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Wine Cellars

Whether you choose to build a wine cellar or buy one, there are a few things to know about wine cellar management.

A common mistake made by wine enthusiasts is underestimating the size of their collection.  Keep in mind your average consumption and average purchase and identify the size of your collection so that you can secure the maximum amount of storage for all your wine.  Once you have your collection, you will need to conduct a management or organization system of your wine. Basically you are keeping inventory of your wine whether for insurance records or consumption records or both.  If you need help managing your wine, you can purchase a software package to help categorize and inventory your collection. HomeZada can help here.

As to the capabilities of your cellar, you will need to manage the appropriate temperature or cooling system for your wine.  Managing the appropriate temperature will also assist with the proper vapor barrier and avoid mold.

Organization … Getting Help

Organizing your home takes time and sometimes some help.  The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) certifies organizations and individuals to help you with organizing your home.  They can organize a room, a closet or even your whole home.   There is no one way to organize your home however there are some helpful tips to understand when trying to get organized. Read more

In case of Fire … a Readiness Plan.

Did you know that after 10 years, 30% of smoke alarms will fail?  Did you know that a house fire is reported every 90 seconds with over 1.9 million house fires reported every year? With these staggering statistics it is important to ensure a fire prevention emergency plan.

First, if your smoke alarms are over 10 years old, please replace them with new ones.  Check your batteries in your current smoke alarms and dust your fire alarms to make sure debris is not hurting the detection mechanism.   Also ensure that you have enough smoke alarms in your home.  There should be one for each level and one near or in each bedroom.

In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are an added benefit to ensuring safety in your home.  Carbon monoxide detectors detect the gases that are poisonous and oftentimes deadly before it is known that the gases are in your home.  These too should be located near the bedrooms.   Fire extinguishers are an easy to have tool to prevent fires from getting out of hand.  Many fires start in the kitchen with cooking and having a portable fire extinguisher on hand eliminates any need for out of control fires.  Fire extinguishers can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Additionally, if there is a fire in your home take the necessary precautions by developing an escape plan with your family.  Get your family involved with the following escape plan tools http://www.fire.org.nz/fire-safety/escape-plans/pages/draw-your-own-escape-plan-online.aspx

For more information on how to be prepared, please visit the Residential Fire Safety Institute http://firemarshals.org/rfsi.html

Recovering from a Home Fire

My name is Tami Traeden, I live in Portland Oregon. I recently heard about Homezada and quickly checked out the website.

My interest was strong based on my experience in 2008.  My husband and I were both home on a Sunday afternoon in November. Our home was a 100yr old craftsman which was quite drafty so I used space heaters often. I was upstairs in my office when I noticed the space heater was not putting out warm air. I had moved it to a new outlet in the room so I could be closer to the project I was working on. I did not think much of it until about 30min later the power went out. My husband came upstairs to talk to me before going to the basement to check on the breaker box, when he glanced out the window.

What he saw forever changed our lives. Under the eaves he saw enormous flames shooting out from our roof line. Needless to say the scramble was on to get out of the house and call 911.

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Hurricane season

Hurricane season is a time when many that live on coastal cities and states are aware of the potential risks of living in these beautiful areas of the country.  Getting prepared for a hurricane requires the following steps provided by FEMA: Read more

Becoming the CEO of your Home Infographic

Free Online Home Inventory for Homeowner Insurance

HomeZada announces a new FREE subscription for homeowners to create a home inventory securely onlineInsurance companies recommend that homeowners document their possessions and keep these records current and safely stored away from the home in case of disaster.  HomeZada provides a FREE integrated online and a mobile solution for a home inventory.

“HomeZada is quick and simple in creating a home inventory through a predictive process that eliminates data entry and focusing on a photo based approach with either a digital camera or iPhone or Android apps.  A few key tags to the photos that are securely stored in the cloud and people have a well-documented home inventory in no time at all,” said Elizabeth Dodson, co-founder.

With the recent rise in natural disasters and extreme weather causing billions in property damage, various government agencies are educating the public on the need to have family emergency preparedness plans in place.  These family plans, documents, and contacts are securely saved in HomeZada’s cloud solution where they are accessible by multiple family members anywhere via computer or mobile phone.

Most homeowners don’t know the value of their possessions; therefore they may be significantly under-insured.  HomeZada provides multiple dashboards to quickly see the value of possessions by key categories or by room.  People can instantly print a home inventory PDF and have a deeper discussion with their insurance company about the right amount of coverage for their contents.

The new FREE Essentials package includes many other features to manage a home including over 150 maintenance and landscaping best practice checklists.  These home maintenance alerts are automatically presented by month or season in HomeZada’s news and alerts page which keeps people well informed on key maintenance tasks around the home.

In addition, the Essentials package includes the ability to save important property documents online such as insurance policies, mortgage documents, property taxes, appraisals, remodeling plans and permits.  There is also a contacts directory to keep track of emergency contacts and other regular home services providers where everyone in the family can access the central online directory.

Tornado Season … Are you prepared?

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The line of tornadoes that marched across the Midwest this week gave proof to the expert’s predictions that 2012 is on track to be a record year for tornadoes. The nation has already seen more tornadoes this year than in 2011, the deadliest year for tornadoes in the USA since 1925. Preparing for a tornado is challenging as scientists have yet to develop an adequate warning system. Here are five ways you can prepare you and your home for a tornado:

  1. Create a family emergency plan – how you contact each other, where you will go and what will you do in case of a tornado.
  2. Have a tornado supply kit – include water, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, first aid kit, non-prescription drugs and some general tools and supplies.
  3. Review your insurance policy once a year to make sure you have enough coverage to rebuild your home.
  4. Create a home inventory. Studies show that most people have more possessions that they think. A good home inventory will speed up the insurance claim process and ensure insurance takes care of everything you lost.
  5. Purchase a NOAA weather radio. The National Weather Service continuously broadcasts updated weather warnings. National Weather Service recommends purchasing a radio that has both a battery backup and a tone-alert feature which automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued.

HomeZada is an online and mobile software that allows you to consolidate home inventory, home improvement projects, home maintenance, home To Dos, home spending, news and alerts, in a safe and easy to access place.  Homezada documents all the possessions in your home and securely stores it.

You can watch a short video to learn more about HomeZada here.

How Does HomeZada Work? [Video]

Watch the detailed video below to find out how HomeZada can help you manage your home’s inventory, maintenance checklists, owner’s manuals, spending and to dos in an easy to use online application!

The House That Inspired “The Great Gatsby” House

The Great Gatsby is widely acclaimed and known as one of the literary classics of America’s history. What most people don’t know is that there used to be a house in New York  that inspired many of the scenes from the novel. Unfortunately, that house had to be tore down, and CBS Sunday Morning did a great special on it.

Check it out – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7363006n

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