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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 12/10/2019

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Getting rid of a pest infestation in the home can be an expensive and stressful endeavor. Enjoy a comfortable, pest-free home with a few best practices.

Preventative Control

Every homeowner should invest in preventative pest control. Either hire a company to come and treat the inside and outside of your house on a monthly or quarterly basis or commit to treating the home yourself. You can find pest control solutions at your local hardware store. Do yourself a favor and pre-treat your home to gain an edge on those pesky little creatures.

Home Maintenance

Maintaining a few key areas of your home can lend a great hand in keeping out pests. It is important to check all the weather-stripping on your exterior doors. Some bugs can squeeze under the door even if you have pristine weather-stripping, so if yours is worn-down or flimsy bugs can easily gain access and take up residence. Screens are another home feature you need to keep in good shape. Even if an insect can squeeze into the flattest of areas, most that cause severe issues wonít be able to get through the grid.

Clean Living

It seems obvious to point out that simply being clean can help keep pests out of the home, but itís true! Itís important to stay on top of daily home care, but there are also a few key areas to pay special attention to. In your kitchen, you want to maintain general cleanliness. You also want to make sure you donít neglect your bottom cabinets, counter-top appliances and the space below and behind large appliances. Itís easy to miss a spill that goes underneath your refrigerator or stove, and that small spill can attract ants, roaches and more to your kitchen.
Bottom cabinets have a tendency to have cracks or gaps in the back that are an invitation for pests to make a home underneath. Of course, you want to seal up any gaps as well as you can, but youíll also want to make sure things stay clean in those cabinets and check them periodically for evidence. Another pesky area where pests like to live is in the bottom of counter-top appliances. Make sure you clean underneath these every time you wipe down your counters and do the dishes.

Early Detection

You can take all the precautions, but everyoneís home is still vulnerable to pests. Theyíre oddly smart, small and persistent. So, on top of everything, you want to ensure you know how to check for pests so you can detect them early and start treatments immediately upon detection. Check your cabinets, behind appliances, bathroom corners and underneath furniture regularly.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 12/3/2019

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Having a well-organized bathroom is a homeownerís dream. To get your bathroom organized you just need a little time and effort, and the will to rid yourself of a few unnecessary items. 

Purge ó Everyone has a tendency to over-purchase and overstock on bathroom products every once in a while. In order to really organize your bathroom items in a useable way youíll need to pair-down to what you actually use. If you canít make yourself give away the items you donít really use, gather them in a storage container and put them in the back of the cabinet until youíre ready to purge them. Once you have all the items you use set aside you can further divide them to begin organizing. 

Organizers and Containers ó When you know how much space and the type of items you need to store, you can determine what organizers to buy. Decide what items need to live on the counter or vanity and what items are best placed in drawers and cabinets.

With a couple simple steps, you can keep your products clean, organized, easy to use and put away again. Enjoy getting ready for work or to go out while saving on time and stress.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 11/26/2019

Whether your adult children have left the nest or you recently decided to "upsize" to a larger house, you're now faced with the minor "problem" of what to do with that extra space.

While some homeowners just use it for storage or guest bedrooms, there are plenty of other possibilities that are well worth considering.

Exercise room: In spite of the many proven benefits of regular exercise -- ranging from increased strength and endurance to weight control and slowing down the aging process, many people have trouble getting started and staying motivated. It's a lot easier to come up with a laundry list of excuses than join a gym and stick with an exercise program. It's surprising how many people actually join a health club, but then stop going after the novelty (and their enthusiasm) wears off.

However, when you create a dedicated fitness space at home, most of your former excuses no longer hold water! With a home gym or exercise room, you not only have convenience, privacy, and 24/7 availability, but there are no parking issues, traffic problems, membership fees, or noisy weightlifters. If you prefer a regimen that's less vigorous, there's always the option to use the room for yoga, tai chi, and meditation.

Home office: With more homeowners telecommuting, consulting, freelancing, blogging, and starting ecommerce stores, it makes sense to set aside a dedicated space in your home for business and career development. A home office is also a quieter place to go for other tasks, such as paying bills, applying for jobs, social networking, catching up on your email correspondence, or planning your next vacation.

Home library: If you or any of your family are avid readers, a room with lots of built-in shelving, comfortable furniture, and adjustable lighting would be the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Not only would a home library be the ideal environment for reading, studying, or doing research, but it might even encourage your children to cultivate more of an appreciation for reading and learning.

Craft room: Whether there are artists, embroiderers, or jewelry makers in your household, a special room for artistic endeavors lends itself to creativity, while helping to keep craft supplies and projects confined to one area of the house! A craft room can also be ideal for storing gift-wrapping supplies and holiday cards.

Music room: If your family is musically inclined, a separate room for practicing instruments is beneficial to both budding musicians and those who want to watch TV, do homework, or have quiet conversations elsewhere in the house. A dedicated music room can also be a good spot for making music videos, recording music, and having jam sessions.

As you can imagine, extra space in your house gives you and your family the opportunity for more physical, intellectual, and creative development. Designating a spare room, a finished basement, or an attic area for artistic expression or personal development may even encourage others in your family to discover and cultivate their hidden and emerging talents!





Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 11/5/2019

For those who intend to sell a house, it generally is beneficial to explore ways to minimize stress throughout the home selling journey. That way, a home seller will be prepared to deal with any potential pitfalls that come his or her way.

When it comes to prepping for the home selling journey, stress can be problematic. But if you can remain calm, cool and collected in the face of home selling hurdles, you can find solutions to these problems and enjoy a stress-free home selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure a stress-free home selling journey.

1. Evaluate Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

What separates your residence from others? Consider your house's strengths and weaknesses, and you can discover ways to transform various weaknesses into strengths.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection prior to listing a residence. This will enable you to identify any structural issues with your house and address such problems before you add your residence to the real estate market.

2. Enhance Your Home's Interior and Exterior

For those who want to minimize stress, it may be a good idea to hire professionals to help you upgrade your house's interior and exterior. Because if you have professional support at your disposal, you can quickly and effortlessly transform an ordinary house into an exceptional one.

To find the best interior decorators in your city or town, you may want to search online. This will allow you to examine online reviews and customer feedback and find the best interior decorators in any area, at any time.

Moreover, you should not hesitate to hire professional landscapers to help you bolster your house's curb appeal. Professional landscapers can trim the hedges, mow the lawn and perform other home exterior upgrades to ensure your house stands out to potential buyers.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Don't let stress get the best of you as you prepare to sell your house. Instead, hire a real estate agent, and you can avoid stress throughout the home selling journey.

Ultimately, a real estate agent is a difference-maker for a home seller. This housing market professional will teach you everything you need to know about selling a house and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions. As a result, a real estate agent can make it easy to navigate each stage of the home selling journey.

Let's not forget about the comprehensive home selling guidance that a real estate agent can provide, either. A real estate agent can help you take an objective view of your home and establish a competitive price for it. Also, after you receive an offer on your home, a real estate agent can help you examine this proposal and determine whether to accept, reject or counter it.

If you want to streamline the home selling process, there is no need to worry. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and a home seller can reap the benefits of a stress-free home selling experience.




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 10/29/2019

When it comes to making your home and property safer for your family and others, the Boy Scouts motto says it all: "Be prepared!"

While it's next to impossible to completely eliminate all risks and potential hazards in and around your home, there are dozens of things you can do to make your property safer.

Every family's safety needs are unique, but here are a few basic precautions that can help reduce the chances of home accidents occurring -- both large and small.

Stair safety: All things being equal, it's riskier to walk down a flight of stairs than it is to walk on level ground. While that may seem obvious, most people don't stop and think about the potential risks of descending stairs as they're about to do it. Although tripping and falling on stairs can be injurious to just about anyone, it's especially dangerous for elderly people. From a homeowner's standpoint, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of family or friends stumbling on your stairs. On an ongoing basis, it's necessary to make sure there are no loose objects on the stairs that could cause someone to lose their footing. Keeping stairs clear of toys, building blocks, and slipping hazards can be challenging if you have young children. Until they're taught to pick up after themselves -- which might occur sometime between now and college -- stair safety is an important issue to be aware of. Another key strategy for preventing household accidents is to make sure railings are properly installed and firmly anchored. Basement stairs can pose additional risks because they're sometimes inadequately lighted. Concrete floors at the bottom of some staircases can make a fall even more hazardous (not to mention painful). Increasing lighting, if needed, and making the bottom step more visible so that it's not accidentally skipped, are two preventative measures for reducing the chances of anyone falling on basement stairs.

Fire safety: Most people are aware that it's essential to have several working smoke detectors placed in strategic locations in your kitchen, bedroom area, and other parts of your house. Even though it's common knowledge, people don't always remember to install enough of them, replace worn out batteries when necessary, or test them every few months to make sure they're in good working condition. Some people remove the battery to silence smoke alarms while they're cooking, which can be dangerous if they don't remember to put them back afterwards. If your kitchen smoke detector has a "push to hush" button, then that can be a safer way to temporarily quiet a smoke detector when you're cooking dinner. Home fire safety also entails several other precautions, including having a fire extinguisher in the kitchen (and other areas), having a second-floor fire-escape ladder available, and teaching children how to avoid and respond to potential fire dangers. More detailed information and educational materials on fire safety is available from government agencies and non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association.

Stay tuned to this blog for more helpful tips, pointers, and ideas for keeping your home safer and more secure.