5 Steps to Making a Simple Container Garden

Container gardens work well for people who live in an apartment or those that don’t have room in their yard to grow a garden.  However, anyone who wants to add some greenery and a splash of color some place where there isn’t any dirt can still use a container garden.  Maybe you’d like to create a welcoming entrance on your front walk.  A container garden on either side of the walk creates a beautiful entrance.  Follow these simple steps and you can create your own container garden in less than an hour.

  1. Choose a large container with drainage holes. If your container of choice does not have drainage holes then get out your drill and put some in.  Fill the pot 1/3 full with Styrofoam peanuts.  This will allow the container to not be so heavy that you can’t move it.  Fill the rest of the pot up with commercial soil mix.  Choose a type that holds moisture and contains some slow release fertilizer.
  2. Decide on your color scheme. Try to match what’s already going on in your yard or flower beds if you can.  If you don’t have anything to match then go with whatever makes you happy.  Choose 1 tall plant for each pot, 3 medium plants and 3 plants that will spill over the edge of the pot.
  3. Traditional container gardens contain these flowers. A spike of Dracaena in the center which will give the pot height, 3 geraniums around the center plant for color and around the outside edge, vinca vines to spill over.
  4. Feel free to break away from the traditional. When choosing the plants keep in mind what their sun and watering needs are.  These plants will be in a pot together so they should have similar sun and water needs in order to grow well together.
  5. Maintaining your container garden is simple. Keep in mind that container gardens dry out quickly so water them regularly.  During hot and dry spells you may need to water your container 1 to 3 times a day to keep it looking its best.  You can use recycled water from a dehumidifier or from cooking.  If your soil has fertilizer in it read on the label to see how long it should last.  If your soil does not have fertilizer included then you will want to add some slow release fertilizer to last the whole season.

Have fun with your container garden.  Include the kids in the planting if you’d like.  Almost anything can be grown in a container.  If your kids like tomatoes you can grow a tomato plant in a container.  Make sure it gets plenty of sun and water.  Containers have an added benefit of being portable so if the weather report says that your area is going to get a frost that night you can move your container into the garage or inside for the night.  You can even bring the container inside during the winter and put it back outside in the spring.  If you have any questions about how to grow something in a container ask your local garden center staff for advice.  They are usually very helpful and knowledgeable.

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7 Good Reasons to Install a Patio Instead of a Deck

Having a deck in your backyard can be a wonderful thing, giving you a place to enjoy the outdoors while providing a solid surface on which to place furniture, potted plants, or bird feeders. There are, however, good reasons to consider a back yard patio, instead of a deck. Here are seven of them for your consideration.

1) Community Regulations. You will likely need to have your home inspected and acquire a permit in order to add a deck to your home, which will be time consuming and can add expense to your project. Building a patio may not require either of them, depending on your municipality, which will save you both time and money.

2) Material and Labor Costs. A patio can be based on a concrete pad or stone block, both of which are less expensive than the wood, metal, or composite materials that will be required for a deck. Poured concrete or stone blocks are also easier and quicker to install then deck materials, saving you labor costs, as well.

3) Maintenance. A patio is much easier to maintain than a deck. Instead of having to refinish or paint a deck every year or two to keep it in good condition, all you have to do with a concrete pad is keep it clean. Stone blocks only need sand swept into the joins every few years to maintain an even surface.

4) Longer Lasting. A patio, since it is based on permanent materials that will not rot or corrode, will likely last much longer than a deck, and will likely add more to the value of your property than a deck would.

5) Complementary to Landscaping. A patio can be designed to fit in with and complement your landscaping, making for a more pleasant aesthetic experience for enjoying your back yard.

6) Freedom of Choice and Safety. Your options with a patio are nearly endless, as far as size and shape are concerned, whereas a deck is limited by the need to be attached to your home for structural support. A patio also allows you to build sitting walls right at the edges, and eliminates the need for guardrails, alleviating the concern of children or pets falling and being injured.

7) Future Options. A patio is much easier to alter or add to than a deck. If you decide you want a roof, or to surround it with screening or other walls, it is much easier to do so with a patio than with a deck. You can also add to the size of a patio in the future without further alterations to your home. There is even the option of adding a fireplace or attaching a fire or barbeque pit to a patio, which is definitely not recommended with a deck.

There are many more reasons than just these for building a back yard patio rather than a deck, but even just these seven should be enough to give you cause to think of a patio as a serious option for consideration.

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10 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Patio Furniture

Depending on the climate you live in, patio furniture can either be a year round or a seasonal part of your home. Regardless of which it is, proper cleaning and maintenance will lengthen its life and keep it looking presentable.

  1. Plastic furniture. Those stackable plastic chairs are great to have because they don’t take up much room so you can have a lot of them available for those times when the crowd all ends up at your house. As durable as they are, however, they can still show their wear and tear. Washing them down with some warm soapy water and then hosing them off will take care of the general dirt and grime. If they’re white, and you want to brighten them up a bit, add some bleach to the wash water and let it sit on the furniture for 10 to 15 minutes before you rinse them.
  2. Aluminum furniture. Pressure washing can be a good option for aluminum furniture, but hot soapy water and a sponge will work as well. Once the furniture is clean and dry, apply a high quality car wax to it to protect it.
  3. Canvas cushions. You do have a few options here. Since it is upholstery, good spray foam upholstery cleaner would be one option for keeping the cushions clean. Otherwise, you can create your own cleaning solution by adding a teaspoon each of dishwashing detergent and Borax to a quart of water in a spray bottle. Saturate the cushions with the cleaning solution. Let it sit and soak for a short time before rinsing thoroughly using your garden hose.
  4. Glass table tops. Generally, you can simply clean these with your typical glass cleaner and a soft rag. If melted candle wax has become hardened on the table top, warm it with a blow dryer to soften before scraping it off with a hard vinyl card. You can use rubbing alcohol to clean up any leftover residue.
  5. Wooden furniture. You don’t want to use soapy water for these items. Stick to spraying them down with your garden house, and wiping away any extra grime before rinsing them a second time.
  6. Wicker. Use your vacuum cleaner and a small brush attachment to clean the dust and dirt from the crevices. Then wipe it all down with a wet cloth.
  7. Umbrella. Patio umbrellas are susceptible to mildew, as well as the ordinary dirt and grime. If you find that your umbrella has developed some mildew stains, you will want to use a bleach solution to clean it. Using 3/4 cup of bleach in a gallon of water should work for the job. Make sure and spot test it for color fastness in an inconspicuous area beforehand.
  8. Vinyl webbing. That good old soapy water is a good choice for these standard patio chairs. Make sure and rinse them well and let them thoroughly dry in the sun, if possible.
  9. Storage. If you’re in an area of the country where you’re patio furniture is not used during the winter months, be sure and take it out of the weather and store it in a dry covered place. Leaving patio furniture out of doors during winter months, exposed to the elements, will be sure to take its toll very quickly.
  10. Repairs. Wooden and wicker furniture can become wobbly as their fasteners loosen up. Taking time to tighten or replace these pieces of hardware will help your furniture last much longer.

None of the tips mentioned here are difficult or expensive, they just take time and diligence, but the reward will be in the extra years you are able to use those pieces of furniture.

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10 Reasons to Consider a Short Sale

The sale of a home or piece of property at a price below the amount needed to pay off your existing loan is known as a short sale. While it isn’t the ideal situation for most homeowners, it can offer a better solution than foreclosure. Due to the housing crisis, many lenders are more lenient about accepting short sales than ever before. This option certainly isn’t for everyone; however there are times when it may be the best possible option. If you’re facing financial difficulty, here are ten reasons you may want to look into a short sale.

  1. It Could Save Your Credit Rating – While a short sale will most likely have an adverse effect on your credit rating, it isn’t likely to be as damaging as going through the foreclosure process. Speaking to a trained professional who has extensive experience in short sales can help you determine if this is the right option for you.
  2. To Avoid the Social Stigma of a Foreclosure – One of the most difficult parts of the foreclosure process for many families is the social stigma involved. A short sale can help to reduce some of this embarrassment for some homeowners.
  3. Short Sales Can Decrease the Waiting Period Before Buying Again – A foreclosure will typically preclude you from buying again for up to 10 years; a short sale can, if handled properly, significantly reduce the amount of time you’ll have to wait before buying property again.
  4. There Are Possible Tax Benefits – Homeowners who have had some or all of their mortgage debt forgiven may be eligible for special tax relief benefits.
  5. Avoiding the Stressful Process of Foreclosure – Every aspect of a foreclosure is stressful and upsetting. Though a short sale is far from ideal, it’s an option that many troubled homeowners find the more tolerable option of the two.
  6. Comparatively Low Cost Option – Short sales don’t require the improvements and upgrades that a homeowner would have to make in order to sell their home in a traditional market; when time is at a premium and money is scarce, it might be wise to attempt a short sale. Making a large investment in improvements for a home that is foreclosed on before it can be sold to a traditional buyer will only increase both your debt and stress level.
  7. A Short Sale Can Speed Up the Process – The drawn-out process of foreclosure only adds to the stress of the situation; a short sale can take significantly less time and cause less heartache for those involved.
  8. Maintaining Confidentiality – The legal requirements regarding notifications can make it almost impossible to maintain your confidentiality while suffering through a foreclosure. The short sale process can make keeping your financial woes under wraps a bit easier.
  9. Keeping Your Home Absolutely is Not Feasible – Coming to the conclusion that you simply cannot afford to maintain your mortgage payments any longer is, without a doubt, one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares. However, once you’ve accepted that keeping your home is just not an option, you should start researching the possibility of a short sale.
  10. Required relocation – If you are required to relocate for employment purposes or other unforeseeable reasons, choosing a short sale can get rid of the current mortgage payment much more quickly when the housing market in your area is in a slump. Maintaining two residences may simply not be feasible financially.

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10 Things You Can Do While Realtors Show the Home You Are Selling

So your home is up for sale and you’ve got a live one on the line. Your realtor is showing the house to a prospective buyer and you don’t want to be in the way, not to mention you’ve got other things to take care of now that you’re moving, so what to do? Let’s consider ten options for you to kill time while your house is being shown:

  1. New furniture – Shop for furniture for the new place. If you’re moving up in house size, you’ve probably got more space than furnishings, meaning it’s time to hit the furniture store. This might be a good time to look at bedroom suites for that 4th bedroom.
  2. Spend time with your neighbors – Visit all of your current neighbors. Since you’re going to be relocating, spending some quality time with them before you move could be a good idea, especially if you’ve maintained a close relationship with them throughout your stay in the apartment complex or neighborhood. This could also double as quite a productive visit if you hope to enlist some help in your move.
  3. Do a little extra home work – Do some yard work or home maintenance. Demonstrating that you’re a conscientious homeowner can help with the sale. Buyers like to know that a home has been kept up by the previous owner.
  4. Take some time to travel – This occasion is a good excuse for a family field trip or  planning a visit to nearby relatives. Pack the clan into the SUV and head out for some fun. If you’re moving within driving distance, maybe check out the new neighborhood together.
  5. Fit in a work out – Go to the gym. Lord knows you’ll need your strength for the move, so go on and take the opportunity to work on your 50-lb. box curls. Then practice your small appliance squats and lawn furniture lunges.
  6. Look at potential new homes – If you’re still in the market for a new house and staying in the area, coordinate the showing with some appointments to look at new homes. If you are moving out of the area, make some calls to local realtors where you plan to move.
  7. Mark items off your to-do list – Coordinate showings of your house with your own appointments – doctor, hairdresser, dentist, etc. Now you’ve got more incentive to take care of visits you may have otherwise put off. Make the most of it.
  8. Go to work – The easiest way to make sure you’re out of the way when prospects are coming by to look at your home is to have the showings scheduled during your work hours whenever possible.
  9. Catch up on new flicks – Go see a movie. When’s the last time you actually went to a theater to see a film? Well, here’s a great excuse to experience a bit of nostalgia. Take in a matinee, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy a trip down memory lane.
  10. Stick around to answer any questions – The buyers might prefer to meet the present owner before making a decision. Your availability to address any issues or sticking points could make all the difference.

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10 Ways to Impact Your Curb Appeal

Selling a home is more difficult right now that it’s been in quite some time; the market is struggling enough that simply keeping the lawn trimmed is not adequate in drawing in prospective buyers. In order to successfully sell a home in a down market, it’s absolutely imperative to boost your house’s curb appeal as much as possible. These ten tips for improving your home’s curb appeal can have you on the road to a sale in no time.

  1. Paint or Replace Shutters – Peeling and dilapidated windows can negatively affect a potential buyer’s first impression, even if the rest of the home’s exterior is impeccable. In addition to replacing any damaged shutters, it’s also a good idea to throw a fresh coat of paint on them. This is a quick and relatively cheap way to give the exterior a good visual boost.
  2. Replace or Power-Wash Siding – Dingy and damaged siding is another curb appeal-killer; if power-washing doesn’t do the trick, it might be a good idea to look into replacing your existing siding. If there’s no room in the budget for complete replacement, repairing any damaged sections will help bolster up the appearance.
  3. Paint Stucco Exteriors – If the exterior of your home is a stucco coating that’s seen better days, a coat of paint is the equivalent of a face-lift. If you’re thinking of changing the color altogether, it’s best to check with your homeowners’ association before tackling the project; some HOA’s have a list of pre-approved colors that owners are allowed to choose from, and you don’t want to paint the whole house just to have the HOA tell you that color won’t work.
  4. Re-Sod Sparse Lawns – A patchy lawn can make even a well-kept home seem a bit forlorn; sowing grass seed or having the area re-sodded is certainly one of the most effective ways of enhancing the desirability of your home.
  5. Repave Driveways – Cracked driveways with oil stains and other signs of disrepair will not do you any favors in helping your home sell. Resurfacing driveways can assist in making your house seem almost like a brand new one.
  6. Repair or Replace Sidewalks – Just like a cracked or damaged driveway, sidewalks that have fallen into disrepair can affect the way your home is perceived in the minds of potential buyers. Replacing them or having them resurfaced can do wonders for the overall appeal of your home.
  7. Plant Shrubs and Flowers – Landscaping is one of the best ways to elevate the appearance of your home, and to make it one of the most desirable ones on the block. For homeowners with a brown thumb, there are dozens of low-maintenance shrub options that look beautiful without requiring the attention that finicky flowers can demand.
  8. Take Care of Existing Trees – Mature trees can increase the selling price of a home by thousands of dollars, as long as those trees are properly cared for. While well-maintained trees can be a major plus, those with precarious-looking branches can turn a buyer off. The potential for storm damage from neglected trees can be a deal-breaker.
  9. Upgrade the Front Door – The entryway to your home should be as inviting as possible, especially if you’re looking to sell. Replacing or even sprucing up your existing door with a new coat of paint can add to the welcoming quality, as well as positively influence the perceptions of buyers.
  10. Keep Kids’ Clutter to a Minimum – While signs of happy and active children send a great message to newlyweds or young families, it’s important to keep the toy clutter to a minimum. Fading plastic playhouses and smaller toys strewn everywhere seem chaotic, rather than charming. On the front lawn especially, homeowners should pay particular attention to keeping things as neat as possible.

Many homebuyers will do a ‘drive-by’ with homes that they’re interested in before scheduling a tour of the interior of the house. If they don’t like what they see on the outside, they may never schedule a look at the inside, which makes creating great curb appeal an essential step in the selling process.

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10 Tips for Selling Your Home in a Tough Market

Homeowners who are looking to sell their homes in this troubling housing market may find themselves facing a very steep challenge; potential buyers are vastly outnumbered by motivated sellers. With more homes on the market than interested buyers, sellers are forced to do everything within their power to get their home sold. Here are ten ways to boost your home’s desirability and help it sell.

  1. Shop the Competition – Before listing your home, look around at comparable homes in your neighborhood that are currently on the market. Be sure to look at them objectively; if there are things you think that those sellers are doing wrong, take note so you can avoid repeating it.
  2. Don’t Price Yourself Out of the Market – It can be very difficult for homeowners to realize that the sentimental value of their home doesn’t necessarily translate to a higher selling price. Pricing your home fairly and being realistic is very important in securing a buyer.
  3. Upgrade as Much as Possible – Research the upgrades that can translate into a higher selling price in your area, and make any improvements that your budget will allow. Be sure to look into what upgrades help a home in your area sell, though; you want to avoid spending money that ultimately won’t increase the value of your house.
  4. Offer to Pay Closing Costs – Letting your seller’s agent know that you’d consider paying the closing costs can help a deal go through more easily, and can also motivate a buyer to pay a bit more than they would have if these perks were not included.
  5. Court First-Time Buyers – First-time buyers are often persuaded by the inclusion of appliances, such as refrigerators or washers and dryers; most young buyers don’t yet own these items and may not have room for them in their purchasing budget.
  6. Don’t Neglect the Curb Appeal – The first impression that potential buyers will have of your home is its exterior; be sure that you make all of the improvements you can, both with the exterior of the house and with the landscaping, to boost your curb appeal. It often doesn’t matter how beautiful a home is inside if the exterior is neglected; potential buyers will carry their perceptions throughout the tour of your house.
  7. Make Cosmetic Allowances – If part of your reason for selling is to help ease a financial burden, it may not be feasible to make expensive home improvements. Making cosmetic allowances for things like new paint or flooring can help sway buyers who are on the fence.
  8. De-Personalize Your Home – Though it can be very difficult, it’s important to strip your home of as many personalized touches as possible when you’re trying to sell. Potential buyers need to be able to project their own lives into the home, which is difficult to do when there are pictures of your family scattered throughout; neutral color palettes and minimal personalization help them do see themselves living there more easily.
  9. Eliminate Pet Problems – For sellers with indoor pets, it’s absolutely necessary to keep any litter boxes odor free and surfaces clear of pet hair. Those with possessive or territorial dogs should look into boarding during viewings. Potential buyers who are intimidated by pets aren’t likely to stick around long enough to give your home the consideration it deserves.
  10. Be Patient, But Not Unrealistic – While you may not want to accept the first offer that comes along if it’s far below your asking price, it’s very important to be reasonable. Counter-offers should be fair and realistic, taking into account the poor market and unstable economy.

Understanding the current market is important when deciding to list your home for sale. Patience can be a key factor as well. It may take a while for the right buyer to discover your home in the midst of a flooded home market.

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10 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Get a Home

Getting a home signifies financial security and an investment for the future. Owning a home is part of the American Dream. There are some surprising reasons why you can’t get a home.

  1. Down Payment – You may have the required 10%-25% on the asking price of the home you are interested in but how you acquired it and how long you’ve had it could keep you from getting the home. Many times relatives offer young couples the down payment. Lending institutions take this into consideration when looking at the ability of a homeowner to keep up with mortgage payments. Saving the down payment over time lends to the credibility of money management.
  2. Credit – Credit history is an ongoing process. Student loans are one of the first obligations a person may have as an adult. Late payments may have a bearing on your ability to acquire a home later in life. Credit scores are also affected by utility payments. Any recurring bill that is paid late may come back to haunt you even though your financial situation is now more sound. Your debt to income ratio ideally needs to be under 45%. Less than a 3 month asset reserve in a bank account will generally keep you from getting a home. Check your credit score with all 3 agencies and make sure there is nothing being reported incorrectly. You need to aim for a score of 660 or better.
  3. Job Security – Your job history may be why you can’t get a home. Lenders look for stability. If you jump from job to job, regardless of monetary or career improvement, lenders see you as a financial risk. When the economy takes a downward turn, employers tend to retain employees with seniority. Also taken into consideration is the risk of the job.
  4. Parent History – If your parents have a questionable credit history, you may be dealing under their shadow. If parents foreclosed, you may be affected. If they were late with mortgage or credit card payments, you may be looked upon as having the same traits. If you are asked information on parent particulars, you may need to look elsewhere for home financing.
  5. Location – The location of a home may affect whether or not a lender is willing to risk mortgaging it. LNG routes, Super Site areas, fault lines, destructive weather patterns all have bearings on mortgage risks lenders are willing to take on.
  6. Inspection – More and more, home inspections are being required to seal the closing deal. Hopes have been dashed to learn major expenses must be incurred to pass inspection for the approval of the sale.
  7. Condition – Fixer-uppers may offer pricing that appears affordable. If you have no background of construction or home improvement projects completed, lenders are leery to finance such undertakings. They may require a lump sum amount be in an account to cover the improvements necessary to ensure the property does not result in a loss to the lender.
  8. Liens – If you owned property before and were subject to liens for unacceptable reasons such as credit card debt or unpaid taxes, you may not get the home you desire. A current homeowner may also have substantial liens that need to be satisfied at closing either from the sale itself or as additional costs to the buyer.
  9. History – The history of the home may be the deciding factor that keeps a lender from financing in your behalf. A murder, haunting, nearby sinkhole, or other less favorable activity, bear upon the lender’s willingness to finance such a home.
  10. The Bank – Economic conditions and bank lending history may be the reason you can’t get a home. Banks may be leaning toward only very secure clients to up their lending credibility. If a bank turns you down, look to other options before you decide to settle on thinking you can’t get a home. FHA, VHA, or a first time buyer program offer other alternatives for which you may qualify.

If you can’t get a home loan with one lender, chances are good that another institution will also turn you down. You should take some time and work at increasing the good points that will work in your favor. Try again when your situation has improved.

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10 Ways to Decorate Without Risking Your Deposit

We all want our spaces to fit our personalities, but how can you do that without sacrificing your security deposit? Here are ten tips on making the most of your space without draining your wallet or risking your deposit.

  1. Floor Lamps – Additional light is always welcome and brightens up a dull space. Creative and unusual floor lamps allow your personality to shine through.
  2. Removable adhesive strips – Great for light items, removable adhesive strips and hooks make decorating easy. Just make sure to remove them at least once a year or they start to become permanent.
  3. Nie Wieder Bohren – This German innovation is great for large or heavy items, especially on tile. Meaning “no more drilling”, the removable epoxy comes with tons of accessories. Everything from towel racks to doorstops is available in shiny stainless steel.
  4. Fabric – Used as a wall hanging or a throw, fabric can do almost anything. Create a closet door or ‘paint’ a wall with eclectic patterned material. Hide that ugly hand-me-down sofa with soft cushions, and feel free to change it up!
  5. Plants – Add a bit of life to your place by bringing in live plants. Indoor plants come in all shapes and sizes, from tall and thin to short and fat- even some that require almost no attention. If you don’t want to worry about watering, silk flora are a great alternative. Keep them out of direct sunlight, though, they have a tendency to fade.
  6. Sculptures or Pottery- Going along with the plant theme, the pottery should complement your décor. Modern pots have sleek lines and unusual shapes, where classic pottery can bring a cozy feel. Sculptures and other objets d’art catch the eye and brighten up plain countertops.
  7. Rugs – Adding a rug can create an entirely new space. Even if your place has wall-to-wall carpeting, a new rug can turn a confused area into a calm reading space.
  8. Posters – The go-to guy of dorms everywhere, posters don’t have to be tacky. Tasteful art prints are available economically online, and landscapes open up a room. If your space is lacking a window, try putting up a poster that gives you the view you really want.
  9. Furniture – Sometimes you’re stuck with whatever furniture you have, but you can revitalize a room by making just a few small changes. A room divider is a creative way of separating a space without building a wall, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Adding a nice tablecloth or piece of stone to a table can hide imperfections, and an unusually shaped chair can pop a boring room.
  10. Wall Stickers- Relatively new and inexpensive, wall stickers are huge pieces of art for your wall. Easily removable, these modern artworks take up no space, but provide tons of ambiance. Look on Blik.com or other sites for fun ideas.

Whatever you do to decorate, make sure it fits your style and taste. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time, just give it a little thought and do some research and you’ll find the perfect décor for your space without sacrificing your deposit.

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10 Effective Ways to Rid Your Home of Mice

Having mice in your home is definitely a problem. They can make a mess and carry disease. They do not discriminate between a clean or dirty home; they are just searching for food and shelter. Listed below are ten effective ways to rid your home of mice; some are more humane than others, but all have proven affective.

  1. Mint. For whatever reason, mice do not like the smell of mint. Soak a cotton ball or rag in peppermint oil and place it where you think the mice are entering your home. Or place fresh mint leaves instead. Just remember that you need to replace the leaves, as soon as they dry out. Another option would be to plant mint around the perimeter of your house to keep them away.
  2. Close Up Their Entry Points. If you can tell where the mice are getting into your home, such as a hole in the siding or roof, then you can fix the problem. Seal up these areas with steel wool, since it is harder for them to chew threw than wood. Then you only need to get rid of the ones remaining inside.
  3. Get Rid of Their Food Supply. Remove all food sources from lower cabinets and keep them up high in plastic or glass containers, this includes human as well as pet food. If the mice can’t find anything to eat, they will move on.
  4. Mothballs. Mothballs are a great way to deter mice from your home as well as the garage. If you have small children, however, you’ll want to make sure that the mothballs are not placed where they might find might them.
  5. Set Traps. A good trusty trap may be the solution you are looking for, if you have mice in your home. There are a variety of different traps, some live, some not so live. Purchase a trap depending on your preference, and use peanut butter instead of cheese or other food sources for bait, since it is sticky and they can’t steal it without setting off the trap.
  6. Get a Cat. This is probably the best way to keep mice out of your home. Cats are a natural predator for mice and will solve your problem in no time. If you do not have a cat and do not wish to keep one, you can always borrow a good mouser from a friend and set it loose in your attic, basement or garage, depending on where your problem is.
  7. Leave Out Some Soda. Leave out a carbonated beverage in a small dish for them to drink. Sounds strange, I know, but mice do not have the ability to expel gas, if you know what I mean. They will get bloated and die.
  8. Poison. Poison can be very effective at killing mice. You need to be careful if you have pets or children in the house, as it can poison them as well. Even though it is affective, I personally do not recommend poison, since now you have dead mice somewhere in your house to find.That can create a very unpleasant odor problem.
  9. Sound Waves. There are devices you can purchase that you plug into a wall near the source of entry. They make high frequency sounds that keep the mice away. Be mindful if you have other pets, as this can irritate them as well.
  10. Call an Exterminator. Because they can be expensive, we saved this one for last. If you are at your wit’s end, and tried everything. Call in the professionals.

Getting rid of mice in your home can be a hassle, but it’s not as bad as leaving them alone. The list above contains both humane ways to rid your home of mice, and some not so humane ways. Try one or a combination of these to solve your mouse problem.

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