Tuesday, January 14, 2020 / by Sharyn Younger
Home Warranties: Are They Worth It?
January 14, 2020 By syounger Leave a Comment
Owning a home comes with major responsibilities and also offers major questions. One of the biggest questions that people will have to answer is whether or not they want to take out a home warranty. In order to decide whether a home warranty is worth it, it is important to first understand what a home warranty is.
What Is A Home Warranty?
A home warranty is not the same thing as home insurance. First of all, homeowners insurance is something that is required to purchase a home in the first place. Home insurance is in place to protect the homeowner, and the lender, from disaster.
In contrast, a home warranty is not required but might be offered by the lender or a third party. A home warranty is designed to cover the repairs that come with routine wear and tear on various home appliances. This includes items such as the HVAC system, plumbing, and electricity (but everyone needs ...
Monday, January 13, 2020 / by Sharyn Younger
“…Your Realtor Is Like Your Consigliere, Which Makes YOU the Don…”
July 11, 2015 By syounger 1 Comment
I Love this quote from Elizabeth Banks in a recent Realtor.com video. I’ve actually used the metaphor of a Consigliere when talking about what a Realtor does…I’ve just left out the “Don” part. For those of you unfamiliar with “The Godfather” movies, or “The Sopranos”, the Don is a Mob Boss, Leader, Crime Lord, Kingpin, or Head of the Family. The Consigliere is the trusted advisor or counselor to the boss and represents him (or her to be fair) in some capacities.
A Realtor advises on things like how to go about finding a mortgage lender; finding the right house in the right neighborhood to fit your needs; staging a home…or looking past the staging to see potential issues with the home; how to make your offer or your home stand out in a competitive market; negotiating of ...
Friday, January 10, 2020 / by Sharyn Younger
Safety First! How Often Should You Clean Your Chimney?
January 10, 2020 By syounger Leave a Comment
Chimneys are as old as homes themselves. Yet, when it comes to chores, cleaning the chimney is one of the most neglected tasks. While people often think about yard work and housework, they often forget to clean the chimney.
When someone neglects to clean the chimney, they risk the development of mold. This can influence the efficiency of the chimney, causing debris to back up into the home. For this reason, it is essential for people to clean their chimneys on a regular schedule.
Make Sure To Inspect The Chimney Properly
Chimneys are used seasonally. When the temperature starts to drop outside, people are going to start up the fireplace and use the chimney. Prior to lighting up the chimney for the next season, it is important to make sure they are properly inspected.
Cleaning grout and mold is an important part of making sure the chimney works pro ...
Thursday, January 9, 2020 / by Sharyn Younger
The Basic Home Security Checklist Every Home Needs
January 9, 2020 By syounger Leave a Comment
Did you realize that only around 17 percent of the homes in the United States have a security system? Leaving your residence unprotected can come back to haunt you in the future.
The longer you wait to find and fix security problems, the harder you will find it to keep your family safe. Taking the time to inspect your home is a great way to see where security problems exist. With the help of the checklist in this article, you can secure your home and keep burglars at bay.
Check Your Existing Security Alarm
If your home does have a security alarm, you need to make sure it has all of the latest features and updates. Some homeowners think that a security alarm is something they can set and forget.
One of the main things you need to make sure your alarm has is monitoring. With monitoring, you will be able to get the authorities to your home in a hurry in the e ...
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / by Sharyn Younger
Questions To Ask When Transitioning To A Retirement Community
December 31, 2019 By syounger Leave a Comment
One of the dreams that many people have is to eventually retire. People work their entire lives and save diligently to be able to enjoy those golden years. When the time finally comes, people need to think about the community that is right for them. With this goal in mind, there are a few common questions that everyone should ask to find their ideal retirement community.
Important Questions To Consider
Some of the key questions that retirees should be asking include:
Do I Want A Communal Setting?
Many retirement homes are built in a communal setting. Think about a bunch of condos that open up into a main hallway. There might also be a main dining area where the residents congregate to spend time. This might be a great way to meet new people; however, it might also sacrifice some independence along the way. Some individuals who require medical care ...