Don’t Forget These Things When You Move

Moving to a new home can be a tumultuous time, and your thoughts may be as scattered as your belongings. From the moment you decided to move until you close the door for the last time, there are so many things to do that it is normal to forget to mark a few off items on the never ending ‘to do’ list. To help you stay on top of things, here are the five topics most people admit they have forgotten.

1. Prescriptions

If your pharmacy isn’t part of a national chain, you will need to begin researching where you can find the best prices on your medicines in the new neighborhood. You will also need to contact your current pharmacy to cancel any automatic refills.

2. Dry Cleaning

In all the hurry and scurry, it is easy to forget the dry cleaning you may have dropped off weeks before … Read More

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Carpenter Ants and How to Control Them

Ants are a familiar pest for many homeowners when they sneak into your pantry, build bothersome anthills in your yard or bite unwary pets and children. One particular breed of ants stands out by presenting a different kind of threat, though. Carpenter ants, if left unchecked, can wreak havoc in the wooden supports of your home and threaten its structural integrity. Catching an infestation early on, though, can save you from costly repairs.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are noticeably larger than other species, anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length, and are usually black or reddish-orange in color. They nest in dead, damp wood—this usually means old trees in their native forests, but buildings may be vulnerable. When nesting indoors, carpenter ants prefer attics and crawlspaces, but any wooden structure can work, especially if there is plenty of moisture. Look for telltale signs like wood fragments or sawdust … Read More

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3 Ways To Protect Your Pond From Algae Overgrowth

3 Ways To Protect Your Pond From Algae Overgrowth

A thriving pond is a sight to behold. Sparkling and reflective, a healthy waterbody has the potential to enhance a property’s aesthetic and functional value. All too often beautiful ponds turn murky and unsightly due to toxic algae blooms. Summer heat can create the perfect surface environment for algae to thrive. Once an algae problem develops, it can endanger fish and birds as well as signal deeper, costlier problems. Preventive measures such as aeration and shoreline management are good strategies for keeping algae at bay.

Aeration

Perhaps the most important algae prevention practice is oxygenation, using pond aerators and fountains. Bubblers, surface agitators and fountains all increase circulation and reduce algae growth by introducing additional dissolved oxygen to the aquatic ecosystem. Whether you prefer solar or wired, fountain or bubbler, your local pond specialist can recommend the proper size and … Read More

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3 Steps To Help Winterize Your Home

No matter where you live, when winter sets in and the temperatures begin to fall, your home needs your help to winterize it. By following these three easy steps, you can make sure your home is better able to handle the frigid months ahead.

Make Sure Your Attic Isn’t a Problem

Your attic is essential to keeping the cold air out of your home and the hot air in. When the insulation is insufficient, problems such as ice dams can build up in your gutters and along the eaves of your home. Another problem often found in attics is nesting or burrowing pests such as mice, bats, and squirrels. You should go up into the attic to check both issues and look for any signs of mold or water damage while you are up there.

Look to the Chimney For Signs of Trouble

The outside of your chimney may look … Read More

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Making a Home Comfortable and Safe for the Elderly

For parents who are elderly, simple daily activities can be very difficult and uncomfortable. This is because of physical limitations due to old age no longer allow them to move freely.

But by making a few simple modifications to certain parts of the house, you can make parents live their lives more safely and comfortably.

Here are some things that must be considered in designing a house according to universal design. What is meant by universal design is an interior arrangement which allows all people – including those who have physical limitations – to be able to access the facilities in the house.

By following this design, the elderly can more easily undergo various activities.

Safe Stairs

If your house has more than one floor, don’t forget to pay extra attention to the stairs. To make it easier for elderly parents, it’s a good idea to have a house ladder … Read More

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