ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS: Patrick uses recycled styrofoam in his concrete pieces. Their team looks for fallen trees and materials that can be reclaimed.    SOME CHALLENGES OF RUNNING A BUSINESS/MOST REWARDING: One of the biggest challenges is, Los Angeles doesn’t make it easy to run a business. Being able to pay yourself is tough- it goes to employees and getting reinvested. Having steady work. Finding employees! Finding reliable people is so difficult. Having a happy customer is really rewarding.  FIND PATRICK: Website | patrickcaindesigns.com The Gram | @patrickcaindesigns Facebook | facebook.com/PatrickCainDesigns Pinterest | pinterest.com/PCD_Furniture   FOLLOW US on Social Media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jul 2019

46 min 52 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Philip Shen about tips for creating a great sleep environment in your home.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   WHY SLEEP IS IMPORTANT: We spend ⅓ of our lives sleeping, so it’s critical for health. The body restores and repairs itself during sleep. Good sleep also supports your memory.   HOW TO CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT: Make sure your room is cool and quiet. Get the proper mattress for your alignment. Block out noise and light. No tv or electronics in the bedroom. The bedroom should be for sleep. Comfortable and soothing colors. Hot showers, massage and warm beverages/hot water (non-caffeinated) are great before bed. Tracy suggested blue light cancelling glasses.    WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MATTRESS/PILLOW: For youngsters, the mattress requirements aren’t as important- but it’s important they’re cool. Philip recommends mattress protectors for health. 80 percent of the sleeping population are side sleepers, and side sleeping creates the most pressure points. It’s important for side sleepers to get the correct firmness. Philip recommends mattresses with zoning technology. Mattresses should last 8 years. If you have broad shoulders you need a bigger pillow. Body pillows are great for support.  Philip likes the Snuz mattress, specifically the hybrid bed.   SOCIAL QUESTIONS: Q: If you have a cooling mattress and put a mattress protector over it, are you negating the benefits?   A: Yes, but they make cooling mattress protectors as well. Also, with the zipper top mattress protector that’s available, you can actually unzip and clean without buying a mattress protector.      FIND PHILIP: Website | www.sleepchoices.com The Gram | @sleepchoices   FOLLOW US on Social Media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jul 2019

40 min 49 sec

  This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Brad Rodriguez of Fix This, Build That about ways to establish your DIY confidence and potentially transition it into a business.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   NOTABLE MOMENTS : - Brad was in corporate America for 17 years before he went this route. - He sets defined goals and thinks ahead for what he wants to accomplish daily in the shop to make his time more efficient. - His philosophy for Fix This, Build That is: Educate, Inspire, Entertain. - In terms of getting your feet wet with DIY, Brad suggests: “Start with something you’re going to have success with”. - A skill Brad wants to add to his arsenal is metal working. - His favorite wood to work with is walnut. - This is Brad’s favorite project to date (a side-board cabinet): https://fixthisbuildthat.com/diy-sideboard-cabinet-woodworking-plans-2/ - Tool Must-Haves for the beginner: 3 piece cordless 18 volt set (drill, driver, circular saw), orbital sander, tape measure, pencil, carpenter square. - Brad recommends letting other people know you’re into woodworking, because people will cycle through tools and pass them on or give you a heads up about estate sales etc. - Some of Brad’s favorite resources are Pinterest and Google image searches. He’s also inspired by hotels.   SOCIAL QUESTIONS: Q: As a maker is it hard to stay on top of personal work for your home and family? A:  It absolutely is. Brad also talked about the guilt of balancing projects between children.   Q: What is your “woulda shoulda been” career? A: Brad’s always thought he would be a good litigators.   Q: Now that you do your hobby as a business, what do you do for fun? A: Brad enjoys the business side of the making (the analytics etc.), but is working hard to step away from the business and focus on hobbies again. Right now the down time is dedicated to the kids and occasional Netflix.   FIND BRAD: Website | https://www.fixthisbuildthat.com The Gram | https://www.instagram.com/fixthisbuildthat Podcast | https://madeforprofit.com/episodes YouTube | http://youtube.com/c/fixthisbuildthat   FOLLOW US on Social Media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jun 2019

57 min 4 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with artist Peter Staley about blending creativity and construction.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   QUICK FACTS ABOUT PETER’S WORK: - Peter refers to his structures as shrines to nature. - His first woodworking was building stretchers for paintings and then he moved on to set design. - Once he built his own store (his wife’s kids shop), a lot of people had him start building their stores. He likes to bring nature inside. - Recently he’s been building a lot of cabins, which was a natural progression after building a work cabin for his wife’s second store. His latest cabin is a liveable space, 200 sq ft with a sleeping loft and outdoor shower. - His nature inspiration stems from his time in the Adirondacks as a child. https://visitadirondacks.com - Peter can look at a space and visualize what he wants to do with it. - Peter sees his builds as art and it’s a very spiritual process. - His favorite materials are: cedar and shou sugi ban. - He loves buying from Angel City Lumber- https://www.angelcitylumber.com - Peter feels this medium is the one that connects with people the most, whereas his art doesn’t necessarily connect with everyone. - Peter’s tip for creating a more functional small space is: laying stuff out with blue tape and seeing how it would feel to move around in the space. - “I would like someone to enter a space I made and have a spiritual experience.” - Peter’s suggestion for the beginner: “Get some tools and start playing around. Make a box!” - Peter believes everything needs to go as green as possible. He’d like to see a return to natural and comfortable materials.   SOCIAL QUESTIONS: Q: Do you feel you have a signature style? A: Not on purpose, but yes. Peter doesn’t try to make things in his style, it’s just his natural progression.   Q:  How long is the planning process? A: A couple of weeks.   Q: Where does your inspiration come from with your art? A: It just comes to Peter and he needs to get it out.   Q: Is it hard to see a structure decorated in a way that doesn’t fit your intention for the space? A: At first it is, but then you get used to it.   FIND PETER: Website (Build) | https://www.mindtreearts.com Website (Art) | http://www.peterstaley.com The Gram | https://www.instagram.com/mindtreearts & https://www.instagram.com/p_staley   FOLLOW US on Social Media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jun 2019

39 min 4 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Kumiko Love about tips for jump starting your family budget and how to stick with it.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   KUMIKO’S METHOD: - Kumiko does the budget by paycheck method, and also implements a calendar. - She doesn’t use a predetermined dollar amount or percentage.   JUMP START YOUR BUDGET: - Learn the emotions and triggers behind your spending. - When you’re a freelancer, knowing everything about your past spending is important. - Meal plan! Food is a budget killer. - Track your spending and figure out where your money is being sucked. - Call the companies behind your monthly bills and see if you can get your costs down. - Create an allowance for spontaneous purchases. - Homeowners should have an emergency fund and a maintenance fund. - Find a financial adviser you can trust, if you don’t feel comfortable making the decisions on your own. - Kumiko thinks you’re more motivated to save if you have savings accounts labeled as your specific goal. - “If I spend the money right now, what am I giving up in the future?” - For student loans- sit down and figure out exactly what you have. - There are financial counselors out there for free! Check out non-profit organizations and banks.   TOP 5 TIPS: - Discover your why. Why do you want to start budgeting? - Track your spending. It’s the number one action step. - Look at your recurring bills and try to get them down. - Sit down and look at your debt. Write it all out. - Figure out what kind of learner you are? That’s how you have to organize your finances to stay motivated.   COMMON PITFALLS: - They can’t change their mindset surrounding what they have/need. - They feel stuck. - Food! They need to meal plan. - Not knowing where to start with debt.   CONTACT KUMIKO: Website | https://thebudgetmom.com The Gram | @thebudgetmom Youtube | @thebudgetmom   FOLLOW US on Social Media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jun 2019

53 min 12 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Zac Ruiz of Den For Our Cubs. They discuss how he and his wife made the decision to leave their life in Southern California to live in a tent in New Mexico- and Zac’s philosophy on living a life you love.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040 QUICK FACTS ABOUT ZAC’S HOME: - They currently live in New Mexico. - They transitioned from apartment, to camper and then to the tent. - The canvas home is 300 sq ft and 12 ft tall. - They built a platform and then a frame, then essentially just slid the tent on. - They have polycarbonate sheets on the front of the tent to let in sunlight. - They heat the tent with a propane heater. This is the one he mentioned: https://www.mrheater.com/big-buddy-portable-heater.html - They have a water well and use their Berkey to filter it. https://www.berkeyfilters.com - The house cost $5,000 to build. - They have a composting toilet. This is the one thing Zac mentioned not enjoying in terms of upkeep. - They’re not off the grid, they go into “town” for normal activities.   “If you don’t like your life- try something. If you still don’t like it- try something else!”   The Etsy Shop: - Zac sells custom lights for homes and businesses. - He builds in shipping container. - www.etsy.com/shop/MoonStoneFox   SOCIAL QUESTIONS: Q: Did you ever have a moment where it was so overwhelming and you felt like you made the wrong choice? A: There are always doubts/fears but he was so tired of California and ready for a change that this life is refreshing.   Q: Do you plan on homeschooling? A: Yes. Zac and his siblings were homeschooled and they plan on doing the same.   Q: Are bugs a problem? A: Surprisingly, NO!   Q: Do you grow your own vegetables? A: Yes, but not a full farm lifestyle. They try to buy local as much as possible.   FIND ZAC: Website | https://denforourcubs.wordpress.com The Gram | https://www.instagram.com/DENFOROURCUBS/ Etsy | https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonStoneFox   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Jun 2019

53 min 46 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with comedians Nikki Limo and Steve Green about their home buying journey , and all the stuff no one tells you about becoming a homeowner.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FIND STEVE AND NIKKI: Podcast | https://apple.co/2W2BpjU The Gram | @nikkilimo, @stevegreencomedy & @shttheydonttellyou YouTube | nikkilimo Websites | www.nikki.limo & www.patreon.com/stikki   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM  

May 2019

48 min 41 sec

This week Aaron and Tracy chat with Neat Method, Santa Barbara owner, Kat Petty about sustainable solutions and hacks for creating an organized home.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   KAT’S TIPS: - Take everything out of your space, categorize it and then find homes for it. - There are great containers at every price point. - Group things in like categories. Have some very specific categories, but also some more broad ones. - When things are labeled people are more inclined to put things where they belong. - People often pre-shop for product, but Kat recommends taking everything out first and grabbing what you need next. - Have donate bins in your home that you take out regularly. - If you haven’t worn something in a year (and it’s not for a special occasion) let it go! - Keep like seasonal items together in grabbable bins. - Go room by room (no more than 3 spaces at a time). - Clear drawer organizers are great for the bathroom. - Get rid of old makeup and products you no longer use. - To make a deep shelf efficient try not to stack things behind others. Use containers that serve as drawers. Kat recommends the deep Linus bin. Linked below.   TIPS FOR KIDS TOYS: - Kat loves the shoebox bins because they’re clear and kids can see what’s in them. They’re also stackable. - Label everything, but not crazy specific. (For example: “Friends” could be stuffed animals and figurines.) - Have extra labels on hand. - Small pieces and art supplies can be maintained in clear plastic bins as well. - File folders/holder for coloring books (genius!!!).   TIPS FOR THE CAR: - Keep a basket or tote with handles in the car, fill it up and then bring it in every day/set it back by the door. - Have a bin that’s only car toys.   TIPS FOR THE CAR: - Clear everything out, let go of things, map out the system and put everything back in. - Get things off the ground. You can hang everything: strollers, bikes etc. KAT MENTIONED: Shoe box containers Artkive Pantry Risers Linus Drawer Dividers (they’re available in multiple sizes) Linus Bin Lazy susan Kat’s favorite pens for labeling     SOCIAL QUESTIONS: Q: Any tips on space saving organization for communal living? A: A furniture piece that has little cubbies/bins. Kat likes this one- https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29278262/   Q: How do I avoid my kitchen table becoming my family command center? A: Have a drop zone close to the front door. Mail system that says: To Do, File & Outgoing will help. Create homes for everything to go to.   Q: What can I do TODAY to start? A: Put a date on your calendar. Start with the purging process. Look for expired stuff in pantry.   CONTACT KAT: Website | https://neatmethod.com/location/santa-barbara/ The Gram | @katpetteyhome Email | katpettey@neatmethod.com   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

May 2019

47 min 33 sec

Lindsay Esparza from The Natural Cupboard joins us this week to to explore some fun oil uses for your household!   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   QUICK ESSENTIAL OILS INFO/TIPS: - Essential oils come from plants, roots, trees, bark etc. and they’re either steamed or distilled for their benefits. - They’re a great switch for natural cleaning products and home fragrance. - Essential oils are very concentrated, so they last a long time. - Making your own cleaning products also gives you the opportunity to upcycle bottles. - Oils can actually help snoring. - Using healthier cleaning products gives kids the chance to get involved in cleaning. - Dilution is important, so make sure you use a carrier oil (do your research). - Lemon is a natural degreaser, Wild Orange is anti-bacterial- so the oils themselves can also do some work. - Great for the bottom of the trashcan, garbage disposal, shoes, vacuum cleaner etc.   LINDSAY’S RECIPES: - Mix cleaners in glass because essential oils can break down plastic. - Use lemon essential oil to remove sticker residue.   DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER - 20 or 24 oz glass spray bottle - Fill 1/4 of the bottle with hydrogen peroxide - Add 15 to 20 drops of either On Guard, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lemon, Wild Orange, Purify, Eucalyptus or your other favorite cleaning oil. Feel free to mix and match! - Fill the rest with water   DIY WOOD POLISH - 1/2 cup white vinegar - 1/4 cup olive oil - 15 drops wild orange or lemon essential oil - 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerine (optional but a great add!) - Put all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray on microfiber or other soft cloth to use.   CARPET CLEANER - Baking soda, 10-15 drops of lemon or orange (anything cleansing), shake over the carpet and vacuum up!   LINDSAY MENTIONED: - Spray bottle tops from Amazon - https://amzn.to/2H412Yp - Wool Dryer Balls - https://amzn.to/2vGn8dj   Listener Questions: Q: What are some good starter oils for someone who’s never diffused? A: Lemon, lavender, peppermint and citrus.   Q: People shy away from multi-level marketing. What would you say to dispel those feelings? A: Lindsay loves it because her products come with an education. Find the product that works for you, and also the salesman that feels right.   Q: What should people be looking for when purchasing essential oils? A: If it says “not for internal or topical use” that’s a red flag. Beware of synthetic ingredients and fillers.   CONTACT LINDSAY: Website | https://mydoterra.com/lindsayesparza The Gram | @thenaturalcupboard   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

May 2019

40 min 48 sec

This week, Aaron and Tracy chat with Tess and Baba of Epic Renewal. We cover composting basics and touch on some common misconceptions people have about the process.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   Composting Facts from Tess and Baba: - The benefits of composting:1. Reducing the gas used by trucks on the road.2. Creates self reliance and jobs.3. Composting creates soil health- it acts as a booster shot to the soil.4. By changing habits in our kitchen and our home we can make a big difference. - You don’t want to compost things that contain pathogens (like meat). There are a ton of resources online for what you can compost and we’ve included them below. - How do you find the right composting method for you? Take into consideration: your space, the speed you want the process to be & the money you’re willing to spend. There are home tumbling composters that take about 2 months, or you can just make a pile outside and eventually it will turn into finished compost. - You can avoid the pests by using closed containers or working to balance your piles right. - Industrial composting can break down pathogens (meat, eggs etc), but home composting can’t. - In a healthy teaspoon of soil there are more microorganisms than there are people on earth, and that works in tandem with our plants to make our earth better.   About Epic Renewal: - They are a curbside composting company in Los Angeles. - Inspired by not being able to compost in their LA neighborhood. - You can do this type of composting (Bokashi) in any size home. - Epic Renewal provides you with a clean container, you fill it with organic waste and they pick it up and compost it. - Containers are airtight and don’t produce a smell (unless you open them).   Changes You Can Make To Create A More Sustainable Lifestyle: - When you’re cooking start scraping scraps into a bowl on the counter to create that habit. Once you’ve created the habit you can start moving scraps to a bin. - Bring to-go coffee containers and straws with you. - Cook at home more, eat out less. - Carpool and/or optimize routes. - Swap out staples with reusable items. - Meal plan. - Think about the meat and produce you buy. - Be patient with yourself. Building habits takes time. - Source from local farmers markets. - Tracy suggests reusing items as art supplies for kids.   Resources: The How & Tips to Get Started - US EPA - NRDC - Find composting options near you: 1. An overview of all options in your area (Covers US States): https://www.litterless.com/wheretocompost 2. Find Compost Pick-Up Services Like Epic Renewal: https://compostnow.org/compost-services/   Soil Health // The Why // Digging In Deeper: - The Compost Story / - The Soil StoryKiss the Ground - Josh Tickell - Cows Save the Planet - Judith Schwarz - Institute for Local Self Reliance - A great resource for building a community-scale compost solution! - Waste Free Kitchen Handbook - Dana Gunders - Going Zero Waste's 31 Day Challenge - This is an awesome way to take a small step towards reducing your waste. Even if you pick just one, you're making a difference! PHONE CALLS/SOCIAL: Q: What was the turning point in your life that motivated you to start this business? A: Not having access to composting in LA (as renters).   Q: What’s the most exciting development in sustainability you’ve seen recently? A: Package free restaurants. They have containers you return. A lot more companies are also leaning towards more options that don’t require plastic packaging (refill stations etc).   Q: What are tips I can apply to my life to become more sustainable TODAY? A: Reusable containers and wasting less food!   Epic Renewal INFO Website | https://epicrenewal.org Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/epic_renewal   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

May 2019

40 min 18 sec

This week, we chat with licensed electrician Caleb Effinger about home electrical basics and safety.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   Electricity 101 - Power comes from the power company either via powerline or buried and attaches to your main panel box and disperses through the house. - The electric company’s job ends at the meter (keep it on), you’re responsible for everything else. - 110 circuits are for smaller appliances, 220/240 for larger things like air and washer/dryer. - Volts are like the pressure from your faucet, amps are like to flow/volume & watts are the power/pressure. - If your lighting circuit keeps tripping you could go LED and save a lot wattage. - The higher the wattage, the more power it’s drawing.   Show Highlights: - Caleb is passionate about raising up the next generation of electricians, because there’s a dire need. - The average age of an electrician today is 55. - The most dangerous thing you can do is work on live electricity. Turn the circuit off and work safely. - If you’re working on an outlet or a switch shut off power and wear gloves. These are simple ways to keep safe. - The National Electrical Code governs electrical safety- https://www.nfpa.org/NEC - A homeowner can update light fixtures, switches etc. Caleb recommends calling a professional to add circuits. - Things to looks for when hiring an electrician: make sure they’re licensed, are they insured and bonded? These things protect the electrician and the homeowner.   Maintenance Tips: - Go to breaker panel once a year and turn breakers all off and on to check for tripping. - Replace any loose outlets. - Pest control is key to keeping your home safe. - Wires should be in-cased within the home for safety. It keeps rodents, nails etc from interfering with the wiring. - A hot wire is usually black or red, a neutral wire is usually white-ish.   5 Tools for DIY - 10-in-1 screwdriver - Needle-nose pliers - Non-contact voltage tester - Pliers - Gloves - Wire strippers PHONE CALLS/SOCIAL: Q: I keep tripping my circuits at home but I need my lights in that room A: The lighting circuit might be connected to some outlets too. Try swapping out lights for a lower wattage bulb as well (LED).   Q: If I’m trying to diffuse a bomb, which wire do I cut? A: Always Orange   Q: I use screw caps, are there merits to using something else? A: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Wire nuts are tried and true and you get a real tight connection.   Q: I have a bunny who chews on cords, is there anything I can do to solve that? A: Cable covers will fix the issue.   Caleb’s INFO Website | www.effingerelectric.com Contact | info@www.effingerelectric.com   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Apr 2019

39 min 43 sec

This week, Aaron and Tracy talk about their tips for surviving a remodel. Renovations can be stressful, but with a lot of planning and clear expectations, things will be easier.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   Set expectations: Before you make the decision to start a renovation, talk about your expectations. Who is going to handle what? A lot of time is spent tied to the home while people work- who is going to “babysit” the workers? What are your schedules like? Are you comfortable with giving up A, B and C while the house gets done? What is your timeline? Talk about everything! One thing Tracy and her husband agreed on before they started was not complaining. Also, be very clear about what you want to hire out and what you want to DIY. Have a clear vision of the big picture: This one is HUGE! Before you start ripping anything apart, sit and talk about your vision for your ENTIRE home. It’s so important to get on the same page about the look and feel of your home, so as you pick away at the little things, you both have the same vision for big picture. Know which things you’re willing to let go: Everything is give and take. Know the things you’re willing to bend on, and allow your partner to make those choices. One person cannot control everything. If you can’t agree on something, keep looking: There is no formula for decisions being less frustrating- but if there are things both parties feel strongly about, sometimes the only option is to keep looking until you find something you’re both ok with. Some purchases take time. Pick out the little details at the beginning: We assume the little things like knobs and fixtures can be last priority, right? But by the end of your project you will have made so many big decisions, that the little decisions will make your brain melt. You will want to light the entire hardware section on fire. When you’re sitting down and going over those big picture plans, take note of the little details you like and decide on them then.   Don’t let things snowball: This is HARD! Renovations have a way of getting out of control. You get in a groove and just want to keep going. Make a list of what you’re doing, or create a budget- and stick to it. Inevitably surprise costs will come up- so save any extra cash for those expenses and avoid financial stress.   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Apr 2019

38 min 3 sec

This week, we chat with the phenomenally talented, Ben Uyeda. We talk about his incredible undertaking of building a shipping container home in the middle of the Joshua Tree desert, his design process and some of his favorite materials to work with currently.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FAST FACTS ABOUT BEN (FROM BEN): - Started out as a professor at Cornell University speaking about sustainable design. - Started a design firm called Zero Energy Design- https://zeroenergy.com - Started a tech company called Free Green where he gave away free blueprints with eco friendly housing, and sold advertising on the actual downloadable blueprints, and eventually sold it. - Launched Homemade-Modern.com where he started creating DIY projects.   Show Highlights: - Ben takes a lot of cues from food media. They don’t need a lot of fancy stuff or gadgets, just understanding the elements. - Plywood and concrete are two of Ben’s favorite materials. Concrete because it’s accessible worldwide, plywood because even if it’s not the same globally, people are at least familiar with sheet goods. - If you’re going to buy furniture try to find the cheapest basics and then splurge on the things you’re going to keep forever. - You can have a creative career that’s not dependent on patronage. - You can be more forgiving: Everything doesn’t have to be perfectly flat, people actually like things that look more homemade. - Tracy asked Ben about the future of architecture and he talked about the trends of smaller homes and more urban type living situations like lofts. Open floor plans becoming the norm, building performance, thermal comfort and smart homes are all trending. - Ben doesn’t like analytics but he values them. When looking for new property he searched areas where Whole Foods were popping up.   We Mentioned: The Spiral Staircase Made With CNC- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd-Z7OTAjJ0 The Bucket Stool- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npPRWDgpduI The Lounge Chair- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QHbp2bwUyA   Ben’s Shipping Container Project: - Ben felt like there was a lot of misinformation about container construction, so he decided to just show the process and enjoy the fun challenge. - He wanted to show the regulation intensive process of building in California. - You might think a container is a great deal, but take into account the labor cost and how intensive each step can be.   Homemade Modern: - Driven by the underserved DIY population of people who wanted to build things in a smaller space with minimal tools. - You can build a ton of stuff with an orbital sander, circular saw and drill.   PHONE CALLS/SOCIAL: Q: How long did it take to cut all of the plywood for spiral staircase? A: It was actually cut with a cnc machine (https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve) , so about 30 hours of cnc time. Q: Is there any difference in insulating a shipping container as opposed to a house? A: Yes and no, the only part that’s really different is if you have to insulate between floor beams. Wood isn’t as conductive of heat as steel is. They insulated between steel beams and then continuous insulation above the plywood and from the metal in. Q: Were you building things and taking things apart when you were young? A: Ben loved the way that making could lead to adventure. He was inspired by Swiss Family Robinson and Huckleberry Finn. Q: Besides permits what was the biggest challenge of building the shipping container? A: Just not having clear answers for the workers on how to do things. They’d ask questions about how to do things and Ben had to research and figure things out as they moved forward. (And holding his temper in the comment section of the videos…) Q: What’s the cheapest place to get a shipping container? A: It depends on where you are. In CA they have to be a one trip condition container. In SoCal it’s https://containersdiscount.ca   Find Ben’s Quickfire video on our Instagram! @howtohome_guide   Ben’s INFO Website | https://www.homemade-modern.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/benjaminuyeda Twitter | https://twitter.com/BenUyeda Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.com/BenUyeda/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/ben.uyeda Youtube | https://www.youtube.com/HomeMadeModern The Modern Home Project | https://www.youtube.com/themodernhomeproject   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM  

Apr 2019

54 min 8 sec

This week, Aaron and Tracy discuss their go-to list of spring projects. Maintaining your home is key to avoiding costly repairs down the line- and spring is the perfect time to get out and make sure any damage caused over the winter is taken care of.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   1. Replace air filters. - Subscription services like Filterbuy.com are a great way to stay on top of the maintenance. 2. Do a check of the roof, exterior walls and foundation for any weather related damage that occured in the winter months. - Any missing or damaged shingles should be replaced- you should also keep an eye out for leaves or debris that have gotten in under them. This is also the time to take care of any leaks you may have given a quick fix during the rainy season. - On the exterior you want to focus on areas around gutter spouts, or places that take the brunt of weather wear and tear. - For the foundation you’re keeping an eye out for large cracks. If you see anything substantial, consider having foundation specialist come out to make sure it doesn’t need something more than caulk. - Spring is also a great time to insure your windows and doors are sealed. - Also keep an eye out for trees that need to be trimmed near roof/windows. - The driveway is also something good to take a look at and repair/seal. 3.Make a day out of cleaning all of your patio furniture and the grill. - Tracy likes to clean the furniture with ½ cup castile soap, 1 cup vinegar and water. It works really great on pretty much everything and knocks out any mildew. - For the grill she uses vinegar, lemon, salt and foil. 4. Be proactive with lawn maintenance and pruning. - Focus on raking and clean-up, weed control, fertilization and seeding. It’s important to know whether you have warm or cool season grass, because that will affect your fertilization schedule- but either way- spring is about strengthening your lawn for those hot summer months. - Prune your flowers, bushes and trees. 5. Get your vegetables started! - There’s nothing better than throwing fresh veggies on the grill, and using fresh herbs in your cooking. It seems like an overwhelming amount of work, but gardening is so rewarding. - Keep in mind that early spring can still be too cold for a lot of vegetables. Some that do really great planted early are: asparagus, lettuce, peas, rhubarb and spinach. 6. Deep clean your home. - Pickupplease.org allows you to schedule donation pick-ups if you want to purge. It’s also great to schedule the day after a garage sale. - Challenge yourself to swap out for more natural products this year. Not only is it safer for your family, but it also saves a substantial amount of money to make your own cleaning products. You can pretty much do anything with vinegar, water, lemon and tea tree oil. - Aaron’s wife subscribed to a service called: Refill Shoppe - Aaron suggested vinegar and water as carpet cleaner. 7. Have your attic cleaned and insulated (or do it yourself!). - Spring is such a great time to take that leap if you’ve been considering it- then you avoid mold growth in the hot months, and you can also clear out any critters that have snuck in to stay warm. They’ll come in and get it super clean, insulated and also make sure it’s properly ventilated which will prevent so many issues down the line. 8. Start preparing your pool area. - The perimeter and surrounding plants. 9. Drain your water heater. 10. Defrost the freezer.   Make your spring to-do list a family affair- it can be fun!!   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM  

Apr 2019

25 min 44 sec

This week, Pat Copps from Orkin Pest Control joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss all things creepy-crawly. We’ll talk about the best methods of prevention, how to recognize a pest infestation in your home, and which products are the safest and most effective to remove any unwanted visitors.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FAST FACTS: - Over 56% of homeowners have had a problem with ants in the last year - A single flea can lay up to 25 eggs per day while a single rat can have up to 84 offspring per year - Termites cause an estimated $5 Billion of structural damage per year - Many pests including rats, mice, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can carry potentially deadly or life-threatening illnesses   TIPS: - 20 percent of household fires are caused by rodents. - Focus on prevention: keep trees and shrubs trimmed and house sealed up. - Expanding foam isn’t Pat’s favorite because pests can chew through it, he suggests an epoxy product. - Keep standing water clean and flowing. Mosquitos love humidity. - Pick up pet food after they’ve eaten. - Be mindful of what you’re planning and what kind of pests they attract. - Cockroaches and rodents love cardboard. - Rats attract other rats. - Use a screen with the proper sized mesh. - Don’t wait until your issue gets huge to call in a professional. - Stains on the seams of a mattress or box spring might indicate bed bugs.   SAFETY: - Stay away using products if you don’t have to. Try cleaning up the area first if you only see a few ants etc. - For a children’s structure like a playhouse a vacuum cleaner is a great tool without using chemicals. Also check on irrigation and shrubs surrounding it. - Don’t put bug sprays into the wrong container (not clearly labeled), and store things in a locked cabinet. - Pat doesn’t recommend keeping unused pesticides sitting around.   DIY TOOLS: - Flashlight - Multi tool to open up cabinet or vent - Sealant for small openings or holes   PHONE CALLS/SOCIAL: Q: Traps aren’t working on my rats, but I’m afraid with poison they’ll die in the walls. What should I do? A: Pat recommends calling in a professional so they can put cameras in the walls etc and determine where the rats are. Based on that, they may change up traps or trap locations.   Q: Is it true that bed bugs don’t bite people with alcohol in their bloodstream? A: No….   Q: Are there any considerations for people who live in apartments? A: If you see something, let the property manager know- they usually have a service agreement with a pest company.   Q: Sometimes I feel like I feel a bug on my skin and it’s not there. Are small dust mites common? A: It’s possible, but it could be a number of things.   ORKIN's INFO   Website | https://www.orkin.com Instagram | http://bit.ly/2OIeaoC Twitter | http://bit.ly/2UakDi7 Facebook | http://bit.ly/2Up9edh   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Apr 2019

58 min 36 sec

This week, Mike Pyle joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss everything landscape design. We find out what homeowners should consider before starting their project, how to maximise a small outside space, and which plants you should choose for a beautiful yard.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   TIPS: - Chairs take up a tremendous amount of space, consider built-in benches to maximize space. - Living walls don’t take up square footage and add beautiful elements. - Living walls need good afternoon sun with an irrigation system- if they don’t have these thing they require a lot of maintenance. - Having a plan is HUGE! Plan out your project and research or hire a professional. - Maintenance is key for things to survive. Low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. -Fescue grass is drought tolerant and does great. -Fertilize late spring before the summer. - Warranty is huge when shopping for plants. - For weed control: Mulch, weed barrier and pebbles or decomposed granite will help. - Get soil down 3 ½-4 inches before adding mulch so your soil level isn’t too high. - Small living options: pots (fruit and herbs do great!), living walls, anything vertical. - For gophers, gopher wire works well under garden boxes etc.   PRODUCTS: - Netafim is Mike’s favorite irrigation system- https://www.netafimusa.com - Easy flow fertilization- https://ezfloinjection.com - Waytechs vertical pockets - https://amzn.to/2FiGCZU - Lighting from In-Lite- https://in-lite.com/en - Poli Prep - https://amzn.to/2YdcmZ6   PHONE CALLS/SOCIAL: Q: How can I help my cinder block wall look better? A: Smooth stucco, paint, hedge and vines all work great!   Q: Best hard surface for durability? A: Concrete, pavers and pea gravel are all great options.   Q: I’m in a small apartment, how can I bring the outside in? A: Vertical walls and pottery with plants work well. When you leave your house, set pots outside for some sun.   Q: Is it high pressure to send your girlfriend flowers? A: Mike thinks he does pretty well!   Q: What are some ways to save money? A: Find a nursery that specializes in certain plants. Clippings and trimmed pieces transplanted are free.   MIKE’S INFO Website | mikepyledesign.com The Gram | https://www.instagram.com/mikepyledesign   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Mar 2019

49 min 56 sec

This week, Javier Ruiz from New American Funding joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss all you need to know about financing a home remodel. We talk about cost estimation, how to decide the best financing options for you and which rooms will hit your budget the hardest.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FAST Facts: 1. According to HomeAdvisor, the average kitchen remodel in the US ranges from $12,000 - $30,000 or around $150 per sq. ft 2.To hire a handyman the average cost is $390 ph 3. The average cost of a bathroom remodeling project is approximately $10,000, although this includes minor, partial, and small bathroom remodeling costs. A comprehensive bathroom remodel is likely to cost $15,000 or more; a large master bath remodel can easily go over $50,000. 4. Most people planning a house upgrade aren’t doing it in order to put a “For Sale” sign in the yard. In fact, only seven percent of homeowners are renovating to prepare their homes to be sold, the lowest percentage since 2015. (marketwatch) 5. The majority of homeowners (62 percent) plan to pay for projects, at least in part, by using savings. Other home improvement financing options include credit cards, 30 percent of homeowners say they’ll pay for a project using plastic. While credit cards are also a popular option for millennial homeowners, it is significantly less so than last year, down 16 percent. 6. Payment example: Monthly payments for a $25,000 loan at 7.99% APR with a term of 12 years would result in 144 monthly payments of $270.48. (lightstream) 7. A landscaping project can cost anywhere from $5,000 to over $100,000. When deciding on a budget keep in mind that investing in professional landscaping will greatly add to the value of your home. A general rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home's value on landscaping.   JAVIERS’S TIPS: - Find out what the value of your home is currently, and what you owe, to get a good idea of what you can get financially. - Cash out refinance option can be a little pricier. - Refinancing is getting a new loan that pays off your existing loan. Pro of refinancing is the liberty to spend the money the way you want.A drawback is rising interest rates. - There’s a Fannie Mae financing option called Home Style- it’s a renovation loan that allows you to use the maximum value of your home to purchase and/or renovate a home. https://www.fanniemae.com/singlefamily/homestyle-renovation Pros: You’re increasing the value of the loan. You can add luxury items. - Home equity line of credit is another option. The rate is a bit higher but gives you the flexibility to access equity in your home. Good for a small project where you can pay it off quickly. - Your most affordable rate will be through a bank or mortgage company vs. a credit card or in-secure line of credit. - Find a trusted loan officer who’s experienced in home loans. - The bank isn’t necessarily the best place to start. Googling “construction loans” or “renovation financing” is a great place to start. - Credit cards have very high interest rates. - If a loan is going to create financial stress, consider splitting your remodel into smaller projects.   TO RECAP OPTIONS - Cash-out refinancing. - Fannie Mae, Homestyle. - Home equity loan - 203k - Unsecured loans - Credit cards - Cash   HOLLER AT JAVIER: Email | Javier.ruiz@nafinc.com Website | https://www.newamericanfunding.com   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Mar 2019

31 min 3 sec

Leigh Lincoln & Aly Morford from Pure Salt Interiors join Aaron & Tracy this week to give us their top interior design tips! We discuss how best to approach a space, which colors provide a timeless palette, and how to effectively combine style, simplicity and function for a beautiful home.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   LEIGH AND ALY’S TIPS: - White is a great neutral canvas, but avoid a sterile space by incorporating texture! - Marry design + function. - You’re not limited in color with kids if you find the right materials. - Be patient and trust the design process. - Dream up a cohesive vision for your home. - There ARE designers out there for every budget- don’t be intimidated to reach out to designers in your area. - Prioritize what you invest in. - Check out flea markets for affordable pieces. The ladies are also fans of Target and Etsy.   TIPS FOR CREATING A TIMELESS SPACE: - Pick a timeless/neutral palette. - For flooring Aly suggests a nice medium wood, like a white oak. “A wood that looks like it’s been there for all time”. - Cabinetry is all about function! - Countertops are about functionality as well- choose a material that works for your family. Organic color and texture. - Purity, simplicity and organization is so crucial.   The 7:55 mark: Leigh mentioned SketchUp and Aaron fell in love. White paints: the ladies like (but they didn’t REALLY want to narrow it down) - Simply White and Chantilly Lace   THE LADIES MENTIONED: Warren Christopher- http://wchristopher.com Rejuvenation- www.rejuvenation.com Circa- ww.circalighting.com Schoolhouse Electric- www.schoolhouse.com   PHONE CALLS: Q: Mixing Metals? Yay or Nay? A: It’s ok, but be very thoughtful about your metal choices. Leigh tries to stick to 2 metals.   Q: Thoughts on a different color island? A: It’s a great way to give your space a pop, but be mindful of choosing a timeless finish.   SALT PLEASE: Website | puresaltinteriors.com Pure Salt Shoppe | shoppe.puresaltinteriors.com The Gram/Twitter | @puresaltinteriors   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM  

Mar 2019

51 min 31 sec

This week, Thyda Sim from Keller Williams Realty joins Aaron and Tracy to discuss whether buying a home is still the best option in the current market. We find out whether you really need to save a 20% downpayment, if renting is just throwing your money away, and what additional costs you should consider before deciding to buy.   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FAST Facts: 1. According to Realtor.com the average US Homeowner is 55 years old. 2. According to Zillow: In 1980, the median price of a home in the US was $47,200 and has risen to over $200,000 in 2018 while the median rental price for a home in the US is $1,650/month 3. According to Zillow the average home value in the US has risen over 7% in the past year. 4. According to Experian, the average mortgage debt in the US for 2016 was nearly $200,000   THYDA’S TIPS: - If you’re renting you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. Look at owning a home as your retirement plan. - Needing 20 percent down is a misconception. There are tons of programs that can get that way down, speak to a lender and/or agent. - It’s attractive to make a clean offer or offer to cover some closing costs. - Writing a personal letter to the seller is a great way to get noticed. - Best time of year to home shop is the Fall/Winter months.   TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME: - Take a deep look at your finances - How long are you going to be there? - Find a really great agent - Location! You can change your home but you can’t change your location. Do your research.   THE PROCESS: - Speak to a lender to look at your finances and get a preapproval letter. - Find the right house and put in an offer. - Open escrow - Close escrow, sign loan paperwork, sign title and you’re set! (She makes it sound easy, huh?)   AARON MENTIONED: - Have your pre-approval letter adjusted to a price you feel comfortable (if too high). TRACY MENTIONED: - She accidentally referred to this documentary as “Minimalist”, but it’s actually “Minimalism”- https://minimalismfilm.com   VOICEMAIL QUESTIONS: Q: What are the first steps for financing your home? A: Find an agent that can sit down and talk to you about the steps to buying your first home. Get your credit checked and get a pre-approval letter.   HEY, THYDA! Website |  http://simteamrealty.com Email | thydasim@gmail.com   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM  

Mar 2019

44 min 15 sec

This week, 'Ultimate Drafting Pro' Ricky Maciel joins Aaron and Tracy to talk all things design and permitting. We discuss how to pick the best professional for the job, why permits are often necessary and how to find out if you’ll need one for your home project! LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   TIPS FROM RICKY: - Visit your city’s website or call Building and Safety to find out if the project you want to do requires permitting. You can also pull records there. - Anything is doable structurally it just depends on your budget. - Once you submit plans to the city you can make changes, but they have to be approved. Tracy suggests having a clear vision and asking lots of questions before submitting plans to the city. - Talk with contractor about costs before submitting plans. - Open up walls or check in crawl space/attic to find out if your walls are load-bearing. - Your contractor will arrange the inspection and make sure it matches the plans. If you have something unrelated that’s unpermitted they may catch it in their walk through. - Cost range depends on the scope of the work. From 2k-18k - Homeowners need to be on the same page before starting the process. - Permits are created to protect you. Pulling permits is important for your family’s safety. - Not pulling a permit can affect your ability to sell your home. - As a buyer you can also pull records to find out if a potential home is up to code (usually real estate agents disclose this).   THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER - Architects are state licensed. - Designers are usually more cost effective.   FACTORS TO CONSIDER: - Historical locations have restrictions. - How is the house is being supported- structure and foundation. - Will you fit within the parameters of the planning department.   SOFTWARE TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR SPACE: - Google SketchUp- https://www.sketchup.com - Home Designer Pro- https://www.homedesignersoftware.com   WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER: - Experience - Past projects. Have they done something similar to what you want - Have they worked locally?   CONTACT RICARDO: UltimateDraftingPro.com Ultimatedrafting1@gmail.com   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Feb 2019

43 min 34 sec

Ryan Kadoi joins Aaron and Tracy this week to share his top home security tips. We discuss the best cameras, sensors and smart home security systems - as well as simple & affordable DIY methods to keep your property safe from intruders!   LET'S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   PREVENTION TIPS: - Know your neighbors. Be aware of surroundings. NextDoor is a great way to keep an eye on the happenings in your neighborhood. - Be aware of your social media presence. Are you checking in at places and posting pics of yourself away from your home? Are you showcasing entry points in your home? Avoid unboxing videos. - Watch what you’re throwing in the mail. Shred mail and breakdown boxes. - Cameras (fake ones are better than nothing!) - Purchase floodlights - Install camera doorbells - Signage that your house is monitored is great. - Dogs are a great deterrent! - Get locked mailboxes - Place security at all entry points including second level.   EXTRA TIPS: - Smart locks/technology can be hacked, it’s best to have a mix of smart technology and key locks. - Amazon has a great variety of security products. - Keep your homeowners insurance up to date. - Engrave ID numbers onto valuables.   WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FORK OUT ON SECURITY: Although this is a wide range depending on your needs, typically you can get something from $99-$300.   AARON MENTIONED: Kuna Security- https://getkuna.com   TRACY MENTIONED: ADT- https://www.adt.com Ring- https://shop.ring.com/collections/security-cams Arlo- https://www.arlo.com/en-us/   RYAN MENTIONED: Samsung Smart Things - https://www.smartthings.com Z Wave - https://www.z-wave.com Window Sensors - https://amzn.to/2GNk8T9   RYAN’S TOP 5 DIY HOME SECURITY PRODUCTS (in his words): 1.Smart DoorBell - Ring is my current doorbell of choice but Nest's bell is good as wellhttps://amzn.to/2X7NKQUhttps://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/ 2.Blink Cameras - Love these cameras. Battery operated, easy to set up, can purchase both exterior and interior camerashttps://amzn.to/2BF5Pg53.Aeotec Door/Window Sensors - a bit pricey but integrates well with a smart-hub such as Samsung's Smartthings which is listed belowhttps://amzn.to/2DMpXgA4.Wyze Cam - I wouldn't normally recommend two different types of cameras, but for those on a budget these $20.00 cams pack a ton of functionality...https://amzn.to/2X9QPA25.Smart Things - Not exactly a home security product, but it integrates well with security products and ties in home automation into one platform such as lights, locks, etc and is my current smarthub of choicehttps://www.smartthings.com/   AUDIENCE QUESTIONS WIRED VS. WIRELESS? Wiring can be tricky but it’s more stable and recommended by Ryan. Wireless is dependant on charging, but easier to install. Tracy mentioned that her outdoor cameras also offer a solar option. IS THERE A SMARTLOCK YOU RECOMMEND? Ryan isn’t a big fan, because there’s the possibility of it being hacked. He recommends a traditional lock and key, even though it doesn’t have the convenience factor.   FOLLOW US on social media: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM

Feb 2019

47 min 45 sec

Adam Esparza of Ale Tile joins Aaron and Tracy this week to talk all things tile! Adam shares his winning formulas, top tips and insider knowledge to help make your next tiling project a breeze. LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY.COM! MOST COMMON DIY MISTAKE ACCORDING TO ADAM: Not figuring out layout TRENDY TILES THAT AREN’T PRACTICAL: Cement tiles are high maintenance (require sealing), consider the same look in a porcelain tile. TIPS: Asses foundation before deciding on your base flooring products. Large format tiles help hide difficult flooring areas. Choosing a cement base as opposed to Kerdi board is a more durable and affordable option, in Adam’s opinion. To deal with different levels of flooring (wood that transitions into tile etc.), the new mats filled with thin set are a great option. Adam urges you to get creative and use a threshold or a T molding if necessary. You really need to back butter plank tiles because they have a natural bow. Always figure out your layout, pick the right tile for the job and start small when you’re learning! Try not to cut corners- be patient. As your learning Adam suggests using the same color grout as the tile. HARD-WOOD VS. HARD-WOOD STYLE TILES Wood gives the warm feeling Tile is more durable (great if you’re considering renting down the line) Heated mats for under the tile are an option Grout maintenance (Adam recommends a thin grout line close in color to the tile) ADAM’S WINNING FORMULAS: WALL MUD:1 shovel cement + 1 shovel lime to 4 shovels of sand. FLOOR: 1 shovel cement to 4-5 shovels of sand.   TILE ON A BUDGET: Do something classic that doesn’t go out of style like subway tile. Big box stores will always be cheaper   KITCHEN GROUT MAINTENANCE: Epoxy grout is great for backsplash. It doesn’t stain or crack. Adam recommends this company- https://laticrete.com   SANDED GROUT VS. NON-SANDED: Non-sanded grout is for grout joints less than 1/8th of an inch. Sanded is for anything larger.   QUICK TILE RUN-DOWN: Porcelain works anywhere and can take a beating. Ceramic is common in showers because of the glaze- it can also chip easily, so it’s better in lighter traffic areas. Glass is great for backsplashes Cement tiles stain easy and require a lot of maintenance- but look great! Marble and stone ages, and requires a lot of maintenance as well.   DIY MUST HAVES: Wet Saw A scouring cutter Trowel Mortar mixer   PHONE CALLS: Q: Is Red Gard necessary?A: It’s a great sense of insurance for crack prevention. Adam highly recommends Laticrete Hydro Ban as well. More expensive but an amazing product.https://laticrete.com/en/tile-and-stoneinstallation/waterproofing/hydro-ban   Q: I’m going to tile my tub surround, how do I keep the bottom row from falling off?A: Adam leaves the first row out and then you can put a piece of stick or a straight edge to create a line to stack on. Once it’s hard the next day you can cut in the first row.   Q: We had a hard time pulling out the “plus sign” spacers. Is there a better product?A: Adam suggests leave in spacers that become part of the thin set, or you can just make sure they’re not protruding and don’t get thin set on them. Push them all the way in. Aaron suggests the horse-shoe shaped ones and the self leveling ones.   ADAM’S INFO Website | aletile.comThe Gram | https://www.instagram.com/aletile FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH SUBSCRIBE to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo  

Feb 2019

1 hr 9 min

Aaron and Tracy share their best tips to childproof your home!   LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR FILTERBUY! FILTERBUY.COM   AARON MENTIONED: BROWN PADDED FURNITURE PROTECTORS - https://amzn.to/2Uywv9l CABINET LATCHES- https://amzn.to/2Sg2woT MUNCHKIN ADHESIVE STRAPS- https://amzn.to/2MGCrKr OUTLET PLUGS- https://amzn.to/2TmSAHx ANTI-TIP STRAPS- https://amzn.to/2D6esQP PLAY MATS - https://www.little-nomad.com/collections/play-mats-by-collection RUBBER DUCK MINI BATH TUB- https://amzn.to/2GcRcU8 SLIP FREE MAT- https://amzn.to/2UvubzE FIREPLACE SAFETY- https://amzn.to/2SgbWAP   TRACY MENTIONED: BEMIS TOILET SEAT- https://amzn.to/2WxdXbe TOILET SEAT LATCHES- https://amzn.to/2D0WQFE FOAM BED BUMPERS-  https://amzn.to/2MHcBpM SLEEP AID RED NIGHT LIGHTS- https://amzn.to/2UrHmle CLEAR CORNER PROTECTORS - https://amzn.to/2MF7Ywm SPOUT COVER WITH TEMPERATURE READING- https://amzn.to/2Ut95Sz TRACY ALSO USES THIS SPOUT COVER- https://amzn.to/2TksIfj KNOB COVERS- https://amzn.to/2TtEioR CLEAR PLEXIGLASS RAILINGS- https://amzn.to/2CV0T6E   CHILD-PROOFING DURING REMODEL: Containment is key! Be mindful of air quality- dust containment walls and zippered doors. Seal off air intakes. Keep tools out of reach and make sure bulky equipment and ladders aren’t just propped against walls where kids can pull them down.   WE LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU’RE DIGGING! SHARE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS WITH US VIA OUR PHONE LINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA Website | https://howtohome.com/ Instagram | http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter | http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Facebook | http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Youtube | http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   Subscribe to the How to Home Podcast: Itunes | https://apple.co/2DL0lSp Android | http://bit.ly/2B9k7Fm Stitcher | http://bit.ly/2DM0W6c Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2GcRCKo

Feb 2019

40 min 34 sec

LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: http://bit.ly/2MC3Hdc Instagram: http://bit.ly/2WqVfSp Twitter: http://bit.ly/2RRyYij Youtube: http://bit.ly/2SifqTH   Visit our website at howtohome.com   EILEEN’S TOP PRE-SALE UPGRADES: -      Fresh paint! -      Clean/ de-clutter/ de-personalize. Smell is important. -      Kitchen -      Bath -      Curb appeal (power washing, landscaping, front door) -      Address the light (French doors, sky lights etc.)   EXTRA TIPS: -      White and fresh! Prospective buyers love a blank slate. -      Indoor/Outdoor feel. Think French doors to a porch or patio! -      Consider a pre-inspection and knock out those needs. -      Price correctly -      Stage your home -      Eileen provides her clients with professional photos of their homes. Get you an agent like Eileen.   WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FORK OUT ON THESE UPGRADES: $5-$10K Time to hit Coinstar!   AARON MENTIONED: Solar Tubes: https://thd.co/2WrGVcj   TRACY MENTIONED: Open Floor Concept: A Helicoptering Idea?     PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Knocking on the wall does not a structural engineer make. “Hello, are you load-bearing?”   EILEEN, EILEEN, EILEEN! Website: Eileenlanza.com Seller’s guide: https://eileenlanza.com/download-your-free-l-a-sellers-guide/ The Gram: https://www.instagram.com/eileenlanzarealestate/   This podcast is sponsored by Filterbuy, a leading manufacturer of HVAC filters that ship direct from their factory to homes and businesses across the country. American made, quality products

Jan 2019

48 min 30 sec

LET’S CHAT! You can always call and leave your questions and comments on our voicemail! 978-709-1040   DAVID’S TIPS: -      Figure out the scope of your project before determining whether you want to hire out or DIY. -      If you’re running your own job as a DIY’er you need to make sure you’re detail oriented. -      Communication is key! -      The Office of Building and Safety will help you figure out the scope of your project and it’s free to go and pull a number. -      Know your limitations. -      Find the right places to test your DIY ability-start small. -      Does your budget match your expectations? -      Be considerate of other people’s time.   AARON MENTIONED: His backyard overhaul - https://www.mrfixitdiy.com/how-to-install-a-post-lamp/  TRACY MENTIONED: Communication throughout a remodel- https://hey-tracy.com/tips-to-help-your-relationship-survive-a-home-renovation/   WORD OF THE DAY: CLUSTERBOMB noun: clusterbomb; plural noun: clusterbombs a pile up of sub contractors and home owners that causes great damage or loss of life.   PHONE CALLS: Q: How can I get a clean shower that’s easy to maintain? A: In a nutshell: Vinegar, new caulk or steam cleaning + reseal.   Q: I got drunk and punched a hole in my wall. Now what? A: Long term- AA. Short term: patch kit from Home Depot and spray on orange peel if needed.   Q: My wall is tipping, what do I do? A:  In a nutshell: Fix the footing and/or brace the wall.   Q: How do I make my general contractor husband finish our home projects? A: He needs to prioritize and finish what he starts. (Threaten a kitchen lock-out)   Q: The AC unit in my craftsman home is working non-stop. I’m loosing all the cool air. Help! A: Aaron suggests a door sweep for the bottom of the door. David suggests looking at the big picture- floor, windows, insulation etc.   HEY, DAVID! Website: davidsheinkopf.com The Gram/ Twitter: @davidsheinkopf

Jan 2019

56 min 20 sec