Category: Home Maintenence

Wildlife Pest Control Tips

Preventing unwanted critters moving into your home is the best solution for pest control. It’s too late when you hear strange noises, find droppings or catch them red-handed in the attic… then you know you have a problem and it’s time to call the pest control guy. Mice, rat, squirrels, raccoons or birds can cause you a lot of stress and significant damages to your home.

Prevention is the best way to save you hundreds of dollars in pest control costs and damages. Nasty diseases can be carried by wildlife and trying to DIY trap aggressive critters (especially if they are female and protecting their young) is not recommended. Call the pros and make sure the pest control guy gives you the best bang for your buck and most importantly get’s the critters out.

Tips to keep the pests away and the expensive pest control service

Trim Trees: Keep trees and vines off your home structure. This will limit access points for rodents to enter into your home from the roof.

Monitor Roof and Siding: Replace any rotting or weak siding around your home that is soft enough for critters to chew through.

No Bird feeders: Avoid feeding wildlife around your property if you continuously have problems with critters. It’s like an open invitation to move in!

In the Attic: Set up mousetraps in the attic, throw mothballs around, and use high frequency sound devices. These can help temporarily but not permanently.

Regular Inspections: Inspections every year from top to bottom, chimney and in any open gaps in the roofs. (Call a handyman to climb into dangerous places if you need to.)

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Need a new Garage Door? Read this!

New Garage Door

Have you heard the old expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?  This might apply to a great deal in life…but when it comes to home repairs this doesn’t work! I’ve learned a hard lesson this week.

For a while our garage door was making strange noises and it was becoming obvious the motor was struggling with the load. We realized the time was coming for a new door and it won’t be cheap or a DIY job. We had already replaced the motor a year prior so we figured why replace the door if it’s still functioning. (Frankly I just couldn’t face another home project!)

This week upon opening the garage door, the noise became so bad I immediately knew…it’s time for a new door. That same day we decided to just fork out the cash and get it done. I did some quick research for quotes, selected our door, price range and installation company. Then to our utter disappointment we discovered there is a potential 30 day time frame to get a new garage door ordered and installed! They actually manufacture it to custom fit your home and then install it when ready. This all makes perfect sense BUT to a homeowner who just waited till the last minute, it has turned into a security risk for their home. We needed our new door ASAP!

broken garage door

The following day, nuts, screws and hinges began popping out of the garage door. Even manually opening it became impossible and a safety hazard. With one car stuck in the garage our family was down to just our extra car to get around. We had just learned a lesson the hard way; we waited too long to replace our garage door!

The installation company was very understanding with the pickle we got ourselves into and is rushing our order for us. The moral of my story is: Don’t wait until it’s broken and put your family in a tight spot when it can be avoided. Installations and home improvements take time and are almost always subject to contractor’s schedules.Broken garage hinge

Come back again soon to check out my new garage door!

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Top 16: Spring Maintenance Checklist [infographic]

The most important part of having a high market value home is “Maintenance”. It’s almost spring, so here is a list to help motive you to get started! Happy Cleaning and Welcome Spring!

Come back soon to view infographic. We apologize for the missing photo.

spring cleaning checklist
infographic to check off your spring cleaning task.

 

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