Tag Archives: Home Maintenance

Summer Landscaping: Beautify Your Yard

Summer Landscaping: Beautify Your Yard

Summer is here! If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about what landscaping you will need to make your yard and home your personal oasis. There are so many flowers, trees and shrubs to choose from that are native to Northern Virginia  — you may run out of space for all the ones you like! Read on for some landscaping ideas to beautify your home. Continue reading

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The Home Inspection: What Should You Expect?

The Home Inspection: What Should You Expect?

Once a buyer has made an offer on a home they want to purchase, they will typically do a home inspection to identify any potential health, safety or mechanical issues with the home before closing. If you are the seller, you might opt to do a pre-market inspection to deal with any problems before putting your home on the market.  Continue reading

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Adding Native Plants to Enhance Curb Appeal

Adding Native Plants to Enhance Curb Appeal

When it comes time to selling a house, it’s important to remember that the outside is just as looked at as the inside is. Just like the old saying about first impressions, curb appeal is a top priority on your home-staging list. A great way to do this is by using native plants. In Northern Virginia, they are great for curb appeal because they are adapted to the soil and climate, require minimal care and don’t need chemicals to thrive. Native plants are more rugged than non-native plants, as they are resistant to drought, insects and disease. They also provide nectar to valuable wildlife such as birds and pollinators. It’s important that we plant native plants to try to improve the ecological integrity of our area.   Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Projects That Will Help You Sell Your Home

Spring Cleaning Projects That Will Help You Sell Your Home

It’s officially spring! While the warmer weather may be welcome, the idea of spring cleaning may not. However, the right spring cleaning projects can actually add value to your home, and that’s definitely welcome news if you’re planning on listing your home in the near future. Continue reading

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Radon and The Importance of Testing Your Home for It

Radon and The Importance of Testing Your Home for It

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found all over the country but especially in areas along the east coast, and in Northern Virginia.

The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third level especially if there is an in-ground basement or little ventilation on the lowest level. The EPA also recommends testing before you buy or sell a home. Continue reading

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New Year’s Revitalization for Your Home

New Year’s Revitalization for Your Home

It’s a new year, and you’ve probably made some personal New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight or getting organized, but what about for your home? Like you, your home could benefit from a fresh start to the year. Here are some ideas and tips for breathing new life into your living space. Continue reading

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Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

There’s an app for just about everything today, including apps to run every aspect of your smart home. If something in your home has electricity running through it, chances are you can upgrade it to a smart device. Smart devices help you easily control your home appliances and systems with the push of a few buttons. They will also save you money by making the most efficient use of your energy and cutting down on your utility bills. Continue reading

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Keeping the Cold Out: A Winter Home Maintenance Check-Up

Keeping the Cold Out: A Winter Home Maintenance Check-Up

Now that those holiday decorations are put away, it’s time to perform your winter house maintenance checkup. Performing a yearly winter home maintenance check-up can help prevent costly repair bills, make your home safer and lower energy bills. No one wants to be stuck without heat during frigid temperatures due to a faulty furnace. The following winter maintenance check-up guidelines can help you prepare your home for the cold winter months. Continue reading

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5-Minute Summer Home Maintenance Checks

5-Minute Summer Home Maintenance Checks

Did winter storms and spring rains take a toll on your home? Was it ready to withstand the heat, humidity, pests and thunderstorms of summer? How about the upcoming seasons? Is your house prepared? The best time to answer these questions and assess the condition of your home is now, while the weather is warm. These five-minute maintenance checks will help you do just that. Continue reading

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