Category: Home Services

28 Jul 2010

Beat the Heat this Summer!

I recently spent five days with family in Rhode Island, where I grew up. While I thought it would be much cooler there it really wasn’t. The day I flew out it was 94 degrees but felt even hotter than that because central air is the exception there rather than the rule. Even window units are not common. Most rely on ceiling fans, open windows and a season long avoidance to using the oven.

All of this got me thinking about what I take for granted in my temperature controlled life.  But it also got me thinking about both energy conservation and energy efficiency. With the help of Google, I put together some helpful tips on summer time energy saving that I have already begun to implement myself:

8 Jul 2010

5 “Insider Secrets” for Charlotte’s Myers Park

When my clients first move to Charlotte, they typically ask for utility provider information and the numbers of my hairstylist, dentist and doctors. As soon as they start getting settled, I get calls for paint color ideas, where to find unique lighting fixtures, where to buy outdoor furniture… the list goes on.

I love getting these calls because I know how hard it is to find out what the insiders already know. In fact, it has taken me 14 years of living in Charlotte to discover these “Insider Secrets” myself. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

9 Jun 2010

Curb Appeal Will Make A World of Difference

The 80’s taught us many things. But it was the Head and Shoulders commercials from that era that taught me, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Curb appealin real estate terms, is the first impression your home makes.

My first home was a rental for eight years before I purchased it.  Based on the way the color drained from my mother’s face when I first took her to see the property, it is not an exaggeration to say that the yard needed work. A lot of work.  Nevertheless, the price of the house and the investment potential I saw pushed me to move forward with my purchase (despite my mother’s many pleadings to do otherwise!).  In essence, what I purchased was a .25 acre jungle with a 1000 square foot house on it. Only after closing on the property did I realize the magnitude of the project I had purchased.

3 Jun 2010

Take the Time to Maintain

You know those thoughts you get while getting yourself and the kids ready to go and out the door.  Those thoughts about “is it time to change the filter” because realistically, when do we look at our filters much less remember to change them.

There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  This is so true.  Who wants to deal with the kids in the house with no air during the hottest day of the summer because your system is not working just because it was not maintained? There are simple things you can do to maintain the major systems in your home that are not too time consuming and are gentle on the pocket book.

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