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Caulking Bathroom Fixtures

by The Jana Caudill Team

Cracked and pealing caulk around kitchen and bathroom fixtures can cause more problems down the road if not addressed right away.  If improperly sealed against moisture, water can get between the fixtures and adjacent walls, and if the wall stays damp long enough soon you will be dealing with bigger issues, mold and rot.  Considering faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms are used multiple times every day, if you notice a caulk problem you’d be better off to fix it sooner rather than later.

Replacing caulk is one of the simpler home repairs you can do on your own.  Here is a video on the basics.  Supplies you will need are a putty knife, a tube of caulk and caulking gun, household cleaner, chlorine bleach, and scissors.

First peel away the old caulk using the putty knife.  Then use household cleaner to clean the surface, adding bleach to take care of any mildew.  Dry the joint where you will lay down the new caulk thoroughly.  You don’t want to seal any moisture in.  Put down a new bead of caulk following instructions on the package.  Check out this step by step video illustrating a bathtub project.

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Moving Across Country With Pets

by The Jana Caudill Team

We love our pets as part of the family, and just as moving can be overwhelming at times for Mom, Dad, Billy, and Suzy, don’t forget this short “Have to” list for our four-legged family members.  With just a few steps you can set Rover and Fluffy up for their own successful relocation and ensure none of the following important details fall through the cracks.

First, call the state Veterinarian’s office or Department of Agriculture in the state you are moving to.  Check the bottom of the page at this link for most states’ contact information.  Ask for the laws and regulations concerning the types of pets you will be relocating with, keeping in mind the more exotic your pet the more restrictions you may be facing.  This quick call will let you know everything you are going to need, including medical documentation, to license your pets in your new state.

Call your current Veterinarian for copies of medical records including an up to date list of vaccinations.  The reason?  See paragraph above.  You’ll want to have all your paperwork in order as each state has its own set of required documentation for incoming pets.

Lastly, make sure all animals are tagged with identifying information, including phone number, and that you have photographs handy of each pet should a certain someone wander off while the family takes a break at a highway rest stop.  Many lost pets have been known to find their way home after getting lost.  Not so during a move.  Take the time to make sure the whole family arrives safe and sound at your new home on move in day.

Here’s another handy checklist to assure a smooth move for your pets, and don’t forget to check our resource pages for more buyer and seller tips!

Showing Your Home When You Own Pets

by The Jana Caudill Team

You love your pets.  Your neighbors love their pets.  That doesn’t necessarily mean your neighbors love your pets.  The same goes for prospective buyers considering making your home their new home.

When it comes to pets and show shape for your home here’s a simple rule of thumb: Less is better, none is best.  We’re talking about the evidence!  A best case scenario would be to have your pooch or kitty stay with a neighbor, friend or relative during showings.  Be sure all food and water bowls are picked up and put away.  The same goes for toys, kennels, cat boxes, etc.  Get them in the garage or outside on the side of the house.  Pictures of you and the family pet?  Take them off walls and desks and put them in dresser drawers.  Then vacuum!  Try to minimalize or eliminate any evidence that there are pets sharing your home.  Extreme?  Maybe.  Just remember this doesn’t mean you don’t love your furry friends.  All you are doing is removing any hesitation that might come up for a homebuyer upon discovering there is a German Shepherd living in the room where they envision putting their baby nursery.

It’s not always feasible to completely eradicate all signs of pets.  Sure you can pick up, put away, clean, vacuum and even shampoo carpets.  But what about the animals themselves?  If you don’t have another loving home where Fido can take a vacation while your home is on the market, think adventure!  Whether it’s you, a neighborhood teenager you trust, or the stay at home Mom or Pop next door, have someone available to step in at a moment’s notice and take your pets out of your house, either for a walk or just a short visit, so buyers can focus on your home and not on your pets.

Low Flow Shower Head

by The Jana Caudill Team

The US has been using low flow shower heads to varying degrees of success since the 1990s when the federal government legislated their use.  The early models did decrease water usage from 5 – 7 gallons a minute to the mandated 2.5 gallons a minute, however, the problem back then was that decreased water flow also often meant decreased water pressure.  So when it took you longer to rinse off soap residue due to low water pressure your shower time became longer, in turn bringing water usage back up.  Kind of self defeating.

Today’s low flow shower heads not only decrease water consumption, they stabilize water pressure and save you money on your water heating bill since you’re heating less water.  Check out these comparisons of the pre 1990 shower heads to the various incarnations that followed.  How does the shower head work?  There are two kinds of low flow shower heads, aerated and non-aerated.  The first kind uses air to pressurize the water stream, while the second maintains water pressure by pulsating water through separate water jet streams.

Let’s say your family takes a conservative total of three showers a day.  If you switch from a 2.5 gallon per minute fixture to a 1.5 gpm fixture, that’s a savings of 21 gallons every day.  And what if your shower head is still one of those pre ’90s water wasters?  You could be saving over 100 gallons a day by replacing it with a low flow unit.  Let’s see, in a thirty day month that comes to 3000 gallons of water NOT down the drain!

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