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Energy Saving Tips To Save You Money Year-Round

by KW for Masha Halpern

Saving energy whenever you can is important to reducing environmental impact, and it can also have a significant impact on your electricity bills. According to Energy.gov, there are several simple solutions to help save you energy and money: 

Heating water can be a significant expense.
Try using less hot water by washing your clothes in cold water or installing low-flow showerheads.

A power strip can help reduce your electricity bill up to $100 a year.
By plugging in all of your electronic devices and turning it off when not in use, you can reduce phantom load – the power a device consumes when still plugged in, yet powered off.

Use fans to cut down on heating and cooling expenses.
In warmer months, the effect of windchill from the circulating air will help reduce cooling costs. Having your fan spin counter-clockwise in the winter will push warm air down and heat rooms more efficiently.

Use sunlight to your advantage.
Keep curtains open on windows that get direct sunlight to help heat your home in the winter. 

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home.


Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

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www.TheSmartMoveTeam.comCopyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

Cut Home Cooling Costs

by AH for Masha Halpern

Summer is in full swing and so is the North Carolina heat & humidity!  As our cooling systems work overtime, we were inspired by this article written by Tom Kraeutler about cutting your cooling costs. His suggestions range from simple, quick fixes to regular maintenance tasks.  

Need a recommendation for an HVAC service provider? As part of our concierge service, we strive to connect you with quality service providers for all your real estate needs and projects. Contact us at this link or give us a call at 919-951-1780.

We also find ice cream a very effective method of keeping cool. ;)  We’ve got plenty of recommendations for that as well!!!

Urban Gardening - Tips To Get You Started

by EM for Masha Halpern

Think gardening is reserved for rural and suburban communities? Well, think again! As long as you have water and light, joining the urban gardening movement is easy. Don’t let city or metropolitan living stop you from experiencing how rewarding gardening can be!
 

Container Gardening

Want to garden but don’t have soil to plant in or space for raised beds? If so, container gardening is perfect for you. Container gardening, or pot gardening, requires little space, making it ideal for urban environments. While many plants flourish in containers, some types are more suitable than others. Check out this article to find out the best vegetables to grow in containers. Whether your vegetables are grown in the ground or in a container, they need at least six hours of sunlight per day. This may be difficult to achieve in an urban setting, which is why using caddies or casters is recommended. This way, containers can be moved during the day or later in the season as the angle of the sun changes.

 

Fertilizers

Finding the right fertilizer is essential to the growth of plants. When plants are not rooted in the ground, like with container gardening, it’s crucial. Every time you water, nutrients are washed away from the soil, making it very difficult to add the nutrients back. Filling containers with soil from the ground or bagged topsoil are not advised. Instead, fill the containers with a “soilless” potting mix that will absorb moisture and withstand compaction. Then, mix in a liberal amount of granular organic fertilizer. And if you have some, add in a shovelful of compost.
 

Watering

Providing a consistent supply of water is vital to the success of your garden. This is especially relevant in rapidly growing urban areas where water has become a fragile and scarce resource. While hand watering is still a viable option, self-watering planters are a great way to ensure your plants are getting the correct amount of water. Self-watering planters force plants to absorb moisture as they need it, which is a good way to conserve water while also combating the moisture problems that often come with container gardening. Also, consider saving water by harvesting your rain with a rain barrel. Here’s an article that shows you how to make one yourself!
 

Know your Microclimate Conditions

If you’ve gardened before, you may be familiar with hardiness zones and frost dates. These factors determine when and what to plant according to the general area where you live. While they are extremely helpful, they don’t take how conditions differ within the same zone into consideration. Urban environments can be affected by factors that rarely affect rural or suburban gardens like the number of paved surfaces such as roads and parking lots, buildings, acid rain and more. Because of this, urban areas often deviate from zone predictions, making it vital to know your microclimate conditions.


Hydroponic Gardening

Urban farming is quickly adapting to find innovative ways to grow plants with limited space and resources. For many, the solution is a method of soilless gardening known as hydroponics. In hydroponic gardening, plants absorb their nutrients through water and light through low energy LED lighting. This allows plants to be grown year-round and have significantly higher yields. In addition, it requires less water and labor than traditional gardens. Hydroponic systems can be assembled relatively cheaply and are easy-to-use. Learn to build your own, using these articles.

Community Gardens

With increased access to fresh foods and improved mental and physical health, it’s not hard to understand why community gardens are gaining in popularity. Discover the many benefits for yourself by joining or starting a community garden today. If you’re located in the Durham area, check out Seeds for workshops, volunteer opportunities, summer camps, and after-school activities.
 

Looking to get involved? Meet farmers and local vendors, search for events, programs and more at Raleigh City Farm’s website!

Adding Curb Appeal - First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

by AH for Masha Halpern

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

Whether it’s driving by a home with a for sale sign in the yard or seeing it for the first time online, today’s buyers first impression of your home will be of the outside.

Even with the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”,  making sure you home has lots of curb appeal can help get buyers in the door.

 

For great visual tips on what can help add instant curb appeal, check out this slideshow from DIY Network.
 

Of course there’s nothing like having an expert guide you on the particulars of your own home. Masha excels in telling the story of your home and has a high ability to stage your home both inside and out to make it stand out amidst hundreds on the market.

In addition to staging, Masha will be able to educate you about recent relevant sales affecting your home, show and help you understand local market trends, review your potential competition, and get you familiar with timing the market.
 

Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Keep Your Home Allergy Free

by KW for Masha Halpern

Keep your home allergy-free with these simple tips.
 

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family?
 

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage allergens in your home:

   

1. Keep it clean.

Regularly cleaning your home will go far in reducing allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander.

2. Redo your floors.

Replacing rugs and carpets with wood or vinyl floorings will help minimize dust and other allergens that become embedded in fabric fibers.

3. Groom your furry friends.

Regularly bathing and brushing your pets will help reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home.

4. Go on mold patrol.

Be on the lookout for any leaks or moisture in your home as this can cause mold to thrive.


Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home.Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

Click here to download my mobile app!

masha@mashahalpern.com

www.TheSmartMoveTeam.comCopyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

Four Ways to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

by KW for Masha Halpern

Four Ways to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

Appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator tend to be major investments. You can protect these investments and prolong their lifespans through regular maintenance.

Here are four ways to help those appliances – and your investment – last longer:

Make sure the seals seal.

One of the biggest reasons refrigerators break down is because the doors aren't closing properly, causing the motor to work too hard. The magnetic strips in the gaskets around the doors wear out after a few years, but replacing and re-magnetizing them can be a simple DIY fix.
 

Keep the drum clean.

Always empty your pockets before loading your washing machine to prevent the drum from rusting or getting nicked. Also, clean or swap out the thimble-shaped filter in the machine that traps water sediment.
 

Inspect the vents.

Cleaning out the lint trap on your dryer should be a routine task after every load, but go one step further by inspecting the exterior vent to see that it pops open and scraping off debris with a toothbrush.
 

Clean the dishwasher.

Once a week, run an empty dishwasher cycle with nothing but a cup of white vinegar to keep smells at bay. Also, wipe down seals and clear the food trap often.
 

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Copyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Holiday Entertaining - Tips & Ideas

by AH for Masha Halpern

2018 is winding down and we hope amid the hustle and bustle of the season that you are scheduling in time with family and friends. To help keep these occasions stress-free, we found these great articles by DIY Network that offer ideas for making the most of your space and time.

Need to clean-up quick? Then you’ll want to read about Speed Cleaning. Have a lot of guests, but a small living space - get tips on Entertaining in a Small Space. Finally, here are some great ideas on Making Guests Feel Welcome.

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a bright 2019 ahead!

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

It's Freezing! Prevent Frozen Pipes from Damaging Your Home

by AH for Masha Halpern

The winter weather we've had this week in North Carolina was a good reminder that there are certain things homeowners should do to "winterize" their homes. Below is a great article on how to prevent pipes from freezing - something you definitely want to avoid.

We hope you find the article, Frozen Pipe? Prevent Plumbing Explosions with This Checklist, by money pit.com helpful.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Helpful Tips to Keep You & Your Home Safe Throughout the Season

by Masha Halpern

Holiday Home Safety Tips...

  • Keep windows, garages & sheds locked; and don't forget to use deadbolts.
  • Use timers to turn on lights and a television or radio.
  • Maintain at least a foot of space between a burning candle and anything that can catch fire.
  • When hanging lights outdoors, avoid using staples or nails which can damage wiring; use UL-rated clips or wires instead.
  • Don't overload electrical circuits with holiday lighting; unplug your tree and outdoor lights before going to bed.
  • Don't leave a spare key in a "hiding place"; burglars know where to look.
  • Lock your power box with an electricity authority lock (lock to which you and the electric company have a key) so that your home security alarm system can't be cut off from the power supply.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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masha@mashahalpern.com

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Copyright 2018 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Halloween Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

by AH for Masha Halpern


Halloween is full of spooks & delights, but don't let your home be a fright! Check out these great safety tips from the National Association of Realtors for homeowners...

 

 

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2018 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

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Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

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