Home for the Holidays | 4192 SW Greenleaf

Spend the holidays in a classic colonial on Greenleaf Drive. Enjoy spacious formal rooms with a fireplace, sip hot cocoa in the eat-in kitchen and cozy family room, rest in the quiet master suite with a spa-like bathroom. Keep guests happy in the additional bedroom suite with garden views. For more information on how you can come home to this fabulous property click here.

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm
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New York Time’s Winter Home Checklist

By Ronda Kaysen, NYTs

For the most part, we hunker down in the winter, as the weather is often too cold and unpredictable to tackle major home improvement projects. Make sure your home is prepared for the harsh weather.

YOUR GROUNDS

Bring out the snow blower. Make sure your snow blower is in good working order before it snows. You do not want to be caught in the first major storm with only an orange shovel to dig you out, Send the snow blower to a small-engine repair company for a tune-up. Some companies will pick up and drop off your equipment for you. Expect to spend $60 to $200, depending on the size of your blower, according to Angie’s List. Make sure you have gasoline and motor oil.

Read more about the best snow blowers from Wirecutter.

Stock up on supplies. Stock up on ice melt before the Weather Channel tells you a storm is coming. Pet owners and parents should shop carefully, as the chemicals in ice melt can harm pets and people alike, if ingested. Look for brands free of salt or chloride. But even products billed as “pet safe” can still harm your pet, so wipe their paws and don’t let them lick treated snow. Ice-melting products can also damage your foliage, so use sparingly. Make sure your shovel survived last winter because you will need to dig out of stairways and narrow pathways, even if you have a blower.

Ice dams. When ice accumulates along the eaves of your roof, it can cause a dam that can damage gutters, shingles and siding. As water leaks into your house, it can wreak havoc on your paint, your floors and your insulation. Throughout the winter, inspect the exterior of your home regularly for signs of ice dams. Look for icicles, because the same forces create dams. Consider buying a roof rake. The $30 tool will help keep ice off your roof in the first place by removing fresh snow from your roof after a storm. Do not hack away at the ice, as that could harm you or your roof

INSIDE YOUR HOME

Heating systems. Check and change filters on your heating system, as filters need to be replaced anywhere from twice a year to once a month. Keep an eye on the water levels in your boiler to make sure they do not fall too low.

Frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands, damaging or cracking the pipes. When the ice melts, and the pipe bursts, your home fills with water. Pipes near the outside of your home are at greatest risk, like outdoor faucets, pipes in an unheated garage or swimming pool supply lines. A few tips:

  • Shut off and drain outdoor faucets before the cold weather hits.
  • Insulate pipes where you can.
  • On cold days and nights, keep the cabinets below sinks open to let warm air in.
  • You can also run the faucet at a drip to keep water moving.
  • Keep the thermostat set at a steady temperature.
  • If you go away, set the thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees, according to the American Red Cross.

Generator. A portable generator can provide you with a lifeline in a blackout. Power it up every three months, and have it serviced twice a year (even if you never use it). Keep fuel and motor oil on hand in the event of a storm. Do not let fuel sit in the tank for long periods of time, as that can damage it. Check it regularly for corrosion and wear.

Winter storm prep. A heavy winter storm can leave you housebound for days. Stock up on wood for the fireplace, gas for the snow blower and canned food and bottled water, in case you lose power. Check your emergency supply kit for batteries, a radio, a first-aid kit and any medicines you may need. Check in on neighbors who may need help shoveling out (a little camaraderie in a storm goes a long way).

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods: Which Store Boosts Your Home Value the Most?

By Claire Zilman, Fortune

Analysis shows that living near one store boosts your home value more than living near the other. There’s no doubt Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods  WFM 0.90%  go head-to-head to compete for customers, but when it comes to which store could boost your home value the most, there’s a clear winner. Housing data site RealtyTrac compared home values, appreciation, and property taxes of zip codes with a Trader Joe’s nearby to those with a Whole Foods in the area. The site found that residents with a nearby Trader Joe’s saw their home values increase 40% since their home purchase. Compare that to homeowners near a Whole Foods, who saw the value of their houses appreciate 34%, which matches the nationwide average for all zip codes. Homes near a Trader Joe’s also had a higher average value overall: $592,339—5% more than homes near a Whole Foods, which are valued at $561,840. Houses in close proximity to either store are worth quite a bit more than the average American home, valued at $262,068. But it’s not all dark chocolate peanut butter cups and jumbo cinnamon rolls for Trader Joe’s devotees — there’s a downside to living near a TJ’s, too. Homeowners with a Trader Joe’s close by pay higher property taxes on average—$8,538 annually, a whopping 59% more than homeowners with a nearby Whole Foods, who fork over $5,382 per year.

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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