Memorial Day

Memorial Day is frequently noted as the kickoff to summer, with its long weekends filled with family cookouts, fishing excursions and softball tournaments. But our modern celebrations are a far cry from how Memorial Day originated. Three years following the end of the Civil War, on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day as a time for our nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that Major General John A. Logan later declared Decoration Day should be observed on May 30, when flowers all over the country would be in bloom. Later that year, in Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the first l

Battling Carpenter Bees

In the spring and early summer, homeowners often begin noticing large, black carpenter bees hovering about, seeking out mates and favorable construction sites for their nests. While male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, hovering in front of anyone who lingers around a nest, they are actually rather harmless because they lack stingers. Females, on the other hand, can inflict a painful sting if they are instigated or feel threatened. Carpenter bees are distinguishable by their bare, shiny, black upper abdomen. They bore into wood to lay eggs, their preference being bare, unpainted or weathered softwoods – especially those located on eaves, window trim, fascia boards, siding, wooden shakes,

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the visual aspect of a home’s exterior as seen from the street. Studies have shown that a majority of prospective buyers will not exit their car if they don’t find a home’s curb appeal visually attractive. With an increasing number of buyers shopping online for homes, the listing photos alone could turn them off. Addressing a home’s curb appeal prior to the listing date is a critical component to positively marketing it. Curb appeal forms a first impression and sets the tone for the entire home. Potential buyers determine whether or not a home feels welcoming based on its exterior, often without realizing it. In a buyer’s market, curb appeal can absolutely mean the difference

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