Donna Frederick's Blog
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Do you keep tabs on your HVAC system regularly? For many people, the heating and cooling system in their homes is an out of sight out of mind item. Only when there is a problem with the system do people think about it.
The important thing for you to remember is that you don’t need to wait for an issue to arise for you to take continual care of your HVAC system. You can take action to continually have a supply of efficient, uninterrupted heating and cooling. With the right maintenance, your system will also run more efficiently as well. Keep the tips in mind below and show your HVAC system some love.
Keep Regular Maintenance Appointments
As with most other things that we own, a little tune up from time to time helps to keep things running smoothly. You can keep a checklist of the monthly and annual tasks that you should complete for your HVAC system. You could ask your oil or gas company for some advice on regular tasks that you should complete as well. These could include everything from clearing out leaves and grass to changing air filters. Doing these things will not only help your utility bills and HVAC system performance, but can also help you to ward off allergens that may cause bothersome symptoms right inside your home.
Tame The Trees
While it can be tempting to want to disguise your outdoor units with trees and shrubs, these can do some damage. You should make a habit to trim any nearby bushes to your units as well as clear away debris. Be sure that the system isn’t clogged with pollen, grass clippings, and dust. There should be at least a 2-foot clearing around the unit to prevent damage and airflow restriction.
Inspect Before Each Season
At the end of each season, you should make a point to inspect your HVAC system. See what the system looks like from the outside. Is the system doing its job as far as heating and cooling go on the inside of your home? Does the system sound extra labored while it’s running? If there doesn’t seem to be enough airflow or there is too much noise coming from the system, then you could have a problem with your system. You may need to call in a qualified professional to help you remove debris from your system, as leaves and branches can get into the coils of it, severely impairing the system‘s function. A professional can also help you to learn how to properly clean the HVAC system yourself.
With a little effort, you’ll save big in many ways just by paying close attention to your HVAC system.
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Earlier generations walked to the grocery store, school and work. It was as normal as drinking water. Then, automobiles became the rave and it almost became embarrassing to be seen walking to work or to the store. Surprisingly, younger generations are starting to navigate towards the simpler, earlier travel option. But, they aren’t alone. Boomers are regaining an appreciation for a simpler lifestyle too.
Walkability scores play bigger role to homebuyers
Evidence of the shift is showing up in the popularity of tiny homes, people living off the grid and a pick up in the gig economy. Millennials aren’t the only ones taking advantage of telecommuting and adjustable work shifts. Baby Boomers are jumping on board. Motivation for the change includes a desire for more flexibility, more work life balance, appreciation to live clutter free and with less anxiety and a desire to be closer to the pulse of a city.
Americans are also adjusting the way they work and live because they want to treat the earth more gently. Walkability scores are playing into nearly each of the changes. Realtors aren’t just being asked to find home buyers properties that have attached garages, open floor plans, energy efficient appliances and loads of natural light.
Realtors are being asked to find home buyers houses that are located in neighborhoods that have high walkability scores. Neighborhoods with good walkability scores are home to two or more forms of reliable public transportation. Bus stops, trains and subways are within walking distance.
Businesses are also within walking distance, making it possible for residents to walk or ride their bicycle to work instead of driving. To get to companies located further away from town, these neighborhoods may operate carpools. The decrease in the number of automobiles on the road in these neighborhoods reduces emissions.
High walkability scores help nature, fitness and human connectivity
Other features that help to give a neighborhood high walkability scores are:
A main community area that has shopping centers, banks, grocery stores, a library, gas stations, health clinics and worship centers is a must for a neighborhood to have high walkability scores. The best walkable neighborhoods have a movie theater, historic sites and local landmarks. People who live in these neighborhoods may know each other by first name.
Homeowners in neighborhoods with high walkability scores may be involved in at least one local organization, whether it be a government, charity, sports or educational organization. Streets and sidewalks are built with space for bicyclists,runners and walkers. It’s not uncommon to see a bike lane to the right of an automobile lane in these areas.
Should home buyers state that they want to live in a neighborhood that has a high walkability score, realtors can ask the home buyers if they want to live near parks and other wide open, natural spaces. As the numbers of gig workers increases, the shift toward walkable neighborhoods may rise further, demanding that realtors move these spots further up on their “must see” list.
Getting ready to move is a fun and exciting time. With all of the change happening around you, it’s good to have a solid plan in place for moving that will get you through. Perhaps the most chaotic time is two weeks leading up to moving day. Don’t worry, we have a checklist ready for you, so you can be prepared.
2 Weeks Before The Move
First, you should make sure that your car is ready for the drive, if you’re driving to your new house. Even if you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll need to know that your car can handle the trip and that your movers and you have maps available. Even in the age of GPS, this is a good idea just in case you lose service on the road.
Next, you’ll need to get cleaning. You should begin cleaning any of the rooms in your house that have been emptied out including closets. This is a good time to make one last check that everything has been packed. If you need to make any kind of arrangements to have your old home or your new home professionally cleaned, you should do so at this time. It will be much easier to have your new home painted and cleaned before you arrive with all of your stuff.
You need to get your records in order. Any prescriptions that you have must be transferred to a new pharmacy nearby. It’s a good idea to keep all of your important documents in a safe such as passports, financial statements, deeds, titles and wills.
You’ll need to get your family prepared for the move as well. Be sure that you know where pets and kids are going and how they’re getting there. Collect all other valuable items such as jewelry and family heirlooms and pack them somewhere for safe keeping.
One Week Before The Move
The last week in your home might be kind of stressful and emotional. Make sure that everything is packed at this point. Label each box for easy unpacking once you get to your new place. You could easily forget what’s in each box by the time you get there!
Other items of concern:
- Confirm the move-in and closing dates with your real estate agent.
- Arrange to pay your movers.
- Make a plan in case the movers end up running behind and you get to your home before your stuff does.
- Back up your computer and keep a drive with the files on it in the safe.
- Dispose of anything hazardous within your home like paint and chemicals.
- Change your address with the Post Office if you haven’t already done so.
- Cancel or change newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
- Find meals that you can make using the remaining food in your fridge.
- Empty lockers at school and the gym.
Return borrowed items to friends and family.
There will be quite a bit left for you to do once you get to your new home. You’ll need time to get established. Moving is exciting and stressful all at the same time! With a plan, you’ll be on your way to a smooth move!