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Friday, June 7, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

8 Tips for Keeping Your Backyard Haven Less Buggy

As spring breathes new life into our surroundings, many homeowners are eager to enjoy their outdoor spaces. However, with warmer weather comes the return of bugs that can disrupt our outdoor enjoyment. At BELL Home Team, we believe you deserve a peaceful, bug-free environment to relax and entertain in. Here are some expert tips to help you create an outdoor space that's less buggy, allowing you to fully embrace the beauty of your backyard this season.
1. Choose the Right Plants
Certain plants can naturally repel insects, making them a great addition to your garden. Consider incorporating these bug-repelling plants into your landscape:

Lavender: Not only does it add a beautiful pop of purple, but its scent is known to deter mosquitoes and flies.
Marigolds: These bright flowers repel mosquitoes and aphids, making them a colorful and practical choice.
Basil: Perfect for your herb garden, basil helps keep mosquitoes and flies at bay.

2. Treat Your Foliage with Insect Repellent
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Wednesday, June 5, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Discover the Best Beaches Around Syracuse

Syracuse, NY, might not be coastal, but it’s surrounded by some phenomenal beaches in Central New York. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, a peaceful retreat, or a spot to enjoy water activities, the area’s lakes and parks offer something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best beaches around Syracuse.
Sylvan Beach

Located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake, Sylvan Beach is a lively spot known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history. The beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying various water sports. The nearby amusement park, restaurants, and bars add to the festive vibe, making it an ideal destination for families and those looking for a fun-filled day.
Oneida Shores
Oneida Shores, situated in Brewerton, is a favorite for its beautiful sandy beach and clear waters. The park offers excellent facilities, including picnic areas, boat launches, and a campground. It’s a fantastic spot for swimming, fishing ...

Friday, May 31, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Discover Your Property Boundaries: Essential Tips for Syracuse Homeowners

Why Knowing Your Property Lines Matters
Knowing your property lines is vital for preventing legal disputes, ensuring compliance with local zoning laws, and planning landscaping or construction projects. It's an essential aspect of responsible homeownership that can save you time, money, and stress.
Understanding where your property boundaries lie can help you plan for a new fence, avoid conflicts with neighbors, and adhere to zoning regulations. At BELL Home Team, we're here to guide you through the process of identifying your property lines. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

1. Check Your Property Deed
Your property deed is the first place to look for information about your property lines. This legal document often includes a description of your property’s boundaries. While the language may be technical, it can give you a general idea of where your property lines are located.
2. Examine Your Plat Map
A plat map provides a visual layout of your neighb ...

Tuesday, May 14, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Protecting Your Home: Effective Ways to Divert Water and Prevent Water Damage

Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, causing costly repairs and potential health hazards. As homeowners, it's essential to take proactive measures to divert water away from your property and safeguard against potential flooding and water intrusion. In this article, we'll explore some of the most effective strategies for mitigating water damage and maintaining the integrity of your home.
1. Maintain Proper Grading
Ensuring proper grading around your home is critical for directing water away from the foundation. Ideally, the ground should slope away from the house at a gradual angle to prevent water from pooling near the structure. Regularly inspect the soil around your foundation and regrade as needed to maintain optimal drainage.
2. Install Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts play a crucial role in channeling rainwater away from your home's foundation. Make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris to prevent clogs and blockages. Extend downspouts away from the ...

Wednesday, May 8, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Supporting Hope and Healing: 16th Annual Hope for Heather Teal Ribbon Run/Walk

At BELL Home Team, we love engaging with our community and supporting causes that make a difference. That's why we're proud to be a part of the 16th Annual Hope for Heather Teal Ribbon Run/Walk, the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Hope for Heather Foundation.
The Hope for Heather Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about ovarian cancer, supporting those affected by the disease, and funding research to find a cure. The Teal Ribbon Run/Walk is a very special annual event that brings together survivors, supporters, and advocates to honor those impacted by ovarian cancer and raise funds for critical programs and initiatives.
This year, the Teal Ribbon Run/Walk will have a live event on May 18th at Lewis Park in Minoa, NY.  The event starts at 9AM with a gun time at 10AM and awards at 11:30AM.  There will also be an Awesome Basket Raffle with over 25 backets to raffle off, a lottery board, and a coupon for a free slice of pizza or draft beer from Trapper ...