Boost your Curb Appeal!

Increase Your Curb Appeal

Maintaining your home’s curb appeal has never been more important than now because many homebuyers begin their home search online. After all, once potential buyers see a home they like online, they’re more likely to schedule a showing or drive by the property to see the home in person. 

This month, I’m sending information intended to help you improve your home’s curb appeal, including eight tips designed to make the home’s exterior and landscape appear more attractive to potential buyers. Not thinking of selling right now? These tips will also help you maintain your biggest investment—your home—and make it the pride of your neighborhood, until the day you decide to list.

If you’re thinking of listing your home this spring, give me a call! Even if you’re not thinking of listing now, I can offer tips to help you improve your home’s value and connect you with reputable service professionals in my network who can help.

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It's Tax Time!

Take the Stress Out of Tax Time This Year

Albert Einstein once said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” Luckily, tax preparers and DIY tax software take much of the mystery out of the process. Whether you prepare your taxes yourself or send them to a professional, it’s still important to collect and sort your information, including any changes in status or economics that occurred during the year.

The information I’m sending this month is intended to prepare you for tax time. Page one provides a list of financial details you may need to gather ahead of time to make the process easier,  as well as some tips to help you get your refund faster. Page two outlines steps to take to help you protect your identity from thieves who wish to gain access to your information. 

Tax season doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of preparation, the process becomes a breeze.

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IDENTITY THEFT...IT'S REAL.

How Do You Secure Your Information Following Theft?

As more people rely on the internet to shop, bank, file taxes and more, thieves are finding more ways to steal personal information. While many people take the necessary precautions to keep their details safe, thieves may still be able to attain personal information by hacking into the systems of larger businesses. How can you make sure you’re secure and what steps can you take if your information is stolen?

This month, I’m digging deeper into the topic of identity theft, specifically discussing the rise of data breaches. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to protect your identity, you may still be compromised—as the 143 million people impacted by the EquiFax data breach learned. Page one outlines what to do if you learn you’re the victim of a data breach, from monitoring your credit reports and accounts to placing fraud alerts and freezes on your credit file to prevent thieves from using what was stolen. Page two outlines the specific steps to take if your banking and credit card information or driver’s license information has been stolen.

Although the thought of a thief having access to your online identity is frightening, this piece is intended to empower you to take control should you ever find yourself in the position where your information has been compromised.

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Winter is Here! Some Tips to Winterize Your Home this Season

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It's here. The Winter! We all want to save money and prevent damage caused by the Winter months. Here are some very easy and cost effective things from Mid-Atlantic Home Improvement that you can do to help your home in the coming cold months.


With the cold-weather months settling in, homeowners are looking for ways to shut out the elements to maintain optimal indoor comfort and energy efficiency.

Performing some relatively simple improvements and winterizing tasks before ice and snow settle in can save you a lot of money, hassle and headache during the winter season.

14 Money-Saving Tips for Winterizing Your Home

6 Smart Outdoor and Exterior Winterizing Tasks

Beginning outside, here are six tips to help seal your home’s building envelope and prevent potentially costly problems:

  • Clear eaves and gutters of autumn leaves and debris. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
  • Turn off the water supply to all faucets and fixtures that service exterior locations.
  • Locate and seal off any cracks or gapsin your home’s shell with caulking, especially around window frames. Cold air seeping in and warm inside air leaking out accounts for major energy waste – simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year. Seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping especially around doors and entry points.
  • Cover drafty windows and patio or deck doorways with an insulating layer of clear plastic, or better yet replace older windows with energy-efficient one, if you can.
  • Fix any roofing problems like aging or missing shingles. Repairing minor defects before winter arrives can help prevent larger and more costly problems heading into spring.
  • Get your chimney inspected & cleaned –  a chimney sweep can check the structure of your flue and remove any combustibles or obstructions in your chimney.

8 Effective Ways to Winterize Your Outbuildings and Interiors

Follow up by making money-saving improvements to outbuildings and interior spaces:

  • Seal off drafty doors with rubber strips, or install new storm doors to help energy efficiency.
  • Replace filters monthly during heating season – dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Replacing them regularly will improve your furnace’s efficiency and longevity saving your money along the way.
  • Change your ceiling fan direction. Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes and clockwise rotation produces warmer air. Changing the direction of your ceiling fans will circulate the air pooled near the ceiling back down – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%.
  • Wrap water heaters and exposed indoor pipes that transport hot water with insulation to help prevent any energy loss.
  • Upgrade insulation in key areas, including attics, basement ceiling, exterior walls and around electrical sockets; this can help reduce your heating costs by keeping a more warm air inside the home and inhibiting thermal transfer.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to create an optimized, automated heating schedule that keeps your home warm when people are home and saves energy when the house is vacant. And remember, for every degree you lower the thermostat during the heating season, you’ll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill.
  • Seal the ducts – in an average system, 10% to 30% of heated air escapes from ducts. Have a professional test and fix any duct issues – you’ll pay once and save for years to come.
  • Have a licensed technician perform a check of your furnace to make sure it’s operating as efficiently and safely as possible and is equal to the challenge of keeping your home warm all winter. Why invest in a professional tune-up? Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.

Above are some of the most effective ways to save money by winterizing your home the smart way – if you looking for an additional challenge, here’s 50 more ways to save.

These low-cost, high-reward strategies help reduce energy inefficiencies while supporting improved indoor comfort all winter long, all while guarding against potentially costly mishaps. Use them to ward off the cold, reduce your risks and maintain the overall integrity of your home.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

The holidays are a special time of year to spend with friends and loved ones. Holidays are also the busiest travel times, which can make getting to your destination stressful. However, there are things you can do to make it easier. 

The information I’m sending this month is intended to take the stress out of traveling during this season. Whether your trip is already planned or you’re searching for last-minute deals, this piece offers tips to help you reduce the stress of flying or driving. Additionally, I share important advice on how to stay healthy and how to ease traveling with small children or pets. 

Don’t let the stress of traveling dim your holiday spirit; follow these tips and you’ll arrive at your destination happy, healthy and ready to celebrate with your loved ones.

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

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Ready to Party!!??

The holidays are nearly here…

It’s almost time to celebrate the spirit of the season with parties and get-togethers to reconnect with our families and friends, especially those who live far away.

The information I’m posting this month will help you throw the perfect holiday party without breaking the bank. You’ll find several tips to help make the planning process fun, stress-free and budget friendly, from prioritizing where you’d like to spend most of your dollars to ordering food and coordinating entertainment your guests will love. Whether you’ve been planning your holiday party for months or you’ve just decided to throw one, you’ll find this information valuable.

I want to take a minute to thank you for your business. Your business and referrals drive my business and make it successful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

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Fall for Our Pinterest Board

We wanted to celebrate the coming of Fall and to share some picks for really great Fall decor. We love Halloween and would LOVE to see your costumes this year! Instagram your shots and hastag them with: #SPTRVAFALL

We aren't just about buying and selling, we think about all things HOME.

It's Party Time!

Thinking of buying a home? Here’s what you need to know...

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying a home this year? If you’re a first-time buyer or if it’s been a few years since you’ve purchased a home, you may wonder what to expect during the homebuying process.

This month, the information I’m sending will give you the scoop on what to expect at every major step of the way, from home search to closing. The piece is intended to help you understand the process, think about what you want in a home, prepare for financing and answer some of the questions you may have. While every transaction is different, the steps outlined are typical in most transactions.

If you or someone you know is ready to buy, give us a call! We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and help you find the right home for your needs.

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

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Home Selling 101

There are many factors that go into selling your home. Maybe this is the first time you are doing so and you want great care and guidance in selling it effectively and quickly. Here are some tips that may help!


Are you thinking of listing your home? For many people, especially first-time sellers, the selling process may seem intimidating because they’re not sure what to expect. A sure way to ease any anxiety you may feel is to learn more about the process.

This month, the information I’m sending provides an outline of what to expect during the selling process. From getting your home ready for its market debut to handling offers and the closing process, this piece helps you understand what may happen and offers tips to get your home ready. While the specifics of your sale may be different, the steps listed consistently occur in the majority of transactions.

When you’re ready to list your home, we’ll be there every step of the way to explain the process. Give us a call today!

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