I have three dogs, a cat, a parakeet, and two children at home. Needless to say, cleaning the house takes a bit of elbow grease each week. Even though we regularly vacuum and spot clean after each spill or accident, you just can’t help the soil that naturally builds up in the carpet over time. Especially when you have an active, full household like I do – we are constantly in and out the door, tracking all sorts of dirt and bacteria in from outside.

chem dry carpet cleaningWhen I first noticed that our carpets were beginning to look a lot duller and dirtier than they did when they were brand new, we hired a steam cleaning service to professionally clean the carpets. It was a whole ordeal. It took over two days for the carpets to clean, and there was this sticky residue left on our carpets. I couldn’t stand walking into our living room for a while. And what’s more, shortly after everything was dry, I noticed the carpets getting dirty again. We were not going to do steam cleaning again. Instead, for the second time around we called Chem-Dry, a Winston Salem carpet cleaning company. Rather than steam cleaning the carpets, they used their unique hot water extraction method with carbonation. This method uses 80% less water, and the carbonation process lifts the soil out of the carpet which is then extracted with their Powerhead. You would not believe that our carpets were almost totally dry within a couple hours. My kids were so excited that they could play around in the living room again with our dogs. Oh, and the animals? Our carpet cleaning technician was actually able to point out where old pet accidents had happened in the past, and then applied a special “pet urine removal treatment.” Our carpets were back to looking and smelling clean. Not an easy task when you live in a zoo like me!

The Verdict


The Good: Our carpets were dry in 2 hours | They use a non-toxic cleaning solution safe for kids and pets | Carpet stays clean for a long time

The Bad: A little pricey, but still worth the quality cleaning

replacement windowsInstalling home replacement windows is a project that the average DIYer would have a hard time doing. Going to the professionals is always the best choice for a project this complicated. But, how do we know which company to pick? Which one would give the best service for the cheapest price? Here are some pointers and reminders to help you choose the right windows company around the Greensboro , Fayetteville, Durham and Raleigh NC Area:


Make sure that the company you hire is licensed and registered.

A company that is located near your home is preferable since this guarantees a faster response time.

If you’re talking to a home replacement windows salesman, don’t get carried away by his sales talk. Make sure that he really knows what he is talking about. A good company like Renewal by Andersen of Central North Carolina trains all its employees because it wants to maintain its good image and reliable service.

Companies that use sub-contractors are a big no-no. Hired sub-contractors will pay little attention to the small details since they get paid for every window that they have installed and are in a hurry to install more. They are known for cutting corners.

You should also consider the company’s credibility. Try checking online and if they have good feedback and great customer reviews then give them a call. Go ahead and check out Renewal by Andersen’s reviews and you’ll find they are the best around the Central NC Area.

Make sure that the home replacement windows company you hire only uses top-notch quality materials and licensed and skilled workers.

The company should have insurance for all its workers
n case of accidents done or else, you might have to shoulder the costs which can lead to thousands of lost dollars on your behalf. Companies that ask for cheaper payments may not have this insurance since they do not want to pay the insurance premiums. Ask for proof of general liability and the workers’ compensation coverage. If they don’t provide it for you then it’s a no go.

The longer the company has been in the business, the better. It indicates a stable company and they are less likely to make mistakes.

There are many other things to consider when it comes to home replacement windows companies, but this list should give you a good start and set you on your way to creating that wonderful home you always dreamed of. Good Luck and God Speed. I hope my insight helps you out!

Senior Care Services

If you or a loved one need a little extra help with day to day living, chores, and getting around town, there are affordable in home care services that are available. Seniors Helping Seniors is a company with helpers not just here providing senior care in Charlotte, but across the country. This company is ideal for people with non-medical needs, as certain tasks such as assisted bathing and grooming require additional nursing and other certifications to be held by the individual care providers. This is offered by some SHS branches, but be sure to talk about what your particular needs are to see if they can provide for them.

Seniors Helping Seniors Charlotte NC


The Verdict


The Good: Helpers are also seniors that understand your stage of life and enjoy spending time with other elder community members.

The Bad: Not able to provide all medical home care services in certain cities.

Aire Serv HVAC Repairs

Air Conditioning Service

If your heating or air conditioner fails, living in an uncomfortable temperature is a huge inconvenience. Trust the best for all of your HVAC repairs! Aire Serv of the Sandhills understands that a North Carolina summer with no air conditioning is unbearable and will treat any call like an emergency situation. They serve Sandford, Apex, Holly Springs, and Cameron NC at flat rates, with no over time charges or additional fees. Not to mention- if you need a new unit, having a trusted company replace it could greatly reduce your electric bill. Worried about your finances? Aire Serv of the Sandhills has plenty of financing options from Energy Loan, Wells Fargo, and Springleaf. They also back their work with 100% satisfaction guarantee! This franchise has truly thought of everything.

Aire Serv of the Sandhills

2839 Lee Ave Ste F
Sanford, NC 27332

Apex, NC (919) 267-3904
Sanford, NC (919) 335-5550
Holly Springs, NC (910) 335-5136
Southern Pines, NC (910) 585-6383

The Verdict


The Good: Flat rates, skilled workers, financing options, and Progress Energy Certified.

The Bad: They are located in Sanford so could take a little extra time to get to further service areas.

Insurance Doctor

Auto Insurance in North Carolina

With the rising costs of Auto Insurance premiums it can become a chore and a half to locate the best policy at the right price. Luckily the cities of Raleigh and Cary North Carolina have the benefit of using Insurance Doctor. Insurance Doctor promises to save you up to 50% on car insurance or they will buy you dinner at a restaurant of your choice. I have heard of many people putting this to the test and have come up hungry. While they don’t get a free meal they are receiving fantastic rates for their selected policies. Insurance Doctor not only provides the industries best auto insurance policies but they also provide top of the market motorcycle, homeowner, and renter insurance policies for Raleigh and Cary NC. Our team has only read and heard great things about the customer service representatives at each location. Every review or comment made about this company recommends them as an Insurance Provider.

Insurance Doctor of Raleigh, NC

4237 Louisburg Rd. Suite 101
Raleigh, NC, 27604
(919) 872-8828

Insurance Doctor of Cary, NC

169 SE Cary Pkwy
Cary, NC, 27511
(919) 481-2700

The Verdict


The Good: Great Rates, Full Coverage Options, and Extremely Friendly Staff.

The Bad: Only have locations in Raleigh and Cary. Would love them to have more physical locations across all of North Carolina.

This nationally recognized franchise location provides customized commercial cleaning to the Triad area including Greensboro, Winston Salem, Burlington, and High Point, NC. They have been receiving increasing media exposure and were ranked as the #1 Fastest Growing Commercial Cleaning Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014. What is the key to their success? The answer is simple; they provide incredible janitorial services at affordable prices. They clean anything from medical facilities and fitness centers to banks and schools. Call or visit Jan Pro’s website to get a quote on their everyday low prices.
201-J Pomona Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
Phone: 336-834-0906

The Verdict


The Good: They offer carpet cleaning. Strong franchise reputation. Approved for medical sanitation.

The Bad: Clunky corporate site. Visit the local North Carolina location website above for faster response time.