Fist-Time Homeowner? Keep These 3 Tips in Mind

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bug guardBeing a first-time homeowner is one of the best times in a person’s life. Although it’s exciting having all these new responsibilities, you can start to feel overwhelmed pretty quickly. You might think you planned for every possible mishap and then notice 50,000 other potential problems you never thought to check.

Try not to stress yourself out too much and just relax. No matter what property issues arise, there is always a solution. Hopefully, these three things can help you avoid some serious issues down the line, allowing you to fully enjoy your first home!

Here are three aspects of home owning that you should be aware of:

Landscape Maintenance

When people move into their first homes for the first time, they focus so much on the interior of their home, which makes sense because they are going to be spending a significantly more amount of time inside rather than outside.

However, it’s important to think about outside maintenance, as procrastinating could result in various costly problems. Make sure to water all your plants, trim trees as needed, and keep your backyard as clean as possible. Even the nicest interior home can give people nightmares if their landscape is a disaster. Regularly maintaining your yard will do wonders for your mood and even save you some money.

Storage Space

Another rookie homeowner mistake is thinking you have to fill up the entire house immediately. It’s almost as if you think you’ll never acquire more stuff again. Just because you have an empty room in your new house doesn’t mean you need to panic and buy a bunch of random things. Be patient, because you’ll never know when you might need to make room for something new.

Maybe you’ll need space for a baby’s crib in a few years (congrats!), maybe you’ll buy all new furniture but want to hold on to the old stuff, or maybe you’ll just become obsessed with garage sales and you’ll buy mountains of random things every summer. You never know… So it’s important to make sure you have enough storage space for the future.

Bug Protection

Something that is extremely important but maybe not the most appealing thing in the world is pest control. Bugs can actually destroy homes if they’re not dealt with. Termite damage happens to approximately 600,000 homes every year in the United States. That ends up costing U.S. residents about $5 billion every year to rid these termite issues.

Being proactive about bug protection can save you so much money. If you discover termite damage in your home, the average price for repairs is around $3,000. Contacting an experienced exterminator who is knowledgeable on bug guard products can save you from future pest attacks and from spending thousand of dollars on repairs. These professionals will ensure no bugs invade your property with a thorough
spraying of bug guard .

If you have any questions about pest control or bug guard, contact Dixon Pest Services today!

Worried About Termites? These 3 Tips Can Help (Especially #3)

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termite damageOwning a home can be very stressful because of all the things that can — and will, if you aren’t careful — go wrong. You have to budget money responsibly, address any repairs, and have a preventive plan to limit any future dangers. That’s a lot of responsibility.

One of those potential dangers to your home: termite damage.

Termite season is here and unless you take precautions, you could be dealing with a major pest control problem that will end up costing you a lot of money. Here are a few important things to know about termite damage:

  1. Damage Costs

    Every year, termites cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and structures, along with damaging more than 600,000 residential homes. These pests, although small, swarm together in large numbers and end up costing U.S. residents more than $5 billion every year to control termite breakouts and repair any existing damage.

  2. Home Prevention

    Owning a home is stressful without spending thousand of dollars on repairs. If you discover damage from termites in your home, you’ll spend about $3,000 on average on repair costs, so it’s extremely important that you do everything possible to prevent these damages from happening. Being aware of your property can make all the difference when battling termites. These bugs hide out in back yards, inside piles of wood and debris, and if those piles are located close to your home, they will be able to easily transition from the wood on your lawn to the wood in your home. Keep all wood at least 20 feet away from your property and at least five inches off the ground.

    Another home prevention method for keeping out termites is proper structural maintenance. If parts of your home are decaying, it will be much easier for termites to enter your home and start causing further damage. Try to maintain at least six inches of clearance between your house and the outside soil to prevent the wood from decaying.

  3. Professional Help

    The best thing you can do to both prevent future termite damage and repair any existing damage is contact professional exterminators. They know how to handle all kinds of pests and will lay out bug guard to ensure no termites and other bugs are creeping on your property, waiting to attack.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get the termite protection you need today!

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308