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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Avoiding Damage During a Move

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Most people imagine moving day as insane with plenty of furniture moving disasters. They most likely imagine damage to a piece of furniture that is special.

Unpleasant as that sounds, the damage could be a lot worse! During a move, you can inflict damage, not only to your furniture, but to the walls,  doorways and carpets of your new home, if you or the movers aren’t careful. But don’t worry – we have some helpful suggestions! Read on for the best ways to avoid damage to both your furniture and your new home during your move.

Protecting Your Furniture

Wrap your furniture in moving blankets, which will prevent nicks and scratches to your furniture (and walls) during your move. Better yet, you can easily stack furniture (like chairs) that are wrapped in blankets on top of one another without worrying about the furniture getting scratched.

You can use sofa covers to protect your furniture, which are fitted exactly to the size of the piece of furniture. Sofa covers, however, do tend to be more expensive than moving blankets.

Dissemble whatever pieces of furniture that you can, and make sure to keep track of the pieces that are needed to put it back together. Smaller items will be easier to move and least likely to scratch walls or door frames.

Flooring

Carpet film protector – think of it like clear plastic sheeting – is one of your best bet if you want to protect your flooring during a move. Carpet film protector, however, is not cheap, so be sure to check out a few more budget-friendly tips below.

Keep it cheap, and place carpet runners, throw sheets, large pieces of flattened cardboard paper or flattened cardboard boxes along the higher traffic areas of your home. It’ll make protecting your flooring, and post moving clean up, so much easier!

Place felt pads on the bottom of chairs, sofas, and table legs. This way, you’ll still be able to move your furniture around without any extra heavy lifting.

Pro-tip: If it’s raining on moving day, make sure to not pack up your welcome mat! That way, your movers can wipe off their shoes before entering your home (and not dirty up the carpet in the process).

Walls

Certain corners in your home will most likely receive higher traffic than others, such as hallways and room doorways – install corner guards to prevent furniture from getting caught on the corners.

Cover the walls with drop cloths to prevent scratches, holes, or dings from other pieces of furniture. You can even stick flattened cardboard to the wall and attach the cardboard with painter’s tape (which won’t peel the paint off the walls).

Door Frames

Best rule to follow: Measure twice, move once! Measure the piece of furniture beforehand to make sure that the doorway is wide enough to fit the piece of furniture that's being moved. Believe us, you’ll prevent a lot of nicks, scrapes, and scratches in the process.

Banisters and Railings

Banisters and railings are commonly in high-traffic areas and are very likely to get bumped or dinged. To help avoid damage, wrap the entire banister in bubble wrap, or even attach flattened cardboard to the top of the banister.

So, there you have it! With a a little bit of extra effort, your move should go more smoothly – and with minimal damage to your furniture and your new 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.

Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

by Glenda Daughety & Team

It's something we all fear. The washing machine breaks during a cycle and floods the laundry room. The fridge shuts off and threatens to spoil all the groceries. The oven stops just before a big meal.

But you can avoid these disasters with a little love and care. And best of all, you don't need to hire a handyman. You can do these tasks on your own. Here's a few DIY tips that can keep your home appliances in great shape and save money on major repairs or new appliances.

1. Check Your Oven's Door Seal

Your oven can lose more than 20% of it's hear o the door isn't sealed properly, making it take longer to cook food. Open the door and check the rubber or fiberglass gasket that goes around the edge of the door. If you feel any deformed, torn, or broken areas, or if you close the door and find any leaks, replace the seal. 

2. Check Range Filters

Metal filters can be washed in a dishwasher or by hand. Replace charcoal filters (don't wash them.)

3. Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls

Clean the drip bowls underneath your burner elements by pre-soaking them for 5 minutes in cleaning solution. Hand wash them and replace. Try to clean them after spills so they don't get burned in.

4. Clean Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator coils can get clogged with dirt, dust and pet hair. This will restrict airflow and make it harder to keep it cool. Clean the coils once or twice a year with a vacuum. They can either be found behind the kick plate or in the rear.

5. Change Refrigerator Water Filter 

Old water filters can expose your to harmful water. Make sure you change them every 3 - 6 months, depending on how much water you use.

6. Repair Rusty Dish Rack Tines 

Check your dishwasher rack for rusty tines. If you find rust, they can be repaired with a sealant and replacement tips to cover the tines. This will keep your dishes and silverware form being ruined.

7. Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Check your garbage disposal for any stuck items. Make sure the power is off and do not use your hands! Pour a combination of ice cubes and salt, or vinegar down the drain, then run cold water for 10 seconds and turn on the disposal. Never run the disposal without water. You can remove odors with citrus peels, or with odor removal packets sold in stores.

8. Clean Dryer Exhaust

Check for lint in the dryer exhaust by loosening the clamp and pulling the exhaust hose from the back of the dryer. Pull out lint with your hands or gently with a hanger. Vacuum before you attach the hose.

9. Check Washing Machine Hoses

You can prevent your washing machine from flooding by checking hoses for leaks. Check for cracks, leaks, or weak spots. As a rule of thumb, replace hoses every 5 years.

10. Clean AC Filters

Cleaning your AC filter every 2 - 4 weeks will increase your AC's life, as well as maintain efficiency. Vacuum reusable filters, and replace disposable ones.

If you follow these tips, you'll hopefully be able to avoid costly appliance repairs or replacements.

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.

Fall Is a Great Time to Buy a Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you're thinking about buying a home soon in Baton Rouge, here's 4 reasons why you should think about buying now.

1. Rising Prices

Over the last 12 months, home prices have increased by 6.2%, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights report. Prices are expected to increase further over the next year by another 5.1%.

With prices expected to continue to rise, it makes sense to not wait.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Will Increase

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates have already increased by 0.5% this year for a 30-year mortgage. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors agree that rates will continue to rise to around 5.1% by next year.

When interest rates rise, it affects your monthly payments. That means in a year, your mortgage payments could be higher, if these projections hold true.

3. You're Paying a Mortgage Either Way

Would you rather pay your landlord's mortgage or your own? If you rent, you're paying a mortgage, unless you live with your parents. Given the choice, of course you want to pay your own mortgage.

When you own a home, you're putting equity in it that you can use later in life.  It's a kind of forced savings account.  But when you rent, the equity goes to your landlord.

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Both home prices and mortgage rates are on the rise, and this together makes the overall 'cost' of a home.

Would you still wait to buy a home if this cost wan't rising?

Analyze what your actual reasons are for buying a home. Is it worth it to wait?

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.

What to Do and Not to Do on Property Tours

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Searching for homes and touring them can be an exiting time. Buying a new home is a new phase in your life and there's a great many things to consider.

Yet there's more to touring a home than just walking through it. There are factors to keep in mind to avoid making mistakes that could cost you. These are mistakes that could upset the seller and negatively affect the sale.  Here's a few ways you can stay on the seller's good side, while keeping focused on getting the most from your tour.

1. The fewer the better.

It's not a good idea to bring friends and relatives who are not involved in the actual purchase of the home to a showing. It will probably be more distracting than helpful to your decisions. They could also say or do things that will upset the seller. And you would also not want to bring small children, as they can also be distracting.

If you absolutely need to bring other people with you on a showing, ask your agent beforehand.

2. You're on candid camera.

You should always assume you're being watched during a showing, even when they've left the house. Many homes have surveillance cameras that can be easily monitored from a phone. You should expect that the seller wants to protect their home, as you would yours.

Sellers may also be able to hear what you say, so be careful about what you say, as it could affect your negotiations if you decide to buy the home. The seller may not even be using a camera to watch you.  Some will go next door and watch, or have neighbors watch for them.

3. No photography

It may be tempting to snap photos of a home you're looking at. But you need to remember that it's not your property. The listing agent has already taken photos that are approved by the seller. Those photos are carefully staged so as not to invade the seller's privacy. But as a buyer, you do not have that arrangement with the seller. Taking photos without permission on private property is not only bad form, but could be against state laws.

If the seller allows you to take photos, don't post on social media. You could hurt your negotiations and invade the seller's privacy. Wait until the house is yours and post all the photos your heart desires.

4. Use your imagination.

People have different tastes, so most homes you tour won't quite match your style.  That's why it's a good practice to imagine how things would look if you buy the home. Envision inexpensive ways to make the home yours.

Augmented reality (AR) apps on your phone are a great way to view walls in different colors, or view virtual furniture in a room. These tools are powerful ways to picture how the home would look if you buy it.

5. Don’t use the bathroom.

Would you want a bunch of strangers using your bathroom? It's fine to test fixtures and cabinets, but don't use the bathroom unless the seller says it's OK in advance.

Touring homes can be a fun and beneficial experience, as long as you mind your manners and show respect for the seller.

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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