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Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winter is coming and it's time to prepare your home for the colder months. I have five tips to share with you that will save you time, money, and hassle in your home this winter.

There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

Fall is coming to a close and it's time to prepare your home for the winter. I have some steps to help lower your utility bills and protect your property during the cold months that I wanted to share with you today.

  1. Tune up your heating system. For about $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to ensure it's clean and able to achieve its intended efficiency. Look for a technician who belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
  2. Reverse your ceiling fans. If your fans have a reverse switch, turn it to clockwise for an updraft that will push warmer air down from the ceiling. This is especially helpful for those with high ceilings, and it may even allow you to turn the thermostat down a degree or two. It also gives you a chance to dust those ceiling fans.
  3. Check for places where heat may escape, like windows and doors. If gaps between the siding and the window/door frames are wider than a nickel, you need to apply exterior caulk. Silicon caulk is best for exteriors because it won't shrink or be affected by the elements. Check the window glazing putty and reapply if needed. Finally, add weather stripping around doors so that you can't see any daylight from the inside of your house.
    Icicles and ice dams can cause long-term damage all over your home.
  4. Look at the roof closely for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that could leak during winter storms or melt off. You also want to fix or replace breaks in the flashing around vent stacks and chimneys. Hire a handyman or roofer to repair shingles or roof sections, because these fixes are cheaper and less hassle than repairing interior water damage. If you've had a lot of icicles or ice dams, call a home energy auditor who can fix air leaks and inadequate insulation.
  5. Check your gutters. If they're full of leaves, water will back up against the house and damage roofing, siding, and gutters, causing leaks and ice dams all over the house. Also, make sure water isn't draining from the gutters directly next to your foundation. Add extensions to your downspout to divert water four feet away from the foundation. This is a cheap and easy fix!

Next time, we'll be back with more tips. In the meantime, if you have any questions or you're thinking of buying or selling a home, give us a call or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you!

3 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

One of the most forgotten rooms in any house is the garage. It’s a place where we store things that we don’t want or need on an everyday basis. These things can include toys, mementos, or even other important items.

All those boxes, containers, stains, and smells can add up to become an unsightly mess. That means it’s time to clean up and reorganize the garage to make it shine in the eyes of the buyer. Here are some steps to help you accomplish that.

First, sort through all the boxes in your garage. Throw away or donate anything that doesn’t have value or meaning to you. Donate items that you can live without. You will make someone else happy and you can claim a tax deduction.

Clean the garage as thoroughly as possible.
The second step is to clean the garage as thoroughly as possible. Get rid of dust and dirt anywhere that you can find it. If you have minor oil or gas stains, you might be able to pressure wash them away.

Third, consider a garage organization system. A storage system can range anywhere from $40 to $1,000. Google “garage organization systems” and you’ll find plenty of products. Usually, the cheapest options consist of storage bins and hooks. No matter which system you choose, it will give your garage a clean and organized look. I can’t stress enough how impressive it is to potential buyers when a garage is well taken care of. It signals to them that you take care of the rest of the house just like you take care of the garage.

If you’ve been considering listing your home, now is a great time. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email at info@joydaniels.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why Is Listing FSBO a Bad Idea?


There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average for sale by owner home sells for $210,000. The average sale price for a home that is listed by a licensed agent? $249,000. That’s a full 20% increase.

Our team has worked with many FSBO homeowners who have failed to sell their home using this method. They listed on their own because they believed they would net more money, but they were wrong. It’s a huge misconception. Here is why you will net more money when you list your home with us.

First off, you’ll receive much more exposure than you ever would have been able to get on your own. We cover advertising costs and strategic marketing planning for your home so you don’t have to. We have countless resources to show off your home including buyer-friendly sites, social media outlets, virtual tours, and more. What this does is decrease the time we need to find the perfect buyer for your home.
You’ll save money and hassle by hiring an agent.
We all know that time is money. We have been able to save our customers thousands by selling their homes quicker than they could have on their own. In addition to money, we also save you the hassle. We can protect you from bargain hunters and others who like to prey on FSBO sellers because they know they can get away with it.

Our listing agents are hired to represent you and only you as a seller. They can provide valid data and trends to show you why you should expect to sell for a good price. We will also save you the hassle of dealing with unqualified buyers. All the buyers looking at your house will be qualified and approved for a mortgage. 

Finally, we have top-notch negotiation skills. We know the many components of the transaction are full of details, so sellers need a representative looking out for their best interests. We can help you determine what is fair and what is not, because we are dealing with this market on a daily basis.

These are just a few reasons why hiring a team like ours will give you a distinct advantage over selling on your own. While it’s true that you will have to pay a commission, the money you net in the end will be higher because you’re working with a group of professionals who know how to get the job done.

If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.