Blog :: 06-2018

Killer Vines

There are numerous species of vines which grow on trees and slowly strangle them. Vines on older trees compete with tree roots and rob them of moisture and nutrients. If the vines aren’t removed, there is a good chance the tree will fall.

The goal is to kill vines without damaging the tree. To do this, sever the vines around the base of the affected tree. Do not try to pull the vines from the trunk or limbs of the tree—you risk severely damaging or even removing the bark. The vines will wither and die once cut. Tip: Use gloves and protective clothing in order to avoid skin reactions from the vines.

Once the vines have been cut, pull the roots up. This is easiest to do when soil is moist from watering or rainfall. Clear out a ring of about two feet around the tree. Mulch this area about two inches thick, keeping it three inches from the tree trunk.

If you need help getting vines removed, your local tree professional will be able to assist you in preserving your tree, and eliminating future growth.

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    Getting Your House Ready To Sell

    Getting ready to put your house on the market?

    Here are some tips:

    First, find a real estate agent who is best suited to your needs. Most agents will have testimonials and biographies on their website or professional platforms. You will be working closely with this person, so choose someone that you feel is a good match to your needs and desired outcomes.

    Next, declutter your house, removing all personal items, creating a space that is neutral, clean and bright. Consider hiring a home stager if you don’t have a knack for home decorating.

    Repair anything broken, take care of scuffed paint, and consider updating any faded/outdated colors, keeping colors neutral to allow potential buyers to envision their own decor.

    To avoid delays when you have an interested buyer, make sure the house is inspection ready.         

    Make the outside of your home look welcoming—first impressions are everything! Adding a little color with annuals or holiday decor goes a long way. 

    And did I mention you should clean your house? If this isn’t your strength, call in a professional. It will be worth it in the long run.

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      Appropriate House Appraisals

      Mortgage applications almost always require a professional appraisal of value.  The bank needs to ensure they’re processing a loan for the appropriate value of the home.

      This is where many mortgage applications can encounter difficulties, which may lead to contract cancellations. Buyers often go online to check national mortgage rates and engage a mortgage broker from one of these companies.  The broker then issues the appraisal to an appraiser that might not be from the area. Our area isn’t “standardized” such as a suburb where the homes are very similar, so the appraiser needs a fair idea of what to use to compare the property.

      It wouldn’t hurt to touch base with a local mortgage broker before making an offer. They may be able to match the national rates, and they will help get the property appraised correctly.

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        McChesney Fund: Great Resource for Salisbury, CT Residents

        I’ve covered this topic before, but it is important enough that it bears repeating.  The McChesney Fund is administered through Salisbury Family Services and its mission is to help qualified Salisbury residents to purchase or renovate their primary home.     

        Funds are most often used to help with a down payment on a home but can also be used to replace a roof or some other necessary repair. There must be a demonstrated need and the funds must be otherwise unavailable. The fund’s purpose is to assist the community to maintain a balance of affordable homes in Salisbury.

        I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board of this amazing resource. If you think you might qualify, contact Salisbury Family Services at 860-435-5187 and talk to Patrice McGrath, Director of Social Services.

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