Monthly Archive:: September 2013

Taking a Passive Approach with Homes Can Pay Off

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Homes constructed using passive design principles may soon grow in popularity, thanks to a recently debuted Habitat for Humanity home in Washington, D.C., that proved ultra energy efficient homes can be constructed at...
September 30, 2013

Tax Credit for New Windows, Doors

Homeowners still have time this year to rack up a $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors, according to consumer website HouseLogic. The key is ensuring they install products that fit the Feds’ exacting standards. Lead the...
September 27, 2013

How Staging Can Eliminate Buyer Confusion

By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Home Styling LLC When I first met with a recent client, Stuart, he shared memories of raising his family, gatherings with friends, and 23 years in his beautiful 3,200-square-foot contemporary home. The home...
September 23, 2013

Weather-Stripping Cuts Energy Costs

Weatherstripping is an easy and cost-effective way for home owners to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. And many home owners install it themselves. Show your clients how...
September 20, 2013

Beware Spotty Mold Insurance Coverage

Owners with mold in the home may face a double-whammy: Their insurance policy may not cover the damage it’s caused. Mold needs water or moisture to grow, but not all causes of water damage are covered by homeowners’ policies,...
September 16, 2013

The Big Question: To Renovate or Rebuild?

Submitted by Blu Homes The housing stock is getting older in many parts of the country, and more home owners are facing the need to make drastic upgrades. In some cases, home owners are facing an even bigger decision,...
September 16, 2013

Buff Up Those Hardwood Floors so its a Selling Point That Shines

By Brooke McDonald, guest contributor Wood floors (like people) look best with regular TLC. Aside from daily cleaning, sensitive wood floors require occasional in-depth maintenance that goes beyond a sweep or vacuum. Think of tired professionals and run-down moms....
September 11, 2013

5 Ways to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster

By Brandon Smith, guest contributor A simple preventative maintenance program can go a long way in keeping a home’s plumbing system at its best condition. Some people think that maintaining the structure of shower drains, pipes, toilets, etc. is...
September 9, 2013

Before You Paint a Room, Here’s Some Must-Do Prep Work

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Painting can dramatically change the look of a space, enhancing its aesthetics and possibly even making it look more spacious. Painting is one of the most popular do-it-yourself jobs of home owners, and...
September 9, 2013

Decluttering Tips for Your Clients

Forty-three percent of Americans admit to being disorganized, according to the 2012 Ikea Behind Closed Doors survey. That translates into 55 minutes a day the average American spends looking for things. Help home owners ratchet down their stress levels...
September 6, 2013