Six simple tips for the cold weather ahead.
by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent
While this season has not yet broken record colds in Louisville, the recent snow warns that winter is in fact underway. Below are a few simple tips which often slip people’s minds so follow along to ensure your comfort – come what may.
- Make sure branches near your home are trimmed. Ice causes breakage, and possible roof or window damage.
- Store a few flashlights (with charged batteries) as well as candles and matches in an easy-to-reach cupboard or drawer. In case the power goes out, you don’t want to be left fumbling in the dark. If there is a power outage, be familiar with the number to call and report.
- Make sure your pipes are winterized. Those exposed, or in unheated areas such as your basement and garage, should be checked and insulated. Most home improvement stores carry pipe insulation, with six feet ranging from $5 to $20.
- If the funds are available, invest in a generator. Other backup heating sources such as firewood chopped and ready to go might come in handy as well. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on-hand to counter any accidents.
- Throw salt onto your front steps and driveway before the snow hits. Any warning from the local news of a snowstorm, and you should be generously sprinkling salt on your front steps and driveway. Feeling friendly? Toss some on your neighbor’s walkway.
Louisville real estate turning toward environmentally-friendly homes
by MIKE HALL, Agent/Owner/Broker
According to The Multiple Listing Service, Louisville now features eight “green” certifications which sellers may list to prove their home is environmentally friendly, or “green”.
These certifications include National Green Building Standard, ENERGY STAR Home Certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED,) and Home Energy Rating System. Construction features such as solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, tankless water heaters, and spray foam insulation are also included.
Ask me or any Red Edge agent for more information on these new certifications. An energy efficient and healthy home will sell for more, but cost less to live in. Happy green house hunting and listing!
Keep your place in tip-top shape without going crazy.
by MIKE HALL Owner/Agent/Broker
Waiting for someone to buy your home? Louisville’s market has been great this year - you could still get a contract before the new year rolls around! Keep your surroundings organized for that last minute real estate showing while still enjoying day-to-day life in your home.
Storage and Packing: Do you have some extra space for storage in your basement or attic? Keep it organized by stacking boxes after packing. Taking your time in advance with packing will make it less of a chore. Label boxes by organizing knick-knacks with no real use, holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, even books, wall hangings and photographs.
Cleaning: Think “spring cleaning” even if it isn’t spring. I’m talking cleaning those baseboards and walls with Murphy's oil soap, sweeping out from under the furniture, and deep-cleaning carpets. Make sure those windows are crystal clear, and that your bathroom is clean enough to eat off of. Keep your kitchen clean after day-to-day use.
Excess: Do you have some items you don’t use or want anymore? One key to selling your home is de-cluttering. Plan a yard sale on Craig's List! These are far less stressful if made in advance to moving. If it doesn't sell, pass along to Goodwill, family or friends.