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Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Total Refresh

Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Total Refresh – This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Total Refresh

Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Total Refresh


Our home is our comfort zone, our safety bubble that we take refuge in, day after day. This has been true especially through the pandemic, as most of us began working and living from home – pretty much 24×7. And if you’re tired of this space you’ve built? Well, it is your home, and there’s no running away from it.

However, small changes add up to significant results – especially when it comes to sprucing up your space. Here, Ocala Screen and Patio share easy tips to refresh your home as we emerge from the pandemic.


Get Scenty with It

Now that our homes have become our personal bar, gym, office, and more, it’s essential that we honor each space in our home and give them a unique identity. A study by PLoS One reported scent is an excellent way to lend character and individuality to a room, and it is an easy DIY way to boost moods and create good vibes. Pick a signature scent for your entire home that makes your space feel joyful, or else, pick different scents for different rooms if you’re looking to level up.


Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

According to Snips Magazine, indoor air quality is a critical aspect of wellbeing. And as we emerge from the pandemic, all that time cooped up inside cannot be great for our circulation. However, if you’re not quite ready to shell out dollars on an expensive air purifier, we have the solution for you – plants. Yes, adding lots of green will naturally temper the air quality in your home while lowering stress levels and blood pressure. And adding some leafy greens to your space is an easy DIY interior design refresh too. Win-win!


Create Architectural Interest

Whether it’s salvaging that old fireplace you never use or hollowing out a cozy nook from extra space in your home, creating points of interest will be vital to refreshing your area. By adding a few key focal points to draw the eye, there will be less opportunity to focus on the clutter, mess, or other elements that make you unhappy. Some other options may be to swap out your kitchen cabinets for a more updated look or do an extensive bathroom renovation, so you have your dream space to take long bubble baths in. It’s better to call in the professionals for bigger jobs like these to ensure you have a finished look you’re happy with.


Don’t Forget the Exterior

Outdoor improvements matter just as much as interior ones. Not only does your home’s exterior skyrocket your property’s value, but it also adds curb appeal, which leaves you feeling good before you even walk through the front door. Easy fixes will be to get your paintwork refreshed and your fence straightened up. In addition, your garden should be a beautiful and calming oasis – both to look at and work in. You may want to hire a professional landscape architect who will create an aesthetic effect while optimizing sun angles, soil quality, and space restrictions for the best results. However, if you’re having trouble envisioning the final product, get a 3D rendering made to take the guesswork out of your plan.

Your space reflects your mindset. Why not do a complete overhaul of both by reviving your home to refresh your mind? These small tips go a long way in giving you a new space to be excited about – and you may see some improvements in work, life, and everything in between too.

If your home is tight on space, a screen room enclosure is an ideal way to give you more room to entertain and relax. Ocala Screen and Patio specialize in helping you enjoy the great outdoors again, right from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to check out our services or contact us here for more information today.


Easy Ways to Give Your Home a Total Refresh


Make Moving Easier

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism – This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Make Moving Easier

How to Make Moving Easier for a Child With Autism

Buying a home is always stressful, but life changes are made all the more complicated when you have a child with autism. Kids with autism have really specific needs, and often this includes stability and consistency. Moving is inherently inconsistent, but there are still things you can do to make the process easier on your little one.

Ocala Screen and Patio understand the importance of facilitating a smooth transition for your family, and we offer the following tips on how to manage your move.


Applying for a Loan, and Securing Pre Approval


The financial portion of buying a home comes with numerous complexities, many of which are just part of the process. If you can limit complications here, it will make the rest of the process easier. Once you set your budget, shop for a loan that fits your circumstances. A seasoned, financially established home buyer might opt for a conventional 15-year fixed rate that allows them to pay off their home sooner, while a first-time veteran home buyer will do well to apply for a 30-year VA fixed loan that doesn’t require mortgage insurance or a down payment. Whatever your situation, shopping for the best loan and getting preapproved ahead of time will better position you to make your offer and move more quickly.


Finding Your Home


All house hunts start with researching the market and securing financing. Take time to investigate the market to determine your ideal budget. See what kinds of homes in the market have the space and features your family needs to get an idea of what size loan you should consider.


You might be tempted to bring your child on tours with you, but this can make the process more complicated than it truly needs to be. Children — autistic and allistic alike — are not good at judging properties. It’s hard for adults to not get attached to homes that won’t work, or which fall through at the offer stage — keep kids out of the tour and they can avoid that heartbreak.


Prepping Your Home


Once you’ve closed on your home, there are some steps you should take to ensure it’s move-in ready. Have any carpeting professionally cleaned to reduce dust and other allergens in your home. If the yard isn’t fenced, consider having one installed to prevent elopement. There are a ton of other autism-friendly renovations you can consider (such as a screened-in patio from Ocala Screen and Patio to help protect your child and keep them from wandering), but budget ahead for these upgrades.

Try to get as much of this work done as possible before you move. Not only will this keep your home safe and consistent from the start, but house repairs and renovations can be noisy and overstimulating for some children with autism. This will only make the transition harder, especially at the beginning.


Prepping Your Child


You can start preparing your child for your move as soon as you know it’s happening. Start explaining the process to them as clearly as possible. If your child is very little, you might consider getting them a picture book about moving to help them understand the process. Have them visit the home once you’ve closed so they can start getting familiar with the space.


You can also talk to your child’s OT or speech therapist about your upcoming move. They will be able to offer suggestions on how to communicate with your child about these changes, in addition to discussing this in your child’s therapy sessions to help lay a foundation for this significant transition.


It’s important to accept that, no matter how well you prep, this still might be very hard for your child. Encourage them to use effective coping tools, and remind them (and yourself) that the stress will pass. Soon, you’ll all feel right at home.

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home – This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.

Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement Projects that Will Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’re looking to put your house on the market, there are some home improvement projects you can do that will boost the value of your home. Some require the skills of a professional, but others are DIY projects that can add thousands of dollars to your asking price.

For example, adding a new deck, a screen or patio enclosure, or even a sunroom are significant investments that can give your home quite a value boost. However, these are improvements that should be handled by experts. On the other hand, if you want to stain your deck or pressure wash your patio, these are projects you can DIY.

Ready for some more ideas? Here are some that the experts at Ocala Screen and Patio think are worth considering.

Repair or replace your flooring

Floors are one of the most important parts of a house, and they can be a big consideration for home buyers. If your flooring is new or in good shape, you can probably get away with a deep cleaning. There are places like home improvement stores, rental agencies, and even your corner hardware store where you can rent commercial-grade machines to clean your floors. Of course, you can hire a professional to do it as well. If your surfaces are worse for wear, on the other hand, or simply outdated, it may be a good idea to replace them. These resources will help you decide how to handle your floor situation.



Modify the kitchen

Wanting a fabulous kitchen seems to be a universal trend for home shoppers, so it’s a room worth paying attention to when you plan on listing your home. There are lots of options worth considering when you’re looking at kitchen upgrades. You can address worn cabinets, spruce up your countertops, install new appliances, brighten your backsplash, refresh your walls or improve the lighting. Or, do the whole shebang. Whether you go for a full-scale remodel or opt for more minor DIY repairs, you’re likely to see a return on your investment in the kitchen.



Make master bathroom updates

Your master bathroom may be a relatively small space, but it has a major influence over interested home shoppers. Thankfully, you can make updates that won’t eat up your budget but will give the room new life. Some of the simplest things can make a big difference in how the room looks and feels. Just changing the shower curtain, towels and wall decor can completely alter the aesthetic, and none of those changes are going to make you dig too deep into your wallet. There are other small upgrades that pack a punch, too. Refreshing the walls makes a big difference, or changing up lighting and hardware. Here are a few more ideas:



Upgrade your home’s curb appeal

Curb appeal is important to increasing the value of your home, and there are many DIY projects even beginners can take on. Planting annuals bring color and eye appeal to your front walkway, and you can brighten your landscaping with some new mulch. Tidy up shrubbery and remove any that is overgrown. If you’re not much of a green thumb, take heart, because there are plenty of other ideas you can try. A simple power washing of your siding and driveway will be a good refresher. Tap into these other tips for advantageous curb appeal:


Home improvement projects are a great way to increase the value of your home. Take a look at your repair budget, and get started today!


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Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun

Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun. This is a guest blog. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Screen and Patio.


Pool Time

Pool Time for the Family-Keep it Safe to Keep it Fun

Before you and your kids can have untold hours of family fun under the sun, you do want to ensure that everything is ready for swimming this season and, more importantly, reinforce safety at all times. This way, pool time really is a fun time, and you and your family are certain to reap the amazing privileges of this beloved pastime. Let’s break it down with some easy tips and resources brought to you by Ocala Screen and Patio.


Best for Family Fun


Swimming is as fun as it is beneficial to one’s health. For this reason, it’s one of the best activities that the whole family can partake in.


  • Swimming can be enjoyed as early as infancy according to Baby Chick.
  • It’s a beneficial pastime for the entire family.
  • There are even great games to add to the fun, playing, and bonding together.
  • Swimming lessons ensure your kids stay safe and have fun. Business Insider notes that there’s an 88-percent reduction in the risk of drowning for kids who take lessons.


Much-Needed Home Prep


Warmer weather means it’s time to bring the pool out of hibernation. But before the family can splash away, make sure that your pool and home are ready to withstand hours and hours of wet family fun.


  • As tempting as it might be to dive right in, you have to properly open your pool for the season.
  • Invest in a robotic pool cleaner so your pool always stays clean.
  • The pool area is a great place to designate as your backyard’s entertainment space, so get creative with how to pipe in music and maybe even a flatscreen TV. Some families enjoy movie night outside so much that they install a projector and a screen to get that “drive-in” movie feel, big screen and all.
  • In addition to summertime necessities like sunscreen, beach towels, and flip-flops, be sure you’re ready to be poolside and in the water with swimsuits and trunks. Stocking up on these items can be had on a small budget thanks to online promo codes, cash-back offers, and Old Navy coupons.


Safety Above All


It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to pool time.


  • Parents magazine suggests that a pool safety plan is a must for the family.
  • It’s also a good idea to have pool rules in place and really enforce them.
  • At the most fundamental level, you’ll need to supervise kids in the pool.
  • When kids aren’t being supervised, remove all the toys from the pool, so they won’t be tempted to go swimming without you there.
  • Learn some basic first aid and keep a kit available poolside.
  • Consider adding a pool alarm.


Having a pool at home can be a wonderful treat for the family, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. You must be up to the task of keeping the pool a secure place for your family, as well as keeping everyone safe in the water. It’s a small price to pay for the priceless fun you’re going to have.


Ocala Screen and Patio is your outdoor building and remodeling source for screen room enclosures, sunrooms, pool enclosures, pool cages, decks, patios, lanais, and more. Contact us today for a free estimate on a custom screen enclosure, and start enjoying the great outdoors!