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Protecting Your Investment: Preparing Your Home for Major Storms

Article originally published in the October 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine; reformatted for the online medium. 

In light of the recent Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, many homeowners are left wondering if they’ve done all they can to protect their home in hurricane season. For those of us further inland, protected from the full brunt of the hurricane, tropical storms are still a concern. Since your home is likely one of your largest investments, keeping it safe should be among your top priorities. In preparation for these seasonal storms, here are some of the many steps you can take to protect both your home and property.

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Eight Easy Autumn Tasks to Protect Your Home

It’s that perfect time of year: right before it gets too cold and frigid, but after the heat of summer breaks. It’s the best time to get outside and admire changing colors of the season. That’s not the only seasonal change you should watch out for though; as much as fall brings to the table when it comes to outdoor fun, it brings some outdoor challenges for your home.  Here are some easy and quick tasks that will get your home in tip-top shape and ready for Autumn. As a bit of a bonus on this first day of fall, all of these tasks can easily be completed (or for the less home-repair-inclined, the handyman can be called) in a single day!
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Selling Your Home: When Should You Take the Leap?

Article originally published in the September 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine.

Unsure when to sell your home? If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to take a leap: it’s a seller’s market right now! Limited home inventory has driven home prices up and days on the market down, with average homes spending just 42 days on the market. Better yet, the median original listing price up 6.4% and still rising, due to continued low supply of homes.

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Selling the Season: How to Prepare Your House for Fall Sale

Article originally published in the August 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine.

As the temperatures drop, people relax, and kids go back to school, it’s time for more than just fall. While many people think that spring is the best time to sell a home, fall is just as viable as long as you know how to sell the season! Buyers don’t only look in spring, people are looking for homes 365 days a year. Emphasizing your home’s seasonal amenities will help you sell your home any time of the year. Be sure to get on the market as it picks up after the slow end of summer!
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Changing the Odds: Creating a Disaster Survival Kit

Nobody ever hopes for an emergency, but everybody should prepare for one. The best thing you can do to prepare your family is to put together a preparedness plan and create a disaster survival kit. Keep the kit in an easy to carry duffel bag, and make sure items in it are kept from expiring. The Red Cross offers many of these items online, or you find them from a retailer near you. 

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10 Apps to Change Your Homeownership

As a homeowner, life is so busy that it’s easy to lose track of the little things. Especially when it comes down to minutia like changing smoke alarm batteries, room measurements, and insurance item catalogues. For all of these things, and more, these apps can make your homeownership experience so much better:

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The Visual Temperature of Your Room – And How to Change It

Every room has a “visual temperature,” and figuring out yours can give you some insight into what colors and textures to choose for the room. Visual temperature doesn’t mean the actual physical temperature of the room: visual temperature is the effect that the room’s natural lighting and color palette have on the viewer’s perception of the room. A room can be cool, warm, or even both! Confused? Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think.

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