Fall Chore List

Fall chore list is here!

It’s that time of year where you need to buckle down and take care of that pesky fall chose list. Don’t worry – If you get it done now, it will be easier and warmer than if you wait until winter hits. There are a few steps we recommend you take to make the burden of home upkeep a little lighter. Here are our top recommendations.

Rake Leaves – where you need to

Believe it or not, you do not need to rake every single leaf on your property. It’s important that you rake the leaves in the front yard to appease the city and neighbors. However, you can leave leafs that are in the garden to act as mulch and to protect the roots. Some plants can also benefit from to decomposing leaves in the spring so it’s best to leave a few leaves here and there.

Collect Your Tree’s Trash

This is a great time of year to collect all the debris that falls off the trees. This can include fruit, pinecones, pine needles, branches, etc.  We also recommend that you trim your trees back so that the winter snow doesn’t cause them to pull down the power lines.

Mulch

Protect your plant’s roots over the winter by covering all plant beds with 1-2 inches of mulch (or leaves mentioned above). Avoid weed fabric as this prevents moisture and nutrients from getting to the plants.

Pull Weeds THEN mow

Mow the yard one last time. Before mowing, pull all the weeds so you can get rid of the roots and seeds so they are less likely to come back next spring. It is best to throw away the weeds instead of using as a mulch substitute because you want the seeds gone! Mow your grass short to prevent diseases and collect the grass clippings. When you are done, winterize your mower.

Prune the Branches

The last item on your fall chore list is to prune your branches. Prune any branches that are diseased, damaged, or dead.

We hope you find these tips helpful and we hope this list helps you have an easier start to the spring next year. Gardening and landscaping can be a lot of work. We recommend breaking it down into smaller chunks and doing it one chore list at a time.

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Denver Rents are Unaffordable

Denver Rents are Unaffordable!

We hear it constantly, rental costs are going up! In the Denver Metro market, most people are spending over 30% of their income on rent. The worst part? That money is not building the renter equity.  That money is making the landlord richer. Make the smarter move and buy your own place. There are lots of townhouses, condos and detached homes available in the Denver area looking for new owners.

A recent report released by Zillow shows that buying is a better deal because the median home price will cost less than 20% of the average person’s income. That’s a lot of money saved per month. You can also deduct the interest paid on your mortgage – something you cannot do with your rent.

Many renters have roommates to afford the rent. Imagine buying a home and having a roommate pay half your mortgage. Win win! This is a great way to gain equity using other people’s money. So find an interested party that wants to live with you and start the home buying process.

With rents being higher than mortgages, now is the time to buy. As far as the down payment goes, you just need to buckle down and save. Many people also qualify for down-payment assistance. Call us and we can discuss great lenders with you to get your pre-qualified.  Having a great lender in the competitive market is very important.

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Stop paying into someone else’s equity, become a proud homeowner and keep all that equity for yourself. Homeownership is a great investment and worth the efforts it takes.

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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.

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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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