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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/4/2021

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As you go about your day at home, you might change the thermostat settings more than once to balance your comfort with saving money. But what if you were able to leave all that fine-tuning to a digital system and achieve your goals with little to no effort on your part? Well, if that sounds like a fantastic plan, you’ll love to see what a programmable thermostat has to offer. And you’ll likely delight in learning that new home builders are installing these smart devices more often than not. Here’s what you need to know.

How Do Programmable Thermostats Work?

When you have a programmable thermostat hooked up, you can tell it to alter the temp settings for the heat or air conditioning at specific times throughout the day. Then, it will kick the heating and cooling on as instructed to perfect the temperature in your home.  

Do you like it chilly at night, but warm all day? You can do that. Or you can have it turn down the thermostat when you’re not home and kick it on full blast an hour before you’re set to return. You can also change it up season by season to keep your home comfortable while minimizing what you pay for energy.

No matter what settings you want, you can input your preferences right on the interface or through an app on your smartphone. If you have an app-linked device, you can even make changes while you’re away from home.

Benefits of Using Smart Thermostats

With a smart programmable thermostat installed, you get to enjoy all the following benefits.

Save Energy

You can save a lot of energy using a programmable thermostat. You just need to set it to 68 degrees all day, and then have it automatically turn down to around 66 degrees at night. Then, before you get up in the morning, it can bring the temperature up to 68 again to help you wake up right. You’ll likely notice your home’s energy usage decreasing, helping minimize your household’s carbon footprint.

Keep Bills Low

By using your smart thermostat to keep your home at 68 degrees or so all day and even lower at night, you can enjoy saving up to 10% per year on your energy bill. If you pay an average of $2,400 per year on energy, you’ll likely see a savings of around $240 just from setting your thermostat at the right level.

Stay Comfy

When you dial in your temperature settings around the clock using a programmable thermostat, you get to stay comfy without having to make manual adjustments. You’ll know that your heating and air conditioning systems will kick on at just the right moment to bring your livings space to your ideal temp. You may even wake up feeling more rested than ever before as the lower nighttime temperatures improve your sleep quality.

Protect Pipes

If you’re away from your home for days at a time in the winter months, you may worry about the heat turning off and allowing your pipes to freeze. Thankfully, with an app-connected smart thermostat on hand, you can check that your heater is running day and night.

With all these benefits in mind, it just makes sense to only use a programmable thermostat in your home.

Tips for Using Your Programmable Thermostat

When using a programmable thermostat, you’ll want to set a precise temperature for at least four separate times.

Preferably, set up a temperature for when you:

  • Wake up each morning
  • Leave the house for the day
  • Return home after work or school
  • Go to bed at night

By doing so, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a smart thermostat on your side. You may need to try out different temperatures to best balance your energy bills and comfort. But rest assured that it’s well worth the time and effort in doing so.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/25/2019

Applying fresh coat paint is one of the easiest ways to revamp your home inside and out, especially when a professional painter does it. Many homeowners view painting as an easy job, but it is a complicated job that requires patience, skills, and the right tools. Before you attempt to give your room a new coat of paint, it is important to know the common mistakes most people make. However, identifying these mistakes doesn't guarantee a flawless job, so it will be wise for you to avoid the hassles and hire a pro to get it right. 

Using the wrong brush 

There are times when a paintbrush is the best tool to use, and there are times when it is better to use a roller. However, there are several types of paintbrushes out there, so it is essential to know which one you need before you decide to carry out a painting job in your home. Apart from buying the brushes, you need to know which works best. For example, synthetic brushes work best with latex paint while natural bristle brushes are ideal for oil-based paints.

Painting a dirty surface 

Your walls might look like they donít need cleaning, but actually, they do. Before you paint your ceilings or walls, it is essential you clean them. When the paint gets applied on a clean surface, it looks and stays better, but if there is dirt or dust, it will interfere and result in a rough job. 

Putting too much paint on the roller 

Many people think putting more paint on the roller will get the job done fast, but too much paint on the roller will drip and spread roughly. Instead, dip your roller lightly into the paint and roll back and forth on a tray until the paint stops dripping.

Painting on a un-prepped surface 

If you want your painting efforts to be sleek, make sure you remove flaking and peeling paints. Also, glossy surfaces need a good scraping or sanding before applying a fresh coat paint. Otherwise, the paint won't stick well.

Skipping the tape 

Apply tape around door frames, windowsills, and any place that requires clean edges. Unless you are an expert at cutting in, failing to use tape will result in a sloppy-looking paint job.

Skipping the Primer

Primer helps cover the old color from bleeding through; it makes your paint durable and also adheres the paint to the wall. 

Painting the Ceiling Last 

If you paint the walls as well as the ceiling, it is best you paint the ceiling first or else the drips from the ceiling may ruin the paint job on the walls.

Call a professional painter to help you with your painting job at home for the best results.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/11/2019

If you're getting ready to rip out the outdated carpet in your home and are looking for a sleek, cost-friendly alternative to great looking floors, look no further. Vinyl flooring is a great option for you to consider for your home. Here are four reasons why you should consider it.

1. Low Cost - Buying and installing vinyl flooring is cost-efficient in comparison to traditional tile or wood flooring. Vinyl is a high-quality green floor made of recycled material that will withstand the test of time. You wonít have to compromise your look to fit your budget with these floors. 

2. Durable - Many of today's vinyl flooring options are made up of many layers. The more layer you have, the more durable your floors are. These floors do not damage easily, which makes them an excellent option for all households!

3. Options - Choose a rustic look or a modern look but get the same sturdy flooring. Vinyl flooring comes in a large variety of patterns, colors, and even shapes. Add some style to your room by choosing a vinyl floor that makes a statement. Your three options in types of vinyl flooring are:

  • Vinyl Sheets- These are great for large areas such as living rooms. Although these are typically the cheapest option for covering square footage, it is also the hardest kind to install. If you arenít skilled at floor installation, itís recommended to hire a professional to install vinyl sheets.
  • Vinyl Tiles- If you're looking for a DIY project, this is the perfect option for you. These tiles offer easy installation in any room. You can choose to glue them down for a more permanent floor or have a floating floor system designed to interlock, so laying them is a breeze.
  • Vinyl Planks- This kind of vinyl flooring is by far the most elegant looking, but still takes the market by storm with its affordability. It matches the appearance of beautiful hardwood flooring, which is why they earn the name "luxury vinyl." Like vinyl tiles, these also come with many installation options. 

4. Easy to maintain - Unlike original hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring is easy to clean and simple to maintain. This style of floor is not susceptible to staining from uncalled for messes. Vinyl's smooth surface resists easy penetration by water, oil, chemicals, or grease. It can maintain it's original beauty by simply dusting, mopping, and vacuuming. Each manufacturer has its own recommendation on what to use when cleaning, so when purchasing be sure to check out what's approved.

If you are ready to pull the plug on your current floors, consider switching to vinyl. Go to your local flooring installation specialist to discuss options that would work best for your home.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 1/6/2019

When selling your home, you want to be able to get the largest return for your investment. And buyers are looking for their next place to call home. They are looking for a place that they can see themselves living and creating a future. And oftentimes, itís very difficult for buyers to look beyond the cosmetics of a home, especially when viewing online. Therefore, if large investments are not in the cards for you or wonít bring a significant ROI, small home improvements are the way to go. These small improvements can take your home from blah to wow!

Letís take a look at some of the best small home improvements that will certainly provide you with a return.  

1. Fresh coat of paint: A fresh coat of paint can make the world of a difference in a home. It can instantly brighten up a space and make the home look and feel neweróan instant plus for any seller and buyer. But be sure to choose more neutral colors as not everyone will be a fan of bold colors.

2. Adding architectural touches: Architectural features like crown molding and a chair rail can add an elegant upgrade to any home. They can be fairly inexpensive and would only take a weekend to put up.

3. Update front door: Your front door is a large part of your curb appeal. And a homeís curb appeal can leave a substantial impression on buyers. You can go the inexpensive route and add a pop of color that compliments your homeís exterior and landscaping or purchase a new door if a coat of paint wonít do the trick.

4. Add a backsplash: Backsplashes donít have to break the bank to catch a buyerís eye. And there are so many options from subway tile to mosaic to antique tin.

5. New hardware: Updating the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom can make the world of a difference. Adding modern hardware to cabinet doors will add a refreshing, simple update.

6. Update fixtures: Replacing old, worn down bathroom and kitchen fixtures is a very simple home improvement. Although not the cheapest of these options, they will definitely make a big difference in those rooms.Think of a home built in the 90s that has brass fixtures. The home looks very outdated and therefore worth less in the eyes of a buyer. If you update these fixtures to pewter or brushed nickel, you are instantly bringing the spaces into the 21st century and catching the appeal of buyers.

The amount of time, effort, and money that you want to put back into your home is a decision that you alone can make. It may seem silly to put more money into the home you are trying to sell, but itís quite the opposite. Be smart about your updates and improvements. Try to think like a buyer and make updates that the majority will like and want.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 12/23/2018

If you intend to list your house in the weeks to come, you may want to complete a wide range of home improvements. That way, you can transform your ordinary house into an awe-inspiring residence, increasing the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

Although you may have lofty expectations for your home improvement projects, it is important to note that performing myriad home repairs can be costly. And if you're not careful, you risk overspending to upgrade your residence.

Fortunately, it can be easy to establish a home improvement budget Ė here are three tips to help you develop an effective home improvement budget.

1. Determine Which Areas of Your House That You Want to Improve

When it comes to crafting a home improvement budget, it is important to differentiate between major and minor home repairs. By doing so, you'll be better equipped than ever before to budget for assorted home maintenance projects.

A kitchen overhaul or bathroom renovation may be considered a major home improvement. Conversely, updating the color of your bedroom may be a minor home improvement. If you assess the major and minor home improvements that you want to perform, you can put together an appropriate budget.

Of course, you should take an objective look at you house to decide which areas that you want to improve. With an objective view, you can identify various home issues, determine how much money will be required to fix these problems and budget accordingly.

2. Examine the Home Improvement Funds at Your Disposal

In all likelihood, you only have a finite amount of money at your disposal. Luckily, regardless of how much money you have, you should be able to establish an effective home improvement budget.

Oftentimes, it helps to get multiple quotes from home improvement professionals. If you receive a variety of quotes, you may find that you can save money on home repairs, as well as stick to a tight home improvement budget.

It also may be cost-effective to complete simple home improvement projects on your own. If you possess the skills and know-how to perform quick, easy home repairs, you may be able to enhance your house without putting a dent in your home improvement budget.

3. Set Home Improvement Priorities

Priorities are important, particularly if you need to put together a home improvement budget. It generally is a good idea to set priorities for different home improvement projects. Then, you can allocate the necessary time and resources to complete home improvement tasks in order of priority.

If you plan to list your house soon, home improvements may prove to be exceedingly valuable. Home upgrades can help you differentiate your residence from the competition and enable you to achieve the optimal home selling results.

Lastly, if you need extra help prior to listing your residence, it may be beneficial to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can put you in touch with top-notch home improvement professionals, offer home improvement tips and insights and much more.




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