Category: How to be a Homeowner

12 Jul 2013

Summer Maintenance Checklist

Just when you think you’ve finished your spring cleaning, here comes summer. Add these things to your summer “to do” list to keep your home running smoothly. Hire a professional to service your air conditioning system. Make sure you change your heating and cooling system’s air filters monthly. Dirty filters will push power bills upward and may cause your system to overheat and fail.Check the seals around your windows and doors. Use caulking to seal any gaps that would allow cool...
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12 Mar 2013

Checklist for March

checklistHere is a handy checklist for things to look for around your home in the month of March.

  • De-winterize your yard irrigation system.
  • Check all sprinkler heads for obstructions and make sure water is not spraying your house.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts so they are clear for spring showers.
  • Inspect caulking around exterior of all windows and doors. Frames should be tightly sealed to surrounding materials.
28 Feb 2013

Handing Small Repairs

78391342Every home needs regular maintenance. But sometimes, it’s the small tasks that are the most neglected – changing out light fixtures, fixing a leaky faucet, installing a ceiling fan or replacing loose shingles.

  • Make a list, room by room, of what needs to be done. Decide if you can do the job yourself (or need help) and estimate how long it will take. Prioritize projects and purchase any needed supplies.
  • Tackle no more than two or three projects in one day and commit to completing them.
  • When you’re finished, store extra supplies in marked bins in the garage so you can find them next time.
28 Jan 2013

5 Reasons You Should List Your House Today!

pointsMany homeowners are waiting until the Spring ‘buying season’ to list their homes for sale. Here are five reasons why that might not make sense this year:

1.) Demand Is High

Homes are selling at a pace not seen since 2007. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that annual sales in 2012 increased 9.2% over 2011. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about purchasing.

22 Jan 2013

Common Questions for First-Time Home Buyers

common questionsWhy should I buy instead of rent?

You can deduct the cost of mortgage loan interest from your federal and state income taxes, as well as the property taxes you pay as a home owner. The value of your home will appreciate over time. And nothing beats the joy of having a place to call your own.

Should I use a Realtor?

Absolutely! The detailed process of buying a home, qualifying for a mortgage and signing the papers at closing can be overwhelming for even experienced buyers. A Realtor can help you find a home to meet your needs and price range; negotiate the best price; guide you through the paperwork; and serve as a trusted advisor during the home-buying process – and beyond.

10 Jan 2013

Drips, Leaks, Drains, and Clogs

dripsLeakPostPhotoMany of life’s little household emergencies often start with a water issue – either a leak or a lack of it. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst, it’s a flood. But either way, it’s a problem that likely needs immediate (and sometimes expert) attention.

While many plumbing problems can be remedied with simple tools or a temporary fix, it’s always a wise plan to build a relationship with a local and trusted plumber. But when should you fix it yourself and when should you hire a professional?

That depends on the type of problem and your comfort level and skills. Here are some common plumbing problems that you may be able to remedy yourself:

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