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.
There are different years mentioned for Millennials. Some say Millennials are Born between 1980 to 1994, Others say 1982-2004. Millennials are currently between the ages of 25 and 39.
Knowledgeable first-time home buyers: Millennials are more informed when it comes to renovations, repairs and real estate process than other generations. Since they grew up during the development of the internet, they are very tech and research savvy. They're able to find ways to access important information such as listings, neighborhood reports, HGTV home renovation videos and other types of real estate information on their own.
In 2019, they will rely on real estate agents to share information that they can't find online such as neighbourhood developments, local market forecasts, local housing regulations and more.
In 2019, online presence will have a huge impact on a Millennial to hire an agent. Having quality testimonials, attractive social media profiles and online tools/resources are important factors that shape their decision-making in hiring an agent.
Buying preferences: In many instances, Millennials and Boomers are competing for the same home. Some similarities between the groups include a walkable and engaging neighbourhood as well as a smaller home with upgraded amenities.
In 2019, they will account for most of the first-time home buyer market as they gain more purchasing power, acquire higher paying jobs and get married.
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.
The Graff Girls work with all buyers and recognize what they are about.
Connecting with Millennials does not always come easy to other generations, and it doesn’t help that there are a lot of contradictory opinions and generalizations popping up daily. Millennials are described as both fickle and brand loyal, having short attention spans and laser focus. We’re told in one article that their buying decisions are most influenced by social media and in the next, that they base their buying decisions on peer advice. We’re also told that Millennials aren’t financially stable enough to purchase homes and yet every stat proves otherwise.
In addition to the seemingly contrary information, Millennials have grown accustomed to distancing themselves from traditional processes and channels, and instead, attempt to go it alone.
The Graff Girls have found when working with Millennials we establish a relationship of trust and guidance that makes for a strong bond and a successful turn of events.
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.
Your real estate transaction depends upon good faith between you, the Buyer, and Seller.
Unfortunately, Sellers could make changes or damage the property prior to closing.
To protect our Buyers, we take the following proactive steps:
1) We Insert a protection clause in the offer: This would include clauses that refer to the state of the home and its contents on the completion date. If there are substantial changes or damage to the home or its contents, the clauses would reflect the Seller to either restore the property to its original condition or compensate you, the Buyer, for any necessary repairs or replacement.
The offer would also include a clause that allows you, the Buyer, to have a pre-closing visit close to or the day before closing that will enable you, the Buyer, to confirm that the home is in the same condition as when you made your offer. Also, this is to ensure the Seller has completed any repairs that were agreed upon.
2) Take pictures and document serial numbers and model of appliances and other chattels and fixtures that are included in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. This will protect you, the Buyer, in the event the Seller attempts to replace these items with different models.
3) With assistance from a lawyer, negotiate a hold back: Your lawyer (Buyer’s lawyer) may be able to negotiate a hold back of a reasonable amount to be re- leased to the Seller after closing, once you, the Buyer is satisfied the property is in good condition.
Taking these steps to protect our clients The Graff Girls demonstrate professionalism and complete client satisfaction.