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Tech-Smart Home Buyers

by CAR

Today's home buyers are tech-savvy consumers! 89% of buyers now use online tools in their home search.

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Helpful Tips to Declutter Your Home

by Real Team 360

'Tis the season of boxing up holiday decorations and making New Year's Resolutions. If you are considering listing your home in 2015, it's also the perfect time to declutter!

Preparing your home to sell means presenting a home which is attractive to buyers. If you’re going to be living in the home while it’s on the market, and you’re choosing not to stage it, you absolutely must go through a decluttering process. It can feel overwhelming at first, but I assure you the process can be broken down into manageable steps which will help your home sell potentially faster and for a better price.

1. Take photos of what you’re up against. You might think things look pretty good until you see your home with the unflinching eye of the camera. Photograph every room from multiple angles and you’ll begin to see what buyers will see. Don’t forget to snap the closets, laundry rooms, and garage.

2. Plan a room-by-room attack. This doesn’t have to be done in a day, a weekend, or even a week. Depending on your timeline, tackle as much or as little as you can reasonably manage before burning out. If you try to do too much at one time, you’re likely to start making unfortunate compromises about what stays and what goes.

3. Use a checklist. When you assess a room, list what needs to be done and then the order in which it makes the most sense to do it. Visualizing the process will prevent you from wasting time. For example: You may find that certain pieces of furniture can go, and if you haven’t planned for help moving them out, you can get stalled.

4. Be ruthless. You have clothes you haven’t worn in years, piles in the garage you’ve moved around, and shelves of unread or dispensable books. Start thinking of those “perfectly good” somethings you’ve been hanging onto as anchors dragging down your home’s appeal.

5. Stay motivated. Tell yourself: Less is more. Remind yourself: Every box that goes to Goodwill is a box you won’t have to lift, relocate, and unpack on moving day. This is an opportunity to refresh your life!

6. Pile it up. Sort things into “give away,” “throw away,” and “sell.” Some things can go to friends, others can go to charity. Keep in mind the real market value of items if you plan on selling them online (they’re probably worth less than you think). Some you can unload curbside, other items may be destined for freecycle.org, Craigslist.org, or a local junk pick-up service.

If you need someone who can see your home with a buyer’s eyes, give us a call at 805-238-1555. We can provide you with a fresh perspective on your decluttering mission. 

Tips to Keep Water Pipes From Freezing

by Paso Robles Daily News

TCSD offers tips to keep water pipes from freezing 

-From the Templeton Community Service District-

With winter’s dropping temperatures, the possibility of water pipes freezing and bursting is heightened. As ice expands it pushes water toward the closed faucet, causing water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet. The pipe eventually ruptures under the pressure. Pipes that are most at risk are those against exterior walls, in unheated interior areas such as attics, or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

The following tips will help you prevent, identify, and thaw frozen pipes:

1. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night – though you may incur a higher heating bill, you are preventing a costly repair.

2. Suspect a frozen pipe if only a trickle comes out when you turn on a faucet.

3. To thaw frozen pipes, apply heat to the frozen section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater, or towels soaked in hot water.

4. Keep the faucet open while treating the frozen area. As the ice begins to melt, water will begin to flow and will help liquefy the ice in the pipe.

5. Check other faucets in your home – if one pipe freezes, so may others.

6. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber for assistance.

For future protection consider relocating exposed pipes and/or adding insulation to attics, crawl spaces, as well as, around exterior pipes.

For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/tcsd-offers-tips-keep-water-pipes-freezing/30164/

Greener Lighting Solution: LEDs for Your Home

by Real Team 360

Do you want to make your home as energy efficient as possible, but you find the light from CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) unappealing? It’s time to take a new look at modern LED lighting.

Advancements in LED lighting have completely changed the face of energy efficient lighting. When they were initially developed, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) were solid bulbs first limited to single-bulb use. Gradually manufacturers began to cluster these bulbs to create more powerful light sources for flashlights and directional lighting. Now, however, advancements in clustering, lens design, and positioning have made these bulbs suitable replacements for almost any home lighting scenario.

While they used to be very expensive, research breakthroughs as recent as 2009 made the manufacture of LEDs drastically cheaper. With this breakthrough, LEDs rapidly became competitively priced with CFL bulbs.

Benefits of LED lighting include:

  • High durability: While traditional bulbs have a filament which is fragile and subject to damage, LEDs handle shocks extremely well.
  • Lower temperature: LEDs run cool, producing significantly less than 4 btus/hour, compare to more than 80 btus for incandescents. This is a real plus in the summer months when ambient heat from lighting can build up.
  • Longevity: LEDs can live ten times longer than CFL bulbs and outstrip even the heartiest of incandescent bulbs.
  • Energy efficiency: LED bulbs typically draw between two and 17 watts of electricity. CFLs and incandescent lights can consume three to thirty times more energy.
  • Both cool & warm light available: Advancements have made it possible to choose “cool” lighting for big, task-based areas of the home and “warm” for accent lighting and more cozy applications.
  • Standard, dimmable, and 3-way available: Many people don’t realize that there are LEDs now for a full range of switching applications and don’t necessarily require switch replacement (i.e. for dimmable applications).

If you’re looking for greener choices with a long-term benefit to your bank account, consider LEDs.

Support Your Local Retailers This Holiday Season

by Real Team 360

As real estate agents, one of our biggest concerns is ensuring that local real estate values continue to appreciate as neighborhoods improve, businesses grow, and people are able to sustain safe, prosperous relationships with their neighbors. There are many factors which contribute to this, but one of the most important steady investments you can make in your community is by shopping local, independent businesses.

During this holiday season or any time of year, making the choice to shop locally and independently can contribute hugely. Consider these economic statistics gathered from a range of credible sources by “Independent We Stand” (www.independentwestand.org), a website dedicated to helping small, local, and independent businesses thrive:

  • Small businesses accounted for 65% of all net new jobs over the past 17 years.
  • Small businesses employ 77 million Americans.
  • 89% of consumers agree that independent businesses contribute positively to local economies.
  • Residential neighborhoods served by a successful independent business district gained, on average, 50% more in home values than their citywide markets.
  • Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors. Independent restaurants return more than two times as much money per dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.
  • If independent businesses regained their 1990 market shares, it would create 200,000 new small businesses, generate nearly $300 billion in revenues and employ more than 1.6 million American workers.
  • If just half the U.S. employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
  • For every square foot a local firm occupies, the local economy gains $179 vs. $105 for a chain store.

Shopping for the rock-bottom price might just short your community in ways you didn’t realize. Try and see your purchases locally as an investment in your home and your neighborhood. The next time you’re thinking of shopping, see where you can do business with people who live and work nearby. Shop local! Shop independent!

Fire Safety Around the Holidays

by Paso Robles Daily News

Homeowners take note: Holiday fire risk increases after Christmas Day.

Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. But Joseph Powers of Servpro of San Luis Obispo wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)*, Powers says while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.

“For many families, preparing for the holiday season is a very busy time,” said Powers. “Come December 26, it’s tempting to relax and stop watering the Christmas tree, replacing bulbs in outdoor lights and tucking indoor garlands back into place. Dry greens, open sockets and decorations that slip dangerously close to light sockets or fireplaces can all increase the risk of fire in the days after the Christmas holiday.”

The American Christmas Tree Association quotes Nielsen research that says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011. That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires. Forty-three percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent—numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season. Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

Powers encourages San Luis Obispo homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. “When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace, a draft that blows a candle flame too near, or a carelessly held cigarette to turn your holiday celebration into a tragedy,” says Powers. “Beyond the damage from the fire itself, a Christmas tree fire, like any fire, can result in extensive smoke and water damage throughout your home, and can even be deadly.”

As the holiday season moves into full swing, Powers reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a
holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com.

Joseph Powers is a cleaning and restoration expert who cleans up after disasters from water and fire damage with is company Servpro, which serves San Luis ObispoAtascaderoPaso Robles and Los Osos. Call Servpro at (805) 541-1271.

http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/beware-holiday-fire-risks/29810/

Customers for Life - Keep Them Coming Back!

by CAR

Want to earn a customer for life? Always provide excellent service for your Buyers and Sellers!

 

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