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Monday, September 23, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Keep Your Pool Leak-Free With These Simple Tips

Guest Blog by Brent Bailey with A+ Pool Leak Detectives
The 2 Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their Pools - (Side Note: Please don’t blame your Pool Tech for the following issues.  They are not trained to find and fix leaks and most likely won’t know about this until you tell them.)
As a Swimming Pool Leak Detector (I find and fix leaks in pools), many different situations occur where homeowners are experiencing problems with their pool.  As a rule of thumb, half the pools I see have only one leak to be fixed and the other half have chronic problems with their system.
Unfortunately, the chronic problems are often self-inflicted wounds and could have easily been prevented, if they only knew what I’m about to share with you now.
Following are the 2 biggest mistakes I see homeowners make with their pool systems that cause chronic problems. 
1. Adding Chlorine Tabs To The Skimmer -

Putting chlorine tabs in your skimmer is the mo ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Jersey Barnyard, “Where Family Meets Farm.”

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Thousands of people will head to the Round Top/ Warrenton communities at the end of September through the first weekend in October for the Fiftieth Annual Fall Round Top Antiques Festival. Interior decorators, weekend junkers, antique collectors, import lovers, and people-watchers will embark upon a shopping spree covering acres of treasures, food, and musical talent.


But farther down Highway 159 towards La Grange The Jersey Barnyard, home of Blue Bell Creameries’ Belle The Singing Cow, offers diversion to the shopping hubbub and is a must-stop visit any time of the year but especially during the fall with several special events.


The Jersey Barnyard is located on a fourth-generation working Jersey dairy farm in the Frerichs family for 120 years. The family have made a living off the dairy business for 70 years and want people to realize the work and dedication that goes into the process making it possible for people to pour ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Builder Spotlight: Scott Felder Homes at Double Eagle Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas



(BASTROP) Bastrop’s newest model home, a Scott Felder Home, has just opened in Double Eagle Ranch off Hwy. 71 on Old Hwy. 71 just 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
“Double Eagle Ranch features one-acre homesites with breathtaking views,” Katelyn Zimmerman, Scott Felder Homes Sales Associate, said. “Double Eagle Ranch is a peaceful retreat where the luxuries of big-city life are just a short drive away.”
In this development, Scott Felder offers seven floor plans ranging from 2,264 to 3,317 square feet set on wooded one-acre lots. Prices range from $365,990 to $437,990 with the option to add to the standard garage or a detached garage, bonus room, or even a casita for guests.
In the Bastrop ISD school system and near Historic Downtown Bastrop on the Colorado River, Double Eagle Ranch has a low tax rate of 2.12% and a low HOA annual fee of $305 which offsets the development’s common area mainte ...

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Thursday, July 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Make Moving With Pets Stress Free (ish)

By Jenny Carroll

Helping Your Cat or Dog Prepare for a Move

The process of moving to a new home can be incredibly stressful for all involved. Your pets may not seem affected by all of your packing and preparation work but they can become easily stressed once they are thrust into a brand new environment. There are several things you should do before you move to prepare your cat or dog for the trip to your new home.



Moving with Cats

Cats are typically more difficult to move into a new home than any other animal. Cats tend to become very attached to their homes and surroundings and dislike change. Moving your cat without any thought to his feelings can cause drastic changes in behavior, including defecating outside of the litter box and aggressive tendencies.

The first thing you'll want to do is place your cat's carrier in a place your cat can easily access a few days before the move. Placing the carrier in an open area will give your cat time to explore it and its cont ...

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Thursday, July 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

6 Tips for Adding Value to Your Home

Guest blog by Bill Edwards of LawnStarter

When you’re looking to add value to your home, some projects will give you a better return than others. We’ve put together six tips to help you choose the best ways to get the most value.
Replace your front and garage doors


This may seem like a boring way to spend your money, but replacing these doors will instantly update your home’s exterior. Replacing your garage door is a good investment for several reasons. First, you’ll get back more than97 percent of the cost on average when you sell. Second, an insulated garage door can help save you money on heating and cooling costs by regulating the temperature of your garage.

If you replace your wood front door with a steel one, you’ll recoup about 94 percent of the cost when it comes time to sell. Steel doors in a contemporary color are all the rage right now. Can’t afford a new door? Repaint your current one.
Kitchen refresh or remodel


Updated kitchens still sit at the top of wis ...

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