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.

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!

Are you in the process of selling your home with pets living in the house? Here is how to clean up those accidents quick...
10/16/2018
When Accidents Happen: Removing Pet Stains and Odors on Floors - Houseopedia

Are you in the process of selling your home with pets living in the house? Here is how to clean up those accidents quickly!

Pet accidents are inevitable, reminding us all of the sacrifices and responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Hurry, grab some supplies and let’s get that mess cleaned up and the odor removed. Soiled carpets. Quick removal of pet waste is essential. Left to dry, stain and odor removal become...

Choosing the right grass is an important first step to a lush lawn. Here’s a region-by-region guide to find the best g...
10/14/2018
A Handy Guide to the Best Types of Grass for Your Lawn - Houseopedia

Choosing the right grass is an important first step to a lush lawn. Here’s a region-by-region guide to find the best grass for your home.

If a beautiful lawn is important to you, it’s time to study up on what type of grasses thrive — and which don’t — in your region of the country. Much progress has been made developing grasses that are drought tolerant and resistant to diseases, but you still must choose according to your cli...

Don’t neglect your garage door when trying to amp up your curb appeal.
10/13/2018
Welcome to a Whole New World of Stylish Garage Doors - Houseopedia

Don’t neglect your garage door when trying to amp up your curb appeal.

It takes more than a snazzy front door to create curb appeal. These days, prospective buyers are looking for a stylish garage door that matches the architectural style of the house. Let’s take a look at what’s new and different. Door types and styles. The most widely used garage door is the roll...

As they say in real estate, location is key. Learn how to pick the right lot for the home of your dreams.
10/11/2018
Choosing a Lot: It’s All About Location - Houseopedia

As they say in real estate, location is key. Learn how to pick the right lot for the home of your dreams.

One of the first choices homeowners face when building from the ground up is choosing the location of their new house. How exactly do you go about picking a lot on which to build? Let’s examine the process of lot selection, whether you’re building a custom home or a tract home. Tract homes. When...

Is your asking price too high or too low? Or is it just right? Learn how a real estate agent can help you decide.
10/09/2018
Setting the Right Price with the Right Agent - Houseopedia

Is your asking price too high or too low? Or is it just right? Learn how a real estate agent can help you decide.

When you decide to sell your home with an agent, one of the most important decisions you will make together is the asking price. Set the price too high and your home could languish, causing buyers to wonder what’s wrong with it and forcing you to drop your price. Set the price too low and …

Is it true that homes sell better in the spring and summer months? Are there any advantages to buying or selling in the ...
10/07/2018
Prime Time to Buy and Sell a Home - Houseopedia

Is it true that homes sell better in the spring and summer months? Are there any advantages to buying or selling in the fall and winter? Here’s what you need to know.

The conventional wisdom is true — home sales are cyclical. Listings surge in the spring and buyers more actively shop for new houses between March and August. The weather is nicer and families with children prefer to move before the start of a new school year. But is it the best time of year to .....

Hanging a television on your family room wall is a great way to streamline the decor, but is it safe? Ask yourself these...
10/06/2018
The Pros and Cons of Wall-Mounting a TV - Houseopedia

Hanging a television on your family room wall is a great way to streamline the decor, but is it safe? Ask yourself these important questions.

It’s playoff time, and you’ve treated yourself to a brand-new wall-mounting television with all the bells and whistles. Before you mount, consider these important factors. Don’t put your TV above the fireplace. The heat and soot created by the fireplace may ruin your new TV. You wouldn’t lea...

In the market for a construction loan? Here are your loan and closing options.
10/04/2018
Construction Loans: The Difference is In the Closing - Houseopedia

In the market for a construction loan? Here are your loan and closing options.

When planning to build a custom home, buyers have their choice of two types of construction loans. The traditional type involves two closings, one for the construction phase and one for the permanent mortgage. The newer, more popular version is the so-called one-time close, also called a constructio...

Are you thinking about hiring an inspector before you list? Here are the pros and cons.
10/02/2018
Should Sellers ‘Pre-Inspect’ Their Homes? - Houseopedia

Are you thinking about hiring an inspector before you list? Here are the pros and cons.

While inspections are commonplace when buying a home, should you, as the seller, consider having your home “pre-inspected” before listing it? Here are the pros and cons. Knowledge is power. Having your home professionally inspected gives you a clear understanding of its needs before you price it...

Growing your own produce is easier than you might think. Here’s how to build your own vegetable patch.
09/30/2018
Living on a Budget: Installing a Raised Garden - Houseopedia

Growing your own produce is easier than you might think. Here’s how to build your own vegetable patch.

Growing your own produce is an excellent way to save money on groceries, but it’s not without its challenges. A raised garden avoids several pitfalls and provides good results with a minimal amount of effort. Here’s how to get started. Design. Plan to make your garden no more than four feet wide...

Do your children share a bedroom? Conquer sibling rivalry and chaos with a coordinated room that the kids will love.
09/29/2018
Creating a Great Room for Kids to Share - Houseopedia

Do your children share a bedroom? Conquer sibling rivalry and chaos with a coordinated room that the kids will love.

When siblings share a bedroom, every little bit of space counts. So what can a frazzled parent do? We’ve got you covered with this handy list of tips to ease sibling rivalry and create a harmonious space that your kids will love. Meeting of the minds. If your children are old enough to participate...

An open house provides a rich opportunity to learn vital information about a home. Here’s how to take advantage of the...
09/27/2018
Make the Most of an Open House Tour - Houseopedia

An open house provides a rich opportunity to learn vital information about a home. Here’s how to take advantage of the your time inside.

Open houses are a great opportunity to check out a home and ask a lot of questions. Make the most of your touring by paying attention to these important factors. The neighborhood. Take a lap or two through the neighborhood and even the wider community surrounding it before you even set foot in the h...

In a hurry to dispose of your clutter? A well-planned garage sale is a quick way to unload your stuff. Here’s a step-b...
09/25/2018
Yard Sales Still a Smart Way to Declutter - Houseopedia

In a hurry to dispose of your clutter? A well-planned garage sale is a quick way to unload your stuff. Here’s a step-by-step how-to.

Once you’ve cleaned and organized your house from top to bottom, what is the best way to get rid of all your unwanted junk? If time is of the essence, donate it all to a favorite charity thrift shop. But if you’d like to recoup some of the money you spent, try a garage sale. …

Caring for aging parents typically means remodeling. Here are ten ways to improve accessibility in the hub of the home.
09/23/2018
Key Kitchen Renovations to Help the Elderly - Houseopedia

Caring for aging parents typically means remodeling. Here are ten ways to improve accessibility in the hub of the home.

Aging in place can be a great comfort to senior adults, especially when necessary renovations make familiar surroundings more accessible. That’s particularly true in the kitchen, which is a bustling place during meal preparation and the center of family life. For starters, an open kitchen floorpla...

If fire strikes your home, will you know what to do? Here's how to prevent and prepare for a house fire.
09/22/2018
Fire Safety: Your Family is Counting on You - Houseopedia

If fire strikes your home, will you know what to do? Here's how to prevent and prepare for a house fire.

Although no one wants to contemplate a cherished home being destroyed by fire, it’s an important topic to address — with emphasis on prevention and preparation. A home free from fire hazards. Fire prevention is the first priority. Never allow flammable materials to be stored near heat sources su...

You found a home you love, but your inspector uncovers expensive problems. Does this mean the deal is a bust? Here’s h...
09/20/2018
Home Inspection: A Buyer’s Perspective - Houseopedia

You found a home you love, but your inspector uncovers expensive problems. Does this mean the deal is a bust? Here’s how to handle a dicey situation.

After weeks of home shopping, you’ve found a house and signed a contract to purchase. Then the inspector finds problems that need repair — expensive repairs. How should you handle them? You thought negotiating the selling price was all there was to the haggling. Now you have to make decisions on...

Selling your home is a big job with a lot at stake. Read on to understand the importance of having a reliable listing ag...
09/18/2018
As a Seller, What Should I Expect From My Real Estate Agent? - Houseopedia

Selling your home is a big job with a lot at stake. Read on to understand the importance of having a reliable listing agent on your side.

The complexities of selling a home can be daunting. You don’t have the time or inclination to sell it yourself so what should you expect when hiring an agent to list and sell your home? A specific plan. The agent representing you should put together a detailed plan for marketing your home for the ...

You already plunked down most of your savings for a house. How do you afford to furnish it?
09/16/2018
Budget-Friendly Tips for New Home Furnishings - Houseopedia

You already plunked down most of your savings for a house. How do you afford to furnish it?

Buying a home is a thrilling experience, yet it also can be sobering — especially if you’re moving in without all the furnishings you need. Here are several tips on how to make your new house a cozy home without breaking the bank. Don’t be in a rush. If you are moving into a bigger …

Kitchen faucets have come a long way since grandma’s day. Here’s a guide to today’s latest and greatest sink hardw...
09/15/2018
Take a Look at Latest Trends in Kitchen Faucets - Houseopedia

Kitchen faucets have come a long way since grandma’s day. Here’s a guide to today’s latest and greatest sink hardware.

Today’s faucets are attractive, sleek and come in a beautiful array of shapes, sizes and even colors. Perhaps the most eye pleasing are the various swan neck designs, which are popular for their form and function. Available finishes range from nickel and bronze to copper, brass and stainless steel...

Follow these rules of real estate etiquette for a smooth home buying transaction.
09/13/2018
How to Be a Good Buyer - Houseopedia

Follow these rules of real estate etiquette for a smooth home buying transaction.

When shopping for a home, potential buyers can make things easier on themselves — and sellers — by following certain rules of real estate etiquette. Take a look. Have your money in order. Make sure your finances are in tip-top shape. Resolve any unpaid bills that could be dinging your credit. Se...

We honor those lost but not forgotten on September 11, 2001.
09/11/2018

We honor those lost but not forgotten on September 11, 2001.

We honor those lost but not forgotten on September 11, 2001.
09/11/2018

We honor those lost but not forgotten on September 11, 2001.

Retirement communities offer seniors a wide range of services and amenities. Check out the pros, the cons and the price ...
09/09/2018
The Pluses and Minuses of Senior Living - Houseopedia

Retirement communities offer seniors a wide range of services and amenities. Check out the pros, the cons and the price tag for senior living.

Retirement communities, marketed to the 55-plus crowd, are often loaded with recreational amenities such as swimming pools, golf courses, clubhouses and gyms. Do these developments live up to their advertising brochures? Here’s a look at the pros and cons. Pros. Most senior-living residents enjoy ...

Kitchen counters go a long way to making your kitchen warm and inviting, but function is equally as important. Here's ho...
09/08/2018
Kitchen Countertops Should be Beautiful and Functional - Houseopedia

Kitchen counters go a long way to making your kitchen warm and inviting, but function is equally as important. Here's how to decide which countertops are best.

Great kitchen countertops are a key ingredient in a top-notch kitchen that is both warm and inviting, yet also functional. Here’s a quick guide to the most common material types, their strengths and weaknesses. The current king: Granite. For the last fifteen years, granite has dominated the kitche...

Enjoying the architecture and craftsmanship of historic homes may be enticing. But ownership often comes with a hefty pr...
09/06/2018
Historical Homes: Buying a Piece of History - Houseopedia

Enjoying the architecture and craftsmanship of historic homes may be enticing. But ownership often comes with a hefty price. Check out the pros and cons.

While ownership of historic homes can be appealing, it’s definitely not for everyone. Historic homes have their own set of challenges and responsibilities. Here’s a look at the joys and frustrations of owning a piece of history. What qualifies as historic? Historic homes are recognized by an age...

Before you sink a small fortune into renovating your home, check out this list of improvements that may not provide an a...
09/04/2018
Biggest Losers: You Won’t Recoup Your Money on These Home Remodeling Projects - Houseopedia

Before you sink a small fortune into renovating your home, check out this list of improvements that may not provide an adequate return at resale.

Before jumping into a home remodeling project, think hard about the reasons behind your proposed renovations. If an anticipated big payoff at resale time is one of your top priorities, you might want to reconsider. Here are a few of the biggest home improvement losers:

With hard work comes great satisfaction. Enjoy your Labor Day!
09/03/2018

With hard work comes great satisfaction. Enjoy your Labor Day!

What does your homeowners policy cover? Even more importantly, what does it NOT cover? Find out now and avoid an expensi...
09/02/2018
It Pays Off to Study Up on Homeowners Insurance - Houseopedia

What does your homeowners policy cover? Even more importantly, what does it NOT cover? Find out now and avoid an expensive surprise later.

Homeowners insurance policies can be difficult to read, but the information is crucial to your financial well-being, especially when tragedy strikes and you’re forced to make a claim. Note: The coverages described here will vary from state to state and company to company, so be sure to research yo...

Grab the popcorn and nachos, then sink into your favorite chair for the new buzz in home theater excitement.
09/01/2018
Tune In For Latest Home Theater Trends - Houseopedia

Grab the popcorn and nachos, then sink into your favorite chair for the new buzz in home theater excitement.

There’s nothing like watching your favorite movies or gaming on a big-screen, high-definition TV. With technology and home furnishing trends constantly evolving, what is the latest in home theaters? The room. One of the things that made home theaters so unique when they first became popular was ha...

Do you worry about living in the shadow of high tension power lines? Here’s what you should consider when buying a hom...
08/30/2018
Do High Power Lines Endanger Our Health? - Houseopedia

Do you worry about living in the shadow of high tension power lines? Here’s what you should consider when buying a home.

As technology has grown and land has become more scarce, more and more subdivisions are being built near high tension power lines. Is this potentially harmful to residents’ health? The National Institutes of Health, the agency of the federal government commissioned with researching and analyzing h...

In the world of real estate, counting rooms in a house isn’t as easy as it sounds. Make a mistake and it could cost yo...
08/28/2018
When Is a Room Not a Room? - Houseopedia

In the world of real estate, counting rooms in a house isn’t as easy as it sounds. Make a mistake and it could cost you thousands.

When selling your house, does room count matter? What defines a room? And who gets to decide? What does the appraiser say? And how much will it affect my bottom dollar? Whose definition? Although there is some general agreement in the real estate world on what counts as a room, it can vary by state....

Save yourself some money and preserve Mother Earth. Here are some tips and tricks to lower your utility bills.
08/26/2018
Energy-Saving Tips: Your Wallet and the Planet are Winners - Houseopedia

Save yourself some money and preserve Mother Earth. Here are some tips and tricks to lower your utility bills.

Once homeowners have been stung by high energy bills, they’re quickly motivated to save resources and money. Check out these energy-saving tips. While some require a significant investment, others are relatively cheap or even free. Cheaper options include: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED...

Here are four ways the neighbors can impact getting top dollar for your home.
08/25/2018
How Neighbors Can Help (or Hurt) Your Home’s Value - Houseopedia

Here are four ways the neighbors can impact getting top dollar for your home.

Recent home sales in your neighborhood are a good predictor of the price your home might fetch, but your neighbors — good and bad — are also likely to play a major role. Here are four examples of how the neighbors and the area surrounding your neighborhood may help or hurt your home’s value. N...

The ABCs of home insurance: What every new homeowner needs to know.
08/23/2018
A Quick Lesson on Insurance for New Homeowners - Houseopedia

The ABCs of home insurance: What every new homeowner needs to know.

Up until you buy your first home, your experience with insurance may be limited to auto, life and health coverage policies. When you buy your first home, you’ll encounter a slew of new types of coverage, including title insurance, homeowner’s insurance, flood insurance and maybe even something c...

You want to put your house on the market, but it needs lots of repairs. What are your options?
08/21/2018
How and When to Sell a Fixer Upper - Houseopedia

You want to put your house on the market, but it needs lots of repairs. What are your options?

Your “handyman special” needs so much work, you’re not sure it’s worth the time, effort and money it will take. Here’s a step-by-step approach to evaluating your fixer upper. Before selling, ask yourself if you can afford to fix the house. List the most important things that need repair an...

Ever stayed in a gorgeous vacation rental and considered entering the income property game? Read this before making the ...
08/19/2018
Making Money on a Vacation Rental - Houseopedia

Ever stayed in a gorgeous vacation rental and considered entering the income property game? Read this before making the first move.

One of the greatest benefits of owning a rental property is its wealth-building capabilities — other people are paying for your equity in the property. With the right location, your earning potential is great. Earning higher rents. Owning a rental house or condo in a high-demand area likely will c...

Faithful home maintenance preserves your home’s value and minimizes repair costs. Here’s a handy timetable to guide ...
08/18/2018
Attention to Home Maintenance Now Will Avoid Big Repair Bills Later - Houseopedia

Faithful home maintenance preserves your home’s value and minimizes repair costs. Here’s a handy timetable to guide your tasks.

As a homeowner, it’s far better to keep up with routine maintenance than spend big bucks down the road on repairs and replacements. Here’s a handy guide to key maintenance issues and how often they should be completed. Monthly maintenance. Change the filters to your heating and air intake ducts,...

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