10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Summer



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Warmer weather is here, which means it’s time for backyard barbeques, evenings spent on the patio, gardening, and playing catch with the kids. Break out the home maintenance checklist. We’re here to help you get your home ready for summer with these tips. 

1. GET YOUR A/C TUNED UP

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While there are some great DIY projects on this list, getting an A/C tune-up isn’t one of them. You should call in a professional for this task. Just as you need to get your furnace tuned up every fall, you need to get your A/C tuned up before temperatures spike in the summer.  An A/C tune-up includes inspecting and cleaning components and connections inside your A/C, and it’s important because the technician should be able to tell whether your A/C will need repairs soon. With regular tune-ups, you can help avoid unexpected breakdowns and A/C issues. If your home warranty doesn’t cover your A/C system, check out an American Home Shield® home service plan today. 

2. CONDUCT A HOME ENERGY AUDIT 

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Now is the time to learn more about your home’s energy profile and what you can do to improve its energy efficiency. A home energy audit can tell you whether and where your home is drafty, for example, or if you need more insulation and where to install it. Whether you have it professionally done, or do it yourself, it’s worth it – and your local utility company may offer an incentive for homeowners to have this done.  

3. INSTALL A SMART THERMOSTAT 

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This is a great time to install a smart thermostat so you can keep your home cool while also being more energy efficient. A smart thermostat lets you program your HVAC to cool your home only when you’re in it, so you’ll save a bundle on cooling costs while still staying comfortable on even the hottest days. 

4. GET READY FOR BUGS 

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Many species of insects go dormant during winter and early spring due to the colder weather, but they come out again in full force as soon as temperatures rise. Before the bugs come out, get ready for their return. Take steps to keep the bugs away, such as cleaning up piles of leaves or other debris near your house, sealing cracks in doors and windows, and inspecting window screens for holes. If you want to put out pesticides or other repellants, now is the best time to do so.  

5. CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS 

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The summer months bring more than heat – they can also bring storms and flooding. Check your basement for signs of water leaks. Clear out grates or drains near your home so that water is directed away from the foundation. If dirt has settled around your home, or your home is at the bottom of a hill, water will run towards your foundation. Install grates to direct water away. 

6. CLEAN THE GUTTERS 

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If you only clean your gutters once a year, do it in the spring or early summer, so that they can most effectively direct the rain of summer storms away from your siding and foundation. Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice a year – once in the spring or summer, and again in the fall. 

7. RESEAL YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS 

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Now is the time to inspect your doors and windows for missing, cracked, or peeling caulk and reseal them to prevent water leaks and draftiness. If you have wooden window frames, check to see if they need to be repainted. You can also take this opportunity to repaint your front door, if necessary, and wash your windows.  

8. AERATE, DETHATCH, AND OVERSEED THE LAWN 

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Okay, so this is three things, but they all go together, and they’re all equally important to helping your lawn look its best in the summer months when you most want to use it. Your lawn may not need to be aerated, dethatched, and overseeded every year – if it looks healthy and lush, it’s probably fine, especially if it’s newly installed. But take the time to do it at least every two or three years, so your lawn stays healthy and oxygenated. It will make a big difference!

9. SPRUCE UP YOUR GARDEN BEDS 

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This is a great time to weed, mulch, and plant in your vegetable and garden beds, and if you’re looking for summer crafts for kids, there are plenty of gardening tasks they can do. Kids love playing in the dirt, growing things, and helping out. They can help pull weeds, spread mulch and compost, and even plant seeds or seedlings. 

Related Article: Summer Gardening for You and Your Family 

10. CLEAN YOUR PATIO FURNITURE

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Soon you’ll want to entertain friends, relatives and neighbors outside, so it’s time to drag the lawn furniture out of the garage or remove the furniture covers, and knock the cobwebs off. Use a power washer or a hose to clean chairs, tables and other pieces of lawn furniture. Don’t forget to wash the cushions! You can also take steps to protect your patio furniture so that it lasts longer. 

Don’t let summer catch you unprepared. Get your home ready for warm weather so you can focus on enjoying yourself and your loved ones.  

DIY tips are for informational purposes only. Please be sure to take the appropriate safety precautions and ensure your project complies with any applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations.

Star Spangled Snacks


These Fourth of July-themed snacks are sure to have you seeing fireworks before the show even starts! 

Star Lit Skewers

Ingredients

*1 watermelon

*1 pkg. blueberries

*1 pkg. skewers

*1 star shaped cookie cutter

Directions

  1. Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch slices. 
  2. Use star shaped cookie cutters to cut watermelon slices.
  3. Thread blueberries onto the skewers, topping each one with the watermelon star.
  4. Chill and serve.

*Feel free to use any combination of fruits you like. You can even add marshmallows!

Patriotic Pretzels

Ingredients

*1 pkg pretzel rods

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. star sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt each color of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Dip pretzel rods into melted candy and let sit until hardened.
  3. Drizzle the remaining colors onto the cooled rods and add sprinkles to make more fun.

Fourth of July Jello “Firecrackers

Ingredients

*3 oz. pkg. blue Jello

*1 pkg. Cool Whip

*3 oz. pkg. red Jello

* 1 jar stemmed maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the blue jello package and divide them evenly amongst serving cups. Chill until hard.
  2. Add a layer of cool whip on top of the blue jello. Cool until hard.
  3. Follow the directions on the red jello package and pour on top of the layer of Cool Whip.
  4. Top with a cherry and chill until hard.

Red, White and Blue Donuts

Ingredients

*1 dozen donuts

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. patriotic sprinkles

Directions

  1. Heat each package of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Drizzle the donuts with the desired colors, add sprinkles immediately.
  3. Cool until hard and serve.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


No time in recent history has tested our resolve like the previous year’s events: a pandemic, an election year, and a devastating winter storm.

As we commemorate Independence Day, let us celebrate our enthusiasm in liberty and our individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism. We have overcome so much and continue to endure in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” February 23, 1775

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS BY COUNTY

Collin County

Red, White & BOOM! | McKinney | July 3

Festivities include music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display. 

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All American 4th & Fireworks | Plano | July 4

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. at Red Tail Pavillon (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Fireworks will also be live streamed on The City of Plano’s YouTube page. 

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Kaboom Town! | Addison | July 3

The renowned freedom flyover and fireworks show is back! Tickets are required for entry into Addison Circle Park. 

5 p.m. – Midnight

Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | July 4

The free event offers live performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks, concessions, and spectacular fireworks. Fair Park gates open at 6 a.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Duncanville | July 3

Enjoy a parade in the morning and come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food, fun, and fireworks. Wristbands are required for entry into Armstrong Park and can be picked up at the Recreation Center.

Parade | 9 a.m.

Celebration | 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Irving | July 4

“Irving Brings Back the Spark”. Free parking and shuttles are available from the Toyota Music Factory to the Levy Event Plaza. Enjoy food vendors, a kids’ fun area, a beer garden, and performances by Alex Aguillar and Downtown Fever followed by fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denton County

Fourth of July Jubilee & Parade | Denton | July 3 & 4

Gather at the Denton Civic Center for activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, Liberty 5k Run & Walk, and more. The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown. No fireworks display in 2021 – stay tuned for 2022! 

All Day

Independence Fest | Flower Mound | July 4

This free event, located at Bakersfield Park, will feature concessions, a kids zone, car show, a lot of exhibitors, and a great fireworks show. Live music performed by Le Freak and headliner Josh Abbott Band.

5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival | Lewisville | July 4

A community tradition for over 20 years, this FREE event features bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, and music. A fantastic fireworks show is the highlight of the evening. Located at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon.

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grayson County

12th Annual Lights on the Lake | Sherman | July 2

Get ready to rock the night away with a FREE Rick Springfield concert at Pecan Grove Park West followed by an incredible fireworks show.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Denison | July 4

Blue Eyed Murder will be the featured entertainment. Children can enjoy the splash pad and playground.  Munson Stadium is limited-capacity but will stream on Facebook Live “Denison Live”.

7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Henderson County

Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow | Gun Barrel City | July 3

A spectacular air show that will amaze you with aerial acrobatics and an up-close and personal experience with fighter jets. The entire performance takes place over Cedar Creek Lake.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kaufman County

Independence Day Celebration | Forney | July 3

This free event, located at Forney Community Park, will include food trucks, bounce houses, games, and a magnificent fireworks show. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Navarro County

Freedom Festival | Corsicana | July 4

Come out to I.O.O.F Park for family-fun activities, food trucks, live music by The Pontiax, and fireworks!

6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Palo Pinto County

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show | Graford | July 3

Possum Kingdom Lake in Graford, Texas. Hosted by the Possum Kingdom’s Chamber of Commerce 

Time TBD

Parker County

Boomin’ 4th | Hudson Oaks | July 4

Celebrate freedom at this highly choreographed fireworks show – one of the best low and high aerial displays in North Texas. Prophets & Outlaws headlining.

Time TBD 

Spark in the Park | Weatherford | July 4

Headliners Blue Oyster Cult and opening act Texas Clearwater Revival at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! Fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rockwall County

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks | Rockwall | July 3

The parade will begin at Utley Middle School and end at Dobbs Elementary School. In the evening, gather at Harry Myers Park East for live music and fireworks.

Parade | 11 a.m.

Celebration | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Somervell County

4th of July at the Lake | Glen Rose | July 4

Pack your coolers (no glass), chairs, and floats and grab a spot at the lake to watch the annual fireworks show presented by the Somervell County Water District. Wheeler Branch Park gates open at 7 p.m. Live music by Brady Hulsey. 

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tarrant County

Independence Day Fireworks & Parade | Arlington | July 3 & 5

The fireworks show is set to begin July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over Globe Life Field. On July 5, starting at 9 a.m., head downtown for Arlington’s oldest, longest running Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

July 3 | Fireworks | 9:30 p.m.

July 5 | Parade | 9 a.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | July 4

The largest fireworks show in North Texas is at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of food, live music and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mansfield Rocks Weekend | Mansfield | July 2 – 4

Mansfield Rocks promises all the excitement of past Rockin’ 4th events with family activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southlake Stars and Stripes | Southlake | July 3

Join the festivities at Southlake Town Square. Activities include a kids corner, games, live entertainment, delicious eats, and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

This North Texas Fourth of July roundup is brought to you by our Core Services partners – Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, and Home Team Insurance.

At Dave Perry-Miller, we’re proud to offer a one-door approach to your real estate needs. With brokerage, mortgage, title, and insurance services under one roof, you’ll enjoy the easiest and most secure transaction available. When combined with the personal touch of one of our local expert agents, it simply is an unmatched experience. 

Get started today at daveperrymiller.com.

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Texas Premier Title: txprem.com

Home Team Insurance: hometeaminsurance.com

The Weekly Wrap-Up


In the market for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

6280 Prospect Avenue | Lakewood | $1,299,000

2 Braemore Place | North Dallas | $1,090,000

3439 Normandy Avenue | University Park | $999,999

17317 Stedman Circle | Far North Dallas | $598,000

For more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

TEXAS TOP DESTINATION FOR CORPORATE MOVES


When it comes to corporate moves, Texas was the top destination for people packing up and heading across the country in 2019.

Texas topped the list, which also includes California, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina as the states that were the most popular destinations for corporate transfers, according to Allied Van Lines.

“Texas, with its business-friendly climate, has ranked as the top move destination for Allied corporate customers for the past six years,” the moving company said in its most recent Magnet States Report. “The high influx of corporations moving to Texas makes it a highly desirable destination for top talent.”

A few other interesting findings:

* The most popular month for Allied corporate moves was June, and the most popular day of the week to move was Friday.

* Allied consumer customers still prefer to move in June; however, in 2019 the most popular day to move changed from Tuesday to Friday, allowing for a full weekend of unpacking and settling in.

* Allied consumer and corporate customers moved a total of 421,780,231 miles over the last six years, which is equal to over 16,937 trips around the world.

Considering a move to North Texas? The Ebby Halliday Companies are here to help. Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.

To learn more and to get started, contact a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent today.

People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.

Today’s the Day: North Texas Giving Tuesday


Our greatest asset in an unprecedented time is each other. With many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and cancellations of in-person fundraising opportunities, all charitable organizations, including many North Texas nonprofits, are reeling from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In concert with the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, the Dallas Cowboys and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have teamed up to support those who need help the most. North Texas Giving Tuesday Now is today, Tuesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to midnight. You can browse the needs of more than 3,000 local nonprofits and support the organizations of your choice here.

Nonprofits of all types – from arts to education, social services, and zoos – are struggling in this unprecedented time. From food pantries to medical support and financial assistance, to displaced workers and educational programming challenges, there are people in our communities facing real needs, right now. The needs are diverse and they are many, and these organizations urgently need support.

To show your support today, click here.

Explore the Links of Lake Athens


 

Explore the Links of Lake Athens

 

Revel in a relaxing getaway that’s all your own at the Links of Lake Athens.

 

The exclusive, gated lakefront resort spans more than 52 acres of gently rolling terrain, featuring a plethora of outdoor recreation and a prized golf course — all in just over an hour’s drive away from Dallas.

 

The property — featured in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection — is available to purchase as a whole for $6,900,000 or separated into parcels listed between $1.5 million and $3.5 million. Links of Lake Athens is listed by the Ross Group of the Dave Perry-Miller Park Cities office.

 

Owners will have private access to over 2,500 feet of water frontage and acres of pastureland to roam on horseback. The Links of Lake Athens’ piece de resistance is its four-hole golf course, which plays as a championship 18-hol, Par 72.

 

Find details in the fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection, online at dpmmagazine.com.

 

Read more from the Fine Home Collection on our blog:

Fall/Winter 2018 Fine Home Collection Now Available

Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village

Sarah Todd Has the Midas Touch

Sarah Todd Has the Midas Touch


 

Sarah Todd Has the Midas Touch

 

Sarah Todd has the distinct talent of seeing the world a little bit differently.

 

From views of London’s Tower Bridge to her safari adventures, Todd has the ability of transforming what she sees into abstract visions of bold acrylics and glistening metallics underneath a layer of sleek resin.

 

It’s her unique portrayal of the world around her that has captured the attention of many Dallas residents. Since she first became a full-time artist about a year ago, Todd has been working nonstop to bring her Midas touch to homes across Dallas and beyond.

 

“By the end of the year, I will have completed 100 paintings,” Todd told Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in September.

 

 

Her design process and inspirations are featured in DPM’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection.

 

Todd is available to create custom pieces at her website sarahtoddart.com.

 

Read more from the Fine Home Collection on our blog:

Fall/Winter 2018 Fine Home Collection Now Available

Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village

8 Must-See Open Houses


 

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4004 Colgate Avenue | University Park | $2,449,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

6215 Rex Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,135,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

2128 Courtland Drive | Frisco | $1,500,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

1654 Handley Drive | East Kessler | $1,150,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

726 W. Greenbriar Lane | East Kessler | $500,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

1600 Abrams Road #10 | Lakewood | $459,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

9449 Hunters Creek Drive | Lake Highlands | $415,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

8621 Redondo Drive | Little Forest Hills | $379,000

 

To view all our open houses and discover dates and times, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures


 

Heading into fall and winter means more time spent indoors and less of the warm sunshine Dallas is known for.

 

Make the indoors more fun and stylish with these five trendy lighting fixtures.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

David Drebin “I Am You and You Are Me” | $25,000

New York-based artist David Drevin creates a neon art installation in “I Am You and You Are Me.” The piece, currently being displayed in the Oliver Cole Gallery in Miami, is part of a limited-edition set.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Brass Captain Flint Floor Lamp | $1,495

 

This elegant floor lamp features two lighting options in its conical brass shade, which rotates from an uplight to a reading light in one swivel. A Carrara marble base steadily holds the sleek and slim structure.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Restoration Hardware Robeson Sconce | $699

 

Restoration Hardware’s Robeson sconce infuses two trends in one piece. The burnished brass case frames the bulb made of solid K9 glass, which displays the wiry threads of the lighting apparatus.

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Lumio Wood Book Lamp | $200

 

Booklovers of all ages will delight in this design created by architect and designer Max Gunawan. The outer hardcover features a walnut or maple wood finish when closed. Upon opening, a soft glow emits from the pages of the book.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Shades of Light Industrial Vintage Warehouse Pendant | $149

 

Caged lighting brings rugged industrialism to juxtapose immaculate interior design. Place this pendant above kitchen counters or in a dining room for an eclectic touch.

 

Find more ways to style your home on the blog:

5 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts 

Transition Your Home Decor for Fall 

5 Beautiful Tech Products