Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

SMblonde-girl-hairs-1206-825x550Though it might not feel like it yet those hot summer months are not too far away. Make sure you stay cool this summer with preparing your air conditioner for those warm months now.  Clear away the
debris and allow for at least 2 feet of clear space around your unit for the machine to work properly. It is recommended you check your air conditioner filter at least once a month and change it every 3 months to ensure it doesn’t clog and slow down the airflow.

Another thing to keep in mind, is to check the duct-work around your home to ensure no rugs or furnishings obstruct the airflow. Remember to also check the duct-work that travels through your attic or basement and make sure the seams are sealed.

If you don’t have an air conditioner, here are some tips and tricks for staying cool during the hot months.

Have something to add? Share your thoughts and tips here – we look forward to hearing from you.

Sell Your Home Faster With These Tips

When it comes to selling your home there are there is a lot that goes into the whole process, some of which are out of your control, but there are things you can do to heighten the appeal and sell your home faster.

The first thing is to stage your home to help attract potential buyers to view your home. Most buyers will view your home online before they contact you so it is important that your home looks its best. On average, a well staged home sells faster than a home needing upgrades and improvements.

Enhance the curb appeal to pull in prospective buyers by making sure the exterior of your home makes the right first impression. Add a fresh coat of paint, trim the bushes and mow the lawn to make sure your home looks its best at first glance.

Let your neighbors choose their neighbors by utilizing a neighborhood online message board or email list. Consider inviting your neighbors over for a home house, turn it into a block party, and allow your neighbors to invite prospective buyers who have always wanted to move into the neighborhood.

For more tips about making sure your home is ready to put on the market, look over the Checklist of Home Sellers and RE/MAX Seller Action to plan for tips from staging expert, Carla Woolnough, to enhance your homes appeal.

What are some things you’ve done to help make your home sell faster?

 

Protect Your Home from Rain Damage

We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but while April is having its downpour, is your house protected from any water damage?SMdrop-of-water-green-leaf-833

Here are some areas you want to check while it’s raining or right after to address any problems that may arise:

Foundation ~ is there a crack or hole that could let water leak into your home?

Exterior paint ~ if there is a bubbling, peeling or cracking your paint you will want to get these spots touched up to prevent further damage.

Gutters ~ debris can easily fall or get blown into your gutters, clogging them. Keep your gutters clean of all the leaves and litter that can cause serious damage to your roof.

Downspouts ~ check these to find out exactly where they are dumping the excess water. Good note of thumb is to redirect the water at least 5 feet from your home or collect and reuse rainwater by creating your own rain barrel.

Basement ~ inspect your basement for any water spots or musty smell. It is common for mold to appear where there was a leakage.

Roof ~ missing or worn out roofing can allow water to seep in your home and damage the roofing structure. Experts recommend having your roof inspected a least twice a year to ensure the quality of your roof.

Is there something we missed? What are some areas of your home that you watch closely?

The Cleaning Power of White Vinegar

When it comes to cleaning, there is really only one thing I have found that really gets things cleaned without putting harsh chemicals in my home. White vinegar is one of those amazing, all-purposecleaning-268134_640 cleaners which can be used for basically anything. Throw a ¼ cup into your dishwasher right before you run it to avoid the streaks and cloudiness, or use it to get those yellow stains out of your clothes. The list is endless when it comes down to the household uses for vinegar.

Another tip, pour a cup of white vinegar down your drains once a month and let them sit for a few hours to keep your drains clear of clogs and odors.

What are some of your cleaning tips with white vinegar?

Construct Your Own Compost Pile

There are so many advantages to having a compost pile in your backyard. Not only is it easy to construct, it provides excellent fertilizer for your lawn and soil and reduces waste in the landfill.d82e5910-6fb9-4704-82d9-6a0d9b3cf51f

When constructing your compost pile, start with an area that is 3 feet long by 3 feet wide. Cover the ground with straw and leaves first to form a course covering where you can begin to build your mound. Enrich your compost pile with both carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials ~ both elements are needed to maintain a working balance.

Another tip for successful composting is to activate your compost pile to help stimulate and speed up the process. With the money you will save and how awesome your yard will look, Composting is a great hobby for anyone.

Stop Hackers With These Useful Tips

With the recent Target hacking incident, many people are being extra cautious when it comes to protecting their identities.  But in an age of digital information being shared across the web, how do you protect yourself?QDSMoAMTYaZoXpcwBjsL__DSC0104-1

  • Create strong and unique passwords using upper and lower case, symbols and numbers
  • Make passwords hard to hack into and change them often
  • Use protection tools such as antivirus software
  • Be careful what you share on social networking sites

There are many advantages with the digital era we are in, but with the ever increasing social networks we are building it is important to remember to use social media wisely. Find more useful tips at RE/MAX Metro Utah.