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June
29

Gutter Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Gutter Maintenance

Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings. 

  1. Remove Collected Debris
    If it's been a while since you've performed any gutter maintenance, a lot of leaves, sticks, and other debris may have accumulated in there. Start by putting on a pair of thick gloves and pulling out debris by hand. This is the first step to ensuring water has a clear path to flow off of your roof and out the downspouts. This allows it to move safely away from your home, so it doesn't cause damage. 
  1. Check for Nests
    Birds often like to make their nests in gutters since it offers them a high perch that is relatively undisturbed. By summertime, the babies have usually flown away, making now a great time to remove the empty nests from your gutters. Just be sure to check carefully for any signs of life before pulling them out. If you notice babies are still living there, consider leaving them undisturbed and checking back in a few weeks. 
  1. Clean Off Your Gutters
    Now that you've removed the large items from your gutters, use a gentle abrasive cleaning product or soap and water along with a scrub brush to give the inside of your gutters a thorough cleaning. This will allow you to remove any moss, mold, or algae built up inside your gutters. If you notice areas where there's a lot of growth, pay attention. This could be a sign that you have a drainage problem. 
  1. Check for Damage
    Once your gutters are clean, you'll be able to tell if there are any damaged areas you need to address. Carefully check all of your gutters for holes that need to be filled, areas of rust, or anything that's sagging or askew. You can typically fix sagging gutters by pulling them upward using a pair of pliers. If you notice any sections of your gutter that are extremely rusty, consider replacing them. 
  1. Repair Any Leaks
    As you're checking for damage, there's a good chance you'll come across some leaks. This often happens when there are visible holes or areas that are buckling. You can also check for smaller leaks along the cracks and seams by using a hose to run water through the gutters. Watch out for any areas where water comes out before it reaches the downspout. You can effectively fix most gutter leaks with a waterproof sealant, like silicone caulking. Depending on the type of damage, you may also use some metal flashing and attach it using roofing cement. Once the repair has dried, run water through again to make sure it's sealed. If not, you'll want to call in a gutter professional to take care of the problem. 
  1. Visually Inspect Your Roof
    Since you're already up on a ladder, take a moment to visually inspect your roof. Keep an eye out for loose shingles, which can cause leaks. If your gutters haven't been maintained for a while, this may also cause water to pond on your roof, leading to additional problems. Catching issues early can help you get them fixed before they become a much bigger deal. For safety reasons, avoid getting up on the roof yourself. If you notice any potential issues, call a professional roofer to come out and take a look. 
  1. Install New Equipment
    If you've been thinking about installing new downspouts or gutters, the dry season is the perfect time to take on this project. You may also want to consider installing gutter covers. This upgrade prevents leaves and debris from falling into your gutters. While it will take some effort to install, you'll love how much it cuts down on your future gutter maintenance! 

Whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term or you're thinking about moving soon, our brokers encourage you to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. This will help ensure your home maintains its current value and its curb appeal. 

We're here to help. Your dream home is waiting for you, so don't wait. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.

June
14

Nature Photography Day: Picturesque Parks Around Portland

Parks in Portland

Portland regularly ranks among the most beautiful cities in the United States, in large part thanks to its incredible natural scenery. What better place to celebrate Nature Photography Day on Tuesday, June 15? Our real estate agents will be taking their cameras to these stunning parks that are just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

  • Leach Botanical Garden - 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236
    Called Portland's "little jewel," Leach Botanical Garden is named after the couple who bequeathed their property to the city. Lilla Leach, an award-winning botanist, wanted their beloved home to live on as a garden and museum. The 16-acre grounds, once known as "Sleepy Hollow," are full of stunning flowers, trees, and plants that make for amazing photo opportunities. Admission is free, although donations are welcome, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Peninsula Park - 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217
    Peninsula Park has a colorful past as the site of a roadhouse and horse-racing track. After the grounds were purchased by the city in 1909, architects designed the park in conjunction with Portland's "City Beautiful" movement. Many of the original features, including the century-old fountain that forms the pet-friendly park's centerpiece, remain. Peninsula Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Mt. Tabor Park - SE 60th Ave. & Salmon St., Portland, OR 97215
    When it comes to urban landscapes, volcanoes don't often come to mind. Portland is one of a handful of cities that include an extinct volcano within their limits, and this cinder cone is the basis for Mt. Tabor Park. A number of paved and unpaved trails wind through forests and meadows and, alongside former reservoirs, turned reflecting pools. Make it to the top, and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding lands. There's also an off-leash area where Fido can get some exercise. Park hours are 5 a.m. - midnight, seven days a week.

  • Waterfront Park - 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    If you're looking for photogenic scenes of nature, how could you go wrong with a place called Waterfront Park? At one time, developments such as Harbor Drive cut city residents off from the Willamette River. In the late 60s, Governor Tom McCall spearheaded the creation of Waterfront Park, which now officially bears his name. While they don't technically count as nature, the bridges along the waterfront are a popular draw for visitors. Waterfront Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - midnight.

  • Lan Su Chinese Garden - 239 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Mother Nature makes her presence known throughout the world. Enjoy a unique international perspective at Lan Su Chinese Garden, a collaborative effort between Portland and Suzhou, its sister city in China. In addition to combining elements from the names of both cities, Lan Su translates to "Garden of Awakening Orchids." Heavily influenced by Chinese traditions dating back two centuries, the garden is a harmonious blend of art, architecture, and nature. Kids will have fun with interactive scavenger hunts, photo challenges, and quizzes. Enhance your visit with the mobile app that provides facts about Lan Su's history and culture. Admission is $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids between 6-18. Lan Su is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.

  • Washington Park - 400 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97210
    Can't get enough of Portland's iconic roses? Head to Washington Park, home of the city's International Rose Test Garden. The breathtaking display comprises more than 10,000 rose bushes, representing more than 610 different varieties. In 2006, the IRTG received the prestigious Garden of Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Don't miss the Frank Beach Memorial Fountain, honoring the man credited with coining the nickname "City of Roses." Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with free public tours conducted at 1 p.m. each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • Pittock Mansion - 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    Built in 1914 as the home of Portland's first "power couple," Pittock Mansion is a fascinating look at the city's transformation over the years, but the 46 acres of grounds around the estate are worth the trip by themselves. Hikers flock to the trails and their remarkable vistas of the Portland skyline from high up in the West Hills. The Pittock Mansion grounds are maintained as a public park open until 9 p.m. daily.

Portland is the quintessential Pacific Northwest city with a blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your local real estate needs.

June
7

Upcycle Your Furniture With This Guide

Upcycle TipsUpcycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with more people looking for ways to reuse materials and save money. It is a great way of transforming unloved, outdated, or unused pieces of furniture into something fresh, unique, and perfectly suited for your space. The good thing about upcycling is that no previous skills are required, and there are really no limits to what you can create. Upcycling is not just a cost-effective way of breathing new life into your old furniture, but it's also a great way to expand your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment. Our brokers have put together their top tips, which will help you create your ultimate upcycling adventure.

  1. Choose Your Furniture Piece
    The first step in your upcycling adventure is to choose what you want to upcycle and the purpose you want the improved piece to serve. You may have some old furniture lying about in the house that needs a new look, or maybe you've seen something in a thrift store or garage sale that would be perfect with a little creativity. Either way, you want to make sure the piece can easily be upcycled at just a fraction of the price if you bought it new.


  2. Make Sure the Piece is Structurally Sound
    It's important to look beyond the surface or the idea you have in mind when choosing a piece of furniture for your upcycling project. You don't want to spend time on something that will become useless or fall apart the next day. Look at the joints and structure of the piece before you buy or start the transformation. Good bones are important for extended use.


  3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
    Be imaginative when you see old pieces. Almost every item can be an upcycling opportunity, no matter how it looks on the surface. Something might look ugly at first glance, but you have to look past the flaws to find the potential. 


  4. Plan Ahead
    Whether you're upcycling a small stool or a complete dining set, you can definitely help yourself by preparing ahead of time. Have an end goal for your project and ensure you have all the tools and supplies needed to do the job. Give your piece a quick wash, sand it down and wipe it to get a smooth surface and get the perfect finish. Paint might hide many problems, but if your furniture has dents, holes, peeling paint, or scratches, these will be visible when painted over.


  5. Don't Get Carried Away
    While it's exciting to get started on transforming your furniture, you'll end being frustrated if you bite off more than you can chew. Choose something simple, like a small table that needs painting, and don't rush.


  6. Paint and Make Perfect
    If you're not after that distressed furniture look, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in breathing some new life into your furniture piece. If your piece looks old and dated, a little sanding and paint may be all that you need to achieve a unique and stylish addition to your home. Make sure you use good quality brushes that give good coverage and don't leave bristles in your work.


  7. Get That Distressed Look
    Old dressers, drawers, cabinets, or cupboards are ideal for distressed looks if that's your style. Sand down the furniture and use chalk paint for a matte or chalky finish. Chalk paints are also great for covering a dark stain. Once you've applied the paint, sand the surface for a distressed look that will add character to the piece. Target the areas that would see the most wear and tear, like the edges.


  8. Try Stenciling
    Stenciling is an easy step to full personalization. It's a way to get creative and add a personal touch to your furniture. You can find stencils online or designs yours if you have the right equipment. Use a stencil brush to stamp your creativity onto the furniture piece and add a coat of wax for protection. Don't worry if your work doesn't turn out as expected, you can always stencil or paint over it again.


  9. Don't Forget the Little Touches
    Perhaps you've decided to upcycle a piece of furniture that has knobs on it. Replacing the knobs with some creative pieces can make a huge difference to your piece. You can use anything from door knockers to big keys or just any piece that catches your fancy. And even though you're going to replace your knobs, it's good practice to remove the old ones to make sure your paint job is a clean and smooth as possible. It will also save time if the new ones are smaller and there's a space with no paint.

If you're planning to sell or buy in the area, our team can help make the process easier for you. Contact us today.

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