Although your home is your safe haven, it also comes with its fair share of potential threats that can cause injury or significant property damaged. If you’re prepping your yard for the spring, you won’t want to forget to add yard safety protocols to your to-do lists. Here are a few tasks you should include on your list to mitigate threats to your property and increase your comfort.
Overhanging tree branches pose dangers for any property. If they’re large enough, they can break off and damage cars, the roof, or even you. Unruly branches can get caught in power lines and cause power outages or even shocks. Branches that are low enough can entice kids to climb the tree. Weak branches could end up snapping, sending the branch and child tumbling to the ground. Be sure to have the branches trimmed on a regular basis to avoid these and other dangers.
If you live in an area where hurricanes or flooding are common, then you know how much of a threat water poses to your property. Some preparation is best saved until just before the event, like laying down sandbags to prevent flooding. Other preparations, like keeping tree branches and other objects that can float off the lawn, can be done anytime. Finally, you can prep the inside of your home as well by making sure that valuables are stored in the upper floors of your home where floodwaters are less likely to reach them.
Adding motion sensor lights to your yard ensures that you never come home to a dark house. Dark yards are attractive to thieves, providing them with easy places to hide, and if you come home at the wrong time they could catch you unaware. Additionally, dark yards present a tripping hazard, especially to those unfamiliar with your property. Be sure to have plenty of lights installed along your walkways, near bushes, and at the doors. This decreases the risk of you or others tripping and falling in the dark.
Most accidents occur at home. That’s why it’s so important to remove any hazards from your house and yard. By doing so, you lessen your chances of someone getting hurt, making your home safer and more comfortable in the process.
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The adjustment from winter to spring is here, and now that things are warming up you may find yourself wondering what kind of activities will get you and your family out in the Florida sun. While activities are more restricted now than usual, there are still ways you can get out and enjoy the spring air before the summer heat and humidity arrive. Here are some recommendations for things you can do to get more time in the sun this spring.
Gardening is a great hobby with the current COVID-19 restrictions, since it’s one you can do on your own from the comfort of your own yard. It’s fairly easy and very satisfying, in addition to being a simple and fun way to get outside. The enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from growing anything from plants and flowers to fruits and vegetables is a fantastic bonus. Just be sure to be careful with pesticides, as some pesticides can kill your plants if they can’t tolerate the chemical ingredients. At the moment it’s probably best to get information online or over the phone rather than in person due to social distancing recommendations. Be sure to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
Fishing is another great, relaxing hobby you can pursue, even with the current stay at home restrictions. There’s nothing quite like being on your own out in the Florida sun, relaxing on a lake with the sound of the water gently lapping at the shore, or fishing from a river listening to the sound of running water. Or if you prefer the seawater variety over the freshwater, the sound of the ocean and the smell of the salt. Florida offers thousands of miles and lakes that make for fantastic places to look for your catch of the day. Don’t forget the sunscreen, and make sure that wherever you choose to fish you practice social distancing.
One of the beauties of springtime in Florida is that it is not very hot or humid, nor is it usually very cold. This means odds are you’ll have perfect weather for getting out and enjoying Mother Nature and your local surroundings. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, going for a run, or riding a bike, as these fall under the category of essential activities you are still allowed to do under the state’s stay at home order. Current CDC guidelines recommend wearing a mask while out and about, so you might want to consider sporting some new headgear on your adventures.
Staying inside for extended periods of time can become tiring and lead to boredom, but getting outside brings physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits. With restrictions and recommendations changing frequently it can be tricky to know what’s allowed, but keep in mind activities you can do by yourself such as gardening, fishing, or getting out for a run, hike, or bike ride. May your spring be a great time to enjoy the outdoors and get some vitamin D!
Spending some time in a pool or hot tub is another great way to catch some sun. Be sure to check out these tips for pool and hot tub maintenance.
Purchasing a vacation home is an exciting step to take in life. When you have a vacation home, you have your own personal getaway, available whenever you want to take a break from the daily grind. No more worrying about booking hotels or the awkwardness of staying in someone’s spare AirBnB bedroom. But before you take the leap, consider these three points.
You can only be in one place at a time. How will you keep an eye on your vacation home when you're away? Homes that aren't inhabited are more likely to need repairs. You might want to have a live-in caretaker while you're away. They could keep up the yard and make sure the plumbing, garage and utilities are used. If something needs fixing, a caretaker could do it quickly before it gets worse.
If a caretaker is not possible, you can install cameras around your home that can be checked from your phone or computer. If someone enters the police would be notified. You could put a sign in the front yard for an alarm company whether or not you really have the alarm installed in an attempt to frighten a would-be burglar. A property management company could check at prescribed times to make sure all is well and alert you if there is a problem.
A vacation home can be a way to reward yourself and your family for years of hard work and savings. Maybe you plan to live in it full-time when you retire. Maybe you want to pass it down to your children so it will stay in your family for generations to come. When you do decide to buy your vacation home, it's important to stay within your budget. Choosing a home that is too expensive will only put a burden on you. The hours spent relaxing could become extra hours at the office working to pay for a vacation home you are unable to enjoy.
Your vacation home in Florida could work for you when you are not there. It could bring in enough money in rental income to pay your mortgage. Many people rent out a room or their whole house on a weekly or other short-term basis. A property manager would be able to screen rental applicants, take care of cleaning and upkeep and take rent for you. With the passive income from renting it out, your vacation home could end up paying for your vacation.
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Littering is a huge problem when it comes to our public beaches especially in tourist areas. Not only is it unsanitary for people and unsightly but the wildlife suffers also. Take a personal pledge to help keep our beaches in Florida clean and attractive so everyone can enjoy them safely. Here are some ideas that you can include in your clean-up pledge.
Plastic is a part of our lives, but there is a difference between reusable plastic and single use. Our beaches are littered with single-use plastic that can be avoided. Water bottles, sandwich bags, fast food plastic containers, styrofoam, and plastic eating utensils should be left at home when visiting the beach. Take sustainable containers and utensils instead. Have a plan to take your trash with you when you leave the beach. Reusable bags have many uses and help you keep single-use plastic bags out of landfills and oceans where they can harm the environment.
Our stewardship is vital to the health of this planet that sustains us. One way to exercise our responsibility is to volunteer to help clean the local beaches. You can involve other members of your family to join you in this effort. Check to see if there are groups in the area that meet regularly and join them. Take note of clean-up efforts in your area as well as around the country. Remember that each person involved makes a difference.
Make a list of supplies that you will need when out on the beach. Items to include are a first aid kit, plenty of water, work or garden gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes, bug spray, and sunscreen. Optional items include a hat, long sleeve shirt, towel, and a snack. If you have tools for picking up trash, bring them. Take before and after pictures to show your efforts.
The number one pollutant to our beaches is cigarette butts. If you are doing pickup with a group, you may want someone to bring a garden rake to lightly comb the dry sand, as people often bury the butts to extinguish them. Use a picker or gloves to handle them when removing from the sand.
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This pandemic is the one thing that nobody was expecting for 2020, and it’s easy to get down. However, it won’t last forever, and right now is the perfect time to try and figure out a pick-me-up for when it’s all over. So, what kinds of things could you do? Feel free to pick from any or all of the ideas listed below to give yourself some post-pandemic self-care that you won’t soon forget.
Though spas might be closed right now, once the pandemic is under control, they can be a great place to relax. Find a local reputable spa and take a look at the menu they offer for skincare treatments. Having someone pamper you with luxurious facial treatments targeted towards your skincare concerns is an ideal way to spend the day. Relax to some calming music and maybe sip a cocktail if possible and choose from an array of skin-soothing treatments. Maybe an exfoliating facial is just what you need to help your skin look even and bright. Or perhaps you’d prefer a gentle botanical mask that’s safe for sensitive skin. Whatever your needs, now is the perfect time to give yourself that present you deserve.
After weeks and weeks of staying at home working in your pajamas without makeup, it can be nice to give yourself a little makeover. An easy way to amplify your looks is with long, beautiful lashes, and many women choose eyelash extensions for a low-fuss option. According to My Absolute Beauty, you will be able to choose eyelash extensions that are uniquely you and customize them to your liking. Whether you want something soft and natural or long and flirty, you can work with your salon to find the lash look that fits your personality and your lifestyle.
Once your skin is smooth and your lashes look lovely, it’s time to put on your favorite outfit and meet up with some friends or family for dinner! Once social distancing is no longer the norm, meeting up with some friends is a great way to lift your spirits. Make a reservation at your favorite spot in town and arrive early to toast yourself with a drink or two. This is also a great time to connect with your loved ones. After ordering something delicious, be sure to save some room for dessert! And if you’re struggling financially, don’t worry - according to RetailMeNot, there are lots of coupons for restaurants available to lighten your financial load.
Life sometimes throws us curve balls like a pandemic, but there are things we can do to rejuvenate and recover afterwards. After this scary time in the world is over, you can take a step back to treat yourself to something special and rejuvenate yourself for the year to come.
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When people with children are looking for a home, they look for certain features that make life with children easier. These ideas usually center around giving the family more space either in an extra room, backyard or for storage. Here are three tips for making your home more attractive to people looking for child-friendly features.
A spare bedroom is essential for parents if they plan to live in a house with teenage children. It’s all right for young ones to share a room, but as they grow older, they value their own space. You may have space to add an extra room that you don’t need to use as a bedroom. However, parents will see it as an advantage if it can be converted into a bedroom later. According to Pine Tree Construction, if you have space, you could add a sunroom, home office or utility room. This would be useful to you and would look like an extra bedroom to a family.
This is a no-brainer. Creating a comfortable space in the backyard is a great attraction to parents and children. According to Celebrity Greens, padded playground surfaces made of synthetic grass require very low-maintenance and stay lush and green all year. Even if you don’t have children, you will enjoy the attractive backyard ground cover and it will add value to your home for families because parents will see it as a fantastic feature for playground equipment.
It’s not always easy to teach children to keep their rooms neat, but a storage area that is convenient for small children goes a long way to make it happen. According to Pottery Barn, low drawers that open and close smoothly and shelves that are easy to reach are two ways to make it easier for children to put away their clothes and toys. Items such as low built-in tables or dressers with drawers underneath work well, and parents can add colored baskets on top to hold even more toys and games. These are a few ways to brighten up a child’s room and keep it neat.
If you are making changes and upgrades to your home in the hope of attracting families, these child-friendly additions are not expensive but are very desirable for people who live with young children.
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