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HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS
  • Lawns require regular mowing, edging and trimming along all surfaces.  This includes at the street, along the house, around plant beds, etc.
  • Dead patches of lawn should be removed and replaced as soon as possible.  Problems with chinch bugs and other lawn pests will spread to other lawns if not properly treated and removed.
  • Weeds require regular removal from all areas, especially in the lawn, plant beds, and the cracks in your driveway and sidewalk.
  • Trees and shrubs should be pruned and maintained to have a neat appearance at all times.  Tree branches should be pruned to allow easy passage of a pedestrian on sidewalks and passage of a tall vehicle on the street.
  • Mailboxes require regular cleaning with a simple bleach and water solution to remove dirt, algae, mold, and other stains.  If your mailbox has become too stained or damaged, you can easily replace it with a similar white, horseshoe shaped mailbox for less than $20 at many local home improvement or hardware stores.
  • The exterior of your home must be regularly cleaned of all stains as well, including the fascia (roof trim) and other outside surfaces such as the driveway.  Pressure washing is often the best method to remove such stains.
  • All visible stucco cracks should be sealed and repainted to match the existing color on your home.  Since exterior paint fades with time, your home will need to be repainted as obvious fading or touch-ups occur.  Be sure to submit an Alteration Application prior to painting.
  • Storage of personal items (including trash cans) in view is not permitted.  All items must be properly stored in the garage or behind a fence so as not to be visible to others.  
HOME SECURITY TIPS
  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave your home, even it's only only for a minute, and activate your alarm system (if active).
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed when you're not at home and at night.  If a burglar can see what you have in your home, he'll be back to visit!
  • Keep your garage door closed when you're not in the garage or driveway.  You probably have thousands of dollars worth of tools, equipment, recreational items, etc., in your garage and leaving the garage door open only invites theft.
  • Keep bushes and shrubs pruned around your home so that would-be intruders cannot hide and wait for your exit or return.
  • Install outdoor lighting and/or motion sensors so that burglars won't have the opportunity to work under the cover of darkness.
  • Always lock your car, close the windows, and remove any valuables from sight.  If you park in the driveway or on the street, remove your garage door opener from the car and take it inside with you.
  • Don't open the door to strangers or solicitors!  You can easily install a peep hole on your front door to check before opening the door.  Be aware that criminals sometimes work in pairs, so the innocent looking stranger at the door may have accomplices hiding around the corner.
  • If you're going out-of-town, stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick them up.
  • Report suspicious person(s) or activity to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at their non-emergency number at (813) 247-8200.  Be prepared to give as much information as possible, such as color and type of clothing, a logo on a hat, tattoos or other identifying marks, vehicle description with license plate, and the direction the person(s) was heading.  The Sheriff's Office would always prefer to stop crime rather than try to solve it.
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