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Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Spring 2018 in New Jersey – 10 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready from Spring

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 

– Ernest Hemingway

10 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Spring, the eternal season of hope, is, once again, upon us. The days begin to grow longer, the air smells sweeter, the flowers bloom more brightly, and the temperature becomes ideal. For some, Spring means Weddings, outdoor eateries, gardening, Baseball in full swing, or other outdoor activities. But with the warmth and sun that breaks us free from the shackles of winter, that same sun shines a light on gutters clogged with leaves, sidewalks with trip educing cracks, or flower beds filled with plants of seasons past.

Before you jump into Spring with both feet, then into the following Summer, let us help you target your Spring Maintenance chores that you may forget, with such, so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the season.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


1.) Check your Gutters for Leaks or Loosening

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Make sure all of your gutters and drains are free from debris and leaves. Improper draining could lead to flooding of the basement and property devastation.  While clearing the gutters, make sure they are securely attached. A 5 cent screw is far cheaper than siding, roof, or landscape damage, or worse, injuring on a loved one or neighbor. Make sure your gutter drains are clear as well, so water may drain away from the house, instead of inside.


2.) Fill in Areas of Unleavened Yard or Foundation

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

In the Winter, harsh weather can cause lawn levels to become unbalanced and areas surrounding a home’s foundation can become low. While keeping that in mind, with Spring comes rain. We all know the rhyme. With rain comes flooding, which can lead to water damage around the foundation and, come Summer, those pools of water become breeding grounds for insects and put a damper on a Summer party.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


3.) Check Window and Door Pane Wood

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Use a screwdriver to see if there’s any separation in wood on windows, door jams, decks, or railings. If there are gaps, now is the time to repair, before spring rains damage them further and expose more wood.


4.) Check Roof Shingles

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

While standing in your yard, check your roof from afar, no need to bust out a ladder if it’s unnecessary. Look for any damaged or missing shingles from the winter weather. Now is the time to check, as the harsh summer sun can be extremely damaging to roof shingles. So check for split, loose, or missing pieces need to be replaced. You should also check to see if shingles need to be repaired surrounding chimneys or vents, if they do, don’t be a hero, get an experienced roofer to fix these areas. If you need vast repairs, now would be a great time to begin budgeting money to fix your roof.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


5.) Check Your Chimney

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

After the thaw of Winter, your chimney has often taken 4-6 months of abuse from need to stay warm. Do yourself a favor and have a certified chimney sweep, to clean out your flue and inspected. Also check the chimney itself for damage and have it repair.

6.) Inspect Concrete Tabs For Movement

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

This is the time of year to inspect all the concrete slaps around your home to find movement. In the winter, freezing water causes matter to expand which may cause them to move. Concrete slaps should drain away from your home, but if the gap becomes to wide, fill in the gap with cement or silicone chalk after power washing out the gap before sealing.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


7.) Remove/Replace Firewood

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

If you own a home with a wood-burning fireplace, firewood is necessary. Most people store it outside throughout the winter, but after the season ends, get rid of that dead wood. The weather has made them either water logged or other problems that cause them to be useless. The best practice for storing firewood is, covered, 18 inches off the ground, and at least 2 feet from a structure.

8.) Check Hoses For Damage

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

After the winter chill, now is the time to check your outdoor water faucets for freeze damage. To check, place your thumb over the opening of the faucet, turn it on, if your finger stops the flow of water completely, there is most likely damage to the interior sections of the pipes and needs replacement. If the hose itself isn’t stored properly, you may need to check your hose for dry rot. If there is, just replace the entire hose.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


9.) Clean Your Cooling System

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Now is the time to hire an air conditioning specialist to clean coils and air filters in your air unit to keep it working at peak performance. Why now? Because as soon as the heat increases, more and more people will notice theirs is not working as it should and will call said professional, making it difficult to get an appointment and leaving you to sweat it out.

10.) Check Fuel and Blades

Spring 2018 in New Jersey

Now is the time to stock up on gas, batteries, chargers, or sharpen blades. Whether it be your lawn mower or BBQ, stock up on fuel (propane or petroleum), fill them up now and never worry about it until next year. The same goes with lawn mower blades. Give them a good sharpening now in the spring, when it’s pleasant outside, and don’t worry about it come August, when mowing the lawn alone is already an endurance test. No need to add more activity in the blazing heat.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


Now that these Simple Steps are Done, Take some time to smell the roses and enjoy the cool spring breezes that poets write about, painters paint, and all can appreciate.


Spring 2018 in New Jersey


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Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Website – www.debkerr.com

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Groundhog's Day Results

Groundhog Results! Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd, 2017

Welp…. The results are in.

Did the groundhog see his shadow?

Groundhog's day results

According to Punxsutawney Phil…

Groundhog's Day results

Groundhog's Day Results

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!!

He has definitely seen his shadow.

Groundhog's Day Results

Sorry folks… Six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog's day facts

But don’t let that get you down. We got you covered on how to deal with the winter blues… more importantly, snow.

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For Tips to Help Remove Snow…. Tips for Snow Removal

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Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office: 732-549-1998

Cell: 732-910-1682

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Groundhog's Day Facts

Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd – Groundhog Facts

Groundhog's Day Facts

Well, it’s February 2nd, yet again. So you know what that means,

IT’S GROUNDHOG’S DAY!!!

Groundhog's Day Facts

Now most of us are familiar with certain elements of groundhog’s day, like Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, that if they see their shadow it means six more weeks of winter, and it’s a pretty great Bill Murray movie.

But here are some other, less known facts you may not know about the Groundhog and his special day.

Groundhog's day Facts

  • The first Punxsutawney Phil began predicting on February 2nd, 1887. Though started earlier by Pennsylvania Germans much earlier in the 1800’s, the first official “shadow search” began in 1887 and hasn’t missed a year since.
  • Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of all the groundhogs, is correct about his weather predictions about 38% of the time, seeing his shadow (meaning 6 more weeks of winter) about 85% of the time.
  • Groundhogs are a member of the squirrel family (the largest of said family) and are known to climb and swim very well to avoid predators.
  • Groundhogs are known for borrowing deep into the ground in very elaborate tunnels, including a separate area to use as a bathroom… seriously.
  • Groundhogs are also referred to as woodchucks, whistlepigs, chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, and red monk.

Groundhog's day facts

  • There are a large number of groundhogs that predict the weather, aside from Punxsutawney Phil, there’s Staten Island Chuck, Pothole Pete in New York City,  and Warton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The groundhog lives most of their life alone, socializing with other groundhogs only to mate, but still look out for one and other. They communicate in high pitched shrills to warn other groundhogs of impeding danger
  • Groundhogs are herbivores and survive by eating grass and plants.
  • During birth, they usually spawn around 6 offspring
  • Groundhogs are known to eat a great deal in the summer, fatten up, then hibernate all winter. Around mid October until early spring.

Those are just some fun facts about the Groundhog and the holiday.

Now let’s just pray he sees no shadow.

Groundhog's day facts

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Don’t Be Taken Off-guard, BE PREPARED FOR WINTER!

If you are like us in the Northeast, snow, blizzards, and ice are an unavoidable obstacle in our daily lives between the months of late November and April. But every year, we are reminded how difficult its removal can be, short of buying a snow blower for your walkway or a large decommissioned army tank for your commute to work. Aside from the muscle inducing soreness that comes with the hassle of shoveling, there comes another hardship: damage. So here’s 10 tips that will help you remove those heaps of snow, without inflicting destruction on your property.

  1. Protect Your Plants

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This is one of those tips that you do before it starts snowing. If you have a flower bed or a garden that you want to avoid looking like a treasure hunt come spring, prior to it snowing, place large metal stakes into the ground, so (unless it’s an absurd amount of snow) you are able to know where to stop digging, without disturbing your plants. If you have large amounts of snow on bigger scrubs in front of your home or along your driveway, experts says “leave it.” If they are loaded with snow, leave them alone, you will tend to do more damage removing snow than if you just didn’t touch them.

2. Be Sure to Use a Snow Melter

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This is another practice to do before a storm begins. Experts say to use a liquid mix, preferably a Liquid Magnesium Chloride Blend. Use a garden sprayer to apply it to your walkway or driveway prior to the snowfall. This can slowly melt snow up to two inches in accumulations. Wondering how much is enough? Use about one gallon for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Make Sure You Have The Right Shovel

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

We’ve all seen some random shovel or snow pusher on sale at your local “S-Mart” (you know the stores I mean), but keep in mind, just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase. “Look for a shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish to make loading and unloading a breeze. Avoid a blade so big you’ll be tempted to overload it; an ergonomic, S-shaped shaft will save your back by requiring less bending. Avoid using metal blades on softer materials, such as wooden decking. A pusher—basically a shovel with a C-shaped blade—is handy for clearing lightweight, fluffy snow. ” – via ThisOldHouse.com

4. Don’t Put it Off… It’s Going to Get Worse

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

The right way to shovel, is to shovel and shovel often. EVEN IF IT’S STILL STORMING. The key is to not let the snow to bond with either your properties surface (freezing), also it’s a lot easier to shovel 2 inches 2 or 3 times, than it is to shovel 7 inches, trust me, I know from experience. And don’t leave a layer of snow between the air and the pavement. You want the pavement to show, so the sun can do its natural job and warm it as much as possible, not allowing ice or more snow to form.

5. Be Sure Not To Pile Up The Snow

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

The best thing you can do is avoid having snow near the foundation of your home, SO DON’T HELP IT. It may be out of your way for the time being, but if it’s next to the foundation of your home, that snow can melt, turning it to water, which can easily refreeze. And as we all know from elementary school science class, when water freezes it expands, causing cracks that make your home susceptible to future water damages.

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard! Be Ready for The Winter Storms!

6. Remember: De-Ice Correctly

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Most people think that just throwing rock salt on it and calling it a day is the way to go after shoveling. Well, though it’s not a terrible plan, rock salt only works when the temperature is above 12 degrees (Fahrenheit). So if it’s less than that, then you’d have better luck putting it on the rim of your margarita. Also, salt can be extremely harsh to plants, scrubs, or grass. ” Two other salts, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, cost more but are less harsh (though still not great for plants) and work at much lower temps than rock salt (from 20 to 25 degrees below zero F). Still pricier is a nonsalt option called urea. It’s usually used as a fertilizer, and it can be a little tough to find. Wear gloves when spreading any deicer by hand. For large areas, use a handheld spreader or a push spreader, but not a grass spreader (the deicing granules will gunk up its gears). Store deicers off the floor or in a sealed bucket to keep them dry.” – via ThisOldHouse.com

7. Watch Your Step, Avoid Black Ice

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This may seem like the most obvious advice, but in the throws of battling the snow, it is easy to forget. Be careful on places like your stairs and make sure your sidewalk is clear from black ice, no one likes a lawsuit. Use sand or kitty litter (also a good tip for your tires to gain traction in the slip of the snow, also, in a pitch, if you have no sand or kitty litter in your car and you are stuck somewhere, release your inner MacGyver, and use your car’s floor mat, place it behind your tire and back up on to it, just don’t forget it in the snow). For best sand, use sandbox sand over mason’s sand, as sandbox sand is far courser and will yield the best results. But if you want to avoid lawn destruction, use alfalfa meal, which is a slow acting fertilizer.

8. GET IT OUT OF HERE!

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Though this isn’t the most viable option for all of us, if you have the means, use a snowblower. There is no better weapon to use against the onslaught of weather, especially if the snow reaches 11 1/2 inches or more.  Use silicone(spray) on the outshoot of the machine, to keep it from sticking and piling up, furniture polish also works wonders on this. After your finished, let it run for another 10-15 minutes so the snowblower can dry itself off. Your back will thank you in the morning.

9. When Shoveling, move in the same Direction

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

When shoveling, nothing takes more abuse than your back. Avoid twisting, and shovel and unload in the same direction. Push it in the same direction you aim to dump it. Also avoid getting plowed in by using this simple trick:

See more: https://youtu.be/8Bm7mJxJOSU

10. Pay Someone Else to Do It

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Listen, no one wants to shovel snow. If you have the means, hire a kid in the neighborhood to do it, or guilt a relative into doing it. Call in favors, Christmas gifts, Wedding presents, whatever it is you have to do to avoid doing it yourself. If a kid is ambitious enough he’ll ask you before you have to ask them, personally, I know I used to do this as a pre-adolescent youth, totally worth it.

By Dan Farley 

More Snow Hacks:

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

10 Tips For Snow Removal Page 2

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6. De-Ice Right

Metuchen Real Estate

Most people think that just throwing rock salt on it and calling it a day is the way to go after shoveling. Well, though it’s not a terrible plan, rock salt only works when the temperature is above 12 degrees (Fahrenheit). So if it’s less than that, then you’d have better luck putting it on the rim of your margarita. Also, salt can be extremely harsh to plants, scrubs, or grass. ” Two other salts, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, cost more but are less harsh (though still not great for plants) and work at much lower temps than rock salt (from 20 to 25 degrees below zero F). Still pricier is a nonsalt option called urea. It’s usually used as a fertilizer, and it can be a little tough to find. Wear gloves when spreading any deicer by hand. For large areas, use a handheld spreader or a push spreader, but not a grass spreader (the deicing granules will gunk up its gears). Store deicers off the floor or in a sealed bucket to keep them dry.” – via ThisOldHouse.com

7. Avoid Slippery Surfaces

Metuchen Real Estate

This may seem like the most obvious advice, but in the throws of battling the snow, it is easy to forget. Be careful on places like your stairs and make sure your sidewalk is clear from black ice, no one likes a lawsuit. Use sand or kitty litter (also a good tip for your tires to gain traction in the slip of the snow, also, in a pitch, if you have no sand or kitty litter in your car and you are stuck somewhere, release your inner MacGyver, and use your car’s floor mat, place it behind your tire and back up on to it, just don’t forget it in the snow). For best sand, use sandbox sand over mason’s sand, as sandbox sand is far courser and will yield the best results. But if you want to avoid lawn destruction, use alfalfa meal, which is a slow acting fertilizer.

8. Send it Away!

Metuchen Real Estate

Though this isn’t the most viable option for all of us, if you have the means, use a snowblower. There is no better weapon to use against the onslaught of weather, especially if the snow reaches 11 1/2 inches or more.  Use silicone(spray) on the outshoot of the machine, to keep it from sticking and piling up, furniture polish also works wonders on this. After your finished, let it run for another 10-15 minutes so the snowblower can dry itself off. Your back will thank you in the morning.

9. Shovel With The Same Direction

Metuchen Real Estate

When shoveling, nothing takes more abuse than your back. Avoid twisting, and shovel and unload in the same direction. Push it in the same direction you aim to dump it. Also avoid getting plowed in by using this simple trick:

See more: https://youtu.be/8Bm7mJxJOSU

10. Get Someone Else To Do It

Metuchen Real Estate

Listen, no one wants to shovel snow. If you have the means, hire a kid in the neighborhood to do it, or guilt a relative into doing it. Call in favors, Christmas gifts, Wedding presents, whatever it is you have to do to avoid doing it yourself. If a kid is ambitious enough he’ll ask you before you have to ask them, personally, I know I used to do this as a pre-adolescent youth, totally worth it.

By Dan Farley 

More Snow Hacks:

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

10 Tips for Snow Removal Page 1

Metuchen Real Estate

If you are like us in the Northeast, snow, blizzards, and ice are an unavoidable obstacle in our daily lives between the months of late November and April. But every year, we are reminded how difficult its removal can be, short of buying a snow blower for your walkway or a large decommissioned army tank for your commute to work. Aside from the muscle inducing soreness that comes with the hassle of shoveling, there comes another hardship: damage. So here’s 10 tips that will help you remove those heaps of snow, without inflicting destruction on your property.

  1. Protect Your Plants

Metuchen Real Estate

This is one of those tips that you do before it starts snowing. If you have a flower bed or a garden that you want to avoid looking like a treasure hunt come spring, prior to it snowing, place large metal stakes into the ground, so (unless it’s an absurd amount of snow) you are able to know where to stop digging, without disturbing your plants. If you have large amounts of snow on bigger scrubs in front of your home or along your driveway, experts says “leave it.” If they are loaded with snow, leave them alone, you will tend to do more damage removing snow than if you just didn’t touch them.

2. Use a Snow Melter

Metuchen Real Estate

This is another practice to do before a storm begins. Experts say to use a liquid mix, preferably a Liquid Magnesium Chloride Blend. Use a garden sprayer to apply it to your walkway or driveway prior to the snowfall. This can slowly melt snow up to two inches in accumulations. Wondering how much is enough? Use about one gallon for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Buy The Right Shovel

Metuchen Real Estate

We’ve all seen some random shovel or snow pusher on sale at your local “S-Mart” (you know the stores I mean), but keep in mind, just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase. “Look for a shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish to make loading and unloading a breeze. Avoid a blade so big you’ll be tempted to overload it; an ergonomic, S-shaped shaft will save your back by requiring less bending. Avoid using metal blades on softer materials, such as wooden decking. A pusher—basically a shovel with a C-shaped blade—is handy for clearing lightweight, fluffy snow. ” – via ThisOldHouse.com

4. Don’t Procrastinate

Metuchen Real Estate

The right way to shovel, is to shovel and shovel often. EVEN IF IT’S STILL STORMING. The key is to not let the snow to bond with either your properties surface (freezing), also it’s a lot easier to shovel 2 inches 2 or 3 times, than it is to shovel 7 inches, trust me, I know from experience. And don’t leave a layer of snow between the air and the pavement. You want the pavement to show, so the sun can do its natural job and warm it as much as possible, not allowing ice or more snow to form.

5. Do Not Pile Up

Metuchen Real Estate

The best thing you can do is avoid having snow near the foundation of your home, SO DON’T HELP IT. It may be out of your way for the time being, but if it’s next to the foundation of your home, that snow can melt, turning it to water, which can easily refreeze. And as we all know from elementary school science class, when water freezes it expands, causing cracks that make your home susceptible to future water damages.

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Edison Real Estate