When you first move into your new home it is a good idea to take care of a few small things that can make a big difference when it counts. Change the locks on all your exterior doors. Unless your house is brand new you never know how many strangers may have a key to your front door. Replace the batteries in all the smoke detectors in the house. Record the date in your calendar so you will remember to do the same thing next year! Unless your heating/air units are new, have the vents and filters cleaned or replaced. Create a fire-hazard plan with your family and conduct a practice drill with the children. Replace or clean the exhaust hood filter above the range. Check all your electric outlets for loose-fitting plugs, as these can pose a fire hazard. These outlets are inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. Have the fireplace chimney cleaned. While you are at it go ahead and install a rain cap and a screen to keep the birds out of your chimney.
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Since the days of Adam and Eve, homeowners have been battling pests and weeds in the garden and in the home. But the benefits of growing plants far outweigh the challenges. I thought I would share with you some tips that can help keep your plants happy, indoors and out! For an environmentally safe insecticide boil five or six chopped garlic cloves in a gallon of water until soft. Add one tablespoon of biodegradable detergent and let sit for a day before spraying on plants. A spray bottle of two parts vinegar and one part water is good for getting rid of slugs on your garden plants. For indoor and outdoor plants clay pots are better than plastic. Clay pots allow the plants to breathe and are cooler for the plant roots. When you change the water in your aquarium save it to use on your houseplants. They will love it! A paste of baking soda and water will remove most stains from your plastic garden furniture. When planting flowers, first scrape a bar of soap across your fingernails to keep them from getting soil stained. Sprinkling pepper in the garden will repel cats and other critters from digging or […]
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I want to share some simple ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home. Whether you have just moved in or are getting ready to sell, curb appeal is something every homeowner needs! I hope you are finding my Homeowner’s Tips useful as you get settled into your new home. Walk across the street and look at your overall landscape. Are shrubs trimmed neatly? Windows and doors shouldn’t be overshadowed by overgrown bushes. Clear your entry, sidewalk, and plant beds of leaves and debris. Add a new layer of attractive mulch to all planting areas. Are there bare spots or weeds in the lawn? Your local garden supplier can tell you the best way to remedy this problem. Hardscape (bird feeders or houses, simple water features, statuary) can add warmth and character to an otherwise drab terrain. Make your front door more appealing with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new hardware. Speaking of hardware, install new light fixtures on both sides of your door and change your old, scratched house number plates with shiny new ones. Consider shutters or awnings to dress up your windows. Well placed, low voltage landscape lighting is fairly inexpensive […]
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Some people work harder than they have to in order to have a beautiful lawn. Grass is pretty tough. If you give it the right growing conditions your grass will defend itself from most weeds and diseases. One of the main mistakes people make is in when and how to water the lawn. Here are some watering tips that will help your lawn be strong and healthy. DO water every five to six days during the warm season. DO water early in the morning. DO set sprinkler water spray close to the ground, not in high arcs. DO soak the area for 30 minutes to 1 hour. DON’T water during the heat of the day (you lose ⅓ of the water to evaporation). DON’T over-water, as you will lose nutrients and encourage rot and disease. DON’T water too frequently, as it encourages shallow roots and weak grass. DON’T water at night, as it encourages disease. Image Credit: @zelmabrezinska via Twenty20
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You can use steel wool to: Fill a screw hole that has become too big for the screw. Stuff the hole with steel wool and re-insert the screw. Make an instant pincushion. Stuff an old sock with steel wool and tie tightly for a pincushion that will keep pins and needles rust free. Repel kitchen pests, by placing steel wool around the pipes under the sink. You can use nail polish remover to: Remove sticker residue from glass objects. Unstick your fingers after a superglue mishap. Remove marker and ink from appliances, glass, and stainless steel. You can use olive oil to: Revitalize leather shoes and baseball gloves. Clean greasy hands. Repel moles in the yard. Soak a cloth in olive oil and stuff it into the mole hole. Moles hate olive oil! You can use cola to: Remove grease stains from the garage floor. Clear a sluggish drain. Loosen a bolt that is rusted on. Remove stubborn stains from the toilet. Pour in the cola and wait one hour before scrubbing. Image Credit: @vesnoi_ via Twenty20
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Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your home standing tall every day. Gutter Clutter It’s always important to make sure that the gutters on your roof are cleared, but it’s especially necessary during the autumn months. During this time, trees begin to change and leaves begin to fall, which means your gutters can easily become clogged. If this happens, it could prevent rainwater from properly draining and may even result in damage. It’s also important to check your gutters throughout the year for a buildup of ice, dirt and other elements that may create a blockage. Shingle Care If your roof has shingles, you probably already know that spring is the best time to check for damage. After the winter is over, it’s important to check your roof for any damage that may have resulted from heavy snow and/or a buildup of ice. In addition, it’s essential that you check for damaged shingles after a storm. If you notice one or more that needs repaired or replacing, choose a day with no rain in the forecast. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a roof repair on a slippery surface. Heating […]
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