13 Ways to Instantly Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Although I do like a lot of these recommendations from Yahoo homes, I would keep one thing in mind… these improvements may help sell your home by getting more lookers, but it does not necessarily increase the value of your home. So be careful if you are on a budget.

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By the way, now is a great time to get the outside looking good. The weather is favorable and the buying season is upon us.

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If I can help or advise in anyway, please feel free to call on me.

Have a fantastic Summer. Ken

Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
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Memorial Day – Honors the Men and Women who died while serving in the United States Military.

May our Soldiers rest in Peace knowing they did not die in vain… but for the FREEDOM we celebrate today. GOD bless them all.

What is Memorial Day?  Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell

TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
http://www.TheRealtyGuy.com
http://www.facebook.com/KenRuddell

Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.

Why an agent might refuse to show a house (the low commission)

Click on the picture to get redirected to the LA Times to read full article.

Resigned house agent having problem with selling house

Resigned house agent having problem with selling house

I have been telling my seller clients this for over 10 years already. If an agent has 15 similar properties, and they do not want to show 15 properties, they narrow it down, by…. yup the highest commission that is offered. Think about it, why show houses with a lower commission when you could make more on another.

So this article is right on the money and unfortunately very true – most of the time.

The only time this would not be true is if their is an awesome unique piece of property that everyone wants to buy, then regardless of the commission, the buyers will force their agent to see it, unless the agent tells them it is under contract or unavailable.

I do not do this, I find the best properties that fit my buyers criteria. If they want to see 100 properties, we will see 100 properties.

Call me, I will treat you like you are family (the good side). Ken

Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell
1-800-884-5526 / Fax

TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
http://www.TheRealtyGuy.com
http://www.facebook.com/KenRuddell

Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.

> I specialize in Habersham and White County <

Feeling Good About The Real Estate Market…

For the first time in years, I am getting a very positive feeling about the real estate market here in Northeast Georgia. I truly hope that is a good sign that new people are wanting to make this awesome area their new home of residence, or maybe even a place to have a second home.

I am available 7 days a week to help with any of your real estate needs.

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Call, text or email Ken today.

Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell
1-800-884-5526 / Fax

TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
http://www.TheRealtyGuy.com
http://www.facebook.com/KenRuddell

Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.

> I specialize in Habersham and White County <

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips:

I created this list from my experience. Remember I am a real estate Broker, not an AC service guy or anything – so this is just a normal (maybe not so normal) guys opinion from past experiences.

It is definitley time to have the Air Conditioning checked. There are lots of companies out there. I personally like Roman Schreck (706) 968-8493. A real trustworthy guy that has always been straight with me.

Before we get into your A/C heatpump, I want to bring up A/C window units. Make sure you check them prior to installing them in your window. If they have BLACK stuff in the vents it could be MOLD, even black mold (the bad stuff). If it looks really bad, you are better off going to buy a new one, or you may be paying for doctor visits instead. I have recently read where you are supposed to clean these units before putting them away for the winter, but if you have one, that is harder than it seems. I recommend going to http://www.YouTube.com and search for A/C window unit cleaning, you will find help there.

Now to the tips.
1. Regularly clean your air filters, supply vents and return grills. Dust and dirt cause your heating equipment to work harder. That means higher energy bills.

2. You must check the ducts under the house. If you open a crawl space door and it is cool under there you may have a problem. But even if it isn’t cool under there go check the ducts for leaks. Crawl or walk along the whole duct system feeling for air streams (make sure the AC is on) and try and find holes. Even the smallest hole will cause a terrible loss of cool air and put warm air in its place. If you find holes use the proper sealant to fix that hole. This article says NOT to use duct tape especially in an attic because under extremem heat it melts. It seems like duct take would be ok in a crawl space or basement. But regardless of what you use to fix the hole – make sure you don’t have any squeezing or pinching of the duct.

3. Speaking of squeezing or pinching. This is a bad problem especially if a home has a second floor. I have seen where the second floor was never cool even with the air on high. Turns out the issue was when they ran the vents to the second floor they tried to squeeze them through holes that were smaller than the duct – that creating a pinch point where air was not flowing as it was supposed to. If those ducts are in the walls and not accessible, the only way you would know if you have a problem is by having the cool air coming out of the vents checked. I know home inspectors do this kind of thing, and of course AC companies must as well. So if you are having problems with the upstairs of your home not being cooled properly, you may want to have that checked out. If you have a basement and the vents are visible – make sure you check them carefully, look for leaks and pinches.

4. Make sure you have enough vents open in the house. AC units are made to push a certain amount of air and by closing vents the system will not work efficiently. Talk with your AC company for more information on this.

5. Make sure your outside unit is not too close to the house or overgrown with bushes or weeds. Your unit needs to breathe.

6. You should have your unit checked yearly to make sure your system is working properly and the freon levels are normal. Freon is the coolant used in the ac system.

7. Timing – when to have the AC checked? Don’t wait until the summer to have your system checked. The best time of year would be Early spring when you have the occasional warn day. This way you can pick a day according to your schedule and not the AC Professionals, because in the summer – if he is any good he will be booked solid.

8. If the AC company finds problems – make sure you ask for a quote in writing and do not committ to that company on the spot. Then get at least two more quotes. AND NEVER TELL THE OTHER COMPANIES WHAT QUOTES YOU HAVE ALREADY. You can – and I suggest you do – tell them you are getting multiple quotes.

9. And if you did not like the company who maintained your AC unit the previous year – don’t call them back. Ask your friends or a local Real Estate Agent for recommendations.

10. Lastly – if you have a home that does not keep the home cool because it is in the sun for a good part of the day; try covering the windows with either heavy curtains or insulation when the sun is on those windows. It works! And this tip goes for new homes as well as the older homes.

Education: Click here to learn about Heat Pumps. This is the main source of Heating & AC in Habersham County & Northeast Georgia. Especially in the low to medium priced NON-Custom homes.

Keep Kool and visit this site often. Have a great day. Ken

10 Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

Are you getting your garden ready for a good crop here in Habersham County this summer. Check out the video below with 10 Tips for Saving Money in the Garden.

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Happy Gardening. Ken