Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance

hvac unit repairIt makes sense to maintain a HVAC even if it is under warranty. The average warranty covers the compressor and all parts for 10 years.

However, the warranty is usually limited to parts only, not to labor after the first year. The cost of labor for air conditioning repair can be very expensive when a coil or the compressor needs to be replaced.

Secondly, today’s conditioners are up to 3 times more efficient than the models they replace. If you have an air conditioner that is 15-20 years old it might make more sense to replace it now, before it wears out. You will begin to save on energy costs immediately. In addition, many high-efficiency central air conditioners are eligible for tax credits and utility rebates, reducing your expenses considerably.

Finally, it might be wise to replace your central air conditioner preemptively before it fails. Here’s why. Being proactive will give you the opportunity to take your time to find the best unit, the best price and a competent installer. You won’t be rushed and will likely make a better decision.

According to Home Advisor, having your central air conditioner fail in the middle of summer can be expensive. … Read More

Can I Sell My Home Without a Realtor?

how to sell a house on your ownJackline from Auburn sent us this question: “Can I sell my home without a realtor?”

Many homeowners have this question. We got in touch with the team at The Connor Group for some insight into this question. For our readers, The Connor Group is a real estate firms that manages luxury apartments around the country. For example, you can go to their site to search for luxury apartments Austin.

We posed the question to The Connor Group and they sent us the following information:

The biggest investment most people ever make is owning a home. When you want to sell the home, it’s standard practice to hire a real estate agent to find a buyer on your behalf. When the sale is concluded, the agent will typically take  7 to 10 percent of the sale price as commission. The commission can be quite a huge sum.

One question you may be asking is, “Can I sell my home without a realtor?”

Selling a home on your own is not difficult if you know what real estate agents do. Typically, an agent does the following:

  • Puts your property in the market with Multiple Listing Services (MLS).
  • Markets the home online,
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Find the Best Electrician for Your Home

manchester electricianAt one point in time, you will need the services of an electrician. Whether it’s the heater in your home that needs to be replaced or the wiring in your business premises that is not functioning properly, you require a competent electrician to handle the task for you.

By the way, did you know that poor lighting can cause sleeplessness among some people. With sleeplessness comes problems such as snoring, which will mean having to use a snoring device like PureSleep

Experienced electricians can do your electrical projects in a timely manner, ensuring your life gets back to normal as soon as possible.

Regardless of where you live, you will need to hire an electrician at one time or the other. This article was inspired by James Kent from Manchester, who wanted to know the most important things in our opinion that homeowner should consider when looking for domestic electricians. Here we go.

There are a number of things you should keep in mind when looking for an electrician Manchester contractor. These include:

Experience of the Electrician

Find out how long the electrician has been working in your area. Ideally, you should hire an electrician with a wealth of experience … Read More

4 Graceful Exit Strategies to Get Out from Under a House You Can’t Afford

options when you can't pay mortgageDon’t let yourself get out from under that house you can’t afford with a belly-flop whose splash keeps you wet for a long time—instead, get out of the soaking pool, dry yourself off, and exit gracefully. Here, we offer four ways to help remain composed and unruffled when you’ve just got to give it up.

Listing through an agent seems so straightforward; nothing could go wrong here, right? Wrong. According to Gracie Weis from Blonde Girl Homebuyers in Jacksonville, an excellent agent might not be able to do anything with your house in less than 3 to 6 months. So, keep in mind how fast your equity may be evaporating with lender fees and interest piling up. If you want to use this option, use it quick and you might come out with some cash.

Some people have enough cash-on-hand and can help you by buying your home, and they’ve figured out ways to make it work for them as a business. These smart folks are called investors. Find the good ones that care enough to get to know you, then, consider selling to the investor. Working with an investor can prove to be a lot quicker than signing … Read More

10 Tips to Consider When Building a House

Last Updated, March 2017

Imagine a house completely adapted to you and your needs. There are many who want to turn the dream of a custom-built house into a reality. But with construction of the building, there will be many questions, decisions and challenges to overcome. We asked Patric Jones, an architect and construction engineer with a leading London house extensions company to guide us through the building construction phase. In the end, he pointed out ten important issues you should ask yourself before you begin building a house.

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What kind of house do you need?

The first thing you need to figure out is the kind of house you and your family need and how big it should be.

– I always tell my clients that they should imagine themselves where they want to be in ten years, and start from there. For example, you may  not afford to build a car garage now yet know  that you will need it and and a place to store children’s stuff in a few years, says Patric. Also keep in mind that trends come and go. Today, perhaps may be interested in having Moroccan tiles in your bathroom, but will you … Read More

Best Concrete Wall to Reduce Noise

precast concrete wallDo you have a neighbor who nags you with loud music? Do you feel that the noise is too loud such that you cannot concentrate and have a peaceful time in your home? Do you feel like sometimes you need to use a mouth guard for teeth grinding because of the loud music? If you answered “yes” to any of the three questions above, you do not worry any more. Installing precast concrete walls will help solve the problem amicably.

Believe it or not, the kind of material that your wall is made of can relatively have an impact on the noise in your home. If there is too much noise, you may have to use earplugs for sleeping. One material that is known to help in noise reduction is precast concrete.

Over the years, reduction of noise within internal areas such as restaurants, offices, and homes has increased. Many people have opted to use precast concrete wall to reduce noise. The concrete, whether it is used as an outdoor fence or indoor wall, provides the highest loss of sound transmission when compared to other walls.

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Materials Used to Make Roller Shutters

modern manual roller shuttersMost homeowners around the country install window shutters for security or aesthetic purposes. There are different types of window shutters available in the market. The functionality of the shutters usually varies with the type. One of the common types of shutters is the roller type.

To understand more about the roller type of shutters, we contacted Darren Jonah, a building contractor in Swansea to shed more on the equipment. This article is as a result of the interview we had with him.

Roller shutters generally comprise of a number of slats or metal bars attached together. These shutters are installed for security purposes and can be lowered or raised for closure and opening respectively. In commercial buildings, mechanically-operated roller shutters are usually used. The shutters protect the windows or doors from harsh weather and intruders.

You can install roller shutters at different places including warehouses, prisons, garages, and commercial institutions. The shutters can help to keep off pellets from harsh weather such as storms or frozen rain. Roller shutters are made from a variety of components. These include:

  • Locks: There are different types of locks available for window shutters. The common ones are the shutter and bullet locks.
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Best Farms to Buy in Kwa Zulu Natal

kwa zulu natal homesKwa-Zulu Natal is a place booming with infrastructure and is fast becoming the most sought-after holiday destination. The area is a buyer’s choice for its beauty and serene nature, which can calm the soul of any person. KZN boasts of beautiful farms that are currently on the market. The farms are expensive to buy but it will benefit the buyer in the long run. Since most farms are high income generators, the only reason they are on the market is due to people migrating or needing a change of lifestyle.

Below is an overview of some of the properties available for sale in KZN.

Farm for Sale in Newcastle

This 4.94-hectare farm offers a very laidback lifestyle and magnificent views while enjoying life in the country. This farm has a lot of potential as it can be developed for commercial purposes as well. The main home compromises of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with spacious living areas and a beautiful farm styled kitchen. There is a spacious outdoor entertainment area that has the potential to be turned into a desirable coffee shop or tea garden.

The home grounds also have 2 domestic quarters and the whole property is fenced and … Read More

Investing in Columbus, OH Real Estate

In many markets in Ohio, real estate supply has outstripped demand significantly. This is forcing investors in those markets to slash their prices to get out of the property. In today’s article,

columbus oh real estateThe Columbus, OH real estate market is one example of an area where supply has overtaken demand. Over the past few years, investor buyers came in from all over the country to buy properties in Columbus, OH. The perception was that market appreciation was happening so rapidly in the city that virtually anyone could come in and buy a house at near full price and then expect to sell it at a profit once construction was completed. For a few years, this strategy worked simply because there was more demand in the market than supply.

In most metropolitan areas in Ohio, demand is driven by job growth which brings in new workers who need housing. This is why there is high demand for Indian Lake property for sale. The technology boom of the late 1990s created significant job growth in Columbus, OH. By the early 2000s young up-and-coming technology workers were driving a retail housing boom inside Columbus, OH.

But as time went on, more houses were … Read More

Why You Should Buy Land in Texas

buy land in texasBuying land is one of the best investment decisions you can make. Apart from being affordable, land is a flexible investment that can be a money making venture if you decide to position it in that direction. For example, you can buy land and construct commercial or residential buildings for lease or rent. If the land is in the countryside, you can lease it for farming activities.
Texas is one of the best places to buy land in the country. The state is ripe for land investment and prime pieces are available in different areas such as New Braunfels, Summit Springs, Hill Country, Liberty Hills, Austin, San Marcos, and more among others. If you buy land in any of these areas, you are guaranteed of making a huge return on your investment in the coming years.

Land for sale in Summit Springs is in high demand for residential and commercial construction. The same also applies to land In New Braunfels and Texas Hill Country. The growing economy of the state has led to an increase in demand for housing. Professionals from all over the country are flocking to the oil state to engage in oil and gas ventures. This is … Read More