We originally posted the following listing preparation information to social media over a 14 day period during the coronavirus quarantine. While quarantine is over, preparing to list your home will remain. Since we had such an overwhelmingly positive response to these tips, we have included them all in this blog post. Keep in mind, not all items will apply to all homes. Also, they certainly don’t have to be completed in 14 days. If you are not sure which listing preparation items should be completed in your home, get in touch. We are happy to walk you through any steps you should take when listing your home for sale.
Home Maintenance Tips
Prevent Water Damage
Now that we’re in the rainy season, make sure you have taken steps to prevent water damage. Below are 5 tips to help you prevent damage and costly repairs to your home.
Fall Home Prep Tips
With fall less than two weeks away, it’s a good time to implement some fall home prep tips. Here are six tips to help keep you warm, cozy and safe this winter.
Inspect Your Roof
It’s time to inspect your roof, before the weather changes from warm and dry, to wet and stormy. If you are unsure, or uncomfortable getting on your roof, hire a professional.
What Might a roof inspection include?
Scheduling a professional roof inspection every one or two years will catch potential roof problems before they become bigger. Also, it’s helpful to get an idea of how much life your roof might have left before needing to be replaced.
Typically, the following items will be checked in a roof inspection:
- General appearance of the roof’s exterior and interior to determine surface deterioration or physical damage.
- Evidence of ceiling cracks and leaks.
- Condition of fascia, gutters and drains, skylights, chimneys and vents.
- Curled, broken or missing shingles or tiles.
- Areas where water may collect, like roof valleys.
- Damaged or missing flashing points.
Ladybugs: Natural Pest Control
Keep your plants healthy and avoid dangerous pesticides by purchasing Ladybugs. Ladybugs are known to control aphids, mites and other insects that harm plants. Remember, ladybugs will fly to neighboring gardens when they have eaten the pests in your yard. Also, encourage them to stay and attract more by planting geraniums, cosmos and coneflowers. If you have pets and children, it is always best for them and the environment to seek natural pest control. Along with ladybugs, you can try green lacewing and assassin bugs. As a result, you’ll help protect the environment and have a beautiful garden.
For those with concerns about trapped vs. bred ladybugs, check out Insect Lore. This company sells larvae, which actually eat more aphids than adults. If you want to attract more native beneficial insects to your garden, try Predalure. Predualure sells a pheromone lure that attracts beneficial insects to your gardens to feed on destructive insect pests. For other beneficial insects, look into Beneficial Insectary. They provide a number of beneficial insects to control a multitude of problems.
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