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!

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03/20/2019
Celebrate the first day of spring with a free cone from Dairy Queen!

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There are few things in the world better than free ice cream. Dairy Queen is giving away free cones this Wednesday to mark the first official day of spring. You can get a free small vanilla cone at “participating, non-mall locations” on Wednesday, March 20. There’s a limit of one per customer.

Today’s clothes dryers come with a lot of bells and whistles, but are they worth the extra cost? Here’s how to find ...
03/18/2019
Let’s Go Shopping for a Clothes Dryer - Houseopedia

Today’s clothes dryers come with a lot of bells and whistles, but are they worth the extra cost? Here’s how to find the right dryer for you and your family.

Shopping for a clothes dryer has never been more complicated. The choices can be overwhelming. Beyond capacity and color, consumers must decide whether they want any of a myriad of special features such as moisture sensors and steamers. Let’s go shopping and take a look at what’s available. Size...

Why is the three-leaf clover associated with St. Patrick’s Day?
03/17/2019
Coming up Green on St. Patrick’s Day - Houseopedia

Why is the three-leaf clover associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick is often depicted with a cross in one hand and a three-leaf clover in the other. He was a Fifth Century missionary and bishop credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick used a three-leaf clover to explain the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.

Is one-floor living for you? Or does your family need a multi-level home? Check out this step-by-step guide.
03/16/2019
One-Story Versus Two-Story Homes - Houseopedia

Is one-floor living for you? Or does your family need a multi-level home? Check out this step-by-step guide.

Prospective homebuyers will get more bang for their buck on a two-story home, but one-story houses definitely have their advantages. What works best for your family? Take a look at the pros and cons of each. Lot size. The footprint of a one-story home is much larger than a two-story, making one-stor...

Are window replacements in your home’s future?  It’s time to study up on the pros and cons of each type.
03/15/2019
When Is It Time to Replace Your Windows? - Houseopedia

Are window replacements in your home’s future? It’s time to study up on the pros and cons of each type.

If your home has older windows, should you replace them with new, more energy efficient ones? Here’s a quick guide to the pros and cons. First, do you need new windows? If your home has single-pane glass windows, you might want to consider energy-efficient windows that will provide moderation from...

Expand your garden this spring the traditional way with these tips for using seeds, bulbs and cuttings.
03/13/2019
Three Ways to Enjoy Gardening the Old-Fashioned Way - Houseopedia

Expand your garden this spring the traditional way with these tips for using seeds, bulbs and cuttings.

Buying and installing full-grown plants from a nursery is the quickest — and most expensive — way to landscape a backyard. But if you’re a gardener on a budget or have a green thumb, try gardening the old-fashioned way. From seeds. Purchase envelopes of plant seeds from a local garden center. ...

If your collection of photos is threatening to take over your home or your hard drive, here are four easy ways to start ...
03/11/2019
4 Ways to Organize Your Photos - Houseopedia

If your collection of photos is threatening to take over your home or your hard drive, here are four easy ways to start enjoying your memories.

Photographs are an amazing way to save and display our memories, and with digital technology it’s easier and less expensive than ever to capture every moment. The trouble is, more often than not, we end up with thousands of files instead of a collection. How do you manage your images so you can ac...

REMINDER: Spring Forward tonight before bedtime!Can you name the two U.S. states that do not observe Daylight Saving Tim...
03/09/2019
Does Daylight Saving Time Reduce Energy Usage? - Houseopedia

REMINDER: Spring Forward tonight before bedtime!
Can you name the two U.S. states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time?

Cultures throughout history have adjusted time measurement to maximize the use of daylight and increase productivity. Versions of Daylight Saving were adopted in Europe and America with the growth of railroads and the industrial age in the 1800s. Daylight Saving Time became permanent in the United S...

After the buyer’s inspection, what items should be repaired and what should be left to the buyer? Here’s a guide.
03/08/2019
Home Repairs: How to Negotiate to Close a Deal - Houseopedia

After the buyer’s inspection, what items should be repaired and what should be left to the buyer? Here’s a guide.

Home repair issues that show up on an inspection report are up for negotiation. It’s up to the buyers and sellers to hammer out an agreement on who pays for what. Here’s a guide. The inspector is your friend. Sellers often dread the inspection report, fearing it may reveal a major issue that cou...

It is up and coming but is it going to just be a trend?
03/07/2019
Tiny Home Concept Taking Hold in Loudoun, Causing Stir Among Residents

It is up and coming but is it going to just be a trend?

Micro-cottages and tiny homes might be the housing option of the future—especially in areas like Loudoun where the cost of living is unbearable for some—but for now, they’re sparking a bit of resident concern. The recent advent of stand-alone dwelling units designed to be less—and oftentimes...

No central air conditioning? No problem. Here’s the latest on an old standby: the window unit.
03/06/2019
How to Buy a Window Air Conditioner - Houseopedia

No central air conditioning? No problem. Here’s the latest on an old standby: the window unit.

If you find yourself living in a house or apartment without central air conditioning, it’s time to go shopping for a window unit. Here’s what to look for and how to properly maintain it. It’s a matter of BTUs. Shopping for a window air conditioner isn’t complicated. The main thing to look fo...

Want to turn family chaos into function and style? These quick tips can make the most of a landing zone or mudroom.
03/04/2019
At Long Last, a Landing Pad that Works for Busy Families - Houseopedia

Want to turn family chaos into function and style? These quick tips can make the most of a landing zone or mudroom.

Landing zones and mudrooms seem to rank high in popularity with today’s families. But how do you make a functional and great-looking space that your family actually uses? It’s easy, when you follow these eight simple tips. Seating is key. One of the most important elements every mudroom or landi...

Does your new home need just a little something extra? Check out these ideas for tricking out your house with trim.
03/02/2019
Add Some Zip to Your Home With Custom Trims - Houseopedia

Does your new home need just a little something extra? Check out these ideas for tricking out your house with trim.

Giving your home a welcoming custom feel is all in the architectural details. If your house is a bit blah, the solution may be as simple as adding trim. Moldings and trims on your ceilings, walls, doors, and windows add character and value to your home. Check out these five trim options to upgrade a...

We have a deal...sort of. Here's how to understand the complexities of contingencies.
03/01/2019
How to Navigate a Contingency Offer - Houseopedia

We have a deal...sort of. Here's how to understand the complexities of contingencies.

When selling a home, an offer to purchase is certainly welcome news, but it may be wise to hold off on any celebrations — especially if the offer has a contingency clause. What exactly does that mean? A contingency clause or addendum spells out what conditions must be met for the sales contract to...

Need cash for a home repair? Find out how to tap the equity in your house.
02/27/2019
Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit: What is the Difference? - Houseopedia

Need cash for a home repair? Find out how to tap the equity in your house.

The equity in your home is an untapped resource for financing such things as remodeling projects or a child’s college education. Is it wise to take a home equity loan or a line of credit, and how do they work? The equity in your home — the value of your home minus what you owe …

Are you drowning in files? Check this list of the do’s and don’ts of document storage, including all-important IRS g...
02/21/2019
When to Keep, When to Toss Those Important Documents - Houseopedia

Are you drowning in files? Check this list of the do’s and don’ts of document storage, including all-important IRS guidelines.

Ever wonder how long you should keep important documents such as old tax returns, mortgage documents and home appliance receipts? Here’s a list of what to keep and when it’s safe to shred. Tax records. The IRS advises keeping tax returns and supporting documentation for at least three years — ...

Can you park your car in your garage? Or are you guilty of too much stuff? Here’s how to clear the clutter once and fo...
02/19/2019
Conquering the Clutter in Your Garage - Houseopedia

Can you park your car in your garage? Or are you guilty of too much stuff? Here’s how to clear the clutter once and for all.

Garages are supposed to be a place to park the car, but in reality, many Americans fill their garages to the brim with so much stuff that the thought of cleaning out and tidying up causes anxiety, fear and procrastination. Here’s how to conquer the clutter and put the cars back where they belong. ...

Are you smarter than your thermostat? After reading this, you’ll probably wonder.
02/17/2019
Save Energy and Money With a Digital Thermostat - Houseopedia

Are you smarter than your thermostat? After reading this, you’ll probably wonder.

A programmable thermostat is a great investment for homeowners — a multitasking tool that keeps you comfortable and helps you save money. While basic thermostat technology, using liquid mercury and an electrical switch, has been around for a long time, it’s the digital advances that have elevate...

What role does gender play in home finances? Find out if it’s men or women who are quicker to take a risk.
02/16/2019
He Said, She Said: How Men and Women Differ on Home Finance - Houseopedia

What role does gender play in home finances? Find out if it’s men or women who are quicker to take a risk.

Stereotypes aside, men and women think differently when it comes to home finances and debt. Who is more careful with money? Who is the bigger risk taker? Take a look at some numbers. Who takes on more debt? Women tend to take on less overall debt than men, according to a 2014 Bankrate.com article ex...

Is a second home in your future? Here’s the lowdown on mortgage approval and tax implications.
02/14/2019
‘Taxing’ Questions on Second Homes - Houseopedia

Is a second home in your future? Here’s the lowdown on mortgage approval and tax implications.

Are you in the market for buying a second home? You probably have lots of questions — what’s it like to qualify for a mortgage on a second home, and are there still tax advantages? Let’s take a look. Mortgage risk. Since lenders view second homes as being a higher risk for default than first ....

An open house is your home’s chance to shine. Here are seven ways to get ready for the big day.
02/12/2019
Prepping for an Open House - Houseopedia

An open house is your home’s chance to shine. Here are seven ways to get ready for the big day.

You’ve decided to hold an open house to help sell your home. Think of it as your chance to showcase it. Here are several crucial steps to take in preparation for the big day. Acquire the buyer’s perspective. Set aside your emotional attachment to your home and think about it as a potential buyer...

Ready to cut the cord on cable or satellite TV? Check out the multitude of apps that provide online movies and TV shows ...
02/10/2019
Life After Cable TV: Lots of Money-Saving Options - Houseopedia

Ready to cut the cord on cable or satellite TV? Check out the multitude of apps that provide online movies and TV shows at a significantly lower cost.

If you’re thinking about “cutting the cord” on cable or satellite TV, the alternatives are plentiful and available at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind, however, that if you still want to watch local network affiliates (ABC, NBC, PBS and CBS) you will need an HD antenna, which you can purch...

On the fence about getting a fence? This handy guide will help you decide.
02/09/2019
Adding a Fence To Your Property - Houseopedia

On the fence about getting a fence? This handy guide will help you decide.

Backyard fences are a popular choice these days, particularly if you’ve got small children or pets that wander. But before you put up the first panel or pound in the first fence post, drive through your neighborhood to see what’s customary and check with town or neighborhood authorities to see i...

When buying a home, how do you know which items remain with the property and what goes with the seller? Refrigerators? M...
02/07/2019
When a House Sells, What Stays and What Goes? - Houseopedia

When buying a home, how do you know which items remain with the property and what goes with the seller? Refrigerators? Mirrors? Shelving? Here’s what you need to know.

When a home seller and a buyer come to an agreement on a sale, more than just the house and land are involved. Misunderstandings sometimes arise over elements of the home that the buyer thought were staying and the sellers intended to take with them. These decisions revolve around three legal concep...

Do you dream of making millions in real estate? Here’s what to consider in forming a real estate development group.
02/03/2019
Land Development a Million Dollar Challenge - Houseopedia

Do you dream of making millions in real estate? Here’s what to consider in forming a real estate development group.

Real estate investing has made many a millionaire, so it’s not out of the ordinary if you have the resources to consider a land development deal. But unless you have enough reserves to go it alone, you might want to put together a group of developers and investors. What is involved and what are th...

Interested in lightening your workload at home? Here’s what to consider when shopping for a new washing machine.
02/02/2019
Let’s Go Shopping for a New Washing Machine - Houseopedia

Interested in lightening your workload at home? Here’s what to consider when shopping for a new washing machine.

Dealing with dirty laundry is a lot of work, but the right washing machine can make this chore a lot easier. Newer models not only offer improved performance and convenient features, but they use less water and energy. Before you shop, consider these factors. Types. The two main types of washing mac...

Don’t underestimate the importance of a survey. Learn why a survey is important for your mortgage as well as to protec...
01/31/2019
The Importance of Property Surveys - Houseopedia

Don’t underestimate the importance of a survey. Learn why a survey is important for your mortgage as well as to protect you from property disputes.

An accurate survey is a crucial step in your home-buying process, making sure you don’t encroach on a neighbor’s property — or vice versa. A mistake in the survey can cause legal problems later. Here’s what you need to know now to avoid problems later. Location, shape and size. A survey will...

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Plumbing problems can be one of the worst nightmares for a homeowner, especially when trying to prep a house for sale. H...
01/29/2019
Hiring a Plumber - Houseopedia

Plumbing problems can be one of the worst nightmares for a homeowner, especially when trying to prep a house for sale. How do you find a reputable plumber?

You’ve decided to sell your home, which means it’s time to fix that slow drip in the upstairs hall bathroom. Or perhaps you’ve been setting aside the cash to do a major renovation, including a new sink, tub and shower. Or maybe your home is in desperate need of a replacement hot water tank. Al...

Are you a wine connoisseur with a need for in-home wine storage? Check out the possibilities - from mini fridge to custo...
01/27/2019
Is Wine Storage Worth the Cost? - Houseopedia

Are you a wine connoisseur with a need for in-home wine storage? Check out the possibilities - from mini fridge to custom wine cellar.

There are wine drinkers and then there are wine lovers, for whom the drink stirs passion. If you fall into the latter category, perhaps you’ve considered adding a wine cellar or dedicated wine refrigerator. Do you need it? Most wines today have already aged about two years from making to purchase ...

Looking for estimates on property violations and lawlessness in your community? Check out these sites for a quick and ea...
01/26/2019
How to Find Crime Statistics for Your Neighborhood - Houseopedia

Looking for estimates on property violations and lawlessness in your community? Check out these sites for a quick and easy online search.

Thanks to the internet, finding crime statistics is easier than ever. That’s good news for wary homebuyers who want to make sure they’re moving to a relatively safe area. It’s also a comfort to current homeowners who want to keep tabs on what’s going on in their neighborhood. Here’s a quic...

The fine print in a real estate contract can be confusing. Here’s a handy guide to walk you through the process.
01/24/2019
Demystifying Your Real Estate Contract - Houseopedia

The fine print in a real estate contract can be confusing. Here’s a handy guide to walk you through the process.

Buying a home will likely be the biggest investment you ever make. So it makes sense to take the time to understand the fine print in those long and confusing real estate contracts. A good agent will help guide you through the process, but save yourself time, money and anxiety by knowing these key t...

Showing a house with pets at home is a big no-no. Here’s how to make your animals -- and their smells -- disappear.
01/22/2019
Potential Buyers Don’t Want to See, Hear or Smell Your Pets - Houseopedia

Showing a house with pets at home is a big no-no. Here’s how to make your animals -- and their smells -- disappear.

When putting your home up for sale, it’s crucial to make a plan for your pets. While prospective buyers may love their own pets, they don’t want to see — or smell — yours when touring your home. Here are a few ideas for keeping your pet’s presence low profile. Arrange for help. Boarding yo...

In honor of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/21/2019

In honor of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don’t take your home heat source for granted. Here are the basics of how these important systems work.
01/20/2019
Home Heating Systems: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know - Houseopedia

Don’t take your home heat source for granted. Here are the basics of how these important systems work.

Nothing beats a warm evening at home when the winter wind is howling. You might not give your heater a second thought…until it stops working. Here’s a quick tutorial on how they operate so you can stay warm this winter. Types of heaters. The main difference among most heaters is the fuel source....

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