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Monthly Archives: July 2020

    Title Insurance: What It Is, Why You Need It

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 30, 2020

    Buying a home is fraught with all kinds of peril, from home inspections that go terribly awry to negotiations that seem to go on forever and hinge on every little detail. But once you’re through all of that, you’re basically in the clear, right? For some buyers and sellers, maybe not, but title insurance can... Read More

    Keeping Pets Safe During a Move

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 27, 2020

    Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand new one. There’s so much possibility ahead! Although it may be exciting and full of promise for you, moving can be a terrifying event for your pets, even if you’re... Read More

    Stayin’ Cool With Ductless Mini-Split Systems

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 27, 2020

    There’s nothing like a glass of cool lemonade on a hot summer day, unless of course the reason it’s so hot is that your air conditioner needs to be replaced. In that case, a new air conditioning system is pretty much the best thing ever. Maybe yours has lived a long and full life and... Read More

    Weatherstripping Windows and Doors: Technology and Techniques

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 23, 2020

    Which Materials Make Good Weatherstripping? Theoretically, you can use about anything for blocking air leaks, but some materials do a lot better job than others. The very best weatherstripping does two things: it physically blocks drafts and it acts as insulation, slowing the transfer of indoor heat to cooler air outside via convection. Just blocking... Read More

    Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 20, 2020

    If eyes are the windows to the soul, then surely windows are the eyes of your house, right? Something like that, anyway. When it comes time to replace those windows, it’s important to make a carefully considered decision before pulling the trigger. Today’s modern windows come in a staggering number of designs, made from a... Read More

    Accentuate the Positives: Highlight Your Home’s Best Features

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 16, 2020

    Your home’s a looker, so why aren’t you doing all you can to point all the attention at its best features? Maybe you’re afraid that drawing so much attention to the details will leave your friends jealous, or maybe you just need some ideas for how to make those interesting details even more obvious. Either... Read More

    The Fire and the Flood: Home Restoration Basics

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 14, 2020

    When disaster strikes, recovering from it can be a big job. Whether you experience a home fire, live in an area impacted by a flood or have some other disaster strike, restoring your home can be a big undertaking. The prospect can seem overwhelming, but things may not be as bad as they appear at... Read More

    Roomba and Your Smarter Home

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 14, 2020

    In recent years, a number of consumer devices have offered Internet-enabled features and other forms of connectivity. Not only does this allow for updates to the core software of these devices, but it also allows them to interact with each other and often lets their functionality be automated as well. It makes sense that you’d... Read More

    Your Pre-Listing Checklist

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 14, 2020

    When it comes time to list your home, you’ll want to come up with a list of small repairs and other tweaks that you can do to try and get the most out of your property. If you don’t make a list, you might miss things that could bring down what potential buyers are willing... Read More

    Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 6, 2020

    Refinancing a mortgage is a powerful tool that can help you to save money on your home payments. Refinancing your mortgage takes advantage of your positive payment history and may enable you to lock in lower interest rates, obtain more agreeable repayment terms, or lower the amount you pay each month. You may even be... Read More