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Garage Organizing Tips

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Not many people love organizing the garage. It can be a huge task if it's been a few years since you last organized it.

It's easy for things to pile up in any garage. Sometimes we just throw things in there that don't need to be there. So you're not alone if you've built up a lot of clutter. And you can take heart in the fact that your garage is probably nowhere near as bad as expert garage organizers have seen - dead animals, termite infected furniture, spoiled food, you name it.

Here's a few things to gather before you start organizing your garage:

  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Strong vacuum like a shop vac, or a broom
  • Catch-all basket for odds and ends

Organize Garage Clutter

Start out by doing a basic cleaning of the floor with a brook or shop vac to avoid spreading dirt during the project. Also look out for:

  • Nails and other small items on the floor
  • Oil or chemical stains
  • Cobwebs
  • Any evidence of furry or winged creatures that may have taken up residence in your home

As you clean, you can start decluttering by tossing anything you know right away belongs in the trash. That way you don't have to deal with it later during the actual decluttering process. This is just like any organizing process, as you need to get rid of the clutter first. You can divide items into familiar categories:

  • Toss
  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash

Ideally, you should pull everything out of the space it's in. Putting everything out on the driveway and sorting into zones will help you see how many of one item they may have, how many items are broken, outgrown or not used. You may be amazed how many items are actually stuffed into your garage.

Plan Garage Storage

Figure out your garage storage space and start storing items where they belong. Here's some ways to create more storage space:

  • Utilize vertical space
  • Use what you have, or purchase the right products
  • Make sure and dangerous items are stored in a locked cabinet if children are in the house

Don't go out and buy an organizing system and install it to see if it fits all your stuff. Start with the basics. Use basic organizers and shelves, then go up from there as you see fit.

Maintain Garage Organization

Once you’re organized your zones, you will feel a well-earned sense of accomplishment. Step 4 is to keep this organizing scheme going by doing a quick sweep as often as you need to: Seasonally, monthly or even weekly. Garages are a high traffic area so the more often you organize this space, the less time it will it take.

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The Best Times of Year For Home Renovation Projects in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Does it really matter when you decide to remodel your home? In reality, the right time to remodel is when you're ready.

Even so, there are some times of the year that are better than others to remodel, and can affect the costs.

Here are a few guidelines to help keep your remodel on target to get the most from cost and timing.

Spring

Spring is typically a busier time for builders, so you may pay more during this time of year for time and materials.

But this is also a good time of year to plan for projects like decks, patios and outdoor rooms. Not only is the ground softer for digging, but you'll be ready to enjoy your deck during the the coming summer months.

Summer

Summer is a good time for kitchen or bath remodeling, since it's in a cooler part of the house than an upstairs remodel. Summer is also a better time for roofing projects, to most people's surprise. This is because the roofing material needs certain higher temperatures to seal.

If you vacation in summer or have a summer home, it’s great to plan your remodeling effort for when you and your family will be away. You can avoid all the unpleasant inconveniences of living with a renovation and come back to a brand new addition. The only downside is not being able to monitor the progress of your builders as closely as you could if you were living in the home during the remodel.

Remodeling October through December

Of course, as we come to the close of the year, most people are thinking about the holidays, so this may not be the best time for you to start a project. Most contractors are scrambling to get projects done by the end of the year, and this could lead to mistakes or lower quality work.

On the other hand, it may be a slower time for contractors who've wrapped up other projects, so they may be less expensive as the year comes to a close. However, shipping may take longer, so work those extra days into your time frame.

Timing concerns for any remodeling project

In general, wet weather is the least desirable for any kind of remodeling. Interior work can take place any time, once the building is under cover.

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Upcoming November Events in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

There's no end to the fun in Baton Rouge, and these upcoming events this month of November prove it. There's something for every taste in these events, so get ready to have a great time with friends, family, and neighbors.

Here's what we have to look forward to:

15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival
Nov 10 | 9am - 4pm

Come on over to the Capitol Park area for the 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival. More than 250 authors will be in attendance discussing their books. Enjoy more than 150 special programs, plus live music and cooking demos. 

Wild Day at the Rowe
Nov 10 | 10 am -1 pm

Experience the wild side of The Perkins Rowe town square during Wild Day at the Rowe. The event features animal encounters with help from Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo. 

White Light Night
Nov 16 | 
6-10 p.m.

It’s time to enjoy the Baton Rouge art scene with the White Light Night in the Mid City Art & Design Cultural District. Meet talented local artists and enjoy live music as you shop and eat your way through Mid City.

ZooLights
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. The annual ZooLights returns Friday, Nov. 23, with a mile-long zoo trail illuminated with more than 50 festive holiday displays.

Festival of Lights
Nov 30 | 7-10 pm

Start the holiday season right in Baton Rouge with the Festival of Lights tree lighting and fireworks and the 2018 Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog at North Boulevard Town Square. 

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Pros and Cons of a Fenced Yard

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Are you thinking about fencing in your unfenced yard, or upgrading a current fence? No matter if it's made of wood, iron, vinyl, or chain link, they can be expensive. Before you decide on putting in a fence, you should determine the pros and cons.

Since fences are so prevalent, the pros certainly outweigh the cons. Here's a few points to consider.

PROS

Privacy

No one really wants to be watched while they're out in the yard, especially your back yard. A privacy fence can keep people from spying on you as you enjoy the great outdoors. Having privacy in your yard can play a vital role in making sure your time outside with family and friends is protected from prying eyes.

Safety

Keeping you family safe is another reason for selecting the right fence. This is especially true if you have a swimming pool. It's also a great way to keep out the critters you don't want in your yard, as well as letting your dog run free.

Noise Reduction

If you live near a busy street, noise may be an issue. Building an 8 ft high solid fence can reduce noise by up to 10 decibels. Acoustifenc is a product that has been used to reduce sound along highways and mass transit lines. You can now use it in residential settings, and it's reported to reduce noise by up to 5 percent, depending on fence height, elevations and noise frequencies.

Design Element

A great looking fence can do wonders for the overall look of your property. Picket fences are a great example of how a fence can add to the appeal of a home, as well as define the property boundary.

CONS

Maintenance

A fence well cared for will add to the appeal of your home for years. But if you don't keep them up, they can deteriorate over the years, especially wood fences. Wood fences, specifically, require occasional cleaning, staining, sealing or painting and can warp and rot over time.

Expense

Fencing an an entire property, or even part of one, is expensive. The price can vary a great deal depending on materials and length, number of gates, and labor.  A wooden privacy fence now averages $17.31 to $23.13 per linear foot – that’s $2,596.50 to $3,469.50 for a 150-foot-long fence.

When determining whether to build a fence or not, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Typically, the pros will outweigh the cons.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Furniture Arrangement Do's and Don'ts

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Today more than ever, getting a professional look in your home is essential for great interior design. To that end, there are do's and don'ts when it comes to making the right impression with your home furnishing.

Dos

Plush Pillows

Pillows are a simple and inexpensive place to start. Find decorative pillows that are soft and plush.  Down filled pillows will add a wow factor to any room. You can determine how your pillows will shape up by giving them a karate chop to the top edge to make them look less "blocky."

Space Around Your Furniture

Leaving space around your furniture makes your room look more inviting. You can create a more conversational space by placing furniture away from the wall, if possible. The best placement for this is between 4-8 feet from the wall.

The Right Light

Chose lights that are sized appropriately for the room. A light should adorn the room, like a fine piece of of jewelry will enhance a dress. buying the right lights will evoke the desired feel for a room.

Paint Colors Enhance the Look of a Room

Using the right paint color can make or break a room. You might ask a professional to help you find a color that brings out the best in your room.

An Appropriately-Sized Area Rug

The right area rug can bring your furniture together in a cohesive group. You should make sure your rug is at least large enough for the front legs of each piece of furniture in the grouping.

Don’ts

Over-Matching Furniture and Textiles

You should avoid over-matching furniture and textiles. Instead, try to make them relate. Chose pieces that have something in common, such as mood, material, history, color, motif or style.

Skimping on Drapery

When it comes to drapes, less is not more. It's recommended you should use fabric that's up to 3 times the width of your window. If you have fixed side panels, use fabric that's twice as wide as the window.

Isolate Rooms

Rooms should flow together. You can get this effect by linking adjacent spaces. Once way to do this is by carrying over an accent color or repeat a pattern from room to room.

Stopping Before the Layering Phase

This is another area where you can go overboard with matching. For example, if you have a patterned headboard in your room, you can repeat the pattern or color, but not both. Keep it subtle.

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Tips For Home Maintenance

by Glenda Daughety & Team

You might feel it best to just call a contractor every time something needs fixing in your home rather than doing it yourself. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you want to save money, there are simple ways to make your own repairs and maintain items in your home.

Here's a few things in your home that you can take care of yourself:

Plumbing

Here are some things to watch for to keep your pipes clear:

  • Fat buildup is the most common cause for clogged drains. Don't pour fat or oil down your drain. If you do accidentally spill oil or fat down the drain, run hot water along with a good amount of dishwashing fluid. The soap will emulsify the fat or oil and move it on down the pipe, preventing a clog.
  • Use a hair strainer in the bathtub drain. Hair is the primary cause of clogs in the bathroom. Make sure to remove hair after each shower from the strainer.
  • Drano isn't always the best answer to a clogged drain. The acids in this type of product can actually cause damage to your pipes if used too much. Instead, first try a drain snake and pull the clog to the surface. If the kitchen sink is clogged, try plunging it before trying to snake the drain. If you cannot remove the clog using a drain snake, call a professional.

Toilets

If you think your toilet is leaking, you can add red water to the tank. Check the bowl in an hour to see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, there's a leak.

A leak is an easy fix. You just need to replace the flapper. To replace the flapper, shut off the water to the toilet, usually located on the wall behind the toilet. Empty the tank by flushing it.

Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain. Check to make sure everything is back in place and turn the water supply back on.

Faucets

Faucets generally leak because of worn out washers in the handles, as they're made of rubber and wear out in time. To replace them, shut off the main water supply, unscrew the leaky handle, and replace the washer.

Air Conditioning

Its easy to forget about the air conditioner. But they can be costly to repair when they do Break down.

Regularly inspect the condensation hose to make sure that the water can flow freely from the line. If there is standing water around where your condensation line drains, create a drainage path using a small garden trowel and line the path with gravel to keep mold and algae from forming.

Also be sure the screen around your air conditioner is free of debris to keep the air moving freely. Also be sure to replace filters every few months.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Aquarium Keeping In The Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

You're thinking about setting up a fish tank you just snagged on sale, but then you remember some of the awful stories you've heard from friends or colleagues. The tank cracked or broke and caused damage to the carpet. A water leak caused an electrical short... the list could go on. Fortunately there are ways to be a safe aquarium keeper. Here's how:

Avoiding A Broken Aquarium

Aquarium glass is very strong, but can break under certain circumstances. To start, a strong, sturdy stand is absolutely a must. Keep in mind too that where you place your fish tank should be level or else too much pressure on the glass and seals can lead to cracks and breaks in the glass, and broken seals that can create any size of water leakages. Keeping the tank out of high traffic areas, and teaching children to not climb or hang on them, will also help you avoid damage. When moving and aquarium, be sure that it is empty of as much water as possible. Even a partially filled aquarium can be risky to move. Removing sand, gravel or decorations is important as well, as they still add weight to the tank and decorations could thump around inside the tank and cause breakage. If you've bought the tank off someone, be sure to inspect the glass for any cracks or in the plastic around the top and bottom and check to make sure the seals aren't yellowing , flimsy or tattered. These kinds of tanks are instant disaster. Even if the seals and glass look fine, the tank should  filled up at least halfway to be tested before bringing it into the home for use.

Electrical Dangers

Electrical hazards can be a real threat. Old and frayed wires, a broken aquarium light or a damaged heater can be big problem for you, your family and your fishy friends. To keep water out of outlets or power strips be sure to use a 'drip loop' in all your equipment cords. 'Drip loops' are easy. Just let a cord hang down below the outlet and if water some how finds it's way down the cord, it'll just simply drip of the bottom of the loop. For cords going to a power strip, keep the power strip above ground about a foot and the the cords drop below it.

Avoiding Equipment Hazards

The tank itself isn't the only thing that can present a hazard. Glass of any kind, like in lids, heaters or decorations, can also be dangerous if not handled properly. A heater can roll off and crash onto the floor or cause a lot of damage if turned on before covered in the proper amount of water. When removing a lid, never lay it on the floor where it can be stepped on or lean it up against a spot where it can tip over and shatter. If cleaning decorations, take care with glass, or decorations made of other easily breakable materials.

When done properly, and with a good knowledge of the basics, an aquarium is a nice, fun addition to the home.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Staying Safe This Halloween

by Glenda Daughety & Team

It's almost time for young ghosts and goblins to have fun this Halloween! 

But we can't have fun if we don't keep our kids safe. To help keep your kids safe this Halloween, here's a few tips to help, along with local Baton Rouge Trick-or-Treat festivities.

Costume Safety:

  • Try to plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well, as not all costume shoes are made to fit as well as regular shoes.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, so you may want to use non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • Make sure that hats fit properly so they don't slide over eyes.
  • Test makeup ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Decorative contact lenses are not safe. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. They can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Go over how to call 911 with your children if they get lost or have an emergency.

From House to House:

Children should never go trick or treating without a responsible adult. make sure everyone has a flashlight. If older children are going alone, go over their planned route and make sure it's acceptable. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Food Allergies:

If your children have food allergies, this can be a tricky time of year. Make sure to examine candy your children bring home and carefully read labels. Make sure your child with allergies refrains from eating candy until you do so. If the ingredients aren't listed, arrange for a treat "exchange" with classmates or friends. Or, bag up the goodies your child can't eat because of an allergy and leave them with a note asking the "Treat Fairy" to swap them for a prize. Be aware that even if they are not listed on the ingredient label, candy is at high risk of containing trace amounts of common allergy triggers, because factories often produce many different products.

Also beware of "fun size" or miniature candies which may have different ingredients or be made on different equipment than the regular size candies, meaning that brands your child previously ate without problems could cause a reaction. Teach your child to politely turn down home-baked items such as cupcakes and brownies, and never to taste or share another child's food.

Here's some Halloween events in baton Rouge that offer a safe venue for the whole family:

8TH ANNUAL BATON ROUGE HALLOWEEN PARADE

BOO AT THE ZOO

THE 13TH GATE HAUNTED HOUSE

HAINTS, HAUNTS, & HALLOWEEN, A RURAL FALL FAIR

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Fixing Pet Damage

by Glenda Daughety & Team

We all love our pets. But you have to admit, they can do quite a bit of damage to your home. Despite all the precautions we take, there's always going to be damage to deal with. If you plan to sell your home soon, or just want to keep on top of repairs, there are ways to keep your home in top shape. Here's a few tips that can help.

Walls

Depending on your wall covering, you can repair most pet damage. Wallpaper is the most difficult to repair, as it can't be patched as easily. You may have to replace wallpaper completely.

Sheet rock or paneling damage is easier to fix. To fix damages areas, sand the area to remove any debris and make the surface smooth. Fill in holes with spackle, using several layers depending on the level of damage. Make sure you let each layer dry completely before applying a new one. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying. Once you have the area repaired, you can then cover it with primer and paint it.

Wood Flooring

The polyurethane covering on hardwood floors can offer some protection from stains, but not from urine stains or scratches.

You can cover light scratches with a satin-filled marker. You will need wood filler for deeper marks.

When you re-stain the damaged area, start with the lightest stain you can, let it dry, then stain again until it matches the surrounding area. For larger areas, you can sand the whole area and re-stain it, making sure to match the rest of the floor.

Repairing urine damage can be more difficult, due to the discoloration and smell. For lighter stained floors, sand the area and clean it with wood bleach, then refinish the area. For darker urine stains, you may have to replace the boards if you can't scrub it out.

Furniture

Did your dog decide to use your chair legs for chew toys? You can fix that as well. To fix wood damage, prep the area by using a utility knife to score it with hatch marks, scraping away any frayed edges sticking out. Then use a bit of auto-body filler to fill in the damage. Apply the filler, let it dry a bit, then slice off the excess and reshape it. Sand it smooth once it dries completely.

Now it's time to get a little creative and let your artistic side shine. You can mix colors of acrylic paint and coat the area with 2 -3 layers, giving it a wood grain appearance. Then cover with clear coat and rub gently with steel wool to give it the right level of shine.

The Yard

Dog waste is not good for lawns, as the nitrogen seeps into the soil. Regularly watering your lawn will dissipate that nitrogen and keep urine from soaking in.

Raking your lawn in the Spring to remove debris and waste can also help. Sprinkle grass seed over areas that look bad.

These are just a few ways you can reduce pet damage and get more money from the sale of your home.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Saving Power During Winter

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Winter can be an expensive season. During long winter months your energy bill can shoots sky high, but there are ways to avoid that monthly dent in your account. We have a few tips.

The Sun Is Free

That big bright thing in the sky is free and is a natural way of warming your home. During the day, open any curtains or blinds in the windows you have facing south to get as much warmth as possible. Then close everything back up once the sun starts lower on the horizon.

Bundle Up!

This is a super easy way to keep warm. You can wear those fuzzy, warm socks you got on sale over summer, or those nice new house slippers with the comfy insoles. Now get out those sweaters you stored away during the warm season, and don't forget those soft throw blankets, they'll add a comfortable layer of warmth as well.

Don't Heat That Room! 

If you have a room or two you're not using, like a guest room, don't turn on the heat, or close off the vents to direct the heat flow to the parts of the home you're using. Also, if you're using oil heaters, only use them in rooms you need them in. Another thing is to keep your furnace well maintained so it stays clean and unblocked. These will help a lot in lowering your bill.

Adjusting the Temperature at Night

By adjusting you thermostat at night to a lower temperature, while your all curled up in bed, you can keep from losing warm air in the home. Which means less power loss.

With these things in mind, stay warm this winter with these tips to keep that pesky power bill manageable.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

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