Home Improvements

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Tips to Improve Your Home Security

  • Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.

  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.

  • Change all the locks when you move into a new house or if you lose your keys.

  • For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where they can disconnect the security system.

  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.

  • If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors
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Is your yard ready for Winter?

The end of summer signals the best time to lay the groundwork for a lush field of grass come spring.

Here are steps to getting your grass ready for winter.

Mow Low & Aerate

Cut the grass down to 1 to 1½ inches, making it easier to aerate and to judge how much compost to add. If your grass is more than 3 inches tall, take it down incrementally over a few mowings—no more than a third of the grass blade at a time—to avoid stressing the plants. On a day when the soil is moist, not soggy—the core aerator's hollow tines can't easily penetrate hard, dry ground—take a couple of passes around the lawn's perimeter. This will provide a buffer zone for turning this heavy machine around as you run it back and forth over

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Who knows better than parents that cleaning the house regularly helps keep germs at bay, prevents injury, and teaches your child a sense of responsibility.  Use the tips below to get your kiddo helping out around the house.

 

Instead of saying "Clean your room" be more specific.  For example, "Pick up all the Lego's and put them in the plastic Lego box" breaks a job down into smaller parts in a way that is easy for a child to understand.

Maximize closet storage space by hanging hooks for hats, belts, necklaces, tote bags, and robes a t a kid-friendly height.

Mount clips which are low enough for kids to reach.  They can hang up their creations for all to see.

Use a long ribbon or string hung on the wall with clothespins for attaching artwork.  This

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Curb Appeal

Curb appeal isn't only reserved for those selling their home.  By sprucing up the exterior of your home, you'll be creating a welcoming feeling each time you come home.

  • Dress up the front door.  Scrub down the door, the knobs and any light fixtures. Create a focal point of your home by giving your door a fresh coat of paint. Add a wreath or decorative hanging that suits your style.
  • Create some symmetry.  Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and is the easiest to arrange.  Flank your front door with matching lanterns, urns, or other front door accents. This will create a welcoming entryway for you and your guests.
  • Install night lights.  Landscape lights can provide an instant boost to your curb appeal, while also providing safety
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