How to keep your doors aligned?

 A misaligned door could be the result of loose screws on the top hinge of the door, or a sagging door could happen as your house ages.

When a door is out of alignment, you may need to push or pull real hard to get it to close all the way. There may also be physical signs of rubbing, like tread marks on the frame or door itself. You may also hear the door rubbing and making a nose when it closes or opens. These are all signs that the door is rubbing against the frame somewhere and creating a security risk for your home.

If you neglect to have a rubbing door fixed, it could end up damaging the locking mechanism wherein you will need to pay even more to have the door repaired.

MAXIMIZE THE LIFESPAN OF YOUR DOORS

By not properly maintaining or repairing your doors and frames, misalignment will add to future repair costs and reduce the lifespan of your doors too. While it may not seem like much of an issue now, the pressure is being placed on components of the door, that will cause miscellaneous failures on things like door closers, locks, hinges and the frame itself. Those repairs can get costly, the longer they go unattended. Being proactive to maintain the alignment of your doors reduces long-term costs and helps you get the most out of your investment. SOURCE: The Flying Locksmiths

HOW TO PREVENT MISALIGNED DOORS

There’s no guaranteed way to stop misaligned doors or sagging doors from happening, but there are a few things you can do to prevent it!
A door that swells is the result of humidity. If a heat source is too close to the door or there isn’t proper ventilation in the area, this will cause the door to swell or warp. Ensuring that you have proper ventilation in your home is good for your doors—and good for you.

Another way to prevent misaligned doors is simply by checking in on the door hinges in your home regularly. Ensure that the screws in the hinges are tightened properly and that the strike plate hasn’t loosened.

The other preventative measure you can take is to stop doors from slamming. If you want to have the windows open to get a breeze through your home, use doorstops to prevent any doors from slamming shut in the wind. The slam of a door can easily loosen the screws or other parts of a door, leading to a misaligned door. SOURCE: MMDIY

Cape Coral Fun Facts.

Most of us go through life living in a city without knowing all the fun facts that make things why they are or how they got to be before we live there.

Well, here are some fun facts about Cape Coral for those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit  Cape… and of course  a refresher for those of you who already live here.

Did you know that:

1. Cape Coral is only 50 years young. That’s right, Cape Coral was not incorporated until 1970.
2. Cape Coral is the 3rd largest city in Florida.


3. Cape Coral has a waterpark! That’s right, Sunsplash Waterpark is located in the heart of Cape Coral.


4. Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals. That’s even more than Venice Italy! The Cape Coral’s bridges heights tend to range from 7 ft to 13.25 ft clearance. Each of the maps show the heights at the maximum water level which allows there to be more clearance.  Known for its hundreds of miles of canals, it’s easy to find a waterfront home in Cape Coral.


5. The First Road in Cape Coral was Del Prado Blvd, followed by Cape Coral Pkwy

And for my big finale….

The Neighbor.com website just put out its list of what it considers the most up-and-coming cities in the nation, and Cape Coral is close to the very top.

The website put Cape Coral in the number two spot of what it calls “The Neighbor Next 25”. Those are the cities it says are the “next big thing”.

Analysts looked at diversity, well-being, population growth and change in unemployment. They also looked at housing per capita and housing permit growth.

According to Neighbor.com, the population of Cape Coral has grown more than 24-percent over the past decade. To go along with that, it’s seen a 27-percent increase in housing permits. That’s seen as a good thing for helping to keep housing in the area relatively affordable.

Perhaps most impressive of all, however, was the city’s ranking in terms of well-being. In 2013 the city ranked 149th.

Five years later, the city improved to number six. That’s an improvement of 143 places.

The website makes note of Cape Coral’s year-round sunshine and warm temperatures. It doesn’t hurt either that the city is full of options when it comes to beaches, golf courses, and family-friendly entertainment.

Originally founded as a planned community, Cape Coral is regarded as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. Only around half of the city is even developed, meaning Cape Coral still has plenty of potential.

Well there you have it. Some fun facts about Cape Coral you may or may not have known.

If you are looking to relocate to Cape Coral, please give us a call we can guide you through the process of finding your new home. Viamar Homes is a boutique Real Estate Developer in the Cape Coral and Lehigh acres area. Call Us Today formore information ☎786-663-0514

New Year, New You, New Home.

The commencement of a new year is a great opportunity  for you to redesign certain parts of your life. Our lives don’t come with roadmaps, so it’s easy to just go with the flow instead of intentionally heading in a particular direction toward a specific goal. Why not make this next year your best year yet? Don’t just go with the flow, take charge of your life! Go after the new job, career, investment… Relocate, buy the new car, the new home, the new boat… DESIGN YOUR LIFE TO WIN.

Happy New Year 2022

Once you know what is important to you, you can begin to direct your life toward specific goals. A good way to start is by answering some of these questions, questions to REFLECT upon, with short phrases or a few words. If at any time you would like to go into more depth in your answer, feel free to do so.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

1. What advice would you like to give yourself as you begin the new year?

2. What major indulgence are you willing to experience?

3. What would you like to be your biggest triumph by the end of the year?

4. What is one change you could make to your lifestyle that would give you more peace?

5. At the end of the year, how would you like your life to be transformed?

6. What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do more of that?

7. What do you think your biggest risk will be?

8. What important relationship would you like to improve the most this year?

9. How can you deeply improve your relationship with yourself this year?

10. Is there any relationship in your life that would benefit from forgiveness?

The new year often feels like a fresh start and a great opportunity to change bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, spiritually, financially and intellectually. The above questions are for reflection purposes. Ultimately, it is up to you to improve your life in ways that it will transform it. Remember, focus on one goal at a time. Achieving even one small goal can boost your belief in yourself. For larger goals, consider breaking them apart into manageable chunks. Focusing yourself on one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable. 

When you commit to change, any type of change, whether verbalized or not, you are taking the first step to whatever it is you want to accomplish. Change can be a rocky road with many bumps along the way.

The key to achieving success is to not give up. Navigating the ups and downs is what leads to change. It is learning to adapt, be flexible, and most importantly know how to be kind to yourself. This is why is so important to ask yourself quality questions, questions, that will help you design the life YOU want.

Don’t give up when you slip, put pen to paper and make a new plan. Success is in the details. Keep in mind that, Happiness is just a few adjustments away.

Take the time to reflect on the answers to your questions. Answer them as truthfully and realistic as you can, after all, is your life, take charge and participate in designing it just the way you like.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at Viamar Homes, It has been a pleasure getting to know all of our associates, friends and clients this year.

We hope that 2022 holds much success and good fortune in any and all endeavours you all pursue. Cheers to a New Year, a New You and a New Home, Vianca and Martha Pino.

How to deal with an Elderly parent living with you?

Taking care of an elderly parent in your home is a huge commitment. It can strengthen family bonds and improve caregiving logistics, but it may not always work out as everyone had hoped.

At some point, many adult children will face the reality of caring for elderly parents. Nearly 17% of adults living in the U.S. care for someone who is 50 or older, according to Caregiving in the U.S. 2020, a study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

If a loved one can no longer live on their own, one option is moving your elderly parents into your home. But how do you know if this arrangement is right for you and your family? 

This arrangement can have many positives. If your parent or other loved one is still relatively healthy, he or she may be able to help babysit or otherwise help around the house, contribute financially, and get to know your children in a way that would never be possible with only occasional visits.

But it’s not right for everyone. It may be cheaper than putting the person in a nursing home (which costs about $80,000 per year on average) or an assisted living facility (about $43,000 per year on average), but you could pay a heavy price in terms of time, stress, fatigue, and strained relations.

By considering the financial and emotional costs ahead of time, both you and your parent will be in a better position to make an informed, rather than purely emotional decision. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Can you afford to move a parent into your home?

At first glance, you might think that moving a parent into your home will be saving costs. After all, they won’t need to pay a mortgage, home insurance, or other homeowner costs. However, caregiving at your own home can get expensive quickly. It’s important to take some time to look at your current budget and predict how it might change if your parent moves in. For example, you’ll continue to pay your own household expenses, including mortgage and insurance, but you will likely increase your payments for groceries as well as any home improvements or modifications to make your new living arrangement safe for your older parent.

Do you have the support you need to stay healthy?

Moving a parent into your home is more than just a financial responsibility. It also has serious ramifications on your emotional health. The Sandwich Generation — or adult children who are tasked with caring for their own children as well as for their aging parents — is under a great deal of stress thanks to all of the personal and professional obligations they carry. Without the proper support, moving a parent into your home can end up leaving you with caregiver burnout.

Before you consider moving your parents into your home, make sure you have the support systems in place so that you aren’t shouldering all of the caregiving tasks. Ask other family members to commit to helping out weekly with specific tasks, such as running Mom to the doctor or giving you a night off by stopping by with dinner. 

Is your home safe for your parent?

If your parent has mobility challenges, chronic pain, cognitive decline or other complex medical conditions, you might simply not be set up to keep them safe in your home. Safety modifications, including grab bars, new lighting, and step-in showers, can prevent the risk of falling, but they begin to add up quickly. In cases of cognitive decline, leaving home to go to work might become unrealistic if your parent needs more hands-on support and redirection.

Talk to your local Area Agency on Aging for recommendations that you can use to adjust your home to best suit your parent’s mobility and abilities. If you are unable to provide them with the safety adjustments they need, moving in might not be the best — or safest — idea right now.

Are my parents going to be isolated or lonely?

Beyond how moving your parents into your home affects you, it also affects them. While you and your parents might be more engaged with one another when living together, they will likely miss their neighbors and friends once they move to your home. Without reliable transportation, they might not be able to attend events or programs they once enjoyed and looked forward to.

Isolation and feelings of loneliness are common in older adults, though we are only beginning to learn the health consequences that accompany these feelings. The National Institutes of Health reports that isolated seniors are more likely to be depressed, have more rapid cognitive decline and are more vulnerable to heart disease than their social peers.

What are your other options?

Moving your parents into your home might not be the best decision for you or for them, and while there are a lot of emotions that come with that decision, many others in your situation come to the same conclusion. Instead of finding support systems and a contractor to modify your current home, focus your energy on finding realistic and healthy alternatives to your parent living with you or on their own.

Today’s senior living communities are not like what you might be imagining, especially if you have not been to a community in the past decade. Exceptional communities are committed to creating an environment not just focused on safety and care, but also on promoting healthy living and important social connections. It is also common for family relationships to thrive when a parent chooses community living because it gives everyone peace of mind and the opportunity to be family and not roommates. 

The right senior living community can offer your parent luxury amenities, personalized care assistance (if needed), and a social lifestyle to support overall wellness. SOURCE: humangood.org

Unique Christmas Home Traditions.

The holiday season is all about making memories! And we can promise: Your kids and elderly parents will remember the time you spent together far longer than what gifts they receive this year. Plus, establishing a tradition that’s unique to your family is something everyone will cherish in the years ahead. It’s a chance to think about what really matters to your family, and then to make it happen.

Here are a Few Simple ways to make your family holiday even more special.

Collect Memento Christmas Ornaments

One of the most touching ways to mark the passing years is to honor each holiday season with a custom ornament, either made by hand or purchased at the store. Whether you’ve moved or sent your first child to kindergarten, you’ll be flooded with memories each time you pull that trinket out of storage to hang it with care.

Make a DIY Photo Booth

You might associate them with weddings and other big events, but making your own at photo booth is a great way to create mementos to share. You won’t need much more than a digital camera or iPad on a tripod, a background to tape on the wall (a wildly-patterned blanket or finger-painted paper both work), bright lightbulbs to flatter all your angles, and a little floor space for posing. Throw in some inexpensive funny hats and fake mustaches to tap into your family’s silly side, and you’ve officially got a party going on.

Buy Matching Christmas Pajamas

The night before Christmas, don identical jammies for an adorable family portrait.

Sit Down for a Special Brunch

Once presents have been torn through, gather the family together for one last holiday celebration—a special brunch. Menu options are boundless, from French toast, to lox and bagels, to egg casseroles. If you want to tap some other holiday traditions, take a nod from Australia and serve shrimp, or turn to ruby red pomegranate, which symbolizes abundance and life. And, of course, don’t forget to add a yummy Christmas cocktail, like cranberry prosecco punch or spiked hot chocolate.

Write Letters to Santa

This sweet Christmas tradition is actually relatively modern, originating in the late 19th century, according to TIME. How exactly did children start penning letters and lists to Santa? Cartoonist Thomas Nast published some of the first visual representations of Saint Nick in Harper’s Weekly, including an 1871 image of Santa Claus sorting mail at his desk. In the image, one pile is labeled “letters from naughty children’s parents,” while another reads “letters from good children’s parents.”

Do Holiday Crafts

Whether you DIY gifts, make your own holiday cards, assemble festive garlanddecorate stockings, or create an entire Christmas village, hosting a family crafternoon is one of the most fun ways to get into the spirit. Turn on some classic Christmas music, warm up a mug of hot chocolate, and get to work. To spread a little holiday cheer, hand deliver your handiwork to elderly neighbors who could use a little company.

Participate in a Secret Santa

This tradition goes by several other names, including “Pollyanna,” and it’s played by families and office coworkers alike. How does it work exactly? Participants select a name at random (usually out of a hat), then shop for a small present—typically under $20 or so—for that person. Sometimes, offices may opt for a White Elephant, or Yankee Swap, instead. The concept is similar, but in these cases, participants draw gifts blindly out of a bag, trading prizes until the game concludes with the last pick.

Host a Cookie Swap

Christmas cookies are a holiday staple, but there’s only so much baking one person can do. Expand your horizons by hosting a neighborhood cookie swap. Each person bakes a few dozen of a single variety, then everyone gets together for an evening of festive merriment to split the haul.

Make a Yule Log.

This French confection, also called the buche de Noel, is a log-shaped cake traditionally served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, according to Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas.

Dress your Pet.

Your cat or dog probably won’t like us much for suggesting this one, but it’s guaranteed to make everyone laugh! Another idea? Feature your pet on your annual Christmas card. (Face it: It’s way easier than trying to get the rest of the family organized.) Just make sure to never, ever leave your pet unattended while still dressed in his or her costume. SOURCE: OPRAH DAILY

We hope you have have lots of fun incorporating these few unique Christmas traditions for this holiday season.

Christmas is a time of giving, and we’d like to give you a huge THANK YOU, for being our cherished clients.

Have a happy happy holiday season and we look forward to working with you in the upcoming New Year best wishes for 2022 from Vianca and Martha Pino, Viamar Homes.