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Posted by Rachel Hillman on 10/26/2016

Water damage can ruin a home. Water can be one of the most damaging things to a home and if your home is the victim of water damage you must tackle it right away. Serious health risks can be associated with water damage like mold, mildew, and bacteria growth. If your home has water damage the first thing to do is to get it dry! This may seem obvious, but drying the area out needs to happen as quickly as possible. Not only do you need to dry out the surface or what you can see you have to get deeper. It may seem like your home is dry but damage can happen in walls, wood, carpet and furniture. Insufficient drying can lead to mold and mildew growth, and harmful bacteria. In extreme cases there can be structural damage to the home. The best thing you can do is to call a licensed water damage restoration specialist to evaluate the damage. Professionals have access to the tools and technology to dry out your home and prevent harmful fungi and bacteria from growing. Professionals will typically use dehumidifiers, air purifiers, blowers, fans, and special floor driers and cleaners. If the damage is extreme it may require wall driers, sanitizers, and mold and mildew remediation techniques. In this case call the professionals because it is better safe than sorry.

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Posted by Rachel Hillman on 10/19/2016

Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can't have fun this fall. There is still plenty of good weather to get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures and changing scenery. Here are just a few things to get you started having fun outside this fall: Plant bulbs in your garden for beautiful blooms next spring Tailgate at a football game Take a drive in the country Take a hike or a walk off the beaten path Get lost in a corn maze Go apple picking Go for a hayride Go leaf peeping Decorate your yard with fall fun Jump in a pile of leaves Visit a farmer's market Attend a fall festival What is your favorite fall activity?

Posted by Rachel Hillman on 10/12/2016

Wall-to-wall carpeting often gets a bad reputation. Yet, carpet is such a versatile type of flooring. Did you know that carpeting actually accounts for more than half of all flooring purchases every year? Carpet offers many advantages that other types of flooring do not. Here, we’ll show you some of the many advantages of a home with wall-to-wall carpet. Warmth Carpet is great in rooms like the bedroom, the family room and other rooms where you’d like to have something cozy under your feet while you’re typically walking barefoot. It’s much nicer to walk on a soft carpet than a cold floor with bare feet. Carpeting also makes a room appear more homey when you first walk into it, so it’s aesthetically pleasing. Installation and soundproofing Carpeting adds an extra layer of insulation between the floorboards of your home. Carpet will build a sound barrier between the upstairs and downstairs, for example. Carpet reduces noise from foot traffic in your home as well as blocks the transmission of sound. This creates a soundproofing of sorts between rooms with carpet and those rooms without it. Safety Carpet is much more slip resistant than hardwood or tile floors. If you have children, they’re at risk of taking falls. Wouldn’t it be better for them to fall on a soft carpet rather then a hard, cold floor? We think yes! Carpeting in playrooms and bedrooms is a great way to add a built-in safety feature to your home. Flexibility in decor Since carpet comes in so many different styles and colors, it’s certain that you can find a carpet that is perfect for any room. The possibilities are endless! The color and style of your carpet can be the foundation of the decorating scheme for a room. Low cost Carpet is low in cost compared to other tapes of flooring. It can be professionally installed at a price that won’t break the bank. Since the cost per square foot is lower, you can cover a bigger portion of your home with carpet on a tight budget. The allergy factor While carpeting is thought of to be a bad thing for allergies, some studies have shown that carpeting can actually help keep the air in your home cleaner. This is because it traps allergens. Of course, you must make sure your carpet is properly cleaned and maintained. Carpets are easy to maintain and care for. There are many proven carpet cleaning and stain removal methods available. Hide floor damage If a floor in your home is damaged, it may be more cost-effective to install a carpet rather than installing a completely new floor. It’s safe to cover a damaged floor with carpeting. Installing a wall-to-wall carpet in a room with an old floor can make the room appear like new.

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Posted by Rachel Hillman on 10/5/2016

A house is the largest purchase that you may ever make. The rewards of buying a house are plenty. Lives are joined, futures forged and incredible memories are created inside a house, especially if it's a house that you love and end up living in for decades. Coming up with the money to buy a house then fund repairs and upgrades can be a challenge. Fortunately, you don't have to keep struggling. Following are 10 money saving tips that could help lower, if not remove, financial pressures associated with homeownership. Test outlets before you call an appliance repair professional. Your refrigerator, microwave or television may have stopped working because one or more electrical outlets are out. Hit the reset button on outlets that have them. You'll generally find these outlets in the kitchen and bathroom. If that doesn't work, check the breaker. Then, plug a lamp into the outlet. If the lamp works, call a repair professional to come and check out the appliance. Keep heat in during winter / out during summer. Do this by filling gaps beneath windows and doors during cold months. For example, you could place a rug beneath exterior doors. You could also self-adhesive foam to the bottom of windows and to gaps at the sides of doors and place plastic window frame covers on windows during cold months. Inspect and clean gutters to keep your roof healthy. Remove leaves and other debris from down sprouts. Flush gutters clean with a water hose. It's recommended that you clean your gutters twice a year. Stay clear of power lines. Check for mold at the edges of your windows, beneath sinks and other areas where water can collect. Mold could be a sign that you have a water leakage. Tighten pipes were you see mold developing. Leaks sealed, put on a pair of gloves and scrub mold away from surfaces, using a blend of water and bleach. Turn off the main water valve if you're going to be away from home for several days. This single step could save you hundreds in homeownership on money spent on leaks or flooding. Keep the thermostat at 68 degrees to save on utility bills. During warmer months, consider installing a ceiling fan. It helps to keep air circulating across a wider range of space. Burglar proof your home by installing edge guards to door locks. Double cylinder dead bolt locks and keyless and smartphone operated locks are good. For extra security, you could install a door jammer. Also, lock windows. Installing an alarm system, particularly an alarm system that lets you see inside your home while you're away, is another security step that you could take. Trim hedges and bushes to eliminate spots around your home that burglars could hide behind. Turn on house, garage and roof lights at night. Although nothing may work 100% at keeping burglars out, there are steps that you can take to slow burglars down or to make them think more than twice before they try to enter your home. Combine or bundle homeowners insurance with auto, life and other insurance packages. Check with several companies that offer homeowners insurance and other insurance lines to see the types of discounts each offers before you settle on a multi-policy plan. Let laundry dry naturally. Hang clothes outside when weather permits. You could also hand wash delicates and let them dry naturally on hangers that you place over a shower rod. Create and stick to a budget to get the most out of money saving tips. Include entertainment, groceries, homeownership repairs, homeowners insurance and any homeowners association fees in the budget.

Posted by Rachel Hillman on 10/4/2016

Gorgeous and unique" Arts and Crafts " style home designed by Gustav Stickley now available to rent. Stunning living room with it's coffered ceiling, wainscoting & spectacular fireplace with Grueby Tiles. Updated kitchen with granite counters, gas cooking and modern appliances (including sub zero fridge) with access to a deck which overlooks the beautiful grounds. The second floor features 4 generous sized bedrooms and 2 full baths. Hardwood floors throughout. Very large and private lot is a Horticulturist dream! Enjoy all the charm of this historic home with modern improvements. Great Auberndale location on quiet street, yet close to schools, public transportation, shopping, and highways. Pets considered on case by case basis. No smoking. Tenant responsible for all utilities.

This property features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 4 bedrooms, and is currently available for $6,000.

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