Melanie Kramer

Keller Williams Realty Richmond Hill

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Let It Snow! But first… Some Winter Safety Tips

Preparing your home and property for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce some of the effects caused by winter’s weather challenges. Experts agree that the following measures can be effective in dealing with the effects of severe winter weather:

  • Have your snow removal equipment serviced and ready for action.
  • Have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways.
  • Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have an ample supply of wood if you have a fireplace.
  • Have safe portable space heaters available.
  • Wrap water pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers to keep from freezing.
  • Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Know how to shut off water valves.
  • In case the power goes out, have disaster supplies on hand such as a flashlight & battery-operated radio (and extra batteries), a first aid kit and extra blankets & sleeping bags.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm.
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

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Winterizing Your Vehicle

Preparing your vehicle for the winter season is one of the most important keys to safe winter driving. Have a mechanic check the following items on your car before the temperatures drop.

  • Battery
  • Ignition System
  • Lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Brakes
  • Oil Level
  • Antifreeze
  • Thermostat
  • Flashing hazard lights
  • Heater
  • Defroster
  • Tires/tread
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid

Also, be sure to keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal, and maintain at least a half tank of gas at all times during the winter season.

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Before Severe Weather Strikes

Know how the public is warned (via siren, radio, TV, etc.) and the warning terms for each kind of disaster in your community:

Be alert, a storm is likely.

Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, and deep drifts.

Seek refuge immediately.

Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

Below-freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees.

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Winter Car Kit

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Several blankets
  • Plastic bags (for sanitation)
  • Matches
  • Extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap
  • Small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels
  • Small shovel
  • Tool kit
  • Booster cables
  • Brightly colored cloth to use as flag

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Trivia Block

The Trivia Block

True or False? It must be 32F, or colder for it to snow.

False. It has been known to snow with the temperatures in the mid 40s. That’s because the temperatures are below 32F up in the clouds where the snow is forming.

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Home Staging Basics

ImageWhat to do before you sell

“Home Staging” is more than just

preparing to sell your home by making it

look the best it can. It’s really the art of first

impressions. For many home sellers and

real estate agents, the concept of “home

staging” is being more frequently

recognized and used to effectively promote

and market a home in the marketplace. If

you are in the process of, or thinking about,

selling your home, you may want to

consider hiring a professional home stager

to assist you. They work with the “flow”

of a home, eliminate clutter, arrange

furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb

appeal. Or, if you’re more the doityourself

type, below are some tips on what you can

do to improve your home’s “first


Start at the curb

Curb appeal is the first step to selling your

home. No one wants to buy a previous

owner’s dirty house. Powerwash

the siding

and wash windows until they shine. Trees,

shrubs, and flowers should be neat and tidy,

the garden weeded and the lawn mowed

and edged . Once you’ve removed

everything that isn’t necessary, add touches

such as large, lush flower pots or hanging

planters to welcome visitors.


If paint is showing signs of age, repaint.

Neutrals often work best. Clear out closets,

cupboards, and drawers. Strip the kitchen

down to the necessities. Counters, however,

should be clear, except for a decoratively

placed bowl of fruit or bouquet of fresh

flowers. Open the curtains to allow natural

light to fill the room.

Some home stagers also use scents to put the

best face on a listed home. You can appeal

to a buyer’s sense of smell. Hot apple cider,

cinnamon rolls, or fresh baked cookies add

a homey sense and are very inviting. The opposite of course is true, strong odors such as

garbage or pet odors can quickly turn people away!

In home staging

simplicity and comfort

is your ultimate goal!

Melanie Kramer,

10221 Ford Ave, Suite 1

Richmond Hill, GA 31324



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