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10 Items That Should Be on Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

Hallelujah! Summer is coming to an end and the kids are back in school, leaving you much more time to tackle projects put on the back burner. But before you get out the spackle and paint, think about the changing weather and prioritize.

Consider these 10 Fall Maintenance Items that promise to make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises when spring comes around.

1) Stabilize Gas when Stowing Your Mower

When your mower sits unused for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate and damage the internal parts of the mower. To prevent this and keep idle gas in good condition over the winter, add fuel stabilizer to your gasoline and run the mower for approximately 5 minutes to be sure the stabilizer reaches the internal components. Another option you have is to run your mower dry before stowing it.

2) Remove Garden Hoses from Outdoor Faucets

Winter in Sacramento is no stranger to freezing temperatures, especially at night. Before the weather gets too cool, remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets to prevent water from backing up in the faucets and plumbing pipes inside the exterior walls. The cold weather can freeze the sitting water, thus expanding and cracking the faucet and pipes.

3) Drain Your Irrigation System

Piggybacking off of checklist item 2, water can freeze, expand and crack other stuff around your property. Buried irrigation lines with water sitting inside can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads to take care of in the Spring. If your don’t have drain valves, hire in irrigation professional to blow out the pipes with compressed air.

4)  Seal the Exterior

Its amazing what just a little caulking can do. Seal up cracks between trim and siding, windows and door frames and where pipes and wires enter your house. This prevents moisture from getting inside and air from leaking outside. Be sure to caulk on a day where temperatures are above 50 degrees, so the caulk flows easily out of the tube.

5) Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to trapped water, sagging and ice dams. Remove leaves, twigs and gunk; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets; and replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.

6) Inspect Your Roof

Eyeball your roof to look for warning signs, including shingles that are buckled, cracked or missing, rust spots on flashing and black algae stains. Masses of moss and lichen is a big warning sign that the roofing is possibly decaying underneath. You should also immediately replace any loose, damaged or missing shingles. 

7) Direct your Drainage

Make sure waste water is draining away from your foundation to prevent cracks and leaks from happening. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your soil slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet.

8) Check / Tune Up Your Furnace

Before you start using your furnace religiously, schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling professional to get your furnace inspected. The furnace filters should also be replaced.

9) Prune Plants

In order to prevent moisture from dripping onto roofing and siding, trim limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house. Pruning will help remove dead and diseased wood to keep plants healthy with good air circulation.

10) Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over

Before heavy use, take a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. It is not uncommon to see birds’ nests, branches, leaves and other obstructions blocking air from getting out of the top of the chimney. Also, be sure to check for cracked or missing bricks and mortar.

 

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8 Tips to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

Have no fear! Your cleaning tips are here!

These spring/summer cleaning tips will save you a ton of time.

1) Keep Your Home’s Humidity Level at 40-50% to Defy Dust

Low humidity levels causes static electricity which attracts dust, and high humidity is an ideal environment for dust mites. Keep your home’s humidity level at a sweet spot between 40% and 50%. You can also defy dirt and dust by placing a bristly doormat at every entrance to the house. 

2) Apply a Rain-Repellent designed for Windshields to Keep Shower Doors Scum-Free

Rain-repellent products made for car windshields do wonders to glass. These solutions create an invisible barrier which allows water, oils and soap suds to bead and roll off, leaving the glass clean and crystal clear. When the water stops beading and rolling off the glass, you’ll know its time to reapply.

3) Seal Your Porous Stone Countertops

Coffee, red wine, or juice can easily stain granite and marble countertops that are not sealed. Similar to the rain-repellent, countertop sealer can prevent stains by causing spills to bead instead of getting absorbed into the porous stone. When the liquid stops beading or doesn’t stay beaded for 2 to 3 minutes, you’ll know its time to reapply.

4) Use Protectants on Furniture and Carpets

We need the bead! Other materials around the house need sealants to help guard against spills as well. Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants cause liquids to bead on the surface instead of being absorbed and staining the material. Be sure to apply the appropriate sealer especially after a deep upholstery or carpet cleaning.

5) Clean Your Oven the Old-Fashioned Way

Fancy oven cleaners that promise to get the job done give off nauseous fumes and make a mess. Go old school, and use a wet pumice stone to scrape off dirt and grease. It is a quicker non-toxic clean up, leaving both you and the oven healthy and happy.

6) Do Quick Touch-Ups Around the House

Consistently cleaning small spots and spills around the house can prevent smudges from staining, banish dust bunnies and even combat allergens. You can also keep stored items cleaner by shutting closets, cabinet doors and drawers so dust and dirt can’t get in.

7) Re-Arrange Your Furniture

Furniture that is directly against your walls can easily lead to marks and smudges. Avoid this by moving your furniture approximately 6 inches from your walls. It will prevent these marks from happening and give you easier access to clean dusty corners.

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Designed and built as a Net Zero Energy home by 4th generation custom home builder Darko Borovnica of CORE Construction. This expansive custom estate evokes 16th century France with a modern twist in the heart of Sacramento. The incredible achievement of Net Zero Energy status is obtained by producing as much or more energy as a home uses. Under normal usage of this 5,200 sq.ft. 5 Bedrooms, 5 1/2 Baths, the energy saving supporting systems installed in the home, coupled with the energy producing solar panels will completely offset the usage cost of all utilities. Mr. Borovnica has broken the solar glass ceiling with incredible high end solar components unique to the Sacramento Region. 

The property is perfect for luxurious entertaining and large gatherings. The kitchen island can seat up to 15 and the leather technique granite can be temperature controlled. Custom temperature controlled Mahogany wine cellar.  Expansive covered outdoor patio with a built-in fire pit. Retractable 10 x 20 moving door system  from home to patio allows for bringing the outdoors in. Savant home automation system with security cameras and many other custom features. Six car garage equipped with 4 charging stations.  A unique estate, meticulously designed. Artesian craftsmanship will indulge your inner luxury. A legacy to be left to your loved ones knowing you have significantly reduced your carbon footprint.

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smART | An Evening Art Exhibition in a Currently Listed $2.5M Net Zero Energy Estate

Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty, ARTHOUSE Gallery and Sparrow Gallery are proud to present an evening event…..

 “smART – a collaboration of high-end art and energy efficiency” at a Custom Contemporary Net Zero Energy Estate in Sacramento

Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 4pm-9pm

3410 Adams Road | Sacramento, CA 95864

 

About the Event: This “smART” evening event blends the worlds of Art, Architecture and Energy Efficiency, featuring the work of select local studio artists from ARTHOUSE Gallery and Sparrow Gallery at a Luxury Net Zero Estate located at 3410 Adams Road, Sacramento, CA.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks while exploring the high end estate and pieces of art. Both the estate and artwork are currently for sale. Attendees are encouraged to donate to Friends of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to support this exclusive event and a percentage of all sold art proceeds will also go to Friends of SMAC.

 

About the Estate: Designed and built as a Net Zero Energy home, the expansive custom 2.5-million-dollar estate evokes 16th century France with a modern twist in the heart of Sacramento. The achievement of Net Zero Energy status is obtained by producing as much or more energy as the home uses. Under normal usage of the impressive estate, the energy saving supporting systems installed in the home, coupled with the energy producing solar panels will completely offset the usage cost of all utilities. It is an entertainer’s property, including a large gourmet chef’s kitchen, refrigerated Mahogany wine cellar, covered outdoor patio with a built-in fire pit, home automation system and many other custom features. This stunning intelligent estate is meticulously designed to indulge and unwind while significantly reducing its carbon footprint. To learn more about the Net Zero Energy Estate, please visit: www.3410AdamsRoad.com

 

About the Art: Located in Downtown Sacramento, ARTHOUSE and Sparrow Gallery house over 20 diverse artists. Some, like featured artist, Merle Axelrad, use reclaimed materials in their art. Axelrad works with thousands of tiny scraps of fabric, most salvaged from used clothing, upholstery samples, recycled curtains and table linens to create her collages.

 

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Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Would You Like to See Your Home Sold for Top Dollar?

We all want to get the most out of our investments. There are a couple ways of making sure you get that top dollar offer. The answer is in our time tested strategies that we know to work over and over again. This will give you the edge over your competition.

 

1. Staging

Staging is the most important thing you could do to make your home feel warm and cozy the second the buyers walk in. Better yet lets get the buyers excited right as they pull up into their perfect future homes driveway they feel the homiest of feelings,to help build a stronger first impression you should be working hard to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Next move inside and stage each space by creating a focal point and a story for each room. A set dining table, a Magazine on the coffee table, or a game in the kids room are all simple examples of staging. There are a numberless amount of different designs out in this wonderful world. Places to get some ideas would be Pinterest, Youtube, and your friends on Facebook.

 

2. Welcome the Honest Opinions of Others

Often times buyers and agents will comment on your home what they loved and occasionally they comment with what they would like to see changed. This is where you should open your mind to various different ideas and act on the most logical improvement that will bring the most to your investment.

These are marvelous people who want YOUR home and they will often say ideas that would make them feel more attracted to your home. Just remember you will not be living with the improvement so you do not have to love the idea personally, sellers should always come forward with an open mind. The goal is to close your deal for top dollar.

 

3. Deciding Upon a Realtor ®

As stated by the National Association of Realtors, nearly two-thirds of the people surveyed who sell their own homes say they wouldn’t do it again themselves. Primary reasons included setting a price, marketing handicaps, liability concerns, and time constraints.

When deciding upon a Realtor ®. Be as wary of quotes that are too low as those that are too high. Every Realtor ® are different in the way they work sellers need to find one that works for them! A professional Realtor ® has experience and knows everything they need to know about your current listings, a marketing plan, and will provide their background and references. Evaluate each agent thoroughly on their experience, qualifications, enthusiasm and personality. Be sure you choose someone that you trust and feel confident that they will do a excellent job on your behalf.

If you choose to sell on your own, you can still talk to a Realtor ® . Many are more than willing to help do-it-your-selfers with paperwork, contracts, etc. and should problems arise, you now have someone you can readily call upon.

 

Robert E. Floodman – CEO | President of Lifestyle Luxury Properties, Inc.

Welcome to the Lifestyle Luxury Properties Inc. Blog. We love sharing our secrets to the Real Estate Market and would love to assist you as well when the time is right. If you would like to learn more about ways to get your home sold for top dollar I would love sit down and talk one on one about our strategy to make this process a breeze, whether your selling in one month or one year there’s never a wrong time to start. From First Time Buyers to Luxury Estates, you can be sure that your transaction will be at the top of our agenda and you will be shocked how easy me and my team can make this heart warming process for you and your family.

 

My Best,

 Robert E. Floodman

Realtor | International Estate Specialist