• Smart Technology Benefits in the Home Smart Technology Benefits in the Home

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    Smart Technology Benefits in the Home

    Smart technology is not just for the techies who love tinkering around with gadgets and gizmos. Neither is it exclusively for the super-rich who are constantly on the search for something extraordinary to spend their money on. Smart technology is readily available to everyone and is more common than ever before.

    Programmable temperature settings, one-button centralized lighting control, remotes that open and shut the living room blinds... these are just some of the ways that many of use smart technology in our homes. But the big question is, do we really need it or is it all just a little too highly overrated?

    This list of benefits smart technology can offer may be an eye opener.

     

    1. Smart Technology Helps Conserve Energy.

    Diminishing fuel sources combined with rising energy costs have made energy conservation a top priority. Smart technology helps by automating home energy usage. Many of us forget to switch off the lights or turn off the thermostat before we leave home, resulting in a huge waste of energy and money. In homes that use smart technology, light usage is automatically regulated, heating and cooling equipment is monitored and appliances are shut off if not in use. Homeowners have the added benefit of being able to turn appliances on or off while they are away from home. This not only saves money, but also helps protect the environment.

     

    1. Offers Convenience At Various Levels.
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    Smart technology is not just for the techies who love tinkering around with gadgets and gizmos. Neither is it exclusively for the super-rich who are constantly on the search for something extraordinary to spend their money on. Smart technology is readily available to everyone and is more common than ever before.

    Programmable temperature settings, one-button centralized lighting control, remotes that open and shut the living room blinds... these are just some of the ways that many of use smart technology in our homes. But the big question is, do we really need it or is it all just a little too highly overrated?

    This list of benefits smart technology can offer may be an eye opener.

     

    1. Smart Technology Helps Conserve Energy.

    Diminishing fuel sources combined with rising energy costs have made energy conservation a top priority. Smart technology helps by automating home energy usage. Many of us forget to switch off the lights or turn off the thermostat before we leave home, resulting in a huge waste of energy and money. In homes that use smart technology, light usage is automatically regulated, heating and cooling equipment is monitored and appliances are shut off if not in use. Homeowners have the added benefit of being able to turn appliances on or off while they are away from home. This not only saves money, but also helps protect the environment.

     

    1. Offers Convenience At Various Levels.
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  • Preparing Your Home for the Fall Preparing Your Home for the Fall

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    Preparing Your Home for the Fall

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

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  • How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

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    How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

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