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    • Grilling Safety for the Summer Season

      22 May 2019

      Excited to grill out all summer long with friends and family? You should be! But don't forget to take safety precautions to stave off a grilling disaster. A recent Red Cross survey noted that grills can cause more than 9,000 home fires on average each year, and that three in five adults have walked away from a grill while cooking, which is one of the leading causes of grill fires. To avoid becoming one of these statistics, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:

      - Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don't add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

      - Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

      - Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.

      - Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

      - Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

      Source: Red Cross

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    • 9 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Spring and Summer

      22 May 2019

      Warmer weather and longer days put winter in the rearview mirror. To celebrate, update your home with a few simple tips from the design editors at House Beautiful:

      Switch to pastels - Repaint your living space walls and swap out the neutral grey and beige for a fresh-looking spring pastel color. Mint green is popular now, as is peach and baby blue.

      Pillow talk - Take a good look at the main piece of artwork in your living room. Choose a pastel color you love about it, find a couple of throw pillows in that shade, and place them artfully in the room to add a pop of seasonal color.

      Dining room florals - Wallpaper is back with a whole new look and feel. Dress up your dining room with a new floral paper to give the room some spring/summer dazzle.

      Liven up your doorway - Painting the doorframe a light, seasonal color can be a smile-inducing lift for your guests - and a clear indication you are ready to welcome the season.

      Go for vacation vibes - Deck out the family room with a jute rug, raffia chairs and banana leaf pillows to make your home feel like a cool ‘staycation’.

      Add a colorful rug - Reasonably priced area rugs come in tons of shapes and sizes and in unending colors and designs. Choose a spring/summer beauty and tuck it under the coffee table or anywhere it can make a happy difference.

      Swap out the comforters - Bring spring and summer into everyone’s bedroom with new comforters or bedspreads - maybe linens, too - in colors and patterns that say summer’s here.

      Bring in the garden - Flowers are abundant now, from hydrangeas to lilies to tulips and more, so gather big bunches from your garden or from the florist or home store. Place them everywhere you can to bring the season into your home.

      Get an indoor swing - Got space in your playroom? Hang a swing from the ceiling to bring the season’s playful vibes right into your home.

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    • Understanding Your Insurance During Hurricane Season

      22 May 2019

      Hurricane season runs from mid May to November, and homeowners should be on high alert to protect their property from potential weather-related damage. One key thing homeowners can do to prepare is be sure they fully understand their insurance coverage.

      Allstate Insurance offers the following things to consider when it comes to hurricanes and insurance coverage:

      Is your coverage up to date? Ensure your insurance coverage reflects the current condition of your home. If you've done anything that increases the value of your home or its contents, like building an addition or remodeling, you should immediately talk with your insurance agent to decide if your current insurance is sufficient.  

      Do you have coverage for additional living expenses? This coverage is intended to help pay for the additional cost of living away from home if your house is uninhabitable due to a covered loss. This may include payments for the additional costs of food and a place to stay. Additional living expenses may or may not already be included in your homeowners policy. Talk to your insurance agent about what coverages are available to you.

      Do you have flood coverage? Following Hurricane Harvey, FEMA reported 80 percent of Harvey victims did not have flood insurance. Most homeowners policies do not usually cover flood damage. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary source for flood insurance in the United States. You can go to their website at or contact your insurance provider for more information. NOTE: There is often a 30-day waiting period after you buy a flood insurance policy before flood coverage takes effect.

      Do you have comprehensive car coverage?  If your car is damaged by anything other than a collision, like a falling tree, collision coverage may not protect you. You'll also need comprehensive coverage on your auto policy. Most comprehensive auto policies provide coverage for vehicles damaged by floods or rising water. And if you have to leave your car at the shop, you'll also want to consider rental car coverage.

      Source: Allstate Insurance

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    • When It Comes to Selling, It’s All About Location...and Condition

      21 May 2019

      You might’ve heard the classic adage that when it comes to real estate, the three things that matter most are “location, location, location.” While location still trumps most other variables when it comes to selling, the condition of the home frequently plays an equally important role in many areas.

      Why? Many attribute it to our HGTV-obsessed culture. Today’s buyers not only want to find a home in the neighborhood they want, they expect it to look pretty darn good, too. And, unfortunately, home improvement shows make it look simple to attain a magazine-worthy look no matter what the current condition of your home.

      Although you probably won’t be able to have Joanna Gaines pop by for a makeover, there are several more realistic options for improving the condition of your home before you list it. Some of these ideas, in fact, should be pursued even if you aren’t planning to sell your home in the near future, as it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your home’s value.

      Invest in necessary improvements. Your home’s great location at the end of a cul-de-sac or within walking distance to the train station won’t necessarily make up for your outdated kitchen or creaky floorboards, so make the necessary renovations.  According to HomeAdvisor’s 2018 True Cost Report, Americans spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements in the 12 months prior to the research, so don’t skimp, especially if you want to sell.

      Maintain the exterior. Dilapidated siding, peeling paint, or an aging roof or fence will be big turn-offs to potential buyers, no matter how great your location is. Not only will they translate to big investments of time and money for the new owners, they could pose potential structural problems, as well. Take care of these issues as they occur before they become more costly and possibly dangerous.

      Neutralize decor. Who cares that you’ve painted the dining room bright pink when your home is on the most desirable street in town? Buyers, that’s who! Sure, your address may be primo, but buyers still need to be able to picture themselves living in your home once they walk through the front door. And the best way to achieve this is to make your decor as universal in appeal as possible. Paint rooms in neutral colors, stock the bathrooms and bedrooms with white towels and linens, and accent living areas with beige throws and pillows. These steps will soften the overall feel of your home, open up the space, and create a blank slate for buyers to build upon.

      Still thinking your home’s great location is good enough to get it sold? It might be, but keep this in mind: Great location and mint condition is likely to get you your asking price or possibly higher if you’re in a hot market. The above steps will be worth your time and investment.

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    • Tips for Finding the Perfect Paint Color

      21 May 2019

      Redoing your home or room? A paint job is an easy, inexpensive way to totally remake the way your space looks. But with thousands of colors of paint available, how do you decide? Below, the experts from Freshome weigh in.

      Pick your textiles first. Freshome notes that textiles are usually considered a finishing aspect of the design, but an easy way to make sure your paint coordinates well with the rest of the room is to use fabrics as your design inspiration and move from there.

      Work in surrounding spaces. Paint can be a unifying element for neighboring spaces, says the Freshome team. The colors should work in harmony. While this tip is especially important to follow when working with open concept spaces, the effect a color has when transitioning between more traditional rooms should also be considered.

      Look at lighting. Your paint color will look different depending on the way your room is lit. Once you have a color in mind, Freshome suggests you ask to have a sample made up for you at your local home improvement store. When you take it home, paint a few small sections of paint on each wall. Then, check in on them throughout the next day. If you’re happy with how the color looks in both natural and artificial light, you’ve found a winner.

      Focus on the finish. According to Freshome, many people tend to overlook the fact that paint color is about much more than the shade itself. Finish is another component that can alter how your finished product looks. Be sure to take this into account before making your final decision.

      Source: Freshome

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