Monthly Archives: November 2014

Winter Weather has Begun. Tips to Help you to Maintain this Year’s Snow!

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It’s that time of year where the weather has turned colder and snow will begin to fall at your new home in Delaware County, Pa. As the weather forecasters are predicting an above average amount of snow this winter, planning for the onslaught is an excellent idea.

There are many ways of removing snow from your Main Line Home and property. They include snow removal equipment, such as a Caterpillar, truck and/or ATV plow and snow blower/thrower, as well as of course, your everyday snow shovel. When choosing which method you will use to clear your snow this year, whether you are a new home owner or a seasoned veteran, it is important to look at what you need cleared (driveway, walkway, etc.) and how quickly it needs to be cleared.

Whether you choose a Cat, plow or snow thrower, the following tips apply:

  • Mark the edges of your driveway with reflectors. This allows you to outline what needs to be cleared, and is especially helpful if you hire someone to clear your driveway. Ensure you mark any dips or ditches in your driveway as well.
  • After the first snowfall, drive your vehicle around to compact the snow. You will need a good base for plowing, and it will allow you to clear your driveway without throwing up any rocks if you are using a snowblower.
  • Rock salt and sandbags are a necessity in the winter. You should have some kept in your home, as well as in your truck or vehicle. Sandbags make an excellent counterweight, giving your vehicle more traction in the snow, and when opened can be used for traction if you get stuck.

Most important, no matter the weather we’re expecting in Delaware County this season, stay safe and be careful when venturing outside!

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Fall Has Arrived!

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Fall has arrived at your home in Chester County; the trees have turned into a riot of color, and there is a definite nip in the air. The fireplace beckons, as does a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. Autumn is a great time of year to express warmth indoors; here are a few tips from Bentley Homes to make your new home in Delaware County, Pa., comfy and cozy.

  1. Seasonal changes

Now is the perfect time to swap out your summer colors and exchange them for warmer tones. Use chocolate-colored throw pillows for your couch, and throw a soft, crème blanket over your reading chair to cuddle in. Other ways to bring warmer colors to your home are rugs, which you can combine color with function—nothing is better than digging your toes in a soft rug!

It is also time to switch your summer, light bedding for warmer winter comforters; the fall shades can be used here as well, to make your room look even more inviting. A cinnamon-colored quilt or throw is ideal for the end of your bed.

  1. Outdoors in

What better way to spend a fall afternoon than picking fiery red leaves and pinecones for your table? Bring the outdoors in by drying out your leaves, and finishing them with a sealer from your local craft store. You can also add a pop of color to your autumn bouquet by adding a peacock feather.

It may be fall, but fresh flowers are still available. Choose cheery sunflowers, bright gardenias and other seasonal blooms for your vases. Tie bouquets with an orange or red ribbon, to highlight shades of the flowers or your room.

  1. Seasonal warmth to table

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning there is a cornucopia of ideas for your dinner table. Other than flowers, you can use multicolored gourds, corn and even fresh wheat for your centrepiece. Show off the bounty of your home in Delaware County with the local harvest.

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