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Monday, January 4, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Planning some renovations in 2021? Here’s where to start.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
The new year is often time to look ahead and plan for improving parts of your home. If remodeling is on your wish list, you're not alone. According to Home Advisor, a digital marketplace that connects homeowners with prescreened, local service professionals, 41 percent of homeowners said that making their home better suited for lifestyle needs is a top priority as social distancing continues.
Whether it's a new kitchen, turning a bedroom into an office or creating an outdoor oasis, getting your plans in order in January is a great time to start projects scheduled during the new year. And first of all is deciding how much you want (or need) to spend.
But the problem with budgeting home improvement projects is that unlike budgeting to buy a car or a new cellphone, home renovations come with the possibility of unforeseen issues that must be fixed before proceeding with a project. Rule of thumb from seh ...

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Monday, September 28, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Jobs around the house with winter around the corner.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Here in the Hudson Valley, the change of seasons means it’s time to get your home and garden ready for winter. Before you decide to go leaf-peeping or getting in that one last round of golf, take care of these pre-winter to-dos.
Have your roof checked by a pro to repair or replace it.
Winter snow and ice take a toll on asphalt shingle roofs. If yours needs repair or replacement, don't wait too long. Asphalt shingles need to be installed at temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees. Any colder and the shingles can become brittle and break apart. Cold temperatures also prevent the adhesive sealant from activating, making it easy for winter winds to blow them away. So if your roof needs a little love, call your local roofer NOW.
Clean and Seal Your DeckYou've been walking on it all summer long, but your deck is one of the most often neglected structures on your home. Check it for safety and get it. ...

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

This cute yellow bug ain't so cute! (Video)

While planting perennials last evening I came across this charming little yellow caterpillar! He was taking a joyful walk up the neighbor's drive with such verve and determination that I had no choice but to video him. He was so cute, all yellow with those funny little black feathers waving in the air. I wanted to pick him up and give him a good cuddle.
But after shooting this video and saying goodbye as he continued neighbor-ward, I did what any vigilant lepidopterophile would do - I googled him.
Turns out this little bugger is poisonous!
It is the caterpillar stage of the American Dagger Moth (Acronicta Americana), a not so impressive but well camouflaged gray-beige moth, which grows to a wingspan of about 2.5 inches. In its caterpillar stage, those black spikes on the little yellow worm are full of toxins which squirt out if the bug is touched or otherwise disturbed. On human skin, the toxins form large, itchy red welts in a few hours which are not a pleasant thing. 
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