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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.

 

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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®

 

Selling Your Home Doesn’t Have To Be Scary...

 

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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.

Hurricane Florence - Get Prepared!

by AH for Masha Halpern

As of this post on Sept 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center has labeled Hurricane Florence “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

 

Although in the Triangle region we are somewhat inland, hurricanes are large storms and we will likely feel the effects of any massive storm that hits our coast. High winds, flooding and loss of power are potential threats that require preparation well in advance of the storm.

Download this useful app called Ready NC to help you stay informed: https://readync.org/en/downloadapp.html

Here are some tips that we’ve collected from the Red Cross, the National Weather Service, The National Hurricane Center and Ready.gov.  Links will follow so you can access even more detailed information.

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts; Find an online NOAA radio station; you can purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
  • Store important documents in a fire and water proof container: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, deeds or mortgages, birth & marriage certificates, stocks & bonds, recent tax returns, wills.
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
  • Declutter drains and gutters.
  • Take action to keep your food & water safe: https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm

Not sure what supplies you need or how to put together an emergency kit? Start with the basics: Cash, water, food (enough for 3 to 7 days), paper products & plastic utensils, radio, batteries, first aid kit, and prescription drugs.
 

For a more comprehensive list, check out these links:

And don’t forget about kids and pets. These resources will help you discuss hurricanes and other emergencies with children and offer lists of supplies & tasks needed to make sure your pets are secure during a storm.

Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do after a hurricane from these organizations:
 

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html

Ready.Gov
https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

National Weather Service

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness


National Hurricane Center

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php


CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html


Stay safe!

Home Improvement Projects That Add Big Value To Your Home

by AH for Masha Halpern

Even if you don't have the funds or the energy for a big improvement project or remodel, small changes can make your home a more enjoyable place to live, increase its value, and help you command the best possible price when you sell.
 

Exchange light fixtures for ceiling fans.A stylish new ceiling fan instantly updates a room and can add value to your home. Choose fans that create a rustic vintage look or add a cool island vibe to an outdoor patio.
 

Replace your kitchen faucet and sink.If your sink is chipped and stained, or your faucet is grungy, new fixtures will make food prep and washing dishes more enjoyable. Even a basic but deeper stainless steel basin will sparkle, and a pullout faucet will add a modern touch.
 

Other simple changes in the kitchen and bathrooms can have a huge impact.A new backsplash can tie together the colors in your counters, floors and cabinets and can be an easy do-it-yourself project. New drawer and door knobs are a lovely addition. Adding a medicine cabinet or changing the mirror in a bathroom will instantly update the room.
 

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.MashaHalpern.com
 

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.

Back to School: Preparing Your Home to Manage Clutter

by EM for Masha Halpern

The start of a new school year means an endless bombardment of homework sheets, permission slips, school flyers, and art projects. And with backpacks, gym bags, lunch boxes, and library books it’s hard to maintain order. Keep your home organized and decluttered this back-to-school season with these helpful tips!
 

A Paperwork System

Creating a system for the influx of paper is not only a great way to stay organized and get things accomplished, it also can be a way for kids to learn important skills and responsibilities. One good option is an open file box, which allows for easy access, labeling, and color coding. Three-ring binders are also great because tabs can be used for different subjects/categories and dividers with pockets can store smaller items that you don’t want to hole punch. Looking for more ways to organize your papers? Check out this article for more creative ideas!

Master Schedule/Calendar

Between back-to-school nights, parent conferences, sports practices, and more, it’s nearly impossible to keep the whole family’s appointments and activities in your head. That’s why keeping a master schedule or calendar in a convenient place like on the refrigerator door or in a high-traffic hallway will make everything go more smoothly. It helps to use different color markers for each family member and stickers/pictures for children too young to read. For more inspiration, explore this blog.
 

The Homework Zone

Finding the right time and place for homework is key to your child’s academic success. Will homework be the first thing they do when they get home from school or do they need time to play and unwind before starting? When choosing a place in your home consider the conditions your child will thrive best under. A kitchen table is great spot to sit down and focus while still having family nearby when assistance is needed. A bedroom desk is better for those who prefer limited distractions. Just make sure there is good lighting available and homework tools like pencils, erasers, highlighters, glue sticks, and scissors easily accessible!
 

Art Work

It’s inevitable that your kids will bring home their school work, projects, and art from school. So it’s up to you to decide, whether you want to display it, store it, or toss it. Check out this article for creative ways to showcase your child’s artwork!
 

Assigning Places

The first thing kids should do when they get home is empty backpacks, lunch boxes, and gym bags. Consider mounting backpacks on hooks and assigning a specific hook or space for each child. This way when you’re rushing out the door to make the bus, they’ll know exactly where their backpack and jacket is. Not only will their items stay off the floor and not be misplaced, everyone will be getting a head start on the next day. Installing a bench or seat with storage is also great for putting dirty shoes, umbrellas, and cold weather accessories.

Staying organized is within reach, just follow these helpful tips!

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