Home Maintenance Tips for Labor Day Weekend

Here are some home maintenance tips for Labor Day weekend. If you can spare a few minutes from your busy weekend, these tips can save you money this winter. Labor Day marks the end of summer, and the beginning of cooler weather.

Homeownership takes work, it doesn’t have to be a lot if you slowly take care of things throughout the year. Here are a few things we recommend getting done this Labor Day weekend.

Seal Your Home

Check your windows, doors, and other home openings for drafts. Once you find the drafts seal them off with either caulk, weather stripping, door sweeps, or other tools that prevent air flow. Check your garage door seal to make sure it’s still doing its job. A sealed home keeps warm air in the house and money in your pocket!

Insulate Your Home

Add insulation to help reduce heating costs this winter. Check the attic and add insulation into places that are low. Most of your homes heat is lost through the roof, so insulate your attic well.

Service Your Furnace & Replace Filters

Increase the efficiency of your furnace by having it professionally cleaned and replace the filters. If you replace the filters frequently, you will get better airflow.

Buy a Programmable Thermostat

You can save a lot of money by purchasing a programmable thermostat that automatically drops the temperature in the house at night. By programming a thermostat, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to manually adjust the temperature before bed.  We hope you enjoyed our home maintenance tips for Labor Day weekend.

Once you do some housework, enjoy a nice Labor Day BBQ!


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Save Money for a Down Payment

Save Money For a Down Payment

Many renters dream of owning their own home. They  would love to paint the walls, make repair decisions, and gain equity with their monthly payments. Unfortunately, many renters cannot afford a down payment. According to a survey we found, 62% of Americans have under $1,000 in savings. Here are some tips on how to get yourself out of renting and save up for a down payment.

Talk to a lender and you know your goals

Call a great local lender – if you need one call us for recommendations – and find out how much home you can afford. Once you and the lender come to an agreement on what you can afford, set a hard goal and start saving.

Get a side gig

Find a side job such as Lyft, Rover, Instacart, or even a part-time job at a local restaurant or retail store. Put this money into a separate account so you cannot easily access it. This can add up to be a big portion of your savings.

Save your tax refund

As tempting as it may be, do not spend it! Simply put it away and pretend it no longer exists. You will thank yourself later when you become a homeowner!

Open a high-yield savings or money market account

All the money you are saving, put into an account that earns interest. Over time, that earned interest really adds up. By opening a different account, it also makes your money harder to access therefore resulting in you not spending it.

Drop the monthly memberships

Many people have memberships that are never used! Drop the monthly memberships to gyms, tanning salons, or other clubs you belong to that you don’t use regularly. It’s actually cheaper, in the long run, to buy a treadmill than to pay monthly gym fees.

Check your spending habits

Print out your bank statements and review them. It’s best to print them so you can truly analyze your spending. Highlight unnecessary expenses and start to cut back. With these tips in mind, you should be able to cut back your spending and save money for a down payment in no time! We wish you luck, call us to start your home buying process!

 

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Is it time to redo the bathroom? – 5 signs that point to yes!

“Is it time to redo the bathroom?” is a question homeowners ask frequently. Bathrooms are an important part of a home as they provide a relaxing retreat at the end of the day. They should also be providing a comfortable place to get ready for the day.

Bathrooms that are overdue for a redo can also possess heath and safely issues. Leaking water can be the cause of mold. And old outdated outlets and fixtures can be a safety issue. Here are a few tips to deciding when it’s time.

1 – Leaks

Frequent water leaks are a great indicator that it’s time to redo the bathroom. Leaks are a huge problem as they can become a health hazard when they start to cause mold to grow. Sometimes a leak is an easy fix, but if your leaks are frequent it’s probably time for a redo.

2 – Smell

If your bathroom has a funky smell to it, it’s time for a redo. This can be due to mold (mentioned above) or lack of ventilation. Replacing your toilets seal can make a huge difference. Many times, you can add a window to your bathroom during the redo, which is a nice addition.

3 – Low Lighting

 

If the lighting in your bathroom is not bright it’s time for a redo. You want to redo your bathroom to accommodate adequate lighting. You spend every day in your bathroom getting ready, so lighting is important. There are many new fun fixtures out there that will add personality to your bathroom!

4 – Storage Issues

 

Storage issues are a huge complaint for many homeowners. Many old homes do not accommodate places for storage. New vanities and shelves in your bathroom can help solve that problem.

5 – You Hate the Layout

 

Back in the 1920’s thru the 1940’s it was common to see bathtubs and toilets right next to each other. This is because plumbing was so new. Now, you can change all that! Move the toilet, move the sink, and rearrange your bathroom. Make the layout more convenient and appealing.

However, if remodeling a bathroom is not on your list of things you “want to do” call us! Let’s sell your bathroom, and get you the perfect home with a dream bathroom!

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Reduce Your Kids Back-to-School Stress

Back-to-School stress gets to all of us.

Parents, teachers, and children can all find this time extremely stressful. We suggest these tips to help reduce back-to-school stress and help get the year off on the right foot! Many kids find that waking up earlier, gathering school supplies, and actually attending school can be a lot harder than they remember.  So besides the obvious, like eating a nutritious breakfast and going to bed early, here are they are:

Talk About It

Before school stress gets out of hand, have a talk. But instead of talking, listen. Many kids can be talked through the concerns they are having at school. Sometimes what seems like a small problem to us adults, is a huge problem to a child.

Know the Rules

Understand your school’s rules. Make sure your kid knows about the rules on electronics, dress code, etc. Schools vary so it’s important that you stay in the know. Showing up to school and finding out you are accidentally breaking the rule can be stressful!

Establish a Routine

Get a routine in place for the kids. In the morning we recommend a breakfast routine that results in an easy transition out the door. After school, a homework routine is recommended. Last but not least, prep for the next day. If your kid has everything stacked and ready to go for the next morning, the stress isn’t there in the morning.

We hope these tips help you and your student get back-to-school without too much fuss! Double check your supply list and enjoy the year!

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Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

One thing we can all agree on is that we all would love to have a lower electric bill. There are many expensive steps you can take like installing solar or buying energy-efficient appliances. We wanted to share a few inexpensive tips with you!

Stop using hot water

No we don’t mean start taking cold showers, simply reduce the amount of hot water you are using.

Lower your water heater’s temperature – Heating water all day can cost you a lot of money. Many people don’t realize that by lowering the temperature on your water heater can save you a lot of money.

Run the dishwasher before bed and only if full – Run your dishwasher only once it is full. Also, run your dishwasher before bed, this way you are running it when it’s cooling down in your home so your A/C doesn’t have to make up as much for your cooling needs.

Buy cold water detergents – There are many brands of detergents out there that work great with cold water. It can save you lots of money by running shorter cycles and using cold water.

Heating & Cooling

Your A/C and furnace can be the most expensive things in your home to run, here are a few tips to lower those costs.

Open Windows – During the summer use thick drapes to block out heat from the sun. During the winter, open your blinds to allow the sun to warm the house.

Ceiling Fans – Buying and installing fans is not enough to save you money! Believe it or not, there is a correct way to use them. It’s important that during the summer your fans are running counter-clockwise to force the room air down giving you a cooler feeling. The fan should turn clockwise during the winter to gently draw room air up and push down the warm air.  

Buy a programmable thermostat – You don’t have to get the super fancy one that costs hundreds of dollars. You can get basic programmable thermostats for $20 that will still save you money!

Unplug!

Many appliances use power even when they are not running. If you get in the habit of unplugging appliances that are not being used, you can save lots of money. Get in the habit of turning everything completely off.

Install timer switches – Many lights and electronics can be on a timer switch so they are not constantly on. This also prevents you from forgetting to turn them off.

Use power strips – One thing that can save you money is to use power strips and turn them to the off position when you are done using the things plugged into them. This stops the attached appliances from pulling power even when they are not on.

So go ahead and try these great money-saving tips! We would love to hear how they affect your utility bill!

 

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Denver Fun Facts – 5 Fun Facts About Denver, CO 

Denver Fun Facts – 5 Fun Facts About Denver, CO

Denver is a fantastic place to live probably because it gets over 300 days of sunshine per year and has some of the coolest attractions around! Here are 5 things about Denver you may have not known. Be prepared to be surprised by these Denver fun facts as there are so many reasons to live to Denver!

 

Denver’s First Permanent Structure

Believe it or not, Denver’s first permanent structure was not a hospital, school, government building or church. Unlike most cities who start out with the staples listed above, Denver’s first permanent Structure was a Saloon. There are lots of old Bars and Saloons around Denver for you to check out. These saloons opened as early as the 1890’s and are still around. Maybe you should check out the Buckhorn Exchange, The Cruise Room, or Nob Hill Inn if you are interested in bar hopping some of the oldest saloons/bars in town!

Are You Accidentally Breaking the Law?

First of all, we have to point out that Denver has a few crazy laws! Many of these laws are no longer enforced, however we still think it’s important to point them out. Did you know that in Denver it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor? However, you can lend it to a friend down the street, just not the next door neighbor.

Denver Loves Its Sports

Not every city can say it has its own baseball, hockey, football, AND basketball team! In fact, only 12 other cities have teams in all four major sports. To add to the mix, Denver has its own lacrosse team and soccer team! So in one city you can watch the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos, Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Mammoth all play! If you love sports, this is the place to be since sports will keep you busy here all year-long!

Cityscape of Denver, CO

 

Colfax Ave Is Really Long

Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America. It runs over 26 miles long. Colfax Ave starts in Golden CO ends out in Strasburg, CO.  Therefore the Colfax Marathon is an annual run that started thanks to this long road!  The Colfax Marathon is 26.2 miles and includes amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. Most noteworthy about the Colfax Marathon is that it’s a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

 

Denver Loves Beer

Every year, Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival. This festival is the brewing industry’s top beer tasting completion. People flock from all over the USA and try hundreds of different beers from all over the country.  Not only does Denver host the largest beer festival, it also happens to brew more beer than any other city in the nation. 150 different beers are brewed here daily! If you love microbrews, you will love the beer scene in Denver.

 

A glass of beer sitting on a napkin on a wooden table

 

 

There you have it, 5 Denver fun facts you hopefully did not know. Denver is a great place and it is growing like crazy, if you are considering a move to Denver give us a call!

 

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