Summertime Safety Fun!

Brighton and Howell Summertime Safety Fun!

Having a home with a swimming pool can be a tremendous luxury and treat, especially with these extreme temps we are experiencing right now.  Using an ounce of prevention will bring you loads of summertime fun!swimming-pool-with-ring

Downing Prevention

Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason. Don’t be distracted by doorbells, phone calls, chores or conversations.  If you must leave the pool area, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes.

Always keep your eyes on the child or children.  Designate a child watcher, whether your or someone else, when you attend a party or have friends or family over.

Talk pool safety, supervision and drowning prevention.

Post rules such as “No Running”, “No Pushing”, “No Drinking” and “Never swim alone”. Enforce the rules.

Don’t rely on swimming lessons or “floaties” to protect your children in the water.  Don’t assume that drowning or a drowning incident couldn’t happen to you or your family.

Don’t have a false sense of security just because you think your pool area and home are secure.  Always watch your children, whether in the house or outside.  Attend a CPR class.  Make sure your baby-sitter knows CPR.

For the nearest cardiopulmonary resuscitating class, contact your fire department, Red Cross or hospital.

Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines, including keeping their back gates and doors locked, and their pool gates securely closed and latched.

If you have a home with a pool, hopefully you will implement these helpful tips and enjoy many fun filled days splashing around in your pool this summer.

Dreaming of a home with a pool?  Call me and let’s find a home that fits that bill.

Katherine (Kat) Alexander

Keller Williams Realty

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Bring the INSIDE OUT for SUMMER!

Happy Summer!

Bring the Inside OUT for SUMMER!

CONTROLLING THE OUTDOORS

Use umbrellas or awnings for shade and protect your seating areas. Have fans, heaters, misters, fire pits or trees to control the temperature of the outdoor air.

SEATING

Be Creative with your seating. Use hammocks, upholstered furniture, large rocks or logs, wrought iron chairs or cushions.

AMBIENCE

Fire, lighting and fragrance can be used to create a relaxing atmosphere where you can unwind.

SOUND

Wind chimes, music and water can also be used to enhance the ambiance of your seating area. It is an excellent way to mask the sounds of the busy world on the other side of the fence.patioimage

PRIVACY WITH A VIEW

Having tall plants and thick hedges can provide an excellent barrier from neighboring yards or streets, limiting their view into your space, while providing you with a beautiful view of nature.

Summer is short in Michigan, ENJOY!

Katherine (Kat) Alexander
Keller Williams Realty

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FOUR IMPORTANT HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

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One of the most important aspects of owning a home is having the knowledge of how to keep it maintained to avoid costly repairs and serious damage. Over the years weather and use will wear down both the interior and exterior of your property.

If you are able to practice preventative care on your home, then you will prolong the life of all of its systems and components. At least every six months or so, you should be performing an inspection of your property so that you can ensure that it is still functioning properly and safely.

What should you be looking for when it comes to preventative home maintenance?

Here are a few important pointers to keep in mind:

Pests and Insects

Check your home thoroughly for any insects and unwanted pests such as carpenter ants and termites. Make sure that there is no point where the wood of your home is in contact with the soil and trim away and bushes and trees away from the foundation of the property.

If you can catch the infestation right away, it could save you thousands of dollars on repairing future structural damage.

Windows and Doors

Take a close look at the windows and doors of your home to see if you need to repair any leaks to save energy. A draughty door or window can really add to your energy bill over time, so it will be worth it to ensure that everything is sealed properly.

Gutters and Downspouts

Another important home maintenance task is to go around the exterior of your home and clean out all of the debris from your downspouts and gutters. This will ensure that they are draining properly and moving water away from the house. Otherwise, the water can collect on the eaves of the roof or around the foundation and cause leaks and damage.

Check the Roof

Make sure that you also inspect the roof at least every six months. Look for any loose shingles or damaged roof tiles. If you spot any damage early, it will be a lot less expensive to fix than the water damage that would be caused in your attic by leaving a leaky roof for a long time.

These are just a few of the most important preventative home maintenance tasks that every  property owner should know.

For any additional questions regarding your home maintenance, feel free to contact me today.

Katherine (KAT) Alexander
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