Archive for 2012

How to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 | No Comments

A lot has been said about selling your home during the holidays.  Specifically, people often advise against it, but if done correctly, the holiday season can be a great time to sell your home.

 

Why? Because buyers who are actively looking during the holidays are ultra-motivated to buy.  They may be in a tough spot and need to move quickly, so sweeten the deal with these tips, and you’ll be starting your new year in a new home!

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Indoor Air Quality: Is Your Home’s Air Safe to Breathe?

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 | No Comments

Did you know that one of the most harmful things in your home could be the air you breathe?  If your home isn’t properly ventilated, you’re risking your home’s property value as well as your family’s health.

 

Watch this brief video that explains what contributes to poor indoor air quality.  Even better, learn what you can do to improve the quality of the indoor air you breathe.

 

Whitepaper: Clearing the Air about Ventilation

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 | No Comments

As Winter rolls in, homeowners change a lot of their habits. Unfortunately, a lot of our wintertime habits affect our home’s air quality – and not in a good way.

 

To save on energy costs, you probably keep your doors and windows closed in the winter. Instead of our summertime screen doors and windows, air is trapped in our houses, recycled over and over.

 

For ambiance or for heating, you may use a wood-burning fireplace. As you can imagine, the smoke and pollutants in the wood are now released into your home – wrecking havoc on your air quality.

 

Even something as innocent as a humidifier can be adding to the problem. Adding too much moisture to your home’s air can make linens, draperies, or even your clothes attractive to mold.

 

Without the proper ventilation, these seemingly innocent wintertime habits can cause your home harm. The fact is that the average American now spends 90% of their time breathing indoor air, which is 2 to 5 more times polluted than outdoor air.

 

So how do you keep your home’s air quality in check? We’ve recently published a white paper on that exact topic. While there are a lot of online myths about home air quality, we’re setting the record straight.

 

Learn what it takes to make your home a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

 

Indoor Air Quality: How Important is Home Ventilation?

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 | No Comments

Take a deep breath.

 

Do you know what you just breathed in?  If you’re indoors, what you just took into your body could be significantly different than if you were outside.

 

Naturally, you may think that outdoor air has far more pollutants than what we breathe indoors.   With automobile pollution and factories outside, we’ve almost been conditioned to think that our outdoor air is dirty.

 

Unfortunately, the air we breathe indoors is just as bad – if not worse – than the air of the great outdoors.  Why?  Here are several reasons:

 

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8 Ways to Save Energy this Winter

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 | No Comments

When Fall comes to an end and the temperature starts to drop, preparing for Winter may be the last thing you feel like doing.  Being ready for the change in seasons, though, can make a big difference in your home’s energy costs.

 

To get your home right for winter, consider these energy-saving (and often money saving!) tips.

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Infrared Home Inspections spot a home’s hidden faults

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 | No Comments

As winter approaches, there’s new technology to use to make sure our homes are up-to-par.
Many of our Certified Property inspectors utilize infrared thermography (IRT). IRT is used mostly for defect recognition, that is, it expands the ability of the inspector.

 

The property inspector’s main role is to provide objective information to the client regarding the condition of the systems and components of the property at the time of the inspection.

 

Because IRT assists the inspector in discovering conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed, this cutting edge technology provides valuable information that is useful to both the buyer and the seller of the property.

 

IRT is the process of creating visual images based on surface temperatures. In the hands of an experienced thermographer and inspector, IRT can provide insight into leaks, lack of insulation, heating and cooling system performance and electrical defects such as overheated wiring in the service panel.

 

 

An overheated cable splice shows itself in infrared, but not in a standard digital photo.

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The Best Apps for a DIY Home Improvement Project

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Thanks to design television, a lot of us feel like we’re invincible when it comes to home renovation. And why wouldn’t we? Television has us thinking that we can transform our entire basement into a recreation room fit for a millionaire in just 30 minutes.

 

Unfortunately, home DIY projects often take longer than 30 minutes and require a bit of expertise. If you’re ready to take a home improvement project into your own hands, there are a slew of new apps out there that help homeowners tackle their weekend projects easier than ever. Be sure to check out:

 

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How to Keep Organized When Moving Houses

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 | No Comments

Break out the packing tape and find some empty boxes – you’re moving.   Find solace in the fact that over 40 million Americans will also move this year, going through what some have called one of the most stressful situations in life.

 

But does moving have to be that much of a hardship? Sure, you’ll need to reacquaint yourself with a new area, finding a doctor, grocery store, or daycare that suits your family’s needs.  With a little bit of planning and organization, though, moving doesn’t have to be one of life’s most stressful moments.

 

If you’re not an organized person, take it from us: This is the time to try to be one.  With these helpful tips, you’ll be well on your way to moving swiftly and smoothly.

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What a great way to say THANK YOU to our REALTORS! Oreo Cookie Pops!

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 | No Comments

When Gail and Mike opened their home inspection business, Gail got tasked with handling Marketing for the business.  “I am not a big fan of marketing and wanted to give him back that job after my first tour of cold calls at realtors’ offices.  Some were nice, but most just wanted me to go away, which I was glad to do,” she says.

 

Gail loved to bake and knew this skill would elicit smiles as soon as she walked into the offices.  Now her treats have become baked Thank You’s for the referrals received and friendships fostered.   Now in their sixth year in business, colleagues always ask for the secret recipe.  Hopefully it will foster the same level of success Gail has had with it.

 

This recipe has a “Back to School” theme, but feel free to get creative, depending on the time of year and the people receiving these delicious and fun treats!

 

 

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The Power of Words: How to Dissolve Clients’ Objections As A Realtor

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 | No Comments

As realtors, you learn something new every day – especially when it comes to what you say to your customers.  We’ve all been there – just as you think you’re about to close a deal, you accidentally say something that makes the buyer think twice about the listing.  Or just as someone’s about to list their property with you, you comment on how beautiful their neighborhood is.  All of a sudden, they second-guess why they would ever want to leave that beautiful neighborhood.  What seem like done deals turn into deals gone bad – all because of your words.

So how do you control your language and effectively communicate with customers – especially ones full of objections?  We were happy to host one of our latest webinars on this exact topic: How Smart Real Estate Pros Dissolve Objections Without Having All the Answers.

 

 

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