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Fall Home Maintaince Tips

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OCTOBER HOME HINTS

October means the weather is about to turn cold, which brings along with it, a number of homeowner tasks.  Among them are:

  • Roof….check for cracked, missing or loose shingles
  • Trees….trim branches from house and/or windows
  • Check weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors, repair or replace if necessary.
  • Store paints, caulk, and liquid material from areas that get extreme cold and sheds
  • Detach and store hoses
  • Open and bleed all hose bibs so they don’t freeze and burst pipes
  • Clean gutters of all leaves and debris and make sure all downspouts are in good repair
  • Set thermostats and automatic sprinklers for the winter season
  • Reverse fan blades for winter settings
  • Ensure your fire extinguishers indicate a full charge.  If not, replace for safety
  • Schedule your HVAC contractor for your routine winter check up before turning on your heat
  • Clean out and prepare your fireplace
  • Professional clean chimney, if you didn’t in the spring
  • Order and stack firewood for the winter
  • Replace batteries in your smoke detectors

Halloween Safety

Monday, October 15, 2012

For children it’s that happy time again, our fall ritual of trick or treat.  To help you and your children celebrate, I have some silver reflective trick or treat bags upon which is a smiling orange pumpkin face with “Happy Halloween” in bright letters across the top of the bag.  Hopefully it will help make your child a little more conspicuous in pursuit of goodies!  If you would like to pick one up, please call me at 410.591.1800.

 

Here is a list of safety tips for you to share with your children….

            Don’t go out alone

            Let parents inspect all treats before you eat them

            Wear white or reflective clothing

            Watch for cars

            Stay away from unfamiliar neighborhoods

How 'Bout dem O's?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Welcome Back Birds!   After 15 long years, our dear Baltimore Orioles are in the playoff's.   So many people had lost interest in this team because of their losing seasons year after year.  But this year is different....not only did they have a winning season, but they may just win their division.  Yes, you heard right.  Come on Birds, you need to win tonight and the New York Yankees need to lose tonight.  They would be tied for the division lead.  That would take them into a 1 game playoff to determine the winner of the division.  The pride of Baltimore all of a sudden is decorated in Orange and Black.  What a wonderful turn of events......a refreshing change to the autumn air in Baltimore!  "AIN'T THE BEER COLD !"

How to decide what price to ask for my home when putting it on the Market?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

When sellers start to prepare to put their house on the market, many times they will indicate they want to get the highest price possible without hurting their opportunity to successfully accomplish their goal. 

Deciding on the right asking price is one of the most important factors when selling your home.  A price that's too high can discourage potential buyers from even looking at your house, while a below-market price will reduce the return on your investment and may cause buyers to suspect something’s wrong with your home.

I can help by preparing a comparative market analysis (CMA) on your home.  This compares your home to other houses that have actually sold and settled in your area and can be used to determine a fair asking price.

Contact me and we can discuss any issues that you feel may affect the sale of your home.  I would be happy to put my expertise and experience to work to help you set a fair asking price and show you how to prepare your home for sale.


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