One thing is for sure you cannot control mother nature but you can control how prepared you are.  The weather can be unpredictable so it is important to prepare as best you can.

Here are some things you can do when you know a storm is coming:

Keep up-to-date on the weather conditions.

Charge your cell phone. Make sure to also have a car charger for your cell phone.

Charge your laptop computer and tablet devices.

Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to coldest settings.

Fill the gas tank in your car.

Have cash available.

Fill your bathtub with water.

Shop for bottled water and non perishables for quick and easy meals.

Make sure the tank on your gas grill is full.

Check flashlights and batteries.

Have a battery or hand crank-powered radio.

Have a hard-wired land line telephone available.

With just a few easy steps you can be storm-ready in no time.

Everyone loves a green and gorgeous lawn. When it is time to either start or fix your lawn you have lots of decisions to make. One major option to consider is if you should choose seed or sod?  There are a few factors you will want to consider before making the choice.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both seed and sod.

Here are some of the advantages of grass seed:

-less expensive than sod

- installs much quicker

-may be more viable option in shady areas

-seed blends may be better for difficult to grow areas

Here are some of the disadvantages of grass seed:

-seed cannot be used immediately

-requires attention while growing

-can develop weeds and patchy bare areas

-can be difficult to grow in areas where erosion is a problem

-can only be planted at certain times of the year

Here are some of the advantages of sod:

-usable lawn much quicker

-few if any weeds

-no risk of erosion

-wider range of appropriate planting times

Here are some of the disadvantages of sod:

-more expensive to buy and install

-must be ordered through a local sod farm or professional landscaper

-can be difficult to grow in very shady areas.

Proper preparation and care is important whether you choose grass seed or sod. If you are unsure the best option for your yard consult a professional landscaper.


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This Fantastic North Salem Condo is a commuter’s dream! Enjoy the beautiful tree lined street in this fantastic part of town. Close to all the major roads and a short distance to the T, you’ll love your two bedroom, one bathroom second floor unit in this well established condo association. Your unit has high ceilings, shining hardwood floors and ample closet space throughout. Spacious bedrooms give you room to move. You’ll love the upgraded cabinets in the kitchen and the in unit washer and dryer. More room for all you have in the large storage space in the basement. Your heat and hot water and stove are all gas! You are close to parks, close to the marina, close to all that downtown Salem has to offer. Make an appointment to see it today!

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Is your bedroom in need of a slight makeover?  Surprisingly enough, many people don’t spend too much time thinking about how their bedroom looks.  How many times have you been on a tour of a friend’s new home, and the tour stops short of their sleeping area?  If you don’t want to fall into the trap of feeling like your bedroom isn’t a “show off” room, then take a few steps to jazz it up a bit.

By paying a little attention to a few areas in your bedroom, you can leave that door open with no shame.

New Bedding – Depending on your sleeping preferences, your bed may well be the biggest piece of furniture in your home.  Coincidentally, your bedding may also be one of the largest decorations in your home.  Do you like your bedding?  Does it match your home and personality well?  If it leaves you wanting, then consider outfitting your bed with a new bedding set.  With this one improvement, the entire mood of your bedroom can change.  If you can manage to find curtains or drapes that complement your bedding, it will tie your bedroom together in a big way.

Floors – Bedrooms may have the least amount of floorspace visible, but that doesn’t mean that they should be neglected.  Consider buying a decorative rug for your room.  Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, consider installing a new carpet or flooring.  The sky is the limit here, and any change made is likely to be an improvement.

Laundry – Piles of unfolded or dirty laundry can be an eyesore. Even a visible laundry hamper is enough to be a distraction.  Consider outfitting your closet door with a hanging laundry basket, or instituting a “no dirty laundry in the bedroom” rule for yourself.

Lighting – If you rely solely on overhead lighting in your bedroom, then consider buying a lamp or two.  Lamps will serve to highlight your furniture, as well as create a more relaxing environment.

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