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October 2017
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Autumn Home Upkeep

Just like spring, the fall comes with its own set of home care suggestions, but rather than deep cleaning, homeowners should be storing, prepping, and organizing for the cooler months.

The Yard

  • Fall is the best time to aerate, reseed and/or fertilize the lawn. Aerating will allow oxygen, water and fertilizer to easily reach the roots while fertilizing provides extra nutrients over the dormant winter months.
  • Don't forget to add spring color by planting tulip, lily, and daffodil bulbs.
  • Trim back tree branches and limbs that may grow close to you or your neighbor's home, as well as power lines.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and inspect the roof for missing, loose, or cracked shingles.

The Garage

  • Clean and store garden tools, as well as the lawn mower. Empty out unused fuel from gas-powered equipment because sediment can build up and clog the fuel lines.
  • Cover and store outdoor furniture.
  • Test and prepare generators for loss of power due to winter storms.

The Home

  • Check the fireplace and chimney. Most chimney sweeps recommend an annual sweeping, but depending on how often you use the fireplace, you might be able to wait on a full sweep. But if you will be using the fireplace often, call a chimney sweep for an inspection.
  • Stock up on wood; it's recommended to keep firewood at least 30 feet from the house and covered.
  • Replace the air filter in the furnace and clean ducts to ensure the system's efficiency. Call in an HVAC contractor to test the heating output and give the system a tune-up.
  • Caulk windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Change the direction of the ceiling fan. Fans should run clockwise in the winter in order to help circulate the warm air.
  • Daylight savings time is the ideal benchmark for changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as inspecting any fire extinguishers. This year we turn the clocks back November 5.
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Located at the edge of town, this 3 bedroom 2 bath home offers peaceful views overlooking adjacent acreage. Enjoy the covered deck for BBQ and morning coffee! Built in 1991, this approx. 1405 sq. ft. home features a spacious greatroom floor plan with a large living/dining room, kitchen island/breakfast bar. Large master bedroom features deck access, skylight, walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath. Huge sub-area under home for potential expansion or storage. Home next door at 22 ...

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8233 Mount Vernon Road
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Pending Sale - with mulitple offers! Amazing Tahoe-Style home on 4.7 acs w/fabulous views. Exquisite mahogany windows and doors, slate roof, copper gutters & downspouts are just a few of the quality finishes you'll love about this home. Kitchen and baths have been tastefully updated. Master suite has adjacent great room w/exposed beam cathedral ceilings, fireplace & office nook. Main floor is surrounded by decks to enjoy throughout the day. Small family orchard with a variety o...

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Million Dollar Views! Amazing property with everything you've been looking for! Lovely pasture at the road slopes up to a stunning knoll top building site with panoramic views of the Buttes, Coast Range & Valley. Enjoy several fireworks displays on July 4th! (please note that map location on MLS is incorrect-property is on Wise Rd. just before Baxter Grade). BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME HERE! Buyers can purchase 1 in. of NID irrig. water. Sellers will provide the pipe to the property...

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Linda Logoteta was our real estate agent on our recent home sale. We cannot recommend her enough. We’d lived in our home for over 17 years and were planning on moving across the country. Linda helped us every step of the way. Selling can be very stressful, but she made everything much calmer and easier to handle. She did a thorough walk-through of our home and let us know: • What we absolutely had to fix • What would be nice to fix • What we didn’t need to fix This really helped us cut down our “to do list”. Linda also gave us several recommendations for • pest inspectors, • home inspectors, • basically, whatever I needed I was able to ask Linda. If she didn’t have someone, she would check with the other agents in her office. Linda also had a beautiful video made of our home. I truly had never seen such beautiful work. I know this was a major help in selling our home. She also posted our home on all the major online platforms like Zillow. She helped us with pricing by going over the current inventory, market, and comps. When we received offers she would go over each one and answer any questions we had. She informed us of • the terms of the offer (cash or loan) • the quality of offer (loan pre-approval), • the length of the escrow, • and any additional requests for repairs etc. And then let my husband, and I decide if the offer was acceptable. Linda was never pushy. She would give us the data we needed and then let my husband, and I make our own decision. During any escrow, there can be times of stress or uncertainty. For example: • What will the pest report say? • Or, what will the roof inspection show? Linda was the guiding and calm hand that got us through all of the inspections. She was also excellent at working with the buyer’s agent. We felt that the actual escrow went very smooth. In fact, we were able to close early. Both agents, along with the buyers and us, as the sellers, were very happy with the transaction. Again, we cannot recommend Linda enough. Not only is she the best real estate agent we’ve ever used. She is a dear and true friend. Jeff & Carol Youmans
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