Thursday, 23 April 2020
Springtime, unwanted visitors...
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Spring is here and we are experiencing the season very differently this year, mainly from the inside of our homes.  While you are at home, you may have noticed the spring rain and warmer temperatures have encouraged a variety of small creatures to visit and attempt to share your living space!  Some common pests that may have already made an appearance include ants, silverfish, spiders and wasps.  As the weather gets even warmer the fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are sure to follow.  So, what can you do about these unwelcomed guests?

Many people have taken on extra cleaning and maintenance tasks around the house to pass the time without thinking about it being one of the best ways to get a head start on some DIY pest control.  You may be decluttering, cleaning and reorganizing items in rooms and spaces in which you normally don’t spend much time.  You may also be taking some extra time with routine cleaning tasks to provide your family a safer, more germ-free space. 

As you move through your home, consider giving some extra attention to certain areas to keep pests from becoming too comfortable.  The kitchen has a way of attracting all sorts of pests, mainly ants because like you, they enjoy a nice food and water supply!  Keep food sealed in airtight containers or zipper bags if possible and counters free of crumbs, spills and open food containers.  If you have pets, pay special attention to any bits missed after mealtime and keep bowls clean.  Keeping all floors swept, vacuumed or mopped regularly will decrease possible food supplies for hungry pests.

Closets, attics, basements or other storage areas can all provide good hiding places for pests because there are many dark corners and undisturbed hiding places that you may not access on a regular basis.  Consider storage containers made of plastic with tight-fitting lids rather than cardboard boxes which are not airtight or water resistant. When cardboard boxes become damp they can attract pests quickly.  Bathrooms can also provide dark, moist environments in which pests can flourish.  Look for cracks that may need to be caulked as these creatures can make their way into your home through the smallest of spaces!  Check under sinks and around tubs and toilets for any standing water.  Fix any leaks to eliminate the fresh water source pests need to thrive.

After a thorough cleaning on the inside, take a walk around the outside of your home.  Clean up debris such as leaf litter or other brush that may be close to your home, move any piles of wood away from your home’s foundation to avoid possible termite issues and check for any cracks or openings especially around doors and windows that need fresh caulk.  Pay attention to any standing water sources since as the days and evenings get warmer these areas can become good breeding locations for mosquitoes.

Taking these few simple steps now when you have some extra time to spend on home maintenance may go a long way in battling springtime pests and save you some money before they become a problem that will require the use of chemicals or having to call a professional exterminator!

"...You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 04/23/2020 6:35 PM by jarod tanksley
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Thursday, 9 April 2020
Moving:  DIY or Call the Professionals?
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Congratulations!  You have a contract on your home and a closing date.  Now the fun begins when you have to figure out how to get all of your prized possessions moved from the old house into your new one.  Feeling tired just thinking about it?  Many people decide to stake out the liquor store for boxes, rally their friends, order lots of pizza, rent a truck and move themselves!  This may be a good option for you if anyone owes you a HUGE favor, but packing an entire house for a move is something you need to give some thought to before committing since moving requires quite a bit of time-sensitive coordination.  Moving yourself can be a great option depending on the amount and size of items as well as your physical condition, distance of move and budget.  If you want to control all aspects of your move then a DIY would definitely be a solid choice.  However, if you don’t want to handle all of the details that come along with a move, you may want to leave the job to a professional moving service.

Do some research in your area and find professional movers such as those at Spyder Moving Services.  Professional movers will be able to assist you with all of your moving details so you can concentrate on getting settled into your new home.  Their help is really beneficial whether you are moving locally or internationally. They are trained and experienced professionals who are able to tackle all the moving-related tasks so you would not have to.

For instance, they will bring their own packing materials, prepare and pack and load everything in the moving truck, and finally, they will safely relocate it to your new address in no time. So, start searching for movers as soon as you decide to move. The sooner you start, the more time you will have to explore your options and find a company that suits your needs and budget the most. Moreover, if you hire movers ahead of time, you might be able to get a discount for early booking and thus save some money.

..."You've got a Friend in Real Estate"

Disclaimer:  The following guest blog by Lisa Roberts is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement on my part of any moving services listed.

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 04/09/2020 10:29 AM by jarod tanksley
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