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Home Care Tips For June

Home Care Tips June

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.
  2. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failures.
  3. Trim back all tree limbs and other vegetation away from your roof.
  4. Check for leaks under sinks and around toilets.
  5. Replace or clean your furnace filter.
  6. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  7. Clean and lubricate garage door tracks.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Home Care Tips For May

Home Care Tips May

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration.
  2. Check plumbing shut-off valves. Ensure that they turn off and on freely.
  3. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  4. Check vents, louvers and chimneys for bird nests and squirrels.
  5. Check your sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.
  6. Inspect your home’s exterior siding for mildew. Scrub off as necessary.
  7. Check your air conditioning unit and have it serviced before summer temperatures arrive.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Home Care Tips For April

Home Care Tips April

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
  2. Drain approximately 2 gallons from your water heater to eliminate sediment.
  3. Clean your clothes dryer vent duct.
  4. Vacuum your bathroom vent covers.
  5. Replace or clean your furnace filter.
  6. Clean out your basement window wells.
  7. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils to keep it operating efficiently.
  8. Clean around your air conditioning compressor and make sure that it gets sufficient air flow.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Home Care Tips For March

Home Care Tips March

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Take a look at your lawn mower and give it a quick tune up. You’ll be needing it soon enough!
  2. Examine the exterior foundation grading/slope and ensure water moves away from your home. If water is collecting near the house, you’ll want to get things fixed right away.
  3. Inspect your roof’s surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; after winter weather, the roof could use a little attention.
  4. Drain approximately 2 gallons from your water heater to eliminate sediment.
  5. Examine, repair and replace caulk and grout around your tubs and showers.
  6. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  7. Check your window and door screens in anticipation of warmer weather.
  8. Vacuum your bathroom vent covers.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

 

 

Protect your home from water damage.

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Simple measures to protect your home from water damage.
Water damage is one of a homeowner’s greatest worries since it can result in mold and expensive repairs. The following tips can help you prevent potential sources of seepage in your home.

Don’t plant next to your house. A flower or shrub border is lovely, and some folks like thorny bushes beneath their windows as a deterrent to break-ins, but watering those plants could damage your foundation. It’s wiser to keep your flower beds a few feet away from the house or make sure they slope away from it.
Use gutters and downspouts to divert rain runoff away from your foundation. If you notice water pooling after a rain, that area needs gutters. Also, make sure you have sufficient gutters for your entire roof. Extend downspouts away from the house and, if possible, discharge underground with PVC pipe to drain into the street.
Check your roof regularly for loose shingles – especially after high wind or rainstorms. Inspect metal flashing for damage and make sure skylights are properly sealed. Check your attic for wet spots or any signs of mold, condensation, damage to insulation, or a rodent or insect infestation that could lead to weak areas and subsequent leaks.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

How to keep your appliances in tip-top shape.

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How to keep your appliances in tip-top shape.
Appliances are a big investment, so it is important to make sure they are regularly maintained so they’ll last as long as possible. Cleaning them regularly and checking them for any leaks or mechanical issues is the first step, but there are a few lesser-known maintenance tips that will help keep your appliances humming along for years to come:

Clean your refrigerator’s coils once every few months. Coils are located at the bottom or in the back of most models and can build up dirt and dust fairly quickly.
Inspect your dishwasher for any leaks, especially in the hose, and make sure the sprayer arm is free of debris.
Keep your garbage disposal clean and fresh by feeding it half of a lemon every month.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

Home Care Tips For Febuary

Home Care Tips February

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Clean the vent duct for your clothes dryer. Fires created by clogged dryer vents are one of the most common causes of house fires.
  2. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
  3. Make sure you and your family members know the location of all gas shut-off valves.
  4. Examine your thermostat. Clean the heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check your thermometer’s accuracy and replace if necessary.
  5. Pull out your refrigerator and clean behind the unit. Be sure to clean off the coils.
  6. Replace or clean furnace filters.
  7. Check your fire extinguishers. Refill or replace as needed.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Home improvement projects that add big value to your home.

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Home improvement projects that add big value to your home.
Even if you don’t have the funds or the energy for a big improvement project or remodel, small changes can make your home a more enjoyable place to live, increase its value, and help you command the best possible price when you sell.

Exchange light fixtures for ceiling fans. A stylish new ceiling fan instantly updates a room and can add value to your home. Choose fans that create a rustic vintage look or add a cool island vibe to an outdoor patio.
Replace your kitchen faucet and sink. If your sink is chipped and stained, or your faucet is grungy, new fixtures will make food prep and washing dishes more enjoyable. Even a basic but deeper stainless steel basin will sparkle, and a pullout faucet will add a modern touch.
Other simple changes in the kitchen and bathrooms can have a huge impact. A new backsplash can tie together the colors in your counters, floors and cabinets and can be an easy do-it-yourself project. New drawer and door knobs are a lovely addition. Adding a medicine cabinet or changing the mirror in a bathroom will instantly update the room.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

Take two minutes to get organized.

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Take two minutes to get organized.
Organizing your home can sometimes seem like a time-intensive endeavor. Breaking down projects into two-minute tasks every day could help to make clearing clutter more manageable and easily attainable. 

Two-minute task #1: Tackle desk and kitchen drawers one at time. Take two minutes each morning to sort through one. If you find something that doesn’t belong there, put it in its proper place and throw out any unwanted items.
Two-minute task #2: Organize and clean fridge and pantry shelves one at a time. If you’re already pulling out the milk for your morning bowl of cereal, take two minutes to pull everything else off the shelf, quickly wipe it down and put everything back in.
Two-minute task #3: Make your bed every morning. Making your bed starts your day off right, instantly makes your bedroom look orderly and will help perpetuate other good habits. There’s also a few studies that have linked making your bed to increased happiness!

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

Energy-saving tips can save you money year-round.

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Energy-saving tips can save you money year-round.
Saving energy whenever you can is important to reducing environmental impact, and it can also have a significant impact on your electricity bills. According to Energy.gov, there are several simple solutions to help save you energy and money: 

Heating water can be a significant expense. Try using less hot water by washing your clothes in cold water or installing low-flow showerheads. Turn down the temperature on the hot water heater
A power strip can help reduce your electricity bill up to $100 a year. By plugging in all of your electronic devices and turning it off when not in use, you can reduce phantom load – the power a device consumes when still plugged in, yet powered off.
Use fans to cut down on heating and cooling expenses. In warmer months, the effect of windchill from the circulating air will help reduce cooling costs. Having your fan spin counter-clockwise in the winter will push warm air down and heat rooms more efficiently.
Use sunlight to your advantage. Keep curtains open on windows that get direct sunlight to help heat your home in the winter.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

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