Friday, September 30, 2016

Foreclosure Rate has dipped to pre-bust levels


Good news on the home front! Foreclosures across the country have dropped back to the level they were in August 2007 of 0.9 percent. Only 2.9 percent of homes are in serious delinquency which is down 17.1 percent from July 2015. This is now the 57th consecutive month with year-over-year decline in foreclosures. Check out the infographic below for details.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Zap the Ickiest Bugs

Warm weather gets the bugs moving and grooving and with the month of September projected to be warmer than normal in our area, the bugs are going to keep right on moving and grooving. But who wants to deal with bugs in their house. So here are some tips to help you deal with the ickiest among them before the cold weather gets here.
  • Ants.
    zap the ickiest bugs

    Do follow your ant trail to find where they are gaining their egress. If possible, use some caulk to close up the opening thereby shutting them off. Make sure to keep the area where they appeared spotless. Ants are looking for leftover food and other sweet items they can carry back with them. Don’t spray ants with cleaners or try to poison them with borax and powdered sugar, it may cause a kick start in their budding process that causes them to find and create new colonies and birth lots of new ant babies. And the sugar may bring in ants from another colony which you didn’t have before.
  • Roaches. These are nasty little baddies. If you see more than 1 or 2 roaches, call a professional. Store bought roach traps will help clean up the couple that egress from outside but for infestations you need pro help. Do it yourself remedies won’t work against a roach infestation.
  • Wasps. zap the ickiest bugsDo find the nests and kill the queens by using aerosol insecticide spray. Wasp traps may be a safer alternative if you can’t do the toxins. But they will keep coming back if you don’t get rid of their home. Don’t destroy their nests during the day or plug the opening to a yellow jacket nest. If you are nervous about handing them yourself, call an exterminator.
  • Mosquitoes. Do get rid of all standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes will use any pooled water as a breeding ground. You can also treat the water with a larvicide. Don’t use any pesticide that contains methoprene which will harm fish and pets. Don’t apply pesticides to drinking water. Keep them away on your back porch by using a simple fan. They can’t fight the simplest of breezes.
  • Fruit Flies. Do clean your kitchen and use vinegar traps to snag any errant pests. Don’t bother trying to seal them out. Best way to combat them is by keeping their environments clean which includes garbage disposal, trash can and putting all food in the fridge immediately. A homemade trap by using a jar and adding a bit of apple cider vinegar in it with some plastic wrap on top with a couple of holes can help eliminate those last few. Unfortunately, Fruit Flies are small enough to squeeze through screens on your windows.
Hope these tips help you out. I may try the Fruit Fly trap myself since it is non-toxic and quick to set up. If all else fails, call in a professional even if you just need a six-month spray to help knock them down.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Home maintenance for people who live: tips for being mindful of your home

Home maintenance for people who live: tips for being mindful of your home
Weekends, you know those two days you get in between the work week where you supposedly are free! Well it seems not if you are a homeowner. Lots of us put off housework until the weekend when we can spend a proper amount of time on a project. Well I came across some information that might help you solve some of your maintenance issues quicker so your weekends can be free again!
  • Your dryer seems to be getting hotter than it should. If after a cycle in the dryer either your clothes or the dryer are very hot or your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry, you may have a problem with lint buildup. This issue is pretty simple to fix. Just get a dryer vent clean out kit, which usually consists of a brush attachment and a long wire handle and run it through you vent. Depending on if the vents comes out up top or goes under the slab you will still need to clean it. We usually schedule this at least 1 to 2 times a year.
  • Your room has a musty smell. Well then you know you have an issue and it is probably with water intrusion. Can you see mold or mildew anywhere? How about a water stain? Is your drain slow or gurgling? Treating mold and mildew means tracking down the source of the moisture first and then closing it up, then treating the mold, mildew or water stain with a treatment specially made for it, repainting with a mold resistant primer and then a couple coats of paint. If you shower and the water reaches your ankles you just might have a clogged drain. Pull the stopper up and check with a flashlight. Most clogs are a wad of hair caught on the pipe cross member. You can easily pull this out with pliers or a screwdriver and throw in the trash. Do a drain check once a year just for good measure.
  • Scratching of tiny feet in a place where you don’t want them. Rodents! No one likes them or wants them in their home. Track them down then set a trap to get them caught. See if you can find the hole they crawled through and get it plugged. Steel wool works good for this.
  • Does your home have waterfalls? Gutters, we love them to channel water away from the house but what if they become clogged? If you see waterfalls coming from your gutters, time to do something. Because backing up water will seep into your roof and cause the mold and mildew situation we talked about above. Get those gutters cleaned and save the waterfalls for you vacations.
Well I hope this was some useful information. You can stay on top of these issues just by being aware of what is happening around your home. Pay attention to when things don’t look, feel or smell right and you will be ahead of the maintenance game.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.