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15 Nov 2018

Home maintenance tips for new homeowners

Do the words "home maintenance" make you want to crawl under a blanket and hide? Buying a house is likely the biggest investment you'll ever make, so it's easy to see how taking care of it could seem like a daunting task. But some simple planning makes it all doable. Why home maintenance is important Home maintenance might not be as enjoyable a weekend activity as catching a football game or hosting a cookout, but it's well worth taking the time to do it when you consider the alternative: expensive emergency repairs. According to J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly, you can save up to $100 of eventual repair costs for every dollar spent on home maintenance. In addition to avoiding the expense and...
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1 Jan 2016

Housing Leads the Way in 2016

It’s official. 2015 is in the books and we’re moving full-speed ahead into 2016. When it comes to real estate, we have much to be thankful for and encouraged about. Housing leads economic recovery as well as economic downturn. This has always been the case throughout history. This recovery has been long and steady, unlike no other. Prices, however, recovered faster than anyone anticipated. This appreciation has been brought to you by lack of inventory. Builders have taken a cautious approach. Baby boomers are taking their good old time downsizing; they are simply staying put. And active buyers are all competing for the same properties and price points. There are two interesting trends we are seeing. It seems more and more buyers of...
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23 Nov 2015

Prepare your home for the Carolina winter

Although our winters are short and relatively painless, the Carolinas can still experience big ice storms and usually some measure of snowfall. With temps dipping into the freezing mark soon, make sure your home is winter weather ready. Outdoors Start by cleaning the remaining leaves from your gutters so that standing water doesn’t freeze and create dangerous icicles or collapse from the weight of the ice. Take down any dead or dangerous tree limbs that could damage your roof or gutters, or are hanging over a sidewalk or street. Turn off the water supply to outdoor spigots and sprinkler systems, unhook any hoses, and then drain them. Caulk around windows and doors to seal any gaps.  If your house is on a foundation, close all foundation...
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18 Nov 2015

Stay Safe This Fall

The leaves are falling, the breeze is blowing, and that means it’s time take extra steps to stay safe, warm and dry. Around the house. Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. And then recheck the alarms with new batteries installed. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired. The heat is on. Turn your furnace on and make sure it is working well. Contact a service company or technician to inspect it if you don’t have a maintenance contract. A damaged or leaky furnace could cause dangerous carbon monoxide to enter your home. Make sure no flammable materials are around the furnace, such as clothing, paint products, toxic materials, paper products, etc. If you use a space heater, turn it off...
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14 Jan 2015

A Month-by-Month Homeowners Checklist

It’s a new year, and a great time to start a month-by-month checklist for maintaining your home inside and out. Here’s a quick guide to get you started. January Check doors and windows for a tight lock, and seal and repair as needed Check for ice dams on roof February Check caulking and seals around bathtubs and toilets Remove any limbs interfering with electric lines March Test your water heater pressure release valve Inspect roof for winter damage Get ready for spring rains by checking exterior drainage and cleaning out gutters April Remove any dead plants, trees or shrubs Service HVAC systems for the upcoming Carolina summer May Inspect for insects and address any issues Clean and repair deck, patio or porch as needed Clean out dryer and other vents June Test any sump pumps Check plumbing and pools for...
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14 Mar 2012

Why You ALWAYS Need a Realtor – Even if You’re Not in the Market

Most people think a real estate agent is someone you call upon when you’re ready to buy or sell a home. While that’s true, your real estate agent can also provide helpful advice and counsel throughout the homeownership lifecycle. For most of us, our home is our largest single investment. Make sure you have a professional to help you care for it.

Here are a few things we can do for you – when you’re not selling or buying: