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Furniture Arrangement Tips For Your Home in Baton Rouge

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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Baton Rouge Home Maintenance Tips

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.

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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.

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Staying Safe This Halloween in Baton Rouge

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.

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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.

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Preventing Mold In Your Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Mold. A word you really don't want to hear. Especially when talking about your home. Mold grows on anywhere, on anything and you can never get rid of the spores completely. Mold also causes health problems and often allergies. Here a some tips on keeping it at bay.

Keep Things Dry

Moisture is an invitation. Things like something spilled on the carpet, clothes or wet laundry in the washer should be dried as soon as possible. Keep the bathroom dry and clean. If you have a fan in the bathroom, turn it on while bathing or showering and leave it going until the moisture is gone. Dry around the kitchen sink after washing dishes, water can seep into unseen cracks in the sink caulking. Keep areas like the bathroom and laundry room open for proper ventilation.

Keep Good Airflow In You Home

The air is unable to hold as much moisture when it cools down. Maintaining a good airflow in your home will keep the moisture from settling into your walls, on windows or in windowsills. Keep doors to the rooms in your home open to help increase circulation and don't push your furniture right up against the wall. Fresh air never hurts either.

Keeping Plants In the Home

Keep an eye on your houseplants. They can attract mold in their soil when too moist. Try keeping them in areas that have good airflow and be careful not to water them more than is necessary for each plants needs.

Following these simple suggestions will help keep mold out of your home.

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Prepare Your Garden For Winter

by Glenda Daughety & Team

When it comes to keeping your house looking nice, you certainly don't want to neglect your garden, and fall can be a pretty messy season. There are plenty of things to do when preparing your garden for fall. We have a few tips to get things started.

Preparing Your Perennials

When readying your perennials, don't to cut them down further than 4-6 inches above ground. Also, don't cut them before the first frost, before the plant is dead for winter, so the energy stored up in the plant can flow down into the main part of the plant, where is stays until the spring.

Remove Messy Leaves

Not only will your yard and garden definitely look better without a layer of leaves, but it will help keep your plants happier and safe from rotting and harboring bugs or disease. Make sure to remove all the weeds too, before the ground gets to difficult to work with.

Removing Dead Plants

It is very important to remove plants that are infested with bugs or disease. You don't want these problems festering, and spreading, during the winter. It is not recommended to dump these plants into the compost pile. If you're able, burn them, or bag them for trash.

Leave the Pretty Plants

If you don't want your garden to look completely desolate during winter, leave plants that look pretty and will be stable through the winter as they are. They could also prove to be important to next years critters such as butterflies eggs, early bird nests and other important life.

Putting Down Compost Cover

It is important to keep your ground healthy, and a layer of compost is the best way to ensure your plants can be healthy and that your garden stays looking nice. Putting down a layer of compost from 1-6 inches will help replenish the ground with required nutrients for your plants. A good choice for compost is something with a good balance of green and brown matter or composted manure.

With these tips in mind enjoy your time in the garden!

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From Rental to Your New Home - The Move Out Checklist

by Glenda Daughety & Team

You finally did it! After all those years of renting and helping pay someone else's mortgage, you've purchased your own home at last. Now it's time to get ready to move out of your rental and into your own home. 

But if you've never moved from a rental before, or if it's been some years, you may have forgotten all the things needed to be done in order to properly leave your rental so that you get as much back from your deposit as you can. You'll certainly want that money for your new home, so it's a good idea to cover all of your bases when moving out of your rental.

Here's a checklist of the tasks to prioritize so that you can get back your deposit.

Two Months Before the Move: 

Examine Your Lease

As soon as you decide to move, you need to ask your landlord or leasing company about the move-out guidelines in your lease. Check your copy of the lease and go over specifics of how much notice is needed, your cleaning responsibilities, and other essential items.

Asses Damage 

Check the areas of your rental to see what needs repair before the final walk-through. Go over the list with your landlord to see what items they can or need to fix, and what you are responsible for.

 

One Month Before the Move:

Give written notice.

Write a letter to your landlord or leasing company with the exact date of your move. Make sure to give notice according to their rules or you may lose your deposit

Cancel or Change Your Renter’s Insurance.

Contact your insurance company to advise them of your move date.

Gather Supplies

Get together all the supplies you'll need, such as boxes, tape, and packing materials.

 

Three Weeks Before the Move:

Start Decluttering and Packing.

Start organizing and getting rid of things you won't need to take with you. Sell them, donate them, or give them to other tenants in your complex.

Tie Up Loose Ends

Make sure you get time off work, check into boarding pets, and changing utilities such as phone and internet, electricity, gas, and water to your new home. This will help ensure you're not moving in in the dark at your new home.

Want more tips on what you can do before your move? Check back on our blog later this week for part 2 of this article.

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Glenda Daughety
RE/MAX First
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge LA 70816
225-205-2672
225-291-1234
Fax: 225-612-6422

 

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Glenda Daughety & Team
RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Licensed Realtor in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission


Glenda Daughety, Team Leader

Michelle Copeland, Buyer Specialist

Ashley Daughety, Buyer Specialist / Stager Decorator

 

 

 

 

 

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