Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too.
So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home?
It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP:
If your clothes and your dryer are super, super hot or, conversely, your dryer is taking longer to dry, you could have a clogged lint vent, a leading cause of house fires. “Sometimes the dryer connection will wiggle loose going to the outside, causing all sorts of issues with lint,” says Jeff Devlin, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Stone House Revival” and “I Hate My Bath.” Heat and packed lint make the perfect recipe for fire. To defuse that combination:
You can also hire a pro to do it.
Your nose knows what’s normal in your home. “If you go into a room and it smells musty, there’s something going on,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When you smell that mildew-y smell, you know you’ve got a problem, he says. What kind of problem? Read on.
Mold and mildew are the banners for moisture, your home’s No. 1 enemy. If you see them, you know moisture has broken through your home’s defenses and is bringing reinforcements. Find out where the water source is and eradicate it ASAP. Moisture is like cancer to a home. If you don’t catch it early, it will eat away at your home’s very structure, causing major damage to its foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.
You get it now. Water = bad. So even a faint water stain should light a fire under you. Zero in on the source before moisture can settle into your home’s bones. A water stain on the ceiling could signal a leak in your roof, or if it’s under a bathroom it could be a pipe that’s leaking. Stain under a window? Your window may need caulking.
Showering in water up to your ankles defeats the purpose. “A clean drain is a healthy drain,” says Devlin. If your drain makes odd noises and takes foreeeeeeever, you could be at risk of a sewer backup, which is not only a moisture issue, but one that ranks high on the stinky scale. If you’re lucky, it could be a simple clog, but either way it might be a good idea to put your plumber’s number in your cellphone’s favorites list.
The pitter-patter of tiny rodent footsteps is enough to send shivers down your spine — and can quickly multiply into a mini stampede. One couple found out the hard way.
“We found that a squirrel had taken up residence in the attic and was chewing through electrical wires,” says David Bowers. By the time he and his partner, Sharon Bowers, (BTW, they co-authored “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop”) got around to calling a pro, an entire squirrel family (with more on the way!) had settled in to dine on those wires — a costly fix that was also a fire hazard.
If you hear unwanted visitors, evict them quickly, then block the entry they used. With squirrels, it might be an overgrown tree limb, which they use to jump onto your roof and then slip through a hole under roof flashing or rotting fascia, or an open window. For smaller pests, keep in mind they can come in through the tiniest of holes. (Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening.)
You may love the smell and sound of rain, but when it’s cascading off your gutters in torrents instead of traveling neatly through them … well, remember those warnings about moisture? Cleaning the gutters is home maintenance 101 for good reason. “It can lead to exterior damage, as well as water damaging the foundations,” says Bowers. If you spot a gutter clog, clear it. You’ll be happier for it. It’s probably the best thing you can do to protect your home.
Originally posted with HouseLogic.
This area was first known as Sand Hill in the late 18th century. This small town along the Ohio River was incorporated as city in 1974. Estimated population for 2014 was around 5,000. This small town has quite a bit to offer! 5 star hotels, 4 star restaurants, many parks and even a pond to go fishing!
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Prospect Kentucky is growing, community and employment wise.
One of the major attractions for this small town is a place called Paint and sip. Your place to paint, sip and create! Located in Norton Commons, we offer a variety of arts and crafts classes…beyond just canvas! Gather your friends, pick a beautiful art project from our class calendar, add a drink or two from our bar, and you have the recipe for the perfect night out! (Excerpt from Paint and Sip) Rita Yussman a local award-winning artist for her work on Kentucky Derby posters teaches a class at a Paint and Sip shop, from the reviews it’s an excellent place to share with a loved one or some friends.
COWLEY PARK: A two-acre park with a traditional gazebo that can be reserved for family activities, Community celebrations such as 4th of July festivals and summer music fests. Prospect is also big on keeping families safe. They offer a program called “House Watch”, if you go out of town you can request to have police patrol your home. An extra piece of mind to any homeowner. Prospect has one of the highest ranked elementary schools in the area. The reviews rave of how dedicated and positive the staff are at the school. Goshen at Hillcrest Elementary is ranked with 10 stars!! There are several sub divisions in Prospect that have beautiful homes, several sub-divisions, to be exact 10 different neighborhoods. Part of Prospect Kentucky is Oldham County, which has great schools and tax benefits. The other half is Jefferson County, with social and political benefits.
Bert says: “It has a prosperous river town character with a distinct southern accent.”
After doing research on this small town, it seems to have some friendliness and good down home country feel. Great school systems and a good employment rate.
If you are looking for a small town with a big town feel, Prospect Kentucky is the place to be!! A good place for the kids to go to school, dad to go fishing and family fun!! Close to the Big City of Louisville with the small town feel. Prospect Kentucky may be just what you’re looking for to purchase your next home. Family living and prosperous. Let us show you some of the beautiful homes this little town has to offer! Give us a call to schedule a showing today!