Having Trouble Sleeping in Your New Home? Try This!

After finally completing the harrowing process of moving, all you’ll probably want to do at the end of the day is settle in your new bedroom for some serious ZZZ’s. But just as you start to doze off you hear a strange noise—not an intruder, but a house sound. It’s weird and unfamiliar. Plus, you can’t turn your brain off, and it keeps wandering over your to-do list.

Adjusting to a new environment takes time, but there are some tricks you can try to settle down in your new home for a good night’s sleep (with no Ambien required).

Tip No. 1: Listen to some tunes

Music can help put your mind at ease. But you need to choose the right type of music to help you fall asleep—and we don’t just mean classical or New Age.

“What you want is a melody with consistency, from beginning to end,” says Michael Tyrrell, a therapeutic music expert. “Instrumental music—sans lyrics, drums, and crescendos—works best.”

Tyrrell recommends playing the music on a loop all night at a low volume. Also, avoid using earbuds, which can (and almost certainly will) fall out.

Tip No. 2: Soundproof your windows

If unwanted noise is a problem, replacing single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane glass can be worth it, but you’ll probably want to hire a pro.

“Window installation involves a certain level of expertise that is way more advanced than your typical home improvement project,” says Lowe’s spokesman Matt Michaels.

If you’re not ready for a complete window overhaul, you can always make some tweaks to your existing windows.

“Replace worn-out weatherstripping, recaulk areas where the caulk has eroded, install storm windows on the outside of the house, and spray a foam insulation where seals aren’t tight,” Michaels advises.

Tip No. 3: Absorb ambient sounds

Sound echoes, so to quell those noises inside your house that are keeping you up at night, celebrity home stager Tori Toth recommends filling your home with accessories that will prevent noise from traveling.

“Hang heavy draperies around the windows or on your walls, and add plush rugs to absorb the sound,” she says.

Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood also have noise-canceling properties, Michaels adds.

Tip No. 4: Turn on a fan

Try blocking unwanted sound by adding your own more familiar sound.

“Even when we sleep, our subconscious mind needs to tune in to something,” says Tyrrell. “If we give our subconscious mind a viable pleasing signal, it is easier to achieve REM sleep.”

It’s white noise, and can come in the form of the motor of a portable fan (that whirring sound is steady and soothing), or even the fan on your air conditioning or heating unit.

“Sometimes, even a familiar distraction from the quiet proves beneficial,” says Tyrrell.

Tip No. 5: Rearrange the furniture

It’s possible to achieve sounder sleep by rearranging your furniture. As obvious as it may seem, sometimes the key to falling asleep is moving your bed far away from the noise.

“Determine where the noise is coming from, then move your bed or couch on the opposite wall,” suggests Toth. “Also try putting furniture on a load-bearing wall, and avoid putting your bed near windows if you live on a busy street.”

Tip No. 6: Throw some shade

Too much light, whether from the morning sun or a nearby street lamp, can disrupt your sleep. The easiest fix is to add some blinds or blackout curtains to your windows. Companies such as Lowe’s offer handy Window Treatments Worksheets to help you record the measurements and additional notes for your windows. You can take these worksheets to the store and find shades or window treatments to fit your needs. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install, shut out the light, and doze.

Tip No. 7: Focus on water

A dripping faucet is its own special type of sleep-depriving torture, but a Zen indoor fountain or another waterfall installation can provide the soothing sound of running water, Toth says.

“Another option is to adopt some fish and get a fish tank that will filter the water,” she adds. These noises can become a tranquilizing distraction in any environment.

Tip No. 8: Use a sound machine

Simulate the calming sounds of waves, wind, or white noise to mask the ruckus. There are a variety of machines on the market, ranging from inexpensive models like the Conair Sound Therapy Dream Tones (Amazon, $16.95) to the pricey Sound+Sleep model (Amazon, $99.95). The National Sleep Foundation actually recommends the Dohm by Marpac (marpac.com, $49.95), which provides the soothing sound of rushing air to help block ambient noise.

The foundation says noise machines work by reducing the difference between background sounds and a “peak” sound, like a door slamming or a dog barking, giving you a better chance to sleep through it undisturbed.

Tip No. 9: If all else fails, plug it

Earplugs can actually help; while you sleep, the brain continues to register and process sounds. Make sure to find ones that fit your ear without falling out.

Bottom line: Find the best method as soon as possible, because sleep deprivation can quickly ruin positive feelings about your new home. Now, go to bed already!

 

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Back-to-School Shopping? Organize First!

Is back-to-school time seeping into your consciousness yet? If you have school-age kids, August is the time to make lists for new clothes and school supplies. You may want to add back-to-school organizing to your lists, too. It’s time to get those closets and desk spaces ready.

Organizing Closets for Back to School

Before you begin, go through all items in the closet and categorize them by how often your child wears them. Get your kids involved, too—it’s a good way to show them how being organized is a helpful life skill. For items that your kids have outgrown, or that they tell you they never wear, make a donate pile. This will help you create enough space for new clothes. Now you are ready to organize clothing by type, style, and season. The clothes they wear most frequently should be the easiest to access. Next, organize what gets hung up in the closet.

What to Hang Up

  • Blouses and dress shirts
  • Dress pants and trousers
  • Jackets and sweatshirts
  • Dresses and dress skirts

If closet space is at a minimum, store off-season clothing until the weather is appropriate to wear them again.

Organizing Drawers for Back to School

sock drawer

Follow the same steps to organize your kid’s dresser drawers. This is a good time to check for holey socks to toss.

What to fold away

  • Jeans and other pants with heavy, durable fabric
  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Under garments
  • Socks

Use shoeboxes as partitions for drawers that have different articles of clothing in them.

shirt drawer

Optimizing Drawer Space

When drawer space is minimal, try this quick, handy tip for t-shirts:

  • Take folded t-shirts and fold each one in half again.
  • Rotate 90 degrees and place them in the drawer. This allows you to see every t-shirt in the drawer.

If you have more t-shirts than drawer space, consider purging ones that are infrequently worn.

Organizing Desks for Back to School

With homework on the horizon, it’s also good to do some back-to-school organizing to desks or workspaces. If you have a ‘tween or teenager in the house, engage them on this organizing process – it can help them to be ready for high school, college, and adult life. Here’s what to do:

  • Take everything off the desk and out of the drawers and group items into two piles: what to keep and what to toss.
  • Take the keepers and group them by type of object (papers, pens, pencils, and so on). Place similar items in clear plastic containers to help keep things neat and easy to find.
  • Toss items like old glue sticks, pencil or crayon nubs, dried out markers, old paint sets, pens that don’t work, and so on.
  • Take note of what you throw away and if you need to resupply on items.
  • Before putting the keepers back inside the desk, clean top and inside the drawers.
  • Decorate the desk in a way that’s appealing, yet not distracting.

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Getting the Desk Ready for Homework

Once the desk is clean and items are neatly back in drawers, create separate folders for papers and accurately label each one. Ask your older kids for advice. They know what to label them. Desk stacking trays are another great way to help your kids be organized once school starts.

  • Label the first folder or stacking tray for completed homework that your child will need to turn in.
  • If you use trays, label a few folders your child can use for carrying work to school. This can help keep completed work neat and tidy, even in backpacks with little extra room. Your child’s hard work will make an even better impression on teachers.
  • Label a second tray for homework or projects that still need to be completed.
  • You can also label a third tray for completed work that does not need to be handed in, but that you or your kids may want to keep. Creating a space on a bookshelf for these can also be helpful. Or, if desk drawer space is ample, create file folders and label them: artwork; essays, writing projects, and so on. It’s a good idea to put the school year on the folder name—for posterity.
  • For older kids, you may want to organize stacking trays, folders, or files by school subject.

Now It’s Time for Back-to-School Shopping…

  • Grab your notes on any items that need to be resupplied.
  • Consider other supplies needed for the school year: printer paper, extra printer cartridges, notebooks, binder paper, staples for stapler, scotch tape, colored pencils, and so on.
  • Add any supplies your child’s school suggests to the list. Items like binders, folders, book-cover wrapping, pencils, protractors, and so on.

Take your list, grab the kids, and head to your local store. Make it fun—picking out school supplies is still exciting when kids are young, so enjoy it!

 

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Home Maintenance for Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best and biggestest investments in your home – is the flooring.  Take care of your hardwood today and it will last generations.  If you have any updating questions – curious which updates bring more vaule to your home?  Contact The Caton Team – we’re happy to help!  -Sabrina

How To Care for Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials and is still considered one of the best. Hardwood floors are natural, beautiful, and durable, especially if you maintain them. With good maintenance, they will last longer, look better, and add value to your home.

Make daily dusting and sweeping, with a scratch-free cloth or broom, part of your daily maintenance routine. When you need to vacuum hardwood, be sure to use the soft brush attachment, never the rotating brush roll, or as it’s known in older vacuums, the beater bar. Then, as needed, mop with the wood floor cleaning product recommended for your floor’s type and finish.

Wood floors need a protective finish. Unfinished wood floors require finishing with a protective sealer immediately after installation. Factory-finished floors are sanded, sealed, and ready to use right out of the box. If you have solid hardwood, you may need to add a finishing coat every few years, or eventually sand and refinish decades down the road. If you have engineered hardwood, which is a veneer, sanding and refinishing may be an option one-time only, depending on the thickness of the veneer.

Tips for Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

  • Use only wood floor care products; never use vinyl or tile cleaning products.
  • If you prefer a natural cleaner, like vinegar and water, do your research. Your floors must be well sealed, and the vinegar-to-water pH balance can’t be too acidic, and you must wipe the floors dry immediately.
  • Most experts advise that you don’t use water to wet or steam mop wood floors.

Tips for Protecting Hardwood Floors

  • Use felt or rubber protectors on the bottom of furniture legs and never drag furniture on wood flooring.
  • Use area rugs in high traffic areas, in front of exterior doorways, as well as in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Remove shoes at the door, especially high heels or cleats.
  • Slow down fading by keeping direct sunlight off your floors. Use window coverings to redirect, diffuse, or block UV light. UV resistant finishes are also available.
  • Keep dogs’ nails trimmed, or restrict from hardwood areas.
  • Wipe up spills immediately; standing liquid can damage wood floors.

Tips for Scratches and Squeaks

  • For deep or surface scratches, touch-up using a stain stick for wood that matches your floor’s finish.
  • For squeaky floors, if possible, it’s best to repair from underneath and may need to be done by a professional. There are products that include a combination of lubricant and powder, which you can try using on the surface between the planks, but effectiveness may be limited.

Homeowner Tips

 

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Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Performing basic maintenance for the plumbing systems in your home can go a long way to preventing bigger issues from erupting. Here are eight DIY maintenance tips that can help minimize the number of trips to your house from your plumber, particularly if your home has experienced plumbing problems in the past.

Eight Essentials to Good Plumbing Maintenance

  • Fix leaks and clogs immediately. Plumbing issues like these can quickly turn simple repairs into expensive ones and/or lead to water damage and unhealthy mold or mildew buildup.
  • Use non-toxic drain cleaners. A solution of baking soda and vinegar can clear most minor drain clogs.
  • Keep drains object-free. Install properly fitting drain screens and sink stoppers to prevent food, hair, and other things that can stop up pipes from going down the drain.
  • Learn what your disposal can eat. Not everything can be chewed up by the kitchen disposal. Check your manufacturer’s manual for specifics, but as a general rule, never put cooking grease, coffee grinds, egg shells, pasta or rice in your disposal.
  • Buy the right tools. Be sure you have a plumber’s wrench in your toolbox as well as a sturdy plunger.
  • Know locations for all shut-off valves. Your home’s washing machine, sink, toilet, and water heater all have shut-off valves. Know where they are as well as your home’s main water shut-off valve and any outside clean-outs.
  • Prepare for the season. Before winter, inspect the insulation around the pipes under your house, in the basement, and in the garage. Proper insulation helps keep your pipes from freezing and bursting.
  • Schedule regular plumbing checkups. Consult with your plumber about a schedule for the routine maintenance needs for your home’s HVAC system and water heater. Also schedule a snake of your sewer lines via your home’s clean-out at least every two years to keep pipes free of clogs and buildup.

Remember: your home’s plumbing has a tell. When you spot one of its tics, like a leaky faucet, water on the floor around a dishwasher or refrigerator, or mildew around a sink, shower, or tub, don’t hesitate to act. It’s a sign that you have some maintenance to do.

 

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10 Household Uses for Vinegar

My folks came from the old country and with it came their old traditions.  Vinegar was one of them.  Before all the fancy, pretty smelling cleaners – vinegar – was your go to.  So when I came across this article about vinegar – well you know the drill – I had to share.  Thanks for reading – Sabrina

 

10 Household Uses for Vinegar

Many of us use bleach as the be-all-end-all of cleaners. While it’s true that bleach will disinfect virtually anything, it can be quite hazardous if not handled properly. Did you know that distilled white vinegar can be used as a substitute to bleach in many instances? Here are 10 places you can use vinegar to help you around your home.

1. Dishwasher

Does your glassware come out of the dishwasher with a thin milky or hard water stains? Add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to a small glass on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Run the cycle normally with the glass upright and your glassware should sparkle!

2. Toilet

Vinegar is a great substitute for bleach in your toilet. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in your toilet and let sit about 5 minutes before flushing. It can also help remove toilet rings with light scrubbing.

3. Bathtub

Remove everything from your shower and rinse it down. Then, use a sponge soaked in vinegar to clean the tub. Rinse again.

4. Shower Curtain

While you’re cleaning your bathtub, you might as well disinfect your shower curtain. Using a spray bottle, spray vinegar to remove soapy, discolored, or mildew filth from your curtain. Wipe clean then rinse with water.

5. Ants

Vinegar is a natural ant repellent. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar to spray down problem ant areas. Learn more about natural bug repellents.

6. Grease

Vinegar cuts through grease. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar to scrub off new messes or soak items in a bath of vinegar for at least 20 minutes for tougher ones.

7. Weeds

Vinegar kills many types of grass and weeds. If you have unwanted plants growing out of your sidewalk or driveway, try dousing them with vinegar before resorting to harmful weed killers.

8. Chrome and Stainless Steel

Just as vinegar can help make your glassware shine, it can also be a chrome and stainless steel polisher. Dip a soft cloth in vinegar and wipe clean.

9. Coffee Maker

If your coffee is tasting stale, fill your reservoir with vinegar and run it through a cycle. Once finished, run 2 cycles of just water to rinse.

10. Washing Machine

To clean and deodorize your washing machine, pour two cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda into your machine and run it empty on the hottest cycle. Use a toothbrush dipped in vinegar to scrub away any grime from your machine.

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Roof Maintenance and Inspection Tips for Your Home

Do you regularly inspect your roof and perform needed maintenance? Or have you hired a roof inspector to check for problems in recent years? If the answer is no and your roof is more than ten years old, it’s time to give it a thorough inspection. You should also get some essential roof maintenance done to help it last.

Roof safety first

If you don’t have the balance of a mountain goat, we recommend you never go up on your roof. But if you are the DIY type and you take the proper precautions, you may be able to safely inspect your roof, perform necessary roof maintenance, and make any minor repairs. However, if your roof is steep (a slope of more than 35 degrees), or your home is two-story or higher, do not attempt to climb up there. The pros are used to working at heights and it’s best to call them in these circumstances. Some basic safety precautions every person working up on a roof needs to follow:

  • Check the weather first. Do not attempt to get up on a roof when it’s wet or rain is in the forecast.
  • Use a heavy-duty, sturdy extension ladder or a ladder that reaches past the gutter level by at least a foot.
  • Set up the ladder on firm, level ground.
  • Wear non-slip or soft-sole shoes.
  • Never work on your roof alone. Always work with a buddy.* You need someone to steady the ladder as you climb up and down.
  • Watch where you walk on the roof. If the roof is older, tiles or shingles could give way, and where you step also could cause more damage.
  • Know when to get down. If you feel unsteady or uncomfortable once you are on a roof, don’t hesitate to climb back down immediately and hire a pro.

*Be sure your buddy has a cell phone handy to call 911 if an accident occurs. Be smart. If you cannot follow all of these safety precautions, hire a professional to do the job.

Roof inspection

If you have taken the recommended safety steps, and prefer to do an inspection yourself, there are specific things to look for to get a basic idea of the condition of your roof and to spot any potential repairs needed. Be sure to carry your cell phone to photograph any potential problems you see.

  1. Carefully walk around the roof in a grid pattern, inspecting shingles or tiles to see if they are in good condition. If you spot any curling, warped, or blistered shingles, it may be time to replace the roof. For a tile roof, look for cracks or large chips. These may be signs that you need to replace your roof. Replacement is expensive, but if either shingles or tiles are missing or broken, you should either get them repaired immediately, or replace the roof.
  2. Inspect the caulk around the flashing for cracks or signs of rust.
  3. Check around the base of the chimney for any cracks or visible problems.
  4. If your home has skylights, nspect the seal around them for cracking or rust.
  5. Look for any moss buildup. This can be a sign that the roof underlayment is failing.
  6. Inspect gutters, including connection points and edges for signs of wear or rust. For shingle roofs, check the base of gutters for excess asphalt grit. That’s a sign your roof may be wearing out and need replacing.

Roof maintenance

If your roof inspection does not turn up any problems, then breathe a sigh of relief and follow these roof maintenance tips. Or you can hire a pro to do the work for you.

  • Carefully and gently sweep the roof clean of leaves, sticks, and other debris. It’s best to use a broom with soft bristles. Use care as you sweep to avoid damaging the shingles or tiles. The asphalt can easily come off asphalt shingles, which can cause damage to the shingles.
  • Use a garden hose as needed to spray off dirt and bird droppings. Be sure to spray off the roof on a sunny, warm day so it can dry thoroughly. Never use a power washer on a roof.
  • If you have a moss buildup, you may be able to sit down in those areas and use a bristle brush to carefully sweep the moss away. Use caution to avoid damage. If the buildup is too great to remove gently, it may be time to replace the roof.
  • Cut back any overhanging tree branches. You don’t want them falling on your roof. This also prevents leaf debris buildup, keeps the roof dry, and inhibits roof mold. Often tree limbs can block the sun from properly drying your roof leading to mold.
  • Clean out the gutters.

Perform these roof maintenance tips at least two times a year, and more often depending on the proximity of trees to the roof of your home.

 

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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A Family of Realtors
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Grill Maintenance 101 for a Better Barbecue

Grill maintenance isn’t hard or expensive, but it matters. Otherwise, your next grillin’ might be less than thrillin’. Why? A poorly maintained grill can lead to food sticking to grates, weak or uneven heating, sticky igniters, and more. Regularly maintaining your barbecue also helps keeps you, your family, and pets safe. Whether you only use a top-of-the-line gas grill or prefer an old-school charcoal kettle drum, here’s what you need to know to keep on cooking great barbecue:

Grill Maintenance for Gas Barbecues

  • Disconnect gas line from tank for cleaning
  • Check hose connecting gas to grill for signs of wear and tear
  • Clean while grill is still warm
  • Use warm soapy soft sponge for all stainless steel parts, including underside and top of lid, then rinse with garden hose
  • Scrub grates with wire brush, water, and dish soap
  • After cleaning, reconnect gas and turn on burners to burn off any soapy residue
  • Check that flame color is mostly blue
  • Coat grates with cooking or vegetable oil

Pro tip: Want to avoid having to clean drip pan after each use? Add new layer of heavy-duty foil to drip pan before each use.

Grill Maintenance for Charcoal Barbecues

  • Use a stiff brush for cleaning grates
  • Use a soft sponge for outside kettle to avoid scratching enamel
  • Scrub grease buildup inside kettle with soapy steel wool pad, and wire brush, rinse well with garden hose
  • Clean vents; clear blocked vents
  • Check and tighten joints connecting kettle to legs
  • Coat grates with cooking oil to season them

Pro tip: Always have a fitted BBQ cover for your kettle and keep it covered when not in use.

Yearly Gas Grill Maintenance

Thoroughly clean your grill at the beginning of each new season by following the applicable steps above. In addition, once per year you should also clean the burners on a gas grill.

  • Turn on all of the burners and let the grill heat for at least 15 minutes to warm any leftover grease and food bits. This makes grill and grate easier to clean.
  • Turn off the burners and disconnect the grill from gas line.
  • Do not get burned. Wait for grill to cool to a warm temp, use a wire brush, and gently clean around the burners.
  • Straighten a paper clip and use the end to scrap inside the burner holes to remove any potential blockages.

Pro tip: If you can easily remove the burners do so. Cleaning out the burner holes will be easier and you can more thoroughly clean the area.

When to Replace Your Grill

Regular barbecue grill maintenance also helps you detect signs that you need to replace your grill.

Replace the gas grill when you see:

  • Rust around lid, hinges, or firebox
  • A yellow flame upon ignition (the flame should always be mostly blue)
  • Cracks in connector hose
  • Regular igniter issues

Replace the charcoal grill when you see:

  • Any signs of rust
  • Enamel paint that starts flaking off
  • Vents that don’t easily open or close, or are missing
  • Wobbly legs (obviously, a wobbly grill is dangerous)

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