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Summer time home checklist

Wed, 05 Aug by Pauline Relkey

Half of 2020 is in the past and with this Covid thing, we are hoping that the second half goes way better than the first half.

We’re in the midst of summer. Hopefully with many more weeks of summer to come, we hope that the summer rays keep streaming down on us.  

This is an interesting fact – There’s some evidence that people typically drive safer in problematic conditions, such as rain, snow, and fog, while more car crashes occur on bright sunny days with clear conditions. Following this logic on the road and applying it to the home, it’s important to not overlook or underestimate some of the challenges that present themselves in summer. Unlike many summer drivers, you don’t want to let your guard down on a seemingly innocent time.

Be aware of insects. We all know that mosquitoes are a common summertime nuisance, however some areas across the country will experience the return of cicadas and other types of bugs. For your home, make sure all entry points are secured so you don’t have any unwanted visitors from the great outdoors – and it will help you with your home efficiency!

Check that your HVAC and furnace are working properly, and all the filters are up to date. Pleasant room temperatures are often not on people’s minds and can be taken for granted in the summer unless a problem occurs. And a reminder for those with a deck or patio: make sure the structure is stable and well maintained. It’ll be getting a lot of use now!

Here are your top to-dos for summer:

● Take care of any insect problems you may have.

● Seal up your home.

● Check outdoor faucets for leaks. We don’t need that water bill any higher!

● Have your roof inspected.

● Inspect and possibly change out HVAC filters.

● Clean and repair deck or patio as needed.

● Check water softener; add salt if needed.

● Test garage door auto-reverse feature. Need to keep the little ones safe.

● Clean kitchen garburator. Just don’t stick your hand in it while it’s running!

● Clean range hood filters.

● Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). Are they expired?

Have any other suggestions or questions? Call, text or email me — I’m always happy to help homeowners in our community.

Autumn Checklist

Tue, 18 Oct by Pauline Relkey

Love those leaves
Instead of thinking that the fallen leaves are nothing but a nuisance involving hours of raking and bagging, spread the leaves over soil so the worms can work their fertilizer magic. Plus pile them under shrubs and trees for additional winter root insulation.

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Protect a tree
You love those shrubs and trees that you have in your yard so wrap them, especially the newly planted ones, with burlap to protect them from the harsh elements and the drying winter sun and wind.

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Inspect eaves troughs
Once most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, give gutters and eaves troughs a thorough cleaning to prevent water and ice build-up. Maybe consider putting a leaf guard on the eaves troughs.

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Plant a spring delight
Planting spring bulbs in the garden during the fall will ensure a pop of color in the ground come spring. Bulbs can be planted right up until the ground freezes.

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Hire a chimney sweep
It won’t be long until we start using our fireplaces. I have already turned ours on a couple times this past month. Wood-burning fireplaces, in particular, require annual maintenance. Hire a professional to clean and inspect fireplaces, dampers and chimneys.  Maybe you’ll get the famous Dick Van Dyke to check them!

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Furnace and ducts cleaned
Before turning on the furnace, call the professionals to clean and inspect it. Furnace filters should be changed every couple of months so keep a stockpile of them handy. Have your home’s heating ducts cleaned to ensure optimal air and heat flow.

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Track the drafts
Batten down the hatches and keep the chill out by inspecting windows and doors for drafts. Replace old and rotting weatherstripping around the frames to prevent heat loss and water leaks.

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Recycling Week in Regina

Mon, 17 Oct by Pauline Relkey

Always a good reminder to learn something new about recycling.

October 17-23 is Waste Reduction Week. Play for a chance to win a free year of recycling! Have fun while learning recycling tips & tricks to reduce household waste. Visit Regina.ca/waste for full contest details.

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Get Green

Tue, 24 May by Pauline Relkey

I find it overwhelming when I think about planting a garden.  Is it because my mom used to plant a bloody HUGE garden that took hours and days and weeks of work to plant, weed, water, etc.  But realistically a garden doesn’t have to be big.  A visit to your local garden centre or greenhouse will show you that there are plenty of options to plant. If it’s your first time or you have limited space, you can start by planting your favourite plant or vegetable.

Whether you have a back yard or a balcony or belong to a community garden, let the space be your canvas and reap all of the benefits to gardening including:

Beautifying the Space

Color always adds some fun to our outdoors.  Winters seem too long, no matter what the temperatures were.  Enjoy some pops of color now.
Making New Friends
– Spending time in your outdoor space may mean you’ll get to meet your neighbours who have a similar interest.
Saving Money
– Grow your own vegetables and herbs instead of buying at the store or farmers markets.
Be Healthier
– Burn calories while gardening.
– Get a dose of Vitamin D from the sun.
– Get some exercise too

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