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.
The Graff Girls Say Definitely worth it! We had a pre-home inspection on a home we just sold. The buyer read the report but decided to have their own inspection done.
Their agent called to say thank you for having a pre-home inspection as there were no surprises and her clients firmed up the deal without any hesitation!
SO, SAY YES TO HOME INSPECTION! The home inspection familiarizes the buyer with the mechanics of the home and what to be aware of in future years. For a seller, a pre-home inspection informs them of anything that may need to be fixed prior to putting the house on the market to avoid a buyer asking for rebates after negotiating a deal!
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.
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.