Q: How can I create a healthy work environment at home?
A: It’s important to have a dedicated space for working within your home. By separating out work from play, you will be able to boost your concentration and productivity. Within this space, you should incorporate an ergonomic task chair and use monitor arms to allow for proper ergonomics. Having a desk that allows you to work while sitting or standing would also be beneficial. In addition, you can improve your well-being by placing plants within your workspace and having outside views.
Q: What is the new trend in kitchen faucets?
A: The kitchen just got smarter! Voice activated kitchen faucets are the new trend, helping you do your everyday kitchen task hands free. Washing your hands before ever touching the faucet is huge especially in today’s world. You can simply ask your kitchen faucet to fill up your water bottle or dispense exactly one cup of water. It’s amazing what they have come out with. Different manufacturers offer this technology, and other types of technology in the kitchen faucet, to help make life a little easier.
Q: We want to renovate our backyard. What’s a must-have feature?
A. No matter the size of your backyard project, installing a fire pit is a great way to guarantee year-round enjoyment. In addition to being a focal point, a fire pit inspires gatherings and conversations — like a traditional campfire right in the comfort of your backyard. They are safe, easy to use, and come in endless varieties. Invest in a fire pit today and get ready to relax and unwind!
Q: Has COVID-19 affected the real estate market?
A: 2020 presented unique challenges, and the housing market has not escaped its effects. COVID-19 elevated buyers’ desires for home office spaces, relaxing outdoor spaces, and flex study/Zoom spaces that can be used by the entire household. Additionally, low interest rates opened up opportunities as many buyers seek to move closer to family, and urban dwellers from large metro areas in the northeast continue to flock to South Carolina.
Mid Carolina Chimney Service
Q: Do I need to cover my furnishings in the fireplace room before a chimney sweep?
A: Not necessarily. With the proper technique and the right equipment, this should not be required. Be sure your chimney sweep covers the area where the equipment will rest and the working area in front of the fireplace. Next, make sure they use a very powerful vacuum system to capture the materials coming out of the chimney. The sweeping is done slowly with constant monitoring to achieve dust control. And of course, if you would like something in the home moved or covered, simply ask, but after they wash their hands!
Sox & Freeman
Q: What is the advantage to using soil drenches to treat crape myrtle insects over spraying?
A: Crape myrtles are arguably one of the most popular landscape trees in Columbia. They are also susceptible to multiple insect pests that can damage them. The use of soil drench treatments can neatly and effectively target specific pests that are attacking your trees. Sprays, while also effective, can be very messy to surrounding plants and structures. Sprays also may be damaging to other beneficial insect populations in the same area.