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DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL

Friday, October 06, 2017

DARLINGTON, MD - It's fall and that means it's time for the Darlington Apple Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Darlington Apple Festival happens every year the first Saturday in October. It is a rain-or-shine event.

Here are all the things you need to know.

When: The Darlington Apple Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

What: Enjoy a day in the country with vendors, crafters, apples, produce, family activities, live musical entertainment and refreshments. Hay rides will be available behind Darlington United Methodist Church, 2118 Shuresville Road, Darlington, and so will pony rides. A cornhole tournament is also planned.

Live music will be provided by the following:

How Big: About 50,000 people attend the Darlington Apple Festival each year. The festival started in 1986.

What Not To Bring: Neither pets nor alcohol is permitted.

How To Get There

The Darlington Apple Festival is at 2120 Shuresville Road in Darlington.

Shuresville Road will be closed at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Shuttle service to the festival will be available at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson (4600 Thunder Court), the Darlington firehouse (2600 Castleton Road) and the field across from the High's gas station (4585 Conowingo Road).

Handicapped parking is on the grounds of Darlington Elementary School. To get there from MD Route 161/Darlington Road, take a right onto Old Quaker Road and then proceed on School Road. Signs for handicapped parking will be posted.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff)

Paint like a Pro

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paint Like A Pro

 

      Whether you’re inspired to splash a new hue across a room’s walls or they’re just due for a fresh coat of the same ol’ color, make sure you DIY with these tips in mind.

 

Choose your paint wisely.  It’s important to choose indoor paint for indoor paint jobs.  Water-based paint is easy to use and clean up, while oil-based paint is more appropriate for specialty jobs.  Check with an expert at the paint store to choose the right type of paint for your situation.

 

Prep like a pro.  This may take more time than the actual painting itself, but take your time here to avoid mistakes. Prep work includes:

  • Laying down drop cloths.
  • Cleaning off dirty areas.
  • Filling in holes in the walls with spackle.
  • Sanding any uneven surfaces.
  • Priming the walls, if needed.
  • Taping off non-paint zones like outlets and molding.

 

Do detail work.  Use a thin brush to paint around window and door frames, baseboards, and trim.

 

Use a roller brush.  Roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge.  Start near a corner, and move over slightly with each stroke of paint.  Don’t let the roller become dry, and paint so the open side of the roller frame faces the area that is already painted.

 

Let it dry.  Once your entire paint job is dry, make sure everything is evenly coated.  Add a second coat as needed.  Wait at least 24 hours before removing the tape between the painted walls and unpainted places.  Use a sharp utility knife or box cutter to slice the tape; do not just pull it off.

 

 

Wealth with Real Estate Rental Properties

Friday, July 07, 2017

Real Estate Corner…

 

Q. How can I build wealth with real estate rental properties?

A.  Before purchasing rental property, consider the following factors to make a good investment:

 

  • Find moderately priced properties, so you can generate more cash flow than higher priced properties.  Your tenant’s rent should cover the mortgage, utilities, and additional expenses in order to produce a cash flow.
  • Get the full cost of owning and repairing the home.  Have a property inspection before you purchase the property to identify any potential repairs.  Also, get written quotes from contractors for repairs you’ll need to make before renting out the home.
  • Carefully select your tenants.  Each time a renter leaves, you have to prep it for another tenant by paying for repairs, possible upgrades, and other costs such as advertising, credit and background checks, plus taking time to show the unit.  Long-term tenants are better for your investment, so choose wisely and treat them well!

 

To learn more, call me to request my Free Consumer Report called
“How to Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.”   

2017-2018 TAXES

Thursday, July 06, 2017

ATTENTION BALTIMORE COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

URGENT AND IMPORTANT


Baltimore County has sent out incorrect bills for your 2017-2018 Taxes.   This was done in error.   The county has said they will be sending out corrected bills and will be extending the discounted dates.   Please take caution with your bill and make sure you are paying the proper amount.   If you have an escrow and your mortgage company is paying the taxes, please notify them about the error.    

Winter Lawn Tips

Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Lawn Tips

In the winter months, most people aren’t thinking too much about their lawns and gardens. Instead, many are focusing on putting up holiday lights and staying warm by the fire. Keeping your gardening and landscaping in good shape while it’s cold out will make for an even better looking yard in the spring, though. Continuing our series on tips for taking care of your yard this winter, here are a few more ways to improve your outdoor space when it’s cold out.

Keep the debris under control
If you’ve been keeping up with raking, this shouldn’t be too difficult. You’re going to want to keep leaves and other debris off your lawn and away from your plants. One option is to mulch your leaves with a lawn mower and use the mulch in your flowerbeds. Either way, we recommend leaf removal for the health of your lawn.

Use what you’ve grown!
You spend the year growing beautiful plants and trees – now is the time to bring some of that indoors so you get a little bit of green all year long. If you have a spruce or fir tree, you can always use the clippings to make fresh smelling centerpieces and wreaths. Holly is also great this time of year.

Stock up on kitty litter, sand or sawdust
While salt melts ice efficiently, it’s not great for the environment. Runoff from melting snow can damage your lawn or garden. Avoid this by using alternatives that melt snow and ice just as well without the adverse effects.

Fertilize your lawn for the last time
If you’re trying to get the greenest lawn in your neighborhood next year, you should use winter fertilizer one more time shortly before Christmas. After that, it’s best to let Mother Nature run her course.

Keep watering your plants
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that your plants don’t need water. You don’t have to go overboard with watering, but make sure that you’re helping out, especially during warm periods.

 

Information provided by Chesapeake Landscapes 12.22.16

Harford County Waste Dispo0sal Center Hours

Monday, May 23, 2016

Harford County Waste Disposal Center Extending Service Hours for

Residential Customers From Harford County Government

                     

BEL AIR, Md., (Feb. 29, 2016) - The Harford County Waste Disposal Center will extend its hours of operation until 7:00 PM on Thursdays from March 17 through June 16, 2016, to improve service and reduce Saturday traffic at the landfill.  The extended Thursday hours are only for residential customers disposing of household waste or recycling at the homeowner drop-off area of the facility located in Street, Md. Operating hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will remain from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

Maryland Environmental Service (MES) received permission from the Maryland Department of the Environment to expand hours on Thursdays for three months in order to relieve congestion on Saturdays. If successful, MES will request a permit modification to permanently expand operating hours at the landfill. Operating hours for Harford County’s mulch and compost facility and the commercial disposal of waste will not change, remaining Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

For additional information, including acceptable materials for disposal and recycling, please visit

www.harfordrecycles.org or call the Harford Waste Disposal Center at (410) 638-3018.

Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

4 Clever Carpet Cleaning Tips

                Whether you have a full house of carpet or a few rugs scattered over sleek wood floors – cleaning carpets is always a pain.  Try these cleaning tips the carpet cleaner pros won’t always tell you:

  1. Pet hair problems?  The trick is to dampen the carpet first.  Spray the carpet with a spray bottle full of water, then sweep all of the hair away in one direction.

  1. Rug fringe dingy?  Take a dry scrub brush and brush away from the rug.  Then, vacuum up.

  1. Stains?  Start with seltzer water to loosen dirt.  Blot with a clean towel.  If the stain is still there, try a dab of shaving cream.  Work into the stain, let dry, then rinse with cool water.  Not budging?  After testing on an inconspicuous spot first, try 3% hydrogen peroxide to lift out a tough stain.

  1. Odors?  Dry-clean and freshen carpet by sprinkling baking soda and cinnamon or lavender and letting sit overnight.  Vacuum up in the morning.

De-cluttering your Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

De-clutter Your Home Fast

                Whether you are planning to sell your home or just would like to be more relaxed and enjoy spending time there, here are some quick ways to start the de-cluttering process – and keep it clutter free:

  • Use the three-box method.  In the room you’re de-cluttering (try to focus on one at a time), set up 3 boxes and a trash bag for trash.  Label the boxes “Put Away,” “Give Away,” and “Keep” and go through every item in the room to decide which of the 4 spots the item is placed in.

  • Try the closet hanger experiment.  Put everything in your closet in with the hangers facing backward.  When you wear an item and return it to the closet, face the hanger the right direction.  After 6 months or a year, get rid of everything still facing backward.

  • Give away one item every day.  You don’t have to throw out everything at the same time.  Find one thing each day to donate, and make it fun by thinking about which charity or friend could most benefit from the item.

Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Five Tips For Spring Cleaning

By: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Blog
Spring is here and for those selling their home or getting ready to put their house on the market, there's nothing quite as beneficial as doing a great "spring cleaning" job to not only make your home look great, but to get rid of some of that clutter that could distract someone coming to see your home.

Here are five spring cleaning tips that will help you sell your home.

  1. Curb appeal becomes as important as ever when the weather turns nicer and buyers are more likely to spend time outside looking at the exterior of the house and the property. Make sure to have a well-maintained lawn with all the leaves gone, the grass mowed and the hedges trimmed. Spruce things up by buying some inexpensive, yet colorful flowers and spread fresh mulch in flowerbeds. Fill in any bare spots on your lawn with sod or seed. Make sure to also clean your gutters, wash your welcome mat and put away any rakes or winter shovels that clutter the yard.
  2. The phrase "I don't do windows" should never apply when selling a home. While a REALTOR® may tell you that homes show better with the blinds or curtains up, this will not be true if the windows are dirty. A clean window brings more light into a room and allows buyers the chance to see what the view will be when they look out of their potential new home. It's important to clean both the inside and outside of all windows until they are streak free and spotless. This includes all sliding glass doors, garage windows and outside doors.
  3. Pay close attention to the "little" things that might draw the eye of a prospective homebuyer. Go around your home with a pad and pencil and inspect each room for things such as small holes in the wall where a painting used to hang, outlets that are missing a cover or doorknobs that are loose and squeaky. Also, be sure to check all of the caulking around sinks, faucets and tubs, as well as any grout in tile counters or bathtubs. As you take the time and the small amount of money to fix these items you reduce the reasons for someone not liking your home.
  4. Power wash your driveway, walkway, siding and deck. You don't need to invest in the money of buying a new power washer as they are easy to rent from stores such as Lowe's. Power washing removes layers and years of dirt and grime from stone and cement, including mildew stains from the winter. Power washing the porch, a fence or deck clears away all the dirt and debris and makes the home instantly seem cleaner. If the outside of your home looks dingy, you may be setting the impression that you didn't keep up the home itself well, so make sure to have everything looking top notch.
  5. One of the first pieces of advice you will get from your real estate agent is to reduce clutter in your home. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to get rid of things you don't really need. Go through all your closets and bag up all the clothes that don't fit, are out of style or you simply don't wear anymore and donate them to a charity. Take your old books, the kids' toys they no longer play with and those kitchen knickknacks and hold a garage sale. A de-cluttered home is always more attractive to the homebuyer.


Whew!! Now it's time to take a break and let your real estate professional market that freshly cleaned home!


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