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Prepare Your Home for Spring with These Maintenance Tips

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

The arrival of spring brings a number of home improvement and cleanup projects. Debris often clogs rain gutters during the winter months. With heavy rains likely during this time, one of the most important home preparation tips for spring to consider is cleaning rain gutters. Homeowners can take advantage of this opportunity to install screens over the top of their gutters to help keep leaves out in the future. It might also be necessary to adjust the slope of the gutters if they drain too slowly. Spraying them with a water hose after removing debris can help homeowners determine if there is proper drainage.

Spring is the best time for scrubbing down walls, especially for those who have wood burning stoves or fireplaces because soot and grime can accumulate during the winter and leave walls looking dingy. In order to properly wash walls, all you need is a cleaning bucket, mild detergent and sponge mop. Walls that are covered with flat paint may not be able to be cleaned, but could require repainting instead.

One of the best home preparation tips for spring involves air duct cleaning. Those who are prone to allergies could find themselves suffering even more in spring when a great deal of pollen is in the air. Some of their suffering could be eliminated by hiring a professional company to clean air ducts. In addition, vacuuming register vents and changing the air filters in an air conditioning unit should also be done during this time.

Spring is an ideal time to clean out closets and get rid of clutter. A yard sale can be held with unwanted items or they could also be donated to charitable organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Arc, or Goodwill Industries. As a rule, clothing or household items that have not been used for at least one year should be donated to charity.

After the danger of first frost has passed, it's time to consider pruning shrubs and trees. Cut and dispose of dead or diseased tree limbs in order to keep trees healthy. Trimming bushes will help spur new growth while helping them maintain a pleasing shape. Pruning rose bushes and grapevines promotes new flowering while keeping them from becoming unruly.

Home preparation tips for spring also involve cleaning the exterior of a home. Power washing vinyl siding is recommended in the spring in order to keep it looking like new. Doing so not only removes dirt and grime, but can also eliminate any mold that might pose a health hazard.

Sprucing up the home is always a project that makes people feel good about themselves and their residence once it is completed.

Homes for sale in Alpine, NJ

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Although it’s located only a short distance from New York City, the Borough of Alpine, NJ has the quaint feel of a small town. Since it offers the best of both worlds, checking out one of the homes for sale in Alpine New Jersey appeals to people of all walks of life.

Two of the biggest draws to Alpine is its extremely low crime rate and the excellent elementary schools. Alpine Public Elementary School has been rated nine out of 10 because of its teacher quality, parental involvement and principal leadership. In all, there are only 144 students in grades K-8, and its student-faculty ratio is one of the lowest in the state.

The borough has a strong municipal government system, with an elected mayor and city council members. Residents also have access to fire and police protection within the city limits. The Alpine Municipal Court is in charge of hearing traffic cases and violations of municipal ordinances.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, many residents in the area visit State Line Lookout, which sits atop the highest point in the Palisades Cliffs. This park provides sweeping views of Hudson Bay and Long Island Sound and is ideal for hiking, rock climbing and viewing wildlife.

Some of the homes for sale in Alpine, New Jersey are stately mansions that have also been featured in Forbes magazine. This publication has also listed Alpine as one of the "most expensive zip codes in America" because of its expansive residences, which average around $1.5 million. These homes range in size from 5,000 to 17,000 square feet, and contain amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts and spas.

When it's time to look at homes for sale in Alpine, New Jersey, call Tami Rappaport. Tami is the only Realtor to reach platinum level nine years in a row. Her achievements are a credit to her knowledge of the market and the fact that she listens to her customers in order to fully meet their housing needs.

High atop the New Jersey Palisades, the Tenafly Nature Center encompasses around 400 acres of unspoiled land with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Leased by the Borough of Tenafly, the purpose of this nature center is to promote conservation and provide educational programs about nature.

A visit to the Tenafly Nature Center begins with a stop at the Visitor's Center. Here guests will get to know a little bit about the type of wildlife that is abundant within the nature preserve. Educational programs take place at this visitor's center from time to time and can include learning how to make apple cider or maple sugar. Live animals are on display, and visitors can also obtain educational brochures, sign up for a newsletter or pick up a trail map.

The trails inside the Tenafly Nature Center are ideal for a number of activities including hiking, running and showshoeing.  These trails can take anywhere from only a few minutes to several hours to navigate. One of the more popular trails takes hikers past Phister's Pond, a three-acre area containing sparkling blue waters, lined with mature trees. The fact that this pond offers habitation and drinking water for wildlife makes it an excellent place to spot deer, otter and raccoon.

Children can enjoy taking part in one of the many vacation day camps that are run by this nature center. Camps include the chance to explore nature, play games, hear stories and make arts and crafts. Hiking and making S'mores are normally the highlight of these camps. Day camps are available for different age groups, and take place during the spring and summer breaks from school.

Adults will also enjoy taking part in one of the seasonal programs offered at the nature center. Some of these seasonal events include a nature walk, foot race and scavenger hunt. Trail clean-up days are also held from time to time, and volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to keep the preserve in pristine condition.

Since Tenafly Nature Center is a non-profit organization, it operates solely on donations from the public. Those who want to ensure the center is preserved for future generations are encouraged to become members. Membership has distinct advantages, and some of them include free monthly programs, newsletters and the opportunity to borrow from the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library . Becoming involved at the nature center is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Palisades while preserving the area for future generations to enjoy.

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