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Why You May Want to Consider NOT Waiting Until Spring

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If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition among buyers. However, that does not mean buyers are not ready before March/April. Many are out there even in this cold weather hoping to catch something great before the Spring rush.

Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market by listing your home soon. Read why at this Keeping Current Matters article.

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Are you up to date on your Winter home maintenance tasks?

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With more months of winter ahead of us, most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors. This time of year can be especially busy, but if you take a little time each weekend and tackle a few of these chores, you may avoid costly repairs. They are mostly indoor tasks, and shouldn’t take up too much time.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint

  • HVAC - vacuum and dust, replace filter

  • Faucet aerator – clean

  • Door locks - lubricate

  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

  • Range hood fan - check and clean

  • Stove & oven: clean

  • Fridge: vacuum behind & clean coils

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets, clean main water line shutoff valve exterior

  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)

  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge.

  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing

  • Check attic for signs of moisture

  • Electric: clean circuit breakers

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: inspect, clean and test  (January is a good time to replace the batteries in all your detectors.)

Getting your house ready for winter doesn’t need to be an expensive or difficult job. Complete these essential winter maintenance tasks for a warm and comfortable season.  

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Is your house and yard prepped for the cold weather ahead?

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of some home maintenance tasks before shorter days make outdoor work too difficult.  Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, home maintenance is crucial.  Homeowners who perform routine home maintenance tasks generally will save themselves money in the long run.  Not completing the proper tasks in the fall can lead to costly repairs in the future.

Tick these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are ready for winter.  

  • Plant new trees and lay sod (good deals this time of year)

  • Trim branches and shrubs

  • Rake leaves & dispose of mulch  

  • Winterize perrenials, clean annuals out

  • Turn off sprinklers and disconnect water hoses (before first freeze)

  • Do a thorough cleaning of your patio furniture, barbecue grill, etc… and store them properly for next season.

  • Roof and gutters - clear off and check for damage

  • HVAC - vacuum & dust ;  shut off, clean, and cover A/C until Spring, have the heating system serviced (always do in Fall)

  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens) baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets

  • Hot water heater - drain and remove sediment

  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - change batteries

  • Range hood fan- check & clean

  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk

  • Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it.)

  • Fireplace & chimney - inspect & clean

As you’re completing these tasks, make sure that you have sufficient shovels, ice scrapers, snow brushes, ice melt, and have serviced your snowblower. It may seem early, but getting your winter supplies ready in the fall is a great way to put yourself a step ahead on preparing your home for the winter.  


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Is your home protected from the harsh Winter ahead?

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As winter approaches, cozying up indoors becomes even more desirable.  Taking care of some basic seasonal maintenance tasks can help you enjoy your home even during the cold weather months ahead. The last thing you want during the winter months is a furnace breakdown and a frozen home! This winter checklist will ensure you have a warm winter, despite the chill outside.

This time of year is especially busy, but take a little time each weekend and tackle a few of these chores to avoid costly repairs. They are mostly indoor tasks, and shouldn’t take up too much time.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint
  • HVAC - vacuum and dust, replace filter
  • Faucet aerator – clean
  • Door locks - lubricate
  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Range hood fan - check and clean
  • Stove & oven: clean
  • Fridge: vacuum behind & clean coils
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets, clean main water line shutoff valve exterior
  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)
  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge.
  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing
  • Check attic for signs of moisture
  • Electric: clean circuit breakers
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: inspect, clean and test  (January is a good time to replace the batteries in all your detectors.)

Check these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

 

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How are your Fall home maintenance tasks coming along?

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Fall is quickly settling in around the U.S.; the morning air has a brisk chill and the days are shortening; the temperatures are mild and the scenery is beautiful. For homeowners, this is a great time of the year to get outside to perform some maintenance before the cold and frost set in. The more preventative maintenance you accomplish around your house, the easier it is for your house to survive the ravages of age, time and weather.

So tackle this fall maintenance checklist now! The weather’s still nice so you have plenty of time. Taking one Saturday to run down this checklist of home and yard prep can stave off all sorts of winter emergencies.

  • Plant new trees and lay sod (good deals this time of year)
  • Trim branches and shrubs
  • Winterize perrenials, clean annuals out
  • Turn off sprinklers and disconnect water hoses (before first freeze)
  • Do a thorough cleaning of your patio furniture, barbecue grill, etc… and store them properly for next season.
  • Roof and gutters - clear off and check for damage
  • Splash blocks - clean
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens) baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Hot water heater - drain and remove sediment

Check these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

Be sure to check in next month for more tips on how to keep your home in great shape.

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Get your home ready for Fall!

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During this time when summer is winding down, but Fall hasn’t quite set in, it’s a good idea to take on some home maintenance projects. Fall is a critical a season for preparing your home to withstand the potentially harsh winter weather and temperature conditions that may await you. The steps you take now can help protect your home and property from more potentially expensive damage and emergency repairs in the colder months to come.

Following are some home maintenance tips to help you prepare for the coming winter: 

  • HVAC - vacuum & dust;  shut off, clean, and cover A/C until Spring, have the heating system serviced (always do in Fall)
  • Garden - rake leaves & dispose of mulch
  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - check batteries
  • Range hood fan- check & clean
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk
  • Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it.)
  • Fireplace & chimney - inspect & clean

We hope you find these Fall home maintenance tips helpful. Most of these tasks typically take just a few hours or less to complete and can help you get your home ready for fall, both inside and out. 

Once you've completed these chores, you'll be ready to enjoy the cool weather, the fall holidays and fun times with family and friends! 

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Is it time to call an agent? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

While house hunting TV shows tour the neighborhood, close the deal and throw a housewarming party in 30 minutes, real life is not as streamlined. If you're in the process of buying a home, this article will clue you in on when, and how to ask for help in your home search.

If buying a home has been on your mind for some time, or if you have any questions at all - contact us!

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Are you staying on top of your summer chores?

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With summer in full swing, the month of July can seem to zip by. Summer is the time to put your worries aside, relax and enjoy your family and friends. But still, some chores must be done. Keep on top of them, and you’ll still have plenty of time for beer and barbecues. With trips to the pool, cookouts, bike rides, vacations and other activities, July’s checklist helps to balance all the fun while keeping up with your home’s summer maintenance routine.

  • Foundation - check for cracks, water or mold

  • Garage - de-clutter & donate

  • Fences - repair, paint & seal as needed

  • Artificial plants - clean. Click here for a how-to.

  • HVAC: vacuum, dust and possibly change filter. 

  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens).

  • Range hood fan - check & clean. Use a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes, rinse it off.

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets. 

  • Fire Extinguisher - place near kitchen and check charge.

  • Water heater - drain, flush out & refill

Summer maintenance can be intimidating, especially to newer home owners who haven’t had to change out filters, manage a lawn, or check all the nooks and crannies of the house. However, many of these tasks can be easy and fast so get out there and start checking off boxes on your summer checklist!

 

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Which summer chores are still lingering on your to do list?

As the summer winds down and the kids get ready to head back to school, it’s a good time to do some work around the house to help prepare for the changing season ahead. Every season brings with it unique challenges for maintaining your home's appearance. The effects of the summer heat, humidity, pollen, and dryness can be slightly more subtle (depending on where you live), but no less important.

Whether we choose to accept it or not, cold weather will be upon us. Taking the time to perform a few repairs now will not only help protect your home during the long winter months but will also prevent repairs down the road.

Read on for a handy checklist of end-of-summer home maintenance tips.

  • Carpets - clean 
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Doors - tighten and lube bi-fold
  • Electrical - test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords
  • Water heater - remove water heater residue following the manual 
  • Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home

Summertime home maintenance doesn't have to keep you from enjoying the season — and it will save you more work heading into the next seasons! 

Tell us - what is on your to-do list this August? 

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