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Category Tips From the Pros

A checklist for spring organizing

Start your spring organizing now and then relax…

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a checklist for spring organizing.

Spring is finally here and I’ve created a checklist of things to do to get rid of the clutter around the house. Some things might have to wait – like putting away the winter boots and coats – until the weather gets a little warmer. The less clutter you have, the less time you spend looking for lost items and the more time you have to spend with your family and friends.

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  • Put away winter mittens, snow boots, hats and coats you won’t need any more.
  • Make sure you have enough space in the closet for everything. If not, add a shelf or hooks.
  • If you have a cabinet or drawers in your entry, go through ...
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The Importance of a Chimney Cap

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about chimney caps.

Chimney caps are a relatively small and inexpensive thing to install, but they play a vital role in the safety of your home and chimney. The small piece of metal installed at the top of your chimney prevents numerous potential mishaps from occurring, including animals entering your home and excess moisture accumulating.

Chimney cap. Image: Courtesy of Clean Sweep.

Keep Critters Outside

During the colder months, animals spending time on your roof or near your gutters will sense the warmth from your chimney when you have a fire lit. As a result, the critters will make nests close to or inside of the chimney flue...

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What Home Sellers Should Re-Inspect After a Major Storm

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Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about inspecting your home after a storm.

When preparing to list a home, many home buyers have the most critical and expensive pieces of the property inspected—the roof, the chimney, the foundation and more. However, a major storm can completely change the safety of these essential parts of a home. It’s better to fix problems before you have an offer and you’re sitting at a table with a home inspection report.

Roof and Exterior Siding

Even if you have durable slate roofing, a great deal of damage can be done in a short period of time. Have the roof inspected for missing or broken shingles, holes, dents and any other damage...

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When is it time for an air duct cleaning?

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Air ducts need to be cleaned every 3-5 years.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about cleaning your air ducts.

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home, but it can be hard to tell when you’re overdue for a visit from Clean Sweep Maryland. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional cleaning every 3-5 years. Some conditions warrant a visit more frequently.

What Are the Benefits of an Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is great for improving indoor air quality and removing household allergens associated with asthma-like symptoms. Dust mites, pollen, pet danger and dust all enter the air and are sucked into your home’s air ducts.

When the ducts are not cleaned on a regular basis, the dirty air...

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11 reasons you have clutter

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about the reasons we have clutter.

Try as we might, we all have some clutter in our lives. Understanding the reasons why we accumulate so many things can help us turn it around and begin to reduce clutter.

1 . You’re not sure what clutter actually is.

Clutter, as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “Scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness. A crowded or confused mass or collection.”

2. You can’t resist a sale.

Do you ever buy things you already have? You may buy things in bulk because you think you’ll use them, but then don’t. Often you take advantage of items that are on sale that you think you might need, but never do.

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Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros on preventing pipes from freezing.

Frozen Pipes Could Be a Big Problem, One That May Be Prevented

frozen pipes can be a big problem

What’s worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

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Keep your home organized

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about clutter and your mindset.

When I think about organizing my home, I like to take a step back and look at it from an outsider’s point of view. Think about a real estate agent coming over to tell you how you need to reduce the clutter in order to show your home. You be the real estate agent and look around your own home.

Make a list of things that you see that need work. Write it down so you have that list and don’t forget anything.

Do shelves seem like they have too much on them? 

Too many photos, nicknacks, books or other items can make your home look cluttered just because there is so much there. Think about what you can part with and what gives you joy...

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The Basics of Slate Roofing

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about slate roofs.

As a realtor, you probably see almost every type and quality of roofing imaginable, from roofs that seem to have more bare spots than shingles to traditional composite shingles. However, many realtors lack experience with slate roofing. This high-quality roofing material can last for up to 150 years if it’s properly installed, and it adds major value to homes.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing can match almost any exterior aesthetic thanks to the wide range of textures and colors that the material comes in. It’s also completely recyclable once it has worn out. Slate roofing requires expert maintenance and specialized installation to give homeowners the best experience possible.

When Selling a Hom...

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January Mortgages

Thanks to Mark Hines of Fidelity Bank for this episode of Tips from the Pros about mortgage rates.

Don’t forget Fidelity Bank Mortgage now has the lock and shop to insure the rate does not go up while searching for the home of their dreams. See attached.

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Some may be wondering where all the furloughed government workers claims for jobless benefits are?  As is normally the case with federal workers — they have a different system than the average Joe on the street.  There are more than 10,500 government employees who have sought benefits through the week ended January 5th, the latest period for which numbers are available.  

The federal jobless benefits are higher than those paid to ordinary citizens – but unlike regular citizen...

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4 Reasons You’re Having Trouble Getting a Fire Started

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about proactive chimney sweeping.

A Partially Closed Damper

If you opened the damper for your fireplace, it’s possible that something on the interior or exterior is preventing it from opening fully. Soot buildup and water damage could lead to a damper in need of repair. Clean Sweep can examine the damper and complete any necessary repairs for it to work properly again.

No Pilot Light

If you have a gas fireplace, the pilot light can be extinguished by a strong gust of wind or downdraft. Try turning the pilot light back on by turning the control knob to the pilot position. Hit the red button that lights the pilot and hold it for about a minute before turning the knob on...

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