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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 8/19/2019

The summer can be a fun time full of adventure and bonding with friends and family. But with the hot days, many who want to spend their time inside with the family where it is cool are choosing to do so. 

With the long hours spent at home and the increase in usage, you may lose control of your electric bill and end up paying a lot of money you did not expect to pay.

For the households who want to save money, or at least use electricity efficiently, the following are some ways to do so:

The first thing you need to do is to prepare yourself for the heat. This way, you can plan and set your physical limits as early as possible. Once you get done preparing mentally, you need to make your home ready for the heat with the following steps.

  • You can invest in an automatic thermostat. An electronic thermostat is the best way for you to keep your home at a suitable temperature without having to increase or decrease the thermostat, the smart device will do that for you.
  • You should review the maintenance of your air conditioning units and fans to check if they work and how you can further save electricity on them.
  • You can have a general cleaning and de-clutter your home so you can have more space for the airflow.

Second, you need to do the math and share that logic with your family members, so they know how to control the temperature.

You must remember this logic: for every degree above 72ºF, you end up saving up to 3% on your cooling expenses. Studies have shown that the ideal setting is up to 78ºF.  This setting works best if you slowly acclimate early in the summer.

Third, you can spend money on blinds and end up saving more. Think of this scenario: you have the air conditioner on, and the windows allow the sun to come in. Perhaps it is ideal for you to use natural light, but it hurts your electric consumption more. The more sun that shines in the room, the more work the air conditioner does. Adjustable blinds allow you to have reflected light but reduce the thermal effect.

Finally, use summer to bond with your kids. Only use one room where your whole family can stay during the day if you plan on staying at home. This way, you save money on air conditioning and also bond with your kids.

Now that you know the best ways to save electricity during the summer, you are now ready for a better experience with your family. 

Contact a real estate professional if you want to know how you can use your electricity savings to increase your home’s market value.





Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 8/12/2019

Moving at the wrong time.

It is very crucial for people who plan on relocating to consider the time of the year in which they would move. Not doing this may influence how stressful their move will be. To be sure, call a professional quality mover. It is advisable to make the first contact between three and four months before the desired move date.

Preparing on the D-Day 

For a successful move, it is essential to organize. So it is unthinkable to arrange your boxes or defrost your fridge the morning of your move. Unplug your refrigerator 1 to 2 days before to allow it to defrost and be movable on the D-day. For preparing your cartons, doing that a few weeks in advance can help you manage space. 

Not researching movers and insurance 

You should entrust your furniture and belongings to the right movers. These professionals will have a heavy responsibility to transport your property in the best possible conditions and without damage. Just as you would not leave your child to just any nanny, it is vital to choose the right mover.

Not estimating the cost of the move 

Before making the final decision to go through a professional mover, it is vital to ask for a detailed quote of all the services you will need for your move. Doing this will help avoid financial hassles during your journey.

Underestimate the importance of the inventory 

On your moving day(s), you will have to deal with many things; the movers, the last adjustments, the final cleaning touches. A lot of traffic and cardboard in your house and so many upheavals. However, do not neglect the importance of the inventory list. 

When preparing all of your boxes, take the time to make an inventory that will help you, on the one hand, to find everything when you unpack your boxes in your new home, but that will also allow you to make a good follow-up check of your belongings during the move. You guarantee that you can track and verify that your property is complete. 

It is important to read the list of the inventory at your departure carefully; to check that nothing is left behind. Then do not forget to re-read this inventory when unloading your belongings in your new home. It will be easier for you to do the necessary steps on the day of unloading than a few weeks later. 




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 8/5/2019

When it’s time to buy a new home, you’ll hear a lot about the importance of location. How can you choose a place? Whether you’re moving around the corner or across the country, there are a few essential things that you should know in order to select the best place for you to live. Read on for some questions that you should ask yourself when trying to find a good fit for a  location to live. 


What Should Be Close?


There’s more to a home than what schools are nearby or how close you are to work. While these things are essential, you’ll need to understand more about our lifestyle to find an excellent location. You’ll have to look at your life and your family’s life on a day-to-day and weekly basis. What types of activities do you enjoy? How close do you want to be to a grocery store, a gym, or a shopping center? How close do you want to live to the city? The mountains? The beach? Does your family enjoy outdoor recreation like hiking or walking through the park? Making sure that the things that are important to you and your family are accessible will be a big part of choosing a location to move.


How Walkable Is The Neighborhood?


If your kids will be walking t school, or you enjoy daily strolls with the family dog, the walkability of a neighborhood is important. Many places allow you to walk everywhere right out your front door to the grocery store or the hair salon without ever setting foot in a car. You may even want to be able to walk to a bus or subway in order to get to work each day. Walkability is an important aspect to consider when looking at home locations. 


Who Lives Nearby?


You may want to consider who lives nearby when looking at different neighborhoods to move. If you wish to live near family or know some good friends who live close, this could be a good starting point for finding the right location to live. It’s always easier to make the transition to a new area when you know a few people.


How Quiet Is Too Quiet?


Some people love peace and quiet. Other people need a lively environment that allows them to access the hustle and bustle any time they choose. Knowing your want for peace is a big lifestyle choice and a large part of selecting a location to live in. The closer you move to a big city, the easier your access to the more exciting side of life will be. The further away you live from the city, the more likely you are to have more quiet.      




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 7/29/2019

What do you think is the best paint color to sell your house? It often seems that the best color is white since it evokes a clean canvas for the buyer. While white is an excellent color to start with, you may find that if you warm up the interior of the house just a bit, it may assist prospective buyers in feeling more at home when they walk in than stark white. Here are some excellent fresh but neutral colors to paint your house to prepare it for the market.

Colors for the Kitchen

White kitchens have been everywhere recently, but a completely white kitchen doesn't give most buyers that homey feeling that draws them in. Neutral warm or cool grays offset those beautiful white cabinets while exposing any particular architectural details. Some reports show sales increases prices with appropriately colored walls. Your agent will know which colors are most popular in your area but some to look at are Hazelnut or Lilac Gray.

Bathroom Colors

In bathrooms, blue seems to be the color of choice. A freshly painted pale blue master bath can give the buyer a sense of a spa-like retreat while deeper hues provide a room the ever-popular nautical theme.

Bedroom Colors

Home seller reports show that rooms painted a matte soft cerulean blue made a higher net profit than expected. For added appeal, try to pair the blue with white baseboards and stage the room with natural woods. Buyers want to step into a space that feels restful. 

Living Room Colors

For your living room, look for lighter beiges and warmer gray-browns. This color combination will help the room feel more cozy and welcoming. Boldly accent the beige with a white fireplace mantle and baseboards for a clean and comfortable feel. You can use some natural woods and cozy textures when staging the room.

Dining Room Colors

For the dining room, cool bluish-grays give the room a more formal appeal and instantly updates the space. Statistics showed that dining rooms painted with a bluish gray sold for higher pricing than homes with white dining rooms.

Best practices for a smaller home are to paint most rooms the same neutral color as it gives the house a more substantial feel. But, if you have a larger home, paint in such a way to highlight the architectural detail of each room while remaining neutral. If you want to have one very bright paint, make it the front door. Studies show that a brightly painted front door adds curb appeal to any home.

As always, discuss any color changes with your professional real estate agent for the best ROI and quickest sale.





Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 7/22/2019

Sometimes our dream home comes with not-so-dreamy features. One of those can be well water with a higher than desired rust content.

Of course, this isn’t necessarily a reason to pass up a home you are otherwise in love with. There are several solutions to keep in mind when making your decision.

The first thing you will want to do is have a water test done to test the levels and type of iron in the home's water. Knowing just how high the concentration of iron content is and the type will be a determining factor into which solution will be the best for your lifestyle and new home.  

While you are having tests done you will also want to confirm that rust levels are indeed from the well and not the pipes themselves. Rusty pipes are a different topic altogether and require a different protocol and budget if taken on.

If rust concentrations are fairly low concentration you will just need a water softener installed. This will help to protect plumbing and appliances from effects of rust. It will also mean cleaner, and softer, clothes, less soap usage, and less scrubbing when it comes to cleaning surfaces like the bathroom tub. It’s important to note that you will need to use less soap with softened water since it creates more lather. Too much lather can damage your appliances and even lead to water leakage.  

If iron levels are falling in the medium range you will want to opt for a filter specifically for iron. Greensand and oxidizing filters are the two most common. Be sure to have your filters custom sized to fit your homes water usage and the requirements it will call for to have the system function properly.

When iron levels are high a chlorination filtration system is the way to go. This system treats water before entering your lines, which saves your plumbing from potential damage over the years. You may also want to investigate what damage, if any, has been done to plumbing and if you will need to replace to ensure safe drinking water and a clean home.

What you need to know about high rust content if left untreated:

If you use bleach on laundry your whites will yellow due to a reaction with the rust.

  • You will need to regularly use a specialty cleaning product to remove rust stains from places like sinks, toilets and showers.

  • Build up of rust over time will not only damage plumbing and appliances but also affect your water pressure as a result.

  • You will need to invest in Iron-Out and use it regularly to flush your plumbing

  • You will want to do “backflushes” to clean out rust accumulation




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