Each season brings different home maintenance challenges. Work done in the fall will help prepare your home for colder weather, and possibly save you money!
- Clean the gutters: Gutters will divert more than 1,000 gallons of water away from your home, but if left uncleaned and clogged, can lead to extensive damage. Carefully clean out all leaves and debris and inspect for any damage – especially after all the leaves have fallen!
- Check for drafts: Inspect the seals on your doors and windows periodically, as they weaken over time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing a drafty house can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Install weather-stripping or caulking around windows or doors that aren’t properly sealed.
- How to test a seal: Close a door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, your weather-stripping isn’t properly sealing the opening.
- Check your chimney: As the weather gets cooler, fireplaces are used more often. To avoid an unnecessary house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned – and if needed, repaired by licensed professional.
- You should also get any gas fireplaces inspected as well. There could be blocked vent or malfunctioning and damaged components. Any of these could result in a fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check smoke detectors: With the increased usage of fireplaces and other heating appliances for the colder weather, you’ll want to check that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are operating correctly. Put fresh batteries in to ensure they’ll be good all season long.
- Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher as well and replace if needed!
- Check your roof: Prevent any leaks by inspecting your roof from top to bottom. Remove any debris and look for any damaged, missing, or curled shingles. These can lead to expensive problems down the road!
Halloween is quickly approaching! Are you ready? Whether you are a parent of little ones, or just want to have a good time, how should you celebrate? This year is a little different due to Covid-19, but we have compiled a list of some ideas to help you keep the spirit of the Great Pumpkin alive while social distancing.
- The first and most obvious activity you can still do is trick or treating. Be sure to check that your local area is allowed to participate. It’s on for Kent County!
- The CDC recommends that you avoid participating in the traditional trick or treating where treats are handed to kids at the door. While you can still hand out candy, here are some ways to help limit exposure for both yourself and the kids:
- Keep it simple and leave a bowl of candy out on your front porch or down by your driveway for the kids to grab themselves.
- Take the bowl of candy a step further and prepare individual bags for each trick or treater. You can even consider having a small hand sanitizer station set up for them (they may not use it, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).
- Construct a candy chute like this one pictured! Check out this easy tutorial to make one yourself. The cool thing is that it’s easily customizable to fit your needs and style.
- Set up a fun scene in your yard with candy all over for the kids to pick themselves. It helps you social distance and gives the kids a fun experience!
- Check out this cool website that’s been put together for this year. It gives you an idea of who in your neighborhood will take part in trick or treating, and how they will be participating.
- If you’re looking for a safe trick or treating event, stop by our complex on Friday, October 30th anytime from 9:00am-5:00pm as we hand out candy with C&M Custom Homes and Diamond State Pole Builders (7344 S Dupont Hwy, Felton, DE 19943).
- Complete a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Walk around the neighborhood with a list and see how many you can check off. You can easily do this while trick or treating, or if you want a take an evening walk with your family. To make things even easier for you, check out this list we made for you!
- Stay indoors and have yourself a Halloween movie marathon. Here is a list of some classic Halloween films to watch while you eat your way through popcorn and hot cider. Plus, let us face it: You cannot ever go wrong with Hocus Pocus!
- With coronavirus still affecting our communities, pump up the Halloween flare by decorating your home! We are not just talking about some pumpkins on your front porch – deck the halls with spooky décor. Nothing is wrong with having a little too many ghosts or spider webs here and there. Here are some ideas to give you some inspiration.
- Carve pumpkins! Make a day out of it – head over to your local pumpkin patch, eat some apple cider doughnuts, drink some cider. Get creative with your pumpkin carvings. Below are some ideas on what you can create!
These are just a few ideas on how to celebrate Halloween this year! Take photos and post them on our wall! We’d love to see what you come up with!
It’s the first day of Fall! Are you ready for fallen leaves, apple picking, hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and everything else Fall has to offer? I know I am! With coronavirus still impacting our communities, and events getting canceled, we thought it’d be a good idea to fill you in on some fun things still happening in Kent County!
Fifer Orchards is continuing to offer their yearly Fall activities, but with social distancing in mind! Here’s what they’ll have:
- 6-acre Corn Maze (September 21-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): Think you can find your way through this Pac-Man themed corn maze? Reserve your spot online to find out!
- Apple Picking (now until mid-October | Thursday-Saturday): Online reservations are required!
- U-Pick Pumpkin Patch (late September-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): What kind of crazy pumpkin can you carve with the pumpkin you pick out? No reservations are needed!
- Check out these recipes for some delicious pumpkin seeds afterwards!
Killens Pond: Be sure to call (302) 284-4299 to find out more information and register!
- Private Wagon Rides (now until end of October | Weekends): For a minimum of $25 or $5 per person, you can book your own wagon ride for you and your friends and family!
- Spooky Spiders Tour (October 3rd & 4th): Think you can handle eight legged creepy crawlers? Delve into the world of spiders and learn all about them!
- Local Legends: Supernatural Thrills (October 10th & 11th): Learn all about the supernatural side of Kent County at this family friendly event!
- Homeschool: Fall Colors (November 10th & 12th): This fun educational program will teach kids (ages 6-12) why some leaves change color and even takes them on a walk to see it in action. Pre-registration ($5 per child) is required.
- Biggs Kids Workshop: Scary Portraits (October 3rd): In this virtual workshop, kids get to learn how to make their own spooky portraits inspired by the portraits found in the Biggs art collection.
- Adult Flashlight Tour (October 9th): Using only flashlights, explore the Biggs Art Museum and discover the darker side of the art world. Dress up in your favorite art inspired costume to get a free drink too!
- Children’s Flashlight Tour (October 10th): Recommended for ages 8 and younger, kids get to explore the Biggs Museum at night in their PJs.
We hope you get to enjoy some of these activities, but more importantly, we hope you stay safe doing them!