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Summer time is a great time to invite friends over for backyard parties. However, many of us have unwanted guest that regularly attend these parties…mosquitoes. Below is a list of some things to help keep the guest away.
1) Prevention – Mosquitoes begin their lives in water. Walk around your home and look for standing water. All it takes is a bottle cap full of water to welcome mosquitoes to your home.
2) Lemongrass – A mature Lemongrass plant can help keep these unwanted guests away. You must trim the top and plant it in a clear container of water.
lemongrass likes sun so place it in a windowsill that gets plenty of sun. Once the roots have been developed, you can transplant the plant outdoors.
3) Citronella & a Wine Bottle – Mosquitoes do not like the smell of citronella. Here is a way to use old wine bottles & citronella to keep them away.
– 1 empty and clean wine bottle
– 1 Tiki torch wick refill (thick)
– 3/8″ diameter metal washer (or adjust for size of openings)
Feed the wick through the openings of the washer. Try leaving about 1/4″ of the wick sticking out of the top for a snug fit. Make sure there aren’t any gaps between the washer and the wick. This may cause the bottle to fill up with smoke.
Pour the oil into the bottle to cover half of the wick. Feed the longer side of the wick into the bottle. Light the top wick and enjoy the smell.
4) Maintenance spray – Many local business have a mosquito sprays. The company comes out once a month for 4-5 months and sprays bushes and small trees around your home. From experience, this treatment does help.
It’s time for spring cleaning! Make it a family affair and get the family involved. Here are a few cleaning tips for different age groups.
2-4 years old
- Dust- windowsills
- Dust- baseboards
- Help feed pets
- Sweep (with supervision)
- Clean up toys
- Check under tables, beds and furniture for items that don’t belong
5-8 year old
- Everything listed under 2-4 years old
- Load and unload the dishwasher
- Dust- table tops & furniture
- Clean the windows
- Help with groceries
- Set the table
- Clear the table
- Make beds
- Hang up clothes
- Everything listed from 8 & under
- Clean bathroom
- Help with laundry- run washer & dryer
- Fold clothes
- Wash dishes
- Take out the trash
- Rake leaves
- Walk pets
- Everything listed for 12 & under
- Vacuum and/or mop floors
- Help prepare meals
- Change bed linens
To get started, you will need the following items…
- Kiddie pool
- Water & water hose
- Dish soap
- Soft bristle broom
Place all screens in the pool and let them soak for a few minutes (5 minutes max).
Once the screens are finished soaking, swish them back and fourth. You can use the broom to assist you in this. Repeat for both sides.
Now that both sides are cleaned, take the screen out and rinse with a hose to remove all soap. Then, lay screens out to dry before putting back in windows.
*If you would like to clean your screens on a weekly basis, use your vacuum cleaner by running the hose up and down the screen very lightly. Don’t push too hard or it could cause stretching.
March is the ideal month to get your garden started. Whether you dream of a lush herb garden or vegetable garden, now is the time. Below is a list of some vegetables and herbs to get your garden started.
First you must get the soil ready. For most, you can simply start by mixing in compost. However, if you are planning for a large garden, getting your soil tested is the best way to start.
These veggies can be planted in March and can withstand the last frost days.
Grow these veggies/herbs indoors first, before transplanting outdoors.
Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme and sage
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned and vacuum regularly. This helps you remove sources that are likely to come in contact with moisture.
- Get some fresh air. Open the windows. By doing this, you help give mold an exit and reduce the trapped moisture that can attract mold in the future.
- Turn up the heat. Condensation is bad for your home. So if you notice that it is forming, bring those rooms to a warmer temperature so the the water vapor in the air doesn’t change to the liquid state.
- Change your shower curtain. This will help eliminate unhealthy mold and mildew that contribute to mold problems in the shower and tub. Try to air out the shower and/or wipe down the walls before leaving the bathroom.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If not, maybe we can help. Lets try to get organized this year. Below are a few tips to help you focus on your home and organization skills.
Mail call – Most of us are guilty of getting the mail and tossing it on the counter where it piles up. It’s time to get your mail organized. Each day, toss junk mail straight into the trash or recycling bin and keep all bills and reading material in a separate area to help keep this situation under control.
Stress list – Do you have so much to do to your home and don’t know where to begin? Start a list. Write down all the items and/or areas of your home that cause you stress. Then one by one, tackle the list until you’re finished. You will feel less overwhelmed and a great sense of accomplishment.
Five-minute rule – Have everyone in your household spend five minutes picking up toys, clothes, etc…before bedtime to help keep your home looking tidy. This will also free up some time for you.
So how do you make your dreams come true without breaking the bank?
The key is setting a realistic budget – and understanding the difference between what you want and what you need.
Start by sharing the information below with your Allen Tate Realtor to help determine what you can afford, your preferred location, home size – and what your expectations are.
- Budget – Get pre-qualified now to determine what monthly mortgage payment you can afford and loan amount you qualify for.
- Location – Do you want to be close to work and/or school? In urban, suburban or rural area?
- Size and type of home – How many bedrooms, baths, etc. Single family, townhome or condo?
- Condition of home – Are you looking for a fixer-upper, new construction or an existing home in top condition?
The next step is to create is a simple list regarding the amenities you want. This exercise will help you and your Realtor set priorities:
- Don’t Want
Be sure to include everything you’ve ever dreamed about – maybe granite kitchen countertops, a wood-burning fireplace, a three-car garage, a four-person whirlpool, the best school district in the city and other features. Then decide where these amenities belong on the list. Also include the deal breakers – a two-story home, corner lot, busy street, etc.
By prioritizing the amenities on your list, you and your agent will get a clear picture of what you might be willing to trade off for the right location.
By helping your agent play matchmaker between you and your next home, you’ll hopefully find the home with what’s most important to you – and a few pleasant surprises as well.
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