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The Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Jesse here.While fall’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, they can also be a wake-up call that winter is coming. Now’s the ideal time to take care of some important home maintenance. Use this list to get your home ready for the cold ahead.

By doing these projects, you can avoid some costly repairs and feel confident that you’ll be warm and comfortable when the cold weather arrives. As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463 for questions or to discuss a project.

1. Get Your Heating System Humming

You don’t want to wake up on the coldest morning to find you have no heat. Schedule a furnace checkup now with a heating system professional. An expert technician will make sure everything is running properly and that your system meets the manufacturer’s rated efficiency. The checkup will also measure carbon monoxide leakage.
 

2. Prevent Gutter Gridlock

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog gutters, which can lead to ice dams. Ice dams cause melting water to back up and flow into your house. Save yourself from this expensive repair by cleaning the gutters after your leaves have fallen. Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn sections. Check that your downspouts extend at least five feet away from the foundation. If not, you can buy inexpensive extensions and attach them.
 

3. Take a Caulk Walk
Walk around the exterior of your home and check it for air tightness. Carefully look for cracks, which can be the source of air leaks, energy loss and money down the drain. An inexpensive tube of caulk can help prevent energy loss and also help prevent moisture from getting inside the walls of your home. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls or floors. Most Common Sources of Air Leaks:

    1. Dropped ceiling
    2. Recessed lights
    3. Attic entrance
    4. Sill plates
    5. Water and furnace flues
    6. All ducts
    7. Door frames
    8. Window frames
    9. Chimney flashing
    10. Window frames
    11. Outlets and switches
    12. Plumbing and utility access

    (SOURCE: Energy.gov)

 4. Get a Look at the Roof
You don’t need to get up on the roof to spot trouble areas. Stay on the ground and use binoculars to look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles. If you find any, replace them right away. Examine the flashing and look for any rust spots, which could expose your home to damaging leaks. The good news is you can clean, prime and seal the rust fairly easily yourself. Also, if you spot large areas of moss, your roof may be rotting underneath. Call a roofing professional rather than trying to tackle it yourself.
 

 5. Clean Out the Chimney
Looking forward to a cozy fire? Better make sure your fireplace, chimney, and vents are clean first. A good cleaning by a professional chimney sweep can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup. Some DIY measures you can take include keeping the fireplace damper flue tightly closed when not in use and sealing seal air leaks with fire-resistant materials like sheet metal or sheetrock.

Get these projects knocked out and your home will be warm and cozy for winter. Then head to the store and load up on hot chocolate and some good books.

As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Top 5 Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Jesse here.While fall’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, they can also be a wake-up call that winter is coming. Now’s the ideal time to take care of some important home maintenance. Use this list to get your home ready for the cold ahead.

By doing these projects, you can avoid some costly repairs and feel confident that you’ll be warm and comfortable when the cold weather arrives. As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463 for questions or to discuss a project.

1. Get Your Heating System Humming

You don’t want to wake up on the coldest morning to find you have no heat. Schedule a furnace checkup now with a heating system professional. An expert technician will make sure everything is running properly and that your system meets the manufacturer’s rated efficiency. The checkup will also measure carbon monoxide leakage.
 

2. Prevent Gutter Gridlock

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog gutters, which can lead to ice dams. Ice dams cause melting water to back up and flow into your house. Save yourself from this expensive repair by cleaning the gutters after your leaves have fallen. Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn sections. Check that your downspouts extend at least five feet away from the foundation. If not, you can buy inexpensive extensions and attach them.
 

3. Take a Caulk Walk
Walk around the exterior of your home and check it for air tightness. Carefully look for cracks, which can be the source of air leaks, energy loss and money down the drain. An inexpensive tube of caulk can help prevent energy loss and also help prevent moisture from getting inside the walls of your home. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls or floors. Most Common Sources of Air Leaks:

    1. Dropped ceiling
    2. Recessed lights
    3. Attic entrance
    4. Sill plates
    5. Water and furnace flues
    6. All ducts
    7. Door frames
    8. Window frames
    9. Chimney flashing
    10. Window frames
    11. Outlets and switches
    12. Plumbing and utility access

    (SOURCE: Energy.gov)

 4. Get a Look at the Roof
You don’t need to get up on the roof to spot trouble areas. Stay on the ground and use binoculars to look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles. If you find any, replace them right away. Examine the flashing and look for any rust spots, which could expose your home to damaging leaks. The good news is you can clean, prime and seal the rust fairly easily yourself. Also, if you spot large areas of moss, your roof may be rotting underneath. Call a roofing professional rather than trying to tackle it yourself.
 

 5. Clean Out the Chimney
Looking forward to a cozy fire? Better make sure your fireplace, chimney, and vents are clean first. A good cleaning by a professional chimney sweep can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup. Some DIY measures you can take include keeping the fireplace damper flue tightly closed when not in use and sealing seal air leaks with fire-resistant materials like sheet metal or sheetrock.

Get these projects knocked out and your home will be warm and cozy for winter. Then head to the store and load up on hot chocolate and some good books.

As always please do not hesitate to contact Jesse at 804-436-3463

2017 / Modern Building Products and Materials

Houses today are stronger, more efficient, and safer to work on. Modern building products have a lot to do with that. Here are some good examples.

Tyvek Protec

Tyvek Protec Roof Underlayment

Everyone knows Tyvek; their HomeWrap is everywhere. A lesser known fact is that Tyvek also produces a high end roof underlayment that can be used with most roofing materials like asphalt shingles, tile and metal. Tyvek Protec underlayment takes the place of felt paper, but not self-adhering products; although they said that’st just around the corner.

Protec was designed with safety in mind: It lays flat and doesn’t wrinkle, which reduces a trip hazard.  It has a nonslip surface that is much safer to walk on, perfect for steep pitched roofs. And it’s much tougher than felt and should never tear out from under your feet. Protec comes in three grades with increasing quality and durability. Tyvek Protec Underlayment is sold where other roofing materials are sold. Prices start at $124.97 per 10-sq. roll.

Catch N Cover

Filter Out the Debris

Catching and containing debris created from power-washing can be a tricky pain in the backside when using regular poly. That’s because poly is the wrong tool for the job. Check out Catch N Cover,  a micro-filtration membrane that filters all of the potentially harmful leftover material from water (even lead paint chips) and leaves it behind, making clean-up easy.

All you have to do is drape Catch-N-Cover over the area around your jobsite, basically anywhere that water is going to run through. Catch-N-Cover is easy to cut, so you can make it fit pretty much any area you need to protect. Weigh the cover down, and you’re good to go! Water will simply pass through the membrane, filtering out all the solids, keeping the area beneath it clean. When you’re done with the job, simply roll the membrane up and either toss it or store it for later—it’s reusable! Produced by Dumond Chemicals, Catch-N-CoverMicrofiltration Membrane is available online and in home centers for $44.05 per roll.

Olympic WEATHER-READY Paint

Stop Worrying About the Weather

Weather can be an unpredictable adversary—just ask a painter. Olympic’s new WEATHER-READY paint can help combat the random nature of Mother Nature. The new Olympic ONE exterior paint formula  is rain-ready in just 12 hours, (probably a lot less in certain conditions).  That means less worrying that an unforecasted spurt of rain will ruin your beautiful work. Also included in this new formula is Olympic’s All-Climate Protection Package feature, which helps paints adhere even in extreme  hot and cold conditions. The All-Climate Protection sticks at temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Olympic’s WEATHER-READY Exterior paints are sold exclusively at Lowe’s starting at $29.98 per gallon.

Sub-floor Adhesive Subfloor Adhesive from Huber

Huber Woods, known for AdvanTech subfloor panels, is breaking into the glue game with a subfloor adhesive. They call it “Squeak-free” and claim that it will increase the stiffness of the subfloor. They also say that it will provide a more solid base for finished flooring. The adhesive is applied easily using their AdvanTech gun applicator; it can even be applied directly to frozen or wet joists due to its special formula.

The glue starts as a foam when first applied and then collapses into a gel, allowing it to fill in gaps  and create a firm bond with the panels. Huber is so confident in their new formula that they promise a 10-year Squeak-free Guarantee when you use their sub-flooring panel coupled with this new formula. Advantech “Squeak-free” Subfloor Adhesive is sold at lumber yards and other building material suppliers.

Charred Wood

Unique Home Accents

Looking to make a room stand out and spark conversations? UFP-Edge produces a Charred Wood Shiplap that gives a modern but rustic look to any remodel or renovation.

UFP Edge makes Charred Wood by carefully and specifically burning lumber. This produces a contrasting appearance that highlights the character of the wood and gives off a warm, almost rustic feel. This new shiplap is sealed with a satin clear coat that shields its outer surface but still allows the lumber’s unique look to shine through.

The Charred Wood is available in shiplap and trim kits for easy installation and is perfect for projects such as accent walls, column and beam wrapping and even art and crafts. 4-packs of Charred Wood Shiplap from UFP-Edge can be bought online or at Home Depot. It costs $65 for a 4-pack of  1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft.

The AZEK Decking Difference

PERFORMANCE DECKING BUILT TO LAST

AZEK decks are 100% Smarter Than Wood. They are designed to inspire and engineered to last beautifully. Browse through each collection to see how we’ve used the latest in materials science innovation to protect your deck. Discover the AZEK difference and how we engineer the best high-performance building materials available.

AZEK Vintage Collection vs Pressure Treated Wood

AZEK capped polymer decks are engineered to last beautifully from installation throughout all the seasons in the life of your deck. Interact with the time-lapse animation below to see how AZEK decking stands up to traditional wood planks over time.

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The newest must-have amenities for kitchens, closets, game spaces, privacy, and security in residences

In today’s luxury real estate marketplace, homebuyers’ lifestyles, hobbies, and collecting habits are defining their home life and shaping the features and amenities within . As part of its annual 2017 report on the state of the residential property market, Christie’s International Real Estate polled real estate executives and agents in the field and asked them which amenities and home features stood out in the current luxury real estate landscape. Here are some of their insights.

Kitchens as Theater and à Votre Santé

Anyone watching a master chef in action soon realizes that cooking is a dance and a kitchen is the stage. Counter space, considered prime real estate even more so than stoves or appliances, is expanding exponentially and also allowing a household’s multiple cooks to create in tandem. Precision, efficiency of movement, command of space defines a chef— which so many of us now aspire to be.

When entertaining, guests want to watch their hosts in action. As a result, they tend to congregate in the kitchen, which then grows in stature with “spectator” seating and elegant design. 

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Kitchens are further evolving into the hearth and hub of the family. A great kitchen is said to fuel a healthier lifestyle with more sit-down dinners, conversation opportunities and healthier dining choices than food on the fly. Elaborate indoor herb gardens continue to crop up, so to speak. More elaborate “farm-to-table” garden options in luxury households are taking root, as well.

The 2017 season of Top Chef, the long-running foodie television show, recently wrapped up in Charleston, South Carolina. Helen Geer of local area Affiliate William Means Real Estate explains the importance of a kitchen in selling a home: “The kitchen has become a major entertaining space. Instead of a utilitarian area for someone other than the owner to prepare food, buyers today like to cook and take enormous pride in the meals they prepare themselves. Even if they don’t cook, people still like to entertain in the kitchen with hors d’oeuvres or small plates. It is more intimate and welcoming.”

Closets: Go Big… No, Go Bigger

Just as your art and your home are the image you project to the world, so are the clothes you wear. That is certainly the reason that closets continue to grow in size and opulence. Across our 101 surveyed markets, numerous brokers across the globe reported that large closets continue to be a highly desirable amenity for luxury home buyers.

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It would be difficult to find a closet that can rival the square footage of space once devoted to clothes at “Ocean Lawn” in Newport, Rhode Island, which sold this March for $11.65 million by Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate. The estate was the longtime residence of Elizabeth Park Firestone, also remembered as a turn-of-the-20th-century fashion icon who amassed so many gowns, dresses and outfits, she once commented that she never had to wear the same thing twice.

Closets are no longer confined spaces. The closet is really another room, not a storage center, and has become almost recreational.

The original closet at “Ocean Lawn” was expanded, swallowing two guest bedrooms and three servants’ quarters. When that, too, proved inadequate, she set her sights on the floor above and converted all the rooms overhead to create a massive two-story closet. For her out-of-season wardrobe, she constructed a separate outbuilding on the property.

When the home changed hands in 2000 after the death of Mrs. Firestone, the new owners downsized the closet, reclaiming three bedrooms and a library before selling the estate in 2017.

Raising Your Game

Luxury real estate specialists surveyed report that the passion for recreation at home is only getting more expansive. This year we have seen ice-hockey rinks with Zambonis and warming areas, a BMX pump course, and an irrigated regulation soccer field. One noteworthy home had a slide directly from the master suite to the backyard pool.

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While indoor basketball courts have been a staple of luxury homes for some time, there is one in Portland that comes with an ingenious twist; it transforms into a formal ball room-complete with chandeliers and sound systems for grand-scale entertaining. When it is time once more for a game of hoops, the high-brow accoutrements are stored in giant lockers built specifically for that purpose.

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Sports continue to play a major role in the amenities on offer at many high-value homes across the globe, with homeowners integrating their preferred sports into properties in new and creative ways.

Bill Hamm of Christie’s International Real Estate says “We continue to be amazed at how many homeowners are creatively integrating sports amenities in their home while maintaining the high-end integrity of their luxury property.”

Privacy and Security

Beginning with the castle moat, security has been a salient feature of important homes for centuries. What started as basic in-home security systems like ADT have evolved radically for today’s most sophisticated residences.

Lulu Egerton of Strutt & Parker, notes, “on a micro level, I think security will be front of mind for many buyers. Fingerprint recognition and other sophisticated security systems—technology will continue to move forward and London will not relax on this front.”

Recent security innovations are wonders of technology, and are not surprisingly designed by former military masterminds: outdoor surveillance cameras with night vision to protect a home’s perimeters; safe rooms with oxygen scrubbers, back-up generators and Kevlar®-reinforced doors; blast films on windows to make them virtually impenetrable; and ceiling devices that when tripped, fire pepper spray or a fog laced with ingredients to temporarily debilitate unwanted intruders.

This Cayman Islands estate features a high-tech security system throughout the property

Design and Construction Trends

Design and Construction Trends

More and more, women are being recognized as the final decision makers regarding new home design and construction. Translated, this can mean more storage space in bedrooms, an oversized garage, larger laundry rooms, security systems and a higher quality of construction; while men are looking for things such as larger garages as well, home theater systems, space for large screen TV’s and separate shower stalls and tubs.

Builders and engineers are becoming increasingly aware of other factors that new home owners are looking for. At the core of these trends are safety and energy conservation, both in manufacture and construction activities, as well as being resistant to storms, earthquakes, and fire. Designs that take into account the health needs of consumers and decrease the use of materials that leak gases after the home has been completed and can literally make you sick. Other interesting trends are flexible floor plans, access by older consumers who want to avoid climbing stairs, etc., outdoor rooms, more storage and the utilization of some eastern beliefs such as Feng Shui and others are becoming recognized by builders and consumers alike.

Technology is making its way more and more into the home and to be more effective, it is best to take into consideration the design of the home before it is build. The truly wired home incorporating security systems with video pickups, as well as sound, music systems with surround sound, home theaters, homes fully wired for phone, cable and satellite TV options and high speed data are becoming common. Controls that allow you to close the drapes to accessing your homes security system remotely are also being added.

Finally, regional trends are also a significant factor and continue to affect trends in various parts of the country.

Useful Web Links
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Top 10 Designs in Home Trends
http://architecture.about.com/od/buildyourhous1/tp/homedesigntrend.htm

Home Building Trends
http://www.thinkglink.com/Notes_From_The_Home_Builders_Convention_Home_Building_Trends.htm

Home Theaters
http://hometheater.about.com/od/hometheaterbasicsfaq/a/hometheaterfaq.htm

Regional Trends
http://www.newhomesource.com/articles/newhomesecho.htm?refer=DSI

Home Ethernet
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=153

Wiring Your Home for the Net
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/rightconnections

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