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Unity in the Community

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Unity in the Community

Most of our customers purchase a home in a community association, whether it is a POA, HOA or Condo Community, because they are looking for an established quality of life.  They want the houses and lawns to be properly maintained, they want the covenants enforced to help maintain their property values, and in some cases, they utilize the amenities their community has to offer to further their enjoyment in where they live.  Now more than ever, community cohesion is vitally important to our quality of life.  Our local communities play an increasingly important role in how our children and grandchildren view the world around them. This is why GNO Property Management, LLC. is hosting a “Unity  in the Community” event on October 29, 2016, from 4:00pm until 9:00pm with the City of Mandeville. This event will be the first of its kind in South Louisiana and will include several activities for the entire family to enjoy including a Car Show, Trick or Treating, a kids tent with kids activities, a Halloween Costume Contest, a BBQ cook-off, and a Live Band.  The location of the event is the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, LA and it will be open to the public. For the BBQ Cook-off, we are looking for 5 member teams that will represent their subdivision, one team per community.  The winning team will receive a trophy, a Cook-out for their entire community at a later date, and other prizes.  Some of the local leaders will be the judges of the BBQ.  The meat will be provided for the competition.  If you are interested in representing your community, please notify your Board of Directors and your community manager. People attending the event may purchase food tickets for $10.00.   There will be a kid’s tent where a costume contest and other activities will take place.  Awards will be given for the winners of the contests. Entry to the kid’s tent will be $5.00 or 5 non-perishable food items per child.   GNO preferred vendors will have trick or treat booths at the event where the children can safely collect candy.  The car show will be in the Trace parking lot and will be a cruise-in style event.  If you have a cool modern or classic car, we encourage you to bring it over. Proceeds from the event will benefit a few community organizations including: The Samaritan Center Food Bank, The Baton Rouge Flood Victims/Red Cross, and the Mandeville Police Department. We are looking for additional business sponsors to assist with this event, to help us promote “Unity in the Community”, and to help us make a bigger impact on the abovementioned organizations. If you are interested in being a sponsor or would like to volunteer with the event, please contact Allison Hescock with GNO, (504) 528-7028.  We have various sponsor packages available. We hope you will join us on October 29, 2016 for this family event. Sincerely, Robert Phillips, President GNO Property Management, LLC.  ...

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Household Tips – Mildew Removal

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s time to put down the air freshener because that mildew smell isn’t going away on its own and temporarily masking the problem really isn’t the solution you desire. However, with a few common household items, you can eliminate that unpleasant odor once and for all. What you will need: Spray bottle Baking Soda Vinegar Vacuum Cleaner or Broom Sponge Old Rags or Washcloth First: vacuum the carpeted area in a thorough manner. Target the areas that have been afflicted by the smell and are giving off the strongest odor. You want to ensure the area is as dust-free as possible. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner handy, sweeping the area with a broom will also work although it won’t be as effective. Second: you will want to apply your homemade mildew remover. This is easy to make and is very effective. Take a clean and empty spray bottle. Combine 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in the bottle. Once ready, spray the areas that are giving off the mildew smell. After spraying, let the solution sit for about 5 minutes. Do not pour the solution onto the carpet. Adding too much moisture to the carpet can result in increasing your mildew problem, rather than solving it. After letting the solution sit for 5 minutes, forcefully scrub the carpet to work the mildew remover into it. Third: once the affected areas have been scrubbed down, you will need to pour some baking soda over said areas. Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and then give it time to dry. Once it is dry, vacuum any remaining baking soda. Following these steps is a relatively quick and easy way to get rid of that mildew smell with some items that you might have lying around the...

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Household Tips – Stain Removing Solutions

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Try as you might to prevent them, spills, drips and splatters in your house are inevitable. Whether you, your family or your guests are the culprits, stains happen. Most, if not all, are treatable, especially if you act quickly and use the right stain-removing technique. If there’s an accident on your carpet or a rug, start by scooping up any solids and soaking up any unabsorbed liquids. Then, blot the stain with a white cloth or paper towel. You should work from the outside in so you don’t spread the spill, and dab at it instead of rubbing or pressing hard. You also can try spot cleaning with a soapy water mix. Dilute a ¼ teaspoon of clear hand-dishwashing soap with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Spray the solution on the stain, and mist the area with clean water or blot with a wet towel. Then blot the area with a dry towel. Repeat this process until you get as much residue out as possible. Follow these specific instructions for cleaning up the more stubborn stains and sticky spots on your floors: Red wine: Begin with the same three steps—blot, apply soapy water and rinse. Then, dribble very hot water from a sponge onto the spill. Continue to blot with a clean towel, and repeat until the carpet no longer shows any red. Soft drinks and coffee: Begin with the same three steps—blot, apply soapy water and rinse. Then dab on hydrogen peroxide. Wait one hour before repeating the process. Hydrogen peroxide bleaches a stain without breaking down carpet dyes. Use a 3 percent solution, which can be found at a drugstore, and apply at full strength. Candle wax and chewing gum: These are easiest to remove when hot or cold. For the cold method, harden the spot by rubbing it with an ice cube inside a plastic bag. Then, carefully scrape off the residue with a dull knife or a plastic card, such as an expired credit card. For the hot method, apply paper towels over the waxy area, and then use a clothes iron on low heat to soak up the wax. Replace the paper towels until all the wax is removed. Use a hair dryer to heat gum. Then with a plastic bag over your fingers, pull the goo off. So the next time your carpeting endures a nasty spill, rest assured that it doesn’t have to become a permanent stain. With these simple tips, you can keep your carpets and rugs looking great for years to...

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Thunderstorm Safety

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Warm weather usually means fun in the sun, but summer heat also can bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large on summer afternoons so it’s important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lightning, which can strike outdoors and in some cases indoors. Consider the following suggestions when planning both outdoor and indoor events this summer to reduce the risk of a lightning strike. Watch the weather. Pay attention to your local weather forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If there’s a chance of thunderstorms, consider rescheduling or moving events indoors. If that’s not possible, have an emergency plan in place in case a severe storm rolls in and designate a sufficient nearby structure as an emergency shelter. Stay inside. If severe thunderstorms are imminent, go indoors and wait until they pass. Safe, enclosed shelters include homes, schools, offices, shopping malls and vehicles with hard tops and closed windows. Open structures and spaces do not provide adequate protection. Duck and crouch. If you’re caught outside during a severe storm, it’s important to crouch low on the ground, tuck your head and cover your ears to help protect yourself from harm. Do not lie down; lightning strikes can produce extremely strong electrical currents that run along the top of the ground, and laying horizontally increases electrocution risk. Turn off faucets. During a thunderstorm, lightning can sometimes be conducted through the plumbing. Avoid any type of contact with running water, including bathing, showering, and washing your hands, dishes, or clothes. Turn off electronics. All electrical appliances—televisions, computers, laptops, gaming systems, stoves, and more—that are plugged into an electrical outlet could carry a current from a lightning strike. Surge protectors will reduce the risk of damaging electronics. Stay away from windows. Not only is lightning a threat, but high winds and hail create flying debris that could be harmful during a thunderstorm. Close all windows and doors and keep away from...

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Increase Your Home’s Value

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A house is one of the biggest purchases a person will ever make, and most want to keep their homes looking beautiful not only for themselves, but also to entice future buyers. From time to time, it’s a good idea to invest in some home remodeling to add to its appeal. Of course, before making any major changes to your home, you’ll want to be sure you go through the proper channels—such as the association architectural committee for approval and the city for the necessary permits—to make sure that you don’t run into any legal issues. So when it comes time to give your house a facelift, consider these touch-ups and renovations that will not only make your home look better than ever but also help increase its value: Re-paint Your Rooms: One of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to dramatically change the entire look of a room is to add a fresh coat of paint. Not only will it immediately make your walls look crisp and clean, but also, because wall color can greatly dictate the feel of a room, it’s a simple way to change the ambiance of your home. Since darker colors seem intense on walls and can make a room look smaller, it’s usually best to stick with lighter, warmer hues for your overall color to make your home feel open and welcoming. If you want to paint with darker colors, consider limiting them to an accent wall so that the color isn’t overwhelming and pops against the lighter colors. If you’re doing the painting yourself, here are a few tips so your paint job looks professional: Apply a coat of primer first so that walls won’t soak up as much paint. Use two coats of paint to ensure a rich, even coverage. Use painters’ tape along the outside edge of the area you’re painting to get sharp, even lines. Update Your Kitchen and Bathrooms: If your kitchen or bathrooms look like they belong in an era long since passed, it might be time to update them. That can be as simple as retiling the floor and replacing faucets and cabinet hardware or as complex as completely remodeling the rooms. When you remodel, consider avoiding too-trendy decor and instead stick with classic looks that will stand the test of time–this will keep you from redecorating again in five years and also make your home all the more appealing to potential buyers. Add a Home Office: People’s work and home lives are drastically merging as more and more workers telecommute from home. Because of this, turning an empty basement, attic or bedroom into a dedicated home office can give you a peaceful place to work and also be a real selling point for potential buyers. A good home office will have enough space to comfortably work in and have easy access to the Internet, electrical outlets and cable and phone jacks. Touches like built-in bookcases and desks can add that extra something that makes your home office a productive place to work. Let There be Light: When a room doesn’t have enough light, it can feel very drab and enclosed. Bring in some much-needed brightness by adding new light fixtures to a dreary room. Don’t be afraid to use different types of fixtures to get the...

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Summertime Energy Conservation Tips

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer can quickly become an expensive season in regards to your utility bills. Having some mindfulness of energy conservation can go a long way in helping to reduce your electricity bills, as well as your carbon footprint. Here are a few suggestions for you to take into action to increase your energy conservation efforts and beat the heat without breaking the bank. Grilling – Cooking meals outside will help save electricity. Use a charcoal or gas grill to cook up your favorite summertime feasts. Open the windows – Instead of cranking down the air conditioning on summer evenings, opt for fresh air instead. An inexpensive electric fan will circulate the air and save you from increased energy expenditures. Candles – Longer summer days will afford you more daylight. You can consider lighting candles as a supplement instead of turning on the lights. Be wary of any candles that you do light though and make sure you don’t leave any unattended, especially around pets and children. Modify AC when you’re not home – Adjust the thermostat when you’re not home. You don’t need to keep your house cold when nobody is there to appreciate the air conditioning. This can conserve a significant amount of energy, even if you just adjust the thermostat by a few degrees. Turn off electronics – Power down the television and computer to spend time with friends and family outdoors. Splash around in your community pool or have a potluck barbeque in your backyard. Take a walk or bike ride – If possible, choose to walk or bike to nearby stores and restaurants instead of driving. Early mornings and evenings are prime times for a stroll, as they won’t be as hot as during the middle of the day. Biking can actually keep you cool with the wind blowing. Cool shower or bath – Reduce your hot water heater usage by bathing in cooler water a few times a week. Limit water consumption – Water the lawn every other day at off-peak times. Use environmentally friendly disposable plate ware and utensils instead of running the dishwasher and spend a little less time in the...

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Natural Ways to Keep Your Backyard Bug-Free

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer time is here which means barbeque parties, sleeping under the stars, and other outside activities become more routine. You and your loved ones will likely be spending more time playing out in the yard. Unfortunately, bothersome bugs can often ruin this outdoor fun. You could go down the path of chemical warfare and spray yourself as well as your lawn with bug repellants to combat these pests. However, there are natural alternatives that are environmentally friendly to your home if you don’t wish to spray chemicals all over your yard. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a bug-free summer. Plants – Planting a simple garden can do wonders in keeping the bug count down. Garlic, radishes, marigolds, nasturtium, oregano, sage, rosemary, cilantro, and mint are easy to cultivate and can make the area in and around your garden uninviting to unwanted guests. These plants act as natural bug repellants. Water – Stagnate or standing water in your yard provides breeding grounds for mosquitos. All they need is a bottle cap’s worth of water to multiply. Empty used kiddy pools and fountains and clear out flower plates. Clean out your gutters of leaves and debris that might block rain. You could also fill in puddles with dirt to eliminate any chance at mosquitos breeding in your yard. For more on mosquito prevention, check here: Birds – Setting up a birdhouse in your yard is a great way to cut back on bugs. They will often make meals out of whatever bugs you might find bothersome. The birds will take care of a good portion of the pest control for you. Candles – Outdoor candles are popular among homeowners as a safe and easy way to keep bugs at bay while also letting you enjoy some nice scents that bugs find repugnant. Lighting – Many high-flying insects are drawn to light. Elevate a yellow bug light away from where you plan to spend the evening outdoors to easily draw bugs away from you. Of course, you should check to make sure any outdoor lighting complies with the rules of your community before setting this up. These tricks may not necessarily be as effective as pesticides to clear out those annoying bugs. However, if you prefer to go down the natural path, these are some dependable ways to enjoy your backyard...

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Maintain Your Curb Appeal

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The curb appeal of your community depends on each resident maintaining his or her property as completely as possible. It is more than just making sure your garbage can isn’t left out longer than it’s supposed to be. Those who keep their homes and yards well maintained, the association thanks you for your efforts and good examples. Here are some things to keep an eye on so that your community doesn’t become an eye sore. Exterior paint – Paint is a surefire way to keep your property looking fresh, new and clean. It will also protect against corrosion, weathering and insects. If the paint on the exterior of your home is starting to peel or flake off, it may be time to look into a crisp and unblemished new coat. Landscaping – Landscaping is extremely important to every community’s curb appeal. Keep your grass mowed and your yards free of dead plants, branches, or leaves. You should also be keeping your shrubs properly pruned and your flowers well tended. Roofs – Please do your best to keep your roofs properly maintained and cleaned. However, roof maintenance can be a tricky and expensive endeavor. There are a few things to look for in order to tell when it’s time to replace your roof. Before getting your hands full with roof replacement, check out these helpful tips: Driveways and Sidewalks – Please remove weeds from sidewalk joints and debris from driveways and sidewalks. In New Orleans, sidewalks will always be cracking and shifting over the years. We recognize that it may be difficult to maintain a sidewalk without any cracks. We ask that you do what you can to repair cracks, pitted or flaking surfaces and other concrete problems to the best of your ability as they may (and probably will) occur. A pressure wash will also do wonders for the appearance of your driveways and sidewalks. Gutters and downspouts – Please remove leaves or debris that may clog up your gutters or downspouts to prevent any overflowing and flooding. Window boxes, awnings and decks – Please replace worn or damaged fixtures, check fitting for stability and paint all items as necessary. Follow these simple guidelines and your home won’t degrade into an eye sore but will blossom into eye candy. Thank you for helping to keep your community looking...

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Food Safety During a Power Outage

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Keep your food chilled when the lights go out. Power failures can be one of the most annoying and disabling occurrences in a community. Whether caused by summer storms, equipment failure, an overloaded regional grid or an animal disrupting a power line, electrical outages can be costly, uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. Residents can face many hazards when a power failure occurs. Power loss is usually without any warning. Unfortunately, refrigerated and frozen foods can end up spoiled if the power is out for too long. However, some food items can be salvaged if you’re prepared. In anticipation of a power failure: Have at least one or two coolers on hand, and at least one spare 5-pound bag of ice in the freezer. Know where to get bagged, block or dry ice quickly when you need it, particularly if you anticipate a long-term outage. (Caution: Dry ice is made from carbon dioxide, so it requires safe handling. Never breathe in its vapors or touch it with your bare hands.) According to the Food Safety Branch of Kentucky’s Department of Health, a 50-pound block of dry ice will keep a tightly packed, 18-cubic-foot freezer cool for up to two days. Have an instant food thermometer or appliance thermometer available to ensure your freezers, refrigerators and coolers are staying cool enough to store food safely. Arrange the refrigerator and freezer efficiently. Frozen food can last up to 48 hours in a full freezer if tightly packed. Refrigerated food will last up to four hours if there is room for air to circulate around items. When the electricity goes off: Avoid opening and closing the refrigerator unless absolutely necessary. Cook and use perishable food before using canned food. Check the temperature of refrigerated foods if the power is out for more than a few hours. Discard any food item than has been at 40° F or warmer for two or more hours. Exceptions include butter and margarine; hard cheeses like parmesan and Romano; some condiments like mustard, peanut butter, soy sauce, olives and vinegar-based salad dressing; and fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables. Check the temperature of frozen foods as well. While tightly packed freezer foods will stay frozen for many hours, some items that may have thawed can be refrozen if they still retain ice crystals or have remained at a temperature lower than 40°. Fruit and vegetable juices; breads, rolls and pie crusts; flour, cornmeal and nuts; meat and chicken; and prepared foods and casseroles can be refrozen safely if they have not been at 40° F or warmer for more than two hours. After the power comes back on, you may need to deodorize the refrigerator and freezer by washing surfaces with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water. Place an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator to absorb any lingering odors. Since the appearance and odor of a food item isn’t an accurate indication of its safety after a power outage, use the 40° rule-of-thumb. And when in doubt, discard the food. While your power can go out any time, most power failures occur during the months with the most rain. But no matter when our community experiences an outage—and it inevitably will—knowing how to handle frozen and refrigerated foods can help...

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Pet Rules and Guidelines

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Many of our communities are proud to be pet-friendly, and we’re happy your furry family members are part of them. Of course, like any good neighbor, it’s important that these pets don’t create an unpleasant environment for everyone else. To avoid unnecessary disputes and potential rule violations, here are some guidelines owners should follow to ensure their four-legged friends continue to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Read the Rules: While your association might welcome pets, there are typically a few rules and requirements that need to be taken into consideration. Please check our website for the covenants and restrictions for your community or the association’s governing documents for more information. Service animals are exempt from the association’s pet requirements. However, please contact the board or manager to ask for an accommodation to keep a service animal. Proof of the service animal’s training or a doctor’s certification may also be required. “Each person with a disability who has a service dog, especially trained to aid such person or who obtains such a dog, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations as defined in R.S. 46:1952(2), and he shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or any person on the premises by such dog.” Keep it Clean: No one wants to see, smell or accidentally step in the droppings that your dog left on the grassy common area. When your dog needs to go, be sure to properly dispose of it, preferably in a pet waste disposal can. Not only will this keep your community looking better, but it will help keep ground water clean and help prevent the spread of fecal-borne diseases. Quiet Down: Pets will be noisy from time to time. However, when loud barking or meowing becomes annoying to neighbors, it’s time to help your pet become less talkative. First, try to find out what causes your pets to get vocal: Do they get noisy when they’ve been alone and bored all day and need some playtime? Have they gone through a stressful change in environment recently? Are they suffering from health issues? Do they simply like saying “hello” to every squirrel, person or car that passes by? When you’ve identified the cause, take remedial actions such as confining them to an area where they feel calm while you’re away, removing or blocking as many stimuli as possible, exercising them more and spending more time with them. You can also take them to a professional or search online for tips on how to train your pets not to get too noisy. No Wandering: For the safety of your pets as well as all residents, please do not allow your pets to roam unattended outside. Along with helping protect your pets, leashing your dog is the...

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