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Buying a Solar-Powered Home? Watch Out for These Symptoms of Future Problems

Solar-powered homes are becoming more commonplace, and are an excellent step in thRapeseed field at springe right ecological direction. That said, there are some aspects to consider if you’re thinking about investing in solar energy. Read on for some salient points about living by the sun.

The Sun And The Economy

As solar power has grown in popularity, governments have introduced incentives to help homeowners combat the once-high costs of purchasing and installing solar panels. Now it’s down to $4/watt in some areas, and companies are springing up to rent you panels and cover the cost of installation. This means that your initial costs are smaller, but also that those third party companies reap the government incentives – and may not always maintain strong relationships between you and your utility company.

The Sun And Your Roof

Roofs are the primary locations for solar panels, particularly on homes. Ensure that your roof has enough strength for the added weight of the equipment, and enough space for the proper placement (away from the edges, for example). The equipment comes with a lifetime guarantee so if the roof it is on is already old, consider updating it before installation (which is an extra – but necessary! – cost).

The Sun And Your Surroundings

A solar-powered home is all about location, location, location. Watch for tall and shady trees, or for high buildings that will shadow your panels and decrease or prevent their output. Look forward, too – are there any plans for development in your neighborhood that would introduce such impediments in the future?

The Sun And Cloudy Days

The most obvious hiccup with solar power is that bane of a sunny existence: cloudy days. Location has influence here too: the climate of your area will determine how many panels you’ll need, where you’ll need to place them and how much energy you’ll be able to glean in each season. There are batteries you can purchase for collecting and storing solar energy – but they’re still an expensive option. And solar power is still somewhat unattractive in the global economy because of how variable it is. Fossil fuels are more dependable, and therefore more marketable, than an energy source so tied to the weather – although that looks to change if solar energy continues its rise in popularity with the masses.

All things considered, there is a deep and growing draw to solar-powered homes, but don’t enter into anything without looking at all sides of the equation.

If you’re looking for a Thomasville real estate agent, We’d be honored if you’d give First Thomasville Realty the opportunity to interview for the job. Contact us now at 229-226-6515 or email us at general@FTRealty.com .

Foundation Problems? Here’s What to Do If You’re Worried About Your Home’s Foundation

Like in a relationship, the foundation of a house is integral and must be strong. There are many reasons why a house’s foundation might crack or shift, including temperature variances in the soil surrounding it since earth expands in heat and contracts in cold. But whatever the reason, there are certain steps to follow when addressing concerns about your house’s foundation.

Prevent The Problem, If Possible

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First, whenever possible act to prevent problems before they arise. Make it a habit to check for foundational stress by taking a walk through your basement and around the outside of your home. Signs of a problem include cracks in the foundation itself (particularly horizontal ones larger than a hairline), uneven or sloping floors, doors or windows that won’t open or close properly anymore, and water damage (puddles or moisture in the wood) that signals improper drainage.

Confirm The Problem, If There’s Time

If you find a crack that has you worried, but isn’t an insurmountable gap, take the time to coat it with concrete waterproofing paint. Then keep an eye on it. If the crack reappears after the paint has dried, it means the gap that produced the crack is growing and should be addressed. If you suspect water drainage problems, try shutting down all water-using appliances in your home. Then watch the water meter for 6 to 12 hours. If the levels change in that time, your water is finding another way out of the house. Finally, if you suspect a sloping floor, rest a tennis ball on it and look for rolling.

Fix The Problem, If It’s Small

Sometimes DIY methods can be used to address small issues, like little cracks (ones not in the foundation itself, but in walls or floors). Fill them with a vinyl concrete patch, or a similar product. Be sure the material you use is flexible and can move a little, because the concrete will – it slightly expands and contracts to keep stable.

Call For Reinforcements!

That said, the absolute best method of dealing with foundation problems is to call in reinforcements, because even successful DIY fixes are temporary. And because, even though it will cost a little more, the money is worth it to prevent your house from collapsing! Reach out to a foundational specialist or a structural engineer if there are any signs that have you worried about a shifting or crumbling foundation.

If you are looking for a Thomasville real estate agent, we’d be honored if you’d give First Thomasville Realty the opportunity to interview for the job. Contact us now at 229-226-6515 or email us at general@FTRealty.com.

 

Financing That Dream Home with a Mortgage? Here’s What to Expect on Closing Day

There are so many details that lead up to the purchase of your dream home that it can be hard to realize it when the closing day is finally upon you. However, when closing day finally arrives, there will still be a few last minute details that need to be taken care of. If you are getting ready to solidify your home purchase and are wondering about the remaining paperwork and any unknown details, here are some things you can expect when it comes to making your purchase complete.

One Last Walk Through

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A home inspection is an important part of any home purchase, but buyers often have the option to go for one final walk through on closing day in order to determine if any additional damage has been done. This will help to ensure that if any additional issues have appeared, they can be discussed and taken care of by the seller. While it might seem like the home inspection should take care of things, a last walk through can be very important in ensuring you don’t get stuck with unwanted and potentially expensive repairs.

A Few Helping Hands

Most of the details will be taken care of by the time closing day comes, but that doesn’t mean it will be up to the lawyers to settle everything for you and the seller. Instead, you can expect a wide cast of involved parties that can range from the seller’s agent to the title company representative to the closing agent, in addition to the homeowner and yourself. It’s just important to be aware that which parties are involved will be dependent upon where you live.

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A Bevy of Documents

Purchasing a home is not without an abundance of paperwork, but there will be a few more documents to deal with during your closing meeting. In addition to documents that outline the agreement and the property transfer, there will be others like the deed of trust, the settlement statement and the mortgage note that verifies that the buyer will pay back the mortgage loan.

There are many challenging situations that come along with the purchase of your home, but by taking all the documents you need and being prepared to deal with all the engaged parties, the day can go a lot more smoothly.

If you are currently on the market for a home, First Thomasville Realty can help. Call us now at 226-6515 or email us at general@ftrealty.com

Weekend DIY: Refreshing Your Pantry for Better Organization

There’s something appealing about a well-organized pantry. Maybe it’s the promise of delicious meals to come? Whatever it is, there are a few simple steps to get you therModel_Homee. Read on for a look at how to easily reorganize your space into a better pantry.

Clear It Out

First, clear everything out and take the time to really clean: wipe down those shelves with soap and water. Once the pantry is clean, turn to the food you’ve laid out. Now, purge: chuck everything that is past its date and set aside items you don’t plan to use anymore, but can donate to a food bank.

Inventory: What Do You Have?

Next, it’s time to inventory what’s going back in the pantry. Separate these into items you use every day and ones that make less frequent appearances, for easier organization later. You can also use this opportunity to remove duplicates (do you really need three boxes of spaghetti?) and add them to the donation pile.

Zones: Where Does Everything Go?

Step three: Zoning. Separating your pantry into dedicated areas will make finding things, and keeping track of them, a lot easier. Some suggested zones are breakfast, lunch, baking, kids, easy meals, entertaining and cooking tools/utensils. Put the kids’ zone in an easy-to-access spot so they can get at it. In general, heavy items should be stored at the bottom of the pantry, and everyday ones should be kept at eye-level for easier access.

Storage: What Do You Have, Part Two

And now, to storage! Some rules of thumb here: wire bins work well for perishable items like produce, so they remain visible and at the front of your memory. Clear containers serve this purpose as well. Use stackable containers to maximize your space, and label everything so you know what’s what at a glance. You can also repurpose non-kitchen organizational items into storage for your pantry. Why not turn a hanging shoe holder into over-the-door pocket storage?

Keep It Clear

Your pantry is happily restocked and reorganized – congratulations! Now don’t lose that momentum. By doing a quick inventory each week, you can easily keep your pantry up to snuff. And if you do a little cleaning each time you use it – wipe it down, turn the food so labels are showing – your pantry will remain spick and span for ages.

So there you have it – how to reorganize your pantry in a few simple steps. For recommendations on where to get the supplies to spruce up your pantry, reach out to your local real estate agent. They might even share a few ideas of their own!

If you’re looking for a Thomasville real estate agent, We’d be honored if you’d give First Thomasville Realty the opportunity to interview for the job. Contact us now at 229-226-6515 or email us at general@FTRealty.com .

 

Electronic Gopher Repellers and 4 Other Home Gizmos You Never Thought You Needed

As a homeowner, thinking outside the box, gadget-wise, can lead you to gizmodepositphotos_71954015_s-2015s that solve your problems -even ones you didn’t know you had – in more humane, sustainable, energy-efficient ways than ever before. Read on to find out about five such inventions.

It’s Humane!: Solar-Powered Gopher Repellent

If you ever have a problem with rodents like gophers, moles, voles or shrews intruding on your lawn, look no further. This humane repellent doesn’t hurt anyone (people or animals), it simply emits a high-pitched sound at regular intervals to disrupt the animals’ sleeping patterns. It discourages them from moving in by making your lawn inhospitable – but without using traps or poison. The sound is too high for humans to hear it, and only travels underground so dogs aren’t disturbed, either.

It’s Tasty!: Outdoor Wine Glass Holders

They seem simple, but sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to recognize. Like outdoor wine or champagne glass holders – removing the need to balance a full glass on un
even ground. Next time you’re on a picnic, take along these portable items, stick them in the grass (or the sand, if you’re at a beach) and hang your stemmed glass on the hook.

It’s Easy!: One Touch Jar Opener

Who hasn’t struggled with a jar opener for the pasta sauce while the noodles boil over and the onions burn? For any cook that doesn’t have a sous-chef handy, don’t worry – there’s now a one-touch jar opener for just that occasion. Conveniently sized and battery-operated, these little guys adjust to any jar size and have padded edges to protect the jars so you can reuse them.

It’s Handy!: iPad Fridge Mount

Increasingly, people these days are cooking with recipes from the Internet. With an iPad Fridge Mount, you don’t need to copy out the recipes, print them or worry about your device getting splashed or hit with dinner. The mount is easy to install – no tools needed – and easy to remove, so the iPad is as portable as ever. The mount can also go on walls or doors.

It’s Smart!: Automated Watering Controller

Unlike the other items on this list, which ranged from $10 to $30, the Blossom Smart Watering Controller sells on Amazon for just under $400. But it saves money, and conserves water, by monitoring the weather (so it can adjust its lawn/garden watering schedule for wetter or dryer days), and you control it through your smartphone. No new wiring, sprinklers or valves are needed.

If you’re looking for a Thomasville real estate agent, we’d be honored if you’d give First Thomasville Realty the opportunity to interview for the job. Contact us now at 229-226-6515 or email us at general@FTRealty.com.