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There are unwelcome guests that most homeowners dread. They come into
your house, eat, sleep, make a mess, and never leave willingly. Each one
has at least six legs and sometimes flies.
They are, of course, insects. They’ve been freeloading in homes since
homes were invented. Here are some practical ways to keep these
unwelcome guests out:
• Find out how they got in. Look for gaps around windows and doors,
and cracks in the basement. If you find a spider web, there's likely an
insect entryway nearby.
• Watch out for standing water near the foundation of your home. Make
sure rain gutters drain water well away.
• Eliminate clutter. Insects love warm, cluttered, moist areas.
• Check the seal around dryer vents and other vents, pipes and cable
wires going through the wall. Reseal if necessary.
• Rinse recyclables before putting them into a bag or bin. Few things
are more tempting to a bug than the dark, moist, sweet insides of an
un-rinsed pop can.
If you do end up with a serious insect problem, call a professional
exterminator.

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Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and your first impression was
disappointing? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade
was worn and unattractive or for some other reason it just didn't look like a
tempting place to eat.
It could still be a fantastic restaurant – a real gem. But, your first impression
has soured your anticipation. If you still walk through the front door, it will
likely be with the expectation of being disappointed.
This scenario often plays out in the real estate market as well.
A buyer drives up to a home for sale and quickly forms an impression based
on what he sees "from the curb". That's why you'll hear real estate experts
talk about the importance of "curb appeal". It's one of the most important
selling points of a property.
If you plan to put your home on the market, you obviously want your home
to look as attractive as possible from the street. Fortunately, there are many
simple things you can do to improve curb appeal.
For example, you can trim shrubs and hedges, plant flowers, clean the
walkway and driveway, paint the front door and garage door, and clean the
exteriors of the windows. All these projects are relatively easy and
inexpensive. Yet, each can make a dramatic improvement to how your
home looks at first glance.
Don't be like the great restaurant that’s hidden behind an unkept façade.
Make sure your curb appeal reflects the overall value of your property.
Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price?
Call today.

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