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01/21/2014

Lowering Winter Heating Costs

When faced with winter cold, homeowners can take a number of steps to reduce how much they spend staying warm.
According to House Logic, lowering the thermostat three to five degrees and turning it off when no one is home could reduce heating costs as much as 30 percent, depending on where the home is located. If the home does not have one, a programmable thermostat can be used to set the temperature at different hours so that it does not need to be on all the time for people to be comfortable.

Home Features

Particularly in older homes, there is a chance that chill may result from gaps in weather-stripping around doors and windows, thin or fallen insulation, or similar flaws. Even small openings can let enough heat escape to make heating require more energy and drive up the expense.
Attics and basements may be particularly prone to insulation problems, because they are often unfinished, allowing heat to escape. Homeowners should also check the furnace to ensure filters are clean. The sun can help warm a home during the day, particularly when blinds are open, while closing curtains at night may help trap heat.
If a home has a fireplace, residents should be sure to close the fireplace damper and seal the opening when not using it. That will prevent, or at least minimize, heat loss. Another option is to reduce the temperature setting of the hot water heater. Older water heaters, which lack insulation, may be improved with a blanket or jacket designed to help them operate more efficiently.

Home Shopping

Home buyers and sellers may wish to look at these factors if they have not done so recently. People often forget to perform some regular home maintenance, but keeping the heating systems in good condition can be good for sellers when an appraiser comes by. For buyers, a home that will need repair or replacement likely represents extra time and money that may not be apparent when buying a home.
It may be difficult to check every detail when looking at homes, but buyers should make an effort to determine the condition of heating systems when considering a purchase, especially during or just before winter. Doing so can save time and money, and avoid discomfort.

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11/01/2013

Preparing Your Home for Sale
Your home has just one chance to make a great impression with each potential buyer. The following "tricks of the trade" will help you keep track of what needs to be done. The whole idea is to present a clean, spacious clutter-free home — the kind of place you’d like to buy. Accomplish a little every day, and before long, your home will be ready to make the impression that can make the sale.
Your Home’s Curb Appeal
•Mow lawn
•Trim shrubs
•Edge gardens and walkways
•Weed and mulch
•Sweep walkways and driveway, remove branches, litter or toys
•Add color and fill in bare spots with plantings
•Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water or other cleaner
•Take stains off your driveway with cleanser or kitty litter
•Stack woodpile neatly
•Clean and repair patio and deck area
•Remove any outdoor furniture that is not in good repair
•Make sure pool or spa sparkles
•Replace old storm doors
•Check for flat-fitting roof shingles
•Repair broken windows and shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking
•Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood
•Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves
•Clean and remove rust from any window air conditioning units
•Paint or replace the front door and mailbox, and consider a seasonal door decoration
•.Shine brass hardware on front door, outside lighting fixtures, etc.
•Make sure doorbell is in good working order

General Interior Tips
•Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light, neutral colors
•Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary
•Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
•Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
•Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
•Clean the fireplace
•Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won't need again until after you’ve moved
•Remove extra furniture, worn rugs, and items you don’t use
•Keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairways
•Repair problems such as loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaking taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closets or screen doors that are off their tracks
•Add dishes of potpourri, or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent
•Secure jewelry, cash and other valuables

The Living Room
•Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs

The Dining Room
•Polish any visible silver and crystal
•Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here

The Kitchen
•Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning Formica stains)
•Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order
•Clean often forgotten spots on top of refrigerator and under sink
•Wax or sponge floor to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
•Un-clutter all counter space, remove countertop appliances
•Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before you move

The Bathrooms
•Remove all rust and mildew
•Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, etc. are immaculate and shining
•Make sure all fixtures are in good repair
•Replace loose caulking or grout
•Make sure lighting is bright, but soft

The Master Bedroom
•Organize furnishings to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas
The Garage
•Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items
•Clean oily cement floor
•Provide strong overhead light
•Tidy storage or work areas

The Basement
•Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items
•Organize and create more floor space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves
•Change furnace filter
•Make inspection access easy
•Clean and paint concrete floor and walls
•Provide strong overhead light

The Attic
•Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing
•Make sure energy-saving insulation is apparent
•Make sure air vent is in working order
•Provide strong overhead lighting

When It’s Time to Show
•Make sure your property profile folder, utility bills, MLS profile, house location survey, etc. are available
• Open all draperies and shades, turn on all lights
•Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away
•Give the carpets a quick vacuuming
•Add some strategically placed fresh flowers
•Open bathroom windows for fresh air
•Pop a tray of cookies or pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma
•Turn off the television and turn on the radio music at a low volume
•Make a fire in the fireplace if appropriate
•Take pets with you or arrange for a friend to keep them
•Make sure pet areas are clean and odor-free
•Make sure all trash is disposed of in neatly covered bins

10/09/2013

Disclosures to Make Before Selling Your Home

There are several features that homeowners display to potential buyers when selling a home. However, sellers may not be aware that there are other characteristics they must inform buyers of before they can complete the transactions. Most owners may be hesitant to point out past problems with their home for fear that it may derail the sale. However, failing to make certain disclosures can lead to delayed or canceled sales, or legal problems.
So before completing a sale, make sure that buyers are aware of any previous factors that have impacted the home's value.

Repairs
It's important that sellers notify buyers of any repairs or updates the home underwent since they purchased it, according to MSN Money. Some sellers may assume that it's unnecessary to disclosure repairs completed in the past that were resolved, but even corrected problems should be mentioned in the event that new homeowners experience similar issues. Repairs that should be mentioned include foundation issues, electrical, sewage, plumbing and roof problems and any repairs disclosed by the previous owners of the home, the news source explains.
Although it's not mandatory, sellers may also want to provide the contact information of the service that made the repairs in case the issue occurs again.

Health Hazards
Any problems that may lead to health issues should also be expressly mentioned to buyers before the transaction is complete. First and foremost, problems that could lead to water damage or mold should take priority. This includes leaky roofs, flooded basements and other water problems that could result in hazardous mold and mildew. Sellers who live in homes built before 1978 should also notify buyers if lead paint was used in the home, MSN Real Estate reports. Many sellers who purchase older homes tend to paint over lead paint or have a specialist remove peeling and faded paint. These actions should be communicated to the buyer to give them additional options if the lead paint was not removed.
Most sellers hire a home inspector to detect these types of issues before putting their house on the market. This can give sellers time to correct the problems and provide more information to potential buyers about the repairs. In addition, making repairs before the home is on the market may also allow sellers to sell the home for more money.

10/07/2013

Your home has just one chance to make a great impression with each potential buyer. The following "tricks of the trade" will help you keep track of what needs to be done. The whole idea is to present a clean, spacious clutter-free home — the kind of place you’d like to buy. Accomplish a little every day, and before long, your home will be ready to make the impression that can make the sale.

Your Home’s Curb Appeal
•Mow lawn
•Trim shrubs
•Edge gardens and walkways
•Weed and mulch
•Sweep walkways and driveway, remove branches, litter or toys
•Add color and fill in bare spots with plantings
•Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water or other cleaner
•Take stains off your driveway with cleanser or kitty litter
•Stack woodpile neatly
•Clean and repair patio and deck area
•Remove any outdoor furniture that is not in good repair
•Make sure pool or spa sparkles
•Replace old storm doors
•Check for flat-fitting roof shingles
•Repair broken windows and shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking
•Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood
•Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves
•Clean and remove rust from any window air conditioning units
•Paint or replace the front door and mailbox, and consider a seasonal door decoration
•Shine brass hardware on front door, outside lighting fixtures, etc.
•Make sure doorbell is in good working order

General Interior Tips
•Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light, neutral colors
•Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary
•Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
•Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
•Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
•Clean the fireplace
•Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won't need again until after you’ve moved
•Remove extra furniture, worn rugs, and items you don’t use
•Keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairways
•Repair problems such as loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaking taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closets or screen doors that are off their tracks
•Add dishes of potpourri, or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent
•Secure jewelry, cash and other valuables

The Living Room
•Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs

The Dining Room
•Polish any visible silver and crystal
•Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here

The Kitchen
•Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning Formica stains)
•Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order
•Clean often forgotten spots on top of refrigerator and under sink
•Wax or sponge floor to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
•Un-clutter all counter space, remove countertop appliances
•Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before you move

The Bathrooms
•Remove all rust and mildew
•Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, etc. are immaculate and shining
•Make sure all fixtures are in good repair
•Replace loose caulking or grout
•Make sure lighting is bright, but soft

The Master Bedroom
•Organize furnishings to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas

The Garage
•Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items
•Clean oily cement floor
•Provide strong overhead light
•Tidy storage or work areas

The Basement
•Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items
•Organize and create more floor space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves
•Change furnace filter
•Make inspection access easy
•Clean and paint concrete floor and walls
•Provide strong overhead light

The Attic
•Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing
•Make sure energy-saving insulation is apparent
•Make sure air vent is in working order
•Provide strong overhead lighting

When It’s Time to Show
•Make sure your property profile folder, utility bills, MLS profile, house location survey, etc. are available
•Open all draperies and shades, turn on all lights
•Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away
•Give the carpets a quick vacuuming
•Add some strategically placed fresh flowers
•Open bathroom windows for fresh air
•Pop a tray of cookies or pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma
•Turn off the television and turn on the radio music at a low volume
•Make a fire in the fireplace if appropriate
•Take pets with you or arrange for a friend to keep them
•Make sure pet areas are clean and odor-free
•Make sure all trash is disposed of in neatly covered bins

09/30/2013

Heating

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home—typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling—and reduce environmental emissions—from 20%-50%.

Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing up to three times more heat than the energy they use. A heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by 30%-40% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters. A heat pump does double duty as a central air conditioner by collecting the heat inside your house and pumping it outside. There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrate it for use inside. Geothermal (or ground source) heat pumps have some major advantages. They can reduce energy use by 30%-60%, control humidity, are sturdy and reliable, and fit in a wide variety of homes.

Heat Pump Tips
1. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat manually if it causes the electric-resistance heating to come on. This type of heating, which is often used as a backup to the heat pump, is more expensive.

2. Install or have a professional install a programmable thermostat with multistage functions suitable for a heat pump.

3. Clean or change filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Long-Term Savings Tip
If you heat your home with electricity and live in a moderate climate, consider an energy-efficient heat pump system to reduce your energy consumption.

Passive Solar Heating and Cooling
Using passive solar design to heat and cool your home can be both environmentally friendly and cost effective. In many cases, your heating costs can be reduced to less than half the cost of heating a typical home. Passive solar design can also help lower your cooling costs. Passive solar cooling techniques include carefully designed overhangs and using reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs. Newer techniques include placing large, insulated windows on south-facing walls and putting thermal mass, such as a concrete slab floor or a heat-absorbing wall, close to the windows. A passive solar house requires careful design and sitting, which vary by local climate conditions. If you are considering passive solar design for a new home or a major remodel, consult an architect familiar with passive solar techniques.

Passive Solar Tips
1. Keep all south-facing glass clean.

2. Make sure that objects do not block sunlight on concrete slab floors or heat-absorbing walls.

Natural Gas and Oil Heating
If you plan to buy a new heating system, ask your local utility or state energy office about the latest technologies on the market. For example, many newer models have designs for burners and heat exchangers that are more efficient during operation and cut heat loss when the equipment is off. Consider a sealed-combustion furnace—they are safer and more efficient.

Long-Term Savings Tip
Install a new energy-efficient furnace to save money over the long term. Look for the ENERGY STAR and Energy Guide labels to compare efficiency and ensure quality.

Programmable Thermostats
You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7o-10oF for 8 hours a day from where you would normally set. (If you have a heat pump, don’t do this without a programmable thermostat). You can do this automatically by using a programmable thermostat and scheduling the times you turn on the heating or air conditioning. As a result, the equipment doesn’t operate as much when you are asleep or not at home.

Address

1801 Old Reston Ave, Ste 200
Reston, VA
20190

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