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Are Smart Home Devices For Your Home?

by Glenda Daughety & Team
 
Here's a few smart home products that can make your home not only more safe, but convenient.

Video Doorbell

WiFi-enabled video doorbells are an inexpensive and convenient way to see who's at your door, even when you're not home, using your smartphone.

The doorbell alerts your phone when someone rings the bell, or even when they come near. And you can talk to the visitor, making sure you get important deliveries or to let your friends know you're on the way to the door. And when you're away from home, you can catch potential thieves.

Not only are video doorbells inexpensive, at around $200, they are easy to install and use.

Smart Door Locks

Keys are becoming a thing of the past. Now you can just use your phone as a digital key. And even better, you can text digital keys to whoever you want to gain access to your home. And you can set these so-called digital keys to be temporary or permanent, which is perfect for hiring contractors or others who should only have temporary access.

And how many times do we forget to lock the house? That's no longer an issue with smart locks. Just check your cell phone and set the lock if needed.

Home Generators

More an more people are investing in generators due to more extreme weather and risk of power outages.

However, the noisy portable diesel generators can be a pain. A built in generator can be installed that's about the size of an HVAC unit. They run on propane or natural gas and will kick on automatically when the power goes out.

Smart Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, will this be the fairest day of them all? Yes, now you can talk to the mirror. You can  get the weather, traffic updates, podcasts, or order more bathroom supplies.

There are even prototypes not yet on the market that will give you fashion advice. The magic mirror of Snow White is coming soon. The you can make sure you're the fairest of them all before you leave your smart home.

Smart Blinds

You can save money on cooling costs in the summer with smart blinds, which you can also control from your phone.

You can program them to open or close at certain times of day, or when the room hits a specific temperature. Or if you’re reading and you want to open the blinds to let in more light, you don’t have to get out of your chair. “Alexa, open the blinds.” Done.

You can also pre-schedule your smart blinds to make your home more secure.

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Signs Your Home Needs a New Driveway

by Glenda Daughety & Team

When it comes to selling a home, curb appeal is everything. So if your driveway is showing its age, it can deal a fairly big blow to that appeal. Driveways can technically be functional for decades, but eventually need to be replaced. Your driveway is a major feature of your home that you should look at when selling a home and deciding what needs to be repaired or replaced.

Cracks

Cracks always form in a driveway over the years. A number of factors can make them worse, such as leaking gas, oil, or other chemicals.

Small cracks can be repaired as they appear. Yet larger cracks that are long or wide may show signs of more serious damage. If you have a tree near the driveway, the roots may be growing underneath and compromising the pavement. In this case you may even need to remove the tree to prevent further damage.

If you decide to make your own repairs, bear in mind that the repairs will be darker than the surrounding driveway, which also will take away from the curb appeal.

Potholes

Potholes are the next level of driveway damage to deal with. Potholes can do more damage than cracks, taking a toll on your cars.

Potholes can form when the ground beneath the drive expands and contracts. Over time, the driveway material starts to weaken and give way, forming a pothole.

Potholes can be repaired, but it won't solve the problem long term of the ground underneath contracting and expanding and making the pothole appear again.

Replacing your driveway is really the best solution in this case, especially for an older driveway. Newer materials are made to withstand these issues better than the driveway materials that were used decades ago.

Rough Appearance

The weather will always take its toll on the appearance of a driveway. Both the rain and the sun can cause damage, oxidize the surface, causing the color to fade.

To fix this, you could try applying concrete or asphalt sealant, which can help to restore the original look. But if the durability of the driveway has been affected, it’s best to go with a total replacement.

Lack of Resealing

If you have an asphalt or concrete driveway, it should be resealed every two or three years to prevent if from breaking and cracking. If this hasn't been done, you may need to replace your driveway if too many cracks have formed.

Past its Prime

Most driveways are past their prime after about 15-20 years. After that much time, your driveways may be suffering from all of these problems mentioned. At this point, repairs are also less likely to be effective.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

From all of us here at The Glenda Daughety Team, we'd like to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Here's a few tips for hosting the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

Keep it simple

Unless you're a 5-star chef, don't try to make every possible dish that you think would make a perfect Thanksgiving feast. The traditional basics - turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and a simple vegetable dish such as string beans - will certainly fill everyone's plate. If nervous about cooking for guests, pick dishes that you’re comfortable making. If you’re trying something new, give it a practice run a few days before.

Go potluck

Why not ask a few family members to prepare a side dish, either beforehand or at your home? This will take some stress off of you and allow you to focus on the main course.

Cook turkey breasts separate from the legs

Turkeys are a challenge to cook as they don't cook uniformly. Breast meat cooks faster than the dark meat. If you don't care about breaking tradition, try cooking the turkey breasts and legs separately. Experiment with cooking the turkey legs in a slow cooker in olive oil. They’ll come out moist and delicious after six hours. And roast the turkey breast in the oven, just like any other type of roast.

Use a thermometer

A turkey is done cooking when it hits 135–140°F, whether that takes 10 or 30 minutes. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service advises cooking turkeys until the thermometer reads 165°F; this is the “instant kill” temperature for any bacteria that might be present. With care and proper hold times, you actually can safely cook turkey to lower temperatures to avoid potential dryness, but hold time becomes critical for proper pasteurization. Regardless, use a good digital probe thermometer to let you know when the turkey has reached temperature.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Garage Organizing Tips For Your Baton Rouge Home

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 in Baton Rouge

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.

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4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge LA 70816
225-205-2672
225-291-1234
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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

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