Category: Homeownership

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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