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2482 Keyway

  • 2482 Keyway, street view and front yard
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2830 Superior Ave.

Your search for single level living...

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4900 Villa Point

  • 4900 Villa Point, 2 car garage
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4 Shire Hall Ct.

  • 4 Shire Hall Ct., view from driveway
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11 Stone Park Place

  • 11 Stone Park Place, view of the front door

New inventory has hit the market and 11 Stone Park Place in Nottingham is one hot pick.

Enjoy cooking in your beautifully updated, eat-in kitchen...

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3301 E Baltimore St.

  • 3301 E Baltimore St, street view

Historic charm and an open floor plan make this row home at 3301 E Baltimore St. ideal. For instance, there is storage galore with original architectural details peppered throughout...

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Get to know your local mantis

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about getting to know your local mantis.

mantis you might find in your back yard
Carolina Mantis adult female in early autumn. Notice how her wings don’t reach the end of her abdomen, as they would with our other local mantids. Photo: M. Talabac

Q:  I’ve heard that not all of our praying mantis types are native. They’re all good for garden pest control though, right, or are some bad instead?

A:  Maryland is currently home to five species of praying mantis, but only one is native, which is the Carolina Mantis. The others are the European, Chinese, Narrow-winged, and Asian Jumping Mantids, with the latter being the most recent introduction...

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Spread the Gift of Kindness

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to spread the gift of kindness. During this time of year, our thoughts are filled with gratitude for those who have supported us in our personal lives and careers.

Grateful Gifts will let people know how grateful you are to have them in your life.

Here are some ideas on how to host an event that extends that gratitude to helping others in need. Give the gift of kindness. Make yourself and others feel great!

Spread the gift of kindness this holiday season

In addition, if you need help buying or selling a home, or know someone who does, please contact me.
Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.

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Our Guide to Choosing the Best Wood for Your Fireplace

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about choosing the best wood for your fireplace.

Choosing the Best Wood

After you’ve scheduled your fall fireplace and chimney maintenance, your chimney will be clean and ready for warm evening fires and safely enjoying time with friends and family. However, the small choices that you make every day can impact how quickly dangerous creosote builds up. What wood should you choose for your fireplace?

You Must Use Dry, Seasoned Firewood

When you cut down a tree in the backyard, it’s tempting to immediately repurpose it as firewood. However, that is not a good idea. Because trees are living things, they contain up to 45% water immediately after being cut down...

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What’s digging holes in the lawn?

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about trying to figure out what’s digging holes in the lawn.

Damage in the yard

With the transition into the Fall season, I often find myself feeling a mixture of emotions. I feel relief, that another growing season is coming to an end; sadness, that it went too fast; and excitement for what the next year will bring! I am sure that our animal friends also sense the need to prepare for the changing seasons. As such, over the last few days, I’ve been seeing some damage happening in my yard from an uninvited guest! 

What's digging holes? A yard with holes from an unknown source
Holes were dug in the lawn recently. Photo: A. Bodkins

Can you guess what caused this digging of the grass? This occurred in two different areas of my lawn over the course of a week...

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be your best self through reading like this woman

Books to Help Be Your Best Self: At Work and at Home

Your tone of voice and the words that you use can sometimes be the difference in whether a conversation is positive or not. Here are some great books to check out that offer tips on ways you can ensure that your conversations have the best outcomes. Reading will help you be your best self at work and at home.

Did you know that reading reduces stress? It can help relax you after a stressful day at work. It’s also great for building your vocabulary. Look up words you don’t know as you are reading. Another benefit is learning about the world around you, improves your language skills and helps give you empathy. So pick up a book and read something today!

If you like reading digital books, you can find them on library apps. Baltimore County uses a free app called Libby...

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common home issues that Pop Up Every October

The Most Common Home Issues that Pop Up Every October

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about common home issues that pop up every October.

October is here and Spooky Season is about to officially kick-off. Unfortunately, our team is not certified to remove ghosts or ghouls from your home. But we can help in a variety of other ways! With that in mind, we’ve decided to outline a few of the most common issues around the house that seem to manifest around this time of year. If you’re currently struggling with any of the following issues, be sure to reach out to the Clean Sweep team for a rapid and thorough response!

Chimney Related Issues

  • Creosote. Did your fireplace get extensive usage last winter? If so, there is bound to be a buildup of creosote left behind...
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healthy crapemyrtle

Crapemyrtle woes

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about crapemyrtle woes.

Q:  My crapemyrtle has white stuff on the bark that I’ve never noticed before, though the foliage looks unaffected, if a bit dull lately. I thought these plants were pretty pest-free, so what might this be?

A:  We’ve had a lot of inquiries about this lately. Your plant has Crapemyrtle Bark Scale(CMBS), a non-native insect pest that was discovered in Texas in 2004. It was confirmed in Maryland in 2020. Incidentally, crapemyrtles also can host Crapemyrtle Aphid. And, it’s possible for the two to be infesting a plant simultaneously; their impacts on the plant are similar.

Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on a crapemyrtle trunk. Sooty mold is darkening some of the outer bark layers. Photo: Jim Robbins, Univ. of Ark. CES, Bugwood.org
An infestation of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale on a crapemyrtle trunk...
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What Is Creosote, and How Can It Impact a Home Sale This Fall?

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros. This issue is on creosote.

All realtors know to make sure the HVAC system is working to perfection and the caulk in the bathtub is touched up. However, many totally gloss over one of the most potentially dangerous parts of the home: the chimney. Over time, even well-maintained chimneys can accumulate creosote build-up on the inside. Unfortunately, home inspectors are generally looking for obvious signs of wear and damage during the chimney portion of their examination. That means that any creosote build-ups outside of the naked eye may be glossed over altogether. Naturally, that doesn’t make creosote buildup any less dangerous.

Creosote 101

Creosote is a flammable and dangerous buildup that accumulates on the insid...

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online shopping scams can be avoided by following these tips

Online Shopping Scams

Online shopping can be easy and fun. But unfortunately, there are many scammers who want to steal your identity and your money. It is so important to be careful about what links you click to avoid online shopping scams. Knowing a website is safe before visiting it will help protect your personal information.

Never click on anything that doesn’t look right to you. When in doubt, choose the safest approach. Don’t click on the link. Visit a site you know is safe and proceed from there. These tips will help.

Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission to help in the fight to stop scammers. With $770 million lost to scams on social media last year, odds are that you will come across fraudulent information at some point.

Only shop on sites that are secure, starting with https:// and n...

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fall flowers include asters like these purple ones

Goldenrods & asters: Important fall flowers for pollinators

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about adapting to fall flowers for pollinators.

With the fall very clearly upon us, we tend to think more about falling leaves than flowers. Indeed, the big flower boom is ending, with all early-season flowers well past flowering. However, fall is a very important season for many pollinators. They still require food and shelter in preparation for the winter. In this blog, I would like to take a little bit of time to go over the importance of fall resources for pollinators. You’ll learn what you can do to make sure they are available in your green spaces.

Why is fall special in nature?

The end of summer/fall is a special time for many organisms in our temperate regions...

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