Recent General Posts

Tips for Happy Holiday Light Hanging!

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season has arrived and with this, the time has come to dig out the tangled holiday lights from the dusty attic and turn the exterior of your home into a blinking, twinkling display of holiday cheer. While this job can sometimes be challenging, there are a few tips provided by bobvila.com to help homeowners with the task of transforming their home into a wondrous holiday display.

TIPS FOR HANGING HOLIDAY LIGHTS

  • Create a Master Plan: Taka a look at your home from the street and devise an overall plan. Take into consideration eaves, pillars, posts, windows and doors. Look at bushes, trees and paths. All of these can be perfect locations for adding lights.
  • Find Balance: Most people focus mainly on the roofline when hanging holiday lights, forgetting about balancing it with lights below!
  • Measure: Try to get an accurate measurement of how many lights you will need. One way to determine lighting for trees is to multiply the height times the width, then double that figure to get its square footage.
  • Assess: Test your lights before it is time to hang them. Check that lights and cords are in good repair and are rated for outdoor use. Check manufacturer recommendations to determine the number of lights you can safely string together. Never connect different types of lights on the same circuit or outlet.
  • Plastic Clips: Use plastic clips instead of hammer and nails to secure lights to roofs and walls.
  • Safety: Work with a partner when hanging lights. If using an extension ladder, place it firmly on flat ground, extend it well above the eaves, and lean it at a safe angle for climbing.

Hanging outdoor lights can be a daunting task that many dread from year to year. Planning ahead and following these tips will help simplify your holiday decorating and leave more time to enjoy festivities!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY!!

Tips to Take the Stress Out of Holiday Shopping

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping season has kicked off in full force with Black Friday shoppers racing to get the best deals of the season. For many of us, the holiday shopping season is a time of stress and anxiety. How can I possibly stay within my budget and wow everyone with gifts on Christmas morning? Realsimple.com has provided a list of shopping survival tips to help anxious shoppers get through the holiday season.

Keep These Shopping Tips in Mind

  • Make a List: Yes, make a list and check it twice! Write down everyone you plan to buy for, including those that you will want to give holiday tips (mail carrier, hair stylist, etc.) Include gift ideas and the maximum amount you are willing to spend. This will help with managing your budget.
  • Start Early: Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to begin your shopping. Keep an open “Christmas gift buying mind” all year long. You just might happen upon the perfect Christmas gift for dad in July!
  • Research Online: Research brands or models for particular items online before buying. Read online reviews and feedback for just about anything you are considering. Check price comparison sites to find the best deals available on items you wish to purchase.
  • Brave the Black Friday Crowds: The day after Thanksgiving is truly a day for good shopping deals. If you are willing to fight the crowds, you may save some money on Black Friday.
  • Take Advantage of Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday and is the biggest online shopping day of the season. Most retailers participate by offering discounts on this day so if you have online shopping to do, be sure to check out Cyber Monday.
  • Get No Cost Holiday Shipping: Look for Free Shipping deals whenever possible when shopping online for holiday gifts.

This season take the stress out of your holiday shopping. Consider these tips in order to lessen your holiday gift spending and still provide the perfect gifts for your family and friends! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Appreciate Even the Little Things

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

A Day of Thanks

What does it mean to be thankful? Around this time of the year, people reflect on what they are grateful for. They think about the people in their lives and the things they have. They come together with loved ones and enjoy a meal together. Some families might have the tradition for each family member to share one thing that they are thankful for. What will you say this year when it is your turn to share?

Many will share the old clichés like, “I am thankful for my family.” Or, “I am thankful for my friends, home, pets, food, etc….” Of course these are all very important to be thankful for…probably the most important! But did you ever stop to think about those random little things in your daily life that make life just a little more pleasant?

10 Simple Things to be Thankful For in a Day

  1. Snooze button on the alarm clock
  2. Hair dryer, hairbrush, toothbrush
  3. No line at the drive-thru
  4. Password auto-fill option
  5. Coffee
  6. Light traffic
  7. Garage door opener
  8. Dishwasher
  9. TV remote control
  10. Blankets, pillows, socks and slippers

How about adding a little creativity to this year’s “What are you thankful for?” conversation…This year take a moment to think about and appreciate the little things too, the things that we have every day and don’t even really realize. These are just a few examples…What can you add to this list?

Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Remember Veterans on November 11th!

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Veterans Day is November 11th and it is a day set aside to honor all American veterans, both living and dead, who have dedicated themselves to the loyal service of our great country. It is a time to give thanks to the American veterans and show them appreciation for the great sacrifices that they have made in their lives to preserve the freedom of our country.

Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and students will have the privilege of enjoying the holiday free from work or school. On this special day, how nice would it be if every veteran could receive even a small gesture that shows they are appreciated? Even the simplest act can mean so much!

There are many ways to show appreciation to veterans on this day. One of the most meaningful activities that people can do is to send notes or cards to hospitalized veterans or veterans living in retirement homes. And a brief, in person visit could be even better! Ask a veteran about his service…Sometimes just lending an attentive ear is enough to show appreciation. Other simple ways to honor a veteran on November 11th include attending a Veterans Day event, flying the American flag, or donating to an organization that directly helps veterans in need.

So this year, on November 11th, remember and appreciate those who have sacrificed to serve our country. Take just a moment to thank a veteran!

SERVPRO of Kenton County Appreciates Hard-Working Employees

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

The mission of SERVPRO of Kenton County is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect. We want to provide the best service possible to our customers and we believe that having excellent employee morale in the workplace will lead to better teamwork and better production. This, in turn, will result in jobs well done and customer satisfaction!

In order to show our appreciation to our great employees and continue to build employee morale, SERVPRO of Kenton County most recently held an employee appreciation cook-out. Our employees enjoyed a fantastic lunch of grilled burgers, hot dogs and a variety of side dishes and desserts. The casual setting of the cook-out allowed our employees to gather together, chat and build personal bonds. 

SERVPRO of Kenton County appreciates the dedication, commitment, and hard work of all our employees. Our success would not be possible without them!