Helpful tips for the new home owner to save money

September 28th, 2015

The big day has arrived and you closed on your new home, now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it, or do you? Unless you have purchased a new home that has just been built there are a few things that you can do to save money that don’t cost you a arm and a leg. You may not want to do all of these but even a couple will make a difference in your heating and cooling bills. Here is the site for all the information.http://www.thesimpledollar.com/18-things-a-new-homeowner-should-do-immediately-to-save-money/

I hope you can get a few great ideas from this and save yourself a few dollars.

Labor Day, end of summer or beginning of fresh new season.

September 8th, 2015

Labor Day typically means the end of summer and school begins again for another year. With the changing season we can look forward to cooler days less humidity and the everlasting beauty of the changing colors of the fall foliage. Its hard to say goodbye to the lake time with the family, we did a last hurrah on Labor Day with the weather tempting us with rain and sun. The grandkids loved the time away before they had to head back to school for another year and I must say it was a relaxing couple of days that I wouldn’t of had if we hadn’t made the effort to get together.

Now we can start enjoying everything that this season has to offer, school sporting events, going to the grandkids  concerts at school, NFL football, more enjoyable walks in the cooler weather, spending time with loved ones on day trips, so take advantage of the beautiful weather get outside and enjoy it.

The older I get the seasons seem to pass by quicker than the year before which I guess is just the way life goes, we have to enjoy what we have,  love the ones that love us,  be a good example to those that look up to us, be kind to others and just be nice.

 

Homes for Sale in Sioux Falls

September 4th, 2015

With the market being very active for the entire year this is still a great time to buy that home that you have been looking for, we have a great supply of homes with more coming on the market every day in the price range that sells super fast. Home that are listed and sold in one day are not uncommon, this price is from $125K to $190K. Here are some of the homes that we have for sale for you to look at and make your new home.Click here to view property list.

Things to do when you buy a home.

August 17th, 2015

You just bought a home whether it be your first or not there are a few things that you should do before you move in. First and I thing the most important is to get the locks changed or rekeyed so you are the only one with a set of keys, who knows how many people have access to your home with the old set of keys. Second even though you have had a inspection done you should change the furnace filter and have a supply  of them on hand so you can every one to two months change the filter. Third just do a check of the plumbing fixtures to make sure they aren’t leaking and working properly a faucet that drips or a stool that keep running can run into hundreds of dollars on your water bill. Fourth make sure all the shut offs work, the main water supply is very important shut it off and check to see what the meter reads, in two hours check to see if the reading has changed, if it has you might have a leak in the system. If you are leaving for a vacation its always a good idea to shut off the main water supply to prevent any problems if a leak would occur. Homes like anything else need to be taken care of to ensure the quality of the home lasts for years to come.

Simple home fixes

August 10th, 2015

Everyone has  had a switch or faucet that needed to be repaired or replaced. Switches are very simple to replace with simple hand tools that everybody has in their home, a screwdriver and possibly a needle nose pliers. First make sure the power is turned off at the circuit breaker box, to say time use two people one at the box and  one in the room the switch is to be replaced, have them turn off the breaker for that part of the home and double check by turning the switch on and off. After you are sure the power is off the rest is simple, remove the cover plate and the screws holding the switch in place, there will be two or three wires depending on if its a single pole or a three way or if its a four way there will be four wires. Now all you have to do is make sure you have the correct switch that you are replacing and as you remove one wire from the old one replace in the same place on the new one, another easy way to do this is draw a diagram of the screws on the switch so it gives you more room to work with the old switch out of the way. When you have replaced the wires and mounted the switch back in the box and replaced the box cover its time to test it out. Turn on the circuit breaker and if done correctly you have a new working switch that will last for years to come. See its just that easy.