Remember to drain a gallon or two of water from your hot water heater at least twice a year to extend its life expectancy.

Tips to Keep Mosquitoes From Feasting on You

Blow them away. Almost any breeze—anything above 1 MPH makes it very difficult for mosquitoes to fly.

Buy tightly woven duds — particularly high-tech athletic apparel. The tightly woven fabric keeps mosquitoes out.

Wear light colored clothes. Mosquitoes use their vision to search for food sources during the daylight hours and light colors are less attractive to them.

DEET has a bad reputation. But peruse the medical literature, and you’ll find adverse reactions to this highly effective repellent are rare. Learn how to properly apply DEET.


Single Step Realty and Keller Williams Professionals would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

Freshen Up Your Home Inside and Out

Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.

Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding.

Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks and schedule repairs as needed.

Boost curb appeal. Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior, and even small changes — like putting up bold house numbers and a shiny new mailbox — can make a big impact.

Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the sill.

Check screen doors and windows for tears. Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in mosquitoes! If you find any holes, pick up a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores) and repair them.

Clear clutter. Create more space in your home by clearing out unloved items. If you have a lot to get rid of, set a date to hold a yard sale. Or contact a local charity to schedule a pickup — some will send a truck free of charge if you’re donating large items like furniture.

Schedule cooling-system maintenance. If you have central air conditioning, be sure to schedule professional maintenance before the start of summer. A properly maintained system cools better, uses less energy and lasts longer.

Clean the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space. Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.

Maintain wood decks and fences. Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

April is National Home Inspection Month

April is National Home Inspection Month

It’s also the start of a new, very busy season of buying, selling and renovating homes. Furthermore, given this winter’s weather challenges, experienced home inspectors’ services will become even more critical and valuable.

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds consumers that they would benefit by recognizing April as National Home Inspection Month by having their home professionally inspected.

Even if a homeowner has no plans to buy or sell in the near future, that doesn’t mean that his or her current home is not a good candidate for an inspection. An ASHI home inspection can also be used as a home maintenance guide.

If you’re looking for an accredited experienced inspector to give your home a thorough inspection, I know just the professional to assist you. Give me a call at (281) 797-7248 for all of your home-related recommendations.


Wash and clean the lint screen on your clothes dryer this month to eliminate fabric softener build-up and improve its efficiency.

Money Lessons for Young Children

Single Step Realty – As important as financial skills are to navigating life, it’s important for children to grasp financial concepts like saving and spending.

Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems

Single Step Realty – With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, like your sprinkler and irrigation systems. Checking these systems in the spring can save water — and save your plants.

Your March Home Checklist

Single Step Realty – March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year.


Single Step Realty – Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12th. Mark the occasion by replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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