Thursday, July 21, 2016

Preparations to make when selling your home

Summer is typically a slower time of year when it comes to home sales, but for some home sellers, summer can also signal a season of opportunity. While the summer is often a time when sellers may see less activity because of summer travel plans, for those buyers looking to secure the perfect home before a new school year rolls around, the search is often in earnest. The result, a potential winning opportunity for both summer sellers and buyers. For sellers looking to separate themselves from the competition and standout from a crowd, there are a number of preparation tips that they can incorporate in order to try to sell their home for top dollar in the shortest amount of time.
PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY
Preparing your property for sale should take place prior to the property being photographed or ever presented to market. In the days of the internet and digital photography, old photographs can linger for years and hurt a sale. Beyond basic repairs, there are a number of approachable upgrades that a seller can implement during the sale of their home.
—Replace flooring or a countertop
—Replace carpeting or steam clean carpeting
—Repaint using neutral colors such as taupe or gray
—Replace door knobs and towel bars in bathrooms
—Replace fixtures in kitchens or bathrooms
—Replace appliances
—Add lighting or increase the wattage in existing light bulbs
—Add “staging safe” artwork such as abstracts
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
Professional cleaning should top the list as far as “must do” expenditure for home selling. The reality is most buyers are turned off by a home that does not appear to be well maintained or cared for, and some may consider an untidy or perceived dirty home as unattractive. Professional cleaning companies typically offer a “deep clean” type service which will help ensure that your property is spic and span and sparkling “like a new penny” for potential buyers.
HOME STAGING
Home staging is a key tool when it comes to home selling. In fact, many savvy home sellers and real estate agents insist on always using home staging as a marketing tool. While many television shows and numerous articles have helped to educate home sellers on staging, there are some basic home staging elements that anyone can incorporate into their home selling process.
What is Staging?
—Neutralizing. When it comes time to sell your home, neutral colors are best as opposed to personal colors.
—De-personalizing. Be sure to remove personal photos and mementos, so buyers focus on your space as opposed to your personal belongings.
—Creating broad appeal. When it comes time to sell your home, you will want to appeal to the largest amount of potential buyers as opposed to a narrow audience.
—Highlighting the positives, downplaying the negatives.
—Not decorating. Staging is performed in order to sell a home and appeal to potential buyers, while decorating is geared toward the personal taste of a current home owner.
—A key marketing tool.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Saving Energy With Your HVAC System

Saving Energy With Your HVAC System


HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. In today’s modern homes and buildings, HVAC systems are used to increase comfort and indoor air quality. Since the functions of heating, ventilating and cooling need energy to take place, it’s no surprise that too much energy can be used in the process. Most of us are so accustomed to having our heater or air conditioner running that we tend to not realize how much energy is being wasted. We also sometimes forget that they can’t remain sufficient without us — they need proper care. Whether you’re a homeowner with a residential system or a property manager with a commercial system, there are ways you can be saving energy with your HVAC system.

Maintenance

HVAC maintenance and taking preventative and predictive measures is one of the most significant ways to save energy. Here is a list of what is involved in HVAC maintenance:
  • cleaning dirt build-up from the filters
  • ensuring nothing is blocking the air vents and impacting the airflow
  • lubricating all moving parts, allowing them to function efficiently without needing extra energy
  • cleaning build-up in the burner
  • cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils
  • ensuring the thermostat is functional
  • insulating pipes and caulking windows and doors when needed to prevent leaks and drafts
  • cleaning debris away from the outdoor unit

New HVAC Technology

We have advancements in HVAC technology to thank for helping us to save energy. Investing in new technology could mean saving energy and money. Certain types of new HVAC technology can:
  • decrease the possibility of the HVAC system failing
  • automatically turn to a lower setting based on the time
  • undergo fixes remotely, preventing a waiting period
  • be ENERGY STAR certified, which means the system meets the energy efficiency standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Upgrade Other Systems

The efficiency of nearby, related systems correlates with an HVAC system’s energy consumption. These include:
  • energy-efficient lighting systems give off less heat, reducing the need for a higher level of air conditioning
  • energy-efficient electronics give off less heat
  • energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights bring in less heat and prevent cold drafts — preventing cold drafts means preventing raising the heat

Avoid Oversized HVAC

An oversized HVAC isn’t just using up extra space, it’s using up extra energy. Look to a professional if you need guidance because an oversized HVAC will:
  • start up and shut down more frequently because it quickly meets the thermostat’s set temperature, causing the system to tire out and use more energy
  • use more energy due to the size alone — it’s no surprise that larger systems need more energy to function
  • be less efficient if its age is the reason it’s oversized — older HVAC systems are large, heavy and wasteful with energy

The Do-not List

You may not think that this list of do-nots will have much of an impact, but steer clear of these actions and you’ll see the difference:
  • shut the system down at night — the system actually consumes more energy every time it is shut down and turned on because it then needs to catch up with your thermostat again
  • wait too long to schedule a maintenance appointment — the time in-between is just more time for your energy bill to rise
  • try to fix everything on your own — you need a trustworthy HVAC technician for certain tasks
HVAC trends and technology are keeping up with energy- and cost-conscious consumers, as well as helping our environment. An updated system will make your home or building more comfortable and healthier to live in. Improve your HVAC system by keeping up with maintenance, new HVAC technology and other related upgrades. You’ll be saving energy while using a system that’s most likely running almost every day.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is the Place to Be!

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pleasant Oaks Phase 2 Grand Opening!

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