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RE/MAX IN THE NEWS

by Cardany Realty Group

Real Estate Listings Get New Online Look

Remax.com Offers More Accurate, Timely Data and Consumer Resources 
 
April 18, 2016
 
DENVER – RE/MAX, LLC has unveiled bold enhancements to its website, remax.com. Already the most visited real estate franchise website, the global real estate leader looks to improve the real estate consumer online experience. As consumers continue to increase real estate searches on their mobile devices, the new remax.com enhances the mobile experience by offering a modern responsive design and personalized features such as places, mapping, sharing, social and alerts.
 
 
Remax.com, with its new look, is a key element in the company’s overall technology strategy,” said Tim Drouillard, RE/MAX Senior Vice President, Information Technology. “We view these many additions as just a starting point for future enhancements already on the drawing board. Remax.com will continually evolve based on the habits of consumers searching for homes or real estate agents.”
 
The new remax.com features a streamlined look designed to easily guide consumers through the process that is the primary reason for their visit - home searches. Edge to edge content, large gallery images and map-based search functions all provide users with a more personalized experience. Visitors can also search using a completely customizable My RE/MAX account, which allows them to save favorite properties, share homes on social media, connect with a local agent, request a showing and even find properties based on commute time or other subjective criteria.
 
“Our goal is to arm consumers with the most accurate and timely data, and to connect them with RE/MAX agents who are at the ready,” Drouillard added.
 
Listing videos have also been introduced with the new website rollout. Remax.com visitors are now able to explore over 100,000 listings through custom videos powered by VScreen.
 
Remax.com also serves as a gateway to other helpful company websites. Whether visitors are searching for high-end luxury properties, commercial investments or a new home in one of 80 countries and territories around the globe - The RE/MAX CollectionRE/MAX Commercial and RE/MAX global listings are all conveniently accessed from the new remax.com.
 
In 2015, based on Experian Marketing Services Hitwise data, remax.com had the most visits among all real estate franchise websites, with nearly 20 million more than its closest competitor.
 
Based on those numerous online visits, the new remax.com connects consumers with RE/MAX agents and adds to the more than 15 million referral free leads generated since 2006.
 
 
About the RE/MAX Network:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX, when measured by residential transaction sides.
 
RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX).
 
With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.
 
For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.

A Great Time of Year to Visit Local Parks

by Cardany Realty Group

With summer coming to an end, this time of year is a wonderful time to take advantage of our local parks. 

   

Little Bennett Regional Park - Longing for a peaceful hike through the woods?  Little Bennet boasts wonderful shaded hiking trails. 

23701 Frederick Road  Clarksburg, MD 20871

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/regional_parks/little_bennett/index.shtm

Little Bennett Regional Park is the largest natural gem of Montgomery County. Throughout its 3,700 acres, you will find over 20 miles of trails leading you to and through quality forests, meadows, and streams. This vast park is home to many historic sites, as well as an abundance of native plants and animals. Additionally, you will find Montgomery County’s only campground, and the Little Bennett Golf Course. While virtually undeveloped, there are plans to enhance the park. Approved in March 2007, the Little Bennett Master Plan will provide a well planned day use area to enrich your future visits to the park. Until then, we look forward to seeing you here in the northern part of the county on our trails or camping in the campground to explore our many natural wonders.

 

Black Hill Regional Park - Looking to go out on the water?  Check out Black Hill for boating and fishing.

20930 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds MD 20841

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/regional_parks/blackhill/

With more than 2,000 acres, Black Hill Regional Park offers such a wide variety of outdoor activities that it's impossible to experience it all in a single visit. You'll enjoy picnic shelters near playgrounds, volleyball courts, paved and natural surface trails, and spectacular views of Little Seneca Lake. The lake can be enjoyed from your private boat, our rental boats, our pontoon tour boat, and the fishing pier. For those who love the solitude of the forest, miles of trails can be explored by foot, horseback or mountain bike. Our nature programs and interpretive tours will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this beautiful park.

Black Hill Regional Park features facilities that have been specially adapted to persons using wheelchairs. The deck of our Visitor Center has been fitted with clear plastic railings so that a person who is seated can view the lake and its surroundings without obstruction. Our newest fishing pier and the Kingfisherpontoon boat are easily accessible by wheelchair.

 

 

Brookside Gardens - Come see the beautiful Butterfly Gardens!

1800 Glenallan Avenue  Wheaton, MD 20902

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

 

Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County's incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children's Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Brookside Gardens also feature two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library is located in the airy Visitors Center. Admission to the gardens is free.

Need Information? Call 301-962-1400.

Hours: 

Gardens: sunrise - sunset.

Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Conservatories: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

For more information on parks throughout the Montgomery County area, use the Montgomery County Parks website.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/

13 Steps to Prep Your Home for Vacation

by Cardany Realty Group

13 Steps to Prep Your Home for Vacation

Rest easy on your next vacation, knowing your house is in order - and ready for your return.

From HGTV: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/13-steps-to-prep-your-home-for-vacation

Whether you're going out of town for two days or a few weeks, there are things you can do to prepare your home for your absence and for your smooth return.

"It's hard to remember from trip to trip everything you need to do to get your house in order," says Laura Leist, certified professional organizer and owner of Eliminate Chaos, in Seattle. "Have a checklist of what needs to be done, and start planning a week or two in advance."

The below departure checklist will make it easier to get your home shipshape so you can enjoy a vacation free from worries. The return checklist will ease your transition back to the real world.

Prepare for Your Departure

  • Ready your pets: Give the pet sitter or boarding facility detailed care instructions. Make sure the one you choose has plenty of your pet's favorite foods, treats, toys, medicines and other supplies on hand.
  • Clean out the fridge: Throw away food that will expire while you're gone. Quickly wipe away any spills that are still fresh with Pledge® Multisurface Wipes. They conveniently clean multiple surfaces-perfect for a quick and easy clean of your fridge.
  • Tackle the laundry: Wash and put away laundry before you leave.
  • Prep your plants: Ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants, and be sure to leave multiple lists of all plants and their locations. Otherwise, invest in self-watering plant stakes.
  • Leave a light on: During a short trip, leave a few lamps on throughout the house to make it look occupied. For a longer vacation, invest in inexpensive automatic timers that can turn our lights on and off at staggered intervals, making your house look occupied. Alert your home-security service or a trusted neighbor so one or the other can keep an eye out as well.
  • Spray for bugs: Spray an insecticide in key areas so bugs will steer clear while you're gone.
  • Unplug and reset the thermostat: Temporarily adjust the thermostat so the air-conditioner or heater won't waste energy by running in an empty house. Unplug unnecessary appliances in preparation for your absence.
  • Hold mail and newspapers: A call to your post office and news carrier will put your mail and newspapers on hold so they won't pile up in front of your house while you're gone.

Prepare for Your Return

  • Plan for your breakfast: Before you leave, stock your kitchen with cold cereal, coffee and a container of shelf-stable milk so your first meal back will be hassle free.
  • Keep the house smelling fresh: Plug in a Glade® PlugIns® Scented Gel warmer in your favorite fragrance, and you'll be greeted by freshness when you open the door.
  • Change the sheets: Make up beds with fresh sheets for a welcoming first night.
  • Tidy the house: Sweep or vacuum floors; Do the dishes; Wipe down counters in the bathroom and kitchen with an all-purpose cleaner; Give toilets a quick clean.

5 Wrong Turns to Avoid When Selling Your Home

by Cardany Realty Group

from the ReMax blog...

http://www.remax.com/c/housing-blog/blog-post/5-wrong-turns-to-avoid-when-selling-your-home

5 Wrong Turns to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Mon, June 1, 2015

Sometimes, it’s helpful to learn from your mistakes. Usually, it’s much better to learn from someone else’s, especially when it comes to something as important as selling your home. Here are some common mistakes you really don't want to make:

1. Trying to sell your home yourself
In this DIY era, the urge to try to sell your home yourself to save money can beckon like the smell of oven-fresh cookies at an open house. Resist. Working with a licensed agent helps ensure you’re not leaving money on the table as a result of an off-target listing price or a mistake in the many steps that lead to a final sale. Sell your sofa yourself online. List your home with a professional.

2. Picking the wrong Realtor
Not all agents are equal. Just because your college buddy dabbles in the industry doesn’t mean he’s the best guy to sell your home. You want experience. You want to work with an agent who has a depth of knowledge. Invite your buddy to the housewarming party. Find an agent who can truly guide you.

3. Pricing your home too high
Sometimes it’s good to aim high. But when you’re setting a price for your home, it’s better to be smart than overly eager. Listing your home at a price beyond the true market value and then letting it drop several times can lead to a lower sale price than you’re hoping for. A savvy agent can help you set the best, most competitive price for your home based on other recent sales and local market trends.

4. Sweating the small stuff
Keep things in perspective. You’re in the process of one of the largest business transactions you’ll ever make. It's easy to get distracted by dollars adding up from pre-sale repairs or post-inspection demands, but don’t let the cost of replacing a closet door, servicing the furnace or fixing a stairway banister derail you. After you reach the finish line on your home sale, you'll focus more on the rewarding outcome and quickly forget about the smaller frustrations.

5. Getting emotional
Yes, your children may have learned to walk on that carpet, but a heartfelt story isn’t going to win the hearts of buyers. With so much personal history tied to your home, emotions can cloud judgment. An agent can help you make smart, strategic decisions.

When you’re ready to sell your home the right way, find a local RE/MAX agent to guide you.

March Lawn Care: What to Do in Early Spring to Your Lawn???

by Cardany Realty Group

With March's warm(er) weather, comes the early bird lawn gurus, who want to get a jumpstart on beautifying their lawn for the spring and summer months. So what are the best dos and don'ts for your lawn's early spring startup?

Test Your Lawn's pH – Professionally testing your lawn's pH every 2-3 years will give you a good idea of which minerals (and how much of each) is best for your individual lawn. Hicks Landscaping Professionals can test your lawn, and advise you as to what is best.

Apply Lime in Early Spring Months – Depending on your soils, pH, you may need no lime, a small amount, or a great deal in order to maximize the spring growth.

Do Not Over–fertilize – Many homeowners tend to throw down way too much fertilizer at the first sign of green grass growth. In reality, the best thing to do is to apply a light amount of fertilizer in early spring, and then apply a larger dose a bit later in the season, after the initial growth rush.

Reseed & Water Thoroughly – As part of the spring startup process, dead or damaged grass patches should be reseeded in early March or April. The most important thing to do is to provide newly developing seeds with enough water for proper growth and development. Developing seeds, especially early in the season, need plenty of water. See "April Showers Bring May Flowers".

Choose the Right Grass Type for Your Lawn & Climate – There are over 9,000 species of grasses, so choosing the right one for your lawn may not be quite as simple as you think. Hicks Landscaping Home Improvement Specialists will take into consideration your lawn's specific needs, and recommend the best possible choice for you.

Do Not Mow Too Short – Grass will grow best at approximately two inches and higher, so keep it a minimum of this height during the first few cuts in spring.

Apply Herbicides to Control Crabgrass – Mid-March is the best time to control crabgrass, because it will not be up and growing yet. Once the crabgrass has significantly grown and developed, herbicides will have less of an effect on them. At that point, good ole' fashion weed plucking may be the best option.

March is Too Early For Insect Control – Most insect's life cycles have not yet started in March, as the weather is still relatively unpredictable, and is often simply too cold for insects to survive. The vast majority of insect control tasks can wait a bit later, until the April and May months. 

http://www.hickslandscape.com/resources/early-spring-lawn-care/

2015: The Year for Home Organization

by Cardany Realty Group

After the holiday season, my home always feels like it is busting at the seams with new toys and gadgets, clutter, and piles and piles and stuff that needs to be put back into place. But where to begin???  It is all a bit overwhelming!  

To help organize your organization, there are a two plans listed below.  Depending upon your needs, choose one that will help you meet your goals of home organization!

THE 21 DAYS TO GETTING ORGANIZED CHALLENGE

http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2010/12/21-days-to-getting-organized-challenge.html

This blogger provides a detailed plan and posts daily tips to help get your home organized.  Each day is broken down into sections: 

WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR CLEANING CHALLENGE

Organized Home

Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!

http://organizedhome.com/cleaning-grand-plan/new-year-cleaning-challenge

Christmas has come and gone ... and left a mess behind. Looking around, you wonder how you'll ever dig out in time for Spring!

Solution? Take the Challenge!

Roar into the New Year and clean house fast with the New Year Cleaning Challenge from OrganizedHome.Com.

Based on Katie Leckey's Cleaning Grand Plan, the New Year Cleaning Challenge kicks off 2015 with a 14-week plan to clean and organize a spring-clean house.

Working in small weekly bites makes a big job easy, while printable checklists help organize and track cleaning chores. By Spring, you'll be ready to open the doors to warmer weather.

Teaching Children About Gratitude

by Cardany Realty Group

TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT GRATITUDE

This time of year, children are exposed to what seems like endless treats, goodies, and gifts.  With all of the excess around them, it becomes a constant challenge to keep them focused on being grateful for the fortunes they already have.  

Each month, our grandchildren's elementary school focus on a character trait.  In December, they are learning about GENEROSITY, and focusing on BEING KIND, GIVING BACK, and GRATITUDE.

Our granddaughter's Brownie Troop recently adopted a family at a local homeless shelter and bought gifts from a families wish list for three young girls and their mother.  After wrapping the gifts, they made "Gratitude Soup" by decorating a bowl and writing down the "ingredients" on slips of paper of things that they are grateful for, such as a "good food", "a warm bed", and "cool clothes". 

If you are looking for a way to fun way to teach and instill gratitude this holiday season and beyond, these two books are great resources!  

GRATITUDE SOUP: by Olivia Rosewood

http://www.amazon.com/Gratitude-Soup-Olivia-Rosewood/dp/1448681286/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=08SD1SPBG9S3C55Z9SHV

Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night. Perfect for teaching your children about gratitude with fun and play, this rhyming, colorful 8x10 picture book combines collage and watercolors as Violet the Purple Fairy tells her own story of cooking with gratitude. Your children might even be inspired to make their own Gratitude Soup! Look for the "Create Your Own" version of this book, an arts and crafts version of this story that allows your child to make their own gratitude soup. There is scientific evidence showing that gratitude dramatically changes brain chemistry, leading to a peaceful mind and healthy body. Although gratitude has been a staple of human faith and philosophy for thousands of years, the formal scientific exploration of gratitude only began in the year 2000, and it has been fervently studied ever since. In one study performed at UC Davis, published in the Journal of School Psychology, those who had a daily gratitude activity had more positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy. Gratitude can lead to fewer physical ailments, as well as an enhanced feeling of well being. Children who practiced gratitude showed more positive attitudes toward their school and their families. They are less likely to judge others, and also less jealous. They are more likely to share and to want to help. Without a doubt, gratitude is a powerful life tool. When I tried to teach my own children about gratitude, they asked me, "But what is gratitude?" I was inspired to create this book to help them understand and experience what gratitude is about. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.

GRATEFUL: A SONG OF GIVING THANKS: by John Bucchini

http://www.amazon.com/Grateful-Giving-Thanks-Andrews-Collection/dp/006051633X/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1TVWCKXFNNYC19P5FRGT

CD with an original recording by Art Garfunkel included

Once in a while, a perfect union of words and music creates a transcendent song that soars from the heart and speaks to every soul ...

Grateful is such an anthem -- a loving reminder of the gifts available to us when we approach life with gratitude. It is a song that inspires courage, compassion, and hope.

In this exquisite picture book and accompanying CD recorded by Art Garfunkel, Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen's radiant paintings bring John Bucchino's words to life. A joyous celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonders of nature, and the blessings of faith, here is a gift to be treasured by children and adults of all ages.

Selling Your Home During The Holidays

by Cardany Realty Group

 

 

 

 

 

Is your house currently on the market or are you considering selling you house during the holidays?  

Check out these resources for some advice!

 

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips!

The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you've committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.com.

 

  1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
    Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general 
    fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
     
  2. Hire a reliable real estate agent.
    That means someone who will work hard for you and won't disappear during Thanksgiving,
    Christmas or New Year's. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a listing agent who will go above and beyond to get your home sold. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
     
  3. Seek out motivated buyers.
    Anyone house hunting during the 
    holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
     
  4. Price it to sell.
    No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making 
    small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
     
  5. Make curb appeal a top priority.
    When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
     
  6. Take top-notch real estate photos.
    When the weather outside is frightful, 
    homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
     
  7. Create a video tour for the Web.
    You'll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don't have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm. 

     
  8. Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
    Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing
    softclassical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
     
  9. Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
    Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if you've got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.

     
  10. Relax — the new year is just around the corner.
    The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don't sell now, there's always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.

 

Choosing Interior Paint Colors

by Cardany Realty Group

Whether you have recently moved into your home, are thinking of updating for an upcoming move, or are settled and just want a change in your home, painting can be a quick and inexpensive task that can make a huge impact. You may be asking yourself: 

How do I choose the right color?  

What type of paint should I use? 

How will I know if I will like it once it is on the walls? 

To answer these questions, check out the links below:

How to Choose Paint Color: There are so many colors out there!  In order to choose the right color your your room, use this link to see the most popular paint colors from Benjamin Moore:  http://store.benjaminmoore.com/storefront/shop-by-color/best-selling-paint-colors/cndShopByColor-cbestSellingPaintColors-p1.html

This link predicts the most popular paint trend colors for the upcoming year:  http://www.countryliving.com/homes/decor-ideas/behr-2015-paint-color-trend-report

How to Choose the Type of Paint: What type of paint is best to use in a bathroom?  Use these tricks to find the right type of paint for your project:  http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/painting/how-pick-paint                   

Check out this link to see which brands are rated the best: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/home-products/interior-paint-reviews/interior-paints#slide-1

Not ready to make the decision?  Use this resources from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore to visualize color in your space, so you can picture it before you paint it.  http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/try-on-colors/color-visualizer/

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/personal-color-viewer

 

Autumn Maintenance For Your Home

by Cardany Realty Group

Check out these tips from State Farm Insurance: 

http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/maintenance/fall-maintenance-tips-for-your-home/

As the leaves change and the days get shorter, take the time this autumn to prepare for the oncoming cold weather. Ready the furnace for the months of work it will have ahead, and clean out the fireplace. Test them both to ensure they’ll be working when you need the heat. Don’t wait until it’s snowing to clear out your gutters. With upkeep in the fall, you’ll have peace of mind in the winter and more time to hibernate.

Inside The House

Heating System Checkup

Be sure to change the air filter in your furnace and check its efficiency before the cold weather begins. Call in an HVAC contractor to test the heating output and give the system a tune-up. This technician can also check for and correct possibly hazardous carbon monoxide levels generated by your heating system. Stock up on several air filters for the winter, and change them every month. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, purchase one for the system to help lower your energy costs.

After your furnace has been tuned up to its maximum efficiency, take a moment to inspect your heating ducts and vents. Dust them off and clear away anything that may have gotten into them over the summer. Then check your windows for any leaks that may compromise your heating efficiency. If you feel cold air coming in, purchase a plastic sealing kit from the hardware store and place the plastic around the window to keep the heat from escaping. Be sure to check your doors as well, and fix their weather-stripping if needed.

Check The Fireplace And Chimney

Most chimney sweeps recommend an annual sweeping, but depending on how often you use the fireplace, you might be able to wait on a full sweep. But if you will be using the fireplace often, call a chimney sweep for an inspection. For further information, read the Chimney and Woodburning Fireplace Safety guide.

Hopefully you will have your older, seasoned firewood now ready for use after sitting for the spring and summer. It’s recommended to keep the firewood at least 30 feet from the house and covered. Seasoned wood is best for fires, as it burns cleaner and longer.

Review Home Fire Safety

The introduction of the heating season brings new potential for fire hazards, so take a moment to review fire safety in your home. Check and replace fire extinguishers if necessary, and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Also go over the home fire evacuation plan with your family.

Outside The House

The Gutters

It’s best to inspect and clean the gutters a few times during the fall, especially if there are many leafy trees around your house. If gutters remain clogged, water will spill over them and onto the ground next to the foundation, which may cause damage to the foundation. Gutters and downspouts should be kept clean and should direct water away from the foundation, as well as from walkways and driveways, so that they do not become slippery or icy.

Yard Maintenance

The orange, yellow, and brown colors of the autumn leaves don’t look as nice on the ground as they do on the trees. Rake the leaves into piles and scoop them into yard waste bags. Most areas have ordinances about burning leaves, so check with your local area government first. When sweeping the leaves off your patio, don’t forget to clean, pack up, and store any patio furniture for the winter. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the section of pipe just inside the house.

In The Garage

It is recommended that you empty out unused fuel from any gas-powered equipment stored in the garage, such as a lawnmower, because sediment can build up and clog the fuel lines. Store gasoline in tanks out of children’s reach and have it ready for use in your snowblower or emergency generator, if need be.

Test Your Emergency Generator

It’s a good idea to have an emergency generator if you live in an area that sees a lot of ice storms, as these are a major cause of blackouts during the winter. So if you have one, haul it out and give it a test run to see if it is in good working order. Make sure you never run the generator in any enclosed space – like your garage – as it will present a carbon monoxide hazard.

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