Home Exterior Freshen-Up

June is a great time to freshen up the exterior of your home. Most of your time outside in the yard this spring probably comprised working with grass, flower beds and trees. It is now time to look to see if the exterior of your home needs a thorough cleaning. First off, though if you have any shrubs or trees that are touching your home you should trim them back. When looking at the outside of your home do you see streaks, dull paint, or mildew? If so, then consider hiring someone to pressure wash your home, or do it …

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is in full swing and before the summer guests come to visit, it is time to consider cleaning up for them and yourself. Before you get started on the deep cleaning consider if you have items you never use stashed away in areas of the house like the attic, basement and other areas. If so, consider getting rid of those things to provide a less cluttered area (and some extra cash) through something like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, or letgo. If you have enough things to move out of your home, you may choose to have a yard sale. …

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Flowers and Landscaping for Spring

This month is a great time to get out in the yard and work on a new look for the spring. If there are old leaves in the yard, it is time to get them out of there. Next, look for any sticks, rough looking mulch, or other debris and clean them up. Check trees for any limbs that appear ready to fall (cut them if they are) and then prepare to evaluate all areas for needed improvement. It is now time for planning, purchasing, planting and spreading. For the planning, look at the areas that could use extra color, border, …

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Preparing Your Equipment for Spring

As the weather warms grass, trees and shrubs will grow. With that growth comes the need for mowing and trimming. If you are not buying new equipment this year (or have not bought some already) then you need to perform beginning of season maintenance to the equipment you will be using. If you have someone else work on your equipment, you need to get your equipment on their schedule soon due to others having the same need. If you maintain your own equipment, you probably should start with the largest piece until you have finished with the smallest piece. If you …

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Evaluate Your Landscape and Tools

As we enter the last full month of winter, and spring is around the corner it is a good time to evaluate your landscape and tools. This year the weather is predicted to be mild in February so starting a little work in your yard on the weekend should be easy to accomplish. How does your turf look? Are there bare spots you neglected to fill? Although it is not time to plant grass yet, you can see if you will need to add a pallet of sod, or if a little seeding will do and plan accordingly. Do the …

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Clean Up Time

2019 is here, and it is time to clean up after the holidays. If you still have decorations that need storing, clutter that needs sorting and things that need straightening now is the time to do it. Last month the suggestion was made to get plastic totes for the decorations and label them. If you did that then putting up your decorations should be easier. If you did not now would be a good time to buy some. Before putting your items in the storage area you should access the place to see if it needs cleaning or straightening. If …

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Decorating for Christmas

Some people love to redecorate their home often. Not only at every season change, but also holidays and for whatever reason they choose. For others, decorating can be a chore they do not look forward to, and they try to avoid it. Whether you are one of these mentioned, or you are in-between the extremes you can still bring joy to others by decorating your home. If money is not an issue, you can pay someone to install decorations. If you do it yourself make sure that everything you undertake will be in a safe manner as that is the …

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Mini Refresh

As we enter November and think about guests visiting, it may be the perfect time to do a mini spruce up to one or more rooms in your home. Do you have a room that looks tired and dated? What about worn in places? Consider where your guests will spend the most time and what can be done in the time you have before they arrive. A full remodel is not what you should think about because making sure everything gets completed before the holidays is impractical. What can you do then? Look at the overall image of the room. …

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Fall Home Physical

Most people as they get older are encouraged to have a yearly physical to determine their current health and identify any issues that need addressing. Applying the physical to property, as a house ages it should get a physical at least once per year if not more often. Below are some things you should check in a fall home physical: Outside Check the outside perimeter of the house for any cracks, or breaks in the exterior. Do you see things that need repairing, or even repainting? Fix them now so that as temperatures drop and freezing is a possibility, they …

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Early Fall Landscape Tasks

As autumn officially approaches, it may be time to look at your landscape again. The heat of summer can really be tough on a yard. One of the first things to do is a brief walking survey of your property. Do you see any places in the grass that are dying, thin or bare? If so, you will need to fix them. What about your hedges? Do they need trimming? Are there any holes that need filling, or high areas leveled? What about any washed out areas, or areas not allowing water to drain? These issues are things that should …

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