Have you ever noticed the ceiling of some porches painted a pale blue color? This old southern tradition has gone mainstream, and the popularity of blue porch ceilings is on the rise. If you need help warding off evil spirits, mosquitoes, wasps, nighttime, or other pests... read on. Continue reading "Old Wives’ Tale, or Brilliant Hack: Why Are People Painting Their Porch Ceilings Blue?"
Your home’s siding does more than just make your house appealing to look at. There are several non-aesthetic purposes for siding, like lowering energy bills, protecting the frame of your home against the elements, and keeping away pests. So keeping your siding in good repair is important. But at some point, your siding may begin to fail. So what are the signs that your siding might be losing its integrity? Continue reading "5 Signs Your Siding is Failing"
Re-using, recycling and re-purposing around the house is not only trendy and thrifty, it's fun and environmentally responsible! For avid DIYers, repurposing functional pieces for a new use is as rewarding as it is fun. Continue reading "5 Ways to Re-purpose Old Windows"
Chances are you look out your windows every day and don’t actually think about how they were designed. Windows play a huge role in your home, yet they are perhaps the least understood. Windows serve a variety of purposes. Some windows are for protection and some are just for decoration. Most windows are designed to bring the most light possible into your home and to allow for ventilation. These diverse types of windows offer something special to your home. Continue reading "How to ID the Different Types of Windows"
On this episode we talk to Mike Draper. He is the vice president of sales and marketing for J Racenstein and the editor of AWCM. We chat about the difference between power washers and pressure washers. We go over some common mistakes homeowners make and Mike gives us some insight into new products on the horizon. Continue reading "Genie Journal Episode 3: Mike Draper"
Cliff came to New Jersey, bought a house and started a family almost 30 years ago. Two years ago, he met Robin McKenna, the owner of Window Genie of Princeton. Window Genie is a locally owned and operated home service franchise specializing in the difficult, dangerous and time consuming chores most can't or won't do themselves: window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, holiday lighting and more. [caption id="attachment_2455" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Robin McKenna, owner of Window Genie of Princeton[/caption] Continue reading "Meet the Neighbors: Cliff from Princeton, NJ"
April is here and that means our cabin fever has reached its breaking point. The sun is shining longer and we need to be outside. Many of us see the sunshine and have the urge to start our gardening. We’ve been waiting months to be outside. We want to start playing in the dirt. But April’s weather might not be stable enough for all flowers. Here are few flowers that will be perfectly happy with April’s ever-changing weather. Continue reading "Ready, Set, PLANT! Best Flowers to Plant in April"
Introducing MEET THE NEIGHBORS: We interviewed some of Window Genie's most loyal customers across the country to find out why they chose Window Genie to tackle their home service needs, and why they've invited us back into their homes year after year... Continue reading "Meet The Neighbors: NW Indiana"
One of the easiest and most profitable renovations (if done correctly) you can do to your home is in the kitchen. Kitchens can be a strange place. It’s a room in your home that sees the hard work of cooking a delicious meal but it can also be a relaxing space to enjoy your family. It’s also a room that is simultaneously personal and social. Because of this duality, it’s important to understand what materials you might want to avoid when remodeling. Continue reading "4 Kitchen Reno Disasters to Avoid"