DON'T IGNORE YOUR HOME!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG AS THEY SAY AND THE LAWN MOWERS AND RAKES ARE OUT AND HOPEFULLY, WE WILL SOON BE PLANTING OUR FLOWERS AND MAYBE EVEN VEGETABLES. PICTURE YOUR HOME WITH A PERSONALITY. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? IS IT GETTING EXCITED THAT YOU WILL BE GIVING IT SOME SPECIAL ATTENTION THIS YEAR? DRIVE THROUGH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND LOOK AT THE OTHER HOMES. HAVE THEY BEEN GIVEN A POWER  OR SOFT ROOF WASH; POSSIBLY SOME FRESH MULCH; A NEW FRONT DOOR OR A FRESHLY PAINTED ONE? DO YOU THINK THE OWNER IS PROUD TO PULL INTO THE DRIVEWAY? ARE YOU PROUD TO PULL INTO YOURS?

NO MORE EXCUSES. PLAN A DAY FOR YOURSELF OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND GIVE THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME SOME SPECIAL TREATMENT. SPRUCE UP WHAT YOU CAN AND THEN MAYBE SEE IF YOU CAN FIND A FEW DOLLARS IN YOUR BUDGET TO GET SOME PROFESSIONAL WORK DONE IF YOU CANNOT DO IT YOURSELF. CLEAN WINDOWS SPARKLE; AN ATTRACTIVE WREATH ON YOUR DOOR MAKES IT LOOK INVITING; TRIMMING A FEW TREES PREVENTS DAMAGE DOWN THE ROAD; A WEEKLY LAWN MOWING MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR HOME AND MAKES YOUR NEIGHBORS TAKE NOTICE.

OUR HOME IS OFTEN OUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT. DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SELL TO START DOING ALL THE WORK. CLEANING YOUR FURNACE AND DUCTS CLEANED NOW; PAINTING SOME TRIM OR A ROOM OR TWO; REMOVING SOME DATED WALLPAPER WILL REAP REWARDS LATER ON.

MAKE SURE YOU REWARD YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FOR A DAY OR DAYS WELL SPENT. ENJOY A BARBECUE OR TREAT YOURSELF TO A SPECIAL MEAL AT ONE OF THE WONDERFUL OUTSIDE RESTAURANTS OR ICE CREAM STANDS IN THE CAPITAL DISTRICT.

Dede Olds

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