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Fall Fixes NOT to Nix – Part 3

Rain, Snow and Going with the Flow

Regardless of temperature, water is one of the most damaging influences in a home. It can impact foundations, floors and walls, and introduce mold into the structure. Many areas experience increased precipitation in the fall and winter months which can open the door to unnecessary problems if preventative steps have not been taken.

Visually inspect the roof for signs of damaged shingles and repair them prior to a leak. Check and clean skylights, inspecting the flashing and clearing leaves and debris. When cleaning gutters, remember that it is also important to see that water is directed efficiently away from the foundation, so be sure to install drainpipe extensions or other solutions that move water away from the foundation. And, not all water may be coming from the roof. Survey the area around the foundation for signs of standing water or run-off that brings water close to the house, driveway or walkways. In some cases changing the flow of water that comes onto a property might include installing a curtain drain or other water management plan.

Frozen-PipeProtecting water pipes within the home is of key importance. If pipes freeze they may crack and leak, causing extensive damage throughout the home. Ensure that hose bibs are covered and that pipes in cooler areas of the home are protected with insulation or heat tape. In climates that are prone to winter storms or hurricanes, consider storm windows or shutters. If the home is in a low-lying area and has a basement, consider keeping a sump pump on hand in the event of a flooded basement.

Take a good look at the paved areas. Repairing small cracks and holes in driveways and walkways in the fall will ensure that freezing water will not penetrate the asphalt or concrete and cause further damage.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Featured Neighborhood: Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a well-established, close-knit community located in West Forsyth County, just off Post Road between Highway 9 and Highway 20, featuring over 100 estate homes.

Minutes from GA 400, Notting Hill is also close to great shopping and dining destinations such as The Collection, North Georgia Outlet Mall and North Point Mall.

notting hill 1Driving through the neighborhood, you will be impressed by the exquisite taste and style of the homes.   This is no cookie-cutter neighborhood – you will find unique architecture throughout.   Depending upon home design, standard features include 3 car carriage garages, 3 sides brick, granite countertops and backsplashes, crown molding, chair rails, maple cabinets, 9-foot ceilings and much more.

In addition to the aesthetics, each home also meets platinum performance standards for the Environments for Living Program.  This program will realize homeowners annual savings of up to 45% on their energy use.

Notting Hill is also a swim/tennis community, notting hill2with two lighted tennis courts, a large pool with a cabana and a tot lot.

With prices ranging from the $200’s to the $500’s, this community offers something for everyone.

Exceptional schools, fabulous amenities, above-average sense of community, charming homes, price, and location make this community the perfect place to raise your family.

Please call me if you are interested in viewing this extraordinary community.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

RE/MAX Tops 2013 Franchise Times 200 Rankings for Real Estate

You’ve done it again! For the fifthST_No1logo consecutive year, RE/MAX is the highest-ranked real estate franchise – and 14th overall – in the 2013 Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Systems report.

The full report is available as a download at www.franchisetimes.com.

Here are the real estate results as published in the October edition of Franchise Times magazine. The
annual rankings are based primarily on worldwide sales volume.

RE/MAX Affiliates may share this article, provided they do not charge for it and this notice is included. All other rights reserved.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Fall Fixes NOT to Nix – Part 2

Conserving Energy

Fixing anything to do with climate control is like getting first pick of the best Fall Fix 2players – it’s money in the bank. Many homeowners attend to issues around heating as a means of saving money on energy bills – and rightfully so. In many areas, heat is typically one of the largest winter expenses. The trick is to minimize drafts and to utilize the heat as effectively as possible. Begin by checking attic insulation levels and fill gaps with insulation appropriate for your climate.

Next, windows and doors with cracked or broken glass or that are poorly sealed should be fixed. Additionally, if the seals at the bottom of exterior doors are not tight, consider replacing thresholds and/or door bottoms. Weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to install along the top and sides of doors. Interior doors may benefit from “draft dodgers” that stop air from cooler rooms from coming under the door, especially consider doors to basements and garages.

Get that furnace or heat pump serviced, clean or change any filters, and ensure that all thermostats are in working order. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to optimize your energy consumption. Additionally, heating hot water and keeping it warm is a big energy draw. Ensure that the hot water heater is working well and that it is insulated if it is located in a cold location.

Woodstoves and chimneys should be clean and ready for use – employ a chimney sweep to check and clean them. Creosote build-up or debris from animals can start a fire in the chimney or stovepipe, which could ignite the roof.

Drying clothes in a dryer also consumes a high level of energy. In cool and damp climates dryer vents tend to collect lint and may become clogged, making these machines much less efficient. Cleaning dryers thoroughly with a lint brush can also prevent fires from starting.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

The Dinsmore Team To Perform At The Cumming Fair!

Wcannonwmarie3ell, maybe the photo is a little misleading… but I do hope that you’ll stop by and see me at the Cumming Fair on Monday, October 7th, from 4pm until 10pm.  While, I’ll only be appearing once, Re/Max All Properties will have a booth inside the two-story red barn on the first floor every day from 4-10pm, October 3rd through the 13th.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’ll be giving away Lowes 10% off eCoupons, and a chance to win a 1-hour massage from Massage Envy.   If you’ve been stressed about listing your home, finding a new one, or just from day-to-day life, I’m sure you’d enjoy this chance to indulge in some pampering.

Monday, October 7th, will be Student Night – all under 18 will receive Free Admission and it’s only $15.00 for unlimited rides.  This year, the Fair will also feature “The Tiger Encounter”, showing at 6pm and 8pm.  Sounds like a great time to take your family out and enjoy the evening.

While you’re visiting, you might also want to sign up for our free, absolutely no-pressure, Neighborhood Watch program.   If you’ve ever been interested to know which houses in your community are being listed and what they’ve sold for, this is a great chance for you to find out in real time.  Once you sign up, you’ll simply receive an email letting you know about the properties in your neighborhood as they go through the listing process.   While you don’t have to make a special trip to the Fair to request this service, I sure hope that I will get the opportunity to meet with you in person.

Best wishes,

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

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