GIVE YOUR HOME A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING......

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

It's hard to believe it's time to ring out the old and bring in the new!  I dare say we are all ready to ring out 2008 but let's consider bringing in the new and covering all our bases.

How about resolutions for your home??

There are many things we can do to save money on monthly energy bills and prevent costly repairs with regular maintenance and safety precautions and here are a few general tips:

Hire an Inspector:  Contact an expert and hire a professional inspector who can show you areas in need of repair.  Many small repairs can save you money if caught early.  Having an inspection can also keep you updated with current safety codes to implement.

Check your batteries: Test smoke detector & carbon monoxide alarms to see if you need to replace your batteries.  This simple precaution can keep you and your family safe all year long.

Water Heater check: Your inspector can ensure your water heater is in good working order thus cutting energy costs.  Looking for corrosion around the plumbing, scorching in the burner compartment and regulating the temperature setting are just a few things the inspector will be concentrating on.  In Austin many of our water heaters are located in the attic! "Yikes is that safe?" is a question I usually get from a relocating buyer.  Yes, it is but it is doubly important to service your water heater yearly,  you don't want a water heater bursting!

Every year most of us try to draft New Years Resolutions for ourselves.  This year see if you can expand your list to include your home.  Give yourself a gift that keeps on giving.... a home inspection.

Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2009!

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Rainmaker
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Tom Thornton
Realty Austin - Austin, TX
Broker Associate, MBA, ABR, CRS, GREEN, GRI, SRES

You've just reminded me to do a heater and A/C check-up on my home - thanks!

Dec 29, 2008 09:55 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Great! We just had our checked. Have a Happy New Year!!

Dec 30, 2008 12:26 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
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Dorie, also windows and doors are sources of big energy leaks... need double-paned windows and weather stripping around the door!

Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice

Regina P. Brown

Dec 30, 2008 04:47 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
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REALTOR®, Broker

Dorie,

Great advice.  I would also suggest you change you filters on a monthly basis.

Dec 31, 2008 01:19 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Regina,

Thanks for the great additions! Happy New Year to you!!

Dec 31, 2008 02:16 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Richard,

You are so right about changing the filters every month. It really makes a difference!

Dec 31, 2008 02:16 PM #6
Rainmaker
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AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author
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- The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results!

Great advice Dorie! Looking forward to reblogging this one. :)

Jan 01, 2009 03:53 PM #7
Rainer
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Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Thank you so much for including #1...

and #2....

and #3....

Best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.

Jan 03, 2009 03:57 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Amber,

Thanks for your comment. Best Wishes for a prosperous 2009!

Jan 04, 2009 04:13 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Russel,

Your welcome. It is true and I wish people would do this on a more regular basis. It is money well spent!

Jan 04, 2009 04:14 AM #10
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Jeff Molloy

Dorie,

Being a Licensed Home Inspector in New York I couldn't agree more with you!  I can't think of an Inspection that I have performed that didn't uncover many ways to save money on energy costs, improve the quality of life in a home , or point out many typical safety/fire issues that most home owners don't even know exist.  All I ever hear is that people don't want to spend money!  But with a very inefficient home THATS ALL PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY DOING!  I try to tell folks that all of my inspections are FREE, because when I am finished the client will have pelnty of ways on how to recoup the cost of my inspections and keep saving year after year. 

Thanks again for bringing this to light!

Apr 10, 2009 02:03 AM #11
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