Trunk-or-Treat

Halloween is right around the corner and all of us here at Southern Impression Homes and Suncoast Property Management wanted to do a special event just for you! Join us on October 20th from 2pm-5pm for Trunk-or-Treat at 8007 Stuart Ave!


8007 Stuart Ave 
Jacksonville (Duval County) FL 32220-3374 United States 
(Cahoon)

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Join us in our beautiful 1,459 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home! We want to give you the opportunity to see our stunning new construction homes and to have fun while doing it! We will meet you here at our property currently for rent at $1,345 a month!


Contest!

Attention to all the kids! Pick out your favorite costume because we have a costume contest just for you! Whoever is voted best costume of the night will receive a special prize!

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Some of the great activities that we have are:

  • Bounce House

  • Face Painting

  • Popcorn

  • Shaved Ice

  • Refreshments

  • Music

  • Yard Games


Trick-or-Treating!

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Trick-or-treating will begin at 4:15 with all the spooky decorated trunks that are provided by the Southern Impression Homes and Suncoast employees. Be sure to meet us there!


DIY Fall Decoration Ideas

Keep your home as festive as you are with small Do- It-Yourself crafts to bring fall inside. Little changes to your home bring in the cozy feel and allow you to have a personal touch.


Toilet Paper Pumpkins

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This adorable little trick is great for decorating the bathroom. It is practical and adorable! All you must do is use fabric of your choice and wrap this fabric on the toilet paper to represent a pumpkin. Add finishing touches with a cinnamon stick and fake leaves to have the final look.


Fall Leaf Mason Jars

This cute little trick is great to use on all your old mason jars. All you need for this project is mason jars, leaf stickers, paint, and some ribbon. Use the leaf sticker on the mason jar and paint the surrounding areas. Pull the leaf sticker off and add the finishing touches of a ribbon and a candle inside. You now have an easy mason jar candle holder to accent your home!


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Fall Wreath

Great all your guests with a charming fall wreath. You can do a variety of arrangements to make this decoration stand out. Make this more personal for your family and add your last name initial with the flowers and ribbons of your choice!


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Wine Covers

Add some burlap around your wine bottles that are on display to achieve a rustic, fall look. Throw in some velvet ribbon and some writing of your choice to make this a custom item in your home. You can make this extra unique by adding your initials!


Increase your home value!

Increase your home value with these small tips that will help you enhance your home and prevent your home from losing any value!


Improve your curb appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing that anyone is going to view. Improve curb appeal with bright, full plants. Make sure trees and bushes are kept up with and look presentable. Improve your curb appeal as well by cleaning the driveway from stains and keeping the grass cut.


Clean up the home

Keep your home nice and clean. Keeping up with the daily cleaning will avoid stains, rust, and other issues that can occur overtime. This is allowing you to have a nice and clean home but also helping you in the future by keeping the home spotless.


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Let light in

Make your home feel and appear larger by letting in all the natural light that you can. The natural light will give you an illusion and allow your home to seem more desirable. Everyone loves a nice open layout home and this natural light enhances it. Try shear curtains or thinner material so more light is seen instead of hidden. Also, try and leave the blinds open.


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Paint the interior with neutral tones

Paint your home with neutral wall colors. Neutral wall colors have a better resale value. Someone viewing the home can picture themselves in it more with neutral colors. They want to envision their furniture and not focus on a bright wall color.


Paint the exterior

Dress up the exterior of your home with a fresh coat of paint. Nothing enhances a home more than fresh paint. The paint is giving the illusion the home is newer or renovated. This is also attracting them to the outside of the home and not being turned away by fading paint.


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Update the kitchen

The kitchen is the one room in the home that buyers pay the closest attention to. Most of your time is spent in or near the kitchen. Buyers are looking for a new and updated kitchen that they can see themselves in. Try to keep this room as updated as possible.


Bathroom Storage Hacks!

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Spare bathrooms are always a great addition in every home, yet we are not used to the lack of space that they have. These hacks will allow you to take advantage of all the space you have and all the space that you didn’t think you could use.


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Baskets

Baskets do not only have to be cluttering the counter and the floor. They make a cheap and excellent way to make your own floating shelves. They are great to use for extra supplies and hand towels for guests.

All you need is a few screws, anchors, and a basket!


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Hanging Buckets

This bucket bathroom storage hack is one that you will want to use in every guest bathroom! You can change up the colors and ropes for different designs. This hack is also great to have straighteners, curlers, and hair dryers in, so the cords are not consuming the counter.


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Cabinet Storage

Invest in a wraparound cabinet for those pesky spare bathrooms with no storage! This hack is an investment but will maximize the space you have. This is also allowing you to have a more completed bathroom look.


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Organizers

Make use of all the extra space! Use extra organizers to attach inside cabinets. This is allowing you to store toothbrushes, makeup, and anything else you need. Storing these items on the cabinet door is also allowing you to declutter your counter.


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Shelves

Use a shelf under the mirror to maximize the space. This hack looks great with any design and is allowing use to utilize all the space you can. Using the shelf will also reduce everything cluttering and falling off the sink ledge.


Fall Events

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It may not feel like fall outside but fall is here! It is almost October and in Jacksonville we are preparing all the fall events. all things fall are here from pumpkins to mazes. These are a few of the events happening soon if you are in the search of fall activities!


October 5th 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Sunflower Crop Maze Opening!

This activity is for kids all ages and with one ticket you will receive unlimited access to the maze and the chance to pick a pumpkin. This even also included farm festival foods, wagon rides, haybale maze, and farm animals.


October 6th 11:00am - 11:00pm

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Pumpkin festival and fall market at Wicked Barley Brewing Company

This celebration is for all things pumpkin! They will have special pumpkin beer and farm activities as well. This event has a beer garden, live music most of the day, and special releases of their pumpkin beer!


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October 13th 9:00am - 2:00pm

Julington Creek fall festival at KinderCare!
This is a free event for your kids! They will have face painting, a petting zoo, bounce house, games, and more!


October 20th 10:00am - 2:00pm

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Farm of Fantasy at celestial farms

This event is a trick or treating in a child friendly environment with horses, train rides, petting zoo, photo opportunities and more!


October 26th 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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Haunted Train at Connor’s A-Maize-ing Acres!

This is a spooky event for you to wander through the haunted trail that they have to offer!


October 31st 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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Halloween Trick or Treat and Monster Mash!

Don’t worry, we did not forget the trick or treating! This event is a safe family are that hosts this annual event. Everyone gathers for the famous trick or treating!

Emergency Hurricane Supplies Checklist

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Hurricane season is already here, if you do not already have your supplies this is the time to start! Make sure you are prepared for the worst. Be ready ahead of time so when a hurricane does come, you have everything you need.


Basic Supplies:

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  • Water- one gallon a day, per person. 5-7 day supplies

  • Food- 5-7 day supplies of non-perishable food

  • Battery powered radio

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Wrench and pliers

  • Can opener

  • Maps

  • Chargers and backup batteries


Additional Supplies:

  • Glasses and contact supplies

  • Infant supplies

  • Pet Supplies

  • Cash

  • Secure family documents

  • Blankets

  • Clothing

  • Matches

  • Supplies to entertain your kids for no power

  • Medications


Be sure to keep supplies in your home, car, and at work. You never know when and where a disaster will happen.

Take a minute and view our developing neighborhood!

Hello Fall!

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Fall is here! The season is changing and so does your home. Centerpieces are all around your home and on every table during this season. Here are some ideas to change your centerpiece to be unique and represent fall. 


White Pumpkins

White pumpkins bring a fall and modern look all in one. Dress up the pumpkin with flowers and a quote. Use different colors and textures so the centerpiece is pleasing to the eye all around.


Pine Cones

Pine cones are a fantastic way to bring the outdoor feel on the table. This is going to add texture and a neutral color to your home. Pair pine cones with flowers and candles or a center piece. Pine cones are easy to find and to use in your home. Use different sizes and different colored flowers to make the centerpiece change in different rooms.


Pumpkin Vase

Toss out your old and boring vase and trade it in for a pumpkin vase. Flowers are a great centerpiece and adding the pumpkin vase will bring the fall look to your table.


Metallic and Wood Decor

Texture is a very important aspect to add into your home. Wood elements bring the fall and rustic feel. You can use wood candles and different centerpieces of wood for extra texture. Put metallic with the wood with the fall colors added in the home.


Fun Labor Day Activities!

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! We all want to make the most out of the weekend and enjoy the extra day off. These are some ideas to make your weekend eventful and exciting.


Rent Kayaks and Paddle Boards

Enjoy the Florida sunshine and take a day on the water. Kayaks are an affordable way to make the day fun. Go to a nearby lake and bring some friends to kayak and paddle board. Bring a picnic with you and make a day out of it!


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Go Wine Tasting

This is a fantastic time to go visit the local winery's. They may have special events and offers for the holiday as well. This is a great way to spend free time away from the kids and relax!


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Drive-In Movie

Go to a drive-in movie! Make this an adventure and different than a normal movie day. A drive in is a great way to relax with the family and not be in the typical theater.


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Head to a Game

Check out what local games are happening in the area. Take the family to the game and make it an event. Support your local team and also take some time out of the house!


Decorating your child's room as they grow

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Your child will grow like a weed, and change there mind just as fast. Their bedroom is going to change along with them. This can be a large decorating transition. Use these tips to make sure that you're getting the most out of the purchases you make and you are letting their bedroom grow with them.


Use Accessories 

Most kids have a theme that they want to use in the bedroom, and as tempting as this can be it can also change like the wind. They will only be in that phase for such a small amount of time and that is a lot of money wasted. Try to accomplish the theme that they want but with only decorations and not themed furniture. This will allow you to reuse the furniture when they change there mind again.


Storage 

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Cleaning up after your kids is an ongoing cycle that is never ending. Try and integrate organization into their bedroom. They will not have excuses to not clean up when you have so many storage places available to them. Use built in storage or different baskets in their bedroom.


Workspace

You want a work area for your kids to be creative but also to do homework when they get a little older. Set up a work area in there room and you can transition this to the different stages they are in. This is going to allow them to have a space that is quiet and they can focus. 


Furniture

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Purchase furniture that can be used for a long time. When buying a crib make sure this can be a large enough piece as they grow. Small cribs will be useless to you for how fast your child is going to grow. It is better for them to grow into the bed then grow out of it immediately. Try and purchase a transitional crib to save even more money. 

Enhance your home's curb appeal

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The exterior of your home is the first thing that all guests will see. Curb appeal is very important and you want to ensure that your home will reflect yourself in a gorgeous way. These are small upgrades that will enhance your home and the beauty of it's surroundings. 


Add planters to your porch

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Grouping potted plants on the front steps and patio will add extra charm to your curb appeal. Try to add potted plants in various ways such as hanging plants, different pots, or even on the wall. You can also have colored pots to add a pop of color to your curb appeal as well. Try to change the flowers with the seasons for a new look.


Let the natural beauty shine 

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Your home is beautiful on its own. Try to let the home itself shine more than what is surrounding your home. Trim down trees that can be blocking the view of your home. Controlling the overgrown landscaping is so easy to do and will look stunning after. Try to keep the natural beauty of your home and the outdoors by keeping as many trees as you can and trimming down branches that will block your home.


Pressure wash your home

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Pressure washing your home is a great way to freshen up your home. This is a quick and more cost efficient way to having a fresh curb appeal without the cost of repainting. You can also pressure wash your driveway so that your home really does stand out. Removing the excess dirt makes the property look brand new.


Stand out 

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Add a pop of color to the curb appeal with a colorful front door. The cost is very minimal and this is going to draw attention to your home as the neighbors drive by. Stand out in your neighborhood with this idea!


Porch swing

Splurge a little on this aspect and buy an adorable porch swing for your home. This is a cute addition that will give your home a country feel and will also be great to add extra seating for company.


Embrace color

Don't be afraid of color! Embrace color and patterns of your home. Having a bold color on the outside is guaranteed to have attention brought to your curb appeal. You do not have to use neutral colors on a home, go bold and see the outcome of a beautifully attractive home.


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Remodeling Your Master Suit on a Budget

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The master bedroom is a room to represent yourself. This room is the largest task to redecorate. This space can also be one of the more expensive to re-do as well. Here you can find some ideas to freshen up your space without breaking your budget.


Master Bedroom Bedroom Set

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Take your old furniture, or pick up some old pieces at a local Goodwill, and refinish it to your desired look. This is an inexpensive way to get a new bedroom set. Bed sets can be a major cost that we all do not want to add to our bills. Refinishing old pieces gives you a one of a kind look and saves you money as well. You can refinish the piece to be modern and add different handles and accents or you can distress furniture for that rustic look! 


Master Bedroom Accent Wall

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Wood reclaimed walls add texture, color, and a rustic feel to your room. This new trend can be on the expensive side if you do it a certain way. To save money on this beautiful trend try and do it yourself. You can get old pallets or old scrap wood to start. Stain the wood different shade or what you are aiming for. You can even paint them a solid color for a more modern look. Try and leave the natural distress and marking to add the rustic feel even more. This is a perfect accent wall that is beyond gorgeous.


Master Bathroom

You can renew your master bath with new lights and finishes. Just changing the color of the finishes is going to give your bathroom a new look. If you have old gold handles and lighting try and replace them. This is a cheap fix and you can change the finishes to a beautiful bronze to enhance the room. Try to change the lighting in a unique way as well. Hanging an accent light will enhance the master. You can do a chandelier or an Edison bulb fixture.

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Master Bedroom Bedding

Freshen up the space with a new bed set. This can change the colors and make the bedroom have a fresh and new feel. This can be an inexpensive change as well. You can just change the comforter to a different pattern to have a new look. You can even do this on a smaller of a budget and get textured throw blankets and pillows on your bed you already have. These are easy to change and even cheaper to do.


Master Bedroom Decorations

Decorations can be more of a cost than expected when you decide to redecorate. Use clear jars, containers, and vases for a modern look that will be cost efficient. You can change these with the seasons and have them include new decor inside. These are clean and sleek to make your bedroom elegant.

Clearing your home for Back-to-School

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Back-to-School means time to organize your home. You can be as prepared as possible for this time of the year, but your home needs to be as well. Make sure you have your house prepared for the change and clean out old items beforehand. This is your chance to start fresh! 


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Make a master calendar to organize your month. Make sure that you and your children don't get overwhelmed. Include all important events! Make sure to leave spare days for cleaning the house, sick days, or extra time that you may need. In your calendar include:

  • After school activities
  • Sports practices
  • Sports games
  • Birthdays
  • School events
  • Project due dates
  • Class Parties
  • Vacations
  • and any other important task!

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Try and prepare the night before:

Pack school lunches early. Packing a lunch every day saves money and you also know your child is eating healthy. Prepare at night time so you have more free time in the morning to get yourself ready! 

Lay out clothes the night before. Plan all your outfits for you and your child the night before. This will cause less stress in the morning searching for an outfit. 


Clean out your clutter! 

Take this time to throw out or donate items that take up space. Donate old clothes your child grew out of to make closet room for the new items. Do the same for shoes that may have accumulated as well! Toss out old pencil stubs, last year's notebooks, dried out markers, broken crayons, old binders, and agendas. This is going to help clear space in your home for the new supplies that is to come! 

Outdoor Space

Your back patio and backyard is a place for barbecues, birthday parties, and family gatherings. We all spend a lot of time outside making memories with our loved ones. You want to ensure that this space makes all your guest feel at home, warm, and welcomed.  You want to include furniture that is functional and decorations that are beautiful.


Lighting 

Outdoor string lights bring sparkle to your space. These are great for evening events at your home. You have enough lighting to feel warm and cozy. String lights are also an elegant look on your porch. Edison bulb lights can make your room more artistic as well. 


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Garden

Why have your garden just outside when you can keep it on your porch? This functional ladder holds all the plants you want it to. This is great to grow herbs and spices. It is also a beautiful look and brings the outdoor feel on the porch.


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Outdoor seating is a MUST. You want to make sure that you have plenty of room for extra guests to be comfortable. Having an outdoor couch is a beautiful look with a few accent chairs. You can also have ottomans so that you are able to pull up extra seats if needed. 


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Backyard

An outdoor Pergola is an adorable way to decorate the yard and to have some extra shade. You can have this over your grilling area or over some seating with a fire pit. In the mornings this provides shade and you can add lights for the night time s'mores making! 


Ways to decorate for 4th of July

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With every holiday that comes around, we all want to ensure we have festive decorations in our home. Here are some easy and cute ways to add some patriotic colors to your home so that you and your guests are ready for the holiday. 


Flower Arrangements

You can add a little red, white, and blue to your home by adding a floral center piece in your home. These are great to add to your kitchen table or an entry way. You can spruce this decoration up by also adding some flags or ribbon. 

Star Candles

Star candles are also a fun decoration to add. You can find different variations of stars and stripes candles at most stores. Try making an arrangement with a few blue solid candles mixed in with some stripped candles. These also look great in your bathroom or on a TV stand. They will bring more patriotic colors to your home for a year round holiday.

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Accent Pillows

Adding patriotic pillows is also a way to add the patriotic theme to your home. You can buy these at most home stores. Just add on a few stripped, flag, America, and colored pillows to your couch. If you want to bring even more of the colors out try adding a throw blanket with the patriotic pillows. 

10 of the Best House Warming Gifts for New Homeowners

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At some point we all know someone who is moving into a new home. Moving into a new home is a reason to be congratulated. It can be exciting and most of the times overwhelming. To ease a bit of the stress you can always give house warming gifts to lift some of the stress. Who doesn't like new gifts?

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Coffee Cups- You can never go wrong with coffee cups and to top it off his and hers are a great idea.

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Wine- Almost every one loves a nice bottle of wine. To make it a little more welcoming add a ribbon and a card on the side.  

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Anything Personalized- What better way to scream new home than a personalized gift.

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Gift Baskets- With gift baskets you can get creative. Like the Photo shows a fancy strainer or basket that can be used is a good idea. 

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Door Mats- Every home needs a door mat to trap unwanted dirt. 

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Serving Trays- A more practical gift but it comes in handy whether you're serving guest or breakfast in bed. 

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Candles- They make great last minute gifts. Or if you're just not sure what to gift them everyone loves candles. 

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Cookbooks- Every home should have one. Home cooked meals are where the best memories start.

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Signs or Decorations-  Personalize any home with something you can hang on the wall. 

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Ornaments- Although Christmas only comes once a year an ornament is thoughtful and will be kept forever. 

 "May the roof above your heads protect you from the elements, and the cozy walls wrap your family in warmth."- Anonymous

The Most Important Home Renovations for Selling Your Home

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Do home buyers want fixer uppers or fixed up houses?

Some buyers want fixer uppers. However, most buyers want very minimum cosmetic work when buying a house. Before you start tearing at your home have a plan. Smart sellers will weigh the cost of improvements against the home's market value after the repairs or upgrades are completed. Note that kitchens and bathrooms carry the most return. 

Make a list of renovations or improvements that need to be done. 

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  • Patch holes and cracks in walls and ceilings.
  • Fix all broken appliances.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Replace bad carpet.
  • Repaint  walls with neutral paint (not white).
  • Replace broken window glass.
  • Repair the roof.
  • Change out any dated light fixtures / ceiling fans.
  • Replace old window coverings.
  • Remodel outdated bathrooms and kitchens.

 Choose at least 5 improvements to renovate, from worst to least. When it comes to hiring someone to do the job (because we can't do everything ourselves) don't settle with who you pick because its cheaper. You would rather it be done right then having to spend more by hiring someone else to fix the problem. Never spend more than you can recover in fixing up your home. You also don't want to replace things that aren't going to help you sell. If it is an eye sore or really outdated then replace or repair it.

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Preparing For Hurricane Season

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   You can never be too prepared for hurricane season and you don't want to be stuck in a situation wishing you were better prepared. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, the peak occurring between mid August and late October. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, storm surge, and tornadoes. This year there are four major hurricanes predicted to be with a category 3 strength or higher.  2017 hurricane season ended with a total of 10 hurricanes, six of those were major. Last year demonstrated just how much we need to prepare with all of the devastating disasters that happened. The NOAA forecast for 2018 estimate one to four major hurricanes and 10 to 16 named storms that will be hurricane strength.

Hurricane Ready? 

  1.  Have a plan- In case of an ordered evacuation know the local evacuation route and where you can stay. Whether it be family, friends, or shelters. 

  2. Prepare your home- Buy tape or wood to board the windows. WATER because you may lose power and water access for several days. Canned goods, bread, etc. because again you may lose power. Secure any loose items outside ( toys, gutters, debris) 

  3. Evacuation bag- Keep a bag stored in case you have to leave. Filled with; a supply kit, flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid, medications, important information. 

Follow any guidance from local authorities and always call 9-1-1 if you are in any danger or hurt. 

What Can You Do To Help Your Community?

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Community service can help many different groups of people: children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, animals, and the environment. It is often done near the area where you live, so your community receive the benefits of your work. Many people participate in community service to help others and improve the environment. It can also help gain experience to include in your resume. 

What do you gain from participating in community service?

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  • Personal growth
  • Meet new friends
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Help others

 

Five Community Service/Non-Profit Organizations You Can Be Involved In. 

Lawn Care Tips for the Summer!

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People benefit from healthy grasses, trees, shrubs and lawn care. Not only does a healthy, clean lawn increase the quality of life for your yard it also improves your property value and value of the neighborhood.

Summer is the time when kids are mostly outside playing due to summer break. It is also a time when your lawn needs more attention as it is exposed to heat, droughts, different pests, and more. A hot summer can leave bare spots and thin areas as well as lawn diseases such as brown patch which thrive in warmer weather conditions. Regular maintenance can prevent such things from happening to your lawn. Below are a list of ways to regularly maintain your yard.

Yard Tips-

  • Grass cutting: In the summer your grass grows faster and you may need to cut once a week. To keep grass healthy you want to mow often enough so you're not removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Raise your mower blades in the summer.
  • Weeds: Apply a weed control, any weeds that have escaped a herbicide application should be removed with a garden fork. Pulling weeds is the most effective yet time consuming way to get rid of those pesky eye sores. Make sure to use gardening gloves
  • WateringLawns need at least one inch of water per week. Water deeply and less frequently. Water only when needed and only for an hour between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.  

Can Houseplants Purify The Air?

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During a famous NASA experiment in 1989 researchers found that indoor plants can scrub the air of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene. Later research found that soil microorganisms in potted plants also played a part in cleaning indoor air. Bill Wolverton, a former NASA research scientist who conducted the 1989 study stated "the amount of leaf surface area influences the rate of air purification."  He stated that it's impossible to guess how many plants may be needed to clean a room of contaminants. But he would recommend at least two "good sized" plants per 100 sf. The bigger and leafier the plant, the better. Studies have also shown plants can reduce stress by calming the sympathetic nervous system. More research has sown spending time around nature and plants increases a persons mood and energy levels. 

While Wolverton's first plant of choice for indoors would be the Golden Pothos here is a list of most common used house plants.