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How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

by Rebecca Shahan

Home safety is of utmost importance. Whether it’s just you or you have a family. The biggest thing most people overlook is electrical safety. Home electrical fires are estimated at around 51,000 fires a year, with nearly 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in damages. Naturally there are ways to reduce the risk to you and your family. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

  • Light Bulbs: When using light bulbs be sure to use a bulb with the correct wattage for the fixture you are using it in. A higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat and possibly cause the bulb itself to explode.
  • Outlets: When it comes to outlets it is always best not to overload them with extra adapters and power cords. Especially so in older homes that may not have a large enough power supply causing breakers to trip or overheat and very possibly cause major fires.
  • Appliances: We own many more appliances now than used to be in the average home 50-60 years ago. Appliances from a simple clock to a computer generate heat. So be sure to give the appliance plenty of circulation space and never leave blankets, towels or anything that will cover them so that they do not overheat and cause an overload or short out an electrical socket.

Electrical fires can be such a dangerous and traumatic incident that following some simple tips can save you or your family’s lives and your family’s livelihood. Here are quite a few more suggestions on how to minimize the possibility of an electrical fire in the home.

Great Ideas for Fall Décor in Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

Pumpkins. A definite sign that fall is on your doorstep or is already falling all over it with incredible speed from your trees. Matching this beautiful end-of-summer Texas wonder with fresh homey decoration ideas is a must. One way to start is with an awesome pumpkin or two on your front porch and strategically placed saucer pumpkins or fancy gourds in windowsills to add to the effect.

Don’t forget the trees outside feverishly dropping their spring and summer growth. Now is the best time to take advantage of their seasonal molting to cozy up your home with some spectacular Texan colors, like leaf art. Don’t forget the fun variety of twigs and wild berries that can become art pieces to make entertaining fall vases and inviting DIY welcome wreaths.

Don’t forget that wood stove that’s been sitting quietly over the summer. Bring out the best for your fall as the Texas nights start getting cooler, giving you a reason to huddle around the warm and entrancing flames with friends and family to remember the good old times, and to look forward to many more to come.

Tips on Staying Safe This Hallows Eve in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

‚ÄčAll Hallows Eve. A time of making memories, scary costumes for the kids and free candy! It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our little candy monsters. Let us share some fun and practical ways to stay safe for this year’s Halloween in Austin.

The chances of a car accident for a child goes up a very unpleasant amount this night more than any other of the year, so we have a few suggestions on how to keep the young ones as safe as possible.

A good way is to try integrating reflective tape or stickers into costumes and bags, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to masks that can be visually obstructive for young ones. Besides, what kid doesn’t love getting their faces painted! Also give the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever other fun glowing things you can find for them. Not only will that be added fun to their costumes, but it will help with added visual for drivers.

Younger ones, 12 and under should never be out alone without adult supervision. Also remind the older kids to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and maybe suggest to them that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re sure to like that!

Check out this link for more tips on safety this Halloween. Most importantly, don’t let them forget to have a themselves a scary time this Halloween in Austin, Texas!

Recreational Activities in Spicewood, Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

Free time to relax and recreate… Check! What to do…? Well, here’s a few hints.

Let’s start with Krause Springs. A great place for swimming and camping. This place sports both natural and manmade swimming areas with crystal clear waters and stunning waterfalls in many of the springs areas. Truly a special place to take a day trip to Spicewood for.

After you’ve had your fill of swimming there is a winery or two to tour. First there’s Spicewood Vineyards. You won’t regret visiting this beautiful winery and sample their many savory wines. Make some unforgettable memories!

Another fun place to visit in Spicewood is the Crystal Creek Distillery. Here they host live events, like live music. Here you’ll find great atmosphere, hospitality and delightfully tasty mixed drinks.

To get your full chill on, visit this page for a full list of fun, relaxation and recreation in Spicewood, Texas.

Austin Golf Course Communities Offer Gracious Living

by Rebecca Shahan

Whether you love to golf or just love the luxury lifestyle associated with it, there's a perfect home waiting for you in Austin area golf course communities. You'll find a home in a community with the finest amenities, amazing courses, and stunning surroundings. Let us help you start your search for the ideal home on the course of your choice today.

Here's two of the golf course communities in the Austin area we are proud to serve. Please make sure the visit our Golf Course Communities & Homes in Austin TX page for a more complete list.

Spanish Oaks

Set around the #3 golf course in Texas, the stunning homes of Spanish Oaks compliment the beautiful surroundings.

The Hills

This upscale gated community is located in the beautiful Texas Hills near Lake Travis, featuring four challenging golf courses,16 tennis courts, pool, and fitness center.

Protecting Yourself From the Equifax Breech

by Rebecca Shahan

Other than natural disasters, the big news this week is about the disaster of the massive data theft of 143 million consumer’s personal data from national credit bureau Equifax.  This is a situation that is expected to affect a lot of lives, especially home buyers and mortgage applicants. Why?

Most American with a credit history could have addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license and credit card numbers stolen.  These could be made available to the highest bidders on the Dark Web. 

Since there is a significant amount of information on file at the credit bureaus for home buyers and mortgage applicants, this group is especially at risk. This could cause serious problems down the road, especially during the buying process.

But don’t worry, as you can take steps to protect your identity and credit.  You can lock down your credit files with fraud alerts or credit file freezes, which will prevent people from opening accounts in your name and will prevent them from getting credit reports.

The FTC has helpful information on identify-theft countermeasures at consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft. And if you’re thinking of doing a freeze, a good site is uspirg.org/resources/usp/protect-yourself-against-new-account-id-theft. You can also get free, three-bureau credit monitoring service being offered by Equifax at equifaxsecurity2017.com. The most important first step is to check your three credit reports for free at annualcreditreport.com and see whether anyone has compromised your accounts.

Yearly Home Maintenance Tips

by Rebecca Shahan

Every year your house takes a beating, especially this year for those of us in Texas. But no matter how bad the weather is, it's always a good idea to check a few things around the house once a year to make sure you don't have to pay for larger repair bills later. Here's a couple of things you can check right now that will help preserve your home and reduce costs.

Change the HVAC air filters

You should really do this one once a month. The dirtier your filters are, the higher your energy costs can be and lead to more expensive repairs down the road.  And this is an easy one to do. Just buy a replacement filter available at most hardware stores and just replace it. You should also have a professional check your system each year to make sure it's tuned up and in good repair.

Service Yard Equipment

Change the oil and filters on lawn equipment and install new blades if needed. Check the owners manual to perform any suggested maintenance. Drain the gas tank before storing equipment for the season, but don't drain it completely. Instead use a premium gasoline without ethanol but with a gas preservative. Just before you store it, fill the tank with this mix.

Ways to Help Your Neighbors Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Rebecca Shahan

‚ÄčOn this Labor Day weekend, we thank all those who have gone so far beyond the limit to help their neighbors during this extraordinary tragedy. The acts of courage on the part of both citizens and professionals has been amazing and will be remembered forever.

All of America, indeed the world, is watching intently and wondering how they can help those in need. Here are a few ways you can help those affected. And remember to watch out for those who are taking advantage of our generosity. Remember the old proverb "Trust, but verify."

According to Forbes.com, here are some charities we can trust:

Red Cross

Houston Food Bank 

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Houston Humane Society

Houston SPCA

San Antonio Humane Society

Top Things to Do Around Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

The fun never stops at Lake Travis.  That's why people come from all over to buy their dream home or to visit.  There's so many great things to do and see around the lake, it's hard to keep track. Thats's not a problem, because we have great review sites like TripAdvisor.com to rate the best things to do around Lake Travis. Here's the top 3 picks from the list.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

If you want an adrenaline rush while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Travis from above, this is the perfect solution. They offer a 2.5 hour zipline tour and all day passes on the 15 acre private beach, where you can swim, have a picnic, or just relax.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Amazing scenery, a beautiful pool with waterfall, and a great hike make Hamilton Pool Preserve an ideal getaway. Make sure to make a reservation, as they keep the crowds to a minimum, making this an ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle.

Sail Austin Charters

Of course the main attraction of Lake Travis is, well, Lake Travis! Why not go sailing on the lake in a private yacht? Sail Austin offers a variety of sailing packages, including private charters, sunset sails, destination charters, and even lessons.

Have fun on Lake Travis!

Spicewood Offers Up Great Dining

by Rebecca Shahan

Sure, Spicewood may be a small town, but it’s big on taste!  According to one of the top restaurant review websites, tripadvisor.com, virtually all the restaurants in Spicewood get top reviews. Whether or not you own a home in Spicewood, it’s time to try some of the great food here.  Why not start with these top picks?

Opie's Barbecue

What small southern town would be complete without amazing BBQ? Opie’s award winning BBQ restaurant is filled with all the BBQ meats you could ask for.  They also feature meats such as jalapeno cheese sausage and sides like butter beans.

Angel's Icehouse

For the classic American food and bar experience, there Angel’s.  People rave about the atmosphere and about the play areas for kids and dogs in the relaxing outdoor seating. And of course they have great local brews on tap as well.

J5 Steakhouse

If you’re looking for the best steak in Spicewood, look no further than J5.  They feature amazing steaks in a laid back atmosphere.  With their friendly staff and great wine selection, you’re sure to have a great night on the town.

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