Sunday, October 14, 2018

Keep pests out of your Keller home's chimney

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As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their Keller homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter.

The Grove Team has some helpful information to share so that homeowners can be better prepared to address critters that find their way into chimneys.

What kinds of pests can end up in your chimney?

If you hear rustling or scratching coming from your chimney, some type of rodent may be the culprit. Your visitors could be squirrels, which are excellent climbers and can be found in all sorts of places within your home, from attics to crawl spaces to wall voids. Or your chimney might become the den of choice for a female raccoon birthing her young.

Rats are yet another option. Norway rats can enter this area of your home from the ground floor and nest on little shelves inside your chimney. And while roof rats, a different species of rat found mostly found along the coasts, are more likely to nest in your attic, they can also find their way into your chimney.

Rodents aren’t the only animals that can end up in this space, either. Flapping sounds or chirps indicate that a bird may be nesting in your chimney. It may not look much like a tree to you, but to certain species of birds, your house’s chimney could look very similar to the hollow trees in which they like to build their nests.

How do you keep pests out of your chimney?

Ideally, you’ll want to set up some preventative measures to reduce the chances of a mother raccoon or other pest in your chimney. Installing a chimney cap can help keep birds, raccoons and other large pests out. When it comes to pests like rats and mice, you should focus on sealing smaller entry points, as a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter! It can be difficult to spot these access points from the ground, so you should have a professional inspect your roof and chimney for possible holes.

What do you do when a pest is already inside?

Pest control measures vary depending on what kind of animal has entered your chimney, but the general rule is that you shouldn’t light a fire or try to smoke the animal out. Pests like raccoons can attack when they feel threatened, and rodents can spread ectoparasitic insect pests like ticks and fleas, so you don’t want to come into direct contact with whatever animal has decided to seek shelter in your home. Leave the actual removal to professionals, like Terminex or DFW Wildlife Control, who can safely and effectively remove pests that have taken up residence in your chimney.


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

4 winter preparations for Keller homeowners

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Preparing for winter might be time consuming, but it's certainly a superior option to waiting until the December and January to address factors that are unavoidable for Keller homeowners. By following the preparation tips below, not only can you withstand winter in your Keller home, but you can thrive in it. Sure, the cold weather can bring with it headaches, both literally and figuratively, but having a well prepared home cuts your worries in half, if not even more. Check out 4 winter preparations:

Clean the Gutters

Gutters get clogged during summer because of all of the outdoor activity. This is especially true for homeowners with swimming pools. The problem with clogged gutters during winter is that they can freeze and create iced dams. These dams serve as blockages and hinder your guttter's systematic mechanics. The result is a leak in your Keller home, and one that could be costly in more ways sthan one.

Seal Entry Points

There's water leaks, as is mentioned above, but there's also air leaks. For those who've lived in homes for a while, you understand the nightmare that air leaks can become, not only on your living space's interior comfort, but on your energy bills. By caulking entry points around your home, you can prevent cold air from seeping in and causing your HVAC system to work on overload. 

Furnace Maintenance / Check Up

Get your furnace checked before the cold becomes excessive. It's better to have your furnace checked now while there's still time to prepare. Once in the dead of winter, problems with your furnace can prove to be much more severe. The results can be unlivable interior conditions as well as illness and overall despair. Do yourself and your family a favor and call your local HVAC mainteance inspector.

Let there be Light

Because the days go faster, meaning it gets dark sooner, checking your outdoor lighting, or investing in new ones, can prove worthy down the road. When conditions get cold enough, ice can build up on driveways, walkways, etc. It's much easier to be aware of slippery spots when you can see them. Lighting also helps for nights you're coming home late and it's hard to gain entry to your Keller home's front door while fiddling with the keys.


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Luxury accessories for Keller homeowners

Home Accesory

Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a Keller home's space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed d├ęcor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

A balanced perspective

Assess the space and identify underutilized areas of the room — opportunities to bring a design to life. Choose accessories featuring a variance of shapes, sizes, colors and textures to establish visual and spatial equilibrium. Boldly patterned pillows add dimension among solid tones, while lush flower arrangements effortlessly fill negative space, striking an unexpected balance of comfort and intrigue.

Sophisticated hardware
Complete a luxurious design with sophisticated fixtures that serve as anchoring details, thoughtfully integrated for aesthetics and utility. These necessary pieces add opulence to a room while providing unexpected functionality. Reimagine the use of hardware by adding robe hooks to a walk-in closet for belts or scarves, or to hang clothes. Incorporate an element of surprise by adorning a kitchen space with a towel bar.

Harmonizing accents
Find the perfect blend of tones and textures by sourcing contrasting, but complementary accessories to finalize a design. Contrast an industrial coffee table with an acacia wooden bowl, or furnish a sleek, modern shelf with coarsely textured relics. As inspiration strikes, pursue the unexpected. Fill the space, maintaining a balance of polished and personal, soft and avant-garde, and strong yet fluid elements, adding just the right level of contradiction to create the perfect harmony.

An elevated update
Once a design is complete, statement pieces can have surprising transformative power when updating a space. Select high-end pieces for major impact, such as a bold area rug or an oversized piece of original art to instantly augment a design. Update an existing piece with new drawer knobs for a fresh look, integrating smaller elements that reflect the personality of the space in new ways. From a one-of-a-kind sculpture to a tasteful timepiece, always keep in mind that small-scale updates have the unexpected potential to make a large-scale impression on your Keller home.


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

2924 Peyton Brook Drive Fort Worth, TX 76137

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The perfect fit! This cozy Townhome in Keller ISD offers a light and bright open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the living room open to the upstairs, a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops, a large walk in pantry, and spacious dinning room. Retreat to the master suite for some quite time offering dual sinks, soaking, garden tub and separate shower. Large second bedroom with a detached full bath, and a full size laundry room with built in cabinets. Enjoy low maintenance living, HOA covers all exterior maintenance, roof, and landscaping. Full two car rear entry garage. Recently painted and move in ready! Don't miss this one.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.1
Square feet: 1,388
Price: $190,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5275999 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13941604

Saturday, September 22, 2018

13513 Northwest Court Haslet, TX 76052

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Curtain rising! If you desire graceful living among beautiful surroundings, you must see this spacious home located on over two acres in Northwest ISD. The open concept and abundance of natural light evoke a relaxing lifestyle. The well appointed kitchen offers granite surfaces, island and SS appliances. The warm and welcoming family room is perfect for entertaining family and friends. Retreat to the master suite and spa-like bath offering his and her vanities, jetted, garden tub, separate shower and two walk in closets. Large secondary bedrooms, study and huge gameroom provide a place for everyone. Enjoy the private backyard with patio, plenty of room for outdoor fun and 30x 40 metal storage building.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Square feet: 3,681
Price: $525,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5268217 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13939138

Thursday, September 20, 2018

1527 Holly Ridge Drive Keller, TX 76248

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THE PERFECT PACKAGE! You will love this spacious home in the established Highland Oaks neighborhood. Enjoy the open concept and abundance of natural light. Extensive kitchen offers island, breakfast bar, work station and plenty of space for meal prep with breakfast area overlooking back yard. Entertain family and friends in the sizable family room offering the warmth of a fireplace. The formal dining and living areas were created for congeniality and perfect for entertaining. Escape to the tranquil master offering a personal retreat and updated en suite. Large secondary bedrooms, awesome yard with storage shed, easy access to shopping and highways in Keller ISD.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.1
Square feet: 2,927
Price: $320,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5265415 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13937505

Thursday, September 13, 2018

3 HVAC unit questions for Keller homeowners

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If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here are three questions you should ask before purchasing your new system.

Is the unit the right size for your Keller home?

In the world of HVAC units, size matters and bigger isn’t always better. A unit that is too big will needlessly waste energy in your home while a unit that is too small will burn out trying to keep up. An HVAC system's power is measured in tons — not a unit of weight in this case but power.
To determine the proper tonnage for your home, your HVAC technician will need to review most, if not all, of the rooms in your home — especially the attic and/or basement. A common rule of thumb for HVAC systems is that one ton is necessary for every 400 square feet in the home. However, your needs may vary based on your home’s location, its insulation and other factors, so don't be afraid to ask questions as your technician reviews your home.

What is the proper SEER rating for your home?

When it comes to HVAC systems, the SEER rating may be the most important measurement you're not aware of. SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and the rating is a good indicator of your unit’s energy efficiency. For example, a 19 SEER efficiency can reduce your system’s energy usage by up to 47 percent when compared to older 10 SEER units, meaning you'll start saving energy and utility costs immediately after installation.

All units with SEER ratings of 14 or higher earn an energy efficiency classification, so look for the SEER rating when shopping for a new HVAC unit and remember the higher the rating, the more you'll save in the long run.

What maintenance will be involved with my unit?

Like all other aspects of your home, adding a new HVAC unit means you’ll be responsible for some maintenance to support its use. The maintenance required for your new unit should be outlined in the owner’s manual, but you can also ask your HVAC contractor if you have any questions not answered in the guide. Confirm the warranty details of your new HVAC system and be sure to register the warranty with the manufacturer if necessary. This will ensure your new system is supported for years to come.

Following a regular maintenance schedule, such as keeping the area around your unit clean, is a good rule to follow. The extra effort will keep your system running optimally, and neglecting routine maintenance can void your system's warranty. Keep a record of all maintenance performed to reference in case any repairs are needed.

Finding your next HVAC system

Whether you want to enjoy the last days of this season or prepare for the next, finding the right HVAC system for your Keller home is one decision you shouldn't delay. Start your search by finding answers to the questions above and you'll be on your way to the perfect HVAC solution for your property.

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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.