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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Getting the most out of your backyard.

With summer finally bringing out the sun, many people are scrambling to spend as much time outdoors as they can. After all, there isn’t much that’s more pleasant than an afternoon or evening spent with food, friends, basking in the summer sun. Here are a few things to consider before hitting the lawn:
 
  • Arrange some activities for your guests. When the great outdoors beckons, Monopoly just isn’t going to cut it. Relaxed games such as horseshoes or badminton are popular fare for summer festivities.
     
 
  • Have outdoor lighting ready to go. If everyone is still enjoying themselves when the sun sets, you won’t want to see a good time come to an end. Tiki torches or candles of varying sizes are popular for summer parties because they create a relaxing atmosphere while providing sufficient light.

These Three Questions Can Save Your Home

In a perfect world, every contractor who came to your home would be courteous, clean and credible. But the reality is that our world is far from perfect.

Taking the time to ask questions first – besides “What’s the price?” – can save countless wasted hours and money.
 
  1. Can I see your credentials? That means proof of a license and insurance. It protects you from any liability and guarantees a certain level of competence.
     
  2. How much experience or training do you require for employees? By the time you see your contractor tossing “spare” parts back in his tool kit, it may be too late to ask about prior training.
     
  3. Do you provide written guarantees? Without it, you may have another problem and be expected to pay the same price to have it fixed again.

It’s Time to Get Organized

How organized you are directly impacts how you feel, but short of hiring a professional organizer, there’s no shortcut to clearing the clutter. You can, however, learn to manage it:
 
  1. Keep up with the laundry. Laundry is one area that can become unmanageable if not tackled on a weekly basis. Aim to do a load of laundry every day.
  2. Clean up dinner dishes. Although you may be tired, cleaning and putting away the dishes means you won’t wake up to a sink full of dishes in the morning.
  3. Sort through mail daily. Take the time to sort and discard junk mail so that you’re not left with a pile of unopened mail.

Rising Temperatures Turn Up the Heat On Home Maintenance

Summer maintenance isn’t just about the never-ending cycle of mowing and manicuring the lawn.  It extends to preparing your home for the coming fall and cooler temperatures.  It may seem like raining on your parade, but routine maintenance can save thousands of dollars in repairs and damage in the long term.  And it might just be easier than you think…
 
  1. Caulk all exterior windows and doors.  You’ll reduce energy bills – plus it helps keep bugs and other undesirable creatures outside where they belong.
  2. Inspect your attic fan.  These fans use very little energy to operate and can drastically cut cooling costs.  Plus, they’ll increase your indoor comfort for the remaining hot season.

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