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  • Open House Beginners Should Consider Home Staging

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Tech Tips  |  June 23, 2012 8:39 AM  |  102 views  |  No comments

    Many home sellers underestimate the value of staging their home in preparation for an open house.

    A little paint can go a long way in making a home more appealing. Home and Garden Television (HGTV) recommends painting adjoining rooms the same soft hue to make a small space seem bigger. Choosing matching curtains will enhance the visual trick.

    Clearing up clutter is another simple and easy way to fast track bids. Over-sized furniture, bills, knick-knacks and toys should go into off-site storage during an open house, according to HGTV.

    While the benefits of home staging can be plentiful, many people do not consider home staging until their house has sat on the market for a while. Getting a jump on staging may lead to faster market turn around, and for those who have been unsuccessful at staging on their own, there are professional options that may help push a sale along.

    Homeseller Quinn Fletcher told the Edmonton Journal that hiring a pro helped her sell her home in a flash.

    "It went on the market on a Tuesday and by Saturday afternoon we had multiple offers," she said.

  • Indoor and Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  June 11, 2012 10:16 PM  |  111 views  |  No comments

    For many Southern California residents with homes in Brentwood and other surrounding areas, keeping up with home maintenance is a great way to ensure a higher resale price should they add their property to the list of homes for sale in Los Angeles County. The Nest provides the ultimate list of tips for both indoor and outdoor maintenance.

    While fixing leaky faucets and chipped paint should be done, there are a number of indoor improvements that may not be as noticeable. According to the source, homeowners should always be on the lookout for water damage, as it can lead to a larger, more expensive issue if not fixed in a timely manner. Homeowners are also advised to inspect and repair their sump pump occasionally, as debris can build up easily.

    When it comes to maintaining the outside of the house, the source says homeowners should check for any indication of pests, such as termites. These pesky creatures can cause major damage to a home's infrastructure if not treated in time. Termite damage is also not covered by insurance.

  • Quick and Simple Energy-saving Solutions

    Posted Under: Tech Tips  |  June 5, 2012 5:24 PM  |  149 views  |  No comments

    For many homeowners, saving on monthly utility bills could help when budgeting for other housing expenses, including home insurance and regular maintenance. Real Simple magazine offers tips that can help residents with homes in Brentwood and other surrounding areas save more energy and lower their bills.

    According to the source, homes that have many small leaks that could be letting conditioned air out such as around electrical outlets. This can be fixed fairly easily by installing an inexpensive foam insulating gasket behind the outlet cover.

    To help save energy, homeowners can install a high-performance showerhead, saving more water and energy. Switching standard showerheads for low-flow models can save nearly half as much water, meaning water heaters have less work to do.

    While some homeowners may believe that warm water does a better job of getting clothes clean, Real Simple notes that using cold water gets most clothes just as clean and can also make doing laundry less expensive. Waiting to wash full loads of laundry versus washing multiple small loads also helps save water.

  • Tips for Saving Water and Lowering Monthly Utility Bills

    Posted Under: Tech Tips  |  June 1, 2012 6:30 PM  |  135 views  |  No comments

    While homeowners may be aware of ways to lower the amount of energy used in their home, they should also be conscious of their water use. Real Simple magazine offers advice on how homeowners can conserve water to cut their utility bills.

    According to the source, installing a low-flow showerhead can cut a home's water use in half. This can lower energy bills too, since less water needs to be heated for showers. The annual savings totals nearly 4,550 gallons of water.

    Homeowners looking to maintain their lawn without wasting water are advised to use a hose versus a sprinkler system. Real Simple notes that watering with a hose is at least twice as efficient as sprinklers and can save 12,500 gallons of water each year.

    When using a dishwasher, homeowners can use a lower setting to help save money. Light-wash settings reportedly use 55 percent less water while still getting most dishes just as clean.

    Buying recycled-paper products that require less water in their manufacturing may not provide monthly savings on bills, but it saves up to 637 gallons of water each year. Some items include paper towels and toilet paper.

  • How to Determine if Home Improvements Can Be Done Without a Professional

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, Remodel & Renovate  |  June 1, 2012 6:20 PM  |  118 views  |  No comments

    When trying to complete home improvements or renovations, many homeowners try to save as much money as possible. While many large renovations may require the help of a contractor or other professional, do-it-yourself improvements can help save money. MoneyTalksNews offers advice on how homeowners can determine what a project will require.

    If the project is installing a new heating or cooling system, a professional may be needed. This is because the project requires specialized knowledge that homeowners may not have. Other major electrical work, foundation repair, window replacement and paving should also be completed by a contractor while painting, appliance installation and landscaping may be easy DIY projects for those willing to put in the effort.

    Homeowners who don't have access to the tools needed to complete their project and are unable to rent or borrow them, may also want to consider hiring a professional. The cost of tools can add up quickly while a handyman or other professional will already have them.

    If a project seems like it could be dangerous to do solo, the source says homeowners should be safe and hire someone to complete the home improvement project.

  • Green Living Tips for the Summer

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, Remodel & Renovate, Going Green  |  June 1, 2012 6:05 PM  |  74 views  |  No comments

    As summer is quickly approaching, homeowners may be looking to make some improvements. While not everyone will have time for renovations, Freshome offers advice on eco-friendly tips that can also help save money this summer.

    When it comes to electricity, residents with homes in Los Angeles County and other parts of Southern California may rely heavily on air conditioning and fans to keep them cool. The increased use of these appliances can cause monthly utility bills to rise, so the source suggests alternatives including darkening window treatments or blinds to keep homes comfortable.

    Lawn maintenance may also be a task to complete in the summer, but there are many ways homeowners can save water. Freshome advises homeowners to water early in the morning, when the sun will absorb less water, allowing landscapes to flourish. In the house, homeowners can switch standard showerheads for low-flow options to help save money.

    To ensure the cool air provided by air conditioning units stays in, homeowners should make sure their home has an adequate amount of insulation while sealing up leaks around windows and doors will also keep cool air in. The source notes people can save up to 25 percent off energy bills with the addition of caulking and weather-stripping.

  • Tips For An Environmentally Friendly Laundry Room

    Posted Under: General Area, Tech Tips, Going Green  |  February 10, 2012 11:16 AM  |  148 views  |  No comments

    When many homeowners trying to go green embark on home improvements and redecorating, the focus may be put on common areas including the kitchen and living room. The financial blog Money Crashers suggests homeowners go green in the laundry room to help save money while making homes more energy efficient.

    According to the source, homeowners who are willing to spend a little to see savings in the future should invest in an Energy Star washing machine model as they use 37 percent less energy and half as much water compared to non-star rated machines. When washing, the source recommends doing full loads of laundry and using cold water as 90 percent of energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water.

    When it comes to drying, homeowners in certain areas may benefit from hanging clothes on a line instead of using a dryer. The source reports that air drying may also extend the life of clothing as dryers are hard on fabrics, which creates the lint. Air drying is also more eco friendly, as dryers produce high amounts of carbon emissions each hour they are used.

    Green laundry detergent is also available in stores, can easily be made at home and is healthier for humans and the environment.

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