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!

When shopping for a house, hire a pro. Here’s 7 reasons why you’ll be glad you did.
05/04/2019
7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping Easier

When shopping for a house, hire a pro. Here’s 7 reasons why you’ll be glad you did.

Whether buying a new house or an existing one, buyers typically feel more at ease having a real estate agent working on their behalf. It’s their job to make things go smoothly. Here’s how. Knowledge of builders. Real estate agents don’t just work with resale homes. Agents know the builders in ...

Don’t let your dining room collect dust. The right choices will transform your space from forbidding to inviting.
05/03/2019
Dining Room Trends Dish Up More Casual Atmosphere

Don’t let your dining room collect dust. The right choices will transform your space from forbidding to inviting.

Once upon a time, dining rooms tended to be on the stuffy side, with a table and matching set of chairs, and a china cabinet chockful of fine dishes. But today’s more casual lifestyles are changing dining rooms from formal and forbidding to inviting and eclectic. If your dining room is stuck in a ...

Your kitchen may be small, but it doesn’t have to be short on style. Check out these five ways to go big in a tiny spa...
05/01/2019
Small Space, Big Style: Kitchen

Your kitchen may be small, but it doesn’t have to be short on style. Check out these five ways to go big in a tiny space.

If your kitchen is on the small side, fear not. You, too, can have big style in a small space. With a focus on function, careful material choices, and a little creativity, your dream kitchen is possible — regardless of size. Check out our top five design solutions for tiny kitchens. Stay focused. ...

Take your home’s beauty to the next level. Check out these staircase designs -- from classic to new and modern.
04/29/2019
Step-By Step-Details to Beautiful Staircase Design

Take your home’s beauty to the next level. Check out these staircase designs -- from classic to new and modern.

Elegant, sweeping stairs are one of the central contributors to a home’s beauty. Here are the latest trends in stairs, which just might sweep you off your feet. Anatomy of a staircase. If you are updating a staircase or in the process of a building a new one, it’s helpful to know the lingo. The ...

Congratulations to Joe, Jeanie and Aria in front of their new home at their 43 acre working farm!Contract to close in 28...
04/28/2019

Congratulations to Joe, Jeanie and Aria in front of their new home at their 43 acre working farm!

Contract to close in 28 days, and I have serious "Farm Envy"!

Really four fenced fields for herd rotation with two spring fed water tanks that are split by fencing so each section has naturally fed water for the stock.

A 30 x 48 ft barn, A large Equipment shed, and an oversized two car garage with work bench area.

Did I mention the great room with passive solar heat, morning sun comes through raised windows at the roof line and heats the solid brick wall surrounding the fireplace.

And a comfortable fifth of a mile off the main road with an open sightline.

Buying a home with dated hardwoods? Here's how to give a new look to those old floors.
04/27/2019
Taking a Hard Look at Your Hardwood Floors

Buying a home with dated hardwoods? Here's how to give a new look to those old floors.

Hardwood floors add warmth and depth to your home, and they certainly repel dirt and stains much easier than carpet, but they don’t last forever. Here’s a primer on hardwood floor resurfacing. Leave it to the pros. Resurfacing hardwoods is typically a job beyond the level of expertise of most DI...

Does the thought of a cold shower give you the shivers? Study up on water heating systems before you need one.
04/24/2019
Water Heaters: Choosing the Best System

Does the thought of a cold shower give you the shivers? Study up on water heating systems before you need one.

When choosing a water heater, homeowners need to know what type of heating system will provide the most efficient delivery at the most affordable cost? Conventional storage heaters are the most popular and familiar type of water heater. Typically, the tanks hold 40 gallons or more, and are kept hot....

Don’t forget the toilet when remodeling your bathroom. Find out about the newest styles and improvements.
04/22/2019
Check Out the Latest Trends in Commodes

Don’t forget the toilet when remodeling your bathroom. Find out about the newest styles and improvements.

If you’re custom building a home or remodeling an outdated bathroom, don’t forget to consider an updated toilet. Take a look at the most recent changes in commode function and style. Function. Newer “dual-flush” toilets give homeowners the choice to use 1.6 gallons of water while flushing or...

What U.S. president started the now traditional White House Easter Egg Roll?
04/21/2019
Easter a Traditional Sign of Spring

What U.S. president started the now traditional White House Easter Egg Roll?

The first Easter Egg Roll was held on the White House grounds in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Festively colored Easter eggs were originally meant to symbolize the birth of new life. Easter bunnies in the U.S. were introduced by German immigrants settling in Pennsylvania during the 18th Cen...

Saving money for a down payment is a big challenge. So take advantage of several programs that can help.
04/20/2019
Tap Into Little Known Sources for Down Payment Help

Saving money for a down payment is a big challenge. So take advantage of several programs that can help.

Accumulating down payment money for a house is important, but can be challenging, especially for millennials bogged down in massive student loan debt. But don’t despair. Help is available through down payment assistance programs — in other words — free money. The Federal Housing Administration...

Getting down to business. Whether you’re staying put or putting your house on the market, a great home office is a goo...
04/19/2019
Your Best Home: Home Office Edition

Getting down to business. Whether you’re staying put or putting your house on the market, a great home office is a good investment.

Offices have become a staple in many homes and top many prospective buyers’ wish lists, too. But with all the paper, the equipment, and the office supplies, it can feel like mission impossible to keep it all looking great. Regardless of whether you’re staging for sale or just trying to maintain ...

Do you own a large parcel of land and want to develop it? Here's where to start.
04/17/2019
How to Develop Your Own Land

Do you own a large parcel of land and want to develop it? Here's where to start.

If you own raw undeveloped acreage, the land may be your route to financial security. Subdividing residential lots or owning commercial buildings can put you on the path to prosperity. Land development, however, is a complex venture. Take a look. Details count. You may already own the land, but to d...

A relaxing bedroom can be good for your health. Follow these tips to reap the benefits.
04/15/2019
How to Create a Tranquil Bedroom

A relaxing bedroom can be good for your health. Follow these tips to reap the benefits.

With today’s hectic lifestyle, it’s more important than ever to get enough rest and relaxation. According to experts, sleep offers many benefits, including improvements in memory, immune function, weight control, and stress reduction. Follow these tips to transform your bedroom into a tranquil s...

Are you considering a bathroom with a luxury shower and no bathtub? Will you regret it?
04/13/2019
Super Showers: Are They Worth Giving Up Your Bathtub?

Are you considering a bathroom with a luxury shower and no bathtub? Will you regret it?

Whether you’re shopping for a new home or updating your existing property, an upgraded shower is a great way to give your bathroom a boost. These days, sought-after showers are more high-tech and bigger than ever. In fact, some homeowners forgo tubs completely in favor of these expanded, spa-like ...

Money talks, but what should you say to a low-ball offer?
04/12/2019
How to Deal With a Low-Ball Offer

Money talks, but what should you say to a low-ball offer?

After a few days on the market, your agent calls to tell you there is an offer on the home. Unfortunately, it’s too soon to celebrate. The offer is lower than what you’re asking. Much lower. Keep your feelings in check. It’s normal to be disappointed — maybe even a little insulted and angry....

When a senior needs round-the-clock care, a nursing facility may be the answer. Here’s what you need to know.
04/10/2019
Do Your Research Before Moving a Loved One to a Nursing Facility

When a senior needs round-the-clock care, a nursing facility may be the answer. Here’s what you need to know.

When aging family members requires intense medical care, it’s time to consider moving them to a nursing facility. These facilities are licensed by the states and fall into two categories: intermediate care and skilled nursing care. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from these types of liv...

From wire hangers on a rod to a lighted and mirrored space reminiscent of a dressing room, check out these closet upgrad...
04/08/2019
The Key to Closet Design and Organization

From wire hangers on a rod to a lighted and mirrored space reminiscent of a dressing room, check out these closet upgrades for the budget-minded.

Regardless of space or budget, you can turn your closet into something special. All it takes is organization and a little attention to detail. Closet systems. Custom closet organizers are trained to make closets look luxurious, but their talent comes at a price. The good news is you can achieve simi...

My client just ratified on this spectacular 43 acre working farm in Jeffersonton, a little west of Warrenton.Congrats to...
03/25/2019

My client just ratified on this spectacular 43 acre working farm in Jeffersonton, a little west of Warrenton.

Congrats to Joe, Jeanie and Aria on a dream come true.

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

Public Service Announcement

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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. ...

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