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Fall Maintenance Tips

by Sherri Smith

It's October already and the heat waves are finally behind us. It's that time that native Oregonians live for in Eugene and Springfield. The leaves are finally turning and before long the Coburg Hills will show off their fall glory for the Willamette Valley to admire.

But with fall of course comes the time when we need to take care of our homes in preparation for winter. Sometimes winter in the Eugene area can be mild. But we know that cold snaps and even snow can come out of the blue. So here are a few tips to get ready.

Clean gutters and downspouts. The Eugene / Springfield area has no shortage of trees, and that means clogged gutters. Installing gutter guards can save a lot of time and hassle. Because no one really likes cleaning the gutters.

Cooler temperatures can make this an idea time to paint. Just make sure there's no rain in the forecast. And yes we all know how quickly the weather changes here.

Inspect the roof. Hire a professional to examine the roof for wear and missing shingles. Now is the time to fix any damage before the really rainy weather hits.

Inspect wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Oregonians love a good fire when it gets cold. Inspecting chimneys now will prevent possible disaster later.

Clean and replace filters in your heating system. Hire a licensed heating contractor to inspect your filters and replace them if needed.

Inspect windows for leaks and drafts. Changes in humidity in Eugene can cause window seals to crack and shrink.

Use raked leaves for compost or mulch. Eugene residents are known for sustainable practices. Using your leaves as compost or mulch is a great way to keep the cycle of life active in your yard.

These are just a few tips to get you started on preparing for winter. Check back each week for more tips and advice for living in the Willamette Valley.

Looking For Culture? Look at Eugene!

by Sherri Smith

If you haven't been to Oregon, you may not have heard of Eugene.  Usually people think about our big brother to the north, Portland, or perhaps the spectacular Oregon Coastline. But if you want to move to a medium sized city with big city culture, then Eugene is the perfect place to call home. Here's a list of the top 5 places in Eugene for arts and culture.

1. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Since 1933, this museum provides guests with a diverse way to view art.  With over 4000 works of contemporary and historic art on display, you could easily spend all day here.  Best of all, admission is a very affordable $5.

2. Shelton McMurphy Johnson House

This historic landmark was built in 1888 and is one of Eugene's most historic landmarks.  This Victorian home is on the list of National Historic Places and is used for events and private tours.

3. Hult Center for the Performing Arts

This unique concert hall was built in 1983 and is a cultural staple in Eugene.  Its home to the Eugene Symphony and also features world class performers and entertainment.  Just the building itself is a sight to behold, with it's towering wood beams in the foyer and huge lattice design in the main concert hall.

4. University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

This museum dates back almost 100 years and houses artifacts and fossils.  It has 4 divisions, each housing several distinct collections.

5. McDonald Theater

This historic theater was originally a movie theater in the 1920's.  Now its a theater for performing arts and usually hosts live shows and concerts.

These are just a few of the cultural attractions in Eugene, as those who live her will attest.  If you're thinking of moving to a culturally diverse city, Eugene is the place to be.

Bad Homeowner Habits You Should Break Right Now

by Sherri Smith

For homeowners in Eugene, it seems that home maintenance is a never ending list.  It's easy to put things off over the years until it becomes a bad habit.  Are you one of those who leaves the spare key in the flower pot and forgets to close the windows on vacation?

There are plenty of bad habits that can cost you as a homeowner in Eugene. Here's a short list of 3 habits you should break right now.

1. Not Cleaning Your Gutters - We all know how Eugene weather can be during the fall and winter.  We all get clogged gutters.  Especially with those helicopter leaves.  So when that happens, water can't flow through the gutters and can seep into the foundation.  That can cost you dearly. So make sure to clean the gutters.  It's dirty job, but it has to be done.  Or better yet, hire a professional in Eugene to do it for you.

2. Leaving the Lights On - Remember when you mom used to yell at you for leaving the lights on?  She was right! Especially when you leave the house, there's no reason for all the lights to be on.  You could leave on a few here or there to give the appearance someone is home. Or better yet, use a timer or other automated light control system.

3. Not Cleaning Lint Traps - Not cleaning the lint trap can be dangerous.  Clean the lint trap after every time you use your dryer.  If lint builds up, it is an extreme fire hazard.

Keeping on top of your home maintenance in Eugene can be done if you break the bad habits. This is especially important if you plan on selling your home soon. But it's worth it in the end.

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