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Winter Prep: Energy Savings How-To

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/21/16 6:30 PM

Winter can be a lot of fun! Getting snowed in, sledding, building snow men, perfecting your chicken soup recipe. The list goes on.

But while you’re making the most of your time indoors and out, make sure you’re not spending a fortune staying warm on heating and air.

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Topics: Home Prep, preparedness, energy efficiency, prepping, heat, heating

CO Proofing

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 10/17/16 8:30 PM

As we transition into cooler temps during fall, new homeowners may wonder if they’re at an increased safety risk with carbon monoxide.

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Topics: Home, safety, Home Prep, Fall Prep, prepping, carbon monoxide

Emergency Tips for New Homeowners

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 8/15/16 7:00 PM

Home ownership is a cool new path many are pioneering these days, but it’s sometimes hard to know what you should prepare for, precisely. Here is a list compiled by Yahoo of a few things that will help you be ready to deal with the unexpected!

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Topics: Homeowners, Maintenance, Home Prep, tips, preparedness, homeownership, emergency, prepping, budget, budgeting

All Things Home Staging

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 4/5/16 8:30 PM

If you aren’t a first time home buyer, you might be looking to buying your second or third home – which means you need to get rid of the one you’re currently in. In order to sell your home quickly, home staging is a necessary step toward enticing buyers!

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Topics: Home, Market, Staging, Sellers, Home Prep, investment, Buying

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Amy Patterson on 10/5/15 4:08 PM

Fall is here, with winter in trek close behind it {sorry} – and you want to make sure your home is ready! Check out these seven home maintenance tips, courtesy of the original home pro – Bob Villa.

  1. Paint – Peeling paint can start as a small problem, but end up as a costly repair. The sooner you address it, the better.
  2. Gutters – Make sure you clear out any debris and give your gutters a thorough flush and inspection.
  3. Caulking – Caulking around your door frames and windows is one of the cheapest and best ways you can lower your heating bill this season.
  4. Roof – Inspect your roof for any damaged or missing shingles – you’re going to want to have a strong foundation before winter hits.
  5. Fans – Change the direction of your ceiling fans. This will create an upward draft to help distribute your heat, saving you money on heating costs.
  6. Air conditioners – Clean and store for the season – remove window units and cover outdoor units after a thorough cleaning.
  7. Porch and deck – Clean, cover and store all deck furniture, grills or the like. Also, be sure to empty any planter pots that may have leftover soil in them, as the soil can freeze and cause the pots to crack.

Now that you’re prepared for the upcoming weather changes and have a head start on your winter preparations, it’s time to curl up with some hot chocolate and a fall-themed Netflix marathon!  

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Topics: Homeowners, Home Value, fall, Home Prep, Fall Prep

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