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Protect Your Investment: Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

It's that time of year again! Fall is the perfect time to do your annual home maintenance. The following list will help you protect what is probably your most valuable investment from the damaging effects of weather, wear and tear, and general mishaps. 

Fire Safety: 
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 
- Replace batteries a minimum of twice a year. 
- Check and/or replace fire extinguishers. 
- Clear lint traps, hood vents and fans. 
- Clean and inspect chimney.

Check for leaks around windows and doors. 
- Fill any cracks or gaps. 
- Upgrade insulation to improve heating and cooling efficiency. 
- Add or replace weatherstripping.

Inspect Building Exterior: 
- Check roof for leaks, especially around vents, skylights and chimneys. 
- Power-wash exterior, noting the condition of siding. 
- Inspect landscaping, paying attention to low spots or signs of pooling water. 
- Clean gutters and downspouts.

Check for Damage: 
Deal with any pests in basements and attics. 
- Inspect foundation and fill any cracks with epoxy. 
- Check for dampness and for signs of mold and mildew
- Assess and/or remove any dead or severely damaged trees.

Annual Servicing: 
- Inspect and service hot water tank. 
- Test faucets, and change washers and screens. 
- Clean and replace HVAC system filters. 
- Service HVAC system. 
- Check outlets and replace light bulbs.

Tips on Renting a Summer Getaway

Longing for a home away from home, somewhere you can get away from it all? Here are some considerations when renting or buying a summer getaway. 

Location, Location, Location! — Consider the factors that will increase the price of either renting or buying: proximity to the city, style and size, location on or near the water.

Nearby Amenities — Decide what amenities are important to you. Are you interested in being close to a small community complete with a grocery store, or is boat-only access in the remote wilderness more your style?

Wildlife Considerations — Research the area to find out if there are any wildlife problems. Are you going into bear country where food and garbage need to be locked down? Is there a rodent problem in that particular area?

Seasonal Fire Restrictions — Check to see if there are any seasonal fire restrictions, especially if your idea of a getaway includes telling ghost stories and roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

Neighborhood Considerations — Do a little research into the neighborhood. Does the area you are considering attract a lot of young partygoers, or will the constant drone of motorized watercraft ruin your tranquil lakeside retreat?

Wish List — Divide your wish list into must-haves and nice-to-haves so you know where you are willing to compromise. Are you looking for a luxury home on a lake or an off-the-grid cabin in the woods?

Luxurious Home Spa Ideas

Imagine having a luxurious spa retreat in your own home inspired by the best spas in the world. Spa luxury evokes images of tranquil colors, crisp linens, sparkling elegance and, of course, personal pampering.

Here’s how to design your own luxurious home spa.

The Design Inspiration — Stick with a neutral or pastel color palette, integrating a variety of textures and materials, like an ultra-smooth glass wall tile with tumbled round rocks for the shower.

The Spa Centerpiece — Use an oversized bathtub as the centerpiece of your home spa. Options range from air baths to more traditional whirlpool baths with massaging jets. Consider upgrading to include music or chromatherapy.

The Shower Experience — Turn your daily shower into a full spa experience with a relaxing raindrop shower head, massaging body sprays and soothing aromatherapy steam.

The Mood Lighting — Create different moods with dimmable lighting. Don’t forget to create his and her vanities complete with a shaving mirror and makeup lighting.

The Fireplace — Give your spa-inspired bathroom the feeling of warmth and comfort with a fireside lounge area where you can enjoy a glass of wine or relax with a book between spa treatments.

The Spa Service — Don’t forget to include plenty of open shelving for displaying neatly rolled towels and other spa necessities. If space allows, integrate comfortable benches for sitting.

The Extra Little Touches — Pamper yourself with extra spa details like a heated tile floor, towel warmer and plenty of conveniently hung hooks to hang your plush spa robe while enjoying the amenities.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stomachs are stuffed, the pumpkin pie is almost done as family and friends relax into their seats around the table. But how many of us worry about what we don’t have instead of focusing on the positives? A job. More money. A new home. Sometimes all it takes is reaching out to your loved ones for more than just an extra helping of stuffing to remind ourselves what really matters.

November 28, 2013 is a very special day. The first time in recorded history many of our friends and clients will celebrate Hanukkah on Thanksgiving Day. We are so lucky to live in a country that devotes the entire day to gratitude; and we appreciate that we live abundant life with everything we need already in it!

At Princeton Real Estate, we are especially grateful for your continued support through another year as we do our best to help homeowners in today’s challenging economy.  Your referrals enable us to help others, which is the quickest way to happiness. So, thank you for being a part of the Princeton Real Estate family, thank you for your referrals, and thank you for allowing us to do what we love by reaching out to more people in need!

We want to continue our mission, to bring our personal passion to help our clients navigate the challenging pathways of acquiring and selling real estate.

Wishing that your every day is a day filled with gratitude and thanks giving!

REAL Time Real Estate Updates Sent Directly to Your Email!

Let’s say you want to research properties to buy or invest in but haven’t a clue how to begin. Or you want to sell and you want to know your home’s value in its neighborhood.

As a complimentary service to property buyers, sellers and investors, we at Princeton Real Estate, offer access to a tool called Market Snapshot.  The Ildiko Pali team are making this marvelous software available to existing and prospective clients.

By signing up here, you will be emailed regular reports on the features of the neighborhood(s) that attract you.

Suppose, for instance, you are interested in buying properties or a home in the Marina District. You indicate that preference to Market Snapshot which delivers regular updates on the Marina’s community features including: population, household statistics and ownership, transportation, income, employment, net worth, cost-of-living and climate. The very features you are wondering about!

Initially designed be sent every four weeks, the frequency of this report can be adjusted according to your preference. You can also request data on more than one vicinity and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

Just like your bank and investment statements, Market Snapshot arrives monthly with the most current trend analysis of the properties in your targeted area. You will have your hand on the pulse of the fluctuations your preferred neighborhood.

Soon after you sign up, I will phone you to make sure Market Snapshot is working for you.

Feel free to send a link to this blog to anyone you think may want an update on local real estate trends. I am happy to sign them up also for Market Snapshot.

In today’s shifting economic climate, I want my clients have the most relevant data to make the pivotal choices that they face.

If you are considering a move, let me put my experience to work for you. I would be happy to view your home and put together a detailed comparative market analysis. By taking into consideration your home’s square footage, age, style and overall condition, I can provide value to your home in today’s market.

And this will be the essential piece to your own personal “market snapshot”.