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Indianapolis Spring Household Maintenance Tips

As a professional organizer and Indianapolis senior move manager, I'm afraid I see it regularly in the homes of seniors and elders: houses that have fallen into disrepair or been damaged simply by accumulated weather conditions. After all, our winters in Indiana can be harsh.

In many instances, it's nothing horrible, but time has a way of sneaking up on everyone and everything, and as I help an elder or their caregiver families organize the home or prepare for an estate sale or move, I'm always amazed at how weather can slowly injure a property.

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And, of course, it's extremely difficult for seniors or their busy loved ones to regularly check for damage or make repairs. So below I've compiled a list of spring maintenance and repair items to inspect and address. I hope it will serve as an easy tool and reminder for you to help maintain the livability and value of a home anywhere in the Indianapolis area, be it Carmel, Fishers, Geist, Noblesville, Cicero, Broad Ripple, or anywhere.

If you need assistance in organizing or preparing for the move of a loved one, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation chat. Reach Rita Woll at Yellow Tag Household Sales at 317-514-9793 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indianapolis Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
 
Grounds and Yard

Clean window wells and storm drains

Check driveway and sidewalks for cracks, yard for settlement and erosion

Doors and Windows

Check doors, windows and trim for finish failure

Check for broken glass and damaged screens

Check weather stripping for damage and tightness of fit

Check caulking at doors and windows

Lubricate window hardware

Exterior Walls


Check masonry for cracks and loose joints

Check painted surfaces for paint failure

Check siding and trim for damage and decay

Roof


Check for damages or loose shingles

Check roof for water stains or dampness

Check for damaged flashing

Check for damaged or rusty gutters and downspouts 

Sweep debris from flat and low slope roofs

Check vents and chimney caps for bird nests

Check fascias and soffits for paint failure and decay

Check masonry chimneys

Interior Surfaces


Check joints of ceramic tile

Check grouting around tubs, showers and sinks

Electrical System


Test ground fault circuit interrupters

Heating and Cooling System


Clean dirt and dust from around furnaces

Clean or change air filters

Foundations and Basement


Check grading to assure that water will drain away from home

Check basement or crawl space for dampness and leakage

Consign for a Cause: Indianapolis Women Like Us Foundation

I wanted to let you know about a great program from a Carmel, Indiana business that helps a very worthy Indianapolis organization and the young women it nurtures: The Women Like Us Foundation of Indianapolis.

The Backroom @ Westclay is a furniture and home consignment studio that has developed a program called "Consign for a Cause." The money raised from this initiative is directed to the Women Like Us Foundation, an organization that I'm happy to be directly involved with and support. So, if you have some items you'd like to consign, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Women Like Us Foundation, here's more information on how you can help. - Rita Woll, Yellow Tag Household Sales.

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“Thinking communally is what life is all about,” says Mark A. Roger owner of the Backroom @ WestClay – Furniture and Home Consignment.  Recently, Roger put a spotlight on the Women Like Us Foundation’s One Girl at a Time Program (emphasizing empowering young women), The Damien Center (emphasizing empowering persons affected by HIV/AIDS) and the St. Margaret’s Guild (emphasizing the needs of Wishard Health Services) identifying them as beneficiary charities of the Backroom @ WestClay’s Consign for a Cause Program.  “The good work that these three charities perform every day for those of high risk make our Program well worth the time,” Roger concludes.

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Mark Roger
 
The Backroom @ WestClay is furniture and home consignment studio whose inventory originates from show homes, estate homes, interior designers private collections and only the best from the attic.  Recently featured in Indianapolis Monthly’s Hidden Indy: Gems in February, the Backroom’s owner, Roger, is an avid civic leader who first initiated the Consign for the Cause Program to benefit local charities.  “Buying and selling with a social conscious isn’t a new idea, but we want to make giving to local charities an everyday occurrence,” says Roger, “and consignment allows people to recycle in a very practical manner; donating their sales proceeds makes the cycle of giving complete.”
 
Through the Consign for a Cause Program, individuals consigning items are able to identify a percentage of their sales proceeds to be directed to the beneficiary charity of their choice.  Customarily, the Backroom generously matches a percentage of their sales proceeds to the charity as well.  “Those shopping at the Backroom are made aware of the beneficiary charities providing them further exposure,” says Roger, “and Hoosiers are a generous lot who often simply need to be reminded the need exists to give.” 
 
To discuss consigning with the Backroom @ WestClay or the Consign for a Cause Program further, please contact Mark Roger directly at 317.513.3670 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info about the Backroom @ WestClay is available at www.BackroomAtWestClay.com. 

Digitize Photos, Slides, 8mm film, or VHS Tapes onto DVD in Indianapolis

It's a fact: many of us in Indiana have a good portion of our memories stored and recorded on film and tape. Unfortunately, these types of media don't last forever. You may have filmed weddings, graduations, and so many other special events on VHS tapes that are likely to break and be lost forever.
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Similarly, photos degenerate. And what would you do if your photo albums - a lifetime of family memories - were lost in a disaster like a fire or tornado?
 
The answer is to find some peace of mind and protect these cherished mementos for your family by digitizing them. This way, they can be saved onto a DVD, with multiple copies produced and distributed to all of your family and friends. Additionally, you can protect them further by storing them on the Internet or in your email.
 
When you hire Yellow Tag Household Sales for this project, we'll send an organizer to help you sort through your photos, tapes, and slides. Our organizer will assist you in categorizing everything by date, celebration, or event and then begin the project of scanning and saving all of these memories for you.
 
This sort of service makes a great anniversary, birthday, Mothers' Day, or Fathers' Day present. Or simply use it as an opportunity to declutter the family home and save those photographs that are hanging on the living room wall!
 
What's the price?
 
Photos: Prepaid box up to 1800 to 2200 photos for $165
 
Slides: $0.43 a slide  (example:250 for $107.50)
 
VHS tapes: 14 in prepaid box $310
 
Above prices are do it yourself and we handle the rest.
 
For further information on organizing and digitizing all of your media, call us at 317-514-9793 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
We're proud to be an Indianpolis service for digitizing and saving photos onto DVD or CD.

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.