Home Tips

Cleaning Limestone Surfaces

Limestone surfaces are a popular choice for renovations and improvements providing the luxurious expensive look of marble but an a more affordable old-world price. Most limestone is usually white or off-white in color with unique and naturally occurring patterns throughout the stone. 

Beautiful as they are, they come with a downside that they require more care than other stone types, such as granite. This is because compositionally, limestone is more porous and sensitive to acids attack. The porosity makes it more prone than other stains and discoloration. (We once were asked to seal a brand new set of limestone stairs after removing a coffee stain… it took 6 seal applications to finally seal the stone… and each day the property manager dropped a new cup of coffee as a test.) Once sealed it usually just takes another annual application to maintain, but the first application is a doosey. Once sealed spills are easily cleaned up without staining. 

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Home Tips

Why You Should Consider Buying Over Renting

There are a lot of situations in which renting might be the best option for you and your family. Renting can be great if you are unsure you want to settle down in a particular area or you enjoy relinquishing the responsibility of maintenance. However, if you have the opportunity to consider buying and owning a home, it could yield many benefits for your future!

Owning A Home Helps You Build Equity

When you pay your rent monthly, you are not working towards owning your home. But monthly payments on your mortgage will put you one step closer to owning a home and gaining value from such a large asset. This opportunity to build equity is the greatest benefit that comes along with buying versus renting! One day you could be looking at a home that is completely yours!

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Local Pros

Apopka Realtor – Michelle Chase

Location: Apopka, FL

Phone: (407) 268-6718

Website: michellechaserealtor.com

Michelle Chase is a local realtor and certified staging agent with Home Wise Realty that knows what buyers are looking for. Staging your home involves creating an inviting space that house hunters can envision themselves living in and can also help to facilitate a speedy sale for top dollar.

Plants & Health Tips

Understanding Pesticides

Homeowners are one of the most common users of pesticides. For controlling unwanted critters and bugs, there are a range of pesticides that are available for home use. Pesticides aren’t just limited for use on ‘killing bugs’ as is the most common definition. Controlling and managing insects are a few of the many uses for pesticides, as there are many different kinds of pests that are prevalent in and around homes.


Pesticides come in a range of mediums, from concentrates (usually mixed with water) to synthetic pesticides that are chemical creations, to more organic formulas that are made from natural sources. The range of pesticides are made for different uses, which can usually be delineated in terms of their names, like ‘insecticides’ and ‘rodenticides’ to more lesser known varieties such as ‘mildewcides’ (contained in cleaning products) to ‘herbicides’ (plant defoliants). For those using pesticides, it depends on the area of your home that you will be using them, as well as which type of pesticide you are using in regards to what form the pesticide comes in. They can be in liquid form (which stick to surfaces), or sprays (some of the main varieties for easy application). Powders, granules and baits are all dry forms, which the pests usually ingest, and even barriers are used to create a perimeter around the space or house.


For whatever reason you are considering using pesticides, it is advised to use with caution, and always read labels carefully, have a well-ventilated space, and keep children and pets away from the areas you are treating. You can also utilize a pest control service to assist in controlling pests in your home.

Home Tips

Household Hacks For Keeping Pests Away

If you live in an area that is prone to pests, and you would like to take more preventative measures to reduce the instances of unwanted guests in the home, then there are many actions you can take that will greatly assist in lessening the amount of visitors you have in and around your home. Living near wildlife can be great to connect with nature, though when animals of all shapes and sizes begin to get more comfortable in your space, then damage to the home can occur, as well as safety concerns for you family and even a risk of pet borne diseases. This is why it is necessary to take preventative action before it’s too late.


Some great tips of pest-proofing your home are listed below.


  • Be aware of any items of spaces that may hold water, especially in warm weather. This means gutters, or toys that can fill up when it rains. Mosquitos will swarm to these wet bodies of water and breed. Empty these spaces of water and be sure not to have anything laying around that will fill up.


  • Stacking wood against walls along the exterior of the house can draw in ants, rodents, and snakes to create homes in the dark hidden spaces. Be sure to keep the wood in a locked steel box if you can, or stacked laying on the ground.


  • Check access areas in the home. This means windows, doors, cracks, venting, and chimneys. Take a thorough look around the home so that you are sure there are no spaces that animals can crawl into, or make larger. Sealing with a proper sealer or using window and door screens is a good idea.


If you are still having trouble with pests and wish to seek further advice, then turn to a pest control professional.