If you’re here from our Facebook page, scroll down for a list of current sign locations. If you happened upon this post without visiting our Facebook page first, please “Like” us on Facebook and check out our “Selfie with a Sign” contest!
Announcing our Selfie with a Sign contest! We are pretty proud of our brand-new signs and hope you like them too! We have 16 of these beauties in front of homes around town and we want to see your best/funniest/craziest poses with them. Post a “selfie with a sign” photo to our Facebook page by
Wednesday Friday at 5 PM. We will then randomly choose a winner, who will get a $100 Visa gift card (heck, maybe we’ll even throw in a selfie stick)! See below for a list of our current sign locations. We can’t wait to see your selfies! (And don’ t worry – we’ve let our sellers know about the contest, so you don’t need to feel self-conscious about hanging out in someone else’s yard for a few minutes.)
5206 W. 71st St., Prairie Village, KS
7062 Granada Rd., Prairie Village, KS
5615 W. 81st Terr., Prairie Village, KS
7416 Springfield St., Prairie Village, KS
7740 Howe Dr., Prairie Village, KS
2817 W. 74th St., Prairie Village, KS
3724 W. 77th St., Prairie Village, KS
5642 Horton St., Mission, KS
8116 Lowell Ave., Overland Park, KS
11100 & 11102 W. 113th St., Overland Park, KS
13206 W. 66th Terr., Overland Park, KS
5721 Metcalf Ct., Overland Park, KS
818 W. 77th St., Kansas City, MO
Here it is the first week of February and the temps are going to be almost in the 70s. Unbelievable! That means no more cabin fever. At least for the weekend, that is.
It is hard to believe that spring is quickly approaching. So how can you take advantage of the warm weather and get a head start on your spring home maintenance?
Here are a few ideas:
- 1. Clean your gutters and downspouts. Although most of the leaves have fallen at this point, you would be surprised at how packed your gutters may be. Cleaning them now will avoid that nasty “spill-over” surprise when we get the first spring rain and your gutters look more like a waterfall than a gutter.
- 2. Change your furnace filter. We have had some pretty cold temperatures recently and your furnace has been working hard. Give it a little treat by changing the furnace filter. It will run more efficiently and you will improve the air quality in your home at the same time.
- 3. Check your sump pump (if you have one). Double check your sump pump to ensure that it is operational before the spring rains come. More often than not, your sump pump does not get used much during the winter and sometimes the lack of use can cause it to fail. If you google “how to test your sump pump” you will find numerous articles and videos on how to test it properly.
- 4. Inspect your roof. Snow and ice can wreak havoc on a roof. Once all of the snow melts this weekend, it would be a good idea to walk your roof and check for any cracked or damaged shingles. Damaged shingles can allow for water penetration if they are not repaired. While your are up on the roof, you might as well check out your chimney crown. That is the concrete cap on top of your chimney. Over time this can crack and allow water in as well.
- 5. Inspect the caulking around your windows and doors. This one speaks for itself. This is a tedious project and a necessary one. And not just for older homes. Depending upon how extreme the exposure is, your windows and doors and take a beating both from wind, rain and snow, and sun. Caulking and glazing on windows can prevent a much bigger problem like water finding its way into your walls.
- 6. Clean out your garage. I am not really talking about organizing your garage. I am talking about sweeping and mopping or spraying out your garage to get rid of all of the salt and sand that had been brought in by your vehicles. The products used to melt ice on our roads and walkways can be pretty hard on your floors and carpets when tracked in from the garage.
- 7. Disconnect your hoses. I have been guilty of this one before. I admit that I have left a hose hooked up outside all winter long before. In my youth, of course, when I did not know any better. If you have a hose still hooked up outside, disconnect it this weekend. Trust me. Not only might you save the hose from splitting, you might prevent your exterior hose bib from freezing and cracking and causing a leak.
- 8. Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. These items don’t typically get paid attention to until it is too late. Take this weekend to change the batteries and test your smoke detectors. Also double check the pressure in your fire extinguishers. It is far better to be safe than sorry when it comes to house fires.
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