Home Spring Safety Tips

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Here are some spring safety reminders about underground lines and snow-packed gas meters.

If you’re ready for gardening, an important first step is to call 8-1-1 and arrange to have some buried utilities located and marked in your dig area. This is a free service offered by most utility companies across the country, including Xcel Energy.

Dig with care. Avoid digging near the marks, and before you dig again, be aware that the professional location markings are good only for a specific time.

On the other hand, If you still have your snow boots and shovel by the door, accumulated snow or ice on your gas meter can prevent it from operating properly by decreasing or increasing the flow of natural gas piped into your home.

Safeguard your gas meter:

Alaris Properties, LLCGently remove snow or ice from the natural gas meter.

6 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund on Your Home

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Alaris Properties, LLCIt’s tax season! Right now many of us are gathering up the correct forms and papers to file our taxes and get our refunds. When that money hits your bank account, what are you going to do with it? Many people choose to invest their money or pay off debts, but it doesn’t hurt to spend a little on yourself. Or how about your house?

You probably won’t be able to renovate your kitchen, but your refund can help you cross a few things off of your to-do list.

Paint
Whether you’re retouching to cover scratches and scrapes or completely redoing a color of a room, a new coat of paint can really make a difference.

Fix Leaks
Does a room feel drafty? Do you have a leaky faucet? When you get your tax refund, fix whatever it is in your home that leaks. This will save you money in the long run.