Blog :: 03-2019

Spring To Do List for Homeowners

To-Do List for Better Homeowners

Checklists work because they contain the important things that need to be done.  They provide a reminder about things we know and realize but may have slipped our minds as well as inform us about things we didn't consider.  Periodic attention to these areas can protect the investment in your home.

  1. Change HVAC filters regularly.  Consider purchasing a supply of the correct sizes needed online and they'll even remind you when it's time to order them again.
  2. Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors annually.
  3. Create and regularly update a Home Inventory to keep track of personal belongings in case of burglary or casualty loss.
  4. Keep track of capital improvements, with a Homeowners Tax Guide, made to your home throughout the year that increases your basis and lowers gain.
  5. Order free credit reports from all three bureaus once a year at www.AnnualCreditReport.com.
  6. Challenge your property tax assessment when you receive that year's assessment when you feel that the value is too high.  We can supply the comparable sales and you can handle the rest.
  7. Establish a family emergency plan identifying the best escape routes and where family members should meet after leaving the home.
  8. If you have a mortgage, verify the unpaid balance and if additional principal payments were applied properly.  Use a Equity Accelerator to estimate how long it will take to retire your mortgage.
  9. Keep trees pruned and shrubs trimmed away from house to enhance visual appeal, increase security and prevent damage.
  10. Have heating and cooling professionally serviced annually.
  11. Check toilets periodically to see if they're leaking water and repair if necessary.
  12. Clean gutters twice a year to control rainwater away from your home to protect roof, siding and foundation.
  13. To identify indications of foundation issues, periodically, check around perimeter of home for cracks in walls or concrete.  Do doors and windows open properly? 
  14. Peeling or chipping paint can lead to wood and interior damage.  Small areas can be touched-up but multiple areas may indicate that the whole exterior needs painting.
  15. If there is a chimney and fires are burned in the fireplace, it will need to be inspected and possibly cleaned.
  16. If the home has a sprinkler system, manually turn the sprinklers on, one station at a time to determine if they are working and aimed properly.  Evaluate if the timers are set properly.  Look for pooling water that could indicate a leak underground.
  17. Have your home inspected for termites.

Instead of remembering when you need to do these different things, use your calendar to create a system.  As an example, make a new appointment with "change the HVAC filters" in the subject line.  Select the recurring event button and decide the pattern.  For instance, set this one for monthly, every two months with no end date.  You can schedule a time or just an all-day event will show at the top of your calendar that day.

By scheduling as many of these items as you can, you won't forget that they need to be done.  If you don't delete them from the calendar, you'll continue to be "nagged" until you finally do them.

If you have questions or need a recommendation of a service provider, give us a call at (802) 862-3540.  We deal with issues like this regularly and have experience with workers who are reputable and reasonable.

 

 

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    Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

    A Dutch Sculptor’s Prefab Cabin Has Curved Pinewood Walls

    From Dwell Magazine

    By Michele Koh Morollo – 

    A Dutch Sculptors Prefab Cabin Has Curved Pinewood Walls

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    Built as a live/work space for a sculptor, Indigo by Dutch practice Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

    In the Dutch hamlet of Giethmen, Amsterdam–based practice Woonpioniers has completed Indigo, a prefabricated home and studio, for sculptor Lia Harmsen. The custom, 861-square-foot, modular home has fully glazed walls on the front and back, allowing natural light to fill the entire space. A central wooden volume contains the kitchenette, bathroom, and shower, and a set of steps with built-in drawers lead up to a spacious sleeping loft. 

    Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Prefab Building Type, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels.�

    View PhotosExterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Prefab Building Type, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels.�

    Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels. 

    Photo by Henny van Belkom

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    Exterior, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Prefab Building Type Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic.�

    View PhotosExterior, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Prefab Building Type Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic.�

    Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic. 

    Photo by Henny van Belkom

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    Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

    View PhotosExterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

    A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

    Photo by Henny van Belkom

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    On the studio side to the north, the wooden volume provides space for stonework tools and a kitchen countertop. In the living room to the south, the volume accommodates a small kitchen and leads to the bathroom, which sits under the lofted bedroom.

    Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio.�

    View PhotosExterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio.�

    The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio. 

    Photo by Henny van Belkom

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    Dining Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Table, and Wood Burning Fireplace All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

    View PhotosDining Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Table, and Wood Burning Fireplace All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

    All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

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    Staircase, Metal Railing, and Wood Tread A hearth by de Vogelsangh warms the live/work prefab.�

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      Earn $10,000 by moving and working to Vermont!

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      Work From Home? Vermont Will Pay You Up to $10,000 to Move There

      BY EMILY PETSKO

        

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      Do you work remotely, like cold winters, and have the freedom to pack your bags and move whenever you’d like? If you answered yes to all three questions, Vermont wants to claim you as one of its own.

      On May 30, Governor Phil Scott of Vermont signed a bill into law that will award up to $10,000 to remote workers who move to Vermont beginning in 2019, Quartz reports. To be considered for a grant, you must be a full-time employee of a business based outside of Vermont and primarily work from home or out of a co-working space. The unorthodox measure is aimed at countering the state’s aging population and giving the tax base a much-needed boos The grants, intended to offset the cost of relocation and work expenses, will be awarded to 100 new workers each year from 2019 to 2021, and 20 new workers will be supported each subsequent year, according to The Hill. The grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who move to Vermont on or after January 1, 2019.

      Grant recipients will receive up to $5000 per year, based on their individual expenses, and up to $10,000 total throughout the course of the program.

      Not quite ready to book that one-way ticket to the Green Mountain State? You can try another one of Vermont’s programs called “Stay to Stay Weekends,” which connects visitors with local employers and realtors to give them a feel for the neighborhood. June 1-4, August 10-13, and October 19-22 are the next upcoming weekends, and three communities—Brattleboro, Manchester, and Rutland—are participating.

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