Spring Home Maintenance Tips

 

iStock_000064841963_SmallHomes need to be maintained between each season, even the switch to the warmer spring season. Harsh winters can cause damage that you should check for, and there’s also small tasks to complete to assure that your home stays running smoothly and looking its best! Check out these home maintenance tips to know exactly where to start when preparing your home for the spring:

1. Clean your gutters if you haven’t done so already to make sure they are working properly before all the April/May rain comes in. You need them to be able to handle any rain that comes in to carry it down and away from your home.

2. Re-caulk windows that need it. Harsh winters can wear the caulk down, and redoing it will help keep cool air in and warm air out, which ultimately will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. This can be done on your own with ease and is worth it!

3. Pack soil around the base of your home so water will run out and away from it rather than puddling right by your home, which could cause damage

4. Clean out the air conditioner before you start using it. It hasn’t been too warm out yet this season, and definitely not consistently, so it’s not too late to do this! Cleaning it will help it run better and allows you to check for any damage as well.

5. Tis the season for outdoor water sources, so check that your hose and outdoor water systems are running properly and no dry rot or winter damage has formed.

6. Replace outdoor lighting such as porch and flood lights. You will be using them much more during the spring and summer than you did in the winter, so you might as well make sure they are in good shape. Check that the wires are damage free and the bulbs are changed and working.

7. Check the attic after the winter for any signs of rodents such as chewing marks or holes as well as for mold. Address both of these issues immediately if you find signs of them to prevent any further damage.

8. Inspect the roof for any damage, which can be done by a quick scan from the ground. No need to go on the roof, and if you see a problem, call a professional to take a look. This will prevent leaks and other possible problems from occurring.

9. Look for rotting wood around windows and door frames and repair if needed. This will seal up drafts and keep out pests, not to mention maintain proper support to your home.

These simple home maintenance tips can be done by anyone and will get your home in great shape for the rest of the season! It’s very important to keep up on home maintenance to avoid any long term problems.

 

 


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Philadelphia Special Events This Weekend

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More awesome events will be taking place in Philly this weekend! More food, excitement and exploring the city! Make room in your schedule for what’s coming up:

1. This Sunday, April 10th, visit the StrEAT Food Festival in Manayunk for delicious food and drinks covering the main street. The festival will have over 50 of the city’s most popular food trucks and local vendors, and the shops and restaurants surrounding the event will offer special menu items and deals. The food trucks and vendors offer a wide variety of unique and amazing food, so whatever type of food you’re looking for, you’ll find at the StrEAT Food Festival! The event will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Main Street, Manayunk with a pay as you go cost.

2. Art Museum Restaurant Week is starting on Sunday, April 10th but continues until Saturday, April 16th for plenty of time to get a taste of it! Spring inspired prix fixe menus ranging from $15 to $35 will be offered at participating restaurants in the Art Museum area. Experience all types of food and atmospheres like a large tap and bottle menu at Belgian Cafe or even high quality Ethiopian food at Era Bar and restaurant. Enjoy all the food, drinks, music and friendly interactions this event has to offer!

3. Craft Beer Express is a beer lovers paradise, taking guests from bar to bar for deals on drinks and more at Frankford Hall, Varga Bar, Brauhaus Schmitz, Pub on Passyunk Eat and Urban Saloon. Don’t miss out on this entertaining event on April 9th from 11 am to 6 pm starting at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue for $10 in advance or $15 at the door for bus access and pay as you go drinks.

 

These exciting events are near Judd Builders community, Siena Place. Whether you want to spend a day strolling the streets tasting food, go out for a nice meal at a discounted price or tasting the tops beers of the city, Philadelphia has it all!

 

 

 

 


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Exciting Events In Philly This Week!

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Now that April is here, spring festivals and events are popping up everywhere! In Philadelphia, some crowd favorites in spring activities will be making an appearance this week, which ones will you go to?

1. Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue is a big promotion that offers delicious smoked meats at a major discount. Percy Street Barbecue charges $45 a couple to build their own special and tasty barbecue meal. Couples can choose 3 meats from pork belly, to brisket to ribs to chicken and more. The meat is served with collard greens, burnt end beans, cole slaw, potato salad and potato rolls, yum! You don’t want to pass up this great deal for amazing food! Meat week is happening  from April 4th to 10th at Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street.

2. Attention all skaters, Philly Radness, an interactive pop up skatepark, is opening from today April 5th until May 22nd for everyone to skate along the projection-mapped, generative art sculpture. The sculpture will be complemented by a photo and video show created by Philadelphia-based skate videographer Chris Mulhern, to create a multimedia representation of skateboard culture in Philadelphia. Anyone can come watch and of course skate, if they you how. The exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception and skateboarding demonstration will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.

3. Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall is perfect if you’re looking for something educational to do. Tomorrow, Wednesday April 6th, local experts will talk about all kinds of interesting topics from superheroes to information about genetics from fruit flies. It’s just $5 per person and starts at 7:30 pm but is a very popular event, so doors open at 4 pm. Be sure to get there early and claim your spot at the show at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue.

4. Philly Wine Week is happening until Sunday April 10th will awesome events all throughout the city of Philadelphia such as a wine and cheese showcase at the Convention Center, a barbecue at American Sardine Bar, a 10th birthday celebration at Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro and a power lunch at Lacroix. Participate in all the locations and events you want with delicious food and wine!

5. Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free PopUP Concert is presenting family friendly music for everyone to enjoy on Thursday April 7th at 6:30 pm. Pre-show activities begin with an interactive Conduct Us event at 5:30 pm and you must register for tickets in order to enter. Tickets are now available as of 10 am this morning, so get them before they’re gone! Address: Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

All of these events are near Judd Builders’ gorgeous community, Siena Place. Don’t miss out on all of the fun events that go on in Philadelphia all year long, especially the ones during the spring and summer in the beautiful weather!

 

 

 


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Tips For Outdoor Pots

porch potsIn order to make sure your potted plants look good with the rest of your yard and existing plants, or to create a beautiful arrangement from scratch here are tips and things to keep in mind as your preparing to use potted plants outside of your home:

1. Keep colors in mind. Choose a color scheme that matches the plants and flowers that are already planted in your yard so that it all blends in together.

2. Choose a pot size that matches your porch. If you have a small porch and use larger pots, it won’t look right and will take up too much space. The same goes for the opposite situation, if you use small pots on a big porch it just looks out of place.

3. Make your potted plants and porch unique. Try something new. Rather than just using the simple pot to decorate your outdoor space, try furnishing your porch with a tiered look of different style and height vases and pots.

4. Use flowers that will add height to your design. Pick bigger plants that will flourish and add color and style to your porch.

5. Always water the roots and only when it is necessary. Watering your plants too much will kill them. Using pots with drain holes and watering them until you see the water come out the bottom is a good way to know when to stop watering and is also perfect to empty out the extra water and prevent over-watering.

Now that you’ve be informed of all the necessities in planning your porch pot arrangement, you are ready to create a beautiful design on your porch!

 

 


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Making Kitchen Counter Clutter Disappear

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Do you ever feel like there’s just too much stuff on your counter? Even if it’s not messy, counters can get cluttered very easily with all of the items you use throughout the day, especially in the kitchen. Here is one simple tip to keep your kitchen counter organized and clutter free, while still being able to display the necessities for easy access:

The key is to use the wall as storage instead of cabinets, drawers or boxes. You can use this method for kitchen supplies and ingredients as well as miscellaneous items. Hang metal baskets or caddies/buckets along your wall to store items in the open, but out of the way. They can be hung by hooks attached to a metal rod or bar that runs along the wall and compliments the style and color of the baskets (as pictured below).

Items such as these can be purchased at IKEA as well as other furniture or appliance stores. You can also make them yourself! The baskets don’t have to be metal, you can use woven baskets that can be purchased at a low price, as well as a rod of your choice, and hang them up by your own hooks or even ribbon. You can also mount baskets right to the wall, without the use of a rod. There’s so much to do with this clever idea that will get rid of your clutter and look great in your kitchen!

 

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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Experience Philadelphia’s most popular food, while strolling around a city full of culture and history. Flavors of Philly is a fun and casual tour that will take you to the best local eateries along with sightseeing, history and architecture highlights. The food locations of course includes cheese steaks along with other Philadelphia favorites such as soft pretzels, tomato pie and more. Everything is included and your guide is also your server, so all you have to worry about is enjoying yourself touring Philly and eating delicious food.

It’s offered Monday through Saturday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm and Sundays from 11:30 am to 2 pm. It costs $39 per adult and $33 per child ages 10-14. It includes enough food for lunch and is perfect for visitors or locals entertaining family or friends.

Click here for the specific details on this exciting Philadelphia food tour and schedule a time to go! Don’t miss out on a great time with amazing food and beautiful sights!

 

 


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Creative Uses For Wallpaper

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Wallpaper is used to add a little more style and decoration to a room rather than using a plain color. But what most people might not realize is that there is more ways to maximize wallpaper than only using it to cover your dining room walls. Here are ways to transform wallpaper into creative accents for any room:

1. First things first, add wallpaper to some rooms if you don’t have any. Certain rooms look exceptionally better with wallpaper instead of paint such as bathrooms, dining rooms, offices, etc. It adds personal style as well as variety to your home. The best thing is, not all wallpapers have to be busy designs and textures. You can keep it simple with subtle patterns and colors or you can get a little more complex with it.

2. Display spaces are a not so obvious place to put a little bit of wall paper. A pretty patterned metallic wallpaper is the perfect background for a shiny display area. Placing items such as books, candle holders, vases and frames on a bookshelf in front of wallpaper of your choice is a great way to make the display pop. This tip can be used for other display areas such as bathroom and kitchen cabinets or shelves.

3. Add some style to a fireplace with just a few feet of wallpaper. Using a color and pattern that matches the rest of your walls can be displayed in the empty space above your fireplace to make it the focal point of the room.

4. Frame wallpaper. Although it’s more traditional, you don’t have to cover an entire wall with paper in order to use it. Play around with shapes and patterns to create your own art display in any room. A simple way to do this is by cutting out 12 different squares of four different patterns that compliment the rest of the room and hanging them in a rectangle shape. You can also get more creative with the shape of the wallpaper you cut out and where you hang them.

5. Add flair to something as simple as a coffee table with a piece of decorative wallpaper. Just place the piece of wallpaper directly on top of the table and use a top sheet of glass for the surface of the table. It can be changed at any time and you have a unique coffee table in minutes!

6. Create a feature wall by hanging your favorite wallpaper on a single wall in your room to make it the focal point. You can still use a fun pattern without overwhelming the room, and paint the rest of the room a complementary color so that it all comes together beautifully.

There is so much to do with wallpaper to make your home unique and personalized! Simple wallpaper projects can lead to a stylish room in any part of your home.

 


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Indego Bike Riding in Philadelphia

 

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Philadelphia’s bike riding program that was launched last spring, Indego, allows the city to continue to be one of the most friendly bike riding cities in the country. The program offers bike rentals from 70 stations located all throughout Philadelphia such as on the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River, into West Philadelphia, South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia as well as Temple University’s main campus.

Rent a bike for just $4 per half hour, any time, any day of the week. The rental process is fast, easy and convenient since you can walk up to any station, rent a bike on your credit card and return it to the nearest station when you’re finished.

If you love the system and want to ride more often, two memberships are offered. The first one is called Indego30 and allows members to pay $15 a month and get the first hour of each trip free as well as pay only $4 an hour for trips lasting longer than an hour. There is also a cash option with this membership. The second one, called IndegoFlex is $10 a year with a rate of $4 an hour.

The Indego bike riding program is a great way to explore the city, especially with warmer weather approaching! It’s easily accessible from the Siena Place community, so bring your family and friends to the nearest rental station and in minutes you can be cruising around Philadelphia.

 

 


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Small Yard Landscaping Ideas

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There’s plenty of opportunity for beautiful landscaping in a small front yard and with warmer weather being right around the corner, it’s time to get some ideas flowing! No matter the size of your yard, there’s always room to add touches that will spruce up your outdoor space and make it stand out. Here are some tips to make your small front yard look its best:

1. The most important tip is to make it personal. You want your home, even the outside, to reflect your own personal style. This will not only love the look of your front yard more but it will also be more inviting to neighbors. When you choose complementary plants and designs, match it to the style of your home the best you can so that your small front yard represents it, whether its traditional or contemporary.

2. Size it right. Since you’re working with a smaller yard, it’s important to size and proportion everything correctly in order for it to look great! For example, if plants or trees are too tall, it can overwhelm the outside of your home. Also, if you put too much in one area, it will look messy and cluttered.

3. Go bold. With flowers, you can never have too many colors in your yard. For walkways or even stairs leading to the front door can be lined with bright, colorful flowers. For stairs, you could use a couple flower pots with different types of flowers to put on either end of steps.

4. Grass is not a must have. Small yards can be beautiful if they’re taken care of properly. With this in mind, don’t feel the need to have grass in your lawn. You can replace it with pea gravel or pebbles for an easy ground cover and line the ground with weed resistant mesh beforehand. If you do want grass in your yard, make sure you maintain it!

 

All of these small yard tips are great to keep in mind for the homes at the Siena Place community. You can make your front yard pop in one of these beautiful, luxury townhouses in Philadelphia!

 

 


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Homemade Decor Making Daily Life Easier

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You’d be surprised how many DIY (Do It Yourself) projects there are out there that will not only make your home look great without spending a lot of money, but will also make your life easier. Here are some examples of genius stylish ideas to help you stay on top things:

1. Hang books. A clever idea for thin story and coloring books for kids is to hang them on the wall with a hanging holder made of felt, wood and string. It will take up less space than it would in bins or drawers, it’s easy to access, you can roll it up for easy storage and it’s a fun idea!

2. A stylish key holder makes a good decoration and you will never forget your keys again. Get a piece of wood of any shape or size, paint it different colors to stand out and attach hooks to it. Hang it up by the door and you have a fun, functional piece of artwork.

3. Hang your phone, or any other item for that matter. If your charging area is a mess, this can help organize it. Pin or nail a pretty coozy to the wall to hold your phone while it charges. This way, your phone has a spot so it won’t get misplaced and so it’s not in the way. This same idea can be used for remotes and other electronics too!

4. Slide laundry baskets. Leaving laundry baskets all over the house in different rooms is a hassle and not to mention an eye sore if they’re out in the open. Use a stack of shelves and plastic laundry bins to be able to slide them in and out when needed. They can be left there all the time or for storage in between washes, you decide!

5. Color your keys. There are different patterns and colors to choose from to seal onto your keys to tell the difference from the back door to the front door, or you can just simply paint them yourself. It will keep your organized and it actually looks nice.

6. This is much less of a decorating tip, but very useful. Hang your cleaning supplies. Shower caddies can have more than one use, including storing cleaning items. Hanging makes it easier to see what supplies are where and you won’t be scrambling in the cabinet underneath the sink to get what you need.

7. For anyone who has a lot of hair and makeup items, make a rolling vanity. Buy a rolling shelf cart and organize your things in anyway you want, from hair straighteners to eye shadow to nail polish. Utensil trays can be extremely useful for smaller items on your vanity.

 

 


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