This month marks 1 year since we bought our first home! On one hand, I cannot believe it's already been an entire year and on the other hand it feels like we have lived here all our lives. I feel so blessed every day that we've been able to make this house into our home. It is super comfortable for us and our fur babies, they basically have their own rooms (technically guest rooms). I get asked questions all of the time about our house and the process it took to get here. I thought I would write a quick post with FAQ's about buying our first home. If I left anything out that you want to know, leave a comment!
It’s time to turn the page on spring and get ready for the warm months ahead! Check out these to-dos and get your home and yard in tip top shape for summer:
One more thing--how about a hammock? If you don’t have one yet, consider investing in one. Nothing beats kicking back, relaxing and soaking up the glorious summer sunshine in the comfort of your own yard!
Spring is in the air—along with pollen!
It's the perfect time to get your home and yard ready for the explosion of growth all around you.
Here are some essential to-dos to get ready for the gorgeous months we have ahead.
Enjoy the exquisite months ahead in your lovely corner of the universe. Happy spring!
I love this quote by Steve Jobs. We fill our entire week with work, now more than ever since a lot of people are working from home. The Work/Life balance is getting harder to find. It is difficult to leave work at work when you work from your house so I think it is important to love what you do.
2020 left us all feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and unsure of what 2021 would bring. Now that we are a month into the new year it's safe to say that things are still a little crazy, especially with the real estate market.
I'd just like to say that this is all my opinion from what I see professionally as a Realtor here in Virginia. I do not have a crystal ball and I do not know what is going to happen this year. These are just my predictions.
Is your home prepared for the winter days ahead? Winterizing your home will help prevent damage, reduce electricity costs and improve energy efficiency.
Prevent cold air and moisture from entering your home.
Consider installing weather stripping around your doors and windows. To further prevent cold air from entering around the window frame areas, be sure to check all your windows and replace old cracked caulking beads. Adding adequate insulation
in your attic will prevent cold air from entering through the ceiling.
Improve energy efficiency to help reduce electricity costs.
Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket to eliminate heat loss, make it more efficient and in turn, help you save money on your gas/electric bills. Replace or clean all your home air filters to increase air quality and decrease how hard
the HVAC system has to work. Run your ceiling fans in reverse, a
clockwise direction, to circulate heat and improve efficiency.
Prevent freezing pipes.
Add insulation around your exterior water pipes to keep them from freezing. If your pipes do freeze, it can cause one of the lines to burst, resulting in costly damages. Be sure you know where the main shut off valve is.
Prepare your fireplace and chimney for use.
Make sure your home’s chimney vents and flues are clean and safe to use. If your fireplace has 1/8 of an inch buildup, this is a good indication it needs to be cleaned. Buildup can become flammable, causing house fires.
Avoid exterior damage to your home.
Inspect the outside area of your home and remove all low-hanging tree branches that may fall during an ice or snow storm. It is also important to clean your gutters of dirt and leaves. This will help remove water from your roof and avoid causing damage to the gutters.
I am always on the lookout for lists, tips & tricks for my clients! I found this great website & magazine called Family Handyman that has some insight on common things homeowners may not know but definitely should. Check it out & let me know if you have any other things people may not know but should!
If you're anything like me, during the quarantine I went through my house and made a (longer than I want to admit) Honey-Do List of home projects. We rent our house so we can only do so much, but if you own your own home you may be able to tackle bigger projects. For example, my parents have been talking about updating the bathrooms in their home for years but that is a big project that can cost a lot of money depending on what materials they decide to use, how updated they want them to be, etc. There is also the question of how much money should they put into the bathrooms if they're going to sell their house in the next few years? Will they get that money back when they sell? How much will the upgrades increase the listing price?
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