Wednesday, December 5, 2018 / by Megan Riley
It's hard not to get into the holiday spirit when you bring out the ornaments and decorate your tree. Keep in mind however that both real and artificial trees can pose a hazard in your home if they are not properly cared for. Here are a few tips and reminders on how to keep your tree and your family safe.
If you are using a natural tree, make a fresh cut across the tree's base before setting it in the stand and immediately place in water. Keep the tree's water container full at all times, checking the water level daily.
Place the Christmas tree well away from the heat registers, space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, televisions, computer monitors and other heat sources.
Check all Christmas tree lights, other electric decorations and electrical appliances for wear (frayed cords, for example). Use only UL approved electrical decorations and extension cords.
Unplug tree lights and decorations when out of the room or sleeping ...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 / by Megan Riley
Inspect your roof and replace any damaged or missing roof shingles.
Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris.
Consider a fresh coat of paint or sealer on your deck.
On a windy day, close your windows and feel for air leaks.
Seal any leaks with rope caulk.
Install weather stripping on the sides or bottoms of any leaky doors.
Insulate exposed plumbing
Remove leaves or debris from your air conditioner's condensing unit, cover for winter.
If you haven't had your fireplace chimney cleaned in a few years, hire a professional chimney sweep.
If you need a recommendation for local professionals who can perform this or any other work around your home, I can help!
And as always, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can count on me for the utmost professionalism, expertise and re ...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / by Megan Riley
Buy or Sell First?
The classic dilemma for many homeowners is whether to buy or sell first. There is no “right” answer. It depends on your specific circumstances as well as current market conditions.
"It depends on your specific circumstances as well as current market conditions."
Most homeowners believe that it's more prudent and less stressful if you sell your existing home before you buy a new one. You can often get top dollar for your home if you are not under pressure to sell. And you're in a better position to negotiate when buying a home. If you have to make an offer contingent on the sale of your home, you often lose negotiating leverage.
The risk of selling first is that you'll be under pressure to buy a new home before closing. In a competitive real estate market, the period between going under contract and closing may not be a realistic time frame for you to find your dream home.
If you currently own a ...
Monday, July 9, 2018 / by Megan Riley
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 / by Megan Riley