Adding Home Safety With Step Lighting

Adding Home Safety With Step Lighting

As important as it is to confirm that older home stairways, handrails, and lighting are up to code when it applies to lighting, at a minimum, adding a set of step lights improves field of view during evening and early morning hours. In the land of millions of reptiles laying about, why take the chance when navigating steps. There are many inexpensive quality low voltage stair lighting options.  From the perspective of ease of installation, often times landscaping allows natural concealment of wires being run on the back side of a wall such as in this home’s example.  


When there are three steps in which a lighting solution is required, place one small wall mounted fixture on either side of the steps at the center of the middle step.  This allows for an even distribution of light on the upper landing, over all three flat step surfaces, and onto the lower landing area. Without a doubt, there is a direct relationship between poorly lit area and crime: better lighting will deter offenders who benefit from the cover of darkness. Improved lighting means that offenders are more likely to be seen by someone who might intervene, call the police, or recognize the offender. Even if this does not happen, some offenders who fear that it might would be deterred from crime.

From an aesthetic perspective, by adding step lighting to your home, you are creating a continuous pathway from the front door to the car park area.  Whether for the purposes of security, or being a welcoming host, fill in the gaps adding safety and an inviting element to your home’s entrance point.  Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Most of the homes I have cared for encompass a large property footprint. The goal with energy efficiency is to use less energy to do the same job. This reduces your home's energy waste producing cost savings. Here are #tips to help your home save energy:

• Change your light bulbs to LEDs.

• If possible, wash your clothes in cold water.

• Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.

• Replace all filters in your home regularly. 

• Defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick.

• During summer months, close blinds on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home's temperature cooler.

• Control your exterior lighting with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation.

• Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer and as low as possible in the winter.

• Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

• Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible. 

• Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead.

• Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer's recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.

• Don't leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.

• Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.

• Turn off the lights when they're not in use. Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.

• Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, such as lamps or TVs, near a thermostat.

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Parking Security

Parking Security

Whether at home, work, or about, parking safety is a critical issue when mitigating risk. Parking areas for some time have been a target for property crimes and violence, and when it comes to your home, it can only be the beginning of a much worse ordeal than in a quick intended crime happening in public. Criminals who seek easy targets may interpret an unkempt parking area as a sign that the property isn’t monitored. A poorly maintained parking area lot or garage makes it easier to commit a crime because no one is monitoring suspicious activity. Maintenance duties like picking up trash, emptying garbage bins and trimming landscape should be performed routinely.

Keeping an area well lit from dusk to dawn is essential in parking lot safety.  High Definition Surveillance Cameras in parking areas are essential as they monitor and record faces and license plate numbers as vehicles enter and exit a parking area. Security cameras are also essential for use in stairwells and poorly lit areas. Using key fobs connected to emergency alarms and sirens are another beneficial idea.  Having an instant connection to disarm a criminal’s intent is the fastest way to evade danger after preparing an area with the highest levels of situational awareness.  

Remember, criminals seek out easy targets in advance.  If you notice suspicious activity and can document details by video or text, you are staying one step ahead.  Passing these details to local law enforcement also offer a tremendous benefit should there be an investigation that you aren’t aware of. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Integrity Matters

Integrity Matters

Earlier today, I had the honor of caring for the widow of a gentleman who provided exceptional care in every detail of his family’s home during his lifetime. While serving at the home, I found as many ways to establish integrity in my processes saving many costs.  At the end of the project the charming woman with a British accent expressed great joy at the high quality and unusually low cost.

I struggle in life and with our society.  I don’t see enough caring about ethics and morals, being noble and decent, and taking a sincere approach to service.  The only times I find myself enjoying life are either when I’m fortunate enough to serve someone special like the elegant British woman today, with my wife experiencing some sort of great adventure, or with my kids catching up several times per year in person and weekly on calls.  

Earlier this year I was accepted into the British Butler Institute in London.  As an UHNW Estate Manager, I have had the fortunate opportunity to care in a hands on capacity for great people.  I came to Palm Beach searching for the opportunity to make a difference.  Today’s experiences reminded me of why integrity matters on the receiving end.  Wishing you a peace-filled day! Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Copper Roof Maintenance

Copper Roof Maintenance

A beautiful copper roof will last many decades and should need only minimal annual care. Strong and durable, copper has a natural lifecycle that takes it from a shiny copper glow to a rich, distinctive patina, one that is recognizable worldwide as seen in many historic buildings hundreds of years old. To achieve a distinguished maturity, most homeowners look forward to or even accelerate the maturation of their copper roof to its ultimate patina. But no matter what stage your copper roof is in, there are still things you should know to help your roof look and perform its very best for a very long time to come.

The patina color on a copper roof is a sign that the copper is maturing and actually strengthening as it ages. When a copper roof is exposed to moisture and air contaminants such as high levels of salt air in South Florida, the oxidation process begins. A thin layer begins to form, which is the patina, sometimes called verdigris. As the years go by, the patina will grow thicker and it will change color.  The color may vary, depending on the location of the roof. For example, urban copper roofs may have a bluish patina, due to the copper sulfate that forms from deposits from urban pollution. 

A copper roof on a building near the coast may have a greenish tint as the salt air forms copper chloride in the patina. It’s important to remember that this is a long and natural process. You can expect it to take even longer anyone living in a dry climate that doesn’t get much rain or humidity. For a natural annual cleaning, utilize a mixture using equal parts salt and white vinegar. Stir it until the salt is completely dissolved. Apply the mixture evenly over the roof, using a garden sprayer. Rinse the salt and vinegar off with a garden hose. Never use a pressure washer on a copper roof, because it can damage the patina. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

To maintain the strength and durability of your asphalt driveway surface, it is important to follow the maintenance recommendations of a reputable asphalt service provider. Regular asphalt driveway maintenance includes applying a sealcoat every 1-2 years after the original installation and every 5-10 years after that time. A sealcoat application helps protect the asphalt surface, reducing water penetration and the harmful effects associated with UV rays and car oil leaks.

In addition to sealing regularly, it is important to crack-fill as cracks begin to appear in the surface. Cracks in the asphalt allow water to get into the sub-base and compromise the integrity and strength of the asphalt surface on top. Regularly filling cracks and applying sealcoat will ensure that water is not able to get under the surface and cause damage. Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of water after it has entered into the ground under the pavement. The pothole repair process involves four important steps: clean, heat, add the new custom aggregate mix, and cool. Potholes should be repaired as soon as possible to help mitigate larger, and more costly repairs.

If your asphalt surface is looking dull or worn due to improper maintenance or initial installation, an asphalt overlay is a great option to give it a refreshed look. In many instances, an asphalt overlay can add 5-10 years to the lifespan of the asphalt surface. Regardless of who you consider for your asphalt driveway service, make sure you do your research. There are specific qualities you should look for in a residential paving contractor, including: ratings and customer feedback and experience with your type of asphalt paving project.  If you need a liaison we are always grateful to assist and manage projects mitigating risk to capital investments. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Sculpted Ivy Maintenance

Sculpted Ivy Maintenance

Spend a week or two touring British gardens, and you'll come home with a whole new appreciation for how climbing ivy can enhance your property. Something to consider when selecting a trellis structure; choose supports that are sturdy enough for the vines you want to plant. Supports should be made of weatherproof materials such as galvanized or powder-coated steel, painted or treated wood especially if you are planting a perennial vine. Also think about whether you want the support and plant to be a decorative garden feature.

Decorative plant supports can serve as interesting focal points, or can provide a sense of enclosure by screening views and/or delineating boundaries. Spend some time on your property determining what style and scale structure would be compatible with your home and landscape. Flat trellises are often used to define a space or provide a sense of privacy. They may be freestanding, or can be anchored to a wall or post. Sometimes permanently located, they are also relatively easy to move if you want to try out different effects.

Both functional and decorative, these structures add a strong vertical element that can serve as a focal point. Like exclamation points, they're most effective when not overused. Make sure the structure is tall enough to support the type of ivy you want to grow. There are climbers to suit almost every type of fencing you can imagine, even chain link fences. Consider contrasting ivy with climbing roses which look beautiful draped over a post-and-rail fence. Clinging plants like BostonBoston ivy attach themselves to almost any wall with no other support necessary. Most other plants will need to attach themselves to a wall mounted trellis or a system of wires and eye bolts.  Regardless of your concept, with a little planning and vision, your home can experience the elegance of a British garden. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Landscape Lighting Upgrades

Landscape Lighting Upgrades

Outdoor lighting technology has changed a lot in the past twenty years. Did you know that the first outdoor fixtures were developed from mayonnaise jars, painted coffee and fruit juice cans, automobile lamps and 12-volt batteries? Mechanical equipment that you invest into, there comes a point where you may find yourself needing to make repairs more often. When this happens, you must decide if it is better to replace the item or continue having it repaired.  

Landscape lighting fixtures contain a socket the bulb plugs or screws into with halogen fixtures, or in the case of LED are often integrated into the fixture. Just like anything left outside in the elements, some older lighting fixtures can begin to let moisture in. This can lead to corrosion, and the lamps not working. Bad sockets will show signs of rust and corrosion. The bulbs may flicker or only work intermittently. These are the signs of a bad socket, and possibly a bad fixture.

New fixtures allow the use of LED lamps instead of energy-wasting incandescent bulbs. LED’s use a fraction of the energy of incandescent because they do not waste energy making heat. Around 90% of the energy used to power an incandescent bulb is transformed into heat. Also, LED bulbs have the added benefit of a much longer life than incandescent. Upgraded fixtures utilize this beneficial technology. Overall new fixtures allow for a better performance of your system. If you think that your outdoor lighting fixtures may be showing signs of degradation, please feel free to contact us.  We can evaluate your system and advise you on a solution that suits your needs best. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Waterfront Home Safety

Waterfront Home Safety

If you have attained the dream of purchasing a waterfront home or you are on the lookout for the perfect waterfront property, you should consider the ways you will want to keep this unique home safe for the whole family. If you have children who are extremely young, it is a good idea to add gates to your waterfront access and alarms to your doors. The alarms can help tip you off if your toddler has wandered outside, preventing accidents from occurring. Adding gates can help keep young children from accessing waterfront areas on their own.

Make sure every family member knows how to swim with confidence. Whether you as an adult need a refresher or your young child needs beginning classes, there is no wrong age for swimming lessons. Many places even offer swimming classes for infants, which helps teach your baby how to float safely. Be sure you have all the proper safety equipment needed. Arm boats with life vests and invest in life ring buoys for your dock. If you plan to leave your dog alone by the waterfront, make sure there is a gated area without direct access to the water. While your dog may be a champion swimmer, he can lack the judgment to know how far is too far when heading out on a swim. Be sure there is also an easy way for your dog to exit the water should he jump in, as ladders and other methods won’t work for your four legged family member. 


Be sure you invest in a high-quality security system that will keep intruders out. New, smart home security systems are ideal as they provide you with immediate alerts, camera accessibility from anywhere, and the ability to control your home’s locks via a phone app. Due to the advances in technology, security systems can provide you with the peace of mind you need to keep your waterfront home secure, 24/7 and 365 days a year.  Planning for the worst gives peace to enjoy the best! Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Car Air Conditioning Service

Car Air Conditioning Service

In servicing our 2010 Mercedes C300 which hit a milestone of 200K miles, I replaced the in-cabin air filter.  A few years ago I had never heard of this filter and was surprised at what happens when it gets clogged...no cold air inside the vehicle.  In South Florida summer it’s unbearable to not have cold air. The in-cabin air filter cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems.

Recommendations on when a cabin air filter should be replaced vary by manufacturer with some saying every 12K or 15K miles, others longer. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the in-cabin air filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust to filter out. Some signs that you need a new in-cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your climate control system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and get more noise than results.

Another is persistent bad odors. Even if you don’t have these warnings, however, you should have the air filter checked at least once a year, and you may be able to do that yourself. Many in-cabin air filters are located behind the glove box and are easily accessible by freeing the glove box from its fasteners. Google “cabin air filter” + your vehicle type and see what the cost is.  Next visit YouTube to search a video showing the replacement.  The air was cold in the Mercedes, but literally now it will freeze you out..ask Sarah :) Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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200K Mile Vehicle Care

200K Mile Vehicle Care

Yesterday our 2010 Mercedes C300 crossed into a milestone of 200,000 miles.  In anything that I care for, I’m highly proactive giving it my best.  I’ve put together a list of things to consider with higher mileage vehicles. Exhaust systems...a Mercedes has 2 catalytic converters and 4 mufflers.  The catalytic converters are environmental based, and the mufflers are sound based.  Like many Mercedes owners, I removed the 4 mufflers to give the car a deeper sound and few people would ever suspect anything was different.

Spark plugs...If maintained well, plugs can last 100K miles. But because I’m now over 200K I’ll be installing another set in the next month and replacing the ignition coils. Shocks and struts...a front strut & spring assembly pair online runs $199.  It’s not an excessively easy swap but is a fairly quick turn project at the shop.  I’ll be changing out the fronts and rears this summer. Oil...Increased oil consumption is common I’ve noticed. My car doesn’t smoke and I use fully synthetic oil which I change out myself.  In the summer months I use a higher viscosity than in the winter.

Moisture buildup in the cabin...a Mercedes has an in-cabin air filter located under the dash.  If it gets clogged your AC will struggle to function.  It’s $25 to replace it. Electrical components...Years of water splash and spray can wreak havoc on your wiring and circuitry. I’ve been pretty lucky in this regard but have to replace the sunroof switch that popped loose due to wear and tear.  I’ve also got an interior door handle rod that’s an easy fix and low cost to swap.

Brakes begin to wear...They should be checked often as you approach the 200K mark. I’ll be upgrading the rotors, calipers, and pads for something a little more performance based because I prefer to drive in South Florida in the same manner I would on a road course in heavy traffic. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Driveway Paver Maintenance

Driveway Paver Maintenance

A paver driveway, walkway, or patio will provide your home with decades of high quality results.  Fairly easy to maintain, pavers provide a great return on investment.  The following are tips to maintain all of your paver needs. Dirt that remains in between pavers will promote vegetation growth. A product like Preen that prevents seeds from germinating can be used in the spring and periodically throughout the season. Vegetation that grows should be pulled, and a herbicide like Roundup can also get rid of roots.

Clean new stains immediately: Oil, grease and gasoline stains are easier to remove from sealed than unsealed pavers, but get to them out quickly by using a powder dish detergent making a paste of it.  Spread it on the stain, scrub it gently with a bristled brush then wait 10-20 minutes before hosing the detergent away. Replacing a cracked paver is fairly easy. Use a narrow putty knife to remove the sand around it and the paver, or hammer and chisel to break it out.  Remove sand that falls into the opening. Add the new paver and replace the sand.

Film sealers....This type of sealer helps to protect your pavers by blocking the effects of water and other contaminants. Film sealers generate a barrier on the surface of the pavers. This sheen also helps pro-long that new look. Penetrant sealers.....This type of sealer penetrates into the pavers material, from 1 to 4 mils deep. These sealers are mostly used for absorbent materials such as concrete. Penetrants help to repel water and resist stain damage. Penetrant sealers also promote longevity and durability of the life and look of your pavers.  Benefits of Sealing Pavers: Helps repel water damage, helps repel stains caused by oil, grease and grime etc, makes cleaning a breeze, enhances, color brightness and life-span, and prevents loss of sand in joints. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Architectural Ivy Maintenance

Architectural Ivy Maintenance

Ivy growing on walls lend character. To hold their weight, the vine secretes a compound that acts as cement to hold itself in place. While ivy roots seek cracks and crevices in wooden or other structures, widening the openings in cement to allow moisture in, it generally cannot create new holes and does not harm intact brick and mortar. Although well-built masonry can tolerate the growth of ivy, weakened brick walls with crumbling mortar or loose bricks give ivy roots an opportunity to invade crevices. Homes constructed before 1930 are particularly vulnerable, as the lime-based mortar of that era is weaker than today's mortar composed of cement. 

According to a three-year study by scientists at Britain's Oxford University, ivy grown on sound masonry walls not only may be harmless, but actually may form a shield to insulate the building from temperature extremes. Acting as a thermal blanket, webs of climbing vines warmed buildings by 15 percent in winter and lowered the summer wall temperature an average of 36 percent. In particularly hot regions, confine ivy to walls with a northern or eastern exposure. After the vines reach their optimal height, prune them yearly during the dormant season, making sure to keep branches with aerial rootlets away from wooden doors and eaves. 

Plant ivy vines in spring, leaving 1 1/2 to 2 feet of space between each cutting. Work organic matter, such as peat moss or ground bark, into the soil to a depth of 8 to 12 inches before planting. Keep the ground moist while the root system develops. By utilizing Ivy as an accent, you will be providing a fashion of European elegance.  Following the guidelines of pruning and proper care ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and benefits. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Front Door Maintenance

Front Door Maintenance

If you have a door that’s been damaged by the elements, or want to learn how to restore a weathered wood door in a home you’re rehabbing, everything you need to know is right here. Exterior wood door maintenance is important to the longevity and proper function of your asset. Things like cleaning the hinges and door knob assembly only need to be done every six to 12 months. A solution of a mild dish soap and warm water used with a clean, smooth rag is the best way to clean an exterior door. If you have a wood door, apply a quality oil; for fiberglass or metal doors, you can apply a light coat of furniture wax after cleaning—just be sure it’s a very light coat.

The best oil for wood doors varies depending on wood type, but the best brands will consist mainly of either Tung or linseed oil. For optimal results, you can buy pure linseed oil: it takes a little longer to dry, but it’s best for the long term health of wood exterior doors. The best way to protect a front door from sun damage is to finish it with a varnish that contains UV blocking ingredients. If your door isn’t finished with a UV blocking #varnish or paint, consider sanding it down and refinishing it with one that does.

For older wood doors that require restoration, it’s best to take the door off the hinges, remove all the hardware, lay it across two sawhorses, and sand it down to the wood. When you have the door down to the bare wood, wipe away all wood dust, and refinish or repaint it in a dust-free environment to avoid any debris settling into a new coat as it dries. With all of the beauty and elegance surrounding a trending color making your home post worthy, it pays to invest in a quality process and focus on working out a high gloss finish.  Remember, the entry way brings guests into the soul of your home.  Wishing your family an amazing summer of fun and celebration. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Generator Maintenance

Generator Maintenance

If you are fortunate enough to own a whole house generator and haven’t tested or maintained it this year, please don’t wait.  There are a few simple things to consider such as the replacement of the engine oil, oil filter and a complete tune-up at every 200 hours or 2 years. It’s important to change your generator’s oil on a regular basis. It’s also a great idea to change out your old spark plugs after a year of use. Replacing the air filter is also a top priority as it will help your generator perform at full capacity during next #power outage.

GENERATOR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Weekly Maintenance: Run generator (typically no-load, automatic transfer switch exercise cycle), Verify unit ran and has no alarms or warnings, Ensure adequate fuel levels, Ensure generator is in “Auto” mode, Check that circuit breaker is closed, Make sure there are no fluid leaks.

Monthly Maintenance: Check engine coolant level, Check engine oil level, Check the battery charger.

Bi-Annual Maintenance: Inspect enclosure, Check battery electrolyte level, Check battery cables and connections, Inspect drive belts, Inspect coolant heater, Check coolant lines and connections, Check for oil leaks and inspect lubrication system hoses and connectors, Check for fuel leaks and inspect fuel system hoses and connectors, Inspect exhaust system, muffler and exhaust pipe, Check and clean air cleaner units, Inspect air induction piping and connections, Inspect DC electrical system, control panel and accessories, Inspect AC wiring and accessories.

Annual Maintenance: Change oil and filter, Change fuel filter, Change air filter, Clean crankcase breather, Change spark plugs, Check coolant concentration, Flush cooling system, Perform load bank testing, Fuel testing & reconditioning (diesel-fueled units only), Remove water from fuel tank (diesel-fueled units only). Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Fruit Tree Maintenance

Fruit Tree Maintenance

With the warm tropical climate in South Florida, we can grow any number of fruit trees that will not survive in most of the United States. Adding fruit trees to your landscaping is a great way to enhance your South Florida living space. Mention the state of Florida, and citrus trees are often the fruit tree that comes to mind.  More commercial citrus grows in Florida than any other state. Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and tangerines which are also plentiful here, mature in late winter and early spring producing a bountiful harvest.

Planting new citrus trees require water daily until the roots are established. After taking root, water weekly, and fertilize quarterly. Citrus trees don’t need pruning, and flourish when allowed to grow naturally. Your first fruit will appear over the course of several years, so it takes patience.  A favorite among tropical fruits is the avocado. Avocado trees are easy to grow and promise an abundance of fruit. Mature trees can reach heights of near 60 feet, and will grow and produce fruit best if planted in full sunshine with well-draining soil.

Mangos are a top choice for our tropical region. In South Florida, mango trees grow large, up to 100 feet, and produce fruit abundantly. The best time to plant mango trees is spring and summer in well-draining sandy soil, and where they can receive full sun. They need to be fertilized monthly for the first year, and quarterly thereafter. Papayas plants which are often confused as trees, grow tall with an abundance of leaves. This delicious fruit grows in a cycle of seed to harvest in as little as 6 to 12 months. Papaya plants often grow to 15 feet tall or more in height. Papayas need a great deal of water and must be regularly fertilized. Fruit is harvested before it is fully ripe and should be allowed to ripen at room temperature.  Whatever your choice, add a few fruit trees and enjoy the harvest. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Maximizing Curb Appeal

Maximizing Curb Appeal

Whether building a new home, renovating an existing, or selling your personal residence, planning for the exit is a smart investment.  The fastest way to engage a prospective buyer is to capture their attention in 3 seconds. South Florida homes draw excessive amounts of heat, which also takes a toll on exterior paint. If the existing colors are in great shape, and painting your entire home is cost prohibitive, focus on tackling smaller projects like painting your front door a bright new color.

While you’re gaining momentum by adding color to your home, continue to brighten things up with some fresh new flowers. Whether it’s filling window boxes or planting in your bedding, nothing appeals more to the senses than the beauty of flowers. Attending to your landscaping needs is a crucial part of maximizing your home’s curb appeal. Remember to sculpt the turf, provide plenty of hydration for plants, weed the landscaping, and trim the hedges.

In the same manner that the interior of your home must show well, it’s important to pay attention to the exterior as well. Pressure wash your eaves, windows, and walkways. Another easy way to improve the exterior of your home is to update new lighting.  By adding something a little more modern, and adding lighting to the landscape, you’ll be creating an inviting aesthetic setting the expectation of keeping the buyer’s attention.

Finally, one of the best ways to maximize your exterior is by creating an inviting front entry. In an overstimulated visual culture, nothing says “welcome home” like a well thought out grand entrance strategy.  We’ve actually placed outdoor speakers in front landscape bedding and had a favorite genre playing for a real estate agent’s prospective buyers.  We then carried the same vibe through the home and into the backyard.  Alignment works! Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Remembering My Grandfather's Army Service

Remembering My Grandfather's Army Service

My Grandfather Lucien E. Boivin, Sr. was a member of a 12 man rifle squad serving in the 99th Infantry Division of the US Army from Sept 14, 1944 until July 4, 1946.  In one recorded conflict, 393rd, 394th, and the 395th Infantry Regiments arrived in England on Oct 10, 1944 and moved to Le Havre, France on Nov 3, 1944 and proceeded to Aubel, Belgium, to prepare to enter the front lines in what became the Battle of The Bulge. My Grandfather returned from Europe and began his career in property management.  Without a doubt he was my hero and to this day every time I have an opportunity to serve I’m driven to make his memory proud.  Having only finished the 6th grade, he was a self-educated man who loved to learn.  His relentless pursuit to self-improvement earned him the respect and honor of being a trusted liaison for property owners.

Beyond the countless memories I have of who my Grandfather was to me, I also cherish a set of Time Life Home Improvement books from the 1970’s.  In looking back on my life I’m very fortunate to have been influenced by a man who knew who he was, made the best out of every situation, and was a true craftsman. In looking at my decision to create the Will Do brand, it is a testament to who my Grandfather was.  Always on-demand, ready to serve, obsessed with providing WOW experiences, and was the first person someone thought of when they needed help.

He was the kind of man who enjoyed demonstrating his leadership and desire to help others.  Thinking back to the experiences we had together, I can smile big knowing that he would be proud of the man I have become.  Being a mission minded leader is who he was at the core. To every man and woman who has served our country it is an honor to partner with you.  At Will Do, we strive to provide income opportunities for the men and women, who like my Grandfather had a dream of a better life.  🇺🇸 

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Palm Tree Maintenance

Palm Tree Maintenance

There are over 2,000 different types of palm trees in the world. They can however be separated into a few major types depending on their trunk, leaf structure, growth rate, size, and cold tolerance. Common varieties in South Florida include Royal & Sabal Palms.  Because of their scale, it is important to take special care for the roots. Unlike a typical tree, a Palm does not have roots growing deep beneath the tree. Root balls grow out very little and do not increase in size with the vertical growth of the tree.

An important factor for the health of a palm tree is its soil. Compacted, nutrient-deficient soils found in most urban environments do not contain the components necessary for a palm to truly thrive. For new palms, you will need to water at least twice a week for the first 6 months. Add enough water to ensure moisture is penetrating a foot and a half of the soil. If the soil is sandy, make sure to factor extra water as sandy soil doesn’t maintain moisture.

For established palms, watering will depend on the climate, season and rainfall frequency. Most trees shed their fronds naturally. Only yellowing/browning/old fronds should be removed as removing young fronds takes needed nutrients away from the tree. Remember to never trim too close to the trunk of a Palm. The bark is easily damaged and the resulting wounds are entry points for insects and disease. Palms are susceptible to infections by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, as well as to infestation by insects and other pests. Infections caused by pests vary widely.  Lethal yellowing of Palm’s is a disease first noticed in the Caribbean region about 100 years ago.

Cold weather can affect plants in a variety of ways. Although it’s rare to occur in South Florida, frost or freezing temperatures can damage the tissue of the Palm as well as limiting the conduction of water through it’s trunk.  Contact a specialist for more detailed needs, but if you need our help, we’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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Roof Maintenance

Roof Maintenance

Tile roofing is popular for homeowners who want to showcase their homes with a bit of Southwestern flair. Tile roofing is made from clay or concrete that is pleasing to the eye, but also resistant to fire, heavy rains, and high winds. Tile roofing costs a bit more than traditional shingles, but with a lifespan of 50 years, or more, it is a quality investment in your home. All roofing systems require regular maintenance, and tile is no exception. Clay tile in particular is more fragile than wood shakes, asphalt shingles or rubber roofing. Annual inspection by a qualified roofing contractor and routine maintenance will keep your home leak-free and in optimum condition.

Schedule roof inspections for the Fall or Spring each year by a roofer who is trained to see even the most minor hairline cracks, chips, and bruises in the tiles that can worsen in inclement weather. Clay or concrete tiles can be hotbeds for algae. When cleaning, use a low-pressure power washer to rinse algae away from your roof. Take care to not aim your washer directly at the tiles; the pressure could cause them to crack. An indirect spray of warm water and a touch of mild dish detergent is all you need. Remove debris from your tile roof and gutters regularly. Gutters that become clogged can overflow on to your roof, causing water accumulation and leaking. Use a ladder to safely trim tree branches that hang over the roof.

Remove leaves, moss, and other rubbish, as well. Do not step on the roof tiles themselves, as you may contribute to breakage. Ask a professional for help if you cannot reach the roof safely from the side. Repair or replace all broken or missing tiles and flashing immediately to prevent water damage inside your home. As in many aspects of home ownership, roof maintenance is a necessity and if tackled annually, will produce the highest ROI of virtually any other material. Need help? We’re a quick call away 561 270 7702.

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