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Add Value to Your Home with Spring Cleaning

It may be surprising, but a clean and decluttered home can have a huge impact on a potential buyer’s impression of the home and help them envision it as their own. In addition, a clean home improves your mood and helps you feel more productive.

Clean Up the Yard

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, so make the most of your home’s first impression by cleaning up the yard.

  1. Clear away fall and winter debris such as fallen branches and leaves; pick up and put away toys and other items that are not lawn ornaments.
  2. Be sure that all walkways are clear and easy to navigate along.
    • If you have broken or misaligned steps, consider hiring a professional to fix them.
  3. Clean the gutters, or hire a professional the clean them; when gutters are clogged, they can overflow and cause water damage to the exterior of your home. If they overflow into a window, the water damage can extend into the interior, as well.
  4. Treat your lawn to a spa day: feed it, weed it, give it moss treatment, and mow it on a dry day. When you know it’s going to rain, or shortly after rain, apply fertilizers for best results.

Clean Up the Exterior Walls of the House

Over the course of a year, a lot of dirt, muck, and grit can collect on the exterior walls of a home—not to mention moss, mold, and mildew growth along brick walls.

  1. On a warm, dry day, wash away the dirt on the exterior walls of your home. Take care not to damage any surfaces, let water get underneath the siding, or dislodge any bricks.
  2. If it looks like there is water damage on the outside of your home, call a professional.
  3. Take the chance to clean the outside of your windows as well, and check for any damage to them. Cracked panes should be replaced and peeling windowsills should be tended to, as well.
    • Peeling windowsills are a great opportunity (after removing the old paint) to repaint them with a refreshing new color. Not sure what color to pick? Our Painting Joy Into Your Home: How Colors Influence Your Mood blog post can give you an idea on what might be the best color, depending on what effect you want to achieve.
    • Once you’re back inside, wipe the inside of the windows down and clear away any cobwebs.

Clean Up the Garden

If you have a garden with clearly defined borders, be sure to freshen those borders up. In addition, give your garden some attention and care:

  1. Fork the soil around plants to introduce fresh air and reveal any pests or weeds
  2. Remove weeds and other unwanted plants
  3. Add mulch to control additional weeds or refresh existing mulch
  4. Check to see if any bricks or stones have become misaligned and realign them
  5. To help your plants grow and add nutrients to the soil, add compost or other organic matter

If you don’t have a garden but would like to increase the curb appeal of your home by adding some plants, try adding flower pots or hanging plants outside!

  1. Check that the flowers and plants won’t be at risk of dying from a last frost before adding the pots or hanging plants outdoors.
  2. If you want to grow the plants from seeds, consider starting them indoors to avoid losing them to hungry birds or animals before they’ve had the chance to sprout. Otherwise, pick potted flowers and plants you like from your local garden center.
  3. Arrange the potted flowers and hanging plants how you like: on your front porch, flanking your front door, along your walkway, or even in your back garden. The options are endless!

Last but not least, if you have a fence, inspect it for any damage.

  1. Ensure that all gates are properly attached and that locks function smoothly.
  2. Fill in any holes animals may have dug underneath the fence. If you have a dog that keeps digging a hole to escape, bury a toy, or pursuing some other destructive behavior, you may want to check with your local dog academy to see whether training can correct the behavior.
  3. Check for loose boards, rusted wires, damaged bricks or stones, etc. and repair the fence accordingly. If you don’t know how to maintain your fence and find that a section has decayed, call a professional.
  4. If you want to give your yard a fresh look, consider painting your fence a new color, adding flowers along the boundaries, or adding climbing plants to transform your fence into a garden wonderland. Check with your local garden center first on which climbing plants would be best.
    • Beware: climbing plants require a certain amount of maintenance and care to keep them from becoming unruly and overtaking your yard. If they attach to a tree, they can cause serious damage.

Greens for the Winter Blues: Part Two

In our previous blog, Greens for the Winter Blues, we suggested some great plants to add to your indoor décor and help combat the winter blues! However, greenery doesn’t have to be limited to the inside of your home. In our Part Two blog about winter plants, we decided to take the fun outdoors! Here are some awesome outdoor plants that are perfect for winter weather!

Cabbages and Kales

Ornamental cabbage and kale plants are a popular choice for winter annual plants, as they can survive cold winters once hardened by cooler night temperatures. The chunky leaves come in many shades ranging from pink, purple and green to white.

Camellias

Camellias flower in both the fall and winter and come in shades of red, pink, coral, white, and bicolor. They prefer highly organic soil that is acidic and moist. The flowers are surrounded by waxy leaves and the colors linger for a long time. Once the plant is established, camellias are tolerant of droughts. The plant is evergreen and can form into shrubs or small trees.

Cotoneaster

This fast-growing plant is packed with powerful colors. Cotoneaster has leaves in bold greens and a bright red winter berry favored by birds. In the summer, this plant also blooms with delicate, white flowers. Cotoneaster is a perfect plant for groundcover but needs upkeep so it does not become unmanageable.

Hellebore

Hellebore, or also known as the Christmas rose, is a popular winter flower due to its ability to bloom even in the darkest of months. The rose-like flowers bloom in shades of pink, red, maroon, chartreuse, and white. Look for these plants in early winter for warmer climates and late winter for colder climates.

Holly Bush

When you think of winter, you think of holly. The signature plant is easily spotted with dark green, pointed leaves and clusters of bright red berries. Holly bushes take well to pruning, so feel free to clip off some to spread around the house! The berries can be toxic to both humans and certain animals, so keep them away from children and pets.

Sweet Alyssum

This dainty flowering plant is perfect for winter in temperate climates. Sweet alyssum can take a light frost and will bloom year-round. The rounded petals of the flower bloom in colors of white, pink, rose-red, violet, and lilac. The more darkly colored the flower is, the better it does in cooler temperatures! Sweet alyssum grows close to the ground.

Winter Jasmine

Native to China, winter jasmine flowers from November to March in the Northern Hemisphere. The flower has six petals that are either white or bright yellow in color. Winter jasmine is great for ground cover and will also grow on walls.

Witch Hazel

While the name reminds you of fall and Halloween, witch hazel is a winter plant! The bright, spidery flower blooms in shades of yellow or orange, offering a bright contrast to the bleak winter weather. The plant is hardy and emits a sweet fragrance reminiscent of spring.

Colorful outdoor greenery during winter sounds like a far-fetched dream, but with planning and care, you, too, can have a bright winter wonderland!

Nothnagle REALTORS® Donates to Local Summer Meal Programs for Kids

Nothnagle REALTORS® Donates to Local Summer Meal Programs for Kids

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On April 14, 2016, Nothnagle REALTORS® held their first bowling tournament at three locations throughout the Rochester area. The bowling tournaments were held at Livingston Lanes, AMF Gates Lanes, and AMF Empire Lanes.

The tournament was put on by the Nothnagle Networking Committee with the goal to bring agents, employees and staff together to have fun as well as raise money for a good cause. Fifty teams and over 180 people participated in the tournament.

Nothnagle is pleased to announce that the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to The City of Rochester Summer Meals for Kids, and the Foodlink Summer Meals Program in both Monroe and Livingston County. Each of which are local programs that work to provide meals to children in need during the summer months. Nearly $3,000 was raised for these programs from the proceeds of the tournament.

A sincere thank you is due to all participants in the Nothnagle Bowling Tournament, as well as the following sponsors for making the event possible:

Premium Mortgage Corporation

Dollinger Associates

Nothnagle Home Securities

TOP 10 REASONS TO LIVE IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

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Whether you are living in Rochester, NY or are considering relocating to the area there are plenty of great things that our city has to offer. From a variety of restaurants to the beautiful summers on one of our many Finger Lakes there is something here for every person. Here are our top 10 reasons to live in Rochester, NY…

  1. Wegmans: Named the top grocery store in the United States. Ask anyone who has lived in Rochester and relocates what they miss the most, and the answer is almost always “Wegmans!”
  2. Health Care: Rochester offers top-level health care through Strong memorial Hospital and Rochester Regional Health System.
  3. Business: Long a high-tech business center, Rochester recently was selected by the Defense Department to be the center for the National Photonics Initiative.
  4. Education: In addition to highly-ranked schools, Rochester is also home to The University of Rochester, The Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Monroe community College, and the SUNY system
  5. Livability: A great combination of city culture and beautiful park landscapes. Commuting is often described as being “20 minutes to anywhere in Monroe County.” It is comfortable living in a relaxed atmosphere.
  6. Culture: Rochester offers many cultural opportunities through The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum and Science Center, The Eastman School of Music, The Memorial Art Gallery, The Eastman House, GEVA Theater, Rochester Broadway Theater League, and The Eastman Theater, home of The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
  7. Proximity to Big Cities: Rochester is conveniently located within 2 hours of Niagara Falls, 4 hours of Toronto, and 45 minutes by plane to New York City.
  8. The Finger Lakes: A series of lakes south of Rochester is often the choice for second homes or summer rentals on the water. There are many successful wineries on these lakes, with their wine trails being a popular destination.
  9. Great Restaurants: Rochester offers many excellent dining opportunities, including a diversity of taste experiences, from Indian and Korean to Asian and Ethiopian.
  10. Wine and Beer Industry: In addition to the Finger Lakes wine trails, there are a number of wine bars and a booming craft beer industry.

Last but certainly not least…SNOW-Love it or hate it, we have plenty of skiing…

February Break Fun in Rochester, NY

 

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February break is here, this means we are one step closer to spring! This may also mean your children are home and slowly but surely going stir crazy…and it is only Monday. Here are some ideas for getting out there and making your child’s February break fun and exciting.

Rochester Museum and Science Center- the RMSC is holding a number of events throughout the week for a variety of ages.

Seneca Park Zoo– the Zoo Habitat Explorers is a program running all week for children from kindergarten to third grade.

The Public Library- Public libraries all around town are holding a variety of events. From the teen writing group at the Henrietta Public Library, to Story time with Hannah at the Gates public library there is fun to be had for all ages.

The Strong National Museum of Play- In addition to the normal every day fun at the National Museum of Play, the Race to win school break week is a fun event offered throughout the week where children can create and design their own match race car.

The Geva Theater Center and The Auditorium Theater- To Kill a Mocking Bird, An lliad, and Star Trek are a just few shows to visit this week.

Corning Museum of Glass- Enjoy free admission to Museum of Glass from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday the 18th!

The locations and events above came from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Website. Visit the link above for a full list of details on each event happening throughout the week! Bundle up and have some fun this February break!

 

Have Fun This Fall In Greater Rochester, NY!

pumpkinsLiving in upstate New York we experience every season there is, and fall sure does not disappoint! The leaves are falling, the sun is still out and the weekends are jam-packed. Here are some great places to spend your free time in the next few weeks.

Stokoe Farms

Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Fest

Scottsville, NY

 

Wickham Farms

Family fun with a 3-acre corn maze!

Fairport Nine Mile Line Road, Penfield, NY

 

Long Acre Farms

The most challenging corn maze in the Rochester area

Macedon, NY

 

Clubhouse Fun Center

Great indoor fun!

Rochester, NY

 

The Garden Factory

Rides, games, arts & crafts geared toward kids ages 2-10

2126 Buffalo Road

 

Bristol Mountain

Bristol mountain skyrides for all ages!

Canandaigua, NY 14424

 

Morgan’s Farm Market

U-Pick Apples!

Marion, NY

 

From apple picking to hay rides and haunted houses. There are countless places to visit this fall. Make sure to get out there and enjoy it before the snow blows in! Happy Fall!