At Home in Northern Virginia

At Home in Northern Virginia Maurice Saylor, REALTOR® The Go To Team Fathom Realty serving areas in Northern Virginia and Maryland including: Herndon, Reston, Sterling, Chantilly, Fair Oaks, and Ashburn.
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Residential REALTOR® I pride myself on providing real value to my clients in every transaction. In delivery of this commitment I will provide buyers and sellers the perfect blend of technological and traditional REALTOR® services when prospecting for a new home or selling the existing residence. And the level of technology used and in-person interaction is determined by you. YOU are my Priority!

It’s time to sell the house, but the living room would be more appealing with better lighting. How do you go about findi...
01/10/2020
Hiring an Electrician

It’s time to sell the house, but the living room would be more appealing with better lighting. How do you go about finding an electrician to do the job?

You’ve decided to sell your home, which means it’s time to fix that dead outlet in the guest bedroom. Or perhaps you’ve been setting aside the cash to install recessed lights in your kitchen. Both scenarios lead you to the same question: How do you go about finding a reputable electrician? Ele...

The beauty of those mountain vistas is luring, no doubt. But don’t let the gorgeous views cloud your thinking. Check thi...
01/08/2020
Is a Mountain Retreat In Your Future?

The beauty of those mountain vistas is luring, no doubt. But don’t let the gorgeous views cloud your thinking. Check this list of pros and cons before buying a highland retreat.

While the stunning views and clean air of mountain living are certainly appealing, be sure to weigh the challenges of mountain life before making a move. Here’s a checklist of things to consider. Positives. Living in the mountains is probably rivaled only by living near a beach for tranquility. Th...

Don’t be in the dark about pendant lighting. Here are some bright options for your kitchen.
01/06/2020
Shedding Light on Kitchen Pendants

Don’t be in the dark about pendant lighting. Here are some bright options for your kitchen.

As one of the busiest and most productive rooms in a house, the kitchen needs lighting that is not only stylish but bright enough to illuminate the cooking, cleaning, snacking, studying and cleanup that makes this space a focal point of family life. As an addition to canned lights and as a replaceme...

Go green for the planet and your bottom line with an “Energy Efficient Mortgage.” It’s a little-known program for home b...
01/04/2020
What are Green Mortgages and How Can They Benefit You?

Go green for the planet and your bottom line with an “Energy Efficient Mortgage.” It’s a little-known program for home buyers and those looking to refinance.

If sustainable living is an important part of your lifestyle, you might be a candidate for a “green mortgage” when purchasing your next home or refinancing your current home. A little-known lending product, the green mortgage can save you big money while helping you live a more energy-conscious ...

Nail pops are an eyesore and nuisance. Fortunately, they are one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever attempt.Take a ...
01/03/2020
Ten Steps to Fixing Pesky Nail Pops

Nail pops are an eyesore and nuisance. Fortunately, they are one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever attempt.Take a look.

We’ve all seen them: nail or screw heads popping out of sheetrock after a house settles. They are a blemish on an otherwise smooth surface, so your eye is drawn to them. Can you fix them yourself? You sure can. Here’s how. Supplies. You’ll need a box cutter, a nail set and hammer, a screwdrive...

January is named after an ancient mythical god. What is the name of that god?
01/01/2020
New Year’s Day: Looking Back, Looking Forward

January is named after an ancient mythical god. What is the name of that god?

January takes its name from the ancient Roman god Janus, god of beginnings. He was illustrated as having two faces, one front and one back. Thus he could see forward and backward simultaneously. The calendar for Western Civilization didn’t originally begin on January 1, but on March 1. January 1st...

When hanging a large piece of artwork, you want it to be secure. Here’s a handy tutorial.
12/30/2019
How to Hang Heavy Pictures and Mirrors

When hanging a large piece of artwork, you want it to be secure. Here’s a handy tutorial.

Hanging small pictures doesn’t require a lot of skill or heavy duty hangers. But anything weighing in at more than 10 pounds, and especially more than 25 pounds, requires hefty fasteners and much more caution. When hanging something heavy, it’s always preferable to locate a wall stud behind the ...

When building a new home, which is better - tract or custom? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide.
12/28/2019
Weighing Your Options: Tract Builder Versus Custom Builder

When building a new home, which is better - tract or custom? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide.

When building a new home, you must first decide if you want to hire a custom builder or a tract home builder. There are a lot of variables to consider, so let’s dig in. Tract builder. The tract home builder, also known as a production builder, is often a regional or national company that builds .....

Did you know a soda costs $4 in Switzerland? If you’re moving abroad for a job, a cost-of-living adjustment helps offset...
12/27/2019
Four Things to Know About Cost-of-Living Allowances

Did you know a soda costs $4 in Switzerland? If you’re moving abroad for a job, a cost-of-living adjustment helps offset increased costs of goods and services. Find out more here.

Moving to another city or country for your career can be a wonderful opportunity, but relocation can also put a strain on the budget. The good news is companies often offer an increased salary or other relocation benefits to help pay for increased expenses. A goods and services “differential” or...

The Christmas legend of Santa Claus evolved from a real person in history known for giving gifts to the needy. Who was t...
12/25/2019
Celebrating the Christmas Season

The Christmas legend of Santa Claus evolved from a real person in history known for giving gifts to the needy. Who was that person?

The legend of Santa Claus originated with Saint Nicholas in the 4th century. Nicholas was perhaps best known for having secretly supplied a poor man with three purses of gold coins to pay for his three daughters’ weddings.The name Santa Claus evolved from Sinterklaas, the Dutch name for St. Nichol...

Here’s how to love your pets and still live in style. Try these pet products to keep your home from looking like it has ...
12/23/2019
5 Products to Keep the Pets Happy and Your Home Beautiful

Here’s how to love your pets and still live in style. Try these pet products to keep your home from looking like it has gone to the dogs.

For many of us, a house wouldn’t be a home without a pet — or two — or several. But even the most ardent pet lover will admit that cat towers and giant dog beds do little for the decor of a home. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of products on the market that will keep …

Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah by lighting what for eight consecutive days?
12/22/2019
Hanukkah: Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah by lighting what for eight consecutive days?

Candles in a Menorah are lit each night of the eight days of Hanukkah to signify the miracle of one day’s worth of consecrated oil lasting for eight after the desecration of the ancient Jewish temple. Thus, Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights.

You made an offer on a house, but now you can’t follow through. How much money will it cost you?
12/21/2019
What Happens When a Buyer Cancels a Sales Contract?

You made an offer on a house, but now you can’t follow through. How much money will it cost you?

It’s awkward when you’ve signed a contract to buy a house and then discover that you can’t go through with it. Let’s look at the proper steps to cancel so it doesn’t become expensive, too. Canceling during negotiations. If you have extended an offer to a seller by signing a contract, but t...

Don’t disappoint today’s online buyers. Professional grade pictures and video are crucial to clinching a real estate dea...
12/20/2019
Top-Quality Photos and Virtual Tours Are Key in Today’s Market

Don’t disappoint today’s online buyers. Professional grade pictures and video are crucial to clinching a real estate deal.

More than 80 percent of home shoppers start their searches online, so it makes sense that the first impression of your listing be delivered with top quality photos and videos.

Nothing says Christmas like the enchnating scent and beautiful color of a real Christmas tree. Here’s how to pick the pe...
12/18/2019
Nothing Beats a Real Christmas Tree

Nothing says Christmas like the enchnating scent and beautiful color of a real Christmas tree. Here’s how to pick the perfect tree for your home.

It’s an iconic Christmas scene: a family driving home from the tree lot with a real Christmas tree tied to the top of their SUV. Artificial trees are practical, but nothing beat the scent of fresh greenery in the living room. Let’s pick the perfect tree for you and your family.

Smart Technology is just a few swipes away with this guide.
12/16/2019
The Home of the Future Is Available Today

Smart Technology is just a few swipes away with this guide.

Thanks to the latest in “smart device” technology, and three technology giants, it’s possible to turn your house into a home of the future. Amazon, Apple and Google offer competing technology — known in the marketplace as “voice-activated assistants” — that will control your home therm...

Don’t skimp on homeowners insurance, but don’t pay more than necessary. Here are ten smart ways to save.
12/14/2019
Finding Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance

Don’t skimp on homeowners insurance, but don’t pay more than necessary. Here are ten smart ways to save.

Having homeowners insurance is a necessity, but there’s no reason to pay more in premiums than you must. Here are multiple ways to save money while still staying safe. Insurance rates are calculated by the insurable risk you pose to the company. Most of the savings listed here reduce risk. Don’t...

When moving dates don’t align, renting a storage unit can be a great short-term solution. Here’s what you need to consid...
12/13/2019
5 Things You Need to Know About Storage Units

When moving dates don’t align, renting a storage unit can be a great short-term solution. Here’s what you need to consider.

While it rarely makes sense to store items long-term — the rent will eventually exceed the replacement value of your possessions — storage units can be a great help in short-term situations. When you need to move out of your old home a few months before the new home is ready — or you’re taki...

Make your yard a living celebration of the holidays with these tips for animated Christmas decorations and choreographed...
12/11/2019
Make the Holidays Come Alive With Animated Christmas Decorations

Make your yard a living celebration of the holidays with these tips for animated Christmas decorations and choreographed light shows.

Outdoor holiday lights create a festive feel, but animated Christmas decorations can add a magical boost to your display. Here’s how.

Your monthly cable bill includes a rental fee for the modem and router. Can you ditch that cost by supplying your own de...
12/09/2019
Homeowner’s Guide to Modems and Routers

Your monthly cable bill includes a rental fee for the modem and router. Can you ditch that cost by supplying your own devices? Let’s explore that option.

When consumers sign up for internet service, they’re faced with a barrage of choices and questions. While you’ve probably heard words such as modem and router, do you actually know what they do and the differences between them. Here’s a quick internet primer and a few tips on how to choose wha...

What do you need to know about foundations? Take a few minutes to study up before you build.
12/07/2019
What Type of Foundation is Best for Your New Home?

What do you need to know about foundations? Take a few minutes to study up before you build.

The foundation of your home is arguably its most important structural component, since every part of the home depends on it remaining firm and level. Different foundations are available and each is made for certain types of soil and other environmental conditions. Let’s look at the four categories...

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How do you best prep your home for a looming open house? Take advantage of these 10 tips.
12/06/2019
Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Scheduling an Open House

How do you best prep your home for a looming open house? Take advantage of these 10 tips.

A great open house can be just what you need to set your home apart and land an offer. For the novice seller, preparing for an open house can be intimidating. Take the guesswork out of getting your home ready with this checklist of the top 10 questions to ask before scheduling an open house. …

Here’s how to ensure that your outdoor Christmas decorations are the best in the neighborhood!
12/04/2019
Creating a Winter Wonderland With Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Here’s how to ensure that your outdoor Christmas decorations are the best in the neighborhood!

You don’t need to hire a professional designer to have a magically festive home that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Here’s how to create a rapturous display with outdoor Christmas decorations.

Don’t get left behind by the lightning speed of TV technology. Here’s a quick update on what’s new and different.
12/02/2019
Television Technology: Getting Better All the Time

Don’t get left behind by the lightning speed of TV technology. Here’s a quick update on what’s new and different.

Advances in television technology move so quickly these days that it’s hard to keep up with what’s truly the latest and greatest. And why does it seem like you need to learn a new language just to discuss TV features? Whether you’re in the market for a new television or just want to learn the ...

Thinking of buying a home with an in-ground pool? Ask these five essential questions before taking the plunge.
11/30/2019
What to Ask Before Buying a Home With a Pool

Thinking of buying a home with an in-ground pool? Ask these five essential questions before taking the plunge.

When you’re searching for your dream home, it’s easy to get excited about a perk like an in-ground pool. But before you sign on the line, you need to know what you’re diving into. Here’s a list of questions to consider before buying a home with a pool.

If your amateur attempts at organizing the garage are leaving you frustrated, crunch the numbers for a complete pro make...
11/29/2019
Hiring the Pros to Organize Your Garage

If your amateur attempts at organizing the garage are leaving you frustrated, crunch the numbers for a complete pro makeover.

A professional garage makeover can transform the most neglected part of a home into a thing of beauty. But is it worth the hefty price tag? With a quick trip to a big box store, a do-it-yourself organizing system will get a homeowner’s belongings off the floor with snap-together shelves and wall h...

Did the Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving have turkey for their feast?
11/28/2019
Sharing the Bounty of Thanksgiving

Did the Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving have turkey for their feast?

The first recorded Thanksgiving in 1621 had wild turkey and other fowl, along with abundant fish and venison. The event was attended by the surviving 50 members of the original group that arrived on the Mayflower and 90 Native Americans.

A friendly neighborhood can be a wonderful benefit of home ownership. A Christmas block party is a great way to build fe...
11/27/2019
Christmas Block Parties Build Stronger Neighborhoods

A friendly neighborhood can be a wonderful benefit of home ownership. A Christmas block party is a great way to build festive friendships. Here are some ideas for sharing holiday fun with your neighbors.

When residents know each other and spend time together, the entire neighborhood benefits. You could almost say a close-knit neighborhood raises everyone’s property values in an intangible way. Christmas block parties are a great idea for strengthening ties between neighbors and getting to know new...

If the thought of choosing the right bed is keeping you up at night, we’ve got you covered. Here are the pros and cons o...
11/25/2019
Choosing a Bed Style That’s Right For You

If the thought of choosing the right bed is keeping you up at night, we’ve got you covered. Here are the pros and cons of today’s popular styles.

Since beds are typically the focal points of most bedrooms, the pressure is on when it comes to choosing a style. Casual or formal? High-end or budget? Here are our top picks, along with their pros and cons. Sleigh. The hallmark of sleigh beds is their curving headboard and footboards. They are most...

Be sure to study up on all that real estate jargon. Come tax time, it’s important for new homeowners to know.
11/23/2019
What You Need to Know About Points and Origination Fees

Be sure to study up on all that real estate jargon. Come tax time, it’s important for new homeowners to know.

When buying your first house, the terms and conditions of the mortgage process can be confusing. Here’s a primer on two such terms: points and the origination fee. Origination fee. This is the cost that the mortgage company charges you for borrowing money. When you take out a mortgage, it is a new...

Ready to brighten up those old fixtures and shabby cabinetry? Five helpful hints for a modern redo.
11/22/2019
It’s Time to Dress Up That Tired Bathroom

Ready to brighten up those old fixtures and shabby cabinetry? Five helpful hints for a modern redo.

Bathroom sinks and countertops have come a long way from the standard-issue white porcelain sink dropped into laminate cabinetry that you find in many homes across the country. Need a change? Treat yourself and your bathroom to a gorgeous makeover. Countertops. The same great high-end surfaces avail...

Are your old family pictures and videos tucked away for safekeeping? Free up space and rescue them from deterioration by...
11/20/2019
How to Digitize Old Video Tapes and Photographs

Are your old family pictures and videos tucked away for safekeeping? Free up space and rescue them from deterioration by converting to digital media. Here’s how.

Your children’s precious years are preserved on tape and in photo albums. Or are they? Old video tape degrades over time. Photos turn yellow. Here’s how to rescue those memories for the digital age. Preserving photographs. Purchasing a scanner is a great first step to preserving photos. Choose o...

To wire or not to wire your new home theater system. Here’s an overview of the pluses and minuses.
11/18/2019
Wiring Your Home for Sound — or Not

To wire or not to wire your new home theater system. Here’s an overview of the pluses and minuses.

While the latest in home theater systems features wireless technology, plenty of audiophiles still want to wire their homes for sound and video, enjoying the pure fidelity delivered over home-designed networks. Listen up for the pros and cons on wireless versus wired technology. Know your number. Of...

Neighborhood tennis courts and swimming pools: a benefit or a drawback?
11/16/2019
Pros and Cons of Swim and Tennis Communities

Neighborhood tennis courts and swimming pools: a benefit or a drawback?

When you’re shopping for a new home, many planned developments offer tempting neighborhood amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts. But before you dive in, read about the pros and cons. Pros. Living in a neighborhood with tennis courts and a swimming pool provides easy access to leisure...

Is a bathroom redo in your future? Check out the latest in shower trends.
11/15/2019
A ‘Shower’ of Ideas for Remodeling Projects

Is a bathroom redo in your future? Check out the latest in shower trends.

Bathroom showers have surged in popularity in recent years, making bathtubs a secondary feature in many remodeling projects. If a makeover is in your future, here are a few things to consider before getting your feet wet. Expansive size. In some instances, showers have become so large, they may not....

Is your kitchen clutter getting the best of you? Try these five simple solutions.
11/13/2019
5 Kitchen Storage Hacks to Curb the Clutter

Is your kitchen clutter getting the best of you? Try these five simple solutions.

If chaos in the kitchen is sending you to the drive-through window a bit too often, it’s time to take control with the help of some time-saving, storage-friendly kitchen hacks. Here are five to get you started. Pull-out shelves. If you have to kneel down and rummage through deep corner cabinets, p...

November 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. It was originally named Armis...
11/11/2019
Honoring the Defenders of Freedom on Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. It was originally named Armistice Day, commemorating the end of which war?

Armistice Day commemorated the end of World War I. An armistice was declared at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918. In 1938, Congress made it a federal holiday. In 1947, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all who have served.

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