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IHR To Give Away Ultimate Backyard Prize Pack at 2014 Ohio State Fair

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The Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country, is right around the corner (July 23rd – Aug 3rd) and we are officially announcing this year’s Grand Prize Giveaway!

Each year, one lucky fair go-er is the winner of a big grand prize. Past prizes have included a 52″ LCD  TV, or motorized scooter– but this year we’re going even bigger with a Backyard Prize Pack. Complete with a 4-burner gas grill, fire pit, cookware, cook books, picnic essentials and bbq tools & accessories, this prize pack has everything you need to celebrate summer in your own backyard.

 

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The Ultimate Backyard Prize Pack includes: 

32 ” FIRE PIT & LIGHTING 4- BURNER GAS GRILL • 

10 PC. COOKWARE SETTOOLS & ACCESSORIESRECIPE BOOKS

PICNIC ESSENTIALS

and more!  

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Homeowners can enter to win this incredible Backyard Prize Pack simply by stopping by our booth at any time during the duration of the Ohio State Fair and filling out an entry form. The only thing that’s better about how simple that is, is this: Entering to win our prize pack automatically enters you into our annual $45,000 Home Makeover Sweepstakes for a chance to win a home makeover of your choice! Long story short: 1 entry = a chance to win TWO amazing prizes! — We’ll see ya there.

*Can’t make it to The Fair this year? You can still enter to win our Sweepstakes @ www.improveitusa.com/sweepstakes

July Festivals Are Here! -IHR Tour Dates

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July Festivals mean a jam-packed month of fun with great people that make up the communities we serve! We’ve got a busy month ahead & we can’t wait! Check out the dates below and hopefully we’ll see you soon!
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Walk-in Tubs: Safety never looked so stylish!

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The need for a safe and comfortable bath experience is at an all-time high as a big chunk–76  million to give you an idea– of the American population (our beloved Baby Boomers) age, but let’s face it, style is usually sacrificed for safety. 

Helmets, knee pads, mouth guards? We’ve never seen those on a fashion runway, but we reluctantly wear them because they will protect us from injury and we’ve heard the ol’ saying, ‘Better safe than sorry’, enough. But now you don’t have to walk on the wild side just to show off your great taste. Walk-in tubs have come a long way from when they were first introduced in the 60′s, in both style and technology. Check out the benefits and beauty they now have to offer:

Independence, Safety & Comfort

Maybe your agility isn’t what it once was, or you or a loved one suffered from a fall at home and now getting in and out of your current bath is too difficult to do on your own. A walk-in bath has a door that makes entering and exiting a cinch, a  comfortable seat to sit in and a grab bar for even more stability. The safety features and easy design make gaining your independence back– or keeping it for years to come– a possibility again! The best part? You can design your own tub to fit your personality!

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Sit down, stand up or lay down. These tubs let you decide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrotherapy: 

And you thought only drinking water was beneficial. Water also does the body good from the outside! Soaking in a warm bath can  help relieve pressure on joints, ligaments and muscles that may ache, aid to arthritis symptoms and alleviate back pain. But if your mobility is compromised this may be easier said than done if you don’t have an easily-accessible tub.

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Choose your jet settings to customize your relaxation

 

Improved Quality of Life

Designed to prevent injuries from falls and slips, walk-in tubs can help enhance your overall quality of life by reducing potential accidents.  Sleeping problems? Studies have shown that soaking in a tub for 20 minutes about an hour before you head to bed can ready your body and mind for sleep, meaning no harmful sleep aids! Soaking in the tub also improves circulation, reduces stress and high blood pressure.

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Safety never looked so stylish

 

Disabilities or injuries used to stand in the way of comfortably staying in your home while aging, but they don’t have to anymore. Incorporating universal designs like  walk-in tubs that have  adaptable and safe features, AND let you show your style means homeowners can continue to grow old in the house that they love with peace of mind.

 

Are you or your loved ones looking to increase comfort and safety in your homes? Give us a call to learn more about how we can help. (1.800.766.6669) or info@improveitusa.com

 

How To Prepare Your Home For Storm Season

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In the bliss of  the long-awaited sunshine and blue skies, we often overlook what else summertime brings: summer storms. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but storm season is here and as much as we’d like to ignore it, we cant.

Your homes are as important to us as our own homes are, so in efforts to “be safe than sorry”, we’ll outline some ways that homeowners can prepare their home for storm season.

1. Put together and emergency kit.

Storm season prep kit

More important that preparing your home, this kit will prepare you and your family for storm season.  If you already have an emergency kit in place, revisit it often to make sure items are still operating. 

  • Flashlights
  • Candles, matches/lighters
  • Car phone charger
  • Extra cash (in case ATM’s are down)
  • Water. And lots of it!! (for both drinking and cooking)
  • Sleeping bags, blankets
  • Canned goods (and something to open them with!)
  • Battery-powered radio(s)
  • Camp stove

2. Inspect your gutters

Clean gutters before storm season

If you have debris and leaves clogging your gutters when it rains, water can pour down the side of your house (instead of being sent down the downspout) or even under your roof.  If you have cracks in your exterior, this water runoff could end up inside your home. If your gutters are damaged or cracked, it could cause major damage to your home even during a light storm. Replacing them with  a clog-free gutter system would be the best long-term solution. Doing this in advance would be a good idea to avoid a potential worse situation. While you’re up there, make sure the shingles on your roof are in place. (Not a ladder person? You may want to hire a contractor to inspect this part). 

3. Secure or remove outdoor items

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High winds associated with summer storms are guilty of picking up outdoor furniture, like chairs and umbrellas. To protect you and your home from these being hurled in dangerous directions, make sure to secure the items too large to bring inside and remove the ones that aren’t. *This should be done before the storm hits!

4.  Take a good look outside your home

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  • When it rains, does water run away from or toward your home? If it’s running toward your home, with enough water it could get through your walls and inside of your home. 
  • If you have trees that are touching your roof, trim them back to avoid branches scraping at your roof. 
  • If you have a tree that’s in bad shape, consider cutting it down. It may not withstand high winds, causing it to topple. 

5. Invest in a standby generator

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Just losing electricity may not be the worst thing that could happen to your home during a storm, but the effects of a power-outage, especially for a long amount of time, are not minuscule. Sump pumps will stop & food will spoil in refrigerators. Not to mention your home could be at risk since your security system won’t be working either. Having an automatic restoration of power from a standby generator keeps your home safe after a storm and may be something to consider, especially if your home loses power often during storms.

Storms can be unpredictable, so taking measures to be prepared for anything is our only defense against Mother Nature. Although there are many steps you can take to protect your home, sometimes she just doesn’t care and damages do happen. If you have broken windows, damaged gutters or any other damage to your home– there are always people like us to help you put the pieces back together, so please let us!

www.improveitusa.com     1.800.ROOM.NOW

 

What Do Your Window Treatments Say About You?

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They say that the way we dress reveals our personalities before we even get a chance to speak, but how about the way we dress our windows?  What do your window treatments say about you? We’ve taken the most ‘on-trend’ curtain styles and paired them with different personality types. (We’re home remodelers, not psychologists so this is solely based on opinion. And Pinterest).

Sheer Curtain PanelsFor the relaxed, outdoor-lover

In all different colors and patterns, these are easy breezy!

In all different colors and patterns, these are easy breezy!

If you could, you’d sleep outside under the stars every night.  But rules are rules and you have to eventually go inside. These curtains let the light shine in and get swept away in a swift breeze, almost making it feel like you aren’t indoors. A super relaxed, casual style that screams beach bum.

Blackout Curtains: For the private, energy-conscious

Blackout curtains now come in all sorts of fun patterns so you can still make a stylish statement while cooling your home.

Blackout curtains now come in all sorts of fun patterns so you can still make a stylish statement while cooling your home.

For those of you who can never get enough privacy, blackout curtains block out noise and sunlight. It’s a good idea to put these curtains in your bedroom if your windows face east (that’s how the sun wakes up). If your current windows aren’t double pane or have solar tech glass, placing these curtains on windows near your favorite piece(s) of furniture can help prevent them from fading (an affect of sunlight).   In addition to never being woken up by the sun , these types of curtains can also provide some energy savings because of their ability to block out super hot or cold temperatures!

Interested in upping your energy- savings efforts? Installing Energy Star- Rated replacement windows made specifically for your geographical location ensures no more unwanted air filtration which can have a positive affect on your utility bills!

 Color Block CurtainFor those that don’t mind the spotlight, and are amazing at bargain shopping

With so many color combos, these feel completely unique!

With so many color combos, these feel completely unique!

This curtain, with the addition of the grommet detail makes a bold, everyone -can’t-stop-talking- about-it,  statement. We would bet all of our pennies that you would never think these beauties are $20! (curtainworks.com). It’s OK, we almost fainted too. Color block curtains allow the purchaser to customize them to whatever color scheme they may want or need, making it truly feel like you. Secretly loving it, be prepared for all of your friends’ jealous comments!

 

A little embarrassed of what’s underneath those curtains? Are your windows costing you money from gaps and cracks letting air escape? Are they hard (or maybe impossible) to clean? Let us help. Give us a call [1.800.766.6669] or click here for more info!

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