Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fun Homeowner Facts Friday

When taking ownership of your new house, be careful not to get so side tracked decorating that you neglect some normal maintenance.  It is a good bet that if the previous owner could not afford their mortgage payment, they are most likely not paying for maintenance.
For us, the first clean up issue was de-pooping the poop house
Within the first two days of ownership, we removed all flooring-tile, carpet, and even the stairs.  The hardwoods remained but were to be refinished before we moved in.
AC/ductwork cleaning and filter changed -that's another post
We were lucky enough to stay in our rental during improvements but I gave myself only two months to finish everything.
The How: De Funking the Funk.
Bleach will be your best friend buy it in bulk.
I bleached everything, walls, baseboards, window sills, cement on the ground floor.
Our house had numerous pets living here, we hired a bug company to come in and spray for bugs and fleas.  While removing walls and demoing bathrooms; we unlocked many roach sleeper cells.
I vacuumed under every base board and applied Diatomeceous Earth.
This is some Magical Powder!
This is the greatest NON toxic bug treatment ever !.
Diatomaceous Earth is an all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants called diatoms that are similar to algae. Diatomaceous Earth particles have razor sharp edges that let the particles cut through an insect's protective covering and dehydrates them. If the insect digests the Diatomaceous Earth, the particles will shred their insides.

The diatoms are mined and then ground up into a fine powder that has the look and feel of talcum powder. Diatomaceous Earth is not a poison and completely safe for you and household pets. This form of Diatomaceous Earth is used as a natural and effective pesticide. You want to remember to only use the food grade and this can bought at any gardening store or supplier.

Kills Bed Bugs, Fleas, Roaches, and other gross biting bugs.....its a Winner in my book.  You can also drink it for a Detox.  What ??? I know right . I spread it all over my house using a flour sifter.  I've used it since moving in and no one has had any reaction.  The only thing biting us is Mosquitos, sadly,nothing I can do about them.;(

Using diatomaceous earth to solve specific problems:
I've attached a PDF for you to print with Taking Ownership Doc

Good Luck !

Please comment and let me know that you were able to access and print the pdf !

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