Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.
1. Using Traditional Light bulbs
If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.
2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.
3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size
We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won't regret it.
4. Not Customizing Temperature
Invest in a customizable thermostat. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.
5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.
6. Over Watering Lawn
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you're never around to see what you're actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.
7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High
Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.
8. Leaky Windows and Doors
Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.
9. Paying a Handyman
Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.
10. Ignoring Curled Shingles
It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.
We are in the “make it happen” business. That’s what clients hire us to do.
When clients need to sell their home quickly, and for the best price, we make it happen.
When clients need to find and buy their next dream home, we make it happen.
When a client wants the entire process to go smoothly and successfully, we make it happen.
How do we make it happen? When we begin working with a client, we ask a lot of questions. It’s important for us to clearly understand what a client really wants. Then, we use our professional skills, training, knowledge, and experience to make it happen!
So, if you’re looking for a “make it happen” REALTOR®, give The Graff Girls a call.
Have you ever worked with someone — a lawyer, an accountant, a contractor — who dropped the ball when it came to communication? Perhaps they failed to return your phone calls promptly or didn’t get back to you when you had a problem or concern.
We can only imagine how frustrating that must be.
In fact, you worry about that very thing when it comes time to select a REALTOR®. So, let us tell you how The Graff Girls work:
We return calls and emails promptly.
We get back to our clients quickly when they have a problem or concern.
We explain everything clearly and answer questions fully.
We keep our clients in-the-loop, so they always know what’s happening.
Our clients are Our priority.
By communicating effectively, we are able to ensure our clients have a better buying or selling experience. That’s important to us.
So, in the spirit of good communication… call or email us, if you have any questions. We will get back to you right away.
The Graff Girls Look At Different Buyers and Their Wants and Needs:
Generation Xers are born between 1965 and 1979, Generation Xers are currently between the ages of 40 and 54
A.Tech-savvy upsizing: Gen Xers are ready to upsize and they are using the internet to research and communicate with others to do so. Though not as tech-savvy as their Millennial counterparts, they spend about 2hours per day on social media looking for the latest news and keeping in touch with friends. Plus, they are more likely to use mobile than a PC/laptop when searching for a product to buy online (59% mobile vs 54% PC/laptop)
·According to an article from MediaPost.com, “Email is the primary means of messaging but they also like direct mail still…They like Facebook and YouTube, accounting for more than 1.5 billion YouTube views per day."
B.Upsizing preferences: Gen Xers are looking to sell their first home and upsize to accommodate their growing family. Their main focus in 2019 will be to find affordable housing in a family neighbourhood where there are high paying job opportunities so they can grow their families, have education opportunities for their children and save money for the future.
Whatever your age is The Graff Girls understand and respect your needs and wants.
Perhaps you’ve driven through an area and fallen in love with it. Maybe you have a friend who lives in a community you’d like to live in someday.
How do you find out more about that area?
Well, you could Google it and get some preliminary information on that community.
A better and certainly faster and more reliable method is to call The Graff Girls.
You see, we are experts in the marketplace. We can provide you with in-depth information on the things you’ll want to know about that neighborhood before you buy. For example, we can provide details about a neighborhood:
Type and style of homes.
Local amenities such as schools, parks, community centres, etc.
Commuting routes and access to public transit.
Properties currently on the market and recently sold.
And much more.
So, if you’re researching a community that you might like to consider, we can give you all the information you need.
Give us a call.
Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314 or Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
The Graff Girls like to remain positive and suggest what to do to your home when preparing to go to the market.
However, it is also important to be mindful of what you should NOT do.
1) DO NOT OVER IMPROVE YOUR HOME
Call us in if you are not sure what this means. You are not wasting our time, but you might be wasting your money with over improvements!
2) DON'T CUSTOMIZE YOUR HOME TOO MUCH
It's up there with over improving your home. Your goal is to attract as many buyers as possible not a customized group. We also remind you here to de-personalize your home. Remove all family photos and/or degrees and awards that may be out or hanging on walls. Again, we are happy to come by to discuss and veto your visions if need be.
You are okay with us being honest and forthright to sell your home for the highest price the market will bear, right?
3) MINIMALISM IS KEY.
It also means you need to minimize your time in the home. We understand this can be challenging with a family and your pets or when you are at that stage of life of not being able to leave the home as much but if and when you can it is best not to be home. The buyers and their agent have a relationship and you want them to feel at ease to express all thoughts and feelings. We then can retrieve more precise feedback from their agent and if need be help address any concerns. You also want them to envision themselves living here and since you do not come with the home... If you must stay in the home during a showing, we recommend you stay in one room the whole time. Do not move from room to room as they go around the house; it causes too much chaos and does not allow the potential buyers to feel at ease and connect with the feeling of your home.
4) DO NOT TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY.
This is a lot easier said than done. Whether someone wants to admit it or not, buying a residential home to live in alone, as a couple or a family is emotional. Selling is even more emotional. Many buyers have an idea of their dream home and not always the budget, so they may low ball your home to start and you never know how much they might stretch themselves to achieve their dreams. During that same stretch, they may say some negative things about the home just to justify their budget and to make themselves feel better if they are not able to purchase your home.
There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?" "How much should I list my home for?" "Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?" "What if the Real Estate Agent over prices my home?" But it is in January and February, The Graff Girls receive the following question the most "Is this a good time to be selling a home?"
There are pros and cons when making a decision in all things in life and choosing when to sell a home is no different. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding when to sell a home. Many homeowners believe selling a home during the fall or winter months is not a good idea and that the spring is the only time a house should be sold. The Graff Girls have found this to not be true year after year. Certainly, the Toronto real estate market experiences a "spring market rush" every year. There is no doubt that the "spring market" is a great time to be selling and buying real estate, however, the fall and winter seasons may be the best fit for you for many reasons.
The following are reasons why choosing to sell your home now may be a better decision than waiting until the spring:
One way that you can tell the spring real estate market has arrived is by driving down a street in your local community. In all likelihood there will be For Sale signs up all over the neighborhood! One great reason to sell your home now and not wait until the spring market is there is sure to be less competition. The fewer number of comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability that a buyer will look at your home.
Serious Buyers Are Out There
Homes are sold and bought 365 days a year, period! Many homeowners believe that buyers aren't out there during the fall and winter months. This simply is not the case. Serious buyers are always out there! Some buyers may stop their home search because it is the fall or winter, but serious buyers will continue to look at homes, no matter what time of year it is.
The Best Agents Are Always Up To The Challenge Any real estate agent who tells you that the fall or winter months are a bad time to sell is not someone you want selling your home! A great real estate agent will know how to adapt to the current season and market their listings to reflect that. A great real estate agent can make suggestions and give some of their tips on how to sell during the fall or winter seasons. If a real estate agent doesn't have any suggestions on making your home more desirable for the current season, you should be concerned about the creativity they are going to use when marketing your home.
Right now, there are fewer real estate transactions than there will be in the spring. The fewer number of transactions means the mortgage lenders have less loans to process, attorneys have less closings to do, and home inspectors have fewer inspections to do. All these factors should lead to a quicker transaction and closing for all the parties involved. One of the most frustrating things for a seller to deal with while selling their home is not getting answers in a reasonable amount of time. A quicker transaction is going to be less stress for you.
By considering all the reasons above, you will be able to determine whether now is a good time to sell or if you should wait until the spring.