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OCTOBER 19, 2016 Volume 11 • Issue 42

RE WEEKLY STORY COUNTY

RESIDENTIAL • ACREAGE • FARM • COMMERCIAL • AREA DEVELOPMENT 515-233-3299 • 317 5th Street, Ames All REALTOR® ads within are REALTORS® licensed in the State of Iowa

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TIPS OF THE WEEK Weatherizing your home saves money

windows. Seal the gaps. To help maintain a controlled climate inside the home and prevent air from leaking in or escaping, weatherize windows, doors, attic hatches Along with adjusting your thermostat as the and vents by using a temporary sealant. cooler weather embraces much of the country, weatherizing your Run your fan in the proper direction. Because the home also has a di- warmest air is closest to the ceiling, running your rect impact on the ceiling fan in a clockwise direction in the winter months pushes the warm air up against the ceiling amount of energy and then down the walls. required to maintain a comfort— Brandpoint/DAP able temperature indoors. Follow these DIY home Get rid of the weatherizing tips wallpaper to increase your home’s energy Maybe you spent hours putting efficiency and pos- it up or maybe it’s an expression sibly lower the of your style, but no matter your BRANDPOINT utility bill each attachment to your wallpaper, if you month. are wanting to sell your home, you Turn on the humidifier. Be sure to maintain a ers could be losing out on potential buyers relative humidity in the home between 20 to 40 because of it. To remove wallpaper, use a percent. As the temperature outside drops, lower this wallpaper scorer to create holes, soak k the walls in a percentage so condensation does not form on the commercially prepared wallpaper remover solution

or a mixture of hot water and fabric softener, strip the wallpaper from the bottom upward and clean the walls with a mixture of hot water and dish detergent. — More Content Now

Prepping your trees for winter Before the winter winds bring about chilly p , fall is the time to prepare your trees temperatures, for coming snow and ice storms. Help your trees oover the winter months by applying a slow-release fertilizer, which wil will re-supply the nutrients lost an and improve resistance to disease, in insects and stressful weather. Fall is also the time to rehydrate your tr trees. Using an injection probe, water the trees’ root system throughout the top 12 inches of soil. Also, be sure to prune dead or rotting branches as the added weight of snow or ice can damage yyour tree and your property. — More Content Now


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